Tues. June 16, 2020 – halfway through the month, already

Hot and humid.  Of course.

Yesterday was hot and humid too, but did get a bit cooler later in the day.   Cool enough that I started working on a string trimmer that wouldn’t start.  Standing in the garage with no breeze it was stifling, and sweat was dripping off my nose.   Outside was better.

Did half my pickups.  Got some tactical stuff, some stuff for the house and kids too.   Have more to do today.  But first, swim team practice.

For now, we’re still going.   Seeing the other kids and spending time at the pool is just too powerful a draw for my wife to say no, and I’m reluctant too.  I did wear my mask all day today and gloves when I had to go in and handle stuff.

Speaking of ‘handling’ stuff, wtf is up with all the busybodies in the news?  Mind your own business.   That these people can’t seem to suggests that the overall stress levels out there are WAY high.  And wtf is up with firing the busybody’s boyfriend?  That is going way too far.  What is going to happen when people have real grievances?

It’s just more fuel on the fire and another data point for my assertion that things will get worse.

And about ‘getting worse’… OMG the trash stinks.  I could smell it 30 ft away.  Half a cup of bleach and a bit of water after to spread the bleach around helped tremendously.  The neighbors are gonna call the cops on us if it gets worse.

Today should be another day full, where I really don’t make any progress on my lists.  Oh well, we’ll try anyway.

In the meantime, keep stacking.

 

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

51 thoughts on “Tues. June 16, 2020 – halfway through the month, already”

  1. Nick, are you planning on letting that stinking trashcan go to waste? Isn’t there someone you don’t like, whose front porch deserves thirty pounds of rotten meat?

  2. Speaking of ‘handling’ stuff, wtf is up with all the busybodies in the news? Mind your own business. That these people can’t seem to suggests that the overall stress levels out there are WAY high. And wtf is up with firing the busybody’s boyfriend? That is going way too far. What is going to happen when people have real grievances?

    Is this something out of Seattle? I’ve written before about the “Church Ladies Without Churches” up there whom we frequently encountered.

    Both genders, usually my age or older. Typically liberal. Grew up there or lived there long enough to “go native”. My favorite busybody question, “How much *pop* do you drink a week?”

    (Code word: pop — always a sure sign that the question came from a Church Lady)

    I bit my tongue to keep from asking, “How much weed do you smoke in a week?”

    Of course, in WA State, THAT was none of my business.

  3. A friend of mine (maybe ex-friend) told me yesterday that the Proud Boys are behind all the violence at the protests and that antifa are just anti-fascists.

    Maybe the proud boys are behind some of the violence. I have no idea. But antifa “just anti-fascists” really? Are there actually any fascists in this country? Other than the “all right wingers are fascists” narrative, which just amazes me that people fall for that since fascism isn’t a “wing” thing. Never mind that antifa are openly communist and violent.

    Sigh. I don’t even know how to respond.

  4. A commenter at Daily Pundit suggested that the black-hoodied thugs are Ante Fascist.

  5. Fascist has to be the most overused word by people on the left. It’s new definition is basically, “when anyone with any kind of authority doesn’t share your political beliefs.” Every time some SJW mouthpiece says “fascist” I can’t help but roll my eyes.

    We have the soda vs. pop debate around here once in a while. Most of the locals in my flyover state say “pop” but I’ve always said “soda.” My argument has always been that I can say “soda” in every part of all 50 states and they know what I mean. Say “pop” in the wrong place and they either won’t know what you’re talking about or will just flat out laugh. We won’t talk about that weird part of the country where they call it all coke. “Let me get a large coke.” “What kind?” “Sprite”.

  6. Fascist has to be the most overused word by people on the left. It’s new definition is basically, “when anyone with any kind of authority doesn’t share your political beliefs.” Every time some SJW mouthpiece says “fascist” I can’t help but roll my eyes.

    Any time I hear a leftie use the word fascist, I immediately think of Rick from “The Young Ones”. He was fond of throwing that word around, and that isn’t the only dialogue from the series I hear Progs spouting frequently. Once upon a time, there was a concept of satire, and the show was way ahead of its time.

    In the clip below I believe you see the first big break TV appearance for Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson. “Daddy sends hugs.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi5SJKI6RpU

    During the early days, when MTV was new, broke, and dependent on advertising and free/cheap material to survive (imagine), they ran “The Young Ones” late on Sunday nights.

  7. I don’t know if I would describe that as their big break. Fry/Laurie/Thompson were definitely known then, and the Young Ones was BBC2 material (programmes not popular enough for BBC1). OTOH for teens and 20-somethings (me, then) it was a lot of exposure.

  8. Re “soda” vs “pop”: Here in the Crescent City a certain segment of the population refers to it as a “cold drink,” usually pronounced “col’ drink.”

  9. I don’t know if I would describe that as their big break. Fry/Laurie/Thompson were definitely known then, and the Young Ones was BBC2 material (programmes not popular enough for BBC1). OTOH for teens and 20-somethings (me, then) it was a lot of exposure.

    I thought “The Young Ones” was 1982, but IMDB for “Bambi” (the episode) indicated 1984.

    Geesh — early Robbie Coltrane too, all in one episode.

    Mel Smith pops up too, but he was fairly well known by then. I have Smith’s “The Tall Guy” featuring another early Emma Thompson role on DVD, but I don’t recommend the disc unless you are seriously into Richard Curtis (writer) as I am.

  10. Re “soda” vs “pop”: Here in the Crescent City a certain segment of the population refers to it as a “cold drink,” usually pronounced “col’ drink.”

    Having the question phrased that way clued me in that I was about to get a lecture.

    I knew passive-aggressive was the norm for a lot of people up there having dealt with my wife’s American relatives, mostly based in WA State, but living in it constantly for four years was different.

  11. From BH in the Fort Bend Journal:

    “Ouch !”

    “Inflation is the art of cutting money in half without damaging the paper.”

  12. The next “Deep Space Nine” episode on H&I tonight should be “Badda-Bing Badda-Bang”, the writers riff on “Oceans 11”, but that’s not what is on their website.

    I hope it isn’t censorship for various -isms. At one point, Avery Brooks’ character goes off on how 60s Vegas wasn’t exactly inviting to African Americans, but that’s not the point of the episode’s script. The final scene is one of the series’ high points IMHO.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdeUeXeSp1M

    James Darren is frequently quoted as saying that he’d give anything for one more chance to do the Vic Fontaine character on “Deep Space Nine”.

  13. November/December 82 and May/June 84. Wikipedia.

    Interesting difference between US & UK TV: In the US, shows are made on a very regimented schedule, at least on the OTA channels. In the UK, shows seem to be made when there’s a gap in the schedule and everyone is available for each stage.

  14. Interesting difference between US & UK TV: In the US, shows are made on a very regimented schedule, at least on the OTA channels. In the UK, shows seem to be made when there’s a gap in the schedule and everyone is available for each stage.

    Up until about 10 years ago, the US broadcast TV networks depended on key “sweeps” months to set advertising rates based on detailed audience research compiled from real time and delayed feedback mechanisms, and new programming focused on “winning” those months in key demographics during a season which ran from September through May.

    Since Facebook and Google took over the national advertising market, however, and the streaming services fragmented the audience, the old model no longer applies. The broadcast TV networks lack the money to make compelling, expensive programming since they can’t prove that the market exists in a way that will satisfy advertisers so, for now, you get a lot more reality TV without discrete seasons on a national programming level and syndicated reruns of old programs and “infotainment” talk/pseudo-news programs on local stations.

  15. “Tesla Increases Model S Range to 402 Miles”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/tesla-increases-model-s-range-to-402-miles

    “Any Model S Long Range Plus sold in North America now has an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles thanks to a range of vehicle improvements.”

    Ok, that is very impressive fine tuning. Still not going to buy one.

    My father would buy one today if it could drive the 110 miles from their house to my house without any human driver input.

  16. “Tesla Increases Model S Range to 402 Miles”

    PC Magazine has long been part of the Valley pundit crowd who want to see Apple buy Tesla. I think that ship has sailed, but hope persists.

    Gotta wonder how much Tesla stock the editorial board of PC Magazine holds.

  17. So, in the spirit of tearing down statues of dead white guys and renaming things, are the liberals going to rename the District of Columbia ? Since, DC is named after Christopher Columbus. In fact, it is my understanding from Rush Limbaugh that the founders actually wanted to name the USA as Columbia at one point.

  18. My favorite Sheriff!!!

    Grady Judd. Yes. He’s been on a crusade since he took that office.

    So much child porn and pedophile activity close to Disney World. Amazingly, the stings work every single time.

    The last time one of Judd’s deputies was killed, the posse who searched for and eventually caught the suspect didn’t stop firing until they ran out of bullets. 300 rounds. When asked if he was troubled by the amount of shots fired at the perp, Judd responded that his only concern was that the ME could only account for 100 rounds actually entering and/or exiting the body from trained deputies and auxiliary personnel at point blank range.

    Of course the usual Tampa Bay area race pimp attorneys got involved, but there wasn’t much sympathy for the suspect since he didn’t just kill the deputy but the K9 unit partner as well. You can pretty much count on a dog killer not going back to lockup alive.

  19. Don’t beat yourself up too much, Lynn. If you had either perfect forecasting or a time machine you’d have bought tens of thousands of bitcoins when they were ten cents each.

  20. Amazon stock is up to $2,605. I bought some shares for a $1,000 each a couple of years ago. I was stupid. I should have bought thousands of shares 15 years ago for $10 each.

    I unloaded most of my portfolio to pay for our Portland move 10 years ago thinking it would be a permanent thing and an improvement of our financial situation long term. Bzzzzt.

    Among the damage was selling $10k worth of Apple at Fall 2010 prices. Most of the rest was similar, including about $20k of BRK-B at the same timeframe.

    My wife has realized, possibly too late for us, that her medical license, which cost us our 20s and nearly $300,000 in loan payments well into our 40s, must start generating a positive return of significance to make up for the lost time and investment opportunity.

    At least she realizes it. Now.

  21. “Google bans two websites from its ad platform over protest articles”
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/google-bans-two-websites-its-ad-platform-over-protest-articles-n1231176

    “The two sites, ZeroHedge and The Federalist, will no longer be able to generate revenue from any advertisements served by Google Ads.”

    Only a monopolist can make discriminations like this. Google is being investigated already for handling over 90% of internet advertising already. This will not go well in that investigation.

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

  22. A jewel on Facecrack today from my cousin’s wife:

    ““You would be surprised at how much you don’t hear when you turn up the Valium.””

  23. My wife has realized, possibly too late for us, that her medical license, which cost us our 20s and nearly $300,000 in loan payments well into our 40s, must start generating a positive return of significance to make up for the lost time and investment opportunity.

    At least she realizes it. Now.

    It is good that she now realizes it. Hopefully working at the VA will help that.

    The GPs of the USA have taken the heath insurance price controls hit right in the stomach. This is just one of the reasons why I think that we are heading for Medicaid For All ™. Probably right after the presidential election no matter who wins. And it will be called Medicare For All ™.


  24. Beijing residents are rounded up and put in quarantine as the city goes back into lockdown and new travel bans are introduced to stop new ‘extremely severe’ coronavirus outbreak

    Texas said cases confirmed increased by 3% over the last 24 hours, compared with a 7-day average of 2.2%, though the headline didn’t have quite the same impact on risk sentiment as we’ve seen in recent sessions, aside from a few negative ticks.

    TEXAS VIRUS CASES JUMP 4%, EXCEEDING 2.2% SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE

    Still, Texas Gov Greg Abbott has pushed ahead with reopening, even as certain hot spots have considered the possibility of reviving a ‘stay at home’ order.

    –not particularly good headlines.

    n

  25. I wonder how long it will be before some dogooder in the CIA passes out the back doors ?

    You mean the keys to access the Intel Management Engine, enabled by default on most Windows PCs, with its own connection to Ethernet, WiFi, and BlueTooth connections which never get turned off on newer PCs anymore.

    And AMD fanboys should be aware that those CPUs have an equivalent.

  26. “Horowitz: Conservatives get massacred by fake ‘conservative’ SCOTUS”
    https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-conservatives-get-massacred-fake-conservative-scotus/

    “Within 35 minutes today at 10 a.m. Eastern, what some thought was the most conservative Supreme Court of all time concocted a fundamental right to transgenderism in the context of labor law, erased the Second Amendment, and interfered with a state death penalty case, but declined to interfere with a California law that criminalizes law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents.”

    “Taken in totality, the “conservative” legal movement, which has promoted the idea of “appointing better judges” rather than fighting the entire concept of judicial supremacism, has failed miserably. This was its Waterloo.”

    “Here is a brief summary of four very important decisions and orders issued by the court today:”

    “The justices denied certiorari to gun rights groups in 10 gun cases where states have denied citizens the right to carry arms under any circumstance. Justice Thomas dissented in the denial of cert in the New Jersey right to carry case and was joined by Justice Kavanagh. It takes four justices to agree to hear a case, and it’s not clear which of the others would also have agreed but didn’t sign on to the dissent. Despite the plain meaning of the Constitution, 10 years after Heller, and with circuit splits, the court refuses to act.
    In U.S. v. California et al., the Supreme Court denied the petition from the Department of Justice to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling upholding California’s sanctuary law. California prohibits local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration agents. Only Thomas and Alito would have granted the appeal.
    In what has become a growing trend of SCOTUS interference with the few remaining capital punishment cases, the justices remanded a Texas capital case because they believe the accused did not have sufficient counsel. Alito dissented, joined by Thomas and Gorsuch.
    In a 6-3 opinion written by Justice Gorsuch, the court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Right act, which passed in 1964 before anyone could fathom transgenderism, applies to transgenderism and sexual orientation.”

    “Taken together, these decisions show the court believes there is an inalienable right to transgenderism and illegal immigration but not to the Second Amendment. The court believes it can tamper with every state criminal and capital conviction on ever-evolving novel grounds, but it somehow believes a state can criminalize foundational federal immigration powers. A world upside down, and we only have one consistent originalist on the court in Clarence Thomas, with Justice Alito a step or two behind him.”

    It is beginning to look like that SCOTUS is vacating the Heller decision.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._Heller

    And John Roberts has almost totally moved to the liberal side. Looks like the rumors that they have something on him are true.

  27. Texas said cases confirmed increased by 3% over the last 24 hours, compared with a 7-day average of 2.2%, though the headline didn’t have quite the same impact on risk sentiment as we’ve seen in recent sessions, aside from a few negative ticks.

    TEXAS VIRUS CASES JUMP 4%, EXCEEDING 2.2% SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE

    Still, Texas Gov Greg Abbott has pushed ahead with reopening, even as certain hot spots have considered the possibility of reviving a ‘stay at home’ order.

    –not particularly good headlines.

    But the hospitals in Texas are not full. And that is good news as the flattening the curve worked.

  28. The GPs of the USA have taken the heath insurance price controls hit right in the stomach. This is just one of the reasons why I think that we are heading for Medicaid For All ™. Probably right after the presidential election no matter who wins. And it will be called Medicare For All ™.

    The “made men” (and women) in the mafia won’t go without a fight. The healthcare racket is the last place where an MBA without any other relevant diplomas or experience can wedge him/her-self into the system and earn BMW money.

    My wife’s uncle bought one cousin an UW MBA when his undergrad in Geography wasn’t paying the bills. The bosses at his first job out of B-school, a Seattle tech company impressed at first by the school name on the paper and smooth interview style, realized quickly what they had hired and walked him to the door before lunchtime on his first day.

    Should’ve gone for healthcare management with his electives.

  29. But the hospitals in Texas are not full. And that is good news as the flattening the curve worked.

    The hospitals in Austin are showing a bad trend in the 7-day moving average of admissions according to the local Fox station last night. City of Austin is re implementing their original response guidelines on a voluntary basis since they cannot override Abbott’s reopening orders.

    Management where I work went back to “Stage 1” of their response plan today, meaning we stay home until the end of August at a minimum.

    The tradeoff is that I’m not going anywhere on an airplane for a long time. Even if the customer insisted, our germ-o-phobe Health & Safety admin, in the interest of avoiding lawsuits, issued a ridiculous set of guidelines for hygiene in the Austin office that a court could interpret as management’s minimum requirements of behavior to keep employees safe anywhere while on the clock.

    I’ll freely admit I was wrong about where numbers are headed on the situation this far out from March. I figured that, by now, with better testing more widespread, we would at least treat the infected the same way as we do TB. Chatting with an Austrian co-worker by Teams today, he said that the WuFlu infected there are under mandatory quarantine to stay home, enforced by law, for 14 days, and the trends were looking very good since that started. Imagine!

    I can’t imagine Austin’s swishy Mayor handing down a quarantine order for the infected even if Abbott gave the cities/counties the leeway.

  30. “Cancel the White Men — And What’s Left?”
    https://buchanan.org/blog/cancel-the-white-men-and-whats-left-138693

    “Liberals will fight for the right of Marxist radicals to burn the American flag to show their hatred of it but cannot tolerate working folks flying the battle flag of the Confederacy to show their love of it.”

    “A second war on the Confederacy is underway, to disgrace and dishonor all who fought for Southern independence in the war of 1861-65. A second Reconstruction is being readied.”

    Worth the visit just for the political cartoon !

    And the first Reconstruction sucked here in Texas.

  31. I get a few emails forwarded by, for lack of a better term, well meaning but technically clueless people. Lately, these have included videos attached as huge files, instead of YouTube links. I have asked a few why they do this, but they always answer that they simply forwarded them, and have no understanding. I have not taken the trouble to attempt to contact the originators, and sometimes there is no originating address. I would really like to attempt to educate a few people on why this is bad, rather than simply deleting their emails.

    It used to be a challenge to save a copy of a YouTube video, but now even unsophisticated people seem to be doing just that. Is there something going on that I am not aware of?

  32. It used to be a challenge to save a copy of a YouTube video, but now even unsophisticated people seem to be doing just that. Is there something going on that I am not aware of?

    YouTube-dl has been around for a while through Python/pip. Maybe someone wrapped it in a friendly GUI.

  33. There’s been an easy-to-use YouTubeDL plugin for FireFox for years.

    As to Jim’s question of why they’re doing it, possibly it’s because they expect YT to take the content down.


  34. As to Jim’s question of why they’re doing it, possibly it’s because they expect YT to take the content down.

    That’s why I started dl-in and saving copies of YT vids I thought might disappear.

  35. Thanks, but the people who I (and especially my wife) get these things from don’t understand any of the ideas you mentioned. That’s why I was puzzled. I was actually thinking that maybe some had subscribed to YT, and that had some facility to d/l and save, perhaps enabled by default. Oh, and this just started a couple of months ago, all of a sudden.

    One friend, who is just as puzzled as I am, suggested it might be a way to avoid the commercials. Again, I don’t think the people, at least the ones I know, would even think that was possible.

  36. To give another frustrating example, my wife received an email from a friend who couldn’t read an email my wife sent. The friend took a screenshot of the error message, which read:

    “This message cannot be displayed because of the way it is formatted. Ask the sender to send it again using a different format or email program. text/plain”

    Never saw that one before. My first clue was the “text/plain” at the end of the error message. I have my wife’s email configured to always send in plain text. I looked at the sent email, and it was indeed plain text. This one recipient was the only one of about ten who had a problem, another clue. Hmm. At that point, I Googled for the error message, and found that this has been a recurring, although not very common, problem on IOS and some other Apple devices. It has apparently been “fixed” many times over several years, and my wife’s friend should probably do an upgrade or contact Apple to see why here phone is giving this error. By the time I had found this, just a few minutes, my wife had already called her and read the contents of the email, which “solved” the problem.

    But wait. Read that error message carefully. It is a very subtle example of an error message that improperly ascribes blame to the sender, when that is not the real problem. And, I have never heard of any email system that couldn’t handle plain text. Arrrrgh! I wanted to email or call the recipient, but my wife said my offer of help might not be received gratefully. Oh well.


  37. I wanted to email or call the recipient, but my wife said my offer of help might not be received gratefully.

    I’ve experienced the same. Call someone up and ask them what kind of ignorant sonuvabitch they are and they don’t want to listen to your offer of help.


  38. …ask them what kind of ignorant sonuvabitch they are and they don’t want to listen to your offer of help.

    Yup. You are perhaps more polite than I am. I don’t suffer fools lightly, so I have mostly stopped trying to help.

    When I was learning (still am,) I was always eager to benefit from someone who had paved the way.

  39. Huh, never occurred to me to wonder where my old family friend GOT the 400Meg videos he attaches and forwards to all of us….

    and then my MOM forwards his email to me too, with the same giant video attached….

    n


  40. When I was learning (still am,) I was always eager to benefit from someone who had paved the way.

    Same. Always learning.

    Why do so many people choose to stop learning?


  41. Why do so many people choose to stop learning?

    It’s work.

    Learning may not be work for you and me, but it is for them. It’s not easy. It’s not comfortable. It might challenge the way they look at the world. No, better not to have anything to do with it.


  42. No, better not to have anything to do with it.

    Why bother learning? CNN tells me everything I need to know!

  43. Learning *is* work. I am a plodder, but learning and getting skills are so satisfying.

  44. @lynn: my wife periodically reminds me that I owned quite a lot of Amazon stock, but sold it in the crash of 2001.

  45. The dadgum squirrels ate all of the kumquats off my kumquat tree. The tree had several hundred kumquats on it. They are ALL gone now, just about when they were fully ripe. Of course, they left the seeds all over the place (mostly my driveway and patio).

  46. I put the bird mesh over my blueberries for just that reason. I hope I don’t have an issue with it for my oranges and grapefruits.

    n

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