Wed. Dec. 9, 2020 – up late, tired, stuff to do

Cool and windy, still damp.

I did get a few things done yesterday.  I didn’t do plumbing at the rent house (tenant nixed the plan, had critical zoom meetings), I didn’t take another load to the auctioneer, and I only got some of the Christmas lights up.

I did get some stuff put away in the garage.  So that helps somewhat.  And did laundry, cooked dinner, fed the child lunch, answered math questions, and other general domestic bliss.  Still didn’t get groceries ordered.

All but the plumbing slips to today.  Joy.

Time to do a big push.

All of you were busy as beavers getting ready for the coming troubles, so I know I don’t even have to say it… but I will.  Keep stacking.  Work harder.  Lord knows I need to.

 

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

101 thoughts on “Wed. Dec. 9, 2020 – up late, tired, stuff to do”

  1. And how the F do I find out the free space on what would be my C drive in windows? the drive the os is on doesn’t have a simple disk icon anywhere I can find.

    Use “df -k” from a command line to show the free space on all the drive partitions mounted on the system.

    I had to spend some time cleaning out all of the partitions on my primary desktop over the last week since solving my wife’s ergonomic problems working at that desk required a 16:9 monitor and bumping the graphics card in my PC to something more modern than a GT 240. When I get a chance, I’ll burn a Mint 19.3 DVD and see if the NTFS partition that houses my Windows 10 system still refuses to mount cleanly.

    NTFS and Linux is a relatively new ccombination, and there are still teething pains. Apple doesn’t even bother and mounts NTFS read only by default.

    BTW, if you could use a GT 240 card for anything, let me know. It has been super stable for business app use for nearly 10 years.

    I replaced the GT 240 with a GT 730 which I’ve had around for a couple of years, waiting for NVIDIA drivers to stabilize. The drivers still aren’t great, but NVIDIA made it clear that Windows 7 won’t get better so I went ahead and swapped the card. I occasionally like to play Starcraft II on the primary desktop, and that experience left a lot to be desired with the old 512 MB card driving a 1080p 16:9 monitor.

    It is time to move my primary desktop’s default boot to Windows 10, install all of my games/applications, and be done with it.

  2. I posted this today on MeWe and GAB. I do not normally ‘cross post’ but since it is my own story, and since readers here have mentioned their parents are still living, I thought it might be helpful:

    My mother lives alone. She said to me a few years ago that she “gets so few gifts any more, that she opens them on Christmas Eve” instead of waiting for Christmas morning. So many people do gift cards these days. Ever since, I’ve made a point of sending her several wrapped packages for Christmas… unnecessary things she will like, additions to her collections, just for fun, inexpensive gifts.

    Since we began making a point of giving her several wrapped packages, she has started putting up her Christmas tree again. A small, tabletop one, but even so, just for herself, she decorates the living room again. So yes, it is worthwhile to give REAL presents. ❤

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  3. When I was in highschool and early college, my favorite aunt would give LOTS of presents. She loved wrapping them, and was good at it. Very creative, very well done. She’d wrap ANYTHING for a gift. She was legendary. Bars of soap. Rolls of quarters. Used paperback books (usually the 2 or third in a trilogy I didn’t have). You name it, especially if it could be found at a church thrift sale, and she’d wrap and gift it.

    It got so bad that most of the family thought it was an ordeal to go to her house and we had at least 3 days of opening presents with various family members over the holiday season. I loved it. Still don’t understand the family who thought it was an ordeal. You sit around eating, chatting and opening gifts, how is that hard? It did take a while, I’ll admit that.

    I like gifts. I like opening them. I like watching my family open them. My sibs and I are long past the point where we need much in the way of gifts, but it’s nice to have something that fits that person and is funny or so true it hurts….

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    I gave my sibling this https://www.amazon.com/Crap-Taxidermy-Kat/dp/1607748207/ and was the hit of her whole urban social circle…

    I almost gave this one https://www.amazon.com/Crafting-Cat-Hair-Cute-Handicrafts/dp/1594745250/ but restrained myself (it’s serious as far as I could tell leafing thru it.)

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  4. My mother lives alone. She said to me a few years ago that she “gets so few gifts any more, that she opens them on Christmas Eve” instead of waiting for Christmas morning. So many people do gift cards these days. Ever since, I’ve made a point of sending her several wrapped packages for Christmas… unnecessary things she will like, additions to her collections, just for fun, inexpensive gifts.

    Bob Ross Chia Pet!

    Seriously, I wanted to give a few of those last year, and they were gone a week before Christmas.

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  5. But sometimes “they” really are out to get you!

    Part of taking someone out is to make it look like an accident or something unintentional.

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  6. “I like gifts. I like opening them. I like watching my family open them. My sibs and I are long past the point where we need much in the way of gifts, but it’s nice to have something that fits that person and is funny or so true it hurts…. “

    Exactly. I give to everyone, and like your aunt sometimes those are secondhand gifts. It is one of my favorite things about Christmas. Who cares if they put it in a garage sale… it was fun for the buyer, fun wrapped under the tree, and fun for the opening and laughs! (The taxidermy book’s author name made me laugh “Kat Su” …. there is an Old Tricks episode in which the villain goes by variations on the name “Kit Su”)

    Bob Ross Chia Pet!

    Haha! She’d probably love it or Nick’s taxidermy one … she is an artist, and she has a Big Mouth Billy Bass hanging below a magnificent mule deer mount that her father shot!
    I included Bob Ross ornaments in with my eldest son’s gifts last year for the laugh.

  7. “But sometimes “they” really are out to get you!”

    Part of taking someone out is to make it look like an accident or something unintentional.

    I’ve written before that, IMHO, the nurses in the heart transplant program at UT Southwestern did a pretty good job making my father-in-law’s passing look like an unfortunate end result. The fact that one of them collected his life insurance was merely a coincidence.

  8. They are emboldened

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/chaos-portland-antifa-terrorists-attack-police-prevent-squatter-eviction-video/

    Watch the video – loud with bad language

    Ooooh, they chased off the evil foosa…. feels so good. Right up until someone gets sprayed with gasoline and a road flare.

    Further down the page there is video of them pulling open the door on the cop car. In TX, that is the point where you can use deadly force, if you are in fear of your life.

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  9. Haha! She’d probably love it or Nick’s taxidermy one … she is an artist, and she has a Big Mouth Billy Bass hanging below a magnificent mule deer mount that her father shot!
    I included Bob Ross ornaments in with my eldest son’s gifts last year for the laugh.

    Chia has a Richard Simmons version, but I imagine that’s long gone already.

  10. Dang, they cancelled the local hamfest in March. I have been getting stock together for the outdoor swapmeet.

    They cancelled the Belton hamfest too.

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  11. Huh, if you are north of roughly Chicago, you might suffer some ill effects from a magnetic storm today thru Fri.

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  12. Dang, they cancelled the local hamfest in March. I have been getting stock together for the outdoor swapmeet.

    They cancelled the Belton hamfest too.

    I’m on the C2E2 mailing list, and the organizers sent email in the last few weeks that the usual March show in Chicago was pushed back to December 2021.

    I expect Chicago or even Houston, but Belton is a bit of a surprise. OTOH, depending on how much of the expo center the hamfest rents out, quarters can be really tight in the expo center.

    It still sucks for the vendors and local businesses.

    Biden is making noise about masking and lockdowns for his first 100 days, possibly into May or June. Keeping the suburbs scared is key to getting away with the cabal governing by executive order.

  13. I had a buddy that always bought his family whatever the cheesiest thing being advertised on TV incessantly that year was. Everyone rolls their eyes at the infomercials, but everyone also loved getting that stuff (whether for practical use or just for laughs). His gifts were always a hit. He was the king of “As Seen on TV” gifts.

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  14. They cancelled the Belton hamfest too.

    Wait. Belton hamfest is usually in October. They cancelled the 2021 show?!?

  15. I had a buddy that always bought his family whatever the cheesiest thing being advertised on TV incessantly that year was. Everyone rolls their eyes at the infomercials, but everyone also loved getting that stuff (whether for practical use or just for laughs). His gifts were always a hit. He was the king of “As Seen on TV” gifts.

    I’d say Shamwow masks would be a big hit this year, but the last time I saw that commercial, they were ridiculously expensive, something like $15 for two.

  16. “They cancelled the Belton hamfest too.”

    Wait. Belton hamfest is usually in October. They cancelled the 2021 show?!?

    NM. Spring hamfest. It still sucks. 2021 can’t be another dead year because sick people don’t stay home.

  17. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/uk-warns-people-severe-allergies-shouldnt-take-covid-vaccine

    -I’ll wait thanks. But you go ahead.

    According to public opinion polls, state and federal health officials have apparently been succeeding in establishing “credibility” to these vaccines. But there’s no question that setbacks like this could have a profound affect on individuals’ willingness to accept the vaccine, which also reportedly comes with punishing sideeffects.

    Britain began mass vaccinating its population on Tuesday in a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history, starting with the elderly and frontline workers National Health Service medical director Stephen Powis said the advice had been changed after two NHS workers reported anaphylactoid reactions associated with receiving the vaccine. “As is common with new vaccines the MHRA (regulator) have advised on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination, after two people with a history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday,” Powis said. “Both are recovering well.”

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  18. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/uk-warns-people-severe-allergies-shouldnt-take-covid-vaccine

    -I’ll wait thanks. But you go ahead.

    I can’t have the measles vaccination or a flu shot due to allergies.

    Like a lot of children of cigarette smokers in the 70s, I have a lot of food and environment allergies triggered by what is theorized as a permanent autoimmune response. I imagine Britain has a similar problem.

    My mother was so out of control with smoking that she doctor shopped until she found the one pediatrician in town who wouldn’t tell her to stop before she killed me. He practiced medicine as a kind of hobby because his wife’s family owned half of the land under Downtown Clearwater, FL before the Scientologists moved into town.

    Instead of my mother quitting smoking, I got an allergy shot every week for a decade. These days, it would be considered child abuse. At one point, my mother even blew off advice from Jean Bennett, the first woman to graduate from the University of Florida’s medical school. My family only ignores the best.

    I know I wasn’t alone in my situation. My pediatrician’s lab refrigerator was stuffed with allergy shot serums for all of his patients, figure 100 easily.

  19. We tried gift cards a few times, but too often they are forgotten, or lost. When my wife still had her whisky business, she sold gift cards, and maybe 1/3 of them were redeemed. While that’s great for the bottom line, on a human level it’s kind of depressing.

    Among the family, we’ve massively reduced gifts. No obligation for any gifts at all, but at most one one. We all just have too much stuff. When we do buy gifts, it’s usually consumables: some special food or drink that the person will enjoy, but might not ever buy for themselves.

  20. Since I have to manually delete the video files, not being able to FIND 2-5 TB of old files is very frustrating. Add the way linux handles a full disk and you’ve got a mess.

    If you can bring up a console (command) window in Linux, run “du -b 4096” in the root directory. This will show you all the space usage in 4 kb chunks.

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  21. Lynn’s advice can be improved by sorting the biggest hogs to the bottom:

    du / –max-depth=2 | sort -n | tail 15

    should get you started.

    (That’s two dashes before ‘max-depth’; presumably they’ll be converted to an mdash when I post this.)

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  22. “CNN: ‘Don’t Be Alarmed’ if People Start Dying After Taking the Vaccine”
    https://summit.news/2020/12/08/cnn-dont-be-alarmed-if-people-start-dying-after-taking-the-vaccine/

    ““That won’t necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine.””

    “In an article on the COVID vaccine rollout, CNN says that Americans shouldn’t be alarmed if people start dying after taking the vaccine because “deaths may occur that won’t necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine.””
    https://lite.cnn.com/en/article/h_f57704265a0db9708053b6eb5320dd44

    Oh my.

    Of course, anyone who dies because of the covid or anything else in the universe is Trump’s fault.

  23. Since I have to manually delete the video files, not being able to FIND 2-5 TB of old files is very frustrating. Add the way linux handles a full disk and you’ve got a mess.

    Do a “man find” for details about the find command.

    IIRC, “find . -mtime +5” will show you files created or last changed more five or more days ago in the current directory and below.

    Just be careful with doing anything with find’s -exec option, like deleting the files.


  24. What’s more: In the US, at least 2, possibly 3, participants from the Pfizer and Moderna trials have died in the following weeks.

    If you had a town of 60,000 adults of all ages, you would expect a few people to die each week.

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  25. I can’t have the measles vaccination or a flu shot due to allergies.

    Those vaccines are made from chicken embryos and can affect people with egg and related allergies.

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  26. We tried gift cards a few times, but too often they are forgotten, or lost. When my wife still had her whisky business, she sold gift cards, and maybe 1/3 of them were redeemed.

    What the big box stores like about gift cards is how many of them do get used but not fully (say $24.15 spent of a $25 card) and the cards with those remainders wind up stuffed into a junk drawer or tossed into the trash so as to not have to deal with the hassle of spending that small amount. All that change adds up for them.

  27. Giving gifts cards is like exchanging cash for the holidays. Here’s $50. Thanks! Here’s $50 Thanks! Pointless.

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  28. “I can’t have the measles vaccination or a flu shot due to allergies.”

    Those vaccines are made from chicken embryos and can affect people with egg and related allergies.

    That’s my vaccine problem. Egg whites.

  29. I made a Sam’s run at lunchtime. Charmin completely gone again, but no lack of Member’s Choice TP. Limit one.

    Driving back, the news program on the San Antonio talk station was reporting that The Real Life Tony Stark is shopping for a house in the Westlake area of Austin.

    Westlake looks just like California, and the people act like they live in LA.

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  30. From what I’ve read, this Covid vaccine is the first of a new type (mRNA). Rather than infecting you with a weakened virus, which still tries to reproduce in your body, this vaccine includes only one strand of instructions, telling your cells how to produce one part of the virus – the “spikes” that your immune system would respond to in case of an infection. It is a purely synthetic vaccine as well – no culturing in eggs.

    In theory, this should be massively safer, because you are not being infected with a virus, however weakened. Since the vaccine isn’t cultured in eggs, most allergy problems should also be eliminated.

    Of course, there are questions: Which cells get used by the RNA? What happens to those afterwards – do they die, as they would with a virus? How long do they produce this stuff? Do the RNA instructions degrade or mutate? What are the effects of degraded RNA in the vaccine itself (apparently, it degrades rather easily). I’m sure researchers are busily working on those questions, and I am equally sure that they are not all yet answered.

    Still, it really does sound promising. Once this technology is proven, this will probably be the future for lots of other vaccines.

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  31. Lynn’s advice can be improved by sorting the biggest hogs to the bottom:

    du / –max-depth=2 | sort -n | tail 15

    should get you started.

    (That’s two dashes before ‘max-depth’; presumably they’ll be converted to an mdash when I post this.)

    I bow to the Unix guru, I am just a grasshopper.

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  32. So, it looks like the Trump campaign finally found some competent lawyers and filed one good lawsuit challenging the vote. It’s in Georgia. Here is an analysis by Andrew McCarthy, former US Attorney, at NR.

    He’s gone over the complaint and finds solid, specific allegations of irregularities in the vote. None are what most people are talking about. No allegations of manufacturing votes. No allegations about Dominion. They fall into 3 categories:
    – votes by those disqualified to vote (age, felon, moved out of state, dead, etc.)
    – some minor violations of law in things like requesting out mail ballots too early, voting by mail too early, etc.
    – a lack of rigor in processing the signature matches on mail ballots. Fewer mail ballots were rejected this year due to signature mismatch than in the last two elections. A rejection rate 0.34% vs 3.46% and 2.90% in previous elections.

    It’s not clear what the courts could do. The article:

    The only things it might be possible to say are (a) that there was so much illegal voting that the election is pervasively tainted and should be invalidated; or (b) more modestly, that the extent of illegal voting so outstrips the announced margin of victory that we cannot confidently say who won.

    This is the campaign’s theory. On this basis, it is asking the court to prevent the certification of the result, even though the state has already certified; to enjoin the state from appointing electors to the Electoral College; to order that a new presidential election be conducted as promptly as possible; and “for such other relief that this Court deems just and proper under the circumstances.” Given that it would be impossible to conduct another election before December 14, this amounts to a plea to have the electors chosen in a different manner — such as, by a vote of the state legislature. Plainly, the campaign does not want to say that because it would involve disenfranchising 5 million Georgians who voted in the election. Even if the campaign’s claims of improprieties were credited, the overwhelming majority of Georgians still voted lawfully — the campaign wants the court to come around to the reluctant conclusion that their votes must be discounted, not appear to be calling for it (hence, the impractical suggestion to conduct a new election).

    His conclusion:

    Still, the new Georgia lawsuit raises significant and highly specific claims of illegality. The state government should answer them point-by-point, and promptly.

    Even if they throw it to the legislature and they decide to appoint Trump’s electors, it won’t affect who gets inaugurated next year. And it would galvanize the (D) voters and hand an issue that might flip the Senate to the Democrats next year.

  33. “AP-NORC Poll: Just Half in US Want to Get COVID-19 Vaccination”
    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/covid-19-vaccine/2020/12/09/id/1000751/

    “The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows about a quarter of U.S. adults aren’t sure if they want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Roughly another quarter say they won’t.”

    I wonder how much “I got the covid vaccine” cards will be selling for ? Shouldn’t be more than $50.

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  34. Even if they throw it to the legislature and they decide to appoint Trump’s electors, it won’t affect who gets inaugurated next year. And it would galvanize the (D) voters and hand an issue that might flip the Senate to the Democrats next year.

    We are a generation away from a Rafael Warnock representing GA in the Senate, but an Ossoff win in that runoff isn’t an impossiblity.

    I doubt even African Americans in Georgia would believe a Warnock victory behind closed doors.

    The Dems are in trouble with regard to the Senate in 2022. More of their seats are up for election, and AZ gets another shot at deciding about Mark Kelley after he has some votes recorded and he’s not just running for sympathy.


  35. “AP-NORC Poll: Just Half in US Want to Get COVID-19 Vaccination”
    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/covid-19-vaccine/2020/12/09/id/1000751/

    “The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows about a quarter of U.S. adults aren’t sure if they want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Roughly another quarter say they won’t.”

    I wonder how much “I got the covid vaccine” cards will be selling for ? Shouldn’t be more than $50.

    I wonder how many of these are people have already been infected with COVID-19 and are like, “What’s the point?”


  36. Still, it really does sound promising. Once this technology is proven, this will probably be the future for lots of other vaccines.

    Just like fusion power!

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  37. …but an Ossoff win in that runoff isn’t an impossiblity.

    I guess Ossoff ‘debating’ an empty podium wasn’t the best optic for Perdue.


  38. Even if they throw it to the legislature and they decide to appoint Trump’s electors, it won’t affect who gets inaugurated next year.

    Agreed – I think things come to an end with the vote on Monday.

  39. More “only in Florida…”
    And cybersecurity experts say the state’s messaging platform was so insecure — with employees all using the same username and password to gain access — that a breach was almost certain to happen.
    https://news.yahoo.com/florida-officials-defend-raid-covid-004133712.html

    The level of security does not matter. She accessed the state’s messaging platform after being fired. That means that she did not have authorization to use the platform. And she knew it.

    At a minimum they are going to bankrupt her through legal fees. At a maximum, she will be going to jail for a while.

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  40. The level of security does not matter. She accessed the state’s messaging platform after being fired. That means that she did not have authorization to use the platform. And she knew it.
    At a minimum they are going to bankrupt her through legal fees. At a maximum, she will be going to jail for a while.

    Don’t disagree, DeSantis obviously wants his pound of flesh here – was mainly commenting on the shared username/password.

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  41. Lynn’s advice can be improved by sorting the biggest hogs to the bottom:

    du / –max-depth=2 | sort -n | tail 15

    should get you started.

    (That’s two dashes before ‘max-depth’; presumably they’ll be converted to an mdash when I post this.)

    –and like almost every bit of linux advice it failed completely. Every single directory read failed because of permissions. There is always some unspoken part, and in this case, the unspoken part was probably something about SUDO? or where I opened the terminal?

    –‘cuz keyboard monkey punchin’, at least 10 years since I did even the most basic linux configuration, not really noob, but something like that only with SOME experience since suse and mandrake….just not anything USEFUL or recent experience….

    Don’t get me wrong, the whole reason I posted the comment was to tap the hive mind and I appreciate the attempted help beyond what I can express (in a manly way). But there is always something that gets ya, in the full employment for gurus linux world…

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  42. ” And it would galvanize the (D) voters and hand an issue that might flip the Senate to the Democrats next year. ”

    –ech, I think that even you know subconsciously that this election stinks to high heaven. Biden supposedly got 80 million votes, more than anyone ever, more than black jebus at his prime, more than Reagan, more than ANYONE. If that’s not an already galvanized electorate, then it’s FRAUD. No one truly believes that slow Joe got that many votes… but anti-Trump glee (in certain parts) seems to be missing the bigger issue of the corrosive, Republic destroying effect of losing faith in the electoral process.

    Anyone who says or thinks, “yeah there might have been SOME cheating, but TRUMP!! Ding dong the witch is dead!” is totally discounting (because Trump supporters!) that a record number of voters and votes (almost zero of which are disputed) will have no more faith in the possibility of an honest election ever again. Doesn’t even matter if the belief is rooted in sour grapes/lies/desperation/or magic beans, it is the end of the American experiment. FAITH that your vote counts is BEDROCK, as is belief in the rule of law, and that Justice is blind. Two of those things were already under assault or destroyed. Now the third leg of the stool has been attacked. And if it falls, so to will this country as anything recognizable to anyone over 50.

    Anti-Trump sentiment is blinding people to what should have been the response- we have total faith in the process and the candidate, everyone benefits from shining light on the process, and seeing that everything was honest and above board. We want to win, not by cheating, but on our merits. Instead their response was sneering, bullying, personal attacks, censorship, and in some cases, violence.

    I’ve said it will play out as it plays out. At this point though, too many people I think are smarter than me, have raised significant questions about the results, and I haven’t seen convincing responses, just assertions without evidence.

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  43. “Facebook sued by FTC, 48 attorneys general alleging it operates an illegal monopoly”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-antitrust-lawsuit-193839255.html

    “A group of 48 U.S. attorneys general led by New York filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook (FB) on Wednesday, alleging the social media giant is violating antitrust law by buying up competitors and depriving consumers of alternatives that would better protect their privacy. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a separate suit alleging similar antitrust violations.”

    These suits will be dismissed by the new FTC when Biden replaces everyone in sight.


  44. –ech, I think that even you know subconsciously that this election stinks to high heaven. Biden supposedly got 80 million votes, more than anyone ever, more than black jebus at his prime, more than Reagan, more than ANYONE.

    Yeah, that right there, is why I believe “malarkey” took place. The FUSA needs, Voter ID, in-person voting, and bi/tri/gay/qwerty-partisan monitoring.

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  45. Don’t get me wrong, the whole reason I posted the comment was to tap the hive mind and I appreciate the attempted help beyond what I can express (in a manly way). But there is always something that gets ya, in the full employment for gurus linux world…

    I’m struggling with Perl today on my first big assignment for the new job. It is a write-only language for gurus.

    Perl was a Hot Skillz about 20 years ago, but then Perl 6 was so delayed and debated that they now call the language something completely different. Perl 7 will be the continuation of Perl 5 that Perl 6 should have been while most people write Perl 4 that runs fine in Perl 5’s interpreter but not Perl 6’s.

    The reason for Perl is that our system depends on Webmin, an attempt to take the shell out of specific sysadmin chores. I have to change an existing module to do something specific to our custom RHEL/CentOS distribution so we can turn off shell access to some of our boxes deployed at customer sites.

    Yeah, sudo. Just be careful with mixing sudo and “rm”.


  46. But there is always something that gets ya, in the full employment for gurus linux world…

    You’re right, of course. But it’s no different on Windows or Mac. I use Windows so rarely now, and things have changed so much in Win 10, that I feel like a n00b. I have students who use Macs, which I have never used – and I am entirely helpless if they have a system-level problem.

    tl;dr: It’s what you’re used to.

    this election stinks to high heaven

    If you live in a high-crime area and somebody robs your house, they’re undoubtedly a thief. If you left your door not only unlocked, but standing wide open, you are also an idiot deserving little sympathy. Both things can be true.

    It was obvious that the Democrats were going to pull out all the stops on this election. The fact that the Republican party was not prepared, the fact that they allowed the fraud to happen – that is inexcusable.

    Observers should have insisted on their right to actually observe. They should have monitored the chain of custody of ballots from start to finish. They should have been prepared to enforce this, by having already coordinated with the appropriate authorities (the state police, at a guess?) and having them on speed-dial.

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  47. The first step would have been to get rid of the tea set Republicans and bring in some real pipe-hitting conservatives as poll watchers from the voting to the counting.

    And enough of them so that when “Tiny” the union schlub tries the close quarter belly bounce, the guy in front doesn’t have to worry about his back.

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  48. Every single directory read failed because of permissions. There is always some unspoken part, and in this case, the unspoken part was probably something about SUDO?

    Nick, yes, ‘sudo’ will get you past the errors but it shouldn’t have been necessary for a first pass. There’d be a fair number of “permission denied” errors with the command as provided but they’d appear before the sizes of the trees which succeeded, courtesy of the ‘sort’ command.


  49. We want to win, not by cheating, but on our merits.

    Long past time to clean house. How many of the current crop of Congress-critters would vote for term limits to be effective the next time they would have been up for reelection?
    Would I need more than one hand to count the ‘Aye’ votes?


  50. They should have been prepared to enforce this, by having already coordinated with the appropriate authorities (the state police, at a guess?) They should have been prepared to enforce this, by having already coordinated with the appropriate authorities (the state police, at a guess?)

    The commissioner of the Georgia State Patrol is appointed by the Georgia Department of Public Safety, whose chairman is…Gov. Brian Kemp…just sayin’.

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  51. “…but an Ossoff win in that runoff isn’t an impossiblity.”

    I guess Ossoff ‘debating’ an empty podium wasn’t the best optic for Perdue.

    No one watches a Senate debate, and Purdue is trying to change the subject about his insider trading problems.

    Of course, Loeffler has insider trading problems too, but (a) GA is not going to sent Raphael Warnock to the Senate and (b) the undecided Dem female voter in the Atlanta suburbs is sympathetic to Loeffler’s position since they would do the exact same thing given the opportunity. “She worked hard for that money.”

  52. Nick, why not grab a guy off Craigslist?
    Surely a hour will tell if he’s got the voodoo for what ails you.


  53. No one watches a Senate debate

    The Loeffler/Warnock debate was broadcast live on CNN this past Sunday…guessing at least a few people in GA tuned in.

  54. “17 States File Brief Backing Texas Election Lawsuit Against GA, MI, PA, WI”
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/17-states-file-brief-backing-texas-election-lawsuit-against-ga-mi-pa-wi

    “Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia joined with Missouri to file an amicus brief supporting Texas. The lawsuit seeks to bar Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania from voting in the electoral college, asserting their elections were illegitimate due to violations of voting laws.”

    I like the remedy which will throw the Presidential election into the House and the VP election into the Senate. I doubt that it will happen.

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

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  55. They should have been prepared to enforce this, by having already coordinated with the appropriate authorities (the state police, at a guess?) They should have been prepared to enforce this, by having already coordinated with the appropriate authorities (the state police, at a guess?)

    The commissioner of the Georgia State Patrol is appointed by the Georgia Department of Public Safety, whose chairman is…Gov. Brian Kemp…just sayin’.

    Just wait until Stacey Abrams is voted governor of Georgia in two years. Unless Kamala nominates Stacey Abrams for VP of the USA and she passes the Senate with those two new dum-bro-crat senators that Georgia is getting ready to elect with their fancy voting machines.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stacey_Abrams

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  56. I’ve mentioned this “Deep Space Nine” documentary before. It is wildly uneven and does no small amount of revisionist history on some of the characters, but the high def remastered battle sequences from “Fortune Favors The Bold” are very cool.

    Free as in beer on YouTube Movies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHixW9PLsAc

    Don’t hold your breath for proper HD transfers of the series. “Voyager” is in the same situation. Both series were filmed with Panavision cameras (look at Kira’s uniform’s texture), but editing and the special effects sequences were NTSC video.


  57. Nick, why not grab a guy off Craigslist?
    Surely a hour will tell if he’s got the voodoo for what ails you.

    In theory I’m willing to look at a screen via zoom call or equivalent and offer suggestions.
    In practice it may be difficult to sync two busy men’s schedules, but maybe something can be arranged.

  58. @greg:

    Yes, a lot of series were edited on video in those days. The quality loss was dramatic, compared to a 35mm release print.

    I can testify to this: in those days I worked for the BBC as a Telecine operator, and the difference between 35mm prints via one of our Rank Cintel flying-spot telecines, and a Videotape distribution was astonishing – the 35mm was, as we not-so-jokingly said, “sharp enough to cut”, whereas the VT was soft. We routinely used a device called a “vertical aperture corrector” to reduce the scanning-derived sharpness loss, and it was routine for film shows like “Dallas” to run with less VAK, because the film image was so sharp.

    The greyscale was nothing to write home about from the tape, either. Part of which, I believe, was due to the different monitor gamma in use on the two sides of the pond – American video was always lower-key and lacking in shadow detail, as seen over here.

    Even a 16mm print, via a Cintel telecine, was better than 525 NTSC, standards converted.

    G.


  59. We want to win, not by cheating, but on our merits

    How could the Democrats be so clever that they so cleverly rigged the election against Trump by cheating in multiple states yet nobody can tell how but at the same time they were so stupid they neglected to give themselves any advantage in these same states so they lost seats in congress and in the state houses?
    Is it perhaps possible that many people just can’t stand Trump and he lost the election fair and square? Why is that so hard to believe for some Republicans that they don’t believe their own election officials and multiple Republican judges?

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  60. I watched the SpaceX Starship high hop, as well. Didn’t look like 15km, which shows how big a Starship is. In fact, I thought that the Raptor engines were shutting down because of a problem, rather than as planned.

    The return, especially the explosively rapid, unscheduled disassembly at the end, was rather dramatic. Of course, SpaceX are proponents of the “Move fast and break things” mantra. Starship is a classic instance of that.

    More power to His Muskiness, and his minions at Boca Chica.

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  61. yet nobody can tell how

    If you close your eyes and yell, “La-la-la I don’t see anything!”, then there’s no evidence.

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  62. We want to win, not by cheating, but on our merits

    How could the Democrats be so clever that they so cleverly rigged the election against Trump by cheating in multiple states yet nobody can tell how but at the same time they were so stupid they neglected to give themselves any advantage in these same states so they lost seats in congress and in the state houses?
    Is it perhaps possible that many people just can’t stand Trump and he lost the election fair and square? Why is that so hard to believe for some Republicans that they don’t believe their own election officials and multiple Republican judges?

    Because the dum-bro-crats thought that they were going to win without manipulations due to the incompetent polling outfits. But they got surprised and had to manufacture some 6 to 10 million ballots within 24 hours. They had several law firms printing those out as fast as they could with just the bare minimum of notations. They had thought that manipulating the vote tabulation machines was enough. They were wrong.

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  63. Finally, version 16.07 is out the door and up on our web server. I want to simultaneously scream, yell, cry, hurl, and shout.

    On to version 16.07a !

    And my stupid piece of junk source code file server just crashed on me again while I had three streams of files running to it. One of these days I am going to rebuild that piece of junk.

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  64. Because the dum-bro-crats thought that they were going to win without manipulations due to the incompetent polling outfits. But they got surprised and had to manufacture some 6 to 10 million ballots within 24 hours. They had several law firms printing those out as fast as they could with just the bare minimum of notations. They had thought that manipulating the vote tabulation machines was enough. They were wrong

    It would take longer than 24 hours to sign 6-10 million ballots. If they thought they were going to win why would they have this elaborate backup plan? Why didn’t they fix the other races also? You are giving the “dum-bro-crats” more competence then they deserve. Doesn’t make sense.

    What bothers me the most is that our country is so divided that intelligent people believe, without evidence, that the other side is so evil that had this vast illegal conspiracy to fix the election. That belief could justify any action to keep them in power and be the end of our democracy.

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  65. That belief could justify any action to keep them in power and be the end of our democracy

    That’s one of the democrat talking points.

    Also, we are not a democracy. We are (at least still in theory, a constitutional republic).

  66. How could the Democrats be so clever that they so cleverly rigged the election against Trump by cheating in multiple states yet nobody can tell how but at the same time they were so stupid they neglected to give themselves any advantage in these same states so they lost seats in congress and in the state houses?

    The interns at Perkins Coie can only work so fast.

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  67. And my stupid piece of junk source code file server just crashed on me again while I had three streams of files running to it. One of these days I am going to rebuild that piece of junk.

    Is it just a host for SMB shares or do you have special software running on the server?

    My Windows 7 Enterprise partition on my primary desktop is trashed from three Visual Studio environments installed/uninstalled since I last “nuked it from orbit” in 2011. Time to move on to the Windows 10 partition, but all of my game data is on the Win 7 file system.


  68. In theory I’m willing to look at a screen via zoom call or equivalent and offer suggestions.
    In practice it may be difficult to sync two busy men’s schedules, but maybe something can be arranged.

    Same.


  69. Why is that so hard to believe for some Republicans that they don’t believe their own election officials and multiple Republican judges?

    –“republicans” like the head of the RNC who said he’d vote for Hillary before he’d vote for his own party’s candidate? All the ‘never Trumpers’? There are a LOT of establishment republicans who belong to the ‘political class’ that are RINOs, and the reason the label “deep state” caught on so quickly is because it captured a truth- most of the politicians are only loyal to themselves and deeply entangled with the other politicians. Two sides of the coin, but still just ONE coin.

    WRT evidence there is lots of it. Way more than is needed to raise the doubt, but perhaps not enough for a courtroom. People keep saying ‘there’s no evidence’ and yet there IS, and a lot of it. There are auditors who have looked at the numbers and have stated that they are clearly fraudulent, and if it were anything but the election, they’d be good enough evidence to go for a conviction. There are whistleblowers giving sworn testimony that they participated in or witnessed ‘irregularities’- Which is a word for fraud. There are plenty of websites that list everything that has been reported so far.

    WRT the idea that there are ‘just so many people that hate him’, show me the crowds who love Biden. Where did his 80M come from? Did people spend their own money on signs? Banners? Flags? Commemorative coins? Hats? Did they have spontaneous rallies? Trump GAINED voters among blacks AND hispanics. He certainly didn’t lose his base, when he got 70M votes (which I repeat, no one is contesting. that would have been enough to win in any other election.)

    We have historical data about voting patterns. We know what is ‘normal’ for people who only vote in the presidential election. IIRC there is an order of magnitude or two more ballots claimed to have done that than there ever have been before. And suspiciously, those are the type of ballots that came in in the middle of the night under irregular circumstances. Votes had very normal distributions during the day and evening. They didn’t get weird until very late.

    Look at the number of counties Biden won, vs Trump or Barack, and tell me where all those extra voters came from?

    In any case, as I said, it will play out as it does. NO I don’t believe that a few extra 10s of millions of people in just a few key cities, cities with long histories of corruption and democrat control, suddenly got fired up enough to vote.

    And can anyone suggest with a straight face that there ISN’T cheating in elections when cheating is part of every single human endeavor? When voting fraud is so endemic in certain cities that it was a meme before memes were invented? “In Chicago, even the dead can vote.” “Vote early and vote often!”

    There is one possibility, and I haven’t seen anyone run the numbers, but there will come a point where the presidential race is determined by the 10 or so largest cities. Google ‘clinton archipelago map’ or ‘trump vs obama by county map’ to see why. As that concentration of democrat voters in large left leaning cities increases, it’s possible there will come a time when the WHOLE rest of the country can vote republican and still not win. The ‘by county’ map already looks like that. Covid migration MIGHT change that somewhat as the cities lose people to the countryside, but I don’t think so. It’s POSSIBLE we’re already there.

    And once it becomes mathematically impossible to have a fair two party election nationally, the republic is done for. So if not this year, then within 10 years certainly if trends continue.

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  70. How could the Democrats be so clever that they so cleverly rigged the election against Trump by cheating in multiple states yet nobody can tell how but at the same time they were so stupid they neglected to give themselves any advantage in these same states so they lost seats in congress and in the state houses?

    That worries me too, but based on my observation of zero Biden signs and hundreds of Trump signs around here, I find it hard to believe Biden won. He had a LOT of issues. OTOH the people who get their news from CNN may have been totally unaware of the issues.

    I doubt the extra ballots were created in 24 hours. That was weeks or months of prep. The surveillance video of suitcases of ballots coming out from under a table seems to support this theory. And the lack of rejected mail-in ballots. And the PA situation where the polling rules were illegal by State law and the Constitution. etc.

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  71. ” this vast illegal conspiracy to fix the election”

    –it’s been shown before in other areas that you don’t NEED a conspiracy, just individuals and groups acting according to the same set of beliefs.

    –wrt only filling out the presidential vote and not the down ballot, one of the former auditors calls that ‘mission focused behavior’ iirc. People do it when they commit fraud, because they focus on the main goal, not the coverup or ‘plausibility’. It takes time to fill out ballots. Also, there has been evidence presented that some of the ballots look like they were machine marked. Verifying and checking that sort of thing takes TIME and ACCESS, something the Trump campaign doesn’t have much of. Remember that the people doing the contested counting are NOT disinterested observers. They are his political enemies in many if not MOST cases.

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  72. And my stupid piece of junk source code file server just crashed on me again while I had three streams of files running to it. One of these days I am going to rebuild that piece of junk.

    Is it just a host for SMB shares or do you have special software running on the server?

    Plain old SMB. Works great until you have a freaking hardware fault. Just Windows 7 Pro x64 with a 256 GB SSD and a WD 4 TB Black with 16 GB ram. I hear a beep from the server room and down it goes.


  73. If only we had a rocket scientist hanging around here to comment !

    Rocket engineer. The science is settled.

  74. “Trump asks Cruz to argue Texas case”
    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/529559-trump-asks-cruz-to-argue-texas-case

    “President Trump has asked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) to present a case from his state’s attorney general seeking to invalidate the election results of several key battleground states before the Supreme Court should it decide to hear the suit, The New York Times reported Wednesday.”

    “The lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) seeks to void the vote certifications of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Michigan, arguing that the results are “tainted” by new election processes in those states.”

    I like this but still think that SCOTUS will be very hesitant to throw the election into the House of Reps.

  75. It would take longer than 24 hours to sign 6-10 million ballots.

    They did not sign the ballots. The ballots produced were marked for Biden only. The ballots were then loaded in boxes onto pallets. Multiple USPS 18 wheeler drivers have testified to this. One of them brought over a quarter million ballots from Long Island, NY to Pennsylvania.
    https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2117035309000/i-was-driving-completed-ballots-from-ny-to-pennsylvania-so-i-decided-to-speak-up-update-usps-contract-truck-driver-who-transferred-288000-fraudulent-ballots-from-ny-to-pa-speaks-at-presser-video

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  76. That worries me too, and based on my observation of zero Biden signs and hundreds of Trump signs around here, I find it hard to believe Biden won.

    Lots of Biden signs in other places. We seem to be sorting our politics geographically.

    I doubt the extra ballots were created in 24 hours. That was weeks or months of prep.

    The polls showed a Biden landslide so why go through all that trouble and risk?

    The surveillance video of suitcases of ballots coming out from under a table seems to support this theory.

    Earlier video shows the ballots being put under the table by poll workers who mistakenly thought the were not going to work overnight.

    And the PA situation where the polling rules were illegal by State law and the Constitution. etc.

    These rules were made by the Republican legislature and were used in two previous elections. This was the case the Supreme Court refused to review.

    If you really like Trump it really hard to believe that there were more people, about 6 million more, I believe, that have a contrary opinion.

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  77. I don’t think Trump is a great person. I think he is probably somewhere on ‘the spectrum’ given his lack of EQ. I acknowledge that he’s an asshole. A jerk. Possibly a womanizer, although likely a serial womanizer if so.

    He wouldn’t have been my pick for champion of western culture and American interests. In any other race he’d have been the Democrat. He’s too quick to cut a deal on 2A issues. He’s a lot of things but what he is not, is a career politician, wholly owned and controlled by outside interests. He’s not a socialist. He’s not a one world-er. He’s done more to support American interests and move in the direction I want to move than any politician in the last 20 years, maybe 40. And he’s done it while battling an unprecedented opposition from the uniparty or deep state, or simply the ‘washington establishment’.

    Biden has vowed to undo as much of that as possible and move even further left than Obama. I think that Biden and the list of career ‘swamp creatures’ (to use the vernacular) he’s assembled would be back to selling out American interests and advancing the globalists’ agenda in a heartbeat. I believe that is opposite what the Founding Fathers intended when they codified what it means to be a member State in the United States of America, and a citizen of the same.

    I also believe that the forces are already in motion. The ball is already rolling down the hill. One candidate would slow the ball, one would push it faster.

    I just don’t want to be run over.

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  78. “Was the Pennsylvania case dismissed to open the door for the Texas case?”
    https://noqreport.com/2020/12/09/was-the-pennsylvania-case-dismissed-to-open-the-door-for-the-texas-case/

    “Now, I’ve been going down a different path. It seems I may have been right for the wrong reasons. It’s conspicuous that the emergency injunction request was kicked without accompanying comments from SCOTUS. They justify pretty much everything they rule for or against, so the fact they simply said no is interesting. That usually only happens when they have a future ruling possible that they do not want prejudiced by previous judgments. In other words, if you don’t want your words to come back to bite you, say nothing.”

    “Enter the Texas case. It’s a doozy. It essentially says the same thing, but from a national perspective that includes three other states. That’s big. Is it possible that the Supreme Court, having seen the upcoming case already docketed for Texas, chose to push the Pennsylvania case aside for the larger case to come forward? Yes, that seems very possible. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but it could make a whole lot of sense, as I detailed in the latest episode of NOQ Report.”

    Interesting thought.

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


  79. Lots of Biden signs in other places. We seem to be sorting our politics geographically.

    Except that I live in a democrat city.

    The polls showed a Biden landslide so why go through all that trouble and risk?

    The polls that showed Biden up by 10+ points weeks out then narrowed rapidly in the last week? It was well known that Republican voters would either refuse to answer the pollsters or give false answers. It’s likely that insiders realized this.

    Earlier video shows the ballots being put under the table by poll workers who mistakenly thought the were not going to work overnight.

    So they hid the ballots under a table and then moved that table to another room. Strange behavior. Almost suspicious.

    These rules were made by the Republican legislature and were used in two previous elections. This was the case the Supreme Court refused to review.

    Looks like it was a 2019 law. Not sure about this one, there have been stories that the PA supreme court changed the rules also. That would be in contravention of the constitutional requirements.

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  80. I also believe that the forces are already in motion. The ball is already rolling down the hill. One candidate would slow the ball, one would push it faster.

    I just don’t want to be run over.

    I’ve already been run over so many times that I am thinking about banning any sales and test drives of our software to China, India, and Russia along with the bad five (Cuba, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria). Note that China is foremost on that list with over a thousand illegal users and one payment in the last 20+ years.

    A lot of people I know have had their machine shops information stolen by the Chinese and compete against them at half price. When they drop their prices, the Chinese drop their price again. And everything coming out of China has to have its metallurgy and specification checked of every piece.

    Of course, Biden would accelerate the bankruptcy of our nation by throwing money at every problem. Trump at least does a reality check like any good businessman does.

    Yup, we are on the downward slope, the speed is just the issue.

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  81. …most of the politicians are only loyal to themselves and deeply entangled with the other politicians.

    “most”??? Don’t worry, we’ll hunt down those disloyalists and apply the necessary corrective measures.


  82. They did not sign the ballots. The ballots produced were marked for Biden only. The ballots were then loaded in boxes onto pallets. Multiple USPS 18 wheeler drivers have testified to this. One of them brought over a quarter million ballots from Long Island, NY to Pennsylvania.

    Witness in Pa. election fraud suit from York is a ghost hunter with a long criminal record. Morgan, a truck driver from York, Pa., with, according to court records, a lengthy history of drug abuse, mental health issues and allegations of domestic violence, became the face of allegations of election fraud in Republican attempts to overturn the results of the election in Pennsylvania.

    https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/12/08/witness-pa-election-fraud-suit-ghost-hunter-long-criminal-record/6496500002/

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  83. A lot of people I know have had their machine shops information stolen by the Chinese and compete against them at half price.

    When we lived in Hong Kong the locals would warn any western company from building a factory in China. They pointed out that Chrysler built a Jeep plant in China and in two years China was building identical Jeeps selling for half the price. Cisco famously did the same and China sells Cisco compatible routers for less than half but with built-in backdoor.

    When my former employer, built a factory in China we caught three “employees” taking our secrets out the door on USB drives in the first year. We assumed some were never caught.

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  84. When I worked for Bigcorp, they manufactured one line of product in China to be cost competitive in a market that was very price driven.

    The product was basically a big metal box with holes, folds, mount points, etc in all the right places. One issue was that their manf technique was cr@p. There was a 3″ vent hole that instead of buying or HAVING a 3 ” punch tool and just punching the holes in one go, they used a 1/4″ punch and nibbled out each vent hole. That left a razor sharp serrated edge to the hole… and they were trading time for the cost of buying a machine tool that they should have already owned. The other issue was that I saw them advertising an exact copy of our product in the back of a magazine, right down to the arbitrary handle placement.

    When we tried to have them make other parts, they couldn’t hold tolerances and the metallurgy was “whatever they had on hand.” Even for parts that went into product selling for $80K or more, we had no idea what they were actually making the part out of. We sent canadian engineers to live in Shenzen for more than a year to try to get the tolerance issue on the one complicated part sorted out. I don’t know if they ever did. The part was metal injection molded, then machined in places. It had complicated geometry, and had to have a low unit cost to make the item salable. It also had very tight tolerances.

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  85. “Witness in Pa. election fraud suit from York is a ghost hunter with a long criminal record. ”

    –doesn’t mean he’s lying, it’s just character assassination. If you can’t attack the facts, attack the witness…

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  86. “Rush Limbaugh sounds ominous warning about future of America”
    https://www.wnd.com/2020/12/rush-limbaugh-sounds-ominous-warning-future-america/

    “PALM BEACH, Florida – With the political divide in America continuing to increase, radio star Rush Limbaugh believes the nation is moving toward secession.”

    “”I actually think that we’re trending toward secession,” the broadcaster said on his Wednesday broadcast.”

    “”There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs. We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way.””

    “”I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed whether we want to or not. Whether we want to go there or not.””

    If Rush is talking about it then he is detecting a lot of people leaning that way.


  87. Which cells get used by the RNA? What happens to those afterwards – do they die, as they would with a virus? How long do they produce this stuff? Do the RNA instructions degrade or mutate? What are the effects of degraded RNA in the vaccine itself (apparently, it degrades rather easily). I’m sure researchers are busily working on those questions, and I am equally sure that they are not all yet answered.

    The mRNA is said to be absorbed by the muscle cells near the injection site. The cell makes a few copies per mRNA strand it gets and the mRNA is degraded by normal cellular processes, just like the mRNA the cell makes for its own protein synthesis. The mRNA in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are encapsulated in lipids (i.e. fats) and seem to be based on natural lipids (I’m not a biologist, so reading some of the papers on it is a hard slog). I doubt mutations happen for a couple of reasons – the mRNA doesn’t hang around long and it doesn’t reproduce in the cell, since it’s not involved in cell reproduction.

    Apparently, this technique has been under study for over 30 years in the lab and in animals. The first success was in mice in 1990 at the University of Wisconsin. The key problem was getting enough mRNA into the cells for them to express enough of the desired protein. In 2005, it was found that one of the coding units in the mRNA design was a signal to the immune system to attack the injected mRNA. They swapped it for another and the problem disappeared. Then there are stability problems and the lipid coating Moderna and Pfizser use was another breakthrough. There is work on vaccines for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV) ongoing. The flu vaccine work might result in a universal flu shot – it codes for a protein that gets degraded in the current flu vaccine manufacturing, but is not part of the virus that mutates each year.


  88. If only we had a rocket scientist hanging around here to comment !

    They came close. The landing failed because they didn’t get sufficient pressure on the propellant tanks to handle all 3 engines firing at the end. There are a number of possible causes including:
    – engine underperformance so that they ran longer than expected to reach target altitude and used too much pressurization gas
    – aerodynamic effects caused engines to run too long and used too much gas
    – someone screwed up a calculation and the pressurization gas tank was too small or underfilled

    They will probably know what happened in a few days at the most after they crunch some numbers.

    The brief fire seen in the engine compartment looked like a flashover of gases from the shut down engine. On shutdown, there is going to be unused O2 or methane coming out for a bit. If it was methane, then it may accumulated there and gotten ignited. Probably no big deal.

    What was unexpected was the green color of the exhaust flame at the end. That indicates some kind of copper was getting into the flame – perhaps one of the engines overheated and was burning.

    Still, a pretty good test.

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  89. At a minimum they are going to bankrupt her through legal fees.

    Someone set up a legal fee GoFundMe. Saw that it had $200k+ in it.

    Some have criticized the cops for coming in and drawing guns as shown in the video she posted. What wasn’t posted was:
    – cops came to the door, knocked, announced they had a warrant. No response.
    – the called, she answered, she hung up on them.
    – no response to further calls
    – she finally opened the door after 20 minutes from the first knock.

    One can erase a lot of stuff in 20 minutes. Just sayin.

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