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Berning down the House

Posted 12 hours ago into Politics by John Birmingham

It's not exactly interesting that the two candidates who inspire the most fervant followings are at the extremes of the US primaries. Things are naturally a little gnarlier out there on the fringes. What's interesting about Trump and the Bern is not the energy, but the mass. Their followings are not fringe-sized. They're what groovy 60's political scientists used to call 'mass publics'.

I liked this, bemused, slightly patronising piece in The Atlantic about Sander's youthful jihadis. I don't think it actually meant to be patronising, but there is a real 'Kids these days' feel to it.

They line up for hours to see Sanders, snow accumulating on their puffy jackets and knit caps and uncombed hair. They fill college arenas, chanting, “Ber-nie! Ber-nie!” They gather in little knots as they wait for him to appear, engaging in impromptu rap sessions about pot legalization and campaign-finance reform. They are feeling the Bern.

If Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, as he is favored to do, it will be because of the youth movement he has inspired. It will be a stunning result in a state that has historically been friendly to Bill and Hillary Clinton, a dramatic overthrow of the Democratic machine by a rebellious new generation of liberals. And if nobody saw this coming, that may be because nobody was listening to what the kids were trying to tell us.

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BigWillieStyle asserts...

Posted 11 hours ago

Meh. Our own Kevin Rudd was tuned in to the kids years before Bernie. Back in 2007, you couldn't walk down the street without tripping over a collective of groovy youths flashing their "Kevin 07" merch.

And the tweets! Remember when KR used to totally rock the Twittersphere? "Hey there Hep Cats. Just chillaxing to Lady GooGoo while wording up my homeboys." Those were the days.

pi is gonna tell you...

Posted 6 hours ago
Yes, and the establishment that brought him down from his own party led to the election of Tony Abbott.

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DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted 10 hours ago
I read it, and didn't pick up the patronising vibe you felt, to be honest.
It'll be interesting to see where these kids go when it's election time and it's Hillary versus someone (probably Rubio). I suspect they'll stay home, and start looking for the next Bernie. Probably a female one.

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Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted 8 hours ago
We are well and truly fucked.

DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted 8 hours ago
I dunno Murph
I bummed around Europe the (northern) summer of '92. A lot of Seppos wandering around in "Run, Ross, Run" caps and tees.
This too shall pass.

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Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted 8 hours ago
On a more serious note, my facebook feed is inundated on a regular basis by former students and lifeguard coworkers who are constantly pushing the need to, "Feel the Bern."

Dave W would have you know...

Posted 8 hours ago
On a brighter note, these people have self-identified for de-friending, making the whole process very easy for you.

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 4 hours ago
Went to one of his rallies when I was in Portlandia last year. Very little that he proposed was different to what Australians generally have already - it's just that the US is very different to Oz, so things like our health system and HECS are frightening and alien to an American audience.

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Lobes ducks in to say...

Posted 21 minutes ago
ive got $50 on Bernie to win the general election at 40/1, thats a payout of $2000, fuck yeh feel the bern babieeee

I luv capitalism

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43 Balls

Posted Yesterday into Sport by John Birmingham

In which Beeso and the Doc talk Bathurst's code war, Going Small for Dummies, Beeso's Hot Take™, private equity Dicks, the Wide World of Extreme Sports, their comprehensive, thoughtful and flat-out-wrong Super Bowl 50 preview, and much much more for so much less than you would expect to pay.

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BigWillieStyle swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 14 hours ago

I thought it was Super Bowl L? When did they decide to ditch the Roman numerals?

I watched the Super Bowl on Monday. Couldn't believe how relentlessly awful both quarterbacks were. And the choice of Von Miller as MVP was just wrong. I thought Jarryd Hayne was easily the best player on the field.

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Bringin' the stoopid

Posted Tuesday into Blunty by John Birmingham

THE CSIRO climate science cuts. At Blunty.

They'll be roaring with laughter around the board table at Big Oil as they light themselves another fistful of stogies and wonder whether whether they can afford their own cutbacks to all of the pseudoscientific climate change denier foundations and institutes they've been funding for years.

So grotesquely irresponsible is this vandalism that it is being widely reported in the overseas media, not just in scientific circles in but in the business press such as Forbes, which ran a story on the cuts yesterday entitled, "Australia Cutting Basic Climate Science Research Is 'Head in the Sand' 101".

Still, the cuts will save hundreds of millions of dollars and with the budget under such strain we can't do everything, of course.

Those school chaplains ain't gonna pay for themselves, you know.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted Yesterday
I couldn't believe it when I saw that 7.30 interview. I can't believe he is actually a scientist and spout that garbage. The best term I have seen going so far is "spiv".

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted Yesterday
An increasing amount of "knowledge work" can be automated. So it's quite possible that CSIRO can maintain or increase its basic climate data collection and analysis through non-human resources. You don't need someone physically checking a rain guage, a wind speed meter, or a thermometer anymore. You can just deploy an instrument package that phones home the data at regular intervals. And for the price of a human being, you can afford quite a few remote instrument packages. Monitoring is something that's going to almost exclusively be done by robots and automated systems. The days of people taking manual measurements are as far gone as the days of people using typewriters and fax machines (which means yes there are some holdouts - but there are also people who still send telegrams)
This is happening all over the economy. A recent Oxford study suggests that within a couple of decades, 50% of current jobs will be automated away. We aren't talking about factory jobs, we're talking about a lot of stuff that in the past required a university degree.

We're seeing increasing numbers of "lights out" datacenters - where tens of thousands of servers hum away without requiring much in the way of human interaction. Facebook has got to the point where one admin can be responsible for 25K servers.

Big data analytics has been progressing at warp speed. Instead of teams of analysts combing over data, you can have smaller teams of people working with orders of magnitudes more data.

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Posted Yesterday
Put another way - it's quite possible that through improvements in automation and data analysis technologies, the CSIRO can learn a lot more about climate even though they have fewer staff - because a lot of that non-apex knowledge work can be handed off to computers.

Peter in the Bleachers puts forth...

Posted Yesterday
Blakon
Having looked after the automated equipment you refer to, it takes someone with some idea how it all works to ensure you get credible data. As we all know anyone can deploy modern complex equipment in the Southern Ocean. Further I don't think that all 300 odd jobs are just people who 'collect' the information. I would hazard a guess that a few of them are well regarded scientists who interpret the data and then use it for modelling climate change etc.
Poor decisions are made when the information used to make the decisions is poor. In this case I find it extraordinary that CSIRO are cutting positions like this when the PM is claiming we need to be a smarter and knowledgeable nation!

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted Yesterday
Interesting perspective Lord Blarkon, however I suspect it will be some time before 'your plastic pal who's fun to be around' can pose the big questions, then notice when 1 +1 = Antichinus.
JB frequently refers to "be skeptical of the story one most wants to believe" I think this may apply in this instance. Those on my side of the divide are predisposed to accuse the guvmint of carbon feulled ludditism.

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GhostSwirv puts forth...

Posted Yesterday

For a moment there JB I thought I had transwarped over to the wrong thread and Dawes was a character in your magnificent malignant Here Be Monsters.

And then I realised we are indeed overrun by zombies in this universe, hell bent on eating any brain that is capable of sentient thought and reasoned consciousness.

Where of where is Jane Austen with 12 - gauge when we need her?

Sudragon has opinions thus...

Posted Yesterday
She handed it in during the gun amnesty.

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All of the terrible things Hillary Clinton has done

Posted Monday into Politics by John Birmingham

In one long list by Brett Arends, a reporter who'd been covering her his whole adult life. There are 66 of them. I tried to restrict myself to the fair use of just ten and a link but I couldn't help it. 1-22 below. The rest at the end of the jump.

1. When she was first lady, she murdered White House lawyer Vince Foster and then dumped his body in a park.

2. She drove Vince Foster to commit suicide through her temper tantrums.

3. She was having an affair with Vince Foster.

4. She’s a lesbian.

5. Chelsea isn’t Bill Clinton’s child.

6. She murdered Vince Foster to cover up that she once bought a tract of undeveloped land in Arkansas and lost money.

7. She murdered Vince Foster to cover up her role in firing the White House travel department.

8. After she murdered Vince Foster, she ransacked his office in the middle of the night and stole all the documents proving her guilt.

9. When Bill was governor of Arkansas, she was a partner in the state’s top law firm, and it sometimes did work involving the state government.

10. She once invested in commodities futures on the advice of a friend and made $100,000, proving she’s a crook.

11. She once invested in real estate on the advice of another friend and lost $100,000, also proving she’s a crook.

12. Unnamed and unverifiable sources have told Peggy Noonan things about the Clintons that are simply too terrible to repeat.

13. The personnel murdered at Benghazi make her the first secretary of state to lose overseas personnel to terrorism — apart from Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, George Schultz, Dean Rusk and some others.

14. Four State Department staff were murdered at Benghazi, compared with only 119 others murdered overseas under every secretary of state combined since World War II.

15. She illegally sent classified emails from her personal server, except that apparently they weren’t classified at the time.

16. She may have cynically wriggled around the email law by “technically” complying with it.

17. She once signed a lucrative book contract when she was a private citizen.

18. Donald Trump says she “should be in jail,” and he’s a serial bankrupt casino developer in Atlantic City, so he should know.

19. Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay says his “law-enforcement sources” tell him she is “about to be indicted” — and if a man once convicted of money laundering and conspiracy doesn’t have good law-enforcement sources, who does?

20. She’s a hard-left radical who wants to break up the nuclear family.

21. She’s a conservative “mousewife” who refused to break up her own family.

22. She’s in favor of single moms.

23. She refused to be a single mom.

And the rest are here at Marketwatch.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted Monday
I heard she shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.

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WarDog reckons...

Posted Monday
And she shot the sheriff

Nocturnalist reckons...

Posted Monday
And the mainstream media refuse to investigate her obviously false claim that she did not shoot the deputy.

JG mumbles...

Posted 12 hours ago
Can't get that song out of my head now. Not up on US politics, but it's a pity Obama has to go. Seems like the best President the US has had in a very long time.

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GhostSwirv has opinions thus...

Posted Monday
Hillary Clinton secretly defaces storefront mannequins wearing blue sequinned dresses.

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NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted Monday
Shot through the heart and she's to blame.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Monday
I think her real name is Keyser Soze.

GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted Monday

No I am Keyser Soze ... and so is my wife!


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SZF is gonna tell you...

Posted Monday
Hillary Clinton, like David Warner, likes Nickelback.

dweeze mutters...

Posted Tuesday
And a worse insult was never given.
Nickleback ... eeewwww!!

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Churba has opinions thus...

Posted Monday
I recently found this conspiracy theory (Or would it be a group of conspiracy theories? Is there a collective noun for conspiracy theories?) that was basically just a list of all the people the Clintions, primarily Hillary, had supposedly killed. Or rather, called in hits on.

That would be unremarkable, if not for the number and breadth of people it suggested: One hundred and seven people, ranging from military generals, to bodyguards, to journalists, to John F Kennedy Jr(not kidding) to that MI6 bloke stuffed in the Duffel bag(Also not kidding).

One of them was a White house chef - Why the fuck are they bumping off white house chefs? Who knows! No explanation offered. Maybe he buggered up the confit duck, maybe he tried to knife-fight Bill on the back lawn, we'll never know.

Here's an archive of the page, so you can see for yourself.

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Sparty mutters...

Posted Monday
Well she will one day be "America's most uncompromising wartime president", so I would expect nothing less!

Birmo - what was the uncompromising thing she did in the back story of the AoT?
I always imagined Bill got himself kidnapped by terrorists and she let him die, and then nuked them.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted Monday
Hilary totally framed Monica Lewinsky after Bill got seamonkeys on his little blue dress

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted Tuesday
I detect ridicule. Does it matter that Bill was wearing that blue dress? Every now and then, even a red blooded heterosexual man wants to feel pretty.

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted Tuesday
The problem was much less about the proclivities of the man, and much more to do with him being a slob and not taking care of his pretty things.

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MickH swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Tuesday
Wow! I didn't realise all these things were true!!Thanks JB. I won't vote for her

pitpat has opinions thus...

Posted Tuesday

Yeah I'm not gonna vote for her either.

Nor that Sanders dude- smells like teen chicken

Nor that Brass guy like who'd vote for a bankrupt

Not that Cruise dude - his religion and my lack of religion just won't mix. Oil and water

Shrub mark 3 nope - I mean the re-make with Shrub Jr went nowhere good so I can't see myself wanting to sit down to 4 years of B grade acting

The Rube - well I think he says it all himself again and again.

Bugger it I don't think I will vote for any of them

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Lulu mutters...

Posted Tuesday
She broke up The Beatles.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted Tuesday
She dials Directory Assistance for phone numbers she could easily look up on the Internet.

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Nocturnalist mutters...

Posted Tuesday
She carried out a scurrilous campaign of false accusations against the boogie, while covering up serious questions as to the culpability of the sunshine, the moonlight and the good times.

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted Tuesday
Do we really want to give this stupid fuck a third term?

I always wondered how they'd get around term limits. Now we know.

I don't really care if any of it is true or not. Her contempt for the military is legendary, and I suspect, not on this list. Her two faced nature, her habit of being the most unpleasant person on the planet to deal with outside of North Korea, is fairly well known to those who pay attention. The situation in Libya, frankly, leaves me cold.
Give me another four years of Obama before we have even one more day of the fucking Hillbillies of Dumbfuck Arkansas.





Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday
Do we really want to give this stupid fuck a third term?

Don't come the raw prawn with me, mate. We both "Mericans. You know the answer to your question.

It all depends on the stupid fuck she ends up running against.

If she is the lesser of two evils, she gets my vote.

But I promise you, I won't inhale.

Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted Yesterday
No, I'm voting for Deez Nuts if she gets the Democratic nod.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted Yesterday
Again, it all depends on the moron the idiots choose to run against her.

SZF swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
I find it astonishing that, given the GOP field of loons, you guys look set to vote for yet another member from one of two "aristocratic" families. That'll make 28 of the 36 years post-Reagan (assuming Hillary serves 2 terms).
Didn't you fight a war to get rid of that sort of thing...?

Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday
I keep asking that same question, man.

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Dave W would have you know...

Posted Yesterday
She sawed the legs off the periodic table

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insomniac mumbles...

Posted Yesterday
She ate an onion.
She proclaimed coal as good for humanity.
She knighted Prince Phillip.

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jennicki mutters...

Posted Yesterday
Oh how I love you, PNB.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
That's because I am so fucking lovable.

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Shifty Tourist asserts...

Posted Yesterday
I hear she stands on the right hand side of the escalator.

Shifty Tourist reckons...

Posted Yesterday
The left side is for standing... the right side is for walking. There a special cells in the Hague for people who stand on the right side.

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted Yesterday
You know, at the risk of getting fisked by a Monty Python Skit, what has Hillary Clinton actually accomplished?

I mean, can we even claim aqueducts, or wine, laws, or something?
I'll wait for John Cleese to show up and answer my question.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted Yesterday
I'm skimming the wiki entry, you know, just in case I missed something.

But the record reads like one consistent fuck up after another. As Secretary of State? A disaster. As a carpetbagging Senator, frankly, a fairly lackluster record.

But you know, I'm fairly biased. I fucking hate the Clintons with an everlasting passion that I've never been able to muster for Barrack Obama. Can any of you point out one positive thing that idiot has done in her political career?
I'll wait.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted Yesterday
Actually, considering the geopolitical mess she inherited from Bush, she was an unusually good Secretary of State. We will never be able to repair what Bush broke, but she did as much as could be done. The US is in far better geopolitical shape than I expected we would be at this point in time, and H. Clinton gets the credit for that.

Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
We are? Honestly, Boylan?

Syria? A mess made worse by this administration. Pulling out of Iraq didn't help matters.

Libya? A mess. Can't lay that one on Bush.

North Korea? Still a mess.

Iran? Granted, Kerry drove the last bits of the deal, but also a joke.
Are you saying that everyone liked us once we got a Democrat in the White House? And that Clinton was Sec of State? Is that all it took to get everyone to friend us again on the International Facebook?
I didn't think it was possible to find one worse than Albright but somehow we managed to do just that.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted Yesterday
Yes, we are. Honestly. And I say that very, very reluctantly.

I do not want to vote for her the same way I did not want to vote for Obama. But I may do it - just like I voted for Obama - because the GOP might provide me with an option I cannot accept.

McCain is an old man with a bad heart. He became unacceptable as a presidential candidate the moment that a vote for McCain placed Sarah Palin one heart attack away from the presidency.

Romney was just dumb. Don't tell me he wasn't. He was abysmally stupid. I once voted for a stupid man who became president (George Bush). I thought "the presidency isn't that important; how badly can Bush screw up?" Don't get me started on the global disaster that was George W. Bush. I will rant until your ears fall off and your eyes bleed. All I will say is that I will never vote for a stupid person again. I am never going to make that mistake again. Never.

There are not stupid candidates in the running for the GOP nomination. If any of them get the nomination, I will vote for them. But if it is Hillary up against Trump or Cruz, I am so sorry, but I am going to vote for Hillary.

But I will not inhale.

Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted Yesterday
Obama in 2012 I could handle.

A Clinton? Any Clinton? Never.
I think she could easily surpass Andrew Johnson as one of the worst presidents in history.

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted Yesterday
People voted for Bush precisely because Molly didn't like him.
I know I did. It is a Red State thing, to spit in Molly's eye like that.

DarrenBloomfield puts forth...

Posted 11 hours ago
from fivethirtyeight:
Another sign of how painful this nomination process is likely to be for Republicans, and how Democrats’ predicament isn’t quite the same:
According to exit polls, only 48 percent of New Hampshire Republican voters would be pleased with Donald Trump as their nominee. Trump fared better on the question than Ted Cruz (38 percent) and Marco Rubio (40 percent), but nonetheless, Republicans who did not vote for Trump would have trouble with him as their nominee by almost a 3:1 margin.
By contrast, 64 percent of New Hampshire Democrats would be happy with Hillary Clinton as their nominee, while 78 would be happy with Sanders.

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robW swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
JB, the big spooky thing here is that you got it right in AoT. They really will name an aircraft carrier after her. Just wait and see.
Oh, and you will also get to see Murphy go into an apoplectic fit, possibly swallowing his tongue, when it does happen. It will be a red state thang. They will all be swallowing their tongues, if not talking in tongues and reciting scripture, turning purple in the face and kicking their heels, hanging themselves from the nearest yardarms or, not having any of those, oak trees.
Meanwhile the USS Hillary Clinton will be doing whup-ass in multiple time zones. She has taken two generations of assault from arch-conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and weird right wing-nuts and she keeps on tick'n. Personally I don't have a dog in the fight, but love watching the wing-nuts go after her and lose, like rat terriers going after a weasel and only getting the tail--invariably they are rewarded by getting their noses bitten off.

Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted Yesterday
Thirteen years too late.
Do better.

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Dave W mutters...

Posted Yesterday
I heard that when she drives she never, ever, uses the indicator before making a turn.

GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday

Oh no she indicates alright ... she just doesn't go that way!

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ShaneAlpha mumbles...

Posted Yesterday
Like I said on twitter the other week.
I'm looking forward to the Presidential race between the female android married to the disguised space alien and the insane genetically engineered carrot.
Welcome to the future Earthlings!
The real fear is that America will vote Trump just to see what happens.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted 20 hours ago
I consider myself a reasonably intelligent, prudent, informed voter. I, myself, am tempted to vote for Trump just for the hell of it.

This is a sure sign that something really terrible has and is happening in our body politic.

Shifty Tourist asserts...

Posted 10 hours ago
Its essentially the equivalent of placing a big red button in the middle of Martin Place, with big sign on it that says "Warning! Doomsday device. Do not press button".
I'd give it to lunch before we'd be destroyed.
The same principle applies to Trump.

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Sudragon has opinions thus...

Posted Yesterday
It's Kang vs. Kodos.

Again.

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DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted 15 hours ago
She's still the best Secretary of the Navy the (alternate history) US has ever had.

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BigWillieStyle puts forth...

Posted 14 hours ago

@ Murph & Boylan

Cheer up, fellas! I, for one, thoroughly enjoy observing the procession of psychopaths, zealots, narcissists and bigots that your country puts forth as Presidential candidates every four years. And this time, I get the impression that, regardless of who takes over the lease at the White House, there will be a new spirit of rampant bi-partisanship and affection in Congress. You mark my words.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted 14 hours ago
Thank you for that. I feel right as rain now. The glass isn't 7/8ths empty: it is 1/8th full!

Okay, maybe 1/16th. But that is beside the point. The point is that there are reasons to cheer up.

BigWillieStyle has opinions thus...

Posted 14 hours ago
I think Our Tony Abbott is still waddling his way around the US at the moment, as his search for meaning and validity continues. Has Congress ever considered appointing an official House Jester? With his predilection for eating raw onions, uncanny ability to say dumbfuck stuff at precisely the right time, reptilian façade, and penchant for getting around in fluorescent lycra, Cap'n Stupid would fit the bill nicely. See if he can get a start at one of those GOP Comedy Debates.

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Posted 12 hours ago
Has Congress ever considered appointing an official House Jester?

Yes. I applied for the position, but was rejected. The leader of our Orange-Americans, John Boehner (pronounced "Boner") was chosen instead of me. Big mistake. He has the comic timing of a fucking toad. He was chosen because he is orange. Being orange isn't funny. And crying on demand gets real old real fast.

Now Paul Ryan has the job. I am optimistic he will be really, really funny.

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Amazing ski vid shot on an iPhone being twirled around a madman's head

Posted Saturday into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

Emergency Room's everywhere await a sharp uptick in business from the popularity of this maniac's video.

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sylmobile is gonna tell you...

Posted Saturday
superb

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted Saturday
How tired would his arm be?!!

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Macbisho puts forth...

Posted Saturday
He's a kid. He probably hasn't got the swathes of willing fans to stroke his errr ego, that you have, John. ;)

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insomniac reckons...

Posted Saturday
Feeling a little bit disoriented and a little afraid to stand up right now

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GhostSwirv has opinions thus...

Posted Saturday
I just tried that move while sitting on the couch scrolling through Twitter with a James Squire Golden Ale in the other hand - my iPhone flew out the window and fell into the spa - I'd call that an emergency!

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted Sunday
Mr Frellman. Paging Mr Abe Frellman.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-06/butchers-vie-for-australia's-best-snag-in-sausage-competition/7146210

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Monday
This is why we can't have nice things.

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Viewmaster reborn as VR

Posted Saturday into Awesome by John Birmingham

I used to love these things as a kid and find myself unable to resist the lure of an undoubtedly craptacular reboot as a cheap child-friendly Virtual Reality toy. A young lad of my aquaintance is not far off a birthday and I suspect he'll be getting one, even though he'll probably respond with, "What the hell is this piece of crap? Where's my CoD5 disk?"

"That crap is my history, son. And you'll enjoy it or you'll get the back o' me hand."

Apple has just started offering these things in its online store, which is why there's suddenly a rash of stories about them, but Amazon has the last, somewhat dinkier model for half the price. I'm going with dink.

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Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted Sunday
Hmm. If it had some shots of ancient ruins across the world I might find it worth my time to buy one and pass it around to my students. Much to their everlasting aggravation.

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pedrogb puts forth...

Posted Sunday
Sadly, I remember the viewmaster. A couple of siblings had different versions, and the second version had the sound discs attached. Those were the days. Can't remember what was on them.

Barnesm asserts...

Posted Monday

I had a Star Trek one disk with mine


Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted Monday
I hated kids like you. My Viewmaster displayed Native Americans pointing at geological formations. Or at trees. Or at each other. Undoubtedly the disks my parents bought me cost less than the disks depicting Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock shooting phasers at the Horta in Devil in the Dark.

GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted Monday
A much maligned and misunderstood subterranean race the Horta ... but I'm sure if the native Americans saw them through a view master they'd shoot phasers at them as well.

insomniac mutters...

Posted Monday
Some of us never even had their own ViewMaster.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted Tuesday
Consider yourself lucky. To this day I have an irrational loathing when I see photos of Native Americans pointing at geological formations or trees, and I shall never experience the majesty and natural beauty of the Grand Canyon or Sequoia National Park.

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Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
Didn't have one myself - but a friend had one with the usual landscape/national parks etc.. He didn't have the Star Trek disk either - he had the ones with UFO (the old Gerry Anderson show) complete with great machines, explosions, and space chicks with purple hair!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted Yesterday
Purple hair and silver cat suits.

That future never arrived.

Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted 11 hours ago
We are poorer for that I'm afraid...

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