April 11th, 2020

#7102: Looks like someone failed his civics classes.

According to at least one police chief, leaving your house is a "privilege". Gotta love it when nazis self-identify. It's less lovable when they're law enforcement, though.

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"Quality infection control" is not what you think it is. Medical personnel have gotten too used to hand sanitizer and have stopped washing their hands. So when you have someone with a communicable infection in a nursing home, the staff will post notifications regarding what must be done. This includes washing hands with soap and water (rather than using sanitizer), perhaps wearing a mask and gloves, depending.

As a former nurse assistant, I can say that I gloved up for everything regardless of whether or not it was required by the procedure. Enter room, wash hands, glove up, do whatever, de-glove, wash hands, leave. That meant that when one of the residents had MRSA, I didn't need to change my habits.

...but that's what you can do, end of list. You can put on goggles and/or a face shield and/or a mask if any are available, but usually anything beyond a mask is not. It's a nursing home, not a welding shop, and it's (strangely) not equipped to handle people who are uncontrollably spraying stuff into the air.

"Quality infection control" as I've outlined it is extremely effective in preventing the transmission of infection. The problem with COVID-19 is that what you need to prevent its transmission is out of scope for nursing homes.

And look at the statistics. For Massachusetts, 41% of their COVID-19 deaths are happening to residents of nursing homes. That's typical, I'm afraid.

Then we need to look at how nursing homes operate. 99% of the work done on residents in nursing homes is done by CNAs, who take a three-month certification course, pass a test, and then get paid the lowest possible wage. Where I worked, they put two CNAs on a wing with twenty to twenty-four residents. I started at 2 PM. First round was getting people up and ready for dinner. Dinner time was all hands on deck to get them fed; and after dinner second round was getting people into bed. The only time you weren't working was on your breaks. Literally, you were on your feet and moving the entire time you were working. I'd then leave at 10:30, sweaty and exhausted.

The place employed a handful of RNs and usually there were two on per shift, each one handling two wings (that place had four wards, and a separate secure floor for dementia patients). They made rounds once, but of course they had twice the number of residents to oversee. Mainly they handled medication, but they also had the occasional procedure to do.

I believe the nursing homes when they say they're doing what they can. The only industry in the US that's more highly regulated than the long term care industry is the nuclear power industry. But at the same time, nursing homes charge a lot of money, and they pinch every last penny they can to maximize their profits.

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The predictive capacity of computer modeling is not all that good. The only reason that the weather models work at all comes from the fact that we've been refining them for decades, and the people who maintain them actually have a personal interest in understanding why they fail to predict the weather correctly and fixing those issues. Also, the failure of weather models is usually both prompt and manifest: "Well, the model said it would be sunny today, and here I am without my umbrella." As it pours cats and dogs.

All told, this thing is turning out to be about as bad as the annual flu, with a little extra tacked on. Lacking a vaccine is why it's disproportionately killing the oldest demographics; those people get vaccinated every year, especially if they're in a nursing home or hospital, and when you get the flu it's pretty damned obvious--and almost immediately--that you're sick.

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I love it when liberals get hoisted on their own petards.
More than a dozen of these buyers (men and women) actually thought that since they filled out and signed everything, they could just walk out and go home with the firearm. Several actually said they saw how easy it was to buy a gun on TV and why did they have to fill out all these forms.

The majority of these first timers lost their minds when we went through the Ammo Law requirements. Most used language not normally heard, even in a gun range. We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms--we were trying to be nice.

Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.

They really went crazy when we told them that for each firearm they had to do the same amount of paperwork and they could only purchase ONE handgun every 30 days. Again, we didn't [vote] for that law.

We had people cuss at us and stomp out when we explained that secondary identification had to be part of the paperwork, as they felt insulted that what they had wasn't good enough. We have a number of Yelp reviews calling us names and other things about how bad we are because of this whole new buyer rush.
We like to laugh at the idiots who protest with signs wishing that their [whatever] had the same rights that guns do, but apparently these idiots really believe that you can just walk into a gun store, and buy a pistol and ammunition like you were buying a bottle of Pepsi.

The people who clamor for gun control the loudest apparently don't know that there's a form you need to fill out, a background check that needs to be done, and (in many places) a waiting period before you can actually take your firearm home. That yes, even you, Mr. Good "I voted for Obama" Liberal, you have to obey the same laws everyone else does, and they're restrictive and annoying and a pain in the ass to comply with.

And yes, they most assuredly can get in the way of you being able to buy a gun when you need one.

That's exactly what they were meant to do.

The gun control laws were meant to be a step on a long path towards total disarmament of the civilian population of the United States. The point of background checks and waiting periods and FOID cards and all the other nonsense is not--never was--to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The gun laws have always been about putting the right to self-defense inside an ever-contracting circle.

Remember the cake analogy.

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Victor Davis Hanson writes yet another good piece. This time, on the left's COVID-19 strategies.

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I do want to see Midway but I'm waiting for it to be free rather than $6.

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Cut the front grass and the east 40 yesterday, and then the mower broke.

The tractor's fine. It's the pusher that broke, and I'm not sure why. The "self-propelled" part is what quit on me, and the way it's put together you can't really use it without the self-propelled bit working.

It's one of those negative-feedback things, where when you start walking, the handle slides forward, and then the mower tries to move so that the handle slides back again. The idea is that you can set whatever pace you like, within reason, and the mower will adjust its speed accordingly.

But when you push on the handle, the mower doesn't move, and the rear wheels lock up. You have to hold the moving part of the handle because that's where the safety stop is, and while it's possible to push the mower using the lower part of the handle that doesn't move, it ends up being a one-hand operation--long story short, bad ergonomics and worse strain on one hand.

I had a quick gander at the thing yesterday--it broke as I was finishing the south side of the house--but it was leaking gas and I didn't feel like laying on the driveway, so I resolved to worry about it later.

Going to contact Harbor Freight and see if they have that bike lift in stock, and if they do, go get it. Then go from there. I can cut almost the entire eyard with the riding mower, though, so it's not really an emergency.

It's just irritating, is all. Name-brand freaking mower--Toro, a big name brand!--not four years old, and I've already had to clean its carb twice, and now this.

You know, the first gas mower that my parents bought lasted something like eight years with no maintenance at all. It was stored on the back patio because our garage was full of stuff taken from my grandparents' houses after they died. (Long story, but houses needed to be cleaned out so properties could be rented/sold and no one had time to sort through the stuff.)

I don't even remember what that lawn mower died of. It was like the Terminator, though--basically unkillable. It just went on and on and on, without an air filter, occasionally getting water in the gas and having to have the tank drained, etcetera. I do remember Dad bought a self-propelled mower after I stopped cutting the grass (college and work took all my time, and he and Mom had retired, anyway) but that one threw a rod (!) and had to be replaced. Soured me on Tecumseh engines.

This one, my wife's father bought it in like 2016 and as previously stated I've had to clean the carb twice and now this. Annoying.

But right now, it's 10:38 AM and I want to be in bed, so I think I'll return there and get a few more winks.

#7103: GLEAH

6 minutes in and Mazes and Monsters is bleeding awful.

This movie was based on a book, according to the opening credits.

First one of the players we see is the son of a rich interior decorator and he comes home from somewhere-or-other, wearing a pickelhaube. His mother has redecorated his room in "1970s Operating Room White"--everything is white, right down to the typewriter on the desk, and floors and walls are tiled. He has a mynah bird named "Merlin".

Three introductory vignettes in, the acting is shit. Haven't seen Tom Hanks yet. Oo--I think...here he comes!

No, wrong. It's Pickelhaube Boy again but this time he's in a cowboy hat. So, his character is "hats".

There's Tom Hanks! 10 minutes in. His dad's authoritarian and his mom's a drunk! No wonder he goes off the deep end. WHOOPS SPOILER

Rich family--they're dropping him off at college in a big Mercedes!

Pickelhaube boy now sitting in the cafeteria? at the college, wearing a WW2 flight helmet with goggles, and looking around. Oh boy what a personality he has!!! Looking around like, "Gee why don't I have any friends?" BECAUSE YOU'RE A LUNATIC.


I was going to live-fisk this horseshit but it's bleeding awful, and it's not even the kind of bleeding awful that makes it funny. It's just a bad, bad movie. You can see the obvious differences in talent between Tom Hanks and the entire rest of the cast. The older people do reasonable, professional jobs, but the younger ones are...well..."high school drama club" is about right, I think.

If there's one thing I can't stand, though, it's when a movie uses props in place of character. Having Pickelhaube Boy wear a different hat in each scene is stupid.

Gad, he's wearing a yellow hard hat with a tuxedo now. It burns!! The stupid, it burns!!!

...they're playing the eponymous game now, introducing their characters--and only Tom Hanks manages to pull it off without making me cringe.

A "falling in love" montage 20 minutes in?? And this song is terrible.

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I have a feeling we're missing something important here:

Namely, why does the factory make a size 1450 slipper??

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I was going to go out and look at things and maybe buy some, but then I changed my mind and decided not to. Tomorrow is Easter so everything will be closed.

I tried to do a little spackling yesterday but the leftover spackle from when I painted the spare room at the end of August turned out to have mostly hardened. About a fifth of a bucket remaining--did I use that much on the spare room?

--no, I bought that bucket partway through the bathroom and finished the bathroom with it, then did the spare room, so it's older than the six, seven months that elapsed since I last used it. I did make sure it was well-sealed, but, well, *shrug*.

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Hat boy talking to his bird about killing himself, because people who play role-playing games (even shitty made-up imitation RPGs) are always mentally unstable. Especially if they put on different hats every twenty minutes.

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There's going to be a part two? "The Illegal and/or Unconstitutional Actions of President Barack Obama, Part 1"

If he were a Republican he would have been impeached and out of office after the first one. Or at least the second one.

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Well, Tom Hanks has started to go around the bend. He broke up with The Girl. Now, The Girl is kissing another guy in the gaming group. Not Pickelhaube Boy though. (....yet.)

Gadzooks this is an awful movie.