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The Breakfast Club (FREAK Out)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgWell, I had hoped for a nice quiet discussion of wave/particle duality again because there are new developments that are worthy of note or perhaps a good chuckle at Homer Simpson predicting the GeV of the Higgs Boson to within experimental error because I'm just a sucker for the intricacies of Quantum Physics, BUT... 

The big news of the day is on the technology front and particularly NSA v. Encryption.

Now I'll take it as a given that you know thanks to Ed Snowden
and Thomas Drake and subsequent public testimony that the NSA is
obsessed as an organization by collecting every communication you have.
 What you may not know is how far back that goal goes and why it
compromises all of our security.

Way back in the days of the Big Dog when all we had to worry our
pretty little heads about was blowjobs and blue dresses the Internet
started gaining steam as a place to buy things.  People were rightly
concerned about personal information and credit card numbers falling
into the hands of thieves (though I'll tell you quite frankly that
you're in much more danger from your food server if you're a bad tipper
because they have plenty of time alone with your card to write down all
your imprint numbers as well as the ones that are just printed which is
sufficient for ruining your credit by telephone, let alone computer).

Anyhow the major Internet Retailers and the companies that served
them started demanding an encryption scheme to bolster public
confidence that it was safe to buy things.  Thus Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Even this paltry (and believe me it is, though I recommend the study of The Reichenbach Fall because not everything is complicated and mysterious) level of security
was deemed by the NSA "too dangerous for export" so they made an even
weaker one with 40 bits of encryption instead of 128 (too hard, my brain
hurts) for use overseas.

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The Breakfast Club (Strutting Her Stuff)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as president, Ronald
Reagan takes responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair, the AAA is born
in 1904.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

We've collectively decided that putting kids in 3000 pounds of metal traveling at 65 MPH is safe, while letting them walk unsupervised can potentially get them taken away from you and placed in a foster situation. Also known to be safe.

ugh.

Atrios


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The Breakfast Club (Foggy Mountain Sandwich)

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The Breakfast Club (Thrupenny)

The 3 rules of Opera. 
  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehesible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

Consider La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) celebrated in Pretty Woman.

 

 

In Act I, Violetta, a notorious (c'mon fallen woman?
 Everyone knows women don't like sex, it's just something they tolerate
because they like babies) courtesan, spurns Alfredo so she can live her
life the way she wants (Sempre libera - Always Free)

In Act II Violetta is living in a country house with Alfredo,
whom she's decided she loves and has completely abandoned her former
life.  What?  Did she get kidnapped by aliens?  I swear, I just went to
the lobby to visit the bathroom.  Is this the same theater?  The same
Opera?  Am I living some nightmarish Groundhog Day where I don't even get to listen to I've Got You Babe at 6 am every morning for eternity?

 

 

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The Breakfast Club (A Fool Believes He Sees)

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This Day in History

 

 

  

 

 

   

Germany's Reichstag burns, giving the Nazis under
Adolf Hitler a pretext to seize absolute power; A cease-fire ends the
Persian Gulf War; Actress Elizabeth Taylor born; Children's TV host Fred
Rogers dies.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

Thomas Paine


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The Breakfast Club (Die, Winter, Die)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader
Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the
revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George
Harrison born.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus


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The Breakfast Club (A Young Person's Guide)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgSo
instead of what I should have been doing, which was writing a kick ass
Breakfast Club, I spent last night watching a movie called Moonrise Kingdom with my family and a few friends.

I think their intention was that I should like this movie, which I
do.  It's a coming of age love story between two quirky misfits set in
the Penobscot Islands, just about the best place on the planet as far as
I'm concerned.  It features Bill Murray, one of my favorite actors, and
Bruce Willis, in one of his less objectionable roles.

Things work out well in the end, most of the jerks come to the
realization that they are being jerks and stop it and become inspired to
aid the course of true love.

If it's still available on YouTube I'll put it up tonight as a Sunday Movie Spectacular,
but I'll warn you in advance that unless you want to spend between .99
and $2.99 for an Amazon stream or a month or two rooting around the
remainder bin, you'll want to install this tool (Free YouTube Downloader) and grab a copy for yourself.  It comes with
the usual load of bloatware, so choose 'custom install' and decline
where possible.  View on YouTube, Share, copy the http:// code and paste it in the downloader, hit the downward pointing arrow on the right.

The rest of the audience felt it was terrifically uplifting and funny, but it left me kind of sad and depressed.

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The Breakfast Club (Let us pray with Aphrodite)

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The Breakfast Club (The Writing on the Walls)

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it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American in
orbit; the Rhode Island nightclub fire; Actor Sydney Poitier born; Tara
Lipinski becomes the youngest gold medalist in the Winter Olympics.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

The Utopia Of My Childhood

I just don't get this belief that the everything was safe in the good old days but now everything is dangerous. Not actually true.

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The Breakfast Club (Chicken Heart)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgSo this is a story I've told before but not with such detail and outrage.

The essence of the scientific method is that theories are disprovable (by contradictory experimental
results) and that experiments are replicable.  The reason I call
Economics no more than Shamen dancing around a corpse shaking rattles is
that the theories are not disprovable (for the most part,
since like all social sciences experiments to test the conclusion are
impossible to arrange and only observation is feasable) and when
examining the results of natural experiments (oh, say austerity in
Greece) they are shown to be in direct contradiction of the predicted results.

It's worse than that he's dead Jim, Dead Jim, DEAD!

Not that this keeps the Shamen from shaking their rattles and dancing.  It's FAITH you see and when we're talking about WASP Christianity the firm belief
that the elect, favored by God and predestined before birth to sit at
his side on the big rock candy moutain in the sky by and by, display the
benefits of God's grace even in this mortal coil.

That's why the rich are rich you know.  They deserve it.  And all you all expecting divine justice like some kind of
after-life lottery don't really understand that 'so above as it is
below' and the opiate of justice is merely to numb your pain as you
suffer and die for the benefit of your betters.

You think God wants to hang with you?  You wouldn't know a pickle
fork (two tines) from a dessert fork (three) unless a servant laid them
out in the correct order (always good to wait until you can see what
your host uses).

Which brings us to the Chicken Heart.  This is why I'm conflicted about Cosby.

 

 

My dear readers, you may disagree with my opinions, object to my
theories, but when I talk about science I insist that my experiments are
reproducible and consistent.

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