Thur. Sept. 24, 2020 – Rain seems to have moved through

Warmer and humid.   Some sun.

Sun came out yesterday for a bit, depending on where in town you were.  I was by Hobby Airport and it was grey and looked like rain was imminent, while on the NW side, it was patchy clouds and sun.

I did my auction pickup, 15 lots of mold and virus remover, and a couple of personal items.  Two weeks ago, the lots were going for over $36, this week I got a bunch at $6.  Weird.  I also took some stuff to my secondary location.  If we end up with a lake house, I’ll have another location to stock and maintain.  And secure.  Sweet, more preps.

The kids had MAP testing, which is a measure of how well they are doing for the District.    They were not thrilled.   It’s an adaptive test so it gets harder and harder until you stop succeeding.  In any case the testing messes up the normal school week and the kids come out feeling dumb.

Speaking of dumb, the Brionna riots have started.  STL started off the night with cops getting shot, and the NG in the field.  The guy streaming ends his stream with “that’s tha way ya do it, if you’re gonna do it, that’s the way you do it….”

Riots/protests have broken out in other areas too.

If you aren’t making plans for how you will deal with a variety of likely scenarios, and some unlikely ones too, you are gonna find yourself behind the eight ball if and when things get sporty near you.  I think it’s pretty likely they’ll get sporty.

Today I’ve got a bunch of my normal stuff to do, tomorrow I’ll have some auction pickups.  SKS, ammo commonality, say no more…  and some household supplies.  I’m stacking as it comes to me.

And you need to be gap filling, and stacking it high.  Can’t hurt, might save your life.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

47 thoughts on “Thur. Sept. 24, 2020 – Rain seems to have moved through”

  1. I got 20 mpg driving from Rosenberg to Abilene, TX in my 2019 F-150 4×4 running 80 mph most of the way. I got 21 mpg coming back. I wonder if the rise in elevation from 80 ft to 1,800 ft made the difference in the mileage coming and going ?

    1-2 MPG could be a lot of factors with the turbo and the complicated transmission.

    One side benefit of all the focus on using plug-in OBD modules to defeat mandatory Automatic Start Stop — ASS! — is that the third party scan tools will get better. I imagine that you could get an exact answer if you wanted to spend a few grand.

    Your dad is high tech and owns newish Mercedes. He must have a fancy toy to avoid the dealer ripoffs which you could borrow. My Apple exec friend who is into Porsche has a fancy new Bluetooth/iPhone scanner that he also uses on his Acura daily drivers, but with the Acuras, the information is merely interesting.

  2. Was watching Adam Savage in his workshop on youtube, and he had something like this

    https://www.amazon.com/LANMU-Battery-Adapter-Lithium-Soldering/dp/B081T1ZLBR?tag=ttgnet-20

    It provides 12v and 5v USB from your existing 20v dewalt batteries… I’ve got a lot of these batteries for my tools, most of which are the old 18v versions, but I also have an adapter to use them with the 20v Lions. Within the limitations of this copy of the dewalt version (this adds 12v) this looks very useful.

    Limitations include- will kill your battery if left in place, USB only 1A per outlet, doesn’t latch to battery.

    There are lots of battery conversion adapters available now. I thought I would have to print my own, but the chinese have already done the work! hooray, I can convert everything to the dewalt lion.

    n

  3. Drizzle has gone and sunshine returned. The air is calm and cool. Perfect for flying my drone but household obligations prevent that for the morning. Then off to take the wife for a doctor visit this afternoon. At least I will get the pantry rearranged.
    Moved all the crisco and cooking oil to the bunker. I put a 4 inch fan in one of the vent shafts and have it set on a timer to keep air fresh down there.

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  4. Someone mentioned ads and blockers. Been meaning to comment that the ability to press Escape to stop loading seems to have been removed from most browsers quite a while ago. Going “off line” also has been removed from the menus, or am I not finding it? I have been tempted to pull my Ethernet cable.

    Conspiracy?

  5. WRT plain clothes cops executing no-knock warrants:

    I recall TV programs such a Cops, Live PD and The First 48 where cops showing up at motel rooms where drug dealing occupants are aware of their arrival. When the cops do gain entry, no drugs can be found but toilet flushing is heard.

    IM(not so)HO, sending uniformed cops with knock first warrants does minimize success.

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  6. IM(not so)HO, sending uniformed cops with knock first warrants does minimize success. ”

    –balanced against the real problem of innocent homeowners getting killed by defending themselves from a violent home invasion, I say, too bad. Better that a thousand scumbags get away with their crimes for one more day than one innocent normal gets killed.

    –NOT saying Briana was innocent, but there are plenty of instances of wrong address and bad info and simple malfeasance besides that case.

    –it’s bad enough that I can list resisting a violent police entry as a good reason to fortify your entryway. (loved the scene in the Whoopi Goldburg movie about a thief where she just hides while they spend an hour trying to gain entry.https://youtu.be/KtBFA8lrCS8?t=2252 )

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  7. The warrant served on Brianna was a Knock first warrant. Neighbors complained that the police were making too much noise banging on her door and yelling POLICE.

    The only question is why this warrant was given to the night shift instead of being served in the evening. Probably the evening shift were too busy to be bothered with a simple warrant service like this.

  8. https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/silent-exodus-nobody-sees-leaving-work-forever

    Shareholder value was the super-wealthy’s self-serving justification for unlimited greed as corporations went from being enterprises serving communities, the national interest, employees, customers and shareholders to financialization machines whose sole purpose was enriching insiders via loading the company with debt to pay huge bonuses to top managers, stock buybacks funded by debt, the abandonment of trustworthy accounting principles and so on.

    Financialization and the deification of shareholder value sluiced all the gains into the hands of the few at the top at the expense of the many. As the chart below indicates, the top 0.1% enjoyed income gains of around 350% since 1979 while the bottom 90% barely topped 20%–a number that would be sharply negative if real-world inflation were included.

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  9. https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/silent-exodus-nobody-sees-leaving-work-forever

    I’ve been contemplating doing just that over the last week. Every job I’ve had over the last decade has been a manager deciding to take advantage of the gap on my resume due to our Vantucky disaster. One recruiter in the Northwest told me that four years in prison would be easier for him to explain to a client.

    I had a conversation with a project manager yesterday that went exactly like this:

    Him (Think Khan on “King of the Hill”): “You need to get over your anger. Life not fair. You need to learn that.”

    Me: “Sure life is fair. When I find a new job.”

    Him: “What? You can’t do that. Life not fair. Accept it.”

    At least he didn’t call me “Hillbilly”. He was probably thinking it, though.

    He actually has me scheduled out a year in advance. Why am I supposed to stay? White guilt? Are Americans always supposed to suck it up?

    I have a lesson for him — Life not fair for Project Manager either, especially one that believes my direct management.

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  10. –balanced against the real problem of innocent homeowners getting killed by defending themselves from a violent home invasion, I say, too bad. Better that a thousand scumbags get away with their crimes for one more day than one innocent normal gets killed.

    OTOH, I’ve read that 7o,ooo die annualy from use of illegal drugs. Possibly a trade off between these users of illegal drugs and innocent residents.

  11. The warrant served on Brianna was a Knock first warrant

    I heard that after the raid, the state banned no-knock warrants. We have to acknowledge that we get two opposite stories from FOX and MSNBC. Yes, I heard that the neighbors heard but. that the shooter boyfriend did not hear.

  12. –it’s bad enough that I can list resisting a violent police entry as a good reason to fortify your entryway. (loved the scene in the Whoopi Goldburg movie about a thief where she just hides while they spend an hour trying to gain entry.https://youtu.be/KtBFA8lrCS8?t=2252 )

    I generally don’t “get” Whoopi, going back to that first HBO special, but the Best Bobcat Goldthwait movie line ever is in that flick, courtesy of writer/director Hugh Wilson.

    I’ve written before about Hugh Wilson’s quote concerning his “WKRP” competing against “Little House on the Prairie”, from “Rolling Stone” at some point in the late 80s.

    “We couldn’t win. We were on Wednesday night against ‘Little House’, and every time we gained on those suckers, they would blind another child.”

    “Little House on the Prairie” in one sentence.

  13. My conclusions:
    1. The neighbor that claimed that he heard the knock and cop voices had less reason to lie than did the boyfriend that claimed that he did not hear the cops.
    2. The warrant was no-knock but the cops announced their presence regardless.


  14. 7o,ooo die annualy from use of illegal drugs

    Almost all of whom were taking them by choice. We can raise questions about purity and quality, but that comes (again) back to the unConstitutional ban on “drugs”.

    Murder by pigs bursting into a residence are anything but voluntary on the part of the victims.

    If you want to talk about big numbers, look at medical errors. Those in the medical business dispute the commonly spread number of 250,000 deaths per year in the US but it’s certainly in the tens of thousands and probably well over 100,000. And these deaths, like murder by pig, are not the result of choices by the people who die.

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  15. … the real problem of innocent homeowners getting killed by defending themselves from a violent home invasion, I say, too bad. Better that a thousand scumbags get away with their crimes for one more day than one innocent normal gets killed.

    I agree. The cops simply use whatever they are allowed to use. If they are not allowed to use no-knock warrants, they will find another way. Sure, it will probably take more effort, cost more, and have a lower success rate. The price will probably not be “a thousand scumbags get away with their crimes”, though. A few more will get away with it altogether, and the rest will just take longer to catch. Cops do know how to put in sewer cutouts to catch flushed contraband.

    2. The warrant was no-knock but the cops announced their presence regardless.

    Maybe. Or maybe they announced themselves after the shooting started, or after they were inside. I don’t think a cop can expect forbearance by way of announcing themselves if they have just gained forcible entry by surprise. I don’t know the fine details of what the neighbors reported.

  16. WRT plain clothes cops executing no-knock warrants:

    I recall TV programs such a Cops, Live PD and The First 48 where cops showing up at motel rooms where drug dealing occupants are aware of their arrival. When the cops do gain entry, no drugs can be found but toilet flushing is heard.

    There are Sneak-n-Peek warrants since 9/11, but those are really hard to get and usually done with white collar crime situations where the evidence could be destroyed quickly with actions such as removing power from a computer or phone.

    I strongly suspect I had a S-n-P served on me once.


  17. Going “off line” also has been removed from the menus, or am I not finding it?

    Firefox: Alt and then F shows the menu bar. Or you can r-click and check the bar On. Or you can press Alt F K to go off or back on line.

    Ctrl+F shows the “Find in page” at the bottom of the window.

  18. For the third time since getting the new/old house in SA, a “Priority Mail” package was left in the parcel locker at the cluster box, with no key in my box. The first time I left a note in the box and it took two days to get the key. The second time I complained at the PO and it took a day.

    This time, I went to the PO with a printout of the delivery. The worker actually went in the back and pulled a detailed print out of the delivery. Apparently, the mail trucks have GPS tracking on them and the guy confirmed the truck had been at my cluster today. He took my number and said he would try to get the package to me today.

    We’ll see what happens. The is was from a company that I have an account with, they use only USPS. My address is correct. I have ordered from them before since getting the new/old house.

    If you absolutely need a package delivered in 2-3 days, DON’T USE THE USPS!

  19. Costco had Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in 5-packs for $15. Limit 1 per customer. I could take them or leave them, but my wife is an addict. I picked some up. I’ll be her hero when I hand them to her later this afternoon.

  20. If you absolutely need a package delivered in 2-3 days, DON’T USE THE USPS!

    We have a similar mailbox cluster(f*ck) in my neighborhood in Austin, and, since March, the neighborhood carrier has signed for two deliveries of valuable merchandise which were sent to me via Priority Mail Signature Required service.

  21. I remember a scene in “Goodfellas” where Joe Pesci got killed and although the Robert DiNiro and Ray Liota characters were pissed and grieved beyond belief, they had enough respect and fear for their bosses that did it that they would never even think of retaliating against them.

    If the police and the govt. were the tyrants that BLM and Antifa say they are, they would not have the guts to resist them. They would expect to be killed by roaming bands of cops that have a “hit list” of miscreants that need to be rubbed out.

    Everything is political!!!


  22. Costco had Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in 5-packs for $15.

    I got some at Costco this morning, and Bush’s baked beans.

  23. @Paul, Yes, it still works in FF, but I am using Chromium on Linux. I confirmed by some searching that others have this problem, too, and the work arounds are too much trouble for me. It’s OK, I will stop using Chromium soon.

  24. Update about my misplace Priority Mail package.

    Nothing from the PO, but a nice lady just dropped it off. It was delivered to her, key in her box, but on another street. Close, but no cigar PO. The parcel had the correct address so boo on the PO. Now to wait to see what they do when they can’t find it. I left my cell with the PO so they could call me.

  25. Oh, yeah, the lady who brought my parcel wasn’t wearing a mask. Me either when I went out to see her. The doxies don’t like anybody who come to the door, so I usually go out to see who’s there.

    Should I self-quarantine for 14 days?

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  26. Well, I ordered the dewalt to usb adapter, and another that lets me use the new batteries with my old tools. I have the dewalt version of that and will be interested to see the chinesium version, which was 1/3 the cost AND includes a take off 5v USB charge port!

    Also put my lawn mower battery on the charger and topped it up. 60v LiON in a compact high Ah package. If only there was a downconverter for it to 12v and 5v, or something like the goalzero inverter. added- looks like there is,but for some reason, they are to 220vac and they are mostly crazy expensive!

    It’s a nice package – Toro 60v

    Of course, I’m actually a bit nervous about all the energy in that compact package.

    n


  27. Should I self-quarantine for 14 days?

    Nope. Not necessary.

    But maybe update your will.

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  28. Cool and hilarious ad featuring Dan Crenshaw:

    ‘Greatest political ad in history’: This spot featuring Rep. Dan Crenshaw makes us want the whole feature film

    C’mon, Man. That’s a bunch of malarky.

    HARRIS/biden 2020

    Following that link via DDG gives me:

    404. That’s an error.

    The requested URL was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

    from Google (and not for the first time!)

    Should I be paranoid?

  29. Duke prof’s new computer science course will focus on diversity:

    Alicia Washington, a computer science professor at Duke and diversity advocate, hopes to increase representation in the field with a new course.

    The class, originally scheduled for the spring semester, is being offered this fall because of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

    Methinks this might be the final nail in the coffin of comp. sci. as a serious intellectual discipline.

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  30. from Google (and not for the first time!)

    Should I be paranoid?

    The link is to Twitchy.com It works for me, but I’ve gotten the google error before, too.

  31. The first link worked for me.

    mmm grilled bratwurst, saute’d onion, and homemade potato chips for dinner.

    Living large.

    n

  32. Went out front a little while ago – early evening here – but got chased off by the noseeum ankle biters. Tiny – hard to see but I just kept getting it.
    Mosquitos usually don’t much bother me but these little boogers are tenacious. Good news is the itch doesn’t cause swelling or last long. A little anti-itch spray stops any itch fast. Small skeeter, small bite I guess but too much to remain outside. Need to find the repellent.

    https://www.bakersfield.com/delano-record/ankle-biter-mosquito-now-a-permanent-resident-of-kern/article_b1cdb078-ec9c-11ea-b31c-dfefe3fbc8d5.html


  33. Duke prof’s new computer science course will focus on diversity

    Create a new coding language. Call it THUG++

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  34. Methinks this might be the final nail in the coffin of comp. sci. as a serious intellectual discipline.

    At the Masters degree level, it has been dead as a rigorous discipline for a while.

    My rule of thumb is that only 10% of the population is capable of learing to code at a high level. That’s 10% across the board, though, without variation for race or gender. You either have it or you don’t, and 90% of people don’t.

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  35. My rule of thumb is that only 10% of the population is capable of learning to code at a high level. That’s 10% across the board, though, without variation for race or gender. You either have it or you don’t, and 90% of people don’t.

    Yep. And Gresham’s Law seems to apply to programmers as well as money. 🙁

  36. Went out front a little while ago – early evening here – but got chased off by the noseeum ankle biters. Tiny – hard to see but I just kept getting it.

    Sad. Don’t have those here. Don’t have mosquitoes. grew up with them, and don’t miss ’em. All we have are sssnakes, and most of them are my friendsss. Oh, coyotes, roadrunners, and birds of prey, too.


  37. The class, originally scheduled for the spring semester, is being offered this fall because of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

    That make no sense at all. How can a course that based on logic incorporate social justice?

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  38. Lower the standards, don’t enforce codes of conduct or behaviour. Those are oppressive white concepts.

    No math. Math is oppressive.

    No gendered variable names. No “master” or “slave” processes.

    Stuff some more unqualified and unhappy employees into a new pathway.

    n

  39. _Fat Vampire (Volume 1)_ by Johnny B. Truant
    https://www.amazon.com/Fat-Vampire-Johnny-B-Truant/dp/1629550019/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number one of a six book vampire fantasy series. I read the well printed and well bound POD (print on demand) trade paperback self published by the author in 2013. I have ordered books two and three in the series.

    Reginald Baskin is a large fat man, not the typical recruit that the Vampire Council normally turns. Normally they recruit lean beautiful people who reflect the public image that the council wish to present. So, after Reginald is turned by a vampire renegade, the council decides to execute him.

    The author has a website at:
    https://sterlingandstone.net/johnny-b-truant/

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,061 reviews)

  40. 7o,ooo die annualy from use of illegal drugs

    Almost all of whom were taking them by choice. We can raise questions about purity and quality, but that comes (again) back to the unConstitutional ban on “drugs”.

    Murder by pigs bursting into a residence are anything but voluntary on the part of the victims.

    If you want to talk about big numbers, look at medical errors. Those in the medical business dispute the commonly spread number of 250,000 deaths per year in the US but it’s certainly in the tens of thousands and probably well over 100,000. And these deaths, like murder by pig, are not the result of choices by the people who die.

    My wife’s BFF’s youngest daughter, age 24, overdosed on heroin last week. Again. She is in a Los Angeles hospital, recovering. She normally lives on the street in LA. It breaks my heart, I fondly remember feeding her 22 years ago while her mom made supper for us.

    Despite that, The War On Some Drugs ™ has been ruinous to the USA. It has turned the police into overarmed goons and started several evil practices such as civil forfeiture. All of the worst traits of The Prohibition and none of the good ones.

    The dogooders are killing us. They are continuously trying to force their morals and values on us and the police will enforce every little rule that they make. Even at the cost of taking a few lives here and there. The police should only enforce people hurting other people.

  41. Duke prof’s new computer science course will focus on diversity

    Create a new coding language. Call it THUG++

    Create a new coding language. Call it THUG- –

    Fixed that for ya.

  42. Methinks this might be the final nail in the coffin of comp. sci. as a serious intellectual discipline.

    At the Masters degree level, it has been dead as a rigorous discipline for a while.

    My rule of thumb is that only 10% of the population is capable of learing to code at a high level. That’s 10% across the board, though, without variation for race or gender. You either have it or you don’t, and 90% of people don’t.

    I wish I could code. Recent results are proving me incompetent. I rewrote about a thousand lines of fortran to handle multiple events and the first pass through the 560+ benchmarks generated over a hundred error files. I fixed a couple of bugs and the second pass generated only a dozen error files. So much for the days I could rip off a few hundred working lines of code a day.

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