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Wrong Cause

Crooks & Liars reports Jim Cramer (CNBC) and Stuart Varney (Fox Business) are claiming that the stock market is dropping because Biden’s poll numbers are climbing. The reality is that the drop in the market and the rise in Biden’s numbers are the result of skyrocketing increases in COVID-19 cases caused by opening states too early combined with a lack of mask wearing and social distancing. The early opening and resistance to masks were endorsed by Trump who still isn’t taking the pandemic seriously. Trump is worrying about the statues of Confederate traitors being removed, not the looming deaths of a quarter million Americans.


1 Kryten42 { 06.27.20 at 11:01 pm }

Yeah. 🤷‍♂️🙄 None of it is surprising, and we both know that. And now Dotard is being hit for using pentagon funds to build his worthless wall, and a looooong list of other stupidity. And now… this:

Kellyanne Conway was the inspiration for her husband’s anti-Trump Lincoln Project attacks on the president: report

So, I had a bit of a dummy spit myself on T!

“OK… Seriously! Either KaC’s marriage to George is a fraud, or KaC recent Barbie makeover is so that when Dotard loses & his inevitable divorce ensues, KaC can divorce George & be Dotard’s #4! Or George & KaC are playing everyone!
’cause nothing else makes any sense!🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤬”

2 Kryten42 { 06.27.20 at 11:13 pm }

Oh… I was going to post this above. But I’m just peeved & over it all. Anyway, I’m guessing you know about this one:

Florida now contending with West Nile Virus in addition to record-high coronavirus cases

I thought I’d ask because… It’s News Corp NYP! 👎🤨

Oh (again!) This one was actually interesting!

About that Peggy Noonan Column

3 Bryan { 06.28.20 at 11:18 pm }

Peggy Noonan is a relic of the Reagan era and can’t accept that her world exists in her mind and has no connection to reality. After Trump gets flushed things can’t go back. Too many did too much to support Trump and they will not be accepted back in the old Party. It will reform into something different or just splinter.

Of course there’s West Nile and Equine Encephalitis and malaria and Lyme’s disease and Zika and TB, etc. South Florida is a tropical breeding ground with input from South America and the Caribbean. Factor in the anti-vaxers and you can include all of the childhood diseases that should have been wiped out. When you put morons in a hot moist climate you’re going to have outbreaks. That’s why I keep up with all of my immunizations.

KaC is a professional political consultant. She is whatever her client needs her to be. George is a well off attorney. Husbands and wives rarely agree about everything. If there’s a number 4 she will foreign model, not an American who has good lawyers. He made that mistake with his second wife. 😈

4 Kryten42 { 06.30.20 at 1:07 am }

Regarding Noonan, yeah. I found that article amusing mostly. But I remember her during the Shrubbery years. As soon as a growing number of people pulled her up over some nonsense, she’s kinda, sort of try to walk it back… Or just stay quiet for awhile.

I get that about Sth Florida. We have a similar issue with the Far Nth Queensland & NT. And people get sick because they don’t get it & don’t prepare. I remember you posting about getting your shot’s. But you are intelligent & sane. 😉 😀

As for KaC… *The plot thickens* — Seems (maybe) her daughter is NOT a Trump/MAGA fan. These vid’s she posted about MAGAts who kept contacting her & hating on her were not too bad. 😆 Though, she does take after her Mom in the peroxide & botox departments. Starting to wonder if they entire family is just doing some kind of “reality show” scam or something.🤷‍♂️🙄


5 Bryan { 07.02.20 at 12:15 am }

Old pundits never fade away, they just keep getting space in the largest newspapers as if they were still relevant to the world that has forgotten them.

If you have mosquitoes, you will have disease. Given the number of badly maintained swimming pools and pond throughout the South the only surprise that that isn’t isn’t worse than it is. We use gambezi minnows and malathion fogging for control locally. Still you can’t get all of them and people wander outside at dawn and dusk without insect repellent. You can’t fix stupid.

It’s lighting and cosmetics. The soft and fuzzy filter is thrown in for “glamour” shots. KaC is a professional political hack whose job requires her to bury any personal opinion she may have about clients. Politics is only part of life and if your paycheck depends on it, people will suppress their personal opinion. She must be planning to retire, already has a book deal, or a job offer.

6 Kryten42 { 07.03.20 at 2:12 am }

I got a bit tired of “same old, same old!” So I started looking for some interesting “real science” video’s for some of my favorite subjects. I think you’ll find this one interesting. The science behind the SR-71. it’s quite well done I think. I thought I knew everything about the Blackbird. Not so much! 😉 😀

The Insane Engineering of the SR-71 Blackbird

And a bonus for one of my all-time favorite US Aircraft. One of the last designed that worked exactly as it was supposed to. The A-10:

The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog

There are others that I’ll be watching with true interest. I decided to sign up for the “Curiosity Stream” service using the “Real Engineering” link provided in his above videos so he’s get his deserved referral fee. It was only US$14.99/yr! A good deal I thought. Rare these day’s!

I hope you enjoy those. 👍😊

7 Bryan { 07.03.20 at 9:42 pm }

I’m more familiar with the SR-71 being called the “Habu” – the name of four poisonous snakes that are found on Okinawa. Our aircraft were parked in the same classified area of the flight line at Kadena AB on Okinawa. When they launched they rolled out of their hangar and taxied directly to the runway and took off without pausing. When they returned they were a dull brown and radiated heat. They sat outside their hangar for an hour to cool down enough for the crew to exit the aircraft. Evil looking airplanes.

From time to time if the weather is right you can hear the A-10 making runs on the Eglin ranges. The sound of that cannon/Gatling gun is something that you remember. People have tried to retire the A-10 for years, but nothing else does what it does as well as it does it for as cheap as it does it. I have seen photos of the carnage it is capable of and I wouldn’t want to be in its way, even in a tank.

They were definitely worth the time. I knew most of but not all the info, like the different fuel. We would need refueling after take off because of the weight of equipment on our aircraft on most of the runways we used. We had to wait for another tanker to be available because we couldn’t use the tankers the SR-71 used.

8 Kryten42 { 07.04.20 at 6:42 am }

“Evil looking airplanes.” That is for sure! It’s always fascinated me. Just thinking of the Engineering involved… They basically had to invent on the go for the majority of the project! And they did it. I honestly can’t imagine that happening today on this scale. Sad… 🙁

Not sure the SR-72 being an autonomous drone will happen any time soon!

I’ve really been enjoying CuriosityStream (and the free Nebula using Real Engineering’s coupon). I paid US$16.27 (with GST) for both for a 12 Mth HD subscription. They have a a wide variety of factual content (Nebula also does fiction, TV Series etc.), and content for kids also. Will be useful once COVID-19 is dealt with and the kids can start visiting again. 😀

9 Bryan { 07.04.20 at 10:49 pm }

The A-12 begat the YF-12A, which begat the SR-71. The ‘Skunk Works’ didn’t start from a blank sheet of paper. There were A-12s flying from Okinawa before the SR-71 was delivered, The wings and engines are similar, it is the nose and fuselage that evolved. The shape of the SR-71 was the basis for much of the later stealth aircraft.

It’s hard to believe that television used to have shows like Cosmos and Nova with actual science being discussed.

10 Kryten42 { 07.06.20 at 12:14 pm }

Yes. I know the history & pedigree of the SR-71. But it was quite unique in the end & many new challenges had to be overcome. And they didn’t have more than a decade to do so. 😉

Agree about the spiral death of TV programming! I miss Cosmos & others. 🙁 But, now I have an alternative! And unlimited Internet Monthly bandwidth. Since I switched to a better NBN provider (which cost me an extra AU$12/Mth) the reliability & d/l speed has improved significantly. I figured the previous one was ovrselling connections to sell it cheaper. Everything has a price! Speed has increased from between 4.7 – 5.6 MB/s to 6.5 – 7 MB/s depending on the time of day. Lower speeds were typically late afternoon & evening.

I just picked up an amazing deal on Amazon that really blows me away. And it’s being shipped from FL. 😆 An Amazon seller called “Serverpartdeals”.

I had a notification set to tell me if anyone has an Seagate EXOS X14 12 or 14 TB HDD for sale under AU$500 & shipped to AU. I wasn’t expecting anything. Got an email today… The cheapest price here from all the AU online stores, is AU$635. Serverpartsdeals in FL have them for AU$405!! And that’s with free shipping (because of Amazon Prime). Two other US sellers that ship here, have them for AU$615. I checked that the drives are NEW, and was told they are. So I just ordered one.

I had an EXOS V5 8TB HDD that I got in 2016 (two actually. They were originally mirrored backup drives for my MAS), but it filled up fast. I’ve been ripping my collection of Movie / TV Series DVD / BR discs. Originally, I was ripping them to AVI, but they take up a lot of space. Especially the BR. Between ~6GB (DVD) to ~14 GB (BR). With my new gfx card, I can rip them to compressed 1080p x264 MKV format from about 2GB to 6GB. And the 2nd 8TB EXOS can go back to being my backup mirror. I was concerned with having only a single backup drive. Funny thing… the Enterprise level EXOS drives are a LOT cheaper than their equivalent IronWolf NAS drives, have a longer warranty (5YR vs 3YR), higher performance & a longer estimated lifespan! I’d never buy an IronWolf drive (though, I do have 4x 5TB ones in my NAS 4 PRO. But that was a package deal.)

Here… You might find this YT Tech video interesting. Start’s of with some IT history that should bring back memories. It did for me! Ends with what’s coming next… I’m drooling! 😉 😆


11 Bryan { 07.06.20 at 10:38 pm }

My point is that the genius of Kelly Johnson was not “reinventing the wheel” but re-imagining it and molding it to a new use. That is essentially what was done with the B-57 Canberra in the conversion to the WB-57 which had wings the length of a U-2 and two huge fan jets and two more ramjets. for “upper atmosphere experiments”. The US once created bespoke aircraft from what ever was in the hangar, and now we can’t build aircraft to plan in less than two decades.

Yeah, we are in agreement that cable television is a wasteland of channels that no one wants to watch but you have to pay for them, so a decent Internet connection has more value. (Before COVID, it was kids getting out of school and signing on to play games in the afternoon.)

The video was interesting but the narrator was beyond boring. He needed to change his voice occasionally to keep people awake.

Thank you for “Serverpartdeals”. That will definitely be my source if I build another box. On the nostalgia side I remember paying $900 for my 10, 20, 40 and 80 megabyte hard drives. Just amazing how the cost per megabyte has dropped.

12 Kryten42 { 07.07.20 at 8:41 am }

See… Not everything in FL is bad! 😉 😆

I actually started a comment regarding the monotone delivery of that YT vid narrator. Then decided to delete it & see how far you’d get! 🤭😏😈

I first thought he was using some kind of vocoder or text-to-speech s/w! But then watched a live stream where he interviewed a VP of a new tech Startup. Same voice.🤷‍♂️😕

Yes. I still remember ~AU$1,600 for my first 40MB HDD! Heck, a basic 8086 (not 8088) PC with 640 KB RAM KB/Mouse, two 5.25″ FDD’s & green CRT display (from ICL) with DOS or CPM, and Wordstar was around AU$3,400! 🤔 We sold them in my PC shop I started with a friend in 1980.🙄

13 Bryan { 07.08.20 at 12:15 am }

I installed an IBM-XT with a 10mb hard drive, CGA IBM monitor, and a NEC Spinwriter printer that the guy got for a special price of $3500 US. I had to do an install because the printer had a serial interface and I had to build a cable for it. The RS-232 supposed standard didn’t mean anything to IBM or any other manufacturer. I had a box that told what lines were doing and a jumper block that help me build the probable cable on-site to test the configuration. Then I could build the cable if things checked out. Usually you only needed two twisted pairs but some equipment would use more. After “plug-n-play” actually became a real thing the new guys never had the joy of trying to get printers and screens to work. 😈

Wordstar and VisiCalc were the reasons the early systems went out the door.

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