Thur. Mar. 1, 2018 – windy and cooler

By on March 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized

65F, windy and cool. I guess we are on the edge of a weather system. I’m getting a bit tired of rain.

Spent most of yesterday on a client site, and will return today to finish up some details.

A quick scan of headlines and I see more of the same. What’s missing? Anything about flu.

Thanks to Miles for a sure sign of the coming apocalypse, Aussies almost beat Texans at BBQ on our home turf!

And by following a couple of links there on the other side of the world, I see that child rape is not just a local thing, and the people of the community are just as befuddled and sheep-like as ours. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-01/relatives-say-they-failed-girl-who-was-raped-in-tennant-creek/9496742 I note especially the calls for more policing while at the same time, “Locals are now speaking out about their ongoing fears for the safety of women and children in one of the most heavily policed regions in the country”

The cops and .gov mouth the same platitudes “full responsibility” “but we’ve made improvements” “blah blah” while local leaders tell obvious and self-contradictory lies “”There’s a big issue for the community, sexual violence against children, under the age of 14, 15. We don’t tolerate that,” he said.” Yet they DO tolerate it, and they DID tolerate it. This is all happening within the community. Earlier in the article the family says it had “expressed concerns” and the cops and child welfare had both been to the home MANY times. Yet they tolerated it. Allowed it. Each now blaming the other and “alcohol.” Wherever you go, native peoples are destroyed by alcohol, and their communities wallow in self pity and blame.

I see this as all part of the larger problem of failed liberal and progressive policy. No matter where you go in the western world, you see ‘do gooder’ policies concentrating poverty and crime, increasing helplessness. You see the victims calling for more outside intervention, despite that being the problem in the first place. More cops, when you are already one of the most heavily policed areas, are probably NOT going to solve your problem. If you find yourself at the bottom of an unwanted hole, first you need to STOP DIGGING. More of the same failed “solutions” won’t reverse your situation.

nick

46 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Mar. 1, 2018 – windy and cooler"

  1. JimL says:

    40º & partly rainy here. We expect the snow to begin around 9 pm and continue through Saturday. Good for CC Skiing. Lousy for my (saturated) clay soil. Probably get to run in the rain at lunchtime today. I hate cold, wet runs.

    Stop digging indeed. Perhaps people need to stop screaming for someone to DO SOMETHING! and take the matter into their own hands. Nobody is responsible for your own happiness but YOU. Nobody is responsible for your own safety but YOU. The fact that other people cooperate and help is wonderful and makes us a civilization. Relying on that cooperation leads to anarchy.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    I see it all the time on a personal level too. “No matter how hard I work I just can’t seem to get ahead.” “No matter how I budget, I’m always short of money.”

    Or if you’ve got 2 failed marriages and are working on your third but you haven’t either undergone a massive change yourself, or changed the type of partner you seek….

    If you’ve been fired from every job you’ve ever had, or find yourself quitting in anger or disgust more than once a decade… the problem might be with you.

    If you are unhappy with it, you can change. I’ve done it, OFD did it, others have too.

    n

  3. Miles_Teg says:

    Good News! South Africa is going to try the policy that worked so well in Zimbabwe…

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/the-time-for-reconciliation-is-over-south-africa-votes-to-confiscate-whiteowned-without-compensation/news-story/a8a81155995b1adc1c399d3576c4c0bc#sharehash

    And the South African Marxists are just so civilised…

    ‘Mr Malema … told supporters he was “not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now”.’

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    “at least for now”

    Burn it to the ground and salt the earth as you leave. Emphasis on the “leave”.

    n

  5. DadCooks says:

    @nick said:
    “A quick scan of headlines and I see more of the same. What’s missing? Anything about flu.”

    All the school and gun (bombs too) too. From our local birdcage liner:
    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article202786129.html
    A highlight:

    The seven school-related threats in the past two days have left Mid-Columbia parents, students and first responders on edge.

    A Wednesday morning report of a student with a gun at Kiona-Benton City High School pitched the school into lockdown.

    A student at Prosser High School found an explosive Tuesday, leading to a bomb squad response.

    Five other threats — from WSU Tri-Cities to Pasco, Kennewick, Richland and Grandview schools — spurred immediate and ranging police responses.

    There were more threats across the state and nation.

    A Moses Lake high school student was arrested for having a gun near a school, and a Georgia teacher fired a pistol after barricading himself in his classroom.

    Even a counseling center in Richland had a threat of violence made against it this week.

    As far as the flu goes, our count is now 16. Actually highest ever but downplayed as “in recent memory”. Our family doctor is out for the second time this season.
    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article202274399.html
    Highlight:

    Two more flu-related deaths have been reported in the Tri-City area, bringing the total to 16 since mid-December.

    It’s the highest local death toll from the flu in recent memory.

    The two newly reported victims were men from Benton County who were at higher risk because of age or underlying health conditions, Benton-Franklin Health District officials said in a statement.

    Neither had gotten a flu shot. One man was in his 50s and the other was in his 80s.

  6. MrAtoz says:

    And some crazy lady climbed over a fence at a Vegas middle school, with an axe and threatened to kill everyone. So, add an axe to the list of things Libturdians want to ban.

    I’m in San Antone for the day, then off to Galveston for two days, back to Vegas Sat, back to San Bernardino for two days on Sun. The following week Iowa, Michigan and Illinois for the week. Back to Vegas then MrsAtoz goes to San Bernardino for a week with her team to train. I get the week at home.

    Adding to Mr. Nick’s “change”. I had an opportunity to be a goobermint contractor when I retired. I said “NOOOO!” And raised our Twins, worked at home for MrsAtoz and have peace of mind and a family.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    @mrAtoz, to get from San Antonio to Galveston, you will pass within 2.5 miles of my current abode…. Wave as you cross Beltway 8 on I 10….

    n

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    “So, add an axe to the list of things Libturdians want to ban.”

    But they aren’t calling for ax bans, are they? I haven’t seen any. The response, if there is one at all, seems to be “but she’s crazy.”

    n

  9. DadCooks says:

    A Lizzie Borden descendant?

    More people die of old age than of any other cause. Where is the outrage?

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Rage rage against the dying of the light…… ??

    n

  11. DadCooks says:

    I’m in a melancholy mood today, Alexa Echo has been playing old Johnny Cash all morning. A song came up that sent chills through me, The Wanderer. Turn up the bass and listen to what the the search for God in a post-apocalyptic world is like.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-dZvQxYX1g

    The story of this song is interesting:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wanderer_(U2_song)
    Highlight:

    “The Wanderer” is a song by Irish rock band U2, and the tenth and final track from their 1993 studio album, Zooropa. It is one of the few U2 songs without Bono on lead vocals, instead featuring country singer Johnny Cash. Based on the Old Testament’s Book of Ecclesiastes and its narrator “The Preacher”, the song lyrically describes the narrator wandering through a post-apocalyptic world “in search of experience”, sampling all facets of human culture and hoping to find meaning in life.[1][2] Cash’s haggard voice is juxtaposed against a synthesised bassline and mostly electronic instrumentation.

  12. lynn says:

    “MSU scholars find $21 trillion in unauthorized government spending; Defense Department to conduct first-ever audit”
    https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/msu-scholars-find-21-trillion-in-unauthorized-government-spending-defense-department-to-conduct/

    Nothing to see here folks, just move along.

    Or did I just get fake newsed ?

  13. JimL says:

    And the official debt is only 20.7 Trillion? Something doesn’t add up.

  14. JimL says:

    [rant on]
    I’m creating an account for a website required for “trading partners” to do business with a “big customer”. They’re asking for all kinds of things that I simply don’t care about, but I’ll answer anyway.

    Come to the password and I go to pass in a generated password (I do that a lot – randomized and I don’t know 90% of my passwords. But they are secure). Idiot site won’t let me copy & paste. I have to type it in clean.

    Idiots. So now I’m going to use a password that I can type, but is inherently less secure. Idiots.

    [rant off]

  15. Ed says:

    “I’m getting a bit tired of rain.”

    We recorded 0.16″ for all of February in the California high desert here.

    A “storm” is predicted for tonight and tomorrow, bringing in a positively torrential 0.08″ to the valley.

    With any luck the mountains will get something.

  16. Clayton W. says:

    “MSU scholars find $21 trillion in unauthorized government spending; Defense Department to conduct first-ever audit”

    How can that even be possible? Where did the money come from?

  17. Miles_Teg says:

    Travel tip…

    Avoid Florida.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43248794

  18. paul says:

    “Zooropa”.

    I missed that album somehow.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Travel tip…

    Avoid Florida.

    From the graphic, it looks like Putin is planning to nuke JB MacDill at the end of the Tampa Interbay Peninsula. The collateral damage would suck, but the world would be a much better place without that facility.

  20. MrAtoz says:

    Made it to Galveston. Hi/Bye Mr. Nick. Here for two days. May see Black Panther tomorrow. Are WHITEY! boys now allowed to see it?

  21. lynn says:

    “MSU scholars find $21 trillion in unauthorized government spending; Defense Department to conduct first-ever audit”
    https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/msu-scholars-find-21-trillion-in-unauthorized-government-spending-defense-department-to-conduct/

    How can that even be possible? Where did the money come from?

    Fake news. I got sucked in by it. I am amazed that a university would put that on their website.

  22. lynn says:

    “There is one small bit of good news. It looks like Cruz was coming into an inheritance of around $800,000. If that is true, the taxpayers of Florida won’t have to foot the bill for his defense as well as his prosecution. That could run to millions. He will have to pay for his attorneys.”
    https://varley.net/nonfiction/varleylog/an-editorial-my-new-favorite-attorney/

    One can only hope.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    putin wants to nuke florida because FL is america’s penis. See the dangly bit? If he wipes FL off the map he’s removed america’s penis, and literally emasculated us.

    So simple!

    n

  24. nick flandrey says:

    This is likely to be interesting. It’s and “independent” review of the event last summer in Charlottesville and the police and fire responses.

    http://www.charlottesville.org/home/showdocument?id=59615

    Link only works for me in vanilla IE. Not my FF with all the blockers running.

    n

  25. medium wave says:

    Apropos of … well, nothing, really:

    What really gets reversed in a mirror image?

  26. lynn says:

    “Windows 7 computers won’t receive security updates without antivirus scanner”
    https://www.myce.com/news/windows-7-dont-receive-security-updates-without-antivirus-scanner-83815/

    “Windows 7 computers without an antivirus scanner won’t receive the latest security updates automatically. These systems won’t receive the security updates of January and February which also means they are not protected against Spectre and Meltdown based attacks.”

    This is getting more and more complicated.

  27. nick flandrey says:

    Getting pretty good short wave reception tonight, at least across the gulf, and into TN…

    n

  28. lynn says:

    Ok, my Dad just called me and said that I need to put a handicapped toilet in my middle bathroom with grab rails for my mother. She is still very weak from her cancer treatments a year ago and needs a taller toilet plus the rails to push up on. Plus she just had a shoulder replacement.

    So, I am thinking about this two inch taller toilet
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/KOHLER-Highline-Classic-the-Complete-Solution-2-piece-1-28-GPF-Single-Flush-Elongated-Toilet-in-White-K-11499-0/202705234

    And this grab rail ???
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Drive-Stand-Alone-Toilet-Safety-Rail-rtl12079/204124162

    Any advice here ?

    Don’t get old.

  29. nick flandrey says:

    I’ve got a tall, elongated toilet, in fact two of them, and I like them for us -not yet disabled- folks. Way more comfortable. Get a seat that is fairly flat though or it will be uncomfortable.

    n

  30. lynn says:

    “twenty one pilots: Stressed Out”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXRviuL6vMY

    “Wake up, you need to make money”.

    You know, I think that I might understand millennials a little bit more now.

    Yes, that is over one billion views …

    And it is amazing what body adornments that you can make with a Sharpie …

  31. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’ve heard that song a hundred times and never actually heard any of the words but “the good dope days.”

    What’s wrong with the dope today?

    n

  32. dkreck says:

    Well it used to be a lot cheaper.

  33. MrAtoz says:

    Ok, my Dad just called me and said that I need to put a handicapped toilet in my middle bathroom with grab rails for my mother. She is still very weak from her cancer treatments a year ago and needs a taller toilet plus the rails to push up on. Plus she just had a shoulder replacement.

    I just got one of those clamp on riser seats with hand rails for my Mom. I knew when she passed I could just take it off and not mess with a new toilet. I worked fine.

  34. dkreck says:

    MIL has one of those seats that replace the regular one and has 3 inch risers.
    And they have raised ones with rails.

  35. Mike G. says:

    Nick,

    That Charlottesville report came up fine for me with Firefox private window, Ghostery, uBlock Origin and uMatrix with no changes need.

    .mg

  36. DadCooks says:

    WRT raised toilets and rails:
    The raised ones with rails have a lot of nooks and crannies that exacerbate cleaning and they come loose. Been there, done that with my Mom, after an almost disastrous fall and broken toilet I had the real thing professionally installed, no more hangers on.

    Check the floor around the toilet for rot and support, recommend “sistering” the floor (underneath) and an extra cross joist or two. Also be sure the rails go into studs, anchors will not work. Of course a use a new toilet seal.

    Voice of experience, when installing aids for old folks don’t MacGyver. Do it right the first time. Cheaper in the long run and you may need it sooner than you realize.

    Add:
    @nick – that link opened up as a 220 page PDF document.

  37. lynn says:

    Check the floor around the toilet for rot and support, recommend “sistering” the floor (underneath) and an extra cross joist or two. Also be sure the rails go into studs, anchors will not work. Of course a use a new toilet seal.

    That toilet is sitting on tile which is sitting on concrete. All four toilets in my house are on tile on concrete.

    I was wondering about anchoring the rails into the studs behind the toilet. Sounds like a winner to me. I need to find someone who knows what the heck they are doing.

  38. lynn says:

    I’ve heard that song a hundred times and never actually heard any of the words but “the good dope days.”

    What’s wrong with the dope today?

    No idea whatsoever, no experience in that area. OFD would tell us though.

  39. lynn says:

    Voice of experience, when installing aids for old folks don’t MacGyver. Do it right the first time. Cheaper in the long run and you may need it sooner than you realize.

    If I ever build a house, I am going to build the entire house ADA. 36 inch doors throughout, handicapped toilets, handicapped showers, no changes in elevation other than a set of stairs to the upstairs.

    I have been telling my Dad to build a ramp to the front of their house for Mom. Instead, he had a welder put in handrails up the front three steps. That was good but not enough. And, most of their downstairs is marble tile, including the front porch. Slick as snot when it gets wet. And since they live on Lavaca Bay, it is always wet …

  40. Nick Flandrey says:

    36″ doorways look weird

    n

  41. lynn says:

    36″ doorways look weird

    Yes, they do but you get used to them after a while. My father-in-law had his town home built with a mostly ADA package. BTW, the 36 inch doorways made it incredibly easy for my brother-in-law and me to bring furniture in when we moved our FIL in.

    My daughter is in and out of wheelchairs and walkers. 36 inch doorways make navigation with those devices much easier.

  42. DadCooks says:

    IMHO all construction should be ADA compliant. The incremental cost is actually very small caused by the high cost to retrofit. I know people who live in ADA compliant homes and apartments not because they had to but because when they were looking for a new place they found the ADA accommodations attractive.

    Buy the time I complete all the ADA modifications to our home I will have put more into it than I originally paid for the home 39 years ago. To buy a new house similar to our home that is ADA compliant would be $300,000.00, within a couple of thousand less than a non-ADA compliant home.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    This is getting more and more complicated.

    My MacBook Pro turned Windows 7 machine has been unstable since Microsoft started to try and fix Spectre/Meltdown. Every now and then, an application will close but not disappear from the task bar, and I frequently see the Nvidia driver crash/restart.

  44. lynn says:

    Buy the time I complete all the ADA modifications to our home I will have put more into it than I originally paid for the home 39 years ago. To buy a new house similar to our home that is ADA compliant would be $300,000.00, within a couple of thousand less than a non-ADA compliant home.

    The ADA package that my father-in-law put into his town home 12 ??? years ago was about $6,000 more than the $200K normal cost of the home. Except, they did not do a good job on the downstairs bathroom as they did not add rails to his toilet. But they did put 36 inch doors everywhere upstairs and downstairs, grab bars in all of the showers, etc.

  45. lynn says:

    Buy the time I complete all the ADA modifications to our home I will have put more into it than I originally paid for the home 39 years ago.

    I thought that you were moving to Oklahoma soon ?

  46. DadCooks says:

    I thought that you were moving to Oklahoma soon ?

    Absolutely not, no way, no how.

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