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Seeing reports from all over that young people cannot regulate their lives. At all. Barely functional, unable to plan, execute plans, etc. Whatever this is, bad education, screen time, whatever, they are not viable human animals in that condition. Which is why they do whatever they are told to do, however illogical or counterproductive. Generations are large and generalizations are difficult, but I see the trend.
– Dr D – today
“This is not the first time you’ve seen eyes like that,” she said to her son in German, “not the first man you’ve seen who could not move unless someone told him where to move, who longed for someone to tell him what to do next, who would do anything anyone told him to do next. You saw thousands of them at Auschwitz.”
“I don’t remember,” said Epstein tautly.
Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr – 1962
@Mr House re:
Question: Has anyone noticed differences in gas prices? When i was growing up gas was always, always more expensive in the city. Nothing huge but it was always five to ten cents cheaper in the rural areas but in the last few years i’ve noticed the opposite. Anybody have any ideas as to why the change?
From a strictly California perspective, I’ve seen it as a ‘where you can’ spectrum of wallet rape. In places where serious work gets done using hydrocarbons, it’s usually the cheapest. Truckers’ towns like Mojave (CA-14/CA-58) or Visalia (CA-99/CA-198) are cheap-to-mid $ for low-to-hi pop density. Mojave is raw desert, so only shipping/tourist. Visalia is agriculture-heavy, more trucks, variety of other diesel machines. I haven’t been in a few years, but I’m sure in places like San Rafael, Petaluma, it’s probably $6.50+, less than 30km from the Chevron refineries in Richmond.
Low-mid class suburbs is the average (I’m in Northridge, currently ~$5.50/gal of 89). Tourist towns/traps (Fish Camp, south gate of Yosemite, ~$7.00), upscale urban areas (Beverly Hills, ~$6.75) are highest. Between my area and ‘fancy town’ (Beverly/WeHo) there has been, historically, a $1.00 gap. Likewise, a $1.00 gap the other way when compared to Palmdale/Lancaster (possible ‘mil warp’ of price from nearby AFB). These gaps are shrinking or are gone in many places, but Bev/WeHo is the center of a money vortex, so they can afford to ‘compete at the pump’ also.
EDIT: Adding…diesel was always ~15% cheaper everywhere.
Please stop re-broadcasting the Dr. Fungus Hour. Lead by example.
I am not a luddite. I’ve spent 35+ years of my life telling various kinds of robots what to do or say, and listening to what they tell me. I really like robots. I prefer the company of robots over that of most humans. Some humans have created rude, orc-like robots, and should be punished. Asimov is spinning in his grave!
Wife and I go to the market. We enter the right of two entrances, past the express lane and do our shopping counter-clock, finish and head to the middle for ice cream and the regular check-out. Short lines for each lane, but a dude beckons to the side that has all the self-check robots. We grumble about this, and he makes vague ‘no no i have a ckecker’ noises. Herds another guy to the checker and ushers us to the robot.
Robot may have vague instructions printed on it’s faceplate, but I’m old and not wearing my glasses. I plug the green box on the screen, and we proceed to ‘bucket brigade’ the items across the scanner. There’s not enough room to bag what we have in the designated bagging area, perhaps just under 1m^2, and apparently loaded with a sophisticated sensor array.
I put a bag in the cart and start bagging in there as I go, so I can sort the squishy stuff and not get it squished. The robot complains. It does it’s “HELP! STOP! THEIF!” routine, and the human minder approaches. I surreptitiously place myself between the minder and the robot. The minder divines that I’m on the level…this time…and heads back to his podium.
And I keep on plugging. At this point, I’m fully John Henry’ing the fuck out of that scanner. The sub-assembly responsible for speech output is aghast, flabbergasted, nonplussed! The minder makes several more attempts to come to the aid of the floundering device, but it’s no use…we’re done. The robot takes a final breath, reads the tally, and requests some dough. I show it my chip, there’s a vague slurping sound in the back, and it’s over.
I say a hearty “Fuck you, robot!” and walk proudly out the exit.
1) A checker in this same market accosted my wife about not wearing a mask not 2 months prior. Said my wife had to go use the robot. Now there are 3 TIMES AS MANY robots in that market. Stupid human! You go push broom!
2) I really, really enjoy yakking with people in the checkout. The checker in particular, if you repeat, becomes a ‘low-level friend’ with whom you exchange dopamine shots when you compliment eachother’s appearance. The robot sucks. The robot speaks to you in a rude, condescending Amy Schumer voice.
3) From an efficiency standpoint, they should be putting these in the express lanes only, since the high volume customers almost always have strange things like fruit with cryptic SKUs and cookies that aren’t in the inventory.
4) I strongly resent the flip in the basic dynamics of this transaction. When I go into a market, I rather like the buyer/seller transaction. It’s almost always on friendly terms, both get something we want, and the support ripples outward through the community. That disappears with the robot and the minder. It’s now a guard/prisoner transaction: get in line, do as the robot says, the minder’s watching, so no shenanigans!
Yeah… Fuck you, Robot!
If the kettle brigades show up, everybody should just run away. The tow trucks have already refused. They’ll have to call the military, and trust that the CO they contact can make his/her folks carry out the orders in a timely fashion. Meanwhile, regroup. Use that war chest to pay some other faction to slow down or strike. If money is what’s corrupting folks that should be on our side, give them the money and corrupt them in a useful direction. We don’t have to be friends with them, just use them as they seem to desire.
With that kinda dosh, buy up stock in a noxious media company and try to change it.
Important here is the off-balance adversary. Don’t wait for a recovery. Use KV-2 tactics: retreat and reappear from a fresh angle…KABOOM!!!!
RE: kettle with no cell service
Again, war chest. Buy satellite phones and send ‘photo snipers’ in, some inside, some following the kettle brigades, from a discrete distance.
I’m already seeing some hopeful things in this. Mainly, the decentralization is brilliant. The trogs can’t decapitate a headless movement. Their futile attempt to paste a ‘head’ on the rider is driving Streisand Effect writ large.
Never support a leader. Exploit the movement they claim to represent.
Wasn’t that the take-away of Fitzcarraldo?
Oh, goody! Let’s express opinions…
Mister Young is suffering an acute attack of Karma. Recall he wasted not a New York Minute in cheering on the force-feeding of DU munitions to young Afghans.
Battle cry for a New Normal:
I’ll be mellow when I’m dead!
Someone in my very, very small contact group became an ‘anecdotal datapoint’ today. This one person represents approximately 4% of my close family/friends.
Another ratchet click of anxiety and dread…
RE: repatriation of art
Such a clean, painless cut! 🙂 Thanks, DM.
@RIM re: Dr. Fungus
Ship him to Elba.
Elba is far too pleasant. South Georgia Island is my vote, conveyed by a 17c sailing vessel, periodically keel hauled along the way.
RE: post numbering
Likely software, and a choice of when to create a new record for a post. It’s possible a record is created the moment a user begins typing. At CFN, you have to first click ‘Reply’ and then are given a ‘Cancel’ button. In that case, it makes sense, as the replies are threaded. Creating a record first keeps the flow of conversation somewhat undamaged. If the user cancels, that number is burned. It’s just a number.
@Germ re: Vit D for the ‘big and tall’ set
I’m 1.91m (6’3″), 14 stone (200+ lb on a good day). Been doing 10k for years now. Started at the behest of an old family friend. Convinced to maintain after a change in my bicycling performance, having a 2-3-fold reduction in the number of breathing stops I’d have to make on a given climb, especially at higher elevations. Half my riding is at night, so no vit d pump working then. Also, these are not ‘spin around the park’ rides. I’m rarely out for less than 4 hours, usually 6-7.
I’m a devoted omnivore, and typically eschew supplements. This only served to highlight improvements I could make in my diet, but I didn’t stop the 10k a day.
Carlson Labs – Fish oil and vit d. We use these for the vegan gelatin (muslim diet, most gelatin in US is now made from pork leavings).
It strikes me that our Virtual Best Friend is trampling on the First Law…stellar.
@VP re: tribulations
I’m reminded of The Night of The Iguana, and Hannah Jelkes’ (Debora Kerr) prayer:
Dear God… Can we please stop now?
In an attempt to shave away a bit of your stress, can I offer some pet supplies? We send stuff to a rescue op here, and would be happy to send some your way. It’s not a huge amount, but hopefully can relieve some pressure.
‘Willie Nelson’ is a rescue:
This guy is so me it’s spooky. His young protege, ‘Henry Rollins,’ is a complimentary personality.
@TAE Summary re: allusive allegory
Excellent! It reminds me of a story my mentor told me about an encounter in the early ’80s he and his partner had with the ‘tech spooks’ in DoD.
Primer: Cassette tapes, and the copy-protect tabs in the upper corners. They operate by preventing a sensor in the tape deck from depressing. If the tab is in place, the deck will write to the tape. No tab, no write, purely a mechanical implementation. Same goes for old floppy disks, 5.25 and 8 had a sticker over a notch, 3.5 had a sliding puck.
Before all this, 9-track tapes had the same interlock…for decades. On the bottom of a 9-track tape is a groove cut into the flange. There is a solid plastic ring that can be placed in the groove, like snapping a Tupperware lid. A finger in the drive will probe for a ring, and refuse to write if there is no ring (or other obstruction simulating a ring).
In this long-ago meeting, the subject of data protection came up. Among other things, keeping people from erasing or altering the contents of 9-track tape came up as a requirement. L (my mentor) and E described the write-protect ring used in all 9-track tapes. Spook read into their statements the grandiose possibility that the Write Ring was a kind of magic. Despite being told “It’s only plastic, dude!” the Spook fixated on the Write Ring as the giver of permission to write. Solution: fill the grooves with epoxy so nobody can place a write ring in there!
General Turgidson is a living meme. ‘The Worst are full of juice, while The Best say “What’s the use?”‘ Paraphrasing, obviously.
Heh…attach didn’t work. This should…
Another athlete damaged and then silenced. Screenshotted this earlier today…gone now, erased.
@noirette re: drop-dead healthy
This was a big deal when it happened. Very few athletes just dropped dead, and the cause was usually assiduously sought. He was a celebrity in the same club as Richard Simmons, Jack LaLanne, Jane Fonda. It became an irony to use Fixx’s death in conversation. “Well…you know what happened to Jim Fixx!”
BTW, thank you for posting here. Your posts are often like the pivotal scene in a Colombo episode: “Oh…just one more thing…Can you clarify a point for me?”
Bosco, welcome back!
To your points about deflat-o-bot-or-not and the written English, I, as well as others up-thread, value the language immensely. I make great effort to write clearly (not always successful), and tend to proof and proof. I’m dismayed reading recently published works of my favorite SF authors (Niven, Benford, Vinge) as they seem to have skimped on editors’ salaries of late.
@Maxwell Quest re: the rally
What really gave me hope was hearing how many had stopped watching any TV news, deciding instead to do their own research online.
And that is the sound of Chopin’s 99th Nocturne descending from Heaven! The Alpha Wave Brainwash is a major problem. Glad to hear folks are ditching it.
Thanks for the field report!
RE: NAC (Leysine) availability
If you are searching, also check veterinary/livestock sources. Several years ago, when adopting our cat, the operator of that particular cat rescue operation insisted that we keep some on stock, and to give a tiny amount daily to any cats who agree to live with us. Put it in the wet food with extra water for hydration, and it’s flavorless. She also said, in her lovely German accent, “You know…you could take some, too. It’s good for you!”
I don’t think the Moscow thing is a thing. The mayor is an Atlanticist, and tried this before. Three weeks it was dead on the vine. Someone I know who travels regularly to Vladivostok says mostly things are normal, very few restrictions, shot is considered ‘Get if you think you need it’ by most folks.
@VV and MR re: lack of human labor
The desire is for robots to do it. That is the ‘hair on fire’ aspect of the Taiwan issue. The only other places in the West that produce high-zoot ‘general compute’ chips are Israel (Intel and some AMD) and S Korea (Samsung).
Also, there is a bit of a problem hanging on to Europe. ASML is in Netherlands. They’re the folks that make the chip-making machines/tools/software. Companies that can make these machines are more rare than a zebra-striped unicorn with clydesdale feathers. China’s chip process is about 10^2 places behind the West (larger transistor size, so less density/performance per cm2). But…China is now attempting to make chips from graphene…completely new process, a doorway into a new hall of chip tech.
RE: Barley pop
Anderson Valley Brewing Company – there are a few IPAs there, but they have great ambers and stouts, and (did have, at one time) a stellar wheat beer that was between amber and ale.
@John Day and others being pushed out
I’ve been perusing commercial-grade sewing machines lately. I’ve made/repaired/altered clothing in the past, fixed tents, backpacks and bike bags, etc. I was very surprised to learn how cheap a solid but bland machine actually is! Prices in US$150-$250 range for something that would suit me. I was ‘saddled’ with my mom’s old machine (Kenmore?) from the mid ’80s. It slowed to a stop some years back, but would still work fine if I could get it repaired. The last repair shop in my town closed last year. I’m a fair mechanic, but this is a ‘clockwork’ machine without a computer, and it can do dozens of stitch patterns, variable width/pitch, buttonhole, etc etc etc. I’d only break it if I attempted surgery.
Anyway, the tools to survive outside the bubble exist. It’s just a matter of developing new patterns of commerce. I’m going to have a rough time of it, what with the “I don’t like people very much” and passive/aggressive issues. I can barely function as a ‘component’ in a larger system of humans. Establishing my place as a cell in a new system is shaping up to be the biggest challenge of my life.
@AG re: current-situation fatigue, and your statement:
Still, if she knew I was unvaxxed, I have no doubt she would have pulled her mask back up and backed away, calling for the store manager;^)
This started as the far more effective angle, it protects others, not yourself. This was part of the psychological hook for masks. Without that ‘You’re a monster!’ pressure, most folks would have not worn them, for, indeed, most folks are not afraid of this virus.
That has somehow flipped. I don’t watch any MSM, don’t use FacePunch, sort of a hermit married to a hermitess, I suppose. This, I don’t know if anything in media is flipping this, but now most folks commenting online about something mask-related have flipped it back to ‘protects self’. Is it now a prop to assist in fearing us unmodifieds?
RE: Iver, HCQ, the new Phizer ‘black pill’, etc etc etc
I am amazed at the collateral mania for some drug, any drug, to come along and save us from this bogey. My view is Trump was the wind-up, and the rampaging herd was diverted easily once flowing. Is this the same thing? Was the shot the wind-up? Are we now being diverted down the ‘less scary’ chute?
RE: Denninger <i>finally</i> speaking about the privacy angle
Dr. Kilian asked a final question in the virtual meeting about the claims that Sims and others at GBHS have made about the majority of COVID-associated cased in the region being among the unvaccinated. She asked if there was a detailed database that could be shared to prove this point. Sims stated that the vaccination status of the individuals who have been admitted in his region could not be released due to privacy reasons, but that the provincial government would have the information.
And…as I have said several times since last year (probably even in a thread hereabouts)::
Consider this scenario:
Wife and I go to The Baked Potato to see a show. They, being within LA Co, are now required to ask me to ‘show my papers’ to enter. Doing so, and being admitted to the venue (or not), I have now broadcast my PHI to the door attendant, any passers-by on the sidewalk, the maintainer of the computer systems used to communicate this fact, all the club staff, all the other club visitors, the band, etc.
I guess the county could mandate secret entrances and exits, but that doesn’t suit their goals at all, and might remind folks too much of the Sneetches and their own ‘Dr Fungus.’
Walk back softly and carry a big sticky note…
@V.Arnold re: the loquacious loops of lavender
Hang in there, sir! Seems lots of folks are about to crack. Denninger said in a recent thread he’s gonna close up shop…not about money, but more about all avenues of distribution are being blocked for independent authors/journos. Strangely, the request was for more tweets and FBs, but most folks replied with “…I know what you’re after, but f(#< FacePunch!” He, as many of us, can see the starting points for solutions (ignore twit and FB, move on, for one) but can’t execute.
I will try today to make some phone calls I’ve been putting off for too long. I didn’t want to know if some in my circle had ‘joined the cult’ so I simply haven’t attempted contact. I’m dreading the results. I can be good at the soft opening, but I can get really stubborn/pissy if things turn sour in a convo.
Not sure if you old folks appreciate the rock and roll, but here’s Jeff Beck: A Day In The House
“I repeat: Much is being said, My Lords, but nothing, Nothing, NOTHING IS BEING DONE!”
@UNY, yes, mail-in. This is sort of a McGuffin of an election, in my view. There is enough wrong with the ballots (the ‘holes’ to view the Yes/No, the ‘print your own’, the non-security envelope, and now this) that I think all it will take is for either side to stand up an anonymous complainant, and the whole thing gets scotched.
I’d vote in person, but I know a little too much about ca’puters and stuff to trust the counting. Until hand-count is a thing, this is what we get. I was seriously tempted to write in Pat Paulsen to send Them one of those double-entendre messages They like…Paulsen was also owner-operator of a winery in CA.
I saw this today, when we prepped our ballots (will drop at the library, not a mailbox). Now I’m feeling a bit blunt. It seems like we are at the point where peaceful citizens should strip down to render unto Caeser only that which Caeser can take at gunpoint, and spread the rest amongst family, friends and neighbors. I’m on a payroll, so I can’t avoid the bulk of my taxes, but I can sure steer my ‘consumption patterns’ a few more degrees to port/starboard/ain’t-tellin-nobodys!
Wanna see a neat trick? Watch this…
Regardless which way you tri-fold the ballot, Elder’s bubble shows up in the crosshairs. Wife and I just creatively re-folded ours. Probably gonna get tossed because we’re weirdos.
@VV re: end of the end
I view it as new stuff being built by grafting some of the best (and probably worst) of several ancient Trees of Governance onto various rootstock, some old, some new. The US republic isn’t really a ‘failed experiment’ but a moderate-age species, novel and instructive, maybe too ‘responsive’ or ‘sensitive’ to withstand internal attack. It was rather successful for a while, allowing for diverse systems via states’ rights. In the end, it is the gripping parent that causes rebellion and innovation in it’s offspring. Is that the parting gift of the Founders? A getaway car parked outside the gate? I’d hate to think their attempts to foster a robust citizenry were all for naught.
It’s hard to condense what I think about this into a para or 2…hmm…
One of my favorites: Astrae – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Says to me the highest virtue is to be a good surfer.
Yikes, showing my age. Who was the bicyclist again?
I saw a hopeful thing last night whilst out on a long-ish bike ride. Part of my route goes through a mid-upper middleclass to ‘in-the-club’ neighborhood, with lots of ‘Old California’ money. So…I’m riding along, climbing a steep hill, and a painted sign catches my eye on the right.
“Pizza Pickup” was painted at the top of a sheet of plywood with a ‘service window’ cut in, little shelf at the bottom like any good take-out window, and affixed to a fence that was otherwise hidden by ivy. It was facing the street, with easy parking for one car only, and partly hidden by old trees. This is a suburban neighborhood, not zoned for businesses. My thought was ‘Harry Tuttle opened a restaurant chain?!?’ The theory: somebody cooks really good pizzas, shares this info with friends in some way, starts an on-the-sly pizza biz that can evaporate on short notice.
Here’s a hint about my route: Mount Wilson Toll Road was the downhill leg, and I started on top at 10:30 PM. A distant relative owned the only gas station at the bottom of the Toll Road when it opened. My grandmother was among the unskilled workers polishing the mirror segments for use in the 100in telescope that is the midpoint in an evolution of apparatus culminating in the 200in telescope on the Palomar Mountains. It’s worth the journey to visit, as it’s one of the last ‘artisan’ ironworks, akin to a lovingly-crafted steam locomotive. The road up is…also a very good bike ride!
Thanks, ct and Doc. I can read cogent technical documents all day, but stuff that is designed to obfuscate doesn’t hold my attention.
Comment from Denninger, someone had the stomach to read the FDA papers, and it looks like an extension of the EUA. Another bluff?
The Khe Sanh, to me, says we sometimes find ourselves outside the bubble, and find it quite nice and worth a deeper dive. Says other things, but I’m in a positive mood. Tangential to this, as the Lizards slice off more folks in their Politicas Identitas, these newly cleaved persons tend to find others of like mind with which to congregate. Thus, old groups that may have been predictable or steerable are destroyed, and unpredictable new groups arise.
They say “Love your brother!”
But you will catch it if you try.
@citizenx re: ‘face time’
I believe the Continued Push is because the higher-ups are not getting feedback. They spent the whole Trump era (and before?) actively hacking off the receivers of important signals. Sure, kick half the users off FacePunch, etc. They won’t talk to eachother anymore. But you’ve just lost the pulse of the populace. No more feedback for you! This hurts their ‘vacuum up everything’ strategy, eh?
Thank you so much for the Help On The Way quote!
RE: the wikileaks trove
I’ve downloaded what appears to be the master .torrent file. I will not download any actual documents yet. I may build a tighter VM to do this, but even that seems sketchy. Understand that possession of some of these documents may lead to a knock on the door…or no-nock on the door.
Be very careful. PDFs can phone home if you load them in Acrobat, and other PDF readers may give away the game through some unintentional path. HTML files will have trackers. Other dirty tricks also. If you have downloaded any of these actual documents,<b> shut off your network </b>before you read them!