Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Good Morning Sunshine

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Evening Thread


When The Music Stops

Most of you hate my crappy music suggestions. Sometimes Krgthulu gives them their blessing and that works because he's a Very Serious Person (ikeed). The internet allows us to see/hear bands we never would have otherwise, though it doesn't necessarily provide them with any money. I'm always sad when bands I like just fade away, suddenly not updating their sites, not touring, and of course not releasing any new music. So much good music (to me! suck it, haters) just fades away.

As an old, I fade in and out of being receptive to new stuff. But when I like something I try to do my little part to promote it.

As an example, there was a band I once liked a lot (and still do!). They went away. I think one of their members is now a massage therapist or something similar. There is nothing wrong with that. I hope this person has a happy and lucrative life. But this band was awesome. They never got rich. They never will get rich. They had to get day jobs. I feel bad about that.

Baby Steps


The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Is Improved

I don't have kids so I know nothing about this stuff, but it is a total mystery to me why people who have them or have had them (and therefore have the knowledge about such things that I lack) want to put children in the care of underpaid miserable people. And it isn't just teachers. I suggest you "overpay" your nanny and babysitters too, because obvious.

But I'm not a parent, so I just can't understand.

America's Worst Humans

Glenn Kessler.

Usually Happy To Be Wrong

But I still stand by my basic belief that self-driving cars will be good but not good enough in my lifetime. Cruise control+++ is interesting, but not revolutionary.

Doesn't really matter what I think, at least until public policy (and expenditures) become an issue.

What You Expect Us To Have Any Idea Who We're Bombing And Why?

Really, libturds, you expect too much from the Pentagon.
The new details of the attack, and the continuing dispute over what exactly happened, heightened the controversy over the strike. In the two days since the incident, U.S. officials have struggled to explain how a U.S. aircraft wound up attacking a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders. On Monday, the medical humanitarian group said the United States was squarely responsible.

“The reality is the U.S. dropped those bombs,” Doctors Without Borders’ general director Christopher Stokes said in a statement. “With such constant discrepancies in the U.S. and Afghan accounts of what happened, the need for a full transparent independent investigation is ever more critical.”

Eat Your Own Shit, Lindsey

I hate these people.
Washington (CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham is asking for federal aid for his home state of South Carolina as it battles raging floods, but he voted to oppose similar help for New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2013.

"Let's just get through this thing, and whatever it costs, it costs," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Monday of the devastating floods in his home state.

Graham was among the Republican senators who opposed a federal aid package in January 2013 to assist states hit by Hurricane Sandy, but now he doesn't remember why.

"I'm all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don't really remember me voting that way," Graham said.

We Love The Constitution And Hate Religious Freedom

I think my favorite Lou Dobbs era was when he was completely incensed about the movie "Bad Santa." It was clear he hadn't seen the movie but thought it was somehow a movie about the "real" Santa (who, you know, isn't real), instead of a mall Santa, who could be real, but is not actually Santa, and maybe a drunk jerk, but still not actually Santa who doesn't exist. I hope I don't get sued for telling Lou that Santa isn't real.

Also, too, watch the "Fargo" series. Billy Bob is in full Billy Bob mode which is always awesome. Though the show should have more Billy Bob.

Morning Thread

Now with fresh coffee.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Continuing With This Theme

What level/how many violations should lead to a license suspension? And what should be the punishment for driving with a suspended license?

I'm not trolling you or myself. I really don't have strong opinions on this subject. Genuinely curious what people think.


Opening it up to you, my glorious community. What should the punishment for speeding be? I don't mean the fucked up can get you involved in the criminal justice system in various ways (nonpayment fines/warrants, searching your car, etc...) sense. I mean the base punishment for a clear traffic violation with no speed trap (speed trap doesn't mean "cop with a radar gun" it means local authorities that deliberately reduce the speed limit faster than you can reasonably respond in order to nab you). So, say, driving 85 on a 65 mph limit freeway? Basic punishment should be...?

America's Worst Humans

John Kasich.

Relentless Pressure

Or how about laws? Really don't think the threat of being left off George Osborne's Christmas party list is quite enough. WE WILL PRESSURE THEM WITHOUT USING THE POWERS WE ACTUALLY HAVE AS NEAR-DICTATORS OF A COUNTRY.
U.K. Energy Secretary Amber Rudd pledged to be “relentless” in putting pressure on energy utilities to deliver fairer prices to consumers.
Too many consumers suffer from “woeful” service from gas and power suppliers, Rudd said Monday in a a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, northwest England. She said she would give the Energy Ombudsman additional powers to investigate “systemic issues in the industry, not just individual complaints.”
“We will be relentless in putting pressure on companies to improve how they treat their customers,” Rudd said. “Where companies have developed a pattern of bad behavior, they will have no hiding place. We are on the side of consumers, we are doing this so consumers receive better treatment and we can build more trust in the industry.”

Probably Not Too Hard To Figure Out

We keep hearing about how are bombs are super smart and definitely much super smarter than their bombs. I'm presuming they're so smart that targeting and tracking information is recorded or maybe oopsie it gets lost who knows.

I Hope They're Paying This Man

Because somebody should.

A Little More Evil Every Day

Without defending, you can understand how scrappy trying to make it startups might feel the need to be a bit evil to compete with behemoths, but the more google takes over the world the more consciously evil it gets.
When Alphabet was revealed, it was made clear that Google’s pre-existing ethics policy would only apply to the search firm itself, rather than its parent company. But now that Alphabet has revealed its own Code of Conduct, and the words “don’t be evil” are nowhere in sight.

Instead, the holding company has a rather less pithy set of requirements for its employees, including “avoid conflicts of interest”, “ensure financial integrity and responsibility” and “obey the law”.