Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 – hey, second weekend of the week…

Hot and humid.  Probably crazy hot.

Certainly hot yesterday.  And then rainy in the evening.   So hot and sunny in fact that I got little done outside.

I did confirm that the Honda gennie dies after about a minute even with a charged battery.  I also confirmed that there was enough oil, and that the oil monitor light wasn’t coming on when it dies.  I suspect that it was trying to drop to idle, and the idle circuit in the carb is blocked.  Maybe today I’ll pull the carb and clean it.  Unless it’s so freaking hot my brain boils in my skull.

I’m glad I left the tarps on everything.  It rained HARD in the late evening.  It didn’t last very long though, which is good as there would have been flooding.

Other than the work on the gennies, I’ve got my normal stuff to do, still putting the garage back together.  Still pulling stuff for auction.  Maybe even yardwork, since it’s finally the weekend.


In Kenosha, the plain facts shown by the video evidence are finally making it into the press, the kid has representation, and is getting financial support.  The first and second will be a cause celebre’ but not the next 10 or 20 or more.   Don’t get caught up in it.  Avoid crowds.  But if you do have to act, act appropriately.  You will be on video.


Keep in mind you won’t get caught up in the crowd if you don’t have to go out and play in it.  Get what you need together now.

Keep stacking, but also take time to enjoy these, the ‘good old days’….

 

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

48 thoughts on “Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 – hey, second weekend of the week…”

  1. “I just don’t see how Trump can lose.”

    Mail-in ballots found in car trunks. Mail-in ballots found in closets. Electronic voting machines with preloaded votes.

    Mail-in ballots found in crashed mail trucks. I saw that tested in 2012 in Vantucky.

    The election wasn’t even close in WA State in 2012, but Perkins Coie in Portland had the interns and paralegals burning that proverbial midnight oil for “election prep” according to the in-law who worked there when she would talk about it … a lot — nothing specific about *what* she did, but the expression on her face and tone in her voice implied it was something shady that she enjoyed dropping hints about, especially with people she thought voted Republican.

    The election was well in hand in 2012 in WA State. Inslee had Costco’s money plus Obama’s coattails to ride. In addition, to make sure the vote turned out, the Progs put gay marriage and weed legalization on the ballot.

    Weed legalization is as much strategic election tool as it is decriminalizing a poor life choice to prevent jails from being filled with stoners.

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  2. Keep in mind you won’t get caught up in the crowd if you don’t have to go out and play in it. Get what you need together now.

    Can’t avoid a creepy section of Austin today. That’s where driving school is held this weekend.

    Taking the old Toyota and wearing the shorts I’ve had on around the house all week.

    In theory, completing the class and Fedex-ing the certificate to Alabama on Monday should take care of the ticket except for court costs. I’ll post more about the resolution of that situation when I’m clear.

    Gotta be Fedex right now. The first letter I sent certified on 7/27 wasn’t delivered until 8/24 according to the return receipt I got this week. The receipt only took two days to get back to me!

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  3. The Real Life Tony Stark (TM) has an automated surgical helmet to implant his company’s USB brain interface?

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/28/take-a-closer-look-at-elon-musks-neuralink-surgical-robot/

    Now, where have I seen fictional tech like that before …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhT6bHXgXzA

    Eerie, eh?

    Wrong sci fi meme, Tony. You’re going to spill the beans on the whole plan.

    What is it with the tech guys and their obsession with making real body horror? I thought Gates was creepy with his needle kink.

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  4. More football Friday night. Both schools had the opposing team cancel due to COVID. So they scheduled against each other. A school with 300 students competing against a school with 1,500 students. Not a fair competition but they wanted to play.

    Pictures here for a time sink if interested.

    Stupid stuff at the game. During coin toss only one captain from each team, no hand shaking, keep their distance. 60 seconds later smashing into and grabbing other sweaty bodies.

  5. If Biden engages in a real debate, he is lost. If he chickens out, or they insist on some format that obviously protects him, he is lost. Barring some sort of weird October surprise, I just don’t see how Trump can lose.

    I don’t count Biden debating as an automatic win for Trump. Plugs will get the cutting edge anti-dementia drugs, even the stuff that may be considered “too toxic” for sustained use, and you know they’re practicing with him every waking moment to determine whether it is safe to put him on stage on the first scheduled night.

    I’m concerned it is a sign if they haven’t begged off by now.

    Chickening out would be a wash since the media is willing to cover for the Dems, but Biden would have to play up Covid fears which they desperately need to diminish heading into January if they win.

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  6. Gotta be Fedex right now. The first letter I sent certified on 7/27 wasn’t delivered until 8/24 according to the return receipt I got this week. The receipt only took two days to get back to me!

    When you absolutely, positively, have to get something delivered overnight: DON’T USE THE POST OFFICE!

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  7. I don’t count Biden debating as an automatic win for Trump. Plugs will get the cutting edge anti-dementia drugs, even the stuff that may be considered “too toxic” for sustained use, and you know they’re practicing with him every waking moment to determine whether it is safe to put him on stage on the first scheduled night.

    Plugs will be trained to just stand there and burp out talking points to any question he is asked. Blame tRump and, definitely, not engage tRump.

    And this:

    Chickening out would be a wash since the media is willing to cover for the Dems, but Biden would have to play up Covid fears which they desperately need to diminish heading into January if they win.

    Plugs could wet himself onstage and the LSM (Lame Stream Media) would spin it as “he was so excited to debate tRump, he couldn’t contain himself.”

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  8. Ok, one reason I read Daily Mail, they will adjust their stories and stance if changing information forces them to.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8676665/Man-shot-dead-BLM-protests-seen-video-taunting-armed-men-saying-Shoot-n.html

    It’s still using biased language, still shading what the attackers did, but much more of the probable truth based on video and other evidence is in the article. Compare to the “murderer” headlined article…

    n

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  9. And anyone think that there isn’t a WHOLE LOT more to this story?

    REVEALED: One of the highest ranking US spies shot himself dead while his new wife tried to get away from him – and haul of bondage and S&M gear along with 24 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at his home

    Anthony Ming Schinella, 52, died on June 14 at his home in Arlington, Virginia
    His death was revealed as a suicide by gunshot in new report this week
    He was weeks away from retirement and had just married a new wife


  10. I did confirm that the Honda gennie dies after about a minute even with a charged battery.

    I had a problem like that on a shredder. It turned out that the vent hole in the gas cap was plugged, so that the gas flow couldn’t keep up with the engine’s use. I cleaned it out and that fixed it.

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  11. When you absolutely, positively, have to get something delivered overnight: DON’T USE THE POST OFFICE!

    I re-sent the letter FedEx at the two week mark. I had to get this all wrapped by my court date on Friday 9/4. I’ll just make it.

  12. Yeah that was my first thought. The 2000s have that problem, you actually are told to loosen the cap. This one has a little tube that will provide a release to the fuel tank, and I tried running it with the cap off…

    Maybe I’ll find out today, it’s only 106F in the sun, and 85F in the shade.

    n

  13. From today’s FEMA email—

    Post-Tropical Cyclone Laura – Response Recovery
    Situation:

    At 5:00 a.m. Post-Tropical Cyclone Laura was 90 miles west of Charleston, WV

    Lifeline Impacts:
    Safety and Security (FEMA NRCC SLB, as of 6:00 a.m. ET, Aug 29)
    • LA: 5 (-13) parishes remain under mandatory/voluntary evacuations; 5 parishes with
    curfews in place
    • LA preliminary damage assessments: Jefferson Davis Parish – over 150 trees and over
    100 power poles downed, over 50 homes with severe damage; Grant Parish – 45% of
    residents sustained damage
    • TX: Mandatory evacuations lifted for Chambers, Jasper, Polk, and Tyler counties and the
    city of Beaumont in Jefferson County; curfews in place for Jasper, Newton, and Tyler
    counties

    Food, Water, Shelter
    • LA: 186k residents in 21 parishes without water; boil water advisories for 99 public water
    systems in 28 parishes; LA will need generators and potable water
    • TX: Boil water advisory for Orange, Jefferson, and Newton counties
    • TX: Food POD operations were scheduled to begin August 28 for 5 counties (Jasper,
    Newton, Polk, Sabine and Tyler)
    • LA: 3,546 occupants in congregate and non-congregate shelters
    • TX: 10,707 occupants in congregate and non-congregate shelters

    Health and Medical
    • LA: 10 (+4) confirmed fatalities
    • LA: 12 (+1) nursing homes evacuated; 30 (-14) on generator power
    • LA will need generators and potable water for healthcare facilities
    • TX: 8 (+1) hospitals and 109 nursing home/assisted living facilities evacuated

    Energy (Eagle-I as of 6:15 a.m. ET)
    LA: 418k (19.5%) customers without power
    • TX: 90k (0.75%) customers without power
    • AR: 17k (1.25%) customers without power
    • LA: 90 generators requested, 50 are en route

    Communications
    • LA: 15% of cell sites in the disaster area are out of service
    Transportation
    • LA ports: Morgan City, Port Fourchon, and Louisiana Offshore Oil
    Port open with restrictions
    • TX ports: Corpus Christi and all Houston open; Texas City,
    Galveston, and Freeport open with restrictions; Port Arthur closed
    • Roads: LA: I-10 reopened from southwest LA to TX state line

    • All airports have reopened
    Hazardous Material
    • Lake Charles chemical fire contained; shelter in place order lifted
    • Potential oil-spill reported

  14. I had a quick look at the UK betting odds on the Presidential election. They are usually pretty damned accurate on politics, probably because they are driven – in the end – by the opinions of millions of people who have a serious incentive to bet the right way. Odds of a Trump win: 3:2, i.e., 60%.

    If Biden engages in a real debate, he is lost. If he chickens out, or they insist on some format that obviously protects him, he is lost. Barring some sort of weird October surprise, I just don’t see how Trump can lose.

    Not that he’s a great President, but he’s better than the alternative. Unfortunately, he pretty clearly surrounds himself with yes-men (yes-people?), and doesn’t tolerate anyone contradicting his ideas, or telling him when he’s being dumb. This limits his effectiveness. He’s still better than Biden, who would just be a puppet for Pelosi&co.

    I just don’t see how Trump can lose.

    Mail-in ballots found in car trunks. Mail-in ballots found in closets. Electronic voting machines with preloaded votes.

    All I wanted from Trump was a conservative SCOTUS justice. I’ve gotten two of them now. Everything else is a cherry on top of my sundae in life.

    And the fake mail in ballots are definitely a concern.

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  15. Heading to Texas on September 6. Visiting wife’s family. Debated not going but I think I will. Will also be in the Houston area, north and south. Might make an effort to meet Mr. Nick for lunch perhaps. See if he has any goodies I can bargain for. No guarantees. I would need his contact information sent to ray-tango-number four-number three-number five at comcast dot fishing mesh.

    Will leave Sunday about 1:00 PM, go to Nashville for the night, then on to Bryan TX for a couple of days, then San Antonio for four or five days, then to north Austin for a night, on to North Houston for a night, south Houston for a night, Baytown for a night, then on home with an overnight stop in Jackson MS. About a 3K mile trip. F-150 stays at home, 2013 Highlander gets the duty.

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  16. You will be on video.

    I would advise going to Frontsight for a training class if you carry. They taught us several things to do as you are being videotaped. First, if you feel uncomfortable when somebody is coming towards you, throw your hands up in the air and yell “STOP !”. If the people advancing on you stop then cool. Otherwise, go to step two which I cannot remember. Step one is very important though.
    http://www.frontsight.com

  17. @ray, I think it would be cool to meet up if we could. I’m NW Houston, beltway 8 and I 10. Sounds like you’d be coming thru here on Thur? Fri?

    Have to figure out a good place to meet. Since I haven’t been going out much, my normal choices might not work.

    n


  18. you’d be coming thru here on Thur? Fri?

    Not entirely certain. May only be able to give a short notice, less than a day. I would give as much warning as possible.

  19. When you absolutely, positively, have to get something delivered overnight: DON’T USE THE POST OFFICE!

    When we ship stuff overseas, like an IRS form 6166 to our Greek clients, we have to use FedEx or UPS because USPS always loses the letter. Always. And especially if you use their so-called Priority Mail.

  20. “When you absolutely, positively, have to get something delivered overnight: DON’T USE THE POST OFFICE!”

    When we ship stuff overseas, like an IRS form 6166 to our Greek clients, we have to use FedEx or UPS because USPS always loses the letter. Always. And especially if you use their so-called Priority Mail.

    I sold a laptop to Puerto Rico last week, and USPS Priority was the easiest/cheapest way to get it there. Unlike APOs no customs form was required.

    I also had decent luck sending a small packages to Switzerland using USPS recently. Twice. The problem with the shipment wasn’t the carrier as much as the recipient.


  21. Maybe I’ll find out today, it’s only 106F in the sun, and 85F in the shade.

    Would wearing shorts and no shirt help? With a spray bottle of water… you could stick in a whatever the word is for the thing to keep a bottle of champagne cold. Or a bucket of ice.

    Then again, you might be the type that burns to a crisp on a warm enough to go shirtless sunny February day.

    I just get brown. And my hair goes blond. And, no, yo no habla espanol but thanks for asking. 🙂

    I don’t speak Spanish much beyond asking where is the bathroom and for another beer. I do understand a lot, tho, so don’t talk trash about my Mom..

  22. Would wearing shorts and no shirt help?

    Bad idea. Wear a cotton shirt, long sleeves. Absorbs sweat and helps keep a person cool. Also keeps the sun off the skin. Same with shorts. Learned that lesson on the farm.

  23. And anyone think that there isn’t a WHOLE LOT more to this story?

    “REVEALED: One of the highest ranking US spies shot himself dead while his new wife tried to get away from him – and haul of bondage and S&M gear along with 24 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at his home”

    S&M gear. Not totally surprising, but that can cover a wide range of interests. I wonder what he was into.

  24. “UK – Worst wheat harvest in decades – COLD & WET”
    https://www.iceagenow.info/uk-worst-wheat-harvest-in-decades-cold-wet/

    “The UK’s worst wheat harvest in about 40 years has prompted fears of higher prices of flour, and subsequently of bread and other flour-based products.”

    “Due to heavy rain last October, only 60% of what would normally be planted went into the ground. Add in the sunniest spring since 1929, substantially drier than usual, followed by the wettest February ever recorded, and you get the picture.”

    That is not good. Hopefully the USA harvest can cover them.

  25. @Lynn:

    “Court invalidates 50,000 absentee ballot applications that were pre-filled by election official.”

    And what happened to the election official? If he wasn’t fast-tracked to the chokey, I fear for US democracy. It’s getting to be like a banana republic. Or a third-world hell-hole, run by a dictator-for-life.

    G.

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  26. Geoff beat me to it. Invalidating the obviously fraudulent ballots isn’t a win, not unless the individuals responsible are all looking at the death penalty for treason and attempted coup.

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  27. The brisket has thawed. Only took a week in at beer-gerator. On the top shelf of a fridge that has egg cups molded in the top of the door…. and you can’t use them because the eggs freeze. Freeze solid.

    I still remember the surprise of trying to crack a frozen egg for breakfast. A raw egg Popsicle.

    It’s been a good fridge. The ice maker or the water valve don’t count as it came with neither. The only parts to fail was the light bulb and the defrost timer. Not bad for a 17 cu ft Kenmore I bought in 1984 or so.

    Now to season the brisket and let it set in the kitchen fridge until tomorrow morning.

    Totally different refrigerators. The old one turns on while putting groceries away. Runs for a while and stops. The new one, almost never turns on while putting groceries away, but when it decides to run, it runs a long time. It is very quiet. But louder than the dishwasher… that now takes maybe 3+ hours on the ProWash cycle and no heat dry.

    I recall JerryP getting a new dishwasher and as best as I recall, he was sort of ticked that it didn’t have a “heat water” function. My KitchenAid has a Sanitize option where it heats water, I haven’t used it. But I think it heats the water anyway. What else can be happening when it sits there making no sounds?

    Not doing HEB potato salad. I’m too lazy to go to the store. Macaroni salad? I can make that.

    Just 105F ATM. I have no idea where any of the cats are hiding.

  28. “Game-Changing Video of Kenosha Shooting Turns Tables on Accusers, Has NYT Admitting There Was Another Gunman”
    https://thefederalistpapers.org/us/game-changing-video-kenosha-shooting-turns-tables-accusers-nyt-admitting-another-gunman

    ““At 23:19, Rittenhouse is seen in this YouTube livestream,” Triebert captioned the video showing a gunman behind Rittenhouse, who is running. “He’s being chased into a parking lot. While he is being pursued, an unknown gunman fires the first shot into the air.””

    I cannot believe the guy who came running up to him with a Glock has not been charged. The guy puts his Glock away when the kid points his rifle at him. The kid drops the barrel and the guy pulls his Glock back out. The kid shoots him in the right arm, severely wounding him.

  29. “Video: BLM Leader Threatening To “Rip The President Out Of The White House And Calls For A Revolution” – Where Is The Secret Service”
    https://www.rightjournalism.com/video-blm-leader-threatening-to-rip-the-president-out-of-the-white-house-and-calls-for-a-revolution-where-is-the-secret-service/

    “Thousands of protesters gathered Friday at the Lincoln Memorial to call for overall criminal justice restructuring and racial equality while honoring the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same location.”

    “The march — dubbed the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March on Washington — began with speeches from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which was followed by a coordinated march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park.”

    If this is not treason then I do not know what is treason. These people should be arrested, tried, and executed within a week. Just like the German invaders in WWII.

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

  30. @lynn & Ray:
    I concur, a get together among us is desirable. Jenny and I met for coffee in spring of last year and I found it very enjoyable.

  31. Well, I set up some shade and a fan, and tore into the honda.

    Removed the carb, cleaned it, checked all the passages, and everything is clean and working. Put it all back together and the same thing. First run, about 2 minutes then one or two misses, than a quick ‘hunting’ then dies. Within a minute it will restart and then run for about a minute before the same thing, soft miss or two, quick slight rev, then dies.

    No idea at this point. The float seems to be working. The cap vents (and I tried leaving it off), the fuel is good. It’s got oil, and doesn’t give an oil problem light. Electric throttle, so I can’t easily goose the throttle when it dies…

    The only reference I could find has one guy with a hairline crack in the spark plug so it dies when hot, but his runs for 5 minutes. Visual inspection looks good.

    I’ll order a plug and the battery for the starter. (tested the electric start and it’s good.)

    If I have to, I’ll take it in. It’s a valuable machine, and I didn’t pay much.

    n

  32. Nick, you have covered all the bases on that Honda. I can’t think of anything else, except when you mentioned an electric throttle. Might be something related to whatever controls that throttle. Maybe… Try to observe if the throttle physically closes. That might be a clue. Good luck.

  33. @jimB, I didn’t see the throttle move, but it does go from normal speed to idle when i turn on the “eco idle” (load based throttle) so I am pretty sure the servo motor works. I’ve got a battery in it too, so whatever logic is onboard should run. I can use the battery to start it.

    n

  34. Oh, how complicated things get.

    I am reminded of a story in a motorcycle magazine, probably Cycle World. The writer worked in NYC, and rode to work on nice days. He brought his bike, an old (~1965) Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH, up the freight elevator to his office so it wouldn’t be exposed to theft.

    One day a few years ago, some Japanese visitors came to his office. They were fascinated with his bike, and marveled at its simplicity. Almost immediately, they saw the magneto, which is a small box on the right side of the engine. Two wires go from the mag to the spark plugs. They asked how it worked, and the writer explained that the mag is driven by the engine, and makes high voltage to fire the plugs. They wanted to know where the computer was!

    My experience with small engines is limited to that kind of “solid state” technology. I have a 1966 Sportster XLH with the battery coil ignition converted to a magneto so it doesn’t need a battery. As with all models of that era, it doesn’t have an electric starter, and its lights are powered by a Delco generator. Have I ever mentioned that I hate batteries? 🙂

  35. A generator that needs a good battery to run? Pretty sure OFD would have a way to blame it on the commie Pope.

    🙂

    My Yamaha 2 cycle didn’t need a battery to run. Needed a battery for the various lights to work. And yeah, it actually ran better with the baffles installed. Back pressure….

  36. Erm.

    I have a Yamaha. Nice bike, I forget how big, not huge, maybe 200 CC ?

    The ants got into the ignition module. So, dead bike.

    There was a motorcycle parts place on Burnet Road way back then, about 45th street. On the right side heading south. Yeah, they wanted $250 for a used part.

    Me? I have the shop manual. $5 for an electronic ignition module from a Plymouth in the junk yard. Yeah, the spark advance wasn’t right, but Chopper ran. Not hitting 70, but it ran.

    And then the gas cap went funky. Chopper is in the barn. Needs work of course. But it’s still looking great. I’ll get to it some day.


  37. Within a minute it will restart and then run for about a minute before the same thing, soft miss or two, quick slight rev, then dies.

    Check the oil level/pressure sensor. The system may be detecting low oil or no oil and is shutting down to protect the engine.

  38. ” The system may be detecting low oil or no oil and is shutting down to protect the engine. ”

    –the level is good, and the light doesn’t come on. It could be a failed sensor, but I’d think the light would come on if the sensor incorrectly indicated low oil.

    n

  39. “SHOCK REPORT: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Other Other Serious Illnesses”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/shock-report-week-cdc-quietly-updated-covid-19-numbers-9210-americans-died-covid-19-alone-rest-serious-illnesses/

    “So get this straight – based on the recommendation of doctors Fauci and Birx the US shut down the entire economy based on 9,000 American deaths to the China coronavirus.”

    Surely not.

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

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  40. $2,000,000,000,000 economic disruption in the US (give or take)

    10,000 American deaths (give or take)

    The cost of an American life is apparently $200,000,000.

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  41. $2,000,000,000,000 economic disruption in the US (give or take)

    10,000 American deaths (give or take)

    The cost of an American life is apparently $200,000,000.

    Makes the EPA look like pikers at $10,000,000 per life taken due to pollution.


  42. …but I’d think the light would come on if the sensor incorrectly indicated low oil.

    And the comment was obviously done after checking that the light works. Right?

  43. “And the comment was obviously done after checking that the light works. Right? ”

    –it’s an LED but you are right, I forgot to check that the light lights. I will look at bypassing the sensor tomorrow.
    n

  44. @CowboySlim
    @lynn & Ray:
    I concur, a get together among us is desirable. Jenny and I met for coffee in spring of last year and I found it very enjoyable.

    It was great fun. I’d like to do that again, but so many thousands of miles twixt here and there.

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