Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 – worse, not better. “There’s a lot of ruin in a country…”

Cool and damp again, maybe a little rain… we got just a few drops at the end of the day yesterday. The rest of the day was rain free if still damp-ish and overcast.

That meant I was able to take a load to the auctioneer. But. I loaded the truck about 3/4 of the way from one unit, and moved to the other unit, thinking that I’ll just grab the quick and easy stuff from both. Very strange. My lock is gone, and there is another lock on my unit. Office is closed on Tuesday but they agree to send a manager from a nearby storage facility, because storage companies ADD a lock to the unit if there is an issue. They don’t cut YOUR lock. There were some other ‘tells’ too. All of the company locks have a little blue sticker on them and this one didn’t. No issues with the unit were in the file, and I know I paid online…

In the mean time, I take my partial load to the auctioneer, and he freaks. This is all he wants this week. WTF? We had a long conversation, he was gonna take it all. Well, not so much. It’s possible the big boss objected or knew they had other stuff coming in. In either case, I don’t get to empty any storage,nor move much from the house.

On my way back to storage, the manager calls and will meet me there. I swing by home to get a new lock, and grab my battery grinder just in case.

Met the guy and we cut the lock. Ransacked. Robbed. Burgled actually. From the door I could see they went through most of the bins, tossing them around, and grabbing what they wanted. I haven’t disturbed the mess yet as I’m hoping for a police investigation, but I can see the golf clubs are gone, as well as a huge subwoofer, and every bit of electronics. They got at least $1000 in resell value, and that’s just what I can see at first look.

The facility manager is going to look at video for the last week. When she finds something, I’ll call the cops or the constable’s office, and try for an investigation. This is a pretty sophisticated operation. They have surely hit more than my unit as there were a LOT of units with the disc locks on them. They broke in, stripped out what they wanted, then put a lock on the door to disguise the entry. For most renters, I’m sure it would be weeks or months before the theft was discovered, and any video would be long gone.

This is the second time in as many months the one of my storage units has been broken into. In the other facility, a tenant cut locks in a hallway and entered a bunch of units. Caught on video. My unit had only networking and industrial stuff, so they didn’t steal anything. The management noticed the cut locks, and investigated. Then called me and let me know what happened. I met a real nice guy (and mentioned it here at the time) when I went to verify my stuff was still there.

I’ve been a storage unit renter for decades. Not all at once, but cumulatively, and I’ve had the ones here for a while. I’ve never had an issue before. Never heard of anyone having issues with theft, and certainly not a thief who hides the crime with his own lock. This is a big change.

Add in the other indicators. Supply chain issues and shortages. Inflation. Street violence. Political violence. Silencing opposing views. Increasingly ‘othering’ rhetoric and demonizing of opposing groups. Rule of law is collapsing. Social norms are fraying. Everything is getting worse. And I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

Yeah I know, doom and gloom. The sky is falling. The end is near(er)… But tell me where I’m wrong. I’d love to be wrong.

Look to your personal security and physical security. Look to your personal supply chain. When you see it, buy it. And stack it high.

nick

63 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 – worse, not better. “There’s a lot of ruin in a country…”"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    49F and 78%RH.    Fitful sleep again.  Lot of tossing and turning.  

    Full day of running around all over town.

    n

  2. Clayton W. says:

    When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Ukraine inherited some nuclear weapons.  The US convinced them to give up those weapons by guaranteeing their sovereignty. 

    Not that we have failed to keep our promises before.  I wonder why ANYONE trusts the US anymore.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    Much of America isn't tracking at-home COVID test results

    Much of America does not care.  We have had it.

    Much of America wants the rest of this week off heading into the holiday weekend. A positive test now means five days off at a lot of places.

    A freeze is predicted for Austin on Monday morning, but the high is supposed to warm up to 66.

  4. Chad says:

    My lock is gone, and there is another lock on my unit… All of the company locks have a little blue sticker on them and this one didn’t.

    My brother used to keep a lot of his tools in a storage locker years ago. He was frequently behind on the bill too. He was never so far behind they'd empty/auction it, but he really rode that line. He noticed that when they overlocked they would put these red discus padlocks in the second lock hole. So, he bought a red discus padlock and overlocked his own unit. When they came around to overlocked the past due units his appeared to already be overlocked and they moved on. He continued to access it when it was past due and supposedly overlocked. He was pretty impressed with his ingenuity. I was always saying, "OR… you could just pay the f'ing bill on time."

    All the hospitals in our area that I know of have been enforcing "one visitor (the caregiver) per day" from the beginning.  They never changed the rule. 

    They had that rule here last time I visited someone in the COVID quarantine ward back in September. Though, it was poorly enforced. It mostly relied on a LOT of strongly worded signage and the honor system. We all violated it quite frequently.

    There has not been any Diet Dr. Pepper at our HEB in weeks.  That is a sin !

    When I was a kid and found all diet sodas to be horribly disgusting the one I could actually stomach was Diet Dr. Pepper. For whatever reason, it was always the least diet tasting of all of the diet sodas. 

    Diet soda drinkers probably forgot was it was like overcoming the nasty taste of aspartame (or they were raised on it as that's what their parents had in the house). After a while you stop noticing it and then the stuff sweetened with corn syrup or cane sugar tastes funny. However, when I switched to diet soda back in 2004 I had to choke it down for several weeks before I became numb to the aspartame taste. I quit drinking soda altogether in 2012. I drank way too much of it and the acid was destroying my teeth. On very rare occasion I'll get one of those "Mexican Cokes" (bottled in Mexican and sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup) when I'm at a taqueria, but that's about it.

    Wife stopped today at the other Wally Mart near us and she said it was worse than the one she was at yesterday. One half of one side of the freezer in one aisle was completely empty. Lots of empty spaces in other aisles with no attempt to cover up by spreading up the remaining stock. Keep stacking if/when you can.

    This tends to feed on itself. Supply chain problems and temporary spikes in demand creating empty shelves. Empty shelves create panic buying which leads to more empty shelves.

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  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    True that it can be self reinforcing, but mainly it's pulling demand forward.  IE they don't sell more, they just sell more sooner.

    And it only stays true if they eventually meet the demand.

    I don't expect them to be able to do that, which will drive inflation even more.

    The traditional response to high inflation is price controls which then  cause the items to vanish from the market altogether.

    n

    added– Empty shelves create panic buying, panic buying of what if the shelves are empty?

  6. Clayton W. says:

    added– Empty shelves create panic buying, panic buying of what if the shelves are empty?

    EVERYTHING.  Ever see a shopping cart at the end of the hurricane buying frenzy?  I saw one person with 2 full shopping carts filled with every canned and jarred good that was left.  Anchovies, pickled herring, vienna sausages. Crazy.

    p.s. I don't remember what I was buying, but it was not hurricane related and was in stock.

    p.p.s. KEEP your hurricane supplies in stock and you don't have to worry about shopping with everyone else.  Canned, jarred, and dry goods keep for a LONG time and usually far beyond the best used dates.  Fats are a notable exception.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    The large HEB near me on Bulverde Road was fully stocked yesterday. Although I didn’t walk the soda isle (stopped drinking it), one of the Twins got some diet root beer. Plenty of meats, fresh and sliced, veggies. You know the walk around the outside. Plenty of snacks, but HEB is pushing their brand more and more.

  8. Chad says:

    Much of America wants the rest of this week off heading into the holiday weekend.

    There's a lot of that going around. Much of the WFH crowd (that don’t work for large west coast tech companies) is back at the office and still wishing they were at home, so every time someone near them sniffles they're running out for a COVID test and HOPING it's positive so they get another week or two to WFH.

  9. ech says:

    It looks very much like Putin wants to resurrect the USSR.

    Strategy Page has been saying that for years.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    The large HEB near me on Bulverde Road was fully stocked yesterday. Although I didn’t walk the soda isle (stopped drinking it), one of the Twins got some diet root beer. Plenty of meats, fresh and sliced, veggies. You know the walk around the outside. Plenty of snacks, but HEB is pushing their brand more and more.

    The soda aisle at my HEB was fully stocked all weekend with the exception of the sports drinks, an ongoing problem for two years.

    Sunday night, I noted a Pepsi rep walking the aisle at 8 PM.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    There's a lot of that going around. Much of the WFH crowd (that don’t work for large west coast tech companies) is back at the office and still wishing they were at home, so every time someone near them sniffles they're running out for a COVID test and HOPING it's positive so they get another week or two to WFH.

    This year, MLK Day, Lunar New Year, and Presidents' Day are roughly equally spaced so the testing crazy will continue for at least another month as people try to game the calendar and secular holidays.

    A freeze on the scale of February happening this weekend would mean Governor Robert Francis O'Rourke being sworn in next January. Fortunately, the prediction for most of the state is above freezing daytime temps.

    A freeze is the *only* way the Dems take the Governor’s Mansion in November.

    Covid affects everyone differently. My wife’s fully vaccinated friend is on a ventilator while I have post nasal drip and a cough. No one should *want* this crud.

    And, yes, while I normally avoid masks, I do use one, even at Home Depot and Sam’s, where I’ve never believed masks made a bit of difference.

  12. Ray Thompson says:

    I really wonder about the stupidity that is running this school system.

    I am subbing today. First period class is all sophomores. There is an important meeting this morning in the cafeteria for all sophomores regarding SAT testing. All are supposed to attend. All the teachers got an email.

    But the subs are considered too stupid to have emails or access to the WiFi. I get on WiFi because I know someone and am using their credentials.

    Anyway, the meeting occurs and everyone in my first period class misses the meeting. I get chewed out by the administration because I failed to let them attend the mandatory meeting. I point out that I was never informed, do not get email, and it falls on the school administration to inform me of such events. They are clueless and running the education system.

    We are doomed. Well, at least the youngens'. I will be dead in a few years.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    We are doomed. Well, at least the youngens'. I will be dead in a few years.

    The same 10% of the general population I believe can be taught to code effectively will always manage to find some kind of effective education, whether on the job or through what's left of the education system.

    Most don't end up writing code if they are fortunate and are directed into more useful careers.

    Figure another 10%, the other half of the population that do useful work, have high mechanical aptitude and are the competent trades people.

    It is the other 80% you have to worry about. There are only so many Scrum Master jobs to go around.

    Whether or not an economy based on opening shipping containers from elsewhere is a good idea, we don’t even manage to do that well anymore.

    I had to laugh when I caught the mailing address of Balsam Hill when they started floating trial balloons about the “shortage” of Christmas trees. How exactly do you manage your inventory flows through the port effectively from 700 miles away?

  14. lynn says:

    poor people didn't usually suffer from insufficient income. They suffered from insufficient judgment and willpower

    You are absolutely right. However, there are also a lot of companies that seem to specifically prey on people with low incomes. Payday loans come immediately to mind, but also crazy bank fees, encouraging credit card debt – there are plenty of others. Being poor can be expensive.

    I heard an article on the radio yesterday that the average "poor" person has 20 insufficient account charges a year at their bank.  That sounds abysmal to me if it is true. And no, I don’t have a clue how to fix it as I maintain checkbooks for all of my accounts with up to date balances.

  15. lynn says:

    From SRW in the Fort Bend Journal:

    "Wife or girlfriend mad at you ? Has she stopped speaking to you ? Tighten all the jars and then she will have to talk to you.  Follow me for more relationship advice."

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  16. brad says:

    I'm less pessimistic than Greg. I figure about half the population can be gainfully employed. The rest are too dumb, or too unmotivated, or disabled, or something.

    There are only so many Scrum Master jobs to go around.

    Hah. The thing is: a really good technical lead (call them Scrum Masters if you have to) is invaluable to a team, and will actually magnify everyone's productivity. Bad ones do the opposite. The person doesn't have to program, but they have to understand programming. Putting useless people in jobs coordinating the work of multiple other people is beyond stupid.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    I'm less pessimistic than Greg. I figure about half the population can be gainfully employed. The rest are too dumb, or too unmotivated, or disabled, or something.

    I'm referring to the US. My rule of thumb is that about 20% of the working age population here do something genuinely useful and keep the economy moving.

    Scrum Master in the US is different than a technical lead. It is often relegated to a quota filling role, particularly at government contractors, with the rationalization being that the position requires a higher "EQ" (Emotional Quotent) then the typical engineering type can provide in coordinating work efforts of a diverse product team.

    A specifically trained "Scrum Master" here should always be viewed with suspicion IMHO. At CGI, we had a "Project Control Officer" that served in the role, and the inside joke of the group was her mugshot from being arrested for weed.

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  18. Alan says:

    >> Everything is getting worse. And I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

    @nick, sorry to hear about your break-in, hopefully the PD will make something more than a perfunctory effort.

    Don't recall it being mentioned here but I imagine it's not limited to our city – we're  having a rash of catalytic converter thefts the last few months, many of them in broad daylight in mall and big-box store parking lots. They've got it down to a science and are usually done and gone in under 5 minutes. Ones from Priuses seem to be the most valuable for some reason, with Honda Elements and Toyota RAV4s also popular. Fortunately no worries with my Leaf but I tell my wife to use the handicapped spots so she's closer to the store and there's more foot traffic.

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  19. drwilliams says:

    “And no, I don’t have a clue how to fix it as I maintain checkbooks for all of my accounts with up to date balances.”

    I do. It’s called cash. 

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  20. Pecancorner says:

    Fortunately no worries with my Leaf but I tell my wife to use the handicapped spots so she's closer to the store and there's more foot traffic.

    I understand the reasoning, but that's uncool if your wife is not handicapped.  Handicap spaces don't only exist because of proximity to the door or a ramp, but also because of the width necessary for wheelchair access.

    When my husband is with me and all the handicapped spaces are taken – usually several by people without stickers or tags – I have to stop in the fire lane and get his wheelchair out and get him into it and safely inside before moving our truck to a regular space. Then when we've finished our errand, I have to do it all over again.

    We used to just take up two spaces farther away, but after nearly being run over several times by people backing out who didn't notice him in his chair (and who apparently thought I would just 'get out of their way'), we don't do that any more.

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  21. Alan says:

    >> The traditional response to high inflation is price controls which then  cause the items to vanish from the market altogether.

    And higher interest rates. Bought some more silver dimes but already lost them in the river.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/10/goldman-predicts-the-fed-while-hike-rates-four-times-this-year-more-than-previously-expected.html

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    poor people didn't usually suffer from insufficient income. They suffered from insufficient judgment and willpower

    Yep, no money sense. I had a friend who was really short on funds, not enough to feed their child. I was working on a project and said if he did part of the project I would pay him $200.00. He did his part which I eventually had to fix but I still paid him. He and his wife immediately went out and put a down payment on an $800.00 dining room table. This put himself further in debt. I did not help him, I made it worse.

    Of course there is that old saying. If shirt(-r) were valuable poor people would be born without anal orifices. Or words to that effect.

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  23. Alan says:

    >> I understand the reasoning, but that's uncool if your wife is not handicapped.  Handicap spaces don't only exist because of proximity to the door or a ramp, but also because of the width necessary for wheelchair access.

    Oh no, she has a legitimate disabled parking hangtag and most times needs to use it. We despise people that illegally park in handicapped spots and report them to the PD non-emergency number. One time we were going to a local restaurant and the valet company had jammed five high-end luxury cars into the three available handicapped spots. We parked in a regular spot and call the PD. Leaving after eating we saw all five cars had $250 tickets, probably coming out of the valet's pocket.

  24. lynn says:

    “And no, I don’t have a clue how to fix it as I maintain checkbooks for all of my accounts with up to date balances.”

    I do. It’s called cash. 

    But the powers that be are planning to make cash illegal …

    And yes, I know about the Dave Ramsey envelope system.  Many of our friends practice it.

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  25. Pecancorner says:

    Oh no, she has a legitimate disabled parking hangtag and most times needs to use it.

    I'm sorry that that is the case, and wish she didn't need one.    I'm glad you understand.

    We used to go to church with a guy who always took up two handicap spaces for his corvette.  It didn't phase him to see people in wheelchairs… I guess he thought he'd earned it.

    It must really be a challenge for people who are on their own with a van conversion. Sometimes I see them just leave their vehicles open in the fire lane… they've no other choice, really.

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  26. lynn says:

    "U.S. to shutter 14.9 GW of coal-fired & add 46.1 GW of utility scale solar PV in 2022", “You can’t fix stupid” by David Middleton

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/01/12/us-to-shutter-14-9-gw-of-coal-fired-and-add-46-1-gw-of-utility-scale-solar-pv-in-2022/

    "Solar power will account for nearly half of new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2022"

    I suspect that the power generators are anticipating a carbon tax in the USA.

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  27. Greg Norton says:

    poor people didn't usually suffer from insufficient income. They suffered from insufficient judgment and willpower

    Yep, no money sense. I had a friend who was really short on funds, not enough to feed their child. I was working on a project and said if he did part of the project I would pay him $200.00. He did his part which I eventually had to fix but I still paid him. He and his wife immediately went out and put a down payment on an $800.00 dining room table. This put himself further in debt. I did not help him, I made it worse.

    The first Christmas we were in Vantucky, we were selling things on EBay to make rent, and my wife got shaken down by one of the nurses at work to contribute $200 to a fund for a co-woker to ostensibly use to buy her kids presents and put a turkey on the table for the holiday.

    Ok. Fine. Shake down effective. Guilt felt.

    A few months later, we found out the woman stiffed her kids for Christmas and dropped $1000 on a tanning salon subscription.

    We stopped “giving at the office” after that. One nurse even tried to guilt my wife into giving her our house equity money from Florida to use towards buying into a private island retirement community off Houduras which her *San Francisco PD* sister had already bought.

    Sorry, we don’t make police officer money. I think people believe that we have millions in the bank and slum it. We live below means, but not *that* far.

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  28. drwilliams says:

    I moved into a new storage facility a few years ago. The lock got snipped off in the first week, along with a bunch of others. Their security camera coverage sucked, but fortunately my items weren't easily convertible to cash.

    BTW, that facility has four parking spots outside the gate, and to comply with state law, two of them are labeled as handicapped. But that is deceptive, as according to the ADA:

    Exceptions

    • Small parking lots of four or fewer spaces must have accessible spaces, but those spaces do not need a sign and anyone, with or without a disability, can park in the accessible space. This is intended so very small entities do not have to reserve 25% to 100% of their available parking for individuals with disabilities.

    That's the % record, but I've talked to a number of small businesses that have handicapped space requirements they believe are out of reasonable proportion.

    The biggest problem I see is the grocery stores. Huge parking lot sized for the maximum crowd expected all week, average about a third and sometimes less than a tenth. Yet all the handicapped spots are always right up front. Then one local store has additional reserved spaces for "with children" "veterans" and the newly added "deliver to vehicle".

  29. drwilliams says:

    The EcoHealth proposal notes that ivermectin works against the virus the team planned on working with, SARSr-CoV. It inhibits viral replication and modulates the immune response. It also noted that hydroxychloroquine was a SARSr-CoV inhibitor and interferon was curative.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2022/01/11/bombshell-project-veritas-expose-poses-urgent-questions-for-fauci-and-the-entire-pandemic-response-n1548529

    If this is confirmed then there are a large number of people that need to be tried and executed for crimes against humanity.

    850,000 dead in the U.S. alone. I would not have a problem making exceptions to the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment", but it would not be necessary . Just about every nation in the world would want a piece of these guys–just pick one with medieval laws and extradite them.

    Here in the U.S., we could have a raffle for opportunity to decide the pale sweaty billionaires exit tickets.

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  30. Pecancorner says:

    There was talk yesterday or day before about lack of pasta on the shelves…

    I went to an independent grocery store in Mills County this morning, and they were nearly out of most brands of dry pasta.  Only a super-cheap brand of elbows, only "yolk-free" noodles, no shells, no lasagna, no spaghetti only some linguini and fettuccine.  A reasonably good selection of those little packets of Mexican-branded pastas. Lots of empty space.  So it isn't only in the cities where the macaroni is lacking!

  31. lynn says:

    "Steve Harvey Slams ‘Cancel Culture’ and Says ‘Political Correctness Has Killed Comedy’"

         https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Steve-Harvey-Slams-Cancel-Culture-and-Says-16767955.php

    ""Every joke you tell now, it hurts somebody’s feelings," Harvey said."

    "Steve Harvey slammed cancel culture at the Television Critics Association press tour while promoting his new ABC daytime courtroom series “Judge Steve Harvey.” The television host said that it would be impossible for him to do a comedy special in today’s climate because “cancel culture” could cost him his courtroom show and his career."

    Steve is correct.  Too correct.

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  32. Chad says:

    The reason cancel culture just won't go away is the number of people screaming about how horrible it is out of one side of their mouth while simultaneously trying to cancel people out of the other side of their mouth. Target someone they like and "cancel culture has gone too far!" Target someone they hate and they'll jump on the bandwagon to get them canceled ASAP. They can't have it both ways. When we all stop trying to cancel the people we disagree with then the people we like will also stop getting canceled. Funny how that works.

  33. Greg Norton says:

    If this is confirmed then there are a large number of people that need to be tried and executed for crimes against humanity.

    Ivermectin has been readily available if your doctor decided that you have a case of "parasites" which required treatment.

    If you ask and don't like your doctor's response, find a new doctor.

    Making it over the counter would be sheer insanity in the US. The guy who the GameStop employes talk about camping in an apartment across from the store waiting for Playstation and Pokemon shipments to arrive on the Fedex truck would get a new lease at a place next to Walgreens.

    Americans still have so much more money than the rest of the planet that the world’s supply would disappear in a few weeks.

  34. SteveF says:

    Sympathies, Nick. With any luck the cops won't be useless or the insurance company won't be useless. It could happen…

    Every joke you tell now, it hurts somebody’s feelings

    That's nothing new. I remember a lecture, probably 30 years ago, about how every joke is harmful. I think the phrasing was something like "Everything that someone thinks is funny, it hurtful to someone else. You can't have humor without hurt." I think that was from an HR "training" session but it might have been a magazine article by a humorless scold of a proto-Karen.

    When we all stop trying to cancel the people we disagree with then the people we like will also stop getting canceled.

    The problem with your prescription is that "when we all…" never works. "When men stop sending money to women on OnlyFans, then women will stop being eTHOTs." "When we all refuse to fight, there will be no more wars." "When people stop being greedy, there'll be enough for everyone."

  35. Nick Flandrey says:

    Spent some time with my collectables auctioneer.  She wanted to hire me on the spot to organize an in house estate auction, but I'm busy this week.  Spent some time with the manager at the storage unit.   She'll be looking at video for a while.  At least it's only 7 days worth, and probably less.   Talking with her, it is organized, and they hit a bunch of storage places at a time, although everyone seems to be taken aback by the use of  a lock to keep people from discovering the crime.  Progress works for both sides.

    WRT cat converters, oh yeah, LOTS being stolen in Houston.  One of my auctioneers got hit twice in Stafford.   My neighbor at my secondary got hit.   Neighbor here got hit, 6 blocks away from my house.   I don't like parking the Expy on the street.  They can get both cats and then I'm spending a lot of money and they'll come BACK.

    n

  36. SteveF says:

    WRT cat converters, oh yeah, LOTS being stolen in Houston.  One of my auctioneers got hit twice in Stafford.   My neighbor at my secondary got hit.   Neighbor here got hit, 6 blocks away from my house.

    To hear Suqdik Khan tell it, it's part and parcel of living in a big city.

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  37. Chad says:

    Trucks and SUVs probably get it the worst for cat converter theft as they don't have to be jacked. I saw a photo of a welder who had welded steel bars over his to prevent theft. But for the stupid sensor after the cat that does nothing more than verify the cat is working, if I had mine stolen I'd just have an exhaust shop weld in a straight pipe.

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  38. Greg Norton says:

    WRT cat converters, oh yeah, LOTS being stolen in Houston.  One of my auctioneers got hit twice in Stafford.   My neighbor at my secondary got hit.   Neighbor here got hit, 6 blocks away from my house.   I don't like parking the Expy on the street.  They can get both cats and then I'm spending a lot of money and they'll come BACK.

    The RAV4 outsold the F150 for a while last year, and getting at the cat converter is really easy. The main selling point is that the driver sits up higher than the equivalent Honda.

    4Runners are even easier. Back at the Death Star, my office mate's converter was stolen out of a *patrolled* parking garage in a span of time the cops estimate at being less than five minutes.

    Granted, the neighborhood is cr*p. Keep that in mind if you go see the Yucs or any other event at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

  39. paul says:

    I bought my ivermectin on-line.  The local feed store had it, I dithered and they were out the next business day.

    Half a liter for $80 with shipping vs $110 for a liter at the feed store.  I have some, anyway.  A half liter is a lot and it does have a shelf life.   Add on $18 to Big River for 100 needled syringes. 

    No, you don't inject the stuff.  Draw the dose, cap the needle and pull it off the syringe.  Then squirt your dose into a spoon, repeat for each of the dog's food. 

    For what it's worth, the itchy patch on my leg that I picked up tubing on the Guadalupe River, that migrated to my toenails, that various athlete's foot things hardly touched, any brand, even Lysol Spray (the only thing that actually worked), is 90% gone with two doses of Vitamin I.  I don't miss the itch.  Yeah, it's just on one leg.  I scratch the itchy with my left foot without thinking and I don't have anything on my left leg.  I might have normal-ish looking toenails in a few months considering how fast my toenails grow.

    It's not dirty socks or shoes.  Since last February when it was 1F so I actually wore shoes, I haven't worn shoes but for a couple of Thanksgiving get togethers since I quit HEB.

    My sinuses are clearer.   Much clearer.  That's real nice.

  40. lynn says:

    "Plug-in hybrid concept could help trucks meet upcoming emissions standards."

        https://www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/hybrid-powertrain-could-replace-dirty-diesels

    "Hybrid Powertrain Could Replace Dirty Diesels"

    Wow, that is a solution looking for a problem.  Just convert all of the 18 wheelers to alcohol generators with electric motors.  What could go wrong with the three million 18 wheelers in the USA alone ?

    I would start with the fact that 18 wheeler motors are expected to run 600,000 miles without significant work required. I do not know of very many alcohol / gasoline motors that run even 200,000 miles without significant work.

  41. MrAtoz says:

    If only you could install a Magnavolt.

    But you can't because our goobermint

    SUCKS DEAD BUNNIES!

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  42. paul says:

    I have a pot roast in the crock pot.

    I scrubbed and chopped the potatoes to size last night.  Mixed about a tablespoon of kosher salt in a cup of water…. in a two quart Pyrex measuring "cup", add the potatoes and enough water to cover.  Into the fridge.

    I rinsed the potatoes this morning.  Added about half a bag of "baby carrots" (that's all the store had) to the crock.  Along with several smashed enough to peel pieces of garlic.  Salt and Peppered the meat.  Sprinkled dried onion flakes over everything.  Then about a half cup of beef broth.  Ok, it's the soup base stuff that comes in a jar.  My jar o' stuff bricked and I broke it up into smallish bouillon cube chunks.  Who has time to wait for the stuff to dissolve?

    All in the crock at about 8AM.  On low.  About 1PM it started to smell.  I covered the lid with a dish towel and shook the crockpot a bit to help things mix.

    I don't know.  It sure smells great.  But I have a package of brown and serve rolls…. and, well.

    I think I'll be sleeping fat tonight. 

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  43. 8A says:

    I would not have a problem making exceptions to the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment"

    Since when does this blog approve of violating constitutional provisions?

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  44. EdH says:

    also a lot of companies that seem to specifically prey on people with low incomes. Payday loans come immediately to mind….

    The evils of the predatory payday loan business is one of those things that seems obvious, until people research it, and discover it isn’t nearly as predatory and unhelpful as commonly believed.

    Several articles from Marginal Revolution:

    https://marginalrevolution.com/?s=payday+loans

  45. Greg Norton says:

    Half a liter for $80 with shipping vs $110 for a liter at the feed store.  I have some, anyway.  A half liter is a lot and it does have a shelf life.   Add on $18 to Big River for 100 needled syringes. 

    No, you don't inject the stuff.  Draw the dose, cap the needle and pull it off the syringe.  Then squirt your dose into a spoon, repeat for each of the dog's food. 

    So it has a rubber cap for a hypodermic? Interesting.

    You're going further than most Americans would want to bother trying. That’s probably why the feed stores and online sites still have the bottles.

    Tablets over the counter would be gone already. As is, a package of 20 is $34+ according to the lowest price at GoodRX.

  46. lynn says:

    If only you could install a Magnavolt.

    But you can't because our goobermint

    SUCKS DEAD BUNNIES!

    I prefer the trunk monkey system.  It automatically disposes of the perpetrator in the nearest river too.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyh0bG7FWJg

  47. Alan says:

    >> Then one local store has additional reserved spaces for "with children" 

    I parked in one of those spaces once when the wife had an urgent need to go to IKEA on a Saturday afternoon in July.

    Of course, since my children are grown and live in other states I figured the sign was ambiguous enough for me.

  48. Greg Norton says:

    I prefer the trunk monkey system.  It automatically disposes of the perpetrator in the nearest river too.

    "Be A Winner With The Casino Gambler"

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  49. SteveF says:

    If only you could install a Magnavolt.

    Robocop had a lot of good ideas. I'll buy that for a dollar! Less hearteningly, it had a number of predictions which came to pass.

  50. paul says:

    Yes, the bottle has the rubber cap.  I bought the thinnest gauge needles I found on Big River.  Skinny needle…. smaller hole…. hopefully will stay sealed longer.

    The small needles do slow down the fill rate.  Maybe.  It seems whatever size needle I use would be pulling a vacuum.  I'm not a doctor.

    And I’m pulling 0.7 for Buddy and 1.3 for Penny and 1.5 for me, roughly, a bit more, the time isn’t a big deal beyond I’ve squirted Penny’s dose onto her food and Buddy is having a fit for his supper while I draw his dose.
    Could use two needles. But the buffalo is always there in the background waiting to bellow. 🙂

  51. Alan says:

    Stopped today at our local Whole Foods to pick up some items that we like that are their brand. Surprised to see almost no empty shelves and no one-up spreading. Stocked up of course.

  52. drwilliams says:

    @Greg Norton

    "Americans still have so much more money than the rest of the planet that the world’s supply would disappear in a few weeks."

    Big difference between making the decision yourself AMA and having it correctly prescribed.

    Avermectin is produced by a fermentation process. Hydrogenation yields ivermectin. In layman's terms, half brewery and half cooking oil plant. Ask Tony Magee to come out of retirement.

    Streamline the permitting process and juice the order for some stainless steel reactors and you'd have a plant online in six months. Would not be difficult to get a design that could be stamped out every few weeks and sited anywhere in the world. Liberty ships to do pills.

    Ivermectin has been vilified by U.S. government entities and pig pharmo for more than a year. If one of the seminal documents that led to the production of the effing virus was knowledgeable enough to recognize the treatments that would be effective, then there are people who have been lying about it from the beginning.

    I'd take a vote of everyone who's lost a family member and then make a list up for hard cancellation.

  53. drwilliams says:

    "When we all stop trying to cancel the people we disagree with then the people we like will also stop getting canceled."

    Yeah, all those darned conservative pale sweaty billionaires ought to stop right now…

  54. SteveF says:

    then there are people who have been lying about it from the beginning.

    As some of us have been saying from the beginning.

    You don't need to know anything more than a "bright, curious layman" level of knowledge about epidemiology, genetic engineering, or upper respiratory illness to spot the lies and bafflegab. All you need is some knowledge of human nature and the ability to spot inconsistencies, self-dealing, and nonsense.

    (See also: Anthropogenic climate change, Reparations, and Seventy-one cents on the dollar.)

  55. drwilliams says:

    And in the meantime, the CDC stands pat on it's masking recommendation, which does not require the only effective type of mask*–the N95.

    *In the common vernacular

    If we'd started a Liberty Mask Project two years ago when the initial reports from China were that surgical masks didn't do diddly, we'd have those free dispensers on every corner.

  56. lpdbw says:

    You don't need to know anything more than a "bright, curious layman" level of knowledge about epidemiology, genetic engineering, or upper respiratory illness to spot the lies and bafflegab.

    Well, I've gained all that in the last 2 years, but early on I could see that there was just no data to support all the fearmongering.  Not saying, at that point, they were wrong, but there was just no evidence except horror stories coming from China, and confusing lack-of-danger coming from the Diamond Princess, where 80% of the captives had zero effect.

    And just today, I noticed that once again the CDC has jiggered the excess mortality numbers, but this time it's impossible for them to hide them.  They've made it look as bad as possible by changing the datasets, but we're below expected mortality again, even after the latest changes.  Last week, it was a dramatic difference; now they've made it look like we've had a small drop from the 5 year averages.

    This makes the 4th time I've seen them alter the datasets to make the death count look worse, and the first time that they still couldn't make it look bad even so.

  57. lynn says:

    And just today, I noticed that once again the CDC has jiggered the excess mortality numbers, but this time it's impossible for them to hide them.  They've made it look as bad as possible by changing the datasets, but we're below expected mortality again, even after the latest changes.  Last week, it was a dramatic difference; now they've made it look like we've had a small drop from the 5 year averages.

    This makes the 4th time I've seen them alter the datasets to make the death count look worse, and the first time that they still couldn't make it look bad even so.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

    They do look excessive …

  58. Nick Flandrey says:

    I might have mentioned the paste was on amazon at a surprisingly low cost way back when, when a nudge would have been as good as a wink to a blind man…

    I stopped at Home Depot today during my running around, and they had a brand new fully stocked seed display.  I bought a couple of packets.    I need to look at my inventory and make some decisions about restocking, now that I know I can.   On the minus side, one of the neighborhood ladies put out a Facebuk appeal for gardening pots.   She says there is a supply chain issue, and the little flats of starter "pots" are unobtainium and will likely be so until next year.   I don't see that as a big deal for home gardeners, dixie cups, or newsprint rolled into cones will work just fine, but this lady was a 'gentleman farmer' selling locally at the farmers markets and needs to get busy growing….  If the commercial growers selling to the home centers can't get the flats though……. no seedlings in the stores for spring.

    One of our local AM radio conservative talk shows had callers on talking about any empty shelves they've seen in Texas.  Most people had noticed some holes, and stores like wal*mart not even trying to cover the gaps.   They also noticed unfamiliar brands, or limited selections…

    If the .gov is copping to 7% inflation, the real rate must be 14 or 21% or more.

    Something to think about.

    n

  59. Nick Flandrey says:

    @8A, this blog isn't advocating, one of the commentors expressed an opinion.  I have a great respect for the Constitution, and believe firmly we should get back to strict interpretation, and get rid of a few of the Amendments, after the first ten.

    Starting with the 17th, and whichever one made the income tax…

    If rule of law fails, (and it has from the top down, it just hasn't gotten to the bottom everywhere yet), EVERY crime will become a capital offense.  Like the old days.  Read Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer for casual acceptance of tar and feathering.   Wasn't just an expression… it's not 'unusual' if everyone does it.  And there wasn't much budget for locking people up, hanging by the neck until dead was the normal outcome of an awful lot of crimes.

    "He just needed killing" was a valid defense.

    n

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  60. lynn says:

    If the .gov is copping to 7% inflation, the real rate must be 14 or 21% or more.

    Something to think about.

    n

    Stadowstats says 11% using the current federal methodology or 15% using the old federal methodology from 1980. In this case, older was better.

        http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts

  61. lynn says:

    "$1,051,873,000,000: Record Federal Tax Collections Top $1 Trillion in 3 Months"

        https://www.cnsnews.com/article/washington/terence-p-jeffrey/1051873000000-record-federal-tax-collections-top-1-trillion-3

    "Prior to this year, the most the federal government had ever collected in total taxes in the first three months of a fiscal year was in fiscal 2016, when it collected $902,498,080,000 in constant December 2021 dollars."

    They did not get it from me.

    Hat tip to:

       https://drudgereport.com/

  62. lynn says:

    One of our local AM radio conservative talk shows had callers on talking about any empty shelves they've seen in Texas.  Most people had noticed some holes, and stores like wal*mart not even trying to cover the gaps.   They also noticed unfamiliar brands, or limited selections…

    My HEB was making a valiant effort to stock the shelves tonight.  And the shelves were not as empty as they were back on Sunday so they have caught up some.  They must have several of the warehouse people back now.  The store manager told me a week ago that the warehouse guys were 50% out due to the koof.

    I did some stacking with Bounty, Starkist tuna, and some Progresso soups. Just adding to the general things that we have in abundance.

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