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  1. 4 hours ago, Crazy Gun Barney, SASS #2428 said:


    ***just heard our CEO in a company wide "town hall meeting" say that they had sorted the responses to the "anonymous" survey by location, job title, age and gender of the employee's so they can "drill down" to the core issues.... so much for anonymous....  You simply cannot make this stuff up...



    The outfit I retired from did these surveys... mandatory, and guaranteed to be "totally anonymous."  However, you had to indicate your gender and age and work site.


    We had a staff of about 350, scattered over perhaps two dozen sites.  Of the total staff, only about 30 or so of us were men.


    I declined to participate in the surveys.  Management attempted to reprimand me for said declination.  I pointed out the reason for my lack of faith in the "anonymity" of the process.  And I also pointed out that over the past five years, the less than 10% of the staff who were men had received about 90% of the disciplinary actions levied by management.


    Discussion ended.  -_-





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  2. Breathing?  Somethin' I've grown kinda fond of.  Not doing it well of late, though... asthma, bronchitis... likely triggered by the smoke and bad air of last week.  Can't talk for more than a moment without breaking into serious coughing  Renewed my inhaler prescriptions and wear a mask outdoors for real.   


    Doc sent me for a Covid test.  Passed!  :)



  3. I vastly prefer individual focus eyepieces... but for some reason, they're verrry difficult to find nowadays.


    That said, my favorite has long been a pair of rugged, individual focus Tasco* binoculars.  Armored, 7x35 wide angle (525 ft/1000 yds, or 10°).  BAK4 prisms, coated optics, nitrogen filled.  Perhaps not of Swarovski clarity, but still very, very clear.  Quite acceptable.  The kicker is, I bought these from Emporium Capwell in San Francisco in 1983 at a closeout sale... for the princely sum of $35.  Adjusted for inflation, just under a hundred of today's dollars.  I actually bought several pair, and gave the others to buddies. 


    Sadly, I misplaced them about ten years ago.  Could not find any replacements I liked (no individual eye focus), including three pairs of Nikons I actually did buy.  Happily, when I was working on my truck a few months ago, I found the old Tasco* set behind a seat belt reel!  Nikons back to the gun safe!  ^_^ 


    *Tasco never built anything.       



  4. And, in the name of "Diversity," that's exactly what the Art Institute of Chicago did:


    Art Institute of Chicago fires [unpaid, volunteer] docents because there are too many white women in their ranks.




    For more than 60 years, crews of volunteer and beloved docents have faithfully, skillfully and happily introduced a million school children, museum members, donors and other groups to the treasures of the Art Institute of Chicago.  



    And now the 82 docents been fired.


    Unexpectedly, rudely, immediately and for the flimsiest and most insulting of reasons: Because most are white.


    They will be eventually replaced by a “limited number of paid educators [6],” less experienced and knowledgeable part-timers who will receive a munificent $25 dollars an hour....


    Yet, boiled down, the justification for the firing is that the docents are white and women of means. In other words, women who have the time to go through the thorough, lengthy and extensive training that’s required. And who have the hours to actually conduct the tours. Women of higher education and a in thrall of the arts. Not black or brown enough are they. Not poor enough. They’re women of privilege. All too much “merit” going on at the Art Institute.



    Wow.  :huh:



    Replacements will be properly inclusive, based on “an income equity-focused lens.”


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  5. Lessee... 1974, I think it was - bought my first 7 1/2" bbl Ruger Blackhawk.


    I'd just visited my ol' pard Hank, in the hospital recovering from a .45 Colt ball through the shin, a result of dropping said Colt.  I was so impressed I went right out and bought a .45 of my own. 


    But not bein' one of those guys who has to pee on the 'lectric fence myownself, I bought a Ruger.  :rolleyes:


    Edit:  Oh... I think it was about $120.  Bought it from Stan's Sporting Goods in Serramonte Shopping Center in Daly City... ^_^



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  6. Bee-Yoo-Tee-Full~!!  ^_^


    I am particularly impressed with the target!  


    My No. 1 has comparable wood; however, it's .270 barrel is in AB configuration - which means it's very thin.  Downright whippy, even... the barrel walls are only 1/10" at the muzzle.  Unless I let it cool between shots, it shoots a pattern instead of a group.  Yours is MUCH more accurate than mine... 


    But I still love it!  :)



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  7. 13 minutes ago, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:

    One could ask "what are they thinking?" ............




     ........ but, obviously they aren't .......     





    Not that they are incapable of it... they're just above it.


    Someone raised in the "asphalt jungle" cannot be bothered to be concerned with the needs of people in the Central Valley or mountain or agricultural areas to remove or trim trees or brush.  Hey, Politicos... ever heard of "fire control?"  


    I wonder what the penalty will be for smuggling a chainsaw or weedeater...  :rolleyes:

  8. 19 minutes ago, Buckshot Bob said:

    Are the panels enough to even provide for the needs of the house they are on ? I’ve talked to a few people who waned to live “off grid” , just for the independence part of it and they said it would be a struggle and extremely expensive with the current technology. 


    No.  But it will lighten the drain on the grid.  


    Not sure if it's typical or not (likely close), but Ms Helen Brimstone just told me that her solar panels offset 85% of her electricity bill last year.  California presently imports about a third of the electricity used.



    14 minutes ago, Sixgun Sheridan said:

    So how many more valleys are they going to have to flood to make more electricity? They already destroyed Hetch Hetchy a long time ago. Maybe next time they'll flood Silicon Valley instead? Solve two problems at once. :)


    New hydroelectric dams in California are banned - "rivers must be allowed to run free!"  There are plans to dismantle the one operational nuke, the state's moving away from natural gas, and there will NEVER be coal burned to generate electricity.  Plus, wind power is bad - hurts birdies.  The state currently imports about one third of its electricity.  The power companies are required to shut down areas on windy days to prevent arcing to vegetation that could cause fires (clearing trees and brush is no longer allowed - 'tain't natural, don'tcha know). 


    Hetch Hetchy?  The O'Shaughnessey Dam was built 98 years ago - you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who ever saw the valley.  I find it amusing that there are "greenies" in the Bay Area who lobby and demand that the dam be blown up to "restore" Hetch Hetchy - which provides about 20% of their electricity and most of their water.  Water, by the way, which is considered to be some of the cleanest and best in the entire U. S.


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