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Monday, October 20, 2014

Usurping Moral Authority

Your Dad Is Not Hitler:

A few weeks ago I noticed the following slogan painted on the walls of a supermarket in France: Hitler, Sarko—même combat [Hitler, Sarkosy—same battle]


Not surprising, of course. The French electorate is even more willfully ignorant than the American version, if you can credit that. What caught my attention was a few paragraphs on:

The person who painted the slogan was most likely a spoiled brat who had never suffered any real oppression himself; he was well enough educated to know something of the Nazi era, but he simply had no imaginative insight into the possible depths or miseries of human experience.

On the other hand, he would probably thirst greedily to suffer, as if envious of those who had drunk at the real well of misery. No one, especially the young, likes to admit that his discontents with the world are actually quite petty by comparison with the terrible sufferings of others, past, present, and no doubt to come; and so he magnifies his own sufferings to make them seem more like those of true sufferers. The minor inconveniences of life under Sarkozy are therefore magnified preposterously and equated to the sufferings of occupied France (which were themselves mild by comparison with those of the occupation of Poland).

In other words, there is an unattractive egotism and grandiosity in the slogan. There is an envy of suffering because suffering is supposed to confer moral authority on the sufferer, which is not available to those who merely think about suffering without experience of its worst forms. The syllogism is as follows: the suffering have moral authority; I have moral authority; therefore I suffer.


That describes something which is obvious yet so very subtle in its nature. There are valuable lessons to be learned from pain and depredation. The problem we're running into with the modern Left is that rather than put themselves into a situation where they might experience those things in even minimal degrees, and thus have some provenance for their views and professed ideals, they simply usurp the moral authority via perversion of historical context. I strongly suspect this behavior is rooted, at some subconscious level, in the realization that exposure to true hardship would radically alter their worldviews, almost certainly away from Leftism. They thus decide that it is better to protest in ignorance than to learn the truth, to loudly shout down anyone who questions their qualifications rather than debate in calm voice.

Having traveled to several countries formerly under communist rule, I can tell you this for certain: not one person I met in those places who was alive at the time of that rule expressed the least desire to return to that state of affairs; the vast majority were rabidly anti-communist. They learned their lessons from hardship and their moral authority on the subject of communism is certified, unlike the anonymous leftist coward who spray painted his opinion of a French politician on a supermarket wall. One wonders if the vandal is even aware that such behavior in a communist country would result in his removal from society -- and quite possibly from the planet.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Czar here, a Czar there

Dumbo appointed a career Donk bureaucrat and political flunky as "Ebola Czar." Well, that'll fix it right up...

Fucking useless douchebags.

It's the Drinkend!





More seasonal beer, this time one to prep you for Halloween: Blue Moon Brewing Company's Caramel Apple Spiced Ale. Not nearly as sweet as it sounds, with a nice aftertaste.

Za vashe zdorovye!

That's not a plane...

Breathless in the press over flying Muzzies:


Reliable resource reported to SOHR that Islamic State organization has [captured] 3 warplanes that can fly and maneuver. These warplanes are expected to be MiG 21 and 23. Officers from the Iraqi dissolved army, who are also members in the Islamic State Organization, have overseen the training of some militants in order to be able to lead [sic] these aircrafts...



And? So what? You know what happens when MiG-21s or MiG-23s run up against any remotely modern Western aircraft? They explode. The MiG-21 is a 1960s-era interceptor which relies on ground control intercept radar nets to find targets, a system which ISIS don't have and couldn't operate even if they did. Even if one of them got off the ground on a sortie, it would be shot down less than sixty seconds after it went airborne, was detected by AWACS, handed off to a JSTARS, and assigned as a target package to the nearest F-15 CAP. They may as well throw rocks, because it would be exactly as effective.

The MiG-23 is a 1970s multi-role fighter which was outdated in 1982 when Tomcats from the U.S.S. Kennedy introduced two Libyan MiG-23s to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The only thing either of the MiGs is good for today is blowing up stationary ground targets -- and rather inaccurately at that.

The only mission which ISIS could accomplish in either of these aircraft is bombing their fellow Muslims. Once again, I'm not seeing the problem. Hell, we should ask the Soviets (sorry, I mean the Russians; I get confused with Tsar Putin in charge) to sell them some more bombs.

Waiting



And you thought the drying paint was boring...

Thug Life

This troop of ghetto monkeys in New Orleans stole a cell phone, then used it to take this oh-so-cool photo of themselves... which photo obligingly uploaded to the phone owner's cloud account and was turned over to the police. Piclick to read all about these future tax burdens.



Comic News Network

Oh hardy-har-har:

Americans are suffering from "Fearbola," a "hyper-contagious disease that affects the brain, making sufferers fear a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States," according to CNN’s Mel Robbins.

Citing a Washington Post-ABC News poll that found two-thirds of Americans are worried about an Ebola outbreak and think the U.S. isn’t doing enough to make sure that doesn’t happen, Robbins talked about how Fearbola is spread.

“Fearbola is an airborne disease that spreads through conversation, entering your brain through your ears. Fearbola is so contagious that some victims have contracted it by simply seeing images and videos about Ebola,” Robbins wrote. “Once inside your body, Fearbola attacks the part of the brain responsible for rational thinking.”


Oh, Mel... U SO FUNNY! Hey, you know what I'm afflicted by? A lack of leadership in Washington, aided and abetted by the total abandonment of duties assigned by our Constitution to the fourth estate -- that'd be you, Mel buddy. Obama could walk out of his office holding the disembodied head of a toddler in one hand, a bloody axe in the other, and you pathetic pack of sycophantic Democrat dicksuckers in the press would immediately start talking about how we have too many toddlers and a lack of empathy for axe murderers.

Fucking useless douchebags.

Friday Timewaster

Procedural Realms, an innovative Multi-User Dungeon (MUD), with a "map" as the text prompt. The world is 1,000 x 1,000 rooms -- meaning there are a million locations in the game, plus randomly generated dungeons which disappear and are replaced elsewhere when cleared.

If you've never MUDded before, don't worry; it's ridiculously easy to get into. You don't even need a client; just click on the link, type in a character name and a password, and you're up and running. Type 'help commands' (sans quote marks) on the command line for a list of commands. The red asterisks are monsters, (called 'mobiles' in a MUD). Kill 'em and take their stuff. You'll also see hints pop up as you move around (using n, s, e, w) and you can always ask other players for help.

Right, off you go.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Tunes

Ascent by Peter Kater, a lovely piano piece. That rolling sustain with the right hand while playing the melody with the left? Yeah, I can't do that. I've tried. It is, in fact, one of a great many cool things I can't do on a piano. I'm glad somebody can, though.




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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Automatic

Ever wondered what mechE geeks do with their diplomas? This.

All That and a Name, Too!

The airstrikes against ISIS now have an official name: Operation Inherent Resolve. That's militarese (in which I am quite fluent) for We Were Forced To Do This Stupid Shit.

Hey, I wonder what they'll call the boneheaded move of sending several hundred airborne combat troops into a plague zone? I suggest Operation Exceptionally Inept.

Moron

Here's what our once great nation has come to: this ghetto trash squatting in our White House and pretending to be a lady.

Disgusting.

Weep for the Future


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Welcome to Civilization

So...I rather enjoyed this bit from a speech given in London yesterday, especially the last couple of sentences.

"But to every extremist, it has to be made clear: We will not allow you to exploit our tolerance, so that you can import your intolerance. We will not let you destroy our peace with your violent ideas. If you expect to live among us and yet plan against us to receive the protections and comforts of a free society while showing none of its virtues or graces then you can have our answer now:  No, not on our watch! You will live by exactly the standards that the rest of us live by.  And if that comes as jarring news then welcome to civilization."

Link to Washington Post article about the speech here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Failure

From Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt newsletter:

In your life, failure is not an option. If you don’t pick up the kids from school, they’re stuck there. If you don’t go shop for groceries, the kids don’t eat. All around you, every day, you see things that have to get done, and you do them. You don’t tell the kids, ‘well, our intentions were good. We tried. We had some glitches.” You don’t get to blame your predecessor or the opposition party. You don’t get to tell them, or your spouse, or your boss, that the situation is the same, as normal, and that they’re “just noticing now because of social media.”

Where is this “get it done” attitude in Washington? Every time you turn around, it’s some new excuse. Americans do not accept this kind of incompetence and unaccountability in their personal and professional lives. Why should they accept it from Washington?


We shouldn't. I'd like to say we start by voting against incumbents -- ALL incumbents -- every primary. Unfortunately, I've come to believe that the system has become too perverted by the party elites for that to have any real and lasting effect.

So what's the solution? I don't know, but history may lend us a clue. In the 1850s, the business-as-usual elites in Washington ignored the corruption, cultural resentment and economic manipulation which had been running out of control since just after the Constitutional Convention. The result was... ugly. And if you've bought the party line that slavery caused the Civil War, you're part of the problem.

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's the Drinkend!



Apparently I'm a bit of a slacker, being only in the 85%(ish) range at about 35 to 40 drinks per week. Of course, it's entirely possible there's something bad wrong with these stats, seeing as how the bottom three "deciles" are all zero...

Anywho, Sam Adams has their fall seasonal beers on the shelf, and I rather fancy the pumpkin ale. Yes, I know it sounds disgusting, but it tastes divine. Buy two six packs; you don't want to be one of those losers in the bottom three deciles, now do you?

Revoked

Well, lookee here... It's a lying, cheating politician -- and he's a Democrat! We haven't seen one of those in hours.

Smoggy

Soccer players: Is there ANYTHING they won't whine about?

Brazil coach Dunga Friday warned Beijing's choking smog was likely to affect the highly anticipated friendly with Argentina by forcing him to make mass substitutions.

With an "orange" pollution alert in the Chinese capital, and several complaints from his team, Dunga said he would limit players' time on the pitch to reduce their exposure.


Oh cry, cry, cry. I swear if you handed a kick-ball player a free bottle of booze, two cute whores and the keys to a Ferrari, he'd find something about which to complain.

Davis and I ran track and cross-country practice every day for our freshman, sophomore and junior years directly across the freeway from the most heavily industrialized area in Texas. Builds stamina; good for the constitution. When I got to my first Marine Corps duty station in Hawaii a couple years later, all that clean tropical air turned me into an Olympic-level runner.

Besides, it looks kinda cool, doesn't it? Rather Blade Runner-esque, I think...

Damned Dirty Donkey-Rapin' Muzzies!

No really.



Although the Quran vehemently prohibits homosexuality, adultery, or even marriage of Muslims to non-Muslims, there isn’t one scripture that denounces sex with other species.


Live-action footage at the link!


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Hat-tip to Gary K.

Prophetic

While doing some research for the previous post. I came across the quote below. I think it speaks volumes about our current political parties (yes both of them) Funny how this was published in 1949 yet could be written by one of the political managers of either party today.

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” ― George Orwell, 1984

WMHD

Today is World Mental Health Day. The theme for this year is Living with Schizophrenia. No it's not. Yes, it says right here that it is! No it doesn't. Would you two please shut the fuck up?!

Dumbing Down

An interactive study showing the reading level of presidential speeches

According to the study, Presidential speeches have been getting "dumber" as time has gone by. The authors try to say it is because the modern Prez. has to speak to a wider audience and so they use a plainer language than back in the colonial days. But, but...how can that be? Aren't we all now forced to go to Public indoctri...I meen skool? Nice try guys, but When our public schools became a political hotbed instead of a learning institution, we stopped teaching and started "educating" our children in right-think, and safe-speech. Until we get back to educating our children instead of worrying about how they feel and making sure no political or religious group is offended, we will inevitably be heading to this:

Obviously

So, Barry Switzer admits that he's a lawless thug who thinks the rules don't apply to him.

In other shocking news, the sun rises in the east and the sky is blue.

Training

I need one of you loyal readers to try this program and let me know how it works out.

Friday Timewaster

Farflung. I recommend Pattern mode, but do whatever hurls your dot.


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