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That Fischl Painting of Decadence & Despair Before Drowning   As a conclusion, we may see this painting as some dark portrayal of modern times, decadence, and incoming doom (the wave). There are those who see the wave (the dressed and life-jacketed lady) and will therefore be saved because they see it coming and have taken the measures to survive the event, and there are the others, who are too much into their passivity and decadence to see anything coming. And that beer-drinking dude, he’ll be a ton less proud about his cock when he is drowning in the cold depths of this sea, let me tell you.

One very disturbing notion is that far from Islam needing a reformation, it’s already had one—and it’s brought the religion back to its seventh-century roots. The Anatomically Correct Banana

What’s the Filthiest Animal?  If that’s not enough, they actually will pee on themselves. And that turns out also to be an adaptive thing—we humans are not going to be able to relate to this, but if you went treading through a bunch of carcasses, your legs would be covered in bacteria, the kind of microbes that break down the carcass. By peeing on their legs, they’re actually helping to kill the bacteria that got on them—it’s a defense mechanism for them.

England’s Assisted Suicide –   The Metropolitan Police’s definition of a “hate crime” is enough to give George Orwell conniptions: If someone does something that isn’t a criminal offence but the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we would class this as a ‘hate incident’. Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with an offence.

San Francisco Is Suffering From The Excesses Of Its Own Liberalism   The overwhelming smell of urine on parts of Mission Street and Market Street would make your nose bleed. I recall the first time I rode BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Francisco’s subway system) and was nearly knocked over by the sheer stench of the station. I was surprised to learn that exiting the station supplied little to no relief — the urine smell hangs heavy in the more populated areas of the city and is nearly inescapable. In a dark twist of humor, the city has had to replace numerous different street poles due to urine eroding the foundation.

If that family has only an approximate idea of how many guns they have, government officials are unlikely to know the true number with any greater accuracy. If the officials are convinced that more guns are on hand than the people actually have, how are the victims to cough up the balance or prove the unprovable? During WW2, occupying armies would check local gun registries and shoot those who couldn’t produce everything listed. A gun being lost or destroyed years prior was no excuse. Or the government record might indicate thirty and the reality is thirty six. Now the officials have to worry about a trained group of people who have a legitimate gripe and some weapons still on hand. Even if they get all guns currently owned, more may be manufactured, bought, traded or stolen from official users. As a result, they forever have to worry about competent and motivated insurgents. Historically, such problem was solved with executions or imprisonment of the newly disarmed.  The impossibility of surrender

The Dark Rule Utilitarian Argument For Science Piracy |   If everyone downloaded Black Panther, then Marvel wouldn’t get any money, the movie industry would collapse, and we would never get Black Panther 2, Black Panther Vs. Batman Vs. Superman, A Very Black Panther Christmas, Black Panther 3000: Help, We Have No Idea How To Create Original Movies Anymore, and all the other sequels and spinoffs we await with a resignation born of inevitability.

Ghost guns – A gun-technology pioneer says he’s seeing a “huge explosion” in sales of a machine that allows people to make their own untraceable AR-15-style rifles in response to the national debate on gun control. Wilson said he believes a “very conservative” estimate would be that 25,000 to 30,000 AR-15s are in circulation because of his machine, the first generation of which was introduced in 2014. It’s always been legal to manufacture guns, Wilson says, and the machine simply makes it possible without specialized knowledge. Californians make up about a third of Ghost Gunner buyers. He said do-it-yourself gun milling seems to grow in relation to efforts to restrict guns.

It’s a miniature multi-axis NC machine with latent capability beyond what’s stated in the article. It’s growing popularity is significant because ghost guns are significant. It’s also significant the estimated ammunition in civilian hands exceeds the estimated number of civilian firearms by maybe a couple thousand to one. In other words, there’s a steady rise in the inventory of ammo and a small but accelerating buildout of garage-scale arms manufacturing. The people will not be disarmed. There’s always a way.  Woodpile Report

Community gathers to watch 950-ton bridge move across Southwest 8th Street     Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school. … Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

Topographische Anatomie des Menschen    The Nazis, using the old Austrian statues as a convenient pretext, began sending convicts guillotined in the Vienna assize court or those shot on the Gestapo firing range to the Anatomy Institute. So many were executed that local officials ran a special streetcar, known as the “death tram,” between the court and the Institute early each morning. If the school’s morgue was full, the court would simply postpone that day’s scheduled executions. Eventually, however, so many were being executed that the bodies were being literally stacked behind the Institute.

Hillary’s Hipster Army Prepares For The Second Civil War – Kurt Schlichter      After Hillary’s hand-picked Supreme Court majority started upholding her flurry of executive orders –€“ she didn’€™t bother with legislation anymore –€“ there seemed no other choice. First, it was the newly discovered “€œright to environmental justice”€ that required a ban on fracking and the imposition of climate change regulations that threatened to bankrupt middle-America. Next, it announced a right to state-funded abortions at any time until the baby leaves the hospital. Then there was the discovery of exceptions to the First Amendment that allowed Her to ban critiques of Planned Parenthood (“There is no right to advocate anti-woman ideas!”€), demands for stricter immigration laws (“There is no right to advocate against anti-undocumented workers!”€), and criticism of Hillary Herself (“€œThis dissent is unpatriotic!”€). But the boulder that broke the camel’€™s back was Hillary’s unilateral ban on the private ownership of guns (“We must protect the children! I mean, ones that have been born. And left the hospital. Those children only. Not others.”).

California to start recycling sewer water into tap water… and yes, it’s full of insane chemicals |   “It’s highly treated,” she says, not mentioning the residues of pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and other toxins that don’t get filtered out with current mass-filtration technologies. The so-called sewer-to-reservoir setup – or what some are referring to as toilet-to-tap – isn’t necessarily new to California, especially in certain areas of Southern California that have been recycling water for several years now. But its implementation on a state-wide scale is new. In some ways, it’s also experimental.

The Han Hundred   China’s a big country. They’ll keep the dumb Africans outside the walls and everything will be fine. Illegal invasion from Africa into China is nearly impossible. The infiltrators stick out like a sore thumb. If they try a Camp of the Saints move into China, the Chinese navy will sink the rapefugee ships and that will be that. The invaders will seek out whiter pastures.

MURDER ON THE 30 BLOCKS OF SQUALOR –     At the stoplight there was some black dude in the middle of the street yelling into a megaphone as the squalorites shuffled toward the subway. I don’t know what he was saying, but I’m pretty sure he was blaming white people for the shooting of three black people by another black person. As usual in West Philly, the worse the area, the more murals. If you look closely at the right hand girder supporting the El, you can see a mural of the savior – Barrack Hussein Obama. Fitting that the shootings occurred under his watchful eyes.

File Under ‘Oh Blow Me!’ Joan Baez on Her Next Chapter: ‘I Don’t Make History, I Am History’    “In the house, the furniture was well worn, but the rooms felt spare and airy, perhaps because she’s “decluttering” using the Marie Kondo method and is proudly down to three shirts in her closet.” 

The Logic Of Empire     The truly weird thing about the American Empire is it started as a homogeneous nation, composed of English speaking white people. The Romans bankrupted themselves trying to keep the barbarians out, while going to great lengths to integrate those that came in through conquest and migration. America is bankrupting itself trying to import barbarians from every corner of the globe, while going to great lengths to police the fringes of civilization. The point is to keep the current arrangements in place, no matter how illogical.

 Tech fails. Like little incidents vis-à-vis RMS Titanic, LZ Hindenberg, and the Daichi Fukishima nuke plant should have clued you into. Self-driving cars are simply tree chippers with a handy conveyor ramp for pedestrians and drivers alike. Anyone deploying them or driving one should be receiving incoming small arms fire until they change shape or burst into flames.  Raconteur Report: Color Me Shocked

 Time To Troll The Sanctuary Asstards  Turn the illegals on warrants over. When local authorities don’t return the favor, swear out warrants in federal court, and start arresting everyone from the chief of the agency down to the lowest-ranking turnkey for aiding and abetting, and charge and prosecute them in federal court for those felonies. It will end their careers, and cancel their pensions, and after about… TWO, who get dragged off to the federal pen for five year pound-you-in-the-ass-prison sentences in general population, you won’t have any problem getting 100% co-operation forever in CA, or any other state, forever.



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  • Richard March 24, 2018, 7:25 AM

    Re: England’s suicide and San Francisco’ suffering
    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • OldFert March 24, 2018, 8:14 AM

    Regarding ICE detainers — how hard *would* it be for ICE to have a federal magistrate available to sign warrants, rather than issue detainers?

    Since, from what I’ve read, lots of municipalities and sheriff’s departments in so-called sanctuary areas say they don’t keep the illegal aliens in jail because ICE doesn’t have an arrest (or whatever kind of) warrant needed to retain the individual in jail awaiting ICE action.

  • Rob De Witt March 24, 2018, 9:18 AM

    That New York Times piece from Joan Baez is just….perfect. She remains totally unaware of her own depth of ridiculousness.

    From the beginning, she was the most astonishing natural singer and folk-guitarist I’ve ever encountered, and her level of self-absorption was unrivaled until Barry Obama came along. She begs for satire, and nobody ever got it except Al Capp


    ….and the National Lampoon. Rumor has it that Joan wasn’t amused…


  • Casey Klahn March 24, 2018, 9:57 AM

    Lots to enjoy and respond to, as always.

    I’ve listened to some of Eric Fischl’s videos. His narratives do speak right to our present day, but it begs the question: why go back to narrative at all? Artists tried to evolve from historical narrative in the late 19th Century. It raised art higher, in my educated opinion.

    Anyway, it’s his right and prerogative to narrate our Epicurean era. Lowbrow, but whose judging?

  • ghostsniper March 24, 2018, 2:34 PM

    flaccid soibois

  • I Am Who I Am March 26, 2018, 6:07 AM

    That Fischl painting (The Old Man’s Boat) is Jordan Petersonism illustrated.