atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#5675: It's not reducto ad absurdum if it's really happening

The mask comes off leftism: "Just give us what we want, and we won't have to kill you." The American left is so unhinged at Trump's election they're actually letting the mask slip off, showing their true colors.

Leftist violence is not because the leftists themselves have lost their shit; it's because the existence of Republicans drives them to it. Without Republicans, there wouldn't be any polarization! Yeah, and you know what else is true? If there were no infidels, there would be no islamic terrorism.

Take a gander at this. HuffPo pulled a piece, posted three days before the shootings at Alexandria, this:
"...Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency, but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then--upon receiving guilty verdicts--they must all be executed under the law. Anything less than capital punishment--or at least life imprisonment without parole in a maximum security detention facility--would send yet another message to the world that America has lost its moral compass."
This is the true face of leftism: "I don't like that person's politics, so he must be executed." The key phrase is "there is little room to doubt their guilt"; he's decided Trump is guilty of treason, so--on one man's say-so--Trump and the rest of his administration must be executed?

And tell me, while we're at it, in what way Trump's agenda is treasonous? The cretin doesn't say what treason Trump has committed. It doesn't seem that his hit piece mentioned any specifics, either. I had a gander at the follow-up piece but that, too, didn't say anything about what treason Trump should be executed for; just further assertions that Trump needs to be prosecuted and executed.

This may be an example. Trump reversing Obama's deal with communist Cuba. Leftists would certainly consider this "treason", I suppose:
For nearly six decades, the Cuban people have suffered under communist domination. To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere, and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores.

The Castro regime has shipped arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela. While imprisoning innocents, it has harbored cop killers, hijackers, and terrorists. It has supported human trafficking, forced labor, and exploitation all around the globe. This is the simple truth of the Castro regime.

My administration will not hide from it, excuse it, or glamorize it. And we will never, ever be blind to it. We know what’s going on and we remember what happened.
See, acccording to the left, the President is supposed to turn a blind eye to the depradations of communism and be friendly towards dictators.

The assertion is that Cuba's not a shithole because of communism, but because the United States refused to trade with it. Plenty of other countries in the world are free to trade with Cuba--I recall a friend's German relatives visiting Cuba before coming to the US in 1993--so why is the US responsible for Cuba's economic maladies? If Germans are free to visit Cuba, could German companies not trade with Cuba? The US embargo with Cuba is often blamed for Cubans having to live with old wrecks for cars, but couldn't Volkswagen have sold cars in Cuba? I mean, the US embargo was on American companies, not the world; and it was an embargo, not a blockade. In any event, if communism is such a prosperous system, why didn't the USSR help Cuba? Why are the streets of Havana not filled with Trabants and Zils from the 1980s rather than American cars from the 1950s?

The simple fact is that communism cannot create wealth; it can only consume it. Cuba is a shithole because an economy is a gigantic and complex information processing system, and communism reduces that system to a group of men sitting in a room. Cuba has ancient cars because it couldn't afford to import any newer ones, because its government consumes the entirety of the nation's economic output.

And it's about fucking time we had a President who would say so.

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If you ever need an exemplar of the fact that government is a huge waste of money, seek no further, for you have found what you seek.

2000 was seventeen years ago. Making sure that old computer systems could handle the move from the twentieth century to the twenty-first was of critical importance in the years running up to it, and everyone was really, really worried about it in 1999.

After 2000, though, "Y2K compliance" was no longer really a factor, as the critical systems that needed patching were patched, and the non-critical ones either got workarounds or else were ignored. (Example: Professional Write is not Y2K compliant. It will display a file timestamp with today's date, for example, as having been created "0617:7". It works flawlessly otherwise.)

Stands to reason that our government shouldn't need to require certification of Y2K compliance any longer, right? But guess what: there are still Y2K compliance forms that need to be filled out.

Well, there were; the Trump administration is eliminating them. Score one for the good guys.

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Real home prices still 16% below what they were in 2007. Because we're in a depression, remember? That's an average across the country; Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan show up as a reasonably solid block of strong negative pricing since 2000.

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Yesterday I rented a carpet shampooer to clean Mrs. Fungus' car. I was all set to rent the big honkin' thing, but the guy at the store recommended their smaller unit. Since I wasn't going to do a room or two of carpet, but merely clean upholstery, it made perfect sense...and it saved me about $15. All I need to do is get the thing back to the store by 4 PM today, which won't be a problem.

Once done with her car, I vacuumed out the Jeep and cleaned it up a bit--not as thorough a job as I did on her car, but I shampooed the driver's footwell and vacuumed all the carpets. It's still crummy, but not nearly as crummy as it was.

We were supposed to have some cool weather over the next couple of days, but that appears to have changed, and now we're looking at "more of the same". It's not egregiously hot out, but it's pretty humid, and that makes outdoor activity rather trying; and at night it doesn't cool off very much but stays pretty warm and sticky outside.

Welcome to summer in the midwest!

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I haven't added anything to Apocalyptic Visions since May 15--that's the date stamp I put in the filename--but the other day I opened up the file and read through the last dozen or so pages, and made a couple minor edits.

I know what happened: I banged out what, thirty pages in a week's time? More? But I ran the word bag empty in the process. Having flashed through the space battle, now it's time to work on the ground battle, but slow-moving brain needs to catch up with the action. The story is sitting at the very beginning of that, but before I can write it I need to figure out how it's going to go.

Still, just writing about it here I realized a couple of important points, things that'll help push the narrative along and end up in the place I need it to. The guys who came to Earth did not come for a big ground war, and they're not going to fight one, and that is probably why everything goes to shit and leads to the next phase of the story.

In fact, the only thing remaining here is figuring out how to reveal what's behind the foreshadowing I discussed here. Once I have that, the only thing keeping me from doing more work on the story is inertia.

Well, we'll get there.
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