Thur. Feb. 24, 2022 – war, violence, pestilence, plague–all coming soon to a city near you!

Cold again, mid to high 30s Fahrenheit early then slightly warmer and plenty damp.   Yesterday started warmer but cooled all day long.

Spent most of the day doing pickups.  After taking the dog to the vet for vax that he needed to continue going to his training class.   Then I was feeling poorly so I laid down for a bit.   Phone didn’t stop ringing during that hour.  Didn’t ring before or after.  The b@stards know.  All in all, not super efficient use of time.

Picked up D1 and spent the late afternoon thrifting.  She needed some stuff for the theater, so we looked while I picked up a bunch of media, and some resale items.   B&W speakers, for example.  Even with the scuffs they should sell for $175-200 the pair.  They were in the bins at the Goodwill outlet.  There were several other “good score” items as well.  D1 was impressed.   We didn’t get her props.

Took the dog to his last ‘training’ class.   The woman teaching is incredible with the dogs.   They WANT to do what she tells them.  All the dogs made good progress, and their owners learned a bunch of stuff too.

Today I’ll be headed out to my client’s house.(assuming nothing bad happens to my back while I sleep)

My back finally ‘popped’ while stretching in a parking lot, and the worst of the pain abated when everything was properly aligned once again.  Took an extra day  because I didn’t want to use the pain reliever.  Lesson learned. On the plus side, the yoga roller and the inversion table worked to get me back on track without chiropractic visits.  One of my goals was to have the stuff and the knowledge to deal with the situation without recourse to pro help.  Now to get started on prophylaxis.

I like western civilization.  I know a lot of people that wouldn’t be around if not for our high level of civilization.   But.   It is under threat from within and without.  Make your plans for doing without.  Without rule of law.  Without enough food.  Without solid and dependable utilities.  Without civilization in fact.

Stack the stuff you can’t create or replace or do without.  Stack it high.

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90 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Feb. 24, 2022 – war, violence, pestilence, plague–all coming soon to a city near you!"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    38F this morning.  Stable all night too.  I think it will probably be cold all day today.  99%RH too, so cold AND damp. 

    Joy.

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  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Normalcy bias and wishful thinking.

    The reality of war has finally dawned on many Ukrainian residents who were in denial that Putin would actually invade. Many are now rushing for the western border to escape the incoming tanks as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law. Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital and other major cities following Vladimir Putin's announcement that a military operation had begun. Photos and video showed Ukrainians driving out of Kiev Thursday morning, as air raid sirens wailed across the capital. Many were either heading for the exits or lining up in lengthy queues for gasoline, with some stopping at ATMs beforehand. Intense lines were also seen at Kiev's Metro station with people attempting to get onto trains to flee the city. Some were just heading into the station to take refuge.

    — as we've seen before, by the time you are sure it's time to leave, it's too late.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    Let's not lose this link during all the other news.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10542309/Fresh-lab-leak-fears-study-finds-genetic-code-Covids-spike-protein-linked-Moderna-patent.html

    Yeah, Fauci. Trump, tho.

    Lost in all the excitement about Russel T. Davies returning to “Doctor Who” was what Davies has been up to in the last year. Unfortunately for the agenda, my former corporate masters bought it sight unseen for HBO Max.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnR5DxP2e2g

  4. Greg Norton says:

    The demand peaked at 8 pm at 62,000 MW and is currently at 55,000 MW. The demand in the morning is going to be HIGH. And a bunch of base load units are off for over haul.

    Welcome to 2022 ! Going to be an interesting year for ERCOT.

    Two more days of early voting in Texas.

    Rolling blackouts would be the end of Abbott, but this morning is probably it for Winter 2022.

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    Circumstantial evidence has long raised questions about the origin of Covid and its link to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

    The facility was known to be conducting experiments on bat coronavirus strains similar to the one responsible for the pandemic.

    China insisted early and often that the virus did not leak from the lab, claiming that crossover to humans must have occurred at a 'wet market' in Wuhan that sold live animals.

    Perhaps driven by animosity for then-US President Donald Trump, who embraced the lab leak theory early on, mainstream media and academics in the West heaped scorn on the possibility, calling it an unhinged conspiracy theory.

    But leaked emails showed that top scientists advising the UK and US Governments expressed concerns about the official narrative privately. 

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  6. SteveF says:

    The US has had (or funded) bioweapons labs in Ukraine for at least five years. How does this play into the concerns by various players?

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  7. Greg Norton says:

    Perhaps driven by animosity for then-US President Donald Trump, who embraced the lab leak theory early on, mainstream media and academics in the West heaped scorn on the possibility, calling it an unhinged conspiracy theory.

    In other words: Here's the thing. Trump. I'm jus' sayin'.

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1496827604422348807

    –so that's what modern AA fire looks and sounds like.   It's like a freaking laser of fire.

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    And has nothing changed in Ukraine in the last 75 years?  This video could have been shot then…

    https://twitter.com/i/status/ fakenews 1496833377865183232

    -It's so perfectly "european peasants flee confict" that it looks like something from Wag the Dog.

  9. Pecancorner says:

       

    And has nothing changed in Ukraine in the last 75 years?  This video could have been shot then…

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1496833377865183232

    -It's so perfectly "european peasants flee confict" that it looks like something from Wag the Dog.

    Good grief, that has to be a clip from a movie.  Women carrying wicker baskets instead of shopping bags gives it away.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    I think so too, there's a body flung up into the air at the beginning of the clip.   That twitter account has 16 posts.    The recent ones look like legit video from other people but I'm gonna say "fake news" for the link and break it in my comment.

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    Good grief, that has to be a clip from a movie.  Women carrying wicker baskets instead of shopping bags gives it away.

    Looks like International Fellowship of Christians and Jews commercial footage.

    I haven't seen one of those ads in several years.

    In the most recent ads, the winter coat the daughter wears when slumming in Russia is identical to one I own, purchased at Sears in Vantucky about 10 years ago, $70.

    Down, but Hecho en China. Probably just like the wicker baskets.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    The Widow Jobs always has great timing to make a contribution to the agenda.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2022/02/vladimir-putin-ukraine-taiwan/622907/

    Where’s the Washington Post with Bezos’ pieces?

  13. Mark W says:

    ERCOT… $3000 MW/hr

  14. nick flandrey says:

    I'm just going to throw this out there….

    IF you are going to sell your old hard drives at a yard sale, AND the external drive has 40GB of gay pron on it, as well as your own family photos and docs, you MIGHT want to do more than just a simple FORMAT.

    Just sayin'.

    Neighbors, who knows what they're getting up to.

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  15. ITGuy1998 says:

    Neighbors, who knows what they're getting up to.

    I don't want to know. Seriously. I don't care whatever kink someone is into, just keep it to yourself.

    As for selling used drives? No way. The only damaging think on mine would be personal files – financial docs, etc. Every old drive of mine gets physically destroyed. Also a benefit since I harvest the magnets from them for use elsewhere.

  16. nick flandrey says:

    Further sliding down the slope.

    Langham Creek High School coach jumped by middle schoolers, officials say

    985,051 views • Feb 11, 2022 • Witnesses said middle schoolers attacked a coach at Langham Creek High School because he tried to discipline them Thursday.

    —told them they couldn't ride dirt bikes on campus.   Their older friends threatened to shoot up the school after the middle school kids were arrested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjX8rgVIzSk

    This isd, Cy-Fair  or Cyprus Fairbanks is one of the outer suburbs that people moved to to get away from the diversite'.    Didn't last long.  Kinda like western civ once the invaders come.  Because it's amish or invaders, one or the other.   I'd put money on that.

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  17. ITGuy1998 says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10545389/BREAKING-NEWS-Explosions-heard-Ukraine-port-city-Mariupol.html

    Hmmm, I'm guessing the actual concern for a radiation event in Chernobyl is breaching the sarcophagus. A small target in the grand scheme of things. Do the prevailing winds blow East, I wonder?

  18. EdH says:

    About 17F overnight here in the California high desert, still several degrees below freezing.  

    The pellet stove ran on low all night, and kept it a toasty 64F. According to the manual the fans and auger (need a new one) should altogether pull around 3A. I should set up a battery&solar backup for that.

    I bought propane yesterday, it’s almost exactly 150% of what it was a year ago.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    ERCOT… $3000 MW/hr

    Again, the F150 Lightning needs 19.2 kW/hr for eight hours to fully charge for the base range.

    Do the math and assume the Tesla Jesus truck is similar to Ford's.

  20. nick flandrey says:

    Oh my, and doc files called Account Password List

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  21. Greg Norton says:

    Hmmm, I'm guessing the actual concern for a radiation event in Chernobyl is breaching the sarcophagus. A small target in the grand scheme of things. Do the prevailing winds blow East, I wonder?

    A lot of Russian Army soldiers died building that sarcophagus. Both sides are going to give that thing a wide berth.

    Again, the Russians and Ukrainians do not desire to live in the 8th Century.

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    IF you are going to sell your old hard drives at a yard sale, AND the external drive has 40GB of gay pron on it, as well as your own family photos and docs, you MIGHT want to do more than just a simple FORMAT.

    Friend bought a used computer. Belonged to a lawyer. Found the tax returns for a dozen clients. Told my friend he should contact the people and inform them what he found. Maybe they should be suing the lawyer.

  23. Ray Thompson says:

    Oh my, and doc files called Account Password List

    Get into the accounts and change the password and email. If you really want to be nasty.

  24. nick flandrey says:

    Now for the scan of the first 4 TB drive…..

    recycle bin had a few gig of mp3s in it… looking at the 'lost partition' that is half the capacity.

    In fact, the 40GB drive has a "lost partition" on it too.   Is that how a recovery tool will show an encrypted partition?

    I'd hate to see what's in the guy's encrypted files.  I need eye bleach as it is.

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  25. lynn says:

    It is 44 F at my house at noon.  And very foggy with a slight breeze.  The 125 foot walk to the mailbox was freaking cold due to the dampness.

    ERCOT must have gotten quite a few more base load units online after the debacle last night.  They peaked this morning at 61,000 MW at 9 am.  I thought we were going to close in on 70,000 MW.  If the base load units are cold then it can take 24 hours to get them online.  If the base load units are hot (> 300 F) then they can be online in 12 hours since they do not have to stop and soak the steam lines up to 300 F.  And in both cases they have to get their water chemistry in good shape (open the steam drum blowdown hogging line wide open for 12 – 24 hours).

        https://www.ercot.com/gridmktinfo/dashboards/

    Very little wind power (2,000 MW) and solar power (1,000 MW). They must be all frozen up. So much for the renewables. Adding a bunch more will not get us much more power. Each 100 MW in solar power or wind power needs a 100 MW gas turbine backup with diesel or LNG storage for a week.

  26. Greg Norton says:

    In fact, the 40GB drive has a "lost partition" on it too.   Is that how a recovery tool will show an encrypted partition?

    Bitlocker maybe?

    I’d wipe the drives as soon as possible in case there is kiddie porn.

  27. lynn says:

    ERCOT… $3000 MW/hr

    Slight dimensional units problem there.

    ERCOT… 3000 $/MWH

    And that is high, very high.  That means they are calling for more and sucking wind.  And all of the interruptibles have been shutoff.

    Back in the 1980s, we would have shutdown the 500 MW for the aluminum pots in Rockdale, TX and 270 MW for the three steel recycling mills in south Dallas.  All of those are gone now so I do not know if any interruptibles are out there any more.  I wonder if the crypto miners in Rockdale pulling 250 MW are on interruptible status, I would be.

  28. drwilliams says:

    Lifelong liar and professional turd sucker concerned about Russian invasion:

    "I hope President Putin will help us with respect to what we need to do to stay on track with the climate."

    This is yet another example of why obscenely rich men should:

    1) take it with them

    2) marry smarter

    3) get taxed to zero upon death

    4) all of the above, just to make sure

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  29. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    "It is 44 F at my house at noon.  And very foggy with a slight breeze.  The 125 foot walk to the mailbox was freaking cold due to the dampness."

    International Falls, MN (Frostbite Falls to Bullwinkle) is up to -3 F at noon.

    They've warmed +36 F since this morning.

  30. nick flandrey says:

    47F here.  No sun to speak of.

    wrt hidden partitions,  they don't show up in windows drive management.  The disc shows as one partition, half the size it should be.    EaseUS Data Recovery is the tool I'm using to look at the drives.   

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  31. ITGuy1998 says:

    I’d wipe the drives as soon as possible in case there is kiddie porn.

    And use something like BCWipe that can do it to DoD level specs. Honestly, drives are so cheap, I don't think I'd ever trust a used one.

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  32. Greg Norton says:

    Back in the 1980s, we would have shutdown the 500 MW for the aluminum pots in Rockdale, TX and 270 MW for the three steel recycling mills in south Dallas.  All of those are gone now so I do not know if any interruptibles are out there any more.  I wonder if the crypto miners in Rockdale pulling 250 MW are on interruptible status, I would be.

    The big players in crypto would be interruptable, but not the guys running 20-30 computers with a couple of GPU cards each in a spare room.

    Next winter will be entertaining since the EV trucks will start to be out there in large numbers, and I guarantee those early owners aren't going to accept interruption for charging after dropping $100k on a vehicle.

    Unless Oncor has a switch to force the issue in every garage, the EVs will be charging. The plug in hybrid across the street was plugged in and charging last night.

  33. lynn says:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1496827604422348807

    –so that's what modern AA fire looks and sounds like.   It's like a freaking laser of fire.

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    That plane is a USAF A-10 Warthog.  That is not a Russian ground attack plane.

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  34. lynn says:

    I’d wipe the drives as soon as possible in case there is kiddie porn.

    And use something like BCWipe that can do it to DoD level specs. Honestly, drives are so cheap, I don't think I'd ever trust a used one.

    All of the new spinning drives with helium in them are only good for five years before the helium leaks out.  Then the drive heats up and fails quickly and randomly.

  35. PaultheManc says:

    @Nick. Why would you spend any time working on a 40GB drive? We know you have much more valuable activities to do.  I would have it straight into recycling.

  36. lynn says:

    The trash guys dumped my home recycle bin into the regular trash truck today.  Looks like we did not pay the new extra fee for recycle pickup.  I have heard that the trash truck driver gets $25/hour now and the two helpers get $15/hour.  So much for the old days of $7.50/hour for everyone on the trash truck.

    The new labor costs are resetting all of the activities in the USA.  It is a different world.  I can hardly wait for the new dollars. 

    The new blue dollars will be 1 for 100 exchange.  $1 new dollar = $100 old dollars.

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  37. nick flandrey says:

    @Nick. Why would you spend any time working on a 40GB drive? We know you have much more valuable activities to do.  I would have it straight into recycling.

    It was in an enclosure so I didn't know the size until after mounting it… I always run a recovery program against any drive or thumbdrive or card that comes into the house, out of curiosity…   First time for gay pron.   Wouldn't mind a bitcoin wallet…

    The other two drives are labeled as 4TB drives, and are worth the $15 I paid for them, the la cie enclosures are worth that…

    I don't use them for anything critical, but for security cam footage backup, or media backup, although I might use one of the 4tb drives as a secondary in my main pc for media storage too, with the backup to the other still in its enclosure.  Or they might go into one of the cheap PCs I throw into an auction every now and again. 

    The scans can run in the background while I'm doing other stuff.

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  38. Greg Norton says:

    The new labor costs are resetting all of the activities in the USA.  It is a different world.  I can hardly wait for the new dollars. 

    The new blue dollars will be 1 for 100 exchange.  $1 new dollar = $100 old dollars.

    Not until after the gold confiscation cranks up again. This time they will include silver.

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  39. MrAtoz says:

    IF you are going to sell your old hard drives at a yard sale, AND the external drive has 40GB of gay pron on it, as well as your own family photos and docs, you MIGHT want to do more than just a simple FORMAT.

    I used the Drive eRazer Ultra for years. It was cheap back when I bought it. That's for when I sell a drive or PC. Trashed drives get drilled thru, also.

  40. Mark W says:

    ERCOT… $3000 MW/hr

    ERCOT… 3000 $/MWH

    Thanks, I knew it felt wrong when I was writing it, but I was stuck in a meeting I didn't need to be in, and was goofing off, giving both 50%.

  41. nick flandrey says:

    This time they will include silver.

    — and that is about the only time I could ever imagine the guys stacking copper rounds feeling vindicated 🙂

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  42. lynn says:

    BC: Foom !

        https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2022/02/24

    Yeah, I'll bet that sounded different.  I would be surprised if he still has eardrums.

  43. lynn says:

    The new labor costs are resetting all of the activities in the USA.  It is a different world.  I can hardly wait for the new dollars. 

    The new blue dollars will be 1 for 100 exchange.  $1 new dollar = $100 old dollars.

    Not until after the gold confiscation cranks up again. This time they will include silver.

    Note to self: buy all gold and silver at Nick's place for cash.

    What was that place again ? In Katy ?

  44. lynn says:

    Took the dog to his last ‘training’ class.   The woman teaching is incredible with the dogs.   They WANT to do what she tells them.  All the dogs made good progress, and their owners learned a bunch of stuff too.

    The wife took Lily to Petsmart for her semiannual bath, trim, and toenail clipping.  Lily would not let them clip her toenails, she start crying so they quit.  Lily just turned three so I guess she just developed an aversion to getting her toenails clipped ?

    Starting at age eight or so, we had to sedate Lady to get her trimmed and clipped.  She had some sort of mental event at eight and starting biting the super sweet trim and clipper lady at the vet.

    And owners gotta learn too. We are all a bunch of softies.

  45. lynn says:

    Pearls Before Swine: Philatelists are tough !

        https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/02/24

    You go Phil !

  46. lynn says:

    "A Gun Company Is Now Selling a Handheld Semi-Automatic Railgun"

         https://futurism.com/company-selling-handheld-railgun

    "It's still a dangerous electrical device, and it's not a toy."

    Welcome to the future.  Get a real small battery technology and these things will be everywhere.

  47. lynn says:

    "'Pure evil': Stars condemn Gov. Abbott's order to prosecute families for transgender youth care"

        https://www.chron.com/politics/article/Texas-transgender-ban-Greg-Abbott-law-16944102.php

    "Celebrities are pushing back after the Republican governor's controversial letter circulated online."

    Maybe some of these crazies will stop moving to Texas ?

  48. lynn says:

    Neighbors, who knows what they're getting up to.

    I don't want to know. Seriously. I don't care whatever kink someone is into, just keep it to yourself.

    As for selling used drives? No way. The only damaging think on mine would be personal files – financial docs, etc. Every old drive of mine gets physically destroyed. Also a benefit since I harvest the magnets from them for use elsewhere.

    I always put a screwdriver with a hammer through the breathing port on a spinning drive.  That scratches and bends the platters. The last SSD that I had fail melted with some sort of weird black fluid that scared the you know what out of me to touch it.  Straight to the trash can.

    I never recycle hard drives.  Never.

    I do have a bunch of 128 GB and 240 GB SSD drives that I need to destroy.  I need to figure out an innovative way of doing that easily.

  49. merdiumwave says:

    That plane is a USAF A-10 Warthog.  That is not a Russian ground attack plane.

    Good catch!

  50. Alan says:

    >> I have heard that the trash truck driver gets $25/hour now and the two helpers get $15/hour.  

    @lynn, no one-man automated trucks there? I figured only NYFC still had three-man trucks. 

  51. lynn says:

    Oh my, and doc files called Account Password List

    Get into the accounts and change the password and email. If you really want to be nasty.

    That is a felony in Texas if they catch you.  I would use a VPN.

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  52. lynn says:

    >> I have heard that the trash truck driver gets $25/hour now and the two helpers get $15/hour.  

    @lynn, no one-man automated trucks there? I figured only NYFC still had three-man trucks. 

    Only in Houston that I know of.  I am out here in the sticks.  Those one man trucks are expensive and very maintenance intensive.  Hydraulic hoses like to blow out at the most inopportune moments.

  53. lynn says:

    The big players in crypto would be interruptable, but not the guys running 20-30 computers with a couple of GPU cards each in a spare room.

    Next winter will be entertaining since the EV trucks will start to be out there in large numbers, and I guarantee those early owners aren't going to accept interruption for charging after dropping $100k on a vehicle.

    Unless Oncor has a switch to force the issue in every garage, the EVs will be charging. The plug in hybrid across the street was plugged in and charging last night.

    They used to have those switches on our air conditioners here in the Houston area.   They were ok until the day it hit 113 F in Sugar Land on Labor Day weekend.  My downstairs was 80+ F and the upstairs was 85 F.  I called them and told them to come get the switch.

    I doubt that they will install the switches again.  But, the smart meters reputedly have a relay in them that has never been used.  If you are using too much, they will just cut the entire power to your house.  It will suck unless you have a automatic whole house generator.  And I have a automatic whole house generator.

    BTW, Oncor is just 40% of the eight ? million electric meters in Texas.  The other 60% are Centerpoint, City of Austin, City of Bryan, City of Garland, Brazos Power, Central Power and Light, etc, etc, etc.

  54. lynn says:

    "Chesapeake to double capex to more than $1.5 billion"

       https://www.ogj.com/general-interest/companies/article/14234524/chesapeake-to-double-capex-from-21-to-more-than-15-billion

    "The company plans to invest across its footprint and produce nearly 700,000 boe/d this year."

    The high energy prices are starting to have effects.  BTW, Chesapeake just got out of bankruptcy in 2021.

    Capex = capital expenditures. Opex = operations expenditures.

  55. ech says:

    Let's not lose this link during all the other news.

    Well, as the virologists in the article said, it would be more of a surprise if there were no coding sequences from SARS-CoV-2 found in DNA/RNA databases than the two small coding sequences that were.

  56. SteveF says:

    I do have a bunch of 128 GB and 240 GB SSD drives that I need to destroy.  I need to figure out an innovative way of doing that easily.

    Write "Maxine Waters nudes" on the drives and leave them in a public place. They'll be thrown onto a bonfire before you can blink.

    A Gun Company Is Now Selling a Handheld Semi-Automatic Railgun

    A 20#, $4000 rifle which can shoot a dozen rounds with the force of a .22LR.

  57. Pecancorner says:

      Lily would not let them clip her toenails, she start crying so they quit.   ……

    And owners gotta learn too. We are all a bunch of softies.

    LOL! Our boys cried getting their hair cut. Both when they were tiny and their dad cut it, and when they sat in the barber chair the first time.  We didn't stop, we just took their pictures. 😉

    They got over it by the time the haircut was done.  😀

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  58. dkreck says:

    I do have a bunch of 128 GB and 240 GB SSD drives that I need to destroy.  I need to figure out an innovative way of doing that easily.

    Write "Maxine Waters nudes" on the drives and leave them in a public place. They'll be thrown onto a bonfire before you can blink.

    SteveF's idea is too repulsive to even mention.

    I'd try a bucket with acid.

  59. nick flandrey says:

    Zeus lost his mind and started snapping and twisting and making horrible noises at the vet the first time we tried to cut his nails.  l vet said, you better desensitize him to having his feet messes with!

    So we did.  Played with them all the time.  He will tolerate the procedure now, and doesn't mind anyone playing with his feet and toes at all.

    @lynn,   US Coin and Jewelry on I-10 around Antoine or Silber exit, south side of I 10.  They have a website but the inventory is probably not current.

    Always seemed very nice and low key whenever I went in.   Prices were competitive.

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  60. SteveF says:

    SteveF's idea is too repulsive to even mention.

    Not exactly a new thing.

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  61. EdH says:

    I’d wipe the drives as soon as possible in case there is kiddie porn

    What, like with a cloth?

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  62. nick flandrey says:

    If there's kid pron, I'm turning the bastard in.

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  63. Greg Norton says:

    I’d wipe the drives as soon as possible in case there is kiddie porn

    What, like with a cloth?

    Ha!. My tool of choice is "dd" on a system booted to Linux, communicating with the drive using a USB-to-SATA cable. Do one pass reading from /dev/urandom and another reading from /dev/zero. Maybe a state-level adversary could recover the original data.

  64. Greg Norton says:

    If there's kid pron, I'm turning the bastard in.

    NIST used to distribute a file scanner with a set of hashes to conduct an automated sweep, without opening the files with a paint program, but the last time I pulled the tool was more than a decade ago.

    Jesse Kornblum, who worked for the OSI out of college, developed the tools originally IIRC. I've seen him talk about the Air Force's severe kiddie porn problem.

    Ever seen McGee on "NCIS"? Kornblum was probably the model for the character.

    Sean Murray even looks like Kornblum with lighter hair, but Murray got the part via nepotism.

    Unfortunately, attempting to turn the perv into the cops at this point wouldn’t go anywhere.

    Yes, the OSI is real. Think Air Force NCIS. Dunno about Oscar Goldman … well, other than the Oscar Goldman who was Mayor of Las Vegas.

  65. MrAtoz says:

    If there's kid pron, I'm turning the bastard in.

    Be careful *you* don't get involved and investigated. Possession is 9/10 of the law.

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  66. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, Oncor is just 40% of the eight ? million electric meters in Texas.  The other 60% are Centerpoint, City of Austin, City of Bryan, City of Garland, Brazos Power, Central Power and Light, etc, etc, etc.

    Austin Energy has enough problems keeping the lights on under normal circumstances.

    And they are light years better than the city water utility.

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  67. lynn says:

    @lynn,   US Coin and Jewelry on I-10 around Antoine or Silber exit, south side of I 10.  They have a website but the inventory is probably not current.

    Always seemed very nice and low key whenever I went in.   Prices were competitive.

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    "Silver Shot Shells 5ct 2oz (10oz Total)"

        https://uscoinsandjewelry.com/item-details/silver-shot-shells-5ct-2oz-10oz-total/SILSHOT5-2

    I have been thinking about going werewolf hunting lately.

  68. SteveF says:

    Just seen on the Internet: Latest poll shows that waking up from a drunken stupor and seeing a naked Hillary Clinton next to you is now more popular than Joe Biden.

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  69. nick flandrey says:

    Be careful *you* don't get involved and investigated. Possession is 9/10 of the law.

    fortunately, for as common as it is suppose to be, I've never found any.

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  70. lpdbw says:

    Not in Katy.  

    I went back to US Coin today to get some jewelry evaluated.

    I was disappointed but I think they were honest about it.

    If that's all it's worth, I'm going to start wearing my dad's pinkie ring, 3 diamonds and 2 rubies, all small.

    He wouldn't even bid on my dads Masonic ring with square-and-compass and 3 small diamonds.  There are no Masons in the family. and no one alive who's even met my father, except my brother in hospice and me.  I'll probably ebay it when my brother passes.

    About a year ago I found a "silver" ring with 3 "diamonds" on the sidewalk during a walk.  Posted on the neighborhood fakebook page and knocked on a couple doors, no one missed it.  Found out today:  No precious metals, no real diamonds.

    I think my girlfriend might wear it.  It polishes up well and sparkles.  And she has no illusions about it.

  71. lynn says:

    ‘It’s Locked and Loaded’: A Veteran Mom Explains the Facts of Life To Thug On I-10 in New Orleans

    NOLA PD will be arresting the veteran mom soon for brandishing.

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  72. nick flandrey says:

    I'd just like to point out, TANKS in the streets.  Traditional "go put an 18 yo with a rifle on it" war.   4G?  Nope.   Old school.  TANKS.

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  73. Ray Thompson says:

    That is a felony in Texas if they catch you.  I would use a VPN.

    Or McDonald's WiFi.

    If there's kid pron, I'm turning the bastard in.

    I think there is some legal standard that you have to turn over the evidence to the police. Or maybe that was a story that was referencing some fool that took his laptop in for repair at Best Buy.

    Write "Maxine Waters nudes" on the drives and leave them in a public place.

    I would look. Yeh, baby, show me what you got. Get me the lube and a towel.

    I went back to US Coin today to get some jewelry evaluated.

    Jewelry is not worth much. I have my aunt and uncle's old wedding rings. I have no idea what to do with them. Selling is just a few bucks. I may go to a jeweler and see if they can be made into something. I am sure they were cheap when they bought them as money was really tight. Sentimental value more than anything for them, for me, pfffftttt, nothing.

  74. Alan says:

    >> I always put a screwdriver with a hammer through the breathing port on a spinning drive. 

    One of the first things my dad taught me about using hand tools…shouldn't be hitting a screwdriver with a hammer. A cold chisel would be the appropriate choice. 

  75. Alan says:

    >> Write "Maxine Waters nudes" on the drives and leave them in a public place. They'll be thrown onto a bonfire before you can blink.

    Better yet, "Maxine and Hillary – Sisters of Sappho." 

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  76. SteveF says:

    I would look. Yeh, baby, show me what you got. Get me the lube and a towel.

    Sad to have to say it, but ol' Ray seems to have lost his mind. Farewell, Ray's Sanity, we knew ye well.

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  77. Alan says:

    Uncle Joe today, "No, I didn't underestimate Putin."

    Heaven help us all. 

  78. ITGuy1998 says:

    Uncle Joe today, "No, I didn't underestimate Putin."

    Heaven help us all. 
     

    I believe him. He just doesn’t care as his brain is well on its way to being soup. All he cares about is getting his ice cream cone.

  79. Ray Thompson says:

    ol' Ray seems to have lost his mind. Farewell, Ray's Sanity
     

    Indeed. My new email address oldray@senilevillage.com. I will be in the pervert wing.

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  80. nick flandrey says:

    They think they're being clever and mocking the original tweet, but all they're really doing is confirming that it's a big club, and you ain't in it.

    Twitter users jokingly complain about 'nepotism babies' like Sofia Coppola, Jaden Smith, and George W. Bush after a Gen Zer was shocked that Euphoria's Maude Apatow has famous parents

    • A presumably young Twitter user tweeted about Maude Apatow, 24, ahead of Sunday night's episode of Euphoria 
    • 'Wait I just found out that the actress that plays Lexie is a nepotism baby omg … her mom is Leslie Mann and her dad is a movie director lol,' she wrote
    • Twitter users were shocked that this would come as a surprise — and that anyone would know who Leslie Mann is but not Judd Apatow
    • Dozens have pretended to have just learned about the famous parents of Sofia Coppola, Jaden Smith, George W. Bush, and even Queen Elizabeth

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    It’d be even funnier if they listed all the spouses of the MSM and political figures…

  81. Greg Norton says:

    They think they're being clever and mocking the original tweet, but all they're really doing is confirming that it's a big club, and you ain't in it.

    I'm hitting early voting tomorrow. P. Diddly Bush shouldn't be Attorney General.

  82. Greg Norton says:

    It’d be even funnier if they listed all the spouses of the MSM and political figures…

    Don't forget boyfriends/girlfriends … like Christiane “Kissy” Amanpour's "roommate" JFK Jr.

  83. drwilliams says:

    Next time you tell someone they need perspective…

    https://twitter.com/TheFigen/status/1496205924519792640

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  84. Alan says:

    >> (from late yesterday) The other thing they like to do is buy several houses in a row on a block. They can block out a neighborhood quickly.

    Same thing happens with the Hasidic Jews in NYFC (Brooklyn specifically). My brother now owns/lives in the house I grew up in. When I left for FL, the block was about 60% Hasidic. Now it's 98% and there'd be a buyer tomorrow ready to pay all cash if he wanted to sell. If nothing else, it's helped with the appreciation of the house.

  85. Nick Flandrey says:

    Drwilliams, I released your comment, but I didn't see where in the timeline it ended up.

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  86. Norman says:

    Fun video of the rail/gauss  gub with Ian McCollum at forgotten weapons

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eAHKS0nVlL4

    He also has another video where he takes it to the range.

  87. brad says:

    I had a "fascinating" discussion with a couple of students yesterday. They're in a degree program that is half IT and half business. As such, they take a number of technical and programming courses.Their class is now coming up to the capstone of the course sequence: a small group has to implement a small software project, from start (requirements) to finish (testing and delivery). We hold individual oral exams, to ensure they wrote their part of the code themselves.

    The two students yesterday must have taken the earlier courses, and somehow managed to squeak through. Anyway, they come up to us after the intro to the project, and say "it's not fair, they have no chance of programming something independently like that. And even if they could, it would take so much work. It's not fair that someone good at programming will breeze through, and they will probably fail.

    WTF? Calling the nearest brain cell? What they wanted, was for me to pair them with a couple of good programmers, so they could breeze through on someone else's effort. Funny, how none of the good students wanted to work with them, really strange…

    The comment from another prof in the conversation: "you want the degree, you need to show the skills" was not welcomed…

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