Tues. Aug. 13, 2019 – up early

80F and 95%RH early this morning. Sunny and hot yesterday. Sunny and hot forecast for today.

I’m getting up earlier and earlier this week and waking the kids in a vain attempt to ease into the school year schedule. Heck, I want to be back in bed, they’re practically catatonic.

The world is continuing to change. India and Pakistan are rumbling. Iran, Brexit, Italy….Hong Kong, France….

Financials are starting to show the cracks I’ve seen in the economy too. Gold is up pretty dramatically. Silver too on a percentage basis. Stocks are all over the place but the indexes are generally down. Hedge funds are losing money and closing, with famous guys admitting fundamentals don’t matter anymore, only twitter and headlines and programmed trading. Oh, and Argentina had its stock market lose half its value in one day on political news. Does that sound like a robust economy or a fragile house of cards? In what way is ours fundamentally different?

The “pig ebola” is still wiping out pork in China, and the flooding in the midwest will have an effect on pricing and availability of staples here and abroad.

Real ebola is still spreading. The vaccine has slowed the spread, but if it jumps outside the ring in someplace like Goma, then it’s “game on”.

Lots of doom and gloom.

But, people lived through the collapse of Rome. They lived through the collapse of the British Empire. They lived through the Argentinian collapse, and they’re living through Venezuela’s collapse. Economic collapses don’t kill millions, as Sarah Hoyt points out on her blog. They DO cause severe disruptions in peoples’ lives though. Venezuelans who have taken up prostitution to live are probably not happy about it. Venezuelans who have fled their country by the millions are not happy about it. The ones left behind facing violence, starvation, and lack of medical care aren’t happy, although many will “live through it”.

How we live through it, what we have to do to get through it, those we have some influence over. It may not kill you, but wouldn’t it be nice not to have to eat your pets or sell your daughter to slavers?

n

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54 Responses to Tues. Aug. 13, 2019 – up early

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    But I thought Cali had strict gun laws?

    “Highway cop is killed, two officers are wounded and the gunman is shot dead in ‘horrific gun battle’ near a California freeway after truck driver pulls out a rifle and opens fire during traffic stop

    California Highway Patrol officer killed by has been named as Andre Moye, 33
    He was killed after a man whose pickup truck was being impounded opened fire ”
    ————-
    “Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck and investigators did not immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed.

    After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.” —srsly? Snipers? WTF only ones.

    —my guess, if the deputy went right to impound, serious criminal, multiple infractions, and because it’s Cali, illegal or gangbanger.

    n

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Venezuelans who have taken up prostitution to live are probably not happy about it. Venezuelans who have fled their country by the millions are not happy about it. The ones left behind facing violence, starvation, and lack of medical care aren’t happy, although many will “live through it”.

    I think we need to err on the side of civilization in Venezueala and lift the sanctions before it is too late. At a minimum, we need to stop threatening a blockade/invasion … which is what Chavez/Maduro have wanted all along.

    A failed state on the scale of Iraq so close to the US will not be good for national security in the long term. Trump spends too much time listening to the expats who want to run the country from the safety of their Miami Beach condos.

  3. MrAtoz says:

    Currently in Torrington, WY, opening the Goshen School District convocation. Lots of poor WHITE people. Yes, WHITE people are poor, also. I might sell a handful of books afterwards,

  4. Greg Norton says:

    Currently in Torrington, WY, opening the Goshen School District convocation. Lots of poor WHITE people. Yes, WHITE people are poor, also. I might sell a handful of books afterwards,

    I ran the length of 80 driving West twice almost 10 years ago, and I saw a lot of poverty on the individual level amid great corporate wealth represented by the chemical/petroleum companies. Excpet for Little America, the stretch between Laramie and the Utah border is pretty sad.

    When I hit Rawlins on one run, hometown celebrity Larry Wilcox (CHiPs) was in the middle of his legal problems for insider trading, and the story was front page news.

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Yes, WHITE people are poor, also.”

    –maybe you could brief ol foot in mouth Joe….

    n

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Gunman’s father identified him as ex-con Aaron Luther, 49, a married father with two children and a stepchild
    Luther reportedly had been depressed and experiencing physical pain in his knees and problems in his marriage
    He had served 10 years in prison on attempted murder conviction

    So, felon in possession- illegal gun or straw purchase, and such a nice guy that he did time for attempted murder.

    but he was getting his life back on track since his release more than a decade ago. ”

    — he had 10 YEARS to ‘get back on track’ but instead illegally got and carried a rifle… anyone think that was his only crime during the 10 years?

    n

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    Made it to the destination in Bryan TX. Drove 985 miles in 16 hours. Lot of AIS time. Traffic was light most of the way with minor congestion in a couple of cities. I-59 south is closed going through Birmingham so had to take the loop. Saw one major accident the opposite direction involving two trucks, one trailer completely demolished and upside down. The wreck recovery crew had a large track hoe on site to start cleaning up. Major blockage for several hours for the north bound folks already dealing with a four mile backup.

    Made three stops for gas and food which is about normal. Fast food. Did pass a Buc-ee’s when getting off I-45 S. Decided not to go as we had already spent 15 hours and did not want to delay further. I was getting close to hitting the travel wall and wanted to get to the destination.

    Hot, darn hot. 100F in several locations in Louisiana and especially in Bryan. It is amazing what a difference of eight degrees can make. Here until Thursday when we travel to San Antonio.

    While in SA will help MIL get a new car and replace rollers on sliding glass door. Wife’s brother will help with the door rollers. Heavy doors and awkward. Hope Home Depot or Lowes has the parts. Standard door so one of them should have the parts. Will have to do that task early in the morning due to the heat.

    On the way to SA will stop at Buc-ee’s. Will also make a stop on I-10 when we travel from SA to Houston. Mandatory and will probably spend 30 minutes at the I-10 Buc-ee’s finding something to buy we don’t really need.

  8. hcombs says:

    TOO FREAKING HOT.
    The thermometer shows 94f but the “feels like” value is 115 and climbing.
    I am old enough to remember before we had the “feels like” number, didn’t seem quite so bad. In 1995 it was over 100f (real temp) every day for a month in Oklahoma and I drove a crappy rental without air conditioning back and forth to my contract every day in Tulsa because they wouldn’t pay for a real car.

    BTW – It must be Trumps Fault

  9. Greg Norton says:

    On the way to SA will stop at Buc-ee’s. Will also make a stop on I-10 when we travel from SA to Houston. Mandatory and will probably spend 30 minutes at the I-10 Buc-ee’s finding something to buy we don’t really need.

    As much as I like Buc-ee’s, whether you drive down through Taylor or Temple/Belton on the way to San Antonio, I know better options for dining:

    Taylor: Louie Mueller BBQ or Southern Hospitality (soul food — chicken, catfish, and vegetarian friendly sides)

    [ BTW, If you drive west out of Taylor and think you see toll plazas on the far side of the Taylor airport runway, that’s us. Fortunately, I don’t have to be out there this week. ]

    Belton: Schoepf’s BBQ or, if you want something a little fancier, Miller’s Smokehouse.

    Temple: Saigon Cafe (Asian)

  10. Greg Norton says:

    While in SA will help MIL get a new car and replace rollers on sliding glass door. Wife’s brother will help with the door rollers. Heavy doors and awkward. Hope Home Depot or Lowes has the parts. Standard door so one of them should have the parts. Will have to do that task early in the morning due to the heat.

    San Antonio and Austin have Binswanger Glass if you strike out at Home Depot.

    The last time I walked into Binswanger with a part from my glass shower enclosure in my hand, the woman at the register pulled out a box of replacements, selected one, and said “$6.95 plus tax, $7 …”.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    If you can get past the PC/SJW politics (very small bit of running time but there regardless), this is documentary is a fun nostalgia trip with some excellent HD footage from “Deep Space Nine”.

    https://ds9documentary.com/

    DS9 desperately needs HD remastering from original negatives. The show looks *great* and has not aged as badly as the video quality currently available on Netflix suggests.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    Don’t worry, folks, the camps will have all the free WiFi you can handle.

    https://betanews.com/2019/08/13/usa-vaca-sick-internet-ffs/

  13. Ray Thompson says:

    whether you drive down through Taylor or Temple/Belton on the way to San Antonio

    Heading through Bastrop over to San Marcos. Then down to New Braunfels with a stop at the New Braunfels Smokehouse to get some smoked sausage that my son really likes. Then on south to south San Antonio. I do like Bill Miller’s BBQ and will partake of at least one meal there. I also need to hit Whataburger which I like having partaken a lot when I lived in Live Oak (north east of SA) near Randolph AFB.

    San Antonio and Austin have Binswanger Glass if you strike out at Home Depot

    Good to know if we are unable to find parts after taking the door out. That is going to be difficult due to the weight and ackwardness of the door. And not wanting to break the glass. And dealing with the heat. And dealing with wife screaming (nothing useful, just screaming).

    I will not be dining at Buc-ee’s but instead getting some beef jerky and perhaps another Texas t-shirt. Lots of stuff in their stores. May even buy some gas.

    I will eat at Taco Cabana which was a favorite when I lived in the area. Like their fresh flower tortillas.

    BBQ is like potato salad and coleslaw. Everyone makes it differently and what one person likes another really hates. Lot of personal taste in those products.

    you drive west out of Taylor and think you see toll plazas on the far side of the Taylor airport runway

    I have the GPS set to avoid toll roads. May make the trip longer, more annoying, but not something I do every day so I will suck it up and put on my big boy pants and deal with the issues.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    I have the GPS set to avoid toll roads. May make the trip longer, more annoying, but not something I do every day so I will suck it up and put on my big boy pants and deal with the issues.

    We just have a test road and plazas in Taylor, a dead end west of and parallel to the airport runway, just across from ERCOT, the people who run the Texas power grid.

    No actual toll roads in Taylor beyond the N/S I-35 alternative that runs from Georgetown to San Marcos, and that isn’t ours.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    BBQ is like potato salad and coleslaw. Everyone makes it differently and what one person likes another really hates. Lot of personal taste in those products.

    Florida didn’t really have a native BBQ style so just about every major type of regional BBQ was available somewhere in Central Florida if you had the time to research and drive.

    I miss Alabama BBQ, fairly popular in FL, and the closest place to get that here is … Alabama!

  16. lynn says:

    The Federal Reserve is going to have realtime payments in four years, woohoo ! “The Federal Reserve might as well use carrier pigeons”
    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/the-federal-reserve-might-as-well-use-carrier-pigeons-25456/

    Just ignore his advertising.

  17. Mark W says:

    No actual toll roads in Taylor beyond the N/S I-35 alternative that runs from Georgetown to San Marcos, and that isn’t ours.

    It’s not really an alternative since the Austin traffic is so bad. Last time I used it, Google told me staying on I-35 would take and hour and 15 minutes longer.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    lotta road construction in austin, use the google navigator as a double check on any GPS, even one with traffic.

    The signs and exits are messed up too.

    n

  19. Mark W says:

    The Federal Reserve is going to have realtime payments in four years, woohoo !

    The current FedLine system is a batch processing system. Banks upload and download several times a day. Check deposits take a long time, but nowhere near the 4 days some banks take. BofA for instance.

    You deposit a check and the transaction gets uploaded later that day to FedLine. The other bank will probably download that transaction the same day and process it in an overnight batch, because some banks are still antiquated that way. In the morning they upload the confirmation. Your bank downloads it later the same day and if you have a bad bank, BofA, they batch it overnight and you get the money on the third day. But being BofA, they hold the money for a day or 2 and you don’t get it until the 4th day.

    If banks ran hourly FedLine up/downloads, and ran transactions in realtime, you could have the money deposited the same day. They don’t.

  20. lynn says:

    lotta road construction in austin, use the google navigator as a double check on any GPS, even one with traffic.

    The signs and exits are messed up too.

    Also my understanding (from @Greg) is that anyone touching a cell phone while driving in Austin or San Antonio will get a $500 ticket.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    Also my understanding (from @Greg) is that anyone touching a cell phone while driving in Austin or San Antonio will get a $500 ticket.

    Austin and San Marcos definitely. I’m not sure about San Antonio. Nothing surprises me with Nirenberg, however.

    New Braunfels too IIRC.

  22. lynn says:

    “These Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Your Computer”
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evj4qw/these-iphone-lightning-cables-will-hack-your-computer

    “It looks like an Apple lightning cable. It works like an Apple lightning cable. But it will give an attacker a way to remotely tap into your computer.”

    Wow. Don’t plug an unknown USB drive or a unknown cable into your device.

  23. lynn says:

    It seems that http://www.ttgnet.com is running very slowly today. Time for a reboot ?

  24. lynn says:

    From a comment on Sarrah Hoyt’s blog.
    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/08/05/the-coming-debtpocalypse/

    “El Paso vs. Chicago vs. Kyoto vs. Hong Kong”
    https://phantomsoapbox.blogspot.com/2019/08/el-paso-vs-chicago-vs-kyoto-vs-hong-kong.html

    “China is about to deliver the death-blow to the Western socialist parties once and for all. They have, right now,
    1) A huge crop failure due to the fall army worm,
    2) pig ebola (really, no kidding pig hemorrhagic virus) a plague which may very well kill every pig in China THIS YEAR,
    3) Hong Kong deciding not to shut up and go along like they’re supposed to,
    4) Donald Trump kicking sand on their beach blanket and calling them out.”

    “They’ve got two of the Four Horsemen sitting in their living room with feet on coffee table drinking their beer, right now. Plague and Famine. Barbecue pork is going to get mucho expensioso.”

    “It appears that Xi has decided to get help from the third Horseman, he’s going to have a Short Victorious War against Hong Kong. Meaning he’s presiding over a sand castle and the tide is coming in.”

    “Death will be along presently, to reap a few civilians. I’m hoping they stop at shooting demonstrators, but this is China we’re talking about.”

    “Why is this a death-blow to Western socialism? Because if the Chicoms do what they always do, then all of the West is going to be watching unarmed Hong Kong civilians getting mowed down by the People’s Liberation Army. Then all those fence-sitters who never see a problem with government getting more power, they will all very quietly go out and buy guns and vote whatever party is the most pro-freedom.”

    Oh my.

  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, here they go…

    “Riot police storm Hong Kong airport and fire pepper spray at protesters’ faces during violent clashes after a Chinese man was tied and beaten up ‘for being an undercover agent'”

    Maybe they’re wising up?

    Hispanic El Paso residents flock to firearms classes after being targeted in Walmart attack which left 22 dead

    El Paso gun store owner Michael McIntyre said he saw his store sales double after the August 3 attacks
    Residents of the Texas town – most of them Hispanic – have been signing for classes to get certified to carry a concealed gun in Texas ”

    n

  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    So much wrong in this article. And yes, tyranny is here.

    “Ohio man, 18, who ‘supported mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood’ is arrested at home filled with 25 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition after ‘threatening federal agents online’

    Justin Olsen was charged with making online threats against federal agents and was arrested at a home filled with guns and a huge stockpile of ammunition
    Court documents say Justin Olsen also wrote that he supported mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood
    Federal prosecutors say Olsen has been under investigation since February, but they decided to act now because of recent mass shootings across the U.S.
    Court documents say Olsen told the FBI during his arrest that the comments were only a joke
    Agents seized 15 rifles, 10 semi-automatic pistols and roughly 10,000 rounds of ammunition during the arrest ”

    — shouldn’t that headline read like the URL? TEENAGER or TEEN or BOY or YOUTH? Oh right, there’s a picture. Good thing someone caught the headline, too bad they missed the URL.

    –he never threatened anyone specific, just made a statement about ‘agents’. The charge seems bogus on its face.

    –his FATHER’s guns were seized, despite being safely locked in a “vault”.

    –10000 rounds isn’t even 5 boxes of ammo per gun and would probably fit in a milk crate.

    –” which authorities traced back to him through an email address attached to the account,”

    This will definitely have a chilling effect on speech and is ‘prior restraint’.

    But hey, he doesn’t like federal agents or abortionists, can’t have that.

    n

  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT site loading, earlier today it was page refreshing very slowly. Seems better now than in the last few days.

    n

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    But being BofA, they hold the money for a day or 2 and you don’t get it until the 4th day

    Float game. When I worked for NBC managing the float game was a big time operation. Hundreds of thousands to be made in a day when a billion in transactions are being processed each day.

    When I worked for Burroughs (Unisys) the bank on which the check were drawn was small bank in a tiny town in Minnesota. That was to Burroughs advantage. A multi-million dollar payroll that took two extra days to clear the companies account added several thousand to the bottom line.

  29. Ray Thompson says:

    104 in Bryan. Hot, I tell you, hot. As in testicles banging the knees weather. Indoors we stay. Went to Whataburger for lunch. Got the Dr. Pepper milkshake. Quite good I tell you if you like Dr. Pepper and ice cream.

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    I imagine it is like a rootbeer float?

    n

  31. Nick Flandrey says:

    Nope, no impact on the longevity of medicare, but hey, lots of money to be made…

    “Win for older patients with hard-to-treat cancers: Medicare will cover revolutionary, expensive gene therapy for some

    Medicare officials said Wednesday the agency insurer will cover some immunotherapies
    Such treatments supercharge the patient’s immune system to fight cancer
    Treating one patient can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars
    For now, only FDA-approved treatments for lymphoma and leukemia will be covered “

    Hey, I’d love to have other people’s money to spend on myself.

    n

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    I imagine it is like a rootbeer float?

    No carbonation. Just smooth ice cream, with a taste like Dr. Pepper. I would buy one again and may do so before I start the journey home.

  33. Greg Norton says:

    Hey, I’d love to have other people’s money to spend on myself.

    History under Medicaid for All.

  34. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] When I worked for Burroughs (Unisys) [snip]
    Back when I was in high school in Florida, a good friend had an after school job working for Sherwin Williams. (He delivered tomorrow’s paint to work sites tonight.) His paycheck was drawn on a Seattle bank. I assume SW employees in California were paid through a bank in Tampa or Charlotte.

  35. paul says:

    As in testicles banging the knees weather.

    Much preferred than up under my tonsils. Just saying.

    It’s down to 102 from 105. I looked for a water leak but none found. What’s with the rain hitting pavement smell? Over the smell of drying grass?

    Anyway. New phone. “Factory” folders? There is a + in the upper right corner that offers the option to select apps to add to the folder. The apps in the folder are checked… just un-check all and the folder goes away.

    Yes, I can make a folder by dragging something #1 on to another something #2. I can un-make the folder by dragging either out of the folder. So it’s a permission thing? I don’t know.

    Internet speed seems faster than the old phone. Same cell network. Same number of bars as if that really means anything from phone to phone. I’m guessing Verizon gives more priority to their customers, even pre-paid customers, than they give to customers of a re-seller like Straight Talk.

    Reading reviews of the phone is just….. oh, so much “dumb”. Like, they like the phone but complain it’s a bit slick to hold. (wash your dirty hands with soap, it’s not slick, it is smooth.) But being an aluminum frame is much better than the v10 plastic frame. But it’s not waterproof. Or dust proof. But being able to replace the battery is a Good Thing. And it’s heavy. Huh? A tenth of an ounce over my last phone? Is heavy?
    Shut up and buy an Otterbox case to take care of slippery and dust.
    Then the cameras are very good but the wide angle is fixed focus and the picture is distorted at the edges. Battery life? Oh, give me a break…. Just put the thing on charge when you go to bed. Forget ever getting the fantasy life of five days on standby.

    Oh, heck. It’s like reading about Chryslers on a Ford site. But w/o the balls to just say LG sucks compared to “whatever”. And by the way, comparing any Android to anything Apple is a reason to ignore whatever they have to say.

    Anyway. It’s a very nice phone. I really liked my Galaxy S2. I still like my old LG. This phone is like…. yeah, I like my 486/66DX but this P90 is so much better. 🙂

    Well. Time to feed dogs and watch StarTrek.

  36. lynn says:

    “A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Wrong Track”
    https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-the-wrong-track/

    “The New Green Deal agenda is a oneway ride to Socialism, communism, and then total government tyranny. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.”

    Yup. It is breathtakingly amazing what these con artists are trying to pass off as real science. They would not know what real science is if it bit them on the buttocks.

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    Suspected by many, here’s the proof…

    “A former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms – in effect targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content – delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division Friday.”

    Or a giant attention seeking ploy, but I’m betting on ‘truth’.

    n

  38. lynn says:

    “A former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms – in effect targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content – delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division Friday.”

    This is the stuff that lawyers representing shareholders dream of. Class action lawsuits pay off big for the lawyers (but not much for the shareholders due to all of the “expenses”). But you all knew that.

    Who knows what the stock would have been worth without management playing games with the search engine ? Who knows how much revenue that management threw away ? The lawyers will find this out.

    Plus, that google engineer will get a payoff for a biased firing. You know, when my son interviewed there last fall, he got a really nasty smell about the place and refused to go back when they invited him.

  39. lynn says:

    “Biden tells Iowans: ‘We choose truth over facts'”
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/truth-over-facts-biden-fumbles-during-iowa-speech

    What the heck does this mean ? “We choose truth over facts”.

    That sounds straight out of “1984”.
    https://www.amazon.com/1984-Signet-Classics-George-Orwell/dp/0451524934/?tag=ttgnet-20

  40. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, or the Bush document scandal just before the election, the fake docs that ended Dan Rather’s career eventually…

    When they interviewed the typist and asked if she produced the doc (set in proportional font, Arial, ie. laserprinted from windows) she said no, but the doc was “fake but accurate”. (the other problem with the doc was the lack of typist initials)

    so it was true but not factual… or something.

    You hear variations on this from lefties all the time, that their version of truth trumps your facts.

    n

  41. Nick Flandrey says:

    And here’s something interesting, from a standpoint of Beto and cult of the dead cow, and others, random walk on youtube coughed this up for me….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSWqx8goqSY

    Interesting story about an internet archive, textfile.com

    At ~9:25 he starts talking about kids making statements online, and how ‘no one will ever care about the one post I did on 4chan in 10 years….’ and he points out that he’s been archiving threads on 4chan for years and will eventually make them available (and presumably searchable.) This video is from 2009. He warns against making those stupid statements…..

    n

  42. Mark W says:

    That sounds straight out of “1984”.

    I have a leftist friend who has read 1984 and doesn’t get the irony that he basically wants the USA to go down the same path.

  43. lynn says:

    That sounds straight out of “1984”.

    I have a leftist friend who has read 1984 and doesn’t get the irony that he basically wants the USA to go down the same path.

    Sadly, half of the population has an IQ below 100.

    “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”
    https://blog.erratasec.com/2016/02/weve-always-been-at-war-with-eastasia.html

  44. Nick Flandrey says:

    It’s been a while since I read 1984, or Brave New World. Never did read Animal Farm.

    Might have to try to find the time.

    n

  45. mediumwave says:

    At ~9:25 he starts talking about kids making statements online, and how ‘no one will ever care about the one post I did on 4chan in 10 years….’ and he points out that he’s been archiving threads on 4chan for years and will eventually make them available (and presumably searchable.) This video is from 2009. He warns against making those stupid statements…..

    In the pre-Internet days the rule was to never say or do anything that you wouldn’t want reported on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper. Nowadays the default seems to be to let your freak flag fly anywhere and everywhere.

    Entertaining video. Glad it had a happy ending for the presenter.

  46. Ken Mitchell says:

    Nick Flandrey says:
    “But I thought Cali had strict gun laws?”

    We do. But criminals don’t obey gun laws any better than they obey laws against murder or robbery or rape.

    ” Venezuelans who have taken up prostitution to live are probably not happy about it. Venezuelans who have fled their country by the millions are not happy about it. ”

    No happier than the Irish who fled Ireland during the potato blight. And yet, we’ve thrived in America. We’ll continue to do so.

  47. lynn says:

    “Texas Power Grid Operator Declares Level 1 Emergency Amid “Extreme Heat””
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-13/blowing-texas-energy-costs-hit-record-high-monday-heatwave-strikes

    Aw shoot, we have not been even close to “Extreme Heat”. Houston has been 103 F at most and Dallas 105 F. These are not extreme temperatures. These are normal August temperatures. I have personally seen 113 F in Houston in 1999 and 115 F in Dallas in 1988. Believe you me, that was “Extreme Heat”.

    The available generation capacity line and the demand line touched today in Texas, a very bad thing. They shed all of the instantaneous power demand lines, reputedly 2,500 MW. That gave them enough room to lose two big units. Any more than that, Texas might have gone down. The various power regions would have separated for sure, something that has not happened since the 1950s.

    These wind turbines and solar power plants that are subsidized by the federal government have skewed the power generation market. We have had many large coal power plants shutdown in Texas since the nighttime power generation market is now 40% to 50% served by the wind turbines. The wind turbines do not make very much power during the daylight hours. But they have converted the Texas power generation market from a 50% base load / 50% peaking load to a 25% base load / 75% peaking load. We are still in transition for this massive change in generation styles (coal base power to natural gas peaking gas turbines), meanwhile, Texas may have some tough times for the next five to ten years.

  48. lynn says:

    No happier than the Irish who fled Ireland during the potato blight. And yet, we’ve thrived in America. We’ll continue to do so.

    My grandfather was called Micky by his coworkers from the 1930s until the 1970s. I never understood that was a term of derision for the Irish until a few years ago. His name was John McGuire.

    And yes, we Irish / German / French / Belgium / Swedish / etc, etc, etc, have thrived in the USA. Especially since we have assimilated into the general populace. My forebears are Irish / German / Belgium. My wife is English and Cherokee heritage. What a mix we are ! And we don’t really care, in fact I find it neat.

  49. brad says:

    ” we have not been even close to “Extreme Heat”. Houston has been 103 F at most and Dallas 105 F. These are not extreme temperatures. These are normal August temperatures.”

    Here in Europe, we’ve had endless articles about this summer’s extreme heat wave. Only…are we all supposed to be amnesiac? We had two weeks of really hot weather this summer. The two weeks were separated by rain. That makes for a very unexceptional summer in my book. Last year, we had a solid month of heat. This summer has been absolutely average and unremarkable. If anything, it has probably been a little wetter than average.

    But that doesn’t fit the narrative, so we get all these articles about how this was the “hottest ever”. And people are apparently stupid enough to believe this over their own memories. I honestly don’t get it…

  50. Greg Norton says:

    At ~9:25 he starts talking about kids making statements online, and how ‘no one will ever care about the one post I did on 4chan in 10 years….’ and he points out that he’s been archiving threads on 4chan for years and will eventually make them available (and presumably searchable.) This video is from 2009. He warns against making those stupid statements…..

    Jason Scott is the real deal. I’m not sure about Robert Francis. The problem is that a lot of people who were involved in CDC are heavily anti Trump, and as long as Robert Francis political career will fog a mirror, someone from that group will vouch that the Kennedy wannabe was something more than a hanger-on.

    Until he met his billionaire heiress wife, Robert Francis’ tech career was going nowhere. IIRC, he worked as an au pair (nanny) in NYC after finishing his Lit degree at Columbia.

    For most of my generation and later in the late 80s and 90s, during the Reagan expansion (oh, the irony), the parents were overly indulgent if they had the cash … like Robert Francis mother. I’m reminded of that line in “Sneakers” when Mary McDonnel (awesome in that flick) says to Robert Redford, “You don’t have a business, you have a club.”

    Robert Francis is no more a hacker than Robert Redford in real life.

    That clip reminds me — due to kid oblications, I had to pass on seeing Jason Scott speak almost 10 years ago in Portlandia, when he was promoting his excellent documentary on text adventures and Infocom, “Get Lamp”.

    “Get Lamp” is on YouTube if you want to take a look. Only one notable person involved with text adventures declined to speak on camera. The film is the “Triumph of the Nerds” for that game genre.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    We are still in transition for this massive change in generation styles (coal base power to natural gas peaking gas turbines), meanwhile, Texas may have some tough times for the next five to ten years.

    Texas will be better off than the Northwest, where they were dynamiting hydro power dams when we left. “Save the fish”.

    Unless something gives in a huge way, electric cars as mass market items will not happen given the current state of expansion in the power grid and the NIMBY attitudes. We already can’t cover the AC loads.

  52. Greg Norton says:

    This is the stuff that lawyers representing shareholders dream of. Class action lawsuits pay off big for the lawyers (but not much for the shareholders due to all of the “expenses”). But you all knew that.

    Sure. I’d consider my Apple stock a lost cause if they bought Tesla, and I would gladly sign on to the lawsuit even if it meant not seeing a penny out of the case.

    The meme of Musk as Tony Stark is way past its sell date. Even when it wasn’t, I’m tired of Valley pinheads preaching “do as I say, not as I do”.

    Scorched earth!

  53. Greg Norton says:

    ““Texas Power Grid Operator Declares Level 1 Emergency Amid “Extreme Heat””

    I came really close to working there about a year ago. Fortunately, the manager dragged out the hiring process (nearly a month) to the point that I really didn’t want the job after considering all the positives/negatives, especially after a second, weird lunch interview with the group at a bar (!) located near the office.

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