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20170625 13:40 Pappy wretchard:

What does one do when lost? Where a direction of improvement cannot be found, one solution is simply to do nothing and wait for something to improve. This is not as crazy as it seems. After all, lost hikers are advised to stay where they are. The crews of disabled submarines were trained to wait for help and attempt an individual escape only as a last resort. Inactivity is rational when the direction of "better" is unknown because there are many more random ways to worsen a position than to alleviate it. So it's sometimes better to do nothing when you don't know what you're doing.

Ten years ago one could predict what the official (and unofficial) story would be in any situation. By contrast today's headlines are often absolutely contradictory, a situation that has made it hard for pundits to write anything intelligent about current events. Some have given up or seemingly had a nervous breakdown. This randomness is telling because it is indicative of a narrative in disarray. The entire political system, not just Trump administration, is zig-zagging through public policy. Unpredictability is exactly what you'd expect during a paradigm shift and observing it may even proof you're inside of one. We are lost.

Many of humanity's most seemingly insoluble problems were fixed not by politicians but by ordinary unheralded people. The idea of merely avoiding the catastrophic as a solution is not so stupid. The strategy of waiting out the crisis may be difficult when ideologues or other fanatics are present since by definition they always know the way out of each and every crisis on ideological or doctrinal grounds. With ideology things don't have to make sense. Whether ideologues succeed in convincing the crew to open the hatch depends to a large extent on whether people can be made to see the promise of their sometimes fruitless individual attempts to improve things. A world in crisis can self-immolate on its own despair. By contrast a society that persists in seeking a solution just might make it.
20170625 11:41 Shipman Skid you've been around a long time but you've never seen the changeover? You gotta make time for, it's, yep, epic. A cross between the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and a Saturn Five launch.
20170624 23:26 Skidmark MSL: Mean Sea Level
NSL: Nice Sea Level
20170624 18:59 trailing wife I'm pretty sure that this time I wasn't the one to accidentally delete Skidmark's comment while killing spam, but a general apology anyway. It's not that we don't love you, my dear, just an excess of enthusiasm.

Snowy Thing and Skidmark, I'm working on getting well, truly.

Two corrections, Seeking cure, and a comment:

AGW: anthropogenic global warming, that is to say human-caused rather than natural. It comes out of the global warming/gerbil worming wars, an issue that has exercised our scientifically knowledgeable Rantburgers since the early days. We even have an entire series of images on file just for those articles.

swksvolFF is how he writes it.

A good many Rantburg acronyms are not specific to this place, but are common to the military, to computer programmers, or to the internet in general. A substantial minority of Rantburgers are current or former military and/or programmers. Another group are engineers. I have frequently ask for definitions of unfamiliar terminology over the years; everyone here knows so much that I don't, sheltered dilletante and computer end user that I am.

Your list might benefit from a stroll through the archives, an educational exercise all its own. Click on the Archives tab at the top right in Rantburg, then scroll down in time. Enjoy!
20170624 01:25 badanov At Midnight EST
20170623 23:45 Skidmark When do the new posts go up?
20170623 20:17 badanov Some Friday evening Catfish and the Bottlemen:

20170623 19:39 Skidmark Wow! I got scrubbed again.
20170623 18:18 3dc So Aug 17th is the interesting one...
June 25 - Iridium Next Flight 2 (x10) - Falcon 9 - Vandenberg SLC-4E - 20:25:14
NET early-mid-July 1 - Intelsat 35e - Falcon 9 - Kennedy LC-39A - 23:35-00:35
July 22 - FORMOSAT 5 - Falcon 9 - Vandenberg SLC-4E
NET late-July - SES-11 (EchoStar 105) - Falcon 9 - Kennedy LC-39A
August 3 - TDRS-M - Atlas V 401 (AV-074) - Canaveral SLC-41 - 13:02-13:42
NET August 1 10 - Dragon SpX-12 (CRS-12), CREAM - Falcon 9 - Kennedy LC-39A - 17:07
August 14 - NROL-42: Trumpet Follow On 2 (TBD) - Atlas V 541 (AV-072) - Vandenberg SLC-3E - 07:01-11:00
NET August 15 17 - OTV-5 (X-37B) - Falcon 9 - Kennedy LC-39A
August 24 - Iridium Next Flight 3 (x10) - Falcon 9 - Vandenberg SLC-4E
20170623 15:04 swksvolFF Knew my nym, have a tab at the local watering hole if you pass through:)
20170623 00:30 Seeking cure for ignorance Okay, tabbing apparently doesn't work here.
20170623 00:29 Seeking cure for ignorance Acronyms & Terminologies. This is what I have so far, please let me know of you have any Rantberg only (or rarely used elsewhere) acronyms and terms to add to this list:


AGW Atmosphere Global Warming

DRT Dead Right There (Refer to a person who died on the spot)

FOAD Fuck Off And Die

HG2 Hope for the Good Guys

RAL Rantburg Acronym List

RFI Request For Information

RTA Road Traffic Accident

RTC Road Traffic Collision (UK)

SWKSVFF South West Kansas Volunteer Fire Fighter

TLA Three Letters Axronym

TWMAPGNFAB That Would Make A Pretty Good Name For A Band (credit to Dave Barry)


Terms:

Hold-over Aiming above your intended target to compensate for bullet drop (rifle)

Klingon CIA
20170623 00:17 Skidmark Good story Badenough!
20170623 00:16 Skidmark I hope you're sticky and gummy from sweat Deacon.
20170622 18:21 Dale Deacon I can't help you with that. Your on your own. I hope its not catching. Say, my married lesb.. officer told me this; " What is the difference between Bill Cosby and Santa?. Santa stops at three Ho's.
20170622 13:26 Deacon Blues I woke up broke, sticky, and confused.
20170622 09:59 Dale That that was good Bad. Hey I'm confused. Well moving along being a low guy on the totem poll has its advantages. I have been let go several times when they were good gigs as they say. Now at the low end by choice I am seeing 1000 management people sacked.I guess they want the investors happy. Most are 45-60 year old chaps and some 16 years with the company.
20170622 05:13 Seeking cure for ignorance badanov, that was terrible! Sadly also true!

Now it'll take me a while to get over this chuckle fit so I can get to sleep!
20170622 00:04 Pappy wretchard (who really, really needs an editor):

Since 2016, the American political system has been incoherent. One example is its attitude towards Russia. On one hand, tensions are reportedly rising between the US and the Kremlin. But on the other, many believe the Trump administration is colluding with Russia. But the American political system cannot seem to come to grips with this contradiction. What does the objective evidence show about the state of relations between Russia and the United States? The truest indication of the situation should come from what state actors do rather than what they say. The United States and Russia are not belligerents at war. Neither is the White House the slave of the Kremlin.

The obsession with Trump's very real shortcomings obscures the fact that the biggest crisis in the American political system today is the condition of the Democratic Party. The Democrats were victims of their own success. They owned the unions, media, academia, and the public sector interest groups, which was good while it lasted. But when the Blue Model failed, it failed catastrophically. The Democrats never really recovered from the Clintons or Obama, and never came to terms with the collapse of the Blue Model. One would have thought the shocking electoral loss in Georgia would have snapped them out of their coma, or at least alert them to the danger of being transfixed by their own narrative. After all, when you keep losing to an opponent you believe to have the IQ of an orangutan, it's got to be more than bad luck.

The American political system is operating in an impaired state. It's not really thinking -- about China, Russia, Korea, Syria, Kurdistan.Like a person afflicted by a stroke, it can't take a consistent view of external reality. It's regressing into an atavism. It's not really thinking about anything except half-remembered slogans from 1968. Leaderless, it has reverted to the Van Jones/Bernie Sanders modes; a screaming, yelling, howling Evergreen State college archetype. And in this condition America faces Putin, Korean missiles, Iran, China, and all the rest.
20170621 19:01 badanov From Facebook:

A CNN Reporter, BBC Reporter, and an Israeli commando were captured by terrorists in Iraq. The leader of the terrorists told them that he would grant them each one last request before they were beheaded.

The CNN Reporter said, ‘Well, I’m an American, so I’d like one last hamburger with French fries.” The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the burger & fries. The reporter ate it and said “Now, I can die.”

The BBC Reporter said, ‘I’m a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what’s about to happen.

Maybe someday someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end.” The terror leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and dictated some comments. The reporter then said, ‘Now I can die knowing I stayed true until the end.”

The leader turned and said, “And now, Mr. Israeli tough guy, what is your final wish?”

“Kick me in the ass,” said the soldier.

“What?’ asked the leader, “Will you mock us in your last hour?”

“No, I’m not kidding. I want you to kick me in the ass,” insisted the Israeli. So the leader shoved him into the open and kicked him in the ass
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The soldier went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm pistol from under his flak jacket, and shot the leader dead. In the resulting confusion, he jumped to his knapsack, pulled out his carbine and sprayed the terrorists with gunfire. In a flash, all terrorists were either dead or fleeing for their lives.
As the soldier was untying the repor
ters, they asked him, “Why didn’t you just shoot them in the beginning? Why did you ask them to kick you in the ass first?”

“What?” replied the Israeli, “and have you report that I was the aggressor?”
20170620 22:17 Thing From Snowy Mountain Get well soon.

Anyway, thought I'd post this:


20170620 17:37 Skidmark Get well Ms. Wife.
We need you.