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    1. Well, it’s a country with some social programs. A growing number of them with an exponentially increasing cost as is to be expected.

      What these people do not realize is that you cannot go full on socialist. You can’t even approach too closely full on socialism or you will be fucked and I mean FUCKED before you even get close to getting there. But they don’t know that because they’re retard level stupid.

      1. I don’t think it’s stupidity… very smart people take very bad political stances. Why? FEELZ! You can mash the gas pedal on your intellect, but when your feelings have shifted your brain into neutral, you’re not going anywhere.

        My friends are some very smart people. I’m by far the dumbest of my high school friend group by GPA and probably by IQ as well. My friends in this group are all in the top 0.1% when it comes to book smarts. However, their politics are all over the place.

        When your feelings direct your intellect (as they do in politics), you can come to very stupid conclusions using very smart methods. Why? Because humans are really bad at identifying their premises and determining whether those premises are valid or invalid. Feelings cloud any attempt at introspection.

        1. Those people are not intelligent. There’s a huge difference in ability to memorize things and pass tests about a focused subject and actually being intelligent.

      1. You don’t have to click.

        1. I…but…no…er…because…well…you know.

          1. You were predestined to say that

            1. You were predestined to say that.

              1. I have a mirror in front of me, and a mirror behind me. I’m predestined to be me.

                /Agile

                1. Not enough space penises to be Agile

                  1. He does have a space fetish.

                    Gimme an hour and a few beers, and I’ll see what I can come up with.

                    1. Channeling AC after a few beers? Can you even get LSD infused beer?

                    2. It just comes naturally to some people, space dear.

                    3. Why do you hate the children?

    2. OK, I got the gist of the video, and it reminded me of this.

  1. I’m kinda surprised the cast didn’t decide to just do a walkout.

    I suppose they expect they’ll be clever enough to make him look like an idiot.

    1. Is it over with? What happened? He didn’t get mobbed by a group of screeching harpies from Oberlin College?

    2. I doubt he’ll put up being treated with the same level of classless disrespect as they showed Palin.

    3. I’ll wait for some millenials to watch it and report back with anything interesting. Or maybe the boomers? I dunno, who the hell watches SNL anymore?

      1. Smug, white, yuppies with children who think they are better than you, I assume.

        1. Well, my sportsball viewing ends at 11:30 so WTF maybe I’ll check it out for old time’s sake.

  2. I’ve said it again, and again, and I’ll say it one more time. The reason Trump is so popular is because he says whatever the fuck he wants to say, no matter how outrageous or stupid it is, and he will not apologize. In that single fact, he becomes something unique in today’s politics. A lot of people have been waiting for someone who will not turn into a quivering blob of jello the minute some PC dimwit challenges them on anything. I mean, most people are just sick of the giant pussies who dominate the political world, even though most of them will not openly admit it. So it really doesn’t matter what Trump is saying, and in fact the great majority of dumbshits that support him don’t even care, it’s only the fact that he’s saying it and he won’t back down.

    That’s the Trump phenomenon, the Trump juggernaut. There really is nothing else to it, it’s just that simple.

    1. This^^.

    2. “A lot of people have been waiting for someone who will not turn into a quivering blob of jello the minute some PC dimwit challenges them on anything”

      I’d like to see a campus debate or something that receives “online death threats”…and which carries on regardless. And people who assert without caveat or reservation that “Safe Spaces” are a euphemism for totalitarian thought-policing, and anyone who demands “safety” is a baby undeserving to be taken seriously by adults.

      On that note = did SXSW ever do its pro-con Gamergate debate? I recall posting a PM link noting that they’d sort of re-scheduled what they’d sort of canceled…but obviously the ‘story’ was about the threats and the OMG HARASSERS GIVEN PLATFORM talk, and apparently no one actually cares about the subject a week after it was treated like a ‘big deal’ by the media.

      I’m trying to google it but it seems like there’s 1000 stories from 2 weeks ago, and nothing since. This is the best i can find

      it included this “generous” appraisal

      “”the list of speakers included pro-Gamergate people who feel the online gaming community is being ruined by being inclusive.

      If SXSW is truly concerned about the safety of the attendees, it should not have included those people in the discussion. Doing so validates their abusive opinions.”

      1. abusive opinions

        That tells me everything I need to know about the level of “thought” going into this.

        the online gaming community is being ruined by being inclusive

        I don’t know what that is even supposed to mean and I’m not going to RTFA to find out.

    3. most people are just sick of the giant pussies who dominate the political world, even though most of them will not openly admit it. So it really doesn’t matter what Trump is saying, and in fact the great majority of dumbshits that support him don’t even care, it’s only the fact that he’s saying it and he won’t back down.

      I agree. Trump is wrong nearly every time he opens his mouth, but he’s loved because he’s not a politician and just doesn’t give a shit. I had hoped that this was the tack that Rand would take (without the being wrong part).

      What a disappointment.

    4. Why didn’t this work for Ron Paul?

      1. Because he doesn’t have the agressive body language that Trump does *and* Paul is actually willing to listen to and consider (even if ultimately reject the reasoning for) the other side’s argument.

        The problem is that the SJW game is rigged so that if you give the slightest bit of legitimacy to your opponent’s argument, even if only momentarily and for the sake of argument, they win.

  3. I would love to watch your Trump videos Zach but I think my mother in laws bunions need filed.

      1. Pics of you looking at the pics?

  4. Hey, OT: Does Ben Carson really believe that the Egyptian Pyramids were used for grain storage? Sorry, I’m sure this has been discussed already here and is old new now, but I’ve been really busy and haven’t had much time at all to follow what’s gong on. I’m not an archaeologist but I’m very interest in the subject and read a lot on it and really, that sounds just extremely fringe and doesn’t make any sense. Why in the hell would anyone build such massive structures with such a small scale internal space to store grain? It doesn’t make any sense at all.

    1. Yes, he does and it think it’s from his religion.

        1. The biggest religion!

        2. I don’t bible but I think something about Joseph in Egypt.

          1. Carson said it was simply his personal view, he didn’t say all Bible-believers had to accept it.

            The Bible says Joseph, as Egyptian prime minister, stored up grain in the fat years so it could feed the people in the lean years. Other than saying he stored the grain in the cities, the Bible doesn’t really specify what the silos looked like.

            To me, the interesting part of the speech – admittedly he was trying to inspire young graduates – was his admiration of Joseph as a former slave who worked his way up and became prime minister of what Carson called the most powerful country of his time (Egypt in this case), and as prime minister was able to literally save the world (by feeding the starving Egyptians as well as foreign famine-sufferers, including Joseph’s own brothers who sold him into slavery, not that Joseph tried to rub that part in or anything).

            1. Joseph’s own brothers who sold him into slavery

              Wow, these stories are full of real douches, huh? Why’s everybody, including The Almightly, such a gigantic choad at every possible opportunity? Jeebus is the only one that gets the party going with parlor tricks like turning pitchers of fetid well water into happy juice, and manifesting fish underneath food service tray covers?

              It’s almost as if this deity is like “I’m going to make your life suck, but hey, I’ll send my boy down to liven the mood for a few years as a consolation.”

    2. Apparently he does. We discussed this at length the other day. Some of the commentariat held that this view marks him as utterly unfit for the presidency. Others of us weren’t that worried about it.

      Egyptology was somewhat of a pursuit of mine for years and I’m still very interested in it. The idea that the pyramids were granaries is pretty silly for several reasons, but there are also problems with the idea that they were purely intended as tombs for the pharaohs. I’m okay with the idea that we won’t fully understand the motivations of a group of people who lived four or five thousand years ago whose world view was probably very alien to ours.

      I think Carson hasn’t really looked into it that much, but unfortunately for him he can’t seem to restrain himself from saying idiotic things, a point I’ve made more than once. He’s got a great life story, he’s accomplished, has charisma, and is obviously very intelligent, but he chimes in on topics that make him look foolish but don’t matter to Republicans and even less to independent voters. Comparing Obamacare to slavery. Dragging the Jews into the gun control debate. This whole pyramid thing. And of course the “prison makes you gay” thing (which begs the question of why he wants to prosecute the drug war so much harder).

      1. Apparently he does. We discussed this at length the other day. Some of the commentariat held that this view marks him as utterly unfit for the presidency. Others of us weren’t that worried about it.

        And the Yokels kept telling us he’s better than Hillary.

        1. Well he hasn’t taken bribes while in office or exposed classified information, so I suppose that’s something.

        2. Carson thinks the pyramids were used to store grain.

          Clinton thinks the entire apparatus of the state is hers, to be used at her whim to punish and promote those who anger or please her.

          Which one do *you* think is worse?

          1. If given that choice, I won’t be voting for either.

            1. Clinton thinks the entire apparatus of the state is hers, to be used at her whim to punish and promote those who anger or please her.

              Aw, but that’s what being president is all about.

            2. He didn’t ask which you would vote for, or even if you were voting at all. He asked which you think is worse.

              1. He didn’t ask which you would vote for

                But that was clearly the Yokel’s intent in making the comparison. That when it comes down to a choice between a willful idiot and a lying scumbag, the most important thing is that Team Red wins.

                And to your question…

                Worse at what?

                I’ll assume you mean which is least qualified to be president. Between a man who chooses to form his beliefs based upon mysticism and and a power hungry, lying, lawbreaking shitbag, I’ll have to say neither is qualified for the job.

                1. And by Yokel’s intent, I meant all of them on the thread the other day. Not Ag.

                  1. Don’t you badmouth Ag!

                    Have you had a subpoena?

                2. “But that was clearly the Yokel’s intent in making the comparison….

                  Your mind-reading abilities are noted.

                  I’ll assume you mean which is least qualified to be president”

                  Your reading abilities are noted.

                  Here’s another attempt at a simple question =

                  Who among the candidates is qualified to be president at all, in your view?

                  1. Or, to broaden the question, would he name any living person he thinks is qualified for the presidency?

                  2. Your mind-reading abilities are noted.

                    Don’t give me your Eddie bullshit, Gilmore. Eddie frames everything in a religious context but never comes right out and makes his point based upon his religious beliefs. And when called on his bullshit, denies the religious implication.

                    Person X: Carson sucks.
                    Yokel: Yeah, but he’s better than Hillary.

                    You gonna stand there in broad daylight and claim the intent of that rebuttal isn’t to imply that if given a choice we should vote for the Republican because he’s the lesser of two evils? Please. I may not be the most intelligent commenter on this board, but I’m not that stupid.

                    Your reading abilities are noted.

                    MY reading abilities? Please feel free to point out where either you or Ag made that clear?

                    Who among the candidates is qualified to be president at all, in your view?

                    Qualified how? IAW with the Constitution? All of them are natural born citizens and all are over 35. Qualified from a libertarian perspective? There is only one, and him just barely.

                    1. I just read everything you just wrote, and for the life of me still can’t see a simple answer to a simple question.

                      Both this =

                      “Which one do *you* think is worse?”

                      and this =

                      “Who among the candidates is qualified to be president at all, in your view?”

                      are just asking for your opinion. You are acting very put-out as though these questions are supposed to be offensive in some way.

                    2. a. Both are equally unacceptable
                      b. Rand Paul

                      Better?

                    3. ah.

                      So you’re a Republican, then.

                    4. I assume you’ll vote in the GOP primary, if he’s the only possible viable candidate?

                      most states have closed primaries.

                    5. Now who’s not answering the simple question?

                      Yes, I’ll likely vote in the Republican primary if Rand is still in the running. That will be determined long before my state primary, however. If not, it doesn’t matter. In the general I’ll either vote Libertarian or write in Rand.

                      most states have closed primaries.

                      Not mine.

                    6. “Not mine.”

                      Well that avoids the awkwardness, at least.

                    7. And in no way answers the question of how you conclude that I’m a Republican.

                    8. I was referring to the likelihood to need to register as a republican in order to vote for the sole-acceptable candidate in the primary. which you can avoid, fortunately. (‘i.e. ‘the awkwardness’)

          2. Ok. There is no one worse than Hillary, we are all in agreement about that. Yes, I would rather have a decent human being who thinks the pyramids were built for grain storage, or even that they were built by aliens. But it is astonishing to me that someone educated enough to do brain surgery can believe such a seemingly fringe theory with no proof at all. It’s fucking embarrassing. Did Ben do some experimental surgery on his own brain and it went badly?

            1. There is no one worse than Hillary, we are all in agreement about that.

              No we’re not. Francisco is insistent they are all equally bad except Rand, for reasons that are unclear to me.

              Hillary is worse to me than any of the Republicans. Doesn’t mean I’m gonna vote for any of ’em.

            2. “”Ok. There is no one worse than Hillary, we are all in agreement about that. “”

              I bet you’ll change your tune when Zombie Pol Pot jumps in the race.

              1. I doubt it, I bet Zombie Pol Pot is capable of telling the truth occasionally. When he says that he’s going to build some gulags to store the people so he can eat their brains later, that’s probably more honesty than Hillary has managed in her entire life or ever will.

            3. Given that every candidate expresses religious views that I disagree with, I don’t think the grain silo thing is at all disqualifying.

              So… I have to agree that Hillary is way worse on issues that actually matter.

              1. I don’t think it’s disqualifying either, I just think it’s incredibly poorly thought out, as in what the hell is he thinking to say something like that? I can’t see how anyone would accept that as a serious theory and it didn’t take two minutes of thinking about it. No one builds such massive and incredibly complex structures(for the time period) to store their fucking bread. I mean really, just say they were built by Aliens and get it over with. If you’re going retard, just go full on retard.

              2. “I don’t think the grain silo thing is at all disqualifying.”

                Ugh. Yokel.

                Its people like you that explain why America’s Pyramid Policy has gone so completely to shit.

                1. Maybe Carson’s making a really oblique commentary on America’s food pyramid. Too many grains. Get it? Yeah.

                  1. Hillary is much more likely to cause severe damage than Carson. Carson would probably be run by someone else.

    3. EVERYONE KNOWS TEH PYRAMIDS ARE SPACE ANTENNAE

      1. If they’re antennae how come they don’t wobble? You have been out-SCIENCED!

        1. They used to, but climate change!

            1. DAMMIT!

              *gathers up papers and folders and runs out of the room*

      2. They were actually created to be Judas Cradles to punish the Gods.

      3. Well, they were built by space aliens, right? So it makes sense. I mean, I would actually take the argument that the pyramids were built by space aliens about as seriously as they were designed for grain storage.

    4. Maybe it made the grain sharper?

  5. Well now I have an uuuuge Trubby! Thanks Reason!

  6. An expert weighs in on bullet design.

    http://www.vagazette.com/news/…..story.html

    1. Clearly some kind of home-reloader wacko bird survivalist. Probably a vet. Or maybe works for an ammo manufacturer. #science

    2. And thanks so much for increasing the overall quantity of stupid in today’s threads, Warren. That was as blitheringly dumb a post as I’ve ever read, even by american socialist’s standards. The guy really believes that rubber bullets would stop suicides, apparently. I’m pretty sure a rubber bullet at point blank range into the skull is going to klll you. And hollow points are awful because Geneva convention (actually the Hague, but whatever). That’s so dumb it’s hard to even know how to respond to it.

      1. “There are three basic projectiles that can be fired from a handgun; the first being the conventional pointed bullet. When this strikes a body it will usually pass through. If it does not strike a vital organ it is rarely life threatening. The second is the so called rubber bullet. These are often used for crowd control, since they can be very painful to the victim and I understand will cause a significant bruise. These are the ideal bullets for homeowner protection. (It should be added that with 20,000 gun related suicides in this country every year, this could significantly reduce those numbers.) The last type of projectile is the hollow-nosed bullet. This is designed to spread when it enters the body to cause significant damage. It was declared illegal by the Geneva Convention. When the shooter loads this round into his weapon he is intending to kill his victim.!”

        The person who wrote this may also be an expert on Cattle Medicine

      2. “There are three basic projectiles that can be fired from a handgun; the first being the conventional pointed bullet. When this strikes a body it will usually pass through. If it does not strike a vital organ it is rarely life threatening. The second is the so called rubber bullet. These are often used for crowd control, since they can be very painful to the victim and I understand will cause a significant bruise. These are the ideal bullets for homeowner protection. (It should be added that with 20,000 gun related suicides in this country every year, this could significantly reduce those numbers.) The last type of projectile is the hollow-nosed bullet. This is designed to spread when it enters the body to cause significant damage. It was declared illegal by the Geneva Convention. When the shooter loads this round into his weapon he is intending to kill his victim.!”

        The person who wrote this may also be an expert on Cattle Medicine

        1. What caliber of bullet for server squirrels?

            1. That would be cool as all hell, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t work. Dragon’s Breath lacks the recoil impulse needed to cycle the AA-12s.

              Now, if you built a minigun chambered in 12 gauge….that’d do the trick.

      3. I’m a giver. I care.

    3. “When the shooter loads this round into his weapon he is intending to kill his victim.!”

      So if I load up with ball ammo and open fire on him, he’s cool with that?

      1. Insert “ball ammo” jokes.

      2. Imagine: a world without hollow points.

        Some people might call him a crazy dreamer, but is it crazy, really?

  7. I’ll have the Ohio State game on until Cal comes on.

    You bandwagon dudes are super brave to play a team like Minnesota.

    1. You mean the team TCU only beat by 6 points?

    1. “Like, wow, nullification is really scary, but why do they interrupt that report on nullification to talk about marijuana policy? I thought we were discussing how nullification is a right-wing enslavement plot by the 1 percent?”

    2. That’s some good reading – but I have to wonder if all the different groups engaged in nullification on different issues understand that that’s what they’re doing or if they look at each other and each insists what the other is doing is wrong and unlawful and undemocratic, a “it’s okay when we do it because our cause is just but you guys are just wrong for violating the law” sort of thing. It would be nice to think there’s some sort of principle involved here, some principle like it’s none of your damn business what I’m doing over here so piss off.

  8. Well, I’d love to watch Donald Trump appear on a show whose continued existence – much less its continued 90 minute running time – is one of the mysteries of the universe, but I want to shed my *Ender’s Game* virginity as soon as possible, so here goes…

    1. It turns out HE’s the alien all along!

      1. And he dies when you spritz him with water!

    2. *SPOILER*

      Its a book that sucks if you read it as an adult.

    3. a show whose continued existence – much less its continued 90 minute running time – is one of the mysteries of the universe

      Occasionally (once every year or two), I’ll flip SNL on and see something like this. I won’t laugh (if I don’t laugh, it means something’s seriously not funny), and I proceed to forget about SNL for another year or two.

  9. Screw Donald Trump. Screw SNL.

    Screw Obama and Jeb Bush.

    Screw Politico. Screw Hillary Clinton. Screw Bernie Sanders.

    Screw Salon. Screw the New York Times. Screw CNN. And screw you!

    P.S. Screw Donald Trump.

    1. That’s Crusty’s job.

    2. A bit testy tonight, Ken?

      1. I’ve been up to my neck in stupid people all week.

        Spent the day with a real hardbody. Should have been a really good time.

        Do you know how bad the fascist/commie stupidity has to get before I can’t even stand being around a really hot chick like that?

        Jesus.

        1. That sucks

        2. Seriously, I need pics.

          If you’re complaining about a disfigured cow, I’m not going to allow it.

        3. “Do you know how bad the fascist/commie stupidity has to get before I can’t even stand being around a really hot chick like that?”

          From memory, yes. Yes, I do.
          But if you drink enough, you can tolerate it long enough to get a taste. Just don’t leave your arm under there…

  10. There were a few missile launches in CA about 45 minutes ago, and now everyone is talking about it

    1. Got any news links Playa?

      1. This is the headline on Drudge now:
        http://abc7.com/news/secret-mi…..k/1072890/

        1. “”I’d be more interested in them not doing something about what’s going on than them doing something about what’s going on.”

          You really got to hand it to News reporters. They really make sure to get the quotes that cut through the bullshit and the misleading details and get right to the heart of the issue.

          1. Well, *I* would be more interested in them doing something about what’s not going on than them not doing something about what’s going on.

      2. But I’ve seen probably 25-30 Facebook posts about it with pictures

        1. New toys for lapd swat from the military to go after dads behind in child support?

      1. Trident launch from Pt. Mugu, per this tweet .

        I would’ve thought it was a launch from Vandenberg, but Pt. Mugu’s a lot closer to where you are Playa.

        1. Thanks for that.

          I have friends in Sonoma and SF posting about it too, though.

          1. I’ve read of people in Arizona and Reno, NV seeing it too. Not my experience from watching MM2 shots from Vandenberg, but who knows what kind of trajectory this thing took? Maybe the seeing was really good too (clear upper atmosphere, lighting at just the right time, etc…)?

            It looks like pictures I’ve seen of other big rockets ascending, from a really long way away, FWIW.

    2. I just heard they are evacuating Disneyland.

      1. looks like it may be a meteor according to the Coast Guard.

        http://www.businessinsider.com…..st-2015-11

            1. Yeah, the super-secret nuclear missile test was done in such a manner that everyone on the West Coast knew everything about it within hours and i’m sure the Russians are all like, “dude, how dumb are the Americans? Its super easy to keep these things out of the news, i mean, what its almost like they want someone to know they’re testing better technology or something…”

              1. It’s either really bad, or really good.

                The weather just cooled off and dried out quite a bit. It was a beautiful sunset, with a visibility of well over a hundred miles.

                You would think that they would cancel it in these conditions. If they wanted to.

  11. Cops charged for murdering 6 year old.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/louis…..d=35037116

  12. I suppose this is old news around here but have you seen what cutting edge hard science those neuroscientists are up to?

    1. Yeah, I saw that. It’s pure bullshit. Several very observant people who were commenting on the story have already figured out that the attention seeking mom is using an old and well known trick to cue the kid off to guess the numbers.

      Here’s the thing. Telepathy would probably be possible if not for one thing. The brain does indeed generate electrical signals that can be picked up and even at a distance. However, the brain does not have a built in receiver to pick up and interpret these signals. The brain is built to receive visual and auditory signals and decipher those. So telepathy is possible, but you’re going to need some augmentation in the form of technological implants to achieve it. Probably will be possible in the near future with that tech, but it’s impossible for any human at present.

      1. Neuroscientists should look into repeating experiments with the Nazi talking dogs

    2. In the footage, the youngster, who has a ‘high functioning’ form of autism, correctly recounts the value and suits of playing cards, as well as numbers that were reportedly penned out of sight.

      Is this your card?

  13. Can somebody look up the Cal score for me? I don’t have the internet right now.

    1. 15-love Somalia.

  14. In unrelated news…

    If I understand this story properly, …

    http://arstechnica.com/science…..dry-world/

    Terra-forming Mars may be practically impossible because it doesn’t have magnetic fields like Earth.

    My understanding is that our magnetic field comes from the pressure gradient making our liquid iron central core behave as a solid (because of the pressure), and all the molten iron above that gradient line swirling around the central core creates a magnetic field that protects the earth’s atmosphere from radiation and solar winds.

    If somebody understands this better than I do, I’d really appreciate a correction on that.

    Anyway, the reason Mars doesn’t have an atmosphere is because it doesn’t have those magnetic fields to protect the atmosphere from solar radiation. You probably can’t fix that. Even if you could build up an atmosphere on Mars, solar winds and solar radiation would quickly blast it away.

    1. No Libertopia on Mars. We’re just going to have to build a spaceship that’s better than life on Earth. Sort of like the permanent condos some really wealthy retired people buy on private cruise ships. They’d rather live on a cruise ship year round than anywhere else on Earth. Build an interstellar space ship with a better quality of life than what you’d have in New York City, and a lot of people from New York City will want to live on your spaceship–regardless of whether they can get to the Alpha Centauri system in their lifetimes.

      I’m just sayin’.

      1. Joseph forgot to build the magnetic fields because he changed his mind about storing grain on Mars.

          1. How do you think the lizards are still keeping us as slaves:

            Pyramids keeping us all slaves

    2. As I understand it, the core of Mars has stopped rotating, meaning no magnetic field.

      1. So we just build a massive dome around the planet to shield it from radiation and trap heat. I wouldn’t think that would be more difficult that building a Dyson Sphere.

        1. Dyson Sphere

          You mean that vacuum cleaner? 😉

          1. No,that’s a Sharknado.

          2. That vacuum cleaner is an 8, but it’s priced at a 10.

      2. “As I understand it, the core of Mars has stopped rotating, meaning no magnetic field.”

        I believe the core cooled down, and it all solidified. No more liquid iron swirling around solid iron.

        If there were Martians, they all died of global cooling–from the inside.

        Like I said, you just have to offer something better than what people have on earth–on a totally bitchin’, super primo, cherried out interstellar spaceship. You don’t have to offer people the chance to see some new world in the lifetimes. Just a better life than what they have now. Think people moving from apartments into their first KB Home.

        And just like with permanent ex-pats today… The people who leave the United States, for instance, and stay somewhere else in the Third World typically aren’t the wildly successful. You’re looking to appeal to people who are educated and prosperous enough to have expectations of a better life–but who, for whatever reason, haven’t been able to realize that life.

        I think we probably have the technology necessary for interstellar travel already; we just don’t have the marketing down. And, certainly, NASA isn’t going to sell a program where they facilitate average people leaving the planet entirely because the government is so stifling and shitty. They want to put scientists on Mars to show it can be done. What we should be doing is building communities in outer space so free people can escape the stifling power of government.

        1. NASA is a fucking joke. Sure they have some serious and very good scientists who would like to do something. But they can’t because the entire program is controlled by bureaucrats. Those bureaucrats have one goal, get a budget and spend it all on their own salaries.

          The future of space exploration will be done by private companies. There biggest challenge will be government interference, not technology.

          We absolutely do not have the technology for interstellar travel. We do have the tech to build permanent settlements on the moon and on Mars, which we should be doing, and the only reason we haven’t is, as I said, fucking government. We’ve wasted 50 years of progress on a government agency that cannot even get out of low Earth orbit after we landed on the moon in 1969, an incredible feat for the technology we had at the time. The only reason we did it though, was to show up the Russians. Once we accomplished that, the government lost interest.

          There is some guy in the UK who supposedly has designed a working warp drive. But I think our best case scenario now using something like ION propulsion system, which NASA already has, would still take hundreds of years to get to the nearest star.

          1. We do have the tech to build permanent settlements on the moon and on Mars, which we should be doing, and the only reason we haven’t is, as I said, fucking government.

            Why would a private company go to Mars? Where is the ROI?

            1. Do you have a good geological survey of Mars? I mean, do you know what metals and precious stones might be found there?

              Otherwise than that, to get the fuck away from other humans and their meddlesome gubmints. That would be enough for me.

              Other than that? ROI? There are a lot of other possibilities.

              1. Gotta be money to be made. And seeing as the cost to get to orbit is so expensive that you’d need a couple tons of gold to make the trip profitable, I just don’t see the impetus. Someday. Not now.

                1. The first company to build a settlement on Mars will get super filthy rich. Just the price that the rich will pay to make the trip will make it profitable. I’d also set up a live feed reality show. It would be the most popular reality TV show ever made by far. There’s too much money to be made.

    3. I had pork belly for lunch.

      I have plenty of solar wind right here in my living room.

      1. Pork belly is like the price of filet mignon now, I’ve stopped eating bacon. It’s sad, but I just can’t afford it. I guess I’ll have to eat Ribeye, NYS, and Filet, but no bacon or beef jerky, which is pretty much in line with the price of gold now.

        1. That’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.

          And you clearly don’t have a Costco membership. Or, if you do, you’re not making use of it.

          Kirkland pre-cooked bacon is among the best and cheapest there is. I have friends over for brunch at my place every other month or so, and I’ll do about 30 strips or so in a pan next to the eggs. They beg to know where I got it.

          1. No Costco. I shop at Walmart and the local Asian Markets, and some other upscale market when I feel like spending outrageous amounts of money.

            How much is 1 lb of pork belly at Costco? If it’s like $15 or more I’m not buying it. I’ll just eat the best beef and sea food that money can buy instead.

            1. They don’t sell belly at Costco, at least not mine.

              I get it at Marukai, a Japanese market. I paid 7.99 for it, skin off, last week.

    1. I can’t look…

  15. Guess AC is taking the night off. Given his Yeoman’s work yesterday, I won’t blame him. Also, I got a stalker. A 28 year old nipponjin gal that I talked to for 15 minutes once at a party a few months ago and lately she shows up at the company I do contract work for asking if I’m around. Flattered by crazy bitch attention or offended that she thinks her nutcase act would work on me? I’m torn.

    1. Dude, I got stalked once by some crazy bitch. I mean, it could be completely harmless. There are some very strange fucking people out there. I found that out by doing the online dating thing for several years. It gets you exposure to a vastly superior amount of possibles compared to offline dating, but it will also ensure that you will meet up with some very strange people if you do it long enough.

      I would just confront her if I were you and ask her what’s up. You never know, it could turn out either way. But it’s really better I think if you find out sooner than later.

      1. “We should take our clothes off and talk about this.”

    2. Sticking it in crazy is the spice of life. I’d go for it. 😉

      1. Roger that.

        Stick it in. Deal with the rest later.

        Do you have kids or a dog that are vulnerable to poisoning?

        1. You guys must really hate straffinrun, or something…

          1. No, not at all.

            Life should be worth living. Did you miss the part about her being 28? And showing up at his work?

            She’ll probably do crazy sexual stuff that’s so cool that I won’t even find out about it for a few years.

            1. You just made me remember the other time that I was sort of being stalked by this crazy bitch at work, years before the other time I was referring to. I’d recommend that he be very cautious. Maybe he can send her to your place if she seems a little scary.

              1. I’m married and just want to get rid of her without a scene.

              2. As per Hyperion’s suggestion, I’m sending her Playa’s way. Pics, though, please.

                1. You left out the married part. So am I, send her to Hyperion.

                  1. Roger

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