Hump Day Open Thread

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I decided I needed some music for the gym. I used to have a (series of) Walkman cassette player 20 years ago. More recently I had a CD Walkman. I thought I would try an MP3 player this time.

I went to Walmart and I was relieved to see that the prices have gotten quite reasonable. I picked out a 4GB one that cost about $15 and also a set of bud earphones for $8 and change.

I get home and open the package (using a power saw and vise-grips) and all I find inside is this itty-bitty cracker-jack toy about half the size of a small matchbox! WTF?

Now I need to find a microscope so I can read the instruction manual.


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Unless President Donald J. Trump pulls a hat out of a rabbit real soon, on 1/21/21 I will wake up in a socialist banana republic.
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39 Responses to Hump Day Open Thread

  1. Somebody says:

    Easy stick the pin in one side of the cassette to wind the tape after it’s been eaten by the tape player.

  2. Somebody says:

    Do you have the appropriate kind of USB cable for your MP3 player?

    There are multiple kinds of USB cables is it mini 4A, 4B, 4P, TDK, 5A, 5B, 8M, 8P, MicroA or MicroB? It sounds like it’s a MicroA USB. Once you figure out the cable the rest is really simple.

    BTW you need to invest in a lighted magnifying glass. I finally broke down and bought a nice one, only problem is I never remember where it is, LOL!

  3. The Klown says:
  4. votermom says:

    Awful

  5. 49erDweet says:

    Magnifying glass, eh? Welcome to the end of middle age, Klown.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    6 New States carved out of California ? What a fun thought. I’d think of better names for them though….

    http://www.kake.com/news/offbeat/headlines/Petition-to-Split-California-into-six-states-gets-green-light-246237861.html

    • helenk3 says:

      I live in Riverside county. Will I be part of Arizona? They seem to have forgotten the Inland Empire in the planning.

    • Somebody says:

      GMTA Denise I was just coming here to post that too. I’m curious what all the Californians here think about this idea.

      Can you imagine 12 Boxer and Feinsteins? OMG

      • Somebody says:

        Maybe Florida can break up into 3 or 4 states? Then we could have a bunch more senators too. Imagine if Texas split up in to little pieces, they could have 20 senators.

    • mothy67 says:

      Seems there have been more than 220 attempts to divide CA. In 1965 the state Senate approved but it went no further. No state movement has been successful since West Virginia was established. Fun fact(s) Norman Mailer ran for mayor of NYC in 1969 proposing that the city become the 51st state. And a part of PA was claimed by Connecticut until 1786.
      interesting stuff
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_partition_proposals

      • The Klown says:

        When California became a state all the action was around SF, Sac’to and the Mother Lode gold fields. Everything north of Sac’to and south of Monterey just came along for the ride. Now SoCal is more powerful politically than the rest of the state combined.

        Northern California is really just South Oregon.

        We could split California into 4-5 different states and they would still be bigger than some of the original 13 colonies. It would divide California’s political power but it would give a huge boost to the Democratic party. If we split into 5 states at least 3 and maybe 4 would be blue states.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Been following this for about 3 weeks. My take, and I could be wrong, is two of the new states would likely go to the progs and three to the RWNJ’s, and one would go back and forth.

  7. helenk3 says:

    for a short break

    • DandyTIger says:

      Keep your phones locked and secured people. With the long version password, not the simple 4 number code. You are not required to give them the password. They may “accidentally” destroy the device of course, or use experts to crack the code, but you don’t have to help them. And you can sue them when it’s all done.

    • lildoggy4u . says:

      Our Broward Sheriff’s Dept. is way too big and very out of control with multiple stories like this. They have become feared in our community. There’s so much corruption and money at stake since they cover multiple municipalities. The former State Senator Ken Jenne was appointed head of the Department and ended up in jail for tax evasion as he became one of the richest men in the County.

  8. mothy67 says:

    Another example of complete lack of common sense when enforcing onerous rules
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2014/02/democrat-utopia-of-illinois-sucking.html

  9. Lulu says:

    Why did the UAW lose in Tennessee? It wasn’t racism. “Private-sector unions can no longer provide big benefits to members……On paper, unions can deliver three things: higher wages and fringe benefits; greater job security; and better working conditions, including protection against arbitrary or unlawful management practices.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-samuelson-why-the-uaw-lost/2014/02/19/c4ec6ac6-9980-11e3-b88d-f36c07223d88_story.html?hpid=z4

    Samuel goes on to give a mini-history of the economic history and collapse of labor unions in the second half of the twentieth century. But he fails to mention what is probably the coop de gracie for a state like Tennessee. The Democrats took one of the most attractive enticements to labor membership (and dues paying) away from unions. BENEFITS. Specifically health insurance benefits. Health insurance has been a major part of compensation packages for union contracts since WWII to get around wage and price controls. It also a tax incentive for employers. Not only did the Democrats take away one of the biggest reasons of union membership, they in effect gave everyone with a health plan through an employer a big pay slash especially generous union contract negotiated health benefits. Samuel does not mention Obamacare (it is in the knob slobbering WP after all) but he broadly hints at it. The UAW doesn’t have any benefits that VW doesn’t already offer because ….. Obamacare.

    The workers in Tennessee made a completely rational decision in declining unionization. Paying union dues for no economic benefits is not rational.

    • Lulu says:

      Continued….. So what is a political party and White House to do when they have in effect given most people a pay cut and especially their pals at labor unions from who they depend for contributions? Why a pay increase of course. How to do that during a recession and make your political opponents (who said this would happen) look like big meanies? Increase the minimum wage! Many unions have minimum wage plus contracts. If you increase the pay of the lowest paid workers you have to pay everyone else more especially if you just cut their benefits compensation. It may also be inflationary and cut jobs you say? Who cares as long as the union members aren’t pissed off, throw out their leadership and keep shoveling money to their political cronies. Increasing the minimum wage is how Democrats are trying to cover their ass on Obamacare. But Robert Samuelson at the Washington Post can’t say so openly.

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