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Spent Halloween at Dave & Joy Lang's haunted house. They've been doing it so long that it has become quite the neighborhood event.

There I am in the beginnings of an NCR Ranger costume. (Think Fallout 3 New Vegas).

Most adults did get the post apocalyptic motif anyhow.
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This year the haunted house part went all the way around the back of the house.  Little kids weren't allowed to go by themselves.

It was quite the event.
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So very true.  I should get something like this for anything I drive.
 
Finally learning what this means:)
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This is is hideously, hilariously, horribly true.
 
This is diabolical.
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This is worth sharing.... And re-sharing.

A favorite Heinlein quote comes to mind:

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime: the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.

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Natural Consequences, that's all
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They sell these by the case at Sams.

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I'll have to give this a try and see how close it is to the Rockstar one I had yesterday... 
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Prepare to be boarded!

Aarrrrr!  Tis ye olde tradition known as Talk like a pirate day.

Drive yer friends and family crazy with badly done pirate accents and sayings.

And if ye be Pastafarian, may this holy day be a good one for ya; filled with Pirates and Hookers.

Ramen.
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Easter egg!
Go to Youtube.
Start playing a video.
Pause that video.
Type "1980".
You're welcome. 
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I agree with and endorse this.

I don't think they are aiming high enough though.  There isn't much talk, yet, about moving industry off-planet, orbital habitats, mining the asteroids, and colonizing the moon.

True, we you're never going to see a major reduction of population on-planet no matter how many people manage to migrate off-planet. 

But by getting people out there, we can start bringing in new resources.  And we get some of the eggs out of our basket; just in case.

But I have already wandered off topic.  Technology is the Only Hope.  Everything else leads to catastrophic (re)adjustment at some point in the future.  With more than 7,000,000,000 people on the planet today (Wasn't it just 6 billion a mere 20 years or so ago?), how can it be otherwise?

Organic farming isn't going to save us.  High-yield, high nutrition, fast growing crops that have been modified to thrive in less than optimal growing conditions; that may save us from starvation.

Power Generation - with the possible exception of people who make their living from coal, how can anybody argue that burning coal (or even natural gas) is how we should go about generating electricity?  Even if you're still ignorant enough to be anti-nuclear power, there are other alternatives that are just waiting to be used/developed (you know, technology?).  Solar, Geo, Hydro all made possible by technology.

We are not very far from a time where all that we will need to live and thrive are power and mass.  From that point on, all that will really old us back is our own greed and short-sighted selfishness. (Far-sighted selfishness, on the other hand, can actually be a good thing.)

I guess that will be enough ranting for one night.  The article got me fired up I guess.  I have known for years that technology, and the infrastructure if makes possible, are the sole reason we have the highest standard of living world wide, than any previous time in history. 

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I cannot recommend too highly an excellent article that appeared in the guardian about the concept of ecological modernism, which sees technology as key to solving big environmental problems.  

"The prophets of ecological modernism believe technology is the solution and not the problem. They say that harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship can save the planet and that if environmentalists won't buy into that, then their Arcadian sentiments are the problem…. The modernists (e.g. Stewart Brand) wear their environmentalism with pride, but are pro-nuclear, pro-genetically modified crops, pro-megadams, pro-urbanisation and pro-geoengineering of the planet to stave off climate change. They say they embrace these technologies not to conquer nature, like old-style 20th century modernists, but to give nature room. If we can do our business in a smaller part of the planet — through smarter, greener and more efficient technologies — then nature can have the rest."

The article is thorough, thoughtful, and well worth your time.
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Not that I necessarily endorse this as the most appropriate birth control and it is by no means a prophylactic, but I am happy to see this happening.  If it helps decrease unwanted teen pregnancies, I don't see a downside.

No doubt there will be some seriously tweaked anti-choice folks.  Heck the kind of people who supported Alaska's Parental Notification Law are going to be generally unhappy about it, I would imagine.
 
FDA approves Plan B One-Step for girls 15 and older without prescription

NBC News: U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Plan B One-Step emergency contraception for sale to girls and women ages 15 and older without a prescription and on store shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters, Food and Drug Administration officials announced.

The move, which grants an amended application by drugmaker Teva Women's Health Inc., is a separate action from a federal judge's ruling earlier this month that ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the so-called "morning after pill" available to all girls and women of reproductive age, including those younger than 17.

More from NBC News here.
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I don't always agree with +Eric Lortie  and I don't care for Fred Rogers at all; or at least not the show he was associated with.

But at this time, I don't have any better words to share on the subject of today's horrifying events.  I am angry and, in typical 'merican' fashion, I would love to lash out right now... Get my guns and be ready to tear the culprits limb from limb... Assuming, of course, that we figure out who the culprits are.  I mean, this could be an al qaeda terrorist attack or this would be a McVeigh-style homebrewed terrorist.  Either way I want to fuck something up.

But that IS the wrong way to look at it and to behave about it.

Yes, those responsible should be found and brought to justice.  what that justice is, or should be, is a discussion for another time and place.

The world is a better place than it was.  If today's events make things worse than the day before, they are still better than for t most of the past and we can do our part in working to make things better still in the future.

If we obsess over the atrocities committed today, we will give the perpetrators what they want.  They want our attention, they want to be taken seriously.

We can deny them this.  Try to give as little time to them as you can manage.

Focus instead on the heros that are sure to emerge from this day.  Glorify them and encourage such behavior.  Fred was right, there were  helpers today as there Always are.  Pay attention to their stories and remember their names and those who were victimized today.  Try to tune out the media's attempt to get you to obsess over the criminals. 

And take that moment to cherish your loved ones.  You probably do it less than you should and, as we've had proven once again today:  You never know when some random event may take them from you.
 
I've seen a lot of people today say stuff like "I've lost all faith in humanity" and a bunch of other cynical, asinine garbage.

Those people are looking at it wrong and I feel sorry for them.

Today had some terrible stuff happen. Not just in Boston. Hell, that wasn't even the bombing with the highest number of injuries and deaths, and that's madness. There are all sorts of legitimately terrible things happening all over the world all the time.

And you know what?

Things are better than they used to be. We used to send armies of people to stab each other with swords. We used to line up with muskets and shoot point blank at one another. We spent years fighting in trenches in the mud and the guts and the blood of our friends.

And now we have terrorists and drones strikes and school shootings and a bunch of other heinous shit, but we have less of those other things. That makes me hopeful  I firmly believe one day we'll have less of these things as well. It probably won't ever stop, but it'll get better. 

Just remember: for every jackass terrorist douchebag willing to blow up a bomb in public, there are a dozen heroes willing to immediately rush into the thick of things to try and help. For every petty dictator looking to kill people to make money and take power, there are thousands of humanitarian aid workers  This fills me with all sorts of faith in humanity. 

It just seems worse because people make money when you think shit is terrible. I'm not saying bury your head in the sand, but I am suggest you step back from this stuff. No one needs 24/7 coverage of something like this. As soon as you find out what happened: go and hug your loved ones and be with them. Not out of fear for what happened, because bad things will always happen, but out of celebration of what we have and who we are.
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