Monday, 31 August 2015

08:52 – Barbara and I have been watching series five of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime streaming. We’ll watch the last episode tonight. There’s supposed to be a series six, but with the way things are going in the UK I wonder how much longer they’ll be turning out series like this.

I’m still working heads-down on science kit stuff. I want to be ready to roll out several new science kits for 2016, including at least two or three classroom kits. When we started this business, we intended to focus exclusively on home schoolers. We’ve been surprised at the number of kits we sell to public and private high schools and even to colleges, universities, and government departments. So right now I’m working on expanding that part of our business. There’s a lot of room to grow there, but there’s a lot of work to be done to get there.


79 thoughts on “Monday, 31 August 2015”

  1. “…the way things are going in the UK I wonder how much longer they’ll be turning out series like this.”

    It’s the U.K. version of the escapist soap operas that keep Murkan audiences enthralled night after night. A few hours’ respite from stressing out over the jobs, lack of jobs, the commutes, and worrying about rising prices and rising crime.

    Busy week ahead here; multiple VA appointments, daughter’s car repair, the ongoing To-Do List, and Mrs. OFD and daughter finally returning from O Kanada by Friday, supposedly. And the check I deposited Saturday AM with a live human being teller still not credited to our account, but by Jiminy the bank IMMEDIATELY deducts any ATM withdrawals or debit card purchases. Why, in this age of high-speed electronic data networks, do they not CREDIT our deposits? As Mr. SteveF mentioned, they don’t even do this with CASH deposits? WTF????

  2. the bank IMMEDIATELY deducts any ATM withdrawals or debit card purchases. Why, in this age of high-speed electronic data networks, do they not CREDIT our deposits? As Mr. SteveF mentioned, they don’t even do this with CASH deposits? WTF????

    It depends on the bank. My credit union allows me to scan a check and upload it. I get immediate credit for the first $3,500 each day. Maybe you need a better bank.

    Rick in Portland

  3. “My credit union allows me to scan a check and upload it.”

    Our bank can do this, too, using an app on our smartypants phones. But that seems to create more problems and an even longer delay.

    “Maybe you need a better bank.”

    Probably so. And we’d change to another bank or credit union and then who knows, they get bought out or consolidated with some other larger bank and we’re back to Square One again. And why the arbitrary ceiling on what they’ll credit from your check? It’s like being a little kid getting an allowance from the superior adult.

  4. Why, in this age of high-speed electronic data networks, do they not CREDIT our deposits? As Mr. SteveF mentioned, they don’t even do this with CASH deposits? WTF????

    The trick for us is to personally know a banker at Wells Fargo. When they call up the deposit screen, they see a message from our banker friend “these peeps are good, credit their deposit immediately”. I deposited a $55,000 check on Friday at 2pm and it showed pending in our account by the time I got home. Cleared after midnight. YMMV. This is for our biz.

  5. Next he’ll be reducing Mt. Rushmore to glass slag with a Tomahawk strike. Then rework it with four Mexican crimmigrants to appease the masses.

  6. Ofucksitck to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali

    That was the mountain’s original name and what it was known to the native population. I see no problem in naming the mountain back to the original name.

    Where Obuttwad truly being evil on this he would have changed the name to “Mount Zulu Kahn”. Although I would not be surprised that he considers White Plains New York to be racist and the White Cliffs of Dover to be a scourge on the face of the earth.

    I did not know that part of the president’s power was the renaming of geographic points and national parks. I thought that was the role of Congress. Oh, silly me. Since when has Obuttwad considered the legislative branches of government important?

  7. Then rework it with four Mexican crimmigrants to appease the masses.

    Then rework it with four illegal (future voter) Mexican crimmigrants to appease the masses.

  8. “That was the mountain’s original name and what it was known to the native population. I see no problem in naming the mountain back to the original name.”

    I don’t have a big problem with changing it back either. Somebody requested restoring the original name 40 years ago. Why bother changing it now? Doesn’t the President of the United States have more important things to do?

  9. “…to personally know a banker…”

    Or just a teller. I got messed up last week because our local branch suddenly had a whole new krew on board and the grrls who’d been there before and knew my killer-handsome viz weren’t around.

    “I didn’t know it was Erase WHITE! History month.”

    You must not have got the memo, kemosabe; EVERY month is that month now.

    “Next he’ll be reducing Mt. Rushmore to glass slag with a Tomahawk strike.”

    Cankles will do that and put herself up there. Hey, certain Repub cretins have wanted to put Raygun’s viz up there, the Great Communicator, remember that guy? He’s like Jesus or the Good Old Days to these boneheads.

    “I did not know that part of the president’s power was the renaming of geographic points and national parks.”

    You not getting the memos, either?

  10. Well you know the bank is riding the float. My employer and myself use the same bank. I almost always use the ATM which does scan and read the check. I won’t get credit but it does get deducted from their account. If I want the money I have to go inside to a teller and be specific. They will cash the check then deposit it without actually using the cash. If I recall (because I rarely do this) the teller has to get supervisor approval. Why your bank won’t give credit for a cash deposit is strange and should probably be breaking banking rules.

  11. That was the mountain’s original name and what it was known to the native population.

    I guess the Eskimos got together on this and set up a petition on the White House site. Fuck, no. They don’t give a shit! Nothing more than pandering to libturds. I hope Trump wins the election and changes “Denali” to “Trump Tower North”. lol Apparently the President can do whatever fuck zir wants!

  12. Doesn’t the President of the United States have more important things to do?

    Do we really wanting him doing anything important?

    You not getting the memos, either?

    Nope, not since the NSA starting intercepting my account. They said it had something to do with my postings with OFD thus making me a target. Hrrmmpppphhhh.

    They will cash the check then deposit it without actually using the cash.

    Every teller has an account. Any checks deposited get put in the teller’s account, some banks even do cash. Then the account is settled at night during the POD run which balances the teller’s account with the cash drawer and effectively transfers the money into your account.

    Cash deposits made at a teller window with a human are supposed to be available immediately and not doing so is a violation of the federal banking rules. Check deposits are based on the bank’s policy. Any deposits made at an ATM, cash or check, can be held as long as three days. Many ATM’s are serviced by a third party (liability and risk) and thus must be settled with the third party which also has an account at the bank.

    I have said this before and will say it again. Never, ever write your account number on the back of a check when depositing. Simpy write “For Deposit Only”. Do not sign the check or otherwise write anything on the back.

    If I were to send OFD a check for $1.00 when the check cleared my bank I would have access to his bank routing number and his account number if he wrote it on the back. Within minutes I would have checks printed, drawn on his account, and would drain his account (if the IRS does not get there first). Proving you did not write a check is much more involved than with an ATM or debit transaction.

    Another important point, don’t use your debit card for purchases. Use a credit card associated with your bank and just transfer the money from your account to the credit card. Credit cards are protected, debit cards not so much. You can easily dispute a credit card transaction but it is more difficult with a debit card, especially when a pin is used.

    Consider a credit union. Cash deposits at a teller are available immediately, check deposits usually a couple hundred dollars immediately available. If you have enough money in the CU all checks except for insurance company checks will be made available at 100%. Insurance checks are apparently the target of much fraud and must be held until cleared. Credit unions will also protect your debit card much like credit cards. In my case I pay zero for fees, not even for blank checks.

  13. Is using “Eskimo” being RACIST!?

    What do you call a “native Alaskan” prostitute? “Eskiho.”

  14. One national bank won’t accept cash deposits into an account that is not yours unless it is a business account. So, Junior at college in another state needs money now, mom can’t deposit cash into his account unless she can sign on it. It’s enough to Chase me away from that bank. 🙂

    It’s supposedly an anti-laundering policy.

  15. Why, in this age of high-speed electronic data networks, do they not CREDIT our deposits? As Mr. SteveF mentioned, they don’t even do this with CASH deposits? WTF????

    The depositing of empty deposit envelopes is a problem at most banks. Under a certain amount or from someone with a good history at the bank and they’ll consider it an oversight and just reverse the deposit. For larger amounts and with customers with no history or a poor history at the bank and they’re turned over to the police.

    Now, if funds being deposited without an envelope (bills fed into ATM or checks scanned by ATM on the spot) then there’s no reason they shouldn’t be immediately credited up to a reasonable amount.

    And why the arbitrary ceiling on what they’ll credit from your check? It’s like being a little kid getting an allowance from the superior adult.

    It’s a risk thing. For all they know you’ve sent that same check image to a dozen other banks for deposit. My bank uses some internal algorithm based on your banking history to determine how much to credit right away. For example, if you’re account is frequently overdrawn they’re not going to make as much immediately available as they would if your account’s average daily balance was $100,000. I find it super convenient. Most of my large deposits are via EFT/ACH, but of the checks I have deposited electronically with my smartphone they’ve always immediately credited 100%. I haven’t walked into a bank branch (or gone through a drive-thru) in almost 4 years and that’s fine by me.

  16. Barbara and I have been watching series five of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime streaming. We’ll watch the last episode tonight. There’s supposed to be a series six, but with the way things are going in the UK I wonder how much longer they’ll be turning out series like this.

    IIRC, the next season of Downton Abbey to air is supposed to be the last season. Too bad too. I really enjoy it.

  17. “Is using “Eskimo” being RACIST!?”

    It’s “Inuit” or “First Nations,” you insensitive rayciss fascist!

    I get all the bank and deposit advice OK; I still wanna put the top dawg banksters against a wall.

  18. In light of the murder of the Texas officer, it strikes me as interesting that both sides would just as soon shoot representatives of the other side as look at them, but only one side has called for a race war and started shooting. They’d better hope they don’t get what they say they want.

  19. They’ve been pampered and pandered to for so long, they don’t even recognize it anymore. Sooner or later, that little yap dog that keeps trying to bite your ankle will get its teeth in… and then it will be kicked across the room.

    nick

    BTW, a version of this is going on with the blue side too, but they are probably smart enough to recognize it and change.

  20. Obama’s renaming of the mountain is simply a distraction as his “climate change” policies gut the oil industry Alaska relies on.

  21. We had a big wind storm on Saturday. Lost power for about 18 hours. With all the talk on this place about emergency preparedness, you would think I would be more prepared. I was, sort of. So I wrote about it on my blog (I used to post daily; now, not so much … my life is not that exciting). If interested: http://digitalchoke.com/digitalchokeblog/after-the-storm/ .

    I’m treating it as a learning experience…

    For flashlight references: http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-3-12-in-9-led-mini-flashlight-69065.html (2 pack for $2.99, getting some more later this week)

    and a few that I got via Daily Steals.

  22. ‘plenty’ and ‘dead’ based on his account 🙂

    @rickH, don’t you have any UPSs on your pcs that could have been used for your CPAP machine? A 12v inverter and an extra car battery might be in order (or salvage a bunch of gel cells next time you are replacing a UPS.) I guess it’s more for convenience than life or death, but you need some alternative. Long term outages are stressful enough without sleep deprivation.

    thanks for the AAR.

    nick

  23. Mount McKinley National Park Act of February 26, 1917

    Apparently we have retro-active vetoes now

  24. We’ve gone through pretty frequent short-term power outages over the last 30 years–a few hours to a few days–but once Barbara retires I want to run a trial where we do without utilities other than water and natural gas for several days. (That’s to let Barbara kind of ease into it. I’ll probably also cheat by running my PC so that I can post here and process orders, but all cooking, eating, drinking, etc. would be from stored supplies and gear.)

  25. ITV, a commercial UK TV network, produces “Downton Abbey”. I’ve noticed that they have an interesting technique for keeping production costs low by killing the characters around the time the actors ask for a raise.

    Beyond actors salaries my guess is that production costs on a period “costume drama” like “Downton Abbey” are pretty minimal, even in the UK.

    And actors’ salaries are low over there. I read once that David Tennant made about $2 million a year for “Doctor Who”, easily the BBC’s most profitable production.

  26. “Immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico”
    http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Immigration-shift-shows-India-China-outpacing-6473195.php

    “Mexicans still dominate the overall composition of immigrants in the U.S., accounting for more than a quarter of the foreign-born people. But of the 1.2 million newly arrived immigrants here legally and illegally counted in 2013 numbers, China led with 147,000, followed by India with 129,000 and Mexico with 125,000. It’s a sharp contrast to 2000, when there were 402,000 from Mexico and no more than 84,000 each from India and China. Experts say part of the reason for the decrease in Mexican immigrants is a dramatic plunge in illegal immigration.”

  27. “Experts say …dramatic plunge”

    Dramatic plunge my a$$.

    Also nice that the data is 2 years old, and that they don’t mention the dramatic RISE in immigration from further south than Mexico.

    Grrrr.

    nick

  28. How dare U question the accuracy and veracity of our esteemed experts on this matter, you rayciss, xenophobic nativist!

    Well, looks like we gotta pick a second language to learn after our beloved English…take your choice….Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or Hindi. Hey, we gotta understand what orders the new masses will give us when we’re slaving out in the fields or factories or battlefields for them…and what about Arabic and the new system of sharia?

    The “experts” will be exempt from all that, of course, as will the One Percent.

  29. Long rambling post. Sleep deprived and fighting a cold. IQ has taken a major point hit.

    Anyway

    Bread and circuses in Anchorage today. Imperial presidency.

    Denali/Mckinley thing. Locals call it whatever they want and have for decades. There have been various attempts over the year to change the name. Local news is reporting as having been done before POTUS arrival. I am sickened by how very distractible and foolish people are. Does anyone really believe a name is of any consequence given the corruption of government and break down of society?

    City Hall is across the street from where POTUS will be this afternoon. 8 story building with lots of glass looking down on the convention center with lots of glass. For what i assume is security purposes, non-essential employees sent home no later than 1 PM with 4 hours pay ‘regular not worked’ for 1-5. I confess to being a government employee (please don’t stone me – I work awfully hard to not waste taxpayers money or abuse trust. I take ‘servant’ to heart and am well aware of how grossly overpaid I am). I don’t think the pay is appropriate. Surely there are many other options.

    Crowd of people with signs welcoming and thanking POTUS a few minutes ago. I counted 50, interesting to see how that looks on the news tonight.

    Happier news.
    We had a litter of pups born a few days ago. 2 boys, 3 girls, Cardigan Welsh corgis. Litter was 3 years in the planning and 2 years in the trying. Last years car crash, death of both mentors, ‘silent heat’ with the bitch, etc, etc, until I thought the bitch was going to age out before we got her bred. Very relieved to have the pups on the ground.

    Had a 6 hour power outage Saturday night. Impact would have been minimal but for new litter. Heat lamps, you know. We were prepared to fire up the generator if it had lasted much longer. As it was enrobing the whelping box in blankets to retain the heat was (mostly) sufficient. Stayed up until power restored just after 2 AM. Then checked pups and mama to ensure nobody too chilled. Warmed the litter on a heating pad for a bit, all ok.

    Also – a thought, probably obvious, on disaster preparedness, well known tasks, and sleep deprivation. I haven’t had a full night sleep since the pups were whelped. I’m REALLY tired. Decided Saturday 6 PM (before the outage) that dumping the poo tank on the trailer (1968 Aladdin model 18) couldn’t possibly wait another day.

    Hooked up trailer, pulled off lawn. Crud, forgot to twist off the adapter – snapped off but no damage to trailer. Ok. Pulled onto very bumpy cross street. You see where this is going, right? Bounced that sucker right off the unlocked hitch. Trailer jammed itself under the Jeep. More it less minor damage to the aluminum skin. Lots of entertainment for the neighbors. Couple friends helped get it all straightened out. I hung my head in Shane and walked the toddler home to dinner and bed.

    Lesson learned? Tired = Loss of cognitive function (I would say ‘stupid’ but that may be a micro-aggression).
    Checklists are good. Having, more importantly using, a checklist would have avoided an awful lot if shame, amusement, and hassle.

    I expect each of us have familiar tasks we will need to do during an emergency while absurdly tired. In going to spend some time pondering this and decide where it is worth developing checklists.

    Also – I learned that my husband does not know how to dump the poo tank. We are going to have a conversation about knowledge assumptions we’ve been making about the other. It never dawned on me that my very capable husband lacked this knowledge, or felt any discomfort about ‘just figuring it out’.

  30. “I counted 50, interesting to see how that looks on the news tonight.”

    They’ll use CGI or sumthin’ and the fifty will look like 50,000. Or they won’t mention the crowd at all.

    “We are going to have a conversation about knowledge assumptions we’ve been making about the other.”

    Good idea; we are gonna have that same talk here on the other end of the continent.

    Congrats on the successful pup litter.

  31. I read once that David Tennant made about $2 million a year for “Doctor Who”, easily the BBC’s most profitable production.

    Pretty good for 14 episodes per year, about $140k per episode. The cast of Big Bang Theory, one of the highest rated shows on TV (2x the viewers of Dr. Who) started at $60k/episode, moved to $200k in year 4, and got raises after that.

  32. So I’m guessing the meta look at the news here, is that Trump is winning hearts and minds on illegal immigration, so how to counter?

    Article on all the injustice the last time mexicans were rounded up and deported en masse, and how hard it was, and how even today songs evoke the memory… so sad.

    And now the misleading article claiming immigration isn’t that big a deal any more-it’s mostly the chinese…

    Well color me purple, I guess my eyes are lying to me. All the day laborers around here must really be chinese, as well as the tile guys, concrete guys, carpenters, cleaners, lawn guys, heck they ALL must be chinamen. I guess the 80-90% hispanic enrollment in my local school district is a lie too. Gee, they don’t LOOK chinese. They DO look HISPANIC. Guess it’s me. Time for my reeducation.

    nick

  33. [snip] Tired = Loss of cognitive function [snip]

    Loss of cognitive function is not the same as inability to think on a certain level, and neither are the same as refusal to think on a certain level.

  34. Loss of cognitive function is not the same as inability to think on a certain level, and neither are the same as refusal to think on a certain level.

    You’re only saying that because you’re using the white man’s math, you racist hater.

  35. Also – I learned that my husband does not know how to dump the poo tank. We are going to have a conversation about knowledge assumptions we’ve been making about the other. It never dawned on me that my very capable husband lacked this knowledge, or felt any discomfort about ‘just figuring it out’.

    I only learned recently that RV’s have a poo tank (black water) and a slightly used water tank (grey water). One of my employees lives in an RV down the road and informed me of this when I asked him how often he had to dump the tank. He asked me “which one” which was confounding for a while.

    Congrats on the pups, Corgis are cute!

  36. “Guess it’s me. Time for my reeducation.”

    Long past, obviously. Habla Espanol, amigo?

    “Dr. Ben Carson has an unprecedented 81% likeability rating…”

    And how many black Murkans will vote for him if it came to that? And someone might pipe up “well they all voted for Obama…” Yes they did, ’cause Obola told ’em all a whole buncha lies and bullshit. Carson doesn’t do that and speaks plainly. Thus, Anathema. In any case, his chances are about as good as Bernie’s, who is as of today, just seven points behind Cankles in…….Iowa….

    “You’re only saying that because you’re using the white man’s math…”

    Which we know, thanks to Reverend Sharpless, was devised, along with philosophy, by a bunch of old Greek homos…

  37. Doubtful. Peeps that fled Megalopolis libturd environments for here immediately set about recreating what they fled.

    I thought most expat Kalifornians were heading for Nevada and Idaho?

  38. These Gremlin Drones are awesome!  OdooshNozzle could use then to carve Mt. Rushmore in his own image.  Or maybe Mr. SteveF could hack them for deployment to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW! Yeah, let’s go with that scenario.

  39. I was at Bank of America today to set up a business account for our new biz. I felt very WHITE! There was even a transgender biz banking person. At least it looked like a Black Female in a man’s biz suit and shoes. Those had to be boobs. I kid you not. I was waiting next to an Indian lady who spoke two words of English. Perhaps you should learn the language of the country you move to.

    Racist!
    Hater!
    Sexist!
    Anti any language other than English-ist!
    Micro-aggressive!

  40. Regarding flashlights: someone commented on the latest Chaos Manor Reviews post (about my powerless experiences) that this is the bestest flashlight ever (see his comment on the http://www.chaosmanorreviews.com site )

    Here’s his link: http://www.dx.com/p/sipik-sk-68-cree-xr-e-q5-260lm-1-mode-white-light-zooming-flashlight-grey-1-x-aa-158184#.VeTzBvTy73A

    I have heard there are some flashlight experts here, so perhaps they would chime in before I send off an order.

    (Edited: several SK68 flashlights on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=SK68+flashlight&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3ASK68+flashlight )

  41. I thought most expat Kalifornians were heading for Nevada and Idaho?

    When I lived in Oregon the movement was from CA to OR. People OR did not like the people from CA spoiling their space. One of our neighbors complained a lot about the migration. She said she moved from CA to get away from the mess and they were just bring the mess to OR. I then asked her why she should be allowed to move to OR and other people from CA should not. I was met with silence.

    Those had to be boobs.

    Or moobs. Seen a few of those on what I think were males. Wonder what Jenner has? Any volunteers to look? Someone with a strong stomach and little cultural taste. OFD maybe?

  42. I have heard there are some flashlight experts here, so perhaps they would chime in before I send off an order.

    Do it. You have little to lose.

    Any flashlight that uses a convex lens is attempting to magnify the light output into a more concentrated beam. Makes the light appear brighter than it actually is. Decent lights use reflector technology and a flat lens. Gives nice spill with a central bright spot.

    Also the specs are questionable. You cannot get 1 ampere for more than a few seconds from 1 AA battery. There is no current regulation but that should not be a problem as the battery chemistry limits the current. The light will dim as the battery runs down.

    Mechanically on cheap lights the threads tend to gall up and not operate smoothly. General fit is not as good as a quality light.

    However, even with all that, go for it. A dozen cheap lights allows you to leave the lights in multiple locations. You have little to lose. So go for it.

    I still maintain you should have one high quality light in the arsenal. A light that is reliable, long shelf life on the batteries, quality construction. If your life is depending on a light don’t skimp. But having lots of cheap lights, lights you don’t care if you lose, lights that can help you get to your good light is good insurance.

  43. “Perhaps you should learn the language of the country you move to.”

    Hater.

    Seriously, true, though. When I went to various countries in SEA, and even though it was only gonna be for year-long tours, I made an effort to learn their damn languages; even went to Thai language school for TWO MONTHS. Those regular folks over there treated me like a PRINCE. My fellow bonehead G.I.’s not so much.

    “I have heard there are some flashlight experts here, so perhaps they would chime in before I send off an order.”

    Thanks a lot.

    “I then asked her why she should be allowed to move to OR and other people from CA should not. I was met with silence.”

    Yes, the NIMBY Syndrome, alive and well here in Vermont. You see, the very folks who whine about the warmist nonsense and energy and the environment, take a very dim view of wind turbines and solar panels spoiling their view of the mountains and/or the lakes. And they’ll fight it tooth-and-nail, too.

    “Someone with a strong stomach and little cultural taste. OFD maybe?”

    I never volunteer for anything. Didn’t they teach you that in the military, hombre?

    Fatties and weightlifter/bodybuilder types have manboobs, I guess; at least that’s what Mrs. OFD calls them. Bruce is probably getting implants or something.

    Repub hero Governor Rick Perry, ladies and germs: (no, it’s not him talking, it’s someone talking ABOUT him…)

    “Walls and barriers work everywhere else. Is there something about the US that makes them ineffective? Americans are tired of hearing that a wall along the southern border is a money issue problem. Citizens are tired of hearing illegal alien invaders cannot be deported. The government can support the United Nations, send $500 million to train and arm ISIS, dole out money and services to illegal alien invaders to the tune of billions, slide money to “green energy” companies that file bankruptcy, bail out the automobile companies who, in turn, pay huge bonuses to CEOs and ship manufacturing overseas, fly “Moochie,” the girls, and every other family member across the world to vacation and shop every other week, and fund a baby murder mill. Add to this mix the funding of dozens of unconstitutional agencies. The government can fund all of that, but money is lacking to secure our border adequately.”

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/08/perry-engages-in-hypocritical-rhetoric-about-southern-border-security/

  44. I never volunteer for anything. Didn’t they teach you that in the military, hombre?

    Yes, they did. Or rather I learned that lesson painfully. I really wasn’t asking for volunteers as much as I was nominating.

  45. I deeply regret that I must decline the honor of your “nomination,” sir.

  46. Well, maybe we’ll be more or less OK where we’re at now…

    “…prepare to get smaller and more local. Things on the grand level are not going to work out. Get your shit together locally, and do it in place that has some prospect for keeping on: a small town somewhere food can be grown and especially places near the inland waterways where some kind of commercial exchange might continue in the absence of the trucking industry.”

    http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/say-goodbye-to-normal/

  47. @ofd,

    I like to ask people WHY we need diversity. Why it’s better. So far no one has done more than hem and haw.

    The comments on the article seem confused though.

    nick

  48. Jen, is the pups’ mum very protective of her pups viz a viz you, or does she allow you to handle them?

  49. “I like to ask people WHY we need diversity. Why it’s better. So far no one has done more than hem and haw.”

    Diversity is good because some of them bring interesting cuisine with them, and diversity is also good from a genetic point of view.

    (One of my nephews has just married a Norweigan woman and they are in the process of making my fifth grand nephew/niece, who will be more genetically diverse (=good) than the others.)

  50. @Miles, you made my point for me, thanks!

    When I’m looking for ethnic cuisine, do I go to Chinatown, or the mall? Little Saigon or main street? Little Italy or the suburbs? I know that the best will be where there is a concentration of the same folks living nearby, ie. NOT a diverse neighborhood, but an ethnically distinct one.

    As for mixing of the races and groups from different areas, diverse genetics may be a benefit if you fear some genetic disorder wiping our your group, but it is a nice way to IMPORT genetic disorders too. For millennia, populations brought in enough genetic diversity to avoid inbreeding thru the traditional mechanisms of exploration and conquest. I don’t think we need to actively introduce outgroups into our communities to avoid inbreeding.

    So, in seriousness, what are the benefits of diversity on a local level? Some pretty foreigners to look at? Some unusual food to eat? Not much of a trade off for the negatives.

    nick

  51. “Not much of a trade off for the negatives.”

    Rayciss.

    Nativist.

    Xenophobe.

    So many micro-aggressions here….

    The Goddesses Diversity and Democracy are to be worshiped and we must grovel before their altars continually. And it’s good practice for when we come to do the same thing under sharia.

  52. @miles,

    That genderqueer article is the sign of a society in decline. Not because such people exist, but because of so much focus on something so unimportant.

    Treating the words and thoughts of minor children with mental issues as profound is also something I don’t understand. Wisdom comes with age and understanding, from experience and thought. NOT because you are confused by your own body in the disorder of the month club.

    in other news, yes TX natural gas production is down somewhat but oil is still above previous years, see here for data. (and no, I have no idea why the Railroad Commission tracks this data, but they do.)

    http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/production-data/texas-monthly-oil-gas-production/

    nick

  53. @ofd,

    because sharia is so supportive of queer theory 😉

    And allah is supportive of diversity of thought and action, 😛

    amirite?

    nikc

  54. I don’t think that an Aussie, presumably of Northern European origin, marrying a Norwegian of Northern European origin counts as “diversity”, genetically or otherwise.

    As long as someone mates with someone who is not closely-related, the risk of genetic defects is minimal. There’s not even much risk when first-cousins produce offspring. Any relationship more distant has risk that falls into the statistical noise class.

  55. @RBT

    “There’s not even much risk when first-cousins produce offspring.”

    Only if first cousins producing offspring is not a family tradition. See the royal families of Europe or those crazy polygamous sects that the Mormons have disowned in the southwestern United States.

  56. When I’m looking for ethnic cuisine, do I go to Chinatown, or the mall? Little Saigon or main street? Little Italy or the suburbs?

    Korean BBQ Taco truck.

    And on a side note Krispy Kream returns to Bakersfield. Krazy people lined up for days. Just opened at 5:30am and the local nooze is live. (I find local bakeries make better; much better. But what do I know?)

  57. Never got the KK mania. Even hot they’re not worth a wait, and cold they are as nasty as something like a donut could be (even bad donuts are good.)

    Speaking of mania, Dow is plunging ATM…. we’ll see what happens today.

    Funny that there is no news from Greece. I guess they are all sorted out now.

    HAH, couldn’t say that with a straight face.

    And france has banned cash transactions for over E700. Since it is nominally aimed at the underground economy, I wonder how well that will work for them. Crims ignoring laws? Nah. Couldn’t happen. Meanwhile, exactly like gun bans, only the honest and law abiding will be affected and hurt by this.

    Ban guns > ban cash > ban speech > ban dissent > start rounding up citizens

    The future does not look bright.

    nick

  58. If our biz doesn’t *embrace* diversity, the ObamaBucks dry up. So…

    Viva La Raza, baby!!!

    My wife is of Mexican heritage, so I embrace her frequently to meet diversity standards. 🙂

  59. So while western SJWs are worried about genderqueer teens, in India

    “The neighbour warned that the un-elected village council, Khap panchayat, dominated by the upper caste ‘Jat’ men, had ordered the two sisters be raped and paraded naked with their faces blackened as punishment for their brother’s actions. “

    And the brother’s offense? Marrying someone out of his caste.

    Or — killed for being gay

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198283/Horrific-moment-two-gay-men-thrown-tall-building-ISIS-stoned-baying-mob-including-children.html

    or — Beaten bloody for adultery

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3218325/Afghan-man-woman-given-100-lashes-public-adultery.html

    I’ll start caring about ‘default binary gender in science fiction’ or genderqueer teens in briton, when they start caring about REAL atrocities.

    nick

    And even then I’ll only care as a lesson for what’s coming, and as an example of the savages in the world. I personally don’t care at all about them, except in the most abstract way possible. I care about people close to me.

  60. “I’ll start caring about ‘default binary gender in science fiction’ or genderqueer teens in briton, when they start caring about REAL atrocities.”

    Recall how vociferous the fembats here were for YEARS over the Glass Ceiling and womyns’ pay and how men are such pigs, etc., while their sisters were being murdered left and right in Afghan soccer stadiums before jeering mobs.

    While homosexual activists paraded naked in the streets, spat on communion wafers at Catholic churches, and screeched about Stonewall and baking cakes for weddings, their comrades in the Sandbox were being thrown off roofs and having walls toppled over on them. What was the activist reaction here? Crickets.

  61. I like to ask people WHY we need diversity. Why it’s better. So far no one has done more than hem and haw.

    Ditto. Many of the people asked that blurt out something about “differing points of view” or go on the attack with “if you don’t understand then you need more training”. Semantically null, hence hemming and hawing.

  62. Hey, I like Diversity.

    My family has Angle, Saxon, Jute, Pict, Celt, Norse and Algonqian blood and DNA.

    Pretty effin diverse, doncha think?

    Not so big on Democracy, though; unless it’s the old New England town meeting deal, based on much older Anglo-Saxon practice and the Norse “Thing.” Unworkable for groups any larger than that.

    Bust it up or burn it down.

  63. @Miles_Teg
    “… is the pups’ mum very protective”
    She will let me handle them. She isn’t crazy about being watched for a long period of time and will shift so she is between the observer and the pups. She’s very protective of the pups when it comes to the other two dogs (whom she’s known her while life and has lived with since March) getting within 5′ of her whelping box/pen. Then the ferociousness comes roaring out. We are very careful to not let the other dogs pester her.

  64. She isn’t crazy about being watched for a long period of time

    Reasonable. No one likes a creepy stalker. Especially one who’s blatant about it.

  65. That’s funny, ’cause the female cats here over the years were actually quite proud of their kittens and loved it when we fawned over them.

    So sometimes being a creepy stalker pays off in just oodles of luv from the felines…dunno if that works the same way with the larger cats…not eager to find out, either…

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