Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 – “”a date which will live in infamy.””

Posting this the night before, but I’m pretty sure it’s warmer and wet.

No idea whether the attack was a sneak attack and one of the most dastardly treacheries of modern time, or a cynical manipulation of American sentiment to get a result the state wanted desperately. I WANT to believe the first, and hope that no one would trade those lives for the emotional appeal. And I want to believe the same on 9-11, decades later. But I get older, and more cynical as time goes by. So I’ll at least allow the possibility that there was more to the story than we were told at the time.

If we can’t know the truth about events that only happened a handful of decades ago, how can we ever hope to know what happened even longer ago than that? (I posit that time must past for the truth to come out, and we have no hope of knowing the truth of anything within our lifetimes. The players have too much vested in the narrative.) the truth may not even be knowable as we all have limited frames of reference. We all ACT like we know it though…

I do know one truth, change is coming.

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

54 thoughts on “Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 – “”a date which will live in infamy.”””

  1. 28º and cloudy in this little corner of reality. I woke this morning not thinking about Pearl Harbor, but was quickly reminded. Many thoughtful tributes and remembrances came my way. Thank you, Mr. Bush. Thank you, Mr. Dole. Thank you, Grampa. Thank you, everyone else who put your lives on hold to hold onto what we hold dear. Most of you are gone, now. We won’t forget.


  2. @SteveF
    Heads on pikes. Crucifixition is an inefficient use of posts and rails. Twice as many bad guys with pikes.

    Jenny, the point of crucifixtion is the slow painful death. Head on a pike generally meants decapitation which is quick. Just sayin’!


  3. @SteveF
    Heads on pikes. Crucifixition is an inefficient use of posts and rails. Twice as many bad guys with pikes.

    Jenny, the point of crucifixtion is the slow painful death. Head on a pike generally meants decapitation which is quick. Just sayin’!

    One word: Impalement.

  4. Ah Paris, city of light–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6470897/Armoured-cars-equipped-machine-guns-patrol-Paris-country-braces-protests.html

    Such lovely people, I think we should import more of them to control our very own feral irish problem–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6471059/Irish-lecturer-stabbed-death-Paris-insulted-Mohammed-says-Pakistani-killer.html

    Oh, right, we’ve got our own diversite’. What were the parents thinking? 16 vs 20? Or were they afraid to say anything because of the calls of “bigot” and “racist”?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6468855/Illegal-immigrant-20-killed-New-Jersey-ex-girlfriend-16-broke-him.html

    Situational awareness people, it’s not just for when you think you are somewhere dangerous–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6468171/Shocking-moment-homeless-man-shoves-stranger-truck-unprovoked-attack-Los-Angeles.html

    Not all the mentally ill are homeless, some get tax money to spout sh!t like this–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6469037/Give-children-young-SIX-vote-tackle-age-bias-society-says-Cambridge-professor.html

    One more reason to leave Cali to its own demise–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6467895/California-officially-state-require-new-homes-powered-solar-energy.html Note that this is NOT off grid, it’s ‘grid tied’ and “uses the grid for storage”. In other words, it forces the utility to buy back any excess, which is credited against future use. No toxic lead batteries, just toxic semiconductor manufacturing in Chine, where of course every environmental protection rule is followed to the “T”. And ‘no power for you’ when the grid is down.

    FINALLY some pushback against PC nonsense–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6469761/Gayle-King-turns-air-blue-live-air-defending-holiday-hit-Baby-cold-outside.html

    Note that she said “damn”. Hardly “turning the air blue”. Comments and voting is 90% in favor of keeping the song.

    And this article is packed with figures, that reveal more than they’d probably like–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6466997/81-migrant-children-separated-parents-June.html

    Separation is allowed for serious crimes. Which means those separated are serious criminals. Just like T said. Note also that the US routinely separates children of CITIZENS from their parents, with nothing more than an administrative order, and NO ONE seems to worry much that “the government may be separating families based on vague allegations of criminal history,’ Gelernt said.”

    n

  5. Weather 44f and light rain in Memphis this AM. Reminds me too much of UK weather.
    Had my first LED bulb failure. I didn’t think it was dead as its failure mode was completely different from CFL or incandescent bulbs. The wife’s bedside lamp began to flicker occasionally. It looked like a bad connection. I tried reseating the bulb and that “seemed” to help for a few minutes then the flickering would return. I diagnosed it as a failure in the lamp or lamp socket and we bought a replacement when we visited WalMart last night. Imagine my surprise to find that the new lamp, which was crap BTW, exhibited the same flickering. So finally, I decided to swap out bulbs. Her LED bulb flickered in my bedside lamp but my CFL worked beautifully in her old lamp. I narrowed the trouble down to the bulb and binned it. I guess new technology will exhibit new failure symptoms. I’m used to bulbs simply NOT WORKING when they die. Learned something new. The bulb was a purchase from SAMS about a year ago when I bought a shit load (technical term) to replace most of our lighting. As my wife keeps her bedside lamp on most of the day & night this device has the highest use of any and I will be keeping an eye out for similar failure in the others. But even if we had run it continuously, it’s nowhere near it’s rated life expectancy.

  6. Jenny, the point of crucifixtion is the slow painful death. Head on a pike generally meants decapitation which is quick. Just sayin’!

    The medieval kings had the solution, their opponents were hanged, drawn then quartered THEN decapitated and head on a pike as a warning to others.
    “hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disembowelled, all while alive, then beheaded, and quartered (chopped into four pieces)”

  7. @harold, the lifetime spec for most LED lighting is for the led itself, and not the whole unit that makes up the bulb… they’re weasels. they know with certainty that the assembly will fail long before the led chip will.

    Most of the failures I see are in the drive electronics. Cheap capacitors fail early in switching power supplies. Often you see an LED bulb fail to a slow blinking. I think this has to do with failures in the caps, and what should be a very fast oscillator circuit becomes a slow oscillator. Heat will exacerbate the issue with early failure, and since heatsinks cost material and space, they are minimized on the cheap bulbs.

    n

  8. I’m really not OCD but one thing I’ve often done, about the time CFL bulbs started becoming popular, is use a Sharpie to write the install date on bulbs. Qas really pissed when a three-way CFL that cost almost $20 at the time lost one of the tubes. CFLs eventually got much better and cheaper. We see the same now with LEDs. I’ve had a couple of failures on LEDs but they were the cheap ones. I have several Phillip Hue bulbs and a bridge so I can use my phone or Alexa to control. I like those and so far reliable.

    And I still have a few good old incandescents, where needed.

  9. Nick

    I have long known of the issue of cheap, (limited lifespan) capacitors, jsut didn’t connect it to LEDs whic, as you note habe more in them than the LED itself. Good point!

  10. Wait, what????? I thought marijuana was completely safe and healthful…..

    “New drug to treat cannabis addiction successfully reduces withdrawal symptoms, scientists say – as more states legalize marijuana

    The trial by Yale University included 70 male cannabis users aged 18 to 55
    They either got the treatment or a placebo before cutting out cannabis
    Those who got the treatment had fewer withdrawal symptoms”

    n

  11. And I failed…

    I meant to wish Barbara a Happy Birthday on the actual day, but I blew it. Missed it by 5 days.

    May you have many happy returns of the day, and our best wishes for the next year!

    nick

  12. No idea whether the attack was a sneak attack and one of the most dastardly treacheries of modern time, or a cynical manipulation of American sentiment to get a result the state wanted desperately. I WANT to believe the first, and hope that no one would trade those lives for the emotional appeal.

    I’ve believed the latter for a long time. Roosevelt was a master manipulator, and, arguably, the country needed a wake up call.

    As the last of the “Greatest Generation” pass, I think Roosevelt will be judged much more harshly by history. Find a copy of “The Forgotten Man” if you haven’t read it already.

    Much like my parents generation with the Kennedys, criticism of Roosevelt was off limits with my Republican grandparents on both sides.

  13. Wait, what????? I thought marijuana was completely safe and healthful…..

    My wife rounds at the mental hospital downtown about once a month for extra cash. She’ll give you an earful if you ever spout the line about it being “completely safe and healthful” in her presence.

    I’m not against decriminalization in TX down to a $25 fine and an entry in the public record for anyone stupid enough to get caught with any quantity, even a truck load, but I never completely trust people I know who imbibe.

    If Mexico legalizes, TX will have to adjust the state’s weed laws in a big hurry.


  14. The medieval kings had the solution, their opponents were hanged, drawn then quartered THEN decapitated and head on a pike as a warning to others.
    “hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disembowelled, all while alive, then beheaded, and quartered (chopped into four pieces)”

    Sounds like a recent event in Constantinople.

  15. Wait, what????? I thought marijuana was completely safe and healthful…..

    Growing up in the 60’s I can name any number of peers who’s lives were derailed by pot addiction. Smart kids I grew up with lost their ambition and edge to daily toking.

  16. I’ve long maintained that the primary effect of cocaine was to make you want more cocaine, and of marijuana was to rob you of your drive….

    n

  17. Interesting. William Barr was GTE General Counsel when I worked there. He remained at Verizon post merger IIRC.

    The GTE-Bell Atlantic merger was a wipeout for the GTE shareholders and and a lot of the employees. GTE customers didn’t fare much better, with many of the non-Bell Atlantic territories eventually dumped into Frontier.

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/ct-william-barr-attorney-general-20181207-story.html

    The really crazy legend we heard as employees was that the merger was consumated with a drug-fueled orgy involving occupants of both companies C-suites. Watching the internal merger announcement video and the interaction between the CEOs, everyone definitely wondered. God help Barr and Trump if that is even remotely true.

  18. “Episode 325 Scott Adams: Dale Reads “MuellerPorn” on CNN.com, Healthcare, France, Wall Funding, #MeToo”
    https://blog.dilbert.com/2018/12/04/episode-325-scott-adams-dale-reads-muellerporn-on-cnn-com-healthcare-france-wall-funding-metoo/

    “French riot against their climate change gas tax
    Apparently, at a 16% increase in gas cost…
    …people stop caring about climate change”

    I don’t listen to the audio blog, I just read the highlights. And Scott Adams is correct, the minute that the adults have to pay for a climate change tax, their minds change about climate change.

  19. “Repeat after me: A Windows that cannot run Windows apps is not Windows.”

    Yup.

    They’re going after the education market which is now dominated by Chromebooks.

    WinRT was the half baked result of an internal feud between the Win32 Forever people and the C++ geeks who wanted to unload the legacy and demote .Net’s “sharp” languages to a second tier development approach. It never really stood a chance, but the platform was good for UW’s C++ certificate program 5-6 years ago.

  20. Had my first LED bulb failure. I didn’t think it was dead as its failure mode was completely different from CFL or incandescent bulbs. The wife’s bedside lamp began to flicker occasionally. It looked like a bad connection. I tried reseating the bulb and that “seemed” to help for a few minutes then the flickering would return. I diagnosed it as a failure in the lamp or lamp socket and we bought a replacement when we visited WalMart last night. Imagine my surprise to find that the new lamp, which was crap BTW, exhibited the same flickering. So finally, I decided to swap out bulbs. Her LED bulb flickered in my bedside lamp but my CFL worked beautifully in her old lamp. I narrowed the trouble down to the bulb and binned it.

    I have about a hundred LED bulbs between the house and the office. The only failure that I have had to date is the LED bulb in the lamp beside my bed that runs about 16 hours per day. It is an GE 50/100/150 bulb that I used to keep on the 150 W equivalent setting. It failed by stinking up the place with a burning smell. I keep the new bulb at the 100 W equivalent setting.

    BTW, all of my internal CFL bulbs have now failed. I replaced the last one a couple of months ago. I still have a couple of exterior CFL bulbs that are probably on the edge of death at the office building.

  21. The CFL light bulbs had the same problem with power drive electronics.

    There was a guy on the net who shows how to build an FM receiver from the components in a broken CFL.

    n

  22. Scanner has local PD surveilling a funeral home (dead gangster from inference), and looking to round up a bunch of fugitives. They keep spotting more guys with felony warrants…

    Bunch of cops and at least 4 agencies/task forces. Must be some big guys.

    n

    “homicide wants this guy in the vehicle, they’re hoping to find a gun….”

  23. The CFL light bulbs had the same problem with power drive electronics.

    Yes, every one that I replaced has a burnt (discolored) base on it from ineffective heat release.

  24. Looks like they got their man. They’ve called for a tow truck. If homicide is involved, then it’s probably a win for the good guys.

    n

  25. Autonomous cars are 20 years out, just like nuclear fusion reactors.

    I believe all the talk about autonomous cars is cover for work being done towards deploying *automated* vehicle tech, controlled from a central authority.

    The only technical obstacle to the latter is reaching a critical mass of vehicles which have drive-by-wire systems and can be controlled remotely. 10 years max.

  26. Not to tempt fate, but no rain here yet… we may still be able to go to our FFA Christmas celebration.

    Parking in a field, and hay wagon rides are not fun in 3″ of rain and mud.

    n

  27. Autonomous cars are 20 years out, just like nuclear fusion reactors.

    I believe all the talk about autonomous cars is cover for work being done towards deploying *automated* vehicle tech, controlled from a central authority.

    The only technical obstacle to the latter is reaching a critical mass of vehicles which have drive-by-wire systems and can be controlled remotely. 10 years max.

    How long until we get the first tollway scandal of the master computer system sneaking the cars out and driving them around and around the tollway gates to generate tollway fees ?

  28. Well, I had to go and run my mouth…. we’re getting light sprinkles now. Hope this isn’t the leading edge of something nasty.

    n

  29. How long until we get the first tollway scandal of the master computer system sneaking the cars out and driving them around and around the tollway gates ?

    You won’t own the car when the automation happens.

  30. It’s been light rain since about 7 AM here. Once in a while heavy enough to hear through closed windows on the metal roof. A lovely (not) 46 F. One inch in the gauge so far. The dogs are not amused.

    I might go to the mailbox tomorrow.

  31. You won’t own the car when the automation happens.

    I’ve seen that prediction before. That will never happen. I don’t like leasing stuff, I can barely rent a car at an airport.

  32. You won’t own the car when the automation happens.

    Perhaps. I’ll believe it a bit more when I have the equivalent of fibre to the pole at my house. And since the cable TV lines end at Cemetery Street on my side of this little town, I don’t see the extra three miles ever happening.

    Then again, if it does happen, this area exploding like Pflugerville and Round Rock did in the 80’s, I’m gonna be rich what with being on 25 acres at the end of a mile long dirt road and four miles by road from front door to the HEB.

    I don’t expect it to happen. I think the monsterplex is going to grow out to Waco and San Antonio first.

    Yeah. I remember when the pop of Pflugerville was about 2000. A 2A high school. Round Rock was just an exit off of I-35. There were farms and pastures of cattle along I-35 north from Highland Mall.

    And Burnet Road and 183 was a four way stop sign.

  33. Been raining quite a bit since this afternoon. Our FFA event got canceled.

    Rain gauge says 2.3″ so far.

    n

  34. I don’t expect it to happen. I think the monsterplex is going to grow out to Waco and San Antonio first.

    New house developments are already spreading south from Harker Heights.

    Toll lanes are planned up the center of 183 all the way to 29 and out to Burnet.

  35. You won’t own the car when the automation happens.

    I’ve seen that prediction before. That will never happen. I don’t like leasing stuff, I can barely rent a car at an airport.

    Something will have to give. 84 month car loans are the limit of where the industry can go unless the Fed buys the paper, and there are only so many $ilverado Texas Edtion Trucks GM can sell into fleets.

  36. I can barely rent a car at an airport.

    Austin-Bergstrom long term covered parking is all reserved in advance now. This allows extremely high end car rental and vehicle transport services to place a car at a known location for wealthy customers who don’t want to bother with the standard rental services.

    I’ve tried long distance drives with my wife and kids, and it just doesn’t work. We fly to Florida and rent a car when we go.

  37. @lynn, back to watching the rain gauges and flood gauges…..

    Addicks is up 7 feet since this afternoon…..

    n

  38. @lynn, back to watching the rain gauges and flood gauges…..

    Addicks is up 7 feet since this afternoon…..

    Looks like it is mostly on your side of the town. We have gotten 2.95 inches of rain so far today. Our temperature has dropped from 76 F at noon to 54 F.
    https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/tx/richmond/77479

    And yes, the old Brazos River do be coming on up. From 19 ft yesterday to a predicted 42 ft next Wednesday.
    https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=HGX&gage=RMOT2

    You know, the Brazos River has been up and down all year. This is the new normal because it sure did not used to be like this. I am thinking that all of the new home and new road construction upstream is really causing more rain water to go into the Brazos quicker and quicker.

    Our levee can take 60 ft on the Brazos. And we are getting ready to add another 3 ft of height to the levee along with upgrading our pumps from 40,000 gpm to 150,000 gpm (we are adding a third pumping station also).

    BTW, 60 ft on the Brazos is around 180,000 ft3/sec. That is a lot of water !

  39. Wow, we are up to 4.77 inches of rain so far today.

    When I left the office at 10pm, I had to drive through a six inch deep stream from the warehouse to the east side of the property (across the cutoff road). The front pond had expanded to an acre (normally just a half acre). And the swimming pool at the house is overflowing of course.

  40. We’re at 5.3″ and the volume just picked up.

    Addicks is ~78ft, so that’s 9ft since this afternoon….

    Chilly too.

    n

  41. Wow, our official creek gauge says we got 5.5″ Mine resets at midnight but jives with that total. Addicks is 10ft from flooding SH6. That is a MASSIVE amount of water in a short time.

    n

  42. You know, the Brazos River has been up and down all year. This is the new normal because it sure did not used to be like this. I am thinking that all of the new home and new road construction upstream is really causing more rain water to go into the Brazos quicker and quicker.

    We interviewed a guy from Exxon in Katy earlier this summer. He was the last non-H1B left in his work group.

    Based on what I’ve observed in Austin, H1Bs ignore the legacy housing stock and always buy new using the wife’s family money. The visa is considered to be an investment, and it is a huge asset when negotiating an arranged marriage, good for six figures of dowry. There is a whole development of new houses catering to that arrangement in the next neighborhood over from mine.


  43. I thought AlGore said climate change was causing drought.

    Of course it does. It also causes flooding.
    I there anything it can’t do?

  44. We are at 5.8 inches of rain now. And it is still coming down.

    We ended up with 6.3 inches of rain total over the night. Wow !

  45. Climate change can do anything! It told me the winning lottery numbers just the other day, while simultaneously finding more ballots for Democrats in the janitor’s closet of a school which didn’t even have voting conducted there last month.

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