atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#5788: This ought to be entertaining.

Four missiles to be launched at Guam sometime next week. North Korea is stepping up its game.
"Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him," said the statement from Korean People's Army Gen. Kim Rak-gyom, adding that President Trump's "fire and fury" warning was a "load of nonsense" and was "extremely getting on the nerves" of North Korea's military.
See, the game is played thus: North Korea rattles its sabre. North America says, "Oh, no, not that," and gives North Korea food and money. It's been going on for decades--since the Clinton administration--and it's worked very well for NK.

But if I had to guess, I would bet that the Trump administration has refused to play that game, which is why we're seeing the continuing escalation from NK. Throwing missiles in the general direction of Guam--and notice that our press has misinterpreted that as threatening to nuke Guam--is supposed to show us just how serious you guys NK actually is.

But it all looks like posturing to me. When I read between the lines of that article it becomes obvious to me that there's a negotiation going on right now, something we're not privy to, and the Trump administration is playing to win as it always does. NK's response to double down on what's always worked before. It's just not, this time.

So I'm not particularly worried about NK nuking anybody. Anyone with half a brain knows that throwing around nuclear weapons is a really, really bad idea; and it's especially bad when you have a handful of weapons relative to your opponent. The warheads in a single Ohio-class submarine could reduce the major industrial centers of North Korea into parking lots in a matter of minutes.

The US Navy has fourteen of them that still carry ballistic missiles. The other four are guided missile subs. Guided missiles can still carry nukes. You do the math.

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If NK does decide to throw a nuke at Guam, someone tell them we moved it. Heh.

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This.
You can't be a father and be a woman, no matter what you do to your body with scalpels and syringes. You can't be on the side of justice when you are entangled in grotesque and undeniable conflicts of interest, and you can't be a conservative if everything you do is designed to conserve unchallenged progressive domination.
Exactly so.

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It's the Japanese enema mascot!

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Gee, Democrats trying to rig an election. Who could have seen that coming?

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The thing is, islam is anti-art.
Islam's ambivalent attitude toward music goes all the way back to Muhammad who said "Allah, mighty and majestic...commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic era of ignorance. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress" (Umdat al-Salik r40.0). In Don McLean's "American Pie", Buddy Holly's untimely death marks "the day the music died," but the day the music died for Islam was the day that Muhammad started receiving revelations from above.

It's not just music. With the exception of calligraphy and architecture, Islam has been rather unfriendly to the arts in general. In another hadith, Muhammad is quoted as saying "Every maker of pictures will go to the fire, where a being will set upon him to torment him in hell for each picture he made" (Umdat al-Salik w50.1). It's not quite clear in Islamic law whether this applies to all representational painting or only to portrayals of animate life. But, if you're a Muslim of artistic inclination, it might be better to stick to geometric patterns, just to be on the safe side.
Every time I learn something new about islam, it almost always seems to confirm the view that islam seeks to crush all the joy and beauty out of life.

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Plasma rocket will come into its own with nuclear reactor powering it. Works okay with solar power, but solar is a diffuse source even in space.

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Game logic. "Hey, a dead guy. What loot did he drop?" Heh.

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Just because the attic is done doesn't mean my work on the house is. And Maki still needs physical therapy. The good news is, the vet said we could take off his cone for good, so he's a lot happier. As I type this, I'm slouched way down in my chair so he can lie on my chest. And he's curled up, purring away without a care in the world.

Someday--all too soon--he's going to be too big to do this, but he won't know that, so he'll keep trying, and won't understand why Daddy doesn't want twenty pounds of Maine Coon curled up on his chest.

Plus side, while he was laying here (and falling asleep) I did 24 reps of his range of motion exercises. Normally I can get him to do about ten before he gets too antsy. But he's so sleepy, I did 24 reps, and what's more I was able to count to 30 on flex (instead of 12 or so, which is typical) and then count to 20 on extension. He fell asleep while I was doing it, and I was even being pretty aggressive with flexion because that's where the trouble can come from. It's typical for animals with this kind of injury to get a contracture in the quadriceps, which can lead to the leg being permanently extended. This PT regime is meant to combat that.

What seems to annoy him most, though, is the extension exercise. I can understand why; when I broke my little finger in 2003 and had to do PT on it, I had to do similar exercises. Press in on the last knuckle for 20-30 seconds, then press out to straighten as best you can for 20-30 seconds. After the "press in" part, it feels utterly wrong to straighten the joint--not painful, just...uncomfortable. It feels like there's sand in the joint.

But I did the exercises and got back full range of motion. Well, what they define as "full range of motion": I cannot curl that finger up tight like I can the similar finger on the other hand. But it works correctly and can go from full extension to full flex without trouble or pain. I suppose that if I were to do the exercises I could improve further on it, but there's no medical need for that and the improvement would be negligible in any case. The finger works just fine as it is and was pronounced "fully healed" in 2003.

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One thing I've been thinking about--and which probably will not work--is modifying my bicycle to use wider tires.

It's a cheap $100 mountain bike, a "Roadmaster Chromium Edition", vintage 1994. It has typical mountain bike tires on it, 1.5" or whatever they are. But lately I've seen bikes with much fatter tires--2.5" or even 3"--and I like how those look. I expect I'd also like how they ride. A new bike with tires like that runs about $220-ish.

Putting fatter tires on means adding brakes that are big enough to fit the rims. I don't know if they can be adjusted that wide, or if I'd have to change the calipers as well. I probably would, because I expect the bigger tire won't fit through the caliper regardless of whether they can be adjusted wide enough.

But it's idle thought, not something I'm doing any time soon, if ever. Too busy on other things.

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There's this guy around here whose motorcycle needs a serious tune-up. I'm not talking about mine (though it does need it) but this other dude whose bike is in dire need of attention.

Other night I heard him go puttering past the bunker out towards the highway. He was running at a constant speed, but the engine was making this uneven sound: OOooOOooOOooOOooOOooOOoo, varying slightly in pitch and volume. And yesterday while I was waiting at the vet for Maki's incision to get looked at, the guy rode past there. Same noise.

I didn't get a good look at it, but it looked like some kind of sport bike. Whatever is wrong with that machine, it sure as hell ain't running right; at a bare minimum some kind of fuel system cleaner is warranted, but it probably needs to have the carbs rebuilt (assuming it has carbs).

I need to get after my own motorcycle. I've only ridden it once since I got the charging system fixed!
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