Wed. Mar. 20, 2019 – time to make the donuts

Cool and damp. So nice yesterday afternoon. Aside from the smoke and tree pollen, I mean. Well, I didn’t smell any smoke at my house, but the darkened sky and the huge column of black off in the distance was pretty impressive. It’s a BIG fire.

CPA class was interesting. Shoot/no shoot simulator was a bit more modern than the one I did with the Constables. Turns out that Houston has in house psychology staff, and has for a few decades. They treat the cops and their families for free. The group at highest risk for a successful suicide are middle aged white males, esp when there is a gun present. That describes the majority of cops. (young women attempt it more, but use less effective means and are less likely to actually succeed.) Nationally cops have more suicide deaths than line of duty deaths from shootings and traffic accidents combined. The group of 7 counselors stays pretty busy according to the numbers.

Busy day today, should be out and about most of the day. Ham club meeting, work for buddy, paying work in afternoon, then softball game late evening… this week I’m hopping. And I feel miserable from the pollen and this head cold and would rather be in bed. Poor me.

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20 thoughts on “Wed. Mar. 20, 2019 – time to make the donuts”

  1. Adaptive Currmudeon nails the college nonsense :

    “A wise student buys an education, they don’t inveigle their way into a societal hand job. (I also happen to be the kind of guy who uses words like inveigle. Try that at an ivy league snowflake factory!) Learn a trade and GTFO. People impressed with a name like Harvard are pretty much the last people whom it’s worth the trouble to impress.”

    emph added

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  2. Adaptive Currmudeon nails the college nonsense

    He neglected to mention that the student loan racket now funds Doh-bamacare. That’s what’s driving the nonsense.

    The easy lending standards and debt slavery for C students in “Sosh” will continue until Doh-bamacare is repealed. Nationalizing student loans made the ACA “defecit neutral”, key to getting the bill through on reconciliation. Remove the easy money (banks don’t currently write the paper), and the trades will see a rebound in interest when lending standards tighten.

    Cheating is in direct relation to the value of the paper. I passed on a PhD in part because cheating in CS is out of control, particularly among students who are considered “underrepresented” in the field.

    Again, my rule of thumb — a 30 something who wears yoga clothes to class every day is going to organize and run a cheating group in your CS class. Guaranteed. As part of their self actualization process, that individual has decided that the paper is too valuable and worth the risk — much easier than the trades.

    (Note I did not make the distinction between male and female. Lululemon has yoga pants for … well, genetically they’re men.)

  3. “Deer Park plant fire: Blaze extinguished, but some questions linger”
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Deer-Park-fire-plant-Houston-chemicals-toxic-13702618.php

    Some really good pictures of what a tank farm fire looks like. I suspect that the facility dates back to the 1920s or 1930s and is grandfathered without individual tank berms and water deluge systems.

    Grandfathering of older facilities is really good be fair but at some point, the facility standards really need to be updated. In many cases, there is not room to add more safety equipment and tough decisions have to be made regarding product versus safety. I would lean towards safety nowadays.


  4. Grandfathering of older facilities is really good be fair but at some point, the facility standards really need to be updated. In many cases, there is not room to add more safety equipment and tough decisions have to be made regarding product versus safety. I would lean towards safety nowadays.

    Agreed. Some sort of grandfathering should be part of the deal. But if safety overrides…

    I’ll be honest & blunt. No way to I want to update my home to meet ADA standards. It would cost thousands and many of the modifications would make my house NOT work the way I want.

    Besides – there is NO WAY I’m going to get cabinets as good as I have in the kitchen now. They’re 50 years old and about as wonderful as they could be.

  5. “Read the memo Disney CEO Bob Iger sent to employees after closing the $71 billion Fox deal”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/read-memo-disney-ceo-bob-151300225.html

    “Some of those growing pains are likely to include layoffs, which are expected to be in the thousands, as Disney and Fox pare down duplicate staff. Iger said the integration “will be an evolution, with some businesses impacted more than others.” Fox and Disney have overlap in their film production staffs.”

    This should not have been allowed to happen. This is about creating a monopoly through and through.

  6. “PRATT: What Media Won’t Tell You About The New Zealand Massacre”
    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/19/pratt-new-zealand

    “First, New Zealand has far greater gun control than we have in the United States.”

    “Taken together, the country’s gun control far exceeds what we have in the United States. And yet their extreme restrictions did not stop a bad guy from using firearms to commit a heinous massacre last week.”

    “Second, the shooter broke off the attack only after being confronted with a weapon.”

    “That’s right, a potential victim at the second mosque grabbed an unloaded shotgun and threw it at the shooter. This shattered his car window which presumably made him think that he was being fired upon. The killer sped off, and lives were undoubtedly saved. But few outlets have mentioned this.”

  7. This should not have been allowed to happen. This is about creating a monopoly through and through.

    Fox had nothing but “Avatar” and the TV/movie library left. News Corp kept most of the TV networks and may even get the sports channels back at fire sale prices to prevent antitrust problems. Unfortunately, even if Trump wanted to go after them to prevent the deal, the only opening was Hulu, and the service is not the dominant streaming player … yet.

    Now that it is done, I want the 20th Century fanfare back in front of “Star Wars” pics. Small price to ask.

    Crazy to think that Disney is going to pull more profit from “The Simpsons”, “Bob’s Burgers”, “Family Guy”, and “King of the Hill” than any of their own cartoon TV series and most of their animated movies made in the last decade.

    Tell me Mike Judge isn’t itching to have “King of the Hill” back in production post-Obama and I’ll say you’re delusional. That series never “jumped the shark”.

  8. “Boeing unveils world’s longest passenger aircraft”
    https://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/boeing-unveils-worlds-longest-passenger-aircraft/

    “The 252ft-long 777X is longer than its predecessor, the 777-300ER, as well as the super-stretched Airbus A340-600 and the 747-8, which holds the record for the longest aircraft, according to CNN Travel.”

    “It is expected to have a seating capacity of up to 425 in two classes, 777X-8 and 777X-9.”

    They learned. It is the 777X instead of the 777 Max.

  9. So, progressive Swiss women are organizing “women’s strike day”. You have to laugh, or you’ll cry. They demand equal rights, but of course that somehow doesn’t include the military service required for guys. They also don’t mention equalizing university education, which would involve kicking a lot of women out, to make room for more men. The same for medical and law school – too many women.

    They demand reduced working hours and more vacation, so that women holding part-time jobs will be considered full time (I kid you not). They demand less violence against women, but increased immigration – somehow ignoring the ugly fact that most of the violence against women is in the cultures that we import along with those immigrants. Etc.

    What planet do these people live on?

    We had a meeting today, and the next one happens to fall on this strike-day (which is how I heard of it). The guy leading the meeting said that, while the date cannot be shifted, he will ensure that anyone who chooses to strike will not suffer any consequences, because he will send them the information and solicit their input by email. I disagree: striking means skipping work, and accepting whatever (in this case utterly trivial) consequences that might entail.

  10. They learned. It is the 777X instead of the 777 Max.

    I wish I could remember the story behind the “Max” name. I heard/read about it somewhere during our Vantucky sentence, but, at the time, we were more focused on getting the h*ll out than what was happening in the region. The union is perpetually worried, rightfully so, that the Boeing lines in Renton will be shuttered or completely relocated to Everett or South Carolina.

    Boeing in Renton is a very valuable piece of real estate as the area gentrifies, and HQ staff, based in Chicago, are increasingly detached from concerns in Puget Sound.

    The 777X is a true evolution of the 777, not a nearly-new plane.

    The 797 name has been dedicated to some kind of 757 replacement for a while.

  11. I’ll be honest & blunt. No way to I want to update my home to meet ADA standards.

    Yes. We remodeled the hall bath for my Mom. Shower stall in place of a tub. High toilet. But the door? No way. It’s a load bearing wall and well, sorry, you have to go sideways with the walker.

    Master bath remodel a bit later. Tub gone for a stall. The old 2 foot door was moved and replaced with a 32 inch door. May work for a wheel chair… depends on how easy it is to roll around on carpet. Time will tell.

  12. Oh Lord, please give us just one more oil boom. We promise not to squander it this time.

    Uh, yep. Heard them words before. Seriously, I sure wouldn’t mind. Just before the latest dip, someone paid our family for drilling rights. Then the dip, so they never drilled.

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