You’re Still Here (version 2)

You’re still here? Why. I’ve Moved long since.

Find me at 357 Magnum

If you are using the WordPress Reader to follow me, you can switch to following the new blog by following the instructions on the following page: Following Blogs – Support — WordPress.com, and scrolling down to the section titled “Follow a Blog Not on WordPress.com.” (Though I have not tested those instructions.)

And in case YT decides to be idiots, here’s a link to the video.

You’re Still Here?

Fini. End. The new beginning is not here. Go find me at my new home.

If you are using the WordPress Reader to follow me, you can switch to following the new blog by following the instructions on the following page: Following Blogs – Support — WordPress.com, and scrolling down to the section titled “Follow a Blog Not on WordPress.com.” (Though I have not tested those instructions.)

As for the video, here’s a link in case YT decides to be assholes in the future.

I, For One, Welcome Our Self-driving Overlords

The Corporate entity is not responsible, only the driver. Uber’s Self-Driving Car Killed Someone. Why Isn’t Uber Being Charged?

Uber’s test vehicle was driving 39 mph when it struck Herzberg. Uber’s sensors detected her six seconds before impact but determined that the object sensed was a false positive. Uber’s engineers tuned the software to be less sensitive to unidentified objects in order to achieve a smoother ride. Uber also disabled the vehicle’s factory-installed automatic emergency braking system, which likely would have prevented the accident, in order to accurately test the capability of its own automated driving system.

But Uber is not a defendant in this case.

Can’t stand in the path of techological innovation. Literally. Don’t stand there.

NOTE: Counting down to the end on WordPress. Please see this post and future posts at my new home: 357 Magnum over on Blogspot. And you should update any links. (Posts are in both places right now. That is a small, but not meaningless bit of work on my part, so it will continue for a VERY short time.)

If you are using the WordPress Reader to follow me, you can switch to following the new blog by following the instructions on the following page: Following Blogs – Support — WordPress.com, and scrolling down to the section titled “Follow a Blog Not on WordPress.com.” (Though I have not tested those instructions.)

Moving Day Is Getting Closer

The New home is 357 Magnum. Find me there. You should update your links in Blogrolls, Sidebars, etc.

If you are using the WordPress Reader to follow me, you can switch to following the new blog by following the instructions on the following page: Following Blogs – Support — WordPress.com, and scrolling down to the section titled “Follow a Blog Not on WordPress.com.” (Though I have not tested those instructions.)

Moving Back to Blogspot

Yes I know it is Google, but at this point anything is preferable to WordPress.

The New home is 357 Magnum. Find me there. Blogger has removed some customization features, but retained some ability to change the CSS. Some by editing parameters (like font color). They have also added some ability to cumstomize by appending CSS extensions to the end of whatever theme you select. I am still fiddling with it a bit, but it is mostly OK.

Though I’ve come close to completely change the color scheme a couple of times, so it may change again.

A few things will be posted in both places for a short time, but I am out of here. At least my workflow over there makes sense.

Updated: What Happens When Contractors Break a Gas Main?

Click thru for a look at the fire. It is fairly impressive. Active fire scene in Montgomery, officials say avoid travel in the area

Not too far from home for me, though I lived closer 20 years ago. And I try not to drive thru that section because traffic was awful before they tore up an intersection of two, somewhat major roads.

UPDATE: Here’s a different view. OSHA investigating incident that led to massive gas explosion at Montgomery construction site

Worst White Supremacist Organization Ever

What kind of racist organization elects a black/Hispanic as national chairman. US Election 2020: Proud Boys leader calls debate ‘great moment’ as Trump denies knowledge of group

Mr Tarrio added: “I’m a ‘person of colour’, I’m a brown person, I’m chairman of the organisation [and] I got voted in…”

2020 is clearly the year of stupid.

So Much for the Needs of the User

Please Stand ByThe new and improved editor in WordPress is anything but. Well it is new, but it is also awful.

I’m not sure I can keep this up.

What used to be a pleasant process, and importantly a very short process, for creating a blog post has been turned into a nightmare.

The interface went from being clean and functional to being insane. Functionality was moved beneath layers of menus, and in some cases just removed.

They’re helping really they are.

Any move will come with lots of warning. But a move is probably in the near future. I’m looking into a new blog on Blogger, and looking for other choices as well. Some of the paid services for WP also look promising, at least as long as the “Classic Editor” plugin is supported, which WP is only committing to 2 years (I think).

Suggestions? Please leave them in the comments.

The Insanity of High Speed Chases

A lot of high-speed pursuits seem to take place in Los Angeles, though this story is about Arizona. Crazy People Are Dangerous : The Other McCain

If you watch enough police chase videos on YouTube, you find yourself developing a thorough hatred of these lunatics who endanger the lives of others — and tie up traffic for hours — by their madcap vehicular misadventures.

The story of Mitchell Timothy Taebel, “sovereign citizen.” Click thru for the insanity. (Does anyone EVER get away today? This seems especially doubtful in an urban area where cops are sure to have helicopters to help out.)

A Couple of Reporters Got Arrested in Louisville

Shelby Talcott and Jorge Ventura of Daily Caller were arrested at the Louisville Peaceful Protest™ – known to some as riots – after the curfew had expired, and after 2 cops had been shot.

The Other McCain notes that there are Hazards of the Trade

Hunter S. Thompson got tear-gassed while covering the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It’s a hazard of the trade. If you’re a combat correspondent in a war zone, you might get bombed. If you’re a reporter covering a riot, you might get arrested.

He hopes they just pay the fine and consider it a business expense.

P.S.: Shelby Talcott is way too cute to be Antifa, but the cops can’t make a Pretty Girl Exception to the laws, because then they would be accused of unconstitutional discrimination against ugly chicks.

While I am tempted to include the Tiny Violin, I will resist that temptation.

Imagine That. Individual Action…

US FlagCitizens acting without government sanction. How a ‘Hillbilly Brigade’ saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires

These are the men and women of the “Hillbilly Brigade” – about 1,200 in all who came together this past week to fight the state’s biggest fire in a century. They are credited with saving the mountain hamlet of Molalla, an hour’s drive south of Portland, after its 9,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

The article focuses on Nicole West, who was driving a bulldozer from her ranch. (And her dog, who was acting as copilot.) But the photos show everyone from high-school kids to folks who appear to be lumberjacks all working together.

Does this count as “militia” action? Hat tip to Knuckledraggin My Life Away.

The Woman Who Tried to Poison Trump

I thought Canadians were supposed to be polite. This doesn’t seem polite. Crazy People Are Dangerous: Meet Canada’s Version of Deborah Frisch

Pascale Ferrier is a 53-year-old Canadian woman who was arrested in connection with a letter containing ricin that was sent to President Donald Trump last week.

You see she has cousins in the US and doesn’t want them living under Trump. Otherwise I would ask, “Why do Canadians even care?” Though Trump did put a pin in their sweetheart deal helping China dump steel in the US.

How many Americans can tell you who the Prime Minister of Canada is? Who held that job before? What I thought.

If you don’t know who Deborah Frisch is, click thru for a reminder.

Adaptive Curmudgeon Has a Story to Tell

And AC tells a good story, even when it isn’t funny. Curmudgeon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Part 1

“I’m mildly sick.”

“OMG, COVID… you’re doomed!”

“It’s just bad air. I’ll be fine when the weather pattern changes.”

“Eleventy billion cases have been detected, every biker that went to Sturgis is dead, this is the worst thing that has ever happened.”

And Part 2.

I got a better deal than they’re getting [kids today]. I was born to mutually assured destruction. Instant death from the sky! You know what I learned from that? I learned that instant fiery radioactive death of everyone and everything was imminent but that’s not a good enough reason to cancel chemistry class.

Florida Man Goes for a Drive

Now that is what you call ironic. Florida Man Arrested for DUI After Hitting a ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Sign

When a sign warns you to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” about the worst way to test that claim is by running over the sign.

I would say “only in Florida,” but that is demonstrably not true.