Apr 292016
 

Belgium to provide its entire population with iodine pills in case of a nuclear accident at one of its ageing power plants

In short: the anti-nuclear movement has been so successful at halting the development of new reactors that old reactors have had to remain in place, serving well past their originally intended use-by date; with the result that the Belgian government is apparently in something of a panic about their reactors.

Good job, Greens. Thanks to you there may soon be radioactive Walloons running around. And does anybody know what sort of superpowers a person would get if they’re bitten by a radioactive Walloon? I sure as hell don’t.

 Posted by at 8:37 pm
Apr 292016
 

Protests rage outside Trump rally in Orange County; 17 arrested, police car smashed

Anti-Trump protesters displayed their dismay over the Horrible Evil No Good Trump by:

stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists …  smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car.

The also chucked rocks at passing cars and used benches to block a freeway entrance.

But always remember, it’s the Republicans who are the violent ones.

 Posted by at 9:07 am
Apr 282016
 

That’s not how any of this works.

Athol man sues state employee citing “Law of Moses”

Because Mosaic Law says nothing about needing a drivers license or license plates, this feller believes he doesn’t need ’em and that US/Idaho laws are a “fiction.” And so he has decided to sue for $5.6 million the Idaho Transportation Department employee who sent him the letter explaining that since he didn’t have a license he didn’t have the right to drive a car on public roads. It seems, though, he’s suing in a state court, so figure *that* out.

So… sure thing, dude.

Now, I’m all in favor of people who don’t want to live under the laws of the land being allowed to do so. You don’t like it here, go live somewhere else… the universe is vast and appears to be almost entirely empty. Or use the system in place to change the laws you don’t like. But like the “Sovereign Citizen” movements (there are two… a “rural, white” version, and an “urban, black” version), just deciding that the laws don’t apply to you because you’ve got some crackpot paperwork you worked up yourself? Not gonna work.

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 Posted by at 10:42 am
Apr 242016
 

There are times when I despair about my fellow Americans. How can we be so dumb, so awful? But if I ever need a pick-me-up, the answer is simple: look at everybody else, and we don’t seem so bad.

Consider: there was a marathon in London. As is traditional for such events, there are “watering stations” along the route where runners can grab a bottle of water. And what I guess must be in the best tradition of St. George, Robin Hood, King Arthur, Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill and all the other great heroes from British legend and lore… the locals decided to steal all the water.

The London Loot-athon: Outrage as dozens of people are filmed brazenly snatching bottles of water left for marathon runners 

Neat.

I would assume that, were this in America instead of Britain, that these would be Sanders voters. Spreading the wealth and all that.

 Posted by at 7:32 pm
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