Two Things

Posted: October 24, 2016 by veeshir in Fun With Media, News, Not So Funny End Of Civilization, Obama's Fault, The Little Screen, We're boned

Important, Above The Fold, Depressing Update.

Steven Den Beste died.

For those who don’t know him, his USS Clueless was the most informative read on the tubes in the early days of the tubes. He had long, long posts that explained the science, engineering and history of how we got where we are.

They were long and meticulously researched. People who hated him wouldn’t be able to dispute what he wrote so they would say stupid shit like, “King Henry VIII didn’t have a long beard, it was short!!!!!!!”, you know, typical intertubes bs from losers who are angry you’ve burst their bubble.

His green energy posts were required reading for anybody wishing to debunk all the stupidity around windmills and solar panels and other idiocies we’ve been subsidizing forever. That link says his archives are gone, one of the commenters claims to have them so maybe we’ll see them online again.

He got burned out and turned to anime as Chizumatic, but he still did the occasional post on stuff he used to do.

How important was he to the early blogosphere?


Notice the puppy blender is “Free Traffic”, but USS Clueless was Broadway, the most valuable piece of real estate in the blogosphere.


Now back to our post, pretend the first thing really is first. I know I wish it still was. Steven will be missed.


First thing, a gang of ‘youths’in flash gangs attacked college students in Philly in multiple incidents, including young Mongo punching a horse. Really, dude punched a police horse.

Let’s look at 5 articles on the incidents.

Two incidents, “not related”, no identifying of the perpetrators.

4 Arrested, 150 in flash gangs, no identifying of the perpetrators.

4 Arrested, no identifying of the perps.

This one is funny, the headline says, “dozens arrested” but the body says, “handful arrested”. So which is it? No description of the perpetrators.

Flash gangs, description of injuries, 15 and 17 year olds arrested, kids are black.

a 15-year-old male was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a Temple Police officer along the 1900 block of N. Broad Street.

According to police, the officer, who police did not identify on Monday, approached the juvenile when she spotted him throwing rocks at cars along the 1600 block of N. Broad Street.

With this video.


Now, normally Shep Smith loves him any story with video, but not this one.

If it had been a gang of white kids attacking Howard University, everything we’d see today on TV would be about how Trump’s rhetoric caused these racist white folks to attack Howard.

But since it’s a gang of more than 100 black kids attacking white people in response to Obama’s and Hillary!’s rhetoric and minitrue’s egging on, not a blessed thing.

Our fine media betters, making us “safer” and “safer”.


Other thing, Walking Dead stuff below the fold. No direct spoilers, but lots of peripheral ones.

Now, I’ve been in and out of watching it for years, but I think I’m done.

I can take all the plot holes like using getting in cars that have been sitting for years and starting them up without a jump-start, gasoline that would have been useless within a year still being used years later, everybody with automatic weapons with unlimited ammo. I get it, it wouldn’t be as fun if everybody had to run around using bows and arrows and swords instead of just two cool people, but what I can’t take is the vicious brutality of last night’s show and the huge plot holes it opened.

I wouldn’t watch after smashing people to death with a barbed-wire enlaced bat. Seriously, WTF? I couldn’t wear a sombrero but that’s okay?

Let’s look at the plot hole that would be a gang with that sort of leader having the discipline they show. That sort of lunatic could only rule through fear, and once you’re outside his sight, adios amigo.

Let’s look at the fact that he had 10 or so people on each and every road they might have used to catch 8-10 people in a crappy RV. The one time they opened fire, it was just to scare them off.

Let’s look at the red-headed army dude who does not even think tactically at all. Seriously, he’s a non-com, a good one supposedly, and he doesn’t think tactically? I can accept he won’t think strategically, but tactically? That’s most of his whole dam job.

At each road block, they stopped the RV right where you could expect them to and all but one gets out and looks toward the bad guys, all grouped together, without any thought of what’s in the woods on either side of the entirely, predictable stopping point. What army is he in? The Kiss Army? Do they want to bunch up to save the bad guys’ bullets? WTFinF?


I can ignore stupidity, people are stupid after all, but I refuse to ignore glaringly huge plot holes with the fucking vicious brutality I saw last night. Especially against characters I had come to like.

Why not eviscerate a dog, tie its intestines to your back bumper and then drive off with it howling? That would have been less disturbing than what I watched last night.

I’m out.

  1. bruce says:

    Sad about Den Beste. I read his blog a few times in the early days.

  2. Thank you. I’ve been rounding up posts remembering Steven and I’d forgotten that Blogopoly board.

    The archive of USS Clueless is online now at

  3. aaronscc says:

    Aaron, inventor of Blogopoly and its pieces here. Nice to be remembered.

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