Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Five Fiddlers Fiddlin’ On The Sullen Ashes Of The Roman Empire

Posted in State Of The World by Huckleberry on January 19, 2015
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This image is a metaphor…

What a stupid round of football that took place yesterday.
Good Lord the Packers got jobbed, and the Colts didn’t bother to show up at all. How they even got 7 points is unfathomable to me. Two shitty games, which is unfortunate because the conference champ games are almost always the best of the season.
I went 4-0 on my picks, so I guess I shouldn’t complain, but the games themselves were just absolutely terrible. No surprise the NFL launched an investigation into the Patriots possibly cheating before they even hit the showers.
Anyway.
Five indicators on why we, like the Packers, are about to get royally jobbed:

Oil Down | Zero Hedge

The next chapter in the oil story is more likely to be scarcity rather than just a boomerang back to higher prices. The tipping point for that will come with the inevitable destabilizing of Saudi Arabia, which I believe will happen this year when King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz, 91, son of Ibn Saud, departs his intensive care throne for the glorious Jannah of virgins and feasts. … In any case, Saudi Arabia will already be disintegrating internally as competing clans and princes vie for control. Meanwhile, there will be plenty to contend with state-side … Next time around, the federals are going to have to confiscate stuff, break promises, take away things, and rough some people up. The question is how much of this abuse will the public take?

Heat Sink | Daily Mail

The NASA climate scientists who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 per cent sure this was true. In a press release on Friday, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) claimed its analysis of world temperatures showed ‘2014 was the warmest year on record’. The claim made headlines around the world, but yesterday it emerged that GISS’s analysis – based on readings from more than 3,000 measuring stations worldwide – is subject to a margin of error. NASA admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all. Yet the NASA press release failed to mention this, as well as the fact that the alleged ‘record’ amounted to an increase over 2010, the previous ‘warmest year’, of just two-hundredths of a degree – or 0.02C. The margin of error is said by scientists to be approximately 0.1C – several times as much.

Average Muslims, Going About Their Day | Breitbart

Todenhofer lived side by side with the jihadist fighters for ten days in the Islamic State-stronghold city of Mosul, Iraq. He was accompanied only by his son, who served as his cameraman. “I always asked them about the value of mercy in Islam,” but “I didn’t see any mercy in their behavior,” explained Todenhofer. He added, “Something that I don’t understand at all is the enthusiasm in their plan of religious cleansing, planning to kill the non-believers… They also will kill Muslim democrats because they believe that non-ISIL-Muslims put the laws of human beings above the commandments of God.” The German reporter then elaborated on how shocked he was about how “willing to kill” the ISIS fighters are. He said that they were ready to commit genocide. “They were talking about [killing] hundreds of millions. They were enthusiastic about it, and I just cannot understand that,” said Todenhofer.

The Nail That Stands Up | Telegraph UK

An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Kirchner of covering up Iran’s involvement in the country’s worst ever terrorist attack has been found dead, hours before he was due to present his evidence in parliament. Alberto Nisman, 51, had spent the past decade investigating the 1994 bombings of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, which killed 85 people … He knew that the revelations in his dossier were going to cause a huge outcry. The stridently anti-Kirchner newspaper Clarin said that he had told one of their reporters on Wednesday: “I could be dead by the end of this” … A .22 calibre handgun was by his side, after his mother was alerted by security guards in the building that he had not collected his Sunday papers and was not answering the telephone. The door was locked from inside, and a locksmith had to be called. “All signs point to suicide,” said Sergio Berni, Argentine security secretary.

Soon The Robots Will Be Marching For Civil Rights | Wired

Pledging not to build the Terminator is but one step. AI companies such as Google must think about the safety and legal liability of their self-driving cars, whether robots will put humans out of a job, and the unintended consequences of algorithms that would seem unfair to humans. Is it, for example, ethical for Amazon to sell products at one price to one community, while charging a different price to a second community? What safeguards are in place to prevent a trading algorithm from crashing the commodities markets? What will happen to the people who work as bus drivers in the age of self-driving vehicles?

The future’s as bright as a flash-bang grenade.
I can hardly wait to get there, I don’t know about you.

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  1. El Borak said, on January 19, 2015 at 15:35

    Quote of the day from Kunstler: “I take a certain comfort knowing how heavily armed America is.”

    Me, too.

    • Huckleberry said, on January 20, 2015 at 12:42

      Indeed.
      I also take a certain comfort in the fact that every outrageous gun tragedy seemingly designed to convince Americans to give up their right to arms only redoubles their commitment to the necessity of the second amendment.
      When the story of this time and place is written, long after we’re all dust, I imagine that quality will be one of the most important factors.
      Along with possibly this:
      We are not descended from fearful men.


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