jc blog - tales of a modern-day nomadic hunter-gatherer

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2016-02-09-1420Z

in my morgentraum I was reading about spiders that would poison people just enough so that they'd remain housebound, presumably so that they (the spiders) could continue sucking blood out of them indefinitely, and/or lay eggs in them. one big problem the arachnids had was when visitors would enter; they'd have to bite them quickly so that they couldn't panic and leave as soon as they figured out what was going on. [comment]

2016-02-06-2243Z

you can ignore the Natural Born Citizen phrase all you want, but the founders put that in there for a reason, which you can Google if you so desire. if you make Ted Cruz or Mario Rubio president, doubling down on the mistake of making Barack Obama president, what's to stop president Xi of China having a son with an American wife, who then gets floated by the CFR as our next puppet-in-chief? and on the Republican ticket, one of Putin's daughters? can you perhaps see some potential for divided loyalties?

as an anarchist, I don't respect nation states or borders anyway, but I have to admit that, pragmatically, having even the shell of a constitutional republic to call home gives me at little sense of protection from tyranny. if people continue to let the crooks in Washington, DC have their way with impunity, though, even that shell will dissolve into nothingness. [comment]

2016-02-06-0751Z

silver showing some signs of life lately as it approaches 15 dollars an ounce again. I've seen so many promising 1-2-3 bottom formations over the past years though, each one looking like the beginning of a bull market, only to see the poor horny bastard get slaughtered right out of the pen.

there has to come a time when the pressure builds up so high that none of the usual suspects will be able to keep their thumb over the vent hole any more. at that point the hyperbolic curve that showed itself in '05, '07, and last in '09-'10, could drive the price up into the hundreds in a few short months. but I've been disappointed too many times already to have much hope that this is the time. [comment]

2016-02-05-1600Z

in my dream early this morning, I was sitting at an outdoor table at a Starbucks, which had an exercise mechanism built in. I'd pull ropes towards each other, and the seat would lift up with me on it. of course, now I'm thinking about how that could be used in a kinetic contraption... [comment]

2016-02-02-2027Z

we don't get winter in La Paz. instead we get a few days of late autumn, and in a few weeks a few days of early spring, interspersed with the otherwise endless summer. today is one of the former. it reminds me of the tragic November day I lost my father; that day in Boylston I went riding through the wind-whipped streets of Boylston looking for my friend Larry Ingram, with whom I had lost touch years before; the day in the New Jersey park with the person who would participate in an 18-year tragicomic experience with me called "marriage". such days as today are not good for me. [comment]

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