Tuesday, January 31, 2017


House minority leader calls Gorsuch a "hostile appointment"


She also said the nomination* was a diversion from the ongoing refugee "ban."

It's a nomination, not an appointment, so Pelosi is wrong out of the gate.

What did you do in the War Grandma?

One of the most daring missions of the war was attempted in a chateau near Rennes in Brittany. It was in all honesty a suicide mission as a brave band of queefers were sent to act as maids and waitresses to listen and gather intelligence in the dangerous moments before D-Day. The Wehrmacht had gathered together a large group of officers and the mission of the brave queefer’s was to infiltrate and transmit this intelligence without the knowledge or even any suspicion from the German High Command. Since it was so dangerous it was decided to use only convicted criminals who were under a sentence of death who would be parachuted into France and pretend to be domestics at the chateau. 

These twelve woman included a meaty polish woman, a black athlete, a crazed Southern belle and an Italian whore from Brooklyn. The cover story was that they were all stranded there because of the war. Since they all spoke fluent German the Nazi's didn't care as they were more interested in getting some strange than where they came from. They gathered information and queefed out what they found over the short wave radio every night. They were able to do so as the Germans did not understand what they were hearing as they did not pay much attention to the vagina.

Unfornately all of these brave queefers died in the process. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

This brave band of queefers will forever be known as the Dirty Coven. 
(Vages for Victory, The Invention of Twatter By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster 2009)

break an apple in half with your bare hands

Bob Mortimer claims he can break an apple in half with his bare hands. Bob Mortimer is half of the Bob and Vic comedy team. (I saw a few clips. Didn't laugh)

See, this here is what you call a metaphor!

Because here is what is trending on YouTube right now. No links because they're all boring. Go there and see for yourself if you care to.

James Corden's Post-Ban Trip Through LAX
The Late Late Show with James Corden 

How Much Damage Could The President Do In One Week?
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Trump's Travel Ban Sparks Global Backlash: A Closer Look
Late Night with Seth Meyers 

PEOPLE OUTRAGED! The "Muslim Ban" Chaos And Confusion Explained
Philip DeFranco 

Senator Jeff Sessions questions Sally Yates during her confirmation hearing

Trump Unveils Huge Wheel of Decisions
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

Reza Aslan's message to Paul Ryan on Trump's Muslim Ban
Mic News

On Behalf of America, An Apology | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Arnold Schwarzenegger Weighs In on President Trump's Immigration Ban: 'It’s Crazy'

Donald Trump's refugee ban, explained

Hot mic at GOP press conference: 'Waste of my f*cking time'
Raw Story

Sean Spicer Responds to Five-Year-Old Getting Detained
Jimmy Kimmel Live 

The meaning of HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US - A look at the "art" and memes of Shia LaBeouf
Behind The Meme 

Panel Discusses Muslim Ban (Part 1) - The View

Actor Kal Penn Raises More Than $500,000 For Refugees After Receiving Hateful Tweet | MSNBC

Jeff Sessions / Sally Yates confirmation Hearing - March 24, 2015
Charles Gaba

Trump's Muslim Ban Sparks MASSIVE March in DC
TYT Politics

Presidential Holocaust Statement Didn't Reference Jews | The View
The View 

Google employee rally against immigration ban
Jeanne Allen

Muslim Ban at JFK Airport

The Daily Show - Welcome to President Trump's Reality
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 

Omarosa Manigault On Role In White House, ‘Engagement’ With Black Community & More
The View 

Triumph Attends Trump’s Inauguration - CONAN on TBS
Team Coco 

Shia Labeouf Pulls Man Off Camera
Bog 1

Bowling in the White House basement

Weekly Address
The White House 

What a passionate speech by David K Harbour SAG Awards

Stranger Things Cast: Acceptance Speech | 23rd Annual SAG Awards | TNT

Shia Labeouf gets arrested at He Will Not Divide Us
VMU Dream

Not a single one of those sounds interesting. Let them get their freak on, we don't have to watch it. It's why we hired the guy; to drive them nuts with anguish and despair,  to deliver the pain. This is retribution to mirror their resolutely not listening.  If they didn't know payback's a bitch then they'll learn it the unhappy way.  Man, I love America. It's fun!

But this is interesting.

How to break an apple in half with just your bare hands. Apparently, it's a guy thing.

And that's just one guy doing it. YouTube is loaded with apple-breakers. It's completely lousy with apple breakers. 

ProjectDeano breaks an apple in half.

Hey! A girl does it.

Beth Marie Read breaks an apple in half.

And a little boy does it.

Evan Robinson breaks an apple in half.

And many more. Come on everybody, let's do this. 

"Calif. To Consider Enacting Statewide Sanctuary"

California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in the nation’s largest state as legislative Democrats ramp up their efforts to battle President Donald Trump’s migration policies.

The legislation is scheduled for its first public hearing Tuesday as the Senate rushes to enact measures that Democratic lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown that the Republican president has promised.

While many of California’s largest cities — including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento — have so-called sanctuary policies that prohibit police from cooperating with immigration authorities, much of the state does not.

The Democratic legislation, written by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, comes up for debate less than a week after Trump signed an order threatening to withdraw some federal grants from jurisdictions that bar officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status.

Via Drudge: Link

"Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs"

The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate.

A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

A transgender child in Secaucus, New Jersey, was asked late last year to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.

Via Reddit : Link where they had to shut down comments... 
"Unfortunately we had to lock this thread as it is after midnight and some of the gremlins got water on themselves, but it was refreshing to see a number of the thoughtful comments from all of the Eagle Scouts in here!"


Sally Yates writ larger: "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me"

My gut still tells me her main concern was rice bowls.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Goose Is Loose

There was talk at Lem's about a geese -- almost a mini-theme. Here's my contribution:

Martini in Grey Goose glass with Grey Goose pick

I frosted the outside to make it look ice cold. From the top, you can look down inside and see the "olive."

"People are boycotting Starbucks after CEO announces plan to hire thousands of refugees"

Some Starbucks customers are threatening to boycott the coffee giant after its CEO took a stand against President Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.

On Sunday, Starbucks announced it planned to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years.

"We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question," CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a letter to Starbucks employees about the plan.

While many customers were immediately supportive of Starbucks' actions on social media, others threatened to boycott after the letter's release.

"Upon hearing about your decision to hire 10000 refugees instead of Americans I will no longer spend any money at Starbucks," one such Facebook user wrote on Starbucks' page.

Many said they were angry that Starbucks was hiring refugees instead of veterans. Starbucks, however, does have a program in place to support veterans and their families, hiring 8,000 veterans and military spouses since 2014.

Via Reddit: Link

WKRLEM: The Wild Geese (1978) - FINAL BATTLE

Rambling along the marshes,
On the bank of the Assabet,
Sounding myself as to how it went,
Praying that I might not forget,
And all uncertain
Whether I was in the right,
Toiling to lift Time's curtain,
And if I burnt the strongest light;
High in the air, 
I heard the travelled geese
Their overture prepare.

Stirred above the patent ball,
The wild geese flew,
Nor near so wild as that doth me befall,
Or, swollen Wisdom, you.

condolence card, flying geese

Live Streaming Chuck Schumer on CSPAN

 To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

WKRLEM: The only question that matters?

"What are the best questions to ask to get to deeply know someone?"

Reddit top comments...

"What was your first pet?" or "Who was your favorite teacher?" Then read all of their emails.

"You like Huey Lewis and the News?"

what's your reddit username?

Instead of "what do you do?", I quite like "what gets you out of bed in the morning?"

What would  your best friend say is your worst quality?

There are [36 questions](https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html?_r=0) that people can answer together to get to know one another better. The idea behind the 36 questions is to see if you are romantically compatible, but I've done it with friends for kicks and it definitely gave me a better understanding of them.

"Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests"

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, a study suggests - with the parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.

Research on those who have had "near death" experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological order, as happens in Hollywood films.

Participants said that there was rarely any order to their life memories and that they seemed to come at random, and sometimes simultaneously.
A representation of life-events as a continuum exists in the cognitive system, and may be further expressed in extreme conditions of psychological and physiological stress

Often, the mind played tricks - with people reliving their own experiences from the point of view of others who had been involved.

The study found that many of the flashbacks involved intensely emotional moments.

Researchers from Hadassah University in Jerusalem analyzed seven accounts of such experiences, obtained from in-depth interviews.

These were to devise a questionnaire which was sent out to 264 other people who gave detailed responses of their experiences.
I could individually go into each person and I could feel the pain that they had in their life

The idea that life flashes in front of a person has featured in countless works of literature and film.

But there has been limited research to explain what the phenomenon involves.

Via Drudge: Link


The card is done now it needs a cover.

The back of the card that gets glued to the cover and bound as a book has little slices cut into it with tabs pushed trough, bent and glued to it all over the place that are holding the mechanisms in place. Hidden tabs. They'll be sandwiched between the cover and the back of the card. Multiple layers for extra heft.

I need practice with the form of geese. I cannot find any intriguing pictures of geese. They're all basic shapes. Geese don't do anything interesting. They honk and they squabble, they lay on their nests, they fly, they look different taking off and landing. They flap upward and flap downward. They spread their tail feathers and dangle their feet backwards and hold their legs forward. They float. They eat, and that's about it.

Audubon considers a goose honking their most interesting aspect, and he's a pro.

At the end of it I must accept the Egyptian hieroglyphic depiction and the art on their walls covers all that well as anything. They are blobs. With curved necks and a bulging head. Sometimes their wings are spread. That's it. Very basic shapes.

One time when I was pre-teen and hung around a ceramic shop, a place for G.I.s to stay out of trouble, the shop was closer to them than to me, a grandmotherly woman who barely tolerated my presence and my constant and annoying interrogations, said, "You know, Bobby, I have to raise some money for the shop." Her idea was to fashion little birds on the potter's wheel.

The idea didn't appeal to me. She threw about fifty small bulging vases, big bulge and little bulge. She brought the small bulb to a point. Then off the wheel she pushed over the head one way or another. Poked a hole or two for the eyes. Fired them, spray painted them, and sold them at her open house. She sold all of them readily and ended up making more. Women bought them in multiples. I didn't see the attraction but I admit they were cute.

Birds are blobs. They're like drips. I didn't find an intriguing picture. Just blobs. And their legs really are like Egyptian geese legs.

Maybe I should consider a different cover. It's a condolence card. The guy was a hunter. He had smoked goose all the time.

In hieroglyphics, the flying goose with both wings showing on the diagonal is a uniliteral sign that stands for the sound, "pa," and as a word it means "fly" and the definite article "the." 

The goose with both wings behind its back and drawn on the diagonal with its feet extended forward for landing is an ideogram meaning "halt" sometimes "create," "alight," and "throw." 

The standing duck with its head held upright and looking stately is a phonogram meaning "sa" and an ideogram meaning "son." It's seen all the time in front of cartouches for the kings nomen, the duck sign with the "sun" sign behind it meaning "Son of Re" then the king's name inside the cartouche. 

Better than that are the pictures drawn on tomb walls including many hunting scenes with birds flying all over stylized after the hieroglyphs, while also famously natural as the Geese of Meidum a plaster frieze  nearly six feet long with six geese of two species, with posture resembling the duck "sa," as above, and with two picking for seeds on the ground, as above.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What did you do during the war Grandma?

So many of the major contributions of the African American population has been unjustly ignored in our history. They have not be celebrated for their immense contribution to the war effort. This is of course because of the racist history of the United States that lingers to this very day.

The election of President Barack Obama as our first African American President has changed all of that. He has with the stroke of a pen declassified the true story of the contributions of black men and especially black woman during the darkest days of World World 2. 

The racist nature of most of the high command led them to place black troops in service occupations as truck drivers, stevedores and labor battalions. The female contingent were actually used as domestic servants and laundresses because of the racial attitudes of that time.

Who is going to be picked as Trumps SCOTUS nominee?

As President Donald Trump whittles down his shortlist for a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who serves on the federal appeals court's 10th circuit in Denver, has emerged as one of the likely names to be selected.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he'll announce his pick next Thursday, and later told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he's mostly finished deciding.

"I have made my decision pretty much in my mind, yes. That's subject to change at the last moment, but I think this will be a great choice," Trump said.

Media reports have indicated that Trump has narrowed his list to three candidates: Gorsuch, William Pryor, and Thomas Michael Hardiman.

Trump said during his campaign that he would seek to "appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia" - a characteristic which Gorsuch embodies in particular.

Via google: Link

When the Mob whacked Reporters....you know the good old days


Manhattan DA’s office probing death of reporter with possible JFK ties 

New York Post By Susan Edelman January 29, 2017 

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is looking into the mysterious death 51 years ago of newspaper writer and “What’s My Line?” star Dorothy Kilgallen, who was investigating the JFK assassination, The Post has learned.
The stunning development comes after a new book, “The Reporter who Knew Too Much,” suggests Kilgallen was murdered to shut down her relentless pursuit of a Mafia don linked to JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for DA Cyrus Vance Jr., confirmed that a staffer has read the book, and reviewed a letter from author Mark Shaw citing new leads, medical evidence, and witnesses overlooked when Kilgallen, 52, died suddenly on Nov. 8, 1965 at the peak of her career.
“I’m hopeful DA investigators will probe any records available and interview witnesses still alive today who can shed light on what happened to this remarkable woman,” Shaw told The Post, which featured his findings last month.
“Victims have rights whether their name is Dorothy Kilgallen or Dorothy Doe, and Kilgallen was denied justice in 1965. That’s why I’m fighting for her.”

V vocabular seen online.

Seen online and incorporated into working vocabulary, guaranteed to isolate you when busted out in front of family and friends. So then, rather useless. And yet people really did use them. Some are not bad, like virulent and vox populi and vraiment (really), and vuvuzela, while the others are hopelessly exclusive and if you use them in speech then you deserve to be punched, pow, right in the kisser.

* vade mecum: handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation, A referential book such as a handbook or manual, a useful object, constantly carried on one’s person.

* valence: In chemistry, the valence or valency of an element is a measure of its combining power with other atoms when it forms chemical compounds or molecules. None of them have moral valence.

* Vance Kirkland: Denver artist, house burned. My friend bought this house, A woman’s Weber grill on her balcony of the highrise next door cast an ember that burned down the new portion he had just finished building.

* velleity: the lowest degree of volition, a slight wish or tendency :  inclination.

* verkramptes: (in South Africa),(Government, Politics & Diplomacy,(during apartheid) an Afrikaner Nationalist who opposed any changes toward liberal trends in government policy, esp relating to racial questions. (as modifier) verkrampte politics Compare verligte

* Verrine: verrine, A confection, originally from France, made by layering ingredients in a small glass. It can be either sweet or savory, making a dessert or snack.

* vexillology: study of flags.

* viduity: Widowhood.

* vieux jeu: Old game, Old-fashioned; hackneyed, 'a joke that was vieux jeu even in my day’. All the other candidates in both parties were vieux jeu, passé.

* vig: Vigorish, or simply the vig, also known as juice, under-juice, the cut or the take, is the amount charged by a bookmaker, or bookie, for taking a bet from a gambler. In the United States, it also means the interest on a shark's loan. The term originates from the Russian word for winnings, выигрыш vyigrysh.

And if they can’t say it themselves, they’ll find someone who will, even if it’s a crude jerk from Queens who can’t make a point without raising his pinky like a Mafia goon explaining the vig to you after you’ve had a bad day at the track.

* vigneron: A person who cultivates grapes for winemaking.

A village friend, an upstanding citizen and vigneron who has carried a tiny utility knife in his pocket since God’s dog was a puppy, had it taken off him the other day by the police, who have charged him with carrying a weapon under the state of emergency.

* virgule: Solidus: a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information. The sign "/" is a punctuation mark called a slash or forward slash in American English or stroke in UK English. .

* virtuosic: A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. Requiring a high level of technical skill; something impressive and sometimes flamboyant, usually used to describe musical performance.

specific virtue in Ancient Rome. It carries connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). It was thus a frequently stated virtue of Roman emperors, and was personified as a deity—Virtus.

* virulent: Extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous. Used of a disease or toxin. Capable of causing disease by breaking down protective mechanisms of the host. Used of a pathogen. Bitterly hostile or antagonistic; hateful: virulent criticism. See Synonyms at poisonous. Intensely irritating, obnoxious, or harsh.

* Visegrad: a small castle town in Pest County, Hungary. It is north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend. The remarks came ahead of a meeting between Angela Merkel and the heads of the Visegrad countries—Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland

* vitrified: rock glazed like pottery. Convert (something) into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat.

* vitrine: A glass display case. French, from vitre ‘glass pane.’

* Vocaloid: Singing voice synthesizer.

* vol-au-vents:  (French for "windblown" to describe its lightness) is a small hollow case of puff pastry. A round opening is cut in the top and the pastry cut out for the opening is replaced as a lid after the case is filled. Vol-au-vents can accommodate various delicious fillings, such as mushrooms, prawns, fruit, or cheese, but they are almost always savory.

* Völkischer Beobachter:  ("Völkisch Observer") was the newspaper of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP or Nazi Party) from 1920. It first appeared weekly, then daily from February 8, 1923. For twenty-five years it formed part of the official public face of the Nazi party.

* Vox clamantis in: deserto: voice in the wilderness. Dartmouth motto. Original Hebrew Masoretic text, “A voice crieth: in the wilderness clear a way for the Lord.” The voice is not in the wilderness, rather, a path be cleared through the wilderness. By engaging ourselves intellectually at college a path of knowledge must be cut through a wilderness of ignorance.

* Vox populi, vox: ei.:  "the voice of the people is the voice of God."

[Do you see any verb in there? Any prepositional phrasing? Do you see any definite article? No, you do not. It says, voice people, voice god, and that’s ALL that it says. Make of it what you will]

* vraiment sympa: vraiment sympa.

The word sympa

In America, one can get by mastering only ten adjectives.

In Paris, one is enough.
Sympa that is. Sympa is the most useful adjective in Paris. Initially, sympa is short for sympathique. Is sympa something that is nice. People, places, moments, activities can all be sympa. Being fantastically non-committing, ‘sympa‘ grew to become tremendously popular an adjective. Non only can most things be sympa, they usually are. In Paris, there is really only one answer to the question “C’était comment ?”

Using it extensively, Parisians managed to empty the word of its very substance: the way it is said gives it its actual meaning. To decipher what a Parisian really thinks of something or someone, it is key to be attentive to the tone of the ‘sympa‘ he will most likely come up with as an answer. Tone and facial expression. Only then will you know a bit more about what the Parisian really thinks.

If sympa became such a popular adjective in Paris, it is because it sends out messages the Parisian is happy to convey about himself. Being short for something, sympa is vaguely colloquial. Making the Parisian seem vaguely laid back when using it. On top of this, sympa is a fantastic buffer against any form of enthusiasm. Sympa is nice but it is still very far from excellent, génial, exceptionnel, formidable or fantastique. It is just sympa. By saying something or someone is sympa, the Parisian gives it a good point. But not too good of a point either.

* vuvuzela: sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one meter in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. They require some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a loud monotone like a foghorn or an elephant. A similar instrument (known as corneta in Brazil and Latin American countries) is used by football (soccer) fans in South America.
Vuvuzelas have been controversial, linked to permanent noise-induced hearing loss, potentiality spreading colds and flu germs on a greater scale than coughing or shouting, and injury to pets who generally have more sensitive hearing and are more likely to run away because of being terrified by the sound.

"Unions of Border Patrol, ICE agents cheer Trump actions"

President Trump's decision to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and stop the free flow of refugees until they can be vetted better is reviving the morale of customs and border agents, according to the union representing both.

"Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially," said a joint statement from the National Border Patrol Council and National ICE Council.

"The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump's actions now empower us to fulfill this life saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars," it added.

The statement on behalf of the agents for the immigration, customs and border protection was a powerful endorsement of Trump's action as he his under fire from critics of his actions.

Via Drudge: Link


Wow! Just wow! As if we needed proof.

h/t: Anglelyne @Althouse

Saturday, January 28, 2017

March for Life, time lapse


If we could save time in a crystal

Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs

Officials in Seattle on Friday approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but necessary response to an epidemic of addiction that is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year.

The sites — which offer addicts clean needles, medical supervision and quick access to drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose — have long been popular in Europe. Now, with the U.S. death toll rising, the idea is gaining traction in a number of American cities, including Boston, New York City and Ithaca, N.Y.

While opponents say the sites promote illegal drug use, supporters say they can keep people alive and steer them toward treatment. They compare supervised injection facilities to the needle exchanges that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a way to stanch the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.

“These sites save lives and that is our goal in Seattle/King County,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) said in a statement.

The sites are not currently legal under federal law, according to Kelly Dineen, a professor of health law at Saint Louis University School of Law. A provision of the Controlled Substances Act makes it illegal to operate facilities where drugs are used, she said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record 33,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015. Opioids now kill more people each year than car accidents. In 2015, the number of heroin deaths nationwide surpassed the number of deaths from gun homicides.

Via Drudge: Link to more 

"time crystals" what are they good for?

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in perpetual motion without energy.

Now it's official - researchers have just reported in detail how to make and measure these bizarre crystals. And two independent teams of scientists claim they've actually created time crystals in the lab based off this blueprint, confirming the existence of an entirely new form of matter.

The discovery might sound pretty abstract, but it heralds in a whole new era in physics - for decades we've been studying matter that's defined as being 'in equilibrium', such as metals and insulators.

But it's been predicted that there are many more strange types of matter out there in the Universe that aren't in equilibrium that we haven't even begun to look into, including time crystals. And now we know they're real.

The fact that we now have the first example of non-equilibrium matter could lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of the world around us, as well as new technology such as quantum computing.

"This is a new phase of matter, period, but it is also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter," said lead researcher Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley.

Via Reddit: Link

Who is the most attractive person in history?

Reddit top voted comments...


Franz Liszt was so attractive that, upon seeing him, many women would suddenly faint--an issue so common that a medical term was created for it: [Lisztomania.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisztomania)

Arshad Khan.  A poor tea seller (Chai Wala) from Pakistan who just wanted to sell tea and make a little bit of money, but so many girls came just to see him and take pictures, he became famous and became a model.
He united Pakistani and Indian girls on twitter over his eyes. lol
It's an interesting story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37704029

My mom says it's me.

Trump is going ahead with a campaign promise

President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect Friday night. Refugees who were in the air on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.

The detentions prompted legal challenges as lawyers representing two Iraqis held at Kennedy Airport filed a writ of habeas corpus early Saturday in the Eastern District of New York seeking to have their clients released. At the same time, they filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and immigrants who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.

Mr. Trump’s order, which suspends entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, created a legal limbo for individuals on the way to the United States and panic for families who were awaiting their arrival.

Mr. Trump’s order also stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and it bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Via Drudge: more at this link

sourdough bread

The starter was already shown a few days ago, nothing collected, just wheat flour straight from the bag with enough water to make a slurry. It bubbled overnight and that is unusual. It's always taken a few days.

But then the growing the culture did not go smoothly nor quickly. Such a fast start and long cultivation compared to its beginning. Eventually I took the advice proffered back there, by chickelit, I think, when I showed it start out, and added the heat of 100W lightbulb for three days. Even then the bubbles developed slowly to foam.

The culture changes the wheat, it actually consumes it. The culture tends to break down the gluten connections. The dough feels weird, a bit like clay, so it does not form a smooth skin that holds tightly and stretches, instead it simply breaks. Finally, it bakes with thick crust and I do not really appreciate that as do most sourdough aficionados. Even though the sourdough flavor concentrates in the crust, for me, it's too tough and too crunchy for sandwiches. Children would not like this bread. It takes some serious chewing.

It's one saving grace is it's impressively delicious. It is unlike anything you can buy. Bakers do not take this much time with their dough. This imparts a lingering sourdough flavor. You have to brush your teeth to get rid of it.

It was not cold fermented because the sponge took so long to develop to foam and that amounted to days of aging. Scant fresh water was added and only enough additional fresh flour to turn bubbling sponge into fairly wet dough. The fresh flour did develop good gluten protein connections but that was largely consumed and broken in the final proof. If I had dropped a grape into the starter, or a mushroom, it would disappear within an hour, that's how fierce the culture is.

I did reserve a cup of starter contrary to my original intention. Force of habit, I suppose.

The culture actually foamed more than this, I stirred it to see how quickly or slowly it would re-foam.

Scant 1/4 cup additional water and sufficient flour to form a wet dough. It was kneaded and stretched thoroughly to develop the new flour's gluten connections. The old flour is too chewed up to be much use for a sturdy gluten network.

See? even here it breaks instead of stretching as normal dough would do. 

Baked in a cloche preheated to high as the oven goes for 25 minutes, and 5 more minutes with the lid off.

The moment these simple sandwiches are done I'm ready to make two more. This bread is seriously addictive. My mouth still tingles with acidic coating, each swallow of saliva carries aggressive sourdough flavor. I forgot how fantastic this is. There is nothing like this commercially. Nothing. 

And I go to myself, I go, you know what, Chip? I'm living history. This is the bread of our ancestors. They would not recognize our mass produced sliced bread. The tradeoff our civilization made for convenience was a serious loss for us all. I mean that. And now we assume that version of bread is the real thing, when it's not. Making bread is not that big a deal yet for some reason we make it out to be. Most of the time devoted is for proofing, just sitting there, and not hands on involvement and it's not complex either. It just takes a bit of technique and patience.

WKRLEM: Where have all the entertainers gone?

M fold

This is tutorial #19 in Duncan Birmingham's series and I'm glad that I watched it. I did not know this, and it sure is going to be useful. I was delighted to see him do this so deftly because I was getting at the same thing by a different more tedious way and I didn't comprehend the idea behind it. It's applications are endless, for backgrounds and for subjects and for combinations with other mechanisms.

The whole series is fantastic. What a tremendous resource. And all of this is in his new book. I have his older book, A pop-up manual but those pictures are cute drawn illustrations and his new book that shows at the end of each video is much better. And better yet, the book is marked down for Amazon Prime members from $20.00 to $15.00 and that's a whole 25% off. A very reasonable price.

But I'm thinking about something else right now.

I'm doing something else, a card that relies on a different mechanism. I'm already nearly done with it and I'm down to making a crucial decision. 

A friend that I've known for well 2/3 of my life has died and left his survivors bereft. (Left them wealthy but still bereft.) They own my art and it's hanging in the central location of their splendid very large ranch home on a huge amount of land. He was a hunter. My customary ideas flooded first, floating lotus pond with butterflies, swarms of butterflies, you know, metamorphosis and all that, but then I thought of one of the pages I intended for depicting the wheat field cycle. The idea was for a flock of geese flying over a mature wheat field. That card idea still in incubation was for a few pages showing the cycle of growing wheat; planting, a green immature field, a gold mature field showing other life forms that take up in the field as it's growing, then lastly the harvest, a close up between two rows of cut wheat and death and destruction of uninvited life forms, a torn spider web, insect parts all over the place, a field mouse nest torn apart, bits of bloody rabbit limbs and the like, with a combine drawn blithely chugging away in the distance drawn on the background. 

I have the background drawn and the geese but I haven't decided yet how to arrange the geese. It needn't be a wheat field for this. The original idea was arrange the geese as military airplanes flying in formation across the card, but now I'm torn with the idea of arranging them properly as geese fly. Since the V spreads so much they must be arranged flying upward and not across. Since the wings do not touch then the the birds must be connected with clouds that partially block the background. They'll have to peek through sideways to appreciate the background hedgerows if they care to. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Police bag weed to go at Burger King

Police said they managed to bag a pair of street-level drug dealers using a local fast food drive through to sell marijuana.

"We obtained enough evidence that pointed to the employee, Norris, was selling marijuana though the drive-through. It was substantiated with the with sting operation. We went in later that evening and arrested him and the shift manager," said Wallace.

Wallace said buyers would arrive at the restaurant and ask for "Nasty Boy." "Once it was verified he was working they had to ask for their fries extra crispy." Money was exchanged at the drive-through window.

The drugs were not put with any food ordered but were sold in a separate container.

"We always heard rumors that employees were selling illicit drugs through some fast food restaurants. It was never substantiated until Saturday night."

Police say the operation did not involve the franchise owners and was restricted to the two employees arrested.

Via Drudge: Link

"How much is a life worth?"

That was the crux of the argument between a Louisiana man and the woman who gave birth to his son in 2010 after taking his sperm without permission from a fertility clinic and being artificially inseminated.

The case, which has a long wound its way through the courts, landed Wednesday at Houston's First Court of Appeals where a three-judge panel was asked to reverse a trial judge's decision cutting a jury award from $870,000 to $1,900.

"The (judge) decided, in his opinion, that the law didn't allow those damages, which leaves a gap," said David Bernsen, an attorney for Layne Hardin. "We, as a society, have to decide whether this type of behavior is acceptable in Texas and I don't think it is."

Via Drudge: Link to the rest of the story 

Why It'll Be Hard For Trump To Surpass Obama's Record Of Chilling Press Freedom

Gabrien News: Many in the mainstream media are reacting with righteous indignation over comments from a senior Trump adviser suggesting the administration views the traditional media as an opponent. But if we're to take these apostles of press freedom seriously, they should first explain why the Trump Administration is worse than the Obama Administration.

After all, the Obama Administration literally tried imprisoning an uncooperative journalist, monitored journalists' every digital move, and "hammered" at least one challenging reporter with IRS audits.

Let's rewind the tape.

The Obama Administration began with lofty promises of being "the most transparent administration in history." Instead it ended up setting a record, by the Associated Press's count, for denying the most Freedom of Information Act requests.

As the administration's popularity began tumbling early into its first year, the Obama White House declared war on Fox News. The White director of communications, Anita Dunn, warned they would henceforth treat Fox News "like an opponent," insisting, "we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave."

The Obama administration made good on that threat. Soon thereafter, the administration sought to deny Fox News' participation in executive branch news-making events -- which only failed after other networks admirably refused to participate if Fox News were excluded.

As you'll see in the montage above, President Obama blamed Fox News and talk radio for virtually every problem his administration encountered, warning in his waning days that these "domestic propagandists" were far more damaging to America than any interference from hostile powers like Russia.

When Fox News's State Department correspondent, James Rosen, reported accurate information about North Korea leaked by a member of the Obama State Department, Eric Holder ordered his movements to be tracked, his phone records seized, and went "judge shopping" until he found one willing to grant such a warrant without telling Rosen himself. Holder even told Google to not notify Rosen that the government was monitoring his email.

"To treat a reporter as a criminal for doing his job — seeking out information the government doesn’t want made public — deprives Americans of the First Amendment freedom on which all other constitutional rights are based," the Washington Post wrote at the time.

And it wasn't just Fox News. The New York Times's James Risen was targeted for almost the entirety of Obama's two terms. His crime? Reporting accurate information the Obama Administration didn't want reported. "Along the way, we found out that the government had spied on virtually every aspect of James Risen’s digital life from phone calls, to emails, to credit card statements, bank records and more," the Freedom of the Press Foundation reported. After the Supreme Court rejected Risen's appeal of an earlier order mandating he testify about the source of information he reported, Risen faced jail time.

After an outcry, Holder finally backed down.

The Associated Press experienced similar surveillance. For two months, the Department of Justice tracked 20 AP reporters' calls, ostensibly over their reporting into a Libyan terrorist's failed plot. Why was reporting on a failed plot so threatening? The AP said it was because the administration wanted to announce the news itself.

Obama himself was notorious for granting interviews with journalists whom he knew would treat him gently -- like Steve Kroft. When Obama accidentally exposed himself to a mildly challenging interview with a local reporter in Saint Louis, that reporter was later "hammered" with IRS audits.

With the Obama Administration, the message to the media was always clear: Report negatively about us, and we'll use the powers at our disposal to make you suffer consequences.

If those journalists currently complaining about the Trump Administration found no such fault with the Obama Administration, perhaps it's because they were all too willing to toe the line.

Via Drudge

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Well, that's rather busy. Interesting to see but you wouldn't want to be in it. 

We did relocate quite a lot and I was never so happy to leave a place and never so sad. It was emotionally conflicting. Sad because I had developed the best group of friends and I really would miss them. That emotion was tempered by the knowledge that if it wasn't me leaving it would be them leaving soon enough so the whole friend network was temporary by design. And happy because the place would always be hopelessly foreign, there would never be full integration and because of the intensity of humanity this intersection shows is actually everywhere.

This intersection fascinates Westerners. It is an attraction greater than Tokyo Tower, more so than the imperial palace, the parks or any of its statues. The intersection is featured in news broadcasts, in movies and in television shows. The crossing is not spectacular, just a pedestrian crosswalk at the Shibuya station in the Ginza shopping district, the fourth busiest station in Japan. It's what happens when the lights turn red that Westerners find fascinating. While the lights are green pedestrians amass at its intersections. When all the lights turn red all at once and all traffic stops then pedestrians cross at all angles. How they manage to glide past one another without smashing into each other, as swarms of bees crossing and criss-crossing without damaging each other is a marvel to behold of individual decision making. It is organized chaos. It is exquisitely Taoist. 

Shown above is Saturday but it's not always this intense. There are dozens of videos on YouTube of this crossing, mostly by Westerners who just had to go there and are well chuffed having survived it. Here is a live-feed where presently things are much more quiet while no less fascinating.

My brother and I learned to navigate a section of Tokyo that included a tip of the Ginza, our purpose for striking out was adventure, our focus a tiny aquarium shop where we spent untold hours studying the tropical fish in aquariums and making our careful choices. We had eleven small aquariums bubbling away in our bedroom and all of that had to go when we left, except one. The reason all our junk must be culled was "weight allowance," the same reason our parents always gave that forced a major culling. No negotiation. Actually, lots of negotiation always with the same outcome. A single ten gallon aquarium survived four more moves. And that did take a lot of negotiation. And this forced stripping that happened so often formed a lasting impression, an attitude about collecting things, an aversion to hoarding. Having things around that are not actually used, and having an excess of things generally, gives me the creeps. I still cull even without a weight allowance to force it. It just seems like a good idea and that idea started in Tokyo.

I'm sad and happy all over again.

I noticed this intersection featured in the introduction to Diner: Tokyo Stories on Netflix. The glaring neon and compressed advertisements and large billboards are similar to New York's Time Square.  

Russian Hands & Roman Fingers

On the one hand are the Russians said by the left to be undermining the US. On the other hand (right...left?) is the Pope, now openly opposed to Trump's immigration policy. Other say it's just the media writing who want us to feel a certain way. They want us to feel groped and manipulated.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Overheard at Lem's:

AprilApple said...

Is that Rod Stewart? wow - he looks like crap.

Men who look and dress like women tend to be harshly judged by women on their looks. Just sayin'.

That looks to be Carmine Appice playing the metronomic beat in that 1978 video. You've probably never heard of him but he coached and schooled many drummers more famous than he. He must have been paid really well for that one, in which he essentially played a robot. 

Mary Tyler with a little More.

“Hello Mr. Grant. My name is Mary Richards and I am applying for a position here at WJM.”
“Sorry sweetheart but we don’t need any more secretaries.”
“My goodness that is very sexist. I want to be a producer not a secretary. I wonder if Human Resources is aware of your attitude.”
“My attitude? You don’t know the first thing about my attitude. Why should I hire your anyway? What qualifications do you have?”
“Well I have a degree in journalism and several years’ experience at a small newspaper. Plus I have a little extra.”
“Really? What’s that?”
“A penis. I am a girl with a little something extra. Don’t let my tasty jugs fool you. I tuck when I wear those tight capri pants. It made my ex-husband fall over the Ottoman all the time.”
“A transsexual not a transvestite. Don’t get all hetero normative Mr. Grant. I thought you were a liberal?”
“You know what. You’ve got spunk.”
“I know…you hate spunk.”
“No you got spunk leaking out of your crotch.”
“So am I hired?”

“Sure why not. I am just going to drink my life away so who cares?”

Robot beats "I am not a Robot" Captcha


Panda Sex with Charles Bukowski

Red panda could have escaped because she’s horny New York Post By Joshua Rhett Miller January 26, 2017

some people never go crazy.
me, sometimes I'll lie down behind the couch
for 3 or 4 days.
they'll find me there.
it's Cherub, they'll say, and
they pour wine down my throat
rub my chest
sprinkle me with oils.

Then I am ready to party.

A 19-month-old red panda went missing from the Virginia Zoo this week — and officials say she may be roaming to find a mate.
Sunny the red panda was last seen in her enclosure in the “Asia — Trail of the Tiger” exhibit at the Norfolk zoo at 5 p.m. Monday. Zookeepers noticed she was missing during the first check of the animal habitats and launched a search of the grounds, where zoo staffers are hopeful she remains. But she also may have fallen victim to the stresses of mating season.

‘I Don’t Think That It Served Our Purpose’

Cyndi Lauper on Madonna’s Women’s March Speech...

Not the Onion: Dems to hold seminars on “how to talk to real people”

"Don’t laugh too much, Republicans. A decade ago, the GOP found itself out of touch with voters and devastated in national and state elections, and had to crawl back out of the holes in which they had dug for themselves. Now Democrats find themselves in much the same position — and probably worse — and have to find a way to reconnect to the voters that they’ve abandoned in favor of the hard-progressive identity politics that sells well in academia and urban enclaves."

Still, this description from Politico has a whiff of safari to it:...

Via Twitter: Go here for the rest

chipotle turkey sandwich

This sandwich has 12,360 views on Flickr and even more on Photobucket. That's quite a lot of views for an ordinary sandwich, don't you think? It's not even toasted.

Eucalyptus deglupta

Rainbow eucalyptus, painted eucalyptus.

You can buy the live plants or seeds very reasonably, on eBay even less than through Amazon. The trees can withstand light frost but not hard freezing. The demand for the trees is high. They do not produce the same aromatic oils that other eucalyptus do. They can be planted as bonsai. They'e outrageous. And that's why you should buy some. 

Caution: invites rainbow koalas and they're proper bastards to evict. 

Ordinary People, the golf argument

Say, let's have two and half minutes of intense anxiety.

It was hard choosing between this scene and the equally disturbing mother and son photo scene.

This film blew my mind and it changed my perception of Moore permanently. I hated it. And I loved it. For all my ill feelings toward Hollywood in general and toward Robert Redford in particular, credit where it is due, they all put together a splendid and deeply moving film together.

Plus I love the theme song. Everybody does. The first time I heard the song I was driving home very early one morning from work having just recently started there. I parked the car at the apartment building and sat inside the car with the radio playing until the song finished. I ran up the three flights of stairs ran to the telephone inside and called KVOD, the Denver classical station and asked them the name of the song that just now played. The guy answered Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, and it's been a favorite ever since. And shortly after that it was everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Per Wikipedia:

* Los Pop-Tops, ”Oh Lord, Why Lord”
* Kylie Minogue,”I Should Be So Lucky"
* The Farm, “All Together Now"
* The Pet Shop Boys "Go West"
* Coolio, “C U When U Get There"
* Aphrodite's Child, ”Rain and Tears"
* Ralph McTell, ”Streets of London"
* Green Day, ”Basket Case"
* Oasis, ”Don't Look Back in Anger"
* Vitamin C,”Graduation (Friends Forever)"
* The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Canon"
* Brian Eno, "Three Variations on the Canon in D Major"
* Second most popular classical song for funerals, according to Funeralcare
* untold number of advertisements.

“by the early 1980s its presence as background music was deemed inescapable.[1] From the 1970s to the early 2000s, elements of the piece, especially its chord progression, were used in a variety of pop music songs. Since the 1980s, it has also been used frequently in weddings and funeral ceremonies in the Western world.”