Wed. July 14 15, 2020 – hump day? harrumph day.

Hot again.  More and still.

Spent most of yesterday in the garage.  It was hot.  Dripping sweat hot.

And yeah, it’s taking a crazy long time to clean out the areas I’m working on.  There is a huge amount of ‘build up’ and stuff literally stacked up.  Hah, you thought I was being figurative with “keep stacking”?  Not so much.  I did get a lot of stuff moved, sorted, and/or piled for disposal.  Still  more to do.  I don’t thing pictures would have done it justice, but maybe I’ll take a few representative shots today.  And everything takes longer in the heat.   It’s just not possible for me to ‘bust @ss’ like I used to.  I can’t keep up that pace.  Also, if it wasn’t my stuff, and I had no interest in it, it would be easier to just tear it all out and dumpster it.  That would be quicker, but there is a lot of good stuff in those piles.  I’m good at the ‘getting’ part, less good at the organizing and putting away part.

I did take a couple of breaks to shoot the airsoft sig226 at cans in the back yard.  I put about 100 rounds into cans, mostly unsupported strong and weak hand, standing, but also supported kneeling.   There was a great episode of ‘Michael Bane’s Best Defense’ where the scenario was an armed robbery on the bus you are riding.  One of the defensive moves was to shoot from low,up into the attacker.  The benefit is that any misses or through and throughs go up into the air, rather than the back of the driver’s head or the other passengers.  Most people don’t get any practice from a knee or hiding behind a bench.  Most ranges don’t allow stuff like that.  Using the airsoft I realized I could practice that safely.  So I did.  Recommended.

It actually got to be a bit cool when the wind kicked up around 10pm.  Probably got down to 85F.  Felt like a fridge door opened when I stepped out of the garage anyway.

The national forecast has us on the edge of weather systems for the next few days.  Anything can happen.  Might get rain.  Might not.  I need a couple of more days without rain to get the garage sorted.  Cooler temps and overcast would be ok though.

Dinner was the beef roast I didn’t cook the day before.  Baked potatoes and canned corn accompanied saute’d brusselsprouts.  Brusselsprouts keep a long time in the fridge so they’ve always been one of my go to vegetables.  I just realized the canned corn is still in the microwave.  Dang.   Dessert was a can of carmel apple pie filling in a premade graham cracker crust.   If I’m gonna run the oven for the roast, I’m gonna cook a bunch of stuff in it at the same time.   The roast was vac sealed and frozen and was from last year.

Since I didn’t get out of the house yesterday, I still need to do my auction pickup and dropoff.  I’ll have another bin of stuff for them since I had another day… that will cut into my garage cleaning time, and my furniture repairing time, and my storage clearout/forklift repair time.  Can’t be helped.   Baby steps.

In the mean time, work on a skill.  Go through some stored preps.  Keep stacking (neatly, and well organized, if you can manage it).

nick

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Author: Nick Flandrey

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

93 thoughts on “Wed. July 14 15, 2020 – hump day? harrumph day.”

  1. We had a couple hundred people, I heard as many as 700 people, turn out tonight to testify against ordinances related to changing B3 zoning to allow homeless shelters, effectively without public input or impact studies, and spending $22 million Covid-19 CARES act funds to purchase properties for homeless shelters.
    Some info here http://www.heathermeadowsanchorage.com
    It was a hard night. One of the early speakers was a Rabbi for a property right next to an intended shelter. One of the assembly members basically asked him if we should lock up the homeless like Nazi germany. The Rabbi maintained his composure and fired back some good dignified shots. The people present were outraged at the Assembly person. We got continued. We had hoped the continuance would be to July 28, those buggers put us to tonight. We need to drum up a lot more people to testify. I need to get to bed, but first had to send a bunch of emails to try to drum up more help for the continuance.

    This video was taken, amongst many hours more of others, at a property across the street from one of the properties the city wants to purchase.

    There is a lot of gross and intolerable behavior in our homeless population. Our city wants to share this love across the entire city.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP-glp19FIg


  2. She must have spent ten million dollars.

    I have never understood that logic. Candidates spending a lot of money for a job that if held for 20 years will never recoup what was spent. I bet Mr. Lynn would give me a job at $60K a year for 10 years if I gave him $800K for the job. Of course a lot of the money is from donations from other people looking for favors. But many candidates still spend a lot of personal money. It must be wanting to get in a position of power and satisfying an ego trip.


  3. Wednesday July 14.

    Don’t short me a day. At my age I cannot afford to miss a day.


  4. There is a lot of gross and intolerable behavior in our homeless population

    When I worked in downtown Knoxville at the credit union there were a lot of homeless people. Disgusting people for the most part. I was in one of the manager’s office on the ground floor working on her computer. A homeless guy decided to piss on the window. I ran out and chased him away without giving him a chance to zip up.

    Another time I was walking from the parking lot, across the street, lower level, and was coming up the stairs. There was a homeless guy wedged in a stairway corner taking a dump on the stairs. He saw, said “excuse me” and kept on about his activity. I felt like kicking him in the teeth.

    There were several other incidents that I did not witness but the security guard was involved.

    Knoxville would wonder why people did not want to come into the area on nights and weekends to shop and dine. Getting hassled by the homeless, feces and piss on the sidewalks, all manner of disgusting activity from the homeless. Walk past a homeless and almost gag from the odor. Yeh, that makes for a good place to take a date.

    It is a problem. They should be sent to a facility far out from the city, in the country. Convert a couple of old barns into minimally livable shelters. Surely a barn or a tent would be preferable to sleeping on concrete under a bridge or in a doorway.

    But no, the city encourages the activity by providing shelters and food in old buildings in the city center. Rescue missions are to blame. They are not going to convert these people and these people will sit through almost anything for a free meal and a cot. Ban all homeless facilities within the city limits including city and state facilities and any religious groups. Make the city a very undesirable environment to discourage the homeless.

  5. Make the city a very undesirable environment to discourage the homeless.

    Not Austin. Not only did the city legalize camping in public spaces, someone with deep pockets, most likely Academy if I had to guess, is providing tents.

    Interestingly, the one spot on 71 where the homeless haven’t set up camp is in front of Planned Parenthood Austin.


  6. Make the city a very undesirable environment to discourage the homeless.

    Agreed. The only thing a homeless shelter does is attract more people who refuse to live in stable housing… ie more deliberately homeless people. No town or city in their right mind will increase the “tourst attractions” because if you build it, they will come.

    I managed 202/Section 8 Elderly/Handicapped apartment housing for a decade (both public and private), and we sometimes were able to get homeless people into permanent housing and into a good normal life again. The small percentage who are homeless due to hard luck and sad events make model tenants when they finally get a chance at life again. Those are the folks for whom transitional housing is a blessing. But they are the minority.

    That is how I learned that a much larger number of homeless people do not want a place to live because they do not want to follow any rules, have any responsibilities, or even stay in one place very long. Such people would rather sleep in a vacant lot than have to obey shelter rules. I’ve offered help to many who refused. Those folks like their traveling life, and they choose their seasonal itinerary by which towns have the best (least restrictive) shelters and which states have the best free money.

  7. This caught my eye when I saw it the first time.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8522779/Influencers-tout-ridiculous-claims-online-retailer-Wayfair-trafficking-CHILDREN.html

    Very strange.

    n

    added– and given the way most online stores work, they don’t actually have the merch, see the merch, or know anything about the merch. Most of the stuff is drop shipped directly from the manf. or distributor, and the site just takes a cut. In other words, a third party seller could use their platform to move anything… and they wouldn’t actually know about it unless they went looking.


  8. Most people don’t get any practice from a knee or hiding behind a bench. Most ranges don’t allow stuff like that. Using the airsoft I realized I could practice that safely. So I did. Recommended.

    A person whose wisdom I respect recently advised his folks to switch exclusively to airsoft for range practice, in order to avoid any waste of real supplies. Makes sense, especially in light of your observations for practicing methods.

  9. To save money the military started mixing pneumatic weapons into its training back in the 90s. Full size full weight weapon with an air hose attached. Compressed air would actuate the slide and mimic recoil. Laser eye would determine accuracy. The only thing missing was the percussion of live rounds and the psychological angle that the thing you’re holding in your hand can quickly kill another human being. They could keep everyone proficient on weapons without using millions of rounds of ammo every year.

  10. @PC, it’s fun too. I’m always serious at the range, because I don’t want to get ND’d by someone else, or screw up myself. But the one class I took where we walked down range to work with targets five feet away REALLY pointed out how much of my range time was standing up, square to target, two hands, etc. It felt VERY WEIRD to not be behind the counter.

    I am just realizing the potential of the airsoft. The reloads and re-cocking are not optimal, but being able to work on stuff in the back yard of my suburban home in between other tasks is REALLY FREAKING COOL!!!!111!!1!!1

    Besides shooting one handed (something you REALLY need to do if you have kids or others with you) is so frowned on now by all the tactical tommies who square up as if they were wearing armor. I’ll probably have a screaming kid in one arm, and one behind my leg tugging on me if I have a real situation. If nothing else, I’ll probably need my weak arm to control or direct said kids. There is a serious lack of available training or doctrine in the tactical community regarding defending yourself with kids around. When I challenged Tamara* about it in another forum, she could name only ONE trainer who sometimes offers a class. I argued that the face of defensive shooting has changed in the last 5 years and trainers need to step up. She got kinda defensive herself, iirc.

    FWIW, my plan is to have the kids ready for it in a year or two, and in the mean time, it’s my wife’s job to take the kids toward safety (or at least away from the threat) while I delay or deal with the threat. Wife’s not always there though, and I’m not always with her either.

    It would be nice to see every tactical tommie run his same drills with a 40 pound child sized dummy hanging around his neck, screaming in his ear, and swinging wildly every time he moves. Or even just a weighted back pack or messenger bag with long loose straps. Manage that moving weight while you are “getting off the X” and “engaging tangos”.

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    *https://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/

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  11. “Compressed air would actuate the slide and mimic recoil.”

    –the shoot/no shoot simulator I bought but haven’t set up yet has a glock 17 modified to work with a can of air from a paintball gun. The hose and pressure bottle are cumbersome though. Several systems use CO2 or some other mechanism to ‘upset the sight picture’ enough to build good habits reacquiring the target.

    Taking the ‘deadly’ part out of the weapon makes the training more fun, and I feel more comfortable trying new things. Knowing that a F-U won’t kill anyone helps a lot. Still early days for me playing with it.

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  12. Over the years I’ve tried to help a number of teens and young adults, anything from teaching them how to make a monthly budget and pay for essentials first to giving a place to live for a month or two.* The intent was to help someone who wasn’t a lost cause get back on his feet or learn to be a productive adult when his parents hadn’t taught him how. (This doesn’t count the younger kids we helped, who mostly just needed a good meal once in a while, someone to listen to them complain about their parents without judging, and so on.)

    My success rate was about 1/3. One teenage boy stayed away from his friends and knuckled down to do what he needed to in order to complete high school … for a few months. Then he got back with his gang friends and the last I knew he’d been arrested and convicted and was in juvie. On the other hand, one teenage girl got not only tips on expressing interest in a boy without slutting it up but tips on being choosy; she graduated high school without getting pregnant, which wasn’t a given when we met.

    Anyway, success rate of 1/3. I talked to a social worker about it one time, looking for ideas on how to bump the rate higher. Pardon the ego, but I’m used to being successful in practically everything I do*** and one out of three was outside of my experience and totally unacceptable.

    The social worker told me, “A third? You got a third of them to go on and get ahead? What’s your secret?”

    Which kind of brings into question the billions of dollars spent on social support programs as well as the social workers’ salaries and the taxpayer subsidies for the schools which credential them. If their typical success rate is around 1/10, why exactly are we wasting that money?

    * Yes, JLP, I’m cognizant of your recent difficulties, but I was younger then. Also, only really stupid people** deliberately annoy me in person.

    ** In practice this means drunks, teenage boys, and women who’ve gotten the idea that they can do anything and never have to suffer the consequences.

    *** Except picking wives, in which I have a dismal history.

  13. To save money the military started mixing pneumatic weapons into its training back in the 90s. Full size full weight weapon with an air hose attached. Compressed air would actuate the slide and mimic recoil. Laser eye would determine accuracy. The only thing missing was the percussion of live rounds and the psychological angle that the thing you’re holding in your hand can quickly kill another human being. They could keep everyone proficient on weapons without using millions of rounds of ammo every year.

    Spend any time around the museums covering Lewis and Clark, and you will eventually hear about the pair of high end pneumatic rifles the team carried for demonstrations to the local Native American tribes. While useless in practical terms for combat, the rifles could put on an effective show of range and accuracy without the limitation of reloading between shots, and the tribes, not knowing how many of the weapons the expedition possessed or aware of the prep time to fill the air tanks, quickly came to terms regarding peaceful passage through their territories.

    Depending on the museum, the rifles may or may not get credit as far as contributing the expedition’s success, even though, IIRC, the weapons were made in France.

  14. I practiced combat shooting at a sand pit with no one else around — dive, roll behind cover, pop out shooting; draw and shoot while holding a sack of concrete in one arm; and that sort of thing. Live ammo in real pistols; that’s why no one was around (and my car was around the bend and below a natural berm). I figured that if I screwed up and shot myself, I was stupid and deserved to die.

    Not practical for everyone, especially those who live in a city.

  15. Kanye’s handlers said he was in the midst of a ‘serious bi-polar episode’ shortly after he announced….

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    (I have a friend that worked for Kanye for a while. Apparently he’s one of those bosses who has to fire everyone periodically so he can blame others for his own problems.)

  16. In West’s defense, he’s married to a Kardashian. Look what happened to the last man who made that mistake.

  17. I have a friend that worked for Kanye for a while. Apparently he’s one of those bosses who has to fire everyone periodically so he can blame others for his own problems.

    As I noted the other day, Kanye, like Obama, did not grow up poor.

    The last President who grew up in real poverty was Reagan.

    Bill Clinton’s mother was a nurse anesthesiologist.

  18. Note to those that are experiencing a “Groundhog Day Effect” — I fixed the title of today’s entry.

  19. From BH in the Fort Bend Journal which may die with him as they are now three papers a week instead of six:

    “Heading That Direction”

    “Word of the Day: “Kakistocracy,” which means “government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state.”


  20. “Heading That Direction”

    ???
    We’ve been there for 30 years – at least!

  21. “Vox: “Many technologies needed to solve the climate crisis are nowhere near ready””
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/07/14/vox-many-technologies-needed-to-solve-the-climate-crisis-are-nowhere-near-ready/

    “Vox author David Roberts starts well by pointing out renewable energy is not ready to power the world, and makes a passionate argument for increased funding of renewable energy innovation. But like a lot of greens, he completely ignores the nuclear option.”

    “Disappointingly, the IEA executive summary does not mention nuclear power either, though nuclear energy receives several positive mentions in the main body of the report (available via the executive summary).”

    “If climate change is such a desperate emergency, we haven’t got time to mess about with moonshots and high risk innovation gambles. We need to focus on a 1970s solution we know will work, not a 2070s solution which has not been developed yet, and which might never realise the hopes of proponents.”

    “Going nuclear unequivocally works, because it has already been done. France proved in the 1970s you can convert from coal to nuclear. France has a good safety record, and they still get most of their energy from nuclear power plants.”

  22. “Heading That Direction”

    ???
    We’ve been there for 30 years – at least!

    I will not contradict that.

  23. WRT to “homeless people”, I am old enough to remember the final days of “Poor Farms” and “Insane Asylums” (I’m sure @CowboySlim does too). As inhuman as these places were the current situation is far worse for the individuals and the rest of us. “Poor Farms” (at least the ones I knew of in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri) were self-sufficient. They produced all their own food. Families were kept together and people could work their way out. The “Insane Asylums” kept the crazies safely confined. Some of the treatable “Trustees” actually worked on the attached “farms” which helped provide the “residents” with good fresh food and, again, they were able to work themselves back into society. Today the crazy and destitute have no hope and we don’t have much more.

    The other day, with the goobernor’s permission, I was able to get my first haircut and beard-trim in 6-months from my long-time (30+ years) “stylist”. With all the mandated precautions the normal 20-minute appointment was almost an hour and quite a Kabuki dance. Now I look like my usual old-man self instead of a homeless person.

  24. I’m trying to drum up more people to testify tonight, this is what I’ve been posting all over town.
    You’ll enjoy the Rabbi and Assembly member who all but asks a Jew if we ought to build concentration camps for the homeless.
    ——————
    07/14/2020 Assembly Meeting
    Listen to your neighbors, then come join us tonight Wednesday 07/15/2020, 5:00 – Midnight, at Loussac Library. We need to fill the chambers with our voices again. Six minutes to speak if you speak on both ordinances. The ordinances fundamentally change Anchorage and nobody seems to have had any idea they were coming, nothing in our mailboxes from the city, you had to know to go looking for them.
    That is a big fail on government transparency.
    Whether you agree with what the ordinances are trying to do or not, you will surely agree that something of this magnitude deserves an effort by the city to make sure we know about it.
    You can read them on muni.org under the Assembly section. AO 2020-58 and 2020-66.
    Testimony on these matters starts at in earnest at 3:30:52. There was one speaker before this point, then a long discussion about procedure. Another excellent speaker with some really good snark at 5:26:00
    Rabbi Yosef Greenberg is a powerful speaker.
    https://anchorageak.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=14&clip_id=7698

  25. And everything takes longer in the heat. It’s just not possible for me to ‘bust @ss’ like I used to. I can’t keep up that pace.

    You are checking your blood press occasionally, right ? At least monthly starting at age 45.

    My first heart attack at age 49 was caused by high blood pressure. It was 130 / 85 in August. By November, it was 210 / 110 at the ER. Yes, I got into a feedback loop. Very, very bad. Cost me the backside of my heart, about 15% of the heart muscle.

    It took years for my heart to reconfigure itself and get my squish efficiency from 43% back up to 53%. If I had not gone to the ER, I would have died because the high pressure side of my heart totally shut down for several hours.

    And yes, something is wrong with my right coronary artery. It is only two inches long when it should be eight inches long. We have no idea if it ever was the proper length. I had no idea before the first heart attack that I had heart issues. That extra six inches fed the backside of my heart with fresh oxygenated blood.

    Your best tool is to regularly check your blood pressure. I check my blood pressure EVERY morning. This morning it was 111 / 77 and shows that my daily 25 mg of Metaprolol ER is still working.

    This public service announcement brought to you by The American Heart Association.


  26. technologies needed to solve the climate crisis are nowhere near ready

    Sure they are. The “climate crisis” is anthropogenic global warming, even if money- and power grubbers don’t say those words any more because the rubes have seen through the scam. Because AGW either doesn’t exist at all or is such a miniscule part of any warming which may possibly be happening, the “technology needed to solve the climate crisis” can be found in any kitchen junk drawer.

    Now, if by “crisis” you’re referring to the panic mongers who are spreading lies and fear for their own benefit, we still have the technology to solve the crisis: hemp rope and lamp posts are a proven technology. The technology is in good shape. It’s the willpower which is lacking.

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  27. It is only two inches long when it should be eight inches long.

    Must … resist … snarky … comment …

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  28. From BH in the Fort Bend Journal which may die with him as they are now three papers a week instead of six:

    That’s what happened to the Tampa paper. Warren Buffett bought out the newspaper’s parent company and put the knife to the Tampa daily, ultimately selling it to the uber-liberal cross-bay competitor, The St. Petersburg Times.

    Gotta wonder about the politics there.


  29. That is a big fail on government transparency.

    Correction. That is normal for government transparency.

    Must … resist … snarky … comment …

    Gosh Mr. SteveF, don’t hurt yourself. I personally strained my left snarky muscle suppressing my comments on length.

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  30. @Jenny, We had that business here by the commie judges mandated cities and counties had yo provide shelter. Our city wasted $70,000 trying to comply. Fortunately, NIMBYs yapping at city council meetings without end has prevented such shelters so far. But $70,000 not refundable.

    WRT to “homeless people”, I am old enough to remember the final days of “Poor Farms” and “Insane Asylums” (I’m sure @CowboySlim does too).

    @DadCooks, Yes, back then there were insane asylums. Currently, the one next town over is named “Fairview Development Center”. Total bureaucratic lie, nobody has ever been “mentally developed” there. Last statistic of about a year ago, as they were shutting it down, one patient left in residence but 200 state employees still assigned there. Currently, they are thinking about putting KungFlu victims there. Several months ago in response to commie judges orders, they were thinking about sheltering homeless there; however, due to NIMBYs continual resistance, put aside.

  31. Airsoft and to a lesser extent BB and Pellet guns are an amazingly inexpensive training and pest control method. Check out Evike.com and Pyramid Air and even Big River for bargains. Be REALLY careful with backyard practice to avoid a Karen making a “man with a gun” call.

    When I was manager of this suburban apartment complex years ago, there was a massive police response to some boys playing with a BB gun in the drainage ditch overpass tunnel behind the ‘plex. The minor tenant wisely refused to open the door after retreating to his unit…

    I expect the worm to turn regarding the homeless as the economy gets worse. Not having an address may result in a one way trip to a FEMA camp (called something else).

  32. Alan Dean Foster wrote an awesome short story where the Earth was locked down as the results of aliens getting together and putting a shield around the Earth. It is called “With Friends Like These…”.

    It was a short story collection. There was also a sequel: “…Who Needs Enemies?”

    Yes, the name of the book and the short story were both ““With Friends Like These…””. Both packed away in my garage. In non air conditioned space, oh the horror !

    “WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…”

    “My favorite writer of science fiction was, and still is, the inimitable Eric Frank Russell. When I was turning in short stories to the magazines instead of papers to my college professors and collecting rejection slips instead of credits and grades, I often wondered why Russell had stopped writing. I miss him. At the 1968 World Science-Fiction Convention in Oakland, John Campbell told me that Russell was his favorite writer, and that he too sorely bemoaned the lack of yarns Russellian. So I decided to try a Russell-flavored Terra-über-alles story. Campbell liked it. He never sent acceptance letters—just checks. And man and boy, that was a change from rejection slips.”

    “As she commenced her first approach to the Go-type sun, the light cruiser Tpin’s velocity began to decrease from the impossible to the merely incredible. Her multidrive engines put forth the barely audible whine that signified slowdown, and she once more assumed a real mass that the normal universe could and would notice.”

    “Visual observation at the organic level became possible as the great ship cut the orbit of the last gas giant. Those of the vessel’s complement took the never dull opportunity to rush the ports for a glimpse of a new solar system; those whose functions did not include the actual maneuvering of the craft. Curiosity was a fairly universal characteristic among space-going races. The crew of the Tpin, although a grim lot, were no exception. Within the protected confines of the fore control room of the half-kilometer-long bubble of metal and plastic, Communicator First Phrnnx shifted his vestigial wings and asked Commander First Rappan for the millionth time what-the-hell-equivalent they hoped to find.”

    “”Phrnnx,” Rappan sighed, “if you haven’t been sufficiently enlightened as to the content of the legends by now, I fail to see how I can aid you. Instead of repeating yourself for the sake of hearing yourself oralize, I suggest you bend a membrane to your detection apparatus and see if you can pick up any traces of that murfled Yop battleship!””

    “Phrnnx riffled his eyelids in a manner indicative of mild denial, with two degrees of respectful impatience. “We lost those inept yipdips five parsecs ago, sir. I am fully capable of performing my duties without any well-intentioned suggestions from the bureaucracy. Do I tell you how to fly the ship?””

    “”A task,” began Rappan heatedly, “so far beyond your level of comprehension that… !” “Gentlebeings, gentlebeings, please!” said the Professor. Subordinate and commander alike quieted. The “Professor”—his real title was unpronounceable to most of the crew—was both the guiding force and the real reason behind the whole insane expedition. It was he who rediscovered the secret of breaking the Terran Shield. He came from a modest three-system cluster nearly halfway to the Rim—far removed from their own worlds. Due to the distance from thing’s and to their own quiet, retiring nature, his folk took little part in the perpetual cataclysm of the Federation-Yop wars. What small—if important—role they did deign to play in the conflict was not determined by choice. Rather, it was engendered by the Yop policy of regarding all those peoples, who were not allies of the Yop, as mortal enemies of the Yop. There was room in neither Yop culture, nor Yop language, for the concept of a “neutral.” Yop temperament was such that their total complement of allies came to a grand total of zero. The members of the Federation had matured beyond prejudice, but it was admitted in most quarters that the Yops were not nice people. Possibly some of this attitude stemmed from the Yop habit of eating everything organic that moved, without regard for such minor inconveniences as, say, the intelligence of the diner, or his desire to be not-eaten. Against them was allied the total remaining strength of the organized galaxy; some two hundred and twelve federated races. However—due to diet, perhaps—there were a lot of Yops.”

  33. Hey, I found a daisy red rider on my workbench. Shoots really nice too. It must be old because it really whangs with just the one cock of the spring. Kid sized so hard for me to shoot but should be great for the girls. It was pretty deep on the bench but I can see most of the top now, the shelf is half clear, and the stuff underneath has been pulled out into the aisle. I came in to cool off a bit.

    back to it.

    n

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  34. I expect the worm to turn regarding the homeless as the economy gets worse. Not having an address may result in a one way trip to a FEMA camp (called something else).

    We (the USA) have already built a huge refugee / illegal immigrant camp on the border with Mexico. Holds many thousands of people getting ready to be sent back their hellholes where they will immediately turn around and come back again.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_detention_in_the_United_States

  35. In West’s defense, he’s married to a Kardashian. Look what happened to the last man who made that mistake.

    That mentally ill man has not totally committed to his conversion the last that I heard.

    All he is doing is dressing like a woman (his right !) and screaming “Look at me ! Look at me !”.

  36. I’ve long been looking for a succinct summary of the bourgeois virtues, those actions and attitudes that have allowed Western Civ. to prosper over the last few centuries. Thanks to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (of all places!) I’ve finally found one: Smithsonian’s Anti-White Propaganda.

    Thank you, Smithsonian!

    (@those of you who are raising kids: Print out the poster and hang it on their bedroom walls.)

  37. That mentally ill man has not totally committed to his conversion the last that I heard.

    All he is doing is dressing like a woman (his right !) and screaming “Look at me ! Look at me !”.

    My wife says Jenner’s status is unclear, but he/she claims to have done the final surgeries and name drops the right surgeons and specialists.

    My wife takes care of a significant number at the VA, more than you would think. And Spec Ops guys. Hardcore. Having seen videos of the fundamental surgery, I can’t imagine someone doing something like that to their body without the same kind of serious commitment that would get an individual through SEAL school.

    US programs weed out the mentally ill and otherwise uncommitted. Jenner is free publicity, but at a high risk for the clinic in civil court.


  38. Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Your tax dollars at work.

  39. The wife has locked me out of the house twice so far today while I was checking over the work being done by the tree trimmers. Is she trying to tell me something ?

  40. My son tells me that the meth labs are making hand sanitizer now since it has a better profit margin.

    I didn’t think distillation was part of the meth process. I’ll have to ask my wife.

    When I took Forensics in grad school up North and had a copy of the meth lab bible, “Uncle Fester’s Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture” (I’m not kidding, look it up), as a reference for one project, my wife paged through the document and said “Easy.”

    I often think we would have been better off with her getting a PhD in Chemistry and teaching somewhere. Clearing taxes last night, I realized that prior to the VA, I effectively subsidized her practice of medicine for 20 years, even when I was unemployed/underemployed in Vantucky — I wrote a check out of my grad school credit union account to cover part of her tail malpractice leaving WA State.

    At least we know she could do “Breaking Bad” if it came to that. Hmmm. Florida still has big areas of undeveloped real estate …

  41. At least we know she could do “Breaking Bad” if it came to that. Hmmm. Florida still has big areas of undeveloped real estate …

    You and I must of watched different “Breaking Bad” tv series. In the one I watched, making the meth was easy. Wholesaling and distributing the blue meth was a freaking disaster with lots of people on edge with guns and itchy trigger fingers. And then the cartel boys came in to play with even more guns.

  42. That mentally ill man has not totally committed to his conversion the last that I heard.

    All he is doing is dressing like a woman (his right !) and screaming “Look at me ! Look at me !”.

    My wife says Jenner’s status is unclear, but he/she claims to have done the final surgeries and name drops the right surgeons and specialists.

    I would not believe it even if Jenner provided pictures.

    And now we just caused poor Jenny to throw up a little. I am sorry !

  43. Anyway, success rate of 1/3. I talked to a social worker about it one time, looking for ideas on how to bump the rate higher. Pardon the ego, but I’m used to being successful in practically everything I do*** and one out of three was outside of my experience and totally unacceptable.

    The social worker told me, “A third? You got a third of them to go on and get ahead? What’s your secret?”

    My wife has a masters degree in social work from the University of Houston. When I met her, she was working at Catholic Charities Home for Unwed Mothers on Montrose Blvd in Houston, a horrible area for transients and crazy people. Then she worked at Hendrick Home for Unwed Mothers in Abilene, Texas to fulfill her internship requirements. After that, I forbade her from working in her field.

    When we lived in Sweetwater, Texas (outside Abilene), we would go play cards with another young couple at church on Friday nights. The wife was the juvenile probation officer for the County. She had a police scanner going all the time so she could run to the jail as the juveniles were picked up for whatever crazy thing they were doing. She would tell us about each of the young men and ladies as they got mentioned on the scanner. Total freaking disasters.

  44. When I worked in downtown Knoxville at the credit union there were a lot of homeless people. Disgusting people for the most part. I was in one of the manager’s office on the ground floor working on her computer. A homeless guy decided to piss on the window. I ran out and chased him away without giving him a chance to zip up.

    He was testing the caulking for you.

  45. It would be nice to see every tactical tommie run his same drills with a 40 pound child sized dummy hanging around his neck, screaming in his ear, and swinging wildly every time he moves. Or even just a weighted back pack or messenger bag with long loose straps. Manage that moving weight while you are “getting off the X” and “engaging tangos”.

    I have wondered how well that I could pull my .357 at night time when walking a mile or two every night with the dog leash in one hand and two flashlights in the other hand. One may have to go. I have figured that I can sneak a finger in my holster and fire with it still on. Maybe. And yes, all five holes in the cylinder have cartridges in them.


  46. He was testing the caulking for you.

    Perhaps. Probably so loaded with cheap booze that the kidneys could not handle, the discharge was flammable. At least alcohol doesn’t etch glass.


  47. And yes, all five holes in the cylinder have cartridges in them

    I was taught to always leave the cylinder where the hammer rests when not using a revolver, to keep that cylinder empty. One less bullet, but for skilled shooters five (or in your case four) is probably enough. Safety issue.

  48. My wife takes care of a significant number at the VA, more than you would think. And Spec Ops guys. Hardcore. Having seen videos of the fundamental surgery, I can’t imagine someone doing something like that to their body without the same kind of serious commitment that would get an individual through SEAL school.

    My wife still reads a social work journal online. Apparently, somebody did a study on how many males were converted from an outie to an innie. And then converted back to an outie. The number that did so was astonishingly high (30 or 40% IIRC). But the problem was, what was once a usable size is now half that size, or less. There were and are serious emotional issues with that reduction with the principals stating that they had no idea of the tissue loss in the first surgery.

    Ugh.

  49. And yes, all five holes in the cylinder have cartridges in them

    I was taught to always leave the cylinder where the hammer rests when not using a revolver, to keep that cylinder empty. One less bullet, but for skilled shooters five (or in your case four) is probably enough. Safety issue.

    My nightly carry is a S&W Bodyguard .357. There is a hammer interlock bar to keep the hammer from hitting the cartridge if you drop the gun.
    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/mp-bodyguard-38-no-laser

    I am not sure why it has the front sight. This gun is meant to walk up to the perpetrator and stick the gun in their ribs.

  50. The FOAF who sheltered me during Katrina was a state social worker, since retired. When asked how much success she’d had diverting her juvenile clients’ lives from crime and/or drugs, she replied “very little.” She felt she’d scored a major victory when she prevented one of her charges from hurting an innocent, law-abiding citizen on their inevitable journey from juvie jail to adult prison.

  51. Apparently, somebody did a study on how many males were converted from an outie to an innie. And then converted back to an outie. The number that did so was astonishingly high (30 or 40% IIRC)

    Yeah, my wife’s trans patient in FL was not approved for a US clinic for psych reasons and had to go to Canada. When the patient brought in the paperwork for medical clearance, I asked my wife to verify that she wasn’t signing off on any statement about psychological condition. The patient was still married to his/her wife, and I was genuinely scared we would be sued down the road.

    I said, “One day, [name] will wake up, jump out of bed, and screan ‘I cut my penis off. Call the lawyer! Morgan and Morgan, For the People!'”

    Again, I subsidized that practice, including the decade in Florida. As time has gone by, especially since the Vantucky debacle, I’ve turned into the b*tchiest of B*tchy Doctors’ Wives (TM).

    I’m Christine Baranski circa 1995 on “Cybil”. Handbags don’t interest me, but part of my pricetag for a return to the Northwest is a trip to pick my Mercedes at the factory in Germany.

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  52. I’m Christine Baranski circa 1995 on “Cybil”. Handbags don’t interest me, but part of my pricetag for a return to the Northwest is a trip to pick my Mercedes at the factory in Germany.

    The only thing that I remember from that show is the flaming bags of dog poop on Doctor Dick’s front porch when Sybil and her buddy Christine got hammered.


  53. I do not think that singing in church is a high Covid risk.

    -the droplets are expelled farther and there are more of them. Several clusters centered around church and singing.

    no indication of whether the snakes get it….

    n

  54. You and I must of watched different “Breaking Bad” tv series. In the one I watched, making the meth was easy. Wholesaling and distributing the blue meth was a freaking disaster with lots of people on edge with guns and itchy trigger fingers. And then the cartel boys came in to play with even more guns.

    They omitted production steps on “Breaking Bad”, much like how “Mythbusters” omitted key pieces of information about making thermite from things found at Home Depot.

    I never watched much of the series. The only Vince Gilligan I make a point of watching post-“X Files” is the “Gene The Cinnabon Manager” segments of “Better Call Saul”.

    “Gene” is awesome. The last segment opening Season Five was beyond cool, featuring Robert Forrester’s final job before he died.

  55. The only thing that I remember from that show is the flaming bags of dog poop on Doctor Dick’s front porch when Sybil and her buddy Christine got hammered.

    That was a slow night for Cybil and Maryanne. The best one was filling his swimming pool with concrete.

    The series ended on a cliffhanger. Doctor Dick was supposedly blown up and the police arrested Cybil and Maryanne. “To be continued…”

    CBS got tired of Cybil Shepherd’s off screen antics embarrassing the network and cancelled the show within a week of the season finale airing.

  56. Well, I’ve got the first glue up done on my kid’s new dresser. The hardest thing was getting the dang drawers out. And it’s really depressing what you get in a $500 dresser these days. It looks great, but I’m not even sure it’s Ikea quality underneath.

    More cra– good stuff in the garage. Still plugging away at it. Didn’t get to any auction stuff today, which is why other stuff got done.

    Getting ready to fix dinner. Taco Tuesday happens on Wednesday this week.

    n

  57. @Nick

    Taco Tuesday happens on Wednesday this week.

    Maybe that’s why the title of this post originally had Tuesday’s date on it.

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  58. I do not think that singing in church is a high Covid risk.

    -the droplets are expelled farther and there are more of them. Several clusters centered around church and singing.

    Another person sent this to me: “High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice — Skagit County, Washington, March 2020”
    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6919e6.htm

    “Following a 2.5-hour choir practice attended by 61 persons, including a symptomatic index patient, 32 confirmed and 20 probable secondary COVID-19 cases occurred (attack rate = 53.3% to 86.7%); three patients were hospitalized, and two died. Transmission was likely facilitated by close proximity (within 6 feet) during practice and augmented by the act of singing.”

    Wow. Of course no social distancing in the choir.


  59. She felt she’d scored a major victory when she prevented one of her charges from hurting an innocent, law-abiding citizen on their inevitable journey from juvie jail to adult prison.

    Behaviour modification is a total fraud.

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  60. this post originally had Tuesday’s date on it.

    That’s probably because I write them at 2am… and I was really tired last night. Thanks for the assist in any case 🙂

    n

  61. No, Nick, just no! Never admit wrongdoing, culpability, or blame!

    What really happened was, you entered everything correctly but then either the CIA or Russian election hackers (or Russian election hackers working for the CIA) hacked into the site and changed the information for mysterious purposes of their own. Anyone who claims otherwise has to prove it.

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  62. Well, our county sheriff beat the carpetbagger from Austin by 78% to 22%:

    “Doors” claimed victory late last night, but the opponent didn’t concede.

    The CA money geyser will erupt tonight if she’s declared the nominee.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/14/mj-hegar-john-cornyn-texas-senate-royce-west/

    I got polled by somebody purporting themselves to be working with Bozo (Robert Francis) by text today on my phone. So I replied with STOP. I do not want people knowing that I am a conservative.

    It is obvious there are some serious lists being passed around.

    Also looks like Hegar got told to tone herself down for Texas.

  63. “Bank Card “Master Key” Stolen”
    https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2020/0715.html#cg3

    “[2020.06.17] South Africa’s Postbank experienced a catastrophic security failure. The bank’s master PIN key was stolen, forcing it to cancel and replace 12 million bank cards.”

    “The breach resulted from the printing of the bank’s encrypted master key in plain, unencrypted digital language at the Postbank’s old data centre in the Pretoria city centre.”

    “According to a number of internal Postbank reports, which the Sunday Times obtained, the master key was then stolen by employees.”

    “One of the reports said that the cards would cost about R1bn to replace. The master key, a 36-digit code, allows anyone who has it to gain unfettered access to the bank’s systems, and allows them to read and rewrite account balances, and change information and data on any of the bank’s 12-million cards.”

    “The bank lost $3.2 million in fraudulent transactions before the theft was discovered. Replacing all the cards will cost an estimated $58 million.”

    Welcome to the future where nobody can be trusted except an inner cadre and even they are suspect.

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  64. It is obvious there are some serious lists being passed around.

    Also looks like Hegar got told to tone herself down for Texas.

    You mean like don’t run the Senate campaign out of the empty storefront next to Spec’s?

    And, maybe, don’t show the “ink” in the TV ads airing in counties where Jesus is pronounced with as many syllables as possible.

    The 10 PM Austin Fox station newscast will have the new commercials tonight.

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  65. For those of you that were interested in Starlink:

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/details-on-spacex-starlink-beta-emerge-along-with-photos-of-user-terminals/

    Sorry about the site. It has changed a lot recently with a lot less technica and a lot more silliness but it still has a few things that are worth browsing.

    “Starlink beta trials will start in Northern US and parts of Canada, new FAQ says.”

    “In another tweet yesterday, Musk noted that the “Starlink terminal has motors to self-orient for optimal view angle,” eliminating the need for an expert installer. The terminal can be placed “in garden, on roof, table, pretty much anywhere, so long as it has a wide view of the sky,” Musk wrote. He also wrote that once service is available, it “will take less than a minute to order on Starlink.com.””

    Whoa, the satellite antenna is going to move itself around for the best signal. Sounds like a high maintenance item to me.


  66. Whoa, the satellite antenna is going to move itself around for the best signal. Sounds like a high maintenance item to me.

    You do not have to pay for an installer to start with.
    Best possible gain without having to readjust (periodically?) manually by somebody or yourself.
    Those things probably drift. (Expert please confirm.).
    They probably have to be relocated to dodge debris.
    Some may fail and fall.
    I think the pros trump the cons on this one. 🙂

  67. No campaign commercials on the Fox newscast tonight. Strange.

    Maybe the strategy will be to just let the virus stories work as long as possible. Except for the weather, the entire half hour was virus-related news and sports coverage highlighting the Fall cancellations among the local ISDs.

  68. our ISD has decided to open on time, and to have either full time in class, or full time online (with interaction throughout the day by video) and you must declare your choice by the end of July. Their list of things for the in person instruction is crazy and can’t possibly be workable.

    My wife is very upset that a lot of our friends are saying they want the kids back in the classroom. Half the teachers don’t want that.

    n


  69. NYPD Chief of Department and three other cops are beaten and seriously injured by protesters wielding sticks on Brooklyn Bridge – and Bill de Blasio remains silent

    At least four officers – including the city’s highest ranking uniformed cop, Chief of Department Terence Monahan – were hurt and 37 were arrested
    In surveillance footage a protester is seen swinging a long object down at the heads of a group of officers from a walkway as they attempt to arrest someone
    Photos of the aftermath showed a lieutenant with a bloodied face, a detective holding a bandage to his head, and an officer helping another to dress a wound
    Monahan meanwhile, who is seen the video dressed in a white shirt, also suffered a head wound and fractured his finger in the scuffle
    The Chief of Department was one of several NYPD officials lauded last month for taking a knee with demonstrators in the city on June 1

    —lawlessness is growing. When the pendulum swings back, it’s gonna be brutal.

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  70. I always thought that the expected consequence of having the police with less personnel, equipment and powers is that the wrong people are going to take advantage of it…


  71. Terrorism– noun
    noun: terrorism

    the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

    The goal of terrorism generally is to destroy the public’s sense of security in the places most familiar to them.

    The purpose of terrorism is to exploit the media in order to achieve maximum attainable publicity as an amplifying force multiplier in order to influence the targeted audience(s) in order to reach short- and midterm political goals and/or desired long-term end states.

    insurgent-
    noun: insurgent; plural noun: insurgents

    a rebel or revolutionary.

    An insurgency is a movement within a country dedicated to overthrowing the government. An insurgency is a rebellion.

    What are the stages of insurgency?
    Although insurgencies can take many forms, three phases are common to many: a pre- hostility or incipient phase, a guerrilla warfare phase, and a conventional confrontation phase. plus initial recruiting, organizing, training, and equipping of combat elements.

    —where do you think we are today? Where will we be in a month? Six months?

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  72. No campaign commercials on the Fox newscast tonight. Strange.

    Things don’t get serious about the fall election until after Labor Day.

  73. Scanner had a group surveilling some drug dealers. They were following them around Northeast Houston. They have a locator on at least one of the suspects’ vehicles. They use the classic “box” technique to follow the vehicles. Couldn’t get air support because “they were working a plane crash”.

    Anyway, after following these guys around for a few hours they aren’t getting anywhere and the one cop says they can’t ‘get the phone’ and if they can’t ‘get the phone’ they are done for the night. So their phone intercept must have gone awry in some way. As they call it a night, and start to go their separate ways, one cop calls in that “they’ve made my vehicle and are following me.” They started chasing the officer up one of the shirtier streets in town, pulling up next to him, hassling him, eyeballing him…. naturally the other cops are trying to get there to back him up if something goes wrong. Lots of stress in voices.

    And then they turn off on a side street and it’s all over.

    Just another night of cat and mouse on the mean streets. I was sure there was going to be gunfire…

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    (not the first time the bad guys have ‘made’ the tail while I’ve been listening either, one time they slow rolled by and took pictures of the cop and his car…)

  74. Wow. We drove the second night of testimony to midnight.
    We prevented our Assembly from voting on spending 22 million Covid funds to buy 4 buildings to be homeless shelter, and from changing our B3 business district zoning to permit homeless shelters without zoning and planning review.
    The Assembly Chair was forced to offer another night of testimony. Regrettably, he is rolling it over to tomorrow night. The security guards (they brought in a full crew, instead of the normal single guy) are not very happy with all the extra hours but are remaining more professional than our elected officials.

    I’m whupped. It’s well past 1 am my time.

  75. Jenny, would it be possible to put in a stipulation that all homeless shelters must be located within 200 feet of an assemblyman’s residence?

  76. @SteveF: Excellent idea

    @Jenny: what’s the way forward? Eventually you run out of testimony, so what happens next?

  77. “so what happens next?”

    –the city votes to put them in place anyway. All the shelter operators want this to happen, so it will. Lots of money and staff positions. Jenny will be lucky if the resolution adopted doesn’t have language in it calling her and the others heartless bigots, racists, misogynists, or similar…. it’ll come down to finding a friendly law firm to file for injunctions. Meanwhile, the people who hate the idea most will move away, the city will delay until the outrage fades and the activists move on to something else, then continue construction. For a bonus, after they have spent all the money without finishing the projects, they’ll vote for more spending, saying that “all the other spending will have been wasted” if the additional spending isn’t approved. They’ll also fail to approve any funding for ongoing maintenance or support so that will have to come out of the general budget. For the super secret double probation bonus, they’ll establish and fund an “oversight committee” or even better, a new department that they can grow into a fiefdom.

    This is when it’s a good thing to know the top 10 developers in your area. If THEY owned property that was affected, they’d make sure it didn’t happen (unless they profit from it, then you’re hosed anyway.)

    Keep track of who votes how, and use that as a club to beat them in the next election. Meanwhile, get set to enjoy the crazy addicts defecating in the streets.

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    (I’m just full of optimism today)

  78. RE: homeless shelter

    It will pass the moment it comes to a vote. I have no doubt at all that it will pass. Our testimony is not intended to change the assembly vote, we have known from before the first testimony that it would pass and that we couldn’t change assembly minds.

    We are cannon fodder, stalling and buying time for the lawyers to get their stuff filed. Plus since there was ZERO notice to anyone in the city, getting the word out for other neighbors to take action.

    The other goal of testimony is to get on public record ALL of the problems, so it can later become part of the lawsuit. If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen. So we are documenting it all.

    I expect a negotiation to take place which will, regrettably, result in the property closest to my house selected and the other 3 given up. It sucks. They will shelve the B3 zoning change and pull it out when they think they can next get away with it. There will be a big fat expensive lawsuit. The city will spend the 22 million Covid illegally, and in a couple years the Feds will sue to get it back.

    Grim future ahead.

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