Saturday, June 3, 2017

Obama......Please!



The last couple of weeks we have had Comedians get smacked around for their jokes. First Kathy Griffin self immolated with her ISIS inspired Trump joke.

Then smug scum bucket Bill Maher used the N work as if he were a rapper or something and the whole world is coming down on his ass. He is caught in the social justice warrior dilemma. He is always  quick to attack anyone who had anything to say that was not politically correct. He thought he could make a joke. She thought she could make a joke. They don't get it. They are a joke.

The days when you were able to make a joke that is outrageous and nasty are really over. You can lose your job...your business....you family.... all over something you said. There are sacred cows. The blacks. The gays. Women. Muslims.You can expect a firestorm of criticism unless you are mocking straight white males. Or Christians. They are the only acceptable targets.

What the left does not get these days is that the cultural war is heating up to the point where it will become a shooting war. Their attacks on speakers at colleges and professors have gotten to the point where they will receive a violent response in turn. You reap what you sow.

These assholes are too busy excusing Muslim terrorists and offering sanctuary to illegal immigrant criminals to realize that the deplorables are not going to take their shit anymore. It is war to the knife. Or the guy. And guess which side has the most guns.

Fuck these assholes. They need to get two behind the ear. Along with Joy Behar and Joy Reid and all the joyous cock holsters that infest the media and Hollywood. It is time for a cleanse.

fly-by of Jupiter and Mars 360 view


Jupiter: Juno Perijove 06 from Sean Doran on Vimeo. via Reddit

Mars Gigapixel Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149

Walking in NYC in a Romper

Link to video via Reddit

What subculture do you genuinely not understand?

Reddit top voted comments...

Scientology

People who are obsessed with and idolize killers.

Feeders, the ones who love getting women obese.

Plastic surgery. Some people really do overdo it, like the human Barbie.

Flat earthers

Facebook salespeople.

Vore. I thought it was a fake thing. It is a real thing.

Ecosexuals

Friday, June 2, 2017

France, Germany and Italy: Paris Climate Treaty "irreversible and cannot be renegotiated"

As a famous Wilde and crazy guy once wrote, “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”

And we are just flat cracking up, for our hearts are effervescent as a freshly popped cola.

These leaders must imagine we're shamed by making this joint statement and so they must imagine we're all liberals because everyone else is celebrating having common sense prevail.

They are talking to someone else. Not us.

Sundance writing for The Last Refuge hosted at theconservativetreehouse.com asserts reasonably and correctly the treaty is an economic arrangement and not in any way a planet protecting climate treaty. Climate is the camouflage, the subterfuge, for financing an international fund controlled by a group similar to the International Monetary Fund that shifts money to developing countries and enriches its management besides. Like NATO and like the U.N. and like the IMF, the United States was expected to contribute the bulk.

They know had they offered the treaty as doing what it actually does and named it as such, "tax for redistribution of economic wealth to developing countries then nobody would buy that monkeyshines. Because we have no say in the political processes that keep developing countries in their developing state.

And we assist developing countries with direct agreements. While we adjust our energy production and use to our own natural resources and our own needs while caring for the planet better than European climate treaties provide. In these two efforts the United States performs better without European input and control. As they do themselves.

They're just so socialist about everything. It's how they think. About everything. "We can do so much better together." Eh, well, not always.

This is Europeans exercising their impulse to control U.S. economy. Plain and simple. It nettles them terribly that they don't. We're too  big. They must control us. And they devised this non-treaty to avoid our form of bothersome democracy. If only they could properly socialize us. In this impulse they are not our friends. They attempted to lock us into an arrangement with the force of an actual treaty, draining our resources, hobbling our economy, while avoiding our democratic process for approving it, and not affecting climate at all. Because they know half our country won't allow it.

It truly bugs them that they cannot vote in our elections. They actually say our elections are so important, the result so consequential, that at this point in global history the whole world really must have legal input. In this respect they think they are entitled to affect our political process. And they mean it. They discuss this at home and in pubs and then bring the opinion online. They should be able to vote. I read that position stated by British labor repeated every time we have a federal election.

Here's the tell in their statement.
The three leaders say they regard the accord as “a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change.” 
They added that the course charted by the accord is “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated.” 
Macron, Merkel and Gentiloni say they remain committed to the deal and will “step up efforts” to support the poorest and most threatened nations. There's more. AP link.
The Europeans go from "climate change" in the first bit to "support poorest and most threatened countries" at the end. Because there is nothing solid about reaching CO2 markers for any of the countries can do as they like then it really is all about redistribution.

And that is intimately unAmerican.

The ridiculous statement that this is the one single chance and now forever lost is acutely risible. That's it's irreversible and cannot be renegotiated is patently ridiculous. That is a statement directed to stupid people. It's ridiculous because it's wholly unnecessary. They could have kept it open. They could have held patiently and busted their move under the next Democrat president who would gladly cede American economic power to Europeans, and gladly handicap the American economy to make their own economies more competitive.

In a pique, they resentfully slammed the door to future arrangements instead of keeping it open. And that's fine with us too.

Trump smashed their careful plan. Again, a plan to hobble U.S. economy, to exert just a little more control of it, if we will just pay them to do it, if they can just get their hooks into us. No, these people are not our friends.

Sundance's article is solid and thorough and amusing. Recommended. He refers to these three leaders as the "Three Amoebas." They're having a great time over there in comments.

Commenters over there at The Last Refuge point out this must dispel the myth generated by hot fevered dreaming that Trump's daughter holds too much influence over Trump. If what we read about Ivanka's position on this Paris agreement is correct, and that's a big if,  then this example of Trump trashing the agreement disproves the myth. He listened to her, considered her point of view, weighed it with all other factors and then decided against her.

Here's the thing about this secular Climate religion that its proponents fail to grasp. And it amazes me they don't see this and adapt their behavior accordingly after so long and so many people pointing it out. Within authentic religions the masters live the lives that they teach. They do not separate themselves from the belief's adherents. So, if political leaders insist CO2 is a serious problem then they must show how important that is through demonstration in their daily lives. Every day. They must walk the walk.

But they don't. So then genuine religious practitioners see only a false prophet. They'll never see anything else.  And I haven't seen the Climate leaders budge on this. To a person they all still make full and extravagant use of energy they insist is damaging. It doesn't work on a religious population. They've miscalculated.

And they were so close. There's the part that's exquisite. Such drama.

A deplorable over there at The Last Refuge also posted this video remix loop and although it's a bit weird and repetitive it's also a catchy tune and I like it a lot.

Celebration interrupted

Via Reddit:  Trap house gets raided while dealer is showing off all his drug money on Facebook live. Jacksonville, FL.

Claim: "Women who had lesbian tendencies were successful in evolutionary terms because men chose to reproduce with them"

Via Twitter:  In a paper published in the respected journal Personality and Individual Differences, Apostolou found many men would be happy going out with a partner who enjoys the company of other women.

“A lot of men indicate a desire to have a partner who also experiences same-sex attraction,” Apostolou told IBTimes UK.

“These kinds of sexual traits are more instinctive. It’s a mechanism that has been selected to serve a purpose — to make you reproduce.”

In an interview with Pink News, the professor added: “My argument in the paper is this: A considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions.”

He received a vicious tongue-lashing on Twitter, where people slammed the study because it did not involve talking to lesbians themselves.

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Kathy Griffin: "This is America and you shouldn't have to die for it"


Via Drudge:  Kathy Griffin accused President Donald Trump and his family of launching a campaign to destroy her life in response to the image she posted earlier this week in which she appeared to be holding the commander-in-chief's severed head. 
The comedian broke down in tears as she detailed the torrent of abuse she has been receiving online, and the constant death threats which she described as detailed and specific.

"The Anatomy of a Lie"

Via Instapundit:  "What began as a simple false notion from the American Left―that the Russians hacked the 2016 presidential election to benefit Donald Trump’s candidacy―slowly evolved into a full-blown constitutional crisis."


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"How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon"

About weekly, I go to Costco with Mike, a friend of mine, and he was telling me about how he learned how to pick the "perfect watermelon". He told me about a YouTube video he watched.

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An unorthodox method...

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Do you have a method?

Did Samantha Powers ask for the 'unmasking' of any US citizens?

Via Instapundit: see Trey Gowdy ask John Brennan if any ambassadors had requested unmasking. And do take note of John Brennan’s carefully worded ‘I don’t know,’ as he seems to scramble to figure out a way to avoid answering without earning a perjury rap.”

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Remember, it's always worse than what we are first led to believe.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

"A guy gets abducted by aliens for a routine examination"

Link via Reddit

Trump, Rose Garden, Paris agreement.



update: video changed 

"What movie should never have been made?"

Reddit top voted...

The Mask 2, son of mask.

S. Darko

Dragonball Evolution

Gigli is so bad it never even makes it to these threads.

Fantastic 4 (2015)

The Emoji Movie

Cat Woman.

After Earth.

Highlander 2

"Thieves using blowtorch to steal from Everett ATM accidentally set cash on fire"

Via Drudge:  Police and firefighters were called Tuesday morning to Coastal Community Bank on 19th Ave SE for the report of a fire.

When they arrived, crews found the drive-up ATM had been set on fire.

Aaron Snell with the Everett Police Department said the suspects used a blowtorch to try and access the ATM's cash box.

In the process of doing so, they accidentally set the money on fire.

John Dickson, Chief Operations Officers of Coastal Community Bank, said the suspects were not able to get away with any money. He told Q13 News that masked men tried to break into the bank's cash deposit box just a few weeks ago.

Dickson bank said the bank will be providing surveillance video of the incident to Everett police.

The Everett Police Department issued these surveillance photos and video of the suspects. Police said the suspects are Eli Steen and Jason Kovar, both of whom are 31 and from Everett.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

KLEM TV


I don't usually get sucked into random YouTube ads but this one made me watch all the way through.

There is more info about their true story here

"CNN Fires Kathy Griffin From New Year’s Show"


The termination comes one day after the comedienne posted a photo and video of her holding a fake severed head of President Donald Trump. She later apologized for the photo and video, saying it went too far, and removed it from her Twitter account. She had made it as part of a photo shoot with Tyler Shields, but they did not disclose what the project was.

Trump tweeted about the photo early on Wednesday, writing that Griffin “should be ashamed of herself.”

“My children, especially my 11-year-old son Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

Bartenders of reddit, what is the smoothest pick up line you've ever heard?

Top voted comments...

Bar tended in college. Guy walked up to a girl at the bar, goes "Hi my name is Ben*, and I'm going to buy you drinks until you find me attractive." Girl smiled and laughed and he asked what she would like to drink. She looked him over (he was already very attractive), turned to me and said "In that case, I'll have a water."

Buzzed gentleman extends hand to slightly more buzzed woman and asks," will you hold this while I step outside?" They cone back after sharing a cigarette. Pay the tab, take a cab together to wherever.

I'm a bartender, and so far "we're closing up, but if you want another drink, I live upstairs" has worked exactly 0% of the time.

A coworker tried to start a game of tic-tac-toe with a pretty girl by drawing an empty board on a napkin and handing her the pen. She just wrote down her phone number.

I bartend in a pub next to a college campus. I watched a guy say "that's interesting" or "Oh, man, that's crazy!" for a full hour and a half before leaving with a girl way out of his league.
Fake it till you make it, ladies and gentleman

Way late to the party but heard this one while closing down a couple weeks back.
"Come on, lets go back to my place, I'll make you a quesadilla."
This girl had been swatting guys away like flies all night but that one worked out.

Not so much a pickup line, but I bartend at a big college bar and when you wordlessly hand your friend a beer when the bar is swamped and he just got there it makes him look that much cooler to whatever girl he's talking to.

"‘Washington Post’ Reporter Frustrated Every Space In Parking Garage Taken Up By Anonymous Source"

Via Instapundit:  Circling every level multiple times with no luck whatsoever, Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker was frustrated Tuesday that every space in the parking garage was taken up by an anonymous source. “I’ve gone around and around, but I can’t find a single spot that isn’t already filled by an unidentified White House leaker,” said an exasperated Rucker, who recalled how easy it was to nab a prime parking place to clandestinely receive privileged information only a few short years ago. “It’s such a nightmare driving all the way to the very top of the whole fucking structure to hold a secret meeting with an informant and then have to squeeze into a spot reserved for compact cars that another journalist who’s meeting with a whistle-blower is halfway parked in anyway. Seriously, I have to start scheduling these rendezvous earlier, because as soon as dusk settles in, you can forget it.” At press time, Rucker was idling his car near the space occupied by a New York Times reporter who had just received a thumb drive and appeared to be wrapping things up.

"He didn’t give police his iPhone pass code, so he got 180 days in jail"

Via Drudge:  A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday — the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smart phones.

Christopher Wheeler, 41, was taken into custody in a Broward Circuit Court, insisting he had already provided the pass code to police investigating him for child abuse, although the number did not work.

“I swear, under oath, I’ve given them the password,” a distraught Wheeler, his hands handcuffed behind his back, told Circuit Judge Michael Rothschild, who earlier in May found the man guilty of contempt of court.

As Wheeler was jailed Tuesday, the same issue was unfolding in Miami-Dade for a man accused of extorting a social-media celebrity over stolen sex videos.

That man, Wesley Victor, and his girlfriend had been ordered by a judge to produce a pass code to phones suspected of containing text messages showing their collusion in the extortion plot.

Victor claimed he didn’t remember the number. He prevailed.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson ruled that there was no way to prove that Victor actually remembered his pass code, more than 10 months after his initial arrest. Johnson declined to hold the man in contempt of court.

“The judge made the right call,” said his lawyer, Zeljka Bozanic. “My client testified he did not remember. It’s been almost a year. Many people, including myself, can’t remember passwords from a year ago.”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trump posts tasteless picture on Twitter

Something something tasteless Republicans something. I might have this story mixed up a little bit. Pardon me, I got ADHD over here really badly. Or maybe it's ADDH, I don't know because I got dyslexia too, and besides that my pretend mind is riding a horse-mind inside my real mind and it's like totally out of control avoiding the future. There's three of my thirteen secrets let loose.

"I'm sorry. Went too far." That's what she said.

But her apology is rejected. Because it takes at least two for this malice aforethought.


My own malice is done solo. This was so fun did it twice.

I like Cathy Griffith. She's my kind of crackpot. We're actually kindred spirits.

"Psychologists say everyone is keeping 13 secrets"

Via Drudge: For the purposes of the study, a secret was any information that a person intended to conceal from one or more individuals.

The study was first published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in May, and was co-authored by Michael Slepian.

It built on his 2012 study which found that people who were distracted by a secret tended to judge tasks to be more arduous than they were in reality.

This warped perception even meant they thought a distance was further and the gradient of a hill steeper than was the case in reality.

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Dr Russell Barkley ADHD (or) Intention Deficit Disorder

Link - via Reddit

Top Reddit voted comment....
I have ADHD Inattentive Type (AKA ADD).
This is part of it, but misses the main struggle I experience.

Imagine your brain is a horse, and you are it's rider. Try telling your brain to focus on something, to go somewhere, and stay there. Most people can do this decently well, at least for ~15min. When there is suddenly a loud noise, your horse may get scared, but you are able to calm him.

ADD makes it so that I am riding a disobedient and easily spooked horse. Getting my 'horse' to go where I want and stay there (concentrate on a lecture for example) takes significant concerted mental effort, and still this effort is fruitless after maybe 10 minutes, and leaves me mentally burnt out. Medication makes that horse move slower and makes him more coax-able and more sedated. It is still difficult to begin to focus on something, it takes sitting down in a (relatively) quiet environment, with a defined task, but now once I get the horse where I want him, he will stay there without nearly as much effort.

"Did Barack Obama try to hack the election?"

Via Instapundit:  In 1972, some employees of President Nixon’s re-election committee were caught when they broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters to plant a bug. This led to Nixon’s resignation and probably would have led to his felony prosecution had he not been pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.

But if a single bugging of the political opposition is enough to bring down a presidency — and maybe lead to an unprecedented criminal prosecution of a former president — then what are we to make of the recently unveiled Obama administration program of massively spying on political opponents in violation of clearly established law?

Because that’s what was unveiled last week. (none of the major papers are reporting it btw)

When the FBI wants to wiretap a domestic suspect, it goes to court for a warrant. But when listening in on foreigners, the National Security Agency hoovers up a vast amount of stuff in bulk: Conversations between foreigners, conversations between Americans and foreigners, conversations between Americans who mention foreigners, and sometimes just plain old conversations between Americans.

There are supposed to be strict safeguards on who can access the information, on how it can be used and on protecting American citizens’ privacy — because the NSA is forbidden by law from engaging in domestic spying. These safeguards were ignored wholesale under the Obama administration, and to many Republicans, it is no coincidence that intelligence leaks damaged Democrats' political opponents in the 2016 election.

A report from journalists John Solomon and Sara Carter last week, based on recently declassified documents, exposed what went on. As Solomon and Carter write:
More than 5%, or one out of every 20, searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards President Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa. ...
The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying that the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor,” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26.
The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans. ... The American Civil Liberties Union said the newly disclosed violations are some of the most serious to ever be documented and strongly call into question the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to police itself and safeguard Americans' privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure.
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When narratives and leaks collide

"I called immigration authorities on Capitol protesters"

"Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout."
The normally ceremonial last day of the legislative session briefly descended into chaos on Monday, as proceedings in the House were disrupted by large protests and at least one Republican lawmaker called immigration authorities on the protesters.

State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, said he called U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement while hundreds of people dressed in red T-shirts unfurled banners and chanted in opposition to the state’s new sanctuary cities law. His action enraged Hispanic legislators nearby, leading to a tussle in which each side accused the other of threats and violence.

In a statement, Rinaldi said state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, "threatened my life on the House floor," and that Rinaldi is currently under the protection of the Department of Public Safety as a result.

“I was pushed, jostled and someone threatened to kill me,” Rinaldi said. “It was basically just bullying.”
Here is a tweet of a Facebook post Rinaldi put up explaining his version of what happened.



Nevárez said in an interview with the Tribune that he put his hands on Rinaldi and told him to take his argument outside the House chamber. "But was I going to shoot the guy? No," he said.

After the incident, Nevárez tweeted in response to Rinaldi's claims: "He's a liar and hateful man. Got no use for him. God bless him."

DPS was not available to comment Monday because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Hispanic Democratic lawmakers involved in the altercation said it wasn’t physical but indicated that Rinaldi got into people’s faces and cursed repeatedly. Video shot from the House floor shows both Republicans and Democrats pushing each other.

“He came up to us and said, ‘I’m glad I just called ICE to have all these people deported,'” said state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, whose account was echoed by state Reps. Armando Walle, D-Houston, and Ramon Romero, D-Fort Worth.
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KLEM AM

A crow flies in the morning...

photo by Sixty Grit
Planes fly in the mourning...

photo by chickelit

Monday, May 29, 2017

"LA Musician Built $1,200 Tiny Houses for the Homeless. Then the City Seized Them"

American flag


Sometimes I wonder if we're worthy. 

And at agonizing length I conclude yes we are. 

While supposing in one form or another we must be in constant dispute. 

The big crunch



"Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans"

Via InstapunditPelosi confessed ignorance of this week's disclosure that the National Security Agency for at least five years under the Obama administration systematically violated Americans' Fourth Amendment rights...
Civil liberties groups said the disclosures should factor into lawmakers' decision at year's end about whether to reauthorize the NSA collection program that witnessed the abuses...

The sheer scale of the 4th Amendment violations is staggering, as was the sternness of the rebuke of the Obama administration by the FISA court, which ordinarily approves 99.9% of the government's request.

As of a few minutes ago, this story had not been covered by the Washington Post, the New York Times or any of the three broadcast networks.
Of course they aren't covering it, they cant. The press is busy hunting Russians at the White House.

WKRLEM-TV: Where people ever that naive?


Liberal pieties all around with Frank's and beans for lunch.

But oh that Karen Valentine!

"8th graders refuse to take a photo with Paul Ryan because they don't "want to be associated with him""

Via Drudge:  Eighth grade students from South Orange Middle School in South Orange, New Jersey were on a school trip to Wasshington D.C. on Friday when they were given a very special opportunity: a photo-op with Speaker Paul Ryan. Under normal circumstances, many students would leap for the chance to take a photo with the third most powerful politician in the country.

Close to 100 8th graders refused to take a photo with the Speaker and instead sat in a parking lot across the street. Speaker Ryan then took a photo with the remaining class and posted it to his Instagram.

"I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” Matthew Malespina, a student at the school, told his local newspaper, The Village Green.

Others grounded their decision in their aversion to Trump.

“I didn’t want to be in [the picture] because he believes in most of what Trump believes in,” a fellow student, Louisa Maynard-Parisi, told The Village Green.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Guy Buys Movie Ticket, Internet Outraged"

Via Twitter:  A Brooklyn movie theater recently scheduled a special screening of Wonder Woman open only to women. Cinema/dining chain Alamo Drafthouse said on their website, “Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for several special shows at the Alamo Downtown Brooklyn. And when we say ‘Women (and people who identify as women) only,’ we mean it.”

Movie fan (and my Conservatarians podcast partner-in-crime) Stephen Miller decided he wanted to see a new superhero flick, so he bought a ticket online. Upon sharing this rather mundane act, the Internet exploded, as is its wont.
Of course, there were thousands more entertaining tweets, but their ubiquitous profanity violates Ricochet’s Code of Conduct. To each attack, Miller stressed he has no interest in making a scene; he just wants to sit down and watch Wonder Woman.
Of course, his calmness created even more outrage. A.V. Club writer William Hughes wrote the first of sure to be many think-pieces on this calumny:
As Miller has delighted in telling people irritated by his decision—in that “I am speaking calmly, so you must be the [expletive]” tone so beloved by internet trolls—there’s nothing illegal about purchasing a ticket to a screening. That argument does, though, gloss over the fact that, while barging into a space you’ve been asked to stay out of just because that request made you feel briefly tiny and weak doesn’t make you a criminal, it does make you an insecure piece of [expletive].”
After years of progressives demanding that businesses bake cakes and open bathrooms, it’s cathartic to see them reverse their position when it offends their consciences. Miller is offering them a minor, even friendly, clinic on the brave new world they have created.
And I’m sure he’ll provide a thorough review of the screening when he returns to our podcast.

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"This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning"

"If you’re hit by lightning, there’s a nine in ten chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts? Charlotte Huff investigates."
Sometimes they’ll keep the clothing, the strips of shirt or trousers that weren’t cut away and discarded by the doctors and nurses. They’ll tell and retell their story at family gatherings and online, sharing pictures and news reports of survivals like their own or far bigger tragedies. The video of a tourist hit on a Brazilian beach or the Texan struck dead while out running. The 65 people killed during four stormy days in Bangladesh.

Only by piecing together the bystander reports, the singed clothing and the burnt skin can survivors start to construct their own picture of the possible trajectory of the electrical current, one that can approach 200 million volts and travel at one-third of the speed of light.

In this way, Jaime Santana’s family have stitched together some of what happened that Saturday afternoon in April 2016, through his injuries, burnt clothing and, most of all, his shredded broad-brimmed straw hat. “It looks like somebody threw a cannonball through it,” says Sydney Vail, a trauma surgeon in Phoenix, Arizona, who helped care for Jaime after he arrived by ambulance, his heart having been shocked several times along the way as paramedics struggled to stabilise its rhythm.

Jaime had been horse-riding with his brother-in-law and two others in the mountains behind his brother-in-law’s home outside Phoenix, a frequent weekend pastime. Dark clouds had formed, heading in their direction, so the group had started back.

They had nearly reached the house when it happened, says Alejandro Torres, Jaime’s brother-in-law. He paces out the area involved, the landscape dotted with small creosote bushes just behind his acre of property. In the distance, the desert mountains rise, rippled chocolate-brown peaks against the horizon.

The riders had witnessed quite a bit of lightning as they neared Alejandro’s house, enough that they had commented on the dramatic zigzags across the sky. But scarcely a drop of rain had fallen as they approached the horse corrals, just several hundred feet from the back of the property.

Alejandro doesn’t think he was knocked out for long. When he regained consciousness, he was lying face down on the ground, sore all over. His horse was gone.

The two other riders appeared shaken but unharmed. Alejandro went looking for Jaime, who he found on the other side of his fallen horse. Alejandro brushed against the horse’s legs as he walked passed. They felt hard, like metal, he says, punctuating his English with some Spanish.

He reached Jaime: “I see smoke coming up – that’s when I got scared.” Flames were coming off of Jaime’s chest. Three times Alejandro beat out the flames with his hands. Three times they reignited.

It wasn’t until later, after a neighbour had come running from a distant property to help and the paramedics had arrived, that they began to realise what had happened – Jaime had been struck by lightning.
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What's the frequency kenneth?

"Dershowitz: Russia Probe Sounds Like Stalin's Secret Police"
The professor argued that the case is being "done backwards and it raises great concerns about civil liberties.”

“Usually, you can point to a statute and say, ‘We’re investigating crime under this statute,'” Dershowitz said. “What Mueller seems to be doing is saying, ‘We don’t like what happened. Maybe there was some collaboration. But I can’t figure out what statute was being violated.’ You know, when Hillary Clinton was being investigated, at least we knew what the statute was.”

Toobin chimed in, "Here's a statute...want a statute? Aiding and abetting hacking -- it's a crime."


Maybe the point is that because they are members of an administration, all the constitutional niceties should not apply to them... which then leaves the nice treatment of Hillary by the Justice Department and the Comey FBI, when she was investigated, even more perplexing.

kid trips hard waking up from anesthesia

Saw this in the side panel on YouTube.

Simultaneously heartbreaking and funny, this video has over 900 comments to it on YouTube. Most commenters find it hilarious, it has so many truly funny lines. Most think the father is fantastic comforting his son throughout. But the dad does take his hits in comments. Several commenters think the opposite of the dad for uploading the video. They believe it is embarrassing for the child and should not have been recorded in the first place and if recorded then the video should be kept private. Still others criticize the dad for stimulating the child instead of just letting him rest and trip it out.

What do you think?