The people who are screeching loudest about this don't understand a few very key points.
First off, this isn't the little knot of trees down the street you call the "forest". It isn't even the kind of forest that exists in California and which burns every so often. Tropical jungle is thick and it grows fast. One year after a fire you'll be hard-pressed to figure out which part burned, at least from a distance.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the jungle is pretty much designed for the occasional fire. The jungle ecosystem evolved in a world with occasional wildfires. It always grows back. And in fact, the fires help to revitalize and rejuvenate, clearing out old growth and allowing new. It's bad for individual trees but for the jungle overall it's a net benefit.
The people who are begging for money are sheer opportunists. There is nothing we need to do and--in fact--nothing we really can do. Let it burn; it'll still be there next year, and the year after that, and so on.
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Of course they laughed. You know what "life in prison" means in California? It sure as hell doesn't mean life in prison. It means 10, 15, maybe 20 years before they get paroled.
And no, of course they show no remorse. Why should they? They're animals.
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"More black people are killed by abortion annually than by all other causes COMBINED. Where is Black Lives Matter on this?" I think that's a pretty good question.
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Don't bother issuing parachutes first.
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Enjoy your new rules. The left is upset that "The Hunt" got cancelled (delayed, actually) after right-wing outcry regarding its subject matter. The same left is utterly unconcerned with "censorship", real or perceived, when it's something they don't like that gets canned.
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The only reason I wouldn't do this myself stems from the fact that I don't give a rat's ass what their names are. That's why it's easier for me to refer to "Prince Harry" the infrequent times I need to, rather than "Harry Windsor". It's not a token of esteem for me but a convenient handle.
The royalty of England has no mystique for me. I'm an American, and in America I bow for no king, queen, or prince. (If I were to meet the royalty at court in England I would show due courtesy because that is polite.) I honestly have no interest in the feckless exploits of princes and princesses; the American media treat them like they treat other celebrities and I frankly don't care.
The idea that one or many of them is hypocritical is not even remotely surprising. "I'm the king/prince/whatever, and can do what I want! Rules are for the subjects!" is as old as the concept of royalty itself.
So, prince shithead gets up and talks about global warming before taking a trip with his wife that has a carbon footprint bigger than half of London put together--not surprising.
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Rotten Chestnuts explains to the press why people aren't buying their bullshit.
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To those who want to ban personal ownership of firearms, this is a feature, not a bug. "Red flag" laws are meant to be abused. They are meant to make it as easy as possible for the government to deny people their Second Amendment rights.
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"Yes! Please keep accusing everyone and everything of being racist."
The quicker that stupid word leaves the lexicon the better. When milk and shoes and wide (or narrow) lapels and "niggardly" and black holes and Devil's Food Cake can be accused of being racist, then the word is useless and should be retired.Please wear it out and use it up, ASAP.
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I do honestly wish that the US would pull out of NATO and stop giving Europe a free ride. Let them look down their noses at us after they've seen how well they do supporting their own national defense.
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Where do criminals get their guns?
More than half of all crime guns are either stolen directly by the criminal or bought underground (e.g. from a drug dealer, who probably bought it from someone who stole it or trafficked it illegally from somewhere.) 15% got them from families and friends. 12% of the time the weapon was either brought to the crime scene by someone else or was already there (e.g. the instance where the criminal takes a gun from a citizen and then shoots them with their own firearm.)So, of guns used in crimes, only about 11% are bought legally, or "mostly" legally in the case of "arms-length" transactions.
10% are bought from a retail source -- which means they went through a background check.
Only 0.8% are bought in "arms-length" transactions from private parties -- the so-called "gun show loophole."
This is my shocked face.
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Positron-aided fusion? Why not? If it gets us out into the Solar System I'm all over it.
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Yes, it's 47 Ronin in a medieval European setting. Slate's "super-educated and culturally aware" movie critic didn't understand that, I guess.
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Discovered, last night, that Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san had garnered a second season, and watched all seven extant eps at one sitting.
I do not know why I keep coming back to it. I think it's because I know that Takagi-san herself is in love with Nishikata, and I keep hoping the schtick will end. *sigh* There are little moments here and there where there are good signs, but so far, it's still largely a one-trick pony. But I keep watching and I don't know why.
I was going to try out Chihayafuru but whats-a-call-it took up all my time last night. I'll have a gander tonight at that one.
Anyway, I'm convinced that what Nishikata's got to do is to simply stop playing her game entirely, and he could do that easiest by simply not associating with her any longer. Just lay it all out: "Okay, all this may be a great deal of fun for you, but it's not any fun for me. It's also obvious that I can't win against you. So, you win; I give up." Stop walking home with her, stop walking to school with her, and refuse to be baited into her games, ever, but especially during class. If she really does like him as anything other than a plaything, she'll stop treating him like one.
As of ep 7 or series 2 he's 13, though--and in any event he's Japanese--so he's not going to do that. It would wreck the conceit of the series if Nishikata actually did anything about the situation.
And yes, I'm aware I should stop watching it if it bothers me so much. *sigh*
Anyway--some time back I ordered a Yukino Yukinoshita figure from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, and it arrived yesterday. $15 shipped, thanks to ordering it when I still had Amazon Prime. It took a while, but it finally arrived yesterday. The box containing the figure suffered a bit, but the figure itself is completely intact.
But the box shows that there's another figure available, Yui Yuigahama. Like Yukino she comes with a separate chair and base and can be posed with them, but you can also use the figure together with Yukino on the same base with the same chair. I thought I'd do this, except for one inconvenient fact.
The Yui figure cannot be had for less than $40 shipped. Even though I do have Prime for the next couple of weeks thanks to Prime being cheaper than shipping on my new desk chair.
So, "no can do". Or "won't", at least, because I'm not spending close to 3x for the second figure. Heck, I wouldn't have bought this one if it hadn't been $15.
So, it's the 22nd, which leaves us five days before WoW Classic goes live. I'm determined to try Achernar out when it does. I really want to see how it works with the lower graphics requirements of the Classic client. 21 FPS with the Battle for Azeroth client should translate to pretty fair dinkum frame rates in Classic, if Floristica's performance numbers in both clients is any guide.
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Dew point is 59 and it feels like it. It's dry out there. Might finally be able to turn off the AC and open the bunker up tonight. That'd be a nice change of pace.