Sat. May 5, 2018 – another made up holiday

66F and wet out. We got most of an inch of rain last night.

This led to the cancellation of ONE of the SIX scheduled kid and family commitments today. Busy day.

One of those commitments is a birthday party at my house. A dozen 6-8 year old girls running around screaming. Oh my.

And it’s Cinco de Mayo. A holiday made up by a beer company. We’ve gone from holy days, to holidays, to Hallmark Holidays, to holidays invented by beer companies to sell more alcohol. Awesome.

With that, I’ve got stuff to do! Be careful of the amateurs on the roads today…

n

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33 Responses to Sat. May 5, 2018 – another made up holiday

  1. Greg Norton says:

    And it’s Cinco de Mayo. A holiday made up by a beer company. We’ve gone from holy days, to holidays, to Hallmark Holidays, to holidays invented by beer companies to sell more alcohol. Awesome

    Last weekend’s traffic mess was Fiesta in San Antonio. Southbound on Friday morning, a San Antonio city holiday, was a parking lot on I-35.

    My wife had to go to Girl Scout camp, filling in for one mommy, ironically, originally from Oregon, who claimed that she was “working”. I think you know the rest of that story from the use of the quotes.

    Can’t get away from Portlandia. And, yes, back in Vantucky, I actually heard a diner ask the waitress about the “provenance of the chicken”.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    One, or two generations of prog forced lies and doublethink and we’re abandoning the benefits that science/tech/industrialization provides and reverting to superstition.

    See “raw water” for example one.

    See “cleansing” diets for two.

    See anti-vaxxer for three…

    n

    OH by the way! There was a volcano eruption in Hawaii and a bunch of people had to bug out. Sorry for our Hawaiian readers, anyone give us an update?

  3. MrAtoz says:

    A holiday made up by a beer company.

    Happy Kwanzaa!

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hmm, I see that AOL and yahoo “have come together as Oath, a part of Verizon.”

    I guess there’s no anti-trust issues when the two biggest free news and email providers online combine at the low end of the market… *cough*

    This sounds so reasonable….

    “How we collect and use data.

    We’ve updated some of the ways we collect and analyze user data. This includes: analyzing content and information when you use our services, linking your activity on third-party sites and apps with information we have about you, and providing anonymized and aggregated reporting.

    Combining data.

    We also combine data among our services and across your devices and Oath accounts. This allows us to provide more personalized content, advertising and services. We’ve provided information about your choices with respect to your use of our services, and given you control in our Privacy Controls section.”

    doesn’t quite say they read your email, like gmail does.

    n

  5. dkreck says:

    Well this is a little crazy

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/neil-young-reunites-with-crazy-horse-fresno-live-review-w519752

    tomorrow night wife and I will see for ourselves.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Hmm, I see that AOL and yahoo “have come together as Oath, a part of Verizon.”

    I guess there’s no anti-trust issues when the two biggest free news and email providers online combine at the low end of the market… *cough*

    Yahoo also runs email for AT&T’s consumer services such as legacy WorldNet and the DSL/dial domains inherited from the absorbed Baby Bells (SBC, Ameritech, PacBell, BellSouth).

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Here is the Hawaii update from FEMA

    Kīlauea Eruption – Hawai’i County, HI
    Situation
    Six known fissure vents have opened in Leilani Estates subdivision. Lava
    spattering and high levels of sulfur dioxide are present around the vents.
    Over 250 earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or higher recorded in the past
    week with no major damages to CIKR.
    Impacts
    • Evacuations: Residents of Leilani Estate & Lanipuna Gardens (1,650
    people and 775 homes) under mandatory evacuations
    • Shelters: 2 shelters open / 184 occupants (ARC Shelter Count 6:51 a.m. EDT)
    • Transportation:
    o FAA established Temporary Flight Restrictions through May 7 for
    airspace near Pahoa for non-relief aircraft operations
    o Pahoa-Pahoiki road closed from Highway 132 to Highway 137
    • Damages: 1 home destroyed
    • Emergency water restriction “for health and safety needs only” in place
    for neighborhoods near the fissures
    • Puna Geothermal Venture operations shut down; plant not at direct risk
    State / Local Response
    • HI EOC at Partial Activation
    • Governor declared State of Emergency & activated HI National Guard
    FEMA Response
    • FEMA Region IX RWC & Pacific Area Watch at Steady State; continue to monitor
    • FEMA Region IX LNOs deployed to HI EOC (x2) and HI County Civil Defense Agency
    • FEMA NWC is monitoring
    • National IMAT East-1 deploying to Region IX HQ

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    And some “science-y” content!!

    We have lift off! NASA successfully launches InSight Mars probe which it hopes will reveal the planet’s internal secrets and pave the way for human exploration

    The launch was the first interplanetary mission ever to depart from the West Coast, drawing pre-dawn crowds to Vandenberg Air Force Base and rocket watchers down the California coast into Baja. The spacecraft will take more than six months to get to Mars and start its unprecedented geologic excavations, traveling 300million miles (485 million kilometers) to get there. InSight will dig deeper into Mars than ever before – nearly 16 feet, or 5 meters – to take the planet’s temperature. It will also attempt to make the first measurements of marsquakes, using a high-tech seismometer placed directly on the Martian surface.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5694321/We-lift-NASA-successfully-launches-InSight-Mars-probe.html

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    So about those immigrants from Mexico….

    “‘We will find you’: $61,000 reward is offered for suspect who shot ATF agent in the face in Chicago as massive manhunt continues

    Manhunt continues for suspect who shot ATF agent in Chicago early on Friday
    Agent is expected to make a full recovery despite being shot in the face
    Cops are combing the area and a $61,000 reward is offered for arrest info
    It is the fourth shooting of a cop in the heavily immigrant neighborhood in a year
    Agent was part of the joint federal task force sent to Chicago by Trump last year ”

    –snip–

    “The Back of the Yards neighborhood… is a working-class neighborhood home to many immigrant families from Mexico. “

    — snip —

    “The neighborhood has also been the longtime stronghold of the Almighty Saints street gang, which regularly clashes with La Raza, another gang based a few blocks to the south.

    ‘We have some violent individuals in that area….’ said Johnson.”

    Sweethearts, gentle giants, every one……

    n

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    <----- currently hiding from a living room full of 7 yo girls having a "spa" experience. n

  11. Dave says:

    currently hiding from a living room full of 7 yo girls having a “spa” experience.

    Fighting nausea while at a karate themed birthday for a seven year old girl sounds like so much more fun. The good news is I feel better than I did last Saturday.

  12. DadCooks says:

    Well, not as bad as Hawaii but just a normal occurrence around here (via the Tri-City Herald):
    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article210518499.html

    Pasco, WA
    Three small earthquakes were reported just north of Pasco on Thursday and Friday by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

    The latest was a 1.9 magnitude earthquake at about 11:17 a.m. Friday. it came about about 10 minutes after a 0.9 magnitude quake hit the same area.

    On Thursday, a 0.7 magnitude quake was detected at 3:23 p.m, according to the seismic network.

    They were less than a mile deep, likely in layers of Columbia River basalt, said Bill Steele, University of Washington spokesman for the network.

    My Daughter’s Alma-don’t-Mater, Gonzaga, has become another once great Jesuit University to succumb to the left.
    Via the Spokesman-Review:
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/may/05/gonzaga-asks-students-not-to-be-offensive-when-cel/

    Today is Cinco de Mayo, and Gonzaga University Vice President for Student Development Judi Biggs Garbuio said she doesn’t want to come across any pictures of GU students appropriating Mexican culture.

    Biggs Garbuio sent an email to Gonzaga undergraduates on Wednesday, encouraging them to be culturally sensitive while celebrating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French Empire.

    “Unfortunately, the celebrations have become less about the appreciation of Mexican heritage, and instead has become more about drinking and partying especially by non-Mexican individuals,” Biggs Garbuio said in the email. “Because of this, there are many instances when Cinco de Mayo becomes a holiday that is full of cultural appropriation.

    “At some college campuses, including our own, students create ‘theme’ parties or dress in costumes that are insensitive and offensive to the Mexican-American and more broadly the Latinx culture.”

    Latinx (pronounced Lateen-ex) is a gender-neutral term for Latina or Latino.

  13. Miles_Teg says:

    20 years!

    “Honduras migrants: Thousands to lose US protected status”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44013763

  14. SteveF says:

    Maybe that’s how they pronounce it, but I say Latrine-X.

    (Well, that’s a lie, as I’d never come across the term before, but if the opportunity ever arises I’ll be sure to pronounce it that way.)

    As for the meat of the matter, no one in the world gets to complain about cultural appropriation if they’re wearing blue jeans or sneakers.

  15. dkreck says:

    Think I’ll culturally appropriate some Negra Modelo today. With some chili verde.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    “the celebrations have become less about the appreciation of Mexican heritage, and instead has become more about drinking and partying especially by non-Mexican individuals,”

    Yes, and? They were NEVER about anything other than selling mexican beer.

    The rest of the world would benefit hugely from appropriating some of our culture, like ‘work ethic’, rule of law, equality before the law, scientific method, placing value on education (and females as other than trade goods), etc….

    WTF did this “cultural appropriation” idea come from? Maybe Peterson can do a lecture like this one on “white privilege” which, btw, came from one, unsourced, personal reflection, paper.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbDggKqt3KA

  17. CowboySlim says:

    What they don’t understand is that Cinco de Mayo is all in the US. It is no big deal in Mexico. The drinking and partying is all north of where the walls are needed.

    Note: My grandchildren’s other Grandpa is here legally.

  18. Tim Morris says:

    What they don’t understand is that Cinco de Mayo is all in the US. It is no big deal in Mexico. The drinking and partying is all north of where the walls are needed.

    Much like St. Patrick’s Day, eh?

    Note for Canadian readers – terminal “eh?” is not cultural appropriation – I’m from the area of the Michigan border with Canada and there’s been so much traffic back and forth over the centuries that some habits of speech have become common on both sides of the border.

  19. SteveF says:

    Thoughts on a border wall: Opponents of a wall on the border with Mexico claim, among other things, that it’s too expensive to build all 2000 miles of wall and that only a portion can be built. (Not that any wall should be built, they say, but we’ll authorize only enough money for 500 miles.) Well, Mexico gets narrower the further south you go. How about we build 500 miles of wall, but put the sections on wheels. Put up the wall sections along the border, either all together or with gaps; doesn’t much matter.

    And then, every time an illegal alien commits a crime within the US, we roll the wall another yard south. There’s nothing wrong with Mexico (the land, not the polity) that can’t be fixed by getting rid of the Mexicans and cleaning up their mess, and it’s possible the Mexicans will smarten up and stop invading America before they’re all pushed into Guatemala.

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ah, blessed silence… well except for the tinnitus.

    Happy day for a bunch of little girls. And now, maybe I’ll catch a tiny bit of my non-prepping hobby, and get some of my work done while the kids are off to swim lessons and another kid’s birthday.

    n

  21. paul says:

    I need to study up on .htaccess and hot linking. I’m getting 100 or so referrals a day from search engines. I’m also getting about 2000 hits from 159.89.37.236. Which seems to be DigitalOcean, LLC , http://www.digitalocean.com , “Cloud Hosting”.

    It seems to me that someone is sucking my /pasta/ folder into their site. In a frame, I’ll guess. 2045 times yesterday. 67% of the bytes my site sends.

    I’m not going to be rude and serve a pic of Jabba the Hutt, nude, with Hillary’s head pasted on or something worse. 🙂 I’ll save that trick for the few sites that seem to be using pics from my wallpaper folder as, perhaps, background images. The wallpaper folder was deleted a couple of years ago.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    ” In 2021, the tax would change from a head tax to a 0.7 percent payroll tax”

    Sounds like an income tax to me. Seattle keeps trying, I’ll give them that.

    https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-tussles-with-seattle-as-it-seeks-a-second-home/

  23. H. Combs says:

    Forget Cinco de Mayo, it’s Liberation Day in the Netherlands
    We received this from a friend
    Bevrijdingsdag is de nationale feestdag op 5 mei waarop de bevrijding van de Duitse bezetting in Nederland in 1945 wordt gevierd. Op deze dag wordt ook de bevrijding van het toenmalig Nederlands-Indië gevierd. Nederland staat op 5 mei ook stil bij de grote waarde van vrijheid, democratie en mensenrechten.
    #bevrijdingsdag #vrijheid #democratie #mensenrechten
    #5mei #liberation #freedom #democracy #humanrights
    (Translation below)
    Liberation Day is the national holiday on 5 May when the liberation of the German occupation in the Netherlands in 1945 is celebrated. On this day the liberation of the then Dutch East Indies is celebrated. The Netherlands will also consider the great value of freedom, democracy and human rights on 5 May.

  24. SteveF says:

    Accidental truth bomb, courtesy of the BBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCftJ8Hf0kI

  25. lynn says:

    “Heinlein Was an Optimist” by Sarah Hoyt
    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2018/05/04/heinlein-was-an-optimist/

    Yes, he was. Heinlein thought that we would have regular Lunar transport service by now.

  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    @steveF, yup, that was funny! in my neighborhood, an awful lot of the high achieving high earners seem to have found that they like being home with the kids. Lot’s of stay at home mommies here. ‘Course, lots of mercedes benz cars, BMW suvs and crossovers, and LOTS of giant Chevy Suburbans. Little league games look like a Chevy/GMC dealership parking lot….

    The high end grocery store looks like a catalog for workout gear at about 1030 am…

    n

  27. Chad says:

    currently hiding from a living room full of 7 yo girls having a “spa” experience

    I hear that. I just left a “hotel sleepover” birthday party With a bunch of screaming 9 and 10-year-old girls. I get to go back in the morning. My wife stays the night with them. I go home because they’re all girls and I am a guy and that’s the world we live in.

  28. Miles_Teg says:

    “…pic of Jabba the Hutt, nude, with Hillary’s head pasted on or something worse.”

    Just get a pic of HRC nude, no photoshopping,

    (SteveF should be able to help you.)

  29. brad says:

    @SteveF: Thanks for the BBC link – that’s brilliant! British humour at it’s best, i.e., when poking fun at certain truths that are (PC) impossible to really discuss.

    I don’t think it’s accidental at all – whoever put that together knew exactly what they were doing 🙂

  30. Nick Flandrey says:

    Comments section slightly better than average….

    Awful lot of people confirming the essential truths of the vid.
    n

  31. JimL says:

    At our house, young ladies are not permitted to visit or even come in the house if my wife or Mother-in-law is not here. While _I_ know I’d never do anything, I’m simply not going to take that chance.

    On the same note, my daughters are not permitted to visit friends when no adult female is present. I even know some of these guys. I won’t take the chance.

  32. SteveF says:

    Just get a pic of HRC nude, no photoshopping,
    (SteveF should be able to help you.)

    Now, Miles_Teg, I’m sure we all remember that you are the one who thought Hillary was attractive. Surely you’re the go-to guy for Hillary nudes.

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