This is the obligatory rant about daylight savings time. The temperature was 45 degF at 0530 this morning so I was in bounds to go to the park for my constitutional. Gad! Was it dark. Not so much cold and oppressive with the absence of sky photons. So I quickly made a selfpromise to vote against every – EVERY! – incumbent at the next congressional election.
Not that this will do a frig of good since Alibam is morally mired in reactionary troglodytes for political office. Even the independents and democruds are medieval, if not antediluvian. Example in case: the council of thieves of Alibam is on a fever pogrom to reduce women back to chattel status. There are riots in the streets between the hypocritical “pro-life” mysticists and the rational pro-choice advocates. Makes me wonder how degraded this country has become since we threw out the British at point of bayonet.
Not, I suspect, that the politicians really care about anything other than control and their kickbacks from autocratic capitalists. Which seems to be all that government really cares about these days. Point of example: O’Bama destroying Amerikan healthcare by his affordable healthcare act. This seems typical – say one thing and mean (and do) the opposite.
To the list all is a lie we have to add anything done by a politician.
A refreshing morning. Courtesy of the weather, the temperature was sufficiently high to satisfy my cardiologist’s conditions and I was able to venture to the park for a constitutional. The wind was relatively still so little cooling and I was well bundled and had a new headlamp so I was well appointed and situated for the walk. All I had to do was stay on the path, not destroy my MP3 player, and marshal my thoughts.
The first was easier, largely because of the headlamp, which, despite rather shoddy construction I would not expect from an outfitter like Eddie Bauer (C), was relatively bright. The second was difficult. The podcast this morning was an episode of the Pen Addict [Link] that was rather egregiously grating. The discussion on this podcast varies between putz and ferd and the grammar is exceptionally bad, so much so that the grammar of most other podcasts becomes withstandable by comparison. But the discussion today was excessively oily and false-ringing and I was only glad that my stomach was empty. I never cease to be amused that this is supposed to be the best of the pen podcasts although that amusement was sorely strained this morning. Still I primarily listen to this as a means of diverting my conscious attention during constitutional since the podcast is usually lengthy enough to encompass three constitutionals and I don’t have to waste good podcasts when I can’t stop and appreciate the discussion.
Which is not to say that they do not have some useful information but it is almost always in sidebars or unscripted bits.
But the illumination did raise a new variation of one of my recurring disquietudes. Tonight is the spring shift to daylight savings time, that left over wartime expedient that the Yankee congress refuses to adjust to the desires of the citizenry. I suddenly realized that a measure of their perfidy and selfservice is the absence of any accompanying legislation that would compel clock manufacturers to automatically adjust their clocks for this delusional torture.
I will spend a bit of time tomorrow going through Castellum SCP adjusting clocks. For this transition the effort is small since all clocks set forward easily. It is the sheer number and diversity that is the problem. Other than the computers, only the few atomic clocks reset themselves and each has a different reset procedure, a failure of our Congress that should be dealt with by requiring congress critters to reset clocks for their constituents.
The real pain will come in fall when the clocks have to be set forward 23 hours since most clocks can no longer be set back.
I take up the cry of criminalizing partisan ship and shudder to behold the dark tomorrow morning. All to placate and titillate a bunch of obnoxious schmucks.
The Arab Electron Uncooperative ran rampant through my neighborhood, killing a large number of trees in the name of protecting their aerial power lines. This anti-environment pogrom was particularly Draconian this year, raising questions of why the Electron Uncooperative does not marshal funds and bury its lines so that this massacre becomes unnecessary. Could it be that at least some members of the cooperative’s board are receiving kickbacks from the tree killing corporation?
And the hypocrite chauvinists in the state council of thieves moved forward on their legislation to disenfranchise women yesterday with an abortion bill that is nothing more than harassment and intimidation since it will not likely survive review by the Yankee government justicer system. I may can put up with tree killing but human slavery? This is too much even for religionist hypocrites.
Somewhat belatedly, I noticed over weekend that the CVS drugstore chain has announced they will cease to purvey tobacco. What makes this noteworthy is that this is proclaimed as a morality matter. Which is intriguing since organizations not only don’t have morals, they almost always also don’t have ethics.
The reason given for this withdrawal from the marketplace is that tobacco causes all manner of diseases. So far, accurate. But if they are ceasing to sell tobacco because it causes diseases that kill humans, why are they continuing to sell foodstuffs that are laden with salt, fats, and other ingredients that cause diseases like obesity and heart disease and such? Have they decided these are not fatal or are morally (?) acceptable diseases? And what about homeopathic remedies that don’t cure any diseases? How can they justify such morally since they have discontinued selling tobacco on a moral basis?
I rather suspect that the profit of tobacco is marginal to their business and the demographic askew to their business model. In effect, they don’t want to sell tobacco because it doesn’t make them enough money and the people who buy tobacco don’t spend enough overall in their stores. Which is obviously a quite moral basis of decision. Not enough profit and the wrong clientele has always been fundamental to Amerikan social morality as reasons for exclusion, persecution, and abuse.
Isn’t it nice to know that greed and evil are still rampant among Amerikan corporations?
Gad! Bordering on hatred! Rained all yesterday morning, effectively eradicating the snow and generally making travel possible. Not that I issued out. Then mid-afternoon the snow began and after I retired it acted down horribly.
About 2330 the electron flow ceased. FD SCP and I immediately fired up alternate heat sources and engaged drips. And I was up every hour to inspect. And then about 0430 this morning the electron flow was re-established.
I am thankful for the dedication and skills of the linesmen of the Arab Electron Uncooperative. Their management may be reactionary and antediluvian but the workers themselves were excellent this morning.
I anticipate no soon exitance of Castellum SCP. The depth of snow is sufficient that I have no intention of measuring it directly. So FD SCP and I face another day of bunkering. And I suspect the decrease in temperature tonight will obliterate at least some of tomorrow’s freedom.
Another middling night, above the phase change temperature, and hence this morning to ablutions and the bicycle. Now back to the internet.
I am not sure there is much left. In its original form, the internet was supposed to be a means of communication and data exchange among creative STEMs. That, of course, is a minor positive in that there are other ways of doing the same. Admittedly there is a convenience to email and file transfers that makes that minor positive rock solid.
Sadly however, the internet has been corrupted with so many unSTEM, uncreative people that it is almost impossible to move STEM data about any more, so that minor positive has been largely eroded by kitsch and gibble. I suppose that if one evicted all those parasites then the utility of the internet could be restored but I suspect that is an idealistic pipe dream that sublimates in the fierce glare of actuality and irreversible social thermodynamics.
In that illumination, it is clear that the internet lacks any real value. Sadly, it will not dissolve away but continue as the money leech of capitalist oligarchs and those who would destroy the species for a profit, the kind of people Stalin talked about who sold rope. And in this context the efforts of FOSS and EFF and such like are nothing more than speed bumps on the road to extinction. But it is notable that lemmings to not discorporate in place but run great distances before plunging.
A moderate night. Below the phase change temperature but barely. And I did my tim on the stationary bicycle so I can now proceed with the day.
The road to “civilization” began with the desire for more gear (goods) and has evolved to the search for entertainment (diversion.) Somehow it seems rather a let down, but that is what the majority of humanity does, spend the bulk of its time being divorced from life.
And that, in large part is what the internet has come to be. It started with sharing “funny” things, like labeled cat photographs and has developed where there are serious political debates over whether preference should be given to the transport of entertainment files over the internet. So much for DARPA’s dream. Not that DARPA is very good at either dreaming or taking action on their dreams. They are more in the nature of the mathematician in the burning hotel room.
But the question is whether the entertainment on the internet, which apparently is at least half of it, has value? Is there value in diverting those who lack any form of creativity or will power from creating mischief? Perhaps. Is there value in preventing those who have creativity but inadequate will power from exercising their creativity? Only negative. Is it possible for entertainment to itself have value? Probably not, at least based on observation and history.
So we have a situation where entertainment on the internet has a value somewhere between zero and assuredly negative. In other words, maths words, non-positive.
This is beginning to get discouraging. Is my lantern too dim? Or are there really no honest men?
Fair evening. Rained. Bitter this morning. Still rain. Cutting wind. But about the phase change temperature. So no great nattering.
One of my colleagues, Magnetic Inductance Force, forwarded me an article [Link] about a house resolution to declare 12 Feb to be “Darwin Day”. Booyah! If we can have holidays for religionists and politicians then we should have a day for the man who set the conditions for modern society more than any other.
Sadly, I suspect a zero probability of passage. Too many mystics, superstitionists, and denialists. Besides, it would impede our national progress towards a feudal, third world country. And we all know the Yankee Congress cannot impede progress. Especially when it is negative.
So as much as I like the idea I also have to admit that it is not something likely to happen in Modern Amerika where the bogs must be increased in both number and ignorance.
The discontent is ebbing, at least briefly. Mild (??????) night last and today is supposed to break into liquid dihydrogen oxide temperatures. FD SCP will be able to exercise her clothes washing machine and the faucets tonight are supposed to be in the drip range. Phalanges crossed but sleepage significantly better last night. Only three arisings.
And with this improvement comes some consideration of the external universe. I noted recently [Link] that the Yankee government’s copyright gestapo did a raid on an Ohio celluloid epic palace to nab some poor fellow who happened to be wearing a Gooey Glaz. Turns out the jack booted storm troopers were unrequited since (a) the fellow has his eyeglasses integrated and didn’t have the Glaz functioning. Similar to another debacle involving traffic constabulary when it turned out they couldn’t prove the device was activated while driving.
And then I ran across a politico-techno diatribe in a news rag on nerds versus trogbogs (troglodytic bogs, i.e.,) who deny or distort because of insecurity and greed.[Link] Or some such. I was rather taken by a couple of statements:
“The dichotomy is deep, scientists often knee-jerk-denying any
credibility to “Scientifically Illiterates” (with little or no science
education) and Deniers generally knee-jerk believing their faith-based
“knowledge” over science derived opinions. We are all chained within our
“the Republicans (see Tea Party) and Justice Scalia have no science
training and are scientifically illiterate, but feel they know the
science is wrong and their faith-based knowledge is right (e.g.
Evolutionary Theory is wrong, Global Warming Physics is wrong;
Scientists don’t have spirituality, patriotism or group accommodations)”
And yes, science is wrong – always – in the sense that it is ever striving to be more accurate. So at any moment today’s best effort may be replaced by something better. The faithists, on the other hand, have the same demonstrably inaccurate – erroneous – wrong – stuff without any hope of improvement, at least without finding some new faith, which is surrender to reality, at least in a small way.
That’s the nature of society. At its core, a society is a set of semi-dynamic rules that exist on the edge of violating the real rules of reality. When they violate the latter too much the society is doomed. The question is, how far away is ours?
The legal system is one in case. It has always existed as a religion, transcending the real rules of reality. Examples of egregious violations of the real rules include the delusion of “truth” and the utter dependence on human witnesses whose memories are continually rewritten. Scant wonder that so many politicians are, or were, justicers. The nonsense with modern technology is a symptom that should be an issue. It is indicative of the denial of the influence of technology (and reality) on society. We have a political system that is failing, an oligarchy of “professional” partisan politicians who increasingly represent only a diminishing minority of the citizenry. They have corrupted democracy to such an extent that it seems unlikely that any reform is possible short of actual revolution. That leaves us with unpleasant choices – trickling or plumbing.
Yesterday, in galloping Webia, I ran across an article [Link] cited on another blog that I could not resist. It seems a resident of the Floridas, William Golladay took exception to a fellow in queue at MalWart. The key thing here is that it was one of those 20-items-or-less queues and the fellow in question had 22.
Well, it seems that Mr. Golladay took exception to this, righteously, and the MalWart cashier ignored the matter. So Mr. Golladay initiated a bit of buggy bumping to express his righteous displeasure. Perhaps I should also mention that the fellow in question was one of those people who are not actually handicapped but use the electric buggies anyway.
As such things do the matter escalated with the MalWart minions striving mightily to maintain their false tyranny. It is well known that queuing at MalWart is somewhere between a joke and a ruptured hemorrhoid, the queuing time often exceeding the shopping time by as much as fifty per centum. And then to fail to enforce their own item limits? The rot and tyranny that is MalWart is evident.
As expected, the MalWart minions had the patriot arrested and charged with all manner of crimes that will surely shorten his life span, but will not prevent us from appreciating his courage and patriotism. And the evil that is MalWart.
If ever there was a just candidate for the Presidential Medal of Freedom it is William Galloday. Is there any hope this will occur. NAY! Not with a partisan evil in the office of chief executive. Party polarity is, I suspect, irrelevant here. Only a real Amerikan would have the integrity and chutzpah to recognize another. So Mr. Galloday shall have to have to be be satisfied with the unjust torture of an evil system and the admiration of his peers.