Monday, October 20, 2014

Quote Of The Day

America's poetry:
“I’m getting fed up with you kids roaming the streets in those deathtraps of yours. I don’t care about you. You wanna wrap yourself around a post, you go ahead. We’ll try to stop you, but don’t you take somebody else with you. We’ve tried about everything in the books to make you understand. Doesn’t look like any of ‘em did any good […] You killed a human being, a woman who didn’t even know you. She never even saw you until it was too late. You threw a ton-and-a-half of metal at a 120-pound woman, then you ran away and left her in the gutter to die. You wrecked a family, you tore it right down the middle and rolled over it. You’re ruined the lives of all the people around that woman. You gave a group of decent kids a bad time because you stole their name. Now you get up on your feet and keep that smart mouth of yours closed, you understand?”
— Sgt. Joe Friday
Original transcription here.
On the radio: Reuse & recycle.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Outside Agitators"

Same shit, same claims, slightly different term from the forces of reaction & repression.
Hong Kong leader CY Leung has accused "external forces" of involvement in the territory's pro-democracy protests - claims strongly denied by protesters.
And just who elected him? Trick question!Ooops. Not as clever as I thought; didn't think he'd been elected at all.
Wrong again:
Elected chief executive in March 2012 by a committee of 1,200 people, Leung Chun-ying proved an unpopular choice among the Hong Kong public from the outset.

The front runner had been Henry Tang, the son of a Hong Kong textile baron, until a scandal over an illegal basement he built derailed his campaign*.
Fucker wants a sandwich, does he? Not one word about where an umbrella (or sandwich) might be placed. Not one.
*As stupid as these United Snakes. Was the committee of 1,200 hand-picked from a larger pool of certified nitwits? Good luck w/ it if you get any more democracy, kids.

Empty Suits

I can not wait until each & every one of you clucking cowards is decked out in a biohazard suit 24/7. A biohazard suit filled w/ your own pee & poop because you're too scared to take it off.

Blah blah blah, blah blah blah! Blah blah. Big blah opening, then mere seconds of the most cursory of image research again reveal that, certainly here & most likely everywhere, there are virtually no new ideas. (And most of the old ones stink.) Eleven yrs. previously, approx. the same, from the SARS hysteria of 2003:
Saturday, July. 13, 2003; 12:16 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON D.C.-- Fueled by the recent SARS virus infections in China and Taiwan, President Bush today issued an executive order for all American travelers to wear plastic biohazard suits for protection against SARS when visiting far eastern countries such as China and Taiwan.

The Office of Homeland Security directed by former Gov. Tom Ridge consulted with Bush for a request to open another office called The Office of Bodily Security, also to be headed by Ridge. The first action by the new office will be to direct the manufacturing and purchase of 100,000 biological hazard suits to be distributed to every traveling citizen who visits China, Tiawan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Tom Ridge said in a news conference, "Tonight can know that while the threat of this terrorist SARS virus is ongoing, we are taking every possible step to protect our citizens from danger." With the order by Bush, and the Bill passing Congress, the wearing of these suits will become law.
Eleven yrs. ago "terrorist virus" was clunky satire, parody or something; now ... Well, now one need only see what Uh-Murrika's elected leaders have blatted. Nagonna look at what was on the Sabbath gasbag programming earlier.

UPDATE, W/IN MOMENTS: Boy howdy, I was not kidding: There is nothing new. The "Suit FAQ" (Could I have read it 11 yrs. ago? Or is it just me?) linked in the first link above has this:
Q: The law states that we will have to wear the suits at all times. If so, how do we go to the bathroom? -- Bob Ignots
A: Good question Bob. Not to worry. Simply go right in your suit! The design incorporates a unique Gravi-Drop™ method that uses the Einstein force to literally pull the excretions to the base of the suit. At the end of the day, simply open a spigot located at the foot of the suit and let it flow into one of our handy sanitary disposal units. Every American will also receive a disposal unit.

"Mr. Hardwicke said no art work
had been damaged"

Fascist museum stops expression by artist during "art" show.
A man was arrested early Sunday at the Whitney Museum of American Art after he spray-painted graffiti on a blank wall at the Jeff Koons retrospective during a 36-hour event to close the popular exhibit.
And then the fucking Times calls this creative genius a "vandal". C'mon, no true artist can resist a blank canvas.
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The usual bullshit charges are filed.
The man, Christopher Johnson, 33, of Manhattan, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, making graffiti, possession of a graffiti instrument and criminal nuisance, the police said. He was taken into custody by police after he struggled with the museum’s security guards.
"Graffiti instrument." Soon possession of pens, pencils &/or blank paper will be criminal. Possession of a Sharpie® will be a capital offense. And just when in the fucking hell were "mischief" & "nuisance" criminalized? I have a list twice as long as both my arms of certain loud-mouthed public figures who've been criminally annoying me for almost 60 yrs. Can the criminal justice system do something about these fucking annoyances before this reporter administers vigilante justice to them? (The race is on, but you aren't going to be running too fast in that stupid dressrobe you're wearing, your honor!)

The real problem may be what the Whitney decides to exhibit. Is there a pattern here?
It was not the first graffiti incident at the Koons exhibit, which opened in June. In August, a man splashed a red substance on a blank gallery wall on the third floor of the museum near the artist’s “Rabbit” sculpture. The man was removed by police, and no art was damaged.

[...]

The exhibit featured Mr. Koons’s shiny sculptures, framed posters and glossy paintings, along with household appliances and children’s toys. The art critic Roberta Smith called it a “gripping show” that “chronicles a sculptural career that is singular for its profusion of color, crafts and materials.”
I think we all know just what Mr. Koons is "gripping," & probably a bit too tightly.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Celebration Time!

"They" beat Baylor's Bears, why can't they just have a little fun, you party-poopin' piggies?Just like Cloverfield, except Morgantown, WV.

Just Having Fun

Where are the white leaders to put a stop to this & calm their community? Police better start shooting soon.

Riot Going On!

Area white folks fight for right to par-tay, bit-chezz!!
Ah, more pagan "festival" revelry.

Several injuries reported as police clash with students at Pumpkin Festival near Keene State College in New Hampshire

No guns or armored vehicles?

Riot Police Deploy Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Against Keene State Partiers

Oh, maybe now the anti-Negro gear will be deployed.

The Undefeated Meet In Today's
Big Game Of The Wk.

This wk.'s game in which the stadium, teams, coaching staffs, administrators, media, students & fans in attendance should be destroyed by an especially vicious swarm of meteorites, if we must be more specific (And if The Big Fucking Killer in The Sky is too busy elsewhere murdering his children, at least it should end in a tie.):

Nôtre Dame d'Indiana at the Seminoles of Florida State.

It's in Tallahassee, meteors & space debris.

Threat Assesssment

Not keen on a twenty- or maybe thirty-nothing using the "how freaked out should you be" construction for his Vox listicle (For one thing, the punctuation is "How freaked out should you be?" or "How freaked out you should be:" not the idiot combination thereof used.)

Yada yada. I thought Ukraine & Crimea was enough; atomic confrontation over Estonia was not registering on the threat potentiometer.
Worst-case scenario: Russia does in Estonia what it did in Ukraine, that snowballs into war between Russia and the US/NATO, and the nukes start falling.

How freaked out should you be: To be very clear: the odds of this happening are extremely low. But the danger is real enough that everyone is taking it seriously (Russia is holding major nuclear exercises). If it did happen, it would be many, many times worse than every other item on this list combined.
What's important, however, is not facts or even statistics, but that the listicle typist/aggregator is an "Israel-hater" (who will have moved on to "hating Jews" by the end):
Voxplainer, and Israel-hating Max Fischer has a post about potential threats to the American people.

The list of errors, flaws in thinking, leftist illogic, and outright nonsense would embarrass anyone not affiliated with Vox.
Threat to Americans: If you are an American in West Africa in close proximity with Ebola victims, the threat is moderate. If you are an American health worker in the US assisting an Ebola victim or someone who frequently comes into physical contact with one, the threat of infection is minor if you use proper protective equipment. Otherwise, the threat is pretty close to zero.
That gives you just a hint of the idiocy to follow. Shockingly, he finds global climate change to be a greater “threat” than ISIS or Ebola. Household furniture, televisions, and driving a car he deems to be more dangerous than ISIS or Ebola. 2nd Amendment rights are more dangerous than Ebola or ISIS. It is odd how he lumps Cancer [sic] and heart disease together.

It is abundantly clear that Max does not know the difference between a list of causes of death and an actual threat analysis. Or anything, for that matter. He should stick to locating bridges from Gaza to Israel, and hating Jews.

What seems quite clear is that they want to minimize the failures of Obama to recognize and address the actual threats posed by Ebola and ISIS.
"Leftist illogic": Further proof of reality's "liberal bias". Remember when the political predecessors of these fraidy-cats were convinced the oceans would keep us safe? Whatever happened to that?

Let's recap the death toll for the worry-warts. People beheaded by ISIS terrorists in these United Snakes: Not a one. People in these United Snakes dead from Ebola: One. People in the U.S. who've contracted the disease overnight: Zero. People hit & run to death in NoHo overnight: One. You tell me, "Jew-lover".

Additional fool hysteria:

Editor's note: Reports are circulating that a person who became ill on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train today was on an Ebola watch list. Those reports have been debunked by DART officials, according to @NBCDFW. - Aaron

Cracker Colony Collapse

Is it the cousin-marrying? Or the sister-fucking? (Snake-handling, maybe?)
[T]he Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical denomination in the country, has reported steady declines in membership and new baptisms. Since 2007, the number of white evangelical Protestants nationwide has slipped from 22 percent in 2007 to 18 percent today.

A look at generational differences demonstrates that this is only the beginnings of a major shift away from a robust white evangelical presence and influence in the country. While white evangelical Protestants constitute roughly three in 10 (29 percent) seniors (age 65 and older), they account for only one in 10 (10 percent) members of the Millennial generation (age 18-29). In the last few national elections, however, because of high levels of voter turnout, white evangelical Protestants have managed to maintain an outsized presence at the ballot box according to national exit polls, representing roughly one-quarter of voters.
Either way, these pig-ignorant, wilfully deluded shitheels are on their way the fuck out & will not be missed by the rootless cosmopolitans who have been the enemies of reactionary rural populations since the rise of the nation-state.

Even better: The "unaffiliated" are replacing the droolers.
Two forces account for the declining proportions of white evangelical and mainline Protestants: the growth of non-black ethnic minorities and, perhaps surprisingly, the growth of the religiously unaffiliated across the South. Notably, each of these growing constituencies leans decidedly toward Democratic candidates. For example, in 2007, the religiously unaffiliated constituted 12 percent each of the populations of Kentucky and North Carolina. By 2013, the percentage of unaffiliated Kentuckians had jumped nine points to 21 percent, and the percentage of unaffiliated North Carolinians had jumped to 17 percent. While increases in the proportions of the religiously unaffiliated in Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana fall short of statistical significance, the patterns all point in the same direction.
DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!
The only complaint from here is that I was born too damn early to see these fools dwindle to irrelevance. Hell, I probably won't even see self-driving cars finally removing the last assholes from behind the wheel. Oh brave new world.

(Almost) Two Yrs. Before The Stars

Judging from the suits this secret mission was to shoot some Ebola to the stars to see what two yrs. of exposure to cosmic radiation might cause.
Technicians examine the X-37B unmanned space plane shortly after it landed
at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in this Dec. 3, 2010 photo, which was provided by the military.
The Pentagon’s secret space plane, which has been orbiting Earth for nearly two years on a mysterious mission, landed Friday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

[...]

The plane, which looks like a miniature space shuttle, was launched atop an Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Dec. 11, 2012.
Other theories:
Its covert mission has fueled speculation and conspiracy theories of what it has been doing for the last 22 months. Observers have hypothesized that the military could be using the robotic plane to deploy satellites or even to rendezvous with enemy satellites and destroy them.

... the secrecy surrounding the mission suggests that it was doing work for the National Reconnaissance Office, which is in charge of the nation’s intelligence-gathering satellites.
At this point as long as the junior shuttle doesn't actually drop from the skies onto my bunker (or my head if I'm caught outside) I'm not actually caring beyond wondering just how manoeuverable it is in the micro-gravity environment.

"... & Statistics"

Reading about Silicon Valley's would-be libertarian kings & their sycophants, one of whom claims to have had 500,000 weasels visit his blogspot, which he's been running for about two wks. longer than this enterprise has been chugging its way to obscurity.
Moldbuggism, for now, remains mostly an Internet phenomenon. Which is not to say it is “merely” an Internet phenomenon. This is, after all, a technological age. Last November, Yarvin claimed that his blog had received 500,000 views. It is not quantity of his audience that matters so much as the nature of it, however.
Frankly, I'm not impressed.
No idea when the half-a-million mark was hit here, but I'm guessing it was earlier than a yr. ago November. (Thought I typed something about it, but can't find it in 19 soon to be 18 short of 12,000 items posted here.) Not that Google stats are in the least trustworthy. Note the graph, which has stats beginning July 2006. A yr. before this started. And if the lowest month for page-views was 16,000+, how can there only have been a million seven over 89 mos.?

In other stats, a Toshiba lap-top battery will last almost six yrs. I bought this devil-box at the end of October 2008 & the battery gave up the ghost last wknd. when it was disconnected it from the A.C. while running during new modem installation.
Although it had stopped holding much more than a 10-min. charge a couple of yrs. ago.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cahiers Du Cinéma

Jack Webb Web-Log-athon underway. The great American auteur is best known for his decade-spanning magnum opus Dragnet; where better to start than He Walked By Night, on the set of which Webb, playing a police lab technician, met an L.A.P.D ossifer who inspired Webb to rifle the L.A.P.D.'s files for cases he could transform into the numbingly naturalistic depictions of the inane droning boredom of police work he made his stock-in-trade on radio & telebision.
"It was Tuesday January 18th, it was raining in Los Angeles ..."

Today In The Natural World:
"He was about 85 percent consumed."

Leftovers/road kill:
(Reuters) - A man who suffered a heart attack and died outside his rural Northern California home had his corpse dragged away and eaten by a black bear that was sheltering nearby, medical officials said on Friday.

The 65-year-old man, identified as Marion Williams, had walked from his trailer in Humboldt County to a water source about 100 yards (meters) away on Oct. 8 when he suffered cardiac arrest, said Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton.

A bear that was bedding just feet (meters) from the water source apparently saw or smelled the body and dragged Williams away, he said.

"The bear saw the opportunity for a food source and took advantage of it," Horton said, adding that the bear stripped Williams out of his clothes and necklace, feeding on him for several days.

"The bear did eat most of this guy," he said. "He was about 85 percent consumed."

Friends became concerned about Horton on Oct. 11 and called the sheriff's department. They also visited his property and could smell the decaying body, Horton said.

Horton stressed that the bear was acting naturally after finding the man's lifeless body, and said black bears are normally timid and non-aggressive.

Wildlife officials in California report there has [sic] been no known fatal maulings by black bears.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)
Euphemism notes: "Sheltering"? "Bedding"? Is the bear "sheltering in place"? Does it have a lean-to in which to "shelter"? If those are exact words, is the Deputy (temporarily) Humboldt County Coroner afraid to state clearly that bears sleep in the woods? If not, what the heck, reporter & two editors? (Two editors? What the heck?)

What the Next Two Awful Years Will Look Like

Title lifted wholesale from a New Republic listicle of what frightens them about the possibility the Grotesque Offal Party will gain power in both Houses of the Congress.

In case you missed it (& I'm pretty sure I did) peep this.
(What next? Silver crucifixes & strings of garlic? John the Conqueror Root? A mojo hand?)

WEB OF EVIL believes the next two awful yrs. will look like this: Animal sacrifice & worshipping of the Golden Calf on the House floor if the superstition-driven death cultists of the Republican Caucus
Kicks just keep gettin' harder to find.
can't get impeachment proceedings started, when Affordable Care isn't repealed, if someone is ever audited by the I.R.S. or if there is even one more Ebola infection in these United Snakes.

Rotten John Lydon, Elder Statesman

The ex-Pistol is usually a good dump. Don't forget to rock the vote, kids.Had that artfully missing tooth replaced, I see.

Where it was noticed.

Friday Lump (It's Probably Cancer)

Work, labor, exertion & ambition suck, but they've been burned into the sheepish brains of the western world of shit & pain. What in hell's wrong w/ most of you?

Next, Morrissey fandom among Hispanic/Latino/Mexican youth.
Which brings me to another musical phenomenon that is as embedded in the Mexican-American culture of East Los Angeles as bean and cheese burritos: Morrissey, lead singer of The Smiths, an English rock band that established a cult following in the 1980s.

Morrissey’s extremely melancholy ballads have been the theme music for breakups and lost love for decades. Songs like “Suedehead” and “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get” appealed to the angst of young people, especially those who live in L.A.’s Eastside communities.

Eastside Luv, a bar in Boyle Heights, hosts a free monthly Morrissey-themed karaoke night called MorrisseyOKE, where dozens of depressed Mexican-Americans sing Morrissey’s classics until they get kicked out of the bar. Echo Park’s popular Part Time Punks club hosts a quarterly Morrissey night. I just learned about a brand new Morrissey-themed night at the Melody Lounge in Chinatown. There is even an annual Morrissey convention hosted by the local alternative radio station KROQ. Los Angeles has two serious Morrissey/The Smiths tribute bands—Sweet and Tender Hooligans and These Handsome Devils—both of which have at least one lead Latino musician.

What is the appeal of Morrissey (or “Moz”)? The question has intrigued me since I first discovered punk rock, and found that behind every dude wearing a Crimson Skull shirt, there always seemed to be an older brother with a goatee, a Dickies jacket, and a Morrissey bumper sticker on his car. Hell, every other friend at my high school graduation (happiest day of my damn life, like an escape from Alcatraz), and my first couple of girlfriends, were “Level 10” Morrissey fans.
More in young people w/ Spanish surnames undergoing the American Experience here in Southern Upper California, via Weird Dave,
People & Events: The Zoot Suit Riots of 1943
The American Experience about 20 yrs. later in El Monte.
Saw & heard the above schtick six months earlier at the Eagles Auditorium in Seattle.
Some say the Seattle Center Arena.
I dunno. No memory of Easy Chair, which featured Jeff Simmons, but they struck someone's fancy.
Easy Chair was then booked as the opening act for an August 24, 1968 concert by The Mothers of Invention at the Seattle Center Arena. During the sound check Zappa recognized that the group's musical and lyrical aesthetic and sense of humor was compatible with his own. The group followed Zappa back to Los Angeles.[1]
Juggernaut, who knows, but I distinctly remember Alice Cooper (in silver lamé pants w/ lots o' props) was one of the opening acts. Wasn't impressed, either.

Must every attempt to dump some drivel from the parade of tabs turn into hrs. of digging for facts, learning things & questioning my own nostalgic reminiscing? Wknd.'s already ruined.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CARDS EAT SHIT!

The deserved end of the last Eastern city & now California's Team is on to conquer the first of the Western cities. Although the League Championship & World Serieses should have been all Calif., it's almost fair that Missouri got one of its teams in.

If At First ...

LAS VEGAS -- The Mixed Martial Arts fighter who is known as "War Machine” attempted to kill himself while in jail Tuesday, Oct. 14, that's according to Metro Police.
Better luck next time, asshole. There really aren't words for how vile this bastard is.
Koppenhaver is accused of severely beating his former girlfriend Christy Mack and strangling the man Mack was with. He pleaded not guilty to the 32 charges against him, which include two counts of attempted murder.
Big "man" until a few days in the pokey, then it's wuss-out time.

Test ....

"Privacy" is for those w/ something to hide.Voter Fraud Vigilantes from MarkFiore.

WANTED: Harder-Working Disease. Apply W/in.

Why can't nature get a serious airborne killer going? Plague, Spanish influenza, SuperClap, something, whatever. Is Ebola the best the planet has in its own defense?

Not running a fever here, just suffering terminally acute boredom. A black plague on all the gum-flapping morons in America's House of Representatives. (All too representative, aren't they?) Seal the borders! Stop all flights (from Texas)!! Quiver in fear!!!