Wed. Sept. 8, 2021 – mom’s birthday, among other things

Hot and humid, but the forecast calls for a lack of rain for the next three days at least. It was less hot yesterday than almost any day in the past month. Saturated humidity level though, and that was still pretty unpleasant. My wet buckets did not dry.

Took D1 to get her teeth tweeked. Did my pickups, hit the Goodwill outlet near me and the one near the airport. Got about 20 CDs and about 30 DVDs to add to the collection. I like to own media. Got some discs I really wanted too. I also picked up two laserdiscs. They are only worth about $3 on ebay, but I grabbed them for my very slapdash ‘museum of forgotten media formats’. They didn’t cost much and aren’t huge.

I got a bunch of appliance parts and accessories for ebay. Things like the water tank and cover from a Keureg coffee machine sell quickly and for good money considering their size and what they are. I need to get a bunch of stuff listed. I may work on that this morning for a bit. I need to check out the coffee makers I grabbed too, and make a decision to either list, fix, or part them out. Loading up a few more bins for auction is on the list as well.

Passed on all the items I was watching last night. It may sound like I’m buying a bunch of stuff while moaning about having too much stuff, but I’m trying to adjust the RATIO of the stuff. I want to get rid of the stuff that’s been sitting around, not selling, and replace it with either quick sellers, or stuff for the household. A box of Jeep CJ parts isn’t helping me, a couple of child gates will.

So I better get to it. Nothing is getting better in the world, clock is still ticking.

Keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

89 thoughts on “Wed. Sept. 8, 2021 – mom’s birthday, among other things”

  1. We are in the middle of converting our Windows user interface from the single byte API to the double byte (wide) API and the project is not going well. Way too many nuances that the C++ compiler does not catch. If Microsoft had invented UTF-8 instead of UTF-16, we would not be having to go through this crap.

    We did that at the Death Star with the VPN client about a decade ago. I’ve mentioned before that the individual who took on that task ended up hooked on drugs and shot his brother-in-law to death over the division of money from their side gig selling meth.

    Fun times. I doubt the same thing will happen at your place, however.

    As for the byte order mark in source code not appearing in older text editors, Visual Studio Code is a Hot Skillz, even among Linux programmers. All the cool kids have moved on to that for editing source.

    Last week was the first time in an interview where I got the impression that being fond of command line compilers and vi was a problem for the people on the other side of the table even though the product was embedded Linux. I guess I’m old. I also think a lot of developers 10-20 years younger than I am are getting payback for all the times that they were dinged in interviews for not taking the time to become familiar with vi or Emacs.

    Our DevOps guy at the current job spends all day in Visual Studio Code on Mac/Linux, but he’s not that much younger than I am. I’m not a GUI person.

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  2. I got a bunch of appliance parts and accessories for ebay. Things like the water tank and cover from a Keureg coffee machine sell quickly and for good money considering their size and what they are. 

    The tanks eventually leak. Never fails. We are on our third Keureg in seven years of living at this house, and we left one in Vantucky.

    FYI: We leave the old units out for the Charity Clothing pickup people to eventually pass along to one of their client organizations to rehab/disassemble for parts. I think that means Goodwill gets them.

  3. 68F but saturated this morning. I think that’s the lowest so far since summer started.

    Perhaps Fall is here.

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  4. rehab/disassemble for parts

    –there is a large market for parts. Interesting that they leak, that has to be as simple as replacing a gasket or o ring if it doesn’t leak when new.

    I’m much more excited to see what the $1500 one does when I fire it up.

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  5. –there is a large market for parts. Interesting that they leak, that has to be as simple as replacing a gasket or o ring if it doesn’t leak when new.

    We don’t buy the expensive models.

    I’ve never taken one apart to look.

  6. I heard about the pilots resigning from a podcast earlier this morning, but the only article I found on the subject is linked here.

    https://survivaldan101.com/27-u-s-air-force-pilots-resign-over-covid-19-vaccination-mandate/

    Maybe there is hope. Spare me the stats/science. People who are not kooks are suspicious with good reason.

    One upside of being turned down for the gig yesterday is that the CEO imposed mandatory vaccination on everyone long before the FDA “approved” the Pfizer jab.

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  7. Yep, those poor mistreated Guantanamo Bay prisoners are all really just shopkeepers caught up in circumstances….

    oh wait.

    Four ex-Guantanamo Bay inmates Obama freed in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl are named as top commanders in Afghanistan’s new Taliban government

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    and then there is this guy

    Taliban’s newly-appointed interior minister – responsible for law enforcement – is on the FBI’s most-wanted list and suspected of holding an American hostage

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  8. Four ex-Guantanamo Bay inmates Obama freed in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl are named as top commanders in Afghanistan’s new Taliban government

    This alone is why Obola is the worst person alive. I don’t include plugs because I’m not sure he is alive. Weekend At Bernie’s!

    Bergdahl is a traitor. When you look up disgrace in the dictionary, Bergdahl’s picture should be there.

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  9. I also picked up two laserdiscs. They are only worth about $3 on ebay, but I grabbed them for my very slapdash ‘museum of forgotten media formats’. They didn’t cost much and aren’t huge.

    @nick, do you have a player somewhere in your stacks? I remember we had one when I was (much) younger. My father was always into ‘gadgets’ like that. I recall a Betamax VCR, Magnavox Odyssey video game system, Motorola ‘brick’ cell phone and a Pulsar LED watch among others. Sad that he passed before the advent of the internet, he would have been enthralled.

  10. Laser disc players are fairly rare in the estate auctions. I saw a couple in the last 6 months, but they were bundled with discs and went for more than I was willing to pay.

    I sometimes see the discs mixed in with LPs at the thrift stores, they are the same size and packaged the same way.

    I don’t think I have a player though.

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  11. and then there is this guy

    Taliban’s newly-appointed interior minister – responsible for law enforcement – is on the FBI’s most-wanted list and suspected of holding an American hostage

    So this is supposed to get them shaking in their boots, right? Jeez…

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday told reporters there was “no rush” for the US to formally recognize the new government in Afghanistan. Psaki said the Biden administration did not have a timeline on this matter but said the “world will be watching” the Taliban’s behavior moving forward.


  12. Things like the water tank and cover from a Keureg coffee machine sell quickly and for good money considering their size and what they are.

     

    Drat.  I just threw away a higher-end Keureg. The 12 oz selection had worn out, and our local charity shop won’t sell electrics that don’t work.  I never thought about taking off the tank and lid to resell. But since I am not selling, I don’t think that way.

    I’m actually happier with the low-end one we got from the local charity shop. It is smaller, and MUCH quieter, while the coffee tastes the same.

    There was a time when I would have put it in the garage to use “in emergency” but I have learned to be selective about my hoarding: we have a perfectly good all-metal French Press that I can press into service “in emergency” … it is what we preferred before someone gave us the Keureg.  And that is a better prep than an old heavy noisy electric thing that only half works.

     

  13. And that is a better prep than an old heavy noisy electric thing that only half works.

    –yep. of course, like eating I enjoy coffee in the morning, so I have many layers of backup for coffee.

    I have percolators, french press, moka pot, electric drip, manual drip, and campfire. I even have instant if the world falls that far.

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  14. Fort McCoy hit by case of measles amid Afghan refugee resettlement effort

    Parts of this country would have a problem if Measles got into the community. I’m not sure about Wisconsin, but the Apostolic Lutheran sects in Minnesota have a deep suspicion of any authority, including doctors.

    The Apostolics contributed to the measles pandemic in Portland/SW WA State pre-Covid with high rates of unvaccinated living in their communities.


  15. I heard about the pilots resigning from a podcast earlier this morning, but the only article I found on the subject is linked here.

    https://survivaldan101.com/27-u-s-air-force-pilots-resign-over-covid-19-vaccination-mandate/

    Not sure that this part helps to make their case…are they really that isolated from the rest of the personnel on the Base?

    One officer, a 29-year-old F-22 Raptor pilot, said of the situation, “We undergo routine physicals and must meet rigorous fitness standards to stay on flight duty. I think it’s safe to say all Air Force pilots are in good physical condition. We must be to endure extreme G-force stress on our bodies. There is no reason we should be at risk of Covid-19 or becoming sick from it.

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  16. The Apostolics contributed to the measles pandemic in Portland/SW WA State pre-Covid with high rates of unvaccinated living in their communities.

    Were they still able to go grocery shopping? Were they told they could not get any healthcare unless they got vaccinated?

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  17. Did I mention that my back is absolutely killing me today?  Jeez, it’s like I’m a crippled up old man or something.

     

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  18. One officer, a 29-year-old F-22 Raptor pilot, said of the situation, “We undergo routine physicals and must meet rigorous fitness standards to stay on flight duty. I think it’s safe to say all Air Force pilots are in good physical condition. We must be to endure extreme G-force stress on our bodies. There is no reason we should be at risk of Covid-19 or becoming sick from it.

    Being in good physical shape to withstand g forces doesn’t mean jack when it comes to your immune system or your ability to spread an infection to the ground crew and other support staff.

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  19. Keureg. I really don’t much care for K-cup coffee or the brewers themselves. Others around me think differently. First Keureg was a large one that did both regular and large cups and had a small carafe for the large ones. I kept my standard drip next to it. Traded my daughter for a Hamilton Beach dual unit which worked pretty darn well. Four years and someone got rough and broke the k-cup holder . Not that I cared but others did.
    So I was gifted a new Keureg Duo, k-cup and drip combo. Not bad even though I find the set quantity (6,8,10,12 cups) a bit authoritarian. The most annoying thing is the carafe drips when pouring, when it feels like it. Complained to Keureg and after much too much time with customer service they sent me a new one. Had to give them the serial number of the unit but got one that was less than an inch shorter. Why the hell would they even make two models that close. It wasn’t able to activate the release valve under the coffee holder. Back to cs and more explaining it to them and 3 weeks later I got a new one. The right one. About a month in it started to leak. It’s the seal between the plastic top and glass base. The leak is small and comes and goes but you have to put a paper towel down all the time.
    So much for fine German engineering.

  20. @ech:

    Being in good physical shape to withstand g forces doesn’t mean jack when it comes to your immune system or your ability to spread an infection to the ground crew and other support staff.

     

    And it turns out, neither does getting the not-vaccine jab.  “Breakthrough” cases are common, and jabbed people apparently shed more virus than unjabbed.  Superspreaders, they are.

    And being in good physical shape (i.e., not obese and not Vitamin D deficient) is highly correlated to minimal (if any) effects of catching Covid.

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  21. There was mention, yesterday, of auto owners manuals, and how to get them. If the car in question is a Chrysler product, some PDFs are available free on the Chrysler or Mopar web site, but only going back about 20 years depending on the carline. The company name keeps changing as new owners buy it, but just use your Google/Bing/Ducks-fu to keep up.

    If that doesn’t work, try a general search. Many of these manuals are available on enthusiast sites. These also keep changing, I suspect because the manuals are copyrighted material.

    I have also been able to find PDFs of the treasured service manuals for older vehicles. These are even harder to find, but persistence pays off. I used to pay up to around $100 to get these from legit sources, but the last one I bought was for a 2006 car, and the Daimler Chrysler manual requires Internet Explorer. That is a royal PITA. I did post here, and none of the suggestions worked. I have since moved to Windows and have IE, but now IE is being discontinued. With that in mind, I searched and found a PDF version for free on some site. It has mostly the same content, but it is arranged in a much more useful format. I hate to admit liking PDFs, but in this case it is better than the outline-formatted proprietary version I paid dearly for.

    I have it on good authority that the auto companies want to restrict service manuals to official channels, and this may be happening. All I know is that some of the newer models’ service manuals retail for upwards of $500, and I will do that only as a very last resort. I would bet they will leak to the public. I hate to advocate gray sources, but we are being driven to this by the manufacturers.

    Another option is third parties, such as Haynes and some of the pro sources that usually come as expensive subscriptions. Another last resort. As good as Haynes is, and I have a few of their books, they omit a lot of important information that serious hobbyists will need.

  22. I used to buy Honda service manuals with every car. Honda stopped publishing physical manuals a while ago. Toyota service manuals were always terribly expensive – close to a grand for all of them.

     

    For years now I’ve been using alldatadiy. I pay for a month when I need it, and it has all of the factory service info there.

  23. I had an AllData subscription for my 1991 Mercury Capri back in the day. Weird car. You couldn’t find a Haynes manual or any other for it. I think you could order an official one from Ford for quite a chunk of money, but an AllData subscription was much cheaper. Only pay for it when you need it. AllData was a lifesaver at the time. I ended up selling the car to a scrapyard in the end, but it was probably worth a small fortune in spare parts as finding parts for that particular car was about impossible.

  24. For years now I’ve been using alldatadiy. I pay for a month when I need it, and it has all of the factory service info there.

    I did that once, mostly for TSBs. Thanks for the reminder. ISTR it was good, but that was in 1995. I still have the downloaded material, but not the car.

    It took some getting used to, but I prefer electronic media, and now don’t like to handle my old disintegrating physical FSM books. A few of them are in like new condition, and might be worth quite a bit. I don’t care; they are just useful information for me.

    I missed an opportunity. The Chrysler dealership in our town went out of business, and probably dumped their small library. I later found out, and probably could have had it for the hauling. No… electronic is great, and I can carry them around on my phone.


  25. Being in good physical shape to withstand g forces doesn’t mean jack when it comes to your immune system or your ability to spread an infection

    The jet pilots won’t be blobbos, a very significant factor in getting sick from the Chinese Crud.

    The jet pilots who are able to take high Gs likely don’t have rheumatoid arthritis, likely are not diabetic, are not old, do not have chronic diseases, and are generally healthy. These all have a strong correlation a strong immune system and with not getting sick with the Chinese Crud. If they don’t get the Crud, they don’t pass it on to others. (Unless you believe the unsupported story about people being able to pass this virus to others though they never got sick themselves. If you want to believe that, feel free, but at this point we’re talking about religion, not science.)

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  26. No… electronic is great, and I can carry them around on my phone.

    I prefer paper for shop manuals and such. I don’t have to worry about getting greasy fingers all over the electronic device. (You may have noticed that you can wipe your hands off after you’ve been grubbing around in the engine and think they look clean, but when you touch a doorknob to go into the house, or pick up your coffee cup, or hand something to your kid, you discover that “clean in comparison to the engine” isn’t really all that clean.) Plus I can leave the book open on the garage floor next to the car and not worry about cracking the screen when a bolt goes boinging around.

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  27. The jet pilots won’t be blobbos, a very significant factor in getting sick from the Chinese Crud.

    BMI and smoking risk factors seem to be radioactive and off limits for discussion with regard to hospitalization and death numbers.

    I find the smoking factor particularly curious because here’s the Progs big chance to prove the tobacco companies are evil and pushing a poisonous product.

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  28. I offer these links as material for discussion. I am more than slightly burned out from reading about the COVID ‘demic, so please forgive the long articles. I also hope these are not behind a paywall; they worked for me. I thought it interesting that the (co-?) inventor of the vaccine tech would be open to questioning vaccine effectiveness. There is more, but please give it at least a light read. Comments?

    Part 1:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/dr-robert-malone-mrna-vaccine-inventor-on-latest-covid-19-data-booster-shots-and-the-shattered-scientific-consensus_3979206.html

    Part 2:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/part-2-dr-robert-malone-on-ivermectin-escape-mutants-and-the-faulty-logic-of-vaccine-mandates_3981859.html

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  29. “Breakthrough” cases are common, and jabbed people apparently shed more virus than unjabbed.  Superspreaders, they are.

     

    Not supported by the latest research. While viral loads can be higher, they don’t spread as much live virus. And the latest data show the virus levels falling much more rapidly than in unvaccinated people.

    Unless you believe the unsupported story about people being able to pass this virus to others though they never got sick themselves.

    Asymptomatic people can spread it. You can be infected but not have any signs of it, or signs that are so slight as to be unnoticed. It’s common in viruses.

    I offer these links as material for discussion.

    As I mentioned before, Robert Malone is not “the inventor of mRNA vaccines”. He did some early research on the mRNA delivery to cells, but had no part in the BioNTech or Moderna teams.

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  30. I prefer paper for shop manuals and such. I don’t have to worry about getting greasy fingers all over the electronic device. (You may have noticed that you can wipe your hands off after you’ve been grubbing around in the engine and think they look clean, but when you touch a doorknob to go into the house, or pick up your coffee cup, or hand something to your kid, you discover that “clean in comparison to the engine” isn’t really all that clean.) Plus I can leave the book open on the garage floor next to the car and not worry about cracking the screen when a bolt goes boinging around.

    I print select pages from my electronic manuals. Most of the time, I just throw them away after using them. Maybe I should use them to wipe my hands. 🙂

    Oh, and I don’t want to get my precious paper manuals greasy…

    I have also annotated and bookmarked a little in some, but that was on Linux, and I don’t think the information will come with the PDFs when I copied them to Windows. I had trouble when I just moved them to another folder on Linux, so I didn’t do that again. Seems when I use Foxit Reader to make notes and other markups on Windows, the actual PDF is modified, and so persists. I think Linux hid the comments in another file, and the linkage was broken when the parent file was moved. WhattaPain!


  31. BMI and smoking risk factors seem to be radioactive and off limits for discussion with regard to hospitalization and death numbers.

    Race, too.

    Sex seems OK to laugh about, as men are (or were) dying at much greater rates than women, but it is not addressed in any serious way that I’ve seen. And I’m not joking about laughing about it: I’ve seen any number of little snipes about “getting rid of all of those extra men”, “and nothing of value was lost”, and such.

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  32. As I mentioned before, Robert Malone is not “the inventor of mRNA vaccines”. He did some early research on the mRNA delivery to cells, but had no part in the BioNTech or Moderna teams.

    THANKS!! I had not noticed that. See, I always learn something from the hive mind here, even if it has to be repeated for the slow.

  33. On the magazine size front, my October issue of Guns and Ammo is 144 pages. But my American Rifleman was only 104 pages. Both my Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering rags are in the 80s.

  34. Machine Design is down to 32 pages.

    EC&M- electrical contracting and maintenance, down to 38?

    Electronics Design, low 30s

    Processing- reduced from tabloid size

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  35. I worked for a company that built subscription/fulfillment websites for tech magazines back in the early 2000s (if I never create another damn web form with fields for name, address, city, state, and zip it will be too soon). Print advertising took a nosedive in 2002 or so and some of the magazines we had that were always a hefty size suddenly began looking more like pamphlets. IIRC, 70/30 was the standard mix (70% ads, 30% content) at the time. So, a big hit to print advertising drops magazine size quickly.

  36. Yep and trade magazines are a lagging indicator for me of general economic health.  If business to business advertizing falls off, it’s because they dont’ think there will be enough work to pay for the expense.

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  37. In military training, one day we all lined up, marched to the station where they had the high-pressure squirt guns, and we got vaccinated. In the military – you don’t have bodily autonomy. The pilots claiming this is “unconstitutional”, or that they can’t get sick because they can take lots of G-force stress? At best, that’s just dumb.

    Civilians, sure, people can do what they want. Your body, your choice. Of course, I also don’t see a problem with other private people or businesses restricting their exposure to unvaccinated folks. People make their choices.

    I know, ech and I are the minority opinion…

    Taliban

    What a bunch of losers.

    I saw some photos today, apparently published by the Taliban, about them trashing the abandoned Norwegian embassy. Star of the photo is a guy breaking a DVD with some children’s program on it. Such men! Deities made flesh! He also tried to destroy the DVD case, but apparently couldn’t.

    They also said they will destroy all the wine bottles they found. Of course, they’ll first get drunk on the contents.

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  38. “Being in good physical shape to withstand g forces doesn’t mean jack when it comes to your immune system or your ability to spread an infection”

    Sheriffs deputy I have known since he was a child, about 35 now, in good shape, white, doesn’t smoke or drink, learned he’s in the hospital with Covid a couple of days ago.

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  39. 70/30 was the standard mix (70% ads, 30% content) at the time

    If the magazine is well done, that isn’t even really a problem. Manufacturers write informative articles about their products – the magazine gets content, the manufacturer gets publicity, and some money changes hands.

    The German IT magazine (c’t) that I read probably has a lot of this: there are a lot of 1/4 page or 1/3 page product articles. I assume most of those are exactly this kind of indirect advertising. For me, they work a lot better than obvious ads. I read the articles, if its a product I am somehow interested in. The flashy, full-page ads, often featuring pics of women with too much make-up, get skipped over entirely.

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  40. @chad:

     if I never create another damn web form with fields for name, address, city, state, and zip it will be too soon

    You are excused the shower of opprobrium (read: smelly stuff) if your code either did not assume “Everywhere is like ‘Murika” or it was not accessible outside the USA. Otherwise, you deserve everything you get.

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  41. with other private people or businesses restricting their exposure to unvaccinated folks

    –except that it’s not the case in Australia, it’s the government saying they’re gonna ban people from using the government supplied health services that they (presumably) pay for with their taxes. (at least one part of AUS)

    With Drs especially, it’s a great way to show you’re an idiot and hypocrite, as they get exposed to all kinds of things that are far more dangerous, and they just use infection controls. It’s also (for better or worse) in the US illegal as case after case shows, if you are a service provider you must provide the service.

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  42. You’ve got it wrong, Geoff. Americans don’t assume that everywhere is just like here. It’s just that we don’t care about anyone who’s different.

    (This message has been brought to you by The Two Minute Daily Hate.)

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  43. And you should get a shower of “slurry” if out of wokesterism your US based company, offering service to mostly US based customers, doesn’t default to United States for country.  ESPECIALLY if you just present an alpha list because you grabbed a free library and pasted it into your code….

     

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  44. In the military – you don’t havebodily autonomy

    Explain as to a child – I’ve never understood why joining the current military strips one of constitutional rights and the right to exercise free will. I don’t think this was the case 50-100 years ago?
    I’m ignorant, I confess.

    Is there a rational justification or is it more of this baloney move to “comply or die” coercion mafia?

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  45. rehab/disassemble for parts

    –there is a large market for parts. Interesting that they leak, that has to be as simple as replacing a gasket or o ring if it doesn’t leak when new.

    Problem with Keurig water tanks is that they are fancy-shaped styrene plastic. Styrene molds nicely but is relatively fragile – it will crack under moderate handling (oh goody, another example of planned obsolescence). Of course styrene is repairable. They cracked the one at work. I took it home, applied some glue & some bathtub sealer (clear caulking) and it was fine again. The rule is you never remove the tank to fill it – fill another container you have handy and pour the water in the tank. If you never remove the tank, wear on the valve and the seals is reduced as well.

  46. You are excused the shower of opprobrium (read: smelly stuff) if your code either did not assume “Everywhere is like ‘Murika” or it was not accessible outside the USA. Otherwise, you deserve everything you get.

    The obvious solution, Geoff, is for the rest of the world to change their mailing addresses to more closely match the US. 😛 lol Actually, IIRC, other than Canada if you lived outside the US you were suppose to call a telephone number and subscribe over the phone. We didn’t even bother programming for it at all. The clients never wanted to pay for it or mess with testing it. I think we did have a couple of clients that had a multiline text box where it said, “Enter your address below EXACTLY as it should appear on the shipping label.” The limiting factor was always the fulfillment company where the magazines were labeled and mailed from as they all seemed to have antiquated crap.

    Explain as to a child – I’ve never understood why joining the current military strips one of constitutional rights and the right to exercise free will. I don’t think this was the case 50-100 years ago?
    I’m ignorant, I confess.

    Is there a rational justification or is it more of this baloney move to “comply or die” coercion mafia?

    In the military it was always, “You’re here to preserve democracy, not practice it!”

    Similar to public school where I had a teacher say, “You’re here to learn about democracy, not practice it.”

    IIRC, the Anthrax vaccine was quite the controversial thing in the late 1990s. There was a scare about Iraq or North Korea weaponing it, so they started giving the same shot to troops that typically only veterinarians got. There was all this controversary about the safety of it and whether or not it was effective against weapons grade anthrax. I seem to recall enlisted could refuse it, but if so you were not eligible to re-enlist. Officers could get it or resign their commission (several Guard and Reserve pilots chose to just get out). I’m not sure what the status of the whole thing is now. It was a 5-shot regimen over the span of like 18 months and then an annual booster. I got two of the shots before my enlistment was up. So, I’m sure at this point I’m like 4% immune or something. lol

    I’m sure they now have all sorts of data on the safety of the anthrax vaccine now that a couple of million troops have received it. Wait, what am I talking about, our government would never use soldiers as lab rats…

  47. In military training, one day we all lined up, marched to the station where they had the high-pressure squirt guns, and we got vaccinated

    Just once? I remember marching through the line four or five times for different immunizations. If a person flinched their arm while being injected it left a deep cut. Clean cut, but still required stitches.

    I’ve never understood why joining the current military strips one of constitutional rights and the right to exercise free will

    A person in the military is considered government property. Serial number included. Get a sunburn and a court martial can be had for damaging government property. Doing stupid stuff that results in injury may result in disciplinary action.

    My little incident involving diving into shallow water, breaking my back, transport to a private hospital, then transport from New Braunfels to South San Antonio, several days in a hospital, meant I was facing some serious charges. I avoided such by claiming it was an accident when in reality it was some “bubbas” doing a “watch this”. If the truth were really known I could have been issued an article 15 or even court martial.

    A lot of rights are given up in return for housing, clothing, food and pay. A person is restricted in what they can say as any disparaging remarks about leadership are quickly dealt punishment. I would be under the stockade for saying some of the things I have said about SpongeBrain. Even military people that are retired have some restrictions on what they can say or risk losing retirement benefits.

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  48. “SpaceX Produces 5,000 Starlink Dishes Per Week, But Plans a Production Boost”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacex-produces-5000-starlink-dishes-per-week-but-plans-a-production-boost

    “The company is working to boost the manufacturing later this year as over 600,000 people continue to wait for access to the satellite internet system.”

    I am impressed. You gotta consider that the first couple of thousand Starlink Antennas were probably made by Post-Docs (PhD graduates working as interns).

  49. Sheriffs deputy I have known since he was a child, about 35 now, in good shape, white, doesn’t smoke or drink, learned he’s in the hospital with Covid a couple of days ago.

    My guess is if you have any kind of distress, good insurance and the hospital has room they will bring you in.

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  50. Sheriffs deputy I have known since he was a child, about 35 now, in good shape, white, doesn’t smoke or drink, learned he’s in the hospital with Covid a couple of days ago.

    Remember, kids: “anecdotes are not data” applies only when anti-notvaxxers (that is, people who are against mandating the notvax) are talking about people who died from the clot shot.

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  51. Re military

    Yes, I understand these things are thus and so (military property, protect not practice).

    But why?

    Why is a human considered military property, why not practice democracy? And all the other indignities that fly in the face of liberty.

    I can almost assume the rational of “but, but, discipline”?

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  52. A week or so ago, I got several calls from *the other guys insurance* about my Subie accident. I chose to ignore them. They wanted any pictures I took, and a statement. I was tempted to call them and say “that’s why I have insurance and go away”, but didn’t. Today I got a refund from USAA for my deductible, so I guess they found the other guy at fault.

  53. “Tesla might remove manual driving controls, both steering wheel and pedals, to lower costs, relying instead upon autonomous driving with its new car.”

    No Johnny Cab for me (see first Arnold Mars movie, Total Recall).

    Johnny Cab made a decent doctor on Voyager after a software upgrade.

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  54. Re military

    Yes, I understand these things are thus and so (military property, protect not practice).

    But why?

    Why is a human considered military property, why not practice democracy? And all the other indignities that fly in the face of liberty.

    I can almost assume the rational of “but, but, discipline”?

    You don’t *lose* rights in the military. It’s no different than a corporation. So, stand up and call your boss a scumbag and you’ll be fired, lose benefits, etc because you signed HR rules. You are almost always given an option to leave the military for stuff like refusing a flu shot. You’ll be *chaptered * out under the UCMJ or retired if you have enough time in. Legal action is taken if you commit a crime or it is a time of war where rights can be suspended. Like the Civil War. I chaptered out several soldiers for being overweight. It’s your right to be overweight, but if you can’t perform your job or pass a medical exam, you are mustered out. No crime, but any benefits you would have are gone, too. The UCMJ and other morals and standards documents tell you what not to do, even if it is a right to have an orgy with your unit. LOL!


  55. Johnny Cab made a decent doctor on Voyager after a software upgrade.

    Sweet reference!!!

  56. When you join the Military, you agree to waive certain rights and be governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and to follow the orders of those placed above you.

    Enlisted persons can be ordered to testify against themselves, for example.

    So, if your Commanding Officer says “Get this shot.” you get the shot.  If you refuse, you are charged with violating a direct order.  You CAN refuse an unlawful order.  In fact, you are required to.  But unlawful orders are generally limited to orders that are in violation of the UCMJ or the international laws of war (or at least those that the US has agreed to).  And invoking that has VERY severe consequences if you are wrong.

    IIRC, the anthrax vaccination ended up with some severe questions after Gulf I (Desert Shield/Storm) and it was de-certified for a time.  I was in during Gulf I, but submarines didn’t go to the Gulf and I wasn’t required to get it.

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  57. Macaroni and Cheese mix is simple to prepare.  Boil the macaroni, drain, add half a stick of butter, a shot glass of milk, and the cheese powder.

    I like the Economax version from HEB.  It’s a lower price level than Hill Country Fare.  Tastes like I remember Kraft from twenty years ago.

    Anyway, the entire back of the box is covered with nutrition info and ingredients in English and Spanish.  It can be interesting to cross read the ingredients.

    150 calories per serving.  400 calories per serving after cooking.  I want to know WHO is eating mac-n-cheese mix raw from the box and why are they not locked up?

     

    This concludes my Moment of Hate for today.

     

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  58. 150 calories per serving. 400 calories per serving after cooking. I want to know WHO is eating mac-n-cheese mix raw from the box and why are they not locked up?

    Crunchy !


  59. 150 calories per serving. 400 calories per serving after cooking. I want to know WHO is eating mac-n-cheese mix raw from the box and why are they not locked up?

    I keep meaning to get the cheese packet from some Kraft Mac-n-Chz and use it on a bowl of instant ramen and see what it tastes like.

    I had Kraft Mac-n-Chz with diced up fried Spam a few weeks ago. I decided to deviate from cut up hotdogs. This is the sort of stuff I eat when my wife and I both look at each other at dinner time and agree to “fend for ourselves” that evening. 🙂

  60. @Jenny: in addition to what others have said, consider this: the military needs to be able to give you orders that may get you killed. because it’s necessary for some larger objective. If soldiers decide it’s a democracy, the whole system breaks down.

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  61. I keep meaning to get the cheese packet from some Kraft Mac-n-Chz and use it on a bowl of instant ramen and see what it tastes like.

    The cheese sauce packet from the HEB Hill Country equivalent of Kraft Deluxe Mac-n-Cheese tastes better, like Kraft of 30 years ago.

    My last science experiment was to heat the pizza stone in the grill to the max temp possible with all the burners full open, ~700 degrees, put an HEB thin crust frozen pizza on the stone, close the lid, dial down the gas to minimum, and then wait 15 minutes. The end result is better pizza than the local coal fired place because I’m not scared to burn the pizza a bit.

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  62. The cheese sauce packet from the HEB Hill Country equivalent of Kraft Deluxe Mac-n-Cheese tastes better, like Kraft of 30 years ago.

    Alas, no HEB in my Great Plains state. :/

  63. Ha, ha! Portland’s mayor has already folded on the “ban of trade and travel” to Tejas. I’m guessing the city council told him to pack sand because they might have some sneaky shite going on here.

    And Bowe “The Traitor” Bergdahl is starting to trend now that the thugs Obola released are on the front page as the new Tolly-bon goobermint.

    I wonder if some intrepid journalist will ask Obola about it. “Well, that was plugs’ fcukup.”

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  64. Ha, ha! Portland’s mayor has already folded on the “ban of trade and travel” to Tejas. I’m guessing the city council told him to pack sand because they might have some sneaky shite going on here.

    The weather starts turning this time of year in Portland, and ACL starts Oct. 1.

    Not that Austin needs an excuse to “consume mass quantities”, but ACL and SxSW are extra special bacchanalia events where a lot of tech business gets negotiated over shots of Pappy Van Winkle Reserve.


  65. Why is a human considered military property, why not practice democracy?

    Because in some situations the military demands immediate and complete response to orders. Delaying, discussing, voting could cost lives.

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  66. Thank you gentlemen for aiding in the mitigation of my ignorance.

    In other news – cider press arrived in a notably short period of time. Something that rarely happens with Amazon to Alaska these days. Now to assemble it. Lots of small parts.

  67. Because in some situations the military demands immediate and complete response to orders. Delaying, discussing, voting could cost lives.

     

    Truth.

    But this is not one of those cases.  The complete lack of risk calculation for the given population (adults between 18 and 45-ish with provably good health and not morbidly obese) is prima facie evidence of poor judgment or dereliction, and those who make mandates for the military should be immediately cashiered.

    The fact that you may legitimately at some future date have to send men to die does not mean you should capriciously  exercise that prerogative on a whim.

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  68. But this is not one of those cases.

    The military makes no distinction. Orders are orders.

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  69. I want to know WHO is eating mac-n-cheese mix raw from the box and why are they not locked up?

    Sñr Ratón, of course! (and he got what was coming to him)

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  70. Orders are orders.

    It was better in the original German.  Befehl ist Befehl.

    And I’m not arguing with obedience to orders.
    I’m arguing that officers who give bad, bad, bad orders — like forcing a questionable “vaccine” against a disease with little or no effect on the soldiers — those officers should face consequences for their bad judgment.

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  71. When I see a statement like this,

    Ahead of President Joe Biden’s announcement Thursday about new COVID-19 measures, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that there may be new measures that will be imposed on unvaccinated people.

    “There are six steps the president’s announcing, there will be new components,” Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.

    “Some of that will be related to access to testing, some will be related to mandates, some will be related to how we ensure kids will be protected in schools.”

    When asked about how the new steps would impact Americans’ lives, Psaki said that “it depends on if you’re vaccinated or not.”

     

    I can’t help but think of this, and there is no way to argue for this, outside of tyranny.

     

    Residents of one particular building have accused authorities of doing random searches of their private mail and care packages sent by family members and friends. “They are searching all bags and things coming into the building… They confiscated a series of gifts,” one resident of Mission Australia’s Common Ground building in Camperdown said. “So things like bottles of spirits, we weren’t allowed to have those and we still (aren’t).”

    The complaints came after NSW Health took control of select apartment buildings ostensibly in order to monitor and limit the spread of the coronavirus, which means in some cases where infections have been found, all residents were forced into isolation. These buildings are deemed under strict lockdown and have a police presence around them, apparently even intercepting mail.

    A statement in national media confirmed that health authorities are enforcing the following restrictions:

    Residents are allowed to receive a ration of one of the following: six beers or pre-mixed drinks, one bottle of wine, or one 375ml bottle of spirits.
    Excess alcohol is being confiscated until lockdown rules are lifted.

    They are adults, with a legal product, in their own homes. Their mail is being searched, and their property held. How can that be anything BUT tyranny?

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  72. I’m arguing that officers who give bad, bad, bad orders

    Like being ordered to stand guard for six hours in the sun guarding a fire hydrant. Yes, I was ordered to do that because I failed to salute an officer who was not wearing a uniform as we passed each other on a sidewalk. He was the base commander who felt I should have recognized him by sight.

    Bad orders are given all the time. Happens in all conflicts, in all services. Some people are injured because of bad orders. Some people are killed because of bad orders.

    Being in the military is almost like being in a completely different society. Right predicated by rank, truth determined by rank, stupid decisions because of rank.

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  73. Good thing global warming is real. Imagine how cold it would be without it.

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  74. Well, just when you think things are going well….

    only a minor set back. Handle broke off the shower selector in the main bathroom. I thought I was going to need to bust out a wall to replace everything but it turns out price pfister still makes the parts, AND you can do it all from the front.

    I ordered the part to get here tomorrow and it looks like about 10 minutes (turning into 40) should have it all fixed. Date code says 2005. It was a plastic shaft that broke. Plastic just doesn’t hold up long term.

    Well, now I know how I’ll be spending at least part of tomorrow.
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  75. I heard about the pilots resigning from a podcast earlier this morning, but the only article I found on the subject is linked here.

    https://survivaldan101.com/27-u-s-air-force-pilots-resign-over-covid-19-vaccination-mandate/

    So it occurred to me, if these pilots really did quit, where might they look for work? Maybe for one of the US commercial airlines? Most of which probably have, or are considering, (wait for it,) vaccine mandates.

    Oops

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  76. So much for fine German engineering.

    Engineered in Germany, but then Made in China. And often something lost in translation.

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  77. I have it on good authority that the auto companies want to restrict service manuals to official channels, and this may be happening. All I know is that some of the newer models’ service manuals retail for upwards of $500, and I will do that only as a very last resort. I would bet they will leak to the public. I hate to advocate gray sources, but we are being driven to this by the manufacturers.

    Not likely I’ll be poking around too much under the hood of my Nissan Leaf.

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  78. My house natural gas meter was upgraded from six ounces gauge to two psig today to support the new generator. The old meter was capable of 400 ft3/hour (400,000 btu/hr). The new meter is capable of of 1,000 ft3/hr (1,000,000 btu/hr). I also found out that our subdivision uses the highest legal limit of supply pressure, 50 psig, since we have so many swimming pool heaters and generators. Interesting.

    The meter upgrade cost was reputedly $400. The cost was included as a part of the installation of my generator, I did not pay it directly.

    The generator runs very well with the new supply pressure and does not show the low supply pressure warning anymore. So, the generator installation is now complete. BTW, the generator uses 408 ft3/hr of natural gas at full load.


  79. Residents are allowed to receive a ration of one of the following: six beers or pre-mixed drinks, one bottle of wine, or one 375ml bottle of spirits.

    Read the linked content, still no reasons given for the rationed amounts that have been set.

  80. There was no need for a rape exception in the new Texas abortion law according to Gov. Abbott as the Governor plans to eliminate all rapists from the state. Abbott did not say how long the total elimination would take to complete.

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/gov-abbott-promises-to-eliminate-all-rapists-while-defending-texas-new-abortion-law

    Is he going to create an Office of Precognitive Crime ?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minority_Report_(film)

  81. Since rapists typically don’t stop at one, locking them up will significantly reduce the number on the street. Beyond that? I’d have to watch the quote for context.

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  82. “Britain forced to fire up coal plant amid record power prices and winter squeeze”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/08/britain-forced-to-fire-up-coal-plant-amid-record-power-prices-and-winter-squeeze/

    “National Grid ESO warned in July that Britain needed to prepare for a squeeze on energy supplies this winter as two nuclear plants shut down and workers return to the office.
    The Hunterston B and Dungeness B nuclear stations are both due to shut within months, taking away a stable energy source at a time when unpredictable wind and solar generation is an increasingly part of the country’s power mix.”

    And they are shutting down two nuclear power plants in Britain very soon. I am sure that nothing will go wrong with that.

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