Tues. Sept. 17, 2019 – the hour’s getting late

74F and 99%RH??  [77F and 50%RH]  Hopefully a bit cooler anyway. Yesterday was cool-ish but very humid, especially after the rain. I had to pause and catch my breath a couple of times.

I’ve got two auction pickups today, as well as a plan to drop off a pallet or more for my auction. A haircut would be nice too.

Most of my plans don’t involve rain, so I hope the NOAA forecast is wrong for my area.

The worldwide March to War ™ {brought to you by Snacky Smores} seems to be continuing apace. If they can’t stir up stuff in one part of the world, they try in another. More disruption, more famine, more disease, more destruction, more, more, more. Been a while since we had a big one, and it sure seems to be coming.

I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing- living. The futility of trying to ‘time’ the markets or disasters means I don’t do anything irrevocable as part of my preps, and try not to do anything irrevocable in my life. There are risks involved with that, but so far, I think they are less than the risks from, say, cashing out and moving off grid in the woods. Someone always gets caught holding the bag, I hope it’s not me. (and I make plans to keep it from being me.)

Anyway, time to make the breakfast, and lunches, and feed the dog and fish, and all the other life affirming things that start my day.

Keep stacking.

n

61 thoughts on “Tues. Sept. 17, 2019 – the hour’s getting late”

  1. Well, the humidity went up dramatically when the light misty rain started. Still a bit cooler, and overcast.

    Rain and moving things in the back of a pickup truck do not go well together. I’ll have to think of something though, I can’t put this stuff off forever.

    n

  2. Subbing again today, same class as yesterday. Will be doing the same class on Thursday and Friday.

    It is interesting on how easily it is to pick out the kids that are going to be jerks. Generally losers in life. Don’t care. Only in school because they are forced. Probably get a job working labor construction and on payday drink the contents of their paycheck.

    There are a couple of them in this class. Know them from last year. Threw one out of class the day after returning from alternative school. That got him sent back to alternative school for the remainder of the year.

    Tossed one girl yesterday and sent her to the office as she was caught using her cell phone. Tried to hide the phone when I spotted it. I had warned them at the beginning of class, if I see them using the phone, off to the office. I did this same girl earlier in the year and I guess she cannot learn. She was not in class today as her second offense got her alternative school for three days.

    The attachment to the cell phone is strong young Jedi’s, almost as much as the Force. Especially among the females. That gender seems to have the most difficulty with not using their cell phones. The need to communicate, probably trashing some other girl to their friends, is almost a life function.

  3. Highs in the high 90s forecast for the remainder of the week here in the Bluff City.
    Spent the weekend going through the piles of stuff that had grown in the garage. Hauled a literal ton of stuff to the kerb. Sorted the remainder into two sets of shelving, stuff to keep and stuff to sell in the neighborhood yard sale in mid October. Amazing we can see the floor in there again. All that work did take a toll. My back is feeling the pain and my wife ended up in the ER. It was her fault. I had called it a day Saturday evening and headed for the Jacuzzi tub to help the sore back muscles relax, but the wife, bless he heart, decided that she wanted to take advantage of the newly created open space in the garage by moving an empty bookshelf we want to sell out there. She made it to the garage doorway where it hung up on the lip. She pushed, the cheap shelving unit, built from a Walmart flat-pack, collapsed, and she fell face first down the steps into the garage. She lay there stunned for a few minutes, while I was blissfully soaking in the tub. When I got out of the tub she simply said that she tried to put the shelf in the garage and it fell apart. She omitted the bit about the fall. At 2am she woke me crying, saying she thought she had broken her wrist, and filled me in on the whole incident. She had tried to tough out the pain but it kept getting worse to the point she couldn’t rest. So we ended up at the ER again at 3am. They quickly gave her pain medication and took Xrays. Nothing broken, but a bad sprain so we were back home by dawn Sunday morning with script for some serious pain medication. Sunday she sat in the garage supervising as I finished up the sorting and cleaning.

  4. @harold, yikes! pride goeth before a fall is more true as we age than it was when we were young dumb and full of it….

    That’s a huge project you undertook, and it’s great that you accomplished it. It’s on my list, only times 3…

    n

  5. Making plans for hard-core prepping at the new home starting in January. Fingers crossed that the world holds off falling apart before then. New home is GREAT for prepping, lots of heated / cooled interior storage and a big, dry (but humid) underground bunker / storm shelter under the garage.

  6. There’s a couple of cautionary tales in here, as well as an observation….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7471383/FBI-agents-raid-home-MyPayrollHR-payroll-company-boss-Michael-Mann-firm-collapses.html

    The promise of the internet was disintermediation, but in many cases, new businesses have started that provide yet another layer of intermediation. This MyPayrollHR is one such. In this case, “dozens” of people handled payroll payment services for 4000 other firms, using “cloud” services. (Hard to tell if they were actually providing the accounting, and tax calcs, hours and benefits calcs, etc. or were just getting in the middle of the actual payments.)

    What could possibly go wrong with entrusting $tens of millions to a new company with a dozen employees, that you’ve never met, in another state? Even if these guys were totally legit, what was their value add? Were they CHEAPER? Did they provide a legal cutout for any HR or payment mistakes? How’d that work out?

    -the root of the problem is that the Fedgov and states have made payroll so complex, and the penalties for getting it wrong so draconian, that almost any company will pay someone else to do the work and take the risk. Which works fine, until it doesn’t, and then they find out they’re on the hook for it all anyway and that saving a penny sometimes costs you your whole business.

    -one minor observation. Look at the logo. Blue, green, and white. I commented here before that this seems to be the color combo and style of the moment. I see a lot of new logos that are very similar, using the same colors. At this point, those scream NEW AND UNTESTED, cheap and nasty, to me. Avoid.

    n

  7. Yeah, secret cold war era germ factory has fire and explosion, esp. following their nuke problem (which has vanished from the news) is more than a bit worrying.

    Speaking of whitewashed news…

    no endless followup on the high school football game shooting last week.
    no endless followup on the peewee football game shooting this week.
    no endless followup on the mass stabbing by the dark, bearded ex-con last week.

    It’s almost as if there was something or someone editing the news to advance an agenda……..

    n

  8. Speaking of Editors …
    We discover today that it was the NYT editor who removed the mention that the “victim” had no memory of the so-called traumatic sexual incident involving Kavanaugh. The information was in the story as submitted, but the NYT editor seemed to think that if readers knew there was no there there, no actual traumatized victim, there would be no public outcry for his removal.

  9. Um, I’m no Battle Damage Assessment expert, but this picture of ‘missile fragments’ seems pretty sketchy to me…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7472679/Saudi-oil-attack-Does-missile-picture-prove-attack-did-not-come-Yemen.html

    Why on earth would it be broken apart (with the pieces so close together, no evidence of impact) and laying on the sand instead of smashed to pieces against the target? Wouldn’t the wires shown have flailed around a bit upon impact? And the far chunk looks weathered…

    n

  10. Stallman always seemed “off” to me. Although the last line of the article I read that finally quotes him exactly didn’t seem that bad a statement. Considering the left seems to want pedophilia to be accepted as a sexual orientation, this witchhunt seems out of line…

    n

  11. What could possibly go wrong with entrusting $tens of millions to a new company with a dozen employees, that you’ve never met, in another state? Even if these guys were totally legit, what was their value add? Were they CHEAPER? Did they provide a legal cutout for any HR or payment mistakes? How’d that work out?

    We’ve been through three of the payroll/time sheet services since I started at my current job, and I’ve been here 18 months.

    Most of the time, my direct deposit arrives on schedule, but HR floated the trial balloon this week of delaying the deposit if the time accounting isn’t submitted and approved on time.

    I don’t think I would quit right away — I walked out on one career job already — but I would redefine the word “profane” with my reaction.

    Ever notice that Randall in “Clerks” has a Death Star Telephone employee t-shirt?

  12. (and bigger picture, why does the Fed control rates anyway?)

    They monetize the debt, accepting onto their balance sheet the T-bills which fail to sell at auction, keeping the Treasury’s interest payments low. This is separate from the “discount window” operation where the interest rate only loosely influences broader market rates.

    Mortgage rates are typically pegged at 200 points above the 10 and 30 year Treasuries. Even a reversion to 6% mortgages/4% 30 year bonds — still historically low — would crater the housing and stock markets.

    I think the rule of thumb is $50,000 of the price of a median house for every sudden 1% rise in rates, but median prices are also unnatural due to FHA manipulations over the last 15 years. Who knows what would really happen in a SHTF interest rate acceleration. “Animal spirits”.

  13. Stallman always seemed “off” to me. Although the last line of the article I read that finally quotes him exactly didn’t seem that bad a statement. Considering the left seems to want pedophilia to be accepted as a sexual orientation, this witchhunt seems out of line…

    Stallman always has a point worth pondering even if you don’t agree with his position.

    Many are in his debt. I’ve written before about the cr*ppy Sun compilers I had to deal with in the 90s before I discovered cross compiling with GNU GCC.

    Of course, Sun’s salespeople responded with the classic “hookers and steaks” sales techniques with my management so it was back to cr*ppy Sun compilers within a year. I’ve also written that, about six years ago, I had a Sun engineer tell me that we paid a 60% performance penalty on Sparc with the company’s compilers circa 2000.

  14. Students from my third period class, the “skinny” class as it also includes lunch period, are now in the gym. They are being indoctrinated on how bad man is for all the world’s problems. Today they are being told that all our trash winds up in the ocean. Unless we go to 100% recycling we are all doomed.

    Yesterday the speech was on energy consumption and how the US is the cause of global warming because of consuming all that fossil fuel. We must convert to 100% renewable or we are all doomed.

    I have no idea what the speed is tomorrow as I am not here. I will be on Thursday and Friday. Probably a presentation on how the white heterosexual male is to be avoided as they are all animals and lower than pond scum. Responsible for 100% of the world’s problems.

  15. Stallman always seemed “off” to me. Although the last line of the article I read that finally quotes him exactly didn’t seem that bad a statement. Considering the left seems to want pedophilia to be accepted as a sexual orientation, this witchhunt seems out of line…

    The hits on Stallman (and Minsky) just keep on coming:

    Remove Richard Stallman And everyone else horrible in tech.

    Remove Richard Stallman: Appendix A The stories of thirty years of MIT women alumni.

    OMG! Not only does Stallman have a mind of his own, but he also had a mattress on the floor of his office, on which shirtless people had been known to sit! Egad! Roll out the tumbrils!

    Mind you, I’ve never met Stallman; he may very well be the jerk he’s being made out to be, but he deserves better than to be railroaded out of town by an SJW who wasn’t even a gleam in her father’s eye when Stallman was doing his best work.

    Added: A couple of conjectures:

    1. Stallman is likely on the Asperger’s end of the autism spectrum. This would explain his seemingly “off”–at least in the eyes of “normal” people–behavior.

    2. Stallman was probably told that if he went quietly a nice severance package–pension, continuing medical benefits, etc.–could be arranged; otherwise, he’d get nothing. IOW, it was either jump or be pushed.

  16. The hits on Stallman (and Minsky) just keep on coming:

    After nearly 30 years in tech, I believe that many people working in the industry would be surprised by the reality of their co-workers’ private lives, especially those considered to be highly productive.

    Fortunately, most of the time, in my experience, the life choices are benign. I’ve only had one co-worker murder anyone — our lead Wifi expert at Death Star Telephone — for instance, and I only know about another exec’s pedophilia from the stories in the Orlando newspapers I read about his multiple trials for the same case.

    Yes, the justice system works in favor of the wealthy and powerful. Soooprise!


  17. After nearly 30 years in tech, I believe that many people working in the industry would be surprised by the reality of their co-workers’ private lives, especially those considered to be highly productive.

    It was quite a surprise one day when state troopers and the FBI showed up at our WorldCom Tulsa HQ looking for one of our lead telecom engineers. They grabbed his PC and contents of his desk, then pounced on him when he came in from a smoke break. Not a word of any charges. We only learned later that he was wanted in several child molestation cases.

  18. It was quite a surprise one day when state troopers and the FBI showed up at our WorldCom Tulsa HQ looking for one of our lead telecom engineers.

    LDDS/WorldCom. The less I say about that the better, I think.

    OK, I will say this since the end of that company is relevant to what’s happening now in the market — we knew what would happen to them at The Death Star, but Wall Street kept buying the story. The old basketball coach had game, I’ll give him that.

    Just like Elon.

    Or, more recent, whoever it is who dreamed up the Impossible Burger.

  19. Brendan Eich, Linus Torvalds, and now Richard Stallman: Who will be the Left’s next victim?

    Probably not Donald Knuth, because of his advanced age–not that that saved George H. W. Bush, notorious groper of nurses’ bottoms.

  20. Probably not Donald Knuth, because of his advanced age–not that that saved George H. W. Bush, notorious groper of nurses’ bottoms.

    Hunh? Did someone file a complaint against ’41’?

    Texas law drifts back and forth on the subject, but, when my father-in-law died, it wasn’t against state law for a nurse to have a sexual relationship with a patient and inherit from the estate and/or life insurance when the individual passed.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if a few nurses were well taken care of in Bush’s will.

    As for tech targets on the radar, Eric Raymond springs immediately to mind.

  21. “Exclusive: Saudi oil output to return faster than first thought – sources”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-oil-output/saudi-oil-output-to-return-faster-than-first-thought-sources-idUSKBN1W21NO

    “The kingdom is close to restoring 70% of the 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) production lost due to the attacks, said one of the sources, a top Saudi official briefed on progress.”

    “That source said state-run Saudi Aramco’s output would be fully back online in the next two to three weeks.”

    The crude oil cleaning complex is actually massively paralleled so they can route around the damaged portions.

  22. “Gulf system upgraded into tropical depression, flooding still the main threat”
    https://spacecityweather.com/gulf-system-upgraded-into-tropical-depression-flooding-still-the-main-threat/

    “We think a few areas—maybe some isolated locations in Galveston or Houston or Beaumont or Lake Charles—could see peak amounts of 15 to 20 inches.”

    In Houston, if somebody spits in a bayou, somebody gets flooded. 15 to 20 inches of rain is a freaking life threatening disaster. Do not drive into water !

  23. Spent the weekend going through the piles of stuff that had grown in the garage. Hauled a literal ton of stuff to the kerb. Sorted the remainder into two sets of shelving, stuff to keep and stuff to sell in the neighborhood yard sale in mid October. Amazing we can see the floor in there again.

    To quote my friend OFD, be RUTHLESS !

    Glad her wrist is not broken. And, she was trying to help you. You married up !

    Looks like I broke another finger joint Sunday when I fell off the ladder. Sigh. This makes four. I got the right arm out from under me when I fell but I forgot about the left arm. I remembered the right arm since I broke my right humerus when I was 5 in 1965 falling off a stack of bricks. Mom told me the other day that they had to set it twice a week apart but no pins (very good thing).

  24. Lynn: RE ladder fall
    You were lucky to crack only a finger. 5 years ago I was on a ladder putting up Christmas lights, when I began to descend, I missed a rung, my foot slipped between two rungs, I went over backwards and ended up hanging upside down by a broken ankle. That was the last year I put up our Christmas lights. After that I hired a crew to put them up and take them down.

    You married up !

    No kidding. She is smart and cute and keeps me mostly out of trouble. She was raised in a literal log cabin for 2 years when she was 5 – 7. They carried water from the stream, bathed in a big tin tub in the backyard, and cooked over a cast iron wood stove. Outhouse they moved every year, no electricity, and a car battery powered radio. She knows first hand what a pioneer life was like.

  25. In his podcast which dropped today, Dennis Miller speculated that Robert Francis would go third party if denied the Dem nomination for President.

    I doubt that would happen, but an interesting possibility in an election which will already be a circus. William Sanders, Robert Francis’ father in law and long-time political benefactor, has the deep pockets and contacts, but, IIRC, Sanders and his partners in his current real estate trust are Republicans.

  26. There’s a couple of cautionary tales in here, as well as an observation….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7471383/FBI-agents-raid-home-MyPayrollHR-payroll-company-boss-Michael-Mann-firm-collapses.html

    The promise of the internet was disintermediation, but in many cases, new businesses have started that provide yet another layer of intermediation. This MyPayrollHR is one such. In this case, “dozens” of people handled payroll payment services for 4000 other firms, using “cloud” services. (Hard to tell if they were actually providing the accounting, and tax calcs, hours and benefits calcs, etc. or were just getting in the middle of the actual payments.)

    Yeek ! That is a nightmare !

    I’ve been using Direct Deposit services for almost a decade now. I had to be talked into it due to serious trust issues on my part. We are now using Sage Payroll Services since our Sage Peachtree software directly supports it.
    http://support.us.sage.com/us/sage-payroll-services

    But we do not use the Direct Deposit service for our IRS payroll payment or our Simple IRA Fidelity payment. We do those deposits directly ourselves. Actually, we tell the IRS and Fidelity how much to draft from our main checking account. Scary on a good day that they will screw up and drain the account.

  27. I’ve been using Direct Deposit services for almost a decade now. I had to be talked into it due to serious trust issues on my part. We are now using Sage Payroll Services since our Sage Peachtree software directly supports it.

    When I worked for the Egghead ponzi, Peachtree Accounting was our most popular package for people to buy and return after “evaluating”. I wondered if they were still around.

    The ethics of the buy and return didn’t bother me nearly as much as the technique involved for putting that big cube of binders back into shrinkwrap and make it look new.

  28. Mortgage rates are typically pegged at 200 points above the 10 and 30 year Treasuries. Even a reversion to 6% mortgages/4% 30 year bonds — still historically low — would crater the housing and stock markets.

    The mortgage rates approached 5% over the summer. The normally robust housing market was constrained and then fell on its face in August. That is why the mortgage rates headed back down to 4%. As a user of the mortgage market, I like the low rates. But it forces me to invest my savings in real estate and the stock market for better returns than 1 to 2% interest rates.

  29. When I worked for the Egghead ponzi, Peachtree Accounting was our most popular package for people to buy and return after “evaluating”. I wondered if they were still around.

    The ethics of the buy and return didn’t bother me nearly as much as the technique involved for putting that big cube of binders back into shrinkwrap and make it look new.

    Did Egghead charge a restocking fee ?

    I have been considering a move to Quickbooks but, the transition is difficult.


  30. But we do not use the Direct Deposit service for our IRS payroll payment or our Simple IRA Fidelity payment. We do those deposits directly ourselves.

    I have been told by knowledgeable people to never use bill pay services when dealing with the federal government. Biggest problem is getting a copy of a transaction. With a physical check it is easy to get a copy from your bank. IRS seems to like that kind of proof rather than transaction numbers. If your bill pay service creates a check get a copy from them, not your bank. I have copies of checks for all my payments to any taxing authority.

  31. From http://www.nextdoor.com:

    You can prepare for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Imelda

    Today at 1:00 PM. Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall near Freeport. Fort Bend County is experiencing some of the rainfall form this storm already, and the office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared.

    Being prepared and staying informed is the best thing you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. Take time now to prepare a family communication plan and have emergency telephone numbers available.

    If storms frequently leave you without power, it is a good idea to have flashlights on hand and extra batteries in case you lose power in the storm. By using flashlights instead of your mobile phone’s flash, you can ensure that your phone stays charged longer.

    Follow the guidance of public officials, and stay informed by following credible sources of information like like official Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages.

    The office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will keep you informed as Tropical Storm Imelda continues to move inland.

  32. I have been told by knowledgeable people to never use bill pay services when dealing with the federal government. Biggest problem is getting a copy of a transaction. With a physical check it is easy to get a copy from your bank. IRS seems to like that kind of proof rather than transaction numbers. If your bill pay service creates a check get a copy from them, not your bank. I have copies of checks for all my payments to any taxing authority.

    I would have a copy of all checks given to charitable institutions also. A friend of mine at church got audited by the IRS a few years ago. They disallowed all charitable contributions since he used the draft method to give to church and his wife was the church CFO. They had to get each transaction audited and signed by the church elders in order to get the contributions accepted.

  33. “TS Imelda comes ashore, flooding likely as heavy rains begin”
    https://spacecityweather.com/ts-imelda-comes-ashore-flooding-likely-as-heavy-rains-begin/

    “Tropical Storm Imelda formed Tuesday afternoon just before making landfall near Freeport, Texas. The storm will bring some moderate wind gusts into the upper Texas coast over the next day or two, but by far our bigger concern is heavy rainfall and inland flooding as the storm pulls copious moisture inland. To that end, we are escalating our alert to Stage Three on our flood scale. This means we are likely to see significant flash flooding. This post will explain why.”

    Yup, we are going to get it tonight. No rain at the moment.

  34. “The Bolsheviks even want to tax your toaster oven…”
    https://www.sovereignman.com/international-diversification-strategies/the-bolsheviks-even-want-to-tax-your-toaster-oven-25576/

    “In a concept paper called “Treat Wealth Like Wages”, the ranking member of the US Senate Finance Committee laid out a plan late last week to radically overhaul the tax code in a way never before seen.”

    “Just as you’d expect from the title, his central idea is to tax wealth; if you own just about anything, this Senator wants you to start paying an annual tithe to the federal government.”

    “It’s sort of like how property tax works: you don’t actually -own- your own property. You’re just renting it from the government.”

    “This includes CASH in your bank account. Financial assets like stocks and bonds. Private business and partnership interests. Your entire real estate portfolio. Collectible assets like art and fine wine.”

    “Never mind that you’ve bought these assets with money that’s already been taxed. Now they want to tax it again, every year. And when you die they want to tax it again.”

    “They even included Individual Retirement Accounts.”

  35. Re; Houston weather

    I always like to look at the Windy site ; https://www.windy.com/-Weather-radar-radar?radar,28.797,-96.010,7 . That link should get you a big overview of you (wet) folks around Houston.

    Select “Radar” on the right side. Then set the animation time to 6 hrs and press play. Fun to watch (from a distance) the rain radar swirl around and the lightning flashes.

    And you can check out the winds on the same site, among the other choices. The ‘satellite’ choice shows the size of the storm (clouds).

    Fun to watch from a distance…

  36. Light misty drizzle downtown and in the Southeast. I had the same at U10 and 8 on the west side too. Bayou s are already above normal.

    N

  37. Did Egghead charge a restocking fee ?

    Nope. They were never going to be a forever business.

    Egghead raised as much in their IPO as they had unsellable returned software at the time in the main warehouse outside Seattle.

    I suspect that there has never been a book because the founder, Victor Alhadef, was huge on the social/arts scene in Seattle, and Microsoft was among those companies who quietly benefited from Egghead keeping their early rev level disasters (Office for Windows running on 286 CPUs) on the shelf until the user base reached critical mass in the 90s.


  38. “They even included Individual Retirement Accounts.”

    Our goobermint is out of control. Imagine if the ProgLibTurds get complete control. They’ll live on Elysium while us dirt people live in ZombieLand.


  39. I have been considering a move to Quickbooks but, the transition is difficult.

    We’ve been using QuickBooks in one form or another for 20 years. After transitioning (lol!) to QuickBooks Online, we haven’t had a payroll or IRS problem. Our daughter runs the operations side from San Antonio. QBO integrates Texas UI payments.

  40. Oh, yeah, our CPA hates QBO since it is for non accountants and does things differently. He uses some pro accountant version of QB to review our quarterlies and year end stuff, then stuffs the results back into QBO

  41. “They even included Individual Retirement Accounts.”

    IRAs and 401(k) accounts won’t be taxed. They will be confiscated along with private pension plans in a push for “fairness” in retirement. In return, you will receive Treasuries.

    The name to watch for is Teresa Ghilarducci. When she’s back on Capitol Hill, regularly, BOHICA.

    I imagine that Ghilarducci be in the Jonathan Gruber position of not only designing the plan but coming up with the lies to sell it to the publc.

    I’d say it is only going to happen if the Progs regain power, but the $5 Trillion (IIRC?!?) in various private retirement funds is going to be too much to ignore for any politician looking to buy votes, right (Defense jobs) or left (“Walkin’ ’round” money).

    My generation has been pathetic in general when it comes to retirement planning. Expect to see confiscation within 5-10 years, as my peers enter their mid-50s and realize that even cans of Alpo and Fancy Feast will be out of reach for them in retirement except maybe Christmas dinner.

  42. IRAs and 401(k) accounts won’t be taxed. They will be confiscated along with private pension plans in a push for “fairness” in retirement.

    Yay for me. I don’t have a lot. If “they” take it, I’ll hobble my way over and share some lead. Assuming I can afford the gasoline for my truck.

  43. IRAs and 401(k) accounts won’t be taxed. They will be confiscated along with private pension plans in a push for “fairness” in retirement. In return, you will receive Treasuries.

    I disagree. Much easier for them to take them in small bites rather than huge bites.

    My generation has been pathetic in general when it comes to retirement planning. Expect to see confiscation within 5-10 years, as my peers enter their mid-50s and realize that even cans of Alpo and Fancy Feast will be out of reach for them in retirement except maybe Christmas dinner.

    Wouldn’t you say that 50% of our generation (I am 59 and in the tail end of the baby boomers) have retirement savings of some sort ? And I think that 50% the Gen-Xers also have retirement savings of some sort. That is so much better than the WWI generation. I would be surprised if 25% of them had retirement savings. Especially when you remove the house from the picture.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomers

  44. And speaking of truck….

    The a/c is leaking. I’ve done the stop leak stuff and it still goes flat. I can find no leaks under the hood. Compressor oil….

    So, called the repair shop. The price seemed ok… but not. O’Rielies wants $150 or so for the evap core. Chrysler wants $600. Ok, let’s go with “factory”. Now a $1000 job.

    Ah….. next month…. because of SS payments.

    So suddenly we are a valued customer and we can spread the payment over a year with no interest.

    Ok. Truck goes to shop tomorrow. And maybe three payments… Yes, I can cough up a grand.

  45. The a/c is leaking. I’ve done the stop leak stuff and it still goes flat. I can find no leaks under the hood. Compressor oil….

    So, called the repair shop. The price seemed ok… but not. O’Rielies wants $150 or so for the evap core. Chrysler wants $600. Ok, let’s go with “factory”. Now a $1000 job.

    I replaced my evaporator in my 2005 Expedition at the Ford dealer in July 2018 for $1,700. Got me 13 more months down the road. I should have used the no-name guy around the corner for $1,000 though. Life is expensive …

    I’ve made the decision, I am going to buy a new F-150 crew cab 4×4. Soon, very soon.


  46. I am going to buy a new F-150 crew cab 4×4. Soon, very soon.

    Uh Hmm, yeh. We have heard that song and dance before.

    Which still deserves the question why 4×4? More expensive, maintenance is higher. Not that much snow in Texas. Crew cab definitely an excellent choice.

  47. And I think that 50% the Gen-Xers also have retirement savings of some sort.

    I’m Xer (“Ferris Bueller” high school class of 1986), and I’d estimate the figure of adequate savings to be far lower based on what I’ve heard from friends and co-workers over the years.

    What prevents my age group from heading out and voting Prog is that many of us lean conservative, even if we keep it to ourselves. The situation at our house isn’t great thanks to the Vantucky adventure, but I’m not going to go out and vote to the Cocktail Waitress in 2024 thinking that she will fix things.

  48. They will steal our retirement savings with inflation.

    They’ll tax what’s left in “fairness”. We’ve seen it before. Whenever one group is prudent, the lefties steal from them and give to the wastrels to squander.

    See Bill Whittle on the futility of wealth confiscation. Won’t matter to the progs.

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

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  49. Which still deserves the question why 4×4? More expensive, maintenance is higher. Not that much snow in Texas. Crew cab definitely an excellent choice.

    I am somehow in snow and/or ice just about every other year. I drove on ice in Oklahoma back in February. That limited slip rear axle works well on ice because of the Expedition heavy factory camper top and third seat. The F-150 does not have a heavy camper top. I also drive offroad occasionally, only got my Expy stuck once (next to the office septic tank, wont do that again).

  50. “TD Imelda marching north, heavy rain for many tonight”
    https://spacecityweather.com/td-imelda-marching-north-heavy-rain-tonight/

    Looks like Houston, Sugar Land (old house), and Rosenberg (new used house) are getting ready to be nailed tonight. Hopefully less than 12 inches of rain.

    And RickH’s Windy looks nasty also.
    https://www.windy.com/-Weather-radar-radar?radar,29.448,-95.593,9

    The good thing is that we were very dry. The Brazos River by the old house is about a foot deep. My two ponds at the office are about half empty (2 ft deep at front pond, 3 ft deep at back pond).

  51. Here’s some bad advice–

    https://www.survivopedia.com/9-types-of-foods-you-dont-want-to-stockpile/

    Almost bad enough to be satire, but I don’t think so.

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    -on second look, don’t even go there to see how bad it is. The pictures all have names with “tracker” in them, uBlock warns and blocks clicking on any of the external links, the ads are all in the same vein “ancient secret to pain relief” or “do these three things and survive”. In other words the whole thing is a clickbait trap masquerading as a prepper site.

    If you want to see why RBT never wanted ads or to monetize the site, this is it. See also what became of https://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/….

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