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Monday, March 30, 2020

Why are so many jets still hauling passengers to and from the foreign and domestic Covid-19 hotspots?

The cargo jets are understandable.  Passenger jets full of health care / emergency services personnel would be understandable, as would be jets full of folks getting back home after serving out a quarantine.  Tourism is not understandable; that is what moves the virus from here to there and everywhere.

It is hard to believe that the majority of aircraft shown in that screen shot (over 1200 flights are hidden due to being zoomed out so far) during a single moment in time on a late Sunday night (local time) are on crucial business. Just sayin'.

I have no conclusion or theory.  It just seems kinda counterintuitive ...






Sunday, March 29, 2020

Domestic Indoor Air Quality

(I gots me a new basement dehumidifier!  Woohoo!)
A central HVAC system serves our entire house including the basement. However, the basement (being as it is below ground) needs special attention when it comes to moisture and temperature.  My tired old basement dehumidifier died late last year just as the weather was turning seasonally frigid.  Since running the furnace takes our indoor relative humidity down to the 30% - 35% range from late fall until the seasonal warming of springtime, a replacement dehumidifier wasn't immediately needed.  HOWEVER, sustained springtime rain is now in our forecast so last Thursday I scurried over to the Menard's in Gurnee and picked up a new dehumidifier (thank you Menard's and crew for being there for us during this current public health crisis; I also picked up some milk and packaged snacks and added another bag of cat litter to our reserves).



(Basement humidity and temperature)
It has been raining a lot the past few days and it has been foggy much of the time when it wasn't raining.  Everything inside the domicile is looking good so far.  I tell ya, my fossilized sinuses are really enjoying the extra humidity but there is a fine line between too little and too much.



They say (and I believe it to be true) that the best indoor relative humidity is 50%.  Unfortunately, it is darned difficult (impossible?) to maintain EXACTLY 50% so the best most of us can do is attempt to stay somewhere in the middle of the "Healthy Range."


To avoid condensation problems, we all are supposed to surf the indoor RH down with the falling outside air temperatures.  When seasonal outdoor temps trend over 40F, our indoor climate gets somewhat easier to manage.






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Saturday, March 28, 2020

SAF APPLAUDS TRUMP ADMIN. FOR ‘ESSENTIAL’ RULING ON GUN SHOPS

BELLEVUE, WA – Declaring that American gun owners owe President Donald Trump a “very big thank you,” the Second Amendment Foundation today is cheering the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security defining firearms manufacturers and retailers as “essential businesses.

“Every freedom loving American owes President Donald Trump and his administration a very big thank you for protecting our Second Amendment rights,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb in reaction to the DHS announcement. “This is another Trump promise made and promise kept.”

Gottlieb, who has been busy preparing lawsuits against several potential states and even local governments for ordering gun shops to close their doors during the COVID-19 crisis—defining them as “non-essential businesses” while okaying such things as breweries and marijuana shops—was delighted at the news.

“A lot of people have done incredible work this week to make it happen,” he confirmed. “A number of people, including governors and even mayors and at least one California sheriff appear to have let their personal politics get in the way of common sense public policy. During a time of crisis, we can think of no more essential endeavor outside of health care and emergency services than businesses that enable citizens to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. 

“It could be that the American public, by heading to gun shops and sporting goods stores as the Coronavirus panic spread, reminded government officials what the Second Amendment is really about,” Gottlieb observed. “Even people who never before owned a firearm rushed to buy one as the pandemic has spread. Instinctively, people headed to those places where they could buy guns and ammunition, which underscores just how essential those businesses really are. 

“The president and his administration have done the right thing,” Gottlieb said. “They are dealing with a national emergency while remembering that no malady, however severe, can nullify or even temporarily suspend the exercise of a constitutionally delineated fundamental right.”



The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.


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Friday, March 27, 2020

DELAWARE BACKS DOWN, ALLOWS FIREARMS, AMMO SALES, SAF CONFIRMS

BELLEVUE, WA — The State of Delaware has backed away from closing gun shops during the current Coronavirus pandemic crisis, a decision the Second Amendment Foundation says is the right thing to do.

Under the revised language of the state’s emergency order, “Firearms dealers may conduct sales of firearms, ammunition, and other goods directly related to responsible firearm storage and maintenance, by appointment only. No more than two appointments per half hour shall occur, and sellers are limited to operating during normal working hours they operated on prior to the State of Emergency. Any seller who violates such directive may be subject to criminal prosecution or other civil enforcement remedies up to and including arrest or the involuntary closure of the business.”

“This is a great win for Delaware gun owners and the right to keep and bear arms,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “After we sued New Jersey, our threatened lawsuit against Delaware, in which we were partnering with our friends at the National Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition played a key role in bringing about this change of heart.”

SAF is currently considering lawsuits against several jurisdictions over gun shop closures that were announced as part of executive orders that do not recognize gun and ammunition dealers and suppliers as “essential businesses.”

“We’re delighted that cooler heads have prevailed in Delaware,” Gottlieb observed. “A considerable amount of hard work went into this, and to be honest, we’d rather not have to file lawsuits against anybody under the present circumstances.

“We can think of no more essential endeavor outside of health care and emergency services during a time of crisis than a business that enables citizens to exercise their fundamental right protected by the Second Amendment,” he concluded.
 


The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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SAF ADDS PLAINTIFFS, AMENDS FEDERAL LAWSUIT, FILES SHOW CAUSE MOTION v. NEW JERSEY GOV. PHIL MURPHY

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed an amended complaint in its federal lawsuit against New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Supt. Patrick Callahan, adding several plaintiffs asserting violation of civil rights under color of law by shutting down firearms dealerships in the Garden State.

Plaintiffs have also filed a show cause motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

Joining SAF and its original co-plaintiffs are Gina DiFazio, Jontell Platts, Witold Kwiatkowski, Legacy Indoor Range and Armory LLC and the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC). The original plaintiffs were SAF, Racing Rails LLC d/b/a Legend Firearms, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society and Robert Kashinsky. They are represented by noted civil rights attorney David Jensen of New York and Adam Kraut of California.

Murphy and Callahan are being sued in their official capacities. The case, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey is known as Kashinsky v. Murphy.

“We are thrilled to be joined by our friends at FPC, along with other New Jersey residents whose Second Amendment rights are being trampled by Gov. Murphy’s order,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “As we say in our amended complaint, Murphy’s order has forcibly eliminating all lawful channels of access to constitutionally protected arms. By requiring that people not leave their homes to legally purchase firearms and ammunition, even if they follow public health guidance for social distancing, their rights are being denied.

“To guarantee this violation,” he added, “Murphy has mandated the closure of all retail businesses that sell firearms, and the State Police has closed the portal on their website for firearms background checks. Individually and collectively, these actions amount to a ban on obtaining firearms in the State of New Jersey.

“Ten years ago,” Gottlieb recalled, “The U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed that the Second Amendment is not a ‘second-class right’ but it’s being treated that way in New Jersey. The right to keep and bear arms is not subject to the whims of any state official, and it’s time for that message to be delivered clearly by the federal courts.”
 


The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The 2020 Illinois COVID-19 ammo rush

CLICK HERE for a good read on the current situation


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Part of yesterday's government mandated isolation I spent on getting ready for other stuff

I still have the 10-gallons of treated gasoline (2x5-gallon containers) that I stocked before winter, so we are in good shape for fuel at the moment.  I exercised the engines on the zero-turn mower, the snow blower, and the auxiliary generator.  Both the mower and the generator are due for an oil change but I'll get to that later.  I checked the air pressure in all the tires on the mower; all needed topping off.  I greased everything that needed greasing. The spare car was due for a spin down the highway so I gave it some exercise too.




I used the shop-vac, a portable electric heater, and the air compressor to provide enough draw to load test the generator.  I usually plug in enough stuff to bring the load to 70% but decided that I didn't want to haul up more heaters and power tools from the basement storage shelves.




I've had this generator a long time --- maybe 14-years.   It's a workhorse and has come in handy.




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