Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 – it certainly keeps me busy…

Cold and windy, and cold.  Yesterday started cold and stayed cool all day, although the sun did come out and it did warm up somewhat.

I ran a bunch of errands during the day.   Cooked some of the $5/pound T bone steaks for dinner.  Read.  Went to bed early.  I was wiped out.

Today I’ll be helping my wife upgrade the lighting in the theatre in the school D1 attends.  I’ll also be taking a bunch of BOL stuff to my secondary.  I’ve got a plan, but it’s probably not a good one… gonna try anyway.

 

While I do believe bad things will be happening and bad times will come and get worse, I still have to live my life like there IS a tomorrow.  Hence the volunteer hours at school, and the getting together with other families, and buying a lakehouse…   Forecast calls for pain, but the forecasters are wrong all the time too.

So stack, but LIVE too.

n

100 Comments and discussion on "Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 – it certainly keeps me busy…"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    Once again, the documents will probably be a nothingburger.

    Perhaps now. But when the democrats get a hold of the documents the documents will be akin to the nuclear launch codes. Or so they will say.

    Forecast calls for pain, but the forecasters are wrong all the time too.

    Intentional or merely a slip of the keyboard?

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  2. Greg Norton says:

    Once again, the documents will probably be a nothingburger.

    Perhaps now. But when the democrats get a hold of the documents the documents will be akin to the nuclear launch codes. Or so they will say.

    Just like the tax returns. We don't hear much about those anymore.

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  3. Ray Thompson says:

    Just like the tax returns. We don't hear much about those anymore.

    I would like a law requiring every member of congress or senate to make their tax returns public. Obviously obscuring SSN and other critical information. But all investment, donations, and income would be available to view by the general public. I suspect that would uncover a lot of shady dealings.

    I know that will never happen as those elitists will not make any law that infringes upon them while they have no problems shafting everyone else.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Tankless hot water:  When we were having our well water filter system replaced 18 months ago, the plumber recommended a Rennai tankless hot water heater. He PROMISED that we'd always have hot water, as much as we could want.

    He lied like a rug. 

    The plumber started down the road of resale value, but I've sold a house into a tough market (Florida, Fall 2010). Any home improvement not requiring a permit didn't mean anything in the end.

    I've never been unhappy about the hot water supply in our house so we did a 1-1 replacement and saved the $6000 "conversation" for a later date.

    My house payment just went up $100/month due to property taxes driven by Apple's new campus 10 minutes away.

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  5. Denis says:

    Life intervened again in/against my BOL garage lighting plans. A friend turned up with a rifle and a new synthetic stock for it that doesn’t *quite* fit. Now I am I fixing the inletting… of course, being at the BOL, I don’t have the right tools with me, so I just raided the local hardware store for a couple of chisels and some wire wool (why does nobody stock bronze wool???). The adjacent supermarket provided bright red lipstick and cheap toothbrushes…

    Now having a mixed grill in the local Turkish takeaway. No time for cooking!

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    @denis, sounds like fun!   Bubba the gunsmith, working at the kitchen table CAN do good work but usually it ends up as something else…. so don't be that guy!  Good luck!

    WRT bronze wool, I couldn't find any in stores but a yard sale yielded some old gaffer's carefully hoarded stash.   I use it to fill the weep holes in the brick veneer on my house.  You can't block them, the wall needs to be able to drain if water gets behind it, but bugs will make homes if you don't keep them out.   Steel wool has obvious downsides…

    WRT tools at the BOL… I'll need my electrician, plumber, and carpenter sets, before I get any of the hobby stuff up there like radios and electronics.  I should be able to provide a full set of dupes for myself out of existing stocks, and still have backups….   🙂

    Garden and tree tools too.

    36F and sunny, RH at 90%.

    Headed in to the school theater around 9am so I better kick the hornets nest and get everyone up.

    n

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Intentional or merely a slip of the keyboard?

    —  intentional.  Pain of all sorts. 

    n

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Hands up — who else here has driven the barrier islands off Palm Beach county?

    Don’t shoot? How about a trigger warning before your raycis comments.

  9. MrAtoz says:

    I read plugs dispatched The Kamel to bash Russian. I guess he’s too feeble and sponge-brained to do it himself. Why poke the bear and rile things up? Does he really thing that will influence Vlad? This should be totally done by the NATO countries next door, not the US. Why are we the lead right now?

  10. MrAtoz says:

    Take that biowomen everywhere:

    Transgender Swimmer Sets Female Pool Record During Victory at Ivy League Championship

    Slap, testicles, slap.

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  11. MrAtoz says:

    Follow the science:

    Where does this idea of “overwhelming scientific evidence” in favour of the vaccines reducing severe illness and death come from? Neither were clinical endpoints of the manufacturers’ randomised control trials. So not from there.

    It’s so much easier to just observe and call it science, than all those difficult sciencey things like control groups, etc.

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  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    What a strange coincidence?

    Jeffrey Epstein’s close associate and French modeling agent, Jean-Luc Brunel, was found dead in prison today in an apparent suicide.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/02/jeffrey-epsteins-close-friend-modeling-agent-jean-luc-brunel-found-dead-apparent-prison-suicide-allegedly-hung-prison-cameras-not-working-time/

    –strange huh?

    n

    Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pimp’ Jean-Luc Brunel dies in prison ‘suicide’: Frenchman who procured ‘a thousand women’ for pedophile and slept with Virginia Roberts ‘hangs himself’ – a week after Prince Andrew settlement

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10530247/Jeffrey-Epsteins-friend-Jean-Luc-Brunel-prison-suicide.html

  13. drwilliams says:

    Steel wool makes a good fire starter. SS and bronze wool have uses, but synthetic abrasives are better choices for most applications. 

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  14. Greg Norton says:

    It’s so much easier to just observe and call it science, than all those difficult sciencey things like control groups, etc.

    The point of the mandates is to eliminate the control groups.

    Regardless, it is over in the US at this point, and we'll see what happens with regard to Wee (or is it Oui) Pierre up north in the next week.

    Justin *Pierre* James Trudeau.

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  15. Denis says:

    Bubba the gunsmith … don't be that guy!

    I resemble that remark! I am not a full-time gubsmith, but I do have the equivalent of your "FFL" and I often watch Mark Novak and Art Isaacson on YouTube!

    WRT tools at the BOL… I'll need my electrician, plumber, and carpenter sets, before I get any of the hobby stuff up there like radios and electronics.  I should be able to provide a full set of dupes for myself out of existing stocks, and still have backups….  

    I was able to stock the BOL reasonably comprehensively with general-purpose and electrician/networking tools from duplicates in stock at home, and they have served me well. I leave wood-bothering and plumbing to the professionals by preference. Coincidentally, it's my plumber's stock that I am inletting. I have a medium-term plan to replace the garden shed at the BOL with a proper workshop, then the metal lathe from home and a milling machine will come here.

    The neighbour just called to say that he has spotted a loose tile on our roof after the couple of days of hurricane-force winds here (gusting 120-140 km/h). I went out and looked up, and he's right. Oh joy. I hate long ladders… and trying to find a roofer on a Saturday afternoon after two days of storms… I called my carpenter, in the hope that he knows someone who might do it. Fingers crossed. If I don't post here anymore, the ladder got me.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    Mark Novak rocks.

    n

  17. SteveF says:

    Take that biowomen everywhere

    Not my circus, not my monkeys. I've been told for thirty years or more that, as a mere man, I'm not allowed to have an opinion on women's issues.* Women losing competitions and sports scholarships is a women's issue if I ever heard one.

    * Though, oddly, I'm still expected to pay for women's issues. Look up a chart of lifetime net taxes paid versus benefits received, divided by sex. Ditto for health insurance premiums paid versus expenses.

  18. drwilliams says:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/18/was-the-felicity-ace-fire-caused-by-electric-vehicle-batteries/

    Next time I get a chance to bend the ear of my state rep, I’m going to propose that he sponsor a law requiring insurance companies to gather and report data on electric vehicle fires to assist in determining whether they should be placed in a separate policy group due to significantly higher risks. 

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Take that biowomen everywhere:

    It is up to the other swimmers to speak out at this point.

    The women swimmers want someone else to take on the role of villain, preferably a white person who identifies as male, and that isn't happening.

    The white man has shrugged, ladies. What are you going to do for yourselves?

    Bar of soap in the toe of a wet sock … whaaap …

  20. Greg Norton says:

    Next time I get a chance to bend the ear of my state rep, I’m going to propose that he sponsor a law requiring insurance companies to gather and report data on electric vehicle fires to assist in determining whether they should be placed in a separate policy group due to significantly higher risks. 

    That's already in the works. Don't kid yourself if you think that The Gecko isn't paying attention. Flo, The General, and Limu Emu too.

    I wouldn't be surprised if The Gecko has something to say about insuring EVs in the shareholder letter sooner or later.

    Tony was working on offering his own insurance for a while.

    No one in the insurance business will last for long putting advancement of an agenda over the bottom line.

  21. drwilliams says:

    Pretty much sums it up:

    As a predicate, the National Archives management has turned that government office into a purely leftist entity determined to advance all leftist causes, including destroying Donald Trump. Recently, it was caught stating that the U.S. Constitution and all of America's other founding documents contain "harmful content." Why? Because they have "racist, sexist, misogynistic, and xenophobic opinions."

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/02/the_false_claim_that_trump_was_in_wrongful_possession_of_confidential_documents.html

    We need a solid Republican candidate that will be good for eight years, and a lot of thought and preparation for the next eight.

    It's going to take a long time to clear out the rot and reform our government into the non-partisan instrument that it must be for the nation to survive.

    And part of that effort must be to get the federal government out of funding secondary education. The entire woke liberal university "studies" is nothing but a pseudo-intellectual parasite. If the states want to roll that way, let them fund it.

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  22. MrAtoz says:

    We need a solid Republican candidate that will be good for eight years, and a lot of thought and preparation for the next eight.

    Whoever that is, the Redumblicans will destroy said person if not a member of the Gool Ole Boys Club. Redumbos constantly snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Maybe the RNC will run Bishop Mittens again. He's ripe after tRump and McSpongeBrain.

  23. drwilliams says:

    "No one in the insurance business will last for long putting advancement of an agenda over the bottom line."

    The insurance industry will bend over and show their little pink bottoms for woke policy in the name of greenness, fairness, racial equity, and whatever other excuse the commies tell them they are commanded to embrace by the ChiComs and their woke Democrat puppets.

    They will hide the data, average the risk over the non-electric vehicles, and deny the cause of rising premiums if instructed. And since the commies goal is to do away with private ownership of automobiles, the insurance companies will lead the charge because they want to morph into some form that will continue to suck the public's blood and rank in the top five "industries".

    Classical economics teaches that wealth is created by agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. Everything else just moves money around lobbies for government to legislate to protect their slice of the pie.

    ADDED:
    There is continued talk about a federal gas tax moratorium for the rest of the year. If that happens how long will it take the EV manufacturers and owners to cry about being treated unfailrly, since they don’t pay that tax and get no relief?

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  24. Denis says:

    Success! The gub now fits correctly in its new stock, looks as it should, and functions correctly, at least upon dry-firing. As a bonus, it doesn't look like cousin Bubba dun it.

    Now to get the new-old Zeiss scope on it and bore-sighted as fast as I can, so I can get back to my scheduled Saturday programme, which was putting up lights…

  25. Greg Norton says:

    There is continued talk about a federal gas tax moratorium for the rest of the year. If that happens how long will it take the EV manufacturers and owners to cry about being treated unfailrly, since they don’t pay that tax and get no relief?

    EV owners are getting a free ride not paying for the maintenance of the roads via gas taxes. In CA, they do not pay tolls, at least not on the SR91 express lanes from Anaheim to Riverside I worked on for a while.

  26. lpdbw says:

    Asking for a friend…

    If a person were to pull his money out of the bank and buy silver coins, which ones are most suitable for barter in a post-banking society?

    Looking at silver krugerrands (which I didn't even know about until yesterday) and the 1 oz. Canadian and American coins.

    And some junk silver for small purchases and making change.

    I'm sitting on a fair amount of cash at the moment, and with events in Canada I'm less and less confident about that.  My "anonymous" internet presence is easily pierced by rogue deep state actors, so I have no illusions anonymity will protect me.

    I mean, protect my friend.

  27. Greg Norton says:

    If a person were to pull his money out of the bank and buy silver coins, which ones are most suitable for barter in a post-banking society?

    Looking at silver krugerrands (which I didn't even know about until yesterday) and the 1 oz. Canadian and American coins.

    I had a stash of Sunshine Mint silver one ounce coins, widely available from various dealers. Then, I took them fishing and the rolls fell out of the boat.

    In his book, Andrew Tobias used to recommend buying a bag of old silver dimes if you were really paranoid, but I haven't seen recent editions.

    I don’t have a lot of metals since I lean towards what our late host would term a normalcy bias, but if you are going to buy silver or gold, go physical. Don’t buy the ETFs like GLD or SLV. And for God’s sake don’t put the coins in a bank safe deposit box — have a safe hiding place.

    The first step in the gold confiscation in 1933 was a bank holiday so the institutions could drill the safe deposit boxes. The current legal precedents make matters worse since property placed in the boxes is now considered abandoned by the courts.

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  28. MrAtoz says:

    Asking for a friend…

    If a person were to pull his money out of the bank and buy silver coins, which ones are most suitable for barter in a post-banking society?

    I've purchased most of my silver from apmex.com You can get mint quality silver coins at 1oz and fractional if you want something smaller. The same with unminted or silver rounds as apmex calls them. Or bars of various weights. Gold coins and fractionals, also. I'm sure most metal exchanges have the same.

  29. lynn says:

    From SRW in the Fort Bend Journal, "It's a doggie dog world".

    "Have you ever heard someone say "literally" when they meant to say "figuratively." This misuse of the English language should have been nipped in the butt years ago! It's not the only English foe par that makes me cringe and want to curl up in a feeble position. I'm biting my time but one day I'm going to speak out and correct these more ons. I'm certain that they'll have an escape goat – probably that they studied math and science and not English in school, ex cedera, ex cedera – but I won't let them off scotch free! I know, I know, your probably thinking its a mute point and irreverant in today's society. Supposedly, today's youth no longer need to be concerned about speaking correctly, what with social media and all. I have no illusions, it will probably be a waist of time and I won't win a metal for it…"

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  30. Greg Norton says:

    Uh, what? Or did you mean to add “after a certain period of time” to that? Texas law, for example, only permits a safe deposit box to be presumed abandoned if it’s been inactive for five years and the owner is unknown. 

    California law is similar, but it didn't stop law enforcement in this case and others. Warrants for safe deposit boxes are easier to get than a shoebox under the bed at the owner's house because the owner presumes security of the property in a impressive-looking vault but generally doesn't have full knowledge of the procedures involved (if any) used to secure the box contents. Once the owner turns the key and walks away from visual range of the access point, the property is considered abandoned by the courts. Of course, the owner is welcome to attempt to prove otherwise before a judge/jury, as the plaintiffs are attempting to do here.

    https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-pauses-fbis-forfeiture-of-beverly-hills-safe-deposit-box-owners-property/

    The principle is similar to expectation of security for email on GMail, physical mail handled by non-USPS entities like Fedex/UPS/etc, or the contents of a hard drive on a laptop left at a repair depot … just like Hunter’s.

  31. Alan says:

    >> In his book, Andrew Tobias used to recommend buying a bag of old silver dimes if you were really paranoid, but I haven't seen recent editions.

    My *friend* has been accumulating US dimes and quarters. Keeps losing them in the river though.

  32. Alan says:

    >> I would like a law requiring every member of congress or senate to make their tax returns public. Obviously obscuring SSN and other critical information. But all investment, donations, and income would be available to view by the general public. I suspect that would uncover a lot of shady dealings.

    "I'd love to release my tax returns but they're being audited."

  33. Nightraker says:

    For barter trade purposes, it's all about recognize-ability and not needing to make change. Therefore,  junk dimes and quarters have appeal.  A larger transaction and Eagles have their place.  Maple leafs MAY be acceptable and have a smaller premium today (cheaper).  Miscellaneous rounds depend on the greed and motivation of your counterpart, but have the smallest premium today. 

    My .02.

  34. Alan says:

    >> I've never been unhappy about the hot water supply in our house so we did a 1-1 replacement and saved the $6000 "conversation" for a later date.

    I like long hot showers – 50 gallon heater for the win – no complaints from the wife that there's not hot water left for her. And those silly pressure restrictors removed from the showerhead.

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  35. lynn says:

    Just like the tax returns. We don't hear much about those anymore.

    I would like a law requiring every member of congress or senate to make their tax returns public. Obviously obscuring SSN and other critical information. But all investment, donations, and income would be available to view by the general public. I suspect that would uncover a lot of shady dealings.

    I know that will never happen as those elitists will not make any law that infringes upon them while they have no problems shafting everyone else.

    No.  We have an implied right to privacy in the USA Constitution.  The founders should have made it explicit, but, they were fighting big fires.

  36. lynn says:

    >> I've never been unhappy about the hot water supply in our house so we did a 1-1 replacement and saved the $6000 "conversation" for a later date.

    I like long hot showers – 50 gallon heater for the win – no complaints from the wife that there's not hot water left for her. And those silly pressure restrictors removed from the showerhead.

    My GP doc has told me that the minute I feel congested, get in the shower and turn it on the hottest I can stand it for the longest I can stand it.

  37. Alan says:

    >> I read plugs dispatched The Kamel to bash Russian. I guess he’s too feeble and sponge-brained to do it himself. Why poke the bear and rile things up? Does he really thing that will influence Vlad? This should be totally done by the NATO countries next door, not the US. Why are we the lead right now?

    Heard on the news this morning that we've got it all wrong – seems the Russian troops are there because Ukraine is planning to invade Russia.

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  38. Alan says:

    >> Regardless, it is over in the US at this point

    Hopefully this is then just more scare tactics…

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/17/health/ba-2-covid-severity/index.html

  39. Pecancorner says:

    I was feeling kind of sorry for this old man in Turkey, with his primitive life, even after seeing his TV, until I saw his tractor. He's got a better tractor than 90% of the people around here.

    https://youtu.be/2lmlLsRcmeg

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  40. Alan says:

    >> It's going to take a long time to clear out the rot and reform our government into the non-partisan instrument that it must be for the nation to survive.

    And why would either side abandon the current partisan nature of government that benefits the party in power? Because it would be the "right" thing to do??

  41. Greg Norton says:

    A larger transaction and Eagles have their place.  Maple leafs MAY be acceptable and have a smaller premium today (cheaper). 

    Maple Leafs are .999 precious metal and considered to be "money" when crossing borders so you won't pay customs. Eagles are alloy and considered a "collectible" so customs will be due.

    The upside of an Eagle is provenance in a SHTF situation. Not that a Maple Leaf would be that much worse, but a Krugerand, with similar metal composition, customs clearance, and international recognition, is a tempting target for counterfeiters.

    The US Mint has really exacting standards. Death Star Labs designed the modern quarter in the early … 60s … to pass a series of physical tests while bouncing around inside a payphone. Somewhere in New Jersey, the specs are still in the archives. Every new quarter has to match the same specs.

  42. Alan says:

    >>  In CA, they do not pay tolls, at least not on the SR91 express lanes from Anaheim to Riverside I worked on for a while.

    My Leaf came from CA and damn, those 'clean air' stickers on the bumper are a b!tch to remove.

    BTW, shopping (online) for a second used Leaf for the wife. Prices are up so I've expanded the search radius looking for a decent deal. Thought I had one in Dallas but in talking to the salesman all of a sudden there's a $995 dealer "add-on" for a protection package. Told him thanks, but no. Ten minutes later someone else called back from the same dealership and offered to reduce the 'pack' to $500. Told him I don't do business with your type of dealership.

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  43. Nightraker says:

    While there is a restriction on the flow rate for a shower head, there is NOT one for the number of heads you can have.

    I was fortunate to buy a four head plus hand held gizmo many years ago.   I call it the "TurboWash".  😉

    Mine is unavailable now but this is the same idea:

     https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0958KSFT4/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_GTYET2Q6FTASG1N1C2B5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&tag=ttgnet-20

  44. Greg Norton says:

    This is the claim I’m asking you to provide support for. The article/case you linked to doesn’t support it and actually cuts the other way. Consider this quote:

    I'm going to leave it as I stand corrected on this one.

    Do what you want with safe deposit boxes.

  45. Alan says:

    >> The US Mint has really exacting standards. Death Star Labs designed the modern quarter in the early … 60s … to pass a series of physical tests while bouncing around inside a payphone. Somewhere in New Jersey, the specs are still in the archives. Every new quarter has to match the same specs.

    Can't remember the last time I've seen a payphone…

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  46. MrAtoz says:

    LOL:

    Bitcoin wallet companies respond to Canada deputy PM’s order to freeze accounts (these are *chef’s kiss*)

    The fact that Canadian authorities don't understand the "wallet" software providers shows complete ignorance of cryptocurrency.

  47. Ray Thompson says:

    We have an implied right to privacy in the USA Constitution.

    Yes, we do. I think that anyone elected to an office that lords over others, makes rules that affect other's, restrict what we can, or cannot do with our money, and pass laws that rip money from our pockets, should be much more transparent. If the courts can rule that the president must expose his taxes than that privacy has been compromised. Congress critters and senate bimbos should be required to expose their taxes and thus their means of income and investments.

    Too many people elected to those offices have become multi-millionaires on a salary that somehow does not justify their growth in wealth. The only way these people have made this money is through corruption and insider knowledge. Government projects know only to them in which they invest. Contracts awarded to companies in which they invest before the news is open to the public.

    Every single "fact finding" trip paid for by any company or individual should have the full value of that trip taxed by department of the treasury. Same as winning a trip on a game show.

    pass a series of physical tests while bouncing around inside a payphone

    The bank I worked out in San Antonio in the 80's had the Bell Phone contract and account for handling pay phone funds for several states, including of course, Texas. An entire room, probably 20' by 30' was used to process money from the payphones. There were six quarter, dime, and nickel counting and wrapping machines. Those machines ran about 12 hours a day processing coins from payphones. Pallets of wrapped coins were shipped out every couple of days. There were several hundred thousands of dollars in coins processed each week.

    Whether or not the law enforcement agents think they can seize the box contents

    Law enforcement operates under the mantra of "easier to ask forgiveness than permission". It has happened in my small town. A rather expensive vehicle was confiscated, repainted, and driven by the chief of police. High powered car, high performance, expensive, Mustang. The police stated the driver was a known drug dealer. Turns out they had the wrong person as they only matched by name.

    The police were ordered to pay several thousands of dollars to the original owner, paint the vehicle back the original color, and return the vehicle to the owner. The owner refused the vehicle because holes had been punched in the vehicle for emergency lights and had been plugged with rubber plugs. The police had to pay several more thousands of dollars in compensation for damage. I don't know if the legal fees were recovered.

    If the police want the vehicle, they will find drugs. After finding that packet on the floor that was originally hiding in the officer's front pocket. I have little trust in the integrity of the police in this area. Too many shady things have happened.

    Russian troops are there because Ukraine is planning to invade Russia

    Right, and Rhode Island is going to invade Kentucky. That must the Camel version of diplomacy. She is clueless about international issues, sponge brain doesn't even know what international means. For all we know sponge brain thinks it is a brain of farm tractor.

  48. MrAtoz says:

    Oof:

    Here’s video footage from the front lines of the Freedom Convoy protests showing police getting serious

    Maybe Brian "Tater" Stelter can have her on "Reliable Sources". Nah, wrong narrative. Canadian popo getting stompy foot. Of course, there is no 1st Amendment in Canada.

  49. lynn says:

    Peanuts: Joe Motorcross

       https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/2022/02/19

    The end justify the means ?

  50. Greg Norton says:

    No.  We have an implied right to privacy in the USA Constitution.  The founders should have made it explicit, but, they were fighting big fires.

    The USA has an *explicit* Bill of Rights in the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

    Some of the founders didn't believe that the amendments were necessary since most of the ten cover principles enshrined in common law at the time, but, as Canada proved this week, explicit is indeed necessary to avoid problems later.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    The police were ordered to pay several thousands of dollars to the original owner, paint the vehicle back the original color, and return the vehicle to the owner. The owner refused the vehicle because holes had been punched in the vehicle for emergency lights and had been plugged with rubber plugs. The police had to pay several more thousands of dollars in compensation for damage. I don't know if the legal fees were recovered.

    Any non-factory paint work can knock thousands of dollars off of the value of a late model car and is very easy to detect.

    I've heard from people who say that Carvana won't buy a car/truck right now if the rep shows up and finds non-factory paint on any part of the vehicle.

    The sky would be the limit on loss with a really limited run Mustang. Heck, the Fox chassis 4-cylinder “secretary cars” from the 80s/early 90s are in serious demand right now, and not just for parts.

    I can’t think of a model year of Mustang that wasn’t desirable long term. The EcoBoost 4 cylinder engines that are the current “secretary car” will be expensive to maintain, but any projection of collectible value is strictly speculation at this point, and the bodies should hold up even if the engines are done at 100k.

    Maybe some smart kids will come up with conversion kits to make *real* EV Mustangs rather than the Hecho en Mexico abomination that Ford is currently selling.

  52. SteveF says:

    I have little trust in the integrity of the police in this area.

    Almost everywhere I've lived the police had "problems". The small city where I grew up, the cops ran prostitution and porn rings and sold confiscated drugs; when they were caught, 2/3 of the force was given the opportunity to resign in lieu of charges, which means that the people allowing this deal were also corrupt. Where I went to college, police were regionally famous for sleeping on shift and general incompetence. NJ shore, where I worked for a few years after getting off active duty, is nationally famous for cops who will enforce, ignore, or break the law to keep the tourist dollars flowing. Where I bought a house and lived after that, a city of 60,000, the city had to pay out six- and seven-figure settlements every year for police brutality, to the point that the city could no longer get municipal insurance.

    It's not just the police in your area, Ray. I'm pretty sure that almost every police force in the United States is bad in at least one way. The fact that there are not constant whistleblower accounts coming out suggests that nearly every cop, deputy, and trooper in the United States is personally corrupt. I've gotten a lot of argument about this, but if they're sworn to uphold the law and do not arrest or at least report the corruption, the dishonesty, or the brutality going on around them then I see no way to say that they are not corrupt.

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  53. paul says:

    hose machines ran about 12 hours a day processing coins from payphones.

    Frost Bank North Austin, fka as Chase Bank ('cause there was a Chase road nearby) had the machine.  You could watch through the window as they dumped your personal change jar into the machine.  Pretty cool to watch and no way was anyone grabbing a couple of handfuls of your change.

    Then…. "oh, we have to send it to San Antonio, we will credit your account in a few days".  Yeah, hard hell no to that.

  54. paul says:

    Yes, we do. I think that anyone elected to an office that lords over others, makes rules that affect other's, restrict what we can, or cannot do with our money, and pass laws that rip money from our pockets, should be much more transparent. If the courts can rule that the president must expose his taxes than that privacy has been compromised. Congress critters and senate bimbos should be required to expose their taxes and thus their means of income and investments.

    I would extend this to ALL elected offices.  Mayor of Podunk?  Council Critters in BFE County?  Yes. 

    No…. lets go a bit further…. if you work for the Gov /at any level/ Us Peons get to look at your tax returns.  Even the tax returns of file clerks and janitors and the guys working on the roads.

    And your spouse's.

    That covers the folks that are appointed and not elected.

    SS and Account and Routing numbers redacted for privacy.

    If you're sucking on tax money, the folks paying taxes for your pay should be able to verify a lack of bribe taking.

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  55. Greg Norton says:

    If you're sucking on tax money, the folks paying taxes for your pay should be able to verify a lack of bribe taking.

    Realize that half of the country either works directly or indirectly for government, probably more if you include all of the vendors, no matter how small. It would be simpler to make everyone's tax records searchable online. Now THAT would be fun.

    When I worked for the Egghead Discount Ponzi, the GSA credit cards were big no-nos to take without manager approval since that made the purchase a government contract and the company subject to audits — which, in retrospect, they probably wouldn't have passed — but that was the late 80s. I doubt anyone cares/checks anymore.

  56. MrAtoz says:

    I would extend this to ALL elected offices.  Mayor of Podunk?  Council Critters in BFE County?  Yes.

    +googolplex It's time to hold goobermints accountable.

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  57. Nightraker says:

    No…. lets go a bit further…. if you work for the Gov /at any level/ Us Peons get to look at your tax returns.

    I'd make it simpler:  anyone who receives a check from the Treasury is ineligible to vote.  I include myself as a Social Security recipient. Keep everyone’s hands out of the cookie jar. 

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  58. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

     Ray Thompson says:

    I would like a law requiring every member of congress or senate to make their tax returns public. Obviously obscuring SSN and other critical information

    Not good enough. I  REALLY believe in tax simplification.  I want all members of Congress to do THEIR OWN taxes, on live TV, using nothing other than the supplied tax booklet, a calculator, and a #2 pencil. Their returns will be immediately audited, and after the audit, they can proceed to Congress or be thrown in prison. 

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  59. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/business/safe-deposit-box-theft.html

    TL:DR

    safe deposit boxes are not safe.

    Haven't Checked Your Safe Deposit Box In 3 Years? California May Have Seized Your Stuff

    7.2.07 1:59 PM EDT By Meg Marco@meghann

    There’s a mess going on in the state of California. The state is accused of being overly proactive in seizing private assets that have been “abandoned” and selling them at auction. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Property is considered abandoned if there’s been no contact between the holding institution and the property owner, but in the case of Carla Ruff, that wasn’t the case. She was an account holder in good standing with the Bank of America branch that turned her property over to the state.

    –there are other accounts of BofA grabbing 'abandoned' accounts despite doing automatic billing to the box holder's checking account.

    –or this from Chase

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiH6M-chY32AhVllGoFHdm5AUwQFnoECAMQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chase.com%2Fcontent%2Fdam%2Fchase-ux%2Fdocuments%2Fpersonal%2Fbranch-disclosures%2Fsafe-deposit-box-lease-agreement.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0hAA-xlIV3Gr6sGy7Pjd-1

    You agree that we may turn over to any law enforcement or other governmental agency any object, of yours, which we believe, in our sole discretion, to be prohibited
    by the terms of this lease and we will bear no liability for doing so. You forfeit all rights to any contents stored in the box that are not permitted by the terms of this
    lease. You hold us harmless of any loss or alleged loss or other liability for any actions we take, at our discretion, with respect to such prohibited contents
     

    –Of note, they consider MONEY stored in the box to be NOT permitted, and therefore subject to being turned over.  Also " Anything illegal to possess" -like gold if .gov decides you can't possess it.

    — so if .gov tells chase you have money in your box, and they want it, Chase will gladly drill the box and hand it over.  

    This stuff isn't hard to find.   Before issuing a  challenge, if you were acting in good faith, you might instead try googling for five minutes.   Or just get the response "google is your friend".

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  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    Got most of my volunteer work done before having to bail and take D2 to her last basketball game.   Other team failed to show, so the girls did a short scrimmage against themselves.  Then pictures, awards, and cupcakes were passed out.

    I was going to head back over to help my wife, but she finished up during the game.

    I didn't get any of my stuff done, but I did help out D1 and watch D2 bounce around the court.

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  61. SteveF says:

    This stuff isn't hard to find.   Before issuing a  challenge, if you were acting in good faith, you might instead try googling for five minutes.

    Yer feedin' the trolls, man.

    watch D2 bounce around the court

    Eh? Is she so rotund that the other players used her as the ball?

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  62. Mark W says:

    Justin *Pierre* James Trudeau.

    You forgot Castro.

  63. Nick Flandrey says:

    I fixed the link.

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  64. RickH says:

    I fixed the link

    …except the New York Times is behind a paywall, so all you get is a headline and a picture. At least, that's what I got.

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  65. MrAtoz says:

    What ever happened to NatGeo:

    National Geographic: Experts say masking not only doesn’t harm children; it benefits them in more ways than one

    LOL, so kids should wear double masks for more benefits.

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  66. drwilliams says:

    @Alan

    >> It's going to take a long time to clear out the rot and reform our government into the non-partisan instrument that it must be for the nation to survive.

    "And why would either side abandon the current partisan nature of government that benefits the party in power? Because it would be the "right" thing to do??"

    One of the things that Trump should have done was prosecute Lois Lerner and put her and a number of others in prison on federal charges, followed by civil suits finding them liable for damages.

    The legend of Saint Comey was that he stood up to attempts to corrupt him. Now we know that he just stood up to the ones he didn't agree with

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  67. MrAtoz says:

    One of the things that Trump should have done was prosecute Lois Lerner and put her and a number of others in prison on federal charges, followed by civil suits finding them liable for damages.

    If the Redumblican manage not to poke the pooch on the next Presidential election, the new President should fire every fireable lead position in the Federal goobermint. Nuke it from above, just to be sure. Any Dumbos like FauXi left around should have their public lives made Hell until they resign.

    Even better would be a little chip off the FMOD*, which hits DC.

    *Firery Meteor Of Death

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  68. Nick Flandrey says:

    The broken link was  a direct pdf d/l.

    The new york slimes link opened for me no issues, but this time I got the popup that I'd used my 3 free articles.   Just turn on uBlock Origin and disable javascript, hit reload, and it will open.   That works on most of the paywall sites, and if it doesn't, searching on a full sentence and then clicking the link from the google search results will work about 90% of the time.

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    and even if it is troll food, the rabbit hole had enough interesting and valuable stuff turn up, I thought it worth the time to respond.  Hint to NaN- it's the belligerent tone, more than anything else.

  69. drwilliams says:

    @MrAtoZ

    "What ever happened to NatGeo"

    Same thing that happened to Scientific American, Nature, Science, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and every periodical in-between that used to be able to run objective science-based articles.

    Now we get "sea level to rise two feet by 2050" from NOAA, breathlessly parroted by LSM and (soon) all of print "science" publications, when it's just a bunch of circle-tuned models with no support from actual tidal-gauge measurements.

    And the woke children will all know it's true, and sleep just a bit worse for it. We get to die of old age and they will die of climate change.

  70. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yeah, this is “civil”. 

    –   nice red herring.   The civility in question was between commentors here, not toward any random parasite sucking at the public tit.

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  71. Nick Flandrey says:

    LOL, so kids should wear double masks for more benefits.

    —  why stop there??  Fifteen or more for the win.    Let's just hope the elastic straps don't do this

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  72. Nick Flandrey says:

    Eh? Is she so rotund that the other players used her as the ball?

    — she's more like Tigger….  and grew about 4 inches in the last couple of months…

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  73. Nick Flandrey says:

    'ANOTHER death by hanging in a high security prison!' Ghislaine Maxwell's horrified brother shares fears for her safety after Jeffrey Epstein's model agent 'pimp' was found dead in Paris cell

    • Jeffrey Epstein's French modelling agent friend Jean-Luc Brunel died on Saturday in an alleged prison suicide
    • The death has shaken Maxwell's family, including her brother Ian Maxwell, 65, who said he worries for his sister's safety inside Metropolitan Detention Center
    • 'It's really shocking,' Maxwell said. 'Another death by hanging in a high-security prison. My reaction is one of total shock and bewilderment' 
    • He was referring to the hanging of Epstein himself, who was found hanged at a Manhattan jail in August 2019  
    • Maxwell, who is based in London, said that despite his sister not being suicidal, she is on suicide watch by the jail
    • Maxwell added that it was 'ironic' that Maxwell is subjected to suicide watch while Epstein and Brunel were not

    —  seems that whatever she's got under a deadman switch is better than Jeff-y or Jean-y had.   Wonder how long it will take for the fixers to find and neutralize it? 

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    — my money is on about three minutes less than “the rest of her life”.

  74. drwilliams says:

    Prog heads are not like watermelons. Ask Scientific American.

    Actually, it would make sense for some kids to double-mask.

    Some parents, too. And posters.

    Encourage all liberal/progressive parents to double-mask their children. The extra mask is simply a substitute for the mask that the children of the conservative/libertarian parents isn't wearing. Gives them the protection they deserve.

    Pass it on.

    And then, if two masks are good…

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  75. Alan says:

    >> There can be room to have different interpretations about some statements, but a claim that “the courts” consider property in a safe deposit box abandoned as soon as it is out of sight seems to be clear, with little room for misinterpretation.

    Forget the courts, start here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2021/10/25/new-proof-that-police-use-civil-forfeiture-to-take-from-those-who-cant-fight-back/?sh=58c6b52e34e8

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  76. Nick Flandrey says:

    Apparently wordle attracts the left side of the bell curve.  Or maybe that's unfair and it's just the part of the population that doesn't read.

    players have complained that the game has become more difficult, largely as a result of how niche some of the answer words have been. 

    Today's solution was swill, but numerous Twitter users accused Wordle of 'just making up words' – saying this word 'doesn't exist'.  

    Another added: 'This isn't even a word, I'm done.'

    A further Wordle player wrote: 'There's no way this is an actual word smh [shaking my head].'  

    One player, who seemed very angry, added: 'F*** today's Wordle in particular, they're just making words up at this point.' 

    — if you don't enjoy words, and know a lot of them, why would you play a word game?  And if you really didn't know 'swill' was a word, why would you violate Mark Twain's Maxim?

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  77. Greg Norton says:

    Justin *Pierre* James Trudeau.

    You forgot Castro.

    Ha. Pierre really is one of Wee Pierre's four names.

    He is a Castro brother from another mother in spirit.

    The surreal aspect of watching the debates from parliament is seeing the opposition leader’s name pop up on the screen. Candice Bergen.

    What? Murphy Brown vs. Wee Pierre?

  78. drwilliams says:

    pity about that debate thing:

    MPs were told on Thurday night that due to the ‘exceptional circumstances’ of police closing in on Freedom Convoy protesters they needed to avoid the area around parliament for their own safety.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/canadas-parliament-suspends-debate-on-trudeaus-emergencies-act-claiming-safety-concerns/

    Why, I can't imagine that happening here in the U.S. The Capitol Police would never…

    When Fascism Comes To America, It Will Look Like Justin Trudeau’s Canada

    Trudeau’s dangerous not just because he’s abusing Canadians, but because he is providing the wish list for crackdowns by Democrats in the U.S.: “every single bank, credit union, investment broker and insurance provider in the country has been deputized to figure out if they have a blockader as a client, and to immediately freeze their accounts if so.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/when-fascism-comes-to-america-it-will-look-like-justin-trudeaus-canada/

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  79. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Nick”: It’s “belligerent” to ask people to support claims they make?

    Nice dodge.  No.  It's belligerent to demand they do so in the way you often do.  "@greg, that statement you made caught my attention, but I've done a bunch of searching and I can't find anything anywhere else.  Do you have a link to an article?"

    –do the work first, ask nicely after.  And then ask yourself, why do I care and will anyone else? 

    And finally, I've got little kids, so I've got more patience than most.  This blog isn't going anywhere unless Barbara gets tired of it, or me.  That means your suggestion is unwelcome and a waste of your time.  Attempts to score points off anyone here is unwelcome and a waste of your time, and ours.   If you want to participate in a discussion, or a conversation, you are welcome to do so.  If you can't tell the difference, you should probably refrain.

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  80. drwilliams says:

    I'd be sad for anyone who went to Cornell, ultra-woke liberal anti-semitic shiitehole that it has turned into.

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  81. drwilliams says:

    Caught a few minutes of Jeopardy! earlier today.

    Contestants were absolute hell on the Marvel Movies category and a bunch of other important stuff, but all three were stumped on:

    "This gas is frozen to make dry ice."

    You can find more information on this week's contestants at the link on the Jeopardy! home page titled:

    Meet the Semifinalists in the Jeopardy! National College Championship

    https://www.jeopardy.com/jbuzz/college-championship/meet-semifinalists-jeopardy-national-college-championship

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  82. drwilliams says:

    @Nan

    "I don’t think."

    FIFY

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  83. drwilliams says:

    And, gee, NaN-oh, about that sody-numb thing…

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  84. drwilliams says:

    Sorry, No-no.

    My policy is engage with idiots (just to be clear, such as yourself)

    only for purposes of temporary amusement.

    You're week-old fish, man.

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  85. mediumwave says:

    Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt

    Abraham Lincoln? Mark Twain? Biblical Proverb? Maurice Switzer? Arthur Burns? John Maynard Keynes? Confucius? Anonymous?

  86. mediumwave says:

    Caught a few minutes of Jeopardy! earlier today.

    Just not the same without Trebek.

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  87. drwilliams says:

    Anyone have any good recent restaurant experiences in Indianapolis?

  88. SteveF says:

    And finally, I've got little kids, so I've got more patience than most.

    I see where you're coming from but I experience the opposite. Between the girls (not little, but possibly more annoying for that), the wife (a burden, between the constant demands, the spending, the temper tantrums, and the near uselessness when it comes to taking care of house or daughter or mother), and the mother-in-law (not her fault in any way, but a burden because of her brain rotting), I'm constantly worn thin in terms of time, energy, and temper. It's not much of a problem online, as I can always just close the browser tab if an egregious dumbass comes along. It's sometimes a challenge to not go Kill Them All out in the offline world.

  89. SteveF says:

    Anyone have any good recent restaurant experiences in Indianapolis?

    Go to https://www.dailypundit.com/dailypundit.wordpress/ , create an account, and ask Bill for recommendations. He lives near-ish Indianapolis and he's something of a gourmand.

  90. RickH says:

    I don't think it is unreasonable to ask for valid sources for statements made here. There have often been instances of a claim of some sort, and asking the googles for a reference to that claim finds evidence to the contrary.

    I have seen near-conspiracy theory statements made by various commenters (not limited by left- or right-leaning commenters). I usually try to ignore them, but don't like to see unfounded accusations or 'stories'.

    I, among others here, have had to rebut comments by others here with references to reliable sources.

    So, if someone claims that courts or police or states are impounding safe deposit contents, I would expect to be able to find references to that. Not just references to stories about the wrong safety deposit box being emptied by mistake, etc.

    Whenever I find an interesting story I usually try to supply a reference to that item. And the reference (link) I use is, whenever possible, a reliable source, rather than someone's opinion on a blog.

    I think it is responsible to provide valid references to claims. Not just "Bubba said that  this was happening…" That's the kind of discussion I like to see here.

    Opinions are OK, as long as they are noted as such. But stating your opinion as a fact needs to include a reliable reference to that fact.

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  91. drwilliams says:

    I was just reminded that "Catcher in the Rye" is a bildungsroman.

    It's on the list in the wiki entry.

    But the Heinlein juveniles are still absent. I didn't look to see if they have been added/deleted in typical wiki fashion, but I wouldn't be surprised.

    hop. skip. jump. Came across this:

    Roddenberry's Star Trek was "above all, a critique of Robert Heinlein"

    Manu Saadia 9:18 am Tue Jun 7, 2016

    The Original Series' real five-year mission was to denounce the prejudices and controversies of the real world: racism, bigotry, mutually assured destruction, the Vietnam War. It was a critique of the Cold War and thus it was also, necessarily, a critique of Cold War science fiction — that is, above all a critique of Robert Heinlein.

    https://boingboing.net/2016/06/07/roddenberrys-star-trek-was.html

    Which is largely an excerpt from the author's book Trekonomics.

    In the excerpt, he shows that he can't even prove his assertions in one paragraph, let alone successive paragraphs, making it extremely likely that his book is not much better.

    But we knew, that.

  92. drwilliams says:

    @RickH

    " But stating your opinion as a fact needs to include a reliable reference to that fact."

    It's the "reliable reference" part that gets interesting.

    Are the CDC and FDA reliable?

    Online definitions of "vaccine" retrieved in 2022?

    Politifact? Snopes? SPLC?

    How about the National Archives?

    I can get you piles of reliable references for:

    "Hands up, don't shoot"?

    "It wasn't Hunter's laptop"

    "Trump had a hidden computer link to Russia"?

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  93. MrAtoz says:

    If you’re going to let this blog become a font for misinformation (something I don’t think Bob Thompson would have supported),

    Dr. Bob stated on occasion, this place was a blog of "unsocial media". You would know that if you viewed comments here more than a week or so ago. No one here, including you, have to prove shit. Go home, TunnelBear.

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  94. Alan says:

    >> If the Redumblican manage not to poke the pooch on the next Presidential election, the new President should fire every fireable lead position in the Federal goobermint. Nuke it from above, just to be sure.

    Why stop with the leads? Plenty of entrenched civil servants just doing the crossword puzzle​ playing Wordle all day. 

  95. Nick Flandrey says:

    Something big going on locally.   LOTS of encrypted traffic on the HPD tactical channels.  DPS helo orbiting and doing racetracks thru my neighborhood.  Zero other air traffic showing up on the ads-b map.  Nothing on the gulf coast interop pd channels though.  Nothing unusual on analog air radio either but I don't hear much on those freqs anyway.

    Been going on long enough for me to go, "why the heck is that helo overhead?" 

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  96. drwilliams says:

    The subject of LED lights came up recently.

    Last year Blacktail Studios in Portland Oregon:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6I0KzAD7uFTL1qzxyunkvA

    moved to a new high-bay shop and replaced some fluorescent lights with inexpensive LED's:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YANmFqr9WDY

    (skip to 9:00 for the light install)

    The links to tools/materials is under the "Show More" link under the intro.

    I haven't tried these yet, but they are on my list.

    There are several things to consider when it comes to lights.

    Foremost and most familiar are cost, energy consumption, and light output.

    Cam touches on color temperature. Many paint departments have small color temperature selectable viewing stations.

    Another important characteristic is CRI (color rendering index) which is a measure of how accurately colors are shown. Fluorescents are notoriously low CRI (sub 80), and LED's are generally better (80-90). Specialty high CRI lights like those found in clothing and paint stores are 90+.

    Two factors that were not considered in the video are intensity and uniformity. A lighting design should include a target light intensity at work height and calculation of uniformity in the work space, with particular attention to work and tool surfaces and shadowing.

    8 x 75W = 600W. That is crazy low for the amount of illumination compared to anything available 20 years ago. Providing some flexibility and wiring multiple switches is probably worthwhile.

    @Nick, you have much experience in this area and your comments would be appreciated.

  97. lynn says:

    The subject of LED lights came up recently.

    Last year Blacktail Studios in Portland Oregon:

    moved to a new high-bay shop and replaced some fluorescent lights with inexpensive LED's:

    I replaced most of the 1,000 watt metal halide lights in my 3,750 ft2 three story warehouse with 200 watt 90 bulb LED lights.

    from    

       https://www.winsim.com/ceiling_of_warehouse_1.jpg

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       https://www.winsim.com/warehouse_east_side.jpg

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       https://www.winsim.com/warehouse_west_side.jpg

    I have got two more 1,000 watt metal halide inside the warehouse and two outside 400 watt metal halide lights to replace still. I replace the 400 watt halides with 150 watt 70 bulb LEDs. Been lazy this year so far.

  98. lynn says:

    Here is a cousin of the 200 watt 90 bulb LED fixture that I used, "31200LM Led Stadium Light with Dusk to Dawn Photocell Professional Sports Lighting Super Bright 5000K IP65 Waterproof 240w Suitable for All Kinds of Stadiums Private Backyards Warehouses etc"

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08DF7922S?tag=ttgnet-20/

  99. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Drwilliams, my wife often designs and specifies lighting and control systems for commercial and other spaces.  The products that go into those type of spaces are orders of magnitude more expensive, but even so, just reducing the HVAC load is enough to pay for them, and the color tuning is a bonus.

    I see a LOT of those led florescent replacement lights in the returns auctions.   Some of it is damage during shipping, some is just how incredibly cheaply made they are (which probably disappoints people).  I bought a bunch of 8ft bulb replacements, and they are made from paper thin aluminum, the cheapest plastic, and include screws and other hardware that is unusable. 

    I haven't gotten mine installed yet, because reasons.  But I don't expect them to last any longer than floro tubes.  I actually took a couple that were damaged apart and I just can't see them lasting.  Did I mention super cheap?

    I'm also very sensitive to flicker and strobing so I'll a bit concerned that the cheap power supplies will cause a bunch of that.   Rotating machinery and strobing lights just don't safely mix…

    I'd install them along side your existing, maybe running an extension cord to them for testing, and see if the quality of light is sufficient for your needs.  I wouldn't rip out the old, or spend a ton of money on something I couldn't send back and get refunded, until I  was sure they look ok.  The lasting part you won't know until they fail.  If they're cheap enough it might not matter to you.

    And fluorescent bulbs flicker too….

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