Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Idiots With Guns; Instructor Ed.

I think you may be able to watch this video without signing on to the Book of Evil.

It is gobsmackingly stupid.

Caturday

Chip:

Friday, April 19, 2019

Shorter Mueller Report: The World's Oldest Toddler Was Saved Both by Adult Supervision and Incompetence at Being Criminals

Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump when he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude.

McGahn, who sat with Mueller for about 30 hours of interviews, emerged as a central character in Mueller’s painstaking investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and impeded the years-long Russia investigation. In one striking scene , Mueller recounts how Trump called McGahn twice at home and directed him to set Mueller’s firing in motion. McGahn recoiled and threatened to resign instead.

Mueller concluded that McGahn and others effectively halted Trump’s efforts to influence the investigation, prompting some White House officials and outside observers to call him an unsung hero in the effort to protect the president.
Let's be clear about this: It was Trump's intent to commit the crime of obstruction of justice. That he was unsuccessful was due to the work of his aides who refused to carry out Trump's unlawful commands.

On the Russian conspiracy thing, it is clear that the Russians and the Trump Campaign were acting in parallel. The Trump Campaign, right up to his older sons, if not Trump himself, clearly were interested in getting information from the Russians. That they only did so through Wikileaks meant that Assange was operating not as the journalist that his supports claim he is, but as a cutout for both the Russians and for Trump. To the extent that was deliberate, Trump can credit the FSB and the GRU for saving his neck. Nobody on Team Trump was that smart.

Clearly, though, Trump thought he was guilty. His initial reaction when Sessions told him that Mueller was appointed as a special counsel reveals that: "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm fucked." That's not the reaction of an innocent man, folks.

Where do we go from here? Expect Trump's conduct to become more outrageous and unlawful. He got away with this, in his mind, he's another Teflon Don. Trump is not going to engage in any self-reflection and realize that he just dodged a bullet and he needs to take it down. No, he's going to go the other way. Because he knows that William Barr will use the DoJ to protect him and that Mitch McConnell will do the same.

Buckle in, folks.

Because It's Friday

Big Boy 4014 update:

Patriots' Day

Today is Patriots' Day, the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, where the Colony of Massachusetts kicked off the Revolutionary War. I've written about it a few times in the past.

No doubt, there will be some mealy-mouthed bullshit from politicians who are in it for power and profit. Fuck them.

And fuck the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If the servile cowards governing the state were there in 1775, the Minutemen would have been lucky to have been armed with bows and arrows.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

FireClean's Lawsuit of Butthurt

I've written, a time or two, about FireClean's suing bloggers for basically saying that their product was very similar to vegetable oil.

For their second try at the apple, FireClean filed its case in Arizona (FireClean v. Tuohy, 4:16-cv-00604, ED-AZ).

The case was dismissed by the parties, with prejudice, in February (the order was signed off by the judge on March 1st).

I'm not going to go through the docket file, not at ten cents a page. There was a lot of arguing over discovery and motions to strike FireClean's experts.

So what happened? Your guess is as good as mine. But it's over. And, as far as I can tell, nobody anywhere in the gunnie press is talking about it.

Corrupt Fucks Persist in Being Corrupt

Last November, a proposal to bring ethical reforms to Missouri state politics was approved by 62% of the voters and thereby became law.

No surprise, the Lege hates that and is working to reverse it. Especially the part that seeks to rein in gerrymandering.

Corrupt fucks have to keep on being corrupt.

The Redaction Process

MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—After putting in what one associate called a “hellish all-nighter,” the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is almost finished redacting Robert Mueller’s report in time for its release, on Thursday.

Trump's Poodle Yaps This Morning

[Attorney General* Billy] Barr will hold a 9:30 a.m. news conference to present his interpretation of the report’s findings, before providing redacted copies to Congress and the public.
Keep in mind that Barr's job application for AG was a nineteen-page memo attacking the Special Counsel. Trump wanted an AG whose first priority was to protect and defend The Donald; in Fat Billy, he got just that.

A professional would have released the report and then held the press conference, But that's not what Trump wants. Trump wants Barr to try and spin things so the news cycle is about what Barr says, not what the report says. So Billy Barr is going to do what Trump demands, so Billy can avoid being fired.

Fat Billy is no improvement over Smirky the Racist Elf. Billy has his own Russia problem.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Fire at Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire.



It took over 100 years to built it and an evening to burn a lot of it to ash.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Do You Have an Android Phone? Do You Use Goggle Maps on an iPhone?

Then, thanks to a Google database called Sensorvault, you can wind up being ensnared in a police investigation because your phone was near where a crime was committed. In some states, your name may be released to the public for that reason alone.

Read more here.

Basically, you should ensure that "location history" is turned off. Then do this:


Then you should go through whatever device that you have and ensure that location services is shut off for any app that doesn't need it. For those that do, ensure that it's set to "while using".

Because it's not just the possibility of being caught up in a random investigation. We really don't know who else has access to your location history. Besides the government, there is this fact that has become all to clear: If corporations are people, as the Supremes have repeatedly held, then they are psychopaths. They do not care about anyone other than themselves. Google's founders once bruited about that their first principle was "do no evil". They never talk about that anymore.

If some company can persuade Google to sell location data to them, they will. If it's not being offered for sale, it soon will be. Maybe Allstate and others will judge your insurance rates by where you drive. Maybe your employer will want to know where you go on your off-time. Maybe you have a stalker or a political enemy.

but you can bet your last farthing that the information will be available, if you don't do something to choke it off.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

The first flight of the Stratolauncher.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Trump's Threat- Responded


The "Whistleblower" and the Migrants

You've probably seen or heard something like this:
Wanting to retaliate against Democrats critical of President Trump and his border wall, the White House tried twice to push U.S. immigration authorities into releasing migrant detainees in "sanctuary cities," The Washington Post reports.

Sanctuary cities are places where local authorities have said they won't turn over most undocumented immigrants for deportation. The Post spoke with Department of Homeland Security officials and obtained emails discussing the plan, which included targeting the district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). According to a congressional investigator who spoke with a DHS whistleblower, Trump adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller came up with the plan.
The so-called "whistleblower" is, in my opinion, either Miller himself or a DHS sockpuppet. Because getting this vindictive plan out in public suits Miller to a T. It gets it all over the news and it's great fodder for the anacephalics and neo-Nazis on Fox New's commentary shows. Then Trump will see it and a plan that the professionals have talked him down on now will gain traction.

As for this:
President Trump has tossed around threats of closing the southern border, but two reports say he took the proposal a step further.

Last week, Trump told his then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to close the border to asylum seekers, two senior officials informed both The New York Times and CNN. Trump also reportedly said that if McAleenan got in trouble for it, he would pardon him, though the officials didn't make it clear if Trump appeared to be joking.
Now Trump is getting into impeachable territory, again. Soliciting a Federal official to perform a criminal act, conspiracy to commit a criminal act.

So much winning.

Caturday

Julian Assange's cat:


Nobody is talking about where it is.

Kind of irritates me that Assange looked upon the cat as a PR tool.

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Modern Truism

Trump showed himself to be pettier and more mean-spirited and inhuman today than he was yesterday. Tomorrow, he will be worse.

The only thing you can count on with Trump is that every word out of his mouth will be a lie.

He couldn't tell the truth if he was being waterboarded.

Side by Each; Talkie Ed.

A side-by-side comparison of Zero Hour! and Airplane!:

Because It's Friday

Winter on the Durango & Silverton.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fish and Guests Stink After Seven Years

British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, after the South American nation decided to revoke the political asylum that had given him sanctuary for almost seven years.
There have been reports for years that the Ecuadorians were peeved because they felt that Assange was an ungrateful prick who refused to follow basic rules. He had the balls to sue Ecuador because, among other things, they allegedly were tired of his being a slob.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Russia wants Julian Assange’s rights to be observed following his arrest.

Shortly after Assange’s arrest in London, Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he could not comment on the overall case.

But, he said, “We of course hope that all of his rights will be observed.”
That Putin, who sends assassins around the world to kill his enemies is so, so concerned about Assange's rights may be an indication of whom Assange was benefiting. For if Wikileaks had been releasing troves of Russian secrets, he would have been put in the ground years ago. In point of fact, Wikileaks has refused to publish Russian secrets. Wikileaks has arguably been operating as an intelligence service hostile to the US.

Assuming that Assange is extradited to the US, it's anyone's guess what will happen. The CIA would love to see him tried and thrown into a supermax prison until his body decays. Trump, on the other hand, loves Wikileaks.



Whether or not Trump pardons Assange will depend on what marching orders Trump receives from his handler.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Democrats and Republicans in Congress Jointly Agree to Fuck You, But Hard:
The TurboTax/H&R Block Protection Act of 2019

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.

In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing.
Basically, the online tax companies are doing their damnedest to protect their rice bowls. Because, absent public scrutiny, the first principle of American politics is "money talks."

So, if you can file a simple return, print off the tax forms yourself, fill them out and mail those fuckers in.

Science!

The M87 black hole:


Via Tam, a fascinating article about the KT meteorite and the day the dinosaurs died. Not just the dinosaurs, almost everything else died, too.
Scientists still debate many of the details, which are derived from the computer models, and from field studies of the debris layer, knowledge of extinction rates, fossils and microfossils, and many other clues. But the over-all view is consistently grim. The dust and soot from the impact and the conflagrations prevented all sunlight from reaching the planet’s surface for months. Photosynthesis all but stopped, killing most of the plant life, extinguishing the phytoplankton in the oceans, and causing the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere to plummet. After the fires died down, Earth plunged into a period of cold, perhaps even a deep freeze. Earth’s two essential food chains, in the sea and on land, collapsed. About seventy-five per cent of all species went extinct. More than 99.9999 per cent of all living organisms on Earth died, and the carbon cycle came to a halt.

Earth itself became toxic. When the asteroid struck, it vaporized layers of limestone, releasing into the atmosphere a trillion tons of carbon dioxide, ten billion tons of methane, and a billion tons of carbon monoxide; all three are powerful greenhouse gases. The impact also vaporized anhydrite rock, which blasted ten trillion tons of sulfur compounds aloft. The sulfur combined with water to form sulfuric acid, which then fell as an acid rain that may have been potent enough to strip the leaves from any surviving plants and to leach the nutrients from the soil. ...The world that emerged after the impact was a much simpler place. When sunlight finally broke through the haze, it illuminated a hellish landscape. The oceans were empty. The land was covered with drifting ash. The forests were charred stumps. The cold gave way to extreme heat as a greenhouse effect kicked in. Life mostly consisted of mats of algae and growths of fungus: for years after the impact, the Earth was covered with little other than ferns. Furtive, ratlike mammals lived in the gloomy understory.
What has been found in North Dakota is an extremely detailed fossil deposit that preserves the first hour(s) after the Chicxulub meteorite slammed into the sea off the Yucatan Peninsula.

If you're at all interested in the extinction of the dinosaurs, the KT impact or paleontology in general, you should read the article.

The Code on CBS

It's a new military law series on CBS; Marine lawyers, etc. One comment to the show's producers: Learn something about military uniforms and careers, to wit:
  • Commanders in the USN do not have two gold stripes on their sleeves (three for commanders, two and a half for lieutenant commanders).
  • A lieutenant junior grade who has a surface warfare officer qualification isn't going to have served as a medical administrator in a medical company long enough to have received three fitness reports. it takes two years, give or take, to qualify as a SWO. Three fitreps imply more than eighteen months of observed service. Between schools and sea duty, no JG is going to be ashore long enough to get three fitreps as a JG before being promoted to lieutenant.
It's not that hard to figure this shit out. That's why shows hire military advisers whose job is to ensure that they get details like this right.

Assuming that they're sober, that is.