June 14th, 2017

#5668: Wednesday, the complete lack of motivation day

...yet I have four tasks which must be completed. I will complete them ere the day is out.

Last night Mrs. Fungus wanted to go out to dinner, so we went; she uncharacteristically had two drinks with dinner. On the way home she said she wanted ice cream; when I suggested we might be able to swing by the local Baskin-Robbins, she wondered if they'd have cones.

Me: Well, I should think so! "Can you put it on a cone for us?"

...and she proceeded to laugh all the way to the ice cream shop. I'm not exaggerating; from where I made my wisecrack all the way to the Baskin-Robbins, she laughed and laughed and laughed, helplessly, unable even to articulate why what I had said was so funny to her.

Me: From now on, you only get one drink with dinner.


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I'm not the only one who thinks that ep of American Gods was horseshit. There's spoilers there, but it's an accurate critique of what was wrong with the episode.

There were two pieces of information the episode included which advanced the plot--two--and otherwise it was pure filler. It's not like they had to produce a full cour of episodes; the series is already effectively a mini-series and having only seven eps rather than eight wouldn't have made much difference.

I've stuck up for the series before, when its pacing was called into question, but this last ep was just inexcusably bad.

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Yes, Japanese culture is weird. No, it doesn't mean we won't be able to understand aliens, and vice-versa.

Any aliens we're likely to meet evolved in the same universe we did, according to the same laws of physics. They're not going to be so radically different from us as to be utterly beyond our comprehension. I say that because we're not likely to come into contact with any alien race that is beyond our comprehension. They're going to be interested in different things than we are, by definition.

It's why I never was very happy with Clarke's ultra-mysterious aliens no one can understand, like the ones who built Rama, or the ones behind the monoliths. In the latter case, they clearly can understand us well enough to use David Bowman as an interface; there should be some reciprocity in that case.

Any alien race which is too advanced for us to understand fits into the "interested in different things" category; if your race is a billion years old and you're flitting around the universe in ships made of light, you're not going to notice the primates on a planet orbiting a random G2 star; you're also not going to take over their planet and exterminate them, because you don't need planets--and if you do, you can build your own to your exact specification rather than make do with xenoforming an existing one.

The Arrival had true aliens in it, but they were not incomprehensible. I think that if we were to meet aliens that scenario would be at the "very difficult and unlikely" end of the spectrum, opposite the "extremely easy and unlikely" end (such as any story where the friendly aliens speak perfect, unaccented English as soon as they step off the flying saucer). Somewhere in the middle is the most likely scenario, where both races have to work to understand each other, but that understanding is possible for both races.

Heck, we get along fine with the Japanese, don't we?

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That duckling looks pretty annoyed.

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I don't know what happened yesterday, but I felt pretty damned crappy last night. Whatever was in that motor oil, the stink it gave off gave me a sick headache. When Mrs. Fungus said she wanted to go to dinner, I was hesitant, but went anyway. I'm glad I did, because after appetizers I started to feel better. The headache may have just been a knock-on effect from the bout of hypoglycemia, but that used oil smelled so bad--

I'm not used to being put off by chemical smells. Gear oil is about the worst for me, but that's because high-viscosity oils just smell bad. I like the smell of ammonia, and other solvents (especially toluene). This stuff, though, is very old, was used up thoroughly, and the gasoline that mixed with it in the engine it came from has degraded over time--and even I find the smell of rancid gasoline nauseating.

This crap has been sitting in that garage for at least thirty years, and sat in Pops' garage for an indeterminate time before that. There's nothing worse than used motor oil which has been allowed to age. God knows what kind of witches' brew of hydrocarbons has resulted.

'Way back in the mists of time I had put up some cinder block shelves in my bedroom. I did not have them for very long, because one night I lit a candle and put it in one of the cinder blocks, and after a few hours the room filled with this chemical reek that gave me a sick headache. The candle heating the cinder block released something nauseating, and I had to remove the cinder blocks from my room. Just thinking about it is enough to remind me how bad it made me feel--and I only just realized that this used motor oil has the same smell to it. I'm wondering what the common element is here, but there probably isn't one.

Well--I'm going to recycle the crap, anyway. I felt fine at dinner, and feel fine today, so whatever it was, it was a passing thing. I've got those errands to run, and recycling that oil is one of them. (New regime to go with the mostly clean garage: used oil is not allowed to languish for more than a week.)

And, in thinking about it, I realized that I have five tasks for today: replace the Jeep's serpentine belt. The new belt is still laying on the passenger side footwell; I should get that attended to.

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Stunning rainbow yesterday on our way out--full arc, from SE to NE, and most of a secondary arc to boot. Very clear and plain in the sky; of course I didn't have my phone with me but Mrs. Fungus did. I couldn't capture the whole thing in one image, either. It was huge and bright, probably the best-looking rainbow I ever saw, and I was able to see all the colors. Gorgeous.

#5669: Democrats' climate of hate rears its ugly head

So, a Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter attempted to assassinate Republicans today.

Now-deceased shooter managed to wound a few Republicans before being shot to death. Governor of Virginia and former Democrat party chairman Terry McAuliffe immediately removed all doubt by claiming that there are too many guns "on the streets" and 93 million Americans die each day due to gun violence.

Let's get his exact wording as quoted by CBS: "There are too many guns ob the street. We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence." That's some statistic you're citing there, governor.

CBS tweeted that risible statement, then deleted the tweet. That's a quote; isn't it newsworthy that McAuliffe emitted such a howler? I mean, if he were a Republican, you'd leave it up.

That's at AoSHQ along with a bunch of other information.

The constant drumbeat of anti-Republican hatred that comes from the left in this country--the Democrats and the media--is what led this dickless moron to travel from southern Illinois to Virginia to try to kill Republican officials.

Facebook deleted his page but the Internet is forever and the guy's page was nothing but 100% anti-Republican hatred.

You can see the Democrat culture of hatred on display here.

Francis Porretto outlines the Democrat culture of hate and how it led to today's Democrat atrocity:
1) The storm of vicious, utterly unprincipled denunciations of the Republicans by the Democrats, out of their fury over having been beaten and a hunger for partisan advantage;
2) The de facto legitimization of street violence offered by left-wing groups such as AntiFa and Black Bloc, nearly none of which has been accurately reported by the media.
The media and the Democrats share the same culture of hate, and tacitly agree with the methods used by the felonious rioters in antifa and the black bloc because those methods are employed against their political enemies.

And of course Democrat-inspired anti-freedom laws prevented armed citizens from protecting themselves, because Democrats like it when a criminal shoots a lot of people (as long as those people are not prominent Democrats). As Terry McAuliffe proved, in the wake of such violence they can immediately call for further restrictions on peoples' rights and freedoms.

I have not seen anything in the news yet showing Democrats denouncing the results of their culture of hate, let alone taking responsibility for promoting the violence that comes from their hatred.

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Okay, that's it for the "using their own rules against them" part of the post.

As Denninger noted, one lawfully-armed citizen with a handgun could have stopped the carnage before it was well begun. How long did it take the security teams on site to respond and take out the shooter?

...but it doesn't really sound as if this Democrat moron knew what he was doing. He managed to wound a couple people. Representative Scalise got shot in the hip; that makes sense if you're aiming at the head but fail to take gravity into account. His sights may not have been zeroed for the distance he was shooting. Look: back when I still had it (thanks, Illinois FOID law) my Mossberg .22 rifle had sights which were pretty much dead-on shooting at 50 feet. Double that distance, though, and with the rifle pointed at the bullseye, the bullet would hit the target below that point. You have to be able to estimate the range to target and account for both windage and gravity when shooting. Bullets don't act like laser beams.

I mean, I'm glad he didn't know what he was doing--he didn't kill anyone--but considering that the kind of people drawn to leftist politics in America usually don't know how to do useful things like change a car battery or hit a target at 50 meters, but only know how to complain and screech, that's not terribly surprising.

"Thanks, Illinois FOID law"--this useless extrusion was able to buy a firearm in Illinois, but I'm not, because I'm not allowed to have the piece of paper that graciously lets me exercise my Constitutional right to self-protection. (See Fungus posts in May-June 2011 for explanation.) Plus side, I should be able to get my rights back once I can cough up $1,500 for legal fees. And then, as an extra F-U, I'm going to get my CCW permit. (Not that I actually intend to carry, because that's a huge responsibility, but I want the piece of paper.)

After all, Democrat Terry McAuliffe says 93 million Americans die every day to gun violence. I don't want to be a statistic!

#5670: Cook County Democrats are idiots beyond compare.

Today, running errands:

Over the past few days I've left the stereo in the Jeep on, set to 94.7 FM because--between commercial marathons, anyway--they play the music of my youth. I have not heard much on that station that was popular after about 1990, so with a few exceptions it feels as if I've tuned in to 94.7 sometime in the mid-1980s.

"Commercial marathon"--on my way back to the pizza parlor the other night, that's when I switched the stereo on, at 9:40 PM. Between then and the time I got home at 10:02 PM, they played four songs; the rest was nothing but commercials. The last of them was still playing as I got home, having started only at 10.

And people wonder why I rarely listen to the radio.

But I left it on, rather than turn it off, and so today I heard a commercial talking about the tax on soft drinks which Cook County will put into effect as of July 1. First I've heard of it. It's $0.01 per ounce, and Cook County naturally expects it to raise some ludicrous amount of money because they're basing the income on how much people buy soda without the tax, pretending that taxing economic activity has no effect on it, as they always do.

A two liter bottle is a bit more than two quarts--64 ounces--which means a $0.89 bottle of soda will cost $1.57 after taxes. A six-pack of 16.9 ounce bottles? Well, on sale I typically get them for $3; that's going to run an extra dollar, so it'll cost four dollars a six-pack at the cash register. Usually one of the two stores nearest the bunker, Walt's and Jewel, will have it on sale, but Jewel's price is usually about $3 for a six-pack...or will be until July 1.

So now I'm going to have three choices when Walt's doesn't have Pepsi on sale but Jewel does:

1) Pay $4.29 for a six-pack at Walt's.
2) Pay $4 for a six-pack at Jewel.
3) Drive to the Jewel in Indiana and buy Pepsi there.

I can't go to the nearest Walmart (where Pepsi is usually cheaper) because--guess what!--it's in Cook County, so Pepsi there will run $3.50 a six-pack. Drive about as far as to the Jewel in Indiana to save half as much on a six-pack. Yeah.

Even better, though?

If you're buying that Pepsi with food stamps, you don't pay the tax.

Let me say that again:

If you're buying that Pepsi with food stamps, you don't pay the tax.

Yeah. You only pay the tax on soft drinks if you're not getting a government handout.

People getting food stamps shouldn't be spending that money on soda pop; they should be spending it on food. Why do they get out of the tax on a luxury item? In fact, why do they get out of paying sales tax solely by virtue of being given money by the government to buy food?

Cook County's first big idea was to emplace the tax on distributors, like Philadelphia did; that way they could blame the ensuing price increase on "greed" the way the Philadelphia assholes did. But then it turned out they can't do that, because the price increase would then be taxed at the regular sales tax rate, effectively being a tax on a tax which--to my unabashed surprise--is somehow illegal in Illinois.

This state has been run by Democrats since the Paleoproterozoic era. How did they let that law slip past them?

In any case, this stupid tax isn't going to generate any $74 million. They're exempting half the population of the county from it (the ones on SNAP) and the other half are just going to avoid buying soda in Cook County.

That's what makes them idiots: given the example of Philidelphia, they do exactly the same thing expecting different results.

Dumb fucks.