Sat. Dec. 19, 2020 – 2021 ain’t gonna save ya

Cold and wet.  But not freezing.

Yesterday was cool all day but sunny in patches.

I got some stuff done.  Got out to my remaining client’s house and got him all back working.  Combination of failing gear, gear that got reset to initial state, and changing settings.

While there I learned that my client and his wife both got covid.  Mild and short cases, but classic symptoms.  He brought it home, likely from the hospital.  Protocols failed somewhere.  While working through the issues there with my sometimes business partner on the phone I learned that his actual business partner got it and died.  200 pounds overweight was probably the co-morbidity.    He was no longer inclined to joke about covid.  His partner was 42.   That increases the number of people in my circle, one or two degrees of separation, that had it, and it increases the number that died from it.  I’ve never had anyone I know die from flu.

Daughter’s school had a kid and staff member test positive this week.  That’s a small sample but it’s double the week before and 4x the two weeks before that.  IOW, it appears to be increasing in frequency.


The Solarwind penetrations look worse and worse.  NO way to every trust those systems again, the attackers had too much time in them.  And they were in everything important according to first reports.  Given that first reports are almost always wrong, it’s hella early to be calling for war with Russia.  Someone needs to be ‘reprisal-ed’ but we better be sure about the target.


Still two weeks to go in 2020, I’d like to get through them WITHOUT adding “hot war with Russia” to the list of unbelievable bad shirt happening.

It’s a list that includes actual honeypot physical spy stuff and assassination.

All the stuff set in motion this year will still be moving next year.

Anyone still doubt this is one of those times when everything changes?


From the masthead at WRSA–  “How will you improve the survivability of your people this weekend?”

Think about that for a while, then start working on it.  Keep stacking.

 

nick

 

(anyone else think the timing of the Solarwind revelations is just a TAD suspicious?)

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

73 thoughts on “Sat. Dec. 19, 2020 – 2021 ain’t gonna save ya”

  1. Nothing to see here, just move along.

    They should consider themselves lucky they weren’t all killed in a mass suicide pact.

    They occasionally bring in doctors and dentists to help those who desperately need it. It is grim out there for the lower class.

    There is an outfit here started by a doctor, Remote Area Medical. When they hold an event people start lining up at midnight when the gates to the facility open. Services do not start until 8:00 in the morning. Hundreds of people. There are dentists, doctors, ophthalmologists and some other specialties. Some of the people have some really significant problems with no access to medical care. Teeth seem to be one of the bigger issues. And excessive drinking and smoking seem to cause a lot of issues.

    Which makes me wonder why people that are poor can afford to spend money on cigarettes and booze. In the hills of Appalachia the booze is probably untaxed and clear in color. Cigarettes may even be home grown. Even with that there is still money involved. These people have placed other items above their health.


  2. Anyone still doubt this is one of those times when everything changes?

    Plus ça chang. Or however that goes. This place resembles more of a barbershop catering to bragging and exchange of “Ain’t It Awfuls” than a salon in which ideas are bandied and discussed. *Any* ideas, just not your cars, or guns, or plans for TEOFTWAWKI.

    That way, in particular, lies madness.

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  3. While there I learned that my client and his wife both got covid. Mild and short cases, but classic symptoms. He brought it home, likely from the hospital. Protocols failed somewhere.

    Hourly workers at a hospital are going to knowingly show up sick. If, by some chance, someone pops a therm scan, they have cover of being “asymptomatic” thanks to the media.

    Ask your client what would happen to an employee showing up at the hospital after coming up positive on a TB skin test earlier in the day and not getting subsequent clearance.

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  4. This place resembles more of a barbershop catering to bragging and exchange of “Ain’t It Awfuls” than a salon in which ideas are bandied and discussed.

    You’re not wrong, but what do you suggest? Anything more direct than Nick’s constant push to keep stacking is at risk of bringing federal scrutiny. I have thoughts on current affairs and I have plans and preparations, but they’re not going up here. Take a look at a comment I just made on the Cold Fury blog, if you’re interested; I’m not providing a link because even links have been interpreted as “facilitating domestic terrorism” or whatever the BS charge is.

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  5. The Solarwind penetrations look worse and worse. NO way to every trust those systems again, the attackers had too much time in them.

    It’s a list that includes actual honeypot physical spy stuff and assassination.

    Seeing firsthand how some of the companies work around here and hearing from friends whose companies bought the products under orders from the C-suite, I’d classify SolarWinds as an “actual honeypot physical spy stuff” operation.

    At a minimum, shots of Pappy Van Winkle at SxSW were probably involved in the sales process.

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  6. The Solarwind penetrations look worse and worse. NO way to every trust those systems again, the attackers had too much time in them.

    I find it interesting that Microsoft was affected by the breach but Google and Amazon were not. Or, at least, not that they are admitting publicly.

    I never figured Microsoft for buying into “hookers and steaks” marketing, but maybe it is a downside of more adults being in charge in Redmond.

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  7. The CDC is saying 80,000 ODs so far this year. I don’t know if this is above average. Throw in suicide rates, I wonder how this affects overall “DEATH FROM COVID” rates/truths/lies.

    Is there a good site that tracks and compares all this? I don’t get a feeling that overall death rate has changed that much.

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  8. 80,000 OD deaths??? Wow! That’s horrible! That’s almost a third as many deaths as caused by medical error!

    (Assuming the lowball number of 250k deaths per year in the US. The highball number is over 400k. But that’s OK. I’m sure that the number will go to 0 when the 2020 numbers are put together. That covid, she’s a bitch.)


  9. I wonder how this affects overall “DEATH FROM COVID” rates/truths/lies.

    They all died from COVID. There is no other option. Anyone that died in the last six months died from COVID, complications from COVID, or had COVID. Thus counted as a COVID death.

    An 86 year old man with heart disease, diabetic, failing kidneys, heavy smoker, heavy drinker, died in a local nursing home. He had COVID (so they say). Thus he died from COVID. First COVID death in the county. Other sources of his demise were not considered as far as the media was concerned. A five minute story about how we’re all going to die.

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  10. ~jim, you are of course correct in your assessment, although I hope it’s ‘made with love’… there is always that tendency when friends and people with shared interests get together.

    At the moment, the big things going on in the world seem to be increasing in frequency and severity. We don’t always have a global pandemic, nor a contested election, a terrible hurricane season, and the beating of war drums ALL IN THE SAME YEAR! We’ll get some version of one or another, and the hits just keep coming, because as you say, there’s nothing as constant as change, but getting them all at once is going to ‘focus the mind’ on the issues.*

    There are areas of my life I hold in reserve- my ‘non-prepping hobby’, the nature of my ‘secondary location’, relatives outside my immediate family. Those things would widen my writing but would also expose more people to the internet audience, which is often a bad thing and not something they consented to.

    Not much point of relating my snorkeling in the USVI outside of the context of travel, I’m not one of the instagram set… although I did relate my shortwave radio experiences there.

    When I had the chance to look thru a 16 or 18 inch Dobsonian at Saturn or Jupiter I mentioned it here. It was pretty cool, but didn’t generate much discussion.

    (just noticed that while I get out of the house more than Bob did, both of the above examples are from the same trip for my wife’s work. I just don’t do much outside the home.)

    Computer problems have receded from my interest and I think most people’s, as fewer people identify as ‘pasocon otaku’ or computer hobbyist. My pc issues tend to be pretty narrow and need expert help (which is often provided here.)

    Prepping for bad things is the major framework for my life during this period of it (since I’m not working for someone else and young kids focus the mind on the future) so that necessarily provides a narrative framework for anything I write. Someone once said the internet was full of ‘linkers and thinkers’, and there are a few who do both well, or do one in service to the other. I haven’t had much time for deep thoughts lately, and some other folks have been capturing my POV better than I could. I haven’t done a long form post in a while, and I’ve noticed. It’s not too surprising others did too.

    Doom and gloom are the stock in trade of the Disaster Coordinator/Emergency Manager/Recovery Planner/prepper…. Despite that, my personal outlook is actually positive, as I believe I/we can get through anything, if we are prepared, and smart, and work hard, and catch a break or two. I even have plans to survive an airliner breaking up in flight. Not particularly detailed or workable plans, but I intend to try!

    My personal requirements that my prepping not degrade my family’s quality of life, and that none of it be ‘irrevocable’ (like selling everything and moving to a yurt in the woods) put some limits on the tendency toward a downward spiral or an increasingly inward focus.

    It might be a bit frustrating to watch me continually NOT meet my goals. There are other things going on in my life that never get mentioned here that do occasionally progress 🙂 but it’s frustrating to me too. I’ll get through it and be productive again. It’s hard to keep the pace up, and an issue I often have with PA fiction.

    And this is in many ways a group effort, and I lean on that. Lynn keeps trying to inject humor with a truly bizarre web comic [shakes head], and awe of the dawning miracle of private space flight. SteveF has been more silent than has been his wont but his work changed and this isn’t the only forum for his thoughts. Jenny and PecanCorner bring complementary POV and broader range of experiences. Some other voices have become more frequent commenters and I heartily approve of that. Several other ‘regulars’ have had a strange run of synchronicity wrt vehicle and refrigerator issues. Issues tend to “clump” either in their happening, or because we see someone else with the issue and we relate our experience with the same issue, where we might not have if we didn’t see it. Shared human experience builds bonds.

    And dangit, you have now tricked me into a long and thoughtful post!

    I better stop navel gazing and get some clothes on and food in my belly. And the kid’s bellies, if they haven’t already ravaged the kitchen.

    It’s 65F and raining. Joy.

    n

    *I grew up and came of age in the 80s and I’m very much a ‘child of the 80s’. That was an awesome time to be young. Drugs were cheap and wouldn’t kill you. Sex was fun and wouldn’t kill you. Cars were cheap, powerful, fun, and only occasionally killed you. Girls and boys mostly understood our place in society and the world, or that we didn’t fit but that was going to be ok. We weren’t traumatized by every little thing, and the only mass hysteria had to do with rock music played backwards. School shooters weren’t a ‘thing’. The economy was booming after the Carter years. The cold war was ending and we weren’t all going to die in a nuclear holocaust. The world was getting colder and the concern was endless winter, but no one took it that seriously. We were active in space. New Wave and punk (and also reggae and ska- but I didn’t know about those until later) were putting new energy into music. Rap and hiphop were fringe and not a constant degradation of society, and even they mostly had fun. In short, and in many ways, this current world is thin gruel compared to the bounty I grew up in.

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  11. Aesop takes the denver story apart. TLDR the story itself says “with” not “from” and they are tracked separately because ‘they’ for instances of ‘they’ aren’t conflating all the deaths together.

    n


  12. SteveF has been more silent than has been his wont

    Busy. Work and in effect single parenting a teen and keeping the house and yard and cars going in effect by myself, plus helping out here and there when people need it. Time for hobbies and such comes in five-minute segments.

    And I’m keeping quiet about preparations for what I expect in the year to come, lest the attention of fedsnoops be drawn. This isn’t my site.

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  13. Aesop takes the denver story apart.

    Hmm. OK. I’ll look into it later, time allowing.


  14. You’re not wrong, but what do you suggest?

    For a start, eliminate all sentences which begin with “I”. Heh.

    Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But seriously, hearing about a personal struggle with an ice maker installation is on par with showing slides of your vacation in Hawaii.

    OTOH, someone compared humans’ incessant chatter to chimpanzees grooming themselves. We *are* monkeys, after all.

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  15. OTOH, someone compared humans’ incessant chatter to chimpanzees grooming themselves. We *are* monkeys, after all.

    That would be ‘apes’ my good man.

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  16. Illegal aliens are a non-uniformed invading army. They have no rights at all. They can be, and should be, executed summarily whenever they’re identified. Perhaps issue a citation for littering if the good citizen doesn’t clean up the mess afterward.

    Here is the rest of the fraud and lies, the ACLU representation. The crimigrants are neither American nor do the have civil rights. Our constitution does not say: “We the people of the United States and sh!thole countries….”

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  17. @MrAtoz: I do not use the acronym: “IMHO”.

    I prefer: “IM(not so)HO”.

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  18. I have noticed a tendency to start sentences with I and I sometimes even edit my post to change it.

    😉

    WRT the smaller struggles, I’d say that that is part of the group feel of the blog, shared triumphs and tragedies, no matter how big or small…. life is full of small challenges and victories, and thank God, because when the issues are big, well, think back to Bob’s struggles with his parents/in laws end of life issues. The only thing keeping me coming back thru that was knowing I’d have to tread that path myself eventually. It helps to have a scout.

    n


  19. If you have the means, consider doing something local this year. We’re going to need all the good karma we can get.

    Local food bank and also the shelters we’ve adopted our assortment of furry four-legged best friends from over the years. Especially the senior dogs. They’re usually long-timers in the shelter and it’s great to see their eyes light up once we’ve brought them home and they realize the comfy, somewhat ratty dogbed in the corner of our den is their forever spot for whatever time they have left. The initial wave of the pandemic emptied out many shelters but now that that rush is over there are plenty of dogs that need homes, and need to be fed in the interim. So they get some of our support as well.


  20. Which makes me wonder why people that are poor can afford to spend money on cigarettes and booze.

    Addiction makes desperate people do desperate things – more nicotine and alcohol becomes the priority.

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  21. I grew up and came of age in the 80s

    I’m very much a Boomer, not X-Gen. Even my mother noticed that and once asked why my brother, two years younger, was so different. I came of age in 74-75, when I was 13. I bring that up because I’m far more ‘at home’ with Ray and DadCooks and Harold than my brother who sought out cartridges for the Atari 2600. I went bowling; he played PacMan at the bowling alley.

    DR Spock’s _Infant and Child Care_ (or whatever it was called), and its overly permissive and undisciplined approach to rearing kids raised a generation or two (or three) without a moral framework of good and bad, right and wrong, hence the relativism and wishy-washy thinking we’re seeing today. ‘Anything Goes’ was the slogan of the 1920s but let’s not forget the backlash that created Prohibition and the Movie Code which, almost overnight, dethroned Mae West and installed Shirley Temple.

    The media seems to be undergoing the equivalent of the Code as we speak.

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  22. It helps to have a scout.

    And it’s great having you lead the pack in Bob’s stead. I suspect others will agree.
    I’ve learned a lot over the years (yikes – been here since 1999) from this forum and trying in these challenging times to be more active.

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  23. That would be ‘apes’ my good man.

    Lol, I don’t see the distinction but I’m curious… What separates the two?

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  24. “The media seems to be undergoing the equivalent of the Code as we speak. ”

    –wokeness combines the moral superiority and certitude with militant hypocrisy and class warfare, not an entertaining combination.

    n


  25. But seriously, hearing about a personal struggle with an ice maker installation is on par with showing slides of your vacation in Hawaii.

    I like hearing about someone’s struggle with something small. Every once in a great while, I can offer some insight. More often I just pick up some new tidbit of info I didn’t know before.

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  26. Man with ‘clear’ COVID symptoms DIES on United flight from Orlando to LA sparking fury that he was allowed to board as airline works with CDC to track 179 passengers

    On Monday United 591 took off from Orlando, Florida bound for Los Angeles
    A man suffered a medical emergency and the flight was diverted to New Orleans
    Crew members tried to save him for an hour, including performing CPR
    Passengers tweeted that they saw the man having difficulties breathing
    They was angry at United for not carrying out temperature checks
    United say the man lied on his form when asked if he had any symptoms
    The crew are now in quarantine and they are trying to trace 179 passengers

    — yeah, I really want to fly somewhere now.
    –some days I just hate some people, some days I hate whole groups of them

    Everyone was aware this was COVID related because the wife was relaying his medical information, and shared he was in fact COVID positive and symptomatic for over a week.

    –and they got on the plane ANYWAY

    n


  27. Atari 2600

    My (adult) son still has my 2600. Kaboom! was my favorite game. (Gee, hopefully just googling “atari 2600 catch bombs game” doesn’t arouse any suspicions.) I’m guessing it’s not available for his new XBox Series X 🙂


  28. An 86 year old man with heart disease, diabetic, failing kidneys, heavy smoker, heavy drinker, died in a local nursing home. He had COVID (so they say). Thus he died from COVID.

    So for sake of discussion, let’s assume he did have Covid. If he died on (say) Dec 1st but if he didn’t have Covid and he died on Dec 5th then they’re assuming that Covid accelerated his death I would assume and listing Covid as the cause of death.
    Of course, not really something easily proved with a double-blind study.

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  29. and they got on the plane ANYWAY

    Obviously members of the “it’s all about ME, ME, ME” generation.

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  30. “Everyone was aware this was COVID related because the wife was relaying his medical information, and shared he was in fact COVID positive and symptomatic for over a week. “

    Confiscate everything they own and sell the stupid witch into slavery.

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  31. Lol, I don’t see the distinction but I’m curious… What separates the two? [Monkeys vs Apes]

    Monkeys have tails, apes don’t.

    That’s the definition that’s been used for decades. On a science podcast in the past few months someone said that primatologists are moving more to an “aw, screw it, anthropoids are monkeys” viewpoint but a couple minutes’ web search didn’t find me any confirmation.

  32. “lest the attention of fedsnoops be drawn”

    — because this is both the most ephemeral and the most permanent of mediums, I constantly consider whether or not to talk about certain things, or talk about them in a certain way.

    Begin with Bob’s longtime avoidance of swearing/obscenity/curse words. It wasn’t out of prudishness or delicate sensibilities, it was because of the science content and nanny filters. He didn’t want kids or others blocked out from access to the site because of certain trigger words. I’ve continued that, and most everyone else has too, even if nanny filters have fallen out of favor and the true science content has moved elsewhere.

    Obfuscation of certain items useful for personal defense, when making personal references is desirable because of search tools, the permanence of the net, and a desire to not harm my kids or family further down the road. That has continued too. Someone once asked about the reason for substituting one letter for another in a 3 letter word- that’s it. Keyword searching. If they’re looking closely enough to get the obfuscated version, you already F’d.

    Frank discussion of certain topics, race for instance, USED to happen under Bob, and he was willing to accept the flack that could come from it. I’m less willing, because doxing me wouldn’t be hard, and I’ve got kids and a wife with an income we need. They didn’t sign up for the sh!tstorm that the keyboard/hashtag warriors can unleash.

    Frank discussions of other topics are sure to draw three letter agency review when posted, and will draw up close and personal review when noticed. Plus the internet is forever and will be used against you in a court of law, as well as the court of public opinion. We’ve seen it before. Funny that it mostly happens to people whose beliefs are more right of center than left… vis the recent boobaloo bois coverage vs antifa rainbow warrior coverage. There are certain parts of our current society that can barely wait to start the progroms (in their own words) and come for certain others of us. One of them is a sitting congressperson of color. The threat is real and even from non-state actors their ability to do damage is extensive.

    Therefor while I’ll comment on the desirability of unpapered gubs, I’m not going to list any success I have getting some. Same same for body armor, which is legal in most places at the moment, and widely available, and seems like a prudent purchase to me. As with all things, YMMV. For similar reasons, I’m not going to document any 80% lower completions, or scratch build efforts, and others online have done that already anyway.

    It pains me that I will restrict my speech to avoid theoretical harms to myself, but I’ve seen too many examples now that weren’t theoretical, and can too easily imagine other cases where those I love suffer greatly because of my unwillingness to compromise. (insert Blackadder quote about Sir Thomas and fire and Catholicism)

    The lurker to commentor ratio here is pretty low by internet standards, and we don’t have the attention of any particular trolls, but I’ve seen what happens to Larry Correia when he attracts the attention of the radical left. We have about 300 registered commentors, and iirc we average about 3000 uniques a day. I hope people feel free to join the conversation or refute a comment, particularly when it involves direct personal experience or esoteric knowledge. ech is a welcome voice in that regard, as are others. The depth of knowledge and experience in the group here is frankly astounding, and one of the reasons I spend the effort to encourage and preserve it.

    And you guys just tricked ANOTHER long post out of me!

    n

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  33. “Just wait until 2020 turns 21 and starts drinking.”

    Stolen from my cousin who stole it from a friend of his.

  34. We got 10 to 12 inches of rain this morning. My front ditch is four foot deep and fifty feet wide now. Luckily my house is set back 75 ft from the street on a two foot think pad of sand and then my foundation.

  35. @~jim @nick:

    I have noticed a tendency to start sentences with I

    May I direct your attention to The Pompous Git – Jonathan Sturm, of Tasmania – who carried this to such an extent that he invented an alter ego – the “Git” alluded to above – and wrote in the third person, as if about the actions of that third person, rather than his own actions.

    G.

  36. We got 10 to 12 inches of rain this morning. My front ditch is four foot deep and fifty feet wide now. Luckily my house is set back 75 ft from the street on a two foot think pad of sand and then my foundation.

    “Two foot *thick* pad of sand”

    The water has come up another six inches in my front yard and is 4 to 5 inches away from going over my driveway. The house is still two feet above the water though. The people building a house down the street from me put down four feet of sand on their lot last month. Smart.

  37. The rain has slowed here. Weather station says 1.86″ since midnight, but my bucket says 4+ inches overnight.

    n


  38. Monkeys have tails, apes don’t.

    Hater. You discriminate, maybe they are just trans!

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  39. “Everyone was aware this was COVID related because the wife was relaying his medical information, and shared he was in fact COVID positive and symptomatic for over a week.”

    –and they got on the plane ANYWAY

    This pandemic situation in a nutshell. FOMO. The wife would have been booked into jail if they were positive for TB and didn’t make the airline aware of the situation.

    The therms work but are useless in the hands of the soft hearted. And if you think a United gate agent isn’t soft hearted, look at the “therapy animals” onboard the airplane the next time you fly.

    The animals’ presence is their discretion.

    If Orlando wasn’t home, the couple went to Eisney World.

  40. I related the ice maker scenario because it was part of a larger picture of the supply chain reopening prior to Thanksgiving/Diwali gatherings contributing to the Covid numbers going crazy again.

    It was also a reflection of Sears’ current status since I ordered the maker back in … July (?). Geesh, it was so long ago that the thing’s arrival was a bit of a surprise.

  41. The Baby Yoda show ended for the season this week with a not-totally-unexpected surprise, but “Discovery” topped them in the “fan service” category, reaching back more than 50 years for a really cool (temporary) resolution to Michelle Yeoh’s character’s story … at least until her spinoff begins.

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  42. I bring that up because I’m far more ‘at home’ with Ray and DadCooks and Harold

    I was in the company of Uncle Sam in ‘74, having spent some time dealing with Vietnam.

    I was the last person to be issued a serial number by the military. I was inducted on June 30, 1969 and July 1 the SSN was used. (A bad idea since changed back to serial numbers). I was on the west coast, last person that day alphabetically, thus last number. I still remember that number, 18968952. Uniforms and laundry had T-8952 stamped in all the garments.

    If he died on (say) Dec 1st but if he didn’t have Covid and he died on Dec 5th then they’re assuming that Covid accelerated his death I would assume and listing Covid as the cause of death.

    That is the problem. His condition was severe enough that a good belch from a Taco Bell burrito would have taken him out.

    It is another reason I question the wisdom of nursing home residents getting the COVID vaccine before others. Is it worth having a healthy young person die because the did not get the vaccine while a nursing home resident gets another 18 days of life.

    As it has been pointed out to me it is to gain political points, garner favor among voters. If people like Cuomo really cared he would not have stashed sick, and infectious people in a nursing home. He didn’t. He is an idiot, a moron, a clueless dolt, a cretin with no useful skills. He should be the last person to get the vaccine.

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  43. Approximately 90% of Wuhan lying no-face Chinese coronavirus deaths are aged over 60. Vaccine the older population and the fatality rate declines much more precipitously.

    Get the fatality rate down and we can end the reign of the power-mad Democratic governors.


  44. Get the fatality rate down and we can end the reign of the power-mad Democratic governors.

    Hahahahahahahaha!

    Know any others?

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  45. Sure, let ’em keep going a few more months and their personal bodyguards are going to start sporting tastefully designed uniforms with sharp creases and awesome-looking buttons.

  46. Tails! Gee, where’s my dunce cap? 🙂

    I wasn’t picking on you Greg, the ice-maker was just the first thing to come to mind. I’m not one for small talk, never have been, and I’ve been in a pissy mood ever since I woke up way too early.

    Can a mtf transperson nurse a baby? Inquiring minds want to know!

  47. Just set some bones out for the forest animals. In this case, chicken leg quarters with a good bit of meat still on them. Normally I’d just toss them from the deck into the treeline, but with with the almost two feet of snow they’d just disappear until Spring. I put on a pair of sneakers (for traction in case I needed it, which I didn’t) and walked out through knee-deep snow to put the bones on a tray kept for that purpose. It was rather unpleasant, and rather hard going. Those critters had better appreciate it!

    (I’m sure they do. Every now and again I hear the critters singing hymns praising me.)

    Oh, and for those of you in Texas: snow is fluffy, frozen water. It’s white, which is why all the TV stations and other enemedia outlets sound so upset when they learn that a lot of snow is on the way.


  48. Can a mtf transperson nurse a baby? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Not unless there’s been some advance which didn’t catch my attention. I remember some years ago that someone was demanding that government money be put into research into fixing this inequity because some tranny couldn’t nurse “her” baby. Don’t recall hearing anything since then.

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  49. More renovation on my primary desktop today.

    I attempted to mitigate some of the annoying thrashing and speed issues I’ve had with the last WD Black swapout by moving the start of my cloned disk’s C: partition to a cluster boundary, but I forgot that Windows doesn’t like relocation of the boot partition very much. I had a moment of panic when the Windows 7 Enterprise edition wouldn’t start and asked for the Install disc.

    Cr*p. I haven’t seen that disc in nearly a decade.

    Fortunately, I was able to use Startup Repair from a Windows 7 Pro disc.

    The WD Black still runs warm and makes a funny grinding noise on shutdown, but I’m hearing less thrashing.

    Filed for future reference. The drive still needs to be replaced as the warranty period is up.


  50. I’ve been in a pissy mood ever since I woke up

    You know what will help with that? Weed!

    Bet you thought I was going to say booze, because that’s my solution for almost everything, but no. Booze would just make the mood worse. As we all know, five drunk guys start a big fight. Five stoned guys start a band.

    (If you do form a band, make sure it’s not a Country-Western band, what with most of the groupies being older than you and heavier than you. I mean, if that’s what gets your motor going, go for it, just be aware of the horrors which await.)

    (But if you do form a C&W band, I can write your lyrics. I’ve given up on it, but I used to write lyrics and the basic melody, for others to arrange. The songs always came out as C&W. I really don’t like C&W music. My brain hates me.)

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  51. Lol, I don’t see the distinction but I’m curious… What separates the two? [Monkeys vs Apes]

    Monkeys have tails, apes don’t.

    That’s the definition that’s been used for decades. On a science podcast in the past few months someone said that primatologists are moving more to an “aw, screw it, anthropoids are monkeys” viewpoint but a couple minutes’ web search didn’t find me any confirmation.

    Monkeys throw poo at you. Apes turn their back on you.

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  52. Some other voices have become more frequent commenters

    That might be me. My knowledge is mostly computer related. I started programming as a teen, did that for a while, then some web stuff, now networking. I finished a big project for my new job a few weeks ago, building out an important aspect of the network at their new location. I impressed myself 🙂 It’s nice when months of planning comes together and works well.

    The prepper aspect of that is being in the new building before everyone else gave me an opportunity to explore and figure out escape routes, should something bad happen there.


  53. Can a mtf transperson nurse a baby? Inquiring minds want to know!

    That would be a TransWoman you cretin! Mr. Ray told me so!


  54. The Baby Yoda show ended for the season this week with a not-totally-unexpected surprise

    I’ve been waiting 37 years for that last action sequence. I stay spoiler free, so it was a surprise. There aren’t many times when I watch something anymore where I’m actually excited and in the moment. That was one of them.

    I didn’t make it past the first 5 minutes of Discovery. Maybe I’ll try again. I enjoy Trek, but I am definitely all on Star Wars side of the Star Trek/Star Wars fandom.

  55. The WD Black still runs warm and makes a funny grinding noise on shutdown, but I’m hearing less thrashing.

    Filed for future reference. The drive still needs to be replaced as the warranty period is up.

    Supposedly, I took yesterday (Friday) and Monday off since I performing the Christmas tech support watch this year. I went in because I forgot to run the weekly backups on Thursday. While I was there, I decided to go see why my office pc was having trouble backing up general file server. Big mistake. I did not leave until 10 pm.

    Turned out that the backup utility for my 29,000+ person contact database stopped working a week ago. It backs up my contact database into a 1.2 GB zip file each day at 4pm. I managed to get it to create a new backup file after two hours. The backup ZIP file normally takes less than five minutes.

    My WD 2 TB Black drive in the server is acting weird. I suspect that it is failing so I am in big trouble. The last time I upgraded my contact database was to the 2012 version which can no longer be installed. So, I get to install a new drive AND upgrade to the 2020 version of the contact database simultaneously. Sounds like a recipe for failure to me.

    I have WAY too many delayed projects, both hardware and software.

  56. Coach : “There’s no I in team!”
    Me : “Yeah, but there is a ME.”

    @~jim, a whole day of fooling around, two good (and I hope not too defensive) state the blog type comments, and word play all day! Bring your grumpy @ss to the party any day, my friend. It’s all good.

    n

  57. @lynn, you forgot the sage’s advice, Never let a machine know you are in a hurry, or that you depend on it…..

    We all hope you’ve learned your lesson!

    n

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  58. “Can a mtf transperson nurse a baby? Inquiring minds want to know! ”

    — don’t have the link handy but apparently a trans couple consisting of a mtf and ftm can have a baby between them. That’s almost guaranteed that the kid will grow up to be Barry Goldwater, or a monk.

    n

  59. Yeah I read it earlier but I didn’t think it was well written so I didn’t link. Interesting idea about the coasts and the midwest though.

    n

  60. Here’s a big fat infodump.

    https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDEyMTguMzIyNTM2MzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5tYWpvcmNpdGllc2NoaWVmcy5jb20vcGRmL25ld3MvbWNjYV9yZXBvcnRfb25fdGhlXzIwMjBfcHJvdGVzdF9hbmRfY2l2aWxfdW5yZXN0LnBkZiJ9.q-972YnJAhr5I5SxqVq5zIUvE34qJbtzWUfDfPYCUfc/s/596881722/br/92121343923-l

    Report on law enforcement challenges and best practices for response to civil unrest

    The Intelligence Commanders Group (ICG) of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) has published an after-action review on the 2020 protests and civil unrest that erupted on May 26th, 2020 as a result of the in-custody death of George Floyd and continued to erupt in major cities across the United States and Canada throughout the summer of 2020. The MCCA ICG’s report has been approved for public release.

    The MCCA ICG’s after-action review compiled survey data from 68 major cities and counties in a reporting timeframe of May 25th to July 31st, 2020, during which an unprecedented 8,700 total protest events occurred.

    The report may be of interest to local jurisdictions who may not have experience with the scale and frequency of protest events seen this year, and who are seeking summary data, as well as guidance from the lessons learned by major cities and metro areas during the civil unrest in the summer of this year.

    Interesting findings include:

    Violence was limited to only 7 percent of all protest events in the reporting period.
    Major city law enforcement agencies arrested 16,241 individuals during protest-related events. Nearly 17 percent (2,735) of these arrests were for felony offenses.
    More than half (53 percent) of all agencies reported that their District Attorney’s Office elected not to prosecute protest-related cases. Approximately 52 percent of major city law enforcement agencies reported having to re-arrest suspects at least once at different protest-related events.

    Major city and county law enforcement agencies identified and rank ordered the most significant challenges they faced during the protest events. The three top-ranking challenges were:

    Lack of community trust in law enforcement agencies.
    Lack of support from elected officials.
    Low officer morale.

    The law enforcement agencies surveyed also identified and prioritized key areas for improvement. The three top-ranking areas were:

    Community outreach. Due to the nature of the protests being anti-police, many protest organizers and groups were unwilling to work with police. In this situation, the presence of neutral actors to act as liaisons between police and protest groups to facilitate some sort of communication becomes critical.
    Increased funding. Funds would be necessary for responsible reforms and the need for improved training
    Accurate media reporting. Media outlets tended to focus their reporting on the violence and events where police use-of-force was used. This encouraged a false narrative that law enforcement agencies were disproportionate in their response.


  61. Two comprehensive reports offer guidance for local disaster readiness

    The year 2020 has seen an unprecedented number of natural disasters, such as the wildfires in the United States and in Australia, as well as the record-breaking number of hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports there were 28 such disasters in 1980s, 119 in the 2010s and future projections for increasingly violent and frequent storms.

    With natural disasters on the rise, pre-planning will be critical for the resiliency of local jurisdictions. Two reports were published recently offering guidance on local disaster readiness to plan for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.

    The International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) has published a study surveying hundreds of local communities on the state of their preparedness for natural disasters. The study also distills the challenges and lessons learned from local officials’ disaster management experiences and outlines a framework of key strategies for local leaders to follow in their emergency planning in order to build resiliency. These key strategies emphasize an enterprise-wide approach to building resiliency in advance of a disaster and the importance of growing a steady network of partners both horizontally and vertically in order to successfully manage the disaster and recovery.

    A report from the National Academy of Public Administration reinforced the findings of the ICMA study with their March 2020 report on emergency and disaster management responses. This report takes a case study approach to what has and has not worked well in local disaster prevention, planning, mitigation, response and recovery to natural disasters. Case studies in the report highlight challenges and lessons learned.

    https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDMsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDEyMTguMzIyNTM2MzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwOi8vYnVzaW5lc3NvZmdvdmVybm1lbnQub3JnL3NpdGVzL2RlZmF1bHQvZmlsZXMvSG93JTIwTG9jYWxpdGllcyUyMENvbnRpbnVhbGx5JTIwQWRhcHQlMjBFbnRlcnByaXNlJTIwU3RyYXRlZ2llcyUyMHRvJTIwTWFuYWdlJTIwTmF0dXJhbCUyMERpc2FzdGVycy5wZGYifQ.hYveIFOj6oBbRHeWs-OyEtaQbhd_6WdC6DqZwrH7Ewg/s/596881722/br/92121343923-l

    https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDEyMTguMzIyNTM2MzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5uYXBhd2FzaC5vcmcvdXBsb2Fkcy9FbWVyZ2VuY3lfTWFuYWdlbWVudF9DYXNlX1N0dWR5LnBkZiJ9.4m3r6EkzKu0042Oaaojj-YhOt6Mu9_CD-MuoFZHO6Zg/s/596881722/br/92121343923-l

  62. One might have seen that AOC got the vaccine today.
    Remind me again which priority group she is in??

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