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Can someone explain to me why a jar of strawberry jam had to be imported from Egypt and a box...

of oranges from Morrocco?

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 30, 2021, 01:02 AM (26 replies)

BASTIDS! Stupid, ignorant, useless bastards. Did the last guy fire EVERYONE who knew...

what they were doing?

Waiting patiently for my stimmie payment, I get a letter from the IRS today. Mailed 3/19. GREAT! Now I at least get some news, if not money.

So, I opens it up and it informs me that my $600 payment was direct deposited. Not a word about the latest one except that I should get it eventually.

If I paid taxes, I'd be glad to see my tax dollars were being put to even better use than the F-35.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Mar 29, 2021, 05:16 PM (10 replies)

Remember Sabine Schmitz, Queen of Nrburgring? One of her fun moments...

And for more fun...

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Mar 20, 2021, 07:47 PM (1 replies)

Anybody else not get stimulus direct deposit? I get SS deposits right on time and got...

the last two stimulus deposits.

But not a hint of this one.

Going to ask the bank later. They might know something. Or they might not.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Mar 19, 2021, 06:36 AM (23 replies)

Should Cuomo step down, meet Kathy Hochul...


Should Cuomo ultimately step or be forced down before his third term ends next year, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would take over and become the first female governor in the history of the state. Below is an overview of Hochul, 62, her long career in politics, the job she’s done as lieutenant governor, and how she has responded to the allegations against Cuomo.


Before running for lieutenant governor, Hochul had a reputation as a moderate Democrat — which was arguably a political necessity where she had run for office upstate. In local and county races, she regularly ran on the Conservative Party line. In 2007, when she was Erie County clerk, she gained some notoriety downstate for opposing then-Governor Eliot Spitzer’s effort to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants — vowing to arrest any immigrant who tried to apply for one at county offices. In 2011, she ran for Congress as an “independent Democrat,” and earned an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

As with other upstate Democrats, like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Hochul’s politics have shifted in statewide office. She reversed her position on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, for instance, and has been in ideological lockstep with the Cuomo administration. Hochul has described her evolution, and past positions, as a matter of trying to best represent her constituents and their views.


The Buffalo News’ editorial board, in its endorsement of Hochul for lieutenant governor in 2018, emphasized her solid record of public service for western New York, her economic-development efforts, and her advocacy for women, noting that she “sees the governor-lieutenant governor relationship as akin to that of Barack Obama and Joe Biden — someone in sync with the chief’s priorities … She is the face of the initiatives, making appearances, leading task forces, and rallying support in the community and with legislators.”

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Mar 13, 2021, 08:23 AM (6 replies)

$69 million for a jpeg? (There's just too much money out there in the wrong places)



After a flurry of more than 180 bids in the final hour, a JPG file made by Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist known as Beeple, was sold on Thursday by Christie’s in an online auction for $69.3 million with fees. The price was a new high for an artwork that exists only digitally, beating auction records for physical paintings by museum-valorized greats like J.M.W. Turner, Georges Seurat and Francisco Goya. Bidding at the two-week Beeple sale, consisting of just one lot, began at $100.

With seconds remaining, the work was set to sell for less than $30 million, but a last-moment cascade of bids prompted a two-minute extension of the auction and pushed the final price over $60 million. Rebecca Riegelhaupt, a Christie’s spokeswoman, said 33 active bidders had contested the work, adding that the result was the third-highest auction price achieved for a living artist, after Jeff Koons and David Hockney.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Mar 11, 2021, 12:23 PM (11 replies)

Father outraged, heartbroken after 10-year-old son beaten to death by ex's new boyfriend...


In a nutshell, guy and girl break up and she and kid move in with new guy. New guy beats the kid to death. Worse, neighbors hear the screams and call cops, but cops can't find apt.

(Also on that page are two other equally horrifying stories-- it's been a bad weekend in the city)

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:52 PM (7 replies)

Still True? The Klan can adopt-a-highway?


Businesses, schools and churches are among the main organizations to participate in the Adopt-a-Highway (also known in some places as Sponsor-a-Highway) program. However, over the years, some Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups, along with other controversial organizations, have tried to become involved–and thereby receive signs along highways acknowledging their effort. After the state of Missouri rejected a Ku Klux Klan group’s application to join the program, the white supremacist organization charged that its free-speech rights were being violated. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Missouri couldn’t prevent the KKK from participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:33 PM (3 replies)

3-D printing organs for transplant in our lifetimes?


Biogel stereolitography is already suited to print cellular models with blood-vessel networks, although the technology is currently limited to centimeter-sized models. Scientists should be able to scale up the method, though, which will be essential for printing human-sized organs. Who knows, in the future, every hospital could be equipped with a biogel stereolithography printer to manufacture replacement organs on the fly, eliminating the need for human-to-human organ transplants.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:11 PM (4 replies)

Why don't we make things here? Why buy stuff from China?

Howcum we export pork and soy beans and import televisions? Isn't that what third-world counties do? Well, of course we do make things here. But, sometimes that invisible hand gets stuck. Take N95 masks...

This article basically says that we have a number of companies making N95 masks, but they can't sell them. They are perfectly good masks, but got stuck in the incredible web of purchasing mysteries.

Northwell Health, one of the biggest, maybe the biggest, hospital chains uses millions of these a year, but runs short. Problem is that if DemeTech goes to a local hospital, they are sent to "Purchasing" which already has contracts lined up and is loathe to pay an extra buck a mask. Distributers the same way. Amazon and Google have banned mask selling because fraudulent sellers can outnumber legitimate ones. Meanwhile, DemeTech has warehouses full of them. That containers full of masks and other stuff are tied up in salt-water "traffic jams" trying to get into port is only the tip of the iceberg.

We don't have any sort of a national policy to deal with this, and localities too often have hands out.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Mar 7, 2021, 09:13 AM (12 replies)
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