Monday, July 28, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.

Grifters Gonna Grift

It's what they know.

Stop The Salmon

A lot of "bad bicyclist" behavior doesn't really rise above annoying, and a lot of it is, if not actually legal, often preferable to drivers whether they know it or not (responsible rolling stops in certain situations). But bike salmon are the worst.

I Didn't Do It

The real crime isn't that we're horrible, it's that you're pointing out that we're horrible!!!

Afternoon Thread


Pretty Quiet

I remember being lectured by the usual suspects about how if I was a peacenik who didn't think we should intervene in the Libyan civil war then I must come up with my OWN PLAN for SOLVING THE PROBLEM or whatever.

So, uh, what's the plan now?

A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

Nowhere Man

Obviously GPS maps/directions are a wonderful tool, but it doesn't surprise me that drivers who entirely rely on them might not have much of a clue about where they are, that they never really form a mental map of the area. It's one thing if you're looking at your movement on the map, but that's not something you can really do when you're actually driving. Audio turn-by-turn instructions alleviate the need to actually know where you're going.

What Could Go Wrong

I'm amazed how little discussion there has been, over the years, about how maybe sending immense amount of weapons to regions supposedly filled with bad people who want to kill us wasn't such a good idea. Yes I know we were spreading peeance and freedom and in order to do that nothing was more important, after painting schools, than arming and training the local military (I'm not saying this makes any sense, but it was The Plan.) You know, I would have thought "free guns for Muslims" might have upset the Pam Geller wing of the Republican party a bit more than it did, but...
Over the past decade, the U.S. has poured unimaginable amounts of money into training and equipping Afghanistan’s army. Now, the Department of Defense office in charge of auditing the process is saying many of the 747,000 weapons given to the ANSF have gone missing and could end up fueling escalating attacks by Taliban insurgents if they fall into the wrong hands.

Baby, Inc.

I can't say I really understand what motivates people to go through this stuff, but these kinds of experiences must be horribly common.
Jonathan C. Dailey, a lawyer in Washington, wired Planet Hospital $37,000 in December 2013, the first installment on a contract for a single mother in Mexico to carry his child. He and his fiancĂ©e flew to CancĂșn to leave a sperm deposit at the clinic that would create the embryo and to visit the downtown house where their surrogate would live while pregnant. They picked a “premium” egg donor from the agency Planet Hospital sent them to. But nothing happened.

“It was just outright fraud,” said Mr. Dailey. “It’s like we paid money to buy a condo, they took the money, and there was no condo. But it’s worse, because it’s about having a baby.”


Tomorrow Today is...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Another Round?

Or two?


some Happy Hour. Sounds good to me.

No One I Know Will Ever Be Arrested For Smoking Pot

Ultimately that's how pundits can laugh about the issue. They don't want it to be legalized, but they don't ever have to think about what it means that it's illegal. I'm not entirely averse to the idea that sometimes Official State Disapproval is appropriate for such things, but only if that disapproval comes with minimal consequences. I mean, fine, write a $50 ticket for pot possession or whatever if you want to have Official State Disapproval, but that's different than locking people up for years.

Wealthy pundits think pot being "illegal" is good because maybe pot is bad and they'll never have to even worry their beautiful minds about what it being illegal actually means.

Because We Haven't Had A Good Pandemic Panic In Awhile

An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus, an aid organization said Saturday.


The deadly disease has killed at least 672 in several African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year.

Sunday Thread

Off to the farmers market.

It Was Only Yesterday

Had a reminder of how we lurch from topic to topic in this country, from crisis to crisis, each one demanding our immediate intervention (freedom bombs) until the next one comes along and we forget all about the last one. Was seeing, for amusement, who was on the bobblehead shows today and accidentally punched up the listing from a month ago. The pressing topic of the day was the "Iraq crisis."



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Evening

Rock on.