atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6705: Oh, is that all?

There is the old maxim about theory versus reality. Cover the Sahara Desert with solar cells, they say, and the world's electrical needs will be satisfied.

And I like this bit from Elon Musk:
"If you wanted to power the entire U.S. with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States," Musk said at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in July 2017.

"The batteries you need to store the energy, to make sure you have 24/7 power, is 1 mile by 1 mile. One square-mile. That's it."
So, all we need is a ten thousand square miles of solar cells, and an array of batteries a mile on a side. Is that all? Well, heck, why didn't you say so? We could probably have that built and installed before next month if we really wanted to, right?

Stick to the rockets, guy. You're doing good with them.

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"By any means necessary" includes "at gunpoint" though I'm certain this useless extrusion didn't think of that. Or, worse, maybe she did.

Either way, as the post concludes, she wants to skip over the economic collapse and go right to the killing fields.

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Chicago's new lesbian-of-color mayor wants to raise taxes, of course. Campaigned on budget cuts, but now is talking about raising taxes. Why are you surprised? What else would a Democrat politician do?

She was asked about the campaign promise to reduce property taxes, and she comes back with, "There's no question we're going to have to come to the taxpayers and ask for additional revenue." Hear that? "Ask." As if those taxpayers had the ability to say, "No," and not face any negative consequences.

What will happen, in fact, is Chicago is going to stick a gun in peoples' faces and say, "Your taxes just went up. What are you gonna do about it? Pay up, that's what--if you know what's good for you."

And check this out: "But I think we've got to demonstrate to taxpayers in the city that we are taking a different approach to running city government much more efficiently." Translation: we're going to lie a lot, hopefully in more convincing ways, about making changes, when in fact nothing will change and the taxes will just be higher.

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There is a concrete reality which does not care about your opinions. That concrete reality is all the things you don't like: it is racist, sexist, and bigoted, and it does not care about anyone's feelings.

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Illinois, leading the charge to the bottom. Sweeping new abortion bill, making it legal through the fifth trimester or some such--

No, the bill is horrible enough without exaggerating:
The bill, effectively immediately, repeals a 1975 Illinois abortion law. It eliminates spousal consent, waiting periods, criminal penalties for abortion providers and restrictions on abortion facilities, such as licensing requirements and health and safety inspections. It also repealed the state's Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and establishes "that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law, of this State."
So in other words, I could--if I wanted to--open an abortion clinic in my garage. After all, there are no licensing requirements, no health or safety inspections. Look up "Kermit Gosnell" if you don't know what I mean.

One of the reasons for legalized abortion was to eliminate "back alley abortions"--but this law makes them 100% legal again.

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That is just bad design. The TL;DR is that because of how MacOS handles multiple screens and being put into sleep mode, Apple spent $10,000 fixing a computer that was working exactly as it had been designed to.

If you are given a login prompt, that screen should be on, 100%, with some reasonable brightness. And you should be able to change the screen brightness even if you're not logged in.

Tell me again how superior Apple stuff is.

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but if we simply enforced the laws that are currently on the books we would have a lot smaller of a problem with illegal aliens. If you skip out on your asylum hearing, that's a crime. Skipping a court appearance is a crime. We should deport those who do it.

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The remedy does seem rather simple, doesn't it? Seems that police are not wanted in the schools, so why not remove them? And then, as an anonymous commentor says:
And when the obedient and well behaved 6 foot tall,
200 pound "children" have an in-school/on campus wig out, let their teachers and school administrators come forth out of hiding and hug them into the meek and humble submission that The mean, insensitive and RACIST Police have failed to do...
Ellipsis his.

I have an evil impulse that sometimes leads me to wish these people would get what they wish for, you know? They say everyone is racist; I'd love for them to see what that really looks like, when the police actually hate you because you're black and the courts don't care about you or your rights because you're black and nobody bothers to tiptoe around your sensitive little snowflake ass but is actually callous and disdainful of you, your opinions, and your existence, because you're black. I think that if they encountered real racism, they would be screaming to be put back in the situation they're in now.

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I agree with this. A big involved explicit sex scene--as Kim du Toit observes--slows everything down. I'd say there are a good 98% of mainstream movies which simply do not need explicit sex in them at all to make them worthwhile movies.

Going further than that, though--the movies that most people consider to be the greatest ones, they don't have sex in them at all. Casablanca, for example. We know that Rick and Ilsa weren't running around Paris having a chaste relationship consisting solely of lunch dates at sidewalk cafes; there was sex involved in their relationship--but we didn't need to see it to know it was happening.

In It's a Wonderful Life we know that what's-her-face's reference to "George Bailey lassos stork" was a euphemism, and where their children really came from.

--pick your movie. As for me, I can count on one hand the number of movies I've seen which really needed a sex scene.

I think about Stripes, which was the first movie I ever saw that had nudity in it. In that movie, John Laroquette is spying on the womens' showers, watching them through a spyglass, and making noises about wishing he was a loofah and so forth. And in fact, when I think about it, the nudity was entirely superfluous; that scene probably would have been more funny if we hadn't seen the women soaping their breasts etc, but just watched him with the spyglass.


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This won't do squat. Noise ordinances only work if the police are allowed to enforce them.

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I have no idea what to do if you can't log into your Mac, sir. That's not really true, of course, because I have a nice Internet article right there explaining how to do it. But the problem is, I know how long it would take me to walk you through that process, and my supervisor would be screaming at me about call length the entire time because it would take two frigging hours. Not because the process is lengthy, but because people don't listen and they don't do what you tell them to do.

"Reboot into Recovery mode or Internet Recovery by holding Command-R at startup," would take fifteen attempts by itself, for fuck's sake.

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Woke up this afternoon to a house that was at 65, outside air temp 65.

Fricking solar minimum. This is May weather. We had April weather in May, and February weather in March, because the fucking globe is cooling.

June 13 and we haven't had a single day over 85 this year. WHERE THE HELL IS SUMMER?

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Well, tomorrow is Friday. Got that going for us, we do.

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