Thur. April 1, 2021 – can’t even parody or satirize our current state, reality would trump every attempt…

Cooler, damp, although no rain in the forecast. We did get sprinkles and some wetness late in the day yesterday. The temps dropped from the high 70s to the high 60s and then even to 59F before bedtime. The first drop happened right on schedule according to openweathermap.org I don’t think that anyone needed a jacket though.

I spent the afternoon in meatspace. Spent over an hour with my buddy and his wife in the store talking. Inventory was down to almost nothing. There were a few consignment items, but they weren’t moving. Ammo? No. He’s hoping to get some inventory in soon. Most of the local stores are in the same condition. You can’t sell what you don’t have. Transfer fees are all that’s keeping the lights on and yesterday was slow while I was there. As a sign of the times, they had a almost attack by a lone wolf last week. They get scoped out fairly often, but the bad guys see the cams and the setup and decide to try elsewhere. THIS guy was gonna go for it, and only changed his mind when an extra gun showed up. People are getting more desperate. Take a look at your threat assessment with this in mind. Take a good look at your physical security too, I’m sure there is some way to improve it for little cost.

Again, things are unlikely to start getting better tomorrow. They are much more likely to continue getting worse. Start acting on that idea. Start by making yourself and your stuff less attractive as a target. Get rid of the bling. Consider that to a third world migrant, any jewelry is worth money and marks you as ‘rich’. Consider carrying some “throw down” money. I keep cash in a money clip in my pocket with the specific intention of giving that up. “throwing it down” and running, if possible. You might want a fat envelope of small bills in the desk drawer to satisfy the guy who is rifling through your house so he hopefully grabs it and bails. I don’t know if any one strategy will work or not, so I’m layering, just like I approach prepping. It’s very common to wear a silicon rubber band in place of a wedding band now, for sporting or work reasons. Think about that, and what your watch or phone says to a thief. You might want a case for your phone that makes it look a lot less attractive or expensive. Back in the day, in certain areas, white earphones were a great way to advertise that you were carrying an apple product… their design is iconic to catch the eye of customers, and it works on thieves too.

Right now the simplest things will likely pay the most dividends. Visible cameras. No visible high theft items. Don’t leave a bag, coat, or valuables visible in a vehicle. Don’t leave guns in vehicles. Get a consolevault or equivalent if you must. Lock your doors, all the time. Car doors should always be locked. House doors should be closed and locked. I put keypad locks on our doors. If you go through the door, you pull it shut behind you. It’s easy enough to code the door open. There are times when we don’t but it’s usually when we are working in front of the door. Absolutely don’t leave the front door open and then go out and work in the back. The doorknob rattlers are out every day looking for open doors and making lists of what they see. I’ve got that from our Constable’s loss prevention specialist. They bust these guys with notebooks full of info on their potential targets.

Consider getting an alarm system. At a minimum, get door chimes, or set the alarm to chime when the doors open and get different tones for the front and back door. When the kids were little, we had different bells and noise makers on every door in the house. You could track the little ninjas just by sound. Get a driveway alert system. If you’ve got a remote gate, put a chime on that.

This is just the easy and cheap stuff you can do with little impact on your ‘normal’ life. Think about what you’d do AFTER a home robbery, and save yourself the trauma by doing some or all of it BEFORE you need it.

Home and personal security is a huge topic and there are lots of resources. Your insurance or local PD might offer ‘security audits’ for free. Take advantage of that and get a fresh set of eyes as well as some experience applied to the issue. We’ve discussed various aspects of it here, and although there isn’t a particular keyword, some searching should bring up good info. Resolve to take some concrete action to improve your position…

and keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

79 thoughts on “Thur. April 1, 2021 – can’t even parody or satirize our current state, reality would trump every attempt…”

  1. 49F and 61%RH

    and time to get the family up and fed.

    n

  2. reduced living standard for you and me. Increased for the ruling class. average stays the same…

    No more private ownership of cars/trucks. Mobility As A Service. MAAS.

    Tonymobiles and other fancy lad transportation are going to have huge bullseyes on them once people start being forced onto buses as downtown areas either ban cars or heavily toll the surface streets.

    The tech is available to toll the surface streets. What saves us is that management at places like my former employer is lousy. Of course, that staffing situation won’t last forever in the face of $100 million losses annually, particularly at a family-owned Austrian company whose Wikipedia page has a large chunk of company history conveniently missing during the 30s and 40s, back when they made railroad control systems. Achtung!

  3. Leaving the State Park a day early. Going to get in to the low 20’s, about 22f tonight. I question whether the RV plumbing will take the cold. Thus going home a day early, put some anti-freeze in the pipes.

    Went to the park office to get a refund for the day we are not using. They refunded, but have to void the original registration, then put in a new registration with the proper days. I normally get 25% off the cost as I am a veteran. But if a vet is 100%, there is a 50% discount. She asked and I told her 40% but she gave me the 50% discount. There is no way to verify my rating as it is not on the card. Learned something new. My next registration I will ask for disabled vet status rather than veteran and see how it shakes out. I won’t lie, but I also will not offer, my rating unless asked.

  4. Speaking of single family house security, locking and hardening the garage to house door is a frequent owner fail.  Replacing strike and hinge screws with 3 inch models is practically cost free for any exterior door.  Door Armor brand strike and hinge plate covers make a wood door a SWAT problem.  Any elongated strike plate is a real improvement.  I also like:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Y7PVLK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=ttgnet-20

    https://www.amazon.com/Defender-Security-10827-Door-Reinforcement/dp/B00D2K367Y/ref=sr_1_19?dchild=1&keywords=bump+lock+guard&qid=1617280346&sr=8-19

     

    https://www.amazon.com/Flip-Guard-FG-1000-SN/dp/B00HZD8S8G/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=bump+lock+guard&qid=1617280346&sr=8-4&tag=ttgnet-20

     

  5. @nightraker, thanks for the links, I’d never seen the one that keeps the deadbolt from turning.

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  6. The passive interior door blocks are great when you are inside, but think carefully if there is ANY chance where YOU are outdoors and another occupant has activated ’em.

  7. Hm, I don’t know a single teacher in our district that couldn’t pronounce this phrase, most of them in a variety of regional accents.

    ‘It’s like an episode of Veep’: Jill Biden is mocked on social media after she mispronounces Spanish during her speech honoring Cesar Chavez

    Jill Biden was in California to tout White House’s labor ties on Cesar Chavez Day
    ‘He is a union person. I am a member of the teachers union,’ the first lady said of her and President Joe Biden. ‘We are a union couple’

    orge Bonilla tweeted: ‘What better way to wrap #CesarChavezDay than with Co-President Dr. Jill Biden butchering “Sí Se Puede” while standing in front of Chávez’ black eagle.’ Giancarlo Sopo tweeted: ‘Jill Biden tried #Hispandering and ended up saying “Yes, we father!” (Si se padre) instead of “Yes, we can!” (Si se puede). Not a big deal, but I’m old enough to remember when President Trump’s mispronunciations would consume news cycles.’

    –remind me where she worked as a teacher?

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  8. remind me where she worked as a teacher?

    I’ll remind you that her doctoral thesis was an absolute joke. I’ve read children’s books with more information.

  9. –remind me where she worked as a teacher?

    Substitute teacher then a year teaching English at a private Catholic school followed by some kind of stint at a technical college.

    *Dr.* Jill Biden’s entire career beyond losing a bitter high dollar divorce case from the first husband in the mid-70s is a series of gimmies arranged by Scranton Joe. On the plus side for the country, I believe Biden’s wife will be a problem for the cabal now that she is installed as First Lady — no way she gives that up to go back to being another bitter divorcee … or Plugs widow.

  10. Apple CEO Tim “I’M GAY!” Cook has thrown his hat into the “I hate GA ‘cause of it’s suppressive voting law”.

    Commenters almost universally panned him with “uh, aren’t you the guy who uses Chinese slave labor to make your shit.”

    Wokeism is destroying the FUSA.

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  11. <i>Apple CEO Tim “I’M GAY!” Cook has thrown his hat into the “I hate GA ‘cause of it’s suppressive voting law”.</i>

    I noticed the wannabe tech pundit Chinese in-law is yapping about it on his Twitter feed. Georgia must be the talking point of the week for The Valley. They aren’t getting much mileage from bashing Florida and Texas as the Wuxu Flu numbers continue to decline in those states.

    I’ve passed the incubation period for anything bad to happen to me resulting from our trip to Florida. If you aren’t stupid, a trip to the state isn’t a death sentence, contrary to the media’s spin.

  12. Local local local–my freezer wins!  as the bill has no pork in it for middle aged white guys in Texas…

     

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  13. Now that plugs is funding transgender surgery in the military (goodbye my tax dollars) will the standards be:

     Have to dress as a woman/man for a specified time to make sure you are really a tranny. Imagine a dude next to you in drag “I dress like a woman, therefore I *am* a woman”. I never got that part where dressing like society says makes you a woman.
    Take hormones to grow your boobs or chin hair.
    Actually go through and have the surgery.

    I see a massive degradation of our military. Also a bunch of transgender blanket parties. Men can’t wear their hair long in the military, women can. Double standards all the way. Makeup, jewelry, hair, nails, shoes do not a woman make.

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  14. My above post had numbering and everything. I composed it in “Visual” and the numbers appeared magically as I was writing, then didn’t actually post them. “Text” view only for me from now on.

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  15. Those four “charts” don’t display well on my phone. I should have known better than to look at a site run by a newspaper. I have noticed many of them have some of the worst sites I have seen.

    No offense to Alan. Lots of offense to whoever created and failed to test that article.

  16. My back is killing me today.  My productivity is near zero.

     

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  17. Not gonna cut the living standard of the USA by at least 50%.

    There are phoney-baloney ways to be “carbon neutral”. (Paying for trees in faraway lands is one.)

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  18. “Consider getting an alarm system.”

    Also consider not putting up stickers saying that you have an alarm system. When you put up the “Home protected by…” stickers, you are telling would-be thieves and home invaders that you have something worth stealing.

    Remember that the best precautions you can take to protect your home can always be overcome. For example, you can spend a bucket of cash on the best door locks but when the bad guy uses a car jack and a 2X4 to open up the door frame…

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  19. Back from RV camping, a day early. Hard freeze tonight. Had to winterize the RV again. Takes two gallons of fluid, I only had one. Thus I diluted the solution. It will only be 25f for a couple of hours, below freezing for about 6 hours. A diluted solution should be just fine. After a couple of days I will flush the lines with fresh water.

    The design of the system to fill the lines with anti-freeze is really poorly done, like a lot of the rest of RV. I have to drain the water heater by removing an external plug, open the bypass valve cleverly hidden behind a partition where the arm can barely reach, close the inlet and outlet valves with one cleverly hidden behind a heating duct, then replace the drain plug on the outside. Next I must fill a container with the antifreeze solution because the hose from the RV water pump is too short and not flexible enough to dunk directly in a gallon of anti-freeze. Then make certain the valve from the fresh water tank is closed (must be closed when on exterior water), then open the valve to the pump. Turn on the pump, open each faucet, hot and cold individually until the water runs pink. Kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, and exterior shower. Finally run the toilet until that water is pink.

    I also set the electric heater on 45f (which is actually highly inaccurate) and the heater will come on when the interior temperature gets to about 55f. I generally keep the heater on in the winter to control moisture, the A/C on during the summer for the same reason. Helps to have a 30 amp outlet on the side of the house specifically for the RV.

    TN state parks are generally quite nice and well maintained. Amazing how dark the place can be at night. After about 10:00 PM everyone will generally turn off any exterior lights. Everyone is generally cooperative.

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  20. Remember that the best precautions you can take to protect your home can always be overcome

    When I lived in San Antonio a fellow had his placed robbed three times. Each time he upped his security where finally he had a metal door in a metal frame, hinges welded to the frame. Windows had high security bars. He was robbed again, well sort of. The thief only took a couple of items and left a note. The thief had taken a chainsaw to the side of the house and just cut a big hole in the wall. I think the thief had a vengeance thing going, more than just simple robbery.

    Another good security measure is lights, lots of them. I have five dual bulb motion sensitive lights around the house. Another really bright motion sensitive light above the garage. I have two solar powered motion activated lights in the structure under which the RV sits.

    I have no illusions of fool proof security. Just making my house less attractive than some other house. And I have really good insurance.

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  21. Also consider not putting up stickers saying that you have an alarm system.

    Every cop I’ve talked to said they are a deterrent. And, I get a break on homeowner’s insurance, in part because of the theft deterrent.  (And the insurance company wouldn’t do that if they didn’t work.) Most B&E thefts are opportunity crimes. Why hit a house with an alarm if the one next door doesn’t have one?

     

  22. “Goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2050?”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/31/goal-of-carbon-neutrality-by-2050/

    “Has anybody heard of an announcement that the United States has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050?”

    Nope. Not gonna cut the living standard of the USA by at least 50%.

    reduced living standard for you and me. Increased for the ruling class. average stays the same….

    n

    No middle class at that point with no cheap energy. Gonna be either ruling class or peons.

  23. I’ve got some really obvious cams, and some that are much harder to see.

     

    I put the dakota alert on the front porch with the chime on my desk.  Even sitting there with the cams on the monitor I was sometimes surprised by packages.   The delivery guys are stealthy and quick.

     

    All my door jambs are reinforced, and the doors are tough.  windows are weak and on the list for upgrades.

     

     

     

    I’m headed out to the chiropractor.  I usually respond well.   If not, tomorrow I’ll be eating vicodin and sleeping.

     

    n

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  24. Out where I live, neighbors intercept burglars. They even dispose of the bodies. 🙂 There are more than a hundred abandoned mine shafts within a couple miles.

    Seriously, don’t forget dogs. Although even a small dog can bark up a ruckus, that doesn’t work in remote areas. I prefer having two or more medium size or larger dogs with good territorial defense instincts. Add some loyalty training. Not foolproof, just one element. I have charmed more than one “watchdog.”

    I know booby traps are frowned on, but have thought a good defense against home invasion might be a 2kV electric deterrent, only manually activated of course. This is almost always fatal. Many risks, and the threat of premeditation in a murder charge. Still, very effective in the right circumstances. Idle thinking.

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  25. That electric defense above comes from concentration camps. There were lots of tests.

    I only bring this up as a thought for when our firearms are taken away. Some here know how easy it is to do real harm with ordinary materials. Much worse because they harm anyone nearby.

  26. Just tried the new editor using my phone.
    Seems to have a bunch of features I wouldn’t use, but I am used to no frills editors.
    DO notice that it takes more screen space.
    Oh wait, just noticed that I can enlarge the window. That only worked on my desktop in the old editor.
    Purposely putting in some formatting to see if it survives posting.
    Too many interruptions right now.

  27. As someone mentioned earlier, the paragraph numbering disappeared when posting. Need more practice…


  28. I’ve got some really obvious cams, and some that are much harder to see.

    Hope the back gets better, sooner.

    You must have written your post in “Visual” mode. Look at all that white space.

  29. GS, oh my! I have always liked them.

    I have a neighbor who had a standard poodle, aptly named Max. Max would let everyone come in the gate, but would not let strangers leave. More than once he came home to find someone sitting on his porch, with Max not allowing him to leave. Max was a good boy.

    Those signs remind me of “We don’t call 911.”

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  30. Does someone still sell ‘lantern batteries’? Seems to me they’d make a great emergency backup source to charge smartphones and the like.

    Beware.

    My experience in carrying them, still in shrink wrap, for emergency use in my vehicles, is that they have a lifetime of about a year.

    Should depend on the battery type. 6 volt and 12 volt ‘lantern batteries’ have typically been carbon-zinc formulated. 6 volt I’ve seen in alkaline, which should store longer than carbon-zinc depending though on your local climate if you store them in a vehicle. I haven’t seen the 12 volt in alkaline and neither in li-ion.


  31. can unlock doors without keycard

    @nick; missing the reference here…or is there not any??


  32. Actually go through and have the surgery.

    Yeah, if you commit to that then you gotta be somewhat serious about making the change.

  33. Thur. April 1, 2021 – can’t even parody or satirize our current state, reality would trump every attempt…

    I see what you did there with Trump’s name !

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  34. GS, oh my! I have always liked them.

    I have a neighbor who had a standard poodle, aptly named Max. Max would let everyone come in the gate, but would not let strangers leave. More than once he came home to find someone sitting on his porch, with Max not allowing him to leave. Max was a good boy.

    Those signs remind me of “We don’t call 911.”

    My neighbor has the “No Solicitors” sign above his “Protected By Smith & Wesson” sign.

    I like it but I won’t put a gun sign up.

    And 911 don’t come out where I live or work very fast. They gotta figure out which county road first. Which is why I keep a .357 in my desk drawer and an AR behind my office door.

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    …new text editor…

    Getting used to it – couple of comments:
    1. I’ve settled on using the “TEXT” tab so I’d vote for making that the default (don’t wanna prematurely wear out my mouse ya know lol).
    2. I think Rick explained it but not sure I got it (or maybe he didn’t), where if I start a comment by clicking the BlockQuote button it puts the tag on line 3 leaving two blank lines (see above for an annotated example). I know it doesn’t really matter but it gives a twinge to my OCD.

  36. It’s very common to wear a silicon rubber band in place of a wedding band now, for sporting or work reasons. Think about that, and what your watch or phone says to a thief.

    Oh man, my 2.5 ounce Aggie (TAMU) 10K gold ring in size 13 always attracts attention. I have been wearing it for over 40 years …

  37. …new text editor…

    Getting used to it – couple of comments:
    1. I’ve settled on using the “TEXT” tab so I’d vote for making that the default (don’t wanna prematurely wear out my mouse ya know lol).

    Plus one if Rick feels like doing it. Otherwise, I am ok with clicking “Text” every time.

    I have this same problem with my email announcement list. It used to be so easy when they were text only but everyone wants HTML nowadays except the recipients.

  38. Not gonna cut the living standard of the USA by at least 50%.

    There are phoney-baloney ways to be “carbon neutral”. (Paying for trees in faraway lands is one.)

    Those days are coming to an end. The carbon taxes will be collected at the wellhead or at the mine.

  39. Hmm, which has more pork, this bill or nick’s freezer?

    USA TODAY: Joe Biden wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and jobs. These 4 charts show where the money would go..
    https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/politics/2021/04/01/2-trillion-infrastructure-bill-charts-detail-bidens-plan/4820227001/

    Note that every time a dum-bro-crat gets hold of a word, they redefine it to be something that has very little of the original word. We are changing the definitions of words in American English way too fast for me.

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  40. “Two more lawsuits with graphic details filed against Deshaun Watson”
    https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-Deshaun-Watson-massage-21-lawsuits-details-16066490.php

    “There are now 21 lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson, all from women accusing the Texans quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage sessions. That’s in addition to another woman, who hasn’t filed suit, but this week told Sports Illustrated about a similar harrowing experience she had with Watson during an appointment.”

    Man, there is a lot of smoke here. And this is apparently one busy guy. He needs to get another hobby.

  41. No middle class at that point with no cheap energy. Gonna be either ruling class or peons.

    You think that they intend otherwise?

    I had to endure the wannabe members of the ruling class today down at The Domain, Austin’s slice of Northern California. Not only did we enter the Apple Store (new iPhone battery), but my son insisted on a trip to the Amazon physical bookstore.

    I got the standard lecture at Apple about my battery not *truly* requiring replacement, but they were interested in selling me a new iPhone after determining that my SE was only worth $25.

    The less said about Amazon the better. The science section had a “New York Times Bestseller” about animals farting, and the limited computer books area had two “crash course” Python books.

    I guess the layoff monster is still hungry at the nearby National Instruments and IBM buildings. Most of the new buildings were disturbingly empty.

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  42. “Danger Zones” by Divemedic
    https://areaocho.com/danger-zones/

    “More than 40 fatalities and well over 100 serious injuries have resulted from nationwide attacks and riots. Here is the list of the cities that are have had violent incidents.”

    Oh yeah, just about every city above 250,000 people in the USA is on that list. And four in Texas of course, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Austin (the most violent).

    It used to be that local police departments were all over this nonsense. Has this changed forever or just temporarily ?

    Hat tip to:
    https://gunfreezone.net/savages-have-no-fear-and-attack-a-man-walking-his-motorcycle/

  43. ‘“Danger Zones” by Divemedic’

    Zone 5: Open warfare with either mutual firefights, or government actively supporting insurgents
    Oregon and Washington: The entire Interstate 5 corridor from the Canadian border south to Eugene, Oregon (more than a dozen fatalities)

    I’m shocked! Shocked!

    People not familiar with the area think I’m kidding when I say that Vantucky — Vancouver, WA — is a look at the future of the country with legalized weed, 30+% unemployment, spendy dining at fast food outlets, and no real retail beyond big chains.

    I’d also extend the zone east out I-80 at least as far as The Dalles, Oregon.

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  44. Now that plugs is funding transgender surgery in the military (goodbye my tax dollars) will the standards be:

    Have to dress as a woman/man for a specified time to make sure you are really a tranny. Imagine a dude next to you in drag “I dress like a woman, therefore I *am* a woman”. I never got that part where dressing like society says makes you a woman.
    Take hormones to grow your boobs or chin hair.
    Actually go through and have the surgery.

    I see a massive degradation of our military. Also a bunch of transgender blanket parties. Men can’t wear their hair long in the military, women can. Double standards all the way. Makeup, jewelry, hair, nails, shoes do not a woman make.

    Well this is a unsettling picture of the current military freak show if it is true:
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/pentagon-reverses-trump-era-policies-banned-transgenders-serving-military-will-issue-new-rules-broaden-access-gender-transition/


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    “@nick; missing the reference here…or is there not any??”

     

    –now that I got my vaccine, with free Bill Gates microchip, I don’t have to use my rfid key card to unlock doors….

     

    Tongue firmly in cheek of course.

     

    n

     

    (like whenever I mention the lizards living inside our deep state officials.  OF COURSE they aren’t skin suits run by lizards… but how would you know the difference?)

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  46. “Well this is a unsettling picture”

     

    –yup, I was gonna spare you guys that pic…

     

    but it says more than words doesn’t it.

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  47. And this is apparently one busy guy. He needs to get another hobby.

    –one of our local dj’s pointed out that one woman’s complaint listed half a dozen visits where he “assaulted” her.  He asked if it was so terrible why did she go back?

    I’m getting the impression these were “outcall” massages, in his hotel room.  He had every reason to expect a sexual encounter if that was true, especially depending on how the transaction was initiated-ie an ad in the adult newspaper…   The women are piling on because they smell blood.  He can’t admit  he was booking prostitutes.  They can’t admit they were working as prostitutes.  It’s all kinds of f’d up.

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  48. Now that plugs is funding transgender surgery in the military

    I have always felt that the reason the “progs” are so gung-ho to get all their pet projects injected into the military is to get us to pay for it all.  Why would someone who feels the need to transition from male to female, or female to male want to join a military organization in the first place?  To get us normals to pay for it.

    I am pretty tolerant of people’s peccadillos.  I just don’t want to pay for them.  And that is the basis of all of the left’s shrieking.  If I am unwilling to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for sex reassignment surgery, it makes me a racist, sexist, homophobe, transphobe, etc.

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  49. Chiro helped, for a bit. I will need several more adjustments though before I’m back to normal.  It’s definitely moving up from my low back, because I’m out of anti inflammatories… I swore I wouldn’t let that happen again,but I misunderstood the doc on the phone and messed up.  Prepper fail that is being remedied as I sit here.

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  50. “Well this is a unsettling picture”

    –yup, I was gonna spare you guys that pic…

    but it says more than words doesn’t it.

    n

    You know, if that guy in short skirt with his legs crossed has the surgery to convert his outie into an innie, he might be able to cross his legs like a real lady does. But I doubt it, it seems to take ladies a long time to do that leg crossing maneuver gracefully.

    BTW, is that a picture of Biden’s chiefs in the Department of Defense ?

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  51. Shoot, inflation is already here !

    –that’s my fear, and it’s being masked by supply and demand issues.

    it’s one explanation for the huge demand for houses and cars, people are already trying to convert cash into stuff.

    n

    (I’m going to take some meds and lay down for a while, talk amongst yourselves….)

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  52. “6000% Increase in Reported Vaccine Deaths 1st Quarter 2021 Compared to 1st Quarter 2020”
    https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/03/31/6000-increase-in-reported-vaccine-deaths-1st-quarter-2021-compared-to-1st-quarter-2020/

    36 deaths in the first quarter of 2020 versus 2,206 deaths in the first quarter of 2021 after vaccinations. And over 80% of the 2021 deaths are in the over 65 age group. I have no idea if these numbers are legitimate but, good night, this is not good.

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


  53. I have no illusions of fool proof security. Just making my house less attractive than some other house. And I have really good insurance.

     

    Basic security measures will defeat or discourage 98% of crooks who are simply after an easy mark. Lights and dogs / alarms are very effective.  However,  as noted in other posts, that remaining 2% is usually after something specific and comes equipped to get it. For example if you get regular deliveries from bulion sales houses or other wealth indicators beware.  I have all my bullion directed to our business mail drop and they don’t have my home address.

  54. Seems the local police chief is in trouble. I know the guy, his daughter and granddaughter. Nice family, good kids. He is either guilty or is the victim of a scheme to “get even” for some recent high profile drug busts in the area. Either way, his career is over.

    https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/oliver-springs-police-chief-terminated-for-numerous-violations/

    Is having sex with the office manager bad ? Asking for a friend.

    Of course, I am married to the office manager.

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  55. “Ford Says Chip Shortage Forcing Production Halt at Several Plants”
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/ford-says-chip-shortage-forcing-production-halt-at-several-plants-11617224118?mod=hp_lista_pos3

    “Auto maker is scheduling more downtime at some U.S. factories, including its two major truck sites”

    @Nick, your used trucks are going up in price still. I priced my 2019 F-150 4×4 at http://www.kbb.com the other day. It is 17 months old with 15K miles and the trade-in price is only $2K less than I paid for it. Normally it would be 20% less than what I paid for it now.

  56. “Why do SpaceX Starships look so “homemade”?”
    https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/50811/why-do-spacex-starships-look-so-homemade?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_overflow_newsletter

    “And yet, that is exactly what SpaceX did. Including the tank welder part: according to the logos on the side of their trucks, Starhopper was at least partially built by contractors who normally build water towers. (Which is where the “flying water tower” joke comes from and why it is so delightful that SpaceX actually did turn Starhopper into a water tower instead of scrapping it.)”

    “But, in some sense, they are not even building Starship prototypes. One of Elon Musk’s mottos is “Build the machine to build the machine”, and that is what they are doing down there. You can almost think of it like the factory is the prototype, and the Starships are just a by-product. (Which is for example why they partially built SN 12–14 and then scrapped them again without ever testing them).”

    Cool !


  57. Remember that the best precautions you can take to protect your home can always be overcome. For example, you can spend a bucket of cash on the best door locks but when the bad guy uses a car jack and a 2X4 to open up the door frame…

    Then you need one of these (unfortunately the company went out of business)
    https://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/nyregion/thecity/27lock.html

    Also consider not putting up stickers saying that you have an alarm system.

    Every cop I’ve talked to said they are a deterrent.

    One thing I’ve heard is to not use the stickers that come with your system and instead use generic stickers so you’re not giving out advance knowledge as to which specific system you actually have.

    I have no illusions of fool proof security. Just making my house less attractive than some other house.

    Unless it’s a pro targeting your house specifically, possibly based on some specific knowledge, then the easier the target the better. Dogs, smart timed lights, floodlamps, outside cameras, video doorbell, alarm system with inside cameras, radio on on a talk station (or Alexa ‘away mode’), trimmed shrubs and so on will all make your house less inviting. As will posting a few of these 😉 https://www.amazon.com/Warning-TRESPASSERS-Survivors-Aluminum-Novelty/dp/B06WP2BDCZ/?tag=ttgnet-20


  58. –now that I got my vaccine, with free Bill Gates microchip, I don’t have to use my rfid key card to unlock doors….

    Tongue firmly in cheek of course.

    Well, there’s always this approach: https://dangerousthings.com/

  59. Woke from my nap right on schedule when the pain came back. Still, worth it. I’ll be going back to sleep as soon as I eat and drink.

    Wife says if used truck gets too expensive, we’ll buy new, but that only works if there is new to buy….

    and I’m very resistant to that idea.

    Had a very welcome dream. The whole day was worth it just for the dream.

    n

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  60. @Lynn

    ” Looks like there is a JEP book that I did not know of, “King Jerry’s Spaceship”.”

    Baen April 1 humor. King David’s Spaceship.

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  61. Apparently George Floyd was a pillar of the community.

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  62. @MrAtoz

    ” Have to dress as a woman/man for a specified time to make sure you are really a tranny. Imagine a dude next to you in drag “I dress like a woman, therefore I *am* a woman”. I never got that part where dressing like society says makes you a woman.
    Take hormones to grow your boobs or chin hair.
    Actually go through and have the surgery.”

    Three simple requirements for males that want to be females:

    –the junk comes off

    –hip replacement with female geometry

    –hormones for a year with T-levels and body fat in female normal range

     

     

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  63.  And four in Texas of course, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Austin (the most violent).

    The BLM protests in Houston were done and over in a day or so. A few windows broken is all I remember.

  64. Following the daily reports on LI by Branca, it seems that not only is the state’s case thin, but that they have been engaged in selective information release for more than a year and were attempting to do so at the trial by presenting edited video from the Minneapolis Police evidence system.

    I’d guess the video media coverage for the past year has used the footage of Floyd on the ground in about 50:1 ratio to the video of him resisting arrest and refusing to be put into the squad car. In the on-the-ground video we hear Floyd calling for “Mama”, but it’s not until court testimony today that we find out that was what he called his dope-sharing girlfriend, and how he had her listed in his cellphone.

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  65. 36 deaths in the first quarter of 2020 versus 2,206 deaths in the first quarter of 2021 after vaccinations. And over 80% of the 2021 deaths are in the over 65 age group. I have no idea if these numbers are legitimate but, good night, this is not good.

    They are probably legit. They probably don’t mean squat.

    Why? Drilling down, look at the https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?TABLE=ON&GROUP1=AGE&EVENTS=ON&PERPAGE=100&VAX=COVID19&DIED=Yesfirst death listed:

    Current Illness: End stage renal disease with dependence on renal dialysis, COPD, cirrhosis of the liver, hypokalemia, gout, heart failure, hyperlipidemia, atrial fibrillation.
    Preexisting Conditions: Refused dialysis frequently resulting in episodes of hypokalemia and hospitalization, resident dependent on supplemental oxygen. The resident refused to go to dialysis on 12/23/2020 and said he was feeling fine.
    Allergies: alprazolam, Lorazepam
    Diagnostic Lab Data: None
    CDC Split Type:

    Write-up: on 12/24/2020 the resident was sleepy and stayed in bed most of the shift. He stated he was doing okay but requested pain medication for his legs at 250PM. At 255AM on 12/25/2020 the resident was observed in bed lying still, pale, eyes half open and foam coming from mouth and unresponsive. He was not breathing and with no pulse

    Here is a person in end stage renal disease that refused dialysis. Most of the people vaccinated by the date they did the data dump were either health care workers or those over 65. In any large group of people, some are going to die; quite a few more if they are over 65. Right now everyone is overly cautious, VAERS is getting a lot of publicity, so more reports are being made than before.

    (Also, January-March is probably a low point in getting vaccinations during the year. The flu shots are later in the year.)

    Correlation =/= Causation

    (Also, the VAERS query I did showed 1880 of the deaths being associated with the COVID vaccines. So, either the other vaccines got a lot more deadly, or it’s due to more reporting.)

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