Thursday, January 18, 2018

No Foods

I've experienced shortage problems at my local Whole Foods a couple of times recently, though I have no idea if it's related. It's one thing if they're out of kelp or something, but another if you can't be sure you'll find onions and potatoes and other basic staples. Twice I've had to go the Other Supermarket across the street for really basic stuff.

But Whole Foods employees say the problems began before the acquisition. They blame the shortages on a buying system called order-to-shelf that Whole Foods implemented across its stores early last year.

Supermarkets need to be overstocked. Yes that'll lead to waste, but...

Thursday, Thursday

Many things to deal with today. I thought things were supposed to be simple in this country. That's what we used to tell Europeans, at least.

Lunch Thread

Too late to make this today, but maybe tomorrow.

Psst, not for those watching their cholesterol, that's for sure.

Morning Thready Goodness

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Fakeys

Apparently they're real! But the website crashed so I have no idea if I got one :(.

But Atrios, The NYT Is Good

Stop telling me to cancel my subscription!

Ah, remember back to 2009, when Obama won the presidency, Dems controlled Congress, and our liberal media did nothing but profile...the same fucking people they're profiling now. They just called them the Tea Party then.

Where's My Fakey

I guess President Sundown forgot.

Happy Hour Thread


Not Very Supreme

One of the themes of Get Out (see it, really) is that white people really believe black people have all the advantages these days, and that these advantages are somehow unfair to white people. This extends beyond the belief about "no fair affirmative action!!!!" to the sense that maybe black people are, actually, better (more athletic, more attractive, etc.).

When you look who the patron saint of white supremacy is these days - Donald Trump - you get that the white nationalist "movement" is less about a belief in white supremacy, and more the increasing fear that... they're not. The competition is tough. Superior genes, hahahahaha.

The Newspaper Is Coming From Inside The Suburbs

The treatment of our new DA by the local paper of record is absurd.

Our last DA is in prison, btw.


I think the "STOP NORMALIZING THIS!!!" is a bit overdone, but it's obvious that the press is just accepting things they would never just accept from other presidents (certainly not ones with a -D after their name). The press is not omnipotent, but though they pretend not to they, collectively if not individually, have the power to create scandals when they want to, to "monster" people when they want to. We've all lived through nightly flood the zone coverage of certain issues. We know they can do this. Who knew Congressional witnesses could "choose" how and whether to cooperate without invoking any relevant valid legal doctrine to do so. Things change fast!

Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist.

That’s according to people familiar with the closed-door session who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

During the day-long interview Tuesday, Bannon’s attorney Bill Burck was asking the White House counsel’s office by phone whether his client could answer the questions. He was told by that office not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House.

When Trump is gone we will be back to tan suits being month long scandals for President Democrat. I'm not sure that's good or bad, but...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Night

Tomorrow is...

Who Has The Power

It's obviously a crass way to think about to this, but a lot of industries have problems without immigrants, and I'm not just talking about undocumented workers. The Trump war on immigrants isn't just on undocumented immigrants or even just low skilled immigrants. It's creating an unwelcoming place for almost all immigrants. I wouldn't pick up and move somewhere for a job, even I were relatively high income (like tech workers), or go somewhere for university, if I knew the country was playing Calvinball with my immigration status. If I knew I could never bring my family over. If I knew meeting someone and getting married would be a problem. None of these things ever worked smoothly of course, but there was a general attitude of openness for a couple of decades. That there is no effective pushback on the Trumpkins' war on immigrants from the powers that be (and so far I'm just talking about people with proper status) is... interesting. Even if you're only playing Calvinball with people from shithole countries, it doesn't make Norwegians too interested in coming (even if they were before) either. There's no way to contain such cruelty, to limit it, once it is our approach to immigrants and immigration.

That's even before we have ICE ripping apart families. Going to need a Truth and Reconciliation committee in the future. Hah, I kid, look forward...

Afternoon Thread


Civilization, How Does It Work?

I do think one element of conservatism is imagining that they'd win the post-apocalyptic feudal games.

Prepare to live. As tempting as it may be, don’t spend the precious minutes between missile alert and missile impact texting family, sending tearful goodbyes on Snapchat, or attempting to reconcile old grudges. Don’t do it. First, you have to understand that the odds are overwhelming that you’ll survive an initial blast. Nuclear weapons are devastating, but it’s a Hollywood myth that any individual strike will vaporize an entire American city, much less the suburbs and countryside. You can go to sites like to see the blast radius of direct nuclear strikes at various yields.

The bottom line, even if a nuclear weapon as big as the largest North Korea has ever tested were to impact squarely on Manhattan, the vast majority of New Yorkers would survive the initial blast. A strike would devastate central Honolulu but leave many suburbs intact. If the missile misses a city center even by a small amount, the number of initial casualties plunges dramatically.

Let's suppose you're minding your business in a lovely suburb of Honolulu. Honolulu gets ALL BLOWED UP. But, hey, you don't die in the initial fireball. OK let's say you don't die of radiation poisoning within the next week or two. You've survived! That cancer will be along in a few years, but, hey, no worries for now.

Best case scenario, you live in current day Puerto Rico for a bit. No electricity, no water, but, hey, you're alive. Also, nobody is going to get near your radiation zone. No rescues, no supplies, no nothing. Enjoy your last couple of weeks on Earth, I guess. I suppose you can forage for fruit, for a bit, and as a good conservative you own guns so you can shoot all the "looters" who are trying to take "your" fruit, but...

No, I do not want to survive the initial blast.

Family Travel

Still sorta busy for the rest of the week. Familial obligations. Stuff is complicated.

Sure Why Not

Reader c sent this one in:
The study, conducted by Montreal group WSP, proposes three crossing points from Long Island: Oyster Bay to Rye, N.Y., just south of Greenwich; Kings Park to Bridgeport; and Wading River to New Haven. An 18-mile tunnel or bridge from Oyster Bay to Rye would cost $8.5 to $55.4 billion; a 30-mile equivalent from Kings Park to Bridgeport would cost $13 to $31.2 billion,;and a 32-mile tunnel or bridge from Wading River to New Haven would cost $15.8 to $32 billion.

New York’s Department of Transportation has deemed such an audacious undertaking “feasible,” Cuomo said. Its Connecticut counterpart would likely disagree. On Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy threatened to smother $4.3 billion in badly needed highway repairs if the legislature fails to direct money into the state’s Special Transportation Fund.

I'm not even completely against big stupid projects, but can they be slightly less stupid?



Monday, January 15, 2018


Who invented that?

More thread

Busy doing family stuff as one does.

Afternoon Thread


Happy Republicans Pretend They Think MLK Was "One of the Good Ones" Day

It's gross every year.