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Periscope (April 10, 2019)

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  • Orioles’ First Baseman Chris Davis Sets Record for Longest Hitless Streak in Major League History

    Deferred success. Man does that sound like a euphemism some days. How bad is a new Monday for you? How about it being this bad?

    After his lineout to left field in the fifth inning Monday, Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis has gone longer without a hit than any position player in MLB history. He is now hitless in his last 47 at-bats, passing the previous hitless feat that was held by former Dodgers’ infielder Eugenio Vélez, who ended his big-league on an 0-for-46 funk dating from June 20, 2010 to Sept. 28, 2011.

    Baseball, like life, is a game where you can do everything correctly and still be laid to nines. He obviously does a lot of things well, or he would not be permitted to get 46 second chances when a lot more highly-salaried jobs then just his are at stake. He does provide us a stark reminder that even the best at what they do are going to have frustration assail their lives.

  • Buttigieg to Pence: ‘If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator’

    Buttigieg has some decent midget game. He is a rising but still obscure Democratic Presidential Candidate. He wants to provoke someone and raise his profile by making an important enemy who could command a large swath of airtime while reacting to Pete Buttigieg.

    “If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

    This is twice where Buttigieg has deliberately, brashly, and rather offensively swatted at Mr. Pence’s religious convictions. He doesn’t want Mike Pence to understand anything. If he did, he’d be a much nicer and less obnoxious human being. Asking Buttigieg why he is so butthurt would be a poor choice of words. Right now he only features on CNN. That makes him the Nietzchean preacher in the forest from Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

    However, there is a dark side to this story of the midget boxer. CNN gives sparse and derogatory airtime to people pushing narratives concerning Muslim inbreeding and sub-functional IQs. They give none to stories regarding AthiestKult and the appalling level of intolerance and condemnation they level at other people’s faith. CNN’s rather obvious agenda of Christophobic bigotry is on a level of the Turkish government printing and actively distributing copies of The Protocols of The Elders of Zion. However, the average practicing Christian, who could not genuinely care less what the overrated Mayor of South Bend, Indiana does to whom sexually, has a harder life in some respect because of the play CNN is giving to this LGBT Loon-Case Mayor of South Bend.

  • Top Websites Ranking

    Presented with analytical content. This where people go when they get on the Internet. Silicon Valley owns the top four. Perhaps San Fernando Valley owns the next three. Number 13, Reddit, was about the closest you get to anything where you could read about Dissident Right issues. Only one Banking and Finance site, Chase.com, cracked the top 20.

  • Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today

    Again, presented with some admittedly rudimentary analysis. Distribution companies represent approximately $789Bn in market capitalization. Content (the actual artists/performers) represent $295.5Bn. Assuming you buy the assumption that streaming video isn’t a subset of distribution, $169.3Bn is assigned to Streaming Video. The big guns of Silicon Valley (Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook) command over $3Tn in market capitalization.

    As Billy Joel once sang it…

  • New Zealand pol calls Facebook execs ‘morally bankrupt pathological liars’

    Facebook will ultimately be censored.

    This will happen for two reasons.

    1) They make lots of money that can be extorted over time through regulators who are there to promote “public safety.”

    2) They are not decent in how the curate. These people getting gacked in the mosques were useful agitprop for an argument having nothing to do with New Zealand. It was just an argument that Facebook had a normative stake in.

    New Zealand Politician, John Edwards, saw an opportunity to go for number one and an example of what makes him sick in number two. He took to Twitter in a fit of opportunistic angst.

    “They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions,’’ he added, also accusing Facebook of fomenting hate and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar by refusing to crack down on offensive posts. “[They] allow the live streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target ‘Jew haters’ and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm,” Edwards wrote. “They #DontGiveAZuck.”

    Edwards is a hypocrite about the media manipulation given the above Twitter content. Yet is he wrong? Hypocrisy is no virtue, but it doesn’t automatically imply incorrectness or stupidity.

  • How Testosterone-Fueled Trans Athletes Are Erasing Women in Sports

    It’s bigger than just a failure of the women’s movement to actually move in a way that helps females. It’s bigger than just another predictable assault on basic decency by the LGBTUVWXYandZ types. This is a pernicious failure in both time preference and perspective. People have just found another way to short-circuit the values of honorable competition. Who needs years of discipline, self-denial, and hard work when Dr. Feelgood can shoot testosterone into a She or Estrogen into a He and win without 2/3rds of the practice and dedication?

    It’s sad that gender-fluid “athletes” are deliberately being sought out, modified, and then fielded in Women’s High-School events. This is where Gattica meets corrupt, sleazy High School Athletics. The freakshows win for a day. Everybody else loses in the longterm. Welcome to Demotism! Welcome to Amerika!

  • Electric car battery with 600 miles of range? This startup claims to have done it

    Let’s assume that feel-good, demotic politicians actual outdid themselves and passed The Green New Deal. Is it economically and socially survivable? Perhaps not. But there is a chance to make it less awful. Better batteries.

    The company claims to have made the world’s first 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. (Watt-hours per kilogram is a unit of measurement commonly used to describe the density of energy in batteries.) By comparison, the batteries that Tesla uses in its Model 3 — the so-called 2170 cells — are an estimated 250 Wh/kg; the company plans to eventually push that to 330 Wh/kg. Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy is funding a program to create 500 Wh/kg battery cells. If Innolith’s claims turn out to be true, its high-density battery may have just leap-frogged over those targets.

    Not all seers are believers. Every technological “breakthrough” deserves a good, robust opportunity to prove itself out. Yet I like the thinking and effort being put forth here for reasons beyond just electrical transportation.

    Two primary staples of any sort of nuclear-phobic effort to minimize fossil fuel are wind power and solar. Both have upsides and benefits, but both currently fail to make it because of two pernicious problems. Their outputs are transient non-cyclical. This means they aren’t always on and that you, I, and The Weather Channel will have a hard time predicting when they are with 100% accuracy. Their energy density varies when they are on. The power company forced to rely on these sources doesn’t always know when they can harvest juice or how much they will get.

    This necessitates an awesome system of batteries to maximize the effectiveness of these power sources. Store enough juice in The Honey Jar, so to speak, and the power can be more readily available to match demands rather than opportunities to harvest it. That would put these alternative energy sources on a more equal fitting with coal. Until then, they are vanities. Vanities that will not succeed in keeping the lights on if they are forced into massive distribution by utopian governmental schemes.

  • Stacey Abrams Nukes Her Own Narrative

    There is no case that could be made for Stacey Abrahms as an honest individual. She is a radical political activist instead. She happens to be a radical Leftist who cares more about obtaining power than she does about obtaining it in an honest fashion. Her recent shtick has been to bemoan voter suppression as the only way she could have lost the 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial Election. Listening to this woman spew verbal poison for 5 minutes belies this entire bizarre and paranoid stream of accusations.

    Let’s assume the Georgia GOP actually tried to suppress liberal voter turnout in Georgia. It worked about as well as anything else that you entrust to a Cuckservative.

    So Georgia had a record number of voters, with nearly 66% of the population eligible to vote on election day. This is a 1.2% increase from the 2016 General Election which was a Presidential year. And a quarter million of those voters registered between the primary and general elections in 2018. The African American vote in the 2018 primary was up 43% from 2010.

    The legal and honorable method of getting more potential voters into your side’s pool is to go register them. Once that happens, you can only lead the horse to water. Your candidate has to convince them to take the drink. I can only think the Cucks in Georgia will experience profound woe that first time Georgia’s Democratic Party finds a candidate that isn’t featured in the old Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Fiend Folio.

  • THE ECONOMICS OF INVESTMENT IN NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN THE U.S.

    People dislike Coal, Oil and Natural Gas as energy sources for decent and humane reasons. All three of these power sources make our lives better by producing electricity more cheaply and reliably than other available sources. They all three also have large negative externalities involving the extraction of resources, the combustion to produce the power, and the disposal of the waste products. Nuclear energy could solve these problems better than wind or solar. It probably won’t and here are some thoughts on why.

    1) The contractors for the nuclear industry cost estimate more poorly than The Pentagon or NASA. Early life cycle estimates of the cost to build and run a plant leave out entirely too much scope. These low-ball estimates act like teaser offers to suck you in on a credit card or mortgage that involves interest rates that later balloon. Cost estimators that leave out scope can’t properly assign a good, rigorous cost to that scope and therefore understimate. Who can blame a buyer who feels pumped over the low initial cost for reacting like they got the chisel later?

    2) Other energy sources are not actively assigned costs for all of their negative externalities. CO2 emissions far above what you would see from biotic respiration or geological outgassing are not considered costs.

    Bottom line: Nuclear power is at $6.7 per KW. Coal is at $4.2. Natural Gas is probably at $4.1, but may run more or less because of estimating uncertainty. Even if Hollywood had never made Silkwood and Chernobyl and never gone Full Chernobyl, a wise investor would not go nuclear until the industry improves on basic return on capital investment.

  • California’s next frontier in fighting climate change: your kitchen stove

    The mathematical assumptions on this boggle reason. If we get rid of home consumption of Natural Gas and force all homeowners to electrify, where do we get the juice to produce the power? Let’s see….

    Nuclear Power is at $6.7 per KW. Coal runs us $4.2 with nothing reliable on the additional CO2 or SO2. Solar and Wind sometimes work well – when they work at all and we don’t when that is. But Natural Gas, on the other hand, clocks in at approximately $4.1 and won’t cause future thunderstorms to gradually leach the latex paint off of your siding. Can anyone tell the blog why phasing out home use of natural gas in favor of electrical appliances won’t be anywhere close to effective in preventing natural gas use in California?

  • Socialist Venezuela now an exploding supernova of spreading infectious disease

    The People have spoken! They demanded Socialism. Show ’em what they win, Dom Pardo!

    Socialist Venezuela is now an exploding supernova of spreading disease vectors, with its three million fleeing refugees bringing measles, malaria, diptheria, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, AIDS, Zika, leprosy, dengue chikungunya virus and other diseases long thought to have been eradicated in the early 20th century, with them. What an advertisement for socialism that is.

    But, but, but,…Socialized medicine. It makes it all magically go away. You can’t have medieval diseases in an era of glorious social progress! Bunk. The Middle Ages occur anywhere power is handed out like free ganja to the peasants.

    We have no business whatsoever rescuing Venezuela from Socialism. Let the Russian Army feed the starving Socialists just like Gorbachev had them doing when The CCCP hit the wall. This is your Green New Deal, maggots. Look upon Hugo Chavez’s works and despair. Let the Leftists see real Socialism of the sort that makes previously civilized people go back to living in caves and eating the bugs they pick out of their hair. This is how you make Leftism perpetually hated. Just show ’em what they win, Dom Pardo….Show ’em exactly what they flippin’ win.

  • Beto O’Rourke wants farmers to hand over their ‘fair share’ of crops to stop global warming

    I’m not quite sure what to say about Robert Francis O’Rourke’s latest brain flatulence. I’ll let this piece’s author do the honor.

    Where does he get the idea that farmers’ land and crops are ‘his’ land and crops, to be used by the state as he deems fit? That’s called a tax hike in ordinary terms, and state expropriation if you look at it closely enough. Hugo Chavez used to think Venezuelan farmers’ land and crops were ‘his’ land and crops once upon a time too, and we all know how well that worked out. Just as idiotically, where does Beto get the idea that crops just float in out of nowhere, usable as payment and currency, and aren’t the result of back-breaking labor from farmers and their workers? Forcing farmers and their laborers to work land in exchange for no payment other than the supposed satisfaction of saving the earth is in normal terms, known as ‘slavery.’ Decent people pay their help.

    Since when did anyone with a brain mistake the typical Socialist for a decent human being? My only bone to pick here is that Robert Francis doesn’t deserve to have any “help”. Nor does anyone elected POTUS.

  • GMU student: Kavanaugh’s hiring threatens mental well-being of all survivors on campus

    It’s cute when the toddlers put foo-foo things in their mouths. They’re simply adorable. You put up with the temper-tantrums because they’re just so gosh-darned cute. When they are 19 and still pitch the choreographed fits, the cuteness just isn’t there. This is particularly true of those who are sent to a university for supposed intellectual training.

    The hiring of Kavanaugh threatens the mental well-being of all survivors on this campus,” said one female student during the public comment period of GMU’s board meeting last week, according to video footage obtained by The College Fix. Another student, a survivor of sexual violence, claimed that her mental health had already suffered as a result of the Antonin Scalia Law School’s decision to hire Kavanaugh. “It is affecting my mental health knowing that an abuser will be part of our faculty,” she said. A third student said, “As someone who has survived sexual assault three times, I do not feel comfortable with someone who has sexual assault allegations walking on campus.”

    Shut these colleges down and take away the foo-foo toys from all the pathetic, overgrown brats. Shut down all the Interdisciplinary Temper-Tantrum Studies Departments. Let these losers go pound sand in The Desert of The Real. They’ll know a whole new sort of victimhood when reality tells these adorable young jet-fuel geniuses just how valuable they truly are. These ‘survivors’ are going to learn that the average minimum wage illegal immigrant roofing a house somewhere has hawked up loogies that are cuter and more adorable than they ever will be.

  • In San Francisco, making a living from your billionaire neighbor’s trash

    Trash picking is a profession more often associated with shantytowns and favelas than a city at the doorstep of Silicon Valley. The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, counts more than 400 trash picking organizations across the globe, almost all of them in Latin America, Africa and southern Asia. But trash scavengers exist in many U.S. cities and, like the rampant homelessness in San Francisco, are a signpost of the extremes of U.S. capitalism. A snapshot from 2019: One of the world’s richest men and a trash picker, living a few minutes’ walk from each other.

    Trash-pickers live just down the street from (((Zuckerberg))). Heaven forfend! No. He likes it. He could hook this guy up for months just with the swag he carries in his wallet or his key-holder. Zuckerberg probably gets a sick and vicarious thrill from watching the little people live like gibbering kobolds in the world he has helped bring into being.

    Anybody stupid enough to believe American Exceptionalism is a get out of stupid free card and that we could never end up like Venezuela needs to give this article a nice, happy read. We can be just as screwed and just as desperate as Venezuela in about two decades. All we have to do is just be about that arrogant and stupid. With leadership like Slore of Babylon, Kamala Harris, all disasters are possible. Just look at what we have right now in Kinshasha By The Bay.

  • Sunspot update March 2019: An upcoming Grand Minimum?

    Ooooo, a scary science picture. It seems the sun is producing sunspots with the frequency that Chris Davis hits major league pitching.

    Yesterday NOAA released its the monthly update of its tracking of the solar cycle, adding sunspot activity for March 2019 to its graph. Below is that graph, annotated by me to give it some context. It shows the Sun with a slight burst in activity in March, suggesting that though we are now in the solar minimum that minimum still has the ability to produce sunspots. At the same time, for me to say that we might be heading to a grand minimum, a time period lasting many decades where no sunspots are visible and the sunspot cycle essentially ceases, is not click bait or hyperbole. It is instead based on what I now think the solar science community is thinking, based on this very graph.

    So we can now cue the scare articles about !MAUNDER MINIMUMS! Or not. I’m no fan Climate Scientologists who blither about Siberian Walrus Bloodbaths. Climate porn does to legitimate science what horny porn does to the adolescent male brain. Therefore, out of intellectual fairness, I want to see the glaciers grow, expand, and then fail to retract during two consecutive cooler-than-normal Canadian Augusts before I even begin to take this seriously.

    It all involves a carnival barker showing idiot rubes the next shiny object. The real problem is ecocide. The ecocide is caused by completely controllable human failures. The human failures embarass our feckless, uncaring leaders who lack the courage to ever cut off the beer over at The Visigoth Holiday. Placing our own short-term desires ahead of the necessary balance that has sustained the verdure of our beautiful planet for eons upon ages has endangered even our very own existances. This, folks is how it all comes down.

Oh, and this one goes out to Mark Zuckerberg who has destitute combat veterans living off of his garbage. What a metaphor for California….

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