Saturday, July 19, 2014

Move over Hillary Clinton

They cheated American families, crashed the economy, got bailed out, and now the biggest banks are even bigger than they were when they got too big to fail in 2008!” [Elizabeth] Warren exclaimed, according to the Times. “A kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot and goes to jail, but a big bank launders drug money and no one gets arrested,” said Warren. “The game is rigged!”


Where merrily we row along.

I’VE taken my fun where I’ve found it;
  I’ve rogued an’ I’ve ranged in my time;
I’ve ’ad my pickin’ o’ sweethearts,
  An’ four o’ the lot was prime.
One was an ’arf-caste widow,        5
  One was a woman at Prome,
One was the wife of a jemadar-sais, 
  An’ one is a girl at ’ome.

Now I aren’t no ’and with the ladies,
  For, takin’ ’em all along,        10
You never can say till you’ve tried ’em,
  An’ then you are like to be wrong.
There’s times when you’ll think that you mightn’t,
  There’s times when you’ll know that you might;
But the things you will learn from the Yellow an’ Brown,        15
  They’ll ’elp you a lot with the White!

I was a young un at ’Oogli,
  Shy as a girl to begin;
Aggie de Castrer she made me,
  An’ Aggie was clever as sin;        20
Older than me, but my first un—
  More like a mother she were—
Showed me the way to promotion an’ pay,
  An’ I learned about women from ’er!

Then I was ordered to Burma,
  Actin’ in charge o’ Bazar,
An’ I got me a tiddy live ’eathen
  Through buyin’ supplies off ’er pa.
Funny an’ yellow an’ faithful—
  Doll in a teacup she were,        30
But we lived on the square, like a true-married pair,
 An’ I learned about women from ’er!

Then we was shifted to Neemuch
  (Or I might ha’ been keepin’ ’er now),
An’ I took with a shiny she-devil,        35
  The wife of a nigger at Mhow;
’Taught me the gipsy-folks’ bolee; 
  Kind o’ volcano she were,
For she knifed me one night ’cause I wished she was white,
  And I learned about women from ’er!        40

Then I come ’ome in a trooper,
  ’Long of a kid o’ sixteen—
’Girl from a convent at Meerut,
  The straightest I ever ’ave seen.
Love at first sight was ’er trouble,        45
  She didn’t know what it were;
An’ I wouldn’t do such, ’cause I liked ’er too much,
  But—I learned about women from ’er!

I’ve taken my fun where I’ve found it,
  An’ now I must pay for my fun,        50
For the more you ’ave known o’ the others
  The less will you settle to one;
An’ the end of it’s sittin’ and thinkin’,
  An’ dreamin’ Hell-fires to see;
So be warned by my lot (which I know you will not),        55
  An’ learn about women from me!

 What did the Colonel’s Lady think?
    Nobody never knew.
  Somebody asked the Sergeant’s Wife,
    An’ she told ’em true!        60
  When you get to a man in the case,
    They’re like as a row of pins
  For the Colonel’s Lady an’ Judy O’Grady
    Are sisters under their skins!

-Rudyard Kipling

"FedEx Indicted for Shipping Drugs for Online Pharmacies"

"FedEx delivered drugs to Internet pharmacies that supplied pills to customers who filled out online questionnaires, and were never examined by doctors -- knowing these practices violated federal and state drug laws, the government alleged."

"The company vowed to fight the charges, saying it can’t be responsible for the contents of the 10 million packages it transports daily and that policing customers would violate their privacy."

John Lahr: "I’ll miss her"

"Elaine Stritch’s death, at the age of eighty-nine, marks the end of an era—the end of old-school, succeed-or-die, knock-’em-dead, Broadway show-biz."
Her contradictions were as enormous as her great gift. She was marvellous and monstrous, sirocco and mistral, fragile and brutish, inspired and vacant. She could seduce an audience but she could never surrender herself, which was both her poignance and her tragedy. Onstage, she could create joy; offstage, she could inflict a lot of pain. These extremes made her memorable, compelling, and a caution.
Yet, both onstage and off, she was unforgettable. Her audacity onstage was thrilling; offstage, it could be breathtaking. “John,” she once said to me, “you gotta stop giving me these books with your signature. I can’t give ’em away.” I’ll miss her.

Inflation, how dangerous?

Ira Stoll at the Future of Capitalism blog critiques the argument by James Pethokoukis against Amity Shlaes over the danger of inflation:

"Nobel laureate Paul Krugman is attacking Amity Shlaes as a paranoid "crank" for her latest column about inflation,  which is pretty much what you'd expect from Professor Krugman, who, by the way works for a newspaper whose weekday single copy New York City cover price has increased to $2.50 from the 60 cents that it cost in 1999, or 417%.

The mystery is why the center-right American Enterprise Institute and its blogger James Pethokoukis is taking the same side as Professor Krugman in the fight...

...Let's consider Mr. Pethokoukis' argument [that Amity Shlaes is "dead wrong" about her inflation concerns]. He writes:

The Consumer Price Index, including food and energy, has risen by an annual average of just 1.6% since 2008, including 1.5% last year. Is Washington phonying up the numbers? Well, MIT's Billion Price Project, which "uses prices collected from hundreds of online retailers around the world on a daily basis" puts US inflation at just over 2% the past year. In other words, the CPI is roughly correct, though your personal mileage will vary a bit.

Mr. Pethokoukis describes a difference between "just over 2%" and "1.5%" as "roughly correct." But another way to look at it is that the government numbers are under-reporting inflation by 25%.

...Nor is it just talk radio "hawkers" who want to own some gold to protect against the erosion of the dollar. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard W. Fisher, owned at least $1 million worth of gold, according to a report of his personal financial disclosure form. John Paulson's hedge fund reportedly owned $1.19 billion worth of shares in a gold exchange-traded fund. Maybe he's a paranoid crank, too?

...And as the French economist Thomas Piketty, one of Professor Krugman's favorites, no less, pointed out in his book, "inflation is hard to control: once it gets started, there is no guarantee that it can be stopped at 5 percent a year.""


I do not know much about economics. How easy is it to spiral into hyperinflation in a tightly-regulated financial environment?

"Amazon Unlocks Vast E-Book Library for $10 a Month"

"Amazon on Friday introduced Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service for e-books. The service allows customers to download and read as many books as they want from a list of more than 600,000 Kindle books for a monthly fee of US$9.99."

Included in the price are thousands of Audible audio books.

Amazon is offering a try-it-for-one-month-free deal to get customers on board with the service.


"Red Sox ballgirl fields fair ball, immediately regrets her decision"

Washington Post Cartoon

Of course Washington Post disables comments to this video because they know they're full of shit. They put up this nonsense then stick their fingers in their ears and go, 
"lalalalalalalalala Ican'theeeeaaaaaryou lalalalalala."

This is the state of American journalism. A complete willful distortion of truth.

But that does not mean you cannot send them a message. "lalalalala takethatassholes lalalalala"

Friday, July 18, 2014

My brother loves me

And says so in this video he uploaded, having signed on to YouTube specifically to show me this.

PBS Newshour: "Chelsea Manning to begin gender treatments in military custody"

"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army’s recommendation to keep the Army private in military custody and start a rudimentary level of gender treatment, a defense official said Thursday. Defense officials have said the Army doesn’t have the medical expertise needed to give Manning the best treatment."

"The decision raises a number of questions about what level of treatment Manning will be able to get and at what point she would have to be transferred from the all-male prison to a female facility." (read more)

Hillary's opinion on role US should play in downed airliner incident

Here is a link to an interview of Hillary Clinton by Charlie Rose (about four minutes).

Do you agree with Hillary's take on shot down plane? free polls 

Market Watch: "We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history"

"U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued on certain key long-term measures, according to research by financial consultant Andrew Smithers, the chairman of Smithers & Co. and one of the few to warn about the bubble of the late 1990s at the time."

The Amazing Wubble Bubble Ball from NSI International
If you decide to buy the bubble in the video, for yourself or for a gift, or whatever, remember to use our Amazon portal on the right hand side of our page. Thanks. 

Your year so far?

Will Brezsny at Freewill Astrology invites us to take a look at how accurate his 2014 long term forecast has been:

"Here's a gathering of all the Big-Picture horoscopes I've written for you this year. Check to see if they're relevant to the way your destiny has been evolving so far in 2014."

Take a look and let us know his percentage. 

WSJ: "Russia Faces Harsh Criticism Over Malaysia Airlines Crash"

Mr. Putin said Russia would do everything it could to "ensure that an objective understanding of what happened becomes available to the Russian public," but reiterated his stance that Ukraine was at fault.

"This tragedy wouldn't have occurred if there were peace in that country, or in any case, if hostilities had not resumed in southeast Ukraine," he said at a Cabinet meeting on the economy, according to a Kremlin statement. "And certainly, the government over whose territory it occurred is responsible for this terrible tragedy." (read more)
A pro-Russian separatist at the site of a Malaysia Airlines crash

"Apparently Drunk Man Arrested For Posing As TSA Agent, Patting Down Women At SFO"

"Real TSA agents became suspicious of the man when he was seen ushering another woman into the private screening area, because men are only allowed to screen women in the booths if a female agent is present."

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Mother Jones List Obama's Impeachable Offences

A rundown of the president's high crimes and misdemeanors...
 The last one "anything at all" I interpret as a write-in article of impeachment.


Wha Wha What just happened? Punked. And didn't even know it. That's the thing about interviewing; you have to listen to the answer and allow the answer in formulating the next question, not formulate the next question while the person is answering. 

Via SuperMexican's YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

every Obama speech ever

Free Beacon July 15, 2014

It is a terse piece by David Rutz.

David says there is no need to listen to any more speeches made by President Obama. Ha! As if.

1) You know in advance he will tell you it's great to be back in whatever town he is in.

2) He will advise you to have a seat (twice)

3) He will certainly love you back.

4) He will recommend building more roads and bridges, that he thinks the economy is grown from the middle out, insist wealthy must pay their fair share and go on to blame Republicans in Congress for his problems and encourage you to vote accordingly.

Fast forward, July 17th 2014
David Martosko for Associated Press via Daily Mail.

Obama gives 40 seconds to "tragedy" that killed 295 passengers before proceeding with scripted speech including lame joking provoking fury in those who failed to heed Free Beacon's tacit advice in not bothering, and my own advice in protecting their sanity from his impotent blame shifting and their ears from his ophidian hissing sibilants.

The crime of blowing an airliner out of the sky described as a tragedy forced a break with the usual pattern.
Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority 
And I've directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian governemnt. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and passengers, wherever they call home
I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction' he said. 'Give Jeremie a big round of applause. 
It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. We’ve got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today.  We've got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them.
... When I have a chance to help communities like Wilmington, I’m going to do it. That’s when my administration takes these executive actions, when Congress won’t act. And so far, the only response we’ve gotten from the Republicans is a lawsuit. They're suing me for doing my job, instead of going ahead and doing their job. That's disappointing,' Obama said. 'It’s a political stunt.

Going against my own better judgement, only to confirm, viewing the video that I see David Rutz nailed it. Four out of four.

Matt Viser, a Boston Globe reporter on the scene, tweeted a devastating reaction.
'Obama, in sum: A plane crashed. It may be tragic. We're trying to see if US citizens were on board. Hey, great to be in Delaware!' he wrote.

Much more at Daily Mail.

Joaquin Phoenix's Forehead

Slate: "A super-strong El Niño is now off the table"


I don't own much of Johnny Winter's music. But I do appreciate things he did like helping Muddy Waters revive his recording career in the late 1970's. Winter did for Waters what the Rolling Stones couldn't do: he got in there and helped the man instead of just living off his name and legend. Listen to his exuberance in the background:

Johnny Winter, R.I.P.

Housing from shipping pallets

This is ingenious. I think pallets would also make good insulation holders inside shipping container houses. Line the inside of the container with them, and stuff with rags, etc.   

One caveat is to not use pallets treated with preservatives.

AccuWeather: "Autumnlike Chill Sets Records in Central US, South"

"A summertime version of the polar vortex will continue to set record low temperatures in the Plains, Midwest and South this week. Autumnlike chill has also extended into the Appalachians, while the air mass has cooled and dried much of the I-95 corridor."

"The air will feel refreshing to some people but downright chilly and autumnlike to others."

How is the weather by your neck of the woods?

News Reports: Malaysian Plane lost contact, may have been shot down

"The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia's Interfax reported."
The Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said.

Several videos apparently filmed in the area, none of which Sky News has been able to independently verify, show plumes of thick, black smoke rising high into the air.

A Reuters correspondent at the scene said he could see the wreckage of a burning aircraft and bodies on the ground.
Video at the link

On preventing psychopathic behavior

"You start to really see personality disorders emerge around puberty, but for some children who might be primary psychopaths—that is, they have all the genes and their brain sort of set in the third trimester—this can start emerging very early, around 2 or 3-years-old. That is why we have to have more trained eyes—because that is where this becomes important for society.

A primary psychopath won't necessarily be dangerous, but if we can see that in a kid, we can tell parents to look for certain kinds of behavior. And if those behaviors emerge, we can safely discuss, protecting the privacy of that family and of the kid, how to have the child interact with a nurse practitioner or a trained professional. At that point, we can say: Make sure this kid is never bullied in school; keep them away from street violence, on and on.

A lot of kids, most kids, get bullied and they may get pissed off, but that doesn’t create a personality disorder. But there are 20 percent of kids who are really susceptible and they may ultimately be triggered for a personality disorder in puberty. If we know these children can be helped by making sure that they aren't abused or abandoned—because you've got to get there really early—well, then, that would be important to do. I don't mean to preach."


This quote is from an Atlantic piece that interviews a neuroscientist who accidentally discovered he was a psychopath. He came across a brain scan in a group of scans of his family, including him, that was being used as a control group in the study of Alzheimer's. He thought it had been accidentally mixed in from a group of psychopath scans he had been studying as a side project.

What are the odds he had already found out he was a psychopath and concocted this story in order to boost sales of a book he planned to write, and has written, The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain.

Viral Audio: Costumer could hardly cancel Comcast Cable Service

"Earlier this week, couple Veronica Belmont and Ryan Block decided to cancel their Comcast service. Veronica was the call initiator, and didn't expect too much of a problem - but that didn't last for long. On the verge of losing it, Ryan took over the call and decided to record the remainder of it. Of course, that recording was posted online, and it's as cringey, and perhaps as rage-inducing, as you'd expect it to be. You'd be led to believe that someone at Comcast died every time someone canceled their service given how adamant the customer service rep was with trying to keep them on."

Via and LinkedIn 

LA Times: "Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional"

"A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment."
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago.

[T]he dysfunctional administration of California’s death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay preceding their actual execution,” Carney wrote.

Carney, an appointee of former President George W. Bush...

The “random few” who will be executed “will have languished for so long on Death Row that their execution will serve no retributive or deterrent purpose and will be arbitrary,” Carney said.

“No rational person,” Carney wrote, “can question that the execution of an individual carries with it the solemn obligation of the government to ensure that the punishment is not arbitrarily imposed and that it furthers the interests of society.”

ESPN's Stuart Scott: "The fight is still much more difficult than I even realized"

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer
You beat cancer by how you live... "

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Them cover Dylan in 1966, the best year for pop music:

Stray thoughts:

The song starts out sounding like the opening to Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" (1961) but then it hits a sour note to distinguish it.

I knew that Beck had stolen that sound for his song "Jack-Ass" -- I just couldn't place it in my past.  Then I googled -- duh!

Why wasn't this the parting song for Walter White in "Breaking Bad"?

Why doesn't iTunes sell this version of this song?

Does violence define masculinity?

I'd say, yes, actually. That's with a whole bunch of caveats and recourse to definitions. Still, I think that most of what this guy says is both very right and very wrong.

First, he claims that men = violence is entirely cultural... that it's trained into boys from their youngest years.  Part of that is true, but it's also not true.  We know that higher testosterone is associated with higher aggression in both men and women and men tend to have more testosterone. Violence is actually essentially human. We don't train it into ourselves, we train it OUT.*

A modest proposal

"A man provides food and shelter for his family. A woman makes the babies and maintains the household. I don’t understand why a woman would have to work. You’re already paying rent and buying groceries. Why is it so much more expensive to have a roommate? You sleep in the same bed. Kids are virtually free, too. Public schools abound, food is cheap, and hand-me-downs are everywhere.

A woman gets up with the kids, prepares their lunches, and makes them breakfast. A man can lie in a little bit longer because he has to be alert to make money. Morning is a woman’s time to shine. Men must shine later in the afternoon.

A woman kisses the children good night every night and a man provides his children with a ‘force field’ that protects them from monsters and bad dreams. This is done by waving his hands over their bodies and making a sound that resembles a lightsaber.

A man takes the kids to school and kisses them goodbye. If a woman wants to nap after the kids leave, that’s nobody’s business. She can sip margs and watch Real Housewives for all we care.

All day a man has to be thinking, “Is what I’m doing right now providing income?” Within reasonable ethical boundaries, a man never refuses a job that will increase his family’s wealth.

When the kids come home from school, it’s a woman who nurtures them and deals with micro issues like bullying or the quality of their homework assignments. The man deals with macro problems like what school they go to. If private becomes the only option, it’s the man’s job to provide that. If he can’t afford local private schools, he must move and then commute to work. I know. It sucks.

When a man comes home from work he has to be “on” for the kids. He does not get a moment to relax and read the paper. The second he walks through the door, a woman is relieved of her duties and can go lock herself in her bedroom. She can zone out until dinner."

Read more at Taki's Magazine


Any questions?

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

If you can't write in the proper way
If you don't know how to conjugate
Maybe you flunked that class
And maybe now you thought
That people mock you online

Breitbart: House Dems Push Amnesty on Twitter: America's 'Doors Are Open'

"Their (House Democrats) message to illegal immigrants was, in the words of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), "our doors are open."

"We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more," Lewis said. "This is America. Our doors are open."


The Hongcouver: "'I strangled her by accident in a blindfolded pillow fight': A killer’s explanation that only Beijing’s high court buys"

"Is it possible to kill someone in a pillow fight? And if so, is it possible to do so by accidentally strangling them to death, a process requiring several minutes of intense effort, without realising what is happening?"
“Li Jiaming and Zhao played ‘pillow fight’, which involved blindfolding of their eyes with pillow cases and attacking each other without knowing which part of the body was exactly hit,” the court ruling said as it described the results of Li’s interrogation.

“As the pillow fight went on, Li Jiaming felt that Zhao had increased her force and strength when she hit him, so Li Jiaming did the same to her. They hugged each other and rolled on the bed, harassing each other with the pillow…Li Jiaming hugged Zhao from behind, with his hands pulling both ends of the pillow that covered Zhao from her head to chest. He pulled the pillow tight from behind, so tight and strongly that he felt Zhao’s body turning weak.”

But it was only after a few minutes, when Zhao had finally stopped moving, that Li “sensed she might be dead” and released his grip. Li and his cousin Zhang Han, who lived with the couple in their basement flat, then crammed Zhao’s body into a 60cm by 80cm suitcase and dumped it 100km away on the shores of Stave Lake, where it was found by hikers.

"Beware of Japanese waitress bearing fortune cookies"


Where we fight the good fight.

I sha'n't forgit the night
When I dropped be'ind the fight
With a bullet where my belt-plate should 'a' been.
I was chokin' mad with thirst,  55
An' the man that spied me first
Was our good old grinnin', gruntin' Gunga Din.
'E lifted up my 'ead,
An' 'e plugged me where I bled,
An' 'e guv me 'arf-a-pint o' water—green;  60
It was crawlin' an' it stunk,
But of all the drinks I've drunk,
I'm gratefullest to one from Gunga Din.

-Rudyard Kipling

blackest black

The most seriously mind-blowing black is claimed to have been found in nanotube material named Vantablack that absorbs all but .035% of visual light. It is said that when you look into it is spooky, that all you see is a chasm, and naturally that reminds one of a Wile E. Coyote fake out.


From the Aqua Velvets' website:
A fascinating blend of spaghetti western, shimmering psychedelia, pristine surf, latin rhythms, mysterious faraway places, and a tongue-in-cheek dash of lounge. link
Tongue in cheek?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

(British) Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Online Manipulation Tools: Snowden Leaked

"Some of the most interesting capabilities of the tools on the list include the ability to seed the web with false information — such as tweaking the results of online polls — inflating pageview counts, censoring video content deemed "extremist" and the use of psychological manipulation on targets — something similar to a research project conducted with Facebook's approval, which resulted in heavy criticism and outrage levied at the social media site."
A number of interesting tools and their short descriptions are below:
  • ASTRAL PROJECTION: Remote GSM secure covert Internet proxy using TOR hidden service
  • POISON ARROW: Safe malware download capability
  • AIRWOLF: YouTube profile, comment and video collection
  • BIRDSTRIKE: Twitter monitoring and profile collection
  • GLASSBACK: Technique of getting a target's IP address by pretending to be a spammer and ringing them. Target does not need to answer.
  • MINIATURE HERO: Active skype capability. Provision of realtime call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.
  • PHOTON TORPEDO: A technique to actively grab the IP address of MSN messenger user
  • SPRING-BISHOP: Finding private photos of targets on Facebook
  • BOMB BAY: The capacity to increase website hits, rankings
  • BURLESQUE: The capacity to send spoofed SMS messages
  • GESTATOR: Amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (YouTube)
  • SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE: Perfect spoofing of emails from Blackberry targets
  • SUNBLOCK: Ability to deny functionality to send/receive email or view material online
  • SWAMP DONKEY: A tool that will silently locate all predefined types of file and encrypt them on a targets machine
  • UNDERPASS: Change outcome of online polls (previously known as NUBILO).
  • WARPATH: Mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign.
  • HUSK: Secure one-on-one web based dead-drop messaging platform.
The list, dated from 2012, says that most of the tools are "fully operational, tested and reliable,” and adds: "Don't treat this like a catalogue. If you don't see it here, it doesn't mean we can't build it."

We only advertise tools here that are either ready to fire or very close to being ready," the document notes.
via Instapundit

Water and Sand

Independent Journal Review: "Group At Center Of IRS Scandal Has Never Been Interviewed By FBI Investigators"

"No one from True The Vote, the highest profile organization targeted by the IRS in the scandal involving improper scrutiny of conservative-leaning non-profits, has been interviewed by the FBI or investigators from the Department of Justice, according to the group’s President, Catherine Engelbrecht."

"This stunning revelation comes just days after Attorney General Eric Holder rebuffed the suggestion that an independent investigation is needed into the growing scandal. Holder told ABC News this weekend that a special investigation was unnecessary because “career people” and FBI agents were “doing a good, professional job” investigating the matter."

A look back: Former Senator Jon Kyl related to constituents what Obama told him about "comprehensive immigration reform"

The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

The part I quoted above starts at 3:38 (link)

YouTube comment Robert Thompson via Google+2 years ago
Senator: Obama Told Me Pass Amnesty or I’ll Leave the Borders Open.

RTT News: "Rick Perry and Rand Paul squared off in dueling U.S. foreign policy op-ed"

"As a veteran, and as a governor who has supported Texas National Guard deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I can understand the emotions behind isolationism," Perry wrote.
He added, "Many people are tired of war, and the urge to pull back is a natural, human reaction. Unfortunately, we live in a world where isolationist policies would only endanger our national security even further."

Perry claimed that Paul seems "curiously blind" to the national security threat posed by the group now calling itself the Islamic State, which controls significant territory in Iraq and Syria.

"Ignoring the growth of the Islamic State and events in Syria and Iraq will only ensure that the problem will fester and grow," Perry wrote. "The United States needs to take seriously the threat this presents to our nation."

However, Paul shot back in a separate op-ed piece posted by Politico on Monday, accusing Perry of mischaracterizing his views on foreign policy.

"There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution," Paul wrote. "But apparently his new glasses haven't altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly."

"I support continuing our assistance to the government of Iraq, which include armaments and intelligence," Paul wrote. "I support using advanced technology to prevent ISIS from becoming a threat."

"I also want to stop sending U.S. aid and arms to Islamic rebels in Syria who are allied with ISIS, something Perry doesn't even address," he added. "I would argue that if anything, my ideas for this crisis are both stronger, and not rooted simply in bluster."

A recent Quinnipiac University National Poll showed Paul with a slight lead in the race for the GOP nomination, with 11 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters saying they support the Kentucky Senator.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were all tied for second at 10 percent, while Perry was toward the bottom of the list a 3 percent.


Where bitching is an art form.

THE year 's at the spring,
And day 's at the morn;
Morning 's at seven;
The hill-side 's dew-pearl'd;
The lark 's on the wing;         5
The snail 's on the thorn;
God 's in His heaven—
All 's right with the world!

-Robert Browning

Washington Post: "Campbell Brown goes after teacher tenure in transition from journalist to advocate"

"Brown, 46, has become an articulate voice and recognizable face opposing tenure, the century-old system of laws and contractual guarantees giving public-school teachers due-process rights in layoffs and terminations. Brown argues that tenure makes it difficult and expensive for school systems to remove underperforming teachers, and it protects their jobs at the expense of their students."

“I’m a mom, and my view of public education begins and ends with the fundamental question: Is this good for children?” Brown says by phone from New York, where she lives. “In a situation where it’s the child or the adult, I’m going with the child. . . . Tenure is permanent lifetime employment. There’s no reason why anyone’s job should become untouchable for the rest of their life.” (read more)


Looking through old posts on sites I do not usually read I saw this guy's smirk again and my impulse is punch it. 

There is a British cartoonist, recently died, possibly, when I looked up his name a few days ago in images some of the cartoons displayed were punches to the face and punches to the stomach where the fist is sunk in and features are collapsed to direction lines. Like this: 

Lines and shadows, the fist is partially obscured. This looks familiar, it might be one of his, but now I cannot find the name to check.

The second impulse is spang his face with a pan, but how is a face flattened, when a picture is already flat? That is, make something in 2-D appear more 2-D.

In the cartoons the face takes the shape of the pan. Or the pan takes the shape of the face. If a face were actually flattened then the highlights and shadows would disappear. 

Photoshop does not have a filter for "flatten." It does have a filter for "glass." Photoshop can also diminish highlights and lowlights. It can make them disappear. It can do all kinds of things. I tried a lot of filters. I settled on covering the highlights by hand, by picking a nearby color and spraying over the highlights that define shape on the forehead and picked another color nearby the highlight on the nose, with minimal spray, then applied a "craquelure" filter that allows the size the cracks to be adjusted. I used "Transform -- warp" to tug the edges of the face to match the shape of the final pan. Originally I had a dozen pans changing perspective and it looks really cool when it runs, but the gif doesn't run fast enough for a convincing hit, even with time set to "0" it takes too long for a good smack, so I dropped all of the frames of the pan with their changing perspective, bummer, they all became larger with the edge toward the viewer, leaving one frame in the middle with a time of "0". Then when I was done with it, realized I can reverse the first pan for a longer swing at the guys face, and that added another frame, so now two frames in the middle with a timing of "0."

See, pans can appear magically from nowhere, I do this all the time at home when I  cook. Need a pan BANG there it is, just like in the cartoons.   

Monday, July 14, 2014

Residency program shortage

Here is a short video discussing the shortage of residency programs available to medical students after graduation.

One of the comments there:

"bogus source. insiders know all too well, the aamc ama acgme and the nrmp organizers are duplicitous in the ever deteriorating prospects for US med grads. they are totally aware where the migrant sweat shops are, what quality of trainees are finding positions and who is graduating. they are partnering in the RRCs and the sham guvmint financing of visa guest workers. Just why are medicare funds used to finance residency positions for imported docs.
get rid of the midlevels who have no place in any inpatient critical care setting. Let the hospitals learn the hard way, the USgrads are still the best deal going to advance patientcare"

AP: "Police Officer Slain by Killer Who Sought Fame"

The gunman, 27-year-old city resident Lawrence Campbell, never tried to rob the store, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. He assaulted the store's armed security guard and snatched his gun, Fulop said. Then, he approached someone and apologized for his conduct inside the store, then said to watch the news later because he was "going to be famous."

Dowd: Chelsea Clinton unseemly

"Chelsea Clinton never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter. 

No ditching of her Secret Service detail. No fake IDs for underage tippling. No drug scandal. No court appearance in tank top and toe ring. Not even any dirty dancing. 

Despite a tough role as the go-between in the highly public and embarrassing marital contretemps of her parents, Chelsea stayed classy. 

So it’s strange to see her acting out in a sense now, joining her parents in cashing in to help feed the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc. 

...As the 34-year-old tries to wean some of the cronies from the Clinton Foundation — which is, like the Clintons themselves, well-intended, wasteful and disorganized — Chelsea is making speeches that go into foundation coffers. She is commanding, as The Times’s Amy Chozickozick reported, up to $75,000 per appearance. 

Chozick wrote: “Ms. Clinton’s speeches focus on causes like eradicating waterborne diseases. (‘I’m obsessed with diarrhea’ is a favorite line.)” 

There’s something unseemly about it, making one wonder: Why on earth is she worth that much money? Why, given her dabbling in management consulting, hedge-funding and coattail-riding, is an hour of her time valued at an amount that most Americans her age don’t make in a year? (Median household income in the United States is $53,046.) 

If she really wants to be altruistic, let her contribute the money to some independent charity not designed to burnish the Clinton name as her mother ramps up to return to the White House and as she herself drops a handkerchief about getting into politics.   Or let her speak for free. After all, she is in effect going to candidate school. No need to get paid for it, too. 

...The Clintons were fiercely protective of Chelsea when she was a teenager, insisting on respect from the media and getting it. They need to protect their daughter again, this time from their wanton acquisitiveness."


Chelsea should definitely make speeches for free. I hope Ms. Dowd lead by example in the speech above. And in this one, where the presenter says Dowd will sign books after the speech.

Why is Chelsea Clinton worth that much money per speech? Because people are willing to pay it.

It's not a reach to conclude that the Clinton Foundation is designed mainly for campaign purposes, be it for Hillary or one of her heirs. But hopefully Dowd knows how the game is played and is aware of how soft money is shifted around in vehicles such as think tanks:
Nowadays, many Washington think tanks effectively serve as unregistered lobbyists for corporate donors, and companies strategically contribute to them just as they hire a PR or lobby shop or make campaign donations. And unlike lobbyists and elected officials, think tanks are not subject to financial disclosure requirements, so they reveal their donors only if they choose to. That makes it impossible for the public and lawmakers to know if a think tank is putting out an impartial study or one that’s been shaped by a donor’s political agenda. “If you’re a lobbyist, whatever you say is heavily discounted,” says Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University and an expert on political ethics. “If a think tank is saying it, it obviously sounds a lot better. Maybe think tanks aren’t aware of how useful that makes them to private interests. On the other hand, maybe it’s part of their revenue model.”
Money is everywhere, and to begin and end her article concern trolling about Chelsea is just too cute.