Wed. Jun. 15, 2022 – sometimes, nothing interesting happens

By on June 15th, 2022 in decline and fall, medical, personal

Hot, hot, hot.   Damp, moist, humid.   But should be clear for a few more days.

I’d say that evidence is that I’ve finally, finally completely healed from my heat injury.    It has take years, literally to have normal physical responses to environmental heat, but I think that after working in the garden for a few hours on Monday without ill effect, I’m finally there.

I’ll still use the cool vest though, when I have it with me, because that just makes me more comfortable.  It’s nice to be able to go out in the sun for a bit without worry I’ll relapse though.   I’m still going to be careful.   Take heat illness and injury seriously.   They can kill you.

There is an OSHA app that will give you safe exposure times, and break times, as well as symptoms of injury.  There are charts too, that I’ve linked in the past and that are easily searchable.   It’s not enough to just drink water and wear a hat.


 

Yesterday was one of  those days that I sometimes have where I do stuff, that really needs to be done, but still at the end of the day feels like nothing really happened.

Today will be kinda busy.   I’ve got a couple of pickups I might do, but that I can probably delay.  I’ve also got to get ready to head out of town for a long weekend.   We’ve got a family thing to attend.  Today is my chance to get everything done that needs doing before Monday.    Joy.

Yeah, family and meatspace, but- air travel and lots of other stuff to do.


 

So while nothing extraordinary happened yesterday, ordinary stuff did.   And sometimes ‘ordinary day’ is the best we can hope for.

Stack some more food.   Seriously.

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92 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Jun. 15, 2022 – sometimes, nothing interesting happens"

  1. Geoff Powell says:

    Here in London, current temperature is 25C and 44% RH, according to the Chinesium electronic thermohygrometer sitting on a shelf behind me in a non-airconditioned house. A/C is uncommon here in UK (we don’t normally need it)

    Friday is forecast to be 33C, before dropping back to the lower 20s by Monday.

    Applying the double-it-and-add-30 approximation, that’s 80F now, 96F on Friday, and mid-70sF by Monday. I’m not used to this.

    G.

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  2. Greg Norton says:

    I watch movies so you don’t have to. 
    Newest Jurassic Park

    Meh.

    They overdid the running away from peril and narrow escapes. I was rooting for the dinosaurs by the end.  Overdid the nods to the previous movies. Nothing fresh of new,  and too much “in a video game” feel.

    Video games are so early 2000s. Gotta sell theme park tickets. Universal has a  new Jurassic Park-theme roller coaster in Florida involving raptors and a “chase”.

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  3. Greg Norton says:

    “Lightyear” must be bad.

    Lightyear has a same sex couple in it.  That killed it for half the countries on the planet.

    Disney’s homosexual agenda for young children is costing them.

    Disney/Pixar did “Lightyear” with a much lower budget but better writers 20 years ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFVQF8wF6sM

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  4. ITGuy1998 says:

    I went to look at Golden puppies on Monday. Yes, the outcome is predictable. We now have a 7 week old girl – named her Molly. She is too stinking cute for her own good. We are on day 3 and so far no big issues. Our remaining 10 year old lab isn’t thrilled, but is generally behaving. He is generally indifferent. Only one serious snap, and that was when Molly tried to eat his food. Lesson learned there by us. Oh, and Molly will eat, but she is scared of the food bowl. I’ve tried multiple bowls, but no go. I put a little food on the floor on a trail, and she will eat it right to the bowl, but not in it. I might try a plate and see if that works.

    I do find it funny how our lab finds Molly annoying. He did the exact same thing to our recently departed lab when we brought him home. The big difference though is that the yellow lab was only a year old, so not quite so set in his ways. He was definitely annoyed though.

    Re: Heat. It was 100 here in N. Alabama yesterday afternoon with soup level humidity. I haven’t been on  a run in over a week because of vacation, so I went for a short, slow run. I did 2 miles at a pace barely above jogging and was wiped. I absolutely hate running in the morning, but I might have to force myself to do it the next couple of weeks.

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  5. Pecancorner says:

    I had been worried about our electric bill, because we’ve been having to run air conditioners all day every day for the past month.  But it is only $88.48, for 569 kWh.  
     

    It will be more next month, as now it isn’t cooling down in the evenings, so we’ve been having to have A/C in the bedrooms at night, now, too. 

  6. Greg Norton says:

    TN introduced a new ‘base plate’ this year and there have already been concerns raised about its OCR readability.

    https://www.newschannel5.com/news/state-evaluating-newly-approved-tennessee-license-plates

    Beyond tolling, DHS/Border Patrol are working on new, possibly mobile automated checkpoints which include plate reading cameras. We saw one prototype last Summer on I69 SB, between Corpus Cristi and the border.

    Without a trigger with a timestamp for the camera from an external source like loops or tradles, the OCR system is on its own to determine when to pull an “optimal” image out of the video stream from the camera.

    Yeah, white on blue is bad.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    I went to look at Golden puppies on Monday. Yes, the outcome is predictable. We now have a 7 week old girl – named her Molly.

    Ah, puppies. Gotta love them.

    Puppy Obadiah hit one year and is doing well. He’s the Clown Prince of the pack. Must be the 13% Spaniel in him,

  8. ITGuy1998 says:

    https://i.postimg.cc/zfgMRhCN/Molly.jpg

    Here’s a pic of the pup.

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  9. Ray Thompson says:

    I pay $165.00 a month for electricity. Even pay program. Summer I may use $250.00 a month for June, July and August. In May, September and October maybe $180.00. Other months I rarely pay above $90.00 a month. House is all electric except for heat. I also run a 1hp pool pump 12-14 hours a day and have the RV powered with its A/C running. Sometimes at the end the cycle (May each year) during the settlement I owe them money, sometimes they owe me money.

    I suspect this month will be one of the highest I have ever experienced. High 90’s with a couple of days predicted over 100. Does not happen very often but when it does, I minimize outdoor time. Really oppressive with 80% or 90% humidity, dew points in the mid 70’s. Thank you Mr. Carrier.

  10. ITGuy1998 says:

    Thank you Mr. Carrier.

    +∞

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  11. Clayton W. says:

    Thank you Mr. Carrier.

    The Patron Saint of the southeast!

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  12. JimB says:

    Dewpoints: ours is usually below freezing during the day. Today’s forecast is for a high of 101 with a dewpoint of 19 and RH of 6%.

    Temperature is a few degrees above normal, and humidity is a few percent below normal. Enthalpy is our friend. Mr Carrier never visited here.

    I also read that before Carrier, NYC air conditioned theaters with cold city water run through large heat exchangers and dumped into the river. Would be frowned on today.

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    ah, currently 94F and 61%RH in the Bayou City. 

    Decided to put off my pickups to next week.  Lots of delayed house stuff to get caught up on before heading out again.  And packing.

    Golden puppies!   “It’s so FUZZY!  Rheeeeee!!!”

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  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’ve said for some time that the sexual revolution mainly made more women available for sex with men and lesbians, while destroying most of the benefits received by women for the exchange.  It’s also led to normalizing of extreme behaviour, and an expectation of ever more explicit and deviant acts.

    Emma Thompson insists the sexual revolution of the 1970s and 80s made women ‘more available’ and encouraged predatory behaviour

    • Speaking to Mariella Frostrup about her new movie, the winner of two Academy Awards mused: ‘I’m not sure whether it benefited us in the ways that are loudly bruited these days’ 
    • Emma said during the Times Radio chat: ‘I’m not sure how great the sexual revolution was. I’m not sure whether it benefited us in the ways that are loudly bruited these days’ 
    • ‘It made us more available, I suppose, for sex, because we weren’t going to get pregnant, but I don’t know’
    • ‘It also introduced something else, which felt to me and feels to me now when I look back on it a little bit predatory’

    –she’s treading very lightly, because she knows the wrath that can be unleashed against her.

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  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Political violence is heating up.

    REVEALED: 17 anti-abortion centers have been FIREBOMBED since last month’s leaked Supreme Court draft as video shows moment office of pro-life Washington GOP is torched

    • Andrew Barkis, a Republican representing the Olympia area in Washington state’s legislature, had his office attacked on Monday
    • Two masked individuals were caught on a Ring camera taking a hammer to the door, and then throwing a lit flare inside
    • Barkis is outspoken in his support for the repeal of Roe v Wade 
    • Since a Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn the landmark 1973 ruling was leaked on May 2, at least 17 pregnancy clinics have been attacked
    • No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and police are investigating whether it is linked to a $5,000 burglary at an antiques center by the same gang
    • Barkis’s colleagues are convinced that the attack was due to his pro-life views, and note that there have been many in the Washington area

    By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

    Published: 21:40 EDT, 14 June 2022 | Updated: 23:29 EDT, 14 June 2022 

    A pro-life Republican politician had his office firebombed on Monday, the latest in a spate of attacks against pregnancy centers and pro-life officials in the wake of a bombshell leaked Supreme court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade.

    n

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  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    Chicago urges people who ‘feel sick’ or have rashes NOT to attend summer festivals after one of its eight monkeypox cases is linked back to annual fetish gathering, Mr Leather: National tally rises to 72 infections

    • Chicago health officials said they wanted people to make ‘informed choices’ before meeting in gatherings this summer
    • City’s tally doubled this weekend to eight cases, with at least one linked back to annual fetish festival Mr Leather that took place last month
    • It is thought to be the first city to issue the monkeypox warning to residents
    • America recorded another seven cases of the tropical disease yesterday
    • It comes as the World Health Organization says it will rename the virus because it is ‘racist and discriminatory towards Africa’ 

    the CDC Health Advisory Network notice I got about monkeypox said that some cases might not be recognized….   and that more testing should be considered for people with “epidemiologic risk factors” along with “rashes initially considered characteristic of more common infections (e.g., varicella zoster, herpes, syphilis) should be carefully evaluated for concurrent characteristic monkeypox rash (see images and links to below) and considered for testing.”

    The “risk factors” include-

    Within 21 days of illness onset:

    • Reports having contact with a person or people with a similar appearing rash or who received a diagnosis of confirmed or probable monkeypox OR
    • Had close or intimate in-person contact with individuals in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, this includes men who have sex with men (MSM) who meet partners through an online website, digital application (“app”), or social event (e.g., a bar or party) OR
    • Traveled outside the US to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where Monkeypox virus is endemic OR
    • Had contact with a dead or live wild animal or exotic pet that is an African endemic species or used a product derived from such animals (e.g., game meat, creams, lotions, powders, etc.)

    If you don’t have risky sex with sick people, if you aren’t a promiscuous gay man and part of the ‘hookup culture’, if you stay out of africa, and if you avoid weird animals and witchcraft, you are probably NOT going to get Monkeysex/Africa/gay pox.*

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    *since WHO is going to change the name, might as well change it to something sensational.

    added- pretty sure they mean “within 21 days PRIOR to onset” but then language standards have been slipping for some time.

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    she’s treading very lightly, because she knows the wrath that can be unleashed against her

    Emma Thompson participated in the attempt to cancel John Lasseter which may prove to be a poor career move if “Luck” works out for Skydance.

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  18. SteveF says:

    rename [monkeypox] because it is ‘racist and discriminatory towards Africa’ 

    This raises questions. “Monkey” is a race? Africa is a race?

    Or, the obvious conclusion, which genuine white supremacists will be delighted to see the woke stating: Africans are monkeys?

    As may be, gayafricanpox is not much of a threat overall, especially if you avoid intimate contact with people who have obvious sores. As with covering your mouth when you sneeze, which was emphasized during the Chinese bioweapon panic, not doinking someone with sores would seem to be an obvious precaution which adults of normal or better intelligence should not need to be reminded of.

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  19. lynn says:

    My Russian customers are moving to the cracked version of my software that they download from Chinese servers.  It works but it crashes on them all the time so I am getting crash messages.  I doubt they they will ever be paying customers again. And we could use the cash.

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  20. lynn says:

    I had been worried about our electric bill, because we’ve been having to run air conditioners all day every day for the past month.  But it is only $88.48, for 569 kWh.  
     

    It will be more next month, as now it isn’t cooling down in the evenings, so we’ve been having to have A/C in the bedrooms at night, now, too. 

    Actually, modern high SEER window units are more efficient than central a/c since you are just air conditioning a portion of your home.  But, you have hot spots like the bathroom(s) and the closets on the exterior walls.

    We had one big window unit in the living room when we lived in Sweetwater, Texas. The living room was 70 F and the two bedrooms were 80+ F. I threatened to put a window unit in our bedroom and the wife vetoed it. If anything, she would have put a window unit in the baby’s room. I saw on Google Earth that the house now has a central a/c unit. We lived there from 1982 to 1985.

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  21. lynn says:

    https://i.postimg.cc/zfgMRhCN/Molly.jpg

    Here’s a pic of the pup.

    Dude, she is CUTE !!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll bet that she is chewing everything in sight.

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  22. Pecancorner says:

    Actually, modern high SEER window units are more efficient than central a/c since you are just air conditioning a portion of your home.

    Yes,   our electric bills aren’t bad,  because we don’t cool the whole house. The A/C window units don’t cost us as much as the little space heaters we use in winter in the bedrooms.  Usually, our highest bills  are in the winter because of that.    

    Because we use so little, we can’t shop for better rates – none of the companies give a good discount for minimal use. So we stay with good old TXU Energy, which I think is the successor to TESCO.   They do ok. 

  23. Alan says:

    >> Actually, modern high SEER window units are more efficient than central a/c since you are just air conditioning a portion of your home.  But, you have hot spots like the bathroom(s) and the closets on the exterior walls.

    The quiet from central a/c wins over (had to think there for a second for a synonym for trumps) any efficiency benefits from window units.

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  24. lynn says:

    Because we use so little, we can’t shop for better rates – none of the companies give a good discount for minimal use. So we stay with good old TXU Energy, which I think is the successor to TESCO.   They do ok. 

    Yup.  TESCO (Texas Electric Service Company), DP&L (Dallas Power and Light), TUGCO (Texas Utilities Generating Company), and TP&L (Texas Power and Light) merged to make TU Electric, TUFCO (Texas Utilities Fuel Company), and TUMCO (Texas Utilities Mining Company) in 1984.  I worked for TESCO starting in 1982.  TU Electric became TXU Energy in the middle 1990s ??? when they bought Lone Star Gas Company.

    After the 1984 merger we had 24,000 people.  The Texas PUC told us that their model showed that we only needed 16,000 people so we retired 8,000 people.  It was a bloodbath unless you were at one of the plants like I was.  Then the Texas PUC knocked 2 cents/kwh off our rates.

    I left in October 1989.  In March 1990 they laid off the entire 5,000 person engineering department plus half of management services (where I had worked).  I would have survived had I still been there.  We were still building the two 1150 MW each nuclear power plants at Comanche Peak which was a total disaster, started in 1978, finished in 1992.

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  25. Alan says:

    I guess those saline “vaccinations” don’t really work…

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/15/health/fauci-covid-positive/index.html

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  26. lynn says:

    Yes,   our electric bills aren’t bad,  because we don’t cool the whole house. The A/C window units don’t cost us as much as the little space heaters we use in winter in the bedrooms.  Usually, our highest bills  are in the winter because of that.    

    Contrary to popular belief, the human race uses much more energy heating our homes and workspaces than cooling them.  That is why the global whatever idiots are not going to achieve their sun worshiping dreams.  The sun does not shine very much in the dead of winter.

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  27. Pecancorner says:

    Father’s Day next weekend.  I’ve bought my cards, but once again I’m at a loss for what to do for my dad.  He doesn’t expect anything, but he’ll tell it if he doesn’t get something, and  he rarely likes whatever I do get him,  and usually returns it.  Even if he claims to like it, later on he’ll have found something that he didn’t like about it. 

    He’s a nice guy and a good person, just very very picky down to tiny details. He likes what he likes, and only what he likes, and won’t pretend otherwise. 

    My stepmother is no help …. she’ll say “he will love anything you get him”.  So I offer a choice “Oh, any one of those four would  be fine.”   Except that he exchanged the boots because he doesn’t wear pointed toes, and exchanged the last western dress shirt I bought because even tho it had his required two pockets, they weren’t pockets that he liked.  

    I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.   

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  28. lynn says:

    And I just ordered the parts for another PC.  My sales dudes 15 year old Intel dual core PC is rebooting 6 to 8 times a day.  I had half the parts already, case, M.2 drive, power supply so I just ordered an I5-10400, 16 GB of ram, and a MSI Z590 motherboard.  $440.

  29. lynn says:

    xkcd: Astronomer Hotline

        https://xkcd.com/2633/

    OK, that is funny.  And I imagine that the weird bug hotline would need multiple operators due to the call volume.

    Explained at:   

        https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2633:_Astronomer_Hotline

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  30. Alan says:

    >> I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.   

    Buc-ee’s gift card? If he doesn’t need the gas there’s plenty of choices in the store.

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  31. MrAtoz says:

    Apparently, plugs thinks he can force oil companies to make more and cheaper gas:

    Biden threatens oil companies with ’emergency powers’ if they don’t increase supply: Slams their ‘historically high profit margins’ while families see gas prices hit record highs above $5 per gallon

    Clueless buffoon. Since his first day in office, he’s done everything possible to SHUT DOWN oil companies. It’s Putin’s fault. It’s tRump’s fault. It’s billionaire’s fault. It’s YOUR fault. And on and on and…

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  32. Geoff Powell says:

    @MrAtoz:

    Apparently, plugs thinks he can force oil companies to make more and cheaper gas:

    Like most politicians, plugs has delusions of competence.

    G.

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  33. SteveF says:

    I’m at a loss for what to do for my dad.

    Take him to the hardware store and tell him to pick out $50 of consumables that he needs: drill bits, jigsaw blades, duct tape, light oil, whatever.

    If his car is in good shape, get him a gift certificate for detailing. Don’t bother if he has a very new car or a clattertrap or if his main car is a pickup used for farm work. (Though taking a mud-and-manure-splattered pickup to the car cleaning place for a detailing would be funny. Get pictures of their faces.)

    Ammunition. As above, take him to the store and let pick what he wants.

  34. SteveF says:

    plugs has illusions of competence

    “Delusions” might be closer. “Hallucinations”, yes. “Laughable fables his supporters tell each other”, absolutely.

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  35. Geoff Powell says:

    @stevef:

    “Delusions” might be closer

    .Yes, I realised that after posting, And my edit crossed with your post.

    G.

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  36. Rick H says:

    @pecancorner – if he’s into Westerns, you could get him “The Forgotten Winchester” or “Rocky’s Treasure” classic western books (he said humbly). They are on the Zon; you can read about them on my author’s web site https://www.RichardHellewell.com .

    If he likes physics jokes, I got the “Compendium of Physics Jokes” book here: https://www.bklnk.com/B09NGYZM9F

    He could be one of the very select few that have purchased one of my books. 

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  37. lynn says:

    @pecancorner – if he’s into Westerns, you could get him “The Forgotten Winchester” or “Rocky’s Treasure” classic western books (he said humbly). They are on the Zon; you can read about them on my author’s web site https://www.RichardHellewell.com .

    If he likes physics jokes, I got the “Compendium of Physics Jokes” book here: https://www.bklnk.com/B09NGYZM9F

    He could be one of the very select few that have purchased one of my books. 

    The Physics Jokes book was funny.

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  38. lynn says:

    “IEA: 2023 world oil demand to surpass pre-pandemic levels”

         https://www.ogj.com/general-interest/economics-markets/article/14278261/iea-2023-world-oil-demand-to-surpass-prepandemic-levels

    “In its June issue Oil Market Report, the International Energy Agency forecasts world oil demand will expand by 2.2 million b/d to 101.6 million b/d in 2023, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.”

    Wow, that is unexpected with all the electric and natural gas vehicles being sold in the marketplace.

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  39. Pecancorner says:

    Take him to the hardware store and tell him to pick out $50 of consumables that he needs: drill bits, jigsaw blades, duct tape, light oil, whatever.

    Hey, last week I handed him my $10 off a $25 purchase McCoy’s coupon since I wasn’t going to use it. Do you think that would be repetitive?  😀  ~snicker~ 

    Seriously, thanks Steve, and thanks @Alan, for good suggestions.  

    @Rick,  my dad only reads audio books that come on dvds. No electronic gadgets, alas. However I have the Physics book in hard copy bookmarked for Christmas. One of my daughters-in-love is a chemist, and I think she’ll get a kick out of it. 🙂 

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  40. lynn says:

    Hecho en Mexico 

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.edmunds.com/amp/car-news/ford-issues-stop-sale-mustang-mach-e-recall.html

    Ford has sold 48,924 of those electric Mustangs ?  Wow !

    One forgets that when Ford gets busy, they have the ability to flood the marketplace.

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  41. lynn says:

    “Ted Cruz is skeptical about red flag provision in federal bipartisan deal on guns”

         https://www.chron.com/politics/article/ted-cruz-senate-gun-bill-17243649.php

    “Red flag laws are designed to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has championed the bipartisan agreement.”

    I am skeptical too.

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  42. lynn says:

    “Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.75%, most since 1994, amid effort to slow inflation”

        https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fed-fomc-monetary-policy-decision-june-2022-120337242.html

    The question is when are they going to stop raising the interest rates ?  20% by December ?

  43. SteveF says:

    Do you think that would be repetitive?

    The nice thing about consumables is that you always need more, or will soon.

    That is, “nice thing” if someone’s looking to buy you a gift. Not as nice when it seems that every other week you need to go and pick up something else that got used up or worn out.

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  44. Geoff Powell says:

    @pecancorner:

    I’ve developed the habit of giving my wife a “shopping voucher”, which she can spend against my bank account. That way, she gets what she wants but from me. My taste in presents is not hers.

    G.

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  45. Ray Thompson says:

    I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.

    FLASHLIGHT. High power LED. ‘Nuff said.

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  46. ITGuy1998 says:

    Dude, she is CUTE !!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll bet that she is chewing everything in sight.
     

    Thanks! And yes, she is getting comfortable and starting to chew. She already loves rope toys, and I’m working on getting her to chew nylabones. I do know there will be things chewed, just hope to limit the damage. Ask me this time next year how that’s working!

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  47. lynn says:

    I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.

    FLASHLIGHT. High power LED. ‘Nuff said.

    I am really liking this two AA Rayovac flashlight right now.  I have bought a dozen of them and spread them everywhere, two per vehicle, house, office, etc.  I like that you can drop them, as I seem to do all the time now, without serious damage. And they are bright for my rapidly aging eyes.

        https://www.amazon.com/Rayovac-Virtually-Indestructible-Black-Flashlight/dp/B0716D98GQ?tag=ttgnet-20

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  48. Rick H says:

    Another option for FLASHLIGHTS are in the camping section of Walmart. Small size, bright colors, bright light (50 lumens). And only $1.00 each (last time I looked).  

    Plus, they have headlamp LED’s (with expandable strap), also $1.00 . Cheap and good enough to grab a handful, and spread them around the house, garage, and vehicles.  Online here. Includes 3-AAA batteries.

    Cheap enough that you won’t worry if you lose them. 

    The headlamps are great for children to use while camping. Or for games in the dark.

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  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, got my design and proposal for the new electrical service drop at the BOL done.  After my wife reviews it, I’ll get it off to the electrician for pricing and schedule…

    Took longer than it should have.

    Swim  team practice tonight, and soon.   

    Still 100F in the sun.

    joy

    n

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  50. Greg Norton says:

    And I just ordered the parts for another PC.  My sales dudes 15 year old Intel dual core PC is rebooting 6 to 8 times a day.  I had half the parts already, case, M.2 drive, power supply so I just ordered an I5-10400, 16 GB of ram, and a MSI Z590 motherboard.  $440.

    I’m amazed when I hear that any PC from that time frame is still around. Bad power caps.

    And it wasn’t just PCs. Our landlord in Vantucky built her house in that time frame, and she had to replace or do a major repair on all of the kitchen appliances while we were there.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    The question is when are they going to stop raising the interest rates ?  20% by December ?

    Volker spiked the discount rate from 16% to 19% really quickly when he first took office, but the PPI numbers were a lot lower.

    Hope everyone enjoyed their stimmy checks.

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  52. Greg Norton says:

    One forgets that when Ford gets busy, they have the ability to flood the marketplace.

    Ford has actually built over 100,000.

    49,000 is the number affected by the recall.

    The sales rate is ~ 3000 per month in the US or so Dearborn claims.

    A lot of cars are sitting somewhere or went to Europe. Ford still got the carbon offset credits for cutting the VINs.

    Back in the day, Ford used to extort the dealers into taking the cars onto their balance sheets when the economy sucked, but managment at HQ just announced a plan to sell the Jesus Trucks direct like Tesla. I can’t imagine the dealers being enthusiastic about taking on the manufacturer’s problems in light of that decision.

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  53. lynn says:

    Hope everyone enjoyed their stimmy checks.

    I never got one.

  54. lynn says:

    Back in the day, Ford used to extort the dealers into taking the cars onto their balance sheets when the economy sucked, but managment at HQ just announced a plan to sell the Jesus Trucks direct like Tesla. I can’t imagine the dealers being enthusiastic about taking on the manufacturer’s problems in light of that decision.

       https://www.thedrive.com/news/ford-ceo-jim-farley-says-direct-sales-no-ads-will-sell-future-evs

    Direct vehicle sales are outlawed in Texas.  Tesla is suing Texas over it.

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  55. Greg Norton says:

    Hope everyone enjoyed their stimmy checks.

    I never got one.

    Neither did our household, but we did get the child tax credit advance which we had to repay on April 15.

    Things that make you say “Hmmm”: No one my wife works with at the VA got a stimulus check either, all the way down to the LPN (1 year community college) level.

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  56. drwilliams says:

    @pecancorner
    “I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.”

    If you go this direction and have a price range I might be able to make a few suggestions, depending on whether he actually carries or just likes cool designs to admire.

  57. Pecancorner says:

    “I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.”

    If you go this direction and have a price range I might be able to make a few suggestions, depending on whether he actually carries or just likes cool designs to admire.

    @drwilliams, sure! He likes traditional folding pocketknives a la Case. He carries and uses them daily – usually when folded in the 3″ to 4″ range.   He always appreciates metalwork, being a welder and former builder himself, but he would neither recognize nor want one of the expensive artisan knives. I did find an inexpensively priced  novelty knife made out of a railroad spike on Etsy, and bought him one a couple years ago. He liked it, and has it out on displace.

    Price range? $50 to $100. I know that’s not much for a knife, but he wouldn’t object to a vintage one, either.

       

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  58. Jenny says:

    @ITGuy1998

    Congratulations on new puppy. She’s cute. 
    7 weeks is young. Current best practice for best social development is 8 weeks minimum with 10 weeks preferred in most situations. 
    The most salient social development stuff she’s missing by coming home early is a properly inhibited bite and body language. She’d typically be taking a crash course in that right now with her siblings and mother. She should not have been fully weaned yet. That the breeder let her go so young points to a lack of current knowledge and experience on their part. That brings a higher probability that they didn’t do the hip x-rays or genetic testing on the parents prior to breeding. I’d say take her back and help you find a breeder that would be less of a crap shoot but that boat has sailed.

    So then. I’m not wrong, BUT – Missing the optimum doesn’t mean she won’t be wonderful. Breeder doing what they did doesn’t mean she will develop hip dysplasia. Optimum isn’t the only way.

    I do recommend looking into pet insurance. Hip dysplasia and crucial ligament surgery is in the thousands these days. If you can keep her from getting pregnant, hold off on spaying until a year or so. Those hormones tell the growth plates on her bones to stop growing. Lack of hormones means a leggier dog with no to little chest that’s more prone to crucial ligament and dysplasia injuries  

    See if your area has puppy kindergarten classes. Not an obedience class, but a 30-45 minute class where she can be with similar puppies under 4-5 months old. Not a class with 6 months +. She needs pups close to her own age to do the heavy lifting of bite inhibition and body language so she doesn’t grow up to be a mouthy clod. If you can’t find one be prepared for a bit of extra work on these things. 

    If you don’t have classes readily accessible go to Fenzi Dog Sports Academy web page and enroll in a live class, or at least an on demand puppy class. My favorite instructor is Sue Ailsby but they are all excellent. Not cheap, worth every penny.

    Steer clear of folks training with their foundation in Monks of New Skete or Cesar Milan. They both base the core of their work off 1950’s captive wolf studies that have since been repudiated.

    Look for stuff by Ian Dunbar. While he’s not the most modern or up to date, he still has the most digestible when it comes to Joe Average dog owner. A nice combination of “just train the dog and don’t bore me with the details” and gentle on the animal.

    Funnest class I ever taught was a litter mate class. My vet / friend had a litter of 12-14 golden retriever puppies. I taught their 8 week puppy class. So much fun.

    I think Ian’s site is Dog Star Daily. He has a free PDF that’s marvelous called “I Got a Puppy, Now What Do I Do?”

    Pups going home at 7 weeks is a ‘trigger’ for me. For several years I spent 10 hours a week volunteering and teaching / assisting dog training classes with a local club prior to parenthood. Well over 500 teaching hours, classes averaged 8 dogs per class. I -used- to have well behaved dogs with whom I competed in a variety of venues. I’ve studied dogs, behavior, and training extensively. I don5 teach these days because between parenting and brain recovery post crash I just don’t have the chops anymore. My current dogs are heathens, much to my shame and embarrassment.

    If you have her AKC papers do register her. It will Open doors down the road for earning her AKC CGC certificate (Canine Good Citizen), and some insurance policies will give you a break on dog related stuff with the CGC. If you didn’t get her papers (another red flag that the breeder isn’t following AKC rules) then you can do a special registration with AKC via photos showing she’s a golden. 

    Anyway. Sorry for the information dump.  You’re in for a lot of fun. She’s going to be a wonderful friend and companion for years.

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  59. Jenny says:

    @ITGuy1998

    $19, on demand

    Preparing For Puppy!

    Are you bringing home a new puppy? Or have you recently brought home a new-to-you family member? This course will cover what you need to know to properly integrate your new puppy into your household.

    This course is broken into four sections:                    

    • 1. Before bringing your dog home: What you need to know
    • 2. Bringing your dog home: The first 24 hours 
    • 3. Developing good habits: The first two weeks 
    • 4. Building your relationship: The first month

    https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/courses/29419
     

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  60. Jenny says:

    @ITGuy1998

    How to House Train Your Dog

    House training can be hard! We all want our dogs to learn, as quickly as possible, where they should go when nature calls. Sometimes this process goes fairly smoothly, and in other cases it can seem like an impossible task. People often underestimate the time and dedication it can take to sufficiently house train a puppy.

    https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/courses/29455

  61. Jenny says:

    @ITGuy1998

    this one would be good, too

    Socializing a New Puppy

    There’s so much to do with a new addition to the family, and you’ve heard how important socialization is. Make sure your puppy meets a lot of people, everyone says, and see that he’s introduced to dogs for lots of play dates. Fortunately, you’ve enrolled in a group puppy class and you’ve got some plans for the park, so you’re all set, right? Right? Maybe not.

    https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/courses/29476

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  62. Alan says:

    >> Apparently, plugs thinks he can force oil companies to make more and cheaper gas:

    Biden threatens oil companies with ’emergency powers’ if they don’t increase supply: Slams their ‘historically high profit margins’ while families see gas prices hit record highs above $5 per gallon

    Clueless buffoon. Since his first day in office, he’s done everything possible to SHUT DOWN oil companies. It’s Putin’s fault. It’s tRump’s fault. It’s billionaire’s fault. It’s YOUR fault. And on and on and…

    And when there’s an over-supply of oil we can burn the excess to power generators to produce electricity to charge our EVs.

  63. Jenny says:

    @ITGuy1998

    Jane Killion published an excellent well researched piece on age appropriate exercise for puppies. She’s competed with bull terriers in agility for years, travels country giving seminars, and has published books and DVDs that have truly improved how puppies are raised.

    read this – it’ll help you avoid structure related issues down the road.

    https://shoppuppyculture.com/pages/age-appropriate-exercise-1

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  64. Alan says:

    >> Ammunition. As above, take him to the store and let pick what he wants.

    I don’t see Uncle Joe invoking the Defense Production Act to mitigate ammo shortages.

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  65. RickH says:

    I don’t see Uncle Joe invoking the Defense Production Act to mitigate ammo shortages.

    Neither did Trump, I think.

    Although I am not an expert on the subject, a quick read of several sources show that the shortage has many causes: increased demand, lower production, raw material supply issues (copper, for example), the Remington bankruptcy, supply chain delays, ban on Russian ammo imports, etc.

    Increasing ammo production not something that can happen quickly. It’s my understanding that the ammo manufacturers are producing as much as they can within the limits of the above issues.

    Not an issue that can be fixed by political ‘fiat’.

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  66. Alan says:

    >> “Ted Cruz is skeptical about red flag provision in federal bipartisan deal on guns”

         https://www.chron.com/politics/article/ted-cruz-senate-gun-bill-17243649.php

    “Red flag laws are designed to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others.

    Maybe Ted is worried about having his gub taken away??

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  67. SteveF says:

    Trump did a number of good things. He did a number of very poorly thought out things. He said a number of dumb things.

    But.

    Hillary Clinton Will Never Be President.

    Despite the fraud in the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton Will Never Be President.

    That buys Trump a lot of forgiveness for his shortcomings.

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  68. Greg Norton says:

    I guess it will be another pocketknife. He usually likes those.   

    Made in USA Leatherman.

    I was distraught when I thought my original Super Tool was a casualty of my termination from the tolling company job, but I found it one day in the bottom of my work bag about a month later.

    They don’t sell the original anymore. This is the closest to mine.

    https://www.leatherman.com/super-tool-300-2.html

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  69. Alan says:

    >> I’d say take her back and help you find a breeder that would be less of a crap shoot but that boat has sailed.

    I know not everyone here will agree but I’d say “Take her back and rescue a dog from your local animal shelter instead.” Last I checked ours had ~300 dogs available for adoption with no fee and already spayed/neutered.

  70. NaN says:

    the fraud in the 2016 elections

    I’m still waiting for the knock on my door Steve to offer proof of enough fraud to change results of a recent Presidential election.

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  71. ITGuy1998 says:

    @Jenny – Thanks! I’ve copied all that info into a word doc so I can find it easier. Lots of good stuff there.

    I know it’s a little young. The parents are registered, and I have the paperwork. I will register her.  We rescued our black lab, he was maybe 6 weeks – got him for free. He been a great dog and is slowly warming up to the little one.

    Previous dogs have been 1 purebred (yellow lab) and rescues ( beagle mix, lab mix, border collie mix, and current lab mix).  I wanted a golden. The next dog may well be a rescue, or it may be another lab (from the same line of the one we lost) we’ll see when it’s time.

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  72. drwilliams says:

    @pecancorner

    Here’s some everyday carry(EDC) ideas:

    Gerber Ripstop

    two sizes

    plain or half-serrated

    silver or grey

    Lightweight open frame 

    Ontario Rat

    two sizes

    plain or half-serrated blades

    silver or gray blade

    G10 scales in a variety of colors

    The large knife (Rat 1) has a heavy blade that can take some real abuse. 

    These two are EDC but discontinued and collectable:

    Beretta Odyssey

    plain or half-serrated blades

    several blade alloys

    scales in thermoplastic, G10, and carbon fiber, plus a couple of “paper” scales in red and brown

    The model 182 with G10 scales and ATS34 blade is a nice knife. The carbon fiber version is prettier, but scarce and likely over $100.

    Beretta Airlight

    Lots of options over nearly 30 years and three series. Most recognizable feature is the skeletonized blade. Wicked sharp out of the box. Plain, half and the unusual full-serrated:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/284834609735

    The large knife in the link has Zytel (thermoplastic) scales. My first purchase in this line had aluminum scales and a black blade half-serrated blade:

    https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/beretta-aluminum-airlight-knife?a=195742

    Surprise find at the Alamo gift shop. 

    The Gerber Ripstop and Ontario Rats are on the respective websites or eBay or Amazon. Airlight 3 is the current version, the older ones only on eBay. Odyssey was discontinued. Lots of them on eBay, but stay away from thermoplastic and 420 blades. 

    Lots of details if you don’t know knives, but s little work might find your dad a gift that he will enjoy. Ask if you have questions. 

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  73. drwilliams says:

    @Alan

    “I don’t see Uncle Joe invoking the Defense Production Act to mitigate ammo shortages.”

    Primers. 

    ADDED:Police your brass if I’m not there at the range.

  74. drwilliams says:

    Went to a graduation party last weekend. They had green army men gummies. 

    Reminded me of the original Toy Story, and Burger King’s sandwich created for their tie-in meals, the Rodeo Cheeseburger (french-fried onion ring garnish and smokey bbq sauce).

  75. nick flandrey says:

    Not an issue that can be fixed by political ‘fiat’.

    I don’t think I can think of any issue that can be fixed by pols, save temporary tax relief… which they almost never do.  The ones Ray listed for TN are the first I can think of ever hearing about.

    They do occasionally halt a regulation or two, see “summer blend” gasoline for an example, but only temporarily.

    Invoking DPA for baby formula, while at the same time keeping a major plant closed for no good reason, is showboating and an incredible misuse of the Act.  

    I’ve worked on projects with Defense Priority, and it is a “nuclear option”.   It is very much something to threaten, but not something anyone wants to have to actually use.  It’s a “seize the factories, enslave the workers, steal all the stuff and give it to someone else” kind of a thing.  You don’t do it lightly, and you sure don’t do it for baby formula.

    n

    (the ammo manufacturers are running flat out, CEO gave an interview about the shortages, there is some political BS in banning certain imports that were just fine until the parties changed alignment, THAT they could fix.)

  76. nick flandrey says:

    Ha ha! /muntz voice

    Caterpillar to relocate its HQ from Illinois to Texas after 100 years because it will ‘attract new talent and opportunities’ as it joins Elon Musk’s Tesla as latest firm to leave woke state

    • Caterpillar announced it will move its headquarters to Irving, Texas, this year 
    • The company has been based in Illinois since 1925, but has had connections to Texas since the 1960s 
    • The construction machinery company said the move would ‘attract new talent’ and would allow it to create more career opportunities 
    • Caterpillar joins the other 53 Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in the Lone Star state 
    • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker called the move ‘disappointing,’ while Texas Governor Greg Abbot called the new a ‘perfect fit for this international brand’ 
    • Many companies, including Tesla, have recently moved to the state, which boasts no income tax, low corporate taxes, and affordable housing areas   
  77. Alan says:

    >> Increasing ammo production not something that can happen quickly. It’s my understanding that the ammo manufacturers are producing as much as they can within the limits of the above issues.

    Similarly for baby formula but he invoked the DPA anyway. 

  78. Alan says:

    >> Reminded me of the original Toy Story, and Burger King’s sandwich created for their tie-in meals, the Rodeo Cheeseburger (french-fried onion ring garnish and smokey bbq sauce).

    I like an onion ring on a burger, BK’s are okay, Culver’s are much better. 

  79. lynn says:

    Invoking DPA for baby formula, while at the same time keeping a major plant closed for no good reason, is showboating and an incredible misuse of the Act.  

    I’ve worked on projects with Defense Priority, and it is a “nuclear option”.   It is very much something to threaten, but not something anyone wants to have to actually use.  It’s a “seize the factories, enslave the workers, steal all the stuff and give it to someone else” kind of a thing.  You don’t do it lightly, and you sure don’t do it for baby formula.

    My brother’s bother-in-law got DPA’d back about 2006 or so.  He was building a portable hydraulic wrench rated at about 500 ft-lbs with 12 or 20 D cell batteries in it (been too long).  He built it as a lark and then started selling it out of his light manufacturing facility in Austin.  The US Army bought about ten of the wrenches from him and then placed an order for several hundred with an optional order for another thousand.  His guys were making 2 or 3 wrenches a week !

    The Army had shipped the hydraulic wrenches to Iraq for bolting armor kits onto Humvees.  The hydraulic wrench allowed a 140 lb weakling to bolt on the new armor.   K called the Army and said that he could not deliver in the 30 days as requested.  The next day, an Army lieutenant shows up at his facility with a DPA notice and starts going through his books.  K called his lawyer who told him he had just been effectively drafted and to not resist whatever.  He was selling the hydraulic wrenches for $1,200 each IIRC and had non-Army orders for a hundred or so.  The Army stepped in front of all of those orders.  And yes, they bought a couple of thousand wrenches from him after forcing him to hire 20 new guys and DPAing his suppliers.  It was a huge headache.

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  80. nick flandrey says:

    Yep, not kidding when I called it “seize the factory and enslave the workers”.   

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  81. nick flandrey says:

    Huh, I was wondering what a favorite author of mine was up to, since she disappeared from my awareness some years back.  She was one of those non-existent female scifi authors, that the baby ducks in the woke SF community claim never existed.   That despite her success selling books.   

    Anyway, Melissa Scott.   

    Wrote cyberpunk, had plenty of queer influence (there was a lot of it in early cyberpunk), and generally wrote good to great stories.  So of course the wokesters un-person her by ignoring the women that were doing it before they were even born…

    So it turns out she’s been writing Stargate Atlantis books as well as continuing one of her older series.  Since I don’t read media spin off books, I didn’t know.   Thought she’d retired.

    Funny what you find when you aren’t really looking.

    n

  82. Alan says:

    Seems nobody clued in Uncle Joe though…

  83. lynn says:

    Oh, I forgot the part where the Army seized his patent for his hydraulic wrench and were shopping it around to find another manufacturer.  They never did find anyone who could get a manufacturing line up and running in time though.  He had his Army Lt. at his shop daily for 18 months, continuously threatening him (mildly).

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  84. lynn says:

    Caterpillar to relocate its HQ from Illinois to Texas after 100 years because it will ‘attract new talent and opportunities’ as it joins Elon Musk’s Tesla as latest firm to leave woke state

    • Caterpillar announced it will move its headquarters to Irving, Texas, this year 
    • The company has been based in Illinois since 1925, but has had connections to Texas since the 1960s 
    • The construction machinery company said the move would ‘attract new talent’ and would allow it to create more career opportunities 
    • Caterpillar joins the other 53 Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in the Lone Star state 
    • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker called the move ‘disappointing,’ while Texas Governor Greg Abbot called the new a ‘perfect fit for this international brand’ 
    • Many companies, including Tesla, have recently moved to the state, which boasts no income tax, low corporate taxes, and affordable housing areas   

    Caterpillar has a huge plant in Victoria, Texas for building excavators.  They built it about 15 years ago.  

        https://www.caterpillar.com/en/careers/career-areas/facilities/victoria.html

  85. JimB says:

    Contrary to popular belief, the human race uses much more energy heating our homes and workspaces than cooling them.  That is why the global whatever idiots are not going to achieve their sun worshiping dreams.  The sun does not shine very much in the dead of winter.

    True. I use a lot more energy for heating than cooling, but the sun does shine here in the winter. Even though the days are short, there is enough insolation to provide 80% of the space heat for our house, and that is with only 100 square feet of high efficiency double glazed collectors that use air as the working fluid. Over the years, I have wanted to increase the collection and storage, but that was part of an addition, and we have decided not to do that. Our main backup heat for the house is electric resistance, which can be expensive. I am working on a solar heat assisted heat pump design that will boost comfort at reasonable cost and provide refrigeration AC for the average of 10 days of summer that overwhelm the evaporative cooling.

    The new garage has 900 square feet of zero cost low efficiency unglazed collector, the entire south facing wall, and should be plenty toasty. I have yet to finish the air ducting and get this running. With no heat, the garage seldom gets below 50F, and us usually about 60F, so not in a hurry. It has evaporative cooling, and stays comfortable at 75F in the summer.

    Our water prices have gone up due to CA politics, so evaporative cooling is getting more expensive to operate. I am also working on a design I did decades ago that will reduce water use to the minimum while controlling maintenance caused by mineral buildup. Too many projects.

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  86. lynn says:

    Apparently, plugs thinks he can force oil companies to make more and cheaper gas:

    Biden threatens oil companies with ’emergency powers’ if they don’t increase supply: Slams their ‘historically high profit margins’ while families see gas prices hit record highs above $5 per gallon

    Clueless buffoon. Since his first day in office, he’s done everything possible to SHUT DOWN oil companies. It’s Putin’s fault. It’s tRump’s fault. It’s billionaire’s fault. It’s YOUR fault. And on and on and…

    “Lyondell Basell to shutter Houston oil refinery in exit from refining”

        https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/lyondell-basell-shutter-houston-oil-refinery-2023-2022-04-21/

    “The company earlier took a $624 million non-cash impairment charge as part of its decision to exit refining. In the past 10 years, Lyondell has twice mounted efforts to sell the 263,776 barrel-per-day refinery but failed to conclude a deal.”

    So Biden says that the oil companies are making insane profits.  I’ll submit that a $624 million loss for this refinery is not an insane profit.  The rest of the refineries in the USA are not in much better shape.  They may be making money right now but they lost incredible amounts of money over the last three years. And they are looking at the future and do not see any reason to expand.

    BTW, over 20 refineries have closed in the USA in the last 10 years. Two new refineries have opened in the USA in the last 10 years. That is at least -18 refineries.

  87. brad says:

    Weather similar to Geoff’s. I don’t envy those of you living in places like Houston. I am no longer acclimated to 40C/90RH weather – and don’t want to be, either…

    Video games are so early 2000s.

    Sadly. Nowadays, it’s all about microtransactions. I’m sure some of you remember playing the classic Diable. The newest version out has something like 16 different internal currencies, and many things in-game ultimately have to be purchased with real money. Maxing out the game apparently would cost around $50k.

    Reviews say they’ve done it very cleverly. You start out free-to-play, make great progress, then…you hit a spot where you would either have to grind for a week, or – just this once – buy something. Then the next such spot, and the next, and each time pulling out the credit card gets a little bit easier.

    I went to look at Golden puppies on Monday. Yes, the outcome is predictable.

    Congrat’s on the newest family member

    Molly will eat, but she is scared of the food bowl.

    Some random puppyhood misadventure. This stuff really sticks with dogs, though, and the best you can do is find a way to work around it.

    Our pup has something with the back of a hand. If you reach to pet him with the palm of your hand showing, no problem. With the back of your hand, he’s scared. The breeder is a very experienced 70 year old woman – I don’t suppose she goes around hitting her puppies – so who knows what happened… We’re working on it, but it will never go away entirely.

    This raises questions. “Monkey” is a race? Africa is a race?

    Oh, SteveF, you sweet summer child. The woke don’t have to make sense. Anyway, we all know what they believe, deep down. That’s why they get so upset about things…

    Take him to the hardware store and tell him to pick out $50 of consumables that he needs: drill bits, jigsaw blades, duct tape, light oil, whatever.

    Good idea! We almost always gift consumables, though usually of the eat/drink kind. Everyone we know already has enough “stuff”.

  88. ITGuy1998 says:

    Some random puppyhood misadventure. This stuff really sticks with dogs, though, and the best you can do is find a way to work around it.

    Very true. I’ve been feeding her using a plastic plate instead of a bowl, and that seems to be doing better.

  89. MrAtoz says:

    Obola don’t need no stinkin’ solar panels:

    Obama to install massive propane tanks at New England mansion

    Does he know something we don’t?

  90. drwilliams says:

    “Does he know something we don’t”

    Hope someone is getting great video.
    Remember John Denver and his gas tank.

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