This situation has not gotten anywhere near the attention it deserves here.
Note though, that there has been a glimmer of coverage today as there are signs that after almost 4 months, the French public are growing tired of the protestors and Pétain Macron is recovering in the pols.
As to what the go to what our favorite English language Parisian blogs have been saying...
Dissident Frogman's site has burned down, fallen over and is awash in the swamp. The site is, as of yesterday, being rebuilt as per a note in the sidebar, though the most recent post on the site is from 2017.
There hasn't been a post on Â¡No Parasan! in over two weeks as I type this.
This is pollution-based, right? But the "green" enviroweenies don't complain about pollution in Russia, China, India, etc: just the West. Stupid.
(I happen not to have speakers on the computer I'm on at the moment so I can't hear the audio.)
Posted by: Rick C at Sun Feb 24 18:39:41 2019 (Iwkd4)
One of These Things is Not Like the Others
Over at Ambient Irony, Pixy discusses technobabble, space exploration, developments in server farm technology, trends in the stewardship of You Tube commentary and milestones in the history of Invader Zim slash.
There is more here. There are indications that the issue actually comes from a huge influx of venture capital. That is, the business model of Jack Conte was sound, but the company accepted a huge influx of money, from people who expected a very large return and now have Conte by the shorthairs.
While I'm a member of Subscribe Star and am quite impressed with their apparent dedication to free speech and how they have recovered from their deplatforming by MasterCard and Paypal. I have no illusions regarding the implications and future prospects of a free-speech platform operating out of Russia.
Now this almost certainly won't stand up in a court of law. However, to regain control of one's IP one has to hire a lawyer. This, of course, is beyond the means of many who's IP will get looted like this. Which, is, of course the point.
While it's an interesting discussion, describing the disturbing decline and degeneration of Discord, I do not necessarily recommend listening to today's episode. It goes into dreadful places. For instance, I could have lived a full, happy, and productive life never having had explained to me what the actual hell cubbycon meant and now that path of pleasant innocence is forever closed to me.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Feb 19 19:46:03 2019 (PiXy!)
I've pretty much seen the same language on most sites that accept user content, basically saying they need you to grant them the right to serve your content. And that included modifying it (Shrinking or expanding it to fit the page format) and if they sell out, they don't have to delete your content.
And every site had a wave of people who finally read the TOS years later and are all "OMG, The Service is going to steal all my Sonic drawings and sell them! Tell them they're bad and can't do this! Boycott!"
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Feb 21 22:58:49 2019 (Ix1l6)
The key words are "...in connection with operating and providing the Service", and they define "the Service" as the app and website. The real gotcha is the word "perpetual"; you can never revoke their right to display anything you uploaded while you had an account. They can choose to stop displaying your content for any reason, but you can't make them take it down. -j
Posted by: J Greely at Fri Feb 22 01:06:26 2019 (tgyIO)
Any social media company needs many of those rights, precisely so that they can do their social media thing. But the terms, as written, suuuuuuck.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Feb 22 14:02:58 2019 (PiXy!)
Not a fan of the TOS, which stinks because Discord is a primary way I use for IMing people ever since AOL Instant Messenger finally bit the dust (I still have a screen capture of the last moments of IM service.).
Posted by: cxt217 at Sat Feb 23 16:09:44 2019 (LMsTt)
Some Damned Fool Thing on the Subcontinent.
It's not getting a lot of coverage here in the U.S., where news has been dominated by various and sundry dumpster fires, but things have really been heating up over the last few days between India and Pakistan.
Light absorption by the estimated soot from 100 Hiroshima sized bombs. The estimate is probably pessimistic, but an actual nuclear exchange between the two countries might use 3 times as many bombs so it probably balances out. The effects amount to 1-3weeks shorter growing season for a year or two.
Balls of BrassMike Ritland has an interview with CBS's LauraLogan about her wide ranging journalistic career starting with her days in South Africa. While most coverage of the interview is focusingone three minute segment, the whole three and a half hour interview is really fascinating and worth a look.
Lets take a look at how Leia is introduced. In the first movie, Leia is introduced as a Princess and a Senator. From this it's established that she knows how to lead and organize people, is likely charismatic and is likely well spoken. On the Tantive IV we find her waiting in ambush for Stormtroopers with a pistol and succeeds in shooting one before being captured. From this we learn that she is a good shot and is not willing to let events passively overtake her, but will take charge. Also, she sends R2 and 3PO to Tatooine to find Kenobi, which hints at her ability to think quickly on her feet and improvise.
Okay, so what do we see her do? We see her take charge in her own rescue, which, while impressive within the stereotypes of storytelling at the time of the movie, is well in line with the traits from her introduction. We see her shoot numerous stormtroopers, but it was already established that she knew how to shoot. We see her lead people at various points in the movie, as she would have been trained to do to hold the positions she did. She improvises and thinks on her feet to kill Jaba, which again hearkens back to skills and traits there from when we were introduced to the character. She does operate on a movie-style special forces mission in ROTJ, however given that she was on the run with rebels operating as irregulars for several years at that point, the skills she shows are not unreasonable for her to have learned.
What does she not do? She doesn't out-pilot the professional pilot. We never even see her pilot in the movies. She doesn't out force-power the (sort of) trained force user, again she doesn't even show those skills in the original trilogy. She also is not perfect in every way. We see her almost botch her relationship with Han because she was narrow-focused on her duties and neglecting his personal feelings.
Also, Leia pays a huge price in that she witnesses the massacre of her adoptive family and the people she knew, loved, and swore to protect as a result of her actions. She also pays by getting captured multiple times and tortured/turned into a fetish object. So she earns what she gets.
Basically, Leia is well written because everything logically flows from her initial introduction or there is a logical reason for her to have acquired those skills/abilities and time to have acquired it. The things she does get, she pays a visible price for.
Posted by: stargazera5 at Tue Feb 12 23:13:16 2019 (bz2EX)
I can't argue with anything you said StargazerA5. You nailed it.
However, in my haste I was far too laconic.
I was going for more of a 'compare and contrast' thing in this post.
Speaking of stories with females - I do not recommend anyone watch Egao no Daika unless they have intense desire to die of boredom. The series has now officially gone past the half-way mark of the cour without doing any major plot advancement. It also is very boring.
Posted by: cxt217 at Fri Feb 15 21:31:07 2019 (LMsTt)
Eh, I did intend it to be a comparison to Kathleen Kennedy's self-insertion/Mary Sue fanfic, though didn't spell out how that 'fic's first two parts failed as others have done so better than I. I did hint at it my 'What Leia did not do' paragraph, though.
Posted by: stargazera5 at Mon Feb 18 16:15:34 2019 (bz2EX)
It appears to be the most '70s bunker ever, including in its living arrangements a small cluster of 1 story "houses" around an astroturf garden with a swimming pool. It had been sold 4 years ago to a shadowy organization that totally claimed not to be named Vault Tec, so its resurfacing on the market for such a comparatively modest price given the size and location is almost certainly not some sort of ill omen or indication of a trap.
REMEMBER! "Everything's better when you experience it in a vault!"
It was sold for $1.15M 4 years ago. The current price was clearly set by someone out of his mind on drugs.
Posted by: Rick C at Sun Feb 10 17:22:44 2019 (Iwkd4)
Hmm...I'd mentally slipped a decimal on the previous sale. That's a hell of a markup. Still, 18 million for 14,620 blast proof sq.ft. in Vegas "Right off the strip" seems not completely out of the realm of reason, but I know nothing about Nevada real estate. Note that "right off the strip" here means 3 miles from the Mirage and about 5 miles from the Luxor, almost directly between Boulder Station and The Hard Rock. That's a gentle stroll here in Virginia but it's a long way to walk in the Mojave, which should keep the casino people at bay.
Plus it's about 900 feet from TWO hospitals and there's a grocery store, an asian buffet, a Dunkin' Donuts and a Carl's Jr. at the intersection less than a kilometer away! Radiation protection and chicken tenders. That's it! I'm going and buying a lottery ticket right now!
Just a Link to a PDF.( For Historical Purposes)
When the "Green New Deal" first came out there was a FAQ sheet and I downloaded it got halfway through page 2 and reralized that the Cray-Cray was stronger in this document than I'd thought possible...and stopped reading.
I commented on another blog that nuclear power was not just absent from the proposed solutions, it was specifically singled out for elimination.
A Green New Deal is a massive investment in renewable energy production and would not include creating new nuclear plants. Itâ€™s unclear if we will be able to decommission every nuclear plant within 10 years, but the plan is to transition off of nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible.
The blogger asked for a citation saying he could not find that in the document. This struck me as odd because Lowther does his research and, as I said, it was on page two.
Well lo and behold it appears that online versions of the FAQ page are being removed and/or edited; It's just that crazy a document.
Well, I downloaded it and it's HERE (WARNING: May cause SAN loss)
It will remain here at least until Mee.nu gets blowed up.
Neo has thoughts on the purpose of releasing the document as crazy and incomplete as it is.
If it were not for all the typos, you would have thought this idiocy was the product of a false flag operation by the GOP to smear the Democrats, rather than what might come from the College Young Communists after they got done smoking a lot of opium.
Anyone can come up with something as insane as this codswallop. What is the scary part is that serious politicians on the Left believe in it enough to sign onto and endorse it (As a disclaimer, I think Neo is right to worry that a lot of voters are gullible to buy it, but I disagree in that I doubt enough of them will.). Even Huey Long was not as absurd.
Of course, it does mean we have grounds to prevent anyone supporting this from ever riding on an aircraft, or a car, again. Maybe eat steak too, but Obama already got that covered from eating thousand dollars per ounce steak when he was in office.
Posted by: cxt217 at Sun Feb 10 14:36:34 2019 (LMsTt)
I fear another edition of, "We have to pass the bill to see what's in the bill." on the horizon, however this time it will be enhanced (made more confusing) by the addition of (not linking to "the tropes") Xanatos Gambit/Xanatos Speed Chess efforts...something along the lines of, "we have to pass the bill so we can stop changing it..." although I doubt that would stop 'them' from continuing to modify such bill.
Posted by: RedLeg at Sun Feb 10 18:39:49 2019 (8MSbf)
Pelosi is an expect on that as well, if the stories about how the Democrat House staffers were still writing the ACA while the final vote was being taken are true.
One major difference is that Pelosi does not have a higher party leader hounding her to put his priorities first before her party's ability to hold the House and keep her in the Speaker's chair. Given how thin the Dems' current margin is in the House, and the rumors about how unpopular AOC is among the Dems themselves (A seat, as has been noted, that is situated in the only part of NYC outside of Staten Island that voted Trump in 2016.), Pelosi might want to wait before doing something that will cause her to have to move offices again.
Posted by: cxt217 at Sun Feb 10 18:52:23 2019 (LMsTt)
New Asteroid Discovered
Via Instapundit comes this story about the discovery of a new asteroid inside the orbit of Venus. One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes explains why this is object is so potentially interes....
"Forget that! It's not important anymore.
I've uncovered proof that our society is over"
Well. That's it.
UPDATE: I have a question. Would this be transhumanist furries or would the lack of fur preclude that and if so would these be shinies?
Hmmm, not the lack of fur, but the lack of an animal basis. I do seem to recall some comic or something where there were people who believed so much in the superiority of their robot overlords they dressed in metal parts (but were not cyborgs).
(Anthropomorphic lizards, for example, are still "Furries, but also a sub-category they call "Scalies". Please shoot me because I know this....)
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Feb 10 11:22:43 2019 (Ix1l6)
Meanwhile, In the Kuiper Belt
N.A.S.A.s New Horizons probe has just had its best pictures of "
_2014_MU69">Ultima Thule" processed. Now we've sent one of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes to bring us the latest on this Kuiper belt object. However, given what we've seen so far it's fairly clear that it is just a bog standard comet and pretty much uninteresting in any way.
"That last sentence is about as wrong as is grammatically possible."
Well, it appears that Ultima Thule still had some surprises, one of which was only revealed when the spacecraft flew past it.
You see, according to the mission webpage, this is believed to be the best picture that New Horizons took of Ultima Thule...
There's a lot of oddness, including the fact that it appears to be a conjoined comet. Then New Horizons flew by the object aaand....
Why that should be is unclear to say the least, but it is interesting that one of the explanations for the weirdness of the recently departed Omuamua is that it was flat enough to be affected by solar pressure. Perhaps something causes objects on edge of interstellar space to flatten.
In any event, it's NEAT!
And, rarely does science give us such a straightforward and unambiguous lesson in the importance of perspective.
The apparently impending Reddit-Tencent marriage is complicated by the fact that Reddit, one of the most popular websites on the internet, is regularlyâ€”and is currentlyâ€”blocked in China as part of the worldâ€™s most notorious and sophisticated censorship regime, the Great Firewall of China.
Further complicating matters is the fact that Tencent is not merely a resident on Chinaâ€™s internetâ€”the company is one of the most important architects of the Great Firewall. Itâ€™s an interesting source of cash for a Silicon Valley company whose product is essentially speech.
The quote keeps using the word "complicated". There's nothing complicated about a speech platform getting involved with an entity like Tencent. It's simply, straightforwardly, terrifying.
"What!? They couldn't sell out to Weyland-Yutani or Vault-Tec?"
Dispatches From the Dumpster Fire
As some of you know, I live in Virginia, where the top 3 elected officials have all been outed as stupid, creepy, and/or servants of Moloch.
I will be using this dumpster fire as the go-to excuse for the recent limited blogging because it's so much sexier to be struggling against the intersection of racists, predators and a Dr. Mengele than to be waylaid by the intersection of a cold, lots of kanji homework and a research paper.
Anyway, as compensation, here is Vararia, who exists at the intersection of 'kawaii' and 'kowai'.