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Monday, January 23, 2017

Shitbird

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bradley Manning was the platoon shitbird in bootcamp.

Getting dinner started...

Just Say No

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Fun

Pulls a bit to the left...

Bye-bye, Jug Ears

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Safe Space

Triggered:

A Georgetown University student group is encouraging its members to “embrace the inner child” after a stressful Inauguration week with stuffed animals, juice boxes, and Legos. The "Post-inauguration self-care" event will be held on January 23, just as many students will be returning from protesting Donald Trump's inauguration.


I got nothin'...

Tickles

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CIA Declassifed

The CIA has released millions of pages of operational and intelligence documents on its website for your browsing pleasure, dating from 1940 to 1990. If you're a history buff and spy thriller guy like I am, this is the mother lode of cool information. There's all kinds of stuff, but some of the most fascinating reading are the presidential daily briefings. It's really interesting to see what information they had available to make their decisions. Here, for example, is the presidential daily briefing for the day I was born.

While there are some redactions, the documents are quite readable and you can infer much of what's redacted based upon your knowledge of history, excepting cases where an entire section was removed. That's just an intriguing hole, such as the entire section on Czechoslovakia being redacted in that briefing above.

Compare that one with Nixon's first presidential daily briefing, which is both more extensive and more informative. Clearly they were hoping to impress Nixon with the scope of information they could provide, while LBJ was notorious for bulling ahead with his plans regardless of what anyone tried to tell him. I'd guess that by '68, the CIA had pretty much given up trying to explain things to LBJ and were just giving him what he wanted, which apparently wasn't much.

Bandit-style

Burt Reynolds' black screamin' chicken for sale. This isn't one of the originals from the movie; those have been in private collections for years. This is a heavily modded restoration that Reynolds has recently titled in order to give it some provenance. A publicity stunt, really.

The car, a 1978 Firebird Formula, packs serious resto-mod firepower. Under the hood is a fuel-injected 505cid V8 from Butler Performance. Trick aluminum heads, March pulleys, ceramic headers, and a full custom 3-inch exhaust... The gearbox is a five-speed Tremec manual, with a Detroit Speed mini-tub rear and Hurst line-lock to ensure maximum tire smoke. It's also got full coilover suspension and, of course, oversized snowflake-style wheels. The interior's all custom, too, replete with Pioneer and JL audio equipment.


That's probably the only way to make those cars worth a damn: lift up the body and drive a modern car under it, then weld them together.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Undercover


Running Away

More cracks are showing in The Land of Nork:

A former North Korea diplomat who fled Pyongyang's embassy in London wants South Koreans to stop calling his country of origin a communist state. "North Korea is not a communist society but a slave state presided over by a system of hereditary rule," Thae Yong-ho told South Korean parliamentarians...


Different words, same result. This defector is no patriot, he's a fat cat bureaucrat one step ahead of the headsman's axe. He's also an apologist for communism, which I suppose is to be expected, but no less irritating for it.

"North Koreans, under endless sanctions, are feeling mentally agitated while asking 'When will we, too, live in prosperity'?"


When they cast off communism and string Kim Jong Chubby up by his worthless sack -- and not one minute before that. Freedom isn't free.

Thae also said there are North Korean diplomats in Europe who are seriously considering defecting like himself. Some are hesitating because they are not sure whether they, as members of the North Korean elite, could enjoy the same social status in the South as they do as members of Pyongyang's government


Which just proves my preceding statement. These defectors are running only because their bosses are closing in on them, not because they have any desire for a free North Korea. Still, it's a start; the ship is leaking. We should smuggle guns and ammo into Norkville and drop agitprop leaflets 24/7 until they pull a Ceausescu on Fat Boy. There are many ways to remove a dictator from power, but a gruesome death at the hands of the people he is oppressing is by far the preferred method. It has a better chance of sticking that way.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Versatility of Fuck

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Timewaster