Last active
4 months, 1 week ago
  • “Is this even a reasonable interpretation of the law?”
    Does it even matter, if no court exists that would and could reverse the decision?

    The US courts have totally gone over to the dark side. You can see why the Republicans have blocked or tried to block every single Democratic nominee to the Supreme and appelate courts for decades. Under the system the constitution has set up, you can stage a coup by infiltrating the 3rd branch of government; the branch that is furthest removed from control by the will of the people.

    The government has become one giant black op. Once you’re shielded from scrutiny, you’re shielded from responsibility.

  • The way Mr. Kinzer describes the brothers’ definition of freedom sounds very much like fascism to me: a government is acceptable to them only to the degree that it allows foreign (ie American in their view) companies to come in and extract resources for maximum profit. I’ve always wondered where Allen Dulles’ true allegiances lay [...]

  • SadButTrue commented on the blog post Late Night: The Fire This Time

    2013-02-14 21:22:21View | Delete

    There is one aspect of this story that I think is getting far too little attention. In fact to my knowledge I’m the only one who has grasped its full significance. (My apologies to anyone who has picked up on the same thing.)

    The whole saga began because Dorner reported a relatively minor incident of police brutality, and even though the evidence supported his complaint he was eventually dismissed for lying about it. But the really significant part of it, the part that threatened the LAPD the most during a time when they were trying very hard to be seen as trying to ‘clean up their act’ is this:

    Dorner witnessed this act of brutality DURING A TRAINING SESSION!! He was the trainee, and the ‘perp’ was his trainer. So the inescapable conclusion based on this simple fact is that LAPD were EXPLICITLY sending their trainees a message: “this kind of behaviour is not only condoned, it is EXPECTED of you. It’s part of your DUTY to beat people down, even when they pose no threat, even when they are helpless and in handcuffs or other restraints.” The idea that the LAPD trains its recruits to assault the public, then PROTECTS the trainer by firing the recruit who reports it is to me a bigger story than all the rest of it combined.

  • SadButTrue commented on the blog post The smell of FAIL is emanating from Camp Romney

    2012-11-05 13:48:46View | Delete

    It breaks my heart that Hurricane Sandy thwarted KKKarl Rove in his wish to squeeze just a few more big fat stinking lies through the lips of serial liars Romney and Ryan. And they were slated to be released close enough to the election that fact-checkers’ corrections wouldn’t get to all voters in time. So they must have been whoppers.

    Don’t worry KKKarl, you can just put them back in your bag of dirty tricks and haul them out for the next election cycle.

  • SadButTrue and PictureElliott are now friends

    2012-06-03 09:45:43View | Delete
  • SadButTrue commented on the blog post 4/20: A Look at Marijuana Reform Advances This Year

    2012-04-20 11:25:16View | Delete

    We’ve been ‘making progress’ on marijuana reform for at least 40 years now and still haven’t achieved what is rational and just; full-on legalization. Meanwhile otherwise innocent people are rotting in for-profit jails in several countries. Not only are their potentially productive lives being wasted, but also the lives of the prison guards, support staff and administration.

    I guess that any expectation that the law would be rational and/or just is just an indication of how delusional years of smoking ‘the shit’ have made me. Sheesh!

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: Nano Drones Freak Me Out by Kelly Canfield.

    2012-02-02 21:26:24View | Delete

    Looking at what’s available for larger (a meter or so across) drones: You can buy a pre-built circuit board that has TWO microprocessors and the motor controllers on it plus laser gyroscope, accelerometers, even a pressure sensor. On that board is firmware that includes commands like ‘hover’ and ‘hold position.’ So the people at GRASP [...]

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: Nano Drones Freak Me Out by Kelly Canfield.

    2012-02-02 20:51:31View | Delete

    I’ve read it, but in the book ‘nano’ means the size of a gnat – similar to the nanobots in Star Trek TNG. In this video nano just means way smaller than the standard hobbyist quadrotors, which are about a meter across.

    It’s a REALLY scary book.

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: Nano Drones Freak Me Out by Kelly Canfield.

    2012-02-02 20:48:37View | Delete

    Good to be seen.

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: Nano Drones Freak Me Out by Kelly Canfield.

    2012-02-02 19:56:37View | Delete

    These guys are crazy smart.

    “We developed a method to transition between formations in 3-D.”
    That’s just showing off!

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: Friday Night Tune – Pala Tute by Kelly Canfield.

    2012-01-20 19:52:45View | Delete

    So, what are these guys drinking? I might try a bottle myself sometime.

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: Lots of Buttons, Knobs, and Lights by Kelly Canfield.

    2012-01-17 21:21:32View | Delete

    Those vacuum tube displays with the multiple cathodes shaped as decimal numbers were called Nixie tubes.

  • SadButTrue and PictureKelly Canfield are now friends

    2011-09-27 20:59:34View | Delete
  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Watercooler: The Ultimate Axe by Kelly Canfield.

    2011-09-27 20:56:46View | Delete

    A friend of mine has a stick he bought when they were first introduced back in the ’70s. He doesn’t play it quite that well, though he’s an accomplished bassist. By the way he goes by the stage name of J.P. Hovercraft, a take on his own initials (J.P.) which he has in common with [...]

  • SadButTrue commented on the blog post Late Night: Killing the Squirrels

    2011-07-18 19:51:57View | Delete

    My favourite post-apocalypse literature is The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Sadly, in that book the fundamentalists are in charge even in Newfoundland after a nuclear holocaust. Just because they cause a disaster doesn’t mean they’re going to relinquish power. Look at the 2010 midterm election results so soon after Bush wrecked the economy in 2008. People never f^#$ing learn.

  • SadButTrue commented on the blog post Playing God with Bradley Manning

    2011-03-10 18:53:21View | Delete

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

    – George Orwell

    It looks to me as though we’ve reached the future. Doesn’t it make you long for the good old days?

  • I always thought The Gilmore Girls would have been more realistic if Lorelei had smoked up. I mean really, someone that loquacious, it only stands to reason.

  • “Simply put, not entitled to credence.”

    That’s a keeper! I’ll have to remember that phrase the next time I need to call someone a big fat LIAR in the nicest way possible.

  • SadButTrue commented on the blog post FDL Oscar Live Blog 2011

    2011-02-27 21:19:18View | Delete

    “How come all the Brits and Aussies can do perfect American speech and Americans mostly bollix up their attempts to to the reverse?”

    It’s because dialect is much more important in Britain, and most of the actors’ resumes show them graduating from the London Academy of SPEECH and Drama.

    The way people speak in Britain serves as a sort of dramatic shorthand. A character walks on stage and says two or three sentences and the audience knows immediately where they’re from as well as their background, education and social class. An actor can’t portray a character supposedly from Yorkshire and give them a Cockney accent. Learning to do half a dozen American accents is a piece of cake after you’ve learned ten times that many from your own country.

  • SadButTrue commented on the diary post Conflicted Clarence Thomas by Anthony Weiner.

    2011-02-10 23:59:26View | Delete

    Impeachment is the appropriate course to deal with Clarence Thomas, but the politics don’t bode well for any kind of just outcome. The Republicans in the House and Senate have shown time and time again that they operate like an organized crime syndicate. Their brand of Omerta makes it highly unlikely that any one of [...]

  • Load More