Monday OT: August 3 is Grab Some Nuts Day

August 3 is day 215 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, Confusion 69, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.7.13.2 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)

Roasted Cashew Nuts

Roasted Cashews

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The Siege of Algeciras  began on this date in 1342 and lasted almost two years. The port of Algeciras is the monster port and harbor located down next door to the city of Gibraltar.  Then as now, it was a key port. It was part of "Moorish Spain", which was not monolithic. The  Umayyad Caliphate conquered Visigothic Spain starting in 711. Eventually, a chunk of the southern coast, up to and including Algeciras became the Emirate of Grenada.  In 1329 it was conquered by and became part of the Marinid Sultanate out of Morocco. In retrospect this was probably a dumb move because it weakened both the Sultanate and Grenada during the early days of the Spanish Reconquista.  Grenada did send troops to help during the siege, which was undertaken by forces of the Kingdoms of Castile and  Aragon, as well as the Republic of Genoa. Needless to say, the "Spanish" prevailed, as they did throughout "Spain".  (And here you probably thought that Spain was a thing.). The Reconquista, fwiw, is traditionally deemed to have ended in January 1492 when the united kingdoms of Aragon (Ferdinand) and Castile (Isabella) finally whupped Grenada (and segue into Christoforo Colombo or whoever he was sailing on this date for mostly Isabella from Palos de Frontera). It is some sort of mileage marker of historical waypoint that this was the first known use of gunpowder in a military conflict in Europe.

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On this day in history:

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1342 – The Siege of Algeciras began; the first use of gunpowder in combat in Europe
1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
1527 – The first known letter from North America was sent
1678 – Robert LaSalle built Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
1778 – Milan's La Scala theater was inaugurated
1795 – Treaty of Greenville was signed, ending the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country.
1829 – The Treaty of Lewistown was signed by the Shawnee and Seneca peoples, exchanging their land in Ohio for land west of the Mississippi River.[
1859 – The American Dental Association was founded
1921 – Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirmed the ban of eight Chicago Black Sox players
1936 – Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.
1948 – Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
1958 – The  USS Nautilus, became the first vessel to complete a submerged transit of the geographical North Pole.
1972 – The United States Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The US appears to have actually followed this treaty for almost 11 whole years. Amazing.
1977 – Tandy Corporation announced the TRS-80
2007 – Former Deputy Director of the Chilean secret police Raúl Iturriaga was captured

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Born this day in:

“I furnished the body that was needed to sit in the defendant's chair.
~~ John Thomas Scopes

1811 – Elisha Otis, businessman
1900 – Ernie Pyle, soldier and journalist
1900 – John T. Scopes,  educator
1904 – Clifford D. Simak,  journalist and author
1907 – Lawrence Brown,  trombonist and composer
1909 – Walter Van Tilburg Clark,  author and educator
1917 – Les Elgart, A trumpet player and bandleader
1918 – Eddie Jefferson,  singer and songwriter
1920 – P. D. James,  author
1920 – Charlie Shavers,  trumpet player and composer
1924 – Connie Converse,  musician,  singer, and songwriter
1924 – Leon Uris, Asoldier and author
1926 – Tony Bennett, singer and actor
1934 – Michael Chapman, bassoon player
1934 – Jonas Savimbi, founded UNITA (
1935 – Vic Vogel,  pianist, composer, and bandleader
1939 – Jimmie Nicol, English drummer
1940 – James Tyler,  guitarist and songwriter
1941 – Beverly Lee,  singer
1944 – Nino Bravo,  singer
1946 – Syreeta Wright,  singer and songwriter
1946 – John York,  bass player, songwriter, and producer
1949 – B. B. Dickerson,  bass player and songwriter
1953 – Ian Bairnson,  saxophonist and keyboard player
1953 – Marlene Dumas,  painter
1956 – Kirk Brandon,  singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1956 – Dave Cloud,  singer, songwriter ,and actor
1959 – Martin Atkins, drummer and producer
1961 – Lee Rocker, bassist
1963 – Tasmin Archer, pop singer
1963 – James Hetfield, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1963 – Ed Roland, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1964 – Lucky Dube, singer and keyboard player
1966 – Gizz Butt, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1967 – Skin, singer and guitarist
1970 – Stephen Carpenter, guitarist and songwriter
1970 – Gina G, singer and songwriter
1984 – Chris Maurer, singer and bass player

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Died this day in:

“Take away the right to say ‘fuck’ and you take away the right to say ‘fuck the government.”
~~ Lenny Bruce

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1780 – Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, epistemiologist and philosopher
1879 – Joseph Severn, painter
1894 – George Inness, painter
1916 – Roger Casement, poet and activist
1917 – Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, mathematician and academic
1924 – Joseph Conrad, novelist
1929 – Emile Berliner, inventor and businessman, invented the phonograph 
1929 – Thorstein Veblen, economist and sociologist (
1936 – Konstantin Konik, surgeon and politician,
1942 – Richard Willstätter, organic chemist and academic
1954 – Colette, novelist and journalist (
1961 – Hilda Rix Nicholas, artist 
1964 – Flannery O'Connor, short story writer and novelist
1966 – Lenny Bruce, comedian, actor, and screenwriter
2003 – Roger Voudouris, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
2004 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer and painter
2006 – Arthur Lee, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
2008 – Erik Darling, singer and songwriter
2008 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, novelist, dramatist and historian
2010 – Bobby Hebb, singer and songwriter
2014 – Kenny Drew, Jr., pianist and composer

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Grab Some Nuts Day
International Beer Day 
Assistance Dog Day
Clean Your Floors Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

Lawrence Brown

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Les Elgart 

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Eddie Jefferson 

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Charlie Shavers 

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Tony Bennett

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Michael Chapman

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Vic Vogel

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Jimmie Nicol

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Beverly Lee

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Syreeta Wright

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Arthur Lee 

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 Erik Darling 

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Bobby Hebb

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Kenny Drew, Jr.

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Image is public domain

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It's an open thread, so do your thing

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Thundering this AM as a storm rumbles by south of us. It is keeping the temps a comfortable 72 degrees, so should be a good day for mowing - my main chore for the week.

Just read gjohn's eviction essay. We are headed into difficult times. Homelessness during a pandemic? What a nightmare. What a failed state we live in.

Well, onward through the fog. Have a good one!

Dayton TN is about an hour away from me...the trial was rigged from the start.

Uncle Dave had something (ignorant) to say about it...good banjo though.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout
Was Victorian England a failed state? Was Augustan Rome?
It's by design. Liberals have told us for decades that there are too many people. Our Lords and Masters are doing something about it. They don't need many workers any more. They don't even need mass armies with modern weapons.

This is the fallacy of UBI. At the core is the assumption that the government is run for the benefit of the many, when, in fact, it is run for a relatively small elite, no more than 10%. Therefore 90% of the population, formerly needed as farm workers, industrial workers, soldiers and sailors, are now surplus mouths, eating from the 10%'s table. Just ask them.

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We are so screwed.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

Another variation or view of those facts is that we could provide a decent living for all with relatively little total labor hours, so why the hell don't we? Because the oligarchs are robbing us blind in a system they created to achieve exactly that goal.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
Back in the '60s the prediction was that the average workweek would be 20 or 25 hours now. Instead, I think it's increased and become huge when commuting time is added. Back then many people lived relatively close to work and the streets weren't wall to wall cars. I've been going to visit my dead sister-in-law's house often the last year. I grew up in the area. In the '50s, cars were rare. In the early '50s my father got a used car and there was about 70 feet either direction on the side street to the next car. That gradually shrunk, but in the '60s we could still park two cars in front of the house easily. Very few houses had garages. Now, every house has a garage but it is hard to find a spot at all. I often have to park a block away. (There's a dumpster in front of her garage)
Meanwhile airplanes come screaming over to land at O'Hare (still the world's busiest airport? mostly air cargo now). Why anyone would live in this living Hell is beyond me. The real estate agent explained it thusly: " Many many jobs require one to live in the City. This is as close as you can get to the suburbs while actually having a Chicago address (same on the South side near Midway airport). Anywhere else in the city (away from the edges) you are either in a gang-infested slum or an incredibly high priced yuppie enclave. There are many Spanish and Eastern European immigrants here (yes, I hear them talking in the alley behind their apartments). That's our target buyers. They need an affordable place that's in the city, not ethnically isolated and they are not afraid to put in sweat equity." Several Catholic Churches and not a few Protestant churches in the area. You can walk to shopping without being mugged or car-jacked. (Although Bob was run over two years in a row just crossing the street at a crosswalk and so were other old people). Lookout, if you are reading this, I'm really really looking forward to Calhoun County, although I'm sure it has it's own share of problems. I hear Birmingham had it's share of #BLM smashing and looting. My daughter lives in walking distance of where the Freedom Riders were burned alive during the '60s. She had a lot of hope for the younger generation but says that now the Confederate Flag issue and other white-shaming is driving them to the Right.

I can say that I've never heard "Yankee Yankee, you Yankee" down there like I did in Virginia (in a DC suburb yet). The air is not laden with the exhaust of cars and airplanes and people seem a whole lot more polite. On the surface anyway. But as I told the agent's husband (He's Italian-American, she's from Ecuador, second marriage for both), "I don't care if someone thinks I'm a lousy stinking Dago as long as they don't say it to my face." I demand outward politeness. Die Gedankan sind frei. Think what what you want, but you damn well better not insult me to my face. That's the legacy of being born and raised in a multi-ethnic city.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

People here are easy to get along with. Just avoid politics and religion if you want to keep things pleasant. We've had a lovely summer. Good luck with the house sale. Now is the time to sell. I would consider renting here initially cause I think house prices are about to fall in the next year or so.

Best of luck and come see us after you relocate.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout

It will take some fancy footwork. OTOH, I predicted this morning that even people with paid up mortgages will lose their homes. IL and CA at cetera are bankrupt. IL in particular will sky skyrocket real estate taxes (prime funding for schools) to the point that retirees can't afford to pay them. My taxes are $6,ooo and are low. $9000 to $10,000 are more common. That's in Cook County. Double that for the collar counties. We looked at houses in nearby Kane County (literally walking distance away, it's the next county and we live a mile from the county line). Taxes were at least $15,000 with $20,000 common. Now double or triple that. People's nest eggs would be gone. Prices won't fall. Lot's of foreign buyers.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

on 120 acres, house, and barn is $600/year. The bad news is crumby school funding. Give me a holler.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout
while Illinois is one of the most regressive.
Ridiculously low income tax and sky high property and sales taxes.
Last year I used my free Turbotax state tax to make a trial run at Alabama. A little more than $400. My IL tax is zero because IL does not tax pensions, SS, or IRA withdrawals (including non-Roth), so my Illinois Income is zero. I file on-line pro-forma because I file a US 1040 so am required to file for IL, even though my IL taxable income is zero. Thanks for giving me another AL reference point. My daughter pays ~$200 per house. She bought one at a tax sale for $400. I guess that was two years taxes in arrears. So, I estimate the kind of house I would like to buy is in the $400 to $600 tax range. I saw $400 in listings in Oxford but could hardly believe them.
So $400 + $400 vs IL $0 + $6,000, ignoring the IL double digit sales tax and very big gasoline tax.

In Virginia, 40+ years ago we also had negligible property taxes, $300 on a more expensive house vs $1.200 in IL. County tax was a flat 50% of state income tax and paid for the county sheriff and county schools which were pretty good, at least in the DC suburbs.

IL Vote Blue no matter who? No way! There used to be a Socialist Worker's Party on the ballot. No more. We do have Green but they are careful to only run for small offices and the biggest. Faux opposition.

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@Lookout

Enjot your comfortable temps and your plowing.

be well and have a good one.

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@lotlizard
Somewhere there's a whole thing of crane collapses and falls. Saw a much smaller one myself, really hammered a parking structure.

be well and have a good one.

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This doesn't help;
...Fitch questions U.S. creditworthiness...

The agency downgraded its outlook for US credit to “negative” from “stable” on Friday, while retaining its AAA rating—the top grade—for the credit of the US. The agency raised issues about whether the US would be able to contain rising deficits as the government continues its corporate bailouts.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/03/doll-a03.html

As TVINW says above; "we don't need workers anymore". As a worker myself, I feel slightly queasy with this (long anticipated) turn of events. I do realize that the credit agencies are a pile of BS as learned by the Arthur Andersen debacle of a few years back. Still, another nail in the coffin.

I think some Lenny Bruce is in order;

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@randtntx
anybody question our creditworthiness? It sucks. What do we produce? Some food. Some oil. A lot of weaponry. That's not an economy.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
in other forums, but "wholesale death" is our last remaining export...

Sigh.

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@usefewersyllables

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that the Sturgis motorcycle rally is going on as planned. Oh, man.

I can certainly appreciate the freedom that riding a motorcycle provides, and I used to have a lot of friends who would attend Sturgis every year without fail. However, now that I think about it, several of them were shunned by several of the others, as they would trailer their bikes up to within 50 or so miles and only ride the last 50 miles in. This is apparently frowned upon: the purity of the biker ethic requires that you ride all the way to Sturgis from whereever, apparently.

Regardless: there will undoubtedly be a lot of beer drunk, and a lot of Sturgis-style debauchery. And I speak of the friends I used to have in past tense, because to a single person they were all militantly arch-conservative republican 'Murika Fuk Yeh, my-way-or-the-highway, straight-pipe-in-your-face types right down to the bumperstickers and tattoos. Regrettably, I've had to edit folks like that out of my life to retain what little is left of my sanity.

This is spring break for the older biker set. It'll remain to be seen if there's a spike in Covid-19 afterwards. I really do hope not, but realistically I have to expect unpleasant results. One thing is for sure: you can't drink beer with a mask on. There probably won't be many masks in evidence at the Full Throttle Saloon, the Iron Horse, or the Buffalo Chip...

Freedom. It isn't free, but I don't know if people are really ready to pick up *this* particular tab.

On edit: This commentary is not intended to apply to all motorcyclists. I'm very aware that the vast majority of motorcyclists are responsible people and do not fall into the Rebel Without A Clue category I describe above. Please understand that no bikers were harmed in the making of this post. Post no bills, your mileage may vary, yadda yadda...

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@usefewersyllables
name to save keystrokes or going with anti-sesquipedalian. Sturgis is an interesting phenomenon of which I have never partaken. I doubt I'd fit in at all, especially given the fact that all I ever rode were a Matchless 500 and a Triumph 650.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
I've never done Sturgis either, just as I've never done Burning Man (which they did cancel for this year, thank Gawd). Too hardcore for me.

I did do Daytona for bike week a couple of times, and Laconia/Loudon *many* times, back in my misspent youth- but never as a rider. I was one of those odd people who do fire/rescue/safety work at the racing venues: when people would get off their steeds at speed, we'd take care of them. And once the checkered flag flew at the end of the day, I was off the clock and could just watch the spectators put on their own show. All of that has gotten a great deal wierder in the ensuing decades, and I know that I sure as *hell* wouldn't fit in in any of those venues anymore. I don't have any tattoos...

I entered my uname wrong when I signed up. It should have been UseFewerSyllables, which leads to the much more keyboard-friendly UFS for short. I would certainly accept antisesquipidalian, though, and I will wear it with honor and pride. Soon come!

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@usefewersyllables

how much of a statement they make. I only ever considered two as desirable, but didn't do it. One ws a simple yin+yang symbol, the other was the zig-zag man logo with a banner underneath saying "Los Papeles Zig Zag"

be well and have a good one.

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I remember writing about this back when I was doing my morning shtick at the other place, thought you might appreciate it.
Multiplying Mexican restaurants with 'berto' names derive from common ancestor

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@Azazello
perhaps a reprise right here after i once mentioned having a fondness for the rolled tacos at Los Gilbertos #9 in Borrego springs and perhaps one of the others down in Chula. San Diego was fun as a teen in that 90% of the fast food was Mexican. There were a handful of burger joints - Jack in the Box, Bob's Big Boy, some independents, and some 'cue,especially down around the 32nd Street Navy Base, a couple of pizza joints, but Mexican was everywhere, plus push carts.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
It's about the only fast food we do and we have two within 5 minutes of our house.

I'll settle for stay alive and have a mediocre one.
We're in the middle of an ungawdly heat wave, temps 10 degrees above normal with very little rain, no end in sight. Our monsoon season has been a bust so far but the humidity is just high enough to keep the swamp box from working well. Sucks to be us these days.

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@Azazello

for swamp coolers, either. Maybe get a plant mister and a personal desk fan?

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Is it only Americans, or a significant fraction of all people who just make you wonder how stupid you can get?

Read this today on CNN, about 260 school employees in the Gwinnett school district near Atlanta having COVID-19, and yet a bunch of parents are out protesting to allow their kids back to in-person schooling in the district! There is a known high incidence of the disease in the area--some parents just don't care. It's like condemning your own kids to a potentially terrible/fatal disease.

CNN Source

I keep thinking we're as dumb as things can go, and it seems every day I see people doing something even dumber.

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@apenultimate

immune or something. Disinformation to that effect was and somewhat still is being floated here and there.

I wonder if Gwinett is named for button Gwinnett? He signed the Declaration and damn near nothing else, making his signature valuable to those who value such things.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris

Button Gwinnett. Georgia is a red state and just can’t accept that there is a difference between facts and politics. Whenever one of my neighbors goes off the deep end on our local Facebook page, I beat a hasty retreat. There really is no reasoning with them. They delight in their ignorance and will back each other up. There are sane people here, but the spoiled children are running the show.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

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@Lily O Lady
livin' in Dalton, Ga. so I know what you mean.
Ya can't reason with those people. If you were not born in that county, you were a yankee.
Had to leave to keep my sanity.

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@Lily O Lady
and their ideas and thought processes, ... It's a different world.

be well and have a good one.

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amigo. ; )

ya paraphrasing the Trumpeter?

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@wendy davis

beholder, but I didn't catch the Trump link, great one, thanks.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris

i'd thought everyone knew that the pink pussy hats #McRisistance was about his allegedly having said: "grab em by the pussies". which led then to the WaPo's (imo mccarthyite) #MeeToo movement.

oh, well.

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@wendy davis

I read your comment, but not before. A great and notewothy comment, BTW, not at all bad.

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that includes USS, SAE, and metric?

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@enhydra lutris
Whitworth. And NAS. And Acme. But why stop there?

Whitworth was the best of all of 'em.

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@usefewersyllables
family car was an old Austin A-40 my dad scored somewhere. It needed a lot of attention on a regular basis and we were always discovering yet another size of Whitworth we did not possess, usually on a weekend, and somebody would have to go start calling all the usual suspects to try to find one.

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@enhydra lutris
as "the perfect thread form" by Carroll Smith, one of the best racing mechanics to ever have walked the face of the earth. That perfect radiused thread root from the 1800s was the most fatigue-resistant fastener available anywhere at any price, until the aerospace folks finally figured out that their sharp-v-bottomed threads were a major reason that their airplanes kept falling out of the sky, and started doing rolled threads. That sharp bottom is an unbelieveable stress-raiser, and just kills the reliability of whatever they are holding together. SAE bolts (or as Smith called them, "farmer bolts") almost always fail right through the thread root, whereas Whitworths typically fail by the head popping off- primarily because very few people actually have Whitworth wrenches...

They are beautiful things, and cannot be held responsible for the utter impossibility of keeping oil in the sump of anything British. Whitworth, regrettably, did not design *gaskets*. The world would be different if he had.

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@usefewersyllables

They are beautiful things, and cannot be held responsible for the utter impossibility of keeping oil in the sump of anything British. Whitworth, regrettably, did not design *gaskets*.

Nor, cough, cough, "electrics".

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@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris
A popular British variety of the 40s and 50s.

Edit:Whitworth, as in British Standard Whitworth. Per Wiki the first standard thread design c. 1840.
Still in use today on some cameras and stage lighting.

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@earthling1
Whitworth? That was the British standard back then.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
Fought with it on my old Velocette Thruxton thumper.
Before that a Matchless 500.

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@enhydra lutris
is number one in my book. Great rooled tacos.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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hard core garden work, reading now this delightful Open Thread. I must say, el, I really, really enjoy your open threads, even this late and walking like a ninety year old with a cane after that garden work. Lookout would be amazed what I still can do with some piece of land that has been untouched and neglected for decades. I will make it my little private paradise. Smile

As for nuts to grab, I would say we are drowning in nuts, no need to grab them, but I have a huge walnut tree and and a nice Hazelnuts tree, so I will eat those for real, the other nuts I would just eat alive.

Thanks for the music. I have nothing to comment other than say thank you.

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“Trauma is not what happens to you.
Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
— Dr. Gabor Maté

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@mimi

hazlenuts, don't know what I like more, hazlenuts or Nutella crepes. Glad you enjoyed the OT.

be well and have a good one.

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Et al

Crazy day. Woke up to some young woman walking around my garden. Ask what she was doing and she started walking towards me. I promptly closed the door and told her to leave. Sadder than else. Expect to see more and more like this. May have had a different reaction if it were not covid time. Later a squirrel fell and broke its back. Took it to Native Animal Rescue for I know not what. Pause for reflection. Glad for this entertaining and elucidating essay. Nutter than knot. Be safe. Be happy. Have a good one.

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@magiamma
Similar thoughts about mysterious visitors. Poor squirrel, in other times and climes it's raptor food. Dunno.

be well and have a good one.

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Hey sorry to be late here... but since no one said it, and it must be said, since you have pointed out grab some nuts day... one of my favorite dumbest things I ever heard that still cracks me up is... "That guy's nuts, grab 'em!"

Being a socal boy, Arthur Lee and Love were held in the highest esteem in our circles in Hunt. Bch. Forever Changes is a classic among classics. Arthur Lee was a genius musician and artist.

This was love at first hear...

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian
listened to very much, just one of those things.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --