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    Russian Puma is a housecat

    I can't help thinking about the litter box that thing would need....
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    Prayer request

    I'm sorry to hear that, backlash. Thoughts and prayers inbound for you and your uncle.
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    Weather in your area?

    We woke up to 29 degrees and a foot of dense snow. The storm is just getting started, so this should be interesting. The plows are out and the main roads aren't too bad. Residential streets where the plows haven't been down are probably impassible for regular cars.
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    Useful vehicle modifications

    That looks like a BTech UV-25x2. Those are inexpensive and tiny but reach out really well. Handhelds are very limited in a vehicle because the antenna doesn't punch through a car too well. If you had a roof-mounted antenna and used a handheld, you'd be OK. Yes, CB radios are still in use but...
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    Weather in your area?

    Rochester, NY woke up to a balmy 4 degrees this morning with a wind chill down to -12 or so. I usually walk our dog several miles in the morning, but she wanted none of that...just a few hundred yards and she was ready to go back home. My husky loved weather like this. Labs...not so much...
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    The home of my dreams

    Great old house, good layout - easy to maintain. But the lot is tiny and it's sandwiched between NYC and Philly which isn't my idea of rural.
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    Cryptocurrency

    You got that right. No internet, no credit card transactions, no ATM withdrawals, and it's questionable how in-person bank withdrawals could be handled. The internet is used for many things and if it were to disappear, most everything would grind to a halt. That would be bad. Plan accordingly.
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    Today, Saturday I just bought a couple grand worth of Silver

    Same here. If you do drop some $ into a watch, buy from a reputable dealer. Genuine Rolexes, for example, come with paperwork showing provenance and this paperwork is a must-have when you go to sell your Rolex. Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin comprise the "holy trinity"...
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    Today, Saturday I just bought a couple grand worth of Silver

    APMEX has been great. So have JMBullion.com and providentmetals.com. Local coin shops tend to charge WAYtoo much over spot, so buying online is cheaper for me. (A local antique store has a section for coins and PMs. They're selling 10 ounce silver bars for (sit down for this) $750 each. I'll...
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    Automatic Link Establishment (HF radio)

    This gave me a better picture of what it is and how it works: ION2g looks interesting in that it can hop bands and scan frequencies very quickly, and I may give it a try with my G90 at some point.
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    Automatic Link Establishment (HF radio)

    My understanding is no internet connection is required. It's like a mil-spec JS8call as far as I can tell, but maybe with a store-and-forward (kinda like WinLink?). I gotta dig into it more but it looks like it could be really useful.
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    Automatic Link Establishment (HF radio)

    Does anyone have experience with this? https://ion2g.app/ This looks to be pure radio and might be a great solution for some looking to be able to make long-distance contacts reliably outside of the conventional infrastructure.
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    Jokes and Humor

    It's that time of year again - when the infallible prophets at The Babylon Bee tell you what will happen in the next year with 100% accuracy! Will 2022 be better than this year? You decide! Here is a definitive list of things that will happen in 2022: January 1 - USPS will deliver your...
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    Jokes and Humor

    Seriously? You have some catching up to do. Don't worry - you'll enjoy it.
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    Cryptocurrency

    Good question! I have no idea, honestly. I have a few ancient ASIC scypt miners that are good for mining litecoin (which can be converted to other currencies). My understanding is you would want a fairly high-end GPU on a dedicated PC and that GPU will set you back well over $1000. So you will...
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