atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3791: It's cold because of global warming!

Global warming now causes global cooling. Sometimes it might even cause "unnaturally mild weather."
That's right! Global warming ignores the laws of thermodynamics!

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Huge f-ing surprise: The Kermit Gosnell butcher shop story is being completely ignored by ABC-CBS-NBC. Any story portraying abortion in a negative light is spiked because facts must not get in the way of the narrative.

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THIS is the sort of story the mainstream media loves: a white girl, aged 14, who got straight As in school, dies as a result of trying to get high by huffing computer cleaner.


Okay--what she did was, in fact, suffocate herself by trying to concentrate and inhale the contents of the computer duster can. Taping her nostrils shut, inhaling directly from the can, etcetera--if she had merely held her nostrils shut she might have lived, because once she lost consciousness her hand would have relaxed and she could have begun breathing normally again.

But--you know, have a look at this:
The Dohertys kept no dangerous weapons in their Porter Ranch home, stored prescription drugs under lock and key, and recently purged their home of all alcohol. They talked to their teen daughters about the dangers of substance abuse.
Is this the kind of thing you do when you're confident your little princess is smart enough to stay away from intoxicants? I think there's more to the story here than meets the eye; it almost sounds as if these people were trying to keep their daughter from getting drunk/high/stoned again. Locking up the prescriptions and recently having gotten rid of "all alcohol"? That's suspicious to me.

But since the mainstream media loves it when a so-called "perfect" child turns up dead due to drug abuse, I don't think we're going to know one way or the other. As I said, why let the facts get in the way of the narrative?

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There is an interesting denouement to this Vox Day piece, and I think it's indicative of how our society's patience for feminist squawking is reaching its limit.

Short form: woman at a technology conference complains that two men sitting in front of her were making "sexist" jokes that made her feel "uncomfortable". I'm sure it's not at all surprising that one of the two men was fired for this; that's been the patten for decades. Oh, no! A woman--breaking into a traditionally male field--has had her fainting flower sensibilities injured and feels "uncomfortable"! You're supposed to pay her the same as a man and promote her at the same time you promote a man with similar time in the job, but you'd better not make her feel uncomfortable!

The hypocrisy is irritating. Feminists are all about "we're just as tough and resilient as men, and probably moreso! We can drink and smoke and swear and screw with the best/worst of men!" --until someone cracks a dirty joke, or says something sexist, at which point these women swoon like an antebellum southern belle, and their discomfort means the men must pay!

Well, this time, it's a little different. Yes, one of the guys cracking dirty jokes got fired, but then the woman's employer spoke up: "Yeah, you know what? We didn't send her to that conference to be a feminist speech monitor; we sent her there to learn things. We're firing her for not doing her job and making a big media deal out of nothing."

I'd wager this is the tip of a major sea change, and it sends a powerful message: women, if you want to run with the big boys, you'd better man up.

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So let's talk DOOM!, shall we?

Cypriot banks continue to remain closed as the crisis continues. This very well could be the first domino in the circle to fall; and as you know the world economy is a circle of dominoes, perched on edge, and when one falls, the others will topple in short order.

The deal that included confiscation of citizens' savings deposits has obviously been rejected, and is dead on arrival in Cyprus. The problem is, there still remains a crisis with the country's finances, and the banking system will fail if it's not bailed out.

Now there's talk of seizing control of "semi-governmental" retirement accounts, whatever the hell that means, but it amounts to taking the money in those accounts and replacing them with Cypriot government IOUs.

The EU is not impressed with Cyprus' efforts.
Cyprus’s parliament yesterday afternoon voted down the EU-backed proposal to raise €5.8 billion by confiscating money from taxing savers’ accounts. As we noted yesterday, this was a predictable enough result from a democratically elected government—regular Cypriots were outraged to have to pony up from their smallish savings accounts in order to rescue a banking system that has served the interests of wealthy foreigners, in large part Russians. Indeed, the EU proposal was so politically toxic that not a single MP voted for it yesterday, with members of the ruling party choosing to abstain.
Strikeout in original.

Cyprus must come up with 7 billion euros in order to get the 10 billion bailout from the EU, and the idea that's been floated for nationalizing the pension system is not impressing the EU one whit. And Cyprus is rapidly running out of ideas for how to raise that cash.

It seems as if--no matter what--Cyprus cannot be saved, and regardless of what happens it's going to be bad; if nothing else it will simply set a bad precedent. The only way out now is for the EU to bend the rules again (as they did with Greece) in order to allow something to happen that will keep the Euro together and prevent a financial catastrophe. The problem is, the juggling act is progressing to the point that the juggler can no longer keep all the plates in the air, and sooner or later he's going to drop something.

Meanwhile, over here in the US, things are little better than they are in Europe.

A sharp decline in the "hours worked" metric means falling employment. Karl Denninger reduces it to one salient point: "Labor market contraction usually begins with hours worked and this month it was -12.9, not just declining but solidly into negative territory."

Then Karl Denninger talks about some macroeconomic indicators that people are ignoring, things like how much stuff Caterpillar is selling. The trend is negative; if construction isn't happening, construction equipment is not needed.

He also discusses Oracle's decline in sales; almost as an afterthought, Denninger adds, "What's worse is that hardware and storage was off 23%." "Hardware and storage" means computers and hard drives, and if people aren't buying that stuff, it's bad for the people who maintain and repair and program that stuff.

But then he makes a foray into basic commodities:
This move, incidentally, was foretold at the beginning of February when copper broke down out of an upward channel it had been trading in since November and collapsed. Despite the last couple of days that have been better the down-trend remains of particular concern as copper is the base metal that pretty-much everything relies on, from electronics to construction. It's called "Dr. Copper" for a reason in terms of global economic activity, and this doctor is gravely ill.
We use copper in everything. Okay? Everything. You can't throw a cat without hitting something that has copper in it, unless you're standing in the middle of a stand of pine trees 'way out in the wilderness; if you're anywhere near civilization, you're near refined and shaped copper.

For the most part, copper is the go-to metal for wiring, but that's not the only thing we use copper for, and if demand for copper is falling, we're in for a world of hurt.

As I said, DOOM! Apologies to Monty over at AoSHQ.

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This will make you feel better. Thanks, Bluesun; I'm also embedding it:

I love Bob Ross. I added Best of the Joy of Painting to the DVR's auto-record list because the show is one of my all-time favorites. The techniques he uses never fail to astound me in their simplicity, yet they result in gorgeous landscapes. When I lived in Cedar Rapids, I always faithfully taped The Joy of Painting every Saturday.

Even if you never pick up a paintbrush, you can learn a lot about color and light and nature by watching his program. It teaches you to see the colors in the world around you.

Mom once said that she'd never realized that snow is slightly yellow in sunlight and blue in shadow, not until she saw an episode featuring a painting of a snowy scene (actually it was The Art of William Alexander, but it's basically the same technique). And the more you watch this kind of show, the more you learn about how light and color work.

I mean, here's how awesome Bob Ross was:

You can't beat that.

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