News and the Suspension of Disbelief

I had a thought. It might be original.  It’s certainly influenced by the 1988 song by Jane’s Addiction, Ted, Just Admit It, which entreats Ted Bundy to cut the crap and state the obvious truth.

But Bundy is a psychopath, the kind of person who gets off on manipulating others.  For Ted Bundy, the prize is not the thing offered by a person, but the control of the person.  When a person delivers a prize, Bundy discards the prize as worthless and counts the victory over the person as the reward.... [Read More]

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Historic Shuri Castle Burns in Okinawa

Cause unknown, one of Japan’s iconic sites is a smoldering heap.  The fire gutted wooden structures, which were reconstructions, but magnificent reconstructions just the same, built in the appropriate manner, and filled with relics which cannot be replaced.

If you’ve played the game Call of Duty: World at War, this was where you had to bang mortar shells on stoneworks and heave them over the fences.  My family visited Okinawa several years ago, and we were fortunate to tour the place.  I remembered fighting my way through the compound in a video game as we walked through it with cameras.  Which also brought memories of my first visit to Okinawa, as a midshipman making my way through a copy of E. B. Sledge’s memoir of fighting on Peleliu and Okinawa, when I looked at the countryside around me and was simply staggered at the idea of fighting on this terrain.... [Read More]

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Stack Exchange Got Woke, Currently Melting Down

Real Brief: Stack Exchange put out one of those “CoC” documents in which speech is compelled, and disagreement is punishable, and yes, it’s all about pronouns.

Here’s a link, and if you prowl about the right-hand lists, you’ll soon get lost in a morass of mistrust, abuse, and bad news.... [Read More]

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The Purchasable Skill of Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics:

Advanced understanding of the laws of thermodynamics. Allows you to deliberately overheat a ship’s modules in order to push them beyond their intended limit. Also gives you the ability to frown in annoyance whenever you hear someone mention a perpetual motion unit. Reduces heat damage by 5% per level.... [Read More]

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Impeach My lily-White Abs

I ain’t buying a damned inch of it.

If everything they wished were true about Trump should somehow be made real, and it ain’t, it would still come nowhere close to what was done to us by the Obama and Clinton Administration.  I mean that.  The media, the Democrats, and the Republicans are all utterly uninterested in what happened at Benghazi and an airport in Florida.  That tells me what I need to know.... [Read More]

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Holy Cow: Stallman Out on BS “Charges”

Richard Stallman has resigned from MIT and from the Free Software Foundation because some social justice fairy has mis-read his comments in a predictably hostile and dishonest fashion.

Now the subject matter is awful and contentious (Epstein-related child-trafficking), but the undeniable fact is that Stallman neither said nor even implied what the medium.com article accuses him of.  Stallman, in fact, was commenting upon yet another instance of abuse-by-language-re-interpretation by the Social Justice left. Here, without any interpretaion, is exactly what STallman said:... [Read More]

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World War $: A Rant with some Serious Plot Holes

Take a look at a recent post from Doc Lor and the immediate recent post from John Walker.  Combine these two things.  What do you see?

Since 2009, the economy has been incredibly tightly managed.  Either the report is bunk or the freedom of the economy is bunk, and I am primed to believe that the report is accurate.  Once I get off my duff, I’ll do a little analysis to quantify what is readily apparent from the chart in Doc Lor’s post.  Look at that line.  Like a laser.  That doesn’t happen by accident.... [Read More]

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What is the EFF Doing?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a well-respected (loathed in all the right places) advocate for privacy in the digital domain.  Or something.

One of their pet projects, which by all accounts is a Good Thing is the Do Not Track registry.  What could be better than being tracked via a list declaring your desire not to be tracked.  Well, that’s how the Do Not Call registry works.  Do Not Track is a little better, as it allow you to send a signal to each website that you visit commanding their servers not to track you via cookies, and so forth.  So the EFF and its high-profile Do Not Track registry are on your side!  Yet politics makes for strained bedfellows.... [Read More]

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