Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 – Valentine’s Day in the US, so pony up for the pretty….

By on February 14th, 2022 in book-skills, culture, personal, prepping, WuFlu

Cool, clear, some wind…  I hope.   Yesterday was, with a gorgeous sky.   I could use more nice days, without the freezing howling wind.

Did some stuff during the day, but mostly auction shopping for the <s>new house</s>  BOL.  Then ran a couple of errands, swung by the storage unit, and got ready for today.

Pickup and drop off today, with a visit to my secondary.  Then daddy and D2 will do some projects or play chess… and dinner, etc.

I feel more sense of accomplishment when I don’t list all the things I am not going to get done.  Funny that.

Getting to be time for some planting.  Officially, we could still get a frost, but it doesn’t feel like it this year.  I need a plan for home and for the BOL.  We’re still a week or more from signing, but there’s a lot to do and I’d hate to miss a planting because I didn’t do the planning.  I’m bidding on another of the seed displays too.  Isn’t it Alas Babylon that the lady decides to store seed packets as light and cheap trade goods?

Needles and thread might be a good choice too.   The old treadle powered sewing machines are going for crazy money in the estate auctions.   Hundreds of dollars if they are in good shape and running.   Electric ones, unless they are brand new and feature rich, are going for $20-50 for the most part.  Older Kenmores are solid machines and can be had cheaply.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, I’d recommend getting a used one, and a basic book on sewing, and use it.  Since the crowd here is mostly men, use it to do some masculine stuff, like making your own web gear, or covering some old furniture… or make a shop apron.  Or doll clothes for the kid.  Think of it as just another power tool to learn and use.

Stack some tools and the knowledge to use them.  Stack the stuff needed too.

 

n

 

(and get something nice for your spouse.  you need the support and help.)

 

 

103 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 – Valentine’s Day in the US, so pony up for the pretty…."

  1. Geoff Powell says:

    @nick:

    <s>new house</s>  BOL

    Such things are, by internet convention, written using Unix sed syntax –

    s/new house/BOL/

    sed is the Unix stream editor that can perform arbitrarily complex edits on a multiplicity of text files, in succession. 

    G.

  2. SteveF says:

    I used to have a sewing machine. Not fancy but worked just fine. … Until Grandma started using it and lost a few pieces. And then, a few weeks ago, she tried to clean the bobbin area of thread snips and "dust" and disassembled more than she should have and now it won't go back together. Not worth fixing except in a "total collapse" situation and maybe not then. I have my eyes open for a replacement. Pretty annoyed about it.

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  3. nick flandrey says:

     @geoff, should have been " new house  BOL" with the (s) being the 'strikeout' tag, but the editor puked.  Firstly, there should have been a button for strikeout (pretty sure) instead of me manually adding it,  second, it should have properly interpreted the tag, and third, it should strip anything in <  tag  > format that it doesn't support….

    Big bucket of fail!

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  4. nick flandrey says:

    @steve, if you get the bobbin carrier part out,  it will all go back together with slight pressure and a lot of jiggling, rotating, and cursing, even if you  don't know consciously how the parts fit.    Had the same thing happen last time I changed the bobbin, which was the first time in years, and on my wife's machine, not mine.

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  5. nick flandrey says:

    Oh yeah,  as soon as I open my fat fingers about frost….

    34F at 6am.  I'm pretty sure it got colder between 2am and now.

    93%RH is pretty damp too.

    n

  6. SteveF says:

    if you get the bobbin carrier part out

    If I had gotten the bobbin carrier out, I'm sure the machine could have been reassembled. The problem was that she tried to put it back together herself before calling me to fix the problem.

  7. Denis says:

    If you don’t have a sewing machine, I’d recommend getting a used one, and a basic book on sewing, and use it.  Since the crowd here is mostly men, use it to do some masculine stuff, like making your own web gear, or covering some old furniture… or make a shop apron.

    … or learn to sew leather gub holsters and gear, or sails for a boat! https://youtu.be/8Z8juLWXOtY

    I know, probably not feasible with ordinary domestic sewing machines. Manly, nonetheless.

    …she tried to clean the bobbin area of thread snips and "dust" and disassembled more than she should have…

    My dear late mother did that once with a piano. Re-assembly took the technician two days, and it never played quite right thereafter. My dear late father was not amused about the bill; the poor man didn't even play. Oddly enough, my mother was in no way mechanically inclined, but she could disassemble and reassemble her sewing machine almost blindfolded. No-one else in the household was allowed to touch it.

    One of the classics is a "gub in a bag". Many guys can disassemble one, but far fewer can put it back together correctly, although Youtube is a big help these days. Good videos show the reassembly steps, rather than the "reassembly is the reverse of disassembly" cop-out.

    I generally do it for friends for fun, but my professional gubsmith buddies charge plenty extra for "gub in a bag" jobs, especially if it turns out there are also parts damaged or missing.

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  8. nick flandrey says:

    especially if it turns out there are also parts damaged or missing.

    —  I've taken to putting screws back in their holes.  I put everything else that I can in a ziplok bag and tape it to the disassembled object.   I've learned that it will often be some time before I get back to whatever project stalled before reassembly and that's the only way to be sure it's even POSSIBLE to get the thing back together.

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  9. Greg Norton says:

    Team. Do I get a jersey? Will there be “trust exercises” (please, no)? Must I spend time in a penalty box if I bore you all with my endless nattering about rabbits and chickens and the asinine local politics up here?  And is it team like sports or team like company? So many questions. 

    Austin politics are far more asinine. Look who we had in town yesterday in support of one city council member's run for Congress.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/us-rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-rallies-for-greg-casar-in-austin/ar-AATFHG7

    If you want a jersey, buy a Grant Stuard, “Mr. Irrelevant” Buccaneers jersey. Of all the cool stories out of the organization in the last year, his was the most fun. Get the white with pewter.

  10. nick flandrey says:

    “A Sad, Sad Day For Canada” – Bystanders Watch in Horror as Police Arrest Elderly Convoy Participant After he Yelled Back at Them

    — probably a clickbait headline, but note the "watch" in "watch in horror."

    This might not be the time, but it will come when it's necessary to do more than 'watch'.  Insert Solzhenitsyn quote…   or end up like Alex did.  My bet is for just about everyone to let it happen.

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    Does the team have to watch The Twilight Zone ? I hate The Twilight Zone. Except that episode where the guy in the alien suit is ripping the wing off the plane.

    With William Shatner. Remade with John Lithgow for the movie.

    The Lithgow remake is very cool if you've never seen it. He had a very good run after “The World According to Garp” in the 80s.

    It led to an even cooler episode of "3rd Rock From The Sun" where Shatner and Lithgow compare "man on the wing of the plane" experiences.

    "The same thing happened to me once!"

  12. Ray Thompson says:

    I used to have a sewing machine.

    Wife had an Elna sewing machine she bought when she was 17. All metal, well built, expensive back then. Used that machine until she was 63 four years ago. Machine worked great with no problems. Was not fancy, a basic, but durable. Then it quit. Motor went out, or rather the brushes wore out. It is impossible to get to the motor without disassembling the machine. That involves pressing out several bearings. Reassembly would require redoing all the timing and aligning gears. No repair shop would touch the machine.

    She bought a Brother sewing machine. She had to send it in for repairs three times in the first year. The first two times where she bought the machine. First repair under warranty, second repair cost $120.00. The machine failed again within two months. A nasty letter to Brother. Brother paid for the shipping to their facility, the repair, and shipping back to us. Brother indicated the machine had been repaired improperly by the repair facility. Have not had any problems since then. But wife does not trust the machine so it stays in the RV.

    She purchased a new machine, Bernina, from another place on the recommendation of one her friends that does quilting. Not a horribly expensive machine, but still not cheap. She has had no problems with that machine. The people in the shop seem to be knowledgeable and the repairs that people have needed have been done quite well.

    Needless to say the original place she bought the Brother machine will be avoided. Wife likes the Bernina better, says it sews better, which may be a relative observation.

    All the new sewing machines are electronic. No more pattern disks, a system that was simple and reliable. Patterns are now controlled by digital servos and actuators. The only thing the main motor drives is the up/down of the needle and even the main motor is digitally controlled. Even on the cheapest machines, which are still not cheap.

    Find an old Singer with the belt drive belt. Simple, reliable, and can be hand cranked if needed.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    This is bad:

    GiveSendGo is Hacked and Taken Offline, Freedom Convoy Threatened with Hate-filled Manifesto

    Idiots run web sites,Since $$ were involved, it was probably an inside job. Since GSG allowed the trucker found, goobermint will say “yawn, too bad, nothing we can do.”

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  14. nick flandrey says:

    Interesting mix of faces in the crowd, vs faces in the blue line…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10509915/People-spray-graffiti-climb-roof-bus-passengers-Los-Angeles.html

    Also – like dad said, nothing good ever happens after midnight.

    And, stay away from crowds.

    I think the ladies were smart enough to stay away from that scene, I don't see any in the pix.

    I can't see LA using this quote on their promotional materials….

    LAPD policy does not allow officers to use tear gas or any type of gas for crowd dispersal, but rather foam projectiles. The city is famed for its riots, the most notorious of which happened in 1992 after a jury acquitted four white LAPD cops of beating up motorist Rodney King. 

    –LA is famous for riots???

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  15. JimB says:

    LA may be famous for riots, but so is Detroit. And Chicago. And…

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10509833/American-Airlines-flight-LA-DC-stops-Kansas-City-man-tried-open-cockpit-door.html

    –this is why I carry 4 big zip ties in my carryon.   They are about 1/2 inch wide and intended for ducts.  While they are not rated for use as restraints, they're better than a wish and a prayer.

    n

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    Video from the cocktail waitress' appearance in Austin yesterday.

    https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/aoc-hosts-austin-campaign-rally-with-congressional-hopeful-greg-casar

    The Faux News also had footage, but it isn't on their web site. Austin CBS is Sinclar with a little more moderate editorial point of view at least locally.

  18. drwilliams says:

    “Find an old Singer with the belt drive belt. Simple, reliable, and can be hand cranked if needed.”

    or an old Kenmore. 

    Then be on the lookout for a second one for parts. And the pattern disks  

    A mechanical sewing machine doesn’t draw many watts, and should run just fine off an inverter. 

  19. Greg Norton says:

    –this is why I carry 4 big zip ties in my carryon.   They are about 1/2 inch wide and intended for ducts.  While they are not rated for use as restraints, they're better than a wish and a prayer.

    Our late host used to advocate doing away with the TSA in favor of minimal screening for guns like the old days with every passenger issued their choice of sizeable monkey wrench or duct tape at the door of the plane, whichever one they felt most comfortable using in an emergency.

    The wrenches and rolls of tape would feature the logo of the airline and serve as promotional swag once the flight was over.

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  20. Greg Norton says:

    “Find an old Singer with the belt drive belt. Simple, reliable, and can be hand cranked if needed.”

    or an old Kenmore.

    My wife has a basic Janome (sp?). For a recent-vintage machine, it is very good.

    Hecho en China, like everything else.

    You will have to find a dealer for that brand. And by "recent", I mean it was purchased about 15 years ago so YMMV with the current models.

  21. MrAtoz says:

    Video from the cocktail waitress' appearance in Austin yesterday.

    What annoying voice and mannerisms. Shot Girl ™ is preaching to the choir in Austin.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    “We’re going to organize because there’s too much at stake, there is too much at stake for us to be resigned this November,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

    –one wonders if she is talking about being resigned to losing – so don't put out much effort, or if she thinks the democrat party is a shoe but people still need to get out the vote.

    I'm betting she's delusional.

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  23. Clayton W. says:

    WRT NaN.

    I have noticed that the left and the right speak different languages.  The right seems to use much more hyperbole and sarcasm.  We accept statements such as 'boxes of ballots in a car trunk' as shorthand for much of the fraud we have seen without commenting if the boxes were ACTUALLY found in car trunks.  The criticism of President Trump often did not note this.  We accept the concept even if the details are not true or complete.

    The left, on the other hand, seems to accept the intent of the statement or policy, even if it ends up with a bad outcome.  If the intent of the policy or story was for a good cause, the policy or story is judged as good.  It seems that the meme of 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions' is no longer taught.

    NaN judges our statements as false if any detail is false.  We tend to judge by the end results, not the intention.  I much prefer the latter.  

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  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    regarding Brother sewing machines, they seem to be loaded with features, VERY cheap for what they offer, but they don't get good reviews.

    Janome, Bernina, Kenmore, Singer, and the industrial brands like Juki will all be good choices.   How many stitches do you really need?

    wrt leather work, Harry Rogers has some thoughts on his channel and he uses slightly better than home machines for most of his work.  He's taking a youtube break, but there is a wealth of great content on his channel.

  25. mediumwave says:

    Interesting mix of faces in the crowd, vs faces in the blue line…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10509915/People-spray-graffiti-climb-roof-bus-passengers-Los-Angeles.html

    From the article:

    Fireworks were also let off in the middle of the street and by 9pm the LAPD had issued a disbursement order

    Bunch of illiterates.

  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    @clayton, you've summed it up nicely.  We understand the phrase "exaggerated for effect".   They often engage in an internet influenced tactic that combines literalism with nitpicking, and adds negation or 'liar in one, liar in all'.     They also value credentialism and personality when evaluating a source, more than content or value of the material.  If a "good person" says something, it's a true and good thing by definition and to attack the words is to attack the person.

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  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    Bunch of illiterates.

    yep.  DM does let the interns have far too much input to their output….

    n

  28. Nick Flandrey says:

    There are so many things worth taking a look at in this article, and I have to head out.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10508581/Police-arrest-protesters-remained-US-Canada-bridge.html

    ‘We stand ready to support our Canadian partners wherever useful in order to ensure the restoration of the normal free flow of commerce can resume,’ Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall said in a statement.

    –wasn’t the initial drive for the protest that “normal free flow of commerce” WASN’T going to be free flowing? They were about to impact that very “flow” with the vax requirements. Several people and places in the article use the same language and idea, seemingly forgetting that THEY were about to hinder that flow…

    And “flow” hasn’t happened yet. We’ll see who’s carrying the freight soon enough.

    Did anyone catch the Teamsters official stance on the protest?

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  29. Greg Norton says:

    What annoying voice and mannerisms. Shot Girl ™ is preaching to the choir in Austin.

    She'll be back in San Antonio soon if the idiot Castro brother needs shoring up.

  30. SteveF says:

    the idiot Castro brother

    Er, could you be more specific?

  31. Ray Thompson says:

    What annoying voice and mannerisms.

    What annoying voice and mannerisms.

    Fixed it for you.

  32. Greg Norton says:

    Er, could you be more specific?

    Why? They're both idiots.

    (I didn't want to flog that expired equine again.)

    One of the brothers works for MSNBC now. The other flirts with the idea of running for Governor, but according to prevailing wisdom, neither brother speaks Spanish as well as Governor Abbott — ironic since they are the sons of the La Raza co-founder, as has been discussed here before.

    As long as Abbott is in the Governor's Mansion, the Castros stay away from running.

    They don't challenge Rafael Edward Cruz in the US Senate seat for the same reason.

    Live outside Texas and you get the impression that one of the Castros will eventually be a Jesus candidate for President. I know I did.

  33. SteveF says:

    One of the brothers works for MSNBC now. The other flirts with the idea of running for Governor

    Ah, got it. I thought they both were in politics.

  34. Greg Norton says:

    @Jenny – "Death on the Nile" this weekend? Or J-Lo in "Marry Me"?

    Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express" was very cool, the first movie of his I've really thought worked well since "Dead Again".

  35. Greg Norton says:

    Ah, got it. I thought they both were in politics.

    They are, but the brother who ran for President in 2020 had to accept reality and drop out early, throwing his "support" to Elizabeth Warren. Since then, he's been on MSNBC on and off.

  36. SteveF says:

    Well, it was bound to happen. Spring 2020 has been memory holed in this household. No one here missed a meal during the lockdowns and shortages or had to wipe their butt with leaves or house pets during the toilet paper famine, but now my stores of food and supplies are taking up too much space.

    My supplies take up half of the guest bedroom closet (food) and one shelf in the garage (paper products), which is too high for anyone else to reach anyway. It's not like we have to squeeze through rooms because boxes leave no room to walk.

    Grr.

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  37. Greg Norton says:

    RIP. Reitman's greatest talent was to know when to just let the cameras roll, especially when Bill Murray was talking.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ivan-reitman-remembered-true-legend-145417310.html

    Example:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7jXZQSxTSA

    The legend is that Murray is 100% improvised, wearing what he had on when he arrived on set that morning driving his motorcycle.

  38. nick flandrey says:

    Yep.  We've got "too much food".   God I hope so.

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  39. CowboySlim says:

    WRT to the current Covid 19 pandemic, I have some questions for today's anti-vaxxers:

    1.  How many polio deaths were there in 2020 as compared to 1970?

    2.  If far fewer nowadays, is that due to the effectiveness of the Salk and Sabin anti-polio vaccines?

    3.  Why is nobody protesting the polio vaccine mandates of school boards?

    4.  What percentage of children were infirmed or killed by polio vaccinations?

    5.  Should I get my three Moderna Covid vaccinations retracted?

    Thank you!

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  40. Clayton W. says:

    The Polio vaccines, especially the Salk vaccine, did kill a certain number of people.  I don’t believe the Polio vaccine was mandated for everyone, just the most vulnerable population.  Which is how most vaccines are used.  I note that I am still not able to get the HPV vaccine.  Other vaccines have been removed from use even after they have been approved.  See the Salk vaccine and the Swine Flu vaccine

    Despite what the authorities say, there has NOT been a long and thorough study on the SARS2/COVID-19 vaccine.  We are still learning about them.  

    1. They only appear to be effective for 4 months even after 2 boosters (4 shots).  Antibodies after infection appear to be much longer lasting.  The authorities have been caught fiddling with the numbers on the efficacy and duration of the vaccines, so a large segment of the population does not believe them.

    2. The vaccines do have a high (for certain levels of high) incidence of adverse reactions.  We don’t know/believe the adverse reaction rate because the authorities have been caught fiddling with those numbers/minimizing the adverse reactions.

    3. It appears (i.e. not proven but evidence to suggest) that the authorities have suppressed information of treatments (HCQ and Ivermecton), sources (lab leak theory), and other facets of this disease for political and/or financial reasons.  This, of course, cause people to doubt everything that is reported about this disease.

    4. Infection and fatality rates of the disease are suspect due to gross mishandling of cases (See sending infected people back to nursing homes), deliberate miscounting of fatalities (See motorcycle accident victim counted as Covid fatality because ‘We don’t know if Covid played a factor in the accident.’), and PCR cycle counts turned up abnormally high.

    5. Officials publicly saying one thing and privately saying the opposite, especially Dr. Fauci.

    If I wanted to destroy the credibility of any organization, I don’t think I could have done it as well as the WHO and CDC have destroyed credibility in medicine.

    That said, I did get the Moderna vaccine and I recommend that anyone with co-morbidities to Covid, especially age, weight, diabetes, and respiratory conditions, get the vaccine.  But I certainly understand the hesitancy to get it.

    Edit: 500 server error. Work-around worked.

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  41. lynn says:

    Team. Do I get a jersey? Will there be “trust exercises” (please, no)? Must I spend time in a penalty box if I bore you all with my endless nattering about rabbits and chickens and the asinine local politics up here?  And is it team like sports or team like company? So many questions. 

    You are not nattering, you are reporting.  Very different and I am learning stuff from you.

    I hang around here to share and to learn. Hopefully I will never stop either one.

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  42. lynn says:

    From SRW in the Fort Bend Journal, "Why not ?":

    "They say you should be as excited about church as the Super Bowl.

    So when your pastor finishes a great sermon this Sunday, pour Gatorade over his head."

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  43. Geoff Powell says:

    @nick:

     the editor puked

    which is why I prefer to do things manually.

    That said, I've learned how to style text in the editor, since I like to indicate filenames, or commands, using a fixed-width font. I do this on my own website.

    .

    G.

  44. lynn says:

    "States Get Serious About Tax Cuts"

        https://www.wsj.com/articles/states-get-serious-about-tax-cuts-competition-burden-income-interstate-migration-pandemic-florida-new-york-coastal-flight-11644783306

    "Eight states have no levies on income, and lawmakers in a dozen others are moving toward that goal."

    Hat tip to:

       https://drudgereport.com/

    If you go in through the middle column of the Drudge Report, you may be able to bypass the WSJ paywall.

  45. lynn says:

    Austin politics are far more asinine. Look who we had in town yesterday in support of one city council member's run for Congress.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/us-rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-rallies-for-greg-casar-in-austin/ar-AATFHG7

    I maintain that AOC is running for prez in 2024 or 2028.  Camelot becomes female !

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  46. TV says:

    From yesterday…

    NaN using a VPN to come here is definite sign of ProgLibTurd fcuktard. Do we generate that much anti-wokism on this site that the libs need to troll? Probably the same guy as before.

    Hmmm…  I think you may be reading too much into the VPN thing, considering I use TunnelBear and come here through the VPN.  Through Montreal I think, as I feel no need to jump countries.  I just want to make it difficult for someone to track where I go and what I do.  Seems reasonable to extend the same consideration to NaN.

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  47. MrAtoz says:

    @Jenny – "Death on the Nile" this weekend? Or J-Lo in "Marry Me"?

    Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express" was very cool, the first movie of his I've really thought worked well since "Dead Again".

    I saw "Nile" in Vegas and liked it. A little backstory on Poirot and twisty ending.

  48. MrAtoz says:

    Hmmm…  I think you may be reading too much into the VPN thing, considering I use TunnelBear

    No, numbnuts NaN came in questioning everything like a libturd. No discussion, just you're wrong, you're wrong… The VPN just confirmed trolling.

  49. TV says:

    “A Sad, Sad Day For Canada” – Bystanders Watch in Horror as Police Arrest Elderly Convoy Participant After he Yelled Back at Them

    — probably a clickbait headline, but note the "watch" in "watch in horror."

    This might not be the time, but it will come when it's necessary to do more than 'watch'.  Insert Solzhenitsyn quote…   or end up like Alex did.  My bet is for just about everyone to let it happen.

    Oh, and I loved the term "…jack-booted thuggery…" from the article.  Really?  Oh, it is sooo clickbait!  The source, which appears to be Rebel News, has its own agenda.  In Ottawa, folks in residential districts have had to put up with these guys making noise around the clock for the last 3 weeks without, until lately, any response from the Ottawa police except watching.  Frankly, were I a resident of Ottawa, I would want the police chief's head on a platter for not doing anything to enforce the numerous laws being broken.  As for Windsor, the police had an injunction to break up the protest as of 7PM Saturday night.  They started telling the folks to leave or there would be consequences.  That got rid of the casual on-lookers.  They started enforcement around 8AM Sunday morning, after further warnings.  All the while, they were of course subject to verbal abuse for doing their jobs.  If some loudmouth does not get the hint after multiple warnings, too bad.  (As has been stated here, don't fling poo at armed men, don't stand next to someone flinging poo at armed men).  As for "poor 78-year old" you don't get a pass on bad behavior just because your hair is grey.  I don't.  One might expect some wisdom by that age, but maybe not.

    Please do not view the response above as anything but my relieving via text some of the frustration of having to put up with listening to these misanthropes getting more of their "15 minutes of fame" than they deserve.  Political protests have their place.  The actions in Windsor and other border crossings will not be tolerated for long.  Abusing their right to protest by blocking residential streets in Ottawa should not be tolerated.  If they want to remain on the boulevard in front of the legislature for months, that's fine.  I will say you should be questioning the motivation of any news item coming from "Rebel News".

  50. MrAtoz says:

    WRT to the current Covid 19 pandemic, I have some questions for today's anti-vaxxers:

    My simple answer is I consider the COVID clotshot a pseudo-vaccination. I believe the CDC changed their definition of vaccination to cover for it. The fact you need three shots and it wanes after a few months bolsters that.

    Other than that, I agree with you.

    Mr. Greg is right, when the pharmies come out with a mRNA AIDS shot, not only will pharmies get super rich, the Gays will be dancing in the street. No more condoms!

  51. Greg Norton says:

    I saw "Nile" in Vegas and liked it. A little backstory on Poirot and twisty ending.

    Disney sat on that flick too long. Branagh's follow up effort was out before Christmas.

  52. SteveF says:

    Check my memory here: Wasn't someone on this site speaking in favor of lockdowns, mandatory shots with an untested substance, and denial of basic rights to those who refused the shots? Wasn't that someone from Canada? Who could that person have been?

    I can't take seriously any complaint about inconvenience, rights, social contract, or anything similar from such a person.

  53. Greg Norton says:

    I maintain that AOC is running for prez in 2024 or 2028.  Camelot becomes female !

    The cocktail waitress can't be the Jesus candidate as she would have been in 2020 if she had been eligible.

  54. Greg Norton says:

    Check my memory here: Wasn't someone on this site speaking in favor of lockdowns, mandatory shots with an untested substance, and denial of basic rights to those who refused the shots? Wasn't that someone from Canada? Who could that person have been?

    This time last year, lots of people were in favor of forced vaccinations with the hope that the shots would work and life would return to normal. Then, the power outages in Texas became the new crisis that the Dems couldn’t afford to waste because it made the Republicans running the state look bad.

  55. TV says:

    Check my memory here: Wasn't someone on this site speaking in favor of lockdowns, mandatory shots with an untested substance, and denial of basic rights to those who refused the shots? Wasn't that someone from Canada? Who could that person have been?

    I can't take seriously any complaint about inconvenience, rights, social contract, or anything similar from such a person.

    Oh, let's not be coy, that was me.

    1) In favour of lockdowns.  As a method of slowing down the incidence  of infection in order to prevent the health system from collapsing in Canada?  CHECK.

    2) Mandatory shots with an untested substance.  a) Not mandatory – you can decide not to be vaccinated, but decisions have consequences so NO.  b) Not an untested substance, but perhaps not tested to your satisfaction, so NO.

    3) Denial of basic rights…  Please see "consequences".  Not going to a gym, a movie theatre, or a bar don't prevent you from exercising, watching at home, or having a drink.  It may be a bit less convenient, but that was the point – a tiny bit of stick after a ton of carrots.  Not what I would call "denial of basic rights", so NO.

    I don't mind if you don't take me seriously, as long as you extend the same courtesy to me.  (I do find your humourous posts very clever).

  56. mediumwave says:

    The Polio vaccines, especially the Salk vaccine, did kill a certain number of people.  I don’t believe the Polio vaccine was mandated for everyone, just the most vulnerable population.  Which is how most vaccines are used.  I note that I am still not able to get the HPV vaccine.  Other vaccines have been removed from use even after they have been approved.  See the Salk vaccine and the Swine Flu vaccine

    Despite what the authorities say, there has NOT been a long and thorough study on the SARS2/COVID-19 vaccine.  We are still learning about them.

    . . .

    If I wanted to destroy the credibility of any organization, I don’t think I could have done it as well as the WHO and CDC have destroyed credibility in medicine.

    Well said!

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  57. lynn says:

    Dilbert: Meet Over Lunch

       https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-02-14

    Wait, the CEO pushed Dilbert off the top of the office building the other day.  Why would Dilbert want to meet with him at all ?  He will probably have Dilbert poisoned.

       https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-02-12

  58. SteveF says:

    TV, a substance which is put into human use after a couple months rather than the usual five years or more to check for long-term effects is untested. The rules were changed or waived in order to get it shoved into human arms.

    A shot which is technically voluntary, but which leaves the non-taker unable to work, unable to use public services, unable to shop, and unable to leave his house is not voluntary in any meaningful sense of the word.

    I am taking you seriously, in that I believe you are serious about the claims you make and the policies you favor. The problem is that I do not believe that you are honest.

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  59. TV says:

    TV, a substance which is put into human use after a couple months rather than the usual five years or more to check for long-term effects is untested. The rules were changed or waived in order to get it shoved into human arms.

    A shot which is technically voluntary, but which leaves the non-taker unable to work, unable to use public services, unable to shop, and unable to leave his house is not voluntary in any meaningful sense of the word.

    I am taking you seriously, in that I believe you are serious about the claims you make and the policies you favor. The problem is that I do not believe that you are honest.

    Ah, yes the "long-term effects" concern.  It really is too bad that COVID, unlike Ebola, has not chosen to take 5 or more years to spread world-wide.  (Of course Ebola has not spread much at all, but someday it might).  What you may choose to consider corner-cutting (and you may have worse terms for this) for testing is considered by me a prudent compromise.  (Of course, my trust comes from a trust of the public authorities on this, and you likely don't trust them).  We are going to disagree on this.  Hence, you don't have to take the vaccine, but the choice is not without consequences.

    Private consequences should you catch it yourself, though if you are healthy the odds of severe consequences are low.  Public consequences for other vulnerable individuals and hospital capacity as you can pass it on while infectious.  I will point out again, 90% of the eligible population in Canada is at least double-vaccinated with a result of a third of the mortality rate in the US. Vaccinations work.  

    If you choose against, there were requirements put in place to limit contact between individuals more likely to be infectious.  No one, unless they tested positive, were required to stay home (quarantined). Everyone had to mask-up to shop (and in Ontario, no one was checking if you were vaccinated).  You were asked to use a delivery service if you were not vaccinated, but you were not forced to.  Other provinces may have been more (Quebec, New Brunswick, etc..) or less (Alberta, Saskatchewan, etc…) strict.  As for employment, all jobs have some requirements.  For some jobs, vaccination became a requirement.  You have a choice.

    But on to a more serious question:  You do not believe me to be honest?  Please provide examples of dishonesty or explain this statement.

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  60. Jenny says:

    @gregg

    "Death on the Nile" this weekend?

    “Death” this weekend. Walked out partway thru. I am not a prude by any means. That being said, I found the sexiness forced, anachronistic, and frankly, grotesque. The social mores portrayed were modern and jarring against an otherwise excellent backdrop and acting.

    I wanted to enjoy it, the cast included some fine actors. The story was good. I liked how they did the back story on Poirot. The costuming was grand.
     

    After sitting thru the dreck that was Moonfall, I had little tolerance for the anachronistic behaviors.

    Movie with kiddo was family affair, “How to train your dragon”, on the big screen, a LOT of fun and far better than it should have been

    @SteveF

    Kiddo questioned our pantry this weekend. We chatted about our particularly long food chain, closure of local dairies and meat processing facilities, and the decrepit state of our port. We’ve talked about these things before. I asked her how long she thought what we had would last, then we worked through calories per day, etc. good thought exercise. 
     

    Sewing machines. My mom was a highly skilled seamstress. She could literally create anything from fabric with her old sturdy Viking sewing machine. Men’s suits. Wedding gowns. Reupholster furniture. Slip covers. Day to day clothes. Prom dresses. Costumes. She even quilted with it. Under her eye, I sewed a canvas pavilion, repaired leather bridles, and committed other abuses. Going slow and using the correct needle and thread for the job, and ensuring correct tension, were key. She was a true master. 

    Re: rabbits. Thanks folks. I’ll keep nattering. It genuinely doesn’t take much day to day time usually. A lot of the extra work this year is attributable to moving and not getting the setup correct during good weather. Next winter will be a cinch, assuming some semblance of normal remains.

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  61. MrAtoz says:

    I will point out again, 90% of the eligible population in Canada is at least double-vaccinated with a result of a third of the mortality rate in the US. Vaccinations work.

    OK, but the old "correlation does not imply causation" apply here.

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  62. Greg Norton says:

    I wanted to enjoy it, the cast included some fine actors. The story was good. I liked how they did the back story on Poirot. The costuming was grand.

    Sorry you were disappointed. Maybe J-Lo would have been a better choice.

    I didn't catch it until this morning, but today is the 30th anniversary of "Wayne's World". I'm surprised Fathom didn't do a special event over the weekend.

  63. lynn says:

    “Accepting the Lance (22) (Liaden Universe®)” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
    https://www.amazon.com/Accepting-Lance-22-Liaden-Universe%C2%AE/dp/1982124989/

    Book number 22 of a 29 book space opera series with psychic elves in space ! I count the series as 29 books as there are 24 novels plus 5 collections of short stories. I read the well printed and bound MMPB published by Baen in 2020. I have one more books in the series and I plan to order more as they come along in MMPB.

    Over a thousand years ago, the Liadens and several others escaped from a dying Universe to the present Universe with Terrans and such. The dying Universe is still leaking spaceships and other flotsam to the Liadenverse. Along with live people. And in the very recent past, the Korval clan, whose founder was the pilot of the universe traveling space ship, has been ousted from the Liaden planet to Surebleak, a harsh and underpopulated planet by Terrans and many others. The Korval clan is slowly rejoining the others at Surebleak. And other Liaden clans are moving themselves to Surebleak to follow Korval wherever they may go as the Captain of their destinies.

    The Clutch Turtles, a space born race, are big fans of the Clan Korval and their sentient tree. In fact, they moved the Clan Korval and their sentient quarter mile tall tree from the Liaden planet to Surebleak, a harsh and underpopulated planet by Terrans and many other races. All of the races in the new Universe are very careful around the Clutch Turtles due to their light year spanning powers and huge incredibly fast space ships. The Clutch turtles have just sent a newly hatched emissary to Surebleak with an important warning.
    https://liaden.fandom.com/wiki/Clutch_Turtles

    And there is a Terran trade commission on Surebleak evaluating the space port and the surrounding community for a new rating. The Terran trade commission is very disturbed by the recent move of the Clan Korval to Surebleak and all of the newcomers following them.

    BTW, Sharon Lee’s reading order is:
    https://sharonleewriter.com/correct-reading-order/

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (529 reviews)

  64. MrAtoz says:

    Used the new RockPals 200W solar panel to charge up a couple of iPads today. Just experimenting with what I can do without using a solar *generator*. One can't have enough solar panels.

  65. lynn says:

    "Factory contamination affects “at least” 7 billion gigabytes of flash memory"

       https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/02/factory-contamination-ruins-at-least-7-billion-gigabytes-of-flash-memory/

    "Two factories used by Western Digital and Kioxia have been affected."

    Oops.

  66. TV says:

    I will point out again, 90% of the eligible population in Canada is at least double-vaccinated with a result of a third of the mortality rate in the US. Vaccinations work.

    OK, but the old "correlation does not imply causation" apply here.

    I am far from being a statistician, but this is not the case of taking some unrelated fact and saying it aligns to some other unrelated fact and hence they must be related with one of them causative.  Vaccines were created specifically to address COVID.  Where vaccine take-up has been high (e.g.: Canada), rates of death in the population have been lower than places where vaccine take-up has not been as high (e.g.: USA).  I don't know if this can be generalized across all countries for comparison and have not looked.  Maybe Canadian's frequent exposure to cold weather, moose droppings, and polar-bear dander is why our death rate is lower, but I think not.  That doesn't mean you are not right, but it is not the way to bet in my opinion.

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  67. SteveF says:

    87 octane gas is up 70% in 56 weeks, from $2.199 to $2.739, best non-club prices along the 17 miles to my daughter's school.

  68. MrAtoz says:

    Speaking of Canada:

    ‘This is about keeping Canadian citizens safe’: Justin Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act, empowers banks to freeze accounts without a court order

    Because of" terrorist" truckers. A preview of what plugs will do? I wonder how many peoples accounts will be frozen due to "Oh, you came up on a list. Your name matches Ray Thompson".

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  69. MrAtoz says:

    I don't know if this can be generalized across all countries for comparison and have not looked.

    It can't because there is no standardization of how deaths "from" and "with" COVID are counted. The US numbers are inflated. Even the CDC says that.

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  70. Greg Norton says:

    My brush with the supply chain today — the florist in my neighborhood was out of red roses by the time I got down there before noon.

    My wife said it looked like HEB was out yesterday evening.

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  71. RickH says:

    My brush with the supply chain today

    I think it might have been more 'my brush with the procrastination chain this morning'.

    But I did see an article somewhere that flower prices are higher than normal. But the prices always go up before holidays (especially today's). You might find some good deals tomorrow.

  72. Greg Norton says:

    I think it might have been more 'my brush with the procrastination chain this morning'.

    But I did see an article somewhere that flower prices are higher than normal. But the prices always go up before holidays (especially today's). You might find some good deals tomorrow.

    I wanted to skip the grocery store flowers this year, but a lot of the shops were not open yesterday.

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  73. nick flandrey says:

    I've got more to say about my shopping trip, about some other things, and about kids and "too much food" so this is just my memory aid..

    Got some surf and turf to prepare for my better 3/4s.

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  74. Greg Norton says:

    I had a pretty good cancer scare over the last few days after the doctor pulled eight polyps out of my large intestine on Wednesday, all between 10 and 40 mm (!) in size.

    All benign.

    Let that be a lesson to all of you who are procrastinating the colonoscopy, especially now. Another year, and my end result may have been much different.

    The sedative I received was the same stuff that killed Michael Jackson. I don’t remember a thing.

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  75. SteveF says:

    Kiddo questioned our pantry this weekend.

    Good! Never too young.

    I asked her how long she thought what we had would last, then we worked through calories per day, etc. good thought exercise. 

    Jenny, I compute food needs a bit differently. I figure how much my daughter and I need to eat in a day. For estimation purposes I compute her at full meals because she's growing and me at 2/3 of what I currently eat. I also figure small amounts for my wife and her mother but in practice, if everything shuts down and medicines aren't available Grandma will be dead within two months and my wife not much after that.* So, figure that in a week we need so many pounds of bread (meaning so many cups of flour), so many cups of rice, so many 18oz cans of stew or soup, and so on. Then multiply by wanting six months of nutrition assuming no shopping, then round up and start stacking. Calorie counts don't come into it at all. I also have plenty of herbs and spices and vitamin pills.

    * I've suggested that they get at least a 90-day supply but they either haven't tried to do that or haven't succeeded. -shrug- They're adults and can live, or not, with their decisions.

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  76. Greg Norton says:

    Speaking of Canada:

    ‘This is about keeping Canadian citizens safe’: Justin Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act, empowers banks to freeze accounts without a court order

    If Trudeau had wanted it all to go away the first weekend, he should have made sure every trucker got a thermos of coffee when they entered the center of town, personally handing out as many as he could.

    I always figured that would be the Canadian Prime Minister's response to that kind of situation.

    Hiding in a bunker and exercising obscure emergency regulations is a Clinton/Obama/Biden response.

    Stick a fork in Justin. He’s done.

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  77. Jenny says:

    @SteveF

    Good way to go about it. I’m weak on herbs/spices. I’ve got a good selection on hand for daily needs. Not so much longer term needs. Good on vitamins. Not as strong as I’d prefer on meds. It’s a process. 
     

    We are spoiled and eat a lot of fresh foods. That’ll change in a hurry if our port is knocked out by a quake.

  78. Alan says:

    >> My simple answer is I consider the COVID clotshot a pseudo-vaccination. I believe the CDC changed their definition of vaccination to cover for it. The fact you need three shots and it wanes after a few months bolsters that.

    Isn't it the case though that the Operation Warp Speed people had to come up with something? Having to tell Trump, "sorry, a vaccine will take 10 years," wasn't an option.

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  79. MrAtoz says:

    Isn't it the case though that the Operation Warp Speed people had to come up with something? Having to tell Trump, "sorry, a vaccine will take 10 years," wasn't an option.

    l agree. Next the goobermint will declare anything they want you to inject, a “vaccine”. Just stealth change the definition.

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  80. Ray Thompson says:

    Oh, you came up on a list. Your name matches Ray Thompson".

    Hmmm, I wondered why my debit card did not work.

    The sedative I received was the same stuff that killed Michael Jackson. I don’t remember a thing.

    Same stuff I had on my last anal excursion. It’s good stuff. Felt really good when I woke up. Unlike the first time where regular anesthesia was used and I felt like a zombie.

    I second the observation of getting the tests done when needed. Visit the general doctor twice a year, get what is recommended. Life may depend on it. If not life, a miserable existence.

  81. SteveF says:

    87 octane gas is up 70% in 56 weeks, from $2.199 to $2.739

    Bah. The new best price is $3.739. I blame global warming for the confusion.

  82. Alan says:

    >> If Trudeau had wanted it all to go away the first weekend, he should have made sure every trucker got a thermos of coffee when they entered the center of town, personally handing out as many as he could.

    Tm Hortons coffee…and some fresh, hot poutine.

  83. Greg Norton says:

    Same stuff I had on my last anal excursion. It’s good stuff. Felt really good when I woke up. Unlike the first time where regular anesthesia was used and I felt like a zombie.

    An hour after the procedure ended, I was eating Whataburger in my kitchen.

    For the record, a dry chicken sandwich and a drink.

  84. TV says:

    But on to a more serious question:  You do not believe me to be honest?  Please provide examples of dishonesty or explain this statement.

    Do you really expect a meaningful answer to that? That grinding sound you hear is SteveF moving the goalposts. 

    I do expect a meaningful answer.  Conversations at this site have been at times contentious but always polite.  (I am Canadian and approve of politeness.)  I will not guess at the response and will not "bait" SteveF as you are by presuming he will reply in any other manner.  You are NOT being helpful here by trying to start an argument.  Please stop that.

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  85. TV says:

    Hiding in a bunker and exercising obscure emergency regulations is a Clinton/Obama/Biden response

    LOL! No shortage of bunker excursions in the recent past. 
     

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/politics/trump-protests-george-floyd.amp.html

    My comment on all of what is happening is that PM Trudeau has been playing this from the start as a wedge issue and has over-reacted, far too late, and now is looking a bit desperate trying to get back in front of this issue.  The folks with the trucks in the protest are already breaking laws, and enforcement should not have been an issue.  Invoking the Emergency Act (formerly called the War Measures Act and last invoked by his Dad against FLQ terrorists in the 1970s) is more than I think is required here.  The protestors are annoying, occasionally offensive and in a few cases seditious (calling for government overthrow), but are mostly a bunch of dumb-asses.  If there is any point to this, the act may allow the government to force the towing companies to tow the semis – something they have refused to get involved with to date.  I expect very different contract terms with municipal governments after this is over.  The political theatre continues, remaining mostly a farce.

  86. drwilliams says:

    Almost fifty years ago I had a few minutes up close with a grey percheron.

    Unforgettable.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10arWlud_v4

  87. drwilliams says:

    Canadian Broadcaster Corp. Ties the Word ‘Freedom’ to ‘Far-Right Groups’

    From one of the “experts” the CBC interviewed: “Freedom is a slippery concept.”

    Posted by Mary Chastain Monday, February 14, 2022 at 05:00pm

    Freedom is now a forbidden word, it's *almost* like they are telling us their endgame

    William A. Jacobson

    @wajacobson

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/canadian-broadcaster-corp-ties-the-word-freedom-to-far-right-groups/

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  88. drwilliams says:

    @TV

    "Invoking the Emergency Act (formerly called the War Measures Act and last invoked by his Dad against FLQ terrorists in the 1970s) is more than I think is required here."

    The U.S. terrorists of that time were let off leniently, pardoned, and became radical leftist university professors, advisors to presidents, and race hustlers.

  89. nick flandrey says:

    Hit the 'small' HEB for VDay cards and to see what was fresh.  

    Small avocados are 83c and smaller than tennis balls.

    Great big holes throughout the store–

    -no cream cheese at all

    -no biscuits in a tube, nor cinnamon buns in a tube.  One or two tubes of cornbread muffin and small crescent rolls.  Couple of packages of break and bake cookies, basically an empty cooler.

    -dry pasta was available, for the first time in a while, but I bought the last single bag of egg noodles.   They've been short of egg noodles for a long time.

    -meat.  Select T bone value pack for $5/# but not many other choices for beef.  Some 'heart' shaped ribeye, choice grade.  Normal hamburger was $3.89/#.   Pork ribs frozen and vac pack were on sale for <$3/ #.

    -none of the breakfast sausage we like, either normal or maple.   ONE remaining family pack of the bacon I buy, after I bought one. 

    They had a decent selection of eggs and milk, and chicken.  One whole "overflow" cooler filled with eggs on one side, whipped cream on the other.  Like 30 faces of each- ie, "Jose, fill that display cooler with something."

    They had an ordinary selection of fruit, veg, and starches, ordinary bread and cereal aisle.  Cookies were wiped out.     There were other weird 3 foot gaps on shelves too, all over.   Paper goods were ok, but all the packages got smaller- ie fewer rolls in the bale.

    Lots of places with a lot of 'faces' of product, and places where it was only one or two units deep on the shelf too.  They're still stretching to fill shelves.  they're still having trouble restocking.

    I joked with the manager after hearing her say she spent the day at training.  I suggested it was for disguising empty shelves.    She chuckled and didn't deny it.

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  90. nick flandrey says:

    WRT figuring storage food quantities, I always had a different approach than RBT.  He counted calories and talked about "iron rations" and that is one method, I think that grew out of how the survivalists thought.

    I don't like calories because it is a lab measure, and has very little natural utility wrt diet or nutrition.  All foods have calories, not all foods or calories are equal.  My time on the Atkins diet established that for me.  Plus as individuals, food affects us differently.  Sugar puts me to sleep.  D1 too.  I would have a very hard time with just carbs and sugar in my stores.

    I've laid out my approach many times here, but it's basically to think of family meals, and stack that.  IE dinner is two small cans meat, one can veg, one serving each additional veg, or starch.  One dessert.   For the starch, rice or pasta or beans.  Canned fruit for the dessert, maybe in the form of pie, or a cookie mix.

    For short term disaster, I consider the effort and fuel required for the meal.  Thus I don't stock dried beans or straight up rice for that.  I stock canned beans and minute rice.  Or canned red beans AND rice.  The plain rice and bulk flours, salt, sugar are to supplement whatever else is available during a prolonged event or to ease a long slide. 

    I also stock some stuff we've never had, and don't eat, just to provide some insurance against appetite fatigue.

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  91. Mark W says:

    As an occasional commentator, I do appreciate both sides here. I'm not sure I agree with TV but I appreciate his points, and I agree that we do better here when we discuss rather than confront. Everyone has a different point of view and we can all learn. For instance, that's the point of the Rogan show, despite the current attempts to silence him.

    New people are always welcome, more so if they are here for discussion, not to score cheap points. This isn't Fakebook/tweeter.

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  92. TV says:

    Canadian Broadcaster Corp. Ties the Word ‘Freedom’ to ‘Far-Right Groups’

    From one of the “experts” the CBC interviewed: “Freedom is a slippery concept.”

    Posted by Mary Chastain Monday, February 14, 2022 at 05:00pm

    Freedom is now a forbidden word, it's *almost* like they are telling us their endgame

    William A. Jacobson

    @wajacobson

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/canadian-broadcaster-corp-ties-the-word-freedom-to-far-right-groups/

    Cart before the horse.  What you actually have is a bunch of right-wing groups shouting freedom, and in doing so trying to redefine the concept (politically weaponizing "freedom") to suit themselves.  What you see with the protestors are a bunch of folks wrapping themselves in the Canadian flag, shouting freedom, and claiming that allows any activity at all.  Well, sorry but NO.

    Political protest, and the theatre and media circus they want to create, are fine for a while.  Claiming they represent freedom and Canadian patriotism (note the many, many flags) is to my mind (and I think that of most Canadians) saying to me that I am not free and not a Canadian patriot if I am not with them.  I am really going to reject that message in a big way. 

    For me, the use of the flag as some sort of tattered poncho they can wrap around themselves while uttering any demand or taking any action is offensive.  (I think the quote I want is "patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel").  It is also, in a very real way, un-Canadian.  The flag has a great deal of weight in the USA as part of your founding story.  The flag is everywhere including in your national anthem, and that is fine and good for Americans.  It is (from my view across the border), part of American culture and exceptionalism.  That is not how Canadians view our flag. Some of this is to play to an American audience that may be used to this amount of flag-waving.   Seems to have raised a bit of money too in the US and frankly I think those folks have been duped, but it is their money.

    If freedom has become a "forbidden word", look to those that have dirtied it and my flag the last few weeks. 

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  93. Greg Norton says:

    The protestors are annoying, occasionally offensive and in a few cases seditious (calling for government overthrow), but are mostly a bunch of dumb-asses

    Coffee … and sandwiches.

  94. nick flandrey says:

    Well, almost 2 years into the response to the chinkyflu and this is the FIRST CDC bulletin that mentions "treatment" and seeking it.

    Don’t Delay. Test Soon and Treat Early

    If you test positive for COVID-19 and have one or more health conditions that increase your risk of becoming very sick, treatment may be available.

    Contact a health professional right away after a positive test to determine if you may be eligible, even if your symptoms are mild right now. Don’t delay: Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.

    Treatments used for COVID-19 should be prescribed by your healthcare provider. People have been seriously harmed and even died after taking products not approved for use to treat or prevent COVID-19, even products approved or prescribed for other uses. Talk to your healthcare provider about what option may be best for you.

    –also find it telling that they don't even describe what treatments might be available.

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  95. Greg Norton says:

    Invoking the Emergency Act (formerly called the War Measures Act and last invoked by his Dad against FLQ terrorists in the 1970s) is more than I think is required here. 

    Early voting started in Texas today, and one of the Republican candidates for Attorney General is a fourth generation of Bush family politician, George P. (Diddly), son of Jeb!, the former Governor of Florida.

    The dynasty needs to end.

    P. Diddly didn't stay home because the family sold the Florida Governor's mansion for a political favor twenty years ago except the Florida voters didn't exactly see eye to eye with the new owner regarding occupancy when he showed up four years ago to collect the keys.

  96. Alan says:

    >> no cream cheese at all

    Yeah, going on three weeks now that our local Albertson's has had no cream cheese.

  97. Alan says:

    >> also find it telling that they don’t even describe what treatments might be available.

    Probably because we’re not on the ‘approved list’ to get them.

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  98. JimB says:

    Almost fifty years ago I had a few minutes up close with a grey percheron.

    Unforgettable.

    I have not been around horses much, but will never forget seeing the draft horses at the Michigan State Fair when I was about seven. Not only were they enormous, but they were beautiful. Of course, they were meticulously groomed. They were also very well behaved, like the ones in your linked video. The two breeds I remember were Percherons and Belgians, but there were others.

    I had a friend who raised horses, and was around them all his life. He told me a lot about them that gave me respect for them. My only other experience was around some ill-behaved ones. Large, frisky animals can do damage. My friend had his back broken by an ill-tempered horse. He shrugged it off. Don’t think I could do that.

    Got a chance to ride on a wagon pulled by a pair of smallish draft horses in Death Valley. I think they were called American Draft Horses, but that is probably just a general term. They were great, and so was the teamster. He demonstrated various commands and maneuvers. Those horses really seemed to enjoy pulling that wagon.

  99. Rolf Grunsky says:

    Alas poor Justin. He has his father's arrogance and his mother's brains. For the most part I think that TV's take is fairly representative of a majority of Canadians. The protesters need to be reminded that if they want to engage in civil disobedience that there will be consequences.

    NaN―not a number? Maybe it thinks that it is number 6?

  100. brad says:

    I feel more sense of accomplishment when I don’t list all the things I am not going to get done.

    I hear you. I’m kind of in the doldrums just now, no motivation to do much of anything. Burn out? It’s not that I”ve been working that hard, but I haven’t taken a complete vacation from work for a long time. Turn off the email for a month – that would be great.

    WRT to the current Covid 19 pandemic, I have some questions for today’s anti-vaxxers:

    Here the results are very clear: Almost all of the people in the hospital are unvaxxed. The vaccinations work, and harmful side effects are rare. Certainly better than the side-effects of getting sick.

    You still won’t convince the anti-vax crowd. I just find it weird that, suddenly, it’s the conservatives who are anti-vax. It used to be the crystal-healing liberals in the communes.

    Interesting mix of faces in the crowd, vs faces in the blue line…

    Carefully said. On some random site yesterday there was a video of teens, probably 14-15, raiding and trashing the toy aisle of a Wallmart, pretending to have sex with the stuffed bears, etc.. Since there was a video, it was probably for TikTok.

    In the comments, the universal observation was: black kids, it’s almost always blacks rioting and trashing things. I looked back an hour later, and all of those comments had been removed. Non-PC observations are not allowed.

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  101. lynn says:

    I finally watched "Bill and Ted Face The Music" on Hulu.  I want my two hours back.

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