I just found out about Smash Cakes and Push Presents – We’re doomed!

I just found out about Smash Cakes and Push Presents – We’re doomed!

Can you believe people buy special cakes just for their babies to smash on camera? What kind of hideous children are we raising? It used to be that you got a birthday cake for your kid’s first birthday and you put them in front of the cake for a picture. If they happened to do something funny like put their foot in the cake you’d snap a picture and everyone would have a good laugh. Now, nutty people are setting up a fake scene just to let their kids smash a perfectly good cake! And look at these stupid blog posts:

SMASH CAKE 101: EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SMASH CAKES

101 Adorable Smash Cake Ideas

Honestly?!? Everything you should know about smash cakes?!? IT’S A FUCKING CAKE THAT YOU SMASH!!!!!!

Hello Weekends – Episode 5 – Cake Smash from peterambertravel on Vimeo.

And don’t get me started on push presents. This is some lame idea that you get the mother of your child a special gift for squeezing out your offspring. What… and the placenta ain’t enough?!?

An explanation of push presents.

10 Amazing Push Gifts

Enough with making every stupid thing we do in this life some kind of crazy huge event! We’re doomed…

The Coriolis Effect is real.

The Coriolis Effect is real. This video is a re-release of something that was done a couple of years ago. It’s still fun to watch.

This is the most interesting article on Russia and what may be its geopolitical strategies and goals.

This is the most interesting article on Russia and what may be its geopolitical strategies and goals. It’s a little long but worth the read.

The Kremlin’s overall strategy to dismantle the Western alliance is best encapsulated in a 2013 Russian military journal article, where what’s since become known as the “Gerasimov Doctrine” was laid down in writing. Adopting tactics of subterfuge traditionally associated with “non-linear” or “hybrid” war, the doctrine calls for the use of non-military over military measures by a four-to-one ratio, thus allowing a conventionally weaker power like Russia (whose military budget is one-tenth that of NATO’s) to fight asymmetrically by exploiting its adversaries’ weaknesses. Ignored at the time of the article’s publication, the Gerasimov Doctrine was essentially the blueprint for Russia’s strategy in the annexation of Crimea, where special-operations troops without insignia carried out a bloodless takeover while a confused and listless West sat stupefied.

A primary component of hybrid war is disinformation. Finely attuned to the particular grievances of a diverse array of Western audiences, Russian psychological operatives produce narratives that find fertile ground in Europe, where resentment over the Iraq War, fallout from the 2008 financial crisis and revelations of National Security Agency surveillance continue to breed anti-American sentiment and undermine societal resilience to Russian agitprop. Kremlin “active measures” (Soviet-style lies aimed at influencing an adversary’s decision-making) about Western political and financial corruption, the subservience of Western leaders to shadowy and unaccountable corporations and America’s insatiable quest for global domination— disseminated through social media bot networks that, by manipulating algorithms, create the impression that such information is at the very least widely believed if not factually valid—find resonance across the ideological spectrum, uniting everyone from left-wing anti-globalization activists to right-wing cultural traditionalists.

From politico.com

Question: Why isn’t it cultural appropriation when everyone wears green for St. Patrick’s Day? 

Question: Why isn’t it cultural appropriation when everyone wears green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Top O’ the mornin’ to ya! 

When the minimum wage hits $15 per hour say hello to Flippy

We’ll be ordering from kiosks, watching a robot cook our food, and probably have a robot deliver it to our table in the not to distant future. When all the lower level jobs are gone who is going to have any money to buy a burger? We’re pricing and automating ourselves out of existence.

Miso Robotics

The fruits of socialism are ripe in Venezuela

Kids today are taught that socialism, and its close cousin communism, are these great aspirations for society. They are not taught how these two schools of thought trample personal liberty, property, and have caused the death of countless human beings. Things are playing out just that way right now in Venezuela as bakers are being arrested for baking the wrong breads and using the wrong flour. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?

Yahoo! News:

Venezuela this week arrested four bakers making illegal brownies and other pastries as President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government threatens to take over bakeries in Caracas as part of a new “bread war”.

Maduro has sent inspectors and soldiers into more than 700 bakeries around the capital this week to enforce a rule that 90 percent of wheat must be destined to loaves rather than more expensive pastries and cakes.

It was the latest move by the government to combat shortages and long lines for basic products that have characterized Venezuela’s economic crisis over the last three years.

The ruling Socialist Party says pro-opposition businessmen are sabotaging the OPEC nation’s economy by hoarding products and hiking prices. Critics say the government is to blame for persisting with failed polices of price and currency controls.

Miami Herald:

In a statement, the government said the bakers had been selling underweight bread and were using price-regulated flour to illegally make specialty items, like sweet rolls and croissants.

The government said bakeries are only allowed to produce French bread and white loaves, or pan canilla, with government-imported flour. However, in a tweet on Thursday, price control czar William Contreras said only 90 percent of baked goods had to be price-controlled products.

Two bakeries were also seized for 90 days for breaking a number of rules, including selling overpriced bread.

Juan Crespo, the president of the Industrial Flour Union called Sintra-Harina, which represents 9,000 bakeries nationwide, said the government’s heavy hand isn’t going to solve the problem.

Socialism and communism are the enemies of liberty.

Remembering this guy for some reason. 

Remembering this guy for some reason. Nico circa 2010.

I just found my new workout routine. 

I just found my new workout routine. 

Something to think about… or not.

Something to think about… or not.

Last night’s Oscars in less than three seconds

Last night’s Oscars in less than three seconds