Sunday, February 26, 2017

47

The Gaslight Anthem - Queen Of Lower Chelsea

It Occurs To Me

That tomorrow is Monday.

Sunday Evening

Not sure if I've seen any Oscar movies this year. That isn't a boast.

...ok I saw Fences on stage, but not the movie.

Spice Spice Baby

SPICEY is getting FEISTY.

Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room.

Upon entering Spicer’s second floor office, staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a “phone check," to prove they had nothing to hide.

We Won!!!!

Ok winning is less important than the turnout.

In the most expensive special election in Delaware history ― a contest to decide which party controls the state Senate ― Democrat Stephanie Hansen was on track to annihilate her Republican rival on the back of extraordinary turnout.

The last time her opponent, John Marino, ran in this district, in 2014, he lost by just 2 points. Hansen’s 58-42 percent victory over Marino on Saturday ensured that Democrats will maintain control of the state Senate. It also notched a big Donald Trump-era win for a new generation of Democratic activists shocked into action by the November election.



Guess all the Delaware Berniebros decided to vote.

Overnight Thread

Enjoy

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Evening Thread

Not sure how it is evening already. Have a video.



Shit People

You have to be pretty fucking evil to enjoy breaking up families like this.

Two officials in Washington said that the shift — and the new enthusiasm that has come with it — seems to have encouraged pro-Trump political comments and banter that struck the officials as brazen or gung-ho, like remarks about their jobs becoming “fun.” Those who take less of a hard line on unauthorized immigrants feel silenced, the officials said.

Morale is up, they say! So much fun.

If we can't change the policy, we can make these shit people feel like shit people that they are.

Existential

If you're betting your taxi business on self-driving cars, time to fold.

In August, Kalanick laid out the stakes of his competition with Google to Bloomberg: “The minute it was clear to us that our friends in Mountain View were going to be getting in the ride-sharing space, we needed to make sure there is an alternative [self-driving car], because if there is not, we’re not going to have any business.”

Building their own self-driving car “is basically existential for us”, he added.

Lunch Thread

Get lunchin'

Shit People

ICE isn't the FBI, which you sort of understand (right or wrong) gets away with bigfooting state and local police. They don't necessarily have very much elite law enforcement training, which as I understand it the FBI does. Not that such training makes you a perfect human being, of course, but it at least gives you a framework to operate in (or not).

Assholes.
Santa Cruz police: Homeland Security misled city with ‘gang’ raids that were immigration related
Police chief says department will no longer work with Department of Homeland Security

Is This Who They Thought They Voted For?

I know President Trump is basically the same as Campaign Trump. This is no surprise to some of us, though it is a surprise to all the journalists who wrote "pivot" stories every single day after he had won the nomination and "time to be presidential" stories after the election. I just wonder if man who endlessly whines about the size of his yuge fingers on twitter is really what people thought they were getting.




There are certain personality types that seem to gravitate towards each other in a way I don't really understand. I get the narcissists can be charming but I don't get how they often seem to find each other charming. I thought they'd always want to kill each other. I get that we have a lot of whiny old white dudes who have people in their lives who put up with their particular brand of whining, but I don't know why other whiny old white dudes like them. It's weird.

Morning Thread

Which scandal will the topic of the bobble head shows this weekend. Reince trying to squash the FBI investigation into Russia? The President at Mar a Lago again this weekend? Or, maybe, Dems in disarray at their yearly meeting.

Friday, February 24, 2017

48

Lucius - How Loud Your Heart Gets


Lies and the Lying Liars

As I keep saying, I don't think safety per se is the issue. If they work, they'll be safe enough. It's tautological almost. Making them safe isn't the challenge. Making them work is.
But even though Uber said it had suspended an employee riding in the Volvo, the self-driving car was, in fact, driving itself when it barreled through the red light, according to two Uber employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they signed nondisclosure agreements with the company, and internal Uber documents viewed by The New York Times. All told, the mapping programs used by Uber’s cars failed to recognize six traffic lights in the San Francisco area. “In this case, the car went through a red light,” the documents said.

I never believed all their "human error" bullshit. And no this isn't evidence that they won't work, it's just evidence that Uber can't be trusted. They still won't work.

...adding, someone in a position to know a bit more about this stuff than I do emailed me once to explain what it was all about. Roughly, it's this:
In fact, Sebastian Thrun, who founded Google’s self-driving car project and is now the chief executive of the online teaching start-up Udacity, said last year that the going rate for driverless car engineering talent was about $10 million a person.

Everybody has an interest in keeping the con going...until it's over.

SHUT UP AND ACT!!!!!!!!!

Oscar weekend, which means some celebrities will probably say mean things about Trump which will be "controversial" and make Real America OH SO MAD and they will never buy any movie tickets again, or something.

I have no idea if celebrities are capable of having a positive influence in this fashion. Some probably have a sophisticated understanding of politics and political discourse and some don't. Who cares? They have a big platform, and if they want to use it they should. Even Oscar nominee Scott Baio should be allowed to speak. And it's silly that it's a CONTROVERSY. The same people who lament that we just don't talk enough about politics will get upset when people talk about politics. Pundits with no expertise in anything get Very Mad Indeed when other people with no obvious expertise express opinions instead of listening to them.


Afternoon Thread

This dystopian novel is too long.

Escape From Paris



I'm not sure why Americans want to believe this stuff about Europe. The murder rate of Paris is about 1/5 the overall US murder rate, equivalent to the murder rate of Arlington, TX. The only real explanation is that nostalgia for a time when Europe was whiter than it is now is a helluva hallucinogenic drug.

Lunch Thread

Time keeps on ticking.

Indeed

Most of the rest of the state just sees Philadelphia as a source of raw material for its prisoner manufacturing industry.

Mayor Kenney on Thursday slammed as "racism" a Pennsylvania state senator’s suggestion that inner-city students should not be encouraged to attend college but instead steered toward vo-tech programs.

"It’s racism, and it should be called out to be racism,” he said in leveling the criticism against Sen. John Eichelberger of Blair County, which includes Altoona. "And you can see what we’re up against.”

The city's own politicians aren't always perfect (far from it!), but the state controls many of the important things (schools) and the constitution limits what the city can do with respect to taxes.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

49

Imperial Teen - Hair the TV the Baby & the Band

Happy Hour Thread

Get happy.