Because of Course It Fucking Is

I am now performing voodoo rituals and whatever black magic is necessary to put the kaibosh on Hurricane Florence:

Best case scenario is for it to die at sea. Next best case is for it to turn sharply north and die down. Best case scenario FOR ME PERSONALLY is for it to turn south and take out Florida, but that would be horrible (although let me check the polling on the Nelson/Scott Senate race).


God damnit. I have the insurance but I really want a week in the sun.

Repub Stupidity / Cupidity Open Thread: Nobody Loves An Anonymous “Hero”…

Not that he’ll be anonymous for long, which I’m presuming was part of the grift. This is the single best response I’ve seen so far…

See — you can be old and reliant on young staffers and yet not be a total dick!

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Right on Schedule: The Next Phase of the Bust Out

The Republicans are like the mafia, but less subtle:

CNBC’s John Harwood: You were, during the Obama administration, a big critic of rising levels of national debt. We see the deficit going up to $1 trillion next year, debt levels are rising. About the tax cut: Did you guys go about it the wrong way?

Rep. Steve Stivers: I don’t think we did. I think you’ll see the economic growth will actually reduce the deficit a bit from the projected levels. And I think there’s still an opportunity to continue that growth.

Harwood: No misgivings about a tax cut that was not paid for, that’s allowing debt and deficits to rise like it is now?

Stivers: I do think we need to deal with our some of our spending. We’ve got to try to figure out how to spend less.

Harwood: Entitlements? Social Security, Medicare?

Stivers: Yeah, I mean, what I think we need to do is get some people who are now on government programs jobs, we have more open jobs than we have people on unemployment. So if we could get people to go from unemployment, or a government program, to become a taxpayer, it’s a twofer because not only are they getting less government assistance, they probably have a better life economically and they’re actually paying taxes.

Blow up the budget with massive tax cuts to the rich, then use the budget deficits as a pretext to rob more from the poors. Good work if you can get it.

And you thought the re-emergence of Ron Fournier and the no labels motherfuckers was just a coincidence. How long before we’re hearing from Evan Bayh and they’re rolling out the rancid corpse of David Broder?

Solid Work, Green Party of Ohio

I got nothing.

QAnon- Also Very Concerned About Ethics in Gaming Journalism

Alvin Chang at Vox analyzed the Reddit behavior of QAnon supporters, and to the surprise of exactly NO ONE, they are exactly who you thought they would be:

Wanna see my shocked face? A small percentage of acne-ridden incel lunatics at reddit, 4chan, and 8chan are really having a grand old time fucking up this country’s discourse.

Adios, Dickfur

Pustulent anthropomorphic anal cyst Alex Jones and his posse of choad hurling gremlins at InfoWars have FINALLY been banned from several prominent social media sites:

YouTube, Facebook and Apple have taken steps to remove content associated with InfoWars and its founder Alex Jones.

Each social media platform said Monday that it had removed content from Jones or InfoWars because it had violated their policies. The companies’ moves shut down key distribution channels that had given the controversial media figure easy access to millions of internet users.

The most dramatic action came last, from YouTube, which is owned by Google (GOOGL). It removed many top channels associated with InfoWars, including The Alex Jones Channel, which had 2.4 million subscribers and videos that were viewed over 1.5 billion times.

Spotify has also removed Jones after a large movement on the intertrons had people unsubscribing en masse.

The question is “Why now,” when it’s been pretty god damned clear for quite some time that he’s the human equivalent of ebola diarrhea in a crowded subway platform, spewing his noxious filth all over the place and infecting the public discourse with his waste and bile.

The answer, of course, is pressure. That’s all these corporate entities respond to- pressure. If you are looking to our corporate shitlords who have gleefully participated in the fleecing of America for moral guidance while occassionally having a “green week” or chucking a few coins at the muscular dystrophy or breast cancer, you’re doing it wrong. You need to get in their face, tell them that in no uncertain terms to fix themselves or get fucked. It works. Google “sleeping giants boycott.”

And no, Alex Jones’s first amendment rights have not been violated. He can build his own fucking network.

Samwise Open Thread / An Introduction, for the Unfamiliar

Hello, my pseudonym is Major Major Major Major, and I am, apparently, a blogger.

As many of you already know, I’m a prolific commenter here. (For those who didn’t know that, now you do.) Recent-ish-ly, I’ve been working with Alain on various improvements to the site. These efforts kept hitting the same snag: developing anything for a system you don’t have access to is terrible. So Alain gave me the keys to the production server. Somebody had the bright idea to give me the keys to WordPress too, so here we are.

I know I’m supposed to say something snarky here, but I really do think it’s kind of an honor, so hey, thanks!

Now. Before you complain about the site in the comments, let me say that we are aware there are many issues. We might even be aware of yours! But BJ is nobody’s full-time job, so, well, you know how triage works.

As for posting, I’m going to keep that light. As Alain mentioned, I’d like to start a twice-monthly series where we can all talk about good books to read. I may do the first one on Sunday. If there’s interest, I may also start a feature where we can talk about video games. Let me know. Finally, I may jump in with a west coast late night open thread on evenings where there’s a need.

Bio and pet pics below the fold…

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