Fri. Mar. 30, 2018 – Friday, already.

By on March 30th, 2018 in Random Stuff

60F with 83%RH here in Houston. I think it will be a good day for working outside. Pity that I’ll be inside all day.

Kids are home from school, so in order to get anything done, they will be at Science Camp. The rise of private educational and “edutainment” options is a bit like bottled water. People now find themselves paying to get what they should be getting from .gov as part of their basic services.

In other news, this is the day that a large chunk of the civilized world remembers when local religious and community leaders used the power of an oppressive state to condemn and murder one of their own. They didn’t like him or the disruption he was causing in their community, so they dimed him to the .gov for political beliefs. Thousands stood by, while the leader of their movement was tortured and killed. There is a lesson there that might not be the one you were taught in Sunday School.

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68 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Mar. 30, 2018 – Friday, already."

  1. Greg Norton says:

    You forgot to add that the local religous leaders were upset about losing their cut from the era’s Enron types running a currency trading desk inside the temple.

    They didn’t have “Star Wars” references back then so the Kenny Boys and Skillings referred to it as “Operation Great Cesar’s Ghost” in the scroll-mail corpus.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    From the “Sanity Might Prevail After All” department:

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mileage-epa-rule-20180329-story.html

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Tesla imploding.

    Of course, CA, home of Tesla, is still refusing to budge.

  3. Dave says:

    That is certainly a different perspective on events than the traditional one.

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    @Greg, from the article: Obama administration drafted in tandem with California

    Why the hell is California making decisions that affect the rest of country? Who put California in charge?

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    @dave, how about

    “Kleptocracy murders local neighborhood activist”

    In local news, leaders of the Establishment church betrayed their constituents by accusing local activist, the son of a hardworking carpenter, and a stay at home mom, of treason to the Oppressive Occupying Forces. The church leaders kidnapped the young activist and after an internal kangaroo court, dragged him before the commander of the occupying force. He was subsequently tortured, imprisoned and judicially murdered by the occupiers. His only crime was challenging the authority of the kleptocrats running local politics, and standing up for the oppressed. Let his betrayal serve as a lesson for us all.

    Or-

    “Garrison Commander Puts an End to Pathetic Local Uprising”

    P. Pilot, Commander of our local defensive forces and veteran of several successful campaigns, put an end to a pathetic attempt at subverting the lawful authority of our government. The “rebel” in question was spreading lies, disunity, and subversion throughout the local jewish community, and according to un-named sources “his actions were so egregious that local religious and civic leaders brought him to our attention.” After a short period of questioning, the unwashed and unlettered “youth” was led to the ignominious end due to all traitors against our Imperial Majesty- death by crucifixion. His ending was as pathetic as his start, surrounded by common criminals and thugs and jeered by a righteous crowd. “We’d like to take a moment to thank members of the local community who came forward with information on this dangerous individual. Remember, if you see something, say something” said a representative of the Commander.

    n

  6. MrAtoz says:

    The next time we drive to CA, I’ll probably get stopped at the “Agriculture Checkpoint” and have to rent a Tesla to go further into the State. They’ll keep ‘em charged via the big solar plant by the boarder.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    I noticed in Sacramento that everything had a “can cause cancer” label on it. Even buildings had metal placards with “contents of the building may cause cancer”. The State had gone off the deep end.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Why the hell is California making decisions that affect the rest of country? Who put California in charge?

    California is the dominant car market in the country. The state’s influence is waning (cough … Toyota US HQ moving to Plano … cough), but the numbers are hard for any manufacturer to ignore when the state sets tougher safety or emissions standards than the Feds.

    If you want to see examples of what kind of car is sold outside the US, without CA nanny state influence, drop by the outlet malls along I-35 in TX this weekend. Easter is a huge shopping holiday for upper middle class Mexican families, and the new cars with the MX plates look like they’re from another planet sans the CA (hence US) rollover standards set in the last decade.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    I noticed in Sacramento that everything had a “can cause cancer” label on it. Even buildings had metal placards with “contents of the building may cause cancer”. The State had gone off the deep end.

    My OBD-II meter still has the big CA warning tag about the cable insulation causing cancer if handled without protection.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    @MrAtoz, yep and the result of having the warning everywhere is a complete devaluing of the warning.

    After all, breathing the air, and going into the sun “may” cause cancer. So “may” being born. And apparently, so “may” sleeping next to another person for most of your life, presumably because that person’s load of background radiation gets transferred to you.

    Like automatically substituting “gang” for “gun” whenever the word is next to “violence”, I have trained myself to add “and may NOT” to any phrase with “may cause” or “may be” in it. Similar to “some people say” add “and some do NOT.”

    Teaching the kids to recognize the invalidating words and automatically counter them is hard. You have to recognize them first yourself.

    n

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    Every bag of cat 5 cable has the warning. Seems there is lead involved as a lube somewhere in the cable jacketing manf process… same for garden hoses, which is why you can’t safely drink from them anymore.

    Or that’s what they say anyway….

    n

  12. DadCooks says:

    There needs to be a sign that is seen as you enter Californication:

    Welcome To The Land of Fruits and Nuts
    WARNING – CA Causes Cancer and Shrinking of Body Parts
    You Will Never Be The Same

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    “The ‘black box’ inside Jennifer and Sarah Hart’s SUV should be able to determine how fast they were going when they crashed off a California highway with their six children inside. The two mothers were killed when their 2003 GMC Yukon XL crashed ”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5561239/Black-box-lesbian-couples-SUV-determine-fast-going.html

    Your vehicle will testify against you…..

    n

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    “High school placed on lockdown after staffer, 63, threatened to ‘execute every white man’ and a large kitchen knife was found in his desk drawer

    Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut was put in lockdown on Wednesday after a staffer [who is black-n]
    threatened to go on a killing spree
    A teacher said in-school suspension coordinator Carl Lemon [who is black-n]
    talked about how he ‘couldn’t wait for the Panthers to give the OK and a revolution begins’
    When that happened, he said he would ‘execute every white man he gets his hands on’
    A large kitchen knife was later found in the 63-year-old’s desk drawer”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5560551/School-worker-accused-threatening-execute-white-men.html

    emphasis added-n

    n

  15. DadCooks says:

    @Ray – have you ever thought about adding the WordPress formatting tool bar to the Reply/Comment box?

    It sure would make it easier for us who like to add “style” to our text. As it is now we have to remember what “code” to put between the less than/greater than and then close it out correctly by adding the backslash.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  16. DadCooks says:

    @Nick said:
    Your vehicle will testify against you…..

    Since my Subaru Forester has EyeSight there is also video available. Big Brother is watching.

  17. CowboySlim says:

    ” They’ll keep ‘em charged via the big solar plant by the boarder.”

    Unbelievable that they built that one. I worked on one 40 years ago that was built farther down the I15, just east of Barstow. Shut it down after a few years as too expensive to run and maintain. Then they came back with the other near Primm.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Solar_Project

    I managed a program that could do functional, performance analyses of the steam cycle.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    @dadcooks, there are currently a very limited number of options.

    strikeout
    bold
    italic
    blockquote

    the theme strips out any others, so even if you added them they would be removed.

    (the one that lets you make a link works too, but I always have to look that one up.)

    n

  19. MrAtoz says:

    If I want to do a lot of html, I compose in my personal WP app or web then paste “as text” over to here.

  20. Rick Hellewell says:

    @dadcooks, @Nick

    Take a peek at the new buttons in the comment form. Howzzat?

  21. pcb_duffer says:

    Rouen, Normandy, France
    A local young woman, who was known to have a variety of mental health issues, was executed by forces loyal to an invading outside power today. The youth, Jeanne d’Arc, aged 19, claimed to hear the voice of her chosen deity, along with several associated religious figures. The traitors to the foreign government, realizing that Ms. d’Arc was a threat to their power, burned her alive in a gruesome testimony to their ruthlessness and inhumanity.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    YAY!

  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    Works for me!

  24. dkreck says:

    Democrats here in California will do anything to get support from moochers

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/illegal-immigrants-protected-californias-state-tuition-increase/

  25. Ray Thompson says:

    What? No blink tag?

  26. Terry Losansky says:

    Take a peek at the new buttons in the comment form. Howzzat?

    Toolbar addition is great!

  27. Terry Losansky says:

    Prepping exercise for the week…

    My daughter goes to college in the fall. Likely a two hour drive by freeway, or four hours by back-road highways. She has her own car. She will live in the dorms for at least the first year. Some family and friends in the local town.

    For her dorm, I am thinking a single large, lidded, plastic tub of supplies. What would you fill it with?

  28. MrAtoz says:

    What? No blink tag?

    I loved the neon sign font in MS Frontpage! Can we get that?

  29. MrAtoz says:

    For her dorm, I am thinking a single large, lidded, plastic tub of supplies. What would you fill it with?

    1. Beer
    2. Shotgun
    3. Plenty of ammo
    4. Maybe some class books

  30. dkreck says:

    No ramen?

  31. DadCooks says:

    @Ray, thanks, that’s a good start.

    The formatting bar I have been seeing most is similar to the Visual Editor
    on this page.

    In googling around there seems to be a bazillion plugins that do similar things.

    The link button does not close itself out, I guess I am missing the trick to use it. I had to edit out the code as it made the “In googling…” the link.

    Dummy me I figured it out, had to click on link again after I pasted it.

  32. Clayton W. says:

    Depends on what she has access to: Microwave, Toaster Oven, Coffee Maker? Supplies for what purpose?

    Microwave cake mix and brownie mix, soup, other comfort foods. Clothes for all seasons. Laundry detergent. Extra sheets and blanket. Pens, paper, highlighters. A GOOD bookbag. Poncho. Confort meds for cold, flu, headache, upset stomach. First aid kit and manual. Pre-paid phone for emergencies.

  33. Rick Hellewell says:

    If you just hit link without highlighting text, it puts the beginning ‘a’ tag at the cursor. Then type in the text that you want link, and click the ‘/link’ button.

    All of the buttons initially put the tag ‘open’ code. If you hit the button, you’ll see that the button has changed to the ‘close’ code for that tag. Or, highlight the text, then click the button, which will put the open/close tags around the highlighted text.

    (RTFS)

    Adding a ‘rich text editor’ to the comment box is a bit more complex. And what other buttons would you need? And maybe adding a ‘rich text editor’ would results in ‘ransom note formatting’.

  34. jim~ says:

    Many many years ago a client noticed my knapsack was rather worn and tattered. In a random act of kindness he just bought me one, which I think was really cool.

    A Jansport, with a leather bottom. Very simple, but the damn thing must be at least 15 years old now and still going strong, despite having gone all over the world and getting knocked about mercilessly. A brand I highly recommed.

  35. Nick Flandrey says:

    When I was at college my aunt, who I love dearly, would send me ‘care packages’ of stuff. Most of the food was stuff I wouldn’t buy if I had the money. Deviled ham in cans, spam, ramen, etc. If I’m getting free food, I want GOOD food.

    From a preps standpoint, some portable food, a small water filter, a small backpack with built in camelbak (like at Costco right now), couple flashlights and batteries, usb battery pack, multitool, minimal tool kit (to be detailed later, have to go to work), small notebook “rite in rain”, super lightweight rain shell- pullover top and pants in dark color and oversized to hide her sex, hat, local map, get home routes marked, compass, couple of chem lights. Work gloves, dust mask, bandana – no gang colors, first aid, blow out kit (different focus), caffinated gum or candy.

    Basically you are building a get home bag, so there are tons of articles filled with good and bad advice. I wouldn’t make the tub too big, prefer a couple of smaller tubs to make up the total volume. Opaque soft rubbermaid with a snap on lip, by preference. The backpack fits in one. Stuff for everyday dorm survival goes in the other, and that one can be more like a care package/ sit tight preps.

    nick

  36. CowboySlim says:

    I read that about the cancerous coffee this morning while sipping mine. Drink that Mesquite Roasted from Texas that someone here recommended to me about a dozen years ago.

  37. Ray Thompson says:

    Okay this is too far…

    It is mind boggling to think that a judge is really that stupid. Makes one wonder what the qualifications are for becoming a judge.

    I read that about the cancerous coffee this morning while sipping mine.

    At your age do you really care?

  38. dkreck says:

    I could be 19 again and not give a rat’s ass. Life without coffee wouldn’t be worth it.

  39. H. Combs says:

    Wife spoke to her 84 year old mother yesterday. After watching a “documentary” on the fragility of the power grid and dangers of Cyber / EMP / CME attack, MIL has suddenly become a prepper. She lives in a Double wide on 80 rural acres with a well and pond and survived some very rough times in the 40’s so she knows what it takes to get by. She has started stocking food and is looking at alternative ways of pumping from her well (solar or hand pump). She has a recent carry permit and spent her early years killing game (as well as being married to a master sgt. in charge of weapons testing) so she knows her way around guns but doesn’t have a long arm. Actually I am encouraged by this sudden interest (paranoia) because since her husband passed she hasn’t exhibited much interest in anything. It’s never too late to Prep.

  40. Dennis says:

    …Basically you are building a get home bag…
    Thanks, Nick. I just deleted two full and thorough paragraphs ’cause you beat me to the post with the same info…haha!

    Terry,
    Ditto what Nick said. My daughter will be starting college this fall and will be commuting from home. She’ll be driving at least 30 min each way every day, so I’m looking at tweaking her GHB to match. And in a few years when she transfers to staying full time then I’ll be faced with a similar situation. Good thing she’s on board with all of the “emergency” gear stuffed in the trunk of her car. I’ve gone light with it tho; she’s not interested in a heavy ruck! How does your daughter feel about it?

    Oh, and she can shoot pretty well also…if the lake hadn’t swallowed all my pew-pew toys, that is…

  41. CowboySlim says:

    At your age do you really care?

    Well, in addition to the Mesquite Roasted coffee (roasted in Texas), I also buy
    from here in Ca. Now, if I really did care, I would only buy from Texas as it wouldn’t be labeled as cancerous.

  42. Ray Thompson says:

    Now, if I really did care, I would only buy from Texas as it wouldn’t be labeled as cancerous.

    Everything in CA is going to cause cancer. Might as well just slap a huge label on the state, make everyone sign an agreement acknowledging the risks.

    My point was, and not very well put, is that when you reach a certain age do you really care about what is going to kill you? None of us are getting out alive. It’s like a doctor not prescribing an addictive pain killing drug to a terminally ill patient in hospice because the patient might become addicted. Does it really matter?

    At some point in our lives we have to say, BFD, let’s have some fun and enjoy life. Cancer from coffee when you are 80 years old? So what. Buy what you like.

  43. CowboySlim says:

    At some point in our lives we have to say, BFD, let’s have some fun and enjoy life. Cancer from coffee when you are 80 years old? So what. Buy what you like.

    I was just kidding about not buying here anymore. Yes, I don’t worry over the edicts of the useless, ignorant politicians. They promised to solve problems, but that means they have to first create them. (Global Warming?). I’ll get coffee from wherever I want. And I just put fresh grind and water in my Mr. Coffee for tomorrow.

    WRT to pain killers in hospice, my wife was placed in one several years ago. The main drugs administered there those. The goal was comfort – curing was no longer possible. Addiction was not a concern. A nurse specializing in hospice care would visit weekly an check her over and get feedback from the staff. She would then pass it on to the Dr. would call the pharmacy and increase the amount. I visited daily and was very satisfied with the process.

  44. CowboySlim says:

    At your age do you really care?

    There is a real problem with that. When the subject comes up and casual acquaintances politely ask my age, my verbal response, 79, is not accepted. Just like buying PBR at Rite Aid, I have to show my driver’s license.

    Yes, I worry more about losing the license than the ability to get in my Jeep. But won’t use it or lose it tonight. Taking Uber shortly to my SIL’s and we’ll go to local bar for PBR.

  45. medium wave says:

    Snooki Was Paid More For Rutgers Speech Than Hillary

    My, how the mighty have fallen!

  46. Spook says:

    For the dorm room, get some sort of inside lock that will defeat the master keys!

  47. ech says:

    It is mind boggling to think that a judge is really that stupid. Makes one wonder what the qualifications are for becoming a judge.

    From what I have read, the judge is just applying the law as written. Blame the legislature.

  48. lynn says:

    That is certainly a different perspective on events than the traditional one.

    Amen.

    And unfortunately, true.

  49. lynn says:

    I managed a program that could do functional, performance analyses of the steam cycle.

    Did you use THERM, PEPSE, or roll your own ?
    http://famos.scientech.us/PEPSE.html

  50. lynn says:

    For her dorm, I am thinking a single large, lidded, plastic tub of supplies. What would you fill it with?

    Enough stuff to get her to the off campus locker with a Ford F250 4×4, 200 gallons of diesel, and more stuff.
    https://www.amazon.com/Locker-Nine-Novel-Societal-Collapse/dp/1536905658/

  51. Nick Flandrey says:

    So I mentioned a small tool kit for a bag….

    6 in 1 screwdriver with assorted bits

    medium sized vise grip pliers, normal jaw

    folding jab saw, wood, metal, tree blades

    wire stripper, very minimalist or small diagonal cutter

    cheap credit card multimeter

    6 inch adjustable wrench

    and that’s it. should all fit in an AR mag pouch or similar size radio pouch.

  52. Bob Sprowl says:

    From yesterday:

    Teresa Ghilarducci will return to being a regular presence in hearings on retirements and pension on Capitol Hill. You want to keep an eye out for that name because she will be the architect of whatever scheme is eventually proposed to seize private pensions and 401(k) plans in order to fund a general retirement program for everyone.

    I cashed out ALL of my IRAs, 401(k)s, etc., before the election as I was afraid of exactly that when Hillary won. 1) Actually not a lot of money; 2) Paid no taxes as I am over 70.
    I built a large shop and the value of my investment doubled due to the sweat equity I added.
    I ‘m still happy with my decision.

  53. jim~ says:

    RE: the lightweight rain shell

    Had one for years and years. You can squeeze it in a in quart baggie with room for matching pants. Been through monsoons on a motorcycle, and years of Seattle weather.

    Not warm at all, so you need some woolies underneath.
    I really like the armpit zippers.

    I like the new linkee thing.

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    I wouldn’t have done the links without the button. MUCH easier.

    n

    added- kinda ugly though. If this was a ‘high design’ instead of ‘high content’ blog, the ugly buttons would bug me. They still catch my eye, but FORM over FUNCTION is for APPLE. I’ll take an ugly tool that works and make what I want to do easier, any day.

  55. lynn says:

    For the dorm room, get some sort of inside lock that will defeat the master keys!

    But the cleaning staff need to be able to come in. So the “lock” just needs to be able to block the door closed while she is in there. Maybe something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Mace-Brand-80116-Jammer-Security/dp/B013FNR952/

  56. Jim M says:

    >”Your vehicle will testify against you…..”

    In this case, I wonder if the black box can differentiate between a driver falling asleep and a driver intentionally running off the cliff.

  57. lynn says:

    ”Your vehicle will testify against you…..”

    In this case, I wonder if the black box can differentiate between a driver falling asleep and a driver intentionally running off the cliff.

    Your vehicle will have a list of the times that your hand touched the steering wheel and for how long.

  58. Nightraker says:

    This little gadget puts an interior lock on the deadbolt for any door: $15

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZD8S8G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  59. pcb_duffer says:

    Cleaning staff? In a dorm room? The world must have changed since I lived in a dorm! There was a janitorial staff that tended to the bathrooms, and cleaned the hallway occasionally, but they *never* entered the actual living quarters.

  60. lynn says:

    Cleaning staff? In a dorm room? The world must have changed since I lived in a dorm! There was a janitorial staff that tended to the bathrooms, and cleaned the hallway occasionally, but they *never* entered the actual living quarters.

    My dorm at TAMU, built in 1933 as part of the CCC (civilian conservation corps), had small restrooms with showers between each pair of rooms. The cleaning staff only cleaned the restroom and dropped off more TP. They did not clean our pigsties XXXXX rooms, nor the sinks or mirrors in our rooms.

  61. jim~ says:

    Lynn,

    Whatever happened to communal showers and toilets/urinals?
    When I was in the dorm, that’s what we got. And clean sheets once a week. We had to make our beds ourselves.

    They must have vacuumed, though. Lol, I can’t remember. Even funnier had it not been all boys. Imagine a condom getting wrapped around the roller brush.

  62. Greg Norton says:

    Microsoft released another fix for Spectre/Meltdown on Windows 7 Pro x86_64.

    My Windows 7 laptop hasn’t been right since these “fixes” started. We’ll see if this resolves the problems.

  63. Mike G. says:

    More apropos stuff from Wirecutter,

    The Best College Dorm Essentials

    As to doors, use the same solution as for a hotel room, e.g.

    door lock

    .mg

  64. H. Combs says:

    Read a SHTF story where a father sent his daughter to college with a standard BOB and the key to a nearby storage locker. The storage locker had all the good stuff.

  65. lynn says:

    Lynn,

    Whatever happened to communal showers and toilets/urinals?
    When I was in the dorm, that’s what we got. And clean sheets once a week. We had to make our beds ourselves.

    Walton dorm at TAMU is a uniquely designed dorm for the campus. I lived in H5 (second floor) from 1979 to 1981. It had four floors with twenty ??? ramps. Each ramp had four double occupancy rooms and two restrooms. No air conditioning and pitiful steam radiator heating (bring your multiple blankets!). All the cleaning staff cleaned was the communal restrooms and they did a sucky job on that. No vacuuming, no sweet smelling stuff, no changing our personally owned sheets.
    http://reslife.tamu.edu/options/halls/walton/

  66. Nick Flandrey says:

    @H. Combs, that’s the one, Locker 9…

    n

  67. Nick Flandrey says:

    My dorm the maintenance staff would and could enter your room if they needed to, and they would do inspections over breaks while most people were away. No other cleaning or entry though. Communal showers and toilets, one set per floor. People would leave a particularly large dump for everyone else to admire. Got out of there as soon as I could.

    n

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