August 16, 2019

Mara-Igloo?



There are multiple reports that the Trump administration has been trying to buy....Greenland

This is exactly what many of us were afraid of when weighing the nomination of a sketchy Bronx real-estate developer to high office.


"Actually, I don't remember this specific scenario ever being discussed."

Greenland is...misleadingly named...and a poor location for a casino, golf course or beach resort.


Not that it's without charm. To wit: Scenic Kulusuk.

However, Greenland is massively strategic, in both location and mineral resources, potentially making this a very good investment.



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The world's largest island (which, while big, is not NEARLY as big as a Mercator projection often makes it look) is a net (albeit slight) economic drain on Denmark,which doesn't have the resources to develop it or realistically defend it and it's small population of ~56,000 has been steadily dwindling for some time. This is mainly due to them being eaten by polar bears and  Ithaqua.

"Please ignore his last sentence as it is dubious and lacks a citation!"

This is actually the third time the U.S. has tried to buy Greenland, once in 1867 and once in 1946.  As of now, Denmark has looked at the cost/benefit of owning Greenland and once again said "No!".

China, will, no doubt, be undeterred from their more subtle efforts towards the same end.

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August 13, 2019

Some Talk A Good Game About Empowered Women

...but point to Mary Sue Fanfic and weaponizing "the vapors" as examples of such.

Most of those would not be the least bit amused by today's birthday girl, who was a person of extraordinary talent in her sport, She was also a superb showman and entrepreneur who came from less than nothing and on her own merits rose to become one of the most famous women in the world in her day.

She was also a philanthropist, world traveler, businesswoman, actress and at one point tried to raise an all female unit of 50 women sharpshooters  for the Spanish American War before McKinley said "No!"

She also empowered more than 15,000 women in the most profound way possible, by teaching them how to shoot.

On this day in 1860, Phoebe Ann Mosey, better known in later life as Annie Oakley and "Little Sure Shot", was born.


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Meanwhile, In Hong Kong

China has denied a port visit by the U.S. Navy in Hong Kong. This might be taken as an indication that something very bad is in the wind.

The last few days have been less peaceful but the protests, which have been going on for three months now and comprise at time millions of people are still showing no sign of letting up on their own.

It's looking like they will be ended by the CCP, which is reported to be massing troops across the Pearl River.

Tienanmen 2 may well be imminent.

Given the seven and a half million that live in the megalopolis, and what the CCP did in Tiennamen; when the hammer comes down, it has the potential to be a bloodbath on a par with some of the worst atrocities in history. This is not a bunch of students, more than a quarter of the population has taken part in some of these marches, a testament to what the stakes are for the average Hong Konger. The CCP is facing stresses from numerous directions and see the outspokenness of Hong Kong as a danger that is poised to metastasize. For all its millions Hong Kong is but a rounding error among the billion and a half Chinese;  one that the mainlanders have been raised and educated to be decidedly unsympathetic to.

The Hong Kong protestors are waving the American flag and singing The Star Spangle Banner. The desperately want what we have and appreciate it in a way many of our leaders do not and their thirst for freedom is something that many of our gatekeepers and self appointed aristocrats hold in contempt.

There is little that can be done of course, but the comparative lack of coverage or "backpaging"  of this impending catastrophe by mainline news outlets is disgraceful, and feeds into the idea that the tech weasels and media are to a very large extent Chinese fronts now.

I note that the You Tube Filter seems to have gotten particularly egregious about this story recently. Selecting the most recent upload date as a filter provides two particularly anodyne news reports and the then starts going backwards from a month ago.

In any event, companies like Epic that are owned by People's Liberation Army affiliated companies or those like Google that Kow-Tow to their wishes in hopes of favors ought to be scrutinized rather more than they are, for what's happening in china with the social credit system and what is about to befall Hong Kong, is not at all beyond the bounds of possibility for us.

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Important Health Advisory

The Federal Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer warning  regarding certain treatments.

One of our Crack Team of Science Babes has thoughts on this unexpected headline and its impli.... Wait, Is she OK?


"Why is this warning necessary? What the actual Hell is wrong with people!? This is our society now! Game over! Game over!"

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Update Your Codebooks Brickmuppeteers!

coveefe3742

Herbie, Herbie, Herbie.

begin edit

$ cat fileCHRIS CUOMO

change to

$1 sed 'li FREDDO' file1
Freddo McFredderson
Doxy Freddo
Punchy Freddo
Freddo Merch

end edit


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August 11, 2019

There Really IS Going to be a RE: Zero Season 2

Out of respect for you, gentle readers, I won't show the trailer as it is all spoilery and fraught. 

Here instead is something less fraught. 



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August 10, 2019

Revisiting the Isekai Theory

It's been a rough week.
I got in around midnight, did some housework and went to bed sometime thereafter. I woke up in a state of intense overpressure and ran too the bathroom and realized it was 17:30!?. I slept over 16 hours?

Anyway, I turned on the news and discovered that I've awakened in a  conspiracy thriller.



UPDATE 10PM: There are now reports that Kaptain Kiddie Diddler was NOT on suicide watch,....because why on Earth would he be?

Of course, I've read enough of these books to know that the suicide is never the MAIN problem. Its covering up something much bigger.

Generally the next element in the plot would be something equally far fetched  like a weapons test gone disastrously wrong...



They covered the ambulances with plastic, because reasons.

...or a massive explosion at a secret facility...




...or an experimental, deep diving submarine on a secret mission encountered...something...that killed half its crew.


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...or something caused the authorities to shut down the bio-weapon research facility at Fort Dietrich Md.


Picture unrelated (probably)
 
...or the government suddenly authorized the use of cyanide bombs against..."wildlife".

Or life that's now in the wild.


FULL DISCLOSURE: It is the position of this blog that the chances that any of these are related is slim and there are probably perfectly pedestrian explanations for everything.
Well, except for the Epstein thing.

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August 09, 2019

Mental Health Tip

If Pixy says "Don't read the comments.", then don't read the comments.



"I'm just gonna stand here in traffic for a little bit."

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August 07, 2019

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Chaotic week.

I'm making a quick post in the library while working on a research paper. 
Blogging will remain light.

All personal, national and international news is bad...except for this story. 


Well... The story behind the story is nice, the story itself is dumb.

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August 06, 2019

Whut?


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"I always wanted a pony. But after the accident, I got to BE the pony!"


Can't find the artist, but the girl's name is Mako Shimano. The centaurcycle is called a G.U.M.B.A and the source is an ad for a Toyota dealership in Gunnma Prefecture Japan.
An ad that fills me with equal parts skepticism and want.

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August 05, 2019

This Says SOMETHING About Peer Review

I'm furiously rewriting my last paper in the O.D.U. library. I was informed last week by my professor that the original topic was unacceptable, since it could not be on a developing news story. 


Argh. 

Anyway, just now, while studying peer-reviewed journal articles on the Chinese String of Pearls Strategy, ie: the notion that China's heavy involvement in port infrastructure projects is setting up not only commercial ties but a global naval support infrastructure.  I checked out a citation on one of the articles I was using and discovered that it was...

Characterizing String-of-Pearls Colloidal Silica by Multidetector Hydrodynamic Chromatography and Comparison to Multidetector Size-Exclusion Chromatography, Off-Line Multiangle Static Light Scattering, and Transmission Electron Microscopy
Brewer, Amandaa ; Striegel, André
Analytical Chemistry, Apr 15, 2011, Vol.83 ( 8 ), p.3068


"Keyword search works best if you read what it turns up." 


Now, the reference is a string of words that contains "string of pearls" but is nevertheless irrelevant to my area of study and the article I was referencing...and the passage it was cited as a reference for. 

And so, that reference is disavowed. 


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August 04, 2019

One Musical Number and Removing the Whole Casino Bit Would Have Almost Fixed the Movie


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August 03, 2019

Meanwhile:

Imagine if you will a city of two million that serves as a crossroads and transportation hub as it exists on a great lake between two countries, with a modest lake port, roads and an international airport.

Now imagine that the aforementioned lake has recently been discovered to be one of three in the world susceptible to a peculiar and terrifying phenomenon in which the lake explosively emits enough toxic and asphyxiating gasses to kill all animals for miles around, and this is due to the local geology, which includes two of the most active volcanoes on the planet, which have re-paved part of the town and the airport a few years ago and frequently provides a glowing illumination at night from the largest lava lake on the planet.


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Now imagine this hypothetical city consisting mostly of an expansive, 30 square mile favella, with very limited services, sanitation and mostly dirt roads.

Now imagine the city is in the middle of a war zone.

Now imagine that in the middle of all that, a plague shows up.

If this was a setting for a thriller one was writing, one would risk mockery for an over the top, gratuitous setting.

This, however, is not fiction, it's Goma.

Ebola has reached a transportation hub of of 2 million people, Worse, the people are living in pretty terrible conditions, many without power. This is not an isolated rural town or a city with modern facilities and where the first victims were fortuitously caught and quarantined like happened in Lagos, Madrid and Dallas. No, this is people coming out of the jungle, and crawling into a shanty-town where there are basically no facilities outside of the tourist(?!) areas. This is close to a worst case scenario. Rwanda closed the border yesterday, but due to international pressure re-opened it today.

Apparently 'international pressure' is unfamiliar with basic epidemiology.

Ebola is not anything as bad as the flu or smallpox with regards to transmissiblity. However, while it's not technically "airborne", if it gets in the lungs it can be transmitted short distances through the air much like pneumonic plague. This is really a bad situation and it could go international very quickly at this point.

Fear not though, you can still book a tour to the area.

Because why the hell would you not want to go to this place?



Ebola Tan and Wilhelm: Viral gallows humor originally by 蔵田湖山.


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July 30, 2019

Of Mailboxes and Mobs

I post this with the usual caveat that this fellow generally isn't my cup of tea. I've had to use that caveat three times now because things are just that crazy and Mr. Hambly does a good job of encapsulating these crazy things.

Turns out he's just as effective at encapsulating scary things. 

It seems that some YouTuber who goes by the handle of That Umbrella Guy has incurred the wrath of the Professionally Offended Stormtroopers, who are now posting pictures of his wife and kids, sending him daily updates on the state of his lawn and trying to get him fired from his job.

In what is officially unrelated news, his mailbox was just destroyed. 


Hambly has also set up a Go-Fund-Me for the fellow, who has a second kid on the way as his life is being burned down by trolls.

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July 28, 2019

Universal Appeal

In addition to the constantly changing Daily Rankings list, Pixiv has links in the sidebar for the most popular images among male and female users respectively. I looked through both of them this morning, and, as expected, there was almost no overlap. There was some however. In the first 300 images, the following pictures were in both lists.
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July 27, 2019

No. Frickking. Way.

The end times. They have come upon us all.


Also: Congratulations!


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Some Respite



Art is by Mocha who now has tutorials as well as collections of his full resolution works available at BOOTH. Additionally BOOTH now has handy dandy instructions on shipping stuff one buys outside of Japan. 

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Some Endings Are Much More Consequential Than Others




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July 26, 2019

The End



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