Fri. Jul. 1, 2022 – meh, still not feeling great

By on July 1st, 2022 in decline and fall, lakehouse, personal

Hot and humid here in Houston, although it was cooler all day  than it has been the rest of the week.   High in the 80s, and overcast all day had me cutting the grass at 5pm without breaking a sweat.  Today should be similar.

Spent yesterday not getting stuff done.  I got some stuff done.  Cleaned up some stuff around the house, put some shelves in the attic and moved stuff up there.  Sorted some other stuff.  Added to the pile of stuff going to the BOL this weekend.

And today I’ll add more stuff to the pile.  And I’ll load stuff in my truck, because I’m headed up there later.  Taking D1 with me too and gonna get at least 2 pickups done on the way.   Wife to follow later with D2.

We’ll do some work and some play.   The local celebrations are focused around our place, so we should meet whichever neighbors we haven’t met yet… yea meatspace!  Should be a good time.

Taking more preps up with me, some additional medical, some food, and some other PPEs and general supplies.  Takes a bunch of stuff to equip a new place.

I’m STACKING!   You should too.  Hard times coming…

n

58 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Jul. 1, 2022 – meh, still not feeling great"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Just because you buy an EV does not mean that you will get it.  My employee that bought a Nissan Leaf for a June 6 delivery is still driving his wife’s car.

    The power companies in Texas are holding the line on prices and burning money to keep the lights on until after the election. If your employee bought the car to save on gas, he’s dreaming long term.

  2. drwilliams says:

    We need a Contractual Reciprocity Law. If ObsceneBigCorp has a clause that says “No harm no foul if we don’t perform”, then PoorAbusedConsumer has the same.

    Yeah, and any refunded deposits earn interest at the same rate that OBC charges.

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  3. Ray Thompson says:

    Somebody points out that Ray Was Just Plain Wrong: crickets.

    Nope, not wrong.

    As I plainly stated hearsay is not admissible in court. Except in very limited and rare instances. Reading from a prepared statement is not one of those exceptions. In the case of Hutchinson she is clearly presenting hearsay. As I also plainly stated “is apparently OK in a congressional hearing”. Where is that incorrect and in conflict with the link that you referenced?

    Again, I stated “Those agents are being ignored by the committee”. Even though the committee says they are welcoming testimony from the secret service agents, no subpoenas have been issued. Merely extending an invitation is not the same as being forced to testify. If the committee was really serious then the subpoenas would have been issued.

    I suspect that the secret service agents as part of their protocol, their job description, is to say nothing to anyone, including a congressional committee is not allowed unless a legally processed subpoena has been served. I would never, ever, voluntarily speak to any congressional hearing on any matter. I will not voluntarily speak to any federal agent. I suspect secret service agents feel the same way.

    I stand by my statements. Hearsay is not allowed in court. The congressional committee allows hearsay. The secret service agents are not actively being sought by the committee.

    Here, let me give you something where you can really say I am wrong. The earth is flat.

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  4. drwilliams says:

    Lots of places look flat from the car, until you switch to the bicycle

  5. Clayton W. says:

    Ray, you forgot to debunk his statement with a Wikipedia article:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearsay

    BTW, if your statement can be debunked with a Wikipedia article, which is known to be a very leftist source, you have really failed at your argument.  Which is why I use them.  😀

    It is the equivalent of being slapped with a limp fish.

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    heh

    ”Caitiff” McCain

    The McCain family is the Arizona Republican Party.

    I’m actually surprised that they aren’t going after the Senate seat this time around, but Mark Kelly probably still has a sympathy vote, especially with more mass shootings in the news.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    Nope, not wrong.

    As I plainly stated hearsay is not admissible in court. Except in very limited and rare instances. Reading from a prepared statement is not one of those exceptions. In the case of Hutchinson she is clearly presenting hearsay. As I also plainly stated “is apparently OK in a congressional hearing”. Where is that incorrect and in conflict with the link that you referenced?

    The troll loves to argue legal gray areas. I don’t know if that is his thing or a tactic to bury this site with minutia.

    Just concede and move on like I did a few months ago. He’ll crow about it and find something else to pick about.

    Parental largess or the spouse with the real job must pay for the VPN.

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  8. MrAtoz says:

    OKno, groomerno.

  9. Ray Thompson says:

    Just concede and move on like I did a few months ago.

    Sometimes I am not above self abuse.

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  10. nick flandrey says:

    @ray, I was going to make the exact same rebuttal you did, but grew tired of it.   

    He wants to hang his ass out for the world to see, I’m not gonna pull up his pants.   

    Links to CNN or MSNBC will be ignored as democrat propaganda.  They sold their souls during gulf war 1, and have admitted it publicly.   Christianna NotsoPoor stated publicly that she saw her job as ‘taking down Bush’.  So again, sold.   They reaffirmed the sale during the Ferguson riots, with the “mostly peaceful protests” bullsh!te.  They rotted from the head down, starting when Teddy wouldn’t allow the use of the word “terrorist” on air.

    I looked at a lineup for CNN and didn’t find anything that wasn’t an opinion show.  Ditto for MSNBC.

    They are worse than Russia Times.   RT will state facts as facts, and let them speak for themselves, which is far more honest than CNNNBCBSABC.

    n

  11. nick flandrey says:

    82F and raining.   Which monkey wrenches my plans for the day.   Hopefully it will clear up.

    n

  12. Lynn says:

    If your employee bought the car to save on gas, he’s dreaming long term.

    His commute to the office is much longer than my four miles.  His is six miles.

  13. drwilliams says:

    Criminals claiming to be “climate activists” in New York City have begun a campaign of slashing the tires of sport utility vehicles.

    The health of my tires is linked to your Achilles tendons, just in case you were feeling slashy today.

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  14. CowboyStu says:

    From Ray:

    Here, let me give you something where you can really say I am wrong. The earth is flat.

    @Ray:  Finally, you made a mistake.  Whew!  I’ve been waiting 2 decades for your 1st mistake.

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  15. nick flandrey says:

    I’ll help you Ray, “the earth is flat IN PLACES.”   Now you’re not wrong.

    n

  16. MrAtoz says:

    I finally watched last weeks episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. What a piece of absolute dreck. Poorly acted, melodramatic, sort of a period piece fantasy, with a dash of lesbianism thrown in. The actor who portrays the ships doctor sucks and his accent makes it hard to even understand him. But, he’s Amish!!! Anson Mount’s and Rebecca Romjin’s performances seemed “phoned” in and over acted. The woman who plays Nurse Chapel isn’t that good. Plus, she has these weird disproportionate arms with scars on one of them. Please don’t expose them anymore.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    Links to CNN or MSNBC will be ignored as democrat propaganda.  They sold their souls during gulf war 1, and have admitted it publicly.   Christianna NotsoPoor stated publicly that she saw her job as ‘taking down Bush’.  So again, sold.   They reaffirmed the sale during the Ferguson riots, with the “mostly peaceful protests” bullsh!te.  They rotted from the head down, starting when Teddy wouldn’t allow the use of the word “terrorist” on air.

    I’ve shared the dark secrets of both Christianna Amanpour and the CNN Center in this forum before.

    I wonder if the figurative (literal?) fishbowls of cocaine from the Sid n Marty Kroft era that CNN inherited upon move-in day in Midtown will be left for the next tenant in the building.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    I finally watched last weeks episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. What a piece of absolute dreck. Poorly acted, melodramatic, sort of a period piece fantasy, with a dash of lesbianism thrown in. The actor who portrays the ships doctor sucks and his accent makes it hard to even understand him. But, he’s Amish!!! Anson Mount’s and Rebecca Romjin’s performances seemed “phoned” in and over acted. The woman who plays Nurse Chapel isn’t that good. Plus, she has these weird disproportionate arms with scars on one of them. Please don’t expose them anymore.

    The last few episodes seemed reshot or, at the very least, hastily rewritten.

    The show with the trans activist actress seemed like it was originally conceived as a Harvey Mudd episode with Rainn Wilson. Now that would have been interesting.

    A main character got bumped off last night, but not Chapel.

  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    Still raining.  Shoot.  That is going to change what goes up with me in the truck.

    n

  20. MrAtoz says:

    A main character got bumped off last night, but not Chapel.

    One more episode like last week’s and the Vampira one and I say bump them all off and do a reboot.

  21. Robert "Bob" Sprowl says:

    Thanks  to all of those who replied to my post yesterday.  

    I apparently was not clear about my plans.  I am considering substituting the antenna link for the buried cable.  The cost of the buried cable is high compared to antennas. 

    I have wifi in the house and want to extend it or add a second one in the shop.  The eves of the house and shop will protect the antennas from direct rain fall.  The line of sight is clear and almost exactly 200 feet.  

    I want to minimize  fussing with the “network” once it is up which suggests cable.  Price suggests antennas.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    @bob, for the money, look at a pair of NanoBeam Loco M2 or M5s to make the link between the house and the shop.   With ubiquiti, you are always better off with their PoE injector too, as some of their gear won’t work with standard injectors, so buy the “kit” that includes the injector.

    If your existing wifi is new enough to have a mesh network option, then you might be able to just add a compatible access point in the shop and have it link back to the house thru its mesh capability.   But if not, Nanobeam is the way to go.

    n

  23. lynn says:

    xkcd: Periodic Table Changes

        https://xkcd.com/2639/

    Yup, that is what happens when you put a physicist in charge of chemical stuff.

    Just kidding.

    Explained at:

        https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2639:_Periodic_Table_Changes

  24. Alan says:

    >> Yep. I make it a point to read contracts and license agreements in full, but lately almost all web app Terms of Use and most software licenses contain clauses along the lines of “may be modified at any time, with or without notice including the removal of  Gravatars”. 

    Fixed. 

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  25. Alan says:

    >> His commute to the office is much longer than my four miles.  His is six miles. 

    You providing a 240v outlet at the office so he can recharge and get back home without running out of juice? 

  26. lynn says:

    >> His commute to the office is much longer than my four miles.  His is six miles. 

    You providing a 240v outlet at the office so he can recharge and get back home without running out of juice? 

    Nope.  We are still negotiating if he can use the 120 volt 15 amp outlet at the front of the building.

  27. Alan says:

    >> Criminals claiming to be “climate activists” in New York City have begun a campaign of slashing the tires of sport utility vehicles.

    The article I saw said the tires were only deflated, not slashed. 

    https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/climate-activists-deflate-tires-on-40-suvs-in-nyc/

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  28. lynn says:

    “EPA retains tools to cut power sector GHG emissions despite Supreme Court curbing its authority: attorneys”

        https://www.utilitydive.com/news/supreme-court-epa-GHG-carbon-power-plant/626456/

    “The court’s use of the ‘major questions doctrine’ signals likely challenges to future regulations, according to lawyers.”

    Yup, the EPA is going to try to weasel their way around the carbon emissions without a directive from Congress.

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  29. Alan says:

    >> Nope.  We are still negotiating if he can use the 120 volt 15 amp outlet at the front of the building.

    IIRC the LEAF 120 volt charger draws 13 amps. The NEC requires a dedicated circuit for charging an EV. 

  30. Greg Norton says:

    You providing a 240v outlet at the office so he can recharge and get back home without running out of juice? 

    Nope.  We are still negotiating if he can use the 120 volt 15 amp outlet at the front of the building.

    He can’t charge at home? Six miles?

  31. lynn says:

    “FCC Permits Starlink to Be Used on Moving Cars, Boats, and Planes”

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/fcc-permits-starlink-to-be-used-on-moving-cars-boats-and-planes

    “The FCC clears SpaceX’s application to operate Starlink on moving vehicles despite interference complaints from rival companies.”

    Starlink, Starlink, Starlink.  When do I get mine ?

  32. RickH says:

    Finished watching the 7 seasons (10 episodes per season) of “Bosch” last night (on Amazon). Excellent show. Great writing and acting. A lot of four-letter words throughout. 

    I’ve already watched “Bosch:Legacy” (one season taking place after the end of the 7 season “Bosch”), but may watch it again.

    Recommended. I will warn you of the possibility of staying up too late to “watch just one more episode”.

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  33. MrAtoz says:

    OK19, groomer19.

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  34. Clayton W. says:

    How on earth can someone be such a maroon?

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  35. MrAtoz says:

    OK20, groomer20 .

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  36. Ray Thompson says:

    Apples, oranges, whatever.

    I should have known better than to feed a troll. My bad.

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  37. paul says:

    Back to NanoBeams…  By pipe it’s about 280 feet from here in the house to the EDC.  I ran Ethernet because I had a PC out there and because it was a cool thing to do in 1993 or 1994. 

    How deep does a DitchWitch dig?  At least arm pit deep pushing three feet.  Over the years nearby lighting storms caused problems.  

    I’m still not a fan of the t-storm that zapped my router, the hub, and the network card in the PC.

    In the house I lost an Intel Print-server, my HP895Cxi printer, and the network card in two PCs.  And another hub.  The Xerox color laser went wonky enough that I thought it was toast.  I gave it another try a couple of weeks later before taking it to the trash and it was fine.  Kind of wonky but it would print. 

    After a few more years of lightning storms, I think the accumulated voltage surges finally made the Ethernet fail.  I had three pulls in the pipe and I had no luck picking around to find two good pair that actually worked faster than a 14.4 modem.

    So, I can pull new wire.  The downside is “lotta work” and doesn’t cure the lighting problem.  On the plus side, a 1000 ft spool of CAT5 was about 35¢ a foot.  Which beats (by memory) the same was almost $1000 in 1993/4. 

    I bought a couple of NanoBeams from Amazon for $90 each.  2016. They came with power supplies.  They were easy enough to configure before mounting.  I assigned their IP addresses.  They are in bridge mode.  I had a real sneaker net because an old pair of shoes was handy to set them in.  Then after having one on the bed and one in the EDC, yeah, no need to do more than build a thing to mount them on.  Old sneakers, not worn out….  After playing with them I’ve never looked at the lights.  Their web interface has an aiming tool that seems to work.  I just eyeballed it.  The one in the house is on top of a bookcase.  The other is on a window sill.  Works well enough that I didn’t see the need to drill holes in the wall to mount outside.

    After some recent tree clearing they are connected at 450 to 550 Mbps.  Faster than my switches.

    I’m pretty sure you can use a NanoBeam to blast wi-fi to your shop.  I bought them to replace a failed Ethernet run.  As for wi-fi in the house, I have a Unifi and another in the feedshed doing the mesh thing.  I don’t remember how to configure them.  Solid as Sears.  Thinking about it, I can store the Unifi in the feedshed since the travel trailer is gone.  I’ll get right on that someday. 

    The items Nick has mentioned are all good from what I have read and they work together.  

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  38. CowboyStu says:

    I’ll help you Ray, “the earth is flat IN PLACES.”   Now you’re not wrong.

    Yes, there are many places where the earth is flat.  In the Mojave Desert they are designated as “dry lakes”.  I have driven by a number of them in my 4WD Jeep and have camped out at several of them.

    YUUUP!  Ray is always right 

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  39. Geoff Powell says:

    As to your other comments, you are making up facts and believing them to be true just so you can say you are right. Let’s get back to basics: if someone invites you to come to dinner, can you honestly say he’s ignoring you in sending out his dinner invitations ? By analogy, then, an agent who is invited to give testimony is not being ignored. Whether or not he does or doesn’t come is an entirely separate question from whether he was invited. 
     

    -NaN

    Plunk.

    G.

  40. ITGuy1998 says:

    I have 3 UniFi AP’s. The controller software is a little funky, but the AP’s themselves have been rock solid. The only issue I’ve had is having to reset the AP’s to default when I redid my desktop. I had a backup of the controller confit, but I couldn’t get it to import. It was easier to just start over than mess with it for hours,

  41. MrAtoz says:

    OK21, groomer21.

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  42. drwilliams says:

    I have been a jerk.

    First, nothing indicates that the state has changed–use present tense.

    Second, there is nothing in the etymology of the term that indicates it is anything other than a mild behavioral descriptor totally inadequate for the unflushed full toilet bowl that you represent.

    Your best life is probably finding a floor that slopes steeply to a large drain.

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  43. MrAtoz says:

    OK22, groomer22.   .

  44. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    Friends, please ignore the trolls. We all know who that is, so ignore and don’t respond. 

    Thank you.

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  45. drwilliams says:

    Chasing Utopian Energy: How I Wasted 20 Years of My Life

    By Brian Gitt
    June 26, 2022

    I wasted 20 years of my life chasing utopian energy.

    Utopian energy is an imagined form of energy that’s abundant, reliable, inexpensive, and also clean, renewable, and life-sustaining. But utopian energy is as much a fantasy as a utopian society. Seeking the fount of perfect energy allows us to pretend there aren’t real-world tradeoffs between, say, banning fossil fuels and helping people in impoverished nations or between using solar and wind power and conserving natural habitats. 

    https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2022/06/26/chasing_utopian_energy_how_i_wasted_20_years_of_my_life_839185.html

    Basically, he confesses that he had no basis for his beliefs, didn’t bother to do any research, drank the kool-aid that was offered, and cruised along in his bubble of b.S. until it became untenable, at which point he determined that the liar’s figures didn’t make sense. He is now reformed and thinks he is better able to point the way a bright energy future than people who have been looking at reality for all the years he wasted.

    Good luck, Brian, but you’re better off using small words to get other mindless greenies to have the same epiphany that you did. 

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  46. drwilliams says:

    I only get pleasure in jerking with other people.

    Is this in a circle or is some other geometric figure involved?

    Real or virtual?

    Have you considered the environmental aspects and bought carbon offsets for the emissions, or are they exempt under the de minimus rule? 

    Dare I ask how the remedial plural studies are coming?

  47. drwilliams says:

    @Alan

    A quick review showes that the NYC incidents were variously reported both ways, including a Guardian article that used both terms. 

    There may also be some conflation with some other mass tire slashing incidents in NYC. 

    This group has used a “slow deflation” technique in some actions in Great Britain, employing a small legume lodged under the tire valve cap to bring about a slow deflation over time. I would point out that such a practice could easily and predictably result in a severely underinflated tire catastrophically separating from the wheel rim during a turn at legal speed, with injuries and death resulting which would qualify as murder or manslaughter. 

  48. drwilliams says:

    New NY bill: If you want to carry concealed, we’ll need to see your social media accounts

    Smells like a twofer, a First Amendment violation tucked inside a Second Amendment violation.

    So, here’s a serious question that I have never seen in any 2A discussion.

    Certain jurisdictions have proved themselves serially hostile to the right to bear arms.

    In cases where jurisdictions have been hostile to voting rights of minorities, the federal government has imposed, through the courts, a requirement that any modification of existing laws receive prior approval from the courts. 

    Such requirements have been imposed for decades.

    Inasmuch as New York has just been freed from a century of unconstitutional limitations under the racist Sullivan Act, and the Democrat legislature has just served up another law that will not stand, would it not be appropriate to inhibit such behavior in the future by including, as part of the dismantling of the latest constitutional violation, a similar requirement for court review?

    Please note that there has been a cynical expectation openly discussed that this new carp will be in force for years before being struck down, as SCOTUS has been reluctant in the past to take up 2A litigation more than once in a multiple blue moon.

    ADDED: California should be similarly treated.

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  49. CowboyStu says:

    Oh-oh, drwilliams, I’m afraid that NaN will be trolling you for all your comments that I agree with.

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  50. drwilliams says:

    Sumbuddy is upset that his “Caprolite Classification by Taste and Smell” project didn’t make it past the county fair again this year. Nano no-show at state, again.

  51. RickH says:

    I’ve noticed that it’s not just one person here that posts comments that I am uncomfortable with.

     I specifically note that there are many incidences of comments from several commenters that advocate violence against a group of people, or a particular person (public or private). Plus there are disparaging classifications of groups of people (or persons).

    Please keep your comments polite, non-threatening, and not directed at any one person or group. You can have those opinions, but keep them to yourself.

    I enjoy the rational discussion of issues and topics. Name calling, threats of violence, etc, should not be a part of the discussions here.

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  52. Alan says:

    >> Inasmuch as New York has just been freed from a century of unconstitutional limitations under the racist Sullivan Act, and the Democrat legislature has just served up another law that will not stand, would it not be appropriate to inhibit such behavior in the future by including, as part of the dismantling of the latest constitutional violation, a similar requirement for court review? 

    Who is going to order the court review? The heavily Dumbocratic NYS gooberment? The Feds? How long will it be before the first non-Sullivan CCW permit is issued? 

  53. drwilliams says:

    Might have to wait for 2025

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, I’ve expressed my opinion up thread.

    Again.  

    NaN has shown himself to be capable of actual contributions to the discussion, but it never lasts.  IDK why not.   It would be better for all concerned if it did.

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    beautiful here at the lake.   Currently 79F with a nice gentle breeze.  What a huge difference from Houston.

    The lake is down about 1 foot, despite the watershed getting some rain today, and earlier in the week.   It’s not completely unusual to have a lower level this time of year, but not typically this low.   Or so I’m told.   I think everyone but the actual Gulf Coast needs some rain.  Certainly the western states do.

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    Big black sky full of stars tonight.   Saw three good meteors in less than an hour.  

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    Lots to do tomorrow, so I’m turning in early.

    n

  55. lynn says:

    How long will it be before the first non-Sullivan CCW permit is issued? 

    New York State will probably take a decade or two before they issue the new CCW rules.  The legislature will have to form a few committees and study the issue in depth.

    My question is, will New York State honor my Texas LTC (License To Carry) ?  If not, why not ?  Many other states honor my LTC.  All of the states honor my driver’s license.  How is a CCW different ?

    Of course, no other states honor my PE (Professional Engineers License) from the Great State of Texas.  I am registered in Texas, since 1989.  To work as an engineer in any other state, I must be registered in that state also, following their rules, taking their tests, etc.

  56. Alan says:

    >> New York State will probably take a decade or two before they issue the new CCW rules.  The legislature will have to form a few committees and study the issue in depth.

    New York has a Democratic trifecta and a Democratic triplex. The Democratic Party controls the offices of governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and both chambers of the state legislature

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