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  1. Could just be what the majority of the audience/subscribers/patrons want to see more of. Could be other reasons, too. Look at it this way - content production seems to have suffered across the board due to COVID, lockdowns, lost jobs, etc. If the crew is able to keep making content that engages the viewers, and keep the production quality to pretty high standards, that's a good thing for everyone. I know I haven't been able to get out and make much footage because of a number of factors, all related to COVID and the related issues it has caused. I've been getting a good trickle of subscribers the last few months, and I'd really like to get them NEW mine exploring content, but it's nearly impossible. Sure, I can go out, but it's a PAIN in the ass to get provisions, get parts and gear, and generally be gone very long from the family. I can't rightly do that to the wife (and she won't go underground!) Truthfully, if they are getting the eyeballs/views with the content they are producing, good for them. Everyone has to make a living and get through all the nonsense we're enduring
  2. I think the real ball to keep eyes on is this even more invasive location tracking/contact tracing push. Yes, mobile phones give away your location and we've all known this for years. I also know how to completely turn mine off if I don't want to be found. With contact tracing, now it's not only knowing where you were, when very likely who you associated with. I don't buy that one-way anonymization of data for one second. This information will reside in the cloud, and encrypted or not, there are keys. Keys can be (and have been) stolen or found susceptible to attack. Hardware-level security is no guarantee, and Apple's closed ecosystem actually represents a greater threat than the somewhat more open AndroidOS ecosystem. Add to that - our devices are made in China. For decades the CIA and NSA have planted backdoors in manufacturing processes, and the Chinese and Russians have done, and will do, the same. I get real twitchy about people unknown to me knowing a whole lot about who I talk to, what I say, and where I go with those people. I don't let my 12 y/o have a phone/iPod/iPad, and for good reason - the longer she's off the radar, the better off she is. Just in case. It is almost impossible (not entirely) to drop out of the 'net' these days, but every step free people take to remain elusive is, in my opinion, a step in the right direction. As my friend Doc used to say, "Nunya. Ppphhhhhbbbtttt."
  3. "Allowing us". That disgusts me. Not as a personal attack on ArcticThunder, but in general - have we become such sheep? I got where I want. Granted, much is closed down, but when tennis courts were closed, I went to the courts anyway and hit balls with the kid. When parks were "closed", we went there and flew kites and let the baby run around in the grass. I really have no patience for surrendering freedoms at the behest of some political hacks and bureaucrats.
  4. People are complete idiots. IHME and RCL projections were just flat out WRONG, but states are still adhering to them as if they are gospel truth. Morons are wearing latex/nitrile gloves or bitching when people don't wear them. Newsflash - you just contaminate more surfaces, with more virus, using the gloves. Surgeons doff their gloves when they're done rummaging around your innards. Fools 'thanking' China. Yes thank them, as they just increased their numbers post facto. They have one of the most powerful bureaucratic systems in the un-free world and somehow they didn't know the numbers were higher 30-60 days ago? My ass is more transparent then those f**king Commie baby murderers. Welcome to planet Bullshit in the This Sucks Camel Dicks galaxy. The sheep are in control, without doubt.
  5. Last weekend, I took the oldest kid out to screw around and explore. Probably do the same this weekend if weather permits. Not like I'm going to see anyone or come in close contact, except maybe to get gas. I'm more worried about my friends back in California. Two who could leave, won't. One because she takes care of family. The other because I think deep inside he's hoping for a 'Korean Shop Owner' moment. Lol. Oh well. Tired of working from home. Tired of the damn gym being closed. At least the gun shops are still open, and a few of them carry fishing gear. Spring is here, the fish are going to be hunnnnngry!
  6. Having some passing knowledge of human medical trials, "studied more...and quickly", is an iffy statement. Sure, you can fast track availability of a drug and study it in-use, but lots of data will be missed because of the inability to do blind/double-blind trials, long-term cohort follow-up, controlling for confounding factors, and on and on. The can study it more for sure, but the dataset will be incomplete for years to come (if not longer). Still, this is really a question for the smart people that run and understand clinical human trials. It's an entirely new world to me as I try to catch up and learn-as-I-go. Still, that French doctor, Roault I think, published his research with a P < .001, so he's definitely rejecting the null hypothesis. Assuming he's adhered to sound research practices and data collection, it's promising. But, the drugs cost very little and there is no money in it for Big Pharma. Hence the race to find a vaccine, not a cure - there is more money in that. If not from the consumer, from governments - Big Pharma doesn't care - money is money, no matter who pays up. As far as your dad's meds go, a list of them and an hour with a PDR will probably give you an answer, assuming you understand his underlying conditions. The antimalarials have been around for 70 years, so their effects and side-effects are well-documented in most cases. There will always be edge cases. Bob asked about another drug - it's a specific antiviral developed for use against Marbug and Ebola - remdesivir. I'm not aware of those trials, but I believe the Japanese were the first to look at it's possible use against COVID-19. Still, generally, a big Nothing Burger. On Day 1 of the Great California Lockdown, my dad went fishing (and caught fish!) I'm heading out in a few minutes with the oldest to go explore for the day. We need time outside the house!
  7. Just when you think it can't get any dumber....California steps in. Media pushing fear and panic, politicians projecting idiotic and highly unlikely scenarios, and everyone ignoring the data. Or perhaps I should say, ignoring the fact that the data is VASTLY incomplete. You're trying to view a wall tapestry through a straw, in terms of equivalence. I've been watching the social fabric disintegrate. People looking at empty bread sections with vacant stares (it's empty, accept the defeat and move on). People fighting in the local Wallyworld over a package of TP. People bitching that there is no milk and no eggs. 80% of this could have been prevented if people took responsibility and planned ahead for situations like this. But even in CA, known for quakes, they don't. Nevada isn't proving much better in this parts. These idiots deserve what they get, and they don't deserve much.
  8. Meh, says I. I don't watch the news, so if they are 'staging' the imagery, it's new to me. I wouldn't be surprised at all. Course now they are closing casinos, bars, at-table dining, gyms... When will the stupid end? It's really starting to impact people. My wife comes from a Mormon background, though she left that religion 20+ years ago, she grew up with it. She always believes in having extended supplies, and with a family of 4, it makes sense. Especially when 75% of them are women with their own unique needs. Now *SHE* is getting worried and in that "All of X is not enough of X" and said "You better teach me how to hunt this weekend!" That's when I know the shit has hit the fan, or is at least being liberally thrown at it.
  9. Last night I went to Sportsman's Warehouse to pick up a box of 22, since I'd used a lot of it on my last outing. 90% of the 22LR was gone. Most pistol ammo, gone. Backpacking food section, completely cleaned out. So, I added a box of 200GR HXP projectiles to reload. Other than 22LR, ammo 'shortages' don't impact me. And they still had giant bags of cheap trail mix by the register. Always like to freeze it and keep it handy for last-minute, 2AM callouts. So I restocked my supply of that. Then, I got frisky and thought "Meh, I'm armed, and I like people-watching - I'm going to WALMART!" Human. Zoo. Cleaned out of OTC meds, TP, canned food, frozen food, and probably some other stuff. Tons of batteries and beer and soda. Also more than ample fresh produce. So I bought some honeycrisp apples (my favorite) and some oranges (navels are looking good now). As I was getting ready to leave, they brought out a half pallet of TP. The White Woman Looter Swarm was amazing!!!! Just watching, mind you, an employee thought I wanted some TP, so he thrust a 12-pack into my arms. I was "meh, OK, never hurts to get TP, with 3 women in the house", so I paid for my stuff and left. The parking lot was insane, people were complete jerks, and you could see the panic. There was a true sense of "All of it is not enough, I need even MOAR!" Work is "strongly encouraging" us to work remote now, which means basically I'm working in my PJ's for the next week, at least. And I actually like going to the office. So much fun!
  10. Actually, I hate working from home. The baby always wants "daddy this" or "daddy that", and I can't get work done. So I do what comes naturally - I play with the baby. Sort of annoys the boss, but I'm very unlikely to say "no" to a cute little blondie with curls when she says "tickle me dadda!"
  11. I just saw your follow-up video. And since this seems more or less the master thread for the search, I'm posting here. Move it if you think it should go elsewhere! I'm speaking with limited (but some) information here. At least in certain parts of northern Nevada, SAR is...a mess. With some teams, there's a serious case of "We've always done it this way and we'll KEEP doing it this way, FOR-EV-ER!" That's Strike 1. Some counties just have slackers for deputies. Some counties have real go-getter deputies. It sure sounds like Pershing is in the 'slacker' category. That's Strike 2. Search dogs are not the be-all, end-all solution for missing subject location (alive or dead). Dogs, like any other living creature, have good days and bad days, and they also have physical limitations. A trained bird dog and a trained SAR dog are actually not very different. They are applying the same canine tools, to different scents, to elicit similar responses to scent stimulus. Take a bird dog out on a HOT and DRY September afternoon to go look for chukar or ringnecks. That poor beast, aside from overheating quickly, is going to have a hard time finding scent. The same is true for any trained SAR dog. Handlers like to get out early when it's cool, the breezes are light, and the humidity is at it's highest. From there, conditions go downhill as the Sun gets higher and the air warms up. So I'm not surprised the folks from Utah struck out. BUT they should have KNOWN they would very likely strike out, and they shouldn't have taken 'no find' as any sort of answer. Their efforts and results should have been expressed that way. From what I see, they weren't. This whole effort was doomed to fail from the start. There was exactly zero leadership, concern, and energy given to this case. Why? I don't know. But she was never going to be found unless she self-rescued. On the upside, be glad you didn't find her. Getting those images out of your mind is hard, and it's harder if you don't take a very macabre and dark outlook on life to start with. I mean, how many people do you know that go on hikes and think "This would be a GREAT spot for someone to come and quietly hang himself!"?
  12. This is such a NothingBurger, and it's annoying me. I've been buried at Job #1 with preparing infrastructure to manage virtual desktops, VPN's, and other remote access tools/services. Then at 2PM yesterday, I get told "work from home on Friday, test out remote services". Shit, don't have to ask me twice. Of course that was after having one person drop off a tube of Clorox wipes (really?) in my office, the custodian wiping down door handles with same, and watching facilities install Germ-X dispensers all over the place. Whatever. Water? I have a creek 100 yards away. Food? I was eyeballing the squirrels on my back fence this morning, as they were slightly annoying me. So noted if I decide I want stew. TP? I live in a house with 3 women. My wife buys TP by the truckload. And we have a 60 day supply at all times because of that. Meh. One case diagnosed in this county as of today. Big deal. Remember, the statistics on this illness are very preliminary, raw, and incomplete. It's possible, and probable, that there are an order of magnitude more infections than known, in all locations with emergent disease. ASSuming they aren't missing the boat for stats on COVID-19 deaths, that would put the mortality rate under 1%, even if you assume a high of 4%. That's getting close to typical influenza mortality. Big. Nothing. Burger.
  13. I have never been lost, just temporarily without proper orientation. Lost is a state of mind. Don't get lost.
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