President Trump To Raise Earth Temperature by 250 Degrees?

Apparently, Stephen Hawking (kookspiracy theorist) thinks Donald Trump’s Presidency will raise the Earth’s temperature by 250 degrees and cause acid rain.

When I first saw that, I thought “Trump isn’t just a God Emperor! He’s a FIRE GOD!”

Seriously, Hawking is a “Theoretical Physicist”. He deals in math, but his assumptions CANNOT be proven under the Scientific Method we learned in about the 4th grade.

Remember what the Scientific Method was?

  1. Ask a question.
  2. Form a hypothesis.
  3. Design a test.
  4. Analysis
  5. The answer, or repeat?

Maddox has a decent video about the Scientific Method. I don’t agree with all of his conclusions, but it’s a good start:

But seriously, let’s say you do not “like” Donald Trump. OK, I’ll give you that. How do you get from not liking an individual to believing he’ll somehow raise the Earth’s temperature by 250 degrees?

I’m still waiting…

Oh, wait, he’s a FIRE GOD!

You still can’t test it.

Global Cooling/Warming/Climate Change/Climate Terror is still bullshit until somebody conducts an actual Scientific experiment with falsifiable results.

In 6th grade (1985-1986), my “science” textbook said we should be all out of coal, oil, and everything else by now. Nope. It’s the middle of summer, and gas is still about $2.06 a gallon here in Virginia (compared to over $4.00 a gallon when The Obammesiah was President). And they’ve found fuckloads of reserves since the 1980’s.

Where are all these islands and atolls that were supposed to be submerged by now, thanks to “Global Cooling/Warming/Climate Change/Climate Terror?”

Wasn’t the Statue of Liberty supposed to be underwater by now?

Global Cooling/Warming/Climate Change/Climate Terror is the WORST predictive system known to man. It is NOT science; it is religion. And Stephen Hawking is a kookspiracy theorist.

How In The Hell Is Sling TV “Al La Carte?”

With Scumcast now gone, I started looking at Sling TV for my wife. I was in the process of signing up for a 7 day trial, when I realized something.

This is in no way, shape, or form “al la carte.” In order to get my wife Food Network, I have to pay $20 a month for several ESPN, Disney (Yes, I know Disney owns ESPN), and Fake News Networks that I’ll never watch.

Forget it. This isn’t “al la carte.” This is the same bundling bullshit Scumcast does, but in a lower price range.

Sling, when I can get Food Network, Spike, and whatever channel airs “Air Crash Investigations” (because I can’t find new ones on YouTube anymore), I’ll sign up. I’m not paying you for the same networks I paid Scumcast for that I’ll never watch.

I signed out and closed the browser tab before I got to input my credit card. I’m not doing it.

Comcast Is Gone

Having options is wonderful.

My wife and I bought this house 2 years ago. We were on an agreement with Comcast. They apparently renewed the agreement when we had our service moved to the house, and it finally expired. And of course, the payment shot up over $30. I assume we were supposed to call them screaming about it, and be talked into a new agreement with some upsells.

They royally pissed us off more than 18 months ago. We had a few shows we DVR’ed, and suddenly, they weren’t on the DVR anymore. Turns out, they took those channels and put them in a higher priced package. Oh, we could get them back if we wanted to pay more. I said “Hell, no!”

For the first time in my life, we have an alternative. My neighborhood has FIOS. So with the agreement run out, we got FIOS Internet installed. That happened today. Then, my wife called Comcast to cancel. She was too nice to them. But then again, yelling at some customer service rep who probably works in a call center that Comcast contracts is not the best approach.

I’m probably going to have to get my wife Sling so she can watch Food Network. I saw that Hulu now has “live TV”, but I’m not going from $12 to $44 a month just to get Food Network.

I never watch “live TV.” Haven’t in years. Anything important that happens will be on YouTube. Tucker Carlson clips are my favorites. His “you are so full of shit” face is classic.

Normally, when you post something negative about or a complaint about Comcast on blogs or social media, somebody from “Comcast Cares” will contact you. I don’t know why the entire company isn’t “Comcast Cares.” But if Comcast really cared, they’d find a way to deliver what 21st century customers want without having to keep adding on extra packages. “Oh, yes, I know we only have the last 5 episodes available On Demand. But if you pay us more, you can unlock more of them!” Screw you. I’ve been paying for a package full of channels I wouldn’t accept money to watch (Oprah, Disney, ESPN, multiple ESPN channels, CNN, PMSNBC, etc.) but I have to pay extra to get Spike or NatGeo. Forget it.

It’s nice to have competitors.

United’s Customer Service

I’ve been hearing about the United incident over the last couple of days. The details I got came in slowly, until I finally had enough of a picture to come to a conclusion.

I’ll leave the actual analysis to Davis Aurini. He did a great job.

There’s the “way the world ought to be”, and the world we actually live in. We’ll never get to the way the world ought to be, and most of us have different definitions of what it should be. My ideal world involves no commercials, and violent beatings for people who drive too slow, and are screwing with their phones when the light turns green. I doubt I’d ever get that approved on a ballot, and even if we did vote on it, some court would overturn it.

Another focus of my ideal world is, the hospitality industry would have to charge the same price to everybody. Sure, they can factor in the market. But they won’t be selling one plane ticket to somebody for $1000, and the person sitting next to them gets to buy a ticket for $100.

(A great meme I saw yesterday goes “United: we put the hospital in hospitality!”)

For the most part, we do not have the rights we think we do. Apparently, if a cop pulls you over for speeding, you are legally and constitutionally correct by refusing to provide your license and registration under the 5th amendment, because the information you provide can and will be used against you in a court of law. But go ahead and give it a try. Let me know in the comments how well it worked for you.

In real life, the cop will probably yank you out of your car and charge you with some form of obstruction. You’ll be dragged to jail. Sure, if you can afford a lawyer, and all the money and time, you’ll probably win the lawsuit. But do you really have the money for that? Better to just hand the documents over, be polite and cooperative, and hope the officer lets you off with a warning for being so nice. (It actually has worked for me a couple of times. One cop was so surprised I didn’t try to bullshit him that he got a blank stare for a few seconds).

Besides, do you honestly believe you can come up with an excuse the cop hasn’t heard? Everybody lies to him. Everybody has to take a leak. The cop knows you just passed a rest stop. Everybody yells at him “You work for me, asshole! Aren’t there pedophiles and Wall Street Bankers you should be going after? I’m just trying to get to work!” They hear that from everybody; what makes you think YOU can actually pull it off?

Same thing at the airport. The TSA screeners don’t give a shit that I’m a veteran. There’s no sense in bringing it up. I just do what I have to do to get through screening and not do anything to make myself memorable to them. They don’t want to hear about radiation from the naked body scanners. They always examine my laptop like it’s an alien artifact even though they encounter thousands of them a day; they probably don’t know what radiation is.

So with the United thing, we ended up with a very bad confluence of several factors that boiled over. Everybody was right and everybody was wrong, and nobody won. Maybe United won, at least in this round. But the hit to their PR will last forever. “Fly United and get your ass beat!” I’m sure people will be saying that for a while. But all airlines suck. Name one that doesn’t.

Also, don’t count on the r selected animals around you to do anything to help you. They’ll be glad to take out their phones and record the whole thing, then post it on Twitter. But they don’t give any more of a crap about you than United does.

United overbooked, as they always do. Except this time, they ran out of no-shows. Then they had to transport some mechanics to the next airport at the last minute, so they had to kick people off the plane. Of the four, three took the vouchers. Hell, Louisville isn’t that far from Chicago. For $800, I’d rent a luxury car and drive it. This Doctor Dao said he had to be at his next destination. But why would United care? Everybody has to be at their next destination. He won the anti-lottery; get off my plane. (There are reports that Dr. Dao is into some serious deviancy, but I don’t see how any of it is relevant to his ass beating by United and the cops they called in).

If it happens to you, the best thing you can do is roll with it. Take what they’re offering. Milk them for all you can get: money, hotel, rental car, whatever. Don’t fly on a tight deadline. Better yet, don’t fly. The airlines hate you and want to ruin your personal life. I only fly for work, when they’re paying for it and have no choice but to live with schedule delays. And I always fly first thing in the morning the day before, to allow for delays. Or to get checked into my hotel early and relax, or go out and get the lay of the land.

Looking at it again, I think the only winners in this United scuffle were the people that weren’t involved. And our prize is memes. Here are a couple I came across:

Lauren Southern Gets A White House Press Pass…

…and shares with us what it’s like to be in a stuffy room with a bunch of self-important elitists.

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to Lauren Southern. I’ve watched a few of her videos when something came to my attention. This is interesting though.

Like others, I’d hoped the Trump administration would have simply disbanded the White House Press Corps. It was apparently formed under Harry Truman, and quickly lead to what it is today. The White House is now letting in some smaller, independent media, which is a good sign.

I don’t remember when exactly I stopped trusting the “mainstream” news, but it goes back at least to the Clinton administration.

Something I’ve found funny is, every time I’ve actually taken a “mainstream media” story at face value, even my liberal friends slapped me down for buying the inaccuracies. One time, I shared a link to something Peter Jennings reported, and the most liberal guy I know tore into me over how wrong it was.

CNN Needs Better Technical People (Or They’re A Joke)

Yet again, CNN’s feed gets cut. That seems to be happening a lot lately. Happened when Bernie Sanders jokingly mentioned “Fake News”. It’s getting to where I can’t keep track of how often their feed drops. And I don’t watch CNN. I keep hearing about it from the sources I do follow.

Clinton News Network

Counterfit News Network

Crap News Network

Communist News Network

On the bright side, if you ever find yourself on CNN and want to get off, just hit the eject button with a bit of truth of a comment on “fake news”, and your feed will be cut. You’re free to go.

Andrew Dice Clay Needs A Safe Space

Dice blocked Mark Dice on Twitter:

Pretty much what Mark Dice says: when I was a teenager, Andrew Dice Clay  (real name Andrew Clay Silverstein) was a hero. My friend and I used to drive around listening to one of his CDs. I think I still have a couple of his CDs. But I guess if being that profane was the norm, he wouldn’t have stood out. Where else in the late 80’s where you supposed to find a comedian who dropped F-bombs and talked about banging chicks?

The last CD of his I was aware of, he said he was going to become a feminist. “Penny wit a penis.” He disappeared from the scene after that.  I think that was around ’93. I was stationed in San Diego for a Navy tech school then.

I saw him on Celebrity Apprentice. Dude could barely string two words together in a coherent manner. And those two words were “You” and “know”.