Politics, Trump, Supreme Court, Jan 6 Committee 

> Supreme Court clears the way for House to get Trump White House documents. cnn.com/2022/01/19/politics/su

Here's hoping this is 'brown trousers' time for Trump. Especially if any of these papers directly tie the White House to either Jan 6 planning or the various 'forged' slates of electors from seven states.

Given the way they fought so hard to suppress this evidence on such flimsy grounds, you would tend to think there is SOMETHING there…

Politics, Republicans, Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud 

Follow-up:

> Biden: The GOP epiphany I predicted didn't come. The president ran on his ability to reach across the aisle. Now he's squarely blaming Republicans.

Key quote:

> “I did not anticipate that there would be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn’t get anything done,” Biden said. “Think about this: What are Republicans for? What are they for?”

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Politics, Republicans, Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud 

> Here's why a top GOP recruit didn't want any part of the Senate. cnn.com/2022/01/18/politics/ch

TL;DR: This is about why Chris Sununu bailed from a Senate run after talking to GOP Senators. The key quote?

> "They were all, for the most part, content with the speed at which they weren't doing anything. It was very clear that we just have to hold the line for two years. OK, so I'm just going to be a roadblock for two years. That's not what I do."

Order your rapid tests from the USPS.

> Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com.

special.usps.com/testkits

It's not like the real estate market isn't aware of sea rise either. My own review of low-lying 'ocean-front' properties for sale indicates price drops in areas I've been watching on the US West Coast and a couple of places in South America. (For example, Ocean Shores WA and Salinas Ecuador; both of which are built on sand bars.)

I don't have any statistical information on this, although I do think someone should do a study. (Most likely someone is or has, and I'm unaware of it.)

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> Indonesia names new capital, approving shift from Jakarta. cnn.com/travel/article/indones

They buried the lede on this one: Indonesia is making this move due to slowly inundating Jakarta. Expect more of this, since many important cities around the world – including in the USA – are only feet above current sea level.

As I keep saying, invest in earth-moving equipment and dike design – because some fool is going to try to save Miami.

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Ways to have fun with your roommate who drinks too much and passes out on the couch:

1. Carry the couch outside and leave him on the sidewalk

2. Get a manikin, a chain saw, and a hockey mask; spray with ketchup for blood drops; set up over the couch where it's the first thing he sees when he wakes up

3. Simply turn the couch around to face the wall and hope he has to pee really bad when he wakes up

4. Move; take everything with you except the couch

Other than family, I think the longest continuous emotional relationship I've ever had is with playing .

It's kind of one-sided really. I mean, a guitar is wood and steel. I'm not going anywhere woo-woo with you on this.

But, I *am* talking about an emotional relationship; and perhaps the most pure one I have ever experienced. All others are packed full of caveats and don't forget thats and what ifs.

But, with the guitar, I'm long over all of that. And it's always there for me…

Politics, Filibuster 

Why would ANYONE think protecting the Senate filibuster rule will avoid future problems should the Republicans once again have the upper hand?

After all, Senate Republicans have already shown a complete willingness to abandon previous norms and rules when it suits them. (Supreme Court nominations, for example.) Why wouldn't they also kill the filibuster themselves if given a chance?

> The Math Behind False Positives and False Negatives. What are sensitivity and specificity, anyway? slate.com/technology/2022/01/r

TL;DR: Current rapid test technology results in zero false positives, but do have some problems with false negatives. The false negative rate depends on the variant, so there is no one answer. Plus, at this time we don't know the false negative rate for the Omicron variant.

Finally home after a nearly four hour drive in the dark with pouring rain. I'm exhausted.

My father was hospitalized on Sunday, so I drove down to stay with my mother – who is quite frail and legally blind – until my middle sister could get back from a business trip. (And recover a bit, I stayed an extra day so she could get a solid night's sleep.)

All-in-all it's been stressful and difficult. Plus I have a other family and some friends who are separately going through awful shit right now… 😟

> 'Off the charts': Weather disasters have cost the US $750 billion over past 5 years. cnn.com/2022/01/10/weather/202

They didn't exactly bury the lede with this article, but scroll down halfway to see the chart showing the costs of weather disasters over the last 40 years.

Yeah… If you normalized across years you'd pretty much see the classic hockey-stick chart/asymptotic curve.

On the current OSS controversy.

1. Stop assuming infrastructure code is produced by library elves for free and pay people to build and maintain it.

2. Hold jerks accountable for their behavior

#tw

RIP Jane Hawkins – a friend for a quarter of a century and one of the most formidable women I've ever known.

Jane was there for us when my wife was dying, just as she was there for others. Now she has gone on to what her father called, "The next adventure."

I will miss her.

Update: The WASDOT [correct acronym] snowplow came by and not only scooped the logs off the end of my driveway, they cleared it back away from the road a bit.

So, thanks WASDOT! I cleared off the rest of my driveway and now I can get in and out if I need to.

Of course, it took all day to get here; it's getting dark and I still need to haul in firewood. I had made plans to do other things, but sometimes the world gets in the way and says, "Nope. You are doing THIS today."

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So I called up the Washington State Department of Transportation to complain. Called, fully expecting to run into an impenetrable phone menu tree and a frustrating time getting through to a real human being able to do something about it.

Except it turned out to be a really nice customer service interaction. The phone number was answered by a real person who immediately connected me to the right person and that person was pleasant and happy to help.

So, kudos to the WA DOT!

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