Saturday, September 21, 2013

'Husky Goes Crazy In Pile Of Autumn Leaves'

Husky Goes Crazy In Pile Of Autumn Leaves
LiveLeak -
By: Greyhound

"What Does Manhood Mean in 2013?"

"What’s striking isn’t the lack of consensus on what defines masculinity now, but the utter confusion about how to go about doing so. That’s because America is finally getting around to having the conversation about what it means to be a man that, decades ago, feminism forced us to have about womanhood. Women still face social consequences when they don’t conform neatly to gender norms, but many of even the most ideologically progressive men are just now starting to talk about how to break with masculine stereotypes and still hang onto a sense of gender identity. Goldberg and Rosin, in using traditional definitions of manhood (the simple, stoic breadwinner), declare him dead, or at least less marketable to advertisers. Men’s magazines, which now peddle facial moisturizers but still often shy away from heartfelt confessionals, have spotted how hard it is for men to balance both embracing and rethinking masculine stereotypes — and they’ve made some attempts to address it, but mostly ended up documenting the confusion."

The Cut

For 'two different looks' click more

The place of women

"How do you do?" said Adela, likewise pulling herself together. She held out her hand. The old gentleman judged from so wanton a gesture that she was new to his country, but he paid little heed. Women who exposed their face became by that one act so mysterious to him that he took them at the valuation of their men folk rather than at his own. Perhaps they were not immoral, and anyhow they were not his affair. On seeing the City Magistrate alone with a maiden at twilight, he had borne down on them with hospitable intent. He had a new little car, and wished to place it at their disposal; The City Magistrate would decide whether the offer was acceptable."

A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

"I am wary of a solution that can be reduced to a kind of ‘female machismo,' because a woman has a different make-up than a man... Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed... The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions."

-Pope Francis

Reuters h/t Lem

"Fewer people than EVER believe the world is really warming up"

A report from the UK Energy Research Centre also shows the number of those who resolutely do not believe in climate change has more than quadrupled since 2005.
The Government funded report shows 19 per cent of people are climate change disbelievers - up from just four per cent in 2005 - while nine per cent did not know.
The report comes as climate change scientists working on a landmark UN report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.
Dr. Roy Spencer, a former NASA scientist and author of Climate Confusion, argues in his influential blog the UN report shows scientists are being forced to "recognise reality".

Octopus Babies Hatch Video

Octopuses live short, lonely lives. Even the big ones only see a few years. And that usually means only one shot at creating the next generation—and they don’t have time for parenting. So they up the odds of passing along their genetic legacy by making lots of babies, as in thousands and thousands of babies.
Female octopuses lay their eggs and painstakingly weave them together into strands. They then sit guard for weeks, months and sometimes as long as a year. During this time they don’t seem to eat much, and their main preoccupation is keeping their eggs aerated and clear of algae, which they do by blowing water over them and cleaning them delicately with their suckers. At the end of the brooding period, nearly all of the octopus young hatch at once, creating a marvel for those lucky enough to witness it.


Surf the Internets History, or Go Back in Time

"The history of the internet began long before the first web browser was made in 1990. But as such a new development, an entire account of how today's web was created still isn't much to go through, and on Web Directions' "Web History, a timeline," the full story is catalogued and laid out in major milestones for you to follow along — even if you don't already know what CSS or the ACID test are. The milestones can get technical, but they're always explained and never so dense as to be unintelligible. For the most part though, you'll be scrolling past milestones you may well remember, and picking up trivia, like the first the term "surfing" was ever used in conjunction with the web, which happened in 1991."

Example here. (I cant embed the catalog, I would if I could. Remember to click > when you get to the page)

1941 ideas

The Garden of Forking Paths
First published in 1941, Jorge Luis Borges short story 'The Garden of Forking Paths' is considered to prefigure ideas of hypertext.

As Johnny used to say - "I did not know that".

The Verge

seven flowers pop-up card

The pages for these cards are not read all that much but the page for this one is read the most. Every day at least one person visits the page and often people hang out there for a while. Today there were four visitors from all different countries. About a fourth or so are linked by squido. It would be the easiest to make.

Out of a hundred or so different cards, fifty have pages published, only a few of the cards I've received no feedback about at all directly or indirectly and this is one of them. I have no idea what happened to it, even if it was received. But that is okay with me because I have received feedback by direct mail, a few times, by people who told me they made one following its description

"From Worst to First"

Red Sox clinch the AL East 9/20/13

Pelosy Passes up a chance to call Republicans Racists

"Republicans Can't Stand Obama Because He's Eloquent and Effective"
I noticed a lot of hand gestures in this "interview", so I went and did a little research. (click more)

Friday, September 20, 2013

"Someone Like Me"

Ylvis - Someone Like Me


Seen in the Twitter feed, Noonan writes that White House staffers have a new name for their boss, Obama-me.

And that is in an article she wrote that is behind a paywall, so nolinkforyou!

I feel bad because I used simple search and BAM there it was, but I don't know nuthn' 'bout this here internet etiquette, and besides I didn't read it because I could not get past the first sentence, the framework, the premise put me right off. Here is how she starts with the words of a diplomat: "There are two templates of American foreign-policy thinking. Munich and Vietnam"

If America does not move they say, "Another Munich -- appeasement". And when America moves militarily they say, "This is Vietnam -- jumping in where we do not belong."



The article is titled A New Kind of Credibility if you care to find it, but right there, the only credibility that I see is none. That is the new kind. The article would have to describe none. And framed so poorly, what, only two strawmen? This scarecrow says two things outside that narrow framework. 1) not in our national interest 2) you are insufficiently trusted to wage war, I can add a third for fun, 3) you are insufficiently trusted to report it.




A Facebook 'Like' is Protected Free Speech

"In November of 2009, B.J. Roberts, the sheriff of Hampton, Virginia, ran for re-election. A group of workers in Roberts' office, however, among them one Bobby Bland, weren't enthused about the prospects of their boss's continuation in his role. So they took to their Facebook accounts to protest the run: They Liked the campaign of Roberts's opponent, Jim Adams. Despite the minuscule mutiny, however, Roberts won the election. He then chose not to retain Bland and the others as his employees. The dismissals, Roberts said at the time, were the result not only of  budgeting concerns, but also of the workers' hindrance of "the harmony and efficiency of the office." The sheriff had not liked his workers' Likes."
Bland and his colleagues took Roberts to court, arguing that, in the dismissals, Roberts had violated their First Amendment rights. In April of 2012, however, the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia dismissed the case on the grounds that a Like didn't involve an "actual statement," and therefore was “insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”
Simple clicks of a button are now enshrined as constitutionally protected conduits of self-expression.
Yesterday, however, that decision was overturned. A federal appeals court ruled that a Facebook Like is, indeed, a form of expression that is covered by the First Amendment. Clicking a button is, per the decision, a protected form of speech.
The Atlantic

'Defund Obamacare Vote close to 250'

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said he expects there to be somewhere close to 250 House members to vote for the plan to defund Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution (CR) on Friday, when House GOP leadership brings the plan up for a vote.
“I would predict that will we get closer to 250 votes,” Meadows said at a Conversations with Conservatives (CWC) press event that the Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey moderated on Thursday. “If you look at the Democrats, 25 of the most competitive Democratic races are outlined. Twenty-one of those people voted with us to delay the individual mandate. Now if that says that they aren’t paying attention to what the people say back home I don’t know what is. They’re having to vote so that they justify that.
Meadows added that “I’m hopeful that we get an overwhelming majority tomorrow, and I believe that we will.”

'Doberman Sit-Stay vs Golden Retrievers'

Doberman Sit-Stay vs Golden Retrievers

For kids: 'Kinetic Sand'

"Denmark may have the lockdown on Lego, but a neighboring country is also producing something children can use to build things: Sand. No ordinary sand, of course. A company called Delta of Sweden, which manufactures modeling compounds for use in the educational, medical, therapeutic and arts & crafts markets, has an invention called Deltasand. The stuff has been licensed by several toymakers, most notably Colorado-based WABA Fun, who have produced this video demonstrating the product (rebranded "Kinetic Sand"):

Kinetic Sand

On himself: "I am a sinner..."

"Following are excerpts from Pope Francis's interview with Jesuit publications on Thursday, as translated by the U.S. Jesuit magazine America:"
- On what the Church needs: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle... The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules."
- On priests: "The ministers of the Gospel must be people who can warm the hearts of the people, who walk through the dark night with them...but without getting lost. The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials."
- On homosexuals: "It is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person... It is necessary to accompany them with mercy."
- On sexual morality: "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods...I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that.... We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel."
- On women: "I am wary of a solution that can be reduced to a kind of ‘female machismo,' because a woman has a different make-up than a man... Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed... The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions."

Reddit Book: What is the best ...

... chapter, paragraph or sentence you have ever read in a book?

Top 5...
"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." -- To Kill a Mockingbird
"Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for." -- Catch 22
“All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it.” -- The Little Prince
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." -- Frank Herbert's "Dune"
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin." -- Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

Thursday, September 19, 2013



“I can get my concealed weapon license back,”

That's what Tom Delay is reported to have said, upon learning that the Texas appeals court overturned his conviction, acquitting him of charges he violated campaign finance laws.
He said he doesn’t have plans to run for office again, and is working on a book about constitutional revival at the federal level.
Couldn't Delay sue to get his reputation back? or whatever.

Tom Delay was sidelined 8 years.

The Washington Times

'McCain OpEd Pravda - Not the one he wanted'

"Senator John McCain has a message for the Russian people: “I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.”
In an opinion piece titled “Russians Deserve Better Than Putin,” published by the Russian news website, McCain took aim at the current Russian leadership, including President Vladimir Putin.
“They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media,” the Arizona Republican said in his piece.
The piece by McCain comes one week after Vladimir Putin made headlines by publishing his own opinion piece, “A Plea for Caution from Russia” in the New York Times...
There are two publications called Pravda (“the truth”) in Russia.
The Pravda McCain had publicly said he wanted to be published in is one of the oldest Russian newspapers, founded in 1912.
Maybe McCain wanted the one that was the New York Times of the USSR.
While editors at the communist Pravda publication said last week they were not going to accept an op-ed by McCain, a spokesman for the senator said McCain submitted one anyway, in addition to, since there was confusion over the two different Pravdas. As expected, it was not published by the newspaper.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Via Reddit. TIL two brothers inherited one of the Hawaiian islands, Niihau, and have turned down all offers to sell including $1 billion from the U.S. government
Robinson expressed concerns about his family's ability to continue to maintain their ownership of Niʻihau, due to pressure from the federal and state governments and environmental groups.
Environmental lawsuits have been launched against the family by groups such as Earthjustice,[3] while taxes on the island have taken much of the profits from the Robinsons' interests in agricultural companies. Keith Robinson has compared his plight on Niʻihau to Ruby Ridge and the Waco Siege, threatening to defend his island with force if necessary.
Keith and Bruce Robinson have reportedly been offered over $1 billion to sell Niʻihau to the US Federal government or possibly to turn over ownership to Hawai'i state.
They have turned all offers down. In 2005 a documentary on him was released titled Robinson Crusader

Obama: "Raising the Debt Ceiling... Does Not Increase Our Debt"

In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it'd been done so many times in the past:
"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.  All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress.  It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."


Valerie's wedding

Valerie had no idea what she was asking for when she cornered me to cater her wedding. She had no way to know what was involved. Still, I could not refuse. And I could not charge her either. This would have to be a gift. And she had better not get divorced. And how did I get in this mess to in the first place? 

My mad skillz were known. She saw them previously in action at my house. 

Valerie Mayz came over with the Kansas City District bank examiners. They took up a floor in a building across the 16th mall from the rest of the employees at the Federal Reserve Bank Denver who have their own State examiners, and their own bank auditors at their Fortress taking up the whole block where Tabor Opera House once stood. 

At the time they were a separate lot, a whole different class of people, so they thought. They behaved aloof  and dressed differently than most save for management and our own examiners. So they were reluctant at first to join me at home, but once they did word got around over there in their office and without especially trying and doing nothing at all special I nonetheless attained a reputation as host. 

I know what party did it too. 

For Valerie, I baked half-way nine pounds of bacon, I think, maybe more, to render the fat, to start if off but cook incompletely to be finished later. A bucket of grease was collected.

You don't just reach into the chicken liver bucket and grab a chicken liver and wrap it with bacon and stab it with a toothpick, no, you take each liver and trim off the gunk, anything unsightly, anything with tubes or connective tissue, only nice pieces, then slice the trimmed pieces to uniform chunks. Tiny liver chunks. Each chicken liver makes ten or a dozen. Then do that a couple hundred times. You have piles of liver gunk and piles of usable pieces, and piles of liver waiting to be looked at.

Water chestnuts for crunch. Easiest out of a tin. That's the way to go. But to go that extra mile, fresh water chestnuts are much better. They are impossible to peel without wasting half of them, and difficult to slice evenly too, they're a total drag to deal with but deliver an outstanding crunch, and going through all that one imagines alternatives like jicama or possibly apple, but fresh water chestnuts are best but unfortunately not recommended. Way too much of a drag for this number. But if it were just you and me, well, that's a different thing. 

The bacon is smeared with brown sugar to overload the sugar already cured in the bacon and overwhelm the oppressively dull thud of liver. The sugar adheres to the cooled bacon grease and spills all over in the process. The piles of bacon strips and brown sugar everywhere guarantee a complete mess tabletop and floor. Add to that chicken liver blood, slippery water chestnuts, slopped up gritted up toothpicks all over the place, the whole ranch-style house smelling like bacon, you think that's a good thing, actually, bacon grease film coating all surfaces, permeating every fiber, it seems and smells so, not a good thing and you are put off rumaki permanently. 

Until further notice.

Could Republican Senator Rand Paul win the White House?


This is the largest gif that I've ever allowed. If it causes a problem I'll take it down and link it. Or put it behind "read more" or whatever. I already removed half the frames. And I could take out more and reduce even more, but I don't want to because I love it.

It's cheesy and crudely done, I know,  but I still love, love it, love, and I love Rand Paul for being such a good sport. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Feel Good Story of the Day News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

One More, If I May

Jimi Hendrix died 43 years ago today. I don't mark that on my calendar (nobody should). I noticed it only because I was looking back at some old posts.

I remember that day, actually. I was only 10 but knew about him via older siblings and neighbors. Plus it was on the 6 o'clock news. The next day I learned that one other kid in my 5th grade class knew who he was.

Hendrix had something which no celebrity has had since -- not even the queen's favorite prince. It was an ability to bring races and nations together in awe and admiration. It was based on talent and showmanship. The hippies loved him while the squares just shook their heads. But even hippies who later grew edges can still see that in him.

Here is a clip from his Woodstock appearance. I think some kudos are due to the videographer on this one; the image is clear and he captured Hendrix' outsized hands and how he could just manipulate the fret board. Good crowd shots too:  Link

(time skipped embedding appears complicated for this clip; and I have seen this one go up and come down quickly)

Favorite part is around 24m10s when he starts driving the same riff over and over using only modulation while sucking down a cigarette no-handed. I think this is where air-guitar got invented,

Disgruntled CO Recall Loser Calls Lack Of Absentee Ballots "Voter Suppression"

Link to story.  WTF?  Is this the magic formula by which Dems plan to win big in 2014?

Do you vote absentee?

I never have, I prefer to walk in and vote. Always have.

"14 little known facts about the writing of 1984"

"Originally the novel was titled, The Last Man in Europe but a letter dated 22 October 1948 to his publisher Fredric Warburg, eig, Orwell wrote about hesitating between The Last Man in Europe and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Warburg suggested changing the main title to a more commercial one.
Orwell originally set the novel in 1980, but he later shifted the date first to 1982, then to 1984. The final title may also be a permutation of 1948, the year in which he wrote it."

"The statement “2 + 2 = 5″, used to torment Winston Smith during his interrogation, was a Communist party slogan from the second five-year plan, which encouraged fulfilment [sic] of the five-year plan in four years. The slogan was seen in electric lights on Moscow house-fronts, billboards etc."

"The “Hates” (two-minutes hate and hate week) were inspired by the constant rallies sponsored by party organs throughout the Stalinist period. These were often short pep-talks given to workers before their shifts began (two minutes hate), but could also last for days, as in the annual celebrations of the anniversary of the October revolution (hate week)."

"Throughout its publication history, Nineteen Eighty-Four has been either banned or legally challenged as subversive or ideologically corrupting. In fact, according to the American Library Association, it’s one of the world’s top ten most banned books."


Tea Party

Now, we are hearing reports that the House Leadership might actually vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government, but stops funding Obamacare. If they actually pull through - this could be huge - and again it is all thanks to yoru hard work. But, we must not let up right now. We must keep the pressure on.
John Boehner and his “Republican” cronies in the House are trying to use a procedural trick that will end up funding Obamacare at 100% while allowing them to still claim to be in favor of stopping it.
Speaker Boehner is trying to commit political fraud. He believes people like you and me are too dumb to understand what he is up to. He believes he can slip this funding bill through right under our noses!
They go on to urge patriots to call Boehner and give him the business. Whenever I try to contact somebody in government they weed me right out. I cannot proceed beyond the first page that demands, "And who are you, exactly?" If the zip code doesn't match then piss off. Must I lie and enter the wrong zip code? Should I lie all the way through misrepresenting myself as their direct constituent, when actually I'm just a regular guy from another place trying to boss them around?

Real names, real problems: Pseudonymity under siege

"I don't want people finding out about me in a way I didn't intend and then using it against me," she says. "Being a fetishist also makes you a more interesting target to cyber-stalkers. Most of the people in the kink community are nice, but it only takes one jerk to ruin your life."
But Elsa's ability to keep her two identities separate is eroding. Major social networks now require users to supply real names or risk having their accounts deleted. To reign in trolls, popular sites have vowed to verify the identities of registered users. As online services incorporate facial recognition and other biometric technologies to identify users, the notion of participating online using a name not found on your government-issued ID may become a quaint relic of the early Internet.
Pseudonymity, part of Net culture since its early beginnings, is under siege.
Last month the Huffington Post decided to remove the cloak, announcing plans to "independently verify" the identity of each registered user. In a blog post explaining the decision, managing editor Jimmy Soni wrote:
"It's simple and painless to decry online toxicity; it's harder and more important to do something about it. We at The Huffington Post have chosen to take an affirmative step by verifying the identities of new commenter accounts. We won't eliminate every last note of negativity and nastiness on the site, but we believe this change will offer the guarantee of a gut check."

"Grandma's Eggplant Sandwich"

What did the Navy Know and When did they know it?

"Navy officers were aware that in 2004 Aaron Alexis was arrested for shooting out the tires of a car in a black-out fueled by anger, and yet they admitted him into the Navy and granted him security clearance in 2007 anyway, a senior Naval officer told CNN." (Aaron Alexis killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday).
"It appears as if investigators were aware of the incident, interviewed him and were satisfied that it did not preclude granting the clearance," the officer said.
Alexis "should have been screened out early on in his enlistment," said one expert on Navy processes, who asked not to be identified. "The Navy and the various entities responsible for his adjudication were either unwilling or worse unable to determine he was unfit for service in the United States Navy."
Meanwhile, CNN, in a rush to make yesterdays shooting fit a narrative, inaccurately reported the make of the weapon the shooter used. It now appears that the shooter, Aaron Alexis, did not in fact use an AR-15, as speculated by Piers Morgan, and others.
UPDATE: 10:11 a.m. (Tuesday) A handful of gun-control proponents have renew their campaign against the AR-15, such as New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica and CNN’s Piers Morgan, since yesterday’s shooting. But Morgan’s network colleague Pamela Brown reports that the Washington’s FBI office says Alexis did not use an AR-15. 
Given this apparent inconsistency in their reporting, this is how CNN decided to handle it...


This video is provided a reason to exist. 

I saw a similar thing in a doctor's office and thought, eh, lazy, but then I notice their neon tetra is the largest I've seen. When I mentioned that the receptionist said, "Everybody says that." 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hong Kong Marathon Is Banning Selfies

"Organizers behind the Hong Kong Marathon are so annoyed with your vain selfies that they’ve decided to ban them at future events. The restriction is a result of a runner pile-up during last year’s event when a woman stopped at the beginning of the race to take a picture of herself, which triggered a domino-like effect as other participants crashed into her."
So, sick of that nonsense, organizers said Tuesday that they have banned runners from using cell phones at next year’s event.
Marathon chairman William Ko said the ban is meant to remind people that using a cell phone while simultaneously running several miles is not the smartest idea:
“What we’ve been trying to do is to get the message across to take care of yourself and to take care of other runners,” said Mr. Ko. “For the race itself we will have officials to hold some message boards to remind people not to take photos at the start, on the route or at the finish because it is dangerous.”
"In August 2013, the term selfie also made its debut in Oxford Dictionaries Online's quarterly update where it is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."

BetaBeat , Jakarta Globe

"Fugitive Snowden in running for European rights prize"

"Fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden is in the running for a European human rights prize whose past winners include Nelson Mandela and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi."
Snowden, who is in hiding in Russia, is one of seven nominations made by members of the European Parliament for the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, a move likely to upset Washington which wants to try him on espionage charges.
Snowden was nominated by the Greens in the European Parliament who said he had done an "enormous service" for human rights and European citizens by disclosing secret U.S. Internet and telephone surveillance programs.
"Edward Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours and he deserves to be honored for shedding light on the systematic infringements of civil liberties by U.S. and European secret services," Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit, the leaders of the left-leaning Greens, said in a statement.

"The mind can be blank and it still be going"

"This Op-Doc is part of a suite of short films collectively titled “Translating Edwin Honig: A Poet’s Alzheimer’s,” completed in 2010."

"It is the chronicle of a man who, though he may have lost his memory, his relationship to the past and his command of language, still retained his wit, his sense of humor, his scholarly demeanor and the bearings of a deeply poetic soul."

The New York Times

Swallow This

Chip Ahoy's curly-necked storks reminded me of a sketch I did last year. It's three scenes from an unfinished flip book called "Ouroboros For Our Times."

Ouroboros For Our Times
Ball Point Pen on 8 1/2" x 11" white copier paper

We passed it. Guess what's in it.

I'm not in human resources; most of my time is spent doing engineering, sales, marketing, and accounting --  functions necessary to keep my small manufacturing concern going.  But yesterday, I spent half the day at a seminar on this:
This flow chart appeared in the speaker's presentation on the "Affordable" "Care" "Act", otherwise known as Obamacare.  Now, I'm sure I know what you're thinking:  This chart is the work of some Tea Party crank who tried to make this seem much more complicated than it actually is -- it's a piece of propaganda.

That chart was published by the Department of Health and Human Services, as an honest attempt to simplify the law and its interdepartmental relationships.  This was produced by the act's proponents.  (That's them, the big red dot in the center of the universe.)

McConaughey and Harrelson

True Detective, HBO Jan. 2014

The word formulaic comes to mind.


“We’re tired of the lies and the cover-up that continues to this day,”

"A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker."
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) revealed at an event on Monday that his office was anonymously informed about the CIA employee, who is purportedly facing an internal backlash after refusing to sign a legal document barring him from publicly or privately discussing events surrounding the Benghazi attack.
The revelation comes about a month after several media outlets reported that CIA employees with knowledge of the terror attack had been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and submit to regular polygraph tests.
The NDA agreements are meant to instill fear in employees and stop them from speaking “to the media or Congress,” Wolf said on Monday.
The CIA declined to comment directly on Wolf’s charges, but forwarded the Washington Free Beacon a letter sent to Congress from CIA Director John Brennan in which he denies charges that the agency has forced employees to sign NDAs and submit to polygraph tests.
“I want to assure you that I will not tolerate any effort to prevent our intelligence oversight committee from doing their jobs,” Brennan hand wrote at the bottom of the letter.
Washington Free Beacon

Reddit: 'no personal info about leads unless you are really sure.'

"A section for finding the Navy Yard shooters on the popular online community reddit has been banned."
The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning left at least 12, including a gunman dead. But police say there may be another suspect at large, and they “have reason to believe” this individual was involved in shootings.
Erik Martin from reddit tells us: "We banned it because it violated site rules by encouraging the posting of personal information. The quote from the side bar that subreddit that was banned said 'no personal information about leads unless you are really sure.' We do not allow the posting of personal information under any circumstances."
The problem is that news outlets pickup the Reddit speculation from Tweets and they run with it, without thoroughly checking it out first.

So, the press probably asked Reddit to save them from themselves.
Reddit became a gathering place for amateur sleuthing in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, fueling what some reports called "online witch hunts" that resulted in some people being falsely identified as the bomber.


Breaking down

Sweet emotion free polls 

small bowl

We artist types find unfinished crap laying around all the time.

I just made that up.

I think it's funny. I go around and assume the persona of artist, bang! I'm artist. A shopkeeper asked me how he can get ahold of one my hummingbird feeders. At length, when I returned to the shop with my favorite feeder to send off he was gone. So I would leave the feeder with another attendant and I introduced the situation and myself to the clerk, "As a representative of Denver art community..."  Complete b.s. We're right at the art museum so that kind of talk is not outrageous, nor is the self-image exceptional, except in my mind it's hilarious and I'm cracking myself up and trying hard not to show it.

The necks of the storks are exaggerated and too long to fit so they are bent into an impossible shape so that three such exaggerated stork necks with accompanying regular bodies and heads will fit inside a small bowl. This is daring artistic insistence in defiance of nature and all that is real and true. See? I just make stuff up. It's all about stork necks. Exaggerated stork necks. Stork necks, stork necks, stork necks. The bird heads, beaks, bodies and legs are attached to those. A stork neck on a live stork is more like a teardrop that can stretch and turn this way and that, but these stork necks are nothing like real ones, more like snakes.

There are fish all about, the same fish on the outside, filling the blank space between birds and giving the impression of birds amid infinite fish within the space of a small bowl.

Mmm, you have to use your imagination a little bit, okay? And try not smudge stuff up all over the place. This is art!

Rough pencil sketches on bisque. I found this bowl in a closet. Sketched a long time ago then I moved here. Spaced it right out. 

See the little fish, innit cute? It's a goner. 

If I paint the fish faded, as it is faded now, then it will look far away by accident on purpose.

Feet and beaks converge, on account of it being a bowl. I haven't bothered drawing the birds' other legs in. We artist-types do that too, just leave off legs when we want to. Maybe they'll be suggested. They can be drawn with the leg stretching back instead of straight down unlike a bird standing, just draw them into the following bird's space. That would tie each triangular bird-space together as a Celtic knot. Even drawn behind everything shown, three more legs encroaching on each other's space would entangle the birds, form crosses, and disrupt the apparent propeller-like  movement. I just keep making up stuff, I can't stop myself. Sorry.

Like a double necklace of little fish. All peace and tranquility on the outside, no indication at all of the straight up existential drama occurring inside. (It's a sketch, not a drama, somebody stop me before I hyperbole again.)

There is a ceramic supply place not far from here. I can go there and pick up a few colors and paint this and finish it. I might even already have them. I'll dig around, now that I found this. 

The thing is, some ceramic pigments are mineral that melt suspended in gray gunk and it is like painting with mud. I'll have to be careful not to get that kind. I think how it goes is, paint the detail colors, fire it, then paint a clear coat, fire again. But I'm not sure. Sometimes it's all in one shot. This is already fired once so it won't melt if it gets wet, and it is useful as unglazed bowl too as flower pots are. So that is a lot of back and forth for supplies and for firing just for a little bowl. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

At The Tex-Mex Cantina

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Sixty Grit mentioned seeing ZZ Top play in the early 70's which reminded me of my longtime fascination with that photo which appeared inside the album jacket of their Tres Hombres album. My first reaction to the photo (ca. 1973) was revulsion -- I was 13 and Chi Chi's had not yet made Mexican food safe in Wisconsin. Now I look at the photo with fondness and longing, perhaps as much as Trooper York delights in Italian food. 

And I still don't know exactly what everything is in that photo. Help me out. Here is some background music for inspiration:

The Holy Grail

The trailer that never was but now would be if what was in fact was made now instead of then which was when it was made but for arguments sake this is what the trailer would be like, if in fact, for sake of argument, the movie was made now. 

“It is what I call poverty pornography,”

They said they wanted to see how we are living,” Ms. Matshega said. “Can you imagine?”
The Hewitts moved into the shack for the month of August as an experiment in radical empathy. Could a white middle-class South African family make it on $10 a day in the kind of living conditions that millions of black South Africans endure every day? “It is one thing to know from an academic perspective what divides us,” said Mr. Hewitt, who also blogged about the experience. “But what is it like to actually live it?”
In most countries, a family slumming it for a month would hardly be news, but in South Africa, where deep racial divides strike at the core of the nation’s identity, the Hewitts’ experiment made headlines and spurred heated debate.
While some people praised the Hewitts, others where not so welcoming of their experiment.
But their experiment also poked at some of South Africa’s sorest spots. Were they white slum tourists who had come to gawk at black poverty? Was this simply a publicity stunt, aimed at getting a book or movie deal — or worse still, a reality television show?
And even if their motives were noble, did they inadvertently confirm what many here suspect: black poverty gets little notice until a white person experiences and highlights it?
Some critics took to Twitter with outright nasty, even violent responses."You know what? Hope the paraffin stove falls over and you people burn in that shack. Bye!” tweeted someone going by the handle @Keratilwe.
The Hewitts, in their own words...
New York Times

Video of the Hewitts explaining themselves after "read more"

"Flare Surfing"

Flaring Up - Surfing with a Flare

Breaking News: Shooting at DC Naval Yard

"Police believe they have pinned down a shooter who has been firing at people in the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning, wounding at least 10 people."

CNN is reporting the gunman has not been apprehended.

"Tall, appeared to be dark skin... shooting a rifle"... witness interviewed by CNN.

"The Strangest Driving Laws On Earth"

This infographic pertains to some strange road laws around the world.
Okay Alaska, you’re right, no one should be letting their dog sit on the roof of the car while they are driving. What incident could have possibly occurred in one of the coldest places in the United States that would lead to the implementation of a law like this? Was this ever a serious issue?
In Russia it is illegal to drive a dirty car… What is dirty? Clean. What is clean? Very strange law, Russia.
But none as strange as the provision that one must not shoot whales from their vehicle in Tennessee. Who in the heck is responsible for that one? 
The Strangest Driving Laws On Earth

“This is nasty business”

"‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”
Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law."
Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.
Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”
The social-history questions also include whether you’ve ever used drugs, including IV drugs. As the NYCLU cautioned, revealing a patient’s past drug problem, even if it was a decade ago, risks stigma.
The administration is ignoring these protests from privacy advocates. On Jan. 17, HHS announced patients who want to keep something out of their electronic record should pay cash. That’s impractical for most people.
There’s one question they can’t ask: Thanks to the NRA, Section 2716 of the ObamaCare law bars the federal government from compelling doctors and hospitals to ask you if you own a firearm.
But that’s the only question they can’t be told to ask you.
New York Post

flip out

I love playing with my little fish.

And they love me.

Birthday card. Here's the rest if you care to see. A friend has this. Opened it at a party, people flipped out, hah, then someone promptly used it for a coaster. And that's why we can't have nice things. 

Steve Roberts professor GWU is stupid

Mean and stupid. Bad combination He avers forcefully because someone somewhere committed a random act of journalism and actually pressed Obama on something difficult, I tuned in just in time to hear this dumbass insist and aggressively,  "That's why there isn't any bias in journalism towards Obama or Democrats and there never has been and to think so is STUPID."

Oh, I know so.

No Sir, you Professor, are too stupid to listen to, too mean and stupid, too partisan as you refuse to accept that simple and obvious fact as first principle. Everybody with eyeballs knows journalists are 99% lopsided and biased in their journalism and it shows,  and in being so destroyed journalism in America. Everybody knows that. Everybody. Even professors at GWU, so that makes you a liar. Journalism doesn't even exist in America anymore something more sinister has replaced it, something worse, and Steve Roberts is part of its destruction. Good day. Isaidgoodday.

And goodbye Fox, It has to be on mute 90% of the time anyway, now it's getting too mean and stupid to listen to too. Both of them can fuck right off.

I just now read another site say this guy fixes Fox News. Praise for him and his wife Cookie. His craft is dead, the lying asshole, and he's still killing it.

Don't Touch Me

Jeannie Seely -- Don't Touch Me

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Every user every day benefits from this rule ..."

Debate is back on in Washington on US regulations on “net neutrality” which bar Internet broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against services or content.
A court case for which arguments were held this month brought by Verizon, one of the largest Internet service providers, challenges the “Open Internet” rule approved in 2010 by the Federal Communications Commission.
“These rules provide an important safeguard both for innovation and investment on the Internet,” said David Sohn, an attorney with the Center for Democracy and Technology, which backs the FCC rules.
Sohn said that if Verizon has its way, it and other providers like Comcast or AT&T could “play favorites,” by blocking or degrading services such as YouTube or Netflix to promote their own offerings or that of their partners. 
So, what's so bad about that?
Haven't we had our fill of baby, puppy, kitten videos yet?
I'm kidding, of course.

For serious analysis turn to Volokh
What this would mean, as Judge Tatel summarized on a few occasions in the argument, is that Internet access providers (e.g., Verizon) could not charge edge providers (Google was often used as an example) for their use of Verizon’s regular broadband Internet service, but could demand payment for faster service. That is what the “no blocking” rule provides: an Internet access provider cannot charge websites for access to the provider’s customers as part of the provider’s standard service, but it can charge websites for access to its premium service. The prohibition on unreasonable discrimination would cast doubt on charging for premium service (the fear being that this will lead to a two-tier Web, with mediocre speeds for companies that don’t pay, or aren’t affiliated with, Internet access providers, and fast speeds for the favored edge companies).
Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell said "It's a complex issue legally and its complex factually... lawyers are determining the fate of how the internet should evolve." - video after the jump.

Obama's new penpal

Iran's President Hasan Rowhani

President Obama has exchanged letters with Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani. Obama stressed that the US refraining from bombing Syria  was not to be viewed as reticence to use force, and that he felt Iran realizes this.
Speaking of Iran in light of the Syrian crisis, the president noted that for the U.S., preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East is a higher priority than ridding Syria of chemical weapons. And Iran's leaders should remember that, he said.
It has been the hope of some that a US president will 'go to Iran,' much as Nixon went to China. Iran is a proud country that may one day be a regional player, and the first steps begin with normalization of relations with the US, which have been off for nearly 35 years.

'Salinger's Priestly Abuse'

"In the 50 years since J.D. Salinger removed himself from the public eye and stopped publishing, he has been viewed — more accurately, worshiped — as the human embodiment of purity, a welcome antidote to phoniness. To many, he was a kind of god."
Now comes the word — though not really news, to some — that over the years when he was cherishing his privacy, Salinger was also carrying on relationships with young women 15, and in my case, 35 years younger than he. 
Writes Joyce Maynard, author of the memoir “At Home in the World,” that revealed to the world the relationship she had with the then 35 years her senior, J.D. Salinger.
Salinger wasn’t simply brilliant, funny, wise; he burrowed into one’s brain, seeming to understand things nobody else ever had. His expressions of admiration (“I couldn’t have created a character I love more than you”) were intoxicating. His dismissal and contempt, when they came, were devastating.
I was 19 when he put two $50 bills in my hand and sent me away. Years after he dismissed me, his voice stayed in my head, offering opinions on everything he loved and all that he condemned. This was true even though, on his list of the condemned, was my own self.
The private Salinger, nobody knew about, was not a very nice guy.
It is the quiet acceptance, apparently alive and well in our culture, of the notion that genius justifies cruel or abusive treatment of those who serve the artist and his art. Richard Schickel, writing of Salinger’s activities, expresses the view that despite the disclosures about Salinger’s pursuit of young women he lived “a ‘normal’ life.”
He liked pretty young girls. Stop the presses,” writes the film critic (and father of daughters) David Edelstein. The implication being, what’s the fuss?
Do you think Maynard has a point here? is it ok to give steamed artists, the Woody Allens, a pass with regard to their personal lives?
Maynard presses her point further...
... we are talking about what happens when people in positions of power — mentors, priests, employers or simply those assigned an elevated status — use their power to lure much younger people into sexual and (in the case of Salinger) emotional relationships. Most typically, those who do this are men. And when they are done with the person they’ve drawn toward them, it can take that person years or decades to recover.

"Let Your Fingers Do the Seeing"

"Touch is probably our most underrated sense," said psychologist Martin Arvidsson of Stockhom University in Sweden, whose research team has found that humans can perceive even smaller changes in surfaces than previously believed."
In a study published in today's Scientific Reports, the researchers report that humans can perceive miniscule changes in surfaces—down to a microscopic 13 nanometers, about the width of a human hair.
When your finger rubs against another surface, tiny pressure sensors embedded within your fingers, called Pacinian corpuscles, perceive the texture.
These sensors also pick up vibrations, and the closer the vibrations are formed to these sensor areas, the stronger their sensitivity.
Vibrations felt by these pressure sensors add up to particular frequencies that the brain translates into our surprisingly fine sense of touch.

PING: Pentagon call me last night, Boots on the ground Back On.

"The White House and the Pentagon have repeatedly ruled out "boots on the ground" in Syria, but Defense Department officials were less certain Thursday on whether U.S. military personnel might be sent to help secure or destroy Syria's chemical weapons."
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little gave a vague answer when asked if U.S. troops were prepared to assist should an international agreement allow Russia to take control of the tons of chemical weapons believed to be in the stockpiles of President Bashar al-Assad.
"I'm not going to speculate on who may or may not be participating in a process that may or may not take place," Little said. "We've got to see where the process goes" before the U.S. military considers involvement, he said. , Seinfeld Episode 55,


I do not care to scorn flexibility even feckless flexibility, bat, bat, bat, bat, save! I admire the diplomatic flexibility in evidence: 

"Here's a thought for you." 

"Psych! I said, that was just a thought, can't a guy think aloud in public without being taken for a nutter?" 

"But that is a good idea. We can do something with that idea. That was a good one." 

Hmm, damn, it could give them the advantage. This could turn out poorly. We could be made the fools. More importantly, I could be made the fool. The boss, the communal project, might whimsically contradict me and in flight say the opposite of what I'm saying here. It's happened. 

"Check that." We're not going to go through that again. Smells too much like Bush, "Sorry." 

"We'll probably go with a strike. That's the thing. A strafing. To make the point that you pay for using those weapons. We're going to Congress. The whoooooole shebang." 

Talking about it openly like this and so broadly, strike or no strike, will work to put the fear in Assad. Obama said it will change the calculus and it did. See what happened?  Warships repositioned, Congress assembled, UN discussions, conferences between nations, all dragged in staring straight at Assad and a flake could pop off any second. Fear Obama or deride him as too absurd to occupy his position but that is exactly why you must live on edge moment to moment and like Saddam Hussein you will never be comfortable, not for one conscious or unconscious second, you must keep moving.  Because now, any moment, voooomp.

See how clever that is? We don't have to assume responsibility for all of it. We're the wild card.  The UN really can do it. They can take full responsibility. And if the UN fails, the UN fails, it has nothing to do with us. We did our best. They'll take care of things just fine.

Meanwhile on our side, the United States of America, we bumble it, fumble it, bounce the problem, to Putin, to Congress, to France, to Britain, to Defense, to State, to UN. And we know because we've seen, how the UN comports in live war. They make ludicrous powder blue targets and abruptly close shop and go home. It is not possible to confirm or follow through with anything that is agreed upon. That is the nature of the situation. 

But it doesn't matter because blame falls elsewhere, and that is the important thing, we're free of it. Please stop dragging us into these things and go directly to the UN.

Recall Hans Blix. Let's do that again. There is a flexible guy. I recall at least a full year or thereabout of Hans Blix saying he was getting no cooperation whatsoever from Saddam Hussein at the time. The deal was, at the time, cooperate or be smashed. Looking back, this is how I recall Blix's reports: He's not cooperating, he's not cooperating, he's not cooperating with the new thing, he's playing games, he's not cooperating, I'm telling you he's not cooperating, he's jacking me around, we're being made fools of, he's not cooperating, we're just going through motions, he's shifting things around, the gates are locked, I get no cooperation at all, why are you attacking? You Bastard! You weren't supposed to do that! Bush is a war criminal. 

Omg just witnessed NYPD gun down a pedestrian in Times Square


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