atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5311: Wait, what?

When demand for large aircraft declines, Boeing raises its prices. Perhaps I don't understand the economics of the sales of heavy equipment such as commercial aircraft, but that seems counterintuitive to me. Then again, when you are one of the two manufacturers for such equipment in the world, I guess it's not really a problem. Especially when
The Boeing slowdown, however, pales in comparison to the plunge in global demand for Airbus poroducts: sales at the European conglomerate have slowed to a net 323 through July this year. That compares with 1,080 in all of 2015. Airbus prices range from about $88.6 million for an A319 up to $428 million for the double-decker A380.
In other news, Bill Gates could buy an A380 for about half of a percent of his net worth. How's that for "rich"?

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There is still a welfare cliff. It's just higher up than it used to be. And it ensures that people who live on the dole will stay there, just the same way it did forty years ago.

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For volcanoes, earthquakes usually presage an eruption. And it's been about six years since Mount WTF ("Eyjafjallajökull") erupted, and at the time people were talking about Katla.

A computer animation of the last day in Pompeii.

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This friggin' idiot was almost President. I'm so glad John F'in Kerry didn't get elected. He can do so much less damage as Secretary of State. "Oh, you know, if the press didn't report terrorist attacks, people wouldn't know about it, and we'd all be better off!"

An utterly fatuous man, this ridiculous gigolo John Kerry.

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The fortunate thing about executive orders? If Trump wins in November, he can negate this horseshit. The President only has the power to sign treaties; he does not have the power to ratify them. Clinton and the Democrats used that to good effect; Clinton signed Kyoto knowing that the Senate would never ratify that stupid, utterly useless crap. Clinton got props from all the lefties for doing it, but never placed the United States in danger of having to live up to it. Win-win.

Obama, however, is much more of a true believer than Clinton was. Clinton was primarily in it for Clinton; if that meant throwing a few bones to the hoople-heads he didn't really mind so long as it didn't interrupt the flow of willing interns. Leftism was a tool for Clinton, something he probably believed in but mainly it was to get money, power, and chicks. Obama, on the other hand, was raised on a steady diet of leftism; he's a red diaper baby. Which is why Obama doesn't mind doing everything he did, leaving us much, much worse off after eight years.

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This is correct. I have not written much about the idiot mulatto muslim NFL quarterback, who refused to stand for the national anthem because the US oppresses black people while employed at his job which is earning him about twenty million dollars a year.

I have not written much about it because I honestly don't give a fuck what a spoiled, entitled, rich brat says or does. Particularly not one employed in the entertainment industry. I do, in fact, expect this kind of horseshit from that class of person. I expect it because people who live in that mode are constantly told they are the best and it's all "Yes, sir! You're brilliant, sir! Absolutely at once, sir!" all the time, so they get to thinking that they're special, and because there are absolutely no checks and balances against their idiocy whatsoever--"no" men get fired immediately--eventually they come to think that their politics are the ultimate of ideology, and they act accordingly.

If this idiot were instead an average mixed-race man, sitting in the stands instead of on the field, no one would give a fuck about what he did OR his reasons for doing it. And that's how I feel about it.

Does he have a right not to stand for the national anthem? Absolutely. "Freedom of expression," as Borepatch remarks. The day everyone has to stand for the national anthem or end up in jail, we're fucked.

But the thing I find fatuous and annoying about this is how an extremely rich man who is never going to want for anything is doing this because "black people are oppressed". He's going to reap big rewards for doing this--it's not going to ruin his career, not the way praying and thanking Jesus for his success would--and he'll go on shows and talk about racial oppression blah blah blah etcetera.

And that will be the sum of his sacrifice for his cause.

He's not going to eschew his $100 million paycheck, nor will he take a "living wage" from it but donate the rest to the cause he so bravely remained seated to uphold. He's going to continue to play football and get paid wheelbarrows full of money to do it, all the while denigrating the very country that enabled him to do so.

I've never cared about football. I still don't. So by not watching football I'm not hurting the fortunes of this dicklick or the NFL one iota. But I'm not the only person who thinks that this sort of "protest" is nothing but the rankest ingratitude, and many of the people who feel the same do (or, at least, did) watch pro football. And maybe they won't. Maybe people who used to buy 49'ers tickets will think twice about it.

Pro football is entertainment and it does not do for an entertainer to piss off half his customers. And if the fortunes of the 49'ers suffer because of this, well, "freedom of expression" cuts both ways.

And someone should tell the idiot the old aphorism about opening your mouth and removing all doubt.

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This article is from 2009 but no less true. And today I comment on this:
Aside from the police officers constantly on patrol, a sure sign that you are in a black school is the coke cage: the chain-link fence that many majority-black schools use to protect vending machines. The cage surrounds the machine and even covers its top. Delivery employees have to unlock a gate on the front of the cage to service the machines. Companies would prefer not to build cages around vending machines. They are expensive, ugly, and a bother, but black students smashed the machines so many times it was cheaper to build a cage than repair the damage. Rumor had it that before the cages went up blacks would turn the machines upside down in the hope that the money would fall out.
The proper solution to that conundrum is no more vending machines. But of course it's raciss to take out the vending machines because the special snowflakes keep destroying them.

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Using a USB device as a software-defined radio for infecting air-gapped computers. This is why, when watching a movie that contains a machine intelligence doing seemingly impossible things, like controlling an otherwise unconnected device, I do not get annoyed.

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Well, Legion went live last night. Mrs. Fungus and I were on when it happened.

The original Ormus, on Aggramar, was who I chose to start with. He's the closest thing I have to a main character, so off we went. I was wandering around Stormwind trying to get the Fel Spreader toy by looking for the demon infiltrator Doomsayer, and when one finally appeared I hung at the periphery of the conflict and popped spells at him as quick as I could. When the demon died, I got the Fel Spreader...and as I headed towards the portal to Dalaran I noticed that the text box said I'd earned 158 XP...and then saw the experience bar. Ormus has not had one since he hit 100th level, a few months or so after Warlords of Draenor came out. When you hit the level cap, it goes away--and now it was back.

"Hey, honey!" I yelled to my wife, who was in the family room. "Ormus has an experience bar!"

"What? Is it starting?"

"I think so!"

It was 1:40 AM, and a few moments later the lead-in quest for the expansion popped up on my screen. It had indeed begun. We played until 3, enough time to get started with the new expansion and get a feel for how it would be, but fatigue and necessity forced us to go to bed--we have errands to run and tasks to accomplish on our weekend. We'd ordinarily go to bed around 1 or 2 on a regular work night, so it wasn't that much outside of routine, and we were able to sleep until noon today, which is good enough.

The fights I faced on the class quests (the ones leading to your class hall and legendary weapon) were tough, but only tough enough--challenging without being impossible for anyone who doesn't subsist on a diet of Mountain Dew and Skittles. Ormus died once, and that only happened because the monster I was fighting did that annoying thing where it evades and resets back to full health, still attacking me who is at 40% health with half my abilities on cooldown. It was a glitch; I could have beaten him if the fight had been fair.

Looking forward to seeing more of it. But not now; first I need to replace the Jeep's O2 sensor, then get her smogged, and if I have time I'll go to the DMV today to get the plate renewed. We'll see.

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