Thur. April 8, 2021 – things are coming to another head

Wet and cooler, or possibly wet and warm. But probably wet.

Wednesday was mostly overcast with bits of sun poking through every now and then. The light rain started late, 10pm or later, and was really just a heavy mist. And it was still 68F so pretty dank.

Mostly did housework, then got the youngest from school. Did my auction pickup with her riding along. She was not amused. I got some fishing gear, and another propane camp stove, and a bunch of ebay stuff that sells well, but only in spurts. Been a bit slow lately but it won’t spoil and doesn’t take too much space. It will sell later.

Got a quote back from the electrician. He’ll install the transfer switch for $450 but doesn’t want anything to do with the gennie. That’s fine, I’ll get a plumber to do the gas, and I’ll do the hookup once the switch is in place. I won’t have to do anything live, or inside my panelboard that way. Just need to find the time and schedule him.

Today should be more of the same, especially if it’s raining. Plenty to do indoors.

And I’m getting anxious again. Biden is going to try his luck with Executive Orders that infringe the right to keep and bear arms. Weird stuff is going on in world finance. It’s possible that the MN cop won’t get railroaded, but there will certainly be riots either way. People are starting to talk about inflation the same way they have started to talk about Civil War- both seem increasingly inevitable. The chinaflu lockdown only suppressed and delayed those things, while also exacerbating them. When the tinder lights, it’s going to get really ugly, really fast. People will surely say “It happened so suddenly, it came out of nowhere” and for them, it will have. For the rest of us though, it’s been coming for a long time.

Thoughts like these make me want to stack all the things.

n

(I had a thought today- if you were watching this, and prepping through it for the last year, and LIVING actively and consciously, you probably lost weight or stayed even for the last year. If you were just sitting idle, waiting for the all clear, pissed that your tinder matches are all disappointments, you probably gained weight. I’d be interested to see the ant vs grasshopper distribution on gaining or losing weight….)

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

45 thoughts on “Thur. April 8, 2021 – things are coming to another head”

  1. Hi Nick

    Actively continued to prep. Lost 10 lbs but gained it back in the winter. Pretty much was ready for Wuflu. Thing I forgot to stack: eyecup to wash out eyes. Almost had to take a trip to emergency room. Most surprising useful thing I stacked: plastic grocery bags. No shopping meant the inflow of bags stopped and the bags are needed for bathroom trash and many other uses.
    Steve

  2. ” plastic grocery bags. No shopping meant the inflow of bags stopped and the bags are needed for bathroom trash and many other uses.”

    –great observation. I had even read articles about bag bans affecting the homeless, because they use them for sh!tting in, but hadn’t made the connection to my own use. I’ve got a big stash but it did get drawn down a bit.

    As backup, I bought a box of 500 kirkland wastebasket liners (10 gal, clear) to use as toilet liners if needed. I have pulled a few of those for various uses over the year because they are a bit bigger then the grocery bags but not as big as the kitchen trash bags I use for most of the household trash (and as liners for my bucket toilet.) Plus, they are cheap $11/500.

    n

  3. 61F, blue sky and heavy mist this morning. No mysterious cars on the street.

    n


  4. More than 600 people’s appointments at a ‘Vaccines for All’ event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City were cancelled on Wednesday when the clinic was forced to close at around 3.30pm. Centura Health, which sponsored the event, said 11 people had adverse reactions such as nausea and dizziness in the on-site observation area minutes after receiving their Johnson & Johnson shot. Two of those people were transported to a hospital for additional monitoring, while the nine others were treated with water and juice.

    –very strange for it to cluster like that. Those were my symptoms too, but it took much longer for the onset.

    n

  5. MAGA rioter, 34, who was fatally trampled in the Capitol mob actually died of acute amphetamine intoxication, medical examiner says

    Roseanne Boyland, 34, was among four Donald Trump fans killed during the violent insurrection on January 6
    The DC medical examiner’s office confirmed Wednesday that Boyland died of a drug overdose and that the manner of her death was an accident
    Boyland was seen earlier January 6 carrying a Gadsden flag around DC
    Graphic bodycam footage obtained by DailyMail.com in January showed fellow rioters trampling over her to attack Capitol cops as her friend screamed for help
    Medical examiner also confirmed cause and manner of death for 3 other rioters
    Ashli Babbitt, 35, died from gunshot wound to the left anterior shoulder.
    Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, both died of heart failure rather than injuries sustained in the insurrection
    But Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s cause and manner of death is still ‘pending’ – three months after he was killed in the line of duty
    Wednesday marks 90 days since Sicknick, 42, died with his death still a mystery

    –and the guy who killed Ashli Babbitt STILL hasn’t been named. Nothing at all strange about that, right?

    n

    –and the article is full of gaslighting and ‘positioning’ statements and word choices, like “insurrection” instead of “protest”.

  6. I had my first Moderna shot yesterday. Injection site is mildly sore today. Second shot on 5/6.

  7. I had my first Moderna shot yesterday. Injection site is mildly sore today. Second shot on 5/6.

    My first Moderna jab was no big deal,  the second knocked me on my backside for a day or two.

  8. My wife spent all day Easter, day after moderna#2 on the couch with headache, chills, fever, general malaise.

    Fine by the next day.
    n


  9. plastic grocery bags. No shopping meant the inflow of bags stopped and the bags are needed for bathroom trash and many other uses.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hefty-White-Wastebasket/3177031

    We’ve used these trashcans for years relying on a steady supply of plastic grocery bags. With most of our shopping for the past year either curbside pickup or delivery we still were able to maintain a supply of bags until our primary sources (Fry’s and Target) switched to new bags that are larger and differently shaped to better accommodate delivery. I see I can get the old-style bags on Ebay for $20/1000.


  10. …said 11 people had adverse reactions such as nausea and dizziness in the on-site observation area minutes after receiving their Johnson & Johnson shot.

     

    Dang.  J&J was the one I’m considering.

     

    The rapid onset & clustering does suggests a bad batch or something though.

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  11. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9450333/Biden-says-no-Amendment-Constitution-absolute-new-gun-crackdown.html

    –No amendment is absolute. F Me. The language in the 2A is pretty simple and clear. When the authors of the amendments wanted exceptions they wrote them in.

    –changes to arm braces- DECREASES ACCURACY. That’s slow joe’s goal.

    –serial #s on ‘scary guns’ – allows tracing AFTER THE FACT, does nothing to stop or slow or anything else, the use of the gun, but serial number tracing REQUIRES registration of the serial and databases. It requires licensing whoever issues the number.

    –once again, dems don’t want to lock up criminals, they want alternatives. LOCK UP THE BAD GUYS, FFS. Leave the good guys alone.

    –red flag laws are evil, pure and simple, in their application as well as their creation because they presume to know what a person will do in the future, they then act on that presumption to deny the person his rights, and they provide a weapon for spiteful and angry people.

    n

    –added- and we don’t have a “gun” violence epidemic, we have a “gang” violence epidemic, and MORE SPECIFICALLY an epidemic of violence among BLACK MALES.

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  12. –No amendment is absolute. F Me. The language in the 2A is pretty simple and clear. When the authors of the amendments wanted exceptions they wrote them in.

    That is the whole ProgLibTurd schtick. The US Constitution is a “living document” so it’s meaning changes. You can only own gubs that were in existence at the signing. When you throw the internet/email/phones at them: “That’s different!”

    Sadly, tRump fell for this with the bumpstock ban. And the NFA and suppressors, don’t get me started. Can’t ban something, tax the shit out of it and make the paperwork a nightmare. Where’s SCOTUS? There is nothing dangerous about a *silencer*. I hope AGs in the *good* States take plugs to task.

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  13. Where’s SCOTUS?

    Requires plaintiffs with standing to file suits, preferably in multiple Federal districts so as to generate opposing appellate rulings that SCOTUS needs to act on.

  14. For those that get the pop culture reference…

    Today is Rex Manning Day! 😎 lol

  15. “An Elon Musk affiliate claimed he could make Jurassic Park a reality. Please don’t.”
    https://www.chron.com/culture/article/elon-musk-dinosaur-jurassic-park-tesla-spacex-16086699.php?IPID=Chron-HP-CP-Spotlight

    “This weekend, Max Hodak, the co-founder of the Bay Area-based startup Neuralink, boasted on Twitter that Jurassic Park could be rebuilt “if we wanted to.” It is unclear if “we” is used in “the royal we” sense, or just him and co-founder Elon Musk, of Tesla and SpaceX fame.”

    “Hodak even claimed it would only take 15 years to recreate a centuries-long process to obtain “super exotic novel species,” though he makes a disclaimer that they probably won’t be “genetically authentic.””

    I figure that the resurrected dinosaurs would be 98% giant frogs.

  16. I got the first Pfizer covid vaccine shot this morning at my local Methodist hospital.  They said that they are doing 900 people a day.  I was verified and then fed into the assembly line.  Very efficient.

  17. I got my second Moderna injection today. Will see how I fell tomorrow.


  18. I got my second Moderna injection today. Will see how I fell tomorrow.

    Don’t fall too hard Mr. Ray. Yes, I am an ahole today.


  19. Requires plaintiffs with standing to file suits, preferably in multiple Federal districts so as to generate opposing appellate rulings that SCOTUS needs to act on.

    Just a quick one off:

    CASE AT SUPREME COURT CHALLENGES LEGITIMACY OF THE NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT

    The comments say it all. The “Roberts Protocol” of “It’s not a penalty! It’s not a penalty! It’s a tax ’cause I say so”. The Redumblicans had decades to get rid of this. They sat on their thumbs. Suppressors aren’t like in “John Wick”. Criminals won’t be using them to assassinate people.

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  20. Requires plaintiffs with standing to file suits, preferably in multiple Federal districts so as to generate opposing appellate rulings that SCOTUS needs to act on.

    Just a quick one off:

    CASE AT SUPREME COURT CHALLENGES LEGITIMACY OF THE NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT
    https://www.guns.com/news/2019/01/17/case-at-supreme-court-challenges-legitimacy-of-the-national-firearms-act

    The comments say it all. The “Roberts Protocol” of “It’s not a penalty! It’s not a penalty! It’s a tax ’cause I say so”. The Redumblicans had decades to get rid of this. They sat on their thumbs. Suppressors aren’t like in “John Wick”. Criminals won’t be using them to assassinate people.

    Does not look like SCOTUS accepted the case.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-guns/supreme-court-rebuffs-bid-to-expand-legal-protections-for-gun-silencers-idUSKCN1TB1PD
    and
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/18-936.html

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  21. Don’t fall too hard

    That was intentional, a play on words (Yeh, Right!). That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

    I am an ahole today

    Should I be surprised…or impressed?

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  22. “War On Cash: The Next Phase Begins”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/war-cash-next-phase-begins

    “With so much news about an economic reopening, a border crisis, massive government spending and exploding deficits, it’s easy to overlook the ongoing war on cash.”

    The article seems a little paranoid. However, the governments of the world do seem to be headed in this direction.

  23. I’d argue that a President cognitively impaired with dementia is probably more dangerous than gun toting citizens.

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  24. “Denmark’s First Production F-35 Lightning II Takes Flight”
    https://www.evaluationengineering.com/industries/mil-aero/article/21215413/denmarks-first-production-f35-lightning-ii-takes-flight

    “Denmark became the fifth European NATO nation to adopt the advanced F-35 fighter jet with the inaugural flight of its first F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, the L-001. The other four nations are the United Kingdom (UK), the Netherlands, Italy, and Norway. Developed by Lockheed Martin Corp., the F-35 Lightning II supersedes the F-16 fighter jet with a superior suite of surveillance, electronic warfare (EW), and electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems within an airframe capable of long-range coverage and supersonic (Mach 1.6) speeds.”

    For a plane with a lot of reputed problems, people sure are buying a lot of them. Of course, the F-35 is replacing a lot of 30+ year old F-16s.

    I wonder how they are getting the F-35 from Texas to Denmark ? I guess flying it ?

    And the F-16 is not dead yet.
    https://www.evaluationengineering.com/industry-events/article/21204689/air-force-looks-to-lockheed-martin-for-f16s

  25. Biden is reputedly going to remove ALL of the sanctions on Iran. That is demented and may force Israel’s hand.

    I’ve always suspected that US foreign policy is designed in such a way as to manipulate Israel into doing our dirty work for us. That way we can condemn them publicly while praising them privately.

    I wonder how they are getting the F-35 from Texas to Denmark ? I guess flying it ?

    They ferry them across the Atlantic with a tanker (KC-10/KC-135/KC-46).  They may swap out the CONUS tanker for one out of Europe as they get further across the pond. I don’t know if F-35s use drop tanks or not. Probably isn’t very stealthy, but for ferrying operations it would make sense.

    That’s how we swap fighter squadrons in and out of the Middle East for ongoing operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

  26. I wonder how they are getting the F-35 from Texas to Denmark ? I guess flying it ?

    They ferry them across the Atlantic with a tanker (KC-10/KC-135/KC-46). They may swap out the CONUS tanker for one out of Europe as they get further across the pond. I don’t know if F-35s use drop tanks or not. Probably isn’t very stealthy, but for ferrying operations it would make sense.

    So they fly them across the Atlantic. Makes sense.

    A friend of mine ferried his issued B-17 from the same factory in Fort Worth where the F-35 is made to London, England in 1943 ?. No tanker airplane but about a hundred 5 gallon jerry cans full of avgas in the bombbay. He and the copilot (he was pilot because he was two weeks older) flew from Fort Worth to Maine, to Greenland, to Scotland, to London. He got his crew and guns in a south London airbase and was shot down on his second trip over Germany. He was 6’3″ or 6’4″ (cannot remember today) and walked out of a German POW camp after 18 months weighing 108 lbs. He was 350 lbs when I knew him in the 1980s, had vowed to never be hungry ever again. Super smart engineer, he taught me a lot of practical knowledge.


  27. Does not look like SCOTUS accepted the case.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-guns/supreme-court-rebuffs-bid-to-expand-legal-protections-for-gun-silencers-idUSKCN1TB1PD

    The Supreme Court has largely shied away from taking up gun rights disputes since its 2008 decision in Heller v. District of Columbia, in which the Supreme Court ruled the Second Amendment protects the right to have guns in the home for self-defense, and the 2010 case McDonald v. Chicago, in which the justices ruled the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies to the states.

    The reluctance of the justices to take on such a politically fraught issue prompted Thomas to rebuke his colleagues in 2018. Thomas wrote in a dissent after the court rejected a challenge to California firearms law that his fellow justices have made the Second Amendment a “disfavored right” and the Supreme Court’s “constitutional orphan.”

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-gun-rights-cases-massachusetts-california/

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  28. No shopping meant the inflow of bags stopped and the bags are needed for bathroom trash and many other uses.

    When California started their ban I quickly ran out of bags, and ended up buying & using some 2 gallon bags for kitty litter and the like.  Unlike grocery bags the quality is even and good, no checking for holes before use or little dribbles of…stuff.

    These:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071NWJP3C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=ttgnet-20

     

  29. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9451325/Trooper-shot-pursuit-man-gunned-six-people-Texas.html

    Cabinet maker employee shoots co-worker dead and injures at least five others including a state trooper before being captured in Texas

    A suspect believed to be an employee of a custom cabinet maker in Texas has killed one person and injured five others during a deadly mass shooting in Bryan
    The suspect, who has not yet been identified, fled the scene and sparked a massive manhunt
    The shooting took place at Kent Moore Cabinets in the bays in a plant where employees make cabinets
    A DPS Trooper was shot while pursuing the suspect and is in serious but stable condition
    The suspect led cops on a chase in Grimes County and was eventually taken into custody in the tiny town of Iola about 30 miles from the cabinet maker

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9451219/Republicans-threaten-use-courts-try-undo-Joe-Bidens-new-gun-control-actions.html

    Republicans threaten to SUE Biden over executive actions on guns and accuse him of hypocrisy for pushing more background checks after Hunter ‘lied’ on his to get a firearm

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9451079/Background-checks-no-longer-required-Tennessee-gunowners.html

    –the title and url don’t have anything to do with the news or the article

    Tennessee has become the latest state to allow most adults 21 and older carry handguns without first clearing a background check and training after Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed the measure into law.

    ‘I signed constitutional carry today because it should’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their (Second Amendment) rights,’ said Lee, a Republican approaching his reelection campaign for 2022, in a tweet.

  30. Has anything slow joe EVER said, other than his racist comments about Obamma, ever been true?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9451447/Fact-check-reveals-Joe-Biden-stretched-truth-gun-speech.html

    Fact check reveals Biden stretched the truth when he said gun show participants ‘don’t need background checks’ and weapons manufacturers ‘can’t be sued’

    Biden fumbled statements on background checks at gun shows
    He has also made similar dubious statements in the past about the Second Amendment barring ‘certain people’ from owning guns
    Republicans also latched on to his claim that gun manufacturer’s ‘can’t be sued’

    “SECOND AMENDMENT: Biden said in his speech: ‘From the very beginning you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own, and from the very beginning of the Second Amendment existed certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons,’ he said.

    CHECK: Biden has made similar claims in the past and Politifact fact checked a May 2020 assertion when Biden argued during the presidential campaign that ‘from the very beginning you weren’t allowed to have certain weapons. You weren’t allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War as an individual.'”

    –fukcing paper, never actually lists the refutation, which is that no one was barred by the 2nd. Individuals could and did own cannon, you still can. They owned NAVY ships stuffed with guns. Rich guys outfitted whole regiments.

    liars

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  31. “Trump was going to take us back to the Moon, Biden is going to have NASA babysit illegals”

    After SLS flies once, NASA will be busy for at least a decade pulling the tooling for the rocket out of the VAB high bays not leased to private interests. Then the three (!) launch towers rusting in the salt air in Florida will have to be disassembled.

    Full employment for space nerds. That’s all that matters.

    Pray for SpaceX and Gwynne Shotwell.

    We opted for Gatorland instead of Kennedy Space Center on the day we had free in Florida, but the last time we went in 2017, only SpaceX and Boeing’s mini shuttle program were flying hardware. I doubt much has changed.

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  32. –fukcing paper, never actually lists the refutation, which is that no one was barred by the 2nd. Individuals could and did own cannon, you still can. They owned NAVY ships stuffed with guns. Rich guys outfitted whole regiments.

    TAMU has cannons and a sizable gold stash. The alumni I worked with at the last job joked about the best vantage points for shelling UT Austin if the rivalry got really out of hand.

  33. Hell you could own full auto machine guns without any jumping thru hoops until 1934 and 65 and then 85…

    Freakin gov makes rules based on movies, like NYFC and knife restrictions.

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  34. Who came up with that dumb COVID-19 immunization card? Small enough to easily get misplaced but too big to fit in a wallet or billfold.

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  35. Who came up with that dumb COVID-19 immunization card? Small enough to easily get misplaced but too big to fit in a wallet or billfold.

    The Department of Health and Human Services. And the CDC. And you have to put in your shirt pocket.

    And if you don’t have a shirt pocket, maybe your jeans back pocket. You should have a shirt pocket though, everyone here is a nerd. I even buy my tshirts with pockets.
    https://www.eddiebauer.com/p/13302250/t-shirts-for-men/?sp=1&color=Navy

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  36. Have too.

    The Camel box crushes in your jeans pocket and rolling them in the sleeves makes you look like a bikersexual from a 50’s movie/


  37. Suppressors aren’t like in “John Wick”.

    I note that the case took nearly 5 years to get ignored.

  38. Have too.

    The Camel box crushes in your jeans pocket and rolling them in the sleeves makes you look like a bikersexual from a 50’s movie/

    My maternal grandfather smoked 2 to 3 packs a day of Camels from age 14 to age 59 when he got a bad case of prostate cancer (stage 4). I used to ride my bike down to the pik-n-pak and buy him a carton (10 packs) for $1.90 and the dime was mine.

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  39. Biden is reputedly going to remove ALL of the sanctions on Iran. That is demented and may force Israel’s hand.

    Ole plugs is going on the Obola 2.0 World Apology Tour ™ but from his basement (I wonder if he will make it overseas before croaking). “We’re sorry World for all the damage tRump did, and, undid what Obola did.” And a ton of $$ to the Palestine murdering terrorists. More rockets shot at Israel in 3, 2, 1.

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  40. geez, renter just textd that the fridge/freezer isn’t staying cold enough to keep ice. FFS, when it rains it pours.

    Did get the camera ready for install to cover the other end of my street and the school bus dropoff. Roof was too hot to walk on, the shingles were being damaged by my feet they were so soft.

    I cobbled together a mount and arm for the cam out of leftovers from other jobs and auction lots.

    Auction seemed to go well tonight, I’ll see a settlement at some point but at least most of it sold for opening bid or higher. Some sold for a lot more, but I don’t get to see the winning bid with this auctioneer after the live auction closes until she runs a report.

    felt really fatigued this am and actually took a 1 1/2 hour nap. Could be poor sleeping, or could be residual effects of the vaccine. it sure was a waste of a beautiful day.

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  41. And you have to put in your shirt pocket.

    Should fit right behind the pocket protector.

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  42. geez, renter just textd that the fridge/freezer isn’t staying cold enough to keep ice. FFS, when it rains it pours.

    I just replaced the daughter’s refrigerator today with the only refrigerator that I could find with a delivery before Jun 27. The Best Buy dudes brought the new one, set it up, and took the old one away for another $30 (cheap !). I ordered it last Friday.
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/whirlpool-19-3-cu-ft-top-freezer-refrigerator-black/8982116.p?skuId=8982116

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