Fri. Feb. 5, 2021 – now the weeks are flying by

Cool and on the edge of a weather system, so we might be getting some rain.  I think the grass could use some, but my list would benefit from another day of dry.   We did get just a spritz in the late evening yesterday.  It was a bit of overcast and low clouds, mixed with sun throughout the day.  Shorts and T shirt weather.

I did mostly homebody stuff yesterday.  Laundry.  Leaf blower on the dustbunnies.  Kitchen clean up.  Vac seal and freeze over 20 pounds of sirloin…. that sort of thing.  It was very quiet in the house, alone.

Today I will keep plugging away at the list, depending on weather.  I won’t have to be home to pick up kid #2 from school in the middle of the day so that expands my options.

I’ve really got to make some progress on my secondary location.  I played  catch up on the home front, so if the weather allows, I’ll probably head out today.

Time feels like it’s getting short.


There is a feeling of acceleration in the changes going on.   There was a comment from Harold here yesterday- “I spent some time in the good old USSR and know firsthand where we are headed. I wouldn’t have believed it a year ago. ” -emphasis added.   The old joke is that it goes slowly, then very quickly.

That is what I’m seeing.   They are working very quickly to shore up their gains and lock in changes as a fait accompli.   The crazy sounding stuff they are proposing sounds perfectly reasonable to them.  They have been working toward the goal for a long time, either knowingly or as a willing pawn.   They are willing to lie, cheat, and steal.  They are certainly willing to have some deaths occur if it furthers their goals.  Gotta break a few eggs, don’tcha know…

You may want to accelerate your own preparations.  I’m not saying you should do anything that looks like panicking, or anything that is irrevocable, but your bank is ratting you out to the FBI regarding your perfectly legal activities.  The three letter agencies have been compromised, and are being weaponized against conservatives.  FBI, ATF, SEC, DOJ, are all aggressively coming after conservatives (and ordinary people who are not lefty enough)  after conspicuously NOT going after the new brown shirts shirts of color.

The pattern is for everything to degrade now.  Stuff will work, but not as well.   That includes social systems.  Eventually things will degrade to the point they don’t work at all.  Violence will increase.  Sectarianism will increase.   Things have ALREADY degraded from a year ago, and they have been degrading slowly for a long time.   But the pebble is rolling down the hill now, and gathering momentum.

I know, doom and gloom.  Show me the rays of sunshine though.  Show me where things are getting better consistently.  The barbarians are not at the gates, they are among us.   We are eating the seed corn of our culture and society.  When it runs out, things will get REALLY bad.  Who knows how long that will last?   Maybe the recovery will be as rapid as the decline, but I don’t think so.  I think it’s going to be a long haul.  Get yourself ready.

Keep stacking it up.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

109 thoughts on “Fri. Feb. 5, 2021 – now the weeks are flying by”

  1. the panopticon

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/bank-america-secretly-flagged-purchase-history-customers-sent-data-feds-capitol-riot/

    Anyone with money in Bank of America should get it out *now*.

    In some states, you might be surprised at how difficult it already is to close a BofA account cleanly.

    Wait until the Cyprus style buy-ins start.

    I understand the historic cultural connections some demographics feel towards BofA, but the bank stopped being that institution 25+ years ago, when the North Carolina crew took over.

  2. Anyone with money in Bank of America should get it out *now*.”

    As a long term BofA customer I agree, but if they did it, ALL of them did it. So where do you bank?

    n


  3. So many nuances in play here that theoretically could be dragged into the courts for eventually SCOTUS to opine on, or not

    Not a problem. With the current democratic senate and congress the balance of power is no more. The legislative bodies will pass some law that will make Trump the target, such law being retroactive to 01/01/2021. Pelosi and her minions are so enraged over Trump they are unable to accomplish anything beyond the tunnel vision to get even.


  4. As a long term BofA customer I agree, but if they did it, ALL of them did it

    Banks almost always respond to requests from the feds without question. It has been going on for years, even when I was in banking. The bank I worked at in the ’80s would get requests for ATM transactions on specific accounts. Even statements on accounts were provided without a second thought to the feds when requested. Banks don’t want to get on the bad side of the fed as the fed money system will start making it difficult on the bank. Either by making it harder to get money and began making excessive reporting requirements by finding “something questionable” in the banks operating procedures. A full fed audit on “suspicions” can be a daunting undertaking for a bank.

  5. Just as a point of information. I live in Georgia and of this week am still getting mail addressed to me telling me to vote Republican in the Jan. 5 election. I wonder if it is just overload at the post office or if somethings else. Maybe there is a huge stack of Republican mail stacked in a post office somewhere that is slowly being doled out to clear space now that it doesn’t matter.


  6. Anyone with money in Bank of America should get it out *now*.”

    As a long term BofA customer I agree, but if they did it, ALL of them did it. So where do you bank?

    Other than the “First National Bank of Your Mattress, ” you might consider a state-chartered credit union..


  7. The legislative bodies will pass some law that will make Trump the target, such law being retroactive to 01/01/2021.

    And the new law could also be challenged in court. Even without Roberts Trump could prevail 5 to 4, but somewhere along the way he might have to testify under oath and that might not be so palatable to him. To me, his banishment from Twitter is a bigger problem for him right now vs. if he can run in 2024.

  8. @frank J, that’s an interesting bit of news.

    WRT credit unions, that is always the recommendation anyway. I needed a bank with national coverage because I was on the road 200-250 days a year. BofA led the way with a national network of self branded ATMs in most airports, good online tools, etc. Credit unions are always going to have fewer resources. On the other hand, the lazy FBI can ask the three biggest banks to rat out their customers easily, but getting down to hundreds of credit unions is a lot more work. Given the info they asked for, it sounds more like stuff that would be on credit cards or debit cards than actual banking transactions. As to the bank of the mattress, banks and even used car dealers are all required to rat you out when you deposit or withdraw cash anyway. Using cash for any serious transactions gets you special notice even without FBI fishing expeditions.

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  9. Banks almost always respond to requests from the feds without question.

    Years ago I was having a dispute with a nationally chartered bank and was getting nowhere trying to resolve the issue. Finally wrote a long letter spelling out all the details and sent it certified mail to the bank and cc to the Comptroller of the Curreny in DC. By the end of the week I had a very apologetic VP on the phone telling me that my issue had been resolved in my favor.


  10. In some states, you might be surprised at how difficult it already is to close a BofA account cleanly.

    Leave $5 in the account and let it go dormant?

  11. Chase tried to charge me a $45 account closing fee. Ummm, NO. I just withdrew all the money and told the branch manager to F himself and his fee.

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  12. “leave $5”

    — they’ll debit your monthly account fee, then add an overdraft fee, then start charging interest.

    You have to actually close it.

    n

  13. We are getting close to a $1.9 trillion *COVID Relief Bill* being rammed down our throat. I can just image The Camel waltzing in with her latest *kicks*, gleefully giving a “McCain” thumbs up, and cackling all the way out.

    How much will Joe Citizen actually get? I’m reading around $200 billion, the rest is pork barrel gimmes to get votes. A disgrace. The only way plugs can pay for it is to raise taxes on all, or, just print money.

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  14. As to the bank of the mattress, banks and even used car dealers are all required to rat you out when you deposit or withdraw cash anyway.

    Hopefully you can still buy a beater off CL for a couple grand in cash if you need a car to GOOD.

  15. WRT efficacy of lockdowns: Very good in prisons. Keeping them locked up there keeps them away from us so that they do not infect us. Also, helps reinstate capital punishment (Covid 19 death) which decreases our tax liability to keep them housed.

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  16. Saw someone from the government on TV yesterday warning us about “violent extremists” and begging Americans “If you see something, say something.”. I certainly will. If I see any BLM or Antifa insurrectionists I will happily report them.

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  17. The only way plugs can pay for it is to raise taxes on all, or, just print money.

    I’d say the latter…with all employees at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving having covertly been designated as ‘essential’ and received their jabs

  18. https://gunfreezone.net/double-murder-suicide-in-plains-township-pa-graphic-video/

    miguel has the video of the snow shoveling shooting. It’s graphic in the sense that two people are shot to death.

    Lot of shouting and name calling. Huge number of shots and they were still alive, which is worth knowing. Had they been a threat, they wouldn’t have been incapacitated.

    The video has sound which is VERY helpful for context.

    The neighbors are all “Are you alright?” Um, no. The sound the woman is making is pretty common in the videos I’ve watched, and it means “I AM NOT ALRIGHT”. I’m not an expert but if you hear that sound, you don’t have too long to try doing something.

    Note that no one is watching out for the return of the threat (the guy across the street) if you involve yourself in a violent situation, don’t get tunnel vision.

    The dead couple doesn’t come off as very nice people. This was the culmination of a long feud and they look like the instigators. Be aware that if you keep pushing, you might break something or someone.

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  19. “Hopefully you can still buy a beater off CL for a couple grand in cash if you need a car to GOOD. ”

    — there are a couple of car lots in Houston that have big signs about “less than $5000 cars” for sale. I’m guessing that is the reporting trigger. There are others that just advertise “cash cars”…

    n


  20. Be aware that if you keep pushing, you might break something or someone.

    I have a cat like that – I can touch her paws a few times, but the 3rd or 4th her paw blurs just before I touch it and before I realize the claws are embedded in my hand.

    Poking people, or cats, isn’t smart.


  21. Using cash for any serious transactions gets you special notice even without FBI fishing expeditions.

    Yep. It’s part of the BSA for AML. If a customer’s cash transactions for a single day add up to $10,000 or more it must be reported to the Treasury Dept via a CTR. Banks have entire departments of BSA/AML staff.

    What’s even worse are the SARs. Basically, anything the banker or teller thinks is odd gets a report that gets sent to the feds. If you set off their spidey sense they’ll say so and send it to the feds with your name, SSN, and account numbers. It’s all built into their teller/banker software. Heck, they can fill out a SAR and send it to the feds in about as much time as it takes you to send an instant message. So, for example, if you’re withdrawing $9,000/day to avoid the aforementioned $10,000/day trigger then they may report you anyway for continually withdrawing just below the $10K mark.

  22. Is there even any reliable information on how long the immunity from the current vaccines will last, beyond the elapsed time from the start of the Phase 3 trials?

    They are doing followup work on the Phase 2 and Phase 3 participants that got the vaccine from what I understand.

    What I have read is that in a COVID patient that recovers:
    – antibody levels fade over time, as they do with any infections
    – memory B-cells are being created. These are key for long term immunity. What is interesting is that the B-cells evolve over time and provide protection (possibly at reduced levels) against mutant strains. This article covers what has been found and some of the biology.

    On the vaccines:
    – the current vaccines are effective at producing an immune response to the mutations, though at lower levels. Clinical data bears this out – patients in the tests got ill at a higher rate from the mutations, but were still kept out of the hospital and avoided dying.
    – the vaccine companies are doing followups on patients that were in the trials and will be looking at B-cell response. Preliminary data indicates that they do have it. Monitoring that should let us know if immunity fades over time.


  23. banks and even used car dealers are all required to rat you out when you deposit or withdraw cash

    The limit when I was at the bank was $10,000 a day. If the monthly cash deposits exceeded a certain amount then that was reported. I was never told the amount but I suspect it was not much over $20K.

    Chase tried to charge me a $45 account closing fee

    First TN bank pulled that scam on me. I sent a letter asking to close my HSA account. I was charged $60.00 for closing the account. Had I known I would have visited a branch, withdrew all the money, then sent the letter.

    Later First TN offered me a credit card. $150.00 credit if I spent $500.00 in 30 days. I got the card, spent the $500.00, exactly that amount, got the credit, then immediately closed the account. I got a call a week later from a marketing person asking why I closed the account so quickly. I explained them ripping me off closing the account and that I felt the statement credit was payback and I would never use their bank again.

  24. The BBC Healthcheck podcast recent reported that the current vaccines are effective against the new British strain, and “somewhat effective” against the South African variant.

  25. Poking people, or cats, isn’t smart.

    I have a great respect for cats of all sizes. They probably have more “dynamic range” than any other species. They take swift and sure action in many situations. We could learn from them.

    Never poke anything unless you are prepared for the consequences.

  26. We are getting close to a $1.9 trillion *COVID Relief Bill* being rammed down our throat. I can just image The Camel waltzing in with her latest *kicks*, gleefully giving a “McCain” thumbs up, and cackling all the way out.

    How much will Joe Citizen actually get? I’m reading around $200 billion, the rest is pork barrel gimmes to get votes. A disgrace. The only way plugs can pay for it is to raise taxes on all, or, just print money.

    States like Illinois are getting bailed out of their long standing pension problems. The state governments can’t declare bankruptcy like cities.

    Whatever happened to the $2000 checks everyone in GA was promised in “walkin’ ’round” money in return for places like Fulton County voting for Ossoff?

    African Americans voting Ossoff was more of a surprise to me than the 300,000 Republican/Libertarians simply not showing up on Jan 6. And the no-show numbers were pretty surprising.

    Repeat that performance, GA Republicans, and you’ll have a blue state in no time, with the same demographic who runs Hartsfield-Jackson in charge.


  27. It’s also unclear whether any banks were asked to hand over the records of rioters in the summer who descended on federal buildings in Portland, Oregon, or on the City Hall in New York City.

    There is no broad, FBI or Justice Department investigation into those incidents.

    Dozens of protests took place for months over the course of the summer and while collectively, thousands were involved, it’s more difficult to pinpoint a single, large-scale event where there was as much violence as there was at the Capitol on January 6.

    –difficult to find more VIOLENCE? Is the author insane? and then they repeat the 5 deaths misdirection. One trampled by the crowd- maybe. Two or possibly three with non-violent personal health issues. And ONE SHOT and KILLED by a COP who STILL HASN’T BEEN NAMED. I guess we can file the author with antifa, who don’t consider violence against property to be violence. And violence against cops and conservatives to be justified, and therefor not violence either.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9228367/BoA-snooped-hundreds-accounts-looking-Capitol-rioters.html

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  28. WRT credit unions, that is always the recommendation anyway. I needed a bank with national coverage because I was on the road 200-250 days a year. BofA led the way with a national network of self branded ATMs in most airports, good online tools, etc. Credit unions are always going to have fewer resources.

    The only problem I’ve had restricting our banking to the local credit unions is ATM fees outside of Texas.

    In addition to being cozy with the Fed, the questionably legal ways BofA built that national network via acquisition left them beholden to certain state governments in return for looking the other way, particularly in WA (SeaFirst) and FL (Barnett). Heck, the BofA exec who masterminded the FL antics, Alex Sink, served as FL Comptroller post-Barnett merger, and she came very close to winning the Governor’s mansion in 2010.

    Fortunately, in FL, BofA is aligned with the Dem politicians, who are effectively out of power at the state level for another decade at a minimum.

    If you have ongoing business in WA, keep an eye out for any attempt to lift the prohibition on income tax at the state constitution level. WA will be more brutal than CA with tax revenue fishing expeditions.

    Of course, if Seattle prevails in their quest to get a city income tax despite the state prohibition, everyone will be exposed whether they bank at state chartered institutions or “too big to fail” places which are wards of the Fed. Texas won’t be an exception since Dallas and Houston are techncially insolvent now.

  29. @nick:

    they’ll debit your monthly account fee, then add an overdraft fee, then start charging interest.

    US banks charge for a current (your checking) account? Here in UK, such accounts have been free for years. In fact, any bank that tries it now would experience such a run on account closures that they’d lose most of their customers.

    G.

  30. @Jenny – My wife and kids noticed that “Sky High” finally hit Disney+.

    Schedule a screening with your husband to determine whether it is safe for your daughter.

    The “Ferris Bueller” generation usually gets more entertainment out of that film than other ages in my experience.

  31. US banks charge for a current (your checking) account? Here in UK, such accounts have been free for years. In fact, any bank that tries it now would experience such a run on account closures that they’d lose most of their customers.

    The large banks in the US charge for checking accounts if a certain balance number is not maintained across the customer’s checking and savings accounts.

    The banking system in the US has been on life support for more than a decade.

  32. @geoff, Yep, there is a charge per month for my account. There are banks with free checking accounts, with various restrictions. you might need to do e statements, or keep a minimum balance, or have your paycheck direct deposited. you might get limited numbers of free transactions per month with a charge per transaction after that…

    Originally it was easy to get free checking, but in the name of protecting the ignorant and foolish from themselves, the fedgov changed the rules on what banks can charge in fees for certain things, and those high charges USED to subsidize the free accounts.

    For years I had free checking because of minimum balances, then because of direct deposit. I don’t have either of those things now, so pay $14/mo for my BofA checking.

    I have a free business account with another bank, and those are rare indeed, so I put up with their idiotic website, horrible online experience, weird requirements, and limited branches so I can deposit checks made to my business name on the rare occasion that I get one. Since ebay changed their payment structure and now require a bank account, that is the one I use. It’s rarely got more than a couple of hundred bucks in it.

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  33. The only problem I’ve had restricting our banking to the local credit unions is ATM fees outside of Texas.

    My dad keeps his money at Fidelity because they eat the ATM fees.


  34. So many nuances in play here that theoretically could be dragged into the courts for eventually SCOTUS to opine on, or not

    Not a problem. With the current democratic senate and congress the balance of power is no more. The legislative bodies will pass some law that will make Trump the target, such law being retroactive to 01/01/2021. Pelosi and her minions are so enraged over Trump they are unable to accomplish anything beyond the tunnel vision to get even.

    Nuances due to timing, sure. Still, while there may be many that would love to see the cuffs and the perp-walk featuring Trump, that will not happen. It would set a horrible precedent of executives leaving office getting arrested by the next group. Good-bye peaceful turnover of government. However you feel about Trump’s actions on and before January 6, you do not want that precedent set. Other politicians, including Biden and Pelosi, (and not due to anything they have done, no matter how you feel about them) do not want that precedent set, and certainly do not want to be held responsible for the future consequences. So you have the wrist-slap of impeachment (removal from office) of someone already not in office. Symbolic, and again depending on how you feel, necessary or frivolous.

  35. Of course, if Seattle prevails in their quest to get a city income tax despite the state prohibition, everyone will be exposed whether they bank at state chartered institutions or “too big to fail” places which are wards of the Fed. Texas won’t be an exception since Dallas and Houston are techncially insolvent now.

    Dallas and Houston are both planning on getting local income taxes in the near future.

  36. Dallas and Houston are both planning on getting local income taxes in the near future.

    I was under the assumption that the income tax prohibition at the state and local level in Texas was part of the constitution, similar to WA State and Florida.

    Texas would be another brutal enforcement state if handed an income tax as a source of revenue.

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  37. US banks charge for a current (your checking) account? Here in UK, such accounts have been free for years. In fact, any bank that tries it now would experience such a run on account closures that they’d lose most of their customers.

    It varies. Almost all banks in the US have free checking accounts with no monthly fees and no minimum balance. They’re “loss leaders” in the hopes that because you bank there you’ll set up retirement accounts there or get your mortgages or auto loan there. People who typically maintain high balances often opt to get special checking accounts with better interest rates and additional benefits, the downside being if their average monthly balance falls below a certain amount they get charged a fee.

    There’s some other oddball things. Like, loans at credit unions are only available to members. So, if you’re not a member they’ll open a savings account for you to make you member and put $5 in it. Then they’ll have some policy where if you don’t have any active loans or checking accounts with that bank and your savings balance is below $50 they will charge you a $5 annual fee. Essentially, it’s their way of closing all of those $5 accounts that would otherwise be abandoned when people’s loans were paid off.

    A lot of banks and credit unions have some sort of fee for inactive accounts so they can draw them down to zero and close them. Like, if you don’t have direct deposit, don’t maintain a minimum balance, go a certain number of months without a deposit or withdrawal, and so forth. Otherwise there would be millions of stale accounts sitting out their with tiny balances.

    Many people in the lower income bracket are moving to quasi-banking where they have their their paychecks electronically deposited to a prepaid Visa card, for example, and use that like a checking account. Since it’s technically a credit card and not a bank checking or savings a lot of regulations don’t apply.

  38. @Nick; I use a local credit union. I pay zero in service fees and get free printed checks and 0.20 interest added to any certificates. I have had the account for 30+ years. So long ago that the credit union no longer offers the account. Each year I have to remind the credit union that I still have a signed account agreement, a legally binding contract, to which we are both obligated. The credit union tries to talk me out of that agreement into an agreement with a high interest checking. I checked the interest I would earn and is less than I pay for the checks.

    I rarely use an ATM anymore. I buy something in Walmart and get cash back. Same as using an ATM but more convenient. And there are lots of places. The credit union also has shared agreements with hundreds of CUs in the US where I can access funds in my credit union at another credit. All done through the CU software company (Symitar) I suspect.

    I see no reason to ever use a bank ever again.

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  39. Dallas and Houston are both planning on getting local income taxes in the near future.

    I was under the assumption that the income tax prohibition at the state and local level in Texas was part of the constitution, similar to WA State and Florida.

    Texas would be another brutal enforcement state if handed an income tax as a source of revenue.

    Just wait until Bozo O’Rourke becomes governor in 2022 with a dumbrocrat state House and Senate.

    They will sell the new state and local income taxes as a property tax reduction. Tax the wealthy !

  40. “Good news from President Biden /sarc/”
    https://gunfreezone.net/good-news-from-president-biden-sarc/

    “Dark prediction from Biden after bad jobs report: “At that rate it’s going to take ten years to get back to full employment. That’s not hyperbole that’s a fact.””

    “Hooray, a decade of suck.”

    Trump would have had us above the 2019 economy by the end of 2021. These clowns will have us in massive shortages and labor disputes until the end of time. Oh yeah, and wars without ceasing.

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  41. At that rate it’s going to take ten years to get back to full employment

    That is because Biden and the democrats will have been out of office for two years allowing a republican to get things back on track. And by Biden and the democrats making this statement when things don’t work out over his administration he can say he was correct. Even the democrats know what they have planned is not going to work.

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  42. What age is the boss man, five ?

    My Chinese in-laws act like that about everything. The oldsters are the worst.

    Scott Adams probably can’t do “You Ain’t Got No Ice Cream” without getting sued by Eddie Murphy.

  43. The VA has a vaccination event scheduled in Austin tomorrow. Walk-ins welcome.

    Management thinks no more than 1000 people max will show up and that they will be able to prioritize vets over 75 in line.

    Sure.

    I verified with my wife that she wasn’t volunteering for the event.

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  44. The VA has a vaccination event scheduled in Austin tomorrow. Walk-ins welcome.

    Management thinks no more than 1000 people max will show up and that they will be able to prioritize vets over 75 in line.

    Sure.

    The USA is getting over a million people vaccinated per day right now.

    My buddies Super Bowl party has about half of our group begging off because they have not been vaccinated yet. They are all over 70 and scared to go out of their homes. Man, I hang out with a lot of old people. They were not old 20 years ago.


  45. My lawn mower dude uses a 28 hp ZTR (zero turn radius) riding mower to cut my yard. And my neighbors.

    Is it too much to hope that an apostrophe is missing?

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  46. Nuances due to timing, sure.

    Also with regard to what actions require a simple majority vs. a super majority vote.
    The Dems know there will be no conviction in the Senate but couldn’t for even a second give up the opportunity to have the MSM doing live wall-to-wall coverage while they drone on for hours on end. Nine, count ’em, nine Dem ‘impeachment managers’! And their real motive?
    Previous impeachment trials have shown that the role of impeachment manager can bring valuable recognition to representatives and elevate their political profile.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/us/politics/house-impeachment-managers-.html


  47. Yep. It’s part of the BSA for AML. If a customer’s cash transactions for a single day add up to $10,000 or more it must be reported to the Treasury Dept via a CTR. Banks have entire departments of BSA/AML staff.

    What is funny is that the $10,000+ trigger for Bank Secrecy Act reporting is from 1970. Adjusted for inflation, they shouldn’t be reporting you these days unless your cash transactions for a single day exceed $66,000. Quite a difference. Coming up with amounts, chiseling them into legislation, and not tying them to some index so they adjust for inflation is just useless.


  48. The Dems know there will be no conviction in the Senate

    The prop bet odds currently are -1900 for acquittal / +1900 for conviction.

  49. My lawn mower dude uses a 28 hp ZTR (zero turn radius) riding mower to cut my yard. And my neighbors.

    Is it too much to hope that an apostrophe is missing?

    I am an engineer, not a word smith !

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  50. Weellll, whith thee rein I havnt bean gettin mucho dun anyhoo so I wendt to pickup kid#2 frum skool.

    I aktualy be a wrdsmth, sea, I B makin new wurds al teh tyme

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  51. Coming up with amounts, chiseling them into legislation, and not tying them to some index so they adjust for inflation is just useless.

    No, it is on purpose…

  52. Installed an additional ASUS access point as part of a mesh network. Really easy to setup and get working. Strong WiFi in the house and in the yard.

    I got rid of a Netgear R7000 as I was getting random reboots. Replaced with an ASUS router. Reboots gone. Outlook no longer hangs. So the Netgear was failing in more ways than I thought. May have been a firmware issue from ASUS. I reinstalled the latest firmware when I started having issues.

    Decide to add the mesh node to get WiFi to the RV. Primary router is in the basement, node is upstairs.


  53. My lawn mower dude uses a 28 hp ZTR (zero turn radius) riding mower to cut my yard. And my neighbors.

    Is it too much to hope that an apostrophe is missing?

    Hopefully he’s cutting your neighbors’ lawns rather that slicing them up!

    And then there’s the ‘value of the comma’:
    Let’s eat Grandma
    vs.
    Let’s eat, Grandma

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  54. Oh Climate Change, is there anything you can’t do?

    Was Covid-19 driven by climate change? Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, study claims

    Climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
    UK scientists say climate change caused vegetation in southern China to thrive
    This resulted in a perfect environment for bats that predominantly live in forests
    Scientists are yet to officially confirm the exact origin of SARS-CoV-2, however

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  55. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9221641/Canberra-student-DKodia-Laine-23-gets-left-right-tattoos-hands.html

    Based on the comments on the photo on Lauren’s page it seems to be a tattoo a lot of people are saying they need so I don’t feel too dumb now,’ Ms Laine said.

    Flaming meteor of death, cleanse the world….

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    Unfortunately, I have been having the left – right problem also since my first heart attack eleven years ago. The wife says “right” and I go left. “The other right !”

  56. Oh Climate Change, is there anything you can’t do?

    Was Covid-19 driven by climate change? Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, study claims

    Climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
    UK scientists say climate change caused vegetation in southern China to thrive
    This resulted in a perfect environment for bats that predominantly live in forests
    Scientists are yet to officially confirm the exact origin of SARS-CoV-2, however

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    “Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab with U.S. Dollars for Risky Coronavirus Research”
    https://www.newsweek.com/dr-fauci-backed-controversial-wuhan-lab-millions-us-dollars-risky-coronavirus-research-1500741

    “In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.”

    We paid for this crap. And paid, and paid, and paid. And are still paying.

  57. Yup, elections have consequences. Even fraudulent elections.

    Thank 60,000 Libertarians in Georgia “voting their conscience” for the next two years of spending.

    I’m starting to think that the best thing that could happen right now is Biden being replaced by Harris and leaving the VP tie breaking vote empty until a replacement can be sworn in.

    Of course, Buttigieg got 10 Republican votes due in part to his military service and oft-rumored CIA ties so finding one Senator to confirm him as Kamala’s VP wouldn’t be hard or take very long.

    Mittens? Yeah, the Elders might have a problem with that, but Murkowski wouldn’t hesitate.

    No, Stacey Abrams is not going to DC. Not while they have the chance to take the GA Governor’s Mansion next year and reelect Warnock to the Senate.

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  58. “VP Kommie: Fired Coal Miners Can Work “Reclaiming Abandoned Land Mines””
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2021/02/01/vp-kommie-displaced-coal-miners-can-work-reclaiming-abandoned-land-mines/

    “HARRIS: Job creation around, for example, all of those skilled workers who are in the coal industry and — and — and transferring those skills to what we need to do in terms of (sputtering) in dealing with reclaiming abandoned land mines.”

    Abandoned Land Mines ? A caller to Rush said she meant Abandoned Mine Lands. Me, I don’t know what she meant.

    Politicians are word smiths by definition. And this don’t pass the test.

  59. This was me, almost exactly a year ago–

    WRT the WuFlu- I don’t think it’s going anywhere folks, but everywhere. Time to review the CDC site on pandemic flu and think hard about what it would mean to you. Kids at home, no work (or no workers if you are a business), severely restricted travel and gathering. Shortages. Lots of unprepared people acting badly.

    Feb 7, 2020

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  60. Yup, elections have consequences. Even fraudulent elections.

    Thank 60,000 Libertarians in Georgia “voting their conscience” for the next two years of spending.

    I nominate the 60,000 Libertarians in Georgia for the first “volunteers” in the re-education camps.

  61. Feb 8, 2020

    SERIOUSLY FOLKS, get some preps in order. You do not want to be going out into crowds, fighting over the last roll of toilet paper in a few weeks when the WuFlu is all around us. TP doesn’t really go bad, so you’ll use it if nothing happens. Get some food in too, even if you have to put it in buckets and stack the buckets on the patio. Some way to cook it would be prudent too, if things really go to 7734. And water. Soap. Bleach. Wipes. If you don’t have masks I’d be checking old school neighborhood hardware stores, auto paint suppliers, equipment rental houses, walmart’s paint department, and other less common places, maybe even beauty supply houses. If you have accounts with industrial suppliers, you might check there too. CDC wants people to be thrifty with masks now in case they’re needed later- meaning there won’t be increasing supply.

    Lots of good info in the keyword links. We’ve got a couple weeks while the doubling is still very small numbers. By the time you get “confirmation” that it’s here, it will be too late, like it’s already too late to get cheap masks. Think of it as insurance. Spend the time, effort, and money.

  62. This was me, almost exactly a year ago–

    WRT the WuFlu- I don’t think it’s going anywhere folks, but everywhere. Time to review the CDC site on pandemic flu and think hard about what it would mean to you. Kids at home, no work (or no workers if you are a business), severely restricted travel and gathering. Shortages. Lots of unprepared people acting badly.

    Feb 7, 2020

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    I am still fairly sure that I had the wuflu last February 28 – March 1, 2020 after I went to the engineering conference Feb 24 – 27, 2020 and shook over a hundred hands including four ? five ? mainland Chinese. But I did fail the wuflu antibody test in December.

    And whatever I had, I did not give it to any of my employees (I was at work on Feb 28, 2020 when I started running a fever) or my wife or my daughter. I find that amazing.

  63. I am still fairly sure that I had the wuflu last February 28 – March 1, 2020 after I went to the engineering conference Feb 24 – 27, 2020 and shook over a hundred hands including four ? five ? mainland Chinese. But I did fail the wuflu antibody test in December.

    That was around the time of the big medical conference in Boston which genetic testing has proven to be responsible for over 300,000+ cases as of December.

    And doctors can be the biggest Gilligans of all.

  64. Feb 9, 2020

    MrAtoz says:
    9 February 2020 at 20:39 Edit

    –snip–
    And Plugs? The guy is off his rocker. He is never getting nomination with all his crazy. He is insulting people left and right, misquoting, and just fricken old.

    Greg Norton says:
    9 February 2020 at 20:44 Edit

    The moment Plugs drops out of the race, the indictments start. He’s no longer a “political rival” to Trump at that point.

    Plugs didn’t actually announce his candidacy until a week after the infamous phone call.

    Hah.

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  65. “SpaceX’s Starlink Is Currently Serving More Than 10,000 Users”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacexs-starlink-is-currently-serving-more-than-10000-users

    “The details, revealed in an FCC filing, come as SpaceX launched a new batch of Starlink satellites into orbit.”

    “The company revealed the subscriber count in an application to the FCC on Wednesday to become a designated telecommunications carrier. The US regulator is preparing to award $886 million in funding to SpaceX to supply high-speed broadband to rural areas across the US. ”

    Idaho XXXXX Alaska, here I come !

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  66. Weehaw. I dumped 12 ounces of hot water in my laptop at lunch. My hand spasmed as I picked up the cup. Had the laptop off and torn apart sopping up the water within 10 minutes. I didn’t have access to my computer tools. I used a chef knife with a thin blade and a multi bit screwdriver. Keyboard caught most of it but it intruded everywhere. Not worried about data, all that’s backed up. Nuisance at worst. I -think- it’ll be ok. I got it open and dry fast, no magic smoke and like I said got it open and dry in record time.

    I’ll leave it in parts for a few days to a week.

    If I killed it, no great loss. It’s a five year old laptop and I was starting to think replacement.

    Lenovo IdeaPad 110

    I’ve installed three GFCIs this week.

    There’s a real mess with four outlets, two circuits, and a switch in the kitchen. Prior to me changing everything worked as expected. In this old house I test and document existing before I make changes.

    Three outlets on circuit 6. One of those outlets shares a box with a switch. The switch controls an outlet under the sink – half always on, other half controlled by switch. Circuit 16 cuts power to switch and under sink outlet.

    The upstream outlet for circuit 6 has the two red ‘hot’ wires wirenutted together. I didn’t understand that so didn’t change it. Switch on circuit 16 has white neutral wire connected to neutral side of outlet on circuit 6. Didn’t understand so didn’t change. There’s also a red wire from circuit 6, seemingly from upstream where I installed he GFCI, connecting to the switch. Very goofy and makes me wonder if that red wire is instead connected to the panel at 16 rather than 6 where it logically belongs. I haven’t popped the cover on the main panel. Experts are going to get involved I think.

    The upstream outlet on circuit 6 Has two 12-3 cables. Box with switch (circuit 16) and outlet (circuit 6) has two 12-3 cables and a 12-2 cable. Farthest downstream outlet on circuit 6 has single 12-2 cable. I installed the GFCI on the upstream side of circuit 6. Leaving circuit 16 off I tested all outlets using a plug in GFCI compatible tester, worked as expected. Turned on circuit 16, tripped GFCI. I was suspicious of the neutral wire from circuit 16 going to outlet on circuit 6. Disconnected, tested GFCI with 16 and 6 both ‘on’, GFCI worked as expected.

    Spent a couple hours upgrading my knowledge of how switched outlets work, typical wiring conventions, etc. wiser but no closer to returning full functionality to the switch and under sink outlet. I did get it as far as showing error lights on my tester, but no joy for full function.

    I’m going to ask my licensed electrician friend to lend a hand with it. I’d prefer not to burn the house down and I’ve reached the limits of my amusement and skill with this puzzle.

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  67. ‘The moment Plugs drops out of the race, the indictments start. He’s no longer a “political rival” to Trump at that point.’

    “Plugs didn’t actually announce his candidacy until a week after the infamous phone call.”

    Hah.

    Buttigieg’s CIA connection rumors stem from the work he did for the intelligence thinktank Hunter Biden co-chairs. Biden *had* to run to protect his kid not only from being fitted for an orange suit but probably a bloodless suicide at the hands of Deep State critters in Fort Marcy park as well.

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  68. “The switch controls an outlet under the sink – half always on, other half controlled by switch. Circuit 16 cuts power to switch and under sink outlet. ”

    That outlet/switch combo is for the insinkerator (switched) and dishwasher (unswitched.)

    Red wires are usually only used in 3 way switches, it’s known as the “traveler” IDK why you’d wire nut it unless someone took out a 3 way, and just left the existing other switch…

    Don’t daisy chain GFCI outlets, put a GFCI in the first one, and normal outlets in the rest (they make stickers for those normal outlets that you should put on saying GFCI)

    I’ll have to read the bit about the neutral wire again with my brain engaged….

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  69. I think the remodeled kitchen in this house had 13 light switches scattered around 200 sq ft of kitchen. My wife put in a system with memories and push buttons. Now we just hit one button at the edge of the room…

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  70. If I killed it, no great loss. It’s a five year old laptop and I was starting to think replacement.

    Lenovo IdeaPad 110

    That sucks. Unfortunately, laptops are kinda pricey right now.

    We bought my daughter an Ideapad L340 last year for $399, but it wasn’t usable without spending another $100 for the 16 GB memory module (only one slot), and I think it really needs an SSD, another $100.

    At that rate, I might as well have bought her a T series.

    My personal Windows laptop is a T470, bought in 2017, which I’ve been able to keep relatively current by maxing out the memory and running a Crucial SSD.

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  71. @jenny, ok I think this is what is going on.

    They ran two circuits using the one 12/3 (white, black, red, bare) one is cir6, one is cir16. they split one off to feed something, probably the always on under sink outlet for the dishwasher. The red wires that are nutted together just pass cir16 thru that box and on to the rest of the chain.

    More info needed— when you turn off 16, it shuts off the switched outlet under the sink, does it shut off the other outlet under the sink? in other words, are both outlets under the sink on 16, with one of them controlled additionally by the switch? or are both circuits in that under sink outlets?

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  72. I have a book called “Wiring Simplified”. The 37th Edition. Covers 1993 Code. Good book. Kind of pricey at the lumber yard checkout stand for $5.50 plus tax.

    My Dad used an earlier version when he wired their house. Covered the 1973 Code? Just guessing.

    I think the latest thing is “spark breakers” that somehow detect bad extension cords or plugging in something like a turned on space heater. Think, don’t know. Not going to worry about it.

    That outlet/switch combo is for the insinkerator (switched) and dishwasher (unswitched.)

    Could be. But I have never seen a dishwasher that was not hard wired. Maybe the un-switched outlet is for something like a clamp-on light under the sink… what with being Alaska and all.

  73. @jenny, and does the outlet under the sink WORK when you disconnect the white wire to the outlet on circuit 6?

    If it doesn’t, I’m pretty sure I know what’s going on. Even if it does, I think I know.

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  74. “EEIA: Biden’s KXL carbon footprint”
    https://www.worldpipelines.com/project-news/04022021/eeia-bidens-kxl-carbon-footprint/

    “We have all heard about the thousands of jobs that will be lost with the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, but a little basic maths reveals that President Biden’s Keystone decision will increase carbon emissions equal to putting nearly half a million more cars on the road, says the EEIA.”

    Yup. It ain’t about the CO2.


  75. The wife says “right” and I go left. “The other right !”

    I ask the wife if I should turn left here. She says “right”. So I turn right and somehow it’s my fault.

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  76. @jenny

    what I think is happening.

    Cir6 is hot on the black conductor to feed your above counter outlets
    Cir16 is hot on the red conductor to feed the below counter outlets.

    the 12/3 into the first box uses white and black for cir6 at that outlet, red is wirenutted to pass cir16 thru to the next box.

    The box with switch and outlet-

    The switch should have red in and out of it. the black and white will pass by the switch to the outlet, and then the 12/2 will take the black and white to the final outlet. The 12/3 with the red will go down to the under counter box, and the black and white will need to get down to it too. Actually, you only need the black going down if you have both circuits present in that under counter box. The white in the 12/3 is connected with all the other whites because that provides the neutral path for circuit 16 AS WELL AS circuit 6. That is not good, because if both circuits were fully loaded, the current on that one neutral could be double the rating, and it is almost always guaranteed to have some load from circ16 on it, which will cause your GFCI to trip.

    GFCI works by sensing the balance between hot and neutral for that circuit. By combining the neutrals for both circuits, it will be out of balance and trip. Technically, yes, all the neutrals go back to the same place and can technically be combined but it doesn’t work right if you do it, and it’s probably against code because of wire sizing issues.

    Disconnecting the white where it joins the circ6 outlet should make the undercounter outlets not work, but depending on how and where your ground wires (bare) are connected, they might still provide the neutral path and some loads might work on those receptacles. That’s bad too.

    Looking in the breaker panel will reveal if they are running two circuits on that one 12/3. Looking at the switch, and where the black goes in that box will reveal if both circuits run down to the under counter outlets.

    If they are running two circuits on the same 12/3, you will probably want that to be fixed.

    If you aren’t using the under counter outlets, you might just disconnect the red from the panel, all the way thru.

    Definitely talking to a real electrician at this point.

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  77. @jenny, yep, just talked to my wife. You can share neutrals on commercial 3 phase systems (which you don’t have) but not on single phase, and not on GFCI circuits. Even on commercial it’s no longer a good idea though because modern lighting controls want dedicated neutrals for every outlet…

    Look in your panel and if they are using two circuits on that one 12/3, you need to get that fixed.

    Be careful opening the panel, there is likely to be live stuff uncovered if they did cheesy stuff like sharing neutrals to save a buck or two.

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  78. @nick
    I concur. When I saw those reds wirenutted, and seemed to be a cable short in a box, jumping the red to circuit 16 was plausible.

    And also makes sense why it worked until I put the GFCI at the upstream side in order to protect all the downstream outlets (mama didn’t raise no fool – I read the destructions and figured out that was a smarty move).

    The big question is will my licensed electrician friend prefer steak, rabbit, or burgers as his thank you dinner?

    The under sink outlet was switched for a garbage disposal (removed upon close because I have an ignoble history of jamming them), and always on for the plug in dishwasher.

    Not a big deal to ignore it for now. I definitely am NOT tackling this one.

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  79. I ask the wife if I should turn left here. She says “right”. So I turn right and somehow it’s my fault.

    This used to happen to my parents until my mother switched one day from “right” to “correct”.
    Problem solved. Miss them both.

  80. Be careful opening the panel, there is likely to be live stuff uncovered if they did cheesy stuff like sharing neutrals to save a buck or two.

    Put one hand in the back pocket and have some shoes on while you are in that live breaker box !

    Do not pull that one hand out of your back pocket until you back away from the live breaker box !

    We used to work on 120 volt live when I was a power plant electrician. No shutting down any breaker panels in June through October in Texas. One hand in the back pocket at all times ! The lead electrician used to yell that at me constantly as I would pull that second hand out to help steady the socket wrench, all of our connections were bolted in those six foot tall 500 ? amp 120 volt breaker panels.

  81. “We have all heard about the thousands of jobs that will be lost with the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, but a little basic maths reveals that President Biden’s Keystone decision will increase carbon emissions equal to putting nearly half a million more cars on the road, says the EEIA.”

    Yup. It ain’t about the CO2.

    The Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter is due in the next couple of weeks. I’m sure the Gecko wanted the pipeline killed in time for the ghostwriter to work the gloating into the Simple Homespun Wisdom (TM).

  82. “Exclusive: The TCF Center Election Fraud – Newly Discovered Video Shows Late Night Deliveries of Tens of Thousands of Illegal Ballots 8 Hours After Deadline”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/exclusive-tcf-center-election-fraud-newly-recovered-video-shows-late-night-deliveries-tens-thousands-illegal-ballots-michigan-arena/

    “On Tuesday, November 3rd President Trump was ahead of Joe Biden in the swing state of Michigan by over 100,000 votes. This appeared to be another solid win for President Trump in Michigan with a greater margin than his 2016 victory. The ballot counting in Detroit, Michigan on election night took place at the TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Hall.”

    “This is the site where Detroit City Officials put cardboard over the windows to prevent the GOP observers from seeing in, where poll workers were militantly hostile to the GOP observers, and where hundreds of affidavits by election observers claim they witnessed voter fraud.”

    Nothing happened here, just move on.

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

  83. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fox-news-cancels-lou-dobbs-show-day-after-billion-dollar-smartmatic-lawsuit

    It’s probably just a coincidence, but…

    A day after voting software company SmartMatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and three of its hosts – Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro – over voting-machine-fraud claims, The LA Times reports that, according to a Fox News representative who confirmed the cancellation, Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight”.

    –yep probably just a coincidence

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  84. Popo are working prostitution again tonight. They’re only a couple of blocks from my secondary location… Lots of hookers and pimps in that area most of the time. Couple of run down no tell motels, couple of broken down icehouses, and the murder map used to show a dis-proportionally high number of murders along that corridor.

    Lots of beggars and street hustlers too.

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    and it’s a mile or two the wrong way from my rent house where we used to live.

    I mentioned it a year and a half ago, or so, as a security guard got shot in his truck in the same area, at 2 in the afternoon. Made the news. It’s also not far from where a guy used an AR to kill 5 guys doing a drive by on his house…

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  85. @Nick
    ” And ONE SHOT and KILLED by a COP who STILL HASN’T BEEN NAMED. “

    The officer should be called as a hostile witness by the Trump defense team.

  86. Popo are working prostitution again tonight. They’re only a couple of blocks from my secondary location… Lots of hookers and pimps in that area most of the time. Couple of run down no tell motels, couple of broken down icehouses, and the murder map used to show a dis-proportionally high number of murders along that corridor.

    Lots of beggars and street hustlers too.

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    and it’s a mile or two the wrong way from my rent house where we used to live.

    Note to self: stay out of the icehouses by Nick’s rent house.

    I don’t think that I have been in an ice house in almost 30 years. Used to go to one on Westpark close to Fondren in Houston.

    The ice house behind our new used house burned down a couple of years ago. It was actually right behind my friends house at the entry of our street. I have not been bold enough to ask him how many fires did he have to start to get it going ? He is retired HFD … I am sure that it burned down on its own, after all it was a wooden shack. Nothing left now but a foundation.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5320644,-95.7014451,167m/data=!3m1!1e3

  87. The icehouses along Airline are mostly very segregated by South and Central American country. Most of the murders happen around 3 am…

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  88. Note to self: stay out of the icehouses by Nick’s rent house.

    I don’t think that I have been in an ice house in almost 30 years. Used to go to one on Westpark close to Fondren in Houston.

    I assume “icehouse” is a type of bar.

    ERCOT did a second interview with me in a place called The Icehouse in Taylor. It was a strange place for an interview, but the manager was a strange guy.

    The Chinese relations run a no-tell motel at the south end of the Seattle Metro, not far from SeaTac. The local cops know the deal but don’t care as long as the girls don’t do drugs.

  89. In TX an “icehouse” is a limited type of bar. They can only serve wine and beer, and I think only from individual containers. The license used to be only $25/ year and you could literally run one in your garage on Friday and Saturday nights.

    They can serve you a “set up” with ice and glasses for BYOB with liquor, and there is usually a price per setup, not a corkage fee for the whole bottle.

    Since they’re cheap, they are often raucous.

    Because of the lack of zoning, you might have one on your street in your neighborhood. The Nomad’s have an icehouse a mile or two from my house in my nice neighborhood.

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  90. Note to self: stay out of the icehouses by Nick’s rent house.

    I don’t think that I have been in an ice house in almost 30 years. Used to go to one on Westpark close to Fondren in Houston.

    I assume “icehouse” is a type of bar.

    ERCOT did a second interview with me in a place called The Icehouse in Taylor. It was a strange place for an interview, but the manager was a strange guy.

    All you need for an icehouse in Texas is a parking lot and a pavilion. Roll down plastic for the walls is optional. Sometimes the pavilion is even permanent. Rarely air conditioned or heated. If you are hot then drink a cold beer and hope for a breeze. If you are cold then drink a cold beer and wear a jacket. Very loud music.

    We are frugal here in Texas.

  91. I am impressed with the ASUS router. Especially the security options for blocking attacks. Much more comprehensive than my old Netgear router. The mesh setup is really slick. Highly recommended. And for Mr. Lynn my router will support dual WAN.

  92. I am impressed with the ASUS router. Especially the security options for blocking attacks. Much more comprehensive than my old Netgear router. The mesh setup is really slick. Highly recommended. And for Mr. Lynn my router will support dual WAN.

    Ah, but will it support triple WAN like my Peplink 30 ? I’ve got an Verizon LTE modem should the two AT&T DSL lines go away. You know, if the Brazos River rose up into our CO in Booth, Texas. Or if another moron with a backhoe takes out our 25 pair cable again.

    I may have to pull fiber into the Office building after all. AT&T increased the cost of my two DSL lines and my five land lines by 50% on Jan 1. I am not happy. I have no recourse since they cut all of our discounts to zero so we pay retail now. Coincidentally, that $450/month will cover the fiber line at 10/10 mbps.


  93. will it support triple WAN like my Peplink 30

    Nope. I thought you only had two lines because you mentioned two services. My bad.

    Still it is impressive for a consumer grade product. It also has 2.5 gig capability and WiFi 6. My iPhone 11 supports WiFi 6 and that is the only device I have that does the support.


  94. … and have some shoes on

    Better would be…and have some rubber-soled shoes on.

  95. I once shorted a 00 copper cable phase to phase on a 400A 208V 3phase panel. That’s a copper cable about as thick as your finger. It VAPORIZED. I was wearing glasses or I’d be blind. I was picking bits of copper out of my face for months. It was hours before I had any center vision besides a giant green blob.

    The cable was insulated where I was holding it, and I was standing on rubber bar mats.

    Other than a blob where my vision used to be and some stinging in my facial skin, I was fine. After that, the panel was dead so I finished pulling my cables out of the clamps and went home….

    Not something I’d recommend to try.

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    (my eyes are F’ed up. I’m lucky I have any vision at all, let alone pretty good vision most of the time.)

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  96. I once shorted a 00 copper cable phase to phase on a 400A 208V 3phase panel.

    Reminds me of the time I was replacing a car battery, loosening one of the terminals which had some corrosion and was resisting being loosened. Somehow the box wrench I was using slipped and made good contact with the other terminal. Same as nick I was wearing glasses. Don’t remember much beyond the boom and the large jagged hole in the top of the battery case. At least it was the old battery I was working on replacing. After that, only a short-handle ratchet wrench when changing a car battery.

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  97. Couple of really long waits then 504 errors while writing my post for tomorrow. Something is flaky again….

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  98. Couple of really long waits then 504 errors while writing my post for tomorrow. Something is flaky again….

    Couple of hours back there was a really long wait before receiving the response:

    Gateway Timeout

    The gateway did not receive a timely response from the upstream server or application.

  99. If you want to see some scary videos, just search for “arc flash”. You will gain respect for safety gear.

    Nick, good that your vision survived. I know of a similar incident where the electrician didn’t. He had a large area of flash burns, and only lived for a few hours. This in spite of usual safety gear for circa 1975.

  100. Yeah, I sometimes think all the new arc flash requirements are far too much, and chicken switches just to throw a disconnect with ordinary voltage levels, etc, but I had an accident myself, and got lucky. Can’t count on luck as policy.

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  101. In TX an “icehouse” is a limited type of bar.

    In the rest of the country it’s a building that contains an ice rink. Or, the second half of a business name for a hockey-centric sports bar. 🙂

    My dad used to frequent a Texas-style icehouse back in the day. He said it was basically a circus tent with a dirt floor.

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