atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#7070: Parking lots empty.

Most of the people who work in the office weren't there today. I expect there to be even fewer people there tomorrow.

Did not bother checking the store for bread. I do have enough to last a couple of days and I can make it when this runs out.

I'm just tired today.

* * *

One billion dollars wasted on a launch tower. $234 million to build it for Ares; then after that was canceled, an additional $663 million to adapt it for SLS.

Seems like it would have been cheaper just to build a new one.

* * *

Brussels can go fuck itself. "Brussels Angry Trump Acted Without Their Permission"--you know, when European countries start pulling their fricking weight in NATO maybe then they have a right to complain about what our President does, but they will never have the right to demand that we get their permission to do what's right for our country.

* * *

The Extinction Rebellion Movement does not show very much dedication to their cause if they're canceling a "die-in" due to fears of infectious disease.

...of course they want everyone else to die, not themselves. Leftist, hypocrite, yada yada.

* * *

Some real and trustworthy COVID-19 data comes from the cruise ship that got quarantined. Pretty much a "worst case" scenario, and the death rate was 1.2%. 83% of the people aboard the ship never even got infected.

If that's a microcosm of how the thing works in the general population, then the response we've seen to it is way the hell overblown.

* * *

Dinner's going to be late this evening. Got home at 5:15 and immediately put the corned beef on to cook, but "50 minutes per pound" and it's not a little one. It's going to taste good, though, and provide leftovers for a couple of days, at least. Woohoo!

* * *

So, they're not talking about a general lockdown any more, but they are talking about dispensing "helicopter money": giving everyone some amount of cash to spend, so as to stimulate the economy.

I guess Mitt "Obama Lite" Romney said, "$1,000 per person!" I suppose it's not a bad idea, though of course all they're really doing is taking $1,000 from every person in the USA and then giving it back to them. The money does not appear through magic; either it is first taxed away from people, or it is borrowed against future productivity.

$1,000 per person in the US seems excessive. $1,000 per wage earner would be excessive. Okay, assume the former: 327,000,000 people in the US, times a thousand, is $327,000,000,000--$327 billion dollars. Assume half that number actually have jobs and earn their pay: $164 billion.

But of course we're already so far down that trail that doing this--or not--is utterly irrelevant to the final outcome of the Ponzi scheme. My wife and I, talking about this, decided that if we do get "helicopter money" we'll use it to buy a new dishwasher.

* * *

There was a new chapter of Useless High School Girls up and I read it last night, before bed. Ota wants to lose some weight, and Robo has programmed an app which is also a dating sim, so she tries it. She's able to paste over the protagonist form a picture of the teacher she has a crush on; but it's not a very good picture. He's standing in the classroom next to an open window, and the wind has blown his hair and necktie aside:



...but it's the only pick that Ota has of him, so she goes with it. So on the screen it looks like this:



And so every time I saw a screenshot from the game I would laugh uncontrollably at it because it's so ridiculous.

Incidentally, it looks like there's a live-action adaptation of the thing, and the casting is dead-on perfect:



That's Robo, Baka, and Ota, in order. Baka, especially, is exactly what real-world Baka should look like.

* * *

Anyway, I've got nothing else. Spring is coming--the yellow crocus was blooming today and it looks like the white one has sprouted. Have to keep an eye on that before the squirrels or whatever eat them.
Subscribe

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments