Mon. Nov. 9, 2020 – a new week, same old stuff

Cool, chance of rain, then again, maybe not.

Had overcast most of Sunday, but when the sun came out, it sure seemed premature to be draining the pool…  but drain it we did.  Now we need a few more days of no rain to get it dry.  It’s so humid, nothing is drying even with fans on it.  My (preps) submersible pump sure came in handy.  My floor dryer blower will too.  It occurred to me that if you live somewhere with heavy rain and flooding, you should have a way to move water.  When I had a chance to pick up some pumps cheap I did.  Ditto for the floor dryer.

My wife is working from home M, W, F this week so I have a bit of leaway for pickups and other tasks.  So of COURSE my client is having issues.  I’m going to try to do my pickups quickly in the morning, then head over to his place.  It sounds like more gear is dying from the lightning strikes.  We’ll probably replace it all piecemeal.   Speaking of pickups, what did I get?  Some accessory stuff for gubs, 3 bottles of smokeless powder, a small chest freezer, which I will offer to a couple of friends before trying to find it a place at home.  Some household stuff.  I even picked up some masks.  I got a couple of boxes of fifty surgical style with earloops.  I don’t wear them but I know people who do.  The price was reasonable.  I got a box of the K95 double strap “3m” style for 0.40$ per mask.   That’s a far cry from $3/mask.  I’ve got plenty of N95s left for our use, but my low bid won, so hey, more on the stack.

Spent a couple of hours looking at the website for the 11 acre property we are considering.   The house is very strange.  It took me over an hour to figure out the floor plan from the photos, and in the end, I have no idea why you’d build something that way…  I know why it’s still available now, in addition to being one of the ugliest houses we’ve seen. “A different wood featured in every room!” is not the plus the seller thinks it is.   Every window is different (which is how I finally figured out where the missing room was.)  So much of the wood paneling is on a diagonal or horizontal.  Some rooms have 5 or more woods in natural finishes…  Low porch roofs make it look very low to the ground.  And why wouldn’t you put the big windows and a door on the lake view side of the house?  Both bedrooms are tiny, long and narrow.  On the other hand, it has a dedicated smoke house, 30×30 metal building as garage/shop, and a covered shed for vehicle storage.  And it’s up against a forest.  It’s on a ‘no permanent docks’ lake which saves $15-40K right off the bat.  It’s very different from the properties we were looking at a few weeks ago.

So I’m going to have a busy day and a busy week.  I’d best get to it.

Keep stacking what you can, while you can.  This election isn’t over, and even when it is, the fight for our country will just be getting started.  Keep the faith, but also keep your powder dry.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

97 thoughts on “Mon. Nov. 9, 2020 – a new week, same old stuff”

  1. They’re progs and socialists. Insert Stalin quote about who counts the votes. Their big daddy laid it out for them…

    It’s the brazenness that gets me.

    The explanation requires more than a sentence fragment, which, in my experience, is the fastest way to lose an argument, even when I worked for Death Star Labs.

    Again, go back and watch Kamala’s convention speech. She knows better. The speechwriter knows better. They also know their audience.

    The tablulation software problem is complex, requiring conceptual leaps most of the general public is not capable of making. Statistical analysis? Down ballot votes? Selling it is going to be tough.

    Them: Here’s the thing … Trump … I’m jus’ sayin’.

    Now, your counter argument, please … Hurry, Baby Yoda is new tonight.

  2. What does TTG stand for?

    IIRC, Triad Technology Group.

    Exactly. RBT used to live in the Winston-Salem area and it was named for the three cities in the area; High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem which are commonly referred to as “The Triad”.

  3. DOW futures up 1,500, about 5%. Because Pfizer has stated their vaccine is 90% effective.

    I have always stated that COVID would be brought under control shortly after the election. Further reinforcing my unsubstantiated conspiracy claim that COVID was designed to influence the economy and thus the election.

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  4. I have always stated that COVID would be brought under control shortly after the election. Further reinforcing my unsubstantiated conspiracy claim that COVID was designed to influence the economy and thus the election.

    Who sits on the board of Pfizer? I don’t own the stock.

    I always vote “against” Al Gore on the Apple board, but that goes nowhere.

    “Lean In” no longer sits on the board of Disney. I’d like to think that my “against” vote there was consequential, but, more likely, Sandburg withdrew from participation.

  5. Haha. Shot Girl ™ says she might quit politics if the Dumbos aren’t more agreeable with “progressive views” of the squad, ie., Marxism. Yeah, like she is going to give up the gravy train teat by choice. That happens if she gets a sweet gig raving on MSNBC or such.

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  6. PLEASE quit!

    Again I’m reminded of two year olds… I’m leaving if you don’t give me what I want! {stamps feet}

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  7. I always vote “against” Al Gore on the Apple board

    I like to think that I cost Al Gore the election. Let me explain.

    In 1992 I was working on a government contract that was up for renewal. It got awarded to a company in San Antonio. Higher cost but awarded because my company bid one too few support people. My company had been supporting the contract for six years with the number of people we bid without issue. The highly questionable award was made by an individual who was later employed by the company.

    I wrote to the congress people for the district and the senators, Al Gore being one of those. All responded but Al Gore. All did nothing.

    I wrote the local paper, it made the front page, about Al Gore’s lack of response. His office in Atlanta quickly contacted the paper and said Al Gore would personally respond to those affected, especially the letter writer (me). Al Gore never responded.

    So come the 2000 election when Al Gore was running I went back to the paper archives and got the exact quotes. I then wrote another letter the paper (front page again) about how Al Gore failed on his promise to myself and others. Explained how Al Gore cared little, if any, about the people in TN and was only working for himself. A LOT of people in the area, and the state as the letter was reprinted in other papers, saw that letter and were not happy with Al Gore.

    Al Gore did not carry East TN, his home area. Because of that Al Gore did not carry TN, his home state. Because Al Gore did not carry TN the choice came down to Florida and the courts. Had Al Gore carried TN Florida would not have been an issue.

    So I like to think that I cost Al Gore the election. Whether I actually did, or didn’t, I cannot prove. But my letters, and Al Gore’s action on the letters, certainly did not help.

    Regardless in my mind, his loss was due to my letters.

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  8. That happens if she gets a sweet gig raving on MSNBC or such

    Or a nude spread in Playboy.

    Now get that image out of your head the rest of the day.

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  9. Thanks, Ray. OTOH, if the “Father of the Information Superhighway” had won, imagine how great my Internet service would be. Yeah. /sarc.

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  10. So I like to think that I cost Al Gore the election. Whether I actually did, or didn’t, I cannot prove. But my letters, and Al Gore’s action on the letters, certainly did not help.

    First, yaaaay!

    Second, LOL, the Shrub says tRump should concede the election to Plugs. Uh, isn’t Shrub the one who didn’t concede to the Goricle. Pathetic.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

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  11. Is it just me, or, is Pfizer’s “90% effective in preventing COVID” vaccine announcement a little early or convenient? I’m not taking that until millions of more data points are available. I may already went through COVID without problems and don’t go out much, so why.

    I’m sure Plugs will take credit for something tRump set in motion months ago. BTW, what *is* Plugs’ plan to CURE us of COVID? All I have read is he is putting a “study group” together with all the losers tRump fired for sitting on their asses. Plus blaming tRump for 200,000 dead from COVID.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

  12. Rained a bit this am. Currently 75F and 91%RH. Pool is not going to dry out today.

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  13. So I like to think that I cost Al Gore the election. Whether I actually did, or didn’t, I cannot prove. But my letters, and Al Gore’s action on the letters, certainly did not help.

    A butterfly flapping its wing leads to a hurricane. 🙂

    Gore’s home state was DC. He lived in a hotel on Embassy Row and visited TN for a few weeks in the Summer growing up. His only other connection to the state IIRC was flunking out of Vanderbilt’s Divinity and Law schools.

    “Tipper” was born and raised in DC and the VA suburbs.

  14. Exactly. RBT used to live in the Winston-Salem area and it was named for the three cities in the area; High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem which are commonly referred to as “The Triad”.

    Thanks again, Ray.

  15. LOL Killer Cuomo:

    Cuomo says it’s “bad news” Pfizer’s Covid vaccine came during the Trump Admin; says he’s going to work w/ other governors to “stop” distribution “before it does damage”. Nothing political there. Move along chumps.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

  16. Funny that only a week after the election we have a release candidate for an effective vaccine. Hm. Did anything change in the status of the NOT YET APPROVED vaccine in the last 7 days that would have precluded them announcing it a week ago? I mean, other than the election an that Trump had promised it?

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  17. BTW, what *is* Plugs’ plan to CURE us of COVID?

    Doesn’t matter, the MSM will concoct some narrative, and give him credit.

  18. “Now get that image out of your head the rest of the day. ”

    –Playboy doesn’t do nudes anymore.

    She’s more trashy and down-market anyway.

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  19. LOL Killer Cuomo:

    Cuomo says it’s “bad news” Pfizer’s Covid vaccine came during the Trump Admin; says he’s going to work w/ other governors to “stop” distribution “before it does damage”. Nothing political there. Move along chumps.

    Stick a fork in Cuomo. Unlike Daddy, he may well win a fourth term, but fulfilling the family dynasty’s ambition of the White House will fall on the next generation.

  20. I liked Trump, not personally of course, he seems quite obnoxious, but I think its over.

    There are some odd statistical things that I’ve read about the voting patterns, the usual stories of votes in the trash etc. I’ve seen video of a person counting votes pulling a bag from behind her back, putting papers in it, and hiding it again. All hard to prove in a court and can it be PROVED to be outcome-altering fraud? Probably not. Even if it likely is.

    The democrats HATE Trump with an irrational passion. They ignore actual facts and believe what the TV tells them to think. Given that the left has always been “flexible” on the rules (and I say this having just read Tony Benn’s diaries), manipulating vote counts to get the “correct” result wouldn’t surprise me.

    PA is a different matter, they broke the constitution, and cheated. 20 electoral votes doesn’t get Trump back in office.

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  21. Name shift from Triad to Grotto mentioned here
    https://www.ttgnet.com/daynotes/2001/20010611.html

    Barbara’s suggestion at Robert’s instigation

    Also on that page, Bob comments about Microsoft needing to “rent” their products in order to keep the revenue stream. That came 100% true.

    The comments about not installing XP don’t look so good from the future.

  22. I liked Trump, not personally of course, he seems quite obnoxious, but I think its over.

    You’re probably right, but I don’t see the problem of Trump continuing to exercise his rights under the law.

    Who cares what CNN decides. As I’ve pointed out before, the people running AT&T are the exact group of legacy PacBell middle management who inspired “Dilbert”.

  23. The thing is, Trump is president until the morning of Jan 20th. That’s over 2 months. A lot can happen that the other side won’t like.

    There’s an amusing video with Trump’s head laid over Leonardo DiCaprio in the scene from Wolf of Wall Street where he yells “I’m not f-ing leaving”. The left actually believes that’s how it will be.

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  24. Gore’s home state was DC

    He was a senator from TN at that time in 1992 and in 2000. Has a house, big one, lots of energy use, in TN, while he keeps harping on energy preservation.

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  25. “Gore’s home state was DC”

    He was a senator from TN at that time in 1992 and in 2000. Has a house, big one, lots of energy use, in TN, while he keeps harping on energy preservation.

    Oh, sure, blatant hypocrisy. Gore’s Gulfstream was prominent in his documentary, and the foundation of the Gore family fortune was Occidental Petroleum stock. Armand Hammer (no not the baking soda people) essentially owned Gore Sr.

    My point was that I doubt Gore has spent much time in TN across his entire life with the possible exception of his time “studying” at Vanderbilt. Your letters may well have reminded folks about that.

    No matter how much Fogerty denies it now, Gore is the “Fortunate Son” from that song.

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  26. I liked Trump, not personally of course, he seems quite obnoxious, but I think its over.

    You’re probably right, but I don’t see the problem of Trump continuing to exercise his rights under the law.

    Who cares what CNN decides. As I’ve pointed out before, the people running AT&T are the exact group of legacy PacBell middle management who inspired “Dilbert”.

    I agree, too. What is important now are the Georgia Senate runoffs. Dickhead Schumer has already stated: “we take Georgia, we change the World.” Imagine the Utopian wet dream wishes that the Dumbos will try to force on the FUSA. Billions of $$ given to Paris Accords, the WHO, UN and on and on. Crimmigrants, Dreamers, Mooslims all welcome to the FUSA. It might come down to the States to deny Utopian losses from our own goobermint.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

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  27. BTW, what *is* Plugs’ plan to CURE us of COVID?

    I heard this morning that he will issue executive orders to require masks at all times on both Federal lands and interstate highways. He will also use the Defense Appropriation Act (sp) to force companies to make more PPEs (as if we don’t have enough now).

    So now my brother in law, who works for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) counting wild horses in the wilds of Wyoming will now have to be masked at all times when he is hundreds of miles from the nearest human. Sounds sensible to me. Not. And the family traveling to visit relatives for spring break will have to drive I-40 in masked discomfort for absolutely no scientific reason. This nonsense will create a massive resistance.

  28. I agree, too. What is important now are the Georgia Senate runoffs. Dickhead Schumer has already stated: “we take Georgia, we change the World.” Imagine the Utopian wet dream wishes that the Dumbos will try to force on the FUSA. Billions of $$ given to Paris Accords, the WHO, UN and on and on. Crimmigrants, Dreamers, Mooslims all welcome to the FUSA. It might come down to the States to deny Utopian losses from our own goobermint.

    Take out the extra Republicans out of (the press uses this term, don’t blame me) “jungle primary” in the Loeffler race, and the seat will remain Loeffler’s. Though, enriching herself with insider trading — allegedly — on Covid briefings in the Senate should have cost her a primary under normal circumstances.

    Georgia will not send Raphael Warnock to the Senate. It isn’t ready for that.

    That will give the Republicans 51 with more Dem seats up in 2022.

    The Ossof-Perdue runoff is the result of the Libertarians winning almost 3% by voters wanting to make a “statement”. Geesh, folks, there’s a time and a place for everything, but this wasn’t it for voting Libertarian. Whenever I did it in Florida in our district’s Congressional race, “Opie” always won reelection with 70% of the vote. As much as I despised the Congressman, I would have supported him in a close race because the challengers on the Dem side were usually loons.

    52? We’ll see. Ossof is young and appeals to those suburban female voters living in places like Lawrenceville, but GA hasn’t sent a Dem to the Senate in 20 years.


  29. My point was that I doubt Gore has spent much time in TN across his entire life with the possible exception of his time “studying” at Vanderbilt. Your letters may well have reminded folks about that.

    I doubt he spent much time in TN other than to satisfy legal requirements. He has to have a home state somewhere, TN was the unfortunate choice.

    I don’t know what my letters reminded people about Al Gore. I emphasized strongly in the letters that Al Gore cared nothing about TN, only getting reelected, or elected to the presidency. I reminded them that his promise, in writing by his staff, was never honored and suspected he had no intention of honoring. His response to the papers was to try and quiet down the issue.

    After what happened with the contract, $8 million higher cost per the bid, the expense of relocating the facility, less service to the users, it was a scam. My company was giving the users 15-16 hours of online time a day, the new vendor wound up giving them 8 hours a day. I knew the system, helped develop, wrote a lot of code, I knew how to make the nightly runs operate faster. The new vendor did not and thus the users suffered.

    I had developed an instant messaging system and email system among the 134 Navy bases, HQ and the facility. Dropped the annual phone bill for my company alone from $25K a month to less than $5K a month. Users loved it.

    New vendor did not provide such a system. Asked for the system I developed. Company said no. Product was not a deliverable and was designed to improve company operation and reduce cost. Navy had no right to the system. New vendor tried to buy the system, company said pound sand. The users were angry, very much angry. Multiple complaints to the Navy and the contractor.

    But Jim Densberger had secured himself a job after his retirement from civil service which he acquired after retiring from the USAF. 20 years USAF = full retirement. Time gets added to civil service thus he retired from civil service after 10 years, 20 years plus 10 years = 30 year civil service retirement. Got to give him credit for planning it well. The users unfortunately were the losers as were the staff at the facility in Oak Ridge. I would like to punch the jerk in the mouth, multiple times.

  30. But Jim Densberger had secured himself a job after his retirement from civil service which he acquired after retiring from the USAF. 20 years USAF = full retirement. Time gets added to civil service thus he retired from civil service after 10 years, 20 years plus 10 years = 30 year civil service retirement. Got to give him credit for planning it well. The users unfortunately were the losers as were the staff at the facility in Oak Ridge. I would like to punch the jerk in the mouth, multiple times.

    My direct management at CGI had 20 years military service plus 10 years as a city cop somewhere, and he was trying to build a third retirement nest egg on the company’s ESOP plan as a questionably-qualified quota hire (Veteran, African American, and age). Of course he was the biggest cheerleader for buying stock vs. a traditional 401(k), and it took me nearly eight months of my nine on the payroll to finally get the 401(k) paperwork done.

    In Florida, most of my Bat Guano neighbors were revolving door contractors at the “Abby Normal” commands at MacDill, usually after 15-20 years active duty, including the woman who ran the snake tortures at Gitmo, according to Google a member of “Able Danger” as her last active duty assignment.

  31. Rush is in top form this morning.

    He brought up a good point, the Demoncraps should like nothing better than to prove Trump an idiot, so why not have a full investigation of voter fraud and prove Trump crazy. No, the Demoncraps won’t do that because the result will be the revelation of vast voter fraud and Trump will be proven correct again.

    Remember, that everything that the Demoncraps accuses the Trump Administration, and Trump, of is what is actually going on with the Demoncraps.

    It is only going to get uglier.

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  32. So now my brother in law, who works for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) counting wild horses in the wilds of Wyoming will now have to be masked at all times when he is hundreds of miles from the nearest human.

    Yes, we need nowadays to define the acronym “BLM” as done above. That reminds me of the agency managing the Mojave Desert campgrounds in which I used to enjoy.

    JimB is also familiar with that acronym.

  33. I agree, too. What is important now are the Georgia Senate runoffs. Dickhead Schumer has already stated: “we take Georgia, we change the World.” Imagine the Utopian wet dream wishes that the Dumbos will try to force on the FUSA. Billions of $$ given to Paris Accords, the WHO, UN and on and on. Crimmigrants, Dreamers, Mooslims all welcome to the FUSA. It might come down to the States to deny Utopian losses from our own goobermint.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

    It is TRILLIONS now for supposed climate change. “The Guardian: Joe Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Investment Could Reduce Global Warming by 0.1C”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/08/the-guardian-joe-bidens-1-7-trillion-investment-could-low-global-warming-by-0-1c/

    Watch out when they use the word investment. That means that they are going for your entire wallet. And no criticisms will be allowed.

    RE-EDUCATION CAMPS FOR ALL !

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  34. Went over to a friend’s house for lunch yesterday with our small church group. He has 20+ acres of land. While we were there, he set up a small firing range and we shot our carry guns. I got to shoot my new Ruger GP100 .357 with a 2 inch barrel and a 7 round cylinder. It was accurate from 45 ft ! I call hitting the foot wide by two foot tall target accurate. And the fiber optic front sight was awesome.
    https://www.handgunsmag.com/editorial/review-ruger-gp100-7-shot-357-magnum/330920

    My friend put tritium sights for $130 on his carry gun. Always bright even on a zero moon and no star night.

  35. Watch out when they use the word investment. That means that they are going for your entire wallet. And no criticisms will be allowed.

    In Governmentland, all of your income is considered theirs, and the portion you are allowed to keep is classified as an “expenditure”, no different from a tax credit or welfare check.

    Biden isn’t getting anything close to the kind of spending he wants unless more Kelly Loeffler stupidity comes to light and she is defeated in the runoff. Still, as I stated earlier, GA is not ready for the alternative at this point in its history. Loeffler would have to do something *really* bad, worse than insider trading on closed-door testimony about Covid numbers a week before the country was locked down in March.

    What Biden *can* do is advance the agenda regarding elimination of fossil fuels, starting with reinstituting the 54 MPG CAFE requirement along with increasing the associated fines.

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  36. Remember, that everything that the Demoncraps accuses the Trump Administration, and Trump, of is what is actually going on with the Demoncraps.

    Yes, classic Dumbo projection, a mainstay of Dumbo policy.

    and

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

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  37. “Election 2020: the more fuckery update”
    https://monsterhunternation.com/2020/11/09/election-2020-the-more-fuckery-update/

    “On the morning of November 5th I compiled a list of some of the suspicious things from the election that were red flags. https://monsterhunternation.com/2020/11/05/the-2020-election-fuckery-is-afoot/ As I explained at the time, a flag isn’t proof of fraud or mistakes, it is something that appears anomalous which an auditor would drill down on further to check for fraud or mistakes (and like I said last time, when the errors go in different ways they suggest mistakes, but when all the errors go in the same direction it suggest malfeasance). A couple of the things I listed turned out to be nothing or the original reporting on them was incorrect. However, several others did turn out to be serious improprieties, and there’s been a ton of new flags since.”

    “On Thursday morning I said that I thought there was f***ery afoot. My opinion has not changed. There are an extraordinary number of red flags, both street level witnessing of fraud and overall statistical anomalies in a few places with violate the basic laws of the universe levels of improbability. A friend of mine used to work at the US State Department and observed south and central American elections and he’s blown away by how goofy this is.”

    I am sorry for the bad language but the article is important.

  38. Is it just me, or, is Pfizer’s “90% effective in preventing COVID” vaccine announcement a little early or convenient? I’m not taking that until millions of more data points are available. I may already went through COVID without problems and don’t go out much, so why.

    I’m sure Plugs will take credit for something tRump set in motion months ago. BTW, what *is* Plugs’ plan to CURE us of COVID? All I have read is he is putting a “study group” together with all the losers tRump fired for sitting on their asses. Plus blaming tRump for 200,000 dead from COVID.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

    Apparently the gubermint has ordered 100 million doses for $2 billion. Look at the date of the agreement, July 22, 2020. The gubermint has an option for 500 million more doses.
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/22/health/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-government-contract/index.html

    “The outlet reported, “The Phase 3 trial of the Pfizer vaccine … has enrolled 43,538 participants since July 27. As of Sunday, 38,955 of the volunteers have received a second dose of the vaccine.””
    https://www.theblaze.com/news/pfizer-reveals-news-about-first-effective-covid-19-vaccine-astounding-90-percent-effective

  39. I liked Trump, not personally of course, he seems quite obnoxious, but I think its over.

    You’re probably right, but I don’t see the problem of Trump continuing to exercise his rights under the law.

    Who cares what CNN decides. As I’ve pointed out before, the people running AT&T are the exact group of legacy PacBell middle management who inspired “Dilbert”.

    Dilbert: No More Performance Reviews
    https://dilbert.com/strip/2020-11-09

    I’ve got a hint for you. Claim that you voted for Biden.

  40. Georgia will not send Raphael Warnock to the Senate. It isn’t ready for that.

    Just wait until a half million fake ballots get dumped into the voting for her.

  41. “AOC vs. DNC: Ocasio-Cortez Threatens To Quit Politics, Slams “Hostile” Dems For Not Being Progressive Enough”

    Come on woman, quit !

    You’re dreaming. Shot Girl is playing politics. By most estimates, the House is only 15 Dem defections from Stretch not having enough votes to be Speaker.

    The Speaker must have 218 votes in the final count according to House rules. Stretch has to make allowances for members facing tough reelection chances, and a lot of horse trading gets done for those exceptions, making the hall passes a valuable political chit.

    The Speaker is not automatically the leader of the majority party. Heck, the Speaker doesn’t even have to be a member of Congress.

    Speaker Trump 2023. That would make some heads explode, maybe literally.

  42. So I have a package to ship across the country (FL to OR). Too big for either USPS Flat Rate or UPS Simple Rate (18″ x 18″ x 9″), weight is 26 lbs. UPS website tells me $71 for ground shipping and USPS quotes $73 for parcel post and $88 for priority mail. Am I missing something or is this really where things are at with UPS/USPS prices? No wonder Bezos built his own logistics system.

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  43. It is TRILLIONS now for supposed climate change. “The Guardian: Joe Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Investment Could Reduce Global Warming by 0.1C”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/08/the-guardian-joe-bidens-1-7-trillion-investment-could-low-global-warming-by-0-1c/

    Watch out when they use the word investment. That means that they are going for your entire wallet. And no criticisms will be allowed.

    RE-EDUCATION CAMPS FOR ALL !

    BTW, a carbon tax is coming to the entire USA to pay for that “investment”. The $15/ton and $50/ton have gone by the wayside due to the nature of the “climate disruption” emergency. The proposed amount is now $100/ton. The carbon tax on gasoline will be 88 cents/gallon at $100/ton.
    https://www.resourcesmag.org/common-resources/calculating-various-fuel-prices-under-a-carbon-tax/

    The truckers are already started protesting. “A Trucker Strike In November Could Be Another Nail In The Supply Chain Coffin”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/trucker-strike-november-could-be-another-nail-supply-chain-coffin

  44. Dilbert: No More Performance Reviews

    I’ve got hint for you. Claim that you voted for Biden.

    That’s not a joke in a lot of tech companies.

    My first line manager at my last job had strong opinions about British politcs, particularly Margaret Thatcher, which I always found hilarious since he (a) wasn’t British and (b) was born in 1986.

    BTW, Wally still has the medical grade coffee going.

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  45. So I have a package to ship across the country (FL to OR). Too big for either USPS Flat Rate or UPS Simple Rate (18″ x 18″ x 9″), weight is 26 lbs. UPS website tells me $71 for ground shipping and USPS quotes $73 for parcel post and $88 for priority mail. Am I missing something or is this really where things are at with UPS/USPS prices? No wonder Bezos built his own logistics system.

    Have you received a quote in person? What about Fedex Ground?

  46. “The U.S. Presidential Election is NOT Over. Here’s Where Things Stand Right Now…”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2020-11-09/us-presidential-election-not-over-heres-where-things-stand-right-now

    “I want to warn you that the next few months in the U.S. will be extremely ugly.”

    “The country was already deeply divided before this election. And unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse. The fact is that Joe Biden HASN’T actually won this election yet. ”

    “That is not a typo. The media has done the U.S. a great disservice by claiming that Biden is the winner this early in the game.”

    “Everyone needs to take a step back and understand how the actual election process occurs based on federal law, not media reporting.
    1) The election occurs in early November.
    2) Votes are tallied while officials from both parties (Democrat and GOP) are present.
    3) Provided officials from both parties are present during the vote tallies and there are:
    No credible accusations of fraud.
    No software glitches.
    Then the vote tallies are ratified.
    4) If the vote margin between winner and loser is 0.5% or smaller, an automatic recount is required.
    5) If the margin between the winner and loser is larger than 0.5%, but either candidate (or a 3rd candidate for that matter) wants to dispute the results, he or she can pay to have a recount performed. The cost if roughly $3 million per state.
    6) Once the recount is completed, or if a recount is not necessary, the individual states formally declare the winner on December 14th when they officially cast their electoral college votes for him or her.
    7) Then, in early January of the next year, the new congress meets to count the electoral college votes and formally declare the winner.
    8) The new President is sworn into office on January 20th.”

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  47. Dilbert: No More Performance Reviews

    I’ve got hint for you. Claim that you voted for Biden.

    That’s not a joke in a lot of tech companies.

    Yes. One of the reasons that my son did not go to work for Google was the interviewers warning him about the roving SJW gangs in the hallways during work hours. They would stop by your temporary desk (nothing at Google is permanent) and make people publicly affirm their allegiance for social justice.

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  48. @alan, you are probably being charged “dimensional weight”. Look at the quote and see what your equivalent shipping weight is.

    And yes, it really is that bad. Used to be dim wt didn’t kick in until about 24x24x24 but when oil was 70+ a barrel, they lowered the point you pay for size not actual weight. I have problems even selling some things because of dimensional weight making the shipping cost too much. Buyers usually think I’m cheating them somehow.

    n

  49. On the other hand, my 12x12x 52″ package just arrived in Germany safe and sound. only cost a couple of hundred bux to get it there.

    n

  50. Yes. One of the reasons that my son did not go to work for Google was the interviewers warning him about the roving SJW gangs in the hallways during work hours. They would stop by your temporary desk (nothing at Google is permanent) and make people publicly affirm their allegiance for social justice.

    In light of what happened to me at the last job, I regret not filing a complaint about the female co-worker who, during her interview, asked me about the age range of the group because she “didn’t want to work with a bunch of old men”. I let that slide along with the giant embroidered CHOICE pillow in the background of her apartment in the Teams video feed because I thought that we could get some useful work out of her.

    The work came first. Silly me.

    I’m not completely sure she didn’t file the complaint about my f-bombs, but my prime suspect is the whiny whisp male (well, mostly) from WA State whose hobby is playing town Bishop at the renaissance fair out on 290 in the Spring. At one point early on in his tenure, he got revved up over something I said about using a Unix tool to make his life easer, and the response came back, sounding like he wanted to hurt me, was “Are you calling me out?”

    Filling out paperwork for the new job today, I discovered that I’m going to be supporting the KKKlansman Governor’s agenda in Virginia through that state’s income taxes. I need at least six weeks to clear what my former management did to me with Workforce Texas absent a successful appeal, but I wonder about the long term implications of working under that arrangement.

  51. After the above post, I read plenty of former and current ST “actors” parroting the same thing. Where is the healing?

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN! except for all you deplorable, racist chumps, Redumblicans, etc., you know, half the country.

  52. “Gay”Star Trek Discovery actor,Wilson Cruz, leads the way on healing and Hollyweird’s comeback:

    He’s one of the weak link characters on ST:D so I don’t mind.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN, HOLLYWEIRD!

    Cruz wants to be George Takei. Except, with Takei, lots of filmed material exists of him doing the Asian Stepen Fetchit hypocrisy schtick, starting with “Black Sheep Squadron” back when his “Star Trek” career was on the skids.

    Up until this season of “Discovery”, the LGBTQ on “Star Trek” has been pretty subtle even when a big fuss was made like with “Star Trek Beyond”. This season, the SJW has been more in your face, but Tig Notaro is obviously the writers’ new favorite so I’ll let it slide as long as they keep giving Jett Reno the brutal one liners.

  53. After the above post, I read plenty of former and current ST “actors” parroting the same thing. Where is the healing?

    They want to be George Takei too.


  54. In light of what happened to me at the last job, I regret not filing a complaint about the female co-worker who, during her interview, asked me about the age range of the group because she “didn’t want to work with a bunch of old men”.

    That would be because “old men” ain’t going to want to boink her. Because they are married. Or paying child support and etc and don’t have the money to lavish on her highness.

    I don’t mind working with a bunch of old guys because if you aren’t an ass, you can learn a lot.

    Though, I’m getting into the old guys group myself and well, the older guys tend to be crabby. Early dementia? Why not.

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  55. “Fraud on a Retail Scale: Electoral Manipulation Hits Home”
    https://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2020/11/fraud-on-retail-scale-electoral.html

    “Two days ago, grinding away at the gym trying to do something about my “lockdown” weight gain, I got a call from an unknown number. My habit consists of not answering such calls, but since it had a local area code, I did. You never know, perhaps Publishers Clearing House with my $50 million winnings, or the local branch of the Nobel Prize Committee? But, nah. It was the local Republican Party office calling to say that my wife’s vote had been cancelled by the local board of elections (BOE). They said that the BOE claimed that my wife had tried to vote twice. The GOP has been checking on line whether those registered as Republicans had any trouble voting, and my wife’s name had come up. I was livid.”

    At some point, why even bother to vote anymore ?

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  56. At some point, why even bother to vote anymore ?

    For the eternal hope the process is honest? And your vote matters?

  57. Mickeysoft.

    As of ver 2004, Storage Spaces and some Power options are still in CP. Perhaps the latest update fixes that.

    Control Panel disappeared off the Windows-X menu a year or two ago.


  58. At some point, why even bother to vote anymore ?

    Even in this still contested and high turnout election, somewhere around 100 MILLION eligible population sat it out. More than either candidate claims. If those were counted as “None of the Above” wouldn’t that be interesting. If Biden takes the oath Jan 20 and Trump voters believe cheating got him there, legitimacy of the entire system will go in the toilet.

  59. “Who Gets in the Lifeboat? Five Classic SF Survival Stories”
    https://www.tor.com/2020/11/09/who-gets-in-the-lifeboat-five-classic-sf-survival-stories/

    I think that I read “The Sentinel”, “Plague Ship”, and “Lifeboat” books, three out of five. I would like to add:

    1. “Heirs of Empire (Dahak)” by David Weber as five ensigns are ejected using an sublight battleship from the 4,000 km diameter Imperial Planetoid and spend a year or two traveling to the next star system.
    https://www.amazon.com/Heirs-Empire-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671877070/?tag=ttgnet-20

    2. “Castaway Planet (4) (Boundary)” by Ryk Spoor and Eric Flint as a family is ejected from a failing starship into lifeboats and land on a nearby unknown planet.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1476781346/?tag=ttgnet-20

    3. “Human by Choice” by Travis S. Taylor as a group of space aliens starship breaks up in the Solar System and their many lifeboats land on the Earth.
    https://www.amazon.com/Human-Choice-Travis-S-Taylor/dp/1606190474/?tag=ttgnet-20


  60. This season, the SJW has been more in your face, but Tig Notaro is obviously the writers’ new favorite so I’ll let it slide as long as they keep giving Jett Reno the brutal one liners.

    She’s good. Maybe make the whole Discovery crew “Gay (or LBGTqwerty to be more inclusive LOL)” and get it over with.

    How long before the writers work tRump into ST history as the end of the FUSA and Plugs as the beginning of the Federation. Wait a minute…didn’t tRump start the Space Force, progenitor of the Federation. LMFAO!

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

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  61. “RIP Windows 10 Control Panel — Microsoft is killing the much-loved feature”

    “Time to say goodbye to the WIndows 10 Control Panel as Microsoft is purging it”

    Mickeysoft.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  62. I was just thinking to myself that Trump should resign and let Pence be President for a couple of months. Pence should then appoint a black female VP. Wouldn’t that piss the left off something awful? lol


  63. 7) Then, in early January of the next year, the new congress meets to count the electoral college votes and formally declare the winner.

    At which point he/she becomes the “President-Elect”. Before then technically our MSM friends should use ‘Presumptive President-Elect’. Fat chance of that…

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  64. I was just thinking to myself that Trump should resign and let Pence be President for a couple of months. Pence should then appoint a black female VP. Wouldn’t that piss the left off something awful? lol

    Oh my. That’s not healing.

    LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

    Condi Rice for VP!

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  65. I was just thinking to myself that Trump should resign and let Pence be President for a couple of months.

    Plus, Pence can then pardon Trump so as to avoid any questions as to whether or not Trump can pardon himself.

    But I wonder, since presidential pardons only apply to federal crimes and New York (at least) seems the be itching to go after him starting on January 21st, will Mr. Trump at some point between now and then just sail away on his yacht with his millions to a country with no US extradition treaty?

  66. “Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is strongly effective, early data from large trial indicate”
    https://www.statnews.com/2020/11/09/covid-19-vaccine-from-pfizer-and-biontech-is-strongly-effective-early-data-from-large-trial-indicate/

    “Both Pfizer’s vaccine and Moderna’s use messenger-RNA, or mRNA, technology, which uses genetic material to cause the body to create a protein from the virus; the immune system then recognizes the virus and learns to attack. Other vaccines in the late stages of development use genetically engineered viruses for a similar purpose, or pieces of protein that are directly injected. No mRNA product has ever been approved by regulators.”

    Uh oh. Hmm, you first.

    Again, the Grups episode from Star Trek comes to mind.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miri_(Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series)

    “The landing party, except for Spock, notice purple lesions on their bodies; Miri tells them that these are the first signs of the disease and they will soon become like the other adults. The party find a medical research laboratory and look through documents for clues to the disease, and discover that it is a side effect of a life-extension experiment, affecting those who have reached puberty; death follows a brief period of violent madness. The “children” are over 300 years old, aging one month every century, but show the mental and emotional maturity of their biological age rather than their actual age. When the disease begins, its victims have seven days to live. Although Spock is apparently immune, he considers himself a carrier who could infect the Enterprise if he returns.”

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  67. @lynn
    You both left out the best:
    Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations”

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  68. Condi Rice for VP! president!

    Fixed that for you.

    That I would love to see. She has a beautiful mind. edit:And Clarence Thomas as VP.
    🙂

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  69. @lynn
    Look closer.
    The category just says “stories”. The Clarke entry is a short story, and the Superman origin is the equivalent thereof (unless they let Stephenson do the novellization).

    I was going to call “Plague Ship” a novella based on my recollection of first pb printing being an Ace Double, , but the page count with “Voodoo Planet” was 178/78.

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  70. Trump needs to get Pelosi and Schumer on record as to the constitutionality and effectiveness of wearing masks on the interstate highways.

    And then issue the order, with a caveat that everyone must unmask and look into the camera when buying gasoline.

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  71. Back from my client’s, dinner in my belly and the kids in bed.

    Another piece of dead gear, this time an audio amp. Deader than last week’s dinner.

    We’re gonna lose the whole rack a piece at a time.

    n

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  72. And then issue the order, with a caveat that everyone must unmask and look into the camera when buying gasoline.

    Why ?

  73. @nick – does your client have a whole-house surge suppressor at the main power panel?

    If so, maybe time to replace it with a better one? And then back that up with high-quality UPS/surge suppressors on every electronic device in the rack (and maybe elsewhere).

    I seem to recall that surge suppressors wear out after repeated surge hits. Maybe an isolation transformer (?) on the main power panel?

    Sounds like the client needs a heavy-duty lightning / surge protection system. Maybe you’ve already done that, but it would appear that whatever is there is not enough.

  74. Sounds like the client needs a heavy-duty lightning / surge protection system. Maybe you’ve already done that, but it would appear that whatever is there is not enough.

    Gulf coast. Lightning/surge protection equipment can only do so much, and nothing protects against a direct strike.

    Tampa is lightning capital of the world. When the Bermuda High sets up in Summer, the easterlies meet the sea breeze and the storms move west every afternoon like clockwork. I have lots of experience with the “pull all the plugs” drill, but I still lost gear to strikes near the house.

    The only way to be sure is to have equipment unplugged completely when not in use — coax, phone, power.

  75. Yup, done all those things. Added additional surge and lightning protection at the panel. More grounding. Big APC UPSs in front of the rack. Smaller surge suppressors where appropriate. Fully online UPSs.

    In the one case, the lightning rode in from ATT DSL line, and jumped from the modem to the rack via the ethernet cable. (the DSL capable surge/lightning protector was $120 iirc so that shouldn’t happen again.)

    The stuff in the attic took emp from a strike on a tree about 40ft away. The projector took emp or induced voltage from a strike via the HDMI cable (40ft long) as both the projector input card, and the AV receiver smoked (both ends of the cable).

    The experience from the ham radio side is that if you get a good hit that kills something, it really killed it all, it will just be a while finding out as it fails slowly over the next year.

    I’ll post mortem the amp, to see what I can see. The enet switch had a resistor or cap blown off the board by the hit… the dead psus and TV didn’t get tear downs.

    I suggested replacing it all, taking the insurance hit and expense all at once, but my client is resistant. It’s a ton of money to do all at once. freaking proj was $12000 new.

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  76. I think I’m up to 6 access points to cover the house and part of the grounds. I haven’t done the Nano link to get enet out to the front gate yet. That will add another pair of Nano M2s to the mix. The rest are ubiquiti AC lite “ufo” mesh networking wifi access points. And one reused engenious AP for the guest house.

    The client isn’t particularly ‘techie’ either, but he does like screens…

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  77. Scanner has them working something big tonight. THey moved most everyone to an HPD encrypted channel. Still some traffic on the interop channels though. “Be advised, SWAT’s working the trailer, still got one occupant that’s not coming out.”

    I hope it’s the guy who shot the officer earlier.

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  78. Have you received a quote in person? What about Fedex Ground?”

    @greg; No, only quotes from their sites. Local in-person quote from UPS would be from one of their retail franchise locations and the help there is hit or miss.
    Fedex Ground is $68.00

    @alan, you are probably being charged “dimensional weight”. Look at the quote and see what your equivalent shipping weight is.
    And yes, it really is that bad. Used to be dim wt didn’t kick in until about 24x24x24 but when oil was 70+ a barrel, they lowered the point you pay for size not actual weight. I have problems even selling some things because of dimensional weight making the shipping cost too much. Buyers usually think I’m cheating them somehow.

    @nick; Actually in this scenario the Dim Wgt is 21 lbs (LxWxH/139) and the Actual Wgt is 26. The Ship Wgt is the higher of the two so it takes the 26 lbs.
    The UPS XL Simple Rate (similar to USPS Flat Rate but you use your own box) is up to 1,728 cu in (eg 12x12x12) and up to 50 lbs, here for $25.
    This is something I previously bought on eBay and never wound up using, and when I bought it it was free shipping – not quite sure how the seller made much money (and he is a high-volume seller).

  79. I’ve sold items for a dollar net profit after shipping. Someone makes an offer, I’m tired of looking at the item sit there unsold…

    At least you get the sale and maybe feedback.

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  80. “Robert “Third” Reich on election projection”
    https://gunfreezone.net/robert-third-reich-on-election-projection/

    “When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”

    Wouldn’t a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” violate about half of the Bill of Rights ?

    Oh yeah, the little matter of a USA Constitution is not important to these people.

    And I can just see Reich in a black uniform with gold lightning bursts on the collar.

  81. I’ve sold items for a dollar net profit after shipping. Someone makes an offer, I’m tired of looking at the item sit there unsold…

    At least you get the sale and maybe feedback.

    Yep. There’s a lot to be said for getting your money back on some things!

    I think USPS has a surcharge for things with a length over 17″ now, regardless of the cumulative dimension. Also, there is a penalty for shipping large, lightweight items (ie a picnic basket). A lot of this has to do with the fact that FedEx is flying all of the post office’s packages: they want everything to fit with no wasted space, machine handling.

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