36 thoughts on “Fri. April 19, 2019 – awake!”

  1. It’s snowed several inches overnight. It is currently snowing.

    Prepper fail – I neglected to cover the daffodils and bleeding heart. They look quite woeful.

    The dogs are filled with glee and are engaging in a wild case of the zoomies.

  2. Boys, stay away from the crazy….

    Charlize: My child I thought was a boy is… a girl! For the first time, the Hollywood actress reveals why her adopted child Jackson is wearing dresses.

    “‘Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,’ Charlize agrees, briskly. ‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’

    ‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.

    ‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.

    ‘My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.” [um, NO. ]

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    And what ISN”T said in this article is what they were using the Facial Recognition FOR…

    FBI been using facial recognition since 2015 and concerns were raised in 2016
    It searches a database of 30 million images for potential criminal suspects
    A report made six recommendations to meet privacy and accuracy standards
    A follow-up report released this week claims they have all been ignored by FBI
    FBI is also trialling the use of Amazon’s controversial Rekognition software ”

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    A couple of interesting things in this article
    :

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6938939/New-York-man-tried-sneak-gun-past-airport-metal-detectors-wrapping-aluminum-foil.html

    ” TSA officials arrested the unidentified man from Queens [anyone want to bet he’s a ‘man from Queens’ in only the loosest and most technical sense?], New York, after he tried to smuggle a 9mm handgun in a checked bag aboard a plane at JFK Airport
    The gun wrapped in foil and placed in a DVD player inside a suitcase triggered an alarm [automated image recognition] when it passed through the airport’s luggage scanner
    The alleged gun owner was in the process of boarding a flight to Mexico when authorities tracked him down [having even a single bullet in MX is a ‘go to prison and rot while we get around to you’ offense. No sane or legal person would attempt this.]
    He has been charged with weapons violations, according to the TSA”

    [I recognize the price written on the dvd player. That style of writing is typical of a chain of thrift stores. I probably spend too much time in thrift stores.]

    n

  3. Been at the hospital all week with the wife. She started having trouble breathing last Saturday and we visited her doctor. The doctor gave her some decongestants and sent us home. By Sunday it was much worse and we went to the ER. It took till Monday to discover the cause. She had LOTS of fluid around her lungs and heart caused by swiftly advancing kidney failure. Initial treatment was heavy doses of a diuretic to help the body remove the water. After they got her out of danger on Wednesday they put in an emergency shunt to allow immediate dialysis and started that. She has been on dialysis daily since then and we have scheduled regular dialysis sessions every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday going forward. She is now out of danger but our lives have forever changed. We canceled our Italy vacation scheduled for next week. We had hoped to get the vacation in before she had to go on dialysis but didn’t make it. Luckily I had purchased insurance so we should get most of our costs back. I had booked us first class flights and hotels to make it easier of her so the total came over $10k. As may be expected she is incredibly depressed as our prospects for future travel have reduced dramatically. Yes, most destinations have dialysis centers, but it simply means that you spend about half your vacation time laying in a bed instead of seeing the sights. And while a few cruise lines contract for on-ship dialysis, it’s only on a very limited number of ships and destinations and is NOT covered by insurance. I am hoping we can find ways to deal with this new normal but as we were headed into retirement we were looking forward to doing a lot more travel.

  4. Oh Harold, I’m very saddened to hear that. Thank God for the catch by the drs and the successful intervention though. If it had happened a week from now, things might have been dramatically different.

    Once you adjust, I’m sure new opportunities will present themselves.

    n

  5. Thanks Nick. It was a close call they tell me. My wife was saying she would crawl onto the plane right up to the time her doctor told her she would be coming home in a box if she did. She cried for hours. Hard to fix a broken heart. She had been wanting to visit Florence for decades. I am looking at ways to enable her to go on the cruise we had planned for June. The cruise line doesn’t have dialysis but one of our destinations, Grand Turk, does have a clinic for cruise visitors so it may be possible.

  6. “‘Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,’ Charlize agrees, briskly. ‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’

    Charleize Theron has had a few roles which made me wonder if she survived the portrayals with her sanity intact.

    Kinda like Heath Ledger. Much gets made about the Joker role, but I’ve always believed it was the gay cowboy part which really messed with his head and career.


  7. ‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’

    When our granddaughter was three she told us she was a Unicorn and demanded to be treated as one. One niece became a cat at that age and would sit on the floor licking her “paws” and mewwing until it drove us crazy.
    Letting a three year old decide their own gender or species is crazy.

  8. My best wishes for your wife, Mr. Harold. Mr. Nick is right, new and exciting opportunities will pop up once the situation is controlled.

  9. At around 2 yo I called my youngest a monkey. She looked right at me and said “I not a monkey, I a BEAR.” And she’s been a bear ever since. That does NOT mean I let her live in the woods or catch salmon from a stream!

    Stay away from the crazy.

    n

  10. Added, and with Sean Penn as a male role model, I might want to be my mom too….

    n

  11. @Harold: Sorry to hear about the unfortunate turn of events, but as Nick noted, you and your wife will learn to cope with the necessary changes, and new opportunities will arise.

  12. Update on my Pop! OS experiment:

    Things were going great with the 18.10 release. I made the mistake of letting it upgrade to 19.04 yesterday, however, co-inciding with Ubuntu 19.04, and everything fell all over the floor.

    Fortunately, I used Timeshift, but I may do a clean install of the 18.04 LTS release first.

  13. If it were only just their hearts that they were leaving behind!

    I’m concerned about Austin since it has aspirations of being a Left Coast city.

    San Antonio too, but the city tries to keep the Riverwalk free of the urban outdoorsmen and their after effects in order to keep the non-Republican convention dollars flowing.

    @Lynn — did you get the cheesecake at Schilo’s?

  14. People are pooping more than ever on the streets of San Francisco

    The article says homeless are responsible. I have a different opinion and suspect it is the illegal immigrants. But speaking the truth for the media would be politically incorrect.

    Bringing their same bodily elimination habits to their new destination. San Francisco will become another sh!thole place, literally and figuratively. Thanks to immigration and those losers who want to turn their new “country” into a replica of what they left.

  15. @Lynn — did you get the cheesecake at Schilo’s?

    Nope, drove in, conferenced, and drove out.

  16. Re Romney statement on the report: I’ll have to agree with his statement.

    I think that a President ought to live to a higher standard. And he should surround himself with people of high standards (including election staff).

    Although some of his actions are positive, his ‘methods’ are not Presidential, IMHO.

    YMMV.

  17. ”I think that a President ought to live to a higher standard. And he should surround himself with people of high standards (including election staff).”

    Yep!

  18. I have never thought that Trump’s actions and methods were “presidential”. Maybe it’s time for that kind of change. Quit dancing around, quit being politically correct, quit talking for hours and saying nothing. Maybe it’s time to get back to basics and tell the stupid people they are stupid.

  19. Maybe it’s time for that kind of change. Quit dancing around, quit being politically correct, quit talking for hours and saying nothing.

    Amen.

  20. “‘I Am Sickened’: Romney Blasts Trump in Scathing Reaction to Mueller Report”
    https://www.mediaite.com/trump/i-am-sickened-romney-blasts-trump-in-scathing-reaction-to-mueller-report/

    So am I, but by Romney. Romney is such a tool.

    I wonder if Bishop Mittens was *sickened* by the Klinton funded Fusion “Pee Pee Dosier” that Chickenhawk McCain floated. Probably was on his knees praying that it was true. When Mittens was the Redumblican nominee, I dropped the Redumblican Party on my Voter Registration and became non-partisan. No way he could win. I’m sickened by the way he destroys companies for maximum profit. Screw the employees.

    I don’t *like* tRump. He’s a dooshnozzle, but I *love* him for sticking it to the Dumbos.

    Who was the last President to a higher standard? Even the Shrubs are trying to hide their skeletons.

  21. Does anybody think the screeching Rhinos and ProgLibTurdians “Impeach” “I’m sickened” etc. even read the report. Some flunky typed up bullet points. Wasting more time on unimpeachable offenses. Maybe it will keep the Dumbos from accomplishing anything for 6 more years, while tRump fills those Judgeships and replaces Crone Ginsburg when she croaks.

  22. I don’t really care for Trump either. However I was given a choice between the bitch queen Clinton and the Cheeto Head Trump. I didn’t so much vote for Trump as I voted against Hillary. That seems to have been a theme for the last several presidential elections. Not voting for someone but voting against someone.

    Trump is rude, pulls no punches, says what he wants to say. I find that somewhat refreshing where the political players are populated by windbags that talk a lot and do nothing, unless it benefits them. To hell with the people by whom they were elected and are to represent.

    Trump is following up on his campaign promises, something we have not seen in decades. This scares the political establishment who have gotten by doing nothing for decades. Promises made that were never fulfilled.

    Maybe it is well beyond time that we had a president that will stand up and call people a$$holes when the need is apparent.


  23. replaces Crone Ginsburg when she croaks

    I think she died years ago. Just no one has enough guts to tell her.

  24. I think she died years ago. Just no one has enough guts to tell her.

    Wasn’t there an “X-Files” episode along those lines? 🙂

  25. I’m not a fan of President Trump’s presentation. He could be much more “Presidential”.

    I am a fan of what he’s doing (in general). Originalists on the Supreme Court make a huge difference. “Fixing” relations with North Korea and other countries is good. Making trade deals more advantageous for these United States is a good thing. Peeling back as much of Obamacare as possible would be nice.

    What do I want to be done? Put in stake in the heart of Insurance Company / Health care collusion. Gut the IRS. Return to the states that which is the business of the states.

    I, too, voted for Trump because Secretary Clinton was so much worse (in my opinion). I didn’t get the president I wanted. I also didn’t get the president I didn’t want. That will have to do for me until another Reagan comes along.

  26. Who was the last President to a higher standard? Even the Shrubs are trying to hide their skeletons.

    No one in Florida believed Jeb! wanted to be President. His skeletons are an open secret in the state, but what the family allowed him to do as Governor, they never would have accepted from President John Ellis Shrub.

  27. I am also someone who voted for DJT because the alternative was so much worse.

  28. Yup, a social democrat with NYC roots would not have been my choice either, but another RINO destined to lose because they don’t actually WANT to win would have been the second worst choice and would have put the worst choice in the White House.

    FFS, they wouldn’t even SAY HIS NAME, and lost to BHO.

    It’s like the NRA signing off on Red Flag laws, let’s just betray the base YET AGAIN because they don’t matter and we’re the cleanest dirty shirt…

    Time for a cleansing fire.

    n

  29. Who was the last President to a higher standard? Even the Shrubs are trying to hide their skeletons.

    GW Bush torqued me off with his extra strong social conservatism with his fiscal liberalities. His trillion dollar extra spending package out the door was a gut punch for us conservatives.

  30. Trump is rude, pulls no punches, says what he wants to say. I find that somewhat refreshing where the political players are populated by windbags that talk a lot and do nothing, unless it benefits them. To hell with the people by whom they were elected and are to represent.

    Preach on brother !

  31. I am a fan of what he’s doing (in general). Originalists on the Supreme Court make a huge difference. “Fixing” relations with North Korea and other countries is good. Making trade deals more advantageous for these United States is a good thing. Peeling back as much of Obamacare as possible would be nice.

    I am amazed at the people Trump put on scotus. And, I am looking forward to the lady that he is ready to put on next. It is obvious Trump is listening to good counsel when he wants too.

  32. I am amazed at the people Trump put on scotus. And, I am looking forward to the lady that he is ready to put on next. It is obvious Trump is listening to good counsel when he wants too.

    Barrett will be nominated if Ginsberg vacates the payola seat. Bonus points for female.

    If someone else retires/dies, all bets are off. Breyer isn’t much younger than Ginsberg and he sits in what may be the most liberal chair on the modern court. Murkowski would want another West Coast judge at a minimum to replace Breyer, and I doubt the other Republican women moderates would accept an anti-abortion judge in Blackmun’s (Breyer’s predecessor, author of Roe v. Wade) seat.

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