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Was up at the VA for a Cscan and saw a bunch of vax signs, so I asked...

about a booster.

"We haven't heard yet. We'll let you know when we do."
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 04:03 PM (1 replies)

Shark alert on Long Island...


And this morning they shut Smith Point Beach because of sharks. Nobody bitten yet, but Jaws rentals are big.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 03:52 PM (3 replies)

Another reason I prefer NPR to cable nooz...

Today on Fresh Air, Billie Jean King was interviewed. She's an incredibly together person, and was friends with Riggs until he died. She fought like a demon for equity, but accepted the Battle of the Sexes for the show it was.

And she made it through the Marilyn debacle without major damage. That alone would try the best of us.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 17, 2021, 09:50 PM (3 replies)

I have decided I have no opinion on all this. That's because I really have...

no idea what happened.

Sure, I know we pulled out, the Taliban own the place without hardly firing a shot, thousands are stuck there, and the whole thing stinks.

But the back room deals, small decisions, compromises, and other myriad things that go into an operation like this won't be known for years.

We're dealing with war, and some very bad people. Not as bad as the Mongol hordes, or some others who tortured and killed for sport, but bad enough. And things have to be done, maybe some of them not so nice. Italy allied itself with Germany so Mussolini could get some African colonies back. Half of France said OK to the German occupiers, not wanting to relive the horror of the previous war. We let thousands die on the beaches on D-Day basically because it was easier to storm the beaches than other options.

And we dropped an atomic bomb, killing thousands more Japanese than we already killed firebombing Tokyo.

Bad shit happens. And sometimes you simply have to charge in and let the bodies fall. It shouldn't be, but as long as we have war, that's the way it is. I don't like it, but I'm not a God who could stop it.

Even today, we're arguing Saigon, and studying the options for the final surge into Germany. Did Ike really go for the long front because Monty wanted more action and didn't want to be Patton's anvil?

So, Biden gave the order. Maybe he could have done it better, and no doubt there were weeks of arguing over it before it happened. At some point he just said "Enough! This is what we're doing." And we did it.

And it sucks, but life sucks. And it could have been worse. That's no comfort-- no more than knowing many books will be written about all the plans and arguments.

So, it happened. It's over. And it sucks.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 17, 2021, 01:17 AM (20 replies)

Listening to BBC radio last night-- they estimate 2 months until Taliban...

completely take over Afghanistan.

Why are there so often no good answers?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Aug 12, 2021, 04:51 PM (12 replies)

I have absolutely no problem with Governor Hochul, but I do...

have some serious problems with her presumed opponent when Election Day rolls around.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY 1) has been given the torch as the presumptive challenger. Zeldin first won his seat thanks to dirty tricks when he ran against the popular Tim Bishop.

He is a notorious Trumpsucker and has arranged, or been involved in, a number of Trump motorcades, parades, and marine extravaganzas. He has a habit of making grand promises and statements in his press crowing and emails, but just as quickly forgetting about them. He has been taking credit for things like federal farm supports, clean water bills, and such, but never really makes clear just what he did to get any of it done.

We have an excellent candidate for his House seat, and Cuomo stepping down now gives Hochul plenty of time to secure her reputation.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 04:41 PM (0 replies)

Do NOT steal the police chief's bag of sex toys and Viagra...

unless you have the right friends in high places.


LONG ISLAND, NY Former Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, 79, and his chief investigator, found guilty of obstruction by a jury in 2019 for covering up an incident during which a man was beaten after he stole a duffel bag from a former police chief filled with sex toys and pornography were each sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday, federal officials said.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 04:21 PM (4 replies)

Talking about R&D in the infrastructure discussions reminds me of my high school years...

I have probably told this story before, but bear with me.

Sputnik went up in 1957, and shocked the world. Seems the Soviets got a better deal with German scientists after the war, and we went nuts. Eisenhower immediately pushed for scientific advancement, and everyone agreed.

AT&T, IBM, ITT, Kodak, and others had major research facilities that got some money, but a lot of it went to local schools. And that money was simply a grant, with no strings or regard to other aspects of the school. My high school was a Lutheran school with a strong religious curriculum, and we were asked not to read the Biology text chapter on evolution (but the chapter wasn't cut out of the books).

We were awarded fully functional Chemistry, Physics, and Bio labs. We were also given a Typing lab, with nice new IBM Selectric typewriters.

If they gave all this to every high school in the country, or even just most of them, it must have cost an incredible fortune. Add to that what universities got for their science curricula. And the funding for NASA, NSF, and other programs was not small.

Well, we no longer have the big labs-- Bell Labs is now owned by Nokia, or at least the parts not passed on to the Baby Bells. I saw the writing on the wall when AT&T said Bell Labs would be firing the discoverer of black holes and such research would be stopped because black holes had no profit potential. I'm not sure wassup with the rest of the labs not doing Pentagon work, but their parent companies are struggling. Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Symantic, Oracle, HP, and other new high-flying companies don't seem to be interested at all. They'll spend small fortunes on anything that will make them a buck, but pure research with no immediate payback is a waste.

So, here we are. Back in the '60s we still had that post war can-do attitude, and a national purpose. And the costs now would be up there with world GDP. Costs and our present poisonous politics would kill off any such program.

But, the Chinese are working on such programs. They have the advantage of not pissing away vast sums on a cold war military. Their investments in Africa, SA, and Asia are factories and schools, not tanks or rockets.

Can you imagine anyone with a MAGA hat majoring in astrophysics or any engineering discipline?

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 12:51 PM (0 replies)

It just passed the Senate 69-30.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 11:54 AM (50 replies)

Dogfighting ring broken up on Long Island...

10 people charged and 89 dogs impounded. I used to hear about dogfights in New Jersey-- Hillside had a big ring busted, but this is the first I've heard on Long Island.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Aug 9, 2021, 11:07 PM (3 replies)
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