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#6812: Rainy day today

Just a little bit ago (about 1:15pm) I heard something I've not heard in a while: the sump pump running. That's good; we've needed a good soaking rain. We seem to have exited the "dry season" part of summer, that time from about a week after Independence Day through mid-August where it doesn't rain very much.

It does mean, however, that I'll be cutting the grass this coming weekend.

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The employers need to be charged with violaing employment laws or there is no point to the ICE raids.

If you want to stem the tide of illegal immigration, demand side is the way to go. If the market for illegal labor dries up, they will stop coming. And all we need to do is to enforce laws already on the books.

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Damn, President Trump really pulled no punches with that one.
Sorry, I don't buy Rep. Tlaib's tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!
Bitch is still crying over not being allowed into Israel. I have no sympathy for her.

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"Please clap." Ha! Ha!! Why would indians clap for Fauxcahontas? She pretended she was part indian for decades, used that to get jobs and appointments, and only owned up to the scam after an actual DNA test proved she was 1/1024th indian.

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I trust Bill Nye's recommendation approximately as much as I'd trust a fifty-dollar car. Bill Nye was hired by Googe to say that Chromebooks are better than Windows notebooks.

Chromebooks better than a full-fledged laptop? Even at the same price point? Horseshit.

Trust me when I say this: the $400 Windows laptop is just going to be better, all around, than the Chromebook will. Let me explain why.

I have a Nook, which is an Android tablet which is/was sold by Barnes & Nobles. It was brand new in 2013. Now, six years later, I cannot reliably look at the Internet without it crashing. Half of the applications that came on the tablet don't work; if I use the latest versions they crash, and if I roll them back to a previous version which did work, they refuse to launch until I upgrade them. Forget downloading new ones from Googe Play, too, because a lot of them need the newest versions of Android OS to work, and I cannot upgrade the OS on this thing to the latest version. Most of the games that I used to play on the thing no longer work. The one that does work only does so because it is a "grandfathered" version that doesn't insist on being patched. At this point, pretty much, I can use my Nook to read PDFs and ebooks, which my Kindle was able to do in 2011 with a lot less fuss.

Contrast that with the laptop I bought new in 2008. Eleven years later, I can still use it with the latest version of Windows; I can surf the Internet and do word processing just fine with it. It does not crash on me. Admittedly it cannot run the latest games, but that doesn't bother me since the only time I need my laptop is when I'm traveling, and when I'm traveling I am not doing so to play computer games. It does what I need it to do.

Unlike my tablet.

So let's say you spend $400 on that Chromebook; you are now at the mercy of whoever made the stupid thing, as I am at the mercy of B&N with my Nook. They can update the software, or not, as they see fit, and your recourse is approximately either a) suck it; or b) buy a new one.

Most damning: if you take it to a place where there is no Internet connection, some things won't--or at least "may not"--work. I don't mean "watching videos" but, "Why can't I work on writing my story?"

No: I'll take the computer, thanks. Maybe spend a couple hundred extra, maybe not, but at least I'll be assured of being able to use it how I want to, when I want to.

Besides, Bill Nye is an idiot.

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I am, by the way, mulling a move to MeWe. We'll see how that goes.

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Are you fuckers serious? Wait--of course they're serious. "Boot stomping a human face forever," remember.

The federal government is now telling us that we should set our thermostats at 78° in summer when we're home. 85° when we're not home...and 82° at night.

These bitches are smoking crack.

82 is not a comfortable temperature for sleeping. 78 isn't even comfortable. FFS I run the thermostat at 77 during the day and turn it down to 74 at bedtime. The only reason I'm able to stand 77 during the day stems from the fact that I sit right under a big ceiling fan and have two other fans running to move the air around in the room. 77 at the thermostat keeps the main part of the house at perhaps 75, and all I need to do is to run a fan at the office door to force some of that cooler air in here.

But if I tried to keep the house at a minimum of 78 it'd be unlivable in here. At 82 it'd be a sauna and 85 would be a sweat box.

"Room temperature" is defined as around 72-74 degrees. Anything warmer than that is "hot" and anything cooler than that is "cold". And I already keep my thermostat at 69° in winter, and layer up with sweatpants and hoodies.

F-ing feds and their ridiculous eco-horseshit.

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Portland is not going to get any less violent as long as it has a communist sympathizer for a mayor.

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The Snopes.com war against the Babylon Bee has taken a turn.

A HILARIOUS TURN:
U.S.--As Snopes turns up the heat on The Babylon Bee, its writers were finally forced to admit that they are not real journalists.

In a statement issued Monday, Babylon Bee's editorial team confessed they have been making up their stories this entire time.

"The headlines, the copy, the quotes--they're all fake," said the site’s editor in chief, hanging his head in shame. "It started a few years ago. We made up a few stories about church culture, some about politics, some about everyday life, just for fun." But the EIC said that things quickly got out of hand, as their completely made-up stories started going viral.

"It all happened so fast," he said. "We just wanted to have a little fun and make some jokes, and I guess it got out of hand."
While I was fixing the "curvy quotes" in that I reread the line "hanging his head in shame" and laughed out loud. They are really sticking it to Snopes.com now, aren't they?

This is hilarious.

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Filed under "the leftist bias in the press" we have this gem:
"We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well," Baquet told the assemblage. "Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story."

Think about that statement for a minute. Baquet says he "built our newsroom" to cover a story which turns out to have been based on a hoax spread by Democrat Party operatives and used by a corrupt Obama administration to spy on innocent American citizens while attempting to prejudice a presidential election.
That's an admission, by the way, that the New York Times had an agenda, that it was selecting and writing and publishing stories to meet a certain goal.

Which, not to put too fine a point on it, is not supposed to be the function or goal of journalism. The purpose of the press is to report on what happened. I am somewhat old-fashioned in that view, of course, but even today that's what the press says it is (supposed to be) doing.

The goal of the press is to push the leftist agenda, and it has been for quite a while--at least as far back as the 1930s and possibly earlier than that. The NYT itself has been guilty of that in some highly egregious ways.

Do not expect the leopard to change its spots.

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Leprosy. In Los Angeles county, they have leprosy. "Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico,..." I will grant you, 187 patients over a forty-year period is really not all that bad, but I'd bet money that the majority of them occurred more recently than formerly.

Leprosy is not exactly a plague. It's not easily transmitted, basic hygiene is enough to stop the spread of it, and it's a slow-moving disease that's eminently curable with antibiotics. But that's why it's so rare in a first-world country like the US, and why most of the patients that present with it come from Mexico.

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So I'm guessing that the felon who shot at police did so because he felt "disrespected", eh? You know, that story about the protest in a Chicago neighborhood, over the woman who tried to run away without paying for services rendered, and the "community organizer" getting up and talking about "respect" and shit--it was a minor story but it really has colored my impression of how some demographic sectors behave.

It explains a lot.

...the Philiadephia cops tried to serve a warrant and this goon started shooting at them. While all this was going on, the goon's neighbors were throwing shit and shooting at the police.

Now the local "community organizers" are having a protest this coming Friday over, I guess, police brutality?

*rolleyes*

Okay, how about the police don't do anything to enforce the laws in your "community"? Would that make you feel better? Would you then lie in the bed you made, or would you then complain about crime being out of control?

I think I know the answer to that question.

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"Global temperature" is "meaningless". The article quotes someone who says that assessing the average global temperature of the Earth has as much validity as assessing the average value of the numbers in the phone book.

Meanwhile, Borepatch reminds us that there have been no new high temperature records set in quite a while. A couple of times they have been matched, but not exceeded.

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Sounds as if Chicago's new mayor is a real winner, all right.Rumor has it:
just got the low down on Lightfoots plans for her speech on 28th. The focus of the speech will be the greedy police pensions bankrupting the city and the need for 8-10% property tax increases to offset the unbridled greed of a racist FOP and CPD. 0 accountability against any other city agency, no police contract expected through possibly her whole first term. Expect her to further villify the police even more to insure another term for Kim Foxx. Those around are shocked by her absolute hatred of the police and her lack of a realistic grasp of the actual problem. This Mayor and her speech will be the death of what's left of the middle class and business in Chicago.
A 10% increase in property taxes is insane, especially considering that the property taxes in the city are already ruinous.

I have to wonder what percentage of Chicago's budget goes towards "greedy police pensions".

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The Epstein imbroglio keeps getting worse.
Jeffrey Epstein once had three 12-year-old girls flown in from France for him to abuse as a sadistic birthday present, unsealed court documents have alleged.
Oh, I'm sure the 12-year-old girls were properly "groomed" to be receptive. Jesus. And then there's this comment:
When the police searched Epsteins new york mansion there was a notepad by a phone with some notations about 2 Russian 8 yr old girls Epsteins french modeling agent had procured for him and then Russian language lessons.
How far down does this go?

Blech. Just reading about this crap makes me want a shower.

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Doorbell hasn't worked for a while.

Some time ago we got an electronic one. Theoretically, the thing works fine with any existing doorbell system. Just put a diode across the doorbell button and it'll be fine, right?

Wrong.

No matter how I configured the thing, it would not work. If you held down the button, it would--after a couple of seconds--start chiming with the default chime, but it would stop chiming the instant you let go of the button. Nothing else worked, and I couldn't get it to play the chime I selected. Instructions that came with it were a single sheet of paper, folded, with approximately 83 languages on it, and the installation guide showed you where to put the wires and how to select the desired chime.

It came with a pair of 4004 diodes, but even putting them in parallel across the pushbutton (yes in the same polarity!) would not change the performance of the thing. I tried putting batteries in the thing, even though they were not supposed to be required, and that didn't help.

Bought a new transformer, thinking that would help, but the new transformer is not to be installed in an attic--and guess where the existing doorbell transformer is? So if we're going to use the electronic chime box I'm going to have to entirely rewire the system, including putting the transformer in an area of the house which is temperature-regulated.

Sunday I tried putting the old electro-mechanical doorbell back in, and it wouldn't work, either. It worked fine when I removed it! To make matters worse, while I was trying to run the wires through it one of them hooked on the spring for one of the plungers and ruined it. After about an hour's worth of fiddling I got it to the point where it would work more-or-less correctly, but it wasn't all that great.

Monday I thought, Why don't I look up electromechanical chimes on-line and see what's available? Found a complete chime box on Amazon for $11 delivered. That is in the "fine for now" territory, so I ordered it, and it arrived today. It sounds exactly like the one it replaces, though it's made of plastic rather than metal.

So that will give me some breathing room. We'll have a functional doorbell. I'll have some time to figure out why the electronic doorbell doesn't work, and make it work. And then if we ever get tired of the electronic one I'll be able to swap this one back in.

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I was talking to Og about this the other night and he happened to relate the tale of when he was in school and he swapped in a fire alarm bell for the house's doorbell. His father had gotten home from work at 7AM and was sleeping when apparently some Jehova's Witnesses rang that bell. Og said:
I'm just so glad that I wasn't home. I was at school at the time and apparently dad answered the front door naked as a jaybird and just started punching people.
I laughed my ass off.

Anway, so choice of doorbell is important. Something to bear in mind.
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