Category Archives: signs of the times

The Greatest Question of Our Times

“Where the hell is Bill Clinton at?”

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A relevant repost

From May 20, 2010:

Peace out.

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So wow… this blog is 5 years old.

I just realized that I blew right past my 5 year (right? 2014-2009=5 so that seems right) blogoversary, which was on December 4. Also sometime in the past week I went past post #4444, which is kinda neat. Looking back at that first year I think I put a lot more effort into things. Like, writing paragraphs instead of sentences. Goes to show you what a moron I was. Pfft, effort, who likes that stuff? And now that I’ve said that, I guess I’ve got a few paragraphs in me to complain about things.

More and more I simply find myself disinterested in current events. Everything seems to have devolved into name calling, and after really getting into following politics and the news when I first started this thing, now I just find those subjects distasteful and deceitful. I’ll read half of an article from some sort of conservative/libertarian viewpoint until the author just starts blaming the president for whatever the peeve of the day is and I just tune it out and click on the next tab. I’ll look at some website for movie reviews and they’ll start talking about global warming and it just turns me off the whole thing. Politics has seemingly infiltrated anything and everything, and it’s just… shallow. I guess I’ve turned from a “conservative libertarian” to a “there is nothing new under the sun, so just leave me alone” partier. As Borepatch says: “Democrats are not the problem, and Republicans are not the solution.” They’re all finks. I laugh at the politics of both my liberal and my conservative friends when I hang out with them, and how vehement they get. As Prof. Mondo says: “If your politics are bigger than your life, you’re doing one of them wrong.”

Honestly, I don’t even look at most of my gunblogs any more, since it only seems to be a mix of “idiot anti-gunner said something idiotic” and “9mm is the new 45.” I get it guys. I get it. There really is nothing new under the sun…

I guess that’s why I’m spending most of my internety time these days on miniature wargaming and aquarium forums. Always something new to learn and none of it is political. Don’t expect me to go away though! As long as my stupidphone can take pictures and run a WordPress app there will always be random sunsets and food, and as long as youtube keeps shooting crazy videos at me you’ll be the first (or at least, second) ones to get hit by the shrapnel.

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Really? REALLY? C’mon.

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Greenwhat

How many, exactly, fake holidays are we going to create for the holidays, to try and drum up consumer spending before we all admit that it’s dumb and go live in a tent because it’s all we can afford? And “Green Monday?” That’s the best you can do? Is next Monday going to be “Blue Monday” or “Mauve Monday?” What about Wednesday the 17th? Could it be “Blood Red Wednesday?” OOO, OOO, I KNOW! The third Tuesday in December shall heretofore be known as “Burnt Umber Tuesday” and we shall all celebrate it with a special extra 1% off everything in the Art Supplies category!

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But it’s an old irrelevant book

Proverbs 22:21

Oppressing the poor
to enrich oneself,
and giving to the rich–both lead
only to poverty.

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Here’s a funny question for you

If you’ve recently visited West Africa, cone back to the US, come down with a sickness that sends you to the hospital… WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU NOT TELL THE DOCTORS WHERE YOU’VE BEEN?

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Oh, that’s right, because being named as one of the horsemen of the apocalypse by future historians would be “kinda neat.”

Eegads, people are so dumb.

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Good read

It’s not the west, by and large, that has lost civilizational confidence. What it has lost are elites that are on its side. Anywhere, in any country, you find the people quite sure they’re better than any other people in the world. This is stupid, wrongheaded and absolutely right.

Sarah Hoyt brings a very good article, with quite a few good comments to with it.

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Space…

Ed has a post talking about that it’s been 45 years since Apollo 11 launched, as of yesterday. I attempted to leave a comment there, but since Livejournal occasionally goes insane about comments, I’m not sure I got it through, so I’ll just leave this here:

The alt text is especially poignant, reading: “The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space–each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.”

That sums up everything for me.

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I’m not a programmer, but

I’ve enough exposure to programming that I can empathize.

“You can’t restart the internet. Trillions of dollars depend on a rickety cobweb of unofficial agreements and “good enough for now” code with comments like “TODO: FIX THIS IT’S A REALLY DANGEROUS HACK BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WRONG” that were written ten years ago. I haven’t even mentioned the legions of people attacking various parts of the internet for espionage and profit or because they’re bored. Ever heard of 4chan? 4chan might destroy your life and business because they decided they didn’t like you for an afternoon, and we don’t even worry about 4chan because another nuke doesn’t make that much difference in a nuclear winter.”

Seriously, every paragraph in that article is quotable. I think it’s something worth reading for everyone, to help you get an appreciation for how insane this foundation for our entire way of modern life is.

Hat tip to my brother, who originally sent it to me, and to Borepatch, for telling me to post it.

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Question

Do you think I’ll get put on Yet Another Watch List if I used a “Freedom” Flag Forever stamp on the envelope I sent to the IRS?

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Have no fear, citizen, the economy is at full strength once again

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Because THAT’S a good sign of recovery.

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Fight

There is this resounding remark after every atrocity that invariable makes the rounds of “I don’t want to live in a world where principals and teachers have to….”

You already do.

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I HOPE this will CHANGE

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It was about $110 a month, going to $193, for the same $4000 deductible. That’s $1000 more per year. Now I’m looking into another plan with a $10000 deductible that’s 130-140 bucks a month, basically their cheapest plan.

Let me be perfectly clear: higher cost, less coverage… Obamacare.

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Workplace violence

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August 7, 2013 · 06:42