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"However the disease finally got to her and she fell fatally ill. In the Sick Bay as she breathed her last, she was surrounded by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Mr. Scott, all weeping unashamedly at the loss of her beautiful youth and youthful beauty, intelligence, capability and all around niceness. Even to this day her birthday is a national holiday of the Enterprise."


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I freely admit the woman has a point.

She made me want to stop looking.

Bear in mind, I'd known my wife for fifteen years by the time we were married, and had been living with her for six years prior to getting hitched. Between meeting her and dating her there were a couple dozen women for me and she dated this dude, married him and divorced him so it's not like we were fated or anything.

When we finally did get together, I didn't see anything about her that could be beaten. It was like "this chick is damn near perfect." There was a seminal moment where I told her this, qualifying it with something like "the only thing I'd change is your taste in music." She came back with

MY taste in music? I can turn on the radio and hear stuff I like. You're the one that has to special order bizarre clanky howly stuff from German labels nobody has ever heard of. I'm not the problem, YOU ARE.

I laughed. She listens to Norah Jones. I listen to stuff she hates. We've been together for fifteen years.

'member back when Barnes & Noble threatened to buy Ingram and the FTC lost their shit? Because monopolies? So they balked?

We were so innocent back then.

It's like back when we thought Internet Explorer would bring about the end of humanity.

B&N's market cap is $342 million. It was $1.5 billion in 2006. Amazon?

$702b. Two.Thousand.Times the value of B&N.

Know what's funny? Nora Ephron made this adorable little movie about the wonders of email and how B&N was gonna crush the independent bookseller but that was okay so long as love prevailed.

Now? Now B&N is the scrappy little bookseller while all the independents (what's left of them) traffic almost exclusively in used books.

It's like worrying about the freeway being built through your back yard while ignoring the Vogons in orbit.

What's really funny is that this is New York bitching about yoga pants. Out here on the left coast we went from yoga pants to leggings like four years ago. Now nobody is even pretending to wear their yoga pants for working out. They wear shit that makes them look good.

My wife, professionally, wears dress yoga pants pretty much every.single.day. You know why girls wear yoga pants? Because the number of women who look great in yoga pants is far greater than the number of women who look great in jeans, and the number of women who are comfortable in yoga pants is far greater than the number who are comfortable in jeans.

Leave Britney Alone.

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Bonus points if it's somewhere within walking distance of the Metro. Because that way I don't have to like Lyft clear down to Manhattan Beach.

Demure is within walking distance of the Eureka Tasting Kitchen which means he might be sick of eating there. That's where we met up last time.

If you see a Pilatus PC-12 it's DEVGRU.

I believe she's retired.

Paragraph 1 of the "Key Findings" is

    A global transition to 100% renewable electricity is feasable at every hour throughout the year and more cost effective than the existing system, which is largely based on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Energy transition is no longer a question of technical feasibility or economic viability, but of political will.

There it is, second sentence. Not technically or economically limited. Politically limited.

So. By global standards I'm the megarich. By American standards I'm upper middle class. I'm 100% on board with spending a 30-40% premium for the rest of my life to get this planet on renewables. I'd go as far as saying the future of the planet depends on it. But then, I have the luxury to say that. But let's take a company like UPS.

UPS spent $4b on gas in 2014. In 2014, UPS made $3b in profit. If we were to up UPS' fuel costs by 33%, UPS' profit goes down by 50%. Multiply by airlines, freight, shipping, etc. That's going to impact manufacturing. That's going to impact sales. And that's just what happens to UPS - because they're going to pass that energy cost along to customers, not shareholders.

Again, i think we need to do this. But 30-40% increase in energy costs for the rest of my life - just to pay for the infrastructure - is a big deal. The United States spent $350b on WWII. Adjusting for inflation, that's $4.8 trillion dollars. The total world cost, adjusted for inflation, was $14.6 trillion dollars from 1939 to 1945. So. That kind of economic diversion is possible. We've done far more before. But we're not talking Apollo. We're not talking Iraq War. We're talking a generation of rationing and socialism because the return-on-investment for individual factions acting singly doesn't pencil out.

So.... page 54.

That's $22.5 trillion dollars over 30 years, or $750b a year for 30 years. The global economy is good for 78 trillion a year by way of comparison, so this is a thousandth of that... but it's not a negligible sum. We're at 100 million barrels of oil per day. Brent crude, today, is $64 per barrel. Right now, all the oil we burn in a year, worldwide, is $2.4 trillion dollars.

So we're talking, rough sketch, a 30-40% premium over our current energy costs in order to get onto renewables.

For 30 years.

1) His dad was, by all accounts, an asshole.

2) Donald was, by all accounts, an asshole as a kid. Thus was he the only Trump brother (of three) shipped off to military school.

3) He is, by all accounts, a terrible businessman. His failed ventures are legion, he managed to go bankrupt with a casino in Atlantic City FFS, and he's somehow managed to lose money in New York real estate.

4) The only bad press is no press. It's far easier to get press as a flamboyant asshole than as a genuine human being. Did you know that his older sister was a distinguished circuit court judge? Did you know he had an older sister?

Bernie would have been a grenade in US foreign policy every bit as big as Trump. A different kind of grenade, a much more well-considered grenade, a grenade that thinking individuals could rationalize and get behind, but a grenade nonetheless.

Let's be honest. How would the FSB not support a socialist candidate for president of a hypercapitalist nation?

It's not that you're wrong?

It's that a staff columnist for the New York Times must necessarily be held to a higher standard than your uncle Joe.

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