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Views that now apparently require mass marches to bring them to the attention of the general public:

* Women are people who deserve rights
* Science is important; don’t ban it
* POTUS should pay taxes
* Water is wet.

Wait, that last one maybe doesn’t belong on that list. Or does it? Seems to be a lot of people who miss some pretty obvious shit nowadays…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Any alien invasion of Earth would fail quietly as the aliens arrived, realized that the inhabitants of Earth had already pretty much destroyed it already without their help and were so violent and stupid as to not be worth keeping as slaves, and quietly slunk away.

Call it stupidity as a survival strategy. Or not survival strategy, actually, since at current rates of carbon accumulation in the atmosphere, we’re all going to suffocate within a couple hundred years anyhow. Which is okay with our current regime. They’ll all be dead by then anyhow, amirite?

We’re like the cockroaches that infest the Sony PS4, frying ourselves because we’re too stupid to do anything else. We elect shit leaders who don’t know as much science as a 10 year old girl to oversee the process of baking ourselves like we were living in a fucking shake’n’bake oven, then yell “USA! USA!” waving fucking flags as if they were anything other than pieces of cloth useful for wiping your ass with if you take a shit, maybe.

And then we rail against monsters, when the only monsters are us.

Yeah, stupid is our only renewable resource.

– Badtux the Feelin’ Pissy Penguin

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Three common criminals were executed for high crimes against the State today. Now, there’s some objections that the punishment these criminals received was far out of proportion to the crimes they committed. But look, these were some bad hombres. Let’s look at one of them:

Born (possibly out of wedlock?) in a stable, this jobless thirty-something of Middle Eastern origin had had previous run-ins with local authorities for disturbing the peace, and had become increasingly associated with the members of a fringe religious group. He spent the majority of his time in the company of sex workers and criminals.

He had had prior run-ins with local authorities — most notably, an incident of vandalism downtown when he wrecked the places of business of numerous bankers. He had used violent language, too, claiming that he could destroy a gathering place and rebuild it.

At the time of his arrest, he had not held a fixed residence for years. Instead, he led an itinerant lifestyle, staying at the homes of friends and advocating the redistribution of wealth.

He had come to the attention of the authorities more than once for his unauthorized distribution of food, disruptive public behavior, and participation in farcical aquatic ceremonies.

Some say that this Communist muck-raker’s brutal punishment at the hands of the state for what was basically a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace was out of proportion to and unrelated to any of these incidents in his record. But that’s ridiculous. After all, he was no angel.

(From the Jerusalem Times, approximately 2025 years ago).

— Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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My final thought on United endorsing knocking out the teeth and bloodying the face of 69 year old men who dared raise his voice: What’s interesting is that there’s anybody, anywhere, who think it is appropriate to knock out the teeth and bloody the face of a 69 year old man under any circumstance short of the man brandishing a gun or knife.

The fact that the airline and police actually have defenders just reminds me of how brutal we have become as a nation, where brutalizing both our own citizens and people overseas is seen as normal and acceptable behavior. We have the majority in Congress saying that the solution to hungry people is to take away their food stamps, for example, because we must brutalize those poor people into being less poor — the beatings shall not stop until morale improves! In this case, the man had been sold a fraudulent ticket, one that purported to offer him airline travel but in fact apparently only offered him the chance to sit in a terminal since United wasn’t going to give him the airline travel he’d paid for, and the man was complaining about that. Going from there to knocking his teeth out and bloodying his face is like going 150mph on a public highway crowded with rush hour traffic — no sane person could ever think that was a good idea.

But then, I’m not sure that we as a nation are sane anymore.

– Badtux the “Am I sane?” Penguin

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Help, help, I’m being oppressed by the unfair burden of being a white male!

I mean, why can’t I have the benefits of being a woman, like being stalked by rapists in dark parking garages? Or the benefits of being a black man, like being shot dead by police on the street for the crime of reaching for my wallet? How unfair!

Yeah, MRA’s are idiots. But: They’re now in charge. To whit: Jeff Sessions saying that the Department of Justice is no longer going to oversee brutal police departments that regularly violate the civil rights of their citizens.

Because we don’t need that anymore. Despite the constant drip drip drip of YouTube videos showing brutal cops slamming people around, the most recent case being that poor old doctor dude that the Chicago Airport Police dragged off a United Airlines plane on his bleeding face. So we can’t live on in ignorance that this sort of thing is still going on… the videos just keep coming, over and over again. But: It appears that a huge number of Americans simply don’t care.

To quote Taibbi:

“Seventy years ago, affluent white people could huddle in the suburbs, watch Leave It to Beaver, and pretend that cops weren’t beating the crap out of people in East St. Louis or Watts or wherever the nearest black neighborhood was. But these days, the whole country regularly gawks at brutal cases of police violence on the Internet. Nobody can pretend it’s not going on, but millions of people clearly don’t want to do anything about it – just the opposite, in fact. They want more. Is this a twisted country, or what?”

I’ll go for $1,000 on “twisted”, Alex. And the end result is not going to be pleasant.

– Badtux the Watching Rome Burn Penguin

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NRA employee shoots himself at NRA headquarters. He was apparently holstering his pistol as part of firearms training, and it “went off”.

For realz? It just “went off”, for no reason at all?

Oh for Zombie Fucking Christ’s sake, people, guns don’t just “go off”. Somebody — or something — has to pull the fucking trigger, they don’t shoot by themselves. What’s that saying again? Guns don’t kill, people kill? Well, guns don’t shoot. People shoot. This dumb-ass motherfucker shot his fucking self, is what it boils down to, and did it with careless-ass gun handling. Didn’t put the safety on (assuming it’s an automatic with a safety, which, if it’s a fucking plastic Glock, it doesn’t have, which is why I wouldn’t own one of those goddamn plastic pieces of shit), left the hammer cocked (if it was a revolver), and managed to snag the trigger with his finger or part of the holster. Whatever. He’s the one who fucking pulled that trigger and shot his foot off whether accidentally or on purpose, in the end. The gun didn’t do it by itself. Guns aren’t fucking magic, peeps!

And follow this up with dumbass college student managing to shoot one of his dorm-mates. This is a piece of dumbassery that required a) violating the stated gun policy of the University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic college, and b) being stupid enough to actually remove the gun from its hidey-hole and pulling the trigger while inside a dormitory room. And one of his dorm-mates paid the price. Talk about your dumb motherfuckers…

But of course, what kind of week would it be without a school shooting to spice it up? San Bernardino, three dead including one child, one child severely injured. Why is it that these suicidal dumbasses with guns never just shoot themselves, instead they gotta go in and kill their ex and a random kid who just happened to be the wrong place at the wrong time before they eat their pistol? Zombie Jesus does not approve, peeps! If you’re going to blow your brains out, be a man and do it at home where Zombie Jesus can scoop out your brains for himself, don’t take other people with you. Sheesh!

Just another day in the failed state that is the United States of America. Have a nice day. (SNERK).

-Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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The solar energy business is now big business — there were 260,000 workers in the solar industry in the US last year, an increase of 51,000 workers from last year. Meanwhile, the entire coal mining industry employs less people than Arby’s — only 76,500 total. Productivity per worker in the mining industry has improved to the point where increases in demand no longer result in new hiring, they result in more productivity for the existing workers as they work more hours. So even if the Trump Administration managed to incentivize building new coal-powered power plants, it wouldn’t result in an orgy of hiring — instead, productivity in tons per worker would improve back to its recent peaks again.

In short, laid-off coal workers need to be retraining to be solar installers. Except — nobody in Appalachia is putting solar panels on their homes. They’re all too poor for that. So the workers would need to move away from Appalachia to get jobs in the solar industry. But they refuse to do that — less than 0.5% of workers who go through a retraining program are willing to relocate.

At some point, we need to make people responsible for the consequences of their own choices, rather than continually pander to them with stupid lies like those coal mining jobs coming back. They’re gone. They got replaced by robots, mostly, or by techniques such as mountain-topping that don’t require miners underground. At some point as robots flood into more and more industries, we’re going to have to come up with some other way of regulating scarcity other than by how much value people’s labor is worth in the economy. But until then, people have to at least be willing to accept what jobs are available, even if they require relocating like the solar jobs, or require that these manly men do “women’s work”. And if they refuse to do so… I don’t see why we should be getting all whiny and liberal-splainy about their bad choices. Let them eat the consequences of their own choices — even if it means they’re basically committing suicide via “deaths of despair”.

– Badtux the Vicious Penguin

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