today’s wedgies are earth shattering


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slow, lazy weekend in the iHammock post


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Cute little girl sobbing, rescued puppy, happy ending.
If that doesn’t getcha, I don’t wanna know ya.

Happy Earth Day

Yes, it’s that time again for the holiest of holy days for the warmenist cult,
where last-week’s sciency-sounding op-ed piece is now holy writ,
where the scientific process, itself, is politicized,
and where the mere existence of weather is justification for the centralized control of economies.

But evidently, this is all justified; because we can’t wait to address the ambiguities, disconnects, contradictions, and uncertainties in the competing postulates about the causes of change (not to be confused with the unchanging nature of those changes throughout history).
We’re all gonna dieee from anthropogenic global warming (or something else, now called climate change; but the sin is still man-made CO2).
No, we need to be certain; and to make it so, we’ll call the science settled.
(See how easy that was?)

We have always been at war with Eastasia
facing a devastating ice age
facing a catastrophic temperature rise


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Earth Day
Confusing “Nature’s a b*tch and is trying to kill you 24/7″ with “Mankind’s a threat to Nature” since 1970.

Go hug a tree, today. Srsly
If you live in a building, thank a tree.
If you play a stringed or reed instrument, thank a tree.
If you have a fireplace as a backup to other heating systems, thank a tree.
If you use toothpicks, thank a tree.
If you use TP, thank a tree.
If you get stuff via UPS/FedEx/USPS in a cardboard box, thank a tree.
If you ask for paper rather than plastic, thank a tree.
If you drink coffee, thank a tree.
etc.

☟ Flashback to 2010 ☟ »

(What? Yeah, so far so good. We haven’t had to use “Earth Day” as a rallying cry after an invasion by space aliens, yet.)
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Note: I’ll leave the other aspects of Earth Day to others

My mistake with the “We’re all gonna dieee” thing.
We should all have died by now.
(What? Yeah, I had forgotten about the nitrogen-buildup bugaboo. *whew!* Dodged a bullet there!)

ToDaZeD Seize Teh Language!

and Teh Stupid

I gotta say, I am so grateful to these — The Elites, Our Superiors™ — for their most generous volunteering to take on the responsibility of deciding for me what speech is Good™ for me to hear.

It’s a helluvan undertaking, requiring many hours of study and debate, I’m sure; deciding what speech is Bad To Hear™ and then suppressing it within the institutions I pay for with my tax dollars.

I am heartily relieved that I will never be allowed to sully my ears nor thoughts with Ideas of which My Betters™ disapprove.

In other nooz, I recently had coffee with a former neighbor who moved to coastal Oregon. I learned many things from her. While she was marching on the day after the election with 30,000 of her like-minded fellows she learned there are actual NAZIs in Portland OR. Yes — Portlandia!

who knew?

She has great fear for the safety of her new [guy who helps with her pets] — because it is “not safe” to be Teh Ghey. In Oregon! *whispered* “There are people with actual rebel flags on their pick-ups back in the hills”…

who knew?

She reallyreallyreally misses California [it's “fillllled with white people!!!1!!!!”]; *said in a low voice with great emotional urgency* “I’m dying to see some Brown People and hear some other languages!!!!! gaaaaaaaaaah”

I’m so glad she has not turned raaaacist from her exposure to “actual NAZIs”…

On another front, I went to a lady’s lunch with a pal and among the conversations about work, family and such, I overheard from across the table — in the same low, emotion-stuffed voice — “Didja Hear??!? OMG!!!1!!! We finally got rid of Bill O’Reilly??!!!1!!!”

*facepalm*

#WTF

Finish your assignment! »

Here’s an exceptionally clear [for a certain value of ‘clear’] statement of the goals and ‘reasoning’ of the anti-Free Speech movement [for a certain value of ‘movement’…].

The ‘students’ at Pomona college and the Claremont Colleges object to the speaking engagement of Heather Macdonald* thusly:

Free speech, a right many freedom movements have fought for, has recently become a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions. It has not just empowered students from marginalized backgrounds to voice their qualms and criticize aspects of the institution, but it has given those who seek to perpetuate systems of domination a platform to project their bigotry. Thus, if “our mission is founded upon the discovery of truth,” how does free speech uphold that value? The notion of discourse, when it comes to discussions about experiences and identities, deters the ‘Columbusing’ of established realities and truths (coded as ‘intellectual inquiry’) that the institution promotes. Pomona cannot have its cake and eat it, too. Either you support students of marginalized identities, particularly Black students, or leave us to protect and organize for our communities without the impositions of your patronization, without your binary respectability politics, and without your monolithic perceptions of protest and organizing. In addition, non-Black individuals do not have the right to prescribe how Black people respond to anti-Blackness.

OK… Who ordered the word salad?

ASIDE: ”hegemonic institutions”:. In Marxist philosophy, cultural hegemony is the domination of a culturally diverse society by the ruling class who manipulate the culture of that society—the beliefs, explanations, perceptions, values, and mores—so that their imposed, ruling-class worldview becomes the accepted cultural norm

Your statement contains unnuanced views surrounding the academy and a belief in searching for some venerated truth. Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of ‘subjectivity vs. objectivity’ as a means of silencing oppressed peoples. The idea that there is a single truth–’the Truth’–is a construct of the Euro-West that is deeply rooted in the Enlightenment, which was a movement that also described Black and Brown people as both subhuman and impervious to pain. This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny. The idea that the truth is an entity for which we must search, in matters that endanger our abilities to exist in open spaces, is an attempt to silence oppressed peoples.

aaaand a Word Salad with Flungpoo™ dressing and a side of badly-learned History.

Anarchists: We gotta get better organized!

When an unpleasant reality strikes,
invent a new reality

Last week Trump supporters and leftist social justice warriors met on the political field of battle in Berkeley, California. Words were exchanged, as were punches. [E]ven the social justice warriors admit that they got a major beat-down.

[A]mong the left’s tolerant resistance movement, … many [were] asking how they can more effectively go to war against anyone who disagrees with their social, political, and economic views.

The anti-Trump protesters at the rally were ill-prepared for what they came to Berkeley to confront and now they are trying to figure out ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Evidently, “quit bein’ violent thugs” isn’t one of the ways bein’ considered.

[T]hey are turning to militancy and mob action by mobilizing individuals and groups to attend combat training seminars, acquiring better equipment like baseball bats and helmets, and of course, if things really go bad… guns.

No, guys, you do not want to go there.
Just put down the bong and back away.

If we wanna take action against them, we need to be better organized and better trained.

Aaand there we have it — the whole anarchy/communist idealism thing just fell apart.

(As I’ve expounded at length on more’n one occasion.)
First, the revolutionaries must seize power; then they must maintain power; then they must deal with opponents; then they must deal with disillusioned true-believers; then then must deal with potential threats from society; and thereby power becomes the ultimate objective of all collectivist revolutions. They never get to Phase-III, Profit.

As for “combat training”…

A shocking number of our comrades went in there with absolute no combat training. We need to set up seminars or something of the sort.

“Combat training seminars.” Let that sink in for a moment.

Hey, I knowww. Since you’re already on campus, why not enroll in ROTC?
Mayhaps a movie or two.

Who do you think a fascist is more afraid of? People with only flags and bats, or people with flags, bats, and guns?”

Better question here:
Who are Americans more likely to arm themselves against and have no qualms about putting in the hospital/morgue?
A stick justifies one level of response.
A deadly weapon justifies an entirely different level of response.

Don’t mistake my meaning, here — there are some Americans who are just itchin‘ to form a skirmish line with you traitors. They’ve spent thousands of dollars on first-class weaponry; they have thousands of rounds of ammo; they’ve thought about your masked, hooded faces every time they go to the range (which they do a lot); and some have years of professional, real-world, no-sh*t killing experience (man, deer, pig, and bird).
And, no, you won’t be able to catch up — Americans have been at it for centuries.

Your mouths are writin’ checks your movement can’t cash.
This chest-beating kind of bravado tantrum makes you look like brats and fools.
Just… just stick with the occasional punch in the mouth, m’kay?

Hey, I know. Why not ask Soros for a raise?

Don’t you carrot all?

Evidently, having the mayor as a member of this violent commie sect isn’t enough.
Remember, Stalin called everyone who opposed him a fascist, even those to his left.

awfercyinoutloud

PhD in Newspeak
Dundee fails the lab course*


When these dicks become pussies
and vice versa

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a new school-sponsored guide [which] declares that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that someone’s gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and can even “change from day to day.” [story]

Then again, mebbe they’re just a-holes**.

(What? Yeah, bye-bi Title IX.)
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* Cultural ref #1 Cultural ref #2
** Cultural ref #3
Cultural ref #4

dangerously hot ironey

Berkeley California, the Safe Space capitol of the world cannot assure a safe place for Ann Coulter to speak……..

Old Glory triggered

Even the flag can’t bear to hear her name


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It’s like, well, youuu knowww…

FoxNews overbooked

O’Reilly out

stuff that’s hard to do (Atlas-Centaur Cygnus today)


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Interesting points:
• Stage-2 separation @ ~5m (smaller exhaust pipe is for the turbo pump)
• Fairing separation and start of engine steering shortly thereafter
• Engine steering for dog-leg maneuver @ ~6m30s
• Roll to point antenna shortly thereafter (see also: 2001 a Space Odyssey)
(Back in my day, all’s we ever got to see was squiggles on a chart.)

Today’s rockit-science lesson: Newton’s laws