Dash Cam: Camera tampered with during vehicle maintenance.

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On 18 Octobrer 2019 our 4Runner was taken to Toyota Hollywood for maintenance. Before the vehicle left for the day I did what I do every day or two. Change out the SD card, clean the lens and check the position of the camera view. Everything was like it was supposed to be with a good camera view. When the 4Runner returned I started to change the SD card and noticed the camera was pointing in an upward direction.

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Before camera is moved.

That’s odd I thought because for the camera to be moved into that position it would have to be forced that way.  The mechanism that controls the vertical view of the camera has a knob that is tightened by hand. It also has indexing teeth so that the camera will stay in position once adjusted.

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After camera is moved.

That then made me suspicious since the vehicle had maintenance that day.  I loaded the footage on my computer.  I was not surprised to see footage of the camera being manipulated. Someone started to move the 4Runner then slowed down as the camera was moved. The slow motion video demonstrates the indexing I was referring to.  The clicks are visible in the footage. Adjusting the rear view mirror does not interfere with the camera.

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The employee cannot claim it was bumped by a hand. I included a demonstration of how difficult it is to move the camera in the video I put together about what happened.  So why would an employee of Toyota Hollywood be manipulating the camera without permission?  Does the employee have something to hide.  Does Toyota Hollywood?  The camera is not a Toyota part.  We put the camera in for our protection. They don’t have the authority to touch that camera or any other personal item.  This makes me very suspicious of what is going on in their garage.

There is a guy that keeps showing up in the footage who is the one performing the maintenance.  I’m not accusing the guy but do wonder if it was he who moved that camera.  Whoever it was I want to make sure that person never has access to any of our vehicles again.  The only person that could have moved the camera was the one who was driving it at the time.

I made a video record of the event that includes all the recordings from the time the 4Runner arrived at Toyota Hollywood to the time the person performing the work parked it outside.  Nearly all of the footage playback speeds have been changed to move though the timeline faster.  I included footage of me manipulating the camera angle and some slow motion to see movement detail.

For now all we can to is let the management know what happened so the issue can be addressed.  I’m posting this video so the management can see the actions that bring us concern.  As well as letting people know what took place there. We are shocked and disappointed this happened.

We want to know who did it so we can assure that person never accesses our vehicles again.  That camera is set to turn off after the engine stops. In the future when maintenance is performed the camera will be set to continuously record once it arrives at the garage.  Video is below. -13

 

Booster Bath Tub and Petsafe Ramp Product Experience & Modifications

Bathing dogs is a necessity.  That doggy pond water smell isn’t welcome here, it’s too much.  It’s always been a strain on my lower back bending over to give our dog a good scrubbing.  I looked at various tubs but didn’t like them for several reasons.  Some were at ground level requiring me to bend over, while elevated tubs were fully enclosed requiring me to lift the dog over the rim.  I did find a tub that had an opening that a dog could walk into.

The Booster Bath large elevated tub is configured so that steps could be attached at the opening.  It looks good but the steps didn’t look as if it would work very well.  There were 3 steps that would be difficult for a larger dog to navigate.  My dog would jump off them.  I decided to go with a ramp that I would modify to attach to the tub.

I like the tub itself but do not like the leg design.  The way the legs are designed they want to push out and away from the tub.  The tendon part of the leg wants to come out of the slots.  The first time I used the tub my dog jumped out just as one of the legs pulled out.  I replaced the leg then continued with bathing.  My dog wants to sit down in the middle of the tub.  This pushes down making the legs move outward as I’m scrubbing the dog.

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While the dog was sitting in the tub I looked at the underside and noticed a gap at the connection point.  I thought if I don’t support the tub the legs would pull out and the tub would collapse with the dog in it.  It first I wasn’t sure what might work then remembered I had a shower chair/bench in storage.  I took off the back and arm rest adjusted the height to fit.  It worked the chair fit perfectly without interference.

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Now when the dog is washed the tub is very stable.   Our dog is relaxed, calm and seems to enjoy the bath.  I’m not the only one who has had issue with the legs.  There are many customer reviews on Amazon reporting the same problems.

To get the dog into the tub I went with the Petsafe folding ramp.  I liked that it is lightweight, folding and fits into the tub when finished.  It had a semi flat area that would allow me to attach it to the tub with clevis pins.  Drill a few holes, push the pins in and done.

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When I used the ramp the first time as the dog reached the hinge the tub began to tilt backward from the dogs weight.  I attached the front of the tub to the ground with a strap the had the dog walk up.  The ramp was very shaky as well as flexed as the dog passed over the hinge.  It looked like there was a lot of pressure being placed over the hinge portion.  To counteract the forces I put a concrete block and some wood under the hinge.  That eliminated the flexing and made the ramp much more stable.

I knew the block and wood was temporary.  It was a hassle that looked like an eyesore.  I looked at many options and didn’t like any of them.  One day while checking out a Harbor Freight mailing it dawned on me that 3 ton jack stands might work.  I purchased a pair and they fit perfectly without any adjustments.  All I did was all some nonslip matting.  Now that ramp is very sable.

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The other issue I was having getting the dog up the ramp was that she would jump off.  I couldn’t understand why.  I thought it might be how the darker colored ramp is perceived.  Maybe it looks like the slots in a cattle guard to her.  A shadow that she can’t see well or at all.  After adding some light color towels I was able to walk her up with no problems.

Seems like the ramp does have an issue near the hinge.  After my experience I went though every one of the one star reviews at Amazon.  I noticed a pattern where the ramp broke at the hinge.  After viewing several photographs from customers it was plain to see a consistent in the breaks.  The all looked nearly identical.  I think there is a flaw in the design or plastic.

My opinion of the tub and ramp is that if I wasn’t able to add the chair and jack stands I would not use them again for fear of them collapsing.  Anyone who has either of them currently may want to look into the solutions I’ve had success with.  Anyone considering purchasing them should also factor in the additional cost of the supports.  Since I’ve had success with the solutions I’ll keep using the ramp/tub combination with confidence.  The video has all the details.  -13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground anchor tent stake driver socket

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Living in Florida we’re prepared for living in tents for various reasons.  There’s camping for pleasure.  We may have to evacuate to another location for protection from a hurricane.  Most of the time we stay on the homestead when a hurricane is predicted to strike our area.  Our home could become so damaged that we may have to camp in the back yard until it is repaired.  We have soft soil, high winds and hard rain storms to content with.

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Failed tent stake experiment.

Setting up camp in sandy terrain requires the right stake.  If hard ground stakes are used they’ll pull out as soon as force is put on a tent or what ever structure needs to be anchored.  I had considered the MSR ToughStake but the cost was prohibitive since we need 35-40.  They wanted over $30.00 for two of the larger size stakes.  I tried to make something similar with what was sold as stakes that worked in the sand but it didn’t work.  If I used them they would have to be buried.  That’s more than I want to do when pitching or rolling up camp.

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Preferred sand stake, 3/8″ x 15″ ground anchor

I ended up getting 3/8″ x 15″ auger type ground anchors that screw into the sand.  This size is perfect for setting up the average camping tent.  I’ve used larger ones in the past to hold down sheds and temporary tarp structures.  They worked very good.  The only issue is getting them into the ground or removing them.  After watching a video on YouTube I decided to try to modify a couple of impact sockets.

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32mm & 27mm 1/2″ drive deep impact sockets

I wasn’t sure how the experiment was going to go so I used 20% off coupons to buy the sockets from Harbor Freight.  I decided on impact sockets that way they could be used with any manual, pneumatic, cordless or electric driver available.  First was the 32mm to see if I could do it then the 27mm.  I thought the 27 mm might work as well or better plus I’d have a back up in case one or the other was lost or damaged.

 

I used a cutting and grinding wheel on an angle grinder to remove the material creating enough space for the ground anchor eyelet to fit though.  The grinding work isn’t pretty but it works.  Now we have two sockets that will drive those ground anchors into the sand.  I ordered the ground anchors from a couple of suppliers and they each had different size eyelets.  The drivers accommodate both sizes.  Really glad that video was on YouTube.  Pitching and rolling up camp will be much easier now.

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Video link is below if you want to see the how it turned out.  -13

 

Loud noise creates pandemonium at the mall. UPDATED

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Want to promote an anti civil rights agenda by disarming citizens and make people unnaturally fear firearms?  This is the end result.  Mass hysteria by shoppers because of a loud noise leads to people getting trampled by the crowd.  “Everybody was running. Some people — an elderly man — got trampled over because it was hectic.”  What did the police find while investigating a loud noise?  “We have not recovered any shell casings, no rounds of ammunition, anything along those lines,” Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said.  Click the link if you want to see more.  -13

Town Center at Boca Raton back open after fears of shooter cause confusion, panic

 

UPDATE: 15OCT2019 Mall chaos caused by single balloon popping, police report delayed reaction.  All I have to add is this is why people need to be educated about firearms.  Running in terror from a popping balloon sound.  -13

Balloon Popping Sound Mistaken as Gunshot Inside Boca Raton Mall: Police

 

UPDATE: 17OCT2019 Video footage of balloon pop causing pandemonium at mall.

Surveillance video shows balloon-popping incidents that triggered Boca Raton mall scare

Worm bin notes: Update 23 Getting back to normal

Bins 2 & 3, Update 23.  Looks like the bins are getting back to normal as well as the local temperatures.  The heat wave has let up and the worms are becoming more active.  Bin 2 temp was 81.8ºF, bin 3 was 82.2ºF with an ambient temperature of 86ºF, 69% humidity.

No foul odors to report in either bin.  Both bins showed signs of the surface drying out.  To remedy this I added more cardboard and made sure to push it down closer to the surface.  This should help trap the moisture in.  I’m sure the constant shop fan blowing on the bins the during the heat wave has contributed to the drying.  Next time I check the bins I may add some water to keep it moist enough to keep the worms happy.

There was a gecko in bin 3 as shown in the video.  It’s easy to see in both bins how few spiders there are in there.  Don’t remember seeing any in bin 3.

These updates have been getting shorter in length since the bins are getting back to normal and I’m not trying much new with them.  I’ve also decided to stop adding photographs to the updates unless I want to show something.  I’ve been so busy with other projects I don’t have the patients or time required using an Apple computer and phone.  Too many steps to do something that I could do much faster on a PC.

If I want to transfer photos and video from my iPhone onto my PC all I do is access the phone, highlight the items I want on the PC and drag them to the folder I want them in.

With Apple I have to open iMovie to get the photos and video to make the video.  If I want to use the photos on this blog I have to open photos, transfer them to photos, then transfer them to another folder on my desktop.  It’s become too much.  Apple is not user friendly they want too much control over my property.  Not cool.

I hope those few that do follow this part of my blog understand. It’s also why I make the videos, they have the same details.  This blog is a place for me to write notes of the checkup and things I may have left out of the videos, and for future reference should YouTube disappear or the ban me.  At least I’ll have some record.  New video is below check it out.  -13

 

Why shopping at Costco could get you killed.

I’ve been wanting to cover this issue since I found out about it.  The purpose of witting this is to call attention to the issue and to put pressure on Costco and all businesses to stop this practice of putting profit over life safety.  Let me be clear from the start, I fully support the second amendment, unrestricted.  I have been carrying a self defense firearm since 1982 and have no plans to stop no matter how emotional it may make irrational people.

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The shooting that happened in Corona California sometime in June of 2019 is a perfect example of exactly how shopping at a Costco in could get you killed.  I have this opinion based on experience as a firefighter and lessons learned by the deaths of others.  There’s a reason emergency responder’s say “every second counts”.  They do, I’ll use two videos as an example.

 

First I’ll use the video that was hosted by at the time Indiana Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell.  In the video the sheriff is demonstrating how ridiculous magazine bans are.  We can see how fast an inexperienced individual can accurately put rounds on target.  20 rounds with an AR-15 was 14.79 seconds and with a Mini-14 it took 12.03 seconds.  Both of those fall within the 15 seconds before the door could be opened.  I’d call that life threatening in the event of an active shooter.

Next I’ll use the video from the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people to demonstrate again how seconds count in an emergency.  Approximately one minute (1:26) into the fire it’s easy to hear the cries for help, people pounding on the glass trying to escape.  Ever wonder why doors open outward?  History has proven time and again that when those doors won’t open and sometimes when they do, people pile up quickly making it difficult or impossible to escape from modern exits.  As is painfully made clear in the video at the 1:56 mark.  All it takes is for one person to trip to start a chain reaction.  They will stack up like cord-wood.  “When I got to the inside doors, which is about 30 feet inside the building, I saw these big double doors, and people were stacked like cord wood. They were clear up to the top. They just kept diving out on each other trying to get out. I looked back over the pile and it wasn’t dead people, there were dead and alive in that pile and I went in and just started to grab them two at the time and pull them off the stack and drag them out.”  That quote from a responding firefighter to the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire and the Station nightclub footage is impossible to deny.

Also at issue is whether the system will function as designed.  We all experience modern product malfunctions when they don’t perform as designed.  In California an earthquake could possibly disable the system and no one would know until an emergency.  Same thing if there was an explosion.

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So called experts think delayed exits are okay for you and me.  They justify them in terms of profit for them and the company that purchases them.  In my opinion those companies and those who run them have questionable ethics at best.  They certainly do not have your safety in mind, only profit.  Read the quotes in the photo above for proof.  Shame also falls on fire officials that approve this kind of thing, they do not belong in that job.  Says me!

Is shopping at Costco a gamble with ones life?  Sure seems like it to me based on the evidence.  Will I shop there?  Yes, however, I always go armed and my plan if escape is necessary is to activate the fire alarm before trying to open the exit doors since that is supposed to deactivate the delay.  The real solution is to send a message to Costco that if they don’t stop this practice we will have a customer revolt.  According to Costco’s 2018 annual report their biggest fear is loosing customers in mass.  The report states it would affect the company drastically.  Think you’re not in danger?  Better go back and review the videos.  If you read this I’d like to know what you think.  Post your thoughts in the comments section.  -13

 

Benedict Arnold Report 10 State Representative Dan Daley

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The disgusting practice of using the death of someone to promote a personal agenda.  More anti civil rights traitors exposing themselves for who they really are.  Now these idiots want something called “Jamie’s Law” requiring individuals purchasing ammunition for their legally owned firearms to pass a background check.  Shame on State Representative Dan Daley.

Rep. Dan Daley Discusses ‘Jamie’s Law’ Which Calls For Background Checks On People Buying Ammo

If you have evidence you would like to share reach me via my contact page I’ll get back with you ASAP.  -13

Good People With Firearms #3

NAAGA, the National African American Gun Association, ever heard of it?  I hadn’t until a saw this in the local news.  Click the link below for more good news.

NAAGA wants to break the stereotype of how people view African American gun owners

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #2

More good news for Florida, approved teachers can now carry firearms at school.  Sure hope they don’t act like the Coward of Broward did when it was his time to prove himself.  Click the link for the details.

Florida Teachers Can Now Carry Guns Inside Classrooms Thanks To Guardian Program

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

 

Benedict Arnold Report 9 State Senator Tom Lee

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This just in from Florida Gun Rights.

“State Senator Tom Lee is the latest Republican in Tallahassee to call for gun control after being appointed by Bill Galvano to find the “sweet spot” on gun control.

Lee, who heads up the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee, is in a prime position to push yet another gun control expansion in our state.

In fact, Lee recently asked his committee if anyone thought we had enough gun control laws in Florida and not a single Republican stood up to say WE HAVE TOO MANY!

We must make it clear to Tom Lee that pro-gun Floridians OPPOSE ALL gun control.
Just last year, I sat in Sen. Lee’s office discussing how we could repeal Florida’s “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law, a law he originally voted against.

Now, Sen. Lee has joined Bill Galvano’s crusade for gun control.

Friday’s headline in the Tallahassee Democrat was “Sen. Tom Lee in search for a ‘sweet spot’ in new Florida gun control regulations.”

Lee, who has an “A” rating from the NRA, has abandoned his base and is now working with the gun grabbers to strip Floridians of even more of our rights.

After telling reporters several weeks ago that “nothing’s off the table” when it comes to gun control, Lee is now backing Universal Gun Registration.

Some other legislation that has already been proposed includes:

● Expanding Florida’s “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law to allow almost ANYONE to report you, similar to California’s due process-shredding gun confiscation law

● Repealing state preemption to allow local governments to enact a web of varying gun control laws designed to entangle gun owners in legal battles for their rights

● Forcing gun owners to undergo a mental health evaluation before being allowed to exercise their God-given rights

With so much at stake, Tom Lee must stop supporting gun control and return to defending the Second Amendment!

Lee has chosen an interesting ally in his fight for more gun control.

Bill Galvano, the President of the Senate, was the chief author of the 2018 gun control package.

And after ramming gun control down our throats, Galvano accepted half a million dollars from Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety during the 2018 elections.

Galvano sold our rights for half a million dollars. What is Tom Lee getting for compromising our rights away?

The only way we will stop another onslaught of gun control in Florida is for pro-gun Floridians to overwhelm politicians with their opposition.

P.S. State Senator Tom Lee is the latest Republican in Tallahassee to call for gun control after being appointed to investigate “guns and mass killings” by Bill Galvano.

Galvano sold our rights for half a million dollars. What is Tom Lee getting for compromising our rights away?”

If you have evidence you would like to share reach me via my contact page I’ll get back with you ASAP.  -13

Benedict Arnold Report 8 -The Blacklist Begins

Looks like Gunpowder magazine is making a list and checking it twice.  Click the link to check out their list then decide whether you want to do business there or not.

Gunpowder list of anti civil rights companies.

If you have evidence you would like to share reach me via my contact page I’ll get back with you ASAP.  -13

Good People With Firearms #1

Starting another new feature on my blog titled “Good People With Firearms”.  It will feature individuals that prove why we must not compromise our Second Amendment rights.  Evidence will be gathered most likely when I see it in the local news so I don’t expect this to be a regular blog post.

19/SEPT/2019, Miami, FL.  Woman stops robbery in progress.  Local news is reporting a legally armed female patron of Popeye’s used her firearm to stop a robbery in progress.  Footage shows a person on the ground with what appears to be a male standing over the victim removing items from the victims pockets when the Popeye’s female patron points her firearm at the robber then fires.  The good Samaritan identified only as Eula states she had to do it to save the victim when she fired into the air to repel the robber that was later detained by police.  Go check out the link for more.

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

20/SEPT/2019, UPDATE – More accurate information than the first report.