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i tied the course record for this one steep hill on Strava after a while of trying. it's a pretty short one, like, 42ft of elevation gain in less than a block and the record is like 17s. the other day I went up in like 19 and realized I had a shot if I got a running start. the thing is, because it's so short, it's not immediately clear what the beginning or end of the segment is, and this also means the granularity of the record keeping is not so good. it's also kind of directly perpendicular to a main road so you can't get much of a straight running start unless there's no traffic. anyway, drat, I only tied it rather than getting king of the mountain here.

Trump is, as expected, fucking up in PR. Doesn't he understand that in a situation like this you can be doing fine one day and the next your response sucks? That you have to stay on top of what's going on? He needs to fall on his sword here.


The problems of equating shariah with law - I've been meaning to dump this somewhere and now I can just close that tab rather than waiting for an appropriate place. Interesting because I have a passing familiarity with Greek notions of canon...

Who goes Nazi? Probably stolen from a certain snail. Some parts age well, some don't. But some of these bastards are still going Nazi.

Ask Dr Boli: Fun Facts About the Civil War For a short time, Dr Boli was, unfortunately, on First Things. Now he's on his own. He's the sort of conservat-ish humorist I like. a Q&A on the confederate flag

Sherman Alexie A great article about Sherman Alexie on Not Being "The Kind of Indian That’s Expected". Lot of stuff to say about the state of the nation.

Some article about abstinence only education. An appropriate conversation for this never came up.

How should we protest neo-Nazis I think I was going to reflect on how this blames protesters for the reaction they get rather than letting it serve as a wake-up call to the people who react against protesters? cf MLK letter from Birmingham jail. On some occasions their recommendations may be best, but I really can't accept that non-confrontation in all instances is best because the public gets sympathetic to Nazis when they are confronted.

Baseball stadium dirt systems Mildly interesting story.

Somebody's "meh" reflection on civility.

A fringe I can't ignore.

Fox News still hasn't apologized for the Seth Rich story The right wing news is just sick. There are not depths to which they will not stoop and, sadly enough, they have people who wish it were so and follow them into the depths. I found out somebody I went to high school with had killed herself in Haiti when people started making "Hillary Clinton had this woman killed because she uncovered the child prostitution ring Bill etc etc etc...". These conspiracy theorist people have no souls.

Everything you know about poverty is wrong A good article to trot out every once in a while which shows some of the stupidity of common conservative tropes about poverty. One might want to find the underlying studies since people hate MoJo.

Matt Bruenig on related issues: about the "Success Sequence" People often go on about the "success sequence" - graduate high school, get jorb, get married, wait to have kids, etc - as preventing poverty, but he points out that this begs the question.

Excerpt from BIG CHICKEN the horrors of animal agriculture and its effects on human health, in this case on the workers. Wild stuff.

We lost the climate war. Time to surrender A good reflection on how it's time to disarm and completely dismantle our tools of war.

fucking arpaio's pardon This man undermined the rule of law and now his pardon is undermining the rule of law. He should be tried by The Hague.

Medicine and Medieval Hospital Somebody asked a question about this and I was interested so I looked up this article and then lost interest in digesting it to answer the question.

Christianity and Culture: part 1 This author is a lawyer in California who was raised by wacky fundamentalists and left that and is somewhat disillusioned by Evangelicalism but still believes and tries to deconstruct the culture warrior myths and purity culture nonsense - as well as explain it to outsiders. Here's the first post of a series he recently wrote on culture and the culture wars. If you have an interest in how Fundamentalism works, look at his Christian Patriarchy and Modesty Culture things. Eye-opening stuff.

Book Review:  The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry That guy also reads a lot of books and reviews them - based on this review, I really need get this book!

Matt Bruenig on labor market coercion after Damore he has some thoughts and quite rightly points out that labor market regulations are the sort of thing that would protect a conservative in Silicon Valley, but the people complaining here  are the sort that want to strip those away. I also agree that we need to be very careful about wanting to fire people based on their commentary about their job and their extra-curricular activities, as it were, but I think there's a good case for firing Damore anyway. However, I don't know anything about labor law in CA and am not a lawyer, I just hung out in an HR department for a while in IL.

Education and love are not the solution to racism. "Education, love and exemplary black people will not deliver America from racism, Kendi says. Racist ideas grow out of discriminatory policies, he argues, not the other way around. And if his new center can help identify and dismantle those policies in the U.S. and around the world, he believes we can start to eliminate racism. At least that’s the goal."

Some music: Man Man - Life Fantastic (full album) Found because of the whole MANWOLF thing.


Man, my neck still hurts. That's why I'm running so much. Maybe I can lift on Monday again. Weight around 215#. Probably lose some more, but I fear starting to lose significant muscle.

Baseball is going okay. Cubs have the division.

Because of the muscle thing, I started looking at maybe supplementing protein instead of getting it all from food. Pea is pretty cheap. A benefit of this is that the wifing unit has trouble eating sometimes, needs to eat more protein, and wants flavorless futuristic sludge, which this can be. So we'll give it a whirl maybe.

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More strava by gzt (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Oct 01, 2017 at 01:01:30 AM EST
So there are a couple segments nearby that are essentially a quarter mile with the top speed on them being like 80 seconds. That's fast but not THAT fast. Hmm.

i was talking with our mutual friend about by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Oct 01, 2017 at 12:06:44 PM EST
the dorothy thompson nazi piece a while back. it's an early forerunner of the more recent genre of "that guy who does a long list of shit the author made up, but is actually representative of a real type of person everyone knows."

i thought a lot of it rang true, but that the more arresting question isn't the "type," which is pretty well theorized by now, but the quantity. you look at how many people were nazis and how many people decided they could not oppose the nazis or had better go along with them -- the implications are sobering, all the more in this day and age. how much more sophisticated will the next serious eliminationist political force be? how much easier will it be to claim not to know what was going on or that there was nothing to be done about it?

I think we've discovered... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 11:48:08 AM EST
...that we don't need to be actively eliminationist, we have engineered a way to preserve the elites with the hearty consent of enough of the lumpenproles.

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the real rot is in the middle classes. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 02:30:33 AM EST
the old marxist term "petite bourgeoisie" captures a pretty good piece of the really problematic slice of the american social structure, used car dealership owners, "boating repair shop owners," the kind of people virginia woolf hated. just needs to be expanded to include middle management types who somehow think of their position in society as comparable to that of actual business owners.

one of the bizarre tics of the neoliberal consensus is the way it pushes the idea of this extended petty bourgeoisie as the heroes of american society. i guess it's a broadly attainable ideal to bring together people without any worthwhile goals in life or real moral or ideological commitments, but it's a pretty sad vision of society, a vision that values nothing more than being in a position of authority.

by definition not everyone can be someone else's boss. not even most people, so this is a vision that is self-defeating politically, unless it's bound to some other concept of social domination to fill the void it leaves in the psyche. this is a big part of what makes the democrat party so unappealing -- they accept this vision of society that ultimately cannot appeal to their natural constituents given recent history, but do not mix it with the racial and authoritarian politics the republicans use to fill in its inadequacies.

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King of the Mountain by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 08:06:48 AM EST
 So does tying with the record make you Prince of the Mountain? Or Heir Apparent?

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"How should we protest neo-Nazis?" by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 10:32:24 PM EST
I don't find that very convincing. In Germany in the mid-Thirties it was more plausible to fear an actual Communist takeover: Communist Russia still existed nearby, the German Communist party was relatively strong compared with today, Germany had undergone repeated disturbances. The Nazis got a lot of support for being anti-Communist.

Today the people who fear Communist takeover are pretty detached from reality, building elaborate conspiracy theories on things like Obamas off-the-cuff comment on "sharing the wealth".
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

wow, that is an astonishingly bad take. by the mariner (4.00 / 2) #7 Wed Oct 04, 2017 at 01:07:07 PM EST
she's arguing that because establishment interests that control media and shape public opinion prefer fascism to leftism, leftists should not publicly oppose fascism.

instead, we're supposed to trust in the same political tendency, liberalism, that has repeatedly failed to effectively oppose fascism when it has been in a position to do so. or, i guess, join liberals in their lack of moral clarity in the face of fascism.

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KOM. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Oct 11, 2017 at 11:15:04 AM EST
I'm slow as molasses but I've gotten the KOM on a 2 block long section of alley in my home town a couple of times but each time it was by accident and each time the same guy took it back from me. The problems are similar to what you mentioned, in particular it was obvious from the GPS tracks that I was "cheating" - there's a tight switch back in the designated trail and I was just bypassing it by cutting through an adjacent parking lot.

Nothing worth mentioning except that I actually met the guy I was "fighting" with - we were both pedalling home from work, got to chatting and after a while I realized he was the guy. I told him and we both laughed. AFAIK, he still has the KOM because I haven't been able to do a single bike commute all year and weekends the trail, alley and parking lot are turned into a farmer's market.

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I actually beat the guy! by gzt (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Oct 11, 2017 at 02:53:54 PM EST
by nearly half a second! but since it's on whole second granularity it doesn't count... but, yeah.

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