Sunday, October 04, 2015

I'm Wearing A Sweater Right Now It's Cold, Libturds

Any one weather event doesn't really say anything about climate change, but...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — In scores of swift-water rescues Sunday, emergency agencies scrambled in steady rain to reach residents trapped by life-threatening floodwaters here as state officials urged residents not to travel.

As I've said before, my unexpert opinion on all of this stuff is that it's more likely to be costly than catastrophic, but...maybe really costly. I remember the ridiculously low numbers that were thrown around as HUGE by climate change deniers 15 years ago as for what it would cost to prevent it. Those numbers were probably wrong - too low - but they were also the numbers that the deniers were using because ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS sounded really huge.

And then we lit one trillion dollars on fire in Iraq and the Middle East. So funny, really. Not haha funny, really, especially not to the dead people, but, well, hey.

Afternoon Thread


City Boy

I do not think that means what you think it means, Havertown boy.
Resistance could also come from city drivers and commuters. To Drexel's Martin, a self-described city boy who drives to work from his home in Havertown, a no-car day also takes the soul out of what makes an urban metropolis just that. "The hustle and bustle of the city," he said, "it's part of the excitement."

Cars are the "hustle and bustle"? Well okay then. Also, too, it's very arrogant for people to consider wanting the public space on their blocks that were built before cars were invented to occasionally be used for something other than letting suburban drivers go from A to b.

"I don't think people have said what they want to do with the space. Is this just for the hell of it? So people can wander?" he said.

"Someone is using that road to go from somewhere to somewhere. So how do the needs of advocates that want to play dog Frisbee in front of their house exceed the people in their cars and their needs? That's pretty arrogant."

It's like the universe felt it necessary to give me a new chew toy.

Having a non-clusteruck open streets event whch doesn't paralyze the city or local businesses isn't simple. The best ideas I've heard involve expanding a zone around an existing street festival/block party type event to create a bigger box. Those events are generally too crowded and having more pedestrian overflow space away from the vendors/food trucks/etc. really is desirable anyway. But I really don't need suburban boy who thinks the exciting hustle and bustle of his urban theme park is due to all the cars driving around in an exciting hustley bustley way lecturing city dwellers on their arrogance for occasionally wanting to restrict his ability to drive down their streets.

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I'm sure we'll make it work this time.
Now, with the administration’s approach to Syria seemingly in tatters, the differences between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have opened a fresh wedge between the two, with Mrs. Clinton arguing for a more robust approach and Mr. Obama dismissing her ideas as campaign politics.


As secretary, she was there next to Mr. Obama and offered a different prescription then as well, long before she was a candidate. As secretary, she joined with David H. Petraeus, then the C.I.A. director, and Leon E. Panetta, then the defense secretary, to push a plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.

Ah those "moderate rebels." Always there in any crisis, just waiting to be armed and trained. They're moderate. They're rebellious. They just need some death machines to use in rebellious moderation.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Saturday Night Thread

Did We Win?

We started bombing Afghanistan almost 14 years ago.

Euphemisms To Retire

Collateral damage.

The United States military, in a statement, confirmed an airstrike at 2:15 a.m., saying that it had been targeting individuals “who were threatening the force” and that “there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

The US mainland clearly has much to fear from these individuals "who where threatening the force." Probably sevety-twelve nine-elevens would have happened if we didn't bomb some MSF personnel.

It is that year. Maybe the terraists will be flying hoverboards to the US.

This is all so stupid. Also, evil and it kills people.

Happy Hour

I'm ahead of youse! Hic.

Afternoon Thread

Eschaton World Industries is operating with a weekend schedule. Because it's the weekend!

Good Thing We're Using the Smart Bombs

Imagine what the dumb ones could do!
The hospital was hit by a suspected US air strike at 2.10am on Saturday morning, despite the international organisation sharing their GPS location with Nato forces only days before.

MSF claimed the bombing continued for “30 minutes after military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed.” The organisation said it was “urgently” seeking a comment to understand how the tragedy could have unfolded.

Nine staff members were killed in the strike, with 37 wounded, including 19 MSF staff. It is believed the operating theatre and emergency room were hit in the strike.


Lying in service of the cause is one way to convince the flock that you'll do whatever it takes to stick it to the libturds. And that's mostly what they care about, proving that they are a member of Team Winner not like stupid libturds.

Stick it to libturds and you get to be the frontrunner of the week. It's hard to keep sticking it to libturds, tho. You run out of material pretty quickly.

Morning Thread

Terrific article from the Guttmacher Institute: Prosecuting Women for Self-Inducing Abortion: Counterproductive and Lacking Compassion.  Basically makes the point that outlawing abortion won't stop women from having abortions. It will just make it more dangerous, partly because she will be reluctant to seek medical treatment if anything goes wrong. The whole attack on Planned Parenthood seems to have gotten lost with all the other news last week.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Happy Hour Thread

Do you know what day it is today?

America's Worst Humans

Michael Nutter.

Don't Let The Door

One fewer incompetent (though it depends on what you were supposed to be competent at doing) asshole in the administration.

Ted Kennedy made a deal with the devil for more education funding, and it's pretty clear the devil won that round.

Not Capable Of Learning

Once again the nation is shocked to discover the tools designed for killing people are used to kill people.

Where Did All The Teachers Go

Apparently there's a shortage. Who could have predicted that demonizing them, cutting salaries and benefits, and reducing job security might make it a slightly less attractive option for people.

With the September data in hand, we can look at the number of teachers who are starting work or going back to school this year. The number of teachers and education staff fell dramatically during the recession, and has failed to get anywhere near its prerecession level, let alone the level that would be required to keep up with an expanding student population. Along with the dismal shortfall in public sector employment, due to the Great Recession and the ensuing austerity at all levels of government, public education jobs are still 236,000 less than they were seven years ago. The number of teachers rose by 41,700 over the last year. While this is clearly a positive sign, adding in the number of public education jobs that should have been created just to keep up with enrollment, we are currently experiencing a 410,000 job shortfall in public education. Short sighted austerity measures have a measurable impact, hitting children in today’s classrooms.
The teacher gap

How will our great school administrators deal with this? Increasing teacher salaries is unpossible, because that might mean that the Viceroy For District Charterization and Martini Tasting might take small pay cut. From EPI (email):


+142k. Not awesome.