Buckle Up…

It gets bumpy from here. It’s Gonna Blow.

No one is in charge in this collapsing shell game of a country. In Louisville hundreds of armed blacks threaten to “burn the motherfucker down,” meaning Louisville, if they don’t get their way. All cringe before them, with reason. They have guns. Larger numbers marched in Georgia, armed, ready to rock and roll. BLM says it will “go into the suburbs” to get Whitey. Who will stop them? Not the government. It fears them. Weimar Kentucky. An American Freikorps.

Hat tip to The War on Guns – It’s Gonna Blow – Be a Miracle if it Don’t.

What’s Next?

Worldwide pandemic. Riots. Freedom on the decline. Totalitarianism on the rise.

And now we have World scrambles to fight massive plague of locusts that could leave millions hungry.

As the pests begin to migrate again in the second half of June, experts warn that, without continuous aid to mitigate the spread, the devastation could leave millions of people in at least 23 countries hungry by the end of the year.

I expect either Sweet Meteor of Death, an alien invasion, eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, or activation of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Self-defense Is Legal In Florida

But then I always suspected it was. No charges likely in fatal shooting of Bradenton man at Hookah Lounge, cops say.

And there is a Hookah lounge in Sarasota? I guess I really only ever went there for the overpriced drinks and the great view at Marina Jacks. (The view is worth it, and drinks and food are a bit overpriced, but not insane.)

[The dead guy] was shot and killed just before 4 a.m. at the business at 4034 N. Washington St.

Deputies say after interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, “detectives feel confident the shooting was the result of self defense.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

Meanwhile, In the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela…

Don’t expect to see a lot of coverage from CNN/MSNBC/NPR/EIEIO unless they can find a way to blame Trump. Venezuela on Brink of Famine With Fuel Too Scarce to Sow Crops.

After seven years of economic collapse, Venezuela’s crisis has entered a troubling new phase. In a nation that’s home to the world’s largest oil reserves, fuel shortages have grown so acute that fields are going bare.

Venezuela is now on the verge of famine, the International Crisis Group warns. More than half of the land used to grow vegetables last year won’t be replanted, according to farming federation Fedeagro. Corn production is expected to cover less than a quarter of national demand.

Fuel shortages are a result of not maintenance on drilling and refining operations.

And with no oil, and with prices as they are, there is no money for foreign trade. Do I feel sorry for the people of Venezuela? Not too much. They voted for this insanity 20 years ago. There’s a saying… something like “you reap what you sow.” They wanted Socialism. This is the result of Socialism 100% of the time. So I’d say that they made their bed, and now they have to lie in it. Though what is it with socialist regimes and agricultural failure? The Chinese, the Soviets, even CHAZ…

Hat tip to Daley Gator.

Eiffel Built More than a Tower

Still one of the most beautiful bridges in the world – Garabit Railway Viaduct.

As usual, click the image for a larger view, and more information. (Photo by Geertchaos) Earlier photos will show a river valley. A dam was built in 1959 to create the reservoir.

Specs on the bridge are as follows.

  • Location: St. Flour, Auvergne, France
  • Height: 407 feet / 124 meters
  • Span: 540 feet / 165 meters

Construction was completed in 1884, 5 years before the tower would be built.

The bridge is still in use as a railway viaduct, but with speed restrictions.

Until 11 September 2009, one regular passenger train each way passed daily over the viaduct: a Corail route from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers. On that date, the viaduct closed after cracks were discovered in one of the foundation piles.[7] After a safety inspection, the Garabit viaduct reopened the following month, with a speed limit of 10 km/h (6 mph) for all traffic.

If you click the link at the top of this post, there are many photos of the bridge. It has stood for a long time, after all.

Back in December, I had a post on The Millau Viaduct, this bridge turned up in the comments.

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood

Born May 31st, 1930.

So many movies to choose from. The Spaghetti Westerns. Harry Callahan. The Comedies. Here’s a short scene from the best of the made-in-America Man-with-no-name movies.

So here’s the scene from Pale Rider that everyone remembers. (The final shootout is better, but much longer.)

The Man-with-no-name movies. There are really only 2 made in the US. High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider. In the first he was Stranger, the second, he was Preacher. Hang ‘Em High was an attempt at a Man-with-no-name movie, but I don’t think the studios could quite wrap their mind around the idea, though it might have been the nature of the story. (He wasn’t “Marshal Cooper” until well into the film.)

The Stupid. It Can Kill You

There is a difference between embracing forgiveness, and being stupid. Ark. Woman Befriended Mom’s Killer Out of ‘Spiritual Obligation’ — and then He Murdered Her.

Forgiveness may be divine; Stupidity is all human.

Martha McKay was kind to Travis Lewis, who was convicted and released after he killed her mother and cousin in 1996

The killer would drown during a police chase when he jumped into a lake. So there’s that.

Hat tip to The Other McCain… She Befriended the Man Who Killed Her Mother. Guess How That Turned Out?

Jerry Stiller – RIP

He was the best part of the Seinfeld show. Jerry Stiller, ‘Seinfeld’ actor and father to Ben Stiller, dies at 92.

Ben [Stiller] confirmed his father’s death early Monday morning, writing he “passed away from natural causes” on Twitter.

“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” he added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”

I think my introduction to Jerry Stiller would have been the times Stiller and Meara were on the Carol Burnett Show. There are a lot of videos out there, so I won’t include one. Most people are remembering his time with Seinfeld and Co, which is to be expected.

3-year-old Dam Fails

People in both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan had to be evacuated. 70,000 Evacuated After Breach in Uzbek Dam, Investigation Into Failure Launched.

The dam failed on May 1st. It appears there was adequate warning to get everyone evacuated, as no deaths have been reported.

The dam and reservoir were completed just three years ago, suggesting that the failure was the result of either design or construction flaws. It will be interesting to watch who ends up with the blame for the dam’s failure. The project’s construction was begun under the presidency of Islam Karimov, in 2010, but it was overseen by Mirziyoyev, who served as prime minister from 2003 to 2016.

I doubt this will get much coverage in the English-language press, since there isn’t A) anyway to blame President Trump, and B) no one died.

Riots in Belgium

I am not even a little surprised. MIGRANT RIOT: Foreigners CLASH with Police During COVID-19 Lockdown.

So after a 19-year-old migrant tried to flee a police check, there was an “accident” and he died. So the only response available seems to be to riot and attack police.

MIGRANTS rioted and pelted police with stones and heavy objects on Friday night into Saturday afternoon.

Some generic “social media” company was used to plan the riots. Doesn’t say which one.

Rioters apparently stole at least one firearm from a police vehicle.

John Conway: December 26, 1937 – April 11, 2020

This is sad news. John Conway, inventor of the Game of Life, has died of COVID-19.

He made contributions in various areas of mathematics but is best known for his invention of Conway’s Game of Life, a cellular automata in which simple rules give rise to surprisingly complex behaviors. It was made famous by a 1970 Scientific American article and has had a lively community around it ever since then. (Don’t confuse it with Milton Bradley’s board game of the same name.)

Here’s a fairly good video of some of the things you can do with Conway’s Game of Life. You can do quite a bit, since it is a Turing-complete computing environment.

Florida Man Has Competition

“I wish I could make this up.” Police: Man teaching his dog to drive was arrested after leading troopers on a high-speed chase. The difference between reality and fiction, is that fiction has to make sense.

The suspect was driving “absolutely recklessly,” and a pursuit ensued at 109 miles an hour, [trooper Heather Axtman] said. One of the troopers attempted to corner the suspect’s car, looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver’s seat while the suspect steered, Axtman said. [SNIP]

Eventually troopers were able to use spike strips to end the pursuit. During the arrest, Axtman said the suspect gave them one explanation: He was “trying to teach his dog how to drive.”

“I wish I could make this up,” Axtman, who is also a public information officer, said.

Who knew Washington State was this crazy? Hat tip to Wirecutter – All I wanna know is how did its feet reach the pedals?