Wed. Oct. 23, 2019 – busy day

Cooler and somewhat dryer. Yesterday was very nice outside, as long as I avoided the sun. The sun was scorching my brain…

Today I’ve got my volunteer science class for the Fourth graders, followed by my ham radio lunch. That should keep me busy and out of comms until after 2pm…

I hope the world can watch after itself for a couple of hours, ‘cuz I can’t.

n

35 thoughts on “Wed. Oct. 23, 2019 – busy day”

  1. He’s looking for the ‘real’ cause for our gas prices.

    When was the last new refinery built on the West Coast?

    Rhetorical question.

  2. Currently camping at Cumberland Mountain State Park just outside of Crossville TN. Tennessee has done a great job at the parks. Most of the sites are fairly level, have water and electric. Several of the sites have sewer depending on the lay of the land. Costs me about $30.00 a night which is about 33% cheaper than commercial RV parks. And most certainly a lot less crowded. Commercial places also generally place a two night minimum on a stay. There are lots of state parks to visit in TN that have RV camping sites. Will be here until Friday.

    No sewer hookup where we are located. Those sites generally cost extra. We can get three to four days on the holding tanks. One black water tank which seems to fill up the fastest (insert your joke). Then a grey water tank for the shower and bathroom sink, another grey water tank for the kitchen.

    I have two drains on the RV, one for the bathroom tanks, another for the kitchen. They are too far apart in the RV for a common drain. Thus takes a little longer to drain the tanks at the dump station. I have learned to stay clear of the bathroom drain when opening the drain cap. Sometimes the valve leaks a little. Voice of experience here.

  3. ” And even Tejas is losing their minds…”

    That is child abuse. Giving a child drugs that will castrate them, temporarily and probably permanently, is definitely child abuse. What is that judge thinking ?

    I heard about that case driving home yesterday. If the mother was my kid’s pediatrician, finding a new doctor would be at the top of my “to do” list. I’ll bet she backtracks when she sees what the publicity does to her practice — even my Prog friends want conservative home lives once their kids arrive.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Governor Abbott needs to be primaried the next time around, especially if MJ Hegar takes Cornyn’s Senate seat. The leadership vacuum in the state is getting out of hand.

    There is hope — I saw a group on the news last night who were starting the process to recall Mayor Adler and city council members here in Austin over the homeless camping fiasco.

  4. Back from eleven days on the road.

    1. Is there a Mooslim thing going on in Kalifornia? We went to a Tappan restaurant. A sign at the desk said “All fried rice now made with bacon” YUM! But, the hostess said she was required to ask “Are you allergic to bacon?” WTH. No, we aren’t. Then on the way to drop off a friend at the Fresno airport, we swung by McDonal’s for some Egg McMuffins. At the drive-thru the person said “Would you like ham on your EM, I’m required to ask.” WTH. Yes, I want Canadian Bacon on my EM. Geez, I’m beginning to think there is a law so Mooslim’s aren’t slipped some pig by mistake.

    2. Had to get gas before leaving San Bernardino. I went to a 7-11 (I know, I know, the closest). Some Black guy hits me up selling ratty logo’d sun screens for a buck. Uh, no thanks. The pump wouldn’t take debit or credit for some reason. A big sign is posted “Please don’t give money to pan handlers” hence the sun screens I guess. Four bums sleeping on the steps. I guess you can’t throw them off the property. We just left in search of another gas station. Found an Arco, no debit or credit, cash only. Left that one. Found Shell with ONE PUMP but I stopped and started gassing up. An old White guy in a fedora and tie comes up and starts offering me squeegee service. I guess anybody can loiter, beg, pan handle and annoy in Kalifornia with impunity. I told him to fuck off.

    3. There was a time I would have loved to live in Kalifornia. No more.

  5. Back after Katrina flattened New Orleans, Congress held hearings about why prices were so high at the pump. Long story short, taxes at all levels were the most significant part of the $4.50 the consumer was paying.


  6. There was a time I would have loved to live in Kalifornia. No more.

    We do have shopping cart and bicycle thieves here in coastal SoCal, Orange Cty. But they don’t bother us in that fashion. There are some on street corners at major intersections with signs for hand outs, but they do not pester passersby.

  7. Geez, I’m beginning to think there is a law so Mooslim’s aren’t slipped some pig by mistake.

    There are people with nitrate allergies for whom cured meats and wine would be a problem.

    I have food allergies, but I simply avoid those things. No law necessary. If I’m in a restaurant, I’m reasonably sure of what is going into the dishes. If not, I ask.

  8. “The future arrives as SpaceX’s Starlink Constellation passed first public connectivity test”
    https://mspoweruser.com/spacexs-starlink-constellation-passed-first-public-connectivity-test/

    “Three months have passed since SpaceX launched its initial batch of 60 satellites, and today was the day that they were really put to the test.”

    “At 9:03 am, Elon Musk did what Elon Musk does best and took to Twitter. With sky-high hopes, the CEO attempted his first Tweet using the internet connection provided by SpaceX’s Starlink constellation.”

    When can I watch Disney Plus on Starlink for free ?
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/371465/verizon-offers-customers-12-months-of-disney-for-free?

  9. Mr Atoz – We lived in California in the Good Old Days (60s and 70s) before they all went crazy. Lived in Marin county, just north of San Francisco and saw all the great band in their infancy. Wonderful weather, beautiful views, it was wonderful. Went back 5 years ago and were robbed at Per 39 in SF. It’s become a third world country now.

  10. Mr Atoz – We lived in California in the Good Old Days (60s and 70s) before they all went crazy. Lived in Marin county, just north of San Francisco and saw all the great bands in their infancy. Wonderful weather, beautiful views, it was wonderful. Went back 5 years ago and were robbed at Per 39 in SF. It’s become a third world country now.

  11. In the late 80s I could have gotten a job in Sunnyvale, with a defense contractor rather than a tech start-up. I think this was just as the housing prices were starting to shoot up, so I might have been able to get something I could afford and then sold it at a profit. Nevertheless, I can’t help but think that I dodged a bullet.

  12. I was born in CA. Abandoned by my parents. Father divorced and left. I was burden to my mother’s life style so was shipped to an abusive aunt and uncle who needed the slave labor on the farm.

    In spite of the issues I was better off with the abusive ones than I was staying in CA. Even in the ’60’s CA was starting the decline, a slow start but it was happening. I have been back to visit family. CA basically sucks. Expensive, crowded, and full of undesirable areas. What does not burn up slides down hills in a big rain or falls apart when the earth shakes. Taxes for everything, high sales, high income, high property, spent on nothing much worthwhile.

    Too many liberals who want to live their way but don’t want others to live as they want. Liberals where freedom of expression is important, unless it disagrees with the liberal’s opinion.

    The entire state sucks. Thus one brother left, other is waiting until his MIL croaks and he can leave for Texas.

    I would be perfectly happy if CA left the nation and became their own country. Thus they would no longer be sucking money from the federal coffers, taking money from other states. Of course if CA did such a thing CA would immediately ask for foreign aid.

  13. My father was offered a professorship at one of the California Universities in 1963 after he got his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton. After a California visit by him, Mom, and I, he chose The University of Oklahoma. California was too weird for him even in 1963. Mom said that she got a weird vibe from California.

  14. I read with hilarity the Redumblican walking into the “SCIF” where Dumbocrats are interrogating tRumpers. Not much of a SCIF if you can walk right in. lol.

    Also, why do you need a RX to buy a CPAP machine? Does it shoot heroin into you at the same time?


  15. The entire state sucks.

    No state is perfectly bad or good. I have found some bad parts in good states, and good parts in bad states. Maybe I am just unlucky or have wierd taste, but I like my little spot in CA better than any place I have found. I have done some looking. Given my entrenchment, I plan to die here, if it doesn’t kill me first.

    When I first came here almost fifty years ago, it was popular for people to leave for a better place. A surprising percentage came back after a year or three. I took that as some kind of omen. Any more, I really don’t know much about anywhere else, and don’t care. Oh, I might want to find a place where it rains less 🙂

  16. Another observation is that any place can be great if one has enough money to insulate oneself from it. I disagree with that, but have known some people who have made it work.


  17. Not much of a SCIF if you can walk right in. lol.

    I broke into a SCIF as a 1LT. I needed to get in very early one morning and no one came to the door when I rang the button outside the fence. I got over the 8-foot (or maybe 10′; well above my head, anyway) chain link fence and got past the concertina. Got into the building itself, checked the building and found no waking guards, and went to the office where I needed to work. Eventually the guard woke up from his nap in the front conference room and did a walk-through and found me. He reported my having broken in, I got bitched at, shit hit the fan, he got fired, and the perimeter fence got a makeover. My direct boss, a major, thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever seen.

    In theory I should have notified the security chain of command. In practice, there was no way for me to do so because I’d never been given phone numbers or anything and I didn’t know my way around very well. I spent maybe a week per month on site, was traveling the rest of the time, and worked godawful hours when I was there. (Hence the reason I broke into a SCIF at 0200.)


  18. Not much of a SCIF if you can walk right in. lol.

    Some people seem to have, shall we admit, “different” ideas of “security.”

    SteveF, I would expect no less of you 🙂

  19. “Will the Boeing 737 Max ever fly again?”
    https://theweek.com/articles/873442

    “Well, here we are seven months later. The 737 Max remains on the ground, in what is now arguably the biggest crisis ever for the century-old company. Boeing has bled out at least $8 billion. And its third quarter results, released Wednesday morning, saw a 21-percent decline in revenue from last year’s second quarter, to $20 billion, and 51-percent decline in profits to $1.17 billion.”

    “It doesn’t seem crazy to wonder if the 737 Max will ever fly again.”

    Junk the planes, move the new engines to the Boeing 757, and call it the 757MAX.

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

  20. I’ve worked in a number of SCIFs, usually “under supervision”, and was involved in building out a couple…

    We were at Pendleton, working on a new C2I facility, and one day there was a vault door installed on the front entrance. No one had the combo. No info was posted about who to call or who had authority. We called our security contact and he asked “Did anyone try the default combo?” Um, no, what is it? “50-00-50.” Yep, that did it! Granted the building wasn’t actually “turned on” yet, and when it did go live, suddenly I was working under supervision, with armed Marines to follow me everywhere and watch my every move. Yes, even in the toilet…. despite me having the run of the building, under floors and above ceilings, for weeks.

    I was also the last ‘uncleared/unclassed’ to stand in the crypto vault before that got ‘turned on’. Before he locked the door behind me, the total of humans that could stand in that closet had been ME, him, and one other on base. Kinda cool I guess.

    I worked in a contractor’s facility where the entire building, except the entry lobby, was a SCIF. Even the loading dock and back hallway. We were not popular when we were receiving material, as everyone had to shut down and lock down their systems, files, and cabinets. Good times!

    “Uncleared…. uncleared… uncleared… bring out your dead… uncleared….”

    n

  21. California was too weird for him even in 1963. Mom said that she got a weird vibe from California.

    My parents lived in CA during most of the 60s.

    Ironically, they said that no one sane sent their kids to the UC system at the time, especially Berkeley, until Reagan sent in the National Guard and cleaned house.

    In part, Reagan was a reaction of the middle class to Moonbeam Sr.’s antics in education. UC Santa Cruz opened around the time of the election, and, believe it or not, at one point in CA history, the middle class was not keen on a campus full of strangeness.

    (Jerry Brown Jr. is another Dem pol with Daddy issues.)

    Of course, the case could be made that CA doesn’t have a middle class anymore.

    As for Reagan, CA grudgingly accepts that he turned things around. When you go out to his library, they even have Tom Brokaw on tape speaking positively about the President.

    Of course, covering Reagan made Brokaw’s career.

  22. On the Trump impeachment saga: I’m running out of popcorn. Seriously, it’s getting hard to tell what’s actually going on. The media twists every tiny little fact to the point that you can’t even read between the lines anymore.

    One article claims that all of the inquiries were being run from committees that explicitly lack the authority to initiate an impeachment. Hence, it’s all just a giant, fake show. Whether that’s true or not, I have no way of knowing. Other articles claim that the actual impeachment vote is just around the corner. Again, impossible for anyone outside Congress itself to verify.

    And, of course, the media acts as if impeachment is actually meaningful. Trump would rely on the Senate, where he can certainly hold 1/3 of the Senators. Which would make any impeachment essentially meaningless. So one doesn’t understand the Democratic strategy at all…

    – – – – –

    Swiss elections for our parliament are now done. Our conservative party remains the largest party – despite having a serious and continuing case of foot-in-mouth disease. However, all established parties generally lost a percent or two, and it all went to the Green party, which now roughly equals them in size. That’s quite the change, and overall represents a small shift to the left.

  23. And, of course, the media acts as if impeachment is actually meaningful. Trump would rely on the Senate, where he can certainly hold 1/3 of the Senators. Which would make any impeachment essentially meaningless. So one doesn’t understand the Democratic strategy at all…

    There would be deals involved to hold the Senate, just like 20 years ago.

    How do you *really* think John Glenn got his last ride into space on board the Shuttle?

    In FL, among other things, Bob Graham got the Corps of Engineers to sign off on the questionable siting of a new state university, Flordia Gulf Coast, the need for which was also questionable.

    Hopefully Cornyn plays it smart and gets something out of it for Texas that he can campaign on. MJ Hegar will be tough to remove once she’s elected on “Girls stick together”.

    The Dems want an asterisk next to Trump’s name, just like Clinton’s.

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