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2019-05-24 13:12 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 77 references
 

Discounted!  Come and get it!

Update: SOLD!

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2019-05-24 07:42 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 160 references
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CNN claims we shouldn't victim-shame those who die doing stupid things attempting to get a "perfect selfie":

The implication, framed subtly in the headlines and blatantly in the comments, is clear: These two young women were so self-involved and vain that they didn't notice they were inches from danger until it was too late.

This is an op-ed writer that CNN gave digital space to who has written a book called "The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness."  Unsurprisingly the writer is a woman who thinks feminism is all grand and wonderful.

She's also full of crap.

We just had another one, incidentally too....

An Oregon State University student died Sunday morning after police say she fell 100 feet while trying to snap a picture at a popular mountain lookout.

As a nearly life-long photographer (my first camera was one of those infamous Brownie units -- back in the film days!) I can say this with complete confidence: Bull**** to the CNN op-ed writer.

Yes, since there were artists drawing people doing things (which took a hell of a long time) and the first cameras (ditto, due to the extremely long exposures required -- which, incidentally, is why the early photos are all people in stoic poses; it's damn near impossible to hold a smile or "nice pose" long enough for those exposures to work without being blurry!) humans have sought to record their lives for various purposes.

We're sentimental creatures, to be blunt.  There's a decent little collection of "stuff" here at my home that dates back to my grandparents, as the last surviving member of my family guess who got to sift it all less than a year ago and decide what to keep and attempt to keep safe, and what to destroy?  That would be me.  When I get to go figure out how to tap the kegs in Hell (and I'll do it too, just to spite the Devil) that will then fall on my daughter.  Between her and my niece they're the last in my family line; if neither decides to have a child then we're extinguished -- which, incidentally, is all fine with me.

But these deaths are not about sentimentality.

They're about narcissism.

They're not for the taker to keep and have.  They're for bragging rights, usually on social media.  It's not even about just bragging to actual friends either; it's about attempting to boost one's personal dopamine dose by sticking them all over social media.

It's an addiction and when undertaken in places where one wrong step means death it's both stupid and I encourage it so long as you haven't managed to reproduce yet -- that is, you extinguish your stupidity from the world by doing so.

What would be a nice conversation to have, but nobody will in the tech space, is whether a drug pusher in this context ought to be indictable when these things happen.  While you've seen me opine before about the answer being "yes" in many cases this one is much more difficult in that for there to be liability you need at least an "attractive nuisance" and I'm not sure you can get there.

But in terms of mocking those who meet their demise this way, whether it's by impact with a train or falling off a mountain, building or other high place?

Oh hell yeah -- I not only mock such stupidity I toast it -- provided the idiot involved has not managed to reproduce yet since the proper outcome of stupidity at such a monumental level damn well needs to be the extinguishing of your specific genetic line.

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2019-05-24 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Federal Government , 119 references
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23 year old law folks:

President Trump is signed a memorandum Thursday that will enforce a 23-year-old provision requiring sponsors of legal immigrants in the U.S. to reimburse the government for any social services such as Medicaid or welfare used by the immigrant, Fox News has learned.

This was part of Clinton's Welfare reform package.  It has been deliberately ignored by every President since, including Clinton himself.

Which, I remind you, no President is entitled to do; in fact each President takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.

This is not a suggestion or an executive order, which becomes functionally worthless (despite the 9th Circus saying otherwise) when a President leaves office.  This is an actual law and an actual requirement.

There is no reason not to go back and enforce it against every immigrant that has come in here in the past 23 years.

We not only should, we must, and collect all of the funds that those immigrants stole from the United States, as once that law was signed and went into effect they owe the money for all acts forward whether we collected it or not.

Make it so.

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2019-05-23 13:00 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 55 references
 

A nice reminder of what's coming for your wall! smiley

 

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2019-05-23 08:25 by Karl Denninger
in Environment , 157 references
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Well well look at what we have here...

It's been exactly one year since US scientists reported a mysterious surge in ozone-destroying chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Banned in 1987 under the globally signed Montreal Protocol, there was only one explanation: somewhere out there, in an unknown location, someone must have gone rogue, setting back progress on the ozone hole by a decade or more.

After much speculation, the whereabouts and magnitude of these harmful emissions has been confirmed in scientific research. As earlier reporting in The New York Times had already suggested, they seem to be coming from the northeast coast of mainland China.

Why am I not surprised?

This stuff was banned 30 years ago -- and China is a part of the Montreal Protocol.

So where's the enforcement?  Nowhere.

These violations are likely going unreported because even though CFC-11 is illegal, it is also one of the cheapest ways to produce new foam insulation in refrigerators and buildings.

They're going "unreported" because the Red Communist Chinese lie, cheat and steal.  They do whatever they want by the cheapest means possible and don't give a flying **** about what they agreed to.  They rip off intellectual property, are the source of most of the plastics in the ocean and emit ozone-destroying chemicals by the ton.  They do not care and we, in the United States and elsewhere, have for decades showered them with "free trade" bull**** in response.

If you're in any way interested in the environment you ought to contemplate that if you nuked them the net impact would be positive; that is, even with the damage from being nuked the cessation of damage from stunts like this would make the trade-off worth it.

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