Sun. Jun. 26, 2022 – isolated, sorta

By on June 26th, 2022 in Random Stuff

Here a few hours north of Houston, it will be hot, and maybe even humid, but LESS of both and that is oh so nice.

I’m here at the BOL by myself so the kids and my wife don’t get the ‘rona.   Which I’m still not sure I actually have.  I’m sick, and the chinese booger test was positive, but I only have cold symptoms and mild ones at that.   It would be unfair to people who really got sick with the chinkyflu to claim I’ve got it.  Floating on the water last night, I felt completely and perfectly fine.

I’m still a bit sick, head isn’t back to full engagement, and I’m still coughing occasionally.  So I’ll take it super easy for the next couple of days.  I’ve got plenty of simple tasks that shouldn’t be too tasking.  Hah!

I did bring up more long term storage food, and some other stuff to improve the readiness here.

I’ll take a good look and weed the garden later today too.   I can see what looks like bean plants.  Don’t see anything in the squash mounds, and don’t see any carrot greens either, so those might be a bust.   I’ll know better when I cut the grass, and remove the hardware cloth screens.

One of the other things I need to do is figure out where some fruit trees can go, and where the berries should be planted.  I’m thinking the fruit will have to be in the front, near the road.   Less than ideal, but it needs light and space.   The good spots in the back (lake side) are too shaded.   The septic drip field will use most of the available space that gets sun.  No planting trees there.

I spent some time yesterday working on the existing sprinklers.  I don’t want to spend too much effort as they will need to be ripped out and redone after the septic field goes in, but it would be nice to have grass until then.   I got the pump running, found a bunch of broken sprinkler heads, and started fixing stuff.  I think the whole half of the yard with no sprinklers must be the existing leach field.  Either that, or I haven’t found the buried heads yet.  Grass isn’t growing there anyway, but the weeds are getting ‘crunchy’.

Dang fire ants about ate me alive while I was working on the sprinklers.   They are a real issue as most if not all the good poisons are deadly to aquatic life and not allowed near the lake.  I’m going to be spot applying the granules instead of broadcasting them, but I’ll kill the dang things.   Can’t even use the yard with them there.  If anyone knows a  good way to kill them without poisoning the lake, please let me know.   A cursory search of the shelves at Lowe’s didn’t turn up a product.

See, plenty to do.  So I better do something.  Besides stacking.  But stack some stuff too.

nick

60 Comments and discussion on "Sun. Jun. 26, 2022 – isolated, sorta"

  1. Lynn says:

    Cab you use Amdro on the fire ants ?  It is a bait, not a poison.  

    When we bought the new used house outside the Grand Parkway three years ago, it came with 30 or 40 fire ant beds.  I have been liberally spot treating the fire ant beds in the last two years, killing most of the beds took a year.  Now I go around every month or so and kill new beds, especially after a rainfall.  Not that there are that many new beds, mostly just invasions from the neighbors.  

    I buy the Amdro at Big River for too much, maybe $20 for 20 ounces.  I’ll post a url later.  I buy four boxes at a time as 1.2 acres is a lot of fire ants.  We are in an arms race with the fire ants and spiders, I am fairly sure that we are not going to win.

  2. Ray Thompson says:

    Civil rights groups are now saying the Supreme Court decision is racist. I guess if you’re a mother with 8 kids, the maximum that welfare will pay, by 23 different males, you are the problem, not the ruling.

    People are up in arms saying abortion is now illegal. Nope, only in certain states. The issue is now a state issue, voted on in a democratic process. If a person does not like the decision, move to another state.

    The idiots protesting in California are crazy. Nothing changed in their state. Abortions are still legal. It just affirms that most people are idiots getting their news from FaceBook.

  3. Lynn says:

    Good to hear that your Koof is not bad.  When I had alpha in Feb 2020, it was not bad, just a severe cold with a cough that lasted a month.  But I did not get back my sense of smell for almost a year.

    We had home church last night at a friend’s house.  He cooked us chicken and brisket on his pellet BBQ pit, was awesome.  Anyway, one of our friends said that she has had four shots now and expects to get a booster every four months.  She is 77 and just had the Koof a month ago.  Most of us have had our last Koof shot. Everyone in our little group of 18 has had Koof at least once now, mostly Omicron, the latest.

  4. Pecancorner says:

    It is supposed to cool off here tomorrow through Wednesday. I have plans to take advantage of the cool to get some chores done.  Not getting my hopes up about the chance for rain, just happy the temps will drop to 90F or so.  

    I think I mentioned that because of the heat and dryness, the spider mites have taken over my tomato plants. Usually they don’t get a foothold until late July, but this year the plants are already stunted and not producing. None of the treatments have worked to control the bugs.  So I am going to pull the plants up.  This is another problem with trying to raise one’s own food – some years there will be crop failure, even with easy crops.   

    My dad’s yellow squash is producing well, but all of his zucchini plants died.  Just died. The same thing happened last year, but to the yellow squash. He doesn’t know what is causing it.  His tomatoes are doing poorly too, but not as poorly as mine, because he doesn’t have spider mites.    He says his cucumbers are putting on well, though. He had to have acreage sprayed for grasshoppers, to keep them from eating up his hay/fodder crop.  

    Had the exterminator out to spray our pecan trees. The cost for that has not gone up (yet) – it was only $100, as usual. We have them sprayed about every second year for pecan weevils.  There may not  be much or any crop this year, as last year was bountiful. Even so, the spray will still make for a better crop next year.   

    I’ve baked cornbread this morning, to make squash dressing for supper.   We have been on a casserole kick, using the slow cooker.   Paul wants roast chicken thighs with it, so I’ll use the air fryer for that. All these appliances are handy! 

  5. Denis says:

    Nick, take care of yourself and be well soon!

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  6. drwilliams says:

    @Pecancorner

    My dad’s yellow squash is producing well, but all of his zucchini plants died.  Just died. The same thing happened last year, but to the yellow squash. He doesn’t know what is causing it.

    Is he using the same layout each year or mixing it up so the same plants are not in the same locations?

  7. Pecancorner says:

    Is he using the same layout each year or mixing it up so the same plants are not in the same locations?

    I don’t know …. I’ll have to ask him.  He enlarged his garden last year, so there is new ground.  And he uses his hen house litter to fertilize it all through the fall and winter while it is fallow.  

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    85F in the shade and only 62%RH, sunny and blue sky.

    Slight breeze.

    Cinnamon rolls in the oven, coffee almost ready.   Time to fry some bacon.

    I do not like the matress here.  I hurt.   Wife loves it.    

    Ant bites are stinging/sore.  HATE ants.

    @lynn, linky please for the anthro.   If it’s not a poison, what does it bait them into doing?

    n

    Thanks for the continued well wishes.    Throat is a bit scratchy this morning and I had one good cough so far.  Other than stiff and sore, I don’t feel horrible.  I’ll still take it easy though.

  9. drwilliams says:

    From an editorial in the Dallas Morning News:

    Beginning in the 1960s and before 1973, the nation was moving toward a state-by-state codification of abortion that demonstrated a political recognition that abortion should not be entirely prohibited but that there comes a point in a pregnancy when it should no longer be permitted. The most liberal law was in New York, which in 1970 permitted abortion through the 24th week of pregnancy.

    As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in a 1992 speech for the Madison Lecture series, this political development was overrun by the decision in Roe vs. Wade. In prior cases where the court sought to invalidate antiquated laws that discriminated based on sex, it “opened a dialogue with the political branches of government,” requiring state legislatures to reexamine their positions. But in giving itself the power to decide the moral question of abortion, the court fashioned “a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force.”

    This was a judicial error that deepened a national division that has now affected every part of political life. Roe was, as a majority of the Supreme Court has ruled, wrongly decided. There is no historical basis for the inclusion of abortion as an unenumerated right within the Constitution’s named rights.

    The excerpt is found in the American Thinker article here:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/06/if_democrats_wanted_to_keep_abortion_heres_what_they_should_have_done.html

    with the editorial link:

    https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2022/06/24/roe-was-wrong-our-nation-needs-a-new-abortion-law/

    The RBG reference yielded enough information to find the text of her 1992 speech:

    https://law.nyu.edu/sites/default/files/ECM_PRO_059254.pdf

    which did not actually contain much on Roe specifically (fascinating background on a case that didn’t make it to the Court), but also led to an appearance at the University of Chicago Law School in 2013:

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Offers Critique of Roe v. Wade During Law School Visit

    https://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-offers-critique-roe-v-wade-during-law-school-visit

    Those more acquainted with Ginsburg and her thoughtful, nuanced approach to difficult legal questions were not surprised, however, to hear her say just the opposite, that Roe was a faulty decision. For Ginsburg, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion was too far-reaching and too sweeping, and it gave anti-abortion rights activists a very tangible target to rally against in the four decades since.

    The above does not actually quote Ginsburg saying “faulty decision”. The sidebar has a link to the recording, but no transcript. Such may exist.

    I recommend both articles as a source of background that is entirely missing from the ignorant explosions that have dominated this week. 

  10. Brad says:

    Ah, cinnamon rolls. I have my grandmother’s recipe – ought to make a batch. Two more crazy weeks, then vacation. Man, I need that… 

    SIL and her hubby visiting next week. They’re very “new age” magic and crystals and such, but nice folk for all that. I won’t have a lot of time for them, but that’s ok – the SIL is mainly here to visit my wife…

    The abortion decision… Yes, the protests are mostly stupid, but then, so was the decision. Different religions have different views – not even all Christians are against abortion. Judaism specifically says life begins at birth. Etc. 

    All of which means that any legislation outlawing early abortions should fail, because it is a fundamentally religious position. There will be lots of court battles in the States, then this will hit the federal level again, and a later Supreme Court will reinstate a Roe-vs-Wade successor.

  11. SteveF says:

    Would a predator take care of the ants? An anteater comes immediately to mind but some kind of insect or spider is probably more practical.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    The abortion decision… Yes, the protests are mostly stupid, but then, so was the decision. Different religions have different views – not even all Christians are against abortion. Judaism specifically says life begins at birth. Etc. 

    All of which means that any legislation outlawing early abortions should fail, because it is a fundamentally religious position. There will be lots of court battles in the States, then this will hit the federal level again, and a later Supreme Court will reinstate a Roe-vs-Wade successor.

    The Dems hurt their own chances of reversing the reversal with a solid opinion in the near future by appointing an intellectual lightweight to the “Roe” chair, where the opinion originated in 1972. Even Bubba Clinton knew better than to mess with the chair by appointing Breyer when Blackmun retired.

    Eventually, Congress will have to act, but that won’t happen soon either.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    @lynn, linky please for the anthro.   If it’s not a poison, what does it bait them into doing?

    Amdro is a bait. The worker ants take it to the queen to eat and it messes with her metabolism and ability to reproduce in some way.

    I used it in Florida, but it takes a while to work. And you need to be out there weekly going across every point in the yard looking for new mounds.

  14. Pecancorner says:

    I’ll disagree that the questions around abortion are “fundamentally religious”.   It’s a science based  issue.  Young people can clearly see, thanks to technology, that babies are babies even from a tiny age. They can no longer be fooled by claims that “it’s only a clump of undifferentiated cells”.   So in today’s world, they have to make ethical decisions based on actual visible science facts. 

    And the exclusion of fathers from the decision is – or should be – a huge legal issue. If females really want “equal rights”, they cannot continue to exclude men from the childbirth decision while demanding men support the child if the woman “decides” to birth it.    It is unbelievable to me that this two-faced situation still exists in the modern world. 

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  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’m with Pecancorner on this.  Both aspects.    The religious right has been the loudest voice, but it’s beyond a ‘religious’ issue.   Call it philosophic, but the question of when in the development of a human that human exists is bigger than faith.   Legal, moral, existential, whatever, what makes a human human and when do their rights start?  You can shortcut with religious dogma, but the question exists for everyone.

    BTW we kill humans all the time, under criminal circumstances and under lawful circumstances.  Those circumstances are covered by law.  Sometimes bad law, sometimes good law, but law, even when the original justification might have been religious.  The secular, civil law takes the place of the religious law for those that don’t share the religion.

    Having the law determine that at some point a fetus moves from “potential human” to “actual human” doesn’t preclude aborting that fetus, it only raises the bar and creates a different standard under the law.  (different from what we have now).

    I’ve said for many years that if a woman is the only one who can say “no” to a pregnancy, then they are DE FACTO the only ones who can say “yes” and therefore have FULL responsibility for the result, including financial.    I don’t think this is desireable, just the logical extention of what we have now.  

     If a woman feels that carrying and giving birth to a baby against her desire is slavery and evil, what is enslaving a man to 18 years of enforced labor against his will?  or flip it, what is killing his child that he wants to raise?

    Thorny questions to be sure, and not necessarily ones I trust to an uncaring or malevolent government or judiciary.   Soon maybe technology will provide alternatives and remove some of the moral and ethical issues, but if so, it will probably raise others.

    n

    and I note that people are all for letting the states decide on marriage rights, drug use,  and how criminals should be treated, (and whether I can have the tools to defend myself and my family) but are suddenly terrified of states’ rights when the issue is abortion.  That’s pretty F’ed up….

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  16. Brad says:

    @Nick: well said. I agree that we can – and must – have a secular definition. The problem is: that isn’t how things are being argued, on either side.

    On the anti-abortion side, the justifications have come entirely from the religious right. On the pro-side, the arguments have been equally dogmatic.

    Find a compromise. Measure both sides with an outrage-o-meter. If both sides are equally pissed, you’ve found the middle ground.

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  17. Nick Flandrey says:

    For “fun” someone should frame the anti-abortion arguments in the same nonsense the gun control lobby has used for years.

    “common sense abortion control” “no one NEEDS an abortion” “no one needs multiple abortions” “waiting period” “red flag arrest and confinement if a domestic partner thinks someone MIGHT be a danger to an unborn child”

    I’d be shocked if someone hasn’t already mined that memefield…  but ‘small pipe’ up here.

    n

  18. JimM says:

    This might work on ants. When I have ground wasp nests in inconvenient places, I simultaneously pour a quart of bleach and a quart of ammonia into it (from upwind), cover it with a granite sink cutout, and leave quickly. One time they were in a tree stump and I couldn’t cover it, but it worked just as well. I do it early in the morning or later in the evening when the wasps are not active. Apparently this is somewhat dangerous as chloramine gas can kill you, but I have never suffered any effects. I would only do this on open ground with at least a slight breeze. A less toxic possibility for ants is pouring a few gallons of boiling water into and around the nest. I have never tried this on insects, but it works very well on weeds.

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  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    Local <s>sheriff </s> elected official to be sole determinant of “need” for an abortion.   Mandatory safety class and training before an abortion.  Federal permission required before abortion.   No abortions across state lines.  Tax abortions at 1000% of cost.  No abortions if under 21.  No abortion if convicted of a felony- ever, no matter what the circumstances.  Must carry a state issued ID card if you want an abortion.

    Those are all actual restrictions on gun ownership, btw, except the 1000% tax, that is just proposed.

    n

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  20. Gavin says:

    @nick here’s a link to the MSDS for Amdro. Not sure if the environmental cautions would apply in your situation.

    https://www.domyown.com/msds/MSDS_Amdro_Kills_Ants_Ant_Killing_Bait_Stakes_Stations_16633373342_Item_No_100501524_100501528.ashx_.pdf

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    @gavin, thanks for the info.

    Sheet says it’s toxic to fish and not to apply to lakes or let contaminated water enter lakes.    I’m guessing the application notes have further restrictions on distance from water, etc.

    I’ll use something, and carefully apply it so as not to let it get into the lake.  I wish I could just broadcast spread it and be done, like at home.  Nothing is ever easy.

    And it is 98F in the shade and rising.

    n

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    I have been using “Spectricide Mound Destroyer” fire ant killer.   I sprinkle a few granules on the mound then poke holes or kick it to disturb the ants.   They swarm out, take all the granules into the nest, and a few days later there is no more nest.  You have to walk the area and find the nests though, and there are always small ones you miss, and offshoots from the big one you didn’t see.   Which is why I would prefer spot treatment AND broadcast.

    Don’t want to mess up the lake though.

    n

  23. RickH says:

    Regarding ants, I seem to recall a DIY process: a bit of Borax mixed with sugar. The sugar attracts them, the Borax (eaten with the sugar) disrupts their digestive process, killing them off. 

    One link is here, although you will get lots of positive results with a googles/bings/ducks of “borax ants”. Some solutions are built for indoor infestations, but I think that doing the same thing near/on the outdoor nests would work.  The key is to mix the borax with an ‘attractant’ like sugar water.

    Basic recipe seems to be 1 part borax, 3 parts sugar, 3 parts water, then soak cotton balls in that mixture and put those cotton balls around the nests. 

    And did you know that there is a web site devoted to ‘all things ants’ (of course there is ) … https://www.ants.com .  More than you’ll ever want to know about ants…..

  24. Pecancorner says:

    Living on the water, you will probably have a never-ending battle with fire ants.  I’ve always just poured some Amdro on each mound. Then a few days later, pour some on the new mounds.  After a rain, rush out and pour Amdro on the mounds.  And so on, ad infinitum.   

    Your Spectracide probably works fine.  Walking the property and treating every mound just needs to become a habit, one of the first things you do on arrival each time.  Your eyes will get trained to spot them quickly. 

  25. lynn says:

    Ant bites are stinging/sore.  HATE ants.

    @lynn, linky please for the anthro.   If it’s not a poison, what does it bait them into doing?

    n

    Amdro is not a contact ant killer, it is a bait.  The ants eat it and die a horrible death.  Do not use in a vegetable garden, where your pets are, or where your cows / horses are. “Amdro Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait, 1LB 8oz (24 Oz)”

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QDEQ7E?tag=ttgnet-20/

  26. Alan says:

    >> I’ll use something, and carefully apply it so as not to let it get into the lake.  I wish I could just broadcast spread it and be done, like at home.  Nothing is ever easy. 

    @nick, have you checked with any of your lake neighbors to see what they use? Can’t imagine the ants are only plaguing you. 

  27. drwilliams says:

    @brad

    On the anti-abortion side, the justifications have come entirely from the religious right. On the pro-side, the arguments have been equally dogmatic.

    Find a compromise. Measure both sides with an outrage-o-meter. If both sides are equally pissed, you’ve found the middle ground.

    Disagree on both points.

    The religious right has been most vocal but there are a lot of people who are well aware of the ethical considerations. 

    The left rely on ginning up outrage, having the loudest fringe, and having their partisan supporters in the media give them the most air time. Note the number of pro-life offices that have been  firebombed in the last two months, some at least targeted by a convenient map produced by two profs at the U of Georgia (like to see the grant application for that one). Note the entirely predictable claim that the latest decision is “racist”–ignoring that the party of historical black repression has been making the policies that give those results. Note also that there has never been support for abortion up until the moment of birth, but the lunatic fringe has pushed the entire party to that indefensible position and kept them there for decades.

    In both cases support for and the actual location of a middle ground is found in polling the public, which seems to believe that abortion should be unrestricted up until 15-16 weeks. 

    I do not believe that it’s a coincidence that geographic support for unrestricted abortion, hostility to the Second Amendment guarantee of gun rights for personal protection, inability to control the rampant criminal use of firearms, legalization of drugs, and the expansion of opioid abuse into almost unrestricted* fentanyl abuse are all centered in the same parts of the map, which show an amazing correlation with the Blue shiiteholes controlled by the Democratic Party for generations.

    *24 kilograms of fentanyl, allegedly enough to kill 12 million people, and the maximum prison sentence contemplated is 6 years

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/california/story/2022-06-25/southern-california-man-caught-with-24-kilos-of-fentanyl

  28. Nick Flandrey says:

    Can’t imagine the ants are only plaguing you 

    -neighbors warned me about using the various treatments near the water and threw up their hands.    They are either using the poisons judiciously (or secretly) or they have given up.

    n

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  29. Nick Flandrey says:

    YEee hawww, 102F in mottled shade.  Only 31%RH though and some gentle breeze helps.

    n

  30. lpdbw says:

    On the anti-abortion side, the justifications have come entirely from the religious right. On the pro-side, the arguments have been equally dogmatic.

    Disagree.  Once upon a time I was a card-carrying big-L libertarian, and helped found two different Libertarian Party county organizations.  I have since grown up.  This was in the  70’s, and by my reckoning, ⅔ of LP members came to libertarianism from the conservative side, and ⅓ from the leftist side.  Then, as now, half or more of each group were committed dopers.  Most were not of the religious right; in fact, most were agnostic or atheists.

    We could find common ground on taxation, eminent domain, foreign wars, militarization of police, even on gun control.  But Libertarians (and libertarians) had to agree to disagree on abortion.  In my opinion, to be on the pro-abortion side, you had to deny that there was a human life involved, because a tenet of the L religion is that human life was inviolate and the ultimate virtue.

    Oddly enough, all the mumbling around Roe v. Wade and the whole trimester thing, as it was explained to me, made sense.  There is a period of time where the State intruding is overreach by the state.  Another period of time that is a grey area.  And another period of time when it is clearly the taking of a human life.  If the Supreme Court had left it at that, and not opened the barn door wide, we would have worked out the time periods in the various state legislatures by now, state-by-state.

    Instead, we have the new ruling, 50 years later, that is going to have the same effect by basically forcing the states to act.

    So Texas will ban abortions, Mississippi will allow them only up to 15 weeks (like France), and California, Illinois, and New York will encourage infanticide at the birth plus 10 days level.

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  31. dkreck says:

    I used to always say I really didn’t care if those people reproduced. What type of brainless idiot waits until the last minute to decide they don’t want a child and then kills a viable human baby? I know mistakes get made by lots of people(we’re talking sex after all) but why not deal with it immediately, or within three months? Morning after pills are a lot cheaper. Maybe neutering  for both parties for repeat offenses. We sure as hell don’t need more of them. Heartless bastard. Yeah

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  32. Alan says:

    >> …or they have given up.

    Well, as the old saying goes, you can always “fight fire(ants) with fire.”

  33. paul says:

    A friend had a water table lake near Waco.  Former gravel pit.

    For fire ants he used gasoline.  Just a couple of glug glugs from the jug.  Yeah, killed the grass.  But killed the ants, too.  Like “right now” killed.

    I used diaznone (sp) granules and a couple of other things at the house in Austin.  Sort of worked.   But not very well.   But a glug of gasoline worked better.

  34. RickH says:

    Dunno that I’d want to use Fire against the fire ants. Seems to me that the fire wouldn’t get deep enough into the nests to kill them all. 

    I like the ‘borax’ solution to kill via their food supply. Not immediate, like fire, but a good solution to ensure all the ants in that particular nest are filled.

    Plus, Nick could set them on the weekend, and come back to dead ants. 

  35. lynn says:

    Pearls Before Swine: Imagine There’s No Stephan

        https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/06/26

    Heh.  Tribute to John Lennon ?

  36. lpdbw says:

    Dunno that I’d want to use Fire against the fire ants. 

    I don’t know if this needs to be said, but no one mentioned setting the gas on fire.  I have used gasoline in hornet nests.  No ignition required.  It’s the fumes or the displacement of oxygen that kill.

    Nowadays I suppose I’d think twice, about environmental issues and about accidental unintended ignition.  I was young and foolish once; I’m older now.  Hopefully less foolish.

  37. lynn says:

    “Germany Green Energy Crisis: Warning of “Lehman Like” Contagion”

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/26/germany-green-energy-crisis-warns-of-lehman-like-contagion/

    “Germany says its energy crisis may trigger Lehman-like contagion as the country moves a step toward to natural-gas rationing”

    Germany is on fire !

    Note that Russia is voluntarily shutting down the natural gas to Germany.  Twisting the knife !

    “What was the name of the former US President, who warned Germany their green policy driven dependence on Russian gas would lead to disaster? I’m sure readers can remind me. ”

    Heh !

  38. lynn says:

    “Claim: Climate Damage Caused by Growing Space Tourism Needs Urgent Mitigation”

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/25/claim-climate-damage-caused-by-growing-space-tourism-needs-urgent-mitigation/

    I am growing tired of the chicken little people.

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  39. drwilliams says:

    https://keepbugsaway.com/how-to-get-rid-of-fire-ants/

    Ignore the sacrilege in #14 and use coffee grounds only.

    If you’re using borax-based methods, put the material on a plastic lid to keep it from killing the grass. Spray the lid with bright paint and this can also serve as a way to mark nests that have been treated.

    “Live better by killing things with chemistry.”

  40. Alan says:

    >> Dunno that I’d want to use Fire against the fire ants. Seems to me that the fire wouldn’t get deep enough into the nests to kill them all. 

    Well at least I resisted linking to any of the DIY flamethrower videos on YouTube   😉

  41. Nick Flandrey says:

    Napped for a few hours.   It’s 98F in the shade currently.

    I have to say that idleness isn’t as much fun when it’s ENFORCED idleness.

    I did read a few more chapters of the Bobiverse books, I’m on book 3.

    Have to decide on dinner soon, and if I want to cut the grass.   It’s really hot, but won’t be less hot tomorrow.

    I think I’ll head for another early night too.   Haven’t coughed much and feel ok, just a bit off.  Could be the airborne and lack of exercise…

    It’s weird not charging thru 10 projects while here.

    n

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  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    Dead calm, 93F lake is like glass.   Surprising how quiet it can get on a vacation lake at 730pm on Sunday.   Heat makes me feel feverish and I just didn’t feel like getting wet.   Lake is down almost a foot from normal levels.

    Took the flag in, 

    Watched some birds.   I’ve got at least one pair of cardinals, and a couple pairs of bluejays swooping back and forth across the yard.  Huge pelican looking thing stopped to rest on the neighbor’s yardarm.   Lots of smaller birds hunting their dinner at dusk.

    I need to get some of my good glass up here.   I’ve got a couple of the small Nikon binos, but they are not super.  Better than the Vivitar of the same size and age, but not as good as full sized Nikon glass.  I think the small ones were built under license, and they are not up to standard.  On the other hand, they go in my carryon bag so I have them with me….

    Good full size glass isn’t doing me any good in a closet at home.  Good thing I’ve got stuff stacked.  

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  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    Brought some rechargeable batteries, nicad and eneloop NiMH.   The eneloop have great self discharge rates.  Don’t know when I put this set away, but it had about 90% charge still.  Been at least a year.   Charging them all to full.

    My handheld scanner eats AA cells so the rechargables will be welcome.   I’ve got more at home to bring up too.

    And some lead acid and a charge controller for the solar need to come up.  And an inverter, besides the one in my truck.

    It’s a long list.

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  44. Nick Flandrey says:

    She said the quiet part out loud…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/cnn-host-cites-her-own-autistic-special-needs-family-members-making-case-abortion

    That was Sanger’s stated desire with abortion too, to eliminate undesireable babies and the adults they would become.

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  45. drwilliams says:

    just a bunch of friends…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=SUQ_gj-biIc

    I’d like to be able to say “My guitar’s over at Tom Petty’s house.”

    It would mean Tom was still with us.

    The next ten years in rock and roll history is going to suck.

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  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hey, I’ve got a troll putting up straw men!   How original!

    What’s my narrative?  

    And you read dailymail or you wouldn’t have seen the article, right?  I’ve laid out many times why I read it, why do you?

    Also, you realize DM builds the page you see JUST FOR YOU right?   Never wondered why there were more stories about your home town and state than seemed reasonable?  Or do you use the vpn and see stories about Colombia?

    Guess you weren’t paying attention when I mentioned the thin pipe and lack of access to news?

    In any case for the rest of the humans reading, when I did training with HPD they only let the sworn officers participate in any “hands on” parts of the training, so that if they got hurt it would be only actual cops getting hurt.   The cadets participating  were warned that if they got hurt, they would have to re-cycle or be booted out.   

    Tragic for the cop, the department, his family, and if he was the good guy described in the article, his whole community loses.

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  47. lynn says:

    just a bunch of friends…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=SUQ_gj-biIc

    I’d like to be able to say “My guitar’s over at Tom Petty’s house.”

    It would mean Tom was still with us.

    The next ten years in rock and roll history is going to suck.

    I never saw Tom Petty in concert but his concert videos were awesome.  Stevie Nicks apparently was a frequent surprise guest at his concerts.  I would have loved to have seen them in concert.

    The wife and I and a couple of friends saw Fleetwood Mac without Lyndsey Buckingham here in Houston in 2019.  Maybe very early 2020, not sure when.  The lead singer for Crowded House, Neil Finn, and Tom Petty’s lead guitarist, Mike Campbell, were touring with them.   Awesome concert, my first time to see them.  Stevie Nicks introduced a 15 minute long photo tribute to Tom Petty at the end of the concert.

  48. Nick Flandrey says:

    at least I resisted linking to any of the DIY flamethrower videos on YouTube  

    –admirable restraint, if un-necessary…   😉

  49. lynn says:

    Hey, I’ve got a troll putting up straw men!   How original!

    What’s my narrative?  

    Hey, at least the troll is not criticizing your punctuation.  

    Trolls gotta troll but, I still dislike them.  Such a waste of intellect.

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

    On the other hand, trying to listen to some CDs because it’s pretty quiet here… so I’m going thru the “do I rip this or not” pile of stuff I recognize but don’t know.

    There was a 10 yr period where rock was dominated by whiny moaners that I won’t miss at all.  Silverchair, Stone Temple Pilots, spindoctors, and the like.  All sound the same, all sound bad.

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  51. Nick Flandrey says:

    On the gripping hand, Nataly Merchant, whose voice I love, isn’t well represented on this 10000 Maniacs Live disc, she has trouble holding tempo and hitting some of the notes.   

    She’s moany and I wouldn’t want to date her, but I do like the music.

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  52. Greg Norton says:

    just a bunch of friends…

    I’d like to be able to say “My guitar’s over at Tom Petty’s house.”

    The Wilburys album was a unique moment. 

    Petty drove the re-issue of “Volume One” and “Volume Three” before he died. No re-engineering, just the original tracks with a couple of bonus songs. Plus a DVD with the documentary at the YouTube link.

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  53. ~jim says:

    >> Would a predator take care of the ants?<<

    https://www.amazon.com/Bug-Sales-Ladybugs-Praying-Lacewing/dp/B00I51X936?tag=ttgnet-20/

    I sent my mom a praying mantis oocyte once. They hatched in transit. When she opened the box hundreds of tiny little brown babies° scattered to the four corners.

    We only had native green mantises in Sonora but for years afterward she’d keep me updated when a brown one showed up.

    °https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q3wG8_VCCM8&t=22

    EDIT: Too funny, although I don’t think oocyte is the right term. Can anyone correct me?

  54. Alan says:

    >> I have to say that idleness isn’t as much fun when it’s ENFORCED idleness

    They call that prison, right?

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  55. Nick Flandrey says:

    RAin storm!   Thunder, lightning, water from the sky!

    and temp dropped to 77F

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  56. Jenny says:

    Good day at the dog show. Pretty handful of ribbons, kind patient Conformation judge. My year old dog did a nice job cooperating with the foolishness that is Conformation. Nice visit with friends and home by noon. Another stick shift lesson for my friend. She’s getting the hang of it.

    Dinner with family. Went down to feed the rabbits, squeezing the task in between dinner and leaving for a 7 pm meeting. Buck started racing around his cage, which often precedes a violent evacuation of his bladder. 

    I dodged directly into his urinary aerial assault.

    …….

    Funny, not funny.

    Aww, who am I kidding. Hysterically funny.

    ……

    I decontaminated and put on fresh clothes. Added laundry to my to do list. Was only 5 minutes late for the meeting.

    I like the buck, I like what he produces. A year of patience has not improved his friendliness. He doesn’t like us. I’ll put up with it for the sake of baby bunnies but I’m kinda tired of getting peed on. 

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  57. lynn says:

    RAin storm!   Thunder, lightning, water from the sky!

    and temp dropped to 77F

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    Lucky dog !  We want some of that here on the southwest side of H town.

  58. ~jim says:

    @Jenny

    >>I’ll put up with it for the sake of baby bunnies but I’m kinda tired of getting peed on. <<

    Yes but, are they brown baby bunnies?

    The things we do for food…

    I have gleaned a lot from your tales of rabbit husbandry. Don’t stop.

    BTW, it’s ootheca. I had to look it up.

  59. Denis says:

    I dodged directly into his urinary aerial assault.

    …….

    Funny, not funny.

    Aww, who am I kidding. Hysterically funny.

    Yes. Funny. Thank you. That started my day off on a positive note!

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