Sun. Aug. 30, 2020 – daily grind, and not the delicious arabica kind

Hot and humid.  So much of both.

It was a little bit less hot and humid yesterday, with thunder, lightning, and some light rain late in the day.

I did some work on the Honda gennie.  Cleaned the carb, checked out the starting system, but didn’t solve the ‘runs for about a minute then dies’ problem.

Spent some time cleaning the pool, naturally, since it’s a pool.

Didn’t cut the grass or work on the gardens.  I’ll do that today.  There is always something to do around the house.

I really want to get at least one gennie running.  I’ve got a lot of food and money in freezers…  I do have the batteries and various and sundry inverters to run stuff if I need to but I’d prefer less of a rigged up solution.  I’m mentally moving the solar panel project up the list too.

Pulled some stuff out of the stacks to solve issues for wife and kids this week.  That’s satisfying, I can tell you 🙂


Thanks to the alt-media and blogs, the MSM has had to start at least flirting with the truth of the Kenosha events.   The original perp did have a knife.  There is a pic of him holding it during the arrest.   His background as a real scumbag and the reasons he and the cops were all there (he violated a restraining order) have come out.  The kid who shot the rioters is finally getting aggressive defense with truths coming out about the scumbags who attacked him too.  There is a ton of video and once you get walked through the video, it’s pretty clear what really happened.   If people can be convinced to actually watch the vids, the kid has a chance.

In MN, the Coroner’s report has come out and casts a different light on the situation leading to Floyd’s death.  The cop might get a break too.  I am not a proponent of a lot of the things that the cops have done, and this looked really egregious, but the reality of the series of events may turn out to be quite different than the initial story.  The community anger and the destructive power of the mob will remain though.

I’m not the only one who has noted the seeming increase in people ‘losing their sh!t’ over seemingly minor stuff.  If you’re going out, Remain Calm.  De-escalate and move away.  If you can’t, be prepared to act violently and decisively.  Pay attention so you have time to make a choice.  Have an exit plan, don’t get boxed in.  Carry.  Better to have it and not need it, than the opposite.  Best case, don’t be there.

And keep stacking…

 

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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.

65 thoughts on “Sun. Aug. 30, 2020 – daily grind, and not the delicious arabica kind”


  1. the reality of the series of events may turn out to be quite different than the initial story

    Strong suggestion: don’t hold your breath waiting for an apology from those who saw the initial video and knew that Floyd was murdered. And who called you a racist and an idiot for not agreeing — saying you’re not going to pick a side until the rest of the story comes out is not only idiocy but cowardice, note.

    increase in people ‘losing their sh!t’ over seemingly minor stuff

    This doesn’t apply to the riot mobs, who have a cadre of trained professionals whipping them up and coordinating them, but ordinary people are under stress from the ongoing house arrest and business shutdown and economic worries and not seeing their friends and all the ripple-down effects.

    One way to succeed in a revolution is to make the populace unhappy with the way things are. Democrats institutionally want to overthrow the governments, or even tear them down. It’s hard not to see prolonged and baseless lockdowns and implicit or explicit support for the mobs as revolutionary actions. In a word: treason.

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  2. In MN, the Coroner’s report has come out and casts a different light on the situation leading to Floyd’s death. The cop might get a break too. I am not a proponent of a lot of the things that the cops have done, and this looked really egregious, but the reality of the series of events may turn out to be quite different than the initial story. The community anger and the destructive power of the mob will remain though.

    The system will throw the MN cop under the bus to protect the retirement rackets. As with Treyvon, the real estate story is probably much more interesting and scandalous in terms of how much the system screws over people who try to live honest lives.

    Again, among other places, Dallas and Houston are insolvent due to retirement obligations to the police. I don’t begrudge cops nice retirements, but the current generation have been promised lifestyles accessible to a very low single digit slice of the population starting at an age when most people are still working and trying to juggle paying bills, kids’ education, and, increasingly, parents’ financial needs.


  3. “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.”

    Comparing total deaths in 2019 and 2020 will give a baseline. Deaths due to COVID are obviously inflated for goobermint cash. Plugs’ corpse will probably run in 2024 on “tRump destroyed the economy with fake COVID deaths” platform.

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  4. Particularly distrubing is ballot harvesting. Once illegal in California it is now allowed. Public service you know.

    In CA, harvesting accounted for 250,000 ballots in the last midterms according to a number I saw. The problem wasn’t the number, however, as much as where the efforts were concentrated, attempting to turn as many previously “safe” Republican districts as possible.

    If the Presidential election goes to the House, the Republicans have the advantage in terms of control of a majority of state delegations, but the more Dems packed into the chamber, the more intense the pressure will be to throw Trump under the bus.

  5. Cops shot in St Louis responding to a call.

    Someone shot during protests in Portland.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/breaking-victim-deadly-portland-shooting-wore-patriot-prayer-hat-blue-lives-matter-patch-reports/

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/portland-black-lives-matter-monster-cheer-celebrate-murder-patriot-prayer-member-video/

    “A Patriot with camouflage gear with infidel and thin blue line patches, was shot and killed during pro-Trump car caravan through downtown Portland at around 8:45pm,” independent reporter Andrew Duncomb tweeted following the shooting.

    “Just heard that the man killed is affiliated with my group. Just had drinks with him last Saturday,” Duncomb added.

    Duncomb told District Herald that “all I got to say right now is he was a good Patriot and this news has hit my group of friends pretty hard. It’s time for Trump to hear our cries and clean up Portland. We will not let them kill us anymore.”

    The insurgency grows. And becomes more honest.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/antifa-black-lives-matter-march-oakland-chanting-death-america/

    –this is what? the 90th day in Portland? The fact this continues shows .gov support and sympathy. And a massive supply chain. I wonder if the yellow tshirt mom’s are feeling as proud of themselves and as full of self righteous fury today.

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  6. Palmetto state Armory has AR pistol kits in stock at a good price. All you need to complete the build is a stripped lower (the part atf considers to be the gun.) No BG check on uppers so no delays or transfer fees.

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-10-5-5-56-nato-1-7-phosphate-classic-mft-battlelink-pistol-kit-flat-dark-earth.html

    Some people are concerned about variable quality with PSA, but there are a whole lot of them out there, shooting just fine.

    They’ve also got M&P Shields at reasonable prices (by today’s standard).

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/smith-wesson-m-p-shieldtm-9mm.html

    They probably won’t last long.

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  7. “Elon Musk: Battery Energy Density to Increase 50 Percent by 2024”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/elon-musk-battery-energy-density-to-increase-50-percent-by-2024

    “Tesla had some good news last month after Panasonic managed to improve the energy density of its 2170 lithium-ion cells. It resulted in an improved range for both the Model 3 and Model Y. However, four years from now those gains are expected to be 50 percent higher.”

    I hope that they did not compromise on their change to 4,000 charge cycles from 1,000 charge cycles that they made a couple of years ago.

    And the increased energy density will mean an increased chance of fire if the battery short circuits as they are wont to do as they age.

  8. “Tesla Applies for Sensor to Detect Children Left in Hot Cars”

    Cool even if it is just a motion sensor.

    I’m still puzzled how a child gets left in a hot car. Once my son could walk, there wasn’t a car seat made that he couldn’t escape.

    Another patent check from car manufacturers sent to a CA mailing address in the name of safety. The replacement price for a forward facing camera feeding the various nanny systems on a Camry is $1200 due to all the legal encumbrances.

    The irony is that the parking brake in my 2018, a simple mechanical system (I don’t buy pushbutton parking brake if I can avoid it) has never worked right in nearly two years of owning the car. No alarm systems associated with that problem, but God forbid the camera fail briefly. Challenger blowing up probably didn’t trigger as many lights and noises at Misson Control.


  9. His background as a real scumbag and the reasons he and the cops were all there (he violated a restraining order) have come out.

    It’s not just the restraining order. There was an open warrant for sexual assault of the woman that had the restraining order.

  10. Ammo, you need it and no one has it.

    Just got one of the cheesy newsletters I get because I enter contests to win gubs.

    “It’s no secret that ammo sales have spiked..
    A lot of ammo sellers are just out of stock on a lot and its getting rougher by the day.
    I don’t know about you but I’m trying to stock up now before it gets much worse.
    I just bought 12x what I would normally buy.
    I know that’s a lot but I would rather have extra ammo than to run out and need it in a few months.
    If you want to see where I am getting my ammo, Click Here.

    So, Click thru to Lucky Gunner, and check. Keep in mind this is seconds after the newsletter/spam arrives….

    No stock
    Bulk 9mm Ammo
    Bulk 45 ACP Ammo
    Bulk 380 Ammo
    Bulk 40 Cal Ammo
    Bulk 357 Mag Ammo
    Bulk 38 Special Ammo
    Bulk 44 Magnum Ammo – 100 rounds TOTAL on site, ~$2/rd

    223- 400 rounds TOTAL in stock, ~1.20/rd
    556-6 boxes of 500 TOTAL in stock ~0.70/rd Twice what it was in March

    They do still have shotgun in 20ga and 12ga but it’s pricey.

    On the other hand, they’ve got 42K rounds of AK 762 at ~0.33/rd
    -that right there is an argument to have both flavors of battle rifle.

    FFS, no ammo means no shooting, no practice, no training.

    I hope everyone already has what they need.

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  11. –this is what? the 90th day in Portland? The fact this continues shows .gov support and sympathy. And a massive supply chain. I wonder if the yellow tshirt mom’s are feeling as proud of themselves and as full of self righteous fury today.

    As the man said, “Elections have consequences,” and the people of Oregon are paying a tremendous price for allowing a radical dyke (I’m sorry, there is no other term that fits) to slip into incumbency in the Governor’s Mansion. Six years in and the fact that former Governor Kitzhaber still isn’t wearing an orange suit under his $1000 sport coats speaks volumes about something being rotten in Salem.

    And please, don’t tell me “Portland voted in Kitzhaber”. Individual counties may have voted for the opponent, but I remember that a lot of the margins were very close that election night in many parts of the state.

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  12. “There was an open warrant for sexual assault of the woman that had the restraining order. ”

    -yeah I wrote from memory. The testimony in the warrant about the assault is pretty disturbing for mindset…

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  13. Pushbutton parking brake? Manual trans? I have seen such integrated with the Park position on an automatic transmission, but manual control is a new one on me. All manual controls must be taken away from drivers ASAP!

    I had a car whose parking brake didn’t work for a decade or so. I never missed it, and never got around to fixing it, which was simple but a bit time consuming. And, yes, that was also an emergency brake, but today’s service brakes are pretty reliable, with their dual independent hydraulics. That car had a neat feature: the hydraulics were diagonally split, RF and LR on one circuit and the other two on the other. That way, if one circuit failed, there would still be good braking. Much better than split front and rear. If the front brakes fail, there will be very long stopping distances. Diagonal splits were probably killed over “safety” concerns. Another good thing to succumb.

    The one thing a parking brake does is prevent movement on a snowy hill. Park locks the drive train, but if one driven wheel has poor traction the car can still slide downhill. I remember that driveshaft parking brakes were popular on some 1950s cars. The church I went to as a kid had a row of perpendicular (the opposite of parallel) parking on a steep slope, with a low point between the cars and the street. We would often come out to find a few cars that had slid about ten feet into that low point. Harmless, but puzzled some of the drivers. That was when Park was a new thing. The solution was to use the parking brake, which AFAIK always acted on both rear wheels on park equipped cars. Of course, (almost) no front wheel drive cars then. A FWD car with a rear parking brake can be immobilized pretty well.

    Oh, no car can be successfully immobilized against a tow truck driver. They have their methods. 😉

  14. Pushbutton parking brake? Manual trans? I have seen such integrated with the Park position on an automatic transmission, but manual control is a new one on me. All manual controls must be taken away from drivers ASAP!

    Mechanical push pedal parking brake. Old school. Toyota’s cr*p 8-speed (at least in the 2018 model year) automatic. It is amazing to me that three dealerships and a Toyota “master mechanic” haven’t been able to figure this out.

    I’ve heard the new Mustang pull up mechanical parking brakes are also semi useless unless the buyer raises a ruckus with Ford or goes to an independent shop with a mechanic who knows what they’re doing.

    I have a fire lit under Toyota right now, however, since it is a safety feature and I still have some time left to file under Texas’ Lemon Law. Just gotta be careful not to leave the service records in the glove box whenever it is in the dealership.

  15. ok, stepping back a bit.

    I’ve noticed that whenever my NVR software stops, werfault.exe (win 10 error reporting) also shows in resource monitor as “terminated”. I don’t know if one is causing the other. I’d like to see what error the reporting sees, but I can’t find anything useful on google for looking at any error logs or the actual report that it tries to send to MS…

    Anyone have an idea?

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  16. Mechanical push pedal parking brake. Old school. It is amazing to me that three dealerships and a Toyota “master mechanic” haven’t been able to figure this out.

    Sorry, I misread your earlier post.

    What exactly is the malfunction? And I wouldn’t be surprised that a dealership can’t fix it. Doesn’t have a computer. Probably doesn’t even set a fault code in the main computer(s).

  17. What exactly is the malfunction? And I wouldn’t be surprised that a dealership can’t fix it. Doesn’t have a computer. Probably doesn’t even set a fault code in the main computer(s).

    The malfunction is that the parking brake flat out doesn’t work unless I mash it all the way to the floor to the point that I think I’m going to break the pedal. I don’t think anyone actually goes under the car to take a look at the cable when I have the vehicle in for service and make my usual complaint, even when I specifically make an appointment to deal with the brake system.

    Simple test — start the car with the parking brake set, foot on the service brake, put the vehicle in ‘D’, and, without applying any gas, take foot off service brake. If the vehicle moves, it won’t pass inspection in Texas.

    The dealerships want to sell me another car. Toyota, however, is subject to the Lemon Law and will have to apply heat over a safety issue.

  18. I have a fire lit under Toyota right now, however, since it is a safety feature and I still have some time left to file under Texas’ Lemon Law. Just gotta be careful not to leave the service records in the glove box whenever it is in the dealership.

    Good idea on clearing the glove box, but I would assume that all the dealerships are tied to one central data system by now.

    When I bought my used 2006 car almost three years ago, I was impressed with all the record keeping that was available through various sources. Most of it was useless, but still there was a lot of stuff typed by mechanics who touched the car. It was originally owned by a business and serviced by the selling dealer, but even independent mechanics after that did a lot of data entry. There is no privacy.

    Texas lemon law? Hmm. Just for grins, you might want to look at Steve Lehto’s YT videos. He is a Michigan attorney who makes LOTS of videos. He practices lemon law cases. He will disclaim knowledge of other states’ laws, but there is still some good general advice. I really wish the audio of all videos was transcribed and searchable. Nobody writes any more.

  19. “I really wish the audio of all videos was transcribed and searchable.”

    –I’m confident that it is, but generally not accessible to you or me except thru YT’s search bar. They can do CC and translation on the fly from the CC on some vids. WAY back in the late 80s, early 90s I installed some stuff for some folks who were contracted to a non-existent three letter agency. The lead on the project had world leading research on automatic video transcription and translation featured on his bio…. until I asked him about it, then it disappeared within days. My suspicion then was that they were transcribing broadcast, posted or surveillance video from the middle east for nati onal se curity reasons. I’m sure state of the art has advanced dramatically since then.

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  20. added- when I’m searching for repair info these days, I always search directly on YT as well as google. The YT search invariably finds more relevant info.

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  21. That car had a neat feature: the hydraulics were diagonally split, RF and LR on one circuit and the other two on the other.

    I thought that was normal. There was one car that I know was plumbed like that and I thought it a great idea. I forget what Chrysler. Maybe the ’74 Imperial.

  22. “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.”

    Comparing total deaths in 2019 and 2020 will give a baseline. Deaths due to COVID are obviously inflated for goobermint cash. Plugs’ corpse will probably run in 2024 on “tRump destroyed the economy with fake COVID deaths” platform.

    Here you go, “Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19”
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

    I am not able to figure if this chart is actual deaths by week or not. There are too many caveats written about the graph.

    Starting March 28, 2020, the number of deaths goes above the rolling average. It is trending back down to the average now.

  23. –I’m confident that it is, but generally not accessible to you or me except thru YT’s search bar. They can do CC and translation on the fly from the CC on some vids.

    Thanks, I should have thought of that. I will try it some time.

    The lead on the project had world leading research on automatic video transcription and translation featured on his bio…. until I asked him about it, then it disappeared within days.

    Funny how that happens. 😉

    added- when I’m searching for repair info these days, I always search directly on YT as well as google. The YT search invariably finds more relevant info.

    Thanks again. Good reminder. Sometimes I forget to do some basic stuff and get frustrated.

  24. “A.F. Branco Cartoon – Mostly Peaceful”
    https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-mostly-peaceful/

    “The Left-wing media try to hide the fact that Democrat leaders are allowing their cities to burn. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.”

    Look at the war zone formerly known as Kenosha:
    https://newspunch.com/like-a-war-zone-shocking-images-reveal-extent-of-destruction-after-blm-riots-leave-kenosha-in-ruins/

    BLM = Burn, Loot, Murder.

    #BidenRiots

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  25. “Funny how that happens.”

    –yep, I have a number of stories of working on .gov/.mil/3letteragencies where a casual observation (sometimes made amongst the crew and sometimes made to an authority figure) resulted in visible changes to the world. Funny the way things get edited.

    Once I caused an entire facility to repaint all the ‘stuff’ on their roof with an observation about what info was being leaked visually…

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  26. Just ordered a new battery for the Honda gennie, and 10 pack of buckets and lids from homedepot. com…

    Delivery to store for pickup was free but had times from Sept 3 to 18 for when the stuff would be there. Choosing free deliver to my home got me everything by Sept 4 (in theory). And it saves me a trip to the store to deal with the shining lights behind the counter….

    check your options. They might not be steering you to the best solution for YOU.

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  27. That car had a neat feature: the hydraulics were diagonally split, RF and LR on one circuit and the other two on the other.

    I thought that was normal. There was one car that I know was plumbed like that and I thought it a great idea. I forget what Chrysler. Maybe the ’74 Imperial.

    More widespread than I thought. Mine was a 1991 Plymouth Grand Voyager, which is now in car heaven.

    Speaking of a 74 Imperial, my best hanger queen is a 68 Imperial Crown 4 door hard top. I bought it in 1983 to replace my 69 Chrysler New Yorker, also a 4 door hard top. It was way cheaper than fixing up the Chrysler, which had a lot of miles and wear; the Chrysler is now a yard ornament parts car. I drove the Imperial for five years, and then have stored it since. The Imperial is an incredible car; mine is a condition 3 car, all original. My best description of condition 3 is new looking from about 20 feet. The interior is almost perfect. The exterior has a few signs of use, but no dents. I won’t let it go, but it is just stored in my garage. I built a shelter for it and another car while we built the new garage on the site of the original garage, which we demolished to make room. I am not driving it, but will hopefully some day. I have a clone as a parts car, missing engine and transmission. I got that free. There were only about 8400 made, so body parts are almost impossible to find. I also like the 1965 New Yorkers: beautiful. Others, too.

    Ah, the joys of old cars. Lately, I have been looking at Model A videos. I admire Henry Ford, but like 50s and 60s Mopars. Whoever said he would like to have a collection like Jay Leno’s (ITGuy1998,) bravo. I only want a much smaller number.

  28. While I am not a supporter of sending death threats to people, nor ‘doxing’, the left sure likes both as harassment techniques. They certainly don’t like it when they are the target…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8678825/Los-Angeles-teacher-flees-home-death-threats-wearing-Breathe-T-shirt.html

    A Los Angeles English teacher was forced to flee her home after receiving numerous death threats for wearing an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirt during one of her virtual class sessions.

    The teacher at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California wore the shirt in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and included instruction about racial injustice in her teaching, which the school allowed.

    ‘I just want my daughter to go to English class and learn about English,’ Blodgett said

    –sounds entirely reasonable to me. State funded indoctrination facilities. And no wonder the kids don’t have time to learn the basics…

    She defended talking about racial injustice in her curriculum, stressing the importance of ‘having authors of color, children of color writing, talking about being black in a biased world.’

    How much time did she take from grammer? English lit? Vocabulary building? Spelling?

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  29. Not surprising but the PSA AR pistol quickly sold out. The Shield is still showing ‘in stock’…

    And holy crow, 100 rd boxes of linked 50Cal BMG for your belt fed anti-Santa gun is $3.50 per round! Shooting full auto is an expensive hobby.

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  30. How much time did she take from grammer? English lit? Vocabulary building? Spelling?

    During our last school year in Vantucky, my son didn’t take discrete 6th grade English, Social Studies, and History courses, everything being lumped into one “Humanities” course. He was seriously behind in writing ability when he hit the middle school in our neighborhood after we moved to Texas, which is ranked among the best in the state.

    I still don’t think his writing is adequate starting community college this year, but we’ll see what happens.

    Middle school seems to be where it went bad in WA State, but, to be fair, we had one of the few competently-run elementary schools in the Portland metro, built with the direct involvement of HP, whose Vancouver campus was right across the street.

  31. Fiery but mostly peaceful… what a difference sunlight makes.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8679207/Photos-devastation-riot-torn-Kenosha-Trump-prepares-visit.html

    Protests devolving into violence have left countless buildings charred, businesses looted and destroyed, and streets littered with debris

    wide swaths of Kenosha, Wisconsin, that have been ripped apart and burned to the ground during riots

    A man named Banks who lives near where the worst of the violence has unfolded spoke to the Times about how he was pepper-sprayed by police while sitting on his own porch during the unrest.

    He echoed Nelson’s suggestion that the violence is driven by outsiders.

    they make it about the destruction, not the message. Why would we burn our own shit down?

    When you wrap yourself in that flag of BLM and you burn cities to the ground, people will remember,’ he said. ‘There’s a quiet majority out there.’

    yep, peaceful ‘protests’. Funny how different that looks in the cold light of day.

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  32. They say a Conservative is a Liberal who got mugged…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8677435/America-never-felt-divided-dangerous-says-Caroline-Graham.html

    My own night-time encounter was enough to prompt me to spend £3,500 on a ‘ring of steel’ security system, including night-vision cameras and a monthly fee for an ‘armed response’ if the alarm goes off

    The woman who sold it to me confessed: ‘Business is booming.’ Meanwhile, gun dealers coast-to-coast have reported a dramatic spike in sales as people seek to protect themselves and embrace their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

    And all of it, of course, could be great news for President Trump.

    Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was largely down to appealing to white, working class American men by promising to bring back blue collar jobs lost to countries like China and Mexico.

    This time around, he is targeting – brazenly – increasingly fearful women like me.

    –it’s a long and painfully ironic article, but you should read it as it goes to ‘mindset’ of the liberal elite.

  33. Military aviation is risky. I made it through twenty years without an injury. Note, I didn’t say accident.

    Nothing says Social Justice like burning down neighborhoods. Burn, Loot, Murderers will be the first crying when they can’t get anymore ciggies because everything is ashes. In their own neighborhood.

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  34. Re ammo

    I hope everyone already has what they need.

    The question is, how many do you need?
    Took inventory last week, many thousands in 22LR and almost as much .223. Pretty good stock in 9mm and .380, my carry calibers. I did buy a couple of boxes of 3030 and 7mm that I rarely use.
    As for how many I need, well, I’ve stopped practicing with my center fire pistols to preserve inventory. Only taking the .22 to the range these days.

  35. Re ammo

    I hope everyone already has what they need.

    The question is, how many do you need?

    How many neighbors do you have ?

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  36. It depends on what you see coming. I’d guess most resistance fighters only used less than 100 rounds. For ordinary self defense, it’s mainly about training and practice.

    Most ‘how to run the gun’ rifle classes used to ask you to bring 500-1000 rounds for your rifle. My buddy told me he’s discouraging first timers from even buying guns if there isn’t any ammo for them, as he knows they won’t practice or even load the gun.

    22 for subsistence hunting? Boxes.
    223 for neighborhood defense? depends on the threat. Zombies? pallets. Security teams? At least a full load out, 210 rounds in mags on your vest. Sniping at whoever? Few boxes.

    But really it all comes down to — “more”.

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  37. 90% of Covid-19 tests are false positives

    As some of us have been saying for months.

    The flip side is the number of false negatives. The nasal swab test and the serum test are both worthless, utterly worthless.

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  38. from homedepot. com…
    Delivery to store for pickup was free but had times from Sept 3 to 18 for when the stuff would be there. Choosing free deliver to my home got me everything by Sept 4 (in theory).

    I ran into that at Amazon. I ordered several childrens’ NASA flight jackets (guess what our little grands are all getting for birthdays 🙂 <3 ) , and was originally going to have a couple of them shipped as gifts with the rest sent here. But when I went to checkout, it showed those being sent elsewhere as not arriving until November, when the listing stated a Sept 4th delivery. I had to take them all out of the cart and start over, then have them all sent here, in order to get the actual "in stock" merchandise.


  39. The nasal swab test and the serum test are both worthless, utterly worthless.

    Perhaps I am naive, but didn’t there used to be a time when someone could actually look under a microscope and identify a germ by sight, and then report back yea or nay?

  40. The nasal swab test and the serum test are both worthless, utterly worthless.

    Perhaps I am naive, but didn’t there used to be a time when someone could actually look under a microscope and identify a germ by sight, and then report back yea or nay?

    Bacteria, yes. Virus, no.

  41. Re: Ammo

    But really it all comes down to — “more”.

    A worthy sentiment. I’ve accumulated more than firefights I can reasonably expect to ninja my way thru, so that will have to do for the time being.

  42. Once again Lynn beat me to it.

    (Curse that Lynn! But I’ll get you next time, my pretty. And your little dog, too!)

    Bacteria can be seen and broadly categorized under an optical microscope. Viruses need to be isolated (not always easy) and then concentrated and then examined under an electron microscope so that they can be broadly categorized. I can’t speak to the difficulty myself, never having had access to the equipment, but I understand that it gets tricky and complications set in.

    One of the complications here is that coronaviruses are common in humans. Just getting a cell sample and checking for coronavirus doesn’t necessarily tell us anything useful. The responses to various coronaviruses will usually be different and in particular the antibodies are different between COVID-19 and the common cold. (Though I just saw a “latest findings suggest…” saying that the line isn’t so clear-cut between the two and that the antibody test can give false positives.)

    Bottom line, I sympathize with the medicos’ difficulties in tracking down just how widespread this disease is and how dangerous it is. I sympathize, but I’m not going to waste time listening to their pronouncements; Fauci and Brix and the rest burned up all their reasonable doubt months ago.

  43. (Curse that Lynn! But I’ll get you next time, my pretty. And your little dog, too!)

    Hey, leave Lily out of this. She is sleeping very peacefully in the chair next to me while I watch The Umbrella Academy, not a care in the world.

    Great, you woke her up. Now she is barking.

  44. A Los Angeles English teacher was forced to flee her home after receiving numerous death threats for wearing an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirt during one of her virtual class sessions.

    The teacher at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California wore the shirt in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and included instruction about racial injustice in her teaching, which the school allowed.

    Support stupid causes, prepare to take your losses!

    On a somewhat lighter note: Johnny Cash – The One On The Right Is On The Left:

    “Now this should be a lesson if you plan to start a folk group
    Don’t go mixin’ politics with the folk songs of our land
    Just work on harmony and diction
    Play your banjo well
    And if you have political convictions keep them to yourself

    Good advice, and not just for folksingers.

  45. After reviewing some YT vids, I decided to take apart my honda gennie carb again, and this time clean the jets by removing them, not in situ. So I did, and they looked fine, but cleaned them anyway. Tore the o ring on the idle jet, so now I will order the rebuild kit. If it was damaged, that could have been part of the problem. We’ll see in a week or so.

    Dammit.

    n

  46. Nick, I don’t know if that Honda has a catalytic converter, but if it doesn’t, smell the exhaust as it stalls to see if it is too lean or rich. Might be a clue. I doubt the carb is adjustable, but sometimes debris gets into air bleeds and enrichens the mixture. Carb disassembly and cleaning always advised. Keep solvents away from all nonmetallic parts.


  47. smell the exhaust

    Just don’t smell the exhaust for very long. You’d be missed!

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  48. Well, while watching it this time, I realized it’s hunting a bit before it dies. That’s usually a carb problem, I just couldn’t hear it before because the thing is pretty quiet compared to most gennies. I watched the throttle moving though and it was definitely hunting.

    n

  49. “Santa Clarita Diet” on Netflix
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Clarita_Diet

    “Santa Clarita Diet is an American horror-comedy web television series created by Victor Fresco for the streaming service Netflix, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant”.

    Yup. And ending at the end of the third season was a good idea. Kind of reminded me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Rotten Tomatoes: 78 / 81 first season, 89 / 95 second season, 100 / 95 third season
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/santa_clarita_diet/s01

  50. “Why Military Exoskeletons Will Remain Science Fiction”
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/vikrammittal/2020/08/17/military-exoskeletons-science-fiction-or-science-reality/

    “From Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers to Marvel’s Iron Man, science fiction is full of futuristic combat suits that provides a soldier with superhuman capabilities. The largest challenge with bringing these combat suits into reality is the robotic exoskeleton on which the suit is built. Indeed, the military industrial complex has a massive graveyard of exoskeleton projects.”

    Well that sucks, I really want a powered suit that can fly.

  51. Um, I’d have thought the barrier to an exoskeleton was compact high density power source…

    n


  52. Well, while watching it this time, I realized it’s hunting a bit before it dies. That’s usually a carb problem, I just couldn’t hear it before because the thing is pretty quiet compared to most gennies. I watched the throttle moving though and it was definitely hunting.

    Hunting? Is that a wolf disguised as a genie?

  53. Um, I’d have thought the barrier to an exoskeleton was compact high density power source…

    I might be under NDA about that.

    Another huge problem is that you need a JARVIS. The suit needs to be careful that it does not rip the human in half.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.A.R.V.I.S.

  54. That Prius sure is an ugly car. Beat up, too. I never understand why people do this.

    There is some rugged terrain near where I live, and people come to see the sights. Many of them get stuck, and walk to my house for help. I used to go look, but every time I found a situation that required a wrecker that could lift the vehicle clear of rocks. I used to offer my house phone for them to call for help, but now they just use their cell phones.


  55. 90% of Covid-19 tests are false positives

    No, they are not false positives. The person tested either had COVID and has recovered (because the virus proteins linger in the sinuses after the infection passed OR the person has an active viral load that is below the threshold for transmission. Since nobody knew the threshold for transmission, they made the PCR test pretty sensitive. At the time the test was developed, we didn’t know how contagious it was. Is it flu, i.e. moderately contagious, or is it measles, i.e. highly contagious.

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