Archive | November, 2010

A Bit on Wikileaks

Posted on 30 November 2010 by Thraxxus

Unless you live under a rock (in which case you probably aren’t reading this anyway) you heard about the big, gasp, wikileaks scandal whereby the wikileaks website managed to get their hands on some 200k+ secret documents of the USA government and made those articles public. Again, GASP! No surprise here. What is amusing is the cavalcade of pompous, potentially preposterous, perplexedly pretentious, yet sometime pragmatic responses of the media, governments, and citizens of the world – the most fun being the theories presented by those wacky conspiracy theorists.

Government officials such as Hilary Rightarm Clinton (I am just full of yuck yucks today) are doing what MSM is referring to as Damage Control. Oddly according to the slighted government officials that said Clinton is talking to they don’t care – one went so far as to say “You should see what we say about you!” I can only conclude it has something to do with a blue dress. In all seriousness – who cares? Yes things were said that were totally unprofessional – but really – who cares? These are politicians right? World Leaders? Liars? Scumbags? Douche bags? People who couldn’t solve a problem if their lives depended on it? Do you really think they truly give two shits about what anybody thinks about what they may or may not say?

Are they even smart enough to? Realize that some of the people quoted as saying some really stupid crap are the same people that thought TARP was a good idea. These are the same people who assured the World that Iraq had WMDs. The people quoted in these memos, communications and whatever else that was posted by the self centered owner of wikileaks are the same people who can’t seem to figure out how to balance the budget – oh wait – my bad – none of them are economists…..

What were we talking about again? Chances are wikileaks will post it soon anyway. Just remember that wikileaks (how many times have I mentioned them on here?) is posting all of this material only because it is so secret and so revealing about the evils of the world. They are protecting you and I, common citizens that we are, from big brother! Obviously! GASP! GUFFAW! Whatever. It is all vitriol and chances are the situation was really not just some Private in the military stealing all of these records and burning them onto a disc labeled Lady Gaga – and no I can’t make that shit up either.

Is anyone really believing any of this? If what the official story says is true then the USA has much bigger problems – number one being that some new Private can have access, practically day one, to super duper uper secure documents of high ranking officials (don’t get me started on what that really means) of the government. If this truly is the case then the list of people that should be fired should equal the total of the people working for the government.

Taken from wikileaks.org

“On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government’s foreign activities.

The cables, which date from 1966 to the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.

To access the Cable gate, go to http://cablegate.wikileaks.org

Please donate to WikiLeaks to defend this information.”

Hmmm… donate? Surely people that want to defend freedom do it for free right? Face it, everybody is full of shit.

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Stultus est sicut stultus facit

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Caravaggio


Stultus est sicut stultus facit… Latin for: Stupid is as stupid does.

Excerpt from CNN.com:
The controversy over Transportation Security Administration measures may peak Wednesday, one of the nation’s busiest travel days annually, as a group is urging air travelers to protest at airports nationwide.

Protesters are calling the day before Thanksgiving “National Opt-Out Day,” and are urging travelers who are selected for the full body scan using advanced imaging technology to refuse the procedure. If a large number of people refuse the full body scans, they will have to take a more time-consuming “enhanced” pat down procedure.

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As another case study in the woefully diminished average IQ in this country, some adults with mental capacities of small children have begun a program of willfully causing disruption in the security process at airports during the busiest travel day of the year.

Allow me to pontificate upon the supporting context in light of this problem set.
1) Currently we live in a world where certain people want us to die
2) We have to give up some liberty to ensure we do not die

Now let us take on the problem set as established by the “Average US Citizen”
1) The gov’t is forcing me to be scanned against my will
2) Let us protest the gov’t

Hmmmm… so “we” are against getting quickly scanned because some stranger will see our junk on a computer screen in some back monitoring room in fuzzy black-and-white. And we’re also angry because we refuse to get scanned and now must be patted down. So this protest (of refusing the scanning only to force a pat-down) is supposed to do what? It will cause your immature fat ass to make rational humans late for their flight so they can be with their family. Rationality being defined as a coherent understanding that security is required for living in today’s world. Rationality being quantified as having an IQ over 50 points.

Allow me to play devil’s advocate… if we do away with the scanners and the pat-downs, it will be easier for terrorists to bring down a plane. If a plane comes down, all of you currently screaming about your liberty being infringed because of fuzzy-junk scanning will begin screaming about the lack of security which empowered a terrorist to bring a plane down.

It boggles the mind. I’m fighting for words here. Those of you who know me understand that I wrestle with misanthropic principles when attempting to understand my fellow humans. This is a fundamental example of why.

How can good men (and women) continue to offer their own lives in defense of freedom when those who wrap themselves in our countries colors (those who benefit from other’s sacrifices) grow more and more fucking stupid by the year?

If I see just one asshole with a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” shirt today, I’m going to…

become…

uncivil.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Song?

Posted on 24 November 2010 by scanjack

In thinking about Toy Maker’s post on our national day of embarrassment, Black Friday, I really think this Christmas themed song is really quite appropriate  as a “Thanksgiving Day” tune. Myself, I most always try to find time to listen to “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (bad sound quality version here) every turkey day – ever since I was on the green in northern Cali for Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger in concert – um I think Carter was in office then, and there was the horrible hunting, rabid rabbit attack on him in his duck hunting boat 🙂

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R U READY 4 THE DUM!?!

Posted on 23 November 2010 by Thraxxus

Thanksgiving is this week folks and you know what that means right?!?!?

Thanksgiving day people will stuff themselves full of Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry something, various appetizers and of course deserts aplenty – spending time with their family, watching football on television, heck some might even jump into leaves. All the things that Thanksgiving brings to the table in a family oriented way! They do all these things like the calm before the storm. They devour thousands of calories, they consume vast quantities of resources all in a way to give thanks for the resources they devoured during the begining part of the year. Late that day some say good bye to their families, having packed up warm clothing, blankets, and in some instances camping equipment to prepare for a moment where the calm steps aside for the coming chaos. Black Friday is the day after.

Last year people DIED on Black Friday. Two years ago a Walmart employee was trampled to death by a rampaging crowd trying to save some money on things they didn’t need to begin with. Black Friday, named for retailers who prior to that day were in the red and turned to the black side of the financial spreadsheet, is the day of doom in America. It might as well be the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse – mindless creatures scurrying about the street just looking for a reason to devour anything they encounter.

Black Friday is such a big deal that the stock market pays close attention to it and stocks respond based on what occurs. The government looks at the numbers as they are a direct reflection (supposedly) on the state of the economy. In turn much of the planet looks at the numbers as many economies, until China completely takes over anyway, depend on the American consumer market for their livelihood. In effect we have built this cataclysmic day up to a crescendo and expectations are running hot – so ladies and gentlemen make sure you get out there and trample someone for that new Barbie doll – I am positive your daughter will hate you if you can’t get it to her for Christmas – or as the people in the know call it “Xmas”.

Tis the season to be stupid.. tralalala..

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Inflation – It’s bad right?

Posted on 19 November 2010 by Thraxxus

Recently the Fed has been talking about how they are worried that there is next to no inflation going on in the USA. Again – they are worried about that. When I was growing up I remember adults around me talking about how inflation is out of control, how things are getting worse due to inflation etc. I always wondered why they thought that and now the Fed is talking about how they are concerned that there isn’t any inflation right now. Isn’t that odd?

I hopped on line and did a quick search on the definition of inflation. Wiki came back first, as they usually do, and they say this:

“In economicsinflation is a rise in the general level of prices of goods and services in an economy over a period of time.[1] When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services. Consequently, inflation also reflects an erosion in the purchasing power of money – a loss of real value in the internal medium of exchange and unit of account in the economy.[2][3] A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index (normally the Consumer Price Index) over time.

So according to whomever wrote that in wikipedia inflation means that the purchasing power of the money in your hand just went down when inflation went up. That doesn’t sound like a good thing. Wiki then goes on to say this:

“Today, most mainstream economists favor a low steady rate of inflation.[9] Low (as opposed to zero or negative) inflation may reduce the severity of economic recessions by enabling the labor market to adjust more quickly in a downturn, and reduce the risk that a liquidity trap prevents monetary policy from stabilizing the economy.[10] The task of keeping the rate of inflation low and stable is usually given to monetary authorities. Generally, these monetary authorities are the central banks that control the size of the money supply through the setting of interest rates, through open market operations, and through the setting of banking reserve requirements.”

Ah hah! Wait… what? State Farm, a major insurance provider, had this to say:

Inflation– The overall general upward price movement of goods and services in an economy, usually as measured by the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index. Over time, as the cost of goods and services increase, the value of a dollar falls because a person won’t be able to purchase as much with that dollar as he or she previously could.” Again, prices go up, value of the dollar goes down.

To be frank this is what everybody I found talking about the subject says about it. Prices go up for the same goods and services and thus the buying power of the cash in hand goes down. This article is a good summation of what is about to happen. The Fed is printing money so that they can buy bonds. PRINTING MONEY. Actually they are just adding money that doesn’t already exist to the accounts of banks by adding 1s and 0s. More money means devaluation of what already exists. This artificially creates inflation  – but again by the previous findings inflation hurts the consumer so really what is the goal here?

Supposedly the plan is to buy these bonds which will give banks more cash which they might use to give out loans to businesses and consumers. The weird part here, that not many people in Congress or The Fed seem to recall, is that banks have cash – record amounts of the stuff. In fact small businesses are starting to model how they hold on to money just like banks. So if everyone is already holding on to all their cash how is giving these guys even more cash to hold on to going to get them to loan some out?

Something smells rotten in Denmark.


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Setting It Straight on Aliens

Posted on 17 November 2010 by Thraxxus

Last night I watched Skyline. The special effects were awesome, truly. The aliens for the most part looked great, minus the fact that the flying aliens were direct rip offs of the Matrix Squiddies.  The film is basically about the invasion of Earth by an alien species of non humanoids (new concept here in film btw) bent totally on the idea of total global domination. This is a reoccurring theme in popular culture starting back with Orson Wells War of the Worlds – a timeless classic whose first radio show airing caused wide spread panic in the USA. Spoiler Alert: The Aliens win in Skyline. This may come as a surprise to you the viewer as humans are always victorious in film over alien invaders. Even in War of the Worlds humans persevered purely because the invaders lacked our immune systems and thus were killed by the viruses and biologics that infest humans every day.

The twist of the movie, that being that the aliens win, was refreshing because to be honest, and really the point of this post, is that is what would most likely happen. Hang with me for a moment here as I know most of you are now thinking “Screw you man we’d fight to the last and kill anyone who came into our house!” How football fan of you. A few months back one of the few remaining channels on television did this special Physics based episode on what it would really take for humans to travel to another planet like the Millenium Falcon or Enterprise do in mere moments. The show was brilliant as they touched on a few technologies that would be required for a human to make the trip.

  1. Travel must be accomplished in one of two ways: Velocity(Non theoretical science) or Space Folding(Theoretical Science.) Velocity is the easier of two, as far as we know, as that requires only bigger or more engines that put out lots of thrust. This, oddly, can be achieved pretty soon by all accounts. However Velocity has other challenges that were mentioned in said show and I will repeat here. Space Folding is really an entire different argument as we have no idea if Einstein was really right – he could have been totally wrong – sounds good, truly, but it is only a theory.
  2. Humans are made mostly of water. Humans are thus fragile with regards to high velocity and thus do not react well to the G-forces that high rates of velocity produce on the body. Basically speed kills, thus a way needs to be created to protect people while travelling at a high velocity from being turned into spaghetti. Inertia dampener is the commonly used term.
  3. Space is full of junk – dust particles etc. We like to think that space is truly a vacuum with nothing in it but that is totally inaccurate. A Vacuum, as we are using the term here, really only means that space lacks an atmosphere not materials. Now imagine a bullet – small piece of metal moving at around 750-4000 feet per second – devastating most things it hits. Now given the velocity required to get to even the closest star in a timely fashion would mean that anything you ran into would effectively be moving thousands to millions of feet per second. Do you really think that the impact with our proverbial space craft wouldn’t be slightly dangerous. Now realize there is basically sand and small rocks, not forgetting of course actual asteroids, all around space. Here we need a force field of some kind to protect our ship from impacts.
  4. Fuel is a major problem. The engines required to propel our ship must have fuel. If the fuel is not small, like nuclear or something else, then we can only assume liquid and thus we have loads of problems with storage really only being the first. So alternative fuel source must be found.
  5. Supplies are  a major factor as one of two things is going to happen: either we go and stay or go and come back – either way the humans going need supplies. Where to store them? Our ship must be either big or able to produce supplies on its own – a technology we lack.

I could go on – but you already get the picture. Now realize that these problems also apply to an alien race trying to come here. So if an alien race gets past all these problems, and many others not listed, they will be much more technologically advanced that Humans. Think in centuries to eons. It is logical to thus only conclude that if their base technologies are more advanced than ours then their offensive and defensive capabilities will also be just as advanced – if they are like humans then even more so. Given that series of facts they will KICK OUR ASS.

Discussion over. Yes, humans would most likely nuke our own planet to powder out of spite – but a conventional war we would not win. Game over.

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Addicting Games

Posted on 16 November 2010 by Thraxxus

Occasionally I share a new tech addiction that I have – in prior times I spoke a  little about League of Legends, a MOBA game, that I have been borderline obsessed with for several months now. MOBAs are isometric view team combat games that are pure PVP. There is a tiny PVE element to the game in the form of mindless minion monsters and forest dwelling creatures, but the crux of the game is your team is trying to destroy the other team’s base. I love it.

So two other titles that are addicting – one is my addiction and the other is a game that I refuse to play because it has enslaved many creative people.

Minecraft is the evil enslaver of worlds, and the amazing part is the game is simple to a point of being silly – even the website is simple silly. Basically the game is in 3D but with 8 bit graphics. You are you lost in a world with nobody else left with only the ability to dig. Through digging, chopping hacking and crafting you create a new world out of the borderline prehistoric one you have encountered. The game looks mind numbing when you first look at it – in fact most people watch someone play and say out loud  “This does not look fun at all.” Say that to the 1.5+ million paid users. Give it a try if you never want to sleep again.

My addiction came in the form of a top down space shooter that is simplistic and genius all at once : CaptainForever. This game is basically the same as Minecraft from a storyline perspective – meaning it really doesn’t have one. You are some dude who has been dropped in space with a bunch of spaceship parts that you need to use to make a spaceship to fly around in and kill pirates. That is literally the story. Its the parts and the pirates that make this game so awesome. Basically your ship is made out of legos – endless legos. And you acquire these legos by destroying pirate ships. Whatever doesn’t get destroyed when you kill a pirate you can salvage and add to your own ship in any configuration you can imagine. So again – you get to build you the way you want to an extreme.

There are these space cops in the game – not really identified other than by the fact they don’t attack you instantly when they see you unlike the pirates. The cops have very powerful ships. Last night I killed three cops in concession and found the uber cop. My game ended about 9 seconds later. Give it a shot.

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The Mario Roast – NSFW

Posted on 11 November 2010 by Thraxxus

I had to post this only because it makes fun of Nintendo as well as the concept of roasts. Collegehumor.com made this and it is hysterical. Well done folks. Pay close attention to all the jokes – I enjoyed the Princess going on about her sex life with Mario – I don’t suggest that your kids watch this video at all. Thank god for those wacky laws that allow us to make fun of something.

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1.2 Billion Well Spent?

Posted on 09 November 2010 by Thraxxus

Jerry Jones, aclaimed owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL Franchise, complained for several years that his beloved team, the Pride of Texas (The Texans may not agree with that title) and America’s Team (The Patriots probably don’t like that title either), needed a better stadium to play in. He touted it on Television. He said it in interviews. He shouted it from the roof tops. “Damn it someone get my team a better stadium!” Finally the people of Texas coughed up some money (reportedly 1.2 Billion) and helped to build that new stadium. Why? There were promises made, big ones. There was this bit thrown around that the 2010 SuperBowl (this term is trademarked by the NFL and thus for me to even reference it I must credit them with the knowledge that they do in fact own it – please don’t sue us) is being played in Dallas and how wonderful and amazing and celestial it would be for the Cowboys to win the Big Game (not trademarked!) in their own home town!

It would have been.

So where are we today? Last night Jerry Jones fired his head coach, mid season, an act that has never before been done in the Big Star, and replaced him with the Offensive Coordinator – one Jason Garrett – a move considered by many to be just plain strange as the players don’t like him and he is responsible for the Offense this year –  an offense that has been lackluster to put it mildly. That’s right! Give the reins of the team over to a guy that helped to make it so poor? More genius work by Jerry.

The list of debacles, injuries and boondoggles on the Cowboys is staggering. The problem, supposedly, started with the Offensive Line – a group of guys now being referred to as old, washed up, and ancient – who were at the beginning of the season were regaled as being experienced enough to handle the youth of the league. Turns out these guys are now being blamed for a series of issues including Tony Romo getting his clavicle snapped like a twig. The offense can’t put points on the board which has somehow lead to the Defense being just to darn depressed to perform. Le Sigh.

The Cowboys are done – put a form in them. Now if only the Patriots would fall apart too – oh wait.. they just lost to a team that never should have beaten them – the Cleveland Browns. Who will be dubbed America’s Team next? I am hoping for a different sport – like table tennis – properly called Ping Pong.

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Conspiracy Theories are all crap right? Crazies RIGHT?

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Thraxxus

I enjoyed this little write up by the dudes over at www.newworldorderreport.com. I especially love the name of their website which can only be taken seriously – I mean if you want people to know what you are about just put it out there right? All kidding aside what I enjoyed about the article is simple: Not all Conspiracy Theories are bunk – some were actually right, in this article they outline 33 of them,  but at the time the people who brought them up were labeled as crack pots, crazies and many other colorful terms. Hey, who am I to judge?

My favorite bit is this simple description of a Conspiracy Theorist:

“In fact, if one were to look into conspiracy theories, they will largely find that thinking about a conspiracy is associated with lunacy and paranoia. Some websites suggest it as an illness. It is also not surprising to see so many people on the internet writing about conspiracy theories in a condescending tone, usually with the words “kool-aid,” “crack pot,” or “nut job” in their articulation. This must be obvious to anyone that emotionally writing about such serious matter insults the reader more than the conspiracy theorist because there is no need to resort to this kind of behavior. It is employed often with an “expert” who will say something along the lines of, “for these conspiracies to be true, you would need hundreds if not thousands of people to be involved. It’s just not conceivable.””

Yep.

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The Problem with American Politics

Posted on 04 November 2010 by Thraxxus

The real problem that Americans are facing today is that our representatives – those wacky politicians – aren’t actually representing us. Instead they are opting to just do what their name sake says – politics. In the recent election the Republicans captured control of the House and made major movements with the Senate. The new speaker of the House, Republican Boehner said some things that made it look like the Republican Party might actually try to bring the two parties together. In the past two years the Republicans took the “No” political strategy – in effect refusing to work with the Democrats on any issue period. Some people wondered why.

The answer can be found in a statement made yesterday by the Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, where it was indicated that the goal of the GOP is to ensure that President Obama is a one term President – not to actually do anything of use for the next two years for the American Public. Think about that – right now we have a situation in this country that is dire with the economy being destroyed, the national debt at an all time high – and all these guys want to do is nothing for the next two years so they can try to pin it all on one guy?

House of Representatives? More like a house of cards.

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Political Posturing

Posted on 03 November 2010 by Thraxxus

The Elections are over. Many argue that the Republicans, who are hated just as much as the Democrats – to their own admission, won. Why do they argue that? Republicans won the House by a swing larger than any in history, and took several seats in the Senate. What does all this mean to the rest of us Joe and Mary Citizen? Not much.

  1. Had the Republicans won both the House and Senate then the victory would have actually been for Obama, like it was for Clinton. when it happened to Clinton it gave him this blame the Republicans thing he could go to. “See they just won’t work with me because I am a Democrat!” Not the case here so Obama has his hands full.
  2. Expect nobody to get anything accomplished. If you thought the parties were jerks before regarding working with each other now that they are much closer to equal it will be only worse. Already Republicans are talking about how they NOW need to meet in the middle. Where the hell were they for the past two years? Oh yeah, not in control and playing the “we just won’t play then game” again – through their own admission.
  3. The next two years will be spent by Republicans trying to make Obama look bad.
  4. The next two year will be spent by Democrats and Obama trying to make the Republicans look bad.
  5. Everyone will look worse.
  6. The economy? Well the Fed just announced that they plan to create more money. That is right! out of thin air! Why? To give to banks of course! Why? They think that giving banks even more money will push the banks to start lending again. Did the bailout accomplish that? Nope. Somehow this will be different? More stupidity.
  7. Expect the Tea Party to claim major victories. Then expect them to try to centralize a party that is by definition not centralized. This will result in different off shoots of said Tea Party to point weird fingers at each other.
  8. Libertarians will continue to denounce pretty much everything as non Constitutional. Oddly enough very few of them have read the Constitution. Even odder – they are right.. most of what is going on is unconstitutional. So what?
  9. Reported this morning on NPR – “The primary things Americans are worried about is the National Debt. Second is economic growth and jobs, and third is taxes.” Politicians are talking about spending even more money, while somehow saving money, and cutting taxes.
  10. The good news? No more political ads. Thank the heavens. Apparently $4 billion was spent on them this year – also a record.

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Politics summed up with a joke.

Posted on 01 November 2010 by Thraxxus

LITTLE GIRL ON A PLANE

A Congressman was seated next to a little girl on an airplane so he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk?  Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said the congressman. “How about global warming, universal health care, or stimulus packages?” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first.  A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, universal health care, or the economy, when you don’t know shit?”  and, then she went back to reading her book.

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