Coherence Evades Me

Older son and lovely fiancee brought something akin to the black plague into the house.  I know it shocks all of you that I promptly caught it.  Which would be fine, if I didn’t have a story overdue that MUST be finished today.

For some reason, double ear infection that’s making my teeth hurt is making it hard to concentrate and I can’t word good.  Or as I told my editor at PJM yesterday “I feel like my brain is askew to language.”

So some scattered thoughts as we pass by, discuss and tell me what you think:

1- The worm seems to be turning.  It’s not massively obvious yet, but we’re seeing people talk/fight back.  I only see my tiny corner of it, of course.  Any bigger seismic movement?  And incidentally all these should reference “For the times they are achanging” because it drives the other side nuts.

2- There have always been powers behind the throne.  This kept things going in the days that the king was so incompetent he could only put the crown on his queen’s head two times out of three.  Apparently America is not immune to this.  Can it be tolerated in a country in which the sovereign is supposed to be the people?  Or are we over due for crucifixions lining the roads into DC?

3- How long will the cries of “racisss, sexisss, homophobic” mask the reality that the people caught the left with its hand on the “let’s create a feudal society of rulers and serfs, for which purpose we’ll import people used to being serfs and unequipped to succeed” cookie jar?

4- Are they putting brain-damaging compound in the more outre hair colors?  And I’m asking as someone who, were she 15 years younger would have candy-floss pink hair.  (I used to dye it the most outrageous colors I could find anyone, including once wine-red.)  Because the correspondence is… uncanny.

5-If you only had one shot at a time machine, would you kill Lenin, Jean Jacques Rosseau or Louis XIV, inventor of entrenched bureaucracy?

6- How long till Europeans go all European and put Europe into the fire bucket again?
Or is this effect mitigated by low birth rate and youth flight?

7- How stupid is it of the EU and their stupid privacy laws to expect the free citizens of the US to obey them? (Yes, it might curb Google, et al.  And that’s not bad.  But the rest of us?  Ah!)  And is this an attempt at net censorship by other means?

That’s it, right now.  Don’t blow up anything, and try not to make holes in the walls again.



278 thoughts on “Coherence Evades Me

  1. re: “6- How long till Europeans go all European and put Europe into the fire bucket again?”

    I think they’re already there. While this time it may merely smolder look at the smoke: Tommy Robinson, OktGropetoberfest, “No Go” neighborhoods boroughs …

    1. I may be fantasizing, but it seems to me that what we are seeng in Europe is not the beginning of The End, but the start of a push back. Brexit has net been taken nearly seriously enough by the Elites. Italy, which has never had a great deal,of,respect for its political class, is in a slow simmer. Imshall be interested to see what comes bouncing down the pike in the next coule of years. I doubt it’s going to please Brussels much.

      1. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. Countries that don’t respect their political classes seem to be doing better.

  2. 4- Are they putting brain-damaging compound in the more outre hair colors?

    Nope, I saw a lady with peacock blue/purple hair at Walmart the other day– few years younger than me– she was sweet and sane.
    Also clearly had her priorities in order, since it took her a good 15 minutes to check out three items in the self-checkout lane, because she was making goo-goo faces at our youngest son. 🙂

    1. My observation has been that people who go for anime hair colors belong to two groups. The ordinary folks who are sane and playful and the arrested development types who just crave attention and are voulubly stupid on a variety of subject. And almost all the Chattering Class types who go for offbeat colors are group two.

      1. It tapered off a bit, but when I moved here in 2016, it seemed every other female, aged 8 to 80, had some oddball coloring in her hair. It was nearly as bad in Green Bay, but again, it seems to have slacked off. We had a Pink, then blue haired girl on second shift, She let it go natural again (and it is a nice dirty blonde/light brown) but she does wear make-up like she is always dressed for her ice skating competitions. She is a STEM Student, and is back for summer, needing a break after doing a full year credit in Electrical Enginerding in one semester up at Michigan Tech. Not much else to do in Houghton during winter.

    2. I still would’ve loved to be able to dye my hair purple. Like, all of it. When it was all the way down to my calves. However, the bleaching required so that the black-brown natural color was removed so it could be visibly purple would have also destroyed my lovely hair.

      Now, I’m just waiting for my hair to turn naturally white. =D And get excited at every single new white or silver hair that comes out.

      There’s a new trend where I see lots of Asian women with dyed silver hair. Seems to be A Thing. I am content to wait, since I seem to have inherited my father’s graying of hair, and am not like my maternal grandmother, who had jet black hair even when she died in her late 80s.

      Sometimes though, I wish my hair was that lovely, lovely wine and copper auburn I was born with, and was that hue when I was in my teens, without dying or color. Sunbleaching did that apparently.

      1. However, the bleaching required so that the black-brown natural color was removed so it could be visibly purple would have also destroyed my lovely hair. 

        The Daughter, whose long hair is nearly black, had seriously contemplated a go at hot pink. 

        It struck me that over a yard of hot pink hair would be rather big statement, but what the heck, she was young, there were worse things she could do with her money for the fun of it.  The Spouse said agreed it was her head, but let her know that The Spouse would likely fall to the floor laughing when they saw each other. 

        When The Daughter looked in to what it took to actually die her hair hot pink that she decided, as you had, that the cost to her hair was not worth it.

        And yes, silver and silver gray are a thing.

  3. Can it be tolerated in a country in which the sovereign is supposed to be the people? Or are we over due for crucifixions lining the roads into DC?

    Embrace the terrifying power of ‘And’.

    5-If you only had one shot at a time machine, would you kill Lenin, Jean Jacques Rosseau or Louis XIV, inventor of entrenched bureaucracy?

    I’d probably off Von Kluck in 1914 somewhere before the 1st Battle of the Marne so he would not have the opportunity to screw up the quick defeat of the French. If WWI had been a replay of the Franco-Prussian War as everyone expected, much of the 20th Century would have been different.

    1. Though I expect hangings from convenient lightpoles rather than the crosses – rope is easier to find than that many large nails.

        1. And to be strictly fair, one can be killed by tying one to a cross with rope: It wasn’t the nails that killed you, it was being restrained so that collapsing suffocated you by compressing your lungs.

      1. Impalement.
        I suspect that’s in my cultural heritage.
        Of course handing the enemy over to the women of the tribe also works. But that would be a seriously cruel means of execution.

        1. “Hangin’s too good for him!
          Burnin’s too good for him!
          He should be torn into itty bitty pieces
          and buried alive!”

          – Hanover Fiske wrt Captain Sternn

        2. I’m more of the “single shot to the back of the head” type.

          I don’t care whether my garbage suffers or even feels anything, I just take it out.

              1. And there’s enough lampposts you don’t have to suffer through Soviet-style lines………….

          1. Realistically, pretty sure everybody here is in the Carrot category.

            As Pratchett put it– if your life is at the mercy of another, pray they are a bad man. They will enjoy the power over your life, and you’ve got a better chance to escape. A good man will kill you quickly, to get it over cleanly.

            1. One the one hand, I prize efficiency, feel animals deserve a clean death if practical, and think making the state work too hard killing someone is beneath its dignity. (As in death by slicing too hard.) On the other hand, sometimes leaving someone alive may be crueler than any way you could kill them. On the gripping hand, there’s an area where I’m quite irrational, the golden rule gives bad results, and I have to work against my emotional desire to optimize suffering.

              Thank goodness that in our form of government, my voice is weighted against that of other people with cooler heads.

              1. Leaving a proven mortal enemy alive is a foolish self-indulgence.

                A living enemy, no matter their current unhappiness, has a non-trivial chance of escaping, being released, or just actively motivating others to harm you and those you hold dear.

                Don’t be needlessly cruel, but if they merit death, make sure they get it as expeditiously as possible. Unless they’re destined to found a major religion they won’t be back to trouble you. And if they *are* in that category, you’re already in so much trouble that it doesn’t matter what you do to them.

          1. I’m not concerned about appropriate punishment. I’m concerned about sufficient warning to others who think they can do the same thing.

      1. I think even if Marx wouldn’t have written it down someone else would have. If you’re not familiar with things like economics and human nature then socialism can look. . .appealing if you squint really hard while a surgeon is performing the lobotomy.

        1. The rest of that crowd of Young Hegelians that Marx and Engels hung with in early years were pretty awful as well as being influential. They were just as foolishly Utopian as the Marxists, and many wanted to bring about their envisioned utopia in largely the same way as the Marxists, by destroying and/or subverting many aspects of society. IMHO, Marxism was simply more seductive than the usual line of Young Hegelian rhetoric since it was better at appealing to envy.

        2. It seems like Engles did most of the writing down and Marxist, in true socialist style, took most of the credit.

      2. The problem with that is the collectivist idiocy didn’t start in the educated class with Marx; he just made a quotable reference. Hell, a bunch of the American Trancendantalists wanted to start a commune (their wives, who had a good idea who would be doing most of the scut work, put a stop to it).

        1. History. The original Mayflower compact was socialism. It was torn up so the colonists wouldn’t starve. Socialism is a very old idea. Marx and Engels simply added new words and phrases to make it sound all new and unique. It wasn’t either.

          1. The basic notion – “share and share alike” – has probably been around ever since humans (and possibly even our immediate evolutionary predecessors) began to think there might be alternatives to “biggest, meanest guy gets whatever he wants.”

            It even works – in small groups that are willing to impose very rigid discipline. Monasteries and nunneries, for the most part, historically.

            It does not work in anything beyond a small disciplined group, because it is extremely easy to poison it; it only takes one or two individual Sons of Mary to convince the Sons of Martha to down tools.

    2. I’d probably off Von Kluck in 1914 somewhere before the 1st Battle of the Marne so he would not have the opportunity to screw up the quick defeat of the French. If WWI had been a replay of the Franco-Prussian War as everyone expected, much of the 20th Century would have been different.

      Or just delay the BEF. They bought the time for the French to be ready at the Marne and the Russians to cause enough trouble to pull several divisions east.

  4. Regarding #4: I have been wondering about the blue hair. specifically, the lighter blue. There seems to be a high correspondence rate with militant SJW genetic females.

    1. I lost a previously sensible friend to light blue politics, but it wasn’t hair dye.

    2. It use to be obviously-red, then that became popular in folks who aren’t crazy.

      I think it’s because blue is the next pretty color that complements a wide range of clothes and eye colors.
      (….of course, I like blue; I even RP as a blue haired Miqo’te.[Highly human-like Felinoid on final fantasy 14, an online video game, so nobody HAS to look it up])
      Yes, that would make me a blue-haired cat lady.

      1. In the 90s and most of the 90s I wanted a denim blue mohawk.

        Now I just want hair on the top of my head.

        1. I’d have settled for any color of mohawk, but I have dead rat hair that refuses to stand upright even when impregnated with concrete.

      2. I always thought of blue hair has being an old-lady thing, but I’ve seen some girls and young women with it in recent years. Usually much more intense than the blue-wash-over-gray look, though.

        I rather like it.

    3. Mine is a dark blue; looks like Superman’s hair. I’m on the last does of Smurf’s blood, though. I think I’m going to let it go back to salt-and-pepper – but no one at the range will recognize me.

  5. 4- Are they putting brain-damaging compound in the more outre hair colors?

    (Touches own lavender locks nervously.) I don’t think so, but then, I wouldn’t be the one to ask.

  6. Sarah, you are never too old to dye your hair awesome colors. OldBoss at my job is well into her fifties and happily puts purple in her pixie cut, and it totally rocks. (And she is otherwise sane, sensible, and kind. 🙂 )

    (She is experimenting with adding pink to the mix, and is rather less sure about it, but that’s partly because hairdresser went a bit crazy with the pink.)

          1. Brownish-red rapidly going grey. Not really planning on changing it except maybe shaving it all off.

            I’m just excited about loosing the weight! (Well, maybe a little misery loves company too, being hungry even after you eat pretty much sucks).

            1. I’m trying to lose weight via diet; the construction/maintenance projects will start soon, but I have several months of post-op laziness enforced idleness to deal with.

              When I was younger, I had the red-brown hair, but what’s on my head is now mostly grey. I have streaks of red-brown and grey in the beard, giving me that Nick van Rijn extinguished look.

              1. Good luck! Diet is always the worst part for me. (I actually enjoy going to the gym).

                The whole spreadsheet/meal plan thing has really saved my butt once I decided to not only do it, but to stick with it. Heh, it is kind of depressing to realize I ‘waste’ 200 calories for the half ‘n half I use in my morning coffee.

                1. I loathe dieting, though once I got to optimal weight with a) medically supervised fasting, b) lots of exercise, and c) tight calorie control in eating and exercise after hitting near-optimal. The last bit of dieting was hell.

                  I kept it off for a few years, but it was more of an exercise bulimia–not sustainable nor healthy. I’ve been at a stable (but too high) weight for a dozen years, but the indications are that it’ll be a Really Good Idea to reset the pointer.

                  Right now, I’m doing portion control (I can get used to less oatmeal & raisins in the morning) and exercising more. I had to stop completely for the last round of eye surgery, but am getting back into it. I think I’ll start patrolling the fence a time or three during the day; that’s about a kilometer round trip, and some minor hills.

                  1. i will admit to being fat, but a lot of the ‘ideal weight’ charts are designed for wiry people as in… people that don’t have shoulders the width of mine. A lot of docs can’t seem to compensate, too.

                    1. Those charts are utter crap. Even with under 15% body fat I’m ‘grotesquely obese’.

                    2. I have the opposite problem. I’m built like a roadkill, so by the time I reach the chart’s “normal” I’m 20 to 30 pounds overweight — and still look skinny.

                      Also, about a decade ago the chart got shifted rightward. BMI of 17-18 used to be in the “normal” range.

                    3. That’s because they changed it to be easier to calculated in your head on the fly, same time they dropped the male/female distinction– because it is not for diagnosis. The entire PURPOSE is to filter those who can’t possibly be over-weight out of the population being diagnosed.

                      It took the false negative down from 5% to something like 1%, from memory. Not sure what sample population they were using, anyways.

                      This has not even SLOWED people from talking about the huge spike in obesity that does not even freaking exist…..

                  2. I’m with you on the dieting. I hate it. At the same time, now that I’m actually doing it. . .I’m liking the results and they are much better than when I’m half-assing it. (My normal approach to diet)

                    With the rotating meal plan I have I can swap out recipes if I get bored. I even have a few items from fast food places in my list so I can swap them in if I’m in a rush.

                    No idea if I’m going to keep doing this long term or not.

            2. Look up “leptin resistance” (makes you hungry ALL the time, and is usually a consequence of low thyroid).

          1. Thanks 🙂 I’m enjoy what hair I have left before I lose just enough to shave it all off.

        1. Good job.

          I’m only down 10 since christmas, but it’s about 2 inches around my waist, and I’ve been lifting a lot at the gym.

      1. Was down 60#’s. Holidays put back on 15#, which is being very difficult to get back off (darn it!!!). Only another 80# to go (I’ll settle for 60#’s.)

        1. My goal is always “Lose five to ten pounds more” … and will remain so for another forty to fifty pounds.

          1. Well, yea. At my age, forget average of 2#’s per week. Lucky if it is an average of 2#’s per month. I track what I eat & I exercise … I am proud that 2 years ago I couldn’t get off the floor without using something higher (chair, wall) to brace against. Now I can get up without even using my hands. Clothing sizes have gone down a lot more than weight loss would indicate. I really, really, want to get down below 200#’s far enough that it will never, ever, creep back on.

            Currently taking a 6 week class called Life Core. Was bit frustrating that I can’t keep up anywhere near the other participants. Then I found out I’m older than all of their parents … well, okay then. I know I can’t keep up with my son, why could I keep up with them? It’s just hard being the old one for a change, made worse, because mom is still with us & she’s not old, yet (might consider her old once she hits 90 or 95).

            1. It’s nice going to the guy and seeing guys your (oldest) daughters age struggling with your warm up set.

              1. I’ve lost 10 lbs since Christmas. Five times. Yeah, it has to do with the autoimmune (when it goes nuts, I gain weight, which isn’t even fair.) and asthma not allowing me to exercise, but dear lord.

                1. Wellll. If that is how we are going to count weight loss as how many times you’ve lost the same weight: About 165#’s 🙂 Only I’ve lost 35 of it 3x’s, still working on that 25# of that 35#’s, again. My excuse. Desk job. Do really good when not working, go back to work, I get tired of going to gym at 5:30 AM or after work, & it creeped up, again, plus more. Last time it was a LOT more. Getting older, making it harder to come off doesn’t help.

        2. Nice! At the end of the day I’m not entirely sure it’s worth it. I’m spending about 5-6 hours a week in the gym and have a spreadsheet to track calories and macros. (4 week rotating meal plan adjusted weekly to hit new required numbers).

          I think I have around 15 or so left to loose. (Should be able to hit that around end of July).

          1. Wow! Sounds like a lot more effort than I’m willing to invest. I have cut out between snack meals.

            1. I’m really really really bored right now. I just got frustrated when in looked in the mirror and decided it was past time to do something different.

          2. “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.”
            –Mark Rippetoe.

            1. Indeed! I figure it’s kind of like ammo in a gun fight. No one every came out of a gun fight thinking “Gee, I wish I would have brought less ammo”.

              Same with strength. I can’t really think of many situations in which you would find yourself thinking “Gee, I wish I was weaker”. (Plus being stronger means you can carry more ammo, food, water, and bandages).

        3. Mazel Tov to you as well! I’ve lost 70# in the last 2 years, mostly by pushing away from the table when full rather than cleaning up the plate (leftovers rule) and not being such a Coke addict (I’ve gone from 3-5 cans/day equivalent to *maybe* 2/week as consumed with the bargain rum. Also involved is walking in the city park a block from my house. The walking path is almost exactly 1 km* (as determined by my pacing it out, I was my Guard unit’s paceman). When I started out (at *cough* over three bills) I struggled to do one circuit; I’m up to three at a brisk pace without getting *too* winded. If I can drop another 15# I’ll be back to my ‘fighting weight’ (what I weighed when I got out of the Guard), but I seem to have hit a plateau. Keeping on keeping on.

          *Haven’t been able to determine if that was planned, or just a happy accident.

    1. I saw a 70ish woman at the grocery store this week. The bulk of her hair was a dark brown (sides and back), while the very top was snow white, with a splotch of bright orange off the crown. I kept flashing on the birds-of-paradise flowers my neighbor grew in California.

      Didn’t hear her say anything, and her husband(?) looked pretty normal, but she was odd, if not Odd.

        1. I have never dyed my hair, and now that I am coming into the home stretch, it finally looks exactly how I have long wanted it: wolf-colored, naturally (in both senses of that word).

    2. My husband’s 90-some year old grandmother has taken to having them tint her hair a Seasonally Appropriate Color Combination– Christmas was red and green streaks, she just got red and blue (with white hair, so ready for both Memorial Day and the 4th), had red for Valentine’s, etc.

      I was also passed by a lady of a certain age, who was driving a pretty convertible, and had cotton candy pink curls in a sort of long pixie-cut.

      I don’t think the problem is the objective age, it’s inside of the mind of the person getting their hair done; I’d love to dye my hair blue, but I can’t, because it wouldn’t work for me.
      It’s stretching my comfort zone to get my hair tinted about the same color it would turn when I worked out in the sun all summer, because in my head I am too old– my dignity doesn’t have flex there, and if you feel self-conscious about it, it’s not fun anymore.

    3. Self-employed creatives have a little more leeway on things like hair color.

    4. Knew someone whose hair went white very early…. she made a fashion of wearing all white except for accessories and hair, which would all be the gentle pastel of the day (and the hair lightly dusted with color, not solidly dyed). Looked snazzy all the time!

  7. (1) Possibly. I’m finding that, as alternative social media gains ground, people who have been intimidated into silence seem to be screwing on their backbone, FINALLY standing straight, and refusing to buy into the Obligatory Moral Outrage (trademark pending).
    Not screaming “Heil Hitler”.
    Not yelling racially-based slurs in public.
    Just – not cringingly echoing the expected Virtue Signal.
    Saying, ‘meh’.
    (2) We have ALWAYS had those who yearned for, if not a monarchy, at least a robust aristocracy (which THEY would be a favored part of). That’s why the Class Signals:
    – speech/dialect
    – Eastern ‘good’ schools
    – clothing that LOOKS proletarian, but costs the equivalent of 2 years rent
    – Electric/hybrid/Smart car – MUCH more costly than a decent ride, but – it also serves to identify the driver as one of the Good People
    – Mega-sized home in a neighborhood with good schools, or, almost paradoxically, teensy apartment/Tiny Home that costs more than the equivalently-sized trailer. Classier, though, and worth the cost NOT to be Trailer People.
    (3) The cracks in the Democratic/Leftist alliances are showing. Minorities are realizing that the Blue Collar/Fly-Over crowd doesn’t actually hate them (although they ARE disdainful of the ghetto culture). You’re already seeing some ‘traitorous’ actions from Kanye and other influential minorities.
    This will lead to abandonment, particularly if the employment numbers keep going up.

    1. Something kind of related to #1– I realized recently that most of the people I know who are bemoaning how “kids these days” don’t memorize a bunch of stuff…are the same ones that scream like crazy because I look stuff up and when I do, their memory was usually wrong. And that’s just the times it’s something important enough to correct them about.

      Oddly similar to the “stuff is so rude now, people actually respond to me the way I’ve been responding to them for decades” folks.

    2. . . . ‘traitorous’ actions from Kanye and other influential minorities . . . ”

      Why ‘they’ had to destroy Clarence Thomas, and Bill Cosby – influential A-A’s who were telling young POCs to ‘shut the h*ll up and get to work.’

        1. It’s pretty clear that Bill Cosby was merely conforming to the Hollywood Industrial Standards of Conduct. His great misfortune is to have lived long enough to be called out on it, but in my brief en passant exposure to that industry, there’s lots and lots and lots more stories along the lines of what did him in – enough that any male in power there who did not partake of such activities was the noted exception, reported to disbelieving listeners as “no, really, they aren’t all like that – there’s this guy over at …”.

          1. Marina Sirtis once told a story at DragonCon about her guest shot on STARGATE. Some really annoying thing happened that delayed a scene and left them all sweating in a fake submersible until the crew got it fixed. This was during Michael Shanks’ “highly dissatisfied” period, and he lost his temper. He started a rant that ended with “Who do I have to f*** to get *off* this f***ing show?!”

            Her immediate response was, “I don’t know. Who did you have to f*** to get *on* it?”

            Not a joke that would come naturally in most work environments…

  8. The EU privacy law is engined to discourage/disadvantage “foreign” (USA) firms, and encourage the use of “local” EU businesses.

    Europe is so screwed up we may see the next bloodbath as a Caliphate versus Poland and allies. Or, Poland and allies acting preemptively to preclude another boot-on-neck episode. (The Polish military is getting surprisingly large and capable, and would probably make fairly short work of -Germany- if things went weird today. )

    1. But they have totally screwed it up. I’m seeing through the genealogy world tons of websites discussing it. Several have shut down because compliance is awfully hard. And they keep showing more articles about the impact. The mom and pop sites are shutting down or limiting sales and services to “within country” not “within EU” so not helping “local” businesses. The big businesses are the ones that are staying open. So it is a matter of “let’s help the poor little people” and it is actually helping the big folks. Again.

      1. So it’s working as it was really intended, just not how they marketed it. Yep.

    2. *thinks about the various -ski types she met in the military*

      Well, if one assumes that they’re normal, not that surprising…..

      (Seriously, is there a rule that each Marine group must have at least one guy whose name has exactly one vowel, a Y, or ends in “ski,” and one guy whose name tag goes across his entire generous chest and STILL misses letters? “Ski” and “Q-32” are mandatory nicknames!)

    3. And then I saw something the other day to the effect that Poland has offered to cough up $2B to get the U.S. to move a military base there from Germany. (Haven’t checked whether the story is true, but sure was interesting.)

      1. True, though their offer was 1.5B that might stretch to 2B. Still, not chump change. Plus they were offering a bunch of infrastructure support.

        It’s a nice piece of politicking; they win either way by telling the Russians to stay off their lawn, and they’re willing to enter into military alliances up to and including stationing foreign troops on Polish soil.

        Note that the US *already* is signatory to a treaty to come to Poland’s defense should it be attacked; that’s what NATO is for. And we already base troops in several NATO countries. The Polish offer, best as I can tell, doesn’t involve NATO at all. Which opens up a whole new chain of thought…

        1. That idea has been floating a while, at least since the Bush ’43 era. Germany considers it a very insulting move and objects to the idea we will no longer pay exorbitant compensations for bulls who stop producing milk because of our jet overflights. It is an offer I expect would interest Trump.

  9. #5 I pick Mohommad’s mother. You can never be quite sure about paternity, and might as well make sure it wasn’t him, specifically, and that a brother wouldn’t just step into his shoes.

    #4 I hope not, since Eldest just got his hair died rainbow!

    #1 Teens these days are black and white. Either they’re SJZ or they’re anti-SJZ, and there is no in-between. Also, they’ve been trained to lie to authority since daycare. And socialized in prison . . . er, school, and by video gamers.

    #2 Democracy (yeah, I know, but I’m quoting) is the theory that the people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

    #3 See #1. Especially since given everyone’s love of geneology every teen has had their ears talked off about their ancestors. The only teens who care about the name calling are the SJWs. A few more video games about serfdom and they’ll get it.

    I swear, I spend a not-insignificant portion of history explaining why no, in fact, this video game or that is a toy, not an historically accurate simulation.

    You really want to reach the kids, make a video game.

    6 & 7 I don’t know-but as long as Tom Kratman’s Caliphate is wrong, they can do whatever. Not like Americans are good at paying attention to our own stupid laws, let alone someone else’s

    1. I’ve got my niece and nephew interested in history by watching Drunk History tv show, tho I agree video games are also good way to reach kids.

      1. There’s a British show called “Horrible Histories.” It’s apparently aimed at maybe US grades 3 to 5-ish.

        The episodes are quite good, way better than Discovery or History Channel stuff. My inner child finds them to be ROFL funny, too.

        1. Horrible Histories is terrific, have a bunch of their books from way back but I did not know it was tv show now as well. I will check out youtube later.

    2. If the evil guys are trying to impose their will to do good things, it might work in a subtle enough way to get under the radar.

      Because if there’s one thing that kids experience is people laying more crap on them for their own good.

  10. If I had one chance with time machine, I would want to go forward a thousand years and see what Earth/humanity has experienced in intervening millennium.

    However, if it only possible to go backwards in time, I would eliminate Rousseau and his manuscripts that inspired the Jacobins and then I would take ship across English Channel and arrange boozy dinner party with David Hume and Adam Smith that goes on for at least a weekend.

  11. “1- The worm seems to be turning.”
    The White House called Justin “Shiny Pony” Trudeau a liar yesterday, for talking shit about NAFTA and Mike Pence. So yes, that worm is definitely turning.

    “2- There have always been powers behind the throne.”
    Drudge says Trump laid off 25,000 gumbint employees last year. That’s a good start.

    “3- How long will the cries of “racisss, sexisss, homophobic” mask the reality…”
    Sadiq Kahn, Lord Mayor of London, the suuuuper Lefty, is calling for increased use of “stop and frisk” police tactics. I’m thinking its pretty much over, except for the truly hard-core idiots like floppy cameld1ck.

    “4- Are they putting brain-damaging compound in the more outre hair colors?”
    Apparently. There also seems to be some kind of neuro-toxic effect caused by piercings, particularly on the face. Anything more than a nose ring, and it is all over for the brain.

    “5-If you only had one shot at a time machine, would you kill Lenin, Jean Jacques Rosseau or Louis XIV, inventor of entrenched bureaucracy?”
    That’s a hard one. Couldn’t we just nuke France from orbit around the time of the Revolution? That would take care of all of them.

    “6- How long till Europeans go all European and put Europe into the fire bucket again?”
    Ten years the longest. Five if they let Tommy Robinson die in jail. Less if the Iranians nuke somebody.

    “7- How stupid is it of the EU and their stupid privacy laws to expect the free citizens of the US to obey them?”
    They just want another excuse to whine about how eeeevile Americans are. How stupid are these American companies to be going along with it? It would be fun to set up a mass disobedience campaign, wouldn’t it? Find every single thing that’s banned in Europe and put it on a web site.

    1. “Couldn’t we just nuke France from orbit around the time of the Revolution?”

      I think nuking France is good idea as long as the fallout lands in Germany and poisons Kant, Hegel, and Marx.

        1. Interesting. My Father always said that what was wrong with Marx was he froze his brain solid spending a winter working in the British Museum.

          (I gather it’s better heated nowmthan it was when Father was researching there, in the ‘50’s.)

    2. “4- Are they putting brain-damaging compound in the more outre hair colors?”
      Apparently. There also seems to be some kind of neuro-toxic effect caused by piercings, particularly on the face. Anything more than a nose ring, and it is all over for the brain.

      Interesting hypothesis. I wonder if there is a general effect of tattoo ink as well.

    3. “Couldn’t we just nuke France from orbit around the time of the Revolution?”

      France tied up the bulk of British forces during the War of 1812, so you can’t nuke her till 1815, even if it DID end up giving us the first Democrat president. (Actually, pointing out that the first Democrat president was a virulent racist who was responsible for genocide and ethnic cleansing is kind of entertaining at times.)

  12. I haven’t had time to look at the latest set of EU Privacy Laws, but, for the most part, they aren’t exactly horrible. The gist of the last ones was ‘let people know you are keeping their data and what that data consists of’, ‘don’t use their data for things other than the purpose claimed’, and ‘if you are keeping sensitive data, protect it’.

    I do think the US is behind on protecting privacy. That being said, I’m usually more frightened by whatever politicians come up with since they know less about IT and Security than I know about brain surgery.

    1. Privacy laws tend to be a joke. There’s almost always a loophole. “3rd parties to improve our service” is a common one. That covers just about any conceivable data exchange.

      I wouldn’t mind a “if data is stolen, the fines put the company out business” law.

      1. I agree. Privacy Laws are pretty much crap in the US. The EU at least tries. (It’s one of the few things that I think they do better).

        Last time I checked the numbers for a breach a company is maybe looking at around $6 per compromised record. That’s if they even report it. Much stiffer fines might help. I think it depends on which companies have ‘bought’ the pols making the new laws.

        Even the reputation hit tends to be temporary with most people either not actually hearing about it or forgetting about it within 6 months.

      2. $1,000,000 fine per individual breach of PII – either exposure to internal non-need-to-know actors, or non-zero-day exploit. That’s per-person, per-breach.

            1. *sticks out hand*

              Give me all the money you have. You leaked my billing information. We’ve found it in fifteen places.

    2. “See, you can check your anatomy all you want, and even though there may be normal variation, when you get right down to it, this far inside the head, it all looks the same. {pause} No, no, no, no. Don’t tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to.”
      – Buckaroo Banzai to New Jersey, in the operating theater

    3. Information privacy is for all practical purposes, non-existent. Is it good or bad? The answer to that is a definite yes. We have this:
      Someone doing ancestry research discovered his dead uncle had gotten married 4 years after he died. Someone had stolen his identity. All the 3 letter agencies who had this information (and they do) didn’t put it together. They have TOO MUCH information. Unless you’re a target for some other reason, they’re not going to concern themselves with you. A random person perusing the information figured it out. Using readily available public records on

      1. > too much information

        Oracle Corp. was formed as, for all practical purposes, a CIA spinoff to work on applying “Structured Query Language” to real-world datasets of (relatively) immense size. Even then, the CIA had more data than they knew how to deal with.

        The USSR was trying to catch up, but they were both behind the hardware curve and fighting the legacy of the Stalin years. Stalin didn’t like computers or “informatics”, and therefore neither did anyone else, lest they wind up in a gulag.

        After the USSR fell and the SVR began selling access to the old KGB archives we found that Soviet spies had gotten far more than we had suspected; everything from Oval Office level secrets to confidential industrial processes. All carefully reported, typed up, and filed in immense rows of wooden filing cabinets, generally never to be seen again. Even information that would have been very useful for the Politburo, military, or industry. Because knowledge was power, and once you shared that knowledge, it wasn’t power any more…

        1. Department of Homeland Security was formed after 9/11 because, as it turns, out several agencies had puzzles pieces to the attack before it happened. The way the information was dispersed and that the agencies weren’t comparing notes allowed the attack to succeed.

          The cases that I saw the FBI prosecuting after all that were not impressive. (In many cases the FBI agent seemed to find people that were likely to ever plan or make an attack and ‘help’ them to the point they could be arrested for headlines).

          1. The cases that I saw the FBI prosecuting after all that were not impressive. (In many cases the FBI agent seemed to find people that were likely to ever plan or make an attack and ‘help’ them to the point they could be arrested for headlines).

            They’re copying the MO of the terrorists, although they have lost a few where the judge decided they did too much suggesting– kind of like those two dads who set up a catch-a-pedo sting.

            1. Exactly. Some of the cases I remember reading about consisted of the FBI agent making ‘suggestions’ and ‘providing materials’. Reading between the lines it sounded more like the FBI infiltrated a basement full of stoners talking a lot of crap and then made a LOT of suggestions to ‘help’ their plot. The only thing those guys were a threat to was Taco Bell take-out.

              1. Have you looked at the “successful” terrorists?
                I don’t call them losers because it’s good PR, it’s because it’s an accurate description.

                In all the declined-for-entrapment cases I’ve looked at, the FBI presented themselves exactly like the Jihadis do; our court system just won’t let them get a successful conviction using exactly the same tactics, they have to just be “available”– which means that they’re actually going to miss some of the prime terrorist hunting grounds, but at least almost everybody “knows” that a recruiter is going to be FBI, so it will be a bit less successful. Kind of wonder if they didn’t throw cases for exactly that reason…

                Mostly, the FBI has basically fake Blood-Bath-and-Bombs outlets, which lets them find the real dealers, and catch the guys looking for a supplier.

                1. It’s been one of those areas where I haven’t been following as much lately. Plus, I haven’t seen that many cases really come up. (And the ones that did were because the FBI didn’t stop them, despite lots of info).

                  For a few years after 9/11 it seemed that they were eager to trot these stories out to the press as a ‘See how much better I’m doing’ thing. Like you pointed out, they more than likely lost the cases and got embarrassed by the analysis so quit doing it.

                  1. Whenever I hear defenders of the FBI & DOJ decrying the harm done those institutions’ credibility and integrity by Trump’s attacks on them my reaction is a sad shake of the head, a murmured, “Oh honey, your reputation was trashed years before him” and, if they persist, I reply, “Ted Stevens.”

                    The only thing standing between the FBI and DOJ heading the list of Worst. Government. Agencies. is the sorry state of the IRS, the VA, and the BAFT.

                    State, the EPA, HUD and Treasury ain’t exactly clearing many high hurdles, either.

                    1. I wonder how much of the rep of the VA compared to the OGAs is that the media sees it as ‘okay’ to hate the VA? (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to defend the horrible crap that has happened at the VA). Plus, as long as attention is focused on the VA the other agencies can keep on keeping on?

                      The damage to the FBI & DOJ is self-inflicted. Even a hint of corruption in any LEA needs to squashed and fast. They are granted to much power above that the of the common citizen to allow even any potential abuses slide.

                      Or look at the opulent CFPB (or whatever that agency that Lizzy Warren got going) offices.

                  2. That’s mostly the media getting bored, honestly. Husband’s hobby. 🙂

                    The “knew a bunch but didn’t stop them” is the side-effect of judges deciding that certain actions are entrapment even though it’s exactly what a REAL terrorist recruiter would do, combined with “but they didn’t actually DO anything yet” cases.

          2. Or just watched them arm up and commit the attack. Charlottesville wasn’t the first stand down

        2. Because knowledge was power, and once you shared that knowledge, it wasn’t power any more…

          Every bureaucracy suffers from that syndrome. All management books state a good manager trains the people below him to take over the job if he retire, transfers, or drops dead. When I looked for NY State there were no good managers. Everyone mouthed management platitudes, but no one trained anyone how to do their job for fear they might want it… Paranoia ran deep. Possibly berause many had their jobs not because of skill and knowledge, but because of who they knew.

          1. Nah. You keep it all, retire, and come back as a consultant, retaining your pension and health care from your time in the company

          2. Throw in some ego ‘Well, I can’t tell Other Alphabet Agency that or they might get the bust’. Petty kings protecting the funding for their petty kingdom.

          3. True in IT, certainly. Everyone tries to have some bits of knowledge that only they know / are best in…. even or especially if it really is essential to operation of the project / company.

            1. “True in IT, certainly. Everyone tries to have some bits of knowledge that only they know / are best in…. even or especially if it really is essential to operation of the project / company.”

              Heard of that. Never practiced it myself. Although been accused of it**. Even tho I left documents, with screen shots, with arrows & circles drawn on them, with statements “it was done this way BECAUSE”, plus actual documentation in code, with pointers to external documentation. Stuff I know was accurate, because the documentation was my shortcut to implement same changes in other programs, with notes on how to adjust, build on, & why. Heck one set of documentation was because I didn’t do that process/procedure more than 2 or 3 times a year!

              ** When I gave notice to retire, the boss complained to someone (who tattled) that I did not give enough notice to “impart” what I knew that no one else did to “someone”. FYI, Gave 9 week notice (granted 4 weeks of that was vacation & holidays) but still, only HAD to give 2 weeks notice. I spent the entire 9 weeks (even from home) trying to convince someone to sit down with me & go over stuff, no one ever did. OTOH got consulting fees afterwards; don’t anymore, I think the boss finally got tired of paying me to come in to work with someone & ultimate result was “solved problem, then she showed me the document she wrote.” That & my answers are starting to be “sorry, that was 2 (or 3+) years ago, I don’t remember”. I’ve been retired 2.

              1. For every nontrivial project I made a three-ring binder with pockets, and put in an overview of the program, CDs with the compiler and source code, and my working notes. Because A) if something broke they’d want it fixed *right now* and I didn’t want to spend time looking blankly at mystery code for an obsolete compiler, and B) I didn’t want to be married to whatever it was.

                Several years after I left that place I got a call from a former co-worker, who was thrilled to announce she’d made a fix to the program. She had never seen a line of Pascal in her life (she was a former dBase admin), but she was able to go right to where she needed to alter a parsing field and get it to recompile without errors.

                And hey, isn’t that what proper documentation is for?

                1. “For every nontrivial project I made a three-ring binder with pockets, and put in an overview of the program, CDs with the compiler and source code, and my working notes. ”

                  Early in my career, yes. But then along came Source Code storage, where you could compare changed code to what it was previously. Not only could you store code, but documents. Yes, depended on IT keeping the system properly backed up. I did keep personal backup of current code & written documentation but would have lost code “history” should anything gone sideways.

                  My last job didn’t use commercial source code storage, used an in house created version that was very rudimentary. Code history was old code that was commented out. It was a nightmare. Everyone worked on all the code. Reality, we each had a specific niche others rarely, if ever, touched. Thus the extra documents I had written on my one niche, & the newer stuff no one else had worked on yet.

                  “A) if something broke they’d want it fixed *right now* and I didn’t want to spend time looking blankly at mystery code for an obsolete compiler.”

                  Yes. Was also known to put any notes on anything I researched for hours in the code. Also was known to put “still doing this & as of (date) don’t know why, but only occurs under these conditions”, in code comments. After layoff because of company was in receivership, one of the programmers, not yet gone, called with the problem. Told him everything was in the code. FYI, he had no better luck than I did. Normally if I could reproduce a problem, I could fix a problem**. This was the only time I couldn’t (been over 20 years so don’t ask). **Even when the reported “Problem”, wasn’t caused by a bug, but was working exactly as it was designed, but still needed to be “fixed”.

                  “B) I didn’t want to be married to whatever it was.” <— THIS!!!! Saw this one coming my at first job after graduating with CS degree. Uhhhh, no, thanks.

        3. Oracle was not formed as a CIA spin-off. CIA was their first customer. There’s a difference there.

          1. Actually, you’re both right. Oracle was formed as a private company once Larry Ellison decided to try and implement what the CIA was willing to throw sufficient money at to design and hire someone to do. He’s also the one to see and push the relational database / SQL outside government circles.

  13. Re: #7, anyone who wants to do business in Europe has to care, because the fines are excessive (up to 4% of your *gross income*, not your net profits, *per year*). So as long as your company makes more than 4% of your income from Europe, you have to care about the GDPR. (If you make less than 4% from Europe, you could go the alternate route of just saying “We will no longer do business with the EU. Goodbye.” And it would cost you less in the long run.)

    … Actually, it’s not “Do you make 4% of your income from Europe?” that’s the real question. The real question is “Will the extra cost of complying with this regulation be more than the income you make from Europe?”. Then you might comply.

    But I have heard, from a friend of mine who lives in Europe, that there are some comic strips (not webcomics, but syndicated comic strips) which he used to read online, but which he can no longer access. They apparently took the approach of “Coming from a European IP address? Then you’re not welcome on our site.”

    1. I wonder how long before….



      “Sorry, but for GDPR compliance your IP address shows you are coming from the EU and thus should be looking at this link: [SHITHOLE COUNTRIES].”

    2. So what happens when someone running a VPN (I has one, COTS) that will let you appear to be from any country accesses your site and is outraged? Because I guarantee that question isn’t getting asked BEFORE someone gets served because some Euroweenie forgets to mention that they didn’t look European to the electronic Border Police.

      1. Then you charge them under the terms of the bad part of the DMCA — the part that says that bypassing a technological measure that controls access to a copyrighted work is illegal. (The reason it’s bad is because it’s overly broad: it makes illegal activities that would otherwise have been perfectly legal, such as playing a DVD I purchased on my Linux-based computer.) If European law applies to a U.S. company that was trying not to do business with Europe, then U.S. law applies to a European individual who was actively trying to do business with the U.S. company.

        Or at least, that’s the way you could argue it in a hypothetical world where the courts could be counted on to listen to logic. In the real world? It’s anybody’s guess.

        1. Or at least, that’s the way you could argue it in a hypothetical world where the courts could be counted on to listen to logic. In the real world? It’s anybody’s guess.

          [Bear with me, the reasoning will become clear] Back in the early Eighties, when Bill James was (largely single-handedly) inventing the Sabremetric tools and reasoning which eventually led to Moneyball, he explained the difference between Sportswriting and Sabremetrics. The Sportswriter starts with the claim — Babe Ruth was the greatest hitter who ever lived — and then assembles the evidence in support of that assertion — home run totals, home runs per plate appearance, career batting average, career slugging average, etc. The Sabremetrician starts with the question — Who was the greatest hitter? — and determines the factors which would define the greatest hitter, and only then looks to determine which player(s) fir those parameters.

          Used to be Judges approached questions of the law in the manner of Sabremetriicians, defining correct legal reasoning and then determining which side in the case best met those. This proved unsatisfactory t many jurists because a) it sometimes meant the “wrong” party won and b) it deprived judges of significant power. As a result we found many judges this last half century or so who followed the pattern advocated by Judge Posner (that moron): I decide which side should win and then, like a Sportswriter, I find the legal path to that conclusion.

          That this renders rule of law, a principle predicated on the predictability of the law, on the idea that one could know and follow the law ti safe harbor, moot was merely a happy bonus.

  14. “Louis XIV, inventor of entrenched bureaucracy”
    I am sorry but the Chinese did that much earlier.
    Although the French did perfect a popular way to fire them, the Guillotine.

    1. As I understand it, during the early stages of the Revolution, the French equivalents of the gentry and the bureaucrats were generally the ones running the guillotine. It was only after the Revolution turned on itself that the bureaucracy got cut much… so to speak.

  15. 1. The Dinesh thing is amusing, at the least. But with GamerGate, ComicGate, Sad Puppies (thankfully not HugoGate. -gate MUST DIE!) and so on, I do see a trend. The “woke” are scared of people not merely awake but with OPEN EYE and THINKING BRAINS.

    2. Time will tell… history is rhyming.. but with too many different time periods. The theory that every X generations or ~100 years Things Change.. well, it seems at least not entirely wrong. What’s on the other side of the mess/transition remains to be seen.

    3. Those cries effectiveness are already *mostly* dead and sadly “p(a)edophile” will likely be normalized next by those language wasting bastages. The damned fools.

    4. No. But I do suspect there is a higher propensity of the addled to dye… so it’s an unreliable indicator. And you will find “natural color haired” morons.

    5. I suppose going at Adam is out, huh? ♉

    6. Not sure if it’s too late or not. Eastern Europe might *just* pull western europe’s goolies out of the flaming vice, but I’d hate to be downwind all the same.

    7. They’re getting everyone trained to just click the (x) to make the damn notice go away. Prediction: Malware infestations galore. Also, those who decided to host in EU will be re-thinking that. Mainly about what happens NEXT time. Also, the EU can go f*** itself with a chainsaw. Rusty. Sideways. And 17 times on Thursdays – let ’em get the hang of that!

    8. Moo.

        1. I’m not sure how someone can look at what happened to Dinesh and not think ‘political hatchet-job’. The sentencing that included Psychological counseling was more something I’d have expected out of Soviet era Russia, not America.

          There are days I’m ecstatic we got Trump.

          1. Especially when the judge ordered the “counseling” to continue, after the councilor said “this dude is totally fine”?

            1. The only thing that could make it better would be if Dinesh could sue that judge. At the time I wasn’t all that familiar with his work so his getting sentenced and the absurdity of the sentence got me curious enough that I actually watched ‘Obama’s America’.

    1. (thankfully not HugoGate. -gate MUST DIE!)

      Great little bit of satire about the -gate suffixing of everything.

  16. I’m definitely thinking that the worm is beginning to turn, what with the Samantha Bee/Rosanne double-standard kerfuffle, and with the Robinson Star Chamber jailing …
    The time machine and one shot: Rousseau, in a heartbeat.

    1. I’m nearly certain that the ONLY reason that Weinstein is being charged with crimes is that people hate Trump so much that they finally got to a place where the double standard shattered. (And Harvey is probably still confused as to why his political donations and vow to donate all his money to gun control didn’t work when it always worked before.)

      There’s still bunches of fairly large shards of the double standard left but unlike in the past, more and more it’s coming to really matter because it’s not just some ding-bat making noise, it’s mobs getting someone fired from their jobs and rendered unemployable for behavior or opinions that don’t even *begin* to match the severity of someone else who is completely protected. (See the double standard for avowed and public racism in sci-fi, for example.)

      There are more real world consequences now. And people take things with real world consequences more seriously rather than blowing them off. “We’re winning! Double down!” Well, no. What you were was ignored.

      1. Part of it is undoubtedly that he had just decided to produce a film based on “Mila 18,” sympathetic to modern Jewry. That made a chunk of the normal Leftist base hostile to him.

        The tactic of exposing sexual predator behavior had always worked with the Right, so his new enemies on the Left decided to use it upon him. Unfortunately, once it was seen that it could be used on the Left, it opened the floodgates.

    2. Same with Rosanne and Samantha Bee, though I’m pretty sure that nothing is going to actually happen to Samantha Bee. But it’s getting harder to launch a primarily political purge while pretending you’re not doing that when people with a different political outlook who are professionally vile and offensive carry on as usual.

      And of course the mask of “equality” is coming right off feminism and the professional feminists are admitting that it really is about abortion, socialism/communism, and man-hatred after all. Which makes it totes necessary to attack women who don’t conform.

      1. N.B., Bee has already (reportedly) lost two sponsors.

        Of curse, if this continues there won’t be nobody on commercial TV because all the sponsors will have fled.

        I do not say that is a bad thing.

        1. Call me when she looses her job. Kudos to the sponsors who dropped her, though there, too, it’s not as if she wasn’t vile last week or last year as well.

          1. The thing that struck me was that those two sponsors ( and State Farm) did it just based on the remark and/or the backlash, not an organized boycott.

            When the Left does it within a few hours there is a complete list of advertisers and their Twitter handles tweeted. There are then tweets with offline contact information, and tweets directed at each sponsor that are identical and come from a variety of well-followed leftists or lefty organizations (or both.) It’s a well-oiled machine. (The Left projects. Hillary thought she saw a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy because a vast conspiracy is what she was familiar with and expected to see.)

  17. On point #1 we have these insights from Tucker & Mark:

    The Progs no longer can credibly claim any moral high ground without being targets of mockery.

    1. As an aside… can you really not get and watch copies of Dukes of Hazard? Can you really not get copies of Rosannes old show?

      1. I dunno – I wasn’t the least bit interested in those shows when they were alive and I’m far less interested in them now they’re dead.

        My household’s tastes tended to run more toward Yes, Minister, Black Adder, To The Manor Born, Good Neighbors, The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, ‘Allo, ‘Allo, andAre You Being Served?.

        1. As shows went the Dukes of Hazard was pretty awesome. Silly, of course, but fighting the good fight for all that is right and good against the shenanigans of Boss Hogg and Roscoe P. Coltrain. (? I know someone knows the name of the sheriff without looking it up.) Daisy was sweet and Uncle Jesse was wise. And … I just blanked on the boy’s names (but I can remember Enis) but working for justice “any way they know how.”

          If they’ve really took the whole thing out of circulation and availability because the car was the General Lee, I’m just beyond disgusted.

            1. Amazon still has the listing up for the original Roseanne show, although they have it as “temporarily out of stock.”

              Which may just mean that quite a few people decided to buy it while it was still available. ABC does not own the show, it is co-owned by Casey-Werner and Rosanne Barr – which may end up in a long court battle before someone is able to sell it again. (Or revive the production – I don’t know why they are trying, but the word is that they are going to do “Rosanne Without Rosanne.” Snort.)

        2. Hyperdrive, Starhyke, The New Captain Scarlet, Space Precinct, Benny Hill…

          “Those… those *things!* They’re eating my crew!”
          “Only the slow ones, sir!”

            1. Quite good, actually. She played Captain Belinda Blowhard straight up and let the storyline carry the amusing bits.

              [to those not familiar with Hyperdrive or Starhyke – The Orville is the same basic thing, though more serious]

              One of her early roles was a part in a near-forgotten SF movie called “The Hidden”, which is one of those movies that was actually pretty good, but sank without a trace.

          1. Sigh, I feel so provincial. Except for Benny Hill, I recognize not a single one of those shows.

            On the other hand, I may have some enjoyable “new” things to look forward to.

            1. There are episodes of Hyperdrive on YouTube.

              The ship’s intercom runs in the background on many scenes, often completely at odds with what’s going on in the foreground. “Attention all crew: Today is Take Your Clone to Work Day. If you don’t have a clone, go and see the Clone Officer on Level 7…”

      2. Last I checked you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime. I think I managed about 3 episodes before the constant ‘Yeeeehaaaaww’ annoyed me enough I moved on to something else.

    2. The Progs have not been able to credibly claim any moral high ground since, roughly, the english edition of THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO.


  18. “If you only had one shot at a time machine”
    Every time I see this question appear it is always Hitler or some other evil person, but never Karl Marx, I always wonder why?

    1. I wonder if giving old Karl a massive hit of lysergic acid diethylamide or perhaps some magic mushrooms would have improved his economics … or at least incentivized him to spend more time in cow pastures on dewy mornings?

  19. 1. Is the worm turning? Unfortunately, that’s almost a geological-time-span question. After Carter, we got Reagan, then Bush, then Clinton, then Bush 2, then Obama. I suspect we would’ve said, at the end of Reagan’s term that “Yes, the worm has turned!”. But see where we are now. Or maybe we can only expect worm-turnings to last for 20 years or so.

    5. Lenin, Rousseau, Louis XIV? As someone up above pointed out, the Chinese had invented perpetual bureaucracy long before the French. The other two were reacting to their historical/philosophical contexts. So maybe we should opt for Kant? Or Hume? (just to keep Kant in his slumbers)

    Nah. All those bad ideas would’ve come from somebody else.

    1. 5. I think I like Flying Mike’s idea of Von Kluck, though given the German emphasis on initiative (IIRC, see Tuchman’s Guns of August), I suspect anybody else would’ve made the same bad choice.

      1. Von Kluck chose “Initiative for my glorious place in the historical record” to “Initiative in support of the mission” – someone more junior and/or less glory-hound-ious could have been all initiativey while still protecting the flank of the advance, which was the one job assigned Von Kluck.

        I need to go see if I can find who was Von Kluck’s second in command…

    2. The problem there is that everyone expects massive changes in the span of just one administration. Trump is doing wonder with his time, but I suspect he would not be making nearly as much headway if the Left had not been spending more political capitol than they got back since Watergate.

      It’s been a slow process, but if you look you can see the changes staring around then. When I first started paying attention to politics, it was widely assumed (even by the Gun culture) that handguns would be broadly banned in a decade or so.

      Now the gun control weenies are in retreat all over and fully panicked.

      1. The gun control weenies are having the vapors now over a color. They decided that people should wear orange to support gun control. Orange, the color that hunters have worn for generations for safety (and are required to wear in states that I’m familiar with.) Within a few hours, the NRA began a counter-campaign saying that “Orange has always been ours,” and urging members to tweet pics of themselves wearing orange. EveryTown and NoRA (the Hollywood gun grabbers that Alyssa Milano speaks for) immediately went into full meltdown. Seems that NOW orange belongs to everyone. 🙂

    3. Why would you need a time machine for Brit Hume? Oh, I suppose getting to him before his TV career took off……

  20. 1. I hope so but I don’t know.
    2. I’d rather things not come to crucifixions.
    3. Accusations of that sort have served them very well in the past and I see no sign the abandoning the tactic.
    4. I blame tumblr.
    5. Jean Jacques Rosseau.
    6. I don’t know but they seem to be stuck on the long slow suicide path.
    7. The EU citizens aren’t free so why should the U.S. citizens be?

  21. Robert has a fiancee? How did I miss that? Last I (recall having) heard, there was a semi-serious GF in the mix. Mazel Tov

      1. Ah, but which one. When the first euro coins were minted, I gave some thought to obtaining proof sets. The EU has lasted longer than I thought it would…

        I find it hard to believe in the stability of a Unuon that includes bith Germany and France. People have aked me if I thought France hadn’t forgicen Germany for WWII. Hell, France hasn’t forgiven Germany for siding with Wellington against Napoleon.

        Sadly, the would-be Ruling Class of Europe (and a bigger concatenation of miseducated nitwits would be hard to find) have more in common with each-other than with their fellow countrymen.

        It’s going to get messy, soon.

      2. Is it bad that I kind of want to start a pool on how long it takes the EU to disintegrate?

    1. If one could go back and tell TR never, not ever, to say anything about running again – “zip your lip, Teddy, just do it or not” – the U.S. would have likely ended up with TR as POTUS for WWI, or if Teddy decided eventually to not run in 1912, Taft, and in addition to much better leadership either way, avoided all the crazy racist crap implemented by Professor Woodrow.

      1. A more interesting approach might be “Who would you travel back in time and give a shot of penicillin to?”

        McKinley and we might not ever have seen President Roosevelt (either one.) Garfield and we don’t see Chester Arthur in the presidency, but that might not make much never mind.

        Warren Harding? A second term of his laissez faire economic policies might have averted the Depression. Or Coolidge’s son not dying from that blister might have seen Silent Cal to a second term.

        Arguably the problem was not Hitler, it was the people who did nothing while Hitler rose to power.

          1. “The Return of William Proxmire” from 1989. It came out in “What Might Have Been?” vol. 1: Alternate Empires” by Gregory Benford, and was reprinted in Niven’s collection “N-Space.”

          2. Where do you think I got the idea? I concede I might have credited the source but in this lot that seemed slightly insulting.

        1. While it would have speeded Harding’s recovery from the pneumonia he had contracted, I am not sure that penicillin  would have prevented his fatal heart attack.  Anyway, Harding certainly had had problems with his appointments and there is no reason to believe that scandals would not have continued to plague his administration.  (These scandals lead to his statement: I have no trouble with my enemies.  I can take care of my enemies in a fight.  But my friends, my goddamn friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at night.)

          About the only member of Harding’s administration who came out with a improved reputation was Calvin Coolidge.  Having a second Coolidge term might have been very good.

          Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s was a mess. You are probably right about Hitler, possibly the better NAZI candidate to eliminate would have been Joseph Goebbels. Yet then Germany would likely have been turned to the communists, and that would have been different problems.

  22. “The worm seems to be turning.” I hope you’re right, but then again, I thought that twenty years ago because young people were suddenly no longer reflexively taking up the latest manifestation of rock, but were listening to Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller, were learning how to swing dance, and were immersing themselves in Jane Austen. But it never came to much.

    1. Really? Because those are the folks a few years older than me– who went against the grain when the fad faded, and are happily married, with a bunch of kids, often homeschooled. I’m sort of a second wave of it.

      Not as noisy as the “normal” people, but there are blogs, and you don’t see as many of us as you might expect because city life doesn’t fit well– so we’re in the ‘burbs, or even more rural. And folks tend to assume it’s some kind of a daycare. 🙂

      Like Sarah said, we were trained to not draw fire, at least not for no reason besides “making a statement.” (Sadly, trained by both the school authorities and the very people who complain about how “all” the kids are doing this or that. It gets very tiring to be told you don’t exist, you didn’t do what you did, and you’re not really what you have been for decades.)

      As someone earlier said– the problem is folks are expecting miracles in a tiny period of time; the mind that is quickly changed will quickly change back…and for heaven’s sake, we’ve got the Boomers around, still, putting their weight into the “change” and “youth culture” they chose OVER HALF A CENTURY BACK.

      1. My point is that a worm can seem to be turning, but in fact it’s just a false alarm.

        1. But what on Earth does music have to do with people rejecting Marxism?
          I like Rock. Larry likes Metal. What in the ever loving heck?
          I was going to ask if you confused tastes with politics. It’s not that, though. You’re confusing music with governance.
          Look, I’m not a socon, but I don’t think most socons obsess on music tastes, even. Except maybe some of the crazier Baptists.

          1. and I listen to industrial, EBM, darkwave, futurepop and goth. standing in line for the live concert i went to Tuesday reminded me of how I do not share the politics of a significant number of the other people who do….

            1. I also listen to whatever movie soundtracks for movies that never happened is called and retro swing. I really have no clue why that would define my politics.

              1. movie soundtracks for movies that never happened

                I am intrigued and puzzled: please elaborate if you feel inclined?

                1. heck the John Carpenter album he put out a few years ago is an example, too.

            2. Ah, my present music exactly…. my 13YO self would be horrified by my 63YO’s playlist. Definitely an acquired taste.

              Fortunately I don’t know most of my fave bands’ politics.

              1. If you don’t mind some hard rock try some Five Finger Death Punch. “War is the Answer’ is probably my favorite album. They are NOT Leftist!

            1. Also SoCon, “80s rock” is probably the most identifiable chunk of what I like, including some brand new bands that are doing really good 80s style– but there’s also western music, neo-classic-country, country, Gilbert and Sullivan, anime/video game music, classical, fun pop songs, tons of parody/fun, and oh yes I know the words to WAY too may my little pony: friendship is magic songs.

              Fun pop:

                  1. Did you catch that the main singer is wearing a mask, not just funky makeup, before they got to him singing at the end?

                    And yes, it is INCREDIBLY creepy, but in the identifying-evil way, not the being evil way.

    1. (Also, I ended up with a similar ear infection as well, just finished taking the antibiotics. Hoping it doesn’t come back, but my ears are itching a tiny bit…)

      1. I have a tendency toward low level ear infections reaching back to childhood. I had a doctor some years ago who advised me to make a solution of water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol and swap the ear canals with it. His explanation was that the vinegar would change the PH of the environment the bacteria lived in, and the alcohol would help the rest evaporate.

        It seemed to work and I haven’t been seriously bothered in a while. I would run it past your GP before using it, though, and I’ve forgotten the proportions (though I think it was 1:1:1).

  23. Well, the Romans i vented entrenched bureaucracy long before the French, as did the Chinese.

    Rouseau or Lenin? Um, can I get them to stand in line? Or use a shotgun?

  24. In no particular order:

    a. Yes, the worm is turning. Has been for about a decade. People haven’t been willing to talk about it.

    b. There have always been powers behind the throne. Congressional staffers, and a semi-pro mandarin class. But a power behind the throne does NOT get to depose the King, merely whisper in his ear.

    c. Out of reverence, I refuse to consider crucifiction. An iron stake on the Capital Mall with a suitable set of gas jets will do nicely. Or a caning trestle like they use in Singapore…except that we don’t stop a caning because the offender can’t take his lashes.

    d. Whack Rousseau, early. His notion of the “noble savage” is the root of the romantic haze through which we look at the pathologies of the lower class…and the hostility to the sound middle-class values that philosophers since Aristotle have deemed the foundation stone of a civil society.

    e. The next major European war will be against the Moslems, AND their enablers. Internally very messy, especially in the UK, France, and Germany. Pro Tip: Hungary is both beautiful and inexpensive, I highly recommend it for a vacation.

    f. Yes, the EU is that stupid…and arrogant.

  25. 1. I saw the worm starting to turn after Obamacare was shoved down our throats. Our part of Oregon doesn’t particularly hate Californians, but we’re happy to make an exception for Nancy Pelosi.
    2. I’m not sure if it’s going to be pitchforks and torches or rope and lamp posts. I doubt crosses will be directly involved, though a few special characters might warrant St. Peter’s method.
    3. The race card got worn out, though there will always be virtue signalling arseholes. IMHO, the best response to raaaaacist! is “And so?”.
    4. The hair coloration is analogous to the markings on a Monarch butterfly. If you see s young person of indeterminate gender, the color is a tell that it’s a SJZ.
    5. Just one? I’m thinking! There’s a rew places in history where a tactical nuke would prevent a lot of misery downtime.
    6. I think it’s going to be a phase-in. Sudden Mosque Ignition Syndrome and “He just fell over” will start in some areas. After this week’s stuff, “When the Saxon Began to Hate” could be real in spots (Yorkshire), as well as in areas not historically enthusiastic about the EU. Bavaria, parts of Italy, and possibly Denmark. Timing? Dunno, but sooner rather than later.
    7. Quite, though the big US companies might try to force it. And regret it. And yes, it’s censorship, along with crony regulation, where only the huge and well connected will have the resources to comply or buy off the regulators.

    1. In pondering the actual mechanism of death involved in crucifixion, the rather gruesome realization occurred to me that the process could, in fact, be carried out using zip ties on a chain link fence, and that there are lots of chain link fences on freeway overpasses.

      Though I will note using that method would require continuous control of the location, since crucifixion is not as immediately final as the long drop at the end of a short rope, and thus much more susceptible to rescue attempts than hanging or madame guillotine.

      1. Has already been used.

        Middle east.

        They just prefer to hang the victims, because then there’s no chance of a rescue.

  26. As for #1, it appears that The Keepers of the Narrative (and power), have grown way too late, and way too set in their ways, to adequately respond to true challenges. They’re very good at exercising their power in the media, but the internet…

    I do not think they truly understand the damage that Jordan Peterson alone has done to their indoctrination of an entire generation of men. By the time they do, it will be.. it already is.. far too late.

    1. If I only had one shot at a time machine and I could get back to when I left, I’d go back to the time when G-d spoke at Mt. Sinai. I may not be observant but Judaism is important to me. I hope this doesn’t sound hypocritical or hubristic. To have that connection with G-d even for a short time sounds awesome. I might instead use my once to back in time to meet my mother as an adult. I was a very young and somewhat messed up 16 when she died.

            1. You may be right about the SJZ’s, unless the book starts getting some attention and word of mouth. About the Islamists, I’m pretty sure that remains a potential problem. Just look at the recent incident where ISIS issued death threats against the hacker(s) responsible for filling their accounts with gay porn.

          1. “Once (you) pop, you just can’t stop!”

            Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mohpedo. Rosseau next, then that black slave owner who got that court case that codified chattel slavery into US law back then, because there are really some people who do need killing.

            1. Tsk. We’re supplying fodder for those Vile folks. Killing is so unnecessary! For example, meet up with young Karl M, get him drunk, shave all the hair off his body and sell him to a galley for an oarsman.

              Could we possibly use the time machine to slip him back in time, say so he could participate i Rome’s gladiatorial games?

  27. The worm’s been turning for a while, otherwise C. J. Box wouldn’t be minting money with his Joe Pickett thrillers. The latest Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen is pretty tough on welfare queens and their government enablers. Both these authors have old-school paper book publishers!

  28. As for #4 – No, what you’re seeing is when some people want to change themselves or stand out without doing any work or sustained effort, hair color is the easiest way to do it. Particularly when they’re in a consequence-free environment where they don’t have to worry about being presentable on work hours.

    Also, kids young enough to be indoctrinated by old hippies still believe that “the man” objects to wild hair colors, so they’re “sticking it to the man”.

    It’s far easier than putting forth the effort to be honest, truthful, moral, and clean up their diet and go to the gym, much less train for real, concrete accomplishments like climbing mountains, running marathons, deadlifting your bodyweight, or becoming the sort of person that would be someone’s ideal marriage material.

  29. As to who I would kill…no one. Instead, I’d go back in time to 1920, and start playing the stock market, then do a massive short sell right before October 1929.
    Then jump back in when it’s at the nadir, and acquire stock in arms companies, shipping companies, et al. Then have a couple-three ships in Valencia loaded with guns in June 1936, along with some hired World War I vets, in order to support non-Communist factions for the SCW, and just generally bankroll any and all anticollectivist forces there are. Find the Austrian economists and get them to America, stat.
    Support the Republican party and the anti-Henry Wallace crowd in the Democratic Party, as well as civil rights organizations.

  30. Actually, as I think about it, forget all that. Go back to 1764, and plant the idea of “Dominion Status” in William Pitt’s head.

  31. Err… the holes in the walls? Some of them are windows, some of them are doors, take a look, but be careful not to go too far, and watch for what may come in…

  32. Off topic but too good not to share:

    Thursday evening I picked up a phone call in the kitchen to hear an automated voice advise me that Microsoft Corp had determined a computer in my home was sending malware out to the internet. I let it play out until it got to “Press #1 to speak with one of our agents,” at which point I hung up.

    When I returned to my computer I noticed the answering machine there had the caller ID for that call: “Illegal Scam”!

    I almost called them back to compliment their truth in labeling.

    1. that’s because you have a smart caller id that someone has tagged that number as a scam

  33. 5-If you only had one shot at a time machine, would you kill Lenin, Jean Jacques Rosseau or Louis XIV, inventor of entrenched bureaucracy?

    Can I bring a stasis pod with me? Then I can go to the earliest one, kill them and then use the stasis pod to reach the others down the timeline…

  34. For every political activist, there is an equal and opposite reactionary.

  35. #5 If I’m going to be frivolous: Charles-Édouard Jeanneret.
    Envy, spite and economic wishful thinking will always have with us, after all.
    Serious? Either Mohammed or Lenin. It’s a tossup

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