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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dry

The Aral Sea in central Asia has almost completely dried up. I know, you're thinking Climate Change, right? After all, it can make volcanoes hotter and Al Gore richer, so drying up a mere inland sea should be child's play for such an all-powerful force, yes?

Nope. It weren't Evil Capitalists what done for the Aral Sea, it were COMMIES! The Soviets diverted water out of it for decades to support agriculture (because collective farming is so incredibly efficient, you see) and pretty well sucked it dry.

Good job, Lefties! You killed a sea. You should feel terrible.

They're all gonna DIE!!!!1

It's us, you see. We're killing all the animals. So say these Swiss-type people:

About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. The study Tuesday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for a 52 percent decline in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2010.


A quick reminder who we're dealing with here: these are the douchebags who sued in order to force the World Wrestling Federation to change their name, as these great lovers of wildlife are oh-so-compassionate and sophisticated and therefore did not want to have the same acronym as those brutish wrestling people. Too low-brow, you understand. Savin' da animules iz SRS BIDNIZ!

[The sue-happy hive of pompous douchebags] says improved methods of measuring populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles explain the huge difference from the 28-percent decline between 1970 and 2008 that the group reported in 2012.


Oh? "Improved methods," is it? I see. Would those be the "methods" whereby you recognize you're not receiving enough donations and extorted taxpayer money to fund your fancy office building and buy a new yacht (purely for investigative purposes, natch), and so you finger-fuck the numbers in order to grab a headline, thus stirring up a little alarm amongst the none-too-bright greenie-weenies and animal rights activists? Yes, the Democrat Party are experts at that particular methodology. Y'all should do lunch.

"There is no room for complacency," said WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini, calling for a greater focus on sustainable solutions to the impact people are inflicting on nature, particularly through the release of greenhouse gases.


Oh, of course! It's global warming Climate Change! Not only does it cause volcanoes and make New Jersey look like... well, like New Jersey -- but it kills all the cute, fluffy, round-eyed animals too! BAD Climate Change! BAD!

Hey Mr Lambertini, oh International Director General of Hyperbolic Douchebaggery, lemme clue you in on a little secret, buddy: humans are part of nature. We are not "inflicting" anything "on nature"; we ARE nature. Now go away, lest we force you to watch as we deep-fry baby elephant steaks in non-recyclable oil.


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Look! Up There! It's Climate Change!

Climate Change is the bees knees, boy-o! Plagues, wars, ice ages, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, pestilence, famine, and now volcanoes! Apparently Climate Change (ne global warming) is the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse. Climate Change is so cool! Is there anything it can't do? Dad, I want to be JUST LIKE Climate Change when I grow up!

But seriously, folks: if you're so gullible you'll believe that your neighbor's SUV is causing an increase in volcanic activity, you need to go back to the fifth grade and start over.


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Hat-tip To Vizigoth


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Monday, September 29, 2014

And fell on his head...

Ukrainian nationalists (i.e., not communists) toppled a statue of Lenin this evening:



Naturally the lefties and wannabe commies in the West are whining about it. One of the commenters at the linked article in the Daily Mail wrote:

"They are just thugs. Nothing wrong with communism. We need it in this country to toe some people into line."


Kinda makes you want to take him over your knee, doesn't it?

On a brighter note, the Ukrainian government tacitly endorsed the statue's destruction:

Arsen Avakov, Ukraine interior minister, wrote in a Facebook message, "Let him fall. As long as people don't get hurt. As long as this bloody communist idol does not take more victims with it when it goes."


It's amazing how living under communist rule makes people rabidly anti-communist. Perhaps we should set up a communist intern camp in some part of the country no one is using right now -- say, the Ohio River Valley -- and let the spoiled little leftist bastards learn the hard way.

Good Riddance

James Traficant, a corrupt Democrat politician (redundancy alert) who was expelled from Congress is dead:

The Democrat's expulsion from Congress in 2002 came three months after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted him. Prosecutors said he used his office to extract bribes from businesspeople and coerced staffers to work on his farm and his house boat on the Potomac River in Washington. He also was charged with witness tampering, destroying evidence and filing false tax returns. He spent seven years in prison.


Got all that? Now here's what the local Democrat chairman had to say about him:

"Mr. Traficant was a complex man," Betras said. "He gave voice to the frustrations and anxieties of the common man. The public felt he was one of them and because of that connection, they supported him in good times and in bad. He was a larger than life character who will long be remembered."


Really? Are you talking about the same person? Because it sounds to me like the water in the gene pool just got a little clearer.

The only thing more heartening than a dead politician is two dead politicians. Any volunteers?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ghost of the Night

Gun camera footage of an AC-130 gunship destroying a safehouse and tunnel complex. It all takes place at night, from a high orbit six miles away. From the perspective of the targets on the ground, the night simply begins exploding all around them. There's a reason the plane is named the Spectre.

Unpayable

It's pretty obvious to anyone who can perform basic arithmetic that public sector pensions are insolvent, but just how insolvent are they?

The U.S. public pension gap has tripled to at least $2 trillion in less than a decade, Moody's Investors Service said in a report on Thursday.

Moody's measured the unfunded liabilities for the 25 biggest public retirement systems between 2004 and 2012. The total future shortfall is more than half the size of the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, which comprises all the outstanding debt issued by U.S. states and cities.


The difference, of course, is that bonds are secured by real property. A bunch of ex-government employees have no inherent value, meaning the debt is completely unsecured.

You want to know what's going to trigger The Second American Tax Revolt? I'll tell you: a combination of unfunded liabilities, entitlements, and the default of the Social Security system. A some point, the insolvency of the Social Security system (thanks Bill Clinton!) will mean that it can no longer pay out money. The people who spent their entire lives paying into it will be told that they're getting zip, zilch, and nada when they retire. That's because the Democrats have to keep feeding money to the entitlement slave class they've created so they can stay in power. Oh, and of course the government retirees, none of whom paid a dime into the Social Security system, must have their pensions! So sorry, bud! It seems we just can't afford that whole Social Security thing. Tough luck, huh?

Now what happens? The children of the retirees will now have to support their parents, right as they are trying to raise a family and make ends meet. Question: How likely do you think they'll be to continue paying FICA? Because when they stop paying -- and they will -- the whole Ponzi scheme falls apart.

You can only push so far, spend so much phantom money, and lie so often before people call you out. What the current crop of shit-for-brains politicos in D.C. have forgotten is that the Big Lie principle only goes so far; at some point, it's obvious to everyone that it's a lie and they stop pretending otherwise. When people work their entire lives, giving a huge chunk of their income to the government under threat of force, and are then told they'll never get it back... Well, when (not IF, but WHEN) that happens, the ropes will come out and necks will get stretched -- quite possibly literally. Take pictures of the gibbets, so future generations will understand that a professional political class is ALWAYS a bad idea.

Islam IS the problem

This is why Islam is dangerous. It's a hate cult, which is why Japan outlawed it years ago. Freedom of religion does not extend to cults.

Friday Timewaster

oO. All you have to do is click the left mouse button. Easy, right?


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinskins

That'll learn 'em!

A Native American chief has called for a boycott of FedEx until the Washington Redskins - who play at FedExField - change their team name.

Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear wrote a letter telling tribal employees to stop using the service until the name is changed 'to something less inflammatory and insulting'.


Hear that, FedEx? A couple handfuls of broke alcoholic featherheads are going to not use your service. Oh dear! Whatever will you do about the lost 18 cents in profits?

Hey chief Staring Bored, why don't you find something useful to do. Jumping off the nearest freeway overpass sounds like a good plan for your Friday.

Ignentz

Red Cross workers and other medical volunteers working to contain the ebola outbreak in Guinea are being attacked and killed by the mouth-breathing savages who inhabit the shithole. It's tempting to say we should just pull out and let them die, but this a plague. We can't let it develop further and then spread into a worldwide epidemic.

My solution.

Sons of Guns

Many years ago while in the Philippines, I discovered that there are genius smiths among the local populace who can take a pile of junk and turn it into nearly anything. There was an old guy on Green Beach (across Subic Bay from Olongapo City) who would use ammo crates, mortar shrapnel, artillery casings and other bits to craft beautiful and very functional melee weapons. I still have a polished steel, brass-fitted short sword that he made for me.

In Pakistan, there is a town called Darra Adam Khel. They do the same thing, but for guns. They turn out everything from pen guns to Kalashnikovs to anti-aircraft batteries, and all of it is handmade from scrap. The skills have been passed down from father to son for generations, and it is the only industry of the town. Their claim is that there is no weapon which they cannot copy.

Good Riddance

Gestapenfuhrer Holder is resigning


RoboPilot

Not sure what to make of this. At least it doesn't drink.

Robotics research is already moving at a breakneck pace and is accelerating every day. I had no doubt it would happen, but it's a little bizarre to watch something occurring which was found only in far-fetched science fiction stories when I was a kid. At this rate, we'll have the household equivalent of C3PO in a couple of decades -- hopefully without the annoying English butler mannerisms. If that sounds improbable, it is worth remembering that prior to 1980, less than one percent of American households owned personal computers and even fewer had mobile phones.

Thursday Tunes

Summer by Filous & Kitty Gorgi. This is actually a remix of a recent Billboard pop hit by Calvin Harris, which you've undoubtedly heard if you've turned on a radio this year. I find this version far preferable, as it's a jazzy-electro mix with the requisite (for me) silky female vocals. The original, which I've linked below the embed, is hindered by the harsh, untrained voice of Mr Harris. Judge for yourself. Be aware that the video for the original version may be slightly NSFW if you're in a Puritanical office.



Original pop version.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Angst

Oh, the wailing and the gnashing of the teeth:

Fresh unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday night shows that the embers of the month-old unrest surrounding Michael Brown’s death can be kindled by even tiny sparks.

Detectives are investigating how a makeshift memorial to Mr. Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9., burned early Tuesday morning. The memorial, which is one of two near where Brown died on Canfield Drive, included mementos and small candles that may have caused the fire.

But some in the area suggested that it’s “naïve” to think the fire was accidental, and about 200 protesters rallied to West Florissant Avenue again Tuesday, squaring off with police and looting for the third time a store called Beauty Town. There were media reports of looters yelling "Burn it down!" and of gun shots in the area near Canfield Drive. Police made five arrests.


In other words they were looking for another reason to go on a looting spree. Lovely neighborhood. Just watch what happens when the policeman is acquitted. Maybe they'll do us all a favor and burn their whole damned town to the ground.

WTF

Can anyone explain to me why we haven't yet taken this creature behind the barn and shot it. A traitor with "gender dysphoria," and we're feeding it... why?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rebellious Youth

Siphonophore



Oopsies!

Don't go turning over the family's old moss-covered rocks unless you're sure you want to know what's under them.

The Great Space Hype

Talktalktalk:

The Japanese construction giant Obayashi says they will build a space elevator that will reach 96,000 kilometres into space.

"The tensile strength [of carbon fiber] is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it's possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can't make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but...we think by 2030 we'll be able to do it."


Oh, is that all? From 3 cm to 9,600,000,000 cm. That's not much difference. Easy-squeezie!

I'm all for a space elevator; I believe it's the future of humanity and our gateway to the solar system and eventually the stars. But pie-in-the-sky promises and hot air from corporate PR departments build exactly two things: Jack and Shit. Show me the goods or STFU.

Non sequitur

Wesleyan orders fraternities to go co-ed.

Then they won't be fraternities any more, now will they? What the fuck are they teaching in colleges these days?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Correct!



Someone needs to tell Bono that what little relevance (and talent) he may have possessed expired at the turn of the century. Stop putting your new "music" on during NFL games in commercial slots; it's extremely annoying and makes us all want to facepunch you.