Tramps Against Trump

Ya gotta love it: A group called Tramps Against Trump will send you nude selfies for voting against Trump:

While lots of women have shown their opposition to the billionaire in a range of ways, one group is taking a particularly unique approach. They’re called Tramps Against Trump, and if you vote for anyone but Donald Trump, they will send you a nude photo.

Not sure how Hillary will feel about this, but…so what?

Selfies away, grrrrrlz!

Zombie Bees

Zombie Bees

Virginia is becoming the star of its own real-life zombie apocalypse— except it involves bees, not humans.

NORFOLK (AP/WAVY) — Researchers announced this week that the mysterious “zombie bee” parasite that kills honeybees has spread to Virginia. It’s the first southern state to record the phenomenon, which was first discovered in California in 2008 and has affected bees in states including Oregon, South Dakota and New York.

Flies attach themselves to the bees and inject their eggs, causing erratic “zombie-like” behavior in the bees such as flying at night. The bees often die within hours. Fly larvae burst out of their carcasses days later.

Zombie Bees

WTF!

Seriously, when the Stephen King-like plague wipes out most of mankind, you can be sure the U.S. Government was to blame. And this AFTER the mosquitoes involved had nearly been wiped out of existence in the western hemisphere. How? Well, that’s easy enough – the gov’t simply released a shit-pile of the infected mosquitoes in residential neighborhoods…

The exact moment when one of the world’s most dangerous mosquitoes arrived in the Americas is unknown. It’s clear that they came from Africa, and they may have crossed the Atlantic as early as 1495, on some of the first European ships to reach Hispanola. By 1648, when yellow fever broke out on the Yucatan peninsula, Aedes aegypti had definitely arrived…

Now, A. aegypti is one of our boon companions, an unwanted, constant domestic creature that house-broke itself. By the 1930s, this species was found in every country in South and Central America, throughout the Caribbean and across the American southeast. Along with it came the viruses it spread—yellow fever, which once killed a third of the people it infected; dengue, also called breakbone fever because its aches were so painful; and now, Zika.

Its growth, though, was not inevitable. Half a century ago, it would not have been possible for A. aegypti to spread Zika in Brazil. In 1958, Brazil was declared free of the mosquito and was leading an effort to eradicate it from this hemisphere. Eradication was to be the culmination of decades of work, by scientists who let themselves be infected with yellow fever, by an Alabama soldier determined to clean up Cuba, and by a fanatical epidemiologist with an authoritarian streak, to beat both Aedes aegypti and the diseases it carried…

The United States has had a complicated relationship with A. aegypti. Today’s Congress has been reluctant to allocate funds to fight Zika: President Obama asked for emergency funding in February, and it’s taken until June to get close to an acceptable deal. This hesitation is in keeping with the American government’s history with the A. aegypti mosquito. Even while American money was funding eradication efforts, led by Americans, in countries further south, the American government was one of the last holdouts in the hemisphere-wide effort to destroy A. aegypti. At the same time as the U.S. Public Health Service at last started trying to eradicate Aedes aegypti from the southeast, another branch of the U.S. government was planning to raise colonies of millions of A. aegypti mosquitos, to use as biological weapons…

In the 1950s, while in South America military-like brigades were hunting down Aedes aegypti, in the United States, the Army was falling in love with the same mosquito.

At Fort Detrick, the military’s biological weapons base in Maryland, in great secret, Army scientists were considering how fleas, grasshoppers, and mosquitoes might be deployed against the Communist threat. These insects were harder to protect against than gas— masks wouldn’t help. The threat they posed would last, as long as a population of insects remained alive. Plus, it would be very difficult to pin an insect-borne attack on the U.S.

Among these possible insect soldiers, A. aegypti was “the golden child,” writes Jeffrey A. Lockwood, in Six-Legged Soldiers, because the disease it carried, yellow fever was so terrible. The Army Chemical Corps, in a 1959 report, notes that yellow fever is “highly dangerous” and that “since 1900, one-third of patients have died.” There were parts of the Soviet Union that had never been exposed to the disease, which made them vulnerable, but which had the right climate to support mosquitoes. The Chemical Corps started to experiment with how a brigade of A. aegypti might be deployed and what sort of damage they might do.

So we shouldn’t be surprised the U.S. Government has outsourced the same idiotic behavior to such responsible corporations as Mosanto, nor complain when we start getting ill, n’est-ce pas.

WTF!

The Illuminati Ball

The Illuminati Ball was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as “a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades.”

Staying true to its secretive nature, attendees are not allowed to drive themselves to the event. Instead, a limousine bus picks you up on the Upper East Side in New York City and brings you to a massive, waterfront estate outside of the city (the location and owner are to remain secret). For the festivities, attendees dress to the nines (long capes are always welcome). To complete the look, unique masks and hats will be provided.

Attendees are also assigned characters belonging to either the pig, monkey, cow, chicken or mouse family. Each group has a certain mission, certain things they will experience throughout the night, making them part of the story, both as a spectator and actor. Upon arrival, attendees are briefed, masked, and rehearsed, ready for a night of fire performance, opera, aerial silk acts, and esoteric ritual ceremonies.

You can apply to attend the next ball here.

The Illuminati Ball

Texit?

Emboldened by Brexit, U.S. secessionists in Texas are keen to adopt the campaign tactics used to sway the British vote for leaving the European Union and are demanding “Texit” comes next.

The citizen-driven vote in Britain can be a model for Texas, which was an independent country from 1836 to 1845, and its $1.6 trillion a year economy would be among the 10 largest in the world, said Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement.

“The Texas Nationalist Movement is formally calling on the Texas governor to support a similar vote for Texans,” the group said on Friday. The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott was not immediately available for comment.

Texit? 1 Jeez, settled case law aside, I say we let them vote. 2 Hell, nothing untoward happened in the past when a group of states decided to leave the union, why would it now?

What in the world do the rest of us need with Tex-ass? Amusement? Hell, we’ll just lump them in with all the other poor Latin AMerican countries south of the border; as we’ve previously mentioned, the old Tex-ass would almost immediately be subsumed by the narco traffickers…

Texit?

Show 2 footnotes

  1. And Caexit? Don’t think the movement in Cali stands a chance, actually; not near enough wingbats per normals there, despite what the MSM asserts.
  2. Especially if we all get a vote; the motion would overwhelmingly succeed, doancha think?

Au Courant

This week’s au courant links…

And finally, art for science’s sake:

Au Courant

Brexit

“Because in the end this decision is about the people, the right of people in this country to settle their own destiny. The very principles of our democracy, the rights of all of us to elect and remove the people who make the key decisions in their lives. And I think that the electorate have searched in their hearts and answered as best they can in a poll the scale the like of which we have never seen before in this country. They have decided it is time to vote to take back control from a EU that has become too opaque and not accountable enough to the people it is meant to serve.”

Boris Johnson

The results of the U.K.’s vote yesterday 1 will long be with the world; some for ill, some for good.

For all of that Johnson is correct in his assertion: “…this decision is about the people, the right of people in this country to settle their own destiny.” In a very real sense the people of Briton decided their own destiny yesterday.

While most of the world’s leaders, movers and shakers have bemoaned the outcome, a majority of the British public have spoken. “Sod off, ya tossers!

The British public of late have been in a similar mood to the American public, expressing feelings of powerlessness, disenfranchisement and anger at an economic system that is rigged to only reward the already well off. Admit it – many of you you feel the same. Especially if you are one of globalization’s losers or the victim of politicians. 2 Which is a whole bunch of us.

Hence the advent of Trump and the surge of Bernie popularity.

Hell, you can even see it in Kansas City, with the recent political pushback against TIFs for TIF’s sakes, expansion because it seemingly lines some local politician’s pockets.

If there ever was an unspoken global internet meme, it would be now, with the world’s people having decided they won’t take it any more.

Understandable, but leaving the EU won’t automagically fix the rigged economic system at Briton’s core, any more than America putting a charlatan into the White House will cause South American (illegal) immigrants to disappear behind an imaginary wall, any more than allowing Kansas City’s mayor to lavish tax monies on local development interests will make us a “world class” city. In all these cases people are being fed copious amounts of horseshit.

The problems plaguing us, to include Kansas City, originate much closer to home; years of governmental policies that place corporations’ rights over that of our populaces’; the continued erosion of our most basic rights (while yet turning a deadly blind eye to the misinterpretation of others); local governments that decimate public services and widen economic and racial inequality under the long discredited flag of Conservatism. Our problems stem from politicians who care about nothing but their own political survival.

Which is but another way of saying our problems ultimately originate with ourselves, whom we choose to vote for, if indeed we even bother to vote.

Wake up, people. We can’t willy-nilly drag city mayors or state senators and representatives from their offices, tar and feather them and ride them out of town on a rail. 3  Nor can we head to DC to challenge a Congress Critter to a duel 4, much less spray the House of Representatives with an AR-15 type weapon loaded with a drum mag. Jeepers, no! 5

Go get registered to vote. Do it today. Then vote. Every time an election comes around. Remind yourself that it is the duty of every American citizen to vote, not just some onerous chore you avoid. Don’t kid yourself there is not a substantial difference between Trump and Clinton; there’s a yuuuuuuge difference. Vote! Pay attention to the down-ticket choices. Vote!

After all, you don’t want to wake up four years from now trying to figure out how the hell Vice President Ivanka is running for President against Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Brexit

Show 5 footnotes

  1. Not to mention its significant contribution to the OED: Brexit, noun, a portmanteau of the words “Briton” and “exit”.
  2. And here I’m speaking, in order, of those who lost jobs to workers overseas and those who died for the NRA.
  3. Much as we might desire to, Thor knows.
  4. At least, not since 1858 when O. Jennings Wise ruined it for everyone by shooting Samuel Clemens’ cousin Congressman Sherrard Clemens; Congress decided it had enough of that, thank you.
  5. Though I can think of no faster way to have an assault rifle ban enacted in this country. However, honestly? There would still be some (live) conservatives in the house willing to stand on the the bloody principles of their dead colleagues and vote against said bill.

Surveillance Society

…Perhaps it was inevitable that the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act would come under threat, as it’s our nation’s strongest law that protects people from facial recognition technology used by private entities. Enacted in 2008, the law was an initiative of the ACLU of Illinois, in response to an episode when a corporation sold off its database of customer biometric information during bankruptcy proceedings.

The Illinois statute requires private entities to get consent from a person before collecting or disclosing their biometric identifiers. Private entities also must destroy collected identifiers within three years, and sooner if they finish using the identifiers for the purpose for which they collected it. The statute extends to “a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry.” The term “face geometry” includes facial recognition. Finally, the statute has teeth: injured parties may sue the private entities that violate these privacy rules.

Surveillance Society