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Screamin Eagles Won’t Get Full HAZMAT Suit..Nor Proper Treatment Like Civilians With Ebola

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So, the quasi-retired president decides to “fight Ebola” in Africa with American troops. Better still, the 101st Airborne “will only need gloves and masks” according to General David Rodriguez — one hell of a human being, as well as a commander his men can trust. Keep in mind, with only a little chance of exposure to chemical agents, soldiers were MOPPed up the ass during the Iraqi campaign…but here they are going to “fight” Ebola (I’m guessin’ with anti-viral missiles..?) without being exposed.

Better yet, if you contract the disease in this half-assed mission, the soldier won’t have the same treatment as a civilian might — brought back to the US for “the best treatment you can get before 9 out of 10, you die”…oh no! You’ll be quarantined in fuckin’ Liberia.

“If, God forbid, one of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marine contracted this disease, as I mentioned, they would be stabilized, they would be quarantined, we would go through the appropriate protocols…” said the commander of AFRICOM, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams. Oh, God forbid, Darryl; ‘course, it’s no skin off your nose, right, Mr. Shoulder Stars — not like you’ll be mucking in with the boys. But don’t worry, the people attending to them would be safe. “People would be attending to them in the appropriate PPE [personal protective equipment].”

There’s a point where you have to ask yourself if your command structure deserves your loyalty and obedience. The last six years, increasingly, that answer is “yes.”

First Impressions: OS X Yosemite

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I just happened to be doing an update check and saw the new OS x was up this afternoon, so I decided to go ahead and make the jump…

First, download of Yosemite took me about half an hour, install and set-up about the same time. It was very easy, almost effortless. It prompted for the iCloud stuff, but other than that, it transferred my settings, wallpaper, and everything else without a problem. iTunes, of course, “lost” my external drive library, but unlike other iterations of iTunes, it found the library with no issues when i pointed it in the right direction. None of the usual rebuilding the library. It looks like the iTunes on the iPad, which is the say it looks clean and finding material is easier than in old iTunes. I haven’t attempted to sync an iPhone or iPad yet and am dreading it. It looks like you can swap libraries on the fly through the home icon at the top left. I haven’t tried that yet.

Once up and running, it seemed to be running about the same, if not a bit faster on my Late 2010 Air. The fan was coming on a lot at the start, but I think that was Spotlight indexing. It found my external drives and connected almost immediately; Mavericks used to fart around a good long while connecting. The Time Machine connected quicker than usual (but still pretty slowly) and ran a backup while i was typing this.

Other updates came fast and furious while I was experimenting — iWorks was up and running in minutes, with the look of the interface much more iOS, but the functionality seems to be returning to Pages and Keynote. Haven’t tried the other apps, yet. The apps open on the iCloud folder, but if you redirect to something local, the next time you open a new document, it points to the local folder.

The new notifications center is very easy to use, looks nice, and is quickly customizable. Chrome seems to be glacially slow and hitting the CPU hard, but Safari is running quick and smooth; right now, it might be worth swapping and using the baked in browser. The new mail app is a mail app — I use it for the most basic functions, so nothing big to say here. Seashore — my go-to photo manip app still works, but good ol’ Onyx is dead now.

iPhoto is still here, waiting to gum up your photo library and piss you off. Apparently they haven’t sorted the iCloud integration, but I won’t be using that. I don’t have near enough iCloud storage for my picture library.

I made an attempt to do Handoff with my iPhone — no joy. An attempt to send a file failed, as well. The phone and computer don’t seem to want to talk to each other. I suspect my Bluetooth isn’t compatible with the function…couldn’t program a fix for this? Really? Isn’t that half the draw to Yosemite — the ability to move from one device to the next easily?

Look: It’s got the “flatter” look of iOS, but it’s more colorful. I keep hoping for an “aluminum” option to go minimalist in the look of my desktop. The skeumorphics seem to finally have been banished, and good riddance. The new font is very easy to read for my LASIK improved vision (I’m farsighted now.)

Power usage — keep in mind I had a backup running in the background, and had started at about 65% battery, but in the half hour or so since then, I’ve eaten 20% of the battery, tying in Safari, doing a few bits and bobs on the side to experiment with the OS. The first 35% of the battery was doing work in Pages with multiple windows open at the same time. and that was over the course of about 3 hours…about the same as with Mavericks. I figure 7-8 hours usage if you don’t have video or Flash heavy websites eating up your power for my older MacBook Air. About on par with the last two or three iterations of OS X.

So first impressions: It looks nice, has a few very good updates — the notifications center, better connection with external drives, and the functionality is returning to iWorks. iTunes is, for the first time in a decade, not a complete cowpat to deal with. Battery and performance are mostly unchanged. So far, no bugs after five hours with it.

I’d say go for it.

Without Government, Who Would Build the Roads? These Guys…

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After a “landslip” shut down a section of road, requiring a 14 mile diversion, English businessman Mike Watts took out a £300,000 loan on his home to build a private toll road on a nearby farmer’s land, allowing people to get from Kelston to Bath in a reasonable amount of time. The Kelston Toll Road was not approved by the local council (gasp!), but it’s perfectly legal.

And a whole lot more responsive to the needs of the people than those elected bureaucrats.

Quote of the Day: Frederic Bastiat

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…theorists attempt to found a system on the basis of these attitudes on the part of individuals and declare that need is wealth, that labor is wealth, and that the obstacle to well-being is well-being itself. To multiply obstacles is, in their eyes, to encourage industry.

Then the statesmen take over. They hold the power of the government in their hands; and what is more natural than to put it to use in increasing and spreading obstacles, since this is the same as increasing and spreading wealth?

Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms

Ferguson Cop Points Rifle at Protestors and Threatens to Kill Them

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…and does he get summarily fired? ‘course not! They’ve got that union contract that prevents departments from getting rid of psychopaths with badges. No, he’s bee “indefinitely suspended” — so he’ll be back as soon as the storm blows over, or he gets another job in another department.

Sorry, the proper response here, when some lunatic threatens you with a gun, is to blow his damned skull open. Badge or no — you aren’t some special class of person, you aren’t more important than the people you purport to serve.

For all those “officer safety is paramount” types — you put the uniform on. You strapped on a gun. You chose a dangerous career. If you can’t do it without APCs and air support, then maybe you should go take up woodworking.

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