Wed. Oct. 14, 2020 – half way to Halloween

Milder but still humid.  Sweaty.  Probably.  Probably nice in the shade.

It was sweaty but not super hot, and almost pleasant in the shade for most of Tuesday.   The roofers are finished, but the boss will do final inspection today.  The roof looks great.  They did a really fantastic job of cleaning up too.  All the lines are straight, the edges crisp, and there isn’t any inadvertent pattern in the shingles.  Win all around.

I got a couple of little things done while trapped in the house of thuds, bangs, and shudders.   Mainly I did some sale listings.  I also bid on and won an IR emitter to replace the one that died.  It’s a serious pro level unit that I’m hoping has superior performance.  With my low bid, it cost about the same as the chinesium ones.

I’ll be doing more chipping away at tasks today, with a pickup scheduled in the middle of the day.  I got a piece of gear I’ll be flipping to my client.  He’s ok with used gear if he gets to approve it, and the price is right, and it’s not a critical piece.

I’ve got a bunch of paperwork stuff to do too, that I’ve been putting off since the start of the covid lockdowns.  Some tax related, some income related, some vehicle related.  All in all, a big pile.  I need to push past the funk and crank it out.

I also need to get my Halloween plans in gear.  We’re going for it this year and I need some new stuff to put out.  Much more fun that cleaning the garage, but I don’t think my wife will let me skip that part.  I hope I can find the time.

Speaking of, no time like the present.  I better get started or there won’t be time to keep stacking later.

 

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

92 thoughts on “Wed. Oct. 14, 2020 – half way to Halloween”


  1. And there is research that

    Doesn’t matter. We’re being lied to, constantly by omission and not infrequently by commission. We helots don’t know what’s going on and there’s good reason to believe our lords and masters don’t, either.

    Take what precautions seem prudent to you for your own safety. Don’t criticize others’ choices. Don’t tell others what to do or criticize their choices.


  2. Don’t criticize others’ choices

    My biggest peeve is being told I cannot go out to protect others who are going out. If people feel at risk, stay home. Don’t tell me to stay home.

    I got yelled at by a lady at Walmart because I did not have a mask and she was at risk. It was in the parking lot! If a person is at risk, stay home. Her need to go to Walmart does not trump my rights. I don’t care if she gets sick, not my problem to solve. Yes, I am a jerk.

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  3. Was that Karen — not a lady by any reasonable definition — further than six feet from you to start and came close to yell at you for endangering her?


  4. further than six feet from you to start

    She was on the other side of her car. Her belly added another two feet. So yes, it was more than six feet.

    I see where CNN is now complaining that Ms. Barrett is raising the art of dodging questions to a new level. Good for her. No complaints about that senile clown from Hawaii and her idiotic questions. The fact that Ms. Barrett is “artfully” dodging some of the questions of the inquisition panel is good. They are asking her to make rulings when clearly the hearings are not the proper venue for such.

    Ms. Barrett will get confirmed, of that there is no doubt. Many of the democrats are just using the hearings to try and sound intelligent and get their face on mainstream media.

    I have been impressed with her composure when at several times she would have been well justified in telling some of them to take their question and stuff it where the sun don’t shine and vaseline is recommended.

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  5. Barrett should have walked over, punched Hirono in her stupid face, and challenged her to a duel. “Knife fight, bitch.”

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  6. Well Kern County was allowed to move from ‘purple’ to ‘red’ tier yesterday. Thanks Guv.

    Our goal posts are on wheels. 😉

  7. I got yelled at by a lady at Walmart because I did not have a mask and she was at risk. It was in the parking lot! If a person is at risk, stay home. Her need to go to Walmart does not trump my rights. I don’t care if she gets sick, not my problem to solve. Yes, I am a jerk.

    So exactly how many cases have resulted from exposure at Walmart? Deaths?

    The pandemic situation appeals to certain personality types. They will be loathe to surrender their new found moral high ground when the time comes to remove the masks.

    When we first moved to the Portland Metro, I noticed a lot of what I call “Church Ladies Without Churches” personalities, both women *and* men, particularly prone to becoming buttinskis when I was struggling with the kids in public, but since leaving the West Coast, I’ve noticed that the type is spreading east. Austin definitely has a bunch, hence the mandatory masking ordinances, sometimes enforced by APD.

    Scott Adams has been throwing around a stat this week that 85% of people who contracted the virus practiced mask precautions in public.

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  8. ACB should have written WTF on that blank notepad, and held it up.

    Blank is more intimidating.

    And, as I learned last week, people will feign offense over anything right now, especially if it provides cover for their own inadequacies. F-bombs or anything close are particularly easy to raise a fuss about.


  9. people will feign offense over anything

    It’s a tactic, nothing else.

    Same thing as tears.

    Yes, some people are honestly, and with good reason, offended by some things. Yes, some people are honestly so upset during a conversation that they start crying.

    Too bad. The tactic has been overused to the point that no sensible person pays them any mind.

    See also: accusations of racism.


  10. Well Kern County was allowed to move from ‘purple’ to ‘red’ tier yesterday. Thanks Guv.

    Down in Orange County we are gettng Screwsome and stuck in red although overall metric is now orange. Santa Ana is still red so in the terms of equality, the overall orange does not apply until disadvantaged areas become orange.


  11. See also: accusations of racism.

    That’s raayyycisss!

    See also: Ray Thompson 😉

  12. That’s raayyycisss!

    See also: Ray Thompson

    Thanks, you scurvy low life.

    Continuing subbing today. I really don’t remember being that disrespectful when I was in school. Perhaps my memory is not good.

  13. WRT yesterday’s discussion of “burger-flippers”: In the mid-60s I flipped burgers for the first McDonald’s Franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois (it opened in 1955). Getting a job there was not easy, you had to be recommended by your Highschool Guidance Counselor in addition to top grades and teacher recommendations. It was hard work, but it was teamwork, we were a “well-oiled machine”. There were no slackards. I learned a lot about teamwork at Mickey D’s and it has stood me well throughout life.

    We are supposed to be receiving our “Vote By Mail Ballots” today. WA State has been 100% vote by mail for 11-years (maybe more). There are exceptions/accommodations for folks who don’t want mail a ballot and as you can imagine there are always many cases of people voting twice this way. For some reason, the local and national MSM are treating this like it has never been done before. It is obvious to me that the so-called Democrat Party wants mail-in voting to fail. (BTW, my contribution for the daily kerfuffle: People wrongly call it the Democratic Party, and the Democrats have done a good job of re-writing history to make it seem that Democratic is correct.)

    Our local schools have been in limited sessions for almost 3-weeks now and we now have nearly 5% of teachers with COVID. So, the thought is to go back to distance learning, but the parents are being very vocal that they do not want to have their kids’ at home (IMHO, then they never should have had them in the first place).

    Fall is in full force. A cold front and high winds (averaging 17 to 20 mph) for the past 3-days. I relented and switched the heat pump to heat/cool mode. On the plus side, the wind has blown away the smoke from all the forest/brush fires so we are back to a normal AQI (Air Quality Index).

    Life goes on…

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  14. We are supposed to be receiving our “Vote By Mail Ballots” today. WA State has been 100% vote by mail for 11-years (maybe more).

    Clark County still offered an in-person voting option when we moved there in 2010, but 2012 was mail-in or drop box only.

  15. Early voting opened here in TN today. I will vote today. I see nothing on the horizon that is going to change my mind. I will again be voting against a candidate than for a candidate. Sad state of affairs. Regardless of who wins there will be legal challenges and rioting.

  16. Early voting opened here in TN today. I will vote today. I see nothing on the horizon that is going to change my mind. I will again be voting against a candidate than for a candidate. Sad state of affairs. Regardless of who wins there will be legal challenges and rioting.

    We have to vote against candidates for US Sentate and Congress this year.

    In Florida, I used to consistently vote against our Republican Congressman, Adam “Opie” Putnam, always opting for the Libertarian to send a message, but that was a safe protest vote since Opie won with 70-80% of the ballots every time.

    All I expected out of Trump was being an adult about Russia, no new wars, and better Supreme Court picks than the Bush family made. He got lucky in being able to fill the Payola seat, which hasn’t gone Republican in 60 years. I’ll vote “for” in his case.

    I had a “WTF” moment (excuse the implied f-bomb — don’t fire me), when Trump took out the Iranian general, but, as soon as I saw the gaudy cocktail ring used to identify the body, I realized that the general probably wasn’t all that popular on either side and we had probably done the Iranians a huge favor long term and short circuited a run-up to war. Genius.

    Maybe the Iranians could do us a solid and do something about the Vindman twins in “retaliation”.

  17. I am not pleased that I have to vote ‘against’ a candidate, rather than ‘for’ a candidate in this election.

    Which I had to do the last time. And will have to do again this time.

  18. I can come up with no other excuse to ask a decent, honest, mother of seven, lady an indecent question like that.

    I can. Battlespace preparation for when the Dems produce a bunch of crazy liars claiming that Barrett verbally or sexually harassed or assaulted them.

    Yes, I agree. And Rush expounded on that at length this morning. He noted the exact legalness of both questions asked by the incompetent and indecent dum-bro-crat senator from Hawaii. So we are going to get subjected to another nobody claiming that they were assaulted by ACB.
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/10/14/judge-amy-coney-grin-and-bear-it-is-unflappable/

    “HIRONO: Since you became a legal adult have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”

    “BARRETT: No, Senator Hirono.”

    “HIRONO: Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?”

    “BARRETT: No, Senator.”
    ….

    “That question came out of the blue. Is very weird. And then it’s followed up, “Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” “No, Senator.” What happens, ladies and gentlemen — I hate even going down this path. But I know who we’re dealing with here. What if you have some really disgruntled former student, you know that the Democrat Party has been going through every student record, every student that’s ever attended one of her courses, every student that’s ever been in one of her classrooms, they’re going through these people, they’re finding out who they are.”

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  19. COVID numbers are exploding here, and in a lot of European countries. Not sure why. Cold and rainy weather is a partial explanation, but surely not enough.

    I know not all of you agree, but we take it pretty seriously. Time to start being extra careful with our personal interactions.


  20. COVID numbers are exploding here, and in a lot of European countries.

    But not deaths. And not hospitalizations.

    For instance, Italy is now notching “cases” near 6000/day, comparable to the previous peak back at the end of March when it was the poster child for the “We’re all gonna die” POV. But deaths are stubbornly remaining under 30, as compared to about 900/day in early April.

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  21. I am not pleased that I have to vote ‘against’ a candidate, rather than ‘for’ a candidate in this election.

    Which I had to do the last time. And will have to do again this time.

    I don’t think I ever have voted for a candidate for President. My second world memory was the resignation of Richard Nixon. Nine year old me learned a terrible, but important, lesson: The Government is NOT here to help.

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  22. I can. Battlespace preparation for when the Dems produce a bunch of crazy liars claiming that Barrett verbally or sexually harassed or assaulted them.

    I think the Dems have gone about as far as they can with this nomination without offending the voter demographic they’re counting on to swing the election.

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  23. Sam’s Club run today at lunch time.

    Am I missing something wrt paper towels? Every cart seemed to have a pack of Bounty, and Sam’s had the signs back up limiting purchases to one, including their store brand.

    The rest of the store seemed fairly normal with the exception of the ongoing absence of Campbell’s Tomato Soup.

  24. My opening statement, when I am nominated by President Trump for the position of Chief Justice of the United States:

    I view with great suspicion the powers and actions of the federal government. Because I am not a lawyer, I expect to follow the plain wording of the Constitution and the written laws rather than the tortured interpretations that have accreted over the centuries and perverted the inten. As you ask your questions I will respond in kind: polite questions will be answered politely. Attacks will be answered with attacks. And anything that may be construed as an attack on my family will see me pulling out and eating your soul. I await your questions.

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  25. COVID numbers are exploding here, and in a lot of European countries.

    But not deaths. And not hospitalizations.

    For instance, Italy is now notching “cases” near 6000/day, comparable to the previous peak back at the end of March when it was the poster child for the “We’re all gonna die” POV. But deaths are stubbornly remaining under 30, as compared to about 900/day in early April.

    COVID-19 has become a very strong flu season to me. Just about every one who has died in my county (203 people out of 820,000 people) has been over 80 and had comorbidities. I’ll even argue that the 215,000 deaths in the USA are not statistically significant due to our normal death rate of three million plus in the USA each year. And while the CDC’s cooked numbers show a rise in deaths, the rise is not 2X, 3X, etc of the normal death rate.
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

    In any case, do the deaths in the USA justify shutting down our economy and impoverishing our working poor ? No.

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  26. Maybe the Iranians could do us a solid and do something about the Vindman twins in “retaliation”.

    LMFAO!

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  27. I can. Battlespace preparation for when the Dems produce a bunch of crazy liars claiming that Barrett verbally or sexually harassed or assaulted them.

    I think the Dems have gone about as far as they can with this nomination without offending the voter demographic they’re counting on to swing the election.

    I am afraid that Rush is right, they are going to try to delay the ACB nomination vote until after the election. There is a major production coming and the dum-bro-crats are setting up a three act play of horror.

  28. Another one on pause

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8836451/Trials-EIi-Lillys-coronavirus-antibody-treatment-paused.html

    three in the last week or so?

    n

    The last count that I saw was that there were 120 COVID-19 vaccine investigations going on in various stages. Several have failed due to animal and human trial issues. Like I have said before, I am going to wait for the one ? three ? five ? thirty ? year report. However, I suspect that I will be grabbed one day and forced to take a vaccination that is 50% effective at best with known significant side issues. The death rate from the vaccination may be more than the death rate from the virus.

  29. https://xkcd.com/1520/

    Explained at:
    https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1520:_Degree-Off

    Will 2020 deaths due to infectious disease even be noticeable in long term compared to the dates before the 1950s ?
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

    215,000 / 330,000,000 * 100,000 =
    65 deaths per 100,000 population in the USA due to COVID-19

    The Spanish Flu was 650 deaths per 100,000 population in the USA. We are not even close to that.

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  30. COVID numbers are exploding here, and in a lot of European countries.

    But not deaths. And not hospitalizations.

    I recall reading an explanation of the reduced lethality of viruses over time as an effect of the more lethal virus removing the host and itself from the pool of available vectors. The less lethal virus spread more due to the host being able to contact others longer and spread that virus further.

    [conspiracy theory on] Presumably an artificially enhanced lethality would drop off quicker? [conspiracy theory off]

  31. I am afraid that Rush is right, they are going to try to delay the ACB nomination vote until after the election. There is a major production coming and the dum-bro-crats are setting up a three act play of horror.

    The nomination is still for the Payola Seat and now Mittens is involved, probably having been given an “or else” mandate from the constituents. Partisan vote — a huge departure from tradition — but it will happen.

    Dredge up allegations about any possible misconduct as a law professor, and they’re taking on Notre Dame. Touchdown Jesus. The alumni want this regardless of their political beliefs.

    Searching quickly, I don’t see Notre Dame Law has a Supreme Court Justice. I wish the Dems luck taking that on with Steele Dossier-type evidence.

    What happened with Kavanaugh worked because people saw their daughters in the Blasey-Ford woman’s schtick.

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  32. Sam’s Club run today at lunch time.

    Am I missing something wrt paper towels? Every cart seemed to have a pack of Bounty, and Sam’s had the signs back up limiting purchases to one, including their store brand.

    The rest of the store seemed fairly normal with the exception of the ongoing absence of Campbell’s Tomato Soup.

    Get some PT bro ! These runs just don’t keep themselves going, you gotta help !

  33. “Elections officials ask voters to stop disinfecting mail-in ballots”
    https://ogdaa.blogspot.com/2020/10/elections-officials-ask-voters-to-stop.html

    “SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — Sacramento County elections officials are asking people to stop disinfecting their mail-in ballots.”

    “Voters do not have to worry about contracting COVID from their mail-in ballots,” said Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, Registrar of Voters in Sacramento County.”

    That is hilarious. Especially the microwaved ballot.

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  34. And while the CDC’s cooked numbers show a rise in deaths, the rise is not 2X, 3X, etc of the normal death rate.

    There will probably be a corresponding decrease in deaths in 2021 as many of the people who have died weren’t “long for the road” anyway. So, we just transferred some 2021 deaths to 2020 and that’s about it. For a lot of these people their bodies weren’t exactly temples. When you’re 88 year old father-in-law who is on 18 prescriptions passes away is anyone shocked? Like, really shocked? If it wasn’t COVID-19 it was going to be the next cold he got. Of course, that’s assuming COVID-19 was even a primary contributing factor when he could have just as easily passed from old age and just so happened to test positive for COVID-19 on postmortem testing.

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  35. Get some PT bro ! These runs just don’t keep themselves going, you gotta help !

    Yes, when the rampaging cannibal gangs come knocking on your door, having the last 12 pack of Bounty for 500 miles will be an important bargaining chip you can use to negotiate for your life and those of your family members.

    Fido will be toast, however. Or, more correctly, served on toast. Maybe they would have spared him for a bottle of Formula 409. Or a real 3M N95 mask.

  36. It’s been a long while since things got so bad in the US that we moved past the initial “neighbors helping neighbors” phase and spiraled down into the “I will shoot you in the face and take every supply you have” phase.

  37. Re: voting against someone. My first time casting a ballot for President was in 1992. I have yet to vote FOR someone…always against.

  38. I don’t think anything in this two part article will be a surprise to most of the readers here, but it is a well done summary and a good review of the ideas.

    https://survivalblog.com/lessons-pandemic-part-1-don-patrice-lewis/

    https://survivalblog.com/lessons-pandemic-part-2-don-patrice-lewis/

    It’s also a good place to point people who haven’t yet decided to prepare but are feeling uneasy….

    n

    “More Than Half Of All Americans “Plan To Stockpile Food And Other Essentials” For The Chaotic Months Ahead”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/more-half-all-americans-plan-stockpile-food-and-other-essentials-chaotic-months

    Looks like the Trumper is going to get more than 50% of the vote. I doubt any preppers will vote for Sleepy Joe.

    The wife keeps on asking me why I am buying so much canned food for the pantry which is overflowing. I have given up and don’t answer anymore.

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  39. I drove past our close by Early Voting place two hours ago. The line extended out the door of the community center by over a 100 feet. And there was little social distancing. Maybe next week.

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  40. Get some PT bro ! These runs just don’t keep themselves going, you gotta help !

    Yes, when the rampaging cannibal gangs come knocking on your door, having the last 12 pack of Bounty for 500 miles will be an important bargaining chip you can use to negotiate for your life and those of your family members.

    Fido will be toast, however. Or, more correctly, served on toast. Maybe they would have spared him for a bottle of Formula 409. Or a real 3M N95 mask.

    Social dynamics are always strange. As a stockpiler of both TP and PT, they give me security. So do canned beans and canned corn.

    One of my favorite movies is the documentary “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. One of the mainstays from the documentary is that one can never have enough guns. I love the scene where he is walking from the gun battle outside the town, reloading his four pistols one by one. I am trying to figure out how to carry four pistols nowadays. A couple of my .357s hold seven rounds now.
    https://grabagun.com/ruger-gp100-357mag-7sh-4-2-ss-as.html

  41. I never even got out of the TP and PT I keep in the garage…. The “backup” is all back in storage.

    We haven’t eaten much of my stored food either, mainly hash browns and canned chicken, and a case or two of canned corn. Lots of pasta in our normal menus but not much rice or flour.

    I’ll be doing my instacart order tomorrow while staying home with the kids.

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  42. Social dynamics are always strange. As a stockpiler of both TP and PT, they give me security. So do canned beans and canned corn.

    I have food stashed, and I certainly understand TP even though we aren’t even close to being at the point in this country where recycled paper fiber is going into the product destined for home use.

    Maybe someone at Walmart HQ was having some fun or they simply need to keep the supply chain moving now that the manufacturers have ramped up production.

    This is a weird apocalypse.

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  43. Picked up my auction stuff. Stopped by my buddy’s gun store and said hi. They managed to find a few new guns in stock and bought them so they actually have a tiny bit of new retail stock. It was closing time so I didn’t get a feel for how busy they were, but they still had a bunch of transfers waiting for pickup. They are definitely getting worn out trying to run the store without employees.

    I noticed a few more empty storefronts and for lease signs while I was out today. Traffic was very light, even in the areas that are normally congested at lunch time. I don’t take that as a good sign.

    Our highway construction is proceeding with projects though. Lighter than normal traffic is a boon to them. School remodels and new buildings likewise are proceeding.

    Construction, especially highway work, just doesn’t seem to take as many workers as it used to though.

    Things are definitely going to be different after we get thru this.

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  44. I can picture Curly Bill saying it.

    I have no idea who Curly Bill is, but I’m sure glad I wasn’t drinking coffee when I saw that!

    Edit:
    Okay, _Tombstone _ is now in my queue. How I missed it is a mystery. Looks fun!

  45. “BREAKING: Joe Biden Calls a Lid and Hides in His Basement After Explosive Revelations From Hunter Biden’s Recovered Hard Drive”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/breaking-joe-biden-calls-lid-hides-basement-explosive-revelations-hunter-bidens-recovered-hard-drive/

    “Joe Biden called a lid at 9:41 Wednesday morning and shut down for the day after Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon dropped an October surprise on his campaign!”

    “The New York Post reported Wednesday that a laptop computer abandoned at a Delaware repair shop contains emails between Hunter Biden and a senior Burisma adviser that indicate Hunter Biden arranged a meeting between his father then-Vice President Joe Biden and the adviser in Washington, D.C. in 2015.”

    Hunter, Hunter, Hunter. Didn’t you take notes from your Aunt Hillary about how to get rid of old pesky computer equipment ? You use bleachbit and a screwdriver through the hard drive.

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

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  46. I’m working on my ADS-B solution, it’s working really well considering that the antenna is inside my front upstairs window. From NW San Antonio I’m reliably logging aircraft all the way out to Fredricksburg, Kerrville & Johnson City.

    I decided today that I’d use a Raspberry Pi to host the decoder. I found a few Pi’s.. (2) Pi 1B, (1) Pi3 and (3) Pi Zeros. And a couple of ESP32 units.

    I may have a problem.

    I also have several powered and unpowered USB hubs.

    And only ONE working 8GB micro SD card. Amazon again 🙁

    An ESP32 will become a bluetooth & WiFi logger.

  47. @markw, that’s a cool problem though and while you might spread it to your acquaintances, it’s unlikely to ruin their lives 😉

    I’m looking forward to hearing where you end up…

    n

  48. Even Michael Snyder, the doom porn king, needs to embrace the power of “and”….

    Many Americans believe that another wave of the coronavirus pandemic is coming, others believe that our ongoing economic depression will get even deeper, and yet others are convinced that the upcoming election could produce widespread violence.

    –I think all of the above are coming, hopefully not all at the same time, or with the same severity.

    n

    At this point we are about 500 hours away from the election, and both sides are indicating that they are prepared to fight until the bitter end.

    –that’s an interesting way to frame the time…

    n


  49. Hunter, Hunter, Hunter. Didn’t you take notes from your Aunt Hillary about how to get rid of old pesky computer equipment ?

    You wipe it. Like with a cloth or something.

    This is a weird apocalypse.

    I was promised cannibal zombies and all I got was Biden voters. … So I guess this is indeed the apocalypse I expected.

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  50. Hunter, Hunter, Hunter. Didn’t you take notes from your Aunt Hillary about how to get rid of old pesky computer equipment ? You use bleachbit and a screwdriver through the hard drive.

    According to the Post, the laptop, a MacBook Pro, was left at a repair shop to fix water damage and never picked up.

    Law enforcement can’t ask repair shops to investigate the contents of a hard drive on a customer’s computer, but if the repair shop scans the drive and finds something interesting, they can volunteer the information to the authorities. The Geek Squad at Best Buy does it routinely but they are quiet about it. No warrant required.

    BleachBit is overkill unless your opponent is a state-level actor. I wiped the relevant VirtualBox VMs on my work computer and used SDelete running with the ‘-c’ option before returning the laptop to the office last week. My laptop is still bootable and all of my work emails/Teams chats are still there.

  51. I’m working on my ADS-B solution, it’s working really well considering that the antenna is inside my front upstairs window. From NW San Antonio I’m reliably logging aircraft all the way out to Fredricksburg, Kerrville & Johnson City.

    The FAA publishes a registry of tail numbers which gets updated daily if you want information about the planes you see listed. CSV, but readily converted into SQLite for easy access with a command line query.


  52. both sides are indicating that they are prepared to fight until the bitter end

    I’ve been saying that for weeks, that if Trump is declared the winner, the commies will refuse to accept it and will riot. If Biden is declared the winner (in anything but the most flat-footed of Trump stumbles), the Americans will refuse to accept it and will go to war. If the electoral college fails and the election goes to the House, that will probably result in the government being overthrown. If foreign watchers come in to keep the elections “honest”, Americans will reject the election and go to war. If foreign peace-keepers come in to help put down the revolt, they’ll be killed and their weapons taken.

    Keep stacking.

    For my part, I’m going to the restaurant supply store soon. I’ve been saying that, but I have a freezer almost empty enough to be worth the trip. #10 cans, flour, and rice, too.

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  53. Okay, _Tombstone _ is now in my queue. How I missed it is a mystery. Looks fun!

    Val Kilmer’s “Doc Holliday” makes the movie. I’m laughing just thinking about the poker table scene.

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  54. The MSM is covering for Hunter “Son of Plugs” Biden at warp speed. The NY Times claims the laptop was illegally hacked. LOL! The same NY Times that published tRump’s taxes from “unknown sources”. Doesn’t matter if the taxes were illegally gained IT’S NEEEEWWWWWSSS!!! Twitter has even banned The NY Post from posting about their own article. Ditto FaceCrack. Hacks one and all. Wake up sheeple!

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  55. If foreign watchers come in to keep the elections “honest”, Americans will reject the election and go to war. If foreign peace-keepers come in to help put down the revolt, they’ll be killed and their weapons taken.

    The USA military will not allow “Pakistanis in Blue Hats” to land on our shores. The Air Force and the Navy will have a field day with ships trying to land troops on our shores. I doubt that any of the ships would make it within 200 miles of our “island” shore.

    I got a ringside seat at what it took for a 1,500 man US Marine Corps battalion to move itself from California to Iraq. First they spent six months loading their shorty portable containers (8 ft by 8 ft by 10 ft ???) full of MREs, water, heavy weapons, medium weapons, tents, personal lockers, etc, etc, etc. They took everything they might need for a seven month stay. Then they loaded a 500 ? 600 ? ft freighter at the California docks with a 100+ portable containers and their 100+ vehicles: many humvees, several 7 ton trucks, a few LAVs, and a few Abrams tanks plus a tank retriever. The freighter took off for Kuwait a month before the Marines did.

    They took one 24 bottle pack of water for each Marine for each day and still ran out of water. They had to go to an Army base and steal a hundred or so pallets of water. Did you know that 20 Marines can pick up a pallet of water without a pallet jack and shove it into a 7 ton truck ?

    When the Marines left, they did so in six rented 747s, one or two planes per day. In my son’s first trip, they left from the Los Angeles airport instead of March AFB for some reason. Marines always carry their light weapons into a posting so he was carrying his M16 and a M249 through the airport. There were pictures of them taken by several astonished people watching them march through the airport. Each plane carried 220 to 250 Marines along with several PODs in the cargo hold. They flew to Germany then to Kuwait. They assembled their gear and drove into Iraq with all of their vehicles and tanks. And that tank retriever, very important in the desert as they would find out.

    Can you imagine what it would take for any UN soldiers to move into the USA ? The USAF would have a field day shooting the planes down. Or the US Navy gleefully sinking the freighters.

    BTW, Trump said a very interesting thing the other day when he was on Rush’s radio show for two hours. When he took office, the military walked into his office fairly quickly and said that they were out of ammo. And they were not just talking about bullets. The first supplemental budget that Trump got re-ammo’d all of the services. We were out of bullets, cruise missiles, heat seaker missiles, and ballistic missiles (Navy). All that we had plenty of was nuclear weapons. Obama refused to allow the military to re-ammo itself for eight years.


  56. They had to go to an Army base and steal a hundred or so pallets of water.

    The “real” story is the Marines stole the water from a Navy base. Logistics Officer Biden was unconscious in a crack induced stupor at the time. Then Plugs’s Junior got an OTH discharge.

    I got that from “unnamed sources” so it must be true.

  57. The MSM is covering for Hunter “Son of Plugs” Biden at warp speed. The NY Times claims the laptop was illegally hacked. LOL! The same NY Times that published tRump’s taxes from “unknown sources”. Doesn’t matter if the taxes were illegally gained IT’S NEEEEWWWWWSSS!!! Twitter has even banned The NY Post from posting about their own article. Ditto FaceCrack. Hacks one and all. Wake up sheeple!

    “Twitter Suspends New York Post Account Over Bombshell Hunter Biden Story – October 14, 2020 By Jordan Davidson”
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/14/twitter-suspends-new-york-post-account-over-bombshell-hunter-biden-story/

    “”Twitter suspended the New York Post’s account on Wednesday following its publication of a bombshell story indicating Hunter Biden monetized foreign companies’ access to his father, Joe Biden, while the latter was vice president. The emails come from a laptop left at a repair shop that appears to have belonged to Hunter Biden and is under FBI and Senate review.”

    ““The Post’s primary Twitter account (@nypost) has also been locked because the Hunter Biden stories violate its rules against the ‘distribution of hacked material,’ per email we received from Twitter,” wrote Post business reporter Noah Manskar.””

    Yup. Bunch of commies at Twitter.

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  58. “Bunch of pansies at Twitter. ”

    –nope, bunch of enemy agents.

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    I changed it to “Bunch of commies at Twitter”.

    You do know that at some point we may have to use firing squads on these people.

    Or they will use firing squads on us, the deplorables.

  59. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says “We could of handled that better.” LOL lying hackety hack hack! What you gonna do about it doosh?

    Wake up sheeple!

    HARRIS/plugs 2020!

  60. A year ago, the Drudge Report, would have the spinning light as a headline about Plugs. Now not even a mention.

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  61. Nope, no media bias at all.

    The teen allegedly shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum after Rosenbaum threw a plastic bag at him and tried to wrestle his rifle away, as seen in graphic footage posted on social media.

    Video shows that Rittenhouse subsequently tripped in the street before 26-year-old Anthony Huber hit him with a skateboard and also tried to take his rifle away.

    Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber and wounding bystander Gaige Grosskreutz, who was holding a handgun at the time.

    — the coverage of the murder in Denver is shifting as the facts come out too.

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  62. They had to go to an Army base and steal a hundred or so pallets of water.

    The “real” story is the Marines stole the water from a Navy base.

    According to the former USMC son, they stole from everyone. Ammo, MREs, water, etc, etc, etc. Those 100+ pallets of water cost them a box of cigars from the Marine First Sergeant to the Army sergeant at the back gate according to the son. He could not believe it as he got to watch the transaction. And they got some of the Army’s family style MRE platters also.


  63. It’s been a long while since things got so bad in the US that we moved past the initial “neighbors helping neighbors” phase and spiraled down into the “I will shoot you in the face and take every supply you have” phase.

    Talking to my bro-in-law, a former Marine, working in Wyoming, about prepping. He said he didn’t need to stock up, he just needed to know who was prepping because he has an AK and plenty of ammo to take what he wants. I thought he was kidding but he assured me he had the skills to take what he needs from the “idiots” who spend all their money preparing.

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  64. Illiterate villagers with sticks band together to kill 1000 pound tigers when the tigers start stealing kids….

    It’s a strategy, but not a very good one.

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  65. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8840673/Man-blows-hand-making-explosives-backyard.html

    A criminal investigation has been launched, with police looking to determine whether the man has any ties to far-right extremist groups.

    –right away they jump to looking for ties to “right wing extremism.” The cops will not be our friends when it gets sporty. The FBI and Homeland have poisoned them against the right. After all, WHO IS IT ACTUALLY BURNING DOWN BUSINESSES, BLINDING COPS, AND THROWING FLAMING BOTTLES OF GASOLINE? It isn’t the right, and it isn’t hypothetical.

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  66. Obama refused to allow the military to re-ammo itself for eight years.

    Imagine if Hillary had won.

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  67. “Okay, _Tombstone _ is now in my queue. How I missed it is a mystery. Looks fun!”

    Val Kilmer’s “Doc Holliday” makes the movie. I’m laughing just thinking about the poker table scene.

    Make it a double feature with Kilmer in “Real Genius”.

    You may have to work to see that flick, but like a lot of 80s cult hits, “Real Genius” received a beautiful DVD transfer within the last decade, using a new print that corrected the awful color balance from the transfer made for HBO and VHS.

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  68. Good night, what are they feeding that 14 year kid ?
    https://mediadc.brightspotcdn.com/dims4/default/9d0c62b/2147483647/strip/true/crop/2535×1547+0+71/resize/1540×940!/quality/90/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmediadc.brightspotcdn.com%2F8f%2Fa1%2F2327115f4f92a5100b2a43c51086%2Fap20288729060021.jpg

    Trump is 6’3″, Melania is 5’11”. I am guessing that Barron is now 6’8″ or taller.

    From the front page of:
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/

    And a video showing Barron Trump towering over his parents and the crowd.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cikJ15coG8s

  69. –right away they jump to looking for ties to “right wing extremism.” The cops will not be our friends when it gets sporty. The FBI and Homeland have poisoned them against the right. After all, WHO IS IT ACTUALLY BURNING DOWN BUSINESSES, BLINDING COPS, AND THROWING FLAMING BOTTLES OF GASOLINE? It isn’t the right, and it isn’t hypothetical.

    The cops will go with whoever they believe can fulfill the pension promises which already have many cities, including Dallas and Houston, facing technical insolvency.

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  70. Interview tomorrow afternoon, same place as the last two phone calls.

    Fingers crossed. I know from Vantucky that six months is usually when the phone calls and emails stop.

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  71. Good night, what are they feeding that 14 year kid ?

    As is said about the gorilla, whatever he wants.


  72. Another one on pause

    It’s routine for these to have pauses in new innoculations. The first one from the US that was paused resumed the test after the illness that caused the pause was found to be unrelated.

  73. On COVID vs. flu:
    Here are data I was able to find on the infection fatality rate (IFR) of “average” flu and COVID:
    Flu IFR by age:
    0-17 0.01%
    18-49 0.02%
    50-64 0.06%
    65+ 0.83%
    COVID IFR by age:
    0-19 0.003%
    20-49 0.02%
    50-69 0.5%
    70+ 5.4%
    So. Average flu is less of a problem for children, the same for middle age, worse for late middle age, and terrible for the elderly. Severe flu has a higher IFR (about double of average), but I can’t find an age breakdown.
    The comparison chart on the BI page is terribad, as the flu data are IFR, the COVID data are CFR. That’s an apples to oranges comparison.
    Sources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html
    https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-death-rate-us

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