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Okay, I was rooting about the intarweb and this ad was on the page.
https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/875211487940632710

Let's look at it dispassionately. As an advert, the copy sucks green gookies from a syphillitic pervert's nose. The artwork is, however, competently executed; in that it doesn't require a psychoanalyst to figure out the subject matter. (Take that, Jackson Pollock. Housepainters have more talent than you did.)

Now, as the subject of the artwork. You're going to get into a fight with a one-shot gun. Which has a hair-trigger, so you're wearing a glove for better weapon control. Right. Your're half-naked, so you'll fight better and be better protected against edged weapons. Right. Your hair is un-restrained so it will stay out of your eyes. Right. And you're attacking a ship underweigh which is flying it's colours as if it were anchored. Right.

Anne Bonny would be so proud of you.
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SOMETIMES A SPADE IS A SHOVEL ...
From The Scotsman 24 March 2013 by Gerald Warner

...Western politicians who struggle to under­stand Vladimir Putin should bin intelligence reports and buy some good biographies of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas I. Putin is a classical Russian nationalist; his rule is autocratic (to the gratification of the majority of his subjects) and he has re-forged the historical alliance between the government and the Orthodox Church by imposing socially conservative laws and repressing the homosexual-rights intifada. Like Catherine the Great and Tsar Paul he has Mediterranean ambitions. Unlike them, he faces negligible opposition from a bankrupt European Union and a geopolitical illiterate in the Oval Office who makes Jimmy Carter resemble Bismarck. We should not be surprised if, by the time the EU collapses, the Mediterranean has become a Russian lake.

Balance of article: http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/opinion/comment/gerald-warner-cyprus-caught-in-proxy-war-between-old-enemies-1-2854584

Mr. Warner is calling the balls - or lack of them - hard; although Our Maximum Leader is hardly what one could describe as a statesman.

Hat Tip: Jessica Schlenker
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Indeed. It would appear that Mr. Warner is not a fan of either Mr. Carter or Mr. Obama.
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I'd like to know why the dog-and-pony show is being held today. Mr. Obama was sworn in yesterday; if he wanted a show, that was the time to have it.

This, truly, is a spectacle for the masses. Will he be wearing ermine and purple, or have the ultimate gall to wear the corona radiata of Rome's emperors?
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If you're a geek be prepared to become upset.
I was looking at Xubuntu just now. Some of you may recall that I had an Ubuntu failure some time ago brought about by an upgrade. The failure included the lovely feature of not being able to sign onto my own computer's OS. So I ignored it, recalled that +Phil Stracchino told me that the upgrade was probably borked (Phil is a gentleman, he has never uttered the words 'I told you so') and I should avoid it.

Another geek friend, +Kent Ritchie recommended Xubuntu as a replacement OS for the borked and never-again-to-be-trusted Ubuntu.

So I looked at it today.

I am vastly underwhelmed by it's presentation, presumably by Canonical.

Let me re-state that: Canonical's presentation has the informational content of a raindrop. I'd say 'blob of snot' but that has DNA in it.

All sorts of copy about how wonderful it is. Not a damn word about HOW IT FUCKING WORKS.

The FAQ had, amongst other things, the following:
3. I don’t see my sound indicator anymore, how do I get it back?
Right-click on a blank area of the panel and select Panel » Add New Items… Find the Indicator Plugin in the list, select it and click the “Add” button.

Umm. No. Just. Fucking. NO. You people are pushing an OS that the user has to screw with to get it functional. Sound control is NOT AN EXTRA. If y'all can't write code on the upgrade that IMPROVES IT INSTEAD OF DEGRADING IT then just don't fucking bother.

I'll take my spare hard drive and install W982E on it, then I can play some of the games that don't work on the newer Windoze OSs. Much better use of the new hard drive.

And Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Linux, Canonical et al.: I'll look again in a few years and see if you've managed to produce something that can be used by a non-geek nerd. Because what you have now has NERDS NOT WELCOME, BUGGER OFF stamped all over it.
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I have never liked Ubuntu.  It is too much "one size fits all, don't touch, no user-serviceable parts inside".
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Quoting Google when I signed on this morning:  "For example, if someone learns your password and tries to sign in to your account, we'll send you a text message."

Umm. No. Hell, no. You do not need my phone number "attached" to my account.
1) You – individually, separately, corporately and personally – HAVE NO NEED-TO-KNOW.

2) Your security isn't that damn good.

3) If someone hacks my account using my password it's not likely you lot will know at the time. Analysis of posts made might show it. Debatable.

4) I'm a nerd not a geek. Whilst hackable with luck, it takes personal knowledge of me and my past to break my password(s) absent a lot of luck. Oh. Yeah. A good number of them are available on public/government documents. None of them are my Social Security number. Lots of luck there, dudes, there are a hell of a lot of public and/or government documents. Some are on both. Some are a mix. Better call the Fibbies, they may figure it out.

Paraphrasing Monty Python: Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.

One more thing, Geniuses: read the little image next to this. The one in Latin. Now translate it and figure out if it applies to you. Hint: It does.
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Good points, Nathan. I know I can be hacked, but someone randomly poking around ... maybe. That's about all I'm interested in anyhow. If No Such Agency and or a hacker on-or-above their level wants me, I'm screwed.€

Mostly I (1) don't trust Google's security and (2) have no reason not to expect them to flog it to anyone with a ha-penny a thousand. Look at what most state motor vehicle departments do with the addresses of permit holders.

You, the rest of my friends, probably wouldn't find it much of a challenge, you know me. Joe the Ragman? Better odds on the back field at Hialeah in the third race. The only three you probably can't figure out, you'd have to be married to me, be a classmate* or one of three dead people. Might hit them at random, though.

Important stuff is sort of randomized with capitals, lower case and other stuff at about eleven characters.

€I did get one hacked on FB a couple of years ago.
*And out of 600, maybe 15 of them could figure it out.
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IT'S 1971 AGAIN
Listening to NPR on my way home from errands, I happened upon a discussion of the Manning court-martial, taking place at Fort Meade.

The Army has charged Manning with an entire ship-load of stuff, in addition to the basic charge, unauthorized transmission of classified material. The "trial" (NPR fails to differentiate betwixt a civilian trial and a military court-martial) is scheduled to last three months.

But for the plethora of additional charges, it could be done — on the Army's side — in a week. By a second lieutenant just out of Officer's Basic. But no, the Army (or possibly the Administration) wants to go into motives and psychology, thusly muddying and prolonging things.

It's 1971 all over again, with the government screwing up a simple case, as was done in /U.S.. vs. /Ellsburg./ I'm expecting similar results. Once again, we are shown that the higher-ups in government cannot successfully lead a platoon of Marines from Parris Island three miles to a cat-house in Port Royal.
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REGARDING OUR EMBASSIES' SO-CALLED SECURITY

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "testified" on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi debacle recently.

What none of that lot -- the CYA bunch on Capitol Hill, the striped-pants crowd from Foggy Bottom -- will admit or discuss is that embassy security hasn't been worth a tinker's dam at any time since at least the end of World War II, if not before.

With the example in the twentieth century of the Soviets, who bring everything and everyone from Russia (and likely still do), we built an embassy in Moscow using local labour and local material that was - and probably still is - so riddled with bugging devices as to be less secure than a hotel telephone. We hire locals for security -- in nations where we can not investigate those employees/contractors' backgrounds.

Secretary Clinton has stated she did not know about security requests, that those were handled by the State Department's security professionals - who apparently don't bother to ask the Marine Corps it's opinion on the matter, despite the fact that the Corps is saddled with the job of being the first - and last - line of defence for our embassies.

Were it not for the fact that good people have died, it would be laughable. As it is, it is criminal and the criminals are located on Capitol Hill and Foggy Bottom.
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Those of you who use Google's G-mail are familiar with the messages that are on the top of your message queue. This one, which just appeared on mine, is vastly amusing. It leaves one to wonder about Google employees' sense of humour and whether they're THAT far out of it they miss the implications. So, forthwith, for your amusement:

"You can make a lovely hat out of previously-used aluminum foil." -- Supposedly a recycling tip from Google.

Yes. Not making this up. I swear.

Have fun, folks. I just started my day with a heck of a giggle.
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Oh, I'm quite certain Google didn't miss any implications.  :)
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I DON'T KNOW where the idea of a trillion-dollar coin came from (one presumes some individual with the IQ of a rotted cabbage) but let us examine the numbers.

If platinum is used, which is currently trading at about $1660US per ounce Troy, a trillion-dollars of it would be 602409638.55421686746987951807229 ounces Troy.

Let's look at that figure: 50200803.212851405622489959839357 pounds Avoirdupois of platinum. Let's express that so the numbers themselves aren't much more than mind-boggling: slighly less than 50.20081 MILLION pounds of platinum. In metric expression, 22818546.914932457101131799926981 kilogrammes of platinum.

Melting and casting that much metal, even into an ingot, would be a task that could not be described with the word "gargantuan." I doubt the faciities for doing that exist.

The existence of a coin worth one trillion dollars is not going to change the indebtedness of the United States. If it were made, it couldn't be shipped anywhere. If there indeed is that much platinum in the world. Or gold, for that matter.

Congress needs to face reality and plan to pay off that debt.

The media needs to do something about the educational level of it's members; that such a stupid idea was even considered worthy of reporting indicates a lack of knowledge of basic arithmetic on their part, indeed, on the parts of anyone not laughing (or vomiting) at the idea.

The public needs to do something about the education their children are not receiving; a goodly part of that will consist of getting off of it's collective arse (where it sits in front of a television most of the time) and help/supervise/review their children's homework. Read their textbooks. Demand better texts if they're found wanting. Sack school boards, boards of city/county supervisors, state representatives and governors. Demand -- and ensure -- the excellence we are assured we are receiving by those whom we have placed in power.
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