Wed. Jan. 13, 2021 – Friday the 13th comes on a Wednesday this month

Cold,but warming up, clear and dry.

Yesterday stayed cool after a very cold start.  It was dry but so cool, stuff didn’t really dry out.   Today it’s coming down no matter what.  Time to get the yard decor in.

Spent most of yesterday afternoon driving around for pickups.  Got a couple of gub accessories, a major piece of our ongoing bathroom project, and gallons of hand sanitizer.  Some other cleaning and plumbing stuff too.

My dog is looking a bit better.   We’ve been jamming food into him whenever he’ll eat.  He was pretty perky when the chicken breast came out for his dinner tonight, but he is spending most of his time sleeping or just lying down.  His two repaired knee joints can’t be feeling great with the cold and damp, mine certainly don’t.  Pain killers seem to be in order, but my wife isn’t seeing outward signs of pain and she’s worried about drug interactions so today I hope she’ll get the reassurance she needs from the vet.

I wish there was someone I could call and get some assurance the country will even make it to the inauguration.  They are moving VERY fast to tie up their ‘win’ and shut down opposition before it can really get going.   They definitely don’t want Trump around as a rallying point or gadfly for the next four years.   They want him tied up, locked up, or buried.  The absolute perfect setup for a false flag attack is coming up and I’m very concerned.  They are already laying the groundwork.

The tech companies are lining up to serve their new masters.  Go Daddy should be treated like a landlord, along with all the other registrars and hosts.  It should be illegal for them to discriminate, if it’s not already.  AR15.com was just the first, they won’t be the last.   Go Daddy is my personal registrar and host, and I need some advice on someone solid to use instead.  I’ve got stuff renewing soon that I would like to move.  It sucks because I’ve been a fan of theirs since they started outside of Tempe AZ all those years ago, and a customer for over a decade.  I have several inactive domains, one work domain with email, one family domain with hosted WP site (that could go away if the domain stayed.)    The business domain and email are the most important things to me.  I would like to hang on to all the domains, but I’m getting tired of paying for privacy.  Most are .com, with a couple variations to protect my name and business name.  I just registered the flandrey domains as backup, and now I need to move them.  FFS.

I see a real lack of contingency planning around a Trump loss on the right.  Doesn’t inspire confidence.  The Republican party reaction doesn’t surprise me at all though.  Trump was never a party Republican.  They never wanted him and can’t wait to get rid of him.  He threatened a lot of rice bowls (hah, see what I did to amuse you, china! FTW!)  Just how many of our congressmen and business  leaders are married or shacked up with chinese women anyway?

If people do push back, and someone will, it’s going to get REALLY ugly real quick.  Too many 3 letters are already corrupted and working against conservatives (remember the IRS and charitable status?).   The rest will jump on the bandwagon if it gets going.  That won’t be fun.

Priorities should be having the basics to cover an extended period of disruptions.  In EVERY account I’ve read of war or prolonged conflict, the people end up eating grass because they’ve eaten everything else.  After food, water, meds, and defense, comms are going to be an issue.  Samizdat is going to be making a comeback, albeit in new forms.  Beyond that, I can’t really say.  Everything technological is subject to eavesdropping, well poisoning, and the equivalent of direction finding.   There are a lot of clever people out there and something will rise to the surface.   If you think I’m nuts, I’ve got literally a page of headlines from this week alone that suggest otherwise, so you’ll have to do more than make assertions.  I was listening to NPR on the radio while driving around and even THEY can see that a civil war is imminent.

I’m continuing with my life as normal, kids’ school, house remodel, ebay sales, because going dark is just as telling as going active.  I’ve always done my prepping alongside my normal life anyway.  And there is no point in shutting down-the internet archives, and the three lette r s have been hoovering up data the whole time.

We’re barely two weeks into 2021 and it’s already insane.  Avoid crowds.  Don’t get on the bus.   Stack it high and deep, and in more than one place.

nick

 

~800 words, right on schedule.

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

77 thoughts on “Wed. Jan. 13, 2021 – Friday the 13th comes on a Wednesday this month”


  1. A code from the code generator on a phone can also be used rather than a text message.

    That was new to me, so I looked it up. Hmm. Seems to be a function of the site that has 2FA, so if they don’t allow this it won’t work.

    That was for Facebook.

    I have three apps on my phone that will authentic me for some sites. Google is on of them, Microsoft another. I log in to their website, go to my phone with facial recognition, open the app, approve the login on any device. No text message involved. I wish more sites would link in to those authenticators.

  2. @nick:

    Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia?

    @ray:

    For authentication, I prefer a YubiKey, or soon, a SoloKey. Or in the generic case, FIDO.

    Anything else presumes having an account at the authenticator, or so I understand. Thus FaceCrack is out, before considering anything else.

    G.

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  3. @nick:

    As far as domain registration and hosting are concerned, I use Mythic Beasts. They’re Cambridge, UK, based, but they have a presence in the US (HE Fremont 2, as I understand) and will register .com. I use them myself, admittedly for only 2 .uk domains.

    They appear solidly tech-based, and show no sign of wokeness. Their customer support is done by e-mail, 24/7, and is fast and clueful.

    G.


  4. For authentication, I prefer a YubiKey, or soon, a SoloKey.

    That does not work for apps on my iPad or iPhone. Thus the authenticator apps seem to fill that void. Requires biometrics, face or fingerprint, which is more than secure enough for my needs. Of course if someone gets my phone, and gets into my phone, I guess I am toast (I would say screwed but then I would not be “woke”).

  5. The tech companies are lining up to serve their new masters. Go Daddy should be treated like a landlord, along with all the other registrars and hosts. It should be illegal for them to discriminate, if it’s not already. AR15.com was just the first, they won’t be the last. Go Daddy is my personal registrar and host, and I need some advice on someone solid to use instead.

    I have two domains at DomainMonger.com, one since the early 2000s. I’ve never had a problem.

    Avoid California, particularly the Santa Clara Valley. Paying $2 million for a stucco shack does things to people IMHO. They want to fit in.

    GoDaddy always struck me as creepy even though they weren’t part of “The Valley’. Maybe it was a bit too much emphasis on TV. I wasn’t aware that they went for wokester antics, but the company had security problems last Fall.

  6. Just how many of our congressmen and business leaders are married or shacked up with chinese women anyway?

    Congressmen? Women too. I remember seeing stories that Feinstein had a Chinese intelligence agent “driver” for years until she got caught a while back.

    Bang Bangs work better on males, though. Biology.

  7. Any thoughts on when to set up an LLC? I’ve been asked to do some contract EE work on the side. When does it make sense to form a company vs. just be self employed?

  8. I currently use namecheap.com for my domains. I was previously with godaddy, but moved because of price several years ago.


  9. Any thoughts on when to set up an LLC? I’ve been asked to do some contract EE work on the side. When does it make sense to form a company vs. just be self employed?

    When I was doing consulting on the side, I setup an LLC. I did it using legalzoom, and was fairly straightforward. The great benefit is for liability, but you need to be diligent and not pierce the corporate veil. Have a completely separate checking account and only business transactions occur in that account. Good record keeping. Yearly shareholder meeting (even if is just yourself and super brief – and keep a record). I also setup a separate domain and email address just for business.

    Along with the LLC, get a business license in the city you are doing work in. They may want you to fill out tax forms for property assets. I did list a laptop, and was taxed on it yearly. More of a pain in dealing with the bureaucracy than expensive. I dissolved the LLC after several years, as I stopped doing consulting work.

  10. Clayton, I was advised to incorporate a couple companies rather than take personal income on 1099 because of concerns about tax agency harassment. At the time (about 15 years ago and about 8 years ago), according to the tax accountant, people with a lot of 1099 income who took deductions for business expenses were audited much more than any other group. Small Sub-Ss and LLCs were audited much less than average. I don’t know if this is still the case.

  11. @claytonw, in my opinion, if there is any risk at all of liability you should go ahead and set up the corp. I didn’t, continuing as a sole proprietor but I also carry a $2M umbrella insurance policy, and my normal business insurance covered “errors and omissions”. They actually canceled that part at some point, which was when I raised my umbrella limit. If I was actively looking for more consulting work, I’d finish the incorporation.

    The paperwork burden increases slightly, and there are legal things you have to meet, but there are also places that will sell you a 3 ring binder with all the year’s required paperwork in it.

    You will need a dba to set up bank accounts in the business name, and to get insurance. On the plus side, then you can get an account at Grainger Supply which is well worth having for access to parts and supplies- even as just a homeowner. Your business structure and work might trigger the need to collect sales or use taxes too, so look hard at that.

    You need to consider your tax implications, and balance that against the fact it’s easier for them to pay you if you are a corp. You don’t trigger the ‘deadbeat dad’ $600 or above reporting requirements as a corp. You might also be able to call yourself female, veteran, or minority owned, which can provide benefits too.

    Along with tax implications, you need insurance advice. All the oil companies I did business with had pretty strict insurance requirements for contractors. General liability, and a raft of other coverages, with minimum amounts.

    Someone once advised our group that ‘if there is an accident and you are in the room or on the site, you will be named in any lawsuits.’ Depending on your exposure, limiting your liability to the assets of the company might be very smart.

    n

  12. You need to consider your tax implications, and balance that against the fact it’s easier for them to pay you if you are a corp. You don’t trigger the ‘deadbeat dad’ $600 or above reporting requirements as a corp. You might also be able to call yourself female, veteran, or minority owned, which can provide benefits too.

    If you’re divorced and are/were subject to paying child support, never underestimate the implications or reach of the “deadbeat dad” forfeitures.

    A patient of my wife’s in Florida had everything seized from him one afternoon as part of enforcement on a *40 year old* late child support complaint filed by his ex- in Connecticut which was never vacated properly despite the money owed being paid.

    The states are even hungrier now than they were 15 years ago when the seizure happened.

  13. @geoff, the friday the thirteenth thing, like FLASHLIGHTS is a very long running in joke/tradition, also like reporting birthdays in hexadecimal…. I usually want it to be a couple of days closer to Friday to trigger it, but this year is feeling like a month of Friday the 13ths already…

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  14. A patient of my wife’s in Florida had everything seized from him one afternoon as part of enforcement on a *40 year old* late child support complaint filed by his ex

    Probably took five years to get his stuff back, if he got it back at all. Most of the stuff was probably sold for pennies on the dollar. The cash was held with no interest being paid. No apology once the records were straight. If the records were ever straightened out. No taxing authority ever admits to making a mistake, especially the IRS.

  15. Probably took five years to get his stuff back, if he got it back at all. Most of the stuff was probably sold for pennies on the dollar. The cash was held with no interest being paid. No apology once the records were straight. If the records were ever straightened out. No taxing authority ever admits to making a mistake, especially the IRS.

    Never got anything back. His truck went through the Lakeland auction within 24 hours. The surprising thing is that the law enforcement agency was Hillsborough County Sheriff, not the Tampa Police Department’s Keystone Kops.

    City cops in Florida are a wildcard. Sheriff’s departments are usually reliable with the possible exception of Dade/Broward/Palm Beach.

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  16. I always thought of the Friday the 13th gag as related to the Ice Cream Sundae gag in Lucifer’s Hammer

  17. @nick:

    I know it’s a tradition here, I’ve been reading your, and before that RBT’s (peace be upon him), posts for years, before I delurked.

    One thing you may be able to clarify for me – or, if not you, then another of the commentariat – what’s with the Democrat obsession with impeaching the Prez.? He’ll be gone in a week. Or if he doesn’t leave, time enough to impeach him then.

    And though I believe I’ve seen signs of instability since the election, he can’t do much damage before the 20th. Or is there some obscure part of US Law that says a successful impeachment forever disbars him from public office? I don’t know. Maybe someone else does.

    Is it extreme TDS?

    Or, in the alternative, has the Prez. quietly accepted his fate, and is following a scorched-earth policy, to make it as difficult for (to use Mr AToZ’s formulation) HARRIS/biden?

    G.

  18. One thing you may be able to clarify for me – or, if not you, then another of the commentariat – what’s with the Democrat obsession with impeaching the Prez.? He’ll be gone in a week. Or if he doesn’t leave, time enough to impeach him then.

    At this point, Impeachment is about making sure that Trump won’t run again in 2024. The Republicans are on board because their nominee to go against The First Black Woman President … cough … needs to be a speedbump in the general election, like what Jeb! or Kasich were supposed to be in 2016.

    Dominion voting machines are done, much like Vote-o-matic 20 years ago. Perkins Coie will have to find another way to rig the election.

    Hanging chads seem like such a minor nit compared to what happened this year.

  19. If we all got together and prayed to our various deities (Hi, Mr. SteveF!), could we get a small asteroid to hit DC while Congress is in session? Asking for a friend.

    And Shot Girl ™ was “afraid she was going to die” during the *murderous riot* at the Capitol. Kabuki at it’s best. I read the Guard are carrying weapons on the Capitol. I wonder if they are locked and loaded. Plus, a temporary unscalable wall around the Capitol for 30 days? What country do I live in. Can you imagine when protesters show up for HARRIS/plugs inaugural and the bullets start flying?

    The persecution of tRump and supporters is not going to end well. I hope I am alive when the FUSA (Former United States of America) reboots. Right now if I mention I voted for tRump and don’t disavow it, I will end up on a no-fly list or be considered a Right Wing Extremist Nazi WHITEY!Terrorist. I should report to the nearest re-education camp and get might first weeks worth of soy rations.

    Some knucklehead Black pol wants the Black National Anthem to replace the National Anthem. 13% minority only gets traction thanks to Pelosi and Schumer who want to die in office on the gravy train. I don’t understand why the Hispanic community isn’t demanded La Raza over Blacks? There is no love lost there.

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  20. Some Dumbocrats are trying to field a bill to “amend the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College” like all they have to do is get a bill on the floor and *poof* the Constitution is changed. Ever wonder why these same cretins never propose a bill to “amend the Constitution to limit all terms in office”? The Iron Rule of Bureaucracy. Muh gravy train.

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  21. Prepping:

    I got a couple of different gizmos to make bleach by running electricity through salt water. It smells and looks like bleach when done. They came with test strips that change color opposed to straight tap water, but no level of concentration.

    Anybody know of a test strip or kit that will show relative concentration. They makers claim “two cycles will provide commercial hospital grade disinfectant”. The battery powered spray bottle version is 70ml and easily fits in my murse. Enough to spray stinky bleach all over a bingo table.

  22. @Alan: my lunch is your breakfast, roughly speaking. We are UTC+1

    @dcp: yes, snow poles are used here, but the driveway is new and we haven’t mounted any yet. Project for next summer…


  23. I currently use namecheap.com for my domains. I was previously with godaddy, but moved because of price several years ago.

    Same here.


  24. what’s with the Democrat obsession with impeaching the Prez.? He’ll be gone in a week.

    If he is impeached and removed from office, there is a separate vote (majority only required) to bar him from future officeholding. That would extend to any Federal office. If only removed from office, he loses his pension and office allowance (1958 Former Presidents Act). He might lose Secret Service protection – there is a later law that may override the 1958 act that would allow him to keep it.

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  25. Some Dumbocrats are trying to field a bill to “amend the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College” like all they have to do is get a bill on the floor and *poof* the Constitution is changed.

    They do have to do this to get an amendment to the states. Where it will never get approved.

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  26. …..what’s with the Democrat obsession with impeaching the Prez.?

    Very simple, it’s like professional wrasslin’ and roller derby, doing stupid things gets them on TV.

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  27. @MrAtoz
    A food service supply place will have test strips to tell you the concentration of your bleach. The strips are intended for use on dilute solutions but may work fir your purposes.

    Assembly meeting last night. Had about 150 people there. News reported it as a dozen. Assembly spent well over an hour on a resolution “condemning the unprecedented” ya da tada ya da.

    There were 24 police cars in the parking lot next to the Assembky chambers. There were 12 police officers inside the building, 5 vehicles immediately outside the building, another 6 in the lot closest to the building. There were 14 rent a cops. What on earth were they expecting?

    A year ago there would be two rent a cops. That got ramped up to six over the past months with the addition of visible body armor and weaponry.

    Four of 10 assembly members were present in person and perhaps 3 of 7 administration.

    Most people in audience wore black. Part of the testimony was a reading of the 80 businesses put out of business by the emergency orders of this administration. As the names were read people stood and held up cardboard tombstones with the names of the businesses.

    Predictably despite the testimony the “emergency” has been extended to 4/16/21.

    What a mess we are in.

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  28. My daughter’s elementary school has had 2 staff and 2 students test positive this week. That’s way up.

    n


  29. Dominion voting machines are done, much like Vote-o-matic 20 years ago.

    Why would you say that? If a sword gains a combatant victory, why would he lay it down?

    Who or what is going to make Dominion “done?”

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  30. A code from the code generator on a phone can also be used rather than a text message.
    That was new to me, so I looked it up. Hmm. Seems to be a function of the site that has 2FA, so if they don’t allow this it won’t work.

    Place I used to work at used RSA Securid physical tokens for 2FA to the corp. VPN. Added at one point a phone app for ‘soft’ tokens but that resulted in too many Help Desk calls (billed to your manager’s cost center at $250 per call) so the pulled the app.


  31. I countered that I just want them to not put the payment amount in the email, but that fell on deaf ears.

    @JimB; am I missing something? What’s the risk/concern here?

  32. I hope tRump isn’t barred from office. I want him to run in 2024 just to squash spineless Redumblicans. We need a new Party to crush the two Parties of War.

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  33. I currently use namecheap.com for my domains. I was previously with godaddy, but moved because of price several years ago.

    Same here.

    Ditto.

  34. Re: Namecheap’s domain pricing

    The initial rate for a new domain is slightly at Namecheap than GoDaddy, although promotions can change pricing.

    Renewal prices seem to be similar.

    Namecheap appears to have free ‘privacy’, where GoDaddy charges above $13/year for that privacy. Pricing table is here https://www.namecheap.com/domains/ .

    Domain transfers of an existing domain cost at NameCheap, but not GoDaddy.

    So Namecheap would appear to be slightly cheaper long term if you add the privacy costs and if you are registering a new domain. Renewal costs about the same. But transfer costs are an issue that might offset potential savings when moving from GoDaddy to Namecheap.

    And there is somewhat of a minor hassle to change registrars, though,.


  35. And there is somewhat of a minor hassle to change registrars, though,.

    What hassle? Fill out some forms, verify domain ownership, change DNS, done. Easy peasy.

    As for price, even if I wasn’t already there, I’d pay a little for to support “non-wokeness”.


  36. If we all got together and prayed to our various deities (Hi, Mr. SteveF!), could we get a small asteroid to hit DC while Congress is in session? Asking for a friend.

    Sorry, but as the God of Small But Annoying Papercuts, that’s beyond my scope. The best I might be able to manage is for Pedodent Biden and Secretary of Vice Kneepads to get infections under their fingernails.

  37. Why would you say that? If a sword gains a combatant victory, why would he lay it down?

    Who or what is going to make Dominion “done?”

    Supervisors of elections at the local level are going to be under pressure to replace the machines or make a justification as to why they should be kept. I’m sure a lot of hookers and steaks marketing put those machines into precincts, and that sales tactic never stands up to a lot of scrutiny.

    With Vote-o-matic, nothing was fundamentally wrong with the system beyond an inability to tally votes to more than three digits of precision in the percentages. This was known in Florida for years, well past the first time the weakness was exposed in the 1988 US Senate race which was decided by less than 200 votes, but public perception after Bush v. Gore was that the machines needed to be replaced immediately, with systems using touch screen tech that arguably wasn’t ready for prime time.

  38. Not reassuring that a hysterical opportunist like Pelosu is third in line for the Presidency! And WTH, Mitch?

    Our former RINO Congresscritter in Vantucky, Jamie Herrera Beutler, voted with the Dems to impeach.

    Not totally surprising, but she first won election to the seat in the 2010 Midterms riding a wave of fury over Doh-bama’s antics.

    Vantucky — Vancouver, WA, *USA* — isn’t a Portland relief valve anymore. I often state here that if you want to see the future of the country, spend a day driving around the city.

  39. I countered that I just want them to not put the payment amount in the email, but that fell on deaf ears.
    @JimB; am I missing something? What’s the risk/concern here?

    I don’t want the amount I pay to a credit card company in an email. I still consider unencrypted email as potentially public information. I am almost as private as some here. 😉

    Similar thing: my auto insurance company used to want to know how many miles I drove my cars since they last asked, usually about a year. I had no issue reporting that. Then they changed to requesting the odometer readings. I had a discussion with them that the odometer reading was none of their business, just the annual mileage driven. The agent I talked to didn’t understand the difference. Finally I told him that the company didn’t trust me to tell the truth. In the end, of course, I lost the argument. Either I give them odometer readings or they will use some standard annual amount, such as 10k miles, and I will pay accordingly. There is no privacy. The only other time my odometer reading is recorded is at the biennial emissions inspections. Those are occasionally incorrect. Nobody notices.

    Only slightly related, I have two cars that are stored, and the odometer readings haven’t changed in several years. Reporting unchanged mileage cause their system to blow up and give ludicrous results. It doesn’t matter, because the cars only have comprehensive insurance that is not based on any miles driven, but it is amusing.

    Note for the hive. I changed those two cars to Hagerty insurance. Not only is it slightly lower cost, Hagerty is a very good company to deal with. Highly recommended by my car nut buddies. If you want to learn more, go to their web site and sign up for their email newsletter. Not only will you learn about their insurance, but their articles are pretty good. Finally, an insurance company that actually LIKES cars and driving. Of all the specialty auto insurance companies, Hagerty has the fewest limitations on use. Give them a look if you have an older car, boat, or (I think) any other vehicle.


  40. If only removed from office, he loses his pension and office allowance (1958 Former Presidents Act).

    If he’s convicted by the Senate after the 20th then technically not removed from office from being impeached? Didn’t look like this possibility is covered by this law??

  41. #WalkAway – if they let you
    I called PatriotMobile today to switch our phones to a carrier that doesn’t support the socialist insurrection. Spoke with a nice young woman who took all our details and IMEI numbers. Offered us a great rate compared to our current carrier then came the catch. “What carrier are you with now” she asked. “AT&T” I replied, long pause. “And you want to move your existing phones and numbers to our service?” “Yes, as we discussed” …..
    It seems that AT&T stopped allowing users to move their equipment or numbers to PatriotMobile about a month ago. Yes, she verified, they have to by law, but every request gets denied and “they have more lawyers than we have employees”. Our only solution is to get new phones that aren’t on the AT&T network and then we can keep our current numbers.
    We are slaves of our corporate overlords. We will be getting new phones. Can’t support corporation that behaves that way.

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  42. Some Dumbocrats are trying to field a bill to “amend the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College” like all they have to do is get a bill on the floor and *poof* the Constitution is changed.

    They do have to do this to get an amendment to the states. Where it will never get approved.

    They’re technically about three quarters of the way there with this approach if you think that SCOTUS will find it constitutional…probably not likely though given the current bench. Now if Uncle Joe starts packing the court, well then…


  43. And WTH, Mitch?

    Mitch is a master tactician, 35 years in the Senate and at 78 still thinking ahead. If nothing else, he wants Chuck out of ‘his’ office after the 2022 elections.

  44. It seems that AT&T stopped allowing users to move their equipment or numbers to PatriotMobile about a month ago. Yes, she verified, they have to by law, but every request gets denied and “they have more lawyers than we have employees”. Our only solution is to get new phones that aren’t on the AT&T network and then we can keep our current numbers.

    Patriot Mobile was a Sprint MVNO so the phone tech is definitely different than AT&T.

    My guess is that the reason for the number portability problem is a lot more complicated than AT&T having more lawyers. Do some research before simply giving up.

    Start by checking with the NPAC (Number Portability Administrative Center).


  45. The only other time my odometer reading is recorded is at the biennial emissions inspections. Those are occasionally incorrect. Nobody notices.

    Do you do all your own car maintenance? If not, and if you patronize the dealership, places like Jiffy Lube, chain and some independent repair shops, etc., CarFax is out there paying for that info and then selling it to the insurance companies. My wife got ‘caught’ a few years back by her insurance company under-reporting her annual mileage from a couple of oil changes at Jiffy Lube. We then found a local mechanic with a small shop that won’t sell data to CarFax. Big Brother is everywhere.

  46. I watched the video. I linked it here. There was no incitement to insurrection. Period, full stop.

    Show trials.

    Where TF is Hillary’s trial?

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  47. Anybody know of a test strip or kit that will show relative concentration

    Try a pool or spa test kit. The strips will show parts per million. Although that may be too small for the concentrations with which you are dealing.

  48. Ah, here it is. There is the REAL reason.

    On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that the impeachment article would be sent to the Senate quickly, which would then hold a trial – as opposed to holding onto it for up to 100 days in order to give the Biden administration time to get to work without impeachment theater upstaging their agenda.

    “The timing was thrust upon us by the actions of the president of the United States. The fact that he is leaving should not divert us from holding accountable behavior which many of us believe is treasonous behavior and criminal behavior,” Hoyer told MSNBC.

    — they WANT the distraction of the trial from whatever the puppet masters do in Bumbling Joe’s name.

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  49. It seems that AT&T stopped allowing users to move their equipment or numbers to PatriotMobile about a month ago. Yes, she verified, they have to by law, but every request gets denied and “they have more lawyers than we have employees”. Our only solution is to get new phones that aren’t on the AT&T network and then we can keep our current numbers.

    I moved all our cells to Mint last year. AT&T rates are just too high to justify now that COVID is cutting into our revenue. I requested unlock for each phone, took about 10 minutes to take effect, then plugged in the Mint SIM. Spectrum in SA had a good deal, but what happens if I drop their ‘net service for some other in the future?

    AT&T are being jerks if they won’t release your phones. Maybe tRump can sue them on your behalf. I hear he has free time next week.


  50. Where TF is Hillary’s trial?

    Exactly. Our CongressDopes throw around “treason” all the time. It is always a Redumblican that is called a traitor. I wonder what The Turtle’s strategy is? As mentioned above, if tRump is out of office, how can impeachment remove him? Or bar him from office.

    And, what voter fraud:

    Texas woman arrested on four felony charges, including election fraud and illegal voting

    DAs usual have a solid case if they go to trial. Unless it is some Dumbo woke turdbrain DA who is out to get WHITEY!

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  51. But, but but, there wasn’t any fraud, no one could prove a thing.

    Most fraud free election in the history of elections, wasn’t it?

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  52. Texas woman arrested on four felony charges, including election fraud and illegal voting

    San Antonio. I doubt it will make the local Faux News tonight, however.

    The lead will probably be the opening of the dystopian overflow hospital facility inside the convention center, run by the same vendor who staffs the one in El Paso.

  53. What are the odds for violence in multiple locations on inauguration day?
    I am sure the false flag operations are well planned. Evidence will be planted Trump was involved, expect imprisonment and likely “suicide”. All conservatives will be blamed and gun grabs accelerated. I’d say 50/50 odds. Hope I’m wrong.

    I’m hunkering down. Except wife has 3 operations planned in the next week.

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  54. Most fraud free election in the history of elections, wasn’t it?

    Just this afternoon I heard on the radio* an explanation that the big jump in late-night vote tally after the November election, and the similar jump in the Georgia runoff, which Republicans are portraying as proof of fraud, was actually the result of Democrat community organizers getting out the vote at the last minute. And if you can’t believe some guy you hear on the radio, whom can you believe?

    * I listen to the radio only in the car. This afternoon I got my daughter from an after-school activity and had an extra-long drive because of a big wreck on the highway resulting in cars flowing onto the route I normally take. Thanks, crappy driver who caused the problem.


  55. I’m hunkering down. Except wife has 3 operations planned in the next week.

    @Harold; best wishes for positive outcomes and a speedy recovery.

  56. Darn, I like godaddy. I’ll move the next time I have to pay, etc., as I recently dumped justhosting where I was unable to update my site – quarterly attempts for 3 years.

    Harold – Re AT&T: I’d move somewhere else for a month. There must be other work arounds.

    Today I found my found water running out of my water meter box. Found the PCV pipe broken just beyond the pressure regulator so it was my problem. I dislike plumbing and mucking around in cold mud but I hate paying way too much for something I can do even more. Two hours and the repair was made including just one trip (to two hardware stores the first didn’t everything I needed). I let the PVC glue dry and ran a couple of errands. Opened the main valve and no leaks! Filled hole and its done. Has to be a record – one trip for less than $10 worth of parts for an unexpected repair.

  57. @harold, ditto.

    If you want an insurrection, this is how you get one.

    I’d say the odds were 70-30 in favor of a big incident, and 90-10 that it’s antifa or a false flag. I don’t think anyone on the right is quite ready to start shooting. Could be wrong. I hope I’m completely wrong and it’s a big nothing burger.

    I think anyone effective on the right knows not to attack the enemy where they are strong.

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  58. Has to be a record – one trip for less than $10 worth of parts for an unexpected repair.

    You are a superhero. It seems all my projects take at least two trips to the store. Three if it’s plumbing related.

  59. Do you do all your own car maintenance?

    Yes. I resent taking some of them in for emissions inspection every other year. I have two due this year. The guy who does it is a friend, and I like his shop. I still watch. Only takes about fifteen minutes. State ripoff.

    I have bought two cars in the last six years, a 94 and an 06. Just for grins, I paid Carfax $40 for their “maintenance” records. I had some independent records on both. What a joke. Now of course Carfax sends me emails reminding me various maintenance is due based on their estimated annual mileage, which is way high. They are rather pervasive. I just ignore them.

    In a few months, I will decide on and look for (probably) a 2016 car, and it will start over. That one might have some factory warranty left, but I won’t care. Since this will be a new enough car, and since we live in a remote area, I am thinking about Carvana. They screen their used cars pretty well, and price is not my primary selection criterion. Getting exactly what I want, condition, and low mileage are more important. We’ll see.


  60. PayPal cuts ties with Christian crowdfunding site ‘GiveSendGo’ after it raised money for the legal defenses of Proud Boys members and pro-Trump rioters arrested after storming the Capitol

    GiveSendGo, which bills itself as the ‘#1 free Christian fundraising site’, has permitted fundraisers for pro-Trump rioters and the Proud Boys on its site
    PayPal said Tuesday it had cut ties with the website due to a violation of its policies regarding the promotion of ‘hate, violence or … forms of intolerance’
    On GiveSendGo there are a number of fundraisers in support of defense funds of ‘patriots’ who attend last Wednesday’s riot, some seeking sums upward of $50k
    Other campaigns remain on the site from before the riots, from account holders seeking to raise funds to help pay for their travel to DC, including Proud Boys
    There is also an active fundraiser for Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio who was arrested two days before the riot, which has so far raised $113,000
    In a statement, GiveSendGo founder Jacob Wells claims he actually cut ties with PayPal first, not the other way around after they wanted to ‘censor’ fundraisers

    –and yet george felon had 100s of thousands raised.

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    BTW, are you guys getting it? They are making their push. They want to get ahead of any reaction and shut it down. Sh!t is moving FAST.

  61. cops have been working gangs and drugs like crazy the last couple of nights. Scanner has teams on most of the interop channels.

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  62. BTW, are you guys getting it? They are making their push. They want to get ahead of any reaction and shut it down. Sh!t is moving FAST.

    Yup. The Feddies are hunting down the *murderous rioters*, also known as tRump supporters, with every tech at their disposal. BLM rioting ongoing—-yawn. Big Tech is purging anybody who supported tRump in any fashion. Don’t bake a fag cake, GET SUED INTO OBLIVION with full backing of the goobermint. Simply say tRump didn’t incite treasonous riots, WE WILL EXPUNGE YOU FROM ALL PLATFORM, SERVICES, AND ASK THE GOOBERMINT TO HANG YOU AFTER A FIRING SQUAD.

    It is ridiculous and will backfire in the long run. Build your own platform and I bet the “internet backbone” major players will ban you digits. So much for freedom.


  63. beyond an inability to tally votes to more than three digits of precision in the percentages

    2 digits, I remember at the time reports of +-2 points and higher each time a recount was done.


  64. Patriot Mobile was a Sprint MVNO so the phone tech is definitely different than AT&T.

    That was in the 3G CDMA days. Now the problem is whether the radios in the phones cover all the bands. Based on their coverage at my house, it looks like they are using the Sprint tower nearby. Sprint had some unusual bands IIRC.

    I believe all mobile numbers have to be portable – they are all tied to modern switches (obviously) and not to the few rural carriers who cant do LNP yet.

  65. I guess Joe has been too busy hiding in the basement to have seen that his “proposal” for “fixing” covid supply chain issues has already been enacted into law….

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published a final rule in the Federal Register to prioritize and allocate contracts for health and medical resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This finalizes an interim rule from May 13, 2020, and enables FEMA to provide for the continued supply of critical medical resources to the American public.
    This final rule establishes the Emergency Management Priorities and Allocations System (EMPAS), which will become part of the Federal Priorities and Allocations System (FPAS) body of regulations that establish standards under Section 101 of the Defense Production Act.

    –at least that is how it looks without reading the whole freaking Federal Register.

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  66. Not sure if it works for you but one option is a CPO used car from a dealer.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I looked at your link regarding Carvana. This is why, with only two exceptions, I have always bought from a private party, starting in 1962. All purchases have been satisfying. That said, I have seen enough reviews to take most with a grain of salt. I have also cruised the web looking for info on cars I own, and have been appalled at the stupidity of some owner stories. If I had their bad “luck,” I would be angry too, but many of these people don’t give a car a chance. They abuse it, neglect it, and expect it to reward them with perfection. They do everything wrong, and then complain. Not my style. I start with a good car, and keep it up. The result is good, but rarely perfection.

    I have one friend who has worked for Carvana, and have both eyes open. As for CPO cars from dealers, these programs vary widely. Most are worthless IMO, while some are great, especially if I were looking for an exotic car which I am not. I grew up around the auto industry near Detroit. Most of my family was connected to the industry in one way or another, and it is in my DNA to hate the dealer experience. I have owned three wonderful cars purchased from one of the manufacturers, but that is ancient history.

    I am in a remote area, and private party opportunities are mostly word of mouth, involving older (pre 1980s) cars of special interest. In this case, I am not looking for an older car, but a newer one. The problem is availability. I don’t want to drive hundreds of miles just to see something I wouldn’t buy. I plan to use Carvana (or possibly one other service) to focus on exactly what I want. I am still working on that. I know the make and model, but am working on accessories, and especially interior colors. What I want is probably only 5% of the field, so I need a way to find the one I want when I figure that out.

    BTW, another tactic is to use the dealer network. I have friends and relatives who have had good luck getting a dealer to find exactly what they wanted, but the dealers I have checked are not very interested. Not surprising these days.


  67. If he’s convicted by the Senate after the 20th then technically not removed from office from being impeached? Didn’t look like this possibility is covered by this law??

    I read that this is likely ok, because otherwise someone could stop any consequences of an impeachment by resigning. Still, I’m sure that legal opinions differ.

    That said, it’s pretty clear that this is about publicity and revenge. The RINOs are on board, hoping that the people who supported Trump will fade into irrelevance, as happened with the Tea Party. They want their comfortable party back.

    Doesn’t seem likely, this time around…

    IMHO Trump still behaved stupidly. He surrounds himself with yes-men, leaving him in his own little bubble of reality. That’s a failure of leadership.

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