Wednesday, 24 February 2016

14:11 – Barbara is downstairs filling and labeling vials of l-glutamine and oxytetracycline for biology kits as she watches Netflix’s House of Cards. I told her that I had no interest in watching a series that features lawyers and/or politicians, particularly one that presents them as the Good Guys, nor any series (like any by Shonda Rhimes) that features prog propaganda, nor anything that has embedded commercials or a laugh track. That limits my viewing choices significantly, which from my viewpoint is a good thing.

We got our electric bill yesterday. It was something like $177 for the month, which included a lot of days with temperatures well below freezing and often down into the single digits F. Considering that we have electric heat via a heat pump, I didn’t think that was bad at all. I asked Barbara, and she said it was comparable to the bill for our Winston-Salem house if you combined the electric and natural gas bills.

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78 thoughts on “Wednesday, 24 February 2016”

  1. I have no idea who he is. I’ve never watched the series. I assume he must be an evil lawyer/politician, but I repeat myself.

  2. Frank Underwood is an A$$hole. He is the “hero” in that the series is written around his character. He is not presented as a good guy.

    I found seasons 1 & 2 to be very watchable. Season 3 sucked dead bunnies.

  3. Mrs. Underwood is also a real asshole; they’re a team of evil, manipulative lawyers, but I repeat myself. She’s played by Robin (formerly Penn) Wright, and does a good job of it; I liked her in “The Conspirators,” though, playing Mrs. Mary Surratt.

    The series steals blatantly from the former Brit series, which we liked much better.

    Just back from the Toyota dealership after a three-and-a-half-hour wait in the nice waiting room with the other nice Murkan derps, all of us fiddling with our phones and tablets, mine being the Kindle Fire. Outside, cold, hard, driving rain after an inch or two overnight of heavy wet snow. The crick on the other side of the state road is rising pretty fast and spreading out but not a threat to us over here. More snow melt like this from the hills and regular heavy rains would be good, jack up the lake level and get everything nice and green again.

    I hope to experiment with the seed starter kit shortly and also try to grow spuds, beets, carrots, turnips and garlic this year, maybe some kale, plus we had good luck with beefsteak tomatoes last summah. Besides kitchen herbs, I’d also like to play with medicinal varieties, so we’ll see how it all goes. I’m also gonna look into the local CSA memberships for both veggies and meat this summah. And the various farmers’ markets. MEATSPACE! Quit lookin’ at dem pixels, get off the recliner, and look around outside; at the very least, recon your AO for threats and start collecting intel.

  4. @Mr. nick and other gardeners or budding (get it?) gardeners, like moi:

    http://www.easydigging.com/

    Tools are recommended by a number of VERY experienced gardeners, and Ima gon git me sum this spring. Also getting the soil test done via our local UVM cooperative extension service and their recommendations based on what we wanna try growing here.

  5. Nah, tools are too expensive and too much effort. Considering how a significant fraction of the American ruling class wants to turn the US into a Muslim hell-hole, you should adopt a Muslim tradition which is current in many nations even as we speak: slavery will get your holes dug. Slavery will get your walls painted. All you need to do is find useful candidates, enslave them, and put them to work. Oh, sure, more traditional Islamorrhoids will likely quibble with your identification of natural-born slaves, but fuck them. Sauce for the goose and all that.

    (I was going to put in a link to something I read recently, where a number of “Syrian” “refugees” in Europe were justifying the numerous and ongoing rapes of European women by saying it was the conquering people’s right to enslave and rape the conquered. Can’t find it now, though.)

  6. If you work in the city limits of San Bernardino, CA, you need a biz license ($60/yr). We worked there in 2015 and have some work this year. I called the clerk and said that, and that we haven’t worked there 2012-2014. He say send us $122 to cover 2015-2016 ($1/yr penalty). I get a letter today, hey we applied your $122 to 2013-2014, so you owe us another $122. Motherfucker! Now I have to call back tomorrow with a “What the fuck, over?” Fuck does CA suck fucking dead fucking bunnies. Probably a punk no education illegal motherfucker sucking on CA and the Fed teat. Fuck!

  7. “…a number of “Syrian” “refugees” in Europe were justifying the numerous and ongoing rapes of European women by saying it was the conquering people’s right to enslave and rape the conquered. Can’t find it now, though.)”

    They claim it’s in their Koran and I’ve seen the quotes recently but I have that CRS thing going on again. If not the Koran, then some commentary or other by the various goatfuckers that have been scribbling the stuff via the ants-crawling-through-the-melting-chocolate alphabet since that piece of shit pervert croaked.

    “I get a letter today, hey we applied your $122 to 2013-2014, so you owe us another $122.”

    We all in the same boat, hermano; at the mercy of dipshit bureaucrat clerks and scribblers and suchlike, zillions of them.

    But man, dead bunnies are getting a wicked bad rap here today…

  8. I get a letter today, hey we applied your $122 to 2013-2014, so you owe us another $122.

    Paid my city taxes, sent to the correct address, a couple of years ago. About three weeks after the check cleared I called and asked for a receipt. They informed me my taxes had not been paid, were now late, and I owed a penalty. I got a copy of the cancelled check and found out they had applied the $500 in taxes to my usually $70 a month water bill.

    Since it was the city I told them to get the money from the water department and reverse the late fees. They could not do that. I had to have the water department issue me a refund check which I then took to the tax department. Same building as it a small town, in fact just the next office over. Of course the tax department said I was still late and owed a late fee. I produced the cancelled check, with the correct address, with a deposit date that was before the deadline. The office reluctantly removed the late fee.

    The next day I composed a letter to the mayor with a copy to each member of the city council explaining how the city fraudulently cashed my tax payment and applied it to the wrong account within the city. In the letter I demanded an explanation and an apology for the attempted fraud. Got a letter from the mayor explaining how a clerk mistakenly deposited the check in the wrong account (knew that already), and that steps had been taken to avoid the issue. The employee had been reprimanded.

    At the next council meeting I attended and noticed that my issue was an item of discussion. They just asked the mayor if the issue had been resolved, and the mayor said yes.

    The advantages of a small town.

  9. “The advantages of a small town.”

    Indeed. And we can see and talk to the various parties F2F on any random trip to the post office, grocery store or just walking around the block. In my case, they meet up with a very sizable Visigoth type who is probably packing serious heat. But really, down inside, he’s just a big cuddly harmless teddy bear so naught to worry about.

  10. [snip] in Europe were justifying the numerous and ongoing rapes of European women by saying it was the conquering people’s right to enslave and rape the conquered. [snip]

    How very German of them.

  11. My wife used to do this, many years ago to pay her way through university. It’s well-paid, and you may also land a position where you get to travel, but it’s very high stress stuff. Lots of people do it for a few years, and then change to something saner. It’s a good young person’s job. If Princess is really that good with languages, it’s definitely something work looking into.

    For better or for worse, Trump is looking good. Something just needs to happen to Hillary – preferably prosecution. I would love to see the final election between Trump and Sanders – whoever wins, it would be a serious blow to the established political elite.

  12. I’m curious. How do the ‘networks’ determine how many of a voting population (like: latinos) have voted for a candidate? Who has personal data like they are touting? Age, sex, Ethnicity and so on and have voted? I thought the ballot was secret.
    Do I believe them?
    I’d like to return to the days when the candidates paid me for my vote.

  13. preferably prosecution

    Best case would be prosecution with lots of humiliation for her and a legion of others, concluding with a Guilty verdict, with her vapor locking and dying in the courtroom as the ice cream on top.

    I would love to see the final election between Trump and Sanders

    The campaign and the debates would be hilarious.

    I’m still no Trump supporter, except in the least-worst sense. But I am a huge fan of the way he’s destroying the GOPe and the established wisdom and the value of the campaign consultants and of course the unquestionable role of the media as gatekeepers.

  14. How do the ‘networks’ determine how many of a voting population (like: latinos) have voted for a candidate?

    Exit polls. Then adjust for the number that voted. If 20% of the people that voted for a certain candidate at the exit poll are Hispanic, then obviously 20% of the entire voters at the voting station voted the same way. Never mind that the poll took place in the middle of the day when most of the voters are on welfare and don’t work. Rather than doing the poll when the white middle class taxpaying voters vote after work.

    Yeh, I know, racist hater. Check my privilege.

  15. Surveys and polls are never scientific as even the best ones are ultimately a survey or poll of people willing to take surveys and polls and that’s not exactly a scientific sample. I question the opinion of anyone who, after being at work all day and waiting in line, is willing to stop and do an exit poll. Something is just not right with those people. Unless, of course, their exit poll answer is the complete opposite of who they actually voted for. In that case, they’re fucking with the pollsters and I support that 100%. 🙂

  16. Not to worry, Chad. Counting the votes isn’t science, either. Not when misplaced ballots will be found, and will continue to found, in order to make the vote come out the right way. Nor when audits of electronic voting machines find votes pre-loaded. Not every time an audit is done just before voting starts, but so often that it’s no longer a surprise.

  17. Polling has been pretty accurate over the last few decades and valuable data can be extracted from what they find. It is scientific if well designed, just as the computer models the GW climatologists use can be scientific if well designed. (As I have said before, I am willing to be convinced that AGW is a real problem. The computer models they are using are not enough to convince me. CO2 is a heat trapping gas, as Venus and Mars show.)

    But the 2012 election was a tipping point. Gallup is giving up on political polls, because the rise of cell phones has made polling much more difficult and expensive. They will still do issue attitude polls and the like, but they dropped any candidate polling for the primaries.

  18. Nail on the head, Mr. DadCooks. The liberal asshats say anything they want, and bash conservatives for the same thing. Trump is the de facto Redumblican nominee so the SS should investigate.

  19. “Douthat bills himself as a conservative, but in his latest column for the New York Times he concludes that “President Hillary” would be a better choice for America than “our own nuclear-armed Berlusconi”.”

    Yeah, he’s a real “conservative” alright; he replaced little Billy Kristol at the NYT so we can be pretty certain he’s just another one of their token neocon ass-hats. IIRC, he’s supposedly a Roman Catholic, too, and may have written articles from that POV before, but he’s a real long way from being a genuine conservative in either case.

    He’s also got something wrong with his noggin if he thinks a nuclear-armed Cankles is better than Trump having that “control,” (which, incidentally, the President does not entirely have). She’s a bloodthirsty psychopath who makes Elizabeth Bathory look like a piker. You can bet that if she gets in we’ll end up with World War IV in full swing and a total police state at home. Of course, maybe this will wake some more people up here.

  20. “I’m still no Trump supporter, except in the least-worst sense. But I am a huge fan of the way he’s destroying the GOPe and the established wisdom and the value of the campaign consultants and of course the unquestionable role of the media as gatekeepers.”

    Exactly. I have no idea if he could ever be a good president. In fact, I rather expect not: Trump is used to dictating what happens, not to playing the compromise game. But the shake-up to the establishment is wonderful to watch. The $64 million question is: can things change long-term? One really doesn’t want to allow the political machine to just shrug and resume business as usual with the next election.

    If I understand things correctly, it’s much harder on the D side, because of all the superdelegates, i.e., political insiders who are selected without any help from the voters, and who are naturally all for Hillary. Maybe someone who understands this system better can clarify?

  21. I’m not a Trump supporter, but my new favorite thing about him is the panic and deep-rooted fear that progressives/liberals are starting to develop as the possibility of a President Trump increases. I love how they’re flabbergasted at how they provide all of this hard evidence of how terrible he is, but he keeps winning primaries. The libtard panic that Trump causes never ceases to amuse.

    Will he make it all the way? Who knows? I’ll keep watching the 2016 Election train wreck though.

  22. What kinda net R U on down there, Bob? Reboots of routers, switches, computers? ISP tech support?

  23. “The Economist” has always been a librul rag, as has the “Financial Times.” They support the usual RINO and Dem bullchit and always have.

    Marine Le Pen is supposedly having some kind of friction with Dad lately, so we’ll see how that turns out; I don’t trust her, in the end, to do the right thing. I have more faith with the guys in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. And maybe we’ll see a resurgence of German patriotism at some point, hopefully without the Nazi crap.

    President Trump, Prince Vlad, and them Chicom guys should be interesting. President Cankles will give us, for sure, World War IV, or at least embroil us in it, like her heroes, Pharaoh Roosevelt II and Professor Wilson.

    Why do I keep saying “World War IV” when everyone sez III? Because III was the so-called Cold War shading into the First and Second Indochina Wars and the various other “brushfire” wars that continued throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America through the First and Second Gulf Wars. IV will be when we at last confront Fourth Generation Warfare emanating, like now, from non-state and state actors in the Middle East and spreading worldwide, with attacks of various kinds on the North Murkan continent.

    OFD believes we need to pull back to Fortress America while securing our borders, coastlines, sea lanes and air space. Mind our own biz, and if attacked, obliterate the perpetrators immediately, one way or another. Stop sending ground troops and bombers to kill mostly civilians in places that do not threaten us.

    (Quite frankly, if we had seriously intended to defeat the musloids in Iraq and Afghanistan, we would have sent in 600,000-700,000 troops and destroyed city after city. But we still think we can fight “limited” wars and not hurt or get hurt too badly, which is bullshit.)

  24. Internet almost unusable here. No post until it’s working again.

    Have you got a smartphone? You might be able to use it in hotspot wifi mode instead of your hardline internet.

  25. OFD believes we need to pull back to Fortress America while securing our borders, coastlines, sea lanes and air space. Mind our own biz, and if attacked, obliterate the perpetrators immediately, one way or another.

    And charge people 35% to ship stuff into the USA. (hat tip to Trump 2016!)

  26. Yeah, there’s gotta be some way, maybe with tariffs, to get the country back on a level playing field with the rest of the world; what we have now is insane.

  27. I figure that a 35% import tariff will hurt the farmers a little bit. And technology companies like mine (40% of our sales are outside USA). But the overall impact might be some of our manufacturing will come back to the USA, automated as much as possible though. And, self reliance is also a defense issue.

  28. “And, self reliance is also a defense issue.”

    +1,000

    But tell that to our corporate overlords and their gummint enablers over the past half-century. Or mention it to the countless Murkan citizens who’ve lived and worked in one-industry towns or regions over the past four-hundred years. New England and north-country New York are dotted with dozens of these semi-abandoned towns, some of them de facto ghost towns now. Self-reliance fell by the wayside in favor of factory jobs and then corporate/high-tech prolecube farms. Now we’ve got a highly dependent population, which, if the Grid shuts down, is gonna be in very deep excrement suddenly.

  29. @Robert:

    I can post for you, if you wish; send me copy via email.

    I can also set up so you can email to specific private email address, and that email will turn into a post automatically (with the Postie plugin). Use it on multiple sites, works quite well after setup. Might not help now, but can be put in place for the future.

  30. I have a very rarely offered T-Mobile Family Plan on our 4 smartphones. We have truly unlimited phone, text, and data (unthrottled 4G). The plan also allows us to use all of the phones as hot spots with no data limit or throttling. It comes in very handy from time to time. You will not get these sort of plans from a “dealer”, you have to “negotiate” directly with the carrier.

    WRT Trump: what you folks fail to realize is that he is of no political party or persuasion, he is a strict Capitalist Business Man. Take some time to read his “Art of the Deal” and get an insight to how big business really works. He is a rare breed these days as true Capitalist Business Men are a disappearing breed because of contemporary politics. Political Systems destroy, Capitalist Systems build. And greed destroys all.

  31. Take some time to read his “Art of the Deal” and get an insight to how big business really works.

    I remember a tv news report about 20 or 25 years ago. Trump was going in to renegotiate his biggest building mortgage at the time with 10+ bankers. The camera pans the group as they go in the meeting room door and all are smiling. After an hour or so, the door opens and Trump comes out. He announces, “We have come to an understanding and I am reducing my mortgage payments by 40%. When you owe three million to the bankers, they own you. When you owe three billion to the bankers, you own them.” Meanwhile, the bankers are all sneaking out behind him and not willing to talk to anyone.

  32. Trump and the Republicans are just owning the MSM when it comes to this election so far. Just take a look at http://www.cnn.com/politics and note how many references there are to Trump or the Republicans and how many there are to Bernie or Hillary.

  33. Of course, when you talk about Bernie and his most fervent supporters, it’s “By their fruitcakes shall ye know them.”

  34. We’ve got them by the friggin’ bucket-load up here; those stickers on cars and an equal number of HILLARY! and Trump stickers. I steer way clear of the Trump vehicles because I know they’re probably violent redneck fascist racist xenophobe nativists and gun nuts, clinging bitterly to their religion.

    It will be really entertaining if the general election actually turns out to be the Big Biz Robber Baron versus an old-skool socialist moonbat.

    Meanwhile I’ll wish devoutly for both Klinton creatures to somehow disappear. No, make that three creatures; almost forgot about the moronic entitled princess.

  35. Reverend Sharpless ain’t goin’ nowhere, no matter who “wins.” He got hisself a pretty good racket goin’ here fo’ a lotta years.

    As for a President Trump actually doing anything about Cankles going to jail or anybody else, nope; these people all grease each other all the time. Nothing much ever happens to them in this world.

  36. Being without Internet is hell. Have only had one day of that since switching to the fiber provider here. I cannot get much accomplished without the computers and an Internet connection.

    Polls have been significantly wrong this year. I would not trust them. However, the political analysts I follow say the general election will be determined by Millenials and women’s wishes. The rest will essentially cancel each other out.

    Spent yesterday judging high school TV projects. There is a group of us that do this every year. The same schools turn out the best projects every year. We were talking about why with the organizer of the judging; it is not the teachers, he posits, because they have changed almost yearly at the winning schools. The schools that win, are in the richest communities and have the best equipment. Although I have thought skill was more important than equipment all my life, it appears that may not be true.

    The school where we judge (university) is fully aware that training people for media jobs is now a much harder task. In decades past, every hour of broadcast had to be manned by people. But because of automation, relaxation of rules by the FCC, and consolidation of ownership and consequent extreme cost-cutting to pay for the ill-affordable debt loads, there are no jobs for entry-level people anymore. Radio in particular, has only morning drive and maybe afternoon drive manned; the rest is automation or satellite-fed programming. Those 2 time slots require experienced people, so there are no longer jobs that will give an industry beginner the experience to get to the next level, which is the only place there are openings these days.

    This university understands that, but the guy in charge says it is very difficult to turn out a group of graduates with everyone at that second level. Their graduates have a better placement record than other schools, but still only a few of the dozen yearly graduates are at the level they need to be to be seriously considered for the tiny number of openings these days.

    Also, unions in the media have essentially been broken, so not only do kids have to be able to do one job well, they have to be a jack of all trades with the ability to shoot video of company events, edit and post videos, create blog entries and tweets in social media, along with being able to anchor their on-air time slot. All that for compensation that averages around $20-35k/yr.

    Not much of a bright future in mass media these days.

  37. Here’s another reason I’m leaving Mint. The Kindle book I just bought and downloaded will not import into Calibre. After a little investigation, Calibre for Mint 17 is at version 1.25.0, while the latest stable release by the developers is 2.51.x. The DRM people have made quite a few changes that Calibre developers have taken care of, but Mint obviously has not kept up with the developers.

    BTW, some time ago, I could not get books downloaded to the Windows computer over the years, de-DRM’d with Calibre on Linux. Turns out that you MUST de-DRM on the COMPUTER that downloaded the books. You CAN de-DRM it with another computer, but you have to obtain a PID value for every single book and go through lots of gyrations on a different computer to make it work. Easiest is just to import it into Calibre on the computer it was downloaded to. I updated Calibre on Bianca, my Windows computer, and de-DRM’d my entire library there, then added it to the Linux computer where they all work swimmingly. Fortunately, that was the last task I accomplished before Bianca died, never to be resurrected. I was lucky on that.

  38. ” Not much of a bright future in mass media these days.

    Same deal with IT; they eliminated “operators” in favor of robot machines and then smushed former operator duties into sys admin stuff, piled on some programming and now sys admins are supposed to be jacks-of-all-trades for shitty pay and bennies, if any, for a year or two and then their jobs get offshored somewhere.

    “… and de-DRM’d my entire library there, then added it to the Linux computer where they all work swimmingly.”

    I’ve got maybe a handful of technical books on this Winblows computer; probably a few dozen on the Kindle, too. But otherwise I’m an old-skool book guy; I gotta have it in my hand and turning pages.

    50 here today with rain and now dropping to 16 with snow.

  39. We missed the blizzard Chicago got yesterday. Just a ground covering of snow with nothing sticking to roads or sidewalks. The jetstream acts like a whip with undulations travelling from west to east. We get a shake that sends the whip undulation south of us to Ray’s territory, reducing our temps to below freezing for tonight and tomorrow. Then the undulation crosses north of us for the weekend, and Sunday is supposed to be sunny and 60.

    I am a technology type, and want everything on electronic storage. I pitched all of the 2,500 books my parents had amassed over a lifetime, and have only a half-dozen reference books on my shelves; everything else is on electronic storage somewhere. Same with CD’s, although I hang onto them, filing those in a plastic library thing called Disk Sox, and I throw out the jewel cases.

    Was hoping to get some audio books for the car rides, but the stuff I am interested in, is not done on audio. Currently reading Beverly Ross’ book about her days in the Brill Building, writing music for the early rock record industry. I do not get much reading time, so I have been reading that book solely at lunch breaks for well over a month. I get maybe 5 or 10 minutes a day. I used to be a pretty fast reader, but unless you read a lot, that is a skill which suffers. My book reading speed has suffered a lot since computers took over our lives.

  40. “…so I have been reading that book solely at lunch breaks for well over a month. I get maybe 5 or 10 minutes a day.”

    Those are my bathroom books; I have two or three on hand and slowly work my way through them; currently it’s Clyde Wilson’s book of Jeffersonian essays, and it’s been answering several of my burning questions as to why things are the way they are now.

    “Currently reading Beverly Ross’ book about her days in the Brill Building, writing music for the early rock record industry.”

    Ah yes, the ol’ Brill Building, home also of the very young Carol King and Gerry Goffin; scads of hits, and I well remember, as a young hippie type, when her “Tapestry” album when it came out, and was being played on the nifty sound system at the Harvard Coop, probably using Klipsch or KLH speakers. VPR does a show by Joel Najman on Saturday nights that focuses on the early rock era; you might be able to get it streaming out there. It’s called “My Place.”

    http://digital.vpr.net/post/listen-my-place-online-anytime#stream/0

  41. Agree that Buchanan has always had sharp insights, but baffled that he could never put those to use for his own candidacies. No one with his firm views on abortion will ever be elected here (barring an ISIS takeover), so why even bother to run knowing that?

  42. Boston’s Henry Kloss had the best ears on the planet, IMO. His incredible contribution to speaker technology was to quit trying make a speaker box with perfect acoustics and just build the electronics to compensate for deficiencies in the box. KLH made a stereo FM radio in the early ’60’s that was a table radio with the left speaker, and a second speaker with a wire you could place an appropriate distance apart. When I first heard that, I was about 14 and went “Wow.” Always loved the sound of Kloss’ creations — at AR (Acoustic Research), KLH, Advent, and Cambridge Soundworks. Listening to the Rivendell radio automation software spitting out random plays of the top 30 from 1957 to 2009 right now, on Kloss’ PC Works speaker system, which at $50, sounds better than almost every speaker I ever heard in professional recording studios.

    Creative, the Soundblaster people, bought Kloss’ Cambridge Soundworks after his untimely death, and promptly proceeded to discontinue every product he designed. The people running that company should have been horse-whipped to within an inch of their lives.

  43. “No one with his firm views on abortion will ever be elected here…”

    Not in our lifetimes, I reckon. He shocked the Repub hierarchy back then and set them back on their heels, so they got a little nervous and set to work sandbagging him. Trump has done the same by several orders of magnitude, but the usual ass-hat RINOs probably think they can control him somehow. We shall see.

    “The people running that company should have been horse-whipped to within an inch of their lives.”

    +100

    Murkan corporate dicks don’t like superior products or technology, one would assume, after seeing countless examples of this sort of thing. I loved the various Koss-derived speaker systems and will be hunting around at some point during this year to find some more, as I kludge together a decent sound system for us here. We’ve got the usual sound bar and subwoofer on the tee-vee config but we rarely watch the damn thing, even with dozens of DVDs, Netflix, Roku and the NFL. I wanna assemble a system again, and I’ve got loads of CDs and a nice couple of boxes of classical LPs that I got for a buck a box at a secondhand store up here a couple of years ago. Also wanna transfer my VHS tapes to DVDs at some point.

    Another speaker pioneer from wunnerful Maffachufetts was the recently late Dr. Amar Bose, for whose company my next-younger brother and I worked in the late 70s, brother in IT with HP-UX systems and me in industrial “security” and spying. I had a pair of 901 Series IVs that I got with the employee discount, plus a 100-watt/channel Bose receiver. Couldn’t dial the volume much up past 2 or 3 without rocking the building I lived in then. Several of Amar’s engineers still work there, too.

  44. OFD erote:

    “Quite frankly, if we had seriously intended to defeat the musloids in Iraq and Afghanistan, we would have sent in 600,000-700,000 troops and destroyed city after city.”

    Never send a man where you can send a missile. ™

  45. What sort of missile would have done the job of total war, if that is what we intended? Nukes? Sure, and run the risk of retaliatory nukes from Pakistan or Russia or China? A giant swarm of conventional missiles hourly for a year? Hell, we bombed and strafed and got some bad guys and also got a bunch of “collateral damage,” i.e., civilians we were presumably there to protect?

    How about we just stay the fuck out of these shit-hole countries and let the buggers slaughter each other, which is what they love to do, anyway? Why are we even thinking about messing around over there? Haven’t we got MORE than enough on our plates right here?

    Our Enemy is not necessarily in Baghdad, Karachi, Mecca, Medina, Damascus or Tehran…but it looks more and more like our Enemy is Washington, D.C. And we stand a much greater chance of being shot and killed by one of our own police officers than any terrorists. I think we need to regroup and refocus where our efforts should be in the near future. We wouldn’t have any enemies in those other places if our buggers down in Mordor didn’t create them for us.

  46. I was just saying that sending lots of troops somewhere is a bad idea. Pakistan doesn’t have a reliable ICBM as far as I’m aware. Russia and China? I doubt it. They know what the response would be.

  47. You have not conquered a land until you put an 18 year-old boy on it with a rifle and hold that land.

    But I’m with Mr. OFD – no way we should be involved overseas except in retaliation for strikes on our soil. Beat the snot out of them, tell them if they keep it up, we’ll be back, and get the flock out. Our interests are HERE, not there.

  48. I was against the 2003 invasion of Iraq from the outset. When asked what should be done about Sadam’s blustering I just said containment. Make life unpleasant for them at minimum cost to us by targeting the odd “palace”, military installation, whatever.

  49. Another speaker pioneer from wunnerful Maffachufetts was the recently late Dr. Amar Bose

    Don’t forget Ray Dolby of Dolby labs. His contribution to noise reduction really elevated the tape industry and especially the cassette.

    no way we should be involved overseas except in retaliation for strikes on our soil

    Agreed. What those countries do to their own people is not our problem. We go into a rattlesnake den, get bitten, and then complain. Let those third world countries kill each other and go back to the stone age. I don’t care if those sand apes have to eat camel shit.

    If they attack the US by some terrorist means, bomb their major cities into rubble. The last bomb should be full of paper informing the country if they do it again, to paraphrase the words of the terminator “we’ll be back” and send the Clintons.

  50. How are “people of color” referenced nowadays in the US? In a conversation with an Aussie friend now living in Florida he said the word “negro” is considered hugely offensive and hasn’t normally been used for 40 years. He said “African American” (unwieldy to me) or “black” are acceptable. I thought “black” was considered worse than “negro”.

  51. well, it seems that you people are going to have Trump, as I read somewhere he is a kind of north american Charles the first that we have in 90s as president.

    He is well-remembered here as he said (forgive the spanish, it is very colloquial, but I am sure you understand)

    Si les decia lo que iba a hacer no me votaba nadie

    As I said, 2018 will be funny

    PS He left ruins

  52. So, ebola.

    ” British nurse Pauline Cafferkey remains in the Royal Free Hospital in London for treatment for a ‘late complication’ from Ebola.

    It is the third time the 40 year old, from South Lanarkshire, Scotland, has been treated in hospital since contracting the virus in Sierra Leone in December 2014 at a Save the Children treatment centre.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3464898/Most-Ebola-survivors-suffer-long-term-brain-problems-rare-cases-left-suicidal-months-infected-study-finds.html

    Or in other words, even if you survive it, you’re F’d for life.

    nick

  53. How are “people of color” referenced nowadays in the US?

    Lazy, unemployed, thug, jiggaboo, criminal all come to mind. There are several exceptions of course and I call them sir, mam, Mr, or Ms or their name if I know the name.

  54. Come on, Ray. Yes, a high percentage of underclass scum are dark-skinned, but the converse is not true. Similarly, a high percentage of violent criminals are young men, but the converse is not true.

  55. Awww, RBT beat me to it. Yah, Ray overstated the problem.

    But… perception is reality, when it comes to politics and sociology. An awful lot of white and oriental Americans (and green card holders) are really fed up with thug culture and freeloader culture and guilt culture. Not only blacks and hispanics are the problem, but they’re the most visible part of the problem in the US.

  56. People get tired of the bullshit after awhile and then angry. Another fruit of the past seven years of the Obola administration, where they encouraged more racial, ethnic and religious friction; “let’s you and him fight.”

    I think I finally figured out why it is that libturds and SJWs are silent on musloid repression of womyn, thanks to recent reading in Clyde Wilson’s book of essays, and I’m paraphrasing very loosely: it’s a form of ‘compassion fatigue.’ In short, today’s Officially Approved victim group takes precedence over yesterday’s. They can’t keep all their ballz in the air at the same time, so today we kow-tow to musloids instead of womyn. Previously they were silent about Larry Klinton’s depredations and harassment of subordinate women because the alleged greater good was his Left political ideology; now we discover he really was/is an evil serial rapist and scumbag and his lovely wife Bruno not only covered up for him but went after his victims.

    Same sort of thing with black Murkans; probably a lot of them are ordinary middle-class and working-class people just trying to get through the day, but what we see in the MSM and net are “Black Lives Matter” (that even my librul Dem wife gets pissed about), riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, countless attacks by black men on white people around the country (some of them savage atrocities), and the thuggish behavior of pro athletes and musicians who make more in an hour than most of us schmucks make in years.

    Eventually people get tired of walking on eggshells and being polite and civil, and this is evidently the desired outcome of our ruling class. While we’re at each others’ throats or worrying about our sons and DAUGHTERS being maimed or killed in World War IV we won’t notice the continued looting and destruction and repression back here.

  57. Mr. SteveF and Mr. OFD struck a chord. That is exactly what we’re shown, so that’s what’s perceived.

    Suge Knight – Death Row Records
    Thug Life – a rather popular rap group.
    Tupac

    When you see someone that dresses like, and acts like, they belong to one of those groups, what are you supposed to think? Stereotypes happen for a REASON.

    Saddam made noises like he had WMD, and threatened to use them. Is it any surprise someone called him on it? When you walk around, talking about popping a cap, are you surprised that people think you might and take steps?

    BLM is raising awareness. They’re doing it wrong, though. I really wish they’d look to their own culture and work to improve it. Perception is what’s getting them killed. They need to give the impression that young black men won’t turn violent when approached.

  58. Yo, if it walk like a duck, talk like a duck…and doan gib a fuck…then I gotta take steps. This goes double up here for the local riff-raff underclass scum we see daily. Why? ‘Cause they in my face NOW; we live a long way from the inner city mayhem.

    And then we have this up here: there’s only a very tiny handful of black people in this AO, maybe a dozen, tops, and yet….several of the young males make the police blotter regularly, or we get them from Plattsburgh across the lake, or up the interstate from Springfield, Hartford and NYC. The number of them caught up with criminal activities in this frigid landscape are out of all proportion to their numbers in the population. So OFD is cruising down Lake Street from downtown and spots one or two of these guys loitering near the state liquor store, and you can bet on what OFD is thinking. But I not only gotta keep an eye on them but also the far greater number of young white males be-bopping around in that area. So no, I’m not being rayciss, just using common sense.

    The other issue is that if I’m out on foot and be-bopping around there myself, they gotta keep an eye on me, too, and they know full well I’m eyeballing them and not the least bit nervous about it.

  59. BLM is raising awareness. They’re doing it wrong, though. I really wish they’d look to their own culture and work to improve it. Perception is what’s getting them killed. They need to give the impression that young black men won’t turn violent when approached.

    The overwhelming majority of black deaths due to violence are caused by other blacks. BLM doesn’t care about those black lives, they care about those black lives ended by the police, whether the use of force was justifiable or not.

  60. Well, Google just lost a lot of their cred with me now that they are supporting the BLM movement:
    https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/strengthening-our-commitment-to-racial.html

    “More recently, incidences of racial violence have again dominated our headlines, with the killing of young men like Tamir Rice and Jordan Davis, the deaths of Michael Brown and Sandra Bland, and countless other acts of injustice.”

    There are many other things that one can do for racial injustice. BLM is not one of these.

  61. OFD is dumping Google insofar as humanly possible; both gmail accounts, which I’ve had since the beginning, and using it as a search engine and quitting the use of the Tube; they’ve pissed me off since they took over the latter and then took away the download ability almost immediately. Add to that their spying and leftist ideology from the top down and their fawning cooperation with the Unholy State.

    Good riddance.

    Both FaceCrack accounts gone already and soon the Yahoo email account. Never got on Twitter or SnapChat or any of the other social media rubbish.

    The commo future may well be elsewhere, as the net devolves into a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate fascist oligarchy; amateur radio, mesh and packet networks, and meatspace are the things to learn and/or relearn.

    Local neighborhoods, communities, towns, seceding from, and versus the court party and the almighty State. They mean us no good, hold us in contempt and loathing and fear, and are well on their way down history’s toilet. See Sovereign Man’s column today on the Fed accounting report and related matters.

  62. Well, Google just lost a lot of their cred with me now that they are supporting the BLM movement:

    Then there’s this:

    Law enforcement officials in Kansas revealed Friday that the gunman who killed three people and wounded 14 on Thursday was issued a restraining order that afternoon, which may have triggered the deadly rampage at the factory where he worked.
    Father-of-two Cedric Ford, 38, clocked in to work as a painter at lawn-mower manufacturing firm Excel Industries in the city of Hesston on Thursday morning.
    But hours later he left – and returned with a .223-caliber assault-style rifle and a pistol.

    Yawn. SJW crickets, probably justified ’cause BLM.

  63. Just one of COUNTLESS such attacks, most of which go unreported; we note that this got reported in a Brit nooz paper, although it probably also made the nooz in Kansas. And it was an “assault-style” rifle, mind you. I’ll have a simultaneous stroke and haht attack the day some MSM outfit gets firearms nomenclature correctly.

    Another peculiar item to notice in one of the pics; the police have their “assault-style” pistols in cross-draw holster positions; I’m a righty (on multiple levels) and whether I’m also carrying an “assault-style” rifle or not, my “assault-style” handgun is OWB at 4 o’clock. WTF?

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