April 3rd, 2017

#5520: OH, YEAH!

So, here I am, trying to figure out what to do next, because I've gotten the story to a point just before the shooting starts. "Trembling on the precipice," and all that.

Incidentally, I've found the perfect music to write this story to. Over on Pandora, random chance popped up "Vive Le Resistance" from the Mirror's Edge: Catalyst soundtrack. That turns out to be a game published by Electronic Arts.

Anyway, that, and two other tracks, play periodically now, because I gave "Vive Le Resistance" the thumbs up--and then I looked for it on Amazon, and bought the whole album. $9.50, and it's five hours long.

I have to take the cat to the vet today, at 8, so probably I should go to bed, at least for a little while. But damn, it feels so good to be where I am now, and I don't want to stop.

#5521: Well, that's not good.

I think the flaming skull tells us for whom it is not good. (Hint: it is not going to hurt Trump or his administration.)

The media and the Democrats' (but I repeat myself) story about Trump and the Russians is falling apart. The disintegration seems to be accelerating as more and more of the truth comes out.

At the base of all this is the fact that when you are gathering signals and transcribing the conversations of foreigners and "people of interest", even with a search warrant, you will sometimes also get information on people who are not covered by said search warrant.

When this happens, the names of those not covered by the search warrant are redacted--removed--from the gathered intelligence and/or evidence. This is done for legal and moral reasons, and the information gathered is so highly sensitive that access to it is logged.

Here, now, we have evidence that a very senior official in the Obama administration released the names of people in those intercepts who were part of the Trump campaign. And it was done solely for political reasons.

What did Obama know, and when did he know it? His comfortable retirement may hang on the answer to that question.

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Incidentally, that second link, above, utterly demolishes the whole "Trump colluded with Russians!" horseshit.

Also, on Mike Flynn wanting immunity before he testifies:
Does anyone here think for a millisecond that the Obama-appointed leadership in the intelligence community, whose loyalty is to their own political class and not to the country, would hesitate for a microsecond before leaking something they thought would hurt Trump? We know they wouldn't hesitate because they didn't hesitate--they feloniously released a classified transcript involving Mike Flynn just to shaft him and the Administration. Flynn did not do anything illegal in that illegally released transcript; he misled the Veep about the topics he (legally and properly) discussed, and for that he got canned. So why is his lawyer demanding immunity? Because his lawyer isn't a drooling moron working rear-ender soft tissue cases out of a van down by the river; no quarter-competent lawyer is going to let his client walk into a Democrat witch hunt without either ironclad immunity or the words "I take the Fifth" on his lips--you know, just like all of Hillary’s people did.
Considering how many people, in recent years, were put in jail by the FBI for making misstatements, I don't blame Flynn one tiny little bit. (Emphasis in original, by the way.)

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Bill Nye, the Fake Science Guy.
While Nye is an old white man, he is not a scientist. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and worked at Boeing in the mechanical engineering department. His entry into TV was not because of any science expertise but because he won a Steve Martin look-alike contest and began moonlight as a stand-up comic by night. Eventually he quit Boeing and became a comedy writer and performer on a sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Washington, called Almost Live! The host of the show, Ross Shafer, suggested he do some scientific demonstrations in a six-minute segment, and take on the nickname "The Science Guy". That's right the Science Guy persona began in a comedy sketch and now he's joke. In other words, Nye's qualifications as a scientist are based on the fact that he looked like Steve Martin and did comedy about science.
Wow. I didn't know that.

Incidentally: "Organizers insist that 'intersectionality' and 'diversity' must be part of the march because science seeks to 'improve communities' and one way to do that is to advocate for the marginalized and oppressed. ... Unfortunately, it also makes the March as much about actual science as Bill Nye himself."

At the ellipsis is a tweet from "March for Science" which contends, "colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, queer-, trans-, intersex-phobia, & econ justice are scientific issues".

No, those are not scientific isses; those are political issues. Specifically, they are marxist political issues.

Big surprise.

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Not going to be a good time for the auto industry, the next few years, eh?

It's not just me talking about the damned things costing too much:
Vehicles prices since 2008 are dramatically higher. A $28,000 vehicle in 2008 is now $50-$55,000 and loaded down with new standard equipment features such as backup cameras, WIFI, Seat Warmers etc to justify the higher prices. Prices that can only be sold via cheap credit financing terms. It was to be an expected marketing strategy to drive profits higher while money was cheap.
That's close to double the price in nine years.

But there's no inflation!

This is seriously bad news for the auto industry, of course, and the article's conclusion that we can expect automakers to go back to the feds for more bailouts is apt.

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Trump administration is cracking down on H1B visa abuse and it's about damned time someone did.

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Well: back to the time-honored task of opening the word processor and staring at the screen until beads of blood begin to form on my forehead.

Actually, it's hardly like that at all. This is actually the part of the story where I tap the first domino, and the whole thing just happens.

The one bit that's going to require some skull sweat (or blood) is recreating the series of questions I came up with during idle moments at the shithole. These questions are how a hacker sets up unauthorized access to an intelligent computer; they're confusing and self-contradictory, and I can't remember but two of them. The other eight--well, I'll get there.

And off I go.