Thur. July 9, 2020 – catching up with stuff

Hot.  Humid.  Hot.

Yesterday was hot, and I spent hours in the sun going through my auction purchases.  Won some, lost some.  Only one $30 item wasn’t what I thought and was a total loss.   It’s surprising how quickly $1, $6, and $12 items add up to real money.  I’ve got to get busy and list the stuff for resale so I can keep the stuff I want to keep.

And pay for a new freezer full of meat.  ‘Cuz freezers only stay cold when they’re plugged in.  I can go through the whole ‘for the want of a nail’ chain, but the upshot is I didn’t get my  new freezer into it’s safe and forever home, and it got unplugged.   I WAS checking it at least every day to be sure it was cold but I stopped.  And now I’ll be replacing all the meat, butter, lard, and bread that I put in there.  F me.  At least the stores are still open and we won’t go hungry.  Still a costly mistake.

Lowes updated me that my replacement door is available for pickup.   It showed ‘in stock’ at my local when I bought it, but I immediately got an email that it wouldn’t be available until the 12th.  Since it’s only the 9th, I guess I should be grateful…  hopefully they’ll have my food safe buckets too.  Curbside pickup, here I come.

Projects.  I’ve got em’.

Time and motivation are what’s missing.

So I better get moving.

Stack it high, but keep and eye on it…

 

nick

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

72 thoughts on “Thur. July 9, 2020 – catching up with stuff”

  1. Whew, taking the rest of this week and all of next week off. Much needed vacation, and then it’s going to be intense work for the next 6 months or so.

    The new house is moving along, but we have identified a few issues that need dealt with. Small stuff, but irritating: no one told the tile-layer how the floor plugs for our computers are supposed to be done, so he made a wrong assumption. Now he’s going to have to rip out a tile and re-do it. Not a huge issue, but we now have 3-4 such things.

    Turns out that the guy from the general contractor who’s supposed to be coordinating everything took off for vacation, but neglected to tell us. That’s damned unprofessional. We found out who is supposed to pick up the slack, but the guy was hospitalized last week. So right now it’s us watching the subcontractors. Not how it ought to be, but how it is.

    29 days until we are supposed to move in…

  2. ‘Cuz freezers only stay cold when they’re plugged in

    When the wife and I went to Port Townsend Washington to visit my aunt and uncle many years ago he owned a second piece of property with a trailer on the property. Wife and I stayed in that trailer. There was an upright freezer in the trailer where he kept the fish he had caught in Discovery Bay.

    When the wife and I left we made certain to turn off all the lights and switches. Two weeks later he called mad as all get out spitting bullets. It seems he had plugged the freezer into a switched outlet, such switch the wife and I had turned off. Two weeks, no power, full of fish, I suspect the freezer was no longer usable.

    He should never have used a switched outlet for a critical device. If that was all the was available, the switch should have been taped or labeled to leave on at all times. Or he should have made a check after we left to make certain the switch was in the on position. But somehow it was my fault and I should pay him for the fish and freezer.

  3. When the wife and I left we made certain to turn off all the lights and switches. Two weeks later he called mad as all get out spitting bullets. It seems he had plugged the freezer into a switched outlet, such switch the wife and I had turned off. Two weeks, no power, full of fish, I suspect the freezer was no longer usable.

    Yup. That smell diffuses through most wrapping materials and gets into the plastic even if the power stays on.

    We had to trash my father-in-law’s $2000 refrigerator when he moved out of Orlando. Even though it was lightly used, his ethnic Chinese Vietnamese girlfriends (follow that one if you can) stored poorly wrapped fish in the freezer compartment over the years and totally ruined the appliance.

    One of the reasons underlying the Vietnamese civil war was the peasants getting tired of being exploited by the ethnic Chinese merchant class. After dealing with the girlfriends for decades, I understand the impulse to pick up an AK47 and take care of business once and for all.

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  4. My latest tin-foil hat theory:

    After reading/watching Plugs’ deterioration, I believe Mrs. Plugs is behind his run for President. How many times has he mentioned her while speaking (his latest “I’m Joe Biden’s husband” gaffe). She’s always around lurking. I think she wants to be the puppet master like Darth Cheney. She pops up in interviews claiming Plugs is a moderate. Just read about the shit he wants to do, right. She will nix any running mate with half a brain. She wants to run the country.

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  5. Jill Biden wants to be the 21st Century Edith Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Hillary Clinton?

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  6. After reading/watching Plugs’ deterioration, I believe Mrs. Plugs is behind his run for President. How many times has he mentioned her while speaking (his latest “I’m Joe Biden’s husband” gaffe). She’s always around lurking. I think she wants to be the puppet master like Darth Cheney. She pops up in interviews claiming Plugs is a moderate. Just read about the shit he wants to do, right. She will nix any running mate with half a brain. She wants to run the country.

    Possibly. Arianna Huffington is the embodiment of a lot of unfulfilled White House ambition — go research her back story — and John Kerry’s wife was on Future President Husband #2 when he ran. It isn’t possible to run without spousal support, and some provide a little too much.

    Be aware that the media loves to call Plugs’ wife “Dr.” Jill Biden, but she’s an academic PhD in one of the social sciences, not a medical provider.

  7. And in other news.

    Got an email from some law firm about a class action suit against Apple for the battery issues in older iPhones. One of which I used to own. Apple will be paying as much as $500 million to settle the claim that Apple slowed the phones to extend battery life. Which in my opinion was a good thing. The issue that people take is that Apple did not tell people about the slowdown. Why Apple should tell everyone everything about their software is apparently an issue.

    I filed with the suit, why not? My take will a maximum of $25.00. The law firm will get 30% of the $500 million. That gives the firm $150 million. The law firm also gets expenses paid which I suspect will be another $20 million or so. What is left gets distributed to the claimants. My maximum of $25.00 may be reduced significantly depending on the number of claimants. And that is what I suspect will happen. If the number of claimants is not as high as anticipated the law firm will get any remaining money after paying the maximum of $25.00 per claimant.

    The only winner is the law firm. Bottom feeding blood sucking extortionists.

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  8. $.25 will be your share Ray. And quit offending bottom feeders and vampires.

  9. $.25 will be your share Ray

    Good thing I asked for my share to be paid by check. It will cost more to mail than the check is worth.

    quit offending bottom feeders and vampires

    My bad. I should know better. Should have stated “Bottom feeding politicians.”

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  10. Small annoyance, FFox changed something so that instead of getting new tabs, I move the mouse too much or ‘tear off’ the tab into it’s own window…. something must have changed because my muscle memory keeps doing this but only for the last update or two (and I’m behind on updates so it could have happened a while ago for everyone else.)

    Anyone else notice?

    n

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  11. Depending on how many dollars worth of meat you’re keeping in your freezer it may be a good idea to put a temperature alarm on it. Many restaurants do that. They even wire them into the security system. So, the security monitoring company will start calling the names/numbers on their list at any hour of the day or night if the walk-in cooler gets above a specified temp for more than a specified amount of time.

    My father used to keep several huge blocks of ice at the bottom of the freezer so if there was a power outage it would function like an ice chest for a while.

  12. I almost missed this news. Remember Lieutenant Colonel Doosh-Traitor Vindman? He decided to retire claiming bullying from the White House. I thought he was on the O6 list (full Colonel)? He must have received a ton of cash from some think tank, network or the Ukraine. Retiring as an O6 after 30 years ups your pension significantly. He probably didn’t want to have his peers piss on him.

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  13. My father used to keep several huge blocks of ice at the bottom of the freezer so if there was a power outage it would function like an ice chest for a while.

    I would freeze gallon and half-gallon jugs of water. Sometimes 1 & 2 liter drink bottles of water. Good for maintaining the freezer temp. Good for ice chests as food doesn’t get wet and drinkable when it melts.

  14. WRT freezer alarms, I generally check at least once a day as I pass by or look at the temp monitor. Because the new freezer is still in the driveway and not in place I didn’t do that. Freezer alarms have been unnecessary but I’m leaning that way now. Too much in a row.

    n

  15. Official summary from FEMA yesterday and today–

    COVID-19 Update
    Situation: The National rate of COVID-19 test positivity is 9% with
    a daily average of 419k tests since testing began. Currently, 13% of
    hospital admissions are COVID-19 patients (peak 22%), 11% of
    COVID-19 inpatients are on a ventilator, 22% of in-use ventilators
    are occupied by COVID-19 patients (45% peak in April), and 19%
    of hospitals have more than 80% of their ICU beds occupied.
    31,711 (-34)

    COVID-19 Update
    Situation: Upward trajectory in COVID-19 case count continues
    across 19 (-12) states, with 16 states in a plateau status,
    including NC, TX and AZ. Federal medical support continues to
    surge to TX and AZ with requests in process for CA and FL.
    31,555 (-156)

  16. “I almost missed this news. Remember Lieutenant Colonel Doosh-Traitor Vindman? He decided to retire claiming bullying from the White House.”

    –the DM article originally mentioned “the offer of a promotion to a radar station in Alaska….”

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  17. @alan, a couple of more thoughts about scanners… My main one, that is on pretty much all the time, is the Home Patrol.

    @nick, thanks for the detailed scanner updates. Was heavily into them many, many years ago back in NYC when most everybody was still on VHF. Was friends with an FDNY dispatcher and had the opportunity to tour their dispatch facility – very cool. Had multiple scanners back then, handhelds, mobile and base units (Bearcat, Midland, Regency, Sonar (a favorite) and others). Favorite overall was a Motorola HT220 set up for receive only on the FDNY frequencies. Still regret selling it. Most are long gone but I do recall that I still have a working Bearcat IV in storage. Anyway, the Home Patrol 2 seems interesting given the complexities of the PD/FD/EMS frequencies these days. Took a look for one on eBay – any thoughts on a reasonable price to pay for one?

  18. I’d just look at sold prices and see what accessories came with them to justify any price differences.

    Don’t forget cable and antenna too.

    I’m running a length of LMR600 (very nice cable, available for much less money on ebay as leftovers from WiFi installs) into a Radio Shack Discone. I think MFJ bought all the RS antennas and is making them under their own label.

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  19. Currently the scanner has a team running surveillance and following a band of car thieves. They have a key machine for Mercedes. I think what they do is test drive a car, copy the key, and then come back and steal it later.

    They’ve been following the guys from their house for a couple of hours so far.

    n

    (Woodlands area of Tx)

  20. Btw, a lot of the cops are using zello to bypass the radios and their in car data units. Last year they were using whatsapp.

    n

  21. Lt. Col. Vindman was put up for Colonel by the Army, BUT he was removed from the list submitted to the Senate by someone in the White House.

    Gee, testifying that you were actively working against your boss and the CinC to sabotage his policy has consequences. Who’da thunk it?

    He’s lucky he can retire, IMHO.

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  22. @Rick Hellewell, thanks for adding the emoji chooser.

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  23. “U.S. weighs early vaccine access for minorities and others at risk”

    This is a very bad idea.

    Sure. I’m old enough to remember the Swine Flu vaccine fiasco in the 70s.

    I doubt that a vaccine will drop before the election, however.

  24. I’ve gradually taken over a lot of chores involving ladders for family and a few neighbors. Whether because of age, injuries, or medications, a number of them don’t feel comfortable going more than a couple steps up a stepladder, and then only if it’s a tall stepladder with plenty for them to hang on to. Meanwhile I, not that many years from 60 and with a bad knee and a bad eye, clamber up ladders like a demented monkey without a care in the world. Well, one care: I’m not exactly small and lightweight. If a ladder’s rated capacity is 250 pounds, that doesn’t leave much extra for my tools and materials. Not enough extra, most likely. Yes, I know the rated capacity leaves some leeway from the actual capacity, but the sag on a fully-extended ladder can be alarming at times.

    I just gave away my 25 ft aluminium extension ladder to the way younger guys who rent my warehouse from me.

    I fell off my 7 ft fiberglass ladder back in January or so changing an outside light bulb at the new used house. I had a 7 inch long chameleon lizard jump in my face from the light fixture. I recoiled and went straight backwards. The back yard is a lot more solid than it looks. I still hurt from that.

  25. “U.S. weighs early vaccine access for minorities and others at risk”

    This is a very bad idea.

    Sure. I’m old enough to remember the Swine Flu vaccine fiasco in the 70s.

    Hong Kong Flu ? “The Hong Kong flu (also known as 1968 flu pandemic[1]) was a flu pandemic whose outbreak in 1968 and 1969 killed an estimated one to four[1] million people globally.[2][3][4] It was caused by an H3N2 strain of the influenza A virus, descended from H2N2 through antigenic shift, a genetic process in which genes from multiple subtypes reassorted to form a new virus.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_flu

    The swine flu was in 2009.
    https://medlineplus.gov/h1n1fluswineflu.html

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  26. Uncle Orson Reviews Everything: “Maybe Some Good Will Come Out of This”

    “4. Watching reruns of Johnny Carson and Carol Burnett reminds us of how graceless, clumsy, and unlikeable so many talk show hosts are today. (Maybe we can start showing reruns of press conferences back when reporters didn’t ask outrageously disingenuous “questions” designed to make the reporter look smarter or at least more virtuous than the President.)”

    I’m also old enough to remember when the press finally caught Gary Hart. Democrat or Republican, it didn’t matter — Hart challenged them to catch him … and they did!

    The look on John Chancellor’s face that night on the NBC News was pure glee.

  27. “Sure. I’m old enough to remember the Swine Flu vaccine fiasco in the 70s.”

    Hong Kong Flu ?

    Circa 76 or 77 I remember that there was a Swine Flu variant which resulted in a hastily-produced vaccine which killed a few people and caused kidney damage in others. Must have been 77 because we had snow in Tampa that January.

  28. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8506787/Africas-coronavirus-pandemic-hit-speed-continents-CDC-chief-warns.html

    –africa whining that they want MORE vaccine trials. until the very end of the article “Africa has some 17% of the world’s population and less than 3% of its clinical trials, he said. ‘If anything, the criticism right now shouldn’t be about the possibility of using Africans as guinea pigs.'”

    –does no one remember the Tuskegee syphilis experiments on black men? I guess not, but ‘we got to get ours’ rules the day. If the companies had proposed only giving the EXPERIMENTAL vaccine to blacks what would the reactions have been?

    Sheep, led to the shearing.

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  29. “The Hive: Book 2 of The Second Formic War” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
    https://www.amazon.com/Hive-Book-Second-Formic-War/dp/0765375656/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number two of a two book military space opera series. This book is part of the huge Enderverse (20+ books) created by Orson Scott Card and is set about 100 years before “Ender’s Game”. I read the well printed and bound MMPB. I am hoping for a third book in the series but am worried that Orson Scott Card’s stroke is finally catching up with him.

    If you ever wondered why Ender Wiggins committed genocide in the “Ender’s Game” book, this is the reason why. When the Formics found Earth and the Solar System in the 24th century, they laid waste to everything the humans built across the Solar System. They killed billions of humans and tried to Terraform the Earth to meet their needs. The humans initial response was futile at best and slowly got better over decades of time.

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (209 reviews)

  30. “U.S. weighs early vaccine access for minorities and others at risk”

    This is usually a joke anyway. I can remember there being a flu vaccine shortage 14 or 15 years ago. I walked into a local chain pharmacy and asked for my flu shot and was told their limited supply was for “high risk” people only. I lied and I think I said I had HBP (which I did not yet at the time) and they replied. “Oh, okay. Have a seat. That will be $25.” So easy to get around it was a joke. Rather crappy of me in retrospect as I may have made someone in legitimate need go without, but I consider those my sociopathic years. Water under the bridge. 🙂 lol

  31. My life matters.
    At least to me and my family.

    I am an old forcibly retired (because of age, gender, and race) partially disabled (Polio related) Vietnam Era Veteran male person, part of the most discriminated population in the USofA.

    “I will not be moved”.

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  32. Lowes needs to work on their Pickup experience.

    First I ordered online, with their site showing my door in stock at my local store. That was immediately followed by and email saying it WASN’T in stock and would be available on the 12th. If I had broken both panes of glass, I wouldn’t want to wait 7 days… but I was ok. Then I get several emails, with an urgent tone, telling me my order was ready and to come get my items or they will return them to stock.

    Today I showed up in the store, mask and gloves, barcoded notice in hand. The very helpful and friendly associate took same and then spent over 5 minutes poking at the computer. Finally she says they’ll pull the order and get it to the front for me. About 20 minutes later it comes on a cart with two additional boxes. One box has my 4 food safe buckets (which were shipped from somewhere instead of pulled off the floor) and the other box, a 2ft cube, has ONE lid and a whole lot of packing pillows. This despite the other guy pulling my lids off the floor.

    If I wanted to stand around in the store, I could have pulled my order originally and been done the first day.

    -their web site isn’t pulling in stock data from the same place when ordering as when it shows availability, or it’s just wrong.

    -they are shipping buckets and lids (one of them anyway) instead of pulling off the floor, so what does it matter if the web site shows “In stock at your local store”?

    -despite printing a barcode for the transaction, they still couldn’t find it in the store computers.

    I did get it eventually, but it was far from a seamless experience.

    n

    added- and “Pickup” is a different service and procedure from “Curbside Pickup”

    added more- the final indignity, printing the receipt took 3 pages of MY printer paper, one for the actual receipt, one for their exchanges and returns policy, and one for their corporate boilerplate about the legality of emails.

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  33. added more- the final indignity, printing the receipt took 3 pages of MY printer paper

    Which is why I print to PDF and then print the actual page I want a paper copy of for the file cabinet.


  34. Why Apple should tell everyone everything about their software is apparently an issue.

    I want Chrysler to tell me how many teeth are on each gear of my Jeep Grand Cherokee’s transmission.

    Also, should they change its model name from Cherokee?

  35. Whereas I think that PDF is the perfect document format.

    Far from perfect. I HATE PDF with a passion, mostly because it perpetuates a layout suitable for printing, not reading on a screen. I LOVE the paperless office. If I had my way, I would have just a scanner and no printer.

    I wish I still had a copy (digital) of an old HP Journal article that described HP’s UNIX workstation handling of help files. It is a real gem, as many of those articles were. I don’t remember the format they used, but the text and illustrations could be resized and reflowed on the screen to fit any size window, could be excerpted (copied and pasted,) and could be printed if desired. It probably died with their workstations.

    Today, the closest to the HP scheme is the IRS web site, which has three formats for most documentation: PDF for printing (if one must,) HTML for screen reading, and .doc for excerpting. Takes three different files, but works well.

    When Adobe won the PDF “standard” competition, their format ranked something like fourth out of seven contenders. They had such enormous influence that they were magically selected, and we are forever saddled with this monstrosity. Yes, it has its charms, but creating a good text PDF is not for amateurs. Just because there is a “print to PDF” menu pick, doesn’t mean the result will be good. Usually, it means a bloated graphic file that can’t easily be excerpted. And, don’t get me started on PDF fillable forms. Same thing: some work well, but others are a mess.

    Nick mentioned something a while back about downloading PDFs to his phone. I wish my phone could work like my desktop computer, where I can read a PDF, and when I close the browser tab the temp file is gone. Not so on my phone: it is persistent in my downloads folder. I have to find the files I can safely delete while saving those I want to keep. I need to do something about that.

  36. He Ha Ha … the supreme court just ruled that my tribe, Muskogee Creek, own jurisdiction over about half the state of Oklahoma as an Indian nation. This means those of us living in the Creek nation may be immune from Oklahoma laws and taxes. For sure legislators in Oklahoma city will be scrambling not to lose the tax base.

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  37. “Heavily Armed “Black Militia” Call For Black Ethnostate: “We’ll Take Texas””
    https://caldronpool.com/heavily-armed-black-militia-call-for-black-ethnostate-well-take-texas/

    ““The solution is very simple,” Grand Master Jay said in a video uploaded to Twitter. “We follow a declaration of liberation, declaring every African-American descended of slavery a political prisoner here in the United States, and that was affected by the Portuguese slave trade, and then, after that, the United States have the choice: Either carve us a piece of land out here. We’ll take Texas and let us do our own thing, or don’t stop us when we… go somewhere where they will give us our own land to build our own nation.”

    Ain’t gonna happen.

  38. He Ha Ha … the supreme court just ruled that my tribe, Muskogee Creek, own jurisdiction over about half the state of Oklahoma as an Indian nation. This means those of us living in the Creek nation may be immune from Oklahoma laws and taxes. For sure legislators in Oklahoma city will be scrambling not to lose the tax base.

    There was a very curious statement as a part of that decision: “In McGirt v. Oklahoma, the justices held that, for purposes of the Major Crimes Act, land throughout much of eastern Oklahoma reserved for the Creek Nation since the 19th century remains a Native American reservation.”
    https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/07/before-the-summer-recess-one-last-set-of-grants/

    I wonder why they put in, “for purposes of the Major Crimes Act” ?

    Does it mean that all of the property in eastern Oklahoma does NOT revert back to the Creek Nation ?

  39. “Heavily Armed “Black Militia” Call For Black Ethnostate: “We’ll Take Texas”

    Ain’t gonna happen.

    I posted a link to a story about that group the other day.

    Why not stage the “We’ll Take Texas” rally in front of The Alamo?

    Making that kind of demand is easy standing in Stone Mountain, *Georgia*.

    (I didn’t catch it, did they make any demands about the monument on the mountain serving as a backdrop for their demonstration?)

    And why do they want Texas. The national media portray Texas and Florida as virus death zones, with overflowing ICUs and bodies being stacked like cordwood down at … well, somewhere.

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  40. “Heavily Armed “Black Militia” Call For Black Ethnostate: “We’ll Take Texas”

    Ain’t gonna happen.

    I posted a link to a story about that group the other day.

    Sorry, I knew I had seen something somewhere about this tempest in a teapot.

    They want Texas because of all of the oil and gas. They view it as the Saudi Arabia of the USA and mr head of the black militia wants to be head of the whole thing, a new house of whatever.

  41. From the warranty document (PDF btw) for my new (2020 model) room A/C:

    OBTAINING WARRANTY PERFORMANCE: Service will be provided by the FRIEDRICH Authorized Dealer or Service Organization in your area. They are listed in the Yellow Pages.

    “Yellow Pages”???

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  42. They want Texas because of all of the oil and gas. They view it as the Saudi Arabia of the USA and mr head of the black militia wants to be head of the whole thing, a new house of whatever.

    Who is going to work the oil fields and refineries if they take it by force?

  43. They want Texas because of all of the oil and gas. They view it as the Saudi Arabia of the USA and mr head of the black militia wants to be head of the whole thing, a new house of whatever.

    Who is going to work the oil fields and refineries if they take it by force?

    North Georgia doesn’t lack for resources, starting with the airport, arguably one of the most important in the world. Why can’t they make their vision work there?

  44. CORRECTION – As usual, the National Media got it wrong. The Supremes didn’t rule that the Muscogee Creek have sovereignty to half the state as some reports stated. They ruled that we have sovereignty over the lands given us by Congress as defined by the original treaties that Congress never bothered to modify. So, Our Nation extends from east of Tulsa, the second most populous city in the state to south of Seminole (where I live) encompassing almost 2 million persons. The court ruled that the Oklahoma laws could not be enforced in our nation as I read it. Does this apply to taxation, regulations, etc? We will find out. I already have Creek Nation tags on my vehicles registered NOT to the state but to my Indian government. This will get interesting.

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  45. They want Texas because of all of the oil and gas. They view it as the Saudi Arabia of the USA and mr head of the black militia wants to be head of the whole thing, a new house of whatever.

    Who is going to work the oil fields and refineries if they take it by force?

    I am already over the line today so I had better not answer.

  46. Who is going to work the oil fields and refineries if they take it by force?

    I recall the story we read in high school of a small steel plant owner who was confronted by a mob of Union thugs in the 30s demanding he turn over his steel mill to the “workers” (IE: Union Leaders). After blockading the plant for a couple of weeks he held an outdoor assembly outside the plants fence. He spoke of how he had come to America as an immigrant with nothing, worked for most his life to build the steel plant and employ hundreds. He then announced to cheers that he was handing the plant over to the workers. In the same condition he started it with. He then detonated dynamite throughout the plant reducing it to rubble. Needless to say the Union wasn’t happy with their “victory”. They wanted the fruits of HIS labor and he refused.

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  47. I recently took down a gutter as part of our building project. It had been there 30+ years, never cleaned except by rain, and there was a little dust in it. The nearest tree taller than our gutters is over 200 yards away.

    We have one tree on our five acres, but it is lower than the roof and 50+ feet away. Don’t get me wrong, I love trees, but they are not native here. Our previous home had 20+ trees around it. It was so dark we removed some of them. Also, here in the desert, most kinds of trees must be watered, and this is expensive. We have to be careful what we plant.

    Besides the occasional hard freeze, there is an unusual phenomenon: on a hot windy day, some trees can’t transpire enough water to their extremities, so most of the tree dies. This only happens on extreme days every 20 or more years, so people lose established trees that can be too big to mist. They should plant trees that do well in our climate, but they don’t think. There are various services that recommend what to plant, but they are ignored by some who want to transform the desert into something it never was. Cf Phoenix.

  48. “Who is going to work the oil fields and refineries if they take it by force?”

    I am already over the line today so I had better not answer.

    Yeah, rhetorical question.

  49. “Covid-19 Is Bankrupting American Companies at a Relentless Pace”
    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-us-bankruptcies-coronavirus/

    “Retailers, airlines, restaurants. But also sports leagues, a cannabis company and an archdiocese plagued by sex-abuse allegations. These are some of the more than 110 companies that declared bankruptcy in the U.S. this year and blamed Covid-19 in part for their demise.”

    “Many were in deep financial trouble even before governors ordered non-essential businesses shut to help contain the spread of the virus. Most will reorganize and emerge from court smaller and less-indebted. The hardest hit, however, are selling off assets and closing for good.”

    “They include plenty of big, iconic names. Hertz and J.C. Penney and now Brooks Brothers, too. The vast bulk, though, are small and medium-sized businesses scattered across the country. Their downfall might not normally garner much attention, but it does underscore the full extent of the damage Covid-19 has inflicted on the economy.”

    Not good, not good.

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  50. they are ignored by some who want to transform the desert into something it never was. Cf Phoenix.

    Iirc, average annual rainfall for Phoenix is around 9-10 inches…are gutters really a necessity there?


  51. ……declaring every African-American descended of slavery a political prisoner here in the United States,…..

    Is it possible that, collectively, tha t the A-A descendents of slaves in the USA are better off than those non-descendents of non-transported to USA and living in Sub-Saharan Africa. That is, in terms of aquired education, financially and goverment support.

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  52. I’d guess that most small and even mid sized businesses in the US aren’t saddled with the enormous debt that some of those other companies are. If you don’t play financial games, you don’t get left holding the bag.

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  53. I’d guess that most small and even mid sized businesses in the US aren’t saddled with the enormous debt that some of those other companies are. If you don’t play financial games, you don’t get left holding the bag.

    Sometimes one does not get a choice when one is a minority shareholder in a corporation.

    Hey, “minority shareholder” is another racist term !

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  54. CORRECTION – As usual, the National Media got it wrong. The Supremes didn’t rule that the Muscogee Creek have sovereignty to half the state as some reports stated. They ruled that we have sovereignty over the lands given us by Congress as defined by the original treaties that Congress never bothered to modify. So, Our Nation extends from east of Tulsa, the second most populous city in the state to south of Seminole (where I live) encompassing almost 2 million persons. The court ruled that the Oklahoma laws could not be enforced in our nation as I read it. Does this apply to taxation, regulations, etc? We will find out. I already have Creek Nation tags on my vehicles registered NOT to the state but to my Indian government. This will get interesting.

    “Supreme Court Rules That About Half Of Oklahoma Is Indian Land”
    https://www.npr.org/2020/07/09/889562040/supreme-court-rules-that-about-half-of-oklahoma-is-indian-land

    “The decision was 5-4, with Justices Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer in the majority, while Justices John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.”

    Interesting split.

    “The first is that going forward, certain major crimes committed within the boundaries of reservations must be prosecuted in federal court rather than state court, if a Native American is involved. So if a Native American is accused of a major crime in downtown Tulsa, the federal government rather than the state government will prosecute it. Less serious crimes involving Native Americans on Indian land will be handled in tribal courts. This arrangement is already common in Western states like Arizona, New Mexico and Montana, said Washburn.”

    So if you cross the street into the Rez and are a Native American (my wife and children !), you must be prosecuted in a federal court instead of a state court.

    “”Justice Gorsuch has made very clear in his short time on the bench that he takes the text deeply seriously,” Gershengorn said. “And I think you saw that the core of his analysis today was a textual one. We felt like we had the right argument at the right time for the right justice.””

  55. @lynn … all of the WSJ articles are behind a paywall. Can’t even access via an incognito session.


  56. Who is going to work the oil fields and refineries if they take it by force?

    The same people who worked the Rhodesian Zimbuttsuckian farms after they were seized from the white farmers who fed Africa.

    They wanted the fruits of HIS labor and he refused.

    Bingo.

    I have a half-written essay on people wanting “their share” of others’ work or demanding that they be allowed to decide how others’ work can be used. The motivation for the essay was a combination of some “spokesman for Africans” saying it wasn’t fair that Africa was at the bottom of the list for receiving new medicines or medical procedures and by some woman saying that now that almost-entirely-male teams had developed some software system it was time for women to take over and make sure it was used fairly for the benefit of everyone. The essay has been half-written for a couple months because of lack of time (uninterrupted time!) and energy — I’ve been run ragged the past few months. It’s one thing to find a few minutes to type a comment in reply to something in a mailing list, forum, or blog. Quite another to find a few hours to work on a 1500-word essay or to write a few thousand words of fiction.

    Covid-19 Is Bankrupting American Companies at a Relentless Pace … Many were in deep financial trouble even before governors ordered non-essential businesses shut to help contain the spread of the virus.

    They died with covid-19, not of covid-19?

    Jokes aside, I don’t at all buy claims that a small business which shuts down after two months of no customers was going to fail anyway. You might as well say that a person who dies after not eating for two months was probably too thin and weak to make it the next few years anyway. The governors and county council members who held the shutdown past the original two weeks (remember that? Two weeks to flatten the curve?) should be held personally responsible to every family which lost the majority of their wealth when they had to close down their businesses.

    I can’t speak to the problems of the large corporations because I don’t know enough about the reality of running them — how many of the questionable-seeming decisions are required by regulators or to keep stockholders happy or were sensible gambles which didn’t pay off? How many were the result of incompetence or looting? I doubt I know enough even to ask appropriate questions.

    Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

    And we lose yet another justification for why we need illegal aliens, or low-skilled immigrants in general.

  57. @lynn … all of the WSJ articles are behind a paywall. Can’t even access via an incognito session.

    Yup if you go straight in. If you go through http://drudgereport.com/ then they let you through the paywall.

    Although, just looking at the picture on top of the paywall notice was chilling. I just see terminators equipped with those rotary saws.

  58. they are ignored by some who want to transform the desert into something it never was. Cf Phoenix.
    Iirc, average annual rainfall for Phoenix is around 9-10 inches…are gutters really a necessity there?

    I meant by planting trees and grass. Phoenix imported water, and now has plenty for landscaping that was never natural. For instance, there are over a hundred golf courses in that area. Many residences have lawns.

    As for gutters, average annual rainfall here in the Mojave desert is less than 4″. The soil is not very permeable, so rain does not soak in very fast, leading to flash floods. Grading, gutters, and downspouts keep the water away from buildings, protecting them. A good idea here. Can’t speak for Phoenix.

  59. On the scanner is surveillance on some doodz who just got into a verbal altercation at a CVS. No idea why they’re watching these guys, but they’ve got a bunch of assets working…

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