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  • NASA, which can’t get humans to Mars and has been so useless on lunar travel that the last U.S. astronaut to walk on the Moon recently died of old age … is now fretting that we might get dementia from flying too high in airplanes. Lord, save us from such cowards, fools, and earth-crawling bureaucrats! (H/T MtK)
  • But that’s okay. Because Hillary Clinton will fix all the problems of humanity when she becomes president in 2020, propelled by her hit TV show. (This according to one anonymous source; so don’t start “rejoicing” yet.) (Tip o’ hat to SC)
  • This guy lost a $1,200 drone during a performance review. The reason, in part? Yet another pampered, privileged, and precious ex-president.
  • RIP, John Hurt. Not a surprise because he was afflicted with pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly. But yet another loss. This recap of 10 of his notable performances, from the Elephant Man to Garrick Ollivander of the Harry Potter movies, leaves out his creepy-mad role as Chancellor Sutler in V for Vendetta. But then, in a 50-year career, they had to leave out a lot.
  • Just a reminder that our old friend Elias Alias of The Mental Militia, is also a gifted artist who specializes in jewelry. Elias recently left his editor’s post at Oath Keepers. This gave him spare time to return to crafting gold and gems, but left him at risk of hunger in the meantime. If you’re in the bracket to purchase custom jewelry, please remember Elias.
  • When I linked earlier this month to an article about a suburban Detroit man getting a ticket for warming up his car in his own driveway, I had no idea. Turns out that was merely the tip of a nationwide iceberg.
  • No, I would not take my survival advice from Cracked. Still, here are some off-the-wall tips to evaluate at your own risk.


  1. Bear
    Bear January 28, 2017 12:21 pm

    I hear Samsung and LG are the major backers for the Clinton show. On the assumption that all those shot up televisions will drive sales of replacements. (Hopefully, I’m being satirical.)

  2. Claire
    Claire January 28, 2017 12:49 pm

    “(Hopefully, I’m being satirical.)”

    It’s so hard to tell these days, isn’t it? Satirical, paranoid, cynical — or just realistic.

  3. R.L. Wurdack
    R.L. Wurdack January 28, 2017 1:15 pm

    I propose we fine city buses at the Park and Rides. How about police cars outside the doughnut shop? Good grief! Have you had to pay 5 cents for a bag at the grocery store yet? Issaquah, Kirkland et al… Who spawns the mindless drones who vote for this stuff?

  4. R.L. Wurdack
    R.L. Wurdack January 28, 2017 1:20 pm

    Thou shalt not fly. Good reason to build your own drone without the BS back door software.

  5. jed
    jed January 28, 2017 3:04 pm

    Those survial tips actually sound OK. I’ve read the food test method over at Blue Collar Prepping, and the pants thing is well known. Other garments can possibly work too. Don’t know about the efficacy of lamé vs. other fabrics for floatation, but it would make you more visible to radar.

    However, even in a falling elevator, I’d prefer not to violate my bowels. Geez, do writers learn English much these days?

    Zachary Mayo? As in Richard Gere’s character in An Officer and a Gentleman?

  6. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 28, 2017 5:12 pm

    Dang. Whatever movie John Hurt was in, whatever part he played, he worked magic.

    Oh please, let there be a Hillary Show. What a fine hill for pundits to die on.

    Survival tips:
    1. Haven’t tried he plant-bag, but we learned to make moisture traps/solar stills in my Mojave Desert Boy Scout days.
    2. If you jump into the air in a falling elevator you actually will not be injured when the elevator hits bottom. A fraction of a second later, however, when you hit the bottom of the elevator…
    3. What’s edible in the wilderness? That’s what snare wire and deadfall traps are for. That leafy stuff is what food eats. 😉
    4. Fire is what your fire-starter kit is for. Electrically, carry a 9-volt battery and steel wool. Not in contact with each other.
    5. I also learned the trouser trick in the Boy Scouts. It works well enough that your big worry will be hypothermia, not drowning. In small boats, of course, wear your personal floatation device.

  7. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair January 29, 2017 5:24 am

    Will Hillary’s TV show be called “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”?

  8. idaho bob
    idaho bob January 29, 2017 5:41 am

    Naw, it will be called “The fourth witch of Eastwick”.

    Her co hosts will be Cher, Sarandon and Pfeiffer


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