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It seems the movie industry is not satisfied at having ruined Dune, Star trek, Star Wars, Aliens, Wheel of Time, Sword of Truth, and the entire f-ing Marvel universe. They have left untouched another sci-fi classic story.

BABYLON 5 is getting a reboot treatment, 25 years after the original.

I can’t wait to complain about how bad it is compared to the original.

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RIP Queen of England

I believe I have mentioned before how little I care about this and how little I understand the mania behind royals watching. It might be related to Disney Princess syndrome.

So everyone in the captive press is going out reading the same three Wiki articles on how royal succession works so they can all seem like experts. The bottom line is: It’s a closed club. No new members are allowed. You will never be invited to join, even if you marry into it.

So Charles gets to be King. There was some doubt about the outcome of that since the Queen was looking like she would outlive him. We can say with certainty that Charles is not going to sit the thrown as long as dear old mum. And he will accomplish even less.

As we look at the accomplishments of the Queen for her 70 year reign, we see lots of accolades for things that happened while she was alive, not that she had any role in that. Example: The fall of communism.

She isn’t getting nearly enough credit for the entire collapse of the British empire during her reign nor for her country being over run by invaders. One wonders how long it will be before a Sing, Mohammed, or Patel is the reigning monarch.

She is credited for raising over a billion pounds for charity. Not her own money. That would have been notable. No. Like other celebrities, she just lends her name recognition, fame, royal authority and imprimatur and then other people donate their money to her favorite charities. Like Princess Di got credit for ending AIDS and eliminating land mines.

This is a great opportunity for the British people to decide that their flirtation with monarchy has run its course and they are ready to try something else.

I would comment about how important such a role could possibly be when they allow a doddering old woman to sit the thrown for so long, but then our country selected Biden.

It does bring up the question of what is the best way to select an HMFIC. Obviously, the neutered monarchy in Britain is a shallow Disney version of itself. Even calling them a figurehead is overstating their importance. Not only could they be replaced by robots, they could all be replaced by statues of better monarchs. But the question remains. Is heredity any better or worse than the other methods of selecting a chief? The principle harm of such a system is that it is closed and no one from the outside may hope to achieve it regardless of merit. That encourages men of merit to go all war of roses on their asses and replace the whole families. Fortunately for the current “family”, the current monarchy is powerless enough that no one wants in the club bad enough to kill for it. Further, with the extent of the current family, one would have to kill a whole bunch to clear the decks. Just not worth all that effort.

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Arts and Crafts: Kitchen, finishing touches.

So. After procrastinating for a while, I knuckled down and finished the trim in the new kitchen. So here you can see the undercounter lighting, using LED strips, tile backsplash, and cove trim on top.

Undercounter lighting is remote controlled and color selectable for mood lighting. It’s plugged into one of the outlets I put inside the cabinets.

Add that to moving the electrical outlets to the cabinet undersides. This had the advantage of not needing to cut the tiles to go around the backsplash.

Of course, that means I lose some inside cabinet space, but with adjustable shelves, it’s reasonable.

Finishing the cove trim was a pain. Getting rounded edges to match up takes a little effort. I wasted several feet of the materials getting the corners to fit right.

The backsplash is alternating pieces of marble and aluminum. I used my wet tile saw to cut them. This type of tile comes in preset patterns in 12″×12″ squares with a fabric mesh backing. The mesh backing cannot be cut on a wet saw because it bunches up and the marble and aluminum pieces get pulled out of alignment. So for the edges, I have to pull off the tile pieces and cut them one at a time. Topped it off with some Schlutter plastic edging.

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Arts and crafts: kitchen

So.. I’m finally blogging about the kitchen finishing. Floors, cabinets, appliances, paint, drywall, utilities… everything.

Used blue tape to lay out the cabinets prior to ordering them.

Then the granite guy comes in.

K

All done.

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I Hate Joe Biden

I filled up the tank yesterday.

$3.93 / gallon. I hate Biden for making me giddy about gas being under $4. I should still be pissed that it’s over $3. The Biden government has reset what feels normal.

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Advertizing 2

There is an advertisement for a company called 4hims. They seem to market all the E.D. meds any man could wish for. As if that is the only medical issue men care about.

Oddly enough, they have a companion company called 4hers. They specialize in anti-psychotic drugs. Anti-depressant drugs. And anti anxiety drugs. They know their target audience well.

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Biden cracks… down on stuff that no one uses.

According to “the week”, through Yahoo, the Biden administration is cracking down on “conversion therapy”, citing it as dangerous and discredited. He is doing this by executive order. That means it will literally not have any impact at all. Executive orders only matter in the operation of the federal government. Since the Federal government does not expend funds performing such activities or allow Medicare/VA funds to do so and does not play a role in licensing such people or facilities, this really is a pointless virtue signal for the Biden administration to pander to a VERY small population of people who were all going to vote Democrat anyway.

But since his target is “dangerous and discredited practices” we will be eagerly awaiting his crackdowns on:

Fung shue

Acupuncture (pretty much all of “eastern medicine”)

Homeopathy

Diet drugs

Diet programs

The entire “Organic” marketing industry

The Dietary Supplements Industry

The entire childhood vaccination schedule

And maybe look under that rock that convinces 1/3 of women that they NEED mood altering drugs.

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Yahoo doing what Yahoo does

Yahoo eliminated commenting on stories during the Trump administration because there were far too many Trump supporters commenting. There were far too many comments pointing out the obvious anti-Trump and Anti-America bias. Couldn’t have that.

It seems that yesterday, they brought back commenting. But now it’s gone again. What could have happened? My guess is that the echo chamber that the legacy media has become has a really thin skin and total intolerance for any voice but their own.

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Supremes rule that immigrants are not Citizens: Sort of

Yesterday the Supreme court announces a decision that illegal aliens awaiting deportation have zero rights. None. They are not entitled to hearings, appeals, bail, release, or safe conduct. They can be held indefinitely or pushed back across the nearest border at the point of a bayonet. ZERO constitutional protections. The constitution is for Americans.

The real story here is that the decision was 8-1, with Kagan writing for the majority. It is very rare to see any decisions from the high court that are not party line votes on political issues and immigration policy is very much a political issue.

Naturally, the Biden administration will continue to treat all illegal immigrants as new citizens.

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Hollywood people signal their virtue, painlessly

Once again, the cultural elites demonstrate how elite they are, culturally and do so in the way that suits them best: Preening. Not costing any of them any real work, money, or risk.

Top Showrunners and Producers Make Gun Safety Pledge in Wake of Uvalde, Buffalo Mass Shootings

It would have been much more effective if instead of disarming make-believe characters in their movies, they disarmed themselves and their personal security people. Then also demand that police abandon their culturally superior neighborhoods and go where they are really needed: high crime neighborhoods.

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