Monday, November 20, 2017

The Crusty Paw

And Charlie Rose.

I Can't Drive 55

I think most people have what is to me an acceptable attitude about speeding, but for most people that means maybe they'll drive 80.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro hit with speeding charges after cops clock her driving 119 mph upstate

Afternoon Thread

Still in computer hell. Managed to coax a dos prompt to appear and hook up an external drive so at least there will be backups. Then to see if formatting and reinstallation works or if it's just time for a new machine (or at least new drive).

Somebody Wants To Be Fired

5 sources!

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence at a private dinner with a powerful tech CEO, according to five sources with knowledge of the conversation.

Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.

Actually She Wanted Me

We can debate somewhat where the line between "being a bit too aggressive when drunk" and "serial sexual harasser" is (I'm not defending the former, just that not all bad behavior is precisely the same level of bad), but this really bad.

In the course of reporting this story, I was told by a male reporter who’d worked at Politico at the time that my instinct was right. He said that the day after that night at the bar, Thrush told him about the incident, except with the roles reversed. I had come onto him, the reporter said Thrush told him, and he had gently shut it down.

In a statement, Thrush denied that he disparaged me to colleagues at Politico. He said that “the encounter described [in this story] was consensual, brief, and ended by me.”

The source said that Thrush frequently told versions of this story with different young women as the subject. He would talk up a night out drinking with a young attractive woman, usually a journalist. Then he’d claim that she came onto him. In his version of these stories, Thrush was the responsible grown-up who made sure nothing happened.

If I Turn It Off And Then On Again 500 Times

Between trying to blog on a netbook and trying to recover my other computer...extra sucky blogging day!

Peak Car

Aside from my general "not going to work" perspective, I don't get the people who think that self-driving cars will somehow make car commutes better. There's still the peak driving problem, and even optimistic scenarios about the entire fleet being self-driving cars being able to increase highway capacity and improve the flow of cars, a 30% increase of capacity on the 405 ain't gonna help much. In addition, I'm not sure how "no one will need to own their own car"is compatible with "most people commute at the same time." Cars are big. We have this thing called rush hour. Self-driving cars aren't going to change that even if they work, which they won't.

Morning Thread

Yum, just had some really good spaghetti carbonara.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Probably Why They All Stopped Blabbing To The Press

It wasn't John Kelly. They're all just scared shitless.

One Republican operative in frequent contact with the White House described Mueller’s team “working through the staff like Pac-Man.”

The Atrios Household Will Pay A Lot More In Taxes

And maybe that is Right and Good but we are not even close to being million dollar earners.

Mnuchin says only 'million dollar' earners will pay higher taxes—Tax Policy Center and others show otherwise

(by not even close I mean HAHAAHHAHAHAA no)

The President Is A Horrible Person

I know this is not a shocking revelation, but it's quite amazing. He's really good at being one of the worst humans ever to be born on this Earth. Everybody's got one thing, I guess, and that's his.

Sunday Evening

Have some thread.

Sunday, Sunday

Working with this old netbook is...a challenge.

Everybody Gets a Veto

Such fun.'
Ireland has issued a stark warning that it will block progress of the Brexit negotiations in December unless the UK gives a formal written guarantee that there will be no hard border with Northern Ireland.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Night

Gypsy shit is the only cure for days like this.

Saturday Evening

Today has been a shit day all around. I hate everything.

The Kids Today

I went to a shitty state college as an undergrad. Shitty state colleges provide as much education as you want, just like elite private colleges. They don't provide the networking. Anyway, the point of this post is not about that.

The point of this post is that all of my fellow shitty state school graduates - even the ones who had less than stellar academic records - thought they could graduate, get a crappy job which would pay the bills, get married by 24, buy a house by 25, have kids by 26, etc. We even graduated into a recession (1993) and we all still thought that!

The reality of those expectations (given what I know, they were pretty realistic, though I suppose the Facebook success story has a self-selection bias) isn't the issue. The point is that people thought that. That was "normal." That's what you did. You went to college, met a spouse, graduated, got a job, got married, bought a ticky tacky house, etc.

The Kids Today don't have those expectations.

Tiny Eschaton

Got the blue screen of death today. Exciting! My computer won't boot. I have no idea where a recovery disk is (or if it would work). It's amazing how much human suffering is caused to prevent software piracy (I think if I learn the right spell - microsoftfuckyouassholesius- I might be able to download one). Only a few not backedup files I sorta want but my life will go on without them and even if I can't rescue the machine I can probably figure out how to pull them off the drive.

Fortunately my 10+ year old netbook still works. Well, the battery is shot but otherwise. Yay Acer! It's just really really tiny...

LOL We'll Just Say It's Free The IRS Will Never Figure It Out

Area reporter doesn't know how benefits taxation works.




I am sure there would be some creative accounting to try to minimize the tax burden for students with tuition waivers, but once the IRS decides that a benefit is taxable... it is. You can't just say "this incredibly valuable thing we provide is actually free because we don't charge!!!" They'll find a way to put a number on it, and it will be taxable.

The IRS is very good at closing "loopholes" for the 99%.

The Grift Is Strong In This One

This why I just have a sucky blog.

But they also reported that Papadopolous reveled in the benefits of his newfound fame — at least in Greece — as an adviser to a major party nominee for the U.S. presidency. “He had acquired a new status in Athens,” wrote the newspaper, Kathimerini, which noted that Papadopoulos had been “bestowed with awards, wined and dined by prominent Athenians and even appointed to the judging committee of a beauty pageant on a Greek island.”

Good Enough To Poop On

The punchline is that it will be closed to traffic.

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (WPVI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting a road in his home county named after him.

Christie and his wife are expected to be on hand Monday when a new access road to Central Park of Morris County is christened Governor Chris Christie Way. The Republican governor lives in Mendham Township in the county and served in local government in the mid-1990s

Nobody Knows In America

Anecdotally (all I got) people from Puerto Rico are also coming to Philly in large numbers (there's a pretty big Puerto Rican community here already). I get disaster capitalism, but I don't really understand the endgame of it there right now.

More than 168,000 people have flown or sailed out of Puerto Rico to Florida since the hurricane, landing at airports in Orlando, Miami and Tampa, and the port in Fort Lauderdale. Nearly half are arriving in Orlando, where they are tapping their networks of family and friends. An additional 100,000 are booked on flights to Orlando through Dec. 31, county officials said. Large numbers are also settling in the Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach areas.