August 27th, 2019

#6823: Total meltdown on CNN

So, check this out. Guy gets up on CNN, says he's a psychiatrist or psychologist, and then proceeds to flip his lid over Trump, even to saying:
Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were.
Really? Do you have anything to support that other than your own opinion?

CNN readerbot just nods along with him while he says this, too which is yet another tally mark in the "biased mainstream media" column. There's a Twiddle post linked there that says the teleprompter-readerbot was "Shocked!" that "a guy who spends much of his time on Twitter comparing Trump to Hitler would come on his show and spend much of the segment comparing Trump to Hitler!"

Meanwhile the CNN stooge says he couldn't hear the crackpot.
He claims he couldn't hear the guy, but he plainly says "Hm" in response to the beginning of this guy's answer, when he says there are three problems in "medicalizing" political differences. He says "Hm" when the guy pauses, indicating he's hearing him just fine.
So, no, not buying that one.

This lays out why the guy is a crackpot. Incidentally, he was involved with the DSM-IV task force. DSM is the "book" for shrinks, listing the various psychological maladies that afflict the human race. (Was it DSM-IV the revision where they removed pedophilia, or was that DSM-V? I can't remember.)

That article nicely puts paid to the horseshit spewed by the crackpot:
The idea that I've seen online that he's talking about the deaths from weather or floods related to climate change is bullshit. Millions have not died from the weather during the Trump administration and it's scientifically fallacious horseshit to point to any death or natural disaster and say "had Trump done X, this would not have happened and these people would not have died."

On top of that, for a psychiatrist to throw around the word "crazy" the way he did when he was clearly brought onto the show with the authority of a psychiatrist, and to declare that everyone who voted for Trump to be crazy is beyond irresponsible.

Nothing that this man said was within the bounds of reason or the canon of professional ethics.
If you talk to a competent psychiatrist or psychologist, you'll find that they don't use the word "crazy" in their diagnoses. The profession has a panoply of technical terms which mean different things, where "crazy" is at best a layman's term for "not sane", and more usually is a term of derision.

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The reality is more grim than I'd suspected. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had part of a lung removed in December. She has been treated for colon and pancreatic cancer in the past. The article speaks plainly:
Justice Ginsburg is dying. This is the truth, however unpleasant and (to many) unfortunate. She is a woman of many accomplishments, yet she is now very old and very ill. ...

Justice Ginsburg is 86-years-old. ... Even with the best medical care in the world, she can't hang in there for much longer. This is a medical reality. That RBG is still able to function at a high level at age 86 is impressive. But, let's face it, every extra day is a miracle.
The very best medical technology in the world cannot stop what is coming; metastatic disease is just too pervasive and Justice Ginsburg is too old to withstand the kind of aggressive treatment which would be required to eliminate it. Even given that such treatment was guaranteed to eliminate the disease--which it is not.

Kurt Schlichter talks about the contrast in left and right reactions to the deaths (realized or impending) of political opponents:
Her constitutional jurisprudence consists of disregarding what she dislikes that's in the Bill of Rights and making up stuff that's not in it but that she feels--not thinks, feels--should be in it. She's a terrible justice and conservatives would love to see her step down. But our side expressed no delight in her latest suffering comparable to the giddy revelry that greeted Koch's kicking the bucket. We're not monsters, though how long that remains true is up in the air. When you establish New Rules they tend to come back and bite you on the Schumer.
Emphasis mine. We're not monsters.
Not wanting her to die a horrible death is not to sugarcoat the damage she has done with her utterly upside-down vision of our founding document, but to simply reaffirm a point that never should have been an issue but is an issue because of the shameful behavior of liberals like we saw with Koch. We conservatives don't want people to die simply because they have different political beliefs.
Smart money for President Trump's next SCOTUS nominee is on Amy Coney Barrett, a woman who makes lefty heads explode if you merely hint at mentioning part of her name.

...which is why RBG will not resign and will not leave the court until they carry her out feet-first. She has every right to remain in her position until that time, and more power to her--may it be a long time coming--but honestly, no one is going to thank her for it, not even people on her side. They'll be too busy frothing at the mouth over the nominee for her replacement.

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"...[T]hey don't realize how they're destroying their brand." NYT is blatantly trying to label President Trump as racist, because--as is typical for the American left--there is absolutely nothing else they can do. The cry "racist!" is the last resort for the Democrat-media complex. "When the law is on your side, pound the law. When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound the table and scream 'racist' at the top of your lungs."

Of course the facts don't support that either but--again--it's all they've got left. The only arrow in their quiver, and its feathers are threadbare and the point dulled from overuse.

NYT is doing nothing less than trying to rewrite history. That's not journalism, but propaganda.

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The Amazon is not the "lungs" of the Earth.
"The Amazon remains a net source of oxygen today," said CNN. "The Amazon is often referred to as Earth's 'lungs,' because its vast forests release oxygen and store carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is a major cause of global warming," claimed The New York Times.

I was curious to hear what one of the world's leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the "lungs" claim.

"It's bullshit," he said. "There's no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it's a wash."
No surprise here at that.

"...[A] leading climate reporter claimed, 'The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.'" That might actually be true, as long as you exclude 2016, 2012, 2010, and 2007-2002, all years which saw larger burn areas than 2019 has.

Still not a crisis, in other words.

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Once again, a case where merely enforcing existing law would be a good place to start. The very same people who insist that the only way to stop gun crime is to make guns ever more illegal are the ones who are not enforcing the existing laws.

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The Obama rule that says a ditch is a "waterway" has been overturned. And not a moment too soon.

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Then they wonder why Israel won't let them in.

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Karl Denninger says, "I told you so!"
The first policy--price tags--is a necessary prerequisite for competition and efficiency. Under our current system, it's nearly impossible for people with health insurance to find out in advance what anything covered by their insurance will end up costing. Patients have no way to comparison shop for procedures covered by insurance, and providers are under little pressure to lower costs.
And doctors love that because then the sky's the limit for what they get paid.

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Bernie Sanders asks, "What would it mean for your family if health care was guaranteed to all as a right?"

The answer is right below: "CRISIS: Britain's single-payer health system cancels 50,000 surgeries for at least a month...massive wait times for care, 'third world conditions'."

That is what it would mean.

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EPIC. Low Earth orbit satellites that act like cell towers, requiring no new hardware yet providing coverage literally everywhere on the planet. That is a hack!!!

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If you've never felt like this then you have no imagination and we cannot be friends.

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That last--

When Mrs. Fungus and I went out for fajitas Saturday afternoon, we were next to this group of thirtysomething middle class couples...and I couldn't stand them. Their presence was like nails on a chalkboard. I couldn't figure out why; they were not acting obnoxiously. They weren't any louder than anyone else was in the place. They weren't mean to their server. Still, it was a relief when they left.

I'm not sure why. I expect it's some kind of vestigal reflex from high school: these people emitted the same vibes as the "in crowd" and there is nothing that grates on my nerves more than that kind of person.

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...work Monday was busy enough that I couldn't finish my blog post, and coupled to that is the fact that WoW Classic went live at 6 PM.

Oh well.

#6824: All children to be left behind.

New York's education system is typical of big Democrat city educational systems. It wastes money and does not educate children. Classrooms are loosely-contained zoos where the teachers not only cannot keep control, but are not allowed to try.

But of course there are some schools where kids are held to higher standards. The teachers' unions of cities with those kinds of programs are universally opposed to them, regardless of whether they are public or private, because it proves everything they say about education to be completely and hopelessly wrong.

Besides that, the teachers' unions don't want to educate children. What they want is to indoctrinate--to teach the children to be leftists--because that way they'll vote Democrat and elect politicians who funnel money to teachers' unions. A child that grows up to be able to reason for himself is not someone who can be fooled by leftist propaganda. Education is what they get paid for; but it's not what they do.

They make frequent use of the final resort for leftism, the cry of "racist!", which is employed in just about every situation but especially when inner-city children fail to do well in school, whose parents don't care about them getting an education, and who themselves never cared about being educated, all of whom exist in a subculture which regards ignorance as a virtue and learning as "acting white". That's "institutional racism" in action, of course; somehow it's whitey's fault that inner-city subculture thinks "education" is a dirty word. And saying so is "blaming the victim".

It's "blaming the victim" when your horse dies of dehydration even though you led it to water.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, things are scarcely better than in NYC and the reasons are the same. Teachers' union is balking at a "paltry" 14% raise. There is literally not enough money in the world to satisfy America's socialized educational system's greed; NYC spends $18,000 per student per year--and recall that after George W Bush signed the single largest expansion of federal education, giving Teddy Kennedy everything he asked for...and once it was signed Teddy Kennedy said, "That's all well and good, but it's not enough!"

About his own bill.

Chicago is broke, of course, though the new mayor is trying to put the blame for that on the police department.

But the city is flush enough that her predecessor found $1.3 billion to give away. There's always money for Democrats to give away to their cronies, though.

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So, file this under "poor grasp of the basics". Apparently there is a new wave of performers--I cannot call them "comedians"--who do not want to be funny.

The entire purpose of being a stand-up comic is to make people laugh. When you're a comedian, your job is to get up and tell jokes, and everyone laughs at the jokes. (Or most everyone, because not everyone will find the same jokes funny. Some people are just sourpusses. Etc.) This has been the basic formula for stand-up comedy acts since they were invented; some acts made fun of people in the audience and some acts told jokes about the President, and so on and so forth. But the aim of all those people standing on the stage was getting people to laugh. And that's because people like to laugh. They laugh when they're having a good time, and they have a good time when they laugh.

So what these new acts amount to must be some person standing on stage and scolding people for not being leftists, or something...?

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Your new employer is not going to look kindly on attempts at unionizing and always remember they don't have to operate that plant in the USA if it becomes fiscally inconvenient.

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NASA is no stranger to putting cheap wins ahead of safety. Funny how they're not talking much about "first married lesbian in space", though, at least not until her contentious divorce led to the "FIRST CRIME IN SPACE!" headlines.

You let someone like, oh, Gordon Cooper, prior to his Mercury flight, have a messy divorce, and see what that would have done for him. The optics would have been horrific, and he would have been yanked from the flight schedule faster than you could say "I'm going to Reno!" Let alone get there in a T-38.

The fact is that space travel is still a dangerous business. Safety and reliability--and comfort--are improving but ISS is not a hotel; it's a scientific outpost at best. Karl Dennginer points out, "Mistakes, inattention and mental instability kill in space and since your environment isn't just yours the odds of same killing everyone on the station (or in the ship) at the time at quite high if something goes wrong."

There's a scene in Apollo 13--probably apocryphal--where Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) puts a label over a switch reminding him not to throw it: LEM JETTISON. It's because none of them has slept at all since the oxygen tank exploded, and he knows that he's exhausted, and exhausted people make mistakes. And throwing that switch prematurely (before they were all in the command module and the access tunnel sealed) would kill them all.

I'd like to think that ISS is built to a less-experimental standard, that it makes allowances for mistakes--but you'd be surprised at what can kill you in orbit if you're not paying attention. Something as stupid as leaving a water valve partly open--on Earth that causes a drip until you close it. But in orbit it could be disastrous, filling the lifesystem with huge, floating, undulating globes of water that will short out any electrical equipment they contact.

...so being distracted by a messy divorce should ground an astronaut. And the fact that this woman pulled a typical "woman in a bitter and contentious divorce" move demonstrates why.

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President Trumps a useless climate meeting. Good for him!

There's been no warming in US since 2005 anyway.

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The price of lobster has not dropped, which means that the market for lobster is still very good.
Lobster prices paid by American consumers have remained fairly steady during the trade dispute and there remain many buyers for U.S. lobster.
So why is the price steady? Guess demand is steady. Hmm?

"No wonder nobody trusts the media and they're all going out of business," Borepatch concludes, aptly.

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"Mandatory gun buybacks" is nothing more than confiscation. If you are forced to give your guns up, regardless of whether or not you are compensated for them, it's confiscation.

And the answer is "No."

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Someone doesn't understand economics. So, let's say you have $109 billion like Jeff Bezos.

Divided by the 360 million people in the USA, that's...$302 apiece.

But let's say we're just going to eliminate starvation in America. Take whatever the first figure is we find--forty million people in the US suffered from lack of food last year. No regard to whose number that is or how it's generated, just accept that 11% of Americans are starving.

Let's say Jeff keeps $9 billion for his own bad self and divides the entire remainder of his net worth --one hundred billion dollars--among those starving forty million people.

Each one gets $2,500.

Once.

$2,500 will buy a lot of macaroni and cheese, that's true; but once they've spent that $2,500 on food, there is no more to be had, and they are starving again. And asshats like that woman are targeting someone else (and demanding that Jeff Bezos give up his remaining $9 billion).

So, yes--if you had Jeff Bezos' money and you wanted to give it away, that'd be your right. But it wouldn't do any lasting good; you'd be broke and there'd still be people starving.

There is literally not enough money in the world to fix poverty by giving money to poor people.

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So-called "conservatives" who want to "burn down the Republican party" and say so in so many words.

NeverTrump is not conservatism, nor is it right-wing. It is at best a moderate position--moderate to left-wing--and is based on maintaining a status quo where the Overton window creeps ever-leftward.

This is 100% accurate.

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Oddly enough, the press hates it when the right wing uses their shenanigans against them.

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I'm betting it will result in some hilarious "Engrish" but it's a step in the right direction.

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This is so tempting I can barely stand it. $85 for a 1 TB SSD, and it's an M.2 interface so it'll be fast, even faster than a SATA SSD is. But regular price is $95 and that's actually a fantastic price for a 1 TB SSD.

And Achernar has an M.2 slot.

Speaking of which--

WoW Classic went live yesterday but I didn't have a chance to try it on Achernar yet. After work yesterday I noodled around on it a bit on Floristica, but then remembered that HenSuki had a new ep out. Watched that, then was going to watch the next ep of Takagi-san but that one's not out. Ended up watching the last three eps of "Endless Eight".

The final ep of "Endless Eight" is, of course, the story written by Nagaru Tanigawa in the light novel series. The original story, all that did was tell the tale of the last loop, the 15,532nd iteration. The other episodes are extrapolations from it. The first ep of "Endless Eight" is the very first iteration of the time loop. The middle six episodes are variations on the final one.

Truth be told, I enjoy "Endless Eight" even though I sometimes think it should have been three episodes long, at most, rather than eight. But every time I watch it I see something new. This time, I saw Yuki Nagato sigh, which is something she never does.

The problem is that they had 14 episodes on order, and the movie (Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) was the next story, chronologically, after Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya AKA "Making of the Mikuru Movie". So the second season is basically "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody", followed by "Endless Eight", and then "Sigh of....", in order. Chronologically "Disappearance" is next. But movie, so--

And I have a feeling there wasn't a story they thought they could comfortably fit into five or six episodes. That's just a feeling, though; I'm not really up on all the backstory surrounding the decisions made by KyoAni during production of this stuff.

It's moot, now, anyway.

So, I'll watch the "Sigh of..." eps and call it done, having already watched the three eps from the first season that finish off the run in chronological order. After that I may or may not watch the movie again. We'll see.

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But not tonight, and not tomorrow night. Got to get up early Wed and Thu, sadly.

I was going to get up early today and cut the grass, but I kept waking up and having to hit the can; my stomach has been hurting since Monday afternoon (at least) and this morning I had absolutely zero energy. I didn't shower and only barely logged into work on time. Bleah.

So tonight I'll be in bed before midnight, I think. And try getting up early tomorrow so I can do the things that need doing. *sigh*