atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#6254: What an absolutely gorgeous day

Temperature is in the mid-70s, mostly clear sky, no rain, and I was able both to sleep in and to get the grass cut.

More, I cannot ask.

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So, about that shithole greasy spoon that kicked out Sarah Sanders--

Whole bunch of opinions about it from the dextrosphere and a lot of them start with "bake my fucking cake".

Same source, different bit.

Democrats always want to exclude people.

Much of the commentary revolves around the fact that of course this doesn't mean that the lefties have suddenly discovered "freedom of association".

Here's the thing: "we reserve the right to refuse service" has always been there, for everyone, because of the First Amendment. A gay baker can refuse to service Christians, if he wants to, but the reverse is also true.

Problem is, that's not what's happening here.

What's happening here is the left is insisting that they have the right to refuse service for any reason but no one else does. So Gut Bomb Factory can give Sarah Sanders the hidey ho as much as it likes, but Christian Baker is still a racist bigot homophobe if he refuses to bake a wedding cake for a queer wedding. Because hypocrisy is an essential feature of being a leftist.

Prominent Democrats are pushing for this. The idea is to de-legitimize non-left thought, to make it beyond the pale. I should like very much for prominent Republicans to make the same kind of statement. Naturally if one of them did it would be reported without mentioning the Democrat.

But as that first link makes plain, this isn't 1985 and the right is no longer in the mood for "forebearance" and taking the high road. This is going to backfire on the left, and badly.

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Second link up there goes to this Ann Coulter column which is more true than ever. Especially:
Only a sad leftist with a crappy job could be so brimming with self-righteousness to harangue a complete stranger in public.

A liberal's idea of being a bad-ass is to say vicious things to a conservative public figure who can't afford to strike back. Getting in a stranger's face and hurling insults at him, knowing full well he has too much at risk to deck you, is like baiting a bear chained to a wall.

They are not only exploiting our lawsuit-mad culture, they are exploiting other people's manners. I know I'll be safe because this person has better manners than I do.

These brave-hearts know exactly what they can get away with. They assault a conservative only when it's a sucker-punch, they outnumber him, or he can't fight back for reasons of law or decorum.
It's time--long past time, in fact--to take that assurance away from them.

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Gadzooks, here we go again. Short form: black man walking through a neighborhood shooting at random, then shoots at the cops trying to stop him, and gets killed.

The usual suspects are all up in arms about it because "ZOMG HANDS UP DON'T SHOOT" but for fuck's sake the guy had a frigging gun and was walking around firing it.

"When are you gonna stop killing us?" Here's a clue, fuckface: DON'T SHOOT AT POLICE. Stop trying to live the "thug life", get a fucking job, get married before having children, and start acting like a civilized human being instead of whatever it is you're trying to do. I mean, I could recite all the statistics to you, but frankly they'd go right over your head considering that while you were in school you were more interested in basketball and rap than learning anything useful, and you're probably sub-literate to boot. Being able to evaluate statements for validity which don't rhyme is outside of your wheelhouse, and besides, you've been brought up to believe that everything bad in your life is due to racism. Has nothing to do with your life choices, oh no, even though the peers you derided as "acting white" managed to get out of that shithole and have much greater life expectancy than you do.

Democrat racism has managed some amazing things in its time, hasn't it? It's managed to keep an entire demographic on a metaphorical plantation, beholden to them for everything.

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I haven't the faintest idea why anyone is surprised by this. Nearly all the time, the "green" initiatives foisted on us by politicians are a complete waste of money.

Look: if you know anything at all about vehicles, you know that range advertisements are best-case scenarios. It doesn't matter if it runs on batteries or natural gas or biodiesel or gasoline; the manufacturer may say it can go 400 miles before needing a refill (of fuel or electrons) but it won't really do that outside of carefully-controlled circumstances. This is doubly true in the case of battery-operated vehicles, because that range assumes you're not running anything else (like a heater or air conditioner or even a fan) and the energy output of the battery itself is temperature-dependent: any deviation from its preferred temperature range will reduce the available energy.

So, an electric bus in real-world use getting a 70 mile range when it's advertised as 175 miles? Not surprised. Totally not surprised.

I recall, some time last year, seeing that one could get an all-electric vehicle from someone--leased--for $70 a month. I thought that'd be a good deal for around-town use, actually. I certainly wouldn't want to rely on it for my daily commute, but as a cheap little runabout for local errands? Why not? Most of the errands I run are local--bank, shopping, etc--and the furthest I usually go is perhaps a 20-minute drive to a nearby town where most of the big box stores are. I got my motorcycle, originally, to run those kinds of little errands (pay water bill, pick up prescription, light shopping, etc) but for $70 a month a little electric car would be worth it.

But I wouldn't expect it to go very far.

Yesterday, I caught myself thinking that something like the Chevy Volt would work well for my commute, actually, until I started doing the math.

"Plug-in hybrid" means it has a charging socket and a fuel tank. If you start out fully charged, once you go about 40 miles it switches on the gas engine. How much does that 40-mile range cost?

About $5. That makes some assumptions (such as a charging efficiency of 80%, which I can't evaluate, so I'll accept it) but I'm picking the highest figure I found, which assumes electricity at $0.20 a kilowatt-hour. National average is $0.125 per kWh, so that's high.

After which, gasoline engine all the way. For a round trip of 90 miles, it saves me how many gallons of gas?

The car costs $35,000 after tax rebates. Versus my paid-off Jeep, which gets 20 MPG. At current prices, that $5 buys me 1.8 gallons of gas, which is--in the Jeep--a hair under 40 miles.

Figure that the car gets 30 MPG on gas alone. 1.7 gallons of gas for the remainder of the day's driving. Where does that leave me?

So--the cost of electricity and gas combined comes to about $10 per day at current prices. Gasoline for the Jeep to make the same trip is $12 a day, and I don't have a car payment that is certain to be a hell of a lot more than the $60 per month extra that fuel will cost me.

But then it gets worse. See, the Volt relies on a battery pack for its electricity, and batteries wear out. When you need to replace it, it's $3,000 for the part. Chevrolet says the battery is good for 100,000 miles (they're warranteed at least that long) but who knows? A cursory search on-line shows that the battery packs for Volts seem to have pretty good longevity--but if you need to replace it, it's three thousand dollars which used to be the price of an engine overhaul.

Well: none of this matters.

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If the school had been pushing Christianity instead of islam, the ACLU would have been all over this. That's why I'm not surprised that the ACLU is letting the mask slip with regards to their stance on the First Amendment. They were always a partisan group.

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Yes, this. If you're caught trying to get into the country, you're put right on the very next bus/plane back to wherever you came from.

Good idea.

And you can stuff your temper tantrum about it, too.

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That image is a quantum computer. It looks gorgeous, doesn't it? It's probably built to be immersed in liquid helium, and anyway quantum computers are still highly experimental, so don't expect that to be tucked under your desk anytime soon.

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Tomorrow is Monday, and Mondays are hectic. How nice it is that it's preceded by a Sunday like this?
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