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Monday, July 28, 2014

Creepbots

We find creepy Japbots creepy because our animal brain perceives them as being diseased and therefore disgusting and dangerous. It's a reaction hardwired into us by eons of natural selection -- i.e., don't have sex with the ugly diseased chicks.



KILL IT WITH FIRE



McWeddings

The new rising star of wedding venues in Hong Kong is McDonald's.



(It took me a minute to realize why the "M" is upside down. I'm kinda slow sometimes.)

Hey, I can't really throw rocks, as my wife and I were married in a bar. Admittedly it's a 150-year old bar, but still...

Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?

Booze Hounds

The Founders loved their booze:

Indeed, we still have available the bar tab from a 1787 farewell party in Philadelphia for George Washington just days before the framers signed off on the Constitution. According to the bill preserved from the evening, the 55 attendees drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch.


Impressive, even by my standards. Years later the teetotalers, Protestant fundamentalists, (the Founders were almost exclusively deists with a few agnostics in the mix), and Prohibitionists came along to rewrite history in their image. The result is a society which by and large views drinking as evil -- never mind that LAWD JEEBUS himself indulged.

Here’s the story: a way of thinking about addiction has grown up in the United States based on our temperance history. It is furthered by our modern “brain revolution,” supposedly steeped in the biology of behavior and reinforced by an economic juggernaut, that purports to find in neuroscience a full and tidy explanation for addictive behavior. Unfortunately, these cultural beliefs bear little resemblance to the reality of addiction and are not just unhelpful—but detrimental—to people who develop addictions. This is because both the 12 steps and the “new” neuroscience strive to convince you that you are an addict and will always remain an addict, which, by and large, isn’t true. And if you dispute any part of this story, you are in denial, proof positive of everything they say.


Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious cult and always has been. It was created by fundamentalist Prohibitionists, so it can hardly be anything else. Like all extremist movements, they took temperance to... well, extremes. Is too much booze bad for you? Of course it is, but so is too much groupthink.


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Hat-tip to Jeff W.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Timewaster

Drawfender. The pen is mightier than the cannon.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nostalgia

Some history is best left undiscovered.


Thursday Tunes

Pimps and Preachers by The Paul Thorn Band. Nouveau country in the vein of early Dire Straits. Submitter: "[Paul Thorn] was a professional boxer at one time... actually faced Roberto Duran."




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Hat-tip to Derek M.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fly-In

The FAA put a temporary ban on air travel to Tel Aviv, citing security concerns, and many on the right are seeing it as a backdoor method for the Obama administration to pressure Israel into a ceasefire. Once again, somebody we wouldn't expect is taking a stand:

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg is heading to Israel Tuesday night, flying on El Al in a show of unity with the Jewish state while U.S. and European airlines are canceling flights amid deadly fighting in Gaza.

"This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel," Bloomberg said in a prepared statement emailed by former City Hall spokesman Marc La Vorgna shortly after 8 p.m.

"Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely," Bloomberg continued. "The U.S. flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel."
[emphasis mine]


I think I speak for a lot of people when I ask: What the hell is up with this guy? After presiding over a notoriously "progressive" nanny-state administration in New York City, he's suddenly become Mr Liberty. First he attacks the Leftist solidarity within modern universities, now this stunt. Is Bloomberg trying to position himself for a Republican presidential run? It's damned odd, and odd behavior in politics makes my brow furrow, because it's usually a dead canary for a hidden agenda.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ow! Don't touch me!

California governor Jerry Brown continues the pussification of what passes for males in that sorry State. If it weren't for Camp Pendleton, there'd be no testosterone left anywhere in it.


Giving Up

New York City has surrendered unconditionally. Or possibly they're signalling their intent to defect to France. Either is acceptable.


The Pits



One of the most serious problems with establishing a moonbase is the atmosphere -- or more specifically, the lack of one. With no atmosphere to protect the surface from the hard radiation of the sun and meteorites moving faster than bullets, the only practical way to shield habitats on a large scale is by putting them beneath the surface. But if you've ever tried to dig a hole more than a couple of feet deep, you know what a pain that can be. Now multiply the size of the hole by several orders of magnitude and dig it while working in a spacesuit. Not fun, and definitely not very practical. So screw the shovel and use a tracked excavator, right? Not gonna happen. Using currently available technology, boosting several hundred tons of earth moving equipment out of Earth's gravity well and then soft-landing it on the lunar surface would be so expensive it would render the entire project financially impossible.

Fortunately, NASA may have found a solution: moon pits, formed by the collapsing roofs of lunar caves.

"Pits would be useful in a support role for human activity on the lunar surface," said Robert Wagner of Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. "A habitat placed in a pit -- ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang -- would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites, possibly very little dust, and no wild day-night temperature swings."


Of course you see the ironic symmetry: we fly to the moon and become cavemen. Let's just hope we don't find any noisy black obelisks.

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Orange

Idiots are wearing orange prison uniforms as fashion, so the jails are having to go back to black-and-white stripes:

[Sheriff] Federspiel said "some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail ... wearing all orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public." He said inmates sometimes work in public, and he doesn't want there to be any confusion.

"I don't want them to not be easy to spot," he said. "That's scary... I see a lot of people wearing all orange, and they think it's cool. And some people even put 'Property of the Saginaw County Jail' on the back of it. I've seen that. It's like, 'What are you doing? Really?'"


Simple solution: throw them in jail. I can assure you they'll never wear it again. Well, at least not voluntarily.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Earned Rest



The last of the A-7 Corsair II attack planes, currently in service with the Greek Air Force, are being retired in October. I've always loved this plane. Like the A-10, it's a workhorse rather than a racehorse. It isn't flashy or fast or sexy, but it was very effective at putting explosions onto the heads of bad guys for several decades. Bombers destroy the enemy's ability to wage war; fighters exist solely to protect bombers.

The photo above was taken at a recent fly-in event at RAF Fairford. Piclick for more info.

JIBO Jabber

Are your kids just not moping around the house and complaining enough? Is your wife not carping and nagging to your satisfaction? Has your neighbor fallen down on the job and stopped kibbitzing while you're trying to work on projects? Then I've got great news: you can buy a robot to fill those gaps in your life. Just pick up this little bastard, carry it around and set it down next to you whenever you feel the need to be second-guessed and needled. I'm sure they'll sell like hotcakes.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lies and lies and...

...more lies:

The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.

In court papers, the IRS said the hard drive was destroyed after two sets of trained technicians tried to retrieve the data. The tax agency said it was standard procedure to destroy old data storage equipment that may have contained confidential taxpayer information.

The IRS says Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number of emails.


This is ridiculous. The emails were on a central server, not her stupid hard drive. This is like taking my car to a mechanic shop because the engine is making weird noises, but the mechanic keeps insisting that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the rear seat cushions.

THEY. ARE. STALLING.

This has gone beyond "elephant in the living room" stuff and moved straight into obstruction of justice. Park these dissembling bastards in the judicial equivalent of a metal chair under a naked light bulb and start turning the thumbscrews until they scream, because we're all sick of hearing their lies.

Save a little gas...

...get people killed:

On March 5 this year, a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) advisory was issued to airlines, warning against flying within Dnipropetrovsk airspace because of the potential dangers posed by the ongoing conflict. All US airlines and most European airlines have since avoided that airspace and another air corridor over Crimea, which is also deemed to be unsafe for civilian flights. A senior aviation source told Sky News that European and US carriers have been increasingly avoiding these high risk areas, but some Asian airlines still route through this airspace.

[A senior aviation source said]: "Of course there are cost implications for airlines in having to route further north or south of these restricted areas, but passenger safety outweighs any cost concerns. Although the safety advice is to avoid these areas, there is no ban on an airline taking such routes if they decide to. However, most Western airlines have decided it's simply not worth the risk."


If I decide to rent a convertible and drive through a crime-ridden neighborhood -- say, the Third Ward in Houston -- at 10pm on a Friday night, whereupon I get shot and the rental car stolen, who is to blame? Oh, certainly the people who shot me and stole the car are criminals; I'm not disputing that. But I made the decision to go in harm's way.

At this point, I'd argue it doesn't matter whether the Russians, the separatists, or the Ukrainians shot the plane down. That is a fait accompli. But if I had a relative on that airplane, I'd be suing Malaysian Airlines right out of business. Because if they did indeed fly through a war zone to save gas and thereby increase their profit margin, then to Hell with them and everybody who works for them. If you deliberately and knowingly endanger your customers who have trusted you with their lives and PAID YOU AS SUCH, breaking that trust means you need to go out of business -- and I mean Right Fucking Now. This is one of those rare instances when trial lawyers actually serve the greater good.

Friday Timewaster

Renegade Racing. Flips n stuff.


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