Sat. Nov. 20, 2021 – ow, that hurts!

But not bad enough to stop…

Cool and clear. Nice day like yesterday, although everyone thought it was a bit too chilly yesterday.

I fought with routers, software, hardware and other networking gear. I should be as famous as St George… Or not. I prefer the old ways of doing things, the new way, works great when it works. And not at all when it doesn’t.Still, I get paid by the day, not by the job, so I will do ok. I’ll be back out there today to do a bit more of the cobble job before leaving for “vacation” travel on Monday.

I’m not looking forward to that. Rather fight dragons.

Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges. Took a while though, which is concerning. The case, and the reaction to it, clearly shows the division in our country and the culmination of several trends and intended or un-intended consequences. I consider it an aberration though, and luck that he got a judge that would uphold the law and not put up with shenanigans. The next one might not be so lucky.

Avoid crowds.

nick

(and keep stacking)

53 Comments and discussion on "Sat. Nov. 20, 2021 – ow, that hurts!"

  1. drwilliams says:

    Good summary here:

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/11/19/how-unethical-were-the-prosecutors-trying-to-put-kyle-rittenhouse-in-prison-let-us-count-the-ways-n1533326

    The only miscarriage of justice in this case will be if the prosecution is not brought up on charges. Manipulating the video given to the defense is so far over the line that it's around the curve of the earth.

    And not mentioned is pointing a gun at people in the courtroom, including the jury. That's a crime under Wisconsin law.

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  2. ech says:

    Took a while though, which is concerning.

    Not to me. They were given 70 pages of jury instructions. In Texas the first thing a jury does after selecting a foreperson is to read the jury instructions aloud. That is going to take a while. Then they wanted a copy for each of them to have  – I certainly would have wanted a copy to guide my deliberations.

    From the questions they asked and the evidence that they reviewed, they were probably hung up on the provocation charge that was added at the end and wanted to be careful. Given the length of the trial and the nature of the charges, they seem to have spent an appropriate amount of time. It's possible that there were one or two holdouts that had to be convinced and going over the evidence is the best way to persuade.

  3. MrAtoz says:

    So will the DA in Kenosha now be charging Gaige Grosskreutz with attempted intentional homicide? He admitted under oath that he pointed his pistol at Rittenhouse.

    They also now know the identity of "drop-kick guy". Another Black career criminal who stomped Rittenhouse's head.  The rumor is the Prosecutor knew his ID the whole time, but couldn't come to a plea agreement with him. Another strike against the corrupt Kenosha goobermint.

  4. MrAtoz says:

    From the questions they asked and the evidence that they reviewed, they were probably hung up on the provocation charge that was added at the end and wanted to be careful.

    That's my thought. The last minute drone video. I'd be concerned after years, that the Prosecution says the video shows up at the 11th hour and would want to scrutinize it thoroughly. Probably from another LEO. I wonder if they had the video all along and it was a Hail Mary at the end.

  5. Ray Thompson says:

    I'd be concerned after years, that the Prosecution says the video shows up at the 11th hour and would want to scrutinize it thoroughly

    I would question any last minute video or photograph unless the digital signature could be verified as having not been modified. I have seen too many convincing video and images that have been doctored. Unless the source of the video could be traced and all handling of the video (or photograph) signed off by all who touched the video I would question the validity. If the digital validity could not be verified or another video from another source provided I would not consider the evidence reliable.

    I saw a lot of video manipulation in "For All Mankind" and "Forest Gump" that made events that did not exist look real. Being able to trace a video or photograph back to it's digital source, without modification, would need significant corroboration from other sources.

  6. MrAtoz says:

    Another article on masks:

    The utter Orwellian stupidity of masks on airplanes

    I wonder if plugs forces COVID testing before a flight will drop the mask mandate? On second thought, he will EO that you be triple clot-shotted, take the COVID pill, tested before boarding, and wear two masks. I hate wearing a mask on those long flights.

    Where is the *science* on masks making a difference with COVID? Seven months now going maskless everywhere in Tejas. There is no giant COVID breakout.

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  7. MrAtoz says:

    I would question any last minute video or photograph unless the digital signature could be verified as having not been modified.

    I'm also concerned this was a Fed drone surveilling citizens and the Feds don't want us to know that.

    /tinfoil hat

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  8. MrAtoz says:

    Here's VP Cackler implying Rittenhouse is guilty:

    VP Harris on Twitter

    She probably things this is good for her 2022-24 Presidential run.

  9. CowboySlim says:

    I heard on TV news that two of the three shot by Rittenhouse were convicted felons.  But not said were which two and which of those two was sexual abuser of 5 children.

  10. Ray Thompson says:

    Seven months now going maskless everywhere in Tejas. There is no giant COVID breakout.

    Before the opening kickoff of football Fauci and his pack of clowns told everyone there would be massive outbreaks of Covid. The games would be "super spreader" events. No one in the stands, with 90K+ people in many cases, were wearing masks. I know at the UT (TN) games there were 102K+ people and perhaps 17 had masks. There was no massive outbreak of Covid from any of these football games. Life went on as normal.

    Now Fauci and the media are quiet about their claim of super spreader events. Truth be told they are liars seeking their own agenda.

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    Being able to trace a video or photograph back to it's digital source, without modification,

    –watch the making of features for the newer set of star wars movies.  I think it was on the child aniken one, but the director of photography is moaning that now they don't have to look at every take and quickly discard any with an issue, they have to look at and KEEP every take in case the director wants to salvage something from it.   He then shows an example where the main characters are in a medium closeup face to face talking, and someone moves too soon in the background.    In editing, they combine the takes, with what is essentially a split screen, using the better main acting, and the take where the background doesn't move on the left….  it was seamless.  

    One of the articles attributes the footage to an FBI surveillance drone.  It could be a number of things that delayed release.   FBI might not have wanted to reveal their operation, or the capability of the drone.  DOD releases very degraded video of air to air combat for that reason.   I wouldn't put it past FBI to hold the footage rather than provide the exculpatory evidence to protect the source.   THey do that with Stingray cell tracking data, for example.  Plenty of articles about cases being dropped when the only damaging evidence comes from a source they don't want to reveal.

    If the prosecution had it and held it for their own reasons, someone should lose a license.

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  12. drwilliams says:

    Taking down the MSM coverage of CRT:

    He found that coverage about critical race theory has tended to focus on what is not controversial (notably whether or not schools should teach about racism and slavery), while eliding almost entirely its most inflammatory facets—specifically, CRT’s rejection of ideas and principles that are foundational to Western thought and values. This matters because it creates conditions wherein even fair-minded and diligent news consumers can be led astray.

    https://www.aei.org/op-eds/how-media-coverage-of-critical-race-theory-misses-the-point/

    https://www.aei.org/research-products/report/medias-misleading-portrayal-of-the-fight-over-critical-race-theory/

  13. MrAtoz says:

    Dr. FauXi big ego:

    Anthony Fauci: Attacks on Me Are ‘Dangerous to the Entire Field of Science’

    Maybe he should shut his yap and not be on every TV show. What is his job anyway? The highest paid Fed and all we get is a mouthpiece. Just shut up and stay out of the spotlight glory and you won't be attacked. The ends don't justify the means, puppy torturer.

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  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    Am I correct in assuming that the point is to have remote access to the client's house to allow someone to work remotely? Is this a consumer grade DSL line without dedicated IP address(es)?

    The control system programmer needs to be able to remotely access the whole network now, because of the way the new device we've added work.   They are on the IP network, pretty dumb hardware terminals that self populate from a central server.  Think in house kiosk that pulls all of its content from an in house web server and you wont' be far wrong.

    in the old days, those devices were all directly connected to the 'control processor' over hard wire, and had all their gui and logic stored locally.   All the programmer needed was access to the control processor and he could go thru there to the endpoint devices.

    We could do that with simple port forwarding in the DSL modem.

    Now we need a VPN endpoint that he can access, and the Security Gateway is supposed to provide that as well as some internet security functions.

    And yes, ADSL from ATT.  It's the only option available to him.   The public IP address rarely changes and he can either relay that new addy, or the DDNS for the security cams can relay it to me.

    The cable company is pulling fiber in the area, and promises to hook up the neighborhood 'real soon now'.    There are only about 20 homes in the neighborhood and the average lot is 20-40 acres so the telcos are very reluctant.  The average home size is in 5 digits, and I don't even want to speculate about average household income, so the telcos are missing out.   MOST of the homeowners are on board for fast internet at ANY cost, even a huge upfront to get the physical plant in.  I've looked at fixed wireless but getting the point of presence for the back haul would have been very difficult before last year.

    There is a ton of new development happening in the area, very high density neighborhoods in the middle of open fields, and there if a lot of infrastructure going in.

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  15. MrAtoz says:

    Hey, hands off plugs:

    Watch: Biden Caresses 1st-Grader for 10 Seconds, Then Whispers 'Meet Me After This'

    plugsy McSpongeBrain. His handlers tell him not to do this, but he can't resist.

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  16. Greg Norton says:

    Now we need a VPN endpoint that he can access, and the Security Gateway is supposed to provide that as well as some internet security functions.

    Be sure that WiFi is not part of the link for a remote PC connecting to PPTP on the security gateway. You might as well not even have encryption.

    RDP over WiFi is also asking for trouble for the same reason — weak crypto.

    If TeamViewer isn’t behind a ransomware hack, chances are it is RDP.

    My current employer's intrusion detection screens for RDP on the corporate networks. Too many companies give the end users Admin level access to their laptops, and a lot of "dudes" who want to work from home when they shouldn’t have friends who are willing to help and just clever enough to be dangerous.

  17. MrAtoz says:

    Another pants shitter:

    The DOJ should consider charges against Rittenhouse

    I guess Nadler is using the Commerce Clause to "get Rittenhouse" at any expense. Found not guilty, but a Representative of the US still trying to get him. The CC is very misused.

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  18. MrAtoz says:

    Just a note if you are traveling by air for Thanksgiving. The TSA is short handed and the first line they close is the preCheck line. That happened on my return from Vegas. I departed from C gate and the TSA line was almost down the escalator (several hundred people) because preCheck was closed. I think they would have done better by keeping the preCheck open because processing through it is 10 times faster and a lot of people have paid for preCheck.

  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yeah, I'm flying Monday and Friday, into Boston.   REALLY not looking forward to that.  Wife will be very upset if PreCheck is closed and she has to stand with me in the Premiere line.

    Coming home from WDW orlando had no precheck and no premiere open. I hate MCO.

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  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    Be sure that WiFi is not part of the link for a remote PC connecting to PPTP on the security gateway.

    if I can ever get the management console to see the box I'll check.  As far as I know, the only pc in the whole house is his lappy from work, and presumably his IT staff has made sure that setup is secure for the very few times he uses it. 

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  21. ITGuy1998 says:

    If you are getting a rental car anyways, fly into Providence and avoid Logan like the plague.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    If you are getting a rental car anyways, fly into Providence and avoid Logan like the plague.

    we've done that in the distant past, the trip for the grandparents to pick us up is about the same.    I believe we have a driver for this trip, might be grandpa, might be his favorite uber.

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  23. Greg Norton says:

    Be sure that WiFi is not part of the link for a remote PC connecting to PPTP on the security gateway.

    if I can ever get the management console to see the box I'll check.  As far as I know, the only pc in the whole house is his lappy from work, and presumably his IT staff has made sure that setup is secure for the very few times he uses it. 

    I meant that your partner shouldn't be on WiFi to access the modules to program if the security gateway uses a PPTP VPN.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Coming home from WDW orlando had no precheck and no premiere open. I hate MCO.

    MCO has been a trainwreck at the security checkpoint for 20 years.

    Security at the Southwest gates … Airside C IIRC … at TPA is a breeze.

  25. Pecancorner says:

    If you are getting a rental car anyways

    My son in Ohio tells me rental cars have gotten more expensive, plus they are all wanting round trip rentals, so no more renting just to get from the airport, and then again to get back after a long stay.    Used to, he didn't have to think much about the cost of the rental, but now he has to calculate that into the whole cost of the trip.  He said the increased charges are enough that it may make it worthwhile to look into a commuter ticket to get close enough for us to pick him up.  

  26. drwilliams says:

    So many lawsuits, so little time:

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/11/20/in-now-deleted-video-james-madison-university-miscategorizes-rittenhouse-verdict-n2599393

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/11/20/misinformation-kyle-rittenhouse-crossed-state-lines-and-shot-3-black-people-after-the-murder-of-jacob-blake-n430604

    The first civil lawsuit filed should be against Joe Biden. Biden lumped Rittenhouse in with white supremacists in a video during his presidential campaign. Biden was not president, he was a private citizen running for elected office. He can be sued and he should be sued, if for no other reason than to send a message.

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/11/20/kyle-rittenhouse-should-sue-joe-biden-n430505

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  27. drwilliams says:

    Evil is nozama spelled backwards.

    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/amazon-privacy-lobbying/

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  28. Alan says:

    >> There is no giant COVID breakout.

    Check out what's happening in Europe.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59358074

  29. SteveF says:

    And if you can't blame the WHO, whom can you trust?

  30. mij~ says:

     nozamA morf noitamrofnI lanosreP ruoY tseuqeR

    https://www.amazon.com/hz/privacy-central/data-requests/preview.html?

  31. RickH says:

    mij~ 

    …. I think you are wearing your computer keyboard backwards….

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  32. Pecancorner says:

    It would be interesting to hear what you folks think about this list.  Several important things are missing.

    And personally, I think they were really reaching for 19 and 20! 

    20 of the Most Important Moments in Internet History

  33. ~jim says:

    Fun question! I had to stretch for the last few, but this is my list of 20 by free association, no particular order except as they came to me.

    • The Well
    • Netscape 2.2
    • AOL and those CDs! 
    • Gopher
    • Ftp
    • AltaVista
    • Yahoo (just because)
    • Google
    • Amazon (because)
    • Facebook (though I hate to admit it)
    • Twitter (perish the thought!)
    • WikiLeaks
    • WiFi
    • Telix
    • YouTube
    • 9/11
    • Apple Store
    • WhatsApp
    • 56k modems and DSL
    • The very first Nudie picture! 
  34. ~jim says:

    And before we go to sleep, let's not forget that today is Transgender Day of Remembrance.

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/20/biden-issues-statement-for-transgender-day-of-remembrance/amp/

  35. Nick Flandrey says:

    I can't believe they left off compuserve.  They had public email, and a whole lot of the other things we take for granted.   Archie, Veronica, gopher.

    Who was the first video compression company, blue? something?  THAT helped move the pron, and every new media tech needs pron to grow.  They were HUGE for a while.

    Along those lines, Amateur Action website for D/Ling the pron… I think the founders are still in jail for pornography and indecency.  The trial applied the "community standards" rule in a very specifically chosen "community" in real life, and railroaded the founders.  I argued at the time that the "community standards" they should be judged by were those of the online users, no matter where they were IRL.

    GeoCities deserves mention too for their easy websites and the groups.

    No love for Home Page Designer? or Front Page?  Javascript?  CSS? Cold Fusion?

    No mention of DNS?

    LINUX wouldn't exist without the internet, and the internet wouldn't be anything like it is without linux and OSS.

    How about the lawsuit and forced separation of IE from WIN?  That changed MS forever, because after that, they started lobbying congress.

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  36. Lynn says:

    "Pfizer says its antiviral pill slashes risk of severe COVID-19 by 89%" By Deena Beasley         

     https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizer-says-antiviral-pill-cuts-risk-severe-covid-19-by-89-2021-11-05/

    No more jabs.

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    Such fun to riot and burn…

    Europe's lockdown fury: Violence breaks out in Vienna as 10,000 protesters take to the streets and thousands more march in Amsterdam – hours after two people are SHOT in Rotterdam during clashes between activists and Dutch riot police

    • Violence erupted in Vienna today as 10,000 protesters took to the streets after new lockdown was announced
    • Two people were shot during an 'orgy of violence' amid anti-lockdown protests in Rotterdam Friday evening
    • Police confirmed the injuries to the rioters, but did not clarify what type of ammunition was used against them
    • Protesters also gathered in Amsterdam, the southern town of Breda to demonstrate against measures today 
    • The Netherlands entered a partial lockdown on Saturday, sparking a furious backlash against the government 
    • Austria on Friday reimposed a full winter lockdown and neighbouring Germany warned it may soon follow suit

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  38. RickH says:

    No more jabs.

    I'd personally rather have the jabs to reduce the probability of getting the illness. And to reduce the severity of the symptoms if I did get it anyway. Even if the jabs' protection gets weaker over time (isn't that why we have annual 'regular' flu shots?) Even if there is a need for 'booster' shots to take care of variations in the virus.

  39. Lynn says:

    No more jabs.

    I'd personally rather have the jabs to reduce the probability of getting the illness. And to reduce the severity of the symptoms if I did get it anyway. Even if the jabs' protection gets weaker over time (isn't that why we have annual 'regular' flu shots?) Even if there is a need for 'booster' shots to take care of variations in the virus.

    The pfizer covid pills are antivirals.  They are only given to people sick with covid.

    You can take the vaccine shots but if you get covid then the pills can help you recover better and faster.  Kind of like Tamiflu.

  40. lpdbw says:

    Even if the jabs' protection gets weaker over time (isn't that why we have annual 'regular' flu shots?)

    No.  Each year, they predict (poorly) which strains of flu will be present, months in advance, and formulate the flu shots against their top 3 or 4 guesses.  So each year's shots are different from the prior year.

    You can take the vaccine shots but if when you get covid then the pills can help you recover better and faster.  Kind of like Tamiflu.

    FIFY.   And are we sure the new, expensive Pfizer drug doesn't require the presence of worms to be effective?  Where are the double blined RCT's over a long period of time?

  41. Alan says:

    >> There is no giant COVID breakout.

    Check out what's happening in Europe.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59358074

    And then this from a related article (emphasis added)…

    Secondly, European countries have impose much stronger and stricter control measures throughout the pandemic than the U.S. That might actually be driving the new surges because fewer unvaccinated people have been exposed to the virus, which means they have lower “natural immunity” from prior COVID infection.

    Truelove explains: “Stronger and stricter control measures … have the consequence of leaving a lot more susceptible individuals in the population, [because] the stronger the controls the fewer people get infected. And so, you have more individuals remaining in the population who are more susceptible and at risk of getting infected in the future.”

    By contrast, he notes, a “large chunk” of the U.S. has not put strict lockdowns in place.

    “So, what we’ve seen over the past couple months with the Delta wave is that in a lot of those states with lower vaccination coverage and lower controls this virus has really burned through a lot of the susceptible population. As a result, we’re seeing the curves coming down and what really looks like a lot of the built-up immunity in these states, especially southern states.”

    But whether these differences will be enough for the U.S. to dodge another COVID-19 bullet this winter is uncertain.

    https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20211119/covid-surge-in-europe-us-next

  42. Greg Norton says:

    It would be interesting to hear what you folks think about this list.  Several important things are missing.

    And personally, I think they were really reaching for 19 and 20!

    20? Pokemon Go? We were in Anaheim the weekend that hit big, and nearly everyone was wondering around the Orange Circle staring into their phones.

    Sitting at dinner at a sidewalk cafe, watching the show, my wife, amazed, asked, rhtorically, "They're not all playing Pokemon Go?!?"

    A passerby, one of the few besides us who wasn't occupied with the game said, "Oh, yes they are."

    A few things missing from the list of dates:

    – Publication of Bob Metcalfe's paper on Ethernet.

    – First Cisco router goes live on the Stanford campus.

    – Invention of the camera phone by Philippe Khan — arguably more important than his Turbo Pascal.

    – First sale by Amazon. (And MacKenzie drove the Bronco … all through the day and night …)

    – Google search #1 — way more important than its IPO since it changed the search standard forever.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    You can take the vaccine shots but if you get covid then the pills can help you recover better and faster.  Kind of like Tamiflu.

    Like Tamiflu, the Pfizer pills are serious medicine and require physician supervision. They are not for causual dispensing or suitable as a preventative.

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  44. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    CowboySlim says:

    I heard on TV news that two of the three shot by Rittenhouse were convicted felons.  But not said were which two and which of those two was sexual abuser of 5 children.

    All three of the shootees were convicted felons. Among the deceased, Rosenbaum was the child rapist, while Huber was the granny-basher. Huber was armed.

    The survivor Grosskreutz was a burglar, and was also armed with a handgun. 

    All three deserved to cease their mortal existence. 

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  45. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    MrAtoz says:

    I guess Nadler is using the Commerce Clause to "get Rittenhouse" at any expense. Found not guilty, but a Representative of the US still trying to get him. The CC is very misused.

    Blame Shrub 1, who was (IIRC) one of the first RINOs to want to re-try the Rodney King cops in 1992. They were acquitted in state court, and President Shrub wanted to try again, claiming that FEDERAL charges weren't the same as the STATE proceedings. Which was entirely bogus and unconstitutional. 

  46. drwilliams says:

    Contract law requires a "meeting of the minds".

    We need a Constitutional Amendment that says: "No penumbras or other shit that isn't in there."

  47. ech says:

    Re: Masks

    It all depends on the type and if it fits well.

    N95s without a valve are effective at stopping transmission both ways. The KN94s are pretty good. Surgical masks help a bit, but are hard to fit. (They were designed to stop droplets from the surgeon and staff getting into incisions.) Cloth masks are somewhat effective for a while, but trap too much moisture.

    What helps quite a bit is turning the air over a lot and HEPA filtering it. My cardiologist had HEPA filters running in each of their treatment rooms. Airplanes turn the air over pretty fast and have HEPA filtering, so wearing a mask on a plane is probably not needed.

  48. ~jim says:

    And are we sure the new, expensive Pfizer drug doesn't require the presence of worms to be effective?

    It might be interesting to compare the incidence of giardia per capita in India versus… any other population? 

  49. Alan says:

    >> No.  Each year, they predict (poorly) which strains of flu will be present, months in advance, and formulate the flu shots against their top 3 or 4 guesses.  So each year's shots are different from the prior year.

    Soon(?) to be "fixed"…

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41573-021-00176-7

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

     Even if there is a need for 'booster' shots to take care of variations in the virus.

    –LW addressed the flu shot misunderstanding, I'll get this one.  TO DATE, may change, the boosters are exactly the same as the initial dose for every approved one that mentioned anything about it.  No changes for variations.

    They would have to get new temp authorizations for any new formulations.

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  51. Nick Flandrey says:

    Cops are working street racing again.   Big groups of surveillance and under covers, with at least three helos in the air.

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