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HackerBoyRulz in the mine.

Id10t Killer at work set up a Minecraft server and several of us workers use it 24/7  enjoy it as well.   Inscrutable Half-breed, Laconic Pup, Lemur_King, we are all on it.  It is huge, taking a full day cycle just for me to go south to ID10T’s city.

HackerBoy has been begging me to let him on.  So we got him an account last night.  Turns out I should not have Ben worried.

Remember, this is a kid who is locked in by speech but can communicate this way and express emotion.  I can’t explain why but this is enough to bring tears to the eyes of a parent of a autistic kid who cannot communicate well.

HackerBoy Classes well

 

He put in the little waterfall. and he has been unfailingly polite.  Lemuria built by father and son is at peace.

Lemuria

And he and i are playing together, and it is mutually enjoyed.

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How do you know that you have too much money and are throwing away the best part of your grill?

With a robotic grill cleaner, that’s how.  h/t to Black Lab on Amphetamines.

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h/t to Crazy Cat Lady

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Two Holy Men Meet.

In talking with Laconic Pup about Minecraft (which he is even more of a newbie than myself in) we were discussing the benefits of harvesting sheep (wool), pigs (pork chops), ducks (eggs), and cows (steaks).  It was myself, Inscrutable Half-Breed, Laconic Pup, and ID10T Killer…

Do the villagers drop meat when you kill them?  – Laconic Pup

It was just wrong.

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The Pope met with The Dope.

“We actually didn’t talk a whole lot about social schisms in my conversations with His Holiness,” Mr. Obama said at a press conference in Rome. “In fact, that really was not a topic of conversation.”

Mr. Obama deflected a reporter’s question about the extent of his discussion with the pope on the contraceptive mandate by saying that Francis “actually did not touch in detail” on the subject. The administration has been locked in a lengthy legal and political battle with the U.S. Catholic Church hierarchy over Obamacare and issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

The Vatican, however, issued a statement after the meeting saying the president’s discussions with Francis and two other top Vatican officials focused “on questions of particular relevance for the [Catholic] Church in [the United States], such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection” — issues that have fueled divisions between Mr. Obama and the church.

So… either the Pope is lying or the Dope is lying.
I say “The Pope smokes Dope”.

The president clearly wanted to benefit from the global popularity of the pope.

Well, duh.  If the Pope had no chance of boosting his ratings, Obama would never have given him the time of day.
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Bullshit. I call bullshit.

Grossman’s pain-level was a 10 on a scale of 1-to-10, Allard said, and yet he fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights and mandatory sex education to issues facing youth and aging members of the LGBTQ community.

If you can tolerate it, your pain isn’t a ten. Don’t go telling me you are a big tough guy. I had a compound fracture broken slowly… A ten is while it is being broken and you are screaming or in the throes of a cluster migraine. You cannot think. Your brain short-circuits at ten.

Kicked in the nuts hard is a nine. Breathing is hard. I hear gut wounds or appendicitis or things of that nature are 8-10, easy.

After a bone is broken, ok, it hurts bad… Now you are eight or nine. I dealt with that for hours. A bad regular migraine is this level. You can think, even if you do want to puke.

But you don’t hold a debate during a ten. Sorry. Now you’re just a lying sack of crap.

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We were at the dinner table last night and the kids were talking… Minecraft.

Out of respect for CW I had asked several days ago for the new policy of not discussing it at the dinner table.

HackerBoy said “And if you [insert trivia here] then [something] goes [verb]!!!”

“Ok, guys, I asked that we not talk MC during dinner.  Let’s not use this as a topic for discussion.”

HackerBoy said in this oh-so-annoying way that chaps my nads, “Well, maybe we shouldn’t discuss anything.”

I gave him the baleful stare the men in my family are known for, the dreaded +3 Glare of Withering Scorn.

“You know what?  Perhaps you ought to take the lead on that.  I will probably fail miserably at it.  You can show us how it is done.  OK?”

WHOOOOOSH!  It went right over his head.  I looked up at CW, who was trying so hard not to chuckle that she was turning red.  I have a caustic side to me I am told.  Her look also said “Man, are you ever a creep sometimes.”  

What is so powerful about it is how closely I matched my old man and my brother.  Without even trying.

I was feeling like laughing, which seemed so uncharitable given what he said and how I replied that I got up from the table and laughed in the other room. 

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New variable-focus glasses today.  My eyes are killing me but they are nice, even if I was running into doorframes.  My depth perception isn’t bad, it is my peripheral vision.  I favor smallish diameter frames (and I like pocket-watches and fountain pens, so sue me).

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Cracked.com did a nice job of capturing some of firefighting forest fires but what they did not capture is the fact that when you are in a wild land unit and a fire is burning towards you as you put out spot fires the adrenaline does not stop, which probably explains why so many are addicted to adrenaline.  And, I suspect why so many firefighters drink, because sometimes it helps turn that off.

It also doesn’t drive home how exhausted you are after just a half day of running your ass off full-tilt.  With gear.  In 100+ degree weather.  In hilly dry terrain.  There is not enough water to quench that thirst.

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Saw this a while back but it only came to mind today.

A toy dog that was not let out the night before had to urinate in a very bad way.

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My moral flexibility is twitching.  Anyone who glues razor blades to playground equipment should be garrotted with his own twitching entrails.

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In the continuing series of questioning the underlying BS of assumptions, I note this one today.

Hospitals plot the demise of insurance companies so… So they can take over the financing of your overpriced health-care!  Yes, rather than everyone know exactly what they pay for themselves and them alone, let’s make it “more affordable” by having everyone continue to play the gambling game!  

And we know that insurance of any kind is about minimizing payouts to maximize income.

WHY would we have reason to believe that it would somehow be better if hospitals run the tables rather than the mob?  It will still cost us the same.  I could rant for hours on this but I am on an iPad and it hurts to type that long.

 

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I am far from the smartest bear in the woods but when I hear someone on CNN speculate seriously as to whether MH370 might have been the hapless victim of a rogue black hole, I begin to wonder if stupid is catching.  It is like Idiocracy has arrived in present day.

Mother Jones also says we destroyed ocean currents, so there is a reason we cannot find the remains the black hole did not get.


Sorry that one was days late.  My weekend and life have been devastated by digital pr0n… Minecraft.

See my castle?  It is somewhere over 155 in altitude.  Enough so that we are over the lowest cloud layer.

There will be four towers.  One is effectively done and ther will be three more. The second is partway done.


Cruel Wife found this… She said I could identify with the sentiment.  She is right.

True… True…


Speaking of idiots.  Sucking on toes is a bad idea.  Sucking on toes in Wal-Mart is a worse idea.  Sucking a stranger woman’s toes in Wal-Mart is a really stupid idea.


Even more idiocy.  And fear.  And loathing.

QE and how scary it is getting for all but the richest.

 

 

 

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The Riderless Black Horse is an expression I borrowed from Stephen King to describe migraines.  The hoofbeats thudding through your head are ominous and threatening.

I was off work today, bedridden for the most part in a dark room – probably should have used an injector but I have a certain limit below which I won’t use them.

But then at 5pm I had an appointment.  At the eye doctor.

I sat for millennia as the light from a thousand suns poured into first one eye and then the other and they boiled in their sockets.  Molten lava sloshed in the channels of my brain, following a tidal pattern that had no apparent source.   Entire memories and experiences cried out and shriveled up, turning black and blowing away as fine sparkling dust motes.

Then he charged me several hundred bucks and sent me on my way, sweaty and shaken.

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The Malaysian airliner issue is still out there.  I’ve heard lots of impassioned arguments for it being just an accident, a malfunction, or something less than sinister.

But you just cannot explain away the things that make zero sense.

KT McFarland had an article about what we have learned and what have potential terrorists learned, which is interesting from a “flow of information” standpoint.  The argument being that we have told a lot about how we respond and how lax security is, and how we have learned nothing.

What kind of talk is that?  Seriously?  McFarland has supposedly worked in national security posts and she doesn’t recognize that we’re watching the terrorists very closely right now?  You better believe that they are watching the spider web for telltale vibrations.  Information flow never flows only one way unless one is an idiot.  Our security forces are many things, but idiots?  No.

As a former NSA director told me, we’re still looking at China, Russia and North Korea. We’re not as focused further south, or in the Southern Hemisphere.

We’re looking at China, Russia, and North Korea???  Really?  They are the LAST places I’d look.  Those are stupid ideas.  And those are perfect examples of poor misdirection.

She says also:

… not everyone in the world is sharing information. Our satellites may not be looking south, but maybe Chinese satellites are, especially since Malaysia borders the Strait of Malacca, one of China’s most important trade routes. The Chinese official press has criticized the U.S. for not sharing our satellite data. Are they sharing theirs?

My guess?  China has worked very hard to scrub their data of any information that tells about their sensors and technology first.  Subtle variations in the images tell what kind of apertures exist in their systems, aberrations present, and detector capabilities (noise, readout noise, sensitivity, etc.).  That takes time, so I am not surprised it took so long to distribute what they do have.  Just handing out photos willy-nilly is just giving away information about your capabilities.

… even if we have the technology it isn’t always used, or used correctly. There were three separate instances where the missing plane wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do.  Yet Malaysian air traffic controllers missed them. India has radar but, according to some reports, turns it off at night to save money.

India has radar but turns it off at night.  And that couldn’t possibly have been exploited?  Surely not.

There have been so many stupid things uttered by people who are supposed to be smart that I strongly suspect that there is an energized campaign of misinformation on all sides.  That’s easier to swallow than everyone involved is an idiot.

And another article has the following quote:

“The reason I don’t lean toward it being hijacked and then landed in a foreign country to be used later is that you’ve already advertised that there’s a missing aircraft out there now,” Cane said. “Why would you allow your potential targets to raise their defenses? That’s not the way terrorists operate.”

Have IQ’s dropped precipitously recently?  Did the 1993 Trade Center bombing just totally get forgotten?

Terrorists observe.  What they learn from observing determines how they will act.

Has no one read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War?  The terrorists have.

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Could someone remind me again what NASA stands for?

Social, economic, and political studies?  Was that what NASA was created to do?

Study of the downfall of civilization?  There is irony there if you dig for it.

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Proof of life?  No, proof of lie.

NOAA showing its bias for all to see.

 

 

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Go north.

The official line I keep hearing is the Malaysia flight could have gone south or west along the radius of the last satellite ping.

I am sorry but I call bullshit.  A pilot bent on suicide would have sought to do it visibly if he was going to suicide by plane.  Also, suicide by plane would not do the climb, transponder off, and ghost act.  He also would not fly for hours into the great white south AND have his family move out the day before.

No, as commenter Mitchell pointed out, ghosting under another plane has been recognized as a way one could slip out of being tracked in an area where business as usual isn’t rigorously tracked.  It was well-described in Neal Stephenson’s “Reamde” novel.

Let’s go north again.  Wherever it went, it arrived there days ago, and looking for it now will only be looking at areas where unusual activity is occurring, using satellites.

Wherever it is, if we know about it, and have not bombed it into a smoking crater, it means a potential hostage situation has stayed our hand.  Any action would result in a UN demand for forensics, which would turn up what I suspect would be a lot of suddenly now-dead civilians.

If we don’t know about it, while whoever has it traced all transmitters on the plane to remove them, chatter will go silent, and the NSA and CIA will go nuts looking for it and signs of anything moving towards it.  All roads would lead to Rome IF whatever was going to be loaded into it wasn’t already in place, and I think a state sponsored plan will have already done so.

That plane will not be used for some time, is my guess, but the hostages will be kept fresh for it’s final trip.

Yeah, it reads like a damned spy novel, but it already has gone into that territory.

Don’t get me wrong, as I think the best scenario we could hope for at this point is it crashed.  It is a PR disaster waiting to happen for the second best scenario, where passengers die and lots of awful things like nukes (bomb or wastes) get scattered as it is shot down.  

Worst case is they fly it in with transponder off under a white flag requesting sanctuary, and getting an nuclear bomb air burst over Israel.  And if they take out Israel’s infrastructure with an EMP then they can go in using their military forces held in reserve.

Now, my argument for keeping the passengers alive is the tendency of the Islamic fanatics to hide behind the skirts of women and children if it suits their goals.  

Tel Aviv, Israel is the only target that makes sense, unless they want to take out a US aircraft carrier.  And the fanatics want Jerusalem intact.  

Any of those nations from Pakistan westward are completely capable of turning an eye in their airspace.

This is ALL supposition, but the longer this goes without resolution, the worse it will be.

 

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So look at the map of possible landing strips of over 5000ft for a 777 (MH370) to land.

Well, that is real nice and all, but one of the pilots had a freaking flight simulator in his home.

And with all due respect to WYNC, but the Hyderabad airport in Pakistan is just shy of 7000ft and there are more locations.  I wonder why no destinations in Pakistan were flagged.  At some point someone said they were known to be over the Andaman Islands.

Over 5000ft runways only…

Absorb this. The last ping puts it somewhere along those paths.  Maybe.

Range, radar, and warm fuzzies.

For shits and giggles, let’s look at a great circle map from Malaysia to Hyderabad, Pakistan.  I could have picked northern Pak as well.

Final analysis?  It does not add up.  There is info that is wrong or misinformation.

Flying on the south route makes zero sense.  If a pilot wanted to suicide he could have done it long before that.  If he had a grudge he would have picked a target.  No, they went somewhere and it is making someone very nervous.  Northern Pakistan would be one place I would look, if I could fly over it.

And if I were Israel, I would be on high alert.

Great circle map to illustrate range.

 

 

 

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