Saturday, December 19, 2015

Saturday night music video: Mayor of Simpleton

Rush is known to say he is the mayor of realville... If you could be a mayor of "___", what would that be?

Cruz Christmas Classics: SNL preview

Jeff Sessions Challenges Speaker Paul Ryan......Unfortunately it is not to a duel!

Breibart.comby  JULIA HAHN18 Dec 2015Washington D.C.

While members of House Freedom Caucus are giving 
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
 a public pass on the omnibus, populist thought leader 
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
 is weighing in strongly. Sessions, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chided Ryan for making publicly false statements about the contents of the legislation— quoting from Ryan’s declarations during a Thursday appearance on Michael Medved’s radio show.

The Duopoly sends out it's marching orders....You will all become one with the Borg...resistance is futile!

McConnell: Let’s not nominate a bunch of crazy Tea Party people, folks


The long awaited voice of reason for the 2016 election has finally weighed in. Mitch McConnell took time out from his busy schedule of cutting budget deals with the Democrats to caution everyone against going crazy next year and nominating a bunch of wacko birds who can’t possibly win. Let’s tune in to a short segment of the sage advice. (The Hill)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday warned Republican voters to steer clear of nominating Tea Party candidates who can’t win in next year’s general election.
“The way you have a good election year is to nominate people who can win,” he told reporters during his final Capitol Hill press conference of 2015.
He urged Republican primary voters to avoid the mistakes of the past, mentioning several Tea Party candidates who went down in flames in recent Senate elections.
“What we did in 2014 was we didn’t have more Christine O’Donnell’s, Sharron Angles, Richard Mourdocks or Todd Akins. The people that were nominated [last year] were electable,” he said of the last midterm cycle. 

If Gunsmoke was remade by Obama, De Blasio, Black Lives Matters and Professor Turley

"Ann Cryer wept when she heard the news last week"

Rotherham report 'reduced me to tears'
The really sad aspect of it is that many of these girls could have been spared.
In 2002, when she was Labour MP for Keighley, Cryer became the first public figure in Britain to talk out about allegations of "young Asian lads" grooming underage white girls in the West Yorkshire town.
This was underage sex. These girls were well below 16. The mothers said, 'We understand it's a criminal offence even if it's consensual', which I said was quite right. And they said to me, 'Why is it that West Yorkshire police won't do anything about it, social services won't do anything about it, when we have given them the names and addresses of the men abusing our daughters?' "
Twelve years on, Cryer described these women as "enlightened mothers, members of the Labour party, women who I would never in a million years have described as racist"...
Cryer is adamant that she can't have been the only politician to have heard such stories. "There must have been councillors and MPs, I think, all over the country who knew what was going on but were terrified. It's a genuine fear, to be terrified of being labelled a racist. No one wants to be called a racist, least of all someone who isn't a racist."
Similar stories emerged after the San Bernardino massacre. People who saw something said nothing.

Projector Breaks During Late-Night Showing Of ‘Star Wars’

Link to story

What's the easiest way to ruin your life in one move?

Reddit top voted answers...
Taking a semester off to go work in San Antonio for cable auditing company that promised $1500 per week in commissions.
Duck driving shit drunk.
Relying on other people for happiness, as soon as you give people that power, you will forever be chasing happiness and you will never fufill it.
Get a tattoo of a swastika on your forehead.
"I do".
There were other top voted answers in this Reddit thread I left out. Let's just say it's really easy to ruin your life. And now I'm wondering maybe I shouldn't have posted this. How do I turn this post around...

Friday, December 18, 2015


     "Our culture has developed harmonic and melodic music to an imposing degree but many other cultures in the world are considerably in advance of ours in purely rhythmic conception. The music of certain African tribes which we would call primitive is based on counterrhythms executed by two or more percussionists that make those of modern classical composers and practically all swing drummers sound amusingly simple. 
     Some the most difficult counterrhythmic execution found in Western music is, surprisingly enough, not for drums but for piano. Another instrument in which independent action plays a major role is the pipe organ, which makes use of the feet as well as the hands. This preoccupation with counterrhythmic effects on other instruments emphasizes how slowly, in some respects, the drumming of 'civilized peoples' has progressed."  
Jim Chapin, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer (1948)

And Forgive Us Our Debts As We Forgive Those Who Debt Against Us*

The great tragedy of science, the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.~T.H. Huxley
Overheard at Lem's:
Rhythm and Balls said... 
Democrats almost consistently bring debt down. Republicans ever since Reagan almost consistently raise it.  
December 18, 2015 at 8:53 PM
As proof, the author linked the following chart:

So far, so good. But I wondered why the Obama years were so truncated and so I went looking for more recent data:

I will leave it to you geniuses to explain away the "hockey stick."

[Added, 6 PM PST, December 19, 2015]:

Rhythm and Balls said...
And yet, she will become POTUS because Americans know that her lies are not as dangerous as the lies that Republicans can't stop telling themselves. See Chickie's new, selective disregard for facts in a later post comparing 1990 to 1941 if you want to see evidence of that.

Apparently, the author misunderstood what I did with the charts. I used the second chart to show the astonishing growth in debt under the Obama Administration. I knew that it had spiked, and had approached FDR levels (and yet, we never saw FDR-like performance, did we?).

It seemed rather obvious to me that the data presented in the second chart augments the data in the first one; it doesn't supplant the first one. Plotted together, the deficits run by FDR and by Obama would look like sharp spikes at both ends of a hypothetical chart spanning the years 1932 to 2015.* Such a chart would still undermined the author's hypothesis that "Democrats almost consistently bring debt down. Republicans ever since Reagan almost consistently raise it."

Quarrel Est Demonstandum

Where's Marco? He must think it looks Presidential to be lazy!

The Hill (December 15, 20
Sen. Marco Rubio missed Friday’s Senate vote approving a massive $1.8 trillion end-of-the-year spending bill and tax package — a day after he suggested that he could try to slow the legislation down. 
The Florida Republican, who is running for president, was the only 2016 contender to miss the vote, which is the Senate's final vote of the year.
Rubio defended his absence in an interview, telling CBS News that "in essence, not voting for it, is a vote against it."
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), three other presidential candidates, all voted against the legislation. 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a fourth GOP presidential candidate from the Senate, backed the bill.
Cruz announced his opposition to the legislation on Thursday, describing his vote as a “hell no.”
“This is what's wrong with the Washington Cartel,” he told "The John Fredericks Show." “Republican leadership has proven to be the most Democratic leaders we have ever seen. ...[This] does not honor the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.” 

Whose that girl?

A really hot star of the 1980's who was once considered a Confederate Monument so hot that there was a famous article of clothing named after her.

Of course she wasn't as famous as the car but she is still a classic.

Whose that girl?

Statues of Confederate Soldiers to be removed in New Orleans.

(CNN)A large crowd broke into cheers Thursday after the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four monuments to the Confederacy from prominent places in the city.
The 6-1 vote means officials will take down statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place will also go.
    It's one of the strongest gestures yet by an American city to remove symbols of Confederate history, following a trend in many Southern states to take down the Confederate battle flag.

    Yale students sign 'petition' to repeal the first amendment

    America's best and brightest.

    Paul Ryan

    His eyes read, "I'm doomed." They do. He can buff up all he wants, his body knows he's doomed.

    Sanpaku, "three eyes" there are two types, one, I've gone daft, and two, I'm doomed. Ryan's type. All photos of Ryan, not just this one are like this. His face honestly conveys what his body knows about all the things bearing on him that his mind believes he is handling and throughout all that his body says, "I am done for."

    And he is.

    It's very odd. The whole thing is odd. The political situation so bizarre it's untenable. Civil war in slow motion across the country so slow that its wave breaks over Washington like this omnibus package. Paul Ryan rides the crest of that wave to high office then abruptly turns against it for a "clear slate," worst of all reasons for his base, that gives opponents all that they want to avoid the fight that from the base's point of view he was elevated to wage. He failed them. And they're not in the mood for excuses. He does this when the base is in prolonged turnover mood.

    A way to understanding is bizarrely inappropriate too. From the East, not even our system of understanding. We don't look at eyes like this, but once you do it's quite impossible to ignore.

    "Frogs Surprisingly Like Humans, Genetically Speaking"

    Livescience: African clawed frogs have more in common with humans than you might think, according to their newly sequenced genome, which shows a surprising number of commonalities with the human genome.

    The frog in question is a slimy, rotund type scientifically named Xenopus tropicalis. This is the first time an amphibian genome has been sequenced, and scientists say it represents a big hop forward in understanding not just frogs but Earth's whole tree of life.

    In fact, many of Earth's creatures are more similar to each other, genetically speaking, than you might guess just by looking at them...

    The frogs' similarity to humans has come in handy before.

    In the early 20th century biologists discovered that these frogs were unusually sensitive to human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone produced by pregnant women. The frogs gained popularity as a low-cost pregnancy test in the 1940s and 1950s. Doctors would inject a frog with a woman's urine, and if she was pregnant, the frog would ovulate and produce eggs in 8 to 10 hours.

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    WKRLEM Women of Ireland

    Added.. Music videos are open threads.

    Death Star

    "Mom shoots half court shot to win daughter half-priced tuition"

    NBC News : A Minnesota mom who nailed a basketball shot at half-court has earned thousands of dollars in school tuition, social media fame, and — most importantly, she says — the chance to raise awareness about families in need of food assistance.

    Angela Ramey, of Bloomington, threw the shot on Dec. 4 after a fundraiser at her 9-year-old daughter Grace's private school.

    Earlier this month, Grace had won a competition at school by raising $1,200 for Kids Against Hunger, an organization that provides meals to local families. Using the money from the fundraiser, the entire school packed meals to dole out to Minnesota's neediest on Dec. 4.

    "Women still outnumbered in medical leadership by men with mustaches"

    Washington Post : The study, in short, found that mustaches -- while increasingly rare, with the researchers citing reports that less than 15 percent of men in the United States sport such facial hair -- still outnumber women in positions of medical power.

    "We defined a mustache as the visible presence of hair on the upper cutaneous lip and included both stand alone mustaches (for example, Copstash Standard, Pencil, Handlebar, Dali, Supermario) as well as mustaches in combination with other facial hair (for example, Van Dyke, Balbo, The Zappa)," the researchers write in the study. "Department leaders with facial hairstyles that did not include hair on the upper lip (for example, Mutton Chops, Chin Curtain) were considered not to have a mustache. We evaluated each leader for the presence of facial hair regardless of sex."...

    And before you get all up in arms about the suggestion that women should outnumber men, stop and think for a second about how few men with mustaches you know. If you don't live in Portland or Brooklyn, chances are pretty good the answer is very very few.

    Of the 1,018 medical department leaders examined by the study, only 190 were moustachioed men. But only 130 were women. That's 13 percent women and 19 percent men with visible hair on their upper lip. Bringing the mustache index up to 1 without adding more leadership positions would actually still leave us pretty far from gender parity.

    Omnibus for 2016 quadruples H2B Visas

    Congressional leaders quietly slipped the provision into the 2,009-page funding bill, with rank-and-file lawmakers only discovering it Wednesday morning. The move immediately sparked protests from both ends of the political spectrum. …
    The Hill.

    That is the line that kills me. So much information, so much to become angry about except the bits that are needed. What are H2B Visas, and who did this? It's important to know so they can be traduced.

    First, H2B Visas are for low-skilled workers, The people who fly in to meet with senators to lobby for reform are all hotel owners and landscape companies.

    I thought it was Silicon Valley and this does make some difference on who to be cross with but you still have to think the employers would make whatever adjustments necessary like pay people what their labor is worth. They cannot say they cannot find workers when the issue is salary.

    I'm reading right side sites say whoever did this needs to come forward and have their positions known.

    Well, who supports the legislation? Who was being lobbied?

    That would be Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D, MD) Search results read like this:

    * vice chair of Committee on Appropriations
    * secures $390 million for new FBI headquarters in D.C. suburbs
    * served in congress more than any woman in history, will retire after five terms
    * served in U.S. Congress for 30 years as senator and a representative
    * we've come to a standstill
    * grabbed gavel of Senate Appropriations Committee, made history as first woman
    * served longer than any other woman in history, won't run for re-election in 2016

    This is a bit boring. And I'm becoming glad she's going away. There's more.

    * Barbara Mikulski's announcement Wednesday that she'll be the decisive 34th vote for President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran shifts
    * The animated and occasionally irascible Democrat from Maryland who rose from being
    * a friendship more epic than that between Hillary Clinton and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, you'd be hard-pressed to find it.


    * announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, becoming the 34th senator to do so
    * 78-year-old Maryland Democrat and longest serving woman in Congress, who announced Monday
    * A lifetime of advocacy will be recognized Tuesday at the White House when Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski receives the Presidential Medal of

    Yeah, it's like the Oscars. A plumber does a lifetime of advocacy. Electricians do. There is no medal-worth heroism here, just more knob polishing.

    * On Wednesday, by a vote of 53 to 44, the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to pass in the Senate.

    Because paycheck fairness is none of federal government's business. They would love to have it so. But it isn't. Anything named like that disingenuously will have the perverse opposite effect. Based on its name it needed to fail.

    * who has served in the Senate and in Congress longer than any other woman

    We get it, she has a vagina and she held steady. That's it for her. I'm glad she's gone. My guess, I'm a terrible guesser, Barbara Mikulski busted a move before she departs that august body -- what is it again? -- world's greatest deliberative body. Where budgets are not passed, only emergency omnibus bills with so much at stake and no one to blame.

    Another person to blame, I'm guessing again, would be another senator heavily lobbied who proposed legislation. Thom Tillis (R. NC), a new guy. I'm curious what devious underhanded sneaky people look like, penis growing out the forehead, horns out the cheeks, pockmarks, scars, hair like Trump, bugs flying around. And I'm always disappointed they look normal.

    He would be top suspect, due to reports of him being lobbied on H2B. Just curious what his search results say.

    * junior United States Senator from North Carolina.
    *  committed to creating opportunities for North Carolina families and


    * is increasingly called on ...
    * The hacker activist group Anonymous just claimed that U.S. Senator Thom Tillis
    * Tillis' constituents might want to think twice before shaking his hand. The Republican senator from North Carolina said on Monday
    * Sen. Thom Tillis (R- NC) described his own history of opposing certain health and ...
    *  In 1947, 14-year old Willis Lynch of Littleton, N.C., was asked by a nurse to sing a song as she placed a mask over his face. Lynch unknowingly ...
    * A list published over the weekend that alleges nine politicians - topped by Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina - are secretly ...
    * and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2015, Amendment Rejected -
    * a story circulated that North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is a member of the KKK.
    * Requiring restaurant employees to wash their hands is too much regulation, says Sen. Thom Tillis.

    I feel like I know them.


    Co-sponsership support from:
    Christopher Dodd (D-CT
    Herbert Kohl (D-WI
    Joseph Biden (D-DE)
    Ted Stevens (R-AK)
    Candice Miller (R-MI)
    Dennis Moore (D-KS)
    Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
    Jerry Weller (R-IL)
    Todd Platts (R-PA)
    Ron Paul (R-TX)
    Albert Wynn (D-MD)
    Joe Schwarz (R-MI)
    Steny Howery (D-MD)

    Grounds magazine

    The bill also fully funds the Refugee Resettlement program. It also contains billions of dollars of aid to Mexico and to Central America.

    Unacceptable. The omnibus is unacceptable. Maybe there's a need for these visas and maybe not. The quadrupling does not allow an increase in visas, the cap is not raised, rather a requirement for renewal of expired visas is eliminated for some period and the need for going back and starting with new lottery is eliminated.

    Conservatives are in angst because they feel Paul Ryan betrayed them by trading everything Democrats wanted for the benefit of selling American oil on the global market. And why American oil is not already on the global market is left unexplained. You'd think that would be only natural.  I'm certain if we look there will be a perfectly good reason for that distortion and disruption in the market. Betrayed once again. And there is not an explanation good enough to satisfy critics for why after all this there still isn't a budget.

    Democrats claim several significant policy victories, celebrating Republican policies not being in the omnibus bill.

    Democrats get funding for Planned Parenthood just as if those devastating videos had no affect whatsoever on policy. Planned Parenthood is applauding.

    Money for Climate Change.

    Here is the list of things the very successful minority Democrats got in this lauded  bipartisan agreement. It's long. The Daily Signal.

    Harry Reid explains why this is a good thing, Free Beacon.

    "Cancer ISN'T all in your genes"

    "Up to 90% of cases 'could be wiped out by avoiding triggers caused by our unhealthy lifestyles'"
    They said that factors in the world around us, from diet, to sunlight, cigarettes and disease, play a far bigger role in fuelling cancer than dodgy DNA.
    While the advice may not seem surprising, scientists are divided about how much cancer is caused by what we do and how much is unavoidable.
    The latest study involved four analyses of the causes of cancer and used some of the same data as the first piece of research.
    However, it came to the opposite conclusion, suggesting that cancer incidence is far too high to be explained by simple mutations in cell division alone.
    They said that, if random mutations were to blame, there would be far fewer cases of cancer than there are.

    Jenner keeping it real

    The [transgender] fantasy doesn’t work without complete buy-in, and so Jenner’s nonconformist habits are the stuff of scandal: He remains a Republican. He is pretty mellow about pronouns. He thinks that it is important for a man in his situation to look like a woman rather than “a man in a dress” and sympathizes with people who are creeped out by stubble-faced stevedores in Manolo Blahniks. He’s pronounced himself conflicted on the question of homosexual marriage. On the matter of the social and legal status of men pretending to be women, he pronounced himself “pretty comfortable” with the situation here in the United States. (He resides in Malibu: “Pretty comfortable,” indeed.) Jenner’s relative conservatism and his Republican affiliation ought not be surprising — as my friend Rob Long says: “Of course Jenner’s a Republican. She’s a rich old white lady.”

    "Whistleblower: Obama More Concerned with Protecting the Rights of Islamists Than Protecting the American People"

    Pajamas Media: Philip Haney, the Homeland Security whistleblower whose investigation into Islamic infiltration of the U.S. might have prevented the San Bernardino attack, has written an important op-ed for The Hill, warning of President Obama's misplaced priorities when it comes to national security. In brief, says Haney, "the Obama administration is more concerned with the rights of non-citizens in known Islamist groups than with the safety and security of the American people."
    There are terrorists in our midst and they arrived here using legal means right under the noses of the federal law enforcement agencies whose mission is to stop them. That is not due to malfeasance or lack of effort on the part of these officers; it is due to the restrictions placed on them by the Obama administration.
    Not only did the Obama administration shut down an important investigation that could have connected enough dots to prevent the San Bernardino terrorist attack, they went back and erased the dots Haney was "diligently connecting." Worse yet, when he complained to the DHS inspector general, the DHS and the Department of Justice subjected him "to a series of investigations and adverse actions, including one by that same inspector general."
    None of them showed any wrongdoing; they seemed aimed at stopping me from blowing the whistle on this problem.
    Haney finally retired from government earlier this year, and is now taking his story to the American people.

    Unfortunately, the Obama administration's "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE) doctrine is designed to shield Islam and Muslims from most scrutiny, while encouraging crackdowns on domestic “right-wing extremists.”


    Betty or Veronica...?

    ....It's the animated version of the eternal question: Ginger or Mary Ann?

    Another question:  Did you have one of these?


    Regular dry pasta noodles are made with 100% semolina type flour and water. The dough is dry and crumbly and by industrial machinery shoved through bronze plates with holes under high pressure. The pasta is carefully fully dried in stages.

    Italian cookbooks even, say, Mario Batali, instruct cooks to use all purpose flour for pasta. This results is elastic noodles when rolled. Bouncy. They're fun. Especially for kids. Distinctly different from extruded semolina noodles. But not particularly dense nor toothsome nor hearty. Noodle dough, like pizza dough can be strengthened with semolina. It makes the dough heavier. Heavier semolina for part of the flour and egg yolks are what make this meal so hearty and satisfying. Regular noodles work too, but these are fantastic. 

    The dough is rolled out, much easier than it sounds, flour heavily, folded in thirds and cut by hand. This is rustic as pasta gets. The real deal. 

    Sauce can be anything. I'm particularly fond of cream flavored with s/p and dry mustard, maybe chile flakes, that's about it. 

    I also like aglio e olio very much, similar to this. At one time a fallback standard. The sort of thing you whip out at home from the clubs in place of a cheese or fried sandwich. Literally burn broccoli in olive oil quickly on one side and add shavings of garlic at the end, there's your aglio e olio, douse with prepared beef broth (carton) and add angel hair pasta right into the liquid. It cooks in two minutes. Shave Parmigiano over noodles, broccoli and beef broth. A one-pan deal. Perfect for drunks.

    CODA Brothers, what deaf people love about interpreters

    CODA means child of deaf adult but I think only the guy in the brown shirt is deaf. I'm not sure.   

    This video received a lot of comments on YouTube for this sort of thing. Over three hundred. I notice people did not catch on to what they're doing at first. Surprising. That's because their humor is first rate and so kind hearted and gentle. 

    Now honestly, the first clue is the word "love" in caps in the title. It's one of two things, either effusive or sarcastic. The second clue is their first suggestion that loud shirts are welcome. Every interpreter knows otherwise, loud clothes and jewelry, tattoos, arms hairy as a gorilla, nose and lip piercings, broad diamond studded Rolex watches are all distracting. Hearing and seeing them say otherwise is clearly a joke. 

    Sarcastic, the tip of the nose, two "tease, joke, bull horns" jerk past each other.

    An In-Depth Analysis of Bob Dylan's 2015 Christmas Lights

    I don't know about you, but I'll wait for the "annalysis." 

    evening December 16, 2015 time-lapse

    I'm trying to understand why the photos strung together shake with telephoto zoom but they do not shake with the fixed focal length lenses. It's frustrating. Come on, help a brother out.

    The tripod is cheap, the legs weak, it could be wind, but it's not. Everything is calm. No bouncing children or pets. No disturbance. It is something with the camera or lens.

    The thing is, this lens is best one of four for framing the sky. The two fixed focal length lenses cannot get it all, and the wide angle can only get way too much, a third must be cropped to eliminate balconies on each side. Only this lens can frame it just right to get the most end to end without balconies. This lens is the strong preference, but it does this shaking thing.

    The camera recalculating aperture is doing it, I think. It changes the whole thing slightly inside. The stack of lenses stay fixed once focused but the aperture at the end of them positioned in front of the sensor changes and that alters slightly how light falls onto the sensor enough to throw off the whole thing ever so slightly and mostly at the edges. 

    Visualizing how the stack of lenses will change the appearance of the shapes on the sensor is easy enough, and now visualize how the size of the aperture will do a similar thing. It changes the depth of field. The size of the aperture changes the shapes of things as all these curved surfaces affect light bent onto the sensor. 

    Nikkor 18-200

    That is a remarkable range when you think about it. It's incredibly difficult to engineer a zoom lens to take good picture at both extremes, but this lens does. That is what is so impressive, great photos at its nearest and its farthest. Not the mind-blowing fidelity and sensual quality of their fixed lenses, nice glints but no sexy bokeh, just good solid reliable photos end to end, even hummingbirds and the like. Not lumberingly slow, but it is not particularly fast either.  

    The distance between all the lenses spreads out slightly warping the shape of the image, and so does the size of the aperture stop by stop by stop. 

    I talked about this lens before. Now it is giving me this problem. It is an excellent lens. All purpose. It has vibration reduction and extra low dispersion coated glass. Made specifically for DX cameras, 3/4 size of full frame analogous to 35mm. It takes a lot of light to power. The weight of the barrel causes it to drift by its weight, and I noticed that due to it being DX lens for DX camera, made to fit its sensor, that photos definitely vignette, that is darken slightly around all four corners, noticeable when a lot of photos are shown together, they look like the old fashion stick on corners that held photos in albums. This is corrected by batch processing in Photoshop but only in RAW form (NEF for Nikon). Most people set their cameras to shoot in JPG, the cameras convert and  compresses as a matter of internet convenience. The cameras do a very good job of it but the full original load of information captured by the sensor is forfeited. Much more adjustment is possible in RAW.  

    The other lenses are made for full frame camera (the old 35mm size). This camera is smaller so the lenses are oversized, too wide. They screw on just fine but the outside area of the lenses are wasted on my smaller sensor. As if the photos are pre-cropped. I'm eager to see what these lenses can do on a full frame camera and one of the things they will do is produce more vignetting. As it is, all that goes beyond the edges of my camera's sensor. 

    So, now the problem is identified, the aperture changing is messing things up. Therefore the aperture will be fixed too. No more widening of the pupil so to speak. That will stay the same and the camera will calculate shutter speed for its only variable.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    KLEM TV Chris Christie downs his sorrows.

    Wolf Blitzer Would Not Approve

    The Tex Avery cartoon "Blitz Wolf" is from an era when Americans recognized a common enemy and were not afraid to name it.

    The cartoon was nominated but lost out in the Oscars to a Donald Duck cartoon, Der Fuehrer's Face. These were all from a time when moral distinctions were more clearly and more easily drawn.

     The Wiki page on Blitz Wolf

    WKRLEM: The Nuclear Triad?

    Why Donald Trump is leading in the race for the nomination all spelled out in one sentence.

    TRUMP: "So, they can kill us, but we can’t kill them? That’s what you’re saying?"

    Simple. Declarative. Everybody understands what he means. No political bullshit. No phony nuance. No pandering to the pajama boys and the liberal press. 

    They are coming to our Christmas parties to kill us. To our malls. To our supermarkets. Restaurants. Deli's. Bus stops. Just like Paris. Just like Israel.

    Once upon a time when America was at war with an intractable enemy we rained down destruction on them. We bombed them until the rubble bounced. We turned their homeland into ash and destruction. Were the people who did that inhumane beasts? Racists? Murderer's? FDR. Truman. Eisenhower.

    Or were they Americans. Leaders who put America First. Not the sensibilities of the Muslim world. Not the Saudi's. Not Wolf Blitzer or Chris Matthews or the broad with the tampon earrings. Ordinary everyday Americans who are not protected by security guards and gated communities. The type of people who are at a government departments Christmas party. Or spectators at the Boston Marathon. Or people working at their office in the World Trade Center.

    Some things are not that complicated. Trump understands that. The people who support him understand that. It is that simple.

    Complicate it all you want. But there is a term for that.


    GOP primary debate

    A conundrum

    "Requiring religious education is clearly unconstitutional"

    "Daisy Obi, 73, an ordained minister from Nigeria, was convicted of assault and battery for shoving Gihan Suliman, a Muslim who lived in her Somerville property, down a flight of stairs..."
    In 2014, Obi was sentenced by Somerville District Court Judge Paul M. Yee Jr. to two years in the house of correction, six months to serve, with the balance suspended for two years.
    Then Yee took an extra step...
    “I want you to learn about the Muslim faith. I want you to enroll and attend an introductory course on Islam,” Yee said during sentencing. “You have to give some kind of written documentation to probation that you have in fact done that.”
    Basically, Yee ruled that Obi has to either learn about the Muslim faith or possibly face more time behind bars.
    When I first glanced this story on Instapundit, I thought it happened in Africa somewhere. Nope, it happened here in Massachusetts.

    Bad Lip Reading of the First Democratic Debate

    ht AllenS

    WKRLEM. What is the opposite of the debate


    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    "You can't wear that when urine school apparently"

    Imgur: "Accidentally sent my son to school with his newly bought ugly Christmas sweater. Didn't realize what Santa was doing until his kindergarten teacher pointed it out when I picked him up after school."

    "In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood..."

    "... that a state of emergency is declared"
    The Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, released a study in September that confirmed what many Flint parents had feared for over a year: The proportion of infants and children with above-average levels of lead in their blood has nearly doubled since the city switched from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River as its water source, in 2014.
    The mayor — elected after her predecessor, Dayne Walling, experienced fallout from his administration’s handling of the water problems — said in the statement that she was seeking support from the federal government to deal with the “irreversible” effects of lead exposure on the city’s children. Weaver thinks that these health consequences will lead to a greater need for special education and mental health services, as well as developments in the juvenile justice system.
    “Do we meet the criteria [for a disaster area]? I don’t know,” she told Michigan Live. But Weaver doesn’t think the city can receive the help it needs without alerting federal officials to the urgency of the matter....
    “For more than 18 months, state and local government officials ignored irrefutable evidence that the water pumped from the Flint River exposed [residents] to extreme toxicity,” the complaint reads. “The deliberately false denials about the safety of the Flint River water was as deadly as it was arrogant.”
    Calling officials’ conduct “so egregious and so outrageous that it shocks the conscience,” the complaint cites the specific experiences of a few plaintiffs and their families, all of whom allege they have been challenged by similar health ailments since high levels of lead and copper entered their bloodstreams. (read the whole thing)

    AllenS: This is pretty good...

    Police: Mom told daughter she was dying for cancer scam

    Texas, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities in Texas said they arrested a mother accused of shaving her 7-year-old daughter's head and fraudulently claiming the child had cancer.

    "The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is urging the community to verify and confirm information from fundraisers that they choose to participate in. In many cases, asking questions and utilizing good common-sense approaches can prevent someone from being the target of a fraudulent scheme. Legitimate organizations, groups, or persons who are fundraising will have ways to verify and confirm information about their events," the sheriff's office said.

    Garcia was booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on a felony charge of exploitation of a child. She was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

    "Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to Department of Work and Pensions."

    Mirror: Hackers have claimed that a number of Islamic State supporters' social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the Department of Work and Pensions.

    A group of four young computer experts who call themselves VandaSec have unearthed evidence indicating that at least three ISIS-supporting accounts can be traced back to the DWP's London offices.

    "Don't you think that's strange?" one of the hackers asked Mirror Online. "We traced these accounts back to London, the home of the British intelligence services." ...when Mirror Online traced the IP addresses obtained by VandaSec, we found they actually pointed to a series of unpublicised transactions between Britain and Saudi Arabia.

    The Cabinet Office has now admitted to selling the IP addresses on to Saudi Telecom and the Saudi-based Mobile Telecommunications Company earlier this year as part of a wider drive to get rid of a large number of the DWP's IP addresses.

    It said the British government can have no control over how these addresses are used after the sale.

    Unwitting Marxists

    These attacks [by radical feminists and black campus activists] on the foundations of freedom and equality under law are nothing new. The beliefs animating such attacks—that individual rights encourage pernicious practices (such as worshiping God and acquiring private property); that law’s primary function is to serve as a tool by which oppressors keep the oppressed in place; and that the task of politics is to overcome the benighted concern with the blessings of freedom in order to convert hearts and minds to the one true secular faith—were all brilliantly articulated by the young Karl Marx.

    ...The immediate problem is that, undergirded by intolerance and dogmatism, the new programs to combat systemic racism and sexism to which elite universities will be devoting hundreds of millions of additional dollars will intensify the grievances they are supposedly meant to soothe.

    Does pharma bro have a death wish?

    Shkreli, otherwise known as “pharma bro,” gained notoriety earlier this year when his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, increased the price of a drug used to treat AIDS patients from around $13.50 to $750. He’s now the CEO of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, which recently announced its plans to submit benznidazole, a treatment for Chagas disease purchased earlier this month, for Food and Drug

    Administration approval next year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 300,000 people in the United States have the deadly disease. Most of them are immigrants from Latin America, where as many as 8 million people are infected.

    The third most common parasite disease in the world, Chagas, also known as the “kissing bug disease,” is transmitted via the painless bites of Triatomine insects. Untreated, it can lead to heart failure and death. Last year, researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine identified Chagas in several patients who hadn’t traveled outside of the country, positing that they may have come into contact with the bugs through camping and hunting. That said, the risk of contracting the parasite in the U.S. remains small; most people who have the disease in the United States already had it when they arrived.

    Right now, doctors in the U.S. obtain benznidazole free of charge through the CDC. According to Rachel Cohen, the regional executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative in North America, the drug sells in Latin America for somewhere between $60 and $100 for each course of treatment. Both of these would change the moment the FDA approved benznidazole from any company—and Shkreli, in particular, seems determined to price this drug out of reach of the people who need it. In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, KaloBios wrote that it expects to price the Chagas drug similarly to antivirals for Hepatitis C, which can cost almost $100,000 for a single course of  treatment in the United States.

    Bill Cosby Sues Accusers

    "You Assassinated My Character"
    Bill Cosby has aggressively lashed out at 7 of his sexual assault accusers, claiming they went on a malicious campaign to ruin him with lies and thwart his TV comeback.
    Cosby just countersued the women, claiming they have made "malicious, opportunistic, false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct against him."
    The comedian is claiming emotional distress against Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie ... claiming the allegations of drugging and then sexually assaulting them is flatly untrue.
    Cosby claims the motivation of the women was to torpedo his television return.

    WKRLEM AllenS requests

    Monday, December 14, 2015

    Our Superstitious President, Victor Hanson

    The essay is a good and interesting read and recommended. But what can Hanson possibly cite to support a claim of Obama being superstitious? My idea of superstition is all the little things one does and thinks throughout the day that clutter one's doing and thinking.

    Hanson strikes some excellent professorial blows of the sort that can be adopted for disruption by going through examples of Obama putting ideology ahead of available facts. Hanson baits us with superstition then supplies examples of Obama ignoring statistics in favor of progressive policy. Rather quickly the charges against Obama shift from superstitious in the title, to unscientific in the next few paragraphs, to ignores available data thereafter.

    Obama's idea of science is reductionists, it relies on consensus of professors, not a particularly courageous bunch, and if their agreement advances progressive agenda then it becomes fact. And from this view of how Obama embraces science we can imagine that Newton, Galileo and Darwin as exemplars of groupthink having worked through consensus with support of status-quo institutions and universities advancing majority-held theories.

    Brilliant. That takes two paragraphs, and I think that might be the best bit.

    Hanson uses stem cell research for example. This is a particular point of nettlesome annoyance because there is nothing at all scientific in this stance. I've heard more people chime in on this vociferously without knowing what they are talking about save for what they drew from so they all say the same thing about Republicans being unscientific when it is actually they, and now the president is crowing about victory on this matter from the same place of pure ideologic ignorance. Straight up.

    This is where Hanson uses "anti-science" and "anti-factual" in place of superstition.

    Obama warns about backlash against Muslims following Islamic terror attacks while statistic show clearly and repeatedly and variously that Jews need protection. Hanson fleshes out his description of this with examples through three paragraphs.

    Obama associates San Bernardino with no fly list either ignoring or conflating the terror watch list while no connection between these things is shown to exist.

    Obama rejects Keystone pipeline on ideologic grounds ignoring all arguments contrary.

    Hanson devotes a devastating paragraph to changing NASA's foremost mission to outreach to Muslim groups to make them feel better about their contribution to science, math and engineering. Hanson asks readers to imagine a future Republican president converting federal department to outreach to Christian populations to make them feel better about their contributions to science, math and engineering.

    Obama blithely connects California drought to climate change, flies out there to do it,  while ignoring all other factors. Three long paragraphs discussing the fish, progressive policy, El Nino, and actual science indicating that extra coolness is chief among the problem and not extra heat, that is, El Nino not as strong as usual among many other factors.

    Hanson now describes Obama's approach to the natural world as "privileging ideology over facts." This is the description he settles with. Superstitious, to unscientific, to unreceptive to available data , to privileging ideology over facts.

    Is that so bad?  Privileging ideology over facts.

    Hanson discusses Benghazi killings without lingering, moving directly to Michael Brown's death in Ferguson in the same paragraph finishing with flawed 1 in 5 females raped on campus studies debunked by facts and still "resurrected for its electoral utility."

    Hanson concludes Obama does not believe in science because science is blind. Our age requires social justice be affected by any means necessary even when that means denying scientific method and facts themselves.

    Nice. I was really hoping this article would be about bizarre rituals and possibly goats, and chickens, and candles. The superstition part is not developed. I was hoping for more. Hanson switches superstition for ideology without exploring the magical thinking. There is a lot of potential for discussing how superstition pervades the ideology but Hanson does not do that. Hanson shows that Obama accepts different facts. Say, for Keystone, Obama is looking past fossil fuels, it's a thing with him and with them, dirty fuel, they hate that. We can sympathize with that. Obama cannot have a pipeline mar the map of his administration. That would be Obama advancing something that Obama and many others want desperately to move away from. They're fine with all the anti-science, anti-logic, anti-economics, anti-energy self sufficiency of the present. None of that matters. The truth of the future they envision is not powered by coal and oil. So whatever it takes to get there. Obama's superstition, his secular-religion that is irrational and unscientific, can be described sympathetically.

    What if?

    You knew that there really wasn't going to be a Happy Ending?

    Buddy Clinton Died for Your Sins

    In 1898 President William McKinley was gifted with a Yellow Headed Mexican Parrot from the administration of El Pesidente Porfio Diaz. This parrot was a particular favorite of the President as he was ensconced in a cage in the oval office. The parrot was named "Washington Post" after the newspaper as well as the informative and funny things it would shout out at various visitors.
    It was an very astute avian opinion maker as it would shout out perceptive comments such as "Dirty Whore" when Alice Roosevelt would enter the room. Unfortunately one of the words it never uttered was "Duck" so after President McKinley was assassinated, the unlucky bird was brought before the first Presidential Death Panel and was summarily executed. It was stuffed and presently is perched on a hat owned by Tim Gunn of "Project Runway."
    (Buddy Clinton Died For Your Sins, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Playboy Press 2009)

    Holy Strip Club Batman!

    "Look I don't want to go in there. I think that is what they call a gentleman's club. Those women might be naked. And Robin is too young to be exposed to that. And I am too grossed out. You go in Batgirl."
    "You really are a fanook. Chief O'Mara said you were light in the Bat loafers but I didn't believe it. And one more thing."
    "Yes Batgirl?"
    "Stop staring at Robins Tits you perv. Jeez. Where can a girl go to get felt up around here. I better give the Green Hornets chinaman a call. He is a horny little prick."

    Meet the People that Obama and Rubio and Bush want to allow to immigrate to a town near you!

    ISIS orders killing of kids with Down's Syndrome 
    Fox December 14, 2015

    ISIS militants have reportedly authorized the terror group's members to kill newborn babies with Down syndrome, as well as other disabled children, Iraqi activists claimed on Sunday.
    According to the group known as Mosul Eye, 38 babies have already been killed since the religious decree was issued. 

    "Immigration officials prohibited from looking at visa applicants' social media"

    The Hill: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided against ending a secret U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from reviewing social media posts of foreigners applying for U.S. visas, according to a report by ABC News.

    Johnson decided to keep the prohibition in place in early 2014 because he feared a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations,” according to ABC.

    “During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security for intelligence and analysis, told ABC News.

    The policy's revelation comes after U.S. officials learned that Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters, posted a message on Facebook declaring allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; 14 people were killed.

    Star Trek Beyond

    "A.I. Is Progressing So Fast We Need a Basic Guaranteed Income"

    This video clip reminds me of a movie, I believe it may have been The Time Machine (1960), or a Twilight Zone episode. Where the protagonist arrives a time when people, because they had no more care in the world ie no more wars and famine, decided to just relax and play all day. They did not read nor strive. The protagonist found the outcome extremely disturbing and disappointing, in a speech.

    Whatever makes these guys believe in a different outcome?

    "Bill would prevent airlines from imposing bathroom fee"

    Travel PulseAs crazy as all that might seem, it’s not exactly far-fetched. Five years ago, European low-budget carrier Ryanair first proposed such an idea.

    "By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behavior so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight," Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara told London's Daily Mail at the time.

    That idea was quickly abandoned over several concerns, not the least of which was passenger outrage and a very simple way around it – one person pays to use the loo, and then pays it forward as each subsequent lavatory user simply holds the door open for the next person so they don’t have to pay.

    "More and more, when airline passengers get on a flight they expect to suffer from uncomfortable conditions; as a frequent flyer I understand this,” Lipinski said in a statement. “One thing they should never have to worry about is access to a bathroom. Unfortunately, commercial flights are not required to depart with a functioning bathroom, sometimes forcing passengers to endure a trip without this basic necessity. Moreover, as ancillary fees continue to grow, the specter of an in-flight bathroom fee continues to loom in the background since first being broached in 2010.”

    Lipinski said his bill was to ensure basic rights for passengers traveling on U.S. commercial airlines, including lost or delayed baggage.