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  1. It's simple. If everyone looked at this as war, and everyone wears masks period except at home. No BBQs with others, shut down all activities, and if folks won't wear a mask then initiate a curfew. I have zero sympathy with the lame excuses. Excerpt: "1. New Zealand On June 8, New Zealand announced that the last of its coronavirus patients had recovered with its health officials saying there were no active cases of Covid-19 in the country. The Pacific island nation reported just over 1500 corona patients including 22 who died. The country had enforced a strict lockdown for nearly seven weeks, in which most businesses were shut and everyone except essential workers had to stay at home. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced lifting of all coronavirus measures in the country from June 9, barring border closure restrictions." Source with the other 8 of nine countries who've beaten the virus in their country. Notice what and how and how long and enforcement level: https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/9-countries-including-new-zealand-are-now-covid-19-free-heres-the-list/ar-BB15gn9Q Get ready as the Sturgis group bikes back to every corner of our country.
  2. Thanks, that's why I asked. No harm no foul.
  3. Kirk, I'm confused by your response. What medical facts was I trying to change with that non political joke meme? I agree with Dr. Fauci and know that his recommendations are facts, and have nothing to do with how anyone votes. Please don't stir up the partisanship. I tell anyone who disagrees with the science to please show me their degrees and their years doing biomedical lab work. Or the links to peer reviewed professional's papers and recommendations. As well if one says they just know I ask them for the location of their laboratory so they can show their proof. I also don't go with just one doctor or scientist. I look for peer reviewed papers and discussions when I am looking for which doc is reporting real testing and findings not when I find two who disagree. People who say they have friends and relatives who said that same thing goes. If you want to mention yours or the politics of others, please feel free to email me for my phone number. Then we can cuss, discuss, but just not here against the SKPs rules. Thanks.
  4. I can't believe that the ULA is still launching using Putin's Russian RD-180 rocket engines and got these contracts! And instead of building their own rocket engines, or buying them from the worlds largest small rocket engine manufacturer, Space X, and soon to be the largest large engine maker too. Instead of building their own engines and vehicles like Musk and Space X did, they are using Jeff Bezos Blue Origin engines? Why not just use Space X until the ULA builds and tests and gets certified their own engines, or award the contracts directly to Blue Origin? So we will still have a dependency on Russia! Why not just use Blue Origin directly? We've seen that Boeing can't even do their old job of building jet planes without covering up problems leading to the crashes of their new 737s. So it makes sense they pretend to build rocket engines. Excerpt: "The firm fixed-price, indefinite delivery Phase Two contracts under the Pentagon's National Security Space Launch Services initiative are aimed at securing reliable, flexible and lower-cost access to space while ending the nation's reliance on the Russian RD-180 engine used in ULA's workhorse Atlas 5 rocket. During an afternoon Zoom briefing from the Pentagon, Roper said he could not discuss anything about the nature of the classified payloads that will be launched in the first three missions or which rockets will carry them. ULA is building a powerful, partially reusable new rocket, the Vulcan Centaur, that eventually will replace the company's Atlas 5 and Delta 4 boosters. The new rocket features Blue Origin's high-power BE-4 methane-oxygen engine in its first stage and a hydrogen-burning Aerojet Rocketdyne Centaur upper stage engine." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-united-launch-alliance-big-winners-in-pentagon-launch-contracts/
  5. Bill, I had to look that up never having heard of the Gram. Ten years ago I knew all the major models of each brand. Nice looking Ultrabook!
  6. Prudence. I was a professional Medical Laboratory Technologist for several years in the USAF, not a phlebotomist which is all most see who send it off but the guy who drew blood as only a small part of our tasks . I did all of the hematology, parasitology, chemistry, urinalysis, pathology, cultures identification of organisms and sensitivity testing to various antibiotics. And mush more. I also served as our hospital infection control officer and did agar plates on surfaces and then saw what was growing and where. Daniel Moynihan said once that: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts." Here are the facts about droplet and airborne infection vectors. 1. Covid19 is passed by droplet infection. It is passed from person to person from just talking within a few feet, six feet being the standard cited. That was vital to know if it was just droplet infection from talking. Good video here showing droplets: https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/video-shows-how-far-droplets-spray#:~:text=A speaker shows how droplets are released during,single human hair is about 90 microns across). Here is one that has specific recommendations for PPE. But at 18 minutes many won't watch out in the world due to mixing up pathogens with politics. Politics has no place here, nor in Covid19 discussions. My son and wife are entering civil service and will fly to Germany in September with their kids. All we can do is hope. They are both nurses and my DIL works with Covid19 ICU patient overflow. She is a surgical ICU nurse. My son is an ortho surgery and clinic nurse, both BSRNs. That was a 12 hour flight last time I flew it in the 90s many times while assigned there for seven years. Jet lag was a bitch. Our grand-kids ages 2 and 5, are now wearing masks outdoors and doing well. I stay home except for windshield tours with my wife in our new car just to break the monotony.and my wife does the food shopping, we do masks outdoors and since I wear hearing aids behind my ears, I even leave mine on in the car if I have a second stop to make because it is a pain to get the elastics around my ears just right where my receiving microphones aren't blocked by my glasses or elastics. So sometimes, since once it is on and situated right for my hearing, and is comfortable, I am too lazy to take it on and off. I always wore and wear a mask when mowing anyway so when folks walk by I am masked too. It is beneficial that we are new here and have only one friend here from SKPs we've met, and another staying in Denver and understands our no visits or visiting personal policies.
  7. My Surface Pro 7 finally updated last Wednesday as well as my other systems. Today the Surface Pro 4 got it. The Surface Go is the only one left. A couple of days ago I had a failed post 2004 small update and after several tries it installed. I had some issues from the 2004 update with my big 2720 AIO not opening MS Weather app, and my mouse clicks intermittently not working. That little update fixed all of the issues it had after installing 2004. My Go was designed for Windows X I think it was but I immediately switched it to Windows 10. So maybe it's their last priority.
  8. I've talked about Tesla and Starlink as investments along with Space X development here. OK now after several hundred miles owning and driving it, my Model Y gets more fun by the day. My back does not want the Model 3 and my savings account does not want the Model X. Here is a review from a guy who has a leased a Model X that will be returned in a couple of months, who bought the new Model Y and does an in depth video side by side comparison. For the three people interested here it is. I agree with him. But it is nice to hear it from a Model X owner.
  9. My 5000 shares in ACB turned into 416.67 shares. Worst investment of my life so far. However so was Tesla the first two years. But at least they did not split pro or con, and I had my 1000 shares. We don't lose money or make money until we sell, barring bankruptcy. Lots of folks would sell now and cut their losses. Of course it would have to sell at ~$105-110 for me to make a decent profit. Likelihood? Slim, not none. I remember waiting for TEsla to go to over $100 so I could take my money off the table and still have over 800 shares. I knew we had shares bought for us for an inheritance and it was more than 300 shares or so. If it makes it and the US goes full federal legal, and controls them only like liquor stores, I could see the tide turning.
  10. If I sold mine now I'd lose about $30k. So I'm holding. But if it becomes federally legal could be good. I'd hold off on Marijuana stocks for at least another few months. If I knew what I know now I would hold off. A good upcoming bet would be to look for Musk to spin off Starlink, his LEO Internet Satellite constellation to cover the globe with broadband initiative, and catch it on IPO. Things are going to get worse before they get better.
  11. Jordan, You do know I posted this old, outdated thread back in 2017?
  12. KIrk, I got that Cummins Ram label online too.You know I had all Ram Diesels from before full timing in 1997. That truck with good maintenance will last at least the 700k miles my old Cummins 92 1 ton long bed dually 12 valve did. If it were mine, a good after market higher pressure lift pump to be sure you don't burn up the injector pump and even have to replace the injectors. As I did on my 2004.5 last 3/4 ton. Just the lift pump. No mods or programming for me.
  13. If you mean charging while sleeping yes I suppose it does. You could do a hybrid. where most of your short trips are electric and only after 10,15, or 20 miles (don't get me lying, I am not hybrid edumacated) do they use fuel. There are a few new models coming out of every type of vehicle. I think we approached it as not telling you you can't, instead seeing every which way it could work for you. Like when I had to sell my full dresser bike because there was no way to carry it on my fiver or truck. Sometimes we can't, sometimes we won't, and sometimes we can. Paying for the charging at a park maybe? Sometimes we can't, sometimes we won't, and sometimes we can. I only know that if I don't ask, no one can ever say yes!
  14. I did not take it as criticism, was it?
  15. Joel, Diesel Light duty trucks or HDTs are not for everyone either. Add up the time just taking it in for service and maintenance, and going on chemical soaked concrete or with diesel fuel in the diesel lane. It's fine with me Joel whatever you prefer for you. It seems we are both tickled with our vehicles. I am anyway.
  16. I never drove more than 200 miles in a day full time RVing, always arrived by 2 pm without reservations (1997-2003,) and always stayed two days to have a day after arrival to explore the area. I called that the RV Roadie 2 X 2 X 2 rule. It worked for us. We had our dog with us and my wife with kidneys the size of lentils. We would take a break for lunch that was about an hour to walk the dog, stretch our legs, and if ewe had a Tesla chase car it would be fully charged. I am a disabled vet 30% with lumbar and cervical problems service connected and I will never drive 12-18 hours straight again like I did in my 20s, 30s, and 40s traveling around the world with the USAF. Two hours and break then two hours and camp worked great for us. Of course that was after the first year out when we did drive too long like we were on vacation and had to rush before we had to go back to work. That did take a year to get over and learn to travel as a full time RVr. Everywhere we went we got friendly harassment that at 45 we were too young to be retired and to go back to work! I did from boredom from Jan 2005- December 2009.
  17. Yes there is a charge KIrk. The best way it was described to me is that using the Superchargers is cheaper than having a gas or diesel to fuel for the same miles, and charging at home is even cheaper than Superchargers. There are some cars sold with lifetime free supercharger use, still honored even when that car is resold as used. The Superchargers are not for daily local use but on trips. Your car will navigate you to the next one if you ask it to. Once again there is a charge for charging. The Superchargers are the fastest giving a full charge in an hour from empty. Destination chargers, are slower because they are at places the user will stay at longer like zoos, sports stadiums, theme parks, marinas etc. At home my charger charges at 29-30 miles per hour. If I buy the Tesla wall charger for home at $750, it was $500 when I bought mine, I can charge at 50 miles per hour. I don't drive any car enough to warrant that expense. My totally full car has a range of 316 miles. I bought a new 2019 Subaru Forester in March 2019. Then moved here in May 2019 with my diesel Ram hauling a big trailer of stuff the movers don't take. I stayed here a week to help get boxes stacked and went back to sell the truck and house. I only had the Forester there and Lynn had the 2006 Subaru Baja here. The Forester was my only vehicle from May to Nov 1st when I got here for good after selling the house. I drove it here ~ 900 miles, and by March of this year I had less than 6k miles on it! If I drove the same that would have been ~15 charges in a year for my Tesla.
  18. Just stop at a Supercharger en route. If it's on a trailer. Or being driven.
  19. You guys did see this is a 2018 thread. I sure hope he decided one way or another two years ago. BTW, I would sell. I could have rented two properties with houses and great locations last year but we've been landlords before and will never do that again even if we were always there to fix up as needed. Never mind from afar on the road.
  20. Jim! OMG he was a treasure. He was the only military professional to serve in 5 wars.He died of COVID19 at 101 years old folks. We knew him well as he helped us from my retirement in 1998 all the way up to last year at the Barksdale Retiree office. Thanks Jim I missed that. He will be missed. https://www.arklatexhomepage.com/top-stories/retired-usaf-col-steve-depyssler-dies/ More search results about him Jim are here: https://www.bing.com/search?form=MOZLBR&pc=MOZI&q=Colonel+Steve+depyssler+dies
  21. Here's some more: Many can be ordered. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/393713192403093147/ It seems you want power and a reduction in size. These NUCs are amazing today. For custom case builds I would get a NUC (Next Unit of Computing) Here is a 10 Gen Intel i7 since you already have a monitor: https://www.gearbest.com/tv-box/pp_3009353822369349.html?wid=2000001#goodsDetail These can be ordered from US sources for a bit more and taxes added. They also are very economical with Xeon or Intel 10th gen i7 chipsets, or if you don't need the power i3 or i5 newer processors. I would not buy a power machine with no cooling fan as some NUCs are. It also holds both types of PCI-e SSDs, and also can hold a regular 2.5" SSD. I am giving an example only. This example uses a silent fan for cooling. I would NOT buy a NUC with an i7 or Xeon chipset with out a cooling fan. Gearbest is direct from China so takes 20-45 days to arrive. I have never had a problem with computer or tablet buys from them but they are not good for RVrs who travel, as opposed to snowbirds. I have had two mini PCs which are different than NUCs. No fans on the old one that died after 5 years, and my new one . My first actually was a Windows 8 that upgraded free to Windows 10. However it was 32 bit for which Microsoft is now dropping support. It had 4GB RAM 64 GB eMMC for 99 bucks and lasted 5 years and was fast enough for fun stuff. My current mini PC is this one: https://www.gearbest.com/mini-pc/pp_009643703831.html?wid=1433363 Its processor is this: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/95596/intel-celeron-processor-n3450-2m-cache-up-to-2-2-ghz.html not super fast or too slow but good for the living room TV with a Logitech K400 keyboard with built in touch-pad. It does get very warm and the bottom has to be clear for it to stay cool enough to run all day. But I knew it would never be for anything but watching online videos not covered by my Fire TV 4k stick on the back of both TVs. After the pandemic is done and I can sell all my old systems I'll get one of the i7 systems like above, a NUC with a silent cooling fan and room for both the NVME drives and a regular 2.5" slot for a 1 TB SSD later or ordered installed. All of them can be installed on the VESA wall mounts on the back of TVs and monitors. I have a quad HD glare free Acer 27" monitor https://www.amazon.com/Acer-K272HUL-Widescreen-Backlight-Refurbished/dp/B01N0LBFJ7/ref=pd_lpo_147_t_1/136-0309222-2430645?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N0LBFJ7&pd_rd_r=1d948902-8e4c-4355-9afd-d433ee826f1e&pd_rd_w=eHf6t&pd_rd_wg=S7NB2&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=8NEHZ6PNYHY26WP25N6D&psc=1&refRID=8NEHZ6PNYHY26WP25N6D that is not being used, but I like as much as my main quad HD XPS 2720 touch screen. Or use the 4k TV in your rig. Just showing small new mini NUCs and case options for your old Apple. There are many more options than some folks may be aware of today.
  22. Anybody else have the smallpox vaccination scar? About dime size. They used a double prong needle and stuck us repeatedly just into the skin until it was all delivered. Now that hurt and I wasn't BCG vaccination is done the same way, different disease.
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