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But completely unpersuasive.


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raining


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I think it will be officially autumn tomorrow, but I think, actually, it's been here for nearly a month, in fits and blasts. I've been in here sweating my ass off since the last system came through and it looks as though that will be my lot again very soon, but right this moment it's very pleasant here.

Raining pretty hard but it's still just water dropping, not slamming itself to earth, and the temperature is mellow as heck, which is the biggest difference between miserable and pleasant around these parts. Lots of rain is actually mostly completely happy stuff. It's just when it gets cold and/or windy, when my refusal to turn on the heater starts testing my mettle and the sideways water starts finding ways into my house, that the precipitation starts aggravating me.

Decided last night to soak up some old movies, and I need to point out that Robert Mitchum was one of the best actors ever, but he thought nothing of it at all. He just did movies. Took whatever script. A movies. B movies. A movies that should have been Z movies. Masterpieces. What the heck ever.

In consequence, YouBube has found a way to charge for most of the masterpieces and leave a lot of crap to wade through for the great unwashed. I guess the worst part of this for me is having to waste time in opening sequences until I find one that won't piss me off.


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do psychopaths dream of electric humans?


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Let us take this time to ponder.


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yeah, balderdash


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Not new, and not secret, and not working to scare Russia.


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good stuff


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I am pleased for the people of Britain.


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razörfist is not only the king of rants


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He's multitalented.


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they love to blame this on boomers


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But 99.9% of boomers stopped or never started being parents twenty years ago, and 85% thirty years ago, and 65% forty years ago. So I think these nasty little nihilistic dumbed-down fucks should stop blaming those of us who are probably their greatest allies, however suboptimal they'd like to judge that to be.


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forfeiture laws


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Insure cops never stop the drug trafficking.


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whutevah


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One of the funniest aspects of atheism is it stops recognizing clergy.


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oh, i get it now


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No wonder the cops won't touch their environmental disasters of the Emerald Triangle.


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james coward knunstler


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Sheesh... "every bit as bad"?

Radically worse!

More devious and pitiless than any mere male can muster or maintain.

I've hated this my whole life and the fucking victim act is felling every incarnation of sense and probity left standing, scouring it from civilization with our Brillo pad voices as though it were the baked on crust in our national roasting pan.

Don't argue, you fuck.

I am one and I know.

Grow a pair.


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life is make work


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Dedicate a huge chunk of your young life to learning all the delusions designated elders wish to better make seem solid, and if you can't make this solidification of air seem lucid enough with basic lexical usage, resort to spewing gallons of arcane terms-of-art onto every surface.

Don't sleep. A paintbrush is too clumsy. Use a sprayer. And as many layers as you can afford. Publish or perish. Sneer at members of the great unwashed when cornered, but preferably just plain don't be seen with them.

An acronym undercoating is pivotal, but don't forget to mix it with all future layers or your entire air sculpture preservation endeavor will melt into the ooze of time and people might start acting as though all your work has been an idiotic accumulation of toxic slimes. You and your teachers will be humiliated.

When this catastrophe seems to be looming, double down, cop a 'tude, go balls to the wall on the offensive. If you have to realize, let alone admit, this life has wrung all this out of you for fiction, for self-aggrandizement, for vanity, you might have to work on a farm or take up hunting, wield a hammer or live in a tent.

Maybe some sort of regulatory polymer will pull it out? Declare that you have a database sufficient to prove hallucination has quantifiable density, that a drop of anyone's blood can lead to a good-enogh-for-government-work portrait that is not merely a fancy Wilma Flinstsone for generations millennia into the future and can be hung proudly in any museum.

They'll NEVER muster the will to defeat you.

EVEN when they know your reinforced air is killing them.


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splains a lot


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Now don't it? It do.


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by jove


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I think they've stepped in it.


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the hell of it is


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That's how the jackasses doing this to the kids got through school.


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use your own eyes


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Although it still is remotely feasible the Houthis might have gotten it together to send in drones that hit from the northwest, nobody seems very convinced of that. Not even me, and I'd love for them to have muscled up and done the bopping. Not like the Saudis haven't caused them EXTREME misery.

I saw earlier on Moon of Alabama that the missiles struck from the west and have been trying to verify that tonight. The imagery does definitely show impacts from a northwesterly direction... a couple of them seeming more westerly, but mostly northwesterly.

From the NPR piece:
The impacts on the site were made by objects coming from the west or northwest

Satellite images show that storage tanks at Abqaiq were struck from a northwest direction, Maliki says. He also claims that debris from three cruise missiles that failed to reach Abqaiq were recovered from north of the site. The trajectories suggest the missiles were launched from Iran or Iraq.

Frank Pabian, a longtime imagery analyst, says the impacts look like they may have struck from the west.

Regardless, Hinz says, the direction of the impact doesn't necessarily indicate the launch point. Both cruise missiles and drones can take circuitous routes to their targets.

Still, says Hinz, "If we talk about the general balance of probability, it's much more likely they came from the north."

And Yemen is to the south.
And Iran is northEAST, no matter what jackass Maliki makes of it.

Still, not as squirrelly as the coverage on the NYT.
Where the strikes
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Administration officials have not publicly said where they believe the attack originated from. They did say that the satellite imagery was consistent with strikes from the north or northwest, which would point to an attack coming from the direction of Iran or Iraq, rather than from Yemen.
I think that was a purposeful typo. Don't look so shocked. Despite the fact that they produced a map with a completely misleading identification of the targeted sites, the vast majority of their readers have no idea where all these countries are in relation to each other and only a few of them would bother to look on a map.

If you assume a straightish trajectory between shooter and shot, you immediately see Western Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria or even Turkey are all more likely than Iran or Yemen. If you want to assume either of those countries did it, you have to put the shit up into the air and then make it do some sharp turns to get it to come in from the northwest.

Your own eyes will tell you that's the direction the missiles were coming from when they hit.

It is perfectly clear that mainstream media are ONLY here to confuse and mislead and propagandize us, but the blast patterns and holes in tanks and cardinal directions they can't exactly fudge.


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at last


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A non-covert stab at neutralizing a SERIOUS threat.

EXTRA DISCOUNT POINTS....


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