That’ll End Well

Hey, Spain — while you’re at it, send troops to seize the colonists’ Catalans’ arms.

Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence.

The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region.

Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued “repression”.

Catalans voted to secede in a referendum outlawed by Spain.

Some fear the latest moves could spark further unrest after mass demonstrations before and since the ballot on 1 October.

Spain’s supreme court declared the vote illegal and said it violated the constitution, which describes the country as indivisible.

The secession vote may very well have been illegal, but so was our Declaration of Independence. Every signatory to that document could have been hanged for treason under the laws of Great Britain at the time. The United States has endured now for 241 years.

Many Americans say the Civil War “settled” the question of whether states can secede from the Union, conveniently overlooking that the United Colonies had successfully seceded from the British Empire less than a century before. I’ve said that legal questions cannot be settled by force — only the particular conflict at issue.

When a dispute among nation-states reaches the point of armed conflict, legal precedents covering it go out the window, never to return. By seeking to suppress Catalan independence in this manner, Spain risks accelerating its own disintegration.



Just Admit It, Google

The Nexus 6P is never going to be successfully upgraded to Oreo, is it? Just tell us. You want people to buy the new flagship phones after all, right?

The longer you let us believe the new version of Android will someday be coming to our two-year-old phones, the longer we’ll hold out on spending that money. So just admit it. You couldn’t find a way to make Oreo work on our phones.

Not that you were really trying…

I left my shocked face around here somewhere but I can’t seem to find it.

The makers of Flash have a word of caution for its users.

Adobe Systems Inc warned on Monday that hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in its Flash multimedia software platform in web browsers, and the company urged users to quickly patch their systems to prevent such attacks.

To which experienced web users respond,


Since — as Stephen Green is wont to say — Flash is malware masquerading as an interactive content platform, it only makes sense that someone would exploit it maliciously.

Adobe is discontinuing Flash, but nowhere near soon enough.


Ugh. (Beware of autostart video.)

The nine-month-old colt, called El Rey Magnum, was bred by Orrion Farms, a specialist Arabian breeding farm in Ellensburg, Washington, US.

godwillgetthemforthis-300x188Since launching a promotional video earlier this month, under the title ‘You Won’t Believe Your Eyes’ the farm has received interest from across the world, including the UK.

Doug Leadley, farm manager and primary breeding adviser for Orrion, said: “This horse is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection” and US vets who have examined the colt says it has no medical or respiratory issues.


Public reaction has been polarised with some people commenting that the horse looks beautiful while others have been horrified.

Anyone that can call that “beautiful” should turn in their Human card. (Poll voters at Althouse seem to agree, and not just when it comes to horses.)


They’re Being Stupid Again

You know, the whole point of buying a Nexus phone was that it would be first in line for Android updates.

I’m still waiting for Oreo on my Nexus 6P, which Google made a point of announcing would be among the handsets getting the new version.

Apparently they rushed Oreo without making sure it would work on the 6P.

I’m tempted to call this a broken promise. It certainly doesn’t dispose me favorably toward a Pixel phone (hugely overpriced successor to the Nexus line) (Especially after I paid too much, in my opinion, for this 6P).

Update, Tuesday: So much for my thoughts of opting for the non-flagship phone.

I’m starting to wonder if Google’s considering scuttling Project Fi.

Maybe I’ll just go the LineageOS route, when/if it becomes obvious my phone won’t upgrade any further.

Asked and Answered

Somebody the other day asked, “Who exactly is harmed when people speculate after a terrible event?

I suppose it depends on how wildly they speculate.

Reality doesn’t conform to TV police-procedural limitations; I’ve seen it make monkeys out of real-life Sherlocks — let alone the armchair self-proclaimed variety who write for TV. Or blogs.

This is the “All the President’s Men” syndrome, is what it is. Blogdom overturns a Big Media narrative during the 2004 presidential campaign, and now everybody’s the next Bathrobed Columbo.

You’d Think There Would Be an Explanation for This

This Sunday’s game in Dallas, hosting the Rams, is supposed to be aired on Fox at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

All evidence is pointing to this game not being aired in the Atlanta market. Instead the Atlanta Fox affiliate has scheduled several episodes of something called “Live Life and Win!”

And I have never found anything that explains why the Atlanta affiliate has chosen to embargo this game. They’re showing the games before and after — neither of which is a Falcons game. If one were, that might serve as kind of a lame explanation, the Falcons being the Atlanta team.

When you do something that seems inexplicable, and don’t explain it, you have to expect people to get ticked off.

And if that’s why you did it, you’re nothing but a troll.

The Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.

Savannah, 46, claims she recently helped to “heal” a 23-year-old Los Angeles police officer from acute Stage 4 leukaemia by talking to her “demon guide” Astaroth.

There is no medical evidence to suggest she has actually cured anyone – but that has not stopped five million people visiting her website this year alone.

The mum-of-three, who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, told Sun Online that she began helping the young man with leukaemia after his mother wrote to her and asked her for help.

She says she helped the woman make a “pact with Lucifer” to heal her son – before carrying out various spells on the young man herself.

The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote: “I knew in my heart that my son was healed immediately the night the Pact with Lord Lucifer was accepted by His Greatness.”


What spell can this witch cast to cure that mother of her … issues?


Some college football games — like the September 30 game pitting Texas State against Wyoming — are being shown on Facebook!!!?????

Are they gonna have Kaepernick sing the national anthem too??