Thur. Dec. 17, 2020 – hace frio hoy!

Cold.  Damp.  But maybe no rain, and maybe some sun.

Yesterday was overcast and cold until late in the day when the sun finally peeked through the clouds.  Didn’t do anything outside.  Didn’t get much done period.  What little I did do was needful, but it wasn’t my most productive day.  It was 34F when I went to bed.

So today I’ll be visiting my client.  He’s got a bunch of stuff that was working after my last visit that isn’t working anymore.  I’ll be troubleshooting and moving gear around.

Before that, I’ll going to maybe do a bit of in person shopping.  I’m hoping to pick up my prescription in the store, and there are things I would like to have in the fridge.  We’ll see how much of the list I get done around the house first, then getting ready for my site visit, then maybe the store.  Once I head to my client’s house, I’m there until dinner.

Friday will be full of pickups.  I got some Christmas presents, and a bunch of batteries for my solar project.  I grabbed a handheld ham handie talkie too at one of the auctions.  I really didn’t get too much radio gear this year.  I guess that’s a blessing with the Hamfest being canceled.

So much to do, IRL, for the Holidays, at my secondary, with auction selling and buying, and I’m falling behind because I’m just not as motivated as I was.  Mild depression?  Who knows.  This is certainly the time of year for it, and the year has been heaping on reasons in spades.  You could describe the change in mask and stay at home compliance as a sort of ‘cabin fever’ too.  Whatever, if I’m affected, lots of other people must have it worse.  If you’re feeling depressed, you’re not alone, and there is help out there, and right here for that matter.  Talking seems to help, and is the usual prescription.

I always feel better looking at the stuff I’ve put away to secure my family’s future.  I’ve got stacks of stuff to get rid of, true.  But I’ve got stacks of stuff to get us through what’s already started, and will be a long time finishing.  The trick is knowing what to stack.   Food and ways to prepare it, water and ways to purify it, shelter and ways to defend it, health and welfare materials and the knowledge to use them, these are ALWAYS good to have.  Keep stacking these and you’ll probably be alright.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

75 thoughts on “Thur. Dec. 17, 2020 – hace frio hoy!”

  1. “Some how we need to punish the scalpers”

    Same argument about so called “Price Gouging.”

    Down here in Florida sometimes we get severe hurricanes. Some are bad enough to cause prolonged power outages. In areas with no stores with emergency generators, people can get desperate for food, water, gasoline, etc. Why is it evil for someone with a truck and some spare time to load up with gallons of water and sell it openly on the street where people need it? Well, it’s considered price gouging, and if that behavior is curtailed, then people that need water will not get it, or will be waiting for the govt. to meet the need. Good luck!
    A sign of the times. I remember a few hours after the last major hurricane, a guy sitting outside his house in a lawn chair with a printed sign asking, “Where’s FIMA?” (A Republican was in office.)

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  2. Refrigerator died last night. Didn’t notice in time and lost about half the freezer. Le sigh.

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  3. @clayton, that sucks. Been there.

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    Currently 29F here in houston. I didn’t cover anything last night. I really hope my citrus is ok. I’m very angry with myself for missing this frost warning.

  4. I’ve returned an opened bag of brusselssprouts to Costco. They went off in days after opening the bag. I’d had the same thing happen several times with their bagged produce and was tired of it. After the refund, I stopped buying bagged produce there.

    Our late host and I used to debate the point from time to time, but I’ve never had good luck with Costco bulk rice, particularly Jasmine. Within a month of opening a bag, we will have a bug problem despite a *lot* of experience handling rice.

    We buy Three Ladies Jasmine rice from H-Mart without a problem, but, lately, that has been running $28/bag.

  5. Down here in Florida sometimes we get severe hurricanes. Some are bad enough to cause prolonged power outages. In areas with no stores with emergency generators, people can get desperate for food, water, gasoline, etc. Why is it evil for someone with a truck and some spare time to load up with gallons of water and sell it openly on the street where people need it? Well, it’s considered price gouging, and if that behavior is curtailed, then people that need water will not get it, or will be waiting for the govt. to meet the need. Good luck!

    Florida has anti-gouging laws. Thank Charlie Crist.

    The laws were meant to deal with the roofing scams which ran rampant across Central Florida after Hurricane Charley, but the RINO Governor was mindful of the cr*p which Jeb! Bush caught during a storm emergency late in his second term in response to a statement, “Doesn’t everyone have a few days of canned goods at home?”

    Apparently, most people did not.

    Only the two gas stations outside Orlando airport with the insane per gallon everyday price are exempt from the anti-gouging laws. They always gave gas, however, because the incentive is there to bypass the usual New Orleans-Tampa barge delivery infrastructure.

  6. Currently 29F here in houston. I didn’t cover anything last night. I really hope my citrus is ok. I’m very angry with myself for missing this frost warning.

    How long did the temperature go below freezing?

    Ironically, not having a lot of fruit increases the trees’ tolerance for frost.

    We lost a Japanese Plum during our last Winter in Florida after the temps turned “cold” for about a week. Usually, those trees are not extremely sensitive to occasional hard freezes, but the Colonel Bat Guano neighbor behind us was so sloppy with atrazine and Round Up trying to recreate his “perfect” DC suburbs backyard that I think the tree was weak from the combination of the chemical warfare and drought dominating Central Florida at the time.

  7. Well, it’s still 29F and there is visible frost on roofs and the ground in the open ‘green space’ at the end of the street. I’m guessing it’s been below freezing 7-8 hours so far. I moved my weather station to be next to the citrus trees.

    The trees are sturdy, with 5 inch trunks. The potted limes were under the patio roof near the house so they’re probably ok. I don’t worry too much about the Meyer Lemon.

    If this cold is set to continue, I’ll cover them and add a light bulb for warmth today.

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  8. From yesterday

    At the last job, I had an interview candidate I guessed to be somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum ask about the age range in our shop, stating that they “didn’t want to work with a bunch of old men”.

    That’s great! According to my mandated harrasment training earlier this year that would amount to illegal age harrasment. The one thing I learned was I actually qualify to be harrassed.

  9. Anti-gouging: Yep, exactly the same thing. No role for government here.

    So there’s a local shortage of goods due to, say, a hurricane. The stores will be working on their logistics, but it might take a day or three. If someone is willing to run supplies in faster, but charges a price for the service, what’s the problem?

    I suppose things can get out of hand, especially if people start forcing customers to buy from them. “You want to buy this water/toilet paper/whatever. You don’t want anything to…happen…to your nice house, do you?” But that’s already punishable under other laws.

  10. And a tornado hit Tampa.

    Tornado– Tampa, FL
    Situation: A confirmed tornado began southwest of Tampa, FL. Wednesday
    afternoon, moved through downtown Tampa, and continued in a northeast
    direction out of the city before tornadic activity ceased at approximately 5:15 p.m.
    ET. Damage to some businesses and residences occurred, and downed trees and
    powerlines resulted in minimal power outages. There were no requests for FEMA or
    State assistance

    WTH 2020? Enough already.

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  11. ‘At the last job, I had an interview candidate I guessed to be somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum ask about the age range in our shop, stating that they “didn’t want to work with a bunch of old men”.’

    That’s great! According to my mandated harrasment training earlier this year that would amount to illegal age harrasment. The one thing I learned was I actually qualify to be harrassed.

    That’s the tip of the iceberg of the age discrimination against me at that place. They’re lucky I’m too busy with the new job to shop my case around to the local employment attorneys.

    When the company fired me, buried in a severance offer letter was a waiver of my ADEA rights as well as anti-disparagement and “amicable settlement of issues” clauses which would, arguably, limit my ability to discuss other violations with the State of Texas and/or lawyers. They know they are in trouble with regards to my time there.

    I went through the anti-discrimination online training at the new job the other night. One sceanario presented age issues, but most of the hour was about LGBTQ, particularly ‘T’ and pronouns.

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  12. My time with BigCorp is now 9 years in the past, but we had a trans person on our team. She was post op, and living as a female, presenting as a female. In fact, because I’d never met her in person, only calls, I wasn’t even ever aware of her status- which is the perfect and preferred state of being. When I did eventually meet her, I only noted in passing that she was a little left of “attractive” on the spectrum. Since it was work, “attractive” or “not attractive” was not something I put a lot of time/energy/attention into. Because I was remote field staff, I was free to just judge people on their effectiveness and ability. At some point, someone else felt compelled to make me aware of her history. That explained the deeper voice, and appearance, but it wasn’t something I’d even considered before that. And she was good at her job, so knowing had little effect on me. I wasn’t looking to date anyone at work anyway.

    And really, coming out of theatre and Hollyweird, a trans person who was trying to fit in was FAR from the strangest thing I was exposed to at work.

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    (like “I’ve got 36 piercings, but only 13 show…” weird. Or a guy who showed his pierced junk off in a bar and shocked a Thai sex worker*…)

    *very funny story, if you have a certain sense of humor.

  13. And really, coming out of theatre and Hollyweird, a trans person who was trying to fit in was FAR from the strangest thing I was exposed to at work.

    I’ve been in tech for nearly 30 years. ‘T’ doesn’t even move the needle anymore. The only thing I’ve learned about recently which even mildly registered as “new” is TAMU alumni have a *lot* of representation among the furry community compared to, say, UT alums.

    (Even Texas Frightmare will have furries showing up in 100 degree heat in August.)

    In the last decade, I’ve had two jobs where co-workers eventually committed acts of murder off the clock, both 1st degree and DUI/manslaughter. Whats a dress or a fur suit in comparison?

    Apparently, though, according to the new job’s training from the other night, discrimination based on someone’s arrest record is now off limits in some states, even if the employee shoots his brother-in-law dead in a disagreement over their joint meth sales venture.

  14. A former boss of mine murdered one of his employees about a year after I left the company. Everyone knew this guy was violent and unstable.

    The local stagehand’s union had 2 murderers in it a few years ago, one who killed a guy with a fork.

    Same in Boston.

    Lots of actual killers out there.

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  15. Another late fee from Costco Visa. Another phone call to cancel the card. Another adjustment removing the fee/interest accompanied by the usual lecture to make my payment online.

    I mail the check to Louisville 5-7 business days out.

    Today was the sixth time in two years I’ve called to have a late fee removed. Amazingly, they’ve never call my bluff about cancelling.

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  16. About a year after I left the submarine a shipmate tripped offline and killed 3 people then himself. I never guessed he had a problem. You never know.

  17. My time with BigCorp is now 9 years in the past, but we had a trans person on our team.

    BigCorp pays for the whole surgical and HRT process.

    I saw that policy among others testing NetClient. The policy server in HR didn’t require a separate password to access, and the department also had *big* files and video clips which were useful for testing the compression feature.

  18. Battlespace prep

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9061575/Alleged-Boogaloo-member-pleads-guilty-terrorism-charge.html

    — here’s the FBI encouraging terrorists again.

    ‘This case highlights the real threat posed by domestic violent extremists who self-radicalize and threaten to violently attack others opposed to their views, with little or no warning,’

    yet—

    The pair met with undercover FBI employees on numerous occasions, purchasing a large drill press so that they could make suppressors.

    –hardly “no warning”. The article also conflates a bunch of stuff together and perpetuates lies and myth and frames ordinary activities as nefarious.

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  19. A question for the group:

    Is it legal to wear a face shield in lieu of a face diaper? I would prefer to shop with a shield at HEB. Their we says face covering is required, diving down, they and Texas State for that matter, only refer to the CDC, on face shields. CDC says not recommended, but that is not law.

    Any comments or *laws* from your living area on what is what?

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  20. I don’t think any of it has force of law in TX. Abbott said cities and counties can’t preempt state law.

    I see people with clear face shields occasionally.

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  21. In Californication we have mask orders from Gov Screwsome. They are not laws passed by legislature with a number such as AB5.

  22. I don’t think any of it has force of law in TX. Abbott said cities and counties can’t preempt state law.

    I see people with clear face shields occasionally.

    IIRC, Costco changed policy recently to allow shields since too many people were claiming to have health exemptions from masks.

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  23. I don’t think any of it has force of law in TX. Abbott said cities and counties can’t preempt state law.

    Austin got some exemptions from the Governor’s orders. The city is contemplating imposing a curfew and requesting essential travel only in the next few days. Merry Christmas!

    The local Fox station has shifted to being left of the Tenga station in town. Last night, the city’s health official was on talking about deaths jumping from 500 to 1500 total really fast unless everyone complies with their plan without debate, and I’ve noted here the video from … St. Louis ? … circulating on the Fox-owned stations (like Austin and Tampa) showing a frighteningly maxed ICU.

    Well, at least the camera angles made you think it was a maxed out ICU. And the nurse interviewed gave the impression of being serious/overworked.

  24. From Costco’s web site about face masks and shields (emphasis added):

    Effective Nov. 16, 2020, we will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations. Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.

    Costco has had a face mask policy in effect since May 4, 2020, but members who could not wear a mask due to a medical condition were exempt. This is no longer the case. If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco.

    https://www.costco.com/coronavirus.html

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  25. Refrigerator died last night.

    Last week our garage chest freezer stopped freezing. The Amazon freezer alarm woke us at 2 am. I went on line ASAP and ordered a replacement from Lowe’s for morning delivery. Watched the temperature climb slowly through the morning till Lowe’s truck arrived. Never got above 34f but I was worrying. With well over a thousand dollars of fresh beef in the box the Amazon temperature monitor was well worth the price. A neighbor took the old (7 yrs old) freezer thinking he could fix it. I wouldn’t trust it again.

    Update: Our pantry upright freezer is over 20 years old and just keeps running. They just don’t build them like that anymore

  26. From Costco’s web site about face masks and shields (emphasis added):

    Effective Nov. 16, 2020, we will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations. Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.

    Thanks, Rick. I remembered seeing something like that, but we go to Costco rarely anymore.

    I wonder if a welding mask would be pushing things too far.

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  27. LGBT, with a huge T seems to be on everything I read about the US. Tech. Movies. Books. Politics.

    FWIW this is not true in most of the rest of the world. While the concept exists here, it is not widespread, and certainly doesn’t dominate the conversation the way it seems to in the US.

    As for pronouns, I cannot imagine that being brought up here. It’s frankly laughable. You are either a he or a she, there is no third choice. It’s my language, too.

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  28. LGBT, with a huge T seems to be on everything I read about the US. Tech. Movies. Books. Politics.

    FWIW this is not true in most of the rest of the world. While the concept exists here, it is not widespread, and certainly doesn’t dominate the conversation the way it seems to in the US.

    The theory at our house is that the various medical therapies make the ‘T’ portion of the spectrum a lucrative customer base for the US healthcare industry in a time of shrinking revenues, and, for now, providing the services does not involve being nickled and dimed by Medicare, Medicaid, and the private insurance carriers.

  29. I see they’ve already gathered like more than 50% of the signatures they need to try and recall California governor, Gavin Newsom. They need 1.5M signatures by March and they have 800,000 or so now.

  30. I see they’ve already gathered like more than 50% of the signatures they need to try and impeach California governor, Gavin Newsom. They need 1.5M signatures by March and they have 800,000 or so now.

    Gavin Newsom isn’t Gray (out) Davis. Newsom’s money people still see him as a candidate for President in 2028.

    The last two US Senate races in Texas featured Dems financed with a lot of CA money working different demographics and themes, learning how to win state-wide.

  31. Compressors in modern refrigerators and freezers are overworked to get the Energy Star ratings, with the result that they are a lot more likely to fail. Helps that they’re typically Chinese pos with no quality control.

    If you have a well-stocked freezer part of your emergency plan should be knowing if you can get dry ice locally to keep the contents frozen.

  32. The great Xfinity xFi experiment failed. Several reasons.

    A couple of my IOT devices would not connect reliably to the WiFi. Initially connected then disconnected and would never connect again. The WiFi signal strength, and thus the range, sucked compared to my Netgear R7000. Upload speeds tanked. With my CM1100V modem I am getting 20 meg upload which is the rate I am paying. With xFI modem I was barely above 5 meg. Comcast support could not explain why. Blamed my computer, my indoor wiring, etc. I finally gave up.

    So I returned the device to store and reinstalled my old equipment. The xFI equipment may be OK for the uneducated masses with no clue which end of an ethernet cable to plug into a device. For my needs, not going to work.

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  33. If you have a well-stocked freezer part of your emergency plan should be knowing if you can get dry ice locally to keep the contents frozen.

    If you can afford it. Last ime I bought some at Smart & Final it was rather pricey. Maybe it’s the carbon tax. 😀

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  34. Doctor? Right.
    https://dailycaller.com/2020/12/16/jill-biden-doctoral-dissertation-tucker-carlson-national-shame/

    “Dr. Jill needs reading glasses, either that, or she’s borderline illiterate,” he continued. “There are typos everywhere, including in the first graph of the introduction. Dr. Jill can’t write, she can’t really think clearly either. Parts of the dissertation seem to be written in a foreign language using English words. They’re essentially pure nonsense like pig Latin or dogs barking. The whole thing is just incredibly embarrassing, and not simply to poor illiterate Jill Biden, but to the college that considered this crap scholarship, to the entire system of higher education, to the nation itself.

  35. Parts of the dissertation seem to be written in a foreign language using English words. They’re essentially pure nonsense like pig Latin or dogs barking.

    To be fair, most non-science dissertations are like that, especially in fields heavily influenced by the Deconstruction philosophy.

    Whether or not Biden’s wife has the PhD is secondary to the way the media tries to make it seem like she’s a medical doctor. Even my wife was fooled up until a few weeks before the election.

    The doctorate was most likely a favor arranged by Plugs. Jill Biden left her first husband, met Scranton Joe, and filed for divorce, starting a bitter legal fight trying to grab a piece of ex-‘s business, one of the most successful college bars in the nation, only to come up empty handed.

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  36. “What it means that Biden picked Buttigieg”
    https://gunfreezone.net/what-it-means-that-biden-picked-buttigieg/

    “So what are we going to get with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg?”

    “A few rich neighborhoods will get bike paths. Everyone else will get lectures on the structural inequality of America’s transportation system. And if you complain that the highway you drive on is constantly congested and you want it improved to help the flow of traffic on your morning commute, you’ll get a lecture on how you’re privileged for being able to afford a car to ask that question.”

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  37. Nominees like Petey ButtPlug are why the HARRIS/plugs admin will get little done. Status quo is what the Dumbos and Redumbos want. Spend more trillions on useless shite like EO, BLM, Critical Race Theory, SEL, etc.

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  38. Thanks to all for the face diaper answers. I’m so tire of wearing one. I currently wear a properly fitted N95 and it is tiresome to breath after a while.

    Currently in Vegas for the Holidays. I’m gonna try a face shield on the first grocery run to see who says what.

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  39. Thanks to all for the face diaper answers. I’m so tire of wearing one. I currently wear a properly fitted N95 and it is tiresome to breath after a while.

    Currently in Vegas for the Holidays. I’m gonna try a face shield on the first grocery run to see who says what.

    I walked through our HEB the other day with my face diaper in my pocket, I forgot to put it on. Nobody said anything until my son spotted me and reminded me.

    Your experience may vary. I have seen face shields all over the place. And people wearing face diapers under the face shields too.

  40. “New England Journal of Medicine recommends removing assignment of gender on birth certificates”

    We don’t get the New England Journal, but JAMA goes right into the recycle bin whenever it arrives.

    The crazy thing is that we haven’t paid AMA dues in six years but they keep sending the magazine. I guess advertising alone supports the “journalism”.

    When we hit Chicago last year, while waiting for the Museum of Broadcasting to open, we walked up and down the street trying to get a good camera angle on the museum’s facade with the Saturday Night Live exhibit’s banner. The best shot came from the lobby level of a building with a strangely familiar address and then I realized — AMA!

    That’s where I send all the dues solicitations marked “Refused”!

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  41. “Amazon’s custom Ka-band antenna will deliver less expensive satellite internet”
    https://www.engadget.com/amazons-new-kaband-antenna-will-lead-to-smaller-cheaper-satellite-terminals-200655048.html

    “SpaceX isn’t the only company trying to cash in on the orbital broadband internet game with its beta Starlink service. Amazon has also been hard at work with a similar solution, dubbed Project Kuiper. This $10 billion network of 3,000-plus satellites and 12 ground stations will cover 95 percent of Earth’s population once its fully deployed.”

    “”Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” an Amazon spokesperson told GeekWire in April. “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet.””

    Sounds very “Me too !”.

    Hat tip to:
    https://www.codeproject.com/script/Mailouts/View.aspx?mlid=15502

  42. Petey BUTTPLUG
    Petey BUTTPLUG
    Petey BUTTPLUG

    I said it three times, so it is true.

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  43. Sounds very “Me too !”.

    Who knows with Lab 126. They could simply want to poach talent. I saw that operation first hand in Cupertino in 2012 after Jobs died.

    I think we’re headed for one last big spectrum blowout auction below 1 GHz chasing the pizza box dream, and Amazon would certainly want to be part of that, whether or not they end up providing that kind of service.

    I don’t doubt Amazon has another phone attempt in the works. The first phone wasn’t terrible but was seriously overpriced … until they went surplus.

  44. Fun times, sort of. The Medi-x folks, “merp”, I think, sent a letter a few weeks ago. Fishing for assets. “Tell us what the dead left and we’ll send a demand letter in a few weeks.”

    I told. I received their letter today. Said letter had no reference to what I submitted on their web-site.

    They want $233,xxx.xx. Send payment to …. and by the way, Texas law says we can start adding interest 90 days from the date of this letter.

    Er. Wait. What happened to TriCare For Life? Yeah, how Medi-x got involved has never made sense.

    Oh well. Off to Austin tomorrow to close the bank account. Maybe Taco Cabana for lunch. No sense in letting Bank of America suck it dry with a $12/month service charge. It’s “just” $1007, I have more than that in my change jar. Don’t know about y’all, but a $1000 is not exactly pocket change here.

    As for the house? No clue. It’s in my name and mom’s name. I found a real estate guy…. friend of a friend. He’s all gung ho, let’s sell this house. I somewhat explained the situation and he is cool.

    Truck into the shop tomorrow. Coolant leak. I can’t find it. It drips. So maybe just some hoses or maybe hoses and a new radiator. I just want it fixed. And the a/c which is supposed to be fixed after replacing Schrader valves, freezes up. But that’s under warranty. Hopefully.
    Yeah, it is a 2002. It’s going to be 19 in April.

  45. Got a letter from BCBS Texas today telling us that our daughter’s health insurance was canceled on Dec 1, 2020. No solutions, just a determination that she is 33 and not disabled enough to be carried on my health insurance. So the wife is running around today trying to get her reinstated. I told her it is probably time to put her on Medicaid. The wife thinks that she cannot get on Medicaid while she lives at our home.

    And the daughter needs another iron infusion at the Sugar Land Cancer Center. Her blood iron has been stuck at 8.0 to 8.2 all year. It was 6.9 last year and two iron infusions pushed her to 8.0. She should be at 11.0. She takes the drugs but all they are doing is maintain her blood iron.


  46. For example, despite mounting evidence that race is not a reliable proxy for genetic difference

    Explain, use small words that dummies can understand why race is not a proxy. Explain also how there are so many breeds of dogs. And cattle. And etc.
    Yes, there are lots of stupid people out there. Skin color doesn’t totally predict for being stupid.

    Explain why Chihuahuas are so skittish and Labs are so chill.

    Explain to me why colored folks smell different than white folks or Mexican/Indian folks. It’s not deodorant or the lack.

    Wrong word. Sub “race” for “breed”.

    I’m going to SJW hell real soon, eh?


  47. Yup, a foot to a foot and a half of global warming.

    22″ of global warming on the ground here, using a metal tape measure. My daughter got pictures. It might be well over that, as the piles atop my van roof and the table on the back deck were more than two feet.

    Explain, use small words that dummies can understand why race is not a proxy. … Skin color doesn’t totally predict for being stupid. … Explain to me why colored folks smell different than white folks or Mexican/Indian folks. It’s not deodorant or the lack.

    Shut up! Shut up! You’re stupid! You’re… you’re a racist! You’re a fascist! Orange Man Bad!

    Side note: Wanna have some fun? When a libtard asserts that there’s no such thing as race, ask how people can be racist. Suggestion: bring popcorn.

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  48. No solutions, just a determination that she is 33 and not disabled enough to be carried on my health insurance.

    Gah.

    I wasn’t sure whether to “thumbs up” your comment in sympathetic support or “thumbs down” it in disapproval of the news.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but your daughter can’t walk half the time. How is that not disabled?


  49. The wife thinks that she cannot get on Medicaid while she lives at our home.

    My nephew is a disabled adult and to get around some of that he pays my sister “rent” from his disability checks (she, of course, has to charge a fair amount and keep a detailed record of everything). Then he is a tenant as opposed to “living with parents.” So, you may want to check that path out.


  50. “New England Journal of Medicine recommends removing assignment of gender on birth certificates”
    https://thelibertyloft.com/new-england-journal-of-medicine-recommends-removing-assignment-of-gender-on-birth-certificates/

    Remember, the trick is to not use the word gender. Ever. Use the word SEX. Gender, whether you agree or disagree with it, is open to debate. Sex is not. You’re XX or XY not matter how many surgeries you get or which pronouns you use.

    If I owned a public building I would totally change the restroom signs to say “Male” and “Female” instead of “Men” and “Women.”

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  51. No solutions, just a determination that she is 33 and not disabled enough to be carried on my health insurance.

    Gah.

    I wasn’t sure whether to “thumbs up” your comment in sympathetic support or “thumbs down” it in disapproval of the news.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but your daughter can’t walk half the time. How is that not disabled?

    She can walk 99% of the time, she just cannot walk very far. Her knees and ankles do not have any cartilage left so walking is painful. And, she runs out of air quickly (starts panting). Hopefully the iron transfusion will help with that. And she is continuously dizzy so she has to be directed where to go after a short while.

    Chronic Lyme sucks. Especially when not treated for several years.

    And people wonder why I want Medicaid For All ™. I am so tired of dealing with health insurance disasters.

  52. The wife thinks that she cannot get on Medicaid while she lives at our home.

    My nephew is a disabled adult and to get around some of that he pays my sister “rent” from his disability checks (she, of course, has to charge a fair amount and keep a detailed record of everything). Then he is a tenant as opposed to “living with parents.” So, you may want to check that path out.

    The daughter has been sick since she was 15. So she never worked and accumulated SS quarters on her own. So she can not get any disability payment.

    If the wife or I would conveniently die then she would “inherit” our SS quarters. I am not kidding.

  53. ‘”I am so tired of dealing with health insurance disasters.”

    –brother, that won’t change with a government run plan.

    I found out my previous medical group won’t renew the prescription I’ve been on with no problems for over ten years. It’s cheap, proven safe, and effective. So now I need to find a doctor accepting new patients. At least we have BCBS this year and pretty much everyone takes that.

    n

    The online portal for telemed has these password requirements

    Must be different from your Username
    Must be between 8 to 15 characters
    Must contain at least one letter and one number
    Not more than 2 repeating character
    Special characters OK (&, %, *, etc.)
    Recommended to use upper case character

    –and I did an online chatbot screen then a quick phone call and I have a scrip for what I need. I wish it was always that easy.

    n

    (doesn’t the combination of all those password requirements somehow reduce the universe that must be searched? with each additional constraint reducing it further?)

  54. ‘”I am so tired of dealing with health insurance disasters.”

    –brother, that won’t change with a government run plan.

    I won’t be responsible for procuring health insurance for 14 people. Each person will have to clean up their own mess. You would not believe the messes that I have been involved in.


  55. (doesn’t the combination of all those password requirements somehow reduce the universe that must be searched? with each additional constraint reducing it further?)

    Yes it does.
    The 15 character limit is sloppy programming, does not give extra security and really limits the possible set. The minimal is not too bad but should probably be higher by now.
    On the other hand, some of the constraints make password cracking more difficult. The mentioned 8 character minimum and the exclusion of the user name.
    So, not the best but it deals with simple crackers…

  56. The 15 character limit is sloppy programming

    No shit. My IT security team at my former employer had a true hacker, genius but no social skills, he built a password cracking engine from one of his bitcoin mining custom systems. He could crack any password under 15 characters in about 24 hours with it. We replaced passwords with pass-phrases, minimum 16 characters. Pass-phrases are easy to remember like movie titles, “The day the earth stood still” or song lyrics “we built this city on rock and roll” and are very secure from brute force cracking.


  57. The local Fox station has shifted to being left of the Tenga station in town

    Same in San Antonio. The morning news show let go the annoying fake white female anchor and hired an annoying fake hispanic female anchor with a nasally voice. Around the same time they went from being just slightly left to SJW left.


  58. A couple of my IOT devices would not connect reliably to the WiFi. Initially connected then disconnected and would never connect again.

    It could be a WPA issue, in that the wifi system is set to use WPA2 & 3 but you have devices only compatible with WPA1. My 2-year old WiFi Router loses several devices when set to WPA2&3 only.

    The other solution to your problem is to use the Xfinity cable modem but put it in bridge mode and turn off the wifi. Then continue to use your existing Wifi box for wifi and as a router.

    Putting their modem in bridge mode might be difficult.

  59. Haha someone put Jill Biden’s doctoral dissertation online. This is on page 2…

    “Three quarters of the class will be Caucasian; one quarter of the class will be African American; one seat will hold a Latino; and the remaining seats will be filled with students of Asian descent or non-resident aliens.”

    When I studied maths, three quarters plus one quarter equaled one. Not in her system of mathematics.


  60. The other solution to your problem is to use the Xfinity cable modem but put it in bridge mode and turn off the wifi. Then continue to use your existing Wifi box for wifi and as a router.

    Plus 1.
    I was going to ask if he could use bridging and keep all his current setup as is and migrate over time if needed. Did not have time to post…

  61. That’s how I used to set up the ATT DSL for my customer. Got to the point were I could redo all the settings in a few minutes. Last time though, I couldn’t get it into bridge mode for some reason and had to do all the settings on the DSL modem.

    n


  62. It could be a WPA issue, in that the wifi system is set to use WPA2 & 3 but you have devices only compatible with WPA1

    No, all devices are WPA2 as set by my Netgear router. When I installed the system back to what it was all the devices came online.

    Putting their modem in bridge mode might be difficult.

    Actually quite easy. But of no benefit. I was trying to reduce equipment count and simplify things. Plus only one device, theirs, and there is no pissing contest when things don’t work. There was also the issue of really bad upload speeds.

  63. “A couple of my IOT devices would not connect reliably to the WiFi. Initially connected then disconnected and would never connect again.”

    It could be a WPA issue, in that the wifi system is set to use WPA2 & 3 but you have devices only compatible with WPA1. My 2-year old WiFi Router loses several devices when set to WPA2&3 only.

    Look for a channel width setting for the 5 MHz band. I have so much wifi running in my neighborhood that 80 MHz channels just aren’t possible. I have to set “20/40 MHz” channels in my Asus router.

  64. I’m headed to bed. Lots of stuff to do, not much energy to do it. Gotta change that.

    nick

  65. Our future VP of the USA, “Radical on the Rise, A close look at Stacey Abrams and her pernicious agenda.”
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/radical-rise-discover-networks/

    “Stacey Abrams is a 47-year-old attorney who launched her political career as a Democrat in 2006 when she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where she held a seat until August 2017. Since losing a 2018 gubernatorial bid in Georgia, she has emerged as a leading promoter of fellow Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who seek to win the upcoming Georgia runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. On Monday, Abrams boasted to CBS This Morning that 1.2 million Georgians – including 85,000 who did not vote in the November elections six weeks ago — have already requested absentee ballots for the runoffs. Added Abrams: “They are disproportionately voters between the ages of 18 and 29 and disproportionately people of color,” demographics that tend to heavily favor Democrats.”

    John Roberts would vote for her.

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