The combination of self-righteousness and sheer bloody ignorance is like fingernails on the blackboard of the mind.
And that's just the beginning.
Remember that bit a few days ago about the Brits burning wood to generate power because that's somehow better for the environment than coal? From Keith, over in that part of the world, part of the Law of Unintended Consequences:
Try buying fence posts in Britain now.
The supposed intention was for power stations to burn baled up brash and stumps, but it's much cheaper for them to burn prime timber.
As a result fence posts have multiplied in price, and as creosote is now banned in the EU, posts which in the past might have lasted twenty five or thirty years, have to be replaced after two or three years.
Back when I was starting 'smithing, one of the things I read of was Elizabeth I making an edict that the iron-making industry in Britain would move to coal. You see, blacksmiths had preferred charcoal because(in the forge*) it burned cleaner than coal; but the growing industry was stripping Britain of forests to feed the furnaces, and they needed trees for the wood to build the ships that both the defense of the island and trade demanded, so "Start using coal. Like it or not." Now, apparently at least as long as the wood comes from somewhere else, they're trying to reverse that...
*Because they weren't worried about all the smoke produced by burning wood to charcoal, and didn't matter to them that the same weight of coal produces several times as much heat as charcoal, just that the finished product was cleaner in a forge.
Salon has thrown up(just about literally) a piece stating that 'Detroit is in ruins for the same reason New Orleans was almost left to die: it's a majority-black city and the right wing hates blacks'. Note that 'right-wing' to these people means, well, 'Anyone who doesn't love socialism and PC racism.'
Kevin received this from the guy who tipped him to it:
This is why trying to reason with left wing, right on, politically
correct groupthinkers is a bit like trying to wallpaper fog. And,
incidentally, why I firmly believe we are deep within an era of
anti-Renaissance where such idiocy is published and taken seriously.
Oh, and Katrina was so horrible because GLOBAL WARMERING!!, don't forget. And what you hear from 'right-wingers' is all race-coded("We got to punish them darkies!"), etc. ad Bullshit.
Speaking of, the writer is so full of it he should be standing in fields to fertilize the crops.
If I had to live in Seattle for a while, I think I'd work at causing the language police to have strokes and hemorrhoids; because they effing deserve it.
Someone should run a count: People who insist private schools are evil and kids should be made to go to public schools, but who send their kids to private schools.
Extra points for each celebritute listed.
Mad Ogre noted this the other day: temperature-sensitive camo.
Something mentioned in a number of sci-fi novels is uniforms of chameleon-fabric that shifts patterns depending on what the surroundings are; wonder how far away it is now?
Why the EPA should be trashed, reason #whatever:
So an exemption from today's mandate is far more than a perk—it is a
lifeline, an outright payday. Making this indulgence even more curious
is that it is being issued by the Obama EPA, an agency that isn't
exactly known for doing favors for beastly carbon producers.
So who is the lucky dog? Who could make
this happen? That's the best part. The EPA won't say. The agency not
only refused to name the refinery in its rule, but also obscured certain
numbers in the document to hide the beneficiary's identity. An EPA
press officer would not give me the name, citing "confidentiality
Translation: "You expect us to tell you who's paying-off who?"
And Palin was right. Interesting who's agreeing, too:
In an op-ed last month in the Wall Street Journal that Palin could
have written, Howard Dean, former head of the Democratic National
Committee, called IPAB "essentially a health care rationing body" and
said he believes it will fail.
"The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not
favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will
perform them," wrote Dean, who is also a physician. "Getting rid of the
IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on."
Unrelated to news, a little while ago I read something about Magholders: magazine holder that holds it horizontally. Then I ran across this at WOTC on them(note the coupon code if you want to order one). Well, short time ago I was given a gift card as a "Thank you for continuing to spend money with us" from my internet service, and this seemed like a fine way to use it, so I now have one for 1911 mags. I'm going to try it out for a while, and I'll report back. So far, I like it.
Ah, WOTC now has a review on one they got for Glock mags.