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  • Dennis 09/29/2022 6:42 PM
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    Well, this must be embarrassing for the democrats…. The Army’s first openly transvestite officer and his/her “wife” were arrested and charged with…”attempting to pass sensitive medical information on high-ranking U.S. military officers to the Russian military”. Most likely won’t be the lead story in main stream media.
  • AC 09/29/2022 6:12 PM
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    blackjack22 Have you stopped to consider,,WHY they ‘being a certain’ part of the gober want to remove items from your (our) personal possession? Like Germany of old……..They once had them, then the gobers said oh,, you can not have them even for hunting or protecting your livestock. If you do not give them to us, we will take them by force, and they did over the dead bodies of those who were trying to obey the idiotic laws.
  • Desert 09/29/2022 5:57 PM
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    Latest prediction is that Charleston, SC, is going to get a direct hit sometime Friday.
  • AC 09/29/2022 4:28 PM
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    Listening to another channel and what does he disclose. That the CHINESE have a police force within our borders. Yes,, inside our nation. The state is of course NY. They have no business in this country, nor should they be allowed in this nation. If you wish to be controlled by a foreign entity, let this horse crap continue. Yes, I am peeved…..
  • 5.56_Patriot 09/29/2022 4:24 PM
    Ways To Signal For Help If You’re Lost Outdoors In The Wilderness
    Key to this whole discussion…DON’T GET LOST!
  • Mrs. U 09/29/2022 3:50 PM
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    We know they own Smithfield and Investing Magazine says China owns or has a huge share of Dairy Farmers of America, California Grapes and not to mention hotels, hard goods, pieces of our car companies/ 21% of Tesla, Spotify, Snap Chat, sports entities, 20% of M.D Anderson Cancer Medical Center, Uber, Fisher Price Toys and too many to list!!!!!!!!! This per above. I have not personally looked into all of these businesses. Trader Joes is now owned by Germany, Burger King by Canada and John Hancock, Ben and Jerry’s by England, 7-Eleven by Japan, Hellman’s by England, Purina by Japan and Firestone by Japan, American Apparel by Canada. It is almost impossible to keep all of the dollars in the USA anymore. I know, USA companies own businesses in other countries too.
  • blackjack22 09/29/2022 3:23 PM
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    Just watched Pinball prepper on YT and the segment was about the Chinese setting up police stations in other countries (the US has 1, in NY city, Canada has three, in Toronto). Have not heard of this before, they, are going to take us over a little bit at a time with the help of our ELECTED OFFICIALS (how much farmland, food processing places, do they own, or how much of this country do they own now might be a better question?).
  • Pitchfork 09/29/2022 3:03 PM
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    We got a blessing, just a little wind and rain here in north central Fl, knocked some limes/lemons off our trees. Worried about White Cracker, who often posted here, he is down where the storm came in.
  • AC 09/29/2022 2:23 PM
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    Mrs. U Have a nephew who was in an area that originally was not to be struck and of course the hurricane caught the place where he resides (Naples). He made it through the night and today. Have no idea how his business survived as he repairs computers. Keeping communication with him simple since I have no idea how long it will take his phone to charge up, or how he is charging it. Have seen photos of that area, what flipping mess. 😫
  • Mrs. U 09/29/2022 2:15 PM
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    FYI———-Portable Generators——-Report from Consumer Reports——-Tmac may disagree! :-) List is from the better to lesser although sometimes there was little difference. As always do your own research. This is just a parameter for thought. These are the 2500-4900 watts Champion——–201156 Craftsman——-030729 Dewalt———–DXGNR4000 Green Power GN5250DCS Honda———–EG4000CL Power Boss—–030755 Sportsman——806694 Will list the other wattages later.
  • Mrs. U 09/29/2022 1:53 PM
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    Hugs to our Floridian friends. Let us know when you can how you faired. What a mess.
  • Plainsmedic 09/29/2022 12:21 PM
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    Thanks for all the herbal info. I’m paying attention
  • Minerjim 09/29/2022 12:16 PM
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    TOJS, AC,GGM,MrsU, et al, Thank you for all the info. I’m trying to gather up a “toolbox” of natural antibiotics and antivirals for future use, to keep viruses/infections a bay. I’ll still use Phama meds for serious infections as needed. But will try to knock stuff out with naturals first. Thank you again!
  • 007 09/29/2022 11:50 AM
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    crow compound: i will try that. i believe u r correct on the hose’s. the generator is pushing 15 plus years or 20 plus. hopefully this weekend will get to it. thanks. i plan on ordering a new carb for just in case.
  • The Original Just Sayin' 09/29/2022 11:29 AM
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    MSB family,Lauren, Beer specifically can increase urinary output significantly,as little as 4 oz beer can prompt large amount fluid removal from body in ppl who have normal cardiac function. This does depend on adequate hydration and it can assist in flushing bacteria not attached to the urinary linings. UTI and URI’s are most often treated with the same medicines in pharma and in nature- effectively. This is something many MD’s are not aware of in re: to Herbals…they have not been indoctrinated in herbal use. One still needs to address underlaying medical condition.There are times when antibiotic in some form is required whether pharma or herbal… making the body slightly alkaline with baking soda can be used,(amount required for men and women is different according to my research so dig for health uses of baking soda and you should find valid information, by those who have tried it. As an adjunct. In addition so can cutting all carbs and sugars. Don’t feed bad bacteria, germs , growths,.., also they can not replicate.,.
  • Jade Man 09/29/2022 10:55 AM
    55 Gallon Drum Water Storage Barrel | How-to Clean & Store For Emergency
    I use two blue food grade barrels in the basement on steel four wheel barrel dollies. Easy to move around. The barrels came with hand pumps. Got the dollies online. I think at Grainger’s. Empty, sanitize and refill once a year; as Ken noted.
  • AC 09/29/2022 9:35 AM
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    DLS Reason I keep mine renewed, one never knows what will come at them. Since this one lives in the state of you got to have this or the other. I will keep mine renewed and the state can go bye-bye in my book.
  • Plainsmedic 09/29/2022 9:16 AM
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    Been watching some hurricane coverage. Comms is becoming a huge issue. Cell towers not working, etc. Phones with dead batteries, stuff like that. Many solutions for charging dead batteries. Cell towers? hmmmm I don’t think I could do that. There’s likely a lot of marine radios in all those boats. It’s truly an emergency, so any and all restrictions would be disregarded. These folks are having to deal with a once in a lifetime challenge. What a mess. A simple grid-down would do the same thing with comms. Our world is changing, so a grid-down is becoming more likely. I don’t want grid-down. We may get it anyway. Got to thinking about my antennae and how fragile they are up on the tower. Been working to rebuild the old antenna, so I can have a spare. It’s a several day process with painting/weather-proofing plywood pieces. A little tedious, but anyone could do this. I’m betting there are numerous folks digging out whatever radios they may have. Any radio comms would be far better than no comms at all. Lots of older retired folks in Florida. In my minds eye, I see old guys like me, digging out old CB radios and trying to get ’em going. “Now where did I stash that old antenna?” This particular comms-down will hopefully be a short term thing. What if it’s not short term? It’s not like you can order online. Just a thought.
  • Deep South 09/29/2022 9:16 AM
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    Quince sliced and boiled will produce a lot of pectin.
  • Lauren 09/29/2022 6:14 AM
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    Alcohols are acidic, and the bacteria that cause uti’s can’t survive easily in a highly acidic environment. This is also the logic behind using cranberry. Natural beers also have high levels of yeasts for probiotic support. I suspect this combination is behind the rumored use of beer.
  • GreatGrandMom 09/29/2022 4:00 AM
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    Minerjim, listening to coast/coast 2nite, Earl Mindell, RPh, Phd on with Norry, mentioned UTIs, said take cranberry concentrate capsules, avail. on amaz. $14.00, 12,600mg @ 100 count. Said juice sold commercially not pure, didn’t mention anything about beer, darn. Hope this helps.
  • Anony Mee 09/29/2022 2:03 AM
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    Stand my Ground, They turned green (unripe), small sour, and crab apples into pectin.
  • k-bay 09/29/2022 12:53 AM
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    ML, The Sino-Russian alliance is already formed and in place, months ago the held joint naval exercises off of Hawaii and they have been doing so for the last few weeks in the North Pacific. Yesterday’s sighting of a Russian and a Chinese ship in international waters off Alaska was only one report. A subsequent report had 2 other Chinese vessels with four Russian vessels. The pact was just solidified after the SCO talks in Azerbaijan last week.
  • Calirefugee 09/29/2022 12:15 AM
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    Reply to Dennis: Thanks for the review of the aftermarket magazine. My old eyes are having a bit of trouble with the iron sights. I was thinking of either peep rear and post front or a red dot on my 22 rifles. I have no such trouble yet with pistol sights yet.
  • Jyst Max 09/28/2022 11:53 PM
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    Boil down apple scraps to mush. Discard apple. Liquid is pectin. Apple’s would have been plentiful everywhere. They might have known about making gelatin from animals too. Nothing went to waste.
  • Just Max 09/28/2022 11:40 PM
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    Probably apples. Enough scraps supposed to have same effect.
  • crow compound 09/28/2022 11:38 PM
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    007, After being through a very similar situation I suggest the following: 1. If you can find them, replace ALL the hoses used in the fuel lines. Why? They are cheap and clog up with ‘stuff’ after being not used for a long period of time. 2. The ‘shellac’ that is created through idle usage is really nasty and will clog any/all of the circular tubes. It’s not really ‘shellac’, but close enough to call it that in a ‘nice’ manner. 3. Put about 1/4 cup of generic injector cleaner per gallon in the fuel tank, and run it for an hour for a week for a month. This will help in dissolving the ‘shellac’ in the carburetor. 4. Add about a pint of kerosene per gallon to the fuel tank and run it an hour per week. The main point being to thin out the ‘formulative additions’, AKA seasonal formulation changes, of the junk gasoline being produced currently. (“Currently” equating to the last 20-30 years.) As for the carburetor…..I would get one…..just to have a spare. Remember: One = None. I would, and have, spares for my generator. Especially those things the local places won’t have when the solid excrement impacts the rotating air motion creator.
  • Chuck 09/28/2022 11:32 PM
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    I think that the Nord Stream sabotage has the potential to bite us all in the ass.
  • Stand my Ground 09/28/2022 10:46 PM
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    What did the pioneers use instead of pectin
  • DLS 09/28/2022 9:52 PM
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    Listened to Tucker Carlson’s monolog regarding the NS1/2 pipeline sabotage and the potential economic consequences if things escalate and Russia severs the transatlantic internet cables. The internet is resilient and will likely reconfigure to restore US-Europe traffic, but there could still be much grief. With the US on the verge of a recession (or already in one) I don’t think it would take much to push the US into a new depression, which might eclipse the Great Depression. I’m not sure many of the modern American people, the coastal ‘Blues’ would handle a new depression all that well.
  • DLS 09/28/2022 9:40 PM
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    Just received my renewed US passport. Took ~6 weeks from when I dropped it in the mail until it came today, which is quicker than the 7-10 weeks turn around time in the US State Dept. FAQs, so kudos where they are due. Don’t have any plans to travel outside the US, but figure it is good to have a passport just in case.
  • DLS 09/28/2022 9:32 PM
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    Thanks for the comments Hornady’s Leverevolution rounds. I’ve read about them, but never tried them. Think I’ll give them a go.
  • PNW Sal 09/28/2022 9:18 PM
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    AC. It was on when I left the note. Which is now last night. You may be able to view on the coast to coast am web site. It was at the start of the broadcast. Don’t loose sleep tonight.
  • MamaLark 09/28/2022 9:14 PM
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    Was just reading an article about Jim Chanos saying everyone is missing the big story about the economic downturn in China. Also read a blog post prediction of the worst case scenario on Ukraine. Russia is driven to ally with China which eventually controls them and has access to Russia natural resources. People have been noodling on the cost benefit for Putin or Biden to have sabotaged. But what if it was China both distracting from their woes and trying to move this future Sino- Russian alliance to reality.
  • Deep South 09/28/2022 9:11 PM
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    Enclosed shed is not a necessity. Need to block the North wind in winter though.
  • k-bay 09/28/2022 8:14 PM
    Gallons Of Rainwater Collection From A Tarp (How-to Calculate)
    Idaho for one, if you didn’t register a pond on your property by the deadline, that pond is now the property of the state as is all rainwater as well.
  • Dennis 09/28/2022 8:13 PM
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    Minerjim, I’ve got an extra bolt handle/recoil spring/guide rod (they are one unit). I replaced it with an aftermarket extended bolt handle unit some time back. I may tackle that if this bolt block doesn’t satisfy my needs.
  • Minerjim 09/28/2022 7:50 PM
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    Dennis, That $12 after market fix might be worth a try. Wish I had time to play around with firearms, hopefully when I retire in a few years. If you do mess with the bolt return spring, I would keep the same length spring and wrap spacing but go with a finer wire diameter, this will give you just a wee bit less resistance and allow the bolt to cycle. You can find springs at Brownell’s, or really get into it and wind your own.
  • Dennis 09/28/2022 7:00 PM
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    Minerjim, I’ve been wargaming this in my mind and have done some research on the subject. In my mind, weakening or shortening the springs (the only option since no weaker aftermarket springs are available) would be iffy as they may then lack the power to successfully return to battery. (that, and the recoil spring is a captured spring that I imagine would be a booger to deal with just to play around) Another, more sure solution, would be a significantly lighter bolt. Volquartsen has tackled this problem by producing a kit that includes their own lighter (hybrid steel and aluminum) bolt and shorts magazine…selling for just shy of $300. Too rich for my blood since my goal is being able to use shorts for squirrel hunting with this gun (that, and I’m a world class piddler) so rendering it a single shot is OK with me. Another option is to immobilize the bolt to prevent any cycling at all. The same dealer I bought the magazine through offers a solution for that…a steel plate with magnets that attaches between the bolt handle and the rear of the ejection port preventing any movement of the bolt. It costs $10.95 plus $1 shipping. May be the answer, may be more aggravation than it’s worth…we’ll see, I’m about to order one tonight. I think enough people are interested in the results to warrant me continuing in this endeavor (I would do it anyways…because, like I say, I’m a piddler)
  • Chipmunk 09/28/2022 6:29 PM
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    Pitchfork Been watching the radar, and it does look like that hurricane has been parked in mostly the same place most of the day. I hope folks come through it okay.
  • 007 09/28/2022 6:21 PM
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    minerjim, yes will also check that also, thanks, hadn’t thought about that.
  • 007 09/28/2022 6:20 PM
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    mamalark, i believe the carb is not plastic, only the choke lever that u move from run to choke. i might try to take it apart after i check the lines to be sure fuel is going thru them.
  • 007 09/28/2022 6:17 PM
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    ac: i will check those lines to be sure fuel is going thru. like u, i am not a mechanic with limited knowledge but i try.
  • Minerjim 09/28/2022 6:16 PM
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    007, I don’t know if this generator has any carburetor “vent” lines open to the air, but…..check that none of those damned leaf cutter bees hasn’t plugged it with eggs and leaf crap. I seem to go through this every year with my atv and other gas engines around here.
  • MamaLark 09/28/2022 6:11 PM
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    If you can get it at a reasonable price, do it. The sellers of our new place made some unreasonable demands in a counter offer. We tried to get them to accept a higher price and kick in their small tractor. They accepted our lower price and no on the tractor. We’ve had so many instances where we wished we had one.
  • Minerjim 09/28/2022 6:11 PM
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    Dennis, Interesting. Couple of thoughts. If the rifle was not perfectly cleaned (as in just cleaned) this might provide enough friction for it not to cycle. Secondly, I wonder if a lighter bolt spring would make a difference. Is it adjustable?( sorry I don’t know this rifle model). A lighter spring might allow it to cycle fully at the cost of slower cycle time. Just my thoughts on what I might try to get it working 100% of the time. Good luck, I’m sure by tomorrow you will report back you’ve sorted it out.
  • MamaLark 09/28/2022 6:04 PM
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    DH worked on these awhile ago in warranty. 1st make sure the gasket between the engine and carburetor is intact. If it’s a plastic carburetor, replace it. If it’s not plastic, you can blow it out and/or clean it with solvent. But he thinks you’re definitely on the right track.
  • Dennis 09/28/2022 5:59 PM
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    NRP & Blue, I haven’t tried any standard .22 longs, but have tried the CB longs. They feed fine and don’t try to eject at all, no failure to eject completely, just no attempt to eject at all. With them, it’s just a matter of working the bolt manually after each shot. I’ve accumulated quite a few .22 rimfire of all sorts, from the .22 shorts to the hypervelocity offerings. Now I’m experimenting to see what I can run in the 10/22.
  • NRP & Blue 09/28/2022 5:43 PM
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    Dennis: Have you tried 22 “Long” in the 10-22. Mine seems to work well with the longs, about like yours with the ” Short”.
  • AC 09/28/2022 5:42 PM
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    007 Sounds like a good replacement for this generator. Have you check all the lines on this unit make sure you do not have a bad hose along with the possibility of the carburetor. Reason I ask this question is because I am not a mechanic but a darn good diviner. This is what I am coming up with–jic.
  • Dennis 09/28/2022 5:26 PM
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    OK, for those who might be interested, I took delivery of the .22 short magazine for the 10/22. I’m just in from testing it on my range with the following observations. The magazine does what it’s advertised to do…it feeds shorts into the chamber flawlessly. The problems after that are not the magazine’s fault. The 10/22 (like all .22 semi-auto rimfires) is a blowback action, depending on the expanding gases to push the bolt rearward far enough to eject the spent cartridge, reset the hammer, and strip another cartridge out of the magazine and into the chamber. The CCI 27 grain hollow points I was using for the testing proved to be just shy of having enough blowback to accomplishing that. Surprisingly, out of the 40 or so rounds I fired, about 1/3 actually cycled the bolt, allowing me to fire two or three shots in a row. About two out of three would either stove pipe (fail to eject the spent cartridge and trap it between the bolt face and the barrel. Sometimes it would “double feed” (feed a live round partially into the chamber and the spent round failing to eject completely and preventing the bolt from going into battery). These malfunctions were easily cleared by easing the bolt back slowly until the spent round could fall free by gravity as you hold the rifle with the ejection port down. The magazine itself is genuine Ruger factory mag that has been modified to have a longer feed ramp in order to guide the shorts into the chamber and it does that well. It cost me $29.50 + $2 shipping off eBay. Since standard factory mags are only about $10 less and these can be disassembled to remove the extended ramp, returning it to original factory specs if you want, I think it’s worth the price.
  • 007 09/28/2022 5:15 PM
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    generator question, i have coleman powermate 1850 generator 15 plus years old. tried to start it other day and will only run for few seconds. gas in it, oil full, spark plug looks ok. i think there is a carburetor on ebay for this model am thinking of getting it and putting new one on it. any ideas if could be something else?
  • Minerjim 09/28/2022 4:24 PM
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    Lauren, A small tractor can be a real blessing as we get older. Sounds like this one could be one of those “sleeper” deals, and would be good to have for your new acreage. Diesel has the added fire safety factor over gasoline, but as SD Man said, you have to think about summer & over-winter fuel blends. Worth it though, you could always run bio-diesel part of the year also. Just my 2 cents.
  • Rosie 09/28/2022 3:41 PM
    55 Gallon Drum Water Storage Barrel | How-to Clean & Store For Emergency
    I have invested in some restaurant “dunnage racks”. They are used to keep boxes, bags of food off of the concrete floor. They are either metal or some kind of composite plastic designed to hold 50 pound bags of potatoes (etc). I’ve stacked my 5 gallon stackable water storage on them. You can use “dunnage racks” as a search item on Amazon dot com. My local restaurant supply sometimes has them as well.
  • Mr. Ree 09/28/2022 3:41 PM
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    I agree with you 1000%…. We have been taken over. The U$D is the weapon they are using against us. My understanding is that a significant percentage of all printed U$ currency is being held by foreign governments AND foreign corporations. That said; they have no stipulations against using those dollars as a weapon against us…. Which makes about as much sense as a screen door on a submarine. I could continue with this rant, but I’d get more p!ssed, you’d get more p!ssed, and it’s too early in the day to start drinking…,.., ALBEIT; as Jimmy Buffet sings, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”…..
  • SDman 09/28/2022 1:47 PM
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    Regardless if gas or diesel, block heater will be a blessing. If diesel, don’t forget to run #1 with some pretreatment to prevent gelling.
  • AC 09/28/2022 1:41 PM
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    Mrs. U Thank you, will take a look at the news article.
  • AC 09/28/2022 1:39 PM
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    This apparently has scared the crap of a few who purchase PM’s as the price is up this morning. All of them. Last evening before bedtime they were down in the red except platinum I do believe. It was not doing great, but it was not down that much. Happened to be in the store where PM’s are sold looking to purchase presents for the babies for gifts. A guy that reminded me of dh was in there converting paper into metals. A lot of paper for such materials, not sure which one he was collecting but they had to let him know part of it was do the next day. They were sold out, which means they had a run on these metals. It could have been the price or just getting rid of paper for something tangible. 🤔
  • AC 09/28/2022 1:23 PM
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    PNW Sal If I can stay awake, I will be turned into his show. I thought growing up under the Cuban missile crisis as a kid was scary this horse pucky is worse. The family has no idea what could be coming to their doorstep (per say). Oldest sister’s hubby does as he happened to be out of the military when this happened. Mine went through it and we talked about how he had to prepare his locked to be sent home to his mom.
  • Mrs. U 09/28/2022 1:20 PM
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    Tucker had a really interesting take on the Nord Pipeline explosion. I Highly Suggest for everyone to watch it. Can be seen on utube/fox news. Yes has for real video of Biden saying just that and another person too. Do not recall their name.
  • Anony Mee 09/28/2022 12:38 PM
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    Tmac, This past weekend was Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s New Year. They’ve been busy in their own region lately bringing a gas field on-line, dealing with our admin re the Iran nuclear deal, addressing a deteriorating security situation, and participating in UNGA. Media only focuses on them when the pro-regressive anti-Semites get going. Talib tried to start something the other day but it fell off the radar in less than a cycle. Besides, the war, the hurricane, and the mid-terms are taking up all the air in the room.
  • Anony Mee 09/28/2022 12:28 PM
    Gallons Of Rainwater Collection From A Tarp (How-to Calculate)
    BamaMan, Rainwater harvesting rules vary from state to state, county to county, and municipality to municipality. Folks need to look up their own.
  • Dennis 09/28/2022 12:21 PM
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    Plainsmedic, Try this on the radio that speaks Chinese. Turn the radio on, press the “menu” key. Then press the up or down button until you come to menu item 14 (VOICE). Press the menu key again. The screen should display the language programmed (Chi, Eng, etc.). Press up/down button until Eng is displayed. Press the menu button again to confirm the change, don’t touch any buttons after, the radio will then reset and return to frequency mode. Hope this helps. It takes a little practice. You can’t tarry long between steps since the radio will time out after about 10 seconds after each input. If it does, just press the menu key and start over.
  • aka 09/28/2022 11:43 AM
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    I believe that they were kicked out of the swift system so even if they wanted to take dollars they can’t.
  • Kulafarmer 09/28/2022 11:39 AM
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    You wont regret it, will free up time otherwise spent toiling on all manner of chores
  • Plainsmedic 09/28/2022 11:37 AM
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    Dennis, I have renewed respect for your radio talents, especially with the baofengs. I have several of these little radios 5r. Was manually programing a couple of new ones. One went just fine. The other simply wouldn’t program. The radio ‘voice’ was speaking chinese? korean? Anyway, got pretty frustrated before laughing at myself. I have a ham friend with the cloning stuff all figured out. Think I’ll take the lot of them to him. It’ll make his day and he’ll get to laugh at me, again. Oh well, I helped him with an antenna so it all works out. Just trying to get all these little radios the ‘same.’ A great price for these little radios, but programming can be a PITA. Hams really are a helpful group of people.
  • Kulafarmer 09/28/2022 11:36 AM
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    Good sign for generator sales though!
  • Left Coast 09/28/2022 11:25 AM
    55 Gallon Drum Water Storage Barrel | How-to Clean & Store For Emergency
    Myself I use 2-liter soda bottles filled with distilled water that I distill myself. They are easy to work with and move around giving the dogs water, watering the plants, and making the morning coffee. I know the water inside has no chemicals in it (fluoride). I filter water for drinking Using my Berkey. The clear plastic and glass bottles can also be placed in the sun to kill any bacteria that may develop. My main water source is a well that we use on a daily basis for the natural minerals it has.
  • BamaMan 09/28/2022 10:57 AM
    Gallons Of Rainwater Collection From A Tarp (How-to Calculate)
    Illegal to harvest rainwater is a new one to me. What about those who build a small pond that collect runoff water? My garden absorbs more water than grass or a driveway? Sounds like a “law” that has not been challenged. Water should fall under mineral rights and most all landowners have that.
  • Lauren 09/28/2022 10:39 AM
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    Thanks. I haven’t seen it yet. It’s apparently less than 5 years old and been used at most half a dozen times.
  • Lauren 09/28/2022 10:33 AM
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    Now that I have a truck for towing, it’s a viable purchase. It won’t mess with my long term plans, I just hadn’t budgeted for it. Financially no worries. Maintenance I can learn, and if it doesn’t need an enclosed shed I have a place for it. I could put it in the enclosed garage, but not sure that would work for various reasons. A possibility if necessary. The other is the shed where the previous owners kept their 4×4’s, open on one side.
  • Lauren 09/28/2022 10:22 AM
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    No, woodchips ate for mulch and gardens.
  • Tmac 09/28/2022 10:05 AM
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    Jordan Steele on Twitter has pictures are showing Tampa Bay being sucked dry right now. That’s a really bad sign, I think.
  • SDman 09/28/2022 9:46 AM
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    Sillage – dang autocorrect
  • SDman 09/28/2022 9:44 AM
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    Lauren – haven’t been keeping up on the string regarding wood chips, but assume for heating? If not, ignore the following. Some thoughts – type of wood, moisture content and storage. Most chips are done green from an arborist. Piling will not allow dry out which affects burn as well as content of the pile (think village), thus rot. Unless they are dry, seasoned and you’ve got covered storage, I’d stay away. Realist is correct on the tractor MWFD. If you can swing it financially, it will make life easier in the long run on many fronts.
  • Realist 09/28/2022 9:23 AM
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    Lauren don’t know your situation, or type of land hills pastures etc. my experience over the last several decades, is buy a 4 wheel drive tractor (two wheel drive are too easy to get stuck), mid range horsepower and hopefully a front loader because when you use a bigger brush hog there is a weight offset needed( if no loader you may have to add weights to the front). Diesel, because they are much more efficient and you can also attach a pto generator for standby power. Hope that helps
  • Deep South 09/28/2022 9:22 AM
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    Lauren, If you can swing it without hurting yourself financially this would be a good purchase. Even if you only use it a few months and then resell all or just the equipment you don’t need it would be a good deal. Now do you have a shed to park it in? Can you do the basic maintenance? The big question is can you purchase without putting yourself in a real bind? Good luck!
  • Realist 09/28/2022 9:15 AM
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    I use ammonia full strength, remember it’s a cleaner, plus little suds if you use clear ammonia only not scented, it will sanitize and after rinsing and allow a day to dry the container will have a clean smell and is ready to use. Don’t like any type of detergent as it’s harder to get the suds out.
  • Tmac 09/28/2022 8:48 AM
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    Correct me if I mis-remembered, but didn’t Russia recently announce that all energy purchases shall be made in Rubles? That is a threat to the US dollar, right? Well, now Russia can’t sell energy to the west. Random thinking. — FML this hurricane is making landfall right now and I have knock-out oral surgery scheduled this morning. I should go home, but I can’t. I was there until 20.30 last night processing desperate email and text messages from Floridians. All my staff left by 17.00. I’ll try the heavy duty pain drugs. Of all the luck and timing.
  • Pitchfork 09/28/2022 8:41 AM
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    Hurricane report: 155 mph winds, slow moving @ 10 mph. Looks like Ft. Meyers will get it first. Hurricane humor: “Why do hurricanes always have a northward direction from Florida? Because Georgia sucks!”
  • Dr. Spencer 09/28/2022 6:10 AM
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    Not true at all.
  • Lauren 09/28/2022 6:09 AM
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    I now have a truck. That will make things easier. I have a source for woodchips (the phrase was “I can get you five truckloads, or 500.”) My current dilemma is, do I invest in a nearly new tractor (including trailer, bush hog and a bunch of other stuff for considerably less than half price) even though it isn’t in the budget? I’m torn. I don’t know if he’ll even want to sell it to me. BIL’s uncle, selling his place so he needs to get rid of everything. I suppose I could resell if I don’t use it enough to jusyify the cost. But it would help a lot in structuring my property.
  • PNW Sal 09/28/2022 1:29 AM
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    So Cal and all. Coast to coast is talking about this tonight.
  • Kulafarmer 09/28/2022 1:13 AM
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    Tmac, I think these boobs are underestimating Russia, me thinks payback will be a beehatch
  • AC 09/28/2022 12:04 AM
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    Tmac Believe it’s because of their new leader for that nation. If I had known this last evening, I could have asked someone who would have the answers to that question. Now I will have to wait until the next phone call, and it may be a few days. Will try to remember to ask that person who ‘shall remain-nameless’. ‘IF’ I am allowed to post it I shall, otherwise…..
  • Tmac 09/27/2022 11:52 PM
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    I still want to know where is Israel in all of this current mess. We don’t hear a peep out of them anymore. They’ve been sticking their nose into every world change since I’ve been alive, typically by arming their side and “providing humanitarian relief” to the victims. I’m not hating on anyone here, I just find their total silence unusual and disturbing.
  • aka 09/27/2022 11:31 PM
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    Tucker Carlson played some clips of Biden and his administration actually saying that if Russia went into Ukraine that Nordstrom would be taken down. Biden seemed to very sure that it would happen and would be no trouble at all to do so.
  • Minerjim 09/27/2022 11:07 PM
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    DLS, Naw, the “Treinte y Treinte” will never go out of style. The newer “leverevolution” plastic tipped bullets are amazing, increasing speed and range, as well as stopping power on game.
  • AC 09/27/2022 11:00 PM
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    DJ5280 Amazing that both parcels of land purchased (cough-cough) by Chinese businesses happened to be ‘right’ next to military bases. Not to be snide but it does not take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. gheez..😣
  • DLS 09/27/2022 9:58 PM
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    Thank you. With ARs and AKs getting all the attention I sometimes get to feeling out of date.
  • DLS 09/27/2022 9:57 PM
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    Thank you.
  • ColorMeSkeptical 09/27/2022 8:56 PM
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    Well, fishy business going on. Nord Stream has ‘problems’ today and now a new pipeline, the Baltic Pipe, is completed ahead of schedule. and can now start delivering Norwegian gas to Poland- as of this weekend!
  • DJ5280 09/27/2022 8:17 PM
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    Just Max, every year I plant a few small sweet potatoes in a pot and overwinter them in my greenhouse. (You could also keep them in the house in a sunny window). Treat it like a houseplant. It will grow and send out beautiful vines. Every spring I cut the vines into 6-8 inch pieces and root in water. These become my sweet potato “slips” to plant when they have good root systems. Another thing to consider is which ‘variety’ of sweet potato you planted. Some never do get very big and remain slender tubers. Others keep growing until harvest, and we’ve grown some monsters. As large as footballs. Experiment. Plant some tubers in pots (don’t crowd them 1-2 per pot and I mean like a 6-8-inch clay pot), and then cut some of your current vines from the plants and root those in water now – planting in pots when they have good root systems. Overwinter in the house or a greenhouse. See how they do. Good luck!
  • SDman 09/27/2022 8:12 PM
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    Adam (WY) – my gut response is no, it will not survive. All depends on rate of freeze. My biggest concern would be the restriction via the cage as well as the valve, drain point. Many a 5gallon bucket or feed tub has not survived winters here in SD. Stock tanks are different material than IBC totes, thus made for the freeze/thaw expansion.
  • DJ5280 09/27/2022 8:08 PM
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    ….and to be completed by 2030.
  • DJ5280 09/27/2022 8:06 PM
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    Mr. Ree, and didn’t China already do this (buy land) near a Texas airbase? Was it last year?
  • Adam (Wyoming) 09/27/2022 5:42 PM
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    Thanks for the replies, we have redundant water stores in our house. I was just planning on letting the tote freeze in the shop, I just don’t want it to crack and flood in spring. Will they hold up to freezing with enough headspace?
  • cliffhanger 09/27/2022 5:34 PM
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    Adam, I have stored two 55 gallon plastic barrels for emergency water in a unheated garage with temperatures down to -18 C. I built what looks like a over sturdy work bench 16″ high and as wide and long as two barrels. On top of bench holes were cut out under centers of each barrel the diameter of a # 10 can which is then slide into hole, flush with bench top and roofing nails used to secure . Cans have both ends cut out and make a nice chimney for 60 watt incandescent light bulbs to be mounted inside cans. You are using the heat not the light. 3 to 4 inches space left between bulb top and barrel bottom. Kept water ice free all winter now for 22 winters. I also throw a old heavy comforter over the barrels. Don’t know if it’s necessary but can’t but help keep heat in.
  • scout 09/27/2022 5:12 PM
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    Adam, one thing i can tell you is that no matter how well you have something insulated is that if it gets cold enough for long enough it will freeze without a source of heat. a stock tank heater on a timer may work. good luck