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  1. Here we go again

    Oh hell Ray. That's just heinous in their self absolution with every death of which they wash their hands. I've seen them here with serious cases they handled poorly, because they could skate by and quote the rules and limitations.
  2. It does seem faster, but I'm not liking bookmarks yet.
  3. Thanks Blues, I appreciate that. And agree it is going to get ugly here. My sons will be right in the thick of it. They're both BSRNs and working on practitioner. at 65 I'll be here when the temps go 2° over. The freakish weather now is from the 1° over we have already hit. Back in the day there were moneyed interests that did not want us to outlaw the Freon refrigerants that caused the ozone layer to get a giant hole in it. But science and the American free press were taken seriously in those days. Since we stopped using and emitting the gases that caused it, the ozone hole is healing fine and will eventually be all right. If only . . .
  4. Yarome, The reality is what I did professionally in the military as a Combat arms instructor (CATM) and earlier in my career they called us SAMTU ( Small Arms Marksmanship Training Unit.) I did the Air Force test for Break Free at Lackland and we perfected the .22 conversion kit which thankfully we dropped. I am quite aware of the narratives in reviews to reflect the writer's bias'. Our gunsmith shop at Lackland cut down some military .45s for the OSI and thus was born the short Colt Combat Commander. The USAF Gunsmith shop with dedicated gunsmiths is at Lackland and when I was in 1971-1998 they did all the esoteric testing of weapons not already mandated to be done by the Army Depot or SPECOPS. I was only assigned there for three years 75-78, and only got to do the lubricant and be part of the .22 conversion testing. Nothing fancy. But I trained folks daily on all our rifles, pistols machine guns shotguns and grenade launchers as well as the M2, the Barret .50 sniper rifle, the LAW rockets and my favorite, the Mark 19 Grenade machine gun that fires out to 2000 meters at 300 rounds a minute. Talk about a rush. We also had to burn several thousand or several hundred proficiency rounds in the case of grenades and shotgun rounds annually in addition to our annual qualifications on each weapon we taught and carried ourselves. We also conducted fire power demos for the leadership like the SECDEF and Chiefs of services. I lucked out getting to play with and carry my sidearm and/or rifle daily, make loud noises, blow things up and get paid for it as well as a great retirement. My military service was fun even in the beginning when I was a medic/scrub tech and Medical laboratory Technologist. I found a better way to draw blood with no risk - ground weapons. The Judge is not IMHO a carry gun. It is the glove box gun or the living room or office gun. It is too bulky to conceal, and too heavy to carry around clipped to a hidden holster. Shoulder holster only for me. In that size and weight it could drop my pants since I gained some weight. My LAR Grizzly was like that as it was a 45 Winchester magnum that was too heavy for me to carry and conceal as it was a larger version of the Colt .45 auto-loader. It did not have the capability to fire shot shells, and spewed a tongue of flaming "un-burnt in the barrel" powder that looked impressive but hurts night vision. The Judge for me? I haven't decided which, if any, Judge or carbine I want to get. Your choice of ammo is your own and we all come at it from different perspectives. I am 65 and have not had to shoot anyone and hope to continue that luck until I die. I currently use all .40 S&W caliber handguns and one Black Widow North American Arms .22 Magnum with the factory fitted .22 LR cylinder. I keep a loaded Remington 20ga. Wingmaster in the bedroom, and a .40 cal in each night stand and my desk. My last purchase was a S&W M&P .40 Shield when they had a $75.00 rebate earlier this year and I still have not made the time to clean and test it out in the backyard range. Yarome, on paper is what I suggested, butcher paper that is. Nothing changes a person's mind about at least trying to aim a shotgun like doing their own witness screen. It also helps to so it for hunting purposes with the bird or deer loads you use at the ranges you expect to shoot. Yes I have run into all kinds of "experts" repeating gun myths too. Heck when I ask what a gauge is most don't know. It's the fraction of a pound of lead rolled into a ball that just fits in the barrel of a sixteen gauge 1/16th or one ounce - 12 ga. is 1/12 and so on, all were measured that way except the .410. It is a caliber invented in the US. Or another good one is to ask what the length of a 12 ga. 3 inch magnum shell is. (The 3" is the chamber size to accommodate the opened shell crimp at the front so it is not obstructing the barrel.) Before firing, every shell is about a half inch shorter than the chamber is is marked to fit. So before firing a 3" shell is ~2 1/2 inches. For RV self defense I have an article here aimed at RVrs. http://home.earthlink.net/~derekgore/rvroadiervfulltimingwhatisitreallylike/id85.html I have trained civilian and military police as well as civilians and base personnel, with every weapon imaginable, professionally, for 20 plus years of my 27 year military career. I've written some of our base manuals and helped with USAF Tech orders too.
  5. By default, Firefox is set to automatically update itself but you can always do a manual update. Here's how: Click the menu button , click help and select About Firefox. The About Mozilla Firefox window will open and Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically. I did that manual update as above and it only required a restart of Firefox and voila it is done. They claim faster and better but I had trouble finding my history for a second but it really is easy.
  6. I have read of folks that got the 6.5" barreled Judge and making head shots at targets 50 yards away. I would strongly suggest aiming as a 3" - 6.5" barrel can completely miss if not aimed even with shot. I suggest that if you indeed don't think you need to aim your shotgun or shot revolver, that you make a witness screen/panel out of a wooden frame and butcher paper abut a yard square. Shoot it at 5 feet, 15 feet, 75 feet and tell me the optimal range for max pellet spread isn't for a .410 isn't between 25 feet,and 75 feet or 25 yards. Make your own panelk and see what your gun patterns, then shoot accordingly. Go here and scroll down to the pictures of the shotgun holes and pellet spread at different distances. http://firearmsid.com/A_distshotpatt.htm I would suggest the Winchester PDX 1 combination copper plated disks and buckshot in one shell for the defense rounds. http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/winchester-pdx1-410-buckshot-for-personal-defense 45 colt can be a devastating round out to 25 meters (82 feet.) Remember it is only a five shot, but if one assailant, that is four more rounds than you will need if you are accurate with the Judge. I am wavering between the Judge and the carbine Circuit Judge. http://www.rossiusa.com/product-list.cfm?category=15
  7. TRICARE Webinar on TRICARE Changes

    Thanks I will be there as Lynn is still TriCare and I am TFL.
  8. All DC dead in Class C

    I think the previous folks were missing one fact or you used DC wrong. When the breaker trips is it only your DC power that goes out, as in the AC outlets work but the DC ones do not? Because if that is the case you may have a convertor or inverter failing that has nothing to do with the generator. Just a thought. If the inverter or convertor is bad that would account for the 12 volt DC starter having issues along with the other DC circuits being out.
  9. Water Filtration

    All you need for all campgrounds and public water supplies in the US and Canada are a sediment filter up front, followed by a Charcoal filter to adsorb the chlorine taste along with a bunch of other chemicals it adsorbs. Tap water and public well water supplies are tested and safe as far as I have seen and read. Heck most filtered water is just tap water filtered to take out the chlorine taste. I prefer filtered tap water with a basic charcoal filter for taste. But I will drink unfiltered tap water from either public wells or municipal water supplies. Here is an example on Amazon that gets you two canisters, two sediment and two charcoal filters for under 50 bucks. Scroll down to the combo here: https://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPF13003B-Universal-000-Gallon-Filtration/dp/B007VZ2O0Q/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1510606377&sr=8-6&keywords=filter+whole+house&dpID=41Nn7qeHteL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch To connect them together you will need a 3/4" X4" brass nipple like this: https://www.amazon.com/LASCO-17-9493-4-Inch-Brass-Nipple/dp/B008E334GC That connects them to each other. To connect them to your fresh water hose you need a 3/4" to standard hose fitting, one male hose end and one female like these: https://www.amazon.com/Nelson-50578-Male-Female-Fitting/dp/B0015ASX12/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1510607464&sr=8-2&keywords=3+4+npt+to+garden+hose&dpID=51hWoDZIRjL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch and one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Nelson-Industrial-50571-Double-Male-Connecting/dp/B0015AOR8K/ref=pd_sim_86_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CGFPK62MC2Z4SV45BFZ5 Then some Teflon tape to seal the nipple connections to the housings and on each end of the brass nipple. Or you can get a double canister with 1 sediment and one carbon block filter for under 50 bucks and then just add the 3/4 NPT to garden hose male and female adapters and you are set. I usually used a short 8 foot hose from the water inlet of my rig to my double filter system so I could place the housing under the rig to reduce the UV rays that hit the plastic and can weaken it over time. I was a Medical Laboratory technologist in the Air Force and tested the base water as well as checked growth on agar plates for years. Do not use water from septic or above ground lake and rivers. That is the usual route of infection for folks with amoebic and bacterial infections. Tested water supplies include wells in RV parks tested as a public water supply, and municipal water supplies. If you are going to Mexico then I can understand the extra filtration and UV radiation treatment of water. But in 7 years of full-timing in the US' lower 48, Alaska, and Canada, that is all we needed for taste and sediment filtration. Well worth the initial and small costs for standard 10" replacement filters. One stay we had, at SKP coop Park Sierra, they flushed the water supply filling it with sediment they stirred up. They did not warn me and I was stumped since I had just replaced my single inline filter and the water spigot worked. When I asked it as cleared up and I replaced my filter then all was well. THat was when I decided to go with w two filter replaceable filter system which was much cheaper in use than the inline filter housing systems like this: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camco-RV-TastePURE-KDF-Carbon-Water-Filter/717140.uts?productVariantId=1662244&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=BingPLA&WT.z_mc_id1=02985160&rid=20&gclid=COHdlKTCvNcCFReYxQIdGecKnA&gclsrc=ds Those single in-line filters mean paying the full price for every filter change, as opposed to $3-6 for the sediment and carbon block replacement standard 10" filters. Paying the big bucks for any more is fine if it makes you feel better. If it makes you take risks with water sources, that is your risk. We only need filters for taste in the US and Canada. Safe Drinking!
  10. Yarome, I made a mental note of that sale and then lost my notebook! But fortunately I had a buddy ask me over for some wild pig this after noon and that brain cell fired. Today was the last day of the sale but they held four boxes back for me, 3 hollow point 38gr., and one box of round lead target rounds. MY buddy told me to pick up a couple for him and I did and got pulled BBQ pork fresh killed yesterday, hung and bled, and bled and roasted today. with tater salad, slaw, BBQ beans and blueberry cheesecake so good it made my tongue roll up inside yer haid like a winder shade and beat yer brains ta death! Thanks again for the heads up,! I didn't even know we had a Dicks here. I usually go to the Base Exchange (BX) where guns and ammo are tax free and on sale sometimes too.
  11. Wow folks! Not one recommend for these new members?
  12. I used Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 7 and Defender with Windows 8-10. I had no issues with infections. I also ran Malwarebytes Premium which I bought back when they were starting out for $15.00 each for lifetime support and they have honored that for the past 12 years or more. Now they have an annual fee like everyone else but they are still very much worth it for folks with just one computer. I have six Windows systems currently, soon to be four again when I sell the Surface 3 Pro and the Windows 10 Dell Venue 11 Pro, the only one with a user replaceable battery. Both of them are like new, and I hate to get rid of the Dell Venue 11 Pro as it is the best of all the Atom tablets full HD with three cases. I am liquidating all the small stuff before our move to Colorado. Excerpt: "Microsoft has announced that it is teaming up with Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften to expand the reach of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). By partnering with the three major security firms, Microsoft is set to bring ATP to macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices. Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften will all feed threat detection information into one central resource, and this can then be used by security teams to keep an eye on all threats in a single location. While a trio of partnerships has just been announced, Microsoft says that this is just the start. There will be more strategic partnerships in future to help offer enhanced security for networks and install bases. Every device that is connected to Windows Defender ATP is assigned its own timeline, and it is possible to see event history going back six months. The article with all the info is here: https://betanews.com/2017/11/09/microsoft-atp-macos-linux-ios-android/ If you missed the new Microsoft Office malware post I put in Connecting on the road here is the link. This is a must read as the malware is easy to avoid if you read the article with easy screen shots here: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/russia-linked-fancy-bear-attacks-abuse-macro-less-ms-word-to-infect-pcs/
  13. Well said Linda. Well said Al, and I agree about Tesla. I did buy on IPO at $17 and several times more blocks at $22.5, one block at $135, and when I found I had 999 shares I bought one share at $300 just to make it easy to figure. and told everyone here about it when it was $22 a share back in 2010 to date. I am the one that loves keeping folks here up to date on their ventures because they are the company that broke the oil industry political dam, holding a sea change in our energy production and vehicle choices back. I can tell you this. If you voted against a living wage then you, not the minimum wage earners are to blame for many of the financial hardships we see in the youth, and older folks. I am frugal, and I am living well below my means just because I love the challenge of what I call "Guerilla Economics." I pay cash or payoff within a month or three if I had to take a loan to gain control of my property or vehicle at the right price. Which allows us to always make a profit, because we use sweat equity, not markets, to increase our real property and real holdings. We don't want more than the property we live on but had to liquidate the inherited property first which sold the day it was listed, for ten times what was paid twenty years ago. Al I agree, you "Buy on the rumor, Sell on the news." Usually. I am long Tesla because I already sold and took back my capital and a 20% profit, yet still had enough shares to total 1000 after 200 were inherited this past December. I expect to see Tesla merge with Space X at some point because of the savings in economies of scale, and the profit in LEO space based Internet alone will keep me even longer. If that happens buy buy buy. I will be. Most folks haven't a clue thinking all satellite Internet has the latency or time lag. They will see, sooner than later. With Tesla you could not buy on the rumor because they were privately held until two years after they sold out their entire first two year's worth of Roadster production, 2008-2009, with the buyers putting down ~$70k-$100k up front for a car no one had seen or driven yet. They went public in 2010. So we had to buy after the news in that case. Here in Louisiana the minimum wage is $7.25, $290 a week before taxes and Social Security are taken out. $1,160.00 a month before taxes and SS. That is about $13920.00 annual income before taxes. Just for my wife and me, even with our property paid for, as all our vehicles are, we could not buy food and fuel alone on that! Here are the minimum wages state by state: https://www.minimum-wage.org/wage-by-state In any discussion of first world nations, and citizen status within each, it is important to note that all but the US have socialized medicine, like Canada to our North, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Scandinavian countries etc. As well many have free higher education. Germany offers a free university education to anyone even from here. The room and board rates won't exceed here so it is a bargain. As well, the youngsters can get a broadened view of the world by living immersed in another culture and language of their choosing. Everyone speaks English there, but the courses may be in German. Here are the countries that currently offer free Higher education: https://www.deseretnews.com/top/1642/0/Countries-that-offer-free-higher-education-.html And here are the Here are the countries that offer Americans a free (or almost free) education . . . IN ENGLISH: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/10/29/7-countries-where-americans-can-study-at-universities-in-english-for-free-or-almost-free/?utm_term=.742a33ccb61e Educate the next generation and make mandatory military service for two years a requirement for all with no bone spur exemptions or the like, and the country would be unrecognizable in a generation. Retirement would be no more challenging than the college education was. We would still have the insane and the mentally handicapped which all first world nations take care of well, no excuses needed. But there will always be some who revel in looking down on others. I choose not. For all of us here there are choices. Those other first world nations will also transition to renewables and then to no jobs and the basic income system we know is coming with the rise of the machines more easily than the nations who scapegoat their poor while holding them in vicious almost unbreakable cycles of poverty. Between my military retirement, SS, and our property and investment holdings we've done alright. For the Vets out there the military is making moves to allow vets to use the Commissary and BX, both of which are tax free but the Commissary has a 5% surcharge to fund their own payroll and operations. I believe we will see the BX online for vets first. Al, I agree, it is not the illiterate who should be ashamed, but the folks who can read, and don't. (Cherry picking is even worse! Facts bite those poor folks every time.)
  14. Here's yet another attack using our own ignorance to infect you. Unless you click yes to the fake offer to open the rest of your document, it can't infect your system. This is another example of social engineering where there is a payload that only can attack if you invite it in out of ignorance. Because Windows is well armored against direct attacks like in the 1990s, today's attacks have to fool you into opening an infected file in an email or website. This is called social engineering, and is about the only way attackers can infect us these days if we keep all our software up to date, and let Windows Defender do its thing. This article is short and has screen shots of the attack trying to get you to open the malware payload data. Read it, as it is not techie gobbeldy gook but in plain language. This is a must read for anyone running Microsoft Office, or Libre Office/Open Office, and who opens Microsoft documents regularly. Excerpt: " A day after Trend Micro published its report about Fancy Bear, Microsoft posted an advisory explaining how Office users can protect themselves from such attacks. The easiest way to stay safe is to remain wary of unfamiliar messages that get displayed when opening a document. As SensePost first disclosed, before the DDE feature can be used, users will see a dialog box that looks something like the following: " The whole article with more screen shots of what to beware of, and related links is here: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/russia-linked-fancy-bear-attacks-abuse-macro-less-ms-word-to-infect-pcs/ Safe Computing!
  15. Dennis, Both of my units were bought refurbished and had no crapware on them save some games which I never play. So I don't know hat they come with new. I just load Malwarebytes, Office 2010 Home And Business and CCleaner. I do my uninstalls manually. I prefer to pick and choose. I always use Revo pro to check that all remnants of program are gone. F, big difference between my SP 3 & 4. SP = Surface Pro. Which is yours that you dislike.