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2018-04-20 09:41 by Karl Denninger
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So, if I want to be "done" there's an easy way to do it.

Sell my LLC -- that runs this joint.

What do you get?

The Ticker -- the (registered) Trademark, the site, the domains, etc.

HomeDaemon-MCP -- as I've posted before.

Permanent RTU (right to use) on the forum / blog code -- we can talk about the source and right to distribute; I might be ok with that too.

And maybe I'll do guest articles from time to time too.

What is this?  A "Make me Move" sort of deal.

You know how to find me (look to the right, fool -- the link is right there.)

Yeah, I'm thinking about it, and it's cheaper now than later -- like next year -- when I can kill the "mandatory" Obamacare policy (which I don't need) and keep as much cash flow as all of the above can generate but the lower income-tax liability on the earnings.

So, if you want it, this is your opportunity to get it -- whether its to have it or to just shut me up.

smiley

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2018-03-30 08:39 by Karl Denninger
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I was wondering how long the Vatican would take before it said that the Pope's words were "misunderstood".....

The Vatican on Thursday worked to set the record straight on whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview with a well-known Italian journalist.

The controversy started when 93-year-old journalist Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, publisheda report that he asked Francis where “bad souls” end up going, USA Today reported. Francis’ reply, according to the journalist, was that those who repent could be forgiven but those who do not, “disappear.”

Of course what the Vatican now says is that the reporter "misconstructed" what the pontiff said.  Uh huh.

They also accuse him of doing it before.

The problem is that this particular pope has said this sort of thing in the past.

There are an awfully large number of people who do not believe in a physical Hell.  As this is Good Friday that seems to be an appropriate topic for discussion (and since the pontiff spoke on Holy Thursday, even more-so.)

The problem with denying a physical Hell from a Catholic point of view is that doing so also denies a physical Heaven, since the evidence for both come from the same place -- the alleged words of Jesus.  One cannot deny one without denying the other, and once you go there the entirety of the New Testament falls into dust -- or, if you prefer, are recognized as nothing more than the conniving words of man intended to coerce behavior specific ruling parties cannot obtain by reason alone.

I know you'll discard this, especially on this day, if you're the religious sort -- but perhaps it will stick in the back of your mind and, in the fullness of time, take root and grow a bit.

Maybe.

So consider this: Since there is not one person who has ever lived as a mortal human (no, folks, Jesus does not qualify) that can attest to the physical existence of anything post-death there is a wee problem with these religious proclamations.

See, a soul must either have mass or energy in order to exist.  This means that all souls, if they are eternal and continue forevermore, consume said mass or energy over time, because they no longer reside on the physical earth.  Eventually this means that the entirety of the Earth's and in fact solar system's resource must be consumed and extinguished, forever bound up in the form of souls.

Hmmmmm..... thermodynamics are a bitch, aren't they?

So what if the Church is wrong.  Not slightly wrong either but intentionally wrong?

Remember that the Church persecuted Galileo and in fact sentenced him to life imprisonment for heresy; he was jailed for the last nine years of his life.  Why?  Because Galileo contradicted Church teachings and claimed proof through mathematics and physics that the tides, for example, showed he was correct.  He was later proved right.

Did they ever apologize for this?  Did they ever make it right?  No, and no.  Specifically, they have never admitted the church was wrong and in fact their so-called "apologies" over the years have been excuses for the Church's behavior -- in effect making the further outrageous claim that jailing a man for being right and elucidating same via mere speech was justified for "social reasons" (in other words, it might diminish or destroy their power were his ideas to take hold!)

How do you apologize for an unearned life prison sentence?  More to the point since when is mere speech worthy of a prison sentence?  Remember that we have a wee problem with that happening right now in certain countries related to certain other religions and what they consider heresy; like, for example, the fact that they have condoned sexual abuse of girls as a religious right for hundreds of years and still do so today.

Contemplate this: What if the true purpose of all such acts and proclamations is not to find or advance a relationship with God at all?  What if our fine pontiff, and those who lead other faiths, understand the physical fact that you can only condemn a man to die (or spend life in prison) once and are scared ****less by this fact?

What if they also understand, maybe because they have committed heinous acts themselvesthat there are acts that a rational man or woman would contemplate spending their life on in an attempt to find redress when either they, or someone they love, are severely wronged?

And finally, what if such proclamations of hell (and heaven) are a giant and intentional con job intended to attempt to prevent said rational human beings from taking fully-justified redress at the cost of their own lives through the claim that an eternal punishment awaits those who do so?

You don't think a band of pedophiles would do something like that, do you?

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2018-03-26 10:18 by Karl Denninger
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I just got back from a bit of skiing -- the snowy sort -- in Colorado.

First, let me say some nice things about this sleepy little town called South Fork.  I had chosen (on a friend's recommendation) to go to Wolf Creek for said skiing, and the two options (since the ski area itself has no lodging) were to sleep in either South Fork or Pagosa Springs.  South Fork was on the "correct" side given the way I was coming in by car, and since I had never been to either, sure, why not?

There's a little place called Spruce Lodge that I stayed at.  It's a bed-and-breakfast style place, sort of.  The main lodge is someone's old, large house -- or a converted public house -- and has plenty of character.  I liked it a lot; priced reasonably, clean, comfortable, a nice little continental breakfast included with a decent little bar and restaurant (BBQ) next door.  If you're in that area and want a nice, reasonable place to sleep consider this a recommendation.  Just bring a correct set of expectations -- the doors are old-school keyed, the place is sagging a bit (meaning the gaps on the bottom of the doors are not symmetrical!), the floors are old-style plank and creak when you walk on them, etc.  On the other hand the in-bathroom jacuzzi tubs are great, the beds comfortable and the staff fantastic.  What's not to like?

The first thing you recognize when you drive into Colorado made me crack a wry smile - at the first exit I stopped to get fuel and in the same parking lot was a recreational cannabis store with a Wendy's co-located with the Shell station.  I assume the Wendy's did plenty of business from the munchies generated immediately-adjacent.  The South Fork side of Wolf Creek is in a county that has not embraced such diversions, and as with most states the hotels are non-smoking and they explicitly include weed in their "non-smoking or you get fined $200" policy (which I found funny as well; apparently they actually have to specify that "no smoking" means no smoking of anything.)  Oh, and Wolf Creek itself is on federal (USFS) land, so don't even think about it while actually skiing as Jeff Sessions and his merry band of friends still will be happy to bust you.

Folks, the federal and remaining state crap on this simply needs to go away.  Colorado is all the proof you need; they're collecting an amazing amount of tax revenue, there are little stores everywhere (with a few exceptions, such as the county in which I stayed) and those paying the taxes are doing so voluntarily and reducing the tax load on everyone else who chooses not to participate.  What's not to like?  I was expecting Colorado to be a liberal, high-tax ****show and it simply was not.  (Don't get me started on Louisiana, where I encountered a ten percent sales tax rate when buying a simple snack and damn near crapped my pants!  I won't be going back there to play....)

Simply put recreational cannabis has now been legal in Colorado for several years, all the dire predictions of those who didn't like it have been disproved and the tax revenue is real, continuing, and voluntary.  Never mind those using same for actual medical purpose, of which there are many whether it be chemo patients, those with migrane issues or similar.  Nobody uses alcohol for legitimate medical purpose (there isn't one) yet there are beer and booze stores everywhere.  It's long past the time where this ought to be true for cannabis products nationally; drop the crap folks, especially if you think that the current taxing situation we just got hammered with in the latest "budget"debacle is something you'd prefer not blow up the nation (because it's going to on the path we're on now, and soon.)

Since I was more interested in skiing and like craft beer (which remains legal in all 50 states), however, never mind that being a distance runner I'm not interested in smoking anything the lack of an easy way to do "legal" bong hits didn't bother me at all and it was nice not to be too concerned about being run over by a stoned skiier or snowboarder.  Incidentally I didn't detect any of it at Wolf Creek; the place was full of families, the lift lines essentially non-existent and the skiing was delightful at a reasonable price (unlike Aspen or Vail!)

The first evening I discovered another amusing characteristic -- the altitude turns one beer into two in terms of effects.  Not in terms of BAC, but in terms of felt effects.  This means if you're usually a two-beer sort of person you better make it one unless you're within stumble distance...... that's nice, actually, since one means you can have a beer yet remain compatible with a low-carb lifestyle -- while on vacation.

Oh, and may I mention that BBQ place?  The brisket was excellent, required no sauce at all and that along with a salad meant I had my carb ration for the (one) beer, which I gleefully expended.

One other point -- there's a delightful little store called Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa.  The folks in there know what they're talking about and frankly, this is the sort of place I prefer to spend money rather than some big chain, especially when said big chains want to play virtue-signalling (e.g. REI and Dicks.)  Stop in there if you are in the area; if you do it outdoors they've got it covered, whether it's skiing/boarding, mountain biking, backpacking and similar.

Anyway, back to the headline of this post.  On the way out and across the street from Three Barrels Brewing (which has excellent craft beer, incidentally) in Del Norte I filled the car up.  The usual, due to the altitude there, is that regular is 85 octane rather than the normal 87.  Less air density, less oxygen, lower compression means less detonation risk so that's fine up at altitude.  Since I was headed down however, I paid for premium, which I normally never do.

And then this happened:

 

I managed to get all the way past Dallas on the return without having to stop to refuel, and that was with the speed locked at 75mph for nearly all of it, which is the legal limit in most of CO, NM and TX on that route.  For context the car can usually manage to post up just north of 35mpg at that sort of speed and even if I restrict speed to 60ish, which in parts of the NE is all you can legally do on many of the still-55mph roads, my nice gas-powered "6" has never posted up more than 41 on a full tank.

This was nearly 44mpg over the entire tank and while certainly the elevation change was a net loss (quite a lot) it was also over more than 500 miles, so it wasn't like this was a 50 or 100 mile segment where I was basically using no fuel since gravity was doing all the work.

Impressed doesn't begin to describe this, and the follow on was that the remaining fuel had a smaller but real effect as well; the remainder of the trip with the AC on which draws a bit of power (and thus impacts mileage) returned 39mpg.

The pumps in Colorado are placarded as having ethanol in them like everywhere else but I have to wonder about that.  I've owned this car for quite a while and the two tanks I ran that were filled in Colorado both returned crazy high mileage.  Indeed the other fill from right at the border also returned very high fuel economy (nearly 41mpg!) despite plenty of mountain driving getting to and from the ski resort.  Yeah, the "down" trips burn very little but for each down there is an "up" and those consume fuel like nobody's business.

I don't get it -- I have no idea what they put in the gas, in short, in at least that part of Colorado but I'm impressed.  Being normally-aspirated the "6" has no compensation available via a turbocharger for the less-dense air and thus power was notably impacted, but the roughly 20% increase in fuel economy was enough that I had to go back and check the math on it twice before I believed it, although the fact that it was across both tanks and immediate as soon as I filled in Colorado appears to confirm that indeed it's real.

There is another possibility, which may be at-play here -- the "6" has a very-complex ECU and variable valve timing overlap, which means it can and does dynamically tune not only ignition and mixture but also compression ratio.  It's quite possible the ECU was able to run compression materially higher and also advance timing more than normal without running into detonation, and this in turn resulted in better volumetric efficiency -- thus mileage.  If so bravo Mazda, you did a hell of a job.

Oh, there appears to be plenty of back-country backpacking out there for my amusement as well; perhaps I'll go back this summer for even more fun.

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2017-08-08 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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There's been some attention paid to all the "screen time" that our kids get these days -- and that this "screen time" makes us less, rather than more, happy.

Ever think about it folks?

You should.

And then you should remove Facepig, Messenger and all the other social apps from your phone.

Why?

Think about it folks.  Look at Facepig and beyond all the ads, sponsored clickbait garbage (which I've written on repeatedly) and such what's on there?

Someone doing something fantastic, right?  Someone you know on a cruise.  Another person winning a race. A third person having a beer. A fourth on top of a mountain somewhere.  A fifth, sixth and seventh posting 500 pictures of their cute baby or child (who by the way most-certainly could not have consented to their visage being permanently stolen by Zucker****er).

Think about the image this presents to you as what life is supposed to be.

It's all smiles.

Now I want you to contemplate something: Have you ever seen someone take a **** on Star Trek - or any other TV show?  You've got eight Star Wars movies, and yet I don't recall one person having to stop and take a crap.  The only time you do see that is when it's a joke as part of the plotline -- like in Jurassic Park with the lawyer.

Now let's expand that a bit.

You've never seen anyone actually do laundry.  Nor have you seen someone do the dishes, or even unload the dishwasher.  You've never seen them sit in traffic for an hour commuting to or from work.

Why not? Because if you actually put someone's daily life on television you'd never watch it; 95% of it is the normal daily grind -- we get up, we make a coffee, we ****, shower and shave, we get in the car to go to work and listen to music while stuck in traffic, we buy groceries, etc.

What do you see on Facepig, Snapass and similar?  The 1%, all the time, which inexorably leads you believe that your life should be that 1%, all the time.

But it can't be.

Nobody lives like that.

Even a billionaire who has no care in the world for making another nickel, ever, and has a building full of paid servants still has to ****, shower and shave.  The kid in High School has to sit in class and then do his or her homework.  Even the retiree doesn't get to live like that; he's gotta go to the doctor and get poked here and there, cook dinner, etc.

So what are you doing when you are continually looking at Facepig or Snapping away?  You're engaged in someone else's -- and your own -- fantasy.  A fantasy that is guaranteed to make you miserable because nobody can live a life that consists of even five percent of the projected thing you are viewing.

The fact is that nobody takes a crap on Star Trek because nobody would watch the show -- or the movie -- if they did.  Yet if we ever do master faster-than-light space travel the people on board that ship are still going to spend 90% of their time doing things that amount to "****, shower and shave."

They do it now on the ISS, they did it on Apollo, in Gemini and Mercury and they will in the future just like you do now.

Zucker****er likes to talk about bringing people together and other similar tripe. It's crap.  In fact it's worse than crap, it's a knowing lie.  Zuckerpig knows that even if there was no clickbait, fake deals and other garbage on the site that you'd still be made miserable simply by being there because the "face" you see is one you cannot possibly live.  It therefore cannot bring you joy -- it can only bring you tears to some degree.

Don't tell me about how it helps you "keep up" with your 457 "friends".  You don't have 457 friends.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that you can count the number of people who you can legitimately call "friend" on your fingers.

If you assert that's not true then I will make a declaratory statement in reply: None of those people are actually your friends -- they're all acquaintances, every single one of them.

I recently heard that a record number of kids committed suicide last year in our local High School.  I'm willing to wager 100% of them spent a huge amount of time with their faces buried in a hand-held fantasy machine that made them miserable while stealing a record of everything they did to try to make a profit off that same misery.

Those kids are dead; their misery has ended but the profit still went in Zuckerpig's pocket.

Folks, there's no value here for you in any of these "systems."  It's all net negative and it gets even worse when the data is mined off and sold as I've pointed out repeatedly.  We put these little spying machines in our pockets but how many people will stick them on silent or ignore them when they ring say much less toss 'em in "Airplane" mode?

It wasn't that long ago that if someone wanted to talk with you they called your house and if you were home you could talk to them.  But only one person at a time could do so in said house because there was only one phone line.  If there were five people in your family and one of them was on the phone, the other four could not make or receive a call.  If you were out getting groceries or even just mowing the lawn there were no voicemails either; the phone just rang and nobody answered it.  There were no text messages, Facepig posts or anything else of the sort.  If you were separated by more than a few tens of miles of distance the long-distance charges made sitting on the phone for an hour at a time punitively expensive and nobody could afford it.  Your only reasonable answer to a desire to say more than a few sentences for a birthday or other major life event was to sit down and write an actual letter and stick a stamp on it, then wait days for delivery and a reply.  You only did it on any sort of regular basis if the person you were corresponding with was an actual true friend or more; acquaintances, even those you call "family", you spoke with for 5 minutes on the phone on a birthday or anniversary, and perhaps you saw them over the holidays for dinner when one or the other of you traveled.  Most people had two or three such correspondents and no more simply because you had to invest a material amount of time to write said letters and there were only a few people who were worth it.

The number of people worth it in your life has not changed folks; instead interaction has been cheapened to the point of worthlessness.

How many posts do you think I've made on my Facepig timeline this year?

Three.

One talking about Facepig's spammy ads and two more being single-sentence replies to someone else's post.

Let me count that again for you folks: THREE.

Yeah, I've made a handful of other comments, but in terms of timeline posts -- it's three and only one of substance.  The other two were the prototypical 2 minute pre-cellular phone call.

I'm not trying to expand my reach on the Internet for monetary gain.  If I was then yes, it would make some sense for me to post things on Internet sites; that's called advertising.  But I'm not.

I have zero interest in posting my "personal triumphs" and gloating about them on social media.  My ego is simply not that large.  If you're interested in knowing what I'm doing and whether I happen to take satisfaction in some accomplishment then you probably know how to get ahold of me personally and we can share that.  It might actually mean something to both of us in that case.

More to the point if you wish to call me friend then you won't expect me to find your events, triumphs or whatever on Facepig.  You'll think enough of me to call, recognizing that if I don't answer immediately it's not because I don't like you but because I might be having dinner, mowing the lawn or in the middle of one of the three Ss of life -- and if you choose to leave a message I'll call you back when I can devote some time to us.  Ditto with a text; I might reply right away, but if not it's as likely to be because I'm under my car changing the oil or cleaning the gutters on the house as anything else.  You know, part of that daily ****, shower and shave routine.

Do I look here and there at Facepig? Yes.  But what I see is what I talk about above.  Is it worth my "engagement" in the general sense?  No; I recognize that not one bit of that will ever translate into changing the necessity of my life which, just like yours no matter how rich or poor you are revolves around ****, shower and shave.

But what said "engagement" will do, if I embrace it, is make me less-happy and more-miserable.

It must, because by its nature it portrays a fantasy that nobody can actually live.  Zucker****er knew this originally and in fact had "girl rating" pages on his Haaaarrrrrvvvaaarrrddd site which were exactly as "nice" as you might expect they'd be.  You don't really think he forgot that, do you, nor their popularity with his "friends" -- right?  (BTW what's his wife think about that?  I bet a few billion dollars makes her not care and that tells me everything I need to know about her.)

No, what Zucker****er did was turn your increased misery and reduced happiness into billions of dollars for him.  The founders of Snap and all the other so-called "social media" have done likewise.  They don't even give a **** if the misery their "engagement" contributes to causes nine teens to kill themselves in one semester at a given local school.  What's even worse is that they've done all of that in concert with people like John Legere, the brash CEO of T-Mobile who, along with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, charge you in both money and slower performance, never mine crappier battery life, to deliver ads for the sole purpose of capitalizing on your decreased happiness.  Any of those carriers could put a stop to a large part of it in an afternoon by putting in place a switch you can turn on in your account that blocks all common advertising domains.

This would not be a "net neutrality" violation since you would choose to turn it on, not them.

But none have, and none will.

They won't because misery is profitable.

People who are truly happy don't need to spend on "aspirational" things.  They certainly don't need $1,000 iFrauds to make them feel good.  Miserable people are another matter; that smiling face with a nice big fat $1,000 iFraudy phone is a "message" they can try to get you to bite on, with the hope that it might make you smile -- at least until you see someone on a cruise, at which point you're back to being unhappy because you need to ****, shower and shave while Jane is on Facepig with a $5,000 vacation smile and a fat Mai Tai in her hand.

None of these apps are on my phone folks.  If I want to look at Facepig I'll do it on a browser, which I can close when done so it can't root around in my device and steal information on whatever else I'm doing.  I don't do "messenger", Snap or any of those others for the same reason.

You shouldn't either, and if you stop doing all of them I predict you will smile more.

Oh, and you'll also pay less -- in both misery and money.

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