Monday, July 25, 2016

More Thread

Better thread than dead.

Monday Night

I hear some ladies are speaking tonight? Get your fashion criticisms ready!

Monday Evening

Almost Monday Night!!!

Afternoon Thread

Looks like rain.

They Won't Work

I find the safety obsession with self-driving cars to be amusing. Safety is the easy part. I'm sure they'll be able to make cars which drive themselves on highways and have as good or better safety records as humans in similar driving conditions. Programming them to not hit things and to avoid being hit by things is, I would guess, the simplest challenge right now. But, hey, build a test site. Preferably with lots of public money. Program them not to play bumper cars. They still won't work in the way that's being sold to people. Besides, automobiles are a 19th century technology.

Unity, My Way

I hate talks of "unity" especially by people in power. If it actually has a meaning, it's something like "smile and clap for me, citizen." I don't think politicians who say it are actually thinking, "be excellent to each other on twitter." They're thinking "I wish the proles would just STFU for a change.

And when unity just means "unite behind me," then the peddler of the unity utopia is just using it as a cynical tool to get people to line up behind them. After all, they aren't much interested in unity if it means they don't get what they want.
“It came down to the fact that the president didn’t want the hassle of getting rid of Debbie,” said a former top Obama adviser. “It’s been a huge problem for the Clintons, but the president just didn’t want the headache of Debbie bad-mouthing him. … It was a huge pain in the ass.”



One thing which I think causes people who are in general terms "on the same side" to talk past each other in politics is the failure to understand that people just have different priorities from each other. "We" might all agree on 10 issues that are important, but we don't rank them all the same away. I don't really expect that everyone thinks that SUPERTRAINS are the most important policy issue (not that I do either), but I might have some good reasons for thinking they are nonetheless.

Also, too, some people just like to be assholes on the internet. We all need a hobby.

Morning Thread

Really big thunderstorm just passed through. Hope it cools things down for the visitors to Philly.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


The things that happen when you're out.
PHILADELPHIA — Democrats arrived at their nominating convention on Sunday under a cloud of discord as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, abruptly said she was resigning after a trove of leaked emails showed party officials conspiring to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Anyway, DWS is horrible aside from whatever the specifics of her role in the primary stuff were. She should never have had the job, and certainly should not have had it for this long.

Sunday Night

Old. No closing down bars for me anymore, even with other loser libs.

So Close And Yet So Far

My house is filled with a bunch of liberal losers so I'm staying in my "old" neighborhood, all of 1.5 or so miles away. It isn't that I never get here otherwise, but surprisingly rarely. And things do change there, if fairly slowly.

Things elsewhere have changed since I lived there, too. I don't remember anyone involved in Lefty politics back in the day who didn't come at it with a healthy dose of skepticism of those in power, including the powerful of the minority party. For a lot of people, now, that skepticism is unwelcome.

Then, as now, a lot of people just liked to pee in the punchbowl for fun. Not everything changes.

Afternoon Thread

Saw my first live delegate in the wild.

Go Away

I was pretty shocked by the behavior of DWS's DNC during the primary. It was a "not even trying to hide it" kind of thing going on, and then people were all confused (or pretended to be) when Bernie was pissed. He had reasons, and they were rather obvious. There were beats to sweeten, because there's nothing like a beat so sweet.

Still it's all that commie Putin's fault.

Sunday Morning

Going to be another hot one. I really feel for the delegates arriving in Philly today. Way too hot to do much sightseeing outdoors. Stick to museums.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Night

It's alright.

Saturday Evening

The Left sure was busy being wrong about everything today given that it's a Saturday. Take a break, Left! It's the weekend that The Left worked for. You can go back to being wrong about everything on Monday, Left! Relax until then.

So...2056 Then?

Completely believable.

General Motors' first fully autonomous car will be electric, available to just about anyone, and it could be here before you know it.

The company plans to bring its self-driving cars to the masses by launching its first driverless on the Lyft platform, Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of autonomous tech at GM, told Tech Insider.

Fletcher would not share specifics about timing, but she did say the company’s first fully autonomous car will be available via the ride-sharing service sooner than you may expect.

"We have not made that announcement yet, but what I would say is this is all coming much faster than people anticipate, so I’ll say that much. We have been transparent about that,” she said. “We are working on an on-demand ride-sharing network with Lyft, it’s not something we are thinking about, it’s something we are very much readying for consumer use.”


Afternoon Thread

Still hot.


Time to let it go.

It Isn't A Superpower

This isn't a knock on Kaine, and by accounts he actually does actually speak decent Spanish unlike most of the politicians our press rapturously hails as being bilingual (I know some Spanish. Mostly nouns. I don't come close to "speaking Spanish."). Still it's ridiculous when having a facility with a second language is seen as some sort of superpower, especially one which is so amazing that bilingual immigrants and their children and grandchildren (some of whom might also be bilingual) will be really really impressed. Lots of people in the world speak multiple languages, including most of the people this stuff is supposed to impress.

Not wanting to deport their families. That might be a bit impressive.

Morning Thread

We're getting excessive heat warnings. I hope visitors to Philly, who aren't used to this kind of weather, pay attention and not overdo.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tired Hand

Sometimes the ones from Virginia can surprise.

“Once again, the Virginia Supreme Court has placed Virginia as an outlier in the struggle for civil and human rights. It is a disgrace that the Republican leadership of Virginia would file a lawsuit to deny more than 200,000 of their own citizens the right to vote. And I cannot accept that this overtly political action could succeed in suppressing the voices of many thousands of men and women who had rejoiced with their families earlier this year when their rights were restored.

“Forty states give citizens who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society a straightforward process for restoring voting rights. I remain committed to moving past our Commonwealth’s history of injustice to embrace an honest process for restoring the rights of our citizens, and I believe history and the vast majority of Virginians are on our side.

“Despite the Court’s ruling, we have the support of the state’s four leading constitutional experts, including A.E. Dick Howard, who drafted the current Virginia Constitution. They are convinced that our action is within the constitutional authority granted to the Office of the Governor.

“The men and women whose voting rights were restored by my executive action should not be alarmed. I will expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote. And I will continue to sign orders until I have completed restoration for all 200,000 Virginians. My faith remains strong in all of our citizens to choose their leaders, and I am prepared to back up that faith with my executive pen. The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on.”