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Posted by pjsauter on August 31, 2011
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If you know who Bill Nye is (and if you don’t, well, let’s just say I’m very disappointed in you), you know he’s a slightly goofy guy with caterpillar eyebrows who explains sciencey-type stuff in very simple and easy-to-understand terms. You should, then, find it not in the least but surprising that he was accused of “confusing” Fox Business Network viewers on the issue of Climate Change (or Global Warming, or whatever it is Fox viewers are denying it is these days). And Fux Biz News viewers were probably already confused enough, having tuned into their favorite teevee channel, only to see a black guy wearing James O’Keefe’s pimp outfit (sans hat). I mean, if you get your bidness news from Fux, it’s no wonder Bill Nye is way over your head. If these people were exposed to Michio Kaku (or, even better, Neil deGrasse Tyson; imagine that, a smart black guy), their heads would probably explode (which would be a worthy experiment, in my book).

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The NYS Thruway is Closed, Man

Posted by pjsauter on August 30, 2011
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No, it’s not an homage to Woodstock. In fact, it’s not even that part of the Thruway (it’s the Real America, I-90 part that runs east/west, not that godless part that runs north/south). It’s that damn Irene again. Back in 1987, a bridge over Schoharie Creek collapsed due to flooding, and, with severe flooding in Eastern NY, Thruway officials aren’t taking any chances this time around. So they’ve closed the Thruway from Syracuse to Albany. This is a major hassle for anybody who needs to go that way. Now that I’ve developed a Tea Party mentality, I don’t care. It’s not like I was going to Albany (as long as this doesn’t affect any UPS deliveries or anything). In fact, I consider highways to be socialism, and I think they ought to sell off the whole Interstate Highway system.

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Aftermath

Posted by pjsauter on August 29, 2011
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I’m glad to see everybody pretty much made out OK on the whole Irene thing. They do such a good job of awfulizing everything, it’s hard to tell what’s really going on out there. Except that, once again, crack “reporters” from all the major networks proved that, if you go out into the rain, you’re gonna get wet. Not that Irene didn’t suck (and continues to suck) for a lot of people (like this idiot), and they say this morning that 20 people died (this is very serious – as opposed to when a US drone drops a bomb on an Afghan wedding party, which is more of an “oops. Those wacky drones” kinda thing).

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Soggy Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on August 28, 2011
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At this moment, the Jersey Coast appears to be getting Irened. I hope Andy and the Philly area are all doing OK (I especially hope the Victory brewery didn’t sustain any damage). Except for Michael Vick. It would be somewhat ironic if he were to drown and/or get electrocuted. Good luck to my brother out on LI (he’s expecting to lose power; such is the reputation of LILCO, I guess; or, what, I guess it’s LIPA now; whatever it is, I hope the Shoreham nuke plant doesn’t go all kerflooey; I mean, it’s closed, but who the hell knows what they’ve got stored there – and how safe it all is), and to Sue and her menagerie.

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The Calm Before the…

Posted by pjsauter on August 27, 2011
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I guess I’d better get the grass cut today, what with the hurricane coming and all. Not that I’ll be feeling the effects of it. Last I saw, we’re pretty certain to get “a shower” tomorrow, unless Irene turns west a little. If I get lucky, it’ll all stay east of here. Good luck to you folks in Irene’s path, though. They sure do a good job of scaring people, so it’s hard to tell if this is all just fear mongering. The big hassle, I guess, isn’t the wind (this will be a fairly tame storm in that respect), but the flooding. Flooding in a place with underground rat tubes like the NYC subway system would definitely be a bummer. I really wouldn’t wanna be around to see what washes up out of there.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on August 26, 2011
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Golly, everybody sure seems to be in a tizzy over this whole hurricane Irene thing (when I hear that name, I can’t help but think of Irene Lorenzo from All in the Family; Betty Garrett passed away back in February at the age of 91, BTW). It’s knocked both Tripoli and Triple E out of the headlines. I guess I can’t blame them. After all, they gave this storm an Irish name, and, as the son of an Irish mother, I’m here to tell you, you don’t wanna butt heads with an Irish broad. Especially when there’s wind involved. Mom was more than capable of generating a Mighty Wind when properly motivated (and I managed to motivate her quite frequently).

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Opening Day

Posted by pjsauter on August 25, 2011
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A sad, sad day in Apple land. As you’ve no doubt already heard (and shed many tears over), Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Yes, the Jobless rate has increased yet again. Speculation is he’s doing personal product research on the next great Apple product, the iCasket (which of course will be white, come in 32 and 64 gig models, and will have a proprietary interface that won’t fit in a regular grave, so will require interment in an ‘iHole’). Mac fanboys (and girls) spent most of yesterday weeping over the genius that is Jobs (who could sell snow to the Inuits; in fact, there are those who say Jobs both invented snow – why do you think it’s white? – and sued God for patent infringement). As one saddened commenter put it: “Steve is a genius who can never be replaced.” Oh, the pain was palpable. “Tech” writers are unsure what to make of the Jobs’ resignation, but nonetheless dubbed the move “brilliant,” and “game-changing.”

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The Day After

Posted by pjsauter on August 24, 2011
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Life is returning to normal here in the quake-stricken East. The tsunami watch has been lifted, and, though I’m still keeping an eye on it, it appears the water in my pool has settled down (right around the time the timer shut the pump off, coincidentally). Having been sequestered in my windowless (yet swaying) second floor office building, I was unaware of the silly news coverage (hell, this wasn’t even the first earthquake I’ve ever felt, and I’m not an intrepid Washington reporter). Now you folks out in California understand the scorn and derision I’m filled with when four or five inches (hell, even a foot) of snow shuts down some city and makes the national news. Or when Buffalo gets all kinds of attention for a little bit of snow, when it doesn’t even come close to what we get here.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on August 23, 2011
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It may be the end of summer here, but the Arab Spring continues as Moammar Gadhafi’s regime has fallen. Yes, last night, um…. Wait a minute. OK, so perhaps “fallen” isn’t quite accurate. I blame Obama, whose illegal war wasn’t nearly illegal enough. I guess we’ll just have to let the French clean this mess up. Or the Italians. Isn’t Libya their mess in the first place?

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on August 22, 2011
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Today marks the beginning of the beginning of the end of summer. Yes, the NY State Fair begins on Thursday (which is “Governor’s Day.” On Friday, I hope to be able to post video of city-boy Gov. Snotball milking a bull), and when it ends on Labor Day, summer will be over and it’ll be football season. Actually, it’ll be football season before it’s over, as SU’s first game is on Saturday, Sept 1st. This is all very, very sad. Ordinarily, this is my favorite time of year, but if we have the kind of winter we had last year, then I’m really not looking forward to it. Oh well, time marches on.

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