February 19th, 2017

#5458: I take it back. The man is an unparalleled GENIUS.

Here I said that Neil deGrasse Tyson did not belong in a collage of scientific luminaries like Einstein, Newton, Galileo, and Tesla. I was wrong.

Because Tyson's genius eclipses them all. Tyson has drilled right to the core of the cause of all armed conflict ever in human history, reducing that myriad of causes into a simple statement.

I was wrong!

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YES that was sarcasm. The man's an unparalleled DOLT.

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Yes, Mr. Journalist, you go right on ahead telling people that the middle east was islamic when Jesus walked the Earth. Protip: it's better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Speaking of "removing all doubt" someone tell Chuck Todd that the First Amendment works both ways. The President is not obligated to talk to you idiots if he doesn't want to. "Freedom of association". Look it up.

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Stop the scaremongering about depeleted uranium. Yes, it's bad for people. No, it's not worse than any other heavy metal. It barely counts as radioactive; it's not like the shells are made of strontium 90 or something. FFS.

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Gyaa ha ha ha ha ha restaurant fires twelve people for not showing up on "day without immigrants". Here's another protip: if you're going to miss work, you might want to call off, particularly if your employer has a strict "no call-no show" policy, which this place appears to have. 12 idiots didn't call off, but stayed home for a stupid reason, and so sowed the seeds of their own destruction. No sympathy here.

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This looks like it's worth reading but I don't have time right now. Sorry about that.

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I got Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. Couldn't figure out the other ones. What's with the ducks?

#5459: Well, no need for that.

So, today I went over to Og's place and worked on the Jeep. Og invited me a few days ago, and I figured it was as good a reason as any, so off I went.

Hit the parts store for an end link, oil change supplies, and rear brake shoes. O'Reilly's didn't have the shoes--inventory system error, no one had bought a set for about six months (!)--so I went across the street to Advance and picked up a set there, then hied on towards Og's.

Stopped at Wendy's for a trio of double stacks--and I think they accidentally made all three with regular-size hamburger patties--then got to Og's in short order thereafter. Started in with the wrenching.

Took a bit to get the driver's side drum off, but once it was off I was incredulous: the brakes were fine, with plenty of material left on the pads. Passenger side was the same story. Og took a look at it and concurred; there was no reason to replace those shoes with that much material left on them.

So while Og went to get some anti-seize compound, I changed the Jeep's oil; and once he was back replaced the sway bar end link. At Og's suggestion I left the Jeep on the ground and just turned the wheels all the way left. Thanks to his help with jouncing/lifting the other side of the truck I was able to get the link on its mount, and then it was a matter of a few minutes' wrenching to torque it down. Easy, in a way it wouldn't have been if I hadn't been in his garage.

Mostly he provided (im)moral support, something I've done for him in the past, so it's all good. The important thing is, I got my truck up to snuff. No more clunking from the front end!

I checked the service log when I got home. The rear brakes have 56,000 miles on them. And their thickness compares favorably with the brand-new shoes. Are the rear brakes even working? The adjusters seem to be okay, so I've no idea why they wouldn't be.

Anyway, so tomorrow or Monday I'll take the superfluous brake shoes back, unused. And if the rear brakes squeak or squeal, at least I know it's not due to being worn out.