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  1. 5 hours ago, Cypress Sun said:

     

    I think that the vast majority of Americans would not participate in another shutdown of everything. They would push back, possibly violently, against any mandate of a shutdown...they saw what happened last time...massive governmental overreach, loss of employment, economy ruined, massive fraud, forced "inoculations" and a myriad of other results.

     

    I hope that is true.   I worry today about the lack of government predictability.  It seems like all of the rules, rights, principles and pillars of democracy that I grew up to understand are being bent and turned according to political agendas.  The courts no longer deliver predictable decisions, seemingly driven more by politics and judicial beliefs than by the law and Constitution.  

    Things like plea bargaining are widely used to coerce defendant's and witnesses to get into line with particular agendas.  Things like that did not happen while I was growing up here.   

     

    Perhaps all of that is just complexity closing in on us -- or perhaps it isaabout having almost unlimited information at our fingertips tips -- or perhaps it is a planned agenda to disrupt and destroy the world's best- formed Republic.   I don't know, but I do know it all concerns me.

     

    For the public to rise up, they must take an existential risk of arrest and unfair treatment by the same entities they rise against. 

    We hear a lot about "insurrection" these days.  When I hear that word, I think about John Hancock, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King -- men and women who put everything on the line to address inhumanity.   Maybe each of us will face decisions like that at some time, if the world and its logic continues to be  turned upside down.   Predictability is important.

     

    Sorry for spinning so far off-topic. 

  2. 7 minutes ago, Captain Bill Burt said:

    I’ve already had it twice, at least. For me it wasn’t that bad.

     

    Two weeks ago I was in the ICU with Flu A and viral pneumonia, negative for Covid. That was the sickest I’ve ever been. COVID was a walk in the park compared to that.

     

    I’m not going to live in fear and I’m not going to give up my freedoms because others are afraid.

     

    If I get it again, I’ll beat it again.

    We agree.  But I hope we don't get back into our events being governmentally shut down or canceled due to low attendance, like last time.   Speaking for our own club, we're just getting back up to prior membership and participation.   I'm too old now to miss out on very many years of fun. 

    BTW, I hope your Flu recovery goes OK and fast. 

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  3. 10 hours ago, Hashknife Cowboy said:

    Colt Python 357 Magnum 4.25in Stainless Steel Revolver - 6 Rounds  - Satin Finish - $1279.99

    Anyone seen one of these?

     

    https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-gear-gun-supplies/handguns/colt-python-357-magnum-425in-stainless-steel-revolver-6-rounds/p/1857054

     

     

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    Good price for an original production Python -- and a great gun.  If it's a new production gun, I have no experience with prices or quality. 

  4. 17 minutes ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

    Tendons heal slowly because they have less blood supply.  Waiting to get them reattached invites contracture, making healing even longer.  Get some good medical guidance ASAP, and good luck.

    Good advice!

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  5. 22 minutes ago, Rip Snorter said:

    Hollering into the fear echo chamber.  A big bunch of us have figured it out to our satisfaction.  BTW did you see Bill Gates new anti viral wafer?

    Glad you have it figured out.  If you read my whole post, you saw this:

     

    Truth is, I really don't personally care a hoot whether anybody here takes precautions or not, or believes the new variant is worth thinking about.  Everyone. can make their own decisions.  I have no need to know about them. 

     

    I try to avoid anything that Bill Gates is attached to.  I wish somebody would do an involuntary "update" on the man and his businesses. 

    So no, I'm not aware of his latest scam. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Rip Snorter said:

    Please quote your sources for yet another convenient plague being in process.

    I did quote my source.  It is me. 

    I described my personal friends recent experience.  Nothing more than that.  

    But being that you asked, my immediate neighbor, Dr. Jove Graham MD. is the Chief of Medicine at our local Clovis Community Hospital.  He shared with me that their beds are 96% full again, and their ER is back outside in a tent in the parking lot, due to a surge in new Covid variant cases.   

    Our local newspaper. The  Fresno Bee reports the weekly numbers of new cases, as logged by the Fresno County Public Health, Infectious Disease Division, based on clinical Covid testing.  Since Thanksgiving, new variant Covid cases are up by 60+% in most San Joaquin Valley communities. 

     

    But It isn't really about predictions or data.  If it's out there and spreading, all of us will find out and we can do whatever we want with that info. 

      

    I was mainly just making folks aware that Medicare and supplements won't pay the high cost of Paxlovid.   

    Enough said.

     

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  7. 4 minutes ago, PowderRiverCowboy said:

    Hope your friends feel better from the flu , Covid-19 been around since 2016 First Patent was filed in 2016
     

    WO2016/118725 Moderna January 21, 2016 Published Lipids/NP + mRNA

    Thanks for your concern.  The two I spoke of, in reference to Paxlovid cost, are in their late 80s.  They both were clinically tested Covid-Positive  (not flu or anything else-positive) and, as of today, both are still at home, but. have developed respiratory symptoms like pneumonia (3 d post-exposure). 

     

    I can't speak for other areas, but the four major hospitals here in Fresno, Ca are approaching  capacity again, due to a surge in Covid admissions over the past several weeks.  It means less timely ER treatment and admissions for other diseases or illness, like heart attacks, strokes, accidents, etc. 

     

    In my O.P., I was mostly reporting  Medicare's refusal to cover the high Paxlovid costs. (I apologize if that offended folks.)

    Truth is, I really don't personally care a hoot whether anybody here takes precautions or not, or believes the new variant is worth thinking about.  Everyone. can make their own decisions.  I have no need to know about them. 

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  8. Almost a dozen friends from all around the US have turned C-positive and started symptoms this past week and a half. 

    This new, more contagious variant is even infecting people outdoors. So take extra care.  

     

    The real problem is that Paxlovid 5-day treatment ($1580) is not covered by Medicare and because Medicare won't cover it, neither will most supplemental secondary insurance.  One couple I know both came down positive and symptomatic after only one exposure outside their home, helping outside on a community mailbox repair project.  They ended up having to pay out $1580 EACH, which hurt right at Christmas time.  Both were fully vaccinated and they're hoping it will reduce the severity.  Too soon to tell. 

    Why Medicare refuses to cover it remains a mystery.  

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  9. 39 minutes ago, Cyrus Cassidy #45437 said:

    Last week I got a flat tire on my pickup truck.  I've been driving with the spare, which is a full-sized tire (i.e. not a "doughnut").  I got the original tire patched and went to swap it back out with the spare, and to hang the spare up underneath the bed where it's stored.  Something happened -- I tore my bicep tendon.  This freaking hurts!!!! 

     

    I haven't seen the doctor yet, but I know someone this happened to and they needed surgery.

    I had it happen, pulling two 4" ABS drain pipes together into a glue joint.  I had an MRI scan to confirm the tendon damage.  It also bisected about 3" of the biceps.  I didn't have surgery.  Surgeon said it probably could heal properly without (honest surgeon!) Just took it easy on it for about a month and it healed up fine.  Protecting it for a month while building a house was interesting!

  10. 8 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    While the  Earth is not perfectly spherical it is close enough for every degree of accuracy that you care about, so Yes.

     

    When I was doing GPS software I actually had to consider that the Earth is not spherical, but a little squished at the poles like a pumpkin.

     

    the solstice was the 21st. Oh I see you’re in CA, still today for you.

     

    now our days start getting longer. for a couple weeks though, while the days do get longer, the sunrise gets later by seconds each day until Jan four when Earth reaches perihelion in our orbit around the sun.

     

    More than you ever wanted to know I think. Have a drink on me and forget it all.

     

     

    I knew somebody out here would know way more than me about this subject.  Thx. 

  11. Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere -- shortest day of the year.  From tomorrow forward we will gain from 1 to 2 minutes of daylight per day, depending on latitude.  That's 1/2 to 1 hour per month. 

     

    So is it the longest day of the year in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere? 

    Do you lose 1-2 min per day?  Or is the timing completely different down under?

     

      Just askin.

     

     

  12. On 11/8/2023 at 2:16 PM, Griff said:

    I tried the Hornady Sonic cleaner on a batch of .32-40 & .30-30 brass today.  Smokeless rounds and deprimed before tumbling.  I gotta say, looks better than new brass!

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    I'd say the primer pockets look as good as the outside!  Thanks for the idea!

    One advantage is that without ss pins, the primer pockets are not getting abraded and loosened.  I have always deprimed after wet tumbling for that concern.  Steel on brass has to be removing a small amount of brass with each cycle.  

  13. On 1/17/2017 at 8:34 PM, Yul Lose said:

    Be sure and remove the butt stock if you flush out the rifle and oil it heavily. A lot of the old long guns you see have weakened or ruined stocks because of the fluids that have gravitated into them when the guns were stood up. The stock comes off very easily on Pedersoli Lightnings.

    An easy way to avoid the oiling of rifle and shotgun stocks is to store the guns muzzle down.  It looks funny, but the oil stays on the metal parts, where you intended it to go.   I usually run a swab or bore mop down the barrel after storing for any length of time.   The oil can accumulate and gum up in the chamber.  

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