Fri. Mar. 26, 2021 – weird used to intrigue me, not so much anymore…

Pleasant and cool, with sun and a breeze.  A lot like yesterday once the overcast blew out.

Spent the whole day indoors.   Kept plugging away at stuff in my office, and getting stuff ready for the auction.   Ended up rescheduling my dropoff for today when I realized I had a bunch of small items that all needed me to mess with them a bit before sending them, but that the money difference made it worthwhile.  So I cranked through a bunch of minor repairs, in between moving stuff around and doing my normal interweb things.  And poking at my NVR…  and doing the paperwork for my passport renewal… and other paperwork too.  Not what I was hoping to do but progress on a number of smaller goals.

Oh yeah, and spent an hour watching the President give a short speech and then get a tongue bath from the press.  Oh there were a couple of questions that sent him drifting off the rails, but OMG, one of them managed to sanctify him and damn Trump in the same breath.

I’ll admit there were a few times when he was saying stuff that sounded good, like actually providing a partial demographic breakdown of the illegals.  But that was mostly when he started to drift off message, and then he would just stop mid sentence and switch gears.  And there were flat out lies, misdirections, and contradictory statements following each other.

He looked less feeble than some other times, but his eyes and eyebrows are very strange, he had trouble controlling his speaking volume (considering all the practice a half century of “public service” has given him), and he needed extensive notes.  It was the longest I’ve seen him go without someone hovering near his elbow or just barely close enough to catch him if he falls.  Normally he’s got at least one person watching him like he was a toddler walking the top rail of a fence.

He played a couple of weird moments for laughs, and I don’t know if they were intended to be funny or if he just saved a gaffe.  Some of those things are being quoted without context.   I’d like to THINK he’s an affable guy, playing the fool for laughs, but I suspect that’s not what was happening.

To top it all off, he shuffles his feet like he can’t lift them normally, and he’s got a couple of weird tics that I associate with age and confusion.  I wasn’t looking to be impressed, and I wasn’t.  The whole business about whether or not he’d run next time was especially weird.    It’s like he doesn’t expect to be around for that, so why bother?  I agree with him on that.

He’s a train wreck.  Called Putin names.  Called other countries’ leaders thieves.  Promised more gun control, more government spending on stuff the private sector does better, bragged about the crusts he tossed to the peons, forgetting that it was THEIR money to start with.  Bagged on the rich, trotted out the old lines about greedy bigcorps not paying taxes, plugged the unions, all the normal playbook.  On the plus side, I didn’t have to hear Kamel laugh.

It’s getting weird out there folks.  Something’s gonna give.  And it’s a lot easier to break than build.  Get the stuff you need now, while you can, if you can.  And stack it high.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

92 thoughts on “Fri. Mar. 26, 2021 – weird used to intrigue me, not so much anymore…”

  1. Biden also apparently criticized China for being autocratic. Of course they are autocratic – they wouldn’t deny it for a minute. That’s not any sort of insult of criticism – it’s just a true observation.

    we need to find out why they are leaving and coming here. We need to fix it there and then they won’t need to leave

    Riiiight. So the US is going to go into Central America and “fix” things. Haven’t we seen this movie before?

    We are going to get both a carbon tax and a VAT tax both. Hope ya’ll like them.

    A carbon tax is a dumb idea, basically another opportunity for politicians to play favorites and distribute pork.

    VAT, however, I can recommend as a replacement for sales tax. It’s a lot fairer across the supply chain, as long as the politicians don’t overcomplicate the rules. OTOH, I suppose you mean a national VAT, which would be yet more money flowing to the bloated federal government. That would be…less than great.

    I have been working from home exclusively for over a year now. Generally I turn on the camera and I am in jeans and a mock turtleneck.

    I also dress normally, but perhaps for a different reason: You never know what’s going to come up. Even if I have no video conference scheduled, someone may request one spontaneously. What if – during a video conference – I need to get up and grab something? Avoid embarrassing accidents, dress like a human.

    …all Nick’s fault

    Well, of course. Except for the things that are SteveF’s fault.

  2. 50F and 85%RH this morning.

    And it’s weird that everyone was so invested in this press conference. How many have we all watched live in the last 3 years? Darn few for me. Again, something wrong that what should have been a routine event, wasn’t. And everyone knows it.

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  3. He looked less feeble than some other times

    At work we joked that a staff member had handed him a fistful of Adderall and said “Here, chew these up”

    From Biden’s presser –
    if an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we’re just going to let him starve to death and stay on the other side

    The implication in this statement is that Mexico would let them starve to death if we didn’t step in.

  4. “We are going to get both a carbon tax and a VAT tax both. Hope ya’ll like them.”

    VAT, however, I can recommend as a replacement for sales tax. It’s a lot fairer across the supply chain, as long as the politicians don’t overcomplicate the rules. OTOH, I suppose you mean a national VAT, which would be yet more money flowing to the bloated federal government. That would be…less than great.

    A VAT in the US would not replace sales taxes, which are pushing 10% in many parts of the country, since the revenue to state and various government levels below that is considered essential.

    Of course a VAT would be all about more money flowing to the Federal Government in the US. The concept has been on the Prog wish list for decades, but there is a lot of question about whether an amendment would be necessary to make that kind of tax constitutional, even in an era of the Roberts Court and his philosophy about not reversing “foolish” political decisions made by the voters.

    This is going to be a long Summer.


  5. Except for the things that are SteveF’s fault.

    Well, so sorry about the global warming. In my defense, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Oh, and that Zika virus thing. I was developing some products for the Home Mad Scientist line and, well, what can I say? It turns out that “CRISPR for Kids: Create Cooties in the Cellar!” has a few problems in practice.


  6. Well, of course. Except for the things that are SteveF’s fault.

    I feel so slighted. I know I am no competition for Mr Steve, but give me a little credit.

    Storms here were just rain. Again a lot of drama pushed by the local weather forecasters. The “we’re all going to die, and you heard it hear first” mentality. If (which is most of the time) they are wrong they just weather here is difficult to forecast. If (which is becoming more rare) they are correct it becomes an ad campaign promoting their station.


  7. January 6 riots when crowds of MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to overturn Biden’s election win.

    –more gaslighting and spin

    “Five people died after the rioters, many who have since been charged, stormed the building. ”

    –many thousands of people have died since Dec. 6. Of the five, 2 were cop suicides, one was murder under color of law, one now appears to have been a medical issue, and the last was an accidental trampling. But hey, blame the protesters.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9402923/Razor-wire-steel-fences-Capitol-complex-removed.html

    –nice vehicle barriers in the street in that one pic. Those haven’t gone anywhere, they are a permanent feature. The reporter seems to have the opposite problem of the sorority girl with bad depth perception*, unless NatGuard is taking in midgets, that fencing is ALL taller than 7 ft.

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    *she keeps being told that 6 inches is really 10…

  8. More on the story about Denmark trying to put the milk back in the bottle…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/denmark-cracks-down-parallel-societies

    The Danish government has announced a package of new proposals aimed at fighting “religious and cultural parallel societies” in Denmark. A cornerstone of the plan includes capping the percentage of “non-Western” immigrants and their descendants dwelling in any given residential neighborhood.

    The aim is to preserve social cohesion in the country by encouraging integration and discouraging ethnic and social self-segregation.

    The announcement comes just days after Denmark approved a new law banning the foreign funding of mosques in the country. The government has also recently declared its intention significantly to limit the number of people seeking asylum in Denmark.

    –sincere best wishes with that, but they are already lost.

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  9. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9400809/LAPD-cops-riot-gear-descend-Echo-Park-encampment.html

    — LA was not nice when I lived there in the early 90s, but it was confined to downtown and industrial areas. Now? There is a youtube video of a guy biking on a bike trail along an encampment/ shantytown… it goes on for a long time.

    I’m seeing more ‘urban outdoorsmen’ in Houston too, and in areas where they didn’t congregate. What I want to know, who is giving out tents?

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    google isn’t any help with that question either.


  10. What I want to know, who is giving out tents?

    Giving out tents? Surely you jest. Those are stolen tents by the fine outstanding asylum seekers crossing the border with the blessings of Joe and the Hoe. Those seeking to turn the US into the shirthole(-r) from which they came.

  11. I’m seeing more ‘urban outdoorsmen’ in Houston too, and in areas where they didn’t congregate. What I want to know, who is giving out tents?

    I see a lot of Academy logos on the urban outdoorsman gear. If they aren’t providing it at cost, they know the benefactor behind the tents.

    Academy started in Austin but moved out as the chain grew.

    And Austin keeps trying to push their problem further into the suburbs. Tents are so 2020.

    https://www.fox7austin.com/news/homeless-hotel-fight-moves-to-the-texas-legislature

    And once again, our county’s “Judge” was asleep at the switch as Austin moved to buy the hotel. He’s done in the next election as far as I’m concerned, even if it means voting Dem.

    God forbid the Republicans primary the putz.


  12. The aim is to preserve social cohesion in the country by encouraging integration and discouraging ethnic and social self-segregation.

    I always wondered why people were so damn desperate to get out of their countries just to get to their new country and then go out of their way to turn the new country into their old country.

  13. Nick,

    Execute this command when you get a chance and send back the output. Email me directly if you’d like.

    ls -l /etc/logrotate.d

  14. There are inactivated virus vaccines that, if not properly made, could give you COVID. They are in use in Russia, China, and India and are unlikely to get used in the US.

    Thanks for the clear and concise comment, Mr. Ech.

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  15. I always wondered why people were so damn desperate to get out of their countries just to get to their new country and then go out of their way to turn the new country into their old country.

    They like their culture and want to keep it. They only want to get rid of some of the consequences of that culture, like having to pay bribes to bureaucrats. They still want to go to the head of the line by knowing someone in the office.

    And the wealth, of course. They want the wealth that comes from our system and don’t understand or don’t care that replacing our system with theirs will destroy the wealth.

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  16. “A VAT in the US would not replace sales taxes, which are pushing 10% in many parts of the country, since the revenue to state and various government levels below that is considered essential.”

    It depends how you structure the VAT. (You can stop reading here if you don’t care about the experience in Canada with a VAT)

    In Canada, the federal government charges a 5% GST (goods and services tax) cross country. Most provinces (not Alberta) charge a provincial sales tax. Several provinces (but not all, and of course not Quebec) have joined with the federal government to levy the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) which combines the federal GST and provincial sales tax into one tax charged by the same rules for what is taxable. In Ontario, that is a federal 5% plus a provincial 8%. The feds collect it all and remit the provincial portion to the province.

    Why would you want a VAT? Most sales taxes are charged only on physical goods purchased. Much of a modern economy is about services, which remain untaxed (old tax rules). VATs typically tax both (they don’t have to tax both, but you want to modernize/broaden the tax base when you put in a new system and not taxing both gets really messy) which means you can use a much lower rate to achieve the same revenue while treating goods and services equitably for tax purposes. (Someone else can explain the idea of passing taxes earned on value-added up the chain of production until the consumer pays and why that is good for business).

    Why harmonize? Well, only one set of bureaucrats to collect and one set of forms and rules for a business to comply with. Only one set of rules for what is taxable or not, and that can be a big savings in complexity for a retailer. You don’t want a situation where item A is not taxed, item B has provincial only , item C has federal only, and item D both. However, some provinces still prefer that scenario.

    Sales taxes are regressive since poor folks spend more of their income on necessities. For that reason, some items are not taxable. (Generally you want everything taxable to keep the overall rate as low as possible, and the rules as simple as possible, but “politics” so no tax on groceries, etc…). Also, depending on your income, the federal government remits some of the HST paid directly back to taxpayers to try to address the regressive effects.

  17. “I always wondered why people were so damn desperate to get out of their countries just to get to their new country and then go out of their way to turn the new country into their old country.”

    They like their culture and want to keep it. They only want to get rid of some of the consequences of that culture, like having to pay bribes to bureaucrats. They still want to go to the head of the line by knowing someone in the office.

    Americans are generally polite and honest. Most of the rest of the world sees those traits as weaknesses to be expoited if given the opportunity.


  18. Generally you want everything taxable to keep the overall rate as low as possible, and the rules as simple as possible, but “politics” so no tax on groceries, etc…

    In the state of Tennessee even groceries are taxed. Which I think is wrong. All that is exempt is medical and prescription medicine. And lottery tickets.

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  19. user@dell-nvr:~/Downloads$ ls -l /etc/logrotate.d
    total 48
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 120 Nov 2 2017 alternatives
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 173 Apr 20 2018 apt
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 79 Jan 16 2018 aptitude
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 181 Mar 27 2018 cups-daemon
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 112 Nov 2 2017 dpkg
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 125 Mar 21 2018 lightdm
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 97 Dec 11 2019 mintupdate
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 157 Jan 22 2017 pm-utils
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 94 Feb 26 2018 ppp
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 501 Jan 14 2018 rsyslog
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 533 Dec 15 2017 speech-dispatcher
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 178 Aug 15 2017 ufw

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  20. Sales taxes capture spending, and get money from people no matter what the source of that money. Income taxes require that the person is honest about their income (or there is an enforcement arm).

    So in that sense, sales taxes are more “fair” as the .gov collects from everyone- illegal earning under the table, homeless, rich, whatever. Money is no good until spent, so you capture money from everyone when they USE it. It also gives you control over your spending on taxes- buy a cheaper item, buy fewer items, make them last longer, do without. The alternative strategy – limiting earnings is practiced by some, but has serious side effects, like criminality or loss of productivity.

    All taxation is theft, so I want to minimize it. (and taking it from me under threat of violence, but then giving me back some small portion isn’t anything I want either)

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  21. China took an interesting approach. They are/were a cash based society and .gov felt like the sellers were keeping too much of the gelt that should have gone to .gov.

    In order to capture more tax revenue, they wanted sellers to put their sales thru cash registers, and have it be tracked and recorded.

    Sellers and buyers BOTH had incentives to use cash in unreported transactions.

    So .gov set up a system where there is a lottery ticket printed on the back of every legit receipt. NOW buyers WANT a receipt, so they have a chance to win. They ask for one, the seller gives them one, and the .gov gets their tracking and their tax.

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  22. Nice to know that he thinks the US is 85th in the world for infrastructure, until he reads the card…

    “…thinks…”
    Are you sure about that part?


  23. Sales taxes capture spending, and get money from people no matter what the source of that money.

    True, and I agree. Spend it, tax it. Encourages investment.

    What I have a problem with is taxing necessities. Food should not be taxed. Utilities should not be taxed. I pay tax on my sewer but not on the water. One is as important as the other. I cannot avoid the tax on utilities and food. I can avoid the tax, or minimize, on a new vehicle.

    A poor family of four may spend less than a rich family of four on food. But a higher percentage of the poor families money is consumed by taxes than a rich families money.

    Taxing necessities is just wrong.

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  24. Money is no good until spent, so you capture money from everyone when they USE it.

    Unless it’s spent ‘off the books’ – no?
    As in your following post re China?

  25. Is it just me or are the formatting buttons still missing from the Comment box today?

  26. “All taxation is theft, so I want to minimize it. (and taking it from me under threat of violence, but then giving me back some small portion isn’t anything I want either)”

    Calling all taxation theft is a step too far for me. Suggest a (actual example) system where you won’t have a central authority and where paying for those services provided will be purely at your discretion? Anarchy is not a valid answer. Sure that will include services you don’t agree with, you don’t consume, and you don’t want to pay for. The world is full of compromises, this is one of them. It is also why folks have gone to the trouble of creating democracies so we have a say over what services and how much to pay. I can certainly agree with minimize as to eliminate waste. Everyone is going to have a different opinion on what services to eliminate or keep or add as part of “minimize”.
    (I sometimes think this is a fundamental US/Canada cultural/political difference. The US came to be out of a revolution against and continues to have a distrust of government. Canada negotiated its way to independence and the key phrase in the preamble of our constitution is “peace, order, and good government”. (That may well be too simplistic an analysis). They result in quite different assumptions and attitudes to government.)

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  27. “Taxing necessities is just wrong.”

    I don’t disagree. I do point out that the more exceptions you put in, the more complex you make the rules, and the more difficult compliance becomes, and the more tempting avoidance becomes. Define “necessity”. We don’t tax groceries but do tax restaurant/take-out food. So how many donuts/muffins is a take out meal and how many are a grocery item? So, no tax on “groceries” but I do pay taxes on power and water. No sales tax on home purchases. Sales tax on vehicles. At the time of implementation, the government defined a long list of “taxed goods and services”, “tax exempt goods and services”, and “zero-rated goods and services” (meaning we are not taxing them yet but we are thinking about it). Once you allow any exception, of course every interest group wants their own exception. (I suppose that is just everyday politics, but it somehow irks me).

  28. “Giving out tents? Surely you jest. Those are stolen tents by the fine outstanding asylum seekers crossing the border with the blessings of Joe and the Hoe. Those seeking to turn the US into the shirthole(-r) from which they came.”

    Yes, and the carts that they carry their stuff in are also stolen. Before posting a disagreement, go to your localstore and try to buy one.

  29. “Calling all taxation theft is a step too far for me.”

    Not for me. If you do not pay them, does the gov guy at you door have a gun? How is he not a thief committing armed robbery.

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  30. I can’t post this all in one due to 500 errors…

    Thanks Nick. I was hoping there was a file in there for the NVR logging. It seems like it uses either the default logging or syslog.

    I hope you’re good with a text editor of some kind. I like vi but I’m old school on that.

    You may need to sudo bash first to get a root shell. Edit every file in /etc/logrotate.d, and /etc/logrotate.conf – they are a text format.
    – if you see “weekly”, change it to “daily”
    – for each category there is a line like “rotate 4”, change it to “rotate 1”

  31. Save each file. Run this:
    df -H /
    sudo systemctl restart logrotate

  32. sudo logrotate -v etc logrotate.conf (add slashes, 500 preventing this)
    Run the df command again. Did “Use%” go down?

    Now you should only have one day of logs. Since you never look at the logs anyway, you won’t lose anything.


  33. Is it just me or are the formatting buttons still missing from the Comment box today?

    Still missing, but you can do it the hard way with the HTML tags. IIRC, not all HTML tags work, but the following do:
    <blockquote></blockquote>
    <strong></strong>
    <b></b>
    <em></em>
    <i></i>
    <a href=””></a>

  34. Don’t know why some people are picky about labeling taxation as theft. It meets the definition exactly. I guess some see taxation as a good not a necessary evil. Governments everywhere use taxation not only as a funding source but as a lever to change society by rewarding some behavior while punishing others. Taxation on cigarettes and alcohol for example are punishment for using legal products. The funny thing is, if everyone stopped smoking and drinking the government would be scrambling to find a way to make up the revenue shortfall.

    Now the us government is planning on using taxes to eliminate access to legal firearms and ammunition as our constitution prohibits outlawing them.

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  35. Sitting in the A&E (ER) again with the wife. Calciphylaxis in her thigh went necrotic last night and we got here first thing this morning. Hopefully a surgeon will opt to remove it as soon as possible. Her pain level was 100+ before they gave her the morphine. She can’t bear much more of this.

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  36. Starship SN11 attempt today.

    Hard to beat SN10 though, which took off, landed, then TOOK OFF AGAIN!

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  37. @Chad
    “I always wondered why people were so damn desperate to get out of their countries just to get to their new country and then go out of their way to turn the new country into their old country.”
    So they can be the ones at the top, or a lot closer.

  38. Something new up there above the comment area. Just testing it out. Note that admin-level users will be able to add media – I think just admin-level users; docs for the plugin are minimal.

    Comments?

  39. “All taxation is theft” is a bit of a catchphrase, and the rallying cry of a certain political persuasion, but it is nonetheless true. Some entity forces me to give them money, under the threat of force. That is theft. Strongarm robbery in Texas.

    That taxes are one of the prices we pay (pun intended) to live in civilized society is also true. Since we voluntarily place ourselves under restrictions and restraints, I suppose you could say that we ‘voluntarily’ agree to pay taxes. The alternative is to become an outlaw, literally ‘outside’ the law, both its restraints and its protections. Just because I limit my fight against the theft to legal means, doesn’t change the fact it’s theft.

    WRT participating in the political process, the things that really matter we never vote for. When were you asked if the local cops should have an armored vehicle? When were you asked if there should be a law against “making terroristic threats”? When were you asked how much the VAT should be? At least with a local city sales tax you have a slim possibility of challenging the politicians and the process. At a Federal level? Not a chance. No one ever gets to vote on where the income tax (a TEMPORARY TAX enacted to fund a war, still with us) brackets should be, or if married people should be treated differently than single. We DON’T in fact live in democracies. We vote for the people, not the products.

    There are exceptions in the referendum system in some places. But even then, the politicians will subvert the will of the people. Two instances in CA come immediately to mind. The voters approved tax money for seismic upgrades to the freeway system, and then the pols decided to invest the money and slow roll the spending. And then the ground shook and the bridges fell and they got caught. In another referendum the voters approved property tax increases to fund school improvements. Which money the pols then stole and used for other purposes, when it was specifically voted to be for capital upgrades.

    In TX, the state steals our locally raised property tax money from our school district to give it to other districts as they see fit. Which causes our district to raise the tax to cover what got stolen from them. Which is then stolen again and given away….

    So I’m a bit bitter about taxes without real representation. It was one of the foundational complaints of our Rebellion, and we’re more heavily burdened now, and the King is just as far away, as then.

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  40. Interesting.

    Very interesting

    Flashlights

    right justify
    Centered

    Color, even more interesting

    OK, nothing worked.

  41. Jeeee buss! that’s huge!

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    added- and messing with sizes in the style atrib does weird things, like eliminate the added text below the images.

  42. Note that the upper right corner of the comment box as a ‘visual’ and ‘text’ mode. Visual mode will let you see colors. Text mode gets you the HTML codes. Most should try Visual mode.

    And this is colorful. So is this.

    Note that the edit-after-posting doesn’t have the TinyMCE editor icons – you just get text/html mode.

  43. The ‘add media’ box takes me to the library. Just like the menus from the dashboard.

    IMG button just opens the url dialog like the link button does.

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  44. adding width=”250″ height=”300″ instead of using style got both images and sized them. The style sheet must be conflicting with some of it.

    I’ve always been able to add images, but then I’m the author.

    Last consensus was that we didn’t need images in comments even if they are occasionally fun.

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  45. And I deleted my image test comment. No one needs that image haunting them when they close their eyes!

    N

    Off to do some work and get kid from school, or AFK BRB

  46. TinyMCE makes a great WYSIWYG editor. I’ve used it on several custom websites so the owners could edit page content without knowing HTML

    I’ve been advocating for years that it would be nice if we could post images. I don’t want the comment section flooded with huge images, but perhaps be able to show a thumbnail and then people can click for the larger version? That would be awesome.

  47. “I hope the nice Tweets are worth getting butt-****** on your commute”
    https://gunfreezone.net/i-hope-the-nice-tweets-are-worth-getting-butt-fked-on-your-commute/

    “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says taxing drivers by the mile “shows a lot of promise” and could be a way to fund a big infrastructure overhaul.”

    “We all knew this was coming but Biden and Butt-Judge are going to cram this up your tail pile on top of all the other ********”

    You already carry a tracking device, any cell phone with GPS. Guess what, all modern cars have them too.

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  48. There’s several issues to consider with allowing images in content. (I removed the image button for now, but the TinyMCE editor is still in place for comments.) I like the TinyMCE editor add-in for sites. I use the similar ‘CKEditor’ add-in on one of my sites, and it’s a great add-in.

    1. Added images will have to be uploaded to the site, via the standard WordPress “Add Image” function. This stores the image file on the site, and creates an entry in the database for that image.
    2. Added images by commenters (as opposed to people that create posts) clutter up the Media page in WP-admin. Maybe not a big issue.
    3. There is the potential for less-than-honorable images on the site. How do we prevent inappropriate images? (of any kind, not just the ‘pron’). Comments with images would need to be approved by an admin here. Plus the need to put a comment with images in a ‘time-out’ to allow approval by admins. Don’t know that the admins here want to have to spend that time.
    4. The file size of the image (and physical size of the image when rendered on the page) will affect response time here, along with size / qty of files that are stored on the hosting server. Not sure of those limitations, but they could result in higher hosting costs if we got over a limit (if there is a limit).
    5. There is a potential for malicious images – not just their visual content, but their (potentially malicious) ‘code’ content.

    So, what about ‘thumbnailing’ images for display? There would have to be some code added to the site to do that. That would take some time/effort. I don’t have any time to do that, even though retired, with all of the other coding projects I do  (some of which actually provide income).

    Or, maybe just a link to an image that has a thumbnail preview when hovering over an image? Maybe, but there are ways to include malicious code on a thumbnail preview of a link. Don’t want to take that risk.

    If someone wants to reference an image with a link to an external location, that is OK with me. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to allow any commenter to upload any image. There are, IMHO, too many risks involved, or too much admin overhead involved.

    Go ahead an put external links to images in your comments. Just don’t want the hassle of uploaded images, and monitoring those for ‘acceptability’ – even if my ‘acceptability’ rules are different from yours.

  49. You already carry a tracking device, any cell phone with GPS. Guess what, all modern cars have them too.

    Not all of us do. I dare you to track me in my 1994 suburban and my un-smart phone.

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  50. You already carry a tracking device, any cell phone with GPS. Guess what, all modern cars have them too.

    Buy a newer car and chances are you signed a disclaimer allowing the vehicle to transmit data back to the manufacturer via multiple wireless devices over which you have zero control.

    Even if you have an older car, the technology exists to toll every mile of surface streets via optical-based systems and monitor your driving habits with a device plugged into the OBD port.

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  51. <em>You already carry a tracking device, any cell phone with GPS. Guess what, all modern cars have them too.

    Not all of us do. I dare you to track me in my 1994 suburban and my un-smart phone. </em>

    Don’t worry.  TPTB will issue you a device for your vehicle.  There will be automated checkpoints for your vehicle.  The fines for disabling your device will be astounding.

     

  52. @Rick H

    It’s WordPress. I assume there’s a plugin for EVERYTHING. 🙂

    Granted, I’m not privy to everything around here, but I’ve not seen any commenting by regulars or strangers that would lead me to believe images in comments would be abused or wildly inappropriate.

  53. Don’t worry. TPTB will issue you a device for your vehicle. There will be automated checkpoints for your vehicle. The fines for disabling your device will be astounding.

    Driving out to the beach portion of our vacation in FL last week, we discovered that the county had pulled all of the humans in the tollbooths, making toll tags mandatory with manual billing by license plate photo incurring a higher fee.

    We don’t have a Florida toll tag anymore. At least, not one that works AFAIK. I’m waiting for the bill from the rental car company.

    Ironically, the last time we went to the same place, the only toll operations making money in the State of Florida were the roads with humans in the booths. The automated systems were FUBAR-ed.

  54. “Not all of us do. I dare you to track me in my 1994 suburban and my un-smart phone.”

    –funny that. On the scanner this morning the cops were talking about placing and retrieving trackers on the target vehicle. They did this one at 5am today apparently.

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  55. but I’ve not seen any commenting by regulars or strangers that would lead me to believe images in comments would be abused or wildly inappropriate.

    Step 1: Lull Chad into a sense of trust and complacency.

    Step 2: ???

    Step 3: Profit!

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  56. We have the most civil and useful comments on the interwebs.

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  57. @Chad

    I did a quick look, and there isn’t a WP plugin that shows a thumbnail when hovering over a link.  The Akismet anti-spam commenting plugin (looks for known spam in a comment during the submit) by default does that when viewing comments with links in the admin area, but I’ve never liked that. In fact, I may have disabled that here.

    What would happen if someone created a link that, when previewed, did some Javascript code on the visitor’s computer? Not a good thing to let happen. There are ways to embed malicious code that will execute on the visitor’s device when a link is hovered.

    Not something I want to risk here. (Some comments are risky enough … 🙂

  58. I did a quick look, and there isn’t a WP plugin that shows a thumbnail when hovering over a link. The Akismet anti-spam commenting plugin (looks for known spam in a comment during the submit) by default does that when viewing comments with links in the admin area, but I’ve never liked that. In fact, I may have disabled that here.

    Sorry. I was thinking something where you could add an image to your comment. The image would show in the comment section as a small thumbnail. If someone clicked the thumbnail then the full size image would appear (inline or in a popup). It’s pretty standard functionality of forum solutions like phpBB but perhaps not blog solutions like WordPress?

  59. @chad

    Comments are pretty generic ‘out of box’ and in most WP themes. (The theme is what ‘styles’ the comment form and comment content.)  There are ways to add to the comment box, but most themes don’t do that. There are comment plugins to style the comment area.

    Haven’t found a ‘thumbnail from a link’ plugin. And I believe there are potential issues if that was allowed….as detailed in my prior comment.

    But to add ‘rich text’ to comments is not usually done by most themes. There is the plugin that I found (and installed) here that gives you the ‘rich text’ bar that is now shown.  And it did allow for adding pictures, but I removed that feature with a bit of CSS, for the reasons previously mentioned.

    We don’t get much comment spam here for various reasons. One reason is the plugins I wrote that block automated comment spam.  But I have seen sites where the comments are abused by comment spambots. You can probably figure out what ends up in those comments.

    Adding ability to upload pictures is not a wise decision, IMHO. Minimal need to allow it for the ‘good guys’ here, but the potential for abuse if images are allowed outweighs that minimal need.  I’d hate to see the discussions here cluttered up with images.

  60. Anyone have any experience or recommendations for those mini projectors you can use with mobile phones? My wife wants one which means she’ll get one so if I want any input the window is rapidly closing. 🙂 lol

  61. we need to find out why they are leaving and coming here. We need to fix it there and then they won’t need to leave

    Riiiight. So the US is going to go into Central America and “fix” things. Haven’t we seen this movie before? 

    Yup, “Air America”.  Didn’t work then and won’t work now.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099005/

     

  62. We are going to get both a carbon tax and a VAT tax both. Hope ya’ll like them.

    A carbon tax is a dumb idea, basically another opportunity for politicians to play favorites and distribute pork.

    VAT, however, I can recommend as a replacement for sales tax. It’s a lot fairer across the supply chain, as long as the politicians don’t overcomplicate the rules. OTOH, I suppose you mean a national VAT, which would be yet more money flowing to the bloated federal government. That would be…less than great. 

    Hush !  The carbon tax is to save the environment ! ! ! ! !  Never mind that the first year of the slush fund is a half trillion dollars and it doubles every year.

    And yes, National VAT tax for another feddies slush fund.   What, did you think that the staties were going to get their own VAT tax ?  Dude, please no.

    We are going tax consuming until nobody don’t consume no more.

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  63. If someone wants to reference an image with a link to an external location, that is OK with me. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to allow any commenter to upload any image. There are, IMHO, too many risks involved, or too much admin overhead involved.

    Go ahead an put external links to images in your comments. Just don’t want the hassle of uploaded images, and monitoring those for ‘acceptability’ – even if my ‘acceptability’ rules are different from yours.

    Isn’t linking to external images what we’ve always had? Seems good enough for me.
    I’d vote no images. Plenty of other blogs and forums out there that allow images if you find the need (IMHO).

  64. @RickH; when using the TEXT tab in the new editor, can you make the default size a bit larger?

    Also, when starting a comment with a blockquote it appears to skip down and leave a couple of blank lines, is that as intended?

  65. “Riiiight. So the US is going to go into Central America and “fix” things. Haven’t we seen this movie before?”

    Yup, “Air America”.  Didn’t work then and won’t work now.

    Wasn’t Air America a Vietnam-era scheme.

    Obama had an obsession with Honduras early in the first term, to the point of meddling in the election and ending up on the losing side. Then the Administration bullied the new government.

    When we first moved to Vantucky in 2010, after the sale of our FL house cleared, my wife’s CA-born Prog nurse hit us up one night for investing $50,000 of the equity in a retirement property on an island off Honduras. She was miffed when I had a decent grasp of recent history in that country and was vocal about passing on the “opportunity”, regardless of what my spouse’s thought about the proposal.

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  66. @Alan –

    @RickH; when using the TEXT tab in the new editor, can you make the default size a bit larger?

    Also, when starting a comment with a blockquote it appears to skip down and leave a couple of blank lines, is that as intended?

    The Blockquote seems to be a start and end button in visual mode. And the font size in the Text mode is defined inside the plugin. I supposed I could modify their code to change the default font size, but that size is mostly inherited from the theme here.   But it’s not good practice to modify plugin code. I’d have to dig into their code and see if there are any hooks to modify things.

    The box where comments are typed is a textarea input type, and there is CSS that could be added to make the text bigger. But that would might affect other areas of the page.

    You do have the option of using glasses, old man, or zooming on your browser screen (I’ve got mine set to 120%, and I wear glasses. I am an old man.).

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  67. @rick, I too find the new comment box text too small. I zoom the rest of the page 133% and I’ve got window set at 120% so I can actually read the icons…

    If you can’t you can’t… I like the formatting buttons.

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  68. Hmmm. Seems more flexible.

    Perhaps the CODE button will take care of issues when posting for help. 🙂
    I am OK with the new editor if there is going to be an Edit after posting button. For me that is essential.
    And there is an Edit option so I like the new Posting tool.

  69. I tried the code tag yesterday when I tried to post the log, it didn’t seem to help.

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  70. Wasn’t Air America a Vietnam-era scheme.

    Yes. A former employer bought them from the USG after the fall of Saigon for a while, then resold it.

     

  71. @mark w

    I did the file edits, tried to run the commands but

    sudo systemctl restart logrotate fails

    sudo logrotate -v etc logrotate.conf with the / added does a bunch of stuff

    df showed 442 avail on reboot, but it’s down to 436G now and continues to drop

    I killed the cups error log again so that isn’t it, and the NVR isn’t started yet so it must be something in the base mint install.

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  72. @mark w, the journal log is pretty big and there are a lot of them– well, 95 files totaling 2.8 GB so not massive enough to be my problem

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  73. and in just that time, its down to 425G available.

    is there a way to see what’s writing to the disk at any one time?

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  74. You do have the option of using glasses, old man, or zooming on your browser screen (I’ve got mine set to 120%, and I wear glasses. I am an old man.).

    @Rick H; yeah, yeah, since you brought it up I’ll put on the glasses.

    Anyway, sounds like no easy fix but thanks for checking. Really appreciate all you do to keep the lights on here.

    P.S. hmm, Ctrl-Z seems not to work…”if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” comes to mind.


  75. The federal ban on bump stocks, put in place by the Trump administration, was ruled unlawful by a divided federal appeals court on Thursday, according to Bloomberg. This is a significant win for gun owners who have observed overreaching government clamp down on guns in recent years.

    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/federal-bump-stock-ban-blocked-by-divided-appeals-court

    –no mention of paying anyone who destroyed or turned in their bump stock for their loss…

    or for the company Slidefire that was essentially destroyed.

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  76. Ok, some google says iotop will list processes writing to the disk.

    installed that and it’s running.

    command cupsd -l is writing MB to the disk.

    It’s the only process with MB written.

    How do I kill it, or fix it so that it runs but doesn’t run amok?

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  77. The disable commands I sent a few days ago were supposed to disable cups.

    Report back on this:

    systemctl list-unit-files | grep cups

     

  78. cups.path————–disabled
    cups-browsed.service –enabled
    cups.service ———-disabled
    cups.socket————disabled

    root@dell-nvr:/#

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  79. Had to leave the computer. Little one was crying during a movie again. They were watching the new “live action” Lion King. Mustafa died. Little one didn’t like that AT ALL. So I cuddled with her for the rest of the movie. And holy smokes, it is a stunning achievement in digital cinema. Just stunning.

    Worth the time.

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  80. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9406943/Oregon-health-officials-monitor-four-people-Ebola-amid-fears-contracted-West-Africa.html

    Twenty-seven people in Oregon and Washington are being monitored for EBOLA amid fears they were exposed to the virus before returning to the US from West Africa

    Four people returned to Oregon from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo in early March
    Another 23 people returned to Washington from West Africa and are now under surveillance
    As far as authorities have revealed, none of the 27 have any symptoms
    CDC has ordered all travelers returning from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo be monitored for Ebola for 21 days
    Health officials say the risk any of the four has contracted the virus is low
    Guinea and the DRC have reported 18 and 12 Ebola cases respectively

    –It’s always something…

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  81. “Mid-Flinx (Adventures of Pip & Flinx)” by Alan Dean Foster
    https://www.amazon.com/Mid-Flinx-Adventures-Flinx-Alan-Foster/dp/0345406443/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number six (in reading order) of a fifteen book space opera with psi series. I reread the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Del Rey in 1995 that I bought new since I cannot find my copy in my packed books. I will continue to read through the series. BTW, this book is also a sequel to the author’s “Midworld” book, also a Commonwealth book.
    https://www.amazon.com/Midworld-Alan-Dean-Foster/dp/0345283570/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Flinx now has own FTL spaceship, the Teacher, built and given to him by the Ulru-Ujurrians. He and Pip were on a planet looking for a suitable place to stay. Instead they ran into a jerk wanting to add Pip to his exotic animal collection. They leave the planet and end up at Midworld.

    The reading order of Pip and Flinx:
    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/f/alan-dean-foster/pip-and-flinx/

    ADF has a website at:
    https://www.alandeanfoster.com/

    My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (107 reviews)

     

  82. “Texas Utility Sues Suppliers”

    https://www.rigzone.com/news/wire/texas_utility_sues_suppliers-24-mar-2021-164975-article/

    “(Bloomberg) — The first lawsuits protesting exorbitant gas prices during February’s historic deep freeze have begun.”

    “CPS Energy, a Texas utility, is suing energy giants including BP Energy Co., Chevron Corp. and Energy Transfer. CPS supplies over 1.1 million customers in the San Antonio area with power and gas, and is disputing charges amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars at a minimum in 13 lawsuits.”

    The repercussions of the February freeze continue to expand outwards.  The only resolution that I see is the bankruptcy court starting with ERCOT.

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  83. Thanks to everyone who has helped with my linux issues so far. I feel like progress is happening, it’s less of a mystery, and I’m glad.

    And I”m going to bed, I’ll see you in the morning.

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  84. Greg says:

    <blockquote>Americans are generally polite and honest. Most of the rest of the world sees those traits as weaknesses to be expoited if given the opportunity.</blockquote>

    When American income tax gets above about 35%, the rate of non-compliance will rise, along with moving income from taxable streams into non-taxable streams. And the amount of effort expended in lessening your net tax bill will increase a lot.

    I think this is already happening.

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  85. “Another Fauci prediction blows up: Since lifting lockdown, Covid cases in Texas have DROPPED 36%”

    https://freedomfirstnetwork.com/2021/03/another-fauci-prediction-blows-up-since-lifting-lockdown-covid-cases-in-texas-have-dropped-36

    “It’s getting harder to be a Covid fearmonger. The more information that leaks out somehow through alternative media, the harder it is for lockdown-proponents and face-mask-Karens to make their narrative stick. The latest dagger in the heart of lockdown hysteria comes from Texas.”

    “Two weeks after Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted Covid restrictions, the number of average Covid cases has dropped. It isn’t a minor drop, either, as The Epoch Times reported. The numbers in the week preceding March 10 dropped by over 36% on March 24.”

     

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