Wed. Jan. 6, 2021 – some stuff happening. Some stuff not happening.

Moderate temps, decent weather.   Well, yesterday and tomorrow, but the national map was calling for rain in Houston.   I will wait and see.

Spent part of the day yesterday doing auction stuff.  Went to my industrial auctioneer and got him to take some more stuff.  I’ll be delivering a pickup or two Thursday or Friday.  I went and made a mental list of what would fit, and I’ve got enough stuff for two loads, easy.

Today I’m supposed to take a few more bins to my other local auctioneer.  I have NO TROUBLE AT ALL filling those bins.  I’m going to add some of the Mr Buddy heaters I picked up last year that didn’t sell.  They should do a lot better now than in June.

Spoke to my troublesome neighbor last night.  They’re moving out.  He has a conflict with the landlord.   I get the feeling he has conflicts with people all the time.   The landlord is a nice guy, but hates the house for emotional reasons, and really doesn’t want to be a landlord.  He should sell it and be free, but he won’t.   FWIW, if you remember the weird incident with the ‘contractor’ in the front yard and then climbing up onto the roof?  The landlord says it wasn’t his guy.  So some stranger was just hanging out in the yard, and then got up on the roof?  Yeah, the camera pointed that way just moved to the top of my ‘do this next time you are at home long enough’ list.  The license plate camera and bluetooth logger are moving up the list too.


 

I don’t have anything at all to say about the DC ‘meetup’ from a philosophical point of view.   I’m going to be busy but will try to check the sites to see what’s going on throughout the day.  I don’t think there is anything good that can come from this.  A whole bunch of people are about to get entries in their files, and a bunch will be getting files for the first time.  Some others are probably going to need stitches and dental work before this is done.  Avoid crowds.

Camo and group maneuvers in the field aren’t going to be the way forward.  Grey men, snipers, arsonists, and most of all partisans are probably the way to go if you are inclined toward action.    Paris or Ireland, not Red Dawn.  And it won’t be long before someone moving around without a cell phone will get highlighted automatically, and moving around WITH a cell phone will be just stupid.   It’s wouldn’t be impossible, but I’m thinking Bracken’s idea of one person, one action, and then never again is the only way to do it.  I’m not advocating it, just making an observation.  You will need to stay aware of what’s going on around you so you don’t get stuck in the middle.  One way or another, we’re past the point where this can  end without bloodshed.

Interestingly, in a  sort of ‘meta’ way, SUDDENLY the alt-right blogosphere seems to have woken up to the idea that the cops are probably not going to be on the side of light in what comes.    Hmm.  Coulda told ’em that.  “Remember that the people hiding Anne Frank were breaking the law, and the people who turned her in were upholding it.”

And isn’t that a cheery way to start the day?

Keep stacking.  Really.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

99 thoughts on “Wed. Jan. 6, 2021 – some stuff happening. Some stuff not happening.”

  1. How could Mr. Greg be so wrong about Warnock? Reverend DooshNozzle cheated!

    Half my family tree originates in Georgia. Warnock isn’t going to sit well, even among African Americans.

    Here’s the thing. Trump. I’m just saying.

  2. Interestingly, in a sort of ‘meta’ way, SUDDENLY the alt-right blogosphere seems to have woken up to the idea that the cops are probably not going to be on the side of light in what comes. Hmm. Coulda told ’em that. “Remember that the people hiding Anne Frank were breaking the law, and the people who turned her in were upholding it.”

    One word: Pensions. Derek Chauvin’s name is still on the title of the Florida condo in Tiger Woods old neighborhood outside Orlando.

  3. Oh, no one, not even Greg knows the title quote? It’s a very common character retort in a game, Oddworld:Munch’s Oddysee I’ve got hundreds of hours in that game, and in its follow on, Stranger’s Revenge. There’s a new version out, and a whole new game coming “Spring 2021″…

    I’m not much of a gamer, contrary to what you might think.

    I received a copy of the “Star Wars” “Squadrons” game for Christmas from my wife and kids, but I had zero time off at work, and most of my time this past weekend was spent on converting my 2012 MacBook Pro to SSD, the drive being my “big” gift from the family.

    Apple dropped support for the MacBook Pro, but it has a few years left before security is a concern. The laptop is the last one they made with a DVD burner. As with a lot of other systems pushing a decade, the SSD makes a huge difference.

    I get my permanent work laptop from the new job on Friday. The latest Intel i9 MacBook Pro, 64 GB RAM, 16″ screen. I can’t complain about the hardware.

    And they still don’t yell like the last job. Imagine.

    @Lynn – TWC is still backed up on appeals if you need to fire someone. I think I’m going on ten weeks without a response to my request. Gotta make time to rattle that cage this week. TWC and City of Austin on the age issue.

  4. @Greg: I’d missed that you had found a new job – belated congrats! And yes, SSDs are a huge boost to older systems.

    I’m looking forward to our school doing the next round of laptop replacements. While mine still works fine, it is getting a bit long in the tooth. OTOH, it looks kind of cool: I’ve used it so much that – wherever my hands touch it – the plastic has worn to a different colored core. That’s a machine that has seen a lot of coding and typing. I’ve had to replace the Trackpoint top twice. Man, I hope Dell keeps offering Trackpoint on their business laptops – it is soooo much better than a touchpad.

    On the prepping front – since this is supposed to be a prepping site: We smoked and dried a pile of bacon and beef over the holidays. We also have three whole cheeses (given one, bought two). Normally we’d portion and freeze them, but we’re going to try aging them and see what happens.

  5. Fulton County, Georgia, went 70% Ossoff. Yeah, the fix was in … that and $2000 in “walkin’ ’round” money that got floated this weekend.

    Racism works both ways, and as much as I thought GA was at least a generation from even thinking of sending Raphael Warnock to the Senate, African Americans voting for Ossoff in such large numbers is even harder to imagine.

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  6. @Greg: I’d missed that you had found a new job – belated congrats! And yes, SSDs are a huge boost to older systems.

    I had the big interview for the new job less than 24 hours after being fired from the old place. The call notifying me about the offer letter pending came within a week.

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  7. “@Greg: I’d missed that you had found a new job – belated congrats! And yes, SSDs are a huge boost to older systems.”

    I had the big interview for the new job less than 24 hours after being fired from the old place. The call notifying me about the offer letter pending came within a week.

    I neglected to add that, within a month of my firing, the old place announced a 60 million Euro loss for the first half of the fiscal year, $75 million dollars, on 260 million Euros in revenue due largely to problems in the EU market.

    While I have a knack for finding these trainwrecks, I always manage to get out at the right time.

  8. So under what authority can a judge ban a citizen from a city? Particularly DC? The 1A is pretty clear about assemblies to petition the government for redress of grievances. If the government is in DC then seems like every citizen would have a 1A right to go there, particularly a political activist.

    A judge has banned Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, from the nation’s capital for six months or face being arrested

    From farther down in the article, I’m reminded of a cautionary aphorism – “How can you spot the Fed? He’s the one encouraging you to commit crimes….”

    ‘Be sure to wear your guns for all to see when you are in DC,’ wrote Neil, likely risking arrest knowing full well it is forbidden to carry weapons without a permit in the city.

    He was ‘arrested in a tunnel’ — which sounds like ANPR got him on a BOLO and alerted the cops…

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  9. “On the prepping front – since this is supposed to be a prepping site: We smoked and dried a pile of bacon and beef over the holidays. We also have three whole cheeses (given one, bought two). Normally we’d portion and freeze them, but we’re going to try aging them and see what happens. ”

    –oh boy that sounds nice… might think about smoking a cheese too.

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  10. So under what authority can a judge ban a citizen from a city? Particularly DC? The 1A is pretty clear about assemblies to petition the government for redress of grievances. If the government is in DC then seems like every citizen would have a 1A right to go there, particularly a political activist.”

    “A judge has banned Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, from the nation’s capital for six months or face being arrested”

    My father-in-law’s friend, who was the defendant in one of Orlando’s most heinous child molestation cases in history, never served a day in prison for his crimes, but, ultimately, his appeals and manipulation of the legal system ran out of steam, and the Orange County State Attorney managed to get Molester Boy banned from entering certain parts of Central Florida for the rest of his life under a court order.

    I know DC is under the control of Congress, but isn’t the city of Washington a corporate entity like most big cities?


  11. The landlord is a nice guy, but hates the house for emotional reasons, and really doesn’t want to be a landlord. He should sell it and be free

    He should hand it over to a rental manager like Berkshire Hathaway. Nice guys don’t make good landlords. I gave my rental property to BH to manage and I get a nice check each month, no hassle with the rent, no late night phone calls about clogged drains. And its value keeps appreciating in this market. Its nice to have an asset if I ever really need the cash. I wish I had held on to every house I ever bought.

  12. He should hand it over to a rental manager like Berkshire Hathaway. Nice guys don’t make good landlords.

    What about all of that Simple Homespun Wisdom (Ghostwritten by Carol Loomis of Fortune) TM dispensed by Chairman Warren in the annual Berkshire Hathaway Letter to Shareholders? Isn’t he a nice guy?

    The Chinese relation who loves to quote Buffett stopped doing so around me once he learned I was a BRK shareholder going back to the introduction of the ‘B’ shares and understood the reality of the Oracle of Omaha far better than he did. The guy almost wet himself at one holiday gathering when he complained to the gathered family about not having a ticket to the shareholder’s meeting and I offered him mine.

    I like to understand my investments. Strange but true. The Chinese relation doesn’t own BRK, but he owns TSLA and has a Model X in his driveway. I doubt he understands the true origins of TSLA revenue and current “profits” any better than he does Warren Buffett, however.

    Disclaimer: Post-Vantucky move, I have very little BRK-B left. I won’t push The Lizard’s insurance, but would it kill you to stop off at the Dairy Queen for a Blizzard the next time you’re out and about? 🙂

  13. @greg:

    and most of my time this past weekend was spent on converting my 2012 MacBook Pro to SSD

    I have the same machine, with 1TB of spinning rust, and which is stuck on Mojave. 2 successive attempts to get an upgrade to Catalina failed, to the extent that Genius attention was required to recover. How did you do your upgrade to SSD?

    G.

  14. Hah, my $40 in bitcoin is now worth $93 I’M RICH I TELLS YA! RICH!

    Do I sell now and ‘lock in my gains” or do I sell now and end up with ‘the worlds most expensive lawn mower’, or LET IT RIDE BABY!

    –yeah, that’s all crazy talk anyway. The US dollar lost half its value against a make believe group hallucination in the last 2 weeks. Crazy. Maybe Tesla really is worth more would take more rapidly devaluing FRNs to buy than all the other automakers in the entire world… when denominated in US funny money.

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  15. –yeah, that’s all crazy talk anyway. The US dollar lost half its value against a make believe group hallucination in the last 2 weeks. Crazy. Maybe Tesla really is worth more than all the other automakers in the entire world… when denominated in US funny money.

    The short term justification for TSLA at its current price is that 54 MPG CAFE mandated in the 2025 model year will be enforced by stiff “gas guzzler” fines which Trump vacated but Plugs will most likely restore. The manufacturers will have to pay Musk for gas mileage offsets in order to keep selling most vehicles.

    The pipeline for 2025 had to be filled in 2018. Some adjustments were made after the midterm election turned over control of the House, but the manufacturers still hedged that Trump would win reelection on the strength of the economy.


  16. I wish I had held on to every house I ever bought.

    I wish I’d hung on to the three-apartment house which I sold shortly after my second marriage. Two of the three tenants were a massive PITA and I sold for a very good price (to a remote landlord in NYC who saw the three filled units and paid top dollar), but if I’d kept it I’d have a rental house with no mortgage. I had looked at getting a rental management company, but several people I knew had had nothing but bad experiences with them.


  17. He should hand it over to a rental manager like Berkshire Hathaway. Nice guys don’t make good landlords. I gave my rental property to BH to manage and I get a nice check each month, no hassle with the rent, no late night phone calls about clogged drains.

    We found a local rental manager in Leavenworth, KS, in ‘91 who has rented our house there for 29 years. That is the only way to go. We get a check and the manager handles everything.


  18. Hah, my $40 in bitcoin is now worth $93 I’M RICH I TELLS YA! RICH!

    Goobermints fear how they will control cyber money. “What, we can’t just print more?” I wonder how many Bitcoin millionaires are out ther.

  19. In November, in the Ossoff-Perdue GA Senate race, ~2.4 million votes went to Perdue.

    Yesterday, Perdue got ~2.1 million votes and Ossoff currently leads by 17,000 more.

    Not much fraud is necessary when that many Republicans stay home along with the 120,000 Libertarians who created the mess “voting their conscience” in November.

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  20. Chucky Schemer: “Buckle up!”

    LET THE HEELING BEGIN (NOW THAT WE CONTROL EVERYTHING)!


  21. Eh, not that big a deal. There are gender-neutral equivalents: parent, they, person, etc.

    Here, in Californication they also use “Latinx”.

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  22. “Latinx”.

    –which infuriates latinos.

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    and I love to hear someone from the UK or AUS use “african american” to mean “black”…

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  23. Maybe twenty years ago a woman with NPR interviewed some African woman who’d gotten an award for something. “As an African-Americ—” and the interviewer’s brain screeched into a wreck and there was dead air for several seconds.

  24. brad Normally we’d portion and freeze them, but we’re going to try aging them and see what happens.

    If you like sharp cheese it can work quite well. I started doing so for reasons of economy, buying factory vacuum packed Tillamook medium cheddar on sale and letting it age in the refrigerator to sharp or even extra sharp. My current supply is 2 years old now and pretty sharp. The salt it comes with will start to form a bit of a crust on the surface. I’ve only gotten a couple of small spots of mold on a few of the cheeses (factory vacuum packed) and those were Monterey Jack. There’s also a small factory I stop at every year (before Covid) and fill a cooler with their ‘day old’ special price cheeses. Those I have to unwrap, give a salt water rinse, let dry a bit and vaccum seal. When I get it right those last for a couple of years as well. The softer cheeses don’t do as well with this practice; cheddar likes to come to room temperature before being sliced at this age or it will crumble like frozen does.

  25. _Gunpowder & Embers (Last Judgement’s Fire)_ by John Ringo, Kacey Ezell, Christopher L. Smith
    https://www.amazon.com/Gunpowder-Embers-Last-Judgements-Fire/dp/1982125136/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number one of a planned two book fantasy series. I read the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Baen in 2020. I plan to purchase the second book in the series when it becomes available.

    It has been thirty years since the dimensional portal opened in North America and the gants (giant ants) and fire breathing flying dragons invaded our universe. Over 99% of the population has died since then and the survivors are in a constant battle with the gants.

    The gants have created a super hive at the Grand Coulee dam and use the electric power for their needs. Most humans are trying to blow it up. But the gants and gant worshipping humans are trying to stop them.

    John Ringo has a website at:
    http://johnringo.net/

    My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (rounds up to 5 stars)
    Amazon rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (221 reviews)

  26. How could Mr. Greg be so wrong about Warnock? Reverend DooshNozzle cheated!

    Half my family tree originates in Georgia. Warnock isn’t going to sit well, even among African Americans.

    Here’s the thing. Trump. I’m just saying.

    So are you blaming the USA election mess on Trump ?

    I am not. I blame the USA election mess on the fraudulent ballots. If we are going to have absentee ballots then they need to be accompanied by a copy of your personal ID. Otherwise we will never have another honest election in the USA.
    https://davidharrisjr.com/steven/stacey-abrams-brags-about-lack-of-signature-verification-in-georgia/

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  27. “Here’s the thing. Trump. I’m just saying.”

    So are you blaming the USA election mess on Trump ?

    No. When I repeat that meme, I’m basically expressing the thought process in places like the Atlanta suburbs that leads voters, particularly Dem females, to rationalize voting for the demise of their own lifestyles.

    I despise people who frequently use “I’m just saying” or, more accurately, “I’m jus’ sayin'”.

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  28. @Geoff:

    I have the same machine, with 1TB of spinning rust, and which is stuck on Mojave. 2 successive attempts to get an upgrade to Catalina failed, to the extent that Genius attention was required to recover. How did you do your upgrade to SSD?

    I’m not Greg, but I did my mid-2012 MacBook Pro a year or so ago whilst running Mojave, then upgraded to Catalina, so my 2 cents—

    I put a 1Tb SSD in, and upgraded to 16GB of ram (the 8Gb limit that Apple claims is a lie).

    I used a YouTube video for the disassembly/re-assembly procedure, and the free version of SuperDuper to make a cloned external bootable backup FIRST, which was then installed as the primary drive. the directions from SD are excellent, highly recommended.

    I did have to buy a cable for the external SATA drive, maybe $15.

    My understanding is that you can still do cloned external bootable backups with Catalina, but NOT big Sur, btw.

    The result is a reasonably good 2012 intel i7 laptop. Roughly 4X in booting the iOS simulator from scratch. But the 2018 intel i5 Mini with 8GB of ram and a SSD blows it away by roughly the same amount.


  29. I’m not Greg

    Did you just assume your own identity????? #Triggered #LiterallyShaking

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  30. So how does one [trade someone else’s soul to the devil]

    Be a politician. All they do is trade in others’ property and freedom.

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  31. I put a 1Tb SSD in, and upgraded to 16GB of ram (the 8Gb limit that Apple claims is a lie).

    I didn’t know Apple’s supported memory amount was 8 GB. I went by what Crucial.com specified when I upgraded my mid-2012 to 16 GB a few years ago when the memory got cheap enough.

    Catalina is the end of the line for Mac OS X on the mid-2012. I bought it as a refurb in early 2014 so it will be ~ 8 years of usable life as a Mac when Apple pulls the plug on OS 10.x next year. Not terrible. And, unlike the M1, most of the Intel Macs can boot and run Linux with only minor issues.

  32. Watching the news here. DC is the top story. Sporty indeed. Trump could have stopped it, but apparently did exactly the opposite. Whatever the truth of the election, this is nuts.

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  33. Biden is speaking

    More like crying. Never let a crisis go to waste.

    Remember when BLM thugs tore Portland Seattle LA NYC to pieces? Yawn. According to Shot Girl ™ the purpose of “protesting” is to make people uncomfortable. I’m sure now it will be “kill those tRumpsters!”

    I’ll wait for plugs’ first decrees to see how half the country reacts. Probably status quo and let the trillions flow to other countries to combat GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL!

    LET THE HEELING AND COMMIE TAKEOVER OF THE FUSA BEGIN!

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  34. I have the same machine, with 1TB of spinning rust, and which is stuck on Mojave. 2 successive attempts to get an upgrade to Catalina failed, to the extent that Genius attention was required to recover. How did you do your upgrade to SSD?

    I backed up the Mac OS X partition with Time Machine, swapped the drives, booted to Internet Recovery (command+option+R), and restored the Time Machine backup to the new drive after partitioning/formatting with Disk Utility. I had upgraded to APFS by mistake with the upgrade to Catalina, but having the file system already in place made the drive upgrade simple.

    I used Winclone to back up and restore the Windows 8 Boot Camp partiton. Highly recommended.

    To answer in advance: Windows 10 requires a separate license to use the same partition in Boot Camp and from VMware Fusion under Mac OS X. Windows 8 does not.

  35. The Daily Mail is already tRumpeting “Blood on tRump’s hands!” Change is good, isn’t it? Oh, wait, that’s only what Dumbocrats say when they can’t get their way. This will peter out or escalate into sniper/guerrilla actions as Mr. Nick said. A lot of people, even on this board, said this could never happen in the FUSA. 2021 could be an interesting year.


  36. Where is my stimulus ?

    Sorry rich, WHITEY! dude. No stimulus for you. Or soup.

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  37. 2021 could be an interesting year.

    Just remember, ’21 is now old enough to drink.

    You know, when I was 18, a man could get blasted at a bar. Or buy a case of Lone Star for $5 at the local beer and wine place and drink it all weekend instead of doing homework or studying. Not sure things are better now with the nanny state.

  38. Where is my stimulus ?

    Sorry rich, WHITEY! dude. No stimulus for you. Or soup.

    Hey, my main business got PPP stimulated in 2020. And if I read the rules right, my main bidness is eligible for PPP stimulation in 2021 cause things SUCK real bad.

  39. Hey, my main business got PPP stimulated in 2020. And if I read the rules right, my main bidness is eligible for PPP stimulation in 2021 cause things SUCK real bad.

    Wait until the Walking Dead Zombie known as plugs gets started. Local Mooslims and POC’s will get squatter rights to your mansion. Any domicile over 800SF will be declared a mansion and eligible for for any Moos and POCs to move in.

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  40. I don’t like tRump. I don’t know anybody who does. I would rather have tRump as President over plugs any day.

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  41. Nothing is burning or being smashed but CNN is reporting the event as a riot. When Portland was burning and things were being smashed CNN reported it as a protest. I wonder where the dividing line belongs.

  42. “What does Gov. Andrew Cuomo have against those 75 and older (that we don’t already know)?”

    Cuomo the Younger has Daddy issues. Ironically, he’s headed down the same career trajectory 28 years later.

    History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.

  43. Hey, my main business got PPP stimulated in 2020. And if I read the rules right, my main bidness is eligible for PPP stimulation in 2021 cause things SUCK real bad.

    Wait until the Walking Dead Zombie known as plugs gets started. Local Mooslims and POC’s will get squatter rights to your mansion. Any domicile over 800SF will be declared a mansion and eligible for for any Moos and POCs to move in.

    Hey, what does worry me is when some feddie shows up with ten mooslims and lesbians in tow at the front door of my bidness and tells me that they now work at the bidness. I used to know a guy that this happened to in Venezuela. He did not say nothing, just designated a playpen for the new hires. When his contract came up at the end of the year, he opted out and came back to the USA. BTW, he was running steam injection systems in the oilfield IIRC. Something you really want know nothings to play with.

    Where are we going to go now ?

  44. I don’t like tRump. I don’t know anybody who does. I would rather have tRump as President over plugs any day.

    I’ll take Trump over any President in the last 100 years except for Ronald Reagan.

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  45. Where are we going to go now ?

    Where are the Venezuelan elites camped out in condos on Collins Avenue going to go?

    They’ve been sitting in Miami Beach waiting for the US to fight their counter-revolution for 20 years.


  46. I’ll take Trump over any President in the last 100 years except for Ronald Reagan.

    I’m tempted to vote you down because Trump is better than Reagan. I’d take Silent Cal over Trump, maybe, but Trump had to fight battles like no other American President. I don’t know if any past President or serious contender could have done better.

    I don’t like tRump. I don’t know anybody who does.

    I cannot spare this man. He fights.

    It looks like he’s given up. Probably the only reasonable course, given that 99% of the establishment has been against him for five years. Even if he’s given up because he’s tired, well, US Grant wasn’t 70 when he was fighting his hardest battles.

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  47. The biggest surprise to me shouldn’t have been.

    Pence. Someone offered him a deal. He wants to run again for the big chair. He took the deal.

    Trump is making sure that Pence selling out won’t get him the big chair, in fact if Trump does it loud enough and long enough, Pence won’t even get a shot.

    30 ct. Ag, just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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  48. “Linus Torvalds tears into Intel, favors AMD”
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-tears-into-intel-favors-amd/

    “Torvalds, Linux’s creator, finds AMD’s processors deliver a much bigger bang for the buck than Intel’s CPUs.”

    Interesting. I have disliked AMD since their awesome Opteron cpus were followed by crap. I had a dual Operton PC that sounded like a 737 spooling up for takeoff back around 2000 or so but it ran real fast.

  49. Interesting. I have disliked AMD since their awesome Opteron cpus were followed by crap. I had a dual Operton PC that sounded like a 737 spooling up for takeoff back around 2000 or so.

    The AM4 chipset and associated CPUs were a game changer in terms of upgrade and overclocking potential for hobbyists and Linux enthusiasts building PCs from parts over the last few years, but AMD’s laptop offerings still leave a lot to be desired both in terms of performance and heat.

    IIRC, Linus Torvalds has a Dell XPS 13 with an Intel CPU for the road.

    I rebuilt my home server with AMD AM4 a few years ago and have been happy with the result. However, the choice was motivated by the stupid way Intel cripples their chipsets with memory expansion limits that I can only rationalize as being forced obsolescence.

    I was really happy with my Intel Atom mini-itx server and its 5 W draw at load, but usable Linux with a GUI is 4 GB RAM anymore so the Atom motherboard, limited to 2 GB, had to go.

    I run 8 GB currently on the AMD server board, but it can go up to 64 GB. I think I’m set for a few years. 🙂

    If you want to experiment, another upside to AM4 beyond upgrade paths is that you can get into it on the cheap. The CPUs with integrated graphics are fine for business use purposes, and most of the motherboards have D-SUB (VGA) and HDMI connections at a minimum, eliminating the need for a separate graphics card.

    8 GB is the bare minimum I’d recommend for AMD AM4 and Windows, preferably 16 GB.

    The bargain basement AMD laptops with 8GB RAM currently on the market are almost useless for Windows, and I speak from experience with my daughter’s machine. Caveat emptor.

  50. Sky opened up here. It’s coming down heavy now.

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    And the one acre office back pond is overflowing to the bayou again. Second time this year. I’ve had entire years where the back pond did not overflow even once.

  51. From the intertubes, “My friend took the Pfizer vaccine. They are saying that they are pfeeling pfine and pfantastic. They have no pfever so pfar.”.

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  52. The biggest surprise to me shouldn’t have been.

    Pence. Someone offered him a deal. He wants to run again for the big chair. He took the deal.

    Trump is making sure that Pence selling out won’t get him the big chair, in fact if Trump does it loud enough and long enough, Pence won’t even get a shot.

    30 ct. Ag, just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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    Pence won’t be Trump’s running mate in 2024.


  53. and I love to hear someone from the UK or AUS use “african american” to mean “black”…

    Not gonna happen. At least in Oz. Unless, it is a US expat or visitor.


  54. and I love to hear someone from the UK or AUS use “african american” to mean “black”…
    Not gonna happen. At least in Oz. Unless, it is a US expat or visitor.

    Probably not in UK, either, although I’m not certain. I think I perceive a trend towards PC and “wokeness”, but it’s not a fast one.

    G.

  55. I see it in youtube comments from people who are obviously not americans…

    But what I MEANT to write was people using it to identify blacks who aren’t americans in places where that should be obvious.

    I had an african-american roommate for a while. White guy from South Africa, naturalized citizen. And points out my main issue with mincing words and bending them to fit an agenda- they no longer convey information.

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  56. Nothing is burning or being smashed but CNN is reporting the event as a riot. When Portland was burning and things were being smashed CNN reported it as a protest. I wonder where the dividing line belongs

    Except for trespassing, interfering with and threatening Congress, multiple bombs found, smashed windows, offices defaced, and a woman killed, these law and order advocates just had a walk in the park.

  57. Yup, mostly peaceful by media standards.
    As to the rest, mostly just allegations.
    But there was a pipe bomb found at GOP headquarters.

    Woman shot and killed, and officials are refusing to comment on whether one of the heavily armed members of law enforcement just gave us a new Kent State.


  58. I had an african-american roommate for a while. White guy from South Africa, naturalized citizen.

    Likewise with a girl in high school, though she wasn’t a roommate. Blonde and blue, but more African than most “African Americans”.

  59. If you listened to Biden reading his speech you’d be forgiven for thinking he was describing the left for the last 6 years. “Occupying buildings, breaking windows, rifling thru desks”

    And gateway pundit describes him as “shuffling off”. I watched it twice, and yep that’s what he did. He is having trouble picking up his feet and walking normally.

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    –and then he sealed his fate “I’m not concerned about my safety or security”…. just sayin’. ” Best thing you can do for the cause Joe is be martyred. don’t worry, we’ll take care of Hunter.”

  60. Pence won’t be Trump’s running mate in 2024. ”

    –That’s a long time away, and Trump’s an old man. Pence will be running as the R candidate. If he’s not toxic by the time Trump is done. Even then, R leadership doesn’t seem to actually want to win an election, or a fight.

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  61. Yup, mostly peaceful by media standards.
    As to the rest, mostly just allegations.
    But there was a pipe bomb found at GOP headquarters.

    A pipe bomb? I grew up near Tarpon Springs, FL, and it wasn’t Greek Easter unless some little kid blew himself up making pipe bombs for the moment of the Sunday morning service where the priest proclaims, “He is risen!”

    BOOOM!

  62. Lest we forget our other disasters:


    “Long before the coronavirus pandemic began, New York state had a carefully-crafted mass vaccination plan, developed in part with federal grants, which was centered around county public health departments and had been practiced regularly for years. But since the coronavirus vaccine has been approved, Cuomo has seized control of the process without explanation, ignored the plan, and is running distribution through hospitals.”

    “As a result, the rate of vaccination is pitiful: New York state had only used a third of its supply as of Tuesday morning, and New York City less than a quarter. About 1.5 percent of state residents have been vaccinated — half the rate of South Dakota or West Virginia.”

    https://theweek.com/articles/958761/andrew-cuomos-vaccine-disaster

  63. Well, I threw together some dinner. Saute’d shrimp in butter, garlic, and red onion, with some bacon crumbles because everything is better with bacon… Rice as a side. At the last minute I decided it needed some color so I quickly saute’d some asparagus with butter, garlic, and red onion, finished with ponzu sauce, then put that over the rice, with the shrimps on top.

    All from stored food except the asparagus. Took longer to thaw the shrimp than cook it all. Meal for four at $10? Call it $12 if you like. No leftovers so I guess it was good enough 🙂

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  64. @Greg
    And a couple kids a year maiming themselves was used as an excuse to keep millions of responsible adults from buying strike-anywhere matches.

  65. We had a kid in our neighboring high school blow off a hand making pipe bombs.

    and some kid was just in the news for blowing off his hands…

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  66. Give ya odds both these geniuses got their (oops!) advice from a multi-billion dollar profit-oriented commercial enterprise.

  67. Now we know what the Senators were doing during today’s fun and games…hiding under their desks waiting for their speech writers to whip together the speeches many are giving right now at 5 minutes apiece, maxed out that’s 8+ hours before they even resume the Electoral Vote counting process which Mitch said will be finished tonight (tomorrow morning at this rate).
    As the old saying goes, ‘Never let a good insurrection go to waste’.

  68. Pence won’t be Trump’s running mate in 2024. ”

    –That’s a long time away, and Trump’s an old man. Pence will be running as the R candidate. If he’s not toxic by the time Trump is done. Even then, R leadership doesn’t seem to actually want to win an election, or a fight.

    Trump will be 77 in 2024. No big deal for him. Shoot at 74, he has way more energy than me. He even has a teenage kid !

    I know what you mean about the R leadership. They like to snipe from the sides of the building rather than standing in the middle and making things happen.

  69. Peter said ultimately, he thinks we will see a major macroeconomic transition as the world moves away from the dollar as the reserve currency.

    The dollar is going to collapse and that is going to turn the world upside down, because now Americans can’t live beyond their means anymore. Americans can only consume if they produce. Americans can only borrow if they save. And our dysfunctional economy is so screwed up now from all these years of having the benefit of being the issuer of the reserve currency that we’re no longer going to be able to function in a different world where we have to pull our own weight.”

    –because of inflation https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/peter-schiff-exposes-americas-dysfunctional-economy

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  70. Wow, they’re hitting the “maga riot” and “trump supporters” HARD. Real journalists would have at least inserted the word “apparent” in front of “trump supporters.”

    For 4 years Trump supporters have peaceably rallied. Cleaned up their trash after. Now they’re gonna sit in mama bear’s chair? Run around in the Capitol? STEAL STUFF WHILE TAKING SELFIES? Out of character. And Trump didn’t whip up a riot, in fact he asked people to go home. Of course banning him from twitter and deleting his tweets makes it just that much easier to spin.

    Because, soldiers in the state house, and votes to remove the sitting President sure sounds like a coup to me.

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  71. Be interesting if 500,000 people showed up at the Capitol, took it over, and told Pelosi to take her gavel and go find a WWII-era quonset hut to have her little meetings.

    Then start painting the “Justice for Ashli Babbit” murals.

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  72. They’re a private company and can do whatever they want. /sarc

    “Donald Trump is BANNED from Facebook for 24 hours and Twitter for 12 hours as his tweets are deleted for the first time ever and YouTube removes video where he praised the mob who stormed Congress

    -no he didn’t. Full stop.

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  73. “Joe Biden calls Trump mob storming Congress ‘an insurrection’ and blames Donald Trump for ‘stoking the flames of hate and chaos’ in address to the nation

    –purposely ‘presidential’ language for a press conference.

    –“Trump mob”

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  74. Linked here so I can find it again…

    https://bigcountryexpatoriginal.blogspot.com/2020/12/i-wonderthings-that-make-ya-go-hmmn.html

    So, my point. Why did Orange Man Bad free these guys?
    I mean, odd pick IMO
    Forgotten as far as I had known
    Sooooooooo

    Now, this’s me, no one else has brought it up anywhere.
    I still have doubts that Trumps gonna do anything.
    BUT

    We know for certain that he doesn’t have the dot mil backing him
    We know the DoJ is completely corrupt
    We know that every. single. DotFed. agency. is utterly and completely compromised
    So, say your the Prez, who’s back is against the wall
    Yer up against like everyone.
    And your Secretary of Education Betsy, comes to you and sez “My brother might be able to help.”
    Her brother?

    Eric Prince, CEO of Academi, a.k.a. Blackwater
    Those are his guys who got fucked.
    He got fucked too

    And there ya go. Who do you call if you need some Hard Motherfuckers with zero compunction in pulling the trigger, who for the most part bleed red, white and blue?

    — had not read any of BigCountry’s stuff until CZ put him on the blogroll… This article flipped a switch for me. I saw the same thing, but I don’t have BC’s lens… so I didn’t SEE the same thing. A couple of his other posts had the same effect. He has a view point I don’t have. Worth a read if you are on the militant side of the group. He has built his own flamethrower after all.

    language and adult non-pc discussion warning

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  75. MAGA or Antifa in the capital ?

    Several of the people were known MAGA types. For example, the guy in the animal skins and horned helmet is a QAnon supporter from AZ that has been seen at many pro-Trump rallies.

    This was a riot by Trumpkins. Plus Antifa had a riot last night in Portland.

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  76. Not much of a riot, where are the smoking neighborhoods? Looted stores?

    Setup sounds more like it.

    And Divemedic has a horrifying thought…

    It is my belief that the only way that Pence could have lawfully given the orders to the Washington, DC National Guard is if he was the acting President. I am forwarding a hypothesis that the Vice-President polled the cabinet at some point between 3:13 and 3:30 pm today and declared the President to be incompetent under the 25th Amendment, making Pence the acting President. I also believe that Congress is going to impeach and remove the President from office some time within the next 48 hours.

    Donald Trump is, in my opinion, no longer the President of the United States. If this turns out to be true, the coup is complete.

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  77. “This was a riot by Trumpkins.”

    — even if it was a riot, and was actually ‘trump supporters’, you don’t get to pick your supporters, anymore than the lefty bands get to control who plays their music.

    See tomorrow’s post for the rest of my comment, because I need to get to sleep.

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  78. “after MAGA riot brought carnage to the Capitol and left four dead ”

    –“maga riot” Carnage, 4 dead – one shot by cops, murdered actually, the other three “medical events”.

    Crackdown is coming with language like that.

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  79. even if it was a riot, and was actually ‘trump supporters’, you don’t get to pick your supporters, anymore than the lefty bands get to control who plays their music.

    True. But it wasn’t a false flag operation.

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