Sat. Aug. 10, 2019 – Nuts!

79F and 90%RH. Another sunny day… and HOT!

I’ve got my non-prepping hobby meeting today. It’s been great meeting people I would never have met, and it got me into the ham radio lunch group, where I’ve met even more people, including some who are prepping. Get out into meatspace!

Other than adding a couple of cans to the shelves, prepping was pretty slow this week. I did buy a couple of submersible pumps for <$10. I've never really needed pumps, but with all the flooding we get, it seemed prudent to grab them since they were so cheap. Garden continues pretty much unchanged. Still only one orange on the tree. Two tiny apples on one tree, none on the other. Something is eating the leaves from one of the apple trees, so I'll be spraying a broad insecticide later today. I checked, and it's a cuke vine that has survived in the side garden. Not producing cukes yet, but still alive. That beats all the other zukes and cukes. Pepper plants still producing more than I eat, but that's it. I'm looking forward to getting something in the ground for fall. The world around us continues towards war and madness. The Russians seem to be having a bit of trouble, first with their sub, now with a missile... India and Pakistan are back at it. China's still pushing it in the areas it wants to intimidate. Iran is still nuts. Domestically, people are losing their minds. Epstein's web of connections is finally coming to light. HRC has faded from the public consciousness though, which is worrying- I like to SEE the spiders, not have them spinning in the dark. WRT public violence, we're just getting started folks. CW2 seems to be an idea that keeps growing and becoming widespread. Those sorts of ideas have a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy. It doesn't take long for things to change dramatically once that switch flips. I think moving local organized violence up your list of reasons to prep is a smart move at this time. That means stealthing out, getting out of dodge, or increasing defensive measures. Or all of the above. Prices on defensive tools are still reasonable. The panic hasn't started yet. Don't put off any needed purchases too long. Consider armor. I think it will be next on the chopping block. Extremity injuries are much easier to deal with than chest and abdomen, just saying. One of our compatriots is putting his plan into action and moving to reduce his exposure to the primary risk here in the Houston area- hurricanes and flooding. I'm a bit amazed, and definitely supportive. Make a plan, act on it! Stock up, stack it high, and get out into your community. Local local local... nick as always, share what you've gotten done lately

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48 Responses to Sat. Aug. 10, 2019 – Nuts!

  1. JimB says:

    Firsties!

    Agree on all the above, except in earthquake country we stack it low 😉

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hah!

    n

  3. MrAtoz says:

    Front page of Drudge: Epstein found dead in cell, hanged himself. He was on a suicide watch.

    Good work guards! Either they watched and cheered or didn’t watch and cheered. Unprofessional.

  4. SteveF says:

    If the government is going to take the extreme step of locking a man in a cage, the government has an absolute duty of care for his well-being.

    The guards on duty when Epstein allegedly committed suicide should be charged with criminally negligent homicide at the least.

  5. brad says:

    Yep, I just saw that Epstein committed “suicide”. Funny, how that was possible despite him being on suicide watch.

    @MrAtoz and SteveF: I think you’re missing the big picture here: this wasn’t incompetence. His head did not go into that noose voluntarily. But too many big names were at risk of being named, so a little “help” was necessary.

    One or more guards have had a large deposit made to an offshore bank account. In a few weeks time, by some strange coincidence, that guard or those guards will be killed in an accident or botched robbery. Wait for it…

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Front page of Drudge: Epstein found dead in cell, hanged himself. He was on a suicide watch.

    Good work guards! Either they watched and cheered or didn’t watch and cheered. Unprofessional.

    I’m shocked! Shocked!

    I know BJ Klinton tops the list of suspects, but, as much as he likes the party, I’ll concede that underage girls were not BJ’s thing.

  7. CowboySlim says:

    Yep, I just saw that Epstein committed “suicide”. Funny, how that was possible despite him being on suicide watch.

    10-4, it is correctly named, “suicide watch” is watching a suicide.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    The Russians seem to be having a bit of trouble, first with their sub, now with a missile…

    Both incidents seem to involve a release of radiation.

  9. ech says:

    Saw that the suicide note was found on Hillary’s server in the bathroom.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Saw that the suicide note was found on Hillary’s server in the bathroom.

    Naw. BleachBit scrubbed those clean.

    And Hillary’s style is a bloodless self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  11. MrAtoz says:

    Somebody needs to raid Epsteins island and see if the *safe* really exists. Before Cankles get there. BJ might have “dabbled” on his extensive travels on the peso-express.

  12. MrAtoz says:

    LOL! Crazy Eyes says “we need answers on Epstein’s death…” You really think she gives a flying fcuk? Anything to stay relevant. Nobody cares what she thinks.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    You really see the MSM’s bias when every article on Pedostein has a picture of tRump. BJ Klinton should be front and center on all those articles. The Klinton empire is over. BJ and Cankles should just fade away and enjoy their millions made off the backs of people they hate.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    LOL! Crazy Eyes says “we need answers on Epstein’s death…” You really think she gives a flying fcuk? Anything to stay relevant. Nobody cares what she thinks.

    The answers are important to the mystery Sugar Daddy behind the Cocktail Waitress.

    Again, the story is out there for some young, hungry reporter. Are they all snowflakes?

  15. paul says:

    Crazy Eyes says “we need answers on Epstein’s death…” You really think she gives a flying fcuk? Anything to stay relevant.

    She might give a flying, just to poke a stick in the eye of folks higher in the Party. More power to her is that’s the plan.
    Then again, she’s probably just flapping her lips.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    HRC and BJBill should be found guilty of their crimes, stripped of all assets, flayed, then fed feet first into an electric arc furnace. No way in helI should they get away with it and fade away, playing at doting grandparents. Destroy whatever legacy they think they have. Let the grifter and her husband beg for change in the subway.

    n

  17. paul says:

    I wandered by the TV a while ago. Huh? Dwarves on skateboards? Nope. Guys on skateboards missing their legs from the knee down.

    They were pretty good, too.

  18. paul says:

    then fed feet first into an electric arc furnace

    You are too kind.

    Wood chipper. Slow speed.

    Dangle them with a rope under their arms to control “feed rate”.

  19. lynn says:

    BC: tough love
    https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2019/08/10

    I have no idea and not sure that I want to know.

  20. lynn says:

    One of our compatriots is putting his plan into action and moving to reduce his exposure to the primary risk here in the Houston area- hurricanes and flooding. I’m a bit amazed, and definitely supportive.

    I assume that this is me ? Hey, thanks for the support. It is a tremendous decision to make and is not finalized yet. My wife and daughter are both in reality checks, “we are moving again ?”. In fact, make that three of us. This is happening way too fast.

  21. lynn says:

    Front page of Drudge: Epstein found dead in cell, hanged himself. He was on a suicide watch.

    Good work guards! Either they watched and cheered or didn’t watch and cheered. Unprofessional.

    The guards were paid ! Or forced, it does not matter. Ex-presidents know a lot of people. If you can force an Attorney General of the USA to have a meeting on a plane on a airport with you, getting someone taken care of is trivial.

  22. paul says:

    “we are moving again ?”

    Seems well worth the trouble and expense to not worry about being flooded out. And your house being ruined. And all of your stuff being ruined.

  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, you are following in the footsteps of RBT. Identify a threat, act to counter it. It looks like a nice house with lots of potential upside too. If the inspection didn’t turn anything up, you a making a good decision.

    I know you did all that work on your current house, but you should get that back.

    n

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ok, it’s 110F in my driveway. Even for Houston, that is HOT. At 40%RH it doesn’t sound that humid, but the air can hold a LOT of water at 110F!

    I’m soaked to the skin and wasn’t even out in it for more than a few minutes.

    Today’s yard sales, $2 for some art supplies. Today’s single estate sale, $45 which included 3 gallons of coleman fuel, a 12v fan, a coleman camp oven, some vintage AV gear, a nice clock, and misc garage stuff. I left the 3 burner coleman stove, and two butane table top burners. That would have added $10 to the total.

    In a few minutes I’m going to take the kids’ wagon and get some firewood a neighbor put out on the curb. Or I might just lay down on the cool tile floor and soak in the coolness for a while. Did I mention it’s hot?

    n

  25. lynn says:

    Pros:
    1. gets us away from the Brazos River levee NOW
    2. nice house layout
    3. nice garage
    4. plenty of room for addon game room
    5. no swimming pool to maintain
    6. $100K cheaper than building a new home, maybe $200K cheaper
    7. no mud taxes
    8. no levee tax
    9. away from the tollway extension
    10. plenty of room for a garage expansion
    11. house is two foot above local flooding
    12. 3 car garage instead of 2
    13. bigger family room with carpet for daughter
    14. plenty of room to add a covered and mosquito netted patio

    Cons:
    1. house is 21 years old, many small problems
    2. air conditioners may be suspect even though they are only 3 years old
    3. traffic is super heavy at 2759 and 762 intersection for another six ??? months
    4. $65 per lawn mowing
    5. everything in the home is a compromise versus a new custom home
    6. the showers may be small and difficult to enlarge
    7. gotta replace the windows, carpet, and paint
    8. water leaks in small master closet and master tub
    9. a regular wheelchair will have trouble in daughter’s area
    10. a large wheelchair is a nogo in daughter’s area

  26. lynn says:

    @lynn, you are following in the footsteps of RBT. Identify a threat, act to counter it. It looks like a nice house with lots of potential upside too. If the inspection didn’t turn anything up, you a making a good decision.

    I know you did all that work on your current house, but you should get that back.

    No major showstoppers, just a lot of little stuff.

    I am hoping to make that investment back, but we shall see.

  27. Ray Thompson says:

    Then again, she’s probably just flapping her lips.

    Which ones? Asking for a friend.

    Ok, it’s 110F in my driveway. Even for Houston, that is HOT….Did I mention it’s hot?

    Yes you did and I don’t want to hear that. I will be in the Houston complex visiting family, well wife’s family, in about 10 days. Driving of course. No TSA this time. It is about 85 here, went out and mowed the yard, along with the string trimmer. Hot but not unbearable. An extra 20 degrees would make a huge difference. No major adventures outside while in San Antonio and Houston so I should be OK.

    I have found that a simple wide brim straw hat over the head makes a large difference when sitting on the mower. Grandpa Walton knew what he was doing with his hat. Very open weave straw hat so lots of air circulation and shading. I wear ear protection, gloves, polarized safety goggles and the hat when I mow. Not taking any chances anymore. I am no longer young and stupid. Oh, and sunblock on the arms.

  28. paul says:

    6. $100K cheaper than building a new home, maybe $200K cheaper

    That’s a LOT of fix-up money.

    No MUD or levee taxes is an on going savings.

  29. Nick Flandrey says:

    I wear a big! straw hat when working in the sun. It has LOTS of holes for wind to get thru. My everyday sun hat is a crushable brimmed sun hat from Costco. I don’t wear ball caps unless I want to be warm.

    I’m right with you on the eye and ear protection while mowing. Good foam earplugs are pretty comfortable, and I have a set of tinted and clear glasses to wear. Sh!t FLIES out from under the mower and can bounce off other things and come right back at you. Ears should go without saying, unless you have an electric mower. Hearing NEVER comes back. Tinnitus will drive you nuts.

    n

  30. Greg Norton says:

    From yesterday:

    Leaving for SA on Monday. The temperatures are not going to be pleasant. Good thing the Highlander has good A/C, front and back, ceiling vents in back.

    When you hit Austin, try to avoid the area between the airport and I-35, along 183. “Fiasco” doesn’t begin to describe the situation, and we passed two wrecks with serious injuries, one involving a motorcycle, driving up from the airport area yesterday.

  31. Harold Combs says:

    Congrats on the move.
    We are getting excited for our move and it’s still 5 months away.
    Paid $115k for our final home last Feb. Cash. No debt. 2800 sq ft on the golf course with huge rooms and wide doors and hallway for when we need a wheelchair. It’s 42 years old, all brick and passed inspection with only minor issues. We liked the huge amount of storage and big underground bunker. It’s not perfect, not what we would have built, but its large, comfortable, and affordable. The location in tiny Wewoka OK, is a plus. Far from large concentrations of thugs and in a community of similar types. Its also just inside my tribe’s boundaries so I get cheap car tags and titles too. Downside is a 45 minute drive to restaurants and shopping but that’s what you pay to be out of the area of locust in a SHTF situation.

  32. SteveF says:

    I wear ear protection, gloves, polarized safety goggles and the hat when I mow.

    No pants? I approve! Throw off the tyranny of the pants-wearing majority!

  33. ayj says:

    @nick
    did you remember?
    tks

  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ayj, I’m sorry I forgot! Can you post the link to the device again?

    n

  35. Ray Thompson says:

    Sh!t FLIES out from under the mower and can bounce off other things and come right back at you

    Have had things hit me in the glasses, especially when weed eating. Noise when weed eating is not an issue as I use electric. However mowing demands hearing protection. That engine is about six inches behind the seat, the three blade mulching deck is loud, and there is some whine from the hydraulic transmissions. I use the ear muffs that completely cover the ears. Like that better than foam.

    No pants?

    Nope, I wear shorts.

    I did go in the pool this morning with nothing on. The neighbors can see from their kitchen window if they have the blinds open. I don’t give a rats posterior if they see. Not my problem. If they don’t want to see, don’t look. No small children which is where I would draw the line.

    avoid the area between the airport and I-35, along 183

    I have been on that road before and I agree. What a cluster F. Based on where we are coming from, Bryan, I don’t think we are going on that road on this trip and will head straight to I-35. Not going north on 183. But I-35 is it’s own cluster F.

  36. Nick Flandrey says:

    Streetlights as a platform for sensors, I’ve linked before, and will again. My wife attended a presentation where they (bigmanf) touted the benefits of her selling these things to local .gov….

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/san-diego-cops-used-streetlamps-spy-public-more-140-times

    And it ain’t just San Diego, you can count on that.

    n

    (the biggest selling point? ThisCorp’s streetlamps were less ugly than the competitor.)

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    If you still think they don’t hate you and want you dead, this whole “The Hunt” movie thing should be a wakeup call. Someone, usually a bunch of someones, greenlighted (sry, that’s the term of art) this film. Then they solicited investors, hired hundreds of people, and made the freaking thing. THEN they cut it, promoted it, and sold it to exhibitors (the distribution chain, ie. the actual theatres.)

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-10/studio-cancels-release-elite-liberals-hunting-trump-supporters-movie

    That’s a lot of people involved, who all thought it would be a good investment and make money, who ‘took the queen’s penny’ to make it, and if anyone wanted to speak up, they apparently decided to be quizlings and get paid rather than not.

    If T loses in 2020 you can be sure it will get a theatrical release, otherwise it’s direct to video.

    n

  38. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’m sure it’s just high spirited youths…

    Is this the Copenhagen bomber? Danish police hunting perpetrator of second blast to hit the city in four days release video of a suspect dressed in black carrying a plastic bag

    The explosion happened outside mobile police station in Norrebro, Copenhagen
    No one was injured in the blast which took place at 3.18 this morning
    Police have released CCTV footage showing a man dressed in black at the scene
    On Tuesday, one person was injured in an explosion outside the tax agency

  39. AC says:

    Watched that trailer and not to spoil anything, it looks like one of “deplorables”, the bad azz chick, at least gets far enough to possibly kill the head bad azz chick.

    Makes me think of Hank Jrs “A Country Boy can Survive”

  40. Greg Norton says:

    If T loses in 2020 you can be sure it will get a theatrical release, otherwise it’s direct to video.

    I’ll bet that a mysteriously good copy is either on Bittorrent or will be shortly.

    Blumhouse. Who knows what the flick is really like.

    “Bob Roberts” is one of my favorite flicks, but I know people from all over the political spectrum who *hate* that movie with a passion. Based on pedigree alone, my liberal friends expected to like it and did… until Bob broke out into song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMzADAzipow

    And, yes, a *great* Alan Rickman performance.

  41. Nick Flandrey says:

    Just transferred 15 gallons of storage gas to the pickup truck. Need to replace my special funnel, as this one has a crack. I recommend to everyone to try actually filling your vehicle from your storage cans. Depending on body styles and cans, you may not be able to do it.

    https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-10710-FloTool-Multi-Task-Funnel/dp/B000EH0OQY/

    I have to use a funnel to get to the fill spout.
    On the pickup, I use a bungie cord to keep it in place. On other vehicles I would need someone to hold the funnel. Or I’d have to use a pump.

    Good thing I got 3 new gallons of coleman fuel, I had that many empties in my storage. The heat just kills me here. All of my 5 gallon gas cans were a little light too.

    I’ll refill and treat the 15 gallons tomorrow. I get nervous with them empty.

    n

  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    Just like OJ was all smiles…. but he’s in prison now.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7344837/XOXO-Hillary-Bill-scrawled-entrance-Jeffrey-Epsteins-home.html

    “The Clintons are all smiles in Illinois hours after suicide of former president’s old pal Jeffrey Epstein and ‘XOXO Hillary and Bill’ is scrawled outside the pedophile’s NYC mansion – as conspiracy theorists suggest they were involved in the death ”

  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hey, science content~!

    What did the Sodium say to Chlorine?

    I’ve got my ion you.

    Chemistry is like cooking.

    Just don’t lick the spoon

    If it’s green and wiggles, it’s Biology.

    If it stinks, it’s Chemistry

    If it’s imaginary, it Physics.

    How can you spot a chemist in the bathroom?

    They wash their hands before they use the toilet.

    Hah!

    n

    (I get a newsletter from a company that is OLD SCHOOL. Jokes in every issue.)

  44. Nick Flandrey says:

    A rancher was minding his own business when an FBI agent comes up to him and says, “We got a tip that you may be growing illegal drugs on the premises. Do you mind if I take a look around?”

    The old rancher replies, “That’s fine, you shouldn’t go over there though.” As he points at one of his fields.

    The FBI agent snaps at him, “I’m am a federal agent! I can go wherever I want!” With this he pulls out his badge and shoves it into the ranchers face.

    The rancher shrugs this off and continues with his daily chores. About 15 minutes later he hears a loud scream from the field he pointed out earlier. Suddenly he sees the FBI agent sprinting towards him with a large bull on his heels. The rancher rushes to the fence and yells “Your badge! Show him your badge!”

  45. Spook says:

    ” If it’s green and wiggles, it’s Biology. ”

    With notable exceptions, green living things do not wiggle,
    at least not rapidly enough for one to quickly observe.

  46. lynn says:

    Dad, my son, and I went to see “The Art of Racing in the Rain”. A dog movie. Severe tear jerker movie. Recommended if you need a good cry.
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_art_of_racing_in_the_rain

    I want to nominate Martin Donovan for playing the worst father-in-law ever. Ever. He did not miss a nasty trick.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    I want to nominate Martin Donovan for playing the worst father-in-law ever. Ever. He did not miss a nasty trick.

    Pretty good checklist of archetypes. Hmm. Lets see. Did they toss in a Wise Latina too or is Hollywood over that meme?

    Kevin Costner’s career has almost gone full circle. Dead human to (guessing) dying dog.

  48. lynn says:

    Pretty good checklist of archetypes. Hmm. Lets see. Did they toss in a Wise Latina too or is Hollywood over that meme?

    Kevin Costner’s career has almost gone full circle. Dead human to (guessing) dying dog.

    No Wise Latina.

    Yup, Kevin Costners’s career is definitely in decline. The dog that Kostner voiced was puppy to dying.

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