thursday randomosity.

  • Jeebus H. Chrysler, the footage from the League of Nations United Nations shindig looked like the pilot episode for The Bedouin Hillbillies.  Gaddafi, Ahmadinejad, and Chavez get lectern time at the U.N.?  Any organization that turns over the podium to an avowed terrorist sponsor, a bugnuts insane Holocaust denier, and a chunky vest pocket tinpot Marxist has a severe credibility deficit.  All that was missing was Kim Jong Il walking in with Fidel’s limp husk in tow, and you would have had 90% of the world’s heavyweight asshole dictators all in one spot.  Shit, let’s just kick the whole lot off that prime real estate they’ve been taking up in Manhattan, and convert the U.N. complex into prime apartment space.  With the revenue from uncollected parking tickets alone, we should be able to pay the U.N.’s entire moving expenses as we send them packing to their new headquarters in Caracas or Pyongyang. 
  • I’m busy backing up my data to external hard drives right now, because we ordered a new PC, and Robin is getting my old Core 2 Duo system.  I’m downgrading to an nVidia ION box, which will be an interesting experiment.  Robin’s P4 is finally at the point where playing World of Warcraft in high-traffic zones is a bit of a drag, and she plays a ton more than I do, so I’m letting her take command of my old PC…while I get a shoebox-sized, low-wattage, fanless system that can still play WoW capably on the weekends.
  • There’s news on the Nugent front, but I’m not quite free to divulge any details yet.  For now, let me say that an agreement is in the works, and that I’ll be satisfied once all is signed and sealed.
  • Quinn is hooked on iSpy puzzles on the computer.  He’s been begging for computer time for the last week or two, and he spent three hours on the eMac in the office this morning solving all the puzzles in iSpy Spooky Mansion.  I can’t say the apple is falling far from the tree there, but if he starts asking for Hot Pockets, I’m pulling the plug.  At this rate, he’ll want his own WoW account next year, and if his main out-levels mine before the kid is even in elementary school, I’ll feel positively ancient.
  • The sequel to Great Big Military SF Novel is coming along fine…three to five pages a day, every day, plodding right along.  At this rate, it should be done by the time the snow recedes in April, maybe even sooner.  This one’s outlined to be about 20-30,000 words shorter than the first one, but I have a tendency to underestimate word counts for the final product.  (Terms of Enlistment was supposed to be 90-100,000 words, and ended up weighing in at almost 120,000.)
  • I have a post on health care in the works, but I didn’t get around to finishing it today, so I’ll save it for tomorrow or Saturday.
  • Lastly, can Michael Moore be any more of a douchebag?  Dude is worth $50 million, and says he doesn’t count himself among the top 1% he says control 99% of the country’s wealth.  When your bank statement shows eight fucking figures, you’re well inside that one-percent bracket, Mikey.   Like I said on Twitter: Capitalism is the only system under which one can amass $50 million of personal wealth by making movies that criticize the system. (Try finding a North Korean or Cuban who got wealthy by criticizing his own economic system.  Hell, find me a wealthy North Korean or Cuban, period…one who isn’t a member of the ruling political caste, that is.)

That’s all I have for right now.  Tune in again tomorrow, when I’ll try to take a shot at the concept of fairness in health care coverage…

8 thoughts on “thursday randomosity.

  1. jimbob86 says:

    Finding a NorK that criticized his political system is pretty simple….. they’d be the ones inside the camps being worked/starved to death……

    …… finding a Cuban that did same(and lived to tell about it) is easier: they are all in Miami.

  2. RevolverRob says:

    “…and you would have had 90% of the world’s heavyweight asshole dictators all in one spot.Shit, let’s just kick the whole lot off that prime real estate they’ve been taking up in Manhattan, and convert the U.N. complex into prime apartment space. ”

    As much as I know NYC needs the space for apartments, when we have so many great assholes in one place, I personally think, “target of opportunity”. It doesn’t need to be a nuke, just have the NYPD clear the street for three blocks and drop one of our excellent bunker busters on it…problem solved.

    -Rob

  3. sasu says:

    What else can you expect from the United Nations, an organization that has states as members. That organization definitely has no private citizens’ interests on their agenda, and no human rights either. It is a club where governments can plan together how best to suppress their citizens.

    We might need a new global organization with powers and authority to effectively defend human rights, and the members would have to be private citizens only. The job of that new organization would be to keep governments in check.

  4. perlhaqr says:

    RevolverBob: I really just can’t see destroying that much capital when we could just give them the boot. I’m all for tearing down that fucking barrel-in-a-knot statue and recast it as brass casings, though.

    It would be a lot of fun to kick them out, though. “Ok, fine. Go be assholes in Tehran.”

    Hahahahahahahah. Other than the fact that it would be mean to inflict those assweasels on someone we like, we could move UN headquarters to Israel. Think they’d have more sympathy for the defence situation there if it was their own sorry asses they were keeping from getting blown up?

  5. perlhaqr says:

    Dangit, I keep forgetting we can actually reply to comments in threads, here, now.

    (Try finding a North Korean or Cuban who got wealthy by criticizing his own economic system. Hell, find me a wealthy North Korean or Cuban, period…one who isn’t a member of the ruling political caste, that is.)

    Screw that, try finding me a North Korean or Cuban who criticized his own economic system, still lives in country, and isn’t in jail.

  6. MarkHB says:

    Let me know how that Ion benchmarks – I’d love it if they made a netbook I could actually *use*.

    • Marko Kloos says:

      Sure thing.

      I researched a bit before dropping the coin…they mated an Atom CPU to a GeForce 9400 GPU, which really seems to boost the usefulness of the Atom. We’re talking 1080p decoding at 25% utilization, and even pulling off playable CoD4 framerates at low/medium detail (20-30fps.) Not bad for a fanless, silent box that draws less than thirty watts total under load.

      Here’s a link for you, since you’ll know what the technobabble means:

      http://www.guru3d.com/article/nvidia-ion-platform-review-preview/5

      • MarkHB says:

        I know what the babble means, old sausage – I’m just eager to hear how it translates to on-the-desk experience, which is usually about five country miles from what the stats promise😉

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