Tues. Oct. 19, 2021 – gaps in shelves, gaps in preps

By on October 19th, 2021 in decline and fall, dogs, prepping, recipes, WuFlu

Cool, dry, sunny and nice. Like Monday was. This is the great Fall weather we look forward to. I hope we get a bunch more of it.

Spent the day yesterday messing around. My productivity is poor. I did get one sold item packed and shipped. Got a few items listed. Picked up D2 for our afternoon together, and hoped to get just a couple things at the store on the way home, and then work on our shelf painting project.

The store turned into a full grocery run. I went to the “big” HEB in the area. I haven’t been there in a while, and I figured they’d have more choices and stock, and they have some items our “little” store doesn’t carry that I needed. I was wrong.

They did have more choices for some stuff. They carry a large selection of non-alcohol beers and it got even larger. The whole display is 6ft x 6ft, but they cram a lot of choice, if not a lot of actual bottles, into that area. I stocked up on beer that I haven’t had in months. I was also able to get the diet ginger beer I love, and they had 4 six packs on the shelf (in the ‘mixer’ section). It’s imported and always low stock. So that was good and accomplished about 80% of what I went in for.

The other stuff was either targets of opportunity, or “while I’m here I might as well grab another gallon of milk” stuff, except for soda for the kids (and me, diet Dr Pepper is a vice.) Thinking that the big store would have more stock, I was very surprised by the limited choice in the soda aisle. Soup was the same. Few varieties of Campbells, a few varieties of HEB brand, and that was it. The little store had more choices, more brands, and more stock for soda and soup.

There were empty shelves all over the store. Most aisles had at least one section with a couple of empty shelves, about 6ft at a time. I had the noisy and inquisitive child with me so I didn’t deep dive into it, but it was more than normal daily restocking issues. That store is some sort of test bed for corporate. They are always messing with the layout and moving things around. There are always groups of corporate weinies standing in clumps in the aisle armwaving and ‘directing’ something. I was still surprised that they rearranged most of the store, outside of the edges and freezers. The location of 70% of the SKUs must have changed. It was therefore hard to compare with previous trips whether aisles were wider, or number of ‘faces’ for each type of item had changed.

I guess the moral of the story is, we are still seeing shortages of food. There was a store full of food to eat, but there were missing items, and missing categories of items. I can see that expanding very easily. My freezers are full. My wife thinks we have too much food. She doesn’t think the US will ever be generally short of food, SOME kind of food will be available, but she does expect that you might not be able to get exactly what you want when you want it. When I pressed her for WHY she thinks that, she didn’t have a good reason, except essentially, “Murika Yea!” I’ve got LOTS of reasons and arguments to support my point of view on the subject. She just can’t imagine America short of food. My feeling is, it’s happened before, it can happen again. It’s happened elsewhere, it can happen here. I hope I’m wrong. Honestly, I do.

But I’m still gonna stack…

nick

85 Comments and discussion on "Tues. Oct. 19, 2021 – gaps in shelves, gaps in preps"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    59F and 90%RH.

    D1 has an orthodontist appt this morning, the one we were a couple weeks early for before we left for Disney….

    n

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    Subbing today. Dumbass freshmen. Show up for class without their Chromebook or their Chromebook is not charged and they don't have a charger. Same as in the years past before technology forgetting books or paperwork. Nothing has changed with technology. The blame has just shifted. Some of these kids are real losers and really don't care if they get an education. But every single one remembers their cell phone and it is fully charged for the day.

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  3. Ray Thompson says:

    Right hearing aid is basically non-functioning or at so low a level it is basically useless. Same problem as the last three times I have been to the audiology department. Turning on the device (closing the battery door) and the device works for several minutes. Then gradually reduces output to almost nothing. Resetting will restore then back to the same issue.

    Something is seriously wrong but they won't replace the device. Just the receiver in the ear. Helps for a few weeks then back to the same issue. Device works in the clinic and the VA thinks it is OK. But only for a few weeks.

    So off to the VA tomorrow. Maybe I can convince the tech that the device needs to be replaced, not just the in-ear receiver. I don't know if the VA can replace the actual module in the device. Annoying as it takes several days to get an appointment and appointments is the only way they will see me.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Desipite the intense amount of disrespect heaped on the Public Health Service in the last few decades by entities both inside and outside of the Federal Government, making the agency appear to be kabuki, the fact remains that any physician accepting a license to practice in the US is subject to conscription into the PHS under command of people like the "Admiral" and the quota hire Surgeon General in an emergency.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnstaceyennis/2021/10/19/call-her-admiral-rachel-levine-now/?sh=78a8b45545b8

    My wife has already "shrugged" as far as private practice in Texas is concerned. Your nurse practitioner will see you now.

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  5. lpdbw says:

    re: Germany and German

    4 years of high school German, 40 years without speaking it.  I did do some reading over that time.

    Then I planned my trip-of-a-lifetime to Germany in 2016.  So I joined a Houston meetup group for German speakers, and went to weekly meetings for a couple months.  It was grim, but I thought I'd at least be able to survive.

    Then we traveled.  The first night, in Munich, my GF was tired from the flight, so I went to a restaurant to get take-away food.  The frenchman running the counter had the stereotypical French attitude, expanded to living in Germany.  That is, he'd respond to perfect French, or perfect German, and look at you like you're stupid if you speak English or simple German.  I barely got out of there with what I needed.

    Then 10 days of blissful English speaking all over Southern Germany and Salzburg. My favorite part was the Australian ticket seller at Neuschwanstein.  He took the effort to warn us to scurry on ahead of all the Japanese tourists or they'd block us to take pictures.

    Followed by a trip to Baden Baden, where I had my second failure.  Tried to get a taxi driver to recommend a restaurant open late, and he had no English.  German was not his first language.  We had  a complete failure of communication.  There was no dinner that night.

  6. ech says:

    Jets for me, not for thee. And, screw climate change if I have to fly commercial.

    Given that the VP might need to take over at President at any time, flying in an Air Force jet is reasonable. They have the communications gear needed to keep them in touch. (And they also supposedly have ECM, flares, and other SAM/ManPAD defenses.)

  7. MrAtoz says:

    @Mr AtoZ

    "Some YT reviewers are saying you'll never notice it. "

    Pre-LED, fluorescent lights in the UK (50hz) used to bother me.

    I'll be testing one before I upgrade.

    A YTuber demonstrated the jelly roll only happens in portrait mode. My card was charged today, but no shipping notice.

  8. ech says:

    I guess the moral of the story is, we are still seeing shortages of food. 

    Some of the shortages are simply substitution problems. There is still less eating out, so there is more demand for easy to prepare foods at the retail level. Since school started, there's been a national shortage of Lunchables – Kraft says demand is higher than it was before the pandemic. Same for chicken wings – to the point that one of the wing chains is pushing thighs and boneless thigh chunks.  TP shortages were in part driven by collapse of demand for institutional TP rolls and increased demand for home TP rolls.

    Add in the trucker shortage and the effects of the computerized enforcement of driver hours exacerbating the shortage and there's a problem moving goods.

     

  9. MrAtoz says:

    Given that the VP might need to take over at President at any time, flying in an Air Force jet is reasonable. They have the communications gear needed to keep them in touch. (And they also supposedly have ECM, flares, and other SAM/ManPAD defenses.)

    I agree. My point is she's taking a jet to another useless "climate conference" to tell us not to use fossil fuels. The VP, no matter who it is, should get a jet. I don't see how her personally being there changes anything. Other than political points.

  10. MrAtoz says:

    LOL, this guy is about to lose his job:

    Pandemic Of The VACCINATED Generating Mutant Chinese Virus Strains, More Infected Than Unvaccinated?

    Come on, man! Follow the narrative!

  11. Greg Norton says:

    Given that the VP might need to take over at President at any time, flying in an Air Force jet is reasonable. They have the communications gear needed to keep them in touch. (And they also supposedly have ECM, flares, and other SAM/ManPAD defenses.)

    One of the Air Force One planes Reagan used is on display at his Presidential Library.

    Highly recommended if you are ever in Southern California within a couple of hours driving distance.

    The plane is *small* considering how many people and the quantity of gear it carried.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    I agree. My point is she's taking a jet to another useless "climate conference" to tell us not to use fossil fuels. The VP, no matter who it is, should get a jet. I don't see how her personally being there changes anything. Other than political points.

    If Kamala moves up before 2024, there is a very good chance that the VP chair could remain empty, and she's probably building the case overseas for someone she has in mind for One Observatory Circle.

    I believe the media circus around Mayor Pete is deliberately timed.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    Tee hee:

    Statements by Officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Commemorating the First Openly Transgender Four-Star Officer and First Female Four-Star Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on October 19, 2021

    "First Openly Transgender…" is the plugs real reason for appointment. NOT a female, though. Come on, man! Another nail in the pussification of the military coffin.

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    Headed to my remaining client's house.  Minor issue, but it will give me a chance to see what my business 'partner' has had delivered, and if I can start the upgrade.  Client is chomping at the bit.  I could use the money, but I can't get bogged down there waiting on parts.

    n

    puppy appears to be feeling poorly today.  Cold wet nose, no pains when I squeeze him all over, but subdued and not particularly hungry.  worrying.

  15. DadCooks says:

    WRT gaps: There is a massive black hole from which no common sense or reason shall emerge. The most significant gap is on all politicians (city council to the president and all their staff), from their shoulders to the top of where their heads should be. The black hole is growing as the general population is being sucked in.

  16. lynn says:

    "Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave starting in December"

       https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/19/southwest-vaccine-mandate-unpaid-leave-exemptions.html

    "Southwest scrapped a plan to put unvaccinated workers with pending exemptions on unpaid leave after the Dec. 8 deadline.

    Both American and Southwest require their new-hire employees to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination before their first day.

    Large airlines are federal contractors and subject to a Biden administration order that requires their employees to be vaccinated or receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons."

    The first cave of many for the unvaxxed ?

    Hat tip to:

        https://drudgereport.com/

    I still want to know about mixing the Moderna booster with the Pfizer base jabs.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    “The first cave of many ?”

    Yeah, Southwest caved. First of many to come in Texas. Plus, Southwest is also incresingly dominant in Florida.

    A lot of HR departments are probably realizing that the rest of their careers could be spent in TWC hearings.

    My former employer paid for my anniversary dinner this weekend.

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  18. DadCooks says:

    @Nick said: puppy appears to be feeling poorly today.  Cold wet nose, no pains when I squeeze him all over, but subdued and not particularly hungry.  worrying.

    Puppies get into, as in eat, all sorts of things that can cause problems, minor to severe. I suggest a visit to the Vet for a "wellness check" to be sure you are only overprotective.

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  19. lynn says:

    I watched the "Dave Chappelle: The Closer" standup "comedy" on Netflix Sunday afternoon to see what all of the controversy was about.  Basically, the man has an extreme potty mouth, just like Richard Pryor did.  And I do not like calling women, any woman, the b word.  Neither do I like the n word, people used to use it a lot when I was a kid and I did not like it then.

         https://www.netflix.com/title/81228510

    But the man does have a message to say.  In fact, several messages.  He is down on whites even though half of his audience was white.  He thinks that the transgender women are not women which I agree with.  He had a transgender friend who is no longer with us and he is very upset about that.  All in all, the vulgarity severely distracted from his messages but, he got his points across to me.  And Netflix just fired one of the people criticizing him and releasing confidential data like any good business would do.

       https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/15/22728337/netflix-fires-organizer-trans-employee-walkout-dave-chappelle

  20. MrAtoz says:

    Puppies get into, as in eat, all sorts of things that can cause problems, minor to severe. I suggest a visit to the Vet for a "wellness check" to be sure you are only overprotective.

    After puppy Obadiah's health problems (he's now happily healthy) I signed him up for a one-year puppy wellness program. Unlimited Vet visits, so if he sneezes he goes in after spending a pile of cash at the Vet ER. He came out of the ER at 1.6# and now weighs 7#.

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  21. MrAtoz says:

    Large airlines are federal contractors and subject to a Biden administration order that requires their employees to be vaccinated or receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

    IMHO, the plugs EO is illegal as applies to "Federal Contractors" and is why other airlines aren't mandating shite. I posted earlier, as soon as suppliers to Fort Hood aren't allowed on base, this EO will be modified.

    Geez. Talk about a bunch of spineless CEOs. I love Southwest, but I hope the CEO goes down in flames, no mandates, before the airline folds and is begging for a bailout.

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  22. Greg Norton says:

    IMHO, the plugs EO is illegal as applies to "Federal Contractors" and is why other airlines aren't mandating shite. I posted earlier, as soon as suppliers to Fort Hood aren't allowed on base, this EO will be modified.

    Have any EOs actually been added to the Federal Register regarding vaccine mandates?

    The Southwest C-suite will see a housecleaning over this. Not right away, but it will happen.

  23. ech says:

    I still want to know about mixing the Moderna booster with the Pfizer base jabs.

    I posted about this yesterday or the day before. Mixing is as good or better than getting a same booster, especially for J&J. The FDA may approve it as early as this week, from news reports as of today.

     

  24. lynn says:

    I still want to know about mixing the Moderna booster with the Pfizer base jabs.

    I posted about this yesterday or the day before. Mixing is as good or better than getting a same booster, especially for J&J. The FDA may approve it as early as this week, from news reports as of today.

    Ok, the Moderna covid vaccine booster testing had 19 people cross using the vaccines.  That is not good enough for me.  I expect to see a minimum of 10,000 people testing that particular feature in addition or part of the 35,000 people testing the vaccine booster.

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  25. drwilliams says:

    Kitty Genovese? Hold my beer. 

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/10/19/police-bystanders-to-philly-train-rape-could-face-charges-n423389

    What a bunch of sick, useless, wastes of skin. 

  26. Clayton W. says:

    The Capital Police let the "insurrectionists" into the building for 35 minutes THEN called it a riot?  And this justifies solitary confinement got some nine months?

    This will not end well.

  27. lynn says:

    "Manufacturing Blog: Heavy-Duty EV Trucks are Charged"

         https://www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/manufacturing-blog-heavy-duty-ev-trucks-are-charged

    "CALSTART’s online tool, Drive to Zero’s Zero-Emission Technology Inventory, shows the number of available heavy-duty truck models in the U.S. market, jumping from eight in 2020 to 28 in 2023, for a whopping 250 percent spike. For now, most zero-emission heavy-duty trucks have a range of 186 miles on a single charge. That will jump when the next round of trucks becomes available this year and 2022 with models capable of getting close to 373 miles on a single charge.
    That range could increase even more to 621 miles per charge based on Tesla’s Elon Musk comments. He has claimed the Tesla Semi could approach that target. Production of the vehicle has been delayed to 2022.
     “The pace of battery technology advancement is happening faster than we thought, and battery costs are also dropping faster than anticipated,” stated Cristiano Facanha, global director of CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program. “As a result, newly available zero-emission trucks generally and heavy-duty zero-emission trucks, in particular, are shifting toward commercialization at an accelerating pace.”
    CALSTART’s findings show that overall numbers of zero-emission commercial vehicle models are growing globally despite the global pandemic’s economic impacts. The number of available models is projected to rise from 468 in 2020 to 557 in 2021, 594 in 2022, and 606 the following year."

    "Still, a viable charging infrastructure must be established to fuel the anticipated growth of electric vehicles. One effort is a network of ‘megacharger’ stations, to be rated for charging at up to 4.5 MW, or 3,000 amps at 1,500 volts direct current being developed through Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN). The group’s members include more than 200 international industrial and automotive companies working to develop a standard charging system for heavy-duty electric vehicles."

    The electrical grid is not built to handle to sort of random intermittent usage. I highly doubt that the costs of this change are not factored in yet.

  28. lynn says:

    "The Galactic Riddle (Perry Rhodan #8)" by Clark Darlton, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
       https://www.amazon.com/Galactic-Riddle-Perry-Rhodan-Books/dp/B0014CHBSC/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number eight of a series of one hundred and twenty-six space opera books in English. The original German books, actually pamphlets, number in the thousands. The English books started with two translated German stories per book and transitioned to one story per book with the sixth book. The German books were written from 1961 to present time, having sold two billion copies and even recently been rebooted. I read the well printed and well bound book published by Ace in 1971 that I had to be very careful with due to age. I actually own two copies of this book, a first edition and a third edition. I bought an almost complete box of Perry Rhodans a decade or two ago on ebay that I am finally getting to since I lost my original Perry Rhodans in The Great Flood of 1989. In fact, I now own book #1 to book #100.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Rhodan

    In this alternate universe, USSF Major Perry Rhodan and his three fellow astronauts blasted off in a three stage rocket to the Moon in 1971. The first stage of the rocket was chemical, the second and third stages were nuclear. After crashing on the Moon due to a strange radio interference, they discover a massive crashed alien spaceship with an aged male scientist (Khrest), a female commander (Thora), and a crew of 500.

    Perry Rhodan and his crew have now run the Topide lizard people invaders out of the Vega system. Now their attention goes looking at the creation of the matter transmission devices scattered across the system and the rumored eternal lives of the creators. Which, is Khrest's and Thora's original mission when their Arkonide cruiser crashed on Earth's moon.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1961 and translated to English in 1970. Many items that came about in the 1970s and beyond such as cell phones are not reflected in the book. However, commercial aircraft commonly traveling at Mach 3 are not available to the public as talked about in the book. Niels Bohr's saying "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future" comes to mind.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)

  29. Greg Norton says:

    The electrical grid is not built to handle to sort of random intermittent usage. I highly doubt that the costs of this change are not factored in yet.

    But he's the Real Life Tony Stark!

    Maybe Warren Buffett will buy Bill Gates' reactors for all of the Pilot Flying J locations that Berkshire owns.

    Wasn’t Nikola the closest truck to seeing actual production?

    https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2021-141

  30. Alan says:

    I agree. My point is she's taking a jet to another useless "climate conference" to tell us not to use fossil fuels. The VP, no matter who it is, should get a jet. I don't see how her personally being there anywhere changes anything. Other than political points.

    FTFY

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  31. lynn says:

    "China Denies Financial Times' Report Of Hypersonic Missile Test"

         https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-tested-hypersonic-weapon-flew-around-world

    "Update (Monday 0700ET): On Monday, China's Foreign Ministry denied Financial Times' claim that the country had tested a hypersonic weapon in space, according to state-owned media outlet CGTN
    "It was not a missile, it was a space vehicle," ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a regular press briefing in Beijing when asked about FT's story. 
    Lijian said, "it's understood that this was a routine test of a space vehicle to verify the technology of spacecraft's reusability," adding that the significance of a reusability test is that it can "provide a cheap and convenient method for humans to peacefully travel to and from space," he added. 
    The foreign ministry also said the test had taken place in July, not in August, as reported by FT.
    Lijian's comments remain vague as he didn't describe what sort of vehicle. What is evident is that a reusable experimental spacecraft was tested. Sometimes the part of the missile that carries warheads is referred to as a "vehicle."

    Do they think that they are fooling somebody ?

  32. Alan says:

    >> Ok, the Moderna covid vaccine booster testing had 19 people cross using the vaccines.  That is not good enough for me.  I expect to see a minimum of 10,000 people testing that particular feature in addition or part of the 35,000 people testing the vaccine booster.

    The CDC has estimated that ~3 million people have *cough* not been quite upfront and have already gotten booster shots either claiming to be immuno-compromised or to have never been vaccinated. I would think some number of those were 'mix and match'. 

  33. MrAtoz says:

    First female *whatever*:

    Congratulate HHS Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine on becoming both the first openly transgender *and* first female four-star admiral in US history

    Can you imagine females in the military seeing this? Talk about a kick in the baby maker. Geez.

    I'm thinking about getting drunk and staying drunk until this creature is gone.

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  34. MrAtoz says:

    LOL, man is Doocy ripping into Psaki today.

    Amazing the rest of the media just lets her lie and not challenge anything.

    Another reason to stay drunk.

  35. Greg Norton says:

    The CDC has estimated that ~3 million people have *cough* not been quite upfront and have already gotten booster shots either claiming to be immuno-compromised or to have never been vaccinated. I would think some number of those were 'mix and match'. 

    Now that Pfizer is approved for non-EUA use, you can go into a doctor's office and get as many boosters as you are willing to cover out of pocket assuming the trade name version is available.

    Even if it isn't or you wanted Moderna/J&J, any large concierge medicine group is going to have sources if you have the cash.

    My wife has a patient who received multiple boosters just walking into stores and claiming he was unvaccinated. The stores aren’t too thorough in checking since the mRNA vaccines are delicate and once thawed from storage temperatures must be used.

  36. Greg Norton says:

    Can you imagine females in the military seeing this? Talk about a kick in the baby maker. Geez.

    I'm thinking about getting drunk and staying drunk until this creature is gone.

    Gotta wonder what "Doors" thinks.

    Setting aside all the nonsense from the campaigns for House and Senate — I still don't think a C-suite Dell exec lives in that house — her war experiences and injuries are real. Plus Hegar ran both times starting with an implied “*girls* stick together” theme, more explicitly as her poll numbers dipped.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsIYBd9T73Y

    BTW, Williamson County didn’t get its own House seat under the current redistricting plan. Dell will have to share with North Austin, and MJ would have to take on Lloyd Doggett who has already announced for the new seat.

  37. ~jim says:

    Kitty Genovese? Hold my beer. 

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/10/19/police-bystanders-to-philly-train-rape-could-face-charges-n423389

    What a bunch of sick, useless, wastes of skin.

    Whoa cowboy! _My_ skin comes before that of a stranger being attacked. Reminds me of being in the middle of downtown Santa Cruz during the Loma Prieta earthquake in '89. Ford's department store collapsed and I could hear trapped people screaming inside. Big moral dilemma: Do I risk my skin  and render aid with the risk of aftershocks? I didn't.

    Rather difficult to pass judgment when you're not sitting in the hot seat. One has to weigh the risk-benefit ratio for one's self.

    Would you have ventured into a collapsed building after a 6.9 earthquake to rescue trapped people?

  38. MrAtoz says:

    Would you have ventured into a collapsed building after a 6.9 earthquake to rescue trapped people?

    No. But, on the other hand, standing in a group of people watching/filming a rape? Yeah, I'd put in a kick to the face, nuts, other open area. Two very different situations. Plus, a lot of the people here carry.

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  39. lynn says:

    First female *whatever*:

    Congratulate HHS Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine on becoming both the first openly transgender *and* first female four-star admiral in US history

    Can you imagine females in the military seeing this? Talk about a kick in the baby maker. Geez.

    I'm thinking about getting drunk and staying drunk until this creature is gone.

    As Dave Chappell said, every person on this planet had to pass through the legs of a real woman in order to be born.  This creature is not a real woman.

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  40. Mark W says:

    U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

    What the heck is that? They kill people for public health? The "Admiral" isn't even a menstruating person.

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  41. ~jim says:

    I can't wait for my oil royalty check this month!

    https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/CL1:COM

  42. Greg Norton says:

    What the heck is that? They kill people for public health? The "Admiral" isn't even a menstruating person.

    In theory, the Public Health Service should be leading the response to the Wuxu Flu. The Surgeon General heads the agency.

    The agency is something of a joke since Clinton's personal payola nomination of Jocelyn Elders as Surgeon General in the 90s.

  43. Alan says:

    >> My wife has a patient who received multiple boosters just walking into stores and claiming he was unvaccinated. The stores aren’t too thorough in checking since the mRNA vaccines are delicate and once thawed from storage temperatures must be used.

    Despite what someone may be told, no ID is required to get vaxxed. Just give your name as John Smith and say you live under a bridge in Del Rio, TX.

    One thing I haven't been able to pin down is if the truly immuno-compromised, who were told to get a third shot (at the time technically not a booster) should at some point get a booster.

  44. Mark W says:

    In theory, the Public Health Service should be leading the response to the Wuxu Flu. 

    Fine so far. But a US PHS Corps? With Admirals? And no ships?

  45. ~jim says:

    No. But, on the other hand, standing in a group of people watching/filming a rape?

    And on the gripping hand he might have weighed 300 lbs and had a bunch of buddies standing by with drawn stilettos. You and I were not in the hot seat.

    (And yes, for the record, I would have tried to interpose my body if the risk had been sufficiently minimal) 

  46. EdH says:

    What the heck is that?

    Basically there are some pseudo-military organizations, for historical and legal reasons (i.e. if you were a surveyor in wartime you could be *shot* if not wearing a uniform…):

    This guy gives some details:

    U.S Public Health Commissioned Corps

    NOAA

  47. ~jim says:

    The agency is something of a joke since Clinton's personal payola nomination of Jocelyn Elders as Surgeon General in the 90s.

    C Everett Koop's resignation was a bit of a farce as well, don't you think? 

  48. Mark W says:

    EdH, thanks for the links. Interesting reads. Those organizations are quirks of history. 

  49. Ray Thompson says:

    Would you have ventured into a collapsed building after a 6.9 earthquake to rescue trapped people?

    Years ago in San Antonio I and a couple of friends were leaving the racquetball club. Some guy was getting manhandled in the parking lot. We approached to help the chap and stop the attack. We were quickly met with guns in our faces. The people with the guns were some type of undercover law officers arresting the guy. We were told to back off, which we quickly did.

    That experience sort of soured me on interfering with happenings or helping someone. Those chaps with the guns could have been some thugs and not given us any warning. Or they could still be LEO and not given us any warning. Bad stuff happens to people and I don't want to be part of the bad stuff. Call me shallow but my life is more important to me than someone else.

    As for going into a collapsed building, nope. If I could not reach the people from the outside, maybe even removing some debris, I am not going into a compromised structure.

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

    Dropped off daugher and took dog to the vet. Pup has not eaten since yesterday, there was a puddle of bile on the floor yesterday, and he’s been eating grass for a couple of days. The kicker was that he wouldn’t eat a treat than normally he goes INSANE for. He put it in his mouth and let it fall back out. Very subdued.

    So I took him, paid a significant ‘triage’ fee to jump the line, and they don’t think there is anything immediately threatening. I have an appointment Thur. at 510pm for followup and things to look for.

    Brought him home and went to my client’s house.

    Solved his immediate issue, did a pickup, dropped some of it at my secondary, then got a call to pickup D1 because she stayed past the bus to do some extra math work.

    And so my day got eaten by ducks.

    n

    He ate a treat at the vet, and he’s more active in the back yard atm than he’s been in a day.

    NOW I”m headed to work.

    n

  51. Nick Flandrey says:

    Home and trying to figure out what to cook.

    Pup is perkier and more like his normal self.  Don't know if he passed something, or if he was sick from something he ate.    He still hasn't eaten his breakfast, but he did eat a treat when i tried that.

    n

  52. Greg Norton says:

    Pup is perkier and more like his normal self.  Don't know if he passed something, or if he was sick from something he ate.    He still hasn't eaten his breakfast, but he did eat a treat when i tried that.

    If you have a spray service for the lawn, try to discourage him from eating the grass.

    I'd consider ditching the service, but I gather that you have HOA Nazis like my former Bat Guano neighbors in Florida.

     

  53. EdH says:

    Partying like it's 1921 here.

    I won't pay for TBS sports, and MLB.com tells me I'm out of the streaming area for the Dodger's…despite living in Los Angeles County.

    Finally found a working AM radio…yep…there we go.

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    Does radio do a play by play or is it all inane 'color' commentary?

    n

  55. Nick Flandrey says:

    Roasting a duck for dinner.  HEB had frozen duck on sale for less than hamburger, so I'm giving it a go…

    I like duck, but have no idea how to cook it.  Trying a recipe that is supposed to be the easiest ever.

    n

  56. lynn says:

    Roasting a duck for dinner.  HEB had frozen duck on sale for less than hamburger, so I'm giving it a go…

    I like duck, but have no idea how to cook it.  Trying a recipe that is supposed to be the easiest ever.

    n

    Ducks are all dark meat.  Hope D1 and D2 don't freak.

    BTW, my whistling ducks are gone from the office back pond. I guess they finished raising their babies. The last step is teaching them to fly in formation around my office building. They did not even say good bye. We have had at least one pair of whistling ducks with babies here every spring and summer for the last nine years.

  57. Nick Flandrey says:

    If you have a spray service for the lawn, try to discourage him from eating the grass.

    I'd consider ditching the service, but I gather that you have HOA Nazis like my former Bat Guano neighbors in Florida. 

    We don't spray, and we're on our own for other treatments.  We usually do a weed n feed, maybe iron, and a grub killer, but we haven't done any lately.   I did spray the woodpiles with Max Home Defense because they were havens for roaches.  He loves chasing the roaches so I was worried he might have eaten something.

    The neighbor tell me that there was a lawn nazi period where they would whip out a ruler, but those days are gone.  The grub infestation, spread by shared lawn services, and the 'brown patch' make it hard to keep a great looking lawn.   We have the guys cut it every other week, and I cut during the down weeks.  I don't trim or blow the front.   I do it all in the back as I don't want the guys back there since covid started.

    Bad enough the utility guys saw the gennies, tanks, etc.  no need for the whole neighborhood to know what's back there.

    n

  58. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ducks are all dark meat.  Hope D1 and D2 don't freak.

    no one in the household eats white meat.  We all like the dark side….

    n

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  59. EdH says:

    Does radio do a play by play or is it all inane 'color' commentary?

    Play by play, mostly.  With some 'color'.  Who's up, the count, what was thrown, what happened…and some RBI stuff and what not in between. Two announcers, but the color guy is definitely junior.

  60. Alan says:

    Wife was at Costco today – zero TP available in any brand.

  61. Marcelo says:

    UWP going the way of Silverlight:

    https://www.neowin.net/news/uwp-no-longer-fashionable-as-microsoft-releases-guidance-for-migrating-apps-to-windows-app-sdk/

    and that is what I expected. Windows Desktop will be around for a veery looong time.

  62. Nick Flandrey says:

    "difficult to replace"

    there's the understatement of the year….

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/dozens-top-nuclear-scientists-highest-security-clearances-being-fired-los-alamos-lab-after

    n

  63. Greg Norton says:

    Wife was at Costco today – zero TP available in any brand.

    Costco has successfully created another "shortage".

  64. drwilliams says:

    ~Jim

    Kitty Genovese? Hold my beer. 

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/10/19/police-bystanders-to-philly-train-rape-could-face-charges-n423389

    What a bunch of sick, useless, wastes of skin.

    "Whoa cowboy! _My_ skin comes before that of a stranger being attacked. Reminds me of being in the middle of downtown Santa Cruz during the Loma Prieta earthquake in '89. Ford's department store collapsed and I could hear trapped people screaming inside. Big moral dilemma: Do I risk my skin  and render aid with the risk of aftershocks? I didn't.

    Rather difficult to pass judgment when you're not sitting in the hot seat. One has to weigh the risk-benefit ratio for one's self.

    Would you have ventured into a collapsed building after a 6.9 earthquake to rescue trapped people?"

    No experience in collapsed building rescue. Pass.

    Some experience in mayhem. Wouldn't try any mano-a-mano b.s. Probably grab a suit's briefcase and use it like a hammer.

    The real point, however, was that people were sitting on their asses taking video, but no one dialed 9-1-1.

  65. lynn says:

    Wife was at Costco today – zero TP available in any brand.

    Costco has successfully created another "shortage".

    But they had low inventory on paper products also. 

  66. lynn says:

    "difficult to replace"

    there's the understatement of the year….

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/dozens-top-nuclear-scientists-highest-security-clearances-being-fired-los-alamos-lab-after

    n

    Don't worry, there are plenty of Haitian scientists wandering around south Texas.

    Stolen from Zerohedge comments !

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  67. Nick Flandrey says:

    Duck was a great success.  And did I mention, cheaper than hamburger?

    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/7961-easy-roast-duck

    with Eva, the first commentor's addition, all the veg under the duck.  It was almost better than the duck itself.   I used potatoes, sweet onion, red onion, and baby carrots.  And half a stick of butter.

    You don't need much soy sauce.  I added a bit of powdered garlic and ginger to the soy, 'cuz I'm pretty confident that it would be good.  It was.

    I did an acorn squash, cut in half and baked in a pan with 1/2" of water in the bottom, and tube croissants as more accompaniment.

    Really good, could be super fancy if desired, and not difficult or lengthy.

    n

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  68. ~jim says:

    Duck was a great success.

    Cool! I cooked a goose once. Oven caught on fire. Don't remember how it turned out but it still makes me laugh. Haven't tried it since. 

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  69. Ray Thompson says:

    I cooked a goose once.
     

    My goose has been cooked more than once.

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  70. lynn says:

    Duck was a great success.  And did I mention, cheaper than hamburger?

    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/7961-easy-roast-duck

    with Eva, the first commentor's addition, all the veg under the duck.  It was almost better than the duck itself.   I used potatoes, sweet onion, red onion, and baby carrots.  And half a stick of butter.

    You don't need much soy sauce.  I added a bit of powdered garlic and ginger to the soy, 'cuz I'm pretty confident that it would be good.  It was.

    I did an acorn squash, cut in half and baked in a pan with 1/2" of water in the bottom, and tube croissants as more accompaniment.

    Really good, could be super fancy if desired, and not difficult or lengthy.

    n

    Chez Nicks on the north side.  Four star restaurant at three star prices.

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  71. drwilliams says:

    yes, but are the waiters French?

  72. Alan says:

    >> And half a stick of butter.

    Using the Paula Deen method, huh? Actually, she probably would have gone with the whole stick.

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  73. lynn says:

    yes, but are the waiters French?

    This is the table in the kitchen.  No waiter.  Some of the patrons call the chef "Dad".

  74. lynn says:

    "Aggies Will Fly Two F-35Cs Over Kyle Before South Carolina Game"

          https://www.aggienetwork.com/news/157159/aggies-will-fly-two-f35cs-over-kyle-before-south-carolina-game/

    Ok, that is cool. I must admit, the flyovers right before the football games at TAMU are freaking cool. I have seen B1s, Chinooks, F-22s, etc, etc, etc.

  75. ~jim says:

    The real point, however, was that people were sitting on their asses taking video, but no one dialed 9-1-1.

    I've only seen the headlines, but if that's the case then I'll have to agree that the bystanders' actions were truly… deplorable.

    Kitty Genovese. Damn! Am I that old?

    *****

    Not only are the waiters at Chez Nicks French, but they also serve wafer-thin mints:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpt4a6H99c

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  76. drwilliams says:

    Anyone else see the big reveal of the real reason that Mav's daughter left The Spew?

    Seems Whoopsie had promised to take care of her, but after two years she was getting hurty feelings and finally decided to leave.

    It's a rough life, I tells ya.

  77. drwilliams says:

    ~jim

    "Kitty Genovese. Damn! Am I that old?"

    "well-preserved for his age"

  78. drwilliams says:

    NYC commission votes to remove Thomas Jefferson statue.

    In response, Mr. Jefferson says:

    "I'm withdrawing ten dollar bills, nickels, and taking back the Bill of Rights. Good luck, suckers."

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  79. Nick Flandrey says:

    P&G says it will raise the price of its razors, oral and beauty care products to cope with supply chain shortages as Danone warns of bigger food bills too

    'Like just about everyone across the sector and beyond, we see inflationary pressures across the board. What started as increased inflation on material costs evolved into widespread constraints impacting our supply chain in many parts of the world,' said Danone's finance chief Juergen Esser.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10108261/Diapers-yogurt-global-firms-face-higher-costs-amid-supply-chain-woes.html

    Coming like a freight train.   Actually more like an avalanche, one small stone, then another, then your resort is rock surfing down the slope….

    n

  80. lynn says:

    "SpaceX fires up SN20 Starship prototype for 1st time (video)"

         https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-sn20-engine-test

    "SpaceX is prepping SN20 for the Starship program's first orbital test flight."

    Six Raptor rocket engines.

  81. ~jim says:

    "well-preserved for his age"

    Pickled might be more apropos.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/daves4/40-things-make-you-old

  82. Nick Flandrey says:

    Some funny things I'd forgotten about on that list but the images don't scale with ctrl-scroll and it was super slow to load.  That was kinda surprising for a site like buzzfeed.

    All sites have issues occasionally  – is a good reminder.

    I'm headed to bed.

    n

  83. ech says:

    One thing I haven't been able to pin down is if the truly immuno-compromised, who were told to get a third shot (at the time technically not a booster) should at some point get a booster.

    Yes. The official stance for Pfizer is a booster for 65+, immune compromised, and those exposed to COVID on a regular basis (i.e. health care workers). Moderna should be the same in a week or so. J&J also, soon.

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