Wed. Nov. 10, 2021 – conservative means conserving…knowledge, skills, resources….

By on November 10th, 2021 in ebay, writing, WuFlu

Cool and slightly increased chance of rain. Yesterday was overcast much of the day but when sunny it was very nice. A bit humid, but nice. This run of days without rain has really let me get some stuff done.

I spent a few hours sorting and pulling stuff to take to the auction yesterday. I am taking six black and yellow bins and a large box to the auctioneer today. I actually have more room in the storage unit than I did when I started. I still have far too much stuff that I’ve put in “ebay” bins though. I have to move some of it to “sell it now” from “sell it sometime”, even if it means less money. That will take another round of sorting.

I also have a bunch of books there. Some are ‘inventory’, some are ‘apocalypse library’ and some are all about gubs… I’ve put together a pretty good library for -smithing, or repair. I’d like to do some machine work and try my hand at some restoration or mods, eventually. Getting all this stuff out of the way so I can use my tools again is definitely one of the goals. And there is crossover to my non-prepping hobby too. Since I love books as objects as well as what they are, it’s hard to sell them, even when purchased explicitly to sell. So I have a few *cough* piled up. The ones for sale need to be sold.

Goals for today are to get some easy listings banged out. Test at least one major piece for sale (high end speakers probably). Take stuff to the auctioneer. Maybe later do a little paperwork for my client’s upgrade.

All the usual stuff.

Yesterday’s shopping trip let me stack a bit more food. We ate one steak for dinner, and I’ll freeze the rest. I may go back and see if there is any prime left and buy the limit again. And I might buy another 50 pounds of rice or flour. ‘Cuz the pasta aisle was wiped out.

I added a keyword for skills, and started with my comments about sewing. I’m hoping to fill in some other skills too. That would be in addition to the ones we’ve already spent time on like food- acquiring, storing, cooking; communication- meatspace, ham radio; medical; financial- planning, frugality/deals; teaching… and others, although the focus is often on the task, and not how to accomplish it. Perhaps we talk more about ENABLING the skill, than actually how to do it. Which is ok too.

Skills are enhanced when you have the stuff to use them with, so keep stacking.

nick

85 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Nov. 10, 2021 – conservative means conserving…knowledge, skills, resources…."

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    61F and 99%RH but no actual water on the ground yet.   Some possibility of rain for someone in Houston.  Hope it's not me.

    n

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Got this from Abbott's campaign —

    [Nick,] Beto O’Rourke is going to announce his run for Governor ANY DAY NOW.

    This means that his plan to DESTROY Texas and turn our great state into the next New York or California is ABOUT TO BEGIN.

    I am fairly sure that Abbott can beat Bozo.  I just don't know if Abbott can beat McConaughey.  But McConaughey walked away from the dumbrocrats today.  And rightfully so.

    If he runs, McConaughey will do so as a Republican. He has a month to decide.

    Abbott is one severe power outage away from losing his job.

  3. Clayton W. says:

    Recruiters are asking vaccination status.  Unvaccinated need not apply.

    Not condoning or condemning, just a data point.

    YMMV.  Past performance is not a guarantee of future profits.  I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Recruiters are asking vaccination status.  Unvaccinated need not apply.

    The HR departments have been given another argument for getting an H1B.

    Local Subcontinent has the answer keys to the local ISD's gifted program tests. Would a forged vaccination card be any more difficult?

    The CDC sends stacks of the blank cards to private practice doctors.

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  5. brad says:

    @paul: I have a grandfather clock from my mother. It also stopped running at some point. The clockmaker found that one of the pivots was just plain worn out, causing enough extra drag that the clock couldn't run more than a few minutes. Replaced the pivot, and the clock runs like new.

    Anything with moving parts is subject to wear. I'll bet something similar is the case for your clock.

    alcohol monitors in ALL new cars

    What could go wrong?

    I am reminded of the time my wife was coming home from giving a whisky tasting. In the back of the car she had hundreds of used whisky glasses. You can imagine how the car smelled – and the likely level of alcohol in the air. She was pulled over at a checkpoint, where they were testing people for drunk driving. The policeman's eyes got wide when he caught a whiff from the car. Of course, my wife blew 0.0. Which he didn't believe, until she blew 0.0 again.

    I can imagine lots more ordinary situations. Someone just used an alcohol-based cleaner in the car? Used hand sanitizer? Broke a wine bottle in their shopping? What about a designated driver, driving intoxicated people home?

    One wonders just who pushed for such a stupid idea…

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Once you can test for alcohol, you can test for all kinds of things.   The sniffers at the airport can detect pot smoke, pot electrolytes and breakdown products in sweat, cocaine, explosives, and who knows what else.

    n

  7. Pecancorner says:

    Sewing: A good tool to add to your sewing basket is a seam ripper. These cost about $2. While the point of a blade or small scissors can be used, the seam ripper will rip out seams faster, without making holes in the fabric.

    I made drapes a few years ago for one of the bedrooms. This year I changed the decor and took them down.  I used a seam ripper to tear out all the seams and hems and turn them back into "fabric". 

    Last week, we used that material to recover the dining room chairs. They look great! My stepmother came over and helped me.

    Also my dad had to come help because I couldn't get all the screws out of the chair seats. Turned out they needed a square head driver and I was trying to use a Phillips… ooops.  

    He gave me a driver and left his Ryobi drill for me to use to reattach the seats.  WOW! It is so much faster and stronger than our old drill. So much more powerful.  My son has been telling me that modern battery powered tools are better than the old ones, and now I see what he means.

  8. SteveF says:

    Thomas said she changed the tests to passing grades because she thought the Navy's criteria for tests was 'stupid' and disagreed with it

    She was speaking her truth. Why is that even a crime?

    The Biden administration has been compiling records of 54 million gun owners to possibly create an unlawful database of Americans who possess a firearm, according to a Saturday report.

    "Temporarily collected" government records, like temporary emergencies never go away. There are a few exceptions but I don't know of any in the past century except for records being destroyed because they embarrassed people with power, or in a temper tantrum.

    Gun registration leads to gun confiscation. I know of no exceptions.

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  9. ech says:

    spending approvals for improvements in ports, roads, waterways, and other basic infrastructure

    The bill has a few billion for improvements in ports. But requires that the improvements be "human operated". As in, no automation like in Europe where they can unload ships twice as fast. 

    Now, that won't help the current logjam at the west coast ports, which is due to a lot of issues besides unloading time, but would speed things up in the future.

  10. Ray Thompson says:

    modern battery powered tools are better than the old ones

    Yes, significantly so. With quick charge times on batteries many construction workers can charge one battery while using another. By the time the working battery runs dry the other battery is charged.

    Saws, drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, ratcheting wrenches, all are going electric. Very few mechanics use air tools with the exception of some high torque impact wrenches. About the only air tools commonly used are roofing nailers.

    The only advantage to air powered tools is that the air powered tools are lighter and smaller. An air powered drill is very small and weighs a quarter of a battery powered tool.

  11. ~jim says:

    A good tool to add to your sewing basket is a seam ripper. 

    Quoted for emphasis. That be a mighty little gadget. Argggh!  

  12. Greg Norton says:

    modern battery powered tools are better than the old ones

    Yes, significantly so. With quick charge times on batteries many construction workers can charge one battery while using another. By the time the working battery runs dry the other battery is charged.

    As long as you can get the replacement batteries.

    I had to trash a 15 year old light duty Hitachi drill and its battery charger last year because the batteries went unobtainium.

    Our 25 year old Black and Decker cordless screwdriver is living on borrowed time since we went obscure third party from Big River the last time the batteries needed replacing.

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Missed this video the first time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAn1qO1t3Fg&list=PLVEy_5I6ZjJT8RYu-xyxCMagj6ATs5TDt&index=1

    HPD Critical Incident – 2021-09-20 at 5350 Aeropark

    One officer killed one wounded.   FULL AUTO bad guy.

    n

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  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, all the majors have  adapters available on ebay and amazon.  I can use my dewalt liion batts with all sorts of tools, including my dewalt 18v set.

    This is a good argument for sticking with name brand systems, in wide use by pros.

    n

  15. Chad says:

    This is a good argument for sticking with name brand systems, in wide use by pros.

    There's a lot of funny videos out there of the various trades poking fun of each other and the tools they stereotype each other favoring. They especially like to tease electricians and make fun of their expensive Milwaukee tools and pristine work gloves. lol  I'm not a tradesman, but those videos are fun to watch.

  16. Mark W says:

    requires that the improvements be "human operated"

    And people think there's no corruption in politics.

  17. brad says:

    people think there's no corruption in politics.

    Um…which people would that be? I don't know anyone over about the age of 2 who would trust a politician not to steal their lollipop.

    So, yeah: I'm sure it's a great infrastructure bill. Then there's the other 95% of what's in there.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    This is a good argument for sticking with name brand systems, in wide use by pros.

    The way Corporate America works, a name brand system could be total garbage in a few years.

    A Black and Decker drill went to the Moon. That motor and battery tech begat the first Dustbuster.

  19. JimB says:

    Re battery powered tools, I have yet to buy my first one. I tried some the pros use on recent projects, and they seemed heavy and clunky compared to my air tools, but they ARE free from a cord or hose. I do mostly shop work, and most of that is on a bench, so a lightweight air hose is not a problem. I even have some on suspensions, similar to production line tools. This is great for repetitive work.

    I realize this is not mainstream. If I were starting out with no experience, I would go electric. I would never know how great some air tools are.

    One of my contractor friends is a tool nut, and uses his business to try things. He once tried a gas (butane?) powered nailer. That is the ultimate in freedom, but he said it was too finicky to keep working. It needed a lot of fussing. Good concept, bad design.

    Someone gave me an electric staple gun. It is great, and I use it occasionally when power is needed. Its main flaw is clearing jams when I hit a hidden steel bracket. My spring powered ones just clear with the push of a button and the flip of the wrist, but the electric one needs tools. Frustrating. It also does not have any way to dial down its power, and it can drive staples into hard woods. Flawed.

    One thing that scares me is the high cost of battery tools and the batteries. I have air tools I only use every few years. Some of them are decades old, and they just sit quietly until needed. Batteries last how many years? See, not mainstream. Funny thing is, I am an electrical engineer. Maybe that is what makes me a skeptic about electric tools.

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  20. JimB says:

    The way Corporate America works, a name brand system could be total garbage in a few years.

    A Black and Decker drill went to the Moon. That motor and battery tech begat the first Dustbuster.

    Oh yeah. I have a BD ¼” drill that my dad bought in the 1950s. it is light and powerful. I have used and abused it for decades, and it keeps going. I don’t use it much lately, but mostly because it doesn’t have variable speed.

    When I was starting out on my own, I had a chance to buy BD at a significant discount. I had looked at the “home” models, and they were some of the first plastic drills. I instead bought a commercial 3/8” model. It is small but powerful, variable speed. It has double reduction gears, and lots of torque. It should outlast me, like my dad’s ¼” drill.

  21. Ray Thompson says:

    One thing that scares me is the high cost of battery tools and the batteries.

    We had DeWalt impact driver quit. It was not the batteries but was the control module that controls the speed. Too expensive to repair. Thought I would buy just the tool. For $20.00 more, on sale, I got the tool, two batteries and a charger.

    I have also had occasion to contact DeWalt and express my displeasure on battery life. Sort of my fault. I left the battery attached to the tool, in the bag with other tools, the trigger got pressed enough to barely power the tool. This completely drained the battery. DeWalt sent me two batteries at no charge.

    I have a battery powered skil saw. Really handy when working outside the garage when I was repairing the doors on the pool shed. No cord, lighter than a corded tool, and surprisingly powerful.

    expensive Milwaukee tools

    If I remember correctly Milwaukee provides batteries for life at no cost. If I was a professional using the tools daily the extra expense may be worth it. That was some time ago and that may have changed over the years.

  22. JimB says:

    "If I remember correctly Milwaukee provides batteries for life at no cost."

    Wow that is impressive. Would strongly influence my decision.

  23. MrAtoz says:

    This is crazy:

    U.S. Marine Corps is looking to hire a ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor’ with a starting salary of $144,128

    More than line commanders make. I'm sure the position is for POC LBGTQWERTY FAT FEMALES only.

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  24. SteveF says:

    Possible grounds for a lawsuit: the lack of diversity in Diversity, Inclusion, Equity staff.

  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    a name brand system could be total garbage in a few years.

    –missed the  'used widely by the pros' part.

    My dewalt battery tools are 15 years old and still going strong.  Not the batteries, but as I said, they made an adapter to use their LiION 20v batts, and there are aftermarket as well.   NOT the 12v. line, or anything without interchangeable batteries.  

    My dad wasted enough buying cheap battery tools that failed early he could have bought a whole dewalt set that would have outlasted him.   The screwgun we gave him did…

    Worst case, there are battery rebuilders for the common and desirable tools.

    Air tools have their place, and I've got a full set.  If the work comes to you they work well.   If you go out to the work, modern battery tools are a good choice.

    n

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  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    Just lost 1 1/2 hours of work.    Got really dizzy sitting at the computer.  Thought it was scrolling around too fast and my cheap reading glasses. 

    Lying down didn't help. 

    Finally ate some candy and drank some water.  

    I think my BP was low for a while.  I couldn't find a pulse at my wrist. 

    I also couldn't find my BP machine. 

    Feeling back to normal now, but that was really unpleasant.

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  27. Greg Norton says:

    a name brand system could be total garbage in a few years.

    –missed the  'used widely by the pros' part.

    No, I got that, but the pace at which brands get trashed as of late seems to be accelerating, particularly with regard to anything where Home Depot is the dominant retail outlet.

    Most recently, eGo/Chevron walked away from Home Depot rather than continue to submit to the antics.

  28. Nick Flandrey says:

    Biden says reversing rampant inflation is a 'top priority' after cost of living rises 6.2% – its highest level in 31 years: Manchin slams president for claiming price jumps are 'transitory' and says 'it's getting worse'

         Inflation has reached its highest point in 31 years, as prices of everyday consumer goods rose 6.2 percent in October 2021 – the highest it has been since November 1990
        The Consumer Price Index was released on Wednesday and shows that gas prices jumped a whopping 59 percent over last year, as the cost of meat increased 24 percent
        When not factoring in food and energy prices, the so-called core CPI was up 0.6 percent from September 2021 and 6.2 percent since last year
        The inflation is driven, at least in part, to the economy's resurgence from the widespread coronavirus pandemic-related shutdowns
        Companies are struggling to get supplies and are delaying orders amid the supply-chain shortage
        They are also pushing the lack of workers and wage increases onto the consumers
        President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday that dealing with the rising inflation will be a 'top priority' for his administration
        But Republicans have blamed the rising costs on Democrats' spending proposals
        Sen. Joe Manchin also said the problem is only going to get worse as Biden tries to pass his $1.2 trillion Build Back Better plan through the Senate

    –I guess the thought that it was transitory could be called 'transitory'…

    n

    "I laugh because otherwise I'd cry."

  29. SteveF says:

    I couldn't find a pulse at my wrist.

    If you look in a mirror, do you see a reflection?

  30. Ray Thompson says:

    President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday that dealing with the rising inflation will be a 'top priority' for his administration

    I don't see that ending well. Anything sleepy joe sponge brain has touched has not worked or been a minor disaster. Whomever is pulling his chains is clueless.

  31. Nick Flandrey says:

    Had pulse at neck, and pulseox was good.  Just felt dizzy and nauseous.

    I own a freaking BP machine, it's supposed to be in the hall closet next to the trauma bag, but who knows where it got moved to.

    n

  32. lynn says:

    xkcd: Flinch

        https://xkcd.com/2539/

    Oh yeah, I am with the ponytail engineer.  Because we engineers have trust issues.

    Explained at:

        https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2539:_Flinch

  33. RickH says:

    @nick – Vertigo? Or something else?

    Lookee here: https://www.webmd.com/brain/dizziness-vertigo

  34. lynn says:

    Just lost 1 1/2 hours of work.    Got really dizzy sitting at the computer.  Thought it was scrolling around too fast and my cheap reading glasses. 

    Lying down didn't help. 

    Finally ate some candy and drank some water.  

    I think my BP was low for a while.  I couldn't find a pulse at my wrist. 

    I also couldn't find my BP machine. 

    Feeling back to normal now, but that was really unpleasant.

    n

    Atrial Fibrillation.  You need to see a cardiologist.

    And here is a good BP machine.

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RYBKNC2//p?tag=ttgnet-20

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  35. CowboySlim says:

    I have an electronic BP machine.  Takes my reading and auto sends it to its center (cell phone I guess) and data sent to my primary care MD.

    My MrCoffee froze up last week to dissolved solids choking flow after working well for several years.  Bought a current model of same and it immediately crapped out….returned for a refund.  Replaced with another famous brand name, very happy with my new Black.Decker coffee maker.  Yes, very surprised to see that brand name.

  36. lynn says:

    "Ransomware Hits Major US Comic Book Distributor"

         https://www.pcmag.com/news/ransomware-hits-major-us-comic-book-distributor

    I did not know that you could still buy comic books.  I thought that they all went virtual.

  37. lynn says:

    "A "Severe Blast" Of Arctic Air Could Impact US Next Week"

         https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/severe-blast-arctic-air-could-hit-us-next-week

    "Weather observer Electroverse is forecasting a "severe blast" of Arctic air to encompass parts of the US Lower-48 beginning late next week."

    "Cap Allon, Electroverse's editor, wrote a note Tuesday which outlines how a possible Arctic air mass will pour into the U.S. from Canada beginning on Nov. 18."

    Oh crap, I am not ready for a hard freeze yet.

    Somebody inform the Thunberg ! Greta will save us from the ice and snow !

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  38. MrAtoz says:

    What a total douche:

    Le cringe! Kamala Harris swings for the ‘Veep’ fences explaining ‘Theee Plan’ to French scientists

    Really, code switching to a *French* accent. Game over, man, game over.

  39. MrAtoz says:

    If you look in a mirror, do you see a reflection?

    It's the clot shot! Just like you predicted! Zombie Mutant Biker spotted in the Houston area!

  40. lynn says:

    "The Best Science Fiction Books of 2021" by Dan Livingston

        https://best-sci-fi-books.com/the-best-science-fiction-books-of-2021/

    "The Wandering Earth" movie on Netflix was actually pretty good.  Just not conceivable.

    And I do want to read "Leviathan Falls", eventually.  And "Project Hail Mary".

  41. MrAtoz says:

    I've been watching daily snippets of the Rittenhouse trial. What a total shit-show by the prosecution. Today, the judge admonished the DA, and warned him about inappropriate questioning (also tried to trick RH by asking the same question twice). Maybe that's the prosecution's Hail Mary to try and get a mistrial for ineptitude. I can't believe anything but not guilty.

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  42. Ray Thompson says:

    I can't believe anything but not guilty.

    Not if they have weirdo, liberal, sniveling, hamster brained fools (ie, democrats) on the jury.

  43. MrAtoz says:

    We watched "Finch" on Apple TV+ with Tom Hanks, robot, and dog. We liked it, and, SUPRISE, the apocalyptic future isn't due to Global Warming Is Real!, but from a CME that kills billions outright and blasts off most of the ozone. I didn't know Hollyweird had it in them to tell the truth.

    D5 and I saw "The Eternals" at the theater in Vegas. She gave it an 8.5 since she is a comic nerd. I gave it a 4.999. It just doesn't fit in with the MCU as developed and I think it will bomb big time. Also, comic nerds on YT are excoriating it for changing characters sex, race, and throwing in gratuitous LBGTQWERTY nonsense.

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  44. Mark W says:

    Those on the left think it's going great for the prosecution. The left doesn't go to the source material and always believes the propagandists, for example Vice: the story on the front page waits to the last paragraph to admit that Grosskrautz fired on Rittenhouse first, and thereby destroying the murder case.

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  45. Rick H says:

    Minor changes to the theme today; back-end stuff mostly for Nick and I.

    Turns out I destroyed the fix to missing Google Analytics (GA) with a later update. Current theme update now has a setting for the GA code, and the server-side GA is now working properly.

    I use server-side GA code because client-side GA code (normally used) will be blocked by some ad blockers, resulting in inaccurate analytics numbers. Visitor locations are determined by an anonymized IP address (the last octet of the IP address is removed when reported), so general locations only are part of analytics.

    No PII (Personally Identifiable Information) is stored as part of the server-side GA process. Your 'comment name' and 'comment email' are stored in a client-side cookie for use by the comment form.

    Also, there was a WordPress version upgrade installed today, along with the usual daily update of plugins.

  46. lynn says:

    "Venus in Danger (Perry Rhodan #14)" by Kurt Mahr, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
    https://www.amazon.com/Venus-Danger-Perry-Rhodan-14/dp/B0006W4KAS/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number fourteen 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 return to the Sol star system now that they found Wanderer, the world of the immortals. They head towards Earth and are informed that they have been gone for almost five years so their surprise. And then they notice the fleet of spaceships from Earth invading the old Arkonide base on Venus.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1962 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 (4 reviews)

  47. Greg Norton says:

    My MrCoffee froze up last week to dissolved solids choking flow after working well for several years.  Bought a current model of same and it immediately crapped out….returned for a refund.  Replaced with another famous brand name, very happy with my new Black.Decker coffee maker.  Yes, very surprised to see that brand name.

    During the time that GE held Black & Decker, they shoved their small appliance division into that brand in addition to other atrocities.

  48. lynn says:

    I've been watching daily snippets of the Rittenhouse trial. What a total s***-show by the prosecution. Today, the judge admonished the DA, and warned him about inappropriate questioning (also tried to trick RH by asking the same question twice). Maybe that's the prosecution's Hail Mary to try and get a mistrial for ineptitude. I can't believe anything but not guilty.

    "“Don’t Get Brazen with Me!” – Judge RIPS INTO Rittenhouse Prosecutor (VIDEO)"

         https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/dont-get-brazen-judge-rips-rittenhouse-prosecutor-video/

    The judge needs to refer the prosecutor for disbarment.

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  49. Greg Norton says:

    D5 and I saw "The Eternals" at the theater in Vegas. She gave it an 8.5 since she is a comic nerd. I gave it a 4.999. It just doesn't fit in with the MCU as developed and I think it will bomb big time. Also, comic nerds on YT are excoriating it for changing characters sex, race, and throwing in gratuitous LBGTQWERTY nonsense.

    We saw "Last Night in Soho" this past weekend. Edgar Wright never disappoints.

    Yeah, female-centric, but Dame Diana Rigg in her last on-screen role. Without giving anything away, as with Edward Woodward in "Hot Fuzz", her role is not the mere cameo it appears to be at first.

    We also saw "Clerk" with a live Q&A afterwards last week. If you are a View Askew fan, it is a 'must see'.

    Among other interesting pieces, "Clerk" has the last interview Stan Lee gave anyone. 10 minutes, according to the director, and every single word Stan gave them is in the film. The crowd audibly gasped when Lee appeared, both overjoyed to see him and shocked at his appearance knowing the circumstances of his last days.

    During the Q&A, Kevin Smith also told an interesting story about Stan’s last Marvel flick cameo and how it led to one of two phone calls Smith has ever received from Kevin Feighe.

    Yeah, I had to get a Covid test to see the show, but it was worth the effort.

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  50. ITGuy1998 says:

    @Nick, I say this with no malice – GO TO THE FREAKING DOCTOR AND GET CHECKED OUT! TOMORROW!

    We are not superhuman and invincible. I don't enjoy going to the doc, but I go twice a year to hopefully keep something preventable from creeping up on me.

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  51. Paul+Hampson says:

    My cordless tools are people powered, no batteries either.  A set of different size Yankee drill/screwdrivers, a couple of augers, a hand crank drill, and a hand crank breast drill good for up to 1/2" shank.  I do have some corded tools as well.  But I have been impressed with some of the newer cordless (battery) tools I've see others use recently, just can't justify the expense when I've already got something that works.

  52. Lynn says:

    Thomas said she changed the tests to passing grades because she thought the Navy's criteria for tests was 'stupid' and disagreed with it

    She was speaking her truth. Why is that even a crime?

    Because she did not do the job that she was instructed and paid to do.

    If the idiot captain of the Titanic had known that his ship steel became brittle at 32 F, he might have slowed the ship down some.  Or not, he was an idiot after all.

  53. MrAtoz says:

    She was speaking her truth. Why is that even a crime?

    Because she did not do the job that she was instructed and paid to do.

    If the idiot captain of the Titanic had known that his ship steel became brittle at 32 F, he might have slowed the ship down some.  Or not, he was an idiot after all.

    You do realized the King of Sarcasm posted that, right?

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  54. MrAtoz says:

    LooooooL:

    VIDEO: Rittenhouse Judge’s Ringtone is ‘God Bless the USA’

    Mistrial, mistrial!

    And CNN Chief Masturbator:

    ZOOM MASTURBATOR TOOBIN: RITTENHOUSE LUCK BEING A ‘IDIOT’ ISN’T ‘ILLEGAL’

    I pity the guy who has to sit next to him.

  55. Nick Flandrey says:

    Back from my errands.

    Looking over the list of symptoms,

    peripheral neuropathy…  yeah probably, one of the reasons I quit drinking

    Ear ache, currently yes.

    blood sugar issues, yes, but I ate my normal breakfast, well, I had a couple bites of fruit too which I don't normally do.   LOW blood sugar usually triggers a panicky need to eat SOMETHING ANYTHING RIGHT F-ING THE HELL NOW!!111!!1!!!  High blood sugar just puts me to sleep.

    I've been looking for a ENT to see about my head anyway, I'll move that up.   Never had any problems with heart, but I did get the damn JJ&j shot.  Fingertip pulseox showed normal heartbeat, albeit at 80 bpm.

    n

  56. SteveF says:

    You do realized the King of Sarcasm posted that, right?

    Option: He missed who put up that comment and responded seriously.

    Option: He was counter-sarcasming.

    It was probably the first but I'm hoping it was the second.

  57. PaultheManc says:

    @Nick – couple of observations 1) my memory is that RBT described dizziness, delayed taking action …. 2) A fellow soccer player friend of mine, some years ago, just over 60, no known issues, went for his yearly man-check, they spotted something – next thing he was having a triple bypass.

  58. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yeah but…  RBT had vertigo, and for some time.  I remember it interfering with his astronomy.

    I will admit to being more than a little concerned and caught off guard.  And every twinge makes me think of the fuxing shot.

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  59. Ray Thompson says:

    Finally received my passport. I got the old design with a paper identification page. My wife got the new design with a plastic identification page. Her passport also has the passport number tattooed on each page, mine does not. I would have thought all the passports issued would be the new design. Apparently not. Maybe they are using up old stock where my passport got issued.

    Passport cards are identical.

  60. Rick H says:

    And every twinge makes me think of the ****** shot.

    How recent? I suspect that enough time has passed that the shot has nothing to do with your symptoms.

    I agree, though, that a doctor visit is in order.

    Rather than taking medical advice from people here who know a lot about FLASHLIGHTS.

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  61. SteveF says:

    I'll have you know, Rick, that I have the same medical credentials as Bill Gates, Dolly Parton, Joe Biden, and Big Bird.

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  62. lynn says:

    "Maine residents brace for power rate hikes over 60%"

        https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-business-utilities-portland-legislature-9ea76763b8b70aaabcf7965eaf21dcdf

    Yup, when they shutdown Maine Yankee (a very nice base load nuke) early, I could have told them that they were being sold a bunch of lies.  And I have been proven right again.

    These “the end justifies the means” people are going to be the death of us. It is ok for them to tell lies if they meet their goal.

    Hat tip to:

       https://drudgereport.com/

  63. Pecancorner says:

    My husband was 56, fit, active, and in super good health when he had his first, disabling, stroke.  And  61when something even worse happened that left him bedfast for a year, and I had to quit work to care for him.

    Which brings to mind: we never took out disability insurance for him.  That was a mistake.  Self employed people need it.  Even though he was approved for Social Security Disability (the EARNED kind, not SSI that people who've never worked get free of charge), the SSD was not enough. 

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  64. lynn says:

    You do realized the King of Sarcasm posted that, right?

    Option: He missed who put up that comment and responded seriously.

    Option: He was counter-sarcasming.

    It was probably the first but I'm hoping it was the second.

    It was the third option.

    My eyes are so dilated right now that the screen is a huge freaking blur.  This checkup every three months for the glaucoma sucks.

  65. lynn says:

    @Nick – couple of observations 1) my memory is that RBT described dizziness, delayed taking action …. 2) A fellow soccer player friend of mine, some years ago, just over 60, no known issues, went for his yearly man-check, they spotted something – next thing he was having a triple bypass.

    I had my first heart attack at age 49.  It happens.  It started on a Monday with severe vertigo, ended up in the ER on Thursday unable to breathe with a BP of 210/110.  Of course, the Thursday was Thanksgiving at my parents house in Port Lavaca, TX with a hospital right out of the bronze age.  If I was smart, I would have gone to the ER on Monday in a nice state of the art hospital in Sugar Land.

    When I say severe vertigo, I mean severe vertigo. I walked to the front door to get a package and managed to bounce off both walls of the front hallway. I sat down because the hallway was spinning so bad and the wife asked if I needed anything. I told her that I was dizzy and would be ok in a minute. She won’t let that fly again.

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  66. Alan says:

    >> I can imagine lots more ordinary situations. Someone just used an alcohol-based cleaner in the car? Used hand sanitizer? Broke a wine bottle in their shopping? What about a designated driver, driving intoxicated people home?

    One wonders just who pushed for such a stupid idea…

    The companies that make the necessary sensors and their friendly corrupt congress critters. Next question?

  67. Alan says:

    >> Thomas said she changed the tests to passing grades because she thought the Navy's criteria for tests was 'stupid' and disagreed with it

    She was speaking her truth. Why is that even a crime?

    Would you want to be a sailor on one of those subs?

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  68. Alan says:

    >> There's a lot of funny videos out there of the various trades poking fun of each other and the tools they stereotype each other favoring. They especially like to tease electricians and make fun of their expensive Milwaukee tools and pristine work gloves. lol  I'm not a tradesman, but those videos are fun to watch.

    There were days during my 37+ year IT career when the SHTF that I wondered why I didn't become an electrician. Never a plumber though, for obvious reasons.

  69. Nick Flandrey says:

    Trust the research they said…

    Pfizer's Covid jab trial researchers in Texas 'skewed data, didn't follow-up with patients who had side effects and failed to test people with symptoms', BMJ investigation claims

    A Texas-based subcontractor paid to run an arm of the studies has been accused of cutting corners, obscuring data and putting patients in harm's way.

    n

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  70. Rick H says:

    And, there are these articles – not just from that one source:

    Unvaccinated Texans make up vast majority of COVID-19 cases and deaths this year, new state data shows

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/08/texas-coronavirus-deaths-vaccinated/

    and

    Majority of Texans support COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates, UT/TT poll says

    Fifty-seven percent of voters support mask requirements in indoor public spaces based on local conditions, while 58% support mask requirements in public schools.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/09/ut-texas-tribune-poll-coronavirus/

  71. lynn says:

    >> Thomas said she changed the tests to passing grades because she thought the Navy's criteria for tests was 'stupid' and disagreed with it

    She was speaking her truth. Why is that even a crime?

    Would you want to be a sailor on one of those subs?

    A guy who I worked for for fifteen years and then he worked for me for fifteen years was an Ensign on Admiral Rickover's staff in the 1960s.  He retired from our business in 2009 at the age of 75 and then passed away in 2015, I miss him greatly.  Anyway, he was on the initial cruise of the Thresher when they performed the Angles and Dangles test of the submarine.  Since he had very little sea duty, they strapped him to a bunk in the forward torpedo room on top of a torpedo.  She passed the ultra steep deep dive and rebound to the surface test very well, much better than his nerves.  The rest of the week long cruise was easy.

    When she sunk on her next cruise, he had to help with the investigation and redesign of the engine room and the buoyancy system.  He was very glad that he did not go out on her second cruise.

  72. lynn says:

    Majority of Texans support COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates, UT/TT poll says

    Fifty-seven percent of voters support mask requirements in indoor public spaces based on local conditions, while 58% support mask requirements in public schools.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/09/ut-texas-tribune-poll-coronavirus/

    Would somebody please explain this to me ?  I was in the waiting room of my eye doctors for over an hour as they were backed up.  I was the only person without a mask in 14 or 15 people.  There was a sign on the wall that said the masks were not required if you were vaccinated.

    When I go to church, there is usually about 20 or 30 people out of the 250 to 350 people that are masked.  If you want to mask up, go for it.  Just don't make me do it too.

  73. Alan says:

    >> I will admit to being more than a little concerned and caught off guard.  And every twinge makes me think of the fuxing shot.

    Do you have a good PCP that you trust? If so, I'd suggest an appointment sooner rather than later with a full blood panel as a starting point. (Usual IANAD disclaimer.)

    And as an aside, although it's an expense I'd rather not pay, something like this is why I continue with my concierge physician. With your set of symptoms I'd be in his office the same day.

    For those that are interested in concierge medicine "on the cheap", check out One Medical (https://www.onemedical.com/locations/).

    I see they're in Austin and coming soon to Houston. $199/year isn't bad for what they offer. No connection to them other than I used to be a patient back when I lived in NYFC and was happy with their services.

  74. Alan says:

    >> Which brings to mind: we never took out disability insurance for him.  That was a mistake.  Self employed people need it.  Even though he was approved for Social Security Disability (the EARNED kind, not SSI that people who've never worked get free of charge), the SSD was not enough. 

    I strongly recommend both kinds of 'disability' insurance, self-employed or not. By both I mean Long Term Disability (LTD – can't work because of a serious medical issue) and Long Term Care (LTC – nursing home or home health aides). If you're employed by a larger firm the LTD is usually included as part of your benefits package while LTC is an add-on that you pay for. The only issue right now is that the LTC insurance market is cr@p and getting coverage, unless you start out very young, is very expensive.

  75. Alan says:

    >> President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday that dealing with the rising inflation will be a 'top priority' for his administration

    I don't see that ending well. Anything sleepy joe sponge brain has touched has not worked or been a minor disaster. Whomever is pulling his chains is clueless.

    He's gonna hand it off to the Kamel to deal with, nothing to worry about then…

  76. Nick Flandrey says:

    @alan, with obamma care my PCP of over a decade went concierge.  He invited me to be a patient, but the $2500 buy in seemed steep.  Covid hit a couple of months later.  I don't know how his practice is going.   One other impediment for me was that his new office was on the other side of town.

    The group practice I had been going to had one of the very first covid cases in Houston walk in the door.  They've had a ton of changes in staff since then and I haven't needed to reestablish a PCP.  I may pay for that with a longer wait this time. 

    Or I might tap my client for a friendly recommendation to someone in his hospital system.

    It just sucks all around.

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  77. Rick H says:

    Note to commenters – when you paste something, and it pastes 'big', highlight the big text . You'll see that last button show a value other than 'normal' – maybe 'h1' or 'h2'.

    Click that button, set it to 'normal'.

  78. Greg Norton says:

    Would somebody please explain this to me ?  I was in the waiting room of my eye doctors for over an hour as they were backed up.  I was the only person without a mask in 14 or 15 people.  There was a sign on the wall that said the masks were not required if you were vaccinated.

    Austin. Lots of pressure to mask up even when walking outside. The bars/restaurants would have a vaccine or test mandate if the Governor hadn't tied revocation of liquor licenses to his prohibition on checking status to enter.

    (I’m still not clear on how the Paramount/State theaters are exempt. They have a liquor license and full bars, but I had to get tested to see the show last week.)

    The Texas Tribune leans left so without knowing more about the survey sample, I'll take it with a grain of salt. Consider the mindset to be Travis County with a growing chunk of Williamson.

    Which reminds me — the deposed Wilco Sheriff’s legal troubles continue. This is partially about making sure Chody doesn’t return to office, but the bigger goal is to eliminate any possibility that law enforcement will cooperate with “Live PD” should that program attempt to restart production.

    https://news.yahoo.com/former-sheriff-robert-chody-assistant-183353858.html

  79. Alan says:

    >> Finally received my passport. I got the old design with a paper identification page. My wife got the new design with a plastic identification page. Her passport also has the passport number tattooed on each page, mine does not. I would have thought all the passports issued would be the new design. Apparently not. Maybe they are using up old stock where my passport got issued.

    @Ray, you'll find out the difference the first time you use it and you find yourself in a window-less room with the contents of your suitcase strewn all over the floor and a big burly guy telling you to bend over and cough.

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  80. drwilliams says:

    “A Texas-based subcontractor paid to run an arm of the studies has been accused of cutting corners, obscuring data and putting patients in harm's way.”

    Any bets on whether that gets as much press as minor defects in some underfunded ivermectin study?

  81. Nick Flandrey says:

    Scanner has the task force working street racing again.  Thursday night they start getting cranked up, because the weekend isn't long enough.

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  82. Nick Flandrey says:

    They are watching some guy they want to nab on instagram.  He started posting a live stream of his reckless driving but the cops don't recognize where he is because he's going too fast to read the street signs.

    They're joking about how nice it would be if he Darwin-ed himself, no one else, but just himself, and saved them the trouble.

    He's in a Challenger with paper tags that don't match the vehicle.  They are for a Charger, and even that Charger ran from the cops a couple of months ago.  Crims in Texas LOVE temp plates.

    The cops are all cruising back and forth on the highways between my house and my secondary hoping to spot the guy.

    Besides racing, he 'takes over intersections' which means doing donuts and burnouts, they've clocked him over 130mph, and they mentioned some other stuff, which I've forgotten.

    'n

  83. Alan says:

    >> They're joking about how nice it would be if he Darwin-ed himself, no one else, but just himself, and saved them the trouble.

    He's in a Challenger with paper tags that don't match the vehicle.  They are for a Charger, and even that Charger ran from the cops a couple of months ago.  Crims in Texas LOVE temp plates.

    Are the PDs in TX allowed to confiscate cars used in criminal activity? Be a shame for this guy to wreck a nice ride.

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