atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7001: A new millennium and all I have is miscellanious crap

And I need to go take the bathroom sink plumbing apart to unclog it. *sigh* Well, let's get this over with, shall we?

I honestly do not understand what crime, exactly, was committed here. In Illinois, it is now perfectly legal to have marajuana on your person, as recreational use has been made legal. The government is even expunging possession cases from the records, for people who were caught with weed on them only for personal consumption. Pot's legal, hallelujah, amen.

So in our airports we have these boxes where people can dispose of their weed before they get on an airplane and go somewhere it is not legal. You forget you're carrying a couple grams of Tijuana Gold, realize that $100 worth of weed isn't worth going to federal prison over, and dump it in the box. Annoying, but not much you can do about it, right? At the same time, you realize that you can't take your liter bottle of diet Jolt through the security checkpoint, either, so you dump it into the garbage can next to the pot box. Someone else who's not leaving on a jet plane happens to see that and takes the weed and the diet Jolt.

What law is broken?

In the linked post, a guy was forced to return the pot he'd taken from the pot box. In my fictional example, if he'd also taken a diet Jolt from the trash can, he would not have been forced to return that. The items have been abandoned in a receptacle meant for their disposal, but the cases are equivalent and I don't see how taking pot from what is essentially a segregated trash can is any different than taking an unopened soda or a pack of cigarettes.

I mean, I think you're foolish to use a food or drug product abandoned by a complete stranger, because you don't know what's been done to it, but if you want to I'm not going to stop you. Certainly there's no law against it, as far as I know.

Oh well. This has "not my problem" written all over it.

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The pension system will not be reformed as long as Democrats run Illinois. The entire thing is doomed.

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No one cares because there were no crimes committed, no misdemeanors, nothing impeachable. The investigations were based on nothing but the Democrats' desires to remove Trump from office at all costs. They have no case for removal, and never have.

Everyone involved--every last damned one of them--knows this is a sham and a complete misapplication of the impeachment clause. The Democrats' hope that their constant whining about "fairness" would budge a few Republican senators loose have not been borne out by the facts--at least not so far--and even if they did, they'd come short of the 60 votes required for removal.

All of this stands against a backdrop of how Democrats have comported themselves. Not just since 2016 but far longer than that. At this point they have gone not once, but several hundred times too often to the well, which is one of the reasons Trump got elected in the first place. Having expended political capital on foolish endeavors, they now find themselves bankrupt and unable to get any traction when they truly need it.

The result is that the Democrat-media complex finds itself in the unenviable position of trying to remove from office a President who has just hit a height of popularity rarely seen by sitting Presidents, precisely because they are trying to remove him.

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Related, of course they're not happy.
Same question to atheists. I can understand nonbelievers being tormented by their uncertainty, but an atheist is dogmatically certain there's no why aren't y'all happier? Why, exactly, does the kid with cancer make you mad? The universe, you're sure, is nothing but the random collision of atoms. It sucks for the kid that those atoms collided in that particular way, but why are you mad? More to the point, why are you mad? It's like getting mad at gravity for that apple bonking you on the head. There's no cosmic injustice without cosmic justice. I'd expect a zenlike calm,...
Somewhere on my hard drive I've got a couple pictures of a church sign that said, "It takes a lot of faith to be an atheist." The other pictures in the series show it after it's been vandalized.

The atheists that get mad like that are not true atheists. They are people who are angry at God, for this or that or the other reason, and who somehow think that by pretending not to believe in Him they are punishing Him.

The larger point of the post, though, is that a lot of people who claim certitude always seem very unhappy...and there is a very valuable lesson in that. Perhaps they are not so certain as they say.

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Cause, meet entirely predictable effect. The effect of eliminating cash bail should be obvious, at least to anyone who is not a Democrat politician or an Ivy League graduate (or both).

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Why CO2 can't cause global warming. I've said it and said it myself: if the oceans aren't warming, the planet isn't warming. And the oceans can't warm deep down unless they get warm on top first.

Here is the magnitude of the problem:
If we wanted to heat the entire ocean by 1˚C, and wanted to do it by heating the air above it, we'd have to heat the air to about 4,000˚C hotter than the water.
The opposite is also true, though. If the ocean got warmer by one degree, it would be bleeding obvious because the air over that water would get quite a bit warmer. (Not 4,000˚C, but many degrees.)

Thought experiment: magically turn a spot in the Atlantic Ocean one degree celcius warmer than the surrounding water. Say that it's two miles across. What do you think happens?

You get a big tropical storm there, permanently, as long as the temperature differential lasts. The warm water warms the air passing over it. That air becomes saturated with humidity and rises. Pretty soon there's a nice big storm there.

But the oceans aren't warming. We're told that the deep oceans are getting warmer, and that the upper atmosphere is getting warmer, but the middle is not. There is quite literally no way for heat to magically teleport from the upper atmosphere to the deep ocean, and further no way for it to concentrate in either location. Anthropogenic global warming is thermodynamically impossible.

"Climate change" is real. The Earth's climate is not, and never has been, static; it has changed for all of history. It will continue to change. But don't blame human emissions for it. We are not that powerful.

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It's actually not a permit to go stargazing; it's a night parking permit. Utterly typical of government, of course.

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The triboelectric effect in action. The triboelectric effect is why rain causes lightning.

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Yes, Picard sucks. Another made-by-CBS SJW wokefest set in ohe Star Trek universe or another. It would be surprising if it didn't suck.

Partway through the episode a Romulan character "...gets killed by a Romulan assassin (sigh) who spits his acid blood on her."




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Saturday night. The 7000 post kept me up too late, sifting through the last thousand posts for this or that highlight. Then I went to bed, but just as I was falling asleep the cat licked me and that woke me up. Then I was having an anxiety attack and needed time to calm down, and then I got hungry so I had a PBJ.

We got up this morning for a little while, then went back to bed; and I've been up and down all day, alternately snoozing and reading manga from Current series Henjou, about a college graduate and his relationship with a 16-year-old girl who can sense erections. "Do not underestimate a man with an erection!" Heh.

Main chore this weekend is to fix the drain in the bathroom sink. It snowed outside; we got maybe an inch or so over the last 24 hours. Total accumulation="not much" and I expect I'll throw down some salt to get rid of it. This winter has been damp but the temperatures have averaged above freezing, and I really don't mind all that much.

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So, I'm still not sure what to do about my mouth. In general the pain has gone away, though there is still some discomfort. If I tap on the tooth, I get a sharp spike of pain, but otherwise it's quiet. I've hazarded chewing on that side a couple of times and it hasn't been bad at all, but I'm not ready to risk returning to full mastication. It hurts when I think about it, doesn't bother me much (if at all) when I don't.

Yesterday I ordered coil packs for my wife's car. Delivery date was supposed to be today by 9 PM but that leaves us with about 20 minutes. I don't think it'll be delivered today. Oh well. It's a 5-minute job to replace the thing once I have it, and the engine doesn't have to be dead cold as it does for replacing spark plugs.

The hard part is figuring out which one to replace. I have a couple of bluetooth OBD2 dongles that I bought. My phone apparently can't see them; we'll see if the tablet has any better luck. Otherwise I'll have to take it to the auto parts store to have them scan the diagnostic codes again.


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Still: Saturday night. Relax!

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