Monday, 17 July 2017

09:06 – It was 78.7F (26C) when I took Colin out at 0800, bright and partly cloudy. That’s the latest Colin has let me sleep in for at least several months.

Barbara spent all day yesterday doing a deep clean to get rid of the drywall dust, which was everywhere. I spent an hour or so wiping down the kitchen cabinets and counters. She’s satisfied now with the whole house, other than the LTS food room and unfinished basement area, which still need some work.

Speaking of LTS, Barbara made up a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese the other night. As she was making it, she commented that the best-by date was three years ago, in the summer of 2014, and asked if it would be okay. I told her it would be fine. As we were eating dinner, she commented that it tasted a bit “off” to her, and asked what I thought. I told her it tasted the same to me as it always had, which was to say not very good. I’ve never liked it. Their powdered cheese sauce sucks, especially compared with the similar Velveeta product, which is actual sauce in a foil packet.

She said she’d just pitch what we had left, which is probably a couple of dozen boxes. I told her the pasta was perfectly fine, but to go ahead and pitch the cheese sauce packets if she wanted to. So we’ll open the boxes, transfer the pasta to a #10 can or whatever, and discard the cheese packets.

Email overnight from Kathy. Still no Mylar bags or oxygen absorbers from LDS, so she decided to transfer as much of the cornmeal as they had 1-liter bottles for. It comes in paper sacks, so even without an oxygen absorber it’s better stored in PET bottles than paper. And they have a continuing supply of those 1-liter bottles and use cornmeal only a cup or two at a time, so one liter is a good size container for it.


10:06 – I just signed up for Netflix DVD’s, two-at-a-time plan. The last time we got DVD’s from Netflix was five years ago. Since then, we’ve used only Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming.

There’s not much left on Netflix streaming we want to watch, other than some of the series Barbara follows. Most of those are also available on DVD. There are some interesting exceptions. For example, she follows Blue Bloods, which is currently available through season 7 on streaming, but only season 6 on disc, presumably because S7 hasn’t yet been released on DVD. Also, Heartland (which I first discovered on Netflix DVD) now has zero seasons available on DVD. That doesn’t matter. I BT current episodes as they’re released, collect them to watch all at once when the season is complete, usually in April or May, and then buy the DVD set when it becomes available, usually in September.

There’s a ton of stuff we’d like to watch that’s on DVD but not available on NF or Amazon streaming, including all seasons of the Australian series A Place to Call Home and the New Zealand series The Brokenwood Mysteries. I also added one to our DVD queue that Barbara has been waiting to watch since the last time we were getting DVDs. It’s about Mist, a BC puppy. It’s currently listed as “very long wait”, so I put it at the top of our queue, assuming that as new members we’ll get preference in getting it shipped to us.


The last time I made caramel sauce, it was good but never really set up. That was fine, because I was using it on ice cream. Last night, we made up another batch to a different recipe. A cup of brown sugar (we actually used a cup of white sugar and a tablespoon of molasses), half a cup of butter (one stick), a quarter cup of milk. Bring to a boil, simmer for three or four minutes, turn off the heat, and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Boy, did that one ever set up. It was still warm and flowed easily when I tried it on ice cream last night. As soon as it hit the ice cream, it solidified into a chewy mass. It tasted fine, but I prefer my caramel sauce a bit less solid.

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71 Responses to Monday, 17 July 2017

  1. JimL says:

    June?

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    We have been suffering through a mouse infestation. Over the course of the last two weeks we have trapped almost 20 mice. One day we trapped five within the single day. In 30 years this is the first time we have had this problem.

    We started out with regular snap traps but many times found the bait eaten and the trap still not tripped. I don’t like those traps as they are hard to set and more than once smacked a finger. We only caught about 3 mice using that method. So we tried sticky pads. Caught about 5 with those. Little rodents were still alive so I drowned them. Who knew a mouse could hold their breath for 90 seconds.

    Then we moved on to these traps and are having better results. We reuse the traps. We also bought mouse attractant that is supposed to work better than peanut butter or cheese.

    We have an exchange student visiting, been here since the middle of June, who made the mistake of having food opened in the downstairs apartment which is next to the garage. We think a bunch of the mice came in that way attracted by the food. Three or four families just like a muslim immigration. Worthless, unwanted, need to get rid of them, need killing.

    Anyway the new traps seem to be working better. Much easier to set and seem to catch the mice. I open the trap and flush them down the toilet. Wife was worried the mice would clog the drain to which I pointed out I have had turds twice as large as a mouse which worked with no problem.

    We have plugged all the openings in the house that we can find. Only place left is the garage which we leave open a lot of the time. Pool pump is in the garage and needs ventilation for the 1HP motor.

    No, a cat is not an option.

  3. nick flandrey says:

    Any construction activity in your area, esp in previously open fields will drive them toward occupied houses.

    My friend had his whole (small ) house re-plumbed with PEX to replace rusty iron pipe. The field mice came in and ate holes in the PEX, causing water damage on top of the plumbing repairs. He blames the new construction up the block.

    n

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    Any construction activity in your area

    None. We have no idea what has caused the sudden influx of the little rodents. Wife hates them and screams when she sees one, even in the trap. We are down to only catching one or two a day so maybe we are making headway. Poison is not an option as they may die somewhere where we cannot get to them. Trapping is about the only option.

  5. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “June?”

    Fixed.

    Re: mice

    We have field mice all over the property, but none indoors so far. They like to crawl up inside the heat pump to nest.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    We have field mice all over the property, but none indoors so far. They like to crawl up inside the heat pump to nest.

    I guess with Colin you can’t have a cat roaming the property.

    Kraft Dinner (Deluxe Mac n Cheese) has tasted “off” to me for several years, and penny pinching from several corporate mergers have taken their toll on the brand’s quality in general IMHO.

    After we moved to Texas, we started buying the HEB private label box which has the taste, pasta quantity, and texture of the old Kraft product. You may want to try your local grocery store’s private label; they might use the same manufacturer as our store.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    You’ve probably seen the story of the Australian woman shot by police in Minneapolis. Here’s a little more info from Hot Air.  It looks like she went up to the driver side of the cop car when they arrived. The cop in the passenger seat drew his weapon and killed her. I guess  the cop fired right past the other cop. Body cams turned off. New rule. Don’t ever approach a cop car. The cop may have fired accidentally since the woman wasn’t *riddled* with bullets.

  8. Dave Hardy says:

    Well we learned this morning that Mr. Ray’s turds are bigger than mice.

    Yes, this board is a veritable fount of learning, wisdom and wit.

    Princess will see your mice and raise you by a cannonball. Hers have jammed our toilets several times over the years.

    T-storms last night and I’d shut the computers off; this morning, rebooted but no internet. Rebooted the router and then on the Winblows machine, I had to set the Winblows Firewall back to its default; always something a little extra to hassle with, which also takes longer.

    Wife put laundry out on the line just now and we immediately got more t-storms rolling over us; looks like porch and indoor cleanup ops today.

  9. Dave Hardy says:

    “The cop in the passenger seat drew his weapon and killed her. I guess the cop fired right past the other cop.”

    S’OK. They were in fear for their lives.

    And you cain’t ax ’em no questions.

    Stand by for wild-ass violent riots and mayhem and the city’s neighborhoods burning down….oh wait….

  10. nick flandrey says:

    I’ll second that Kraft Mac & Cheese changed somehow some time back. I think they cut back on the salt and fat. I know the amounts of milk and butter you are supposed to add have been reduced.

    I find that the pasta picks up a ‘stale’ or ‘cardboard’ taste unless it’s in a plastic bag inside the box.

    The cheese mixes are relatively high fat. In my experience high fat items don’t last as long past “best buy” as others. Probably not unhealthy, but taste is def affected. NB- sometimes it is unhealthy. We had some ready to use frosting go bad. It smelled like cheese when opened. Super high fat content.

    The velveeta M&C uses the sauce in a pouch and tastes good. We use half the pouch, then I have some plain elbow pasta that we cook later to use the other half of the pouch.

    I’ve decided I don’t like ANY of the Annies pasta products, no matter that costco sells them or that HEB pushes them constantly. The sauce mix is grainy and doesn’t have enough salt or fat. They are especially bad when pushing expiry dates…..

    I’ve got a lot of flavored pasta in foil pouches. I used to like and eat a lot of it, before going low carb. The kids aren’t big fans of flavored pasta, but I still keep it as the strong flavors will mask any staleness, and variety is important. They can always be made without the sauce mix.

    nick

  11. Greg Norton says:

    T-storms last night and I’d shut the computers off; this morning, rebooted but no internet. Rebooted the router and then on the Winblows machine, I had to set the Winblows Firewall back to its default; always something a little extra to hassle with, which also takes longer.

    If you believe that you need the security, try ZoneLabs free firewall on the Windows machine. Be advised that Windows 10 will gripe that its own firewall is turned off, and you will need to be careful to customize the ZoneLabs install to prevent Yahoo from becoming your new default search/home page.

    I get grief from friends that ZoneLabs is Checkpoint which may or may not be Mossad, but I’ll accept the tradeoff. Some of them use a firewall made by a company which may or may not be run by Friends of Xenu, and I consider that to be much a worse exchange of privacy for functionality.

  12. MrAtoz says:

    Speaking of firewalls, does someone here use/recommend a hardware based solution? Or is it not worth it? I usually have 5+ PC/Mac ‘puters on the net daily.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Speaking of firewalls, does someone here use/recommend a hardware based solution? Or is it not worth it? I usually have 5+ PC/Mac ‘puters on the net daily.

    NAT IPv4 on a quality home router should be sufficient. Turn off WPS, deactivate UPnP, and double check the external ports with Gibson Research’s Shields Up.

    My network professor at the university ran DD-WRT on an old Liksys WRT54GL, but that arrangement requires a separate WiFi access point for anything beyond 802.11G speed.

    I have no idea if you’re running IPv6. At one time, I ran a SnapGear router with hardware based firewall, but I think their SOHO line is long gone for at least a decade. IIRC, SnapGear is either now part of Intel or Accelecon.

  14. MrAtoz says:

    Thanks, Mr. Greg. That’s pretty much what I do now.

  15. Ray Thompson says:

    someone here use/recommend a hardware based solution

    Your standard router with NAT should be good enough. Makes your machine invisible to the outside world. Just don’t go to nefarious websites or click on links in emails you don’t trust (should be all of them). Read your email as text only so graphics and other crap does not get downloaded.

    I was fortunate to get a copy of MalwareBytes for $14.00 for a lifetime subscription. That seems to be a pretty good product. Also Windows Defender seems to work OK. Never had an alert so it is hard to know. I don’t go to nefarious websites and practice other safe computer. I also run MB on the wife’s computer and she has been known to click on links in email and FB. MB blocked in all instances.

    Hers have jammed our toilets several times over the years

    Pffftttt. On a good day I could jam an outhouse.

  16. lynn says:

    My friend had his whole (small ) house re-plumbed with PEX to replace rusty iron pipe. The field mice came in and ate holes in the PEX, causing water damage on top of the plumbing repairs. He blames the new construction up the block.

    Oh man, I did not know that. Our new construction is PEX and all of the new homes builders are using it around here.

    Anyway the new traps seem to be working better. Much easier to set and seem to catch the mice. I open the trap and flush them down the toilet. Wife was worried the mice would clog the drain to which I pointed out I have had turds twice as large as a mouse which worked with no problem.

    TMI ! The one mouse that we have had here in the last five years was smaller than my pinky finger. He crawled in the back of the linen closet in the master bathroom and died there, probably due to being a play toy for the cat. He had a horrible stink though, much bigger than his size.

  17. lynn says:

    A hopeful article on Lyme disease cure:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4694752/Stevia-CURE-Lyme-disease-better-antibiotics.html

    Thanks ! The daughter is trying colloidal silver at the moment. It is making her feel horrible and she had all three bands in her quarterly Lyme test last month for the first time. I have to pay out of my pocket for this Lyme test as the CDC says that there is no test for Lyme disease.

    “Shania Twain says battle with Lyme disease affected her vocal cords
    The country singer said she contracted the disease during 2003 Up! tour”
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/shania-twain-lyme-disease-1.4194498

    I don’t know if Lyme is becoming a celebrity disease but there sure seem to be a lot of celebrities in the news lately with it. Of course, with an estimated infection rate of 300,000 new cases per year (that is a CDC number!), a lot of people don’t know that they have it.

    My conspiracy theorist former USMC son says to ignore the CDC for civilians. He says that their true mission is bio-weapons. Shiver. He took almost 20 of their experimental drugs in the USMC. The one side benefit is that they got rid of his allergies for ten+ years but they are now coming back.

  18. lynn says:

    Hers have jammed our toilets several times over the years

    Pffftttt. On a good day I could jam an outhouse.

    TMI ! And nasty !

    The wife has an extra 2 ft on her large intestine. It has caused her endless grief over the years. Phillips Stool Softener is a great relief for her.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Phillips-Stool-Softener-30-CT/10316156

    Her grandfather in Noodle, TX used to guzzle Milk of Magnesia instead of Cokes. He passed away at the age of 83 after a succession of large intestine blockages that they kept on cutting out.

  19. CowboySlim says:

    My first ten years were spent in Mpls; thankfully, I survived.

    Coordinates, lat and lon, available upon request.

  20. lynn says:

    Speaking of firewalls, does someone here use/recommend a hardware based solution? Or is it not worth it? I usually have 5+ PC/Mac ‘puters on the net daily.

    NAT IPv4 on a quality home router should be sufficient. Turn off WPS, deactivate UPnP, and double check the external ports with Gibson Research’s Shields Up.

    My network professor at the university ran DD-WRT on an old Liksys WRT54GL, but that arrangement requires a separate WiFi access point for anything beyond 802.11G speed.

    I have no idea if you’re running IPv6. At one time, I ran a SnapGear router with hardware based firewall, but I think their SOHO line is long gone for at least a decade. IIRC, SnapGear is either now part of Intel or Accelecon.

    So what does one do when we all move to IPv6 ? Both of my AT&T DSL boxen are running IPv4 and IPv6. I am blocking IPv6 at our Peplink 30 WAN merge box for the time being.

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    Speaking of the Peplink, did you pay for the continued warranty so you could access it and manage it with Incontrol?

    I let my customer’s lapse, and now I can’t get into it remotely…

    n

  22. lynn says:

    Speaking of the Peplink, did you pay for the continued warranty so you could access it and manage it with Incontrol?

    I let my customer’s lapse, and now I can’t get into it remotely…

    No, I did not. But we manage it here from in the office on the LAN side. I did not even know that we could get an extended warranty. We’ve just got the plain jane Peplink 30 (3 WAN ports) that I paid $300 for and does not seem to be sold anymore except as an software upgrade to the Peplink 20.
    https://www.amazon.com/Peplink-Balance-20-Dual-WAN-Router/dp/B0042210U6/

    Managing network things remotely gives me the heebie-jeebies. I’ve got too many people going after us on the intertubes.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    So what does one do when we all move to IPv6. Both of my AT&T DSL boxen are running IPv4 and IPv6. I am blocking IPv6 at our Peplink 30 WAN merge box for the time being.

    You are supposed to accept the importance of restoring the “end to end” principle of the Internet with IPv6 and not be concerned about external parties poking around in your address space.

  24. lynn says:

    You are supposed to accept the importance of restoring the “end to end” principle of the Internet with IPv6 and not be concerned about external parties poking around in your address space.

    I am hoping that this is sarcasm.

  25. SteveF says:

    No, it means that Greg’s real message was intercepted and replaced by the NSA.

  26. RickH says:

    Regarding firewalls, there are many Raspberry Pi projects that you might find interesting if you like to tinker a bit. Ask the googles.

    But, if you are doing NAT, you should be safe. You can use the old (but still working) Steve Gibson ShieldsUP test to see if there are any open ports on your connection: somewhere around here: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 .

  27. Miles_Teg says:

    DH, I hope Princess doesn’t read your posts…

  28. Miles_Teg says:

    I had a mouse invasion in my house in Canberra when I bought it in 1985 – they were extending the suburb across the road from me. Caught one nibbling on a bar of soap. I started off using Ratsak (the mice got thirsty and went outside to die.)

    Eventually I used traps similar to the ones Ray now uses – some mice could get the peanut butter without being caught, one unlucky mouse got its front paw in the trap, nothing else. I put that one in a sealed jar and aphxiated it. Dead mice just went in the bin – never even thought of flushing them.

    I’ve never seen mice, or mice poo in the current house in Adelaide (been here 3.5 years) but have twice found dead rats on the driveway.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    I am hoping that this is sarcasm.

    Nope. However, when I left Death Star Telephone seven years ago, the NSA’s position on IPv6 was that they wanted to see a NAT standard implemented from the major network equipment vendors. The vendors, meanwhile, push back because they see the profit potential from the “Internet of things” where the end-to-end principle is important to preserving the manufacturer’s access to the products in the home free of a NAT layer.

    Also, I sometimes wonder if the major vendors have either canned or driven away the people capable of understanding their IPv6 implementations sufficiently to build NAT. I saw that with new features in IPSec back when I toiled in that area of network tech.

  30. Dave Hardy says:

    Not to worry, sportsfans:

    https://ipv6.he.net/certification/

    Learn. Implement. Get certified.

  31. SteveF says:

    the end-to-end principle is important to preserving the manufacturer’s access to the products in the home free of a NAT layer.

    Yep.

    1) You don’t own anything, you merely purchase a license to use it under terms which may change at any time. Don’t bother reading the terms of service; they’re standard, so there’s nothing to worry about.
    2) Every product now contains software and consumers can’t be expected to apply updates, so manufacturers have to have full access to every device. Don’t listen to bad reviews by sorehead security researchers who say we hardcoded an admin password into the device. Everyone does it.
    3) We need access to usage data in order to fine-tune our service in order to serve you better. We aren’t listening to your conversations in your house or monitoring your web traffic or looking through the camera in the device even though we can turn it on remotely without lighting the in-use LED, and we absolutely aren’t selling your data to advertisers and even though we collect information which clearly indicates when you’re usually home and when you’re not and we store it unencrypted, we have no evidence that anyone has ever broken into our systems and used that information for any unauthorized purpose. Really. You can trust us.
    4) TLAs, not only American, lean on manufacturers of all sorts, conspicuously including router/NAT/firewall manufacturers, to put in back doors. I don’t know that all manufacturers give in to the pressure, but all that I know of have been visited on this topic.

  32. Harold says:

    RE: Internet of Things (gone crazy)
    An acquaintance recently commented that he couldn’t get his new outdoor grill to work until he had poked a hole in his firewall so it could call-home. No, I don’t know the brand, but this is ludicrous. He has a LP grill that won’t work without a live internet connection.

    WHY ???

  33. nick flandrey says:

    Another 230 pounds of scrap metal to the dealer. mostly aluminum, but also stainless and 40 pounds of circuit boards….

    WRT things phoning home, his grill probably is app enabled to send him the temperature remotely. I’ve seen ads for a smoker with this “feature”.

    I used to, and still occasionally do, install a lot of different gear. Generally speaking, I, and all the other field service techs in the country, left the passwords set to their default. If you change it, you can guarantee that the next tech will not have the updated password, or the label will be unreadable. You risk downtime due to ‘hackers’ but you risk bigger and more expensive downtime to the facility and machines if they aren’t accessible. Most of the machines are on a private network, that is not supposed to be connected to the internet (except thru a VPN) or to the client’s production network, except thru a firewall. Often we recommended to them to just use the VPN, or only connect the network to the outside for specific service calls then disconnect it after. This helps prevent changes to drivers and updates to software that break your running system. No need to upgrade if the boxen aren’t exposed.

    Poor practice? Sure, but the emphasis is on uptime, not the low risk of cyberattack against industrial hardware….(stuxnet notwithstanding, if you’ve got .gov gunning for you they will get you.)

    nick

  34. lynn says:

    He has a LP grill that won’t work without a live internet connection.

    I would take it back.

  35. Dave Hardy says:

    “He has a LP grill that won’t work without a live internet connection. WHY ???”

    See Mr. SteveF/s cogent and amusing summary above. They probably wanna check on what he’s grilling so they can target the advertising accordingly. And what brand of LP, what sort of grill implements, and what he and others talk about around that grill. Maybe what the teenage daughter is wearing…

    I’d be interested in what, if anything, the grill manual says about that. Open a firewall port so it can “call home?” Sounds really fishy.

    We operate a PK Grill, using charcoal and wood. No innnertubes or USB port on it. It will grill, bake, roast or smoke. Can also do pizza on it, and bake bread in it.

  36. lynn says:

    _Tipping Point_ by Rain Stickland
    https://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-1-Rain-Stickland/dp/0994950004/

    Book number one of a three book apocalyptic romance series. I read the trade paperback version, probably POD (print on demand) but I am not sure. The paper and fonts were good. I was on the fence on the second book in the series but I have decided to order it.

    The author writes a story about the power grid in the GTA, the Greater Toronto Area, going down permanently due to power generation issues and the resulting chaos. Her protagonist is a 40 year single mother with a 23 year daughter. Her protagonist realizes that the power issues are cascading and will soon become a permanent grid down event. She buys a large undeveloped property a little over 100 miles away from Toronto and the two of them build a small wet cabin using power from solar panels and water from a nearby river. Several people join them over time as things get worse. The rest of the story is about a nasty stalker in their new home, a new love interest, and buying farm animals. Oh yeah, and rescuing ferrets.

    The author has a website at:
    http://rainstickland.com/

    My rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars (75 reviews)

  37. Dave Hardy says:

    Yeah, I know when we realize that the Grid is going down along with the financial house of cards, we’ll rush right out and buy some large undeveloped land way out in the sticks and get cracking on building a cabin, and setting up solar and water power from the nearby river, and buying farm animals. We have a few hundred-thousand lying around for the purpose, of course. We’ll also have the top-shelf firearms, which I wonder about WRT to two Canadian womyn; how do they defend themselves against that nasty stalker, forex?

    And frankly, the only reason there would be firearms with us here, is due to me; otherwise I’m guessing there wouldn’t be any at all. “Just call 911.” Except we saw how that worked at our next-to-last house, and we also saw boorish and intrusive behavior from local cops at hour last house.

  38. SteveF says:

    apocalyptic romance series

    What does that mean, the forbidden love between a man and a zombie?

  39. Dave Hardy says:

    Is that sort of love actually forbidden?

    Sounds….discriminatory.

    Better call Saul. Or the local LGBTXYZ organization.

    Gin up some protest and anger!

  40. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Rain is an interesting woman. She’s both a serious prepper and a prog.

  41. lynn says:

    apocalyptic romance series

    What does that mean, the forbidden love between a man and a zombie?

    Nope, this is not the movie about a girl and her undead boyfriend, “Warm Bodies”.
    https://www.amazon.com/Warm-Bodies-Digital-Nicholas-Hoult/dp/B008220BLG/

    It means that the protagonist moves out to the sticks and finds a new man, after swearing off men for a decade, and marries him after a week. Lots and lots of sex between middle aged folks (she is 40 and he is 45). Much more than I remember getting at age 45. No performance issues in this book.

  42. lynn says:

    Rain is an interesting woman. She’s both a serious prepper and a prog.

    She’s both a serious prepper and a serious prog.

    Fixed that for you.

    BTW, the second book in the series is about making insulin for her business partner in Cleveland, OH. She could not get him to bug out to her new place.

  43. lynn says:

    Yeah, I know when we realize that the Grid is going down along with the financial house of cards, we’ll rush right out and buy some large undeveloped land way out in the sticks and get cracking on building a cabin, and setting up solar and water power from the nearby river, and buying farm animals. We have a few hundred-thousand lying around for the purpose, of course. We’ll also have the top-shelf firearms, which I wonder about WRT to two Canadian womyn; how do they defend themselves against that nasty stalker, forex?

    The protagonist bought the land way out in the sticks and spent a couple of years building the wet cabin with her daughter. Not a big step for a girl raised on a farm. And not hundreds of thousands of dollars. And she has a rifle or two and Glocks for both her and the daughter. And a bow. I’ve known a couple of women capable of doing this.

    And the bow is used by the daughter against the stalker (ruined it for you !).

  44. Dave Hardy says:

    ” (ruined it for you !)

    LOL, not really. Ain’t my cup o’ tea, mate.

    We’re bugging in here and will be carried out feet-first.

    Although, knowing what a wacky, wild and wizard reality this is nowadays (and always has been), I do not rule out the possibility of having, for unknown and unforeseen circumstances, to di-di-mau ricky-tick outta here for somewhere else.

    I thought a bit about that driving down to the Burlap Staples store this afternoon for a black ink cartridge (don’t ask). Torrential monsoon-level blinding rain in several locations over the 30 miles, yet we had the occasional mental case anyway flying by at 90+ in the passing lane regardless. I don’t have my GHB together the way I want it yet and it occurred to me it would be a really tough row to hoe for me if I hadda hump back up here from down there today on foot. (assuming some kinda major shit-storm and all vehicles were dead, maybe an EMP blast or something similar).

    Assuming I was still in pretty decent shape it would take me, toting the GHB and some defensive toolz, about a day-and-a-half, assuming eight hours per day of hiking and maybe having to avoid main roads and also crossing a couple of rivers and streams, and making maybe 2 MPH. If I stayed on a main road and moved along at a good clip, maybe a day.

    But in my current condition it would take about three or four days. Maybe 1 MPH, at best.

  45. lynn says:

    But in my current condition it would take about three or four days. Maybe 1 MPH, at best.

    Then you had better be hauling some MREs and water along with your personal items. And a backpack.

    I’ve always got a 24 bottle case of water in the back of the truck. And I occasionally check the wife’s car and make sure that she has one also. I only put in MREs if I am going to Dallas or further. I don’t put in MREs to go to the parents place 105 miles away (I’ve been there 3 times in the last month). Not yet. It is just too dadgum hot in south Texas and I am worried that those MREs might spoil.

  46. Dave Hardy says:

    Yeah, of course I’d have to be hauling some chow and water purifier stuff. I could get by on one decent meal per day and a couple of snacks likewise. And I’d probably drink gallons of wotta.

    I hope you have GHBs in your vehicles for those travel capers down there, bro. I’d surely hate to have to hike 100 miles in south TX heat w/o them. Probably fewer miles, because I assume we’d most likely be just part of the distance between two points.

    Spoilage? Didn’t your son have MREs over in the Sandbox? We had the C-rats in SEA and it was plenty dadgum hot there!

  47. Rolf Grunsky says:

    I wonder about WRT to two Canadian womyn; how do they defend themselves against that nasty stalker, forex?

    That part is simple. She takes the required test and gets her acquisition permit. She can have as many shotguns and rifles as she wants as long as they aren’t restricted. And all the ammunition she can afford.

    I assume that the Glocks are handguns… Well they’re only illegal if she gets caught. Or she was able to get a restricted weapons permit.

    Ordinary hunting firearms are readily available here and only require an acquisition permit. Almost anyone over 18 can get the permit if they pass the test. It’s handguns, for the most part, that are highly restricted. Those ladies can have all the shot guns and shells their hearts desire.

  48. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    One of the Prepper Girls I’ve exchanged email with is in Alberta, Canada, not far from Heartland. I was surprised when she told me that she and her husband had each bought a Glock at the the local gubstore.

  49. lynn says:

    I assume that the Glocks are handguns… Well they’re only illegal if she gets caught. Or she was able to get a restricted weapons permit.

    In the book, the author stated that the Glock handguns were ok in her home. But way not ok in her car or on her person. And she had the acquisition permit. But she did not have the restricted weapons permit. She applied for the restricted weapons permit once she had documented that stalker boy was following her around but her hopes of getting one before the apocalypse were not good. And stalker boy had a rifle.

  50. nick flandrey says:

    Since no one else went there:

    This time, no one was hurt. Cops hung out for “several hours” before the crowd dispersed.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4704272/Flash-mob-500-teens-confronts-Philadelphia-police.html

    We thought this story about the shooting at a “gender reveal” party was a few cards short of a deck, turns out cops were LIED to “From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4704012/Police-say-Ohio-woman-wounded-shooting-wasnt-pregnant.html

    The RULES people, live by them or die (in this case presumably from embarrassment- gonna be an interesting workers comp claim).

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4704284/Gun-vendor-accidentally-shoots-employee-leg.html

    And here’s another where we just don’t have all the relevant info:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4703618/Survivalist-shot-dead-partner-escape-online-cult.html

    I didn’t know there were online prepper cults led by women. Did you?

    n

  51. MrAtoz says:

    The grid must NEVER go down! I will “Fife” myself if it does.

    The FUSA must hold together until I go through Star Wars when it opens next year at Disney world!

    Give my my pixels or give me death!

  52. Rolf Grunsky says:

    This is based on what I understand about Canadian Firearm legislation.

    You can get an ordinary firearm acquisition permit or a a permit for “restricted weapons”. Some firearms are just out-right prohibited. This includes all handguns with short barrels (4″ or less), anything capable of automatic firing and a bunch of others. Any handgun that is not prohibited is restricted. With an restricted acquisition permit, you can buy the guns and ammo. What you can not do with the handguns here is walk around with them. Bill (from BC) could tell far more about this. In theory, you could get a permit for either open or concealed carry here. Guards for armored cars can and do get permits for open carry while they are actually on the job. Permits for concealed carry are available if a convincing case can be made for self defense. Good luck with that! I had heard that at one time judges could get concealed carry permits but I doubt if any have been issued in recent memory.

    Firearms and hand guns specifiably are hot button issues here in Canada. The Montreal “massacre” was used to try and place restrictions on firearm ownership. The Long gun registry that was brought in by the Cretien government was an attempt to do this. However, the law was federal but the provinces were to administer it. Most didn’t and when Harper’s government abolished the registry, only Quebec complained. As things are now, any ordinary hunting firearm is available to anyone without a criminal record and has demonstrated that they know which end is dangerous. But it has come to public notice that some very dubious people have been able to get permits for restricted weapons. Right. I’m sure all regulations are making me safer!

    There is very little chance that restrictions on handguns will be loosened. Whenever any firearm issue comes up, the usual groups point out the homicide rate in the States. With the US per capita homicide figures about three times the Canadian figures, the difference is always attributed to the prevalence of hand guns. Never mind that the fatality rate from automobile accidents is higher than the homicide rate. I’d like to see the restrictions on all firearms loosened. I’m not sure that I would like to see open or concealed carry here. My reservations are more practical than on principle. Canadian law allows one to use any degree of force to protect oneself if they fear for one’s life. You can shoot someone charging towards you. You can’t shoot them in back if they a running from you. My concern is that I would fear the competence of the average person to handle a firearm. Just look at how they handle their cars!

  53. Gavin says:

    In Canada the rules on restricted weapons, which include all handguns and many long guns, are that you have to take the approved non-restricted firearms course, then the restricted firearms course, then apply for a RPAL (Restricted Possession and Acquisition License). Once you have that, you MUST join a gun club with a pistol range. You can then purchase a handgun, designating your gun club as the shooting location. Note that you CANNOT fire your handgun anywhere except there, except as a guest at another pistol range. No shooting at your home (legally). Also, you can’t take the pistol home until you have advised the provincial Chief Firearms Officer of the purchase and the gun club you belong to, whereupon you will be issued an ATT (Authorization To Transport), good for taking the handgun to the range and back, or to a short list of other approved destinations, like a gunsmith or store for repair or resale. Once you have the first ATT, though, you can take a gun home when you purchase it. For non-restricted long guns, you only need the non-restricted course, then apply for a standard PAL. Those don’t require an ATT to move them around, although they do have to be unloaded and secured except for actual use or cleaning.

  54. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I will admit that we have a gub problem here in the US. There are literally tens of millions of US citizens who do not own any gubs at all.

  55. Greg Norton says:

    The FUSA must hold together until I go through Star Wars when it opens next year at Disney world!

    Star Wars doesn’t open at Disney in Orlando until later in 2019.

    Next year is Toy Story Land. The Mouse isn’t hyping that one too much because they already have a problem with three hour waits at Toy Story Mania in Orlando, and the execs are hoping to diffuse that problem before half the planet descends on the park to fly the Millennium Falcon.

    They will also need the Tron Lightcycle coaster and Ratatouille rides in place to spread the crowds around the property. Permits are already rolling for the EPCOT upgrades.

  56. nick flandrey says:

    I’d like to see how Canada’s fetal alcohol syndrome per capita rate compares to the US. Or rate of Drs/100,000. Or even apples to apples, how their first nations poverty rate compares to the Native American rate….

    Or, since murder is an issue, the rate of dead hookers per pig farmer….

    nick

    😛

  57. lynn says:

    In Canada the rules on restricted weapons, which include all handguns and many long guns, are that you have to take the approved non-restricted firearms course, then the restricted firearms course, then apply for a RPAL (Restricted Possession and Acquisition License). Once you have that, you MUST join a gun club with a pistol range. You can then purchase a handgun, designating your gun club as the shooting location. Note that you CANNOT fire your handgun anywhere except there, except as a guest at another pistol range. No shooting at your home (legally).

    In the “Tipping Point” book above, the protagonist lady takes her Glock pistol with her to Toronto to the ferret rescue shelter at a vet’s place. She finds a man with a large knife having tied up the vet lady and partaking of the animal drugs. The man advances on her with a knife. She shoots the man twice and then unties the vet. After grabbing the 20 ? ferrets and packing them and the vet lady in her car, she digs the two bullets out of the moaning knife guy. And she grabs her two empty cases so that neither those nor the bullets can be used against her in the future.

    Moral of the story 1: never take a knife to a gun fight !

    Moral of the story 2: even though there is no rule of law today, there might be a rule of law tomorrow !

  58. Dave Hardy says:

    I think the solution to most problems is probably to buy more gubs. However you gotta get ’em. And to hell with the laws, regulations, ordinances, etc.

    And one of my Army vet buddies (who was a search-and-rescue guy with the state police up here for thirty years) sez the answer is always to BUY MORE AMMO. I agree and APPROVE.

    WRT to Canada and here concerning firearms, it’s two different cultures, really. Like wife says; “You will never hear a Canadian say “They can’t do that to me” when they’re screwed by the government.”

    We’re also, admittedly, a far more violent population and have a very long history of rebellions and violence. Just look at all the wars, and not just the major ones that get the most attention. We’ve had one going almost all the time of our existence as a sovereign nation and well before that, too.

    But yeah, like Mr. Nick also says; we can make other comparisons about this and that, per capita, too. I hadn’t heard of the one concerning dead hookers and pig farmers, though.

  59. nick flandrey says:

    “dead hookers and pig farmers, though.”

    Very famous case in Canadia, no firearms involved.

    n
    Prosecutor: Canadian Pig Farmer Admits to Killing 49 Women, Says He Wanted to Murder One More

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/01/24/prosecutor-canadian-pig-farmer-admits-to-killing-4-women-says-wanted-to-murder.html

  60. MrAtoz says:

    Ha ha! The OdooshCare repeal is dead. Thank you Redumblicans, you can’t even get your shit together to kill this obamanation. Geez.

  61. nick flandrey says:

    The greedy fukcers are so beholden to so many conflicting interests that they can’t put it aside to even save their seats. I guess they’re not worried about a voter revolt.

    n

  62. Miles_Teg says:

    Regarding the Aussie woman a cop killed in Mineapolis…

    Guess who the hero of the situation was?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/minneapolis-police-officer-mohamed-noor/8718466

    Here’s the story…

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/justine-damond-minnesota-policeman-had-two-years-experience/8717936

    The progs are dead quiet on this…

  63. Miles_Teg says:

    I guess the moral of this story is that attractive women shouldn’t approach cops while wearing PJs…

  64. MrAtoz says:

    Regarding the Aussie woman a cop killed in Mineapolis…

    I was wrong. Apparently the cop killed her “firing multiple times across his partner..” Who the fuck does that? When in doubt, empty your mag! His partner is lucky he still has a head. The Progs were probably praying the killer was a WHITEY! Christian. I don’t know if the killer is Mooslim, but *Mohamed*.

  65. SteveF says:

    We’re also, admittedly, a far more violent population

    You don’t say.

  66. Dave Hardy says:

    “Very famous case in Canadia, no firearms involved.”

    We don’t get much of that sorta Canadian nooz here; most of what we get is from Quebec/Moh-ree-all. And the story mentioned .22LR cases and ammo being found. This guy sounds like John Wayne Gacy on steroids.

    WRT the Minneapolis cop shooting story: we mos def need to fast-track more musloids onto the nay-shun’s cop shops and give them guns. This cretin empties a mag across his partner in the croozer? That musta been loud as hell, too. I cannot imagine a legit scenario that would make this a legit shoot. But then again, we’re getting the nooz from the usual suspects.

    “You don’t say.”

    That was a walk in the park compared to what the great General Arnold and his men did crossing the Maine wilderness to attack Canada. Our best general, too, and they fucked him over repeatedly.

    Oh yeah, we bad. We sum bad mofos. And doan be axing me no questions, bitch.

    We tall whites.

    We aliens.

    We kick ass and take names.

    Or used to.

  67. Rolf Grunsky says:

    We don’t need no guns! Robert Pickton is the former pig farmer, now inmate. There was also Clifford Olson. We seems to specialize in serial killers. I’m sure there are more but I can’t think of them at the moment. We also have the dubious distinction of the first school shooting as well as the first airline bombing. Hardly any guns involved.

  68. Dave Hardy says:

    No, you need gubs. And more ammo. Don’t be anti-gub.

    And doan ax me no questions, tall white alien!

  69. lynn says:

    Regarding the Aussie woman a cop killed in Mineapolis…

    I was wrong. Apparently the cop killed her “firing multiple times across his partner..” Who the f*** does that? When in doubt, empty your mag! His partner is lucky he still has a head. The Progs were probably praying the killer was a WHITEY! Christian. I don’t know if the killer is Mooslim, but *Mohamed*.

    I fly through Minneapolis at least once per year. I may need to reconsider this next year. Although, my alternative, Salt Lake City, sucks rocks. At least Minneapolis has a Chick-fil-a in the terminal.

    And if I was this guys partner, I would frag him for shooting across me like that. I’ll bet his partner has permanent hearing loss now.

    I guess if the woman had been wearing a burka, she would still be alive.

    And, this story stinks. Something else happened here that someone is not telling.

  70. SteveF says:

    What Lynn said. It’s probably just the usual confusion in reporting over the first few days, but a coverup would surprise me not at all. Especially since ol’ Mo apparently was anything but a model cop.

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