Tues. June 27, 2018 – lotta driving this am

78F at 730, hoping for slightly cooler today.

I’ll be in the truck for a few hours this am, so checking in will be infrequent.
n

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57 Responses to Tues. June 27, 2018 – lotta driving this am

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    ok, just checking the interwebs before I head out, and the stupid, it burns.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5886479/Mother-daughter-slide-spot-went-wrong.html

    “‘I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, …. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little [one]. ”

    —————–
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5886229/The-NSA-spy-hubs-hidden-plain-sight-country.html

    Revealed: The towering NSA ‘spy hubs’ hidden in plain sight in cities across the country ‘peering into Americans’ lives from their own backyards’

    The NSA is ‘spying on internet users with the help of telecoms giant AT&T’
    AT&T data processing hubs in eight US cities allegedly used by the NSA
    They process data from AT&T customers as well as from other internet providers
    The hubs are ‘liable to carry everybody’s internet traffic at one point or another’

    The National Security Agency is using internet data processing centers run by telecommunications powerhouse AT&T to spy on American and foreign citizens, a new investigation claims.

    This should NOT be a surprise to anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention to liberty issues, for, oh, the last 12 YEARS.

    ————

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5885781/Man-dies-jumping-river-save-five-year-old-boy-Sequoia-National-Park.html

    “‘He was the first to jump into the water to save Vincent even though he didn’t know how to swim,’ a family member wrote”

    The young man’s heart was in the right place. And his sister is an idiot.

    :”‘He didn’t deserve to do die like that,’ said his sister Maria Mozqueda to KTLA. ‘He didn’t.’ ”

    Your brother died a hero, you stupid cow.
    —————-

    And they truly believe this–

    “This comes as the United States was named as the only Western nation among the top ten most dangerous countries for women.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5886415/MeToo-outs-300-high-profile-abusers-18-months.html

    I guess maybe they mean WHITE women with careers….

    -Rotherdam, india, mozambique, rowanda, any other african sh!thole, central and south america, and the whole middle east…. musta left out those

    ——

    Get training people, this shouldn’t even be considered:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5886383/Applying-petroleum-jelly-cut-harmful-reveal-scientists.html

    “The conventional wisdom that applying petroleum jelly to a cut will help it heal faster could actually be harmful, a new study has revealed.”

    Oh, and in other news, the practice of raping virgins won’t cure AIDS, drilling holes in your skull won’t let the ‘bad spirits’ out, and putting a potato on a wart under a full moon won’t cure it either. FFS.

    —-

    “Drug-sniffing dog finds more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana worth $10million inside a car during a routine traffic stop

    Chicago Police Department narcotics unit made discovery on Saturday
    Cops said the marijuana was being transported from California to Chicago”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5884463/Drug-sniffing-dog-finds-1-500-pounds-marijuana-routine-traffic-stop.html

    LOOK AT THAT PHOTO. The cop who couldn’t see almost a TON of dope in a CAR needs a seeing EYE dog, not a dope sniffing dog. No WAY that car didn’t REEK of dope.

    and with that, I’m off….
    n

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    The cop who couldn’t see almost a TON of dope in a CAR needs a seeing EYE dog, not a dope sniffing dog

    No doubt the officer could see the packages as the vehicle had to be filled in every available place. However without seeing the contents the officer was probably not allowed to search the vehicle. Just seeing the bags is not probable cause and with good enough sealing there may not have been any odor. The officer knew what was up but had to have a drug sniffing dog confirm his/her suspicions to make the arrest. Without the use of the dog a slick lawyer would have been able to have any search over turned due to lack of probable cause.

    The conventional wisdom that applying petroleum jelly to a cut will help it heal faster could actually be harmful, a new study has revealed.

    Lot of old wisdom has proven to be incorrect. When I was seven years old I developed severe frost bite on my fingers. Conventional wisdom was to rub the affected areas with snow. My uncle thought differently. Instead he immersed my hands in warm water. The pain was excruciating. He had to hold my hands in with all his strength while my aunt held on to me. Several minutes of screaming, tears, pain to the point of almost passing out. But I am reasonably certain that such action probably saved the tips of my fingers. The conventional wisdom would have doomed my fingers to destroyed tips.

    Your brother died a hero, you stupid cow.

    Indeed he did. The idiot sister does not realize that her brother thought enough about another human to risk his own life to come to the person’s aid. She is probably a welfare queen whose only sense of duty is to suck money from the public welfare funds. Probably has never held a job more than a couple of days.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    This should NOT be a surprise to anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention to liberty issues, for, oh, the last 12 YEARS.

    I work in the building that used to be Austin’s Bell System switch facility downtown.

    The ILEC is not present anymore, at least not conspicuously, but there are still mystery rooms, including a door with a Verizon logo … on the same floor as the Texas Republican Party HQ.

    Dum dum duuuuuum.

  4. Chad says:

    This should NOT be a surprise to anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention to liberty issues, for, oh, the last 12 YEARS.

    Room 641A
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A

  5. mediumwave says:

    ‘He didn’t deserve to do die like that,’

    Odd. You don’t usually hear that phrase used except when an underclass “youth” fails to survive a confrontation with the police, usually one instigated by some stupidity on the part of the “youth”.

    <snark>What exactly is the criterion by which one “deserves” to die?</snark>

  6. lynn says:

    “WATCH: Laura Loomer Confronts Maxine Waters”
    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/watch-laura-loomer-confronts-maxine-waters/

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the future of the Democrat party.

  7. lynn says:

    We are hanging on to our guns by one vote. “Gun Rights Activists Storm D.C. To Celebrate Ten Year Anniversary Of Heller Decision with Rep. Thomas Massie” #neverforgetonevote
    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/gun-rights-activists-storm-d-c-to-celebrate-ten-year-anniversary-of-heller-decision-with-rep-thomas-massie/

    This is why I achieved my goals with Trump when he appointed Gorsuch. Everything else Trump does (the non-crazy stuff) is gravy. Ok, I have to admit I like some of the crazy stuff too.

    And I have a new Mossberg 590 mag fed pump action for my birthday. Wow, the 20 round mag is $140 MSRP !
    http://www.mossberg.com/new-590m-mag-fed-pump-action/

  8. lynn says:

    “Judge throws out SF and Oakland climate suits against big oil”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Judge-throws-out-SF-and-Oakland-climate-change-13025637.php

    This is important, very important. We are deciding who gets to use energy in our society. The correct answer is the free market. The wrong answer is the government decides.

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  9. Hcombs says:

    Star Wars ranchise is now in the hads of those who hate it
    “Star Wars never appealed to Kathleen Kennedy. Kathleen Kennedy didn’t like the franchise, because it was, indeed, a boys’ adventure franchise.”
    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/375856.php

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Who controls the culture controls the minds….

    Eventually, the stuff that is blatantly and obviously lies breaks in the culture, and then there is a backlash from everyone who was forced to accept the lie, and blamed themselves for not seeing what they were told to see.

    It won’t be pretty.

    n

  11. Hcombs says:

    lynn: “Mossberg 590 mag fed pump action”

    I’ve been looking at both the Remmington and Mossberg versions of box magazine pumps and I honestly don’t see the attraction. Maybe I am missing a vital fact but I don’t see a technical situation where I would want a HEAVY magazine fed pump. One of the things I like about a pump is that it will feed all variety of odd rounds without complaint from the stubby 1 & 3/4 “mini” buckshot to the flares and flachettes. I keep my tactical Remmington 870 filled with ten of these minis in the extended tube. Thats more than I would ever expect to need. So please fill me in if I am missing the point but the extra weight and the inability to lay the gun flat on a surface (say a car hood) when firing from cover, seem to outweigh the advantages for me. If I wanted more rounds I’d get one of the KelTec shotguns with dual tubes.

  12. mediumwave says:

    Want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump!

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    The KSG is pretty heavy when full….

    n

  14. Greg Norton says:

    Star Wars ranchise is now in the hads of those who hate it
    “Star Wars never appealed to Kathleen Kennedy. Kathleen Kennedy didn’t like the franchise, because it was, indeed, a boys’ adventure franchise.”

    Disney is a mixed bag when it comes to “Star Wars”. IMHO, better Kennedy than Lucas in his declining years. Kennedy has now greenlit two Dave Filoni animated efforts, and “Rebels” could go dark and profound at times despite being a kiddie show.

    I wasn’t disappointed with “Solo”. Ron Howard pulled off a friggin’ miracle when you consider what happened behind the scenes.

    The major problem with Disney running “Star Wars” for the next 18 months is that priority will be given to protecting the theme park projects, especially Florida. A *lot* is riding on The Mouse fighting back against Harry Potter and, potentially, in Orlando, Nintendo attractions at Universal, possibly in their own park near the big convention center.

  15. lynn says:

    Want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump!

    I am a Deplorable. There are many like me.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-26/glenn-reynolds-civil-war-has-already-begun-america

    keep in mind that the shooting war already started, with the incident in DC. Only the presence of the security team kept it from becoming more of a massacre, and only the media de-emphasis and memory-holing kept it from becoming a cause celebre’.

    [well, that and let’s face it, they were politicians]

    n

  17. DadCooks says:

    @Nick, it looks like a scammer has made a post on the Sunday, 6/24/18 page.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    @Nick, it looks like a scammer has made a post on the Sunday, 6/24/18 page.

    Hello there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg
    it and personally recommend to my friends.I am confident they’ll be benefited
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    Looks like Fresher work.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump!

    I am a Deplorable. There are many like me.

    Once the midterms are done, Trump will go to work on getting a “Reagan ’84” reelection margin. Whether or not he gets it, he certainly will try.

    Of course, that means Trump may do things the deplorables don’t like. For instance, I don’t see him replacing Ginsberg with someone as conservative as Gorsuch.

    Who is Perot’s current tax attorney? 🙂

  20. lynn says:

    Of course, that means Trump may do things the deplorables don’t like. For instance, I don’t see him replacing Ginsberg with someone as conservative as Gorsuch.

    I just don’t see Trump getting Maxine Waters vote for President no matter who he nominates for SCOTUS.

    ADD: And I think many deplorables are fairly happy with Trump who has earned an enormous amount of goodwill in our books.

  21. mediumwave says:

    I am a Deplorable. There are many like me.

    @Lynn: Is that a variation on this?

    If so, well done!

  22. Rick Hellewell says:

    @DadCooks the ‘scammer’ you speak of added a comment to the page, not a post (which got my attention, what with the hack a while back).

    The comment from that person has been deleted. And his name/email/IP has been blacklisted. So no soup for him!

    @Nick There are some comments in the “Trash” that might not need to be there. I’ll let you check those out. I did delete all of the spam comments in there.

    My project the last couple days has been a plugin that will fix a lot of potential security holes. It will be applied to all of the sites I manage. There’s one ‘enumeration’ hole that still exists here; but it won’t after I finish the plugin and install it here. I have a post ready for publication on my SecurityDawg site about it, but don’t want to publish it until I block the problem.

    That programming stuff keeps me busy as I look out over the Puget Sound. (Partly cloudy – some puffy cumulus – today, temps 65F, slight breeze.)

  23. Greg Norton says:

    I just don’t see Trump getting Maxine Waters vote for President no matter who he nominates for SCOTUS.

    The West Coast is a lost cause for a generation unless terrorists popped a nuke in one of the major cities.

  24. lynn says:

    I am a Deplorable. There are many like me.

    @Lynn: Is that a variation on this?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifleman%27s_Creed

    If so, well done!

    Yup. Thanks !

  25. lynn says:

    I just don’t see Trump getting Maxine Waters vote for President no matter who he nominates for SCOTUS.

    The West Coast is a lost cause for a generation unless terrorists popped a nuke in one of the major cities.

    Sad and true.

    ADD: You did not mention the east coast …

  26. Greg Norton says:

    ADD: You did not mention the east coast …

    I think Trump believes the East Coast is in play for 2020.

    He wants New York in particular. Unlike Al Gore, he cares if he gets the home state.

    (If Gore had simply cared about getting TN in 2000, the world would look a lot different today.)

  27. paul says:

    I work in the building that used to be Austin’s Bell System switch facility downtown.

    9th and Colorado if memory serves. Try Manuel’s sometime. 301 Congress. It’s all good.

  28. DadCooks says:

    @RickH, thanks for looking into the “comment”.

    I apologize for using the word “post” and realize how that can get your “alerts” up fast. I’ll be more careful with my terminology, I don’t want to create any undue panic. I should know better and as slight as it may seem I do understand that there is a distinct difference between a post and a comment in the vernacular of forums and how it needs to be delt with.

    @Greg Norton said:
    “The West Coast is a lost cause for a generation unless terrorists popped a nuke in one of the major cities.”
    They would blame Trump and would consider it a small price for their perceived victory.

    Too bad the only solution to the world’s problems is an apocalypse that is not going to be as pretty as it is in the movies.

  29. MrAtoz says:

    The West Coast is a lost cause for a generation unless terrorists popped a nuke in one of the major cities.

    I nominate San Fagcisco.

    Am I going to ProgLibTurdian Hell for that one?

  30. SteveF says:

    Most readers here won’t know what I’m talking about but there are vehicles called snowplows. They’re used for moving snow — that’s the white, puffy stuff that water turns into when it gets really really cold, even colder than when Texans have to put on a parka — off the road. They have big blade things that are propped at an angle and move the snow as the truck drives.

    What we need is a REALLY BIG snowplow, then start it somewhere north of Oakland and have it drive south, plowing the coast-most mile of California into the ocean. (The chair shall entertain suggestions that the Washington and Oregon coast should be similarly plowed.) Then drive the plow to the Eastern seaboard — making sure to hit Austin — around the southern edge of Virginia and drive north to around Porland, Maine, making sure to back-and-forth enough to push every cubic millimeter of Washington DC, NYC, and Long Island into the ocean. Then drive back to the west coast, making sure to take care of Chicago on the way.

    There is only one realistic problem with this plan: if coastal, liberal elites are pushed into the ocean and go below 1000 feet, that’s likely to piss off the Old Ones living down there. We aren’t prepared for a war with them (the phrase “squish us like bugs” is the only way to describe the outcome) so we have to be careful with the plowing.

    (ref the Old Ones in the deep, read Charles Stross’s Laundry Files books. You need to. You don’t know you need to, but you do. Drop what you’re doing, drop what you’re reading, and get the first one. It’s that good.)

  31. lynn says:

    Too bad the only solution to the world’s problems is an apocalypse that is not going to be as pretty as it is in the movies.

    What, there will not be space shuttles flying in formation to the back side of the comet heading towards the Earth ?

    Dude, that just hurts.

  32. Nick Flandrey says:

    I like Stross, and IIRC his blog has a lot of the sausage making of book publishing. IIRC he breaks out the economics of big books vs a trilogy of the same story. The capacity of the chinese presses comes into the math…

    Just sat down, so didn’t see the spam comment. How’d you know? The reference to DIGG? (ha, I kid, but seriously, does anyone digg anymore? and did those guys (kevin, et al, cash out when they could?))

    I usually clear out the spam folder and the comments on hold folder every couple days. Haven’t recently.

    n

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    (If Gore had simply cared about getting TN in 2000, the world would look a lot different today.)

    I like to think I personally cost Al Gore the election. Let me explain.

    Back in 1993 the contract I was working with in Oak Ridge was up for bid. It was awarded to a company in Texas instead. Reason is that we bid one two support people. We had been supporting the contract for 6+ years with the current staff which was apparently not good enough for the new contract.

    The person that awarded the contract was Jim Densberger, I had worked with him in the USAF. He retired from his AF job on Friday, had the same desk on Monday as a GS-12. 20 years in the USAF was now good for 25 years in the civil service. He was already almost at retirement from civil service.

    Jim Densberger awarded the contract to a company in San Antonio. Such company he went to work for six months after the contract was awarded. I am certain he was promised the job in exchange for awarding the contract. But I am getting ahead of myself.

    The contract in SA was for $18 million more over six years than what my company had bid. There was no logical reason for the award (I did not yet know about Jim Densberger’s hand in the contract). I wrote a letter signed by many of the people losing their jobs to the local representatives, one of them being Al Gore. All responded except Al Gore. Of course none of them did anything. I was personally called on the carpet for writing the letter for which I had to remind the prime contractor that as I private citizen I could write whomever I wanted. Regardless, the contract was lost, 50 people lost their jobs, the taxpayers were $18 million poorer, and Jim Densberger had secured himself a new job when he retires from civil service.

    The campaigns started for the 1996 presidential election. I wrote a letter to The Oak Ridger, the local paper, detailing how the other representatives had responded and Al Gore had not. I explained that Al Gore did not care about the people in his East Tennessee district and this is how he would treat the rest of TN. His office in Atlanta found out about the letter which had been printed on the front page of the paper. His office said it was an oversight on his staff and that Al Gore would be personally contacting everyone involved in the contract loss. Lip service because Al never contacted anyone.

    So when the presidential elections start for the 2000 elections I again write The Oak Ridger. I quoted the response from his staff in the letter and that Al had not responded. This time it was a front page story with interviews of me by the paper. I had the documentation from the original letter and the paper had his staff’s response.

    I mentioned in the letter and interview that Al Gore merely provides lip service, cares nothing about East TN or the people that elected him to the office. If, as a senator, he was unable and unwilling to serve the people that elected him he most certainly would treat the US population the same way. Al Gore was only concerned about himself and others were simply stones to be trampled if they could serve his purpose. The article was picked up by several other papers in TN.

    When the election came around Al Gore did not carry East TN. Because of this Al Gore did not carry the state of TN. Not carrying the state of TN cost Al Gore the election. Justice had been served.

    Whether this was due to my letter writing and the articles in the local paper is uncertain. I like to think it was. I like to think that I was responsible for Al Gore losing the election and am damn happy I was able to do so.

    Meanwhile Jim Densberger retired from the USAF, took the civil service job, worked there for 10 years, retired with 30 years service as a GS-13, then took got the job with the new contractor. Jim Densberger was now able to afford his home on the golf course while 50 people had to find new jobs and raping the citizens of the US for an additional $18 million dollars.

    While on the contract I had developed instant message and email (in 1989) to allow the bases to communicate. This dropped our phone bill from $25K a month to less than $5K. The users loved the system. When the new contractor took over they demanded the system. We reminded them that the system developed was not a contract deliverable when we had the contract and was developed to make our job easier. Thus the new contractor was not entitled to the system or the code. The users complained loudly as their job was now harder as communication was now harder as the bases were located all over the world. The new contractor begged for the system and code and were basically told to go pound sand. Had I been required to provide the code it would have been a format that would not be easily human readable.

    To this day I despise Jim Densberger with a passion and hope that his nuts get tangled in a four wood and kills himself.

  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    @BillF, you have a long comment about your mower sitting in the trash, did you want to recover it? (or the other parts?)

    mediumwave, you have a short comment there.

    It looks like if a user deletes a comment, it’s not really gone, but is in the deleted folder accessible to admins…

    n

  35. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] Oh, and in other news, the practice of raping virgins won’t cure AIDS, drilling holes in your skull won’t let the ‘bad spirits’ out, and putting a potato on a wart under a full moon won’t cure it either. FFS. [snip]

    And as the late Mr. Jobs discovered, the efficacy of herbalists in curing pancreatic cancer = 0.

  36. SteveF says:

    It looks like if a user deletes a comment, it’s not really gone, but is in the deleted folder accessible to admins…

    I suggest selective editing to make the writer look like an idiot. If that’s good enough for professional magazine editors, it’s good enough for you.

    Software Development Magazine published a number of my articles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The mag’s editor in chief (Barbara Hanscome? Something like that.) wasn’t a programmer herself but had been in the tech publishing biz long enough that she recognized the lingo well enough. Alas, she wasn’t the one to actually edit the articles. That was left to fresh-outa-school English majors, every one of them female, every one of them certain that she knew more about the English language than any grubby geek, not a one with the slightest inkling of technical jargon.

    One (at least one; memory fades) robotically changed every single “he” to “he or she”. The famous computer scientist Donald Knuth became a he-she. Several of these editors reworded sentences to make them “grammatically correct”, mangling the programming terms of art, and in the process totally garbling any meaning that a reader might have extracted from that paragraph. Sometimes they needed to save a column inch to fit the article on the page and just lopped out a paragraph. Some of these changes were run past me, I’d object and correct, they’d agree to the correction, and the garbled mess would invariably appear in the printed magazine. Eventually I got tired of putting up with it and stopped putting up with it. Even when the e-i-c contacted me a few months later, wondering why I’d stopped sending articles, and I explained that the junior editors were not professional enough for me, all she said was that they’re professionals and she trusts them. -shrug- Her decision.

    Please note that the magazine folded not too long after that. Maybe it was poor editorial decisions, maybe it was simply the internet squashing the mag.

  37. mediumwave says:

    mediumwave, you have a short comment there.

    IIRC, I deleted that comment because it was boring and irrelevant,

    You may delete it with extreme prejudice. (Does anyone say that anymore? 😉 )

  38. Nick Flandrey says:

    iirc, the efficacy of almost any treatment for pancreatic cancer is very near 0…

    n

  39. SteveF says:

    Ray: I approve! I don’t agree with the assertion that everything would have been different if Gore had won perpetrated enough fraud to be able to claim a win — he’d still have had to make some military response to 9/11, the so-called Republicans in Congress could hardly have leaned more liberal under a Dem pres than a Rep pres — but I approve of Big Stupid Al having his face ground in the dirt simply because he’s a giant, sanctimonious douchebag.

    pcb_duffer: Jobs’s use of herbal remedies was a “why not?” effort, wasn’t it? Regular medical opinion was that he was going to die, so there was nothing to lose by trying the herbal cure.

    nick and RichH: It’s not said often enough: Thanks for the work you put in, keeping the site going.

  40. lynn says:

    nick and RichH: It’s not said often enough: Thanks for the work you put in, keeping the site going.

    Seconded.

    I never realized there was a spam folder for WordPress. Maybe they should have called it Workpress.

  41. Greg Norton says:

    I like to think I personally cost Al Gore the election. Let me explain.

    Interesting story.

    Gore probably spent more time at St. Albains than he spent in Tennessee his entire life.

    Win or lose, I can’t remember a Presidential candidate who failed to carry his home state. Even Walter Mon-dull carried Minnesota in that legendary political butt kicking of 1984.

  42. SteveF says:

    WordPress is pretty good. It gets a lot of knocks, but I have yet to find anyone who answers my challenge to spec a better general-use system, let alone implement it.

  43. mediumwave says:

    nick and RichH: It’s not said often enough: Thanks for the work you put in, keeping the site going.

    Third-ed.

  44. Nick Flandrey says:

    Thanks guys, and you’re welcome.

    Readership has stayed pretty steady, while the daily visits fluctuates quite a bit.

    Average daily comment numbers have been pretty steady, and are double RBT in the old days, and half RBT in the more recent days (didn’t look but it seems like about the time he moved and started doing more prepping content.)

    n

    added- we’re at over 100,000 comments since the change to wordpress, and “Akismet has protected your site from 300,483 spam comments already. “

  45. mediumwave says:

    One (at least one; memory fades) robotically changed every single “he” to “he or she”. The famous computer scientist Donald Knuth became a he-she.

    Nowadays the practice seems to be to use “she/her” rather than the traditional and stylistically-correct “he/his/him” to refer to a generic person, forcing me to expend just that much more mental effort to make the translation. 🙁

  46. mediumwave says:

    Average daily comment numbers have been pretty steady, and are double RBT in the old days, and half RBT in the more recent days …

    OFD sometimes used to provide up to half the daily comments.

  47. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] iirc, the efficacy of almost any treatment for pancreatic cancer is very near 0… [snip]

    I’ve had two people who were fairly close to me who got, and died from, pancreatic cancer. As I understand it, there are two forms, and ~ 90% of the people get the type for which there is essentially no hope. I think I remember that Jobs was in the luck 10%; maybe not. One of the people I know who died from it actually got in on a clinical trial for a new type of treatment. It did a great job of zapping the cancer but alas also poisoned her liver & kidneys. I’ve also known one close family friend who died from mesothelioma. At that time (11 years ago) there were no viable treatments, I don’t know if that’s still true.

  48. Ray Thompson says:

    Win or lose, I can’t remember a Presidential candidate who failed to carry his home state.

    And I like to think it was because of my efforts. If Al Bore had contacted people, following through on his promise, then the outcome may have been different. I went after him with the best weapon that I could conceive and that was using the power of the press. It shook up his campaign people but apparently not Al. His ego was too big to even fathom that he could lose. Well he did and he can thank me.

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    OFD sometimes used to provide up to half the daily comments.”

    and some days, I came up with another third….

    n

  50. JimL says:

    @SteveF:

    WordPress is pretty good. It gets a lot of knocks, but I have yet to find anyone who answers my challenge to spec a better general-use system, let alone implement it

    I manage a couple of sites. I moved them to WordPress in 2015/2016. Several people told me it was a huge waste of time & I should use (whatever they fancied at the time). I offered to let them take over the club page at any time. Needless to say, It and every other site moved to WordPress.

    Since that time I have been peripherally involved in several website reworks. Every time the vendor claims to have a homegrown solution that works better, I object and demand WordPress. I don’t have a vote, but I can recommend, and the folks that do decide have (so far) heeded. WordPress it is.

  51. Roger Ritter says:

    My father was one of the lucky ones who survived pancreatic cancer. The surgeon told him before the operation that they’d take a look – if it was inoperable, they’d close him back up and send him home to die. His was operable, and for ten years or so after the surgeon would laud him as one of the success stories.

    It became interesting when I was filling out family history data and mentioned my dad’s cancer that I’d get immediate condolences, and would have to explain that they were unnecessary – he’d survived. That’s how rare survival is.

    He’s gone now, but it wasn’t the pancreatic cancer that got him.

  52. DadCooks says:

    I had an Uncle (unrelated by blood, married my Dad’s oldest sister) who died of pancreatic cancer more than 20 years ago, he would have been 94 last week. He worked for Big Paper in Bellingham WA (all the chemicals he worked in probably contributed to his cancer). He was a big (6’6″) strapping curly red-headed Irishman who played a mean bagpipe and wore kilts. He was an avid outdoor person, hunting, fishing, camping, and beer drinking. Uncle Fred’s pancreatic cancer came on quickly the year he retired. He was dead in 6-months and never got to really enjoy the fruits of his labor. He had a Son, Bruce, a year younger than me and a spit’n image of his Dad in all ways, bagpipes and kilt too. Bruce committed suicide the next year. So, in a way, I lost two dear friends and hunt’n buddies to pancreatic cancer.

    Peace

  53. lynn says:

    Average daily comment numbers have been pretty steady, and are double RBT in the old days, and half RBT in the more recent days …

    OFD sometimes used to provide up to half the daily comments.

    I’ve been trying to make up for OFD and failing miserably. He needs to come back.

  54. DadCooks says:

    Oops, @Dad called his Uncle Fred an Irishman, I’m dead meat. He is Scotch, inside and out. Please forgive me Uncle Fred.

    My other Uncle Fred was Irish and full of blarney as well as his home brewed beer.

    Got my “Freds” mixed up.

  55. Nick Flandrey says:

    Umm, still missing. “Scotch” is a drink, “Scots” or “Scottish” is people…..

    Or so I was very forcefully told some time ago.

    n

  56. DadCooks says:

    So correct @Nick, but I was using the word Scotch to reflect that he was a Scot that enjoyed his Scotch.

  57. Miles_Teg says:

    My father had pancratic issues in 1988, not sure if it was cancer. His heart got him in 1997.

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