59 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. You still watch commercials? Haven’t you ever heard of Netflix or Amazon Prime? You really should have your IT people upgrade your systems. No charge for the free advice.

    Got all that. Sometimes I watch over-the-air channels. I also stream Crackle (since it’s free) and they have commercials. Just started watching a series called Chosen that’s pretty good. The theme is a wooden box randomly shows up on someone’s doorstep. Inside is an old-timey clock movement timer, a pistol, and a photo. You have 48 hours to kill that person. At the same time somebody else got a box with your picture.

    After two months, not missing cable at all. We’ll see how it goes when college football starts.

  2. The theme is a wooden box randomly shows up on someone’s doorstep. Inside is an old-timey clock movement timer, a pistol, and a photo. You have 48 hours to kill that person. At the same time somebody else got a box with your picture.

    So do you get paid to kill the person in the allotted time?
    If you kill yours before the other kills you, do you get “special dispensation” and they have to call off the hit on you?
    Who gets to choose the picture and the shooter?

  3. #3 – I didn’t realized you had already had your cable surgically removed. Now I’ve got to check out Chosen – it sounds pretty good. With OTA, basically the only football you will be missing is ESPN (same as MSNBC except with better optics), but I think you can subscribe month to month with some provider that includes it. I’m a baseball person, so I subscribe to MLB network as my TV luxury. Don’t tell anybody, but I get a real kick out of watching some of the old 1950’s – 1960’s sci-fi movies. If you ever wondered where Algore gets his scripts for his global warming scares, that’s where those come from. Netflix now has more subscribers than cable companies across the USA – tell you something? Good luck with it.

  4. So do you get paid to kill the person in the allotted time? No, it’s more of a blackmail thing. If you balk, they send someone to kill a family member.

    If you kill yours before the other kills you, do you get “special dispensation” and they have to call off the hit on you? No, you get another box. Someone is still after you.

    Who gets to choose the picture and the shooter? “The Watchers”. There seems to be a shadowy group that gets off on this “game”.

  5. #7: So I guess the underlying, unspoken theme is to identify the watchers and take them out, right? You can almost guarantee that big bux are changing hands among the watchers on who gets whacked.

  6. …but I think you can subscribe month to month with some provider that includes it.

    I’m currently subscribed to DirecTV Now streaming, which has ESPN and ESPN2 as well as some others I watch.

    I love baseball but for some reason I find it hard to watch on TV. Interestingly, I enjoy listening to it on the radio more, especially if they’ve got good announcers.

  7. #8 – I’m about four episodes in, but yeah, I expect the “chosen” will start collaborating to take out the “watchers” at some point.

  8. Fun website to see what the tinfoil hatters are up to. There is much more than just a grain of truth in the pages, the info is not to be taken without a severe reality check.

  9. #14: I’m not quite sure what that is either, could it be the form that protects the thyroid from cancer in the event of a nuke? Or is that potassium iodide?

  10. The term was then used by the American mysticist, Edgar Cayce, to describe a free form of iodine (i.e., a single atom of iodide unbound to any other atom) – apparently created by adding electromagnetic or another form of energy. However, when this free form of iodide is exposed to a positively charged ion, such as sodium or potassium, as it would be in a liquid supplement, it will bind with these to form sodium iodide or potassium iodide. Therefore, if you are buying a supplement promoted as “nascent iodine”, it is most likely sodium iodide or potassium iodide. There do not appear to be any published, placebo-controlled studies on “nascent iodine” for thyroid support or any other use.

    Edgar Cayce. Enough said.

  11. Start talking about nasty storms cropping up and the next thing you know, Algore will show up talking about global warming causing it. Like it’s the first time in history that there has been a storm like that, most severe storm ever, biblical flooding to follow, etc.

  12. I hear the thunder from the Jersey Village storm, and it looks like another day to stay indoors and work on stuff. I found a big wren-style birdhouse in the craft room, still bare wood. Maybe I’ll paint it today.

  13. That reminds me of a coastal flood event 10-15 years ago down in Galveston. The newswhores were interviewing some chucklehead on Jamaica Beach about the “historic event”. He proclaimed, “I’ve been living here since February (I think it was June at the time) and I’ve NEVER seen it flood this bad!”

  14. #18 EG

    Start talking about nasty storms cropping up and the next thing you know, Algore will show up talking about global warming causing it

    I got to visit with Aggie Beau’s folks over the weekend. His mom said they actually got about 1 1/2 inches of rain in July – SHOCKER! “Our grass is still green,” she said with some surprise. Normally their vegetation goes into summer death.

    As I recounted this to MIL on the way MD Anderson this morning, I followed it up with “That global warming is a b**ch!” I could tell MIL was having a problem figuring out if I was serious or not. That chemo brain is also….

  15. Good late morning Hamsters. Rain’s coming down from the colorful radar cluster moving in from the west. No thunderstorms in it at least near us, so all we have is a steady rain and a breeze. That is welcome.

    #1 Hamous

    Gad, as you say into the abyss with the anti-vaxers. They are certifiably nuts. Every last one of them.

    So don’t vaccinate your dog or cat against the most harmful diseases they can have/carry because they might become autistic. Does anybody have proof dogs or cats can be autistic? Hell, are the real medical experts even sure what autism is in humans?

    One way to cull the anti-vaxers is to let them catch a cat or dog disease because they weren’t vaccinated. And then there’s rabies to consider…. Natural selection at work.

  16. I have been cussing ATT for their increasingly poor service over the last three months. I went to my ATT store three weeks ago and the guy actually shrugged. Last week the best signal was a single bar and could barely get any web page to open. I decided to do a little research before I called them up to give them what-for about it.

    One suggestion was to keep your phone’s operating system updated.

    All these years I have never updated my iPhones. I don’t know, I just didn’t do it.

    So I decided to give it a try and darned if the problem seems to have gone away.

    As Gomer Pyle would say, “Gollleee!”.

  17. A heads up on Bibi Netanyahu…he’s most likely on the way out via numerous scandals.

    Bibi played fast and loose with personal ethics in his first round as Prime Minister. His wife became a pariah in Israel with her behavior. I was surprised he was elected again because of that alone.

    He apparently didn’t learn his lesson and it’s finally catching up to him. These are not of the sort of fake news allegations made against Trump. Bibi has been skating on teflon for a long time in his personal domestic habits. The people on the street in Israel are fed up and no longer so likely to overlook his faults just to have a strong horse leader.

    Personally, I think the tenuous relationship between Israel and the White House during Obama’s reign and the continuing turmoil with a wildcard Iran contributed to Israelis giving him a pass on a lot of things. They now feel more secure in their relationship with Trump and the USA so they’re just not as tolerant.

    When his first premiership was brought to an abrupt end by Ehud Barak in 1999, Israeli newspapers proclaimed in banner headlines allegations that Netanyahu and has wife had kept over $100,000 in state gifts, the sort of financial scandal which, in Israel, is enough to end any political career. He went into private business.

    In 2003, he staged a comeback, and served for two years as finance minister, only to have it surface after the 2009 victory that heralded his current terms as prime minister that he and his family had accepted expensive vacations and dinners at the expense of well-heeled businessmen; the obvious implication was that there would be some quid for that quo. Add to these the sordid “Bottlegate” affair in which his penny-pinching wife kept the deposits from drinks bottles used for official affairs at the prime minister’s residence, as well as allegations of misuse of state funds to remodel his private residency in the posh community of Caesarea, and it may be said that he has had quite a colorful career.

  18. Round two just blew through Jersey Village. Round three appears to be on it’s way just in time for my afternoon commute. The big green and orange blob seems to be well south of San Saba.

  19. Pest guy just left and was calling me on the way out of the neighborhood. As we were talking, there was a flash of light on my desk and a loud thundering crack that sounded like it was right over my head.

    Screamed like a girl right in his ear. He kept saying “Did you see that?! DID YOU SEE THAT?!”

    Yep, that’s why you’re now deaf in one ear.

  20. We’re just getting rain, haven’t had any close thunder. My girl cat Millie is under the bed anyway, she can’t tolerate any sort of weather noises. She was found 11 years ago in a strip center parking lot with a badly damaged tail. I’ve always wondered if she was exposed to any bad weather during her “lost cat” phase.

  21. Well, it’s too wet to do much outside, so I off to tune in Chosen and take in an episode or two. Those of us with prostates the size of a softball don’t mind periodic commercial breaks anyway.

  22. About a half mile from here as the crow flies there was a large, old regional Sears distribution warehouse center on a freeway. They started tearing down the +/- 8 acre property for a new development in the early spring. It apparently provided housing for thousands of mice which have been invading the neighborhoods.

    For only the second time in 15 years we had mice. The local cat lady’s herd has almost died out so our mousers weren’t available anymore. I set out traps and caught 3 rodents, but there was still evidence of more. I finally went down and bought some of these packets of mint oil laced pellets and put them under and behind the appliances.

    They seem to have really worked.

  23. #33
    Whew. I’m just sitting down for a late lunch and wasn’t sure I wanted to click on “They seem to have really worked.” I thought that might be a poison pill and thus was not sure what evidence you might have wanted us to see.
    :mrgreen:

  24. Chapter 2 of the great skunk trapping adventure starts this evening. The city animal control guy just dropped off the trap again, and he was going to set it and bait it, but all it will catch right now is neighborhood cats. The skunk has been showing up a little after 8PM every evening, so I’ll take it out back, but I won’t bait it and set it up until early evening. Last time it only took me 3 or 4 days and several tries to outsmart a skunk, but I’m more experienced this time. Should I post signs for the possums, racoons, foxes, and cats to avoid the area while skunk trapping is in process?

  25. I don’t mean to be critical, but isn’t the idea of just repelling the mice the same technique that Obama used to repel the vermin in the middle east? Mattis is the one who decided to surround them and kill them all instead of just coming in the front door and chasing them out the back door as Obama was doing. I expect that as soon as the weather cools a bit more I’ll be pressed into mousing service myself.

  26. From the tinfoil hat site:

    HEADLINE: The UNITED States Is On the Verge of Extinction-Death by Secession

    According to the above article, over half the states in our Union have secession movements active at this time. The only one that the authors endorse is the Jefferson movement and that is to create a 51st state out of northern CA and southern OR. All the others are said to be Soros backed and have the goal of destroying the USA via divide and conquer. As whacky as it all sounds, it fits the goals of the globalists and of course, one of the results will be gun confiscation. I pray that we do not have to go through the bloodbath that will surely come from such action.

  27. Thus far about half an inch in the rain gauge today. Very nice. We see the wild stuff around San Antonio and presume it will try to come over here.

    News had a report of street flooding again in NOLA and in Kansas City from heavy storms. A city official in NOLA said the drains couldn’t handle this downpour, what do you think a hurricane will do in a direct hit? Good question that the city fathers better have answered before that next hurricane hits town.

  28. #40 Adee:

    News had a report of street flooding again in NOLA and in Kansas City from heavy storms. A city official in NOLA said the drains couldn’t handle this downpour, what do you think a hurricane will do in a direct hit?

    Haven’t the D powers that be “fixed” the problem after Katrina and several billion federal tax dollars later? Wasn’t Ray “chocolate city” Nagin directing the show (until he was imprisoned)? I thought all the Ds were supposed to be “woke” already, right?
    Apparently, the more things age, the more they stay the same when we are speaking of D corruption. The Rs are only a shade better.

  29. HEADLINE: The UNITED States Is On the Verge of Extinction-Death by Secession

    More like The UNITED States Is On the Verge of Extinction-Death by the Swamp Chomping Deep State Gators and Ferris Mueller’s Hoax Made Titillating Russian Taters

    But have no fear, for the true GOOPeeCons will save us because they stand for truth, justice, the American way, mom, dad, grandma, Biff, Tiffany, John Boy, Sally, porcupine stew, green eggs and ham, Mayo stained spam, flim flaming lambs, phishing scams, groovy grape jam and even Betty Lou too.

  30. #42 El Gordo

    Good grief, definite Darwin Award candidate. And in deference to Thumper’s Mother, I shall say nothing further.

  31. I forgot to comment this morning on the unusual perspective of the OC pic. Did you take it, Texpat?

  32. When Katrina hit I happened to be doing a lot of work in public water works. Met some guys who worked there after the flood. The New Orleans flood control pumps operated at 25hz. Dated back some fifty+ years at the time. Easier than gearing the pumps down. The city was supposed to maintain that frequency/power independent of the power company. Given the recent flooding I doubt they have solved the problem.

  33. 45 mharper42

    Did you take it, Texpat?

    No, but I could have. It’s not that hard of a shot.

    I did take a pretty cool shot of the interior dome at the Texas State Capitol some years ago. There is a huge mosaic of the state map embedded in the terrazzo floor of that atrium and I laid down flat on my back at about Waco and shot the photo straight up. The security guard started running over and my teen aged daughter told me to get up quick because she thought I was going to be arrested.

  34. Carla, Ike, Rita, Katrina, whatever. The Texas City levee system worked. They get a mention for that.

  35. 47 gto

    The Levee Board councils, responsible for maintaining the pumping stations, in the different neighborhoods of NOLA were hugely corrupt. They ran through (stole) millions of federal dollars over many decades and put nearly nothing towards maintenance or improvement of equipment. It’s a largely untold story, certainly so by the national media.

  36. For the inside panic in the DOJ regarding the Lynche / Bill Clinton meeting, I highly recommend tuning into 1070 AM from 8-9 PM for the Jay Sekulow Show. They are announcing what they have learned and are learning from emails rhey obtained from the Freedom of Information Act. I’m sure they’ll continue tomorrow.

  37. 53 Adee

    Yes, click on the link below to get the Google Street View page and you can spin it around to see everything.

    HERE.

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