Impressive “strike”

I almost left this as a comment on the article, but I’m going to start trying to blog a bit more.  I know I don’t have an audience any more since I’ve let this outlet languish, but I have a feeling blogging may make a comeback, at least for people who lean right, as a result of being shut out of the major social media sites.

At any rate; the big news today:

Roughly 1,000 American fast-food workers around the country went on strike Friday to protest for a $15 minimum wage and demand union rights in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, organizers said.

 

According to mashed.com, as of 2018 there were 3.7 million fast food workers in the US. .

I’m sure those numbers are different today due to the Wuhan virus if nothing else, but the point remains the same: that’s approximately .03% of all fast food workers who went on strike. That’s certainly newsworthy isn’t it?

What’s encouraging to me that 99.97% of fast food workers are smart enough to understand that increasing minimum wage ultimately means less jobs and more “self-service kiosks”. The minimum wage is always zero.

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Goodbye Facebook

I’ve never been a big fan of facebook.  The basic premise is that if any service or product is free to you, then in reality YOU are the product they are selling.  Facebook is pretty much the epitome of that.  They make their money by tracking every aspect of your life and then selling what they learn about you to others.

At any rate, I’ve had a facebook account for years.  I rarely post on it, but that is many people’s primary means of communication, so if you want to know what’s going on in their lives, you have to have an account and follow them.

Well, as of tomorrow I’m deleting my account.  I’m done with them.  The only reason I’m waiting until tomorrow is because I posted a message to that effect so that it’s not a surprise to the people who follow me.

I started an account on the free-speech, privacy oriented alternative MeWe.  My profile is here.

I’ve also got a Parler account but since they were strangled by the big tech oligarchs who can’t handle a little friendly competition, I won’t post links to that until they get it back up.

Are Hospitals Really Overcrowded?

This is a question I’ve been wondering about…we keep being told that we need to lock down and wear masks and all the other stuff to keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed.  We’ve been told that the virus is “spiking” and the government will save us if only we’ll let them dictate to us every aspect of how to live our lives.

Well, I happened to come across this NPR site purportedly showing how crowded hospitals are with Chinese Wuhan Virus patients.  The first thing I noticed is that I didn’t see a huge number of areas reporting massive overcrowding.   I suspected that hospitals with very few beds might be driving the numbers up artificially.  I decided to dig deeper.  The first overcrowded area I selected at random to click on, tended to confirm my suspicion.  It only had 10 Chinese Wuhan Virus patients on average but was listed as having 98% of its beds occupied by sufferers of Kung Flu.

So, I picked another area…this one happened to be Harris County Texas which was showing 51% of the area’s beds occupied by Chinese Wuhan Virus patients.

But here’s where it got interesting…when I dug into the details, I found this gem:

A hospital with only 36 Kung Flu patients on average has 630% of its beds occupied by them?  That doesn’t seem right.  The hospital only has, what…6 beds?  Where are they putting the other 30 patients?  In the basement?

So I checked.  Strangely, according to the Hospital’s web site, they have 255 beds.

Hm. I wonder if incorrectly calculating that hospital to be at 633% of capacity rather than the true number of 14% might have skewed the numbers for Harris county somewhat?

Is that NPR chart what the CDC is using to exclaim that the sky is falling and our hospitals are dangerously full?

I don’t know, but I have to say that if I found that huge of an error on the second entry I clicked, that doesn’t lend a whole lot of confidence to the data if you ask me.

Don’t bother asking NPR how overcrowded our hospitals are…they don’t have a clue.

Windows 10 reports no internet connection incorrectly

My work computer recently started having a strange problem. The notifications area in the taskbar was showing that I have no internet connection even when everything internet related was working fine.

I could open a web browser and connect to websites, check my e-mail, etc.

This is mostly just an annoyance, however there are some Windows functions that check this and if Windows 10 tells them there’s no connection, they don’t even try to work.

Apparently this is something that happened with a recent Windows update, Microsoft knows about it, but hasn’t figured out a fix yet.

I searched and searched and searched for a solution and finally found something that worked for me. I’m posting this on the off chance that someone else having the same issue finds this post helpful.

Here’s what I found:

Open Device Manager (easy way, just push the windows key on your keyboard and then type “Device Manager”, Windows will find it and you’ll see it pop up in the results.

In device manager, go to the network adapters section. Find your actual physical ethernet adapter, you may have several virtual adapters if you use any VPNs or anything like that…you’re looking for the actual ethernet connection (it’s possibly that you could have more than one ethernet adapter; if so you may have to do this more than once…I’m not sure).

Double click the Ethernet adapter from the list or right click and select “Properties”.

In the Properties dialog, go to the Advanced Tab, click the IPv4 Checksum Offload property and change the value to “Disabled”

Click the OK button.

That’s it. That fixed it for me. I checked all the other network adapters in my system and the physical ethernet adapter was the only one that even had that setting. As I mentioned, if you have more than one physical adapter (like if you have a docking station for your laptop, your laptop may have one adapter and the docking station another), you may have to do it for the other physical adapters, but on mine there was only the one.

I hope that helps someone somewhere.

More evidence that All Cops Are Bad (or something)

Youtube video embed deleted. You can see the video here:

In a nutshell: Two cops who happen to be white, noticed a woman and child who happened to be black, out on the street on a cold night.

They offered her a ride home and on the way she told them she was out to get some things for her daughter’s birthday. The cops then went and bought a birthday card and cake, went back to the house to deliver them and stayed to help them celebrate the little girl’s birthday.

The respective races of the cops and citizens shouldn’t matter…it’s just a touching story about our public servants actually going above and beyond to actually, you know, serve the public.

But to the left race always matters. In fact me saying that “race shouldn’t matter” tells them that I’m a racist. Or is it White Supremacist this week? I can’t keep up.

Anyway, I just posted this in response to the “ACAB” (All Cops Are B@$!^&@s) claim coming from Antifa.

More B@$!^&@s like these please.

Obviously Racist too.

Lessons learned

With a tip of the hat to Irons in the Fire: fair warning: don’t watch this if you’re squeamish.

Youtube video deleted please click link above to view video

Lessons learned:

1. Keep shooting until the threat is eliminated: Shooting someone is nothing like depicted in Hollywood. They will NOT be thrown backward; they will likely not drop immediately unless they choose to; they may very well not react at all to the first, oh, 6 or 7 shots.

2. Malfunction drills can save your life: The deputy in this video executed a textbook malfunction drill when the gun didn’t go “bang”. The only way you can do that with the fear, adrenaline and fight or flight response playing havoc with your perceptions and responses is practice, practice, practice until it’s so instinctive you don’t even think about it.

3. Magazine capacity restrictions can kill you: How many shots does it take to bring down a crazed/high attacker? You never know. Too many in the magazine means you carry some extra rounds home with you; not enough means you don’t go home.

4. Don’t let someone with a knife approach you. Cops arguably have a duty to try to de-escalate the situation before defending themselves, you don’t. It may take way more shots to bring an attacker down than you expect and if, while you’re pumping rounds into them, they get close enough to slash you, it could be all over right there. The deputy in this video was very lucky she wasn’t seriously injured or killed when the attacker got within touching distance. Knives can make deep, gaping wounds and we have vulnerable arteries in some pretty exposed places. Do everything you can to prevent them from getting close enough to open a spigot in you.

I’m no self defense guru, but those are the things that were going through my mind while watching this video.

Talking about Race

[Udpate]Apparently, they received enough ridicule about the chart I was talking about that they removed it from the post. They still left the main body of their racist post, they just got rid of the ridiculous graphic. I had originally just linked to the image but I copied the graphic and saved it for posterity under the auspices of the fair use doctrine. The internet is forever.[/Udpate]

According to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, dependency, promiscuity, subjectivity, irrationalism , emotionalism, laziness, tardiness, lack of foresight, etc are all traits endemic to Black Culture or “Blackness”.

Their list is quite enlightening.

I wouldn’t dare speak for the Black community, but if they made such terrible accusations against Whites, I’d be pretty upset. Who knew the Smithsonian was such a racist organization?

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Remington’s Done

Put a fork in ’em:

Najavo Nation intends to stop the production of AR-15s but instead focus on the manufacture of hunting rifles. The new owners will also concentrate on defense contracts and equipment supply for law enforcement and the military. The company will also start the development and manufacture of smart guns.

I seriously doubt they’ll be able to produce enough 700’s and 870 expresses to keep them afloat. If they think they can stop making the most popular style of rifle in America and waste their R&D on “smart guns” that will never sell (especially not to the law enforcement or defense communities), while simultaneously overcoming the financial difficulties that have led Remington to dire straights twice already, they’re going to be very disappointed. It never ceases to amaze me how many people seem to think that gun manufacturers can just stop making the guns that people want to buy and somehow still stay viable.

The only thing the Navajo nation brings to the table is that they’ll be immune from nuisance lawsuits (that gunmakers are already supposed to be immune from, but judges keep pretending that law doesn’t mean what it means). Oh…and I’d bet the factory in NY will be gone, so there’s that.

But their kinder, gentler approach to gun manufacture is inevitably going to run Remington even further into the ground. I wonder how many times a company has to declare bankruptcy before investors decide it just isn’t salvageable any more?

Comment on Bearing Arms

I haven’t been blogging much for a long time, but I’m still active on the internet and tend to leave comments on sites where that is allowed. In fact, I rarely even bother to read sites where comments are not allowed, I enjoy speaking with someone, not being spoken at by someone.

At any rate, one of the sites I read regularly is Bearing Arms. An online gun magazine. Most of the time their articles are well written and I agree with them, occasionally, however, they tend to go a little overboard. I generally leave comments both when I find something particularly well written, or when I disagree with them.

The latter occurred a week or so ago when they wrote an article comparing two gun cases and drawing a conclusion from them. This irks me as it is a common tactic of the left: compare two different cases without considering all the involved factors and declaring that the difference in outcome is due solely to the social justice cause of the day rather than the underlying factors.

The interesting thing is that they even decried this practice themselves:

Now, it’s always difficult to look at two cases and see all the nuances between the two. What may look like a racial disparity may have more to do with other factors that don’t show up in brief news reports.

And then proceeded to ignore what they’d just said:

That means it’s up to us to call out situations like this, to raise the question of whether police view armed minorities differently than armed white folks, and if they do then oppose it as vehemently as possible.

I left a comment calling them out for this. 7 days later and my comment is still “pending”. Apparently they don’t like me pointing out the issues with their assumptions. For posterity sake, I’m going to re-post my comment here:

You say it’s up to us to call out situations like this, yet didn’t do even the barest research to find out if the differences in treatment may have been warranted.

I’d call that irresponsible. Your implication is that there was bias involved in the disparity of treatment when it is more plausibly explained by differences in circumstances that you could have found with a 10 second internet search.

1. The police had a “credible tip” that Trevan Young was armed and intended to do harm. Why do you think they stopped him? His gun was hidden away…do you think the cops have x-ray vision? He was charged not for carrying the gun, but for carrying it with the intent to do harm.

Kevin Leko, on the other hand, was never accused of threatening anyone, he was just spotted on the roof with the gun.

2. Young refused to stop, resisted arrest, and disobeyed officer’s orders. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Leko was drunk, but completely complied with police orders and was arrested without incident.

So your talking about one guy with three charges, one of which indicated he intended to do harm, and another guy with one charge and no indication that he was a threat. I would say that it’s completely plausible that this explains the disparity in bond amounts and I’m more than willing to give the judge the benefit of the doubt.

By the way: you do understand that the Police don’t set bond amounts right?

I completely support the gun rights of all Americans and will vehemently oppose any difference in treatment under identical circumstances, but taking two completely different cases and jumping to conclusions doesn’t help anyone…except maybe your click count, so I guess there’s that.