Fri. Sept. 20, 2019 – so I learned some things…

77F and wet.  Probably.

Boy did we get some rain yesterday.  And I got stuck at the kids’ school, where I was able to help out, and everything worked out ok, but…

Turns out there are some holes in my vehicular preps, and in aspects of my current habits and lifestyle.  NB-I don’t typically carry a BOB or GHB or any other specific bag in my truck.  I’ve got a couple of totes in the back with extra stuff, and my EDC.  I thought that was pretty good, and it is.

I usually have some additional supplements like energy bars tucked away, but I ate them.  Day before yesterday and I didn’t replace them.  I usually refill my gas tank whenever there is a storm coming, and whenever it gets low.  I didn’t notice the level on Wednesday, and it beeped at me on the way to school- 50 miles to empty.  No problem, I’ll fill up on the way home.  Except what if I get stuck in the water on the way and need to wait out the flooding?  Not enough gas to do that.  My friend took 3 hours to get home with his kids.   I certainly didn’t have 3 hours worth of gas, to go less than 5 miles.

I have shirts, sweatshirts, pullover windbreakers, and long pants in the truck.  I’ve got hat and mittens when it’s cold.  I’ve got yellow plastic rain gear, ponchos, and even a set of FroggToggs.  No socks.  No dry shoes.  That’s a big oversight.

I don’t carry my ‘daddy bag’ anymore, so I don’t have a change of clothes for the kids.  It’s been a long time since one had an ‘accident’.

A couple of days ago, I had a case of Mountain House in the truck.  Yesterday I had only two expired MREs (the date doesn’t bother me) and USCG approved lifeboat survival bars.  Plenty of water, soda, and cans of flavored water… and I’d even added instant iced tea to put in the plain water.  I did so and drank that during the afternoon.  Had we been stranded at school overnight (and we have school friends in walking distance, so that was EXTREMELY unlikely) the kids and I would have eaten MREs in the truck while everyone else dined on microwave popcorn.  I did share a big Costco bag of candy that I was taking to my gunstore buddy.  Daughter used it to earn points with her friends.

The biggest problem is that there are only two real driveable ways into the school’s neighborhood, and BOTH are subject to flooding.  If we were desperate, I would have taken the chance on the deeper intersection.   I could see vehicles making it through and had a good idea of depth, but I also couldn’t get good info about the next step in my route.  I retreated to safety and comfort, deciding that the unknown and risk was not worth it to sit at home for the afternoon.

The situation might have been different if I was trying to GET to school and pick them up in an emergency.  This was not an emergency.  No one should have wrecked a car in an attempt to pick up the kids from a fully functional school, in the middle of the day.

It’s amazing the speed and reckless regard with which some people entered the high water.  They didn’t even wait to see how the guy in front of them made out.  Some pulled out around me, while I was watching the other guy go, and sped on ahead.  No way could they have seen the other guys success or failure before entering.  Dumb doesn’t even begin to cover it.

This being Houston, one of the items in my tote is a professional personal flotation device, designed for people who work on the water.  It will auto inflate, but most of the time stays out of your way.  It’s the first item in the tote.  If there ever came a day when I felt compelled to enter high water, I can at least gear up first.  I have a short rescue rope on top too.

My Expy is currently full of cr@p to the point I couldn’t have taken 2 extra kids with me, only one.  I’ve got a lot of auction stuff piled in the back and on the back seat.  That stuff needs to get out of my truck.

I need to add some Mountain House, durable snacks, and kid clothes to the tote.  I need to move a pair of sturdy shoes and a good pair of socks to the tote.   I may even set up a 3 gallon bucket as a toilet for the truck, and leave it in there.   (the 5 gallon with the seat only goes with us when I think or know we’ll want it.  Like 4 hours in a parking lot, watching fireworks,  It’s too big to live in my truck 24/7.)

The kids have grown, and I haven’t changed my truck pack much.

Meanwhile, my wife was stuck at her work.  I reminded her that there were at least a couple of powerbars in the ‘resource kit’ in her minivan.  She decided to stay at work, where they had food, light, AC, and work to do, rather than move through flooded streets.  Maybe I’ll be able to stash a bit more in her vehicle, ‘for the children’ now.  (FWIW, the thing we’ve used most often from her kit is fire starter and matches.)  She waited for clear streets and drove home without incident.

We’re supposed to get more rain.  I hope not, but I guess we’ll see.  This was a good opportunity to find holes in my preps without any resulting drama…and I’m going to use the gift to get better.

nick

42 thoughts on “Fri. Sept. 20, 2019 – so I learned some things…”

  1. Well, we haven’t had any reportable rain in the last 12 hours, and openweathermap doesn’t show any coming, except POSSIBLY 2-3 mm, but our school district cancelled school today, “based on staffing concerns due to the impact of yesterday’s severe weather.”

    So I’ve got the kids today. Also wife’s birthday today. So we’ll get to shop for her, which is a plus. No idea yet if my ‘non-rescheduleable” auction pickups will be rescheduled or not. It’s nothing I can’t live without if I have to abandon the lots, for the most part. A couple were already moved to Monday.

    I better feed my wife, and start the day.

    n

  2. I have almost zero concern for what a candidate did 20 years ago in their youth. I am also guilty of doing many stupid things. Part of growing up. Teenagers do stupid stuff without thinking because they are teenagers. Do I regret what I did? Some of it, but very little.

    Regardless it has very little, if anything, of what I do now or how I think. If anything it taught me more of what is right or wrong, stupid or smart. Why should politicians be any different? No criminal record, move on folks.

    Subbing again today. Little cretins. Four of five days this week for the same teacher, break was on Wednesday. The idiotic creatures, freshmen all of them, with brains of snot. Have an assignment for five days that is due today. Some are almost done, others barely started, some with zero done. Teacher is not going to be happy. Not my problem if the little zit faced monkeys get a failing grade. They don’t pay me enough to be an overlord, just a baby sitter.

    Freshmen seem to be the worst, validated by every year I have been here. Talking and doing nothing seems to be the norm. Trying to get away with what they are not supposed to be doing. Little respect for authority.

    There are several that I know will not complete high school. Will drop out when they turn 18. Would drop out sooner but the driver’s license is pulled if a person is not in school under the age of 18. I am fairly certain their parents were the same way as I know some of the parents. Welfare leeches that are teaching the same welfare skills to their little house apes.

    The cell phone, especially for the females, is almost a part of their anatomy. Without their cell phone, their gossip machine, they become little more than zombies. Zombies that cannot keep their mouths shut for more than 30 seconds.

    There are a few bright spots, some that really want to learn, will do well with their lives. But a minority.

  3. Re Education
    Some things were different in my day, 50 years ago, some weren’t. We all tried to get away with shit to see what rules would be enforced and which ones ignored.
    And we had some very bad teachers. My best friend was a math genius, in grade school he intuitively knew that the square root of 20164 was 142, he didn’t even need to think about it. He was a math star until 5th grade. Then he failed math. The school wanted him to show his work. He didn’t have any work to show, he simply knew the answer so he failed. He was forced to learn the process for doing math and in doing so he completely lost his intuitive ability and became a mediocre math student.
    My wife taught herself to read at age 3 by looking at nursery rhyme books and figuring out what the words were from knowing the rhyme. In first grade she was caught by the teacher reading a third grade level book. The teacher took the book from her and punished her for reading outside her grade level.

  4. This is what FEMA has to say about our rain here in Houston…

    Texas Flooding
    Situation:
    Remnants of Imelda will continue to produce heavy rain and flooding across southeastern
    TX and southwestern LA through late this week. Isolated areas may receive rainfall in
    excess of 40 inches; Flash Flood Watches are in effect, including the Houston metro
    area.
    Lifelines: All life lines are Green
    Safety and Security
    • TX: Evacuations and water rescues are ongoing
    • Houston area bayous have crested
    Food, Water, Shelter
    • TX: 18 shelters open with 904 occupants statewide (ARC Midnight Shelter Count as of 6:00
    a.m. EDT)
    Energy
    • TX: 37k (peak 76k) customers without power statewide (DOE Eagle-I as of 4:45 a.m. EDT)
    Transportation
    • TX: 45 roads closed; 95 roads affected (Region VI report as of 8:43 p.m. EDT)
    • TX: All lanes in both directions of I-10 bridge on the San Jacinto River are closed due
    to barges breaking away and striking the bridge in Houston (CISA-IOCC report as of 4:27

  5. “Is WeWork A Fraud?”

    Of course it is … but it isn’t the only one in The Valley.

    Again, Tyler Durden is a pen name at ZeroHedge, enabling honesty from mainstream financial journalists who suddenly wouldn’t be invited to the parties if they wrote the pieces under their real names. Kinda like Bob Cringely at InfoWorld before the former Stanford *lecturer* — not PhD — and Apple Employee # … (?) Mark Stevens became the defacto Cringely currently residing at cringely.com.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/wework-fraud

    Not mentioned in the article is the general problem that having a job in a “Co-Working” environment really sucks. If it didn’t suck, the mature player in the market, Regus, would be much bigger.

  6. Re: Education.
    Had some of the same issues myself. I did try to get away with stuff, not often successful. I was good in math, I could do the problems in my head. When I had to show work I would leave out an obvious step because, well, it was obvious. I would get slammed for not putting down an obvious step that was generally what was learned in the third grade. Sucked in Jr. High.

    Then I got to high school and had a math teacher that really cared. Obvious stuff was skipped, except when doing proofs. Had that teacher all four years and by the final year there was only 6 of us left in his class. It was a high level class.

    In fairness to the math community I used very little of what I learned in math during my career. What I did use was problem solving, breaking a problem down into parts that could be solved to resolve the bigger solution. That was learned in math.

    I hated English, had a couple of really bad teachers. I remember reading “The Oxbow Incident”. Teacher asked me “what, in your opinion, was the author trying to convey?” I said “I think he was just trying to tell a good story.” I was severely chastised for that answer even though it was my opinion and the teacher asked for my opinion.

    Had to do a term paper my senior year. Still did not like English. Subject was the student’s choice. I chose to do a paper on integrated circuits. Had to manually do the drawings (1969, no computers), plus the write up. English teacher did not understand anything of what I wrote so gave me an “A”.

    History was a bore and I really struggled to get through four years of those classes.

    Took mechanical drawing my freshman year. Had a good teacher although he should have retired 10 years earlier, he knew what he was talking about. Sophomore year he retired and I got another teacher who knew nothing about mechanical drawing. I turned in assignments the way the prior teacher had taught and was given “F”s. I went to the school board meeting and complained. I was immediately shot down as I was a lowly student who knew nothing (a Schultz). That incident made me realize there really are incompetent teachers.

  7. They don’t pay me enough to be an overlord, just a baby sitter.

    Is there a difference ? Overlords have to micromanage their minoins. So do baby sitters. The pay is probably different though.


  8. In fairness to the math community I used very little of what I learned in math during my career. What I did use was problem solving, breaking a problem down into parts that could be solved to resolve the bigger solution. That was learned in math.

    +1000. That’s what I tell my kids. I have a MS in Maths and rarely use the *high level* stuff.

    I was immediately shot down as I was a lowly student who knew nothing (a Schultz).

    LMAO! Hoooogannnn! I get called Klink, a lot.

  9. WRT to stupidity and intelligence, here is my conception based on observations is other forums, those with much more stupidity that this one.

    1. The more stupid they are, the more they are wrong in over or under estimating.
    2. It is natural for the human males to overestimate their intelligence due to innate ego.
    3. Therefore, the more stupid one is the more he underestimates that which he doesn’t know and overestimates that which he does know.

    Outside of that, I’m just guessing.

    Well, human nature in a nutshell. (Recall RBT’s nutshell book?)

  10. “Tropical Storm Imelda floods hundreds of homes in Kingwood, Humble areas”
    https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/news/article/Tropical-Depression-Imelda-floods-hundreds-of-14454109.php

    My wife called her 80 year old aunt in Humble last night. She and her sister (they live next to each other) are high and dry, thank goodness. Her aunt takes care of her 50 year old daughter, the wife’s first cousin, who is blind and developmentally challenged. The wife’s cousin ran a 108 fever when she was one year old and burned out her sight and some of her brain.

  11. “Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions”
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/failed-climate-change-predictions

    “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently suggested Miami would disappear in “a few years” due to climate change. The United Nations is convening a “Climate Action Summit” next week. And climate activist Greta Thunberg is on Capitol Hill this week telling lawmakers they must act soon.”

    “But while data from NASA and other top research agencies confirms global temperatures are indeed rising, a newly compiled retrospective indicates the doomsday rhetoric is perhaps more overheated.”

    “The conservative-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute has put together a lengthy compilation of apocalyptic predictions dating back decades that did not come to pass, timed as Democratic presidential candidates and climate activists refocus attention on the issue.”

    “The dire predictions, often repeated in the media, warned of a variety of impending disasters – famine, drought, an ice age, and even disappearing nations – if the world failed to act on climate change.”

    These doomsayers are digging a very deep hole. One would think that their credibility would be in serious question by all segments of the population.

  12. “23 states sue Trump to keep California’s auto emission rules”
    https://www.chron.com/news/article/23-states-sue-Trump-to-keep-California-s-auto-14455675.php

    “SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation’s most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.”

    “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a day after it issued a regulation designed to pre-empt the state’s authority to set its own rules for how much pollution can come from cars and trucks.”

    “Joining California in the lawsuit are attorneys general from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.”

    Amazing. The air is already cleaner when it comes out of the tailpipe of a vehicle. How much cleaner do you want it to be and how much are you willing to pay ?

  13. “Amazon Buys 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans With Climate Pledge”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/370854/amazon-buys-100-000-electric-delivery-vans-with-climate-pled

    “Amazon unveiled and became the first company to commit to The Climate Pledge, which calls on all businesses to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 to help stop climate change.”

    I am betting that the long term usage of these vans is cheaper than gasoline powered vans. For sure they are cheaper than diesel vans with the new impossible diesel emission controls that are causing premature engine failures.

    So when Big River delivers a package to my front door, the driver may be running an extension cord to my front door electrical outlet.

  14. “‘This one did sneak up on us’: Internal NASA emails reveal how it almost ‘missed’ a football-field-sized asteroid so big it could have destroyed a CITY when it whizzed past Earth in July”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7485763/Internal-NASA-emails-reveal-missed-asteroid-skimmed-Earth.html

    “Scientists announced the asteroid discovery just hours before its close approach
    Asteroid 2019 OK measure 426 feet by 187ft (130m x 57m) came within 70,000 km of Earth
    At its closest approach in July, it was closer to Earth than the moon
    Experts say impact from object of this size would be enough to ‘devastate a city'”

    Not much we could have done about it anyway. Reagan’s and Pournelle’s ground mounted massive gigawatt lasers never got built.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  15. “Amazon Buys 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans With Climate Pledge”

    The local driver depot sits across the street from our new office. They just took delivery on a bunch of those (gasoline powered) Ford fans which sit just under the weight number at which the Federal regulations kick in governing the other delivery services.

    I am betting that the long term usage of these vans is cheaper than gasoline powered vans. For sure they are cheaper than diesel vans with the new impossible diesel emission controls that are causing premature engine failures.

    The states are catching up with road taxes on the electrics. The cost advantage won’t last much longer, and then the battery replacement (~ four year) has to be factored in. Even if they get rid of the vans when the batteries go, a Sprinter or Ford van has more recovery value.

    I’m still not convinced that DEF has any effect at the given concentrations.

    A diesel might actually fare better with A.S.S. (Automatic Start Stop).

  16. My 2-cents regarding education:

    The best education I received was in Navy Nuclear Power School. Now you folks who spent lots of time and money getting your degrees will try to argue with me (to justify all your time and money), I received a Masters Degree equivalent education in Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Nuclear, and Chemical Engineering in just 6-months. The Nuclear Navy cut out all the extraneous B.S. The pace was controlled lightning. No one was allowed to fall behind, they got whatever extra tutoring was necessary, often from those in class who were ahead of the curve. After 6-months in the classroom, we went to Prototype training where we put our book-learning to practical use in actual Navy Reactors (land-based in the middle of Idaho). Then off to the real world Navy.

    Admiral Rickover himself said that his enlisted received a better education in the 6-months in his Nuclear Power School than the officers received in their 4-years at the Naval Academy.

    My Son and Daughter are unconventional learners. My Daughter figured out how to work the system so she fit in. My Son, however, still does not fit into the system but he manages to cope.

    My Daughter has a speech impediment, but only in English. She picks up foreign languages naturally. She is fluent in 10 languages, both the native dialect and speech mannerisms, spoken and written. She is a visual learner like my Son. Not quite a photographic memory. When chronic medical conditions prevented her from using her language skills as she wanted she went back to school and became a Certified Medical Coder. At that time Coders were in the same classes as Registered Nurse students. So with the education/degree, she received she can become an RN by just fulfilling an RN Intern stint. However, she is happy with her coding job as she only has to deal with the egocentric doctors and not the whiny patients.

    My Son is a truly professionally diagnosed at 3 Universities ADD and OCD. He does not read words, he sees them. In grade school, they wanted to put him in the “retard” class because he could not “read” or do “prove it” math by the fourth grade. Our savior was a 5th-grade teacher that had followed my Son and asked for him to be in her 5th-grade class. Long story short, she helped him to acquire the skills necessary to deal with the conventional world. He took AP classes in middle school and high school until the last two years of high school they had him attending advanced classes at our Community College and the local campus of Washington State University. He has Master Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Machine Design, and Computer-Aided Design. He works for a company that makes custom Titanium wheelchairs. He sits with the user and a design team to figure out what is needed. He then goes to his computer and translates the user’s needs into the drawings and code to run sophisticated CNC and metal shaping machines to make the frame of the wheelchair. He does in one-day what used to take the whole department a week.

    No excuses.

  17. “There are a few bright spots, some that really want to learn, will do well with their lives. But a minority.”

    Remember: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

    Our semester is one week old, and I have what appears to be the usual crop of first-year students. Which also makes me think of the above saying.

    The international students are the most painful. Many of them come from places that do not meet Western educational standards. They may be fine people, but they don’t have the foundation to be in college. Their parents found the money to send them abroad to study – but they need remedial education, not a bachelor’s program. It’s a shame – a waste of everyone’s time and resources…

    – – – – –

    Climate doomsayers are going full-bore again. Each article with more dire predictions than the last. What triggered this latest run of the crazies?

    Of course the earth is getting warmer. News at 11:00. But making insane predictions? WTF? The last article I saw predicted a 14C (25F) degree rise by the end of the century. That’s not going to persuade anybody who’s not already on their side – it just makes them look stupid.

    – – – – –

    Combining stupidity with climate craziness: Have y’all seen the new rage? Having your own personal algae tank to absorb the CO2 that you emit?

    Of course, you have to empty the algae out of the tank when it gets full. They suggest it could become fertilizer. So it would rot and free all that absorbed CO2.

    I guess you’re not supposed to think about that little detail.


  18. The best education I received was in Navy Nuclear Power School. Now you folks who spent lots of time and money getting your degrees will try to argue with me (to justify all your time and money), I received a Masters Degree equivalent education in Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Nuclear, and Chemical Engineering in just 6-months.

    But, but, I took “Theory of the Number Line” in Uni Maths so I know more. LOL. I’m a big proponent of Community College. This is where the needs of the many will be met by the few with AA degrees. I got a Commercial Rotary Wing Instrument license in 9 months in Army Flight school. Compared with four years at some aviation college.

    Did I really need Child Psychology in Uni to get a BS? No way.

  19. The Trump administration plans to deliver a notice of environmental violation to San Francisco over its homelessness problem.

    As Alinsky famously said, “Make them play by their own rules.”

    Austin wants to be San Francisco.

    Heading back to the office from lunch yesterday, I noted that the urban outdoorsmen have moved beyond tents and started to build walls of junk around their sleeping areas under the elevated sections of road along SR71.

    For the uninitiated, SR71 is the primary road between Downtown and Austin-Bergstrom airport. What a lovely scene to present to first-time visitors heading to town for the Grand Prix and ACL in the next few months.

  20. Climate doomsayers are going full-bore again. Each article with more dire predictions than the last. What triggered this latest run of the crazies?

    Of course the earth is getting warmer. News at 11:00. But making insane predictions? WTF? The last article I saw predicted a 14C (25F) degree rise by the end of the century. That’s not going to persuade anybody who’s not already on their side – it just makes them look stupid.

    There is a professor in Arizona predicting a global temperature rise to 100 C (212 F) in 10 years. He is predicting a runaway thermal reaction like Venus. Except, the Earth is not Venus.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqIt93dDG1M

  21. The (apparent) homeless. It’s a shame, what’s happening in Austin. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them, though. If they need help, they could get it. If they just want to live that way, they can do it elsewhere, like in the middle of nowhere. Clear them out, repeatedly, until they stay gone.

    Like the begging old lady currently hanging out at the local train station. If she were here legally, she wouldn’t need to beg. So she’s either a Gypsy (they send their women and kids to beg), or she’s illegal. Either way, they need to throw her out. Eventually they will.

  22. “Moving on from Imelda”
    https://spacecityweather.com/moving-on-from-imelda/

    “Greens Bayou is still out of banks downstream of Highway 59 to the Ship Channel. It has crested and should be back in its banks soon at Mount Houston. Greens will continue slowly falling downstream today.
    Garners Bayou is out of its banks at the Beltway, but is falling.
    Cedar Bayou has crested at Highway 90 and is falling. It should crest soon at FM 1942.
    Both the East and West Forks of the San Jacinto River have crested in major flood. They should both be back in moderate flood later today.
    The San Jacinto River below Lake Houston will rise and crest in major flood today before slowly dropping back this weekend. (NOAA/NWS)
    The San Jacinto River near Sheldon (above) continues to rise and should crest this afternoon before slowly falling this weekend.
    Folks living along the Brazos River, you have nothing to worry about, as rains both over you and upriver were not too significant this week.”

    The Brazos went up and the Brazos went down. It did wash all that recycled pee water downstream though.
    https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=HGX&gage=RMOT2

  23. Like the begging old lady currently hanging out at the local train station. If she were here legally, she wouldn’t need to beg. So she’s either a Gypsy (they send their women and kids to beg), or she’s illegal. Either way, they need to throw her out. Eventually they will.

    I encountered Gypsies in Texas working the road SE out of Lubbock, at a gas station about 20 minutes out of town. I got enough gas to last until the next town and skedaddled as soon as I realized what the two Town Cars circling the station’s parking lot were up to.

    The homeless camping problem in Austin is a direct result of the Governor and Legislature burning political capital elsewhere on their agenda items (abortion) and not squelching the increasingly Socialist Mayors’ initiatives in San Antonio, Austin, and other cities in between along the I-5 corridor.

  24. For supper last night I had the idea of frying slices of canned corned beef. Like Spam. Nope. What of the slices that stayed together stuck to the pan as if arc welded and the rest may as well have been ground corned beef.

    So what do you do with the stuff? Just dump it into fried potatoes?

    Maybe meat pies? Sort of like Hot Pockets? Make Ruben Hot Pockets?

  25. So what do you do with the stuff? Just dump it into fried potatoes?

    Mmmmm. Fried potatoes and meat !

  26. “Millions of Americans Are Seething — a Trump Landslide Wouldn’t Surprise Me”
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/09/18/millions-of-americans-are-seething-and-a-trump-landslide-wouldnt-surprise-me/

    “RUSH: You’re never going to see that reflected in news media. But I’m gonna tell you what I think is happening out there. And I go up and down on this. I think it consistently, but some days I really, really think it. Other days, it’s kind of not as intense. I think that there is, across a vast expanse of this country, I think that there are millions and millions and millions of Americans who are quietly seething, quietly enraged over everything that has gone on here since Trump was inaugurated.”

    “The Mueller investigation, the false, phony claims of collusion that amounted to nothing. The media’s acting like, “Nothing happened. Okay. So we failed.” They’re not even calculating the damage to their ongoing reputations and credibility. But it is blown to smithereens. And they keep building on that. They keep adding to. Here comes this phony baloney Kavanaugh thing where it is learned that an editor spiked the very bit of morsel evidence in the story that would have disqualified the story from running.”

    “This stuff doesn’t happen in a vacuum. People are I think — well, I don’t want to put numbers on it. If Trump won 40 states, I don’t think I’d be surprised. I believe that America is still constituted by a majority of what I call normal people. I think they’re all outraged over this. They’re livid and they’re seething. But the media’s never gonna find ’em and the media’s never gonna report their attitudes. The media’s not looking for that.”

    I can see 40 states going for Trump.

  27. I encountered Gypsies in Texas working the road SE out of Lubbock, at a gas station about 20 minutes out of town. I got enough gas to last until the next town and skedaddled as soon as I realized what the two Town Cars circling the station’s parking lot were up to.

    What did you think that they were up to ?

  28. What did you think that they were up to ?

    Casing my car, waiting for the moment I went into the store for bathroom and/or a drink for the drive. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw hand motions exchanged between the cars, and anytime I looked directly at the occupants, they were all smiles in that creepy Romani way.

    My car was completely full except for the space I needed to sit and drive. Among other things, I had all of our computers and valuable paperwork.

    I know about Gypsies from working at the grocery store. We had training on what to look for and once yearly drills.

  29. “Why today’s renewables cannot power modern civilization”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/09/17/why-todays-renewables-cannot-power-modern-civilization/

    “The world today is inhabited by close to 8 billion people and we feed our hunger for power to almost 80% with hydrocarbons (coal, gas, oil). Wind and solar make up an estimated 2% of 2017 primary energy, the remainder largely comes from nuclear, hydro and some biomass. Only a 100 years ago we were 2 billion people. Of today’s 8 billion people there are at least 3 billion with no or only erratic access to power… and global population will increase by another 3-4 billion within the next 50 years.”

    We are at a half billion people in North America. One gets the feeling that we will be a full billion people in 50 years in North America. Our energy needs are going to double here alone in that time.

    “I am not even considering the overburden that needs to be moved for each ton of minerals mined. The overburden ratio can be estimated 1:10. Thus, you can 10x fold the numbers above. One Tesla battery requires 500-1.000 tons of materials to be moved/mined compared to coal which requires only 0,3 tons – a factor of 1.700 to 3.300!”

    Wow. That is a lot of overburden. We need make batteries out of sand or something common like that.

  30. Books brought to mind by today’s commentary.
    Gypsies – Joe Gores wrote an enjoyable bit of fiction called “32 Cadillacs”.
    Foreign language with all the body language – Janet Kagan write a fun novel where the main character is a polyglot to the nth degree. “HellSpark”. Out of print. Nothing deep but enjoyable.

    School – heads down with three classes (Networking, Operating System, Software Engineering). About 200 pages a week reading and 4,000-6,000 words to write. I won’t learn or retain as much as if I’d taken a smaller bite but I’m getting through it. I’ll have better knowledge than when I started. That’s good enough at my age.

  31. Wow. That is a lot of overburden. We need make batteries out of sand or something common like that.

    Also, figure in that the EVbatteries will have to be replaced 3-4 times in a 20 year vehicle lifespan.

    The neighbors at “The Ring” aren’t thrilled with the noise from all the “green” technology. The Taycan is only noisy when the engine is turned on, but the generators have to run all night to recharge the Tesla.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tesla-installs-supercharger-nurburgring-apos-102000132.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9kdWNrZHVja2dvLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAABUjEcIfaOrd4F28jCi1HDhxlyeCcb142-Wg-fUmU1ICoHAtnSkXpHIdADVfCnHevP7_0pdSuxOa-IOI3BtIiFyewzLABX53SP5iazMkUvvShWBpfmimMF1ARScty4eilef2BTPRvP0vgruW5J9NPzi1LuvWAuj6u28CooadGbGg

  32. The neighbors at “The Ring” aren’t thrilled with the noise from all the “green” technology. The Taycan is only noisy when the engine is turned on, but the generators have to run all night to recharge the Tesla.

    I read somewhere that the Tesla S at the Nurburgring has three electric motors instead of the normal two electric motors. And as mentioned, it has additional cooling, probably for both the motors and the battery. I wonder if the normal 130 kwh battery has been enhanced also.

  33. I read somewhere that the Tesla S at the Nurburgring has three electric motors instead of the normal two electric motors. And as mentioned, it has additional cooling, probably for both the motors and the battery. I wonder if the normal 130 kwh battery has been enhanced also.

    I thought the high end Tesla drivetrains were all going to three motors.

    I didn’t realize the Taycan was the Porsche EV. That’s an oxymoron, but a quiet one.

    Kinda like mid-engined Corvette. Like that’s ever going to happen … Doh!

    https://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/2020-corvette

  34. “This being Houston, one of the items in my tote is a professional personal flotation device, designed for people who work on the water. It will auto inflate, but most of the time stays out of your way. It’s the first item in the tote. If there ever came a day when I felt compelled to enter high water, I can at least gear up first. I have a short rescue rope on top too.”

    Try to recall the old Scout maxim for water rescues:
    Reach, Throw, Row, Go … in that order.
    The common whitewater kayaking rescue throw rope in a bag is easy to make… and it extends the Throw option by a lot, and repeat throws are quick and easy, if you know the techniques. Look it up…

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