Sunday, May 29, 2022

Plagiarizing Your Way To A Pulitzer - Ukraine

 Today, my hometown paper, the Denver Post (Ved Nanda), and the Times of London, (Max Hastings) are both running similar articles rehashing the old arguments in favor of buying off aggressive tyrants to somehow buy peace. Shades of Neville Chamberlin. Let the Germans Russians have the Sudetenland Donbas regions, and forestall the possibility of an a actual shooting war. Peace In Our Time!

I bet I know how that will turn out.

Both the abovementioned articles are behind paywalls, but you can get the general gist of both by searching for Chamberlins agreement with Hitler which he waved for the press on his return from negotiations.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Uvalde Shooting - Same Story, Different Venue

 As the story unfolds, with the speed of continental drift, It seems the shooter was standing in front of the school, popping off rounds for 12 minutes before going inside. I guess he wanted to make sure it was safe.

Which means that one of the front office administrative staff would have had time to remove a Remington 870 from the school gun safe, load it with #4 buck, stick it out a window, and drop the shooter before any cops of any sort could have arrived.

As usual, it's not that there was a man with a gun, it's that there was ONLY ONE man with a gun.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Women Don't Exist! - ACLU

 Just when you think the world can't get any crazier, the world steps up, says "Hold me beer" and proceeds to shatter your delusions of sanity.

ACLU Files Motion Denying Existence of Women

Money quote:
Denying sexual dimorphism is up there with a motion claiming that the earth is flat.

But the ACLU motion went on “to deny the allegation that ‘human beings’ are ‘sexually dimorphic, divided into males and females each with reproductive systems, hormones, and chromosomes that result in significant differences between men[] and women[.]’”

Biology 101 is now an “allegation” to be denied in court.

Maybe the ACLU’s next motion will deny the “allegation” that the earth revolves around the sun.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Watching History Rhyme

Interesting watching history repeat itself. First a proxy war featuring US v China, and to a lesser extent, Russia in Viet Nam, followed by Russia v US in Afghanistan, followed by US v Russia in Afghanistan now morphing into Russia and to a lesser extent, China v US and Europe in Ukraine.

The Vietnamese ran the French and Americans out of their country and quickly discovered that they couldn’t run a successful country. They are now croney capitalists.

The Afghanistanis ran both the Russians and the Americans out and are discovering the same thing.

Ukraine: Same thing coming down but with a likely alignment with the EU.

Kinda sucks to be the proxy though.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Basis for a Dilbert Strip

 Here's a headline 

Apple Machine Learning Director Said to Quit Over Tech Giant’s Return-to-Work Policy

Which made me think that some clever code monkey at Apple had written an AI that did all the functions of a director, and pulled down the salary to the code monkey, without ever having any human contact at all. Great scam, if you can get it.

Problem being is that now Apple wants its people back at work, and someone was bound to notice the absence of a warm body in the directors chair. 

Apple might well leverage this by writing AIs that formulate meaningless memos in high-level bureaucratese and send them to a designated mailing list. The obvious use would be to replace about half the executive branch of the government with these things. CGIs could be constructed to convince the public that real people were somehow involved, and the whole country could run on autopilot.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Taxes And Regulations Work! Here's Proof


None of these happened, and that proves that there is no problem that can't be quickly solved with a generous dose of taxation and the creation or expansion of a government agency.

Prove me worng!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

NICS Checks for April

 Again, we seem to have gotten back to what passes for normal with a "normal" drop in checks:

Everyone got their tax refunds in March, and bought their new guns with the windfall I guess. Barring a revival of Antifa or BLM, I'm not seeing a big uptick for the summer although if Slo Joe lets Title 42 go by and a big increase in illegals follows, this could drive the numbers upward. Facing the mid terms, though, opening the southern border to all comers does not seem like a winning move.