atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#2431: "Unexpected"!

More "unexpected" unemployment.

U3--the measure of unemployment which only includes people collecting unemployment benefits--rose to 9.8% from 9.6% this past month.

Just the other day, in "Army of Morons" guild chat, someone said that hiring was on the increase. And guess what? It's not!

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More about the contrail last month. "Contrail" is short for "condensation trail" and it doesn't have to come from a jet engine to count as one; a missile can leave a contrail the same way a jet can.

And it turns out that there was a notice from the federal government that missile tests would be conducted in that area, starting such-and-such, with no end date specified.

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Japan's actions give the lie to the reality of "global warming."

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Follow the links. The Scopes "monkey trials" has, at its core, a textbook which draws the obvious conclusions from the theory of evolution and its applications to the human conditions.

Conclusions? Well, the book concludes we have a duty to implement eugenics and cull inferior and undesirable examples of humanity, or at least keep them from breeding:
The Remedy. – If such people were lower animals, we would probably kill them off to prevent them from spreading. Humanity will not allow this, but we do have the remedy of separating the sexes in asylums or other places and in various ways preventing intermarriage and the possibilities of perpetuating such a low and degenerate race. Remedies of this sort have been tried successfully in Europe and are now meeting with success in this country.
"Preventing intermarriage", by the way, is code for making cross-racial marriages illegal.

If you take--as your basis--the socialist/leftist/progressive notions that Man is an infinitely perfectable meat robot, and that there's no God, then don't you have to institute eugenics? If you consider yourself ethical, don't you have to take action to move Man forward, biologically as well as politically? Isn't the elimination of the criminal and the lunatic necessary for your utopia to be realized?

Hitler and Stalin thought so. That's the problem: lots of folks on the left do want these things, but World War Two made it impossible, politically, unless they're in control.

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Man, after all that work on Wed and Thu, my back hurts.

Today I hit the hardware store for some cables and some speaker wire. I moved the amplifier and needed about 6" more wire than I had. *sigh*

I stuck a 12' section of wire in place of the old one. No more trouble with that shit! And having gone through all the speaker wires--and retightened some--now I've got full surround sound! Whee!!

For the record, I really dislike these screw/pin type speaker connections. There was nothing wrong with the old spring-loaded blade kind; they made good connections and they were easy to connect and disconnect, particularly when you had to connect seven goddamened speakers.

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Winter 2011 anime preview. I'm going to need more space on the hard drive, but I won't know how much until I actually read that link. Steven Den Beste is not thrilled with the lineup, though, and I don't usually like much more than he does. Certainly the ones he mentions do not sound all that good.

HOWEVER: one series will be on my list: KIMI NI TODOKE 2!

Hoody hoo!

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When I got back from my little errands, there was a huge rainbow ring around the sun. High clouds of ice crystals--yeah, there's going to be precipitation soon.

Last time I saw a huge ring around a heavenly body like that was Christmas, 1985; and it snowed like a bitch the next day. (Well, about six inches' worth.)

Maybe I and my aching back should go fuel up the snowblower and make sure it works. *sigh*

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Today's XKCD took me a few moments...and then I laughed:

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