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Open thread 10/27/23

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  • ghostsniper October 27, 2023, 9:01 AM


    • ghostsniper October 28, 2023, 1:03 PM

      57 days

  • ghostsniper October 27, 2023, 12:22 PM

    Imagine, some big dood grabs you and drags you to the crumbling edge of a 3000 foot cliff.
    Your hands are tied behind your back.
    There you stand, with him right behind you, preventing you from backing up.
    You can feel the loose gravel shifting under your feet, causing you to slide forward.
    Inch by inch, ever closer to the edge.
    With each breath, with each nervous tremble, you slide.
    The big dood is constantly mocking you, insulting you, lying to you, laughing at you, poking you in the back, slapping you on the back of the head, kicking the backs of your knees.

    Your eyes are frantically searching for a way to remove yourself from this situation.
    But there is no way in sight.
    Your brain is running in overtime trying to find a way.
    There is none.
    You have only hope, but even that seems slim to none.
    The only solace is to close your eyes.

  • ghostsniper October 28, 2023, 8:23 AM

    From Vox:

    The “new” foreign policy of the newly elected Republican Speaker of the House

    “We can’t allow Putin to prevail in Ukraine”

    US “boots on the ground” may be required to “stand with Israel”

    Supports Israel directly attacking Iran

    Russia, China, and Iran are “the new Axis of Evil”

    The longer Clown World rules, the more observably retarded it becomes.

  • Joe Krill October 28, 2023, 8:30 AM

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss”


  • Anne October 28, 2023, 9:10 AM

    Excuse me–“boots on the ground”? Where the heck is he gonna get the fools to fill those boots?

    Second item: It has occurred to some of us here that our time under Gerard’s banner is running out. We should organize and get serious about upholding the traditions and perhaps if we are lucky be able to extend for another year. Here is my plan:
    Casey: at least once a week you post a photo of a good piece of art
    JW: How about some sculpture once a week?
    Ghost: Would you contribute at least one piece of great architecture with summary of why it is important?
    AL: I will do two poems a week, or a small essay or literary piece from the past.
    We should all try to post good humor (irony) and of course, we could all still post our own thoughts and choices. I just think we need to start with a small commitment that will keep this site alive.

    Third item for today: do you know about this guy? What are your thoughts?


    • jd October 28, 2023, 9:56 AM

      A very wise man, strong in his convictions and brave in their execution.

    • ghostsniper October 28, 2023, 12:36 PM

      I have mixed thoughts on the Rinella piece.
      His kids have exposure to “spent condoms” in NYC?

      Lugging tons of killed caribou back to camp at age 10?
      Potentially good and bad.
      I’d have to get the kids take on it.

      No mention of how Rinella’s wife thought about these incidents.

      Lemme give a corollary.
      Maybe it’s only normal for a dad to want his kid(s) to follow in his footsteps.
      My dad did that, somewhat successfully, with me.
      I tried that with our son, not so successfully.

      When our son was about 10 I installed the AutoCAD CAD program on his computer and wrote on paper a list of the most common commands and I gave him a series of exercises to utilize and become familiar with those commands, along with the supporting ideas behind the reasons why.

      After a few weeks I gave my son some things to do in AutoCAD that would be used in an actual project for a client. That went fine, and we did it again on another project and that went fine as well.

      Half of the work I do is checking that the construction drawings I provide are accurate. Everybody makes mistakes and I am no exception but I have created methods along the way that sort of “self correct” or “self alarm” where things might go wrong. Face it, building are huge projects with thousands of little features any of which can slide under the radar sweep only to crop up later in the project and bit you in the ass.

      I approach ever project the same way, with small manageable bites that eventually cause a project of thousands of bites to be completed, as long as each and every bite is chewed properly.

      After a few weeks of doing small parts of larger projects our son worked on the structural foundation details to a large 4 story custom home that would be built on an island. I had outlined detailed instructions on what to do and provided reference drawings for him to follow. He finished his parts, I finished the project, the client received the construction documents and everything moved along as expected.

      A month or so later the client asked me a question about the structural aspects of the projects and what he asked did not seem familiar to me. I didn’t do THAT set of details, my son had, so I didn’t have any memories of those details. I looked the drawings over and indeed there was a problem and I couldn’t figure out why. There were a note about 1″ x 14″ galvanized connection bolts with nuts and washers “hanging in mid air” next to some 14″ x 14″ tapered pressure treated wood driven pilings. WTF? That little note was where it shouldn’t be and not where it should have been. As it was, the drawings would have produced a failed structure. Left to its own devices, the erred drawings would have failed, the building would have failed, and people and materials could have been lost.

      Not considering the bigger picture, and succumbing to the pressures of a business man and designer, I blew up on my son and almost brought him to tears. I demanded him to tell me why he put that note on the plan where he did. He had no memory of doing so. To me, that was admission that he didn’t understand the larger picture and therefore was incapable of what I was expecting of him.

      The next day, after calming down and thinking things through I approached my son. I now had 2 things to correct. The construction project. And him. I told him that, while I didn’t understand why he did what he did, I do understand that he is only 10 and unable to understand the entire nature of the work he was working on and that it was my fault to give him more responsibility than he could handle. Our son, almost weeping, told me he didn’t understand the stuff I was expecting of him and he just didn’t like any of it.

      Our son, my legacy, did not like the work of my life’s effort.
      I was a beaten man.
      You know that feeling when you bite off a piece of steak thats too big to chew?
      You have to back it back out, grab it with fingers, and chew and swallow a bit then push more in the hole til its completed? LOL Imagine that, but it’s not steak but liver – the most detested food in the world. lol

      It was at that point that I told my son that he didn’t need to worry about doing architectural work for me any more and he can pursue his own ideals. He kept the AutoCAD program on his computer and in fact used it to “draw” things other architectural stuff.

      Now, 35 years later our son runs his own business in a completely different field and he has had many trials and tribulations but doing things wrong while trying to please his dad hasn’t been one of them. I didn’t force him to do (spent condoms) that which I wanted him to do. Sometimes you have to hold on loosely, but don’t let go. Trust but verify as they say.

      • Terry October 28, 2023, 7:55 PM

        Interesting ghost.

        One of my sons was a very good artist with a set of colored pencils. He drew all sorts of custom car sketches, frames and etc.

        I set him up with Autocad 13 when he was about twenty-two or so. He did not “take” to a design tool at all.

  • Anne October 28, 2023, 9:11 AM

    Whoops: I forgot to add photography to our weekly effort!
    Any other thoughts?

    • SK October 29, 2023, 10:07 AM

      Anne, glad you made the suggestions.
      I mostly “lurk”, as they say, since GVD left us. This is a fairly tight knit group that remains and so I rarely comment.
      Nevertheless, I enjoy the stories and commentary and will be sad when/if the site ceases to be.
      Neo also deserves credit for keeping it alive so perhaps if you contact her she might be willing to stay involved in some capacity.

  • Anne October 28, 2023, 10:04 AM

    Ghostwhisper. You have done a great job in keeping this site going. Please don’t think my suggestions are an attempt to replace your efforts in any way–only to add the kind of diversity that Gerard was doing. Heaven knows that without your work this site would be down already!

    Another thing we might think about doing is a “report from my corner of the world”.

  • ghostsniper October 28, 2023, 2:25 PM

    Saw a twitter vid about a Maine politician standing at the mic saying he is no longer an advocate for the 2nd amendment and will make efforts to ban assault weapons.

    Right on communist cue.

    If you are even of moderate intelligence you can see plainly the numerous “errors” in that politicians statement.

    The fact that he is now, in the wake of a shooting, making such a statement underscores the smarmy, criminal mindset of this rotten piece of shit.

    If I could command the media pulpit like he does it would be interesting to do so and make the statement: “Politician ‘A’ has made a public verbal assault against the citizenry of the USA, therefore I would request all patriots in this country to turn their attention to this criminal and administer swift and sure justice for his senseless words and intentions.”

  • ghostsniper October 28, 2023, 2:44 PM

    “Return of the Eagle”
    Craig Chaquico

    Some mighty fine acoustic guitar work right there.
    By the dood that breathed new light into the Jefferson Airplane way back when causing it to morph over night into Jefferson Starship.

    Crank it to 11, lean way back in your nest, close your eyes and enjoy.


  • jwm October 28, 2023, 7:10 PM

    I’ll play.
    I’m not too savvy on Wordpress, but Blogger has the option of creating a blog with several host bloggers as administrators. You can also use Discus for the comments if you want, although I’m not crazy about Discus. It’s snoopy, and heavily censored. Even so, Blogger’s comment program is wonky as hell. You can’t post pics, and sometimes, like right now, I can’t even comment on my own blog. I can put up posts, but for some reason it won’t let me comment. That might be a problem with Chrome, though. Go figure.
    I’ll add this: Ghostsniper, you have done a very good job at keeping the fire lit here at AD. Kudos to Casey, John Flemming, Joe Krill, and others as well.
    As a final note, another option is forming a group on GAB. GAB is totally uncensored, easy to use, and you can post pics in your comments. It would take one person willing to open a Pro account to form a group. It’s not expensive to do so.
    Any further thought?


  • Anne October 28, 2023, 9:59 PM

    Thanks, JWM!

    I hate to lose touch with all the good folks here and with the ideas that Gerard used for a strategy and that Ghost has kept going.

  • ghostsniper October 29, 2023, 6:41 AM

    Gerard used to post a Bee Gees vid every now and then.
    This is my favorite, from June 1967 when I was 12 and starting 8th grade in a couple months.
    Remember listening to it on your favorite AM radio?


    …a certain kind of light…

  • ghostsniper October 29, 2023, 7:24 AM

    Been yearnin’ HARD for a Philly lately.
    2 weeks ago it was a Cuban, but I got over it.
    I may have to take this Philly thing on and deal with it.
    Yeah, I prefer it with shroomz too, and of course (onions, tri-color peppers).
    Slathered in mayo on whole wheat.
    And none of that orange cheez nastiness.
    Provolone or stay at home I always say.
    Kinda like this’n.


  • ghostsniper October 29, 2023, 8:09 AM

    … not many people realize just how many people out there are on head-meds. IF and only IF we do suffer some calamitous event as a society, the number of people who, by day-to-day seem to be normal, who without their meds have the potential to become rabid psychos? Oh man, that shit is real, and in my opinion severely overlooked in the Prepping community.

    Ugly doesn’t even -begin- to cover it.


  • ghostsniper October 29, 2023, 8:38 AM
  • DT October 29, 2023, 6:30 PM

    FYI: recurring charges
    Just letting you all know. These charges kept coming to the point where I changed my card number.
    But the charges are >STILL< coming.
    Not sure how they got the number – I suspect the CC company kept the recurring charge when they switched card numbers.
    Nothing anyone here can do anything about and my wife's talking with the CC people as I write this.
    Someone's still collecting subscription fees for the old American Digest …
    Just in case anyone else is having a similar problem … you're not alone.
    I'll sic ghostsniper on them next.

    • Neo October 30, 2023, 6:45 AM


      I’m so sorry that’s still happening. Is it for the canceled site newamericandigest, or this one? My advice is to just keep telling your credit card company to stop the recurring payment.

      • DT October 30, 2023, 7:53 PM

        A bit of time with the CC billing and fraud depts finally got the situation fixed. I hope. Something about an electronic authorization over-riding the cancel order.
        Another new card coming soon w/o the authorization codes.
        Curious though. Where was that money going?

        • Vanderleun November 1, 2023, 3:24 AM

          Neo here. The money wasn’t being deposited in Gerard’s Paypal account. If you were contributing to newamericandigest.org, it may have been going to Stripe. I don’t have access to Stripe and have no idea what they’re doing. That website was canceled many months ago. Anyway, I hope the problem is solved now.

          • DT November 2, 2023, 7:29 PM

            Email is a terrible way to actually communicate. I in no way meant to imply the funds were going to anyone involved with this site. I’m simply curious to where this money actually goes. Or is it truly funny money and has no more existence than the bits money consists of anymore?

            Someone, somewhere has an account with these transactions. I have a statement, the CC company has a record. The other party must have a record – or the CC company has the info of who they paid off. Who absorbs it or is it just run a debt up one side of the chain then a set of credits back down? Who absorbs the cost of these non-transactions?
            I just brought this up to let anyone here what happened to me in case someone has the same problem.

            • Vanderleun November 3, 2023, 1:22 AM

              Neo again. I don’t know the answer, but it seems that it’s done through Stripe, although I haven’t been able to communicate with them. I don’t know whether there’s some fraudster siphoning off the money, or what’s happening, but I think that everyone who has disputed the charges has managed to get them stopped. Hope it works out for you.

  • Casey Klahn October 29, 2023, 6:51 PM

    It is with the utmost regret that I must say the following.

    Welcome to World War III.

    GEN Keene, who is the only no bullshit mil. expert I watch…wait, I’ll add LTG Hodges to the short list… Anyway, Keene informs us that the three fronts on the kinetic world stage, which are China and SE Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe/Ukraine, are unequivocally inter-related. That is game, set, and match, bishes. Biden has rolled our sorry asses into the big one. I knew the war was sealed when I realized, on day one, thet Russia’s ally, Iran, calls all the shots in the war against Israel. If you actually like Russia in this war, sell your shit and go there asap.

    This doesn’t mean that your homefront is unimportant, Sahib. It means your home defenses are straight go-to-hell, and those apocalyptic moves you’ve been binge-watching since C-19 started are not fiction, but prophecy. Art pre-figures life. Congratulations, and FUVM.

    I wish I’d bought two 30 cal. SA rifles last year, since I straight up lost the one in a river crossing.

    Don’t be too alarmed, friends. In Vietnam, the front was non-existent. Charlie was on that side of the wire, and you were on this side. Nothing made sense, you hated everything, and it was keep your buddies and yourself alive for the tour. I believe, with all my heart, that things have been worse than now. We’ll make it, but it’s going to be interesting.

  • Anne October 29, 2023, 9:05 PM

    Just found this article about AI/politcal science in DC. Last year the Democrats insisted on installing an all computer voting system. No more dropping the ballots in person and having someone count them by hand. OH NO! We have this brand new technology that “guarantees” a clean election. If you buy that I’ve got a bridge to sell you . . .
    Here is the article: https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/13/open-philanthropy-funding-ai-policy-00121362

    • Casey Klahn October 30, 2023, 4:17 AM

      The singular effective argument against the dems from the 2020 election is: your polling place computers are hooked up to the internet. Only an idiot would deny that huge, gaping hole in security.

      Biden stole the election, and everyone knows it.

  • tallowpot October 30, 2023, 8:11 AM

    Mountains, volcanoes, plate tectonics, and the geologic processes involved have fascinated me since I’ve seen these people and their video lectures.
    Nick Zentner
    Shawn Willsey

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