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On the San Diego Fireworks "Mishap" of 2012 [Jul. 11th, 2012|02:04 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Vince Guaraldi - "Linus and Lucy"]

Hmmm... I wasn't there, but from everything I've seen on Youtube, it was probably the most spectacular 20-second firework barrage launched purely for entertainment that we'll ever see (now, there have been some truly spectacular explosions as a result of military activity and highly destructive civilian accidents, but those involve other purposes-- and hazards to life and limb-- rather than entertainment....).

Seems however, there are more than a few people taking a really nasty tone regarding this incident, and the failure of the planned 20-minute show. I think such folks need to take a deep breath and reconsider their position. This is something we can call an "epic failure" in jest, and laugh about, with clean consciences....

Y'see, for all the things that people can point to, that went wrong-- lemme tell ya what DIDN'T HAPPEN:

No one died. No one got hurt (no physical injuries anyway). No property damage. Nothing damaged or destroyed, except fireworks that were going to be expended anyway (just at a slower rate, if things had gone according to plan). And, it may not have been the show that was planned, but it was spectacular.

For all the problems with San Diego's show, so many other important things went very very right in San Diego anyway-- people's lives, health, well-being, matter more than whether or not the show went according to plan. Again-- NO ONE DIED, and NO ONE GOT INJURED. That's what matters, folks.

All in all-- we could use a lot more "failures" like this one in SD, rather than mishaps such as the boat sinking in New York Harbor on the 4th of July (3 lives lost, under circumstances that almost certainly involved gross stupidity on some person's parts-- investigation is ongoing).
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"Rizzoli & Isles" has jumped the shark... [Jun. 13th, 2012|12:06 am]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[Current Music |Bad Religion - "21st Century Digital Boy"]

So, I was wasting some time watching Rizzoli and Isles, tonight-- and I have seen yet another show do an unforgivable level of "Shark Jumping"....

The baddies have run the detective & doc's car off the road-- the baddies then, after a shoot-out, a bit of waiting, and a little tracking-- have run down the titular detective & doc, have them at gun-point, disarmed the detective... and then, with the detective already having thoroughly incriminating evidence on them; with an easy opportunity to eliminate them, quick-- knowing they have a cop who's got the goods on them for capital offenses if she lives and reports what she knows-- the bad guy blabs his whole story to the detective, plans and all the rest of that, then puts her and the doc in a simple and utterly ineffective/easy to escape from trap, and leaves them unwatched, to handle their escape....

Oh, and the bad guy's some kind of ex-military, martial-arts master, hardened killer, master-mind of the con game and devious plots-- and yet, he might as well have just let them walk away....

Sorry, I ain't buying it. Yet another major network (TNT) peddling unforgivably bad horsesh***, that no-one with any sense whatsoever could possibly believe.

WTF is with these screen-writers, directors, producers, etc., that they come up with such garbage?
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comments on the news [Jun. 10th, 2012|04:04 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]
[Current Music |Queensryche - "Revolution Calling"]

Seems there's news out now that there have been still more intelligence leaks,  and Fascist Republican tyranny-creators lawmakers are crying for an independent investigation to ferret out the rats and persecute them to the ends of the Earth-- well.... a few comments on the whole government situation:

I find it terribly ironic that NOW the Fascists Republicans are squealing about leaks in the White House, when the previous administration was at least as 'leaky', and Fascist Republican "lawmakers" were in the forefront of the effort to cover up all of the leaks... Yes, there should be a truly independent, detailed investigation into all intelligence leaks for at least the last 30 years-- and everyone involved in leaking classified information, regardless of party, administration, and former or current government position, should be charged, prosecuted, and if found guilty, sentenced for their crimes... of course, that would guarantee (at the least) that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney would wind up in jail too, alongside multiple Senators and Representatives from both parties, and their aides and assistants.

I also find it astonishing how many fools are attacking this administration (Obama's) as hopeless corrupt and inept, inefficient, etc., and who still give the previous administration a free pass and no notice on all of those charges. Most of those charges may be true of the current self-proclaimed-but-not-really-Socialist Democrat administration-- however, G. W. Bush's administration was worse. Likewise, it's kind of stunning that y'all wanted Bill Clinton impeached for nookie in the White House, but gave Bush/Cheney a free pass for deliberately manipulating intelligence info, purposefully deceiving the American people, and lying about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. Oh, and speaking of incompetence-- the September 11th, 2001, attacks happened while Bush was asleep at the wheel on Bush's watch.

Even more staggering, is how few people have woken up and realized that both major parties are identical to each other in most respects, and both of them belong to the major corporate interests that have bought and sold the loyalty of each party's politicians for decades at least (if not a century or more by now). How few of you have woken up and realized that American government hides in a cloak of "we the people" propaganda, but it's really been about protecting the prestige, wealth and power of the rich upper crust, while throwing enough crumbs to the middle classes to keep them appeased-- and using the appeased middle classes to hold the poor down, and thus keep a lid on the entire system and keep all the sheeple pacified. This has always been the situation in America-- our National Founding Propaganda the U.S. Constitution was written by a committee of 55 privileged, powerful white men to achieve this very purpose. It works, because so many of you buy into it.

Yes, I used to buy into it too-- but not anymore.
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On voting for bigotry... [May. 10th, 2012|03:36 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[Current Music |Lily Allen - "F*** You"]

(Prompted by thoughts on a newspaper article about North Carolina's recent decision to narrowly define marriage on religious terms as a part of their state constitution):

Prop 8 passed in California with 52% of the vote FROM THOSE WHO VOTED-- in an election which had maybe 25% turnout of eligible voters... One of the real disgraces is how few Americans actually get off their asses and VOTE! Just like a lot of election results, a minority is actually making the decisions because most of the sheep can't be bothered to get out and speak for themselves.

For many of these decisions-- and I can't help thinking maybe NC's decision to support further bigotry was decided the same way-- everyone who DIDN'T vote, is every bit as much to blame as those who voted for the measure, because they sat idle on voting day and let it happen.

Now, as others have noted-- human rights weren't meant to be decided solely by majority rule in this country-- the men who wrote the Constitution understood the potential problems inherent in that system and referred to in political texts as 'tyranny of the majority'-- but, it's almost pointless right now to bring that up without bringing up the point that we don't even have a majority making any of these decisions-- the 'silent majority' has remained speechless (and voteless) for decades...

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A Republic AND a Democracy (not a Republic OR a Democracy)... [May. 10th, 2012|03:31 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |aggravatedaggravated]
[Current Music |CCR - "Fortunate Son"]

And on the endless round of politically manipulative imbeciles who keep proclaiming that the United States is a Republic, not a Democracy... that old saw has about as much meaning as a donkey's braying.

Let's cover some basics: Yes, the United States is a Republic. So is Russia, so is China, among other places-- and yes, Soviet Russia and modern China have as much right to claim the title "republic" as the United States does. To say that the United States (or any other nation) is a Republic says no more (and no less) than that (theoretically) the ultimate authority in the nation derives from the people, rather than from a monarch, aristocracy, or theocracy.... it really says nothing at all about what form of government that Republic actually lives under. Keeping that in mind... no, the United States is not a "Democracy"-- presuming of course, that in that statement you are using the narrowest possible definition of democracy: it's not a direct (aka Athenian) one-person, one-vote on all decisions kind of democracy. The Government of the United States IS (at least in theory, though in fact it's straying) a REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, wherein the people do elect, directly or indirectly (indirectly, in the case of all major offices and positions that are politically appointed BY our elected representatives, rather than elected themselves), the members of government, who are then supposed to act on behalf of (and in accordance with the wishes of) the people who elected them to office. The United States is a constitutionally-limited representative democracy-- meaning that we have a Constitution as the foundational document of all of our laws, and "we the people" (again, theoretically at least) have limited the powers of government bequeathed to our elected representatives , in order to prevent them from running amok and trampling on the rights and freedoms of the people (it hasn't always worked out as intended).

So-- The United States is a republic, with a democratic form of government. The United States could still be a Republic, with a government in the form of a direct, unlimited democracy, just as easily.... "Republic" and "Democracy" are not the mutually-exclusive terms that political manipulators would have us believe they are-- the one refers in very general terms to the presumed ultimate source of political power in the nation (drawn from the Roman "Res Publica", that is, "the Public Thing"); the second refers to the form of government over the nation. Thus, the United States is BOTH a Republic AND a Democracy (albeit a Constitutionally-limited, Representative Democracy-- not an Unlimited, Direct Democracy).
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Thanksgiving 2011 [Nov. 24th, 2011|01:08 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Music |Lily Allen - "F*** You"]

Well, happy thanksgiving all.... not sure how optimistic I am this year, as I watch (UN)civil society in the United States steadily sinking into a quagmire of hatred and misunderstanding. But such is humanity these days-- while I'm exceedingly disgusted with so-called "conservative" politics, I'm even more disgusted with the language and attitude of dehumanization used on all sides of the political shouting matches mislabeled "debates".
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Apple closes stores for a few hours for Jobs tribute [Oct. 20th, 2011|03:34 am]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Jonathan Coulton - "Still Alive"]

From the thoroughly irreverent puns department:

Hmmm.... so Apple puts its employees out of work for a day, for a Jobs tribute? :p

Actual article was not rude enough to make any such comparison. Found in the L.A. Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/10/apple-updates-steve-jobs-tribute-page.html?track=icymi
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Commercial Stupidity [Oct. 13th, 2011|02:07 am]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Music |Bree Sharp - "America"]

"You wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, so why are you doing hers?"

So begins an advertisement currently playing on commercial TV, for the drug Nexium.... Now, the basic statement-- let your doctor do his/her job, while you do yours; or rephrased, if you have a medical problem, go see your doctor instead of trying to figure it out yourself when it might be something serious, is entirely reasonable and even basic good sense. After all, 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, more years for internship, residency, etc-- your doctor had a lot to learn, and a lot of experience and training to be gained, in order to become a good medical doctor and to have the knowledge and ability to diagnose and treat medical problems. Seriously-- yes, it's basic good sense to go see a doctor when you have a serious injury or feel particularly ill or have an ongoing health problem...

But when you go see a doctor, it's also basic good sense to LET YOUR DOCTOR DO HIS/HER JOB, and not try to do it for him/her. One does not usually go see an expert in a particular field (particularly when you are NOT an expert in that field) and then tell said expert what he/she should do. Now, I do advocate asking questions, learning about whatever your health issue might be, making sure your doctor is paying attention to your issues and is providing you with appropriate and effective medical care; but you still don't go see a doctor to show off your own expertise and ideas about medical care-- you go see a doctor because you need his/her expertise.

So, after making such a good common sense recommendation-- how can one take this utterly, offensively, ridiculously stupid commercial seriously-- when, right after pointing out that you should let your doctor do his/her job, goes straight to telling you that you should go and tell your doctor how to do his/her job, by insisting that your doctor should consider placing you on their drug for whatever your problem is.... and telling you that you really should insist on discussing this particular drug as a treatment option with your doctor.

WTF? The first point: don't tell your doctor how to do his/her job is correct. The second point: is doing exactly what the first point told you you shouldn't be doing. And gee, like anyone with brain cells and capability for rational thought is going to get their ideas for medical care from commercial advertisements that are blatantly trying to sell you something, whether you need it or not.

This advertisement is American idiocy at its dubious 'finest'
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Assassinations [Sep. 30th, 2011|05:31 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Queensryche - "Surgical Strike"]

According to US policy, 'assassination' of foreign political leaders is illegal and will not be committed by the USA.

As best as I can tell, both under our law and International Law, that refers to deliberately killing foreign persons during time of peace and/or foreign persons from nations whom we are not at war with AND who are not themselves active participants in a conflict. When we are in a state of war and/or armed conflict with a hostile nation/group/force, we can legally target anyone involved with the military (or other combatant) leadership of that nation/group/force, regardless of their presumed military status. For instance, 'civilian' government leaders-- if their job includes responsibility for declaring, continuing, and/or funding warfare (such as legislative bodies often have) or if their job description includes responsibilities such as 'commander-in-chief', minister of defense (etc.) or (even without formal definitions) they are giving orders to their top military commanders, they are legitimate targets for military action in warfare and cannot legally hide behind their designation as 'civilian' heads of government.

(Yes, I'm aware that, following the same train of thought, our President, Congress, etc, are legitimate military targets for enemies of time of war/conflict. True. Our enemies in this conflict, should we manage to screw up badly enough to let any of them get to our civilian government leadership, will almost certainly be guilty of other crimes under the laws of war-- I don't think there's anyone out there who can get an armed force legitimately operating under the laws of war close enough to get a shot. And, 'legal' as an act of war does not mean we let such things happen to our own instead of defend ourselves and prevent it)
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Not one war... [Sep. 24th, 2011|06:16 pm]
Finn Kveldulfr
[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]
[Current Music |The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again"]

Not one war in all of history, probably not even ONE BATTLE, has ever been won by commissioned officers and their equivalents, without the enlisted men or their equivalents-- the troops in the ranks-- to carry out all those fine orders the officers hand down. Throughout most of history, it has been the enlisted men and their equivalents-- the troops in the ranks-- who have done the fighting, the killing, the bleeding, the dying-- without which all these fine officers would have accomplished nothing at all. Even now, where the Air Force 'has it right'-- they send the officers out to fight while the enlisted personnel stay safe back at base-- not one plane flies, not one mission gets done, without the enlisted men and women doing all the maintenance, refueling, and rearming on those aircraft.
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