Fri. Jun. 24, 2022 – still sick with the ‘rona, if that’s what it is…

Hot and humid.  83F when I went to bed, and only hotter after getting up and facing this day.   (unless something very strange happened after I went to bed.)  And it will probably be well over 100F today.

Spent yesterday asleep and online.  Did some auction stuff but mostly just hung out and went back to bed.

Plan to do mostly the same today.

Cough is worse.  Sounds worse anyway.   More stuff coming up too.   I still feel like it’s just a bad cold, with a bit of goofiness around the edges.  I am not flying to Chicago next Wednesday.  Pretty sure about that now.  And I’m not going to be out and about, because even if it is just a cold, no one wants me coughing around them.

OF COURSE, when I’ve got both kids out of the house, and big plans to get a bunch of work done…   I don’t.  And I’m not going to the store.  Or doing a whole bunch of stuff that will then push into next week, or the week after.  Gah.   Getting sick sucks.   Although it’s hard to b!tch if this is wuflu, as it’s been pretty mild.

Just ‘cuz I’m sidelined though, doesn’t mean YOU can’t keep stacking… so get to it!

n

121 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Jun. 24, 2022 – still sick with the ‘rona, if that’s what it is…"

  1. drwilliams says:

    President Biden on Thursday inadvertently held up a comically detailed cheat sheet prepared by his staff instructing the gaffe-prone leader of the free world to “take YOUR seat” and to limit his remarks to “2 minutes.”
    A photographer snapped an image of the document when Biden held it up backward at a meeting with wind-industry executives, which he attended after skipping his administration’s morning meeting with oil companies about combatting record gas prices. The prepared instructions for Biden — titled “Offshore Wind Drop-By Sequence of Events” — tell Biden to “enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants.”
    Then, the paper says, “YOU take YOUR seat.”

    Every day that passes makes it more clear that Biden does not have his faculties and is unable to perform the duties of the office. Worse, the strings controlling him are ever more apparent.
    Lack of action by our legislative leaders to investigate is arguably an abrogation of their oath of office and an impeachable offense.
    January 2023.

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    Biden does not have his faculties and is unable to perform the duties of the office

    I have stated for many months that the democrats are waiting until 2023 to remove Sponge Brain from office and install the Camel. She was their choice for some time as president but is basically unelectable at that level. The “machine” is keeping Sponge Brain on life support for the next 9 to 10 months.

    Sponge Brain is seriously mentally deficient. And getting worse by the month.  Can he last 10 months?

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  3. SteveF says:

    SPOTUS – Sock Puppet of the United States

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  4. JimB says:

    Just in time, a solution for EV charging:

    https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/new-mercedes/3021121

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  5. Greg Norton says:

    I have stated for many months that the democrats are waiting until 2023 to remove Sponge Brain from office and install the Camel. She was their choice for some time as president but is basically unelectable at that level. The “machine” is keeping Sponge Brain on life support for the next 9 to 10 months.

    Sponge Brain is seriously mentally deficient. And getting worse by the month.  Can he last 10 months?

    Unless the Deep State fix is in to ensconce Mayor Pete in One Observatory Circle, why would any Republican Speaker schedule a floor vote for a new VP? Tradition?

    Of course, it is a good chance that Mayor Pete and Chasten (husband’s name — I’m not kidding) have already headed over and taken measurements for new drapes. A period Queen Anne to decorate? Fabulous!

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  6. CowboyStu says:

    So if I ever go back to Washington DC, can I now carry a gun ?  

    Yes, and a large one like a ,45 caliber concealed in pants pocket.  Then wear tight fitting nylon pants such that its outline is quite visible.  When a cop stops you, aggravate him so he confiscates it and pulls you in.

    Then call Gloria Allred and file suit against agency for $20 million, or more.

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  7. MrAtoz says:

    So if I ever go back to Washington DC, can I now carry a gun ?

    Wait until plugs issues an EO prohibiting any “gub” on Federal regulated transportation. Just like he shoved masks down our throats for two years.

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Um…who cares? Seriously, what a weird headline.

    Expect tons more now that Musk voted for a Redumblican. Can’t let that slip.

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    Good morning fellow observers of the world condition, moaners over fate, procrastinators of mowing, and prognosticators of the decline.   Welcome to clown world.   Your mission, should you choose not to reject it, is to survive and thrive when all around are not.   And since you are not a Rockerfeller or secret Borgia, you gotta do it on a budget, and like Frogger crossing the highway.

    87F and 75%TH at 10 am so not quite as hot as yesterday, at least not as early. 

    I feel ok.   More coughing last night but none yet this morning.

    Gotta get some coffee.

    n

  10. drwilliams says:

    Dobbs 6-3 with Roberts. Alito addresses questions about other precedents as well.

    PLT’s heads explode and bodies are reprocessed for fertilizer. Food and energy shortages relieved. Alien invaders sent home. Soros and pale sweaty billionaires indicted, tried, found guilty and hanged.

    Schedule for Week Two of the New American Renaissance will be out Friday.

    Pangloss was right.

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  11. MrAtoz says:

    Dobbs 6-3 with T

    I find it disconcerting how many people misunderstand the reversal of Dobbs. Are the sheeple that stupid to believe SCOTUS banned abortion? ProgLibTurds want to literally kill most of SCOTUS because they didn’t get what they wanted. Most States remain the same. CA, NY, and IL will probably go with the “you have up to two weeks after birth to abort…” option. That is truly disgusting. Obola and plugs believe you can abort up to the child coming out. Also disgusting. 

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  12. drwilliams says:

    One of the things that has the PLT’s scared spitless is the prospect of a federal law declaring that abortion after 24-26 weeks (viability) is murder.

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  13. SteveF says:

    Alien invaders sent home.

    Why would you go and do a dang fool thing like that? Capture them and give them a choice: be enslaved and put to whatever horrible job we want or be broken up for spare parts.

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    Expect tons more now that Musk voted for a Redumblican. Can’t let that slip.

    certainly looks that way.   He’s ‘eccentric’ with unusual personal relationships.   The left celebrated that when they thought he was ‘one of them’.   Now expect every weird detail that someone somewhere might find odd or repugnant to be shared widely. 

    Gotta take him down a notch or two, keep him on the plantation.

    I think he realized that he had leverage.  See my previous speculation about the true nature of Starlink, for example.  And like Bill Gates, suddenly realized they could take it all away from him if he didn’t start playing politics.

    Or, if he thinks he’s at risk of hanging himself in a prison somewhere, having his kids disavow him publicly and loudly gives them some small measure of protection from being used against him.

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  15. drwilliams says:

    Night of Rage planned. 

    The rest of us should plan a “Night of Hydration”. When the fires are firmly established, start the sprinklers, flush the toilets, and open all the taps.

  16. MrAtoz says:

    Night of Rage planned. 

    The rest of us should plan a “Night of Hydration”. When the fires are firmly established, start the sprinklers, flush the toilets, and open all the taps.

    I’m sure they will follow the Amish play book and burn down their own neighborhoods.

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  17. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, one way or another they won’t burn down MINE.  Starting fires during a riot in Texas is a felony and deadly force is authorized.

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  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Just ordered a book on amazon with an Aug 5 prime delivery.  WTF?    Same book on ebay, same price, showing 2 available, has an Aug 29! delivery.

    Just what’s going on here?

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  19. CowboyStu says:

    I was about to transgender to a woman, but now if I won’t be able to have an abortion when desired…….I guess I’ll just stay male.

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  20. drwilliams says:

    “Just what’s going on here?” Book has not been published yet. Look at the details on A. 

  21. drwilliams says:

    Patsy Cline Memorial Friday: “Washing After Midnight”

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  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    What is going to happen to places like Chicago? Turn the cities over to the gangs. And then what? Do you build a fence to keep the animals inside?

    that is an excellent question, one that is addressed in fiction and speculative fiction all the time.   In real life, it usually only happens in neighborhoods or regions, and not the whole city at once.   In those cases, gentrification is the answer.    It gets bad enough that only the most hearty souls will venture in, prices drop to the point where there are hearty souls willing (usually male and gay, because safe schools drive housing decisions for married with kids) to start the gentrification process.   Then the neighborhood becomes “charming” and starts to attract normal development, younger singles and couples, and pretty soon activists are complaining that there is a vibrant community paying taxes and starting businesses in an area instead of a drug shooting gallery and outdoor homeless camps.

    In the case of an entire city, like Detroit, it’s still better than some third world sh!tehole, so you get widespread and closed immigrant communities.    EVENTUALLY, those communities open up, and you get gentrification again.   I’m not sure that will work with muzzies in Detroit or Minneapolis.

    Oh, and the productive class moves away.  Either to better run cities or the suburbs.   This is overwhelmingly referred to as “white flight” but NO productive person wants to end up caught in that downward spiral.

    added hearty and hardy both

  23. Greg Norton says:

    Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories are ‘gigantic money furnaces’ that lose ‘billions’ due to supply chain chaos

    –giant money furnaces…

    Never mind that the Austin factory is located in the one major metro in Texas without a history of heavy industry much less automobile manufacturing.

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    Even weirder, the book, which was published last year, now shows one copy available but the price jumped from $9 to $25.

    Wild Edible Plants of Texas: Volume 1 

    wonder what someone else sees  when shopping, if amazon is playing games…

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  25. SteveF says:

    ayjblog, here’s a video discussing school ranking numbers, especially as regards US universities and international students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQWlnTyOSig

    It just randomly appeared in my recommendations when I was looking for something on math or physics.

  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    Headline should read “Re-animated skeleton with inflated sense of self worth and importance engages in attention seeking behaviour”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10924167/Lady-Victoria-Hervey-stop-flashing-flesh-45.html 

    Presented here only because of the very unusual bits at the END of the article…

    Lady Victoria said the Texas shooting was ‘terrible’ but claimed taking the right away  [to carry guns] ‘could be disastrous’.

    She controversially claimed: ‘It could lead to mass genocide if the government was to go to war against its people.’

    The socialite added: ‘It’s terrifying what is happening in Hollywood. The amount of people I know who have had a home invasion and survived because they had a gun,’ she said, adding she believes people should have the right to arm themselves. 

      

    Lady Victoria Hervey, who enjoys a trip to the shooting range, said that while she agrees stricter regulations are needed, she feels ‘safer’ when she is carrying a gun, and is against a total ban on firearms

    She claimed police are encouraging people to get ‘concealed carry’ gun licenses in order to protect themselves from the rising crime in Los Angeles. 

    Lady Victoria agreed regulations should be stricter and medical background checks should be more thorough to make sure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands. 

    The former It Girl added that she is moving to Miami, Florida, to avoid the rising violence in LA, and that she bought a gun for herself. 

    She said that she hasn’t had to use her gun so far and hopes she won’t have to, but added she knows people who use it for self-defence. 

    – a couple of things to note,    money flows.   It’s not trapped and it will go where it is welcome.  And it will flow out of dangerous sh!teholes.     Miami isn’t exactly the safest city in America, but it welcomes money and it’s safer than a whole lot of places.

    What it leaves behind is all those people who aren’t at Okie levels of desperation yet, but can’t afford to move.    When it gets bad enough, you load the car and go, even if you don’t have any prospects.  That is the ‘human osmotic pressure’ Michael Yon talks about.

    See also – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10949305/More-2-000-migrants-storm-fence-Spanish-enclave-bordering-Morocco-chaotic-scenes.html 

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  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    You just can’t make this stuff up.

    London doctor turned down Nigerian ‘organ-harvesting parents’: Royal Free Hospital consultant refused to treat 15-year-old boy who was ‘trafficked from streets of Lagos so senator and wife’s sick daughter could have his kidney’

    • Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, are both from Nigeria
    • Mr Ekweremadu is a People’s Democratic Party politician from African country
    • He was once Deputy President of nation’s senate and is a principal in a law firm
    • His wife is an academic and doctor in Abuja. Couple were visiting the UK in June 
    • Child alleged to have been trafficked for organs is now safe with the police 

    By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter

    Published: 09:08 EDT, 24 June 2022 | Updated: 13:25 EDT, 24 June 2022 

    A consultant working in a NHS hospital refused to remove a vital organ from a 15-year-old allegedly trafficked to London from the streets of Lagos by the former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and his wife, a court has heard.

    The doctor at the Royal Free in Camden became suspicious about whether the alleged victim was aware he was the donor of the kidney and whether he was 41 as his passport claimed.

    Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Ekweremadu, 55, are accused of taking the homeless youngster to the UK from Nigeria to transplant his organs into their daughter who is suffering from kidney failure.

    The 15-year-old was given the passport of a 41-year-old in order to get into the UK, but did not know he was there to donate a kidney until he went a hospital appointment in London, a court heard yesterday.

    After he arrived in the capital in February he had a string of medical appointments about kidney donation, but a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London, became concerned about the boy’s real age and if he knew he was there to donate an organ, it is alleged.

    Lovely people. 

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  28. Nick Flandrey says:

    And isn’t Cramer the guy who is so consistently wrong with his financial advice that your best strategy is to do the opposite of whatever he says?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948055/CNBC-host-Jim-Cramer-says-Gen-Z-broke-buy-14-margaritas.html 

    How does a guy whose public advice is so bad become a multi-millionaire?

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  29. MrAtoz says:

    Shot GirlTM is on social media doing her big horse faced laugh rallying against SCOTUS. Money is the bet on why she is laughing. Laughing all the way to the bank on fund raising for the next 50 years. Shameless scum raising money off the sheeple.

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    Besides his serious mental illness, the guy must be a halfwit.  

    The patient, in his thirties, was brought up in the North of England and has de-transitioned from being a woman to live as a man again.

    The man says he is gay and his sexuality should have been discussed before the radical, irreversible gender surgery. ‘I have been castrated. That is the correct term,’ he says on his Twitter feed, which has 19,000 followers.

    -yes nancy, having your testicles removed is called castration.  What were you expecting when you went in for surgery to build you a fake vagina?

    – it does sound like he has a case for malpractice though, he shouldn’t be incontinent nor should he have no feeling in his groin.   Something went wrong there.  You should be able to sue when your cosmetic surgery results in those outcomes.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948809/JK-Rowling-freedom-speech-war-Twitter-trans-mans-story-regret.html

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  31. CowboyStu says:

    With all this Texas talk here today. I went to my closet, pulled out, and put on one of my George Strait shirts.

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  32. Greg Norton says:

    And isn’t Cramer the guy who is so consistently wrong with his financial advice that your best strategy is to do the opposite of whatever he says?

    How does a guy whose public advice is so bad become a multi-millionaire?

    Cramer worked for future NJ Governor John Corzine at Goldman Sachs after graduating Harvard Law, and he has ties to Elliott Spitzer, the disgraced former Governor of New York – I’ve heard college roommate, but searching quickly comes up zero on that part of his bio.

    There are varying stories about Cramer doing questionable things early on in his stint on CNBC at the behest of Corzine.

    Cramer earned serious reporting cred covering the Ted Bundy trial in Florida for the Tallahassee paper and has been coasting on that ever since.

  33. Greg Norton says:

    – a couple of things to note,    money flows.   It’s not trapped and it will go where it is welcome.  And it will flow out of dangerous sh!teholes.     Miami isn’t exactly the safest city in America, but it welcomes money and it’s safer than a whole lot of places.

    For the most part, life is good if you can afford private security in Miami and want to live the lifestyle on Collins Avenue that most people think of when they hear the city’s name.

  34. Alan says:

    >> I’ve got a youtube running in the other window, some korean fish processor, and the unguarded bandsaws are giving me anxiety so bad, I don’t think I can keep watching.

    The bandsaw is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop.

    I was always taught that the table saw was the most dangerous. And there’s this.

  35. Alan says:

    >> @Sue

    And, I’m a serial abuser of the ellipses … so sue me.

    Done.

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

  36. Chad says:

    With all this Texas talk here today

    Isn’t that everyday? 😛

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  37. lpdbw says:

    there is a vibrant community paying taxes

    Funny, I’m so used to seeing the word “vibrant” used in other ways, it took me a minute to get the true meaning of this sentence.

  38. MrAtoz says:

    I’m pretty much a conservative outlier in the family. A couple of the older men and I. The family libs are already whining on our family text thread. I post anything and I’m yelled at and called on the phone. So I won’t post on RvW. I’ll wait and throw in snipes now and then in the future to stir the pot. Family in Tejas are already praising a group who will fund and bus women to another State for their abortion. I was going to post “why not fcuking stay wherever you are bussed to.” Mostly illegals. One older family female (real PLT) was screeching “Redumblicans don’t understand this affects the low income and poor.” Yet, these people keep screwing without cheap protection. The dumb shouldn’t breed. Nor people who can’t take care of children. They should all move to California and live on the streets. Or New York, or Illinois, etc.

  39. MrAtoz says:

    LOL, America’s finest:

    Feels INSURRECTION-Y: Maxine Waters goes on insane rant screeching ‘TO HELL WITH THE SUPREME COURT’ (watch)

    “I didn’t get what I wanted so burn it all to the ground. Except my mansion.”

  40. MrAtoz says:

    Oops, I down-thumbed a family member. I’m in for it now.

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  41. Alan says:

    >> I have stated for many months that the democrats are waiting until 2023 to remove Sponge Brain from office and install the Camel. She was their choice for some time as president but is basically unelectable at that level.

    Maybe she looked good? okay? female?* during the primaries but she would really scare me as POTUS more than Slo Joe. At least he’s (somewhat) trained to follow what’s on the cards.

    * (IANAB) biologist

  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    I was always taught that the table saw was the most dangerous.  

    the table saw is dangerous, but because of its power, it’s mostly dangerous when things go wrong, you pinch the work or let it drift off the fence, and it kicks back.   I know a guy I used to work with who lost a testicle when a half sheet of ¾ ply kicked back and hit him in the nut.  My own dear dad tried to cut his fingers off TWICE on his saw, with bad practices and kickback.  Everyone with any sense is wary of the table saw.  It’s loud, has the exposed blade, and is powerful.

    The bandsaw is dangerous because it’s not loud, the blade has little tiny teeth, and it is a small tool.  People routinely raise the blade guard out of the way to “see better”.   They don’t fear the saw, so they are often allowed to use it without training or supervision.   The only amputation injury that happened in my couple of decades working in  wood shops while I was working there,  happened on the bandsaw.   A girl just calmly ran the work and her fingers thru the blade.   Three fingers at the second knuckle.  Watching how easily that bandsaw goes thru frozen meat and bone should terrify anyone using one, especially with no blade guard, and no fixturing or workholding.  NO second chances with the bandsaw, there isn’t any way to contact the blade without massive injury.

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    (did you see the way they  were cutting in that video?  F me.)

  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    “to he11 with the supreme court” and then the racist grifter jumps right to “and if they think BLACK women…”   where does it say ANYTHING about black women?

    Imagine a 2A rally saying the same thing?   “To hell with the supreme court.  we won’t give up our guns, we’ll march in the streets, and if they think white men are going to roll over, ….”

    Freaking FB I would be no-knocking doors before sun up.

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  44. Alan says:

    >> Yes, and a large one like a ,45 caliber concealed in pants pocket.  Then wear tight fitting nylon pants such that its outline is quite visible.  When a cop stops you, aggravate him so he confiscates it and pulls you in.

    Are you CCW or just happy to see me?

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  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    BTW, they  LOVE the supreme court when it’s THEIR court, then it’s “Settled law”.   So much calling for the end of the 2A and heller vs DC, et al, but now the shoe is on the other foot it’s marching in the streets??   F ing hypocrites. 

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  46. Alan says:

    >> Headline should read “Re-animated skeleton with inflated sense of self worth and importance engages in attention seeking behaviour”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10924167/Lady-Victoria-Hervey-stop-flashing-flesh-45.html 

    Presented here only because of the very unusual bits at the END of the article…

    Trust me folks, he just goes there to read the articles, not the pictures  🙂

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  47. Alan says:

    >> And isn’t Cramer the guy who is so consistently wrong with his financial advice that your best strategy is to do the opposite of whatever he says?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948055/CNBC-host-Jim-Cramer-says-Gen-Z-broke-buy-14-margaritas.html 

    How does a guy whose public advice is so bad become a multi-millionaire?

    Selling books. “Those who can do, those who can’t teach.”

  48. Pecancorner says:

    The Left doesn’t mind being hypocrites because they don’t use the same moral code normal people use.  They deliberately and knowingly use different standards for themselves than they expect of us.  

    So it does no good to point out their double-standards because they WANT a double standard. In their alien moral code, a double standard between them and us is appropriate and desirable.   

  49. Paul Hampson says:

    “Just what’s going on here?” Book has not been published yet. Look at the details on A. 

    I’ve gotten the same run-a-round from another source.  I first pre-ordered the book a year ago last October with the understanding it was coming out the next month.  Latest is it will be published in a few days.  Not holding my breath.  They have been honest enough to not bill me yet.

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

    not the pictures

    oh, I like pictures of half dressed women.  I like women.   Always have, hopefully always will.   Still want to have sex with women, despite the MSM and cultural pressure telling me otherwise….  married a woman, and trying to raise two girls into women…  

    Super hetero man here!  Yep.   Like the ladies…

    seriously though, I do try to avoid commenting on their appearance because I’m not allowed and might inadvertently mentally injure someone…   but DANG.   I know there is a range of healthy, but visible ribs in the CHEST area is pretty far outside of normal.  That’s well into fetish range if it were pron.

    Not that unusual to find a socialite with weird body issues, but VERY unusual to find a social darling with pro-gun views, and willing to mention the whole ‘oppressive government’ thing.

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  51. lynn says:

    Dobbs 6-3 with Roberts. Alito addresses questions about other precedents as well.

    Overturning Dobbs was 6-3.  Overturning Roe v. Wade was 5-4.

        https://www.scotusblog.com/2022/06/supreme-court-overturns-constitutional-right-to-abortion/

  52. lynn says:

    Well, one way or another they won’t burn down MINE.  Starting fires during a riot in Texas is a felony and deadly force is authorized.

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    Big River allows you to order books way before they can ship them.  I have seen books on Big River at eight to ten months before they are available.  And, I have ordered many of them since we have Amazon Prime (“free” shipping).  For instance, the new Marko Kloos book is not available until Aug 30, 2022 but I ordered it yesterday.

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1542032814?tag=ttgnet-20/

  53. lynn says:

    Man, I am loving the new responsiveness of the TTGNET website !

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  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yeah, but the book was published last year…  no “pre-order with one click” nonsense.

    Ebay seller with 2 in stock, and a 2 month shipping time is weird too.   I mean, liars will lie, but that’s odd even for ebay with a US seller.

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  55. lynn says:

    Even weirder, the book, which was published last year, now shows one copy available but the price jumped from $9 to $25.

    Wild Edible Plants of Texas: Volume 1 

    wonder what someone else sees  when shopping, if amazon is playing games…

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    Printed in China and stuck on the docks while they have a Koof breakout and everyone, including the dock workers, are locked in their homes.

    And arbitrage has been going on at Amazon for a couple of years now.  Wanna buy a great out of print David Weber paperback for $177.84 plus $3.99 shipping ?

         https://www.amazon.com/Heirs-Empire-Dahak-David-1996-03-01/dp/B01FIXYQ2G?tag=ttgnet-20/

  56. CowboyStu says:

    From MrAtoz:

    Oops, I down-thumbed a family member. I’m in for it now.

    My condolences: however, if NaN down-thumbs me, I’m not concerned.

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  57. Greg Norton says:

    Overturning Dobbs was 6-3.  Overturning Roe v. Wade was 5-4.

    Clarence Thomas really stirred the pot with his concurring opinion, contradicting Alito on the possibility of using the same princples to overturn other cases including gay marriage.

    What’s bizarre is that Thomas is usually the proverbial bump on a log at the Court. He wrote the opinion on Dobbs and concurred on the abortion ruling.

    The Old School Marm abstained and issued a separate argument that Roe should not be overturned.

  58. lynn says:

    I’m pretty much a conservative outlier in the family. A couple of the older men and I. The family libs are already whining on our family text thread. I post anything and I’m yelled at and called on the phone. So I won’t post on RvW. I’ll wait and throw in snipes now and then in the future to stir the pot. Family in Tejas are already praising a group who will fund and bus women to another State for their abortion. I was going to post “why not fcuking stay wherever you are bussed to.” Mostly illegals. One older family female (real PLT) was screeching “Redumblicans don’t understand this affects the low income and poor.” Yet, these people keep screwing without cheap protection. The dumb shouldn’t breed. Nor people who can’t take care of children. They should all move to California and live on the streets. Or New York, or Illinois, etc.

    So what do your five daughters think ?

    My daughter thinks that repuglicans are stupid.

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  59. Nick Flandrey says:

    Why does anyone care especially about the low income/poor?

    The same people that moan loudest about the poor, deny any obligation from Christian charity, noblesse oblige’, white man’s burden, etc.

    As RBT used to ask, where did I get the obligation?

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  60. Greg Norton says:

    The Old School Marm abstained and issued a separate argument that Roe should not be overturned.

    Wait. Roberts voted with the majority but still issued a separate opinion?

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  61. lynn says:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/breaking-congress-passes-gun-control-package-heads-biden-signature/

    There are no details there.  I just want to know if this blocks Kyle Rittenhouse from buying his gun before the Kenosha riots when he was 18 ?  

    And does this block the Uvalde shooter from buying his two very expensive ARs ?  Note that I am fairly sure that somebody gave those expensive ARs to the Uvalde shooter.  Somebody like the FBI.

  62. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, I don’t know, but it will cause the issuance of another $13B in deficit financing.

    not sure why a law needs to cost $13B, or how congress can spend that money without budgeting it.

    n

  63. Nick Flandrey says:

    There was the stated intent that 18-20yo buyers get extra scrutiny, especially their mental health.  Which means that there has to be reporting of mental health issues.   To the feds.   Obammmy made that possible with one of his XOs and very few people commented on  it, but it breaks the confidentiality of the Dr’s office and the therapists couch…  I’m sure there won’t be any second order issues from that, or unintended consequences.  /sarc

    No telling what the actual bill says or how it will be actually implemented.

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  64. ayjblog says:

    Thanks SteveF!!

    best regards

  65. Nick Flandrey says:

    Disney, JP Morgan, Meta and Netflix are among firms announcing they’ll cover abortion expenses of employees who have to travel out of their home state for an abortion  

     

    Disney and other major US companies say they will cover employees’ expenses if they have to travel for abortion services after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade this week.

    –can anyone who has given this 10 seconds of consideration think why this might be a bad idea on the part of  the employee??

    n

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  66. Rick H says:

    Man, I am loving the new responsiveness of the TTGNET website !

    Response time now is around 1.5 seconds. During the ‘troubles’ (before the database was moved to a SQL server in the same data center), it was 11-15 seconds.  The previous improvement was moving the hosting server to a newer/faster server.

    Doesn’t count the issue on late Wed night, which I believe was a routing issue inside the Dreamhost data center. Those were 504 errors, which usually mean that the hosting server couldn’t get a response back from the separate SQL server. Dreamhost hasn’t come up with an acceptable answer to that issue, but I am not going to bug them about it, since all is working now.

    And the ‘500’ errors have been greatly reduced, although still crop up occasionally. Don’t think I’ll be able to fully get rid of those.

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  67. paul says:

    As RBT used to ask, where did I get the obligation?

    Yeah .  I don’t remember signing any kind of “Social Contract” . 

    Must of been something back in Kindergarten .  In art class .   And then we ate our crayons . 

    The couple of times I applied for a hand out, oh, I make too much money working nights at I-Hop busing tables .  

    Didn’t want much.  $20 for groceries is all.  Just a bit of help over the hump….  Didn’t ask for steak money . 

    Yeah, I had it “right there” for paying the rent and electric and phone bills .  Just needed a little kick for groceries . 

    I managed and I still like Spam.  Fried.  With a box of mac & cheese  .   Good eating .  

    Added: They were offering, so, why not apply? The entire process made me feel like White Trash. And I ain’t White Trash.

  68. lynn says:

    There was the stated intent that 18-20yo buyers get extra scrutiny, especially their mental health.  Which means that there has to be reporting of mental health issues.   To the feds.   Obammmy made that possible with one of his XOs and very few people commented on  it, but it breaks the confidentiality of the Dr’s office and the therapists couch…  I’m sure there won’t be any second order issues from that, or unintended consequences.  /sarc

    No telling what the actual bill says or how it will be actually implemented.

    n

    I am fairly sure that there is some hidden stuff in there.  Like seizing guns if anyone in the household has mental issues.  And in order to give a gun to a person or sell a gun to a person, that person will need to go through a background check.  This will all come out and John Cornyn will say that he did not know that was in there.

    I am fairly sure that the new federal law will not pass SCOTUS scrutiny. I seem to remember a SCOTUS ruling outlawing most red flag laws due to lack of process, you know, that pesky fifth amendment.
    https://libertas.org/personal-freedom/supreme-court-ruling-delegitimizes-red-flag-laws/

  69. Greg Norton says:

    I still have a Windows 8.1 installation on my 2012 MacBook Pro, the same partition used under both Boot Camp and VMware Fusion.

    Why not Windows 10? Microsoft requires two fully paid licenses to do the same thing with 10, and, running Classic Shell, Windows 8.1 is tolerable.

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/06/still-on-windows-8-1-the-os-is-about-to-start-reminding-you-that-updates-end-soon/

  70. paul says:

    Last time I looked I could get about $175 a month in food stamps.  While working at HEB.  Oh, well, no, I have two cars.  A 1992 Dodge p/u and a ’96 Dodge Stratus. 

    Meanwhile at the Glorious Tractor Factory of HEB, hugely fat Mexican women are wanting their groceries toted to their Cadillac Suburbans whilst they park their manatee sized ass in the front seat and light up a joint.

    So.  Cadillac.   Real fat.  Bought $350 worth of groceries on an EBT card….. this week.  And paid cash for a couple of cartons of cigs and the beer. 

    Dunno how that works.  But when (I was hired as a checker) I had bagging and carryout duties, I did my  best to make sure the first stop sign crushed their bread and bags of chips. 

  71. SteveF says:

    Oops, I down-thumbed a family member.

    If they complain at you, tell them that at least you didn’t finger up a family member. #FollowMeForMoreInterpersonalRelationshipTips

    married a woman

    Are you a biologist??? And stop your mansplaining, you racist!

    Super hetero man here!

    ref “Super Straight”. I’ve had occasion to throw “I’m super straight” into a raging snowflake’s face only once. And was told “That’s not a real gender!” Said the semisexual demi-fem, or whatever she called herself. And, yes, she as she was clearly born a woman and was still physically a woman, and would even have been quite attractive if not for the metal in her face and the severe RBF.

  72. Greg Norton says:

    –can anyone who has given this 10 seconds of consideration think why this might be a bad idea on the part of  the employee??

    The employee is getting HR involved in personal medical decisions, and, in my experience, the droids need to be kept out of your life as much as possible.

    Plus, the decision may well end up in HireRight’s database and follow the employee around for the rest of their career.

    Not every major corporation is controlled by Progs. Just about everyone knows about Hobby Lobby or Chick-fil-A at this point, but, hands up — How many of you know that Georgia-Pacific Paper is owned by the conservative Koch family?

  73. Ray Thompson says:

    I did my  best to make sure the first stop sign crushed their bread and bags of chips. 

    Probably already eaten by the time they reached the first stop sign.

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  74. Nick Flandrey says:

    and follow the employee around for the rest of their career.

    ding ding ding.  I don’t think I’d want to pay for fertility treatments later, if I was an insurer, and I’m sure there are companies and corporations that would view it as a negative.    There are apparently long term physical and mental health issues too.

    We KNOW that companies will use it if it’s available because we know that in the past they have used lifestyle indicators like hobbies and magazine subscriptions.   They mis-use drug testing to find anti- psychotics, heart disease meds, and anti-depressants… and they mis-used HIV status (returned with mandatory drug screens).

    In general, it’s a really bad idea to have your employer know anything about you outside of your ability to do the work you were hired for.

    n

  75. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, this machine, my main machine, is win8.1.    and it runs great.  ROCK solid.   Only issue is the slowdown when stupid windows tries to run defender, indexer, and anti-malware at the same time, especially as I only have 36GB of free disk space.

    Really need to get that disk upgrade finished.

    n

  76. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, you are 5 comments away from 16K comments approved under your current nickname… and a certain troll who must love you more than his own life has apparently read them all 🙂

    n

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  77. SteveF says:

    Probably already eaten by the time they reached the first stop sign.

    It takes constant work to keep that size-46 butt so sexy and round, you know.

    A few months ago I ran across a statistic that the average American woman is 5’4″ and 175 pounds. I had Daughter and Spare Kid come over and checked their height and weight. Daughter was bang on average height but woefully underweight, like 60 pounds. Spare kid is a couple inches taller and somewhat heavier but nevertheless very underweight. I took them both to the snack cupboard and demanded that they eat all of the junk food in it. “You don’t want to be below average, do you?” The brats didn’t eat it all, taking only a snack size potato chip bag each or some such, but teenagers are disobedient so I didn’t expect much else.

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  78. Greg Norton says:

    @greg, this machine, my main machine, is win8.1.    and it runs great.  ROCK solid.   Only issue is the slowdown when stupid windows tries to run defender, indexer, and anti-malware at the same time, especially as I only have 36GB of free disk space.

    Really need to get that disk upgrade finished.

    These days, I use the Boot Camp/Fusion partition to  run Ye Olde Windows Office on the Mac for formatting my resume’s DOC file properly in situations where I need to send an updated copy out in a hurry and I can’t get to my primary desktop.

    I also have a Visual Studio install and minimal Cygwin, enough to have Gnu Make, Git, and Vi.

    And Tcl. Old development habits die hard.

    I’ll probably be okay under Fusion with the networking behind the built-in NAT, but the machine’s disk is SSD so the Windows partition occasionally needs the trim/optimization done, requring booting to bare metal under Boot Camp.

  79. Ray Thompson says:

    It takes constant work to keep that size-46 butt so sexy and round, you know.

    You talking about both cheeks or just one?

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  80. Greg Norton says:

    @greg, you are 5 comments away from 16K comments approved under your current nickname… and a certain troll who must love you more than his own life has apparently read them all

    I’m living rent free in someone’s head.

    Just out of curiosity, what’s the earliest timestamp on the troll’s posts?

  81. MrAtoz says:

    So what do your five daughters think ?

    My daughter thinks that repuglicans are stupid

    Ditto mostly with no argument as to why. The y don t even want to discuss issues dear to lib hearts. Just yell about the White Patriarchy. My response is keep filling the Social Security coffers for me. LOL

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  82. Greg Norton says:

    Gas shortage coming for 4th of July holiday week in Texas!

    Gulf temps still aren’t quite there, but it needs to be watched.

    https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/storminfo/#94L

  83. Alan says:

    >> (did you see the way they  were cutting in that video?  F me.)

    Yeah, lots of skill/experience there. But they do wear those yellow “safety” gloves.

  84. lynn says:

    “Monster Hunter International” by Larry Correia
       https://www.amazon.com/International-Monster-Hunter-Larry-Correia/dp/1439132852?tag=ttgnet-20/

    Book number one of an eight book dark fantasy series. Plus there are about twenty more books written in the Monster Hunter Universe. I reread the new well printed and well bound MMPB published by Baen in 2009 that I bought from Amazon since my first copy is out in the garage. I would guess that this is my third or fourth reading of this book. I will purchase and read all future books in the series.

    Owen Zastava Pitt has everything going for him, a new accounting degree, a new accounting job in a large well respected company, and a regular paycheck for the first time in his life. But, his new boss is a real jerk and then he turns into a werewolf when Owen is working late one day. The boss tries to eat Owen and Owen throws him out the window of the 14th floor office building. After Owen wakes up in the hospital, Human Resources fires him for carrying a .357 revolver in his sock without mentioning his werewolf boss.

    But when Owen woke up in the hospital, two government agents were there to meet him. After he did not turn into a werewolf, they left. And then another guy showed up and explains that there are monsters in the world, vampires, werewolves, orcs, elves, all kinds of creepy and nasty things. And offers him a job. As a monster hunter.

    According to this documentary, Tolkien got the orcs correctly documented. But, he did not get the elves correctly documented. Some of the elves left the old country in the 17th or 18th century and moved to Alabama in the new World. Now the queen of the elves is 150 years old, four foot tall, weighs 300 pounds, lives in a ninety foot long double wide in the Enchanted Forest, and likes to sprinkle ranch dressing on her Ho-Hos while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. The USA government made a deal with her that she and her elves would get disability checks for the rest of their lives as long as they never ventured past the Walmart in Tupolo.

    The author has a very busy website at:
        http://monsterhunternation.com/

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,295 ratings)

    Here is my 2010 review: “Anita Blake meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer and turns into a guy named Owen. Even somewhat reminds me of the Deathstalker. If you like Urban Fantasy, you will love this hardcore story. If not, oh well.”

    “The story is sound, the concept is good, the good guys are imperfect and the bad guys are real bad.”

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  85. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10950291/The-dangerous-history-illegal-abortions-Roe-v-Wade.html

    -maybe 200 women a year dying from illegal abortions, back when they were supposed to be rare and unusual, but at the same time 25% of pregnancies ending in abortion?  3.2M births in 1972.  That would mean 1.1M abortions that year.   out of 44M potential mothers.   It would mean that there were MORE abortions before RvW than 50years after.    Also means there were 200/1M or 20/100K,  or 1/5000 deaths which is the same as the current fatality rate for live birth.  So a back alley abortion was only as likely  to kill you as a normal delivery is today, with all the support of a modern hospital.   Something doesn’t add up.

    -fast forward to today, 600,000 abortions a YEAR despite easy access to contraception.  I wonder what the complication rate is for legal abortions, outside of outliers like Gosnell.

    -internet says “The estimated abortion complication rate for all healthcare sources is about 2% for medication abortion, 1.3% for first-trimester aspiration abortion, and 1.5% for second-trimester or later abortions. The mortality rate in the USA related to induced abortion was 0.6 deaths per 100,000 abortions.”  The NHS in the UK has a bit different number for complications with somewhere between 3.5% and 13% of women needing to have “another procedure to remove parts of the pregnancy that have stayed in the womb”.   The rate varies by type of abortion and when in the pregnancy.  Surgical and later being worse.

    Project Veritas showed in their own words that there is big money in the abortion industry.  

    Whenever you threaten someone’s ricebowl, there are consequences.

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  86. Nick Flandrey says:

    lots of skill/experience there.

    not when you start! 

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  87. Nick Flandrey says:

    very interesting.   Tin foil time….

    One of the articles I got figures from was in the NYTimes in 1972 where they keep cautioning against optimism on the news that fertility rates had hit lows not seen since 1940s.   

    Experts also caution against exaggerated optimism. Despite the low rates, the day of zero population growth remains distant.

    Read the whole article, it’s not long, but here is the meat…

    In the view of Philip M. Hauser, a noted University of Chicago demographer, “there is still population bomb” latent, but armed, in present society.

    “The birth rate is notably fluid and capricious — strongly affected by such psychological factors as the economy or changing attitudes about the role of women,” Bickley S. Dodge, a spokesman for the 21,000‐member Zero Population Growth Movement, said today.

    The disproportionate number of young women in the population also explains why zero population growth would take some 70 years, even though the fertility rate has dropped below the 2.1‐child replacement level.

    There are, for example, 1.1 million women who are now 39 years old, but 2.1 million who are 13. Even if the 13‐year‐olds merely replace themselves as they go through the child‐bearing years, they will be producing twice as many babies as the 39‐year‐olds did —continuing to increase the population.

    A Stable population could come only after the passage of a full life‐span, about 70 years, at the 2.1‐child level, and without immigration. If, theoretically, that level were maintained for the next 70 years, the population would level off at about 320 million people.

    –damn son, we are right on target.   and those UofC commie socialist progs are behind all kinds of other shenanigans.

    The closing paragraph…

    Experts are unwilling to predict that low fertility rates will continue for the long term but they do identify a series of reasons for the current decline. All appear to be of continuing force and, thus, low rates are likely at least for the short term.

    “For one thing,” in the view of Paul C. Glick, a Census Bureau demographer, “women are getting married later and getting divorced more. Both factors depress fertility.”

    Another factor is the rapid increase in the proportion of women at work.

    Still another explanation is the increased use of contraception and the steady liberalization of abortion laws. Some authorities believe that abortions may account for a quarter of the decline.  

    They hate us and they want us dead.

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  88. SteveF says:

    Something doesn’t add up.

    If you assume that everything said, by anyone on either side of the argument, is a lie, I think that you will not be far off.

  89. Nick Flandrey says:

    BTW, fertility rate in the US has been below “replacement” since then.

    n

    –and it wasn’t very long after Ted Kennedy changed US immigration policy to discourage white educated European immigrants in favor of uneducated brown labor.

  90. lynn says:

    “Amazon’s Alexa could soon mimic voice of dead relatives”

        https://techxplore.com/news/2022-06-amazon-alexa-mimic-voice-dead.html

    No.  And yes, that is creepy.

  91. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    regarding: Charles W. Kane, “Wild Edible Plants of Texas: Volume 1” 

    I find one copy for sale on the internet, 

    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31064634175&searchurl=sortby%3D17%26tn%3DWild%2BEdible%2BPlants%2Bof%2BTexas%253A%2BVolume%2B1&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1

    from a dealer in Houston for $16.87

    I doubt that it exists, as every indication is that the book has not actually been published yet. 

    You could contact the author and ask:

    https://medivetus.com/botanic/

    This Worldcat page shows the book is in several libraries, but it’s not uncommon for new books to be added to the catalog on their listed publication date, but before they are actually on the shelves. A phone call can determine actual status. 

    https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3AWild+plants%2C+Edible+Texas+Identification.&qt=hot_subject

    And there are several similar books.

    You might want to check out The Native Plant Society of Texas

    https://npsot.org/wp/

    The Bandera chapter published a book in 1994 “Cooking with Wild Thangs”.  The only copy listed is in the Baylor U library in Waco. You might be able to borrow it on interlibrary loan.

  92. lynn says:

    “Pakistan LNG gets single bid from QatarEnergy at $39.80 MMbtu for July cargo”

        http://gasprocessingnews.com/news/pakistan-lng-gets-single-bid-from-qatarenergy-at-$3980-mmbtu-for-july-cargo.aspx

    We have got it good here in the USA at $7 to $9 per mmbtu right now.  

    And if you get your natural gas in LNG, you will spend 2% of it converting it from a liquid to a vapor.

  93. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, deleted the posts.

    n

    although the search tool will show you everything not deleted.

    n

  94. lynn says:

    “Space City Weather’s grand 2022 pre-season server upgrade”

        https://spacecityweather.com/space-city-weathers-grand-2022-pre-season-server-upgrade/

    SCW is moving from a physical server with Cloudflare supporting the static webpages to automatic expandable AWS.  Interesting.

    BTW, SCW closes their comments after 24 hours. Also interesting.

  95. drwilliams says:

    It takes constant work to keep that size-46 butt so sexy and round, you know.

    At 48 the measurement becomes a standard 24-inch axe handle, thus “Two axe handles wide in the posterior*”

    *insert vernacular for clarity

  96. drwilliams says:

    Eric Knight, “Foraging Texas”

    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=eric%20knight&bi=0&bx=off&cm_sp=SearchF-_-Advs-_-Result&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&rollup=on&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=foraging%20texas&xdesc=off&xpod=off

    has solid reviews and lots of available copies.

    It’s also 4 times the length of Kanes’.

  97. Greg Norton says:

    And arbitrage has been going on at Amazon for a couple of years now.  Wanna buy a great out of print David Weber paperback for $177.84 plus $3.99 shipping ?

    Go back a dozen years, and this “cookbook” was on the shelves for $14.99 in every gift shop in SW Florida during our last full Summer as full-time residents. The seller must have a couple of cases stashed.

    https://www.amazon.com/Iguana-Cookbook-Save-Florida-Eat/dp/057801226X?tag=ttgnet-20

    AC Weisbecker did put “Cosmic Banditos” back into print after seeing copies being sold on various online sites for more than $100.

    https://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Banditos-C-Weisbecker/dp/0451203062?tag=ttgnet-20

  98. Alan says:

    >> No telling what the actual bill says or how it will be actually implemented.

    They wait to write the actual text of the bill until after it’s passed…that’s how it works, right?

  99. Rick H says:

    If I create a book and self-publish to Amazon (Zon), and price it at $8.00, that will be the price if you purchase it directly from Zon. But I can set the book for ‘wide distribution’, which means that other booksellers (or other people) can sell the same book, and use Zon’s Print On Demand (POD) process. And those other people can decide to sell it any any price – over or even under the price I set – to anyone that wants to purchase it. 

    Those product pages and sales can be on the Zon site, or other sites. 

    As an author, doesn’t matter to me. No matter who sells it, I still get the same royalty based on my $8.00 selling price. Maybe I could have gotten more royalties from a higher price, but those that sell it at a lower price do not reduce my royalties.

    It is not uncommon for a book to be listed at a different price than the author set up when he published it to Zon – higher or lower. Sometimes, even Zon will list the price lower than the price the author set – their algorithms decided that a lower price might increase sales, or items might be sold at the same time as the discounted purchase. 

    You might even see a ‘used’ price on Zon that is more than the new price. Example: see my “The Forgotten Winchester” Book here:  The paperback lists at $7.99, but there is a ‘used’ copy selling for $8.99. 

    As authors, we are glad to get any sales. And even more glad when there are positive reviews for those sales (thanks, Lynn!). Review rankings are very important to the visibility and further sales of your book.

  100. drwilliams says:

    When Amazon folds I will shed no tears.

    They are polluted by drop shippers who have no book inventory. Their business model is using a computer program to create a fantasy listing based on an existing listing. If some stupid schmuck buys their fantasy book, they order it from a dealer as a gift, request no invoice, and pocket the difference. I’ve seem scarce books with six listings on Amazon and only one real book in the lot.

    The outrageous prices that Lynn cites above are the results of repricing code going haywire. Large dealers have programs that look at the prices and reprice their books. So do drop shippers.

    My fave is getting a notice from Amazon that a listing has been removed for the price being too high. I had one series of technical monographs priced at $15-25 per hardcover that got nibbled out of existence over a period of months by a defective bot coded by some snot-nosed ESL that probably knows books only as a source of toilet paper. The laugh was that in most cases I had the only copy listed.

  101. Rick H says:

    They are polluted by drop shippers who have no book inventory.

    Most (if not all) self-published paperback books do not have any actual inventory. They are all print on demand, even if there is only one sale. I doubt that one sale will result in more than one copy actually printed and then the extras stored somewhere.

    Perhaps a big seller might have extra copies available for immediate shipping. The Zon (and others) POD processes are quite extensive.  Here’s a video of the Amazon process; you can find others for non-Zon printing companies. Look at all the printed in that one location. How fast do you think they can print one or many books to meet immediate demand?

    I’ve done one-off books via Lulu.com, which is a pretty large POD company. They have several locations, and are trying to be a big force in self-publishing POD. And I suspect others like Barnes and Noble have similar operations. 

    Not having to maintain an inventory of books, but using Zon POD (or similar), is a big advantage to book sellers. I’d set one up myself, but my marketing skills for web sites and services is weak. I have many web sites that will prove my almost non-existent marketing skills. 

    The big, traditional publishing houses, do print and maintain inventory waiting for sales. But getting a book published by traditional publishing houses is hard. And it can take a year or more to get your book on sale after it is accepted by them. But they do have good marketing skills.

    Although, if you care to spend the time, there are successful marketing techniques for self-published books. Their main marketing is via social media – not just FB, but TikTok, Twitter, etc/etc., and email marketing.

    Only in an alternate reality will the Zon go away. Won’t happen.

  102. Greg Norton says:

    As an author, doesn’t matter to me. No matter who sells it, I still get the same royalty based on my $8.00 selling price. Maybe I could have gotten more royalties from a higher price, but those that sell it at a lower price do not reduce my royalties.

    The current seller of the iguana cookbook has a mailing address in North Port, FL. My guess is he helped clean out a closed gift shop … or several … after the 2017 storm season.

    Things still weren’t right on the mainland when we went to our usual spots for Spring Break last year, and a lot of places on the barrier islands had changed hands.

  103. Jenny says:

    @nick, @greg

    5 comments away from 16K comments

    Will there be cake?

    There should be cake.

    On the other hand

    the average American woman is 5’4″ and 175 pounds

    so perhaps not.

    @pecancorner

    alien moral code, a double standard

    Your comment nailed it.

    —-

    Took the dogs sheep herding yesterday. Great fun. The year old dog hadn’t seen stock before. Great instinct, she immediately went to work. Regrettably she was a little zesty and I was a little klutzy. She ran me over with the flock and I mildly twisted my ankle. Light bruising, no real pain, it’ll be fine by Monday.

    This weekend we have a Conformation dog show. I noticed this afternoon the youngster is limping. So we may not participate in the dog show. No lame dogs in the conformation ring, though gimpy humans are fine. I e got the youngster on kennel rest and hope I can show her. At $30 per day it’s an expensive waste if we cannot go.

    Planning out the next couple months of rabbit breeding and freezer filling. Thinking about sprouted wheat as a way to augment feed. Feed has doubled in cost in the past few years and will continue rising. It would be nice to have some alternatives. Pondering.

  104. Rick H says:

    Total number of active comments is now (at this point) 185,910 .

    The comment number in the link is not the actual number. That 185K (almost 186K) is the size (number of records/rows) of the comment table in the database. 

    I’m in favor of cake, though. Not sure how we will do “COD” (Cake On Demand).

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  105. lynn says:

    I’ve done one-off books via Lulu.com, which is a pretty large POD company. They have several locations, and are trying to be a big force in self-publishing POD. And I suspect others like Barnes and Noble have similar operations. 

    Not having to maintain an inventory of books, but using Zon POD (or similar), is a big advantage to book sellers. I’d set one up myself, but my marketing skills for web sites and services is weak. I have many web sites that will prove my almost non-existent marketing skills. 

    B&N was going to put a POD plant at every store back in the 1990s.  They would then have one display copy of each book that you could buy or wait for your printed copy.  But, ebooks came along and they discovered that the POD machines require an maintenance staff DAILY visit.  So those 3,000 POD machines went away and the space became an inhouse coffee shop.  

  106. drwilliams says:

    Laughing and crying…

    https://twitter.com/TheFigen/status/1539960269555654657

    Cute little critters, if they didn’t crap on everything.

  107. drwilliams says:

    @Jenny

    Regrettably she was a little zesty and I was a little klutzy. She ran me over with the flock and I mildly twisted my ankle.

    I was laughing at the “ran me over” image until I got to the “mildly twisted my ankle”. Sorry. Soft tissue injuries can be tricky. Take care.

    Feed has doubled in cost in the past few years and will continue rising. It would be nice to have some alternatives. Pondering

    I have no expertise in the nutritive needs of rabbits, but it would be worthwhile to check on the suitability of brewers grains. A local hobby brewer would not generate enough to be of interest to someone raising cattle, but a small rabbit operation might be a fit.

  108. lynn says:

    interesting editorial

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10951075/DAVID-PATRIKARAKOS-West-looks-away-Russia-triumph.html 

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    Germany just did a back of the envelope calculation on how much energy they need this coming winter (energy guys and gals are always six months in the future) and came up somewhere between 20 and 30% short.  That is the official number, the real shortage may be worse.  France is having major nuclear power problems with half of their 60+ fleet down for maintenance or forced outages.  So France will not be able to sell a lot of excess electricity to Germany this coming winter.

    So Germany is restarting all of the coal power plants that they shut down 2 or 3 years ago.  And they are bringing the coal miners out of retirement for the coal fuel.  I am not sure what condition their mining equipment and power equipment is in, we kept nitrogen blankets and nitrogen tents on our parked equipment but that costs money.

    And Germany is still planning on shutting down three more nuclear power plants on Dec 31, 2022.  If they leave the nuclear power plant online then they have not refueled them in 2 or 3 years so their reactors are sagging in energy output.  You have to replace one third of the nuclear fuel rods each year in order to keep the reactor at full power.  So they would have to do an emergency refueling of the nuclear reactors but they shut down their breeder reactor that makes the nuclear material for the fuel rods years ago.

    When you don’t plan for bad times then you plan to fail.  And Germany is going to go dark this coming winter unless they come up with a plan.   So restarting the coal units is part of that plan.  I wonder what the other parts will look like.  They can probably get another year out of the nuclear plants at half power, maybe.

    Frau Merkel set all this up in the 2010s with the Nord Stream pipeline.  Too bad but that has apparently been shutdown for “equipment” problems.

  109. lynn says:

    Laughing and crying…

    https://twitter.com/TheFigen/status/1539960269555654657

    Cute little critters, if they didn’t crap on everything.

    My grandparents in Lake Jackson, TX used to feed theirs cat food.  My grandparents lived on Oyster Creek, lots of raccoons, moccasins, alligator gar, copperheads, etc.  Mom and Pop racoon would come up every night and then the 2 or 3 babies would show up.  Their coats were super sleek and shiny.  We would watch them through the sliding glass door, very entertaining.  

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  110. Jenny says:

    @drwilliams

    I was laughing at the “ran me over” image

    Completely appropriate to laugh. I was laughing at the 3 Stooges of it all hard enough that my daughter mistook my laughter for tears of pain. All good. Herding is an exercise in humility. 
     

    brewers grains

    Some folks do this. They dry the spent grain then use it as feed. Drying it seems tricky. Also must be hops free as I’ve read hops will kill a rabbit (or maybe hops were deadly to dogs? Don’t remember) I don’t know what quantity of hops are lethal. I do intend to follow up on brewers grains as a food source for the rabbits, though. We have no shortage of breweries in town.

  111. Nick Flandrey says:

     I wonder what the other parts will look like.

    sitting in the cold and dark, and probably blaming anyone but themselves.  Remember that “no one ever died from having to put on an extra sweater” said the Minister who’s never seen deprivation in his whole life…

    @jenny, I laughed, and I hope you are feeling better, and the pup too.    

    I used to watch a youtuber who got most of his animal feed dumpster diving.    It was for goats, and was a lot of sugary and salty ‘expired’ snacks and breakfast cereals.  You don’t really care about the long term health issues of a short term rabbit eating ‘junk’ food though, if push comes to shove. 

      Food bank might give you all their expired donations, if they were sure you wouldn’t eat them yourself…    we used to be able to get deer corn and deer rice that was somehow unfit for human consumption but ok for animal feed.   No idea why, but it was lots cheaper.

    Thanks to your commenting I know that rabbits aren’t goats, but there must be some other stuff they’d be ok eating.  🙂

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  112. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10951435/Multiple-people-injured-Norway-shooting-Police-rush-Oslo-nightclub.html

    “Two dead, several seriously hurt in gun attack on gay bar in Oslo: Police rush to the scene after ‘up to 20 shots’ fired at London Pub

    • Shooting is reported to have taken place at London Pub, a gay nightclub in Oslo
    • Nordic news outlet reported police are asking to make space for ambulances
    • Two people confirmed dead, several are seriously wounded, with 20 shots fired”

    –un-possible!  only the US has gun crimes and mass shootings!

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  113. SteveF says:

    She ran me over with the flock and I mildly twisted my ankle.

    Eh, could be worse.

  114. Jenny says:

    @stevef

    Eh, could be worse.

    Sheep can be jerks. Her dogs screwed up, though. After startling at the car they should have had that bad sheep by the nose. Sheep shouldn’t have had a chance to nail her more than once.

    Hard headed buggers.

  115. Nick Flandrey says:

    One of my favorite magnet fishing youtubers, who films in Gary IN all the time, and finds guns all the time, has  a nice Ruger in this vid  gun around 8:40,  cop around 13:00

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJtzpGz0vCk 

    Which is when I realize he’s in what he calls “one of the most dangerous cities” and it turns out to be Dalton IL.   Couple miles from where I grew up in the south suburbs of chicongo…   Dalton has been a sh!tehole for a couple of decades at least, if not since I was a kid, but you didn’t used to fear for your life there.   The cop names the surrounding cities as helping with crimes and chases, and describes them as dangerous too, and they are all cities and towns that I know extensively from high school on… and most of them were definitely NOT sh!teholes.    When they pushed the career crims out of the city by tearing down the giant public housing projects, they pushed them into the near suburbs and destroyed them too.

    They were solidly blue collar with tradesmen and service people, small businesses, and now they are shooting galleries.

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