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We’re going WHERE?

Man, you think there’s an air of everything-going-to-shit in the States? You should be over here, watching the whole rattly, jerry-rigged fraud known as the European Union sway back and forth. (If you haven’t read the Peter Oborne piece in the Spectator everyone’s linking to, do. I mean, if you give a flying one about Europe).

Me, I gotta run. I’ve got websites on three different hosts and four different registrars and I’m trying to squeeze them all down into one. Webmaster type peeps who want to shoot the shit in the comments, I wouldn’t mind company.

Remember, DEAD POOL TOMORROW, 6pm WBT. Get your picks in early, if you can. If I can work up the courage, I may try to move the blog this weekend, so there may be outages. Or, you know, giant, unrecoverable catastrophes. If so, I’m sure I’ll Tweet it.


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: September 22, 2011, 11:05 pm

Aw man, I hope there aren’t outages. Where else would I get my daily dose of mustelid?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 22, 2011, 11:09 pm

Don’t worry; I probably won’t get that far. I’ve got a lot of things to disentangle.

Not that I do much web work any more, but I’ve made two huge fuckups lately: I’ve lost two domains. The first, I swear I didn’t get the renewal notice, but it’s mine and I can live without it. The other domain belongs to a client, though, and that’s a giant clusterfuck.

Of course, speculators picked up both domains immediately. I hope they enjoy them, because I sure as shit ain’t buying them back.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: September 22, 2011, 11:09 pm

Nice place, Yurrupp – visited there (on extended basis a couple of times) in times past, and enjoyed it, mostly – fallen on hard times, tho, indeed –

We’re not (yet) that far down the ol’ slippery slope, over here in the (Relatively) New World – though it’s not for much lack of trying, just of recent decades…

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 23, 2011, 1:56 am

Enquiring minds do, actually, want to know, and sometimes they can’t shut themselves down.
I observe that J.S.Bridges’s comment appears to have been posted after yours, Stoaty. HOWEVER, yours shows up at the top of the “The Best Stuff is in the Comments” list (a major resource for me in keeping track, eh?), implying that JSB posted before you. Does this mean that you as blogger have the power to reorder comments? Please believe that this is not asked in any sense in a carping spirit, and I believe unreservedly that you would never use that power for ill. I just like to understand how things work, and can sometimes be, well, obsessive in pursuing such understanding.

[years of working in the area of school law have convinced me that I have undiagnosed, moderate, cases of a wide variety of DSM entries. . .ODD, OCD, WKD. Whatever.]

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 23, 2011, 2:00 am

Oh, yeah. I gather that the idiom you are familiar with is “go to hell in a handbasket.” Which is how I learned it. But I gather that “go to hell in a handcart” is also a common formulation, and I suspect (with absolutely no evidence in support of my thesis) that “handbasket” is US and “handcart” is UK. So, what does Uncle Badger say. . .or, for that matter, what do any of your UK minions say?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 23, 2011, 2:14 am

Just for fun… Google turns up the following

Helena Handbasket Co., a woman in Indiana who sells her hand-made handbaskets.

Helena Handbasket – Up and coming Pin Up/Cheesecake model from the Lone Star State!

Helena Handbasket – The Thrilling Detective

Helena Handbasket, Fargo-Moorhead’s newest rock band.

So if we do go there that way… There could be some reasonable company.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 23, 2011, 2:22 am

Geez, no Helena Handcarts? Do Britons not name their children Helena?

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: September 23, 2011, 3:24 am

I vote for basket but then I’m prejudiced….. (And my Veterinarians daughter is named Helena)

Comment from Allen
Time: September 23, 2011, 5:01 am

No, no, no, I need my Weasel Site. I’ve put up with farriers who don’t show; I do my own shoes now. I’ve had to inoculate my wolf/dog hybrid with vaccines because vets are tedious (BTW he’s a sweet boy, scary, true, but completely dependent on his people pack.)

To top it all off, we moved a whole bunch of cattle off the Kern plateau down to their winter quarters near Onyx recently, and people were pissed off.

Hell in a Handbasket is for sure.

Comment from Oceania
Time: September 23, 2011, 6:09 am

Hmmm well you want to see it from the Bottom of the World.
USA is looking like a bigger depression than the Great depression. The UK is looking like a Multicultural Cess Pit, whilst Europe – well I’m not sure what Europe looks like.

Libya was looking good before NATO bombed it to steal all the money.
Russia however is looking rather Exotic, whilst China is looking like the place to be.

And there you have it. North America shall resemble how South America was, Europe will look like the Middle East, and Russia and China are the New Hemisphere of Influence.

Comment from Oceania
Time: September 23, 2011, 6:11 am

Oh – and Cascade.

Stop being a little Whiny Bitch and write that bloody paper!!!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: September 23, 2011, 8:18 am

That poor weasel looks like it feels doomed.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 23, 2011, 10:12 am

I do have that power, can’t hark. I can change comments, move the timestamps, make people say things they didn’t say, change ownership. I know why they allow it (because basically they can’t help it; it’s all entries in a database), but it totally creeps me out. It feels utterly wrong.

Which is why I stopped trying to edit Oceania’s posts for language and took to biffing them altogether when he loses control of his mouth. It seems cleaner.

But I have no idea why the comments in the sidebar were in a different order than the ones in the comment thread. Some kind of WP hiccup.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 23, 2011, 11:23 am

It’s hell in a handcart in dear old Blighty, Can’t Hark. A phrase being used with depressing frequency.

I keep reading financial articles which, frankly, are beyond the wit of a mere badger . After which all I want to do is dig yet another hole.

Comment from Oldcat
Time: September 23, 2011, 4:26 pm

Oceania – I *wish* I believed that NATO bombed Libya to make a profit on it. It would show some sense, if not morals.

But I can’t really honest give them that much credit.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 23, 2011, 6:01 pm

Wakey-wakey! 6:00 p.m.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 23, 2011, 8:12 pm

If the average southern European put as much effort into being productive as they do protesting about austerity measures, Europe would be the economic power house fuckwits like the BBC allege it to be.

But they don’t, and it isn’t. And this is going to be ugly.

Comment from jwm
Time: September 23, 2011, 9:04 pm

So Uncle Al is also a fan of the mighty Stoat Weasel. I knew he was a man of good taste, and a connoisseur (ain’t spellcheck grand?) of fine satire.


Comment from Oceania
Time: September 24, 2011, 10:56 am


I know so. I was in Libya in 2002-2003 working. Not only have the US derailed an number of strategic investments from Russian businesses, but they have carved up foreign funds, bonds and investment companies holding cash, stock and bonds.

It’s call theft.

Comment from Oceania
Time: September 25, 2011, 3:31 am

I believe that the first use of Funds Stolen from the Libyan People was in a transfer to pay the wages of your Department of Transport Employees?
The next use was to fund Al Qada terrorists in Libya so that they could kill their own people.

The USA has become a petty criminal.

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