Archive for September, 2013

30
Sep
13

Quote of the day

I hate liberality. Nine times out of ten it is cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle.

Henry Addington, 1757-18771844 British Prime Minister

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29
Sep
13

Diversions: Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 is an App available on the Android (and maybe other devices) made by EA and Firemonkey. If you are into racing and need a bit of time to kill on your phone, check it out. It uses the “freemium” model, which means that it is free to download, free to play and you don’t need to sign up or log in for it, but you can buy credits to upgrade your vehicles with. Graphics are really good! There are, IIRC 27 total race track configurations that are all real tracks, with the exception of the fake Australia track that winds thru the city.

Its a bit slow to load, and thats on an HTC One, but when racing its seemless. Controls are pretty easy, it defaults to traction control, automatic braking for the corners and a steering assist, so you can go like that or tune those down as you like, but these make it real easy to start playing. Upgrades are done by cash earned from races as well as gold coins earned when you level up, 3 coins per level.

Going off-road and colliding with cars will damage your vehicle, and you will need to repair it from time to time, but it doesn’t seem to affect the car during the race itself. Which is good news for me, as I cut the corners to pass people (o= Also, they boast of Time Shifted Multiplayer, or TSM, which is that they take the times of people and then assign that to a car in your race. Its not “how” they raced tho. Its the time only, and the cars generally perform in a “professional” manner.

28
Sep
13

Police Brutality: Chattanooga Edition

Found this story in my facebook feed, and am outraged by it.

Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley were fired for excessive force on a suspect, henceforth called the victim. The man was indeed resisting arrest, but during the time of the beating it was entirely passive resistance, and as such did not deserve the treatment given. The treatment? 50+ blows with a baton, 45 of them delivered by Sean Emmers, and 12+ punches to the face delivered by Adam Cooley.

The City acted appropriately when they fired these two thugs, but a judge has restored these criminals to their “beat” which is an unfortunately accurate word for them. However, there is still time to get this appealed. You can contact the people below to put some pressure for an appeal

Mayor Andy Berke
Phone: (423) 643-7800
Email: mayor@chattanooga.gov

Can’t find a decent contact for the Police Chief, but perhaps internal affairs might be the way to go about contacting them?
Office phone(423) 425-7300,
Fax (423) 757-2020
email: CPDInternalAffairs@mail.Chattanooga.gov

27
Sep
13

Burning Man 2013 pics

So I was looking at Desertcat’s blog, a good blog btw, and he has been into Burning Man lately. Well, he linked to some professional pics and I was looking at them and I found something very interesting. Were I writing for the National Enquirer I would make this my front page story about Satan being seen in the flames. But I don’t, and it really looks more like a Satyr. What do you think?

Burning Man Fire Satyr

The photographer is Joann Loop. Click the link for her Burning Man 2013 Set Just keep scrolling down to have more pics load.

26
Sep
13

Obama’s Fake Twitter Followers

In a classic example of “astroturf” the UK’s Daily Mail reports that 53% of Obama’s followers on Twitter, or 19.5 million, are not real people. And just 20% “of Obama’s Twitter buddies are real people who are active users.” There are numerous other members of the US Gov that have a lot of fakes as well. However, in some fairness to them, they may not have purchased all of them. It is possible that a fair number of the fakes are created to follow various figures in addition to the one they are created to follow. This would make them seem more “real.” I say this in part because it doesn’t really seem like someone would pay for 3660 fake accounts like Senator Dick Durbin has, or the 4,614 fakes of Representative Steny Hoyer (Steny who????). Its not really enough to bump you up, so why would you bother? So for some of these numbers its no doubt just adding various prominent public figures them to make them seem more real. Probably also a big component is ensuring that those other people linked happen to be ideologically compatible. Which would imply this is done far more by the left than the right, as is also supported by the numbers reported by the DailyMail.

What we are seeing is an attempt to sway public opinion by making it seem as if the public believes things that it does not. And as far as psyops go, this one is fairly innocuous. There are also groups of people who get paid to comment in various places to push an agenda or ad campaign. But thats a different topic and deserves a post of its own

Click here for the article along with the list of others with fake accounts which include Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Newt Gingrich.

25
Sep
13

Make DC Listen – Senator Ted Cruz filibusters over Obamacare

Sen. Ted Cruz has been on the floor of the Senate speaking against Obamacare all night long. He is at something like 14 or 15 19 hours now. The issue is largely over cloture, which would end debate in the Senate. Its something that the democrats want in order that they might add in amendments stripping the language defunding Obamacare that the House put in the spending bill, or better, the "continuing resolution" as no budget has been passed since 2009. Now this isn't a true filibuster as apparently a vote on cloture will happen today regardless, but it is good to see, to help get the people informed, and perhaps to get Congress to pay attention to us plebes, aka their employer.

Apparently the twitter hashtag is #MakeDCListen hence the name of this post.

Click here to see the Senator Ted Cruz filibuster over Obamacare

24
Sep
13

Machu Picchu – Highest Res picture ever taken.

Highest resolution photo ever taken of Machu Picchu. 1920 separate photos from a high end camera went in to the making of this single image. You can zoom in on absolutely anything and it the closest most of us will ever get to seeing it for ourselves.
High-Res Machu Picchu photo