Sunday Serendipity

Summer is about over, if you go by the weather service’s definition or the old style.

A couple of songs about working or not working for this Labor Day weekend

Enjoy, Jack

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  1. I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
    Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
    The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
    The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
    The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
    The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
    The woodcutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
    The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
    Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
    The day what belongs to the day-at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
    Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

     

    – Walt Whitman –

  2. Making a guess from the activity the russians are doing to my websites and computers I expect they are planning on attacking Ukraine very soon.  Probably from the water.  Either that or I p’d off puttie and his GRU/FSB/KGB – again.

  3. Cabinet maker’s work is never done.  5000 year old stone axe with handle of ash found in denmark bog

  4. If you are seeing Windows Defender notices every minute or so, you can ignore them.  There appears to be an oopps in an update sent out this morning.  MS is fixing it soon.  Almost like the good old days of the fight between Gates and any other company making an operating system.  Windows is not done until Novell won’t run.

  5. while we’re all whistling in the workplaces, there’s a bunch of others whistling in the dark places.  fascinating article on how some of the ultra-rich are prepping for the future

    The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse | The super-rich | The Guardian

    warning, it’s a long article. here’s an excerpt:

    They started out innocuously and predictably enough. Bitcoin or ethereum? Virtual reality or augmented reality? Who will get quantum computing first, China or Google? Eventually, they edged into their real topic of concern: New Zealand or Alaska? Which region would be less affected by the coming climate crisis? It only got worse from there. Which was the greater threat: global warming or biological warfare? How long should one plan to be able to survive with no outside help? Should a shelter have its own air supply? What was the likelihood of groundwater contamination? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.
    This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from raiders as well as angry mobs. One had already secured a dozen Navy Seals to make their way to his compound if he gave them the right cue. But how would he pay the guards once even his crypto was worthless? What would stop the guards from eventually choosing their own leader?

  6. another rather chilling paragraph also from that guardian piece:

    Never before have our society’s most powerful players assumed that the primary impact of their own conquests would be to render the world itself unliveable for everyone else. Nor have they ever before had the technologies through which to programme their sensibilities into the very fabric of our society. The landscape is alive with algorithms and intelligences actively encouraging these selfish and isolationist outlooks. Those sociopathic enough to embrace them are rewarded with cash and control over the rest of us. It’s a self-reinforcing feedback loop. This is new.

  7. on the other hand, this from wonkette on mccarthy’s prebuttal of biden’s speech was fun:

    But nobody’s going to remember anything about McCarthy’s speech anyway, apart from one extremely weird line that was apparently meant to be inspiring or something:

    The American experiment and the good people who believe in it have not said their last word. The electric cord of liberty still sparks in our hearts. The spirit of the Pilgrims, the Patriots and the Pioneers still inspire our souls. Our best days are ahead of us, not behind us. Our nation can flourish again and under a new historic Republican majority, it will.

    The what of what, now? The electric cord of liberty still sparks in our hearts? The smoke alarm of bad metaphor has gone off in my head, so let’s run McCarthy’s comment through the wood chipper of rhetorical analysis.
    Kevin, that makes no goddamn sense. For starters, multiple people who know electrical stuff pointed out that if an electric cord is sparking, you’re in a heap of trouble and your house may just burn down around you, whether it’s a house divided or not.
    […]
    Let me tell you, I am feeling like a first class Doktor of Rhetoric for this explanation. McCarthy and/or his speechwriter aimed for a memorable phrase, and they absolutely achieved that. Just not in the way they wanted, because taking Lincoln too literally made it sound like they were trying to kill someone by throwing an electric mixer with a frayed wire into a bathtub.
    At least people had fun with it on Twitter!

  8. Was interesting last night how abortion missing as a topic for the maggot rally speakers including Trump, who even dropped his usual long rift bragging about his Supreme Court appointments.

  9. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/01/mastriano-lawsuit-jan6-committee-00054554

    “Mastriano filed his suit on Thursday afternoon in federal court in Washington. It names the committee itself as a defendant, as well as each member of the panel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

    “Mastriano is asking for declaratory relief — a request for the judge to declare the committee cannot compel him to sit for a deposition — as well as for the panel to pay his attorney’s fees.”

    Whelp, he’s gotta know tRUMPsky isn’t gonna kick in for his legal fees.

    “A host of other litigants have gone to court to challenge the committee’s lawfulness, and none have emerged victorious.”

  10. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/02/texas-migrant-bus-cost/

    “Gov. Greg Abbott’s migrant busing program is what asylum advocates wanted all along…immigration rights experts say the Republican governor who is working to crack down on illegal immigration is actually establishing one of the nation’s most generous publicly funded services to assist immigrants entering the country.”

    “The free rides given to migrants to travel to sanctuary cities like New York, Washington, D.C., and now Chicago have cost the state $12.7 million so far.”

    “Abbott is one of the only state actors that is giving immigrants a free benefit, a free ride,” said Abel Nuñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center. “You’re actually creating a free program that if a Democrat would have said it, he would have gone against it.”

    “Immigration experts say the governor’s effort to score political points is making it easier for migrants to stay in the country.”

    “The cruelty in the busing program lies in the removal of human agency for the migrants themselves,” said Laura Peña, director of Beyond Borders at the Texas Civil Rights Project. “It is extremely cruel to fool people with a free ride that takes them to a place where they actually will not be able to settle down.”

  11. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/02/texas-oil-epa-export-terminal-corpus-christi/

    “EPA reverses course, rejects permit for massive oil exporting project offshore from Corpus Christi

    “Oil produced in Texas would flow 21 nautical miles through an underwater pipeline from Corpus Christi to the terminal. Floating hoses connected to the offshore platform would take the oil from the pipelines and transfer it to tankers.”

    “The EPA under the Trump administration decided that Bluewater’s terminal was exempt from rules that require pollution controls on marine tank vessel loading operations.”

    “The Bluewater terminal would have been allowed to emit up to almost 19,000 tons of VOCs under the original proposal.”

    “VOCs are carbon compounds that play a role in the formation of ozone and fine particulates in the atmosphere. They may also cause short- and long-term health effects, such as headaches and liver damage when inhaled indoors, according to the EPA.”

  12. It’s harrowing that this many americans have fallen for this bullshit.  Like being trapped in a Stephen King novel.

  13. https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/22/world/who-is-alexey-navalny/index.html

    “There is a crown sliding from his ears,” Navalny said of Putin, referring also to the mass anti-government protests in Russia following the activist’s imprisonment and during his hunger strike.

    “Your naked king wants to rule until the end. He doesn’t care about the country; he is clung to power and wants to rule indefinitely,” Navalny said.

    Sounds familiar.

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