74 Replies to “Open Thread August”

  1. Alaska should keep that remaining oil for themselves. They may need it to keep warm in the winter. Statize that oil and gas and send BP and the other multinationals packing.

  2. hey, it’s great to be “back in the USSA”:

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130816/14533924213/feds-threaten-to-arrest-lavabit-founder-shutting-down-his-service.shtml

    where it gets moron and moron interesting to live in “the land o’ de free”

    “from the either-you-help-us-spy-on-people-or-you’re-a-criminal dept

    The saga of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison is getting even more ridiculous, as he explains that the government has threatened him with criminal charges for his decision to shut down the business, rather than agree to some mysterious court order. The feds are apparently arguing that the act of shutting down the business, itself, was a violation of the order:”

  3. “It turns out that the NSA’s domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we’ve learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate, either out of patriotism or because they believe it’s easier that way.

    I have one message to the executives of those companies: fight.”

    https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/08/the_nsa_is_comm.html

  4. yeah, i don’t think those drugs were wasted.

    most drones can be handled with a slingshot or a 12 gauge. i think.

  5. dave, I don’t think those ladies needed any help being, well, that way.

    the hobby variety of drone yes, possibly some low-rent police drones as well. mil-spec, not so much. GPS spoofing, many across the board.

  6. Post Turtle

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-19/obamacare-strikes-forever-21-which-forcibly-demotes-some-workers-295-hours-week#comment-3859169

    ‘While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, whose hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

    Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president. The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘Post Turtle’.” Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a ‘post turtle’ was. The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.”

    The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain. “You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just Wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with.”

    The doctor said, “Wow, this is the best explanation I’ve heard yet.”‘

  7. i’d like to take up surfing on a serious basis. but the nearest (half) decent surf is a couple of hundred miles away. lotsa golf courses around here though.

  8. When you are old, incapacitated, and some family member has parked your butt at the rest home you watch golf on TV. That’s why they invented the sport, I believe.

  9. so the topic comes up: who is the greatest guitar artist of all time?

    my youngest son replies: “there’s jimi hendrix, period. then, there’s all the other guitar players.”

  10. that’s a great commentary above, dave. so true. thanks to evil steve jobs, money grubber to the end.

    my father used to not take any pictures on vacations. his attitude was buy some postcards if you wanted it recorded. those were taken by professionals and are cheap. better to live in the moment, than to be bothered recording everything. the guy was a zen master, i think.

  11. Dave I don’t know what to say about the flume vid. Do angels like this exist?

    Doom, once again fatherly wisdom and role modeling. My father carried around a thermos of manhattans when on vacation, not a camera. I may have mentioned this before but he was a doomer. When I was a young lad he gave me a copy of Limits to Growth. I still have it.

  12. yeah, talk about penis envy. jerry is/was not even very good looking. musta been that fast-talking governor moonbeam stick. i used to dream about having linda as a GF.

  13. i guess my father was a doomer, also. as a recreational hunter living in socal, he could see the effects of population growth on habitat change. places he could go as a young man there were very marginal when he took me there. today? forgettabouit. we used to drive 4 hours one way to get to good hunting places up near the nevada-california border. now those probably are gone too, by now, i guess.

  14. Photos, dunno…
    My old man had all his burned thanks to Herr Hitler when he was a kid. He liked to take a lot of photos and develop them himself when I was growing up.
    Then again he might’ve just liked fucking around with chemicals, I know I do.

  15. yeah, and how does one get his photos burned and not get other undesirable attention from the thugs? or maybe he did and survived?

    details, please, but nothing that you don’t want our NSA folks to read,

  16. don’t know. never been to italy. let me know.

    grossly generalizing, asian women seem to have stronger submissive tendencies than most other women; thus making better whores. i think.

    i should submit that hypothesis to the jury over at america2.0.

  17. Ever hear Jimmy Durante sing the September Song?

    When I was a young man courting the (goyls),
    I played me a waiting game:
    If a maid refused me with tossing (coyls)…

  18. after seeing Pompeii and Herculaneum today, i’d have to say that those people were so different from what came after that it must have been like encountering a lost city of space aliens, somewhat well preserved.

    they were highly organised and did some amazing things with only slave power. they were highly superstitious, decadent (the rich ones), and relaxed about bodily functions (gorging, puking, peeing, shitting and sex). they even had fast-food chain stores scattered about town.

    they lived next to an active volcano but didn’t appreciate the dangers. to a certain extent, the moderns here do the same—gamblers.

    what they had was a generational ignorance of history and a general lack of appreciation for science and natural history. in the case of these cities, wealthy as they were, it cost them their lives.

  19. Remember the guy, his name was Harry Truman, who was the caretaker of a lodge at base of Mt St Helens? He said there’s a lake and a lot of timber between me and the volcano, I’ll be just fine.

    Harry

    Wiki – “Truman was alone at his lodge when he and his 16 cats are presumed to have died (along with 56 other people elsewhere in the disaster area) in the eruption on May 18. A pyroclastic flow engulfed the Spirit Lake area, destroying the lake and burying the site of his lodge under 150 feet of volcanic landslide debris. A new lake eventually formed on a much higher elevation.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Randall_Truman

  20. back in 1995, I had the honor of standing on the exact spot where Harry’s lodge stood by the lake. the new lake was full of logs from the downed forest. there were a lot of logs lying everywhere, a real logger’s dream.

  21. maybe someday they’ll excavate the site and make a plaster cast of poor old Harry and his sixteen cats, perhaps some caught in a running position.

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