Mon. June 15, 2020 – just another manic Monday

Hot and humid.  We’re on the edge of a system so we could get rain or not.

Yesterday was certainly hot.  I was very uncomfortable, even with a hat and my evap cooler vest.

I did mostly stuff around the house.  Cut the grass, cleaned the pond filter, watered the gardens.  Weeded.

Citrus is still all growing.  Cabbages are doing well.  I’ve got some cilantro coming in.  Mint is going nuts.    Grapevine is taking over the whole trellis.  Harvested more peppers and then I traded some sweet peppers for some tomatoes with one of the other swim team families.  MEATSPACE!!  We’ve got the Thunderdome, we need a Bartertown too.  Practice.  The family also raises chickens and sells eggs, and they live near us.  Probably good folks to know if things get thin.

It looks like all my potatoes have died.  I’ve got one plant left in one ‘tower’.   No idea what went wrong, just one by one the plants died.  Acorn squash and watermelon are growing, well protected by the wire mesh.  Corn stalks are getting taller.

My trash smells like death.  10 pounds of raw chicken and two gallons of milk.  100F heat.  OMG.  I dumped about a cup of bleach on the contents today and that helped.    Holy hell what a stench, and the flies are THICK.  The bleach did help quite a bit, but we’ve still got 4 days until trash pickup.  I’m really glad we’ve got trash pickup…

I’m really glad we still have civilization, and I don’t understand the people who want to tear it down.  I think they just don’t have any experience, knowledge, or imagination.   I do.

I’ll try to keep my personal world at a first world level as long as I can, no matter what else is going on.  Unfortunately, parts of this country and parts of too many cities have already fallen to third world levels.  It’s tempting to blame the third worlders that live there, but they came once it got cheap enough.  Of course they didn’t raise it up after they got there, either.

Today, I’m doing auction pickups.  I was feeling better about the world and our situation, so I started back into my old life.  Over the last week or so, it’s becoming clear that cases are rising, and the economic issues continue.  I’m switching back to hunker down/isolation mode.  I’m also going to be continuing to increase my stocks, rather than running down what I have.  I don’t see  things getting better for a long time. Trying to save money will have to take a back seat to resupplying.  I don’t feel comfortable running down stocks, and hoping to replace them more cheaply later.  I am still applying my number one rule, that prepping can’t negatively or irrevocably change our lives, ie. we’re not selling everything and moving to Idaho and buying a bunker.  I’m not going to run up the credit cards buying pallets of Mountain House.

We will continue to look for opportunities during this time.  There are always opportunities to prosper, but you need the resources available and the willingness and ability to act.  You also need to recognize the opportunity.  That’s the hard part.

So, look for opportunities to meet helpful people.  Work on your skills and knowledge so YOU can be a helpful person.  Keep your eyes and mind open to opportunities. And keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

54 thoughts on “Mon. June 15, 2020 – just another manic Monday”

  1. Trash pickup and civilization: When I was little, some of the family still burned their trash in barrels. And I guess people buried some in the gardens, and dumped the ashes there, because in my own garden here when it is tilled there are tons of weathered shards of old purple bottles and china and metal and buttons etc as one would expect from a trash dump from 100-140 years ago.

    But at home in the 1960s & 70s we had trash pickup in the old type of galvanized ash cans. Everyone’s trash cans sat at the back of their driveway. No plastic bags, so house waste baskets were lined with the paper grocery bags.

    The guys who rode the trash truck ran down the drive to pick the cans up, hoisted the cans onto their backs, and walked all the way back down the driveway to the truck at the curb. Dumped the cans into the truck then carried them back. A lot of walking, a lot of heavy lifting. A hard job.

    The family told us at every opportunity to be careful of what went into the trash because Joe had to handle it and they didn’t want him to get hurt. To this day I still wrap broken glass, single edge blades, or other “sharps” in several layers of paper bags to keep anyone from getting cut.

    And, even with the changes in trash pickup “methodology”, I’ve usually known, by name, the guys who pick up our trash in most places we’ve lived. A couple years ago our town contracted it out so we don’t know the driver now, but he doesn’t even get out of the truck so his working conditions have improved considerably!

  2. Third world immigrants cannot help maintain a first-world infrastructure, but their kids can, and generally do. From what I’ve read from multiple sources, black immigrants do quite well. Note that this includes one Barack Obama.

    It’s the US inner-city black population that is the problem. Despite (or because of) too many well-intentioned assistance programs, inner-city US black culture has devolved, and cripples anyone born into it.

    Note all the qualifications: non-inner-city or non-US or non-black and things look different and generally very much better.

  3. When we lived on 80 rural acres in the 90s we had two 55 gallon trash burn barrels and a spot in the back 40 to dump the unburnables in a gully. My mother in law finally got trash pickup at her rural location a couple of years ago but still burns most things. Trash collectors are the most under valued pillars of civilization.

    Visited local Walmart yesterday. Abundance of food, meats, paper products, even masks and sanitizer but the outdoor shelves were empty. I went looking for 25 ft of garden hose and a simple lawn sprinkler. Nothing. Absolutely bare shelves. Going to Lowes today hoping for better results.

  4. Our trash is placed in 96-gallon bins provided by the trash company. A truck with a hydraulic arm picks them up, dumps them, and sets them back down. Nobody ever gets out of the truck.

  5. @brad – Concur completely. Rural American blacks and blacks in other countries don’t have the attitude that “we are held down and can’t ever get ahead so why bother so someone else owes us”. It’s that attitude that guarantees failure.
    I often point out that the first American self made woman millionaire was the daughter of a slave and had no education so what’s stopping you? I usually get an obscene response or more excuses.
    Just heard on Glenn Beck program that in the history of slavery in the US there were no more than 12 million slaves, total, over all the years. Yet today, there are over 40 million slaves, held legally, in Africa and the middle east. We don’t see any protests about that. Probably because they are owned by blacks and Muslims.

  6. @chad, that’s how ours is now. We have a black can for household waste, a green can for recycle (acceptable contents vary by year depending on the city’s contract), and we do grass clippings in special City of Houston degradable bags left by the curb. If you have green waste (branches) they must be tied in a bundle and about 3 ft long, again by the curb.

    So the trucks with the arms get the household every week, the recycle ever other week, and the crews manually pick up clippings and branches every week.

    We get ‘big trash’ pickup on the 4th Friday of the month, junk one month, big green waste (piles or stacks) the next. They have a ‘grabber’ truck and they won’t handle anything by hand. The operator can pick up a piece of paper or a pencil with that thing.

    After a hurricane or flood, we will usually get a special debris pickup, but it will take a while.

    Other than the requirement to use the special bags, which went from 50c to over a dollar each, I’m pretty happy with our waste collection system.

    n

    (we are supposed to get some sort of points and bennies for recycling. there is a tag on the can and they read it to keep track of your totals, at least they did in the beginning.)


  7. Our trash is placed in 96-gallon bins provided by the trash company. A truck with a hydraulic arm picks them up, dumps them, and sets them back down. Nobody ever gets out of the truck.

    Ditto, three 96’s, but you can downsize:

    Brown: waste
    Blue: recycle
    Green: yard clippings

    Brown, Mondays. Blue and Green, Thursday.

  8. Today is trash day here. We used to have a small private business that gave excellent service, but they sold out to Waste Management. Some of the same people and equipment. Their different truck grabber damaged our old 96 gallon container, and the replacement is much flimsier. The lid sometimes blows open, so papers have to be in bags with tops closed. Tires still fit, and I just put the last one of a small accumulation out today. We have a one-container system, which I like. No yard “waste” here. What little there is is used for kindling.

    I used to haul my own trash to the dump, but that got old, especially tire damage. It is so dry here that garbage dries out, and becomes odorless, which meant I only had to go to the dump about twice a year. I had a trash trailer that made it all very easy. Don’t miss it a bit.

  9. Here in multi family land, Waste Management picks up the two 8 cu. yd. green steel boxes in their big fork trucks once a week, the 3 yd roll around recycling box on an alternate day. Everything must be in the box and the plastic lid closed to avoid an extra charge. The last time I saw a bill, nearly 2 decades ago, the service would be ~$600 month. It won’t have gone down.

    My former downtown building used 7 (!) of the roll around boxes in the underground garage that the garbage guy would roll up the ramp and out to the truck. Summer first of the month would be challenging with a high percentage of 54 apartments turning over.

    The City uses their smaller trucks for single/double family residential plastic roll carts as snow plows in the winter.

  10. Hmm, scanner had lots of encrypted traffic on the HPD Field Ops, Westside Tactical channel yesterday, and it looks like that’s continuing today.

    They are a lot more chatty when they’re encrypted. They have gotten downright terse in the clear, but often one person will transmit quite a while when encrypted.

    n

  11. Third world immigrants cannot help maintain a first-world infrastructure, but their kids can, and generally do. From what I’ve read from multiple sources, black immigrants do quite well. Note that this includes one Barack Obama.

    It isn’t the unskilled third world labor that is a problem as much as the idle rich from those countries who hold “engineering” diplomas and show up in this country staked by family money, willing to be flexible about compensation in the short term in order to establish a beachhead for the rest of the clan members, taking advantage of short-sighted and/or white guilt-ridden US management.

    Graduate 1-2 million “engineers” a year, and they aren’t all going to be gems. The morons gotta go somewhere. Even in the third world, they don’t want their bridges to collapse or the phones to stop working. We’ve been fortunate up until now that the damage here has been limited to IT, where both skillsets and outcomes are fungible on paper.

    An incompetent dry wall hanger isn’t going to be employed for long. Word gets around. An incompetent DB admin or Java “developer” working for half of what a US citizen would want? That can be a whole career.

  12. Tulsa was the best for trash pickup. When we lived there you could choose to have 1 to 3 bins of 64 or 96 gallon size. You could choose pickup once or twice per week. You could also have them go and get your bins up to 300′ away from the curb. There was this whole menu system for setting up trash service.

    Recycling costs here have gone up a lot. All of the recyclers in the area have upped what they charge. It seems the third world has gotten tired of accepting container loads of US recyclables. Many people would be surprised to find out how much of what they put in their recycle bin ends up in a landfill anyway.

  13. We’re ‘single stream’ all the time, and when prices drop, or they are under time or volume constraints they just take the green trucks to the dump anyway.

    Like when the sewage treatment plants were 24ft underwater after Harvey, all the untreated sewage just went into the bayous and out to the bay and onward. People were shocked when I explained that. Why did they think those plants were located on bayous in the first place?

    n

  14. “It isn’t the unskilled third world labor that is a problem”

    –I disagree. Embrace the power of ‘and’. Both the low end and the high end are problems. Neither are coming here to be “Americans”. Neither contributes overly much.

    n

  15. “ANN COULTER: Why you no longer recognize your country”
    https://www.mdjonline.com/opinion/ann-coulter-why-you-no-longer-recognize-your-country/article_b176289e-ac23-11ea-9690-c775710b2dc7.html

    “Mass looting throughout the nation. Police precincts burned to the ground. Murdered cops. A historic church in Lafayette Park set on fire. Video after horrifying video of innocent Americans being beaten senseless by gangs of thugs, as one political party demands: “DEFUND THE POLICE!””

    “Everyone is saying it: I no longer recognize my country.”

    “You don’t recognize your country because it’s not the same country. What you’re seeing is the third-world hellhole the left has been quietly assembling for us since 1970.”

    Wow, Ann never holds her opinion at all.

  16. When we lived on 80 rural acres in the 90s we had two 55 gallon trash burn barrels and a spot in the back 40 to dump the unburnables in a gully. My mother in law finally got trash pickup at her rural location a couple of years ago but still burns most things. Trash collectors are the most under valued pillars of civilization.

    Trash collection, pressurized clean water, abundant food, and fecal collection away from the camp are all important to the human race.

  17. “Another “mob justice” #fail”
    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/another-mob-justice-fail-27972/

    “You probably know the story already: on Friday night, an intoxicated man in Atlanta got behind the wheel of a vehicle and drove to a local Wendy’s fast food restaurant.”

    “When he arrived, he passed out while still in the driver’s seat of his vehicle… which also happened to be smack dab in the middle of the Wendy’s drive-thru lane, so he was blocking the other customers.”

    “Wendy’s staff called the police… which seemed sensible enough. And when the police arrived, the situation remained polite and calm.”

    “The man failed voluntarily agreed to take a breathalyzer test, and when his blood-alcohol content was found to be above the legal limit, the police attempted to arrest him.”

    “You know the rest of the story– the man resisted arrest, a fight broke out, he took one of the police officer’s stun guns and fired it at the officers while running away, and then he was shot. He died shortly after.”

    “So what does the mob do? They torched the Wendy’s.”

    I have no problem with the police officers behavior here. We are either going to have an orderly society or we are not. We have a very small minority of people who want to get rid of all laws. The rest of us, the vast majority, do not.

  18. @Greg: educational standards are…different. I had one international student who had taken two semesters of Java. He failed my introductory course. Later, he told me that I covered his entire first semester in my first week intro lecture. He wasn’t even from a third-world country. I’ve also seen a lot of Indian students over the years. There are some good schools, but most are just dreadful.

    In the end, you have to take each student as an individual, because you just never know. Currently, one of my weak students is from the US, and she has a huge backpack full of Dunning-Kruger.

  19. The last time I saw a bill, nearly 2 decades ago, the service would be ~$600 month. It won’t have gone down.

    I pay $400/month for a six cubic yard dumpster at the office that is picked up twice a week by Republic Services. If one of the two lids is not flat on the top then there is an extra $50 pickup charge each time. You gotta love it.

  20. –I disagree. Embrace the power of ‘and’. Both the low end and the high end are problems. Neither are coming here to be “Americans”. Neither contributes overly much.

    Yes, if the government keeps subsidizing the low end like they have been so there are always a steady supply of nannies and gardeners in CA. Otherwise, even “cheap” areas of flyover country would be a challenge financially, and the culture in the US limits the appeal to people from points south unless there is money to be earned to send home.

  21. In the end, you have to take each student as an individual, because you just never know. Currently, one of my weak students is from the US, and she has a huge backpack full of Dunning-Kruger.

    ACM has seriously watered down the CS curriculum at the undergrad level in the US in the name of “diversity”, and, as I’ve written before, many state universities have turned their Masters programs into OPT (visa) diploma mills.

    I’ll save you the name of the school — I think you could figure it out from my previous posts — but my first attempt at grad school was at a CS program in the Northwest whose Summa Cum Laude undergraduate in my last year was a special faculty project, an escapee from a local cult who brought the program a lot of press but possessed minimal aptitude for the class work. She sure delivered good “optics” at commencement, however, with her [large number omitted] of kids conceived with the first husband under the doctrine espoused by the religious leaders.

    I think also I’ve mentioned before the rule of thumb I developed about US undergrads in CS, developed over two grad programs and one certificate sequence — the non-traditional student, 25-35ish, dressing like the cover of the Athleta catlog will not only cheat in your class, but that person will run an organized cheating ring among all the marginal students. They’ll have a semi truck of Dunning-Kruger too.

    BTW, lest anyone accuse me of sexism, I believe Lululemon makes male yoga pants and Athleta was experimenting with a line before the virus accelerated the retail apocalypse.

  22. “DirecTV Executives Jailed & Accused of Destabilizing the Venezuelan Economy”
    https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/directv-executives-jailed-accused-of-destabilizing-the-venezuelan-economy/

    “Earlier this week, Venezuelan authorities arrested three local DirecTV executives after the service was cut off in the country. Now, Vice has reported that the three are accused of fraud and an attempt to destabilize the economy of the country.”

    “AT&T made the decision to end service in Venezuela “because it is impossible for AT&T’s DIRECTV unit to comply with the legal requirements of both countries,” the company said in a statement. U.S. government sanctions in the country prohibited the broadcast of Globovision and PDVSA’s channels, both of which are required under DirecTV’s license to provide pay TV service in Venezuela.”

    “Carlos Villamizar, VP of strategy for DirecTV; Hector Rivero, general manager of DirecTV Venezuela; and Rodolfo Carrano, VP of commercial for DirecTV are being represented by lawyer Jesús Loreto who is calling their detainment unjust. Villamizar said he had no prior knowledge of the service ending and wasn’t aware that they were committing a crime, commenting that he was “very, very surprised,” at the warrant issued against him and the other two men.””

    Looks like the Hugo Chavez wannabe did not pay his DirecTV bill with real money.

    BTW, this is what comunist dictators of failing countries do for those idiots who claim that Trump is a dictator. If a dictator was running the USA then he would had the army in Minneapolis a week ago subduing the looters.

  23. “Justices rule LGBT people protected from job discrimination”
    https://apnews.com/ef3c19a79b65c060fd9e82b9dd87a1d9
    and
    https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/06/opinion-analysis-federal-employment-discrimination-law-protects-gay-and-transgender-employees/

    Wow, 6 to 3 and Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, authored the opinion. That is a strong majority on the court and less likely to be reversed by future courts.

    I cannot imagine a male employee walking around my office in a skirt. That would be unsettling. Or maybe not, a man in a kilt would not bother me that much. I have seen a couple of guys in my life wearing kilts.

    A summary from a guy that I know, “One of the biggest wins in history for LGBT rights, second perhaps only to the right to marry, authored by a Trump appointee.”

  24. Looks like the Hugo Chavez wannabe did not pay his DirecTV bill with real money.

    Maduro probably has a 10 Gb connection with all the streaming he wants at the palace, but the service cutoff affects the remote outposts where the thugs need to be kept happy with pr0n … well, as much as they can get off of DirecTV.

  25. I cannot imagine a male employee walking around my office in a skirt. That would be unsettling. Or maybe not, a man in a kilt would not bother me that much. I have seen a couple of guys in my life wearing kilts.

    IBM pays for sex change surgeries. Or did when I used to test the VPN with their public HR policy documents and big PowerPoint presentations.

    GM does too from what I understand.

    High octane creativity often comes with high octane kinks in my experience. I heard Dennis Miller jokingly ask one day about the LA County death stats from Covid-19 vs. those caused by Autoerotic Asphyxiation gone wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the numbers probably weren’t too far off.

    Don’t even ask about Peritonitis stats in King County prior to WA State outright prohibiting bestiality by statute around 15 years ago. I had to explain those to my wife when she came back from one interview in Auburn in 1999 puzzled by the odd numbers.

    “Rural area.” (Back then it still was)

    “Yes.”

    “Do you really want to know?”

    “Ok”

  26. _Death Wave (Star Quest Trilogy (1))_ by Ben Bova
    https://www.amazon.com/Death-Wave-Star-Quest-Trilogy/dp/0765379511/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number one of a three book space opera series. I read the somewhat well formatted and well bound MMPB. The first paragraph of each chapter was printed in a weird computer like soft font that I find hard to see. You can see it in the preview on Amazon if you are interested. This book is part of a bigger series of books about the search for a new planet, _New Earth_. I have not purchased books two and three in the trilogy yet and may not do so.

    BTW, I like Ben Bova’s style of many chapters. The average chapter is probably three pages long. Perfect for my reading style of a few pages at a time.

    The story is about an astronaut, Jordan Kell, returning back to Earth from New Earth after 200 years of cryogenic travel. New Earth is also populated by humans who were moved there thousands of years ago. The humans on New Earth have detected a massive supernova at the center of our Galaxy that is spreading a wave of hard radiation throughout the Milky Way, killing entire civilizations. The death wave will hit the Earth in 2,000 years. Jordan Kell has returned home to a vastly different Earth which is a challenge in itself.

    The book is set 250 to 300 years in the future. The ice at the poles, Iceland, and Greenland has all melted causing major flooding damage to the lower lying areas due to the oceans rising almost 300 feet. Bova has bought into the man-made global warming theories and is presenting the worst scenarios.

    My rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating 3.7 out of 5 stars (55 reviews)

  27. I used to like Ben Bova. I once even got his autograph at a book signing. But everything I read of him lately has an underlying theme of Global Warming caused by evil conservatives, etc…..

  28. My silly bank decreed I must change my on-line user name. Because somehow, using my SS is suddenly a problem. No need to change the password, just call and change the user name. Ten minutes of my life gone.

    Using my SS wasn’t my idea. It was required when I started on-line banking, waaaay back in the days when a 56K modem was hot (and expensive) stuff and they mailed the program and updates to you on floppy discs. Then they got all fancy and stared sending 3.5 floppies. Late WfW to mid Win95 time frame.

    Ok, did all that and got the dopey “you are on a new PC, click to continue” routine. Someone trying to get into my account wouldn’t click Continue because why?
    The phone app simply worked. Pretty slick stuff, actually.

    Mom’s electric company has changed their on-line payment system. No need at all for a phone number. That was fun to figure out. The graph on the site shows a line for each of high and low temps. I suppose there is a line for electricity used… but the house isn’t using any. It’s all pretty, not sure about actually being useful, but.

  29. One more thing. When I asked the lady at the bank if this change was going to affect my phone app, she said to put the phone on speaker and minimize the dialer and try to log in. Wow. I’ve always assumed that while on a phone call that is all you can do.

    I sure feel like a Paklet.

  30. I used to like Ben Bova. I once even got his autograph at a book signing. But everything I read of him lately has an underlying theme of Global Warming caused by evil conservatives, etc…..

    Yup, Ben Bova has drunk deeply of the purple drank and it has yet to kill him. Note that I may pass on him for future books also.

  31. One more thing. When I asked the lady at the bank if this change was going to affect my phone app, she said to put the phone on speaker and minimize the dialer and try to log in. Wow. I’ve always assumed that while on a phone call that is all you can do.

    GSM phones used to work that way. I know the early iPhones required the user to hang up voice calls to use data.

  32. High octane creativity often comes with high octane kinks in my experience. I heard Dennis Miller jokingly ask one day about the LA County death stats from Covid-19 vs. those caused by Autoerotic Asphyxiation gone wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the numbers probably weren’t too far off.

    I had never even heard of death by Autoerotic Asphyxiation until Kwai Chang Caine died of it.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Carradine

    Sounds like a nasty way to go. I will pass.

  33. “Study: In-vitro Tests Suggest the New York Covid-19 Strain is More Infectious”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/13/claim-in-vitro-tests-suggest-the-new-york-covid-19-strain-is-more-infectious/

    “Scientist analysing a variant strain of Covid prevalent in New York and Italy have claimed that the mutation they identified likely makes the NY and Italian virus more contagious.”

    “The researchers are not claiming the new variant is more deadly, but the increased ease with which the New York strain appears to spread might explain part of the reason why New York has had such a hard time containing their outbreak.”

    My conspiracy theory son thinks that we have gotten the disease that ChiComs managed to isolate from the creatures (bat, whatchamacallit), in order for testing and enhancement. He thinks that they may have an enhanced version of SARS-COV-2 developed for their special friends in Taiwan and other places.

  34. I had never even heard of death by Autoerotic Asphyxiation until Kwai Chang Caine died of it.

    It is more common than you think. Most cops or paramedics have encountered someone dead from the practice but won’t talk about it. The first time I asked my mother, a nurse, if she had heard of it, she wouldn’t discuss what she had seen, but she knew what it meant.

    The non-stop rumor in Tampa was that Tony Dungy’s eldest son went that way, not the “suicide” widely reported.

    I’ll never forget the sight, driving to the airport Post Office that afternoon, of the Buccaneers players at the old practice facility lined up against the fence looking at the Colts’ owner’s G-V parked at the Raytheon service facility and not saying a word. I believe it was just a year or two after Dungy cleared out his office at One Yuc Place so many of the players had probably been recruited by the coach.

    One Yuc Place was already an awful facility. It was 10 times worse that afternoon, just a few hundred feet from that jet, essentially a runway width.

  35. GSM phones used to work that way. I know the early iPhones required the user to hang up voice calls to use data.

    That was a 2G limitation. No data and phone at the same time.

    It may also have been baked into the early iPhones since there was not much point in leaving the phone app without data. Or the fact that early iPhones didn’t have enough memory to multitask properly.

  36. I’ve been looking at Ray’s picture of the video connections…. I’m still figuring it all out but I DO have to say that I’m impressed.

    Yeah, it makes my old system with 2 VHS, 2 Betamax, a LaserDisc, Feeding 3 TVs plus a stereo, and oh, reel-to-reel and cassette and CD player… look pretty simple. 🙂


  37. Terrifying doorbell camera video captures wild shootout between gangs of heavily-armed men in suburban neighborhood in Washington DC

    The shootout occurred at around 6:40 p.m. in Northeast D.C. on Friday
    Footage captured on a resident’s CCTV camera showed the violence unfold
    A armed gang of men can be seen firing shots up the street while taking cover
    The people they are firing at are off camera, but return shots can also be heard

    –those damn amish again.

    n

    suburbs of our nation’s capital.


  38. One in 70 BLM protesters in Minnesota test positive for COVID-19: Early testing of George Floyd demonstrators shows 1.4% positivity rate so far – sparking fears of a spike

    Early coronavirus testing for George Floyd protesters in Minnesota is showing that one in 70 Black Lives Matter protesters have tested positive for COVID-19
    State health officials set up testing sites last week specifically for protesters due to fears of a potential surge in cases due to demonstrations
    More than 3,300 protesters were tested over two days and the results of about 1,300 of the tests have come back
    It shows that 1.4% of protesters who were tested had been infected

    —and here we go!!

  39. It may also have been baked into the early iPhones since there was not much point in leaving the phone app without data. Or the fact that early iPhones didn’t have enough memory to multitask properly.

    The first iPhone was 2G/Edge IIRC. It was really an awful device, but it was the “Jesus Phone”.

    Beyond the limitations of GSM, until the iPhone 3GS, the platform did not actually have enough memory to properly support compiled Objective C apps from Apple’s developers, much less third party developers used to abusing the stack in C on desktops and notebooks with GB of RAM. Steve Jobs reluctantly turned loose the SDK when developers threatened to revolt and stay on Blackberry or Windows Mobile. 2009 was a long Summer at One Infinite Loop waiting for the 3GS and praying that AT&T’s unions didn’t strike that Fall.

    Of course, Steve had a plan …

    The iPhone 4 and iOS 5 marked the point where third party apps really started to work well thanks to compiler-based memory management.

  40. I remember taking a back route through very rural Texas from one customer to another, going to Eagle Pass and using the AT&T Navigator on my 2G Windows phone. The Navigator app didn’t download all of the route, it was streamed from “the cloud”. Then I got a call and the navigation updates stopped.

  41. It is hard to cover up a large number of deaths.

    >”Before Beijing’s crackdown, China’s bureaucracy had been conducting business as usual – analysing, assessing and reporting on everything about its citizenry. The researchers from Washington University and Ohio State University say they have tracked down this early government data and combined it with reports in state-controlled and social media.

    Among this data was the activities of eight crematories in Wuhan. By January 25 these were inexplicably operating around the clock.

    Based on such sources, the researchers argue the total number of infections and fatalities before February was at least ten times that of the official figure announced by Beijing.”
    https://www.news.com.au/technology/coronavirus-crematorium-data-prove-china-was-lying-about-covid19/news-story/518d04c51a89a900bbc91dfb23ad9dbb

  42. It is hard to cover up a large number of deaths.

    So, what are you going to do about it, America?

    See the problem? You ain’t got no ice cream.


  43. Among this data was the activities of eight crematories in Wuhan. By January 25 these were inexplicably operating around the clock.

    No no no. Hadn’t you heard? The fake news about crematoria in Wuhan has been thoroughly debunked. I read it in the NYT or something, so it must be true.

  44. I remember taking a back route through very rural Texas from one customer to another, going to Eagle Pass and using the AT&T Navigator on my 2G Windows phone. The Navigator app didn’t download all of the route, it was streamed from “the cloud”. Then I got a call and the navigation updates stopped.

    I advise carrying one of the very large road maps for the USA and Texas in all of your vehicles. Every ten year old versions will help you out in a bad situation. I really like the spiral bound large format versions.
    https://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Road-Atlas-Adventure/dp/0792289897/?tag=ttgnet-20
    or
    https://www.amazon.com/Rand-McNally-Large-Scale-Atlas/dp/052802244X/

    We still have many phone dead areas in Texas, especially as you go west.

  45. I advise carrying one of the very large road maps for the USA and Texas in all of your vehicles. Every ten year old versions will help you out in a bad situation. I really like the spiral bound large format versions.

    The State of Texas used to send out free large format maps. I have one in my travel backpack that I requested about five years ago. I believe I went through this site:

    https://www.traveltexas.com/plan-a-trip/travel-guide/

    It might take them a while to fulfill the request, even during normal circumstances.

    I also carry redundant Android devices with OSMand including a Texas map pre-cached.

    My wife got separated from me and lost while driving down from Oregon in separate cars when all the cell phone signals dropped out and she didn’t have a paper map. The first place she stopped, outside Lubbock, she got the cliched “You ain’t from around here, are you?” when she went in a store for directions.

    Ever since then, we’re multiply redundant.


  46. I advise carrying one of the very large road maps for the USA and Texas in all of your vehicles. Every ten year old versions will help you out in a bad situation.

    Amen to that!!! My husband used his knowledge of back roads and our trusty large-format paper atlas to get us out of the traffic jams in two different mandatory hurricane evacuations. I talk about it on one of my videos… we had been moving at a snail’s pace for an hour and he suddenly said “We aren’t doing this” and whipped out of the traffic down a side road. He took us across and below all of the evacuation traffic, using farm roads and county roads and roads that are only on the big atlases. Before long the roads belonged to us. It was brilliant. I still adore him “even more” for getting us out of the crush.

  47. Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder – YouTube

    When I briefly considered video fingerprinting for a thesis topic, I saw a presentation on YouTube from a guy who created a system to blast squirrels with water when they approached the bird feeder, but not blast birds with similar colors.

  48. Squirrels are fun to watch. They are very playful and smart. Thieves though, and will walk past food to steal from the birdfeeder…

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  49. Squirrels are fun to watch. They are very playful and smart. Thieves though, and will walk past food to steal from the birdfeeder…

    The water gun system was fun to watch in action. The squirrels couldn’t help themselves, no matter how drenched they got.

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