Bad Actors

WTF is wrong with us? I mean, when bias and discrimination actually are the goals from the far right at least, what does anybody expect? Do people believe Altman is really totally altruistic, ever was? He knows about the on/off modulator as well as anybody. People have to use the shyt first, before anything else happens. That’s where the money’s at, and people as a species generally suck when it comes to going after the easy kind. That’s also why the Pope, of all people, seems worried about it.

We’ll have AI Coordinator positions opening up on the pro coaching staffs anytime now. I like living where the scenery changes. Only the lead dog…

Colorado’s new law requires companies to inform people when an AI system is being used, and, if someone thinks the technology has treated them unfairly, allows them to correct some of the input data or file a complaint. It won’t allow an individual to sue over AI use, but sets up a process to look into potential consequences for bad actors.

Funky Cold Medina -Tone Loc

Supreme Cunt Logic

Machine Gun = Illegal

Gun that works like a machine ≠ illegal.

So now we have Thomas’ fat wife‘s Tom Foolery, Alito’s wife pleasuring herself, not to mention Roberts’ total disregard for the entire shit-show. It’s doubtful there’s much pleasure emanating from Alito’s shriveled-up little crank wanker clear across the bench these days.

– FUCK THEM.

And why? Yes, a deep current of gun fetishism runs through Thomas’ opinion. But so, too, does an arrogant skepticism of federal agencies like ATF and the experts who staff them.

Hope the gun lobby paid you enough to help keep the muzzle of that revolver away from the back of your mouth. Maybe you can get Harlan Crowe to pay for an extravagant funeral?

Manifest Destiny for the Win

We could begin solving a number of currently problematic, large-scale issues with this one. Just repatriate the wrongs, finish re-introducing the wolves, cap the oil and gas wells and leave the natives the fuck alone. Or trade and work with them like normally socialized creatures.

Big herds of cattle will disappear, eco-diversity will return, oil will stay in the ground and greenhouse by-products of the most willfully evil colonization the planet has ever seen will start to diminish.

Then I woke up.

Report finds Colorado was built on $1.7 trillion of land expropriated from tribal nations.

Micro$oft Security

It bears repeating in the context of systems security, here: The difference between smart people and dumb people isn’t that smart people don’t make mistakes. They just don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

M$ has always loomed large as a security issue of one sort or another, to me. Remember Active-X? Macros from hell? The first 10 versions of IIS were so rife with network vulnerabilities you dared not put them online without various certifications first, if you liked your job. More recently they’ve been hosting all sorts of hackers on Azure, and even today, I have to shame them into doing anything.

It stopped the next day.

Whistleblower tells ProPublica about Microsoft’s cybersecurity lapses.

Microsoft President Grilled by Congress Over Cybersecurity Failures.

Not I’ve seen enough of the technical details to get how Solawrwinds figured into the mix, but it doesn’t surprise me.

One Way to Prune a Maple Tree

I don’t think I could have taken off much more unless I was actually trying to kill it. These things grow like weeds around here. This guy needed serious reduction therapy after almost overshadowing the nearby blue spruce. It works well for the previously stunted pine tree, and the currently chopped-up maple. They’re both too close to the house.

Time Is On Your Side

Two anniversaries past original posting 11 MAR 22. Barring unforeseen circumstances, this post will be updated and re-published every week to keep it on the front page, until Vladimir Putin is either dead or in prison, and Ukraine remains a free country, sans invaders.

CIA director: Failing to pass Ukraine aid would (have been) mistake ‘of historic proportions’ And the cretins still caused untold unnecessary suffering with the delay.

High Wire -Rolling Stones
Song for Putin: Masters of War -Bob Dylan

Ukraine Live Stream Cams | The Holodomor …is about to be eclipsed.

Remember Bucha | Washington Post Live Updates 27 APR 22

3 MAY 22: Putin ready for actual war | New York Times 8 MAY 22

9 MAY 22: Russians bomb school | List of key events, day 81

16 MAY 22: Scenario Darkens for Russia | CNN – 19 MAY 22

25 MAY 22: Surrender Terms(sorta) | Sievierodonetsk falls 9 JUN 22

June 2022: Lysychansk gone | Russian Gold No Good 26 JUN 22

22 JUL 22: Grain Export Deal | The Guardian – Day 164 6 AUG 22

19 AUG: Zaporizhzhia Nuke Plant | It’s On Now, Bitch 30 AUG 22

8 SEP 22: $2.6B Cavalry Comin’ | Russian War Crimes 19 SEP 22

30 SEP 22: Putin’s Bogus Annexation | Crimea Bridge 10 OCT 22

20 OCT 22: Infrastructure Attacks | Russian Mobilization? 29 OCT 22

6 NOV 22: Black Winter Coming | Kherson Liberated 14 NOV 22

22 NOV 22: Russians Out of Ammo | NATO Strong 29 NOV 22

5 DEC 22: Orphans Saved | Missile Graveyard 13 DEC 22

20 DEC 22: War Map | Tables Turning 26 DEC 22

2 JAN 23: Warthog Best of 2022 | 2023?

13 JAN 23: Soledar Falls Again ? | Leopards Coming 23 JAN 23

3 FEB 23: EU Candidacy | Horrific Russian Casualties 12 FEB 23

21 FEB 23: One Year Later | Bakhmut Soaked in Blood 2 MAR 23

9 MAR 21: Civilian Targeting Ongoing | Russia’s 53rd Mech 18 MAR 23

27 MAR 23: History of Violence | Vladlen Tatarsky 4 APR 23

12 APR 23: More Skullduggery | Senior lt Pavel Kuzin 22 APR 23

2 MAY 23: Massive Russian Casualties | Russian Infighting 12 MAY 23

20 MAY 23: Russians Retreating | Drone War 31 MAY 23

9 JUN 23: Damn Blown | Memory Wall 16 JUN 23

26 JUN 23: Exploiting Wagner Mutiny | Epic Russian Losses 5 JUL 23

13 JUL 23: All Al Jazerra Knows | Ukraine Grain 19 JUL 23

28 JUL 23: Taking It Back | Yandex Out 10 AUG 23

23 AUG 23: Putin Blames West | Pigrohzyn Dead 31 AUG 23

9 SEP 23 Musk the Fuckwit | $21B Cavalry Comin’ 15 SEP 23

25 SEP 23: Abrams on Scene | Fuck Musk 2 OCT 23

13 OCT 23 Civilian Attacks Continue | Fuck Slovakia 26 OCT 23

2 NOV 23 Tightening the Noose | Oligarchs Grounded 9 NOV 23

17 NOV 23 Finland Closed | Armenia Stuffed 26 NOV 23

8 DEC 2023 Fascist Athletes Excluded | Fuckwit Orban 15 DEC 23

28 DEC 23 F-16s In Theater | Belgorod’s Raining Drones 3 JAN 24

7 JAN 24 Czechs Stand Firm | Francis War Crimes 15 JAN 24

20 JAN 24 Putin Backing Big Lie | WW-III? 29 JAN 24

6 FEB 24: Russian Terrorists | Fingers Crossed 13 FEB 23

23 FEB 24 Surprises Await | Bye-Bye A50 24 FEB

4 MAR 24: More War Crimes | Russians Vulnerable 12 MAR 24

21 APR 24 Money Tap On | Putin Crazy 4 MAY 24

18 MAY 24: Hold the Line | Europe Stepping Up 28 MAY 24

10 JUN 24: SU-57 Hit |

Sagan Channels Asimov

The Cult of Ignorance -Isaac Asimov, January 21, 1980

15 years later… “I have a foreboding of America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time–when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all of the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; with our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

And when the dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites now down to 10 seconds or less, lowest-common-denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

Today, it’s the MAGA Trump cult.

William Anders: Earthrise

There’s no doubt Bill Anders’ contributions go well beyond photography. Literally defining the concept of perspective in celestial terms might be a good place to start.

NASA Administrator Remembers Apollo Astronaut William Anders.

We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.

“At every step of Bill’s life was the iron will of a pioneer, the grand passion of a visionary, the cool skill of a pilot, and the heart of an adventurer who explored on behalf of all of us. His impact will live on through the generations. All of NASA, and all of those who look up into the twinkling heavens and see grand new possibilities of dazzling new dreams, will miss a great hero who has passed on: Bill Anders.”

Portrait of the crew of NASA’s Apollo 8, Florida, December 1968. Pictured are, from left, command module pilot James Lovell, lunar module pilot William Anders, and Commander Frank Borman.
Power of Love -Huey Lewis and the News

Masters of Deceit

No, not Trump.org – the Chinese government, just generally speaking. The tourists weren’t the first people there, and they certainly won’t be the last. It’s also how they do the low-quality manufacturing and network/software stuff. Marginal reality’s good enough for government work.

The hydrologic cycle – what a concept.

Tesla Game Over

I just hope the charging network survives to grow in somebody else’s hands. Space-X now also flirts with resource-sensitive delays and related issues. People in the Musk ecosystem need to get a grip before the implosion starts.

…explains why Musk told investors in April that Tesla had spent $1 billion on GPUs in the first three months of this year, almost as much as it spent on R&D, despite being desperate for new models to add to what is now an old and very limited product lineup that is suffering rapidly declining sales in the US and China.

And OBTW, I’m sure you’re aware, he wants $56B of your dollars to continue doing this.

Liar Dissected

It’s been a great exercise in spotting deceit – getting progressively easier, as the MAGA gang become further entangled with their lies in an ongoing futile attempt to re-write reality.

In recent days in his remarks outside the courthouse, in speeches and on social media, Trump repeatedly has made false and misleading statements about the case and trial.

Have fun wallowing in the mess you’ve made, fuckface.