Mon. Sept. 20, 2021 – working the list today

By on September 20th, 2021 in personal, WuFlu

I’m hoping for cooler and less humid, but I’m not holding my breath. It got very hot and wet yesterday and put a damper (ha!) on my whole day.

It was a slow day anyway, with me paying the price for my exertions on Saturday, the girls all coming home in the middle of the day, and normal end of week domestic bliss chores.

I do have some extra stuff to do today, as there should be some nice stuff for my wife’s birthday. I’ll probably do a nice dinner, do extra cleaning, and try to get more stuff out of the house. I have some stuff that might work as a gift, but I’ve been slack… and that ain’t good. For instance, I haven’t done anything with the kids to get them sorted with birthday presents for mom. Bad husband. In fact the depths of my screw up are just now becoming evident.

The world is coming apart at the seams but locally life goes on. And it should. We need to hold tight to the history and traditions that define us and give structure to our lives.

So today on top of everything else, I’ll be scrambling to come up with a nice surprise for my wife. Perhaps that’s how I’ll spend my time with second daughter this afternoon…

Stacks of stuff, do your magic…

nick

[keep stacking. presents, you need some and you need them early!]

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79 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Sept. 20, 2021 – working the list today"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    74F and saturated this morning although the ground looks dry.

    Frosty in the house, as no one has mentioned a certain birthday yet….

    n

  2. Greg Norton says:

    This. Can the current Chinese government maintain control for the next 30-40 years? The methods they are using (social scores, etc.) are very clever. OTOH, seemingly simple things like forbidding video games to kids under 18 are dangerous and could backfire when the next generation grows up. If the Chinese government remains clever, avoids pissing off their own population, and keeps corruption more-or-less under control – our grandkids will be learning Chinese.

    Yes, the Mainland will keep their system going via the soft family authoritarianism of Number One Son. I’ve watched it with my in-laws for 30 years, and it is one of the reasons we pushed the eject button on Portland.

    The Communists also enforce the Confucian filial piety by law, forcing the offspring to take care of the parents needs no matter how selfish/petty/abusive the elders may have been in the past.

    *Some* US states have similar laws which I have no doubt will be dusted off in the coming decade as the Medicaid programs buckle under Boomers’ extended care costs in nursing homes. We are  careful not to live in one of those states.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Things that make you say “Hmmm” …

    One of the lenses cracked in my glasses over the last week, and when I went into WalMart’s optical department yesterday to order a new lens in the frame, the response was that they couldn’t do the replacement without a current (less than one year old) prescription.

    Ok. Fine. I head home, making a note to myself to call the opthamologist in the morning.

    Five minutes after I get home, an email arrives on my AT&T net account that rarely sees spam, the opthamologist’s office sending a friendly reminder that my eye exam is overdue.

    Another five minutes, and I get a text message, also from the opthamologist.

    Amazon gets the press for being all-knowing/all-seeing, but Walmart isn’t far behind.

     

  4. Greg Norton says:

    The story pile for the Yucs got deeper yesterday. The punter’s name is Pinion. I couldn’t make that up if I tried.

    The Falcons fired their punter after the game.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/bucs-punter-bradley-pinion-named-nfc-special-teams-player-of-the-week/ar-AAOteTi

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    all-knowing/all-seeing, but Walmart isn’t far behind.

    –was it walmart or target that got in trouble for sending pregnancy flyers to a teen girl who hadn’t told her family yet? The data mining said “pregnant” and female, so the discounts and ads flew…

    n

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/car-cameras-are-now-watching-every-little-thing-you-do

    — wonder how it will react to reading the newspaper? Or shaving? Or putting on eye makeup? I’ve seen all those things in traffic during my (former, waaaaay former) morning commute..

    n

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  7. drwilliams says:

    Senate parliamentarian rules amnesty cant be in reconciliation bill.

    Now we’ll see if the rest of the shiite—climate change, etc—also gets Schumered (aka “Chucked”)

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  8. Greg Norton says:

    — wonder how it will react to reading the newspaper? Or shaving? Or putting on eye makeup? I’ve seen all those things in traffic during my (former, waaaaay former) morning commute..

    More than a few jurisdictions explicitly outlaw “farding” (makeup application) behind the wheel. A camera catching it will mean higher insurance rates.

    The prohibition was the subject of a famous Rush Limbaugh bit from the glory days of the show in the early 90s. He had women calling in tears by the end of the first hour of the program.

    “How does the cop know we are farting in the car?”

    “He sees it.”

    “How? What about men?”

    “Not many men fard in the car.”

    “My husband does it, often with me in the passenger seat.”

    “Really? And you’re okay with this? You are a very understanding wife.”

    The bit was rerun during one of the anniversary shows last year, but I remember it live.

    On a side note, I noted that the “Clay & Buck” show does not kick off with the “My City Is Gone” base line at 12:05 ET. The show starts at 12:08. That EIB contract clause is so infamous in radio that the late afternoon (UK time) Radio Caroline DJs will occasionally have fun with it, timing the song so that the bridge hits at just the right moment.

    The EIB contract was unique. Only Paul Harvey’s terms carried more weight.

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  9. brad says:

    I went into WalMart’s optical department yesterday to order a new lens in the frame, the response was that they couldn’t do the replacement without a current (less than one year old) prescription.

    WTF? If you want a lense ground, and are willing to pay for it, what’s the problem? A prescription is generally good for a lot longer than a year (I tend to go about 5 years).

    Is there some sort of racket between Walmart and your optician?

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  10. Chad says:

    I’m not sure a trailer park should have a restaurant called The Flying Cow, evocative of images from “Twister”.

    That’s clever naming. I’d giggle each time I saw the sign.

    But, I also like “Dad Jokes”.

    There used to be a Sam & Ella’s Chicken Palace in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. That name always cracked me up.

    I went into WalMart’s optical department yesterday to order a new lens in the frame, the response was that they couldn’t do the replacement without a current (less than one year old) prescription.

    I have forged so many eyeglass prescriptions in my day. Nobody calls to verify them. Just recreate the one you have in Word, give it a more recent date, print it out and then scribble a signature on it. The DEA isn’t going to kick in your front door for trying to obtain corrective lenses.

    I used to order contact lenses from 1800contacts.com, but they always wanted a current prescription. If you didn’t provide one at the time of ordering they would contact your optometrist on-file and ask for one. So, I took an old prescription, used White-Out on the date to make the year more current, and then submitted it with my request. I think I did that for like 7 straight years. lol

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    WTF? If you want a lense ground, and are willing to pay for it, what’s the problem? A prescription is generally good for a lot longer than a year (I tend to go about 5 years).

    I believe WalMart will replace the lenses for free if the prescription changes within a year after making the glasses.

    It could be something due to Texas law, but I ordered Zenni Optical glasses for a costume look using a three year old prescription and OD measurements going back a decade. Ironically, those are the best glasses I currently own.

    WalMart does not give out OD numbers or I would send the frames to an online place.

    My opthamologist has his own eyeglass sales area which he would probably prefer I use. I will go there for my next try at progressives because the vaunted WalMart Zeiss lenses cracked on me within the 60 day refund window last year, just as I was getting used to the focus shifts.

  12. nick flandrey says:

    Well, faked it pretty well thru breakfast. Now I’ve got a while to get something together.

    Probably go out for dinner… but maybe d1 or d2 will want to make a cake.

    It’s 80F and still 90%RH. Yuck.

    n

  13. Alan says:

    WTF? If you want a lense ground, and are willing to pay for it, what’s the problem? A prescription is generally good for a lot longer than a year (I tend to go about 5 years).

    Here in the US, my recent prescriptions have been dated as only valid for one year. Just another example of a group looking to protect their revenue stream at our expense. But as mentioned, easy to remedy with Photoshop.

    Similarly, when your optometrist hands you your Rx it will conveniently not include your PD, which you need to order glasses online. They’ll add it only if you know to ask. Fortunately, plenty of methods online to measure it yourself.

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  14. Alan says:

    And a few years back my vision insurance dropped Costco as one of their in-network providers. Top-rated by CR and have always gotten good service from them.

  15. Alan says:

    It’s 80F and still 90%RH. Yuck.

    So @nick, so other than the glorious weather, what else brought you to Houston?

  16. nick flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10007535/Emmanuel-Macron-told-Australias-decision-scrap-submarine-contract-one-hour-before.html

    –interesting to read this as a contraction of spheres of influence and of a new feeling of being an independent nation (ie not part of NWO or global cabal or even “community of nations”) and a ‘girding of loins’.

    After finishing the article, I think it’s an example of the ‘march to war’.   AUS is taking it seriously and doesn’t want (can’t afford) more empty promises and has decided that performance is more important than diplomatic ritual.

    One way to look at it anyway.

    n

  17. nick flandrey says:

    what else brought you to Houston?

    –met a girl, fell in love, moved to Houston.

    That is the  short version anyway.  Slightly longer is that I was coming here for work for what amounted to several months a year anyway, she didn’t want to come back to Cali, and I could live anywhere with a major airport.   I was not prepared for the humidity.

    n

  18. Greg Norton says:

    And a few years back my vision insurance dropped Costco as one of their in-network providers. Top-rated by CR and have always gotten good service from them. 

    I had chronic problems with Costco lenses cracking because the lab was overstressing the frames. I stopped going there ~ eight years ago. I can’t be the only one.

  19. Greg Norto says:

    Well, soooprise! Invermectin horse paste is going unobtainium thanks to arbitrage.

    The human pills are not going over the counter in the US.

    Welcome to Feringinar. So when do we start selling dessicated remains of the deceased at funerals?

    https://sports.yahoo.com/horse-owners-struggling-buy-ivermectin-152346882.html

    Often overlooked on DS9 was the growth of the Ferengi characters. Even Quark was decent at times … and surprisingly good at killing when necessary.

    If they reboot the show and Wallace Shawn is busy, I suggest Fauci as Emeritus Grand Nagis Zek.

    And Biden as Morn.

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  20. nick flandrey says:

    Wow, the video that autoplayed after I looked at that article was about the cost of Trump’s covid treatment, how expensive it was, how you’d have to pay for it yourself, and how other people got sick from him.   Great hatchet job graphic of naked T in the style of the “Operation” game….  they even included the cost of Marine One helicopter ride…

    Nope no media bias.  It is so in your face it’s breathtaking looking back at it.

    n

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  21. Greg Norton says:

    Wow, the video that autoplayed after I looked at that article was about the cost of Trump’s covid treatment, how expensive it was, how you’d have to pay for it yourself, and how other people got sick from him. Great hatchet job graphic of naked T in the style of the “Operation” game…. they even included the cost of Marine One helicopter ride…

    You overlooked that the article quotes Nikki Fried, Florida’s Ag Commissioner … and candidate for the Dem nomination take on DeSantis for Governor.

    At least they stopped inventing stats about Ivermectin poisonings.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    That is the short version anyway. Slightly longer is that I was coming here for work for what amounted to several months a year anyway, she didn’t want to come back to Cali, and I could live anywhere with a major airport. I was not prepared for the humidity.

    The humidity makes dealing with electronics much easier.

    I never even owned a static strap until I moved to WA State. Touch the back of the grounded PC case in Tampa, and you were good to go to install memory or a graphics card.

    The landlords had deep pile wool carpet in the Vantucky rental. I still find bits in boxes which haven’t been touched since the move.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    BTW, no sympathy for horse owners who don’t have a supply.  It was cheap, it’s been discussed as an alt med since at least Jan.  and probably before that.

    If you have animals, you need to be prepared to care for them.  Part of that is anticipating needs, and not counting on a JIT supply chain to provide.

    If there is a new normal, this is it.   One, you are on your own.  Two, you can’t count on things being the way they “always” were.  Three, really, you are on your own.

    n

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  24. Ray Thompson says:

    If you have animals, you need to be prepared to care for them

    When I was living on the farm we had medical issues with animals. One major problem was with young calves. They would develop “scours” which is basically diarrhea developed while still on 100% mother’s milk. We found the best treatment was Kaopectate. But the animal feed supply did not carry the stuff. So we would buy from the local pharmacy.

    The druggist was rather taken aback when we first ordered two gallons of the stuff. He looked at my brother and I with a rather shocked expression. My uncle had to explain to the druggist what the stuff was being used to treat. Then he got a chuckle.

    Eventually my uncle was able to get the local feed store to carry the stuff. But it was surprisingly about the same prices as the human drug store.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    plugs is back in the house. Takes no questions on the border crisis. Probably went for ice cream and a nap. Meanwhile Haitians are running back across the border to Mexico. Yay and the Mexicans don’t give a shit. Close the border now and let Mexico deja with them. They owe us.

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  26. Greg Norton says:

    If there is a new normal, this is it. One, you are on your own. Two, you can’t count on things being the way they “always” were. Three, really, you are on your own.

    Sure. Small town Florida. The speed trap near the feed store is probably humming.

  27. drwilliams says:

    @Greg

    “And Biden as Morn.“

    Naw. Joe replaces Rene, but he’s lost control of his shape shifting abilities and spends all his time in a bucket. At the end of every episode he has someone take him to the commissary for a Hagen Daaz depth charge.

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  28. JimB says:

    I was not prepared for the humidity.

    Both of us. You visited Houston a lot more than I visited Ft. Lauderdale. I was in need of a job, had lived near humid Detroit, and figured “how worse could it be?” Worse, much worse, but it was the job and the near miss of a huricane that convinced me to act sooner rather than later.

    I considered working overseas, but the job in CA popped up, and the rest is history.

  29. lynn says:

    the world needs to be very paranoid about what China is doing

    This. Can the current Chinese government maintain control for the next 30-40 years? The methods they are using (social scores, etc.) are very clever. OTOH, seemingly simple things like forbidding video games to kids under 18 are dangerous and could backfire when the next generation grows up. If the Chinese government remains clever, avoids pissing off their own population, and keeps corruption more-or-less under control – our grandkids will be learning Chinese.

    I’m pretty certain that China isn’t going to start any sort of shooting war. They’re just going to run over the rest of the world economically. Look at their progress in the past 70 years. If they keep that kind of curve going, it’s all over.

    If the West wants to compete, we’ve got to curb-stomp the woke crowd, fix a lot of stuff they’ve broken (like the education system in too many countries), and get back to making progress.

    China wants to rule the world. But world does not want to be ruled. Even when the USA splits up into New England, Jesusland, and the Rim States, the Chinese will not rule here.

  30. JimB says:

    Probably went for ice cream and a nap.

    Saw some of Greg Gutfeld’s interview of Trump. He sure looked good. Amazing vitality for a recent prez. Would be interesting to see similar comparison pictures of other ex-presidents. I want some of his lightly used genes. 🙂

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  31. lynn says:

    This. Can the current Chinese government maintain control for the next 30-40 years? The methods they are using (social scores, etc.) are very clever. OTOH, seemingly simple things like forbidding video games to kids under 18 are dangerous and could backfire when the next generation grows up. If the Chinese government remains clever, avoids pissing off their own population, and keeps corruption more-or-less under control – our grandkids will be learning Chinese.

    Yes, the Mainland will keep their system going via the soft family authoritarianism of Number One Son. I’ve watched it with my in-laws for 30 years, and it is one of the reasons we pushed the eject button on Portland.

    The Communists also enforce the Confucian filial piety by law, forcing the offspring to take care of the parents needs no matter how selfish/petty/abusive the elders may have been in the past.

    *Some* US states have similar laws which I have no doubt will be dusted off in the coming decade as the Medicaid programs buckle under Boomers’ extended care costs in nursing homes. We are careful not to live in one of those states.

    What ? The number one item in the Texas state budget is Medicaid homes for the old folks. About $30 billion per year.

    The state legislature is looking for somebody to pay that bill. The family is the natural people. The law can be passed and signed in about an hour.

    BTW, if you walk into a nursing home and smell urine, turnaround and walk away. You loved one does not want to live there.

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  32. lynn says:

    It’s 80F and still 90%RH. Yuck.

    Gonna be 58 F out here in the sticks Thursday morning.

    Winter is coming. Got your outside faucets covered yet ? Gonna be a rough winter in Texas this year. The genset is ready even if the gas turbines are not.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01251QKA0/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Speaking of gas turbines, somebody is installing seven gas turbines (240 MW each, 1.7 GW total) down the road from me behind the 3.7 GW Parish Power Plant. I did not think that the EPA would allow that since Fort Bend County is part of the nine county Houston ozone non-attainment region.

  33. lynn says:

    Dilbert: Wally The Socialist
    https://dilbert.com/strip/2021-09-20

    I know a few people like Wally.

  34. lynn says:

    “Volcano erupts in the Spanish Canary Islands, forcing evacuation of thousands | ABC News”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djRAyGyDq8s

    Supposedly the east coast of the USA is under tsunami watch if the volcano blows up ? A 50 ft tall wave ?
    https://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/La%20Palma%20Canary%20Island%20Generated%20Tsunami%20Study_tcm3-31980.pdf

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  35. RickH says:

    Supposedly the east coast of the USA is under tsunami watch if the volcano blows up ? A 50 ft tall wave ?

    Nope. See https://www.newsweek.com/will-la-palma-volcano-cause-tsunami-mega-tsunami-canary-islands-spain-eruption-warning-1630666 [emphasis added]

    The link between the eruption of Cumbre Vieja and a mega-tsunami that could strike the U.S. may stem from a 2001 scientific study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

    After investigating the effect of the volcano’s eruptions in 1971 and 1949, the authors believed that the entire structure of the volcano could be comprised in the event of a further eruption.

    The authors believed that what they termed as the “catastrophic failure of its west flank” would drop between 150 and 500 km³ of rock into the sea, which could result in tsunami waves that could transit the entire Atlantic ocean. They said that these waves could arrive at the Eastern Coast of the U.S. with a height of between around 33 and 82 feet.

    Subsequent studies published after the 2001 research diminished the threat expressed in the paper or dismissed it entirely. In a study published the following year, George Pararas-Carayannis, editor of the journal Science of Tsunami Hazards: wrote: “The threat of mega tsunami generation from collapses of oceanic island stratovolcanoes has been greatly overstated. No mega-tsunamis can be expected.”

    In the 2002 paper, Pararas-Carayannis suggested that several incorrect assumptions in the modeling of volcano eruptions and slope failures and their link to tsunamis led to overestimates of the “far-field effects” of the natural disasters.

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  36. lynn says:

    Even Tom Hanks is releasing an apocalyptic movie. “Tom Hanks Sci-Fi Movie ‘Finch’ From ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Releases First Trailer”
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/tom-hanks-finch-trailer-1235017014/

    “Hanks is the survivor of an apocalypse with his trusty dog and robot in this Apple TV+ film from director Miguel Sapochnik.”

    I may have to get an Apple TV subscription after all.

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

  37. lynn says:

    “SpaceX’s private Inspiration4 astronauts had some toilet trouble in space”
    https://www.space.com/inspiration4-spacex-toilet-trouble-in-space

    “CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After spending nearly three days in space, SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew may have more appreciation for the facilities here on Earth — namely, the toilets.
    The historic all-civilian SpaceX mission, which launched Sept. 15 and successfully splashed down on Saturday (Sept. 18), went off without a hitch, except for a minor issue with the Dragon’s onboard toilet.
    “It was very clean mission from start to finish,” SpaceX’s Benji Reed, who leads human spaceflight programs, said during a post-flight news conference Saturday night. “We had a couple of issues that we worked, we did work something on the Waste Management System, but that was worked [out] fine and, you know, the crew was happy and healthy.”
    Details are still scarce as to what happened with the space toilet, but the anomaly involved its suction fan, according to Reed. The suction fan is responsible for removing waste products. ”

    Diapers for all !

    ADD: I just do not remember many SF books detailing toilet issues in space ships. Yet, I suspect that it is a horrible problem.

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  38. pecancorner says:

    BTW, if you walk into a nursing home and smell urine, turnaround and walk away. You loved one does not want to live there.

    Thumbs up for that!

    The best nursing home choice, in our experience, is one in a very tiny nearby town … one small enough that they only have one or maybe two nursing homes.  In a small town, they can’t get away with anything. The staff are very stable, and bad apples can’t rotate in/out: they get a reputation and no one will hire them for that work.  Because of that stability, they actually care for the people who live there.  These may not be the most luxurious of places, but no one will be allowed to be mean to anyone.

    With the COVID lockdown, we were grateful my husband chose such a place for the months before I was able to bring him home.  He’s fully in control mentally, but he watched and saw that there was no meanness to anyone. If a patient was threatening to others, that patient was quickly sent elsewhere too.  And, when he came home, all his belongings came with him, including the cash in small bills that he had forgotten he had!

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  39. paul says:

    I was not prepared for the humidity.

    Try Mobile. In the old officer’s duplexes on what was Berkley AFB. Just a couple of city blocks from the bay and no a/c.

    Houston feels dry in comparison.

    Catching crabs was fun.  We let them go, we didn’t want to eat them.

  40. CowboySlim says:

    …… but the job in CA popped up, and the rest is history.

    That is how I got here.

  41. paul says:

    Mom’s nursing home only smelled bad once.  Someone had just totally blown out their Depends.  Eye watering.  Other than that, just a whiff of Lysol once in a while.  The folks there, some had worked at the HEB, most all had cashed their pay checks there, so we sorta knew each other.

    Ditto for the nursing home in Comanche.  Not the HEB part….

     

  42. paul says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Why?

  43. lynn says:

    “NTSB Pumps the Brakes on Tesla’s Planned Full Self-Driving Rollout”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/ntsb-pumps-the-brakes-on-teslas-planned-full-self-driving-rollout

    “The new head of the National Transportation Safety Board says Tesla needs to fix the not-quite-autonomous driving feature before expanding its availability.”

    “At least part of the problem appears to be the features’ branding. Neither Autopilot nor FSD offer truly autonomous driving capabilities; both are merely supposed to assist whoever is actually supposed to be driving the vehicle at the time.”

    So I am not going to be able to sleep in the back seat then.

  44. Rick H says:

    @paul

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Why?

    Akisment (spam-catcher) says ” Akismet was unable to check this comment (response: ) but will automatically retry later.”.

    And it did, and your comment was released and is viewable. “Response” was empty, so unknown why.

  45. Greg Norton says:

    So I am not going to be able to sleep in the back seat then. 

    Sleep? The Tesla drivers want to stream Baby Yoda without having to watch the road.

  46. ~jim says:

    I was not prepared for the humidity.

    Heh. Try Chennai some time. Wimps. :-p

  47. MrAtoz says:

    LooooooooooL:

    Jen Psaki reminds everyone upset about 7 children killed in botched drone strike that Joe Biden has experienced loss, too [video]

    Psaki is the ultimate gaslighting spokesbirthingperson: “Beaux, Beaux.”

    Even the MSM ProgLibTurds are tired of covering for plugs. 10 civilians killed by *mistake* and plugs walks out the door again. “Is it pablum time DOCTOR Jill?”

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  48. lynn says:

    Mom’s nursing home only smelled bad once. Someone had just totally blown out their Depends. Eye watering. Other than that, just a whiff of Lysol once in a while. The folks there, some had worked at the HEB, most all had cashed their pay checks there, so we sorta knew each other.

    Ditto for the nursing home in Comanche. Not the HEB part….

    I walked into my father-in-laws Lewisville nursing home room once after they had just changed his diaper and almost walked right back out. The smell was so horrible that you could almost cut it with a knife.

    It was definitely one of those “you gotta smell this” moments that they talked about on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour when they were passing around a bottle of doe urine and taking a “whiff”.

    ADD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m9ozW0aFlw

  49. Chad says:

    Try Mobile. In the old officer’s duplexes on what was Berkley AFB.

    Brookley Air Force Base

    At first I was like, “There was an AFB in Berkeley, CA?” Then I saw the reference to Mobile, Alabama. Then I got curious and starting searching for defunct AFBs. 🙂

  50. lynn says:

    I watched the “Love and Monsters” apocalyptic movie on Netflix this weekend. Pretty good, especially the ten ton frog (very hungry frog) and Boy, the dog. Dylan O’Brien played his normal goofy guy.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_and_Monsters_(film)

    “Love and Monsters 2: Release date, cast and everything you need to know”
    https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a36119798/love-and-monsters-2-release-date/

    “The monsterpocalypse happened seven years prior to the events of the film, when a meteor headed to Earth was stopped by the world’s nations sending rockets up and exploding it. Unfortunately, the rockets’ chemicals rained down on the planet and caused all cold-blooded animals to mutate into giant and vicious monsters.
    Now, people live in hidden isolated, often underground, colonies. Most of the movie takes place in the ‘present’ and follows Joel as he makes his way to the coast to find Aimee.
    Towards the beginning of his journey, he meets a dog named Boy, whose original owner presumably died – though Boy carries her red dress with him everywhere. Boy joins Joel, and the pair meet another duo: Clyde (Michael Rooker, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt) who are heading for safety in the mountains where the cold and height keep them safe from most of the monsters. ”

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (38,691 reviews)

  51. ~jim says:

    https://www.amazon.com/Love-Monsters-Dylan-OBrien/dp/B08KSHQKQH?tag=ttgnet-20

    It’s Amazon/Paramount+

    Looks good, thanks!

     

  52. Greg Norton says:

    Another rehabilitation project for Gisele?

    How many spare rooms does Brady have at the rental?

    https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/bruce-arians-tampa-bay-buccaneers-reached-cb-richard/story?id=80130191

     

  53. Ray Thompson says:

    Mom’s nursing home only smelled bad once

    My aunt was in assisted living for 6 years. A nice place. Clean, no odd odors, even ate with her several times in the dining room and the food was good. At $3,500.00 a month I would have expected no less.

    Then there was the skunk incident. My aunt had her dog with her (another $300.00 a month) and had a room at the end of a wing with her door next to an exterior entrance. Wooded area close by.

    One evening about 8:00 we get a call from the facility. Her dog had gotten out and got sprayed by a skunk and she had let the dog back into her room. We got there as quickly as possible and when entering the front door, a significant distance from her room, we were immediately met with a very strong odor of skunk mixed with disinfectant and air freshener.

    We found the dog in her room and the place reeked. We found her several rooms away and she reeked. We told her she had to get back to her room so we could take her clothes. She balked, we insisted. She got mad and stripped in the middle of the stranger’s room. My wife got her back to her room as my eyes were solidly closed due to tearing from the visual exposure.

    We removed all her bedding from the room, along with the clothes, bought new bedding, put the dog in the bed of the pickup. We tossed the clothes and bedding. We had the dog put down as he was old anyway. We figured she would forget and she did.

    I expected a substantial bill from the facility but no such bill arrived. We went back for the next three days and each day was a diminishing odor of skunk eventually disappearing entirely.

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  54. ~jim says:

    If used gingerly the 1200 grit diamond steel is still pretty aggressive for carbon steel knives but definitely beats having to sharpen every couple weeks. Shouldn’t be too bad for harder (stainless) metals but take it easy at first. I didn’t, to my regret.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07RHWT39K?tag=ttgnet-20

    Then again, I started with the 800 grit:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042P6TR2?tag=ttgnet-20

    Which is more suited to axes and the like. Perfect for a scythe!

  55. Alan says:

    I may have to get an Apple TV subscription after all.

    Sign up for the seven day free trial.

    Post-It Note on your monitor to remind you.

    Watch movie.

    Profit.

  56. Alan says:

    Unfortunately when I checked, I found that I wasn’t reading “The Onion” and this was a real idea…

    A $1 trillion platinum coin could be a way around the debt ceiling

    https://www.businessinsider.com/mint-1-trillion-platinum-coin-debt-ceiling-2021-9

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  57. JimB says:

     

    “At least part of the problem appears to be the features’ branding. Neither Autopilot nor FSD offer truly autonomous driving capabilities; both are merely supposed to assist whoever is actually supposed to be driving the vehicle at the time.”

    So I am not going to be able to sleep in the back seat then.

    Well, not yet. I remember the guy who bought his first motorhome. He was driving and got hungry, so he turned the Autopilot ON and walked back to make a sandwich. He was surprised.

    My 1968 Imperial has the Autopilot that was the auto industry’s first cruise control, introduced by Chrysler Corp in 1958. It might be the same as was on that motorhome, because it was also available in the aftermarket.

    It was a bit different from today’s cruise controls. It has a dial to set the desired speed. In mode 1, it presses back on the accelerator as the set speed is reached, which seems useless, but can be nice in traffic. In mode 2, a solenoid engages at set speed, and then it operates like a modern cruise control. I like being able to resume manually (pedually?) because it is smoother than the modern ones with an automatic resume at a set throttle opening.

    It is all electric, no vacuum. Its only other input is the speedometer cable, which means it could be added to many old cars. It can be hard to find, however, so a 1970s vacuum unit is easier to retrofit.

    End of auto nerdity, for now.

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  58. Greg Norton says:

    Unfortunately when I checked, I found that I wasn’t reading “The Onion” and this was a real idea…

    A $1 trillion platinum coin could be a way around the debt ceiling

    That is an old theory, but Congress would have to vote on the coin being struck since the Constitution explicitly gives the Legislative branch the power to coin money and regulate the value.

    The President is out of the loop on that one. The Mint would strike the coin and place it on deposit at the Federal Reserve, after which the Treasury could commence writing checks again.

    When they reboot “Die Hard”, Hans will go after the coin instead of bearer bonds.

    I swear I remember Dr. Pournelle discussing the theory when the possibility first came up.

  59. lynn says:

    https://www.amazon.com/Love-Monsters-Dylan-OBrien/dp/B08KSHQKQH?tag=ttgnet-20

    It’s Amazon/Paramount+

    Looks good, thanks!

    If I did not watch Love and Monsters on Netflix then I must have watched it on Hulu. I sure did not pay Big River $4 to watch it.
    https://www.hulu.com/movie/love-and-monsters-0d0e8618-9067-4706-a06d-9409c5c02e7b

    I am very adverse to paying a fee to watch a movie at home. Other than the all you can eat monthly fee.

    We have Netflix (I am a stockholder), Amazon Prime (I am a stockholder), Hulu, Disney+, and Fubo TV. Way too much stuff to watch.

  60. drwilliams says:

    “Hanks is the survivor of an apocalypse with his trusty dog and robot in this Apple TV+ film from director Miguel Sapochnik.”

    A Boy and his dog and his robot.

    Let me guess: Girl ends up on the barbie and the robot gets her battery charger?

    Na.

    No girl. Robot is a Rover and the dog is in love. Tom trades them both for a volleyball and a lipstick.

  61. drwilliams says:

    I was not prepared for the humidity.

    St. Augustine.

  62. drwilliams says:

    My wife got her back to her room as my eyes were solidly closed due to tearing from the visual exposure.

    Exited the grocery store today just as a GFA pulled in front of me and leaned over the cart to take a load off. Eyes slammed shut automatically to prevent spandex poisoning and I took a hard left and the long way to my truck.

    The factory that used to make the “Blue Blocker” sunglasses was in Taiwan and is probably making chips now, but I wonder if I could cross that tech with the old “x-ray glasses” and get a “Spandex Blocker”.

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  63. ~jim says:

    My 1968 Imperial…

    Uh-huh. Prove it. :-p 🙂

  64. drwilliams says:

    If used gingerly the 1200 grit diamond steel is still pretty aggressive for carbon steel knives but definitely beats having to sharpen every couple weeks. Shouldn’t be too bad for harder (stainless) metals but take it easy at first. I didn’t, to my regret.

    My gram had more than one kitchen knife, but one was her fave, and gramps had touched it up so many times on the “fine” wheel (probably 220 grit) that it had a 1/4″ curve over six inches of length.

  65. lynn says:

    My wife got her back to her room as my eyes were solidly closed due to tearing from the visual exposure.

    Exited the grocery store today just as a GFA pulled in front of me and leaned over the cart to take a load off. Eyes slammed shut automatically to prevent spandex poisoning and I took a hard left and the long way to my truck.

    The factory that used to make the “Blue Blocker” sunglasses was in Taiwan and is probably making chips now, but I wonder if I could cross that tech with the old “x-ray glasses” and get a “Spandex Blocker”.

    GFA = Gospel For Asia, Gross Floor Area, Gold Funding Act, Gubs For Angels, ???

  66. ~jim says:

    I am very adverse to paying a fee to watch a movie at home. Other than the all you can eat monthly fee.

    I’m averse too, but the add-on for Paramount+ was ¢99/mo for a 3 month trial, so I don’t mind. I was going to do a trial of HBO/Max in order to watch the new Dune movie, but apparently HBO is separating itself from Amazon and is now a stand-alone subscription service. Come to think of it, that might be a good movie to watch in the theater.

    Speaking of subscriptions, Shudder (standalone or an Amazon Prime add-on) has announced five Joe Bob Briggs Drive-In specials in addition to his annual Halloween marathon. I think the annual Halloween gig kicks off October 22nd. Or maybe that’s when _Dune_ is released domestically? Anyway, he’s worth paying good money just to hear his redneck commentary.

    https://www.shudder.com/series/watch/the-last-drive-in-with-joe-bob-briggs/d7e1edc651c7f9b7?season=1

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  67. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    “GFA = Gospel For Asia, Gross Floor Area, Gold Funding Act, Gubs For Angels, ???”

    G = synonym for “Extremely large; enormous.”

    F = synonym for “two ax handles wide”

    A = optionally, 3 or 4 letters

  68. JimB says:

    My 1968 Imperial…

    Uh-huh. Prove it. :-p

    It is a Crown 4dr hardtop. Not a particularly rare car, but all original, Hagerty Condition 3. I have owned it since 1983, so not original owner. I have a soft spot in my head for Mopars.

    For proof, you are invited to visit and see, but you will have to buy lunch in our town’s little French country style restaurant. It is owned and operated by a couple from France, and she is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Don’t worry, it is not expensive. If you don’t like French cuisine, Carl’s Jr will do. :-p

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  69. Nick Flandrey says:

    Had a nice dinner out, great dessert. Kids and wife in bed with food comas. I’m headed that way soon as I catch up to the news.

    n

  70. drwilliams says:

    I had to make a phone call to confirm my memory.

    A cousin (no longer with us) had a blue 1968 Imperial convertible. With the top down you could have landed a small helo on the trunk deck.

  71. drwilliams says:

    Quoted in AoS Monday Overnight:

    Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
    –Frederick Douglass

    Interesting that the sentence as quoted is usually incomplete:

    “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. ”

    The entirety of the original speech is found here:
    https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/1857-frederick-douglass-if-there-no-struggle-there-no-progress/

  72. ~jim says:

    For proof, you are invited to visit and see, but you will have to buy lunch in our town’s little French country style restaurant.

    Don’t tempt me! A Cordon Bleu chef? … wherever I go I always order tripe soup, but I’ve never had it French style. Do you think she could oblige? Peasant fare is telling. Oh, oh, offal! God, I adore sweetbreads.

    Oh, and the car sounds fun, too. Bet you could fit a body or two in that trunk. Just sayin’

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  73. Nick Flandrey says:

    Got this in my inbox.

    Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that clinicians be on alert for cases of measles that meet the case definition, as well as other infectious diseases, including mumps, leishmaniasis, and malaria, among evacuees (including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens) from Afghanistan. Clinicians should immediately notify their local or state health department of any suspected cases of measles. Clinicians should also recommend the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for unvaccinated patients.

    Measles is an extremely contagious infectious disease; around 9 out of 10 people who are close contacts and who are not protected will become infected following exposure to measles virus. As of September 20, 2021, CDC has been notified of 16 confirmed cases of measles and 4 cases of mumps among Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens, recently arriving from Afghanistan and continued vigilance is needed. In addition to MMR vaccination, CDC recommends that evacuees are also up to date on vaccinations for varicella, polio, COVID-19, and seasonal influenza.

    https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00452.asp for more info.

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  74. Nick Flandrey says:

    Polio
    Afghanistan is one of two countries in the world where wild poliovirus remains endemic. Polio is a viral disease that is transmitted person to person and can cause serious symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord. A small percentage of people with polio infection can develop more severe symptoms, including paresthesia (feeling of pins and needles), meningitis, and paralysis. About one in four people infected with poliovirus will develop symptoms that may include: sore throat, fever, fatigue, nausea, headache, and stomach pain. Since 1979, there have been no cases of polio originating in the United States, but, occasionally, a travel-related case has occurred, the last in 1993. While the risk is low, CDC advises clinicians to maintain vigilance for cases of polio in patients who have recently arrived from Afghanistan or in people who have had close contact with recent arrivals from Afghanistan and whose vaccination status is unknown.

    Clinicians should immediately notify their local or state health department about any suspected case of polio and recommend polio vaccination for unvaccinated patients.

    oh joy. Let’s send tens of thousands all over the world.

    n

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  75. JimB says:

    A cousin (no longer with us) had a blue 1968 Imperial convertible. With the top down you could have landed a small helo on the trunk deck.

    Same long deck lid on all body styles. I don’t like convertibles, but wiill admit their popularity. Most converts don’t look good with the top down, with the exception of the 1961-2 Lincoln Continental convertible four door with suicide doors and a unique top design inspired by the 1957 Ford Convertible Hardtop. There is a steel panel that covers the space between the deck lid and the rear seat back, making for clean lines with the top down.

    This matters because Chrysler hired Elwood Engel, who was responsible for the Continental’s lines and Euro looks. Engel did some truly hideous cars (1962 Plymouth) for Chrysler, which might be material for a book.

    He did an about face for the all-new 1967 Imperial, which is reminiscent of the Continental’s longitudinal lines, but with a distinctive American look. The body designers worked minor miracles to move from body on frame to unibody, no small feat. The reviewers said it was almost as quiet as body on frame, but with greatly improved stiffness and handling. The slightly evolved 440 engine supplied sufficient power for the heavy car.

    The Imperial convertible still suffered from conventional top down looks.

    1968 brought numerous small changes, but was the end of the two year series. For 1969, the Chrysler and Imperial lines shared the same all-new body. The visual differences between Chrysler and Imperial were minor. The Imperial retained the isolated front subframe, which was later incorporated across all full size car lines.

    A brief look at the evolution of styling, this time carried across companies.

    I owned a 1968  Chrysler 300, a 1969 Chrysler New Yorker, and currently own a 1968 Imperial Crown. They have similarities and differences. I would also like to own a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker. Yes, I am nuts.

  76. JimB says:

    Don’t tempt me! A Cordon Bleu chef? … wherever I go I always order tripe soup, but I’ve never had it French style. Do you think she could oblige? Peasant fare is telling. Oh, oh, offal! God, I adore sweetbreads.

    Oh, and the car sounds fun, too. Bet you could fit a body or two in that trunk. Just sayin’

    Never seen that on the menu, but you could ask.

    Bodies in the trunk, puhleez! Where I came from, that was a job for Cadillacs.

  77. ~jim says:

    Never seen that on the menu, but you could ask.

    Awww, tripe must be trop chic por elle. Mama Leon, or Mamman Léon as the case may be, often has a stock pot on the back burner. Pot a feu? I’m easy…

     Bodies in the trunk, puhleez! Where I came from, that was a job for Cadillacs.

    Like my gran’s ’66 deVille? Heh, that’s what we used to joke. After a few weeks even the color would match.

    My brother once entered a New Yorker in a demolition derby. Had great fun, as I recall. Probably a bit younger than yours, but pre-OPEC. He figured mass was his friend.

    He died and left a handwritten will leaving his ’69 camera to his best friend. We all had a good laugh about that. It was his ’69 Camaro…

    With nitro! Lol, nuts runs in the family. The most remarkable thing about it was the paint job. He had a bowling ball that was Cherry Apple red, like the Schwinn stingray? All sparkly and everything. He worked for Sherwin-Williams and had the most incredible eye for color… Matched it to a tee!

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