May 30, 2020

And the Weather Cooperated

This is the first time in 11 years that the U.S. has launched astronauts into space on a U.S. rocket, from U.S. soil. Even more impressive, it's a private company providing a launch service which opens up vast possibilities for future space endeavors. 

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May 29, 2020

Meanwhile: At the Space-X Testing Facility

"No. No this is good! Musk and his crackerjack engineers are squeezing all the extra 'splodies out of the out of his new rocket before putting people on it." 

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May 27, 2020

Another Gut-Wrenching Attack on Freedom and Progress by the Weathermen

One of our Crack Team of Science Babes explains what mischief was perpetrated to scrub the first U.S. manned space launch in 11 years...

"Stoopid tornado warning....being issued for absolutely no reaso..."


If the rocket isn't sucked up to OZ, then NASA and Space-X will try again Saturday at 3:22 EST.

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May 25, 2020


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Alright: We Need to Quarantine All the ArchDukes Until We can Figure Out What The Hell Is Going On

Since there is nothing going on right now that might warrant the Politburo's attention, China is having a border clash with India. 

This started two weeks ago when news reports described a cross border skirmish between the two nuclear powers. After reading the articles, we at Brickmuppet Blog decided not to post on it at the time because it was in fact a fist fight between some enlisted troops in the neutral zone... (Guardian headline accuracy > CNN) this did not seem to rise to the level of "BORDER SKIRMISH". However, now things are escalating

Yet another battle occurred May 5 in the Pangong Tso Lake area when an estimated 250 Indian and Chinese army personnel fought with iron rods, sticks, and stones. Soldiers on both sides sustained injuries.

"Wait. What?"

Fortunately, they appear to be escalating slowly, from fists to rocks and now rebar. If they don't reach a  diplomatic solution soon, I give it no more than another week before they break out the bows, arrows and edged weapons.  I suspect that both sides may already be secretly fabricating trebuchets in anticipation of further escalation. 


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How Quick It Comes (Updated)

Monday, my sister's in-laws were visited by their daughter wearing a respirator and wielding scissors. She cut their hair, dropped off some medicine and was relieved that they were fine.

Tuesday, my sister's father in law had a cold and developed a terrible headache. 

Wednesday, he was having difficulty breathing and tried to get a doctors appointment but was told that he could not bee seen.

Thursday he could not walk unassisted and his daughter and wife took him to the ER where he was put in intensive care. By that evening he was in a coma with COVID-19. His prognosis is grim. 

My sister's mother-in-law has been told to stay home pending tests, but has many Wu-Flu including headache, flu-like aches and blue toes. Why they won't let her into the hospital is unclear. Her daughter, who one would expect would be quarantined for two weeks at this point, was told that her test had come back negative and she did not need to self isolate...because apparently the doctors in North Carolina do not understand the concept of incubation periods. 

The Xi JinPox lingers for weeks without symptoms but spreading itself to the for winds, and  when it manifests itself, it can take you down quick.

While the lockdown certainly has to end, masks still need to be worn and those who decide to go to high traffic venues need to avoid the old and frail, at least when they are without  a mask.  A mask is not a civil rights violation. It does little good to protect its wearer, but its effect in aggregate in slowing the spread of infections is profound and that they can work better than the lockdowns themselves is now proven by testing on a national scale

How to make people understand that this lack of hygiene  is not mere defiance of unreasonable authority but an abdication of civic responsibility is difficult, especially when those who are most vocal about demanding that this be done are those who never turn down an opportunity exercise  some petty power over us. 

But the case has to be made, so I'll give it a go, as bluntly, rudely, crudely and in a manner as non-compliant with the establishment's gestalt as I possibly can. 

Those who are refusing to do the most basic hygiene steps are not just abdicating their civic responsibility, they are no different from the bug-chasers who spread AIDS though their community and beyond because they would not be dissuaded from frequenting bathouses and doing unhygienic things.  So wear a mask...or you're a fag. 

UPDATE: the post a day later...Yeah. I should probably not hit "post" when I'm upset, in pain, and on a muscle relaxant. 

Suffice it to say that I think masks in shops and on public transit are a very good idea right now.  

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May 24, 2020

Another 2020 Headline

Pig Poops out a Pedometer, Starts a Fire.

After reading the article, it appears that the actual story is exactly what it says on the tin.


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That Does It

I've gotta re-enlist in the Coast Guard now.

Hat Tip...Scott Lowther

It looks like the Royal Marines have figured out a technological replacement with the Jacob's Ladder and Grappling Hooks. 

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May 23, 2020

A Few Whitmerisms

Tenditious political dreadfulness exists below the fold, so here is something completely not dreadful from Kaitan


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May 21, 2020

Absolute Genius!

So, as mentioned in the last post, I got the face mask that I'd ordered 8 weeks ago. It was oh the porch as I left so I opened it and after a quick lookover donned it and went to work. It was great, it didn't fog my glasses up nearly as bad. Yesterday, I sat down and went through the process of disassembling and cleaning the now salt encrusted face covering and changing the filters. 

Those filters...which cover the interior of entire mask except for two screen covered breathing holes.

Those are supposed to be one way breathing valves. They are not.

I've now cut down a regular medical face mask and put inside the other filter, much like I did with the coffee filters and my plague-doctor mask. This results in much more fogging of the glasses but does not result in the mask being a completely pointless inconvenience. 

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May 20, 2020

The Journey of Discovery Never Ends

I've learned two things this week. 

First, after 50 years on this earth, I belatedly discovered that if you cook instant ramen in a rice cooker and just let it cycle as if it were rice, it comes out absolutely perfect. Why did I never try this before? 

Second, my reusable mask finally arrived. Alas, I discovered that sneezing while wearing it at work it is a transcendentally unpleasant experience. 

Picture is unrelated to any of these discoveries, but does get Cacodaemon-girl off the top post. 

Art by Mifuki32 (also here)

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May 18, 2020

Meanwhile: Deep Within the Code of Doom Eternal...

Doom Eternal comes with a kernel level anti-cheat program.

This was reported on over at Ambient Irony as basically malware, and it is being flagged as such by anti-virus programs

Ars Technica seems quite sanguine about the situation however, and says that this is vastly less terrifying than the rootkit anti-cheat/DRM programs put in other games. 

In other news, malaria is less scary than smallpox. 

Now I don't know jack about coding and to me a kernal is an individual corn seed or a non-naval officer rank right under Brigadier General. 

So....Those of you in IT, please opine.

Is this actually as bad as it looks?

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Cacodemon moefication services provided by Substance-20, who can be supported via Ko-Fi

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共匪 Or Why One Should Not Discuss Wild Pig Infestations in You Tube Comments

Look at that post title.

The blog is still here, because Me.Nu is not Alphabet affiliated.

Allow me to explain.

共匪 is a Chinese character compound that some of you will recognize as "wild boar" which is its Japanese meaning

( Update: and by some of you, I mean morons like me. See comments)


"Rats! Now no one will know about my prize-winning rodeo pig!"

You see in Chinese, å…±åŒª is  the pictograph of a slang term that means "Communist Bandit"*. 

The paper says comments will be deleted within 15 seconds and having tried this myself, I note that it will indeed happen within 12 and 20 seconds of the comment being posted. That's some pretty impressive bot work. 

Anyway, it's just another example of YouTube  enthusiastically doing censorship for the disease spreading, organ jacking, genocidal, slavers, in the CCP.** 

One more thing:
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* Probably 'cause commies are pigs.
** When you've got a left wing rag like the Independent calling out your communist atrocities  you've jumped the shark with your murderous shenanigans.

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Banality lurks below the fold. As compensation here is some cheesecake. 

Chocolate cheesecake, two fancy coffees and best debutante, Sena Kashiwazaki are drawn by Cait, who can be supported on Patreon

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May 16, 2020

Watch the SKIES!

A few weeks ago we noted that the newly discovered Comet Atlas was looking to be a spectacular sight. went and disintegrated

Now one of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes has come to bring us the news that the committee of ominous sky omens has successfully requisitioned a replacement from the comet dispensary. 


OK then.

Comet Swan should be visible in the northeast at dawn in the next week or so. It will be viewable with binoculars and possibly to the naked eye just above the horizon to the northeast around dawn between now and early June. Peak brightness is expected in the morning of the 21st..

Here's what it looked like via telescope on April 20th. This is a compressed one hour exposure taken by Terry Lovejoy.


Note that while Swan will be barely visible, if you've got a good telescope, and can escape the lockdown, there are 4 comets flitting about right now

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More On The Chinese and Their...(Checks Rolodex of Mayhem)...Nuclear Arsenal

So, the other day,  it was reported that Hu Xijin, the head editor of China's Global Times news outfit published an op-ed calling for a vast expansion of China's nuclear arsenal. He has since clarified this position with two follow up opinion pieces...and by clarified I mean doubled down. 

There are a couple of things to keep in mind here. The Global Times is in a weird place in the state approved news ecosystem. They are a subsiudiary of the official CCP mouthpiece the People's Daily and the staff are all party members in good standing, yet they seem to veer from the party line frequently as The Economist notes regarding their coverage of the situation with the Uighurs in Xianxing:. 

Even as Chinese spokesmen denied the (Uighur)] camps’ existence, the Global Times, in its English-language edition, acknowledged "counter-terrorism education” among Xinjiang residents and work to "rectify” the thinking of imprisoned extremists. Whether the way Xinjiang is run violates human rights "must be judged by whether its results safeguard the interests of the majority in the region”, said the Global Times in August. Its editor, Hu Xijin, tweeted that Xinjiang had been saved from becoming "another Chechnya, Syria or Libya”.

Thus it seems they publish the actual party line as opposed to the official party line and given their ownership and the party memberships of everyone on staff, it can be safely assumed that the Editor in Chief does not take a dump without it being approved in triplicate by the Politburo. (Which probably explains his blue check-mark).

China does this with riots. It's a police state, so if, say, Japanese businesses were to get burned down by an angry mob and the government says that it can't control its people's anger at the Japanese, well then the Chinese government is sending a message. 

And that's probably what's going on here. 

In recent week's there's been concern expressed about China's nuclear ambitions and the possibility they are conducting low level nuclear tests. China's nuclear stockpile is unknown but western intel agencies put it at 290 warheads of various sizes. That's less than France and anomalously low for a nation that, from its point of view, has to deter nuclear rivals and "frenimies" U.S., Russia, and India....and nominal allies, Pakistan and North Korea also border China, adding to their sense of serenity.  

How that rather small number is arrived at is unclear, but the western intel services seem to have a history of dismissing and underestimating China until recently as a matter of policy, and given the secrecy surrounding the program, and the accuracy our intelligence services have demonstrated over the last 30 years,  some caution is, therefore, advisable.  

Speaking of which, about a year ago the D.I.A. reported that it expected China to double its arsenal in the next few years

Both the U.S. and Russia have invited China into the ongoing arms control talks between the two countries, but China has demurred, Indeed China has little to gain by tipping its hand and opening itself up to inspection, and less to gain if it's acting in bad faith.  In fact, China is hypothesized by some to be pursuing a strategy of "Nuclear Thoughtlessness" which, frankly, are two words that ought not to be merged into a compound. 

But about that 290 warhead number: China has 6 operational SSBNs with two more on the way. Each carries 12 ballistic missiles. that's 72, and soon to be 96 missiles. The follow on class is reported to have 24 missile tubes but we won't count them for now. 96 missiles is over a third of all China's arsenal. But wait.These missiles are known from observations of China's missile tests to be capable of carrying at least three warheads.  Which....even using my simple liberal arts math (96 x 3 ) gives us 288 warheads out of an estimated 290, leaving two warheads to be shared amongst all the bombers and ICBMs and there are at least 20 of the DF-41 -ICBM's
For example, Fish said it is not known if each Second Artillery ICBM unit operates with six or twelve launchers, and it is likely that all units include one "reload" missile for each launcher.

"So it is possible that 12 to 24 DF-41 missiles would be included in a unit," he said, noting that if the DF-41 can carry up to 10 warheads, each unit may deploy with between 120 to 240 warheads.

This wild-mass guessing does not take into account bombers or any tactical nuclear weapons at all.. Note too that the US in the mid 1960s was fielding the UGM-73 Poseidon missile, which is smaller than China's JL-2/3 and carried up to 14 MIRVed warheads. This is not to say that is putting that many warheads on their SLBMs or that they are likely to, (Poseidon was to be launched from close to the U.S.S.R. and could trade range for a bigger payload ). However, we could do that 50 years ago and so it is probably best to assume that 1-3 warheads per missile is a very conservative estimate. 

Thus, whatever China's stockpile is now, 290 warheads does not even fill all of the missiles we know it has. 

The upshot of all this is that China is very likely either in possession of a much larger nuclear force than is generally credited to it or is rapidly building up to that goal. 

When this virus situation resolves itself, I suggest everyone keep those beans and rice stocked up. 

To help you, gentle reader, visualize the implications of all this, here's some cool Chinese nuclear test footage.

 There's an extensive disquisition on the history, policy and general inscrutability of the Chinese nuclear forces here

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So...where's the beef?

well, it turns out that due to current regulations, in the U.S.A. right now, you cannot sell meat to a restaurant unless you have...
1: at least one USDA inspector in your facility
2: said USDA inspector must have their own office and private bathroom.

This eliminates most small farmers and mandates adding middlemen.
It's one of those regulations that specifically favors larger businesses with money to spare, thus kneecapping competition to the big firms. USDA inspectors ought to still drive around to the farms to provide surprise inspections, but they ought to be able to use a laptop and the farmers loo. 

Rand Paul has a solution...

Via Pete's Political Pleroma Page, which is no longer a blank white screen. 
He may be known to some of you as  Author fromアニ・ノート and also has channels dedicated to Anime, Aviation, Gunnuttery, Banality, and Magic Smoke Generation.

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Meanwhile....In the Dystopian Hellscape of a Less Liberty Minded Country

A walk through Shibuya under covid-19 guidelines. Japan, hardly a libertarian bastion, has nevertheless instigated largely voluntary measures and not engaged in mandatory closures except for a very few specific instances. Nevertheless, a majority of businesses are shut down voluntarily, and mask usage is is near universal. 

For those who suggest that I'm being philosophically inconsistent, note that three weeks ago, while posting skepticism about the wisdom of mass cheek to jowl gatherings without masks, I suggested that while the shutdown was advisable, many of the lockdowns were ridiculously heavy handed and that we should probably start relaxing things in all but the hardest hit areas after about two weeks. 

Note: Because we live in the current year, it is necessary (for reasons of Brobdingnagian societal stupidity) to note that, despite complaints in his comments, the thumbnail is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the lockdown and not an endorsement of slavery.

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May 15, 2020

Another Important PSA: Physical This Time

Good grief! Several of these Vector SP1s have one or both of their bolt lugs shorn off, making them simple blowback pistols and not locked breech. As the gun is chambered for 9mm Luger and not 9mm Kurtz or 9mm Makarov, that's bad. It's an easy fix if you haven't already been killed or injured by it. 

Also, Atlantic Fireams can get bent.

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Important PSA

Watch on Bitchute.

It is reported that spambots are hacking YouTube accounts via the comments section by asking "Wanna be friends?". Hambly, with permission, pasted the original  Evanz111 video on the end of his which goes into depth on the matter. 

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