Fri. May 28, 2021 – schooooool’s out for suuuuuummmmer…..

Possibility of rain here in the Bayou city, but otherwise, the same as yesterday, hot and humid, with some sun.

Did a bunch of stuff yesterday, some of it moving my goals along. I’ve found that my auctioneers are very busy and the best way to get them to talk with me and do things for me is to talk to them in person by showing up at their office. Most of them treat their phones like you’d treat a rattlesnake, something I’m seeing in more and more people. Meatspace is becoming increasingly important.

One of the lots I picked up was a bunch of medical supplies. They had hand written unit designations that made it look like an army medic took his bag with him when he went home. Of course most of it is probably out of date but that doesn’t worry me much, it’s stuff that would only be used in extremis anyway, or stuff that doesn’t age out. There are some interesting things out there, if you are lucky and paying attention. Hibid.com is nationwide and is the platform that most of the auctions I patronize are listed on, if you want to check out the ‘scene’.

I’m a big fan of the ‘secondary’ market and believe that it’s the future, at least for a while yet. Retail and the way people acquire goods and services are going through a change, along with everything else in our day to day lives. Part of that change is the rise of resellers, and person to person selling. It’s actually a bit worrying for me, as one common element of life in any third world shitehole is the proliferation of street vendors and unofficial marketplaces. I see it growing in the areas around my neighborhood, I see it around my secondary location. Not a good sign in my estimation. (Flip the script- can YOU become one of those vendors? You might have to if things degrade that much.)

You may want to get some practice in the new marketplace, just like you need practice in any endeavor. Observe, pay attention, do what the others there already are doing. Do they haggle? Do they expect some chat in addition to the transaction? Do they expect a bag or box for their purchases? Is cash king? (it may not be, there are a lot of phone based person to person payment systems, and the “unbanked” seem to be using them.) One other thing, are the buyers using coins? I’d argue that if they are, you should be too, otherwise you’ll be marked as “rich” because you aren’t counting every penny.

As an aside, I’ve noticed that in some cultures, the females will be doing the shopping, handling the money, but there is a watchful male with them. He’s really in charge, but apparently can’t be bothered to actually do the ‘little things’. I hate seeing that for cultural reasons, or rather, the destruction of OUR culture reasons. If you’re male, and you are in that sort of a marketplace, you are going to stand out if you don’t have a female to do those things for you. (and yes, I’m talking about the US, in thrift stores, the Goodwill Outlet, and swapmeets and yard sales. We are losing.)

During conflicts the ‘outsider’ is always suspect. Start paying attention and realize that you might be the outsider, even in your own home town. How do you dress, move, comport yourself? It may be to your advantage to be obviously ‘foreign’ as people won’t expect you to know the unwritten rules, as long as things are ‘normal’. But if the mood shifts, or violence is in the offing, you want to disappear, blend, fade to grey. Pay attention now. Start learning** while it’s not a matter of life or death.*

And build up those stacks, so you don’t have to venture into danger unnecessarily.

nick

(* equally true for rural or city areas that are nominally part of our culture. You show up at the Quik E Mart in rural America with a problem, and you will get a lot more help if you are “might be one of us” rather than “f’ing rich city boy”, and the same is true in NYFC. You should be able to fit in enough that you are in the ‘provisionally not a threat/outsider/unknown’ category rather than ‘you’re not from around here are you, boy?’*)

(** for practice, there are usually farmer’s markets on weekends, and there are always ethnic stores, even quite large grocery stores. Every city has a swap meet, maybe only one weekend a month, but usually every weekend. You’ll know if you venture too far off the beaten path. The interrupted conversations, the guarded looks, the people who suddenly leave are all good indicators that you are recognized as an outsider and a (possibly dangerous) unknown***. There are a different set of markers when you are recognized as an outsider and you are tagged as “prey”. In that case, you don’t want to stick around, and it would be a great time to have a reason for being there, like “Can I speak to the owner? I’m from the local agency and we’re doing outreach with local businesses… oh, he’s not here?? Thanks, I’ll check back later.”**)

(***for examples, you can watch xiaomaNYC on youtube, and pay attention when he goes into an area or a business where he sticks out, and then note the change when he gives them a REASON why he’s there “I’m learning pashtun and I am out practicing my speaking skills”.***)

64 Comments and discussion on "Fri. May 28, 2021 – schooooool’s out for suuuuuummmmer….."

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Anyone else besides me and Kim du Toit notice the dearth of white people in TV commercials?

    The comments are pure gold.

    “Jake From State Farm” changed from a dorky white guy in khakis to a dorky black guy in khakis.

    The Barry Manilow-penned jingle still plays at the end, however.

    I’ve also noticed a lot more mixed race family casting — white husband, lite complexion black wife — where the visibly white kids show no trace of the combined genetics, playing the “Those could be my children/grandchildren” manipulation game learned from the Kavanaugh hearings.

    Oh, and Spectrum’s Sophia Vergara doppleganger. I guess they couldn’t afford the real deal. Maybe that is just here in Austin.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    There are no competent, responsible men on TV from what I can tell either.
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    82F and 76%RH at 930am. I think it will be hot today.

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  3. ITGuy1998 says:

    Anyone else besides me and Kim du Toit notice the dearth of white people in TV commercials?

    No, you aren’t the only one who’s noticed.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    I love the soft racism embedded in the lefty policies too.

    They need our help to succeed.
    They are easily swayed with a bit of imagery.
    They have no imagination.

    If you don’t have kids you might have missed the row over the kids show Doc McStuffins. Little black girl (well, light brown at most) pretends to diagnose and heal her stuffed animals, in a cartoon show. People were stunned that little white girls wanted to play with Doc toys, and pretended to be Doc! Why those kids just wanted to be a sweet and compelling character! They didn’t even RECOGNIZE that little Doc was black. (heck, I didn’t) How DARE THEY love a character we created for BLACK GIRLS.

    Yeah, they really are that blind and dumb.

    I liked Doc, my girls like Doc, the white suburban mommies that sing along with the theme song like Doc. But we’re not supposed to, ‘cuz ray-cism I guess.

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  5. Chad says:

    TV has turned into a school textbook photo.  We used to chuckle in high school that every group photo in the textbook had an even mixture of girls and boys, there was a black kid, latino/latina kid, Asian kid, and a kid in a wheelchair. The photos were so diverse they were laughably unrealistic.

    I saw a comment the other day from someone who said, “I don’t remember the last time I saw a same race couple in a TV commercial.” Then I got to thinking… me neither… Of course, now that I’m purely streaming everything thing I watch these days I see very few commercials (except perhaps YouTube ads), I may not be the best person to make observations about commercials.

    I’m surprised the far left isn’t screaming that all of the black women on TV tend to be very light skinned and all have the same hairstyle (big, long, curly, and parted on the side). Their diversity isn’t very diverse. If they can find a mixed race black woman with freckles they’ve struck gold. Those women can write their own paychecks in the world of TV and modeling.

    It’s become a bit of a game with me when watching TV commercials or checking out advertisements for new TV series.

  6. Ray Thompson says:

    Home from glamping. Got out early before the rains started.

    More on the MIL estate. The one credit union refuses to talk to my wife about any of the certificates even though those certificates are part of the base share account, on which my wife’s name is listed. I was told by my CU that it was impossible to have different names on sub accounts, only the names of the base account are allowed. I found this out when I had to open an IRA for my wife and it required that a new account be opened at the same CU. Maybe rules are different for each state as CUs are state chartered, not federal.

    We have also researched with the local courthouse about getting the necessary documents. We can do the documents ourselves without getting a scum bag, blood sucking lawyer involved.

    The county sent us MS-WORD documents that we can fill in the blanks. Whatever cretin created the MS-WORD documents is a fool and should not be using MS-WORD. An obvious typewriter background with all the stupid ways that formatting is accomplished.

    We have to also send a form to TENNCARE, the TN welfare system even though the MIL was in Texas. And was not on welfare of any kind. I guess fraud is rampant and this puts the target on us if we don’t send in the paperwork.

    We also have to pay about $350.00 to the court to file the documents, at least the known fees. The court does want to know the amount of the estate so I suspect a commission will be paid to the court somewhere along the line. We will be filing the papers on Tuesday or Wednesday. Several of the papers have to be notarized.

    Then there is a wait of at least two weeks, more than likely four weeks, before the wife will be scheduled to appear before a judge. At that time the letter of testament will be issued by the court. Then it is back to dealing with the CU to get the rest of the funds released.

    Dying is not for the faint of heart.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    Dying is not for the faint of heart.

    It’s probably not so bad if you are the die-ee. Just don’t end up in HEEELLLLLLLLL!

  8. Greg Norton says:

    We have to also send a form to TENNCARE, the TN welfare system even though the MIL was in Texas. And was not on welfare of any kind. I guess fraud is rampant and this puts the target on us if we don’t send in the paperwork.

    Yes, you want the paperwork in place. Your MIL was not on the TN welfare dole *as far as you know*.

    In Florida, I believe the clawback period is 10 years against an estate in cases where the deceased committed fraud against the welfare system and the heirs received some amount of money greater than zero which can be tied to being a proceed from the criminal act.

    Long term elder care under FL Medicaid is essentially a loan against the estate in advance. The Medicaid trustee overseeing a friend’s mother’s case told the family that the State of Florida effectively owned her house once the checks started flowing and not to get any ideas about selling it before she passed.

    Another reason we don’t want any part of my MIL’s estate process.

  9. ~jim says:

    Hey, what if the shape of those reactor cooling towers is a design to lower the amount of condensed water vapor coming into contact with the concrete (?) walls?

    Come to think of it, why not use that excess heat to start a distilled water factory? Mmm, NeutronH2O™ – feel the glow.

    Edit:
    But don’t drink to much because…
    You might get atomic ache!

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  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    And just like that, they were men, not boys, children, teens, or youth….

    Cops arrested two men on Thursday for allegedly shooting a U.S. Army colonel and his veteran wife to death outside their Virginia home.

    Ronnie Marshall, 20, and D’Angelo Strand, 19, have each been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, Fairfax County Police Department officials said.

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  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    Sarah’s a bit long today, but worth the read.

    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2021/05/28/tools-of-the-trad/

    Echos some things I’ve talked about and some things I have noticed.

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  12. lynn says:

    “he could teach a monkey to fly”

    –I have no doubt I could learn, and I probably used to have the spatial awareness and coordination to even do it passably well. It’s the other stuff, that it takes to do it SAFELY that I’m not suited for. Planning a route. Checking the weather. Staying awake… Doing the pre- and post- flight inspections EVERY TIME. Being conscientious with the maintenance and inspections… all the boring and absolutely necessary stuff.

    Planes are not cars, where you can just jump in an go.

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    You and me both. I used to be able to write software 8, 10, or even 12 hours a day. I would immerse myself in the algorithms and be able to fix problems or generate new code to do new things demanded by my customers. That is no longer happening since I turned 56 or 58. I have lost the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Things that I used to do without a checklist now require a written checklist. For instance, releasing a version of our software is about 37 steps. Without a checklist, I will forget about five of them.

  13. JimB says:

    There are no competent, responsible men on TV from what I can tell either.

    Tim the Tool Man? Larry the Cable Guy?

    I’m so out of it.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    You and me both. I used to be able to write software 8, 10, or even 12 hours a day. I would immerse myself in the algorithms and be able to fix problems or generate new code to do new things demanded by my customers. That is no longer happening since I turned 56 or 58. I have lost the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Things that I used to do without a checklist now require a written checklist. For instance, releasing a version of our software is about 37 steps. Without a checklist, I will forget about five of them. 

    I can still concentrate at 53, but I’ve lost interest in the work since spending most of my 40s unemployed or underemployed after the Vantucky disaster and starting over with management that is 20 years younger and often view me as being as uninterested in new tech as the “Wally” at my last job.

    “Wally”, who, as I’ve noted before, was “ROJ” to the point that he bought his investment house for cash in a South Austin tract development and showed up for work every day in his Cadillac couple sporting a tweed hat and driving gloves. God forbid you ask him to do something which precluded bouncing out of the office and jumping into the Caddy at 4PM.

    (I wanted to ask whether he had the Pat Boone white belt and shoes to complete the ensemble, but I had enough problems with HR. The guy was only 60 – guessing.)

  15. ech says:

    This is the first reference I’ve seen to the manufacture of a pandemic virus from Facebook apps.

    Man-made is in the sense of it being a result of gain of function research at a lab in Wuhan, as opposed to genetically engineered. The engineered scenario is, IMO, less likely as it would need a lot of knowledge of exactly how the virus worked and how to tweak it exactly to make it more infectious. That’s a bit of a stretch. However, it coming out of gain of function work is not that unlikely. Gene engineering right now is in the “fix a defect” (where you have an example of a working gene sequence) or “add a molecule generator” (like is done to produce some drugs)  stage right now. Working from a blank slate is a lot harder.

     

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  16. ech says:

    I’m looking for a good lossless CD ripper. I’ve got a copy of Exact Audio Copy, a shareware, and it has a clunky interface. I’d really like one where I can drop in the CD and have it take off. Suggestions?

     

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    Tim the Tool Man? Larry the Cable Guy?

    Tim Allen probably saw the end of his network TV run last week, despite playing the “green” game in PR events for the better part of the last couple of years after Fox picked up “Last Man Standing”.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    I’m looking for a good lossless CD ripper. I’ve got a copy of Exact Audio Copy, a shareware, and it has a clunky interface. I’d really like one where I can drop in the CD and have it take off. Suggestions?

    Does iTunes for Windows still rip CDs?

    I haven’t tried in a while. One of the options used to be lossless to WAV.

  19. lynn says:

    “In 1958 Communists Had 45 Goals to Take Over the U.S. Without Firing a Shot. Here Are the Ones They’ve Already Achieved”
    https://pjmedia.com/uncategorized/kevindowneyjr/2021/05/27/communists-have-45-goals-to-take-over-the-u-s-without-firing-a-shot-here-are-the-shocking-goals-they-have-already-achieved-n1450032

    Wow, these goals are all about feelings. I thought that communism was about truth ?

  20. JimB says:

    Flying. My wife wanted to take flying lessons. She loved it and got her pilot license. Partway through, in 1980, we bought a used Cessna 150 and rented it out to the flying club as a trainer. I operated this as a business for almost five years, and then we sold the plane. I did all the maintenance allowed, and had a mechanic (A&P) who let me work with him. I learned a lot. I like to believe we came the closest to break even than any other owners we knew. Not bad for an expensive hobby.

    Before that, I was offered a chance to fly a friend’s plane, with him present, of course. I agree it is easy under benign conditions, but flying safely under challenging conditions takes skills that are probably more than I could master, and the stakes are too high for me. Then there is the fun factor. Again, for me just not enough fun for all the work and risk.

    I have a friend who has a sail plane, and has offered to take me up. One of these days, I will do that. He is a very good pilot, and we live in one of the best places in the world for thermals and updrafts. He  has been doing this for decades, and has had numerous flights that were several hours in duration. Fun!

  21. TV says:

    I’m looking for a good lossless CD ripper. I’ve got a copy of Exact Audio Copy, a shareware, and it has a clunky interface. I’d really like one where I can drop in the CD and have it take off. Suggestions?

    None. I have used EAC to rip about 500 CDs to FLAC. It works well. It is not fire and forget.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    The Senate Redumblicans stopped the “1/6 Commission” bill to investigate the scum sucking MAGA loving WHITEY! riots on 1/6. The usual RINOs voted in favor, but still lost, so they can suck it.

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  23. Clayton W. says:

    (I wanted to ask whether he had the Pat Boone white belt and shoes to complete the ensemble, but I had enough problems with HR. The guy was only 60 – guessing.)

    I SHOULD subject you do the audio, but instead you can search it out yourselves:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_a_Metal_Mood:_No_More_Mr._Nice_Guy

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Sam’s run today at lunchtime.

    The chicken wing “shortage” showed up at our store a few weeks ago with bare refrigerator space where the trays are usually stocked. This week, wings are back, but at $2.12 a pound.

    Bush’s “Grillin'” Beans were back for another attempt at making the price increase pass through unnoticed. Instead of $8.50 for an 8-pack, however. the store had the same size cans in a 4-pack for the old Bush’s Baked Beans price of $6.78.

    I wonder what temp agency supplies the labor to replace the cardboard boxes converting 8-packs into 4-packs.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    Geez.

    WH PressSec: You are actually paying less for gas in real terms thanks to plugs. Uh, no.

    plugs DHS nominee won’t say crossing the border illegally is a crime. He should just withdraw.

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  26. Greg Norton says:

    The Senate Redumblicans stopped the “1/6 Commission” bill to investigate the scum sucking MAGA loving WHITEY! riots on 1/6. The usual RINOs voted in favor, but still lost, so they can suck it. 

    I saw Susan Collins on the news last night as part of a story on the run up to the vote. Figures.

  27. Alan says:

    Thousands of deadbeats withholding rent because they cannot be evicted.

    Is there also a moratorium on reporting deadbeats? If there’s not, none of these people will ever be able to rent from a landlord with a lick of common sense. Maybe that list had better find a home on the dark web before the Dims make it unlawful to report that particular truth.

    Next pandemic-related shortage: tents.

    And those lists existed before the internet and will exist despite any efforts by the ‘Dims.’ I suspect landlords are an insular group.

  28. Alan says:

    Before that, I was offered a chance to fly a friend’s plane, with him present, of course. I agree it is easy under benign conditions, but flying safely under challenging conditions takes skills that are probably more than I could master, and the stakes are too high for me. Then there is the fun factor. Again, for me just not enough fun for all the work and risk.

    For the most part I prefer to leave overcoming the laws of gravity to professionals.
    And no, skydiving is not on my bucket list either.

  29. lynn says:

    There are no competent, responsible men on TV from what I can tell either.
    n

    82F and 76%RH at 930am. I think it will be hot today.

    n

    Our forecast is for middle 80s F for the next 10 days. Very unusual for late May / early June. We have not even hit 90 F yet out here in the sticks. Very unusual.
    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/tx/richmond?cm_ven=localwx_10day

  30. lynn says:

    Anyone else besides me and Kim du Toit notice the dearth of white people in TV commercials?

    The comments are pure gold.

    What are these commercials you speak of ? I don’t watch live tv anymore, just Netflix and Hulu.

  31. lynn says:

    Freefall: Getting The Nuclear Reactor Rebuilt
    http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3600/fc03597.htm

    I have to admit, going to a bomb factory to get a nuclear reactor rebuilt seems non-obvious to me. And definitely a place that Sam should not go to.

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    clawback period is 10 years against an estate

    Clawback in TN is 5 years for money, in the case of fraud probably all the way back to Mr. Flintstone.

    When we placed my aunt on Medicaid I was told by the county agent that there was a 5 year look back for any money or assets. I had to remind the agent that the time frame was currently 3 years and was changing to 5 years in a couple of months. The agent refused to listen. So I went to another county and their office and got an agent whom I thought was competent.

    That agent proceeded to tell me that my aunt’s money from the VA had to be turned over to the state. I told her no as that was not income, but compensation. I had to get the VA to write a letter to the state. When the agent was shown the letter she said, “Oh, yeh, that is correct”. Bull Feces. The agent knew all along. It was the state trying to get anything they could, even through misdirection.

    A lady I worked with had to put her father in a nursing home on Medicaid. The state put a lien on the house and the one vehicle, took all the money the mother was getting from retirement and SS except for $500.00 and told the mother that is what she had live on each month. Basically impossible so the mother had to go on welfare.

    I’m looking for a good lossless CD ripper

    iTunes can rip to multiple formats including AAC which is supposed to be lossless. Still compressed but is done without tossing information. I guess repetitive stuff, silence, etc. is skipped but can be restored. WAV is also supported as a format. It is easy to export out of iTunes to multiple different formats. When I was ripping I would put in a CD, iTunes would get the information (if it was a commercial CD), and do the ripping.

  33. TV says:

    Anyone else besides me and Kim du Toit notice the dearth of white people in TV commercials?

    Not sure I would say “dearth”, but it does seem that almost every commercial I see has a very deliberate mix of people and all families are multi-colored (…multi-racial? …not all of the same skin tone? …of different cultures? Is there new language for this?). This appears to me to be, at best, aspirational as I think that does not reflect the majority of families. I see no harm in this and this was the look I would see in every piece of corporate communication at my employer for the past decade.

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  34. ~jim says:

    Aha! The concave shape of the cooling tower probably provides strength. 140 meters high, 80 m diameter, majority is 7″ thick.

    Inside a cooling tower.  2 minutes.

  35. Alan says:

    Anyone else besides me and Kim du Toit notice the dearth of white people in TV commercials?

    The comments are pure gold.

    What are these commercials you speak of ? I don’t watch live tv anymore, just Netflix and Hulu.

    We’re watching “24” streaming on the Roku Channel, which includes commercials. What gets old fast is that 75% of them are repetitive. Only so many times I can watch Mike Tyson pitch Mike’s Hard Seltzer before I need some. They also mostly don’t use the existing commercial cut spots.

  36. Alan says:

    I see no harm in this and this was the look I would see in every piece of corporate communication at my employer for the past decade.

    Ditto – any corporate-level training deck at my company made use of stock photos covering every possible ethnicity.

  37. paul says:

    I cooked a couple of pork loin “chops” last night.  Sliced into strips, think steak fingers.  I sprinkled on the HEB ham glaze powder, salt and pepper, and chili powder.  Let it sit for a few minutes and into a bowl with a few squirts from a plastic lime.  Smelled good.

    Pushed it all to the back of the countertop.  Started a batch of rice in the rice cooker.  (can you do macaroni in it? because lazy?)  Fed the dogs.  And after Buddy eats you have at most 10 minutes to get him outside.  Being a beagle, a nose on four legs, that means a walk on a leash.  Maybe 15 minutes wandering around and of course he has to investigate all of the cats.

    Heated some bacon grease in the pan, rolled the strips of meat in plain white flour and fried.

    I didn’t burn anything and for once I had the temp right so not too much spattering grease on the stove.  Yep, actually made “golden brown”.

    Pretty good, easy, too.  Will do again.  The really weird part was it tasted like there was some Chinese Five Spice involved.  But I made rice with the handy dandy rice cooker so…

    No left-overs darn it.

     

  38. lynn says:

    Anyone else besides me and Kim du Toit notice the dearth of white people in TV commercials?
    https://www.kimdutoit.com/2021/05/28/darkening-skies/

    The comments are pure gold.

    “America was almost 90% white in 1960, but that figure is down to 60% and falling. In 25 years, we will all belong to racial minorities.”

    “Does Our Diversity Portend Disintegration?”
    https://buchanan.org/blog/does-our-diversity-portend-disintegration-149674

    The USA is becoming like my county, Fort Bend County. This is not a totally good thing as this is now a dumbrocrat stronghold.

    And I highly doubt that I will be here in 25 years.

  39. lynn says:

    Pretty good, easy, too. Will do again. The really weird part was it tasted like there was some Chinese Five Spice involved. But I made rice with the handy dandy rice cooker so…

    No left-overs darn it.

    I hate when there are no leftovers. That means that I ate too much. Or gave too much to the dog.

  40. lynn says:

    “Virginia teacher placed on leave after speech disputing ‘biological boy can be a girl and vice versa'”
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-teacher-leave-gender-speech

    “Leesburg Elementary teacher Byron ‘Tanner’ Cross described it as ‘lying to a child'”

    Something is wrong with our country.

  41. JimB says:

    Sounds good, Paul. You are smart to not tell us until there are no leftovers. Imagine, with teleporting, we could just drop in for dinner! And a little fun with the dogs and cats. The emu would probably scare me. Wouldn’t teleporting be fun?!

    My wife often makes leftovers… she makes a big batch of something for the refrigerator or freezer. Some things are actually better after some sleep. Anyway, she pulls a few things out of cold storage and finishes them for a meal. Sounds wierd, but she has been doing this for decades, and makes it work. Of course, not everything works this way.

  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    Doing minor cleaning and tasks around the house. It’s 90F in the part sun, part overcast.

    Got the second blueberry off the twigs. Ate the first myself, gave this one to my wife. There are a bunch on the ‘bushes’ this year so I must have gotten the bird net on in time.

    I need to remove the dead citrus trees. They are deader than a dead parrot. Not happening soon, not anywhere near the top of the list.

    Put my sticker and plates on the new truck.

    Went thru the medical lot and put some stuff into my trauma bags. Put some stuff into the apocalypse medical bins. Put some stuff into the cabinet in the bathroom. Good scores.

    Put the 50# bag of rice in the chest freezer. This will be the first time I’m trying the “freeze it for a while to kill any bugs” trick. Hasn’t been necessary so far, when you remove all the O2 from the bucket. We’ll see if it makes a difference.

    Found a dead rodent in a glue trap in the attic. Either a baby rat or a good sized mouse. Found 2 traps set off in the “unbeatable” tunnel trap, with a tuft of grey hair under the wire. Grey hair was a good match for the rodent in the glue trap. Very hot in the attic btw. Missed my window to do that work without sweating.

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  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT leftovers, I usually shoot for “just a tiny bit” or none left over. I usually exceed that though. If we don’t dedicate one night a week to just leftovers, too many of them get wasted.
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  44. paul says:

    Cooking for two is clumsy but I’m learning.  Cooking for four when my Mom was here was easy.  Feed three people and I have what’s left for lunch the next day.

    I run into “ugh we just had that” a lot.  Annoying because I’ll happily eat on a brisket or ham or pot roast or meatloaf for a week but Other People want something new on day three.

    The emu is old and she’s never been friendly enough to pet.  She knows who feeds her and she’s mostly ok with the dogs in her pen.  She will chase the cats in her pen but it looks like they are playing.

    Teleporting would be great..

     

  45. lynn says:

    “Day of the Demon: Paranormal Women’s Fiction (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom)” by Julie Kenner
    https://www.amazon.com/Day-Demon-Paranormal-Fiction-Demon-Hunting/dp/1953572154/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number seven of a eight book urban fantasy series. I read the well printed and well bound POD (print on demand) trade paperback published by Martini & Olive in 2021. I will purchase the eighth book in the series when it comes out in April 2022. And I will read it after the wife reads it first.

    Seems like a short time since “Carpe Demon” came out in 2006. Of course, since then Julie Kenner has written over a hundred novels, mostly in the Romance genre. But she returns to her first series now and then for another good book.

    Kate Conner and her extended family have just returned from an long stay at the Vatican where she was raised to be a demon hunter for the Church. Many unsettling things were revealed and more revelations are coming. Unpleasant revelations. And a sudden attraction of many demons in San Diablo, California to her family.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (26 reviews)

  46. paul says:

    Put the 50# bag of rice in the chest freezer. This will be the first time I’m trying the “freeze it for a while to kill any bugs” trick.

    I have some rice in the freezer I need to repackage. I buy flour/tortilla mix/cornmeal in 5# bags. Vac seal and into the freezer for “a while” meaning “oh, yeah, I bought that a month ago”. So far, no bugs and no odd flavors.

    I screwed up a few years ago. I bought dog cookies and put the box in the EDC because of some stupid reason… I think I was trying to clear junk out of the feed shed and what the hell, now I have weevils and tiny mothras in the pasta. A Raid Flea Fogger is called for but I haven’t seen such in the stores.
    I’ll figure it out.

  47. SteveF says:

    That spine stretcher thing looks intersting, but how does it know how long my torso is? I don’t see any adjustments.

    Beware anything made by Procrustean Products.

    what percentage of Democrat voters consider Joe Biden “honest and trustworthy”?

    No way to tell. They wouldn’t answer honestly if asked.

    I have a phone / screening interview for the DBA I job tomorrow afternoon.

    It’s already done, I imagine, but best wishes.

    if he had enough bananas, he could teach a monkey to fly

    What about a nearsighted, one-eyed monkey with impaired balance and one wrist that doesn’t turn quite right? Asking for a friend. (It’s a source of unending black humor that none of my permanent injuries came from military combat and only a few were even tangentially military-related. Car wreck, attempted muggings, and my wife and kids were the cause of most of them.)

  48. Greg Norton says:

    ‘what percentage of Democrat voters consider Joe Biden “honest and trustworthy”?’

    No way to tell. They wouldn’t answer honestly if asked.

    Lots of buyers remorse. The meme is:

    Yeah, Biden. Trump tho …

  49. Ray Thompson says:

    When I got back from the glamping trip one of the mouse traps in the basement was missing. Found the trap about 12 feet away from it’s location. Had a mouse, but only by one back leg. That little guy drug that mouse trap 12 feet until his/her/shim’s demise. I gave it the usual turd burial, a royal flush.

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

    Wonder if he’ll get the chair… oh right, thin blue line…

    ‘Healthy’ Georgia K9 named Khan dies in cop car after officer unplugged device to alert him when car gets too hot

    Monroe County Sgt Willie Barkley was demoted to deputy and suspended for leaving his K9 partner Khan in a hot car, resulting in dog’s death
    Four-year-old Belgian Malinois was healthy when he died in the hot patrol car after Barkley forgot to take him out at the end of his shift
    Barkley’s car is equipped with device that alerts the K9 handler if the temperature inside the car gets too high, but it had been unplugged
    Temperatures on the day of the incident were in the 70s, but inside the car it was possibly 90 degrees
    Monroe County sheriff called K9 officer’s death ‘an avoidable accident’

    — for legal purposes, K9 dogs are police officers. Kill one and you’re a cop killer. This guy UNPLUGGED the monitor. That is murder 2 at least. He’s past manslaughter, and reckless homicide.

    FWIW, I think it’s ridiculous that a dog has more legal standing than I do, but if that’s going to be the case, then this guy should swing.
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  51. Nick Flandrey says:

    oooh, quite a long roll of thunder just now. We got a very light sprinkle around dinner time. Memorial Day picnics are gonna be iffy this year.

    My sibling shared from Chicago that they were having SLEET tonight. Global warmening, is there anything it CAN’T do?

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  52. lynn says:

    “L A Times Publishes Beijing-Funded Propaganda, Conceals China’s Massive Coal Use & Emissions”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/05/28/l-a-times-publishes-beijing-funded-propaganda-conceals-chinas-massive-coal-use-emissions/

    “This practice by the L A Times has been addressed in other news publications as noted in the article below from the Daily Caller which notes the Times has received over $650,000 for publishing this propaganda as of July 2020.”

    “This latest edition of China Watch hypes China’s efforts at wind power but makes no mention of China’s huge and growing use of coal fuel that makes that nation the leading global emissions producer accounting for 29% of all global CO2 emissions as of 2019.”

    A few bucks helps the propaganda move right along.

    And look at that river ! Looks like the Cypress Creek tannin river in Texas, only way more so.

  53. JimB says:

    Temperatures on the day of the incident were in the 70s, but inside the car it was possibly 90 degrees

    That seems odd. Our collie-shepherds had thicker coats, and used to lay in the sun on days when the temp was over 100. Not for long, then they would move to the shade. They always had access to the garage, which had evaporative cooling, but they liked it better outside where they could watch their territory. Same in winter, and they had heated beds inside.

    OTOH, I have measured the temp inside a car at over 140, but that was when it was closed, and the outside  temp was about 100. There is no mention of how long that poor dog was in that car.

    Belgian Malinois are beautiful dogs. I always wanted a German Shepherd, but that Belgian shepherd would be great. So would a Lab or Golden Retriever. Dreams.

  54. nick flandrey says:

    Still constant lightning and now rolling thunder too.  Rain is very light but the wind is blowing pretty well….

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  55. nick flandrey says:

    We are in the early stages of thinking about getting a new dog.  Kids are starting to ask if we can.  My wife and I are actually more reluctant than the kids.  I still look to see if the water bowl is full every time I walk thru the laundry room…

    One of my wife’s work contacts has a litter of chiweenies (chihuahua/dachshund mix – which is what our little guy looked like but wasn’t actually).  Friend from work with a litter to get rid of is ALMOST serendipitous enough to satisfy me that it’s what the universe wants from me.  Haven’t pulled the trigger yet though.

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  56. ~jim says:

    chiweenies

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t that result in the nosey stubbornness of a dachsund combined with the high-strung, attention-seeking hysterics of a chihuahua? Maybe the genes mix in different ways but I can’t imagine tolerating one longer than it takes to see if it fits in the microwave.

    Then again, that combination sounds a lot like my ferrets, lol. And truth be told I’ve wanted to nuke them on more than one occasion.

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  57. JimB says:

    Nick, DO IT. You and your family need a dog.

    OK, that was too strong. It’s a big commitment. Only you and yours can decide.

    FWIW, I miss all the cats and dogs I have ever had. They were family,  and we are better as a result.

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  58. lynn says:

    “117 Employees Sue Houston Methodist for Mandating They Become Covid Vaccine ‘Guinea Pigs’”
    https://thelibertydaily.com/117-employees-sue-houston-methodist-for-mandating-them-as-covid-vaccine-guinea-pigs/

    “A hospital in Houston is being sued for mandating its employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19 as a condition for employment. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Jared R. Woodfill on behalf of 117 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital, marks the biggest lawsuit filed by employees of a medical facility in the age of Covid-19.”

    I’ve wondering when this was going to happen.

  59. Nick Flandrey says:

    If it turns out there are serious long term effects I don’t think the politicians and execs who pushed the vax will live past the first hearings. As soon as there is a list, angry people with nothing to lose WILL go hunting. I’m not sure if people like Dr Faux Xi have thought that thru.

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  60. Jenny says:

    I have a phone / screening interview for the DBA I job tomorrow afternoon.

    I think I’ll get a second interview. I hope it’s in person. Questions were a mix of tech and creative thinking questions. My skills are stale, I was forthright and we discussed viability. The discussion was encouraging. Not going to get my hopes up as there were two other applicants.

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