Re: [MBZ] Common sense seems to be lacking at home

2021-03-02 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I should have included this in original reply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qkblKElN4w -Original Message- From: Scott Ritchey Sent: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:07 AM To: 'Mercedes Discussion List' Subject: RE: [MBZ] Common sense seems to be lacking at home Nothing except your kids

Re: [MBZ] Common sense seems to be lacking at home

2021-03-01 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Nothing except your kids is worth you or SWMBO getting seriously hurt or killed over. I endorse motion lights and security cameras. They may provide deterrence but don't mount cameras too high; it's hard to ID tops of heads under hoodies. I use Ubiquiti Nanostation M5 RF bridges to link my

Re: [MBZ] OT: Squirrels in the bird feeder

2021-03-01 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
No experience with ultrasonics but I use squirrel guards on the posts that hold bird feeders and above hanging feeders. Not unlike this https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/audubon-cone-squirrel-baffle except I fabricate them from a roll of thin aluminum trim covering (like roofers use). The only

Re: [MBZ] Editorial: To save the planet from climate change, gas guzzlers have to die

2021-03-01 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I feel compelled to comment: by 2030, CO2 emissions will be the least of their worries. IMO. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Floyd Thursby via Mercedes Sent: Monday, March 1, 2021 11:18 AM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Floyd Thursby Subject: [MBZ] Editorial: To save

Re: [MBZ] Editorial: To save the planet from climate change, gas guzzlers have to die

2021-03-01 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
These guys crack me up. 90% of emissions come from outside the US, especially China and India who are only increasing their number of coal plants. US emissions could go to zero and it wouldn't matter. I think China commissions a new coal plane daily, on average. Second, the US was already on

Re: [MBZ] Oil for OM602

2021-02-26 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
The SAE "logo" should say if it's Diesel (Cx) rated. I understand that gas engine oil (Sx) is actually a better lubricant but doesn't handle suspended soot as well. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes Sent: Friday, February 26, 2021 9:46 AM To:

Re: [MBZ] Rona

2021-02-24 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
In NC, a few weeks after COVID shots were approved 65 and up I called the County Health Dept on a Monday and they scheduled me that Wednesday, very easy. Maybe I just timed it right? Got the first shot (Moderna) with no side effects except tenderness at injection site the next day, about like a

Re: [MBZ] OT The next IT revolution: System Oriented Programming?

2021-02-24 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
As I recall the story, a bastard-child division of IBM decided to produce the PC using CPM for the disk operating system. But the folks that owned CPM saw all those Big Blue dollar signs and got greedy. In the meantime, Bill Gates had observed a demonstration of a disk operating system (forgot

Re: [MBZ] battery charging question

2021-02-21 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
That is a standard 3-stage (lead-acid) charge profile (without de-sulfating). Before digitally controlled chargers that was considered ideal. I don't know if current thinking has changed. "1.5A power output, regulated to 14V. In practice you get 1.5A until voltage rises to 14, then you get

Re: [MBZ] 1979 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300 D . Wagon $5,900

2021-02-21 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Looks like the one I sold for $1500 on 2007 except with better paint. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Floyd Thursby via Mercedes Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:13 AM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Floyd Thursby Subject: [MBZ] 1979 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300 D .

[MBZ] AOL Password

2021-02-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
If you have an AOL account and use a third-party client (like Outlook or Gmail) your password may stop working work. If so, you need to log onto aol.com, go to account/security and generate a new password. You may be able to just update the password or maybe delete and recreate the account in

Re: [MBZ] battery charging question

2021-02-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I've never used either so cannot comment. >From long term use I can recommend Battery Minder. The cheap chargers may be fine (and the brand names probably cost no more to manufacture) but why take a chance unless you want to bet your battery of measure the actual (time varying) V-I charge

Re: [MBZ] battery charging question

2021-02-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
True story. Many of the new fancy chargers will not even try unless they know the voltage of the "dead" battery, which typically requires something over 10v. In the past I used an old dumb charger to get the voltage up to the point the smart charger would work. Jumping works too but I have more

Re: [MBZ] battery charging question

2021-02-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I have used Battery Tenders and Battery Minders. Someone on this list said the Battery Minder was better; I think that is true. Battery Minders allegedly have better regulation and de-sulfate action. Northern Tool had some Battery minders on sale (looked like older model) a few years back and I

Re: [MBZ] More heat pump

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Odd. The gas heat/electric AC units I've had in the past had the AC coils upstream the fire box. I thought that was standard. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Mitch Haley via Mercedes Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:31 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc:

Re: [MBZ] Backup Generators etc

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
ue, Feb 16, 2021 at 11:08 PM Scott Ritchey via Mercedes < mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: > The brushless generator in my Generac produces noisy power, which I > think is typical of brushless designs. But nothing in my house seems > to care. > > My heat pumps are not on the t

Re: [MBZ] Generator

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
That's why I keep my old incandescent bulbs; heat. I have two bulbs near my well pump, which is in a below-ground concrete shelter and one in my barn where the water pipe enters from outside (all on plug-in thermostats). Back in the day of carbureted cars it was common to run a drop light

Re: [MBZ] OT: Here Is Why Texas Is Dark

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Perceived temperature are greatly influenced by sunshine, wind, and humidity. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Randy Bennell via Mercedes Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:40 PM To: OK Don via Mercedes Cc: Randy Bennell Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Here Is Why Texas Is Dark

Re: [MBZ] More heat pump

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I 'spect natural gas was a lot more costly then. The price has come WAY down since fracking (and will probably go way back up now). -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 3:21 PM To: Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Cc:

Re: [MBZ] OT: Here Is Why Texas Is Dark

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
The decisions that limit current Texas power sharing were made long before anyone heard of TEXIT. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of OK Don via Mercedes Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:19 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: OK Don Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Here Is Why

Re: [MBZ] OT: Here Is Why Texas Is Dark

2021-02-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
That was my thought, exactly. Ignorance and superstition rule. Higher education has become nothing more than plush, overpriced re-education camps. Let the witch trials begin for anyone that rejects the new religion of GREEN. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Rick Knoble via

Re: [MBZ] Generator

2021-02-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Ungainly for most of us. What you said plus it needs to be wired in and anchored to the ground. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:24 PM Cc: Kaleb Striplin ; Okiebenz via Mercedes Subject: Re: [MBZ] Generator

Re: [MBZ] Heat pump question

2021-02-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I bought one of those 2KW inverter units from Harbor Freight a few years back: https://www.harborfreight.com/engines-generators/gasoline-generators/2000-watt-super-quiet-inverter-generator-62523.html I got it on sale for $450. It's fairly quiet and it has a low power mode that is even

Re: [MBZ] Firewood

2021-02-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
My last Dayton OH house had an iron stove in a corner on raised brick with brick along both walls. After it got going good I could damper it down and keep the house cozy all night. And it did get cold there. I recall a two-week period it never got above zero f. Maybe I should look into one of

Re: [MBZ] Backup Generators etc

2021-02-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
The brushless generator in my Generac produces noisy power, which I think is typical of brushless designs. But nothing in my house seems to care. My heat pumps are not on the transfer switch and I don't know if the 15KW generator could handle the inrush current. I haven't tried moving a heat

Re: [MBZ] Heat pump question

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I can’t say I have noticed if >>>> it’s ran a defrost cycle or not. I think here shortly I will go out and >>>> look at the coils and see if they are clear or have started frosting up >>>> again. >>>> >>>> Sent from my iPhone >>

Re: [MBZ] Covid and price of cars

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
My Sonoma has a short (6 ft) bed but there are "notches" in the bed walls for four 2x6 boards (the right length) that support 4x8 sheets above the wheel wells. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Jim Cathey via Mercedes Sent: Monday, February 15, 2021 8:18 AM To: Mercedes

Re: [MBZ] Heat pump question

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Probably, given the outside temps and state of charge, the gas pressure going into the compressor gets too low if ice prevents the coils from absorbing enough heat to raise the pressure (from that very cold air). -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes

Re: [MBZ] Heat pump question

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
For recent systems there are two basic defrost schemes: demand defrost and time/temp defrost. Time/temp is cheaper and most common. The time can usually be set by jumpers or DIP switches. If time is set to 30 min (for example) the coil temp sensor is checked every 30 minutes and a defrost

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
An empty tank could hold air, which could support combustion. Also, air (which won't condense) would screw-up the filling process. But purging is not a big deal (or it wasn't in the old days) as the heavier LP gas forces air out the top. I don't know what they do now with overfill protection

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
certified or whatever and if a propane company will fill it. Sent from my iPhone > On Feb 15, 2021, at 2:46 AM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes > wrote: > > If a big propane tank is rented and you terminate service, the LP company > usually comes and picks up and hauls off the w

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
them for the camp > because they're hard to handle and we only use 2x 20# cans in a normal week > at camp. Actually before we got the fridge we wouldn't even use 2 full tanks. > > -Curt > >On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 8:18:07 PM EST, Scott Ritchey via >Mercedes wrote: >

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
hey're hard to handle and we only use 2x 20# cans in a normal week > at camp. Actually before we got the fridge we wouldn't even use 2 full tanks. > > -Curt > >On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 8:18:07 PM EST, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes > wrote: > > Kaleb,

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
le and we only use 2x 20# cans in a normal week > at camp. Actually before we got the fridge we wouldn't even use 2 full tanks. > > -Curt > >On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 8:18:07 PM EST, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes > wrote: > > Kaleb, You need to think through whic

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
backup generator and run it off propane, and also run a line out to the shop for the heaters there. Maybe even replace the stove/oven with propane instead of electric Sent from my iPhone > On Feb 14, 2021, at 5:11 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes > wrote: > > Power was out here fro

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
To: Scott Ritchey via Mercedes Cc: Allan Streib Subject: Re: [MBZ] Blizzard Scott Ritchey via Mercedes writes: > The tank needs to absorb enough heat from the environment to "boil > off" LP gas as you use it. Is there some way to use the waste heat from the generator engine to heat

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
whole home backup generator and run it off propane, and also run a line out to the shop for the heaters there. Maybe even replace the stove/oven with propane instead of electric Sent from my iPhone > On Feb 14, 2021, at 5:11 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes > wrote: > > Power was ou

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
me backup generator and run it off > propane, and also run a line out to the shop for the heaters there. > Maybe even replace the stove/oven with propane instead of electric > > Sent from my iPhone > > > On Feb 14, 2021, at 5:11 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes < > mercedes@okieben

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Power was out here from about 0700 to noon, probably caused by an ice storm. I was unaware of that until I got to my kitchen and heard the generator running. That (15KW Generac) LP-fired standby generator was nice to have then but there are costs. I think the equipment was about $3500 (in

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Wind and Solar power require backup generation for whenever the sun don't shine (most of the time) and the wind don't blow (varies). As far as infrastructure is concerned that means "green" power generation doesn't replace other sources but is IN ADDITION to traditional sources. Also, the

Re: [MBZ] blew the roofs off that neighborhood

2021-01-26 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
There is much good to say about the F-16 but nothing has the visceral impact of F-4s at very low level. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Mitch Haley via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 8:52 PM To: mercedes@okiebenz.com Cc: mi...@mitchellhaley.com Subject: [MBZ]

Re: [MBZ] Initial thoughts of 240D was Re: Instrument cluster Fuse?

2021-01-24 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
You need to develop a "feel" for how much adjustment is needed to change the gap by a thousandth or two. You can only measure the gap with the jam nut tight so it's: measure, loosen, tweak, tighten, and measure again; then repeat until it's in spec. After a the first few valves you should be

Re: [MBZ] Serious question that does not need to turn into a political baby fest

2021-01-20 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Biden's principle contribution will be to serve as a bad example. Unfortunately the rest of us will pay for the lesson. Trump's principle contribution was to show the ruling class was corrupt and incompetent, not to mention evil. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb

Re: [MBZ] Kaleb needs this

2021-01-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
That one is too nice to put in the water. When I re-registered cars today (my name only) the clerk asked if they were ever in a flood. How would an amphicar owner answer that one? -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday, January 19,

Re: [MBZ] 123 Tires and OT Truck Tire Questions

2021-01-18 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Trying to back up uphill is the worst (in empty pickup). Once (spinning rear wheel on pine needles) I thought I would need the tractor to retrieve the truck. Ever since, I park pointed uphill if traction is iffy. I bought a used Torsen differential but haven't installed yet. -Original

Re: [MBZ] OT Anyone know/use Signal?

2021-01-18 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
The Par ler COE said (on TV last night) that they used AWS servers for development (dumb, IMO) and were unable to download all their codes, etc. before Amazon pulled the plug. Bad on Amazon but Par lor should have had safe backups. I have multiple local and cloud backups for even for my

Re: [MBZ] OT:Medical Alert devices

2021-01-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
My brother in FL has one with service from a company called LifeLine (probably local). He has needed it a couple of times and the service was very good (even if they woke me at 0400). If they could nor confirm a false alarm (and there were several) they dispatch an ambulance and notify the

Re: [MBZ] Sharpening drill bits

2021-01-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I agree. These PF Farm reviews seem thorough and address several things I care about. I suppose the guy must make money from the site because it costs him to do these vids. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Rick Knoble via Mercedes Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 10:55 PM

Re: [MBZ] NC Covid shots

2021-01-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I think it's more a matter of storage temperature than time. I heard the Pfizer vaccine must be stored at cryogenic temps and (obviously) warmed before use; so you want to use up the whole vial once it's out of the deep freeze. I think Moderna is less critical. -Original Message- From:

Re: [MBZ] NC Covid shots

2021-01-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
: Re: [MBZ] NC Covid shots It's good news, but probably won't matter much until they get more vaccine stockpiled. On Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 7:29 PM Scott Ritchey via Mercedes < mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: > As of today, COVID shots are available for everyone over

[MBZ] NC Covid shots

2021-01-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
As of today, COVID shots are available for everyone over 65 in NC. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] For the aviation enthusiast

2021-01-11 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Carrier aviation amazes and scares me. https://youtu.be/4gGMI8d3vLs?t=3 After watching flight ops on Kittyhawk for a few hours it was hard to believe nobody was killed. > On Jan 11, 2021, at 5:32 PM, G Mann via Mercedes > wrote: > > Normal approach to landing in the crop dusting

Re: [MBZ] OT: More Aviation

2021-01-11 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
For another piece of aviation history, consider "The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club." It's on Netflix and probably other places. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of greg via Mercedes Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 6:57 PM To: mercedes@okiebenz.com Cc:

Re: [MBZ] question for young investor

2021-01-02 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I'll offer my two cents. I am retired. My adequate net worth came from three sources: real estate (my personal homes), IRA/401K investment, and military pension/social security. I mention the last two only because I can live on them without needing to liquidate investments. I literally had

Re: [MBZ] OT shooting sports

2020-12-30 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
It seems the shot (including steel) would stay in the wad (basically a plastic cup) until clearing the barrel. Does anyone know if this is right? -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Curt Raymond via Mercedes Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 11:58 AM To: Mercedes Discussion

Re: [MBZ] OT: chestnuts

2020-12-29 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
As a young child in the 50s I ate some roasted chestnuts at a family Christmas gathering. I did NOT like them. But there were many things that young child didn't like that he likes now. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday, December

Re: [MBZ] OT - Redistribution of Wealth

2020-12-29 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Things are different now but SWMBO could barely walk, much less run, when she was alive. Run is good if you can, safely. Lethal force plus 911 if you can't. ABC: arm, barricade, and communicate. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Jim Cathey via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday,

Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax

2020-12-26 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Karl, In your experience, do you think illegal immigration across the southern border could be a factor, especially in CA? -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Peter Frederick via Mercedes Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2020 11:01 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Peter

Re: [MBZ] A quiz question for you

2020-12-22 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
"the "government money" comes from the citizen taxpayers." And also a wealth tax, called inflation, on people that own dollars. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 2:51 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Kaleb

Re: [MBZ] A quiz question for you

2020-12-21 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
"If they are going to require owners to keep tenants who are not paying then the government should be paying their rent. The government should also be paying for any damages that occur." Isn't it interesting that state governors (not the feds) mandated these lockdowns but those states are all

Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax

2020-12-21 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
19, 2020, 8:16 PM Scott Ritchey via Mercedes < mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: > Maybe the normal operations of the CDC needed interference? > > -Original Message- > From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes > Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:03 PM >

Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax

2020-12-20 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
t; of examples of countries that had a strong centralized government > response, and did far better than we have in terms of deaths per 100k. > > On Sat, Dec 19, 2020, 8:16 PM Scott Ritchey via Mercedes < > mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: > > > Maybe the normal operations

Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax

2020-12-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Maybe the normal operations of the CDC needed interference? -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 11:03 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Karl Wittnebel Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax Sorry guys, but the topic

Re: [MBZ] OT Vax fun

2020-12-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Thanks for these numbers and explanation. I got one of those finger things back when COVID started. I notice about 95% resting (watching TV) but 95-97% if more active. Seemed counterintuitive but this explains it -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes

Re: [MBZ] Replacement battery 2014 GLK 250 Bluetec

2020-12-18 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Hint: If you buy a Walmart battery, but it online for in-store pickup. Last time I got one I saw a good price online and just went to the store to pick one up. When they "rang it up" the cost was almost double the online price. If I had had any sense I would have cancelled that sale, ordered

Re: [MBZ] A quiz question for you

2020-12-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Many variables but 2 GPM should be ballpark, so about 40,000 gal. Or enough to fill a 40 ft by 200 dt swimming pool 7 ft deep. Obviously this is not a septic tank situation. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Re: [MBZ] This is not political, but a serious question, if you can’t handle it then hit delete

2020-12-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
y doesn’t have the capacity for such >> alterations, and even if someone tried it, the audits done using the >> physical paper ballots would quickly reveal any discrepancies. >> Mistakes do happen, and they’re typically identified in short order >> when audits are performed a

Re: [MBZ] This is not political, but a serious question, if you can’t handle it then hit delete

2020-12-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
My current NC county as well as my previous FL county used this system. After marking a paper ballot the voter feeds it into a reader which indicates that the ballot was accepted (read OK) or rejected (spit back out). Accepted ballots are held within the machine. This is the best system I

Re: [MBZ] It's about time we get these in diesel

2020-12-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Exactly. Most diesel idle fuel consumption is for accessories (AC, alternator, oil pump, etc.) which you probably still want at a long stop light or in stop and go gridlock. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Randy Bennell via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:56 PM

Re: [MBZ] I can not believe how stupid people are

2020-12-03 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
If we still have the Internet and virtual processes used during COVID, do we really need markets and exchanges in big cities? Why can't all that be virtual from wherever? With online banking, investing, etc. I think we are close to that now. There is, however, a serious drawback in reduced

Re: [MBZ] OT: $800 MacBook with iPhone CPU?

2020-12-03 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Windows Classic Shell can provide a very W2K/XP interface: http://www.classicshell.net/downloads/ It's all I use. I never saw any benefit to those stupid boxes in Win10. AND it's not worth my time to learn a new GUI every time some liberal arts clown at Micro$oft has a wild hair.

Re: [MBZ] I can not believe how stupid people are

2020-12-03 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
VD Hanson podcast episode 44 talks about the urban-rural divide: https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-victor-davis-hanson-podcast/episode-44-the-critical-essence-of-the-country-mouse/ One key take-away, IMO, is the urban folks cannot survive without country folks that provide food, water,

Re: [MBZ] OT: Opportunity?

2020-11-28 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
During WII, Hitler planned to literally ship dirt from USSR to Germany to grow food. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of OK Don via Mercedes Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2020 10:57 AM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: OK Don Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Opportunity? On Sat, Nov

Re: [MBZ] Random COVID question

2020-11-22 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Here's a thought: The big coastal metro areas NEED flyover country, at least if they want water, food, and power. But flyover country does not need those cities. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Clay Monroe via Mercedes Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:37 PM To:

Re: [MBZ] OT remember when electronic heath records were thought to be a step forward?

2020-11-17 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
In NC, open carry is legal unless you are a prohibited person, underage, or in a no-gun zone (hospital, post office, Cop shop, school, courthouse, etc. or anywhere the owner posts a no-gun sign). -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Mitch Haley via Mercedes Sent: Tuesday,

Re: [MBZ] Going home today

2020-11-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
A data point. My dad had lung problems and I took him to Mayo in Jacksonville in 1995. Mayo discovered he had aggressive small-cell lung cancer, past point of surviving. His local pulmonologist previously screwed around for several months but never discovered the cancer. I was impressed

Re: [MBZ] OT remember when electronic heath records were thought to be a step forward?

2020-11-16 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Somehow I can't help but think the answer to the "firearms in the house" question would not remain between me and my doctor. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Allan Streib via Mercedes Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:41 PM To: Dan Penoff via Mercedes Cc: Allan Streib

Re: [MBZ] Going home today

2020-11-15 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
How do you prevent recurrence? Warfarin (rat poison) is tricky and requires monitoring and diet control. SWMBO switched to Pradaxa which costs more but does not require frequent monitoring or diet restrictions. Pradaxa has similar competitors now, so may get cheaper. -Original Message-

Re: [MBZ] OT: A Life Lesson

2020-11-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Thank you all for your kind thoughts. Peter, good idea on the trust. My mother did that and it might make sense for me too. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Peter Frederick via Mercedes Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 4:53 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Peter

[MBZ] OT: A Life Lesson

2020-11-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
SWMBO recently turned 90 (I'm a few years behind). Except for A-Fib, she was in generally good health but experienced nausea a few times a month after dinner, which usually passed in a few hours or by morning. Two weeks ago she got sicker and sicker until she agreed to go to the ER. A CT scan

Re: [MBZ] OT remember when electronic heath records were thought to be a step forward?

2020-11-13 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Don't forget that the Obamacare electronic records requirement also drove small, independent doctors either out of business entirely (if they were close to retirement) or forced them to "team" with a big healthcare business. A small operation can't afford a dedicated IT staff. My

Re: [MBZ] Looks like I get to spend several days in the hospital

2020-11-13 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
If you saw the news 7-10 days ago ... same, same. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 12:50 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Kaleb Striplin Subject: Re: [MBZ] Looks like I get to spend several days in the hospital

Re: [MBZ] Looks like I get to spend several days in the hospital

2020-11-12 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Kaleb, I wish you a speedy and successful procedure. Scott -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:41 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Cc: Kaleb Striplin Subject: [MBZ] Looks like I get to spend several days in the

Re: [MBZ] OT: Geothermal energy to the rescue

2020-10-23 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Geothermal uses the temperature difference between the hot source and cool sink: more is better. In places like Iceland where the earth's crust is thin and mantle closer to the surface, geothermal is very practical and powers most of that island. Other places not so much. The article has

Re: [MBZ] OT: Emergency power has been deployed

2020-10-09 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I hear you. Power outages at our NC house were common in the past, but rare recently. I think we had less than 10 hours of actual power outage over 15 years since we installed a generator. I'm still glad we have it, especially if (when?) one of us needs powered home medical equipment in

Re: [MBZ] California is banning sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

2020-10-02 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I foresee a coming mandate for EV imbedded GPS mileage (and who knows what else) logging with auto download to servers when within Wi-Fi coverage. Doesn't Tesla already have the hardware for this? Big brother is watching. > -Original Message- > From: Mercedes

Re: [MBZ] California is banning sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

2020-10-01 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
can also be scheduled to do so. Batteries can also > > be employed, including car batteries, to manage the load. And power > > infrastructure can also be upgraded, which is long overdue anyway in > > many areas, and already being reviewed due to forest fires. Solar is > > pretty go

Re: [MBZ] California is banning sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

2020-09-29 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Where will they get the power to charge all those electric cars? Do we know that those power plants and distribution infrastructure will be cleaner than IC cars? On Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 07:50 Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes < mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: > California is banning sales of new

Re: [MBZ] Air Compressors

2020-09-29 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I have a 8 gal 2 hp horizontal tank unit I got from HF, maybe 10 years ago. Works fine except the check valve for the unloader slow-leaks after the spring rusted out. Fine for small projects but not high volume, like a big nail gun used all day. My neighbor has a large vertical style compressor

Re: [MBZ] More rental house fun

2020-09-27 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
What about vinegar? It's safe, cheap, and should penetrate porous materials. I understand the acid in vinegar breaks down the proteins in animal urine. I have had some success with vinegar in carpet but my problem was much easier. > -Original Message- > From: Mercedes

Re: [MBZ] OT - Pumpkin Shortage?

2020-09-27 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
For those that believe everything should be natural (no insecticides, no internal combustion engines, tools, etc.) I have news. In the struggle between man and nature, nature wins unless man uses his brain to cheat. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] California is banning sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

2020-09-25 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
I really hope CA, WA, and OR secede. Then the remaining states can declare war on the "West", occupy (probably without resistance) everything but some coastal enclaves and shut off the water and power to those blue anthills. We won't be so lucky. > -Original Message- > From: Mercedes

Re: [MBZ] (no subject)

2020-09-24 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
The older pumps were designed to shut down and lock out if they ran too long (e.g. a leak) so they wouldn't burn out or run down the battery. Common leak points are the diaphragms in the pods the soft rubber Ts and Xs that connect the hard tubes, and the vacuum reservoir. Recommend you

Re: [MBZ] Batteries, was: Daimler cheated too? (I'm sure VW feels better now)

2020-09-20 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stop this general bout of self-recrimination and wetness.” B. Johnson 01/09/2020 > On Sep 19, 2020, at 12:52 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes > wrote: > > Me too. Bac

Re: [MBZ] Batteries, was: Daimler cheated too?

2020-09-20 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
AGM=Absorbed Glass Matt. Instead of plates immersed in liquid sulfuric acid, AGM plates are separated by fiberglass mats that are saturated (like a sponge) with a thickened electrolyte that stays in place (doesn't run off). These batteries can usually be mounted in any orientation. They are

Re: [MBZ] Batteries, was: Daimler cheated too? (I'm sure VW feels better now)

2020-09-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Here is that PF YouTube review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN8A2nIMUWA=youtu.be=6 -Original Message- From: Scott Ritchey Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2020 4:52 PM To: 'Mercedes Discussion List' Subject: RE: [MBZ] Batteries, was: Daimler cheated too? (I'm sure VW feels better

Re: [MBZ] Batteries, was: Daimler cheated too? (I'm sure VW feels better now)

2020-09-19 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Me too. Back in the day it seemed batteries died gradually but now it's sudden death in my experience. Jumper cables are OK but you need an second, healthy car. What is the consensus about these Lithium-ion jump packs? I bought a Noco Genius Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp jump pack. Looked nice and

Re: [MBZ] This is Cool

2020-09-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
Remember the slant six? It too was a "visible" model. -Original Message- From: Mercedes On Behalf Of Dan Penoff via Mercedes Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 8:54 AM To: Mercedes List Cc: Dan Penoff Subject: [MBZ] This is Cool Reminds me of the “Visible V8” model I built when I was a

Re: [MBZ] OT: Internet filtering

2020-09-14 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
ersonally I like blacklisting for a church site. People can look at youtube > and > fb somewhere else. > > On Tue, Aug 25, 2020, 11:36 PM Scott Ritchey via Mercedes < > mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: > > > Kark, Thanks. I have some studying to do. > > >

Re: [MBZ] OT - Chain Saw Recommendations

2020-09-10 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
via Mercedes > Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:53 AM > To: Mercedes Discussion List > Cc: mi...@mitchellhaley.com > Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - Chain Saw Recommendations > > On Thu, September 10, 2020 2:17 am, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes wrote: > > Does Stihl have some uniqu

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