Saturday, January 3, 2015

What Animals Appear Most on National Geographic's Covers

Since the magazine's first illustrated cover 55 years ago, 153 of our 665 covers have featured animals.

Birds got 30 covers, Apes and Chimps 13, Bears 12, Fish 8, Horses 7, Insects 7, Dogs 6, Elephants 6, Cheetahs 5, Monkeys 5, Seals 5, Sharks 5, Lyons 4, Tigers 4, Wolves 4, Camels 3, Deer 3, Foxes 3, Frogs 3, Whales 3, Buffalo 2, Dolphins 2, Lizards 2, Mollusks 2, Penguins 2, Pigs 2, Snakes 2, Water Buffalo 2 and 1 Hedgehog cover.

Clarence dollars.

Clarence is a new cartoon on the Cartoon Network that I've managed avoiding quite well until yesterday when I chanced to notice in passing the main character handing out his own version of dollar bills at his school. That got my interest. As the cartoon developed I realized, hey, this is actually some degree of sophisticated insight to economic reality here. It could serve as intro to college level macro economics 101. It shows how paper currency takes the place of metal-backed currency, how something fake stands for something real and how that currency is manipulated to the point of being worthless, that is, how by manipulation currency becomes worth less. Therefore how your behavior is controlled.  The reality of faith-based M1 type currency is revealed when Clarence dollars are traded for real things, three Clarence dollars for a notebook, now Clarence dollars have meaning in the real world contained in the school, the next scene the whole school is trading Clarence dollars for everything imaginable. Later the unreality of faith-based currency is revealed through manipulation.

But now Clarence dollars behave as real dollars.

The episode begins with dissatisfaction with the present "buddy star" system of rewards for good deeds and grades, and de-merits for misdeeds that leave some students behind, namely Clarence. He devises his own system based on his own sense of behavior worthy of reward. He passes out his own hand-drawn currency for ordinary things, like wearing matching clothing, and even for negative things like a boy picking his nose and another wiping his butt.

Demand for Clarence dollars increases throughout the school presenting a problem for production. They can no longer be hand drawn, they must be copied. Thus the value of currency as individual pieces of art is destroyed by superabundance and now the currency becomes diluted.

The kill joy straight kid depicted with a square head and with the most buddy stars explains to Clarence the nonsense of Clarence dollars must stop.

"Sorry, Jeff, money talks."
"What does that even mean?"
Clarence holds Clarence dollar in front of his face and changes his voice,
"It means, I ain't going anywhere. Clarence dollars are here to stay."

That night Clarence dreams of swimming in Clarence dollars in the style of Scrooge McDuck. Swimming through dollars, the bills form into a threatening monster, he sees his school nemesis the petty bully school odd ball using a Clarence dollar for a snack machine purchase and wakes up within the dream shaken with fright and admonished by his dream mom, then wakes up for real actually frightened by his creation.

Clarence goes to school and finds the whole place in chaos. All comity is gone as students and teachers fight over the excess of Clarence dollars. Square head Jeff explains the whole school is gone crazy over Clarence dollars, he must do something.

Square head Jeff still protecting the buddy star system explains Clarence must end it the only way possible by taking the excess to extreme and flooding the school with Clarence dollars, diluting their value completely rendering them worthless by copying them in bulk to destroy their face value utterly until nobody cares to have them. The episode ends with a single boy at home on his bed rolling in Clarence dollars, well pleased, the last child, slowest of all on the uptake, last to amass his fortune, childishly unaware his pile of dollars have become worthless.

Not bad for a cartoon.

Besides explaining how real currency works on thread bare evanescence of faith in it, by faith in the governing body behind it, the show likewise explains scrip of the sort used by companies and by military bases overseas. It is just paper that represents the same thing that money represents, but has no value whatsoever outside its miniature contained system, in this case, the school.

It also explains the phenomena such as Pokemon trading cards, the actual currency of prepubescents who have little use for government currency, their real-world value dependent of an overarching real government currency.

The whole episode is available here at if you care to view it. There are adorable and amusing touches throughout. I was impressed with this episode.

States Consider GPS Tracking Cars to Levy 'Fairer' Gas Tax

At least 18 states are now considering bills to do just this, and Oregon has initiated a pilot program. CBS News reports, "The Oregon pilot programs seeks to demonstrate whether a per-mile tax is a practical possibility. The state is finding 5,000 volunteers to pay 1.5-cents-per-mile tax instead of the 30 cents-per-gallon gas tax. Devices will report their mileage to the state.

Consider this: The programs being suggested or tested to track your mileage involve installing a GPS tracking device to determine not just how far you go, but which roads you use, how fast you go, and whether or not you're a "good" driver, i.e., how fast you come up to stops.

In addition to Oregon, California is considering a mileage "fee" plan as well. Here again, as The Los Angeles Times reports, "Millions of vehicles also would have to be equipped with odometer readers, smartphone applications or global positioning technology that would transmit data to state officials or a contractor, who would then bill owners for the miles traveled. Privacy advocates are especially concerned that — in this era of data mining and well-publicized credit card breaches — the technology could be used to learn not only how far people go, but when and where." (read more)

Desmond Dekker

I love this. I wish it were longer. 

But you see, being Israelite means my wife and my kids they packed up and leave me. "Darling", she said, "I was yours to be seen." Poor me, the Israelite.

Oh, oh, the Israelites.

Is is facing the facts of life as they are. Not complaining. No. Describing. And that is why I like this so much. I want him to tell more of his story.

Harry Reid

Busted his face exercising.

I understand Reid was trained as a boxer. I read it somewhere. I respect that. It is odd.

But I must say, I've seen him in interviews with other people and he always seems like the smallest man on any given panel and his contributions to discussions seem petulant and feeble. Without sufficient interest to research his life I do wonder sometimes how a man this apparently shallow attained his authority if not through the magical machinations of party, if not without absence of ethics. Maybe "Las Vegas" answers all of that.

The group of co-bloggers at Ace of Spades were having a field day on Twitter challenging reporting of Reid being hurt by morning exercise. Again. The last time he injured himself running. These things have names, you know; bench press, bar, weights. Why so vague? They were having a good time suggesting he fell out of his sex sling.

Fight, fight, fight, Democrats are always fighting for something, anything, even to micro aggression, while accusing their opposite of maintaing a spirit for war, and simultaneously ignoring the wars their own leaders have dragged us into with no real intention of winning.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Music purchase made...

That is all.

"Please Be Kind"

Jane Monheit - Live at the Rainbow Room

Ellie Mae, done went passed away.

It breaks my heart. I was in love with Ellie Mae, from a distance, for she is way out of my league. She always did have the best critters, and her critters loved her as much as I did. I suppose in a way I was one of her critters. 

It seems to me this television show had absolutely perfect casting all around. for more on her story.

Goodbye, Donna Douglas, I will always love you.

Robert Lawrence killed by police for resisting arrest after refusing to produce I.D. after turning in a stray dog to an animal shelter.

The headline at the gateway pundit reads:

Unarmed White Man Killed by Alabama Police; No protests, No Riots, No National Media.

See, now that's just provocative.

Robert Lawrence had a troubled past. Already several run-ins with the law. He already had legal representation, already lost custody of his children, already had a giant chip on his shoulder. Apparently, he flipped out when asked for I.D. when turning in a stray dog.

Commenters latch onto the obvious immediately. "What, you need an I.D. to turn in a stray dog but you do not need an I.D. to vote for president of United States?"

Now, why would you be required to produce an I.D. to turn in a stray dog? I suppose because it might not be a stray dog. It might be stolen property. Turning in a treasured pet as a stray might be an act of vengeance. There are real world possible reasons why an I.D. is requested. Requested or demanded, we do not know from the information available. We only know the police were called due to Lawrence creating a disturbance. We only know Lawrence was first tased to no affect and then shot resisting arrest.

But we must acknowledge we do live in the preverbal *German accent* "Show me your papers" world. We do. Our comic book childhood play-line is present day reality. When a policeman says, "Show me your I.D" you had better show it. Or, I suppose, explain levelly why you do not have your I.D. on your person at that moment. But do not go banging on about being a "sovereign citizen."

But why not? Why is it fatally illegal to bang on about being a sovereign citizen? Why is it fatal to make a huge unnecessary public fuss? (My own sister would be well dead several times over.)

Comments at the site are interesting.

"cancer... It's the best way to die, says top doctor"

"Dr Richard Smith says it may be a ‘romantic view’, but cancer gives people a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, which is denied to many who die from other conditions."
He says most people tell him they would prefer a sudden death, but he thinks that is very hard on the families of the deceased.

‘The long, slow death from dementia may be the most awful as you are slowly erased, but then again when death comes it may be just a light kiss,’ he says.

‘Death from organ failure – respiratory, cardiac, or kidney – will have you far too much in hospital and in the hands of doctors.

‘So death from cancer is the best...

‘This is, I recognise, a romantic view of dying, but it is achievable with love, morphine, and whisky. But stay away from overambitious oncologists, and let’s stop wasting billions trying to cure cancer, potentially leaving us to die a much more horrible death.’
Uncle Junior gives Tony the bad news.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Starfishy night


Happy New first of all!

I spent a portion of last night watching "Classic Albums--Fleetwood Mac--The Making of Rumours." Netflix doesn't stream it, apparently, so I got it the old fashioned way via DVD disc. But if you can tune out the French, you can watch it for free on YouTube here.

We all always knew about the circumstances of the making of "Rumours" -- the making and breaking of relationships -- and this is the retrospective source for all that. All of the band members survived and matured over the years (the documentary is 18 years old (1997) and covers events 20 years earlier). Last I checked, they were all still alive so perhaps it's time for an updated version. The original Fleetwood Mac had its origins in the Rolling Stone age of rock, but the highly balanced male/female version came together 40 years ago which is within living memory.

As in the other editions of this series, each song's story is told and I have to admit coming away with more respect for Stevie Nicks than before. I went in with highest regards for Christine McVie and the storytelling didn't disappoint. Her beautiful song "Songbird" is reprised:

Was this the original version of the "miffed missive with a message for men" that Adele and Cher cobbled onto much later? I think yes but without the knife-twisting. There was something kinder and gentler about the 1970s.

"Americans are in an unusually good mood — all the time"

Pew surveyors typically ask respondents how their day is going as a first question in order to start a conversation and help the respondents become more comfortable with the interviewer. In the process, however, Pew has gathered a massive amount of data on how people in different countries say their day is going...

Pew doesn't speculate on the reasons for these trends, but it's likely they depend both on how respondents feel and how comfortable they are with telling a stranger they're having a bad day. Whatever the reason, Americans come off as atypically cheerful.
"Santa has trouble gearing down for the off-season"
 Cartoon via Andrew Malcolm

"Steve Scalise did not address a EURO conference. ... The conference was two-and-a-half hours later"

Excerpts from The Times Picayune...
Knight said Scalise, then a state representative, spoke to the civic association and was probably unaware the EURO conference was being held in the same room later that day. Knight and Scalise primarily knew each other as neighbors and not through politics necessarily, Knight said.

"The conference wasn't going to start until 1 p.m., so I decided to have the members of the civic association there Saturday morning," he said, "My relationship with Steve Scalise was as a neighbor. I don't know that Steve Scalise and I ever talked about politics."

He also is quoted saying: "Steve came in early on the first day of EURO, spoke for about 15 minutes, and he left."

Knight described the crowd as a "mixed" audience for Scalise, "people who are concerned about the survival of their race." He added: "The thing is, I don't think Scalise knew anything about EURO, about that latter group."

Knight said Wednesday that the Post reporter
didn't get story right.

"I told him the same story I am telling you," he said.

For her part, Noble said she was not a member of the civic association, but was dating Knight and attended the civic meeting with him. She said Scalise addressed the neighborhood group, not EURO.

"He was just there to speak with his constituents," Noble said.
Via Instapundit.

From amazing photos of 2014, Earth viewed from Mars


"Happy Year." 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

What 2014 Story or Topic Do You Remember Trending For You?

Google 2014 Trends

Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain play set has parents fuming

They claim the toy set given to their children has them, the parents, upset for ruining their Christmas due to the toy's icing applicator resembling a penis.

Where "ruining" apparently means cracking everyone up in hopeless hysterical laughter. A kid playing with Play-Doh is unlikely to make the connection. So, the parents are upset, not the kids.

It looks like Hasbro is doing damage control on Facebook by deleting photos that parents are uploading to Hasbro's page.

This story is all over the place, mostly Buzzfeed.
Here is the story on theDishh.

Several photos, this is my favorite:

Come on, Hasbro, where is your quality control? Didn't you see this one a hundred miles away? Parents are sensitive about this sort of thing. Duly chastised Hasbro says they intend to update the set with a less suggestive applicator. 

Well, there goes that bit of early education. It could be an education tool, but no, parents are not having it. When it comes time for answering discomforting questions, "Honey, remember your Play-Doh set? It's like that." 


The icing applicator is like a syringe. I honestly do not think little pre-Kindergartner's hands are strong enough to push Play-Doh through that thing. But what do I know?

I know about playing with Play-Doh, that's what. The stuff looks delicious but tastes terrible. And I mean terrible. Way too much salt. It tastes bad enough to put you off Play-Doh permanently. Plus if you leave it out overnight it drys hard as a rock and there goes all your fun of reshaping it. And if you mix colors it all goes ugly and cannot be sorted. Eventually you conclude Play-Doh is for losers. Modeling clay is a lot more interesting and versitile. "Mum, now I need clay". Lots and lots of clay. To make a castle. ← Things I learned before Kindergarden. 

Speaking of castle, after all this time I learned a new word. The word for "castle" rarely comes up, but still. Up until two days ago I would need to spell the word and now I don't need to. It did come up in reading and missing the word, I looked it up and it turns out the word for "castle" looks a bit like a cheerleader movement, but the movement is perfect. This actually is related to Play-Doh. 

Here is Jolanta Lapiak from her site Handspeak. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How Many Slaves Were Brought To America?

Monday's topic started me thinking about that question.   I thought the number would be in the millions.  We were taught that in high school, I believe.  Millions of slaves were brought to the United States from Africa in wooden ships.  Some of those millions died on the journey, but still, millions arrived here.  Yes, that was the history lesson.  Millions of Africans were brought to America as slaves.

Finding good information posed a challenge.  Finally I thought Henry Louis Gates, Jr. would be a good authority.  Here are his credentials.  Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

That works for me.  his research should be scholarly, and peer reviewed.  Here's what Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes in a blog called The Root.:
The most comprehensive analysis of shipping records over the course of the slave trade is the Trans-Atlantic Salve Trade Database, edited by professors David Eltis and David Richardson. (While the editors are careful to say that all of their figures are estimates, I believe that they are the best estimates that we have, the proverbial "gold standard" in the field of the study of the slave trade.)
Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.
And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That's right: a tiny percentage.
In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone! Some scholars estimate that another 60,000 to 70,000 Africans ended up in the United States after touching down in the Caribbean first, so that would bring the total to approximately 450,000 Africans who arrived in the United States over the course of the slave trade.
There's a solid number.  "Only" 450,000 Africans arrived in the United States over the course of the slave trade, not tens of millions of slaves as some of us may have been taught.

I emphasized the word only above because I want to be clear, one slave was one slave too many. Slavery was horrible then, and is horrible where it is practiced today.  I am not trying to minimize the evil of slavery.

In the comments section of Monday's topic someone mentioned Irish slaves.  That was also a horrible thing, although its history seems to have been given a back seat to African slavery.

From the book White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America:
They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.
And from The Centre for Research on Globalization comes this:
The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.
From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.
During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.
Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.
As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.
African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African. The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude.
In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves. This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company.
England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia. There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat.
There is little question that the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is, also, very little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry. In 1839, Britain finally decided on it’s own to end it’s participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded THIS chapter of nightmarish Irish misery.
But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong.
None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to describe their ordeal. These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and biased history books conveniently forgot.
While not in the same numbers as slaves brought to the United States from Africa, Irish slaves still were  a significant number in the US.

Are you still with me?  Or has this topic droned on far too long and you've gone into skimming mode.  I'm not sure what to do here, because I've got another really good read on the subject of Irish slavery.

What to do, what to do?  I need to go think about this.

Time passes.

I'm back.  A shot of Jameson has cleared me mind.   I'm going to post a brief excerpt from the article, which is from the Daily Kos, of all places, and is very interesting, and then I'll post a link to the entire thing and you can read (or not read) it as you wish.
“...the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period,” writes Martin. “It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.”
Colonel William Brayne wrote to English authorities in 1656 urging the importation of Negro slaves on the grounds that, "as the planters would have to pay much more for them, they would have an interest in preserving their lives, which was wanting in the case of (Irish)...." many of whom, he charged, were killed by overwork and cruel treatment. African Negroes cost generally about 20 to 50 pounds Sterling, compared to 900 pounds of cotton (about 5 pounds Sterling) for an Irish. They were also more durable in the hot climate, and caused fewer problems. The biggest bonus with the Africans though, was they were NOT Catholic, and any heathen pagan was better than an Irish Papist.
You can read the entire article here.

Random thought - I don't think anyone ever wrote a musical about Irish slavery.

"It's Only Weird If It Doesn't Work"

Jeremy Wilcox

Kid Throws Dollar Store Temper Tantrum

CNN Covers Another Down Jet

Update: Indonesian Authorities Examine Photos of Possible Debris

Chip update: CNN explains.

Inspired by R2Dtard


I like the video montage of the Beats:

Canned Heat - On The Road Again from Rimbowarrior on Vimeo.

Monday, December 29, 2014

There Are Thirty Million Slaves In The World; Including Sixty Thousand In The U.S.

So says this article in the Washington Post.  The article includes a world map of slavery showing the percentage of each country's population who are, according to the article, enslaved.

When you open the linked article the map is interactive and can be enlarged for easier viewing.

Before continuing, let's stipulate that slavery in any form is horrible. Slavery is immoral, it is illegal, and it is an outrage that all people should stand against. It should and must be abolished.

The linked article draws heavily from information provided by an organization called the Walk Free Foundation, a self-described organization dedicated to ending modern slavery. Data from Walk Free's 2014 Global Slavery Index, on which the map above was created was "developed through extensive consultations with an international and independent Expert Advisory Group" according to their website.

But it doesn't name the "Expert Advisory Group", nor does it describe the reasons for their expertise, nor the methods by which the data used in creating the 2014 Global Slavery Index were gathered, sorted, and verified.
We think of slavery as a practice of the past, an image from Roman colonies or 18th-century American plantations, but the practice of enslaving human beings as property still exists. There are 29.8 million people living as slaves right now, according to a comprehensive new report issued by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.
This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.
I have questions.

Look at the interactive map. It seems to make sense, right? But where is North Korea? The North Korean government has enslaved its entire population, so shouldn't it be shown on the map in the darkest of colors? If North Korea isn't even shown, how can we have certainty that the rest of the data are correct, especially if the data source is unnamed? This is troublesome.

Why is there no breakout of numbers by type of slavery? Slavery of all types is lumped together. For example, that means that someone who has chosen to work as a prostitute is lumped together with someone who has been sold into prostitution, and with others who have been forced into military conscription, enslaved in diamond mines, agriculture, etc. The lack of specific data is cause to cast a leery eye on the story.

Slavery is bad, horrible. What the Washington Post has done is to create an article based entirely on information sourced from the Walk Free Foundation. And that information, while compelling, lacks detail that supports its conclusions. In doing that, the Washington Post published a compelling article, but also an article that appears to lack a factual basis.

And that is irresponsible, given the horror of slavery.

"Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor"

Prof George said: “We’ve got a lost generation that has grown up with factory electronics that just work all of the time.

“All of these things in our home do seem to work most of the time and because they don’t break we just get used to them. They have almost become like Black Boxes which never die. And when they do we throw them away and buy something new.

“But there is now a big maker community who are thinking hard about what we do with all of these gadgets. They are remaking and repurposing things.

“I talked to someone who had used some LEDs on his bike so that he could put up a message as he was cycling.”

"Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei accuses US police of 'oppressing' black community"

The Telegraph: In comments on a Twitter account maintained by his staff, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the recent racial tensions sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson was yet more proof of how America was run by "tyrants".
"#Jesus endured sufferings to oppose tyrants who had put humans in hell in this world & the hereafter while he backed the oppressed," said one Tweet, accompanied by the "#Ferguson" hashtag.
Here is Iran (story link) hanging gays by the neck until they are dead. Not exactly a civil rights heaven, unless you were in a strange place called Obama's mind.

The Mullahs’ Gulag for Gays

L.A. police protests

All of the cars had the option of turning around. Running over someone is not an option

Why aren't they looking for the dude who plowed people down?!?! YOU ARE GUILTY

We have an injury - a car literally plowed through us

Car plowed us down, got Brian hard.

Got me hard too.

Who you gonna call? Ghost Busters!

...and knocked down one of our protestors. We're calling 911 now. This thing is intense.

The ironing, it burns!

Running over someone, plowing people down. No. Far from it you silly hysterical protesters. You even provide media that disproves what you say that it shows. See, you formed a chain by joining hands, you could have broken off at any moment you wished had you not been so set on disrupting traffic. The driver broke your handhold, dismissed your protest and drove through. Disruption denied. They did not run anyone over they did not plow anyone down. Like you say. You expose your own lies in the telling of them and that is why you are not taken seriously. And neither is your media. Not anymore. The days when you could pull off this shit are gone.

They have the license plate number but nobody cares. Except perhaps to send the guy an award.

Here is their own video of "running people over, plowing people down." In their distortion field they honestly do believe this is cogent evidence against the driver.

If only. Liberal lies will never die. Never. There will always be a Democrat party and it will always be fueled by reality-distortion, be it healthcare, finance, voter fraud, America's enemies, wars, finance, education, immigration, racism, climate change,gun running, rape statistics, employment statistics, minimum wage, you name it. You have only to watch one of their national conventions to know the whole party is made up of nutters and you can see for yourself the car did not plow through anybody or anything and the driver did not run over anybody. Rather, the driver carefully edged forward and broke the grip of their frail human chain blocking his path. But that is their reality, "plow through" and "run over." There will ever be a need for a catch basin for damaged personalities, Cassandra and BMbeers are certainly such, because their and their co-traveler's dementia and obsessions cannot be fixed, and in the United States that catch basin is the Democrat party.


The sound quality is poor but I still like the song. It sounded better recorded on vinyl, spun by an AR turntable, picked up by a Shure cartridge, amplified by a Marantz receiver, and converted back to sound waves by Advent loudspeakers.

I bought that album then for that song, and I still like it for the guitar solo beginning around 4 min 17 sec -- but also for the lyrics.

Other fan facts about the Blue Öyster Cult:

  • They were the first band to use umlauts in their name -- ostensibly because it looked "Wagnerian."
  • Patti Smith dated a band member and contributed lyrics to this album (but not that song which was written by Sandy Pearlman).
  • They are posing with a German Messerschmitt Me 262, the very first fighter jet. One of those hangs in the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum in D.C. The Me 262 was in the news today: link

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care"

NYT: Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care.

The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid. (read more)

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The World From Above

It's such a beautiful, wonderful place.  The news can be so ugly, so awful, so depressing that it becomes easy to forget the beauty of this place.

For this Sunday morning......

Nebraska from above.  The video continues after the first one, the highlights.

And Montana from above.

Blessings of the day to you.