September 2nd, 2017

#5833: I don't blame him at all.

Paul Anka refuses to play SJW game. Here's what happened: charity signed Paul Anka (among others) to perform at a benefit concert in December, and paid him a $75,000 non-refundable deposit for his performance. After Trump refused to give antifa a pass in Charlottesville, charity was one of many that decided to move to another venue on another date.

Paul Anka is not available on the new date, so charity asked him to count the $75,000 non-refundable deposit towards a future performance, and he said, "Nope."

Good!

Look: if you contract with someone to do a job for you on a specific date, and pay a non-refundable deposit, and then tell him you're not going to have him do that job on that date? You don't get to rewrite the contract to suit yourself, not without his agreement, and he is under no obligation to accommodate you. You agreed in writing that the deposit was non-refundable, and he's not required to give you a break on a possible future performance.

Okay: the charity canceled the December concert. The charity canceled the December concert not because of anything beyond their control, but from a voluntary decision to change venues--one based on SJW horseshit, to boot. Why--how--is that Paul Anka's problem?

The spokesman for the charity whines and moans about how the time and money they spent on signing Paul Anka could be better used helping this and that and the other group--well, what about his time and money? What about the performances he could have done in December that he had to forego because you signed him on that date, and now can't do?

The $75,000 deposit is meant to ensure he is paid something in the event you sign him for a date and then cancel, exactly as happened. Entertainers who are in demand do this because they don't want people signing them and then backing out exactly as you have done. Why is he obligated to give the money back to you?

"Well, we're not asking for the money back! We just want him to apply it to a future performance!" Except what you are asking him to do is to forego taking a $75,000 deposit for that future performance--and if you back out of that one because of some flighty leftist crap, he gets nothing. You're asking for a $75,000 discount on a performance, and there's absolutely no reason for him to give that to you. (I'd wager he's already working at a reduced rate for charity's sake, to boot.)

Paul Anka's doing exactly the right thing here. You asshats signed a contract; stop whining about it.

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This is why gasoline is $2.60 a gallon across the Fungal Vale, even in Indiana. Houston is Petrochemical Central. There's a lot of petroleum industry there, and the hurricane and the flooding has made a mess of everything.

Say it again: the United States has no excess refinery capacity. There hasn't been a new petroleum refinery built in the US in thirty years; EPA regulations basically make it impossible. So when a refinery goes down for any reason the cost of gasoline goes up.

Right now there's another hurricane brewing in the Atlantic, and if that one hits Texas, I bet gasoline will go up even further.

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We are all proles in the Goolag. Understand that Googe has a vastly disproportionate amount of power over the Internet, a lot more power than it should. And they've all but stricken the "don't" from its corporate motto.

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I agree. There is nothing more tedious than the interjection of American leftist politics into something apolitical. Like John C. Wright, I've stopped bothering with programs that do this kind of thing.

Related:

Ultimately, the SJW-ification of its superheroes may be the end of Marvel Comics.

You know, I find it interesting that, in Japan, comics are a $100,000,000 business, but in the US it's dying. Why do you suppose that is?

I would suppose it's probably because the publishing houses pay attention to what their readers want and don't try to push leftist horseshit on them. The artists try to generate entertaining stories, rather than propaganda.

Of course, this means there's no sinecure where you have a job because you have the right opinions. If your stories don't entertain, if they don't sell, you're done, regardless of how you vote. And it doesn't matter how big your sales were previously, either; no one gets printed who doesn't sell today. This tends to make artists focus on being entertaining, because if they're not entertaining, people stop reading them.

There's plenty of "message" manga out there, but the people buying it are buying it on purpose, knowing what they're buying. They're not picking up Pokemon, expecting silly monster battles, only to find out that Ash Ketchum has been replaced with Ashanti Washington, a black kid from the inner city who grew up in the projects with his crackhead mother; they're picking up something which is sold as "message" fiction.

And "message" manga is pretty much a minor niche. Because people want entertainment.

That's the point that Marvel is missing: people buy comics to be entertained, not to have the current leftist political fad shoved down their throats. Like John C. Wright, people are getting sick of that shit.

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Heard an ad the other day on the radio for a motorhome. No details given, just "$475 a month!"

Listened to the speed-talking at the end; that turned out to be for 240 months, which is twenty years. That's not a loan; that's a friggin' mortgage!

Now, of course that includes interest, but the total of payments ends up being some $114,000. And what kind of shape will a motorhome be in after twenty years? Even if it's well-maintained?

That dovetailed with another thought I had the other day. We hear every day about how the Dow-Jones Industrial Average is doing. The DJIA is an aggregate of several stocks, denominated in dollars.

What effect does inflation have on that number?

Well, it turns out I wasn't the first person to consider that. In 1916 dollars, January's DJIA of 20,000-odd is 964, a bit more than 10x the 1916 value of 95.

...of course all this uses the US government statistics for inflation. Which conveniently exclude things like food and fuel. Still, I think it illustrates the point: the 210x expansion of the DJIA in the last century is mostly due to inflation. 5% of the expansion is due to an actual increase in the value of the stocks; the rest is just a drop in buying power.

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Today is cool and severe clear.

I've noticed, this summer, a dearth of actual blue skies. There have been a lot of days where the sky is obscured with high-altitude haze--not enough to be cloudy, as the sun shines right through, but enough to keep the sky from being blue. I have to believe this has had an effect on surface temperatures.

Svensmark hypothesis? High-altitude clouds due to reduced solar magnetism allowing more cosmic rays through? Is that why this past summer was so cool?

Or is it really just that, well, hot damn, the bunker has a swimming pool, so let's have an unusually cool summer!

Whichever it is, the pool will be coming down sometime in the next couple of weeks. Expect blistering hot weather for at least a week after I do that. *sigh*

#5834: Bombs

Not every bomb that is dropped from an airplane explodes. In WW2, there were a lot of bombs dropped on Germany. Every year they find about 2,000 tons of munitions which were dropped or fired or thrown in WW2 and failed to explode.

Problem: just because a bomb has not exploded in 70-odd years does not mean it can not explode. Worse, some explosives become increasingly unstable as time goes on; the high explosive that was docile and safe to kick around in 1942 may be about as stable as potassium tri-iodide in 2017. (Which, it must be said, will explode if you breathe on it wrong. Literally.) (I3K! It blows up purple!)

Hence all the precautions when they find a bomb containing 1.4 tons of high explosive. That's enough to level the entire block around it, if it goes off.

This set my teeth on edge: "In July, a kindergarten was evacuated after teachers discovered an unexploded World War Two bomb on a shelf among some toys." That's like, AIIEEEE RUN AWAY RUN AWAY!

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Yeah, this guy needs not to be a cop any longer, I think. Cop demanded that nurse do a blood draw on an unconscious man. Law and hospital policy clearly state that you can draw blood from a patient at police request if: 1) he can consent (patient was unconscious, so no consent); 2) is under arrest (patient not under arrest); 3) cops have a search warrant (no warrant).

Nurse explained that to cop. Nurse called her supervisor, who also explained that to cop. Cop then proceeded to arrest nurse, on the dubious legal theory that she was committing "obstruction of justice".

No charges filed.

The patient was unconscious because he'd been in a vehicle wreck. A person fleeing police rammed into his truck, causing a flaming wreck in which the fleeing person died. The patient, the driver of the truck, was innocent of any wrongdoing. The dashcam video shows the truck moving along in the opposing right lane, and the suspect veers across the road to cause the wreck. It's open-and-shut; that suspect caused the wreck, end of story. There was therefore no legal need for the truck driver to have his blood tested.
The truck driver patient is reportedly a reserve police officer in Rigby, Idaho; the going assumption is that [the asshat cop] wanted that blood sample Right Friggen' Now in order to absolutely clear the reserve police officer of any taint of guilt in the incident (even though, again, there's no suspicion that anyone but the original idjit was responsible for the crash).
Arresting someone because they won't break the law, that has to be false arrest of one stripe or another. And wanting to make sure a fellow cop wasn't under suspicion of causing a wreck he clearly did not cause is a piss-poor reason to do it.

So as for the overly aggressive cop, "Every bus the governor, mayor and chief of police can find, they're preparing to throw him under...."

Yeah, that seems perfectly reasonable to me.

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Well, I need to head out to the store. Spaghetti night!