RIP Hudson

I don't have strong feelings one way or another about Bill Paxton, but I find his death tragic and premature.  One thing really got to me though:

The family requested privacy at this time.

Faced with tragedy, we should all honor this request.  Yes, we can all shout "Game over man" at the top of our lungs, but let his family deal with this privately.


CPAC gets the shit trolled out of them

Russian flags are passed around and waved by attendees.  Serously.  Russian. Flags.

It's clear that American "conservatives" are so poorly-educated that they can't recognize the Russian flag.

EDIT to add: I'll give even odds that this was either an outside group trolling CPAC, or a group of CPACers attending in earnest that honestly didn't recognize what they were doing.

EDIT 2: It was trolling.


There needs to be a Nobel Prize in HPC

I have solved one of the biggest problems in high performance computing: data location and migration.

HPC jobs routinely need to push terabytes a data around, and the larger the data, the longer it takes.

So the solution:

Data migration via quantum entanglement.

I await my prize ;grin:

A great prank

This just hit me: the color and consistency of Bovril is pretty close to chocolate syrup.  Fill in the blanks.


(enjoy your sundae you little bastard!)


Cheech and Chong go nuclear

Gives new meaning to the term "gateway drug."

“The reality, Brianna, is that we have to measure all of the costs, ancillary and otherwise, and make the best decision that we can. But I can suggest to you that there are national security implications here for a porous border,” Franks said. “We sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle in a dangerous weapon, even a nuclear weapon, into America, how would they do it? And the suggestion was made, ‘Well, we'll simply hide it in a bale of marijuana.’” 

(Emphasis mine.)

Right. And how would concealing illegal weapons within illegal drugs in any way improve the chances of said weapons entering the United States? 

What weapons smuggler would consider the addition of drug charges on top of the weapons charges that would be forthcoming if caught to be a value add?

Any person with two brain cells within farting distance of each other would realize that when you want to smuggle something across a border, you conceal it within something that isn't illegal at the destination.  Like, say, a refrigerator, maybe?

Nobody could have predicted: casino edition

Violence erupts in disagreement over size of fuckpile.

A 21-year-old Troy woman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct at the new Rivers Casino for hurling a beverage glass at another woman during a Feb. 12 fight that Schenectady police maintain erupted after a disagreement with a North Adams, Mass., couple over how many people would participate in group sex. 

That was quick.


I told you so

Not that trump cares about the hardships of mere "taco-niggers."   
It seems Trump enjoys spending time at the club he owns in Palm Beach, but since the election, his stays there have raised issues not seen when he was a private citizen. They involve security and the impact his visits are having on people and businesses in Palm Beach.
At Palm Beach County Park Airport in Lantana, just 6 miles from Mar-a-Lago, the situation is dire. For the fifth weekend since December, the airport has shut down. Whenever Trump is in Mar-a-Lago, Federal Aviation Administration restrictions ban all flights out of the airport.
The weekend restrictions are especially a problem for Jorge Gonzalez.
His company, SkyWords, owns four planes that tow advertising banners targeting beachgoers in Palm Beach County.

Jorge Gonzalez, whose planes tow advertising banners, says the flight restrictions in place while President Trump is at Mar-a-Lago may put him out of business.
"For our banner towing, 97 percent of our business is done on Saturdays and Sundays and on holidays," Gonzalez says.

Recently, he says, Trump "comes every weekend, so basically we aren't able to work."
It's a similar story for nearly every business at Lantana, one of the busiest small airports in the country. Flight schools, sightseeing flights and the company that operates the airport say if Trump's visits and the current restrictions continue, they may lose millions of dollars this year.

But read the whole thing, trumps "people" are also having a problem with the situation.  So here's what the people who "matter" are saying:
At a meeting this week, residents asked the town council to block plans for a presidential helipad at Mar-a-Lago. Jose Flores said the noise and downdraft of the massive Marine helicopters would be a major inconvenience for people who live near the club.
"This is a flying tank," Flores said. "If you're having three to five flying tanks going over you, it's going to stop your enjoyment of your property, of your environment, of this town."
It's not that Palm Beachers aren't proud that the president likes to spend time on the island. Some just worry he will come every weekend.

When Trump is there, the Secret Service shuts down a major thoroughfare, making it difficult to get anywhere in Palm Beach. In the town's tony shopping district, sales are down.
And I'll be every single one of these wealthy detractors actually voted for this assclown. Despite that, they're right.  It's a huge pain in the ass to have such strict security cripple your community so frequently.

*And PS: by "taco nigger" I'm referring to the attitude of wealthy white americans [yes spelled incorrectly on purpose], towards other races/ethnicities, and how repellent such a point of view is; that they are somehow subhuman.  That's not my view at all.  At the very least every individual deserves respect as a human being.

Serious question

If you came across a time machine, and could go back in time and kill a single person to make the future a better place, who would it be?

This is a tough one for me.  In this regard, I'd be like the guy who asks the genie for more wishes.

  1. Hitler (natch)
  2. Fred Trump (duh, this piece of shit died 71 years too late)
  3. George Lucas (in his fucking crib, it's better not to have experienced his oeuvre at all than to have seen what it's become)
In light of all of this, I'd take a pass on Hitler and it'd be a coin-flip between Papa Trump and Jabba-the-Lucas.


One wonders

Who is the bigger fool?  Trump, who is so inept, it doesn't even occur to him to LEAVE THE FUCKING ROOM to have a critical national security conversation, or the uber-privileged MORONS who actually PAY to bask in Trump's presence.

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his top aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s missile test on Saturday night in full view of diners at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — a remarkable public display of presidential activity that is almost always conducted in highly secure settings.

Seriously.  You can't make this up.  To borrow (and mangle) a quote: Trump is so incompetent, he could shit his pants and miss.

And it gets better, per the Washington Post
DeAgazio, the Boston retiree, said he was impressed that Trump had not gotten up from the table immediately when the North Korean news broke.
“He chooses to be out on the terrace, with the members. It just shows that he’s a man of the people,” DeAgazio said.
A man of the people.  Coming from somebody who paid $200,000 to sit in Trump's presence, and still somehow thinks he's representative of the uneducated rurals that elevated Twitler to the white house.


Here's why regulation isn't evil

Out of the UK, we see why seemingly "excessive" regulation actually enables freedom.

The freedom, of course, is of those with vision impairment to live more independently, while minimally, if at all, inconveniencing everybody else. 

Freedom isn't about letting businesses have free reign over our lives; it's about allowing us to live autonomously.  The government has a responsibility to regulate the private sector to ensure that as many people of possible are capable of doing so.


He cared enough to ask

WAMC is doing a science segment on Vox Pop and there was just a caller, Kelley from Schaghticoke.  His question was along the lines of "I've been reading some Sci-Fi novels lately, and my understanding is that gravity is because of spin.  If the planet is spinning it has gravity."

This is obviously wrong, but it's important to realize, he cared enough to ask!  That's what's important, it's not knowing, it's wanting to know

The answer was the standard bowling ball on a rubber sheet explanation of gravity, where mass is the reason for gravity. 

Kelley's response was something to the effect of "I'm glad I asked."

So kudos to Kelley (and I hope I'm not misspelling the name).  There's no shame in not knowing something, only shame in not caring that you don't know. 

This is why despite my frustration with my immediate locality, I generally like this area.  Our people may not know everything, but for the most part we recognize as much, and try improve our understanding of the way the world works. 

And while I didn't learn anything new about physics, I was reminded of why we're not all hopeless afterall.

HAHA! Karma bites, doesn't it.?

Yes, I have a snowblower and no, I'm never going to use it again.  Now my neighbor is shoveling the driveway, and all I can do is laugh.

For the past 6 years, I've been a good neighbor and snowblowed the driveway, including their side of the Y, and the sidewalks in front of both of our houses.

And they repay me by becoming a high-traffic drug den.

No more!  Shovel bitch.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I have kickass tires; I'm not going to get stuck.

It's particularly telling that the mother is the one doing the labor, and not that fat piece of shit son that's the cause of all of the problems to begin with.

These tires ROCK

I have a set of these on my 2016 Mazda6, and they absolutely tear it up in the snow.  As I ventured forth on the unplowed roads to secure provisions to get me through this sudden winter hardship, I was able to accelerate, turn, stop and otherwise maintain perfect control at all times.


Not forgiven

I hated her as Suki on Gilmore Girls (yes, I did watch up until April ruined the show in season 7), but Melissa McCarthy is comedy gold!

This rivals Kate Mckinnon's Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin's Tiny Fingered Orange Tyrant.

(btw: I'd cut my dick off to marry Kate Mckinnon)


We've always been at war with Australia

It takes a special kind of stupid to piss off Australia.

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

Seriously?  Seriously.

Most people with two brain cells within rubbing distance of each other realize not everything is a zero-sum game.  The oddly-coiffed amateur with his finger on "the button" clearly doesn't.

Among the eloquent objections to the deal to take in 1250 refugees from Australia's gulag were that it was:
  • dumb
  • the worst deal ever
  • trying to export the next Boston bombers
You can't make this shit up.

Stupid hippies

Milo Yiannopoulos is not a name I've ever written here before.  Basically, he's a right wing piece of shit who trolls college campuses with hate speech for the purpose of characterizing the resulting outrage as "censorship."  It boggles the mind that campuses actually provide platforms for this asshat to execute his MO.

But now there's this.  How does this read?
Berkeley police canceled the speech by Yiannopoulos after, they said, "an apparently organized violent attack and destruction of property" forced them to evacuate Yiannopoulos to protect him and the hundreds of protesters and audience members. The Berkeley statement blamed the violence -- which included fires, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, and fireworks thrown at officers -- on a "group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest."

The much larger group of non-violent protesters appeared to include many students and faculty members. But it was the outside protesters who led to the event being called off. Authorities said that those protesters set fires, threw rocks and fireworks at police officers, and "attacked" some members of the crowd, who were then rescued by police officers.

So violent provocateurs attacked a crowd of non-violent protesters.  Seems to me like the pro-Yiannopoulos were the violent ones. Not sure why "attacked" is in scare quotes in the original though.

But the real problem is this:
In a message to the campus last week, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks rejected the idea that Yiannopoulos was promoting serious political debate. "In our view, Mr. Yiannopoulos is a troll and provocateur who uses odious behavior in part to 'entertain,' but also to deflect any serious engagement with ideas. He has been widely and rightly condemned for engaging in hate speech directed at a wide range of groups and individuals, as well as for disparaging and ridiculing individual audience members, particularly members of the LGBTQ community."

But Dirks also said that Berkeley would be wrong to bar Yiannopoulos from campus. "Consistent with the dictates of the First Amendment as uniformly and decisively interpreted by the courts, the university cannot censor or prohibit events, or charge differential fees. Some have asked us whether attacks on individuals are also protected. In fact, critical statements and even the demeaning ridicule of individuals are largely protected by the Constitution; in this case, Yiannopoulos’s past words and deeds do not justify prior restraint on his freedom of expression or the cancelation of the event."

Despite understanding exactly what Yiannopoulos's MO is, he was still given a platform.  Hopefully now that violent thugs have started showing up to attack the peaceful crowds protesting the university's implicit endorsement of hate speech*, universities will stop providing Yiannopoulos platforms.

*regardless of how strongly-worded a condemnation of the rhetoric a speaker employs a university issues, providing a platform for the same can only be construed as a tacit endorsement.


Stupid begets stupid

This is exactly like appointing Josef Mengele to the board of medical ethics.  Or should it be Press Secretary Joseph Goebbels.  Anyhoo:

Mr. Falwell said he sees it as a response to what he called “overreaching regulation” and micromanagement by the department in areas like accreditation and policies that affect colleges’ student-recruiting behavior, like the new “borrower defense to repayment” regulations.

“The goal is to pare it back and give colleges and their accrediting agencies more leeway in governing their affairs,” said Mr. Falwell, who said he had been discussing possible issues with several other college leaders and at least one head of an accrediting agency for the past two months. “I’ve got notebooks full of issues,” he said.

Of course the president of a fake university would have issues with accreditation.  THAT'S THE WHOLE FUCKING POINT OF ACCREDITATION!!!!!  It's to keep the garbage jesus-said pretenders away from the adults' table.