atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6701: I knew it

Predictably, Arse Technica just LOVES that Black Mirror epsiode I panned the other day. Of course they do.

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Besides the fact that Googe is deliberately crippling ad-blocking extensions, people are starting to find ways around the ad blockers.

So I think I might just build myself a Pi-Hole and send all that shit right to \dev\null.

All of it.

There are, of course, two reasons I block ads. The first is security: having gotten rooted by an ad served by lo these many years ago, I do not want ads on my machines. The second is convenience; I don't want to see that horseshit. Who does?

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California to offer full Medicaid benefits to illegal aliens because why not? Taxpayer money is infinite, right?

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This is actually not all that surprising. "3/4 of all alcohol consumed goes down the gullet of 1/10th of the American adult population."

I'd bet that you find that to be the case no matter what kind of intoxicant you're talking about.

I effectively do not drink. I have alcohol, on average, perhaps once every two months. The last drink I had was a mai tai at Bob Chinn's Crab Shack on my wife's birthday, and I didn't even finish it. I bought a jug of pre-mixed margerita two years ago and it's still in the fridge, unfinished.

But I make the joke, borrowed from Arsenic and Old Lace: "Alcoholism runs in my family. It practically gallops." Parents were both alcoholics, and we saw what happened to my sister. Somehow, that skipped me; not only am I not a drinker, but I don't like any intoxicants--mainly because I have chronic hypoglycemia, and getting intoxicated feels like a hypoglycemic attack.

Still, I don't look down on addicts with disdain. Once something gets its hooks into you, kicking the habit is difficult. I find it disgusting (for a variety of reasons) when someone starts using, or goes back to using after a hiatus, but I do understand it's not easy to quit.

Heck--my mom had to learn, the hard way, that she couldn't have any liquor at all, not so much as a sip of it. Dad was more functional; he routinely drank 2-3 martinis a day, after work, habitually--and he'd start sipping martinis after noon on weekends, doing so until bedtime.

My remaining sister, and my brother, have enough discipline not to drink to excess.

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Well, of course, not for him, but for other people.
A man who recently worked for an organization dedicated to nonviolence is facing an attempted first-degree murder charge after being identified as the alleged gunman in a shooting last year in West Garfield Park.
One commentor observes that these organizations are essentially ways the Democrat Machine can give money to "community organizers" for delivering votes to machine politicians.

Chicago is so crooked you can't see "straight" from there.

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Looks like England is finally getting serious about Brexit.
Boris Johnson, the leading candidate to succeed Theresa May as Britain's next prime minister, said he would withhold a previously agreed 39 billion pound ($50 billion) Brexit payment until the European Union gives Britain better exit terms.
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

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Oddly enough, the party that formerly supported slavery and now supports abortion uses the same arguments. "Don't like slavery? Don't own one. Don't like abortion? Don't have one."

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530 banned guns have been turned in. I love seeing that kind of story: a government decides to outlaw certain guns, but almost no one complies with the law and they keep their guns. The guns are not--were not--registered, which is why the New Zealand government can't simply go door-to-door taking them. They don't know who has the guns, nor how many; and therefore the only way to compel compliance (other than the threat of jail, that only happens if one is caught) is to do a mass search of every home to see if there are outlawed weapons there.

This is why the "common sense gun control" crowd wants guns registered. It has nothing to do with tracing guns used in crimes; it's so that when they finally manage to outlaw the guns, they know right where to go to get them.

And what happens to those who fail to comply, who refuse to give up the guns they registered?

Registration always leads to confiscation.

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The replacement of labor with capital is probably inevitable. Robots don't call off sick and they cost less.

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One person's tale about Chernobyl. Pretty interesting stuff.

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It's a ridiculously nice day today--cool, not at all humid, not a cloud in the sky. (Well, there's a few little ones now.) Where was this weather yesterday, or Saturday, when I could have gone outside and enjoyed it? It was cloudy all weekend. *sigh*

But I do still feely really good about getting the garage sorted. More to come on that front, though, too.

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