atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6001: Ah, the new millennium feels like a new world!

Nothing's changed but the leading digit of the post number, but I'll take what I can get.

Autoplay warning: Some folks are only now getting hep to the fact that environmentalists are in fact marxists in disguise. The really tragic part of all this is that the useful idiots who really think the planet needs saving align themselves with people who couldn't care less about the planet but simply want to put on their human-face-stompin' boots.

I mean, so far, every industrialized communism has resulted in pollution and environmental devastation on a massive scale. Chernobyl, for example, didn't happen under capitalism, and China is full of places where toxic waste is simply dumped right into the environment regardless of who is downstream. After all, there's a billion proles, so losing thirty or forty thousand of them a year to environmental conditions isn't such a big deal to the chinese Politburo.

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Racist black woman says white women raise worst detriments to society. Quoth this racist:
Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves Bitch
Um, no; if you look at the FBI statistics you will find it is black males who excel in those categories. But you can't really fault her; she obviously has learned the leftist talking points well enough to spontaneously regurgitate them.

Still--if a white person had said this about black people, he'd be out of a job. The rest is left as an exercise for the student.

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Karl Denninger, with much emphasis, explains what is bad about net neutrality. There is a reason all kinds of Hollywood stars are for it, and it's only tangentially related to the fact that the Trump administration is repealing it.

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The coverage of the North Korea situation concentrates on the nukes and doesn't really pay any attention to the details. But nobody--and I mean nobody, including the goons in charge of NK!--wants to start throwing nuclear bombs around. The NK saber-rattling is just that; they're using tactics which, in the past, got them what they wanted (which mostly was international aid, money from countries like the US and China).

The problem for NK is that Trump isn't playing that game. That's why they've been doing what they've been doing: "Hey, I'm rattling my saber, here! Hear it? Rattling! I'm rattling it, and I'm gonna draw it if you don't give me what I want! Listen to it rattling! I'm itching to draw it, so you'd better start listening to how it's rattling!" But Trump's not impressed.

The really interesting thing is how the Trump administration isn't saying a word about easing the hyperbole in the press. The press wants him to fail, so they're rooting for NK to do something; meanwhile NK's increasingly desperate posturing works in his favor because it takes the public eye off what's happening in the background. So--China closing the main road between it and NK gets a passing mention in the press, but it's an important event, and if this thing goes the way I think it will, NK is going to quietly change regimes...and of course the press will refuse to identify the main author of that change.

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So, I saw an article recently claiming that gun sales were declining. Record number of gun checks on Black Friday. Really?

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Kim du Toit nicely sums up my opinion of "cloud-based services".

When the notion was first floated--before "cloud-based" was even a term--my immediate and visceral reaction was, "Not just 'no', but 'hell no'."

The idea that my data would be stored elsewhere, and my programs be downloaded to run as I need them but not be stored locally--I did not like that idea. First off, it's bandwidth-intensive, and if your network connection failed for any reason you were dead in the water. Second, you had no control over access to your data; some geek in a data center could, if he wanted, look at everything you had stored. So much for privacy! And what if someone mistakenly deleted your account? If that happened, your data was gone. No one could guarantee that your data would be safe from tampering or interference--and what if the company hosting your data unexpectedly went tits-up? What happened then?

The political angle had not occurred to me. I was thinking in terms of technical or economic failures, not deliberate and malicious acts by self-styled thought police. But that's equally problematic.

Example: Trump's Twitter account was disabled by an "outgoing" Twitter employee who looked like the second coming of Two-Ton Tumblrina and who obviously was a Hillary voter. The account was disabled not because of a violation of the terms of service nor because Trump had requested it; it was pure sabotage, politically motivated.

So, no--not using Goolag Documents, or any other "cloud" storage, for anything if I can help it.

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Well--if I am to have any chance of getting anything useful done today, I suppose I'd better get moving.

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