Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ooh boy, they booed M Trubisky when he was introduced at the "Bulls"-"Celtics" game in Chicago. Murder City felt M wasn't all that with one career start in college, against Pitt. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

NSA, You're So Fluffy I Could Die

N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets


WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency said Friday that it had halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless surveillance program, ending a once-secret form of wiretapping that dates to the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 expansion of national security powers.

The agency is no longer collecting Americans’ emails and texts exchanged with people overseas that simply mention identifying terms — like email addresses — for foreigners whom the agency is spying on, but are neither to nor from those targets.

The decision is a major development in American surveillance policy. Privacy advocates have argued that the practice skirted or overstepped the Fourth Amendment.
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[Okay, I can give credit where credit is due, if STOPPING BREAKING THE LAW is credit.]

"Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who sits on the Intelligence Committee and has long been an outspoken critic of what he saw as N.S.A. overreach, hailed the decision and said he would offer legislation to codify the new limit in federal law

“This change ends a practice that allowed Americans’ communications to be collected without a warrant merely for mentioning a foreign target,” Mr. Wyden said. “For years, I’ve repeatedly raised concerns that this amounted to an end run around the Fourth Amendment. This transparency should be commended.”
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"Until 2013, [the worst year of my life] it was not publicly known that the equipment installed on network switches was systematically sifting all cross-border internet traffic and sending to the N.S.A. messages containing such a targeted email address anywhere — not just emails to or from targets, but also between other people who talk about them.
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On Friday, Mr. Snowden wrote on Twitter that “the truth changed everything.”

He also called the change “likely the most substantive of the post-2013 NSA reforms, if the principle is applied to all other programs.” However, there was no indication that the N.S.A. intended to cease this type of collection abroad, where legal limits set by the Constitution and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act largely do not apply.
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/us/politics/nsa-surveillance-terrorism-privacy.html

Okay, an UNQUALIFIED GOOD! My son says this is a "massive win." It earns the Wyden-Snowden seal of approval, it gets PUBLOCC's. Way to go NSA! Thank you!


                                                                 Trump...TRUMP...

HEY DICKHEAD!

What is Macedonia?

"It's PRESIDENT Dickhead by the way and YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHOUT! I know my ancient Grecian history by the way and Macedonia was a city state a long time ago, did pretty well, by the way, made a lot of money, 'course taxes were lower back then, NO I WILL NOT RELEASE MY TAXES, gorgeous women, GORGEOUS, won a Miss Ancient Universe pageant, you should have seen her, aligned with Sparta to defeat Athens in the first Olympic Games."


Swear?


Thank you.


Russia blames the

U.S. after protesters 

storm Macedonia’s 

parliament (WaPo)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dear God

City and United drew 0-0 today in the city.

Can we just end this fucking season already? This is the dreariest, most boring Manchester City team since before the Revolution. There was a year, "Psycho" Pearce was the manager and we had...what was his name, something like Georgio Chamaras or something as a "promising" player, and we had Joey Barton in florid psychosis, when we scored like 20 goals the whole fucking year. Almost got relegated. That was the most hopeless year since I've been true blue. This season is second-worst. It is shocking that this has come under the World's Greatest Manager. Pep Guardiola changed the way this team plays, tiki-taka, and we've tiki'd when we should have taki'd evidently. I don't know! I don't know what the problem has been, are we passing too much?, taki-taka puts a premium on passing, how many fucking shots on net have we had this year?, I don't know what it is but there is no explosion in this team, we are not scoring goals, and when your defense is atrocious and you've got "Claudio" "Bravo" in goal, basically, when you don't score goals, can't defend, and your goalkeeper has his head up his ass, you're not going to be successful in soccer. Sorry!

Pep brought Yaya (By the way, Yaya, happy birthday) out of exile, got Vinny back for at least a match, HAS KUN AGUERO!, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin DrBruyne, etc & etc...that team should NOT be BORING! THAT team should not be hanging on by its fingertips to fourth fucking place! That team has REGRESSED. Under PEP GUARDIOLA!  Dear God.

End of World

Google aggregates its news stories in categories, U.S., World, Health, Trump Blows, Science, Sports, etc. Ten stories per category. All ten in Sports are on the NFL draft. 
M Trubitsky (I only know who he is from the Pitt game, the swine) was selected second overall by the Chicago "Who Dats" in the National Concussion League draft. Good ballplayer, M.

COME HOME CARL!


Monumental Failure


De Facto Fool is trying to get something, anything, to show for his first 100 days. R&R ObamaCare, the Wall, China, North Korea, NAFTA, the guy has got a streak of yellow in him that becomes his orange hair. The official shoe wear of the Trump White House is the flip-flop. He's decided to take on inanimate objects for his scattershot practice and is taking aim at national monuments to cement his "legacy" by Saturday. So, he has gone on the attack, launching an out-of-nowhere verbal barage against parks, wetlands, land, waterways, the underground, accusing these mute offenders of depriving his real estate and business friends of their God-given right to pursue happiness by "developing" them. That's what he's doing. That and threatening to nuke Canada.

Derby Day!

It is Derby Day in England's Second City. God's Team of Righteous City-Dwelling Angels in Sky Blue, fourth in the table and first in our hearts host the fifth-place Suburban "Buccaneers," one tenuous pint behind. Pep vs Mou. Six left to play including this one. Both clubs with two games in hand and two and three points respectively behind the turd-placed "Cannibals," so...this one is not even decisive for the Young Boys-Barca future. Pretty non-consequential, actually, now that I think about it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Trump says no plan to pull out of NAFTA ‘at this time’"-WaPo

Why, Trump? NAFTA was the worst thing next to ObamaCare in the whole history of the earth during your theft of the election. Find out your stupid, again? You've had a lot of those "OMG (smack self on forehead) I'm a moron!" moments. "Who knew?"

"United investigating giant rabbit's death after trans-Atlantic flight"

Business! Business, I am awed...And odd.

"North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy"-BBC

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

After weeks of unusually blunt military threats, the joint statement by the agency chiefs said Trump's approach "aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners." It made no specific mention of military options, though it said the U.S. would defend itself and friends.
-ABC






That's your new strategy. I see. Good strategy, Trump, don't get me wrong, I approve, Dickhead! Not even a Wall, huh. Rooskis built one! You proposed one before you realized you were a stupid idiot. Geez, a wall along the DMZ, that'd at least slow down the North's troops...China built a wall...


So what was that all about, Trump? All sound and fury signifying...nothing? Just re-inventing the wheel?


Oh! Trump, I bet Melanoma is cucking you.
"Hard work guarantees you nothing, but without it you don't have a chance."

That's a Riley-ism, too.

"The wisdom is reaching."

That's that song...the old Subaru Ski World theme song, don't remember it's name...that Marty Balin re-recorded...written by Joe---, tune by -----, Fuck! Interviewed that guy, too (by email.).

Those things are in conflict a little, however, no? Why work, even if it pays off, if  "it always ends"? We really are struggling naked against a huge bolder and in the end it "always" rolls back over us and crushes us to death. Why struggle? (Or at least put some clothes?)...I'm thinking...I'm writing as I'm thinking, which is contraindicated both ways, in hope that I will stumble upon the shining path.

In my work as a struggler against the bolder of the Law I have become acquainted with an inmate-run project called Life Path. It was started by an inmate who is serving a Life sentence and many other of Life Path's participants are doing life. The end purpose of Life Path is to improve the community, whatever community you are in, that is the key part. Including the prison community. So Life Path participants obey all rules and laws of their community, volunteer in the kitchen, around the yard, seek donations for TV's and videos for visiting family, polish the brass, etc. IN THE PRISON.

Why? Hope is one reason. Hope that their good deeds inside will lead to mitigation of their sentence for, "without it you don't have a chance." But also to be "successful"--in whatever community you are in. You want to be thrown in the hole? Keep on the path you're goin', brother. Here's another path that leads away from discipline in solitary confinement. And, "improving the community" is a good thing since you are part of that community. Less chance of getting shanked if everybody obeys the rules and laws. And...You feel good about yourself. You discover you have talents, that you're not destined to be a loser forever. You're trying, you're putting in l'effort. You discover that Success is in the reaching. Hard work has its own rewards.
“You never think it’s gonna end. Then it always ends.”
           
Ain't it the truth, ain't it the truth. The good and the bad. The pain and the joy. Life itself. It always ends. That is Pat Riley. Riley really does have a philosophic touch in his pithy aphorisms. I read something similar that Richard Nixon wrote, I think in his book Six Crises. It was something like, "No defeat is total. No victory ever complete." Very true, too.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trump, Suicide is Painless

Trump:

Ivanka Trump Is Jeered in Berlin After Defending Her Father

She didn't vote for you, Trump.

Trump:


You don't even know how to act. Do you even know where you are? Maybe in your dotage your mind wandered back to Miss Universe and you thought you heard "There she is, Miss America." OR, maybe you forgot what country and were expecting the Russian national anthem.

Do you even know where "your" "wife," the "First" "Lady," is?


Melania Trump Refuses To Move Into White House? No Signs She’ll Leave Trump Tower


She didn't vote for you either, Trump.
'Course, she couldn't as an illegal alien.

She doesn't want to be with you, Trump. She doesn't love you anymore. She doesn't want to fuck your short, stumpy, impotent dick anymore. She's cucking you, Trump. She's fucking Schwarzenegger. She hates you like everybody else.


You cornhole Bannon now. Sad!

Trump, What Have You Gotten Right?

Judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

Trump backs down on border wall funding

House oversight committee: Flynn might have broken the law


Those are just today's bird pumps, Trump.

You are a walking, talking fuck-up.

You are a chattering beast.

You are a head of swine.

You are incompetent.

You are impotent

You are a fool.

You are stupid.

You are the cause of stupidity in others.

You have the brain of a bird that can only fly backwards.

You are a liar.

You are a phony.

You put the ugly in American.

You are an idiot in search of a village.

You are the Banana in the Republic.

You are a danger to yourself and others.

You are the shit in the creek.

You are an abortion.

Commit suicide, Trump. Just do it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

There are no hockey fans like Edmonton "Oilers" hockey fans. Just watch, or, more to the point, listen to this, it's only 1:27 long: EdmontonSanJoseGame42006

Bees and Gees, this here undersigned has seen a lotta insane sports crowds in his 61 years. Until hearing that the most electric crowd I had ever been a part of was in 1984, a Monday Night Football game between the Chicago "Bears" and Miami "Dolphins." Not only did I not have my voice the next day but my palms were bruised from clapping. I had been in Miami all of two years, had the slimmest connection to the "Dolphins" but got that caught up in the game. That was the most intense, hard-hitting tackle football game I have ever witnessed. But for one peak frisson I have never heard a crowd react as insanely and as loudly (reportedly 123 decibels) as that "Oilers" crowd did in aught-six.

Brief background to the next video. San Jose fans thought they heard some boos in Edmonton's Rexall Place when the American anthem was played during that series. From what I have read, the "boos" did not occur, they were a distortion caused by TV mics. Nonetheless, the Americans in San Jose took offense and really DID boo "O Canada" as retaliation. The next game, back in Edmonton, no semblance of booing occurred during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner." But when it came to the playing of "O Canada" the entire crowd joined in lustily singing. It so awed the "Oilers" singer that he stopped and turned his mic to the crowd to finish the anthem. That was a moment.

And so we fast forward eleven years and Edmonton is back in the playoffs for the first time in the new Rogers Place against...San Jose and this happens. Goose bumps, baby! EdmontonSanJoseOCanada2017
Trump, why is the Carl Vinson there now? Things have been real quiet! Now, you poke a stick through the bars of his cell and agitate the loon again. Makes no sense, Trump...By the way, Trump, fuck you.

"An Aurora Called 'Steve'? Strange Sky Phenomenon Investigated"-Space

Science?! Strong play, Science, strong. You can call me Al.

"Men removing condoms during sex in disturbing online trend 'stealthing' "-Fox News

Not bad, Health. Incomprehensibility is key to a funny headline and I have no fucking idea what that means, but the "credit" goes to the incomprehensible Foxes, not you Health. SOWY!
Arsenal, you will be pleased to hand over Alexis Sanchez before the start of next season. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Another thing: We are a root-cause determining society. "Can't cure the symptoms unless you cure the cause!" Utter bullshit.

When you go to a doctor, or to an auto mechanic, you can present with the most common complaint imaginable: "I've had a runny nose and aches for three days." "Had trouble starting the car today." What do they do? "We have to diagnose. Let's take a blood sample first." No. YOU HAVE A COLD MOTHER-FUCKER! Your blood work has nothing to do with it! Make them treat your symptoms. They make a routine of taking your blood because getting to the "root cause" is in their blood. They're gonna find something! Guaranteed. I went to the doctor once feeling fatigued, had felt unusually fatigued for an unusual amount of time. So, went to the doctor. "Let's do your blood work." My PSA came back elevated--had nothing to do with my fatigue symptoms--"You'll want to get your prostate checked." Course, turned out I had prostate cancer, WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH FEELING FATIGUED. NEVER did anything for my fatigue.

I took the rust bucket into the shop last week. "It's hesitating or jumping on the highway, back-firing or farting or something." "We have to diagnose. We don't know what's wrong with your car."
Really? I thought. You HAVE NO IDEA from those symptoms? Never heard of such a thing before? You want to come out and look at it? Maybe take it for a diagnostic test drive. Is the "Needs Maintenance" light being on for a month of any relevance to your diagnosis? No? Alright, then. "We'll put your car through our diagnostic computer, that will cost $129. Then we'll fix it. You'll have to leave the car with us for at least a day. There's an Enterprise Car Rental right around the corner." "Oh, I see" (to self). I have to go the hospital for a day for a fucking cold? No. I left. Took the rust bucket to Jiffy Lube.

FDR had so many fucking physical problems he was a medical case study. Had to go to the White House doctor every year for a check up, though. "Help him manage the symptoms" was that doc's mantra. 

The Hypocritic Oath

"I can tell you, if you're listening out there, if you have a back problem, stay away from surgery. I can say that from the bottom of my heart. Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don't let anybody get in there."
 -Steve Kerr, head coach Golden State Warriors, who has missed two games with complications from back surgery and may miss the rest of the post-season.

I wish to add more sweeping advice. DO NOT EVER HAVE SURGERY, ANYWHERE until you have spoken to specialists in other fields. You go to a surgeon for a problem, (s)he is going to recommend surgery. "If you can't cut, you can't cure" is the surgeon's mantra. You go to a specialist in another field, like rehabilitation, for the same problem, you'll get a non-surgical "solution." They recommend what they know and they think what they know is best. Get the advice of professionals in widely different fields and then choose. "If you cut, you can't cure" is as likely to be true.
"Dragons is so stupid."
"When I say whoa, I mean WHOA!"
Must have been a blast working at Looney Tunes back then. Writers be cracking each other up all day, I bet; don't know, but I'll bet.
Daffy Duck and Porky Pig never did much for me and the Roadrunner, I positively did not like. Loved Foghorn Leghorn, too.
"Whoa camel, whoa camel, WHOA camel! Ah come on whoa."

To me, the Yosemite Sam character is the funniest creation of the Looney Tunes studio and, next to the Oscar winning rabbit himself--for whom he is the perfect foil--their most enduring creation.