atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#2479: Nothing done this week. Argh etc.

Here it is, Friday evening, and nothing got done this week.

*sigh*

I shouldn't say "nothing". The bills got paid Monday, and I've gotten some crap organized; and I had to deal with a metric ton of bullshit coming from Maine.

Last night I got a call from one of my sister's friends, who lives around here, and who wanted to know what the hell was going on out there. I answered his questions as best I could, but for the most part the call was 45 minutes of him bloviating about things I really didn't want or need to know (such as his father's infidelities) which also weren't even remotely germane to the matter at hand. ("I could show you pictures!" No...no thank you.)

That was the most exhausting telephone call I've had in a long, long time.

My sister is apparently considering a lawsuit against the rest of us for "conspiring against her", though I for damn sure don't know what kind of drunk-and-or-crazy lawyer would agree that she's got a case. It turns out that my nephew's removal from that house was indeed done with DCFS sanction, and the entire thing was done by the book, so she'd have a hell of a time proving that any of us (who are not less than a thousand miles away) had anything to do with any of this. (Especially since I didn't know until after the fact.) Seems to me that if DCFS agrees that the kid was living with an alcoholic and abusive single mother, my sister has approximately dick-all for legal recourse.

...and a reasonable court, hearing the evidence, would probably throw my sister in jail for wasting everyone's time with her stupid bullshit. Bonus points for the judge if he added, "You're in your fifties; it's time for you to start taking some goddamned responsibility for yourself and your actions, you stupid crazy bint."

I'm not exactly biting my nails over her suing, anyway. Suing us would involve her having to do something that didn't involve sitting and smoking and drinking. She is capable of that, but only for things which allow her to continue to sit and smoke and drink (going to the grocrey store for cigarettes, food, and booze, for example). (Oh...and ice cubes. Never forget the ice cubes.)

Okay? Last Friday she told my oldest sister she was going to mail us all copies of her late husband's death certificate to prove something-or-other. Notice that it hasn't arrived yet....

* * *

This kind of story is why I can no longer take health science seriously: because one year they say, "X will kill you!" and a year or two later they say, "Oh...well, it turns out X probably won't kill you after all."

Besides, so many of them are weasel-worded conclusions: "Consuming X may lead to...," for example. "People with X in their diets showed an increased tendency for...." So what happens? If they're not refuted, the non-scientific end up believing that X is poison, and you get nonsense like that from Obama's Surgeon General, who said that smoking one cigarette may kill you.

WTF.

* * *

Is the US bureaucracy smuggling guns to Mexican drug cartels? At least, it looks like the BATF is allowing the smuggling to take place and not informing the Mexican government.
allegations have surfaced that the source of the weapon used in the agent’s death was possibly the ATF field office in Phoenix and it’s attempt to “pad statistics” by transferring weaponry into Mexico without consulting the Mexican government:...
See, here's an interesting point: if US guns are turning up in Mexico, then it's possible that the guns represent a "clear and present danger" to the well-being of the United States. That might give the government of the US an excuse to crack down on private gun ownership.

Problem: most of the guns recovered from Mexican gangs are full auto. There's a lot you have to do in order to own and/or sell fully automatic weapons when you're a private US citizen; and as an added bonus the BATFE (or FBI?) can come in and give you a full anal exam any time it chooses, without a warrant.

Somehow I doubt that "60,000 guns" figure, regardless of the above. Certainly the firearms were not legally transferred at some point in their journey from a US gun store to their final owners in Mexico. But no one says how many of those guns have been reported stolen from the US, either.

There are all kinds of holes in the information coming from the federal government; and the holes are pretty big ones to boot. It convinces me that the US government is trying to generate a reason to clamp down on private gun ownership in the United States, contrary to what it says in the Constitution about the right to keep and bear arms.

* * *

You really can't trust the statistics coming from the Department of Labor because they're gaming the numbers to make things look better than they are.

The way they figure things, U3 has dropped to 9.4%.

U6 HAS RISEN TO 19%.

20 months of unemployment above 9%.
With the unemployment rate now at 9.4%, this marks the 20th month in a row that the unemployment has been over 9 percent, a post–World War II record. You are going to hear a lot of noise from the White House about how this drop from a 9.8% unemployment rate to 9.4% means the economy is in a strong recovery. This is false. The reality is that the only reason the unemployment rate dropped is because the U.S. labor force decreased by 434,000. More importantly 260,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force entirely. This means that the Obama economy is now driving Americans out of the labor force faster than it is bringing them.
Emphasis added.

* * *

By the way, European socialism is falling apart before our eyes. Yet Obama and the Democrats want more socialism for the US.

* * *

Retrofit seat belts to the things, though. I'm all for this: instead of buying a minivan or a mostly-plastic-and-built-on-a-car-chassis "SUV", get yourself an older station wagon and restore that mofo to like-new. Parts will be easy to find and cheap, it'll be exempt from emissions testing, you'll crush anything that tries to run into you, and in the long run the thing will cost you a damn sight less than a new car would anyway.

(Downside: 10 MPG with a tailwind. Well, can't have everything!)

* * *

So last night I decided I'd dub some Hayate no Gotoku to DVD, as I hadn't done it for a while; and when I got to the final ep on the disk I realized that there was something wrong.

Somehow--probably during the "I'm going to disable all the monitors!" bullshit of the other day--the TV got set to 800x600. Normal resolution: 1024x768. *sigh*

I reset the resolution to what it should be set to, and did the last ep; and it looked better, so I went back and checked the others, and--crap!--discovered that I've got to re-dub the whole thing.

1024x768 is the max resolution for the TV-out; if I could run it higher, I would. But it looks a damn sight better than 800x600 does, regardless.

As an aside, I'm kind of curious to learn what the native resolution of the blab slab is. I probably ought to try hooking the laptop up to the thing; the laptop's got an HDMI port on it and making the connection would be easy-peasy. If I could get some chores done, I might go over to Harbor Freight for a 12' HDMI cable and see what the desktop has to say; but the 8' cable I've got won't reach and I am not moving my entire system just for the sake of an experiment.

* * *

I think I've taken too much Xanax over the past few days. Well, having a dose of it every 24 hours for a week is "too much" as far as I'm concerned; so this weekend I'm going to lay off the stuff. (Unless I have another panic attack.)

It's been 18 hours since I took one, and I'm still feeling logy.

* * *

We're getting light snow, and I didn't feel like doing anything, so I had more grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Well, it's cheap, it's here, it's easy, and it's filling.

*sigh*

There's nothing on TV I want to watch. I'm too groggy to play WoW or sit through the five eps of HnG I just watched last night. I can't think of anything that needs doing right now.

F it all; I'm going back to bed.
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