Thur. July 29, 2021 – kids at rock gym, me working…

Sunny and hot, chance of rain. We’re in the middle of the thunderstorm zone today and tomorrow so we might actually get it. We didn’t get any rain yesterday despite the possibility. I even drove across town, and didn’t get wet.

Did my pickup yesterday and have a couple to do today. Then I’m off to my secondary to do a bunch more clean up. It’s gonna be a long day of hot hard work if everything goes to plan.

And I need to keep an eye on some auctions. There is a vet clinic selling everything, not too far from my house. There are a number of things I’d like to have from that auction… if the zombies ever come.

There’s another fairly close auction with a bunch of air rifles and the current prices are low. In the auctions in general, there has been a lot of late bidding lately, so low prices 8 hours out might not mean what it would have last year, but I’d like to pick up a couple of nice ones for the stacks…

And there is another auction with a bunch of stuff for my non-prepping hobby. I didn’t win any of the stuff I was bidding on this week, so I’m keeping an eye on this sale.

But I can’t sit in front of the computer all day, the kids are out of my hair, and I’ve got stuff to get done.

SO MUCH STUFF.

But it will let me break this log jam and keep making forward progress. “Everything takes longer and costs more.” If I repeated that mantra at work, I should understand that it applies to me in my home life too, right? But I’m SPECIAL and I operate as if it wasn’t true. Well it is true, and not acknowledging that can lead to frustration and disappointment and discouragement. Time to deal with it and just keep pushing through.

The end goal is to have stacks of stuff that will help me, not hinder me. Anything that hinders has to go. And if it helps, it gets priority.

I’m picking up more shelves today… and while it costs time, they should help organize, condense, and ultimately improve my situation.

Keep working to improve your situation. By stacking, or by getting rid of some stuff. Sometimes getting rid of a stack is the best thing you can do.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

78 thoughts on “Thur. July 29, 2021 – kids at rock gym, me working…”

  1. Yesterday’s comment about rolling up with a bunch of car batteries, to provide emergency charging to stranded motorists…

    It strikes me as odd: getting 10kwh of batteries installed in our house would cost around $10k. Yet I can buy a car containing 70kwh of batteries for around $40k. Something here doesn’t compute.

  2. Driving home from work last night I noticed a family outside their home waving Cuban flags and waving to passing motorists.  Just a mom & Dad with kids.  I noticed that they were not fire-bombing police departments, federal buildings, or private businesses.

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  3. Driving home from work last night I noticed a family outside their home waving Cuban flags

    The embargo against Cuba has never made sense to me. Sure, back in the early 1960s, for a couple of years, to make a point. Since then? There’s just no sense to it.

    Then we get the hypocrisy of putting US military bases there, that are conveniently outside of every legal jurisdiction. Military bases in other places don’t escape the laws of the local country, but in Guantanamo, apparently anything goes. It’s a pretty sad comment on the US government over the past 50-60 years.

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  4. The embargo against Cuba has never made sense to me. Sure, back in the early 1960s, for a couple of years, to make a point. Since then? There’s just no sense to it.

    Then we get the hypocrisy of putting US military bases there, that are conveniently outside of every legal jurisdiction. Military bases in other places don’t escape the laws of the local country, but in Guantanamo, apparently anything goes. It’s a pretty sad comment on the US government over the past 50-60 years.

    Growing up in Florida, you see the point of both sides with regard to the embargo. However, now that the affected generation is starting to die off, including the Castros and their band of thugs, IMHO, it has reached the time for a negotiated settlement, sold to the exile community by a *Republican* President as “business”.

    (That’s the only way it will work.)

    Even the Bacardi family cut a deal, but thugs have to realize their time is up too.

    As for Gitmo, the US has other bases with similar legal situations, but none within easy daily commuting distance of the freak show commands at MacDill who run the prison facility with hired contractors. My Bat Guano neighbor in Tampa who, according to neighborhood legend, ran the snake torture sessions, was home for dinner and heavy drinking every evening.

    It wouldn’t make me sad to see Gitmo’s prisons closed … or even MacDill’s real estate redeveloped … but the Dems need to actually do it.

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  5. It strikes me as odd: getting 10kwh of batteries installed in our house would cost around $10k. Yet I can buy a car containing 70kwh of batteries for around $40k. Something here doesn’t compute.

    Lithium Ion batteries are damaged by charge-discharge cycles so manufacturers will de-rate the battery to meet the lifespan. The deeper the discharge the more damage is done. It is better to charge a lithium ion battery more often, lots of shallow discharged, than to discharge deeply then recharge. Battery chemistry changes this characteristic somewhat, so different chemistries have this characteristic to a greater or lesser extant. I believe most batteries are rated for a lifespan, 80% capacity, of about 1000 charge-discharge cycles, but again chemistry can change this. At least that was what it was when I last did a deep dive in batteries about 10 years ago.

    Tesla’s car batteries appear to be about 3x the “rated” capacity so that they will last for ~10 years. They also are generally charged daily after far less then a full discharge. Also the average driver will only use about 1 charge range a week (20K annual miles is less than 400 miles a week)

    Powerwall batteries are generally intended to be charged and discharged on a daily basis. Use excess solar to charge during the day, then discharge in the evening, when power is expensive (in areas with usage time based rates, anyway). So about 7 times the number of charge-discharge cycles than a car and much deeper discharges as well.

    I wouldn’t be surprised that the batteries in both applications have the similar rated capacity, with the difference being in the reserve to provide longer lifespan.

  6. Posted on July 28, 2021 by Scott Johnson in Coronavirus
    Delta variant bullet points
    My law school classmate Kevin Roche went on to become general counsel of UnitedHealth and then chief executive officer of its health information/data technology division Ingenix. As any regular reader of his Healthy Skeptic site can quickly surmise, he has mastered the research on Covid-19 and related issues. For some reason that is not apparent to me, Kevin undersells his expertise. In my opinion, he knows what he’s talking about.

    I called Kevin this morning to ask if he would restate his findings regarding the Delta variant and vaccine effectiveness in the form of bullet or numbered points. He has responded to my request in the post “What more can I say.”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/07/delta-variant-bullet-points.php

    IN PART:

    Notwithstanding my exasperation with the failure of common sense and skepticism to prevail, I will try one more time to simply list why we shouldn’t get all hysterical again and what data our supposed government experts should be providing.

    Let’s start with Delta.  Contrary to the misinformation being spread by many, including the so-called experts, the research to date shows:

    1 It has a lower hospitalization and death rate.
    2 It is perhaps somewhat more transmissible.
    3 It does not result in substantially higher viral loads.
    4 Vaccines are only marginally less effective against Delta infections.
    5 It does not have a worse impact on children.

    https://healthy-skeptic.com/2021/07/28/what-more-can-i-say/

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  7. At Firestone this morning getting the tires on my son’s truck rebalanced. Man, I really don’t get out much. The world is a freak show.  Anyways, hopefully they get it done correctly. After that, next up is dealing with the brakes. The front brakes are pulsing. I’m going to replace pads and rotors. Thanks goodness I have a car lift at the house – makes the job easy.

  8. My employer sent out an email late yesterday bringing back the mask mandate at work. I’m not surprised. At least I can now avoid any in person meetings. I’m concerned for my safety, you know…

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  9. Robert Francis is in town again today.

    https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/voting-rights-activists-including-beto-orourke-to-march-from-georgetown-to-austin/269-70f5efe9-c498-4de9-8235-912d2ae3c12f

    There is political blood in the water in Austin right now.

    The power went out at my house the other night, long enough to drain the UPS I have on my Internet access, router and modem, which usually lasts a couple of hours. Fortunately, a quick check at Oncor with my phone indicated a limited outage confined to my neighborhood due to equipment problems.

    I still believe a serious outage or outages statewide on the scale of February would mean the end of Governor Abbott.


  10. Thanks goodness I have a car lift at the house

    That phrasing always rankles me. It’s not thanks to god (the non-expurgated target of ‘thank goodness’) but because you bought and installed the lift, or because you bought a garage which already had one, or because of some other effort of your own.

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  11. It has now been a week since my knee was destroyed on purpose.

    My personal feeling is get off the addictive drugs ASAP. Study after study has shown that most people get almost as much relief from Tylenol or ibuprofen. There are real risks to Oxy

    Mirrors my feelings. I could tell when the stuff wore off as I felt “off” and would get the shakes. I did not like it. But I needed the pain relief. Doctor told me to absolutely take the pain pills as the pain relief was a necessary part of the healing. I am now only taking the pills at night rather than the prescribed every six hours as the pain is minimal, just discomfort.

    want to avoid certain things, potentially subject to misinterpretation, ending up in your file

    When I had my wisdom teeth taken out 50 years ago while in the USAF I was prescribed Codeine. I took one pill in the evening and slept for 18 hours. That was disturbing. That little tidbit is now in my medical records as allergic to Codeine. I have to keep telling the medical people I am not allergic, don’t puff up, don’t go into spasms, just sleep a long time.

    Will be spending the weekend in the house with no extracurricular activities. Monday is the first doctor appointment since the surgery and I am hoping for good news, good remarks. Another person in my area had knee surgery the same day as I. She developed blood clots in her lungs and had to be air-evacked to a trauma hospital. That will be expensive as air flights are not covered by private insurance. I wonder if the VA would have covered the trip.

  12. 82F and 85%RH this morning.

    Sunny and probably will be hot.

    Kids and wife out the door. Morning routine engaged, heading out myself in a bit.

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  13. @SteveF – reflexive behaviours, trained politeness, memetic infection? All at least partial explanations.

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  14. I love how drwilliams posts some actual facts about Delta and it gets a thumbs down.

    The linked article summarizes my thoughts. I don’t like being talked down to by these TV reporters (spokesmodels basically). Give me some actual data and let me decide.

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  15. Family of

    white combat veteran who killed himself last year sues special prosecutor who accused him of being a racist after he shot and killed Black Lives Matter protester

    Jake Gardner’s parents are suing the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, its top prosecutor and a special prosecutor
    They claim the attorneys violated their son’s Constitutional rights by implying that he was racist, leading him to take his own life
    Gardner had been charged with manslaughter in the May 30, 2020 shooting death of 22-year-old James Scurlock outside of his bar during a BLM protest
    Afterwards, Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin announced Gardner had been armed and waiting to ambush people who might break into businesses

    — stay off social media

    But pressure quickly mounted for a grand jury investigation into the shooting, and Presiding Douglas County District Judge Shelly Stratman appointed Franklin to lead the charge.

    He later said additional evidence from Gardner´s phone and his Facebook Messenger account, along with video from inside his bar, shed new light on his intent the night of the shooting.

    Following Gardner’s death, Franklin revealed Gardner had been armed and waiting to ambush people who might break into businesses, including his.

    Hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest.

    ‘Just when you think, “what else could 2020 throw at me?” Then you have to pull 48 hours of military style firewatch,’ Gardner wrote.

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    added — interesting how the description of St Floyd’s death has morphed…

    George Floyd´s May 25 death at the hands of Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd´s neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleaded for air.

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  16. Seems like “green” is always a scam….

    People want to believe. The $100 power bill fantasy isn’t much different than the dream of the pizza box on the side of the house that costs $50/mo and allows the owner to fire the phone and cable companies.

    Of course, anyone with a 401(k) plan, IRA, or pension based in the US has a vested interest in people continuing to believe. Nothing else is left in this country anymore.

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  17. My employer sent out an email late yesterday bringing back the mask mandate at work. I’m not surprised. At least I can now avoid any in person meetings. I’m concerned for my safety, you know…

    I am very guilty of this too. The pandemic and the current woke culture are two things I get a real joy out of exploiting at work. I never wear a mask and couldn’t care less, but at work I make it a point to be the biggest pandemic scaredy-cat (within reason) to help maintain the current policy of no in-person meetings. Likewise, I tried to use the restroom at work the other day and it was occupied, but nobody was in the women’s (very typical where I work as our workforce is probably 90% men). So, I went back to my desk and submitted one of the company’s anonymous suggestion forms about how if the company was truly LGBTQ+ friendly then all of the restrooms would be unisex. They did a diversity survey several months ago (thank you, BLM) and so I submitted feedback to the effect of if they really cared about minorities then MLK day would be a paid holiday (might as well use wokeness to get another paid holiday every year). I did the same for Juneteenth.

    I amuse myself to no end with this stuff.

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  18. That phrasing always rankles me. It’s not thanks to god (the non-expurgated target of ‘thank goodness’) but because you bought and installed the lift, or because you bought a garage which already had one, or because of some other effort of your own.

    Hmmmmm, ok. How about this..

    By the power of the all powerful Biden and AOC, I have a car lift so I don’t have to have my precious vehicle serviced by evil Republican traitors.

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  19. if they really cared about minorities then MLK day would be a paid holiday

     

    Until very recently, the State of Texas did have an official holiday that alternated every other year on the third Monday in January: one year would be Confederate Hero’s Day and the next would be Martin Luther King Day.  The origin of Heroes day was Robert E. Lee’s birthday, which fell on January 19th, and coincidental with MLK day.


  20. And there is another auction with a bunch of stuff for my non-prepping hobby. I didn’t win any of the stuff I was bidding on this week, so I’m keeping an eye on this sale.

    @nick, do these oon-line auctions work any differently than those on eBay? When I’m bidding on an eBay auction, which is no longer that often given the proliferation of the Buy It Now option, I enter my maximum bid and then walk away from the item and either I win it or I don’t. If my max bid on an item is say $30 and with one minute left in the auction someone else bids the item up to $31, if I’m sitting there watching I might be tempted to bid $32 (I know, that’s what the seller wants to happen) when if I was really willing to spend $32 then I should have entered $32 initially as my max build rather than $30.

  21. I love how drwilliams posts some actual facts about Delta and it gets a thumbs down.

    The COVID-19 Chicken Littles are opposed to anything that doesn’t fuel their fear and outrage. Outrage addiction is an epidemic (especially on the left end of the political spectrum, but both ends are guilty of it). Trump isn’t President anymore and BLM is winding down, so they need something new to be outraged about. The unmasked and the unvaccinated are the current target.

    It became VERY obvious when the CDC first dropped their mask recommendation for the vaccinated and a chunk of vaccinated people kept wearing masks that the masks were no longer about the virus. They’re political identifiers. You might as well make all masks blue and print “Proud Democrat” on them.

    I love how they keep trying to lump those who haven’t gotten their COVID jab into the same anti-vaxxer bucket as those who refuse to get a measles shot. When in reality most of the people refusing the COVID jab have all of their other shots and are very much vaccine proponents. They’re just not keen on getting a shot that still isn’t FDA approved and long term effects unknown. I’m think that prudence is worthy of ridicule.

    (It should also be noted that keeping the pandemic alive as long as possible fuels the current administration’s socialist agenda and while the pandemic is still headline news eviction moratoriums, enhanced unemployment, and stimulus money will be further funded and extended.)

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  22. I’m think that prudence is worthy of ridicule.

    That should read “I don’t think that prudence is worthy of ridicule.”

    I failed to “Please Check Comment Before Submitting” and I missed the timeout on editing, Rick. 😳

  23. The Frame.work laptop is nice! I love the idea of the modular USB ports.

  24. @Chad

    I failed to “Please Check Comment Before Submitting” and I missed the timeout on editing,

    That’s really the Submit button, with alternate text on the button. You should still see the editing thing after you submit the comment. Unless you wander away from the screen and the timeout timeouts. Editing thing should still be there – have not disabled it.


  25. I failed to “Please Check Comment Before Submitting” and I missed the timeout on editing, Rick.

    What Chad meant to say is, “Due to a legacy of systemic racism and vax hesitancy, I had to find a safe space and wasn’t able to emerge until after the timeout had expired.”

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  26. @brad

     

    I realized this morning that there are already thousands of mobile chargers on the road, requiring only an adapter. That’s welding trucks, and I’m sure there are many welders who would be happy to have a second income stream for their $50-150,000 investments.

     

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  27. The Frame.work laptop is nice! I love the idea of the modular USB ports. 

    Apple had the right idea with just supplying the full Intel Thunderbolt/USB-C ports, but, in retrospect, one USB 3.0 port and possibly an SD card slot would have avoided a lot of griping until they introduced the M1 machines.

    Blame Jonny Ive.

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  28. I realized this morning that there are already thousands of mobile chargers on the road, requiring only an adapter. That’s welding trucks, and I’m sure there are many welders who would be happy to have a second income stream for their $50-150,000 investments.

    Maybe on nights/weekends when the welder is off duty, but providing a roadside charging service would tie down the truck for an hour minimum out in the middle of nowhere.

    Plus, as tow truck drivers can no doubt attest, the job-related risks would be much higher and unique to providing the assistance. Insurance coverage would probably be extremely expensive.

    I’ve heard of a startup out in CA who registered a mobile charging concept with the USPTO and is selling franchises across the country to independent operators.

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  29. Plus, as tow truck drivers can no doubt attest, the job-related risks would be much higher and unique to providing the assistance. Insurance coverage would probably be extremely expensive.

    I’m  reasonably sure that here in the Golden State that Pablo and Francisco aren’t going to be doing a lot of reporting to the AAA and State Board of Equalization.

    As long as you don’t run out of juice on the Freeway no one will care

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  30. @ITGuy1998, what kind of lift do you have? I would be curious about your choice and reasons, and lessons learned.

    When I designed the new garage shop, I did a quick look to make sure I would have adequate overhead clearance and an adequate floor to put a lift in a range of positions. The asymetrical arm type seems good. I might also install a second drive-on lift for certain jobs and car storage. At the time, all the choices seemed overwhelming. Like most tools, one kind isn’t best for everything.

    One plan I have is to put in a couple of rooms and a loft. I might extend the loft to partially surround the lift and give access to both levels without having to move a car up and down. Not sure why I would need that, except I might adapt the lift to be an elevator to move big things between levels. I clearly need to do more planning.

  31. @JimB – I have this lift: https://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/mid-rise-scissor-lifts/md-6xp/

    I got it when I was in our previous house, with a small 2 car garage and low ceiling. I put an 8′ 2×12 on each side to give clearance to park over it. It can be moved around fairly easily. When we moved to our current house, I had a recess designed in the floor of my work garage bay for the lift so it now sits below the floor level. I have a piece of 3/4 plywood over top when not in use.

    It is definitely a compromise. It’s fine for engine work, great for wheels/brakes/suspension work. A longitudinal transmission may not come out, and exhaust work could a be a problem too. Though for my uses, I’ve had no problems.

    The big negative is the width. Even over the last 10 years, cars have gotten wider. There hasn’t been a car yet I can’t put on it, but it does take me several tries to get some cars lined up properly. There isn’t a lot of extra room. For this reason, as well as I want something to increase space as well, I’m going to get a 4 post lift. I want to be able to get the Corvette off the ground and park another car under it, freeing up space. I will get the rolling jack trays so I can still work on brakes/suspensions/etc. I haven’t narrowed it down to what I’m going to get yet. I’m still in the saving money phase.

    In a perfect world I’d have a 2 post and a 4 post, but I don’t have the room, budget, or frankly time for that. Even a 4 post is a luxury, but I enjoy working on cars, and will tackle almost any issue.

  32. Lithium Ion batteries are damaged by charge-discharge cycles so manufacturers will de-rate the battery to meet the lifespan. The deeper the discharge the more damage is done. It is better to charge a lithium ion battery more often, lots of shallow discharged, than to discharge deeply then recharge. Battery chemistry changes this characteristic somewhat, so different chemistries have this characteristic to a greater or lesser extant. I believe most batteries are rated for a lifespan, 80% capacity, of about 1000 charge-discharge cycles, but again chemistry can change this. At least that was what it was when I last did a deep dive in batteries about 10 years ago.

    Tesla changed from 1,000 charge cycle to 4,000 charge cycle batteries a couple of years ago. Now they are considering moving to LPD batteries where weight is not a concern.


  33. I love how they keep trying to lump those who haven’t gotten their COVID jab into the same anti-vaxxer bucket as those who refuse to get a measles shot. When in reality most of the people refusing the COVID jab have all of their other shots and are very much vaccine proponents. They’re just not keen on getting a shot that still isn’t FDA approved and long term effects unknown. I’m think that prudence is worthy of ridicule.

    If you choose to wait for full FDA approval that’s fine…just while you’re waiting either self-quarantine yourself or wear a mask at indoor public spaces until there’s a vaccine available for children under 12.

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  34. @lynn, any news on your gennie?

    Maybe August. Maybe. Generator Supercenter in Houston is the biggest customer of Generac (so they claim) and say that they are getting random trucks in every day of mostly air-cooled generators (lawn mower in a box). Generac refuses to tell them what is coming in for some strange reason. They did say last week that I am at the top of the list for the next 38 kW liquid cooled generator that they get.

  35. “Year-Over-Year Charts, July 27”
    https://healthy-skeptic.com/2021/07/28/year-over-year-charts-july-27/

    “For those of you tempted to believe Alex Berenson’s and others’ drivel about vaccines not working, look at these charts from Minnesota. Even though testing is at similar levels now, cases are down, hospitalizations are down, deaths are down. Adaptive immunity at work. Thanks to DD.”

    Definitely a serious reduction in cases there between 2020 and 2021.

  36. “MSC, Fincantieri and Snam to partner on H2-powered cruise ship”
    https://gulfenergyinfo.com/h2tech/news/2021/072021/msc-fincantieri-and-snam-to-partner-on-h2-powered-cruise-ship

    “MSC Group, Fincantieri and Snam revealed the signing of an MOU to jointly determine the conditions for the design and construction of what would become the world’s first oceangoing hydrogen-powered cruise ship.
    The companies have joined forces to initially carry out a study that will assess the feasibility of designing and building the world’s first oceangoing cruise ship powered by hydrogen, which would allow zero-emissions operations in certain areas, and the development of the related hydrogen bunkering infrastructure.
    Green hydrogen can be produced without fossil fuels, using renewable energy to split water in a process called electrolysis and can therefore be emissions-free on a full lifecycle basis. It can be used to generate electrical power through a fuel cell, emitting only water vapor and heat. This type of green hydrogen holds great potential to contribute to the decarbonization of the shipping industry, including cruising, whether in its pure form or as a hydrogen-derived fuel.”

    Note that the source of the electricity for the electrolysis was not mentioned. Maybe it will be windmills. Maybe it will be solar cells.

    And what is the source of all that demineralized water for the electrolysis ? If there is any minerals (salts, etc), those minerals will foul the electrolysis machine.

  37. “More lawsuits mount against states canceling unemployment benefits”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/more-lawsuits-mount-against-states-canceling-unemployment-benefits-153306218.html

    “Jobless workers in Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas are suing their governors for opting out of unemployment programs earlier than the federal expiration in September, with one of the latest lawsuits finding success already.
    They join similar cases in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas brought by unemployed residents in the last month.”

    Give me my money for sitting at home and watching General Hospital !

  38. Home and TIRED.

     

    @Alan, the auctions work better than ebay as they have a ‘soft close’ feature so if anyone tries to bid at the last second, it extends the time.  No sniping.

     

    There are strategies for high bids, and sometimes I just put in my absolute high, and sometimes I play with it live as it’s closing.  There are some tricks and there is some psychology.

    Some time ago I wrote up how I won my above ground pool.  I was def playing games with that one.

     

    @chad, there was something I was replying to, but I forgot.

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  39. Oh, yeah, there is an Occupancy  Sensor for shared toilets that works without cameras…   It lights a sign outside the smallest room.   Lots of people going unisex.

     

    In Scotland, some of the oil company bathrooms were mixed (anyone picked out a stall in the bigger bathroom, the stalls had real doors and walls that went to the floor though).  The cleaners (invariably women) would also come in while you were in there and clean while chatting amiably.  Kinda disconcerting.

     

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  40. just while you’re waiting either self-quarantine yourself or wear a mask at indoor public spaces until there’s a vaccine available for children under 12.

    Nah. I decline your demand.

    Even though testing is at similar levels now, cases are down, hospitalizations are down, deaths are down.

    I’ll take that under advisement. What are “cases” this year compared to last year? What tests, and what are the details of how the tests are run? Are people diagnosed — “diagnosed”– with the Chinese Crud and admitted to the hospital using the same criteria applied in exactly the same way as last year? Are octogenarian cancer patients being listed as Chinese Crud deaths the same this year as last year? Are hospital and insurance administrators tweaking the data entry and the reports the same this year as last?

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  41. Maybe August. Maybe. Generator Supercenter in Houston is the biggest customer of Generac (so they claim) and say that they are getting random trucks in every day of mostly air-cooled generators (lawn mower in a box). Generac refuses to tell them what is coming in for some strange reason. They did say last week that I am at the top of the list for the next 38 kW liquid cooled generator that they get. 

    I noticed the cell tower around the corner from my house has a new Generac. I noticed because I don’t recall anything being in that spot previously.

    Everybody in Texas was “swimming naked” as Warren Buffett describes it.

    Does the generator installation include a backup gas tank buried in the yard?

  42. Give me my money for sitting at home and watching General Hospital ! 

    “General Hospital”? Is that still on the air?

    TWC still has contractors answering the phones at home in their jammies. I made my weekly call this morning. The new wrinkle is an “ombudsman”, who, I’m guessing, has more contractors staffing phones, “working” from home.

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  43. “MSC, Fincantieri and Snam to partner on H2-powered cruise ship”

    Read that too quickly and thought it said “Spam” instead “Snam” and thought for a second, hmmm, H2 from pork??


  44. The cleaners (invariably women) would also come in while you were in there and clean while chatting amiably. Kinda disconcerting.

    They’ve all probably seen the male anatomy before. Heck, as long as no one under 18 is involved, just have mixed sex restrooms.

  45. Maybe August. Maybe. Generator Supercenter in Houston is the biggest customer of Generac (so they claim) and say that they are getting random trucks in every day of mostly air-cooled generators (lawn mower in a box). Generac refuses to tell them what is coming in for some strange reason. They did say last week that I am at the top of the list for the next 38 kW liquid cooled generator that they get.

    I noticed the cell tower around the corner from my house has a new Generac. I noticed because I don’t recall anything being in that spot previously.

    Everybody in Texas was “swimming naked” as Warren Buffett describes it.

    Does the generator installation include a backup gas tank buried in the yard?

    Nope. We had natural gas all during the freeze so we are just going to use natural gas. I have four huge natural gas wells right next to the office just four miles away the house. And their is a large compressor station that they were flaring last weekend (flames about 75 ft in the air) about a half mile away from the house.

  46. Just saw an ad that claimed “Perfect poop in 7 days”.  The model was happy and alert with erect ears and a glossy coat…


  47. just while you’re waiting either self-quarantine yourself or wear a mask at indoor public spaces until there’s a vaccine available for children under 12.

    Nah. I decline your demand.

    Request, not demand, Uncle Joe isn’t allowed to play with the GI Joes.

    So if you’re not vaccinated (don’t recall) and you were asymptomatically infected with Covid Delta it wouldn’t bother you to be unmasked and in close quarters with children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated?

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  48. Oh, yeah, there is an Occupancy Sensor for shared toilets that works without cameras… It lights a sign outside the smallest room. Lots of people going unisex.

    In Scotland, some of the oil company bathrooms were mixed (anyone picked out a stall in the bigger bathroom, the stalls had real doors and walls that went to the floor though). The cleaners (invariably women) would also come in while you were in there and clean while chatting amiably. Kinda disconcerting.

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    When I was in France in 2009, a cleaning lady came in while I was peeing into a trough in the wall at one of the highway stations. She got a good look if she wanted, but few women really want to see that.

  49. “AG urges Texas governor to rescind restrictions on undocumented migrant travel”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ag-urges-texas-governor-rescind-223227558.html

    “Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to immediately rescind restrictions on undocumented migrant travel.
    Why it matters: Abbott’s order, which bars people from providing ground transportation to migrants detained for illegally crossing the border, gives the state’s Department of Public Safety authority to stop and reroute “any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion” of violating the order.”

    Merrick Garland can go (^^$*%$%& himself. The man is a traitor to the USA.

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  50. I am reaching out to see if you are in the market for a vehicle OR have a vehicle to sell.

    With production limitations, I am reaching out to our loyal customer base to see if you are in a position to sell your truck/car or trade in of course.

    Trade Values are up and appraisals only take 15 minutes!

    Do you owe $ on a car – no problem
    Do you have a family member looking to sell a car – we pay referral $
    Looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle – no problem

    I would love to earn your business. We are paying top dollar for everything, so please let me know what your availability is.

    We are open Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm. Your time is valuable to me, so reach out to schedule a convenient time for a quick appraisal and check out our inventory.

    –just got this email from one of the dealers I talked to during my search.

    They must really need vehicles.
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  51. They’ve all probably seen the male anatomy before. Heck, as long as no one under 18 is involved, just have mixed sex restrooms. 

    Oh, God, please, no. I cleaned the bathrooms at Publix (Florida’s HEB) for a couple of years, and the women’s public restroom was always the worst job between the two.

  52. @lynn:  Have you considered a used diesel-electric locomotive instead of a Generac?

    Substantially more power, not too expensive and – with the addition of a few feet of track around your warehouse – substantially more fun.

    ALSO you can wear a real engineers hat while you blow the whistle….

     

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  53. And what is the source of all that demineralized water for the electrolysis ?

    They boil sea water with the hydrogen and condense the vapor, silly!

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  54. –just got this email from one of the dealers I talked to during my search.

    They must really need vehicles.

    Warranty service. At least, that’s my guess with late model vehicles and/or Japanese brands like Honda that take care of original owners.

    Contrary to popular belief, the manufacturers are not required by law to make the parts for the duration of the vehicle warranty. The manufacturers/dealers only have to be able to find replacement parts and inform you if they came from a junkyard or other second hand source.

    I get emails like that all the time from the local dealers regarding my 2018 Camry. In addition to all the other strangeness with that model year, depending on the report you read, at least 3000 and possibly many more were manufactured with incorrect cylinder bores, and the dealers are on the hook to either replace the engines or the vehicles with a comparable model.


  55. asymptomatically infected with Covid Delta

    Has asymptomatic transmission of the Chinese Crud ever been confirmed by a reputable group? Anyone affiliated with or funded by a government is not reputable, as medicine+politics=politics

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  56. They boil sea water with the hydrogen and condense the vapor, silly!

    That makes distilled water, not demineralized water. I recall the professor in our chemistry labs asking us to be very stingy in using the demineralized water because it was very expensive, whereas plain ol’ distilled water could be used with no particular concern.

  57. @lynn: Have you considered a used diesel-electric locomotive instead of a Generac?

    Substantially more power, not too expensive and – with the addition of a few feet of track around your warehouse – substantially more fun.

    ALSO you can wear a real engineers hat while you blow the whistle….

    We had a few dozen diesel electric black start generators at TXU when I was there in the 1980s. The smallest that we had was 2,000 kW and the largest was 2,500 kW. No thank you ! The maintenance on them was incredible. The diesel usage rate was in gallons per minute.

    The Generac that I am getting is 38 kW. More than enough for our home needs.

    We had five of the 2,000 kW diesel electrics at Stryker Creek Steam Electric Station. We blacked out the plant and tried to start SCSES #2 from the five one fine spring day. We got it done after several hours of learning things and tripping all five diesels on over amperage MANY times. The 4,000 hp electric boiler feed pump motor on the three phase 4,160 volt switchgear was killing us, pulling 9,000 amps for 45 seconds rolling up to speed. Wow, their brochure looks like me in the white tshirt with the bald spot and grey hair on the control board.
    https://www.luminant.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/StrykerCreek_Facts.pdf

    I am thinking about getting a generator for the office / warehouse also. The wife is against it since I will have to purchase the 60 kW to run the 20 kW of electric heaters in the office building. And I will have to pay Centerpoint to run a natural gas line a little over a quarter mile.

  58. They boil sea water with the hydrogen and condense the vapor, silly!

    That makes distilled water, not demineralized water. I recall the professor in our chemistry labs asking us to be very stingy in using the demineralized water because it was very expensive, whereas plain ol’ distilled water could be used with no particular concern.

    The membranes in the fresh water plants in California can reputedly reduce the salt content in sea water from 30,000 ppm to 13 ppm. Of course, I’ll bet that 13 ppm of salt will coat and plug the electrolysis machine fairly quickly so additional cleaning will be needed.

  59. …I will have to pay Centerpoint to run a natural gas line a little over a quarter mile.

    Wouldn’t a large propane tank be a better option? Isn’t bulk propane cheap in your area? I would bet there are tank brokers who have inventory now that drilling is down. 😛

  60. @Lynn

    “Definitely a serious reduction in cases there between 2020 and 2021. ”

    I have a lot of respect for Mr. Roche, but I’d need to see a lot more data before assigning any meaning to year-on-year graphs during a pandemic, other than a straight-up comparison of deaths and other data in the abscissa.

    A couple of comments:

    1 Testing may be “at similar levels” but the testing situation in July 2020 was totally different, as were the groups being tested.

    2 If a positive PCR test is an “active case” for the purposes of the graph, then it’s meaningless. PCR tests with amplification over 35-36 cycles are meaningless, per Dr. Fauci and a lot of others.

    3 Pandemics take the most vulnerable first.

    4 Put up a two-year timeline. Graph hospital admissions and deaths. Then add the one graph conspicuously missing: Vaccinations. Do the same graph by age groups. What you have is Donald J. Trump’s slam-dunk Nobel Peace Prize Nomination.

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  61. The membranes in the fresh water plants in California can reputedly reduce the salt content in sea water from 30,000 ppm to 13 ppm. Of course, I’ll bet that 13 ppm of salt will coat and plug the electrolysis machine fairly quickly so additional cleaning will be needed. 

    Plus electricity. A lot of it. Tampa’s reverse osmosis plant is located next to a big coal fired power plant for a reason.

    Aren’t the California plants located near Diablo Canyon. Oops.

  62. Wouldn’t a large propane tank be a better option? Isn’t bulk propane cheap in your area? I would bet there are tank brokers who have inventory now that drilling is down.

    We had a 500 gallon tank for our hot tub at our Florida house. A big hole is required.

    So big that when the gas company changed ownership and the new management tried to get a monthly tank rental fee out of me in addition to the cost of periodic topping off the gas to run the pilot light, I challenged them to “Come and take it.”

    Eight years later, when we sold the house, the tank was still in our back yard.

  63. The big negative is the width. Even over the last 10 years, cars have gotten wider.

    Thanks. I had once considered a scissor lift, but rejected the idea. I chuckled at width. I have older cars that are much wider than my newer ones. Never thought about adjustability.

    You make good points about two post and four posts as well. I looked at a used two post lift, but it was rough, and am glad I passed. I put the word out, and a friend said someone he knew had just bought a new in box four poster for about half current prices. Lots of word of mouth deals here, but with 20k population not much is available. It pays to know people.

    BTW, I bought a second floor jack a while back. Was concerned my old one might croak. Had never thought how much of a luxury having two good jacks would be. My jacking drill is much faster and convenient.

    If you have ever seen some of the clever YT videos of adjustable stands that span a floor jack, why don’t floor jacks have a mechanical ratcheting safety mechanism? Harbor Freight has such a feature on a motorcycle jack. I will have to give this some thought. Might be easy.

  64. This

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/07/the_cdc_uses_discredited_inapplicable_authority_to_back_its_new_mask_guidelines.html

    has a link to this

    https://ivmmeta.com/

    I commend your attention to the section labeled “xxx meta analysis mortality results”, and specifically, the column labeled “improvement”.

    I don’t do Farcebook, Tschitter, or any “social media” controlled by pale sweaty billionaires. It might be an interesting experiment to post the above link and see if it’s on the “forbidden” list.

  65. 9000 A at 4160 V ? Shudder.

    http://www.ercot.com/mp has an updated supply/demand graph with a better legend. I never look at the new site.

    OK, that new ERCOT graph is cool. Yes, I look at the old webpage daily.

    Yes, on the high amps. The first plant I worked at, if #6 was running at 500 MW, the generator was running at 23,000 volts at 13,000 amps on each phase at a 0.95 PF (power factor). Some freaking huge busbars. We melted them one day, that was not cool.

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    “A big gaming Beast in a tiny box”

    Cool. I like this.

    Try to find a graphics card that takes advantage of the full-length slot. Even GTX 1650 4GB cards which should be sub $100 bargin bin fodder these days are $350+ if you can find one.

    Lots of guys out there are hustling graphics cards.

  67. Back in the day I “got” to see pictures of an unfortunate who was stealing bus bars from a ConED substation outside Chicago. 13.8KV line, iirc.

    All his clothes were blown off, with the exception of the soles of his shoes, which were held in place by a ring of shoe around his ankle. He was flat on his back, puffy, junk looked like a kielbasa sausage laying on his belly. The river rock that he was laying on was discolored from the heat for about 6 inches around him, like a halo. Cops eventually sent someone to the store for a meat thermometer, and he was still over 400F when they stuck him.

    Yeah, not gonna be climbing any fences for all that sweet sweet copper and aluminum….

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  68. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9836767/Nashville-Feds-charge-9-violent-crime-gang-conspiracy.html

    –it’s not clear, but it looks like the feebies let them run for 7 years. So not particularly relentless….

    ‘Make no mistake about it: MS-13 is one of the most violent, ruthless and cold-blooded gangs to ever walk the face of the earth. And we will be relentless in our efforts to root them out of this community,’ Stewart said at a news conference

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  69. “For What Will We Go to War With China?”
    https://buchanan.org/blog/for-what-will-we-go-to-war-with-china-149854

    “In his final state of the nation speech Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his refusal to confront China over Beijing’s seizure and fortification of his country’s islets in the South China Sea.
    “It will be a massacre if I go and fight a war now,” said Duterte. “We are not yet a competent and able enemy of the other side.”
    Duterte is a realist. He will not challenge China to retrieve his lost territories, as his country would be crushed. But Duterte has a hole card: a U.S. guarantee to fight China, should he stumble into war with China.
    Consider. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured Manila we would invoke the U.S.-Philippines mutual security pact in the event of Chinese military action against Philippine assets.”

    Biden really stepped into it, didn’t he ?

    I cannot figure out who is being thrown into the briar patch. And where is the tar baby ?


  70. She got a good look if she wanted, but few women really want to see that.

    Definitely true. Male genetalia are not particularly attractive to look at. As I understand it, that even goes for heterosexual women. The guys who send dick pics don’t get it, but if anything, they’re going to drive women away.

    the women’s public restroom was always the worst job between the two.

    In public toilets, some women “hover” to avoid touching the toilet seat. They then pee all over the toilet. Which guarantees that the next woman will also “hover”. Unisex bathrooms are not a good thing for guys.

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