Saturday, April 12, 2014

The chart Obama administration does not want you to see

According to, a so-called conservative think-tank. What an odd descriptor that is.

Try avoid noticing Colorado in blue as an island of calm in the center of a troubled nation, then compare it with the four other blues if you like and see that we beat them. N. E. S. T. L. E. S. we're the healthcare very best R-o-o-o-o-c  K-e-e-e-e-y-s

And right next to us Arizona and Kansas up 157% and 129%. 

We're thinnest too. Nanner nanner nanner.

I recall saying my own premiums went down for the first time ever, by a whopping 7% not a puny .5% or 1/%. That is truly significant mystifying and out of whack with everything I read, welcome, but feeling a bit politically manipulated. I did not and do not understand it. 

Or else it showed actuarially we had been overpaying grossly all along and that I can believe. That could make sense, we are such an ace state for dangerous physical activities that attract people in this 27 year old group being measured, such activities as hang gliding for instance, insurers flat do not understand hang glider pilots. I overheard them complaining about that while waiting for conditions. Or perhaps insurers do understand all too well. Perhaps they do understand very well the hazards of skiing and white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain climbing, hiking at altitude. Easy to name instances of people one knows dying doing at least some of these things. I know I've been paying a lot all along. And now those common sense carefully calculated actuary figures are spread out amongst you. 

BLM closes shop in Clark county Nevada.

For now.

 BLM backing down, says the Sheriff from creating an unsightly war-like scene, rallying opposition from all corners out in the open, and that is the part that cheers my heart -- citizens spending their own money using their own resources to converge and take visible action. But, surely there will be a way to squeeze out the rancher later quietly without creating such a fuss so damaging to public relations.

The county is shown unwilling to challenge Federal grab, Nevada is shown unwilling to back its citizens in the face of Federal land grab and manipulations. The thing is, the land-owning family is more steady than Local and State and Federal governments throughout. From territory to state, through federal government changing its own rules, snapping the rugs, this way and that, all around the landowner family, surrounding the family with its unsteadiness through time and through generations, switching arrangements as they go and laws and Department composition allowing for corruption in full bloom today, while the family stays steady doing what ranchers do. And even as government Departments grab the rancher's land and herd up his cattle they are elsewhere measuring his stock farts and dreaming up ways to tax him further, resulting in ranching altogether more difficult were it not for steady families.

Well played, Cliven Bundy, well played.

Hey! I just now thought of something. Wanna see something? This is a package aged bone-in rib-eye steak sitting in the refrigerator, mustn't freeze a thing like this... no slouch of a steak and you can expect it to be expensive, up to pay a hundred bucks in a restaurant, but not this expensive raw. It's only a LB, not a side.  But I heard the guy say "aged beef" and that made me not care because it saves me a trip to Oliver's. I bought it anyway. But this kind of brutal government dictatorial and frankly unsteady activity, bearing down on ranchers militaristically like this, roping off "free speech zones" is effrontry to even faint-blooded Americans and measuring cow farts and deciding for global warming concerns or for vegetarian concerns or for whatever concern our most fiercely compulsive activists drawn to government dream up for us are the reasons why this beef is this expensive.

That and the dollar jacked with simultaneously.

I started off differently. Earlier I was loading 6 gallons of milk into a trolly when a bald man rolled up. This was two days ago. It seemed I am in his way and I do have gallons spread out on the floor in front of the cooler. "Would you like a gallon of milk?" I offered cheerfully.
"Are you really going to drink all that? 
Teutonic accent. Mess with him. "Yes." His eyes visibly widened. "I drink a gallon a day." He honestly had nothing to say to that obsenity. The corners of his mouth went downward. "But I'm trying to cut back to half a gallon." His face tightened. "In chocolate form."
His face relaxed and he rolled off. I lied. Didn't mention freezing it, but faking was fun.

"Satellites Show Russian Forces Poised Near Ukraine"

"NATO released satellite photographs on Thursday showing Russian military equipment, including fighter jets and tanks, that it described as part of a deployment of as many as 40,000 troops near the border with Ukraine. The release came the same day that President Vladimir V. Putin reiterated a threat to curtail gas sales to Ukraine."

"The photographs, taken by a commercial satellite imaging company called DigitalGlobe, offered some of the first documentary evidence of a military buildup that the West says Russia could use to invade Ukraine at any moment. They were released at a news conference in Belgium by Brig. Gary Deakin, the director of NATO’s Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Center." (read more)


“Whenever Hitler shows up, the world shows an interest”

NYT: "Cups With Hitler’s Image Are Investigated in Germany"
The kitschy, vintage-style cups were on sale for three days at the Zurbrüggen stores before anyone noticed the small stamp showing the profile of the Nazi dictator above the word “Reich,” complete with a swastika postmark.

“Our workers are dismayed and embarrassed, the producer has apologized for the error, and we have apologized to our customers for this terrible mistake that resulted from a chain of unfortunate circumstances,” Mr. Zurbrüggen said in a telephone interview.

Customers have been offered a 20-euro gift certificate in exchange for returning their Hitler cup, which originally sold for 1.99 euros.

So far, 16 of the 175 sold have been returned, reflecting a certain popularity of the cups that caught the attention of the German media and even stirred the interest of the country’s Museum of Contemporary History.

“It is our mission to collect objects that have a relevance to contemporary culture,” said Peter Hoffmann, a spokesman for the museum in Bonn. The museum’s interest does not lie in the uproar surrounding the cups, Mr. Hoffmann said.

“It’s the story that is behind the cup that is interesting,” he said. “But we don’t know right now how it came to be, whether it was intended as a joke, or was simply ignorance.”

Germans are highly sensitized to reproductions of Nazi symbols, which are banned in the country, and move swiftly to remove them or take action against anyone displaying them. Yet in spite, or perhaps because of this, every time an image of Hitler pops up somewhere, it still causes a sensation.

regulatory tranny

I kept misreading regulatory tyranny. Eh, same thing.

Friday, April 11, 2014

UNM Hospital Helicopter Crash

I'm not sure when this happened.  I didn't know about it until I asked my friend who was giving me a ride what all the firemen at the hospital were there for and she said, oh, a helicopter crashed on the roof.

Everyone is okay.  Hurt a little, but can you imagine if it went over the edge? The passenger brought to the hospital was already out and they were taking off again.

Any Saturday classes at UNM are cancelled tomorrow because there may be a power outage.  I believe that the hospital is going to go to back-up generators.  I have no idea why getting a crane to get the copter wreckage down would cause a power outage, but maybe they're worried that they'll drop it on power lines?

Here's another picture.

Demis Roussos

I hate myself for not knowing who this guy is, not even as crossword solve. His academy award would at least give me Remis but somehow I missed all of this.

More famous elsewhere. Very popular in Greece first, British vacationers enjoyed his music there but it never did quite caught on. An individual within BBC wondered why, then produced a show describing what he called the Roussous-effect. He became immediately popular in Britain.

He is associated with Vangelis. I learned he was hostage on the TWA flight 847 highjacking. Born and raised in Alexandria, and boy does the first video show it, his family moved to Greece during the Suez Crisis.

The development is interesting, I think.

Then what appears to be a leap across decades. I never heard this, and it blows my mind. I love it immediately. Cannot find where to buy mp3. Downloaded it for free! Everyone already knows about this. 

I guess that "green" is a famous misheard lyric as "clean," but hat would be stupid after white, red, and black. The last one needs a clean.

He wrote Tales of the Future soundtrack for Bladrunner.

He wrote Chariots of Fire, won Oscar for that, vocal version Race to the End an Tu Libertad.

Is Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch?

“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.
His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.
The land in question is the land on which Cliven Bundy and his family have grazed cattle for more than 100 years.  Land on which they have for years taken steps to provide habitat for tortoises the Bureau of Land Management says are (suddenly) threatened.
“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”
Harry Reid is involved in something filthy.  Are you surprised?  I'm not. 

Read more.


Where with six you get eggroll

  And I have known the arms already, known them all— 
Arms that are braceleted and white and bare 
[But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!] 
Is it perfume from a dress 
That makes me so digress? 
Arms that lie along a table, or wrap about a shawl. 
  And should I then presume? 
  And how should I begin?
        .     .     .     .     .

Shall I say, I have gone at dusk through narrow streets              70 
And watched the smoke that rises from the pipes 
Of lonely men in shirt-sleeves, leaning out of windows? . . . 

I should have been a pair of ragged claws 
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.
        .     .     .     .     .

And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully! 
Smoothed by long fingers, 
Asleep . . . tired . . . or it malingers, 
Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me. 
Should I, after tea and cakes and ices, 
Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?                  80 
But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed, 
Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in upon a platter, 
I am no prophet–and here's no great matter; 
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, 
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, 
And in short, I was afraid. 

  And would it have been worth it, after all, 
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea, 
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me, 
Would it have been worth while,                                             90 
To have bitten off the matter with a smile, 
To have squeezed the universe into a ball 
To roll it toward some overwhelming question, 
To say: "I am Lazarus, come from the dead, 
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all" 
If one, settling a pillow by her head, 
  Should say, "That is not what I meant at all. 
  That is not it, at all." 


Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

"When the French clock off at 6pm, they really mean it"

"Just in case you weren't jealous enough of the French already, what with their effortless style, lovely accents and collective will to calorie control, they have now just made it illegal to work after 6pm."
Well, sort of. Après noticing that the ability of bosses to invade their employees' home lives via smartphone at any heure of the day or night was enabling real work hours to extend further and further beyond the 35-hour week the country famously introduced in 1999, workers' unions have been fighting back. Now employers' federations and unions have signed a new, legally binding labour agreement that will require staff to switch off their phones after 6pm.

Under the deal, which affects a million employees in the technology and consultancy sectors (including the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC), employees will also have to resist the temptation to look at work-related material on their computers or smartphones – or any other kind of malevolent intrusion into the time they have been nationally mandated to spend on whatever the French call la dolce vita. And companies must ensure that their employees come under no pressure to do so. Thus the spirit of the law – and of France – as well as the letter shall be observed.
the guardian

“They seem to be people moving a little outside regular social norms and regular behaviour. Therefore I don’t give them the same level of respect as people who follow the line”

"It is the most important question being asked of dozens of New Yorkers lined up as potential jurors for the trial of Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer: what do you think of her protest movement?"
Unfortunately for those keen on the swift procession of justice, a series of Manhattan residents who presented themselves at the criminal courthouse this week declared that they strongly disagreed with it – and could not promise to be impartial about one of its members.

“I’m involved in Wall Street things. I’m on the Wall Street side, not their side,” George Yih, one of a group of prospective jurors whose names were plucked from a tombola by the clerk, said under questioning from Judge Ronald Zweibel on Wednesday. “They can protest all they want, but they can’t brainwash my mind.” (read more)
the guardian

Shopping Channel

French & Saunders introduce Diamondique semi-solid.  The girls have excellent nails. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Video: Shoe Thrown at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas


"A fictional depiction of the shoe thrown at President Bush during a press conference in Iraq in 2008. Photograph taken at the Museum in TriBeCa, New York City." (Wikipedia)

Sebelius Resigns

"Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act."
Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.

The departure comes as the Obama administration tries to move beyond its early stumbles in carrying out the law, persuade a still-skeptical public of its lasting benefits, and help Democratic incumbents, who face blistering attack ads after supporting the legislation, survive the midterm elections this fall.
What will be her legacy?

Bento a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware.

Imagine the picnic possibilities. Click here for some cute children's themed bento. 

What fun, a bento box quilt:

NYT: Colbert to Succeed Letterman as Host of the ‘Late Show’

NYT Oped: "Global Warming Scare Tactics"

"IF you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on Showtime. A trailer for “Years of Living Dangerously” is terrifying, replete with images of melting glaciers, raging wildfires and rampaging floods. “I don’t think scary is the right word,” intones one voice. “Dangerous, definitely.”
Showtime’s producers undoubtedly have the best of intentions. There are serious long-term risks associated with rising greenhouse gas emissions, ranging from ocean acidification to sea-level rise to decreasing agricultural output.

But there is every reason to believe that efforts to raise public concern about climate change by linking it to natural disasters will backfire. More than a decade’s worth of research suggests that fear-based appeals about climate change inspire denial, fatalism and polarization. (read more)

The Corner: Issa Accuses Cummings of Colluding with the IRS

"The war between Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and the committee’s ranking member, Elijah Cummings, rages on."
Issa on Wednesday accused the Maryland Democrat of colluding with the Internal Revenue Service in its targeting of the conservative nonprofit group True the Vote, whose founder, Catherine Engelbrecht, said she received multiple letters from Cummings in 2012 and personal visits from the IRS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Explosives. Engelbrecht’s True the Vote is one of the many conservative groups that claims to have been improperly targeted by the IRS while it scrutinized the applications of tea-party groups.
Congressman Cummings and Committee Chairmen Issa

In a letter signed by his five subcommittee chairmen, Issa raised the possibility that Cummings coordinated with the IRS, “surreptitiously” contacting the agency to request information about True the Vote...

Since June of last year, Cummings has pressed Issa to call the investigation off and the two have repeatedly butted heads. Tomorrow’s (today) hearing is unlikely to be an exception.

sign language rap battle

Hay Ted it. 

Black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow

That should stick out with perfect clarity and it does not. Especially noticeable when all three do the same repeated phrase you can rightfully expect some semblance of unity but we see no similarity as if all three are speaking separate languages, I see "black" indistinguishable from "summer", "sweat, even "Russia." In all cases, I see random "y" floating around in all over the place when it appears at all, beside, in front, upward, downward, the "y" needs to sit in one place be explicitly referring a color and shake for it to be recognizable as "yellow" and all three women know that. You cannot bounce around with floppy clothes, extraneous jewelry, layers, move continuously and switch positions and expect to be understood. I did not receive one single straightforward word. Communication fail. 

Texas hail PTSD

Everybody shut up and leave her alone. Parents, stop raising your kids to be this helpless. ↓ 42 people agree! And for Pete's sake stop bossing people around. And, um, pay this problem solver the same you would a man. 

Just leave her alone and let her deal with it.  This is an opportunity to develop some coping skills. BTW, parents, when you raise your kids like they're too retarded to handle anything on their own, this what they grow up to be. 
Hide replies

grow up? she's in high school. she still has a ton of time to grow up. and how can you give parents advice when you're only a teenager...judging by your youtube profile

+Ben Wicker High school student does not understand what to do with glass, I would say he has a point.

+Jason Garner it goes in a glass holding receptacle

+Brandon Hamric Chemistry lab has taught me many confusing things..


This is not my favorite Aqua Velvets tune but it's close too it.

This is called "Return to Paia" and it reminds me of a Spaghetti Western soundtrack:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cherry Blossoms

I went to the Albuquerque Botanical Garden today for the cherry blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden.  I don't know if these are cherry blossoms or not, but they're pretty.   I've got a couple more pictures here.

A Big Surprise For The Bride And Groom At The End Of The Wedding

The interesting incident happened at the town of Oldcastle located northwest of Dublin when Fr. Ray Kelly started the ceremony with the words; “We join together here today, to help two people on their way, as Leah and Chris start their life together.” He then goes on to sing “Hallelujah” while also adding some of his own customized set of lyrics that amuses the people gathered there.

As it turns out, the couple for whom the song was sung were not locals and had chosen the venue as their reception was at a nearby hotel. According to the BBC, the couple had no idea that something of this sort was going to happen. “Normally local people know I sing at wedding, funerals or when I’m asked, but they didn’t know – the bride Leah is from Dublin and the groom Chris is from Cookstown in County Tyrone, Father Kelly told the BBC. 
The bride was given a slight hint about Fr. Kelly singing for them – but it was unlikely that she took it seriously. The couple has since then already left for Mexico for their honeymoon and have not been told that their video has went viral

Fr. Ray Kelly received a well-deserved standing ovation after his performance. It was later revealed that he is a trained singer and is currently working on his third album.

Hank Aaron celebrates 40th anniversary of historic 715 home run record.

There I was minding my own business in my post-racial world reading comments at AoS  in an open thread.  Several comments back and forth about Hank Aaron saying something strange and illogical, harsh and emotional.

[Hank Aaron] Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama To KKK
CBS Local‎ - 1 hour ago


At the Hall of Fame. Sads. 
“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.
Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” 
Aaron stated that there is still room for improvement for race relations in the U.S.
Boy, I'll say. Hank Aaron must imagine the fundamentals of government, purposefully confrontational and disputative system would automatically and magically change to a one-Party system of seamless cooperation once the moment a black person is elected president.

Further anybody who does not go along with that very strong presumption is not just wrong but racist. It must be racism. What else could it be? The question answers itself. There is only that one simple pure perfect answer. It occurs to mind immediately.

Aaron goes on to describe the racist letters he has kept for decades as he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record.
“To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” Aaron explained to USA Today Sports. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”
I felt a stab in my heart.

My dad did that and we argued about that being bad.

Dad kept a tin box that closed with tin tabs that fit through slots in the square tin lid. An official looking box. I never saw it before that day and here he just whip it out and scurried through the papers. Scary military box. The papers inside all old. Old typewriter that pokes holes in the paper and embosses it like reverse Braille. Corrections on front, oddly acceptable on official documents, inconsistent key strikes. With old-style carbon copies, with their own carbony corrections. The box was filled. Dad re-lived the pain he felt through the incident the papers documented in the retelling to me, re-lived the stress that caused in his life. One single incident he feels affected his career negatively. That box is his side of that old story. It was an unhappy incident. Why he kept it past retirement of a second career is beyond me. Why he dragged it through twelve successive moves while we all pared for weight allowances and then hold it like some sinister treasure for decades did not make sense. Of all the things to save, not that. It lost all significance but not to him. I saw it as an object imbued with negative energy, a thing to be destroyed, ceremoniously if one must. "You're dragging this crap along with you through life like a tail of tin cups clattering away in your psyche. You do not need that. It is harmful. It is poison. Please, get rid of it." At length I lost the argument. He died with that box his possession and we sibs were left to get rid of it for him.

Bummer. Everything is political. Every party, every bar mitzvah, every birthday, funeral, any gathering, family holiday, graduation, celebration, anniversary, is political. Hank Aaron, baseball hero, drags politics and his own specific ruminated injustices and focuses his own original resentment, rearranging historic facts to do so with some fidelity, somehow all those letters he saved up are Republicans now in his mind, and not the Democrat klan of his day. The KKK were Democrats. His Party changed completely reversing from Jim Crow platforms to plantation platforms, the nation changed completely, demographics changed, Baseball changed, but here is Hank Aaron's tail of tin cups clanging clattering part of his own special celebration today .

I saw my dad and his tightly-closed tin box. That received one reading. To me.

Democratic Party: Keeping Racism Alive. Always the 60's for Democrats, for Aaron, always the 40's and 50's. Enjoy your celebration. He's eighty. It's relevant.

Having said all that I understand it. I think that I do. All of that up there is my mind answering somebody else's heart. My mind knows his heart to be wrong and to have been wronged but it cannot reach it. A crossed transaction, my mind cannot reach his heart and the contents of his heart are rejected by mind, known to be wrong. Wrong about how government works, is supposed to work, wrong about motives of others, wrong about the the way people think, wrong about his own party, especially wrong about other people. He saves hateful letters from long-gone people in his own party from the past and imagines them reconstructed political opposites of present.

Hank Aaron, I'm not feeling it. First of all, baseball I'm not feeling. Lem does, my grandpa sure liked it. And I'm not feeling the outright joy you must feel with having a black US president. It doesn't matter to me, so it is not possible for me to feel anything close to joy in that historic fact, that you must feel.

I can try to feel your joy but it is not possible. I'm all, eh, with the black president. Frankly, I'd prefer he be Independent or he be Republican and thirdly Democrat, but your party seems to have cynically jumped things and that is fine with you. I don't expect you to agree to any of this, but this is how I see your Party. I do not feel your joy. I don't get all giddy at the idea of any specific race as president. You do. I leave it at that. You do not.

Everyone must share this incredible joy and if they do not then something is wrong. The joy, national uplifting joy is everything and anything contrary to that is ignoring this historic opportunity for joining the national project of reconciliation goodwill, and worse it pisses on national joy.

That is how I understand the way that you feel. I shouldn't bother. Because now I feel like I'm talking to a woman, feeling above everything else. That is my walk in those clickity clackity cleats shoes.

Too bad. Cannot really care that much for baseball, all the spitting, and I cannot keep up, when I play it. When I actually have the ball  I never do know who best to throw to because players are moving and rule One keep your eye on the ball. So conflicting focus right there. When I actually hit the ball I also impulsively throw the bat. Far. Like right over the fence. Everyone ducks for cover and mocks me unsparingly. I don't know why, it just happens. If after the thrill of hitting the ball, I could resist the reaction of tossing the bat and gently set the bat down instead, I would waste critical time getting to the base. So there's that.

And honestly cannot care about racial composition of US president, actually living the MLK dream as it were, yet Aaron cannot see or appreciate that. Hank Aaron is too spectacularly well chuffed with having the first black president to have that first black president treated with the same mixture of love and contempt as any president is treated. To Aaron, Obama is special in all ways not just one way, everything devolves from the joy that should be unmarred, everything else becomes lower branches down the trunk of concerns. Even unnecessary national debt to the tune of trillions, secondary. Even completely jacking with the economy, secondary. Even stirring up unnecessary disputes between citizens, secondary. Passing massive legislation against the will of the people, secondary.

That little walk in Aaron's shoes was all wrong because the whole time I knew had the first black president been Republican then none of these statements would apply. It'd be open season, he'd be required to be twice as great, not half as great and buttressed with excuses.

Hank Aaron, I suggest you burn your letters, but I know you cannot do that. Smithsonian will take great interest in those bleak things. Maybe Smithsonian can label their placard explaining the contents as well as they do their Egyptian exhibit.  They can take your word for it: "Early career hate letters to Hank Aaron from Republicans."


The Rise Of The Anti-Tech California Left

It’s social unrest. It’s poor people fighting for their share of the hipster pie outraged at the high rents in the Bay Area and the outrageous pricing of goodies beyond their reach. It’s the rebellion of “social equals” who find they are financial inferiors. It’s the outcry of people who thought they were part of a great movement who discover they are, after all, only menials.

The slacker/stoner/trustafarian/occupy/anarchist left in San Francisco are being marginalized by the wealthy young Obama leftists who work in Silicon Valley, and who are driving up the price of housing in San Francisco and Oakland.  The anarchists are protesting at the homes of the wealthy, tipping over Smart cars, and vomiting on the private shuttle busses that take Silicon Valley tech firm employees to work.  They demand compensation for the wrongs they believe are being done to them.
We demand that Google give three billion dollars to an anarchist organization of our choosing. This money will then be used to create autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. In these communities, whether in San Francisco or in the woods, no one will ever have to pay rent and housing will be free. With this three billion from Google, we will solve the housing crisis in the Bay Area and prove to the world that an anarchist world is not only possible but in fact irrepressible. If given the chance, most humans will pursue a course towards increased freedom and greater liberty. As it stands, only people like Kevin Rose [a Google Venture Partner] are given the opportunity to reshape their world, and look at what they do with those opportunities.
*Side note to parents of high school students planning to enroll in college:  Most anarchists were liberal arts majors in college.  Most wealthy Silicon Valley workers weren't.*

It's the Luddite left versus the high tech left in northern California, and neither side trusts the other.  Beyond that, it has also become the corporate left versus the high tech left in the post-Snowden NSA era of tech companies spying on everyone and everything.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Stephen Cobb of information security company ESET: “In the technology industry, companies are finding that the sales cycle is getting longer, as customers ask questions such as whether an Internet router is NSA proof. ‘People are asking questions they didn’t ask before. To be in this place now, given the history of this industry, is just amazing. There is a level of suspicion and confusion we haven’t had before.’”
Side note: Suspicion is well founded.  Everything you type is tracked by someone.  I did an experiment.  I sent my wife and email in which I used the phrase "truck driver training school", a phrase I had never used before.  In less than twelve hours, ads for truck driver training schools began to appear on pages I was reading online.  And those were followed by ads for trucking companies seeking drivers, and later by ads from truck manufacturers.
Silicon Valley has a trust problem, and it’s growing. Some of this is the result of National Security Agency spying — and the tech community’s cooperation with same — and some of it is based on other things tech leaders are doing. But the worst of it is based on who our tech overlords have become.
The NSA spying has already done harm enough. As Glenn Derene warned in Popular Mechanics when the story first broke, fear of NSA spying is giving a boost to offshore competitors, as companies and users seek hardware and software without back doors and compromised security standards. Some foreign customers feel betrayed by Google, Facebook, and other tech giants.
As I mentioned elsewhere, I have installed a browser called Epic.  It works very well.  One if Epic's features is privacy.  All tracking is blocked, cookies are blocked, and internet searches are private.  User information is not sold.  An Epic feature is a counter on the screen that counts the number of trackers and cookies Epic has blocked in each session.  I was stunned by the number of trackers that want access to my computer as I check blogs, read the news, shop for things.

Left or not, aren't we all becoming anti-tech?  We should be, given the amount of intrusion by tech industries into our privacy. 

I'm not part of the slacker/stoner/trustafarian/occupy/anarchist left in San Francisco, and I don't want to tip over Smart cars or extort money, but I am sympathetic to people who want privacy from the all-intrusive Silicon Valley tech companies and their offshoots.

My To Do List For Later...

EBL posted a link to the new energy from seawater process. link

I've already made a few comments over there noting (a) The process is energy intensive; and (b) it's interesting in that onboard an aircraft carrier with limitless (nuclear) energy, it could be useful for generating fuels which would have to otherwise be delivered. This is a logistical advantage.

I have to dash off for several hours (and had to post date this by two hours), but if I had time, I would do the following:

Write out the chemical steps for the entire process, and construct a Born-Haber cycle for the whole thing to pinpoint the uphill thermodynamics -- I suspect it's the 2H+ + 2e- --> H2(g) reduction.

Show how they use the H2 in the water-gas-shift reaction (WGSR) but don't mention the CO involved. This is really old school WW II German technology. On the other hand, perhaps they've invented a new way to reduce CO2 to hydrocarbons more directly than the WGS reaction followed by Fischer-Tropsch.

Third, I'd go to the US Patent & Trademark website and look for disclosure using keywords and also the NRL as the assignee. The Navy can and has withheld patent disclosure for national security reasons.

Mirror: "Britain’s first cloned dog has been born after owner Rebecca Smith won a £60,000 contest"

"Winnie, a 12-year-old dachshund, was reproduced as a puppy called “mini Winnie” in a laboratory. The incredible test tube process will give hope for millions of dog owners looking to immortalise their pets in the future."
Rebecca, 29, said: “We Brits do have a close attachment to our dogs, so it is exciting. My sausage dog is very special but she is 12 and not going to be around forever. My boyfriend always joked, ‘We need to get her cloned.’

“Then I read an article about it and there was a competition to get your pet cloned.

“We sent in some videos and it just sort of snowballed from there.” Rebecca, a caterer from West London, travelled from Britain to Seoul, South Korea, and witnessed “mini Winnie” being born on March 30.

Cloning company Sooam Biotech now hopes thousands of other Brits will follow Rebecca’s lead, despite the hefty £60,000 price tag. (read more)

NPR: "Why Women Don't Ask For More Money"

"When the women negotiated for themselves, they asked for an average of $7,000 less than the men. But when they negotiated on behalf of a friend, they asked for just as much money as the men."
Amanatullah (an assistant professor of management at the University of Texas) says when women advocate for themselves, they have to navigate more than a higher salary: They're managing their reputation, too. Women worry that pushing for more money will damage their image. Research shows they're right to be concerned: Both male and female managers are less likely to want to work with women who negotiate during a job interview.

One person I spoke with for this story lowballed herself so much in a negotiation that the recruiter came back and asked if she was sure she wanted to request so little. She hates negotiating to this day. (read the whole thing)
NPR via Hotair

Instapundit: "If you want to meet women, buy a French Bulldog. If you want to meet men, buy a Great Dane"

"As I approached four years as a widow, the loneliness of a one-person household began to drag me down. Acquiring a four-legged companion, rather than a two-legged one, appealed to me."
And so, in February, I adopted a 5-month-old puppy, a hypoallergenic Havanese small enough for me to pick up and carry, even into my ninth decade, when I travel to visit family and friends.

While most dog owners I know encouraged my decision, several dogless friends thought I had lost my mind. How, with all my work, travels and cultural events, was I going to manage the care of a dog?
No one asked this when I decided to have children. In fact, few people consider in advance how children will fit into their lives. If you want a child badly enough, you make it work. (read more)

"Why won't he go in the grass?" (NSFW swears)

"Cos there's wee beasties in there."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I heard twice on faux snooze oops I see that so much my auto-ridiculer picked it up. On Fox News, different ladies both Miss Americas apparently, I don't know that for sure and don't care but they seem it, both asked their invited guest expert, "what will we learn when the black box is found?" The expert launches in to a lengthy explanation on what black boxes record and both times, both experts do not mention they will have found the plane and 239 missing people.

competitive diver



bagoh20 said...

"Squeeze my lemon...". One of the greatest songs musically, especially the axe riff, but I always hated the lyrics.


WSJ Video: Riding 'Metal Coffins' Through Georgia's Mountains

Eric Holder to GOP rep: ‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’

"In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, (Representative) Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal."

“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said.

“You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there, okay,” Holder shot back.

“I don’t want to go there?” the Texas Republican responded.

“No,” Holder said, leaning forward in his seat.

“About the contempt?” Gohmert asked.

“You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. I think that it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust. But never think that that was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that,” Holder said pointing at Gohmert.

Flipped Flights of Furor

San Francisco police look for vandals who flipped 4 Smart cars

Goggle "flipped smart cars" Images
"The small two-seat cars were flipped on their sides or roofs in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods."

"Police said they didn’t know whether the incidents were a prank or another episode in escalating tensions among some residents who blame the tech industry for rising rents and cost of living."

Althouse: "11:45: Crack finds more misogyny in Led Zeppelin than in rap."

The Best F*cking Article You’ll Read Today: Profanity in Rap Lyrics Since 1985
As we all know, a common ingredient in many rap lyrics is shameless profanity. No word is off limits. With f-bombs and assorted slurs streaming through popular music, it’s no shock that some people are up in arms against rap. As mentioned before, these artists reach a huge audience. Is it appropriate for them to be spitting profanity-laced lyrics to the world? This study won’t be answering any questions of morality, but it should give others some fuel to form their own opinions.
We examined profanity in popular rap music since 1985. The key word here is “popular”. To do this, we selected the five albums from each year that we deemed as the most influential or important. Total sales, artist name recognition, and album hit density all factored into our album choices... You can see the full list of albums by downloading the data from the Best Tickets Data Collective. For this study, we counted each instance of profanity in every song of every album. Without further adieu, the results....
Although the claim by Crack Emcee was that there was more misogyny (not necessarily profane?) in Led Zeppelin lyrics than in rap, this "study" does include a catalog of terms in rap lyrics (since 1985) that could be construed as misogynous. Terms such as B*tch, Ho and C*nt.

That's 3,577 times the word b*tch was used, 1,213 times the word ho was used and 33 times the word c*nt was used on raps most popular albums alone.
Many of these songs even have profanity in the title, setting the stage for the ensuing madness. I do feel the need to mention a particular song that was not used in our study, but is regarded by many to be the most profanity-laced rap song in history. Lil’ Jon’s “Real N*gga Roll Call” featuring Ice Cube from 2004 is mindbogglingly vulgar. In total it contains more than 329 cuss words, including: 165 n*ggas, 61 f*cks, 33 p*ssys, 25 b*tches, 21 asses, 17 hos, 4 skeets, and 3 sh*ts. It really is utterly ridiculous. I can’t with a clear conscience recommend that you listen to it, but I will provide a link....
For more charts and figures of rap lyrics, read the whole thing.

NYT: Germany Announces Deal on Art Looted by Nazis

"The resolution comes months after the public first learned of the more than 1,280 works — including those by major artists such as Picasso, Chagall and Gauguin — held by Mr. Gurlitt. They were seized by Augsburg prosecutors as part of a tax evasion investigation. When the German news media broke the story of their existence last November, it triggered outrage around the world."
Responding to intense international criticism over how it had handled the art, the German government appointed a task force to investigate their provenance with an aim to return looted works to their rightful owners. But questions lingered over what would happen to the collection once it was released to Mr. Gurlitt, if he is cleared of the tax evasion charges. Legal experts also raised questions over whether the state had been justified in confiscating the collection in the first place.

Mr. Gurlitt, 81, who lived a reclusive life seemingly dedicated to defending the modern art collection amassed by his father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, during the Nazis’ reign, had initially insisted that all the art be returned to him. He declared in his only interview, with the newsmagazine Der Spiegel, that he would not give any of them up. (read more)