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Neckdate:  I saw the pain doc again today.  There’s been (very good) improvement in my range of motion but I’ve got pain still.  I pointed out to them where it is hurting and they said “Oh, that is down low (C5-7) – we did not get that yet.  So… it means two more diagnostic procedures and then another RF procedure.   Damn.  If, after all that, and I still have pain, then they are completely willing to try a non-narcotic treatment of pain.  Damn.  So I have to wait a while longer to get my clarity of mind back.  Damn.

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George Will did a nice commentary on the Obamas and their performance for the Olympic farce vote.  Very nice observations, and he didn’t have to reach far to make a compelling statement.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

<snip> Surely [Silicon] Valley could continue its service to him by designing software for his speechwriters’ computers that would delete those personal pronouns, replacing them with the word “sauerkraut” to underscore the antic nature of their excessive appearances.

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… we pass from the merely silly to the ominous — suppose the president was being not gallant but sincere.  Perhaps the premise of the otherwise inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona.

Bingo.

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You and I… we all need a break from seriousness.

Try this.

mapping

mapping with XKCD

Just think if someone really did know everywhere you went.  Which leads us into the main topic, which is surveillance…

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Bloomberg is busy justifying surveillance nets now.

A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan…

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Behind the mayor, a 40-foot video wall displayed maps, incoming data from a police precinct and more than a dozen video streams, many of them showing tourists taking photographs on a sunny day.

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We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.

He speaks of balance right after the last sentence there.

Problem with stuff like this is really easy to justify it but hellishly difficult to remove it once in place.  How many taxes have you seen go away recently?  How many government programs have been eliminated recently?  Diddly + jack + squat, that’s how many.

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The United Steaks of America.  Yes.  Really.

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Tsunamis are deadly but cool.

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UPDATE 2 – SERIOUS TOPIC:

Chaotic Synaptic Activity has a post that you need to go see. It regards the use of the Islamic Crescent at the crash site of Flight 93 on 9/11. We thought this was a dead issue, but apparently some people wish to include the driving religion “of peace” of the instigators of this heinous act into a memorial for the victims. Ask yourselves: “Do I want this crap on a memorial for the victims of Flight 93?”

[From Chaotic Synaptic Activity] … Congressman Tancredo insisted that, intentional or not, it was unacceptable to build the Flight 93 memorial in the shape of a symbol that the Flight 93 terrorists claimed as their own. Pretty obvious one would think, but the backers of the crescent design were bitterly angry about having their preference overruled, just as they are now. They didn’t want to change the design, and they DIDN’T change the design.

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UPDATE – sent to me by a fried was this tidbit that I’m squeezing in before my usual drivel…

Holy COW!!! That is one ginormous walking steak.

As Chilli was growing up we began noticing that he was bigger than our other cows.

Bright spark, there. Most wouldn’t have noticed this cow’s size…

Full story here. Is anyone else thinking “porterhouse”, “ribeye”, or “filet mignon”, or is it just me?

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All right, I have met the enemy and they for sure are part of the DNC. They are:

(The) Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

I’m posting what WorldNetDaily put up on my blog in the hopes that y’all give them a gander now and then. Some stuff is kind of kooky, but some of it is spot on and they have a pretty good commentary page – in fact, to my great surprise, I don’t have it linked on my page – I’ll fix that. No, I’m not affiliated with them in any way.

ENVIRONETDAILY
Wanna help planet? ‘Let’s all just die!’
Group pushes to improve Earth’s ecosystem by ensuring human species does not survive


Posted: May 11, 2008
10:33 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

“May we live long and die out” is the unofficial motto of a movement that seeks to improve the Earth’s ecosystem by ensuring that the human species does not survive.The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, or VHEMT, consists of volunteers who have made active life decisions to remain childless for the benefit of the Earth, thereby preventing the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals.

While no one person takes credit for being the founder, Les U. Knight created its name and is the spokesperson for the movement.

“We’ve already exceeded Earth’s carrying capacity for humans by quite a bit,” Knight told WND. “We are using up our resources. The best way to stop it is by not breeding. It’s really the best way because the people we don’t create don’t exist, and so there’s no impact on them.”

VHEMT activists believe a smaller population will benefit the Earth by reducing human and environmental catastrophe.

“There is no problem on the planet that would be more easily solved by adding more people,” Knight said. “Everything that we like, including clean air and clean water and wilderness to go and visit, all of those will increase as there become fewer of us.”

Knight said the greenest habit humans can have is to prevent creation of another member of the species, reducing humanity’s ecological footprint on the Earth.

Though VHEMT volunteers have made active decisions to not bring children into the world, Knight said he is not concerned that the movement will literally die out.

“It’s an idea, and it’s not transferred genetically,” he said. “We aren’t born knowing we should go extinct; we have to learn it. We don’t need to create new humans in order to indoctrinate them from birth. All of us come from breeding couples, and yet we’ve decided not to breed.”

VHEMT strives to increase the status of women in society with the stated goal of giving them choices besides motherhood by promoting “universal reproductive freedom.” While Knight said the main goal of the movement is to prevent procreation, he claims it does not promote abortion or other methods of terminating life.

“There’s no need for that. Contraception prevents abortion, and we’ll be dead soon enough,” he said. “Whatever it takes to avoid creating a new human is what we advocate.”

As for the size of the group, Knight said he can only guess because the movement is not an organization that people can join. However, he provided an estimate of the number of subscribers to the VHEMT philosophy:

“There must be several million people who have arrived at the conclusion that we would be better off without humans.”

When Knight formed the movement, he had one objective in mind:

“The ultimate goal is one I will never see,” Knight said. “I will never see the day that there are no humans on the planet.”

source: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=63755

All righty, boys and girls! My comments, and please add yours… PLEASE.

  1. If we’re all so worthless and damaging, shouldn’t those who feel truly committed do their part now out of good conscience?
  2. That estimate of the number of SLC’s is based on…? Wow, by the same token I have to estimate that the number of readers of my blog – and that agree with my sentiments here – must be somewhere in the tens of millions. So there.
  3. The coffee-house misanthrope interviewee says “It’s an idea, and it’s not transferred genetically”, and implies that the movement won’t die out. Au contraire! Weed out the dumb ones and that sort of thing will die out. I won’t live to see that ultimate goal, but having an objective in mind is a good thing.

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