atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3017: Missed seeing the aurora borealis last night, damn it.

Apparently Earth got hit with a sizable coronal mass ejection and it caused a geomagnetic storm big enough that aurorae were visible in Arkansas. Shit.

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Cry me a freakin' river: WikiLeaks can't publish any more because the credit card companies won't process payments for them. Actually WikiLeaks chief spy Julain Assange is saying that operations won't be able to continue past the beginning of next year if companies like Visa and Mastercard aren't forced to help him.

Oh, boo hoo hoo.

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What's the problem? Just recycle it. Right? 20 million tons of debris from the Kanto Tsunami are drifting across the Pacific, destination Hawaii. Well, when that stuff starts washing up, people can collect it and recycle it, right? Recycling is the solution to all our garbage problems! I don't know why more people don't simply recycle! Why, if everyone recycled, we would never need to mine or smelt or drill for oil or refine it or cut down trees to make paper or anything!

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Incidentally--via a link on that page I learned that Kim Richards is on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That Kim Richards, Escape to Witch Mountain etc etc.

And looking at the picture at that bio (which is from a couple decades ago) I realized that that is the color of Yuki Nagato's hair. (Okay, nerdery over.) (For now.)

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Boss Tweek changes his definition of the ObamaCare personal mandate depending on what he needs it to be. That's why it's a Shroedingerian quantum superposition of both tax and non-tax.

Funny bit: at the bottom of the article is a highly specific "tip jar". "If you found this blog post interesting, buy the blogger a cup of coffee ($5 donation)".

$5? For a cup of coffee? That's a mocha-chacha-latte-WTF-thingamajig, not "a cup of coffee".

Mind you, I wouldn't mind it if people tossed me money, and there's nothing wrong with having a "tip jar" link on your page...but $5 seems a bit much for a 2-minute read.

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Again with the DOOM!

I'm not happy about the medium-term employment picture.

It's certainly going to be bad here in Illinois.

And further, quoth the article, "Only six of the 45 say economic conditions in Illinois are better than they are in nearby states." I'd like to know which six companies employ those six CEOs. Those are companies to avoid working for if at all possible.

Unemployment here in the Peoples' Demokratik Republik of Illinoistan is 10%, which is nearly 1% higher than the national average. (U3, that is, not U6. U6 is around 16% and, as we were repeatedly told during the Bush years when U3 was 5%, U6 is the more correct definition of unemployment.)

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Sure, elect the President with the popular vote. Why not? You'll only increase the incentive for vote fraud in big cities and ensure that only Democrats are ever elected to the office, but who cares, right?

Gallup does not cite the exact text of the question, choosing instead to insert it in brackets into the quote.


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Statutory rape at an "Occupy LOCATION$" protest. (Remember BASIC variables had to have a "$" after them to indicate when they were strings rather than numeric.)

You know, the case where the man is told by the girl that she's of age--when she isn't--has always been something of a sticking point for me. But if you talk to a 14-year-old girl for more than a few minutes generally you can tell you're talking to a 14-year-old...unless your "other head" has completely taken over the conversation, in which case what you really need to learn is this little thing called "self control" which--sadly--seems beyond the ken of most of the Occupati.

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Why hasn't this happened to Clinton yet? Bill Clinton had a moon rock and his office "lost it" for several years, only to have it turn up in his personal papers--so why wasn't he the object of a "NASA sting"?

And while we're at it, since when does NASA have cops, anyway? Look at this:
Davis [who attempted to sell a moon rock about the size of a grain of rice] was eventually allowed home, without the moon rock, and was never booked into a police station or charged.

The affidavit states authorities believed Davis was in possession of stolen government property but so far they have not publicly revealed any proof.
So: dragged out of a booth at Denny's, detained and questioned for two hours, then released minus her property...charged with nothing, not booked, not arrested.

If there is no offense worth charging her with, why was the property taken from her? It seems to me to be a binary situation: either she was in possession of government property and trying to sell it illegally, in which case she should be arrested and tried...or else she was not in possession of government property, in which case all of this was a violation of her civil rights, and the paperweight with the grain of rock in it should be returned to her.

See the problem?

This is increasingly how our government is operating, though. Swoop in and use the full power of the federal government to take property from people...then issue no charges or indictments on the victims of the raids.

Gestapo tactics, in other words.

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My BakaBT ratio has gone over 0.40 for the first time in--geeze, I don't even know how long it's been. El-Hazard just sits there quietly chuckling to itself (noisy-ass hard drive...) and pumping anime into the Internet, and my BakaBT ratio slowly improves.

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Hayate no Gotuku chibis.

Haruhi Suzumiya:

Bamboo Blade. Dang, there's all kinds of series I know here. I just need to learn how to read Japanese....

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Well, the big plans for today consist of doing some shopping to replenish basic supplies (eggs, bread, bacon, etc) and to go to Bible study tonight. End of list.

I'm such a slacker. *sigh*

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