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01 January 2023

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scenes

https://my.vanderbilt.edu/prismlab/

I love the insanity of this kind of thing. The Age of Ridiculous Things deserves all the word salad and grotesque MLK statues it can generate. Perhaps in the long run it'll all degenerate like Egyptian religion did, ritual with no understanding, a mystic priesthood going through the forms.

At least the AI proposed above will have plenty of training data.

https://my.vanderbilt.edu/prismlab/vita/

Scott O

re John Smith 8:03 - Was that a really poor stab at satire, or are you serious?

Get your brain fixed, dude.

fish

Posted by: Jon Smith | 29 January 2023 at 08:03 AM

Is GR still in the hospital leaching off of socialized Medicare? The guy doesn't walk his talk. He should hold his head in shame.


How adorable…..”jon smith” is back.


fish

Posted by: scenes | 29 January 2023 at 08:07 AM

ChatGPT has you covered already. Tell it to generate some flavor of sociological gibberish in the style of the Sokal Hoax press return and Ka-ching sweet, sweet academic dollars flow! Now if we can only do this for government grant writing there’s a certain someone who’ll need to go back to being a failed restaurateur.

fish

An interesting aside….Apple spell check really wants “Sokal” to be Somali and ka-ching is apparently better as Karen Ching.

fish

Posted by: Scott O | 29 January 2023 at 09:00 AM


While there are penalties for not signing up when Uncle Stupid tells you to I think our host is prudent enough to have made prior arrangements. The enema nozzle who made the post clearly hasn’t and is upset that George is smarter and a more responsible citizen.

His way of dealing with his shame is making that sort of comment.


scenes

"ChatGPT has you covered already. "

I've used it for that, but I'm thinking along the lines of a specialist text generator.

ChatGPT is an interesting experiment in censorship. They keep plugging the holes in the dike, but people keep trying to get it to tell them the truth in the restricted areas.

The race between the politically correct and hatefacts is a pretty well-followed evolutionary feedback loop.

It's fun to watch how brute-force computation and a bit of cleverness can chisel away at what we think is difficult at being a human. The FoodWineArts of the future will be written by the intelligence equivalent of a Roomba. The Dead Internet Theory will come to pass.

Gregory

Posted by: Jon Smith | 29 January 2023 at 08:03 AM

"Is GR still in the hospital leaching off of socialized Medicare? The guy doesn't walk his talk. He should hold his head in shame."

Anyone who pays their taxes deserves the existing benefits even if they oppose the enabling legislation... I'll be sucking down every dollar they say i should get and hold my head high.

fish

Posted by: scenes | 29 January 2023 at 09:33 AM


The FoodWineArts of the future will be written by the intelligence equivalent of a Roomba.


You’re saying this isn’t the case already? I imagine that a significant fraction of the FUE’s day involves bumping into the furniture while hoovering up bits of leftover food.

Gregory

"The FoodWineArts of the future will be written by the intelligence equivalent of a Roomba."

Scenes, the RudeWhineFaŕts of the past *were* written by the intelligence equivalent of a Roomba.

fish

Is GR still in the hospital leaching off of socialized Medicare? The guy doesn't walk his talk. He should hold his head in shame.


For your edification the term isn’t “leaching” since it refers to the behavior of…leeches. So it should be “leeching”……although “progressivism” is a acceptable synonym.


I thank god every day that “our betters” are so well educated!

Bill Tozer

‘California Would Disbar Ted Cruz And 18 Attorneys General If It Could’

This is what happens when state bars use disciplinary proceedings to conduct lawfare against political opponents.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/01/27/california-state-bar-would-disbar-ted-cruz-and-18-attorneys-general-if-it-could/
——————-
‘Justice for John Eastman’

The fundamental message implicit in the California Bar’s vendetta against Trump’s former lawyer is this: “We’re the government. We’ve defined what is truth.
How dare you question us.”

https://amgreatness.com/2023/01/28/justice-for-john-eastman/


scenes

"Scenes, the RudeWhineFaŕts of the past *were* written by the intelligence equivalent of a Roomba."

I set 'em up, someone else spikes 'em.

scenes

"For your edification the term isn’t “leaching” since it refers to the behavior of…leeches. "

Strictly speaking, 'leaching' could make sense. It's a kind of extraction after all.

I expect that homophones will disappear (is that true in linguistics? dunno), although we might well lose the use of 'homo' in any context except the most holy (wholely? holey?) one. Next up, Ms. Smith will switch to using lychee nut as 'someone who leeches'.

regarding lawfare, at least that's a thing with a time-honored tradition. Political opponents have always put each other in jail. I'll suggest adding 'pursefare' (from Power of the Purse) for printing or seizing money from people and giving it to your special friends. Both seem antithetical to freedom but are a feature of most/all forms of government.

Speaking of government. Book recommendation.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/835344.Everything_I_Want_to_Do_Is_Illegal

I'd love to buy a copy for all the local do-gooder food non-profit people. The author is the king of sustainable farming while causing 'progressives' to seethe. Two thumbs up with a twist.

Bill Tozer

“Is GR still in the hospital leaching off of socialized Medicare? The guy doesn't walk his talk. He should hold his head in shame.”

Gross ignorance. I remember my Dad livid that he was forced to sign up for Medicare. He just kept repeating, “forced, forced, they are FORCING me.” He did not need it, want it, but was forced to sign up for it. Given no choice. Fuck them.

So, they forced me to sign up for it as well when I turned 65. No choice. If the government forces me to sign on to a program I don’t want, then it is hardly sucking off the teat of socialized Medicare.

I go by the moral compass if you take the white man’s money, you sell them your soul. I really do not have any tolerance for the able bodied for take food stamps. I would rather starve than take food stamps. Able bodied is the operative word. For those who cannot work, perhaps some food stamps. But, for those who will not work, no food stamps or any aid.

But, that’s just me. I just refuse to throw in the towel and say I am incapable of getting by without The Great White Father in Washington’s gifts and trinkets…the White Man’s money. Feel free to sell them your soul, not me.

One must make their own choices in life. You can live with your palms facing down or live with your palms facing up, waiting for someone else to put alms in you hand.

fish

Posted by: scenes | 29 January 2023 at 11:23 AM


Ugh.....poorly written on my part!


First case....as the shitposter intended.


leech

1 of 3
noun (1), ˈlēch, plural leeches

Synonyms of leech

1) [from its former use by physicians for bleeding patients] : any of numerous carnivorous or bloodsucking usually freshwater annelid worms (class Hirudinea) that have typically a flattened lanceolate segmented body with a sucker at each end

2) a hanger-on who seeks advantage or gain, a celebrity surrounded by leeches who only want his money

3) archaic: PHYSICIAN, SURGEON


Second case....as the shitposter delivered.


leach

ˈlēch

leached; leaching; leaches

transitive verb

1) to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid

leach out alkali from ashes

2) to subject to the action of percolating (see PERCOLATE sense 1a) liquid (such as water) in order to separate the soluble components

3a)to remove (nutritive or harmful elements) from soil by percolation (see PERCOLATE sense 1a)

soil leached of its salts by torrential rains

3b) to draw out or remove as if by percolation

all meaning has been leached from my life


....grumble....make me get all pedantic on a Sunday....!


Bill Tozer

Don

About those 31 Abrams we are sending to Ukraine.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2023/01/m42lq2vrccea1.jpg

Definitely the MOAB, mother of all bombs.

scenes

re: BillT@12:08PM

Linkee no workee, although I expect that any MBT sent to Ukraine will get blown up by a much cheaper weapon after it gets stuck in the mud due to a lack of maintenance. Kind of a three-fer.

I guess that fighting to the last Ukrainian makes for great TV in addition to allowing Biden's warrior chieftains to have plenty of fun meetings about things they barely understand. In the end, plate tectonics will likely bury the whole shitaree, so it's a temporary bit of insanity.

fish

See....this is what happens when the viceroy quits suddenly!


President Biden

@POTUS
United States government official

My word as a Biden: I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today.


Senile Joey decides to kick it old school!



https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1619711969203822594?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1619711969203822594%7Ctwgr%5Edaab825900e80211a2a6e440f16ad525319f5aec%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Ffuzzychimp-313137%2F2023%2F01%2F29%2Fpresident-biden-gives-his-word-as-a-biden-and-lol%2F

Bill Tozer

This is how you destroy society.

COWARD WATCH UPDATE

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/01/coward-watch-update.php

Retry, 31 Abrams
https://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2023/01/m42lq2vrccea1.jpg

fish:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2023/01/Screen-Shot-2023-01-22-at-4.42.41-PM.png


Don Bessee

Tru dat -

Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle noted that former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and President Joe Biden are all in controversy stemming from classified documents and asked Patel to break down the differences in each case.

The key difference is that in Trump’s case, he had the presidential authority to declassify the documents that were marked classified and found at Mar-a-Lago, Patel explained.

“When it comes to classified documents, there’s one person on planet Earth that is a universal arbiter of classification. That means they can declassify and classify at will, that is a sitting president of the United States. That is it,” Patel said. “Nobody else can do that, unless that power is delegated to them through the Office of Director of National Intelligence, and through the chain of command, from the White House. A vice president cannot do it.”

Patel accused Biden’s DOJ of creating a “two-tier system of justice” to try and “cover up” Biden’s classified document case, despite the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Patel urged House Republicans to subpoena documents from the FBI’s investigation into Biden’s classified documents “to show the world how bad and rotten the DOJ is.”

“And what we now know that this, they say the Biden investigation began in November, because a librarian said that the documents were overdue. I don’t believe that for one second,” Patel said. “This investigation began from Hunter Biden’s laptop, because they found classified information that he was using to shill and hawk documents to the Ukraine so he can get paid. That’s where it came. And that’s where the house must get the documents from the FBI to show the world how bad and rotten the DOJ is.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/01/29/exclusive-kash-patel-government-gangsters-trying-to-cover-up-biden-classified-document-scandal/

;-)

Don Bessee

The emperor has no clothes. -

Biden slammed after giving his 'word as a Biden' that America's future looks great: 'We’re screwed'
'For stupid people: It means your word is meaningless,' one Twitter user said

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-slammed-giving-word-biden-americas-future-looks-great-screwed

;-)

Bill Tozer

Don Bessee @ 6:09 pm

I am ahead of the news cycle here, but I am going to come out and say it. It may not be proven for a couple of years:

Somebody flipped on Biden. Not leaked, flipped. You don’t send your personal lawyers to clean out an office. You have Joe the intern and other staff move stuff, if you are cleaning out a place. But, more importantly, the FBI knew (besides the Biden lawyers) where to look and they hit the other 3 places in succession. Boom, boom, boom.
It’s a flip. Maybe somebody is facing a couple of years and flipped for better terms. Maybe not. Time will tell. And what about those files that went from being stored in China Town then to the think tank……they have been lugged around.

Bill Tozer

PS Don

Don’t get me wrong. Legally, nothing will happen to President Biden. Remember back in July, 2016. Comey on TV laying out the case against Hillary and I am going, “Wow, he is indicting her on live tv” and their was the case….then no indictment, no charges, no pressing charges or pursing anything more. Poof! Gone.

Same thing with #Bidenfilegate. It’s not the legal jeopardy, it’s all about political damage to Sloppy Joe.

Remember, every Democrat on the planet was calling for Comey’s head from 2 weeks before the election to the day Trump via Sessions fired him.

Bill Tozer

VDH:

Anarchy, American-Style

https://amgreatness.com/2023/01/29/anarchy-american-style/
——
Anyone remember, “Don’t trust anyone over thirty”? Just a random thought. Things have changed.


Bill Tozer

Tulsi brings up a great point, a point repeatedly emphasized here to deaf ears. 1 through 3 minute mark.

https://fb.watch/inDR9FKH0_/

“Using protests to demand changes to public policy is something that I think is worrisome," the prime minister said initially.”

Then what is the point of protest if not to bring about changes in policy? Doublespeak, Oceania style. Canada’s Constitution has freedom of conscience. Really?

scenes

re: BillT@7:27AM

Good rant. He's channeling James Howard Kunstler.

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-war-against-us/

It won't do any good of course. The Russian Revolution's status seekers produced Stalin. The French Revolution's status seekers produced Napoleon. Round and round we go.

I think the most interesting prognostications involve the tech angle. Exactly what use will a nation of do-gooders make of the levers of surveillance? Paul's beloved 17 intelligence agencies and their commercial partners are the wild card here in terms of producing something new and particularly noxious.

Bill Tozer

scenes @ 8:10 am

This jumped out: “We’re entering a phase of disorder and hardship that is likely to moot the further depredations of a government at war with its people.” A government at war with its people. Then I relooked at the title and thought…..it’s what we have been saying, but not in those words.

‘The War Against Us’

“We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy our economy ” – Chris Hedges

Short and sweet. If I was looking for a bumpersticker slogan to encapsulate it all, then it would be, ‘A Government At War With Its People.’
————
Over a year ago I was a somebody’s house and the host played the movie Don’t Look Up for us after dinner. Perhaps because moi is NOT up on movies, I was left with a overwhelming thought that has stuck with me hence. With a meteorite coming to destroy the planet Earth, the real things that mattered is family and friends and their company. Clusterfuck hit that theme again after his short and sweet (clear, concise, and complete) link. Dr. Rebane’s recent closeness with the breath of Grim Reaper also brought that to mind. Thank you.

“ It’s no wonder that the collective ability for sense-making has failed. It will be quickly restored by each of us in the scramble to survive these disorders and hardships. The bewildering hypotheticals of recent years begin to dissolve like mist on the mountain and things come back into focus: your health, your daily bread, your shelter, your associations with other people close to you, your values, and most of all the power of your own choices. Nature, much insulted and maligned, will sort out the rest.”

Read a conservative site a couple weeks ago that said with all that’s going down the pike, we would be committing a dereliction of our duty (to family, friends, and ourselves)to not be growing our own food. Sure, that does not apply pragmatically to those in stack and pack housing pods, but it pricked my own conscience. “But, but, but what about water conservation?” Lol. A prudent man has a duty to….


The first movie made for HMO (Sometimes a Great Notion) wrestled with the ‘whole ball of wax” issue at the end. I rejected Henry’s premise at the time and asked like Lee Remick, “It’s there more?” Ah, to wax philosophical….


Bill Tozer

Shoot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OckJ0ieTFE

Bill Tozer

It’s been a mild winter in Europe so far. But, their winters are longer than here in CA.

‘Environmentalism Impoverishes, Kills’

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/19364/environmentalism-impoverishes-kills

Don Bessee

Anyone surprised? They brought this cancer here and wonder what went wrong -

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/illegal-migrants-refuse-leave-nyc-hotel-brooklyn-migrant-relief-center-sleep-street#&_intcmp=hp1bt1,hp1bt

;-)

Bill Tozer

‘In blow to Biden DOJ, jury acquits pro-life activist of all charges’
Houck's case attracted national attention for what his attorney described as an "obscene show of force" during his arrest, an incident that prompted accusations of political prosecution.

https://justthenews.com/nation/crime/jury-acquits-pro-life-activist-whom-fbi-arrested-all-charges

Yes, the arrest was obscene. The FBI swat team raiding the house with fully automatic weapons and dragging him across the living room floor in front his sleeping kids upstairs (ordered downstairs) and wife who answered the door.

What has happened in the weaponization of the political DOJ is folks are now refused the option to turn themselves in and have arrangements made through their lawyer to have the subject peacefully surrender themselves rather than the door kickers bust in in full combat mode in front of their families and neighbors.

The local court had already dismissed the assault charge a year prior. The fight heated up with the pro-choicer got in his son’s face and started swearing at the pro-lifer and kid. The pro-lifer dad asked the man to not use that kind of language in front of his son.

Anyway….videos of the incident in 2021 did not show an assault.

Burp Burp

Bill Tozer | 30 January 2023 at 01:44 PM

Not impressed at the usual Trumped up rhetoric of a rightwing, antiabortionist, religious-based lawyer or your sketchy sources.

"They also assisted in the failed efforts to overturn 2020 presidential election outcome.
"The Thomas More Society has been aligned with the presidential administration of Donald Trump. Trump appointed Sarah Pitlyk, a special counsel to the society, to a federal district judgeship."

Don Bessee

As if we did not already know -

The overwhelming majority (68 percent) of antisemitism online originates from the pro-Palestinian progressive left, according to a new report released by Israel, debunking the popular theory that most anti-Jewish hatred comes from the right-wing.

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/01/30/israel-majority-of-antisemitism-online-stems-from-pro-palestinian-progressive-left/

;-)

Bill Tozer

@ 1:44 pm
Correction of details from memory. State Court tossed the case a year earlier, definitely not blocking access to PP. Yes, a shove took place 50feet outside PP. 15 FBI cars, dozen of Swat Team members.

Pro-Life activist Mark Houck found NOT GUILTY in Philadelphia
Houck had been charged with violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-pro-life-activist-mark-houck-found-not-guilty-in-philadelphia?

Mega Cuppaceno and Chia Tea

Don Bessee

Looks like the troll is mad at the jury @232 LOL

;-)

Bill Tozer

:) :) :)

Burp Burp@2:32pm

Who gives a flying fuck if you are impressed? Not me.

Bill Tozer

ROFLMAO
Darm , that girl always, always, always ALWAYS pulls out the race card anytime she feels even the lowest of heat, even campaign contribution violations or marriage certs. That race card is one and only card to play and yet it works. Skilled politician. Victimhood. America has been berry berry bad to her.

‘Ilhan Omar Insinuates GOP Racist For Attempting To Remove Her From Committee’

https://www.dailywire.com/news/ilhan-omar-insinuates-gop-racist-for-attempting-to-remove-her-from-committee

The House does not have the numbers to remove her on a floor vote anyway. It’s out of Mc Carthy’s hands.

fish

Posted by: BBBurp BBBurp | 30 January 2023 at 02:32 PM



The plaintive whining........it goes on...and on....and on......

Don Bessee

Societal suicide -

Christmas, Easter removed from London School of Economics academic calendar: 'Church of woke' has taken over
One critic blasted LSE's decision as 'virtue-signaling nonsense'

https://www.foxnews.com/world/christmas-easter-removed-london-school-economics-academic-calendar-church-woke-has-taken-over

;-)

Bill Tozer

Anti-New Feminism

THE DAILY CHART: MISERABLE LIBERALS

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/01/the-daily-chart-miserable-liberals.php

How attractive.

Don Bessee

The wanna be queen of thought police wants to destroy any media that does not tow the line -

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/01/30/biden-fcc-nominees-controversial-nominee-gigi-sohn-to-face-scrutiny-over-calls-for-censorship-leftist-advocacy/

;-)

Don Bessee

Another dirty little secret about electric cars they dont want you to know and how it could affect your future insurance bill. -

There were 120 Tesla Model Y electric vehicles listed in two large salvage auction houses recently, and the "vast majority" had under 10,000 miles on them, according to a report from the Reuters news service.

The insurance companies that covered these vehicles decided that even with so few miles on them, these Teslas aren't worth the $50,000 or so they sometimes cost to repair.

Reuters looked at recent salvage auction listings and found that the "vast majority" of the 120 Model Y vehicles listed had less than 10,000 miles on them. While these EVs originally cost between around $60,000 and $80,000, high repair costs will keep them off the road in the future, despite their low odometer readings.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/autos/tesla-evs-even-mildly-damaged-210000916.html

;-)

Don Bessee

They are just figuring that out! LOL -

A proposal from San Francisco's reparations committee that would give $5 million each to longtime Black residents is unrealistic under the city's current budget, according to city supervisors.

"I wish we had this kind of money in San Francisco’s general fund but if we want to maintain the services that exist today, we do not," San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen told the San Francisco Chronicle.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/news/san-francisco-reparations-proposal-destroy-190459436.html

;-)

Beep Beep

Nets Ignore Pro-Life Activist's Acquittal on Bogus Biden Admin Charges

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kevin-tober/2023/01/30/nets-ignore-pro-life-activists-acquittal-bogus-biden-admin-charges

Dick, Jonesy, and Bobbie licking Cheryl’s boots.

Finland Introduces First 'Transgender' Figure Skater, and Things Go Very Badly

“As the clip rolls, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry because it looks like he’s never stepped into an ice rink before. If you strapped skates on some random hobo, I’m pretty sure they could do the same job.”

https://twitter.com/kulmahuoneesta/status/1618722475713646592

Chia Tea

Don Bessee

Another useful idiot parroting taking points for lefties and flames out -

Democrat freshman rep deletes tweet calling Tyre Nichols' killing the ‘result of white supremacy’

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democrat-freshman-rep-deletes-tweet-calling-tyre-nichols-killing-result-white-supremacy?dicbo=v2-511ef2f8032d8308bf3379786b4aea83

;-)

Don Bessee

Those pesky facts keep undermining the party narrative. -

Poll shows 0% of Black voters had 'poor' voting experience in November despite Biden claim of 'Jim Crow 2.0'

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/news/poll-shows-0-black-voters-142113374.html

;-)

Scott O

re the "event" on ice in Finland -
Those in the audience who didn't stand and cheer loudly enough were arrested for committing a hate crime.

fish

Posted by: Don Bessee | 30 January 2023 at 07:42 PM


Poll shows 0% of Black voters had 'poor' voting experience in November despite Biden claim of 'Jim Crow 2.0'


No that's JIM EAGLE!


https://www.facebook.com/TheRecount/videos/biden-gop-makes-jim-crow-look-like-jim-eagle/184215023310161/



What a fucking moron....no wonder why psul likes him! Kindred spirits!

Don Bessee

The question is did creepy grampa joe even know? LOL-

Biden touts electric vehicle tax credits with picture of him in luxury Hummer that doesn't even qualify

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/news/biden-touts-electric-vehicle-tax-223953535.html

;-)

Don Bessee

And they wonder why no one other than gym rats or people whos flight were canceled -

CNN labels Adam Schiff a Republican during rare clash on Russia collusion: 'That turned out not to be true'

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-labels-adam-schiff-republican-rare-clash-russia-collusion-turned-true?dicbo=v2-5a0e5e22375a3ea0e6b4808310b94815

;-)

Bill Tozer

Woke Revolutionaries Versus Americanists

https://americanmind.org/memo/woke-revolutionaries-versus-americanists/

We are at war.

fish

Punchy level blame shifting....


Trump administration ‘neglected’ California’s efforts to combat unemployment fraud, EDD head says



The Howells, Dick and Cooks, Cheryl of the world bleated incessantly about what it cost to try and extract Governor Isuzu from his nepotistically enhanced role but nary a peep about the 31 BILLION that was lost....largely to denizens of the California Department of Corrections and their "families".

Kinda makes one wonder if state with a government this inept should be a state at all?

scenes

re: fish@8:43AM

Linkee: https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article271840377.html

In the words of Buck Owens, "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all, Gloom, despair, and agony on me"

It all just sounds like Team R bureaucrats fighting with Team D bureaucrats. It's just taking money from your enemies to give to your friends. In the end, the more frisky and narrowly focused group will get all the goodies, whether it's the BLM shysters, corporate agriculture, or the Church of the Men in Dresses.

re: BillT@9:19PM

I like the idea, but I'm not sure how some reality-based Congressmen will make any difference in a world where the meathooks of revolution are firmly latched onto the bureaucracy and the 17 intelligence agencies. In the meantime, 1/2 the population is convinced that some guys with torches and a Dodge Challenger, a single instance 6 years ago, is worth installing a surveillance state with a jillion rules.

It's hard to argue with people who hear voices.

fish

Posted by: scenes | 31 January 2023 at 09:25 AM


Alas your link means nothing to me as I refuse to part with any money or my email address in order to access the Fat Girl Gazette...a paper that is beginning to read in the main very much like the mass of clickbait links at the end of everything internet.

fish

Well if the incident in Memphis didn't restart the The Summer of George (Floyd)" because all the participants didn't register properly on the Pantone scale this one might!


California cops shoot dead double amputee, 36, as he tries to run away from them on his stumps: Police department says officers feared he was going to 'throw his knife at them'


Incidentally.....a double amputee from recent scuffle with the Dallas Police so feel free to draw your own conclusions! I do wonder however what was so immediately threatening to those at the scene that they had to pepper our friend so thoroughly.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11697109/Huntington-Park-cops-shoot-dead-double-amputee-Anthony-Lowe-Jr-tries-run.html

Bill Tozer

Well, Durham must be ready to complete his report. NYT Leads the charge, dropping one article, then using that article as the source for the second hit piece. The report goes straight to Garland……with selective leaks to the press.

1) ‘6 Reasons The NYT’s Hit Job On John Durham’s Imminent Report Instantly Unravels’

https://thefederalist.com/2023/01/30/6-reasons-the-nyts-hit-job-on-john-durhams-imminent-report-instantly-unravels/
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2). Senate Democrats Threaten ‘Hard Look’ At Durham Inquiry

https://www.dailywire.com/news/senate-democrats-threaten-hard-look-at-durham-inquiry

Bill Tozer

This is getting boring. But, it’s a slow news day.

11 US cities — all governed by Democratic mayors — listed among 50 most dangerous in world

https://justthenews.com/nation/crime/tue-dangerous-cities

Bill Tozer

Grateful Dead Legend Jerry Garcia’s Family Pulls Pot Business Out Of California Over Taxes

https://www.sfgate.com/cannabis/article/jerry-garcia-cannabis-leaving-california-17741843.php

‘DeAngelo said the Garcia family is facing the same high-tax, high-crime realities as other Golden State entrepreneurs. Since 2020, California has seen an exodus of high-profile companies, with many going to red states with lower taxes and safer streets.‘

https://www.dailywire.com/news/grateful-dead-legend-jerry-garcias-family-pulls-pot-business-out-of-california-over-taxes?

Safe streets? Impossible when criminals who prey on good folks are quickly released right back on the same streets to prey on the good folks again. Keep on trucking, Garcia Hand Picked.

scenes

re: fish@10:42AM

That's odd, the sacbee allowed me to see it when first posted. In any case, it was the article that you quoted.

Generally, there's no point in going to a newspaper website (and certainly not paying). Aside from being all op-ed all the time anymore, they are so filled with ad cruft that there's simply no point in poisoning your eyes. Behind the scenes there's turtles-all-the-way-down of figuring out who you are, auctions for ad buying, the ads themselves, hundred of other sites getting pinged.

In addition, there's the Dead Internet Theory that it's all written by an AI. Search engines have already succumbed and youtube is well on it's way.

Gregory

It is sobering to note that when Jerry Garcia was my age, he'd been dead for 15 years.

scenes

"Well if the incident in Memphis didn't restart the The Summer of George (Floyd)" "

Pretty wild given how much more heinous the circumstances were. It wasn't a matter of being overly aggressive in holding down a robust man acting in a crazy manner who probably died from drugs in his system, but a simple episode of beating someone to death.

It isn't like cops don't beat people to death, it's gone on for millennia, but it seems to be out of style for the moment. Naturally, most real advances in safely catching people aren't allowed due to bad optics. Imagine using a (fer instance) great big net. Not allowed on black people because slavery.

Generally I don't know how people are going to square the circle of perfectly safe policing with perfectly safe streets. Maybe we'll just all sit in our nutrient capsules having Zoom meetings with the other HR executives. Just stick a K-cup in the inlet once in a while.

fish

Posted by: scenes | 31 January 2023 at 12:35 PM

Pretty wild given how much more heinous the circumstances were. It wasn't a matter of being overly aggressive in holding down a robust man acting in a crazy manner who probably died from drugs in his system, but a simple episode of beating someone to death.


Again....Pantone scale. "Who we posedta be mads at"?


The "intelligentsia" are desperately trying to White Supremecize this but it doesn't look like they're getting much traction! Ventilating Mr. Lowe as he very slowly "sprinted" away is another bad look for law enforcement though....even considering the victim had reportedly just stabbed someone.

Bill Tozer

scenes @ 12:27 pm
The story just writes itself

‘BuzzFeed Shares Soar 300% After Company Announced Plans for AI Content’

https://metanews.com/buzzfeed-shares-soar-300-after-company-announced-plans-for-ai-content/
—————-
ChatGPT passes exams from law and business schools

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/26/tech/chatgpt-passes-exams/index.html

Heard AI passed a MIT math test as well.

Siri, take the bar exam.


scenes

re: fish@1:01PM

I seem to remember there being a white cop at the initial stop. He'll probably lead the news from here on.

OK, here's my betting pool for the day. Who will attend Tyre Nichol's state funeral?

a) Joe Biden (or "Joe Biden" as JHKunstler always calls him)
b) Kamala Harris
c) Both

I'm going with 'b' as it keeps Ol' Joe from saying the wrong thing in an uncontrolled situation.

Gregory

Some people seem to want Disneyland in their streets, a Magic Kingdom where nothing bad ever happens, where everyone is free to be happy.

In Disneyland, there is on stage and off stage. On stage, it is all illusion.

Bill Tozer

A moment I have been for. Starting around early 2016, I believe, I started using the word ‘convergence’, the switched to ‘The Year of The Reckoning’, which was really ‘The Reckoning’ since the The Reckoning is not limited to a single year. A confluence of two or more…..

‘The Joe and Hunter Biden scandal convergence’

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-joe-and-hunter-biden-scandal-convergence
————-
Surprise! FBI searched Penn Biden Center in November

https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2023/01/31/surprise-fbi-searched-penn-biden-center-in-november-n527558
————-
The current WH-MSM lie:

Biden’s personal lawyers did not self report finding classified docs. They contacted the National Archives to AVOID notifying the DOJ. The National Archives (via an intern) then notified the DOJ.

Exit question: WHY does the WH spokeswoman tell the press to contact the WH lawyers about classified documents when said docs found to date have nothing to do with the WH, but Biden’s time in the Senate as VP. Nothing to do with the WH lawyers. Personal lawyers, yes. White House lawyers, no.

Bill Tozer

Opps, he did it again. Hey Joey baby,….”

Biden mocked for repeating debunked Amtrak story once again: 'This is disturbing stuff'
President's factually impossible Amtrak tale repeated at least half a dozen times during his presidency

https://www.foxnews.com/media/biden-mocked-repeating-debunked-amtrak-story-once-again-disturbing-stuff

Bill Tozer

Company Behind ChatGPT Is Training System To Make Basic Coding Jobs Obsolete

https://www.dailywire.com/news/company-behind-chatgpt-is-training-system-to-make-basic-coding-jobs-obsolete

fish

OK....now we know why psul hasn't been around much lately.....


Random Person Finds Dismembered Male Genitalia Sitting In Gas Station Parking Lot: Police


Traveling in the south it seems. Somebody needs to let him know he forgot something while he was in Alabama!


https://dailycaller.com/2023/01/31/mobile-alabama-gas-station-male-genitalia-motorcycle/

Dead psul

I don't have a penis, fish. i thought you knew that.

Bill Tozer

re: education and creativity.

‘What Progressive Educators Get Wrong About Creativity’
Originality requires both knowledge and technical mastery.

https://quillette.com/2023/01/30/the-perils-of-progressive-education/

scenes

"Company Behind ChatGPT Is Training System To Make Basic Coding Jobs Obsolete"

Outside of my wheelhouse, but I expect that there's been a slow grind in that direction for years. Regular people become coders via spreadsheets, more use of already-written pieces, languages change, I saw an article on something called Copilot (from Microsoft). Employment still creeps up.

Maybe the difference someday will be that the marginal value of new software drops off. As a user, for sure the modern internet and modern applications don't seem to add much over days of yore. Maybe there's specific uses in science or something like aerospace where the hits just keep on comin'.

fish

Posted by: Dead psul | 31 January 2023 at 03:34 PM

I don't have a penis, fish. i thought you knew that.


Well apparently not now.....!

scenes

"Originality requires both knowledge and technical mastery."

Oh well. If you can't see a difference between computers and people, maybe there's less than to this than meets the eye. The arts are so stuffed full of tropes I'm not sure what 'original' means.

I admit there's something missing in all this general intelligence hoo-haw, although the intermediate steps are interesting enough. Perfect for selling soap or keeping an eye on citizens with Wrongthink.

If they merely lack raw computational power to make a superhuman, someone should do proof of concept with a superhuman AI that's 1/1000 (or 1/1,000,000) the speed. You simply have to wait a while for the genius to speak.

Bill Tozer

Learn to code….or perhaps not.

scenes

also, on this:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/company-behind-chatgpt-is-training-system-to-make-basic-coding-jobs-obsolete

I'll bet that no one guessed that the main point of open source software was to provide machine learning fuel and a reduction in jobs.

Bill Tozer

I ain’t no techie, but I learned a new trick! To circumvent the censors on social media, simply misspell words. I already do that. So, instead of using banned words, just spell it differently, combining slang and a couple words together. Working fine so far.

All you got to do is outsmart an algorithm.

Bill Tozer

Hell hath froze over? Or is it journalism is in survival mode after getting so much so wrong?

Legacy media slammed in Columbia Journalism Review for botched Trump-Russia narrative

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/general-broad-story-covering-doc-dump-goes-after-wapo-nyt-and

Bill Tozer

I cannot emphasize this enough. So, once more around the park, James. Twitter’s internal audit found no evidence of Russian bots or Russian activity on their site as spread by Dashboard, academia, the press, and institutions.

‘The Astounding Saga Of Hamilton 68 Illustrates Scope Of America’s Institutional Rot’

As Taibbi wrote, “The secret ingredient in Hamilton 68’s analytic method was a list of 644 accounts supposedly linked ‘to Russian influence activities online.’ It was hidden from the public, but Twitter was in a unique position to recreate Hamilton’s sample by analyzing its Application Program Interface (API) requests, which is how they first ‘reverse-engineered’ Hamilton’s list in late 2017.”

The files unearthed by Taibbi show Twitter’s internal audit of the Hamilton 68 list found it to be, in the words of former executive Yoel Roth, “bullish-t.”


“These accounts are neither strongly Russian nor strongly bots,” another employee said. What Hamilton 68 was passing off as foreign disinformation was largely legitimate speech from anti-establishment American tweeters. Here’s Roth again: “Virtually any conclusion drawn from [the dashboard] will take conversations in conservative circles on Twitter and accuse them of being Russian.”

The “dashboard” confirmed elites’ bizarre anti-Trump Russia-collusion narrative by secretly classifying as Russian activity political speech from Americans with whom they disagreed.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/01/31/the-astounding-saga-of-hamilton-68-illustrates-scope-of-americas-institutional-rot/

Phew, what’s that smell?

Bill Tozer

YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE…
…all the time. But you can fool most of them some of the time, e.g. last November.

Still, if Gallup has it right, quite a few people have caught on. Americans now say that our biggest problem is our government, up six points from last November and December:

Bill Tozer

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/01/you-cant-fool-all-the-people.php

Don Bessee

Another lefty narrative fail -

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, a Black Democrat, agreed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., last week that a proposed AP African American history course that was rejected by the state's Department of Education constitutes propaganda rather than a legitimate educational curriculum. DeSantis blocked the course on grounds that it violated the Sunshine State's Stop WOKE Act that was passed last year.

"I think it’s trash," Proctor said about the curriculum.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/florida-democrat-agrees-desantis-ap-african-american-history-course-i-think-its-trash

;-)

Don Bessee

The insidious bastards -

Corporate wokeness: Big Tech, major banks rated 'high risk' of canceling people, orgs for ideological reasons
'This is about corporations being politicized and weaponized to advance agendas that people couldn't push through courts or the legislature,'

About 12% of companies were rated "high risk," meaning they "canceled business relationships based on viewpoint and/or has been weaponized to discriminate against people and businesses who do not share their political views."

Some of the nation's most prominent companies were deemed high risk, especially those in the banking and tech industries, such as:

Bank of America
Etsy
Salesforce
JPMorgan Chase
PayPal
YouTube
Amazon
GoDaddy
GoFundMe
Mailchimp

Many corporations are violating their fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders by sacrificing the main financial objectives of the company for a "woke agenda" and, more importantly, not doing what the shareholders want, according to critics.

"Companies are violating their fiduciary duty when they make decisions that divide employees and alienate customers, that undermine sales, brand and reputation — in the long-term it's going to harm profits and shareholders," said Fitzpatrick. "This isn't about Republican or Democrat CEOs. This is about corporations being politicized and weaponized to advance agendas that people couldn't push through courts or the legislature."

Fitzpatrick explained that such decisions by companies put Americans' retirement security in jeopardy, noting that about three-fourths of all assets in the U.S. stock market are tied to retirement in some shape or form.

He said that the "Big Three" asset managers — BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street — dominate corporate America by owning a significant percentage of many of the most influential companies and playing kingmaker in the apportionment of corporate board seats.

"Through their management of passive investments, the Big Three collectively hold the largest voting blocs for nearly the entire S&P 500," wrote Dan Morenoff, executive director of the American Civil Rights Project, in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has been one of corporate America's biggest promoters of "stakeholder capitalism," the idea that companies should serve not only their shareholders but also other interests and society at large

The theory underpinning ESG is that corporations should deemphasize their traditional responsibility to maximize value for shareholders and instead make new commitments to alternative stakeholder groups, serving other interests and society at large.

"We think that banks should be non-political. Banks should not be a political party," Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., chair of the House Financial Services subcommittee responsible for financial institutions and monetary policy, told the Financial Times. "Banks should serve creditworthy borrowers and focus on earnings and profitability for their shareholders."

"We want companies to make a lot of money and also be good corporate citizens, treating everyone with respect, not polluting," said Fitzpatrick. "But they shouldn't be seen as part of a wing of either party. It should be very concerning for Americans how their investment dollars are being used

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/big-tech-major-banks-high-risk-cancel-people-orgs

;-)

Scott O

re Don B 9:57 - Not sure if this sort of thing will help, but it's worth checking out.
https://oldglorybank.com/
Apparently you still have to go through Mastercard, but it's better than Chase or BofA or Wells or Citi.
When they actually fire up, I'll be looking to do business with them.

The big kahuna is the day the feds announce that we will be transitioning to the digital dollar.
That's the main reason the feds are so eager to have high speed internet available everywhere in the US. Because you'll have to have everyone connected to go digital. You can bet there will be "free" digital wallets for those who don't have a bank account.
It'll be swell. The govt will be able to keep track of every stick of gum you buy.
Unless they think you shouldn't have the stick of gum.

Don Bessee

Internal instability increases the odds of a foreign adventure to distract the masses -

Three years of strict pandemic controls in China and a real estate crash have drained local government coffers, leaving authorities across the country struggling with mountains of debt. The problem has gotten so extreme that some cities are now unable to provide basic services, and the risk of default is rising.

Analysts estimate China’s outstanding government debts surpassed 123 trillion yuan ($18 trillion) last year, of which nearly $10 trillion is so-called “hidden debt” owed by risky local government financing platforms that are backed by cities or provinces.

As the financial pressure has mounted, regional governments have reportedly been slashing wages, cutting transportation services and reducing fuel subsidies in the middle of a harsh winter.

“Beijing is facing an economic minefield of its own making,” said Craig Singleton, senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington. “All told, China’s current debt crisis represents a perfect storm.”

Further complicating matters is the housing market slump; home prices have been falling for 16 straight months. Land sales, which typically account for more than 40% of local government revenue, have collapsed.

Last year, a number of cities suspended bus services due to budget constraints, including Leiyang in Hunan province and Yangjiang in Guangdong, according to operators’ announcements.

No doubt, China’s current debt crisis has the potential to exacerbate existing socio-economic tensions,” Singleton said, adding that renewed public protests like those in late 2022 could emerge, as Chinese citizens come to terms with “vanishing jobs, closed businesses and reduced wages.

The “hidden debt” issued by local government financial vehicles, entities created by local governments to circumvent borrowing restrictions and used to channel funding for infrastructure spending, might have totaled 65 trillion yuan ($9.6 trillion) by the middle of 2022, according to a recent estimate by analysts at Mars Macro, an economic research firm based in Hunan.

That would be equivalent to more than half of China’s GDP. Overall, Chinese government debt is now equivalent to 102% of its GDP, the analysts estimated.

There are already signs local governments are having trouble repaying their liabilities.

In early January, a troubled government-owned company in the southwestern province of Guizhou responsible for building infrastructure projects announced that its lenders had given it an extra 20 years to repay loans worth $2.3 billion. Loan rollovers with a such a long time frame are extremely rare in China.

Analysts said the case signals that local governments are under severe financial pressure this year. Their debt squeeze could pose a serious threat to China’s financial system, particularly to small regional banks

“Once defaults begin, suggesting that government guarantees have broken down among LGFVs [local government financing vehicles], defaults can snowball quickly,” Allen Feng and Logan Wright, China analysts at Rhodium Group, wrote in a research report last week.

“As a result, there is a significant risk of financial contagion,” they said. “Smaller city and rural commercial banks are particularly vulnerable because of their deep relationship with local governments.”

Even the country’s top officials have admitted that one of the biggest threats to financial stability in 2023 is hidden local government debt, which is opaque, huge and hard to track

“If it’s your baby, you should hold it yourself,” the Ministry of Finance warned in a statement earlier this month aimed at local authorities. “The central government won’t bail [you] out.”

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/chinese-cities-struggling-pay-bills-051423988.html

;-)

Scott O

Speaking of fiduciary responsibility:
https://www.top1000funds.com/2022/01/calpers-chair-leaves-legacy-of-responsibility/
"Last year he said CalPERS has a moral imperative to confront racism and economic inequality."
Bull F'ing Shit it does. Has this moron ever checked out the racial make up of the retirees?
They're not all white millionaires, Chester.
The only "moral" imperative they have is to maximize the rate of return for the retirees in the system.
CalPers dumped tobacco related stocks and cost the system millions. Don't worry - the tax payers in CA can always pick up the tab.
Who cares if the fund performs poorly? As long as they FEEL better about themselves, it's a win.
The latest data I can find is that CalPers is only 72% funded re their fiscal responsibility.
Then there's the fed.
Once the fed's balance sheet really starts to stink, you can bet they'll be eyeing everyone's retirement assets.
It's for the children.

Scott O

Don 10:46 - The tales of public and private debt all over the "civilized" world are getting more numerous every day.
Here in the US, companies and households are reaching the limits of what they can borrow.
Will the balloon suddenly burst or will it just slowly deflate?
Hitler had a grand way of pulling Germany out of the economic dumps but it seems the US won that economic war.
The Chinese are used to harsher conditions than us Yanks. And their govt is much more in control of the citizenry than ours. Also - China is where stuff is actually made, although they have a raw materials and energy issue to deal with.
I'm not sure where everyone will be when the dust settles, but I hope it's not radioactive dust.

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