Get a billboard.

Use your own money for your politics.  Leave my money out of it. 

I got this yesterday at the dry cleaners.  I added the third line.

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Why NETFLIX sucks

Netflix sucks.  Let me count the ways…

1.  Very little new content.  Their best stuff is DVD only. 

2.  They have a retarded bin system to categorize movies.  Thus, a single title can spam their website by being in multiple bins.  Anime does not also go in sci-fi and action and new arrivals and Foreign films.  

3.  “Trending” and “popular” bins?  Seriously?  How are those not synonyms?  

4.  Just because I watched the first 4 minutes of something does NOT mean I like it and want to watch more like it.

5.  No way to send these ideas to Netflix management so they can review my ideas and maybe fix a few things, because … customers.  Seriously.  It’s 2017.  Get an email account.  You make all your customers have them. 

6.  Foreign language films do not belong mixed in the bins with all the rest.  But if you really feel totally international then at least do me the courtesy of telling me what languages are available for that title.  I know you already have that info on hand.  Why are you keeping it a secret so I have to stream the first 5 minute of some samurai movie only to find I can’t understand their foreign gibber-jabber?

Shutting it off now.  It was OK for a while.  Just nothing worth watching on it any more.  Same with 95% of cable TV.  

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Signs of the Times

Just got fingerprinted for job reasons.  The electronic form included the following options for gender:

  • Male
  • Female
  • Male posing as female
  • Female posing as male
  • other

I find this an elegant solution.  Just a bland statement of facts.  The problem is naturally going to be the butch lesbians who think of themselves as female, but who everyone else thinks of as “posing as male”.

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Another Detained American

This time in North Korea.  And just like all the other times, there is no reason at all why America should go out on a limb and expend blood and treasure to safeguard this guy when his personal choices did everything possible to evade our safeguards.  He isn’t an “American”.  He speaks Korean.  He has a Korean Name. He has  Korean family. He lives and works in North Korea.  He is a Korean.  Thanks to the magical legal fiction of dual citizenship, he also claims to be American, when it suits him.

Just like all the people to take vacations in Iran, then get imprisoned by the Iranian government, then celebrities in America expect the US government to do something to get them back.  They weren’t Americans.  They were Iranians.  They had Iranian families.  Property in Iran. Jobs in Iran.  They were Iranian.

We real Americans owe them nothing.  Our government, action on our behalf (on behalf of Americans) owes them nothing.   Vital clue to foreign nations and Hippies who want to go hiking in dangerous far away places:  Dangerous far away places are dangerous and far away.  You go there at your own risk.  That means no one is coming to get you if the locals decide your best use is serving the customers at the local brothel.

 

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Crap Science Update: Head Transplants

This article makes the uncredible claim:

Cryogenically frozen brains will be ‘woken up’ and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

My criticism with this is, first do it, then get credit for doing it.  Until then, you are just attention whoring.

Hundreds of people who are dying or paralysed have had their bodies or brains cryogenically preserved in the hope that medical science will be able to bring them back to life and cure their conditions.

As a last ditch hail Mary play when everything else was failing.  And using a cryogenic freezing technique that has NEVER proven to be reversible.  Everyone who is frozen was declared medically and legally dead.  There is no coming back from that no matter how good the surgery is.

“What many be problematic, is that no aspect of your original external body remains the same. Your head is no longer there; your brain is transplanted into an entirely different skull.

“It creates a new situation that will certainly not be easy.”

Not really.  You will still be dead, like before, so pretty much no change at all.

Prof Canavero said if the human head transplant works, it could have fundamental implications for human consciousness and even religion.

“In a few months we will sever a body from a head in an umprecedented medical procedure. In this phase, there is no life activity, not in the brain, not anywhere else in the body.

“If we bring this patient back to life we will receive the first real account of what actually happens after death. The head transplant gives us the first insight into whether there is an afterlife, a heaven, a hearafter.

“If we are able to prove that our brain does not create consciousness, religions will be swept away forever. They will no longer be necessary, as humans no longer need to be afraid of death.  We no longer need a Catholic Church, no Judaisim, and no Islam because religions in general will be obsolete.

Seriously?  We have had organ transplants for decades.  No religions failed as a result.  Some 7th Day Adventists are still struggling with the whole blood transfusion thing, but that is nowhere near them “loosing their faith”.

What I suspect will happen is:

Most likely Case 1:  We have successfully attached the frozen brain and warmed it up.  Now bring it back to life.   Bring it back to life.  Um… oh crap.  Let’s review our notes an try again next week.

Next likely Case 2:  Wake the patient up.  Eyes open. Heart pumps.  Lungs inflate.  person is unresponsive.  The lights are on but no one is home.  The dead don’t come back.

Next most likely Case 3:  The dead do come back, and they are hungry.  and fast.

Next most likely Case 4:  Patient is awake and conscious again and when asked what happened, is gives the exact same answer every surgical patient has given since the invention of anesthesia:  I don’t remember anything after the doctor telling me to count backwards from ten.

Least likely of all least likely cases:  The patient brings back any information from the other side.  The response of the world religions is: We don’t believe you.  Jews keep being Jews.  Catholics keep on Catholicking.  Moslems keep on goat molesting and child mutilating.  Militant atheists keep on predicting the new age of enlightenment and the death of religion.  7th Day Adventists keep on refusing to have their brains frozen and transplanted into new bodies from India.  But in this case, there is nothing to worry about.

Case he didn’t consider:  Patient wakes up and tells of being in the presence of the Lord and sending him back with a message that the DR needs to repent immediately.  Then what will the atheists say?  Obviously, the patient was delusional and his brain was starved for oxygen and dreaming.  You see, the standard of evidence they claim they will produce would never be good enough to convince them.

 

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TMI: body fluids

Following up on the previous post.  Just checked my cholesterol.

According to the chart, total C is 232.  That’s the same as it was 30 years ago.  So, I have nothing to worry about on this score.  I know that this sort of test has an error rate of about +/- 5%.  The chart reading for 232 is if the upper bound of blue is at the “25” mark.  So that is an absolute upper boundary of detection.  There is a high probability that my total C is closer to 190.

This home test kit comes with 3 high tech spring-loaded lances, for stabbing yourself to draw blood.  I have never been very good at stabbing myself intentionally.   I’m pretty good at doing it accidentally.  Using the old hand-on-the-hot-stove teaching method, if you stab yourself enough accidentally, you are VERY averse to ever doing it intentionally.  specially on fingertips, where all the touchy nerves are.  So, I have been putting this off for a few weeks.

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Stuff Going on in Syria

According to the Washington Post yesterday, the cover story is that there was an atrocity in Syria.  It is reported that the Syrian government dropped poison gas on women and children.

This is highly unlikely.

  1.  You still believe anything you read in the Washington Post?
  2. That part of the world is famous for staged atrocities.  This is not the same as a false flag operation.  It is intentionally staged to get media attention and international sympathy.  Anyone who is paying attention should be highly skeptical of any claims from that part of the world.
  3. It was timed to make the news cycle in the west.  Every media outlet had pictures of naked dead children.  Why were they naked?  More sympathetic.
  4. The events took place in a “rebel-occupied” area.  That means that there were no credible news sources available.  CNN, Reuters and Fox don’t have ANY people there.  They would have to take some local stringer’s word for everything.
  5. Militarized gasses are very distinctive in their effects.  Those bodies don’t show those effects.
  6. Observers on the ground said it was Chlorine.  A common gas that is used in lots of industrial processes including LAUNDRY.   Every home in America has a gallon in the kitchen.
  7. The effects seemed to only effect women and children.  No adult military men in uniform were hit.  No military agent is that discriminating.  This points to propaganda.
  8. The survival rate is too high for a military chemical agent.
  9. Women and children have been dying by the truckload in Syria.  What is the point of this now?  Could it be that the rebels are negotiating with Americans for immigration rights and the Trump Administration closed the door in their faces?  Then , like magic, an atrocity happens that makes the predicaments of Syrian women and children look dire, imminent, and yuge.  The sort of thing that only the USA is big enough and rich enough to take on.
  10. I have seen some features calling this a false flag orchestrated by the CIA, deep state and neocons to get Trump into a war.  This is all just stupid.  The only people who would benefit from this are the Syrian rebels themselves.  No one in deep state, CIA, or neocons (whoever they might be) gives a rats ass about this. Nor is there anything to be gained by getting us into another war over it.  HINT:  we are already in that war.
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