Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 8:01 pm
My excuse these last weeks is my schedule, work about 11 hours, drive (60 minutes round trip) to swim, swim (about 90 minutes total), eat, sleep and so on leaves, will no time for much. Anyhow, I’ve been reading (audio tapes driving to/from Illinois to Ohio has included a Vaclav Havel biography, a Dan Simmons Sherlock Holmes story, and the Zombie book “Warm Bodies” which made for a fun film and an ok book). As for Mr Havel, I might have to read a play or two, but I thought his observation regarding foreign policy apropos for the recent Iran “treaty” (scare quotes required, oddly enough). Mr Havel pointed out that if a government lies consistently to its own people you can’t trust it not to lie to foreign powers, in fact it is less likely to be honest with foreigners. Oh, and Katie Ledecky is completely amazing.
- Some guy killed a lion. I think I overheard that lawmakers were suggesting new laws. Wonder if they realize prize hunting in much (most/all?) of Africa normally goes to supporting their habitats, so making that illegal will be less good, not better for lions and such.
- Convenience is not always your friend … as long as you really trust everyone you come in contact with the unimportant things like continued living.
- Saving money or not … A question asked and another answered.
- And our government remains clueless about so so much.
- Why exercise is necessary.
- Public schools do indeed waste stupendous amounts of money.
- Ok. Fine. He wasn’t a “hero” but he was the most interesting character in the story.
- If this statement “Does the fact that every US ally in the Middle East, Arab and Jew, opposes this deal mean anything ?” is true, the deal should die. (more here)
- What makes an author great?
- Ms Clinton and her bad investment advice.
- Displaced humans, not just in abundance in Syria.
Question? Why do people think this Iran deal is going to be part of Obama’s legacy if, because it is not a treaty, it will only survive on the forbearance of his predecessor (as it is sustained only by Presidential executive order). To be a treaty which would in fact bind future Presidents it would require ratification by two thirds of the Senate.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Haven’t done a links post in a while.
- Exhibit A, why ivory tower eggheads get ignored. Want to stop it, stop suggesting stupid things.
- Answer, … confiscation.
- So, GPS mistakes have in the past, by saying “turn now” convinced people to drive into lakes and such. Doctors and nurses sometimes don’t ask “is this reasonable” when a computer error occurs either. Consequences can be deadly to ignoring common sense.
- Not fossils.
- Guns and society. If you think you can’t trust your neighbor with guns, why trust the state? The state is comprised of people like your neighbors.
- Hard to believe.
- A statistic to start a conversation.
- “Vampire Squid”
- Why? Seriously? Answer: Unions.
- This is making the rounds (here too). Comparisons to Hitler’s Germany are not apt. But then if the motivations are political then there is also no defense. And … what the heck? You can’t talk about this! That doesn’t sound legal. More importantly, it doesn’t sound ethical and ethics trumps law.
- Well that’s because the slaves aren’t homosexuals.
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 10:34 pm
Well, post swim lactic acid and endorphin levels have ruined my chance to offer a intelligent essay. So … on to links.
- A middle ground? You mean like where people who want guns can get them and those that don’t don’t. Sounds like a middle ground to me.
- So the left has been full frontal attack mode on Mr Walker. They’re making him a more and more attractive candidate from where I sit. I mean, for example, when you demonize a guy for “gosh he’s making it illegal on Wisconsin campuses to report rapes and assaults” … uhm, dig just a little bit and you find he’s doing that at the effing request of the University (not a hotbed conservative place, btw). And the whole, “he’s clearly unqualified” after giving reasonable responses to stupid/unreasonable questions. Uhm, no. That’s not unreasonable, but hey, the questions were.
- On speaking truthfully, unless you are a politician. (for a prime example see our President), in which case (to borrow from Shania Twain) as we know politicians only lie when they’re breathing.
- On the IRS and Obamacare.
- On the IRS and their breathing thing, or lying thing .. whatever.
- Tech for the plant floor.
- Cool image.
- Evil and consequences.
- A school (down under) getting it all wrong.
- Left wing boorish bullying, an example.
- So, Obama vetoed Keystone, because he things rail is much cleaner safer way to transport oil. Teh stupid, it burns.
- So, will the Rubicon be crossed in the next decade or two? Wonder if anyone is laying odds.
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 9:20 pm
So, what have other people been talking about, eh?
- Well, that’s true, … but actually just about everyone toward the top of the world-class game is effing hard core. The exception is the few who are not.
- Hmm. (if true) Don’t worry that’s matched by the liberal intellectual and political elites who underestimate it.
- There is a serious problem when people who give voice to the cry of “teh racism” don’t bother to deny the actual fact that there was cheating involved. Is your race supposed to give you license to cheat? Or what?
- Now that’s very cool. On the not-very-cool and not completely unrelated news, my Christmas present for my daughter (glow in the dark plant seeds which were (supposed to be) genetically modified with jellyfish DNA to glow) … haven’t arrived.
- Speaking of very cool. Bet you could shoot planes with that. Somewhere recently I read that many many inexpensive drones with explosives would make tanks and capital ships like the one carrying ordnance linked obsolete, forget both sides have drones. You’re going to have a bloody war (as it always) with defensive and offensive drones fighting. That is just another front. You’re still going to need ships to carry troops, ships to protect those ships, tanks to protect infantry, and as always … infantry. I don’t think that’s changed yet.
- Speaking of unrestrained power in motion. This is interesting to watch.
- What passes as liberal labor theology is just out of my site racism. Until the minimum productivity/wave fanatics stop talking about US wage laws and start pushing for global wage standards … it’s just racism of a different sort.
- A very strange architectural wonder. My sweet wife has a fascination for very small houses (I think there is a movement, but don’t recall the phrase). I think the about 100 sq foot houses require a warm climate where you can do much of your living outdoors. Which is nice. It just isn’t where the thermometer reads single digits for much of the year (if at all).
- So, Mr Obama opened a can of stupid and declared that the Crusades were a Christian war of aggression in which atrocities were committed. Here’s as close as an even handed look at that point of view as you’ll find. I mean, if “because it was war and all wars contain atrocities” and Christianity was involved (just as Islam is involved in ISIS, which he denies (keeping that can open)) therefore … uhm. Isn’t this supposed to be a “smart” President. Why such a simplistic shallow view of the Crusades? Hmm?
- University budget cuts and how it is pointed out how an argument of this hardship is not made correctly.
- If true … the President should be excoriated for many lifetimes.
- Who is paying for ISIS/ISIL? (who is playing their video?) Answer should be nobody. Why isn’t it nobody?
- An economic indicator of hard times ahead. So, optimists, ‘xplain why that’s not a problem.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 10:17 pm
So. Back to work tomorrow.
- Carnegie-Mellon puts PV=nRT to the test.
- No prejudice in the alteration of data.
- Methane for vehicular fuel, exhibit a and exhibit b.
- School hi-jinks.
- Corruption in (a) government noted.
- Someone on the right praises Ms Obama.
- With the common practice of security free medical devices, do you think security will be a primary concern for its use.
- Very cool. Wonder what it would be like to play with that on at the same time.
- 200 million? That seems not very much, it’s likely they lost more than twice that from employees borrowing pencils and office supplies.
- Unemployment and welfare.
- Military aid for families takes an ironic turn.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 9:58 pm
- Still seems like mental illness to me. The dysphoria <->BIID comparison seems to make that clear. It might be that the best available treatment is to live with it, but that doesn’t make it not a mental illness.
- Not unrelated, Mark Daniels on addiction.
- Nutt’n better to do I guess than pretend to know about that which you don’t.
- “Digitally faked”. Now that’s just wrong (and embarrassing to own up to I’d think).
- An animal with a backpack.
- A use for old hard drives.
- “Everywoman” … isn’t.
- Extra-terrestrial taking a leak.
26 days to (Western) Lent. 31 Days for the Eastern Church (for which there are 10 days to the Triodion … this Sunday is Zacchaeus Sunday).
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 9:36 pm
New Tablet … an attempt to see how android 5.01 works with WordPress for creating links posts.
- Oh. It’s a race!
- Color me unsurprised.
- I am not unsympathetic to the notion that at some point in end of life, end is inevitable and pain and loss of dignity is the only thing left. However, I also think euthenasia should be illegal and a likely jail term in the offing. That isn’t to say, if push came to shove and the hard choice was mine to make, I think if you love your parent or spouse, isn’t that love great enough to go to jail for your beloved? *That* will prevent abuse. It is often the error that illegal=immoral (hint: it isn’t. And furthermore, when given the choice, moral wins, not legal).
- I use LastPass. How ’bout y’all?
- Fiction, Fact, stranger than … Raiders of the Lost Arc edition.
Well, that wasn’t impossible. I need to figure out how to create enumerated list in the android wordpress app.