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  1. Belay that, I'm an idiot. I put on two pairs of close-up reading glasses and re-examined my soldering work. Underneath one of the connecting wires, on the +ive terminal of one of the cells, a stray piece of solder had melted through the cell's plastic covering and allowed the +ive terminal to be connected to the -ive metal casing of the cell, i.e. a short circuit. After I remedied that, everything works as desired. Shit hot !
  2. When I bought my Kayak, I found, it, just a little low in the water for my 112Kgs. So in an attempt to raise the waterline I'm stripping weight from my setup.I need to know about using Li-ion batteries from power tools etc, to power fish finders.So I found a lot of these recycled 18650 Li-ion batteries on the interweb, that are the recycled good ones, from dead, power tool battery packs, tested and working and - wait for it - cheap!I've previously repacked two laptop battery packs, with these and they work just fine.So I got some more, to solder together, to make a pack, for my fish finder. Using a weighing machine I found that I'd save about 2.5Kg if I used these, and not my current (geddit?) lead acid batteryI'd completed the soldering and then I put the battery charger on the pack and the needle shot off to the right, > 7 Amps, a dramatic orange glow started to come from the inside of the charger. I quickly disconnected everything to prevent fire, danger, or a fission event.I am hesitant to plug in my expensive fish finder to see if it works.Then I got to thinking. When I repacked the laptop battery packs, there was a little circuit board in them, that I assumed, did a bunch of things including, perhaps - provide some resistance in the circuit.My 12 V battery charger is one of the old ones - transformer, plug, clips, needle/meter, switch, nothing in the way of electronics. Do I need to provide some resistance in the circuit with these 18650 cells ?It may be that my fish finder will have the necessaries to do this, if I connect it straight to the battery pack. But then how to recharge? I am hoping that someone here will be able to give me advice on this.Some specs ::18650 Cell Features and Technical Specifications Nominal Voltage: 3.6V. Nominal Capacity: 2,850 mAh. Minimum Discharge Voltage: 3V. Maximum Discharge current: 1C.Garmin Striker plus 7sv specifications Transmission power: 500W (RMS) Voltage range: 10 V to 28 V input voltage. Help please ! See diag. below for the arrangement I made.
  3. Steve you are correct as usual. my 10¢ - He know's it's coming, he is trying to ride it out as he has in the past - 'never admit anything' (Roy Cohn) He's never actually suffered a consequence, due to to his father's insulating money All his life he's craved the wealthy Manhattan society, acceptance, which makes his address move to Florida, telling The reason Jared has been spending so much time in the Middle East and achieving almost nothing, is that the Trump clan are shopping for a palace, or similar, as a bolt hole, for escape purposes thereof
  4. I hope that Laos doesn't pick up on this.
  5. I may have seen this or a similar effort. IMHO the world, owes that pink haired guy, a debt of gratitude.
  6. Jail won't happen short of murder. Democrats won't go there for a myriad of reasons, one of which is retribution. Before it gets to any discussion of jail, if its warranted, a deal will be done to save the office of the presidency from such an ignoble event. Plus the Dems know that the Republicans won't forget and take their pound of flesh from some future un-known Democrat. OK, amendment: After he's left office, Jail for him and others...
  7. There y'go, balanced coverage
  8. Trump ordered to pay $2 million for misusing namesake ... https://www.newshub.co.nz › home › world › 2019/11 › trump-ordered-to... 2 hours ago - A New York state judge has ordered US President Donald Trump to pay $US2 million ($NZ3.2m) for misusing his namesake charitable ... Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million In Charity Ethics Lawsuit ... https://www.huffpost.com › entry › trump-foundation-2-million-settlement... 7 hours ago - Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million In Charity Ethics Lawsuit. The “self-dealing” Trump Foundation was shuttered last year after the New York ... Judge orders Trump pay $2 million in lawsuit against Trump ... https://www.businessinsider.com › trump-foundation-lawsuit-2-million-sett... 2 hours ago - President Donald Trump must pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that he and his children misused the Trump Foundation for personal ...
  9. I still reckon that Jail is a likely outcome.
  10. Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation https://wapo.st/2Nvku3T By Philip Rucker November 8, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. GMT+13 Senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about President Trump’s conduct, but rejected the idea because they believed it would further destabilize an already teetering government, according to a new book by an unnamed author. In “A Warning” by Anonymous, obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its release, a writer described only as “a senior official in the Trump administration” paints a chilling portrait of the president as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation he was elected to lead. The author — who first captured attention in 2018 as the unidentified author of a New York Times opinion column — describes Trump careening from one self-inflicted crisis to the next, “like a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport.” The book is an unsparing character study of Trump, from his morality to his intellectual depth, which the author writes is based on his or her observations and experiences. The author claims many other current and former administration officials share his or her views. The 259-page book — which was published by Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, and goes on sale Nov. 19 — does not re-create many specific episodes in vivid detail, which the author writes was intentional to protect his or her identity. At a moment when a stream of political appointees and career public servants have testified before Congress about Trump’s conduct as part of the House impeachment inquiry, the book’s author defends his or her decision to remain anonymous. “I have decided to publish this anonymously because this debate is not about me,” the author writes. “It is about us. It is about how we want the presidency to reflect our country, and that is where the discussion should center. Some will call this ‘cowardice.’ My feelings are not hurt by the accusation. Nor am I unprepared to attach my name to criticism of President Trump. I may do so, in due course.” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham derided the book as a “work of fiction” and its anonymous author as a “coward.” “The coward who wrote this book didn’t put their name on it because it is nothing but lies,” Grisham wrote in an email. “Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked — but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible. Reporters who choose to write about this farce should have the journalistic integrity to cover the book as what it is — a work of fiction.” Earlier this week, the Justice Department warned Hachette and the author’s agents, Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn of Javelin, that the anonymous official may be violating a nondisclosure agreement. Javelin responded by accusing the administration of seeking to unmask the author. The author’s Sept. 5, 2018, ­op-ed in the Times, headlined “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” depicted some senior officials as a bulwark protecting the country from the president’s reckless impulses. Trump denounced it at the time as treasonous. In the book, the author repudiates the central thesis of the column: “I was wrong about the ‘quiet resistance’ inside the Trump administration. Unelected bureaucrats and cabinet appointees were never going to steer Donald Trump the right direction in the long run, or refine his malignant management style. He is who he is.” The author describes senior officials waking up in the morning “in a full-blown panic” over the wild pronouncements the president had made on Twitter. “It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” the author writes. “You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time. Only your uncle probably wouldn’t do it every single day, his words aren’t broadcast to the public, and he doesn’t have to lead the US government once he puts his pants on.” The book depicts Trump as making misogynistic and racist comments behind the scenes. “I’ve sat and listened in uncomfortable silence as he talks about a woman’s appearance or performance,” the author writes. “He comments on makeup. He makes jokes about weight. He critiques clothing. He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like ‘sweetie’ and ‘honey’ to address accomplished professionals. This is precisely the way a boss shouldn’t act in the work environment.” The author alleges that Trump attempted a Hispanic accent during an Oval Office meeting to complain about migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. “We get these women coming in with like seven children,” Trump said, according to the book. “They are saying, ‘Oh, please help! My husband left me!’ They are useless. They don’t do anything for our country. At least if they came in with a husband we could put him in the fields to pick corn or something.” The author argues that Trump is incapable of leading the United States through a monumental international crisis, describing how he tunes out intelligence and national security briefings and theorizing that foreign adversaries see him as “a simplistic pushover” who is susceptible to flattery and easily manipulated. After the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, the author writes, Trump vented to advisers and said he would be foolish to stand up to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “Do you know how stupid it would be to pick this fight?” Trump said, according to the book. “Oil would go up to one hundred fifty dollars a barrel. Jesus. How [expletive] stupid would I be?” The book contains a handful of startling assertions that are not backed up with evidence, such as a claim that if a majority of the Cabinet were prepared to remove Trump from office under the 25th Amendment, Vice President Pence would have been supportive. Pence denied this on Thursday, calling the book “appalling” and telling reporters, “I never heard anything in my time as vice president about the 25th Amendment. And why would I?” One theme laced throughout the book is Trump’s indifference to the boundaries of the law. The author writes that Trump considered presidential pardons as “unlimited ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ cards on a Monopoly board,” referring to news reports that he had offered pardons to aides. As he ranted about federal courts ruling against some of his policies, including the 2017 travel ban, the author writes, Trump once asked White House lawyers to draft a bill to send to Congress reducing the number of federal judges. “Can we just get rid of the judges? Let’s get rid of the [expletive] judges,” the president said, according to the book. “There shouldn’t be any at all, really.” The author portrays Trump as fearful of coups against him and suspicious of note-takers on his staff. According to the book, the president shouted at an aide who was scribbling in a notebook during a meeting, “What the [expletive] are you doing?” He added, “Are you [expletive] taking notes?” The aide apologized and closed the notebook. The author also ruminates about Trump’s fitness for office, describing him as reckless and without full control of his faculties. “I am not qualified to diagnose the president’s mental acuity,” the author writes. “All I can tell you is that normal people who spend any time with Donald Trump are uncomfortable by what they witness. He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity. Those who would claim otherwise are lying to themselves or to the country.” _____ Tee hee...
  11. Even in Suits these two look like - These two -
  12. Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to say that Trump didn't break any laws during his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. ...a request that Barr eventually declined. (Washington Post / New York Times / CNN) Intelligence officials want CIA director Gina Haspel to weigh in on the CIA whistleblower whose complaint is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. Haspel has so far avoided making any statements about the whistleblower or the complaint, as has Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Former CIA director John Brennan called on leaders in the intelligence community to push back both publicly and privately against attempts by GOP lawmakers and administration officials to unmask and punish the whistleblower...(NBC News) Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas received $500,000 from a Long Island attorney so he could pay Rudy Giuliani to help pressure the Ukrainian government to launch investigations into Trump's political opponents. Charles Gucciardo, a Republican donor and Trump supporter, gave the money to Lev Parnas as part of a deal that would make Gucciardo an investor in Parnas' company, Fraud Guarantee. Parnas then gave the money to Giuliani's firm in October 2018, which cemented the relationship between Parnas and Giuliani. Giuliani and Parnas would then go on to become a critical part of the campaign to pressure the Zelensky administration to publicly investigate Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the 2016 election. Parnas' company, Fraud Guarantee, was presented as a bulwark against the risk of being defrauded, but the company never had any official customers and Giuliani never engaged in any public marketing for it. Giuliani is currently under federal investigation for possible foreign lobbying violations, and Parnas has been indicted for alleged campaign finance and foreign money-laundering violations. (New York Times) And Parnas has volunteered to testify against Trump in the Impeachment proceedings, because Trump said he didn't know Parnas, despite many photos of them together... ahem... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/nyregion/lev-parnas-giuliani-associate.html
  13. Almost off topic, but I see the Cambodian Government is using American Republican tactics to combat the (presumably reasonable) opposition. Reasoned debate? no - shouting down. The Aljazeera has footage of the Cambodian Ambassador striding around the (not his) press conference, shouting and shutting down, any hope to hear, what the press conference was called for. And I thought it was just Americans that started shouting when they didn't get their way... 'You shut up': Cambodian ambassador ambushes press conference Back on Topic, I expect the Republicans will be doing a lot more shouting in America, because it's definitely not going their way.
  14. I wonder if Trump knows that Schiff is not the president.
  15. 60? fffft, been there, done that
  16. Subject to the usual disclaimers about state of health etc, I'll see you there I've diaried 2 October 2021
  17. 555 and in this momentous moment of seriousness...
  18. The thing about Trumpanzees is that stupid people, don't know they are stupid, they can get through the education system and perform well in life, because society needs it's drones, but in general, they lack the foresight and depth of field, to know that they are relics, and fan boys for post WWII America. America and the world has moved on. What the Trumpanzees can't and won't see, is that the aggregation of wealth and power has reached the logical outcome of any progression. Too few with wealth and power, too many with nothing. This isn't a class or race or religious or ideological thing, it's an economic thing and the people of the largest (for now) economy are just coming to feel the effects of disparate wealth. As I've said before, you've got to treat your peasants well, if you want them to be hard working happy peasants. If you don't they'll revolt, and the Trumpanzees are the latest of the revolting...
  19. Cav, where's the f'n wall? of the tiny existing bit, they've repaired, it seem that a reciprocating saw from the hardware store, will cut through it easily and people can then just walk on through, see https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/117129102/smugglers-are-sawing-through-new-sections-of-donald-trumps-border-wall
  20. Let's make a date, October 2021 ?
  21. I hope I am wrong, but I have, as someone else said in the media recently, that sinking feeling.
  22. I always liked Bernie as a favourite - I reckon that when Trump's grifting is finally exposed in full, you might revise the Nixon worse than Trump view. And for giggles, only the "Best People"... Rudy Giuliani needed an Apple Genius to unlock his iPhone after he was named Trump's cybersecurity adviser in 2017. Giuliani was locked out of his iPhone because he had forgotten the passcode and entered the wrong one at least 10 times. (NBC News)
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