April 2nd, 2021

#7588: Another job done

Soffet: painted.

That water-resistant spackle is seriously hard to sand, though. 120 grit was barely touching it. 80 grit did better, but I needed to go to 60 grit to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.

Then, two coats of paint, flap slap plap, and the soffet is smooth and pretty again.

So, in one week, I painted the bedroom and finished the soffet over the tub. I rule.

The cupola is next, but I'm doubtful that I'll get it done this weekend. Anyway, it sure is nice to have those two jobs off my "to do" list.

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That nap really messed up my sleep schedule, but at least now I'm starting to feel tired again. No rush; we have nothing planned for tomorrow and I'm expecting to sleep in.

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I was at my far offsite on Tuesday afternoon. I've mentioned before that the place is basically surrounded on three sides by railroad tracks; well, as I was getting out of the Jeep to go inside, the gates came down and the guy sitting in his car at the end of the parking area got out with a high-end camera, only to realize it wasn't what he was waiting for, and he got back into the car. Railfan, I think, but who knows?

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Listened to The Sicilian Defence and yeah, that was pretty bad. Parsons and Woolfson phoned that one in, all right. Wow.

Of course, they meant for it to be bad, and as bad as possible, so that's okay.

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Hard to believe it, but the year is already 25% in the bag.

#7589: OWNED, CLONED, and BONED!!!

When you're talking about how whites should take responsibility for "the system we've created" you should not cite Europe as an example of a better system than America. The context here is that whites are racist and evil, and whites need to take responsibility for their inherent racism and check their privilege.
Her: ...we should take responsibility for the system we've created.
Him: The best system in the world?
Her: (confidently) We do not have the best system in the world.
Him: Who has a better system?
Her: There are many European countries who are much better off than us.
And at that point, her fate is sealed, because Europe--particularly western Europe!--is a hell of a lot more white than America is.

I know where this is coming from. She's running her mouth talking about the prevalence of socialism in Europe, you know, things like socialized medicine and so forth.

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Sleepy. And no real chores today since I got the bathroom done last night. Guess what that means.

#7590: The poor media just can't catch a break, can they?

The guy who rammed the barricade at the Capitol building: black muslim, follower of Louis Farrakhan. Which is, not to put too fine a point on it, the diametric opposite of a white supremecist.

So this story will not be covered breathlessly 24/7. They'll have to find something else to yammer uselessly about.

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I'm going to be completely frank about this: never in my life did I ever expect that I would cite Naomi Wolf as a voice of reason on any topic. She's always been the epitome of liberalism to me, and recalling from the 2000 election season how she was tasked with making Al Gore (!) look like an "alpha male"--and particularly, especially after her most recent bungle with her book about "homosexual executions" in colonial-era England--I figured her for an intellectual lightweight, someone who would reliably parrot whatever the democrat party line was, without fail, because she had all the depth and resonance of a Shaun Cassidy 45 (metaphor shamelessly stolen from Stephen King, Christine, it's a good read).

But she's right. I have to give credit where credit is due; she is not parroting the democrat party line on this one:
Vaccine passports sound like a fine thing if you don't know what those platforms can do. I'm CEO of a tech company, I understand what this platform does. It's not about the vaccine, it's not about the virus, it's about data. And once this rolls out you don't have a choice about being part of the system. What people have to understand is that any other functionality can be loaded onto that platform with no problem at all.

They're trying to roll it out around the world. It is so much more than a vaccine pass. I can't stress this enough. It has the power to turn off your life. Or turn on your life. To let you engage in civil society or be marginalized. It's catastrophic. It cannot be allowed to continue.
The picture accompanying the article is so apt it's scary: "the mark of the beast", without which you can neither buy nor sell. That includes, by the way, selling your labor (what we refer to as "having a job") and if the government has that much control over what you do, you're nothing but a slave.

Naturally, oh, no, the government isn't in charge of this! No, it's just businesses making this choice for themselves, totally one hundred percent without the government passing any laws! Private businesses!

...I will starve to death under a bridge before I let them put their serial number on me. I will not be a slave.

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It's an ill wind that blows no good. I would not have--I did not--vote for this, but if we have to have Biden and the nascent communist dictatorship, at least I'd like to have my (erroneous? Or fraudulent?) student loans canceled. You know, the student loans that popped up mysteriously, six months after the real ones--the ones for which I'd been getting statements for years and years--were paid off. Never got a statement asking me to pay these loans, never received any notification about them...but the instant the ones I was billed for were done, suddenly, hey! Look at all this money you owe! Which is, I needn't add, just a tad suspicious. And it's the government, so they don't need to show their work, produce a promissory note, or even acknowledge the fact that I'm contesting their claim. "We've decided that you still owe us money. Pay up, or suffer, prole."

If it wasn't for Joe Biden, I could have just declared bankruptcy in 2003 or 2004 when the policies of the Gangster Party wrecked the economy and left me working as a stockboy at Target, and those student loans would have been done--even if someone screwed up, the bankruptcy absolves you of further debt incurred prior to date such-and-such. (At least, as far as I know.)

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Oh, wow. But when you dig into the story about how activists are now going after Obama, it starts to make more sense.

At the core of this issue is that "immigration activists" are objecting to the naming of a Chicago public school after Obama:
"I will not be part of renaming a school after someone who did not and does not represent the undocumented community," said District 60 school board member Edgar Castellanos, who says he came to the U.S. as an undocumented child, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
So far, so good, right? But there's a reason for it.

The thing is? Hispanics and blacks hate each other. (Generally speaking, as a class, blah blah blah.) White leftists always talk about "bipoc" (which stands for "blacks, indigenous, people of color". "Indigenous" is the SJW word for "indian") as if they were one big happy bloc of aggrieved minorities, suffering cruelty and indignities at the hands of evil white supremecist America. But they're not, and only the common cause of electing democrats to increase the flow of free shit has kept them from each others' throats.

So hispanic democrats that were all "rah rah Obama" in 2008 to 2016 are suddenly no longer quite so supportive, now that it looks like democrats will control the federal government ad infinitum.

Once leftists have seized power, the internecine fighting always comes next. And this will be really bad, because neither side will heed it when their opponents call them "racist".

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Sarah Hoyt has it right again.
Sure, China is going to be the world hegemon forever.... In defiance of their very long history of in point of fact not having a clue other cultures EXIST or that other people are different from them. An history that, back when they were the most advanced people in the world meant they often turned tail and isolated themselves, rather than deal with those icky, icky foreign devils who were so utterly irrational.

But let's go with that. Tell me, oh, wise ones, how does China feed her people, once they take down the US? Because without us buying their (mostly crap, TBH) products, out of our abundance of wealth, and feeding them with our cheap agricultural produce out of our abundance of production, China can't in point of fact support itself. It collapses very fast and goes into of their warring states periods.
I've said this and said this. What do the people in the Chinese Sock City (ie where most of the world's tube socks are made) eat when the entire city economy is built on making tube socks for export to other countries, but no one in those other countries are buying Chinese tube socks because the Chinese are doing this or that bad thing?

China's economy is not free-market capitalism; at best it's fascism (ie strict government control of private industry, kind of like what's happening here). All of their economic numbers are--again, at best--adjusted and fiddled to keep the people reporting them out of the labor camps. The Chinese economy cannot support itself. As Ms. Hoyt points out, if China can't sell the cheap stuff they make, their economy crashes fast. The country is a very thin veneer of 21st century over a huge wad of 15th century and most of the population is dirt poor. China cannot generate enough food to feed its population, and all those poor proles toiling away in the factories can't eat the things they make. (Seriously. You can't cook an iPhone long enough to make it palatable.)

She goes on:
The 1930s were the ideal world for 1984. Since then? Not so much.

Yes, sure, But spying devices, they know everything about us, and reeeeeeee.

I know, I know, running around with your head on fire is great fun isn't it? And believing things are hopeless absolves you from trying to do anything.

But if those spying devices/ubiquitous data gathering were so d*mn effective, they wouldn't have NEEDED to fraud at the last minute, in plain view.

One thing the left can never process is that other people lie to them. It's part of their conceit of themselves that they are the smartest people in any room, so they know they can lie to us, but us? Effectively lie to them? That's not possible.
Except, of course, it is possible. The 2016 election is the perfect example.

"This whole 'China will ruuuuuuuule us foreeeeeever' is awfully familiar," she says, which is another thing I've said and said and SAID, over and over again: China in the early 21st century is Japan in the 1980s.

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Fake transportation secretary is fake.
CNN reporter DJ Judd shared a video that appears to show a team of Secret Service agents unloading Buttigieg's bike from the back of an SUV, then at least two SUVs following him as he mounts the bike and rides to the White House.

Presumably, the location where Buttigieg mounts the bike is closer to his destination than his house or his office at the Department of Transportation, which is about three miles from the White House.
What's amazing is that CNN reported this.

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Because the media is full of lying scum. Then the media wonder why no one listens to them any more....

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As usual, socialized medicine is failing the people who are subject to it.

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Finally got to eat dinner at the mexican restaurant we like. It's only been a year. Delicious!