April 06, 2021

Nearly Fully Open Thread
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BREAKING: Biden’s DHS may restart construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall to fill any "gaps” in the current barrier, says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
 

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Test
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Another Open Thread
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Sorry, I'm calling it a day. I'm beyond frustrated. I can't post anything and the minute I do, it disappears. Or posts, but refuses to allow comments.


I can't keep knocking my head against the wall.

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Noontime Open Thread: Open Thread Edition
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Sorry, I cannot figure out how this works. My posts are disappearing.


I know it's been a while since the last thread, so here's a fresh one, while I try to figure out if I'm doing something wrong or if the blog just can't save posts.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition [CBD]
— Ace Open Blog

NY budget will likely hike taxes on state’s top earners to highest in the country

The additional tax revenue would be used to up spending for schools, provide funds for undocumented workers and for small businesses and tenants who are behind on their rent, the Journal reported.
Isn't that sweet! Taking care of the poor wetbacks and other illegals who have sucked this country dry since the 1960s. Hell, they are probably doing better than the equivalent American citizen who actually has to pay taxes and insure his car and pay his parking tickets and health insurance and...

But I have a vanishingly small amount of sympathy for New Yorkers, because they have ignored this issue for years until the progressives became so firmly entrenched everywhere that there was no recourse. Not that the NY Republican  party has been worth a cup of spit for the last generation...they have been too busy lining their pockets and taking advantage of the amazingly corrupt political process in both the city and the state governments.

But now with the perfect storm of Covid and the unintended consequence of untethering people from their workplaces, those high income folks will run for the hills, or at least out of NY and to low tax states, who will be happy to have them.

So good luck NY! More people suckling on the government teat and far fewer rich people to pay the bill.

It sounds like the perfect leftist plan!
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Mid-Morning Art Thread [CBD]
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Sailing ships

Konstantinos Volanakis

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Daily Tech News 6 April 2021
— Pixy Misa

Cross-posted from my own blog, Ambient Irony, mostly to give the team here some examples of embedding videos and Tweets and such.



Top Story

  • Oracle has lost its copyright suit against Google over the latter's use of the Java API. (ZDNet)

    This was a hugely important case; a win here for Oracle would have destroyed the US software industry, which has its problems but doesn't deserve to be wiped out.

    Interesting to note that the 6-2 split had Thomas and Alito dissenting. I'll need to read their opinion because they are not idiots.

    The full decision is here.

    The decision doesn't sound particularly decisive according to commenters at Hacker News.
    The fact that the Supreme Court decided not to overturn the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that APIs are copyrightable means that binding precedent on every court except the Supreme is that they are. And for fair use, one of the statutory factors is the "effect" of the copying on the "market for or value of the copyrighted work."
    That is, they handed the case to Google, but set no precedent for the lower courts. In short, they punted.

    Not unfamiliar behaviour for SCOTUS watchers.

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The Morning Report - 4/6/21 [J.J. Sefton]
— Ace Open Blog


Good morning kids. Tuesday, and in the lead is the continued Orwellian assault on logic and reason, the focus of which is the recently passed voter integrity law in the state of Georgia. I have no love lost for Brian Kemp and his state's Republican lawmakers. In abrogating their legal responsibility and absolute moral authority to prevent Georgia's 2020 national electors from being stolen, they, along with the four or five other cities across the country that used an overflowing sewer in Atlanta as the pretext and camouflage to hijack their states' elections, they have put us figuratively and quite probably literally before too long under the gun. 


Perhaps Kemp's and his party's reasoning for passing these laws, which if you look at the fine print aren't necessarily as tough as they are being made out to be (and that in itself is another reason to be utterly disgusted with anything GOP) was trying to wash away the taint of failure from last November and save their sorry asses from an irate electorate. They had to have known, especially since one of the fattest faces of election fraud there and nationally for well over a year is Stacy "Tank" Abrams, that signing this law would cause a reaction from her and her ilk. In any case the firestorm that it has touched off is off the charts, especially given the absolute stranglehold on elections courtesy of Dao-Min Yen among other things, and the near compete control the Enemy has of all branches of government, the bureaucracy, the media, schools and an alarmingly large swathe of the private sector. 


Well, you take the most flak when you're directly over the target. And in digging his heels in and doubling down on defending the law Brian Kemp is acting merely out of political expediency, then so be it. To paraphrase Milton Friedman, this is a prime example of an absolutely wrong person profiting politically (TBD) by doing the right thing. As I alluded earlier, the Orwellian, insane position that somehow requiring someone to have a valid ID to prove who they are when casting a vote is the moral and legal equivalent of lynching Emmet Till does not and cannot hold water in this or any other universe, despite the volume in both decibels and phlegm being spewed in all directions from the usual suspects. 


Dao-Min Yen, Mail-In Voting and the imminent legalized election-rigging of the "For the People" Act (sound of Sefton retching), how is it that on one day every two years, asking someone to show an ID is racist and disenfranchising? Do blacks and minorities not have driver's licenses, or passports, or other government-issued IDs? How are they supposed to get into most if not all buildings, take out loans, buy cigarettes and booze, certain over the counter and most prescription medicines, gain admittance to bars and nightclubs or even... get on an airplane?  


Since the bill’s inception, Delta joined other major Atlanta corporations to work closely with elected officials from both parties, to try and remove some of the most egregious measures from the bill. We had some success in eliminating the most suppressive tactics that some had proposed. However, I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values. The right to vote is sacred. It is fundamental to our democracy and those rights not only need to be protected, but easily facilitated in a safe and secure manner. After having time to now fully understand all that is in the bill, coupled with discussions with leaders and employees in the Black community, it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That is wrong." 


I'd like to think Delta CEO Ed Bastian is merely doing this to avoid having to put out the mostly peaceful flames on the backs of his wife and kids courtesy of the mostly peaceful Armed Militant Wing of the Democrat Party, Black Lives Matter/Antifa. If on the other hand he is below a certain age and a product of the American higher education system that is alarming. Either way, we as a nation - now in name only - are well and truly screwed.


And speaking of Democrats, Atlanta and Nazis, Coca-Cola has also jumped on the woke bandwagon in declaring something completely rational and reasonable to be racist and evil. Too bad as they try to burn the negative and every copy of Gone With the Wind and erase history, they seemed to have missed this little nugget from the Wayback Machine:


Did you know that Nazi Germany was one of Coca-Cola's biggest markets? Have you ever seen an official Coca-Cola advertisement promoting the company's partnership with the Nazis during the 1936 Olympics under a jingoistic tagline -- "One people, one country, one drink, Coke is it" -- that would have made Adolf Hitler proud? No?  


Does Coca-Cola not highlight its financial history with Nazi Germany when crowing about its racial purity tests today?  Or the fact that Germany's inconvenient declaration of war against the United States made it sufficiently difficult for Coca-Cola to maintain its prominent reputation within the Reich that the company's German representatives repurposed the operations of hundreds of bottling plants toward the production of a new drink called Fanta to serve thirsty German soldiers throughout the war? Does the Coca-Cola Company not brag about Fanta's wartime genesis as a Nazi beverage? How strange. 


One would think that a company so dedicated to rooting out "white supremacy" that it forces its white employees into racial re-education training seminars would first want to take a hard look at its own rather awkward historical relationship with actual white supremacists intent on building a world-dominating "master race." That's what "racial justice" requires, right -- the punishment of one generation of Americans for the sins of generations past? So why should Coca-Cola's questionable corporate history be off-limits when it goes out of its way to demonize white Americans for no other reason than the color of their skin?...


...All the racial animosity that nearly destroyed humanity last century is back in "woke" form, and some of the same companies that underestimated the Nazi threat then are underestimating the evil intent of the new racialist agendas that are taking over the corporate world today.  Isn't that, after all, why Critical Race Theory exists — so that pretend intellectuals can repackage discredited race-based theories from the past into academic language that can be used once again to justify outright racism?  If so, 2021 Coke and 1936 Coke still have much in common.  The only thing really differentiating the symbolism of a Nazi swastika and a Black Lives Matter clenched fist, after all, is which racial group is being targeted and which racial group is doing the targeting.


Tyranny -- It's the real thing.


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April 05, 2021

Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/5/21) I Have No Idea What The Hell I'm Doing Edition [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
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Quarantine Cafe: Homeless Nomadic Edition
— Ace

Biden treats the White House press corps in an age-appropriate way, arranging a visit from the easter bunny for them:

Dad teaches his son something about being a man:


French bulldog has tantrums, sasses owner into giving her what she wants. I don't know if this is cute or just as insufferable as it would be in a child.

Hand-raising a baby bat who fell down a chimney until he can fly.

That's all for now. I'm having trouble figuring how how to post urls.

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"Conservative" Governor Asa Hutchinson Vetoes Bill That Would Have Blocked Children from Transgender Surgical Mutilation
— Ace

Behold, your Blessings of Liberty Neocon/Neoliberal Corporate Shill Party. 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed House Bill 1570, which would have banned gender confirming treatments for minors. 

Until Monday, Hutchinson had to either sign the bill into law, not sign it and allow it to become law, or veto the bill.

"This is a government overreach. You are starting to let lawmakers interfere with healthcare and set a standard for legislation overriding healthcare,” Hutchinson said in a Monday news conference. "The state should not presume to jump into every ethical health decision.”

Hutchinson left the door open for the bill to be changed, "If this was just to ban gender reassignment then I would support it, but those who are taking treatment are not grandfathered in, this is not the right path to put them on.”

"While the population of minors dealing with this is an extreme minority, this could lead to significant harms from suicide to drug use to isolation,” Hutchinson said.


Trans people are forever threatening to kill themselves if they don't get their way. This means that we have to let ideological-zealot transgender doctors cut off little boys' penises?

Hutchinson says the bill was overbroad, restricted people’s decisions, and <b>sent a message about Arkansas that he did not want to send. 

As far as any economic impacts to the state if he had signed the bill, Hutchinson said there was very little expressed.</b>


Bullshit. The "message" he didn't want to send is that sometimes the people of Arkansas may choose different policies than the Chamber of Commerce, AEI, Facebook and Google desire.

And neocons can't have that.

Sohrab Ahmari

That ringing you heat is the Arkansas Gov. @AsaHutchinson
moronic veto, sounding the death knell of "limited-government" conservatism: If "conservatism" can't defend kids against mutilation, it needs to die. And it will die.

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Breaking: An Open Thread
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Post your Breaking Comments here. 

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Single Link And Open Thread [CBD]
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labor-board-reportedly-finds-amazon-illegally-fired-activist-workers


Unionize the whole lot of them!

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Another Open Thread
— Ace

By the way, the cobloggers tried to write posts to this site, but it's not really functional yet, and they lost the posts they wrote. So I told everyone not to bother with real posts until things are more stable.

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Afternoon Open Thread
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Hi everyone, the shelves collapsed on the server.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread [CBD]
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Cursed field. The place of execution in ancient Rome. Crucified slave

Fyodor Bronnikov

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The Morning Report 4/5/21 - J.J. Sefton
— Ace Open Blog

Good morning, kids. Monday and fingers crossed this is working. A fire in Utah knocking us out sounds almost as wacky as a toilet backing up in Atlanta flooding six states on Election Night. Almost. Unfortunately there will be no editorial this morning. It took me about two hours to completely reformat everything for this site (feh). That said, everything is pretty much self-explanatory so talk amongst yourselves. Hopefully this will be fixed by tonight or tomorrow. You can always go over to my site as well in case this thing is a total FUBAR. I will repost there shortly.


Fingers crossed


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Testing The Emergency Open Blogger System
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-- Pixy


This is only a test.  If this post were real, you would have been notified.

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April 04, 2021

Emergency Backup Blog
— Ace

Sorry to interrupt your Easter like this folks.

There was a power outage at our hosting company.  They switched over to generator power, but then one of the generators had a problem and now they have to check their electrical systems before they can bring things back online.

I had this site already built for testing so I'm pointing over to it until we can get the main site back online.


Update: I have more details from our (regular) hosting provider.

They had a power outage in their Utah datacenter where we live.  They switched to generator backup.

Then one of the generators caught fire.

The fire was put out immediately, but power has been cut to the entire building until a safety inspection has been completed.  They also note that some servers might have water damage and could need a rebuild.  

We might be here a couple of days, so pour yourself a drink and get comfortable.

Side note: Buzzion was playing with a blog feature that lets you automatically insert the reader's name into a post or comment.  He didn't actually stop by and insult everyone individually.

-- Pixy

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