atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5551: "Crashes"? Really?

OMG the price of crude crashed below $50 a barrel! It's carnage! dropped $1.15. It was $51 a barrel, now it's $49.85 a barrel. Sure, if you had oil futures, you got assreamed, but if you're making money pumping oil from the ground at $51 a barrel it's unlikely you're suddenly not. This is a big "financial market" thing.

Myself, I'd much rather see oil trading below $40 a barrel, because this big economic engine runs best on cheap oil. And I personally prefer paying under $2 a gallon for gasoline.

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Crashing plane=no good for your career. Story says "routine flight ops", and crashing your plane at landing is only excusable if something's gone seriously wrong with it. Okay, the Navy looks askance at your performance if you're not routinely hitting the #2 arrestor wire on the carrier deck, that's how stiff the performance expectations are; if this guy's plane didn't spontaneously come apart in midair, I'd expect it to have a negative impact on his Navy career.

IDK. There's a lot to go wrong with a modern jet fighter, but if the investigation doesn't completely exonerate the pilot, he's screwed.

Interesting take from 'way down in the comments: "On one level you can look at it as 'embarrassing moment'--but if say North Korea repeated this news to show how weak the US was, they'd also be inadvertantly communicating to their population carriers were nearby."

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An open letter to antifa.
I could go on all day about how pathetic you all are and how your bullshit movement is just another way for you to escape the real world and your many, many, personal faults...but I have another message for you. Please get more violent. Please don't learn anything from getting your asses kicked...and double down. Please, for the love of God, pick up an actual weapon and declare yourselves violent enemies of the state. Give us red-blooded Americans the justification to really give you what you've been asking for with your constant threats, arson, and violent outbursts. Let's really turn this into an old-school Communist revolution! I dare you. I double dare you. A whole lot of grunts would absolutely love to get a stateside kill, and the fact you shitbags always vote against us and protest our existence makes it that much sweeter. We kill people, and you aren't even people--you’re communist heathens. You cowards always talk a big game, but you always fail on the follow-through--even your proposition for California secession failed. I guess parasites can't long survive without their host.
I like that: "You aren't even people--you're communist heathens."

Meanwhile an antifa douchebag who attempted murder has been idenfitied as Eric Clanton, who teaches philosophy (big surprise) at Diablo Valley College. He hit an unarmed man in the head with a bike lock. If you watch the video, you see two groups standing face-to-face; suddenly a masked coward pushes past the front line and hits a guy with something.

No confrontation, no violence, just words--until Professor Pussyboy whipped out the weapon. And he did that because he was confident that no one would be able to identify him behind his mask.

If you want to stop this kind of horseshit, it's pathetically easy: simply do not allow people to wear masks to protests. Antifa relies on being able to hide who they are; they must have anonymity else they cannot perpetrate violence and vandalism.

They are such ardent believers in their cause that they are unwilling to risk arrest and jail for it.

Beating up unarmed people with weaponry, improvised and otherwise, is just fine, but they don't want to get in trouble for it.

But please don't stop doing what you're doing. Because every time there's a violent anti-Trump protest, every time there's a riot, Democrats make themselves look worse. Every time.

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It's going to take time to clean up Obama's messes.
Democrats inherit the foreign policy crises of a thousand Republican presidential fathers, but the foreign policy crises inherited by incoming Republicans in the White House are always orphans.

Or at least that's how the media likes to spin it.

If you believe your random mainstream media outlet of choice, North Korea and Syria were crises freshly spawned by this administration with no prior history. But these ticking time bombs are the direct result of the two terrible terms of his predecessor.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner's years in the White House were the most dysfunctional, schizophrenic and senseless eight years of our national foreign policy. His domestic policy was a disaster, but it was a radioactive toxic waste dump with clear and consistent goals. ObamaCare, the abuses of the Justice Department, the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency were the naturally terrible outcome of left-wing policies being implemented with inevitably terrible results.

But Obama's foreign policy was a wildly inconsistent mess. The Nobel Peace Prize winner couldn't quite decide if he was a humanitarian interventionist or a pacifist non-interventionist. He couldn't make up his mind if he wanted to take the side of the Sunnis or the Shiites in their Islamic unholy war. He didn't know if he wanted to appease Russia or sanction it, to pivot to Asia or run the other way, to play another round of golf or replace his defense secretary for the fifth time.
He's not kidding.

"Even a guy who thought they speak Austrian in Austria and celebrated Cinco de Cuatro had to know that something had gone horribly wrong with his foreign policy." Somehow our press--ever ready to mock the shit out of a Republican for mis-speaking--missed reporting on the "Austrian" gaffe, or indeed any of Obama's many gaffes. ("I've visited all 57 states," he said during the 2008 campaign. And let us never forget the corpse-men.)

Democrats are usually very weak on foreign policy, but Obama was Carter-esque in his fecklessness.

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The Democrats etc claim to "fucking love" science, but when it comes to actually doing it, they oppose it. Simple: bill prohibits EPA from "proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible." Seems reasonable, right? I mean, if you can't reproduce the experiment, it's a failure, right?

Let's face it: actual science demands that others be able to get the same results when running the same experiment. Millikan's oil drop experiment established the charge on the electron; if someone else had come along and run the same experiment but got wildly different results--and no two experiments ever yielded the same result--do you think it would be considered Nobel-worthy physics?

Much of climatology works that way, though. It's not reproducible, and when it is, the reproducibility turns out to be due to jiggering by the researcher. (Michael Mann's hockey stick, for example; not only did he jigger the results, but consistently refused to publish his algorithm, because that would have made plain his number-monkeying. Which--once the algorithm was published--rapidly happened.)

...which is why Democrats oppose this kind of requirement. If the experiments have to be repeatable, and if the researchers have to show all their work, it makes it impossible to fake the numbers. If we base our environmental policy on actual science rather than climatology, the eco-nazis aren't going to get what they want.

Because they can only get their models to say what they want them to say by ignoring things like solar insolation and the effect of clouds on the environment. Yeah--Earth is warming, but it's not because of the sun or anything!

So, if you want to warm up Pluto? Just park a few million SUVs out there and let 'em idle; the CO2 will warm that planet right up even though it's so far from the Sun that it's a bright spark in the sky.


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White, affluent town is virtue-signaling. Fate forfend that any black people move into their town, though.

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The Earth and Moon, as seen from Saturn. Cool.
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