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Interesting times, stay the hell away from me


Current events, holy shit. The Death Truck in Nice, the coup in Turkey. Shit makes the UK government shuffle look (appropriately) like a tea party.

Feel free to discuss, drop links, whatevs. No weaselsnark from me tonight; I’m sitting here staring at my news feeds in amaze.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 15, 2016, 9:48 pm

If you don’t mind the Disqus commenting system, one of the better running threads is going on at Going Postal (it’s a spinoff blog of Guido Fawkes’ Order Order). It’s moving really fast, though.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 15, 2016, 9:58 pm

Twitter is moving unfeasibly fast.

True factoid: the possibility of Turkey joining the EU was one of the things driving Brexit. If this is a secular coup, it’s win-win: get rid of the Islamists AND never, ever get Turkey into the EU.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 15, 2016, 10:08 pm

I’m watching all my war movie DVDs.

Just to get in the mood.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: July 15, 2016, 10:11 pm

It’s like 1968 all over again

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 16, 2016, 12:14 am

Labour MPs are claiming that Brexit caused the coup.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: July 16, 2016, 1:28 am

I picked THE BEST week to go on vacation. I’m checking out completely, save swealsaldom, for the next 7 days. No BLM protests, no Islamotards, no RNC convention…just the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, a beer or three, a dog and a tennis ball, and grilled meats. Hell/Handbasket – some assembly required, just not by me this week!

Comment from AliceH
Time: July 16, 2016, 2:38 am

I’m nearing the point where I just stop listening/reading anything to do with current events (present company always excepted). I’m thinking of taking up embroidery. Doing more gardening. Getting to the gun range more regularly. Drinking more. That sort of thing.

Comment from AliceH
Time: July 16, 2016, 3:14 am

Enjoy your vacation, Gromulin. Tahoe, beer, dog, grill… sounds like heaven on earth.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: July 16, 2016, 3:50 am

AliceH, I will. Thank you.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 16, 2016, 9:50 am

Have a great time, Gromulin. And yes… very wise!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 16, 2016, 11:30 am

Ah, Grom…I will find something nicer than current events to blog about, then. Chikkens, perhaps?

Coup failed. Shit. On, the other hand…CHIKKENS!

Comment from MikeW
Time: July 16, 2016, 4:14 pm

Here’s something to brighten your moment.
Seriously? How has something so simple, so easy, so cheap, so potentially helpful, so *obvious* not been thought of before? How stupid cool!

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 17, 2016, 5:54 am

MikeW, it’s particularly surprising since helmets with eyes drawn on the back have been recommended to the villagers in the Sunderbans in India for years, to prevent consumption by tiger (a very real risk in that area, unlike other parts, for reasons no scientist has yet pinned down).

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 17, 2016, 9:52 am

Chickens, banjos, trains—I’ll take anything diverting. The news is too depressing and most television shows are dreck. Here lately, I can’t even listen to music and enjoy it. (I may be depressed.) I watch a lot of baseball. At least no one gets raped or murdered during a baseball game (not yet, anyway). And the Rangers are on top of the American League.

Comment from MikeW
Time: July 17, 2016, 2:38 pm

JuliaM, sadly, the answer is laid out in the article; my question was somewhat hyperbolic.
No one is really looking out for the poor, subsistence farmers in the area. The scientist was there to figure out how to protect the ‘majestic felines’ from the farmers. If the ‘mighty predators’ leave the livestock alone, the farmers won’t kill them. Then all the eco-warriors can be less distraught (They’ll never be happy, amiright?).

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 17, 2016, 3:15 pm

Moar Chikins news. Also, I am havin’ a hankerin’ for news of Mad Jack… Lastest I heard the lad had taken to playin in the road…. Many’s the night I’ve had to drink myself to sleep for worrying about the boy.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 17, 2016, 3:36 pm

Oh and about painted eyes to deter predators – Mother Nature is, as usual, way ahead of humanity:

Exhibit A: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aI9T1rwwbHU

Comment from Gromulin
Time: July 17, 2016, 6:19 pm

Update: Spent yesterday at shoreline. Dog, tennis ball, beers.Met a fine couple from Arkansas, both college perfessors, on a cross country trip with their two daughters, tent camping (‘merica). They were headed for Santa Cruz next, so shared the proper ordering instructions for In-and-Out burger (Double double animal style, fries, well done, animal style). Nice folks. Today: I begged off the lake in favor of best of Car Talk on NPR, a hammock in the shade, an Arthur C Clark book, moar beers and sammiches. Wife, dog and spawnareenos with all the summer tourists at the shoreline. Blissful ignorance of current events is a Go, Houston.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: July 17, 2016, 6:23 pm

Oh yeah. And: moar chikkens. Or lambs. Whatever ya got.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 18, 2016, 6:12 am

Anything’s got to be better than reality right about now!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: July 18, 2016, 1:31 pm

“Spawnareenos” — never heard that one before. Very vivid.

Comment from AliceH
Time: July 18, 2016, 2:44 pm

Re: Using “eyes” to deter animals… It’s apparently a common trick to keep unwanted birds (*spit* starlings *spit*) out of garages, eaves, trees… You can get “eye” balloons, or painted eyes on shiny streamers, or on pie-pans. Or, you know, just draw some on aluminum foil and attach with a thumbtack.

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