Wed. Jan. 30, 2019 – cold, but dry today

38F and 57%RH this morning and the forecast calls for clear and dry. Which is good.

I’m getting curmudgeonly in my late middle age… particularly with words and language. I see standards slipping right in front of me, and I read it as a sign of the decline. Look at the language of music, popular entertainment, and everyday discourse, and it has all been degraded. I know it’s a living thing. They’re killing it.

I see and hear ‘woman’ used for ‘female’. “There was a woman cashier working at the counter.” Hate that.

I see people consistently using ‘few’ and ‘less’ wrong. Even educated people who know it’s wrong still use ‘few’ or ‘fewer’ for both cases.

Seven yo started saying “Ima read a book.” “Ima clean my room.” The laziness of black slang, is intolerable to me in a white 7 year old student in Gifted and Talented classes. At least my wife agrees on this one. Laziness is a hard habit to break though and she says that she thinks it’s “easier” to say it.

Right now, I’m’a get her butt out of bed and ready for school…

n

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59 Responses to Wed. Jan. 30, 2019 – cold, but dry today

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Don’t worry about the Ocasio-Cortez woman. BJ is on the case, but, again, it will come down to delivering pork, not a Prog agenda.

    Remember, as Dr. Pournelle used to say, despair is a sin.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/427364-some-dems-float-idea-of-primary-challenge-for-ocasio-cortez

    Beyond the media antics, I do think there is a biological process at work where males across the political spectrum give the cocktail waitress far more credibility than she deserves.

    RBT used to comment on Y chromosomes being programmed to find 20-something females attractive and apply different standards to their behavior and belief systems in the interest of procreation. I’ve seen it over and over again both at work and dealing with friends/family.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Maybe people are starting to catch wise….

    ‘The modern equivalent of bread and circuses’: Fascinating chart shows how ever-cheaper gadgets and toys kept the masses distracted while price of education, healthcare and childcare SKYROCKETED over last two decades

    Chart released earlier this month shows 21 years of inflation in US by sector
    Prices of TVs, toys, cellphone service and software have all plunged
    Meanwhile, childcare, healthcare and higher education costs have skyrocketed
    Difference is due in part to trade deals that brought in cheap imported goods
    Wages have also remained relatively stagnant not much above inflation ”

    Note that the things that increased the most, got a massive influx of .gov money by way of the suckers using the services, and that cost is completely divorced from outcome.

  3. dkreck says:

    Beer and football as this week should prove. Look at the sponsors. I wonder if my TV is large enough or if I need a couple of more to fill the rooms. Lots of chicken wings too.

  4. MrAtoz says:

    A TV can never be too large.

  5. JimL says:

    Note that the things that increased the most, got a massive influx of .gov money by way of the suckers using the services, and that cost is completely divorced from outcome.

    Want more of something? Subsidize it. Want less? Tax it. Best option? Leave it alone. It will seek its own level.

  6. JimL says:

    3º and cloudy right now. We’ll hit the low tonight, then start moving back into more comfortable temps. I don’t understand why people are freaking out about a cold snap. Yes, I’ve seen the “vortex”. I’ve seen the reports. I can also recall similar instances in the past. I’ll predict more of the same in the future. Sheesh. We grow up with this stuff.

    Good thing I didn’t have to shovel or blow this morning, as I was wiped. 31 hours of flights, sleep, conference, flight wiped me out. On the upside, I have a cert I didn’t have before. I also got to spend about 15 minutes in 60º sunshine, and 45 minutes running in 45º pre-dawn darkness. It was a vacation only in the technical sense. I sure didn’t get much relaxation in.

  7. JimB says:

    Right now, I’m’a get her butt out of bed and ready for school…

    OFD would be proud!

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Note that the things that increased the most, got a massive influx of .gov money by way of the suckers using the services, and that cost is completely divorced from outcome.

    Student loans finance Doh-bamacare so it is the interest of the Government for new grads to be indebted as much as possible. The Feds clamped down on places like Phoenix, ITT and Virginia College, but the outcome of “real” universities often isn’t much better than the for-profit schools. I’ve frequently noted that my CS Masters program at a mediocre state school was an OPT diploma mill.

    We had to pass the bill to find out what was in it. And, yes, nationalization of the student loan program happened in the bill. It is frequently downplayed in the mainstream press as “only” a few billion a year of revenue.

  9. JimL says:

    “I’m finna head to da club”. “I’m fixing to head to the enlisted club.”

    What’s wrong with “I’m going to the bar.”?

    finna. imma. idk. lol. jk. imho. lmbo. omg. xyz. pdq.

    Shorthand for words. Words that mean something. Within a small subgroup is fine. There were terms I used in the service that I would never use in civilian life. There are words I use in IT circles that I simply never use with my family.

    I don’t like lazy words. If you’re too lazy to say “I’m going to the bar”, I’m going to ask you to repeat yourself. I do it to my children often. They must speak clearly and loudly to be allowed to do anything. They have confidence, and they are not lazy with their speech.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    The loud she has down. The lazy is a new thing. Most people are blown away by her articulateness and level of language. So the ima thing really bugs the wife and me both.

    n

  11. Greg Norton says:

    The loud she has down. The lazy is a new thing. Most people are blown away by her articulateness and level of language. So the ima thing really bugs the wife and me both.

    The table manners with our 7th grader bug me, and my wife isn’t totally on board with squelching the problem.

    The girl eats just like my father-in-law unless corrected. I can’t decide if it is genetics or that my father-in-law never really grew up. Both are equally likely.

  12. dkreck says:

    Better get them out of the circus too.

    https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/state/washington/article225072440.html

    and he’s suppose to be a Republican.

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    That’s progs, defending those who don’t need or want defending. Because everyone ELSE is a baby…

    n

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    In completely other news, I decided to check my carry piece, and something caught my eye. Further investigation shows that I had .380 loaded in my mag with the 9mm. My backup mag was FILLED with .380… pistol is 9mm so that would be bad. I’ve been carrying that for at least a month or two…

    n

  15. JimL says:

    What business is it of his if a grown man wants to get paid to get tossed around? At most, you can require that he carry insurance so that he not become himself a burden on the state.

  16. lynn says:

    “Record Cold Forces Rethink on Global Warming” By Tom Harris and Dr. Tim Ball
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/record-cold-forces-rethink-on-global-warming/

    “Headlines around the world are reporting exceptionally frigid conditions and unusually high levels of snowfall in recent weeks. They tout these events as records, but few people understand how short the record actually is — usually less than 50 years, a mere instant in Earth’s 4.6-billion year history. The reality is that, when viewed in a wider context, there is nothing unusual about current weather patterns.”

    “Despite this fact, the media — directly, indirectly, or by inference — often attribute the current weather to global warming. Yes, they now call it climate change. But that is because activists realized, around 2004, that the warming predicted by the computer models on which the scare is based was not actually happening. Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continued to increase, but the temperature stopped increasing. So, the evidence no longer fit the theory. English biologist Thomas Huxley commented on this dilemma over a century ago:”

    “The great tragedy of science — the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.””

    “Yet, the recent weather is a stark reminder that a colder world is a much greater threat than a warmer one. While governments plan for warming, all the indications are that the world is cooling. And, contrary to the proclamations of climate activists, every single year more people die from the cold than from the heat.”

    “A study in British medical journal The Lancet reached the following conclusion:
    Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries.”

    “How did this bizarre situation develop? It was a deliberate, orchestrated deception. The results of the investigation of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were deliberately premeditated to focus on the negative impacts of warming. In their original 1988 mandate from the UN, global warming is mentioned three times, while cooling is not mentioned even once. The UN notes that:”

    ” [C]ontinued growth in atmospheric concentrations of “greenhouse” gases could produce global warming with an eventual rise in sea levels, the effects of which could be disastrous for mankind if timely steps are not taken at all levels.”

    Yup, deception. The fact that the vast majority, if not all, of the government funded studies are to study the amount of global warming is very disconcerting. There should be studies on whether or not global warming is happening at all.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  17. brad says:

    So it begins. Back when global warming first started to make headlines, it was just about one generation after the cooling scare. Young scientists wanting to make a name for themselves, by contradicting the older generation. It has been just about another generation now…

    There may be a slight delay due to the massive investment made in AGW politics, but the next 5-10 years should see the end of it.

    And we still don’t actually know what is happening. Except for satellites, we may even know less than we did 20 years ago. Fewer weather stations, lots of raw data lost, changes in measurement techniques that make comparisons with older data difficult.

    The climate alarmists have much to answer for.

  18. CowboySlim says:

    YUUUP, they were all talking about Arctic ice melting and sea levels rising. OTOH, they did not talk about Antarctic ice sheets expanding.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    The climate alarmists have much to answer for.

    You don’t understand. Grants and tenure are at stake.

  20. Rick H says:

    Our WSU (Washington State Univ) weather guy, who has great observations, said this “Are Cold Waves Increasing Under Global Warming? The Answer is Clearly No. ”

    And he backs it up with facts.

    https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/01/are-cold-waves-increasing-under-global_30.html

  21. MrAtoz says:

    I’m off to Chicongo in a couple of weeks for a USHLI (US Hispanic Leadership Institute) gig. I hope the weather warms up. I don’t want to be stepping over bum-sicles to get into the hotel. Can you imagine if that Chicongo weather hit San Francisco?

  22. CowboySlim says:

    I’m off to Chicongo…..

    I lived there until I finished college. Not much in the way of Hispanics back then, and of those that were there, were there legally from PR.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    I’m off to Chicongo in a couple of weeks for a USHLI (US Hispanic Leadership Institute) gig. I hope the weather warms up. I don’t want to be stepping over bum-sicles to get into the hotel. Can you imagine if that Chicongo weather hit San Francisco?

    We’re there the third week of March for a conference.

    My wife’s event overlaps with C2E2. I want a Svengoolie autograph.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Florida dodged a bullet with Andrew Gillum.

    President? He’s serious?

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/2019/01/30/less-than-reasonable-judgment-ethics-panel-rebukes-andrew-gillum/

    I think a person who gets 4 million votes to be elected to the governor of Florida, even though he lost, does not reflect well on our democratic processes and our ability to scrutinize candidates.

    From a Gillum voter on the commission. In The (St. Petersburg) Times no less, arguably one of the most liberal papers in the US.

    The core truth is probably ugly.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    Something doesn’t ring true in this guys story:

    Shifting Stories Cloud Claims of Alleged Hate Crime Attack Targeting ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett

    Two White guys in ski masks and gloves beat him, called him ni**er and faggot, put a noose around his neck and yelled “this is MAGA” country, then threw bleach on him. He goes to his friend first, then hospital, then calls cops and still has the “noose” around his neck. Chicongo. I’m having doubts. This happened in ProgLibTurd Chicongo? No.

  26. paul says:

    ni**er

    I think we are adult enough here that you can use real letters and not **. I could be wrong.

  27. MrAtoz says:

    lol! You first!

  28. Greg Norton says:

    I think we are adult enough here that you can use real letters and not **. I could be wrong.

    That word is radioactive in a time when MAGA is the new swastika.

    Ron DeSantis got in trouble just for saying the phrase “monkey it up” when referring to what the socialist schemes proposed by Andrew Gillum would do for Florida.

    (Those of you worried about the Ocasio-Cortez antics will recall that the ruckus over that phrase was just five months ago.)

  29. mediumwave says:

    I think we are adult enough here that you can use real letters and not **. I could be wrong.

    Didn’t using the non-euphemized n-word while discussing why he wasn’t comfortable using the n-word result in “Papa” John Schnatter being booted from the pizza company he founded?

    Undoubtedly WE are adult enough, but using euphemisms like “n-word’ and “f-bomb” is, in the long run, probably the safer course.

    Personally, I feel uncomfortable using the word in any context. I do realize there is a fine line between self-censorship and cowardice.

    What says OGH?

  30. mediumwave says:

    A random thought: It’s safe to say that the typical DJ reader is highly educated, well read, and articulate, well able to discover or create substitutes for toxic words or phrases.

    Ladies and gents, I give you Gens de couleur

  31. paul says:

    My ‘net connection is being flaky. It was a solid 5mb down and 1 up until a month ago.

    5/1 is plenty for Sling. When I call I get “well, your radio is giving good numbers”.

    Ah…. yeah. Let’s talk about that. I replaced my router today. It’s almost two years old. But the pretty disco light show of “bulb check” I saw this morning tells me the router is near end of life. Perhaps.

    So. A new (just opened) DLink fancy thing. It has USB for an external HD and and an SD slot and is supposed to be the best thing ever according to the box. Lots of features I’ll never use. It was on sale at Office Depot. I do like having a power switch. I did find the “turn wi-fi off” option. It seems that having only a power light and a WAN light is some kind of improvement over having activity lights for your LAN connections. Not impressed with that, what happened to using a Post-it over the lights?

    The new router is not a fix. I connected a laptop directly to the radio. No. It’s not my network. Same speeds as before.

    So…. they are sending a “managed router”. It’s an optional part of the service. Uh, yeah, y’all manage the heck outta that thing but I’ll have /my/ router between it and my LAN.

    After several days on the phone today. They are sending (via somehow) their router and the local techs are going to “reach out to me” after I get it installed.

    “Reach out” deserves a punch in the throat.

    It’s the radio. Which is on a 40 foot tall push up mast. If not the radio here, the radio on their tower.

    But yeah, I’ll play along and install their managed router.

    Just another day of annoyance caused by living in the sticks. 🙂

  32. lynn says:

    Just another day of annoyance caused by living in the sticks.

    Too bad you cannot get a 12/1 Mbps DSL line like I have in the sticks. Works great until somebody backhoes the 25 pair cable.

  33. paul says:

    Personally, I feel uncomfortable using the word in any context. I do realize there is a fine line between self-censorship and cowardice.

    Yeah, I try to not use the word. It’s like the f-bomb.

    My grandmama called them “darkies”. Being born in 1895 gave you a different context…. It was pretty trippy to move from California to Mobile when almost 10 years old.

    The confusing part to this honky is that the darkies call each other nigger all the time. But if I use the word, oh my, an evil racist on the prowl to rape black women and hang the men.

    The world has gone insane.

  34. paul says:

    I’m about a mile and a half past being able to have DSL

    The wireless wLAN stuff works most of the time. The failures I have seen, here, have always been the radio on the 40ft push-up mast.

    Ok, I’ll make an exception for when the tower took a direct lighting strike a couple of years ago. No cell phone service for a few days, either.

  35. hcombs says:

    Off tomorrow to look at possible retirement homes in Oklahoma. Torn between nice, rural location and need to be close to medical care for the wife and fast internet. Nothing ticks all the boxes. We have 12 houses to look at, ranging from $65k to $135k. Ranging from large in-town lot to 20 acres on a lake. Need to get serious about this.

  36. hcombs says:

    My grandmama called them “darkies”.
    My grandfather said “colored”. He was born 1893 in Oklahoma. He would often take me with him, as a kid, when he did business in colored town. It was a thriving area with black businesses and well dressed men and women and respectful children. What happened to those people?

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    LBJ’s new deal happened to them…

    I feel like probably the only time you can use that word is when directly quoting someone else. I obfuscate even mild swear words here because back in the day, RBT didn’t want to trigger the nanny filters for whatever younger kid might come by for the science content. I stuck with that as a commentor too.

    Or when it’s not ‘forever.’ but those times are few and far between.

    And the internets and video are forever.

    n

  38. Nick Flandrey says:

    I spent the afternoon at a client’s house getting their network back up after ATT screwed the pooch. Turns out they’ve been substantially down since October, but because the 3 down 512k up DSL was never that fast they thought is was just more of the same. In fact, ATT de-provisioned their line, but for some unknown reason, some stuff still worked, albeit slowly.

    2 hours on the phone with ATT tech support out of FL. Skilled and knowledgeable female ‘urban’ tech. Still took 2 hours to un-fork. And it involved nuking the modem from orbit, and me redoing all the DHCP and port forwarding, and a return call to the helpful tech when it all reset again. But they’re up and all their stuff works for the upcoming sportsball fiesta.

    n

    (skilled and knowledgeable in Florida beats the snot out of script reading freshers in far away skinnyland.)

  39. lynn says:

    It was a thriving area with black businesses and we’ll dressed men and women and respectful children. What happened to those people?

    And they were good people. They worked hard and expected hard work for their money.

    My mother spent the summers at her grandmother’s house in Iago, Texas about 25 miles away from here. The town built by her grandfather only had a couple of dozen families in it and most were farmers or ranchers. Most were black. Mom’s aunt owned the store and mom would go over there all the time (it was next door and her aunt lived upstairs above the store). She remembers it very fondly as most of the people in town would wander by and sit on the big bench outside the store and talk. And chew tobacco.

  40. lynn says:

    I obfuscate even mild swear words here because back in the day, RBT didn’t want to trigger the nanny filters for whatever younger kid might come by for the science content.

    I used to cuss up a storm as a teenager and later. That was a mistake as was the booze. I try not to cuss anymore but they slip out when I get perturbed. And I limit the booze to one beer a day even though the call is there for more. After all, I am trying to be a Christian. And the wife hates the f*** word with a passion.

  41. lynn says:

    “Northam on Abortion Bill: Infant Could Be Delivered and Then ‘Physicians and the Mother’ Could Decide If It Lives”
    https://freebeacon.com/issues/northman-on-40-week-abortion-bill-infant-would-be-delivered-and-then-a-discussion-would-ensue-between-the-physicians-and-the-mother/

    Our society is sick.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  42. Greg Norton says:

    Skilled and knowledgeable in Florida beats the snot out of script reading freshers in far away skinnyland.

    Union gig. 2018 was a strike year, but everyone signed new contracts without incident.

  43. lynn says:

    “Tesla’s Model 3 leads it to another profitable quarter”
    https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/30/tesla-fourth-quarter-2018-earnings/?yptr=yahoo

    “The company still needs to figure out how to build a profitable $35,000 Model 3.”

    “Also, Musk said we might see the Tesla truck sometime this summer and that it would be, “quite unlike anything else.””

    Ford’s hybrid F-150 truck this summer may kill off Tesla’s forthcoming truck. Or maybe not.

  44. Greg Norton says:

    Our society is sick.

    Beyond 23 weeks is murder.

    My son was born with a week to go in Florida’s legal abortion window at 25 1/2 weeks. He had an APGAR of 9 and was screaming when they pulled him out.

    To be fair, not many places in Florida other than Planned Parenthood will touch an abortion beyond 13 weeks outside of an emergency.

  45. hcombs says:

    Northam on Abortion Bill: Infant Could Be Delivered and Then ‘Physicians and the Mother’ Could Decide If It Lives

    Once the baby is outside the woman’s body what logic can she use to kill it? It’s not about her body any longer.

  46. mediumwave says:

    I try not to cuss anymore but they slip out when I get perturbed.

    Sometimes the best response to an seemingly intractable problem is to loudly proclaim “EFF IT” and walk away from it for a while.

  47. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] But if I use the word, oh my, an evil racist on the prowl to rape black women and hang the men. [snip]

    Or maybe you just self identify as a rapper!

  48. brad says:

    Tesla. Apparently the Tesla quarterly conference call was a trip into an alternate reality. If Coyote’s take isn’t too negative, Tesla is being driven into a wall. The first quote he gives from Musk sets the scene:

    “The demand for the Model 3 is insanely high. The inhibitor is that people don’t have the money to buy one.

    Um. Lots of people dream of lots of things, but “demand” includes both the ability and intent to actually but the thing you’re dreaming of.

    – – – – –

    Abortion. I’m all for it, but there does need to be a safe margin. A fetus from 6 or 7 months is viable outside the womb. A freshly fertilized egg isn’t. Somewhere in between is the line between a clump of protoplasm and an infant. End of the first trimester? Maybe as late as 4 months?

  49. Ray Thompson says:

    Abortion. I’m against it. But it is not my position to tell any other person how to conduct their life. It is their decision, not mine. It should also not be the decision of the government.

  50. Greg Norton says:

    “The demand for the Model 3 is insanely high. The inhibitor is that people don’t have the money to buy one.

    The demand for the Porsche 911 Carerra is insanely high. The inhibitor is that people don’t have the money to buy one.

  51. MrAtoz says:

    Abortion. I’m against it. But it is not my position to tell any other person how to conduct their life. It is their decision, not mine. It should also not be the decision of the government.

    +1

  52. lynn says:

    Abortion. I’m against it. But it is not my position to tell any other person how to conduct their life. It is their decision, not mine. It should also not be the decision of the government.

    +2

  53. lynn says:

    Tesla. Apparently the Tesla quarterly conference call was a trip into an alternate reality. If Coyote’s take isn’t too negative, Tesla is being driven into a wall. The first quote he gives from Musk sets the scene:

    “The demand for the Model 3 is insanely high. The inhibitor is that people don’t have the money to buy one.

    Um. Lots of people dream of lots of things, but “demand” includes both the ability and intent to actually but the thing you’re dreaming of.

    Looks like Tesla needs a white knight. And Tesla needs more customers. Looks like Apple needs a new product line. And Apple has an insane amount of customers.

    Tim Cook will bottom line Elon Musk to death and turn the transaction adversarial. So that may not happen.

    ADD: Here is one fact that I do know. Apple needs an idea person real bad. Real bad. Apple needs a new iPhone like product. Ain’t gonna happen with the current management.

  54. dkreck says:

    No matter how big Apple is, I doubt there is room for both those egos.

  55. Greg Norton says:

    ADD: Here is one fact that I do know. Apple needs an idea person real bad. Real bad. Apple needs a new iPhone like product. Ain’t gonna happen with the current management.

    Apple knows how to fix their sales numbers … if they want to. They keep “finding” stocks of the iPhone SE to sell on their web site (but *not* at the stores), and they have not cut off the “101” MacBook Pro from OS updates. They’re keeping their options open.

    The Austin Apple Store was a lot more sane when I stopped last week compared to when I visited six months ago. For good or bad, right now, their idea person is obviously Angela Ahrendts.

    Apple and Toyota could wait and buy Tesla out of bankruptcy as a joint venture. Apple has the cash and tech expertise; Toyota knows cars, the US auto supply chain, and how to run Fremont profitably with good community relations.

    Musk need not apply. At this point, he and his rapper girlfriend are liabilities.

  56. Greg Norton says:

    No matter how big Apple is, I doubt there is room for both those egos.

    Lenovo would hire Cook in a heartbeat if he lost a fight with Musk in a merger. Cook’s work for them pre-Apple is part of the reason for their current success.

    Jobs left Cook in charge for a reason.

  57. brad says:

    I suppose the question for Apple is: what will be the “next big thing”? They came out with the iPhone and took the world by storm. But phones have already reached the same point that PCs hit some time ago: They are good enough.

    Nobody needs a new phone, unless their old one breaks. Sure, some people just have to have the latest and greatest, but that’s a minority. Phone sales are stagnating, and stupid ideas like displays without bezels are not going to change that.

    Apple needs the next great idea, or they, too, will stagnate. I don’t think it will be Tesla – Musk has pretty much run Tesla into the ground, and eventually his reality-distortion field won’t be enough to hide that.

  58. nick flandrey says:

    The next thing could be a projected display, or virtual display of some type. Probably not physically attached to the user, as that opens up medical issues.

    But really, what is there that people use every day that ISN”T ‘good enough’.

    What would people like to do that they can’t?

    Personal orbiting cams running 24/7? Like in The Artificial Kid?

    Self driving cars isn’t the answer. Voice interfaces will get there anyway. Screens are limited by eyesight and size of hands and pockets. More pixels = more bandwidth, so streaming is limited by display and transport media.

    I think that like IBM and personal computing, apple is done.

    n

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