Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 – Go Texans! day here in The Great State of Texas. Not so much fun elsewhere in the world.

By on February 25th, 2022 in Random Stuff

Cold and damp.  Still.  And like yesterday.   Gah.  One star, would not recommend.

Spent yesterday sitting down.  Back was right on the edge of being an issue and I didn’t want to push it.  Did some light housecleaning.  Put some stuff away.  Did laundry.  Normal domestic bliss.

Quite the contrast to the people in Ukraine.  Sucks to be them right now.  Anyone STILL think this isn’t one of those periods in history when everything changes?  Show your work…

There will be some lessons for us if we have eyes to see.   So far, it’s that when you have an army at your border, it is time to leave the city.  In three or four days people are going to be pretty dang hungry.  Water, power, and other ‘normal’ stuff is about to be in very short supply.  The subways are going to be hellholes in short order if this proceeds.

I guess this breaks the McDonalds maxim, that no two countries that have McD’s have ever gone to war with each other…

And longer term, as others online have pointed out, Ukraine’s exports are not going out, now or anytime soon.   They were a pretty big exporter.   The whole world is going to be crunched for anything they’re no longer selling.  That means more shortages and dislocations coming.

Probably not too late to add some more to your stacks.   Food would be, and is, my priority now.   I don’t think you could have “too much”.

Putin just acted to secure some good farmland and food that would have been exported.  China has been buying up food for the last couple of years.   There may be  a shortage of fertilizer and fuel for our farmers this spring too.   Add a flood, or a wet spring, and we’re triple F’d.

Some quick predictions.

More turmoil in the money markets.   No one knows how this will play out and the longer it takes, the more conservative people will get, and that won’t be good for speculative markets like the US stock market.  Food prices will continue to rise, and shortages will become apparent.   It will take a while for this specific cause to become effects, but it will.   Just in time is late now.

Putin will “finish the job” to whatever degree he has planned.    Slow Joe will try to involve us, as he’s been taking money from Ukraine for a long time and they will want something for their money.   He’s really caught on the horns of a dilemma with that.   Our woke and worn out .mil will drag their feet hoping for a fait accompli so they won’t have to engage.  There is zero popular support for engaging.   Putin knows that and will do everything possible to avoid dragging the US into the conflict.  We will be involved though, at some level.  Be very suspicious of any casus belli.

China will move on Taiwan.   There hasn’t been a swift response to Putin, there won’t be one to Xi.   China will move when they can be fairly sure they control the fabs, so the workers don’t ‘spike the guns.’   Probably hostages, sleeper agents, and possibly spec ops teams moving in first will all be part of the takeover.  China controlling world chip production will be bad.  Really bad.  Taiwan wiping out the fabs would be worse.   Really worse.  If I was a top guy in a chip fab, I’d be sending my family to Idaho, with armed security.  Tough, when you probably won’t see them again, but better than having them used as leverage.  That assumes the top guys don’t all flee too.  I can totally see that, leaving the slightly lower guys with a higher sense of honor and duty to stick it out.

I guess we’ll see how it turns out, but I’m going with “bad for Ukraine and Taiwan” until I see some evidence of another path.

And I’m going to the store today.  I’ve got empty buckets.

Stack all the things.   Seriously.

n

88 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 – Go Texans! day here in The Great State of Texas. Not so much fun elsewhere in the world."

  1. SteveF says:

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

    Late Wednesday, assuming you're talking about the comment pointing out still more CDC dishonesty.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yep.   That is probably it.

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  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    39F and 85%RH.    I realized I would previously have been sweating the cold temps and heating up my citrus trees.    They would have been covered for the last week at least, and I'd be checking on them every day.  Not checking on stumps this year.

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  4. brad says:

    It's early days, but I think Putin may have miscalculated on the Ukraine. Leaving aside the Crimea and the two eastern provinces, the Ukraine, really, really does not want to be part of Russia. The Ukraine has a population of around 350 million. That's a lot of people to piss off, and then have to ride herd on.

    Add to that the unexpected, and apparently fairly large demonstrations within Russia itself. It looks like Putin's internal propaganda didn't work as well as he may have expected. Finally, getting caught doctoring his "live" press conferences – how embarrassing, when people's watches accidentally make their way into the video, showing that the conference was several hours in the past, and has presumably been carefully edited in the meantime.

    On the Western side of things, cutting Russia off from Swift is apparently seen as a big hammer. The governments keep saying that they will do it, if they have to. Um, hello? Bombs are dropping, tanks are firing, war is happening. If not now, then when? My actual conclusion is that they are afraid it will be a dud, that Russia will continue to just fine in international markets, running their transactions through non-Western systems. Either that, or the politicians are spineless pantywaists. Or both, they aren't mutually exclusive.

  5. Pecancorner says:

    If I ever have to use a walking cane, I think this umbrella would be better than just a stick! The older I get, the more often I use an umbrella when it rains.   Made in Poland.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    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…

    Undergrad CS programs in the US now de-emphasize coding ability in the name of "diversity". Their complaint would have been taken seriously here at all but a handful of hardcore schools.

    I've posted before that one of my rules of thumb, developed across two grad programs and a C++ certificate curriculum, is that the 30-something "non-traditional student" showing up for a class every meeting looking like the cover of the Athleta catalog will not only cheat but be the ringleader of an organized cheating ring -er- study group.

    If one of those individuals took a complaint like you heard to administration here, they would get special consideration.

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  7. Greg Norton says:

    Once you see it, you can't unsee it.

    Ted Cruz calls Jen Psaki 'Peppermint Patty,' says Nancy Pelosi rides a broom and gets CPAC crowd to chant 'Let's Go Brandon' in wild speech slamming big business with NO mention of Ukraine

    Maybe we should put a microscope on the big players on Wall Street who have enabled the mischief, starting with Goldman Sachs. What do you think, Ted?

  8. Greg Norton says:

    It's early days, but I think Putin may have miscalculated on the Ukraine. Leaving aside the Crimea and the two eastern provinces, the Ukraine, really, really does not want to be part of Russia. The Ukraine has a population of around 350 million. That's a lot of people to piss off, and then have to ride herd on.

    Poland and Romania being NATO members will present a non-stop challenge in terms of border control and smuggling to a resistance, supported by motivated populations.

    The Romanians actually did put their dictator against the wall and shoot him when the revolution came.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    It's early days, but I think Putin may have miscalculated on the Ukraine.

    All of the wannabe authoritarians have miscalculated their ability to control unwilling populations over the last year, whether it is Putin, Plugs, or Wee Pierre.

    If the Texas Supreme Court decides against the Governor on the mask issue, a whole lotta wannabe tyrant "Judges" are going to get an education about the limits of their power this Spring.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ya know what's missing from all the war coverage???   Handwringing about spreading wuflu.

    How can 100K troops living in the field together not be dropping like flies?   How can they not bring the plague to Kiev?  OMG they'll wipe out Ukraine with a bioweapon….

    No?

    Ya know what else has been missing for a long while?  Any mention of Russia's vax.  Good, bad, or indifferent, I haven't seen one word on it in a year.

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    Ya know what else has been missing for a long while?  Any mention of Russia's vax.  Good, bad, or indifferent, I haven't seen one word on it in a year.

    Which one? Russia has three.

    "Sputnik", the one similar to the J&J vaccine, has been approved and licensed for manufacture outside of Russia for at least a year. The other two, using more traditional tech, are still being studied/approved.

    Of course, you aren't going to see or hear much about it here, but, among countries under US influence, South Korea has licensed Sputnik as well as several countries in South America.

    I find it interesting that the Russians don't muck about with mRNA. Of course, that's probably why you don't hear much about it.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    How can 100K troops living in the field together not be dropping like flies?   How can they not bring the plague to Kiev?  OMG they'll wipe out Ukraine with a bioweapon….

    Even the "woke" US military has controlled Covid well. IIRC, the Marines had zero deaths while other branches had single or double digit fatality numbers.

    No one wants to talk about the military success against Covid because God forbid anyone ask the American public to consider a little exercise or controlling their diet — you know, actual science — to control the case/fatality numbers.

    Wear a mask. And get yer jab, Skippy.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Wear a mask. And get yer jab, Skippy.

    I'm still waiting for the knock on my door.

  14. Chad says:

    No one wants to talk about the military success against Covid because God forbid anyone ask the American public to consider a little exercise or controlling their diet — you know, actual science — to control the case/fatality numbers.

    That's really what it boils down to as far as the military's low COVID fatality rate. If you have one of those pre-existing conditions that so adversely effect COVID survivability (obesity, asthma, diabetes) then you would have already been medically discharged. Couple that with the fitness standards of the military and it's not surprising that military was largely unaffected. I imagine their COVID fatality numbers would have been shockingly low even without a vaccine.

  15. Chad says:

    Kyiv residents given guns as Russian forces approach
    The government says it is handing out 18,000 machine guns to "all those who want to defend our capital".

    And THAT. THAT is one of the main reasons there is a 2nd Amendment in the United States.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Try and occupy the US and see how that goes.

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  16. Greg Norton says:

    I imagine their COVID fatality numbers would have been shockingly low even without a vaccine.

    The US military was going to get the vaccine regardless of their ability to control the virus using time-proven techniques. That is too large a control group to let slide without jabs, and *in my opinion* Covid vaccine mandates are all about eliminating the control groups for other applications of the mRNA tech.

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    Try and occupy the US and see how that goes.

    Easy. Disconnect the high speed Internet and wireless network outside of the camps.

    Gun numbers won't matter when Baby Yoda is only available inside the wire.

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  18. nick flandrey says:

    and I'm off on my errands.

    don't burn the place down

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  19. lpdbw says:

    Easy. Disconnect the high speed Internet and wireless network outside of the camps.

    There are some who are waiting for a clear "go" signal, and would consider that action to be one.

    Interesting.  I used Duck Duck Go to search for a meme here, and couldn't find it.  I think it was off the Western Rifle Shooters site, or Aesop, and it said something like "In the absence of communication, find something commie and kill it".  Usually found paired with "Remember, local is not just where, but who."

    I'm beginning to suspect censorship.

  20. MrAtoz says:

    And THAT. THAT is one of the main reasons there is a 2nd Amendment in the United States.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Try and occupy the US and see how that goes.

    It is hilarious reading about Dumbocrats supporting guns in Ukraine. Not here, though. Guns bad here. tRump, tho.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    There are some who are waiting for a clear "go" signal, and would consider that action to be one.

    A "go" signal to do what, exactly? Hole up inside their houses and wait for a door-to-door search that will never come?

    Nothing changes except dialing back the telecom clock 25 years outside the wire.

    The “warlords” need to get a grip. They don’t have the mass appeal of Baby Yoda.

    Disney even had to hastily add the little guy to the “Boba Fett” show before the finale a few weeks ago, and, prior to Fett getting his own series, he was the most popular “Star Wars” character without question, the mystery being part of the appeal.

    Of course, even if “Book of Boba Fett” hadn’t turned into “Dances With Banthas” and yanked back the curtain on the mystery to much disappointment, fans would have wanted to see The Baby.

  22. lynn says:

    It's early days, but I think Putin may have miscalculated on the Ukraine. Leaving aside the Crimea and the two eastern provinces, the Ukraine, really, really does not want to be part of Russia. The Ukraine has a population of around 350 million. That's a lot of people to piss off, and then have to ride herd on.

    Nope, the Ukraine has a population of 44 million.

       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine

    The Ukraine is a kleptocracy, it is run by the Soviet Mafia.  I have been doing business in Ukraine since 1995 with a man inside from 1995 to 2000.  Most of the wealthy people left a LONG time ago and moved to Dubai, Cyprus, or the USA.

    The Ukraine is the 35th country by population. 350 million would have been more than the USA, #3 by population, by 20 million.
    https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/

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  23. lynn says:

    Kyiv residents given guns as Russian forces approach
    The government says it is handing out 18,000 machine guns to "all those who want to defend our capital".

    And THAT. THAT is one of the main reasons there is a 2nd Amendment in the United States.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Try and occupy the US and see how that goes.

    Too little, too late.  They should have armed the people a decade ago.

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  24. lynn says:

    Ukraine says it has inflicted one of Russia's heaviest ever day of losses with more than 1,000 casualties: Putin's losses now stand at 2,800 troops, 80 tanks and 516 armoured vehicles as fightback continues

    • Ukrainian forces claimed on Friday to have destroyed part of an airfield in south Russia in missile strike Friday
    • Kyiv's forces have shot out seven Russian helicopters, destroyed at least 80 tanks, blitzed up to 10 fighter jets
    • Ukraine military far inferior to its Russian counterpart with an air defence system dating back to the Soviet era
    • NATO and US have made it clear that no troops will be sent and left Ukraine military to hold off assault alone 

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10550799/Ukraine-hits-airfield-Russia-missile-strike-blow-Putin-downing-six-helicopters.html

    Russia is very serious about this.  They will not back down easily.

    This is not an occupation. This is an absorption.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  25. lynn says:

    Probably not too late to add some more to your stacks.   Food would be, and is, my priority now.   I don’t think you could have “too much”.

    And throw 30 or 40 cases of water in your garage.  We take clean pressurized water for granted.  It is not to be granted.

  26. Alan says:

    >> Too little, too late. They should have armed the people a decade ago.

    Now if only we could do more to lessen the gub and ammbo shortages here in the US. 

  27. Greg Norton says:

    Russia is very serious about this.  They will not back down easily.

    This is not an occupation. This is an absorption.

    Russia does not want NATO inside the borders of the old USSR.

    Poland is bad enough, but that was a lost cause as soon as John Paul II became Pope followed by the Hitler Youth.

    If OFD were still around, he would be chiming in shortly that the Hitler Youth was still Pope.

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  28. Chad says:

    This NATO build-up is pure theater. World leaders want to look like they're doing something militarily and not just talking and implementing ineffective sanctions. So, they're deploying defensive troops to Eastern Europe to help secure against an invasion that was never going to happen. Essentially, they're blowing an assload of money and, once again, separating military members from their families so they can look "strong." What a f'ing joke.

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  29. Greg Norton says:

    This NATO build-up is pure theater. World leaders want to look like they're doing something militarily and not just talking and implementing ineffective sanctions. So, they're deploying defensive troops to Eastern Europe to help secure against an invasion that was never going to happen. Essentially, they're blowing an assload of money and, once again, separating military members from their families so they can look "strong." What a f'ing joke.

    Eh. My wife's nephew is a low grade officer on some kind of AA weapon, and he rarely leaves his apartment outside Munich this time of year. He needs the fresh air IMHO.

    Putin is not going to roll through Poland. He’s counting on them to buy his pipeline output.

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  30. lynn says:

    >> Too little, too late. They should have armed the people a decade ago.

    Now if only we could do more to lessen the gub and ammbo shortages here in the US. 

    Allow ammbo and gub imports from Russia again ?

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  31. lynn says:

    It's early days, but I think Putin may have miscalculated on the Ukraine. Leaving aside the Crimea and the two eastern provinces, the Ukraine, really, really does not want to be part of Russia. The Ukraine has a population of around 350 million. That's a lot of people to piss off, and then have to ride herd on.

    Nope, the Ukraine has a population of 44 million.

    At its peak in 1989, the Soviet Union had a population of 287 million.  The current population of Russia is 146 million.  Putin's life time goal is to get the population of Russia and its satellites back above the USA population which is currently 331 million.  Putin has a long way to go and several of the satellites (Poland, Hungary, etc) are not going to allow themselves to annexed without a horrendous fight.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Census_(1989)

        https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/

  32. drwilliams says:

    Any metrics relating to the USSR that are not independently verified are probably inflated. Population and GDP first. 

    IIRC it was in Heinlein”s Tramp Royale that he wrote about their visit to Moscow, and Virginia privately expressed doubt about the official population numbers. 

    I’ve considered doing a FOIA request for declassified U2 and satellite phots from the area, and having them analyzed with modern methods. Make a nice masters or phd project. 

  33. lynn says:

    "Ex-Texas power grid chief says he was following Greg Abbott’s orders"

        https://prather2022.com/articles/ex-texas-power-grid-chief-says-he-was-following-greg-abbott-s-orders

    "The former head of the Texas power grid on Wednesday testified that he was following Gov. Greg Abbott's instructions when he directed power prices to remain high during last winter's winter storm, the Houston Chronicle reports."

    Uh oh, the Brazos Electric bankruptcy judge is not going to like that.  I thought it was odd at the time.

    And the governor disagrees.

    https://www.chron.com/politics/article/Greg-Abbott-ERCOT-power-outage-Brazos-electric-16944267.php

  34. Geoff Powell says:

    That's the second lithium battery that has swollen, and distorted the case of the device it's installed in.

    Last year (I think), I mentioned an nVidia Shield tablet that developed "swollen pouch cell" syndrome. Comes now my Planet Computers Gemini palmtop, with the identical problem.

    But there's a difference – Planet offer a battery replacement service, unlike nVidia. I've just hand-delivered my Gemini to the tender mercies of their service department. I'll get it back (and I'll collect it, to save the £20 return postage) on Monday. This is good service, especially since the Gemini is effectively abandonware – it's been superceded once, and the replacement is about to be superceded again.

    For those who don't follow such things, the Gemini (and it's successors the Cosmo Communicator and the Astro Slide) are reincarnations of the old Psion palmtops, particularly the Psion 5 and 5MX.

    G.

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  35. lynn says:

    "Cruz and Cornyn already voted down Ketanji Brown Jackson last year when she was confirmed to a lower court"

        https://www.texastribune.org/2022/02/25/ted-cruz-john-cornyn-ketanji-brown-jackson/

    "President Joe Biden announced Jackson as his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday morning. If confirmed, she’d be the nation’s first Black woman to sit on the high court."

    I had better not say anything (the Thumper's Momma rule).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi8f9g8-Wpc

  36. Geoff Powell says:

    For the avoidance of doubt, Planet Computers have offices in Central London, a Tube ride from me, and since I have free travel, because pensioner…

    G.

    Edit: and I’ve just discovered that Planet still sell the Gemini, https://www.www3.planetcom.co.uk/gemini-pda, so it’s not abandonware, although, since it’s MediaTek-based, it can’t be upgraded to an Android later than 8.1.

  37. Chad says:

    I see Ukrainian flags are bestsellers on Amazon at the moment. How about we load up an assload of paintball guns with yellow and blue ammo and repaint the Russian embassy in DC?

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  38. lynn says:

    I see Ukrainian flags are bestsellers on Amazon at the moment. How about we load up an assload of paintball guns with yellow and blue ammo and repaint the Russian embassy in DC?

    Depends on how you would like a few thousand 7.62 mm bullets in return.

  39. Chad says:

    Geoff, I have to know… What is the bestselling brand and style of tea in the UK?  Also, milk or no?

  40. Chad says:

    Depends on how you would like a few thousand 7.62 bullets in return.

    Russian embassy troops firing into a crowd of Americans (armed only with paintball) on US soil. That would float like a lead balloon.

  41. MrAtoz says:

    Has plugs even said anything about the embassy Rooskies still on US soil?

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  42. Greg Norton says:

    "The former head of the Texas power grid on Wednesday testified that he was following Gov. Greg Abbott's instructions when he directed power prices to remain high during last winter's winter storm, the Houston Chronicle reports."

    Uh oh, the Brazos Electric bankruptcy judge is not going to like that.  I thought it was odd at the time.

    Political dirty trick. Today is the last day for early voting. Abbott needed to be primaried, but that is just weak. I smell Robert Francis’ father-in-law’s money looking at Prather’s site.

    That reminds me — I gotta go vote against P. Diddly. I'm at a stopping point in my work for the moment.

    I left the last job in part because I spent my day playing with JSON files and not writing any code. I’m going to be doing it again shortly at the new job. At least I get to also write the tool that consumes the files.

    The hard part was getting Json-c to link in our convoluted embedded development environment. Problem solved.

  43. Geoff Powell says:

    @chad:

    What is the bestselling brand and style of tea in the UK?  Also, milk or no?

    No idea as to most popular brand of tea ('m a coffee drinker) but we Brits normally take tea with milk.

    G.

  44. Geoff Powell says:

    @greg:

    I gotta go vote against P. Diddly

    A follower of RAH, I see.

    G.

  45. lynn says:

    "Bitten" (Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong
       https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452286034?tag=ttgnet-20/

    Book number one of a thirteen book urban fantasy series plus many short stories. I reread the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Plume in 2004 that I bought used from Amazon. I have read all the other books in the series, I might reread a couple of them also. If the author creates any new books in the series, I plan to purchase and read them.

    Elena Michaels is the only living werewolf on the planet. She was not born a werewolf but was bitten by werewolf. And she lives in Toronto, away from the pack in the USA, as a newspaper columnist. She is tired of the werewolf games and tracking down and executing all of the werewolf mutts. But, the mutts have joined together and are wanting to get rid of the pack.

    The book was turned into a two season tv series on the syfy channel.
       https://www.amazon.com/Summons/dp/B00HNZHTPE?tag=ttgnet-20/

    The author has a website at:
       http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,527 reviews)

  46. Pecancorner says:

    What is the bestselling brand and style of tea in the UK?  Also, milk or no?

    No idea as to most popular brand of tea ('m a coffee drinker) but we Brits normally take tea with milk.

    When I was in London for a week a long time ago, everyone drank coffee, like @Geoff does.

    To get tea, we had to order an Afternoon Tea at the hotel, because there wasn't any in the office.  And the milk served with it was reconstituted powdered milk.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    I gotta go vote against P. Diddly

    A follower of RAH, I see.

    Huh? George P. Bush. P. Diddly as in he's done diddly squat beyond coast on the family name.

    He needs to be sent packing just like the family’s hand-picked choice for Florida Governor, Adam “Opie” Putnam, was shown the political career door four years ago.

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  48. Greg Norton says:

    Huh? George P. Bush. P. Diddly as in he's done diddly squat beyond coast on the family name.

    I think I heard P. Diddly referred to as P. Diddly one night on TMZ.

  49. Mark W says:

    >Geoff

    >Tea

    https://youtu.be/_GuNbEyvA_w

    The truth revealed!

    This Geoff makes some really good videos for anyone who's interested in British railways.

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  50. Greg Norton says:

    Has plugs even said anything about the embassy Rooskies still on US soil?

    The Russians aren't going anywhere.  Didn’t Obama sieze the Russians’ consulate on choice real estate in San Francisco in retaliation for something?

    Back in the 80s, I remember Letterman getting pretty far up the Soviet Embassy's hierarchy phoning them up one night and telling them that the US added something special to the grain shipment that year which would turn their citizens' urine blue.

    Of course, that was pre-meds and mistress Letterman. Also pre-CBS.

    My wife told me once that she knew of a drug which really does have that side effect.

  51. Geoff Powell says:

    @greg:

    You misunderstood me. I was invoking RAH's maxim, "If in doubt, vote against", as in "against P. Diddly".

    G.

  52. Ray Thompson says:

    Doing the taxes on the MIL's estate. Finally getting the forms. No f-ing way a preparer should have to wait this long. With computers this stuff should be available by the middle of January.

    Think taxes are high on individuals? Look at these rates for the deceased that must be paid by the executor. Even the dead have to pay their pound of flesh to the IRS.

    If taxable income is:
      Over—      But not over—    The tax is:      Of the amount over—

         $0         $9,950              10%                  $0
      9,950         40,525         $995.00 + 12%          9,950
     40,525         86,375        4,664.00 + 22%         40,525
     86,375        164,925       14,751.00 + 24%         86,375
    164,925        209,425       33,603.00 + 32%        164,925
    209,425        314,150       47,843.00 + 35%        209,425
    314,150         ......       84,496.75 + 37%        314,150

    I won't say what bracket the estate falls in but will say the IRS is getting a big chuck of change from the estate. The brother-in-law will have to be giving back some of that money back that was given to him to front half his share.

    Imagine an estate that has stocks that have been held a long time. Those stocks are sold at a gain, say of $100K. The tax on that amount is $18K+ that has to be paid by the executor. If the proceeds from the sale of stock and bonds exceeds $210K then more than 30% of that money will be donated to the IRS to give to the leaches in this country.

    Best advice is to not settle the estate with anyone when there is a split in the estate beneficiaries until all estate taxes have been paid. Otherwise there will be a rude awakening. And filling out a 1041 form is really annoying having to do it by hand.

  53. Ray Thompson says:

    Even the IRS has their 1041 form wrong. The starting year is listed as 2021, the ending year as 2020. It cannot be changed in the PDF. The IRS cannot even get their own shirt(-r) straight but expects the taxpayer to dot all the I's and cross all the T's.

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  54. SteveF says:

    I left the last job in part because I spent my day playing with JSON files and not writing any code.

    That wouldn't necessarily bother me. I'm motivated to get problems solved, whether that means writing code myself, manipulating JSON or XML files, writing tools to manipulate the files, finding out what the client really wants as contrasted with what he says he wants, or working with a team of developers and coaching them in how to improve what they're bad in.

    I'm not keen on managing, but I think that's because that involves very little problem solving and mostly busywork and babysitting. I did enjoy being able to help my people do their jobs better, such as by getting a headset for one guy who spent four hours a day on the phone. He'd spent a year and a half holding the handpiece between shoulder and ear because his previous two managers couldn't be bothered to notice that he was half-crippled by the end of the day or couldn't be bothered to order a $30 piece of equipment.

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  55. drwilliams says:

    RIP Sally Kellerman, the original "Hot Lips Houlihan"

    https://www.npr.org/2022/02/25/1083072137/sally-kellerman-dies-mash

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  56. nick flandrey says:

    Huh, I ran "in the absence of orders find something commie and kill it meme" thru google and ducks and didn't get the one in question, which might have been on WRSA…

    Most of the images from the ducks search are related to Three Percenters, which is interesting, and something called "conceptual marketing corporation".

    On google, the results are just for the original quote.

    If the authors didn't put alt text on the image, it's pretty hard to search for something like that.

    n

  57. CowboySlim says:

    Does not look like Hunter Biden can go back to Ukraine for a while and start working at the gas company again for $50,000/mo.

    Does he have a real job here?  Any job?  What is his college degree?  Working for the gas company, a BS in Chemical Engineering would be appropriate.

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  58. Greg Norton says:

    That wouldn't necessarily bother me. I'm motivated to get problems solved, whether that means writing code myself, manipulating JSON or XML files, writing tools to manipulate the files, finding out what the client really wants as contrasted with what he says he wants, or working with a team of developers and coaching them in how to improve what they're bad in.

    Back in July of last year, the DevOps dweeb on our project really got into the head of management, convincing him that the future of the product lay with layering some thin customization on top of a container-based open source server distribution that did about 90% of the legacy code. The reduction in actual coding work combined with the totally remote nature of the job motivated me to start looking.

    The industry seems to be going through a phase where DevOps seems to be sliding into the architect roles. I don't see that ending well, but what do I know. From what I've heard, since I left the last job, the new approach imploded and they're on to yet another new system design. The … 4th (?) in a year.

    That last 10% is a tough nut to crack. Sadly, this would be the week that a lot of customers would be coming around to look at the product if it were in even a beta phase.

  59. MrAtoz says:

    The *eagles* landed today. Via UPS.

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  60. Chad says:

    China will move on Taiwan.   There hasn’t been a swift response to Putin, there won’t be one to Xi.

    +1000

    The world allowing Russia to annex Ukraine is basically a green light for China to take Taiwan.

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  61. Chad says:

    No idea as to most popular brand of tea ('m a coffee drinker) but we Brits normally take tea with milk.

    Good… good.. The Yankee-ization of the UK is almost complete… lol

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  62. lynn says:

    Imagine an estate that has stocks that have been held a long time. Those stocks are sold at a gain, say of $100K. The tax on that amount is $18K+ that has to be paid by the executor. If the proceeds from the sale of stock and bonds exceeds $210K then more than 30% of that money will be donated to the IRS to give to the leaches in this country.

    Hey Ray, everything that your mother-in-law owned got stepped up in basis on the day she passed away.  Her estate should have very little gain to pay on.  You need to go talk to a CPA !  My wife has hired a CPA to do the 2021 estate return for her father's estate.

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  63. Greg Norton says:

    Imagine an estate that has stocks that have been held a long time. Those stocks are sold at a gain, say of $100K. The tax on that amount is $18K+ that has to be paid by the executor. If the proceeds from the sale of stock and bonds exceeds $210K then more than 30% of that money will be donated to the IRS to give to the leaches in this country.

    Unless the stocks were held in a trust, the capital gains should be the difference in price from the day your mother-in-law died to when you sold.

    @Lynn is correct in that you need to talk to an accountant, preferably one based here.

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  64. Greg Norton says:

    The world allowing Russia to annex Ukraine is basically a green light for China to take Taiwan.

    Ukraine was a corrupt mafia state where Russia knew the status of the nuclear weapons.

    Taiwan is a legitimate government, albeit authoritarian/strong man at times, and a functioning democracy with arguably better rule of law than the US.

    Taiwan also had a viable nuclear weapons program until the late 1980s. No one, including China, is really sure if they stopped short of producing at least one bomb. Shanghai Surprise!

    Plus, I doubt the Taiwanese will go quietly into the night without blowing up the TSMC fabs. Ironically, the mainland is most likely where the bulk of the output ends up.

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  65. lynn says:

    Imagine an estate that has stocks that have been held a long time. Those stocks are sold at a gain, say of $100K. The tax on that amount is $18K+ that has to be paid by the executor. If the proceeds from the sale of stock and bonds exceeds $210K then more than 30% of that money will be donated to the IRS to give to the leaches in this country.

    Hey Ray, everything that your mother-in-law owned got stepped up in basis on the day she passed away.  Her estate should have very little gain to pay on.  You need to go talk to a CPA !  My wife has hired a CPA to do the 2021 estate return for her father's estate.

    https://www.irs.gov/faqs/interest-dividends-other-types-of-income/gifts-inheritances/gifts-inheritances

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  66. lynn says:

    Plus, I doubt the Taiwanese will go quietly into the night without blowing up the TSMC fabs. Ironically, the mainland is most likely where the bulk of the output ends up.

    My buddy burns his own FPGA chips at their engineering shop in Rosenberg.  He has not been able to get the blanks from Taiwan to burn more FPGA chips for a couple of months now.  And the Taiwanese distributor will not give him a ship date either.  They are almost out of blanks.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-programmable_gate_array

  67. Ray Thompson says:

    the capital gains should be the difference in price from the day your mother-in-law died to when you sold.

    Correct. I should have stated gains, not proceeds. That was accounted for when I did the forms. There was a lot of stock and gains between April and December. Most of that the MIL inherited from her husband so that was the first step up. There was also few losses.

    It is annoying how complicated the entire process has become with the tax laws. Reading the instructions is not easy as the instructions can be confusing.

  68. Alan says:

    >> Ted Cruz calls Jen Psaki 'Peppermint Patty'

    I saw a blurb earlier in the week that both CNN and MSNBC are going all out to hire 'Circle Back pSaki' after she leaves the WH later this year. Time to make some real money…and of course start on her inevitable book.

  69. lynn says:

    It is annoying how complicated the entire process has become with the tax laws. Reading the instructions is not easy as the instructions can be confusing.

    Taxes in the USA are intentionally made hard.  It is the CPA full time employment act.

    You should see what I file with a small business of eight people.  I have to pay FICA taxes twice a month, two day before I pay my employees.  It is simply amazing.

    You know, if people had to pay all these taxes directly, they would storm Washington DC with tar, feathers, and pitchforks.  Instead, the employers have to pay it all, at great expense !

  70. Alan says:

    >> I’ve considered doing a FOIA request for declassified U2 and satellite phots from the area, and having them analyzed with modern methods. Make a nice masters or phd project. 

    And get yourself on another .gov list? Or are you already on all of them?

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  71. SteveF says:

    You know, if people had to pay all these taxes directly, they would storm Washington DC with tar, feathers, and pitchforks.

    Which is why it's set up that way, of course, and why it's taken out incrementally every week rather than due in a lump sum once a year.

  72. lynn says:

    I saw a blurb earlier in the week that both CNN and MSNBC are going all out to hire 'Circle Back pSaki' after she leaves the WH later this year. Time to make some real money…and of course start on her inevitable book.

    I can see her book now, "Working With The Demented".

  73. drwilliams says:

    The trouble in Canada ain't nearly over yet.

    Trudeau proved what he is, and people are not going to forget.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/megan-fox/2022/02/25/did-trudeau-create-a-dangerous-run-on-canadian-banks-by-freezing-protesters-bank-accounts-n1561873

    Reports are that Canadians are moving money to U.S. banks, but the lessons shouldn't be lost on us.

  74. Greg Norton says:

    My buddy burns his own FPGA chips at their engineering shop in Rosenberg.  He has not been able to get the blanks from Taiwan to burn more FPGA chips for a couple of months now.  And the Taiwanese distributor will not give him a ship date either.  They are almost out of blanks.

    Everything commodity like that went overseas decades ago.

    My current project at work is pulling information across an I2C bus from a specific piece of hardware, but, at the moment, we don't have the targeted component so I have to make do with an older version of the board. We're hoping to see the real hardware in a few months. Until then I'm just guessing that the spec is accurate.

  75. Greg Norton says:

    You should see what I file with a small business of eight people.  I have to pay FICA taxes twice a month, two day before I pay my employees.  It is simply amazing.

    You know, if people had to pay all these taxes directly, they would storm Washington DC with tar, feathers, and pitchforks.  Instead, the employers have to pay it all, at great expense !

    You wouldn't have to go that far. Just show the full FICA amount deducted from every check and what the employee would make *without* that number taken out of their salary.

    The Social Security Act does not guarantee a payout, just the collection of the taxes.

  76. Alan says:

    >> My wife told me once that she knew of a drug which really does have that side effect.

    Since we're all (okay, at least one of us) curious…

    A number of medications produce blue or green urine, including amitriptyline, indomethacin (Indocin, Tivorbex) and propofol (Diprivan). Medical conditions. Familial benign hypercalcemia, a rare inherited disorder, is sometimes called blue diaper syndrome because children with the disorder have blue urine.

  77. Alan says:

    >> Does not look like Hunter Biden can go back to Ukraine for a while and start working at the gas company again for $50,000/mo.

         Does he have a real job here?  Any job?  What is his college degree?  Working for the gas company, a BS in Chemical Engineering would be appropriate.

    How quickly we forget…

    https://news.artnet.com/market/hunter-biden-art-show-sneak-peek-2027731

  78. lynn says:

    "White House asks Congress for $6.4 billion to help Ukraine"

         https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/white-house-asks-congress-for-6-4-billion-to-help-ukraine

    So how much of that $6.4 billion will be for Hunter and the Big Guy ?

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  79. drwilliams says:

    How much to send Hunter and FF Vindman to help Ukraine?

    I'd personally kick in an extra buck if they take Kerry.

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  80. nick flandrey says:

    Just finished watching "Free Guy" a new movie that involves a lot of video gaming tropes…. as it takes place inside a game.

    REALLY funny.   Really fun movie if you've played any of the major open world games in the last 15 years.  Lots of 'homage' or shoutouts to some of the classics.  Nice love story, uplifting, only a few times the smack in the face with wokeness took me out of the story.  Couple of bad words and some innuendo but pretty family friendly particularly if the kids game at all or have ever watched a twitch stream of a game…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFLp3Qqq2Ak

    There are some bits in the trailer that didn't make the movie cut.

    Kids loved it.

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  81. drwilliams says:

    Silicon Valley Must Pull the Plug on the Kremlin

    https://techpolicy.press/silicon-valley-must-pull-the-plug-on-the-kremlin

    never happen

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  82. drwilliams says:

    aftermath of "injury free" ride of the Ottawa Mounted Stormtroopers

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/lady-trampled-by-canadian-police-horses-moving-to-florida/

    compare and contrast this incident with the U.S. Border Patrol "whipping the illegals"

    and now Biden wants to pull them off the border and send them to Poland

  83. lynn says:

    "A National Vaccine Pass Has Quietly Rolled Out – And Red States Are Getting On Board"

        https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2022/02/24/national-vaccine-quietly-rolled-out/?sh=7932c6be6be6

    "While the United States government has not issued a federal digital vaccine pass, a national standard has nevertheless emerged. To date, 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer accessibility to the SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights."

    Hat tip to drudgereport .com

  84. Greg Norton says:

    "A National Vaccine Pass Has Quietly Rolled Out – And Red States Are Getting On Board"

    This Won’t Be The Last Pandemic

    The Paramount in Downtown Austin had a vaccination/test requirement which is puzzling since they also have a liquor license. Abbott threatened to pull the liquor licenses of bars and restaurants requiring proof of a negative test or a jab.

    God help us next Diwali season if emergence of some new variant scares the h*ll out of people a week before the regular election in November.

    Diwali is October 24 this year.

  85. Greg Norton says:

    Just finished watching "Free Guy" a new movie that involves a lot of video gaming tropes…. as it takes place inside a game.

    REALLY funny.   Really fun movie if you've played any of the major open world games in the last 15 years.

    "Grand Theft Auto" is available on the Switch. That's still the king of the open world games from which "Free Guy" drew inspiration.

    Playing the Switch cartridge, in several places, I noticed even more politically incorrect material than the original game.

    Now the Switch needs "The Simpsons: Hit and Run".

  86. Greg Norton says:

    "A National Vaccine Pass Has Quietly Rolled Out – And Red States Are Getting On Board"

    I'd estimate about 1/3 of the people running around here still wear masks.

    At least we know who the Robert Francis voters will be in November. I’m not seeing yard signs like four years ago.

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  87. lynn says:

    "Lies My Wind Developer Told Me"

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/25/lies-my-wind-developer-told-me/

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you.

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