Tuesday, December 01, 2020

More 'The rules are for you peasants, not ME!' politicians

Both these in Californicated, which isn't a surprise: LA and San Jose.
Tar & Feathers seems to be a suitable response.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Why not complicate the matter?

I've been annealing the .45-70 brass case mouths regularly.  The process has been to use a suitable size socket with a hex drive adapter to spin the case in the flame from a propane torch.  The one problem has been that the socket tends to make the case bounce around a bit.  So I present the solution:
Son had a piece of round aluminum bar stock of suitable size.  Drill one end 9/32", then turn it down a bit on that end to reduce weight.  Then drill the other end 5/8".  The 9/32" is a snug slip-fit for a sacrificed hex screwdriver bit to fit in the cordless driver, which is stuck in with JB Weld.  Break & polish the mouth of the hole so it can't scratch the cases(I know, it's softer than the brass, I don't care).

Just in case anyone wants details: Some experimenting with a Tempilstick and the torch showed that about five seconds with a flame about 1" long aimed about 1/3" from the mouth as the case spins does a nice job of annealing.  Tip it to drop it in water to cool and drop in the next one.

"Buy an electric car, because it's good for the Environment!

Of course, you might not be able to charge it at times, and you might have to freeze in winter, because we can't generate enough power to run all this stuff."
 The proposals, set out in a report by the Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA), warns that “Electricity networks in Great Britain were not designed to accommodate the significant additional demand that certain consumer devices (such as electric vehicle (EV) chargers) presents.”
People affected by the cutoffs would not be offered any form of compensation under the proposals, while a new, third-generation electricity smart meter would also have to be installed to facilitate the plans. Other high-drain devices, such as electric central heating systems, could also be affected by the “last resort” actions.
Much like Californicated pushing for more electric cars when they're having brownouts and blackouts NOW because they can't supply enough electricity.

There was a western from back in the 70's

where a father & son ran a gang of bandits, and the son's refrain, no matter what was messed up, was "Listen to Papa!" because Papa could not be wrong.

Sounds an awful lot like idiots screaming "Listen to the Experts, no matter what you hear!", doesn't it?
On Feb. 6, a scientist in a small infectious disease lab on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention campus in Atlanta was putting a coronavirus test kit through its final paces. The lab designed and built the diagnostic test in record time, and the little vials that contained necessary reagents to identify the virus were boxed up and ready to go. But NPR has learned the results of that final quality control test suggested something troubling — it said the kit could fail 33% of the time.

Under normal circumstances, that kind of result would stop a test in its tracks, half a dozen public and private lab officials told NPR. But an internal CDC review obtained by NPR confirms that lab officials decided to release the kit anyway. The revelation comes from a CDC internal review, known as a "root-cause analysis," which the agency conducted to understand why an early coronavirus test didn't work properly and wound up costing scientists precious weeks in the early days of a pandemic.

There's more.  A LOT more.  Now add in this, which is from October:
"The case definition is very simplistic," Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. "It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of [a] clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it's still listed as a COVID death."

The CDC currently puts the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths at 204,000. But even the "best estimate" 0.26 percent fatality rate is a significant overestimate because of how the CDC counts deaths. And though public health officials have been transparent about how they are counting coronavirus deaths, the implications for calculating the infection fatality rate often go unstated.

They scream and yell about 'conspiracy theories' and 'fake news' when the information they tell us to believe is crap.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Downright chilly and off & on rain,

a bit miserable out there.  Fortunately,

Wednesday, November 25, 2020