Saturday, August 27, 2016

WKRLEM: Music to Watch Real Girls By - Not Skinny Skanks You See These Days!


Gotye performing "Somebody That I Used To Know"

I came across this song while looking for another song, with a very similar title, for a post earlier this week. A happy accident.

Here is a version Chip brought up in the comments, saying he loves very much.

Europa in front of big red spot

Europa photographed in front of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter

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Bugging out on the D Train.

Straphangers go berserk after woman tosses bugs in subway car

New York Post
A crazed woman trying to sell crickets and worms on a D train suddenly threw them all over the crowded car, sending it into chaos during the evening commute.
The woman walked into the train car at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and made a pitch to passengers to try to get them to buy the chirping insects and wrigglers.
A group of teenagers pushed her, prompting her to freak out and toss the box of pests into the air, said witnesses. Straphangers then started screaming and crying, and all ran down to one end of the car.

Instant Replay- The Unedited Version

Leon Crenshaw went back to work today, back to grass drills and wind sprints. They kept him in the hospital for only four or five hours, gave him some intravenous injections and sent him back to training camp. Leon's one of a half a dozen Negro rookies trying out for the team, and I was thinking today that when I joined the Packers in 1958, there was only one Negro on the whole team. Now we eight Negros in the starting lineup, and four of them made the All-Pro team.

We have the Negros because of Lombardi. Don't get me wrong he doesn't like them very much. He calls them "moolies" and is much harder on them than anyone else. But he would use anyone to win. He would even use a Chinaman if he had too! 

It is the people of Wisconsin that really hate the Negros. They are all upset with the civil rights situation in the South and will protest and raise money and all of that. But they don't want to live next to them. Green Bay is about the whitest place in the world. The Negro players are very uncomfortable about living there. They tell me they have to live in the "Toe" in Milwaukee. I asked them "What is the Toe?" They said "The Get-toe!" I guess that is where you can catch them.
(Instant Replay- The Unedited Edition, Jerry Kramer & Dick Schaap Random House 1968

A kiss of death

"Teen dies 'after girlfriend's hickey formed blood clot that travelled to brain causing stroke'"
A teen has reportedly died after getting a love bite from his girlfriend that caused him to have a stroke .

Julio Macias Gonzalez started having convulsions at the dinner table with his family in Mexico City after spending an evening with his girlfriend.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but the 17-year-old could not be saved.

It is thought that the suction of the love bite – also known as a ‘hickey’ – caused a blood clot that travelled to Julio’s brain and caused him to have a stroke.

His 24-year-old girlfriend has now disappeared and the boy’s parents are apparently now blaming her for his death.

Taking out the trash.

I am dumping the kitchen trash and engaged in superficial chat with another resident where I live, our trash dumping task converged on the same moment. The bin chute is held open when a woman wearing an attractive light summer mid length printed green dress approaches brusquely and taking advantage of the bin chute door held open she tosses her own small light bag of paper trash between us spins around and departs without speaking a word or even acknowledging our presence.

I had enough of this. It’s not the first time she’s been this rude. As she is about to open another door and enter, from a short distance behind before she goes in I raise my voice so she cannot avoid me without actually yelling and demand from her an explanation. “Why do you behave so rudely?” She heard me and she realized she cannot just be rude and escape as she has before. Instead of speaking to me she sets her fingertips to her mouth and flicks her hand downward. I read that as telling me she cannot speak. Avoidance again. I snap back in sign, “you rude me why” each signal chopped declarative and interrogative combined. Game up.

She tells me. In whispered voice that I cannot make out. I still don't know what she tells me. She is hesitant in saying whatever it is that she has on her mind. Unsure of my response. I say aloud indicating my irritation, “What? I can’t hear you. Please repeat what you just said and be clear.” She does repeat what she said but infuriatingly in the same lowered voice and I still cannot hear her. She has something to say to me, something she wants me to know. I offend her gravely in some way but she is unsure about challenging me with it. She wants me to figure this out on my own and correct my behavior without discussion. I’m supposed to read her mind by her rude behavior toward me. She is acting out, communicating through rude behavior that I am somehow rude to her. At that moment I honestly wish she would have stuck with sign and give me a chance at comprehension. She slips away again.

Shortly after, not long at all, another young woman who I don’t know behaves similarly. I do not let this one get by. I really am tired of this odd behavior that’s spreading so uncharacteristic for the place where I live. Are these two together, or what? I trap her and demand an answer. She does answer directly sputtering, “um um um um um um um um um.” She has something important on her mind that she really does want to say but she cannot get it out of her mouth. He own propriety does not allow it. It’s useless. Just go away. 

Within minutes a young male does the exact same thing and this time I get a bit rough with him. He is a gentle person and I’ve had it up to my ears with all this incomprehensible passive aggression demonstrated all at once. I physically stop him and demand that he answer my question why are all of you behaving so strangely, so rudely? He tries to answer but his own rules of engagement prevent him and he’s reduced to the exact same stuttering as the female in yellow. He sound ridiculous muttering, “um um um um um,” he managed to choke out, “ you keep posting everything.”

That it? That’s what all this is about? 

So what! Big deal. That’s stupid. It’s what I do. That’s ordinary. No cause for offense. If you clumsily painted your lips blue then I’d write, hey this guy painted his lips blue.

My attention diverted momentarily and in that moment he produced liquid blue and squirted it at the corner of his eye veritably covering half of his face clumsily as a child might apply makeup wholly wrongly. It was funny. Hilarious actually. I laughed at the sight of his face drizzled with cobalt blue and he laughed at my laughing at at his own cleverly quick and appropriate response. He actions said what his words could not say.  He turned his body 180˚ so his back is turned to me but instead of walking away like the others he stepped backward pressing  into my body aggressively and I was surprised to actually feel the contours of his body fit mine at every point of contact like two LEGOS set pressed together. We are kindred! Awareness of that was shocking. Through the doorway an entire class of youths appeared, they witnessed the whole episode. For some reason they applauded. The whole class had already been discussing this issue concerning all three. 

I woke up. That was a dream! The second of two, the one that concluded more pleasantly.

KNOCK IT OFF, CHIP! What is this blog, a dream journal, or what? Your own personal self-administered psychoanalysis session? 

Um um um um um, why yes, yes it is. I suppose. For the nonce, at least. 

The first one was worse. A lot worse, involving public nudity in increasing increments of apprehension and dread to the point of slamming awake to escape the miserable experience. I should be thanked for sparing the colorful details and I suspect the theme quite common and familiar. 

Hey, Colin Kaepernick, whoever he is, has his issues and I got mine as you have yours. I’d be satisfied to hear them. 

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during national anthem

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick's decision: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."
Is he using protest to deflect from his performance on the field? A way of possibly coercing his team into not releasing him, perhaps? Me thinks thou are insincere.

A Kaepernick Instagram

“I love it when justice is tangible”

“I love it when justice is tangible,” Jerri Smitko, one of the Andersons’ laywers, told The Intercept.

“With that piece of paper it says that what they did was unconstitutional — that’s a great feeling because you’re holding it in your hand and it’s vindication for people that they intended to oppress,” she added.

The raid was sparked by the sheriff’s investigation into who was behind the anonymous blog that accused local officials, including him, of corruption and fraud. Through a blog and a Facebook page called “John Turner,” ExposeDAT used public records to show conflicts of interest.

The sheriff sought warrants when Tony Alford, a local business owner, filed a criminal complaint about the blog. On August 2, Larpenter and his deputies raided the Andersons’ house after they traced the IP address of the John Turner Facebook page through a warrant to AT&T.

The information AT&T provided, according to an affidavit, gave the sheriff an address and a name: Wayne Anderson.

The court found that the raid on the Andersons’ house was unjustified. “Anthony Alford, the supposed victim, is president of the Terrebonne Parish Levee and Conservation Board of Louisiana, and a public official,” the decision read. “Consequently, the search warrant lacks probable cause because the conduct complained of is not a criminally actionable offense.”

The ruling said that when applied to public officials, like Alford, the criminal defamation statute is unconstitutional.

What Huma Abedin's Muslim journal claimed about Bill Clinton

"An article in the Muslim journal where Huma Abedin was assistant editor claimed Bill Clinton bombed Saddam Hussein to deflect from his Monica Lewinsky affair."
The claim made in an article published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, where Abedin was a member of the editorial board - the group of people who decide what is published in the academic journal.

It is the latest bombshell to emerge from the archives of the journal, whose editor-in-chief is Abedin's mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, an academic in Saudi Arabia.

Abedin, who is not an academic, has been Hillary Clinton's closest aide since spending time as an intern at the White House, at exactly the time the Monica Lewinsky scandal was unfolding. But the version of events published in her journal is one which is unlikely to be embraced by the presidential candidate, and especially not by Bill Clinton.

The article was written by Sina Ali Muscati who was the time described as a 'second year law student' at the University of Ottawa. His academic credentials were not declared.

Muscati wrote about the 1991 conflict and its aftermath, which saw Saddam Hussein remain in power throughout the 1990s, despite being bombed twice - in 1996 and in December 1998.

'The crisis with Iraq has also probably benefited Clinton, serving as a good deterrent of attention from personal crises, such as his campaign funding scandals, legislative failures, or the Monica Lewinsky affair,' he said.

'By occasionally bombing Iraq in the name of humanity, at least, he has been able to look strong and presidential.'

Clinton's bombing of Iraq in December 1998 was widely mocked as 'Monica's war'. He ordered four days of strikes by bombers and cruise missiles at the height of his impeachment trial, brought in the wake of his admission that he had had a 'not appropriate' relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
No Chappaqua thanks giving for you!

sunset time lapse with lightning

It's short, only 60 frames and a minute apart.

I forget, maybe someone added a little bit of the lightning 

WKRLEM: Ginger to soothe youse with savage breasts

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Night Follies

bread from the sky

I am enjoying the best bread available to mankind, literally a gift from the sky. Further, I am the only person in my city who bothers to access this wonderful bread. This is no idle brag, no, this is plainspoken fact. 

Were there a simple sandwich contest held today the panel of judges would certify me winner immediately after taking their first bite. And all subsequent bites from other contestants would have them yearning for another of mine to recapture that moment of pleasure. Yes, I am alone in this city of 650,000 people who enjoys this very simple pleasure.

And that makes me feel guilty. 

To atone for that nagging feeling of guilt I am required to share my ways. Then at least I gave it shot to free my fellow citizens in my time subjected to poor quality bread. 

The reasons for this situation are many, too many to list. Chief among them industrialization, division of labor, convenience and low cost, but mostly due to being fooled into thinking the process too mysterious, too complicated, too difficult and impossible, a task best left to masters whose real interest is in keeping the industry going by fulfilling a contrived need. And by accepting the unchallenged situation we enter into unmentioned compromise and additional cost that is hidden, of quality and satisfaction and health, over time and through generations that disappear from our awareness. Because nothing remains of the original for the untaught to compare as they were born into world already corrupted and take that as natural state. 

The ancients did this. And they didn’t know what they were doing. The ancients were as children today in this regard. They had no idea what made their magic. They didn’t have microscopes to see what is going on. They just went along with what worked. All that they knew was discovered by accident, by carelessness and by being basically rather lazy. Nevertheless the bread that they made was better than what we purchase today. 

So we’ll approach this project as careless children both lazy and fun, playing with accident just goofing around. And we’ll end up producing real and original bread very easily that is better in every way than the bread that we buy. 

The main ingredient is time. And no real effort to mention. It is time that makes all the difference in the world. Accept time as your chief ingredient and everything else comes from time. Time to collect an incredible culture, time for the culture to develop and grow, time to proof prepared loaves and time for fermentation to control the strength of the the bread’s flavor. Conversely it is time that commercial bread producers have eliminated because in business time means money and profit. Our interest is the best bread possible on earth, and not in efficiently making more money.

Let’s play, and you’ll see. 

Step 1: Collecting the yeast culture. Yeast flies around carried wafted on air all over the place. It’s everywhere. Absolutely. It’s all over your furniture, in your hair, on you skin, in your eyeballs, breathed up your nose. In your water. In your pants. Under your arms, in your shoes. Wash it off with soap and it’s right back on you within minutes. And not just yeast, bacteria too. There is no escaping the yeast and bacteria, not at the earth’s poles, and not under the oceans. It is everywhere, particularly warm and moist places, it grows particularly well. It’s why some summer places are definite two shower a day towns. It endures unbelievable hardships that would kill you within seconds. And this makes collecting it in concentration quite easy. Easy as making mud.


The yeast and bacteria is already present on the wheat as it grew in the fields and it stays with the wheat right through milling to flour no matter the process it’s given. Bleached, or unbleached the organisms are not eradicated as you might imagine by opening a fresh bag of pure white flour. 

The childsplay is to take a cereal bowl, add a rounded tablespoon of flour and enough water for a thin slurry and place the bowl outside so that the wind shoves unseen organisms into it. 

Taking it outside is not even necessary as mentioned the organisms are already there on the flour. This brings even more into it and in very large numbers, so large that new ones join with the old ones. Some species will make war and take over, coalitions of organisms form that work together successfully while the weaker ones fall back. This wild and unruly combination of a very wide variety of organisms and the balance they strike becomes the particular yeast/bacteria culture unique to your place and it is evident by the way the bread dough behaves and how the baked bread tastes. Cities produce their own uniquely flavored bread. 

Let it go while collecting. Forget that it’s there. The longer the better. Let it suffer. The more that it suffers the better. If it dries, add more water and mix back in the dried flakes. Allow rain to fall into it or snow, or sleet or hail. Twigs or leaves can be picked out later. Insect that drown can be picked out. Everything that touches your slurry will add to its character. 

Bacteria is even associated with rain. We are taught that rain forms around microscopic dust particles high in the atmosphere. Science has shown that rain also condenses around bacteria that transpired from the ground. By leaving your culture collection outside in the rain then those microorganisms are included in your culture. Those will be the organisms that survived the hardships specific to your area. Along with what the wind shoved in from distant locations. The rain and the wind of your area will be part of your bread. 

At this point, say, a very careless week or better yet two, all that we have is a foul bowl of flour and water sludge. 

In terms of work on your part, there is none. Two minutes preparing a slurry. 

Some websites will instruct you to cover your bowl with cheesecloth to keep out unwanted debris. In Hawaii I bought women’s pantyhose and cut off one the legs at the knees. Hawaii is very windy. That helps keep the project cleaner but it also keeps out useful things like bugs and debris and volcanic ash.

Step 2: Bring in the collection and use it to inoculate a clean yeast culture starter.

Prepare a new jar of slurry more this time the same way as the bowl for collecting. Make it a little bit thicker this time. About 1 cup total. A few level tablespoons of flour and enough water to make pancake batter viscosity. From your filthy stinking collection pick out anything too obviously nasty like bees, wasps, raccoon hair, twigs, leaves, feathers, bat poo, plastic shopping bag, paper, cigarette butts, black dots of dirt, soot, what have you. Use a mere 1 teaspoon of the awful mess and discard the rest, and add the teaspoon of cleaned up collection to the new jar of fresh clean slurry. Cover and forget about it for three days.

But who can forget? We’re children at play, our urgency is to peek and keep track.  

At room temperature, within eight to twelve hours, overnight, you will notice the next day a few bubbles on the surface. Reliably so. And this is confirmation our play project is on track. There is no way to avoid this. As mentioned the flour already has it’s own organisms and you added an extreme concentration of new ones insanely wild in their ways.

The second day there will be many more bubbles than the first day. Again, reliably so. You will not be disappointed no matter how cold your room temperature. If your room is actually warm then it will take off faster. You have given what grows on your own body and makes your own self smell unpleasant the perfect environment to grow. This is assured. You live in a world rife with microscopic organisms and they thrive with or without your help.

On the third day the new cleaned collection may appear disappointing. The bubbles may have popped. What actually happened is your entire culture expanded. It may have thinned out by producing CO2 and alcohol. The alcohol may have thinned it and the new slurry may appear thinner and the bubbles pop on the surface. By the third day your culture is ready to use the same way as ordinary commercial single cell yeast that was isolated for being particularly gassy while remaining one-dimensional in flavor and character and with no bacteria to enhance it. Your culture is superior in every way save for speed by antipathy to time. 

Use the whole jar or bowl of new cleaned up culture that’s been growing for three days and add it all to more flour and water to make dough for a loaf of bread. Except for tablespoon reserved to start your next loaf. Keep a small amount to grow again this same way. Keep it refrigerated to slow it. This is the most adult thing about the whole project, thinking about the future. If you fail, so what. You can do it again any time that you like. Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring, morning noon or night, you can do this again any time that you like. Over and over for the remainder of your years and wherever you happen to be.

I’ve never measured anything. Enough flour and water to fill a bread pan half way. Make the dough the same way the two slurries were made, flour and water again. This time a bit thicker for dough. You do not have to be careful about this. You do not have to knead it. You will notice, though, as you are stirring that the longer you go then the more stringy the thick mixture becomes. If you add enough flour then the mass forms into a ball. But it doesn’t have to. It can be thinner than that. Or it can be thicker and stiff. It really does not matter at all. And all this can be adjusted later to suit your preferences.

Some bakers use a wet dough and other use a stiff dough. Their results will differ, but that is no matter whatever you do will work.


At some point now you will have to add salt. Bread is blah without it. Salt is required for bread. Before proofing, after proofing, before or after fermentation. However salt must be added before a dough ball is shaped for a loaf, sometime, anytime before the bread is baked.

If you forget to add salt, don’t despair. You will know right away when you take the first bite. And salt can be sprinkled on each individual slice. I left out the salt many times. It’s just one of those things that I keep spacing out. 

Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature. You can bake this immediately and your bread will be better than the bread that you buy. Noticeably different and better. Children today will prefer the sponge-like Wonder bread that they are used to because they think that is what bread should be. Modern children are not used to bread with actual character. However, if you cover your dough ball and place the bowl in the refrigerator then the proofing, the rising will slow down but not stop by the cold. And time will allow the bacteria inside to catch up with the yeast that is faster. The bread will ferment in the refrigerator. The longer the dough is refrigerated then the stronger your bread will taste. Three days will be a good amount of time to ferment. It is possible by successive generations and by extended fermentation to say, five days, for your bread to become too strong and too acidic to taste pleasant. It’s true, you can go too far with this and produce bread that is too strong flavored to enjoy as sandwiches or toast. 

There is no trick. There is only returning to preindustrial age when we did not know what was going on. When time was not so valuable and labor not so specialized and commercial concerns not so grasping. Back to a time when civilization behaved more like children. Those ancestors of ours enjoyed much better bread. They would not recognize what we’re calling bread. 

My duty is fulfilled. Whatever it’s worth to you, I can return to my personal enjoyment knowing I’m not keeping this extraordinary simple pleasure all to myself.

The spoor of the Duopoly Jackals is easy to is everywhere!

Clinton emails reveal plans to depict Ryan as anti-Trump

  New York Post

Hillary Clinton’s campaign planned to praise House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans at odds with Donald Trump, but Democratic officials balked at the idea, arguing that it would damage the party’s other candidates.
A leaked e-mail reveals that the Democratic National Committee’s then-communications chief, Luis Miranda, asked its then-CEO, Amy Dacey, for help to fend off the campaign’s efforts to paint Ryan and others as antithetical to Trump.
The note was among a trove of hacked DNC e-mailsreleased by WikiLeaks.
“Asking state Parties to praise House Republicans like Ryan would be damaging for the Party down ballot,” Miranda said in the e-mail sent May 16, when Ryan was withholding his endorsement of Trump.
“We would basically have to throw out our entire frame that the GOP made Trump through years of divisive and ugly politics. We would have to say that Republicans are reasonable and that the good ones will shun Trump. It just doesn’t work from the Party side.”
Miranda expressed concern that Clinton’s narrative would boost her but hurt Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“It might be a good strategy ONLY for Clinton (which I don’t believe),” Miranda wrote.
Dacey replied, “Let me see what I can find out.”
WikiLeaks’ release of nearly 20,000 DNC e-mails has shown that staffers at the supposedly neutral committee openly disdained Bernie Sanders and worked on Clinton’s behalf.
Dacey, Miranda and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the leak. The current DNC leadership, led by Donna Brazile, has apologized.
Ryan endorsed Trump before the Republican National Convention.

Top Ten Signs your Child is Alt-Right

Are you worried that your child may be altright? There’s a good chance they have may have already gone down this extremely dark path. Find out the top 10 signs your child may be altright here!
1. When you ask them to get up for school in the morning, they tell you that their school is a brainwashing camp for social justice warriors, and ask if they can go to a private school that doesn’t support white genocide.
2. You find suspicious amounts of pornographic anime on their hard-drive marked as “degenerate.”
3. When you ask them about their friends, they tell you that their friends are their “fam” and proceed to talk about “dank memes.” Meanwhile, they never have any of the other kids over at the house.
4. They refer to you as a “cuck” when you put on FOX News.
5. They refuse to do their chores because it is the current year.
6. They’ve carved ancient Nordic symbols into their wrists that “normiefags like you wouldn’t understand.”
7. You find a “Make America Great Again” hat which is hidden inside their sock drawer.
8. They refer to their curfew as “the downfall of Western civilization.”
9. When you ask them which Disney or Pixar character they want to show up to their birthday party, they scream at you and say: “I only want Pepe!”
10. They have a dartboard of The National Review on the wall above their bathroom nitelight.

Titanic Simulation

This is probably like watching paint dry for most people. But the simulation puts together most of what we know about the course of her sinking via little blurbs in a timeline. I love timelines.

I've been enthralled with Titanic since I was a boy and I just now learned how late Smith, Wilde, and Andrews tried to call barely-filled boats back in to pick up more people.

The simulation gets two elements absolutely right: the moonless, stars-ablaze sky witnessing all and the calm, cold water darkly receiving all. Titanic played that physical and spiritual interface like nothing before or since.

For the impatient, fast-forward to about 2:12 when her demise really picks up speed.

The dividers on this Japanese road are Hello Kitty

Link to source

"Tech firm brags about blocking FBI from recovering Clinton emails"

"A technology company that provided the program Hillary Clinton's team used to scrub her private server of emails bragged on its website Thursday that it had prevented the FBI from accessing deleted records."
BleachBit, the application that deleted some of Clinton's emails ahead of an FBI investigation, said it had not yet been served a subpoena over its involvement in the destruction of potentially classified records.

A headline on the company's website read: "BleachBit stifles investigation of Hillary Clinton."

Rep. Trey Gowdy brought the involvement of the program to light Thursday when he told Fox News that Clinton's emails were so fully deleted that "even God can't read them."

"Perhaps Clinton's team used an open source application [like BleachBit] because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors," BleachBit noted in a post on its site.

"As of the time of writing BleachBit has not been served a warrant or subpoena in relation to the investigation," the company wrote. "BleachBit is free of charge to use in any environment whether it is personal, commercial, educational or governmental, and the cleaning process is not reversible."

History channel

This is not the real animated GIF because AdSense threatens to revoke its participation using its terms of service designed to keep its associated sites pure and clear of disturbing content so that its name is not associated with harsh reality. And harsh fantasy. They want an internet to be a safe place for delicate sensibilities left undisturbed. Too bad. This is the child's version. The adult version is placed an another of my sites not associated with fascists and their annoying manner of generating faint income in dribbles. That version is better. 

You should buy something. 

Through Lem's magical Amazon portal. 

"Lobster Festival Forced to Eat Hotdogs"

"After Air Canada Loses Lobsters."
An Alberta woman tried to share some Newfoundland lobster with her friends and family, but Air Canada got in the way.

Jackie Panuisiak hosts the annual Northern Alberta Lobster Festival in the community of Cotillion. She had ordered some 145 pounds of live lobster to be shipped from this province to Alberta. The problem is that the lobsters didn't arrive.

When Panuisiak's sister talked to Air Canada about what happened, she says they were rude and unhelpful. She says they were passed off to Air Canada's Cargo Relations and were met with more unhelpful behaviour. She says they did not admit any fault in the matter.

It turns out the lobsters were in Toronto, but Air Canada's tracking system said they had arrived. Panuisiak says it raises concerns about the reliability of Air Canada's tracking system.

In the meantime, the Lobster Festival was forced to eat hot dogs instead of lobster.

"Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by September 13"

"A U.S. judge ordered the State Department on Thursday to release by Sept. 13 any emails it finds between Hillary Clinton and the White House from the week of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, among the thousands of additional emails uncovered by federal investigators."
The order came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave the department a disc earlier this month containing 14,900 emails to and from Clinton and other documents it said it had recovered that she did not return to the government...

It remained unclear if there were any newly discovered emails that related to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.

"Using broad search terms, we have identified a number of documents potentially responsive to a Benghazi-related request," Elizabeth Trudeau, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement. "At this time, we have not confirmed that the documents are, in fact, responsive. We also have not determined if they involve Secretary Clinton."
Elsewhere... "1/3 of Huma Abedin's emails are 100% redacted." Too sensitive for even congress to see. 

"Burkini Sales Go Up 200 Percent Since French Ban"

"After over a dozen French towns have banned women from wearing ‘burkinis’ – a swimsuit for women that leaves just the face, hands and feet exposed – a demand for the product has risen 200 percent worldwide, BBC News reported."
Aheda Zanetti, who lives in Australia and owns the trademark on ‘burkini,’ says online sales skyrocketed.

No man in this entire world can tell us what to wear or what not to wear,” she told BBC News.

On Aug. 12, the mayor of Cannes banned burkinis, calling them a “symbol of Islamic extremism,” following the July attack in Nice, for which ISIS claimed responsibility. Several other towns have since joined in on the ban, and any woman caught disobeying is charged a fine.

Photos emerged Tuesday showing several male police officers forcing one woman to remove her head covering on a beach in Nice.
I put the quotation in bold letters. I found it a little ironic. Just a tad.

private email, would be rude to read it.

So what.

Reply to: Anson Mills
Re: A shipment from order #39342 has been delivered.

I know. Thank you. 

You’re probably not going to like hearing this because online recipes call for cooking polenta a very long time. But I’m a bachelor and hungry and that will not do. 

I cook a small amount with 3x the water and a pinch of salt with butter for 3 minutes in the microwave. 

It must be stirred every 30 seconds. 

And that’s all. 

That was for testing. 

With no additions the flavor comes through brightly, brilliantly. 

Usually my polenta is further enhanced by whatever spices and additions strike my fancy that moment. 

The popcorn is loaded with butter and curry and top parmigiano. 

The cornbread has very good applewood bacon, onion, roasted Hatch chiles (the hot kind, it’s a thing they do around here.) and parmigiano again. 

I used too much liquid in the cornbread but all that was tossed together carelessly in haste. I’ll do better next time. 

These corn products of yours really are very good. 

WKRLEM: Everybody has a Little Tiny Moustache these days!

Dragnet 1968

Dragnet 1968
We were working the Night Watch out of the Public Morals Division out of the Wilshire Division. The Captain was Lemuel Sancocho. My Partner is Bill Gannon. My name is Friday. I carry a badge. And a grudge.

Bill Gannon walked into the division and hung the shiny jacket of his Robert Hall suit on the hook on the wall at the back of the squad. We had been partners for twenty years. We agree on most things. Except barbeque sauce. And Politics.

"Evening Joe. Want some coffee?"
"No time Bill. Get your jacket. We have to go sit on a witness. Lets go. I will warm up the Rambler. We are taking my car. Don't want anyone to know where we are going."

We drove twenty five blocks away to a nondescript ranch on the Avenue. I knocked on the door. Pete Malloy answered. He was baby sitting our witness.

"Hello Sargent. Your witness is inside."
"Did he eat yet Pete?"
"Not really. He says he is a vegetarian. He only drinks schnapps, eats Linzer Torts and talks about his German Shepard."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Staying On Script

Overheard at Lem's:
Lem wants me to tone down the sexy shots....but I gotta say we want to dance the hot spicy Salsa! 
~Trooper York 
Lena Dunham models lingerie: Trigger Warning: You cannot unsee this!

In honor of the National Park Service 100th birthday today

Zion National Park

Castle Mountain in Banff National Park


I made cornbread from popcorn processed in an electric coffee mill and the result was spectacular. The corn flavor goes BANG! I AM CORN!

Even though half of it is regular flour. And even though the other half is jalapeño. And even thought the other half is cheese. The cornbread had a lot of strong flavors included and still corn flavor comes through loud and clear and upfront.

The entire pan of cornbread disappeared in a flash. And the people who ate it all agreed that it is the best cornbread they've ever tasted. At least that's what they told me.

Since my cornbread was gone, the next day I made another batch, this time I used proper cornmeal. It had been kept in the freezer to save its flavor from dissipating into the air. I used the same ingredients and the same method and produced the most insipid cornbread to suffer. Without thinking any further, in disgust I knew immediately what I must do. I threw away the entire package that had only been used that one time. Begone! Who needs that stuff around taking valuable freezer space when there is always popcorn around to grind?

Cornmeal is milled from field corn. And that is the key difference.

But popcorn sure is hard on the coffee mill. I blew out three of the cheap ones. My fourth coffee mill comes from a French Canadian company and it's manufactured in China. It works very well. I dropped the plastic top that locks in before the machine can run and it cracked. With each use the crack becomes larger like windshield damage expands distressingly until the windshield is replaced. Finding a replacement part is well nigh impossible and not worth the trouble and aggravation to everyone including the people that I annoy. So I've been looking at the manual types. Turns out they are 1/4 the cost and most use a ceramic burr much better than a blade that causes the motor to heat, and by my abuse makes the blade loosen so that the motor cannot spin it. But the manual ones do take an awful lot of grinding.

That's okay, I'm not using that much at all.

This is the type thing that I use to grind pepper. I like a lot of pepper, no messing around with a pepper grinder that takes twenty grinds for six tiny black dots on an egg. Putting pepper seeds into a manual crank grinder intended for coffee dumps all the pepper my heart can desire all at once with one crank. But mine is from Turkey and made of brass and intended as much for decoration. Modern manual coffee grinders are rather nice. They get great reviews on Amazon.

Now, for popcorn you'll need about 1/2 a cup of ground corn and that will require a good deal of grinding. But what the heck.

At the $10.00 price point you can buy four for the price I paid for the electric grinder. A slight upgrade from the previous three that I burned out by grinding corn. Those were all $20.00, and well worth the cost if you stick to coffee beans. But I don't.

And now that the clear plastic cap proved so difficult to replace. My next one will be the manual type. I don't drink coffee and I use the grinder for other things.

Chefs use the electric grinders for spice seeds. They keep two, one for coffee and another for spice. But that is ridiculous. You can process a piece of bread and clean out the remnant spices and use one machine for both. And what's the matter with exotic flavors tinting your coffee for a variation? But now that the manual grinders are so inexpensive you can have three, one for coffee, another for spices and a third for grain. But honestly that's taking things too far and for no good reason.

Recommendation: Forget about buying cornmeal. That stuff is for pigs and for cows. And I am not kidding either. Mill popcorn instead for noticably improved flavor. Even non-foodies will notice the difference.

Having said all that, a bit of history might be interesting for you.

When the Spanish conquered Central America they took back with them the treasures of food unknown to Europe and to the East. This is a tremendous boon for mankind. The tomatoes that Italians made famous were unknown until then. Paprika that Hungarians make from smoked chiles was not even imagined. Chocolate that Swiss greatly improved (by mistake of leaving the conching machine running all night, and by adding a lot of sugar) was unknown. Contact with the Americas opened a new world of cuisine. Potatoes, became staple, and tomatoes, and squashes and chile peppers. All these wonderful things changed the world for the better.

Although they took back with them chocolate and vanilla, both new to the world, they did not take with them knowledge of how vanilla orchids are pollinated. It requires a specific bee. They grew vanilla orchids on plantations but got nowhere with them until a slave on one of the islands discovered the flowers must be pollinated by hand. That might be a romantic fantasy. A rival history has a high ranking Spanish visitor observing a bee pollinate an orchard plant growing on the porch of the house where he was staying. Moreover each plant must be revisited repeatedly when the plants are in bloom as the vanilla orchid flowers bloom for only one night and in sequence along a stem. The plants for vanilla production are exceedingly labor intensive.

So valuable today that Mexican vanilla bean farmers actually brand each vanilla bean as they grow with a number by laser dot printing. The beans look like string green beans as they are growing. After harvest the beans are spread out on a canvas to dry in the sun, wrapped up into a bundle and put away for the night. Then spread out again the next day. Back and forth in this manner for months before the are ready for soaking and extraction by soaking in alcohol. The steps involved in real vanilla extract are ridiculously involved and long drawn. The high price that you pay for real vanilla extract is actually quite a good bargain. Further, the terroir of vanilla is so pronounced that various types that originate from the same genotype are now considered to be different species. Vanilla grown in Madagascar is longer than Tahiti vanilla is shorter and more floral, and Mexican vanilla is fatter, biggest and stronger.

Huffington Post has a great article including very good photographs.

The first European who brashly smoked a cigar in public back in Europe was jumped by a mob and beaten to death for being a devil with smoke coming out of his mouth.

The Spaniards took corn back with them but failed to take the knowledge of processing the dry kernels with lye. The natives used ashes from fires to loosen and remove the corn kernel pericarp, the hard outer shell of the kernel. Removing the outer surface makes nutrients available that pass through the body without it. As corn increased in importance in native North American diet, increased cases of scoliosis appeared without understanding the cause. These incidents of curvature of the spine are seen in the burial remains of native American of the period.

The process of soaking the corn overnight in lye is called nixtamalization. You will notice the word tamal in there.

The man in the video below says that he buys field corn very cheaply to prepare his own masa and he swears by the results. Imagine if he'd use popcorn instead. I am certain by my own experience the flavor would be greatly improved by using dry popcorn instead.

If only he had a rolling pin and a second piece of plastic. And eventually he will discover a tortilla press if he hasn't already. 

I guess the Nicaragua type corn tortillas are thicker than the ones we are used to. The press can produce very thin tortillas that cook in seconds each side. They cook as fast as you can press the next one between two pieces of plastic. With no water to lubricate as he shows. Just a single spray of oil for the whole batch.

After the tortillas are fried they can be stacked like a tower and sliced through all at once as a pizza and then the triangular pieces shallow fried in oil until they stop bubbling for crispy tortilla chips with fresh flavor unparalleled. 

When you make your own tortilla chips from regular commercial masa harina, (masa powder) it behaves like Play Doh just as he shows in the video. It's fun! And if you would make your own from popcorn instead of field corn then the flavor will be improved even more. 

My point here is prepared cornmeal and prepared masa are fine consumer products, convenient and they work very well. But upgrading your grain and doing this yourself on the spot each time will improve your results by a magnitude of order. And results are worth the effort. You have vastly improved flavor and you're prevented from overeating as we tend to do by the food being just too convenient. 

"CNN fires Dr Drew show over Hillary ill health"

Link to story: HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

"Problem: Trump Not on the Minnesota Ballot, and It Looks Like He Can't Get On It"

Via Ace: He has until the 29th to put his name on the ballot, but Minnesota rules require the names of ten electors, and ten alternate electors, be submitted as well.
Minnesota didn't officially elect alternate electors.

And some guy says there's not enough time to call a snap convention to elect them.
Renewing suspicions of Trump's seriousness about running... is he really running or not?

Kim Jong Un hosts dance party to celebrate missile launch

Associated Press  August 25, 2016

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea marked its “Military First” holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful — and potentially game-changing — submarine-launched ballistic missile test that it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises that Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.
Television news broadcasts and the front pages of morning newspapers Thursday showed images of the launch, conducted in the early hours the day before. The test sent a Pukguksong missile soaring from a submerged position off the North’s port city of Sinpo. It flew an estimated 500 kilometers (310 miles) toward the seas around Japan, the longest distance it has yet achieved in a submarine launch.
Kim was shown smiling and hugging officials after watching the test from an observation deck. He was quoted by state media as calling it the “success of all successes,” though it brought immediate condemnation from the United States and the North’s neighbors.
Launching long-range ballistic missiles from submarines is stealthier than land launching. Having that capability could significantly strengthen Pyongyang’s ability to conduct strikes on US positions in South Korea, and possibly on US bases in Japan as well.

Of course Hollywood would pick a gay dude to play John Gotti!

Travolta’s Gotti flick strays from reality

By Joe Tacopino  New York Post Page Six August 25, 2016 

A new gangland biopic about mob boss John Gotti includes scenes of a triumphant Dapper Don leaving a Brooklyn courthouse after his acquittal — but the real-life drama unfolded a bit differently.
John Travolta, portraying the godfather, will be shown defiantly strutting from the courthouse with his real wife, Kelly Preston, who portrays Gotti’s wife, Victoria.
In fact, after his trial in March 1987, Gotti snuck out a side door at Brooklyn federal court and was whisked away by one of his associates.
“The Life and Death of John Gotti” also features the infamous hit on Gambino crime boss “Big Paul” Castellano at Sparks Steak House in Midtown.
But the mob assassination, immortalized on the cover of The Post, was re-enacted for the film in Cincinnati instead of the gritty streets of Gotham.
The 1985 shooting left Castellano’s lifeless body in the gutter and signaled the rise of the Teflon Don as the most powerful mob boss in the city.
Gotti waited in a nearby car with several associates as Castellano was gunned down.

"Driver’s crash course damages Springfield Safeway, police say"

"Noella Yvonne Fay, 43, of Glenwood had been at the store about 4 p.m. Tuesday and tried to buy $2,200 worth of gift cards, according to Springfield police. Safeway sells gift cards that can be used at a variety of retailers, including Starbucks, Nordstrom and iTunes."
But when Fay’s check bounced, she was refused the sale, which prompted her to become angry and leave the store, police said.

At 12:23 a.m. Wednesday, Fay allegedly returned and parked her sport utility vehicle in front of the store’s west doors, blocking the entrance. She was yelling about wanting her gift cards, police said.

A Safeway employee told Fay she needed to move her vehicle before they could discuss the gift card issue any further. It was then, police said, that Fay drove her sport utility vehicle through the west side of the store.

Fay drove the Tahoe down an aisle almost to the back of the store, police said. She then allegedly reversed the SUV back to the front of the aisle, turned the car toward the deli and drove between the aisle ends and the checkstands. She then drove the vehicle out the east doors and into the parking lot, police said.

She last was seen driving southbound on Pioneer Parkway West. (more)

"The super-rich are making their homes ‘invisible’"

"Privacy is perhaps the greatest luxury anyone can buy, hence the trend for properties hidden from prying eyes and online searches."
What the area’s occupants — who reportedly include Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez — value above all is privacy. That includes banning Google’s photography vehicles from entering (and declining to talk to the FT; a spokeswoman for the area’s management company said it had a policy of not giving interviews to the press).

Academics have long used the names “hidden communities” or “invisible communities” to denote areas with high concentrations of deprivation and social marginalisation. Yet some of the world’s most privileged people are choosing to hide from the public eye to protect their homes from burglars and other forms of unwelcome attention.

In an evermore connected world, privacy is perhaps the greatest luxury anyone can buy.

“There was a time when people really flaunted their wealth; now they don’t,” says David Forbes, head of private office at estate agent Savills who advises wealthy buyers. “People’s priorities over the years have shifted. Now right at the top of the list it’s security.” (more)
"In 1916, the average person owned a horse and was "rich" if they owned a car. In 2016, it's the other way around." via r/

What costs more than it's worth?

Reddit top comments...
Stadium food and beer

College textbooks

The penny... It costs more to make the penny than the penny itself is worth.

Printer ink.


Beats by dre

bottled water and Diamonds.

Anything associated with a special occasion like a wedding or holiday.