Monday, 7 March 2016

10:55 – Barbara is down in Winston today for a dental appointment. Colin will be wandering around the house, whining and barking, until she gets back this afternoon.

Barbara originally called the unfinished area in the basement just that. As we piled more and more stuff in there, she started calling it my “natural area”, implying that there were things growing wild in there. Which, in all fairness, there might have been. But now that it’s pretty well organized and de-cluttered, she’s started calling it my lab area. Eventually, we need to do something about the lighting and the sink. Right now, there are four incandescent fixtures to cover the whole area. That’s 400W of incandescent right now, which is sufficient for what people normally use a basement for, but not for using it as a work area. Also, the sink is small and pathetic. It’s a cheap enameled metal cabinet with a small, shallow sink and a cheap faucet with little clearance.

I’d originally thought about installing four four-foot double fluorescent fixtures, but LED lighting has gotten cheap enough that I may install the equivalent LED fixtures instead. Those long tubes are a PITA to store, install, and dispose of, while I should never have to touch the LED fixtures again once they’re installed.

As to the sink, I’m still thinking about it. I may get a carpenter in to build a sturdy workbench at a good working height for me with half or so its length being a drop in shallow sink with a high-clearance faucet and storage shelves below.

Colin had some excitement yesterday. We heard a woman shouting out in our yard. She was chasing one of those little chee-hooah-hooah dogs around. They may be small, but they’re fast. Barbara took Colin out on leash, and of course the little dog immediately approached him. Fortunately, Colin is a very gentle dog. The chee-hooah-hooah stood up with its front paws braced on Colin’s face. Colin not only didn’t kill and eat it, he didn’t even growl.


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49 Responses to Monday, 7 March 2016

  1. Denis says:

    “Fortunately, Colin is a very gentle dog.”

    Perhaps he just wasn’t peckish. There’s really not much eating on a gee-wow-wow.

    Incidentally, that is an excellent metric for calorie-controlled diets in humans. When one starts mentally calculating how much edible meat is on the neighbour’s dog (or even on the neighbour, for that matter), the food deprivation method is working.

  2. OFD says:

    “… one of those little chee-hooah-hooah dogs…”

    Oh yeah, cat treats.

    I’ve made a good start on clearing out the attic space I need for my workshop and ham shack and also on the flooring, which is coming along nicely. Actually feels like I’ve made a very small dent in our five-page To-Do List.

    Mrs. OFD got back to VT after midnight, after being stuck on the runway for a while in Lost Wages, and then missing her connection in Chicago as a result. Not a happy person and is probably sleeping in at her mom’s place south of here until past noon. I told her to just rest up this week; I’ll take care of all the usual crap around here (which I do anyway when she’s not here). She’s got another two weeks of gigs coming up in Denver and Kalifornia, plus staying extra days out there with kids and grandkids, and will miss Saint Patrick’s Day here. But I’ll be with her for her birthday next month down in the Lost Commonwealth of Maffachufetts.

    Overcast and very windy, with very light snow flurries; we expect temps in the fotties this week, maybe mid-50s on Wednesday, and continued rain and snow showers. No sun visible until Friday, looks like. Whatevuh.

  3. SteveF says:

    my lab area. Eventually, we need to do something about the lighting and the sink.

    Ventilation?

  4. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I don’t have a hood, nor any easy way to install one. Not that I do anything that really requires one.

  5. nick says:

    I’ve made a super sturdy work area out of the “pallet racking” style shelves from lowe’s or costco.

    Get the 2ft deep model, 5 cross bars and only one wire shelf. Total size is about 6ft wide, 7 tall, and 2 ft deep.

    Put one crossbar at the back, near the floor, 2 at a convenient height for the bench surface, and 2 at the top. wire shelf goes on top. Hang a light from the underside of the top shelf. Add a flat solid core door cut to length, or plywood, or some counter top material for the bench surface.

    By only installing the bottom xbar at the back, you have room for your feet, or a chair under the bench. The top shelf gives a good storage place for light materials, and a good place to hang a lamp.

    You end up with a kind of enclosed workspace that is very like manufacturing workstations costing many thousands of dollars, that is very rigid and strong, and quite cheap. The bench top is adjustable height too.

    And if your needs change, you can add a couple of crossbars and shelves and use it for storage.

    nick

    BTW, did I mention I have poison ivy? Super itchy. Scheduled for a Dr visit this afternoon.. . it’s spreading and nasty. Lazy dopey day for me due to the benadryl.

  6. rick says:

    Costco here has LED shop lights on sale for $25/each (regularly $35). They look like 4 foot double fluorescent fixtures, but the bulbs are LED. I bought a bunch for my shop and they do a great job.

    Rick in Portland

  7. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] I’d originally thought about installing four four-foot double fluorescent fixtures, … a drop in shallow sink [snip]

    IMHO, those four-foot fluorescent tubes are tools of the devil. If I’m going to use fluorescent give me eight foot single pin. And I’d rather have a laundry tub type set up w/ the high clearance faucet. The gain in utility outweighs the loss of storage space under the sink. SteveF’s right about ventilation concerns, too.

  8. nick says:

    A lot of the led drivers put out a ton of RF noise. You will certainly blow out your ability to receive HF, and maybe a neighbor’s too while they’re on. Plus, they flicker. Flouros do too, and have nasty color rendering indexes. At least most of the led product has decent color rendering now.

    So use the strip lights for general illumination, but add halogen task lighting where you need it.

    nick

    Oh, and NEVER use a flickering light source above rotating tools, like a lathe. The strobe effect can fool your brain into thinking the thing isn’t moving, and get you a nasty injury.

  9. OFD says:

    I haven’t got to the workbench/back panel assembly yet or lights; gotta finish the flooring, install shelving, and run electricity up there. The one attic window will also get replaced when we finish the rest of the windows and shutters, and I’ll put one of them nifty antenna wire/coax panels in that window and another one down in my office and run antennas out from them across the trees out back. Also gotta get a masonry guy in here to knock at least one hole out of the opposite attic wall (brick) on either side of the chimneys and install some kind of vents for cross-ventilation up there.

    I’d like to finish up the attic stuff in the next couple of weeks and then wrap up my pending and unfinished work in the cellar. Plus get some seeds started in here somewhere and when the weather gets better, do a bunch of outside stuff that’s been hanging for a while now.

    No calls back from anybody, per usual, for the various IT jobs I’ve continued to apply for and do phone interviews, and so forth; looks more and more like that road is now closed to me, and to countless others. They either want SENIOR guru types with a complete alphabet soup of IT acronyms, or kids fresh outta skool, nothing in between anymore. The in-between gigs are now given to, at best, temp and contract drones, but usually H1B and overseas serfs. So be it.

    I’ll be working on network/security stuff anyway, because it also has potential for paying local gigs, maybe along the lines, with local and regional companies, that Mr. nick mentioned the other day. I’ve already done unpaid IT security consulting for some local gun guys and a couple of foreign political types; they’ll be decent references and networking contacts.

    And as long as the net stays up, I’ve got some other ideas I’m working on, plus the writing project, which quite frankly has taken a back seat to all the stuff on our To-Do List and prepping; I’m gonna work the Ten-Week prep deal and try to get as much done that still needs doing for as cheaply as possible. We’re in good shape with defense and commo and have made a decent start on food and water. My main hardware goals in the near future are an alternative well pump and more shelving for stuff that’s piling up. And I gotta build more firewood racks and get that back perimeter fence and lighting/webcams up. Oh crap, also gotta reinforce the front and back doors and get new locks and strike plates, etc.

    And there’s still our living room ceiling and the remaining windows to replace, with shutters.

    One step at a time, as our priest said yesterday; we’d like to do the whole Good Friday liturgies via the Tridentine Mass, and we’ll get maybe half like that, thanks to the bishop. So little by little we’re moving in the right direction; got our new Saint Edmund Campion missals and, unfortunately to my way of thinking, a FaceCrack page. I gotta talk to him about just setting up our own site.

    Now where is Mrs. OFD….we had a blast of snow flurries just now, and normally that means the roller-coaster ride that is Interstate 89 up here gets a good blast of it, too, making driving rather adventurous. One side is sheer rock/cliff face and the other side is a steep dropoff to the southbound lanes. Peeps go off it every winter or indeed, in rainstorms. And still, we get the total imbeciles who fly up it at 100+ and are occasionally stopped by the staties.

  10. MrAtoz says:

    I’m feeling the Chihuahua hate here today. Y’all a bunch of haters!

  11. OFD says:

    Pit-bull and cat treats. Like poodles and corgis and suchlike. Our cats would kick their asses. Real dawgs are American Pit Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks, also Rottweilers and mastiffs. When the golden retriever here finally kicks the bucket, Ima gon get me either a German Shepherd or a bull mastiff. They can eat the yappy little mutts next door for starters and then move on across the street and scarf down the underclass revenants and any speeding/noisy motor vehicle operators we stop on the street here.

  12. MrAtoz says:

    The hate is undeniable. You must be a Trumpeteer, Mr. OFD. Sieg Heil!

  13. MrAtoz says:

    I’m currently sitting at the new condo waiting for some furniture delivery. Glad I set up the ‘net. Boring!

  14. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “I’m gonna work the Ten-Week prep deal”

    There’s lots of really, really bad advice in that article. I almost choked when I got to the part about the “Stabilized Oxygen”, which is utter snake oil. But there’s lots of other bad advice there, too.

  15. OFD says:

    “But there’s lots of other bad advice there, too.”

    True; I just cherry-picked a couple of things and also went for the prepping-path-over-ten-weeks idea. Gives me a bit of structure and a goal to aim for.

    “Glad I set up the ‘net. Boring!”

    Uh-oh; what if the net/Grid goes down and no juice, kemosabe? It smacks of the younger generations glued to pixels since they were born; in a circa-1900 world again, what to do, what to do??? For commo it will be battery- and solar-powered ham radios for a while and then back to smoke signals, Pony Express and meatspace. Telegraph? Got CW?

  16. SteveF says:

    SteveF’s right

    Would you mind repeating that? I don’t hear it very often.

    I don’t have a hood, nor any easy way to install one.

    I’ll defer to your judgement of whether you need ventilation, but if you need it and if your basement windows are the old style with three small panes of glass, take out one pane and put in a metal plate with a hose vent. You should be able to find them amongst the accessories for clothes driers. For the get-rid-of-the-dirty-air part, I stuck a small desk fan in the opening of a PVC drier hose and just plonked it down near where I was working. It seemed to do a good enough job of sucking up soldering fumes, solvent fumes, and whatever. Hardly elegant, but good enough.

  17. MrAtoz says:

    If the net goes down permanently, I jump off the 4th floor balcony. Or drive to the dam bypass and … Wheeeee!

  18. OFD says:

    “Would you mind repeating that? I don’t hear it very often.”

    Steve’s right. For laffs, cue up the part of “The Thin Red Line” where the Major character played by Nick Nolte tells the pussy captain “We don’t need you to tell us I’m right; we’ll assume it!” Plus, there’s the SteveF Playbook, wherein the major principle learned is: If the current regime/junta wanted to destroy this country and its people, just how would they be going about it differently?

    “I jump off the 4th floor balcony. Or drive to the dam bypass and … Wheeeee!”

    Neither of which are guaranteed methods of checking out. If the Net goes down for good here, we have a nice library of books to read, and enough to last us the rest of our lives, too. And then some. Probably by lantern and candle light, and only for a few minutes at dawn and dusk; the rest of the day would be pretty much like great-grandparents had, working our butts off to keep the whole franchise afloat, from cain’t see to cain’t see. And with not much medical or dental care available anymore, we wouldn’t last a real long time, either, not being used to that kinda stuff growing up. Helluva time now to GET used to it, when one is in their 60s and 70s.

  19. MrAtoz says:

    I’ve decided to off myself when the grid is kaput. It would be better than listening to all the fems bitching to me “fix it, old man! Where’s my TV! Where’s my internet! Where’s my phone!” I’ll have the weiner dog dig a big hole and pull it in after us. Dogs understand.

  20. SteveF says:

    See, that there is an attitude I’ll never understand. In the face of interpersonal strife, some people do indeed become suicidal. I’ll never understand that. Why not become homicidal instead?

  21. OFD says:

    “Why not become homicidal instead?”

    Steve’s right. Off the fems instead. Problem solved.

  22. JimL says:

    Um. No. Survival of the species, boys & girls. Off the ones that can’t support the clan. Need the fems for procreation.

  23. SteveF says:

    Bah. Evidence suggests that h. saps are not in danger of dying out. Especially the “saps” part.

  24. OFD says:

    Nah, Steve is right. (he’s gonna get tired of seeing that, I’m betting on it…)

    Scientists will develop artificial wombs that replicate maternal human nourishment and all that good stuff. Robots will take care of the sex thing for us, and soon they won’t look like Tonka Toyz, either; they’ll be custom-designed for our enjoyment and preferences. The nag function will be permanently disabled, by default. Also the drama queen function. And, last, but certainly not least, the shopping gene.

  25. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    And never forget that as biology techniques advance men won’t need women at all, because we have an X and a Y chromosome, while they have only a needlessly duplicated X. In other words, we could make engineered males and females using only a male cell, while all one can make using a female cell is more females.

  26. DadCooks says:

    WRT artificial wombs and robots for sex: they are already here, just do some Googling (or whatever you use) and that will keep you occupied for a few days (warning – results will be NSFW).

    Here is one on artificial wombs:
    https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/06/12/artificial-wombs-the-coming-era-of-motherless-births/

  27. JimL says:

    I dunno about you, but I don’t want a female clone of homely old me. I scare rottweilers into fits. Fem-me would be scary. But I want my genes to go on. So no pretty girls get offed in my AO.

    And I’m sorry, but there’s nothing better after “cain’t” than a real girl.

  28. MrAtoz says:

    while all one can make using a female cell is more females.

    Just what the FemiNazi’s and prog libturds want to hear. No more male proto-apes to start wars. Fems don’t do that. And don’t bring up Cankles. There is no proof she’s female.

  29. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    My guess is that she’s XYY.

  30. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] NEVER use a flickering light source above rotating tools, like a lathe. [snip]

    I never had a problem from the fluorescent in my machine shop area. I *always* assumed that my mills, presses, lathes, etc were spinning, and treated them accordingly. Like knowing that all guns are loaded, it’s just the way I was taught.

    [snip] Would you mind repeating that? I don’t hear it very often. [snip]

    One of the many unpublicized costs of being married.

  31. nick says:

    The bench grinder is a risk too, that thing takes forever to spin down and makes NO noise….

    n

  32. OFD says:

    “One of the many unpublicized costs of being married.”

    Ya just gotta hang on a little longer, boyz; I hear it occasionally nowadays when something turns out just the way I said it would, or somebody is actually the way I said they were “You’re right, honey.” I try to return the favor for the extremely rare times that SHE’s right.

    The next time things get dull around here, I’ll point out that she voted for a serial adulterer, pedophile, deviate, drug dealer and murderer twice and show her the relevant data accordingly. I’ll also tell her I voted for a drug dealer spook and liar who’s been a great pal, along with his sons, of the two Klinton pigs, for many years. And we’ll wait for Roger Stone’s next book, if he does one, on the Obamas.

    I knew some stuff already, but after reading more details on LBJ and the later Klintons, I feel like I gotta take a hot soapy shower; what incredibly evil and filthy excuses for human beings these people were/are. Utter, total scum. Nixon and Carter come off as generally pretty decent guys, other than being politicians, compared to these other animals.

  33. Lynn says:

    “Record 61 million immigrants in U.S., 15.7 million illegally”
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-record-61-million-immigrants-in-u.s.-15.7-million-illegally/article/2585110

    Six out of my eight great-grandparents were immigrants.

  34. OFD says:

    “Six out of my eight great-grandparents were immigrants.”

    Yes. When we were reasonably cautious about letting them in here, and in reasonable numbers, and they made an immediate attempt to assimilate and learn the language and work for a living and send their children to school and not rob, rape, and murder people and sell drugs to children or light off suicide belts in crowded areas or fly planes into buildings full of defenseless civilians.

    All of my g-times-1-17/18 grandparents were also immigrants: from England, Ireland and Scotland, starting with Jamestown, Plymouth and Boston.

    Does it thus follow we open the gates to another 61 million, from Lord knows where, and to what purposes, Lord knows? Are those words on the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus, the very late proto-Zionist, now Holy Writ?

  35. Lynn says:

    I knew some stuff already, but after reading more details on LBJ and the later Klintons, I feel like I gotta take a hot soapy shower; what incredibly evil and filthy excuses for human beings these people were/are. Utter, total scum.

    Pikers compared to Martin Bormann. No telling how many thousands of people he sent to the extermination camps. Jawohl, Herr Reichsleiter!

    BTW, I am reading a story about Martin Bormann right now. Nice, nice guy.

  36. nick flandrey says:

    Six out of my eight great-grandparents were immigrants.”

    Apples to oranges- they came legally and wanted to become Americans. They didn’t sneak in with no intention of becoming American, only working here and sending the money home. Most never sent a dime to the old country.

    The current crop are criminal economic opportunists.

    nick

  37. Lynn says:

    Apples to oranges- they came legally and wanted to become Americans. They didn’t sneak in with no intention of becoming American, only working here and sending the money home. Most never sent a dime to the old country.

    They brought more in. My mother’s mother’s parents brought his parents from Brussels to Wharton, Texas in 1908 or so (right before the Kaiser paid a visit to Belgium). They spoke Flemish in the house which my great-grandfather had forbidden. So, my grandmother leaned Flemish from her grandparents here in Texas which her older siblings (all born in Brussels) already knew.

  38. OFD says:

    “Pikers compared to Martin Bormann. No telling how many thousands of people he sent to the extermination camps.”

    Apples to asteroids. This isn’t Nazi Germany; we expect, do we not, better of our elected and appointed officials? So LBJ or Billy Jeff Klinton were not Bormann or Himmler; what’s the point? Both were/are responsible for the needless death of not only individual human beings and American citizens, but GROUPS of them, on the U.S.S. Liberty and at Ruby Ridge and Waco. Do our Presidents get to run up the score like the Nazis or the Soviets or the Chicoms before we start becoming nervous and condemn them for it? Obola and Bush Senior and Shrub have had a pretty good run at it; probably many hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Balkans, plus the gun-running ops in and out of that failed state to our south.

    Face it; we are ruled by murderous criminal psychopaths, and neither Teddy Cruz of Calgary or Marco Rubio or The Donald will be any different, and certainly not the power-grubbing socialist Sanders or the fugly pig from Hell that will probably end up in the job.

    “The current crop are criminal economic opportunists.”

    +100

    When they’re not raping, murdering, dealing drugs or flying planes into buildings. Yeah, yeah, we know there are just boatloads of decent hardworking peeps just trying to get through the day. I give you once again that big bowl of jellybeans, about ten-thousand of them in there; ten are lethal poison; how many jellybeans will YOU eat? And who gets to decide how many and from where these people come, anyway? I don’t remember anyone consulting ME.

    “They spoke Flemish in the house…”

    And no one had a problem with that then or would now; they’re EUROPEANS, with a shared civilization (Western Christian) and obviously set about learning the language here and making themselves citizens. And WORKING.

    I’ll take seriously the pro-immigration arguments when I start seeing the most vociferous of the proponents take in Syrian or Pashtun or Albanian musloids, or for that matter, the Stone Age coca growers and distributors from Points South, yeah, into their own homes and communities.

  39. Lynn says:

    So LBJ or Billy Jeff Klinton were not Bormann or Himmler; what’s the point? Both were/are responsible for the needless death of not only individual human beings and American citizens, but GROUPS of them, on the U.S.S. Liberty and at Ruby Ridge and Waco. Do our Presidents get to run up the score like the Nazis or the Soviets or the Chicoms before we start becoming nervous and condemn them for it?

    I suspect that LBJ and Billy Klinton were afraid of Rule 308 to make any serious changes. Bormann was not since he had already disarmed the populace. So, LBJ and BK were not as smart as Bormann and his friends.
    https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/what-i-saw-at-the-coup/

    Beware the President who disarms you. That is just phase one of their plan. The USA could be just like Nazi Germany in a heartbeat.

  40. OFD says:

    Good luck disarming tens of millions of us out here. And there’s no one on the political horizon that could charm many tens of millions like Hitler did, far from it, now that more and more of us see these animals for what they are. This is a much bigger country, by orders of magnitude, with an ornery populace armed to the teeth. Sure, there are also many millions who would stand in docile lines waiting to be loaded into boxcars, but not the rest of us, and who, really, would wanna be a cop or soldier going around trying to grab firearms off people out here. I can attest that in rural northern New England they’re likely to be shot out of hand.

    I think the fix is in not to make the country like Nazi Germany but more like Orwell’s “1984” writ large, with all the new technologies. But the technology is a two-edged sword, and it all, of course, depends on the Grid staying up and running. Cut the juice and we’re all in the same boat again.

  41. Lynn says:

    Just say to yourself, “Reichsleiter Huma …” and imagine what kind of nonsense could go on there. She would send you to the gulag in a heartbeat.

    I am also reading “Dark Grid” at the moment. This is a grid down book caused by a CME. I am halfway through and the grid has been down for a week now. The cars and trucks still work but if stuff was connected to the grid, oh well. And, things are not going well.
    http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Grid-When-Lights-Permanently/dp/1468079158/

  42. OFD says:

    “She would send you to the gulag in a heartbeat.”

    No, she would have me beheaded or burned alive in a cage. That’s what those subhuman goblins do to other, defenseless human beings. She won’t get the chance.

    “I am halfway through and the grid has been down for a week now.”

    A week would cause major problems. Longer than that and we’re talking a major crisis that even Rahm Emmanuel would quake at. That commie SOB who runs Chicago, lol. What a joke. A Murkan city that is also a failed state, like Detroit.

    I am reading Roger Stone’s book on the Klintons’ war on women, but it covers a lot more ground than that. Once she’s in, we will have a bonafide complete, total, psychopath Sock Puppet in the White House who is gonna be our version of that munchkin creature who runs North Korea.

    Inconvenient truth about the Oscars night:

    http://takimag.com/article/the_week_that_perished_takimag_march_6_2016/print#axzz42H8cImm3

  43. OFD says:

    More inconvenient truth about the slave trade to these United States:

    “If I feel a kinship with anyone, it is with those who are intelligent and noble enough to acknowledge that history is unbearably complex and is more reasonably viewed as a power struggle between winners and losers rather than good guys and bad guys. In the end, only morons strain to justify historical events, while wise men merely try to understand them.”

    http://takimag.com/article/did_africans_sell_africans_into_slavery_lets_ask_some_africans_jim_goad/print#axzz42H8cImm3

  44. nick says:

    Wow, there’s a whole lot of “!!!! it’s the Jooosz!!!11!!!” in the comments for that story.

    And speaking of bias, DailyNews actually used the word “black” to describe a robbery suspect in Houston. Perhaps a small crack in the dike?

    And they ran a front page story about successful defensive gun use.

    “Woman leaves would-be attacker bloody and wounded after she shot him in the neck when he tried to rob her at knife-point ”

    Oopps, not so fast, we’re back to their traditional gun language:

    Shortly after he approached the vehicle and uttered a greeting, a gun (circled in red) appeared out the window pointed up near Gentry’s head. ”

    Damn those pesky guns, they’ve got a will of their own.

    nick

    white woman with defensive gun use- she shot him, and he’s bloody and wounded

    black man attempts murder on cop- ‘gun appears’

    long way to go before we win this war

  45. Lynn says:

    “She would send you to the gulag in a heartbeat.”

    No, she would have me beheaded or burned alive in a cage. That’s what those subhuman goblins do to other, defenseless human beings. She won’t get the chance.

    Oops, I am confusing Nazis and muslims. You are right, she would send you to an extermination camp. Wait, the Nazis had those also, I am so confused as to the difference between Nazis and muslims.

    The way I see ol’ gun grabber Cankles, first she will seize the guns of the people on psychiatric medicine. Then she will seize the guns of the people living in the same house as people on psychiatric medicine. Then she will seize the guns of everyone convicted of a misdemeanor. Then she will seize …

    It is the old frog in the pot of cool water placed on the stove. By the time we realize that there is a serious problem, we will all be criminals for not turning our guns in.

    I am just wondering how many people will turn in their guns voluntarily? There is always a few.

  46. SteveF says:

    I am so confused as to the difference between Nazis and muslims.

    The one group wanted to exterminate Jews and the other…

    The one invaded neighbors to seize land that was “historically theirs” and the other…

    I am just wondering how many people will turn in their guns voluntarily? There is always a few.

    After Fuckface Cuomo rammed the “disingenuously” named SAFE Act through a few years ago, a few people turned in their own now-illegal weapons and magazines. This was dwarfed by the number of people reporting on their estranged husband’s weapons and the like. And even when you total up all of these and the registrations of “you can keep it but you have to register it and we’ll never go around and confiscate it really you can trust us” firearms, the response was underwhelming.

    When I consulted at NYS’s Department of Criminal Justice Services a few years ago, the SAFE Act registration numbers were very high visibility, being reported to the Gov in some weekly briefing and also being shared with the state legislature and the press. But when the numbers became so underwhelming that they could no longer be explained away or disguised, they were no longer shared with the press, and then they were concealed from the legislature, and then they stopped getting reported in the weekly meetings. Funny how that works.

    Another funny thing: there’d been a “project assistant” who sat near me who’d been responsible for putting together the weekly SAFE Act report numbers. Despite her alleged many years of database experience, she was unable to write a SQL query to get it all in one pass, and had been getting numbers one at a time and tallying them up and forming them into a user-viewable table, with plenty of transcription and arithmetic errors. After a while I noticed what she was doing and wrote a quickie query to do it all in one shot. Sometime later, when the registration and turn-in numbers were being concealed, someone who still had access to the production database sent covert weekly reports to a member of the legislature, a member who had been critical of Fuckface Cuomo’s SAFE Act from the start. I of course have no idea who might have been doing such a thing, but I found it funny.

  47. ech says:

    Like poodles and corgis and suchlike. Our cats would kick their asses.

    Depends. Standard Poodles are very protective of their owners and can be aggressive towards any threat. They are hunting dogs after all. Corgis are best described as little dogs with a big dog attitude. As herding dogs, they are also protective and will take on big threats to the pack or the animals they are herding. My daughter moved back in with us and has two cats. The cats will hiss at our Toy Fox Terrier, but they keep their distance from the Corgi. – she faced them down a couple of times.

  48. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Alsatians and Dobies are best known as Nazi camp dogs, but they also used full-size poodles.

  49. OFD says:

    “… someone who still had access to the production database sent covert weekly reports to a member of the legislature…”

    Why…why….why…that’s OUTRAGEOUS!!! I hope that person is brought to JUSTICE soon! hahahahahahah….good one. Makes ya wonder, too, how many gummint databases with all kinds of info and intel are routinely fucked up thanks to incompetent drones, often there because of DIVERSITY or affirmative action bullshit.

    “My daughter moved back in with us and has two cats.”

    It also depends on which pets were there first, already in the territory. And how they relate to the humans as part of the “pack.” Our cats all love our idiot dawg to death but are not fond of or happy at all with any other dawgs or cats that slink around the perimeter here.

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