atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6692: I do enjoy a good rousing game of "Ha, Ha, Herman".

I forgot something in my rant yesterday about Iceland's medical system. Iceland does not have forty million illegal immigrants--it doesn't even have forty thousand, I suspect, which would be in proportion to the US' illegal census--nor does it have a big fancy military.

Let Iceland import a crapton of freeloaders, people there specifically to take advantage of their government's largesse, and see how long it lasts. Then again, if they did that, expensive health care would be the least of their worries.

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"The Left is always preaching violence, and some day soon they're going to find out exactly what it's like." So far, the people attacked by the left have shown an incredible forebearance in dealing with them.

I think that's a feature of American society which is admirable: we have forebearance like no one else. We put up with a lot because we're Jacksonian in outlook: "Leave me alone and I'll leave you alone, but if you fuck with me...."

There will come a point at which people start hitting back. I'm guessing the left will not like that very much. They certainly won't be talking about "courage" and "speaking truth to power" after someone they've assaulted hits back twice as hard. Certainly they did not when this happened at the antifa riots.

"In the grand tradition of primates tossing feces at perceived rivals, leftists in the UK have lately taken to throwing milkshakes at right-leaning figures they hyperbolically refer to as fascists." This is a typical tactic of leftists, anyway; it used to be pies they would throw. Somehow this made a point, I suppose, but the only thing I ever understood from this kind of gesture is, "The left is composed of a bunch of juvenile assholes."
The trend apparently began early in May when Danyal Mahmud, a 23-year-old Muslim living in England, threw a milkshake in the face of anti-Islamist agitator Tommy Robinson....


Just like a woman who hits her partner and then claims victimhood when he hits back, the man who called Robinson "scum" and assaulted him with a milkshake is now whining that he feels under threat.

"I'm a low-key person, I didn't anticipate this publicity and I don't want it--I'm getting death threats on social media and I am worried about me and my family being targeted."
I am less than sympathetic.

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This is hilarious. Of course the SJW/NPC crowd are going right out of their tiny little minds over it. If you say or do anything in contrast to a "protected group" they consider it bigotry, hatred, and white supremacy.

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"11 of the 19 individuals arrested on gun charges over the weekend by #ChicagoPolice are already out on the street." Six of 'em had priors for illegal firearms. Yeah, tell us again how making guns more illegal will fix the problem.

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Periodic password changes are stupid.

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Where is the ACLU? If that were Christmas instead of Ramadan, the ACLU would be all over the place. I thought separation of church and state was their defining issue. Certainly they've been front-and-center every time any state organ does anything Christian-related.

Gee, could it be that those old communists are hypocrites? Naaah!!!

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Oddly enough, some classically Democrat constituencies are not thrilled with the party's sudden dropping of the mask.

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So, the "Coward of Broward", who hung out in the parking lot while kids were being shot when it was his job to stop that sort of thing, has been arrested. Looks pretty grim: " counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one of perjury."

One of the things I find most interesting is failure analysis. When you look at any catastrophe, you often find that there are a series of smaller faults that lead to it. It's not just a case of, "Well, that part broke, and that's what caused it." No. The part that broke was subjected to more stress than it was designed for. That would have been fine, but the part was inspected by someone shortly before it broke, and he missed seeing something, or ignored it. That issue occurred because the part left the factory with a defect that had been seen by QC, but was dismissed as minor. Like that: not one error, but a series of errors--however innocuous they may be, individually--that end up leading to tragedy.

A lot of airline crashes happen because of that. The DC-10 crash in Chicago: people were aghast that the engine was held on by four bolts, but that design decision was only the first step in a long chain that resulted in a plane losing an engine and crashing. Maintenance methods were also not followed, things were done incorrectly, steps skipped, cracks missed, whatever--and bang.

The shooting in Florida is a perfect example of this, too. The shooter had shown a ton of "red flags", any one of which should have resulted in measures being taken--but no action was taken. Even after he pointed a gun at a family member the police didn't arrest him and nothing was done. And when the shooting happened, the guy who was in that school specifically to prevent this kind of thing--to stop it should it occur--he fucked off to the parking lot and stuck his fingers in his ears. That wasn't the only error made by law enforcement, but it was the final error that resulted in a large and preventable number of deaths.

This arrest is indeed a very positive thing.

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I am highly amused by this conundrum. Partly, of course, it makes me laugh because it puts two big leftist groups, the LGBTCQUDS crowd and the feminists, in contention. But also because it's the logical endgame of victimology; one of these groups is more victimized than the other, and they're having to fight for it, because the bigger a victim you are, the more important you are in the whole leftist hierarchy.

And it amuses me to watch these people, who rely on deconstructionism, suddenly turn realist and constructionist when it suits them, because ultimately their embrace of hypocrisy only gets them so far.

Reality is that sex is a biological fact, not a social construct. People who have XY sex chromosomes are faster, stronger, and more damage-resistant than those who have XX chromosomes. Even if an XY individual self-identifies as female, it does not change the fact that given the same training and diet and exercise, the XY individual will be far more physically capable than the XX individual.

The Babylon Bee highlights this in its parody article, and makes it even funnier than it was to begin with.

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Trump's Mexico tariffs are having the desired effect. It's been reported that these tariffs might raise the price of a Chipotle burrito by as much as $0.05. What a crisis!

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Interesting glance at how population moves around over time. The industrial revolution required cities, else we would not have them. We cannot replace heavy industry with cottage industry, though, so I expect cities will be with us for some time.

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Is this sarcasm, or satire? I can't tell. What I do know is that $999 for a monitor stand is, and I cannot overstate this, MOTHERFUCKING INSANE. The monitor that it goes to costs five thousand dollars and they couldn't be fucked to include the stand with it. Because Apple.

So, buy yourself a base model Mac Pro, that stand, and the monitor it's for, and you've spent--are you ready for this?--


--on a computer. One computer. That will not perform any better than a Dell desktop costing one-tenth that price.

This pretty well sums it up:

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This is worth reading. Farming is one of those things that seems like it's really simple. You plow, plant, and wait; after a certain time, you harvest. What's simpler than farming? Right?


When I think about agriculture, and how much work it is, I wonder that we ever stopped being hunter-gatherers. I mean, it's just easier to live off the land, you know? In agriculture, even if you do everything right, one wrong guess can wipe out an entire year's labor.

It's back-breaking work, and it's every day, and if you don't do it right you won't get nearly the yield you need to make money. And that is, by the way, in a country where the government pretty much stays out of the way.

You can oust the farmers and give their land to other people--but do those other people know anything about farming? Are they capable of making the right decisions? And most importantly, are they willing to do the work?

The FB post links to a post written by a Venezuelan (former) coffee farmer about what communism did for him and his business. It is very, very instructive.

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It's Wednesday again. Halfway through the week already.
Tags: #chicagopolice

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