Open Thread February

Open Thread February

Our Bloodstained Hands

Yet it is clear the Western powers have decided on pursuing a policy of regime change no matter what the cost to the people of Syria. The simultaneous withdrawal of the US, British, and French embassies, and the cutting off of diplomatic relations with the nations of the Arab League, is a clearing of the decks for the coming assault – which is going to be the bloodiest and most vicious yet. All of which raises a question: why now? After all, Syria has been a charter member of the infamous “axis of evil” ever since the Bush era, and the US has been overtly hostile to Assad in spite of the post-9/11 intelligence-sharing between Washington and Damascus.

The reason, in a word, is Iran. Remember, this is just the first Act of the tragedy now being played out in the region: the final act will culminate in “shock and awe” in the skies over Tehran. First, however, a few preliminaries must be gotten out of the way, and a casus belli clearly established. A civil war in Syria will pit Sunni Islamists against Syria’s national minorities: not only Alawites, but also Druze, Christians, and Assyrians. The Kurds are sure to go with the rebels, but they have their own organization – and their own agenda.

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I bought this top-of-the-line, but used, Dell desktop on eBay the other day. I haven’t bought a desktop in a while. It was only when it showed up that I realized they don’t even put the old P2/2 mouse and keyboard connectors on computers anymore. Luckily I had a USB keyboard in the closet, but I had to do what I have never done before in my life – buy a mouse.

The next time this thought occurred to me, I happened to be in front of the Apple store on Boylston Street. I’ve only been inside once before, and absolutely hate it. It just bores me – like no other store, anywhere. Even Starbucks, Walmart, or Home Depot are more exciting.

So I’m just guessing that I can find a mouse for between $5 and $20 and that a relatively high-end mouse, ergonomically-designed and what not will be $39. It takes three sales associates to give me no useful information for about 5 minutes before a third finally tells me they have one mouse model in the store for $49.95. I never actually saw a mouse in a box for sale on the shelf.

My jaw dropped and I exclaimed incredulously at the fourth salesperson,”forty-nine dollars!?”
“Yup.”
“And people actually pay that much for them?”
“Yup,” and then she too-cheerfully adds,”some people buy the [super-duper-whatever-version] for $69.”
“That’s crazy,” and I walked immediately away from her, three floors down the glass, spiral staircase and out the door.

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Next stop: Next door, Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Three model’s between $15 and $30. Let me emphasize this: the pharmacy next to the Apple store has more models of mice, all cheaper.

Next stop: Staples, 75 meters away, 3 or 4 models, $20-$40.

Next stop: Best buy, 200 meters away – about 20 models. Bought the cheapest one, which was actually wireless USB, for $12.99 plus tax.

This doesn’t surprise me though. I’m about half way through Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. I don’t think I know of a bigger shitbag in history. This guy was a horrible human being who continues to con (even from the grave) hundreds of millions of people worldwide into spending three times what they need to with slick, tricky, fact-free marketing. How he treated friends, lovers, and employees tells the real story behind those “well-designed,” “user-friendly,” grossly overpriced white, plastic boxes.
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115 Replies to “Open Thread February”

  1. I still hate Bill Gates and his crappy, virus-prone software even moron.

    Mac with a virus = a rare event. How did that happen? Probably a microsquesh program macro, or something.

    PC with a virus = a daily event, even with all the burdensome anti-virus protection. Call DHS.

  2. not to out too fine a point on this post JR, but today was feb 03, 2012 on this side of the planet. unless you’ve invented time travel (an impressive accomplishment, if so) or moved boston to the orient (equally impressive feat) feb 04, 2012 and events happening therin will occur tomorrow.

  3. It is easier to be entertained at a wallmart then most other places blind amercants go. There are all sorts of crazy people there.

    I want my sony walkman to work again. Does anyone even make a small player anymore? Even better give me my GW walkman radio and the enclosed lead acid rechargable battery I attaced to it back in the 80s. People always looked at weird carring around a 5 lbs battery.

  4. Actually, PS/2 connections are more common than you think, in part due to a large installed base of PS/2 KVMs. There are quite a few USB-to-PS/2 “Y” adapters on the market as well.

    Doom, if your Apple product became infected, would you know? The Apple OS goes to great lengths to hide the underlying processes from the end-user. I don’t think you can afford complacency, irrespective on your platform or OS.

    Risk factors for having ones computer compromised are, in my experience, less about your OS and more about how you use it.

  5. remus, it’s true that i prefer using the computer without a condom, which IMO is a lot like showering in a raincoat, but i do try to avoid rough or unconventional usage that may promote HIV infections.

  6. “ricco, the feds are watching you and your friend masturbate each other right now. they have dick recognition software. that’s how m. jackson got taken down.”

    Hahahaahaaa! I love it. I just copied and pasted that, changing a few words, and texted it to my buddy who is actually the person in the glasses and pink jacket.

  7. Best blonde joke ever–for MOU ‘n me…

    AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

    A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor’s office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.

    ‘Impossible!’ says the doctor… ‘Show me.’

    The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.

    The doctor said, ‘You’re not really a redhead, are you?

    ‘Well, no’ she said, ‘I’m actually a blonde.’ ‘I thought so,’ the doctor said, ‘Your finger is broken.’

  8. “It just bores me – like no other store, anywhere. Even Starbucks, Walmart, or Home Depot are more exciting.”

    OMG, yes!! A perfect metaphor for all things Apple. An empty white box filled with a bunch of moveable POP displays and populated with technogeeks selling air.

  9. There are more than one anti american style conscience pinko commie which post here? Dang this place is dangerous.

  10. great blonde joke EE. shall i open the vault and drag out a few others from the archives? i don’t want to “apple store” anyone. i think we have a few rare and precious ones.

  11. Its only 27 bucks for his survival guide normally 97 what a bargin.

    The best part is when he implied Bush was a democrat love the honesty

  12. “The best part is when he implied Bush was a democrat love the honesty”

    Given the current Democrat president hasn’t change a goddamn thing and in many cases has made them worse, it is not a stretch to make to conclude that a) Bush was a Democrat, b) Obama is a Republican or c) there isn’t a cunt hairs difference between the two “parties”.

  13. I choose c

    This guy is trying to spew his 2012 scare book marketing plan on being honest and accurate and tell the people the real trueth which he had trouble with. And the sceince stuff he knows is stunning.

    He is,after all, only playing his likely market and I do give him props for the effort. Alex Jones would be proud.

    Andmy kids are singing starman with out the music on in the back ground

  14. roach, i don’t know where you find this stuff, but please make him go away. listening to it reminds me of the worst of chris martenson. hanging out at that guy’s blog is, as i’ve said many times before, like trying to be friends with a prostitute. things get oily real fast.

    amen to your choice of remus’s “c”. goddamn phonies-in-chief.

  15. I get them on my facebook page all of the time. I think it is because ad bots pick up on my likeing of Graham Hancock. Pre biblical history expert. One of the crazy people who know humans have been here longer than 6000 years.

  16. Foxtrot News Alert

    Until further notice, Foxtrot News presents the following executive summary of global geopolitical and economic news:

    A full-metal circle-jerk around the gaping maw of the abyss.

  17. Well dave, it won’t stream in Germany. Something about UMG, GEMO and respective publishing rights.

  18. Doom: get some PC hardware and install Ubuntu on it.

    Mac-boringness gone, Windoze virus-friendlieness gone. Surf the internet without a worry, click on what you want, download what you want. It’s all good.

    Fab blonde joke EE :)

  19. Groaners:

    Children Are Quick
    > ____________________________________
    >
    > TEACHER: Why are you late?
    > STUDENT: Class started before I got here.
    > ____________________________________
    > TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
    > JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
    > __________________________________________
    > TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
    > GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
    > TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
    > GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
    > (I Love this child)
    > ____________________________________________
    > TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
    > DONALD: H I J K L M N O.
    > TEACHER: What are you talking about?
    > DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.
    > __________________________________
    > TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
    > WINNIE: Me!
    > __________________________________________
    > TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
    > GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.
    > _______________________________________
    > TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘ I. ‘
    > MILLIE: I is..
    > TEACHER: No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I am.’
    > MILLIE: All right… ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’
    > ________________________________
    > TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree,
    > but also admitted it.
    > Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
    > LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand…..
    > ______________________________________
    > TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
    > SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.
    > ______________________________
    > TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s..
    > Did you copy his?
    > CLYDE : No, sir. It’s the same dog.
    >
    > (I want to adopt this kid!!!)
    > ___________________________________
    > TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people
    > are no longer interested?
    > HAROLD: A teacher

  20. in 1967 i had a girlfriend who looked a lot like grace slick in the vintage video above, recorded at that time. in about 1969, my girlfriend and i got engaged. in 1970, i had a near-fatal industrial accident working on a summer job her father had arranged for me to get. the job was essentially to raise money so we could make the big move out of our parents houses and into our own. lying in the hospital got me to thinking about life’s priorities. so when i was fully recovered, we broke up. i finished college in socal, and went to hawaii for graduate school.

    her remark in the hospital to my parents about me being “accident prone” did not help her cause, assuming she had one. i think gracie was/is smarter as well as much moron talented than said former fiance.

  21. All disease is memory.
    Steve Jobs knew what he was doing and died because of it. Maybe I’ll see him in hell.

  22. spartagus, you’ve been too good to go to that level of hell. maybe greece. yes, greece as a bilingual, gay german tourist guide, forever. dave will be your bus driver. it will be hot there all de time. no ac on the bus.

  23. dave, looks like us versatile humans need to crank up that versatility. check out Mish’s charts of global gasoline (mostly US) and petroleum usage, plus some global shipping indexes here: http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/02/petroleum-3-month-rolling-average-turns.html

    looks like things shipping hung in there through the 2011 end-of-year retail holidays, then fell off a cliff. oil use peaked in 2007 and took a dead cat bounce (with the help of government giveaways) in 2010. the Harper-Peterson Shipping Index shows the trend best.

  24. Doom,
    Do not forget Sun Tzu and the art of war.
    One captured wagon is worth eight brought from home.
    Persia shall yet give up it’s riches to the eagle.

  25. Im actually looking forward to Jims commentry tomorrow. I sure his take on the grammys will be a fun read.

    Im actually listening to it for the first time since Pearl Jam was nominated back in 1993.

    The most interesting part was not the Dave Grohl dissing the horible singer/ dance thing which was preformed before his award and being cut off before he was done once the realized what he was saying. But was the rap award. A woman award presenter says the Revelution is bieng televised right now then hands the award to the Brown guy who is a convicted wife beater. Nice priorities

  26. being a consummate pervert, the only one i want to fuck is taylor swift, the only real talent at the whole show, IMHCFNO. she’s kinda cute, too.

  27. Yeh Id do Taylor too if only to shut her up. I like to her sing with my dick in her mouth. Cant stand her music. commericalize over produced. made only to quite the sheep.

  28. I took my 20 y.o. slave girl to an orgy the other night.
    People called me a pervert because I’m 20 years her senior.
    Really ruined our 10th anniversary orgy.

  29. “singing with a dick in your mouth, now that’s perverted.”

    Not if they’re whistling Dixie with the lights off.

  30. Hey others, who was it in the old crew that was into electronics and audio?
    (wanna send ’em a picture of a valve amp I’ve made).

  31. so, if jesus could like go everywhere with everyone, there being so many humans, especially these days, he’d be like totally multiplexed. that would make him a very large server, like a cray or HAL 9000, or sumptin.

  32. Horrific Predictions 2012

    2012-survival-guide.com…

    What Scientists Are Saying…

    This is this weeks ad which poop itself onto my facebook page. I have not clicked the link yet. Need to have all virus protection tools on red alert first.

  33. Its almost the same as last weeks with an new name. Any doomer kind of thing which starts out blaming Obama and praising Faux news is already a failure. The two only differ on approach.

    Kind of bummed. It usually takes about two months for a recycling of crazy people.

    clearly this guy really cares about my survival and will gladly share all the secret info for 99.99 USD

  34. I’m in love with massachusetts.

    I’m in touch with the modern world.

    I got the car from massachusetts.

    The highway is your girlfriend as you go by quick
    Suburban trees, suburban speed
    And it smells like heaven (thunder)

    (nice job by the prop girls on this vid pretending cell phones in 1977)

  35. nice doomer saturday morning cartoon show, dave.

    i suspect that for hawaii, the smart and able ones will leave for better parts. those that stay will have plenty of free housing, just no reliable water or power to a lot of places, like ours. of course, the houses will eventually fall apart for lack of replacement materials. food will get scarce. lawless behavior will increase, especially if the us military departs.

    i wonder what those holding advanced degrees will think of all that hard work put into them at that point? bloody waste of time and resources.

    all coming in about 5 to 10 years, i reckon. $5+/gal gasoline and rationing probably a lot sooner.

  36. american capital: now financing chinese sweat shops, american prisons and facebook pages. all for the greater good, of course.

  37. Paplo Picasso was an asshole have not heard that song since I last played in on the radio

    I dont know if the words to the following post are true. But this site here is already monitered by the federallies on a regulare bases. They come here for comic relief after having to put wire taps on half the crazies on JHK blog

    http://www.r1-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73455

  38. roach, so you’re saying this block of text words is sure-fire spook bate?

    “INFOSEC, Information Security, Information Warfare, IW, IS, Priavacy, Information Terrorism, Terrorism Defensive Information, Defense Information Warfare, Offensive Information, Offensive Information Warfare, National Information Infrastructure, InfoSec, Reno, Compsec, Computer Terrorism, Firewalls, Secure Internet Connections, ISS, Passwords, DefCon V, Hackers, Encryption, Espionage, USDOJ, NSA, CIA, S/Key, SSL, FBI, Secert Service, USSS, Defcon, Military, White House, Undercover, NCCS, Mayfly, PGP, PEM, RSA, Perl-RSA, MSNBC, bet, AOL, AOL TOS, CIS, CBOT, AIMSX, STARLAN, 3B2, BITNET, COSMOS, DATTA, E911, FCIC, HTCIA, IACIS, UT/RUS, JANET, JICC, ReMOB, LEETAC, UTU, VNET, BRLO, BZ, CANSLO, CBNRC, CIDA, JAVA, Active X, Compsec 97, LLC, DERA, Mavricks, ****-hackers, ^?, Steve Case, Tools, Telex, Military Intelligence, Scully, Flame, Infowar, Bubba, Freeh, Archives, Sundevil, jack, Investigation, ISACA, NCSA, spook words, Verisign, Secure, ASIO, Lebed, ICE, NRO, Lexis-Nexis, NSCT, SCIF, FLiR, Lacrosse, Flashbangs, HRT, DIA, USCOI, CID, BOP, FINCEN, FLETC, NIJ, ACC, AFSPC, BMDO, NAVWAN, NRL, RL, NAVWCWPNS, NSWC, USAFA, AHPCRC, ARPA, LABLINK, USACIL, USCG, NRC, ~, CDC, DOE, FMS, HPCC, NTIS, SEL, USCODE, CISE, SIRC, CIM, ISN, DJC, SGC, UNCPCJ, CFC, DREO, CDA, DRA, SHAPE, SACLANT, BECCA, DCJFTF, HALO, HAHO, FKS, 868, GCHQ, DITSA, SORT, AMEMB, NSG, HIC, EDI, SAS, SBS, UDT, GOE, DOE, GEO, Masuda, Forte, AT, GIGN, Exon Shell, CQB, CONUS, CTU, RCMP, GRU, SASR, GSG-9, 22nd SAS, GEOS, EADA, BBE, STEP, Echelon, Dictionary, MD2, MD4, MDA, MYK, 747,777, 767, MI5, 737, MI6, 757, Kh-11, Shayet-13, SADMS, Spetznaz, Recce, 707, CIO, NOCS, Halcon, Duress, RAID, Psyops, grom, D-11, SERT, VIP, ARC, S.E.T. Team, MP5k, DREC, DEVGRP, DF, DSD, FDM, GRU, LRTS, SIGDEV, NACSI, PSAC, PTT, RFI, SIGDASYS, TDM. SUKLO, SUSLO, TELINT, TEXTA. ELF, LF, MF, VHF, UHF, SHF, SASP, WANK, Colonel, domestic disruption, smuggle, 15kg, nitrate, Pretoria, M-14, enigma, Bletchley Park, Clandestine, nkvd, argus, afsatcom, CQB, NVD, Counter Terrorism Security, Rapid Reaction, Corporate Security, Police, sniper, PPS, ASIS, ASLET, TSCM, Security Consulting, High Security, Security Evaluation, Electronic Surveillance, MI-17, Counterterrorism, spies, eavesdropping, debugging, interception, COCOT, rhost, rhosts, SETA”

    as if they hadn’t found us yet, huh? Hi Guys! Love ya! Keep defending those resources for the Empire!

  39. ohh, ohh, i spotted a good one: nitrate. that’s gotta be a key word on any spook computer search list. humm,….ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate, nitro gyclerine, toluene, tri-nitro toluene, TNT, RDX, etc.

    yup, just about anything chemical with nitrates is a potential explosive. they even make me secure my stock of nitric acid these days. the uranium and thorium ores just sit on the counter (behind lots of lead). go figure.

  40. Bubba = Bill Clinton, former president and potential terrorist target.

    nice to see you around, Nudge!

    speaking of terra, anyone else notice how the MSM are now pushing Syrian terra, and how they practically won’t let poor singer witney houston die like normal folks? i mean, she’s getting ‘the michael jackson treatment’, or is it ‘the elvis treatment’? maybe they’ll restart burning fags under the furneral pyre?

    no one covers the tanking economy, but its tanking beeg time:http://etfdailynews.com/2012/02/16/proof-of-u-s-greater-depression-slv-gld-sds-faz-agq/

    check out the electrical consumption chart. and no, it’s not because of all those folks who got PV panels installed. also mentioned is the US becoming a refined petroleum products exporter. why? because the refineries can’t sell all they make domestically anymoron, usage is down so much. these are those aging refineries that we used to worry weren’t being replaced with new ones. now we know why.

  41. Its sad how Mcain wants to help the Syrian rebels considering anyone and everyone who has actually been paying attention knows Al Kada the bogey men are the ones currently supplying the weaponds to said rebels.

    Its a damn good thing for the human race he lost the race.

  42. I have always beleived Marilyn biggist contrabution to pop culture was not her shear unmacthed beuity of the time or her photos in playboy but her ability to use facial expresions to show a huge range of emontions better than any model before her and most since if not all. I cant think of any better of even equal but there maybe someone I think of later.

  43. she married arthur miller, the playwrite (death of a salesman, the misfits, etc.). the ironic thing about that is marilyn, for all her innate beauty, was no dummy. my guess is she could hold her own intellectually with old arthur.

  44. back in the day, circa 1973-4, after a hard night partying, about the only thing that would get me up in the morning was my humble pie “rockin’ the filmore” live album, played loudly on my marantz stereo amp and advent speakers. usually, “i don’t need no doctor” was enough to rouse me, my roommates, plus any neighbors on our street that were trying to sleep in.

    that and lots of black coffee. good old steve mariott.

  45. no, remus, they were standard brown cloth and hardwood frame. about medium size, so compact but powerful. i replaced them later with some bose 501s, the poor man’s 901s.

    that HP album also had “thirty days in the hole”, another good wake up tune.

  46. Ah. Sounds like they might have been the Advent/2. I had the Advent/2 in the white plastic cabinets. Folks laughed until l they heard them.

    I eventually replaced mine with DCM Time Windows. Amps however, were a constant parade. My last “big” amp was a Carver Field Amp with a Carver Sonic Hologram pre-amp. Then I went retro to a Fisher tube receiver. That changed how I heard the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs half-speed master LPs. Or even the Deutsche Grammophon classical recordings. IIRC, I had a Technics direct drive turntable and a Audio Technica cart.

    Nowadays it’s either audio by Ford or Realtek silicon pushing some Creative 2.1s on my desk. Except I get my classical fix live once a month – or until I can’t afford the fuel anymore to get there.

    Ever notice that early Black Crows seemed to capture some of the feel of the Stones, Humble Pie and others?

  47. Xena the lone tiger, or that pack of horny humpers, those are some real forces of nature to deal with. i’d like to unleash those humpers on the wall street banksters, and ask them to use every available orifice they can find on those guys (and gals, if any). then send in xena for the coup de grace.

  48. remus, our last stereo system froze in time with a Sony 700ES intergrated stereo amp, bose 901 speakers (2), and matching ES-grade Sony casette and CD players. at one time, it also had a Technics direct-drive turntable (in box in garage for lack of use, along with album collections) with a high-end Shure diamond stylus (forgotten model).

    we contemplated a Bang-Olufsen system, but procrasinated on the purchase and am now glad we did—saved $$$.

    the last time we took the Sony amp in for repairs, the techs did it for free because they said they liked to work on “old classic systems”. LOL, wished I’d kept the Marantz model 18.

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