Tues. June 30, 2020 – srsly, the world has lost it’s collective mind…

Hot and humid.  Rain?  [overcast, 82F and saturated]

No rain yesterday, but hot and humid all right.  Overcast until late in the day, so a bit cooler.  Still plenty damp though.

Spent part of the morning on auctions stuff, part on getting parts for my client, and part getting ready for what I needed to do in the afternoon.  Spent the afternoon and evening working over there.  Got stuff done, just not enough.  I’ll be headed back over today to pull stuff for service and to do network stuff.  Fortunately I only had to spend minutes rather than hours in the attic, and it was relatively cool.

Dinner when I finally got home was leftovers.  Turkey, yum.

Out in the wider world someone is increasingly desperate, and doesn’t understand roughly half the US population.  Riots didn’t help.  Tearing down statues is only hurting.  School’s out and not coming back for a while, so easy access to moldable footsoldiers is limited.   Attempts at controlling the population (for good or ill) are getting all kinds of pushback.  So what to do?  Use your house organ for one of the most improbable stories of the year, that Russia was paying bounties for US servicemen.  Because Trump’s a Russian agent, and is too friendly with Putin for the good of America, we can finally reveal that Putin is evil?  And contradictory?  Or it’s all part of Trump and Putin’s secret plan to destroy the US?  Because reasons?

I thought that was weird enough and a desperation move, but then they said “Hold my beer” and now purport to have committed high treason, and oathbreaking at a level that should result in firing squads or rock breaking for the next 100 years– by releasing the President of the United States’ private phone conversations.  No matter where you stand on the Trump continuum, that is OUTRAGEOUS.  As in should cause RAGE against the leakers and their mouthpieces.  Of course, the likelihood of it being genuine, and not wholly fabricated is minimal given that every single other thing they’ve tried has turned out to be fabricated.  But…

It doesn’t matter if every single word is accurate and true.  DOESN’T matter.  Boils down to “he’s mean” “he says mean things” ” he’s full of himself” “he doesn’t like or respect the people we do” ” he doesn’t play the game the right way”  and those are not reasons to betray your oath and country.

Nothing good will come of this, and we’re still months out from the election.

On top of everything else, we do not need political operatives destabilizing our government.

As for me, the mice get nervous when elephants dance.   Freezer.  Meat.  Shelf stable food.  Meds.  Weapons.  Armor.  Training.  Toiletries.  Utilities.  Garden.  Network.  Meatspace.*

Keep stacking.

 

nick

 

*funny how suddenly it’s much harder to get together to talk, plan, train, move toward a common goal, etc.  unless you are part of the anointed class…

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

63 thoughts on “Tues. June 30, 2020 – srsly, the world has lost it’s collective mind…”

  1. The St. Louis mayor is defending the protestors right to protest. Yet says nothing about the couple who were protecting their home. She is an idiot. Perhaps the protestors should trample her property and see how she feels.

    The right to protest stops at my property line. Protestor rights do not trump my rights. Anyone crossing that line is trespassing and will be made to leave using whatever is necessary. If a protestor threatens me, or comes towards me, the protestor will be shot. Not fatally on the first round, a knee* that will need replacing should do nicely. The second time it will not be so nice.

    *Yes, I am good enough of a marksman, and have training from the military, that a knee presents no problem being a target.

  2. No matter where you stand on the Trump continuum, that is OUTRAGEOUS. As in should cause RAGE against the leakers and their mouthpieces. Of course, the likelihood of it being genuine, and not wholly fabricated is minimal given that every single other thing they’ve tried has turned out to be fabricated. But…

    Nothing burger. Trotting out the old retread Carl Bernstein is a sure sign.

    The virus numbers will start to retreat in a week or to so the media needs something to keep Plugs candidacy from imploding.


  3. The St. Louis mayor is defending the protestors right to protest. Yet says nothing about the couple who were protecting their home. She is an idiot. Perhaps the protestors should trample her property and see how she feels.

    There is video of the thugsters breaking in, private no trespassing signs everywhere. The mayor is crazed with virtue signalling. The guy should have a shot gun with birdshot to pepper the crowd while the wife carries the SCARY BLACK WEAPON OF WAR. So close to opening up. The next incident will involve blood.


  4. Nothing burger. Trotting out the old retread Carl Bernstein is a sure sign.

    Another guy who needs to be in the “please die soon” column. Activate virtue signaling to remain relevant.

  5. Wonder if there’ll be any riots??

    Police Chief Carmen Best said that this was the second African-American victim to be killed in the CHOP.

    She told reporters on Monday: ‘It’s very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP‘.

    Adding: ‘At a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter but they’re gone. They’re dead now. And, we’ve had multiple other incidents — assaults, rapes, robbery, shootings — so this is something that’s going to need to change.’

    Hmmm, almost like they need training and cops….

    n

  6. “Nothing burger. Trotting out the old retread Carl Bernstein is a sure sign.”

    Another guy who needs to be in the “please die soon” column. Activate virtue signaling to remain relevant.

    If there was something to the phone call story, Bob Woodward would have his face in front of cameras. Woodward has a Trump book coming before the election.

    The virtue signalling is only relevant to early Boomers, who see Dustin Hoffman in their heads anytime Bernstein’s name comes up. Believers in Camelot. In Texas, they voted for Robert Francis in 2018 and can’t wait to put MJ Hegar yard signs out in a couple of weeks.

  7. ABC news stated last night that the protesters were in the street when the couple were waving their guns. I’ve seen video that shows the protesters in the couple’s (huge) garden.

    I’m sure ABC saw that video too.

  8. WuXu Flu Travel Observations:

    – Publix (FL equivalent of HEB) is remarkably well stocked in the beach towns in the Northwest FL beach towns *except* for toilet paper, paper towels, and the cleaning supplies still making for easy arbitrage such as Formula 409.

    – Publix famously backtracked on masks for the employees after at first insisting they wouldn’t go that route, but the logo-ed masks are unobtainium it seems even for the people who work there. Publix has a history of “EBay Gold” logo items going back to the infamous “Pigrim” salt and pepper shakers featured in their holiday commercials for a decade. A mask with that logo probably moves faster than Formula 409 on the arbitrage sites.

    – The towns aren’t totally bonkers with boozeheads …yet. We’ll see what Friday looks like since most people have the day off as the holiday.

    – The higher end the resort, the higher the disregard from the guests towards social distancing on the beach. We are in a Holiday Inn located between a Four Points and a Hilton, and the Hilton beach looks like the virus never happened.

    – We’ll head out along 98 east tomorrow and get a better look at the rest of the coast within easy distance.


  9. protesters were in the street

    The street was private, in a gated community. No trespassing signs on the gate. The protestors were not on public property. The gate was destroyed. The couple had every right to defend their home, deadly force if necessary.

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  10. The street was private, in a gated community. No trespassing signs on the gate. The protestors were not on public property. The gate was destroyed. The couple had every right to defend their home, deadly force if necessary.

    Either way, I agree defending your property is ok.

  11. We are voting in the primary here today and hope to get a republican that can defeat that embarrassing Kendra Horn in November. We are a red State except for the 5th district that’s mostly college towns and some rural like us. Can’t stand Ms Horn and her kissing Pelosi rear.

  12. Booked our Walt Disney World restaurants at 4am this morning when the system opened up. Got everything we wanted except for the Cinderella’s Table in the castle but it’s not opening. So I substituted Be Our Guest. Never been there but heard good things.
    Still looking forward to the holiday even with mandatory maskage.

  13. We really enjoy Be Our Guest. It’s our favorite restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

  14. Booked our Walt Disney World restaurants at 4am this morning when the system opened up. Got everything we wanted except for the Cinderella’s Table in the castle but it’s not opening. So I substituted Be Our Guest. Never been there but heard good things.
    Still looking forward to the holiday even with mandatory maskage.

    When is your trip scheduled to begin?

  15. @chad, the ‘novel’ nature of this bug changes that logic somewhat. I agree that there should be a defined endstate.

    Have you even seen the Federal Government declare an end state to anything except the Vietnam war ? There are agencies that were created on a temporary basis over 200 years ago still going weakly.

  16. The right to protest stops at my property line. Protestor rights do not trump my rights. Anyone crossing that line is trespassing and will be made to leave using whatever is necessary. If a protestor threatens me, or comes towards me, the protestor will be shot. Not fatally on the first round, a knee* that will need replacing should do nicely. The second time it will not be so nice.

    The wife has told me that I cannot shoot protestors who are marching down our driveway. I asked her if I can shoot them when they are beating on our windows, she just looked at me in disbelief.

  17. And the oceans could rise over two meters in less than a decade!

    Unless a “scientific expert” can clearly admit that his previous prediction was wrong, explain why his previous prediction was wrong, describe the steps he’s taken to rectify the error, and then make a series of correct predictions, he’s just a carnival fortune teller. No, at best he’s just a carny. More likely he’s a taxpayer-supported grifter or a political operative.

  18. A month or two ago I made a compare-and-contrast between Anthropogenic Global Warming (Which is real! And we’re all gonna die!) and the Chinese Flu Dempanic (Which is real! And we’re all gonna die!) A notable point of similarity is the endless failed predictions, never admitted to have failed and always followed by yet more predictions of doom.

  19. “The end of the handshake?”
    https://blogs.sciencemag.org/editors-blog/2020/05/12/the-end-of-the-handshake/

    Sorry but I ain’t touching nobody but the wife and my kids. I do not even give my mother a hug which is for her sake and is breaking her heart.

    The wife and I went to church Sunday for the third Sunday in a row. Normally there are 700+ in first service. The first Sunday it was about 75, second Sunday about 100, and last Sunday it was around 60.

    I am wondering if we are going to close the church again for not so wonderful online experience. Even though I am elderly now “grin”, I will still go. Shoot, two of my male friends over 70 go also. But we wear our masks into church and into the auditorium. I almost wore my mask the entire service.

  20. And the oceans could rise over two meters in less than a decade!

    Unless a “scientific expert” can clearly admit that his previous prediction was wrong, explain why his previous prediction was wrong, describe the steps he’s taken to rectify the error, and then make a series of correct predictions, he’s just a carnival fortune teller. No, at best he’s just a carny. More likely he’s a taxpayer-supported grifter or a political operative.

    “On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare”
    https://environmentalprogress.org/big-news/2020/6/29/on-behalf-of-environmentalists-i-apologize-for-the-climate-scare

    “On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.”

    Yup. And yes, he is selling a book.
    https://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Never-Environmental-Alarmism-Hurts/dp/0063001691/

  21. “The virus numbers will start to retreat in a week or to so the media needs something to keep Plugs candidacy from imploding.”

    But, but, but Dr. Fauci says that the number of new infected are going to double and triple ! “Fauci warns U.S. could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day”

    Fauci wants to keep his job so he’s hedging his bets.

    Plus, getting rid of Trump won’t be enough for the cabal running Plugs. They want to make sure that the Governors’ Mansions in TX and FL change hands in 2022. Little Marco will be up for reelection too in FL, but they’ll bring him to heel if he wants his state university pork project like every other former FL House Speaker in recent years.

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  22. On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize

    Environmentalists everywhere will stampede to disavow him and brand him as a heretic to the True Religion.

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  23. A month or two ago I made a compare-and-contrast between Anthropogenic Global Warming (Which is real! And we’re all gonna die!) and the Chinese Flu Dempanic (Which is real! And we’re all gonna die!) A notable point of similarity is the endless failed predictions, never admitted to have failed and always followed by yet more predictions of doom.

    I predict that within a century more than 300 million Americans will die.

    Stolen from:
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/29/schellenberger-on-behalf-of-environmentalists-i-apologize-for-the-climate-scare/

  24. Sheesh. Everything in the news looks like “buy more ammo”. And stock the pantry more.

    I have sorted out my water softener problem. I shopped on Amazon and eBay. I bought on eBay because Discover is giving 5% cashback. Heck, if they are giving, I’ll take it. I actually do not know what Amazon or eBay charge sellers. Nick?

    So instead of an all in one unit like my screwed up GE, I found a lot of good reviews of Fleck brand. One tank for resin, one for brine. Less expensive than what I saw for the GE units the last time I looked at Lowes.

    I bought this:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/142684195867

    For an extra $50 it’s 64,000 grain capacity instead of 48,000. My thinking is that it will not cycle as often and the beads will last longer. Sure, it will use as much salt but I’m thinking of wear and tear on the various valves.

    Options are 1″ or 3/4″ by-pass valve. And color…. black, natural, or blue. I went for 1″, I think that’s the size of pipe from the well to the house. I’m on a well that cycles from 30 to 50 PSI, 1″ is less restriction. Color? Anything but pink. Ok, ten minutes later they replied and yeah, 1″ valve is good and the color is going to be a surprise.

    Made someone smile. Which made me smile.

    A few minutes later they sent a UPS tracking number.

  25. “Linus Torvalds on the future of Linux kernel developers and development”
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-looks-at-the-future-of-linux-kernel-developers-and-development/

    “Dirk Hohndel and Linus Torvalds talked about Linux developers, hardware, and coding in their latest, and first virtual Linux conversation.”

    “Torvalds continued, a lot of kernel work is “literally very fundamental stuff, we’re cleaning up, and fixing problems.” In some ways, kernels are boring and should be taken for granted. As Hondhel reminded Torvalds, Torvalds has said “Linux is boring and that’s how it should be.””

    The graying of the programmer workforce is well on its way.

  26. “U.S. crude oil refining capacity nears 19 million bpd: U.S. EIA”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-refineries-capacity/u-s-crude-oil-refining-capacity-nears-19-million-bpd-u-s-eia-idUSKBN23W09T

    “HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil refining capacity grew by nearly 1 percent in 2019, or 173,650 barrels per day (bpd) to nearly 19 million bpd, a new record, according to a report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).”

    “The report on national refining capacity was assembled from reports filed by owners of the nation’s 135 refineries. The reports were filed by Jan. 1, 2020. They do not take into account reduced production levels because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    And the USA demand is running about 12 mbpd right now and starting to rise a bit. Luckily, we sell 1 to 2 mbpd of gasoline and diesel to Europe. And more to the Caribbean and other islands. And to Mexico. And to …

    BTW, less than 100 of those 135 refineries are large refineries that can process just about anything to make gasoline and diesel. Several of the “refineries” are teakettles that can only process a specific type of crude oil into gasoline and diesel and must sell the remaining crude to another full process refinery. Or land fill it.

  27. @ Greg Norton
    Our WDW trip was booked in Feb for June but when I saw things start to shut down I changed the dates to July 11. It was the last week that we could use our pre-paid airfare and the last full week we have our great granddaughter. Good timing. The park is opening the day we arrive so we will visit the Magic Kingdom on day 2. After that we will see all the rest of the parks. We have never been to Animal Kingdom in all the visits to WDW. I had originally booked us into the Animal Kingdom Lodge but as that isn’t opening yet, they upgraded us to a suite in the Wilderness Lodge DVC property. We have stayed in the Disney Sequoia Lodge on their Paris park and enjoyed it. We have also stayed at the New Orleans a few years ago. Our trip last year we stayed at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort just across the street from Disney Springs. It’s not disney owned but offers all the advantages of staying at a Disney resort at a more affordable rate. The time before that we booked a timeshare rental at a nearby FantasyWorld Resort that had a GREAT pool and water play area for the kids. We hope to visit the Pirate Adventure if we are not too tired. Medieval Times, our favorite, is still shuttered but the Pirate Adventure might be a nice change.

  28. “Linus Torvalds on the future of Linux kernel developers and development”

    I think the surprise of ARM Macs will be that booting any other OS won’t be possible.

    New Intel MacBooks with the ARM security chip already present a big challenge.

  29. Our WDW trip was booked in Feb for June but when I saw things start to shut down I changed the dates to July 11.

    You must have fingers crossed this week.

    My rule for Northwest Florida right now is that we’re done with this trip early when crazy shows up around us, but that hasn’t happened so far. The Hilton down the beach has crazy.

  30. “Linus Torvalds on the future of Linux kernel developers and development”

    I think the surprise of ARM Macs will be that booting any other OS won’t be possible.

    New Intel MacBooks with the ARM security chip already present a big challenge.

    Huh ? Oh, you mean that Apple is not giving boot instructions for the new Intel MacBooks with the ARM security chip. No surprise there.

  31. Vacationing at Morro Bay this week. Friends had rented a house and the kids could make it so I got invited.

    Looks like an older couple own and usually occupy it , not a lot of risk involved.

    93F and 9% humidity at departure, 70F and 58% here.

  32. Voted in our Republican Primaries today. We have to change the 5th district back to red and get rid of the embarrassing Kendra Horn. The whole freaking state is red except for her. Voted for Sheriff Smith, a good guy, reliable and makes a heck of a good burger at his lunch wagon on Saturdays.
    Can’t understand why the 5th district is laid out the way it is. Mostly rural republican area but then it includes the most left wing college population center in the state so our conservative votes are wiped out by the miseducated children.


  33. Can’t understand why the 5th district is laid out the way it is.

    Read your next sentence again and see if you’re still confused.

  34. Can’t understand why the 5th district is laid out the way it is. Mostly rural republican area but then it includes the most left wing college population center in the state so our conservative votes are wiped out by the miseducated children.

    Yup, they put all of the trouble makers in your district. Good luck with that.

    Gerrymandering is all about creating safe districts for both classes, the conservatives and the crazies. Cause when you create a safe district for a conservative, you stuff the crazies into their own area. We’ve been doing that in Texas for years:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Texas_redistricting

    This is how we get a Sheila Jackson Lee here in Texas. She fights a constant battle for being the most incompetent person in congress.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Jackson_Lee

    Huh, the 5th district does not include the University of Oklahoma. But it does include the heart of Oklahoma City which is probably liberal XXXXXXX crazy.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma%27s_5th_congressional_district


  35. I actually do not know what Amazon or eBay charge sellers. Nick?

    –between ebay and paypal it’s approximately 10%.

    n

  36. I am releasing version 16.05 of our software today. Had a panicky moment (a freaking hour !) when the code signing refused to work for some odd reason using our Comodo code signing certificate. But then it started working all of a sudden. Strange.

  37. “New Intel MacBooks with the ARM security chip already present a big challenge.”

    Huh ? Oh, you mean that Apple is not giving boot instructions for the new Intel MacBooks with the ARM security chip. No surprise there.

    I think Cringely is wrong about Apple being able to accelerate the upgrade cycle unless the new MacBooks present a better value proposition than five years and out on a $3000 laptop.

  38. I am releasing version 16.05 of our software today.

    Congratulations!

    It’s always weird when I run across “de-obfuscation” links on Hacker News, I always wonder how something so blatantly designed to wreck people’s business can be an academic field of study.?

  39. Gerrymandering is all about creating safe districts for both classes, the conservatives and the crazies. Cause when you create a safe district for a conservative, you stuff the crazies into their own area. We’ve been doing that in Texas for years:

    The Progs in Florida are currently melting down because there is absolutely nothing they can do about the redistricting which will take place next year with the Florida Supreme Court in Republican hands for the first time in 20 years.

    I’m still unclear as to why the Dems thought Andrew “Party At Kitty And Studs Redux” Gillum was a good idea … well, beyond skin color.

  40. I’m still unclear as to why the Dems thought Andrew “Party At Kitty And Studs Redux” Gillum was a good idea … well, beyond skin color.

    The older I get, the dumbocrats seem more and more transparent that they can throw anyone out there with any type of history to represent good people. 50 years ago, most people in the USA would not tolerate any kind of public shenanigans. Now I fully expect them to run an axe murderer for governor of Texas in 2022. And for some reason, nobody in the dumbocrat party will care !

  41. It’s always weird when I run across “de-obfuscation” links on Hacker News, I always wonder how something so blatantly designed to wreck people’s business can be an academic field of study.?

    We use Fortran and C++ so our code cannot be deobfuscated. But we have been hacked (cracked !) using assembly debuggers. They go in our software and change our public key for decrypting our password. But we have the public key encrypted in several places also with silent checks.

  42. @Ed – I’ve used de-obfuscation sites to decode some encoded hacked code that I’ve found on some sites. Useful tool to understand what the hacker is trying to do to the site. Very common tool for infosec researchers.

    Don’t know what the HackerNews site is doing – I don’t go there.

  43. It’s always weird when I run across “de-obfuscation” links on Hacker News, I always wonder how something so blatantly designed to wreck people’s business can be an academic field of study.?

    It isn’t uncommon for organizations to lose access to source for one reason or another.

    And as Git becomes more popular, making decentralized work and branching easier, a fast moving situation may result in a “dirty” binary being deployed, where source was not pushed back to the central repository and even having the right hash for the branch may not result in an exact duplicate of deployed program.

  44. The older I get, the dumbocrats seem more and more transparent that they can throw anyone out there with any type of history to represent good people. 50 years ago, most people in the USA would not tolerate any kind of public shenanigans. Now I fully expect them to run an axe murderer for governor of Texas in 2022. And for some reason, nobody in the dumbocrat party will care !

    Nirenberg 2022. But, to be fair, Abbott has let this situation develop.

    The abortion obsession has to stop. The Republicans spend way too much political capital chasing Ann Richards’ ghost.


  45. The abortion obsession has to stop. The Republicans spend way too much political capital chasing Ann Richards’ ghost.

    Nationwide. Its a losing battle. And ugly to say, the ones screaming for/getting them, um, maybe shouldn’t be impeded…


  46. “Not fatally on the first round, a knee* that will need replacing should do nicely. The second time it will not be so nice.”

    From what I’ve read, that is a dangerous strategy. If you have time to aim for a leg, then you were not in sufficiently imminent danger, so you can be prosecuted. Dumb, but that’s apparently the way some people think. The same logic effectively makes warning shots illegal, because then you are recklessly discharging a firearm for no reason.

    So, if you aim for the knee, and that stops someone, then “you were in a panic, and did the best you could, you feared for your life,” with no further details.

    “The virus numbers will start to retreat”

    I’m less convinced of that. The virus is now out among the general population, where it is less deadly. But the general population also doesn’t take even common-sense measures.

    Here, we were down to maybe 15 infections per day, i.e., almost eliminated. Then they allowed dance clubs to re-open. Packed clubs, no precautions visible at all, and now we’re at 50-60 per day. If you believe that the virus is a serious thing (which I do), then allowing clubs to re-open was idiotic.

    Election

    I feel for you guys, with all this crap happening in an election year. The media would have blown it all out of proportion anyway. Now it’s not only going to be eleventy!, it’s going to be eleventyzillion!!!


  47. So, if you aim for the knee

    Who says I aimed? I was going for the torso and missed.

  48. @brad – Covid

    A UK context for Covid. Typically up to end of Week 25 for the year, around (can’t locate an exact average) 9,000 people die each year under the age of 45. For 2020 this is 9,017.
    Subnote: of the 9,017 for 2020, some 5,064 are recorded as ‘involving’ Covid19. Also, only about 5% of deaths ‘involving’ Covid19 in the UK do not have other health problems.
    My take is – if you are under 45 you are no more likely to die this year than any other – but if you are not well or old, be safe, take care.

  49. Nationwide. Its a losing battle.

    Agreed. It’s a PR nightmare for Republicans and they make it even worse by having crusty old white men be the face of the Pro-Life movement. The left has made it all about women’s rights, so if the conservatives want to scream or debate abortion then they need to front some women to be the face of that debate or shut up.

    I hate that’s it’s become a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices as if it’s the only issue that matters in their confirmation.

    Personally, it’s murder. Period. I’m huge on personal liberty and choice in almost all things, but one person’s freedom ends where another’s begins. Which means that mom’s right to choose stops at that unborn child’s right to live. Pretending fetuses aren’t people is the most absurd logic. If your kid is born at 2:34 PM then the argument is at 2:33 PM it was okay to kill them but at 2:35 PM it’s murder. Absurd. It’s just a couple of generations of liberal women who have brainwashed themselves into thinking what they’re doing is morally okay and not a crime. Their sexual freedom is more important than a human life. The rape/incest argument is so statistically insignificant that I almost laugh out loud when it’s brought up.

    Minority abortions far outnumber white abortions. So, if Black Lives Matter, then why have 19,000,000 black babies been aborted since Roe v. Wade? 13% of the population is responsible for almost 50% of the abortions since Roe v. Wade. That’s a fucking tragedy.

    Unfortunately, I also fully realize my opinion does not matter even a little and that no woman is remotely interested in my thinking on the subject once she knows I have a penis.

  50. Leaving my personal opinion about abortion to the side: the issue has nothing whatsoever to do with conservatism. By insisting on bringing in a religious issue, conservatives in the US cripple their ability to make progress on issues of a political and governmental nature.

    Wanting small government, wanting conservative finances, wanting people to take responsibility for themselves rather than leaning on social programs – those are important conservative issues. In the other basket we have “intelligent design”, school prayer, abortion, etc. – all of which are based on religion, and belong no where near any sort of election or governmental policy.

  51. @lynn:

    We use Fortran and C++ so our code cannot be deobfuscated.

    Ouch!

    Write only code?

  52. BTW by Hacker News I meant the ycombinator IT (mostly) news aggregator site, not some ‘dark web’ thing.

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