Friday, December 19, 2014

Act of War By North Korea?

If the conclusion by the FBI that North Korea committed the Sony hack, followed by threats of violence for screening "The Interview", the comedy about Kim Jong Un, would the hacking constitute an act of war?

If so, what is our government going to do about it? Open discussions to discover Kim's wants, needs, hurts, and potential for growth? Or accept that the Korean War, which has never been declared over, is ramping up and bomb North Korea back into a civilized country?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Islamic State hands out rules for sex slaves in Iraq



We clearly need more tolerance for slave rapers. Their culture is just as good as any others. Especially ours. Our professors tell us so. We must believe it.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Better Have A Bunch Of Batteries: FEMA/DHS Says CME Could Leave 100,000,000 Without Electricity For Months

Don't forget to stock a few flats of water:
“An analysis of the space weather impacts indicates that the greatest challenge will be to provide life-saving and life-sustaining resources for large numbers of people that experience long-term power outage from damage to the U.S. electrical grid,” the FEMA document, dated March 1, 2012, states.

The FEMA fact sheet noted...that an extreme solar storm could leave “130 million people without power for years,” and destroy or damage more than 300 hard-to-replace electrical grid transformers.
The problem with such widespread and long lasting power outages isn't the run on candles, but the lack of drinkable water: without power, the water grid and sewage treatment grid also go down. So do the gas pumps which allow people to drive to an unaffected area. If food distributors' computers don't work, they don't know what they have or where they have it, nor, without electricity, do the chillers keep it from rotting. Imagine multiple cities without potable water, with overflowing toilets, for even 10 days. At the same time, in August. It wouldn't be unpleasant: It would see thousands or hundreds of thousands dead. Possibly millions.

One of the problems with preparing for a Carrington type event is that while there is no question whatsoever that they happen, they don't happen often enough to keep people's attention. Their infrequency is a good thing for an electrically based economy, of course, but when the big hits of 1859 and 1921 are so far apart, people don't pay attention to the consequences of a low probability event. Such an event might not occur in our lifetimes, so people naturally discount the possibility despite the horrific consequences.

A brace or two of 55 gallon barrels of water in the garage or basement seems about as stupid and paranoid as a good home insurance policy.

Here is the story.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Alice In Wonderland Comes To Beloit, Wisconsin

Invite the police to search your house for guns? Gee, of course. It's the New American Way:
Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they're asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.
Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system.

"Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we've learned from our health providers,” he said.

I wonder how Mom will feel when the cops find an unregistered full auto assault bong in the attic.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Reading Proficiency Rates At Milwaukee Public Schools

Pretty impressive:
Five schools, for example, had not a single pupil score proficient in reading on the state tests, which are administered to students in third through eighth grades, and once in high school, in 10th grade. The state assigned those schools a 0 percent score.
On the other end of the scale, the best reading proficiency score at an 80/80 school was 21 percent at Hartford Avenue University School in MPS. Second (20 percent) was Franklin School, also in MPS. St. Marcus Lutheran was third (19 percent).

Hmmmm....Can't blame underpaid teachers: Milwaukee's teachers' salaries, adjusted for cost of living, are the highest in America. (Hawaii's are the lowest)

Something else is going on. Maybe lousy parents?

It seems to me that the simplest way to improve school outcomes, and reduce violence at the same time, would be to stop subsidizing bastardy, but I guess that would be racist. You get more of whatever you subsidize, though. You want more messed up kids? Subsidize unwed teen 'parenthood'.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Education that $60,000 Buys At Georgetown University

Student gets mugged at gunpoint: He blames his "privilege", not his assailants.
“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’” asks Friedfeld. “It’s precisely this kind of ‘otherization’ that fuels the problem.”
Yeah, that's one way of looking at it.

He'd make a good slave.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Megyn Kelly or Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

I understand that most of my revered readers are more MSNBC or CBS kinda people, but on the off chance you saw tonight's Fox News with Megyn Kelly, what did you think of her Sheena, Queen of the Jungle leopard print outfit?:

Megyn.

Sheena.

A) Totally Intellectual: Worthy of a Ph.D in Sociology
B) Totally Babacious Empowered Woman Award: Worthy of Sheena, Bare-handed Killer of Mighty Lions
C) Totally Babaciously Intellectual: Worthy of a Republican Vice Presidential Candidate
D) Ummmm...my wife might see my reply. What's your name again? Prank Call! Prank Call!!

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Does This Mean That Europeans Are Space Aliens?

Or just some Europeans?

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