Aug 132015
 

This really does look like the place got nuked.

Photos of the Aftermath of the Massive Explosions in Tianjin, China

Especially impressive are the hundreds of cars awaiting shipment that were set on fire and then stomped from above, turning them into scorched garbage (they’re called Volkswagens, but I don’t think they are… probably a local Chinese brand). And the masses of shipping containers that were stove in and tossed into a pile.

 Posted by at 4:30 pm
Aug 132015
 

Jeb Bush forced to abandon rally early after activists start chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’

He was not “forced” to abandon the rally; he chose to. He surrendered. He could have shouted them down, or mocked them, or waited them out. It will be interesting to see how Trump handles *his* inevitable gaggle of screeching  SJWs attempting to shut him down. If he actually defeats them (which I would imagine would include security hustling them out of the area), he will go far towards earning himself the Republican party candidacy.

 Posted by at 12:02 am
Aug 122015
 

An interesting article about the damage that has been done, is being done and will continue to be done by the politically correct craziness of “trigger warnings” and similar idiocy:

The Coddling of the American Mind

And equally interesting, and far funnier, is the related discussion thread on this on Fark.com.

It was in that Fark thread that I was introduced to this cartoon from nearly a generation ago, that is now disturbingly prescient:

plif

Yikes. Nailed it. Sadly.

The Fark thread includes people barking at each other over whether PC and trigger warnings are good and proper or not. Some included screenshots of relevant items that show that a lot of this has gone way, way too far…

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Ye gods. How do you expect to get into Valhalla with *that* attitude?

Back to the original article… it ends with a collection of the “cognitive disorders” that are responsible for – and resulting from – the last generation of political correctness.

 

Common Cognitive Disorders

A partial list from Robert L. Leahy, Stephen J. F. Holland, and Lata K. McGinn’s Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (2012).

1. Mind reading. You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidence of their thoughts. “He thinks I’m a loser.”

2. Fortune-telling. You predict the future negatively: things will get worse, or there is danger ahead. “I’ll fail that exam,” or “I won’t get the job.”

3. Catastrophizing.You believe that what has happened or will happen will be so awful and unbearable that you won’t be able to stand it. “It would be terrible if I failed.”

4. Labeling. You assign global negative traits to yourself and others. “I’m undesirable,” or “He’s a rotten person.”

5. Discounting positives. You claim that the positive things you or others do are trivial. “That’s what wives are supposed to do—so it doesn’t count when she’s nice to me,” or “Those successes were easy, so they don’t matter.”

6. Negative filtering. You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the positives. “Look at all of the people who don’t like me.”

7. Overgeneralizing. You perceive a global pattern of negatives on the basis of a single incident. “This generally happens to me. I seem to fail at a lot of things.”

8. Dichotomous thinking. You view events or people in all-or-nothing terms. “I get rejected by everyone,” or “It was a complete waste of time.”

9. Blaming. You focus on the other person as the source of your negative feelings, and you refuse to take responsibility for changing yourself. “She’s to blame for the way I feel now,” or “My parents caused all my problems.”

10. What if? You keep asking a series of questions about “what if” something happens, and you fail to be satisfied with any of the answers. “Yeah, but what if I get anxious?,” or “What if I can’t catch my breath?”

11. Emotional reasoning. You let your feelings guide your interpretation of reality. “I feel depressed; therefore, my marriage is not working out.”

12. Inability to disconfirm. You reject any evidence or arguments that might contradict your negative thoughts. For example, when you have the thought I’m unlovable, you reject as irrelevant any evidence that people like you. Consequently, your thought cannot be refuted. “That’s not the real issue. There are deeper problems. There are other factors.”

 Posted by at 5:42 pm
Aug 122015
 

Typhoon Soudelor caused a ruckus in Taiwan and China a few days back. Included in the list of things the high-speed winds did was to cause this 747 to hop on its nose gear. This is, I suspect, less a matter of the wind over the wings causing the plane to lift up than it was the wind pushing the tailplanes down, lifting the nose. Either way, it’s non-optimal for passenger comfort.

 Posted by at 1:23 pm
Aug 102015
 

Not zygotes, not embryos, not fetal tissue… *children.*

Clinton: Trump is offensive to women but so is Rubio and the rest of the GOP field

 “They brag about slashing health-care funding, they say they would force women who have been raped to carry their rapist’s child…”

Her words.

I recently mentioned that I’m ambivalent on the issue of abortion. But when you have decided that the subject of termination is, indeed, a *child,* and you still think it’s a defensible position to kill it… you creep me right the hell out.

 Posted by at 6:27 pm
Aug 102015
 

Checking out tonights TV listings, at 8 PM and 11PM (Mountain Time… go ahead and convert it yerself, ya coastie buggers) on the “American Heroes” channel (287 on DirecTV) is:

Hitler’s Death Ray: Nazi scientists work on  developing a solar mirror that could destroy any city on Earth while situated 5,100 miles in space.

I have the feeling that I’ll wish that I had the capability to record this. VHS doesn’t work anymore, don’t have DVR, so there ya go. I’ve got the urge to yell at something monumentally stupid, and this would seem to have a full hours potential for “Ancient Aliens”-level dumbth coupled with either lazy CGI or potentially surprisingly spiffy CGI.

UPDATE: Well, unshockingly, that was crap. Spent a total of maybe two minutes on the Nazi Space Mirror, providing exactly zero new information. *Claimed* that there were detailed plans, showed zero evidence of it. The rest of the “documentary” was a generic “Nazis had advanced technology and built rockets, blah, blah” schtick. Even threw in Die Glocke to round out the quota of requisite bullshit.

Cripes, the narrator couldn’t even get Eugen Sanger’s name right: repeatedly called him “Sanager.” Bah.

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
Aug 072015
 

WTF Bad Science Fiction Covers is having “Cats in Space” week, showing a number of paperback SF book covers featuring – you probably guessed it – Cats In Space. There’s some amusing stuff here. Along with a lot of Really, Really Awful SF Cover Art. I mean… just bad. I mean, the one with the copyrightly-dubious image of the Robot from Lost in Space… yeeesh.

WTF Bad Science Fiction Covers

Cats In Space, or Space Cats, or Cat Aliens, or Alien Cats have long been a popular sci-fi trope. For some reason we just sort of accept the idea of aliens that look and act like cats, apparently far more so than we do Space Dogs. On the surface this seems an odd notion, since we have gone much further towards turning dogs into the mutant critters we want them to be. You’d kinda think science fiction writers would be littering the spacelanes  with Space Dogs, or even Space Monkeys… but, nope, it seems the Space Cats have conquered the universe.

 Posted by at 8:44 am