atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#5535: Going right for the panic

Chemical spill in Indiana, but look at the headline and the picture. The picture is of the Michigan City NIPSCO plant, which is a coal-fired power plant but has a cooling tower because it uses water from Lake Michigan to generate steam. The water must be cooled to a certain temperature before it can be returned to the lake.

And the plant isn't the source of the chemical spill.

No, the chemical spill came from US Steel. They spilled hexavalent chromium into a waterway some 100 yards from the lake itself; the article does not say that the waterway is connected to Lake Michigan.

Buried way down at the end of the eighth paragraph, we have this: "[The EPA] claims it is reviewing the results of a long-term 2008 study that 'suggested that chromium-6 may be a human carcinogen if ingested.'"

The 2008 study suggested that the chemical might be a carcinogen. This is enough for the headline to read "Cancer-Causing Chemical Spill"? With a picture of a power plant frequently confused for nuclear by the pitifully ignorant?

Scaremongering.

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And speaking of pitiful ignorance, MIT is publishing a book about Communism for kids which is trying to sell the failed ideology.
Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism. Offering relief for many who have been numbed by Marxist exegesis and given headaches by the earnest pompousness of socialist politics, it presents political theory in the simple terms of a children's story, accompanied by illustrations of lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening.
That's the problem, though: communism will not work without the "authoritarianism". Without the iron-shod boots stomping on human faces, communism comes apart.

Hell, even with the iron-shod boot stomping on human faces, it comes apart. It's economically impossible. It does not work. It is counter to human nature.

But, hey! It only killed 100,000,000 people in the 20th century! Let's give it another shot!

* * *

We've been fighting "the war on terrah" since late 2001. Why is this the first time we've used the biggest non-nuke we have?

* * *

Kim du Toit tells the tale of how H1-B fuckery can bite you in the ass.

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I used to have all kinds of maps in my car, too. Back when I was an on-site service tech. These days, I too have a GPS, and can't fathom someone not having one. They're cheap (mine was under $100, shipped) and they make going anywhere unfamiliar a breeze.

But the larger sense...I know people who are like that, who act in their daily lives as if they are lost: frantic and angry, ready to blow up at the slightest provocation.

I agree. It's no way to go through life.

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Compress CO enough and it becomes a reasonably stable solid. They think it my polymerize, and stay that way until something sets it off, at which point foom! it reverts to being CO gas again. If this is so--and if it's stable at a reasonable temperature--they may have discovered a revolutionary new explosive.

Cool.

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Why was a thirteen-year-old handling a firearm unsupervised?

How did he get the firearm? Where did it come from? Whose was it?

Cue the blood-dancers from the left: ban guns faw the CHAWWDREN!

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No real explanation for why Charlize Theron, having adopted a black African boy, has him wearing a dress. "Virtue-signaling" seems as good an explanation as any.

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This is art. Let me point out that the image at that link is a painting, not a photograph.

Compare the technical ability required to paint that to anything Jackson Pollock ever drooled. In a world where visitors at an "art" exhibition walk carefully around someone's lost glove, thinking it to be one of the exhibits, artists who have actual skill are derided.

* * *

Today I am going to attempt to repair my wife's car. We've had the headlight for several weeks, but having good weather when she had a day off and when there was nothing more pressing to be done--well, today's the day.

Turns out you must remove the front fascia to replace the headlight assembly, but that's a few screws and not terribly complicated.

Off I go.
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