Thur. Aug. 22, 2019 – away from desk

Hot and humid. Seriously. Hot. Yesterday was a tiny bit cooler for longer but the heat caught up.

I did get some stuff done yesterday, just not all I wanted to. I rotated 20 gallons of stored gas this week. Refilled the jugs but haven’t added stabilizer yet. Gas is about $2.20/ gal at the moment, so I don’t mind rotating stock.

I also got some good stuff in an estate auction last night. Buying online is all well and good, but the paranoid think that there is merit in having stuff that doesn’t come with a database and surveillance state attached to it. Since we know .gov went to grocery stores and pulled loyalty card purchases for “arab” food after 911, even the beans in beans, bullets, and bandaids can be cause for concern. The other two ‘B’s might trip you up too. I can certainly think of other items that might trigger a closer look under some circumstances. And hey, they may be expired but they were cheap!

I am helping set up for my non-prepping hobby’s regional event today and attending on Friday and possibly Saturday. I’ll probably help tear down too. Community. Getting out of the house. Meatspace!

That means I’ll be away from my desk… so you guys behave!

n

43 thoughts on “Thur. Aug. 22, 2019 – away from desk”

  1. “‘Mass shooting at a California Marriott is foiled’ after cops arrest the hotel cook, 37, who had stockpiled tactical rifles and high capacity magazines and ‘was planning to kill staff and guests’

    Rodolfo Montoya, of Huntington Beach, California, was allegedly plotting to murder his Marriott co-workers
    The 37-year-old hotel cook told a colleague about his deadly intentions who told his manager Imran Ahmed
    Ahmed called the Long Beach Police Department who raided Montoya’s home and found the weapons haul
    Thousands of rounds of ammunition, shotgun cartridges, tactical gear and high-powered rifles were seized
    With the stockpile of weapons, he was capable of carrying out a mass shooting akin to the Las Vegas attack
    Montoya was charged with manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon and making a criminal threat. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail at the Long Beach City Jail ”

    –lots of exageration and breathless reporting. Lots of editorial statements mixed in as fact.

    –enormous arsenal = 7 guns

    –something changed, as this guy makes the 5th? 6th? in just a couple of days.

  2. Lot of useful learning in this video.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7382097/Girlfriend-black-man-shot-dead-Florida-parking-spot-said-white-gunman-asked-fight.html

    Notice the breathless reporting, and how sympathetic it is to the victim. This is how you will be portrayed.

    Notice that “stand your ground” doesn’t seem to be invoked here at all. The victim pushed him to the ground and continued to advance. He feared for his life or great bodily harm, and he fired. “Stand your ground” only applies to not having a ‘duty to retreat’ which no one in the reporting or charging has even mentioned.

    The shooter has made statements in the past that could very well land him in jail this time, even if he would have otherwise been completely justified.

    The shooter is a busybody who is “borrowing trouble” as they say in the old country. He did not need to inject himself into this situation.

    The woman got out of her car and moved toward him. The man charged him and pushed him to the ground. It looks like he blindsided him. Watch the second guy in the light shirt, he’s moving toward the shooter, and is ‘bowed up’ until the gun comes out. He might have been a second attacker if another few seconds had gone by.

    -don’t make threats.
    -don’t borrow trouble.
    -the press is not your friend.

    n


  3. Rodolfo Montoya, of Huntington Beach, California, was allegedly plotting to murder his Marriott co-workers

    Not on my street.

  4. While some areas have been above normal temps and humidity, our little isolated valley has been close to normal all summer. Quite pleasant, except for the earthquakes, of course. 🙂

  5. 98F today. Next heat wave (3=> days above 100F) starts tomorrow. Planning on doing a lot of moving on Sat when 104F is predicted. Well there’s a pool at both houses.
    No drop below 100F until next Thursday.

  6. Ahmed called the Long Beach Police Department

    In a change from my normal neca eos omnes stance, I’ll point out the probably ethnicity of the man who notified the police. And further point out that, in the US, a decent number of Muslim imams or even family members call the police to report a radicalized parishoner (or whatever they’re called) or nephew. And further point out that in a large fraction of these cases, the police drop the ball and the radicalized young man then goes on to kill people.

    At what university did Bernie, and likewise, pass a course in thermodynamics?

    That’s hate speech! You’re discriminating against the less-privileged who weren’t able to go to engineering school! You are Literally Hitler!

    And finally, because there isn’t already enough reason to be paranoid, Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works.

  7. At what university did Bernie, and likewise, pass a course in thermodynamics?

    It doesn’t matter.

    Bernie honeymooned in the old Soviet Union. He’s part of the crowd who still believe. Millenials want the free stuff.

  8. The Green New Deal
    https://berniesanders.com/issues/the-green-new-deal/

    Is there no sanity left?

    The plan is quite simple. They are going to tax the fossil fuels industry to death. The industry is already damaged due to low prices, they are going to stomp it to death.

    These Climate Change people need to be stopped right now. They are wanting to damage the USA to the roots of our country.

  9. There are rebuttals online already telling Comrade Bernie the FUSA won’t be fossil-free without nuclear power. Again, doosh ProgLibTurds believe their Tesla’s are charged by unicorn farts.

    See Mr. CowboySlim, above. The Dumbocrats, the party of “science.”

  10. How about Walmart suing Elon Tusk’s Solar City for millions of $$$ due to rooftop solar panel fraud? Certainly rooftop solar panels causing roofing fires is better than burning coal to produce electricity.

  11. How about Walmart suing Elon Tusk’s Solar City for millions of $$$ due to rooftop solar panel fraud? Certainly rooftop solar panels causing roofing fires is better than burning coal to produce electricity.

    The rumors floating around today indicate that Volkswagen will buy out Tesla.

    Better than Apple IMHO, but still not great news.

  12. Can they, VW, implement software to increase the lies regarding the emissions as they did with their diesel engines?


  13. Can they, VW, implement software to increase the lies regarding the emissions as they did with their diesel engines?

    Perfect. They can lie about the EV emissions too.

  14. Perfect. They can lie about the EV emissions too.

    Actually, they already do exactly that. On my street, I see one plugged in nightly, and it has a sticker on the rear that says: ” Zero Emissions”. That is a lie, there are emissions. The sticker should truthfully say: “Zero Emissions here – CO2 emissions at the nearest (to my home) electrical generating facility where CH4 is combusted”.

  15. How about Walmart suing Elon Tusk’s Solar City for millions of $$$ due to rooftop solar panel fraud? Certainly rooftop solar panels causing roofing fires is better than burning coal to produce electricity.

    There are awesome pictures !
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/after-seven-roof-fires-walmart-sues-tesla-over-solar-panel-flaws/

    “Walmart filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Tesla on Tuesday. The retail giant says Tesla’s “negligent installation and maintenance” of solar panels caused fires on the roofs of as many as seven Walmart stores since 2012.”

    “Walmart had previously suffered fires at stores with SolarCity installations in 2012, 2016, and 2017, but the company had written these off as isolated accidents. But a string of three fires in as many months was hard to ignore. So Walmart asked Tesla to deactivate all of its Walmart solar panels pending an investigation. Even after this was done, Walmart suffered another fire at a store with Tesla solar panels—this one at a Yuba City, California store in November 2018.”

    That is a tremendous screwup.

  16. That is a tremendous screwup.

    Where were the building inspectors?

    Something is stinky.

    Of course, I never bought into the “Elon Musk is the real Tony Stark” meme. I find the MCU movies boring … except for Cobie Smulders cameos.

  17. There are rebuttals online already telling Comrade Bernie the FUSA won’t be fossil-free without nuclear power. Again, doosh ProgLibTurds believe their Tesla’s are charged by unicorn farts.

    See Mr. CowboySlim, above. The Dumbocrats, the party of “science.”

    No, no, no nukes needed ! We will put windmills and solar panels up everywhere (but not in my back yard !). And we will put in batteries everywhere.

    Just forget the fact that the latest batteries sold by Tesla are only good for 4,000 recharge cycles. So that means new batteries will be needed in ten years for all of the battery installations.

    Yes, the dumbocrats are the party of junk science.

  18. Can they, VW, implement software to increase the lies regarding the emissions as they did with their diesel engines?

    Actually, the stealthy emissions software came from Bosch. The Bosch software got VW, Porsche, Audi, etc. I am surprised that Bosch is still in business.
    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a15339250/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-vw-diesel-emissions-scandal/

    and

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/18/17876012/dieselgate-volkswagen-vw-diesel-emissions-test-epa-german-auto-industry-mercedes-benz-bmw

  19. Currently in Mobile AL. Went to the battleship display and tour. That ship is amazing. The size of the big guns, the thickness of the armor, the entire complexity of the ship is an astounding display of what can be done with skilled labor. Pipes and wired everywhere. Engine room is a massive complex of controls, valves and other dohickies. I cannot imagine sitting enclosed in that thing while under attack. Some brave SOB’s in that time.

    Leave tomorrow for Atlanta. Could have driven from Lafayette straight to Atlanta. But we had an extra day and I thought visiting the battleship would interesting. Broke the trip up into two days. About 5 hours to Atlanta tomorrow. Then there for two nights before heading home on Sunday, which is about a 4 hour drive.

  20. As expected, due to similar backgrounds, lynn and I are 100% in agreement.

    My personal SolarCity experience was about two years ago when the door-to-door scammer came here. I knew that they would never agree to my terms, but I wanted to see what she would say. She asked me if I wanted savings. I said yes, after all sunshine was free, why should I pay more. Not telling here that I would never buy in, I said that I wanted 20% savings of that which the local utility would charge me. That was all, 10% – why bother, 30% – too aggressive, just 20% would be acceptable to me. However, I did pose the contractual conditions in the specific context of 20% savings with 0% uncertainty. She just left.

  21. Pipes and wired everywhere. Engine room is a massive complex of controls, valves and other dohickies.

    All steam power plants look like that. All steam lines have to be warmed up before using so they have “warming lines” going straight to the steam condenser. Hundreds of them. Steam turbines have bad days when they get liquid feeds instead of steam feeds. And the Navy used to run on steam. Nowadays they run nukes (steam again) and gas turbines.

  22. “The Rectification of Names”
    http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=8415

    “And that brings us to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. In particular, the widespread tagging of Epstein as a pedophile.”

    “No, Jeffrey Epstein is not a pedophile. This is important. If conservatives keep misidentifying him as one, I fear some unfortunate consequences.”

    “Pedophiles desire pre-pubertal children. This is not Epstein’s kink; he quite obviously likes his girls to be as young as possible but fully nubile. The correct term for this is “ephebophile”, and being clear about the distinction matters. I’ll explain why.”

    Yup.

  23. I’ve always been awed by the USS Drum. As you say, when you go aboard USS Alabama, you understand you’re on a warship. With the Drum, you’re inside an armed beer can, configured with a lot of bad ideas, hoping the fragile skin doesn’t give way. When I consider that 60% of the German submarine corps died at sea, aboard vessels which were superior in almost every way to ours, I can only shake my head with respect & wonder. Our enemies never were serious about anti sub tactics, and the Japanese severely misused the I-boats.

  24. We unfortunately had a bad day here in the neighborhood today. A teen killed another teen about a mile away from our office today, “Teen in custody after deadly shooting at Richmond pocket park”
    https://abc13.com/teen-killed-in-richmond-park-shooting-knew-shooter-deputies/5486256/

    “A Crime Stoppers tip led deputies to the teen’s home, who is on his way to a courthouse to face a magistrate.”

    I hear that Crime Stoppers gets a lot of calls from friends and family about the person bragging about what they did.

  25. My personal SolarCity experience was about two years ago when the door-to-door scammer came here. I knew that they would never agree to my terms, but I wanted to see what she would say. She asked me if I wanted savings. I said yes, after all sunshine was free, why should I pay more. Not telling here that I would never buy in, I said that I wanted 20% savings of that which the local utility would charge me. That was all, 10% – why bother, 30% – too aggressive, just 20% would be acceptable to me. However, I did pose the contractual conditions in the specific context of 20% savings with 0% uncertainty. She just left.

    Did you ask them if they would rebuild your home if the solar equipment burned it down ? Apparently, Walmart did not ask beforehand.

  26. “Sen. Mitt Romney states he’s “looking at” introducing a $2 trillion carbon tax.”
    https://www.atr.org/sen-mitt-romney-states-he-s-looking-introducing-2-trillion-carbon-tax

    “Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said in a speech on Monday that he is “looking at” and “considering” a massive new carbon tax of “roughly $50 per ton,” an energy tax that would hike taxes by roughly $200 billion in year one and at least $2 trillion in a 10 year window. While Senator Romney stopped short of outright endorsing a carbon tax, his warmness towards the idea should be a cause for alarm to taxpayers.”

    RINO.

  27. “Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said in a speech on Monday that he is “looking at” and “considering” a massive new carbon tax of “roughly $50 per ton,” an energy tax that would hike taxes by roughly $200 billion in year one and at least $2 trillion in a 10 year window. While Senator Romney stopped short of outright endorsing a carbon tax, his warmness towards the idea should be a cause for alarm to taxpayers.”

    RINO.

    Mittens let that Netflix documentary go to his head.


  28. I’ve always been awed by the USS Drum.

    Went inside that little tin can for a look-see. Amazingly cramped, Not much different than a German U-Boat that I visited. Those submariners were a special kind person Lots of valves and dohickies and no steam. Lot of electrical controls, many just knife switches. Imagine the current a voltage surging through those things. One wrong touch, yee-ouch.

    There were also lots of square holes cut into the outer hull. I don’t know if it is part of restoration or for the removal of hazardous materials, whatever.

    Sadly the veteran’s discount is only $2.00 (13 vs 15) for the admission and nothing for the parking which is $4.

  29. We unfortunately had a bad day here in the neighborhood today. A teen killed another teen about a mile away from our office today, “Teen in custody after deadly shooting at Richmond pocket park”
    https://abc13.com/teen-killed-in-richmond-park-shooting-knew-shooter-deputies/5486256/

    Make that a 16 year teen reputedly killed another 16 year old teen.

    And the reputed killer teen reputedly had an ankle monitor already on.

    Texas does not execute killers before the age of 18 so the killer will hopefully get life.

    Texas did execute a reputed killer last night though.
    https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/21/larry-swearingen-execution-texas/

  30. I have lost just about all respect for mittens when he went after Trump.

    Obama won in 2012 with a smaller percentage of the popular vote than 2008, a historical anomaly for an incumbent, while Romney lost with about the same number of votes as McCain received. The voters simply stayed home.

    Mittens wouldn’t close the deal in October 2012, and the evangelicals were not going to vote to install a Mormon elder in the White House without an iron clad guarantee that Obamacare was finished at noon, January 20, 2013.

    No guarantee. No vote.

    I suspect Mittens believed that the Supreme Court would bail him out, but when that didn’t happen, he couldn’t bring himself to label ACA a failure since it was based on the very plan that Romney signed in Massachusetts.

  31. Several years ago there was a Krispy Creme on Goverment St. that was pretty good. The main library was a mile or so up the road.

  32. Did you ask them if they would rebuild your home if the solar equipment burned it down ? Apparently, Walmart did not ask beforehand.

    No, that was several years ago. Actually, I only became aware of the roof fires yesterday. However, I would have been alright, possibly, if I had been stupid enough and they would have been the same to close a deal. Many years ago we had the wooden shake roof replaced with aluminum sheets stamped to look like shake. No longer had to worry about July 4th illegal fireworks.

  33. Hey! No fireworks are illegal! They’re undocumented bottle rockets, just looking to make a better life for themselves and their little sparklers.

  34. It will be fascinating to see what happens in the 2020 elections. Some folks are saying “recession”, which would be bad for Trump. Others are claiming that this is just the media trying to cause a recession. Prog opinion polls show Trump with a terrible popularity rating, but likely they polled only prog neighborhoods. Meanwhile, as far as I can tell, the D’s have no viable candidates at all. Neither do the R’s – just re-treads, but I suppose the never-Trumpers will try to take them seriously anyway. Y’all need a new political party.

    In Europe, the more nationalist, populist parties – which would mesh well with Trump’s policies – are having a tough time of it. Some of them (Austria) are doing ok, others are just too full of inexperience politicians, and are making silly mistakes that are costing them popularity. I was really hoping that Merkel’s screw-ups would help out parties like AfD, but AfD is pandering a bit too much to the extremists, when they should be consolidating all the center and right-of-center voters.

    Meanwhile, the media plays it’s usual games. In the US, when a “teen” commits a crime, you know it’s a young black guy. In Europe, when an article pointedly fails to state the nationality of a criminal, then you know they are an immigrant.

  35. I’m pretty sure tRump will win re-election. The Redumblicans need to start grooming tRump’s successor. Pence can’t win. Don’t repeat the Dumbocrat clown car spectacle.

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