Saturday, April 18, 2015

"French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston"

"When you put people side by side aboard a ship, they're puking together, they're cleaning the toilets together, they're really bonding," he said. "It makes for a very close and open relationship between people and it lasts forever."

With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries set sail Saturday for the U.S. East Coast.

With the celebratory sendoff, the 25 million euro ($27 million) Hermione began its voyage to retrace the 65-meter (213-foot) frigate's trans-Atlantic journey in 1780, when its namesake under the Marquis de Lafayette's command helped to lay the foundation of French-American relations.

Lafayette persuaded French King Louis XVI to provide military and financial support to George Washington's troops. Lafayette set sail on the frigate on March 21, 1780, from the southwestern port of Fouras, arrived 38 days later in Boston, and played an important role in the revolutionaries' ultimate defeat of Britain three years later in the Battle of Yorktown with the support of a French army and fleet.


I remember that song from around the time it came out. Our middle school lunch room got a jukebox that year and all us kids used to shovel nickels (or quarters) into the machine. That song was a favorite. The money went to fundraisers (we were told) but some of it must have wound up in Tommy James' coffers.

Official Teaser Trailer


"Ben Affleck demanded..."

"...PBS program hide his slave-owning ancestor"
Ben Affleck insisted on censoring the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves from PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” the Sony email hack has revealed.

In a hacked Sony email from July 22, 2014, now available on WikiLeaks, the show’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr., writes to Sony USA chief Michael Lynton asking for advice: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors–the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”
Twitter JeffB commented...

"Michigan Grandfather With Cancer..."

"Takes Up Uber Driving to Pay Off Home for Family"

ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos

"Once I pass away, chances are my daughter, who’s a part-time waitress at a small restaurant in Livonia, will lose the house we live in because she won't be able to afford it anymore," Broskey said. "So I'm doing everything for her and my grandkids at this point. When you find out you're dying, you realize your family and friends are so important."


This photograph has nearly 5,500 views on Flickr.

All week long I've been getting notifications of members favoriting photographs of hamburgers by the dozens.

It's the dumbest things that get the views and favorites like a bowl of cereal or a glass of Ovaltine.

Maybe they're wondering why their hamburgers don't look as good. Maybe they're wondering why this BLT looks better than theirs. Here's the answer: it's not pre-sliced sandwich bread. That kind of bread will compress inside your mouth and stick like wallpaper to your upper palate. See how unevenly this bread is cut? See its wide open crumb? The second thing is bright fresh vegetables. Bright green, bright red. This is true with all of the hamburgers.

Except the hamburger I'm making right now in the wee hour of the morning. I've been waiting for the baked bread to cool and for myself to be sufficiently starved. I only have to slice a fresh bun and toast the inside, everything is ready to go, cole slaw, pineapple, Philadelphia cream cheese mixed with feta, freshly baked bun, fried heavily seasoned hamburger patty. An Hawaiian hamburger due to the pineapple.


This place is one block away. They are advertising this and I thought, "Eh, so what. Why make such a bfd about it?" And then I realized 420 is reverting to its original meaning of April 20th and that's why the fuss. I wonder if there is going to be a big party. I'm always the last to know.

But honest to God, I have no idea what they're talking about. It's like a puzzle. Flower? Is that a new word for buds? Bud is not a flower. CO2 oil? What's that? It doesn't make sense.

I told you this already in comments one time.

There I was walking along one bright spring morning and I mean bright. It was late morning and warming right up. I passed some kind of flower box that smelled like a little old lady spilled a bottle of Avon all over it and I continued along my way. I was trying a new route. I passed under a tree in bloom that filled the whole block with a wondrously light pleasantly exotic floral scent. And then overtaken by the stronger smell of roses. I turned the corner and now I'm in full sunlight beating down. The spring aromas cleared off and I kind of missed them and I hoped they'd pick up again. I wanted the flower smells to keep going. I looked around for patches of vegetation, nothing but asphalt and parking lot and tall weeds at the edges of buildings. Then I smelled it. Pow, right in the nose. A skunk. Big and awful as H-E-double stinkstacks and acrid the kind of skunk smell that jabs your nose and stings inside and tells you, "get out!"

How could the skunk get there? Up from Cherry Creek? It must be. Man, that's a long way for a skunk. It would have to cross Speer. The closer I got to the squat building the stronger the smell. I went inside to warn them.

An attractive svelte sylph-like fairy of woman attractively dressed was behind a counter with a thick glass front, an office cut from a corner in a large inexpensively decorated but still very clean waiting room. And that's all there is except for two doors with electronic locks. A man in his twenties was inside the triangular space sitting in an office chair rubbing the inside of a large jar with a rag. They both greeted me pleasantly. Seemingly eager to have someone walk in. As if they were trained to be instantly pleasant.

"You guys got a skunk hanging around outside your building."

The man and the woman looked at each other and laughed but didn't say anything.

"I mean it."

They laughed more.

"It's really strong!"

The man answered. "It's probably us."


"Here, smell this jar."

Friday, April 17, 2015


Lem tweeted me about the drumming in the band Asia's song "The Heat Of The Moment" to which I replied:
I hear syncopated snare fills & bass drum. It's Carl Palmer, (ex-of ELP) so no wonder it's genius.
That got me wondering about Carl Palmer and so I went looking on Wiki and also in my iTunes library. I own exactly one Emerson Lake & Palmer tune--"Lucky Man:"

I like Carl Palmer's drumming in that song. It's hard to describe it. He's obviously from the same school of drumming as other Brits in his generation like Charlie Watts, Mick Avory, Mitch Mitchell, et al. They could all play "jazzy" if they wanted too. All had mastery of the snare drum; they all probably learned to drum listening to and copying the jazz and swing greats; they all played with a traditional grip. In contrast, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, John Bonham all did not; they played with clubs.

The video makes one obvious gaffe: the crystal clear lyrics are presented and Greg Lake sings:
White lace and feathers
They made up his bed
A gold covered mattress
On which he was led laid
Allegedly, the song was written by 12-year-old Greg Lake. I'm pretty sure Lake says "led" and not "laid." I remember being 12. While my thoughts were rapidly clouding by sex by then, I wouldn't have said "laid" either--even though it sort of fits the context of the song.

“He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan”

"Dr. Oz doesn’t walk or talk like a duck — but 10 prominent critics say he’s still a quack."
The group of nationally known doctors, in a lacerating letter to his boss, called for the TV doctor’s dismissal from the prestigious post of vice chairman of Columbia University’s department of surgery.
“I think I know the motivation at Columbia,” he continued. “They’re star-struck, and like having on their faculty the best-known doctor in the country. But the fact is that his advice endangers patients, and this doesn’t seem to faze them. Whether they’re hoping Oprah will come and endow a center for homeopathic medicine, I don't know.”

Ron Machen declines to refer Lois Lerner's case to Grand Jury

A month ago Jesse Byrnes writing for The Hill reported that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen indicated his intention to return to private practice on April 1 but had not yet referred the case against Lois Lerner to a grand jury.

Jesse Byrnes' piece goes into Machen's tenure as prosecutor dominated by cases relating to financial fraud and national security and political corruption, having prosecuted dozens of federal and local D.C. officials. 

Byrnes quotes Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
“Under Lois Lerner’s direction, the IRS became a political tool used to systematically target and undermine Americans’ First Amendment rights," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who accused Machen of using "his own post for political ends" by not referring the case to a grand jury for months "as he is legally bound to do."

"Hopefully his replacement will do what’s right and allow a grand jury to do its work. The American people deserve to know the truth about the IRS targeting scandal, and Lois Lerner’s testimony is key to uncovering that truth." 
Byrnes adds in his The Hill piece a month ago, the Obama administration has also not publicly released hundreds of documents related to the IRS's targeting of Tea Party groups. And significantly, Attorney General Eric Holder remarked on Machen's tenure on Monday, praising his “outstanding results” and “inspiring service.” 

That was then and today Paul Caron the Tax Professor who has kept up with this each day from day 1, now day 708, refers to Wall Street Journal editorial, How Lois Lerner Got a Pass: The Prosecutor Absolved the IRS Witness on His Last Day on the Job.

The WSJ reviews what we already know, that Lerner was summoned for questioning about her role in the IRS' politically biased review of Tea Pary nonprofit applications. Beginning her testimony with a statement proclaiming her innocence she ended the same way stating
* I have not done anything wrong
* I have not broken any laws
* I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations
* I have not provided false information to any committee
Only after delivering this long defense she then claimed her right not to incriminate herself by citing the Fifth AMendment and refusing to answer any further questions.

The House held her in contempt.

The only duty of the U.S. Attorney is to bring the case before the grand jury for its action. Instead, Machen sat on the contempt citation for 11 months then sent Boehner a letter saying he decided not to investigate Lerner.

The WSJ article elaborates on Machen's rational about why general claims of innocence do not forfeit one's 5th Amendment rights, and how one must ignore Lerner's rebuttal to specific accusations against her and one must also ignore Lerner's voluntary interviews with Justice prosecutors.

Lerner already disclosed to government prosecutors, she lost her privilege to clam up before Congress. And after her stonewall she speaks again to Politico website.

This is the WSJ talking.
In any event, the job of making these legal calls belonged to a grand jury—not Mr. Machen. Then again, this is the prosecutor who in an exit interview with the National Law Journal about his tenure touted his allegiance to Attorney General Eric Holder, describing him as a “tremendous mentor and a tremendous friend.” 
After Mr. Machen’s performance in shielding Ms. Lerner from the consequences of her actions, Mr. Holder would no doubt return the compliment.
He already did. That would be a returned returned complement.

Ben and Jerry's Burrito

"Ben and Jerry's is releasing an ice cream "brrr-ito" on 4/20. It's a "soft and chewy waffled crepe-like wrap enveloping two scoops of any Ben & Jerry's flavor, topped with fudge and chocolate cookie crumbs."

"To end the anguish, drop the death penalty"

"Bill and Denise Martin, parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, instead urged the U.S. Department of Justice to seek a deal in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted last week of the 2013 attack, would waive his appeal rights in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole."
"We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives," the couple wrote in a statement titled "To end the anguish, drop the death penalty."

Liberal Democrat Executive Committee

Member Sara Noble on Twitter as sarahlicity.

This is just a sample. It's been going on for years, "remove all men from society," and "kill all men," building up her liberal bonafides, her Twitter-street cred, her authenticity.

The woman is on three Liberal Democrat executive committees according to hequal. And she is also member of Lib Dem Youth policy committee.

Two of the groups have taken complaints seriously, one of them suspended her. Others cannot be bothered.

The writer at hequal mentions that news of Sara Noble's suspension from one of the liberal groups she is associated coincides with the launch of their manifesto that seeks, among other things, to criminalize homophobic chanting at football games. So the situation is such that the groups that want to involve police in somewhat offensive chants are in part composed of individuals with documented instances of insane hate speech indicative of disturbed minds and distorted personalities. If that matters to these groups while...  

* they decide what is hate speech 
* they invent ridiculous rubrics of forbidden speech
* they criminalize hate speech
* they'd just as soon destroy football. A win either way
Hequal is still working on the other groups that haven't yet responded.
LGBT Lib Dems
Secular and Humanist Lib Dems
Liberal Youth

Steadfast Stanley

3rd year film at Calarts by John Cody Kim, YouTube member Paper Penguin Pic.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ice cream truck

This title is misleading. The boy in the back is standing on a box misjudges his step and falls before the ice cream truck sounds. The boy in the front is standing on an horizontal chair spindle and tries to step off but falls and seems to twist his foot. It's not funny. He's actually hurt, but a surface viewing would have it that boys are just clumsy little dopes. I give up. Boys are. And it IS funny.

"I found the literal middle of nowhere"

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Return the slab
Or suffer my curse
Must be the nexus of the universe

Eric Bogosian

Bogosian is performing an excerpt from Wake Up and Smell the Coffee for a school benefit.

Writing for the Observer, Ken Kurson tells us Bogosian gave up acting in order to become an historian. Ken is reading Bogosian's book on the Armenian genocide while eating lamb gyros at a narrow Turkish restaurant on 9th and 43rd Street. Later Kurson discusses the book, Operation Nemesis in Bogosian's apartment. The book is about a plot to get revenge on the architects of the Armenian genocide. Kurson says Bogosian's  writing is notable for creating bitterly funny characters rather than exhaustively researched tomes leaden with footnotes. Their discussion is about Bogosian's immigrant grandparents and the depth of the family's inherited psychology of impending doom.

Do you think your grandparents' trauma seeped into your life?
Oh, absolutely. This is a topic that’s becoming bigger and bigger; what happens is you develop these fearful populations and they give their kids the gift of being fearful. Marian MacCurdy just came out with a book on the topic, and she said that when she was small and wanted to go out to play, [her father] would say, “don’t go out.” And she’d go, “why?” and he goes, “Well, something might happen.” Half my family looked at things that way. 
That sounds similar to the Meitivs couple in their modern Brooklyn neighborhood with their so-called free range children, a modern urban Child Protection Services type label for otherwise normal children enjoying undisturbed psychologies in ordinary times and places. But, Man, that is it funny, "Don't go out!" 

In that moment I'm reminded of the boy with his grandparents waiting outside in line for King Tut exhibit. I chatted it up with the four elders in the group while the boy remained silent. I told them I lived right there and pointed. It's an easy one minute walk over. Suddenly the boy became talkative telling me directly and animatedly about how he can walk all the way down here from where he lives up there on the hill at Washington, all the way up there by Whole Foods. Amusingly, the grandmother interjected on my behalf, "He could probably walk that far when he was your age too." Meaning me. Of course I could walk that far and still can, but it did seem odd for a boy to be wandering around alone that far from his home with no purpose other than pure wandering. As an adult I felt a pang of protective shield come out of myself.

And I'm also reminded of Molly Shannon describing her upbringing. Her father thought everything she came up with was just great, every absurd girlish adventure was fantastic by him. He eagerly listened to all of it and fully supported her adventuring no matter what. As a girl Molly stowed away on a plane and ended up in another city. She had a proper fun adventure. I forget what all that involved but Molly's dad was fine with it, and look how normally Molly Shannon turned out, she'll comically throw herself against a wall just for laughs, then fix her dress and smell her fingers.

Back to Bogosian's interview, Kurson says, "You write in your book, 'it is one thing to wish harm on one’s enemy, but it is a very different thing to step up to someone, put a bullet in his brain and watch him die.' Do you think you’re capable of such violence?"
I am, given the right circumstances. What happens on the day when chaos hits the city and everybody wants to get out of town at the same minute, and needs to get into the tunnels and needs to get over the bridges? I wouldn’t put it past myself to do whatever I needed to do to protect my family.
And then strangely, this: "Did your study of retribution change your view of the death penalty?"
I’m against the death penalty because I’m a member of Amnesty International and we categorically are against the death penalty because we consider it a form of torture. If there was a way to, I guess, make a decision about the death sentence instantaneously, like the minute it came (claps), the guy’s dead, then, O.K. But when you put somebody of death row, you’re torturing them.
Killing them, no problem *clap* death row, now there's a problem because that's torture.

This concludes the post on Eric Bogosian, his interview and his book about retribution. 

All of this is on a page at Observer that keeps refreshing to an item about Marco Rubio when he was in High School dancing onstage as a Chippendale performer. The photograph recently emerged. He did talk about this in his book half way leaving out the part that people find interesting. It's not really Chippendale, they just look similar. They're actually vying for title of King Cobra, the school symbol. He didn't win, but if I read that correctly eventually the winner married Rubio's sister.

How does Hillary get her family immigration history wrong?

"Hillary Clinton Wrong On Family’s Immigration History, Records Show"
“All my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65. He started there when he was a teenager and just kept going,” Clinton said.
The problem with that is (according to BuzzFeed) Census Records conflict with that Hillary 'all my grandparents were immigrants' narrative. (video at this link)

Hanna Jones Rodham, Clinton’s paternal grandmother (the wife of Hugh Rodham Sr.) was born in Pennsylvania in 1882, according to the 1910 census. (Hugh Rodham Sr. was born in England and immigrated with his parents as a child according to records.)

An article in the Irish-America by an ancestry researcher sent to BuzzFeed News by the Clinton campaign also noted Hannah Jones was born in Scranton.

All of the Clinton’s grandparents were born in the United States, “with the exception of Hugh,” Megan Smolenyak, the article’s researcher said. Smolenyak noted seven of Clinton’s eight great-grandparents were immigrants.

Clinton’s maternal grandmother, Della Howell (previously Murray) was born in Illinois in 1902 according to records. She married Edwin Howell (born 1887 in Illinois) in 1918 according to records.
Why would Hillary lie about something that could be easily checked?

Viral math question

The math question was posted by Hello Singapore TV host Kenneth Kong on his Facebook page with the caption: "This question caused a debate with my wife."  The question went viral across the country with both adults and teenagers grappling with the answer. It made the way on Twitter and Reddit eventually rising to the attention of the Australian Federation of International Students.

The Singaporean math curriculum includes a lot of these logic type puzzles and their math program is world renowned and emulated globally but this puzzle worried parents who believed it is too difficult for level P5 (fifth grade).

The Atlantic goes on to discussing the comparative low US standing in math and why. By their analysis we concentrate more on rote learning than they do and to test, according to Atlantic, while the Singapore method teaches deep layered understanding of math and logic problems with emphasis on how they arrive at solutions.

This problem is one such layered logical problem. You have to have a couple of aha's in a row to solve it, three of them actually.

Mothership Singapore investigated. Turns out it was really a 9th grade logic-math question, not a 5th grade question. But still a very good logic question that shows what these kids are up to.

Albert and Bernard meet a girl named Cheryl, and after marveling how their names alphabetize conveniently for maths problems, the boys asked Cheryl the date of her birthday. She plays her little girlish games and tells Albert the month and she tells Bernard the day, and tells both boys it can be any of these 10 days.

May 15  May 16  May 19
June 17  June 18
July 14   July 16
Aug 14   Aug 15  Aug 17

Albert says he does not know Cheryl's birthday but neither does Bernard.
Bernard says he did not know the birthday at first, but now he does know Cheryl's birthday.
Albert says, now that Bernard confirms that he knows, he too know Cheryl's birthday.

Solution at Mothership.

The ingenious design of aluminum cans

That IS clever engineering of the stay-on tab. I didn't realize the tab lifts a rivet to depressurize the can. Although I did sense a switch from a pull effort to a push effort all within a pulling effort and I did hear the pop before the tab cuts into the can.

It's all so impressive so far. What does the future hold for aluminum can engineering? 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop"

"Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton."

"Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city."

"CEO raises firm's minimum wage to $70k"

"The boss of a technology start-up in Seattle shocked his employees by announcing he was taking a massive pay cut in order to raise the salaries of the firm's lowest-paid staff." 
Dan Price, founder and CEO of credit card payment processing company Gravity Payments, decided to introduce a new minimum wage of $70,000 (£47,000) while reducing his own by 90 per cent.
Admirable, but, he will be going up against market forces beyond his control, if I may be so bold. I don't know anything about running a company. But... What do you think investors are going to do when the profits are not as handsomely commensurate with the rewards exacted from the company?
Any chance this company will succeed?

"Top rated films on IMDB set in each U.S. state"

Via Reddit

"What if we limited the number of white men in film and TV?"

"Creatively, a bad idea—but so is peppering diversity onto default casts."

I should note my 31% cap would in no way limit the number of awesome projects in development; it would just change the breakdown of their casts. After all, as a woman who wants to have any kind of cultural literacy, I’m expected to engage with white-male-centric stories all the time. And even though they're low on ladies, I love Saving Private Ryan, Lord Of The Flies, True Detective, Toy Story, The History Boys, The Godfather and The West Wing. So why shouldn’t white men get equal enjoyment out of watching stories in which they aren’t represented?
Fantastic TV shows like Orange Is The New Black, Empire, Call The Midwife, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, The Bletchley Circle, and Orphan Black prove that increased diversity can open up new storytelling avenues for everyone to enjoy.
Another example: While I feel fairly confident in saying the white male perspective on World War II has been thoroughly covered over the last 75 years of filmmaking, there are fewer films that explore women on the home front, all-black platoons, or Japanese-American internment camps. If we insist on revisiting that time period over and over again, why not do so from a fresh angle?
Sure it’s true that part of the demand for better representation is about social justice: We as a society have determined that equality makes the world a better place.
But demands for increased representation are also demands for new stories. In fact, we already ask for diversity from Hollywood all the time when it comes to genres, styles, tones, and characters (from comedies to dramas, blockbusters to arthouse films, heroes to antiheroes).
Adding more racial and gender diversity is just one more way to foster fresh storytelling. And that’s inarguably a good thing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hillary eats a burrito!

You watch the video on I cannot. The video is of Morning Joe. The video opens with the incredibly thick cohost prattling about two photos comparing Hillary Clinton with Marco Rubio side by side, registering her dismissiveness of Rubio, and that is just so rich talking about someone so far out of her intellectual league, "Look at it" she says with disgust, "a seasoned diplomat, former senator, former first lady, secretary of state next to boy." *click*

I must stop. I'm listening to a liberal discuss their political opinion. It's like a stream of goo directly into one's ear canal, when it's not icepick jabs to the eardrums.

Skip to 1:25 on the video at the link, if you care to see Mark Halperin explaining about wrenching something new out of Hillary Clinton like an old clothes mangler, seeing some new trick from an old dog so to speak. Something we've not seen before. Something marvelously humanizing. She's eating a burrito. See? She eats a normal thing at a normal place.

And farts the gas produced by normal bacteria that handle the undigestible portion of her bean on-the-road lunch in the van like regular people and maybe even eventually poops out the residual portion just like a real person, and I'll bet a million dollars she even wipes her butt with thin paper on a roll if only to complete the whole humanity thing. What she needs is "fun" and "new," says Haleprin, and the burrito satisfies Hillary being fun and new for Haleprin, apparently.
"On domestic policy she doesn't have to prove a thing." 
Donny Deutsch agrees with this assessment. Nods all around. And that settles that with the magically humanizing burrito purchased at a regular place and without being noticed. What does it mean anyway, not being noticed?

It means an eccentric looking old lady with a mysteriously dark foreign looking consort both in sunglasses and arriving at lunch among a small carpool of large black vans is not that big deal, not so unusual of a sight out there in customarily flown over part of the country. That's what.

The idea is from a Twitter game that arose today from this Mark Haleprin interview on Bloomberg and his calming explanation. The object of the game is to change press mentions of Hillary to one of a robot learning to be a human.

Like the character Data in STNG.

Judge was "deeply offended" by victim impact statement

Did a Kentucky Judge give armed robbers a light sentence because a 3 yr-old victim was too racist?

After the jump I've included a statement from the video page

"Maryland family under investigation again..."

"... for letting kids play in park alone"
"I can't believe we are going through this again," said Danielle Meitiv of Silver Spring, Maryland, in a local television interview. "I can't believe they kept the kids for hours. It's 10:30 at night. They've been missing since six o'clock."

Meitiv and her husband dropped their children off at a park at 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday and told them to return home two hours later. When the kids didn't return by about 6:30 p.m., they started looking for them and grew concerned.

The Meitiv family's lawyer said the family would be issuing a statement, through their attorney, later Monday or early Tuesday.

"I will say it's alarming and disturbing that their children could be literally a few blocks from home and the police pick them up under the guise of telling the children that they will take them home but then take them to a detention center and all the while never call the parents or let them know what's going on," said attorney Matthew Dowd.
What do you think? Neglectful parents? or overboard controlling paranoid government?

"Too drunk to drive? Uber will give you a free ride"

"A new breathalyzer kiosk from Uber aims to keep drunks off the road."
Called "Uber Safe," it's a small kiosk that allows potential riders to blow into a breathalyzer in order to determine whether they are over the legal limit. If they are, they are given the option to hail an Uber driver who will take them home free of charge.

The prototype for Uber Safe is currently being tested in Toronto, and, though Uber does intend to eventually install the system in more locations, there's no word yet on whether the rides will continue to be gratis.
Nothing like market competition to help solve so called intractable societal problems.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio most inspiring announcement for president of USA

"Now the times has come for our generation to lead the way towards a new American century," Marco Rubio said.

"Rubio’s website crashes after announcement"

"I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison"

"Witness balks on stand in murder case again rap mogul Suge Knight"
Cle "Boan" Sloan, one of two men Knight is accused of deliberately running over in his pickup truck at a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, took the witness stand at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Prosecutors say it was with Sloan whom Knight traded punches through the window of his vehicle before putting the truck into reverse, knocking Sloan and another man, Terry Carter, to the ground, and then pulling forward to run over both men.

Carter, 55, later died. Sloan, 51, suffered a badly mangled left foot and head injuries.

Knight, 49, is charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of felony hit-and-run in the Jan. 29 fracas, which followed an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton."

Asked by Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes if he could identify Knight as she pointed to him in the courtroom, Sloan said, "That doesn't look like Mr. Knight."

Wearing an orange jail uniform and handcuffs for Monday's proceeding, Knight appeared slightly thinner since his last court hearing, with a touch of gray in his beard.

Mom leaves quadriplegic son with cerebral palsy in the woods

"For more than four days, police say, a 21-year-old quadriplegic with cerebral palsy was left lying in the woods of Philadelphia's Cobbs Creek Park with only a blanket and a Bible."
"This kid's obviously a fighter,'' [Lt. John] Walker said. "To see that kid laying there, it's heartbreaking to see that another human, especially a mother, could treat someone like that.''

"A lot of things could have happened out there,'' he said. "Obviously, he's in the middle of a wooded area. You have wild animals there. This kid could not defend himself. He does not function at all.''

The son's school became concerned about him and called an aunt. When the mother was contacted in Maryland, police said, she lied about his whereabouts.

"She indicated to both family members and police officers that the child was with her down in Maryland,'' Walker said.
What do you think the bible's roll was in this... callous act?
Maybe, in her mind, the bible was protection? What was she thinking?
Obviously, we are not going to know for certain what she was thinking, but I want to hear some rampant speculation.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In Russia dog walks ...

Thailand Space Program

hat tip AllenS

Climbing the Russian Woodpecker

Duga-3 is an enormous Over The Horizon radar array, two of them actually, a 525 foot array for low frequency and another smaller one for higher frequency. The two arrays are associated with and powered by nearby Chernobyl.

The radar is protection from us.

The signal emitters are aimed straight out right past the horizon straight ahead as shown in the key frame, to bounce off the ionosphere and like a bat detect any changes such as rocket launches by the United States.

The site is so huge it is imagined by some to be designed to affect weather. Such is the weather paranoia. Concerns about terrorism have caused militia to appear all around the site to protect it even though it is long deactivated. Located in the Ukraine it is one such Soviet site that is attractive to tourists but now all that is stopped. There are videos of base jumping off the top, extraordinarily dangerous for the veritable cliff of snagging projections.

YouTube member bionerd23 has many more similar investigative videos of Chernobyl and the surrounding area, a lot of poking around testing radiation, exploring structures, examining flora and fauna, cooling ponds, eating apples, exploring the exclusion zone, the cemetery and the like.

Hillary’s campaign announcement watch

Rand Paul is selling a Hillary Clinton hard drive

"Thoughts on Racism and Cops"

Just because you’re black, doesn’t mean you’re a victim. Just because you’re white doesn’t mean you’re a racist. Just because you’re a cop does’t mean you’re a bad person. This world really needs to stop putting labels on people and things and see them as who they are – people doing jobs and things.”