Saturday, April 23, 2016

big idea

Hillary's specifically. The whole thing is that she should have one.

The thought of Hillary's big unifying idea made me laugh. A genuine good hearted laugh. And then I felt pity for anyone grasping at such pathetic thoughts, dismissing so much that's critically important for so little, and worse, for so much that is actually harmful. But he would refuse any of that.

The joke being passed has to do with "prison of her personality." There's a lot that that can be done with that. And her one big idea is how to make orange kevlar pantsuit and bookend Secret Service protection attractive to a majority who really do not like her at all and will never come around.
Click over. It's worse than anticipated. Words pour, cascade so they blur to white, your eyes form cataracts reading the wash.  A meta analysis of systems within systems and sweeping changes required to right them. In the proper direction of course. So much left out greater than discussed, chief among them multiple federal indictments breathing down her neck that if not prosecuted are the essence of a broken system. Then finally this.  
Here’s the central conundrum for Clinton: A majority of people think the system is broken, and must change. But a majority also has an unfavorable view of Clinton (and can’t stand Trump, by a higher margin, across the board). But one will take care of the other; she can break out of the prison of her personality with something grand and unifying and bigger than herself. 
Timothy is such a dreamer and he’s not the only one. One takes care of the other. Outside his Trump parentheses.

1) majority think the system is broken
2)  majority can’t stand Clinton

One takes care of the other. This is where Timothy indulges his fantasy. Throughout but really hard landing at the end. He is saying, I think, Hillary can break free of people not liking her with something grand like repairing the broken system.

That again. The system is broken and must be fixed. It must be somebody's big federal idea. Timothy’s Democrat party is broken and must repair itself. The Republican party is already repairing itself. By themselves. The hard way. Without assistance from overarching unifying big idea something greater than Hillary that could make her more likable to a majority of people who will never vote for her no matter what.

One Song, Two Bands Saturday

Missing Persons

Erectus Monotone

Wild poppies at Grass Mountain, Los Olivos, CA

Click Link for blow up

Oh the Germanity!

character addition

Frank Caliendo, superheros beware

Hotel management samples

 This hotel gives you a rubber ducky

A letter lionizing ladybug love.

"Delegates face death threats from Trump supporters"

WKRLEM TV The Beginning of Wisdom

Sword fight. Zatoichi vs Akazuka

Commenters on YouTube are helpful in appreciating this scene.  

Nobody mentioned the word particle ichi sounds a lot like "one" as in ichi bon honcho. We all learned that as children: ichi ni san shi go roku shichi hachi que jeu. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Prince Song

Stevie Nicks - Stand Back

Soon after marrying her then husband, Nicks wrote the words to Stand Up and after getting in contact with Prince the song was complete.

The Landslide songstress said: 'I phoned Prince out of the blue, hummed a melody, and he listened... I hung up, and he came over within the hour. He listened again, and I said, 'Do you hate it?' He said, 'No,' and walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about twenty five minutes, and then left.'

Melania Trumps Diary

What a crazy couple of days. We really kicked ass here in our home state of New York. Lying Ted lost out all over the state. He is about as popular as a Boston Red Sox fan at Yankee Stadium. Donnie was very happy about that. He knew his home peeps would take care of business here in the Empire State.

Now we have to get ready to back on the road. We have a bunch of states in the North East like Jersey and Rhode Island and Maryland and Delaware. Plus Pennsylvania. So we should do pretty good out there. There are plenty of angry white guys who lost their jobs who can’t wait to vote for the Donald. So we should roll. Just like the fat boy in Jersey.

Donald is pretty sure that we have this in the bag. So he is starting to shift his focus a little. He hired a couple of bagmen for the Republican Party to sooth the ruffled feathers of some of the party muckamucks. He took on the guy who raped Scott Walker out of all of his campaign funds. Not to worry we are not letting him near the check book. He is on a short leash. If he gets out of line Corey will choke him out like a news bunny that tapped Donnie on the shoulder or something.

WKRLEM TV Come back to where we used to be.

Political Correctness is destroying our Country!

Political correctness has destroyed our country. I don't care that it has destroyed college life. I don't care that it has destroyed the process of hiring employees. I don't care that it has destroyed going to the bathroom. But when it destroys a classic Western it is time for violence.

They remade the Magnificent Seven. The villains are not Mexicans. They  are white guys. Actually a mine company who want to develop fossil fuels or something. The leader of the Seven is played by Denzel Washington. The premise is that a white woman in the 1880's went to a black guy for help. Right. You got your historical accuracy right there. The fact of the matter is Denzil would have been hanged just for talking to her but now he is her savior.

The other members of the Seven include a Chinese guy and a Native American. What no transgenders? No lesbians? WTF! This cannot stand.

The fact of the matter is I would have made a fantastic remake of the Magnificent Seven set in the present day that would have starred Denzel. Imagine this. A housing project is being terrorized by a Mexican gang led by a Cartel linked gangster called Talvera. A young black girl goes to the local drug lord played by Denzel and pleads for help. For the chilrens! Or maybe he is a retired drug/gang guy but has a fearsome rep. He goes out and recruits a bunch of other guys. Say a retired Mafia hit man guy who owes him a favor and hates his life now that the Mob is over and wants to go out in a blaze of glory..  A Puerto Rican ex boxer who likes knives and hates Mexicans. A big guy who is down on his luck but wishes he could have been a father to the babies he had with a bunch of baby Momma's. The Charles Bronson part. Make him a disgraced old football player with a fearsome rep like Jack Tatum or something. Man the possibilities are endless. You could have made a great action movie set in the present day using the tenplate of the Seven and had a great politically incorrect movie.

But Hollywood would never do that. I won't be going to see this piece of shit. Just like I won't go to see that Tarrentiono abortion the Hateful Eight even though some of my favorites like Russell and Goggins are in it. I have better Westerns playing in my head than they make these days.

Maybe I can make that story a continuing series here at Lems? Nah. Spinelli would get mad. He hates repetition. Never mind.

WKRLEM TV: Lead poisoning

"Woman in leading Flint water crisis lawsuit slain in twin killing"

"A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week."
Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis after she claimed that her child had been lead poisoned.
What an unfortunate coincidence.

"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains"

"Perhaps the most important aspect of ADHD creativity is the way ideas strike like epiphanies, lighting up the brains of people with the condition in a rush of excitement and activity, almost compelling them to try to turn them into reality. Rousseau describes stumbling upon the title of a prize essay competition in a newspaper while walking in the searing heat to visit his friend Denis Diderot in prison outside Paris. ‘Has the progress of the arts and sciences contributed more to the corruption or purification of morals?’ the question read.
‘The moment I read these words I saw another universe and became another man,’ Rousseau writes. ‘When I arrived in Vincennes I was in a state of agitation bordering on delirium.’
Diderot encouraged him to follow his urges and enter the competition. ‘I did so, and from that moment on I was lost,’ Rousseau continues. ‘My feelings, with incredible rapidity, had soon risen to the same pitch of fervour as my ideas. All my little passions were stifled by my enthusiasm for truth, for liberty, for virtue…’
People with ADHD often experience their new ideas as‘mini-epiphanies’, but those Rousseau describes seem so powerful and transformative that Littman suspects ADHD, which is more of a cognitive than an emotional condition, is not the whole story.
‘I would say that more than 45 per cent of those who come to my practice also have some kind of bipolar thing going on, and that is my suspicion here,’ she says.‘When you add bipolar, you’re simply adding the mood piece on top of it. The idea is larger and more exciting but it can also become more all-enveloping, and thwart good judgement to an even greater extent.’"

"Prepare to have your sex life regulated by government"

Adults may soon find their sex lives regulated to the point where nearly every sexual encounter is defined as rape unless neither party reports the activity.
The American Law Institute will vote in May on whether to adopt a model penal code that would make "affirmative consent" the official position of the organization. Affirmative consent — or "yes means yes" — policies have already been adopted by many colleges and universities, and have been passed as law in California and New York.
A group of concerned members within ALI even circulated an opposition letter, signed by dozens of members, that detailed the dangers of pushing affirmative consent on the general public (not that it's a good policy for college students, either).
Instapundit: Sure, this sounds impossible — but think of all the other things happening, legally, that seemed impossible not long ago. But the people pushing this stuff have no fear of consequences. If this passes, the American Law Institute should be shamed and shunned.

Just popping in to say Happy Earth Day?

Cat photobomb

Can you guess the ten most powerful militaries?

Did you ever wonder how they did the music for The Good, the Bad & the Ugly?

Link to source

AllenS:  Even if you've never seen "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" with Clint Eastwood…..this is just great. A wonderful lesson in sound effects. Stay tuned  til' the guy whistles!!!

Link to photo i wish i could post here but the internet is not letting me.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

WKRLEM: Hey what did NY give to Ted?

Drunk history, Harriet Tubman explained by Crissle West

Evil Blogger Lady said on Twitter that she likes this Drunk History. Agreed. Would that all history be made this interesting. They already put on a great show. They've already pitched a great movie.

Joanie "Chyna" Laurer found dead at 45

Trump is ok with trans ppl using whatever bathroom they want?

Now when you listen to the actual quote is seems sort of reasonable. He is saying it hasn't been such a big problem and why do we need a law about it. I understand how it is a sexy issue to score political points with and Teddy will have a field day with it.

I used to frequent a pub called McSorleys. It is reputed to be the oldest Irish bar in NYC. In 1970 a couple of feminazi's sued to be admitted since women were not allowed in. They won the case. Then they complained about the bathrooms. McSorleys said no problem. We have one bathroom. Then they took the doors off the stalls. Welcome ladies!

Most bars and restaurants in trendy spots have uni-sex bathrooms. You know one bathroom that both sexes use.  At least the new joints do. They don't want to get into the problem of having separate bathrooms.

Trump might have made an unforced error here by looking at it like a businessman. He was worried about the cost of having to make a third bathroom for small businesses. He is sure to get hammered about this. He might deserve it.

Today is Prince day? I thought it was Wednesday?

Shock: Prince Dead at 57

The "Purple Rain" writer had suffered a major health scare just one week ago when his flight made an emergency landing in Atlanta and he was hospitalized for flu-like symptoms. He appeared the following day, however, at a $10 dance party near his home, reportedly telling a jubilant crowd: "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

In 2007 Super Bowl Halftime show is considered the greatest in the history of such performances. He also stole the show with his guitar solo on the Beatles classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" during a 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Famesuper-group performance honoring the late George Harrison.

The legend himself was inducted to the Rock Hall that same year, during his first year of eligibility.

Target welcomes transgendered to use bathrooms and changing rooms of choice

"“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,” a new company statement reads. “It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.”
The retailer added, “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
“Everyone deserves to feel like they belong,” the statement concluded. “You’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.”
Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder added that the policy statement is a public confirmation of its longstanding policy. “It’s just us being very overt in stating it,” she said.
Customers and potential customers almost immediately spoke out against Target’s decision to ignore the biological difference between men and women..."

Stossel: I have lung cancer. My medical care is excellent but the customer service stinks

My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here.
But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, "I'm running late." Few doctors give out their email address. Patients can't communicate using modern technology.
I get X-rays, EKG tests, echocardiograms, blood tests. Are all needed? I doubt it. But no one discusses that with me or mentions the cost. Why would they? The patient rarely pays directly. Government or insurance companies pay.
I fill out long medical history forms by hand and, in the next office, do it again. Same wording: name, address, insurance, etc.
I shouldn't be surprised that hospitals are lousy at customer service. The Detroit Medical Center once bragged that it was one of America's first hospitals to track medication with barcodes. Good! But wait -- ordinary supermarkets did that  decades before.
Customer service is sclerotic because hospitals are largely socialist bureaucracies. Instead of answering to consumers, which forces businesses to be nimble, hospitals report to government, lawyers and insurance companies. (more)

Paglia suspects Hillary goiter

"And what about that persistent cough? “Allergy season,” the hacking Hillary claimed on a New York radio show this week. (“You all right? Any mouth to mouth CPR?” joked a host.) I’m just a Ph.D., not an M.D., but I’ll put my Miss Marple hat on here. Am I the only one who noticed Hillary’s high-wrap collar, pallid, puffy face, and bulging eyes during her choleric New Hampshire primary concession speech in February? (Another unusually high collar followed the next morning.)

My tentative theory is that Hillary may have sporadic flare-ups of goiter, worsened under stress. Coughing is a symptom. High collars mask a swollen throat. In serious cases, an operation may be necessary. Is this chronic thyroid condition disqualifying in a presidential candidate? Certainly not in my view, but I don’t like being lied to—by candidates, campaign staffs, or their media sycophants."

"Violent crime has shot up due to the nonstop war on cops waged by Shaun King, Black Lives Matter, and the ACLU"

Will the anti-cop Left please figure out what it wants? For more than a decade, activists have demanded the end of proactive policing, claiming that it was racist. Pedestrian stops—otherwise known as stop, question, and frisk—were attacked as a bigoted oppression of minority communities. In March 2015, for example, the ACLU of Illinois accused the Chicago Police Department of “targeting” minorities because stops are “disproportionately concentrated in the black community.”
Equally vilified was Broken Windows policing, which responds to low-level offenses such as graffiti, disorderly conduct, and turnstile jumping. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King launched a petition after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder “meet with local black and brown youth across the country who are dealing with ‘Zero Tolerance’ and ‘Broken Windows’ policing.”
Well, the police got the message. In response to the incessant accusations of racism and the heightened hostility in the streets that has followed the Michael Brown shooting, officers have pulled back from making investigatory stops and enforcing low-level offenses in many urban areas. As a result, violent crime in cities with large black populations has shot up—homicides in the largest 50 citiesrose nearly 17 percent in 2015. And the Left is once again denouncing the police—this time for not doing enough policing. King now accuses police in Chicago of not “doing their job,” as a result of which “people are dying.” Stops in Chicago are down nearly 90 percent this year through the end of March, compared with the same period in 2015; shootings were up 78 percent and homicides up 62 percent through April 10. Over 100 people were shot in the first ten days of 2016. King scoffs at the suggestion that a new 70-question street-stop form imposed on the CPD by the ACLU is partly responsible for the drop-off in engagement. If American police “refuse to do their jobs [i.e., make stops] when more paperwork is required,” he retorts, “it’s symptomatic of an entirely broken system in need of an overhaul.” This is the same King who as recently as October fumed that “nothing happening in this country appears to be slowing [the police] down.”
Let’s examine the dilemma imposed on cops by activists like King...
(please read the whole thing)
H/t Michael Haz

Is it too late for Black History Month?

"'Hijab Day' at Paris university divides opinion"

Students at an elite Paris university sparked fierce debate Wednesday by inviting classmates to wear the Muslim veil for a day in a bid to "demystify" a practice that is highly divisive in France.

Facebook page said that those agreeing to put on the veil would "experience the stigmatisation experienced by veiled women in France".
A dozen students handed out flyers at the university by a table covered in colourful headscarves with a sign reading: "France got 99 problems but Hijab ain't one", adapted from a hit by US rapper Jay Z.
"It is to raise awareness, open the debate and give the floor to women who are often debated on in public but rarely heard," said Laetitia, one of the organisers.
Another student, Imen, said she wore a veil for the first time Wednesday morning on the metro and felt "stares" in her direction. (read the whole thing)

well goodbye then

This is one of my things that's accepted and indulged. Upon leaving a party or dinner or whatever and already having said goodbye and to signal stop dragging it out already I  put on a world-weary voice and accent of a Transylvania ghoul with a dead bored look and say, "How I do detest long dragged out desultory goodbyes." Then flick to a high pitched cheerful cheerleader voice and chirp a thoughtless, "goodbye."  The person I say that to returns the chirp, "goodbye" and spins around and separates without another word. It's directly and hurtfully rude. They followed you out the car to prolong the goodbye. But it's hilarious anyway because it works.

Kids so filled with glee, what do you think?  He reminds them of Catholic girls somehow. It doesn't make sense.

Australian vehicle stuck in the mud

Apparently it is quite common.

Link to video

"ESPN Fires Baseball Analyst Curt Schilling After Anti-Transgender Facebook Post"

Schilling wrote in his blog Tuesday that he does not care about a person's race, gender or sexual orientation, but added, "There are things I have deeply held beliefs in, things I have that are core to who I am, things I am passionate about. If you ask me about them it’s likely I’ll give you a passionate answer, whether you like that answer or not is completely up to you. I am not going to give you answers to make sure you like what I say, let the rest of the insecure world do that."

Schilling was previously suspended from ESPN's baseball coverage for the remainder of the 2015 regular season and the wild-card playoff game after posting a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis. 
At that time, the sports network said Schilling's tweet was "completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective." 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Harriet Tubman

I liked this artists mock-up even though it's extremely non-traditional.  Sticking it in it's own post because I don't know how to add it to the old post below.

Denver, April 20, 2016

The door is open and that is allowing the sounds of two airplanes and a helicopter circling overhead. You can tell by the sounds the two airplanes are different and not serious airplanes. They sound like lawnmowers. The helicopter is not military, it does not slap your eardrums, does not sound like an attack as it chops through the sky. This is a serious day, because of those planes, but not so serious as the Democratic convention was, that was non stop air traffic directly overhead. Attention is focused on Civic Park nearby. The day is cloudy and mild. Let's look.

Can you imagine the frustration of flying while pulling a sign? Like riding a bicycle while pulling a wagon full of cement bags. For advertisement. You need to smoke a few bowls just to have the patience for it and that breaks the rules of flying. It takes a special type of pilot. The type more interested in making a little money than they are in going places fast. 

I took a few shots of people but they're all ordinary. Nothing at all interesting, just regular people. No pirates, non ninjas, no hippies, no bikers, no hipsters, no fashionistas, no militants, no protestors, no costumes, no loud music, no gunshots. No riots, no gang fights, no bloodshed. No bruising. No alcohol nor any pot that I notice. It is an uninteresting gathering save for it not being illegal. It is a celebration for something that shouldn't even need be celebrated like a celebration for the right to eat bologna sandwiches and the right to drink Pepsi cola, the right to breath and the right to poo. 

Never Forget 7/11

I know I never will.

Everybody says something stupid every once in a while.

"America has always been best when she is lying down with her back on the mat." Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz thinks America is best when it is lying down with her back on the mat. With her legs in the air. With a ball gag in her mouth and her hands tied to the bed posts.....errr well  you get where he is going right?

I mean that Enquirer stuff about the hookers and the other broads is just a bunch of baloney. Not our Ted. The Most Conservative Man in the world.

But still it makes you think. Right?

Unforced Errors!

Did you ever watch a kickoff and the receiver just drops the ball. I mean it goes right through his fingers and bounces away from. Nobody is around him. Nobody hit him. Or he decides that he is going out of bounds so he throws the ball in bounds and the opponent recovers it on the five yard line. He just makes an error. An unforced error.

The sort of thing Ted Cruz specializes in.

To beat Hillary Trump channels Obama

Link to Trobama source

President Jackson to be replaced on the $20 dollar bill

Moments ago Politico reported that the U.S. Treasury will announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.
Presenting an artist's impression of what your new $20 bill will soon look like.

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. - Andrew Jackson

What's the worst that could happen?

"A pair of super-rich American technology gurus are planning to undergo surgery to install experimental implants directly into their brain.
The two men are currently trying to find a doctor willing to perform this untested and highly risky procedure, The Mirror has learned.
If they survive the operation, the men hope to be able to directly communicate with the primitive forms of artificial intelligence currently being developed in labs across the world.
But critics and conspiracy theorists fear these pioneering implants are the first step towards creating a society where every human is plugged into "the matrix"..."

Leap Frogs Jump into Neyland Stadium (3 videos)

Link to videos

This is the incredible moment a group of Navy parachutists sky dived into Neyland Stadium to kick off the Orange vs White Spring football game.

Five members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team leapt from a plane flying overhead before landing perfectly in succession on the pitch.

The stunt... also marked the Knoxville Navy Week currently underway.

"Sean Hannity blows up at Ted Cruz"

"Conservative radio host Sean Hannity and Sen. Ted Cruz had a testy back-and-forth on the host's Tuesday show, with Hannity telling the Texas senator at one point that he was "getting sick of" Cruz dodging "legitimate questions."
The interview got off to a tense start. Hannity suggested that Americans were wondering about what role delegates play in the process of choosing a nominee, with talk of a contested Republican convention heating up.
Cruz sharply disputed this notion.
"Sean, with all respect, that's not what people are concerned about," Cruz said. "I'm campaigning every day. People are concerned about bringing jobs back to America. People are concerned about raising wages. People are concerned about getting the federal government off the backs of small businesses, and people are concerned about beating Hillary" Clinton.
Cruz said that the media "loves to obsess" about the process of choosing a Republican nominee for president. He said that what amounted to "whining" from Donald Trump's campaign about the delegate process being unfair is "silly...""

Singles why do you think you are single?

Reddit top voted comments...
I don't put myself out there, just go to work and back home.
I'm not attractive enough that a girl would approach me, and I am too shy to approach a girl.
Because I'm ugly and socially retarded.
I'm ugly and my standards are way too high... I am a girl
I was married 30 years and my wife died. It's been 3 years and I've gone totally feral. 
People tend to date just so they're not alone. I'm alone and perfectly fine with my life as is. If the right person comes along, I'll loosen up a bit but I'm not changing who I am just so I can have someone to spoon with. When/If the right person comes along It will be natural, unforced, and easy!
That last one is so important because I can't tell you how many people I know forcing themselves in to dysfunctional relationships just for the status of being in a couple.
Last Saturday I was at a party and this couple ruined it for everyone because they started fighting in front of the whole party. She punched him in the face and he called her a cheating whore.
Fuck that shit!
couples on Facebook posting about each other.
Fuck that shit!
Co-dependent couples.
Fuck that shit!
couples who have kids they can't afford.
Fuck that shit!
Couples who can only be in a couple or they have an identity crisis.
Fuck that shit!
I'm single, I'm responsible, I have money, I have my whole life in front of me.
If I want to go hang out with my bros, I can do it when ever I want!
If I want to eat Cheetos off the bathroom floor I can! NO ONE WILL KNOW!
Don't have to shave my pubs.
I can be as discussing or as sexy as I want to be with no judgment.
I can FART and guess what? I enjoy it.
I don't have to figure out when I'm going to delegate my time to anyone.
Here's my philosophy: LOVE your self and all your flaws so that when the time is right you know how to Love someone else and all their flaws. Amen.
So go out there and be YOU! Don't define your self worth by someone else.
Skydive, mountain climb, run a 5k, open a business, learn guitar, build a guitar, look at people in the eye and smile, SING! Hold your head high and say "FUCK YEAH! I'M ME!"
Before you know it people will look at you and think "Man I wish I was single so I could go after that person."
And guess what? One of these times you're gonna run in to a person who likes to do all the same crazy shit you do. You'll start doing them together and than.... BAM!!! You're fucking each others brains out.
And that person will love you because your'e awesome. And you'll love them because they're awesome.
And no one will yell, cry, complain, or give a shit.

"The ethical dilemmas of virtual reality"

Brookings Tech Tank:  In a new play “The Nether” that opened this month at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C., playwright Jennifer Haley explores the troubling questions that arise when the main character known as Papa uses advanced software to create a fantasy environment where adult clients molest young children and then kill them.
The play shows detective Morris quizzing Papa on the line between fantasy and reality, and the rightful boundaries of human experience. For those concerned about a Frankenstein future of misguided technology, the production raises a number of thorny questions. Should there be limits on human fantasies involving heinous thoughts? Do fantasies that remain in the private realm of someone’s brain warrant any rules or regulations by society as a whole? (read the whole thing)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NY Primary Night

Sketchy question

I mentioned this "So, what do you do for a living" question bugged me when meeting people for its shortcut to all that is useful to know of a person as it misdirects. I never did identify with my job. Knowing where I worked didn't inform anything, I'd have to explain how poorly I fit in. However, what I did within those positions tells everything. Yet it is standard question that is asked immediately by way of icebreaker. Pity. It means the individual is not only curious but uncomfortable. And now I think the question is funny. Funny because the person is even more socially uncomfortable than I am. The person I mentioned this to at the time is fifteen years my senior and now that was a very long time ago said way back then, "Yeah, do you have a puffy wallet? Do you live in a big house? What about your car?" 

That was hilarious to me and it's impossible to forget that agreeable reaction. 

People still ask. At this point I tell them I whore myself out any number of ways then ask what they might have in mind.

"Can a burgeoning satanic movement actually effect political change?"

"Robert Eggers' period horror film “The Witch” has been one of the surprise hits of 2016. It’s even gained a second wind since its February 23 release: the first weekend of April it played on 666 screens around the country, raking in an additional USD$465,000.

The tale of a Puritan family turning on each other as they attempt to root out the supernatural evil plaguing their farm, the film won Eggers the award for best director at Sundance – and even frightened horror master Stephen King.
But neither of these accolades has generated as much buzz as an endorsement from The Satanic Temple (TST), a satanic political movement that first appeared in 2013.
In December, TST and A24 studios began collaborating on a four-city tour called The Sabbat Cycle, which consisted of screenings of the film followed by politically driven satanic rituals. The stated goal of The Sabbat Cycle was to inspire a “satanic revolution.”
TST believes that the separation of church and state is currently under attack by radical religious conservatives. They also believe there is a silent majority that opposes this agenda, but remains too apathetic to do anything about it.
The Sabbat Cycle was an attempt to raise political awareness by piggybacking on “The Witch”’s appeal. This is part of larger PR model the group has used since its inception, in which the shocking and the frightening are used to lure media attention to their cause.
As a religion scholar, I find TST fascinating. Not only do their campaigns raise serious questions about the First Amendment and religious pluralism, they also challenge the public to think about what counts as a “religion.”
To learn more, I attended the Sabbat Cycle at its Austin stop, and spoke with attendees about their religious and political views..."

When people just want to blend in

"Merkel's Road to Moral Surrender"

"How does European humanitarianism become a road to moral surrender? In Germany, they’re beginning to find out.
Jan Böhmermann is a German political satirist—think of a younger version of Jon Stewart—who, on his TV show last month, read aloud a lewd poem about Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The verse was replete with mocking references to the Turkish president’s anatomy, his alleged relations with farm animals, and his mistreatment of religious and ethnic minorities.
Was it funny? My wife, who’s German, puts it in the category of “so puerile you laugh.” But Mr. Böhmermann had a serious point, explicitly framing his poem as an example of Schmähkrtik, or abusive criticism, and therefore not necessarily protected by German law. His larger aim was to test the limits of free speech, much as the American comedian George Carlin did in the 1970s with his notorious “seven words you can’t say on TV.”
The ploy succeeded too well. The Turkish foreign ministry made a formal request of the German government to prosecute Mr. Böhmermann under a Wilhelmine-era law (known as Section 103 and previously used by the Shah of Iran and Augusto Pinochet of Chile) forbidding insults against foreign leaders. Mr. Erdogan has also filed a private suit against the comedian, who is now under police protection in consideration of the recent fates of European satirists who ran afoul of Muslim sensitivities.
None of this is surprising: The Turkish government is pursuing nearly 2,000 criminal cases against Turkish citizens accused of insulting Mr. Erdogan, some of which involve school-age children who posted material on Facebook. Mr. Erdogan’s bodyguards also recently roughed up some demonstrators protesting him in Washington, D.C. It’s in the nature of political thuggery to recognize no boundaries, moral or territorial.
It’s also in the nature of the liberal West constantly to seek an accommodation with the thugs. ZDF, the German public broadcaster that carries Mr. Böhmermann’s show, immediately pulled the offending clip from its website, though it promises to foot his legal bills. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that she found the poem “deliberately hurtful,” a comment her spokesman went out of his way to disclose.
More damagingly, the chancellor allowed the criminal case to go forward when she had the legal authority to stop it, claiming the judiciary is where the matter rightly belongs while promising to repeal the law under which the suit was brought. This is supposed to be the height of pragmatism, a way of mollifying Mr. Erdogan even as it’s unlikely that a German court will impose much of a penalty on Mr. Böhmermann.
But hiding behind judicial skirts does nothing to disguise Mrs. Merkel’s more craven calculation, which is her need to placate Mr. Erdogan after he agreed last month to keep refugees from flooding Europe through Turkey in exchange for billions in financial aid and visa-free travel for Turks in Europe. A deal is supposed to be a deal, but the Turkish president is not the sort to stay (politically) bribed. Hence the need to appease him in the coin of a comedian’s prosecution.
What begins in small concessions of principle generally leads to greater concessions. Germany might soon repeal Section 103 and Mr. Böhmermann may well be vindicated in court. But by now Mr. Erdogan knows that nothing is so morally flexible as a Western politician desperate to avoid a tough choice, so expect him to find new avenues to impose his will, and his values, on a pliable Europe..."

"Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students"

According to prosecutors, the 25-year-old McKelvey tweeted threats from a campus library because she wanted more people to attend the November 17, 2015, rally on racial issues. She then returned to the rally to tell people about the threats.
One tweet addressed to campus police read: "@kupolice I will kill all the blacks tonight, tomorrow and any other day if they go to Kean University."
The threats also prompted a group of black ministers to call for Kean President Dawood Farahi to resign, saying the threats showed that he hadn't done enough to address racial tension on campus. (Link to story)

Navy Training Video For Dating Brunettes

This hilarious training video put out by the Navy in 1967 gives officers advice on how to date brunettes... It provides 10 approaches for how to deal with brunettes.

  1. Do show up on time. A good looking brunette won’t wait around forever.
  2. Do treat her as an equal; she likes that.
  3. Do order her food for her.
  4. Do open doors for her.
  5. Do offer her assistance when walking to the car, or into a restaurant.
  6. Don’t be late.
  7. Don’t hold her coat up too high when you assist her with putting it on.
  8. Don’t force her to shake anyone’s hand, let her offer her hand.
  9. Don’t walk on the inside of the sidewalk, instead walk curb side.
  10. Don’t forget, ladies go first — she must always precede you.

Camille Paglia talks...

Feminism, American education, Transgenderism, Censorship, Millennials, Lenna Dunham...
In our era of ‘You Can’t Say That!’, when conformism is preferred over controversy, daring thinkers are in short supply. Which is why Camille Paglia can be so refreshing. Never afraid to say what she thinks, even when it grates against the moral and political consensus, Paglia has carved out a role for herself as one of America’s most provocative thinkers.

"Study Finds Where You Lost Your Train of Thought"

"An unexpected event appears to clear out what you were thinking," said Adam Aron, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, who led the research.
"The radically new idea is that just as the brain's stopping mechanism is involved in stopping what we're doing with our bodies it might also be responsible for interrupting and flushing out our thoughts," Aron said.
"We are providing a neural mechanism by which that happens," he added. "The same stopping system that gives you that kind of jolt when you are getting out of the elevator, and someone else is in your way and you have to stop, that same stopping system is stopping your train of thought."...
"We've shown that unexpected, or surprising, events recruit the same brain system we use to actively stop our actions, which, in turn, appears to influence the degree to which such surprising events affect our ongoing trains of thought," said cognitive neurologist Jan Wessel, who worked on the study and who is now at the University of Iowa. (read the whole article?)