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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Caturday salutations from Happy and Civilly Disobedient Larryville, GN!

Jooos — is there nothing they can’t do?

Yup…the main one is getting folks to stop trying to exterminate us. πŸ˜‰

Runners-up: Win rib cookoffs or the America’s Cup, enjoy bacon cheeseburgers, get pierced or tattooed, receive sports scholarships, keep our foreskins or get baptized.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Speaking of space infrastructure maintenance: I’ve just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It’s going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

And teh front door’s a little sticky, too; BBL.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Just noticed teh new blog header; ahahahahahahaha*snort*heeheeheeha!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Snort. You guys always have my back. Thanks!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Sven --

If your “disappearing co-worker” is a basically decent-enough guy, I sorta hope he didn’t get fired for his faux pas…given the economy out there.

I admit I find that term middlin’ disparaging and wish it’d fall into further disrepute. However, sometimes offensive things fall unintentionally outta my own maw…which is different than when I say ’em deliberately. πŸ˜‰

Enjoyed the anecdote, ‘tho.

“No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.” — Michel de Montaigne

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

He is, as best as I can tell having only known him a few months, a decent guy. And who amongst us hasnt at times said the wrong thing or at the wrong time?

Was ‘jew ’em down’ a common phrase when I was a kid? Yeah, it was. Have I ever used it as an adult? I don’t think so, but probably at some time or another it came out of my mouth as just about every other darn thing has.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Hai, Sven --

One presumes teh Mountain Redoubt is still intact; glad you also haz power.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

We are still here, but the outside is taking a beating. No fires.

Going to have to clean up outside today, but with the govt shutdown, I just can’t seem to summon up the energy to do so yet. So I may just sit here awhile and check out the coding posts.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

This is quite wonderful: Mike Rowe on his famous TED speech. Yeah, it’s 20 minutes but well worth the time.

http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2013/09/remember-anagnorisis-and-peripeteia.html#disqus_thread

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Mike Rowe’s an interesting character; used to enjoy watching “Dirty Jobs” occasionally as he’s pretty engaging and I appreciated the message and intent of the program.

It’s pretty cool his TED talk was ad libbed.

So I may just sit here awhile and check out the coding posts.

Heh.

You could also embrace POSOTUS’s latest display of kind, caring compassion and go be pointlessly, pettily mean to old people who defended our country in a time of great need.

Like going to a VFW hall and kicking crutches out from under veterans. Or shorting-out the batteries and slashing the tires on their Hoverounds while decrying them as evil warmongers.

Burning a U.S. flag in the parking lot might be a nice touch, too. πŸ˜‰

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Holy. Flurking. Schnitt.

Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice.

The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides β€” anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks.

Biscayne National Park is also off limits. Enforcement rangers will be on duty, Kimball said.

Perhaps this is wildly out-of-line, but I’d like to see angry, armed citizens confront the rangers and tell them that if they do not permit people to fish and kayak, they will fucking die.

“…only following orders” is not acceptable under the present circumstances; especially when we are being forced to pay for our own slavers.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

All your oceans belongs to us. Barack Obama.

Doesnt the fed govt own most of the highway system, or is that the states? Best close them down.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Well, not looking for armed resistance, but this thing is getting to the point where words and video images aint the answer. I watched some Republican congressmen whining about the fences blocking off the WWII memorial. I’d respect them more if they actually went down there and removed the barriers themselves and if they got arrested, so be it. As Ed Abbey said: “Words without action is the ruination of the soul” or something along those lines…

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

The story opens with this:

WASHINGTON -- (AP) — President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans.

Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names like the Redskins offend “a sizable group of people.” He said that while fans get attached to the nicknames, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place.

And ends with this:

Despite the controversy, an AP-GfK poll conducted in April showed that nationally, “Redskins” still enjoys wide support. Nearly 4 in 5 Americans don’t think the team should change its name, the survey found. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren’t sure and 2 percent didn’t answer.

So 11 percent of offended people is equivalent to ‘many’ and a ‘sizable group’? What I find most surprising is that Obama doesnt think he owns the Redskins.

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/obama-open-to-name-change-for-washington-redskins-1.6202468

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Joe Scarborough is coming to the Reagan Library next month. I might go just to heckle him.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Lovely.

The House voted unanimously Saturday to retroactively pay back federal workers who are not receiving a paycheck because of the government shutdown.

Members approved the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, H.R. 3223, in a 407-0 vote, with 25 members not voting.

Workers will not be paid until the shutdown β€” now in its fifth day β€” ends. About 800,000 workers have been furloughed.

Not a single vote against. If this account is correct, I will be actively supporting anyone running against my Rep next year who makes credible noises about actually supporting the Constitution and personal liberty.

Rob Woodall…up yours!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

The Lois Lerner strategy otherwise known as paid vacation time. Sure, it aint directly their fault, but I’ve been laid off a couple of times due to plant closures that werent directly my fault either, and I dont recall getting paid.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven and Fatwa.
I’m glad you’ve still got power, Sven. It was blowing pretty hard here last night, so I can only imagine what it was like at your place.

I’m not sure where this idea comes from that shutting down some government services means actively preventing people from going places and doing things. It’s like saying because the Highway Patrol was shutdown, you can’t drive on the freeway. Or because the FDA was shutdown, you can’t buy existing supplies of medications.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Hai, Paddy!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Well, not looking for armed resistance, but this thing is getting to the point where words and video images aint the answer.

If decent people will not stand-up unequivocally against the King’s Men when they perform relatively small acts of thuggery such as the WWII monument or closing 1,100 square miles of fishing for no other reason other than “fuck you, that’s why”, than why should I be sanguine they’ll do so after the ovens get fired-up?

The world has not truly learned the lessons of the the Great Leap Forward, the Russian Revolution, the Khmer Rouge or Weimar Republic, despite their relative historic recency.

And yes, I would be willing at this point to put my own life at risk in hopes that teh Favorite Small Relatives will be free.

I also feel an obligation to those of my relatives who were murdered by their own governments as well as those who have given their lives to defend what used to be a pretty decent country…until folks stopped giving a shit.

“Never again!” It’s not just for Jooooooos anymore.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

Since America is so unexceptional, why would the rest of the world care what we do?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

So time back, Mrs Sven sent me a youtube video of some woman protesting something or other and being violently arrested by the police. On one hand, the video was obviously edited so what led up to confrontation and arrest, I have no idea. On the other hand, there were at least 20 folks hanging around the scene videotaping the encounter and all aghast and angry at the actions of the police. Was the women poorly treated by the arresting officers? Yeah, that was pretty evident. Did anyone present watching the scene unfold interfere or assist her? No. Their participation in the event was limited to some shouts at the police to stop and yelling at them that their actions were being recorded.

Should they have intervened physically?

I think we are becoming quite conditioned to not doing anything when confronted by illegal or just plain wrong actions committed by those in power. Not a good thing.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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I think we are becoming quite conditioned to not doing anything when confronted by illegal or just plain wrong actions committed by those in power. Not a good thing.

Agreed.

This is compounded by the way that government -- at all levels -- rarely punishes its agents for malfeasance; when it does, the consequences are generally slaps on the wrists for things which would have any of us peons locked-up in cages.

Even worse, utterly innocent people are abused, seriously injured or murdered, have their homes damaged or destroyed, dogs killed or otherwise have their lives shattered.

The vast majority of the time, neither justice nor -- any reasonable approximation of same -- are served. Government officials and their armed, violent minions face relatively few consequences for serious screw-ups. (Which is why one of the “Reasonoids” recently coined the phrase “Because fuck you, that’s why!”)

If you’re interested in seeing just how prevalent this crap has become, go to YouTube and search on “wrong-door raids”; there’s a fair amount of local news coverage of same.

And if that’s not enough to spoil your digestion, when you’re done search on “puppycide”. (A deliberately-emotional term coined by Radley Balko after he got fed-up with the cops killing dogs for no reason whatsoever far too often.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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This is, erm, interesting:

At least five off-duty New York Police Department officers have admitted being present at the savage revenge beating last weekend on the Henry Hudson Parkway, according to reports.

Among the off duty cops were at least two detectives and three other officers, all who witnessed the attack and did little to stop it. One of the detectives, an undercover narcotics officer, watched as the violence broke out and chose not to break it up for fear of ruining his cover.

The five officers were not the only ones present, WABC is reporting that the NYPD is investigating whether several off-duty corrections officers were also there. Police who saw the violent attack did not begin coming forward until Wednesday -- four days later.

I’m sure all of those brave sheepdog heroes in blue will have perfectly plausible excuses for observing a guy get dragged from his vehicle and beaten while they stood there and watched.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Machinist

Sad “heh”.

Since the po-po have no legal duty to protect us -- and frequently don’t…or worse -- I no longer understand precisely what their purpose is. Except to generate revenue, provide fodder for our corrupt joke of a court system and suck at teh taxpayers’ teat.

Oh…and be enforcers for the power of the almighty state by protecting the legislators, prosecutors and judges who are buggering us raw under color of law / authoritah.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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It occurs to me that the anonymous -- and therefore suspect -- NPS ranger who was quoted as saying his orders were “disgusting” but obeyed them anyway is the equivalent of the participants in Stanley Milgram’s infamous experiment who cried over being told to deliver a stronger shock to the screaming volunteer…then cranked-up the voltage and zapped ’em.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

Exactly! And they warrant the same approbation.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

So I wonder if there are any monuments or other sites shut down in the LA area due to the fed shutdown? Not finding any local stories.

Winds are dying down; one fire in the Newhall pass but under control. I figure this wind event is about over and it just laid the groundwork for the next one later in the month; that’s when we all burn up if the govt aint back to work.

Watched World War Z tonite; meh.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Glad teh winds are dying down, Sven; WWZ looked kinda carpy just from the trailers

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It takes a very special kind of affirmative action snowflake to send hither swarms of NPS rangers to harrass [sic] our people, and eat out their substance. Even more so when he shows such deliberate contempt to old soldiers.

POSOTUS, indeed.

Strictly for edumacational purposes, I offer a couple of Jooooooish curses:

May [insert name here] inherit a hotel with 100 rooms and be sick as a dog for a year in each one of them.

May [insert name here] be run over by a truckload of sugar and have a sweet death.