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July 09, 2021

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ComputerLabRat

And elsewhere on the Korean country&western circuit.

Kamsahamnida! I don't know why I enjoyed the hell out of that. Those kids looked liked they were having fun doing that song, and I like old Grand Ole Opry-type music. Or maybe it's the gigantic gin and tonic I'm enjoying (my first, too. Been reading too many old British novels lately and had to try the stuff). Or it could be a combination thereof.

*hic* I love this place! *hic*

Sam Duncan

“Maybe someone should tweet to Laurie Penny how she would react if someone were to expose their male bits to her while she is on stage somewhere.”

That's different because equality.

David

They are IMO making worthy criticisms of our culture… But ultimately these critiques are of a completely different species from “that’s not your sh!t, stop stealing”, and therefore not made sincerely

The comments read as attempts to signal piety while deflecting attention from the issue, making it distant and theoretical. Basically, rhetorical chaff. Unless we’re to assume that a scarcity of upscale handbag stores would somehow put an end to scenes like this.

David

That’s different because equality.

I doubt anyone could ever accuse Laurie of being morally consistent.

Karl

I think this is for you, Karl.

Genius! That guy in the monkey suit can get away with anything!

pst314

Unless we’re to assume that a scarcity of upscale handbag stores would somehow put an end to scenes like this.

Not only would such a lack cause suffering among those whose Authentic Cultural Traditions™ require regular looting opportunities, it would also deprive people like Oprah™ of the opportunity to pretend that they were disrespected in upscale Swiss boutiques.

pst314

What are the odds that the latest tube train machete attacker was already "known to the police"? Have we all feel culturally enriched?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

From Powerline...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

He/Him is frightened by truck.

anon a mouse

He/Him is frightened by truck.

Little Sh/it is funny. But probably doesn't like to be laughed at, so much threats to hold breath and stomping might ensue...

pst314

From Powerline...

I wonder if that was inspired by the Keith Richards memes that are going around.

pst314

Little Sh/it is funny. But probably doesn't like to be laughed at, so much threats to hold breath and stomping might ensue...

Maybe, but there are lots of Critical Mass bicycle fascists who are willing to use violence to intimidate and terrorize drivers.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Maybe, but there are lots of Critical Mass bicycle fascists who are willing to use violence to intimidate and terrorize drivers.

Simple solution.

pst314

The mystery of the drinking straw.

pst314

Budding rapper charged in triple murder. What continues to bewilder me is how the police and news media cover up the many murders committed daily by Amish poultry farmers and symphony orchestra bassoonists. I mean, they must be occurring, right?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I believe we have seen this chap here before.

Police carried out searches at the rubbish-strewn three-bedroom property in Lincoln, on October 4, leading to a number of weapons being recovered, including stun guns and an illegally-adapted electric fly-swatter.

OK, I know we have made jokes about the UK rozzers collecting "deadly weapons" like rusty pliers, rasps, and spatulas, but an illegally-adapted fly swatter is no laughing matter

WTP

The comments read as attempts to signal piety while deflecting attention from the issue, making it distant and theoretical.

This. Recognizing this quite obvious dodge is one of the things that has gotten me in trouble over the years with my most earnest, mostly churchy, conservative..."conservative" friends. "Oh, you're too cynical"..."Why can't you accept that they're trying to meet us half way?" Now I hear from these same people shock, shock at how far our culture has fallen.

Had a long conversation with an older friend/ex-coworker yesterday regarding what has happened to so many of our friends. Our "good people" "nice" moderate/conservative friends. Now this is an old Florida boy. High school educated engineer who worked space programs from early Atlas launches through Apollo and Space Shuttle. He saw things change socially over that time with women and blacks entering the workforce. He knew who the real racists were back then and was partially informed a few he missed from a mutual friend/coworker who was black as to the kind of people he sensed a bad feeling from. We discussed how one of our mutual, closest friends now effectively regards both of us as fascist/racists. He regarded this mutual friend of ours as close to being a son. After his sons moved away our friend kind of filled that gap in a local sense. People this close are now regarded as the worst form of evil. We live in a seriously, seriously sick society.

Em

Unless we’re to assume that a scarcity of upscale handbag stores would somehow put an end to scenes like this.

That's still shocking.

WTP

Budding rapper charged in triple murder.

This story. I don't understand why this didn't get more play, any play really, from conservative blogs/media. I have cousins in Kennesaw and inlaws nearby in Woodstock and such. Kennesaw is so conservative that they even have a law that every household must have a gun. Of course so many exceptions and such that it's never been enforced AFAIK. The way the information was released on this was absurd. First on Saturday we hear about the truck crashed on the golf course and that a golf pro had been killed. Lots and lots and lots of info about the golf pro. The suspect was supposedly a darker skinned hispanic with long hair, wearing tshirt and jeans. But police assured that there was no threat to the nearby university. Which was an odd thing until we do a little googling and find that the Kennesaw State quarterback and passenger was attacked in a driveby down in Pensacola, FL. Which seems to be no connection now but at the time...? Then a day later we hear that the driver of the truck was also killed. But zero info about him, not even his name. Then we hear his body and the body of another man were found in the bed of the truck. But again, they don't have the suspect in custody but "there is no threat to the community" or some such, the police keep saying. The name of the third guy doesn't come out until... I think Tuesday. When they finally catch the suspect, whose name is obviously not hispanic, who it turns out had been arrested and released for DUI Saturday evening in a nearby community, we google the name and find out this guy had been arrested and released for fleeing cops, a felony charge, and wrecking a jeep up in Indiana. Then we find out that back in 2017 he was in a shootout with another guy over drug dealing in south Atlanta. But most of this information we've had to piece together ourselves by googling and perusing through the few FB or other comment sections, etc. the news reporting has been minimal. Which is another thing I found odd about how little discussion there was of this. I posed a question about it on Ace of Spades thread and the only rely back I got was from some asshole mocking my naivety about an obvious conspiracy by the cops, blah blah blah.

David

That’s still shocking.

As noted before, it’s an interesting dynamic. Once the thievery begins – once there’s, as it were, blood in the water – the incident rapidly escalates. Sensing an opportunity, other predators approach. Passing drivers stop and rush to join in – but not to help the woman being robbed and thrown to the ground. Instead, they want to help themselves to someone else’s property. Because they feel entitled. To a degree one might call sociopathic.

And this feeling of entitlement is not unrelated to the endless, contrived excuses being made for such behaviour.

Darleen

and symphony orchestra bassoonists.

Don't worry, they're working on that.

pst314

Don't worry, they're working on that.

Well, how are we supposed to judge a musician's ability without knowing skin color? Answer me that, you raycist!

Paulius

The way the information was released on this was absurd.

Talk about rhetorical chaff. This is rhetorical stealth technology, where the article is written in such a way as to deflect and dissipate any of the 5W's. Sequence and agency are muddled up, and minor facts are piled on before major facts are addressed. A figleaf of punctiliousness about not prejudicing the investigation, but an overwhelming lack of curiosity about the basic layout of the crime scene and the chronology of its discovery. We're told that the police found the pickup truck during its investigation, suggesting that it took some effort to find, but elsewhere it looks like the pickup truck with two bodies in it is sitting on a green of the golf course (which is 7108 yards, not 7107 or 7109 as some fake news sources might tell you).

But apart from that, Madame la Marquise...

David

Oh, and just for closure, the Bosch finale, and season seven generally, was a little underwhelming. Not as bad as six, but not a season I expect to re-watch. They should, I think, have ended at season five.

#DaveAndHisTVTips

WTP

This is rhetorical stealth technology, where the article is written in such a way as to deflect and dissipate any of the 5W's. Sequence and agency are muddled up, and minor facts are piled on before major facts are addressed. A figleaf of punctiliousness about not prejudicing the investigation, but an overwhelming lack of curiosity about the basic layout of the crime scene and the chronology of its discovery.

Yes. While this one is significantly bad, is that not nearly every story, especially crime stories, to some degree as reported these days? And political especially. See any MSM reporting on say, Hunter Biden's laptop, black people dying in police custody, etc. It's like people have been trained in how to do journalism the most wrong way possible. Sometimes it even seems to defy the spin they want to put on a story. I've long given up reading reporting on sports, originally because even years ago the reporting of something that should be straight forward was replaced with whatever Narrative, most often not even political, that the sportswriter wanted to tell. Pick virtually any local newspaper from before about 1980 or so and compare virtually any story to the way things are reported today. It's incredible.

But this one was quite frustrating, until the suspect was caught, as my concern for nearby relatives and such. Especially as more and more information, or lack thereof, leaks out that does absolutely nothing to tie the three victims together except...possibly...maybe...their being white...or "white hispanic". There is nothing released so far as to dissuade me from (the obviously racist) thought that these people were killed at random simply for being white. Which lacking any other information makes the assertion by the police that there was no threat to the local community very, very suspect. I could understand them not overtly saying that there was a threat, or even dodging such a question, but to clearly state that there was no threat? When you have not caught the suspect and have no positive identity for him either (who was in an overnight lockup for DUI and then released so if they DID know the identity and weren't telling...whoa, there's a big problem), that is a big, big problem that will undermine police credibility going forward.

WTP

Another example found while looking for mo-better info...Now don't know about Heavy.com being professional journalism but the random pieces of information thrown together in this article...SMDH...This isn't even 9th grade quality (at least in my perspective of 9th grade) writing/reporting of facts. It's like a teenager's random repeating facts off the top of their head. A teenager one would expect to have more sense than to write it down this way. It's almost funny.

https://heavy.com/news/bryan-rhoden/

anon a mouse

"but the random pieces of information thrown together in this article"

Indeed. Perhaps the next bullet points will cover local weather conditions at the time.

News just isn't.

pst314

Which lacking any other information makes the assertion by the police that there was no threat to the local community very, very suspect.

Just think of all the jihad killings where the police and other government officials bend over backwards to find reasons to exclude religion as a motive.

pst314

Don't worry, they're working on that.

And considering the large number of angry affirmative action hires who are getting tenured university positions, how long until we start seeing disagreements move from academic journals to drive-by shootings? Publish and perish. "I'm sorry, the evidence is clear. Cleopatra was Greek, not black." Blam! Blam! Blam! "There's my reply you raycis muthafuka!" [ joking but not really joking ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...and season seven generally, was a little underwhelming.

What, you weren't captivated by the thrilling sub-plot of the two "incel" patrolmen and the lousy photoshop ?

"...Cleopatra was Greek, not black."There's my reply..."

pst314

We waz kangs!

I don't spend a lot of time diving deeply into that cesspool, but back in the day I did read a good number of books on several controversies, "the Greeks stole everything from Egypt" and "Egyptians were black" and "Africans invented modern science". Although the latter seemed to alternate with "modern science is white science and should be replaced with black science". Amusingly, radical feminists were simultaneously condemning science as male and sexist and even as a "rape manual".

David

What, you weren’t captivated by the thrilling sub-plot of the two "incel" patrolmen and the lousy photoshop ?

As I said before, the sub-plot was ham-fisted, wrapped up with laughable haste, and felt like it belonged in another show. And it would’ve been nice if they’d given Billets something to do other than be female and gay, AND THEREFORE OPPRESSED. That’s the thing about the insertion of overtly woke storylines – you can generally assume that the writing will be inept, if not downright condescending.

pst314

Once again, the #usualsuspects

So much cultural enrichment. How can I adequately thank our bien pensant betters?

Karl

That’s the thing about the insertion of overtly woke storylines...

Zealots of any stripe, consumed as they are by a fiery ideological certainty, have no sense of irony, humour, humility or empathy. And are therefore incapable of producing entertainment.

Mavis

#usualsuspects So much cultural enrichment.

Vibrant, initiative-taking, and thrusting; not sure if allahu...

62 years old Senegalese, unknown to police, papers in order. Went into a phone store to dispute the charge on a call to the old country. Evidently wasn't given the answer he wanted. Came back with a knife and stabbed the 18- and 20-year old store clerks, the 18 year old dying.

Daniel Ream

That’s the thing about the insertion of overtly woke storylines

There was a point around 2011 where a combination of streaming, TiVo and piracy meant TV viewers weren't watching ads any more. A number of companies experimented with paying show writers to insert advertisements for their products into the scripts, making them unskippable. The writers hate this and often make them blatant and unmoored from anything else happening in the episode, so you can tune them out and go get a sandwich or something. I treat woke B plots the same way.

asiaseen

companies experimented with paying show writers to insert advertisements for their products into the scripts

That has been going on forever especially in the movie industry. Thirty years ago I made the acquaintace of an Englishwoman in California whose job was product placement in films for her clients

David

I treat woke B plots the same way.

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that a clumsy, unsubtle, unconvincing worldview should very often result in clumsy, unsubtle, unconvincing writing.

Felicity

This story raises more questions than it answers.
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/quarantine-dad-blasts-2400-stay-20992128
Did he know he would have to quarantine before he went to ‘visit’ his wife and kids?
Did hotel staff mess the room up?
No water, really?
Staying with his 8 and 11 year old cousins?
Am I a hard hearted bitch for having zero sympathy?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Did hotel staff mess the room up?...
No water, really?...
Am I a hard hearted bitch for having zero sympathy?

I had to travel and stay at an IHG HIE during the height of this foolishness and was told up front that unless specifically requested, cleaning was once a week. Making the bed and taking out one's trash was an individual responsibility.

Everyone knows the only potable water comes in plastic bottles.

No, though for the unquarantined the cheapest room in that Holiday Inn is only around 70 Imperial Dollars, (which makes it a bargain compared to its equivalent hotel in the real Birmingham), so if he really had to shell out 2400 Imperial Dollars for the stay, somebody is pocketing extra moola.

asiaseen

I believe we have seen this chap here before.

That chap was actually a chapess and a quasi-police chapess (PCSO) to boot.

asiaseen

A little more research indicates that it is also a quasi-chapess.
https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/10/transgender-police-woman-found-with-explosives-and-gun-appears-in-court/

pst314

62 years old Senegalese, unknown to police, papers in order. Went into a phone store to dispute the charge on a call to the old country. Evidently wasn't given the answer he wanted. Came back with a knife and stabbed the 18- and 20-year old store clerks, the 18 year old dying.

These sorts of crimes used to be extremely rare. None of the "respectable" news outlets and government agencies want to report what percentage of such crimes are committed by immigrants and the children of immigrants. Because #diversity.

asiaseen

the cheapest room in that Holiday Inn is only around 70 Imperial Dollars

Ah, but if the Holiday Inn is charging per head 2,400 I$ would be about right

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ah, but if the Holiday Inn is charging per head 2,400 I$ would be about right

1 Adult 2 kids is only 100 Imperial Dollars/day (VAT included) for a 10 day stay over a weekend, a room for him and a room for the kids would only be about 140 Imperial Dollars. Still sounds like someone is pocketing extra portraits of HRH.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

That chap was actually a chapess and a quasi-police chapess (PCSO) to boot.

Related, you may laugh, but it hurts worse to be stabbed with a spoon, and I've seen someone sliced up with a pizza cutter.

Unrelated, do they get their own flag and a pride month ?

anon a mouse

"Am I a hard hearted bitch for having zero sympathy"

No.
Also, the article is garbage. Explains nothing, and all I can take away is "guy traveled to Pakistan, ... something quarantine"
Everything else is like reading a translated Chinese owner's manual...

pst314

companies experimented with paying show writers to insert advertisements for their products into the scripts

That has been going on forever especially in the movie industry. Thirty years ago I made the acquaintace of an Englishwoman in California whose job was product placement in films for her clients

Just the other day I heard a (rather unclear) remark that a "streaming music to wireless speakers" service was experimenting with pushing promoted content all night long, even when the speakers were supposedly off. Kind of a head-scratcher, so I wonder what that will turn out to actually be.

pst314

Man followed and shot rival after dispute at anti-violence dinner This seems to happen very often.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Redbridge Labour reading project.

David

Redbridge Labour reading project.

Nothing says “parents will be pleased” quite like the words “monkey dildo.”

ComputerLabRat

Redbridge Labour reading project.

Interesting that second picture at the link where the monkey shows its ass to all the burkas walking by. I wonder how tolerant BAME are of stuff like that. There's one religion that hasn't rolled over and played dead for the Stonewall mafia, and both groups are used to getting their way.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Redbridge Labour reading project.

Apparently now deleted tweets of Redbridge and Exeter having a good LOL at the rubes, ...when you've got it flaunt it...

WTP

Apparently the test flight for Golgafrincham Ark Fleet Ship B was successful. Maybe things are looking up.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Apparently the test flight for Golgafrincham Ark Fleet Ship B was successful.

10,000 or so feet higher than the highest manned balloon, and 200,000+ less than an X-15 in 1963 - wouldn't get your hopes up...

WTP

It looks rather roomy relative to any other spacecraft... or "spacecraft" that I have seen. All we need to do is get them inside.

pst314

200,000+ less than an X-15 in 1963 - wouldn't get your hopes up...

? Highest X-15 flight was 67 miles. Today's Virgin Galactic flight is claimed to have reached 52.5 miles. That said, there is something to be said for making efficient use of our woke commissars here on earth--cleaning solar panels and pedaling electric generators, perhaps.

WTP

Related, you may laugh, but it hurts worse to be stabbed with a spoon, and I've seen someone sliced up with a pizza cutter.

Looks like they got one of those long wandy things off the streets as well! Good work, Coppers!

WTP

...Suddenly, the father calls out the the daughter, "Bring out the chimp!" at which point a rainbow colored man in a monkey suit with a strap on dildo and assless chaps appears and starts dancing and gyrating in front of the little children, exposing his anus to them. Then both parents, the dog, the monkey, and now even the daughter all jump simultaneously and land perfectly, smiling, jazz hands shimmering.

The agent is appalled at the callous obscenity of this final moment. He stares, mouth agape, at the family, the dog, and the monkey, "What the fuck do you call that?"

"The Aristocrats!"

...ok, it's funnier if you hear Gilbert Gotfried tell it.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Today's Virgin Galactic flight is claimed to have reached 52.5 miles.

Yeah, I misread the report, still far off from 1963, and well short of the Karman line, so not into space, just a high altitude airplane.

asiaseen

Please support CWBChicago’s reporting efforts with a contribution or subscription.

Does shooting someone count as a contribution?

Darleen

but it hurts worse to be stabbed with a spoon

"Because it's dull, you twit, and will hurt more."

pst314

Yeah, I misread the report...just a high altitude airplane.

Yes, and that continues to puzzle me, as I wonder whether the technologies that work for suborbital flight will scale well for true spaceflight. If not, the hype does not match the reality. (But to be fair I have not even tried to investigate this.)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

... I wonder whether the technologies that work for suborbital flight will scale well for true spaceflight.

I think if it did, someone would have done it by now. To put something in orbit you need a velocity north of 14,000 mph, best an X-15 could do with a 70,000 lb thrust motor was 4,500. Branson's toy I doubt has the same thrust and has only reached about half that speed.

Gross weight of an X-15 34,000 lbs, Branson's mess, 21,000. Bottom line either would need a much more powerful motor to get to 14,000+mph, which means either some radically new design, or a much bigger vehicle, which means a larger launch plane, rinse and repeat.

Wernher von Braun & Saturn V FTW, hornorable mention to Энергия.

Daniel Ream

That has been going on forever especially in the movie industry

Oh, I'm not talking about simple product placement. I mean multiple shows where one of the characters stops the plot to deliver a 10-30 second monologue extolling the virtues of a particular product while the camera slow pans around it. OnStar, Kia, and Microsoft were all especially bad for this. A&E's The Glades had a particularly egregious example of this, lampshaded by another character replaying "Geez, Carlos, you sound like a car commercial."

whether the technologies that work for suborbital flight will scale well for true spaceflight

Airbreathing engines and non-airbreathing engines are mutually exclusive, although I recall reading in the 1990s about a proposed design for an engine that worked as a conventional jet engine at rest and could reconfigure its intake to become a scramjet at supersonic speeds and ultimately a liquid-propellant rocket for the final boost to orbit by closing off its intake entirely.

Karl

James Lindsay explains the need for a rainbow monkey with his cock and anus out in your local children's library.

pst314

Airbreathing engines and non-airbreathing engines are mutually exclusive

I have wondered about the engine, and whether the chosen fuel might give significantly less performance than SpaceX's Falcon 9 which uses kerosene and liquid oxygen. Dunno; I am content to wait and see what happens.

Sam Duncan

“Gross weight of an X-15 34,000 lbs, Branson's mess, 21,000. Bottom line either would need a much more powerful motor to get to 14,000+mph, which means either some radically new design, or a much bigger vehicle, which means a larger launch plane, rinse and repeat.”

Even Branson recognises that. And they're still only launching cubesats (for which I'm sure there's a market, but it's hardly the “galactic” scope promised by the older company).

I've said all along that, for Branson at least, VG is about suborbital point-to-point travel, not spaceflight.

Richard Cranium

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A1rm%C3%A1n_line#Alternatives_to_the_definition (wikipedia footnote markers removed)...

The U.S. Armed Forces definition of an astronaut is a person who has flown higher than 50 miles (80 km) above mean sea level, approximately the line between the mesosphere and the thermosphere. NASA formerly used the FAI's 100-kilometre (62-mile) figure, though this was changed in 2005, to eliminate any inconsistency between military personnel and civilians flying in the same vehicle, when three veteran NASA X-15 pilots (John B. McKay, William H. Dana and Joseph Albert Walker) were retroactively (two posthumously) awarded their astronaut wings, as they had flown between 90 km (56 miles) and 108 km (67 miles) in the 1960s, but at the time had not been recognized as astronauts.

Good to know that the US Government always rounds down rather than up.

NTSOG

Commiserations to the England football team. Is there any truth in the rumor that the Italian football team will now go on to Tokyo for the Olympics with its members participating in the diving and wrestling competitions?

TomJ
Still sounds like someone is pocketing extra portraits of HRH.

Of HM. Princes and princesses are Royal Highnesses, a monarch is a Majesty.

Karl

Good to know that the US Government always rounds down rather than up.

Bah. Next thing you know they'll be awarding Purple Hearts to everyone who works in the Department of Health and Human Services.

PiperPaul

I wonder whether the technologies that work for suborbital flight will scale well for true spaceflight.

They should just put more solar panels on the top. Duh.

pst314

They should just put more solar panels on the top. Duh.

[ slaps forehead ] Now why didn't I think of that?

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