Thur. Jun. 6, 2024 – D Day.

Cool to start but warming rapidly to “hot”. Because Texas and summer. And if I’m wrong? Well that’s ok too. It stayed cool all day yesterday, but then it rained buckets too. Low 70s cool, which was very nice.

So I mostly stayed in. I did swap vehicles at the repair shop. Eventually the Expy got smogged and inspected and passed. That’s one out of the way. The Ranger still needs some driving around before smog, so I’ll be driving it today. And probably this weekend to the BOL.

The rest of my day was taken up with driving the kids to their various things. Didn’t get my own stuff done because it broke up my afternoon. Some days are like that. It’s the “stay at home dad” thing, and it means I don’t get to do whatever I want all day. Compromises, I’ll make ’em.

The stacks did pay off with a new turn signal bulb. It saved me a trip to the store yesterday anyway. I’ll try to remember to stop and get new ones when I’m out and about, so I have one when this one fails, or it’s opposite number fails. Doesn’t sound like much, but in a day full of other stuff it saved the trip and about an hour. I’ll put it in the ‘win’ column.

Today will be a couple of pickups, and getting ready to head to the BOL. My non-prepping hobby meeting got moved to next weekend, so we might just head up early and make a long weekend of it. I’m sure there are things for me to do…

And I’m sure there are things for you to do too. I’ve learned the hard way this month that I shouldn’t have procrastinated about the vehicle inspections, renewals, generator maintenance, and auto repairs…

It’s easy to stack, harder to do the stuff needed to stay ready. Pick something you’ve been putting off and do it.

n

(added, and on this anniversary of one of the biggest things humans have ever tried to do, think about history repeating… the horns of war are blowing. Do what you can to be ready.)

82 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Jun. 6, 2024 – D Day."

  1. SteveF says:

    Thoughts on the purchase of luxuries, especially luxuries viewed as necessities, doubly especially borrowing money to purchase luxuries. (About 1500 words, short by my standards, but it took me a month to write because I’ve been so busy. But just think of how hard we all would have to work if we weren’t in the best economy of our lifetime, or whatever the latest claim is from the Biden misadministration.)

    At Daily Pundit or at Cold Fury.

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  2. brad says:

    @SteveF: Good article. Buying stuff on credit cards, without paying them off immediately – I did that when I was younger. One grows up and learns better. We still use a credit card for some things, mainly online purchases, but it gets paid off each month.

    Crazy college costs? That’s almost entirely a US problem. Other places have sane tuition, and fewer stupid programs.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Thoughts on the purchase of luxuries, especially luxuries viewed as necessities, doubly especially borrowing money to purchase luxuries. (About 1500 words, short by my standards, but it took me a month to write because I’ve been so busy. But just think of how hard we all would have to work if we weren’t in the best economy of our lifetime, or whatever the latest claim is from the Biden misadministration.)

    The carriers are financing cell phones again. They have access to cheap money having eliminated the competition for the most part.

  4. brad says:

    I mentioned that I recently created an X/Twitter account, which pretty immediately threw me into a filter-bubble.

    I’ve posted a couple of replies, which has revealed another interesting, if strange phenomenon: I have been “followed” by a number of accounts whose profile pictures show really cute girls. Only…none of those accounts have any posts, or any other sign of real activity. Undoubtedly bot-accounts, but…what are they seeking to gain?

    The whole experience so far just confirms how utterly broken the big social media sites are.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Crazy college costs? That’s almost entirely a US problem. Other places have sane tuition, and fewer stupid programs.

    The student loans finance the government. Pre-pandemic, the paper was the most valuable income-generating asset the government held.

    We had to pass the healthcare bill to find out what was in it, but nationalization of student loans had to be passed separately and wasn’t a secret.

  6. brad says:

    I just hit 51 and I can’t wait until I retire. I think healthcare will be the thing that keeps me working longer than I want to. I could likely retire at 55 if it weren’t for that…

    If you are financially set, except for health care, consider emigrating. The health care systems almost anywhere else in the West are (a) better and (b) more affordable. 

    Different countries have different restrictions on immigration by retirees, so some research would be needed. Basically, they want to ensure that retirees actually have enough assets to support themselves.

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  7. Greg Norton says:

    The whole experience so far just confirms how utterly broken the big social media sites are.

    Twitter has been broken almost from the beginning. The mass appeal was the dopamine hit of the app, which was originally open source and not the product of graduates from Fancy Lad U.

    The Real Life Tony Stark has been generating a lot of press with regard to his AI moves lately, particularly with regard to his large scale Nvidia hardware purchases.

  8. Ken Mitchell says:

    I have been “followed” by a number of accounts whose profile pictures show really cute girls. Only…none of those accounts have any posts, or any other sign of real activity. 

    If an account has  1) a cute female picture as an avatar, and 2) follows thousands but has few followers of her own, it’s likely a porn-bot.  Expect a direct message asking you to follow her on Fakebook and Instagram, and to invite you to her “private” page on OnlyFans.  DO NOT EVER click on any of those links, which will allow malicious software to install itself on your PC.

  9. brad says:

    If an account has  1) a cute female picture as an avatar, and 2) follows thousands but has few followers of her own, it’s likely a porn-bot.  Expect a direct message asking you to follow her on Fakebook and Instagram, and to invite you to her “private” page on OnlyFans.  DO NOT EVER click on any of those links, which will allow malicious software to install itself on your PC.

    Ah…so that’s the trick. Well, no DMs so far, but I’m sure they’ll be right along…

  10. brad says:

    Starship launch coming up shortly, for those who follow such things.

  11. Ken Mitchell says:

    Starship launch livestream:   https://x.com/i/broadcasts/1OwxWYzDXjWGQ

    Launch expected a little after 7:45 CDT.

  12. Ray Thompson says:

    If you are financially set, except for health care, consider emigrating

    I did at one time consider Germany, Switzerland or perhaps Austria. But after visiting many times I have to say no. It is not the people, language barrier or country politics, it is the density of the population and the crowding. Everything just seems cramped, congested. The roads are narrow with signs to tell a person there is another sign. Parking is generally cramped if it can be found and expensive for places that provide parking. Fuel is expensive.

    I do like the trains having used them extensively. I do like the attitude towards bicycles sharing the road. People in Europe cooperate when they drive (they have to) where in the U.S. the drivers compete. I do like bakeries in Europe. But those are not enough to overcome the cramped feeling I get when visiting.

    Most of my dislike of the crowding has to do with my younger years when I grew up on a farm. It was a very rural area with lots of open spaces and neighbors hundreds of yards distant. I like the open space and really don’t care if I see my neighbor more than once a year. I don’t even like going to Knoxville. Trips to Atlanta or Nashville are an exercise in frustration. I want to be able to stand in my yard buck naked and pee when I want. The only place that happens is New York which smells like a giant urinal at times.

    One country I have absolutely no desire to ever visit is India. The crowding, the filth, the noise. I have seen The Amazing Race and even though they try to make a country look nice, it just doesn’t happen in India.

  13. brad says:

    It is not the people, language barrier or country politics, it is the density of the population

    Population density in Switzerland is an issue. We live in a small town, sure, but the next small town is only a couple of kilometers away. There aren’t any wide open spaces. That’s less of an issue in Germany, and even less in France, where you can find some fairly deserted areas. My wife would have actually preferred to retire to someplace like that, but I objected – emigrating once was enough for me.

    That said, the lifestyle is definitely different. People immigrating to any country need to adapt, and adopt the local culture. That applies not only to immigrants from Africa and the Middle East – although they are a problem. It also applies to European, Asian and American immigrants. I remember, when my mother visited, we went to the American library in Zurich to find her some books to read. The women running the place had been here for decades. Spoke not a word of German, and basically acted like they were still in the US. Offensive. Go home. #remigration

  14. Greg Norton says:

    That said, the lifestyle is definitely different. People immigrating to any country need to adapt, and adopt the local culture. That applies not only to immigrants from Africa and the Middle East – although they are a problem. It also applies to European, Asian and American immigrants. I remember, when my mother visited, we went to the American library in Zurich to find her some books to read. The women running the place had been here for decades. Spoke not a word of German, and basically acted like they were still in the US. Offensive. Go home. #remigration

    My in-laws went to Germany for Christmas in 2019, and instead of exploring everything Munich had to offer with the limited time available, they trekked out to Paris Disneyland.

    I think I’ve mentioned before that my in-laws live in Orlando. My wife’s mother retired from Disney.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    I did at one time consider Germany, Switzerland or perhaps Austria. But after visiting many times I have to say no.

    I worked for Austrians at the tolling company. The government subsidizes the housing costs at a much higher rate than you would imagine.

    Plus, there is the whole “Big Smile” tendency common among white people all over the world but which seems strongest in that region.

    The tolling company was originally founded to make railroad controls and had a history going back 125 years, including surviving WWII intact.

    I try not to think about where those controls got used in the 30s and 40s. The same family runs the place now who ran it back in “Ze Good Old Days”.

  16. Ken Mitchell says:

    Starship test 4:   Excellent launch, Staging looked perfect. The superheavy booster did the boostback, and the “landing burn” and came down to literally hover on the water of the Gulf of Mexico. Pretty impressive seeing the landing burn boiling the water of the Gulf.  

    Starship itself is working very well on its way into space at T + 14 minutes.

  17. drwilliams says:

    “I want to be able to stand in my yard buck naked and pee when I want. The only place that happens is New York which smells like a giant urinal at times.”

    Bourbon Street

  18. Ken Mitchell says:

    Starship test 4: Starship is down in the Indian Ocean. It looks like almost everything went well, although there was some burnthrough of the heat tiles on one of the “flaps”, and something cracked the lens of one of the cameras. But telemetry reported it at 0 altitude at 10 KM/hr, and there was just enough of a picture to see it splash down and start bobbing in the water. 

    I’m sure that Elon Musk is hitting the champagne right now. 

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    People immigrating to any country need to adapt, and adopt the local culture.

    When I have visited the countries in Europe I try to pick up parts of the language and use what little I have learned when I can. I get laughed at a lot from my efforts. But I think the people respect the effort. I understand much more than I can speak. I think, guess, perhaps exceed reality, that if I lived in a country, fully immersed myself, within three years I would be speaking fluently In the local language. After five years there would be no excuse for not doing so.

    Population density in Switzerland is an issue.

    Based on my travels within Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia and Norway, population density exists in all those countries. The German trains in coach were packed so tightly people were standing in doorways. Traffic was difficult in all those locations. Reminded me of Atlanta except the lanes in Atlanta are wider. Atlanta annoys me.

    Parking at one‘s own house was difficult for more than one small car. There were exceptions but were not common. Houses that shared walls, yards that could be mowed with a manual push mower in less than 5 minutes, walking on sidewalks in town dodging sidewalk eating tables.

    That congestion would annoy me if I lived there. It bothers me when I visit. I suppose I could adapt but it would not be enjoyable.

    The countries were great to visit. I will be returning to Europe in 2025, my eleventh trip. My last trip in 2023 there was very little sightseeing as I have seen much in these countries. The major purpose was visiting. I have really enjoyed all the visits. I like visiting, I don’t think I would like living there.

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    Gah, I’m up!   And have to take D2 to the eye dr.  for a contact lens fitting.   Sunny and clear, no idea of temps but it looks warm…

    Coffee should be ready…

    n

  21. drwilliams says:

    ““Coffee should be ready…””

    Yea, verily. 

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    No, I will not celebrate, nor support, queer month. Most of those FAQs wouldn’t have the balls to storm the beach at Normandy. Live your life, be happy, but most certainly do not involve me in your queer activities.

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  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    Today is already off on the wrong foot. 

    I forgot to put a  cup under the coffee drip and found my first cup on the floor and countertop instead of ready for me to drink.

    Had to wait for the second attempt until I got back from the Dr with child2.    She’s exploring the difference contacts make in how you see the world…

    I finally have a cup of that wonderfull stuff in my hand though.

    ——–

    temp is mild so far, and it’s a beautiful sunny day.

    ——-

    n

  24. ITGuy1998 says:

    Fun teams meeting this morning that involved lots of yelling at corporate idiots, and I wasn’t even the one yelling. I can’t believe a majority of the people employed in anything are qualified to breathe on their own, let alone do actual work.

    If you are financially set, except for health care, consider emigrating. The health care systems almost anywhere else in the West are (a) better and (b) more affordable. 

    Different countries have different restrictions on immigration by retirees, so some research would be needed. Basically, they want to ensure that retirees actually have enough assets to support themselves.

    My wife and I have had cursory conversations, but nothing definite. A lot will depend on where our son ends up. Neither my wife or I want to have an ocean between our son and us. Who knows though, he could end up working across the pond. We are making our first trip to Europe sometime next year (UK) to get our feet wet on the whole old world thing.

  25. drwilliams says:

    Hunter Biden Trial Day 3:

    Hookers, Guns, and Drug Money

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2024/06/06/hunter-biden-gun-trial-day-4-n2640074

    Chip off the old FJB. 

    Hope they got the rotary impeller cleared for Day 4. 

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  26. drwilliams says:

    Every PLT in America deserves to have their daughters shack up with a Hunter Biden. 

    Hunter’s laptop Exibit 1, pornos and crack pipe photos authenticated by FBI. 

    51 ex-intelligence stars strong-armed by Blinken into signing a false letter claiming the laptop was “Russian disinformation”. Now nowhere to be found, and average “Intelligence” Quotient estimated to be borderline retarded. 

  27. Ray Thompson says:

    Hookers, Guns, and Drug Money

    His dad will issue a pardon one day before Sponge Brain leaves office.

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  28. lynn says:

    Senator Robert F. Kennedy was murdered on today in California in 1968 by a Palestenian immigrant.

    That changed history as he probably would have been elected President in the fall of 1968.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    Senator Robert F. Kennedy was murdered on today in California in 1968 by a Palestenian immigrant.

    That changed history as he probably would have been elected President in the fall of 1968.
     

    A lot of Boomers want to believe in Camelot and obsess about what might have been.

    Voting for Big Mike will probably be the last gasp of this belief in someone finally being able to transcend politics until, once ensconced, the Chosen One turns  on them.

    Which reminds me. Outrage!

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/05/politics/georgia-trump-fani-willis-trial-delay/index.html

    Ooh those White Devils and their Orange King. They are all going to pay.

  30. Chad says:

    Thoughts on the purchase of luxuries, especially luxuries viewed as necessities, doubly especially borrowing money to purchase luxuries. 

    I just saw someone I don’t remember say this in a video clip last night, “There is nothing you can purchase at a shopping mall today that you will care about in 10 years.”

    Most of those FAQs wouldn’t have the balls to storm the beach at Normandy. Live your life, be happy, but most certainly do not involve me in your queer activities.

    Statistically speaking, 4% of the troops that stormed the beaches at Normandy were homosexual. Of course, heavily closeted in the 1940s.

    A lot will depend on where our son ends up. Neither my wife or I want to have an ocean between our son and us. 

    This. A lot of older retired adults are actually moving to the metro areas their kids live in (assuming they don’t already live there) so they can stay a part of their kids’ lives and be a part of their grandkids’ lives.

    I had grandparents that lived 700± miles away and I only saw them, on average, about every 5-10 years. They might as well have been complete strangers.

  31. Nick Flandrey says:

    As much as we love our families, and we really do,  there are reasons we live 2000 miles away, well out of “just pop over” range.

    n

  32. Nick Flandrey says:

    Time to leave the house and get some stuff done.

    n

  33. lpdbw says:

    AFAIK, the Red Cross is not in good odour here in Texas.  

    It may have been somewhere on the early days of the internet, but I remember running across a discussion of the Red Cross.

    They quoted a WWII veteran coming home from the war, and the lecture he gave his wife.  He said there were a variety of choices she could make that would be ultimately forgiveable.  Financial decisions, car wrecks, even infidelity.  But if he ever found her doanating a single dollar to the Red Cross, he’d divorce her in an instant.

    I get the impression they are not only grifters, and far more inefficient than the Salvation Army, but that they are also classist and during WWII put American enlisted men last in line for help, and charged them for things like blankets.

    Once upon a time, I joked that I’d vote for a Dole/Dole ticket, but only if they put Liddy at the top above Bob.  Then she took the role of president of the Red Cross, and I changed my mind.

  34. SteveF says:

    Chip off the old FJB.

    Only if the hookers were preteens.

  35. drwilliams says:

    “That changed history as he probably would have been elected President in the fall of 1968.”

    Maybe, maybe not  

    Depends on how well they hung Vietnam around his neck  

  36. drwilliams says:

    “Only if the hookers were preteens.”

    Hunter was 48 when he made amateur porno with his 24-year-old “Weed Slut420”  

    But we don’t know about all the sluts  

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  37. MrAtoz says:

    Has it really come to this?

    Jeez.

    Indeed. Tell me that isn’t plugs dropping a deuce in his pants. “Doctor” Jill probably keeps an air freshener shoved down there. President Poopy Pants. Now I believe he popped his pants in front of the Pope.

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  38. paul says:

    I must have misunderstood the man I talked to at SS.  I heard the Georgetown office is “a bit over six and a half days behind”.  More like weeks, not days.
    My “phone appointment” is August 1st at 9:45 AM.  So, more like nine plus  weeks behind.

    I wonder what they will ask? 

    The a/c just turned on at 2:40 PM for the first time today.  It’s 95F and sunny like yesterday but it’s not windy today.

  39. Lynn says:

    Wow, of the current demand of 74,574 MW, almost 18,000 MW of it is solar power.   There have been some big farms come online this year and they are all generating.  

        https://www.ercot.com/gridmktinfo/dashboards

    Dad and I went and looked at a 330 MW, 300 acre, solar farm by their house a month ago.  They just mowed the place and threw thousands of solar panels with support structures on the ground.  No sun following motors, no nothing.  Just all laying there in a huge field.

  40. paul says:

    I don’t use uTorrent very often.  Maybe three times a year.  I had a file downloading yesterday and it was very slow.

    I asked the guy at the wISP it he throttles torrents.  He replied 

    “I don’t, no, as we don’t monitor those ports or protocols. I’m kinda tickled you know what uTorrent is, suggestion though, or more like, request, ( but not a requirement ) we’re moving to public IPs for everyone, and on our new upstream provider, I know on their residential side they monitor for uTorrent activity, you should start looking at VPN’s, now.”

    Yeah, the version of uTorrent  I have is 1.8.2 and looking at the About it’s dated 2009.

    I recall him saying don’t Torrent but a few months later saying “ya’ll stream some movies and let’s test this new fiber connection”.  Torrent or video?  What’s the difference?

    What do y’all use for VPN? 

  41. Geoff Powell says:

    @paul:

    What do y’all use for VPN? 

    I prefer a separate VPN terminal, so that there’s no chance of a VPN drop exposing my BitTorrent client (qbittorrent for Windows)  to the internet-at-large. 

    The hardware VPN terminal (which also does TOR) is either an Invizbox, or an Invizbox Go, running their default VPN client, which used to be Private Internet Access, but has now changed to another – which one I do not know. Invizboxes run OpenWRT, a router-specific build of Linux.

    I set it to use a server in Paris ( I supose I ought to mention that’s the French city, although saying that is redundant outside the U.S.), and when I was on VDSL, I throttled Bittorrent to no more than 10Mbit/sec of 50Mbit/sec. I haven’t used it since I upgraded to FTTH, from a UK alt-net provider, not Grittish Smellycom. I get 400Mbit/sec, symmetrical, for half the price, albeit I no longer have POTS service, which I don’t need – it was plagued with spam calls, to the extent that I didn’t get a genuine call in at least a year.

    G.

  42. Lynn says:

    I was driving the four miles down Crabb River Road a little while ago.  My truck said it was 100 F the entire way.  Summer is here.  Our walk this evening may be brutal.

  43. Geoff Powell says:

    BTW, for TOR, as above, I select an exit node that is not in a “Five Eyes” country – my default is Eastern European, but not Russia. I think of this as NOFVEY, by analogy with the U.S. classification NOFORN,

    G.

  44. MrAtoz says:

    I use Proton VPN, the paid version. 
     

    A VPN and TOR are necessary for sailing the High Seas.

    Also, a friend of a friend, maybe their uncle, uh, er, mentioned PornHub now restricts access in Texas because we don’t allow c*cks in our girls bathrooms. A VPN solves that problem. Also, screw PornHub (pun intended).

  45. SteveF says:

    Geoff, stop being so parochial. The United States has more cities named Paris than Europe does, as well as villages, townships, and at least one mountain.

  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    It’s pretty dang warm out there.

    Did three pickups.   Wife and kids are headed to the BOL tonight.   I think I’ll try to resolve my truck issues in the morning and then follow…

    n

  47. Geoff Powell says:

    @stevef:

    The United States has more cities named Paris than Europe does

    I make no doubt that’s true, but since I normally have no need to refer to an American Paris, saying, “Paris, France”, looks odd to me, and is, in any case, redundant in my usage.

    But you do you.

    G.

  48. Geoff Powell says:

    @mratoz:

    Also, a friend of a friend, maybe their uncle, uh, er, mentioned PornHub now restricts access in Texas because we don’t allow c*cks in our girls bathrooms. A VPN solves that problem. Also, screw PornHub (pun intended).

    The problem we have with torrenting is that TPB is DNS-blocked in UK, so you need to appear to be elsewhere to use it. This is increasingly true of other torrent trackers, but TPB is still the best, imho.

    G.

  49. Greg Norton says:

    I recall him saying don’t Torrent but a few months later saying “ya’ll stream some movies and let’s test this new fiber connection”.  Torrent or video?  What’s the difference?

    A torrent sources pieces of the file from other members of the sharing network all over the Internet. The bits of the movie can arrive in any order at any time.

    Streaming requires the movie bits to arrive in order within a certain amount of time of each other for smooth playback, typically from a single server.

    Ironically, streaming is possibly the least “green” way to watch a movie. A living room disc player uses far less energy than pulling the video across the Internet, and each stream requires a piece of a dedicated computer on the other end as well as network bandwidth and routing services.

  50. paul says:

    Tonight’s movie was The Big  Lebowski.   I’m not sure here.  I thought it was going to be a sorta normal stupid movie.  But the Yma Sumac audio in the middle?  From her Voice of the Xtabay  album, yeah…. the movie is just all BS insane.

    I have her Voice of the Xtabay  album.  It’s a 10′ disc and I’ve first heard it when I was six.

    So, might watch again.  Maybe.

    Might. 

  51. paul says:
    Streaming requires the movie bits to arrive in order

    Yes, I know.  I just act like a dolt.  His point was to “let’s load this connection and see if we can break it”.  That’s all.  Use that bandwidth! 

    A living room disc player uses far less energy than pulling the video across the Internet

    Also, beyond that, once you have the LaserDisc or DVD in your hands, it can’t be edited by the shrews.  Or deleted for being “racist” or “bad think”. …. It’s like, buy the printed books.  Kindle is great but stuff can be pulled from your kindle and or edited on the fly.

  52. mediumwave says:

    Also, beyond that, once you have the LaserDisc or DVD in your hands, it can’t be edited by the shrews.  Or deleted for being “racist” or “bad think”. …. It’s like, buy the printed books.  Kindle is great but stuff can be pulled from your kindle and or edited on the fly.

    As Nick is wont to say: “If you don’t own the media, you don’t own it.”

  53. paul says:
    “If you don’t own the media, you don’t own it.”

    Exactly.  

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    I picked up the Steve Martin comedy album at goodwill today, because comedy gets cut first.

    It’s the “King Tut” one.

    n

  55. paul says:

    Ok, there are hardware problems to plan for.  I had a nice LaserDisc player.  I found a nicer more fancy mode.  Nice player is stashed in a bedroom closet.  When fancy machine dies I can go back to flipping the disc over.

    I have a couple of very basic LD machines in the EDC.  They didn’t cost much.  They might not work when needed.  Shrug.  At my age, yeah.

    Tape drives are more complicated. Beta Max players seem to really F up. Yeah, I can pull the cover and give the loading mech a push. But when that quits, It’s all lost data.

  56. Ray Thompson says:

    They might not work when needed

    Well, my wife just said the same thing about me.

  57. Alan says:

    >>https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2024/06/06/hunter-biden-gun-trial-day-4-n2640074

    So… a wheel gun guy… 

    “Today, we turn our attention to Gordon Cleveland, the guy who sold Hunter the gun that initiated the investigation.

    The defense tried to paint Cleveland as a shady, slimy sales-hungry salesman who preyed upon the poor president’s son and squeezed a $900 sale out of him. But it turns out that Cleveland is a cool, calm, and collected witness very knowledgeable about firearm safety and sales. “I like guns and I like cars,” Cleveland said simply after being asked how he remembers Hunter pulling up in his famous father’s black Cadillac CTS. Once he purchased the Colt Cobra revolver,  Hunter had told him to keep the change, an oh-so-generous $13, but Cleveland said he doesn’t take tips and that he earned the “same pay regardless of whether anyone bought anything or not.””
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2024/06/06/hunter-biden-gun-trial-day-4-n2640074#:~:text=Today%2C%20we%20turn,anything%20or%20not.%22

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  58. drwilliams says:

    @MrAtoz

    Has it really come to this?

    Jeez.

    “Indeed. Tell me that isn’t plugs dropping a deuce in his pants. “Doctor” Jill probably keeps an air freshener shoved down there. President Poopy Pants. Now I believe he popped his pants in front of the Pope.”

    https://pjmedia.com/jon-del-arroz/2024/06/06/did-joe-biden-poop-himself-at-the-d-day-event-n4929672

    So the Daily Beast asserts that Biden did not poop his pants.

    Is that what is now considered a win for FJB?

    And he didn’t find the chair the first couple times he tried to sit down, but he did find a chair on the stage?

    Slam dunk there, too.

  59. drwilliams says:

    Adobe seeks to emulate PhotoBucket:

    https://hotair.com/david-strom/2024/06/06/adobe-monitors-what-you-do-with-their-software-n3789776

    Where is the “GF” key, again?

  60. lpdbw says:

    The Dude abides.

    And “Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man”

    Somehow, I want a White Russian now.

  61. drwilliams says:

    You’ve always wondered about those BeeGees lyrics?

    https://x.com/CardioFixer/status/1798207003384574161

  62. Lynn says:

    You’ve always wondered about those BeeGees lyrics?

    https://x.com/CardioFixer/status/1798207003384574161

    That is a travesty !

  63. lpdbw says:

    Funny Big Lebowski story (at least I think so).

    During my separation/divorce, I joined a MeetUp group  of singles.  Not to date, but to get out socially.

    At one event, I was blatantly hit on by a woman.  She basically claimed me, inhabited my space, leaned on my shoulder, etc.  I was pleased with the attention and completely uninterested in pursuing her.  I even wrote about it at my peer support website for surviving infidelity.

    A couple weeks later, This happened (from my follow-up post at the survivinginfidelity website):

    Ok, I shared the story a few weeks ago about how great it was for my ego that a woman was paying a great deal of attention to me at a meetup.

    Last night, a different meetup group had an outdoor movie night. I only knew a couple of people there, but I made small talk with them and a few new acquaintances.

    I’m not the most perceptive guy, but I’m aware that I was singled out of the admittedly slim pickings for special attention by one of the newbies to the group. Lots of small talk, trouble maintaining personal space, excessive interest, open questions, eye contact. It was decidedly uncomfortable for me.

    You see, not only was there a huge age difference, like 30 years, but he’s just not my type. I’m a guy who’s into girls…

    The MeetUp event was a showing, outdoors on an inflatable screen, of The Big Lebowski.  First time (and only, so far) I saw it.  

  64. nick flandrey says:

    Rare and ‘unusual’ cancers are emerging after the COVID pandemic – and doctors fear an unlikely culprit is to blame

     

    Scientists believe that the coronavirus could drive increased rates of cancer, a connection they say is under-investigated. Viruses have been known to accelerate cancer since the 1960s.

    – right, it’s the VIRUS …

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    (wow, that only took a couple of months to move from “young people are getting weird cancers” to “maybe it’s the covid…”)

  65. drwilliams says:

    NJ High School Yearbook Poofs! Jewish Student Names, Replaces Their Club Picture With Muslim Students

    https://hotair.com/tree-hugging-sister/2024/06/06/nj-high-school-yearbook-poofs-jewish-student-names-replaces-their-club-picture-with-muslim-students-n3789760

    Sounds like the school will try to slow walk the investigation, but the town mayor isn’t having it.

    one week tops:

    1. the software will show when the edit was made and who made it
    2. if the perp was faculty, they get fired. 
    3. if the perp was a student, they get expelled, retroactive to the day. if they were a graduating senior, they get ungraduated. 
    4. all yearbook faculty gets suspended pending a full investigation
    5. mayor has city attorney file felony charges against all involved (hundreds of yearbooks at $100+ each), and hate crime charges if applicable (if #3 above, petition to charge student as adult if under 18)
    6. get each yearbook returned as evidence of a crime, refunding the cost. go after them with search warrants if necessary. [NB: it’s entirely possible that any students involved commemorated their involvement by annotating some copies for friends, so you need each one. ]

    As noted in the link, the Muslim students parents are not happy, either. It’s unlikely (but possible) that a Muslim student was involved for that reason, but it’s really irrelevant. Identify the perps (student(s) and teacher(s)) and burn their lives down around them, making them horrible examples

  66. nick flandrey says:

    More gaslighting.

    Remember when even suggesting that too many athletes died of ‘suddenly’ was enough to get you called a conspiracy theorist and nut?

    Is this why so many athletes are suffering cardiac arrests? Scientists find shocking new health issue in young sports stars

     

    Researchers from Los Angeles discovered a potential explanation behind why people in the best shape of their lives are suffering from cardiac conditions: hypertension, or high blood pressure.

    – note the bald statement in the title

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  67. drwilliams says:

    @nick

    Investigation has shown that big pharma wrote checks to government doctors from Fauci on down to the tune of $700 million. More details to come. Investigators should ask whether the EUA for the jabs were issued through a corrupt process. 

    Be loads of fun if the EUA were canceled retroactively.

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  68. drwilliams says:

    “Wheel of Fortune” Season 41 finale, titled “Thanks for the Memories,” airs at 7:30 p.m. Friday on KABC-7

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2024-06-06/pat-sajak-final-wheel-of-fortune-show-episode

    Check your local time.

  69. lpdbw says:

    One of the basic rules for an EUA is that there needs to be no treatment available other than the investigational drug.

    Due to outright bribery of the doctors bureaucrats in the .gov, there was never any “official” research into other protocols.  Ivermectin was renamed “horse paste”, hydroxychlorquine was labeled “fish drugs”, vitamin D and zinc were  never explored.  Doctors who claimed protocols that worked were not only ignored; they were deplatformed and unpersonned, and actively censored by the collaboration of government workers and social media platforms.  The last thing officials wanted was for people to actually find an existing drug or protocol that worked.

    The same doctors who used the “horse paste” line were quick to unnecessarily put patients onto respirators, which killed half of them.  Oops.  Too bad, so sad. Just another Covid death.

    Have you looked at excess deaths lately?  Or the latest revelations from Japan?

    To this day, Google/YouTube puts warnings on Dr. John Campbell’s videos, even when all he does is quote direct government sources and academic papers.  Because he’s skeptical of the official line.  And he started out as a cheerleader, saying “follow the evidence” and “get vaccinated”.  But then he saw the evidence, and changed his mind because of it.

  70. nick flandrey says:

    I’ve met Vanna White many times and she’s a genuine and nice person.

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  71. Lynn says:

    “Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs BUSTED Taking $400,000 in Apparent Bribe For State Contracts”

        https://libertyonenews.com/arizona-governor-katie-hobbs-busted-taking-400000-in-apparent-bribe-for-state-contracts/

    “Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has found herself embroiled in yet another controversy, as new evidence has emerged showing a potential bribe of $400,000 was paid to her for state contracts.”

    Nothing to see here !  Move along Citizens !

    Hat tip to:

       https://thelibertydaily.com/

  72. Alan says:

    >>I get the impression they are not only grifters, and far more inefficient than the Salvation Army, but that they are also classist and during WWII put American enlisted men last in line for help, and charged them for things like blankets.

    Back in the day in NYFC I was part of a volunteer ambulance service and it was always the Salvation Army that responded to most any ‘working’ fire.

  73. Nick Flandrey says:

    Someone doesn’t like that Vanna White is nice?   Oy vey.  

    I’m off to bed then.

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  74. Brad says:

    VPN: I use PIA (Private Internet Access). It’s a paid service, your license is good for five devices.

  75. Norman says:

    @ITGuy1998. If you do come to the UK next year and are near-ish to my part (south coast)I’d  be happy to buy you and your wife lunch and show you around some interesting places. Also ok to be a point of contact/help if you run into any problems.

  76. Nick Flandrey says:

    Already 82F and sunny, it’s not wasting any time getting hot today.

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  77. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13505849/Nashville-school-shooter-Audrey-Hale-trans-kill-puberty-blockers.html

    – i’ll add that the DM is moving away from the prog woke language previously used for the LBGT agenda.    They refer to the murder as “she” throughout and that’s a big change from the original reporting.

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  78. Nick Flandrey says:

    Nice way to make the bidden crime family subordinate to the Trumps

    And you thought the Trumps were bad! The shady business deals, credit card fraud and crack cocaine addiction at the heart of President Biden’s clan – as son Hunter’s gun trial heats up 

    –um, no I didn’t think they were bad.   And neither does literally half the nation.

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  79. drwilliams says:

    Send a miserable plagiarist to France to talk about D-Day, and he steals from the best:

    https://twitchy.com/dougp/2024/06/07/if-bidens-speech-today-at-pointe-du-hoc-sounded-familiar-heres-why-n2397080

    Does anyone think that he stole this speech by himself?

  80. drwilliams says:

    The day before the Trump verdict in Merchan’s court:

    ““Thank you for all your hard against the MAGA crazies! My cousin is a juror on Trumps criminal case and they’re going to convict him tomorrow according to her. Thank you New York courts!!!”

    https://x.com/almostjingo/status/1799193083445387334

    Notice the message right on the New York State Unified Court System’s website.

    If Michael Anderson’s cousin was in fact a juror, then I expect he will lie and claim that she didn’t actually tell him anything, he just made it up. In NYFS that will probably end any investigation.

    January 2025:

    After Trump reassigns 90% of IRS employees to help with field census of endangered animals (like polar bears, poisonous toads and wasps) in Alaska and The West the remainder will be reassigned to the Audit Division to do field audits of NYC drug dealers and Democrats.

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