atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#3406: How's that "gun control" thing working, Chicago?

Not very well, it turns out. Chicago is more dangerous than Afghanistan. Afghanistan, where people own and carry full-automatic machine guns. (Unlike Chicago, where you can sometimes take your gun out of a safe and look at it.)

In Chicago over the last 12 years there have been over 5,000 murders. In Afghanistan--which is a war zone--NATO and US troops have lost about 2,500 men in the same period.

The article doesn't mention Chicago's draconian gun control laws. I wonder why?

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Dragon spacecraft worked flawlessly once they got it off the ground. There were some launch delays but the entire mission went well.

Woohoo!

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Two bits about tattoos:

More people are getting their tats removed to help them get jobs. Yeah, the job market sucks, and a tattoo is a mark against you. (Literally.)

Boortz on the same story.

I actually had a conversation about this with my niece in Maine. I was trying to explain to her that getting a tattoo won't help her employment prospects.

Especially since her dream job is teaching English in Japan.

...the Japanese are not big on tats. If you go to a public bath, and they see you have a tattoo? It doesn't matter who you are or what country you come from; they'll make you leave. And if you live in Japan long-term you will--sooner or later--go to a public bath. In Japan, bathing is a social exercise.

My niece is generally level-headed but she resisted my reasoning. "What? Get naked with a bunch of strangers?" *sigh* Well, she doesn't have to listen to me and is entitled to make her own mistakes.

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Remember the DOOM! posts I always linked? It's getting to the point that I'm doing my own, these days, because Obamanomics is a miserable failure just like the President that foisted it on us.

Tom Harkin is a Senator from Iowa, and he's an idiot. He wants to double the minimum wage for tip-earning professions like waiting tables.

Democrats never care about the consequences of their actions; all they want is to stick it to employers because it's not fair or something.

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Next, Ace of Spades! "Recovery Summer Part III Off To A Rocky Start. Unemployment Inches Up, Job Creation Unexpectedly Lower Than Expected" Emphasis his, and rightly so!

Karl Denninger says the internals aren't as bad as the headlines make it out to be but the confusing bit comes in when we start talking about all the fiddling and adjustering the government is doing to make the statistics look better than they actually are. There's a reason Denninger calls it the "Bureaus of Lies and Scams".

Dead Man Dance has a picture of an article from his local paper (I assume) headlined, "This spring's job slump not so bad by comparison". Whee! Obama's policies are working!

"Is the Obama Recovery Over? Or Has it Not Really Started Yet?" That's kind of a "have you stopped beating your wife yet?" question. There is no Obama recovery.

What there is instead is government borrowing and spending money at a furious pace to make it look as if the economy improved.

Denninger gives the lie to that. This post is chock-full of everything he's been saying for the past five years. I admire his tenacity; I get so very tired of shouting at the wind myself that I have to genuflect in the direction of anyone who can do it so consistently while being correct. I think a lot of us in Denninger's camp are greatly surprised that things have managed to hold on for so long; but the rock at the precipice is slick with rain and the fingernails can't hold out forever.

In the middle of last year, I fully expected the economy to hit the skids by now. It has not solely because governments all over the world are giving the banks a pass on enforcing finance laws--because if the governments enforce the laws, it's all over, and everyone knows it. Not only would the banks go bankrupt; the people running those banks would be ruined and in jail, and the politicians who got wads of folding money from the former bankers would be de-elected and not get any more of that lovely cash.

If the laws are enforced, the gravy train ends. Of course no one in D.C. or Wall Street wants them enforced.

Eh? "And the economy will crash?" They don't care about that. Well, that's not entirely correct; they only care to the extent that it would mean losing elections. The guys on Wall Street only care to the extent that it would lower their annual performance bonuses. None of these folks will be hurt by any economic depression; they're rich and powerful enough that they're insulated from things like unemployment and hunger and cold. Until now the Great Depression of the 1930s was the exemplar of poor economic times, and even then there were plenty of people who got rich, or who stayed rich.

But if the laws are enforced, it's a whole other ball of wax. If bankers actually start going to jail it's going to expose just how bad the corruption is, just how screwed up the mortgage system is in this country...and that would be disastrous, because DC politicians and the Wall Street bankers that own them would then face jail time and losing their fortunes and their power.

...so the fraud continues. "Extend and pretend" keeps going because the rich and powerful have too much invested to be willing to jeopardize it...and we gaily race towards the cliff.

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Borepatch continues his takedown of AGW. This time it's a discussion of the data and how it was manipulated--fiddlated and adjustered--to show that global warming was "proven" and "real", when it was neither.

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One negative in a sea of positives. I asked the Fiero forum about the chain issue, and out of seven replies only one said the clip-style link was a bad idea. One was so-so; the rest were positive.

The negative, though, is exactly why I want to make sure this is safe before I do it. I don't want to have the chain come off when I'm whizzing along at 55 MPH; that would be bad.

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The 15 most expensive materials in the world. Corrected because "rhino horn" is not a mineral. Nor are the other compounds on the list (such as methamphetamine or heroin).

Nor is the topper of the list, antimatter. Right now we can store antiprotons, and antihydrogen ions are not "minerals", either. And a gram of them will set you back $62.5 trillion...assuming you can amass enough of them in one spot to make a gram. Which you can't, because particle accelerators don't grow on trees and it takes a lot of beam time to make even a measurable amount of antimatter.

Hey, a gram of antimatter will pay the national debt! Let's go find some! *rolleyes*

Plutonium's a piker at $4,000 per gram. WTF.

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I know how Jon feels. Sometimes I hear some odd noises around here and end up having to go investigate:

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