atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3322: Listen to your machine. It will tell you things.

Today the motorcycle told me, "Hey, I've got a loose exhaust heat shield bolt!"

I went to K-Mart for printer paper and a 3-ring binder; on my way out of the place the Easter candy got me and I bought a few impulse items. Total, $14, and it all fit into the trunk neat as you please.

The weather is pleasant, if too windy, so I went for a little extra bit of a ride; and as I did, I kept hearing this loud, annoying buzzing sound at certain throttle positions, but I couldn't tell what or where when I was moving and had my helmet on.

Went home, took off helmet, revved the bike--the sound was from the left side and low, so I started smacking things--and the heat shield on the left exhaust pipe was rattling.

Shut the bike off, lay on the driveway--the rear bolt was almost falling out. I mean, if I'd ridden just a little bit farther I'd be saying, "Damn, I've got to find a bolt that'll fit that hole...."

It took me longer to get the screwdriver than it did to tighten the screw; and when I revved her up again, there was no buzz.

That done I put the bike away. It's going to be cold and rainy this week, if the weather forecast is to be believed, and the longer it goes on the colder it'll be.

And me? I've got to try to get a nap, because I've got to be at the church at 4:30 for rehearsal.

But first: blogging!

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Catching pedophiles one e-mail address at a time.

This guy had a friggin' RAID box full of teh CPs. I have no sympathy for him.

The FBI used some rather clever techniques to coax this guy out of hiding--but it seems as if it all depended on him responding to what looked like a spam e-mail.

One thing isn't clear to me: " this point it was July 2011, and the child porn purchases had happened 5+ years before." Is that the statute of limitations or something? The article doesn't say. I'd think it must be; I don't see how the FBI could ignore violations which were still prosecutable just because it looked like the guy stopped ganking the CPs five years ago.

Well, whatever.

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It's not drive-through communion but it's in the same vein: drive-through prayer.

I'm a figgin' prophet.

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Two posts from Advice Goddess on the erosion of civil rights in America:

Teenagers at a Sacramento school are swabbed for DNA tests by police. Police want to find out who killed a teenager, so they went to the school and interviewed kids and took DNA samples (mouth swabs).

...and if they found their murderer that way, a really good lawyer could get that shit thrown out of court as inadmissable.

A 13-year-old isn't considered able to give informed consent. That's why we have laws about things like, oh, child labor, child know. If a cop comes into your school and your teachers say, "Okay, everyone cooperate now!" they've just totally stomped all over the kid's freedom from self-incrimination and his right to demand a search warrant.

They defended this idiocy this way:
"These are interviews, not interrogations," Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos told "They are all consensual. Once it's done, there is a mechanism in place for school administrators to notify parents."
The parents should have been notified first.

What's to stop the cops from swabbing kids and maintaining a database of their DNA if this kind of nonsense is legal and constitutional?

Please note that the cops had no probable cause to do any of this. They don't have any leads; the leads they did have didn't pan out and they're stuck with a bunch of nothing.

This isn't an investigation; it's a fishing expedition.

So it's important to make sure your kids understand their rights under the Constitution. You don't have to talk to police; "you have the right to remain silent", as they used to say in all the cops shows. (Notice that they no longer do that? The Miranda ruling got overturned, but it only applied to arrests, anyway. Cops on fishing expeditions never had to read anyone his rights.)

You do not have to consent to a search until and unless they produce a search warrant--and the search warrant must specify what they are looking for. You do not have to answer their questions. They can arrest you and hold you without charges for 24 hours--it might be 48; I can't remember exactly. Possibly as much as 72--after which they must either charge you or let you go.

The police do not have to tell you the truth. You do have to tell them the truth, and they can charge you with perjury if you simply make a misstatement, so it's infinitely better to have a lawyer representing you when you must talk to police.

Just ask Martha Stewart.


The other one is about how the TSA treats little girls that hug their grandmothers.
My child, who was obviously terrified, had no idea what was going on, and the TSOs involved still made no attempt to explain it to her. When they spoke to her, it was devoid of any sort of compassion, kindness or respect. They told her she had to come to them, alone, and spread her arms and legs. She screamed, "No! I don't want to!" then did what any frightened young child might, she ran the opposite direction.

That is when a TSO told me they would shut down the entire airport, cancel all flights, if my daughter was not restrained. It was then they declared my daughter a "high-security-threat".
Are you happy that we're living in a country where a government employee making $10 an hour can arbitrarily classify a terrified 4-year-old as a "high security threat" and shut down an airport?

This shit is totally out of control.

* * *

Don't hold your breath waiting for this to be prosecuted as a "hate crime" even though that's exactly what it is. A bunch of black men armed with makeshift weapons beat a white man so severely he's in critical condition, and when they finished one said, "Now that's justice for Trayvon!"

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It occurs to me that some of the race-baiting that the media are doing is an investment in November. You see, if Obama loses the election, there will be riots.

You think there won't? Oh, man, the Democrats will pull out all the stops to incite them in the weeks leading up to the election. Just wait and see! We're going to hear liberals getting on the news shows and intoning gravely, "Obama losing the election will prove that the United States is still a racist country, and it's impossible for african-americans to achieve true parity as long as Obama can't win re-election." They'll say it more convoluted than that, but the main thrust will be to make black people mad that Obama's polling so poorly (because his losing the election would be well-foreshadowed by polling data) and fuel the fires of indignant rage that the mothafuckin' crackas still keepin' us down!

An Obama loss would be accompanied by huge race riots in the inner cities--so other liberal pundits will say, "We really have to re-elect the President, because the alternative will be all sorts of death and destruction in riots all over the country!"

* * *

Marco Rubio is ineligible to be vice-President. This is not new--I mentioned this before--and the conditions have not changed; he is still ineligible for the position.

If Romney gets the nod and picks Rubio as his running mate--and the GOP lets it slide--I am so out of the GOP. I'll register libertarian or independent and the GOP can go fuck itself.

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Market saturation for iPhones. I don't know how many cellular service providers offer iPhones. Verizon and AT&T are down 30% and 43% from last quarter, respectively.

Denninger's numbers show that Verizon and AT&T activated some 7.4 million of the latest model iPhones in the first quarter of 2012. The "expected" number from Apple is around 35 million units, and that leads Denninger to wonder where the other 27-odd million units were sold.

Down in the comments, he says, "We're to the point where further hardware upgrades are of marginal utility...."

Okay: here I am on my 5-year-old dual-core machine, and a brand new game (Tera) runs acceptably well. Sure it could be better, but most of the improvement would come from more RAM and a 64-bit OS.

I have to believe that Apple's bacon will be saved by the worldwide sales numbers. We'll know one way or another by this afternoon, though.

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Frost on the grass again this morning.

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I ran through the musical twice before I went to the store, and I don't feel any more confident than I did. *sigh*

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Well, this is cutting into my nap time. Further bulletins as conditions warrant.

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