Thur. Aug. 26, 2021 – month is winding down

Hot and humid. Chance of rain. Almost a surety that it will rain SOMEWHERE in Houston. It got pretty hot yesterday. I think my weather station topped out at 104F in the sun. It was still over 80F at dinner time, and just 80F at midnight. I did drive through some rain during my errands too.

Did a lot of running around yesterday. Did some thrifting too, since I’ve got a guaranteed auction coming up and he’ll take the stuff to his warehouse. There were a couple of good scores.

Today I’ll be packing up stuff for my non-prepping hobby show this weekend. So far they haven’t asked me to help load a truck today, so it’s all my stuff to get ready. I really hope some or all of it sells.

Moving the stuff is the important part, getting some money is second. Hanging out with people who share an enthusiasm is pretty cool too.

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I got a funny phone call yesterday. Out of the blue, someone from the local Republican party called and asked if I wanted to be a precinct chair. It turns out the precinct is basically my neighborhood, and a couple of blocks around it. The duties seem to be trying to get out the vote, shaking hands and knocking on doors. I’m actually considering it, since I encourage all y’all to get involved with local politics. Well, if not involved exactly, at least familiar with the people and the process. IDK if I would be good at it, or want the exposure, or would be acceptable to them. Everything they said about Kavanaugh could have been said about me… only the names and places were different. The 80s were a great time to be coming of age…….. Anyway, no one’s had the position in years. This tells me that the local R’s might be trying to up their ground game.

That they think they can overcome fraud with effort is funny. And I don’t actually care about most of the R’s, since they turned out to be politicians first, deep staters or quislings second, and generally not people I’d put in charge of a Prom Committee, but they at least aren’t actively pushing socialism. We can continue to pretend things are normal for a while longer. And it might lead to some good insights… or a spot in front of a pock marked wall. That last being the important bit. Hard to be the grey man when people know you as part of a political machine.

I’ll put it in the ‘meatspace baby’ pile for now and give it some thought. I don’t see much upside to doing it, and a lot of potential downside.

We’ve still got some time, use it wisely. Stack all the things!

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98 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Aug. 26, 2021 – month is winding down"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    78F and 89%RH at 6am.

    nice to see some old familiar names checking in yesterday. And always nice to see new names as well.

    nick

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  2. ITGuy1998 says:

    I like heavy cream in my coffee, but it’s a distant second to coffee creamer. Yes, it’s bad for you, but I love the taste. Gotta have a least one bad habit.

    I checked online at Walmart , and they had it available for delivery. I put three 2 packs in the cart, and propel water (had the big multipacks for $2 cheaper than Costco). Free shipping and I’ll have it on a Friday.

    Doesn’t heavy cream require refrigeration ? How do they maintain cold in their shipping ?

    Sorry, I wasn’t clear. Powdered coffee creamer was in stock, so that’s what I ordered. The good stuff (Coffeemate) has not been in stock for over a month now.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    Sorry, I wasn’t clear. Powdered coffee creamer was in stock, so that’s what I ordered. The good stuff (Coffeemate) has not been in stock for over a month now.

    Coffeemate has been an issue since before the pandemic/lockdowns. IIRC, this came up last year in discussions about shortages of various items.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    As an industry, we need to think about, what are the less discriminatory alternatives, even if they are a valid predictor of risk,’ said David Sanchez, a former FHFA policy analyst, who currently directs research and development at the nonprofit National Community Stabilization Trust. ‘Because if we let risk alone govern all of our decisions, we are going to end up in the exact same place we are now when it comes to racial equity in this country.’

    –That statement confirms that the algorithm is doing it’s job correctly, denying mortgages based on risk…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9925561/The-secret-bias-hidden-mortgage-approval-algorithms.html

    The ‘secret bias’ is that some people don’t have the credit/work history to successfully pay loans.

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  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    Cuomo’s true COVID death toll: NY state officially adds the 12K deaths that disgraced ex-governor left out of HIS tally to increase the number of pandemic dead to 55K

    New York State now reports nearly 55,400 people have died of COVID-19, up from about 43,400 that former Gov Andrew Cuomo reported on Monday, his last day in office
    The death toll used by the Cuomo administration only counted laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths and excluded those who died in homes, hospice, state prisons or at state-run homes
    The lower number favored by Cuomo still appeared in Gov Kathy Hochul’s office daily update, but with an explanation about why it was an incomplete count
    Hochul has made it clear she was distancing herself from her predecessor, who resigned earlier this month after being labeled a serial sex harasser
    Cuomo was also accused of purposely obscuring the actual number of COVID deaths in nursing homes by nearly 50%

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9926249/New-NY-governor-adds-12-000-deaths-publicized-COVID-tally.html

    –doesn’t quite fit the narrative that wuflu deaths were OVER reported.

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  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    90 prior arrests but out on bail, because f you civilization. But call someone a ‘bundle of sticks’ WHILE trying to murder them and NOW you’re going to jail.

    Queens man with 90 prior arrests is indicted for slashing man’s face on NYC Subway platform with wooden stake while hurling racist and anti-gay slurs weeks after he was freed on bail over double-burglary

    Ramon Castro, 55, has been charged on seven counts for hate crimes including assault, criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated harassment
    The repeat offender allegedly yelled ‘I hate Latinos’ at a 34-year-old victim before slicing his cheek with a wooden stake
    The victim was taken to the hospital and had to get 16 stitches in his face
    Castro is being held on a $250,0003 bail and faces up to 15 years in prison

    He had been bailed just weeks earlier over two alleged burglaries

    Ramon allegedly yelled: ‘I hate Latinos and f****t people’ at a man who was standing near a Subway station

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ah DM, thank you for making millions aware of alternatives to just toughing out wuflu.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9927295/Arkansas-doctor-gives-animal-deworming-drug-jail-inmates-COVID-19-despite-FDA-warning.html

    And thanks for the example dosing prescription. Presumably that’s the preventative dose… since the jailer didn’t test positive.

    I”m not a dr and this isn’t medical advice. Based on their statements and prior reporting, the FDA’s main concern is overdosing due to vet meds being labeled for large animals. Do the math people if you are going to go this route.

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    (and why would it surprise anyone that people subjected to a constant barrage of ‘covid’s gonna get ya’ with NO discussion of actual treatment therapies or the success rate for those, might lead to people wanting to try something to save themselves from “almost certain death”.)

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    On the other hand, here go those wacky chinese, over reacting again…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9928683/Workers-spray-clouds-disinfectant-streets-southern-China.html

    I’m sure it’s all just a show for the west, a disinformation campaign designed to trick us into … something. Dammed sneaky foreigners.

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  9. Chad says:

    I never got too obsessed with coffee. I drink it purely for the caffeine. My typical order is a Mocha with an extra shot of espresso and made with soy milk. I’m not lactose intolerant I just think the soy milk gives the drink a silkier taste. However, I frequently get distracted and forget I have the drink. So, 6 hours later I am microwaving it and drinking it which makes all of the coffee aficionados I know cringe. It could be the world’s finest fresh brewed coffee or nasty day old swill. I couldn’t tell the difference.

    My preferred drink-it-all-day drink is unsweetened iced tea.

    I stopped mainlining soda about 8 years ago. At the time I quit I was drinking about 96oz of Diet Mountain Dew every day. Though, I do still have perhaps 1 or 2 sodas per month when a place’s iced tea is horrid or I see those “made with cane sugar” Mexican versions of American soda in glass bottles. I do like the occasional glass bottle of cane sugar sweetened 7-Up. One thing I’ve noticed since I stopped drinking soda is that anything sweetened with HFCS leaves a funny aftertaste in my mouth and I can no longer stand the taste of aspartame.

    Also, for the record, it’s soda not pop. 🙂

  10. Greg Norton says:

    The ‘secret bias’ is that some people don’t have the credit/work history to successfully pay loans.

    They’re effectively arguing for a new “first time home buyer” credit/loan, something Biden promised last year.

    This time, however, instead of $8000, which put a $250k price floor under all the 3/2 stucco shacks in Florida in combination with 3% down mortgages, the progs want $15-20k, which would put every homeowner on the road to being a paper millionaire and turn the same stucco shacks into “tenbagger gold” before the developments reach their “sell by” date.

    The 3% down mortgages are back to enable the mischief. Ironically, the banks’ research indicate that the default rates were much lower and they could make lots of money off of the PMI while the Fed took the risk for the paper.

    Heck, I read recently that mortgage-backed securities are back too, to enable sales as prices once again exceed FHA limits, the point where the Fed takes away the easy money.

    Most of America couldn’t qualify for the mortgages to purchase their current homes if the Fed stopped buying the paper and let the mortgage rates return to even historic lows. There would be some real fast “price discovery”, on the average of $100-150k, tanking the market and making a lot of the middle class who purchased homes in the last 10 years much poorer.

  11. EdH says:

    Also, for the record, it’s cola soda not pop.

    There, fixed it for you.

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  12. Chad says:

    Also, for the record, it’s cola soda not pop.

    There, fixed it for you.

    I called it pop my whole young life. That’s just what everyone in my Great Plains state calls it. Then, I joined the USAF and moved to California and spent 4 years as enlisted aircrew traveling the country and the world. I found that you can call it soda in all 50 states and everyone knows exactly what you mean. Call it pop, tonic, or cola in the wrong place and you will either get laughed at or receive the wrong drink. I’ve been calling it soda ever since and have brainwashed my daughter to do the same.

    I heard some places refer to all soda as Coke no matter what you’re drinking. That amuses me. How does that work? “Let me get a large Coke.” “Which flavor?” “Umm… Sprite.” lol Cola is as equally confusing as I think of cola as being a category of brown soda (Coke, Pepsi, RC are all “colas”). So, asking for a cola when you want a Sprite would be like saying, “Can I have a brown soda?” “Sure, which one?” “The clear one.” lol

    I suppose the easiest and least confusing way is when they get your drink for you just ask for the flavor you want, “I’ll have a Dr. Pepper” and when you get your own drink there’s no need to mention the flavor at all, just ask for a cup.

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Me too. Drank pop as a kid in the midwest. Moved to Cali and learned to say “soda”. Now “pop” sounds funny and childish to me.

    WRT caffeine addiction, I quit once in college when I noticed a very predictable mood and energy change right around my work break time, that coincided with my Dr Pepper. When I went to work in Hollywood, I consciously chose to become re-addicted in the shop where I worked. It was cold in the mornings. Coffee drinkers got to come to work and fiddle with their cups for 10-15 minutes before actually working. Yum, coffee.

    I’ve continued unabated since then but limit coffee to one big mug, 2 cups measured, in the morning. That lasted for years. Sometime in the last couple of years I added 20oz of half and half iced tea and lemonade over the course of the afternoon. If I have even a mouthful after 6pm, I’ll be up later than I like.
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  14. ech says:

    I don’t care for coffee. The wife drinks it, with half and half and some sweetener, made with our Keurig. I drink hot tea in the AM (Pu Erh, Darjeeling, or a Thai Chai blend) with sweetener and half and half. Iced tea the rest of the day.

     

  15. Greg Norton says:

    I called it pop my whole young life. That’s just what everyone in my Great Plains state calls it. Then, I joined the USAF and moved to California and spent 4 years as enlisted aircrew traveling the country and the world. I found that you can call it soda in all 50 states and everyone knows exactly what you mean. Call it pop, tonic, or cola in the wrong place and you will either get laughed at or receive the wrong drink. I’ve been calling it soda ever since and have brainwashed my daughter to do the same. 

    When we lived in SW WA State, near Portland, I found that people used both words, but my rule of thumb about the choice is that people who used the word “pop” tended to use it as a pejorative, akin to “heroin” or “meth”, like consumption was a bad thing.

    Ironically, both heroin and meth are now legal in small quantities in Portland. Pop/soda still is too … for now.

  16. Alan says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9926249/New-NY-governor-adds-12-000-deaths-publicized-COVID-tally.html

    –doesn’t quite fit the narrative that wuflu deaths were OVER reported.

    I still think there’s more to the Cuomo story than we’ve heard. Some things just remain behind the curtains.

  17. Brad says:

    That they think they can overcome fraud with effort is funny.

    Well, they could, but it’s an additional effort to getting out the vote. They need observers in every precinct, with continuous video coverage, accompanying every ballot through the entire process. With competent attorneys on speed-dial.

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  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Some fun with statistics as percentages, and why I assume anyone using percentages without mentioning the underlying hard numbers is trying to manipulate me.

    Using numbers from the latest UK summary of china flu patients….

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1009243/Technical_Briefing_20.pdf

    From Feb 1 to Aug 1, this year. numbers may not add up. their data.

    Alpha – deaths – <50 = 66, >50 = 1548, total 1614
    Delta – deaths – <50 = 71, >50 = 670, total 742

    Alpha deaths, <50 4% of total deaths
    Delta deaths, <50 9.6% of total deaths

    Possible headlines --
    "Delta TWICE AS DEADLY TO UNDER 50s AS Alpha!!111!!!"
    "Delta less than half as deadly as Alpha for old people" -- not one you'll see.

    Expressed as a percentage of the UK total population, there is essentially no change in death rate for <50s between alpha and delta, 1 in a millon for alpha, slightly more than 1 in a million for delta. (UK pop is 66.6M) For deaths total vs the total population, you are roughly HALF as likely to die now that delta is predominant.

    Of course this is all essentially arm waving anyway as we don't know what the final numbers for delta will be when the next variant replaces it in the population as it's replacing alpha. If it sticks around for 3 times as long as alpha, it will be quite different. For the year so far, the overnight stays number is essentially the same for alpha and delta, but alpha is trending down, and delta is trending up.

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    oh, and btw, those numbers of breakthru cases in the "29x more likely" article linked and discussed yesterday? The chart shows that they were NOT generally in people with 5-8 months passed since their jab. They were much shorter times implying that it isn't that the poke becomes less effective with time, but that it wasn't ever effective against the delta variation.

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  19. Greg Norton says:

    –doesn’t quite fit the narrative that wuflu deaths were OVER reported.

    The numbers are being manipulated by both sides for their respective narratives.

    Possibly offsetting the 12000 additional deaths and buried in the report accompanying FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine on Monday was the caveat that the ‘unvaccinated’ Covid death numbers include:

    -Patients whose vaccination status was unknown at time of death.
    -Patents who received the first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna but not the second.
    -Patients who received either their second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or the J&J single dose < 14 days prior to death.

    Of course, we’ll never know the true numbers there. If someone dies from Covid right after getting the jab, as a direct result of the shot temporarily weakening their immune systems, their death is counted as ‘unvaccinated’. The truth doesn’t fit the narrative that the vaccines are worth the risk.

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  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    This means that whilst vaccination may reduce an individual’s overall risk of becoming
    infected, once they are infected there is limited difference in viral load (and Ct values)
    between those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. Given they have similar Ct values,
    this suggests limited difference in infectiousness.

    –another belief taking a beating.

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  21. Greg Norton says:

    “That they think they can overcome fraud with effort is funny.”

    Well, they could, but it’s an additional effort to getting out the vote. They need observers in every precinct, with continuous video coverage, accompanying every ballot through the entire process. With competent attorneys on speed-dial.

    300,000 Georgia Republican voters stayed home and/or didn’t vote in the runoff that gave Senate control to the Dems via the tiebreaker. With numbers like that, fraud is irrelevant.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, I’m not seeing your postulate that there will be or is vax arbitrage in Texas anyway. They are paying people $100 to get the shot at NRG stadium until the end of the month.

    People aren’t clamoring for the shot if they have to pay to find takers…

    Which also means that barring use or threat of force, we’re probably at peak vax.

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  23. Greg Norton says:

    @greg, I’m not seeing your postulate that there will be or is vax arbitrage in Texas anyway. They are paying people $100 to get the shot at NRG stadium until the end of the month.

    People aren’t clamoring for the shot if they have to pay to find takers…

    Which also means that barring use or threat of force, we’re probably at peak vax.

    A lot of companies haven’t yet decided and/or announced mandatory policy. Plus Abbott signed an EO yesterday prohibiting companies taking state money from mandating vaccination for their employees.

    If the EO goes without a successful challenge in court, that will put quite a chill on vaccine mandates among private employers since a lot of the tech companies took tax incentives to locate offices here before Austin became the next target of the Locust class.

    You could be right about being at peak vaccine, but the situation could change. We won’t know for sure which way it is headed until after Labor Day, when the C-suite and HR returns from vacation at a lot of companies.

    I do believe J&J is being stockpiled for arbitrage now. @Lynn isn’t the only one we’ve heard from with anecdotal reports of the shot being in short supply or unavailable in their area over the last few days. Handling requirements are much lower for that vaccine, the “sell by” dates were recently extended by the FDA, and the money involved would be tempting for a pharmacy tech at HEB or one of the drug chains.

    The VA seems to be the one place where J&J is consistently available, but that makes sense because the staff is generally well paid and immune to temptation to risk their jobs. None of the nurses or administrative staff my wife works with got stimulus checks until the tax credit advance checks over the last few months.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    @greg, I’m not seeing your postulate that there will be or is vax arbitrage in Texas anyway. They are paying people $100 to get the shot at NRG stadium until the end of the month.

    Isn’t NRG stadium mandating vaccination to attend events?

    Not that it is a big deal considering where the team is headed this season, but, IIRC, Elton John will be there next year among other concerts.

    The Florida papers are having kittens today since the University of Florida announced that vaccination won’t be required to attend games in The Swamp. The logistics would be impossible, especially during the traditional halftime dash for cocktails.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    plugs’ Afghanistan fcuk-up is so bad, MSNBC drug out Snakehead Carville to defend him.

    ‘Before or AFTER the bomb?’ Jennifer Rubin high-5s James Carville for ‘going off on’ MEDIA covering Biden’s EFF-UP in #Afghanistan TOO MUCH

    I have no idea why the Tolli-bon would use a suicide bomber at this point. Maybe some other nutcase? If a US soldier is hurt or killed, plugs should be impeached, Milquetoast Milley retired, and Lloyd (Austin) let loose.

    I also don’t get numbnuts like Snakehead saying the MSM is after plugs. It’s gaslighting to the max.

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  26. paul says:

    Based on their statements and prior reporting, the FDA’s main concern is overdosing due to vet meds being labeled for large animals.

    Some of the stuff has more than Ivermectin. For example, you probably do not have liver flukes.
    This seems to be a good explanation: https://www.barnhardt.biz/ivermectin/

    The “story of” Ivermectin: https://www.barnhardt.biz/2021/05/10/ivermectin-discovery-and-backstory-definitely-for-the-just-too-cool-file/

  27. RickH says:

    Found this whilst poking around the news sites (via Google News):

    Sotrovimab, the newest antibody therapy, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology after a large collaborative study by scientists from across the nation discovered a natural antibody (in the blood of a SARS survivor, back in 2003) that has remarkable breadth and efficacy.

    Experiments showed that this antibody, called S309, neutralizes all known SARS-CoV-2 strains – including newly emerged mutants that can now “escape” from previous antibody therapies – as well as the closely related original SARS-CoV virus.

    Link: https://scitechdaily.com/inescapable-covid-19-antibody-discovery-neutralizes-all-known-sars-cov-2-strains/

    I’m just a computer geek, so don’t know how accurate this is, but found it interesting. I suspect @ech could chime in with a more knowledgeable opinion on this.

  28. Greg Norton says:

    I also don’t get numbnuts like Snakehead saying the MSM is after plugs. It’s gaslighting to the max. 

    Hypocrite. Go back 30 years, and Snakehead was hip deep in going after Biden using the MSM to keep him out of the 1992 Dem primary field.

    The plagiarism problem was largely forgotten by that point, but the media kept repeating the message that Biden went soft on Clarence Thomas throughout 1991 and into 92. That came from somewhere, and Carville is a nasty negative campaigner at heart.

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  29. Greg Norton says:

    I also don’t get numbnuts like Snakehead saying the MSM is after plugs. It’s gaslighting to the max. 

    I’m sure Snakehead also remembers 1994. That’s when he had to start consulting overseas as the Clintons brought back Dick Morris to save re-election.

    History doesn’t repeat but it rhymes.

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  30. MrAtoz says:

    Nothing from the plugs administration. I read some Marines were killed. Plugs is probably hooked to the Adderall drip with *Doctor* Jill Biden decides what to do. I’m sure Austin and Milley are whistling past the cemetery at this point. Disgrace.

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  31. MrAtoz says:

    Can you imagine being a Marine grunt told you are going home from your Afghanistan tour, then ordered back a week later. Then you are killed. I wonder if plugs can even babble through meeting with families. “It’s tRump’s fault!” I wonder if he’ll even make an appearance this week. ACTIVATE CAMP DAVID FOR VACATION!

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  32. Nick Flandrey says:

    Cue another chinese naval battlegroup to the straights in 3, 2, 1….

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  33. lynn says:

    I got a funny phone call yesterday. Out of the blue, someone from the local Republican party called and asked if I wanted to be a precinct chair. It turns out the precinct is basically my neighborhood, and a couple of blocks around it. The duties seem to be trying to get out the vote, shaking hands and knocking on doors. I’m actually considering it, since I encourage all y’all to get involved with local politics. Well, if not involved exactly, at least familiar with the people and the process. IDK if I would be good at it, or want the exposure, or would be acceptable to them. Everything they said about Kavanaugh could have been said about me… only the names and places were different. The 80s were a great time to be coming of age…….. Anyway, no one’s had the position in years. This tells me that the local R’s might be trying to up their ground game.

    That they think they can overcome fraud with effort is funny. And I don’t actually care about most of the R’s, since they turned out to be politicians first, deep staters or quislings second, and generally not people I’d put in charge of a Prom Committee, but they at least aren’t actively pushing socialism. We can continue to pretend things are normal for a while longer. And it might lead to some good insights… or a spot in front of a pock marked wall. That last being the important bit. Hard to be the grey man when people know you as part of a political machine.

    The R’s are just 20 years behind the D’s. Both are just the two sides of the War Party and diverging into socialism.

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  34. lynn says:

    Doesn’t heavy cream require refrigeration ? How do they maintain cold in their shipping ?

    Sorry, I wasn’t clear. Powdered coffee creamer was in stock, so that’s what I ordered. The good stuff (Coffeemate) has not been in stock for over a month now.

    My glaucoma medicine, Latanoprost, has to be refrigerated until the bottle is opened for the first time. I am picking up a new prescription today so it has to come out of the truck and go into the office fridge. And then I have to remember to take it back out to the truck when I go home.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latanoprost

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  35. lynn says:

    Some fun with statistics as percentages, and why I assume anyone using percentages without mentioning the underlying hard numbers is trying to manipulate me.

    Using numbers from the latest UK summary of china flu patients….

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1009243/Technical_Briefing_20.pdf

    From Feb 1 to Aug 1, this year. numbers may not add up. their data.

    Alpha – deaths – 50 = 1548, total 1614
    Delta – deaths – 50 = 670, total 742

    Alpha deaths, <50 4% of total deaths
    Delta deaths, <50 9.6% of total deaths

    Possible headlines —
    "Delta TWICE AS DEADLY TO UNDER 50s AS Alpha!!111!!!"
    "Delta less than half as deadly as Alpha for old people" — not one you'll see.

    BTW, Delta Covid has not been isolated yet. There is no test to tell if you have alpha or delta. This could be all some “scientist’s” imagination.

    BTW2, I am still waiting for the Omega version of Covid. Just like “The Omega Man”.

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  36. Alan says:

    Truly a sad state of affairs…

    12 US Service Members dead

    17 US Service Members injured

    No US civilians dead

    Let’s see what the puppet masters give Uncle Joe to read today.

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  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    BTW, Delta Covid has not been isolated yet. There is no test to tell if you have alpha or delta.

    –in the US the CDC is collecting and dna testing swabs from breakthru cases to determine variant.

    –the linked paper details how they are collecting and testing the samples to determine variant.

    No ‘point of use’ test, but the surveillance office can do either the a quick and pretty good test, or they sequence the sample.

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  38. Nick Flandrey says:

    Wow, we’ve pulled 60K people so far, 5k or 6k citizens, and screened 100k at the airport.

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  39. MrAtoz says:

    Not one Afghani should have been evacuated before all US Citizens were out. So, 55,000 foreign nationals. Where did they all end up. I saw reports of planes going into Dulles.

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  40. JimB says:

    So, 55,000 foreign nationals. Where did they all end up. I saw reports of planes going into Dulles.

    What is that, a week’s worth at our siuthern border? Maybe this new group will vote (horror) Redumblican.

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  41. MrAtoz says:

    So, anybody who can get through the gate gets a flight to somewhere. Any screening worth a shit if you let 60,000+ through? I hope any US bound end up in Kalifornia and New Fcuking York.

    Another perfumed prince politi-puke General. Probably excelled under Obola/plugs. His whole soliloquy should have been about the dead US Soldiers and how those responsible will pay.

    I can’t wait for plugs’ response.

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  42. Mark W says:

    Wow, we’ve pulled 60K people so far, 5k or 6k citizens, and screened 100k at the airport.

    What was Joe “thinking” when he decided it was best to pull out all the military and leave 6k citizens in an active war zone? Are we expected to believe he didn’t know about the citizens left behind? Even if you believe the story about not expecting Kabul to be taken for 30 days, did Joe believe the civilians would just stroll to the airport and take commercial flights home, while there’s a war going on nearby?

    Anyone who knew the real situation on the ground would have known that the Afghan army was a joke and that the Taliban would roll into Kabul in days. Joe must have known that. Besides that, surely even Joe could predict the possibility of some crazy or Taliban dude going on a murder spree in the chaos left behind after the troop withdrawal.

    I’m glad the Forever War (good book btw) is over, but this decision must be one of the worst ever taken by a president (or more likely, whoever is actually running him).

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  43. MrAtoz says:

    Of course, plugs is late for his 5:00pm speech. Psaki to follow immediately after meaning plugs turns his back and walks out, no questions. Psaki cleans up all his fcuk-up and tells us what he *really* meant.

    I’m watching live on YT.

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  44. MrAtoz says:

    Another perfumed prick:

    Sergeant Major of the Army tweets about diversity and inclusion on this #WomensEqualityDay

    All Hail LGBTQWERTY! “What, some grunts got killed?” “I hope there weren’t trans, that would be a waste of taxpayer dollars!”

    JFC, just shut up about how diversity is a strength.

    Still waiting on plugs. Must be coming off the Adderall haze.

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  45. MrAtoz says:

    plugs final shows.

    Geez, the guy can’t put two words together.

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  46. lynn says:

    “Tropical Storm Ida will probably remain comfortably east of Houston”
    https://spacecityweather.com/tropical-storm-ida-will-probably-remain-comfortably-east-of-houston/

    “Good afternoon! There has not been much change in weather modeling since this morning, which is a good thing for Houston, as that means we expect, with fairly high confidence that Tropical Storm Ida will stay well east of the Houston area, causing only some fringe impacts along the coast. Good news for Houston means bad news for someone else unfortunately, and Louisiana looks to see the core of impacts from Ida. The Gulf has been exceptionally unforgiving in recent years.
    Right off the bat I just want to show you how far we have come in terms of track forecast confidence in the last 24 hours. Here is an animation showing yesterday’s ensemble “spread” from the GFS ensemble. Just to quickly recap: The ensemble consists of over 30 individual model runs, each one tweaked just a little at initialization (hour 0) and then run like any other model out over two weeks. The advantage of using an ensemble is that you get a wider range of possible outcomes, which can guide your forecasting, and it can also perhaps highlight areas of higher confidence. In this case, over a 24 hour period, the ensemble went from a wide, unruly range of outcomes to a fairly tightly packed group of outcomes.”

    Looks like Louisiana is back in the barrel with Tropical Storm Ida cranking up to 110 mph winds on landfall Sunday morning.

  47. MrAtoz says:

    plugs commiserates with the Marines blown to bits…because his son served and later died of cancer. Yeah, right.

    He blames Special-K ISIS-K. Meaning nothing will happen.

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  48. Mark W says:

    He sounds like a guy reading a prompter. He has no emotional connection to the words.

    It’s almost like he’s reading a script.

     

  49. lynn says:

    “Report: Being the Default Search Engine on Apple Devices Costs Google $15B”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/report-being-the-default-search-engine-on-apple-devices-costs-google-15b

    “And that’s just for one year… Google could pay $20 billion by 2022.”

    WOW !

  50. MrAtoz says:

    Yup, plugs is as bad as Obola at speaking his thoughts. It must be written down and read.

    He said we will rescue all Americans and then qualifies with “those who want to.”

    He’s taking questions “Off the list prepared for me…” Geez.

  51. MrAtoz says:

    Damn, plugs can’t even call on who he wants. Looks down a list and calls that person. I’m sure the questions are prepared since he isn’t stuttering.

  52. lynn says:

    “Linux turns 30: ​Linus Torvalds on his “just a hobby” operating system”
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-on-linuxs-30th-birthday/

    “It’s been 30 years since Finnish graduate student Linus Torvalds drafted a brief note saying he was starting a hobby operating system. The world would never be the same.”

    Wow, his desk is just as messy as mine are. I have six desks in my office, all are big messes. My accountant threatened to roll in a 55 gallon trash can the other day and do a forced cleaning. I told her no freaking way !

  53. Greg Norton says:

    BTW2, I am still waiting for the Omega version of Covid. Just like “The Omega Man”. 

    Don’t laugh. IIRC, the CDC has a scenario titled “Omega” that they’ve wargamed.

     

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  54. MrAtoz says:

    LOL! There it is: Doocy asks plugs if he is responsible. “Yes, but TRUUUUMMMMPPPPPP” Then starts to question and presses Doocy if he agrees it’s TRUUUUMMMMPPPPPP’s fault.

    Remember in 2011 Obola/plugs promised to get out of the Suckstanistan, but didn’t.

  55. Greg Norton says:

    Wow, his desk is just as messy as mine are. I have six desks in my office, all are big messes. My accountant threatened to roll in a 55 gallon trash can the other day and do a forced cleaning. I told her no freaking way ! 

    I’m sure he has a whiteboard covered with years of ideas too.

    At the Death Star, the only clean spot on the whiteboard I shared with my office mate had the words “DO NOT ERASE” written in big letters.

    We were inspired to add the warning by an interview with the producers of “How I Met Your Mother” who described how the whole series was laid out on their office whiteboard on the Fox lot with a similar caution note for the cleaning staff.

    Linux has been a great wealth generator, arguably more valuable than Windows. Don’t worry about Linus — not shown was his 7000 sq ft house in one of Portland’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

    And, yes, that still means something. Antifa setting up in front of Linus’ house would quickly result in the police cracking skulls.

    @Lynn – Did the intern get your core DLL to load in Linux under Wine yet?

  56. Greg Norton says:

    Linux has been a great wealth generator, arguably more valuable than Windows. 

    And Git will probably surpass Linux in terms of enabling wealth generation at some point if it hasn’t already. The only cross-platform software which even comes close in importance to the world is SSH.

    I’ve seen SSH’s Tatu Ylonen speak in person — at the moment when he gave the world a fix for IPSec NAT traversal free of Microsoft or Cisco patents — but not Linus … yet.

    Linus doesn’t strike me as a bacchanalia kind of guy, but, sooner or later, he’ll visit Austin to speak somewhere.

  57. lynn says:

    Wow, his desk is just as messy as mine are. I have six desks in my office, all are big messes. My accountant threatened to roll in a 55 gallon trash can the other day and do a forced cleaning. I told her no freaking way !

    I’m sure he has a whiteboard covered with years of ideas too.

    At the Death Star, the only clean spot on the whiteboard I shared with my office mate had the words “DO NOT ERASE” written in big letters.

    We were inspired to add the warning by an interview with the producers of “How I Met Your Mother” who described how the whole series was laid out on their office whiteboard on the Fox lot with a similar caution note for the cleaning staff.

    No whiteboard. We do have whiteboards elsewhere that I use if needful. I have four windows in my 20 foot by 21 foot corner office. Another wall is totally covered by builtin shelves and cabinets. That leaves a wall for my six foot credenza and my main computer desk along with my office door.

  58. Alan says:

    He sounds like is a guy reading a prompter. He has no emotional connection to the words.

    It’s almost like he’s reading a script.

    There, FIFY.

  59. lynn says:

    @Lynn – Did the intern get your core DLL to load in Linux under Wine yet?

    I don’t know where this is intern is that you keep on speaking of ?

    We don’t do interns here. Well, at least not in the last 5 or 6 years.

  60. Marcelo says:

    Ramon Castro,…
    ….
    Ramon allegedly yelled: ‘I hate Latinos and f****t people’ at a man who was standing near a Subway station

    I really do not get this. What is he? Does this mean he hates himself? Is this what you call fluid?

    Totally perplexed.

  61. Alan says:

    At the Death Star, the only clean spot on the whiteboard I shared with my office mate had the words “DO NOT ERASE” written in big letters.

    Many financial firms have ‘clean desk’ policies that include rooms with whiteboards. People are warned that when the enforcement Karens come snooping around after hours, to them “Do Not Erase” reads as “Erase Me First”. Always interesting to watch the looks of horror when the responsible party shows up the next morning to a nice, shiny blank board. Usually doesn’t happen to them twice. Those who know better and choose to risk it also know to snap a few pics with their phone before they leave for the day. Of course not so much now since the great jammies migration.

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  62. JimB says:

    55 gallon? Piker!

    Not me, I am neat… sorta.

    I knew a guy whose work desk was invisible. When he was away, his boss had two other employees empty his desk and office. Probably took several 55 gal containers. They found stuff going back more than 20 years. Also found small amounts of cash, and even some *important* papers.

    I would like to say he quit when he came back, but he actually was grateful. Started collecting immediately.

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  63. JimB says:

    Got to thinking, is it possible to hire a crew to ADD clutter?

  64. JimB says:

    Ray, good for you on giving notice.  Enjoy some free time before accepting more commitments. Wish you and your wife speedy recoveries and good health.

  65. MrAtoz says:

    plugs – the worst President ever:

    ‘Optics disaster’: This is the defining image from President Biden’s press conference for the world to see

    Scroll to the bottom video where he argues with Doocy. plugs almost starts crying again when Doocy says tRump isn’t the President.

    The ads will write themselves.

  66. Marcelo says:

    I got a funny phone call yesterday. Out of the blue, someone from the local Republican party called and asked if I wanted to be a precinct chair. It turns out the precinct is basically my neighborhood, and a couple of blocks around it.
    ……..
    I’ll put it in the ‘meatspace baby’ pile for now and give it some thought. I don’t see much upside to doing it, and a lot of potential downside.

    My wife has done considerable work for our preferred party for a long time. Just delivering pamphlets door to door before elections and then assisting in voting rooms and tallying votes at elections. She was and remains a person readily identified by the previous and also by the current member of Parliament that “represents” us.

    We got invited to dinners carried out to see the final leg of election results happening so you get in contact with a lot of people informally. The major benefit, if you are interested in that, is readily available access to vent opinions to those people and have them heard, considered and responded to by them.

  67. Ray Thompson says:

    Enjoy some free time before accepting more commitments.

    First two Sundays in October I am going to be nowhere to be found. If I showed up for church I would be asked to help. Not going to happen.

    If the church struggles, has no broadcast or stream, nothing works properly, tough. I have been actively informing the church since January that someone is needed to fill my shoes. I want and need time off. My pleas for help have been ignored, deemed not important, or just random bitching.

    So now I have forced the issue. Is it too late for the church? Don’t care, not my problem. As I told the pastor, my needs, my health, my sanity have a higher priority than any church. I am burnt out, over the extra burdens that have been placed, having to work while barely able to walk due to surgery. Enough was enough. Making it real is the only to drive home the issue.

    I will not entertain offers of more money, finding help, reduced duties. The church needs someone who intimately understands the system. I don’t need help, I need an equal. Now it is too late, I am done.

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  68. Marcelo says:

    I do not know of any other supplier that actively works on earlier hardware products to keep them relevant, secure and stable. Most manufacturers just prefer to sell you a new kit.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/asus-rolling-out-windows-11-support-on-lga1151-intel-6th–7th-gen-skylake-kaby-lake-cpus/

    and they keep relevant information firmware and software online  for very old gear.

    For quite a while now Asus has been my preferred choice.

  69. lynn says:

    plugs – the worst President ever:

    ‘Optics disaster’: This is the defining image from President Biden’s press conference for the world to see

    Scroll to the bottom video where he argues with Doocy. plugs almost starts crying again when Doocy says tRump isn’t the President.

    The ads will write themselves.

    Why do dumbrocrat presidents since Jimmy Carter try to be worse that the previous dumbrocrat president ? Clinton failed but he tried hard. Obama, terrible ! Plugs makes Jimmy Carter look like a superstar.

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  70. Greg Norton says:

    For quite a while now Asus has been my preferred choice. 

    My primary desktop is an ASUS board for a Q6600 Intel CPU, the first x86_64 chipzilla made with four cores.

    Over a decade and still going strong.

    The CPU is a bit dated, but I can’t complain about performance for my needs, particularly running Linux. Also, it is a bit of a hack they pulled off for four cores — two dual core dies pasted together in the package. I gotta admire that.

    The board/CPU/memory (16 GB) won’t go anywhere even when the combo isn’t my primary desktop.

  71. drwilliams says:

    The comments to Fox News’ report on Romero’s endorsement includes one that suggests Newsom’s path to survival (and is consistent with what I’ve heard from others):

    ” I live in LA county. A few days ago, I received 7 ballots in the mail. 3 of them are for people that have not lived in my house for more than 3 years. Two of them now live in the Midwest. I’m just one household. ”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/08/former-cal-democratic-senate-majority-leader-endorses-elder.php

    Prediction 1: Stunning amounts of voter fraud in the Cali recall election.

    Prediction 2: None of the Supremes will find “standing” in any election lawsuit, even if it’s driven up their backsides in a dump truck.

  72. MrAtoz says:

    Says it all:

    Nowhere to hide, Joe: President adopts fetal position pose as he crumbles under questioning from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy and tries to blame Trump for the catastrophe in Afghanistan

    We have a weak, addle brained President. I’m not sure even the Dumbocrats want to keep him around.

  73. MrAtoz says:

    The murderer of Ashli Babbitt is on TV crying he killed her as a last resort. Probably the harsh words she used. Another disgrace. Gets cleared. He needs to be OJ’d.

    Capitol cop who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt dead sheds tear as he defends killing her ‘as a last resort’ and says he ‘saved countless lives’

    He’s also a lying turd.

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  74. ech says:

    “Delta less than half as deadly as Alpha for old people” — not one you’ll see.

    Well, Delta didn’t get serious in the UK until mid to late June, and by then over 80% of the over 60 population had been vaccinated. So, the vaccine works at preventing death, which is what we see in the US.

     

  75. ech says:

    Experiments showed that this antibody, called S309, neutralizes all known SARS-CoV-2 strains – including newly emerged mutants that can now “escape” from previous antibody therapies – as well as the closely related original SARS-CoV virus.

    This is pretty promising. The first antibody the group found was 85% effective vs. placebo. This new one looks even better in lab tests. This kind of work is only possible due to all the great R&D tools we have, along with compute farms to crunch the data. (X-ray crystallography is very compute intensive for all but the easiest cases.) Now they need to go to clinical trials.

     

  76. Ray Thompson says:

    Incompetent department of state. Renewing passport applications which require new photographs. I used the tool on their website to crop and align the images. My image is apparently OK, the wife’s is not. Using their tool! So her application was returned and I am having to redo her picture.

    In the letter returned with the application there is no reason stated why the image is unacceptable. Looks fine to me except for her hair being a little too close to the top perhaps. But there is no way of knowing. They state between 1 and 1 3/8 from the chin to the top of the head. Does that include hair, or the hairline? Grrrrt!

  77. drwilliams says:

    scientists from across the nation discovered a natural antibody (in the blood of a SARS survivor, back in 2003) that has remarkable breadth and efficacy.

    paging Henrietta Lacks

  78. drwilliams says:

    @MrAtoz

    The murderer of Ashli Babbitt is on TV crying he killed her as a last resort. Probably the harsh words she used. Another disgrace. Gets cleared. He needs to be OJ’d.

    Capitol cop who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt dead sheds tear as he defends killing her ‘as a last resort’ and says he ‘saved countless lives’

    He’s also a lying turd.

    Couldn’t listen to legal advice, which was undoubtedly “stay home and stay silent”. Had to get his five minutes.

    Fortunately, there is no statute of limitations on murder, so it’s only a matter of time.

  79. drwilliams says:

    August 26, 2021
    The FDA did NOT grant full approval to the Pfizer shots
    By Carl Schwitzer

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/08/the_fda_did_not_grant_full_approval_to_the_pfizer_shots.html

    The lies continue…

    The AT article has multiple links. It has links to the two FDA letters discussed.

    Note that the second letter is the extension of the Emergency Use Authorization, which seems a strange thing to do if the vaccine has been “fully approved”.

    There is also a link to the FDA announcement. Strangely, that webpage does not seem to have links to the two FDA letters themselves.

    Another link worth pursuing is the one to Dr. Nass’ webpage. Her arguments are slightly more nuanced. Expect legal arguments and court decisions about what can be mandated and what cannot. The Biden DOJ has so far been unsuccessful at finding a “penumbra”.

    Of note are the comments relating to applicability of NCVIA.

    ADDED:

    “Coincidently” the FDA gives approval to a treatment for Wuhan Flue:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/08/desantis_strikes_back_at_ap_over_covid_treatment.html

    As noted, the existence of a treatment obviates the use of EUA for the vaccine. Again, entirely a coincidence that a large part of the rest of the world has been successfully using treatments which have been banned in the U.S.

    I’m guessing the cost of this new treatment is 1000x the cost of some of those old, unfashionable off-the-shelf drugs.

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  80. drwilliams says:

    Message for Boris Johnson:

    My emails to you keep getting blocked, so I’m posting in the hope that HRM’s government internet monitoring program will flag this message for you:

    Seriously, Dude. WTF is up with your hair? I’ve been cutting my own for months and it looks fine. Yours keeps getting worse! Just have one of your people check DaBay and grab you a NIB Flobee.

    No thanks needed. We’ll split some vindaloo next time I’m in town and I’ll try to talk you out of that minor sword that’s still somewhere in the Tower basement.

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  81. lynn says:

    “Supreme Court Strikes Down Biden Eviction Moratorium”
    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/supreme-court-strikes-down-biden-eviction-moratorium/

    “The Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium in a 6-3 decision on Thursday.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the moratorium earlier this month to cover counties with “high” or “substantial” coronavirus spread, which as of Wednesday included the vast majority of counties in the U.S. The order was issued after a previous nationwide moratorium instituted during the Trump administration expired on July 31.
    “It would be one thing if Congress had specifically authorized the action that the CDC has taken. But that has not happened,” the Court majority wrote in an unsigned opinion.”

    Finally. And guess who the 6 and the 3 are ? You know who they are. The same as the “Remain In Mexico” policy reinstatement.

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

    Also see:
    https://www.scotusblog.com/2021/08/court-lifts-federal-ban-on-evictions/

  82. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’m thinking this is the biggest service loss of life since we lost that Seal Team. And the General is chatty.

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  83. Nick Flandrey says:

    @marcelo, it’s the being widely known that holds me back. And that my past isn’t squeaky clean. Youthful indiscretions and running with a bad crowd… thank gnu there weren’t cell phone cameras.

    Also I live a bit of a double life between here and Real Life ™ and I could see that biting me in the soft and danglie bits.

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  84. Marcelo says:

    @marcelo, it’s the being widely known that holds me back. And that my past isn’t squeaky clean. Youthful indiscretions and running with a bad crowd… thank gnu there weren’t cell phone cameras.

    Also I live a bit of a double life between here and Real Life ™ and I could see that biting me in the soft and danglie bits.

    Yep, I subscribe to the “We are all different and unique” view which seems to be quite unique in itself. 🙂

    Just providing real life experiences of other people and one version of what is possible.

    Thanks for reading and considering.

  85. ~jim says:

    Yep, I subscribe to the “We are all different and unique” view which seems to be quite unique in itself.

    That’s because you’re special. ;-p

    Seriously, the older I get the more I find we’re all pretty much the same, nation-to-nation and race to race. The ingredients are identical, just mixed differently and in different quantities. Love, hate, jealousy, possessiveness… the Big Five theory of personality seems to fit fairly well. Read Freud and Shakespeare and then reread them; you’ll see what I mean. The monsters from the Id are real.

  86. Marcelo says:

    Seriously, the older I get the more I find we’re all pretty much the same, nation-to-nation and race to race.

    It is subject to the theory of relativity (I think). It all depends on your reference point. I do not disagree with you but my reference point is with the individual, not humanity as a whole. I leave that viewpoint to politicians, social workers and philosophers.

    I’ll brand you as philosopher because I am quite sure you do not belong in the two other groups. ;-p

  87. lynn says:

    Seriously, the older I get the more I find we’re all pretty much the same, nation-to-nation and race to race. The ingredients are identical, just mixed differently and in different quantities. Love, hate, jealousy, possessiveness… the Big Five theory of personality seems to fit fairly well. Read Freud and Shakespeare and then reread them; you’ll see what I mean. The monsters from the Id are real.

    It is as if we were all created by the same creator.

  88. lynn says:

    Seriously, the older I get the more I find we’re all pretty much the same, nation-to-nation and race to race.

    It is subject to the theory of relativity (I think). It all depends on your reference point. I do not disagree with you but my reference point is with the individual, not humanity as a whole. I leave that viewpoint to politicians, social workers and philosophers.

    I’ll brand you as philosopher because I am quite sure you do not belong in the two other groups. ;-p

    What about the engineers, the builders ?

  89. Nick Flandrey says:

    One huge change I’ve noticed in myself is the willingness to accept that other people like the things they like. It’s not an attack on me or what I like, it’s just them.

    Whether it’s music, or someone to look at nekkid, people like what they like. There’s not much point in trying to change it, or getting upset over it.

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  90. Nick Flandrey says:

    Went for a nose swab today, figuring that would be the responsible thing to do before spending a weekend with a few hundred people in a hotel ballroom. Since I didn’t want to wait for the result in person, I told them they could email me.

    I got an email with a zip file attached. The zip is of a pdf with my test result, and it’s freaking encrypted. I don’t have a password. There isn’t any note about passwords. It’s not my name, social security number, or phone number. Office is closed for the day so I have to call in the morning. What a clusterflock.

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  91. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9930855/Natural-immunity-Covid-infection-stronger-vaccination-Israeli-study-suggests.html

    Natural immunity from Covid infection could be stronger than vaccination in protecting against Delta variant: Recovered patients are 13 TIMES less likely to be infected than those who have Pfizer jabs, Israeli study suggests

    A new study from Israel looked at thousands of people who had either been vaccinated against COVID-19 or were unvaccinated but previously infected
    Participants who were double jabbed were 5.96 times more likely to be infected and 7.13 times more likely to experience symptoms
    After three months, risk of infection was 13.06 times higher among immunized individuals and they were 27 times more likely to experience symptoms
    Researchers say the study has many limitations including the Indian ‘Delta’ variant being dominant and participants not being required to be tested
    The study does not discourage vaccination because unvaccinated people are still more likely to be infected with Covid or hospitalized than vaccinated people

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9929415/A-Americans-infected-COVID-19-end-2020-study-finds.html

    A THIRD of Americans had been infected with COVID-19 by the end of 2020, study finds

    Around 100 million Americans, nearly a third of the population, contracted COVID-19 at some point in 2020, a new study finds
    With 34.4 million cases officially recorded, infections were undercounted by over 60%
    At one point in early December, around 1% of the population was Covid-positive at the same time
    In some areas, more than 60% of people contracted the virus at some point last year

    –the article is confused that the simulation is reality. It would go a ways toward explaining some things if true though.

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  92. Marcelo says:

    Seriously, the older I get the more I find we’re all pretty much the same, nation-to-nation and race to race.

    It is subject to the theory of relativity (I think). It all depends on your reference point. I do not disagree with you but my reference point is with the individual, not humanity as a whole. I leave that viewpoint to politicians, social workers and philosophers.

    I’ll brand you as philosopher because I am quite sure you do not belong in the two other groups. ;-p

    What about the engineers, the builders ?

    They surely ascribe to my point of reference. Otherwise they are a subset of philosophers on the side. 🙂

     

  93. Nick Flandrey says:

    Big storm coming to the Gulf, but currently aimed at LA. Good thing I live mostly prepped as I’ll be busy with my convention and won’t be home to do much additional prepping.

    I will fill up the water jugs I emptied and cleaned, and add some gas to the vehicles and probably at least one of the cans, depending on time.

    And that should really do it.

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