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Friday, September 19, 2014

Yes vs No

If you're a politics junky, this article is an interesting analysis of today's "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

One of the more intriguing possibilities is that the Cameron Government used (perhaps manipulated?) the situation to introduce a proposal for separation of issues into "UK-wide" versus "English only" votes in Parliament. In the right conditions, that could effectively undermine Labour's domestic initiatives, as they often rely on support from Scottish Labour to pass close votes. A tertiary effect is that bad feelings among the English vs Scottish MPs would effectively marginalize the Scots in Parliament and further divide the left coalition, making it more difficult for them to form a Government from any given election.

Layers upon layers upon layers... Politics are rarely about what you see in the newspapers; that's just the smokescreen.

Whale of a Time

Japan just told the self-appointed busy-bodies where to stick their "international resolutions" against whaling. Predictably, the Gaians, leftists, greenie-weenies, animal rights nerds, and all the other brands of freaks are about to hemorrhage kittens.

I don't always feast upon angst, but when I do, I prefer Animal Rights Activist. Stay tacky, my friends.

Friday Timewaster

Capatin Forever. Shoot other ships, steal their good parts and glom them onto your ship. So you can shoot more bigger ships. Very cool retro vector-style graphics.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ingratitude

No good deed goes unpunished. Tell me again how smart elephants are?

Thursday Tunes

Creation by Tangerine Dream. I like to call this the music that launched a thousand soundtracks, because it inspired a whole slew of copycat pieces for "dark" movie and video game themes. Even if you've never heard it before, you'll think you have, because you've undoubtedly heard one or more of its many derivations at some point over the past four decades. If imitation is the sincerest from of flattery, Tangerine Dream are downright embarrassed about the gushing triggered by this track.




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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why its gotta be a BLACK out?

China has blacked out Anderson Cooper. I consider this a demonstration of very good taste on the part of the Chinese.

Wrong Lesson

The Occupy movement still exists, and it's still teaching kids all the wrong lessons. Lessons such as, "don't worry about your bad debt, the Debt Fairy will pay it for you." The hivemind drones at HuffPo are predictably enthusiastic about this horrible idea. They're also enthusiastic about the Obama administration, so bring your own grains of salt.

Those kids took on those debts voluntarily; nobody held a gun to their empty little heads. We've all been deep in debt at one time another, for one reason or another, but the rest of us had climb our own way out. No gifts from the Debt Fairy.

Do I think colleges and universities are overpriced? Oh yes. By a lot. But the answer is not to wipe out bad debt with Other People's Money. You have to address the problems, not the symptom. The problems are these: a glut of overpaid professors with lifetime tenure, a hugely swollen administrative system, and a piratically exploitative textbook industry. Send your kid to junior college; you'll save a bundle and he'll get a real job skill rather than a head filled with Leftist propaganda. Better yet, insist that your school district use some of those bond funds to build a vocational education center instead of trying to get everyone to pass a standardized test and go to a college most of them can't afford.

Eco101

Get a good chuckle as you observe this little lib-tard girl at the WaPo. She stumbles around the concept of capitalism as she haltingly attempts to understand supply and demand, while simultaneously trying to maintain an insistence on governmental market controls. You can almost smell the smoke coming out of her ears. It's very much like watching a monkey trying to peel a plastic banana.

Taxi!

NASA have announced that they will farm out the ferrying of astronauts to the International Space Habitrail to two private companies: Boeing and SpaceX. This is good news, as it gets NASA out of the business of crashing driving space buses and gets them re-focused on exploration. It's also another small step toward the industrialization of space, which holds the promise of creating an economic "space boom" while simultaneously sending lefties and environuts into cardiac arrest. Win-win, as they say.

On a side note, I find it extraordinarily annoying that New Scientist writes their articles in a bullet point question-and-answer format. It's like reading the syllabus for one of those idiotic seminars your company makes you attend periodically in order to test the flexibility of your sanity.

Two by Four

Life imitates The Onion:

North Carolina-based Lowe's Home Centers has been ordered to pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit by prosecutors from Marin and four other counties alleging inaccurate and misleading advertising, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday.

"Historically, Lowe's provided information about product dimensions received from vendors. Moving forward, customers will now be able to locate product by actual and common dimensions as provided by vendors for certain building products. For example, for a piece of lumber commonly known as a 2X4, customers will see both the common name (2x4) and the actual product dimensions (1.5 x 3.5 inches).

"Both Lowe's and the California DAs agreed that a settlement is in the best interest of all parties. It allows us to continue moving forward with our program to provide both actual and common product dimensions and meet our shared goals."


I know, I know... You're wondering why this idiocy wasn't thrown out of court. Answer: California.

On the upside, they won't have to worry about it much longer, as nobody's interested in building anything in California nowadays. In fact, it's pretty much a race to the border for any business that wishes to remain profitable. Maybe the Mexicans who are left in possession of California can use those one-and-half by three-and-half sticks as fuel for their wood-burning stoves after the power grid goes offline -- permanently.


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Hat-tip to Jeff W.

And?

The United States is a dying country. You know how I can tell? Because a bunch of people get their panties in a wad when someone says something like this:

"You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get a woman Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations ...," Pearce said. "Then we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol and nicotine" and if women want to reproduce or use drugs or alcohol, "then get a job."


Not only do I think that sounds perfectly reasonable in a sane society, I don't think it goes far enough. I'd add that if you want to vote you must hold down a regular job. Allowing wards of the state to vote is like letting the foxes loose in the proverbial hen house.

Unfortunately, we no longer live in a sane society. We live in a country which has been hijacked, via the Democrats' so-called Great Society, by greedy political elements manipulating the poor in order to create a entitlement-minded dependency among the populace.

On current pace, the United States of America will not last out the century. Considering what it has become, a perverted shade of its former glory and idealism, I shall not mourn its passing. The strong states will survive and even flourish, the weak will collapse into anarchy and be absorbed.

Secede now! Beat the rush.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Whither Equality?

Roger Goodell will have four women help with league's domestic violence policies

Yeah, that'll fix it right up.

It's a sport wherein we expect freakishly large, freakishly fast men to be hyper-aggressive and perform at the absolute pinnacle of human capabilities in order to earn their paychecks. Then we turn around and want them to be passive, pussy-whipped, Type-C personalities when not on the field. Sorry folks, but reality don't work that way.

Do I condone wife-beating? Not specifically, but as Sam Kinison once said, "I understand it. I know what makes Mr Hand turn into Mr Fist."

We've set up an impossible position and a double standard. On the one hand, there is a cultural insistence that women are absolutely equal to men in every way. I've been sneered at for holding a door open.* On the other hand, if a male so much as thinks about punching a woman in the mouth -- no matter how well deserved -- he'll go to directly to jail and have the legal equivalent of The Mark of Cain permanently inscribed on his record. That doesn't mean that Ray Rice or anyone else is innocent, it just means that Things Aren't Always What They Appear. That's doubly true where women are concerned. Maybe he was totally out of line, but then again maybe she'd been acting like a first-rate cunt for weeks on end and he'd finally had enough of it and lost his cool.

She's not dead, she's not crippled, and she'll be just fine -- with perhaps a bit less tendency to pull into Bitch Station at the drop of a hat. Let's stop acting like any guy, no matter how good a husband and father, who gets tired of the nonsense and snaps is suddenly the personality equivalent of Joseph Stalin. Perverting the justice system into a politically correct kangaroo court is a really bad idea, no matter how attractive you might think the notion at the moment. We've seen far too much of such twisting of the laws over the last fifty years: hate crimes, Affirmative Action, permanent sex offenders, etc.

By compartmentalizing some crimes, branding them with Devil's Horns and turning them into public circuses, we're opening up the Pandora's Box to every kind of thought crime you can imagine. If a man is guilty of attacking someone -- male or female -- convict him of assault and battery. If he's guilty of beating his kids,(I'm not talking about spankings), then convict him of assaulting a minor and throw him in jail. But don't make a spectacle out of it so everyone can stand on the sidelines, point their fingers and cluck disapprovingly in order to allow them to feel better about themselves. Because it won't be long before you find yourself the pariah, the stones being cast your way, for something that wasn't previously a "hate crime."

You're welcome, by the way. I just stated what pretty every middle-aged male in the country is thinking but is too timid or politically intimidated to say.


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* - I fixed that problem. I'll now let the door slam closed in everybody's face. Ah, equality!

Exploiting the Crisis

The Holder Justice Department has found yet another way to harass Americans and avoid doing their job: they're setting up a program they claim is for the sole purpose of combating "extremists" and "terrorism." If you look just a little below the surface, however, what you'll find is yet another excuse to violate the Bill of Rights.

I think I speak for a lot of people in this country when I say that I don't give a Fig Newton if an American citizen wants to go join a bunch of Muslim crazies in the desert. Let 'em go. After a few weeks of baking during the day, freezing at night, eating grain porridge and smelling camel dung, I expect the religious fervor which they kindled from the air conditioned comfort of their living room couch will undergo a metamorphosis into peevish contrition. If they want to return to the comforts of the First World which they so claim to despise after aiding and abetting the enemy, that is when you throw them in jail.

What Gestapenfuhrer Holder is proposing is to put people in jail for talking about doing something illegal, and that leads to places we don't want to go. But they'll sell it to the blank-eyed masses in the uninformed electorate with drivel such as this:

“And we must never lose sight of what violent extremists fear the most: the strength of our communities; our unwavering respect for equality, civil rights, and civil liberties; and our enduring commitment to justice, democracy, and the rule of law.”


Horsefeathers. Our enemies fear Abrams tanks and Marines in a blood frenzy. They don't give a cold-packed damn about any of that mealy-mouthed crap, and they sure as hell don't fear the do-nothing Obama administration.

Stupid Kents

This made me laugh. At whom, you may ask? Everyone involved: Kent State with their ridiculously overwrought statement of condemnation, Urban Outfitters for a silly marketing gag, and most of all MSN with their blatantly biased "news" headline.

The Lefties have been wringing their pasty-white and un-calloused hands over that "tragedy" for four decades, but most everyone else doesn't give a damn. You know why? Because hippies are like weeds: they're useless, invasive, and if you kill one, three more will pop up to take its place.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brownieless in Syrupland

The Vermont school system goes off the deep end:

[The] iconic chocolate brownie, that perfect blend of cake and cookie, is banned in Vermont schools. In its place are new kid favorites like fruit shish kebab, kale and even gluten-free paleo lemon bars.


Oh boy! Kale! You know what Dave Barry said about kale, right?

"It is an unappetizing form of plant life that until recently was used primarily for insulation. Even goats will not eat it. Goats, when presented with kale, are like, 'No, thanks, we’ll just chew on used seat cushions.'"


I've no idea what a "paleo lemon bar" might be (let alone one that is gluten-free), but it doesn't sound any more appetizing than seat cushi -- sorry, kale.

Now read this tidbit:

Moms who send brownies or cupcakes to celebrate a child’s birthday in the new dessert-averse environment will be permitted to do so.


"Will be permitted..." Got that? You'll be PERMITTED (but only one day per year) to send what you wish in YOUR child's lunchbox. To the school which YOUR bond money bought, filled by the teachers whose salaries are paid from YOUR tax money. How utterly fucking magnanimous of them!

When have we had it, people? When do we stop letting bureaucrats and busy-bodies and politicians bully us? When do we say "By God, that is ENOUGH!" and put down our metaphorical feet? Because I don't know about you, but I am growing very tired of being told what I can and cannot do by people who aren't smart enough to hold down a real job.

If you're a parent in Vermont, here's my advice to you: send your kid to school with brownies. Lots of 'em. Punch the bureaucrats in their noses. In short, pick a fight. Because if you don't the bullies will win, and soon they'll be telling your kid to report you to the CDC for baking a cake with too much sugar in it.

Kiddies in Charge

So let me see if I've got all this straight:

1) The war which the Obama administration declared against ISIS isn't a war.
2) The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is not Islamic.
3) The Obama administration needs a dictionary to define "victory."
4) Jordan and Iraq have apparently just ceased to exist, giving Saudi Arabia and Syria an "extensive" shared border -- which, quite amazingly, they didn't have a few hours ago.

Is anyone with functional grey matter still in doubt that our country is being run by ignorant children? At this point I think we'd be better off with the White House janitor in charge. At least he knows a pile of shit when he sees one.

Arrival

The Curiosity Rover reached Mount Sharp yesterday, via Murray Buttes and Pahrump Hills...

I think we need to take landmark naming privileges away from the NASA whitecoats before we end up with Beavis Crevasse and Butthead Plateau.

Friday Timewaster

Archery Tournament. As with a real bow, the longer you hold the less likely you are to hit the target. Breathe/Drift/Release. It's a Zen thing.

If you prefer, there's an Android version here which is in some ways superior.

That's all.


Seriously. All done... Go play.


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Okayfine: there's a Fruit version, too. I hope Mr Tell hits you in the head. Fucking hippies.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Danger Sign

Ted Cruz was booed off stage -- by supposed Christians -- for speaking out in defense of Israel.

I find the sudden and rapid resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States very disturbing. When combined with an apparent sympathy for Muslim terrorist groups in the Western press, it adds up to a war warning. This does not lead anywhere good for anybody, regardless of your religion or lack thereof.

Confusion

Programmers: Saying vs Meaning

The last one made me laugh because I've done it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Who to root for?

Former exotic dancer sues Jerry Jones, alleges sexual assault

So on the one hand we have a money-grubbing narcissistic whore who thrives on public indecency, and on the other a girl who dances for a living.

Ocean Blue

Interesting article about the mammalian dive reflex, that "altered state" you enter when submerging yourself in the ocean.

Not sure about the "science" in the article; this is Buzzfeed, after all. But I do know the ocean relaxes me greatly. I don't even need to be in the water. Simply being near the ocean -- a beach, a dock, a boat -- instantly drops my blood pressure. When I'm near the ocean, I'm happy. Given my druthers, I'd retire to a beach house.

Unfortunately, my wife won't hear of it. She can't stand the beach. Were we to follow her ideal plan, we'll be retiring in a high-rise apartment in New York City. She's a singer and performer, (and a very good one at that), so being a short walk away from Broadway is a dream come true for her... and an unbearable nightmare for me. As with all things marriage related, a compromise is in order. Anybody know of some nice condos next to a playhouse on a white sand beach?