Saturday, October 03, 2015

Damn, it took some time to get the data downloaded tonight;

appears the innertubes is a bit busy.

Remember that song 'Freeze a Yankee' ?

They're working on accomplishing that all by themselves.
“Natural gas is so abundant and cheap in much of the U.S. that producers want to export it overseas. Except in New England, where gas is so hard to get that companies are importing it from as far away as Yemen.” In this particular case, the stance was we do not want any of those dirty, dirty fossil fuel pipelines in our backyards; and the consequences are soaring natural gas prices (2/3rds higher than the rest of the country) according to the WSJ, with the price probably continuing to skyrocket because of increased demand from consumers and what may be a really, really cold winter*.

Which reminded me of something I ran across a while back:
In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade. In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent to a starkly vulnerable 52 percent, just behind California.

There’s only one problem. New England doesn’t have the pipelines to bring in the gas. Nor is anyone going to allowed to build it, either.
Because natural gas isn't 'green' enough for these morons.  And coal is just HORRIBLE, and if you want to see people crap their pants whisper 'nuclear power'.  This piece was written after a winter that put that whole region right on the edge of the electrical grid failing, and their supply situation is worse now. 

This is not going to go well.

And, of course, it's not the fault of the governors and other political bigshots, oh no!  Whose, then?
During Monday’s panel discussion, several of the state’s energy representatives outlined the proposal that they said is necessary because the market hasn’t put forward any solutions.
That's right; it's the fault of that eeevilllleee market.  You know, the one that's been wanting to build gas pipelines and power plants for years and always been told 'NO!' by the idiots now saying the market hasn’t put forward any solutions...

These morons have been cheering on Obama and the greenies closing down coal and oil plants, given a resounding 'NO!' to nuke plants to replace those about to be shut down, and after the 2013-2014 winter it bit them in the ass.  So now they want to save everyone from the consequences.  Which should've started years ago, but they didn't care until that winter started freezing people.


On assisted suicide:

How far off are we from people being guilted into committing suicide because they need minor care throughout life?  People are ALREADY routinely guilted into not reproducing because of genetic defects in their family, which are not fatal just inconvenient.  (And we ALL have genetic defects.  They’re often paired with the genes for intelligence and other “good” traits.)  How far off are we from “oh, you have asthma?  Society would save a lot of money if you died.”

I don’t judge the people in great suffering who choose to end it.  But I judge people who make decisions on the value of human life based on the assumption that humans are just “a drain on society.”

I connect this with the attitude "If you do 'X', and you get hurt, it costs ALL of us!  So we have a say in what you're allowed to do!"  The big one there is smoking, but the attitude carries over to damn-near anything: driving, motorcycles, scuba, hang-gliding, the list goes on and on.

Smart Diplomacy.  From that backstabbing treasonous cretin in the White House.

When I hear a Pajama Boy say that strong disagreement, even angry speech, is “violence,” I just want one of those cartoon boxing gloves on a spring to come out of nowhere and punch him in the head: “See? Now, granted, that WAS violence. Before we were just talking. Feel the difference?” OK, I lied. I want to do it myself. I know it’s wrong; it’s not enlightened, it’s not kind; it’s not feminine; and it’s definitely not Jewish. I recently fasted for 25 hours to atone for thoughts like this. But that’s how strongly I feel about equating mere speech with assault.

And, for my confidence-inspiring news of the moment,
Over the last 10 days, Obama’s top advisers on cyber-security, ISIS, and Russia have all resigned.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Too tired for fancy wording:


And in the Obama and Bloomberg heaven of (formerly Great)Britain,

doesn't seem like those laws are helping much.
Police reveal there are 277,000 guns in Scotland as they warn of thriving black market trade in firearms
I'd have inserted 'that are known of' after 'Scotland', but that's just me.

There's lots of pearl-clutching(including "He bought a REPLICA on AMAZON!!"), but the real meat of the matter comes here:
Experts have mapped 107,000 shotguns and 80,000 firearms which are legally owned by 68,000 licence-holders.

But criminals can get hold of everything from revolvers to AK47 assault rifles on the black market and in former conflict zones.
And there you have the admission: honest people, no problem controlling; criminals get whatever the hell they want.

Someone needs to point out that line to Dear Leader.

Their answer, of course, is MORE LAWS!!
Cuddihy added: “As we have with drugs, I would like to see the creation of an offence of being concerned in the unlawful sale or supply of firearms and ammunition.
With 'concerned in' probably meaning "Anything we decide might let us go after someone else, no matter how idiotic it might be."  Like, say, accusing Amazon for having those replicas.  Etc.
“We must prevent bad people from accessing guns.”
 Guy, you've made it plain you don't even want honest citizens accessing firearms; how's that working out on stopping the bad guys?

There's a clown named Arthur Chu

who became famous for winning on some game show, who's now very big in leftist circles.  And, like so many leftists, he really doesn't like people being allowed to say things he doesn't approve of.

His solution is the equivalent of letting Ford or Toyota be sued because a drunk driver was in one of their cars when he caused a wreck.  It's stupid, and have no doubt it's intended to make free speech more difficult.  And more expensive, don't forget that.

One of the criticisms of AGW/Man-Caused Climate Change theory is that the models used are not accurate; they cannot account for all the factors involved, in part because we don't even know all of them.  Case in point:
According to a study by the Institute of Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON, CNRS / University Lyon 1) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), the oceans are producing unexpectedly large quantities of isoprene – a volatile organic compound (VOC) – which is known to have a cooling effect on climate.
One thing, with possibly HUGE effects.  God knows what else is out there we don't know about.

No, not ignoring the murders in Oregon.  The blood-dancing started before we really knew anything, especially by the Dancer-In-Chief, leading to this:
I will say it's clarifying to see the president admit to willfully politicizing an event so he can confiscate guns of law-abiding people.
And, as was also noted,
Back then:
I believe in people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.”
He praised the gun control efforts in Australia, a nation that conducted a mass confiscation of firearms from its citizenry.

A bunch of Democrats are realizing/dealing with the fact that a lot of people are getting screwed in Obamacare, and they don't want to be linked to it.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The Clintons and 60 Minutes;

and anyone still wonders why the media's not trusted?

Hey Obama, the 80s called. They’re asking for a real president who knew how to deal with the Russians without becoming their bitch.”

Why unbelievable?  Obama cares about the military only as a way of pushing his crap; the lives of the troops are inconsequential.

It's almost like Obama WANTS Iran to have nuclear weapons, isn't it?

There is a line in Serenity I've found more and more appropriate

as the SJW types push more and more to make people- in their view- 'better':
Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that.
First thing I thought of when I read this.  I'll borrow a few bits and leave it to you to read the rest.
In 2012 a philosopher named Matthew Liao co-authored a paper that proposed altering human biology to combat climate change.
In the paper and in subsequent interviews Liao and his co-authors said that they’re not necessarily advocating for any one of these modifications in particular. Instead, they just think scientists should look into how feasible changing certain aspects of human biology might be. Co-author Rebecca Roache (who we talked to for the Eternal Life in Prison episode) told Leo Hickman of the Guardian that “human engineering may ultimately be unworkable; but this should be because it is impossible to implement, or because its costs outweigh its benefits.” 
Another modification that Liao proposed was an induced allergy to meat, to help people reduce their consumption of animals.
Next we talk about breeding people to be shorter, something Liao says could reduce our carbon footprint.
And now we get to something more current, something some of his fellow 'progressives' have suggested variations of:
But what about less physical ways of decreasing someone’s impact on the climate? The next method Liao talks about is using cognitive enhancement to decrease the number of babies each person has. He proposes giving people access to things like Ritalin and Modafinil to increase their cognitive ability because there are some links between cognitive ability and having fewer children.
And this brings us to the last modification that Liao talks about: empathy. You might remember that just a few weeks ago we talked about empathy on this very podcast! And you might remember that empathy is actually a really hard thing to define. Liao’s idea is to give hormones like oxytocin and seratonin to people, and to perhaps decrease someone’s testosterone.
The author notes that nobody is(currently) talking about forcing anyone to do this, oh no; but nobody was talking about force being involved when the eugenics movement started, either(at least not openly).  Question: anyone out there think that there are not people out there who just looove the idea of forcing this?  On others, of course.  Test subjects.  The lower orders who wouldn't agree.

And I'll be most of the ones who like the idea are also horrified at the commoners having arms.  In part because armed people make it somewhat more difficult to show up and take them in for modification.

Oh yeah, the comments are interesting.  Including some like this:
Totally agree. but where is it said that any humans have inherent ‘rights’.
They don’t.
 Maybe not in your estimation.

Yes, Obama wants your guns,

and he'll say anything to try to get them.

And don't forget just what a friggin' nightmare Clinton is on this.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hey, remember the scientists who wanted Globular Warmering 'deniers' prosecuted

under RICO?  Guess what?  They really stepped in it, and they've taken the letter off the website.  And are trying to make it go away.  Problem:
You can imagine the horror on the signatories’ faces when they realised that some very determined people were about to take a close interest in their financial arrangements and those of their colleagues at IGES.
I’m not sure taking the letter down is going to help much though.
No shit.

More followup:
...Now, instead of explaining why the RICO 20 letter was mysteriously withdrawn from the IGES website after questions began to be asked about the millions of dollars that George Mason’s Jagadish Shukla apparently has received, some of it while apparently “double dipping” against university policy, all the while claiming climate skeptics are the recipients of money that should be prosecuted under the RICO act, we find this curious missive posted in place of the RICO20 letter at the URL where it previously resided:
MUCH more at the link

From the consummate professionals of the Secret Service...

An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.

“Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.”
Isn't that just wonderful, just professional as hell?  And from an Assistant Director, yet.

Oh, let's not forget this, either:
That information was part of Chaffetz’s personnel file stored in a restricted Secret Service database and required by law to be kept private.
Wonder what the penalty is supposed to be for violating that law?  And what the chances are of Lowery actually being charged for it?

The Chaffetz file, contained in the restricted database, had been peeked at by about 45 Secret Service agents, some of whom shared it with their colleagues in March and April, the report found. This prying began after a contentious March 24 House hearing at which Chaffetz scolded the director and the agency for its series of security gaffes and misconduct. The hearing sparked anger inside the agency.

The inspector general’s inquiry found the Chaffetz information was spread to nearly every layer of the service.
Take a minute and think about that.  Restricted information, being passed around like a friggin' bottle at a party.  Because the SS is all butthurt at being called on some real screwups...

Here's something that makes this even more interesting(if by 'interesting' you mean 'messy and unprofessional and downright stupid'):
Roth said in his report that it was “especially ironic and troubling” that the Chaffetz information circulated so widely inside the agency and yet Clancy did not know about it. Even Clancy chief of staff Michael Biermann and Deputy Director Craig Magaw had been privy to the information, the report said, but did not alert Clancy.

Clancy had previously raised concerns about the failure of his staff to keep him properly informed. At the March 24 hearing, he said he was “infuriated” that he was not alerted by his senior management to an incident earlier that month in which two senior supervisors drove onto the White House complex after a night of drinking and crossed through an active bomb-investigation scene.
Your own damned CoS and Deputy Director couldn't be bothered to let you know this land mine with a smoking fuse was out there?  This is the best staff you could get?

And yeah, there's more.  Go check it out, including the IG stepping in it.

Covers it pretty well

Toobin concludes, correctly I think, that Boehner’s “failures, political and substantive, were due mostly to cowardice… Boehner tried nothing, accomplished nothing, and lost his job anyway. It’s the legacy he deserves.”
Though he should've had 'betrayed, and sold out' right after 'accomplished nothing'.

Being an immigrant from some places means some people will find excuses for, and blame others for, anything you do.  Including murder.

And if you think CBS had no idea, I have some seafront property in the panhandle to sell you.
Now the WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA’s clandestine service in Europe who was working directly with Blumenthal as a member of Clinton’s spy network, was concurrently working as a consultant to CBS News and its venerable news program 60 Minutes.

The New York Effing City Council: traitors are their heroes.

Lady, you didn't get those boobs from eating cannoli or drinking, and they're not going to shrink from sweating or something.

This isn't exactly news; bin Laden wailed a lot about the loss of  'al Andalusia' and other places, and how they had to be reconquered.

Except that it will be news to a lot of people.  And will be dismissed as racist thought or something.

Greedy dirtbag lawyers don't like Stand Your Ground laws, and the CSGV

just loooooves those lawyers.
Aside from the lies from the lawyers, there's this:
Victims’ rights are undermined in states with statutory immunity from criminal prosecution and civil suit related to Stand Your Ground cases.
I venture a speculation and say this is the real reason the ABA is opposed to SYG/Immunity: It is bad for their pockets. And did you notice the use of the word victim? It is being applied to the critter that needed the defense and not the person who had to use force to stop the attack. Who has not heard of cases in which a criminal or his family has sued in civil court even though it was their precious snowflake the one that wanted to carve his initials on a stranger and get his money or her sex? We still hear the lamentations of “He was a good boy! Just because he was flinging a machete does not mean he deserved to be shot!” from weeping mothers and other relatives?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

So Zuckerberg wants to be the Speech Commissar for Merkel?

The Facebook CEO was overheard responding that "we need to do some work" on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. "Are you working on this?" Merkel asked in English, to which Zuckerberg replied in the affirmative before the transmission was disrupted. 
Earlier this month, Facebook vowed to clean up what it deemed was racist content on the German version of its website. At the time, the social network said it would partner with a non profit group to oversee hate postings.

Yet any action from Facebook is likely to stoke concerns about free speech. In the past, the social network has come under suspicion for suppressing or deleting posts and groups that advocate unpopular beliefs.
No shit?  Gee, maybe that's because Commissar Zuckerberg wants to  'clean up' speech he disapproves of?  And Merkel is cheering him on?

"Free speech does not include things we disapprove of!"
That's what you think, assholes.

There is NOTHING the legions of the perpetually-offended don't/won't object to,

but there is hope.
Over a mad-scientist-theme party,
“We are disappointed at your choice of the name for the event, as well as your rationale for allowing the name ‘Mudd Goes Madd.’ Your disregard of the concerns of the mental health community and their allies trivializes issues that we deem extremely important to our community. Further, the exclusion of the mental health community in the discussion of allowing the event name is inappropriate.”
Among the responses from people with some brains and sense of humor,
As TCF notes, several students who suffer from mental issues expressed support for the party’s theme:
Another student wrote the decision was “patronizing” and a third added “I have anxiety and my closest friends have depression. I think the name is clever and fun,” according to screenshots obtained by The College Fix.
Another student told the Claremont Independent, which first reported the story, that: “I am actually bipolar and I am offended that people infantilize the whole issue of mental illness by suggesting we should be protected from anything that could damage our ‘fragile’ psyches.”
Damn right.

Yes, the anti-rights people are still pushing "The National Guard is the militia and the 2nd Amendment was referring to THEM!" crap.

Let's see... the IRS investigated itself, Holders' DoJ 'investigated' him, now the Secret Service is involved in investigating itself...  And they wonder why people don't trust them.

Monday, September 28, 2015

I needed a brass catcher

Happily, that's pretty straightforward:
Take some 1/4" diameter bar I had, a piece about six feet long.  Bend into a circle
This stuff isn't hard to bend, even cold.  I did this around a 14" wheel.

Get the shape neatened-up a bit, then bend so you've got two legs
Figure how high you want it to stand, bend the legs back at the appropriate point

Bend the backs of the legs so they overlap
You can leave them loose, but I'd suggest either taping, wiring or welding them together.  Do any necessary bending to make it sit flat, then lace on some netting or something, and you have this
Tried it out a few days ago, and it worked nicely for things that eject to the right and a little forward or back, just move to properly intercept.  If it's windy you can set something heavy on the legs, another reason to have them overlap at the back.  Or if you don't mind the weight when moving it you could weld or otherwise attach a piece of bar or something heavy enough to stabilize it.

When seconds count, some cops

drive away.

Robert Peel must be trying to dig out of his grave so he can use his headstone on the people who've screwed-up his creation so badly.

This is clearly unpossible, Britain has CSGV-approved laws on such things!

A 19-year-old who plotted a massacre at his former college has been jailed for life with a minimum term of eight years.

Liam Lyburd was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of possessing an arsenal of weapons including pipe bombs and a gun, with intent to endanger life.
I mean pipe bombs, well, yeah, but he got a GUN?  However could that be?
Lyburd replied: "Buying a gun was just like buying a bar of chocolate. I didn't see it as a big deal at the time."
Apparently it be pretty damn easy.

So, despite all those laws, to the point an old lady gets arrested for carrying a pepper shaker to defend herself with, someone plotting mass murder has no problem putting together pipe bombs, and buying a pistol, magazines, and a bunch of ammo?

Why, you'd almost think those people don't care about the law or something!

When everything is a microaggression to somebody,

unless you're a minority of some kind.  In which case you can say all kinds of racist and bigoted crap and excuse yourself because 'only white people can be racist'.
As the College Fix reported, during a recent microaggression seminar at Northwestern University, when asked by a student if his entire speech was a “microaggression against white people,” Sue informed the poor rube that only white people can be racist, since minorities like him “do not have the power to oppress in the way that a white person might do because they have the very institutions that support it.” You know, unlike a widely published Ivy League professor whose views are forced down the gullets of helpless participants in compulsory campus training sessions.
No matter what you say or do, SOMEBODY will be offended somehow, therefore you're always guilty when accused.  And supposed to abase yourself.  And if you don't, if you disagree, that's 'proof' that you're racist/bigoted/fill-in-the-damned-blank.

About that European paradise where guns are highly restricted

and crime rates are low,
My acquaintance said to the police that he would make a complaint. The senior among them advised him against wasting his time. At that time of night, there would be no one to complain to in the local commissariat. He would have to go the following day and would have to wait on line for three hours. He would have to return several times, with a long wait each time. And in the end, nothing would be done.

As for the police, he added, they did not want to make an arrest in a case like this. There would be too much paperwork. And even if the case came to court, the judge would give no proper punishment. Moreover, such an arrest would retard their careers. The local police chiefs were paid by results—by the crime rates in their areas of jurisdiction. The last thing they wanted was for policemen to go around finding and recording crime.

Not long afterward, I heard of another case in which the police simply refused to record the occurrence of a burglary, much less try to catch the culprits.
The article is a few years old; think things have improved since?  Don't hold your breath.

Wonderful combination: Don't hold 'those people' to standards, because that would be 'racist' or 'intolerant' or something, but try to keep them in certain areas so they don't loot and burn the whole damn place.  And don't even officially report a lot of crimes, because who wants to deal with the truth of the matter?

Now they've got no-telling-how-many 'refugees'(some really are, the rest want benefits) coming in, some of whom will be quite happy to lead the residents of the cit├ęs in serious attacks; wonder how that's going to work out?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When the authorities are covering up rapes, and (link fixed)

you're being told to change your clothing and how you act 'so as not to offend', and a good many of the 'refugees' aren't but your elites and government don't seem to care, you're pretty much screwed.
‘We paid a trafficking agent for false visas to fly here to Germany,’ says 34-year-old Atif. ‘We claimed asylum and came to Giessen camp with other migrants. Three weeks ago, because we had families, they gave us a proper home.’

Atif is well-dressed and speaks perfect English. He used to be a transport manager at Karachi airport and is from a well-to-do family. Between mouthfuls of curry, he adds: ‘But there is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe. The trafficker decided that Germany was the place for us because it is welcoming refugees.’
'Refugees'.  Yeah, you throw the gates open and say "Come in and we'll take care of you", you have very little control over who's actually coming, and why.

Controversially, the letter suggests that in the migrants’ culture, women are viewed differently: ‘It is a fact that women and children are unprotected. This situation is opportune for those men who already regard women as their inferiors and treat unaccompanied women as “fair game”.’
In other parts of the country, Germans are being told to adapt their lifestyles when migrants arrive. Police in the Bavarian town of Mering, where a 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped this month, have warned parents not to allow their children outside unaccompanied.
At Pocking, another well-kept Bavarian town, the headmaster of the grammar school wrote to parents telling them not to let their daughters wear skimpy clothing. This was to avoid ‘misunderstandings’ with 200 migrants who were put up in the school’s gymnasium over the summer, before being moved on this month.
Astonishingly, police kept silent about the rape, which took place in June. Only this month, after a local newspaper revealed that it had happened — and claimed German authorities are not ‘going public’ about crimes involving migrants because they don’t want to ‘give legitimacy’ to critics of mass migration — did they confirm it had taken place.
Get some time, check out the rape situation in Sweden.  And what happens to people who point out the uncomfortable fact that most of them are committed by muslim immigrants.  Can't have nasty facts causing problems with the Preferred Narrative, now can we?

Unless Germany and a few other places pull their leaders heads out of their anal orifices, they're screwed.  Possibly for good and all.

'Are they in collusion with the Clintons?

Throughout 2015, Ortel has carefully studied and documented a decade’s worth of domestic and global fraud, theft, corruption and violations of strict IRS rules being perpetrated by a prestigious multi-billion dollar charitable organization known as the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Unlike Markopolos, who went to the SEC and was largely ignored because of incompetence, Ortel believes that the IRS is actively in collusion with the Clinton Foundation.
And one of the things discovered? 
Ortel calculates that 2004 was the year when the foundation began engaging in massive fraud. Now guess who was director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Rulings & Agreements Division at that time? And guess who in December of 2005 was promoted to director of the entire IRS Exempt Organizations Division? Does the name Lois Lerner ring a bell?
No wonder she's scared to death of answering questions, with all this lurking in the background.

Some interesting stuff on buying gold and silver, and what's been/being done in counterfeiting.

If women have to struggle and still mostly fail, standards will be lowered. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation’s top military officer, admits it. If women aren’t meeting a standard, “the burden is now on the service to come back and explain . . . why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”

In short, women won’t have to run as fast or hit targets as accurately as men to be in combat.
Someone should bluntly ask Dempsey how many dead troops are allowable so his social conscience will feel good.

So you're scared of spiders; do you have to be THIS BLOODY STUPID about it?

Yes, this is a very late data collection;

Sue me, I was tired last night

When you consider what'll happen when(if) these people get out of college

and face the real world, it's kind of terrifying.
Students are increasingly seeking help for, and apparently having emotional crises over, problems of everyday life. Recent examples mentioned included a student who felt traumatized because her roommate had called her a “bitch” and two students who had sought counseling because they had seen a mouse in their off-campus apartment.
Those two actually called the cops.  About a mouse.
...Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students.
And what happens when they don't have a teacher to cry to?  And school-provided "Now, now, it's not the end of the world" to support them?

And this:
• Students are afraid to fail; they do not take risks; they need to be certain about things. For many of them, failure is seen as catastrophic and unacceptable. External measures of success are more important than learning and autonomous development.
Doesn't that sound a lot like the "Doesn't matter if what I'm saying/doing actually fixes anything, I'll be SEEN as a Good Person if I say/do it!" attitude?

Far too many pieces of the future, Deity help us.