Apr 242016

Oy. If you’ve seen this and been tempted to be worried about it… don’t.

Earth’s “Magnetosphere” COLLAPSED in space TODAY for two+ hours! Trouble ahead for all of us

They are basing this on blips in data downloaded from NASA satellites. FAR more likely than a sudden failure to exist of the Earths magnetosphere – an occurrence that frankly would defy the laws of physics – is a simple data dropout, a mistake on the servers, a computerized brain-fart.

If the magnetosphere suddenly vanished (this would require that the Earth spinning molten iron core either stop spinning, or stop being molten), the effects would be sufficiently obvious that you’d not need some conspiracy theorists to tell you. Birds going bonkers, that crappy Chinese compass you got in a Crackerjack box suddenly pointing every which way, airliners complaining of increased radiation levels, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria.

Now, if for some reason you *really* want to ramp up The Stupid,  watch not only THIS VIDEO ON YOUTUBE, but read the comments as well. The narrator of the little video claims that this “collapse of the magnetosphere” is a result of experiments being done at CERN. Even better: the narrator claims that this has caused “compression” of the atmosphere, and a 180 foot wave out in the Atlantic. And is likely to cause earthquakes.

This is, of course, highly ridiculous. But what is distressing are he YouTube comments. Sure, chances are good that many of them may be mobys. But a lot of them almost certainly *aren’t.* Given that these idjits are claiming that scientists at CERN are intentionally trying to destroy the world, that they need to be shot, that they are possessed by demons or are demons themselves… I don’t know if I’d be worried about whackjobs doing something violent, but I certainly despair for the future if this is the caliber of person who gets to vote for the politicians who get to pick scientific funding priorities.

 Posted by at 5:27 pm
Apr 192016

Behold: wherein a 5’9″ college age white guy does some vox pops interviews with college students and finds that at least some of them would be willing to go along with the belief that he’s actually a seven-year-old 6’5″ Chinese woman. Say or think what you will about the beginning subject matter – that of bathroom usage for people of unconventional gender – but when people are so beaten down by political correctness that they won’t tell you you’re clearly wrong on such simple matters of fact as the difference between 5’9″ and 6’5″, their future ability to make reasonable decisions on financial or STEM matters seems in serious doubt.

It would of course be interesting to see the full unedited vids. How many students told him he was nuts right off the bat? Or just refused to be interviewed n the first place?

 Posted by at 11:21 am
Apr 172016

Fears of ‘THE BIG ONE’ as SEVEN major earthquakes strike Pacific region in just 96 hours

Roger Bilham, seismologist of University of Colorado, said: “The current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude. 

“And if they delay, the strain accumulated during the centuries provokes more catastrophic mega earthquakes.”

I’m just glad I don’t live anywhere near an earthquake zone.

Oh, wait…

 Posted by at 5:45 pm
Apr 162016

A week ago, the news broke of some brutal bullying at a school in Nova Scotia. The source of the bullying was reported as being the influx of “refugees,” ill-defined. The story would have made a slight kerfuffle and then blown over as these things do… but the newspaper that broke the story then decided to retract the story. Not, apparently, because the facts were in repute, but because the story was incomplete. Now, the story certainly had a whole lot of holes. The origin and nature of the “refugees” was left to the imagination; no names of perpetrators were given; no indication of legal actions were described.

The withdrawal of the story made the story bigger, as it was seen by many as curious, to say the least, if not outright self-censorship in the name of political correctness. And so now, this:

We have listened and will learn from this

The newspaper has issued a mea culpa. Is it for leaving out the afore-mentioned details? Is it for retracting the story, rather than updating it? Guess again, chumps:

We should have asked more questions to clarify what happened and to get broader, more balanced perspectives to ensure that refugee children in the school would not be negatively impacted.

We later removed parts of the story and then the entire piece from our website when we saw it was being shared and misused to attack refugees and immigrants and to malign their faith and culture.

Say, that’s neat. No reference to aiding the *Canadian* children who were being brutalized. Screw those hosers, eh.

More entertainingly is an “I’m quitting” message posted at the newspapers site by one of their columnists. Why’d she quit?

Its prevailing damage is social — it is outright, unchecked victimization of the already victimized.

Note: the victims she references aren’t the kids who were being brutalized at the school, but the ones reported to have done the brutalizing.

Nothing so far written indicates that the story was factually wrong. It is of course always possible that the stories of bullying were made up, that the initial reporters got suckered into writing fiction. But that’s not what the editorial complaint is. Their complaint is that, in essence, they cannot write a proper story about a rapist without explaining what unfortunate event in the rapists childhood made him that way. They cannot write about a cult that performs human sacrifice without extolling all the good that the cult does with their bake sales. They cannot describe a fatal hit-and-run accident until they can explain why the driver did what he did. It seems that they feel that they cannot describe bad events without adding enough fluff to bury the badness under an avalanche of feel-good political correctness.


Thanks to blog reader Herp McDerp for the heads up.

UPDATE: More reporters are getting in on the story and interviewing the people involved, from parents to the school administration spokepeople. Here is one such article. One of the more interesting bits:

“Some of the parents at the centre of this article, the school was speaking to just last week and will continue to speak with them,” Hadey admitted despite the fact he just claimed no student or parent had come forward about the refugee problem.

Additionally, it appears that the chain one student was reportedly choked with was a necklace.

Some interviews with people involved, including a schoolgirl who backs up the original allegations (I guess the narrative will be that she’s an actress or a liar) and the spokesman who says that no parents have contacted the school and then says that parents have contacted the school:

 Posted by at 12:41 am
Apr 092016

Pretty sure this sort of thing will help speed up the adoption of service robots in the fast food industry:

Employees at Oklahoma Burger King bust out windows after prank call

Now, you don’t typically expect *much* from entry-level jobs like this. But falling for *this* prank, which is so old it’s drawing Social Security and complaining about kids on its lawn? That takes a special breed of dumbass.

 Posted by at 9:48 pm
Apr 082016

Was working on a model for a client, using a dremel tool with a rotary saw to cut through some fiberglass. The axle of the saw somehow bent around and the saw bit my fargin index finger, taking a chunk off it. Boy howdy has there been a lot of blood. It’s wrapped up tight, but I’m suspecting a visit to the doc might be advisable. Maybe the vet. Probably cheaper.


Next Day UPDATE: Went to the doc.

“You need a few stitches. When did this happen?”

“About 10 hours ago.”

“Oh. Well, too late for stitches.”

So the wound was cleaned up (a process that involved scrub brushes and scissors… *finally,* some good old fashioned *pain*), disinfected, bound up like a big ol’ clown nose, got a tetanus shot, sent on my way. It didn’t look quite as bad as it did last night, but of course last night it was a blood-gusher.

 Posted by at 10:10 pm
Apr 062016

Does the headline seem like it might be a bit hyperbolic? Consider:

HUD Seeks to End Housing Discrimination Against Ex-Offenders

In short… if you are planning on selling or renting, it is now up to you to prove your case that the criminal who wants the place shouldn’t be allowed in. A history of rape, murder of talking in theaters is no longer prima facia evidence that the prospective renter is someone you should not do business with.

What’s the reason for this? Because certain ethnic groups are over-represented in prison, they are over-represented in the “ex-offender” community, and are thus over-represented in the “hell no, I don’t want a rapist living in my building” community. And thus, the geniuses at the HUD have determined that refusal to rent to criminals is racist.

If this seems good and logical to you… well, there’s no accounting for crazy, I suppose.


As for the term “Ex Offender:” while I will grant that in many cases, a criminal conviction need not necessarily imply that the person is and always will be a criminal thuggish threat at heart… at what point is a “murderer” no longer a “murderer?” When is a “rapist” no longer a “rapist?”

 Posted by at 2:46 pm
Apr 022016

Not so fast, heretic!

Edinburgh University Student Threatened With Removal From Council Meeting After Violating Safe Space Policy

And what was this violation? She raised her hands.

Section 6c of the Student’s Association’s safe space policy says that council members should be respectful and considerate.

This is defined as: “Refraining from hand gestures which denote disagreement or in any other way indicating disagreement with a point or points being made. Disagreements should only be evident through the normal course of debate.”

This Sinner against the Safe Space only compounded her error when:

Wilson later shook her head whilst someone was speaking, and was threatened with another safe space complaint.

Boy are these losers in for a shock when they graduate and discover that the real world doesn’t care about not offending them.


 Posted by at 7:53 pm
Apr 012016

This story is a little… ummm…

Man builds ‘Scarlett Johansson’ robot from scratch to ‘fulfil childhood dream’ – and it’s scarily lifelike

“Scarily lifelife” clearly has a different meaning on the other side of the pond. Especially note this photo… I may not be a great expert on women, but something about that seems a little off. Is it normal for women to be supported by steel frames attached to their spines? Or to have ankles like that? My years of wild hedonism may have been mis-spent.


 Posted by at 10:37 am