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UnkaWillbur - May 26, 2017

Here' some links to nosh on, to start of your weekend. I hope everyone's weekend is great; me, myself, I'm planning on jumping out of a perfectly…

  • Ann Watson
    • Dosido3
    • LOL, that was a riot. Love stop-motion animation.

      • Ann Watson

        It’s an hilarious series, in the last one they’re laughing and cheering a bright streak in the sky, the asteroid that’s about to wipe them out. ; )

        • I love those kind of endings!

          • Ann Watson

            I don’t think the company made anything else, not that I’m aware of anyway, which is a shame because they really were good. Maybe they went their separate ways after production.

  • Dosido3

    Hey Unka, we all know you’ve got a life outside the Internet! Hope it’s going well. See ya when ya get back

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    .Milwaukee Sheriff Sued Over Airport Detention

    A Wisconsin man claims Milwaukee County Sheriff Uncle Ruckuc David Clarke Jr. illegally detained and questioned him about his political views after he shook his head at the sheriff during a flight from Dallas to Milwaukee.

    http://courthousenews.com/milwaukee-sheriff-sued-over-airport-detention/

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    .Donald Trump Has Hijacked Democracy. The Response Is Up to the Country.

    #NeverTrump has been a joke for several months now, but now that the administration is up and bungling, we see its real purpose. The Republican congressional majorities will put up with any excess and eccentricity down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue as long as they are allowed to put in place their plans to shove even more of the country’s wealth upwards.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52816/trump-republicans-congress/

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    .When Capitalists Go on Strike

    Capitalists routinely exert leverage over governments by withholding the resources — jobs, credit, goods, and services — upon which society depends. The “capital strike” might take the form of layoffs, offshoring jobs and money, denying loans, or just a credible threat to do those things, along with a promise to relent once government delivers the desired policy changes.

    Government officials know this power well, and invest great energy and public resources in staving off fits by malcontent capitalists. The profoundly rotten campaign finance system is just one manifestation of business’s domination over government policy. The real power resides in the corporate world’s monopoly over the flow of capital.

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/capital-strike-regulations-lending-productivity-economy-banks-bailout/

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    .Netanyahu scandals reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more than an imprudent taste for Cuban cigars and pink champagne.

    In truth, however, the allegations ensnaring Netanyahu reveal far more than his personal flaws or an infatuation with the high life. They shine a rare light on the corrupt nexus between Israel’s business, political
    and media worlds, compounded by the perverse influence of overseas Jewish money.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/02/netanyahu-scandals-corruption/

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    .Blundering Into a War With China

    In his January 13 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson made an extraordinary comment concerning China’s activities in the South China Sea. The U.S., he said, must “send a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops,” adding that Beijing’s “access to the those islands is not going to be allowed.”

    President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, repeated the threat on January 24.

    Sometimes it is hard to sift the real from the magical in the Trump administration, and bombast appears to be the default strategy of the day. But people should be clear about what would happen if the U.S. actually tries to blockade China from supplying its forces constructing airfields and radar facilities on the Spratley and Paracel islands.

    It would be an act of war.

    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/02/03/blundering-into-war-with-china.html

    • For some definition of “blunder”. Or, “I think they know exactly what they’re doing.”

      😀

  • EdgarHF
  • Edwin
    • Привет, господин Edwin!

      • Edwin

        Hiya, Unk. How’s things?

        • OK, finally LOL. Got the major stressor of getting the car done, and now just have the fun of learning about electric cars left to go! 😀

          • Edwin

            It looks nice. I know nothing about cars at this point (style, brand, etc.) They all look the same to me.

            I know buying a car is a pretty big thing. I looked to buy once, but never did. What a headache.

          • Fortunately, I paid cash (or rather with an EFT) which obviates the most time-consuming and harrowing part of the process, when getting a new car at least: getting a loan. And they were selling the new line of Dodge Chargers there, so imagine the stress of taking out a loan on a $62,000 car, which would likely end up being a $65,000 loan!

          • Edwin

            No. I can’t imagine.

            One time I did the math for one of those deals where you finance and pay every two weeks. (I saw it in a newspaper in Canada.) The end cost for a $30,000 vehicle was $72,000.

  • So, yesterday I went and bought my first car in almost two decades. I’ve worked hard to avoid owning a car, so this is a big change. I have to buy one, as my mum needs a car for her medical needs, and she’s about to lose the use of the one she’s had for years.

    Anyways, Yesterday morning, my head was nowhere but on doing the 3 scheduled Autonation appointments. Then, work until 3PM, then 5 hours to get the car (paperwork is a bitch) and insurance (I actually did save a lot with Geico). As I go to drive off the lot, the digital dashboard stops working and i have to go back. They gave me a loaner and assured me they’d have it back in the morning (blown fuse). I didn’t get home unto 9pm, and just (over) slept until 9am today and woke to a message that my car was ready.

    So. thanks everyone for your patience. At last it’s done, and now I’m that guy, the one that owns an electric car. 😀

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/232624f8720aae260abb57fde5bd8e8e702d74a4a3821bbc9c626d7692b2f62c.jpg

    • Edwin

      Cool. Glad you got it all sorted out and are ready to roll.

      (I have never owned a car. The idea almost scares me now, after 56 years.)

      • This is only my second.

        • And it’s a wildly different, and better, experience, thanks to the Internet.

        • Edwin

          One day I might have one. I like the idea of it. As I get older it might be a convenience.

          • I love that shit. Have you seen the video of the giant underground ones, in Tokyo?

          • Edwin

            No. I might have seen some of this stuff live tho’. +_+

        • Edwin

          In fairness, there’s no need to have a car in Seoul. I think it would actually be a hindrance. Gas and parking are both very expensive. There is very little parking. people park 2 and 3 deep and leave their cell phone #s in the window. people phone and you gotta go move your car.

    • EdgarHF

      Now you just need rims, a spoiler, and a loud muffler

      • Edwin

        And a killer stereo with woofers.

        • EdgarHF

          absolutely!

        • No, those giant subs people put in their cars do nothing for me. I like to listen to all my music, not just sounds under 60Hz. LOL.

          • Edwin

            You don’t wanna cruise down Main Street and blast everyone??!!

      • It’s a hybrid, about half the time, it makes no noise at all, but the rubber meeting the road.

        • EdgarHF

          I will confess I don’t have the most environmentally friendly car in the world.

          • Well, it came down to the Prius or a ford focus, both were at the sweet-spot of budget and age, and both had a history of good reliability . What won the day for the Prius is that it gets a minimum of around 45 mpg in the city!

          • EdgarHF

            I’ve promised myself my next car will be good on gas and insurance. My current car is neither.

          • Edwin

            That’s pretty good.

            What I find insane over here is they must keep up with the Joneses. People are driving around Seoul in these SUVs and gas is about $8 a gallon with nowhere to park and the streets are too narrow. As a pedestrian, I hate them because the small side streets have no sidewalks. They’re just wide enough for 2 cars to squeeze past, between buildings.

          • EdgarHF

            Somewhat like a soi in Thailand?

          • Edwin

            Yes, exactly like that. Those are all across Asia. Very few people ever had transportation beyond their own two feet or maybe a bicycle. Narrow!!

            When I go out of my quiet little (car-less) dead-end lane I go into a ‘soi’. That’s how I walk to the grocery place, but cars always jam it up and I have to watch out. Annoying.

          • EdgarHF

            Asian traffic scares the shit out of me. It seems lanes are only a suggestion there.

          • Edwin

            Korea is 300% better than when I first came here (1997). Japan is very orderly (no surprise). India is absolute chaos and everyone honks their horns all day and night. I’d say Thailand is somewhere in the middle.

    • notisaidthepig

      That looks like the car I bought back in July. I too hadn’t really own a car in over twenty years. What an ordeal! I’m happy with my choice and, by the way, I’m getting about 53 miles to the gallon in the city.

      • I’ve only put about 30 miles on it, so far, but I like the ride. The way the gas engine starts and stops is weird: never driven a hybrid, LOL.

    • FaunaAndFlora

      Good for you holding out so long on the car, and good for you doing what you have to for your mom. I didn’t buy my first car until I was thirty, and then I only did because I moved to country and started raising goats. Kinda hard to haul a fifty pound bag of sweet feed on a bicycle.

      • I’ve been damn proud of the fact that, for the last two decades, my carbon footprint has been lower than 84% of Americans. The car will raise it a bit, but not too much, thanks to it being a hybrid! 😀

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    Scripted by Steve Bannon or Roger Stone? Trump’s “black bloc” provocateurs set up Twitter threat to
    UC-Berkeley

    In reality, the anti-Trump protesters did NOT riot. They were calm and having a good time, when a bunch of bussed-in agents provocateur in identical black uniforms and ski masks started attacking people and property.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/02/03/scripted-by-bannon/

  • Shohanna

    OH GOD! This is now stuck in my head and if it’s in mine, Imma share it with you guys.. **SHIVER**

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/doctors-succesfully-pull-large-live-223737344.html

    • 17

      Sleep tight, kiddies.

  • Dosido3

    Song for Saturday ….
    https://youtu.be/kzE227yE1hk

  • Edwin
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    ‘Unimaginable’ – Understanding Radiation Levels Inside Fukushima Reactor

    Radiation levels inside the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have been labeled “unimaginable” by its owner Tepco. But how strong is a 530 sieverts/hour (Sv/hr) level of radiation? Strong enough to kill a machine designed to withstand just such an occurrence, and in less than an hour.

    http://thefifthcolumnnews.com/2017/02/unimaginable-understanding-radiation-levels-inside-fukushima-reactor/

  • 17

    .Bad and Bourgeois

    The super-rich talk to one another about a rising tide lifting all boats, all the while arming their yachts ahead of potential crisis.

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/bad-bourgeois-migos-davos-super-rich-inequality-neoliberal-zuckerberg-buffett/

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