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A security firm founded by Vladimir Putin’s former commanding officer in the KGB is now in charge of security for the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Russia. Part of their job is to make sure that Russian spies don’t sneak in and plant bugs. Russian. Spies. Charged with preventing Russian spies from planting bugs.

Wow. Just wow.

Trying to put The Onion out of business, folks. I mean, I had to do a double-take to make sure that I was reading the BBC and not The Onion when I read this article!

— Badtux the Flabbergasted Penguin

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Laid-off coal miners are refusing to retrain for other work because they actually believe Donald Trump’s lies about coal coming back.

It’s not. Not within the next 20 years anyhow. Coal power plants have been shut down all over the country because of the fracking industry flooding the market with cheap natural gas. Natural gas powered plants are cheaper to operate than coal powered plants and now that their fuel is cheap too, utilities are falling all over themselves to shut down ugly dirty coal powered plants, and those plants are not coming back. Hell, some of those plants were so decrepit that they had boilers with swastikas on them. Not because their owners were neo-Nazis. Rather, because their boilers were looted from the rubble of post-war Nazi Germany. Yep, we’re talking about 80 year old boilers, still hard at work generating steam to power the steam turbines at these antique power plants. Needless to say, the efficiency of these antiques is not up to modern standards…

But never underestimate the ability of human beings to be delusional. Training for some other form of work involves risk and maybe putting yourself into an intellectually uncomfortable position. If you’re training to be a health aide, for example, you’re going to have to change adult diapers and clean adult bums. That’s just part of the job. If your coal mining job is coming back, why do something so icky, right?

Of course it’s not coming back, but hey, this is the United States of Delusion, so that little factoid just doesn’t mean anything, apparently…

– Badtux the Delusions Penguin

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The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled that you have a right to drive on a public highway without a driver’s license or valid vehicle registration.

Never.

Not ever.

This is not controversial, unless you are a sovereign citizen dimwit, in which case you spew, “Thompson vs Smith! Campbell versus Walker!”

Really?

Thompson vs. Smith was a Virginia state court case in 1930. The question there was whether a police officer or judge could revoke someone’s driver’s license without cause. The Virginia Supreme Court said no — due process rights were vested in a driver’s license, and it could only be revoked for cause via due process. Thompson vs. Smith did *not* state that there was a right to drive upon a public highway without a driver’s license. Rather, it ruled that your driver’s license could not be revoked arbitrarily without cause because that violated due process rights under the Virginia constitution.

Campbell vs. Walker was a Delaware state court case in 1910 and was about whether Walker was negligent when his automobile struck Campbell’s wagon. Both vehicles had a right to be on the road in question because Delaware at the time had no licensing or registration laws, that was mentioned solely in passing while attempting to determine the question of negligence. Walker was sued to pay for Campbell’s medical bills and the wagon. The question before the court was the standards for proving negligence, not whether either party was in compliance with drivers’ licensing laws — there were none in Delaware at the time. At no time did the court rule upon the constitutionality of Delaware’s (at the time non-existent) driver’s licensing law, it was strictly a vehicle liability case and attempting to determine the evidence needed in order to prove liability in such cases.

I stand by my statement: The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled that you have a right to drive on a public highway without a driver’s license or valid vehicle registration.

Never.

Not ever.

– Badtux the “Man, these people are stupid” Penguin

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So says Mike Ditka.

15 year old Elizabeth Eckford wasn’t being oppressed as she attempted to be the first black student in Little Rock High, she was merely being alt-welcomed.

Patrick Harmon wasn’t being oppressed by being shot in the back for being black in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was alt-rewarded.

Rosa Parks wasn’t being oppressed by being arrested for sitting at the front of the bus, she was being alt-praised.

The black day care worker in Pennsylvania wasn’t being oppressed by her employer getting a bigotted letter telling them to fire her for spreading black cooties to their children, she was being alt-praised.

Four little girls killed by a KKK bomb in Birmingham, Alabama weren’t being oppressed. They were being….

Oh fuck it. Mike Ditka is a fucking dumbass who played too much without a helmet.

That is all.

– Badtux the Oppression Penguin

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58% of Trump voters say higher education is bad for the country.

Fifty. Eight. Percent.

And this surprises me not at all. The worship of ignorance is rampant in the United States. Experts who’ve spent their lives studying and researching a subject have their expertise dismissed with a few pithy talking points by a bleach blonde Fox news bimbo, and millions believe her. Millions willingly embrace bizarre conspiracy theories like NASA is running a child slave colony on Mars or shape-shifting reptilian people control our world. Even the notion that the world is flat has taken on new life in the modern United States.

It’s no wonder, then, that so many of these pro-ignorance people willingly embrace fake news. They are so ignorant that they lack the fundamental knowledge to tell the difference between fake news and real news. And furthermore, they’re proud of their ignorance. None of that sissy intellectual stuff for them, nosirree! And science might contradict the Bible, so it’s clearly out too!

It’s not some foreign enemy that’s going to destroy the United States. It is the cult of ignorance that dominates the nation, where everybody thinks they’re an expert after a couple of Google queries turn up a few web sites. There’s no way that a population so ignorant, so hateful of education, can maintain or sustain an advanced economy. No way. In the end, the United States is going to collapse from within, hollowed out like a rotten apple by the ignorance of the people charged with keeping it intact.

– Badtux the Educated 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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Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority is rolling out a new slogan on its buses: “Solutions that move you.”

I think Ex-Lax does that too.

Note: This is the transit authority that around 30 years ago proposed renaming its transit system to Santa Clara Area Transit. SCAT.

Sounds like they have a scatological fixation to me…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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