atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7707: The rain is supposed to stop a week from today.

Highest temp over the next ten days is 83 on Monday; mostly we're looking at upper 70s. Pool is estimated to be delivered Tuesday but I don't think there's a point to it, not with this kind of forecast. Certainly not for Independence Day.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific northwest, they're looking at scorching temps. Good luck running your air conditioners on windmills and owl flatus.

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The short answer is "yes". I've read stories about dealerships buying used cars from private sellers and then selling them at a markup, so this anecdote does not surprise.
On account of the moving and other things, we decided to sell my wife's SUV which was smaller than mine and just drive up in one vehicle. She bought it brand spanking new three years ago for $20,000 and today she sold it to the same dealer for $19,000 in a transaction that may have lasted 32 minutes which was as long as it took for the salesperson to test drive it, to fill the paperwork and have the check issued. I joked that she "leased" the vehicle for less than a buck a day, not counting gas and insurance. To say we were surprised is a serious misunderstanding.

But the shocker was when we checked how much my "previously owned" vehicle bought last November would bring to the table. Without going into details, CarMax offered me $3,000 over what we paid for it. I could actually make a profit.
The lack of new cars has rental outfits like Hertz and Enterprise buying newer used cars, as well.

It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a seller's market. So it's not uncommon for dealers to tack on extra charges, not to give discounts, etcetera; I've heard tales of people playing thousands over the sticker price solely because the dealer has the luxury of saying, "You can accept this deal, or have a nice day."

It won't last, of course.

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Renewable energy is much more expensive. The people who think that human carbon dioxide emissions will turn Earth into Venus always cite the subsidized price of "renewable" energy when they claim that windmills are cheaper than coal. There is a hell of a lot of government money in "renewables" but the instant the government money dries up, so does the "renewable" electricity, because it's diffuse, and has no "on" switch. Attempting to add an "on" switch by including storage systems (whatever form they take) just raises the cost and reduces the efficiency.

Wholesale price for electricity generated by windmills at sea? $0.24 per kilowatt-hour. That's what the people who own the windmills charge your power company. Your power company does not sell that power to you at their cost.

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Biden threatened to nuke Americans. I mean, plain and simple, he said that people armed with small arms can't take on the government since they have nuclear weapons and fighter jets.

I'm going to paraphrase a meme I saw recently: if these weapons are no match for the ones that the government has, why is the government so afraid of us having them?

John Wilder does not pull any punches with that article, and he's 100% correct.

They want to order the American military to bomb and strafe insurrectionists? They can do that. They can do drone strikes, too. They can launch cruise missiles and drop JDAMs and MOABs all over the United States, hit "known insurgent safe houses" with Hellfire missiles, and they can even run people over with tanks if they want to. They can do everything they did in Iraq and Afghanistan, to their heart's content, and a thousand times worse at that because their targets will be "insurrectionists" and "insurrectionist sympathizers", and relatively few of them will be muslims.

What they cannot do, however, is to win.

Mr. Wilder makes the same point I've made, which is that the entirety of the US military, even if deployed within the nation's borders, cannot hold that much territory.

Intrepid Reporter makes the point--frequently--that it's one thing to drone strike a bunch of Taliban in Afghanistan from the comfort and safety of an air base in North America; it's another thing entirely to drone strike an "insurrectionist safe house" in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Because the insurrectionists will find the drone pilot and make an example of him--and who will pilot the drones after that? Are military bases prepared to house, clothe, and feed every last military dependent--the spouses and children of the soldiers assigned to them?

And how well can military bases inside the United States withstand a siege? Which is to say, when any truck or airplane trying to enter the property gets blown up? When the roads going to it--and the electric lines and the water pipes and the gas lines and-and-and--are all destroyed? Sure, those bases are supposed to be well-stocked with reserves--but how long do they last when all replenishment has been interdicted? And the "load" on those reserves includes a crapton of noncombatant civilians, for which the military likely did not plan?

In the United States, the best estimates we have say there are 1.33 privately-owned guns for every last man, woman, and child living within the borders of this country. I would bet money that number is low, that's it's closer to 2 or even 3--because for a very long time the government did not track firearm purchases at all, and those guns may be old but they still work. Further, it's extraordinarily simple to make a one-shot shotgun with some pipe and a few other doodads, and such a gun would serve to kill a soldier in order to get his equipment.

Kind of like this gun, which the Allies sent into Europe by the carload, to help insurrectionists there.

I keep saying it: the people who want to seize total power over us cannot win; they can only make it brutal torture the entire time they're losing. But they will lose.

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I came home from work early today, because I ended up being at work late yesterday, and no overtime allowed. I left the office 45 minutes early, was home 15 minutes later, and found Mrs. Fungus in the bedroom with Smudge. I laid down on the bed...and then did not move from that spot for three hours.

Tomorrow Smudge is being taken to the vet for an orchidectomy, which is a requirement for the adoption service from which we got him. A lot of places require that animals be spayed or neutered as a condition of adoption, and for the most part this particular place only charges their cost for a lot of the necessities, so there's no real problem here. Except of course that we have to get up early and drive for most of an hour to get there. *sigh*

Well, that's all right, I guess.

Still, because I went right to bed, I didn't work on the bike at all. I was thinking, at work, about what remains to be done before I can try riding the thing, and I realized that it's probably not more than a couple of hours' work if I don't hit any snags.

But laying down in that soft, cool bed, in that dimly-lit, quiet room--no, that was much better than doing anything else at all.

Seriously, this morning I had to cudgel myself out of bed (got to work 5 minutes late) and seriously thought about working from home instead of going in. But I still did it, and I'm glad I did, because I had a couple of things that needed to be done. *sigh*

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So, Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is now "DuSable Lake Shore Drive", because reasons I guess. I suppose their next step will be to lobby to rename the lake "DuSable Lake" for all those folks in Chicago who wish to lionize the "founder" of Chicago, mainly because he came from Haiti.


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So, it's cool outside, but it's sticky: dew point is 72. Yeesh.

ADDENDUM: Today, while looking at Fzztbuus, I saw an excellent name for a band: "Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue".


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