1. Invasion. 2. Rebellion.

The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

We have both.

Carbon and Nationalism

California Bill Would Punish Firms That Bid On Trump’s Border Wall

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — The California state senate has approved a measure that would prohibit the state from contracting with companies that bid to build President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

Senators voted 23-16 Thursday to send the bill to the Assembly.

How much carbon will be saved by building the wall?

California, New York, Washington Unite To Back Climate Pact

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won’t let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an international pact.

“This is an insane move by this president,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said, blasting the decision as “deviant behavior from the highest office in the land.”

The sovereignty of our country is being threatened by madmen.

They’re happy that all our shit is made in China where the amount of pollution not to mention the yearly deaths in coal mines is extremely high.

By the way, having a pet dog has the same carbon footprint as owning an SUV.

Fearless Girl, Sketchy Dog, Charging Bull

Just read a news article about some of the sculptures in New York and how people are reacting to them.

When I read things like this is really makes some teachings of Buddhism poignant, especially the sermon of the dead wood.

You can look at a sculpture as a hunk of metal. Does the hunk of metal harm you? Does it affect you? It’s just a bunch of metal molecules. Only the mind sees a shape and spins around and gets all caught up in it. But in the end it’s just a harmless bunch of molecules.

So I think you could just walk by a hunk of metal like that and basically ignore it. Or witness in an objective way how this object, this collection of molecules effects other people and just accept it all as part of the world.

If you walk past it every day you could think as you pass it: “Here is this metallic object which exerts an effect on people.” or, perhaps more accurately: “Here is this metallic object which people engage in a range of mentations over.”, and just keep walking without giving it more thought.

High-speed, electrified rail coming to California

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — The Trump administration has agreed to fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of the Caltrain system that would also help California’s high-speed rail project.

The Federal Transit Administration announced its decision on the Caltrain funding request Monday.

Trump Administration Approves $650 Million For Caltrain Electrification

The only sad thing as that California is turning into a vast, 3rd-world ghetto savagescape so maybe it won’t matter by the time the line is completed.

Maybe it should have been built in Ohio or somewhere else.

Return to the light

Just because there may be a lot of darkness doesn’t mean there isn’t light.

This is what it’s all about

Put me on a desert island with this.  This is all I need.

Everything else is degeneracy.

I’m embarrassed to post this, but this is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned

I’m embarrassed to write this post but I really love this handheld cannister vacuum I got recently – an Oreck BB1200. Note that the model variant on their website is “DB” but the one I found online for a really good price was the “LR”.

This is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. The build quality is amazing.  It’s made in USA. If you want to know how well things were made in the 1970’s get this.  For someone who lives in an apartment this is the perfect vacuum cleaner.

It’s lightweight and you can either hold it with the convenient handle or use the shoulder strap. Even though the filter compartment isn’t really large it seems to compress the dirt so well you don’t have to empty the filter for a long time.

It also has a secondary filter where the air exhaust comes out in the back which is a really nice touch. The power cord is quite long which is very convenient and it’s made of a high-quality rubber material which is much nicer than the cheaper vinyl-type power cords.

This vacuum is so nice that it actually makes cleaning fun. All I can say is that getting this vacuum was an excellent investment.

Now that I’ve written a post about a vacuum cleaner I know I’ve passed inexorably into the realm of being a complete geek. But I’m happy 🙂

Oreck BB1200. Love it!

Hypernormalization and crime

Am watching the film Hypernormalization again and I like the part where they’re discussing the idea of the job of politicians is to deal with managed outcomes.

I see that every day. Managed outcomes means that we let people out of jails because there isn’t enough space to hold them and anyhow it costs more money. So you basically have criminals out in the streets. At this point in the breakdown of society it’s tacitly accepted that you can steal things from people and get away with it.

There was a case of a woman who actually stole an ambulance – yes, an ambulance – and yet a couple days later she was shot by police after she had stolen another vehicle and tried to run them over. What the fuck was she doing out free after having stolen an ambulance?? Managed outcomes.

Part of managed outcomes means accepting that certain people are victimized as just part of the equation. Your shit gets stolen, your car broken into, or even stolen – that’s just an acceptable part of it all. No investigation is done because – there’s other shit they need to investigate like stabbings and killings, etc. Managed outcomes.

Basically we’re in a fucked world that has broken down this far and is getting worse, yet like all the fake news and ubiquitous lies – just like the sugar that is in all the foods – an illusion is created of some kind of normality that is purely contrived. It has no relation to reality because reality doesn’t really mean shit.

The lawlessness and insecurity in your community, the breakdown of order and of rule of law in socity, the inexorable descent of our country into a vast, third-world savagescape: Managed outcomes.

By the way, the film does mention Donald Trump. It seems to take an agnostic position about him or perhaps they are trying to paint him as some kind of opportunist. However I believe that God put Donald Trump in that position so that he would gain wealth and one day become the leader of America during it’s time of crisis.

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