Saturday, October 17, 2015

WKRLEM It's Hot Stuff Baby!

vine cleanup, seeds

We gardener types find peace and serenity during mild periods at the end of the season by spending a few minutes chopping up struggling vines, untangling and pulling down, and cutting out all the aphid infected plants and disposing them, shoving the piles of waste into shopping bags too small for them and snipping and chopping and cutting to bits to fit snip snip snip cut cut snippy snip cut slash cut snip snip snip snip cut SLASH CUT SLASH SLASH SLASH shove push cram cut cut snip snip snip until it all fits. Aaaah


Serenity now.

Vacuuuuuuuum the debris and call it a day.

The original plan was save the vine seeds for next year, they're rampant, so two packets were labeled to separate them. The vines so intense, the tangle such a mess, and the seeds so sparse it was hardly worth the trouble. Better to just buy seeds again and get what I want, now that I know what these things do. So all these valuable and useful seeds are wasted. Turns out I'd rather make quick work of cleanup and start over next year. That whole serenity thing is well overrated.

Smells like De Blasio Time.

So the latest bullshit that Bill De Blasio has come up with is composting food and yard waste. The City has issued brown trash cans and little buckets for every apartment. You are supposed to collect your food waste and soiled paper. Lets hope they mean paper towels. You are supposed to deposit in the can but not in plastic bags. If you collect it in bags you have to empty it into the can.

This guarranties to bring smells and disease and vermin to your house. Think of the smell on a hot July night when it hasn't been picked up for two weeks. Or when a stray dog or racoon or wild cat knocks it over and spreads it all over the street.

This is part of the progressive campaign to turn America into a third world country. They want to spread filth and garbage and disease. Import disgusting illegal immigrants from Syria and Mexico and Whatthefuckistan and give them all the rights of a citizen. Stuff like welfare and SSI and EBT cards. Because.....I don't know why.

They won't be satisified until the hipster's kids in their monster strollers have flies on their eyes like a freaking Sally Struthers commercial.

"Captain America Beats Up Conservatives in New Series"

Link to video

"How to Repair Squeaky Floors Through Carpeting"

It's a good trick Tommy.

Link to video

Should Jeb bail?

"Not that any of this will stop him from shambling forward through Iowa and New Hampshire like the most preppily-dressed zombie on “The Walking Dead.” After all, zombies don’t know they are dead until you drive a stake through their brains. No one has done that to the JEB! 2016 campaign yet.

...Bush’s backers are nervous. One of them complained to Politico – anonymously – that donors are not seeing much “bang for their buck.” A Republican political consultant, who also remained anonymous, likened Bush’s predicament to the moment in “Predator” when Arnold Schwarzenegger says of the mysterious and wounded creature killing his team of soldiers, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” Inspiring stuff! 

...His unartful comments on a handful of subjects suggest a man either saddled with a patrician’s tin ear, or a guy trying on the persona of a hard-right Washington hater and failing miserably. Just in the last few weeks, he has dismissed the idea of enacting gun control laws to reduce mass shootings as worthless because “stuff happens.” He has accused African-American voters of only voting for candidates who will give them “free stuff.” (Very big on the word “stuff,” is old Jeb.) Just the other day he suggested he’d like to start a recession in Washington, D.C. because somehow that would grow the economy everywhere else."


I think he should keep going and keep speaking from the heart. What the hell, he's a nice enough guy, it may pan out. Trump gets to run his mouth 24/7.

Don't think I don't appreciate Trump, though. He brings a refreshing jolt to the race. A breath of air-conditioned casino air to the silly season.

What's with Carson, though? I do not get the appeal.

"Chicago Transgender Student Files Complaint for Access to Girls' Locker Room"

"Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has informed District 211, Illinois’ largest school district, that it is in violation of federal law by refusing to allow a male student who identifies as female to use the girl’s locker room."
The student, whose name has been kept private, first filed a complaint with support from the ACLU of Illinois in early 2014. Following precedent in two similar cases in California, District 211 was informed that depriving the student of equal access to facilities violates Title IX’s sex nondiscrimination protections, calling such treatment “inadequate and discriminatory.”... 
A statement issued by the district says that it supports transgender students, but that locker room access presents a unique set of challenges...
If the district cannot reach a compromise with federal officials, it risks losing some of the $6 million it receives in federal funding.
What a crying shame.

Near midair collision

Would you like to see what a near collision looks like from the cockpit? It is a very large airplane.

Silver Surfer @ RobPulseNews

CNBC yields to Trump debate demands

CNBC will allow the Republican presidential candidates 30-second opening and closing statements at a debate this month, bowing to the demands of Donald J. Trump and other leading candidates that they be allowed to introduce themselves.
The Oct. 28 debate at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo., will last two hours, including commercials, another accommodation to Mr. Trump, who was unhappy with the length of the three-hour Republican debate last month in California.
...The presence of Mr. Trump in the race led to record-shattering viewership of first two Republican forums. Were the provocative real estate magnate not to appear at future debates, the audience could sharply drop off.
How about a 'Top Ten Reasons' the debate needs to be kept to two hours?

10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management

"If your time line were made of concrete, the concrete on the left side of your "today" mark would be rock solid. All the events of your life thus far are cemented into that time line, and there's nothing you can do about any of them.

But as you look out from where you stand today toward the end of your time line, you cant' see any specific events. Nothing is set in concrete. And you need to understand this fact:  The concrete on the right side of your "today" mark is wet, and it doesn't harden until you pass by that point."

-Hyrum W. Smith


Take an arrow and attach a note to it. A note with a goal you would like you achieve in three months' time. Not a big goal. Something manageable. Now shoot the arrow so it lands in the wet cement at the mark of three months from now.

Between now and then, what must be done to meet the goal?

door knocker

Friday, October 16, 2015

"The Power of the Russian Oktavist"

Link to video

Basso profondo (Italian: "deep bass"), sometimes basso profundo or contrabass, is the bass voicesubtype with the lowest vocal range.
While The New Grove Dictionary of Opera defines a typical bass as having a range that is limited to the second E below middle C (E2), operatic basso profondos can be called on to sing low C (C2), such as in the role of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. Often choral composers make use of lower notes, such as G1 or even F1, in such rare cases the choir relies on exceptionally deep-ranged basso profondos also termed Oktavist or Octavist. Singers of the latter voice range sing a full octave underneath the bass part.

The arrest of a "free inhabitant"

Link to video

"After Bush’s re-election, Democrats were consumed with self-loathing. They hated the Middle Americans who rejected them, but they also wanted those Middle Americans to love them... "

...Democrats concluded “their party must speak in language familiar to, among others, the disaffected hog farmers of Missouri,” the New Yorker reported in May 2006.
Then along came Jim Webb, and a crew called the "Redneck Caucus." Webb had served in Vietnam. He’d been a Republican. He'd opposed the Iraq War but in this super-cool, tough-guy way. He had a campaign aide named Mudcat. Webb had written a book, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, about how his ancestors had stood up to tyrants of all sorts. GQ reported, “odd and romanticized as it sounds, Webb believes he came to Washington to represent the Scots-Irish, or at least their modern-day heirs.” The senator told Virginia voters he would “bring more people back into the Democratic Party. … People who will understand the basic message of what I call Jacksonian democracy, and that is that you measure the health of your society not at its apex but at its base."
That sounded nice enough, but it seems pretty clear Webb was only interested in one slice of that base. (The white slice.) As Anderson Cooper noted in the debate, Webb said in 2000 that affirmative action "has within one generation brought about a permeating state-sponsored racism that is as odious as the Jim Crow laws it sought to countermand."... Asked about Black Lives Matter, Webb said “every life in this country matters.” (Though: “I have had a long history of working with the situation of African Americans.")...
And then, at the end, when asked which of his enemies he was most proud of, Webb said, “I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he’s not around right now to talk to.” The line did not land well. Maybe because it was a decade too late.
...In Tuesday's debate, though, Hillary Clinton highlighted her proposals that would undo some of her husband's signature legislation, including his draconian 1994 crime bill. She talked about “reforming criminal justice,” saying “we need to tackle mass incarceration.”
Webb used strong words comparing the effects of Welfare on the black population to "state-sponsored racism," likening it to Jim Crow. He could be useful to Clinton as point man on the subject, allowing her to distance herself from the subject with regard to the white middle class. 
It would also be advantageous for her to attract the vote of the military, traditionally Republican, and also to allay any qualms that she resents men. I don't see a white/white ticket coming up, but I can see Webb as very helpful to her, with the possibility of  Secretary of Defense as his reward in the offing.

The Drone Papers

Scoop by the Intercept. A whistleblower provides a cache of documents detailing the machinations of U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Filed under rubrics by various journalists:

The Assassination Complex
A Visual Glossary
The Kill Chain
Find, Fix, Finish
Manhunting in the Hindu Kush
Firing Blind
The Life and Death of Objective Peckham
Target Africa
Glossary the Alphabet of Assassination
ANd other documents
Small Footprint Operations 1 & 2
Operation Haymaker
Geolocation Watchlist

It is impressive journalism. Great reporting, great writing and editing. It is a splendid presentation.

You may have heard that every drone strike begins with sold intelligence and strict oversight. Not so much. Huffington Post.

85% of people killed by recent US drone strikes were unintended targets.

You're the White House budget director. You're good with numbers. Turns out you're involved in assassinating people. Spencer Ackerman to

Jeremy Schahill, Ryan Devereaux, Cora Currier discuss the Drone Papers. Democracy Now.

How is a threat imminent when it takes months for the drone attack on it to proceed? Kenneth Roth

So under the military's definition, a drone mission that kills target + 15 innocents is a 100% success. Radley Balko

Watch for reactions to the intercept's Drone Papers piece to show us as much about post-9/11 America as the strikes themselves. Popehat

Why the intercepts' new whistleblower disclosed secret docs on the drone program and kill list Trevor Tim "The source said he decided to provide these documents to the Intercept because he believes the public has a right to understand the process by which people are placed on kill lists and ultimately assassinated on orders from the highest echelons of the U.S. government."
This outrageious explosion of watchlisting -- of monitoring people and racking and stacking them on lists, assigning, them numbers, assigning them 'baseball cards,' assigning them death sentences without notice, on a worldwide battlefield -- it was, from the very first instance, wrong. 

Do as I say, not as I do

"Anti-Rape Activist Resigns After Raping Somebody"
A racial equality officer, gay rights, and anti-rape activist at Oxford University is resigning her positions after admitting she engaged in “not consensual” sex while at a student conference... Recently, [activist] Annie Teriba announced she is resigning all her positions and stepping away from her political campaigns.
“At this year’s NUS black students’ conference, I had sex with someone,” Teriba said, according to The Guardian. “The other party later informed me that the sex was not consensual. I failed to properly establish consent before every act. I apologise sincerely and profoundly for my actions.”
“I should have taken sufficient steps to ensure that everything I did was consensual,” she continued. “I should have been more attentive to the person’s body language. In failing to clarify that the person consented to our entire encounter, I have caused serious irreparable harm.” Teriba further chastised herself for violating NUS’s “safe space” policy and said she would avoid NUS events in the future as a result.
The wording of Teriba’s confession is interesting, suggesting that she didn’t sexually assault anybody (though this is a possibility) but instead failed to fulfill the standard of “affirmative consent,” which expects individuals to obtain explicit consent for every sex act prior to performing it.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Judges plan to outlaw climate change 'denial’"

"A semi-secret, international conference of top judges proposed to make illegal any opinion that contradicted climate change."
We might think that a semi-secret, international conference of top judges, held in the highest courtroom in Britain, to propose that it should be made illegal for anyone to question the scientific evidence for man-made global warming, was odd enough to be worthy of front-page coverage...
The organiser and chairman of the conference was the Supreme Court judge Lord Carnwath, a fervent believer in man-made climate change, who has worked with the Prince of Wales for more than 20 years, and with UNEP since 2002.
The purpose of this strange get-together was outlined in a keynote speech (visible on YouTube) by Philippe Sands, a QC from Cherie Blair’s Matrix Chambers and professor of law at University College, London. Since it is now unlikely that the world will agree in Paris to a legally binding treaty to limit the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees C from pre-industrial levels, his theme was that it is now time for the courts to step in, to enforce this as worldwide law.

Mac and Cheese guy

Darn, my whole post is blown.

This is video captured of the young UConn student being a complete jerk.

He should have been arrested for showing up in public wearing sweats and socks and those God-awful pool slippers. But no, he was arrested for being a jerk.

Actually, that mack and cheese with bacon and jalapeño sounds really good.

The lad saw the video on Youtube and apologized by video.

Daily News covers the incident.

The original post would be about the guy's attitude being so incredibly cockcertain, the entitlement outrageous. Even drunk, how could he think that acceptable? What precise entitlement allows it to be possible?

His tuition. I would feel entitled too if I or my parents were paying sixty grand a year for education. "Yeah, open the Student Center, Bitch, and get me a mac and cheese, and don't give me any lip about my age and my beer, chop chop."

Then I looked at out of state tuition for UConn and that blew my whole point.

"Confederate flag supporters indicted under Georgia terrorism law"

Officers on scene were given conflicting statements as to what led up to the confrontation.”
Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said members of the “Respect the Flag” group violated the state’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and made terroristic threats when their caravan of vehicles bearing the rebel flag drove past a neighborhood party.
“We do want to say that we respect the rights of all citizens to exercise their First Amendment right, but we’re going to require them when they’re doing that to respect the right of all of the citizens to feel safe,” Fortner said at a news conference attended by FOX5.
The indictment, handed up on Friday, also charges two members of the group with battery for a separate incident that occurred at a gas station on the same day. While video of the Confederate convoy has made its way onto social media, there are two drastically different depictions of what occurred on July 25, with each side blaming the other for generating hostility.
This much is not in dispute: numerous pickup trucks, adorned with several large American and Confederate flags, formed a caravan and drove into a neighborhood where a birthday party was being held for a child.

"He is the head of this world and he can interfere and rescue my son."

He is Obama and the son is a young Arabian condemned to beheading followed by a ritualistic crucifixion.

The story is typically horrible.

This plea blows my mind. There is so much about it at once. Does it mean that the mother and father have dropped their religion? Because it sounds like it does. Is this the parents admitting their religion insane, please come and rescue them from it?  In their case the religion and the politics are inseparable. To speak of Arabian government and Arabian justice is speaking about Islam. Is this the parents dropping all that and speaking human to human?

Of course not. This is the mother dragging us into her religion and its irreconcilable internal dispute. Purely and simply. And because that is so then she is pleading with the devil himself to save her from her own religion's justice.

If anything, losing your child would be one thing that could possibly cause a person to drop their religion, to lift themselves out of their religion and speak from above it without it, to leave all that behind and address matters without anything religious to it. But that is not happening. This is a plea from within the religion with all its political aspects intact and so cannot be answered. I'm sorry, your son has to die. For change. For his religion.

Or else snap out of it and that is not happening.

From within the religion with its politics they are asking the Great Satan for assistance.

"He is the head of the world," who thinks like that?

And that head is the Greatest of the Great Satan flattered with "head of the world." This is Arabia and not Iran but it is about the same Shiite vs Sunni dispute.

The father [hoped the king would save his son and warned that if his son is put to death the minority Shiite community could react violently.]

Yes, that is what has to happen for change within the society governed by religion. Naturally. Otherwise it is Great Satan butting in as deus ex machina and that would suit him quite well. The state violence is justified by the religion. It's how that show of public decapitation and superfluous crucifixion is presented as proper. You want the world to know the justice is ridiculous, the system barbaric and insane (the son didn't cause bloodshed and didn't steal any property) while the system is Islam, the system they're speaking from within and maintaining. If the justice is ridiculous and the justice is Islamic then Islam is ridiculous. Is this the parents snapping out of it? No, it is not.

And we really have to correct that "head of the world" nonsense indicating they're stuck in a make believe construct.

That everyone seems to agree on.

As it turns out she's flattering a narcissistic politician unconcerned with institutional constrictions who happens to like showy stunts, a bit of a showman himself, a celebrity, and thinks very similarly about his being head of the world for the nonce, and a successful stunt interfering in another's political world in some inconsequential way will reinforce that, with her plea so desperate and so clear and pure that it pops out above the two Islams and attracts the attention of the world and of the Great Narcissist and like powerful magnets working together actually pull AF1 her direction and actually does affect change however minor in that rotten backward insanely religious arid governing system. She very well might save her son.

And keep her religion they admit in their plea is unjust and insane that brings all this about.

"Why You Actually Should Care About Hillary Clinton's Damn Emails"

"On Tuesday night, at the first Democratic debate of the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders was asked about the secrecy surrounding Hillary Clinton's emails. By way of an answer, he turned to Clinton and informed her—forcefully—that "the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.""
According to moderator Anderson Cooper, Sanders was employing a rhetorical gambit used by politicians and comedians alike known as "playing to the room"—in other words, it was a good shortcut to a big applause. His campaign capitalized on the surge, and with almost suspicious timing, sent out a fundraising email referencing Sanders' crowd-pleasing remark. Evidently, 44,000 were #FeelingTheBern, sending Sanders a total of$1.4 million by the end of the night.
Were the comments endearing? Obviously. But true? Not so much.
The most important aspect of her emails that anyone should be paying attention to is the fact that we don't have answers as to why she was using a private email account, andavoiding the Federal Records Act—which is a law—and why the State Department failed to respond to legitimate requests from journalists under the Freedom of Information Act for her emails years before this scandal was ever revealed.
She [Hillary] changes her story time and time and time again. These are things that anyone should care about when it comes to an elected official. My takeaway is that the rules, for some reason, did not apply to Hillary Clinton, as they would have applied to anyone in the federal government. It's also a failure on the part of the State Department, which did not reign her in.
Via Instapundit

History lectures

Here is an interesting site with ancient history lectures. I need to begin listening again:

I've been listening to a lot histories from Audible Books. I especially like Professor Ken Harl of  Tulane. He's a superb lecturer, speaking quickly and off-the-cuff. Here is link where you can hear a sample from his Alexander the Great lecture:

FYI about signing up for Audible Books. Whether or not you buy a book, each month you receive a free credit. You can collect up to six credits at a time, then they stop rolling over. The nice thing is getting expensive lectures for 'free.'

Also, up to a year from receiving a book/lecture you can return it. For example, if you don't like the narrator's voice, the tempo is too slow, the material not sophisticated enough, etc.

Added: The Great Courses audios can be found at the library. They're not restricted to history...many subjects are available.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5

So, you're familiar with Health and Human Services and U. S. Food and Drug Administration dietary guidelines.
Download report
Psych! Just kidding.

Whose those girls?

Yes that is the question. Can you identify those coconuts? I bet you don't need to be a professor to figure that out. But you would be a psycho if you wanted to make a radio out them.

I you know who it is cleaning up in that picture it might let you settle the eternal question.

Whose those girls?

Nanny and the Professor

"Nanny Figalily where are you."
"I am in the kitchen Prudence playing with a big cock."
"Come on in and I will let you play with him too. You will remember this in forty years when you on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Great Moments in Mets History Volume 2

New York Post October 14, 2015
A monstrous mother-and-son duo savagely beat a Mets fan over the weekend outside Dodger Stadium — in an attack so vicious the victim lost part of his skull, LA cops and the man’s friend said Tuesday.
The bloody beatdown unfolded around 10:30 p.m. local time Friday in the stadium parking lot, following the Mets’ 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
The unidentified Mets fan was listed in critical but stable condition at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.
“We believe that it is a son and a mother who are responsible for this assault,” LAPD chief Charlie Beck said. “We believe that the weapon used were hands and feet.”
Witnesses said the Mets fan was punched and then fell, hitting his head.
“I walked closer and there was a gentleman on the floor and [he] was bleeding profusely from the head,” witness Maria Cerecer told KABC-TV.
“We got free rally towels that night, so they [good Samaritans] were holding the rally towels to his head.”
There were no immediate arrests, and cops were asking for the public’s help to catch the thugs.
The bloodied Mets fan is from Bakersfield, Calif., which is about 100 miles north of Dodger Stadium, according to USA Today and KGET-TV.
A friend of the victim reportedly tweeted: “Embarrassed to be a Dodger fan as my Mets fan friend is in the hospital missing a piece of his skull after being hit by a lowlife.”
Beck stopped just short of connecting the victim’s Amazin’s allegiance to the bloody attack.
For the deciding Game 5 of the NDLS on Thursday back in LA, Beck promised that cops would be out in force at Dodger Stadium
“Particularly with the tensions between the teams right now and the fans obviously there has been a significant amount of rivalry here,” Beck said. “We will be a presence [at Game 5], there will be a sea of [LAPD] blue.”
Despite the beatdown the Mets have announced that they will not throw at the Dodger fans as they do not believe in retaliation. 

I got your states rights right here pal!

There have many well know cases of ruptures between politicians and their children due to the stress of living a public life. The difficulties of Ron Reagan and Patti Davis with their family have been well documented and many of the children of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were estranged for most of their father’s administration. But the worse case of family squabbling can be found in the severed relationship of the 7th Vice President of the United States, John C. Calhoun and his daughter Rory.

Although the Vice President had a loving relationship with his wife Floride they became estranged. First by the trouble she created when she to ostracize the wife of the Secretary of War John Eaton. She claimed that his wife Peggy had actually begun an affair with Secretary Eaton while still married to her first husband Justin Timberlake. Since President Jackson’s own wife Rachel had been the subject of vile rumors he did not take kindly to this friction in his Cabinet, he severely rebuked Vice President Calhoun and cut him out of all Cabinet meetings. This drove a wedge between Calhoun and his wife Floride which widened into a chasm when he misspelled the name of the new state he helped usher into the Union which was supposed to be called Floride but was misspelled as Florida.

This wedge was further exacerbated when Calhoun began an affair with a young woman journalist from New York named Barbara Walters. Rory hated her father and he wrote her off. She was as dead to him as most of Joe Biden's kids. 

Young Rory took her mothers side and they both left the crotchety politico to move to Stars Hollow Connecticut where they operated a bed and breakfast and stop on the Underground Railroad to infuriate the proslavery Calhoun. They spent the rest of their lives having meaningless conversations where they talked so fast and over each others voices so much that they were totally incomprehensible for the rest of their lives. 
(Alice Roosevelt Longworth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: The Sexuality of Political Children by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Playboy Press 2008)

Your Drunk Neighbor

It's metaphysical. The spirit of Donald Trump completely overtakes Your Drunk Neighbor.

"Man in electric wheelchair arrested for DUI"

In his arrest report, police say Ronny Hicks appeared highly intoxicated, because his speech was slurred speech and he was acting confused. Since he was also operating a motorized wheelchair, the 54-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence. Police say Hicks, from Palm Bay, was allegedly blocking the path on a pedestrian bridge inside a park near Margaret and Helen streets in Palm Bay. Police were called because of complaints.
During his first appearance before a judge, the judge approved the maximum $5000 bond, because it was allegedly Hicks third DUI in ten years. But DUI attorney Jason Hicks, no relation, says although the arrest is within the letter of the law, it would be tough to get a conviction for DUI in a wheelchair if it goes before a jury.
You think by the 3rd time, they have a breathalyzer wheelchair lock mechanism by then ;)

"Man tries to put out garbage fire by driving over it in a van loaded with ammunition"

"[T]he owner had been burning garbage in the field and accidentally let the fire get out of control. In an attempt to put the fire out, he drove his van back and forth over the flames."
This made matters worse, as the tires of the van caught fire. Realizing that the van was loaded with firearms ammunition and a full tank of gas, the driver evacuated the area for safety.
A crew from the Liberty Fire Department responded to make sure the fire did not spread. It was unclear what type of ammunition the owner had in the vehicle.
The deputy did not immediately cite the owner, who declined to make a report for a possible insurance claim.
“It seems like he’s just going to have to take a loss on that vehicle because I don’t think they’re going to cover it,” Bazzano said.

Study: Sitting for long periods doesn’t make death more imminent

You've read the warnings: "Sitting will kill you." And many of you have sought out standing desks, fearful that a chair will only hasten the end of your mortal existence.
Well, take a deep breath, relax and add this to the mix of research out there on the pros and cons of standing at work: a study published Tuesday in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that sitting is not associated with an increased risk of dying.
Researchers tracked 16 years' worth of health data from 5,132 people in the Whitehall II study cohort. Participants reported their total time sitting and how long they sat during four different situations: at work, watching television, leisure time and non-television leisure time. Researchers also tracked time spent walking daily and on physical activity.
After controlling for a number of factors, including diet and general health, researchers found the overall mortality risk for these participants wasn't influenced by how long they sat or by the kind of sitting. And the researchers cautioned that too much emphasis on not sitting shouldn't take the place of promoting physical activity.
"Our study overturns current thinking on the health risks of sitting and indicates that the problem lies in the absence of movement rather than the time spent sitting itself," study author Melvyn Hillsdon of the University of Exeter said in a statement. "Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing." (read more)

Behind The Scenes At CNN

"Journalists" Pay Their Respect

I watched a little of the debate last night. I was put off from the get go by the game show look of the whole thing. 

Oh and, get off my lawn!

Little Black Sambo

I know it was wrenching last night when my live-blogging of the debate was interrupted when my laptop broke down. But there is a silver lining behind every cloud. I dragged out and set up my ancient XP and found a lot of great links I'd saved once upon a time, when our hearts were young and gay.

New ways of doing things, beginning with an ingenious BLT

Obama interviews Marilynne Robinson.

US News gives it to us straight. In a switch Obama does the interviewing of author Marilynn Robinson. The subjects of discussion are faith, democracy, education and writing. Of interest is he was anxious to have an unscripted discussion, that it's one of the things he doesn't get a chance to do often as he'd like, speaking with someone that he'd enjoy who he is interested in. She is first in a queue of people he wants to interview. He is a longtime fan. He read her book Gilead, set in Iowa, while he campaigned in the state. His connection to the book, he thinks, is appreciation for homespun virtues.


This is opposite of culture today all about celebrity and being loud and bragging, says he.

With video. Who is he interviewing again? Marilynne Robinson.

Los Angeles Times open with a link to the interview on iTunes. The times summarizes the conversation on the author's Christian faith with emphasis on Christians not taking their faith seriously by "turning in on themselves" and arming themselves against "the imagined other." Faith is supposed to be difficult, supposed to be a challenge.

And apparently suicidal. 

Robinson speaks up for America's maligned school system. She considers "a great educational system that is a triumph of the civilization" and it has no defenders. She says most things we do have no defenders because people feel the worst thing you can say is the truest thing you can say.

It is the figures provided by government that are telling us our schools rank near the bottom of nearly every category. A propaganda machine for political Party is not the triumph of civilization it's cracked up to be. A simple street survey, say, on any random Columbus Day, any day actually, will reveal immediately the falseness of this statement. Further, it is a system being overtaken. 

LA times points out this isn't the fist time Obama recognized Robinson publicly. He also awarded her National Humanities Medal previously. Also quoted her at the funeral of the South Carolina state senator slain with eight others at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston. Obama said then, what is called upon now is what Marilyn Robinson calls that reservoir of goodness, beyond, and of another kind, that we are able to do each other in the ordinary cause of things.

How poetic. Yes, words to live by. I guess. Words. We'll recognize the behavior when we see it. Because it will stand out so starkly with observable Obama behavior. All Obama behavior. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hard Choices

In a stunt intended to impose her word upon candidates uninterested in having it and for the glee her campaign and her supporters derive from it, Hillary Clinton's campaign mailed a copy of her book to Republican candidates. Then what? Gauge for reaction. Smirk. Presume she's the only candidate having written a book? What? Please explain motivation, make it sincere if possible, if anything other than unserious stunt by unserious people.

Last week the folks I follow were offended by this. They're all serious people. They wondered collectively if Hillay had read her own book. Because they did read the book. They actually do bother. That's how twisted they are, how politically bent. Reading for damaging entries, no doubt, maybe skimming for conflicting published statements. They point out the book she is passing around has her supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that she is presently campaigning against. Two Hillarys in one. Campaigning on sending her book to Republican foes to put them some knowledge of her support for TPP while simultaneously campaigning against TPP.

Darleen posts at Protein Wisdom without comment this video by Ben Carson campaign, happy recipient of such a book. (Too typically and annoyingly liberal: you simply must read this book in order to be properly informed as I, but usually by people smarter than themselves, they don't often write them.) The Carson campaign made the video below rather than return the favor. Apparently Carson campaign knows none of the Clinton campaign will ever bother to read A More Perfect Union, Gifted Hands, America the Beautiful, Think Big, One Vote, Take the Risk, or The Big Picture so no point in sending. Or maybe this is Hillary's way of saying, "Hey you guys I wrote a book too."

I almost forgot, while watching the Carson Campaign having fun, and interesting too seeing what it looks like, I was thinking the whole time, "Is that all you guys got?" They never left the office.

More Clinton appearance of conflict of interest

"CNN Debate Moderator Was Member of Clinton Global Initiative"
The Clinton Foundation later told Mediaite that none of these journalists were asked to pay the $20,000 membership fee required of  members. However, it's safe to say that access to big name journalists was a key selling point for paying Clinton Global Initiative members. In a nutshell, Anderson Cooper helped Hillary Clinton raise money, and now he's presented as an impartial moderator for tonight's debate.
Then there is this story at the Washington Post.... "While at State, Clinton chief of staff held job negotiating with Abu Dhabi"
During her first four months at the State Department, [Cheryl] Mills also held another high-profile job: She worked part time at New York University, negotiating with officials in Abu Dhabi to build a campus in that Persian Gulf city.
At the State Department, she was unpaid in those first months, officially designated as a temporary expert-consultant — a status that allowed her to continue to collect outside income while serving as chief of staff...
Mills reported her NYU income on public federal disclosure forms. She did not reference the Abu Dhabi element of her role on the forms, which ask only that employees identify the sources and amounts of their outside income....
Under ethics laws, employees are prohibited from participating in matters that would have a direct and predictable effect on themselves or an outside employer.
Mills said she didn’t “recall any issues” at the State Department that would have required her to consider recusing herself and said she would have consulted with the ethics office if one had come up....
In recent years, more than 100 State Department employees annually have typically been granted a designation that allows them to hold outside employment, including scientists, foreign affairs officers and Abedin, a senior adviser. But experts said that a dual employment arrangement is rare at the chief-of-staff level and that the nature of Mills’s non­governmental work made her situation even more atypical.
“This is exceedingly unusual, perhaps exceptional in the history of modern federal bureaucratic leadership. I’ve never seen it before,” said Paul C. Light, an NYU professor who has studied government employment in depth...
After Clinton spoke at an NYU graduation ceremony in New York in May 2009, a top university official e-mailed Mills to thank her for her “help and guidance” in getting Clinton to the event, according to correspondence recently released by the State Department.
In 2011, Mills forwarded to Clinton an e-mail she had received from a university official describing a new NYU campus planned for Shanghai.

Study: 1 in 6 Young Americans Have Stolen Something in the Past Year

"Geoffrey Fain Williams, an economist at Transylvania University, used data on self-reported thefts from Ohio State University’s National Longitudinal Study of Youth, which followed more than 8,000 people who were 12 to 16 years old when the survey launched in 1996. In the 15 years that followed, participants were asked about a variety of topics, including stealing. The subjects were regularly asked whether they had stolen something in the past year and if so, how much it was worth."
Williams found that theft is relatively common, with about 16% of the participants reporting having stolen something in the past year. One in 5 men have swiped something; 1 in 10 women report doing the same. But people generally only steal for a short period of time, with less than 5% continuing to steal for more than a year.
“For the majority of offenders, property crime may simply be an exploratory phase,” Williams wrote. Once offenders entered their late teen years, their interest in continuing to steal dropped off dramatically, with most thieves under the age of 24, the study found. One reason the young thieves may have lost interest is that they mostly stole objects of little value, only netting about $37.50 per theft. And the thieves generally didn’t need the money; most of the thieves were well off, and being poor didn’t drive the study participants to steal more.
One potential issue with the study is that stealing was self-reported, so actual numbers could be higher.
Is tax cheating worst, better or about the same?

"In a rare encounter, divers come face-to-face with an enormous Sunfish"

Link to video

I had a running of my own with an iguana this morning 

"Danger: Giant seed pod falling from tree."

"Man suing over injury from giant pine cone in San Francisco"
The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( that Sean Mace is suing the U.S. government, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for $5 million.
Mace's attorney Scott Johnson says the veteran was relaxing under a non-native pine tree at the maritime park when the cone fell, causing an irreversible brain injury. Johnson says Mace has had two surgeries and requires a third.
We need gravity control legislation.

Trooper York hardest hit ;-)

"Playboy says it will no longer print images of nude women"
Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.
Its sex columnist, Jones said, will be a “sex-positive female,” writing enthusiastically about sex. And Playboy will continue its tradition of investigative journalism, in-depth interviews and fiction. The target audience, Flanders said, is young men who live in cities. “The difference between us and Vice,” he said, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.”
Flanders and Jones feel that the magazine remains relevant, not least because the world has gradually adopted Hefner’s libertarian views on a variety of social issues. Asked whether Hefner’s views on women were the exception to that rule, Flanders responded that Hefner had “always celebrated the beauty of the female figure.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” Jones said of the decision to dispense with nudity, “12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do.”

Trump questions Merkel's actions; US influx of refugees

"He said: “Frankly, look, Europe is going to have to handle — but they’re going to have riots in Germany [due to the influx of Syrian refugees invited by Chancellor Merkel]. What’s happening in Germany, I always thought Merkel was like this great leader. What she’s done in Germany is insane. It is insane. They’re having all sorts of attacks.”

Mr Trump was talking about the decision to throw open Germany’s doors to Syrian migrants taken by Frau Merkel in August, which Breitbart London previously reported. The ‘open doors’ policy is an idea for which she has come under attack, even from those within her own political ranks.

“What they should do is get all the countries together, including the Gulf States, which have nothing but money. They should all get together and they should take a big swath of land in Syria.

“They should do a safe zone for people where they could live. And then ultimately go back to their country, go back to where they came from.”

Mr Trump was asked how many migrants he would take into the U.S. were he in charge. He replied: “10,000, I’m not thrilled, but maybe. 200,000 people? This could be the greatest Trojan Horse. This could make the Trojan horse look like peanuts if these people turned out to be a lot of ISIS.”

He commented on the fact that most of the migrants are young men:

“…I have been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they’re men. They’re mostly men, and they’re strong men. These are physically young, strong men. They look like prime-time soldiers.

“Now, it’s probably not true, but where are the women? You see some women. You see some children. But for the most part, I’m looking at these strong men. So, you ask two things. Number one, why aren’t they fighting for their country? And, number two, I don’t want these people coming over here.

“And even on a humanitarian — when I was first asked this question — you asked it to me a long time ago — when they were talking about 3,000 people, I begrudgingly would say, oh, maybe, I don’t know. Maybe.”

A fine kettle of fish


"(CNN)U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.

C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition."
All pallets successfully were recovered by friendly forces, a U.S. official said."

The situation: 

US, NATO, Israel, supporting the anti-Assad force, Free Syrian Army, and the groups they desert to with arms we've supplied them, such as al-Qaeda and various al-Qaeda-like factions

Russia, Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, China supporting pro-Assad Syrian Arab Army

ISIS, trying to establish own state in eastern Syria/western Iraq, and whatever else they can manage.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Gulf states covertly supplying ISIS


Monday, October 12, 2015

Nanny and the Professor

"Hello my dear. Why are you so sad?"
"I saw you and Daddy last night on the couch."
"You saw what dear?"
"You were on the couch and you both did not have any clothes on. And you had his thing in your mouth."
"Oh well I see.....well I can understand why you might misunderstand....err.....we were cleaning off the couch so we didn't want to wear any clothes....and I was errr....helping your father get clean as don't you worry dear."
"That's good. I thought you were praying.""Why is that?""Well Daddy kept yelling ....Oh God...Oh God....I thought you were praying or something."
"Yes well religion had nothing to do with it dear. You will understand some day when you are a Real Housewive of Beverly Hills. "
"Thank you Nanny Figalilly. I want to grow up and marry a professor like my daddy."
" Oh I don't think you want to that dearie. Professors are not much fun. They are very opinionated with little experience. They talk a lot but they don't know how to do anything useful. That's why I had to teach you daddy how to.....err...clean. You will be better off with a janitor. Or a Chimney sweep. Anything but a Professor. We have plenty of time for that. Don't fret."
"I love you Nanny Figalilly!"
"I love you too dear."

Happy Columbus Day

10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management

You're given a check every day for twenty-four hours, and you have to spend every last second.
-Hyrum W. Smith
Time, time, time, what's to become of us?  Please share your time management tips with us.

The collapse of "America’s moral ecology"

Via Instapundit...

"California motor-voter law will flood rolls with noncitizens, critics predict"

"The New Motor Voter Act automatically registers to vote all eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles instead of requiring them to fill out a form. Those eligible may opt out of voter registration."
The goal is to ease barriers to voting, but election-integrity advocates warn that the measure could inadvertently add millions of illegal voters to the rolls given that California allows undocumented aliens to obtain driver’s licenses.
Eleven states and the District of Columbia now allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, which are different in appearance from those issued to citizens. In California, noncitizen licenses carry the words “Federal Limits Apply” and “not valid for official federal purposes,” according to
In California, however, state officials “specifically chose not to make noncitizen license holders searchable in their DMV database,” said True the Vote spokesman Logan Churchwell, who called the newly signed bill “unprecedented.”

What's a joke that is clever, but so dark you feel bad for laughing?

Selected Reddit top comments.... [NSFW]
Why do orphans like playing tennis?
Because it’s the only love they get.
I know a good joke about Jonestown, but unfortunately the punch line is too long.
A guy was walking to a bar and on his way he found a girl tied up to the railroad tracks. He untied her and they had sex. Guy gets to the bar, friends ask why he's so late, tells them about the girl he found and all the different positions they fucked in. Friends give him props and ask if he got head, guy replies "I couldn't find it."
I was hesitant to post this, but, nothing else is catching my eye this morning.

Dem debate...Tuesday 8:30 Eastern Time


"As Jeff Cohen noted Friday in “CNN’s Double Standards on Debates,” CNN made a point of including a bona fide right-winger in the Republican debate but “is not planning to include a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners … CNN presents as neutral: CNN’s [Dana] Bash and three CNN anchors (Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, and Juan Carlos Lopez of CNN en Espanol.)”

The significance is that while a person from the Right or Left might break out of the usual frame of these debates, “mainstream” panelists can be counted on to ask predictable queries with maybe a “gotcha” question or two tossed in to show how “tough” the reporter can be. CNN’s line-up fits that description to a tee.

...So as not to raise unrealistic expectations about Tuesday’s debate, Cooper has said that there will be no “gotcha” questions. “As a moderator, it’s not my job in this kind of debate to try and force anything,” he said. “I don’t go into this with some strategy for getting people going in one way or another. … Even if I did have that strategy, or a strategy, I wouldn’t necessarily telegraph that.”
But one can expect a focus on many of the usual mainstream topics, framed in the typical mainstream way: What can be done to stop Putin? Why didn’t President Obama do more to achieve “regime change” in Syria? If the ongoing catastrophe in Libya is mentioned, it is likely to be in the narrow context of the Benghazi investigation and Hillary Clinton’s emails as Secretary of State.

Don't know about my fellow Lemuelites, but I am looking forward the debate on Tuesday. I lost my news junkie mojo for the last several months, but it seems to be reviving. What are your predictions? I still see Webb working with her...

"Lucianne Goldberg: Bill's 'bimbos' ... 'they're back!"


"“...This is fun. I mean, everything old is new again,” Goldberg said in a recorded radio interview set to air Sunday night on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”

She was recalling when Klein, then editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, had contacted Goldberg because he was interested in getting involved in the newly emerging independent Internet news media.

Goldberg, who worked as a literary agent in the 1990s, was the person who advised former White House staffer Linda Tripp to record hours of personal conversations with Lewinsky in which the young intern detailed her extensive affair with Clinton.

The recordings were central to the Lewinsky scandal, which became public when Matt Drudge reported on his young website,, that Newsweek editors had killed a story on the president’s affair.

“So at the time there was a young man who is now one of the most powerful people in the world named Matt Drudge. We had both started websites together, and it was the pioneer days of the Internet,” Goldberg said.

“And a mutual friend said, ‘Call Matt Drudge. He’ll put it on his website. He doesn’t care about offending the Clintons.’ So I did, and he did, and the world exploded.”


This is going to be an unbelievable campaign. We are going to make complete asses of ourselves in front of the world.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

WKRLEM That's right they be Bad Girls!

Daniel, Noah, same difference.

Andrew Kaczynski with BuzzFeed says he cannot find the source. If only there were a thing like an internet search engine that could electronically sort documents for key phrases like [never tyranny united states because people guns] 

Oh goodness. Results go:
Carson apparently pushed millions of buttons at once. How hilarious. If this doesn't encapsulate every political argument I've ever engaged. Sorting through Carson results, ignoring obvious angi-gun results, skipping results with "myth" in them, skipping results telling Carson to shut up, skipping results rewording history, we see it is Noah Webster and not Daniel Webster who has a similar gun-related quote. When we search [noah webster +guns] we see Noah Webster said about guns that one thing. 

Noah Webster, of dictionary fame, believed in cultural independence, looks like this pre 1843:

Daniel Webster is later, known for his booming voice, powerful orator, key Whig leader, he looks like this. 

Presently a Republican Representative from Florida named Daniel Webster vying for Speaker of the House, legalized homeschooling in Florida. Homeschooled his six children. Introduced "covenant marriage" that would make divorce more difficult. He looks like this.


George Barris' shop built both the "Munster Koach" and "Drag-U-La" used in that short clip.

Barris is a living legend. Born in Chicago to Greek immigrant parents, he and his brother started customizing cars in the 1940's. They began doing custom work for Hollywood in the 1950's and became best known for creating the Batmobile from a unique Lincoln Futura. Barris kept the Batmobile until quite recently, selling it for $4,260,000.00. That seems like quite a profit, but consider that the original Lincoln Futura was never commercialized and cost around $2,200,000.00 to produce in 2015 dollars. So George roughly doubled the value.

Here's a link to some of the cars his shop produced through the years: Link

Listen morons we don't need a new rule!

The talk among uneducated people and your usual morons is that Baseball needs a new rule because of the play at second base in the Mets playoff game last night. Chase Utley former Philly douchenozzle slid into Ruben Tejada and broke his leg. You know those Hispanics have brittle bones. So when they do the jobs that Americans don't want to do they get hurt and want disability and stuff. No one wants to play shortstop for the Mets so they were stuck with this idiot.

Anyway Utley went out of his way to plow into Tejada to break up the double play and let his man score. It was a nice clean dirty play. The way the game is supposed to be played. Now the Mets and their fans are bitching and moaning. You usual types want to set up a new rule. There is already a rule. If it was an egregious interference they call both runners out. You don't need a new rule. It is unfortunate that the got hurt but Ty Cobb used to do that every day and twice on Sundays. Suck it up and grow a pair you pansies. What they had to do is hit Utley in the coconut his next time up. Or throw at his knees and break his freaking pin. If Billy Martin or Earl Weaver or Casey Stengel or even Gil Freaking Hodges were the manager that is what would have happened.

The Mets are never going to win until they embrace their history and sign Wally Backman as the manager. He wouldn't have put up with this crap. He would have his pitcher lay Utley out. The way it is supposed to be. Jeeez.

Another Colorado EPA Waste Spill

"An Environmental Protection Agency crew working at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte triggered a wastewater spill into a creek that flows into the town water supply — a small-scale repeat of the Gold King incident this year."
Only an estimated 2,000 gallons spilled Tuesday, amid efforts to open a collapsed portal. The impact on town water is expected to be minimal.
Critics pounced.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said the spill — while not a disaster like the EPA-triggered 3 million-gallon Gold King deluge that turned the Animas River mustard-yellow — raises questions about EPA procedures.
"They told us things were going to be different. Now we have a spill. ... We've apparently got a real challenge with the EPA, not only with notification but their accountability and their ability to adequately execute these types of cleanup projects," Tipton said. "They've got resources. They're the ones in charge of the program. And they've had two spills in my district alone. Is there a better way to approach this?"