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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Ruination!!1! (Just noticed teh header change.)

Mac --

Thread GIF “Hee!”

Not that we needed further proof our government is functionally insane, but today, a couple of Jackasses -- including Henry Waxman (P-Opera) -- are going to be putting the screws to Big Sports re “climate change”:

Tomorrow Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, will host representatives from five of America’s major sports leagues, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), to discuss the effects of climate change on sporting activities and the work these organizations are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The group will meet for a closed-door discussion, followed by a press availability.

Earlier this year, the Task Force wrote to over 300 businesses and organizations, soliciting their views on actions the federal government could take to address climate change. Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and National Football League (NFL) all responded with letters which include details about their sustainability efforts.

I wonder what threats will be made in order to get compliance by all of those tax-leeching organizations.

I also wonder about the “environmental impact” of the not-so-micro-climates of Waxman’s nostrils…and if he can be fined for the damage caused by his (presumed) excess snot production.

Just Sven
10 years ago

Good morning from wet and chilly SoCal!

Hey, Fatwa!

Paddy O'Furnijur
10 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa and Sven!

What about the environmental impact of all the CO2 produced by the committee? And what possible, legitimate reason could there be for a closed-door meeting?

What actions could the federal government take to address climate change? Well, if they really believe in anthropogenic climate change lead by increasing CO2 concentrations, they could reduce their own carbon footprints by offing themselves.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Hai, Sven and Paddy!!1!

Paddy --

In answer to your questions: FY, TW. And I heartily concur with your, erm, remedy.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Now here’s an “historic first” I’m pleased to see:

Central City [Colorado] is used to making history. The Rush to the Rockies got its start in May 1859, when John Gregory made the first lode discovery on Clear Creek. The town sprang up right above that find and grew so fast that it almost became the state capitol; today it’s home to the historic Teller Opera House, Victorian buildings and casinos made possible by Colorado voters. And now Central City has made more history, as home to the first business granted a recreational marijuana retail sales license not just in Colorado, but the world.

I recently became aware Georgia passed a medical marijuana law 33 years ago (1980), but never implemented it. Need to do some research when I have the time, but I suspect that “social conservatism” trumped “Constitutional conservatism”.

Speaking of which, I strongly suspect I will not be voting for Paul Broun, the GOP candidate running for Saxby Chambliss’ seat next year. From his website:

I advocate small limited government as our Founders intended. I stand for individual liberty, not an all-powerful government. I support stopping the outrageous spending in Washington. I have introduced more targeted spending cuts than any other member of Congress.

Is It Right/Moral?
Is It Constitutional?
Is It Necessary?
Is It Affordable?

Question one belies his claim re “individual liberty” in the preceding paragraph. I categorically do not want any elected -- or appointed -- official making decisions on “morality”…this ain’t Iran, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.

10 years ago

Good Morning EveryGerbillyBody!

I need all the good thoughts, prayers, mojo, voodoo, whatever all y’all can provide today.

We’re pulling the trigger a day early on production, and *someone* decided it was good idea to send my two co-workers to the L.A. Auto Show this week.

The *mostly* useless one has one task during this process. Teh Mangler™ (who’s going to fvck up the PageMaker process) and my boss-boss have decided that I need to do her part.

After some scrambling, it *seems* I have the requisite software to do part of it, however there’s *0* documentation on rest, I’m not sure what I need to do to launch the software, and then I’m probably going to get yelled at for not knowing WTF it is I’m supposed to do next.

NOTE: In the TEN years I’ve been in the department, I’ve NEVER done this!

It’s going to be a lovely day.

People wonder, “Geez X, how come you have so many headaches, your back is fvcked up, and you’re a little skinny*?”

“Oh, I don’t know, maybe because it feels like the weight of my entire product rests on my shoulders and it feels like I’m failing miserably at keeping it all together?”

I’ve been on the clock for two and a half hours, and I’ve got the feeling by the end of the day I’m going to be sobbing. So, that’ll be a first.

Sorry to just breeze in and unload, but I honestly have never felt as pressured while at the same time lacking all support.
My skin’s crawling.

* -- Kaaaaate-y would vociferously disagree with the “little skinny” part, and I do too, it’s just nothing sticks. I’m too consumed.

Love y’all.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

TeX --

As Mac said, we’re here for you; very sorry you’re in that predicament. 🙁

While you’re an über-smart cookie (and, thus, probably don’t need this reminder):

Document, document, document.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Mac

“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.”

That loud *KA-THUNK* you may have heard was my jaw hitting the floor.

The quote’s a compelling argument that occasional hyper-chlorination of the gene pool ain’t always a terrible idea.

Major props to the good samaritan; hope he doesn’t have any problems with thug-boy’s family or the cops.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Mac

*Shakes fist*

Golldurned kids!

They probably weren’t displeased about teh trebled sales once you clenched your “iron fist”. It’s great that teh Mother Superior was helpful in dealing with the little vandals.

I remember Foster’s Freeze from S.F. and L.A.; pretty good chocolate malts (’cause they didn’t skimp on the powder). I only had a burger there once but recall it was better than I expected. Beat the hell out of Doggie Diner’s. 😉

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Mac

That’s terrific, Mac. In business -- unlike politics -- there’s a widely-acknowledged metric for actual achievement…the bottom line.


My first non-temp job after moving to San Francisco when I was 22 was turning-around a record store location which was part of a regional chain. Shop had been losing money for more than a year; I turned a profit at the end of my first full month.

Company owners were really pleased.

Alas, three months later, the building owner more than doubled the rent and there was no realistic way to meet that expense. And the only other company location right in the city didn’t need any additional staff. (The manager at that location actually put me on to the failing store when I asked her for a job; she felt badly she really couldn’t hire me at her much larger and busier location after the Sutter St. store got closed.)

Wound-up getting a job with a record distributor in Oakland; let’s just say that his sleaze -- along with that of most of his customers -- provided an inducement to find another line of work entirely. 😉

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

That little record store also had two larger competitors; one literally next door and another across the street. The “competition” was pretty friendly; our prices were very similar on a given item and we referred customers back and forth. My entire store was about 450 square feet (including the “stock closet”, office and bathroom); the other two were much bigger.

To be honest, most of the turnaround consisted of:

1) Having proper inventory (i.e., what customers actually wanted to purchase).

2) Making the store as inviting as I could, given various constraints.

3) Greeting customers and making it clear we’d be pleased to provide reasonably knowledgeable assistance if required.

Nonetheless, it was indeed a damned good feeling at the end of that first full month to see what I’d done numbers-wise. (The bonus check, which was a piece of the net profit for the month also didn’t suck.)

I had one employee named Dave Baker; he was totally awesome. (Can’t believe I just dredged that name up from 1978!) We both worked 9:30-6:00 M-F and 10:00-2:00 Saturdays. Despite the fact Saturday was all OT for him, I spiffed him out of my bonus checks. (He tried graciously refusing the first time, but I ‘splained to him that his hard work was partly responsible for my getting it at all; we managed to reach an accommodation.) 😉

Wish that gig had lasted a little longer, ’cause it was pretty fun for a retail job.

I was lucky in my last management job, I liked the people I worked for in spite of what happened to make me leave. It was a matter of principle but they were good people and we left on good terms.

Always nice when one can say that; all too rare in the work-world.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Mac --

Cheers for sharing that tale; I have enormous respect for your leaving over those reasons.

And I certainly remember early on at DHD when you were working nights at your shop. (Are they still doing stuff for SpaceX?)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Mac


While I wish all of the private space ventures had started-up 40+ years ago, I’m glad to see them having successes. I was a space fiend starting at about four-years-old and grew increasingly disappointed with NASA after Congress pulled the plug on Apollo.

I’m also pissed-off I’ll probably never even get to Low Earth Orbit; tarnation!

We also do work for Blue Ocean.

Blue Ocean Robotics? (Name wasn’t familiar to me, did a search on “blue ocean” and got a lot of results which are unlikely to require high precision machining.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Since she wasn’t really injured, I’m enjoying some Schadenfreude over this:

New York Congresswoman Mugged in Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rep. Grace Meng (D., N.Y.) was struck in the back of the head and robbed of her handbag Tuesday night, her office said on Wednesday.

1) Being a NYC Dem, it’s unlikely she supports 2A.
2) It ought to be a national shame that so much of D.C. is so dangerous, but it ain’t.
3) Congress doesn’t care about the repeated legislative muggings they pull on us.
4) I’d expect a NYer to be more “street smart”.
5) I sincerely despise each and every member of our Congress for a multitude of reasons.
6) I am not a very nice person.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Mac --

Thanks for cluing me in re Bezos’ company; didn’t know that was its name. I’ll have to learn what they’re up to.

That’s true about New York compared with those other cities. I think that’ll change after diBlasio is sworn-in; I expect crime to increase significantly. (Maybe even enough to inspire a reboot of the “Death Wish” movie franchise. Yay…jobz!!!1!!!)

Would we be flying 20 billion dollar DC-3s from dirt fields?

Naw…this is teh U.S. gummint we’re talking about; I’m thinking more this:

(Couldn’t resist.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

… far more California politicians have been killed by other California politicians than by NRA members.

I was still new in S.F. when Moscone and Milk were murdered and remember that all too well…and Jonestown.

’78 was helluva a year for S.F.