News out of France:
In short: someone driving a military-grade high-capacity high-powered assault truck drove through about a *mile* (report also says two kilometers) of a Bastille Day parade in the French city of Nice, killing around 80 and injuring Odin knows how many. The driver is reported to have also fired out of the window, making this less likely that this was just some schmuck who got likkered up and drove like an idiot. The police have apparently shot and killed the driver and have found explosives in the truck.
No motive given yet, but somehow I think I have a sneaking suspicion it just might be one of those Surt worshippers.
MGTOW is something I’d not heard of until a week ago: Men Going Their Own Way. Depending on who you ask, the MGTOW movement is either:
- Straight men who are tired of the BS so often involved with Certain Things, and have decided to have no social interactions with women
- Losers who can’t possibly get a date, and are coming up with rationalizations.
I suspect thsere’s some of both. But if you want to jack up the percentage of #1, this is how you do it:
Catcalling, wolf whistles and “unwanted physical approaches ” are to be considered “hate crimes.”
Misogyny hate crime is classed under the new policy as “incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman, and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman”.
Examples of such incidents may include unwanted or uninvited sexual advances, physical or verbal assault, unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement, and use of mobile phones to send unwanted or uninvited messages or take photographs without consent.
Ho. Lee. Crap.
Basically, among things that might be reasonably suspected of being inappropriate such as taking photos of people and assault, they are criminalizing a guy simply *talking* to a woman. Because a guy might want to do that.
It’s places like this that will lead to the creation of truly effective Marylin Monrobots and the extinction of the human race. Or, perhaps rather more likely, the population crash of the indigenous population and their replacement by colonists from different lands and cultures. Which, frankly, might well be partially the intent. You don’t actually think wolf whistles will be illegal under sharia law, do you?
From the point of view of weirdo bizarre politics, 2016 is the year that keeps on giving. Behold:
I’d suggest that “Secretly” is not terribly accurate, since they seem to be pretty open about it. Specifically, Nippon Kaigi, a Shinto group that wants to restore Japan militarily and culturally to what it was prior to getting spanked in WWII, is a group that includes such government types as the current Prime Minister and many in his cabinet. Military adventurism, elimination of women’s rights, expulsion of foreigners, Emperor worship, all that rubbish.
This is *kinda* amusing. First part of the last century the Japanese were able to storm around east Asia because the US had, perhaps unwisely, kinda *forced* the Japanese to modernize in the late 19th century. They were burdened with a medieval culture but graced with advanced technology… while their neighbors were largely still medieval everything. But now… well, if the Japanese try that Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity schtick again, they’ll find that the Koreans and the Chinese and the Vietnamese are a little closer to them technologically.
I wonder, though, what it is about certain ideologies that continue to persist well after they got their asses well and soundly *beat.* Knuckleheads who want to worship the Emperor, or people who think the Nazis were neato-keen, or people who think Communism is the future, or people who think the South will rise again more than 150 years after the profoundly failed War of Southern Aggression… all these schmoes are worshipping at the altar of failure. They are waving loser’s flags. And yet, here we are.
This video by Chris Ray Gun is definitely worth a watch. He’s damn funny, and makes *full* use of all the colorful metaphors that our Germanic/Anglo Saxon heritage has gifted us… so if you watch this at work TURN IT UP.
I know a lot of people, including a good fraction of the readers of this blog, take issue with Bill Nye for his constant harping on global warming. Well, even assuming he’s dead wrong (and I don’t), he’s still a tireless advocate for science. A generation ago we had Carl Sagan who would not shut the hell up about nuclear winter, yet the brought a love of science to millions. But for every Nye or Sagan or Tyson, there will be many more in the public sphere working to denigrate science. Such as here, where Nye was on the Nightly Show, outnumbered three to one by left wingers who couldn’t care less about science, and are clearly actively opposed to it because it takes a tiny pittance of money away from their shallow useless pursuits.
Past couple of days have seen some bad PR for police, what with the extremely dubious shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philandro Castile in Minnesota. This has been a joyous time for the causehead movementarians, of course, now they have something to protest again. But then this happens:
As of right now, eleven police officers have been shot; four have died. The Dallas PD says that there were at least two shooters, using rifles from behind cover, ambushing cops sniper-style. Reportedly two suspects in custody.
So, time for uninformed rampant speculation about the shooters! As always… Republican white supremacist Christian fundamentalists has got to be first on everyone’s list, right?
While FBI Director Comey recommended no charges against Hillary, he did her no favors with the rest of his presentation. In fact, he laid out a pretty good case for why she *should* have been charged. Why wasn’t she? One of life’s great mysteries, I suppose.
Compare and contrast what she said *didn’t* happen with what he said *did.*
So, she gets off scot-free, at least from a criminal law sense. But if Trump and his people have *any* sense (I’ll leave my own opinion on that a blank spot for now), they’ll get all kinds of mileage out of this in the coming months.
Yeesh. I just feel sullied and unusual whenever I realize that Donald Trump is the least awful option this election season. In contrast, this trailer I stumbled across for a video game called “Scorn” almost seems like a normal sort of election campaign ad.
Giger-esque body horror? Meh. I’ve seen Hillary Clinton evade a proper prosecution.
After Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the FBI today announced that they’re not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton for her illegal use of a private server.
Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way…
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
So, yeah. No charges. Figure *that* one out.
Rule of law?
Generally, a knife is one of the most astoundingly useful tools you can own. But this knife, the “Jagdkommando Tri-Dagger Knife,” has traded general utility for being useful for one thing: stabbing things.
There are several variants of the knife available, different sizes and materials. And the prices are… kinda high. Is it a quality knife, worth the price? I dunno.
Guess what, though: some people don’t like it, and don’t want you to have it. In all probability this is because they are honestly weenies who live in fear, but there is always the possibility of some deeper conspiracy: the knife makers made a knife specifically design to enrage the trigglodytes, *and*they hired some of the triggly mouthpieces to rail against it. What better way to gin up sales?
Perhaps I live in a different la-la land, but this doesn’t make any sense to me or anyone else at Gizmodo. So please someone explain. Or let’s get over with it and make this stupid thing illegal.
” I don’t want this. Therefore it should be illegal.” The plaintive cry of the totalitarian.
Some versions on Amazon, should you want to spend a bucket of money on something you probably won’t get a whole lot of direct use out of, but might enjoy if for no other reason than to scare the trigglies:
Today in “here’s what you *don’t* do” news…
One “Ralmanzow Bell” decided it would be a rollicking good time to get likkered up and stand on the counter of a bar and praise the current favorite supernatural entity of the exploding-class while wearing a backpack. End result: tackled by staff, arrested for disorderly conduct. Given that this occurred in Idaho, he’s lucky he didn’t get shot.