Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Joyless Behar Remains Clueless

Joyless Behar

( Average reading time 5 minutes; less links and video. )

A few words regarding the below clip from "The View".

The "View" excerpts and clip are from the Friday, February 16, 2018 program. In the segment, the subject is the Parkland Florida tragedy and the inevitable conversation on gun-control, mostly from Joyless Behar and Sunny Hostin, who display a fundamental lack of knowledge on what they speak. (You're not surprised by this, though).

They'll never read or be made aware of this post on my limitedly viewed blog, but if Joyless and Sunny think it's easy to legally acquire a handgun or longarm (aka long-gun), then I challenge them to experience the process of legally obtaining one, especially any type of handgun, revolver, semi, or other.  Please Mss's Behar and Hostin - undertake the process of legally purchasing a gun, especially a handgun. Afterwards, let us know if it was EASY.

Neither Joyless or Sunny will do this - I fear they would find truths that drastically conflict with their anti-gun rhetoric and incorrect and pre-formulated, sacredly-held beliefs.  Oh, and one big deterrent for Joyless to actually experience the gun-purchasing process is that she'll have to provide her age and date of birth; something she probably avoids at all cost.

And pretending for a moment that the Second Amendment and hunting have anything to do with each other, which they don't, do note (I duplicated it a few times) when Sunny Hostin physically displays a "rat-a-tat-tat" semi-circle firing "spray" approach - implying this firing pattern is adapted or used in hunting. No true, respectable hunter (of which 99.99999% are) hunts in this manner. On a battlefield, armed and fighting for your life, yes, you may indeed fire off a sequence of shots in a pattern she demonstrates. Applying her method to hunting is abhorred by legitimate, respectful hunters.

Yes, I'm sure somewhere, some time, some rogue or inexperienced hunter, or a poacher, fired off a few rounds attempting to kill prey like that, but there is always a tiny fraction in anything that abuse, misuse and/or deliberately ignore the sportsmanship of  [ fill in the blank ]. To be redundant, no respectable hunter would ever hunt, or fire off a series of shots, as "demonstrated" by Ms. Hostin.  It's extremely dangerous to others in your hunting party and to anyone else in the area, hunting or not. Experienced hunters know that, at most - you have two shots to fell your prey. Not "Tommy-Gun-rat-a-tat-tat" style. Ms. Hostin has seen too many gangsta movies.

Regarding Ms. Hostin's comment of why don't hunters use a shotgun; many hunters do use a shotgun. The selection of shotgun or rifle and gauge or caliber depends on what it is one is hunting and its size.  I know deer hunters who use a .12 gauge (with a slug) for deer. Other, more powerful rifles are often preferred because the IDEA IS to fell and kill the prey as quickly and painlessly as possible. No respectable hunter wants to see their prey suffer. A clean "kill" shot is always preferred - always.  Why? If the bullet strikes a larger animal, a deer, or an elk, hitting it in its hind-quarters, it often continues running or limping  along, bleeding out and suffering. A quick kill helps in preserving the flesh from trauma that comes from suffering. The more prolonged the dying process, the more the tissue damage. The more tissue damage, the higher degree of trauma of edible meat, rendering it "tough" as opposed to smooth and "steak"-y.  I don't believe in hunting any animal that you do not plan to eat, or at least have processed and give to others to eat. I don't believe in trophy hunting. Seriously...you need the head of a tiger, elephant or boar hanging on the wall?  Now, if you mount a deer head with a 26-point antler-rack that you killed and consumed, I have no issue with that. Or, the taxidermy of animal or fish, again, as long as it is used as food.

I needed to move on with publishing a couple (rather easy) updates on Tech and one on News after publishing the post about my late brother. I didn't plan on updating anything for a while after the two updates following that one. But I realized that it is exactly one year today that I spent the day with my late brother who had ordered a S&W 9mm which had arrived.  I rode along and we spent that afternoon at a gun shop. His transaction took about twenty minutes, all paperwork previously approved. We spent about three hours looking at other merchandise and my brother spoke with every customer and employee there. Slightly unusual because he was rather reserved. I kept thinking, he doesn't know these people, and he's carrying on lengthy conversations with all of them - when are we going to get out of here? Those moments meant a lot to me at the time, but I wanted to get the heck out, but he kept striking up one new conversation with one person and then another. And then it became fun to watch and see who he would next talk to and about what. So today I hold those moments even more significant and, in a way, appropriate for an update today, on this subject.

Joyless also, knowingly or unknowingly (my money is on "unknowingly") attempts to use the annual amount of U.S. gun sales as the dollar amount of political contributions from the NRA as representing the dollar amount  used as lobbying by the National Rifle Associate (NRA.org). She is, of course, wrong and grossly off-point.  What else have we come to expect from Joyless? Joyless also states, "some of these guys..." [ I'm interpreting her words as "politicians receiving NRA money" ],  "...get $3,000.00."  Somehow, a $3 Grand campaign donation is not that much of an amount considering the large dollars of campaign contributions from other organizations.

Your thoughts / comments?
[Spelling error fixed 2/20/2018]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

World News - February 15, 2018

I just recently saw the below story on BBC News:

Merco Press: Scientists on trip to examine chunk of ice cube that broke loose:
[the] British Antarctic Survey (BAS), heads to Antarctica this week (14 February) to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years. The iceberg known as A-68, which is four times of London, calved off from the Larsen Ice Shelf in July 2017.
(Think they'll find the Antarctic Underground Nazi Bunker?)
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Britian's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Brexit.   Sri Lanka Guardian:
In his half hour address, Foreign Secretary, Johnson aimed at those who felt “alienated and angry” about the Referendum result and find ways of explaining the Government action.
“Leaving the European Union is a cause for hope, not fear, selling our aim for uniting the country as exit day grows closer”.
“Brexit is not some great “V” sign from the cliffs of Dover”.
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This is a great story at CBCTrucker saves moose calf.
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NY1News: NY Councilpersonman favors bill capping credit card minimums at $10.00.
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Global News: Jeep ad upsets Trout Unlimited.

And, fyi: Trout Unlimited.
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OnePageNews: If you use Snapchat, you'll want to read this.
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The Korea Times: General Motors threatens Korea government.
GM abruptly announced Tuesday it will close its Gunsan factory in North Jeolla Province in May, saying it will decide soon on the remaining three factories. The step came just a day after the country's industry minister required the U.S. car giant to present a self-rescue plan before requesting support from taxpayers' money.
Another factor is the militant union of GM Korea, which has demanded bonuses despite big operating losses amounting to billions of dollars over the past few years.
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This is terrible..Woman dies after being scalped, hair got caught in a go-cart. The Hindustan Times:
[Her] hair got struck in a wheel and because of the high speed, her scalp got separated from her head, said police.
[She] was rushed to a private hospital in a critical condition, from where she was referred to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. However, she was declared brought dead.
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Courthouse NewsFracking...said to Interfere with the Songbirds' love lives. Well...Ain't that a Shame.
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Canberra TimesUnderworld boss executed mob-style:
...ambushed as he sat in a four-wheel-drive[.]
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Canberra Times: Injuries from trampolines increase.
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The Copenhagen Post - (...I'd never heard of this until now): Fastelavn.
Before the Reformation in Denmark in 1536, the country was a Catholic nation and celebrated Lent. Fastelavn was the last celebration before the 40 days of fasting. In old Danish this festival week was called fastelag, which meant ‘et muntert lag før fasten’ or ‘in good company before fasting’.
Many towns liked to change the games from year to year, sometimes challenging riders to collect rings or grab the neck of a goose, while it was hanging upside-down. The neck of the goose was coated in soap, and the rider had to rip the animal’s head off the body, so the event was both challenging and gruesome.
So, Fastelavn wasn't only entertaining, it was educational.
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This is why you choose paint over ceramic tile. From The Glasgow HeraldSubway Authority requests removal of convicted pervert from mural.
...[convicted sex offender, former Labour councillor {sic} David Fagan], is pictured in a 40-foot ceramic mural that appears in a Glasgow subway station.
He was included in the work - five years before his offence [sic] - because he was instrumental in commissioning it while vice chair of SPT. 
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Evening Telegraph: Man brandishing Hans Solo 3-D toy gun at Dundee Campus gets police reception.
“The person, a member of university staff, was quickly traced and it transpired this was a toy gun.

“The individual apologised [sic] for any alarm caused and no further action was taken.”
Hans Solo Toy Gun
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Pravada: Russian Court rules that a woman with no breasts is a man:
A local court found that the woman, Yulia Savinovskikh, was in the process of a sex-change surgery. In a nutshell, the court ruled that the woman became a man. As long as same-sex marriage in Russia is prohibited, the court ruled that she no longer had parental rights for her children, because marriage in Russia is a union between a man and a woman.
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News International: Public hangings used to deter crime.
ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology on Wednesday officially conveyed to the Senate that the government and the courts can go ahead with public hanging of a convict without amending any law.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tech News

Well ... let's see what's up in Tech.

Ars Technia: Some states are diverting stealing telephone 911 fees in order to pay for other services:
The FCC's latest annual report on 911 fees, covering calendar year 2016, said that New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Jersey, and West Virginia "diverted" 911 funds totaling $128.9 million.

Besides those five states, "another seven didn't even bother to respond to our inquiry to examine their diversion practices," O'Rielly and Rosenworcel wrote. "None of this is acceptable."
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Geek: Smile...Facial Recognition Cameras At Texas-Mexico Border:
It’s a very busy stretch of road, which isn’t a surprise given that it’s “the most direct, safe, and efficient route” linking the Rio Grande Valley to Mexico.
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Beta NewsGoogle fined $21 Million by India for search bias.
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Extreme Tech: Who manufactures the most reliable Hard Drives?
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Are you using a popular Netgear router? READ THIS if you are. Security Week:
One of the high severity vulnerabilities has been described as a password recovery and file access issue affecting 17 Netgear routers and modem routers[.]
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Ubergizmo:  Twitter says they are "NOT the arbiters of truth." 
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WIRED: Google Autocomplete continues "vile suggestions":

Image excerpt from WIRED
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Computer World: Take this test and determine your knowledge and savvy on web browsers. (To move forward through the test see the " > " symbol on the upper-right side of the story):
On the 25th anniversary of Mosaic – remember that? – take our quiz on the history and technology of browsers and see how much you really know.
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It's..."Monty Python's Flying Circus..."  ... the Amazon Treasure Truck:

Image: via TechCrunch
Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx [and] to offer shipping services to basically any other business, too – with the goal of undercutting both UPS and FedEx on rates.
Neither UPS nor FedEx seem to be especially taken aback by this[.]
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Engadget: Florida man claims Apple Airpod started smoking while in his ear - and later exploded. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

An Update

I haven't updated since October 3, 2017. The reason is one of my brothers died. It was unexpected and out of the blue. It blindsided all of us. Priories, time, effort, inspiration and life all have changed.

I don't know if I will continue this blog at some future time or if this is the last post I publish. If the desire returns to resume, I'll recognize that time when it comes. If this ends up being the final update, then that's what it is.

I've published the comments that were submitted at the time of my departure,  but please accept my apologies for not replying.  The comment(s) section is open, btw.

I'll check in a couple of time over the next few weeks, but after that, this site will rest in limbo. I do plan on visiting my Blogroll on a regular basis. I have missed that very much over the past almost four months.

I want to thank those who contacted me back in early October, offering if there was anything they could do for me, not knowing the reason for my abrupt absence.  You have no idea how much that meant to me then and still means now. Some of the finest people I've never personally met are on my Blogroll and the reason they are there is because they are the finest people. 

I want to thank everyone who visited this blog, who took the time and effort to comment and exchange comments, who emailed me and who added this blog to their Blogroll, and I thank those who linked to something here they found I wrote that was link-worthy. My heartfelt thanks to those who helped me out and provided answers and guidance when I had some tech questions. I appreciate it

There isn't anyone on my Blogroll that doesn't have a special meaning for me, otherwise they wouldn't be a part of my Blogroll. So no one is to feel left out, but I must mention special thanks (for so many reasons) to Paul, Phil, Mike, Zack, David (Here) and also Here, and  The MJ (Here) and also Here.

Commenter BB of Idaho: Thank you for sharing so much insight and knowledge on so many topics. I always learned something from you.

Molson...Thank You for years of being an avid commenter and reader, both here and the old site. I plan to keep in touch with you via email.

I've had some fun here - I hope you did too.

Love one Another, Do Unto Others and Walk with Christ.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Future Updates

Because of extenuating circumstances there will be no new posts or updates for the foreseeable future.

I will return at some point. However, I am unable to say when that will be.

Due to this I have, (for the time being), turned the comment function off.

To those who have left comments that haven't been published, I will publish them when I return.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

World News Links - October 1, 2017

News Asia: Two killed by knife attack in Marseille, France. Suspect shot and killed; witnesses say he shouted "Allahu Akbar".
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NDTV: More on the two stabbings in France.
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UPROXX: Multiple terrorist attacks in Edmonton Saturday night.
...a driver apparently used two different vehicles to carry out mayhem spread over three different crime scenes. The 30-year-old male suspect conducted his first attack outside the Commonwealth Stadium during a Edmonton Eskimos game. There, he slammed a Chevy Malibu into a traffic-control barricade, and in doing so, he struck a police car, exited the Malibu, and stabbed a cop multiple times.
The Edmonton Journal reports that an ISIS flag was found in the Chevy Malibu used within the first attack.
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NDTV: British Prime Minister Theresa May said she's sorry her Conservative Party lost seats in June[.]
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Pravada: Op/Ed shreds Theresa May:
She may occasionally make a foray into a fashion magazine and order a pair of shoes online or some ghastly trouser suit which makes her look like an alien that has been dragged through a swamp before being thrown into a wind tunnel but after an encounter with a shredder.

A bit like a pot-bellied crossdresser[.]
...but tell us what you really think of Theresa May?
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TASS: Russian backlash against Theresa May for her comments on "Russian aggression."
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Italy News Net: Libya asks Europe for help in fighting migration.
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Daily Mail: Mafia don Gennaro Panzuto extradited from UK back to Italy:
The leader of the Neapolitan Piccirillo gang ran his murder, extortion and drug trafficking outfit from his small in home in Catterall, near Preston.
Panzuto's UK home.
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Business Standard: UAE initiates "sin taxes":
The United Arab Emirates has begun collecting new "sin" taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks.

Beginning today, tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed at 100 per cent and soft drinks at 50 per cent.
[.]... includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
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RTT NewsJACKPOT in Nevada with legal marijuana.
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Business StandardChina's crackdown on Bitcoin.
Beijing's decision to shut down bitcoin trading platforms has left investors scrambling to cut their losses[.]

"The authorities don't understand anything about bitcoin!" fumed Zhang Yanhua, founder of an investment fund that was dead on arrival after Beijing started tightening the screws at the start of the month.

In mid-September, the central bank- the People's Bank of China- told virtual currency trading platforms based in Beijing and Shanghai to cease market operations.

The bank has focused its sights not just on bitcoin but also ethereum and any other electronic units that are exchanged online without being regulated by any country.
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RTT NewsCity on Mars by 2024 says Elon Musk.
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I expect better from Courthouse News than something that reads like a rambling, adolescent-written manifesto one might find on the Deep (not Dark) Web (then again, it's more likely I should drastically lower my expectations of Courthouse News):  
I have a friend, a native-born U.S. citizen, an honest, smart and ardent communist, who voted for Donald Trump because he thought Trump would bring about the destruction of our political system. I’ve got to say he called it.

As my favorite Republican columnist David Brooks wrote this week for The New York Times
Yeeeeahhhh --- writer Robert Kahn loses any slight credibility he may have had when he says, "my favorite Republican columnist David Brooks..."

Yes, David Brooks is a columnist for The NY Times, but describing Brooks as a "Republican"? Unless this is an attempt by Kahn in writing satire, and "attempt" is the key word here.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

World News Links - September 30, 2017

From the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights:
[In] 39 months of its “Caliphate”, the “Islamic State” organization executes about 2750 civilian citizens in its controlled areas in Syria[.]
[The number of executions] reached 2747, the number of civilians, including 105 children and 148 women, who were executed by the “Islamic state” organization by shooting, beheading, stoning, throwing off high place or burning[.]
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The GuardianBoris Johnson, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, accused of "incredible insensitivity".
...he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries while on an official visit to Myanmar in January.
Britain colonised [sic] Myanmar from 1824 to 1948 and fought three wars in the 19th century, suppressing widespread resistance.

Johnson’s impromptu recital was so embarrassing that the UK ambassador to Myanmar, Andrew Patrick, was forced to stop him.
In London last year [Johnson] stood alongside former US secretary of state John Kerry and was asked about describing Hillary Clinton as looking “like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”.
Boris gets it right 50% of the time. Give him a break.
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IBT: Michael Bolton, no, not the singer, banished by entering over 1,400 UK supermarkets:
A 51-year-old man from Surrey has been banned from shopping in more than a thousand supermarkets across the UK after a magistrate found that he had "engaged in behaviour that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress" to others.
On top of the ban, the criminal order also prohibits Bolton from exposing his genitals or urinating in public[.]
Heh - the wording of the story makes it sound as if, except for Bolton, it's okay for everyone else to do what he did.
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Metro: Female gangs going through garbage.
Gangs of women pictured going through people’s bins are suspected of trying to steal documents and paperwork.
Two women appeared to be working together (Picture: Terry Harris/PaperPix)
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The Daily Star: Guys, just click the link. You'll be glad you did.
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The Independent: Man beats daughter's boyfriend to death.
An Oklahoma man has been arrested for allegedly beating to death his daughter’s abusive boyfriend, police said.
The victim’s family said the couple were expecting a child next month.
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Radio Australia:
Barcelona resembles a war zone ahead of banned independence vote[.]
Thousands of national police are patrolling Barcelona's streets as the city prepares to defy the Spanish Government's orders not to vote in an independence referendum this weekend.
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The TelegraphThis shows the radioactive cloud if NK were to detonate a nuke in the Pacific.
"Hypothetical atmospheric burst" Credit: @SinaZerbo/Twitter
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Trump is scheduled to attend the multi-day event on 1 October but it is unclear if he was not invited to attend with the other presidents or busy with White House meetings.
If we don't know if Trump was or wasn't invited that day, it's really a stretch to claim the Ex Pres' avoided him.
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The Atlantic: The Software Apocalypse is coming.
It’s been said that software is “eating the world.” More and more, critical systems that were once controlled mechanically, or by people, are coming to depend on code. This was perhaps never clearer than in the summer of 2015, when on a single day, United Airlines grounded its fleet because of a problem with its departure-management system; trading was suspended on the New York Stock Exchange after an upgrade; the front page of The Wall Street Journal’s website crashed; and Seattle’s 911 system went down again, this time because a different router failed.
Our software (& a lot of hardware) infrastructure is old and needs to be updated.
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The humble Traffic Cone serves multiple purposes. From The Daily Mirror:
...a group of drunken male university students dressed just in their underpants try to break into a female-only halls of residence run by nuns.
Earlier in the week freshers at the University of Leon in northern Spain were filmed stripping off and dancing naked during a mock student election.

Topless girls were videoed cavorting on stage with their hands covering their breasts.

Men also got involved, with one completely naked while others covered their modesty with traffic cones.

Friday, September 29, 2017

NHL Friday, September 29, 2017;
Another Long Boring Hockey Post

On screen: MN Wild

I'd like to live somewhere where, in the middle of winter, I can attend a hockey game in a T-shirt and shorts. I envy the NHL fans in Florida, LA, Dallas, San Jose...where walking down the street wearing a winter jacket with the wind freezing your face as you approach the stadium doesn't exist. Hockey in a warm-winter state...I'm not sure that life gets better than that, at least for me. That, and winning the PowerBall lottery.

Out of the big five sports websites, NO ONE apparently cares to list pre-season scores other than ESPN. Not even our two daily "bird cage liner" newspapers. Oh -- but if it was the MN Twins, the local media would report on the very first moment a player shoved chewing tobacco in his mouth. And if was the Vikings, the local media would be going gaa-gaa, blubbering breathlessly, reporting the unlocking of the gate and opening the fence at training camp.

You can't watch the local news and not hear the news anchor or a sports reporter remark -every single day- on the countdown, " it's only [insert number] days until Minnesota hosts the Super Bowl. " 1) I don't give fuck. 2) The Vikings will not be playing in the Super Bowl. 3) As they are both famous for doing, the Vikings and the Twins will disappoint their fan base by playing well up until playoffs. Then, they'll play as if they've never played the game before and lose.

Our NBA Timberwolves? Feh - don't care. What's the point in watching an entire NBA game? It's a complete waste of time. One need only tune in for the last 2-4 minutes of any game.

31 NHL Teams; Newest Addition: Vegas

But back to the Sport of Kings and its pre-season. Again, all pre-season data I'm using is from ESPN's NHL.

Last Sunday, my first 2017-18 NHL post,  had eight teams undefeated. As of noon today, Friday, only two teams remain undefeated; The Florida Panthers and the NY Islanders, each with a record of 4-0.

Winnipeg and Montreal had not yet won a game last Sunday, but since then, The Jets have scrapped up two wins leaving Montreal the sole win-less team at 0-6. Their next chance of putting up a win is Saturday, the 30th, when they play Calgary with a 2-3 record.

On Sunday, the MN Wild (3-0) occupied the top slot and Colorado (1-2) was the sixth of seven teams in the Central Division. Today (Friday the 29th), The Avalanche climbed up and are number one with the Wild sitting at number 2; each at 4-2; so really, they're tied for top slot. The difference is minor statistical crap.

The NHL's new addition to the family, the Vegas Knights ("Golden" Knights, but that's the final time I note that part of their name...too many keystrokes),  last Sunday were at 2-1 and today 3-2. They occupy the third slot in the Pacific Div with The Oilers on top at 6-1 and LA second at 4-1. Not a bad start for the new team on the block.

Since Sunday, upward moves in the Division standings include Philly, who were #6 and today #3;  the Atlantic Div where Florida occupied #5 and today are on top; Central's Colorado were #6 and (as I mentioned above) are at the top slot; and the Pacific Div is basically unchanged except for Vegas moving up and Anaheim and Arizona trading places for # 6 and #7 respectively.

Toronto went from 4th place to 2nd.

How can you not watch a game that offers action like the below?

Drops include Ottawa, 3-0 and ranked #1 last Sunday who are now 3-2 and sit at 4th place; Metro Div is basically unchanged other than the bump up of Philly. The Islanders and Devils traded places as #1 and #2 with NJ grabbing the top slot and NYI #2. And Ottawa dropped from first to fourth place.

Games tonight include:

Florida - Montreal (I have to think FL takes this game, but nice if Montreal could get their first win).

Islanders - Buffalo; Buffalo is 1-3; NYI 5-1. I'll call this a NYI win, final score 3-2.

Toronto (4-2) - Detroit (2-3); this is a toss up for me. Toronto has the better record but, never ever ever doubt or write-off the Red Wings.

Carolina (4-2) - Washington (1-4); one may think Carolina has the edge here, but The Caps were fierce last season and were in the play-offs. The Caps know they need to get out of their slump. I'm putting this is the "toss up" category.

Happy Pucking!

Friday Morning Music Video Selection (Grab your coffee...)

From 1985: DLR

Tech News

Webopedia: CTO.
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Information Week: No longer an abundance of IT jobs.
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Digg: There's no embedded code to copy and it's not on You Tube, so check out this video of a kayaker at 40 mph.
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I could link to every update on Freedom To Tinker, it is just a great site. A lot to read, much to absorb, I learn more than one thing on everything they write. Privacy Implications and email tracking. In the near future, the dictionary definition of "privacy" will begin as; "an out-dated and ill-conceived belief by the general pubic who once believed their personal information could be held private."
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TechDirt: FCC won't act on Easily identified fake comments made in the name of others.
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Extreme TechIs Donald Trump contributing to a new future of robots?
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PC World: How-To Watch MLB Playoffs and World Series without cable.
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Computer World: It could be just me, but if iPhone X users are obsessed with a bezel or bezel-less interface, it's time to put the phone down. For a long time.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

World News Links - September 28, 2017

National Geographic: GIANT RAT falls from tree; dies. But there are more...many more GIANT RATS!

The GIANT Vangunu rat; Photo: Tyrone Lavery, The Field Musuem [sic]
I'd like to point out that National Geographic misspelled museum. Not that I'm the grammar / spell-check police. But National G - no proofreader? I am available for the job.
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The Telegraph: Anti-terrorism squad arrest 65 year old British woman for passing secrets to Russia and(or) China.
She was arrested by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command on suspicion of an offence under the Official Secrets Act, which covers espionage and passing secrets to an enemy.
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The BBC: Australian blogger fakes cancer for money.
Belle Gibson, 25, gained fame in Australia after she claimed to have beaten brain cancer using natural remedies and nutrition.
Ms Gibson's app and cookbook, both called The Whole Pantry, made $420,000, and she had promised to deliver a share of the profits to several charities.
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The Daily Mail: Private companies given the power to arrest people?
Private firms may be given new powers to arrest people in a controversial move that has raised alarm.

The proposals would allow, for the first time, staff from companies such as G4S to arrest members of the public for failing to pay fines imposed by the courts.
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IBT: Stories like this make me want to...make the perp "disappear".
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NDTV: Crowd laughs at crying Barack Obama as he leaves Malia's college.

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Copenhagen Post: Copenhagen cops use motorcycles to battle gangs:
Copenhagen Police recently revealed it had obtained a new weapon in its conflict with the gangs: off-road motorcycles.
[The] new BMW F700Gs bikes are capable of travelling [sic] on a variety of terrain, including gravel, grass, pavements and even stairs.
The BMW F700G. Image: Copenhagen PD
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Belfast Telegraph: Bouncer knocks student to pavement. (Video clip at link).
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Argentina News Net: member of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's security force found dead under mysterious circumstances.
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CBC: Nashville Predator player and Toronto native P.K. Suban says he'll never kneel for "The Star-Spangled Banner" because he has too much respect for the American flagI said as much;   that you're never going to see an NHL player acting like an NFL'er or NBA'er).
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Red Orbit: Eels are "electrifying."
Large eels ‘more powerful’ than ‘a law enforcement Taser’.
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Courthouse News Service:  Enviro-Earth-Humpers seek "personhood" for Colorado Eco System.
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Phys.Org: Vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson to make electric cars by 2020.
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Maybe this is old news to you. It's a bit over five years old. I'd never heard of THIS STORY before. From CBC.com...just click the link. And I'd thought I'd heard it all...
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Scientific American: Male Ducks have penis envy...or, maybe male ducks are attracted to other male ducks?
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Spelling fix 9/28/2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A College Basketball Scandal? How Could THAT Happen?

From MSN:
...the Department of Justice announced fraud and corruption charges had been brought against 10 people involved in the world of college basketball -- including four coaches.

I'll go out on a limb here and predict it's a matter of time that, at some point in the near future, Congress will drop everything and form committees and sub-committees in a never-ending investigation because we all know that a scandal in college basketball is the most serious and challenging issue facing America, if not the world. Congress has to do something.

Cluck Schumer: "Wealth-fare for the country clubs and board rooms."

From US News:
"It seems that President Trump and Republicans have designed their plan to be cheered in the country clubs and the corporate boardrooms," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Wednesday, describing the proposal as "wealth-fare."

Schumer, puts on his "I hate corporations" public face, but he certainly hasn't refused taking their campaign donations: The Hill; April 2015:  
Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will become the Senate’s top Democrat in 2017, could become one of the greatest fundraisers of all time.

The New York Democrat has developed a reputation as a tenacious money magnet who doesn’t take no for an answer. When handed a $25,000 check, he’s been known to respond, “You can do a little better than that.”
Schumer is constantly looking for new donors, and will even badger Republicans for cash[.] (Lunch money? - DD)
Center for Responsive Politics / Open Secrets:
Combined contributions for both Campaign Committee & PACs (all the below for years 2013-2018):

Schumers' top four campaign contributors
* Paul Weiss Co.
* Lockheed Martin
* Deloitte LLP
* NorPAC

The top four donor business sectors
* Securities & Investment
* Law firms
* Real Estate
* Insurance

[The majority of his campaign donations, over $17.6 Million is from large dollar contributors and comprises 75.5% of total raised. His campaign contributions from small donors (under $200), is $401,976, a paltry 1.72% of total raised.]
 On PAC money only:
His top four PAC contributors

* Google
* Lockheed Martin
* Aetna
The top four PAC industry sectors
* Securities & Investments
* Insurance (BIG BAD EVIL INSURANCE?!?!?! -DD)
* Pharmaceuticals / Health Products (EVIL BIG PHARMA?!?!?!-DD)
* Health Professional
From the not-leaning-to-the-Right CBS News, in June, 2011:
Yet outside the public eye, Schumer was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Wall Street money that Congress had ever seen.
Is lowering the corporate tax rate going to result in an improved economy and create jobs? (Big Breath...)...and you already know the answer, " it depends. " 

Schumer was there in 2008, eager to bailout his Wall Street cronies.   The NY Times, December 2008:
As the financial crisis jolted the nation in September, [Schumer]  -  became one of the first officials to promote a Wall Street bailout. He spent hours in closed-door briefings and a weekend helping Congressional leaders nail down details of the $700 billion rescue package.
Schumer isn't unique in politics to play all sides for the benefit of self-interest. That he does it so blatantly, with such avarice ("You can do better than that.") and such sanctimony and no shame, is simply amazing. Schumer knows the country clubs and boardrooms just as well as the "corporatists". I think he'd accept campaign cash from Kim Jong-Un if he could.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tech News

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ArsTechnia againMicroSoft embraces quantum computing.  (Several Patches will follow, I'm sure).

It is a good article and explains quantum computing without being overly technical:
... traditional digital computers are made from bits, each bit representing either a one or a zero, quantum computers are made from some number of qubits (quantum bits). Qubits represent, in some sense, both one and zero simultaneously (a quantum superposition of 1 and 0). This ability for qubits to represent multiple values gives quantum computers exponentially more computing power than traditional computers.
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Love Stinks. Breaking up is a bitch. C|Net: Siri leaves Bing for Google.
(Who, in their wildest imagination, could have envisioned those five words appearing in that order?)

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I haven't seen it, but TechCrunch calls the new "Star Trek" series murky.
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A London court today found Muhammad Rabbani guilty of willfully obstructing the police by failing to hand over device passwords and the PIN code for his smartphone after he had been detained at a UK airport.
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ZD NetClick this link and watch Robot Dentist.  There's a 10(?) second commercial before the video. Video is 50 seconds.
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Geek: Meet K1, stationary robot that detects concealed weapons.

Okay, some questions:

1) Can the K-series determine who is LEGALLY carrying a concealed weapon from someone illegally carrying a concealed weapon? Can it detect a concealed lead pipe? A blackjack? A box cutter?

2) Can the K-robots be installed at all airports so the TSA can stop GROPING CHILDREN and the rest of us?

The K1. Image: Knightscope
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Gizmodo: This is Bullshit and unacceptable of Showtime and its web affiliates if true:  Your computer may have been used by Showtime websites to mine for crypto-coins while watching "Twin Peaks."
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Beta News: Battery Super-Drain:
... iOS 11 is causing iPhone and iPad batteries to drain faster than ever -- much faster. The difference between iOS 10 and iOS 11 is anything but minor; batteries can drain in half the amount of time following the upgrade.
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Technocracy: Guess which company spends the most on Federal Lobbying? Here's a hint (but I'll bet you don't even need one) - it starts with a "G." 
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New Atlas: Lockheed Martin tests laser weapon. Nails 5 drones with 100% accuracy.  Video below; Lockheed Martin.

The Advanced Test High Energy Asset, aka Athena. (Enough already with the acronyms!)
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TechDirt: Do NOT fuck with the Velcro folks.  They mean business. Really - if you click on only one link, make it this one. The Velcro video is a riot. And they're dead serious!

Monday, September 25, 2017

NASCAR Owners say they will fire Drivers who protest National Anthem

NASCAR doesn't fuck around. They have an expectation that their employees will demonstrate professionalism and civility. From Business Insider:
[NASCAR] team owners said they would come down hard on any drivers who did not stand during the national anthem. That included NASCAR legend Richard Petty, owner of Richard Petty Motorsports.

"Anybody that don’t [sic] stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country, period," Petty said[.] "What got ’em where they’re at? The United States."

When Petty was asked if his drivers would be fired if they protest during the anthem as Trump called for, Petty emphatically said, "You're right."
Athletes brought criticism upon themselves by visibly protesting the Flag and National Anthem. The issue of protesting "something" by athletes is not new and did not begin with what President Donald Trump said on Friday.

Ask the folks who experienced the recent hurricanes and flooding and fires if they care about the coddled, delicate, highly paid athletes whining about criticism for - really - what is nothing more than asking them to demonstrate a fraction of civility and professionalism.

I can respect an athlete who protests (anything) by not exiting the locker room until the National Anthem is finished. Their actions speak louder than those who feel the need to advertise protesting whatever it is they're protesting.

Cocaine on your fingerprints

This new drug test is pointless. CNBC:
"New drug test can detect cocaine in a fingerprint in seconds"
A team of researchers has developed a simple paper-based test that can in a matter of seconds detect whether a person has recently been using cocaine.
The test was 99 percent effective.
The test could potentially be used in any of the usual situations where drug tests are needed, such as workplaces, legal situations, hospitals and treatment centers.
Well, of course the test is going to be 99 percent effective. Who doesn't have traces of cocaine on their finger tips? If you handle currency, you likely have traceable amounts of cocaine on your finger tips. More on that in a second.

And the test doesn't show, nor does it prove, that the person is using, or has used, cocaine. The only thing the paper-based test proves is that there are traces of cocaine on fingertips.

From CNN:
... 90 percent of paper money circulating in U.S. cities contains traces of cocaine.
...not all bills are involved in drug use; they can get contaminated inside currency-counting machines at the bank.

"When the machine gets contaminated, it transfers the cocaine to the other bank notes," said [Yuegang Zuo, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth].
Cocaine binds to the green dye in money, he said.
[ Adam Negrusz, an associate professor of forensic sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago], said,  "Many of those bills, over 90 percent, are contaminated with cocaine. There is cocaine dust around the machines. These bank tellers breathe in cocaine. Cocaine gets into system, and you can test positive for cocaine."
This new "simple, paper-based test" raise a litany of legal issues and questions on the invasion of personal privacy (think blood sample taken without consent ). It also widens the already-open doorway on the abusive tactics of asset forfeiture  and property seizure  of people suspected, but not convicted, of any offense.

Additional reading:
The Incarceration of Daniel Chong
Drug-sniffing dogs and false alerts
Reasons for a false-positive cocaine test 
A false-positive tale of terror 

Insomnia? Read Maureen Dowd

Give or take a dozen or so words, it takes a very special talent to write 1,027 words yet say absolutely nothing.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Roger Goodell is a Cry Baby

From Bleacher Report:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Saturday morning after United States President Donald Trump criticized NFL players kneeling during the American national anthem and the league's effort to remove fierce hits from the sport Friday night.
"Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities," [Goodell said].
What a dick!

NFL Cry Baby Roger Goodell

Am I missing something? Did someone say they respect the NFL?

Do you think Roger will get over this outrageous and vehement attack on his precious NFL? Will Roger require counseling and therapy? Is there a "gofundme" page for Roger? Shut up, hike up your skirt and go enjoy, what has to be, a very nice life.

Respect for the NFL...

My First Long Boring Hockey Post for the 2017-2018 NHL Season

On screen: The MN Wild

It seems like it was only yesterday that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Actually, it was June 13th, - so yeah, almost yesterday. Kind of.

The 2017-2018 NHL Season is here.  Okay, officially it's the Pre-season. I'd hate to be accused of publishing "fake news."

To date, every team has played 1 to 4 games as of Sunday morning. Five games are scheduled for today, Sunday, and at the time of writing this, none of them had a final score or are night games.

I track my own, unofficial "Fantasy NHL" team(s) here, and track my predictions of wins, losses, goals and win/loss in playoff series. Of course I'm a MN WILD fan(atic), but there's really no NHL team I dislike. It's more of which team I want to see win in any particular match-up. And that's always the Wild when they're playing. If you are so inclined, please join in, in the comments section with your NHL thoughts, favorite team(s), predictions, anything. There has to be some NHL fans who stop by here - - join in! Nothing beats hockey talk. Nothing. (Well..."Walking Dead" conversations with other WD-Heads...right up there.)

Newest Addition to the NHL

The following is as of noon, Sunday the 24th (do you realize it's 3 months until Christmas Eve?)

The following teams are undefeated in pre-season games:

Central Div: MN Wild 3-0
Pacific Div: Edmonton 4-0; San Jose 2-0
Atlantic Div: Ottawa 3-0; Florida 1-0;
Metro Div: NY Islanders 3-0; NJ Devils 3-0; Penguins 2-0

Two teams are win-less. Winnipeg (Central) 0-2 and Montreal (Atlantic) 0-4 (ouch!)

What's new, you might ask, this season? Well, a brand spanking shiny new expansion team was added, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. They're in the Pacific Div with 2 wins, 1 loss.

The Metro, Atlantic and Pacific Div's each have 8 teams. The Central Div has 7 teams. Adding Vegas brings the number of NHL teams to a nice, even round number of 31. NHL math...it's so easy.

Back to the newest addition to the league, Vegas. I don't know about you, but the first thing that enters my mind when I think hockey is Las Vegas. How Vegas managed to exist this long without an NHL team is the 8th Great Mystery of the World. I'm joking, I'm happy there's a new team and look forward to watching them play and see how they fare.

Quick recap of last season: The Penguins beat the Nashville Predators taking The Stanley Cup, making it two consecutive wins, something not done since back to back wins by the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-1998. The Preds seemed to float under the radar last year and then boom - were crushing their opponents in every game.

As with all sports, a team is only as good as who is on their injury list. It's way too early to make any predictions, but we can likely expect to see above-average performances by some of The Usual NHL Suspects: The Pens, the Blackhawks, Philly, the Rangers, Boston, Ottawa, LA, Buffalo and one can never dismiss Detroit rocking the ice.

MN Wild owner Craig Leipold said, "anything short of winning the Stanley Cup would be a disappointment." That's jumping the gun. It is not inconceivable that the Wild could win TSC, they played well last season but were eliminated by St. Louis in first round playoffs.

Looking at a list of all the teams, it's just too early to pick who will have a great/good/poor season. I do think we'll see better and improved performances by the Islanders and the Devils, both who had tough seasons last year.

Well, my First Long Boring NHL post is published and the 2017-2018 season is here. Oh yeah, one more thing. You would never see an NHL player diss the American Flag, our National Anthem or an invitation to the White House.

Liberals blame Trump for world not ending on September 23, 2017.

Abundant internet and media stories covered the prediction that Saturday, the 23rd, would be "Doomsday." David Meade recently renewed interest in this theory.  The Sun:
Conspiracies about the mysterious planet named Nibiru, [also known as Planet X],  suggest it could be headed towards Earth to destroy it on September 23.
[David] Meade buys into the idea that a 2,000-year-old prophecy, which was described in the book of Revelation, will cause an apocalypse.
The world didn't end on Saturday and several Liberal organizations, politicians, scholars and scientists from around the world are blaming President Donald Trump.

The Eritas County Ledger:
UK Prime Minister Theresa May directed her ire at a Trump Twitter Tweet about Planet X. "His Planet X tweet was not helpful, it was not appreciated. This is what happens when America elects an Imperialist," said May.

"We're pissed," said Kuamthra Zdgit-Kvortkllor, a Berkeley professor of Eschatology.

"It's that damn Trump. He's the one who stopped this much needed destruction of the Earth," said Zdgit-Kvortkllor. He also blamed the failure of the collision on, "The collective arrogance of skeptics, Republicans, Tea Party'ers [sic], people who actually think for themselves and that Trivago guy.  We were on our way to destroying our filthy, over-populated, disgusting, putrid world. That it didn't happen is devastating."

Theresa May

French President Emmanuel Macron commented, "How can Socialism be expected to thrive and prosper unless our loathsome and repugnant planet is completely eliminated from the solar system?"

The Southern Poverty Law Center blamed Trump, but also lashed out at Planet X. Howard Stuff, Director of Communications at the SPLC said, "see - had the planetary collision taken place, world poverty and  hunger would have been eliminated on Saturday. Due to Nibiru's failure to deliver devastation as promised, the SPLC has placed Planet X at the top of our Hate List."

Vermont U.S. Senator and 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, told reporters, "I tell ya, the world not ending on Saturday is the worst thing ever that could happen. Ever, I tell ya. Ever! Everything would have been great had planet Nurimbuyov...Nurumumburu...Nommerbimmer...whatever the hell it's called, smashed right into us. That would've solved everything, I tell ya.  But because the Russians hacked our election and Trump is in the White House, our damn planet is still here. It's a conspiracy between Trump and that Russian guy, Vladamir Butrin. Butrin? Huh? Butrin? I think that's the guy."

Bernie Sanders on Nibiru, Planet X

John Kasich, 2016 presidential candidate and Governor of Ohio, was the lone voice within the Republican party blaming Trump for  stopping Planet X.  "I'm the Governor of Ohio, but had I been elected president, I would have made sure that Planet X pummeled our planet into dust. If I was the president, instead of being Governor of Ohio, I would have directed NASA to steer earth right into a collision course with Planet X." he said. Kasich continued, "speaking as a regular guy, who is also the the Governor of Ohio, all I can add is that we will continue suffering through life on earth because of that guy in the White House. Being the Governor of Ohio, the most I could do is direct the Ohio National Guard to do all they could to move Ohio into the path of Planet X and, being the Governor of Ohio, I did just that. But it  was unsuccessful and I say this on the record as the Governor of Ohio."

President Trump's Controversial Planet X tweet.

"There is still hope our planet will be destroyed soon," said astrophysicist Klarv Ernstschmidt of the Institute For the Advancement of Interplanetary Destruction headquartered in Baden-Baden, Germany. "Right behind the path of Planet X is Planet Y. We are almost certain Planet Y is on a direct collision course with earth and the catastrophic impact will occur next Saturday. So get ready to kiss your ass good-bye on September 30th."