Monday, June 25, 2012

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Rotting AF1

I have a computer on order, but other than an acknowledgment from Woot, I have nothing.  No shipping date or tracking number.   I think I made a mistake in taking the $5 shipping option instead of paying for FedEX.  At any rate, I have now crashed (permanently it seems) Windows "Safe Mode," from which I have so happily been operating.  This comes via my tiny Acer  notebook, with it's tiny screen, and it's tiny keypad, and its tiny  clock speed.  But, that's not what I wanted to say.

This is.  Microsoft are the dumbest canker blossoms on Earth.  Have to be,  I've been playing the game.  Trying to sort things by  following their instructions.  But damned near every thing they tell me to run results in

"This Program will not run in safe mode."  

I'm not making that up.  Like the "System Restore Readiness Tool." After much formality,  like  proving I had a valid Windows license and a Green Card, etc., by running a program and sending them the code it generated, I was able to downloaded it.   The readiness tool instructed that I delete all Windows updates from the period I was having trouble.  Okay, that was easy.  Next I was to stop the system from reiinstalling the updates (link to appropriate page provided) by toggeling auto updates to "NO.".  Guess what?  That's right, "You cannot use this function in safe mode.  

Just now, when I rebooted Windows (in safe mode), this message:  "Installing updates, do not turn off the computer."  Shit.  It got to "30% Complete" and hung.  For 20 seconds.  Then -- Blue Screen, and I STG I heard laughter coming from the speakers. !  

I don't expect anyone to read this (except for the Appoles who can  smell the scent of wounded  PC from China.  Go ahead, I can take it, ya bastids.  

This is catharsis.  Plus, I've been doing this blog for 10 years, and my guess is that I have accunmulated 1000 posts on one of my PCs going belly up. That collection would make  a nice coffee table book for Apple enthusiasts. 


I wanted a picture so I borrowd this from Doug because I admired it, and it was free,






Arisona Law - Some stays, Some Dunt

                                                                                         


9th US Court reversed on the meat of Arizona Immo Law!  USA UAS USA
The upshot of the SB1070 ruling is that, for now, Arizona can apply the "check your papers" provision.  And the Court's opinion is a guide to the State on how to apply that provision without being invalidated.





0:16
Amy Howe: 
Here's the second and only other opinion in Arizona.
10:16
Amy Howe: 
Justice Kennedy announces.
10:16
Amy Howe: 
The Ninth Circuit is reversed in part and affirmed in part. Justice Kagan does not participate.
10:17
Amy Howe: 
The Court rules that Section 3, 5, and 6 are preempted.
10:17
Tom: 
Most of the key provisions of SB1070 (3 of 4) are invalidated.  One provision is held not to be proved preempted; it must be construed.
10:18
Amy Howe: 
It was improper for the lower courts to enjoin Section 2(B), which requires police officers to check the legal status of anyone arrested for any crime before they can be released.
10:19
Kali: 

We will have more substanative analysis of the decision in Arizona v. US from Lyle later this morning or early this afternoon. We are also looking forward to guest analysis on the decision from Marc Miller and Jack Chin from Univ. of Arizona and UC Davis law schools, respectively, Lucas Guttentag of Yale & Stanford, Jay Sekulow from the ACLJ, Peter Spiro at Temple, John Eastman at Chapman, Rich Samp at the Washington Legal Foundation, and Kevin Johnson, also at UC Davis. Tune back in for their posts. 

10:19
Tom: 
The provision that the Court says is not yet preempted is the "check your papers" provision that commands officers to check immigration status.
10:20
Amy Howe: 
The opinion also says that today's ruling does not foreclose other preemption and constitutional challenges to the law.
10:20
Tom: 
The court says that it is not clear whether application of this provision will interfere with immigration law.
10:20
Amy Howe: 
There are ongoing proceedings on Section 2(B) and whether it involves racial profiling; that issue was NOT before the Court today.
10:20
Kali: 
Here's a link to the opinion in Arizona v. US: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf
10:21
Tom: 

Justice Scalia would uphold the Arizona statute in toto.

10:21
Amy Howe: 
Justice Kennedy is still reciting from the opinion.
10:23
Amy Howe: 
We do not expect any additional opinions today, so NO health care today.
10:23
Amy Howe: 
For our readers who are not lawyers, "preempted" means "trumped," in essence.
10:24
Tom: 
We should have word for you on what other day(s) the Court is going to issue opnioins soon.


Fast & Furriest

 
Res Ipsa Loquitur

FAST & FURRIEST
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Batteries v. Honda

TECHNO THRILLS                      


Tesla v Honda

Res Ipsa Loquitur
  What charges those 6600 Batteries? Coal, or Oil.

Test Driving the Tesla
Test Driving the Honda Hydogen
(click video screen to stop play)


Additional Fun

Tesla sues Top Gear for libel and malicious falsehood
Judge Tosses Tesla's Case Against Top Gear




Obamacare Day of Reckoning

Our Real Legislature              




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Res Ipsa LoquiturDon't forget to turn on SCOTUS Blog if you want to watch a live execution.  I mean, our country's fate, as determined by the 9 guys in robes.

The best case scenario, IMO, is the court throws out the entire Obamacare law in language so narrowly defined that Medicare is also thrown out.  Chance of that happening is about less than 0.  At a minimum then, the personal mandate must be stricken, meaning the government cannot force people to purchase heath insurance.

The odd thing,  to me,  is that while better than two-thirds of us hate Obamacare, and want it thrown out, polls indicate that only 19% want the government to then leave health care as it is.  With 4% undecided, 77% want a new bill enacted. If they were asked what they want in a health care bill, what would they answer?  We already have Medicare and Medicaid, so what's left?  The answer, I'm afraid, would be Obamacare without any opt-in at all.  Obamacare for free, for everyone.  Just do it.  It's who we've become.


Cultural Achievements - West v East



Cultural Achievement

  
            West                                East
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Green ‘drivel’ exposed

GREEN CRAP

Green ‘drivel’
The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria

Raja,

Thought you could use a bit of humor about now.  This guy, 92, was in at the start of the watermelon movement.  Now, in his old age, he tells us it’s all bullshit.  The climate scientists are folks with political science degrees, and they are afraid of losing their grant money.  So we all have to suffer through the global warming hoax from them.
 
Skoonj
 

Res Ipsa Loquitur
James Lovelock

Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.

The implications were extraordinary.


"Lovelock’s invention of the electron capture detector in 1957 first enabled scientists to measure CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and other pollutants in the atmosphere, leading, in many ways, to the birth of the modern environmental movement."

Which is how stuff happens. Man finds a toy that let's them see small things for the first time and react:  "There's fecal matter in the ocean!"   And this, by and large, is what science is.  Well, coupled with government grants, it is.

“ ... the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells sure to anger the global green movement, which for years worshipped his Gaia theory and apocalyptic predictions that billions would die from man-made climate change by the end of this century.

Lovelock still believes anthropogenic global warming is occurring and that mankind must lower its greenhouse gas emissions, but says it’s now clear the doomsday predictions, including his own (and Al Gore’s) were incorrect.


Why?  He admits previous AGW predictions haven't panned out? Despite "blasting greens for treating global warming like a religion," he's sounding rather doctrinaire to me.  Still, he says things here that have the Green Nuts going more nuts, and that's a good thing.



Kaffee Klatsch





Kaffee Klatsch
Andy Sprenger doesn’t make your average joe.

His coffee is a mix of art and science, with ingredients carefully selected and measured to the gram, water heated to just the right temperature and poured in specific ratios in specific steps. “There are so many variables you have to control,” Sprenger said. “It gets very nerdy to produce that absolutely ultimate cup.”

[...]

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In the world of competitive brewing, it isn’t excessive — it’s essential. And the 39-year-old Centreville resident is one of the best in the world.

Vince Iatesta, owner of Ceremony Coffee, was pleased with the showing. “It’s a great personal accomplishment,” he said. “I’m proud he represents Ceremony.... He’s a master.”

For both the U.S. and the world competitions, Sprenger selected a special Colombian variety of coffee called Geisha from the farm of Cerro Azul. It costs $34 per half-pound and is roasted to order at Ceremony.

Iatesta accompanied Sprenger to Vienna and served as his coach, offering advice as well as helping with practice and preparation. To get some idea of the preciseness involved, both men removed a small amount of chaff from each bean before grinding, just on the off chance it could add a hint of bitterness to the brew.

[FULL Cerermony Coffee roaster is champion brewer]


I feel pretty damned lucky that Maxwell House regular grind is sufficient for my taste.  My kids, on the other hand, have  uber$ espresso machines, and when they stay here are prone to running up to [JFC- I can't remember the name of Starbucks- I Googled] Starbucks, rather than drink my pig slop. Still, I admire people who can do stuff I can't do at all, and do it better than anyone else. Which from the look of things are most of y'all.  Especially the engineers and  computer geeks.





Government Hollywood Style


How About A Nice Hollywood Lecture?


 Emily Mortimer's natural venue

Congress calls actresses to testify about farm issues— because they played farmers in a movie.  A nation learns what good government is by watching an uber left-wing television series West Wing.  Now, the New York Times touts another fantasy, ‘Newsroom,’ from HBO (automatic for " left-wing") as the model  failing CNN might adopt. Huh?  I rather think that the  CNN and MSNBC amalgam were models for the HBO fantasy.  Salon  interviewed Rachel Maddow, I mean Emily Mortimer, who plays  the Maddow character in Newsroom.

.Americans are dangerously uninformed
"The Newsroom's" Emily Mortimer calls the Tea Party a "lunatic fringe," and says Americans fall too easily for lies

[...]

Q. Are you as troubled by America’s news culture as Sorkin seems to be?

A. I can remember when Bush got in for the second time, just feeling like so much of the problem about the way that politics go here is that people are improperly informed. That they didn’t know that they had been lied to, or they didn’t understand exactly to what extent they had been, and they still thought that there were weapons of mass destruction

She is surprisingly fresh and inciteful, ja?  I guess the only hope for us then, is a nice reeducation camp.