Tuesday, 6 June 2017

08:45 – It was 59.9F (15.5C) when I took Colin out around 0715 this morning, overcast and breezy.

Happy Birthday to me. Today I turn the Big 0x40. Barbara is working the Friends of the Library bookstore from 1000 to 1330 today, after which she leaves to drive down to Winston. She’s having dinner with Frances and Al, staying the night, and heading back up tomorrow morning. It’s also Al’s birthday today. Poor Barbara and Frances. They’re big on celebrating holidays, including birthdays, while neither Al nor I celebrates holidays, including birthdays.

We finished watching the second season of the new version of Poldark on Amazon streaming last night. Looking for something similar to queue up, I came across several recommendations for Outlander, so we sampled an episode of that. It certainly has good dresses, better than Poldark, and the lead character is an Irish cutie. That’s good enough for me to add a series to our watch list, and Barbara said it was fine with her.

There’ll always be an England? Maybe not, judging by the Brit response or lack thereof to muslim outrages. I wrote off western continental Europe long ago. They’re apparently unaware that they’re being invaded by hordes of scum intent on killing, raping, and destroying western culture. What they need is another Charles The Hammer Martel. Instead, they have Merkel and Macron. I no longer have any sympathy for them. A country that refuses to defend its women isn’t worth saving.

But I didn’t expect this of England. They have a very long history of defending their shores from invaders. On the other hand, they do lose every millennium or so, a thousand years ago to the Normans and two thousand years ago to the Romans. So they’re about due to come under the rule of a foreign invasion force. Trouble is, the muslims are much, much worse than the Normans or the Romans, both of whom at least represented Western civilizations. The muslims are neither Western nor a civilization.

Long-term, I expect we’ll see a large influx of Brit refugees arriving in other Anglo-Saxon countries, which is to say the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to another miracle of Dunkirk, but this time on a massive scale.

 

70 thoughts on “Tuesday, 6 June 2017”

  1. I posit that the massive losses of WWI and WWII mostly eliminated the “stand up and fight” gene from the British gene pool.
    BTW: We are happy you have survived another trip round the sun.

  2. Reading Winnie the Pooh, I finally understood that phrase….

    So on your birthday, wishing you many happy returns of the day! Even if you don’t celebrate, it does mark the passage of time.

    One of our acquaintances here is a Scotsman, married and naturalized as a US citizen. His response to the recent attack, eh, no big deal, grew up during the Troubles and it’s just another terrorist attack. Just something you have to deal with.

    I remember getting that from Brits after 9-11. Welcome to the world, now you get terrorism too.

    I REJECT THAT. I rejected that idea after 9-11, I reject it now. It is not something you just have to accept. THAT is how civilization is lost. Forget the difference that the islamosavages want to destroy western civilization and are a significant percentage of the world’s population, vs some tiny little group that wants political concessions.

    We DON’T have to accept rape, murder, oppression, crime, or terrorism. The west became civilized precisely to avoid having to deal with those ills as ‘just part of life.’

    To give up on that is to give up on being civilized.

    n

  3. @harold, that’s been my theory for the decline of europe in general. Massive losses among those who would fight. Then seven decades of scarcity economy took away any hope, and beat down the survivors further.

    Like the Piersons Puppeteers in Niven’s Ringworld universe, someone has tamed the kzin.

    n

  4. We lived in the UK at the end of the “troubles” and the IRA were scruplous in avoiding casualties in London. They always gave advanced warning of the bombings. I remember the outrage when an IRA bomb accedentialy blew up on a bus as it was being transported to the target location, killing several innocents. The IRA apologised for the loss of life. The Museloid attacks are the complete opposite of the IRA.

  5. The Irish are Western; the musloids are not.

  6. 53 and steady rain again. Supposed to stop later this afternoon and sunny the next two days.

    “Wars, it is said, are the death of republics. And we now seem to be caught up in an endless war.”

    http://buchanan.org/blog/the-forever-war-127150

    And our masters and overlords are evidently intent on losing this one for us.

  7. Robert, have you watched Bosch on Amazon? Highly recommended. 3rd season just came out.

  8. Thanks. Yep, we’ve been following Bosch since it premiered. The other Amazon original Barbara follows is The Man in the High Castle.

    Overall, Amazon does a better job with their Originals than Netflix does. Most of the decent Netflix “Originals” are stuff they bought from or kicked in funding for to the BBC or whoever. I believe most of Amazon’s Originals are really original with Amazon.

  9. The other Amazon original Barbara follows is The Man in the High Castle.

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but pay attention to the small town scenes in the first season of “The Man in the High Castle”. The shooting location is the same town, Roslyn, WA, as “Northern Exposure” but shot from slightly different camera angles.

  10. I’ve read a lot of exaggerations today here, so I”ll just say this:
    Europe is fine, and it will be fine in the future too. Not to worry.

    (I’m sure you’ll just disapprove this instantly)

  11. Happy D-Day everyone. My Dad (God rest his soul) flew many missions in his B-17 (actually 2 different 17s as his first one was severally damaged on his second run) in support of D-Day, had some flak in his legs to remember it forever (he did not miss a mission because it it, just got patched up and sent off). Thank goodness he sat on his FLAK jacket (as was common practice) or I would not be here today.

    And a Happy Birthday to you @RBT. Keep on keeping on 😉

    I am a couple of days behind on reading the “DNJ”.

  12. The Troubles took place over many years; 9/11 took place in minutes and got roughly the same number of deaths. And that was just that one day here in North Murka. The hadjis have been very busy for 1,300 years and have stepped up their depredations considerably since the 1970s, and then kicked it up a few more notches in the last few years. One atrocity after another.

    I still maintain, however, that we wouldn’t have seen nearly as many of these if we’d stayed the hell out of the Sandbox countries and quit sending troops and building military bases there. But that’s a very unpopular POV, just like me advising young people not to sign up anymore for this country’s endless wars.

    Can’t we just mind our own fucking business?

    Apparently not, so now we have a major cleanup job to do here. While evidently fighting both the hadjis and the progs at the same time, along with Our Nanny the Almighty State. With one hand tied behind our back, blindfolded, and nodding off on the couch after another box of Krispy Kremes and a six-pack of Murkan Lite.

  13. One of the unusual choices made in Bosch is the pacing. We see time pass, the murder investigation takes weeks or longer. I think Titus Welliver, who plays the title character, is phenomenal in the role. He’s able to pack quite a bit into a pause, a look, or a facial tic.

    One of my brothers worked on a film he was in, Rough Riders and said he could do some dynamite impressions of the other cast members. He’s one of those journeyman actors that is always good, but never a star. He also paints impressionistic landscapes, as his dad was a famous landscape painter and he studied art before changing to acting.

    As I understand it, in the original books, Bosch is a former Army special operations grunt that was a “tunnel rat” in Vietnam. They updated it so he’s a Desert Storm vet, who did tunnel work there.

  14. “More than 200 Muslim leaders from across the UK have signed a statement condemning the terror attack that took place in London on Saturday – and saying they will refuse to perform the traditional Islamic prayers for the perpetrators at their funerals.”

    From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/06/muslim-leaders-refuse-perform-funeral-prayers-london-bridge/

    And another one bites the dust: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4577466/Police-respond-reports-gunfire-Paris-s-Notre-Dame.html

    It’s a war. Nobody is given up, nobody “refuses to protect its women”, nobody is “unaware”, nobody “accepts”, etc. Instead someone is able to discern between a terrorist and a non-terrorist, and to treat with civility the latter, and bury the former.

  15. ” it will be fine in the future too” maybe, but unless some strong action is taken, it will be predominantly muslim, and live under sharia law.

    n

  16. Eugen is a frog, and the pot he’s sitting in is coming to a boil.

  17. For that matter, so are we. We may recognize the pot, but we haven’t been able to turn off the heat.

    n

  18. Anyone interested in .gov, and specifically FEMA is supporting Continuity functions (ie. keep doing your job after disaster strikes, whether that is government, an essential service, or ordinary business) can download their draft Continuity guidance.

    https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1496423375694-3e736b5b80f95bef79942a66d8602348/ContinuiityGuidanceCircular508.pdf

    Haven’t read thru it yet, got things to do today, but not encouraged by the language of the summary:

    “This Continuity Guidance Circular details the fundamental theories and concepts to unify the application of continuity principles, planning, and programs across the Nation. It provides guidance on the integration of continuity concepts, provides a common foundation for understanding continuity, and guides the development of other tools and resources.”

    n

  19. Another interesting day in Sandefjord. Ate whale for the first time for dinner (my past is your future). Interesting flavor, gamey with a hint of fish. Not too bad when cooked properly.

    Tomorrow is on to Oslo for 5 days. Wedding on Saturday, leave for Scotland on Monday. Trains from downtown Oslo to the airport every 20 minutes, a three block walk to the train station from the hotel.

    Rain the next seven days according to the forecast. Their weather liars are about as skilled as our weather liars. Supposed to rain today but was partly clouded with periods of lots of sun. Thus was able to walk around Sandefjord. A typical European city.

    Driving is interciresting (I am not driving, just riding). Aside from the usual assortment of round-abouts, there are lots of speed bumps on the roads through neighborhoods. Annoying as hell in my opinion. The other thing that is odd is at those intersections where streets intersect (no circle thingys) there are no stop signs. It is whomever gets their first and sort of an honor system. Seems to work.

    Big difference between European driving and US driving is that Europeans cooperate, we compete. I much prefer the former as in the US we have a lot of bubba’s with the big pick-em-up trucks who think they own the road along with the little zipper heads with the weedeater motors that can’t judge distance worth a damn and probably on their cell phone.

    Nice place to visit but I certainly would not want to live here.

  20. Europe is fine, and it will be fine in the future too. Not to worry.

    You called it. I disagree. Europe is a mess. Taxes of almost 50%, defense systems that are worthless and depend on the US. Musloid scum running around freely. Immigrants that you cannot support. Yeh, what a place.

    (I’m sure you’ll just disapprove this instantly)

    Until you have experienced a country that is not on it’s back kicking it’s legs in a death gesture reconsider our disapproval. Come live in the US for a couple of years then go back to Europe and tell us how better it is to live with cells of musloid scum that would just as soon see you dead as spit out their gum. Muslims and the cult of islam will destroy Europe before moving to other targets. Consider them like the aliens in Independence Day. They need to be stopped before they destroy anything. Islam and muslims contribute nothing to society and never have for thousands of years. Their way of life is little above the stone age. Their IQ is skewing the left side of the bell curve. The US, and all other countries in Europe, should ban the scourge of muslims from entering.

    If muslims succeed in taking over the majority of countries the only possible salvation is for a meteor strike to take out all humanity and start over.

  21. I am dismayed that the British elite are so unconcerned about the future of Britain against the invasion of militant Islam. Especially when they have two things that should help that the United States rightfully did not copy from Britain. How can Elizabeth be so unconcerned about leaving the problem for one of her grandsons to deal with. Most importantly, England has a State Church, an institution I don’t agree with. But given that there is such an institution, the Archbishop of Canterbury should be publicly criticizing people like Anjem Choudary as an evil monster.

  22. Islam and muslims contribute nothing to society and never have for thousands of years.

    I hate to be an obnoxious smartass, but this is clearly complete bullshit. Islam and muslims have made no significant contributions to civilization for 1407 years.

  23. Eugen: Europe is fine, and it will be fine in the future too
    Depends on your value of “fine”. When we lived in the UK in the 90s and spent lots of time in Europe (before the Euro) it didn’t seem “fine” to us. Armed soldiers in many airports, monuments in Paris closed and rubbish bins blocked or removed because of terror threats. Taking the RER from Paris to Euro Disney we were told to make sure not to get off at a couple of stops which were “no-go” areas. In Frankfurt the local office staff provided helpful advice on where not to go if we didn’t want to be mugged by “foreigners”. In the UK our neighbors warned us to expect our car to be stolen / vandalized at least once a year and how to prevent home invasion. All things that most Americans never consider as “fine”. Much of Europe is now getting used to random terror, rape, and violence as the new normal, the new value of “fine”. But we don’t live there so we can’t speak with personal experience today.

    On a completely diferent topic … My brother is wanting to take a year in Romania, where would you recomend an American on a limited budget look to live? He speaks no Romanian or German or anything else but English but he has taken years in China and Mexico and had lots of adventures.

  24. Netflix, or as I like to call it, Obscure Asian TV seriesland. Don’t get started watching the bottom dubbed tv shows, they will suck you in, and away from family and eating, and sleep. Netflix is starting a new one in June, where a TV/Movie actress is doing a costume
    role in Full Princess coustume, and drives off set in a VW van, and somehow time travels back to ancient Korea, and *hilarity* insues.

  25. Ray Thompson – there are lots of speed bumps on the roads through neighborhoods
    We saw that when we lived in the UK too. When we asked our neighbors about it they said it was to reduce teens joyriding at speed through the neighborhood. In the UK, car theft for joyrides was a comon problem. I wonder if it’s the same there?

  26. So has anyone tried out Curiosity Stream? I am too busy to look at it right now, but would love to find a source for decent documentaries like James Burke’s Connections. Not interested in modern politically correct propaganda.

  27. RE: documentaries like James Burke’s Connections
    We LOVED Connections. I still use examples from it in my daily life. Wish I could find it for the grand kids.

  28. WRT Bosch, I am now reading THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE on my Samsung tablet. Provided OTA by my local public library. Functions just like Amazon’s ebooks to Kindle, just no fee (outside of my tax $$$).

  29. Last I saw, Connections was available on DVD for well North of $100 for 5 DVDs. The second and third series were even more expensive.

  30. “My brother is wanting to take a year in Romania, where would you recomend an American on a limited budget look to live?”

    Harold, I’ll recommend Sibiu – I live here. I don’t know what limited budget means, but a two rooms apartment can be rented for 200 – 230 EUR/month (1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, 1 balcony). Utilities will add to about 50-60 EUR per month. Buying food from supermarkets will cost about 150 EUR/month. A meal in the city center is about 10 EUR (I don’t do that often). A museum ticket 2-5 EUR. A bus ticket 0.5 EUR. A 500 ml Coca Cola 0.66 EUR. If your brother is a good nice guy, not a troublemaker, I can help him accommodate here.

    I would avoid staying in rural areas, since he speaks only English. Brasov is another nice city in South Transylvania. Both Sibiu and Brasov are near the mountains, and that’s what I like. Romania also has a Black Sea coast, a Danube Delta, fields, mountains, rivers.. Take your pick.

  31. And just when you think that the middle east is at war enough for two worlds, anohter war is getting ready to startup, “Qatar’s dispute with Arab states puts LNG market on edge”:
    http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2017/06/qatars-dispute-with-arab-states-puts-lng-market-on-edge

    “Singapore/London (Reuters)—Saudi Arabia and key allies have cut ties with Qatar, the world’s top seller of LNG, stoking concerns over any supply disruptions to neighboring countries spilling over into global gas markets.”

    “Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates and Egypt—both highly reliant on Qatari gas via pipeline and LNG—said that they would sever all ties (including transport links) with Qatar, an escalation on past diplomatic spats.”

    “They accuse Qatar, which supplies roughly a third of global LNG, of supporting extremism.”

    At least this is a start for Saudi Arabia. Maybe they can look inwards also.

  32. I’ll vote with Eugen: Europe will (probably) be fine. However, there will be some upheavals and general unpleasantness along the way. The terror attacks are leading to a very serious populist movement against Islam specifically and muslims in general. The current governments are still in denial, but they will either come around or be replaced.

    Just as an example: Today, a member of the Swiss parliament submitted an official proposal to declare the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) to be an illegal organization. This is the central lobbying organization for Islamists here, that works against any political proposals that would restrict Islamic practices, and actively proselytizes for the religion.

    This is just the first step of the coming reaction. I do believe that the borders will be closed in the next couple of years, and the deportations of illegal migrants will begin. Hopefully in 2-3 years, almost certainly within 5.

    As always seems to be the case, the reaction will do all the right things – and then keep going and head off to some form of extremism all its own. It’s unfortunate that we can’t somehow stop the pendulum in the middle.

  33. Amazon has Connections 1 and The Day The Universe Changed on DVD. They also have books by James Burke as well. All have been added to my Amazon Wish List.

  34. Thanks Eugen. I will pass that on to him. He has about $2500 / month as a budget. I think I have heard him mention Brasov. He is a quiet guy who likes to travel and make friends in his retirement. He used to work in Korea and visited most of Asia including Mongolia. Lots of great stories to tell. If he does go to live a year I will try to visit. I’ve never been in eastern Europe and would love to explore.

  35. Let us not forget that the most famous environmentally ill American, Al Gore, sold his Current TV channel to Al Jazeera, otherwise known as the royal family of Qatar. In other words, he sold out to a member of OPEC accused by Saudi Arabia of supporting Islamist Terrorism instead of selling to Glenn Beck. I don’t always agree with Glenn Beck, but I find it interesting that Gore would rather do business with Qatar than Glenn Beck. Does Gore have more in common with Qatar’s royal family than he does with Glenn Beck?

  36. “Thanks Eugen. I will pass that on to him. He has about $2500 / month as a budget.”

    That’s more than enough. The average wage in Romania is four times less than that.

    ” He is a quiet guy who likes to travel and make friends in his retirement. “

    Than he is more than welcomed here.

    “I’ve never been in eastern Europe and would love to explore.”

    Romania is absolutely beautiful. You’ll find here every kind of relief you’ll like. It is a safe place. But State services are poor (hospitals, education, transport,..), corruption is still high, incompetence people in key positions, waste of money, resources. That are our sorrows. Luckily, we are in EU, and they demand and impose more discipline.

  37. corruption is still high, incompetence people in key positions, waste of money, resources

    Same as the US. Nothing unique about that.

    When we asked our neighbors about it they said it was to reduce teens joyriding at speed through the neighborhood

    Same in Norway. Narrow streets and speed do not mix.

    I have seen a lot more American cars here than in Germany. Full size pickup, yellow Camaro, Ford Explorer among others and most surprising a Cadillac sled from the sixties.

  38. Speed bumps. They’re all over Adelaide too. “Traffic calming” is their purpose, i.e. to slow traffic down and to discourage short cuts. 40 years ago practically every road in Adelaide had a 60 km/h speed limit. Now the main roads are 60, suburban streets 50 (unless they are 40) and the fines revenue raising for speeding are fairly high – I was fined about $300 for doing 48 in a 40 zone. Many streets in the suburbs north of me are blocked off to keep drivers on the main roads rather than taking short cuts through quiet suburbs.

  39. Eugen isn’t a frog in boiling water is he? I thought the musloids weren’t in Romania in numbers, because they’re not rich enough.

  40. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Romania

    “Although the number of adherents of Islam is relatively small, Islam enjoys a 700-year tradition in Romania particularly in Northern Dobruja,[7] a region on the Black Sea coast which was part of the Ottoman Empire for almost five centuries (ca. 1420–1878).[8] According to the 2011 census, 64,337 people, approx. 0.3% of the total population, indicated that their religion was Islam. The majority of the Romanian Muslims belong to the Sunni Islam.
    [..]
    Ethnically, most of them are Tatars, followed by Turks, Albanians, Muslim Roma, and immigrants from the Middle East.[7][9] Since 2007, there are Indonesian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani workers coming to Romania, who are mostly Muslims.
    In Romania there are about 80 mosques.[10] One of the largest is the Grand Mosque of Constanța, originally known as the Carol I Mosque. It was built between 1910 and 1913, on the order of Carol I, in appreciation for the Muslim community in Constanța.”

  41. Speed bumps. They’re all over Adelaide too.

    They put them in neighborhoods in Houston on streets people use as short cuts. In one of his novels set in London, Charles Stross refers to them as “sleeping policemen”.

  42. _36 Hours: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Fiction Series (The Blackout Series) (Volume 1)_ by Bobby Akart
    https://www.amazon.com/36-Hours-Post-Apocalyptic-Survival-Blackout/dp/1536964298/

    Book number one of a six book apocalyptic series about a CME (coronal mass ejection) event in the near future. I read the POD (print on demand) trade paperback version with very nice paper and fonts. I have ordered the second and third books in the series from Big River.

    This book is different from most post apocalyptic EMP books as a CME event is very different from an EMP event. The author includes 50+ appendix pages on EMP, CME, and RF events in the book. BTW, Lloyds of London has written a damage estimate to the USA for a Carrington level solar storm.
    http://www.lloyds.com/~/media/lloyds/reports/emerging%20risk%20reports/solar%20storm%20risk%20to%20the%20north%20american%20electric%20grid.pdf#search=%27cme%27

    This book is about the 36 hours leading up to a massive Solar Storm arriving at the Earth. Since this is an apocalyptic book, the author makes the strength of the solar storm to be way in excess of the Carrington 1859 storm. In other words, a Superflare. And, there is the hint of an nuclear weapon stored in the Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, that plays a role in the next book.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

    The book is somewhat dated even though it was published in 2016. First, the USA President in the book is Hillary Clinton. Second, the Chinese space station is manned and stable whereas the Chinese space station is now abandoned and getting ready to fall to Earth later this year.

    The author maintains at least two websites:
    http://www.bobbyakart.com/
    and
    http://freedompreppers.com/

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (281 reviews)

  43. Happy holiday, RBT. May you have 0xC0 more so you can reach the nice round age of 0x100.

    neither Al nor I celebrates holidays, including birthdays

    My birthday certainly is a holiday. Quite possibly the only true holy day, what with me being the center of the universe and all. However, for your birthday I’ll allow you to claim it as a holiday.

    I REJECT THAT.

    Strongly agree. If you “learn to accept” bullying and theft and other aggression, then all you get is more of it.

    On that topic, has anyone noticed that after BasedStickMan and the punch in the face for PornDreadlockGirl and the shooting of the guy who was punching conservatives in some line, the tantrums have pretty well come to a halt? So long as the tards could attack with impunity and have legal cover, they were bold and aggressive. Once consequences appeared, the tards screamed their disbelief of the new reality but then crawled back into their parents’ basements.

    I hate to be an obnoxious smartass

    No you don’t.

    I hate him being an obnoxious smartass. That’s my schtick.

  44. My experience with whale meat was that it was like a slice of kobi beef. No ‘fish’ taste at all, since it’s a mammal after all…. really delicious, and I bought a second helping. ‘Course there might be different kinds of whale or different cuts with differing flavors.

    apropos of nothing, I just figured out that you can hedge your dollar exposure with paypal. They make is super easy to turn some of your paypal balance (if you have one) into a couple dozen other currencies. You could keep a couple thou in that account in other money, just in case. Certainly would have been good for the Greeks, and the Croatians…

    n

  45. Today, a member of the Swiss parliament submitted an official proposal to declare the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) to be an illegal organization. This is the central lobbying organization for Islamists here, that works against any political proposals that would restrict Islamic practices, and actively proselytizes for the religion.

    Which is exactly what we need to do with CAIR here.

  46. growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth

    … Trump, Global Warming blamed

    (OK, I made up that last bit)

    (And the “growing risk” is no more than a few years ago, or a few years before that, and it’s “growing” over the usual negligible risk.)

  47. Of course, the risk of a Carrington ++ type event is really, really small, too. If 1AU ~ 150,000,000 km, the surface area of a sphere with that r would be 2.83*10^17 km^2. Radius of the Earth ~ 6350 km, producing a Sun facing area of 2.54*10^8 km^2. (Yes, it would be a vanishingly small blister on the surface of our giant sphere, but we’re just fooling around anyway.) Therefore Earth’s surface would present 0.00000008957597173145% of the total target area. It has happened, given enough time it will happen again, and the damage might be severe, but as risks go it’s not something to panic over.

  48. Had a County Code Compliance officer come to my door today. Says there has been a complaint that my front hedge of junipers is too high. He really wasn’t too bad a guy but said someone has been calling the county supervisor’s office and making complaints all over this neighborhood. Several houses have 6′ fences and walls around them. There always has to be a dick! Of course you can’t be told you ratted on you. He was somewhat sympathetic but lets face it, you have to be careful what you say.
    Maximum fence or hedge allowed is 48″ from the high point. of my yard. My front lawn is about 3-4 foot above the street level and the hedge up to 6′ above the lawn. Also 60′ long as the house faces sideways on a corner.
    Lot of fuckin’ work and junipers are not all that fun to work on.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxLWd_RKNPevQ1Nhb293T2FUa0k/view?usp=sharing

  49. UK living in a fantasy world.
    One of my good friends who lives in the East End of London is adamant that the terrorists aren’t Islamic. They can’t be Muslim, she contends, because Islam is a religion of peace. Given the evidence of her own eyes she prefers to believe the lies she has been fed for decades.

  50. In a just world and a common-sense country, Mr. dkreck would not have to fuss with nonsensical rubbish such as this and having to talk with paid State hirelings at his front door about his plants. Jesus wept.

    “Given the evidence of her own eyes she prefers to believe the lies she has been fed for decades.”

    This is what I’m talking about but I get the impression folks think I wasn’t serious; these people actually live in a different fucking reality than the rest of us. Simple as that.

    Mr. Watson has some trenchant thoughts on the UK situation vis-a-vis musloid scumbag murderers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTlyCcL_5pU

    I’d go a step or two further: give British citizens back their guns and make it open season on musloids and the politicians and media shitbags who facilitate their entry into our countries. With emphasis and bounties on the latter.

  51. It has happened, given enough time it will happen again, and the damage might be severe, but as risks go it’s not something to panic over.

    We barely got missed in 2012 by a week. It was a double shotgun blast. 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 gauge.
    http://www.space.com/26669-huge-solar-storm-2012-destruction.html

    Just another reason to prepare. And watch out for the Superflare that has over 10% of the Sun’s surface area occluded.

  52. UK living in a fantasy world.
    One of my good friends who lives in the East End of London is adamant that the terrorists aren’t Islamic. They can’t be Muslim, she contends, because Islam is a religion of peace. Given the evidence of her own eyes she prefers to believe the lies she has been fed for decades.

    Something is really wrong with the majority of people. My wife insists that I am a racist idiot for even thinking that 10% of muslims are bad people (I told her that the number wanting Sharia law in the USA is around 40% and she blew up). And I even told her that Harris County (Houston main county) had five muslims locked up for several honor killings a couple of years ago. My impression is that the incidence of violence among muslims is much higher than the norm in the USA.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/3-family-members-charged-in-texas-honor-killing-of-iranian-activist/

  53. Wimminz sure have a warped view of reality. I had an argument with my sister last Sunday about mooslems. She’s normally sensible but didn’t agree with my idea of sending them all back home or just dropping them in the mid Atlantic, nor did she agree with my idea of testing some of our nukes over Mecca and Medina – just to make sure they still work.

  54. Brits are getting sick of companies shipping jobs to eastern Europe…

    “Vibrant industries established with European Union money fuelled thousands of jobs. But many have packed up and shipped out to even cheaper EU countries Romania and Hungary.”

    “Mr Praid has seen the boom come and go in the town where he has driven cabs for 28 years. You can feel the anger rise as he speaks about one large factory that shut up shop.

    “They moved all the equipment out to Hungary and then told the workers, ‘If you want an extra three months’ work you can go out to Hungary and teach everybody how to use your equipment’,” he said.

    “It’s tarnished the view of Europe.””

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-06/struggling-welsh-voters-embrace-political-upheaval/8590940

  55. “Of course, the risk of a Carrington ++ type event is really, really small, too.”

    Depends on how you define small. Earth has been hit by Carrington-Class events roughly every 100 years. It’s just that no one noticed such events prior to 1859 because we didn’t have electric power grids, electronics, and so on. It’s been almost 160 years since the CE, so we’re overdue.

    In 2012, we missed by a week being hit by a catastrophic CME. At that time, NASA scientists estimated that there was a 12% chance we’d be hit by a CC CME in the next ten years, or 1.2% per year. I don’t consider that small.

    The one good thing about a CME, if there can be said to be anything good about it, is that we’d get some warning. VLT’s and other vulnerable equipment could be disconnected from the grid to prevent their loss. I say “could”, but political reality means they’d probably remain connected and end up being destroyed.

    Intentionally taking down the power grid would kill at least tens of thousands of people, and no politician is going to do that. They’d instead prefer to allow the grid to be destroyed, killing tens of millions to 100+ million people, because at least they couldn’t be held responsible for such a natural event. If/when a catastrophic CME hits, I just hope sane people will ignore the politicians and isolate the vulnerable high-value equipment on the grid.

  56. Intentionally taking down the power grid would kill at least tens of thousands of people, and no politician is going to do that. They’d instead prefer to allow the grid to be destroyed, killing tens of millions to 100+ million people, because at least they couldn’t be held responsible for such a natural event. If/when a catastrophic CME hits, I just hope sane people will ignore the politicians and isolate the vulnerable high-value equipment on the grid.

    The Texas electrical grid, ERCOT, has not been down since 1956 or so. And yes, Texas has it’s own grid. We are ready to secede at a moment’s notice.

  57. But what powers that grid (probably NG)? Bet they sell to other states and Mexico as well. Great to be fuel rich.

  58. “Great to be fuel rich.”

    yep, NG producer and exporter, crude producer, refiner and exporter, and one of the biggest, if not THE biggest ‘green’ generators with lots of wind.

    n

  59. They’d instead prefer to allow the grid to be destroyed, killing tens of millions to 100+ million people, because at least they couldn’t be held responsible for such a natural event.

    Well…. dropping a third of the population /would/ reduce the load on welfare/EBT/etc. quite a bit without affecting income from taxes.

  60. Speaking of which, Amazon is now offering discounted Prime memberships ($6/month versus $11) for anyone who has an EBT card.

  61. But what powers that grid (probably NG)? Bet they sell to other states and Mexico as well. Great to be fuel rich.

    The Texas Grid is powered by natural gas (48%), coal (28%), wind (12%), nuclear (11%), water (0.2%), DC interties with other states (0.1%), and other (0.3%).
    http://www.ercot.com/content/wcm/lists/89476/GenerationByFuelType_2002_2015.xls

    Almost the entire USA is fuel rich. But fuel is limited by each state as to extraction or type. For instance, about half of the coastal states do not allow drilling off their shores. Some states do not allow fracking (Pennsylvania, New York). And some states do not allow coal mining.

    BTW, Texas now sells natural gas and refined products (gasoline, diesel) to Mexico. But Texas buys power from Mexico.

  62. Yep California could be independent except the green nuts won’t let it. We’re gonna be all solar and wind. Maybe they could but a wind turbine in front of Gov. Moonbeam.
    California has signed a climate agreement with China. Yeah that will work.

  63. Maybe they could but a wind turbine in front of Gov. Moonbeam

    Or in back as I hear from my brothers he blows a lot out of his ass.

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