Mon. June 1, 2020 – still locked down, but you wouldn’t know it

Hot, humid, and we’re on the edge of a storm system, so maybe rainy.

Yesterday was all those things and sometimes cool as well.

I got some stuff done, mostly moving and organizing in the driveway.  So much still to do.  I guess that’s where I’ll start today.

Dinner was steak from the freezer, cauliflower done like twice baked potatoes.  My motivation to cook was low, my wife did the cauliflower.

Kids spent as much time as possible in the pool, and I hope they never get tired of it.

I did look around the gardens a bit.  Potatoes are dying.  No idea why.  Corn is coming in, about a foot high now.  I only planted a few stalks to see if it would grow and if the squirrels would get it all.   Harvested more sweet peppers.  Tomatoes have flowers but I’m told it isn’t cold enough for them to actually get any more fruit this year.  We’ll see.  Broccoli is doing ok, cabbage looks like it’s coming along.  Got 4 blueberries today.   Citrus is about the same as it was.  Nothing on the peach or apple.  Squash and/or watermelon are still growing, I’ve lost track of which mound was which.  I really should have made notes.   Grapevine is flourishing, I hope that means I’ll get some grapes this year.  The other grapevine didn’t die, but it didn’t grow much, maybe it will recover next year.  Obviously, my garden barely gives me any food at all.  The learning curve is steep in this part of the country, and in my yard especially.  Get started NOW.  If you can’t plant, build beds and start work on fertilizer or compost.

Summer’s here and so is the rioting.  Didn’t get enough out of the shutdown and isolation so now we’re mixing in public and burning what businesses made it through.  You’d almost think someone was pushing this along.  I’m pretty sure OFD would have had some things to say about it.  And while you’re thinking about the dead guy and the riots, ask yourself what’s different this time, from when the diversity hire shot an Australian housewife in her bathrobe.  And, why does anyone outside of Houston or MN care this time?

If you’re out and about, keep your awareness and know a couple of alternatives to your travel routes.  Arm up.  Review the law in your state.  Clean up your social media NOW, in case you have a problem later.  This all goes double if your home or business is in the line of fire.

And don’t forget that COVID is still out there, still spreading, and still sickening and killing people.  We’ve got a brief pause before we start seeing cases related to all this public nonsense.  Restock, refresh, restore.

Keep stacking,

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

57 thoughts on “Mon. June 1, 2020 – still locked down, but you wouldn’t know it”

  1. My wife found a Tweet saying, Tonight’s the night, Comrades. (With a black fist emoji.). Tonight we say, “Fuck the City” and we move into residential areas… the white hoods… and we take what is ours. (Flame Emoji)
    Signed, #Blacklivesmatters and #FuckAmerica. (Dirty Finger emoji)

    How am I to react to this? Other tweets indicate that this is of South Florida origin, targeting Coral Springs and Parkland, (where I live.) Am I supposed to wait for them to come and kill my wife and I and let them, “Take what is theirs?”

    The Military draft ended shortly before I reached the age of 18, so I was lucky. I think I know what my 90 year old father felt when he, on a battlefield in Korea, was told that the Chinese would be advancing toward their position and that they should prepare to die. Luckily for him, the Chinese changed their plans and they were not wiped out. If I have to make a final stand here, I will not go lightly. I am adequately prepared.

  2. How am I to react to this? Other tweets indicate that this is of South Florida origin, targeting Coral Springs and Parkland, (where I live.) Am I supposed to wait for them to come and kill my wife and I and let them, “Take what is theirs?”

    Up there, I’d worry more about bored rich kids in Boca and suburban miscreants who listen to too much of the hoodlum music wanting an excuse to imitate that lifestyle than I would actual dirtbags from Dade rolling up I95 into Broward. Plus, once school returns, ‘C’ students in “Sosh” at FAU who desire to be “part of something”.

    You have way too much development between you and the Dade County line. Tempting targets. I’ve dropped the suggestion before about those seeking to understand the 2000 election mess, but it applies here — go people watch in the Emerald Plaza Winn Dixie at 46th and Stirling in Hollywood one Saturday afternoon. The natural habitat of the Modern American Sheeple.

    If you get takeout from DiSalvos, don’t forget the garlic knots.

    I saw more white faces than black in the videos of the Austin protests this weekend. Typical Austin — stage *in front of police HQ* to surge onto I-35. When we first moved here six years ago, several windows had been shot out above the main entrance to the HQ building.

    https://www.fox7austin.com/news/protests-continue-in-downtown-austin-despite-cancellation-from-organizer


  3. The police forces have allowed too many “bad apples” to remain. They have gotten too militarized. And their training quite evidently sucks.

    OFD often said that. My uncle was a policeman in the distant past. He was sent into the second wave of the Watts riots. He always said he had good training, and usually good orders, but that was a different time. Although by then retired, he didn’t like the way the Rodney King riots were handled.

    If today’s rent-a-rioters are sent into the suburban residential neighborhoods, I hope they face stern resistance. It actually doesn’t take a lot to quell a riot, but it has to be done right.

  4. If today’s rent-a-rioters are sent into the suburban residential neighborhoods, I hope they face stern resistance. It actually doesn’t take a lot to quell a riot, but it has to be done right.

    The people coordinating the Rent-a-mobs know where the cops are serious around here. It would be a real short riot if the paid hoodlums showed up in front of, say, the Williamson County Sheriff’s HQ rather than the steps of Austin PD.

    Austin cops are kept on a short leash by the city government, and Houston’s current police chief ran things in Austin until five years ago. The current Austin chief was the interim leadership grudgingly hired as permanent after the SWAT team stopped the Austin Bomber — inside Williamson County jurisdiction — and proved he could get the job done if the Mayor and City Council so desired.

  5. Quick survey of the news says we didn’t have anything of national significance happen overnight, unless the Guard/PD shooting blows up…

    WRT ‘them’ coming to the suburbs… in LA the more affluent areas are right next to and often surrounded by less affluent areas. Often there are no borders or any other barriers or restrictions, you are just suddenly in a better or worse area. Houston in general is like that too, and I’d bet that most of the older city Downtowns are similar. In most areas in the US though, suburban development was intentionally created to be separated. Residential developments (neighborhoods) have limited through streets, limited access, and often only a couple of ‘lines of approach’.

    If your house is on a grid street, and there are broad streets that lead from your area right to downtown, you probably should be looking hard at your defences and risk.

    If you are in a planned development, with mostly curved streets that don’t “go through”, you are probably fine at home. Areas around you are at risk, so keep your awareness up coming and going.

    If you are truly suburban, your local opportunists are probably a bigger problem than imported gangbangers. Exceptions would be if you are near a mall, or transportation corridor, or are someplace they already frequent and are familiar with getting there, and WHAT’S there.

    Distance and the unknown are your friends in this.

    n

    (all just my opinion, based on what I saw first hand in LA, and some observations of other “unrest”.) Make your own assessment and plans.

  6. The protesters/rioters are mostly Gen-Z’ers who spend more time capturing it all on their phone than doing any real protesting. It’s like they’re all waiting for something tragic to happen so they can have viral video of it. Just crowds of idiots all viewing what is happening in front of their face through their 4.7″ smartphone screen. For every 100 people at a protest – 10 are protesting, 5 are looting/vandalizing, and 85 are recording it all.

  7. If you are truly suburban, your local opportunists are probably a bigger problem than imported gangbangers. Exceptions would be if you are near a mall, or transportation corridor, or are someplace they already frequent and are familiar with getting there, and WHAT’S there.

    Bus transfer stations on property killed two high end shopping malls in Tampa, one right where the Buccaneers training facility currently sits — immediate neighborhood was not the problem at least in that location.

  8. This says it for me, not an oversimplification IMHO:
    You Get What You Vote For and in Democrat-Run Cities You Get Riots

    Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Fayetteville, Atlanta, New York, Nashville, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, Salt Lake, Washington DC, Detroit, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Kansas City, Houston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Tampa, Baltimore, Oakland, Louisville…

    What do all those American cities have in common?

    They’re all run by Democrats, many for generations.
    They’ve all been looted and burned by left-wing Antifa terrorists and other anarchist groups over the past few nights.

    That’s no coincidence.

    What’s more, these riots are not America’s problem….

    These riots are not President Trump’s problem…

    Nope, these riots are wholly owned by the Democrat Party and the fools who continue to vote for them.
    and more…

  9. The real answer will not be implemented. Politicians want complicated answers so when they fail, it will not look like their fault.

    OK, here it is: Hire WWE (wrasslin’) referees to teach cops about choking and neck holds. Remember, there has never been a choking death in professional wrasslin’.

  10. Huh, when did ibm buy weather.com?

    About five years ago, back when they were spitballing things for Watson to do, before IBM decided to become Red Hat.

    I wrote a version of the NetClient for RHEL 3 and 4, but, honestly, I think my chuckleheaded weed addict former co-workers lost the source code since a new version has not appeared post-Red Hat merger. I can neither confirm nor deny I know where they might find source code, but my price would include an apology — way too high for my former management.


  11. Kill first, ask questions later is a shitty policy.

    “Have you ever been there? Have you ever had your life on the line? Then shut up! You’re not qualified to have an opinion.” — practically any cop who hears a “civilian” talking about police thuggishness

    See also, “Have you ever spent time in the classroom? Have you had to deal with constant budget cuts and children of oppression who come to the classroom unprepared?” — practically any public school teacher who hears a parent or taxpayer commenting on the ever-increasing school budgets and ever-decreasing school results

  12. Got 4 blueberries today.

    I bought a couple of hundred fake blueberries (a pint of mulberries ???) at HEB yesterday. Supposedly Texas grown and harvested.

  13. “U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Beats Coal For First Time In 130 Years”
    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Renewable-Energy-Consumption-Beats-Coal-For-First-Time-In-130-Years.html

    “Last year, total U.S. renewable energy consumption increased by 1 percent compared to 2018, while coal consumption slumped by almost 15 percent year on year, the EIA said in its Monthly Energy Review.”

    Coal power plants are dying because of the cost of transporting most of the coal from Wyoming using rail and then the cost of treating coal for mercury, etc.

    Hat tip to:
    https://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=3E3125E7-8C2D-4AC5-BB35-9D62BF0A41AE


  14. I am surprised that the nursing home deaths are not half of the total count.

    Grossly undercounted at least in NYS. When they got sick enough, nursing home residents were transferred to hospitals, and counted as hospital deaths rather than nursing home deaths.

    Note that the overall Chinese Flu deaths are still grossly overcounted, at least in NYS. It’s just this one slice which was undercounted.

  15. “George Floyd Family’s Lawyer: Independent Autopsy Determines Floyd Died Of Asphyxiation”
    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/06/01/george-floyd-familys-lawyer-independent-autopsy-determines-floyd-died-of-asphyxiation/

    “MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The attorney representing George Floyd’s family says the findings of an independent autopsy have determined that Floyd died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

    “According to a statement, attorney Ben Crump revealed the results of the autopsy performed by medical examiners Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, and called for charges against fired MPD officer Derek Chauvin to be amended to first-degree murder.”

    “Crump said that the independent autopsy determined that “sustained pressure on the right side of Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe.””

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

  16. I wonder if Baden did anything other than pontificate. I don’t know who the ME is in MN, but I bet he/she/it has a ton of experience. Shit gonna get real.

  17. Also, did Baden et al release anything. I trust a lawyer about as far as I could throw the corpse.

  18. I’ve ordered a burner and a socket. Almost $45 but a few bucks less for the same six or seven years ago.

    There are two 8″ burners. One is “five turns and 2600 watts”. The other is four turns, wattage unknown, but noticeably slower to heat a pot of water.

    Amazon had a set of four burners and four sockets. for about $80. But not Whirlpool. Which may not matter. I don’t need all new burners.

    Meh. Can’t complain about the range. We caught it on sale because it was a floor model and it has a dent in the side. For half price, I’m cool with a dent that didn’t break the paint. I think we paid about $400, I don’t remember, the receipt has vanished.

    I replaced the oven t-stat years ago. The old one was wonky but hey, 50 degrees off randomly in either direction was a bit much to deal with.
    Drip pans, a couple of elements, and a couple of sockets about 10 years ago.
    Round it up, call it $200 for parts. I’ve probably forgotten a part. But hey, a couple hundred bucks into what was an $800 range 30 years ago, isn’t bad. At all.

    I know plenty of folks that would be buying a new range for any of the problems I’ve had with this range. So I’m fixing one range and they’ve bought three.
    🙂

  19. Today has been eaten by computer issues.

    Wife’s computer has a failing SSD. Bought a new SSD and installed this morning. Takes awhile to recover all her files that she has scattered all over the place and get them back into the places she expects the files. Most of the installs went OK. The old SSD is still under warranty. Had lots of bad spots where Windows was unable to read from the location. Lots of errors in the log files. I will send the old SSD back on RMA. Still had to get her a new SSD to get the computer up and running.

    My system installed an update is was a disaster. Many programs would not load and those that would load would take 3 to 4 minutes. Restarting did not help and in fact restarting would take almost 15 minutes to shut down. Something was borked badly. Unable to do a roll back. Have no idea what happened. So bare metal.

    My system will be getting replaced this summer. Everything new except the monitor, keyboard and rodent.

  20. Wow. When I installed the WD SSDs here, their version of Acronis software simply worked. Boot time is just one swirl of the Windows logo coming together…. as opposed to about 10 swirls.

    But, Win7 over here.

  21. Hot. 90F in the shade. Overcast but the UV is still baking me.

    Trying to get stuff done in the garage and driveway but it is HOT.

    n


  22. Boot time is just one swirl of the Windows logo coming together

    I have a few more swirls, but not many. My data files are on a spinning disk rather than the boot SSD. Most of my time was spent reinstalling software. I have gotten the system back to the most used software. The rest I will install if I need the software. In about a month it all goes away to a super fast system, new MB, SSD (the M.2 type). MB will support two of them, mostly USB 3.1, 32 gig of memory, water cooled. Good stuff. Solitaire will never have looked so good.

  23. Oh, wonderful. My range parts are being shipped FedEx. So, it’s going to be that bullcrap SmartPost stuff and I get to go to town to get the package or the morons will just toss the the package out of their truck at the gate…. because pushing a button to open the gate is above their pay grade.

    Yay!!


  24. Threadripper!

    So Torvalds gets a case that has water cooling builtin, then gets an air cooled CPU fan. Then gets an extra case fan because he is concerned about noise. Two fans for the case if you don’t include the power supply. Little overkill. One case fan is more than enough, water cooling is quiet and very efficient especially when there are three fans for the radiator. No wonder Linux cannot make consumer inroads.

  25. Nah. If the PC is so darn noisy, put it in the next room. Run the various wires through the wall.

  26. So Torvalds gets a case that has water cooling builtin, then gets an air cooled CPU fan. Then gets an extra case fan because he is concerned about noise. Two fans for the case if you don’t include the power supply. Little overkill. One case fan is more than enough, water cooling is quiet and very efficient especially when there are three fans for the radiator. No wonder Linux cannot make consumer inroads.

    The only company really trying to produce a consumer Linux is System76 with their Pop! OS.

    I was running Pop! OS pretty well on my 2007 MacBook Pro, but something broke sleep in the last release. No big deal to me since it isn’t my primary laptop, but a consumer OS should have more regression testing.


  27. fillibuster-proof Senate to implement “change”

    As I recall, they blamed the republicans when they couldn’t agree. I had several people repeat that lie to me. Crazy.

  28. More than one person has told me in all seriousness that Republicans passed Obamacare. It may be significant that they made this declaration after Obamacare was revealed as what everyone with a brain knew it would be, a complete failure in all of its publicly-stated goals.

  29. More than one person has told me in all seriousness that Republicans passed Obamacare. It may be significant that they made this declaration after Obamacare was revealed as what everyone with a brain knew it would be, a complete failure in all of its publicly-stated goals.

    After the 2012 election in WA State, my wife heard a lot of complaints from patients about their new Obamacare plans. When she asked who they voted for, the answer was generally “Obama”. It was Congress’ job to compromise in their opinion.

  30. I moved from NC to Alabama and decided I wanted to update my phones area code. The number I have is unused in the 334 area code and the prefix is valid in the Auburn area. MY one phone is having issues with the volume/speaker.
    If I buy an unlocked phone is it possible to get it activated using the 334 area code with my old number.

  31. Wife’s computer has a failing SSD. Bought a new SSD and installed this morning.

    I managed to break the speaker plug on my pc when we moved. I’ve been living with one speaker since then. Kinda made listening to California Dreaming weird. The speaker assembly on the motherboard is a closed box so I just got a Creative Sound blaster pci card. I did not know that you can put a pci x1 board into a pci x4 slot. Very nice to have stereo now.

  32. @robert, it might have changed but with the traditional carriers you used to get a number in the location of your billing address. If you move you can KEEP an out of state number, on a new phone, but can’t request one. You can always ask your preferred carrier what their policy is. If the number is in their pool, they should be able to assign it.

    For home service with a voip carrier, you can usually ask for any area code and many many of the exchanges (next three numbers.)

    n

  33. I drove down to the parents house in Port Lavaca today and we are just hanging. They are doing well for being older, 78 and 81. Dad made us chicken tortillas and sweet corn on the cob for supper from one of the local farms.


  34. If I buy an unlocked phone is it possible to get it activated using the 334 area code with my old number.

    Only if the carrier has been allocated that block. So if your number is 334-555-1234 and you’re moving to area code 444, the carrier would have to own 444-555-xxxx or 444-555-1xxx.

    telcodata.us is helpful.

  35. I moved from NC to Alabama and decided I wanted to update my phones area code. The number I have is unused in the 334 area code and the prefix is valid in the Auburn area. MY one phone is having issues with the volume/speaker.
    If I buy an unlocked phone is it possible to get it activated using the 334 area code with my old number.

    Get a google phone number and tell that to everyone. Just tell everyone to call your Google phone number.
    https://voice.google.com/u/0/about

  36. Scanner is unusually quiet tonight. The only thing I’m hearing on the network is encrypted traffic on the South Central Tactical channel. Earlier there was encrypted traffic on the Western Tactical channel.

    South Central is where I would expect any trouble to be.

    n

    added- they guys are a lot more verbose when encrypted.

  37. Get a google phone number and tell that to everyone. Just tell everyone to call your Google phone number.

    All Google services are subject to their whims. Just ask any Picasa user, myself included.

  38. All Google services are subject to their whims. Just ask any Picasa user, myself included

    Yes. But my dad has been using Google voice for over a decade and still loves it. And he got a Port Lavaca number from them for his number which I find amazing.

    Nothing is permanent in this life and Google is reputedly headed for the rocks. But, they may keep voice since it is free.

  39. Scanner has more encrypted traffic on Southwest Tactical now… That’s a bit closer to home.

    I did mention that I don’t think there will be anything near me. We’re a bit off the beaten path.

    n

  40. dallas looks like they suckered a bunch onto a bridge, then closed both ends and are now making arrests.

    n

  41. Thanks for the updates, Nick. I woke up and wanted to check to see how things are here in Texas. Your reports are especially valuable since you have been through this before. I learned when we went through a hurricane, and then through hurricane evacs that normal people have an important perspective on events, things we need to know that we aren’t likely to hear from the pros or on the news.

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