Nov 242015

Get ready to laugh.

Man Media Touted As Victim of Islamophobia Reportedly Arrested in Turkey For Joining ISIS


Teenage Islamist ‘poster girl’ who fled Austria to join ISIS ‘is beaten to death by the terror group after trying to escape from Syria’

Haw! That’s some funny, funny stuff right there, I don’t care who you are.

Heh. Dumb people, amiright?

 Posted by at 11:03 pm
Nov 242015

If you turn on a TV, you can’t help but notice the plethora of 80’s flashbacks. Shows like “Halt and Catch Fire” are set in the 80’s; others like “Moonbeam City” are designed to look like an 80’s art school exploded all over the screen. Cartoons like “Regular Show” and “Gravity Falls” hearken back to the 80’s with regularity. As a teen of the 80’s, this is somewhat amusing… after spending *my* childhood being inundated with 50’s and 60’s nostalgia, it’s my turn, I guess.

But come on, sometimes people take this too far. Like today, when the news breaks that NATO and Russian military forces are going at it.

Turkish F-16 fighter jets shoot down Russian warplane near Syrian border

It seems a Russian SU-24 (essentially their equivalent of the F-111) violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border and the Turks promptly shot it down. Of the two crew, at least one is definitively dead; rumors are that both crew were shot from the ground while still in their chutes by Turkmen Syrian rebel forces.


Additionally, a Russian Mil-8 (possibly a rescue chopper sent to get the crew) went down on the Syrian side of the border, either due to mechanical failure or ground fire; rebels are reported to have blown up the chopper once on the ground. The video below seems to show this; a TOW missile is used to take out the grounded helicopter at some considerable distance. Trigger warning: repeated use of The Phrase That Pays after the explosion.

 Posted by at 2:26 pm
Nov 232015

Apparently all the swag and educational/career opportunities that famed hoaxer “Clock Boy” Ahmed Mohammad received from his slightly re-purposed commercial digital clock was not enough to satisfy him and/or his family. They are now suing the taxpayers of Irving, Texas for $15 for the usual “emotional distress” reasons.

Ahmed Mohamed: ‘Clock boy’ seeks $15m from city and school

In case anyone has forgotten, Ahmed took an old digital clock, removed it from it’s plastic case and put the guts in a new metal case. Originally it was battery & wall-cord powered, but in its new configuration it only worked with the cord, which makes the choice of a conductive metal pencil case a dubious one. He took the piece of junk to school and claimed to have “invented” it; he plugged it in in class with an alarm set to go off during class, disrupting the class. The clock was examined and promptly found to be not a bomb; but it was determined that Ahmed had tried to make something that other people – my guess would be his fellow students – might think was a bomb and be freaked out by it. As a result the police became involved, as is normal and proper whenever there’s even the lamest, least-likely bomb threat at a school. As a result of properly playing the media, Ahmed was transformed from a prankster with minimal engineering skills into an engineering genius, inventor and victim of racism. He and his family have scampered off to Qatar and are suing Irving from a distance.

 Posted by at 7:45 pm
Nov 222015

I post this every few years because people have a short memory and generally refuse to learn from history.

The Plymouth colony was originally set up to be a Christian commune. This was not some random weird choice on their part, but was based on their reading of the Bible and Plato, both of which suggested that communism was a good and proper system to live under. As governor Bradford related in “Of Plimoth Plantation:” (also available on Project Gutenberg)

1. The adventurers & planters doe agree, that every person
that goeth being aged 16. years & upward, be rated at 10li.,
and ten pounds to be accounted a single share.
2. That he that goeth in person, and furnisheth him selfe
out with 10li. either in money or other provissions, be accounted
as haveing 20li. in stock, and in ye devission shall receive a
double share.
3. The persons transported & ye adventurers shall continue
their joynt stock & partnership togeather, ye space of 7. years,
(excepte some unexpected impedimente doe cause ye whole
company to agree otherwise,) during which time, all profits &
benifits that are gott by trade, traffick, trucking, working, fish-
ing, or any other means of any person or persons, remaine still
in ye comone stock
untill ye division.
4. That at their coming ther, they chose out such a number
of fitt persons, as may furnish their ships and boats for fishing
upon ye sea; imploying the rest in their severall faculties upon
ye land; as building houses, tilling, and planting ye ground,
& makeing shuch comodities as shall be most use full for ye
5. That at ye end of ye 7. years, ye capitall & profits, viz.
the houses, lands, goods and chatles, be equally devided be-
twixte ye adventurers, and planters;
wch done, every man
shall be free from other of them of any debt or detrimente
concerning this adventure.
[29] 6. Whosoever cometh to ye colonie herafter, or putteth
any into ye stock, shall at the ende of ye 7. years be alowed
proportionably to ye time of his so doing.
7. He that shall carie his wife & children, or servants, shall
be alowed for everie person now aged 16. years & upward, a
single share in ye devision, or if he provid them necessaries,
a duble share, or if they be between 10. year old and 16., then
2. of them to be reconed for a person, both in trasportation
and devision.
8. That such children as now goe, & are under ye age of
ten years, have noe other shar in ye devi~ion, but 50. acers of
unmanured land.
9. That such persons as die before ye 7. years be expired,
their executors to have their parte or shaff at ye devision, pro-
portionably to ye time of their life in ye collonie.
10. That all such persons as are of this collonie, are to have
their meate, drink, apparell, and all provissions out of ye comon
stock & goods of ye said collonie.

In short, the land was to be worked communally, and the produce distributed equally. Two centuries before Marx, this was a perfectly valid description of “communism.”
How’d it turn out? Well… in 1623, Bradford wrote this:

The experience that was had in this comone course
and condition, tried sundrie years, and that amongst
godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of
that conceite of Platos & other ancients, applauded
by some of later times; that ye taking away of
propertie, and bringing in comunitie into a comone
wealth, would make them happy and florishing; as if
they were wiser then God. For this comunitie (so
farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion &
discontent, and retard much imploymet that would
have been to their beneflte and comforte. For ye
yong-men that were most able and fitte for labour &
service did repine that they should spend their time
& streingth to worke for other mens wives and chil-
dren, with out any recompence. The strong, or man
of parts, had no more in devission of victails & cloaths,
then he that was weake and not able to doe a quarter
ye other could; this was thought injuestice. The aged
and graver men to be ranked and [97] equalised in
labours, and victails, cloaths, &c., with ye meaner &
yonger sorte, thought it some indignite & disrespect
unto them. And for mens wives to be commanded to
doe servise for other men, as dresing their meate, wash-
ing their cloaths, &c., they deemd it a kind of slaverie,
neither could many husbands well brooke it. Upon ye
poynte all being to have alike, and all to doe alike,
they thought them selves in ye like condition, and one
as good as another; and so, if it did not cut of those
relations that God hath set amongest men, yet it did
at least much diminish and take of ye mutuall respects
that should be preserved amongst them. And would
have bene worse if they had been men of another
condition. Let none objecte this is men’s corruption,
and nothing to ye course it selfe. I answer, seeing all
men have this corruption in them, God in his wis-
dome saw another course fiter for them.

In the end, it was found that communism bred not plenty, but famine. If you get your share whether you bust your ass in the fields, or just laze about all day, pretty soon people are going to realize that they are being played for chumps if they actually go and bust their asses in the fields all day. And the result of that will be a massive drop in productivity; and in a razors-edge colony on the far end of the map, this is a recipe for disaster.
As a result, the colony rethought its communist ideology:

All this whille no supply was heard of, neither knew
they when they might expecte any. So they begane
to thinke how they might raise as much corne as they
could, and obtaine a beter crope then they had done,
that they might not still thus languish in miserie. At
length, after much debate of things, the Govr (with
ye advise of ye cheefest amongest them) gave way that
they should set corne every man for his owne per-
ticuler, and in that regard trust to them selves; in all
other things to goe on in ye generall way as before.
And so assigned to every family a parcell of land,
according to the proportion of their number for that
end, only for present use (but made no devission for
inheritance), and ranged all boys & youth under some
familie. This had very good success; for it made all
hands very industrious, so as much more corne was
planted then other waise would have bene by any
means ye Govr or any other could use, and saved him
a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente.
The women now wente willingly into ye feild, and
tooke their litle-ons with them to set corne, which
before would aledg weaknes, and inabilitie; whom to
have compelled would have bene thought great tiranie
and oppression.

The result here was that going from collectivism to private ownership resulted in a massive increase in productivity and the end of the famine. With the assistance of the Indians in matters agricultural, the colony went from a dying group of starving commies, to a prosperous group of feasting private property owners. If you’re of a mind to believe in God, then the deliverance from Communism is certainly something to be thankful for. The Pilgrims lucked out… a more typical story would have the totalitarian government maintaining the communist ideology until complete disaster struck. But the colony was too thinly populated for a Pilgrim-KGB to maintain order through force.

 Posted by at 12:16 pm
Nov 222015

It appears some SJW’s have determined that yoga shall not be practiced by Canadians.

Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over ‘cultural issues’

Since yoga is a silly religious thing over in India, silly Canadians are not allowed to flex slowly on rubber mats.

Well, at least this retarded nonsense isn’t restricted solely to American college campi. So, there’s that, I suppose.

 Posted by at 5:00 am
Nov 192015

So, a few days ago French aircraft joined the air war in Syria, bombing some targets in Raqqa. The obvious question, if you think about it, is: “Why did they bomb the targets they did?” Because:

  1. If it’s a meaningful target, shouldn’t the target *already* have been bombed?
  2. Or did the French have access to information the US didn’t have?

As it turns out, the reason seems to be that the targets were previously u-bombed was because the US knew of them, but US rules of war did not allow them to be targeted due to concerns about collateral damage.

ISIS fight shifts to French rules of engagement

The US, it seems, only goes after targets with zero risk of civilian casualties. Islamic State knows this, and locates their facilities next to schools and hospitals and such. Because as warfare and its TV coverage over the last 40 years or so have shown, when the US takes out civilians, the images of pain and despair are broadcast far and wide in an effective program to demoralize and turn the western populace against the war. But at the same time, our opponents commit *intentional* atrocities… and they themselves broadcast those images as a way to demoralize the west and pump themselves up. Despite what some yammering nincompoops say, not all cultures are equally worthy. As much as many people want to believe that people are all pretty much the same, people *aren’t( the same. Differing civilizations hold wildly different views about the value and purpose of human life, and it can lead to completely opposite reactions.

Now that ISIS has dragged Russia – and perhaps soon, China – into this thing, they’re going to find that the American squeamishness about harming civilians is not widely shared. In a rational world, ISIS would now be in a panic. But in *this* world, they are probably giddy, sine they seem to think that bringing an apocalyptic war to the region will speed up the End of Days. They of course think that this will result in their being seen favorably by their chosen deity… but lets face it, the denizens of Muspellsheimr really don’t give a damn about people one way or the other, so ISIS, it’s lands, stuff and people, will burn along with everyone else.

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Nov 172015

Example from Dartmouth on November 12: students were studying in the library when a large group of protesters came in and harassed them. Reports include a whole lot of profanity and bullying, trying to force everyone in the library to abandon their studies and take up a life of following the herd and chanting mindless slogans.

It’s good that everyone has access to video-capable cell phones these days, but if I was attending a college today I’d make sure to have one of those small, disguised wearable cameras on me at all times.

It seems no actions have been or will be taken by the university against these students who were behaving in a way that is clearly beyond the pale. Scream your head off all you want out on the quad… but in the *library*? Get bent, chucklefarks.


 Posted by at 4:54 pm
Nov 162015

This will go over well…

IAAF Suspends Russia From International Competitions

Competitive athletics: could I give a damn? If someone paid me to, I’m sure I could gin up some enthusiasm for a game of sportsball or whatever. But in general, watching millionaires run around playing kids games… meh. Still, the politics of sports can get entertaining. I actually used to watch the Olympics, back when it was a Titanic Struggles Against The Soviets. Looks like politics might come into sports again, now that the Russians have been booted out of things like track-and-field Olympic events because of their doping up their athletes.

Personally I think this is the wrong decision. I say: rather than booting out doped-up athletes… segregate them. Instead of holding back scientific experimentation… go with it! Divvy up, say, a marathon into *four* categories:

  1. Unaltered humans
  2. Humans on the latest pharmaceuticals
  3. Humans genetically modified
  4. Anything goes (mixes of drugs and genetics and cybernetics and magic and brainwashing and whatever)

Transhumanism *is* coming, in perhaps a whole range of ways. Might as well accept it and see what we can get. A lot of the tinkering, especially with genetics, will have problematic side effects… might as well test them out of athletes first. They will be well compensated for the risk, unlike regular schmoes who’ll get upgrades because they *need* them for medical reasons.

That would certainly make the Olympics more interesting. Not only for the pure spectacle, but because, at last, average people could watch Olympians and *honestly* think that, just maybe, *they* might be able to do that too.

 Posted by at 10:38 am