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  1. 16 points
    Felt like buying something useless to combat the COVID craziness. Probably doesn't do any better of a job than the hand cut foam I was using before, but it sure looks cool.
  2. 14 points
    Been one helluva year for quite a few folks in this fine community. There have been losses, illnesses, financial downturns, job chaos, and just a little stress from political and social strife, affecting many of us. Lots of decent folk taking a beating these days. I'm glad to be here to learn from and laugh with you guys, and proud to call quite a few of you my Friends. I just wanted to wish you all the best, with hope for a better future. Keep fighting the fine fight, and try not to get discouraged.
  3. 14 points
    Hey guys! A night in my own bed was amazing. Discharged home yesterday around 5ish. Stopped and picked up some non-hospital food, and spent an hour in the shower washing the hospital off of me. 2 things- hospitals are gross, and it took an hour to shower due to the exertion. Gonna be moderately short of breath with exertion for a while, I believe, but I held my oxygen saturations all night without supplemental oxygen. So now I'm home, quarantining as a covid+ patient with bilateral pneumonia. Some breathing exercises and medication regimen changes, but I'm on the mend. I know I wasn't much for communicating, but you guys' well wishes, kindness, and most definitely humor lifted my spirits. Thank you all. With this illness, there were no visitors. None. For like 8 days. That kinda wore on me mentally, and I had some time to think. I'm fortunate, that I had a network of professional friends nearby who took the reins when I was too sick to make intelligent decisions regarding my care. Most people don't have the resources that were available to me. There really isn't a good system put in place for advocacy, other than the nurse at the bedside, who is plenty busy doing daily nurse stuff. If I can see one major deficit in my care as a whole, that would be it. They managed the disease process as well as we know how as this evolves, but involving family and medical decision making seemed to fall by the wayside. Again, better me than someone without my fortunate blessings in all this.
  4. 13 points
    I’m a believer in American exceptionalism, but it’s pretty clear the rest of the world is laughing at us right now. Who would have thought our own citizens would be denied travel to other western countries? COVID is kicking our ass, and the economy may be getting another kick in the junk. We’re fighting each other about masks and social distancing. Just wait until we actually have a vaccine... the anti-vaxxers will be roaring about their freedom not to take it, the rest of us be damned. All of us have a dog in this fight, some of us more than one dog. Wife tested positive a week ago, and although I tested negative, I’m not moving out of the house. She’s got some mild symptoms, and we’re hoping that they stay that way. Tadbart’s ordeal was an eye-opener, because he’s younger and healthier than both of us. So we’re quarantined, which is nothing more than a mild pain in the rump. Coming together as a country to fight through this thing seems too much to ask. My late parents, children in the Great Depression and participants in WWII (Dad in the Navy in the Pacific, Mom on the homefront) would be ashamed of what their (our) country has become: the butt of jokes. Just glad they passed before it happened. My $.02.
  5. 13 points
    Hey folks. Thank you all for your kindness and good thoughts. They help! Spent a couple days in ICU (not recommended), a few more down in a step-down critical care unit, and have landed in a progressive care unit for discharge planning. Supposed to get out tomorrow, and they're working in that direction. Lung function improves daily. They really opened my eyes as to some bad health stuff, and gave me guidance to get right. So, lots of work when I get out, that hopefully sees me happier, healthier, and more focused on a long future. I made the mistake of turning on the news. These idiots have continued to break the country. I half expected the party to be over by now. I think I'll turn it back off and just keep working on saving for remote land. Again, thank you all for being there. Avoid this covid crap at all costs, especially if you have comorbidities like being fat, high blood pressure, borderline sugar problems. They won't be borderline problems when you're in ICU, but major hurdles to getting better.
  6. 12 points
    For those of you who were on GT long enough to remember her, I want to take a moment to commemorate Sharon Scheiner’s birthday. She was always a ray of sunshine there and we were all richer for her presence. Happy birthday, Sharon. You are still missed and remembered.
  7. 11 points
    Your boy has turned the corner y’all!
  8. 10 points
    Neapolitan style pizza.
  9. 10 points
    ....but the bad news is it is platform-specifc. So I will be detailing the steps for it using iOS. Step 1 - long press on "Twitter" app. Step 2 - When options menu pops up, select "Delete app" Step 3 - When asked "Do you want to delete Twitter", press Delete. Makes things so much better. Would also do it for Facebook but I use it to communicate with family and my cub scout den and pack.
  10. 10 points
    I don't know about you, but I love my wife and with all these insane anarchists running around, I am not letting her go just about anywhere alone. We watch each other's back and protect ourselves. This is also why we have a biting Aussie Shepard at home. The world is a dangerous place and with our President standing up to, and thwarting the world domination plans of the globalists, it is going to get much more so. Wake up, stand up America or really dark times are coming for us all
  11. 9 points
    "Legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka has clear, unmistakable thoughts on what should happen to athletes who refuse to stand in respect for the national anthem. Ditka says they should, “Get the hell out of the country.” In an interview with TMZ Sports, the man known affectionately throughout Chicago and maybe less affectionately in Green Bay as, ‘Da Coach,” blasted the athletes demonstrating against the country that has given them so much. “If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” Ditka said. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.”" https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2020/07/26/watch-mike-ditka-on-anthem-protests-if-you-cant-respect-our-national-anthem-get-the-hell-out-of-the-country/ From the comments" "From all of the patriots in this country, thank you Mr. Ditka. You have spoken the words we have been repeating for years now. In the public eye. The silent majority concurs. Stand for your flag, kneel to your maker."
  12. 9 points
    Chromosomes don't lie. All else is mental illness.
  13. 9 points
    I just had a 20 year old try to school me on why social workers should replace cops at calls where the, ah, "person of interest" is mentally ill. Unfortunately, her "argument, " such as it was, started with a logical fallacy, and proceeded thru 3 more of them before I could stop myself from counting. There was a total and complete lack of any statistical support for her opinion (not even any made up stats, and I cannot decide if that is good or bad at this point)... just drivel like "Cops approaching mentally ill people with their guns drawn is threatening to the mentally ill person." (No info on how many cops actually EVER have to draw their guns in their ENTIRE CAREER, but who cares about facts? Let's just throw social workers at the floridly psychotic 220# man armed with a machete, shall we?). Followed by "Cops get no training on de-escalation," (apparently she took some teacher's word for that without checking the police academy curriculum, or even asking a cop). Then, then... she sent "articles" that were supposed to convince me how cops shoot crazy people. Articles from WaPo, and the NYT, among other "news" sources. As if a 2018 incident in which a cop shot some mentally ill dude and got charged with murder is going to convince me that all cops shoot all the mentally ill people they come in contact with, or something. And then there were the two articles that suggested "solutions" to this supposed problem... without any evidence to support any idea that those solutions would result in better outcomes than we currently have... and frankly, a lot of common sense would argue that sending in the untrained, physically unfit, never been in a fight IN her life, much less FOR her life, social worker to convince Mr Machete to give up and go peacefully with the police... is going to result in a lot more injured and dead social workers, and cops who try to protect them, than it will save the FEW mentally ill people who get shot for trying to murder the police that have the bad luck to take the call involving the nutter that simply cannot be de-escalated. This kid was actually homeschooled (unschooling style, if that matters to you) for a good deal of her education. I am highly disappointed. In my personal opinion, any schooling that results in students who have not learned how to argue without using logical fallacies... is a complete failure. It leaves the student open to gross psychological manipulation in the form of the logical fallacies used against them (which they are unaware of and cannot identify and counteract) in arguments for/against any particular action or policy, and it also leaves the student unable to form a coherent argument that will actually convince anyone who is aware of the existence of logical fallacies and able to identify the ones they come into contact with. WaPo. I still cannot get over that she tried to use WaPo to support her argument. Anecdotal, editorial ****e I wouldn't use to line my birdcage for fear the stupid would infect the bird.
  14. 9 points
    👍 Here is a friend and her daughter - my niece - when she was sworn in as a US citizen four years ago. Unlike the **** birds born here who kneel these two never will.
  15. 9 points
    My latest acquisition.
  16. 9 points
    I can't imagine how frustrating "catch and release" police work must be. It was hard enough dealing with ER frequent flyers.
  17. 9 points
    @Silentpoet I'm sorry to hear you're taking a beating. Yeah, I can't adequately describe how damn awful I felt at the start of this- I pray the worst of it passes you by. High fever, shortness of breath, don't wait- take a ride to the ER. I'm home, discharged, off of steroids and antibiotics. Weak, ineffective cough that barely brings up a scant clear sputum. No fevers since July 10. Shortness of breath and tiredness on MILD exertion, like just walking through the house. Oxygen sats running 94%, when I'm typically at 98%ish. I feel "hazy." Like, not mentally sharp. Blaming that on mild persistent hypoxia. Really hoping it is transient, and improves with the eventual rise in my O2 sats. Follow-up MD appointment on the 20th, via Zoom or something similar. Appointments for swabs on the 20th and 21st, hoping for both negatives so I can return to work.
  18. 9 points
    Thanks man! Heading to the ranch tomorrow afternoon, per staff here. Still covid positive, so it's a release to quarantine, but it's to MY quarantine. Thank you guys for all the juju. IT HELPED.
  19. 9 points
    Years ago working on our remote cabins meant firing up the generator and getting the corded tools out. Or the chainsaw, LOL. All these projects my son and I did this year were while using cordless tools. He has Milwaukie. Mine are Makita and Dewalt. It's amazing how much work can be done before changing batteries. And never had a single problem with any of the tools. 3 roof jobs and one deck project. I'm doing a 20x20 deck at home all with cordless stuff. Only problem is that my dog hates it when the batteries are on the chargers.
  20. 8 points
    Into the Kenai Mountains for a goat hunt. A good time will be had by all. Flying in a Beaver with Alaska West Air. Landing on Glacier Lake at the base of Dinglestadt Glacier. Weather should be good. Be back sometime over the weekend.
  21. 8 points
    Bill has some of the best stories ever! I loved "Slicky boy" among so many others. One of the most knoweledgable and gifted car guys on the planet!
  22. 8 points
    Don't leave your keys in your get away vehicle. Longmire will take them and leave you on foot. Dumb asses. Take your keys with you as you case the joint. Maybe your accomplice should have an extra key also. Dumb asses. Also don't park facing in on a driveway with only one way out. Geniuses. Have a nice talk with the Troopers.
  23. 8 points
    Got a new ladder after work today and brought home. Can't figure out all the horns and other gestures I got....
  24. 8 points
    Fine, let them cover their faces, but would it kill them to flash a little ankle once in a while?
  25. 8 points
  26. 8 points
    Apparently he’s been moved to the CCU so that’s good.
  27. 7 points
    Made it through a disciplinary hearing type thing at work. Who knows if I’ll have the same job in a month. Prayers would be appreciated. I’ve just been burned out and not very productive working from home. I really don’t care one way or the other. But I need a job with roughly this pay level or better. Really what u do doesn’t pay great. So a better pay check would be nice.
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  29. 7 points
    Sea Stories: The Sonobuoy One of my collateral duties as a junior officer on my first ship was to be its Intelligence Officer. I was put in custody of a bunch of classified publications, and tasked to remain up to date with the tactical threat situation in the ship’s area of operations, while providing a daily briefing on these matters to the Captain. I was also supposed to keep my eyes open for opportunities to submit Intelligence Information Reports (IIRs) on anything that might be of interest to the Naval Intelligence community. I was pretty busy, so this particular set of duties got relatively little of my attention. One day in 1985, we were deployed to the Indian Ocean as part of a carrier battle group. The Russian Navy decided to come have a look at us, and sent an IL-38 “May” anti-submarine surveillance aircraft to fly and snoop around. Airplanes can and do hunt for submerged submarines. Among the tools used to do this are disposable sensors called sonobuoys. A sonobuoy is a miniature sonar system. It is dropped into the ocean, and the upper part floats there. It then deploys a microphone on a wire deep into the water, where it either listens quietly, or transmits sound pulses and listens for return echoes. A radio system sends the information it hears back to the aircraft, which displays and uses it to try and locate the submarine, and if possible, to identify what type of boat it is. Anti-submarine aircraft carry dozens of these buoys and deploy them in search patterns. This Russian IL-38 apparently wanted to take a peek and see if perhaps our battle group had an attack submarine supporting it, so it deployed several sonobuoys around us, and eventually flew back to its airfield. Some hours later, my ship happened to be steaming near where a fighter escort from our carrier reported that it had dropped a buoy. We diverted a little, and visually spotted the buoy! I convinced the Captain to let us recover it, so we launched a small boat and fished it back out of the water and brought it aboard. We placed it in a large barrel of fresh water to preserve it, and I took photos and sent an IIR to the Fleet Intelligence Center, Pacific (FICPAC) in Pearl Harbor. I thought that would be the end of it. But FICPAC got excited! They had previously recovered old, badly corroded examples of this type of buoy which had washed up on beaches, but never one that was still in fresh, operable condition. They sent an enlisted Intelligence Specialist from the carrier over to us by helicopter, and he took the buoy back with him. It was flown back to Pearl, and I gather it was dissected to determine its construction and likely capabilities. My ship got a nice “attaboy” commendation for providing it. Sometimes even floating trash is valuable.
  30. 7 points
    I enjoyed his stories and have great respect for his craftsmanship and dedication to keeping the automotive art of the past alive. Best wishes, sir, and thank you.
  31. 7 points
    Southern comfort food...Viet Cajun style.
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  34. 7 points
    You are no longer a lady when you strike a cop. You will get treated as such. I had to come to that conclusion one night and punched a woman smack in the jaw. She went down like a sack of spuds.
  35. 7 points
    Hickory shampoo all around. A double dose for the heifers who want to get physical with cops, and then try to hide behind their gender. Beat their sorry asses and teach them a lesson about reality.
  36. 7 points
    I'm good with that. I saved lives. They play with a ball. They make at least 40 or more times what I was paid. If they're not thankful for what this country gives them, they should find a country where they will be happy. There are many better ways to express themselves.
  37. 7 points
    Most, if not all, of these ideas on how to deal with criminals and mentally ill people seem to be based on the ability of those causing the incident to be capable of reasoning with the person intended to de-escalate the situation. then when you point out that lacking an ability to reason is what brought on this situation, they will argue that all these people will respond to reason and a calm demeaner. This same thought process is what developed European gulags and holes in the ground filled with people. It should be compulsory for anyone that is advising on police tactics, be required to have "X" number of ride alongs (as pointed out above) to qualify them for consideration. "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. " -Bertrand Russell
  38. 7 points
    Personally, I'm looking forward to watching some social workers get their asses used as a mop. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
  39. 7 points
    If we don't take control of our society soon, our Republic is doomed. The Millennial generation are utterly incapable of running the country successfully without massive re-education.
  40. 7 points
    Gotta love when he takes his glasses off to do what needs to be done. Pointing a gun at him just pisses him off. Don't know where this happened or when but the old cowboy knew how to handle the bad guy. a2440f006f7e992a.mp4
  41. 7 points
    Hanging New Engines On 60-Year-Old B-52 Bombers Could Pose Some Serious Risks Loren Thompson Aerospace & Defense I write about national security, especially its business dimension The U.S. Air Force wants to continue operating the venerable B-52 bomber through 2050. As I have written recently, that would make it the longest continuously operating jet in history.In order to accomplish this, Air Force leaders plan to make major upgrades to the 76 B-52H bombers in their fleet, including the installation of new engines. Today’s commercial turbofans are so much more advanced than the TF33 engines currently powering the bombers—there are eight on each plane—that the Air Force believes it can get a 30% gain in fuel efficiency and (given less weight) a 40% gain in range. A request for proposals issued to industry in May also specified big gains in engine reliability, so that the new engines would never need to be removed from wings during the bombers’ remaining time in service. With eight engines located forward of the wings, the B-52 bomber presents an unusual reengining challenge U.S. Air Force The plan to buy new engines is called the Commercial Engine Replacement Program, or CERP, and if all goes as planned, the savings from operating with new engines would cover the cost of installation. So what’s not to like? The only real issue, as the Air Force’s solicitation acknowledged, is that there is “significant risk” in hanging new engines on such an aged plane. Those risks haven’t gotten much of a public airing, so what follows is a laundry list of issues that might arise. The case for going forward with CERP is compelling. But if you think it’s going to be a piece of cake, read on. Engineering data. Most of the history of manned aviation has unfolded since the B-52 was conceived in the late 1940s. The “H” variant of the bomber, which is the only remaining version in the Air Force fleet today, ceased production in 1962. There are no 3D models of the airframe that can facilitate the application of digital engineering methods to the reengining project. It will be harder to predict where structural stresses might appear in the process of adapting the airframe to new engines than it would be on more recent planes. New nacelles. B-52 engines are podded in dual nacelles, with each structure containing two engines. No matter which engine is selected for the CERP effort, new nacelles will be required. Because the nacelles and engines are located well forward of the wing, the introduction of new structures could impact air flow on control surfaces such as the flaps, leading to stresses. Coping with those stresses could require modifications to the wing. The bigger the new engine and nacelle, the more likely such stresses become. Power output. General Electric GE +2.7%, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce all say they will offer engines for the CERP effort. However, all of the engines being proposed are significantly different from the TF33 currently powering the bomber. The TF33 is a first-generation turbofan derived from a pre-existing Pratt turbojet. If the new engines generate significantly more power than the existing engines, that could create structural stresses for pylons attaching the engine nacelles to the wings. Engine controls. The B-52 bomber ceased production long before digital engine controls were introduced. The industry standard today for optimizing engine performance and safety is called a “full authority digital engine control,” which allows a computer to manage engine parameters based on sensor readings taken many times per second. It is much more advanced than the hydromechanical engine controls on B-52s today. The planes will need to be wired with sensors, displays and other hardware to implement the digital controls required for new engines. Cyber safety. Hydromechanical controls are impervious to cyber intrusions, but electronic engine controls are driven by software that is potentially vulnerable to being compromised. The Air Force and contractors will need to implement cybersecurity measures to assure that the introduction of digital engine controls does not create operational weaknesses on the planes. Full-authority electronic controls do not typically permit a manual backup to manage engines if their software is impaired. Certification challenges. B-52s will need to be recertified for flight when they receive new engines. The service would prefer that recertification be limited to the engines themselves. However, the more the engine deviates from the thrust and dimensions of the existing TF33, necessitating structural and other modifications, the more likely a “re-cert” of the whole airframe will be required. Recertification of whole planes can be a protracted, laborious process that turns up problems not previously anticipated. Supply chain. The engines likely to be offered by industry for the CERP project vary considerably in terms of their age and flight hours. Newer engines usually have a robust supply chain, whereas mature engines approaching the end of their life cycle are more likely to have parts and supplier issues. Thus the selection of an engine needs to take into account the likely viability of engine supply chains as the B-52 continues operating to mid-century, and perhaps beyond. The Air Force has had chronic problems with parts obsolescence and suppliers exiting the market on older planes in its fleet. Sustainment process. Closely related to the supply chain concern is the challenge of sustainment—keeping the engines ready for combat on short notice—over a multi-decade period. The existing TF33s are fully integrated into the Air Force’s sustainment system and well understood by maintainers. That is not going to be the case with the commercial engines that replace them, so there will be a learning curve likely to impact aircraft availability. Aircraft operated in small numbers such as the B-52 generally have higher per-aircraft sustainment costs than those operated by the hundreds, and picking the wrong new engine could exacerbate this problem. The Air Force has already anticipated many of these issues by funding offerors to assess the risks associated with reengining the B-52 and devise solutions. Ideally, what it needs is an engine that mimics the thrust and dimensions of the legacy engine while offering greater fuel efficiency and reliability. What it doesn’t need is a reengining program that requires complex modifications, structural fixes, and cyber innovations potentially leading to a prolonged certification process. B-52 integrator Boeing BA +2.5% and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney contribute to my think tank.
  42. 7 points
    I can't help with your original question , but my go to is Frank's Red Hot Sauce. I put that s#it on everything. tom.
  43. 7 points
  44. 7 points
    This was a nice stroll down memory lane. I forgot how much happened in 1980.
  45. 7 points
    Should be be here in 18 months. Randall Camp and Trail model 5.
  46. 7 points
    Walt, thanks for the kind word. Getting out of isolation tomorrow, to go home to- ISOLATE. These idiots- The only sad thing is, these rioters all wear masks. People appear to act like this ain't no big deal. Well, it kinda is. I expect lots of folks are gonna die or be permanently maimed this summer. I know my lungs are absolutely plowed. If I'm out (which I won't be for at least 2 more weeks), I'll be masked for the forseeable future. Best thing we can do is avoid close contacts these days. I fully intend to do my part at work, and the grocery store. Can't see the need to go anywhere else, really.
  47. 7 points
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    Lightning... Galaxy... Transit... Meteor... Fiesta... Falcon... Edge... Raptor... Focus... It would work better with Mercury. Then you could have an Anal Marauder.
  49. 7 points
    Fire them. In this day and age you could restaff in a day.
  50. 7 points
    I really think we ought to bring back public hangings for subhumans that stupid.
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