atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4819: The hell of it is, he's actually surprised.

John F'in Kerry is "disturbed" that Iran has vowed to defy America. I can just see Kerry's dismayed reaction to the news: "But we agreed! We shook hands and everything!"

This is the mistake that these people make, time and time again, without fail. "Oh, he's reasonable. That 'death to America' stuff, that's just guff he's got to spew for the proles, it doesn't mean anything. We can dicker and he'll honor the deal, and I'll come home a hero!" Then they're shocked and dismayed when the other guy actually does mean it, that it's not just words for the proles, which is why he's been saying it all those years.

Quoth Kerry:
"I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that's his policy," John Kerry said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

"But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it's very disturbing, it's very troubling," he added.
Guess what? It is the policy. Okay? And here's a news flash for you, Lurch: it's been the policy since 1979. One would think you might have noticed somewhere along the way.

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$2,800 a month to live in a shithole. Oakland is a suburb of San Francisco, which has some of the most over-inflated property values in the country. SF has this issue because it's almost impossible to build new housing there, and because it's a city which has emplaced rent control, which always makes housing more scarce.

Oakland isn't as pricy as SF is, but for your savings you get a really lousy police force which won't even bother to investigate a stolen car any longer.

...but whatever you do, do not have a gun to protect yourself. The police will care about that; a law-abiding citizen with a firearm must become an example.

Another reason not to live in California is gas costs $1.14 more there than the average cost in the rest of the US excluding (probably) Hawaii. And why?
This, in large part because an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Torrance has been out of commission since an explosion there in February, and the state’s environmental regulations are hampering the company’s efforts to quickly get it back to full production. This situation is not expected to improve by year-end.

The refinery is now operating at under 20 percent of its potential, mostly because the explosion damaged its two pollution control units, according to Mohsen Nazemi, the deputy executive officer for engineering and compliance of California’s Sourth Coast Air Quality Management District.

ExxonMobil has sought permission to use a previous model of the unit until the newer version can be installed, but was denied because the older unit emits between two and six times more greenhouse gases than the newer model, which would violate state regulations. To use the older equipment, he said, the company would need to show the state that it can contain offset these increased emissions.

In the meantime, ExxonMobil is working to repair the newer pollution control units by replacing about 1,300 plates that trap the emissions, which are made of a fine dust. "That’s not going to happen next week or next month,” Nazemi told the Los Angeles Times. “You’re probably looking at the end of the year."
We're not allowed to build new refineries, either. Of course the politicians in charge of all this don't care how much gasoline costs because they don't buy their own gas; the state pays for it.

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Meanwhile, senior Planned Parenthood executive wants a Lamborghini, and is willing to sell all the baby parts she needs to in order to get it. That's my takeaway from the latest video and today's Morning Jolt:
Gatter concludes: "Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini."

It will take quite a few liver-thymus pairs before Ms. Gatter can afford her Aventador, but it’s nice to see that she’s goal-oriented.
Understand, this is an executive in a non-profit organization talking about getting enough money from a deal to buy a car costing upwards of half a million dollars--and the dicker is over the body parts of murdered people.

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This is ridiculous. It's now possible to hack into a car and take over its functions while it's driving, including applying (or shutting off!) the brakes. For the time being they can only control the steering while the thing's in reverse, but they think it might be possible to control it while in drive, too.

...glad my Cherokee's computerization is limited to the powertrain control module. It looks as if the vulnerable cars have cellular Internet access and a host of other systems, stuff which I would never pay for, but a vulnerability is a vulnerability.

As much as I like technology, I despise the "always connected" model. I don't need WiFi in my car; I don't spend enough time in it where I'm not driving for it to be anything like an economically sound investment. If--if--I want music, I have CDs of music in the arm rest, and further it is equipped with this mystical device called a radio which receives entertainment programs for free via radio waves.

I got out of the habit of having the stereo on in the car, though, years ago. Somewhere along the line I realized that it's possible to drive somewhere--even long distances--without a constant drumbeat in my ears, and came (in fact) to enjoy driving that way. Like anyone else it used to be automatic for me--in the car, pop in a tape, off we go--but that alone shows how long it's been since that was my habit, since the last time I had a vehicle with a cassette deck in it was about 1999 or 2000. (The Jeep had one for, what, a week? Two weeks? --after I got it, but I didn't bother with it.) (Four days, it turns out.)

That's probably why I still haven't fixed the short in the door speakers....

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