Recent comments by albrt

I have 100% confidence that our leaders are only interested in keeping the financial gravy train rolling for the 1%.

Nothing of consequence will be done about climate change, ocean acidification, desertification, rising sea levels, antibiotic resistance, creeping fascism, or any other significant threat facing humans and the rest of the planet.

Maybe that stuff is all hoaxes and everything will be fine, but I wouldn't bet on it to the extent of having children myself.

Demographics schmemographics. Extinction applies to everyone regardless of age, creed or national origin.

Humans will be extinct (or at least the population reduced by 2 orders of magnitude) within 50 years, and certainly long before the number of centenarians equals the number of newborns.

But hey, good news, the economy is OK so we're producing and consuming more carbon!

If only crazed individuals with guns were our biggest problem.

Stonekettle Station: Absolutely Nothing


Nothing can stop a bad guy with a gun except a Vermont hillbilly with a knife.

I am not going to discuss what I am hoarding until I get one of these.

Oh wait.

BBC News - US Secret Service seeks Twitter sarcasm detector

Family fights cops after knives nixed at fun park - Yahoo News

Oh the injustice!

Where is the NKA (National Knifle Association) when you need them?

Aha, Dave Frishberg. That makes sense.

RIF wrote:

That's why evolution has to have extinctions. I wish I knew exactly when the next Great Reset was coming, but it can't be far off.

Fixed It For Ya

Is anybody reading Piketty?

I've just started, but so far it is surprisingly stimulating. I classified it as a bathroom book because I didn't think I could sit and read a big chunk at one time. Now I send emails to myself during the day with ideas based on the 3-4 pages I read on the toilet that morning.

OK, feel free to share your less TMI reactions.

Just got back from the Guided By Voices show. Very good.

Pollard made it through the whole set list and multiple encores without falling down.

Hungarians especially hate future perfect tense.

"Going to go? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard."

But not StarLite!

Now let's see - $200 versus $1.87. But the $200 sunglasses have the added benefit of identifying me as a person who spends time shopping for things that are overpriced and don't make any sense.

Decisions are so hard!

This is what I wear all the time now.

Gateway StarLite Safety Glasses-Mocha Lens | Gateway Safety Glasses GAW4686

I thought they were a deal for $5.00 at Ace Hardware, but it looks like I've been overpaying.

And +3 broadsword in case you come across a band of orcs and don't know the secret entrance into Rivendell.

Corruption is a wonderful tool for fascist regimes. It makes rewarding and punishing the apparatchiks so easy.

Which is precisely why the Obama administration is so corrupt.

It really isn't any more complicated than that.

I have only seen it that once in civilian life. We used the grenades a lot in MOUT training at Fort Bragg one summer.

The funny part is the street was filled with maybe 100 neighbors who came around to see the fireworks. If the guy had been home and tried to defend himself there would have been casualties.

Fortunately he came home a half hour later and surrendered quietly.

There was a guy who operated a "convenience store" out of one of the apartments on 15th street where all the neighborhood kids would go to get sodas. As far as I know he never got the SWAT flash-bang treatment.

I lived on 12th street for 7 years. I would say it's OK to 14th now, but then you get those crackerbox fourplexes that will never improve and drag everything else down.

Have I said too much?

Don't cry for me Argentina.


Crazy Jim introduced himself as "Crazy Jim, 17 confirmed kills" and shook my hand vigorously." He actually lived in the better part of Coronado, but he was "taking care" of the Hoover Street house while the neighbor was in jail.

This property was on the other side of the 51, near 16th street.

I sold that place and I like Green Gables much better.

Oh yeah.

I feel good about being surrounded by trustworthy institutions here in the USA.

I can't imagine any reason why the kids won't want to keep on taking on more and more debt to buy into this system.

The dude next to my East Hoover Street property got arrested in a SWAT raid where they blew out the front window with a flash grenade.

The neighbors insisted on a raid because about once a month tweaky looking high school kids would suddenly start swarming around the place for no apparent reason.

I heard from a vietnam vet named Crazy Jim who tried to burn the house down that the cops never actually got anything on the neighbor, except there was something wrong with his papers so he got deported.

Interestingly, the neighbor was a home security system salesman by day.

Carmelita, hold me tighter
I think I'm sinkin' down.
My student loan is non-dischargeable
On the outskirts of town.


Crack houses? I hadn't thought of that.

Josap, what would the rent be if we advertised "meth cookers and crack distributors welcome"?

Maybe I will buy some more houses.

I sure want REO prices.

Like most people who can afford a house, I already have as many as I need and perhaps more. So no reason to buy unless the merchandise is on sale.

It takes at least 50% off to get me to buy anything at Dillard's these days.

This righteous self-restraint is bullish for growth, right?

Little David was well-loved.

I am here for one more beer at least, if the wifi holds out.

I probably shouldn't say it, but that gpig is no longer with us. FD - Big David is a friend.

The thing abut guinea pigs is they need a hobby.

YouTube - Little David and the Theremin

I don't see any reason to be concerned about Germany and Russia partitioning eastern European countries.

There's plenty of precedent.

employers don't have to compete for employees anymore

This is the point of the neoliberal drive for everyone to go to college. It increases debt while driving down wages - a two-fer from the oligarchic social control standpoint. Make sure there is no dignity in labor and then steadily reduce skilled jobs to the social and economic level of unskilled jobs.

This is definitely true for skilled service jobs such as nursing and teaching. I am not as familiar with software development, but I suspect it is true for most non-Silicon Valley shops where the chance of hiring any uniquely skilled developers is basically zero.

Then there's this:

Programming Sucks

File this under The Kids Are Oll Raigth!

I'm not sure whether this is newsy awesomeness or awesome newsiness, but the video is excellent.

Beezin Teens Reportedly Getting High By Rubbing Burt’s Bees On Eyelids - TIME

This has been reported in a lot of publications in the last few weeks with varying degrees of credulity.

'Beezin': Teens find potentially dangerous new use for lip balm : News :

Confessions of a Harvard “Beez-er” | Flyby

Teens Getting High Off Lip Balm In New ‘Beezin’ Trend | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Just my opinion, but if you've reached the age of 30 without getting yourself broke to the harness you should celebrate and then do something interesting with your life.

I made the mistake of marrying young, and even though it didn't work out I was sufficiently conditioned that I couldn't manage to stay single.

I was lucky enough to find someone who didn't want kids.

YouTube - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Sing-Along

I was surprised to find nobody appears to have covered this song.

There will be plenty of resources for the 10 million or so humans living in small hunter-gatherer bands in temperate latitudes by 2050.

Wherever the temperate latitudes may be located.

Names and trends were hard in the late 70s because the consolidating radio industry was working so hard to make sure we couldn't hear anything good (at least in flyover country where I grew up).

I vaguely remember a story in Newsweek listing Devo and Billy Joel as examples of New Wave in about 1980.

I'm pretty sure I got paid, but they were brutal if you didn't make your quota after the first week.

I thought we had a lot in common before this conversation but this is getting a little strange.

They got a record deal and toured around the country for several years but never quite made it big. Their records were overproduced - they were a live band all the way.

Charlie Chesterman died of cancer last year. My girlfriend was a fan of theirs when we first met in Ohio. She was super impressed when we were visiting Boston one time and we went to see Charlie play and he remembered me.

My first job in town was with MassPIRG. I lasted about two weeks.

But I basically only knew the people that worked at the bar and my friends from Ohio.

I stayed on a friend's couch on Corey Road for a couple of months then found a room on Gardner Street down near Packard's Corner.

It was on the south side of Comm Ave past Harvard Ave by Natalie's Pizza.

I worked there from 1984-86. I think it closed within a few years after that.

I remember listening to "Walking on the Moon" at about 3:00 am in a friend's trailer and wondering what the hell they were thinking.

I think it would be fair to say that was part of a process that changed my life over the course of a couple of years.

That's part of what it was in Boston. There was a pub in front where they served dollar pizzas to Boston College students on Mondays. There was a big room where they showed 16mm versions of cult movies and served food and drinks. Then there was the basement comedy bar where the up and coming comedy folks hung out on nights when they didn't have real gigs.

Last time I stopped there it was a generic brew pub.