We’re Going to Lose So Much

Steve Bannon may think he is the Sith lord, but the Freedom caucus looked at him and saw this:

A fat retirement age alcoholic in rumpled clothes stinking of yesterday’s gin with bloodshot eyes, a mean streak a mile wide, who has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

There are pockets in this country where believing your own bullshit and being the legend in your own mind is rampant (DC obviously, with Silicon Valley a close second, but also Hollywood, Wall Street, upper levels of corporate America, the Catholic church, and upper levels of academic administrations), but when you come slinging a piece of shit and people see you for what you are, you get laughed out of the room.

What was it trump said?

“We’re going to lose so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of lose losing, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t lose anymore.”

We’re Going to Lose So Much

Methane Hell

There are over 7,000 gas-filled bubbles in remote parts of Siberia that are set to explode, scientists have discovered. Following extensive field expeditions and satellite surveys, researchers in Russia have identified thousands of bulging bumps in the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas – far more than they had expected.

Alexey Titovsky, director of Yamal department for science and innovation, told the Siberian Times that understanding the bubbles is of paramount important to assessing the risk they pose.

In July last year, scientists released footage of the ground on Bely Island wobbling underfoot. When they punctured them, methane and carbon dioxide was released. It is thought an abnormally warm summer had caused the permafrost to thaw, leading to the release of methane that had been locked up in the ground. At present, it is thought this process is behind the emergence of the numerous craters that have appeared over recent years – including the ‘gateway to the underworld’ crater near Batagaiin.

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Thawing permafrost as a result of global warming is expected to lead to more methane release in the future, a spokesman from the Ural branch of Russian Academy of Science said. “An abnormally warm summer in 2016 on the Yamal peninsula must have added to the process,” they added.

On Bely Island, scientists found methane was 1,000 times above normal, while CO2 was around 25 times higher. “As we took off a layer of grass and soil, a fountain of gas erupted,” one of the scientists working at the site explained.

The release of methane from the thawing permafrost is of huge concern to climate scientists. Max Holmes, the deputy director and senior scientist at theWoods Hole Research Centre, told IBTimes UK it could lead to the collapse of human infrastructures, like roads and towns, as well as creating a feedback cycle that results in even more warming.

The increased global warming the released methane will engender is bad enough, but as ‘hard science’ author Kim Stanley Robinson’s Sixty Days and Counting (the final book in his Science in the Capital Trilogy) depicts, methane overload can cause a literal burning hell on earth.

Trust us, this isn’t going to end well.

Au Courant

Au Courant

This week’s au courant links:

And finally Paul Ryan tells you what he REALLY intends to do about health care:

Au Courant

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  1. And people in KC wonder why the nation thinks we’re hicks.
  2. On a personal note, Kansas’ expected loss last night put me right back in our pool’s running; I’ve got a possible 112 points left, while my nearest competitor only has 77. Of course, for this to happen UK has to run out, NOT a guaranteed event.

A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

banana-pancakesI was making banana pancakes.

NPR was going on about Bannon’s OMP‘s budget proposal, a blueprint for a societal counterrevolution if I’ve ever seen one; massive increases in spending on both military operations and domestic repression, while pulling a Ripper on domestic social programs (some as much as 30 percent) while eliminating outright dozens of agencies and programs.

I dance into the dining room, a platter of pancakes at the ready, doing my best Vincent Price 1: “A screaming comes across the sky…”

Silence.

Asta finally shakes her head and mutters “Dad, you’re soooo weird.”

Ima gonna have speaks with that child’s school; this unconscionable. 2

A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

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  1. An excellent imitation, if I say so myself. Had Michael ever heard it he would have had ME doing the voice-over for Thriller.
  2. Speaking of unconscionable, my March Madness bracket is all but bust. And if Kentucky doesn’t win the whole thang, I’m dead in the water. 36 points, people. 36! Freaking ouch.

Surveillance Society

WASHINGTON — Republican senators moved Thursday to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration, and a harbinger of further deregulation.

The measure passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is expected to mirror the Senate’s action next week, followed by a signature from President Trump.

The move means Verizon, Comcast or AT&T can continue tracking and sharing people’s browsing and app activity without permission, and it alarmed consumer advocates and Democratic lawmakers. They warned that broadband providers have the widest look into Americans’ online habits, and that without the rules, the companies would have more power to collect data on people and sell sensitive information.

“These were the strongest online privacy rules to date, and this vote is a huge step backwards in consumer protection writ large,” said Dallas Harris, a policy fellow for the consumer group Public Knowledge. “The rules asked that when things were sensitive, an internet service provider asked permission first before collecting. That’s not a lot to ask.”

Fucking ReThugs…

We have mentioned TAILS, have we not? At the very least, go and download the TOR browser.

That way, at the very worst, only the NSA will be able to see what you’re up to. 1

Surveillance Society

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  1. And as yet the Federal government has not stooped to monetizing your personal data. But, hey! Don’t let OMP know – he’d stoop to anything.

Beeeel-yuns!

The GOP widely hailed vote by the House of Representatives on Sen. Ryan’s American Health Care Piece of Shit Act has been postponed, ostensibly until midnight, but in reality, perhaps forever.

The move comes as a firm 30 GOP members have publicly stated they will cast ‘No’ votes, with over a dozen other ReThugs also strongly leaning towards uttering a dreaded (in this case) “Nay.”

While some observers feel the additional hours will prove insufficient to change enough minds, the White House seems oddly sure they can swing enough votes back their way. Many of those same observers are befuddled; what does the White House plan – to buy the necessary votes? 1 2

Beeeel-yuns!

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  1. Paging Rep. Nunes, paging Rep. Nunes; please call 1-917-756-8000 or 1-646-736-1779 before midnight tonight. That’s 1-917-756-8000 or 1-646-736-1779 before midnight tonight. Please mention the Denis Voronenkov offer.
  2. Also? What are the odds (5 to 8; beeeel-yuns to doughnuts?) that the ReThugs push this magic moment off until the wee hours of Friday morning, amend the shit out of the current bill (By stripping federal health insurance requirements for basic benefits such as maternity care, emergency services, mental health and wellness visits. Or worse. Woo Hoo!) such that is screws everyone, and then quietly pass it and all fly back home before the dailies can give it complete coverage? Pretty good, ya think?

Trump Resigns?

From The Independent:

Donald Trump is going to “get himself out of office soon”, a leading Democratic senator has claimed.

Dianne Feinstein suggested the President would quit before he was potentially forced out of office after anti-Trump protesters in Los Angeles demanded to know why more wasn’t being done by Congress to remove him from office.

Hinting she might know more than she is able to let on, Ms Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, replied: “We have a lot of people looking into this. I think he’s going to get himself out.”

She went on to cite several potential conflicts of interests surrounding the Trump business empire, but she declined to say whether she thought the President had done anything that was worthy of impeachment.

“I can’t answer that right now,” she said.

Don’t believe it.

We want it to be true, it should be true, and OMP’s behavior nigh on demands it be true…but OMP’s ego won’t allow it.

The only possible way OMP would walk away is if a bonafide genius deep within the rank bowels of the GOP crafted and executed the perfect long game: convince OMP to front for the candidate you actually want 1, select that politician as VP when you win 2, then pay off OMP with some dirty Koch brothers cash to to shamble off into early senile dementia back in Trump Towers, which he would never leave, drawing those golden drapes hard against the light of his detractors, while sitting around in a golden bathrobe and watching his fingernails grow to ridiculous lengths. 3

Fucking genius.

However…what are the odds, n’est-ce pas?

Besides…while you might remove the symptom, you’d be left with the root cause – that noted god-botherer and woman hater Mike Pence. 4

Careful what you wish for, kids.

Trump Resigns?

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  1. That no one in their right mind would ever vote for, not a chance in hell, no way, no how.
  2. And if you don’t win, you’ve lost nothing, really: What was your other choice – Cruz, Rubio, Bush Litest?
  3. And after witnessing the mid- to later Reagan years, we have to say the OMP is exhibiting every sign of it.
  4. As well as his chief lackey-in-religious-nuttery, Mike Pompeo, whose religion desires nothing more than the destruction of the Jewish state in order to bring about the Rapture. Yep, whack jobs, both of them.

Tex-Ass!

Deep in the bowels of Tex-Ass, there’s some (more) hinky shit going on:

Federal agents privately alerted two magistrate judges in late January that they would be targeting the Austin area for a major operation and that the sting was retribution for a new policy by Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez that dramatically limited her cooperation with them, according to one of the judges.

The revelation — made Monday in open court by U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin — conflicts with what Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told local leaders after the sweep, when ICE characterized the operation as routine and said the Austin area was not being targeted. It also provides evidence after weeks of speculation that Hernandez’s policy triggered ICE’s ire.

“We had a briefing … that we could expect a big operation, agents coming in from out of town, that it was going to be a specific operation, and at least it was related to us in that meeting that it was the result of the sheriff’s new policy that this was going to happen,” Austin said.

“My understanding, what was told to us, is that one of the reasons that happened was because the meetings that had occurred between the (ICE) field office director and the sheriff didn’t go very well,” he said.

OMP‘s racist reign has emboldened the Brownshirt wannabe crowd. Sadly, too many current ICE agents –as will, we surmise, the preponderance of the 5,000 or so future ICE workers— have no business being in positions of authority, much less with badges and guns.

Wake up, people; today Austin, tomorrow your home town.
In Passing

Can’t Make This Shit Up

The gall.

The entirety of the ReThug establishment is crying about betrayal and plots and Democratic malfeasance, loudly and at length. As though they were not intent on finagling folks into paying more in order to die poorer and faster.

Whether the ReThugs forswear their Constitutional duty (under one president) to allow the next president to appoint The Commander to SCOTUS 1; whether it’s OMP installing his daughter as (NOT a Federal employee) into the White House as an advisor; whether OMP is pulling ALL economic support for those unemployed coal miners across the southeastern swath of the country (after lying to them about making coal YUUUUGE again), or even if it’s OMP’s endless freaking tweets…you just can’t make this shit up. It’s endless.

But what’s even more incredible? The Deplorables, those sad cases who live and breathe on OMP‘s words (despite all the harm he perpetually publicly states he intends to inflict on them), are still unwavering in their support.

It’s well past time for a competency test in order to be able to vote: The votes of Deplorables with IQs 100 or below should only count as 1/3 a vote, thus taking 3 Deplorables to equal 1 vote.

Folks, we need to stop pretending that about half the country isn’t sadly “differently abled”…

And now for some truth to power:

In Passing

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  1. About that…didn’t the ReThugs say they couldn’t appoint a new SCOTUS seat during a Presidential campaign? Well, according to the Donald J Trump For President, Inc, FEC Form 99, Trump IS campaigning for re-election in 2020 already. What’s good for the goose…