Fri. Aug. 5, 2022 – headed back up

Hot, hot, hot.   Parts of town got rain yesterday but I didn’t here at the house.  Some threatening weather, but no delivery.   Today will be similar I think.  Someone will get rain, but not most.

I did my errands.   Got interrupted by plumbing issues at my rent house, and did some more errands.  Tires look good on the Ranger.  The take offs were bad enough I didn’t even want to save any of them.  Did some of the pickups I’d delayed.  Chatted with a new seller.  I got some smoking deals.   They were a bit less excited about the prices.  Most of it was stuff for the BOL.

Today I’ll be meeting a plumber, picking up some auction stuff and taking it to my buddy.   Cheap freezers for all!   Didn’t get to see my barber yesterday and probably won’t today either.   Which sucks.  I was looking forward to getting a real cut instead of my (admittedly not too bad) home effort.  At least the front doesn’t look bad…

Then at some point, I’ll head up to Conroe to pick up some stuff, pretty much all for the BOL, and some of it for the dock up there.  After that, onward!

There is work to be done at the lake.   And I’m the being to do it.  I guess.

Stack up some good will this week.  Help someone out.

nick

122 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Aug. 5, 2022 – headed back up"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    The longer life claims for tankless seem to be based on hope rather than reality. As mentioned above, the claims are not supported by the warranty. If the industry was sincere about service life they’d have some real data.

    Our plumber favors a Japanese brand which I assume has some data from installs in the homeland to back up the warranty period.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Near as I can tell, people have cut back their discretionary driving.  No summer trips across the USA to go see Grandma.

    Who wants to go see Grandma? She lives in Orlando with a broken air conditioner because the primary beneficiary of her pension checks is the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Hard Rock Casino operation down the road in Tampa.

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  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ah Greg, two scoops of cynical in your coffee this am??   I have a funny story, well sad and funny, about old ladies in casinos from my time working in Vegas but it’s too full of personal details to tell here.   Suffice to say, the casino looks at grandma spending her check playing slots VERY differently than human people do.

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    83F and pretty dang damp.  Sun shining, and the temps will be heading up.

    Morning ablutions then out the door.

    Busy today.

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  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Back to the Dark Ages.  Western civ was nice while it lasted.

    Spain Bans A/C Dropping Below 80°F, Threatens Massive Fines

    by Tyler Durden

    Friday, Aug 05, 2022 – 03:15 AM

    Citing “a real risk of a natural gas shortage during the coming winter,” the Spanish government has decreed that all shops, department stores, cinemas, hotels and public buildings cannot have air conditioning set below 27 degrees Celsius (just below 81 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer, heating above 19 degrees in the winter (66 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Additionally, the lights in shop windows must be turned off at 10 pm, and access doors to the premises must close automatically to ensure air does not get out.

  5. EdH says:

    Our plumber favors a Japanese brand which I assume has some data from installs in the homeland to back up the warranty period.

    My neighbor, a plumber, favors Takagi.  

    He will put in anything the client specifies, but that’s what he said he had fewest issues with. Its what he uses.

    The biggest issues would seem to be the prohibition of using the old galvanized venting for propane. I will have to check and see if mine really is galvanized, not stainless.  

  6. Pecancorner says:

    access doors to the premises must close automatically to ensure air does not get out.

    Lettin’ out the bought air! 

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  7. Ray Thompson says:

    Ordered a pack of four 3M filters from Costco. Same price as getting the filters from Home Depot. These new filters have a sensor attached to tell when to change the filter. Bluetooth connection to a 3M app. I normally would not care about such automation but the price per filter was the same as buying local. 3M filters are expensive to begin with but are really good filters from my experience. I normally change filters once a month. Will see how these new filters determine change interval. Maybe I am changing the filters too often.

  8. ITGuy1998 says:

    I’ll change filters every 2 months, or earlier if they look sufficiently dirty. I use the cheapest pleated filter you can get. This comes from several hvac guys I know. The premise is that the really fine filtering  filters put extra strain on the blower motor over time. Maybe, maybe not. I think this is one of those things that just comes down to personal preference.

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    528,000 new jobs, unemployment falling to 3.5%, gasoline prices dropping despite it being mid-summer. Are the Daily Mail and other doom porn sites reporting on that?   

    ah, you’re up early today.   Yes in fact they are.  Go read them yourself.   And in three months when they revise the numbers down, they will report that too, unlike most of the other media outlets.

    I’m busy in real life, but the questions to ask – where are those “new” jobs created and who will fill them?  A posted job opening is nothing, literally nothing, but words. Also, as why there is an opening. Is it because someone LEFT or because the business is growing and needs additional staff. VERY different things.   WHY did unemployment fall?  One way, the most common way during the last almost three years is that people stop looking for work.  Those people are no longer counted in the unemployed category and unemployment goes down.   WHY did gas prices drop?  “Demand destruction” ie. prices rise to the point people buy less is very different for its social effects than “organic” price adjustments.

    I’m not going to complain about lower gas prices.  I’d like them to return to the levels of the Trump presidency.    Nor will I complain that there are jobs.  We know there are jobs available, at least here, because every business that is still open has “help wanted” signs out.  Job openings don’t matter at all, if no one fills them.   

    Back the ‘gotcha’ tone down a bit, and you can engage in an actual discussion.  

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  10. drwilliams says:

    @Ray Thompson

    ”Maybe I am changing the filters too often.”

    Yup. 

    The change interval is determined by pressure drop, not dirt. A dirty filter is a more efficient filter, up to the point where pressure drop becomes great enough that flow finds a way to bypass the filter or flow is reduced. 

  11. Alan says:

    >> Nor will I complain that there are jobs.  We know there are jobs available, at least here, because every business that is still open has “help wanted” signs out.  Job openings don’t matter at all, if no one fills them.   

    A few blocks from us is an intersection of two six lane roads and most days there are one or two panhandlers on the medians with “Anything Helps” signs looking for handouts. Also at this corner is a large McDonald’s with a busy drive-through and plastered across all the street-facing windows are Help Wanted posters which say “Starting at $15 an hour.” I know from a friend of a friend that got hired on there that the $15/hour is legit. But I guess begging for small change for hours in the hot desert sun pays better.

    But then again, the saying about statistics goes like this: they’re like a bikini, what they reveal  is interesting, what they cover up is essential.

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  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hey, something real to back your assertions.   Leave out the gotcha and it would be fine.  I didn’t say anything other than, look at the actual data and ask questions about it.  The straw man stuff gets tiresome.

    I also made it clear that I’ve got stuff to do today, and I won’t be sitting here digging thru jobs reports or articles.   Nice that you did though.

    I don’t “think”  what you assert I “think”, I just pointed out that the sort of general statements that you love when they support you need to be looked at more closely.  Nice to see you getting  ‘lawyerly’ and looking at the statements more critically.  

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Alan, there has been a dramatic increase in beggars and vagrants around my neighborhood in the last month.   Verizon even cut down the trees and pulled the shrubs in front of their store because the single beggar sleeping in the shade turned into five setting up camp.  This is at a major intersection in a residential area.

    It’s not the same old ones I normally see either.

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  14. Pecancorner says:

    It’s been too hot here for the usual few panhandlers that work the county seat.   The poor souls who walk to work at various restaurants  set out early, then have hours to kill before they can clock in.   It was 95F at 9:30 this morning. 

    Paul heard an ad the other day:  “Our fried fish is as crispy and golden as your lawn is!” 

    There are jobs and there are jobs.  Any place that keeps advertising Help Wanted over a long period of time has something wrong with it. Either they are not paying what they claim, are not giving people enough hours to even pay rent, or they are juggling the schedules so badly their employees can’t manage the two jobs they need to get in 40 hours, or else the management won’t hire the people who do apply.    

    Our local Burger King never lacks for help, but that has to be the friendliest, most cheerful bunch of people in town.  Even the people cooking back on the line will look up and and smile and speak to customers while we are waiting. Their managers must all be great to work for.   I’ve begun stopping there as much because they make my day brighter as that the food is tasty and inexpensive. I usually cook, but if I’m shopping it is a nice treat for Paul to get a Whopper Jr and fries for his lunch.   One lady calls me “Tina Marie” LOL, another guy has a gold tooth and a grin so big I can ignore his tattoos.  

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    @NaN, if you can’t figure out that I post links to articles to START conversations, not end  them, you aren’t intellectually blessed enough to be at the adult’s table.

    If you can’t understand that I don’t necessarily endorse the viewpoints or content of linked articles, or comments here, let me state it explicitly.   I don’t.

    If you can’t understand that my response to you was questions to ask, your intellect is failing you again.

    And if you can’t understand that the focus of most of my  posts here is on prepping for hard times, and providing justification for WHY I have that focus, then you are really too dumb to be allowed out in public.   

    I don’t think any of these are the case though.  I think you are just mentally ill and  socially incompetent.   It saddens me that you appear to be so damaged and twisted.

    Stop attacking people.  Stop putting words into my mouth.  Stop coming here and causing disruptions.   

    Or participate civilly and respectfully of the norms that are in place here.

    Because every single time I try to engage you as a human being, you attack and quickly turn to disruption, I am going to stop doing so.   If you continue to treat comments as just an opening to later attack and disrupt, I will just nuke your comments without regard to their content, and assume they are only a dishonest attempt to open the door to more abuse.

    Find something else to spend your time and energy on.   

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  16. Alan says:

    >> Now, about Alex Jones and those $4.1 million dollars…

    Judgement “resistant” if not judgement proof?

  17. lynn says:

    access doors to the premises must close automatically to ensure air does not get out.

    Lettin’ out the bought air! 

    One of my favorite movies of all time.  Right up there with Real Genius and 16 Candles.

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  18. lynn says:

    >> Now, about Alex Jones and those $4.1 million dollars…

    Judgement “resistant” if not judgement proof?

    His ex-wife says that he literally has money and ammo buried all over the place.

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11082503/Alex-Jones-ex-wife-says-truly-mentally-ill-interview-following-4M-defamation-case.html

    I suspect that the Austin judge is going to drop a punitive judgement on him for $100 million.

    I just don’t know if his incoherent sayings pass the first amendment test for damages. He may be headed for SCOTUS.

  19. mediumwave says:

    *Someone* needs a girlfriend . . . or maybe a boyfriend. Shouldn’t make unwarranted assumptions about his/her/its pronouns, after all.

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  20. lynn says:

    I’ll change filters every 2 months, or earlier if they look sufficiently dirty. I use the cheapest pleated filter you can get. This comes from several hvac guys I know. The premise is that the really fine filtering  filters put extra strain on the blower motor over time. Maybe, maybe not. I think this is one of those things that just comes down to personal preference.

    I change filters every three months whether horrible or not.  At the office, I have a whole filter 4 inch by 20 inch by 25 inch on the inlet air to each a/c unit in the second story attic space.

        https://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-FC100A1037-5-Merv-Filter-Media/dp/B019C1OLAW?tag=ttgnet-20/

    At the house, I have four filters spread around the place.  A 20 x 30, two 12 x 24, and a 16 x 25 (all inches) that I buy at Sams Club.

       https://www.samsclub.com/p/filtrete-allergen-reduction-plus-2x-dust-filter-4pk/prod21365259

  21. lynn says:

    I am still trying to shun the person who just wants to argue about non-important things.

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  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Nick”, pointing out incorrect statements or logical errors is not attacking anyone. Nor do I put words in your mouth. Look at what you wrote: 

    where are those “new” jobs created and who will fill them?

    The mistake I pointed out is that these are not job openings that need to be filled. The number is for non-farm payroll. All I’m doing is pointing out the error. If you choose to take that as a personal attack, that’s on you. 

    this comment does what you say.   They other one didn’t.

    And you know who you are attacking.  To again put words in my mouth, that I though that particular comment was an attack on me, is a perfect example.  It’s a straw man, combined with misdirection and conflation.     

    I know that you are capable of civil discourse.   That you continue to choose otherwise is the problem.

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  23. lynn says:

    “As Taiwan Warns Chinese “Maritime & Aerial Blockade” Ensuing, Pelosi Says Real Issue Is ‘I’m A Woman’”

        https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosi-departs-taiwan-after-president-tsai-bestowed-highest-medal-china-preps-largest

    Has Pelosi had a biologist verify that she is a woman ?

    BTW, what does a biologist do to verify a woman is a woman ?

    BTW2, I will certainly say that Pelosi has guts.

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  24. lynn says:

    “DeSantis Sends Cops To Physically Remove Suspended ‘Soros-Backed’ State Attorney”

        https://www.zerohedge.com/political/desantis-suspends-state-attorney-violating-oath-refusing-enforce-laws

    DeSantis 2024 !

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  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    Mostly, yes.

    As I have stated many times,  it is at my discretion and whim

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  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Rick, site is not resizing for mobile for me today.  AnythingAnything change?

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  27. CowboyStu says:

    @ JimB & EdH (mainly):

    Sunday, on the way back after his weekend at Mammoth Lakes, my SIL picked up a carton of beer at the Indian Wells Brewery.  I’ll be going to his house Sunday (On Uber) and we will have a few.  Several years ago, I could order a case from up there at a local mega beer and wine store and then pick it up after delivery to that store. Unfortunately, that was stopped and now we have to pick it up in Indian Wells on the way back.

    My daughter, SIL and grandchildren live near here:  https://www.opnewport.com/

    Whew!  I don’t think there is anything I wrote above that will set off NaN.

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  28. Ray Thompson says:

    The interesting question will be the punitive damages. The $4.1 million didn’t include those. Nine years of bald-faced lying will probably result in a very large number.

    I seem to remember that Alex Jones and his company filed for bankruptcy protection. Regardless of the monies awarded, the family will never see any money. Whether the award is $10.00 or $100 million, no money will be disbursed. Alex’s company will shut down and that is probably a good thing.

    I still do not understand why Alex Jones is being punished. I thought this country had freedom of speech laws. Certainly he is an idiot for stating the Sandy Hook event was staged. But is that not his right? I cannot find any specific quotes where he slandered the family. Certainly Alex’s position that Sandy Hook was staged may have caused trauma to the family because his words hurt emotionally. However nasty and fake Alex’s statements were, it is still free speech.

    I know you cannot yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater. Yelling “BOMB” in the middle of a flight will surely get a person arrested. Some things that are free speech may cause harm. A website with videos and text? Not really quite the same.

    The parents of a child killed in the slaughter won a defamation lawsuit earlier. How is Jones stating the incident was fake defaming the family? No statements were made directly against the family.

    Or is the jury and legal system making a case that someone cannot claim that which is true, is false, (or the other way around) to further their political agenda? Seems like a lot political people (Elizabeth Warren claiming to be Indian, Hillary claiming to have been under active attack, etc.) would qualify for legal action against them.

    I am unable to find anything where Alex Jones said something specifically against the families or otherwise defamed anyone. All I can find is that he claimed that Sandy Hook was staged and thus not real. Maybe if I listened to his ramblings I would find something. Listening to his ramblings is something I would find very distasteful and not something I want to endure.

    Law enforcement can lie, and such behavior is encouraged. Law enforcement can state things that are untrue, cause people harm, sometimes physical harm, and get patted on the back or promoted.

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  29. CowboyStu says:

    I’m not going to argue with Ray about his interpretations of the 1st Ammendment.

  30. Greg Norton says:

    “DeSantis Sends Cops To Physically Remove Suspended ‘Soros-Backed’ State Attorney”

    DeSantis 2024 !

    The Hillsborough State Attorney office has been a trainwreck for a while, but Governors of both parties looked the other way going back decades. I remember one State Attorney even committing suicide in the last … 20 years … ? Time flies.

    DeSantis will catch cr*p for that one, though. “An elected official … blah blah blah”. 

    He’ll probably have to kick The Times out of the press conferences again.

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  31. EdH says:

    @CowboyStu: I’m hoping to get up there soon, maybe do some star gazing out at red rock or the BLM land near there., weather has been awful for that though. 
     

    An oasis is the desert..

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    I’m not going to argue with Ray about his interpretations of the 1st Ammendment.

    Not certain if that means you somewhat agree, or figure I am so far off my rocker it is not worth your time and electrons to dispute.

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  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/something-snaps-job-market-multiple-jobholders-hit-all-time-high-unexplained-18-million

    For differing perspective on the jobs report.

    @ray, the oft mentioned instance of yelling fire has been misinterpreted since the ruling.  There is much discussion about that online.  Even the author says it’s used incorrectly.

    @NaN, look up the definition of libel, specifically the difference between “public figures” and private individuals.  That should help you understand.

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  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    All of the Amendments are under attack.   

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  35. Ray Thompson says:

    Defamation does not receive First Amendment protection.

    Neither do slander or libel. That is not the question.

    What did Alex say that defamed the family? I can find nothing that indicates Alex said anything against the family. All the sites I check are reporting his statements were against the event. Stating the event was staged thus fake.

    Do people that continue to say the earth is flat get sued for defamation? Do people that claim the moon landing was fake get sued by Neil Armstrong and his family?

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  36. Rick H says:

    @Rick, site is not resizing for mobile for me today.  AnythingAnything change?

    Nope, no changes in the theme. A quick “Ctrl+Shirt+M” to get Firefox (or most browsers) in mobile mode shows resizing for the screen viewport is working normally.

    So, then, why is xyz’s post still up?

    Personalized attacks against other commenters is not appropriate, nor useful to the discussion.  Which is why they get removed. And removing comments is a judgement call, with an attempt to minimize those removals. 

    Some removals are easy to figure out; they get removed. Others may ‘walk the line’, and are left in. The removals are not automatic or different for any particular commentor. 

    One can always go elsewhere if the rules are not enforced to your liking.

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  37. CowboyStu says:

    Personalized attacks against other commenters is not appropriate, nor useful to the discussion.  Which is why they get removed. And removing comments is a judgement call, with an attempt to minimize those removals. 

    Some removals are easy to figure out; they get removed. Others may ‘walk the line’, and are left in. The removals are not automatic or different for any particular commentor. 

    One can always go elsewhere if the rules are not enforced to your liking.

    I agree with that above.  Oh yeah, and about 20 years ago RBT appointed me as Super Administrator of both this and the technical forums.  As such, I was delegated the authority to delete inappropriate postings.  I agree with both Rick’s and Nick’s descriptions of the methodology for handling inappropriate postings

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  38. drwilliams says:

    Booger flingers do not reform

    They can make promises, they can “walk the line” for a while

    but when they get frustrated, the fingers get licked and up they go digging for ammo

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  39. CowboyStu says:

    EdH and JimB:  For many years we would go up camping at the Fish Creek and Kennedy Meadows campgrounds.  We enjoyed hanging out at the Kennedy Meadows General Store and particularly on cowboy day having BBQ dinners and live music.  Met the Messick Family Singers band up there.

    https://www.facebook.com/themessickfamilysingers

    Transferred songs from their CD onto my Sandisk player and my Fenix watch.

  40. Rick H says:

    To clarify, for those that need specifics and cannot infer from the statement (and perhaps like to argue), about my previous statement of:

    Which is why they get removed.

    The intention (emphasis added) of that statement is better expressed as:  

    Which is why they may get removed..

    As stated (many times), comment removal is a judgement call – and applied to all comments. (It’s not just you, whoever ‘you’ is.)

    YJMV (“Your Judgement May Vary”). That judgement (your judgement) can be applied to your own site; your judgement is not a directive to the admins of this site.  

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  41. lynn says:

    About those job numbers:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/something-snaps-job-market-multiple-jobholders-hit-all-time-high-unexplained-18-million

    So, they are cooking the books (we knew that !) and counting the same person working three jobs as three people with a job.  That is … unnerving and unethical.

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  42. lynn says:

    Dilbert: Dave Finds A Portal To The Metaverse

        https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-08-05

    Where has Dave been all these years ?

  43. Rick H says:

    I’ll believe it when I see you delete a comment directed to someone you don’t like. 

    My ‘liking’ a person has nothing to do with whether their comment gets deleted. I’ve had to moderate comments from more than one person.

    To reiterate (which means ‘to state again’): 

    It’s not just you, whoever ‘you’ is.

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  44. paul says:

    That is … unnerving and unethical.

    It’s FedGov and you expected different?

    I think this is where someone says “you sweet Summer child”.  🙂 

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  45. lynn says:

    “Netflix, Hulu and Disney sued by Houston, other Texas cities over unpaid fees”

       https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-sues-Netflix-Hulu-Disney-streaming-services-17354336.php

    “The unpaid franchise fees date as far back as 2007, a lawsuit alleges.”

    Lovely.

  46. Ray Thompson says:

    I wonder if I am getting counted as one of the unemployed. If it makes a statement the government wants to make, I would not be surprised.

    I do not trust the U.S. government, in anything. They manipulate numbers to fit an agenda. They fail to tell the full truth by omission. After all, most of the people in high places in government are politicians at heart. They have advanced themselves by lies, deception, fraud, vindictiveness, and flat-out being jerks.

    I have told my story before about Al Gore and the other Tennessee representatives from my area. I have zero trust or confidence in any of them to do their job and represent the people. Their number one goal is to keep themselves in office, enjoy their special perks (voted on by themselves), telling everyone to cut back while flying in a government jet to other countries on “fact finding” missions, and otherwise sucking off the taxpayers while accomplishing little.

    Most politicians are what I classify as a useless form of life, oxygen wasters.

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  47. lynn says:

    “Tesla: Musk talks production, pricing and Cybertruck at the company’s annual meeting”

        https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-musk-talks-production-pricing-and-cybertruck-at-the-companys-annual-meeting-153904280.html

    “Musk’s presentation to shareholders started with revealing the company had recently just produced its 3 millionth vehicle. Musk also said is attempting to achieve a 2 million vehicle run rate by the end of the year.”

    “Musk also stated that the ideal number of factories would be twelve, meaning the company has a long way to go. Currently it has gigafactories in Fremont, Shanghai, Austin, and Berlin, along with battery and solar operations in Nevada and Buffalo, NY.”

    “Speaking of pricing and inflation, the question came up of the status of Tesla’s Cybertruck pickup, quite possibly the automaker’s most highly anticipated vehicle. Musk said the CyberTruck was still slated for mid-2023 production at Giga Austin, though he warned things there were some changes.”

    Wow, Tesla is really pumping out the vehicles.  And the Cybertruck will not be $40K, probably more like $50K with a 200 mile battery if you are not towing anything (including a bike trailer).

  48. Ray Thompson says:

    Have monkeypox? CDC advises no sex, but says masturbation 6 feet apart or virtual sex reduce risk

    In other words, life as normal for some selected individuals.

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  49. lynn says:

    “Biden is STILL COVID positive: President’s physician says cough is ‘almost completely resolved’ on the SEVENTH day of latest virus battle that’s keeping him in White House isolation”

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11085031/Biden-COVID-positive-SEVENTH-day-latest-virus-battle.html

    Covid Biden.  He may be in isolation in the White House basement for the next 2.5 years.

    Hat tip to:

       https://www.drudgereport.com/

  50. paul says:

    “Netflix, Hulu and Disney sued by Houston, other Texas cities over unpaid fees”

    I’m going to disagree.  The cable companies and ISPs providing Internet service are already paying the franchise tax.  What people use their Internet connection for is /none/ of the various cites business.

    If so, make a solid case for why.  Then tax Amazon, Facebook and ilk, too.

    Added: Do the various cities charge HBO or Showtime or CNN a franchise tax? How is a cable TV channel different than an Internet channel?

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  51. Ray Thompson says:

    Covid Biden.  He may be in isolation in the White House basement for the next 2.5 years.

    Cue the movie “Dave”. Does Biden really have Covid or has his mental state deteriorated to an unusable level?

    What people use their Internet connection for is /none/ of the various cites business.

    Exactly. The cities are just looking for any way to gather more tax revenue. If the unpaid fees lawsuit is upheld the cost will be passed on to consumers.

    Do those idiots not realize that corporations do not pay taxes. The consumer that uses their product or service are the ones that pay the tax. Corporations are not charities. Corporations do not grow money. They get their money from the users of their product or service. More idiots in government positions.

  52. paul says:

    And then…. It’s like when either DirecTV or Dish and oh, NBC, are arguing about who is going to pay who and how much and DirecTV drops the various NBC stations. 

    Can you imagine the screaming that would happen if Netflix could get over their greed for profits  and simply told the various cities “No” and cut off Netflix to those cities?

    It would be epic. 

    Come on Netflix, find your balls! 

  53. lynn says:

    “The Pseudo One (Perry Rhodan #44)” by Clark Darlton, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
       https://www.amazon.com/Pseudo-One-Perry-Rhodan-44/dp/4041660270?tag=ttgnet-20/

    Book number forty-four of a series of one hundred and thirty-six space opera books in English. The original German books, actually pamphlets, number in the thousands. The English books started with two translated German stories per book translated by Wendayne Ackerman and transitioned to one story per book with the sixth book. And then they transition back to two stories in book #109/110. And the Ace publisher dropped out at #118, so Forest and Wendayne Ackerman published books #119 to #136 in pamphlets before stopping in 1978. The German books were written from 1961 to present time, having sold two billion copies and even recently been rebooted again. I read the well printed and well bound book published by Ace in 1974 that I had to be very careful with due to age. I bought an almost complete box of Perry Rhodans a decade or two ago on ebay that I am finally getting to since I lost my original Perry Rhodans in The Great Flood of 1989. In fact, I now own book #1 to book #103, plus the Atlan books.
       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Rhodan

    BTW, this is actually book number 52 of the German pamphlets written in 1962. There is a very good explanation of the plot in German on this website of all of the PR books. There is automatic Google translation available for English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, French, and Portuguese.
       https://www.perrypedia.de/wiki/Der_falsche_Inspekteur

    In this alternate universe, USSF Major Perry Rhodan and his three fellow astronauts blasted off in a three stage rocket to the Moon in 1971. The first stage of the rocket was chemical, the second and third stages were nuclear. After crashing on the Moon due to a strange radio interference, they discover a massive crashed alien spaceship with an aged male scientist (Khrest), a female commander (Thora), and a crew of 500. It has been over sixty-nine years since then and the New Power has flourished with tens of millions of people and many spaceships headquartered in the Gobi desert, the city of Terrania.

    Perry Rhodan has sent John Marshall, leader of the mutants, and Laury Martin to the Ara planet Tolimon, home of the huge Ara zoo. The Aras use the zoo for experimental drugs and there are rumors that a life extension drug for humans is being used there to keep Earthers alive for over 400 years. John Marshalls and Laury Martin have the life extension serum, along with a 17th century Spaniard, and need a ride back to Terra since they are being pursued by the Ara officials. Perry Rhodan and Pucky show up with Perry as a fake Arkonide Inspector from the Akronide Positronic Regent in a custom Arkonide Space Yacht.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1962 and translated to English in 1974. Many items that came about in the 1970s and beyond such as cell phones are not reflected in the book. However, commercial aircraft commonly traveling at Mach 3 are not available to the public as talked about in the book. Niels Bohr’s saying “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” comes to mind.

    Two observations:
    1. The publisher should have put two to four of the translated stories in each book. Having two stories in the first five books worked out well. Just having one story in the book is too short and would never allow the translated books to catch up to the German originals.
    2. Anyone liking Perry Rhodan and wanting a more up to date story should read the totally awesome “Mutineer’s Moon” Dahak series of three books by David Weber.
       https://www.amazon.com/Mutineers-Moon-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671720856?tag=ttgnet-20/

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 5 out of 5 stars (1 reviews)

  54. ITGuy1998 says:

    Google tech showed up right on time at 1330. Left at 1332. It’s an issue with the line. He called in to escalate and said usually those get worked within three hours. Less than two hours later I have a gent outside looking at the issue. Worst case he has to run a temporary line across the road until they can trench in the new one. No big deal.

  55. lynn says:

    “Sinema backs Inflation Reduction Act, clearing hurdle to $369B energy, climate package”

        https://www.utilitydive.com/news/sinema-inflation-reduction-act-climate-spending/628990/

    You know the old joke, you know how to tell when a politician is lying, their lips are moving. This bill will cost money, serious money.

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  56. Ray Thompson says:

    Truck is out of the hospital. CEL is a stored code, no currently active codes. Fault stored indicates an error in O2 sensor, bank 2, sensor 1. Shop replaced anyway due to high rate of failure on the sensors. $138.00 for the sensor, $130.00 for labor. Add in shop supplies and taxes, a little over $300.00 for the repair. I expect the other sensor to throw a fault in a couple of months.

  57. lynn says:

    “FCC Looks at Freeing Up More Spectrum for Starlink to Improve Downloads”

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/fcc-looks-at-freeing-up-more-spectrum-for-starlink-to-improve-downloads

    “The FCC considers opening the 17GHz band to non-geostationary satellite internet providers such as SpaceX’s Starlink and Amazon’s Project Kuiper.”

    Go outside at midnight, get a tan.

  58. drwilliams says:

    I drop a disc into a player. 

    No one else knows what I am watching or listening to. Corporate entities do not know. Government entities do not know. They cannot monetize it or tax it. 

    Further, corporate entities cannot stick their little pink butts up in the air and supply government entities with my viewing and listening habits. Not that they would if it was pron, but they most certainly would if I was watching Mark Levin or anything similarly subversive. 

  59. paul says:

    Google tech showed up right on time at 1330. ….

    That’s pretty awesome.

    My wISP never showed on Monday and not a word since.   That’s with a “VERY firm appointment”.

    I’m cool.  I have a plan. 

    I’m going to apply for Starlink in October.  Call it a b’day present.  By what I’ve heard from a few other folks around here, it’s about a six month wait. 

    My current service is paid through April.  When you don’t pay, the system cuts you off from the world but you can get to the billing site to pay.  Just a $30 late fee.  So no need to cancel service and deal with their drama of “we gonna come claim our radio or charge a $300 fee and maybe report you to the credit agencies”. Like I care about my credit score.

    They can’t be bothered with  a “VERY firm appointment” to make an idiot customer (me) happy, I don’t see them rushing out to reclaim a $65 Ubiquiti radio that’s been cooking in the weather for 3½ years now. 

    If they do get extra pissy about it, Ubiquiti runs on 24v POE.  I wonder what a 40v POE supply for a Motorola Canopy radio would do?  “Dude!  I’ve been telling you for years something is wrong!”.  

  60. Nightraker says:

    Paper price of silver has been falling for quite a while,  now circa $20 today.    OTOH, random year Eagles are still $33.  Hmmm.

  61. ITGuy1998 says:

    @Paul – that stinks how you ISP responds. I know I’m fortunate to have 4 wired ISP’s available in my neighborhood (Xfinity, AT&T, Google Fiber, and  local telco).

  62. lynn says:

    @Paul – that stinks how you ISP responds. I know I’m fortunate to have 4 wired ISP’s available in my neighborhood (Xfinity, AT&T, Google Fiber, and  local telco).

    Go watch the awesome movie “Secondhand Lions”.  Paul lives right down the road from that place, out in the sticks, not much service.  I wish I lived that far away from Houston too.

         https://tubitv.com/movies/589172/secondhand-lions

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  63. Pecancorner says:

    From another forum: 

    They’re going to put the Battleship Texas into dry dock in Galveston for restoration. The date I heard was August 17th.

    They are supposed to announce when they will move Battleship Texas so people can see her going by. 

    Updates are here 

  64. Pecancorner says:

    Secondhand Lions is a WONDERFUL movie.  Robert Duvall and Michael Caine, how could it not be?!?!?!? We have it on dvd (along with Sweet Home Alabama LOL).

  65. paul says:

    I drop a disc into a player. 

    Exactly.

    I don’t recall the last new DVD I bought.  I have a lot from the $5 bin of used Redbox or ilk discs.  Just a couple of bad discs and no problem swapping the dud for another copy of the same movie.

    When looking for a particular book or movie on Amazon, I go for used.  Sure, the book might be a bit shopworn and the DVD case might look like a toddler gummed on it.  

    I can pay $8 to stream a movie right now.  How long does that last?  I don’t know.  Or I can buy used from some random bookstore or Goodwill sort of place.  Pay maybe $4 tops plus $3.99 postage, wait a week or so and I have the firmware.  Right here in  my grubby hands.  No need for Internet.

  66. lynn says:

    Paper price of silver has been falling for quite a while,  now circa $20 today.    OTOH, random year Eagles are still $33.  Hmmm.

    Where are you buying from nowadays ?  JM Bullion is over $37.

  67. Pecancorner says:

    Exactly.

    I don’t recall the last new DVD I bought.  I have a lot from the $5 bin of used Redbox or ilk discs.  Just a couple of bad discs and no problem swapping the dud for another copy of the same movie.

    When looking for a particular book or movie on Amazon, I go for used.

    Same here. eBay also has great prices for dvds. Sometimes just waiting a couple of months will make the difference in the prices.  And once something shows up on YouTube, the dvd prices come way down.   I waited years, but finally  got the full set of Inspector Morse for Christmas last year, after the set came down under $50 from the $200 it was for a long time.   

    The only movies we buy new are those produced by  companies such as Sherwood Pictures.  Trying to put our money behind any attempt to restore the culture. 

  68. Rick H says:

    Purchased a Laz-y-Boy power recliner last year (actually, purchased in Nov 2020 and delivered April 2021). I spend most of my day in that chair, so was worth the extra expense to get the powered version. Ordered  a matching non-power recliner, plus a 3-seat reclining couch. The old furniture came with the house, so was over 20 years old, and not comfortable (besides being slightly out of style).

    Came with a 1 year parts/labor warranty. Of course, there was an issue last month after the 1 year parts/labor expired. The wiring for one motor was frayed/broken due to improper placement (the wire was rubbing against a metal part when the motor was used). So parts of the chair no longer recline.

    Company said “parts are free, but in-home service call is $150/hour”. The broken wire requires replacement of the entire motor assembly. I said I’d fix the wire myself. They said we’ll send you a replacement part for free (plus $15/shipping) for you to install, since parts are still under warranty. Replacement looks easy – just a couple of clep (?) clips and bolts.

    I agreed and ordered the part. Patched together the wire, so all the moving parts work properly. Made sure the wire was routed away from moving parts. All better now.

    I’m comfy now. Nice day to look out the window at the clear sky and the ships going by in the strait; slight breeze, and 70F with 55% humidity.  With some classic rock from Sirius XM on the Echo.

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  69. lynn says:

    Purchased a Laz-y-Boy power recliner last year

    URL please ?

    I need to get one for my long legged daughter.  She is not strong enough anymore to recline a recliner so I need a powered one. I have her in a straight chair with a footstool at the moment. We looked at a bunch of them recently at Mattress Macks but did not find one that we liked.

    We actually have a Lazy-Boy store over in Sugar Land but I have not been there in years.

  70. paul says:

    Twenty years or so ago in the days of Dial-up, we had several ISPs around here.  And then there were outfits like iAmerica that had an 800 number to dial.  Yeah, NetCom.com, too. 

    Wi-fi happened.  TStar was first.  Nope, no service here.  Yeah, aimed his thing on a pole 180 out, but, hey, I have a real twisty driveway.  I called Momentum.  Dude knew his stuff.  

    So.  From a dial-up modem to whatever, I forget, about 280 KB I think.  Ten times faster than dial-up and always on.  Turn off a phone line, turn off TStar, sort of saved $40 a month and heck, it was a good deal for the time back in the dark ages of 2001.

    Then the ISPs started to be bought out and merged.  It finally ended up where Rise ruled the roost and let’s channel some Ernestine right about now.   Because a call center in Colorado knows exactly what about my little town in Texas?

    So Rise is selling a good deal but they oversold their bandwidth to a stupid level.  5/1 works out to 1/.5 and when you call you have to do allllllll the stupid reboot …. never mind.  Every freaking time.  And then “oh, we have a cut cable in you area”.  turds.

    So Hyperfusion showed up.  Little company.  A couple of brothers and a couple of friends bootstrapping it. They have problems.  They know it.  Local.  Little company so what benefits?  As much as I gripe, I know where their office is and I can  go Khrushchev on their asses. 

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  71. lynn says:

    The old furniture came with the house, so was over 20 years old, and not comfortable (besides being slightly out of style).

    Style ?  I am in my 60s, style is for 30 somethings.

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  72. CowboyStu says:

    WRT movies & DVDs:  At my age I no longer have the attention span to watch a movie.  I even have trouble with a 30 minute TV show such as the crime show “The First 48”.  I do read the top level crime novels which I borrow electronically from our local public library at no fee.

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  73. CowboyStu says:

    In case you were wondering where your donations ultimately went. LOL!

    NaN, can you please compare that to Hunter Biden’s salary while working on the Board of Directors of the Ukraine Natural Gas Co.?  And from which university or college did he get a Bachelor’s degree?  Was it a legal one or an engineering one?

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  74. Rick H says:

    @Lynn

    It is the “Joshua” model – sales slip says “Joshua Power Recliner with Power Headrest”. See here, site says $1879 (regular price is $2339). I paid $2049 (including extra fabric protection) in Nov 2020. Price might be different in your area. Different fabrics available; mine is blue.

     Has a little remote that sticks into a built-in holder on the right side of the chair. Two memory positions, plus the four controls.  Rocks when not reclining.

    Very comfortable, and fits my semi-wide body. (No, that doesn’t mean ‘a body as wide as a semi”.) The matching “Joshua” couches are also comfortable. If you get one, check the routing of the wires under the chair so you don’t have the same problem I had.

  75. lynn says:

    “Palestinian Islamic Jihad fires over 100 rockets from Gaza into Israel”

        https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-714038

    Man, there are wars breaking out all over the globe !

    And the picture is worth the look-see.

  76. paul says:

    Go watch the awesome movie “Secondhand Lions”.  Paul lives right down the road from that place, out in the sticks, not much service.

    Actually, no.  I’m out near Burnet.  No fields of corn here.  Secondhand Lions is out by Hutto and Granger. 

    North and East of Pflugerville.  

  77. lynn says:

    @Lynn

    It is the “Joshua” model – sales slip says “Joshua Power Recliner with Power Headrest”. See here, site says $1879 (regular price is $2339). I paid $2049 (including extra fabric protection) in Nov 2020. Price might be different in your area. Different fabrics available; mine is blue.

     Has a little remote that sticks into a built-in holder on the right side of the chair. Two memory positions, plus the four controls.  Rocks when not reclining.

    Very comfortable, and fits my semi-wide body. (No, that doesn’t mean ‘a body as wide as a semi”.) The matching “Joshua” couches are also comfortable.

    I liked it until I saw it was a rocker.  I have two Titan Barcalounger recliners in navy blue leather from 1995 and 2000.  My daughter killed both of them.  They are sitting in the garage with all of the padding compressed to a 1/10th of an inch.  Barcalounger went bankrupt in 2010 and is now owned by some Chinese outfit.

    6’1″ and 250 lbs with a 34 inch inseam means difficult to find a recliner that fits (my feet hang off everything I have tried except the Titan Barcalounger recliner.
     

  78. paul says:

    WRT movies & DVDs:  At my age I no longer have the attention span to watch a movie.  I even have trouble with a 30 minute TV show such as the crime show “The First 48”.

    Check your hearing aids.

    I get that here.  If Someone would wear his effing hearing aids….  more than a couple of hours a day…. 

    Might be an almost 79 thing.  Won’t know until I get there. 

    Talking to Penny and Buddy isn’t the same but they do respond. 

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  79. Rick H says:

    @lynn

    The rocker part I don’t often use. My feet almost reach the floor when flat, but I can ‘point’ my feet to rock if I want to. But I don’t use the rocker part often, so the foot stretch to rock it doesn’t bother me.

    They do have some non-rocker power recliners here.  I’m 6’1″, 250 lbs. inseam is 30″. I’m not stuffed into the chair width-wise, so fits well.   Might be worth driving to the nearest store for a ‘test drive’. You can get free fabric samples to test in your home.

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  80. CowboyStu says:

    Have done it a long time ago, had I not been 100% certain of his fraud, I would not have posted.  His salary was $50,000 per month.  But yes, KungFluJo has never waved is degree on MSNBC.

  81. CowboyStu says:

    paul:  It is not a hearing issue, my hearing is still fine.

  82. Alan says:

    >> Do people that claim the moon landing was fake get sued by Neil Armstrong and his family? 

    What do you mean “claim”? There’s a secret soundstage and everything. 

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  83. paul says:

    paul:  It is not a hearing issue, my hearing is still fine.

    Point taken.  

    It’s not an age thing.

    Heck. I lay in bed some nights and grump that the refrigerator is drowning out the wall clock ticking.  Yeah, the cicada thing in my ears comes and goes and that’s cool, I know what it is.

    And then Buddy the Beagle starts snoring and, well, I’m laughing.

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  84. lynn says:

    “Jury awards parents of Sandy Hook victim more than $45 million in punitive damages in Alex Jones defamation case”

         https://www.texastribune.org/2022/08/05/alex-jones-sandy-hook-punitive/

    I would not hold my breath for the money.  Alex Jones is putting everything on hold at the bankruptcy court. 

  85. Ray Thompson says:

    I would not hold my breath for the money.  Alex Jones is putting everything on hold at the bankruptcy court.

    The only winners will be the lawyers.

  86. lynn says:

    I would not hold my breath for the money.  Alex Jones is putting everything on hold at the bankruptcy court.

    The only winners will be the lawyers.

    100 years from now, people will be digging up Texas looking for Alex Jones money.

  87. drwilliams says:

    “What do you mean “claim”? There’s a secret soundstage and everything. ”

    Yeah, the blooper reel is fantastic!

    That bit with the lighted Frisbee was so cool! Why did they cut it?

  88. drwilliams says:

    “Nope. Do your own research. ”

    Says the clueless “innocent until proven guilty” blusterer who won’t do his own research.

  89. EdH says:

    @lynn
     

    There is something that a friends wife loves, the “Human Touch Perfect Chair”.  Never known her to be a furniture person, so that’s probably a recommendation. 
     

    I tried it, seemed a bit small for my  6’ and 210#, but they might come in different sizes. 

  90. drwilliams says:

    Truth gives some the ouchies, dontit?

  91. Ray Thompson says:

    Purchased a Laz-y-Boy power recliner last year (actually, purchased in Nov 2020 and delivered April 2021). I spend most of my day in that chair, so was worth the extra expense to get the powered version.

    We bought two powered leather recliners and a matching couch where the two ends also power recline. Got them at Haverty’s for a fairly good price. Purchased about 10 years ago. We opted for power as the recline can be stopped at any position. The recline position can also be adjusted slightly while using the furniture.

    We liked the power reclining we purchased two such recliners for the RV. We had to get smaller ones due to space restrictions. We removed the love seat and sold it. It would have converted into a bed but I could not imagine anyone sleeping on the result. The powered recliners served our purpose much better. I did have to run power to a new outlet in the RV so the chair would have power.

    I highly recommend spending the extra money and getting powered recliners. Well worth it in my opinion. If placing on carpet place a sacrificial something under the reclining mechanism. The mechanism will wear and will leave marks on the carpet. Black, oily stains that are difficult to remove. Lighter fluid seems to work but takes some effort.

  92. drwilliams says:

    Household Survey 

    Full Time -71,000 

    Part Time +384,000 

    Multiple Jobs +92,000

    US Real Average Hourly Earnings -3.37% from one year ago.

    https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/08/05/charles-payne-points-out-problem-in-jobs-report-peter-doocy-drives-it-home-to-wh-n607615

    -4.9% from Dec 2020, the final month before Brandon took office.

    Wonder how many of those part-time seniors remember the Carter Cat Food years?

  93. drwilliams says:

    @Ray Thompson

    We opted for power as the recline can be stopped at any position.

    Being able to stop the recliner in any position, not just the ones the factory thinks you need, is the dealmaker.

    If placing on carpet place a sacrificial something under the reclining mechanism. The mechanism will wear and will leave marks on the carpet. Black, oily stains that are difficult to remove. Lighter fluid seems to work but takes some effort.

    A carpet sample is ideal, but most people have some pieces trimmed off during the carpet install that they keep “just in case” they need to repair. Well, save the need for a repair and trim a piece to fit under the recliner and catch the dreck.

    Lighter fluid is petroleum naptha aka heptane (if pure) and evaporates too quickly. Unfortunately, the old spot remover formulations with petroleum distillates are pretty hard to find. The auto parts store can be your friend, and a can of Gumout or CRC carb cleaner is pretty effective. Just try it on the mythical “inconspicuous spot” first, and go lightly and blot frequently–rebond carpet pad is crap and will disintegrate if you frown hard at it. Follow up with some lighter fluid to remove any residue from the cleaner.

  94. ~jim says:

    Secondhand Lions

    I recommend Tubitv.com. Although the link Pecancorner provided says the title is unavailable, when you open the App it’s right there. Tubi has a lot of dross but there are some gems in there which make it worthwhile. This looks wonderful!

    Speaking of movies, a couple days ago I was moved to tears by a movie I never seen.

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp   1943

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/dSqKeSj8xUIq/

    Might as well be entitled, _Queensbury and her Discontents_. Made me cry and made me proud. Plus, it’s in Technicolor!®

    Damn fine movie. Made me think of the culture war in America and what, if anything, needs to be done. It’s not too hard to figure out what will probably happen given covid, monkeypox, and advances in genetic engineering. Might make a good novel…

  95. Alan says:

    >> Purchased a Laz-y-Boy power recliner last year

    @lynn, check your local thrift stores for power recliners. if you have any local (i.e. not a national chain) furniture stores they may be donating customer returns or trade-ins that can’t/won’t go back to the manufacturers. A few months back we picked up a matched pair of full leather power recliners for $225. One had some stains that saddle soap took care of and the other was missing the power supply which was easily replaced from eBay.

  96. Alan says:

    >> “Sinema backs Inflation Reduction Act, clearing hurdle to $369B energy, climate package”

        https://www.utilitydive.com/news/sinema-inflation-reduction-act-climate-spending/628990/

    You know the old joke, you know how to tell when a politician is lying, their lips are moving. This bill will cost money, serious money.

    She was holding pocket aces and one more hit on the flop yet she folded like a cheap suit. Must have been that fat unmarked envelope that Chuckie Cheese slipped her in Senate hallway.

  97. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, couple hours in an attic, couple hours on the road.   But I’m here, my tenants have hot water, and not just dripping thru their ceiling..

    Hypocrisy.  Someone keeps using that word but I don’t think they know what it means.  Kinda like the way that same smoothbrain always puts my name in quotes, as if s/he’s cleverly discovered something, while posting using an alias s/himself.  FWIW, if I give CowboySlim the ban hammer someone who’s been locked away from normal people too long will discover that none of s/his “comments” will  ever last more than a few seconds.

    And in case it’s not clear enough.   I don’t have to put up with ANYTHING.   My parlor.  No one else abuses their privilege, so they don’t get deleted.   I am always going to give more slack to a proven adult, who has a long history of contributions to the discussion than I am to an anonymous troll who calls me and my friends names.   Some of the regulars here have more than 20 THOUSAND comments.   Many have 10s of thousands, and some only chime in when they have something unique to share, but still have hundreds of comments that are of high quality and wide interest.   There are a couple of subject matter experts who comment so infrequently that I am not even sure they are still coming by, but when the de-lurk, it’s always worth listening.   

    The easiest thing by FAR is ban the one person who can’t behave, than to develop rules for everyone else.   I will not punish the people who are not committing the crime, which is why I have maintained from the beginning that I will act at my discretion and my whim.

    This is so clear that for one person to not get it, tells me that person is not a smart person.  Left side of the bell curve for sure.   

    I’m not spending any more time on it.  Straighten up and fly right, or have every “comment” deleted as nothing more than a bad faith attempt to disrupt the rest of the community.

    NICK FLANDREY

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  98. lynn says:

    Damn fine movie. Made me think of the culture war in America and what, if anything, needs to be done. It’s not too hard to figure out what will probably happen given covid, monkeypox, and advances in genetic engineering. Might make a good novel…

    I know of at least three books that meet this criteria.  Here is the most popular, “Oryx and Crake (The MaddAddam Trilogy)” by Margaret Atwood 

         https://www.amazon.com/Crake-MaddAddam-Trilogy-Margaret-Atwood/dp/0385721676?tag=ttgnet-20/

    “The Survivalist (Frontier Justice)” by Dr. Arthur T Bradley
    https://www.amazon.com/Survivalist-Frontier-Justice-Arthur-Bradley/dp/148274631X/

  99. ITGuy1998 says:

    HVAC is fixed. Glorious cold air. I left the temp setting at 77F. It took a little bit to get down to that temp from 81 in the afternoon. But holy cow, it was cold!
     

    I‘ll pop open the other outside unit tomorrow and get the capacitor and fan info for a proactive replacement.

    Re water heaters: Why are they placed in the attic?  My previous house, and this one, have them in the garage. 

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  100. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yes I do.  Mainly you.  I don’t like your behavior.   There isn’t any hypocrisy there as I’ve never said otherwise. 

    And whether you have enough working brain cells to process and understand language is questionable given your responses, but get over it.   I am host here.   I have never said it was my blog, nor do I think it is, but I AM HOST.   And you are abusing your privileges.

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    added — Damn I missed the straw man and putting words in my mouth AGAIN. More evidence of low IQ and mental illness. Get help. Seriously. You are not behaving rationally.

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  101. lynn says:

    And here is the third book of engineered viruses, “Slow Apocalypse” by John Varley

         https://www.amazon.com/Slow-Apocalypse-John-Varley/dp/0425262138?tag=ttgnet-20/

  102. lynn says:

    Re water heaters: Why are they placed in the attic?  My previous house, and this one, have them in the garage. 

    I guess more floor space for the house.  A water heater is required for every two bathrooms in the house.  I have had two water heaters in the last three houses, all in the attic.

    There is a home builder out here in the wilds of Fort Bend County that puts a tankless water heater in the garage. I do admit that I admired the small space required by the tankless natural gas system.

  103. ITGuy1998 says:

    I guess more floor space for the house.  A water heater is required for every two bathrooms in the house.  I have had two water heaters in the last three houses, all in the attic.
     

    Interesting. My house only has one with 3 bathrooms. It is 50 gallons, and we haven’t ever run out of hot water. Granted, there are only three of us.

  104. ~jim says:

    I spy, with my little eye, two little boys who are going to bed without supper until they behave!

    Children, the end is nearer.

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  105. lynn says:

    Interesting. My house only has one with 3 bathrooms. It is 50 gallons, and we haven’t ever run out of hot water. Granted, there are only three of us.

    Do all of the bathrooms have tubs and / or showers ?  That may be the requirement.

  106. ITGuy1998 says:

    Do all of the bathrooms have tubs and / or showers ?  That may be the requirement.
     

    Yep. 3 full baths.  Now I’m curious as to when a second water heater is called for in this area. Off to waste some time on Zillow.

  107. Nightraker says:

    @Lynn $33 for an “any” year Eagle was today’s price from JM Bullion.  Specific years were higher.

    Pivoting:  John Lott says there were more than 21 million CCW holders in 2021 when “only” 21 states had Constitutional Carry.  Now up to 25 states.  Halfway there!  Gun sales per month are down a bit, per NCIS checks, but still well over a million a month.

    T-Bones on sale this week at $7.99/lb. at the Meijer.  

    I’ve been very happy with my Rove Concepts repro Eames Chair and ottoman.  The Human Perfect Chair looks cool, too.

    Water heaters can come as “quick cycling” models for more money. Replacing the sacrificial anode is purported to be a longevity enhancer every couple years. This 54 unit apartment house has two 80 gallon gas units, now more than 10 years old.

  108. lynn says:

    Water heaters can come as “quick cycling” models for more money. Replacing the sacrificial anode is purported to be a longevity enhancer every couple years. This 54 unit apartment house has two 80 gallon gas units, now more than 10 years old.

    Are those two water heaters hooked up in series, parallel, or to a dedicated set of units ?

  109. Pecancorner says:

    Water heaters can come as “quick cycling” models for more money. Replacing the sacrificial anode is purported to be a longevity enhancer every couple years. This 54 unit apartment house has two 80 gallon gas units, now more than 10 years old.

    Only 160 gallons for 54 units? Wow. Does everyone run out of hot water? Maybe that is why I can never get a hot shower in some hotels LOL

     We have 50 gallons – two heaters, one 30 gallon and one 20 gallon – for our small house. When we have company, people have stagger their showers or else the 3rd shower in either bath risks running out of hot water.      

    Edit to add: in our house in Midland when the boys were home, we had one 55 or 60 gallon heater for two baths. It was usually sufficient for everyone provided not everyone showered at once.

    We’ve always had gas hot water. Never electric or “on demand”. The one in Midland was great because it was in a closet outside on the pool deck, so no risk of water in the house. Ditto with the gas furnace. And the laundry room was sunken, again protecting against flood. Good design.

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  110. Alan says:

    >> Re water heaters: Why are they placed in the attic?  My previous house, and this one, have them in the garage. 

    No attic, no basement, water heater in the laundry closet, HVAC on the roof, which seems to be common out here in the desert. 

  111. Nick Flandrey says:

    I think Houston puts the water heaters and air handlers in the attic because no one has basements.   Seems like FL puts them in the garage.  Furnace air handler too.

    Have water heater in the garage here, furnace air handler in an interior closet.

    Funny the regional differences.

    n

  112. Alan says:

    >> Or is the jury and legal system making a case that someone cannot claim that which is true, is false, (or the other way around) to further their political agenda? Seems like a lot political people (Elizabeth Warren claiming to be Indian, Hillary claiming to have been under active attack, etc.) would qualify for legal action against them.

    . . .

    Law enforcement can lie, and such behavior is encouraged. Law enforcement can state things that are untrue, cause people harm, sometimes physical harm, and get patted on the back or promoted.

    Maybe we need more intelligent jurors and less intelligent lawyers (I know, I know, the latter’s probably not possible).

    As to police conduct across most of the US, the “privilege” in ingrained into the system passed from the old goats to the rookies. Every time I run into their arrogance it reminds me I don’t yet have a good solution to this problem.

    >> I do not trust the U.S. government, in anything. They manipulate numbers to fit an agenda. They fail to tell the full truth by omission. After all, most of the people in high places in government are politicians at heart. They have advanced themselves by lies, deception, fraud, vindictiveness, and flat-out being jerks.

    Two words: term limits. In my grandkids’ lifetimes? Nope.

  113. Nick Flandrey says:

    No one else is having trouble with the site on a phone? All my other tabs are rendering as mobile pages, but not this one.    Today is the first time I’ve had an issue.  

    It’s rendering as a normal sized page, so the text is microscopic.

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  114. Alan says:

    >> Truck is out of the hospital. CEL is a stored code, no currently active codes. Fault stored indicates an error in O2 sensor, bank 2, sensor 1. Shop replaced anyway due to high rate of failure on the sensors. $138.00 for the sensor, $130.00 for labor. Add in shop supplies and taxes, a little over $300.00 for the repair. I expect the other sensor to throw a fault in a couple of months.

    So “$130.00 for labor” is at most what, two hours?

    It should be mandated that the CEO of every auto manufacturer be given a $99 set of Craftsman ratchets and open-end/box wrenches and be able to change the plugs, belts, sensors, etc. before their cars can be sold in the US.

  115. Alan says:

    >> 100 years from now, people will be digging up Texas looking for Alex Jones money.

    They just need to look next to Jimmy Hoffa.

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  116. Alan says:

    >> No one else is having trouble with the site on a phone? All my other tabs are rendering as mobile pages, but not this one.    Today is the first time I’ve had an issue.  

    It’s rendering as a normal sized page, so the text is microscopic.

    Normal here – Pixel 2XL with stock Android 11.

  117. ~jim says:

    >>It should be mandated…<<

    By whom?

    How?

    To what extent, and under what conditions?

    If “it” should be mandatory, can you suggest the obligatory?

    ~jim, but in an Orwellian mood

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  118. Alan says:

    >> It should be mandated…

    By whom? POTUS Pete. 

    How? EO of course. 

    To what extent? Top 5 selling models. 

    Conditions? Using only the specified tools. 

    Okay, in two minutes I will officially be up too late… good night to all. 

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  119. Nightraker says:

    “Quick Recovery” is the marketing term for the extra cost water heater models.  Wouldn’t come to mind earlier.  Parallel or Series?  I dunno, and I no longer have access to the boiler room to look.  Sometimes, rarely, the more elderly unit loses pilot light and showers become luke cool.

    This place was built on the cheap just before the first oil price shock.  The water heaters have been replaced but the original plumbing was galvanized pipe.  Wherever leaks developed, chunks were replaced with copper or plastic at the repairman’s whim.  The corridors are lined with painted masonite wainscoting covering some ugly access holes in the drywall  to the various stacks.  There is basement for about half the building, slab on grade for the rest.  Brick veneer over non-insulated studs, 2 stories.  No dishwashers, central 4 washer laundry.

    I’ve developed a medieval sleep pattern.  Get fuzzy and crash fairly early evening.  Wake up in the wee hours where I putz about for an hour or two.  “Z” out again till 5 or 6 AM.  🙂

  120. Nick Flandrey says:

    @nightraker, or the carbs in your dinner put you to sleep for a while…

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