re Northern California

Over and over and over... Y A A A A A A W W W W W N N N N.

Apparently some kid with an assault rifle yadda yadda yadda, ad infinitum, World Without End, baby Jebus bless the NRA. Whatever…

The ever expanding catechism:

Buncha Texas church goers get dead.

CW fans eat lead.

See here.

See here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anything new about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 2

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  1. Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away. Hey – it’s worked so far… Right?
  2. It’s a crying shame Steve Scalise and his ilk weren’t visiting northern Cali at the time; maybe being shot multiple times at multiple venues would wake those fuckers up.

Slaughterbots

On the stop killer robots front 1:

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  1. Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics”
    • 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    • 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    • 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Armistice Day

In America November 11th is a celebration of war, not peace. It’s Veteran’s Day, not Armistice Day.

I doubt a single soldier has died in my lifetime to protect America.

Sure…

America invaded Viet Nam to…well, you know 1;
America inserted itself into the Persian Gulf in the ’80s to…well, you know 2;
America invaded Afghanistan 17 years ago and is still there fighting because…well, you know 3;
America invaded Iraq 15 years ago to…well, you know 4;
America seems intent on stoking a war with both Iran and North Korea because…well, you know 5.

America has fought countless battles across the globe since my birth, but not until America breaks into an outright second Civil War will an American soldier die to protect our country.

Wake up, people. 6

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  1. Dominoes!
  2. Oil
  3. Reason long since dead, and in another country to boot
  4. Oil…and Shrub’s ego
  5. This to assuage The Generalissimo‘s sneaking suspicion that he doesn’t matter.
  6. It’s worth noting that in America these days being patriotic is like going to the movies; you must suspend your disbelief.

Au Courant

This week’s au courant links:

And finally, a little Scheherazade for your day:

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  1. Hint: The folks who rigged the primary in Hillary’s favor weren’t afraid of betraying democratic principles.
  2. How is this so so wrong? Let me count the ways…
  3. Most useful chatbot I’ve seen in over a year. And, yes, that does include the latest tools on the Dark Net.
  4. Must be crowded in that barrel; Flynn is still in it as well.

Lees and Orts

A woman on a bike gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with US President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Course October 28, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

The picture, snapped by a White House photographer traveling with the president as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va., went viral almost immediately……The woman’s name is Juli Briskman. Her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, wasn’t so happy about the photo. They fired her over it…

By Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and said she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.

“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” said Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.'”

Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn’t on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don’t mention her employer. They told her that because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said… 1

Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received. In fact, she said she’s happy to be an image of protest that resonates with many Americans.

“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever,” she said. “I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”

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All Hail Mother Opportunity! 2

“Consumer advocates say programs mean rich get better protections.”

Increasingly, insurance carriers are finding wildfires, such as those in California, are an opportunity to provide protection beyond what most people get through publicly funded fire fighting. Some insurers say they typically get new customers when homeowners see the special treatment received by neighbors during big fires.

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Americans, I have some bad news for you:

You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin…

Consider this, you are the only people in the developed world without a single-payer health system. Everyone in Western Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand has a single-payer system. If they get sick, they can devote all their energies to getting well. If you get sick, you have to battle two things at once, your illness and the fear of financial ruin. Millions of Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills, and tens of thousands die each year because they have no insurance or insufficient insurance. And don’t believe for a second that rot about America having the world’s best medical care or the shortest waiting lists: I’ve been to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore, and Thailand, and every one was better than the “good” hospital I used to go to back home. The waits were shorter, the facilities more comfortable, and the doctors just as good.

This is ironic, because you need a good health system more than anyone else in the world. Why? Because your lifestyle is almost designed to make you sick.

Let’s start with your diet: Much of the beef you eat has been exposed to fecal matter in processing. Your chicken is contaminated with salmonella. Your stock animals and poultry are pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics. In most other countries, the government would act to protect consumers from this sort of thing; in the United States, the government is bought off by industry to prevent any effective regulations or inspections. In a few years, the majority of all the produce for sale in the United States will be from genetically modified crops, thanks to the cozy relationship between Monsanto Corporation and the United States government. Worse still, due to the vast quantities of high-fructose corn syrup Americans consume, fully one-third of children born in the United States today will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.

Of course, it’s not just the food that’s killing you, it’s the drugs

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  1. We’d like to think so, but the Feds throw an absolute ton of tech work their way.
  2. Eat the rich!

re Sutherland Springs

Yaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn.

Apparently some “madman” took an assault rifle into a church and killed a buncha people.

Again.

Whatever, right? The act of mass murder (and why the authorities have not labeled this ‘incident’ an act of terrorism is beyond us) has become as American as mom and apple pie. Who cares; flip the channel and let’s watch supposedly mature men do permanent damage to themselves, right? Listen to Texas AG Paxton double down on teh stoopid:

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Again with the litany:

If we’re down with killing kindergartner’s, double-fuck a buncha CW fans.

See here.

See here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anything new about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 2

re Sutherland Springs

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  1. Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away. Hey – it’s worked so far… Right?
  2. It’s a crying shame Steve Scalise and his ilk weren’t present at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; maybe being shot multiple times at multiple venues would wake those fuckers up.

I’m The Only One Who Matters

There’s only a hair’s breadth worth of difference between The Generalissimo and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte; both are liars, disdain the press, love pussy-grabbing, praise dictators and authoritarians any chance they get and are overtly toxic to their countries.

If history is any judge, both men will come to bad ends. 1 It’s the interim that has us worried.

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  1. Sooner rather than later, thank you.