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Weasels and Thistles and Snakes, oh my! August 29, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Entertainment, Gardening.
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This year I have noticed an overabundance of Milk Thistles also called Prickly Lettuce around Camp Geezer ™.

Those suckers pop up quickly even where there is no irrigation. They are like gigantic, 3-foot Dandelions. I hate them!



Nutritional Advice Continues to Be Overturned August 29, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Deep down, I think we all had an unshakeable confidence that this was true:

Low-fat diets could raise the risk of early death by almost one quarter, a major study has found.

The Lancet study of 135,000 adults found those who cut back on fats had far shorter lives than those enjoying plenty of butter, cheese and meats.

Researchers said the study was at odds with repeated health advice to cut down on fats.

Get thee hence, cottage cheese.

I’m still alive August 27, 2017

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Family, News, Personal Experiences.
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20170812_16462520170812_164552Not much time to post, I’ve been home for the first time in over a month and over the weekend spent less than 24 hours total at home because when you’ve been gone that long there’s always a crap load of stuff that needs doing. Here’s a picture I got somewhere down around Virginia. If I remember correctly we were at a brake check parking lot at the top of 5 miles of 6% grade hauling 45,000 pounds. It was pouring rain hard enough to force us to pullover at one point by the time we got the bottom of the mountain. It was actually the day that whole antifa vs skin heads thing happened. As we rolled through I noticed police and fire trucks posted at every on ramp and off ramp. I’m guessing to prevent blocking the freeway.

Need to head off to church in a minute. We’re supposed to head back to Allentown, PA to pick up our tractor later today. We live in the OKC area and no that’s not normal to be parked so far away when you have home time. It’s about 1500 miles from here. If I’ve got time before I hit the road I’ll try to post about it later. We have to be back by Tuesday morning for a delivery and won’t be home again until October 3rd. If the wheels aren’t turning, you aren’t earning.

Until then, enjoy this nice sunset from Mississippi.



View from the Peak of Mt Helena August 23, 2017

Posted by Sobek in News.
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20170815_145451 The web site said it takes two to three hours to hike, depending on skill level. I did it in an hour and four minutes, because screw that web site. Also, I did it in jeans and without any water or anything, because screw basic preparedness.

It’s a good thing I went so fast, because I had a meeting afterwards. I made it with five minutes to spare. I felt like Mr. Incredible looking at my watch and saying, “yeah, I’ve got time.”

A Little Gun Stuff August 23, 2017

Posted by skinbad in Ballistics.
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I recently had an itch to get a pocket pistol, so I started reading a lot of reviews and watching quite a few YouTube videos. I’ll tell you three of my favorite firearm YouTubers if you’re into that kind of thing.

The first one I watched a lot is Hickok45. He’s a grandfatherly southern gent with an easy-going manner and a common-sense way of explaining things. He shoots all kinds of firearms and describes them and tells you what he likes and doesn’t like about them. He often shows how to take them apart and reassemble them. His videos are at his outdoor shooting range and he’ll usually start with blasting a few targets–he likes 2-liter (full) pop bottles and a variety of steel targets that make a satisfying “ping” when he nails them. He also likes to “smoke some pot” by blasting (empty) flower pots. If you’re thinking of a gun you might want an opinion on, you can probably find a video of him demonstrating it. If you’re like me, you’ll look at a video and think, “I don’t have 25 minutes to spend watching this,” but it goes by really easily. He’s got a good camera presence and usually the audio/video is quite good. A couple of things to consider: he’s a really good shot–he makes it look easy. Also, he has very large hands, so take that into consideration when size matters for your purchasing decisions.


Let the Final Phase of the Nest-Emptying Begin August 22, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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My wife and I are taking our daughter out East to college today – we’ll be driving for 2 1/2 days. She’s the youngest of our two children, so upon our return we will officially be empty nesters.

But, more importantly to the IB faithful, I won’t be blogging much (if at all) until Saturday at the earliest.

So feel free to encourage the other IB authors to commence to posting.

Just Saw the Eclipse August 21, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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We had a 92% eclipse where I live. I saw an eclipse back in high school, but I don’t remember it being as cool as this one. It was like a lot of the yellow was filtered out of the sun’s spectrum, so everything looked a little blue.

Now I’ve got to find sunglasses that give that same effect.

I Did This Today August 19, 2017

Posted by daveintexas in News.
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Got rid of the monstrous ugly dining room light fixture and replaced it with this.

I did not turn off the power at the breaker panel. That’s how I roll.


The Marlboro Man on the coat rack approves.

With Regard to the Media’s Take on Antifa August 16, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Out: Law & order

In: Vigilante justice

Good times ahead, I’m sure.

11 Dimensional Chess Indeed August 14, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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I may have wondered what the heck Trump was doing talking about military options in Venezuela, but I never had a problem with the way he handled the North Korea crisis. While the press and Dems were wringing their hands, I was pretty sure that Trump was being pretty shrewd in what he said in public and in private.

And now looky looky looky at what CNBC has to say:

After a weekend filled with a series of conciliatory statements from China, some of them downright surprising, the situation with North Korea seems to be less tense right now, which could be construed as a major win for the Trump team.

To be specific, the big move came Monday as China agreed to ban imports of North Korean iron, lead, and coal as part of new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. That’s hitting Kim Jon Un’s regime where it hurts.

Now if these sanctions hold and North Korea simply halts its ICBM launch tests, what many saw as some kind of massive fumble by the Trump team could easily turn into the administration’s biggest triumph of the year.

In short, President Trump broke a lot of established foreign policy rules but seems to have come out on top.

So About The Sexism and Stereotyping in that Google Memo August 14, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Just read an article on a massive brain imaging study:

Researchers found that women’s brains were significantly more active in many more areas of the brain than men’s, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with focus and impulse control, and in the limbic areas of the brain, which deal with emotion, mood and anxiety.

On the other hand, the brain’s visual and coordination regions were more active in men.

“This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences,” Dr. Daniel G. Amen, lead author, psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics, said in a press release.

I’m sorry, I was reliably informed by Google management that gender-based brain differences are non-existent and that anybody who talks about them should be fired for perpetuating stereotypes.

The Rationale for Military Intervention in Venezuela August 14, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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I have to say that when President Trump popped off with his “military intervention in Venezuela is a possibility” statement, I was completely mystified as to what the man was thinking. As was everybody else, I think.

But maybe, just maybe, he was thinking about this:

Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio

A death threat against a standing US politician? That would justify a little more than empty rhetoric and a few sanctions.