Sat. Nov. 6, 2021 – alone again, naturally….

By on November 6th, 2021 in ebay, WuFlu

Cold, warming slightly, clear and breezy. Which is how yesterday played out. Chilly in the shade, not bad in the sun. 46F when I went to bed, mid 40s when I got up.

Did my pickups yesterday. Lots of driving. Some radio stuff, some home stuff. Dropped off at my local auctioneer, and he’s getting stuff listed and out of bins. I grabbed six bins to refill. He’s seen a bunch of it and wants more. I’ll bring him more.

Some excitement on the scanner last night, which I detailed in yesterday’s late night comments. If you get a scanner, and listen to it (I just leave mine running all the time in my office) you will learn stuff. It’ll be stuff that doesn’t hit the news. With actual news becoming harder to get, having the scanner can help establish some baselines, and alert you when activity is high. Like all things, you need to practice with it.

The goal for today, while the mice are away, this cat won’t play. I’ll WORK instead. Only me and the dog to worry about, so I can get out of the house for longer periods. I’ve got plenty to do here, but I really need to get out and to my secondary and to my storage units.

Hit a sale, order something for deliver, add to your stacks.

nick

68 Comments and discussion on "Sat. Nov. 6, 2021 – alone again, naturally…."

  1. Greg Norton says:

    I don't recommend software/IT as a career choice.

    At 13 he wasn't going to be receptive to the middle aged white chick telling him to forego his dream job. With strong math he will develop a useful brain that will open up his choices. 

    Yeah, at that age, they think IT is video games.

    We don't encourage medicine or software/IT as career choices at our house. Call us cynical.

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  2. brad says:

    He wants to work in IT. Hates math.

    The "hates math" eliminates any kind of technical IT. I've never known anyone who disliked math, who then suddenly enjoyed technical IT (be that programming, or databases, or sys-admin). The similarities between solving math problems and solving technical problems are very strong.

    Frankly, he sounds like too many of my students. IT is cool. IT means good salaries. They know how to work a smartphone. How hard can it be? Then they find out…

    …business analysts, who were supposed to be collecting our requirements and being our liaison to the customers, were the most English-challenged and had the most communication problems.  I'm convinced they got those roles because they were incompetent to actually write code

    Probably. Which is awful, because that is an essential role. Get the requirements wrong up front, and after that the disasters are all pre-programmed.

    At UT-Austin, I believe women outnumbered men, even in Engineering.  Certainly, their opportunities were emphasized.

    Yeah, you've gotta love it. I just saw something here, where women need support to get to 50% in the STEM fields. Mind, they already make up 60% of total university students, and nowadays something like 70% in the medical and legal fields. Of course, you never hear cries for more women in construction, or any other hard, dirty area of work.

    Time and past time to end the preferential treatment for women – not least, because discrimination based on gender is technically illegal here.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Time and past time to end the preferential treatment for women – not least, because discrimination based on gender is technically illegal here.

    The last job administered a legal IQ test which was extremely effective but HR applied constant pressure to eliminate the test as part of the screening process.

     

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    The "hates math" eliminates any kind of technical IT

    My entire time in IT I never really consciously used math at a level beyond freshmen math in high school.

    What I did use was the problem solving skills learned in math classes, especially from proofs taught in a math class, that enabled me to solve problems. But I never once needed to factor an equation, ever.

    Mr. Lynn on the other hand ……

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  5. brad says:

    @Ray: Exactly so. It's not that you need the mathematical equations, at least, not usually. It's the methodical approach, and the enjoyment of the problem solving that are important. If someone either dislikes an analytic, methodical approach to problems, or is just bad at it, then they have no future in technical IT.

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    43F here, with the sun out.    Air is saturated too.  It'll feel really cold.

    WRT math, I'm getting the "I'll never use this" from D1.   I explained that it was a sorting function to separate the kids into those who will get more math and  good jobs, and those who won't.

    I spent most of my careers without much math, other than simple arithmetic.  Even doing rigging, the load calcs are plug and play.  

    Then I found myself laying out display systems in the real world, basically doing surveying in a room, on a micro scale.   It was much easier to measure, and do the trig for the angles and triangles than to use the dang Total Station.  I used a lot of tape measures, laser line levels, and string for lines and plumb bobs, but I was fast and accurate, and didn't need the multi 10s of thousands of dollars instrument.

    The funniest thing is math and the other weed out classes are why I ended up in theater production and not engineering.   Where I did more seat of the pants engineering than most engineers….

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  7. JimB says:

    @Ray: Exactly so. It's not that you need the mathematical equations, at least, not usually. It's the methodical approach, and the enjoyment of the problem solving that are important. If someone either dislikes an analytic, methodical approach to problems, or is just bad at it, then they have no future in technical IT.

    Agreed. I would add most of engineering, not just IT. Add diagnostic skills, what we used to call troubleshooting, and most career paths are options. I am often amazed at the lack of curiosity in people who need it most.

  8. JimB says:

    The funniest thing is math and the other weed out classes are why I ended up in theater production and not engineering.   Where I did more seat of the pants engineering than most engineers….

    I have worked in extreme engineering environments. Early on, it was seat of pants, backed by some necessary skills. Later, I found myself in a place where a lot of theoretical stuff was done. That place didn’t consider a lot of engineering to be engineering. I found myself asking those folks what discipline would be needed to solve this problem? Certainly not a physicist to solve a wire sizing exercise that is mostly code driven in practice. Some of the engineers I worked with couldn’t do simple things that we took for granted in my former experience. Others were sharp in ways I never anticipated. Altogether an enjoyable and rewarding career.

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    Holy shit.

    Travis Scott plays on as people collapse around him and eight die when 50,000-strong crowd surges towards stage at Astroworld Festival: Pregnant girlfriend Kylie Jenner is slammed for posting video of ambulance in crowd

    Eight people are dead and ‘hundreds’ more injured after a crush and stampede at Astroworld Festival in Texas
    The rest of the festival has now been scrapped after revelers surged towards the stage on Friday just after 9pm while Travis Scott was performing at Houston’s NRG Park
    Disturbing video from the concert showed people lying unconscious in the middle of the crowd as officers and emergency personnel performed CPR while others were seen begging concert staff for help
    Scott’s pregnant girlfriend Kylie Jenner shared a video panning the audience to her Instagram story, which showed an emergency vehicle trying to make its way through the crowd
    Seventeen people were taken to hospitals, with 11 of those in cardiac arrest, out of a crowd of 50,000. The two-day event was sold out after being cancelled last year due to Covid

    –I guess there is some reporting after all. Jeez what a clusterf#ck.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10171759/Multiple-injuries-reported-Astroworld-Festival-Houston.html

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  10. ech says:

    Grain is not “used” for fuel; it is fed to cattle after it is distilled with no loss in food value. This is as true of brewers’ grains from breweries and beverage distilleries as it is of fuel facilities.

    That can't be true. Fermentation converts carbs in the feed stock and turns them into alcohol and CO2. So there are digestible calories being used up, reducing the nutrients in the grain. Yes, the cellulose remains and cows can digest that, but it's not all that the cows use.

    Also, ethyl alcohol has only 65% of the energy content of gasoline. So you either have a bigger tank, or less range.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    –I guess there is some reporting after all. Jeez what a clusterf#ck.

    Eight dead is hard to ignore.

    Plus, Kardashians. They seem to operate on the principle of the only bad publicity being your obituary.

    Is anyone going to ask the hard question about who approved general admission seating for 50,000 at a rap concert?

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    For Greg…

    Liberals think they know why the Dems lost the Virginia governor's race: A key female voting bloc that voted for Biden but turned on McAuliffe are a ‘bunch of racist Karens’

    • White women with no college degree voted overwhelmingly for Glenn Youngkin, after 44% of this group backed Biden one year ago
    • These voters also propelled the commonwealth's first black lieutenant governor and Latino attorney general into office
    • Despite all this, many left-wing pundits were quick to claim that voters' racial animus drove the Republican electoral upset   

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Is anyone going to ask the hard question about who approved general admission seating for 50,000 at a rap concert?

    -may not have been.  Mosh pit.  Flat floor seating area.  Everyone stands up and then presses forwards.

    It does sound like they were short security, and who knows if they set up the barricade properly.    Normally only the people in the very front are getting crushed, and security pulls them over the barricade to safety.

    After having the crowd of gate crashers in the morning, it would have been smart to add security, if they could even get them.   Who the hex wants to work a massive rap show, with 50k people breathing and screaming in your face?

    I used to tell people not to even call me for rap shows, I wouldn't work them.   Too dangerous.

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  14. Pecancorner says:

    Also, ethyl alcohol has only 65% of the energy content of gasoline. So you either have a bigger tank, or less range.

    In other words, very poor gas mileage.  I discovered within a few months of using ethanol-added gas that our mileage had dropped precipitously.   We still get about 22 mpg from our 20 year old Dodge truck and Jeep Cherokee. But when we have to use +10% ethanol, that drops to 19, even as low as 17 mpg.  Plus they tell me it isn't good for the engines.  So we pay substantially more and fill up with Ethanol-Free whenever possible.  

     

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Several years ago my dad did the real world math.   He received a gas gift card when he bought his new pickup, but it was only good for E85.

    He ran the  truck with E85 and with regular E10 gas and kept the records.

    MPG, they were dramatically different, with fewer miles on a tank of E85. 

    MP$, they were essentially the same.   Which is what you would expect in a market where you are paying for energy CONTENT.  E85 is cheaper because it has less 'go' in it.

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    (I ran one tank of E85 and saw the same thing.)

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    The Rittenhouse persecution trial has fallen to below half way down the page…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10169537/Witness-testifies-Kyle-Rittenhouses-victim-asked-bluntly-shot.html

    Kyle Rittenhouse's second victim had a violent criminal past, assaulting family members by threatening to 'gut his brother like a pig' and burn down their home, defense for Kenosha shooter argues

    I wonder why?

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  17. MrAtoz says:

    Looks like we are getting plugs' $ trillion boondoggle shoved down our throats. Maybe something will change. Much of it will help no one, it is mostly ProgLibTurd social/climate crap dreams. 13 Redumblican sided with it proving what I always say: Redumblican are spineless. They won't vote lockstep like Dumbocrats and get rick-rolled every time. It probably won't affect me, but our kids are going to take it in the shorts.

  18. drwilliams says:

    Ethanol has one outstanding characteristic:

    No member of the U.S. military has ever been shipped overseas to some worthless patch of middle-eastern craphole to defend ethanol interests.

  19. Alan says:

    >> Probably. Which is awful, because that is an essential role. Get the requirements wrong up front, and after that the disasters are all pre-programmed.

    This what Agile development was *supposed* to address. Chunk up the requirements into smaller bits and show interim results to the users and get feedback sooner. My experiences with Agile never quite worked out that way. Too many people not able to fully put aside their old ways of 'waterfall' SDLC.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    For Greg…

        Liberals think they know why the Dems lost the Virginia governor's race

    Gas for the G Wagon cost more.

    If you look at the numbers, something strange took place in Fairfax County, but people were p*ssed off in general in the state.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    This what Agile development was *supposed* to address. Chunk up the requirements into smaller bits and show interim results to the users and get feedback sooner. My experiences with Agile never quite worked out that way. Too many people not able to fully put aside their old ways of 'waterfall' SDLC.

    Agile was all about manager training in nice places 10-12 years ago.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    These voters also propelled the commonwealth's first black lieutenant governor and Latino attorney general into office

    So the new Attorney General, second generation Cuban-American is “Hispanic”, but Ted Cruz, also second generation Cuban *on both sides of his family tree*, is not. At least, according to the media, Cruz isn't as "Hispanic" as the fourth generation *pure* Irish heritage Robert Francis O'Rourke.

    I don't use the "B*to" word.

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  23. nick flandrey says:

    Far right antigovernment…   people who vow to uphold the most basic law of the land.

    The Oath Keepers is one of the largest far-right antigovernment groups in the country which claims tens of thousands of present and former law enforcement officials and military veterans as members, according to Southern Poverty Law Center

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10172105/Alleged-Capitol-rioter-caught-snap-listing-illegal-explosives-owned-ZILLOW-listing.html

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  24. Greg Norton says:

    So @Nick – Does the Astroworld Festival have mimes or full season screenings of "The Facts of Life"?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8nsOZb4JL0

  25. Greg Norton says:

    Life imitates art. Go watch "Army of the Dead" on Netflix if you want the see the art.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/texas-border-wall-shipping-container-troy-nehls

    Okay, I use the term “art” loosely with “Army of the Dead”, but it is somewhat entertaining.

  26. Pecancorner says:

    So the new Attorney General, second generation Cuban-American is “Hispanic”, but Ted Cruz, also second generation Cuban *on both sides of his family tree*, is not. At least, according to the media, Cruz isn't as "Hispanic" as the fourth generation *pure* Irish heritage Robert Francis O'Rourke.

    Good point. The race hustlers do the same thing the feminists did/do. They hide the facts by pretending people not on their side don't exist. Now that females have gotten preference for nearly all desirable fields of enterprise – that women worked in without preference in earlier eras – they themselves are suddenly discovering that women throughout history actually held real jobs other than the "teacher, nurse, or prostitute" trope.

    But instead of admitting that their 'sisters' were the ones doing the hiding to pretend "women weren't allowed to work", they lie again and claim these normal working women were "hidden figures".

    The race hustlers do the same, when it suits them. Texas elected a Syrian to the state house in 1932,but to hear them talk, it was all white men until this century.

  27. nick flandrey says:

    @greg, embrace the power of "and"….

    As a former live event pro, it will be interesting to see if they broke the rules for crowd control, or if there were staffing issues, or – wild card – if there was some kind of attack.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/least-8-dead-300-injured-after-mysterious-mass-casualty-incident-travis-scott-concert

    Update (1230ET): In a very strange turn of events, TMZ is reporting that the frenzy could have been a targeted attack:

    A source connected to Astroworld tells TMZ, someone in the crowd went crazy and began injecting people with some sort of drug, which caused panic and then a surge.

    The source says authorities are trying to determine if those who went into cardiac arrest were the ones injected. We're told one of those who died is a 10-year-old.

    The source says it appears to be a targeted attack.

    We have not confirmed this report, but the source is a key person involved in the festival.

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  28. DadCooks says:

    Remember, folks, that tonight we perform the twice-yearly senseless exercise of changing time.

    This is Fall, so that means we roll back an hour to Standard Time.

    Even with all the "smart" devices and clocks performing this Kabuki, this is just so typical of most gooberment mandates with no discernible benefit but actual costs.

    My grandfather used to go ballistic these two times of the year because, as he said, "the animals have their clocks, and what the gooberment says does not matter."

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  29. nick flandrey says:

    wrt sea container walls, we've built amphitheaters out of them, noise control walls, etc.  Nothing new there except the State doing it.

    This is a streetview of a construction site kinda near my house…

    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7952455,-95.5402054,3a,75y,311.93h,77.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCGYtn0r7XMeIo9SMtfbTZA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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  30. Rick H says:

    Tonight’s the night!. Don’t forget to turn back your clock and your bathroom scale!

    (stolen from Kevin Fagan – the "Drabble" cartoonist)

  31. Greg Norton says:

    wrt sea container walls, we've built amphitheaters out of them, noise control walls, etc.  Nothing new there except the State doing it.

    In "Army of The Dead', the government walls off Las Vegas with shipping containers, similar to what is happening on the border.

    Movie night at the Governor's Mansion must be interesting.

    I can’t make a general recommendation for “Army of The Dead”. The flick does, however, set up what could be an interesting series with hints of time travel and parallel dimensions.

    “Army of The Dead” is not for the kiddies.

  32. Geoff Powell says:

    @dadcooks:

    Remember, folks, that tonight we perform the twice-yearly senseless exercise of changing time.

    We had this ritual last weekend, here in UK and Europe. And yes, I agree that it's pointless, for those sufficiently far south. For these purposes, "sufficiently far south" is less than about 52 degrees North latitude. North of that, it does provide a measurable benefit.

    You in the US (except Jenny) don't really need DST, especially with adjacent States, or even parts of States, observing it, or not, at their option.

    In this matter, there's a Tom Scott video on Youtube that describes the pain international time metrologists and programmers suffer from timezones, (which includes DST). It's less that 10 minutes long, and I recommend it.

    G.

     

  33. Geoff Powell says:

    Quoting Tom Scott:

    "So it was two hours ahead of Greenwich despite having Greenwich"

    G.

     

  34. Greg Norton says:

    We had this ritual last weekend, here in UK and Europe. And yes, I agree that it's pointless, for those sufficiently far south. For these purposes, "sufficiently far south" is less than about 52 degrees North latitude. North of that, it does provide a measurable benefit.

    DST makes a noticeable difference on the West Coast of the US from Portland north.

    And Florida would like to go on DST year round. If you don't understand why that would be important, you don't own/frequent a beach bar on the Gulf Coast.

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  35. Geoff Powell says:

    @greg:

    Florida is a special case. The bar owners would love to have an extra hour in the evenings to sell booze.

    G.

     

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  36. Rick H says:

    Here in my part of the Olympic Peninsula (WA), sunset ranges from 430pm in winter to 10pm in summer (roughly) . That is with DST enabled during the summer.

    I suspect @Jenny has an even wider variation.

    Of course, it starts getting light in the morning during summer about 430am. Which is somewhat irritating, since my bedroom window faces due east.

  37. lynn says:

    Over The Hedge: Asteroid Worries

        https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2021/11/06

    I let NASA do the asteroid worrying for me.

  38. CowboySlim says:

    Doesn't matter to me as I'm on Tulsa Time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkCZWuo1ThE

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  39. Jenny says:

    You in the US (except Jenny) don't really need DST

    Nope, we don’t need it either. Time change is near enough solstice that the supposed benefits of what time of day daylight occurs is wiped out in a couple weeks. 
     

    Today in Anchorage sunrise is 9:42 am, sunset 5:43 pm. Tomorrow it will be 8:45 am to 4:40 pm, a loss of five minutes.

    In three weeks we will be back to sunrise at 9:43 am, however with a measly six hours of daylight. We see eight hours of daylight again mid February, 9-ish to 5-ish.

    Most Alaskans don’t find time change useful, we go to work in the dark, come home in the dark. And length of day changes dramatically as we reach solstice.

    Places like Barrow, where the sun is down for months at a time, it’s particularly stupid.

     

  40. lynn says:

    "Colt Anaconda .44 Magnum Revolver Review: Snake Gun Revival"

        https://www.gunsandammo.com/editorial/colt-anaconda-44-mag-revolver-review/453509

    "Colt has brought back the Anaconda, a 6-round .44 Magnum revolver, but is it better than the original? Here's a full review of the snake gun."

    I want one. And the Colt Python too.

  41. mediumwave says:

    I used to tell people not to even call me for rap shows, I wouldn't work them.   Too dangerous.

    Related: The Talk: Nonblack Version, in particular, items (10d) and (10e).

    Places like Barrow, where the sun is down for months at a time, it’s particularly stupid.

    Barrow? Don't you mean Utqiagvik?

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  42. lynn says:

    "The Rebels of Tuglan (Perry Rhodan #12)" by Clark Darlton, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
       https://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Tuglan-Perry-Rhodan-12/dp/0441659810/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number twelve 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 1972 that I had to be very careful with due to age. My copy is a second edition from 1974. 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 #101.
       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 are returning to the Vega star system now that they have a map to world of the immortals. But, a stowaway from the planet of the dying sun, Vagabond, has telekinetically changed their destination. They were suppose to travel only around 2,000 light years but the new destination, the Tugland system, is over 35,000 light years away. And the Tugland system has not been visited by an Arkenide ship in over 50 years.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1961 and translated to English in 1972. 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 (5 reviews)

  43. lynn says:

    Wow, 109,800 people just watched my Texas Aggies beat Auburn 20 to 3 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.  Plus another 30 million people watched on CBS.  Jimbo Fisher said his defense played "lights out" and he was right.

  44. Alan says:

    >> Remember, folks, that tonight we perform the twice-yearly senseless exercise of changing time.

    You could always move to the sensible states of Arizona or Hawaii where they ignore all this silliness. 

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  45. lynn says:

    –I guess there is some reporting after all. Jeez what a clusterf#ck.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10171759/Multiple-injuries-reported-Astroworld-Festival-Houston.html

    Now the headline is "Cops reveal crazed man injected victim with opioids before stampede that killed eight at Travis Scott concert, slam organizers of Astroworld Festival for taking 40 minutes to stop it and say youngest victim was 14-years-old"

    Now they are saying that one of the emergency medical techs got injected with opoids while trying to help one of the crushed people.  Absolutely freaking crazy.

    And who does general admission to any concert over a thousand people ?  That is freaking crazy as we know what happens when people get in a frenzy.

  46. lynn says:

    >> Remember, folks, that tonight we perform the twice-yearly senseless exercise of changing time.

    You could always move to the sensible states of Arizona or Hawaii where they ignore all this silliness. 

    At least we get the fall back tonight.  The spring forward just kills me.

  47. drwilliams says:

    This has triggered a chain reaction that no one seems to have had on the radar. Magnesium is one of the most important alloying elements for high-quality aluminium alloys. The value chain today runs as follows: No CO2 means no magnesium, which means no aluminium. Period.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/11/06/glasgow-the-stampede-to-mass-poverty120-billion-tonnes-of-materials-for-wind-turbines-by-2050/

     

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  48. Greg Norton says:

     Judeas Frickin Priest:

    US Navy names ship after gay rights leader Harvey Milk: Transgender health expert smashes champagne on bow with sister vessels set to be christened after RFK and Rep. John Lewis

    Contrary to urban legend, Harvey Milk's Navy service record was clean. He made up the stories about his dishonorable discharge.

    Only in San Francisco.

    What the Dems and gay community would prefer that you forget was Milk's involvement with People's Temple and Jim Jones. Willie Brown and Dianne Feinstein were also tight with Jones.

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  49. Marcelo says:

    This does not affect me but there are quite a number of people that will be disgruntled:

    Microsoft to Kill OneDrive for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 in Early 2022

    Edit :and that was supposed to be a link…
    https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-365/258982/microsoft-reveals-major-updates-to-office-com-and-office-app-for-windows

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  50. Greg Norton says:

    This does not affect me but there are quite a number of people that will be disgruntled:

    Microsoft to Kill OneDrive for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 in Early 2022

    I rebuilt the Windows 10 partition on my primary desktop this week, and I deliberately avoided using a Microsoft account for login.

    The change does apply to the Windows 8.1 Boot Camp partition on my MacBook Pro. I never used OneDrive, however.

  51. nick flandrey says:

    I'll see your Tulsa Time and raise you Central Time….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMNMyNjwZ60

    Just got in, spent a few hours at my storage unit sorting and putting stuff in bins for the auction.

    Need to catch up. 

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  52. lynn says:

    "Greta Thunberg brands UN climate summit ‘a failure’ & ‘a PR event’ … a ‘global greenwashing festival’ – ‘Shove your climate crisis up your arse’ – ‘No more whatever the f*ck they’re doing inside there’"

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/11/06/greta-thunberg-brands-un-climate-summit-a-failure-a-pr-event-a-global-greenwashing-festival-shove-your-climate-cris/

    I wonder if she kisses her mother with that mouth ?

  53. drwilliams says:

    From the Rittenhouse trial:

    The prosecution was trying to bring in evidence in support of Huber’s custom of being a “hero” with noble intentions, because he was such a stand up guy.

    The judge said he’d allow the testimony and the defense could respond. And the defense said, great, we’re going to tell the story about that cool time when Huber held a knife to his brother’s neck and stomach and threatened to gut him, the time he strangled someone, and the time he threatened to burn the house down with all his family members inside. Good times. Indeed, there’s plenty to bring up about the “habit and custom” of Anthony Huber.

    Here’s part of his rap sheet, a record which likely will never see the inside of a courtroom.

    The prosecution ultimately chose not to introduce the story about Huber’s heroism in that instance.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/11/06/prosecution-tips-hand-plans-to-depict-rittenhouse-attacker-as-hero-that-turns-out-to-be-a-problem-n1529899

    [NOTE: see link for rap sheet]

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  54. drwilliams says:

    The stay order from the 5th Circuit, reads in it's entirety sans boilerplate:

    "Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court."

    My bold.

    John Hinderaker, writing at Powerline, says:

    " This rule Emergency Temporary Standard raises at least two separate legal issues: first, does it lie within the constitutional authority of the federal government, and second, is it authorized by the OSHA statute?"

    but fails to draw the obvious conclusion:

    The "and" in the stay order strongly indicates that the justices find a problem with both issues.

    Note also that even though the order wasn't to be effective until January, the stay was issued on a Saturday (today) and gives the government until Monday at 5PM to reply. Could it be that the court is finally signaling enough of the power grabbing under the phony pretext of a pandemic?

     

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  55. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    Sunrise/Sunset Times: there's a website where you can calculate sunrise/sunset times for an entire year for your location, given only your latitude and longitude. 

    https://www.sunearthtools.com/solar/sunrise-sunset-calendar.php

    One of the nice things about being retired is that I no longer really need to CARE what time it is, or even what DAY it is. I haven't worn a wristwatch in over a year, and if I need to know what time it is, my phone will tell me. I get up when I want to and go to bed when I feel like it. It's glorious. 🙂 

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  56. drwilliams says:

    "We'll be turning clocks back soon. Gaining an extra hour in 2021 is like getting a bonus track on a Yoko Ono album."

    h/t, Ace of Spades HQ, Saturday Night Joke Thread

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  57. drwilliams says:

    Researchers found that protection against any COVID-19 infection declined for all vaccine types, with overall vaccine protection declining from 87.9% in February to 48.1% by October 2021.

    The decline was greatest for the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, with protection against infection declining from 86.4% in March to 13.1% in September
    Declines for PfizerBioNTech were from 86.9% to 43.3%
    Declines for Moderna were 89.2% to 58%.

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-11-decline-effectiveness-moderna-pfizer-janssen.html

    Quoted in

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/11/06/biden-admin-cancels-deal-with-jj-vaccine-producer-n427392

    which ends with:

    The same institute is reportedly working on a similar study comparing the natural immunity acquired by survivors of COVID as compared to those who are vaccinated. When we get those results we’ll revisit the question.

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  58. lynn says:

    Researchers found that protection against any COVID-19 infection declined for all vaccine types, with overall vaccine protection declining from 87.9% in February to 48.1% by October 2021.

    The decline was greatest for the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, with protection against infection declining from 86.4% in March to 13.1% in September
    Declines for PfizerBioNTech were from 86.9% to 43.3%
    Declines for Moderna were 89.2% to 58%.

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-11-decline-effectiveness-moderna-pfizer-janssen.html

    Quoted in

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/11/06/biden-admin-cancels-deal-with-jj-vaccine-producer-n427392

    Well this is simultaneously heartening and terrifying.

    Booster shots for all !

    I am leaning towards the Moderna booster on top of the Pfizer base shots.  I am chicken though and delaying the decision.

  59. nick flandrey says:

    Booster shots for all !

    –I think I'll pass this time around.

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  60. Alan says:

    >> I am leaning towards the Moderna booster on top of the Pfizer base shots.  I am chicken though and delaying the decision.

    @lynn, I am considering the same approach and also on the fence. Please let us know when you decide which you chose and why.

  61. Geoff Powell says:

    Here in UK, I don't think there are any officially approved vaccines, other than Pfizer. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Anyway, I had my (Pfizer) booster late last month. It was the same, nothing-to-report experience as the original two doses were, barring a little soreness at the injection site. So I'm happy about Pfizer's work, even if the protection decays with time. Even unto yearly boosters. After all, there's the yearly flu shot.

    Question: are the CoViD shots charged for on the left side of the pond? They aren't, here. It's all under NHS auspices, so free at point-of-use.

    G.

     

  62. dcp says:

    I am leaning…. 

    I got my two Moderna shots back in April.  My booster is scheduled for tomorrow, and it seems it will be the Pfizer injection.  I'm fine with that. Location and timing were more important to me than the brand.

    …are the CoViD shots charged for on the left side of the pond?

    The website where I scheduled my booster said, "If you have health insurance, bring your insurance information card.  If you don't have health insurance, it's covered by a Federal program for the uninsured."

  63. Nick Flandrey says:

    "If you have health insurance, bring your insurance information card.  If you don't have health insurance, it's covered by a Federal program for the uninsured."

    –it's advertised as 'no cost to you', so they charge the government or your health insurance.  If you are in the right demographic, and resisted thus far, or have flexible attitudes toward lying, you can get PAID to get the shot…  $50-100 is what I saw.  Don't know if they stopped that.  Even with the incentive, people didn't want to do it.

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  64. Nick Flandrey says:

    Flu shot is required every year because the variants prominent are different every year.  In other words it's a different shot for different disease every year.  Which is why some years it isn't very effective, the strains included in the shot don't end up being the dominant strains.

    So far, everything I've seen about the various "boosters" for the different technologies and different vaxs says it's the exact same shot that you got the first time.  Thus different from the way the annual flu shot works.

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    (I thought astra zenica was also approved in the UK?)

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