Your grass isn't out of control until you need to tilt the lawnmower back at a 45-degree angle to keep it from choking as you slowly work your way across the yard. We called those "A cuts", and got paid double by HUD.
One of my favorite politicians, albeit, a very part time one, he had come from absolutely nothing as the son of a maid and a chauffeur in the Jim Crow South. He went on to become an actual rocket scientist for the Navy working on guided missiles.
In his civilian life, he later saved Burger King and Godfather's Pizza from oblivion....and did so by actually saving the companies and their employees jobs rather than firing everybody, and selling off the physical plant like so many other corporate turnaround artists.
The successes of those two companies was so remarkable that he was elected to be head of the National Restaurant Association.
In that capacity, he saved us all.
You see, in a nationally televised Q&A on the glories and wonders of Hillarycare, he asked some pointed questions involving some esoteric sorcery called "math". In the course of a back and forth with President Clinton he laid out how the plan was unworkable and would destroy small businesses. He then pointed to the fact that the subsidies that Clinton talked about were not actually in the plan and moreover could not be added as they would be too expensive.
Cain transformed the debate when he challenged Clinton at a town meeting in Kansas City, Mo., last April. Cain asked the president what he was supposed to say to the workers he would have to lay off because of the cost of the "employer mandate." Clinton responded that there would be plenty of subsidies for small businessmen, but Cain persisted. "Quite honestly, your calculation is inaccurate," he told the president. "In the competitive marketplace it simply doesn't work that way."
The switchboard at Godfather's was lit up with supportive calls. It was as if the small business community -- a very large and politically powerful group -- had been told to march on Washington. Cain, said Larry Neal, an aide to Sen. Phil Gramm, "was the lightning rod."
A lot of people on the right fetishize and covet the label "Reaganesque" but despite being frequently mocked by the those who consider themselves the arbiters of conservatism, Cain was one of the most Reaganesque politicians since Reagan, being extremely upbeat, positive and strident in his belief in America's potential while still being tough as nails in his focus on reform. Both came from media, Reagan being an actor and Cain a radio personality. Cain lost his bid for the presidential nomination in 2012 but continued to push for reforms like his 9-9-9 plan, which is really one of the more sane proposals for fixing the U.S. tax system and budget deficit.
Cain got crap from all sides but he remained a happy warrior 'till the end. He succumbed to COVID-19 yesterday morning.
The headline explains the situation satisfactorily but, while the question posed is never answered, this quote stood out.
"We donâ€™t want people opening those up, donâ€™t put them in the mail, certainly donâ€™t plant them. Contact us. Let us pick them up. Treat them like they are radioactive, like they are Kryptonite,â€ Miller said.
A bunch of seeds are showing up in peoples mailboxes, that the people did not order and nothing is known about except that they have been traced back to Communist Coronastan; yes; China.
This could be something as simple as an Amazon review scam, or it could be something more concerning.
Since the Sino Sinus Syphilis has introduced the West to facial spit shields, this is a decidedly bad time for a Triffid invasion.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Jul 29 20:25:21 2020 (Iwkd4)
A woman a couple towns over from me allegedly got some and planted them (She was on the local news so I do not discount the possibility it was a faked up story to....get on the local news).
Nothing happened, seeds didn't even germinate. Apparently the USDA has identified some of them as sericea lespedeza, a nasty invasive species we stupidly imported from there in the '30s for erosion control and grazing (though it's bad for cattle, very high in tannins).
the photo of some I saw looked like sunflower seeds.
I suspect "brushing scam" but since it's 2020, who even knows any more. Actually "brushing scam" would be a welcomely boring explanation
Posted by: fillyjonk at Thu Jul 30 14:45:43 2020 (o5UlT)
Once finished, the robot will feature an incredible 24 degrees of freedom, meaning this thing will be able to walk.
The thing is supposed to be fully operational by October, and while its schedule was thrown into chaos by CoronaChan, it appears that they have now caught up and an October debut is a real possibility.
It appears that Twitter has run into a spot of bother regarding their ad revenue and the poor dears are considering a subscription service. That is, people will have to pay for the privilege of partaking in the Twitterverse.
One of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes has some thoughts.
There's a lot to unpack in yesterday's NTD report. It looks like the 3 Gorges Dam may not be long for this world, the WuFlu (or something) is spreading big way, However the most disturbing bit of information is that the Uyghur Population in Xinjiang has dropped by 80 percent in the last three years.
That's worse than the drop in the Jewish population in Europe in the 1940s which was a drop of between 60 and 70%.
GoldenHelper, as researchers from security firm Trustwave dubbed the malware, hid inside the Golden Tax Invoicing software, which all companies registered in China are mandated to use to pay value-added taxes. The malware is able to bypass the User Account Control, the Windows mechanism that requires users to give their approval before software can install programs or make other system changes. Once thatâ€™s done, GoldenSpy can install modules with System-level privileges.
China is a nuclear power which should give everyone pause. However, it should be remembered that even at the height of the cold war the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. were able to come to the table and ratify arms control treaties. Logically, China should be welcomed into the ongoing nuclear arms limitation/reduction treaty negotiations. And indeed they would be, if they hadn't rejected that offer from America and Russias with prejudice.
China, with the worldâ€™s biggest nuclear arsenal after the U.S. and Russia, has maintained it will not join in talks with Washington and Moscow on reducing its number of warheads.
Been reviewing everything I could find on this. The photo showing major distortions is from 2018, and I have to agree that it's Google algorithm issue. There's no way a structure made of concrete can deform like that without severe cracking and failure. On the other hand, I have no doubt that the structure is deforming more than planned. But anything you could see on a satellite photo would have already resulted in a failure, even military-quality images.
Posted by: Ubu at Wed Jul 22 08:20:09 2020 (UlsdO)
My town put up a stage this weekend in an empty field and had a drive-in concert. Pull your car up, tune the radio to a specific frequency, listen to a live band on Friday night and a different one Saturday.
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jul 20 08:45:35 2020 (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Jul 21 23:23:42 2020 (Ix1l6)
Inslee probably is the kind of person who thinks cars in drive-throughs should socially distance, too. I've seen too many people doing that lately.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Jul 22 08:51:19 2020 (Iwkd4)
My local mall insisted on socially-distanced parking, but that was before they were ordered to close again. At this point, the whole place might as well be used as a drive-in theater; I doubt many of the stores inside will try to reopen a second time, if and when.
It can't be real. All the Gamestops would have been burned down and their employees murdered by mostly peaceful transactivists. I've not been able to find any of the figures and most of the news articles have vanished into the memory hole. However, I can't find a single retraction or report that this was fake.
At this point it's about equally plausible that this was a brilliant hoax or that there was a short run of these things and the reports from major outlets have been purged as politically incorrect.
My question is this: While a majority of shares does imply control, how much influence do smaller percentages indicate? Does a 20-40 percent share have real influence? It might get one on the board of directors, and of course the immense lure of the Chinese market is always going to be a severe temptation to those of weak conscience in making creative decisions or censoring content. Given the deep pockets of the CCP, less direct influences on board members are certainly likely and probably influence shareholder votes to a great extent, but I'm curious as to how much straight up power such share percentages might represent.
References on such matters seem to be very opaque on this particular point, but I probably just don't know what references to check out in this field as it outside my bailiwick.
In modern day it's rare for most large corporations to have a majority shareholder. Each of the minority shareholders will have their own agenda. This means that most boards function more like Parliament than Congress. The CEO, much like a Prime Minister, needs to keep support from a majority of the board to keep his job.
Short form, a major minority shareholder will have considerable influence, even if they aren't controlling.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Mon Jul 13 18:07:59 2020 (SdLmn)
It's going to depend a lot on the company. If you have 51% of the company, you can tell the other 49% to go jump in a lake; you're obliged to give them information but not to actually do what they want.
But if you have less than that, and you're in charge through agreement with other shareholders... you might come in one day to find out that your minority stake partner has been talking with the other shareholders, or that they bought the shares from those shareholders, and now someone else is in the driver's seat. This is often followed by the previous company's management rapidly being shown the door. You get a lot of "I invented something, created a company to market it, and was then pushed out by the VC folks" stories.
For a publicly traded company, it's not uncommon for most of the shares to be held by institutional investors who don't, of themselves, give a crap about the company in question, except that its stock may go up in value. A minority shareholder can often get their way in that kind of environment just by saying "look, this isn't a big deal, and if we don't get it we'll sell our stock and the price will take a hit". The guys representing mutual funds and public sector retirement funding aren't going to care about minor issues of creative direction.
I don't mean to say that you can go "okay, the next project must be hagiography of Xi OR WE SELL EVERYTHING", but say you were doing a zombie plague game, you could probably say "can we make the disease NOT have come from rural China?" and get results.
Posted by: Avatar at Mon Jul 13 19:31:12 2020 (v29Tn)
In my experience, percentage doesn't really matter, all that matters is that a shareholder can get in contact with a manager in say, storywriting, and say "as a shareholder, I would appreciate it if you didn't do xxx", and in all likelihood, xxx won't happen. It's pretty darn rare for a dept to say, "no, that's compromising our integrity, kick that back to the board for a vote."
Posted by: David at Tue Jul 14 02:02:18 2020 (UmjNG)
But do keep your eyes on this. You should stockpile ammunition, but as pointed out in the post before last, you should always stockpile ammunition just like I didn't.
The reason the Chinese are involved is because Chinese workers on Belt and Road Initiative construction projects are making up a lot of the fatalities and, reportedly, the Chinese are a little paranoid at the moment about ignoring mysterious respiratory infections.
This is possibly of more concern than the recent emergence of a new Swine Flu in China. That has potential to cause problems but it is literally "just a flu bro". This weeks Bubonic plague outbreak (also in China) is of basically no concern as it is spread by fleas and, honestly, it's plague season there anyway. The plague story, which is ONE person, with plague in inner Mongolia is just pandemic year click bait.
My Trip to the Ammo Store
Today I finally got time to go to the big downtown gun store, which I've been trying to do for months. Previously I'd been thwarted by their change in hours due to the WuFlu, some minor civil unrest which resulted in a cordon of police cars around the store and my own insane work schedule.
The second floor of the building is all ammo and previously had consisted of multiple rows of shelving fairly close together, like a used bookstore but with boxes of cartridges instead of bound volumes.
When I entered the ammo room I noted that the shelves in the middle were all gone save for a single waist high shelf. The shelves were mostly empty.
A few observations, keeping in mind that this is one data point.
If I owned a .32, I'd be in tall cotton as there was a vast selection of .32 ACP ammo. There was also a wide selection from .32ACP to .327 magnum.
There was not a round of .380ACP to be had.
5.56mm and .223 does not seem to be in especially short supply.
I picked up one box frighteningly cheap Tula 9mm hoping to see if it would feed reliably in my P-89, but....
...alas the range is only open to those who bought multi-month memberships before they stopped selling them.
I spoke to the owner who said that he'd never seen anything like this.He said that unlike a few years ago getting the ammo in stock, while slow, is fairly straightforward. It just blows off the shelves when it comes in.
I have ammo, enough for a range day or two and frankly if I have to run through more bullets than I have there will be an entry in Wikipedia about my demise, but, as Tam points out, I did not do due diligence. My grasshopper-fu was weak.
I DID however, finally get .38 snap-caps. I don't know why those were so hard to find last year.
A P-89? Wow, it sure fits perfectly.
1. Anime gun from Cowboy Bebop
2. Heavy, steel frame
3. Ruger, inexpensive
I think Coasties had P226 back in the day but those are expensive, and the only anime they appear in is Monster.
BTW, I'm still draining my stores from before the WuFlu. My daughter visited around Memorial Day and we went to a new local range that just opened. It didn't look like anything unusual, except it was very new and clean. I forgot to take a notice of ammo availability.
Reloading components are also in short supply. I'm having a devil of a time getting primers. Midway just got some Large Pistol Primers in stock, so I ordered a brick, because I don't have any for reloading 45 Colt. And now they finally got my preferred 9mm bullets in stock, but their free shipping offer ended last week, and it's $15 just to ship that much lead. (So about $100 to buy 1000 bullets)(That's just the bullet, not the whole cartridge). Downside, I've got less than 100 small pistol primers, and they've been out of stock for months.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jul 12 20:02:12 2020 (Ix1l6)