Saturday, June 6, 2015

Why I Defaulted On My Student Loans

This is Lee Siegel, author of five books and writing a memoir about money, here for mobile.nytimes. com.

The gist:

Years later, I found myself confronted with a choice that too many people have had to and will have to face. I could give up what had become my vocation (in my case, being a writer) and take a job that I didn’t want in order to repay the huge debt I had accumulated in college and graduate school. Or I could take what I had been led to believe was both the morally and legally reprehensible step of defaulting on my student loans, which was the only way I could survive without wasting my life in a job that had nothing to do with my particular usefulness to society. 
I chose life. That is to say, I defaulted on my student loans.
This is where whatever sympathy there might have been falters.
By the end of my sophomore year at a small private liberal arts college, my mother and I had taken out a second loan, my father had declared bankruptcy and my parents had divorced. My mother could no longer afford the tuition that the student loans weren’t covering. I transferred to a state college in New Jersey, closer to home.
Then this.
Forty years after I took out my first student loan, and 30 years after getting my last, the Department of Education is still pursuing the unpaid balance. My mother, who co-signed some of the loans, is dead. The banks that made them have all gone under. I doubt that anyone can even find the promissory notes. The accrued interest, combined with the collection agencies’ opulent fees, is now several times the principal.
He makes good points but he said forty years after the first student loan. Let's say, fifty-eight years of age then, old enough to have wised up, well long enough to have repaid it multiple times, that was long before the real student debt problem developed to the monster it is today. At this late point he's run out of excuses. The odd thing is I see only four comments at the original NYT site, as of this writing, but the link on Twitter to the piece seems to not stop with comments. It does stop loading comments but I was surprised how much people have to say on this subject.

Another thing, writers write. If that is the impulse then there is no stopping it. All that education is just goofing around. His real education is actual writing and he kept making excuses for putting that off. Five books later he's still goofing on himself, on his parents, on us.

American Pharoah wins triple crown

That's a Neme headdress with Wadjet cobra uraeus (on its tail) and Nekhbet vulture, and not the Pschent double crown containing both the Hedjet white crown of Upper Egypt and the Deshret red crown of Lower Egypt. 

Silly, but this is what I see whenever I see the phrase "American Pharoah" and that turns out to be quite a lot today because that American Pharoah has three crowns. 

The tweets I'm reading connect Obama to Carter by the gap between triple crown winners, retweets of the same insight.

Is that true? 

Secretariat 1973
Seattle Slew 1977
Affirmed 1978

where I learn the jockeys wear outrageously patterned jerseys to distinguish themselves from other jockeys, meaning observers are watching the shirts and hats and not the horses.


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In the comments... Tom • 21 hours ago
"Roman candle battle on Western Ave. in Chicago. between 2 rival gangs." - FALSE Does anyone think 'rival gangs' would shoot (harmless) fireworks at each other?!?! "...But also ( as a local resident described ) between friends who all knew each other and grew up together." - TRUE We used to do this as kids. We were all friends. Dumb, I know, but, if we did it now, we would be two "gangs". Where has good journalism gone?


The official beginning having begun, upon surveying the potted containers for success and for potential as if starting from here and seeing blank spots now and failures upcoming I realized to match anything close to what I saw at Wade's I still need to squeeze some things in there tall and colorful varied something already mature and grown or something that grows fast.

One of the elements that works very well in combinations is the large red dinner plate size coleus. Two of those combine very nicely. I'd like to have more, I bought what I saw and I'd buy more if saw them. Those were started from seed too, but all those started from seeds were planted and drowned by rain. Of the mature plants, one is dark red and the other dark red with green trim. Both complete their own container combination.

The location gets good direct sun. Most of the day in shade. A full sun plant will not thrive, nor will a full shade plant. Color needn't be from flowers.

Red coleus ↑.

Container fail, needs more tall stuff. The elephant ear now a dot in the center late to develop is in the same family as caladium ↓.

Caladiums are tropical heart-shaped foliage plants that prefer shade and grow from rhizome type corm or bulb. They die back each year and the bulbs kept moist but inactive over winter then replanted in spring in locations where frost will kill them. They're inexpensive enough to be treated as annuals. There is a very broad range of sizes and colors and patterns and tolerances to sun available, there is a thick-leaf and thin-leaf variety, one type much more tolerant to sun. 

Different varieties grow to different sizes. Apparently, different sizes grow from the same type depending on the size of its bulb. That is, the bulbs of the same species are offered at different sizes at different prices at this site. It is the best that I found with little research, usually about $1.25 or so per bulb sold in packs of 10 with discounts for more.

But then shipping is outrageous. The cost of 10 bulbs. And you go, maybe I had just look around at nurseries and buy whatever I see there. And then you think all that driving around is worth something. Then come to find out they're shipping priority and you'll have them in days and it makes it sort of worth having so many extra. With thirty bulbs, I can probably give some away. This is my order.

Dig their eyes out.

Nice as this man is, that is what he tells us to do and so I will. These look familiar. I already planted dozens but they haven't come up yet. It'll be a surprise when they do.

33 U.S. Cities Recovered from Recession

What an odd paragraph in defense that runs counter to the conclusion of a WSJ analysis that only thirty-three American cities have recovered from recession.
“The Journal only looked at nominal wage growth—changes in wages that do not adjust for inflation,” Sherk said. “Economists would expect wage growth to slow when inflation slowed. That doesn’t necessarily mean the real wage growth, adjusting for inflation, has slowed.”
"... that do not adjust for inflation (that didn't happen). Economist would expect wage growth (that didn't happen) to slow when inflation (that didn't happen) slowed.

Stop blowing smoke out your economic blowhole. There is no adjustments for inflation because there is no inflation. Nominal wage growth, pfffft.

Denver is not on the list. And here I imagined we are doing pretty well. Darn. Although Greeley Colorado is. Go Greeley. Woot. I wonder what's happening there. Fracking, I'll bet.

Nebraska has two. South Carolina has three. Texas has one-third.

The Daily Signal

“We’re still driving headlong into a world...”

“... where the people who went to med school are quacks and the lunatics on the fringe of society are experts.”
In the Vanity Fair article on Bruce Jenner we’re told his children see the idea of dad chopping his penis off as a “non-issue.” As Anthony Cumia discussed this week on his show, “Bruce is rushing this for a reality show.” Jenner said he had an anxiety attack when he saw the first dose of plastic surgery. Poor bastard. He’s like Barcelona agreeing to host the Olympics and then having to frantically pretend their infrastructure can handle 2 million extra people overnight. Over at Townhall, Ben Shapiro likens all this glorification of mental illness to sadism. “Nothing would have been crueler,” he writes of his very crazy grandfather, “than had society told him that his delusions were correct—that the radio was, in fact, talking to him.” Post-op trannies have a suicide rate 20 times higher than us. Johns Hopkins no longer does the operation because they determined it violates the Hippocratic oath. The liberal retort to this is usually to blame the stigma surrounding the gender-disabled, but that doesn’t make sense. Today’s trannies are hailed as rock stars. Criticizing them gets you fired, yet their suicide rate is still off the charts. I talked to Shapiro about this and he pointed out that “the suicide rates among all transgenders is around one percent. That’s what it was for Jews during Nazi occupation.” I’m guessing being a Jew in 1942 Germany was a lot worse than being on the cover of Time. Post-op sex-change regretter Walt Heyer’s claim that 62.7 percent of transgenders have untreated mental disorders is a much more likely root cause. He’s been all over the news this week warning the cheerleaders that the “hangover” is coming. (read the whole thing)

July 6

The expectation of a Google doodle of some sort that recognizes the date is disappointed but the expectation of Google disappointing is not disappointed. They did do something by changing "I'm feeling lucky" to flip to some other feeling. You cannot feel lucky today on July 6, but you can spin off a feeling of wonderful, stellar, trendy, artistic, what have you, some direction to spin you any other direction than patriotic, nothing like eternal gratitude or loyalty or honorable or disciplined or even jingoistic, those feeling are not part of the vocabulary in which Google can spin you. Google is global and those feelings are not.

Twitter is also global but pretty much already self-selecting.

The gun slot in the LST looks like a tilde over the text making hoñor. Incidentally, LST is a standard crossword answer considered a gimmie providing a key to open a corner. That's how I know it, not from history or from any military reading. And I think that is odd, something important as that known by something so trivial.

And a lot more too, much of it not so nice. Comparisons with today, comparisons between ages of young men doing this and things going on now. Comparisons with national leadership.

Piff the Magic Dragon

John van der Put from United Kingdom, presently lives in Las Vegas performing with his Chihuahua, Mr Piffles. The joke is in ignoring the onesie with its sense you're at a rich kid's party, and the attempts to get the resisting audience to participate. That' s it. Good trick, satisfying ending.

Michelle Malkin

Ace of Spades HQ podcast interview with Ace, and Drew. I like this a lot. Michelle purportedly pimping her book about who made what in America and the stories behind American inventions, a positive book that deviates from her usual faster books about politics but her conversation with the podcast crew is about current affairs, a departure far and away from the positive tone her book and that becomes the joke repeated near the end. "So you say your book is positive." "Oh yes!" She always does give a good interview. This is the first I heard her in conversation with friendly forces.

Friday, June 5, 2015


They talk amongst themselves, about you. Crows

It's scientific! They ran test using masks. Researchers donned threatening masks, odd, it seems the face aims upward and that alone would mark it different from all others, and they followed through by switching around subjects between places to show the crows communicate between flocks and between generations about specific people.

The Big Story: Marco Rubio driving history includes FOUR moving violations

"Mr. Rubio’s troubles behind the wheel predate his days in politics."
According to a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets, the Rubios have been cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving. A review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13. On four separate occasions they agreed to attend remedial driving school after a violation.
Twitter has a #RubioFacts hashtag trending...
I heard that, once, he ate a piece of pizza, chucked the crust and grabbed another piece of pizza. #RubioFacts

Left the faucet running while brushing his teeth. #RubioFacts

#RubioFacts Rubio used to run while carrying scissors. @nytimes

"Carolyn Hax: My mom thinks I'm rude for not asking people more questions"

Dear Carolyn:
My mom finds it rude and uncaring that I don't make personal inquiries of the details of people's lives when I chat with them.

For instance, after telling her I saw an old friend, she'll ask questions about their life, job, family members, etc., and finds it self-absorbed of me that I don't ask after these things myself. I find that type of conversation nosy, and let people volunteer such information if they want to. I will ask, "How are you?" like anyone else, but I don't say, "How's your parent/child/spouse/pet/job/health issues?" I generally talk to people about "stuff," and personal anecdotes may or may not be a part of any conversation.

Who is right here? Should I be more solicitous of people, or just stick to my ways?

"Alleged Dennis Hastert Sex Abuse Victim Steve Reinboldt ID'd: Reports"

If I understand this report, the person extorting Hastert was not even the alleged victim...
"The sister of a now-deceased Illinois man has identified him as an alleged victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Dennis Hastert, according to reports."

Steve Reinboldt was abused thoughout his high school years while serving as the equipment manager of the wrestling team coached by Hastert in Yorkville, Illinois, Jolene Burdge told ABC News and The Associated Press.

NBC News has not independently confirmed Burdge's allegation.


This was the fifth consecutive hit for The Supremes and for the Motown song writing talent of Holland-Dozier-Holland. The Supremes rivaled The Beatles in popularity in 1965 and did much more in terms of integrating black & white audiences. They did for R&B what Patsy Cline did for C&W.

News From Inside The Blue Curtain

Democratic Front (Runner) Hillary Clinton speaks to a minority audience and demonizes Republicans while stoking resentment of people of pallor.
Story and Original Photo
Polarize, attack, depolarize

Thursday, June 4, 2015


I'm trying! 

Get off my back. I can do perfectly well without it, you know. But I'm trying. And don't tell me I'm not an immigrant either, I feel like one, so shut up. I completely identify ever since Grandma told her stories and her brother told me his stories and I sat there and totally internalized the whole experience and connected with my genetic memory and then that guy singing the Immigrant Song sealed it and that's when I actually became immigrant in my mind

Another video with restrictions. Turns out this youngster delivering his homage is thrilling as the original and if you don't feel it then you're worse than the guy who killed that mockingbird and here I am feeling my true immigrant self all over again.

"Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office"

"Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised."

“Certainly, OPM is a high value target,” said OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour, in an interview. “We have a lot of information about people, and that is something that our adversaries want.”

What would be the worst machine that a transformer could become?

Reddit up voted...
The kind that takes regular pennies and turns them into slightly longer flatter pennies.

I read that as penises and got super worried that they existed..

A Malaysian airliner

One of those scooters at Walmart.

Perry Announcement

Lame pun alert!


"Boy grows out hair to donate to child in need"

"Teased, but undeterred"

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

water change

The whole tank became nothing but plants, mostly dark green Thai moss that gets between everything and sucks up all nutrients and acts as biologic water filter and water oxygenator and dominates along with vertical sword grass type running rampant throughout. The fish like it that way, ensconced in a protective jungle, bound up from exercise and unknown overhead threats. All that was grabbed and tugged from the gravel lifting dense clouds of fish debris. Four times more plant material is removed than is left growing.

The widowed angelfish cannot take another moment of abuse. It just gave up and played dead as its body compressed in the patch of grass as the water drained. Fine with the fish if it had just died. No struggle at all. Later its fins were stuck in the filter intake, really stuck, it did take more strength to release it than the fish has. Then it just sat there near the intake like it didn't care if it happened again. It doesn't want to swim anymore. It has slipped into a deep fish-malaise. It always was ridiculously overly ornamental and lazy. I did not know they came like that. Whoever is doing this breeding is terrible. Most of that excessive fin growth that splits and curls is shredded off by vigorous swimming and tearing around the tank when they were younger.

From the pov of the fish, they've all been transported to a new environment with a new atmosphere. They're all a bit shocked. None of them will be interested in flakes. Who can eat at a time like this?

"Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’"

"Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder'"
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder...

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”...

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh. (read more)

Police dog chase

Do Muslims in America really want Sharia?

Link to video

"Vince Vaughn: We should allow guns in schools"

Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality,”
“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back,” Vaughn said, adding that mass shootings have generally happened only in places where guns are not allowed.

The people committing mass shootings are “sick in the head” and “do not want confrontation,” he said.

“In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f——ing schools because they know there are no guns there,” Vaughn added.
I suspect a lot of movie stars hold these subversive ideas about guns, but they dare not speak out. I was impressed with this tweet yesterday...

"The Mysterious Number of American Citizens"

"Supreme Court justices assume we know how many Americans can vote. But we have no idea."
Many Americans believe that someone, somewhere in Washington, must be in charge of tracking who is and who isn’t a citizen of the United States. Apparently, so does the U.S. Supreme Court, which just accepted a voting rights case that turns on the government’s ability to count the number of citizens in each voting district. But despite all the talk these days about government and Big Data, the justices, like the rest of us, might be surprised to learn that the most basic information as to who is an American citizen cannot actually be found in any publicly available government data set — anywhere...

“What about the U.S. Census?” you might be wondering. It’s true that the census releases a data set that provides the building blocks of redistricting plans for Congress, state legislatures, city councils and school boards. But that data set counts just two things: the total number of people, and the number of people over the age of 18, in every community in the country. The data file has no information about which of those people are citizens and which are not. (read more)
Not even the much maligned, all knowing, intrusive NSA knows who is a citizen and who is not?

"Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions"

"As the money flowed to the foundation from Sweden, Mrs. Clinton’s team in Washington declined to blacklist any Swedish firms despite warnings from career officials at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm that Sweden was growing its economic ties with Iran and potentially undercutting Western efforts to end Tehran’s rogue nuclear program, diplomatic cables show."
“Sweden does not support implementing tighter financial sanctions on Iran” and believes “more stringent financial standards could hurt Swedish exports,” one such cable from 2009 alerted Mrs. Clinton’s office in Washington.

Separately, U.S. intelligence was reporting that Sweden’s second-largest employer, telecommunications giant Ericsson AB, was pitching cellphone tracking technology to Iran that could be used by the country’s security services, officials told The Times.

By the time Mrs. Clinton left office in 2013, the Clinton Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse had collected millions of dollars inside Sweden for his global charitable efforts and Mr. Clinton personally pocketed a record $750,000 speech fee from Ericsson, one of the firms at the center of the sanctions debate.
Bottom line, The Clintons collected money from a Swedish company who wanted to continue doing business in Iran. The same Iran Hillary was tasked with rallying the world to sanction as result of their nuclear ambitions. Hillary put the Foundation interest ahead of US national interests.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

No Hippie Punching In The Comments, Please!

Dogfish Head Brewing is issuing a special 50th Anniversary commemorative label for their "American Beauty" beer. The Grateful Dead are celebrating 50 years together this summer. The beer is brewed using almond honey granola and hops. The beer haz 9% ABV which is enough to whack a polyp. The new label is supposed to look like this:
Link to original
I've always liked the iconography associated with the band, along with some of their music. I've only seen them twice though--not enough to qualify as a Deadhead. The Dead (the ones who aren't dead-dead) have been together 50 years, since the halcyon days of the San Francisco hippie scene.

According to the late Hunter S. Thompson, 1965 was the best year to be a hippie:
The best year to be a hippie was 1965, but then there was not much to write about, because not much was happening in public and most of what was happening in private was illegal. The real year of the hippie was 1966, despite the lack of publicity, which in 1967 gave way to a nationwide avalanche in Look, Life, Time, Newsweek, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Saturday Evening Post, and even the Aspen Illustrated News, which did a special issue on hippies in August of 1967 and made a record sale of all but 6 copies of a 3,500-copy press run. But 1967 was not really a good year to be a hippie. It was a good year for salesmen and exhibitionists who called themselves hippies and gave colorful interviews for the benefit of the mass media, but serious hippies, with nothing to sell, found that they had little to gain and a lot to lose by becoming public figures. Many were harassed and arrested for no other reason than their sudden identification with a so-called cult of sex and drugs. The publicity rumble, which seemed like a joke at first, turned into a menacing landslide. So quite a few people who might have been called the original hippies in 1965 had dropped out of sight by the time hippies became a national fad in 1967.  Link

"Democratic vs. Republican occupations"

"Most librarians are Democrats. Most farmers are Republicans.
As a group, doctors are in the middle, though pediatricians lean left and urologists right."

Below: Ratios of Democrats (blue) vs. Republicans (red).
Data source: Campaign contribution data from the FEC.

"Wisconsin Might Destroy Tenure For Professors"

"The Wisconsin legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 Friday to approve a proposal that would eliminate tenure from state law and allow tenured faculty to be laid off even if a school isn’t in a declared financial emergency. The proposal would also weaken faculty influence in setting policy and would cut the University of Wisconsin (UW)’s budget by $250 million over the next two years, down from a $300 million cut that was proposed by Walker."
The elimination of tenure protections was first suggested by Walker back in February, but was considered a longshot proposal. The Joint Finance Committee, however, is tremendously influential, and its decision to send the rollback to the floor of the legislature is seen as making passage much more likely.

By itself, the measure wouldn’t end tenure, but it would remove the current protections it has under state law and allow universities to set their own policies on the matter.
Intapundit writes...
UW faculty are fighting mad. I have mixed feelings about this, and it’s not because I have tenure (which I do). Undoubtedly, tenure inherently creates some “dead wood”–faculty that slack off and lose interest in their jobs once they know they have a presumptive job for life. And it would be nice to have a higher education system that reflects a real world ethos of rewarding excellence and punishing lethargy–among faculty, staff and administrators.

On the other hand, the original justification for tenure in higher education (and notice that this emphatically does not apply to lower education, where elementary, middle school and high school teachers do not undertake scholarship as part of their job) is that the job does generally require and involve scholarship, and sometimes that scholarship is politically controversial. Tenure was designed to ensure that scholars could feel free to express their views, without fear of retribution based on viewpoint discrimination. And frankly, it’s conservative professors who need this protection the most, as they are inherently swimming in a sea of progressive colleagues/deans/administrators/sharks who would be tempted to “punish” conservative scholarly viewpoints and activities. These concerns potentially could be allayed with robust statutory protections against viewpoint discrimination, but this encourage expensive litigation whenever a faculty member is fired. Whether these costs would outweigh the benefits isn’t as clear as it may seem initially.

In any event, the Wisconsin legislature’s proposal represents a thoughtful beginning to an important discussion about what tenure means, and when it is needed (if ever).

"The FBI's aviation program is not secret"

"Specific aircraft and their capabilities are protected for operational security purposes." [Christopher] Allen [FBI Spokesman] added that the FBI's planes "are not equipped, designed or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance."
But the planes can capture video of unrelated criminal activity on the ground that could be handed over for prosecutions.

Some of the aircraft can also be equipped with technology that can identify thousands of people below through the cellphones they carry, even if they're not making a call or in public. Officials said that practice, which mimics cell towers and gets phones to reveal basic subscriber information, is rare.

Details confirmed by the FBI track closely with published reports since at least 2003 that a government surveillance program might be behind suspicious-looking planes slowly circling neighborhoods. The AP traced at least 50 aircraft back to the FBI, and identified more than 100 flights since late April orbiting both major cities and rural areas.

One of the planes, photographed in flight last week by the AP in northern Virginia, bristled with unusual antennas under its fuselage and a camera on its left side. A federal budget document from 2010 mentioned at least 115 planes, including 90 Cessna aircraft, in the FBI's surveillance fleet.
Wait until Rand Paul finds out about this.

Pay close attention to the weatherman

They say never mix business with pleasure...

Link to video (via Reddit)
This weatherman, however, did find pleasure in his business ... remember him?

Horses, Deborah Butterfield

Deborah Butterfield, Bronze "Crane 3123.1" on display at Denver Botanical Gardens. I thought they were sticks, but they're bronze.

I wanted the Lazzarus version but Sony owns that and they're prohibiting display except for a few sites. It's a nice song. Too bad the fictional Buffalo Bill the perv ruined it. 

Jenneration X

The Portola Expedition (1769-1770) was the first exploration of Southern California by Europeans. The Spanish explorers traveled by foot and hoof northwards from San Diego  along the coast and discovered San Francisco Bay and many points in between. Many Southern California place names were given during this historic expedition. 

Along the way, the explorers encountered scores of friendly Indian encampments (villages really). Here are explorer Miguel Costansó's first impressions of those native Americans in their natural state:
Both the men and the women are of good figure and appearance, and are fond of painting and staining their faces and bodies. They use large tufts of feathers, and hairpins that they put through their hair with various ornaments and coral beads of different colors.
The men go entirely naked, but when it is cold they wear long capes of tanned otter skins, and cloaks made of the same skins cut into long strips, and turned in such a manner that all of the fur is on the outside. They then weave these strips together, making a fabric, and give it the form mentioned above.
The women are dressed with more modesty, wearing around the waist tanned deerskins, which cover them in front and back more than halfway down the leg, and a little cape of otter skin over the body. Some of them have attractive features.

Polygamy is not permitted among these people; the chiefs alone possess the right to take two wives. In all of their towns there was noticed a class of men who lived like women, associated with them, wore the same dress, adorned themselves with beads, earrings, necklaces, and other feminine ornaments, and enjoyed great consideration among their companions. The want of an interpreter prevented us from ascertaining what kind of men they were, or to what office they were designed; all suspected however, a sexual defect or some abuse among those Indians. Link
If current trends continue, we'll see a reversion to more or less the same state.

Monday, June 1, 2015


"Call me Caitlin"


"If Google has its way you won't need to touch a screen at all anymore."

Negative Recovery

Reuters blamed the weather, the performance of the dollar on the worldwide stage and “disruptions at West Coast ports.”

This isn’t the off-to-the-races kind of expansion we envisioned six months ago,” Scott Anderson of Bank of the West told the Times. “More and more folks are coming around to the view that the long-term growth rate of the American economy is 2 percent, at best. … It’s two steps forward, one step back.”

'No Diet Coke for you'

On her Facebook page, Ahmad claimed a flight attendant was “clearly discriminating against me” after she asked for an unopened of soda for hygiene reasons and says was told, “Well, I’m sorry. I just can’t give you an unopened can, so no Diet Coke for you.”  When the man next to her allegedly got an unopened beer can from the in-flight service, Ahmad said she was told something even more inflammatory: “We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people, because they may use it as a WEAPON on the plane.”

end of the world

Relevant to nothing. I guess I have a thing about the animals that take up in a field as it grows and their universe destroyed at harvest. I thought it through for a pop-up card to tell that story in a few pages with the last page all the homes destroyed, nests, webs and such with the back of a tractor or combine driving off in the distance drawn as background. A depressing card. 

I'm clearing out files and found this. 

Why Is June the Wedding Month?

Our word June comes from the Latin name for Juno, an important goddess--the goddess of women and marriage. Juno, (why not Juna?) corresponds to Hera in the Greek pantheon.

The Anglo-Saxons had another name for the month of June, liðe se ærra, which apparently translates as "earlier mildness."  Etymology freaks might see our own word "lithe" (meaning soft or mild) in the Anglo-Saxon word liðe, especially if you're a fan of Grimm's Law.

So why is June the wedding month?  I think it has agrarian and practical roots. The Germans used to call May "Lust Month;" June was "Fallow Month;" and July was "Hay Month." (link in German). Some of this relates to planting and seeding; some of it relates to harvest. In northern Europe, the first reliable thaws were in April and planting had to occur at specific times. But the medieval Europeans had an ingenious system of crop rotation such that a harvest of winter wheat and rye kept them busy in early spring. New crops were also planted in April and May and a brief respite followed before the crop of hay was harvested in July (Hay Month) to feed the animals over winter. June was an agricultural "down time" when rutting scores from previous "Lust Month" could be recognized and reckoned with. Babies conceived in June were also born in early spring which again was perfect timing regarding the agricultural schedule.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

plastic gallon milk container vs gopher

Noticed this on Small Dead Animals.

Not so sharp-eyed Ex-FIFA official

"The sharp-eyed bus passenger"

"Orange County Public Schools to monitor students on social media"

"The Orange County school district is now monitoring students' social media messages in an effort to curb cyberbullying, crime on campus and suicide."
"This is a tool that gives the district intelligence into a situation that could possibly prevent something more serious from happening," Orange County Public Schools Senior Director of Safety and Security Doug Tripp said.

"Safety in and around school campuses is the top priority for Orange County school leaders," OCPS said in a news release. "Recognizing social media is a major communication system, the district has acquired social media monitoring software."
Wait until Rand Paul finds out about this.

Via @GaltsGirl

"Hillary is like Coca-Cola’s Dasani water: She’s got a great distribution system, but nobody likes the taste"

Maureen Dow takes Hollywood's Ready for Hillary temperature.
IS Hollywood really ready to give a 67-year-old woman a leading role in a big-budget production?

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has echoes of various classic movies: “Single White Female,” with Hillary creepily co-opting the identity of the more trendy Elizabeth Warren; “My Fair Lady,” with Hillary sitting meekly and being schooled on how to behave by tyrannical Pygmalions (Iowa voters); “The Usual Suspects,” with Hillary’s hoodlums, Sidney Blumenthal and David Brock, vying to be Keyser Söze; and, of course, “How to Steal a Million,” a caper about a heist plotted by a couple that doesn’t need the money.

From a narrative point of view, Hollywood is more intrigued with the scenario of their old raffish Southern favorite, Bill Clinton, as the first First Lad than the earnest Midwestern Hillary as the first female POTUS. On TV, after all, women presidents are old hat. (read more)


I love the lyrics for this song. All the swan and swimming imagery. So sweet.