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High and Dry October 21, 2016

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Bonus points if you can name the group that did the original recording.

Poof! Goes the Promise October 7, 2016

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Jobs report is out. Nothing much to see here: the crawl toward recovery continues.


But to raise your interest level, there’s always the fact that the 4-year wait is finally over. President Obama’s promise to add 1 million manufacturing jobs within 4 years has officially been broken:


Seeing manufacturing jobs struggle like this is saddening – the only amusement value comes from seeing the president’s hubris and his followers’ faith given an overdue exposure to reality.

Get Those Scumbags October 7, 2016

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I get scam calls from IRS impersonators all the time, to the point where I’m about to give up my landline. So. Flipping. Annoying. And infuriating, when you think about the elderly or uniformed who might fall for it.

Nice to see something being done about it, no matter how small an impact it may have:

Police in India have arrested 70 people on suspicion of posing as IRS agents to steal cash from U.S. citizens.

Authorities in the western Indian city of Thane said they were investigating another 630 people suspected of being involved in the extortion scam.

Workers at nine call centers allegedly impersonated IRS agents during calls to the U.S., according to local police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The victims were told they owed back taxes and would risk arrest if they hung up.

Singh told CNN the call center workers had been trained to speak with an American accent.

The call centers were making $150,000 a day for up to a year before being discovered.

Of course we’ve got this problem at home as well:

Treasury Department investigators have filed criminal complaints against five individuals in three states, accusing them of fleecing nearly $2 million from more than 1,500 victims as part of a scheme to impersonate IRS agents.

According to criminal complaints filed in Minnesota, Arkansas and Texas, the five individuals pretended to be IRS agents, threatening jail time if their victims didn’t pay up.

Round them all up, and then tell the IRS about the undeclared income they received.

They will never sleep again.

Jobs Report Tomorrow October 6, 2016

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It will be the official demise of the president’s promise to add 1 million manufacturing jobs within 4 years.*

*Unless he created 650,000 manufacturing jobs last month.**

**Which, of course, he didn’t. We probably lost manufacturing jobs last month.

Blade Runner Sequel Just One Year Away October 6, 2016

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Didn’t know they were doing this:

Director Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 dystopian-future film “Blade Runner” has reigned as a sci-fi classic for nearly 35 years. News of a sequel from Alcon Entertainment heated up in early 2015 as actor Harrison Ford signed on to reprise his role as Rick Deckard, the maybe-or-maybe-not replicant. The new movie now has an official title: “Blade Runner 2049,”…

“Blade Runner 2049” and Facebook accounts both posted a sort-of teaser photo to go along with the announcement of a theatrical release date of October 6, 2017.

Pleeeaaase let it not suck.

I’ll Admit It October 4, 2016

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Yes, I was up at 3 am waiting for the big data dump from Julian Assange, the one that was supposed to crucify Ms. Clinton. And there I was at 3:15 am, finally realizing that there was no there there.

I was had.*

*Or “Wikirolled,” as they’re calling it on Twitter.**

**Would have rather been rickrolled***

***’Cuz then you at least can be fascinated by the incongruity between his face and his voice.****

****Which is mind-boggling, really.*****

*****As is the fact that Assange promised “devastating” info and instead gave us a low-budget coffee klatch followed by a pitch for his book.

When Baby Pandas Turn to Drink October 2, 2016

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It gets ugly fast:

PHOTO: The 23 giant panda cubs born in 2016 at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding make their debut to the public on Sept. 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China.

Nature’s Most Murderous Mammal October 1, 2016

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Never turn your back on a meerkat.

Monkeys kill their own kind, as do lions, a few bat species and long-tailed chinchillas. But the bloodiest, most homicidal of more than 1,000 species surveyed is the meerkat.

It turned out that, at about 1 in 5 meerkat deaths due to intraspecies slaying, the little African carnivores stood at the head of the violent class.


A wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Kind of casts some doubt on the premise that humankinds’ violent tendencies can be resolved by empathetic nurture. In your face George Lakoff!

Size Comparison October 1, 2016

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Cool series of photoshops comparing sizes of things. Here’s the most fanciful:

The most unrealistic of all the images - for more than one reason - was one showing the Death Star from Star Wars hovering ominously above Florida

Death Star vs. Florida

Several more at the link.

Hot / Crazy Matrix October 1, 2016

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For you guys who are still dating. Slight language warning (Bi7che$).

A Different Sort of Viewing Recommendation October 1, 2016

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Godzilla Shin, featuring the biggest Godzilla everrrrrrr, is showing at select theaters from 10/11 to 10/18.

If you don’t live near one of those theaters, move closer to one of those theaters.

You’ve got two weeks.

Reducing Homicides of African-Americans September 29, 2016

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A coupla charts from US News & World Report that saved me from having to plot them up myself:

Whites killed by black and blacks killed by whites.

White-on-white and black-on-black homicides

There are some easy conclusions to be drawn from these charts. One is: despite their much lower population, blacks kill as many or more people than whites. A second is: blacks kill more than twice as many whites as whites kill blacks. The last is: if blacks killed other blacks at the same rate as whites kill other whites, it would reduce the number of murders by about 1900, which dwarfs the ~225 black victims of whites.

Similarly, if black killings of whites could be reduced to the rate at which whites kill blacks (based on the killers’ racial identity), the number of whites killed by blacks would be about 50, rather than 500. That saves twice as many lives as if whites’ killings of blacks were completely eliminated.

The elephant in the room. I’m not the first person to call it that, probably by 40 years. But while everybody acknowledges it, and at a meta-level acknowledges that they acknowledge it, they always turn their policy recommendations toward the politically correct issue(?) of black victims of white violence.