Saturday, September 30, 2017

HONNE and Izzy Bizu

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Alcohol vs Native Americans

Noticed on one of the more whacky right-side sites, an item about Nebraska Supreme Court thwarting a last-ditch effort to resume alcohol sales in a teeny-tiny town on the outskirts of an Indian reservation. Basically, the town exists for its four liquor stores to service the reservation where alcohol is illegal.

And that got me thinking, what is the deal with alcohol and native Americans? Are their bodies different such that they're rendered more susceptible to alcohol harm? Is it something like evolution has not prepared them, just like all the germs we brought over that killed so many of them? Are there inherent physical differences?

So I asked the internet and read Wikipedia and now I'm an expert. [alcohol and native americans]

Under the firewater myths paragraph:
Another important way that scientific literature has refuted these myths is by identifying that there are no current discovered genetic or other biological anomalies that render Native peoples particularly vulnerable to alcoholism.
There you go. So that's that. Question answered, end of story. Stop reading right here.

But, man, that little town must be crazy. Put yourself there in that position. You know alcohol is illegal on the reservation for their own reasons. Their own little empire says no to alcohol. Yet, you know the people in there still want it. You know there is a demand nonetheless. What do you do? You decide to profit by servicing the demand by subverting the foreign laws that you don't care about. Woot.

They created this situation. Not you.

You are the solution. Not the problem.

What does this place even look like?

Denver Post heads their article with this photo.

Good Lord that looks bleak. Whiteclay, NE. 

Is this the whole thing? It has four beer stores. Nine residents. They sell the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer each year. That's 389,000 cans of beer sold by each resident. Maths!
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is plagued by a litany of alcohol-related problems, including high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, and activists complain that Whiteclay fuels those issues.
Pffft. And.
Whiteclay has also served for decades as a remote hangout for people to panhandle, loiter, fight and pass out on sidewalks. Its residents rely on a county sheriff’s office 23 miles (37 kilometers) away for law enforcement.
Pfffft. The Nebraska court's mind was made up. They're not having it.
The court rejected the retailers’ appeal on a technicality, arguing that they failed to include all “parties of record” when they asked a district court to review the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission’s decision. 
Let's go there. Let's see if we can look around a bit, without getting out of Google's car. That blue upside down turkey baster thing has me interested. Those nine residents seem to do interesting things. What is that blue thing, anyway? Water? Just when you think it's water it turns out to be beer. Or gasoline. How do nine people even get such a thing? Do they go, hey, we're a town, we need water, get a water tower up here. And they sell enough beer to Indians to justify the cost of a water tower.

The thing is, the demand for alcohol isn't going anywhere. This town that serviced the demand was kept close to the reservation. A problem was automobile accidents. And now the Indian people must go farther to satisfy their demand, and that's the only real change that this does. They exported the problem as they perceived it to neighboring towns while increasing the likelihood or automobile related accidents, and simply making alcohol more expensive so increasing panhandling.

Did it ever occur to the Supreme Court of Nebraska that life might be so miserable they'd rather stay blasted out of their minds?

Anecdote alert. When he was young, Dr. Fred killed an Indian by vehicle during his internship on an Indian reservation. The Indian drunkenly stumbled in front of his car one winter night. Fred never recovered from this event, the opposite of his aims as doctor, and of course, neither did the Indian fellow. Fred didn't like to talk about it. He had to get drunk himself before he would. Therefore I heard the story constantly.

Kidding. Lie. I head it only once.

None of the following pictures show the blue thing. That means it really is brand new. What a waste. Right when you finally get your brand spanking new blue thing the State Supreme Courts shuts down your whole town. Now, what are they going to do with it? Leave it there? Sell it? It's just strange to buy shiny new gorgeous blue water tower then have your whole town shut down. And there goes everything, the church, the grocery store, the automobile repair place, the car junk yard, the refreshing Pepsis, the little restaurant, not just the meandering panhandling drunken fighting accident having Indians, everything.

The dream was so beautiful. The rivers of flowing beer. Where the buffalo roam. The link between nations, the connection of distinct cultures.

It's saying, "We don't like you anymore."

Lem contributors

To Jay.

Apologies. Sometimes I'm stupid. I'm sorry for the delay.

You can't un-see it

"...I should say that I have talked about this before with the P1, and fake widows apparently fill me with a deep, soul-filling rage.

The weird thing is that the fake window looks like it's supposed to differentiate the 2015 car from its previous generation, but that car was hardly changed since its previous generation. And that car was hardly changed since its previous generation And that car was hardly changed since its previous generation. Line up a Gen 5, 6, and 7 Camry (as Curbside Classic did) and you'll see how similar these cars are, right down to the platform. The roofline (along with all the other body lines and interior layouts) is the same as it's been since 2006, and that model was barely any different since the debut of the 2002 model."
Selected comments:
-"I'm more disgusted by the fake grille made of plastic on the front of this car.
Big grilles are a thing, I get that. Hell, I even like it on many cars. But here it feels forced, like they just decided to make most of the front end look like a poorly shaped plastic "grille"."

-"Absolutely. And it's sickening to know that Toyota can make a car dull and ugly, but as long as it's reliable, people will continue to buy it solely on that reputation."

-"makes C pillar look smaller.. i like the attempt at clever styling. Obviously it can't be glass because under that plastic's a chunk of iron keeping the roof from caving when you flip it. Safety sells midsize sedans afterall."

"Protesters in Berkeley aren’t sure why they are protesting"

Via InstapunditI wasn’t really familiar with Arthur Fletcher, who goes by the name Fleccas on You Tube, until I saw this video he made in Berkeley this week. Fletcher’s approach is pretty simple. He has a microphone and a small digital recorder (taped to a wooden spoon as a handle) and he walks around and talks to protesters. What he finds, surprisingly often, is that protesters who are very agitated don’t have a firm grasp on why they are so upset. Most people have a line of argument that is about an inch deep. Asked one question about details or presented with contrary information, they seem stunned. Some just slink away from the microphone with nothing else to say."

So the setup for this clip is that Fletcher is in Berkeley where people turned up to protest despite the fact that “Free Speech Week” was canceled. The highlight here is when Fletcher approaches a throng of white protesters chanting “Nazi scum” at someone. He asks who the crowd is directing the chant toward and no one answers. The target turns out to be a Trump supporter of Indian descent. “Are you a Nazi?” Fletcher asks. “No, I’m not,” the man replies, bewildered. He adds that he has also been labeled a “white supremacist” apparently because of his Trump hat.


some dude

They're all wrapped in what you said and what you did. 
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The thing is, I don't have to hate you.

And I don't have to purchase your psychic disturbance.

Nor accept your read on our country.

Your attitude is not my problem.

And there is nothing I could do about it anyway.

I don't have to be jealous of your tremendous American achievement. And I don't have to get involved with your conflicts. Nor the paradoxes your life with your protests create.

I don't have to care about what happens to football.

I never could care about football before so there's no point in starting to care so late. And I don't have to take glee in it suffering either.

Instead, I can just marvel at your face.

I really did enjoy drawing your interesting face.

Dr. Bean's puzzling headstone for his two wives

Samuel Bean's two wives died twenty months apart. Now that right there is just tragic. The first wife died from eating poison mushrooms and the second wife died from bludgeoning. She wouldn't eat her mushrooms.

Sorry. I got mixed up there a little bit with a joke my brother told me in the second grade. It's that LSD thing happening again.

Dr. Bean loved both his wives and he buried them side by side in Rushes Cemetery outside of Crosshill, Welles Township in Ontario with a single gravestone to honor their favorite pastime of solving puzzles.

Boy, did they ever have weird puzzles back then up there in Canada. Nothing at all like word finder. And neither crosswords nor acrostic puzzles were invented yet.

This article at Amusing Planet tells us this is a replica headstone in harder granite that replaces an earlier version that was worn out and contained an error. The writer at Amusing Planet believes this one has an error too, put there for misdirection and frustration, but the mistake Kaushick picks out is itself a mistake. Rather, what Kaushick thinks should be "so" near the end is actually correct. You can tell by the dots with the letters that they're intended as abbreviations for Samuel Bean.

The article has two more puzzle headstone examples but they are not so interesting or touching as this.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Baby One More Time

Life in Nanny Norway

Bruce Bawer writes in Front Page Magazine that Norway is always at top of lists for standard of living, healthcare and high life expectancy. Thirteen years straight for Business Insider. He maintains life expectancy is a matter of fact while the rest is debatable. Healthcare is fine unless you need an operation that government decides is too expensive or if there is a waiting list, and incomes are high, yes, but so are taxes.

Bawer says Norway is the exemplar of statism. That when he first moved there government intrusion into every aspect of life was a very real and palpable feeling. The feeling of being less an individual and more a part of a collective.

Even with a supposedly non-socialist government led by conservative party. The non-socalist label is deceptive because conservatives never do anything to reverse Norwegian statism.

He says that statism is the same thing as living in someone else's house and bidden to live by their house rules. The way he puts it, Nanny Norway doesn't think that it's good for you to drink so she doesn't allow anyone other than herself to sell liquor and she makes buying it as costly and problematic as possible. In his town of 12,000  there is only one state-owned liquor store and with limited hours and 300% tax and beer is more than twice as expensive as anywhere else on earth.

Another odd example, Nanny Norway thinks it's best for you to eat at home so going out to dinner is also pricy. Nobody goes out to lunch. Everybody packs their own lunch, usually a sandwich wrapped in wax paper that all Norwegians take to work no matter their socioeconomic level. Bruce Bawer wrote an article about this for NYT that was reran in Norway's largest daily, VG, and he received hundreds of emails and texts savaging him for insulting their beloved national tradition, including death threats.

He mentions other traditions. "Dugnad" the concept of renting a space in a building owned by somebody else that makes upkeep the responsibility of the renters not the owners. The renters all get together to share duties such as raking leaves and shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, and washing the stairs. The renter actually work for the guy he pays rent to.

See? Their depravations regarded as cherished traditions.

Bruce Bower continues with other examples. High gasoline tax even though Norway is a leading oil producer. Because the powers that be regard gasoline use undesirable. They pay the hightest gas prices on the planet.

They have laws about weird things you wouldn't imagine. Bruce Bower inquired about having his cat declawed and the veterinarian looked at him disgustedly. It's illegal. Yet the same vet will put your cat down without blinking an eye and with no questions. And it's okay to keep the ashes of your cremated pet but not the ashes of a human loved one. They must be buried in a cemetery. But if there are no relatives around in twenty-five years to renew the fee then the remains will be dug up and discarded.

Running a small business is even harder in Norway than it is in the United States. It's regarded as a strike for independence which makes statists very uncomfortable so they make it very difficult by piling on rules and paperwork and taxes.

Bruce Bower writes more about life in Norway. He backpedals a bit by pointing out the good things about them and their culture.
Overwhelmingly, Norwegians are civilized, decent, honest, patriotic, down-to-earth, responsible-minded, and family-oriented. The landscape is spectacular, the air salubrious, the tap water excellent, and the products of Norwegian farms reliably tasty and wholesome. The country has a proud armed forces, manufactures cutting-edge defense systems, and pays more per capita on military expenses than any other NATO member.
Well, that makes up for everything.

Comments to this post over there on Front Page Magazine are good too.  Everyone has insights on life in Norway, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.
*  I was so stoked to visit Walmart. The assortment in Norwegian stores is bland, small and very expensive. They also close at 11pm the latest, and there’s an own term for Norwegians travelling to Sweden to buy food because it’s so expensive in Norway. We travelled to one of those giant stores and I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. So much food! 1 gallon of chocolate milk for $3? I pay $3 for 5 deciliters at home. $1.50 for cake mix? I pay $7. The amount of ready-made cookie dough, cinnamon rolls and fast food was also almost unsettling. I had… fun, as you can imagine. 
www quora com/What-is-your-biggest-%E2%80%9Conly-in-the-USA%E2%80%9D-moment/answer/Mia-Kristine-Martinussen 
*  Norwegians are not free and most of them don't even know it. Their evil nanny of a government uses taxation, regulation, and indoctrination to determine how they live every aspect of their lives.

*  "A few especially favored writers even receive a taxpayer-funded annual income, comparable to a respectable professional salary."

It is the same in the States; we just call them "university professors."

*  Thanks, I spent some time in Scandinavia as a child, interesting to hear how things are developing. Compared to USA, it was statist even back then, to a surprising degree, which Americans probably can't imagine through words, have to experience it first hand. I remember when some relatives visited USA, they had trouble grasping the fact that the price of Coca-Cola varied from store to store, that you might be able to get a better price by going to a different store.

About quality of life, I wouldn't want to live there because of the cold.

Also good point about the thinness of population density, we took long trips by ship to visit various small coastal towns, with their huge and magnificent fjords, I don't think Americans can imagine how thinly the country was populated.

*  Are the Norwegians enjoying their Muslim brothers and sisters that have been moving in?

    **  They do. They don't really seem to like them but as long as the Arabs hate Jews and say it... The hatred for Jews in Norway is worse than back in 1933 in NS Germany. But the most interesting thing is - the country is practically "judenrein."

      ***  Really? I wasn't aware of how bad the Norwegian people disliked Jews.

Well, maybe they enjoy having their women raped and paying higher taxes for welfare to support the Muslims.

*  Germany is very close to this without the views, tasty food and Norwegian honesty.

If you want to start a business in Germany, get ready to be audit within the first 6-8 months with the taxmen questioning each and every decision you made to inflate your tax bill (and there is no legal recourse because the single defining criterion for the arbitrary assessment is that it "has to be reasonable") and be treated like a convict guilty of steeling from the morally superior Leviathan welfare state.

The German health care used to be top notch, but the socialist "reforms" gradually applied to the system during the recent two decades coupled with a de facto total lack of doctors' accountability made it function a lot like a Russian roulette - you never know when your number is up. And if you are an employee, which is the case for the vast majority of Germans, you will only get the treatment that is not "too expensive" while paying triple the premium of a privately insured octogenarian. The waiting lists are months long and the doctors seem to be discouraged from offering any alternative treatment options otherwise available to privately insured individuals. The patient is expected to say that he or she is willing to pay extra to see the doctor much sooner.

But the worst thing is that this system has created millions of indifferent, emotionally detached underachievers.

And more.

ICE arrests 500 in immigration raids across the country

In four days, in a bunch of uncooperative sanctuary cities across the country, all at once BAM! Just like that.

It's frightening if you think about it. The uncertainty of it. Living under the sword of Damocles. Whoever that was. Some guy with a sword. Even right here in Denver. How rude!

From Jammie Wearing Fool. (With a lot more words)
A federal operation to arrest undocumented immigrants this week netted nearly 500 people in cities and states that have openly opposed the Trump administration’s deportation initiatives. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday that its four-day “Operation Safe City” targeted people in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore as well as Cook County, Illinois, Santa Clara County in California’s Bay Area, Portland, Oregon, and Massachusetts.
The report says ICE is targeting 8,400 undocumented this month.

Full story NBC news.

Netted. I don't like that word. Not when referring to people. I don't like the word "gross" either. I think they mean arrested. Not netted like accounting.


"Arrest" is a cool ASL sign, but I just now looked and none of the dictionaries show it the way that I've done it for forty-five years. And that makes me wonder how people understood me the whole time. Nobody ever questioned me along the way. Not once. And that goes to show Jeffery's excellent signaling. The dictionaries show it like both hands grab some short person's shoulders, another dictionary shows a hand grabbing an index finger.

I show "1," universal for "individual" and the "alcohol" shot glass configuration that extends index and pinkie fingers that grab the individual and pulls it inward. It looks exactly like an arrest. And maybe that's why nobody questioned it. It fits the in the category of configurations of "rape" and "abuse."

ICE did this 500 times in 4 days:

Lem contributors

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!.

It's empty in here. Where did everyone go? Why does everyone always ditch me all the time. This is, like, my life story.

I just now realized I might have the power to repair contributors.

So, like everything else  I searched internet how to do that.

It told me go to settings and click blog authors. As usual there isn't any such thing as described. Wait, there it is within basics, lower down. Mine shows only two.

It looks like I can add them. To do that I need to enter your email address into the box, per the instructions I read online. 

Please email me something. An empty email, a tenderhearted message of affection, fan mail from some flounder, well wishes, a ransom note, a threat, a picture of a kitty, anything will do. Then I'll use your email sending address from that to enter into the box. Does this sound like a good plan? 

boure[at symbol]comcast[dot]com. 

You'll know it worked when your name appears on your front page.

Also, on the front page mine shows only two.

I don't know what happened. It's possible you pissed off Lem royally. It could happen, you know. It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for, they lash out. You should try being a little nicer, innt. Quit taking a knee all the time all over the place. Straighten up a little bit. Tuck your shirt in, pull your pants up. Shine your shoes once in awhile fer Christ's sake, comb your hair, sit up straight and stop being so sloven. Quit swearing all the time, it's low class. Wait, was that another LSD flashback or something? Wow. Someone needs a doctor. 

I meant to say maybe it was an accident of some sort.

Power to the people. 

Mueller blocks congressional oversight of FBI involvement in Trump Surveillance

Because that oversight is sure to reveal the opposite of what Mueller is after. Because that oversight will reveal that FBI has become a rogue politicized agency. Because Mueller is covering his own butt.

So who made Mueller the boss of us? How can one man given authority for one investigation throw the blanket over the entire congress and keep it from looking at the activities of FBI, the IRS and the DOJ? This reeks of desperate megalomaniac overreach. Something is too precious to have exposed. Something too damaging.

From The Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes that while Reuters reports on DOJ and FBI refusing to provide documents related to the Steele Dossier on Donald Trump as candidate and on James Comey's involvement in assembling its content, they buried the more important part.
Law enforcement and congressional officials said that the Justice Department and the FBI were reluctant to comply with the demand for documents as the FBI had its own probe, under the supervision of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into U.S. allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign to tilt the November election in Trump’s favor.
Mueller is using his own investigation into bogus charges on Trump and Russia to conceal genuine malfeasance of three important government departments.

The FBI is protecting itself from inquiry into its own unlawful activities. The FBI is investigating an issue that the FBI itself is an original participating entity. Sundance writes that refusing to allow investigative oversight into actions taken by the FBI takes conflict of interest concerns to stratospheric levels. That when you take into account Mueller's blocking oversight into potentially illegal action of FBI with previous actions of DOJ relating to IRS targeting then you get a picture of weaponized FBI apparatus avoiding accountability.

Sundance uses florid language that I don't want to steal, but I sure would like to.

Sundance then elaborates at length on IRS and FBI collusion and the DOJ refusal to prosecute IRS officials engaged in illegal targeting. We already know all this but he summarizes it beautifully. Then he asks, how can DOJ conduct an investigation into all that when DOJ is the initiating body for the illegality they were seeking to investigate?

Robert Mueller is following a pattern of FBI and DOJ action to hide the unlawful behavior of FBI and DOJ leadership.

You must go to Conservative Treehouse to see Sundance's amusing photograph of a highly suspicious cat and his even more amusing assertion of mental stability and his denial of any disposition toward self-harm and his testament that his vehicle is up to date on its scheduled maintenance, and that there are no environmental dangers to function of life that present hazard to the author.

The article over there, more developed than this synopsis, has 408 responses to it presently.

Trump's tweets, NFL monopoly

The Data Tech Guy and Daniel Greenfield address two things about the NFL controversy that I think you'll find interesting.

Data Tech Guy writes that the Observer almost gets it on Trump's tweets vs MSM/NFL etc. The point that he makes is that media insists that Trump is obsessed with NFL when in fact it is they who are obsessed. Trump lobs a stink bomb and media reliable takes it every time without fail causing them to use his tweets to spin circles in narrative imagining they're damaging Trump, and winning a conflict of their own creation that they're actually losing while leaving Trump to work on other things that they leave unreported and leave him alone to see through unmolested.

Trump tossed out a provocative line at his rally and noticed the reaction he got there and then and knew in that moment he has something that he can use. He then makes two tweets and gets to work on the things that he wants, and Puerto Rico, while the media was fully concentrating on NFL and congratulating themselves over NFL victory over Trump. Actually reporting Trump is neglecting Puerto Rico. Until he tweets about that.

The Observer wrote that the tweets mean nothing and they take no effort to send. It's absurd that media reports that Trump spends all day caring about NFL, as they are, because he tweeted twice and they spend all day reacting. Media behaves as if all Trump does is tweet because they write dozens of articles about every single one instead of examining what Trump actually does.

Then the Observer writer misses her own point by writing she really wishes Trump would stop tweeting. And that's why Data Tech Guy says Observer almost gets it.

Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish blows my mind. I honestly don't know how he does this. His writing is sweeping and I'm humbled by his work. My own approach is observe from where I stand and relate that on some kind of personal level, find something that matches with personal experience and bring it down. While Daniel Greenfield is opposite by losing himself entirely as he takes grand sweeps encircling his subject from above. He is an impressive historian digging up things that you could never imagine and that for the most part nobody else writes about.

Greenfield writes flatly the NFL must be ended. It is an surprising piece of research.

Greenfield begins comparing salaries of Army recruits and compares them with starting salaries of NFL rookie, turns out to be $20,000 vs $465,000 minimum. Then he talks about about NFL arrests and the nature of their offenses. He writes it's no wonder they're eager to join Kaepernick's protests against the justice system by degrading our anthem, because they are criminals.

Plenty of other writers cover this same point as they do Greenfield's next point about taxpayers subsidizing stadiums. But where Greenfield gets interesting is noting these sweetheart deals are not uncommon. NFL gets a pass on property taxes. Until 2015 NFL was non-profit and the term "Professional football leagues" was inserted into Internal Revenue Code specifically to carve out a special non-profit status (how can he even know this?) while its commissioner Goodell became the highest non-profit executive in the country at $44 million in one year.

NFL is a trust, an illegal monopoly legalized by Congress.

Their monopoly allows NFL to cash in on television licensing and on team gear. And after they rip off broadcasters then ESPN rips off cable subscribers whether or not the subscribers even watch football.

Greenfield writes that NFL leftward tilt is not an accident. ESPN is bleeding subscribers while NFL anti-American turn alienates fans. The left is more likely to bail out their industry. Since they're in trouble, they must move left.

Here is where Greenfield's penchant for history impresses. He writes, once upon a time football was free market with competing multiple leagues. The NFL-AFL merger created a monster monopoly that crushed independent leagues by its control over broadcasting and venues.

This happened to United States Football League that won an antitrust case against NFL, but went under anyway.

The man at the center of the fight against NFL was Donald Trump owner of New Jersey Generals.

The monopoly that created the NFL was the result of Senator Russel Long, who took over his father's seat from his mother who held it after their father Huey P. Long. Russel spent four decades in the senate with no qualifications except his last name. The NFL got a monopoly in exchange for New Orleans getting a franchise. Another Louisiana senator, Boggs, held things up until he had assurance from NFL commissioner that the franchise was assured. It was a corrupt Democrat deal that created the NFL monopoly.

Greenfield writes, of course the NFL thinks the justice system is unfair. It was created by a crime and it's full of criminals.

Greenfield continues with his damning historic review and urges Americans to break up the corrupt Democrat monopoly, demolish the barriers to formation of independent leagues by taking on the NFL, ESPN and it's broadcasting partners in crime.

Okay, this is me bringing it down.

I met Russel Long's brother in Shreveport when I was a teenager. I recall him as a tall and dark thin man always dressed in a suit jacket and pants and tie-less unbuttoned shirt. I worked at Quality Inn that was run by my friend's mother. I did everything you'd expect a lad to do at the hotel. I had several positions over a summer. I basically lived at the hotel. At one point for several weeks I was working nights as cashier in the Hotel's nightclub. I wasn't old enough to drink but I could still be cashier. I met the most gorgeous cocktail waitresses that you can even visualize. Way out of my league but they all liked me real well. One of them liked to talk to me quite a lot. She told me her car broke down so she was driving her boyfriends VW that had manual shift. She did okay with the clutch but she didn't know that you have to press down on the stick shift for reverse. She could not get the car to slip into reverse so she drove all over town in such a way to avoid ever having to. She never parked in such a way that would require reverse, which caused considerable difficulty. I thought that was hilarious.

"You have to shove it down like through the floorboard."

"Oh. Why?"

"To make sure you don't make a mistake that could seriously damage the car."


Mrs. Hennigan, my employer, had a friend who'd stop by and sit at the bar for hours each night in one of their plush red stools. His name was Palmer Long, a fallen down drunk. That guy could really sock 'em away. His dad was Huey P. Long, the Louisiana senator who was murdered on the statehouse steps in broad daylight, ganster style, and whose mostly oil-related corruption cast a very long shadow across all Louisiana. An historic figure, actually. Palmer would sit there all night, late into the morning drinking his face off. Listening to truly crap entertainment, usually duets, singing things that drunk people like such as "My Dingaling." And as the customers drank enough for it, everybody really did sing:

Ooooh my ding a ling, Everybody sing
I want you play with my ding a ling a ling
Ooooh my ding a ling, my ding a ling
I wanna play with my ding a ling a ling

I hate that song. It's so stupid. Night after night drunk people singing the same song as if it's the first time they ever heard anything quite so amusing.

Palmer said in his broad expansive very heavy Southern accent, raising his voice, orating actually, "Mah daddy used to always say that Russel will grow up to be senator and I will grow up to be a drunk.


And Ah'm just trying to fulfill mah daddy's expectations. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. "

He had a practice of placing a $100.00 bill on the bar top then cradling his head into his folded arms as if passed out sitting at the bar to bait and to test other men sitting near him conversing. If they went for the bill then he'd bust them because he never did get so drunk as to actually pass out. He could really really slam them down. He was funny and engaging and obnoxious, as heavy drinkers often are.

"DNA surgery on embryos removes disease"

Via RedditPrecise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC.

The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion "letters" of our genetic code.

They altered lab-made embryos to remove the disease beta-thalassemia. The embryos were not implanted.

The team says the approach may one day treat a range of inherited diseases.

(Link to more)

football fans burning jerseys

The reckoning. 

These people are not coming back. 

When I saw the women burning their memorabilia I was triggered to a dormant awareness. My own mum was a sports fan and, boy, did she ever collect memorabilia. There was nothing to check her obsession. Jerseys, jackets, coffee mugs, beer koozie, in her case Pepsi koozie, plastic helmet, large plastic cups, padded seats, noisemakers, pompoms, posters, automobile decals, dashboard protectors, antenna streamers, bobbleheads, dolls, blankets, she knitted Bronco afghans, headscarves, and Bronco cowboy hats, Bronco baseball type caps. To my dad's distress she colored her hair to match Bronco colors for important games, she painted her nails in Bronco colors and designs. And everything in multiples. She put herself out there as fan in outrageous ways. She liked to draw attention to her enthusiasm. She made the most noise. 

Likewise, in her way she expressed her patriotism openly. She was women's auxiliary president for VFW several years in a row and by that she collected a massive amount of their reward jewelry that she had all over the whole house. It seemed inordinate to available time. I found earrings and pins and broaches, and necklaces in every drawer that opened, literally strewn all over the whole house. She outdid all previous presidents by her fundraising, even to funding a scholarship, and I still see patriotic bumper stickers that she designed and aggressively sold. And by seeing the women in this video I realized none were crying. If Mum were ever forced to put her sports enthusiasm up against her patriotism there is no doubt she would ceremoniously dump her full collections. But I cannot imagine her doing that without crying. She was delicately tenderly emotional that way. Anger, yes. But with great deal of anxiety and tears. And there would be no going back. I know this because I saw it. She was a huge Elway fan well past his term until a friend of mine mentioned Elway's infidelity and she dropped her affection like a rock.  

a bit of kanji

I uploaded photos to Flickr and noticed a few notifications so I read them. One was from Japan and the name had this writing and to myself I go, "Hey! I know what those little pictures mean." But I don't know if it's the person's name or what. I have no understanding beyond their literal meaning. Goes like this:

You're going to really dig this.

The three that are the same individually means "tree"

When two or three trees are together they mean "forest"

If there is another smaller horizontal line through the tree trunk near the bottom then the sign means "book" as with the name of their country, "Sun book," "Japan" very common, as you imagine.

And that makes sense because books are made from trees.

The 3 shape with a horizontal line through it and with a tree above it means "plum." 

So I read the combination as plum tree forest. Or copse, or orchard, or garden or whatever. Maybe it's the person's name. And it would make a very nice name when you think about parents naming their child Plum. "Come straight home from school, my little Plum." 

band uniform

A commenter to a post at Insty provided this link to "Stars and Stripes Forever" and I thought, oh man, that dude's uniform is outrageously militaristic. I wonder what the medals are for.

How many medals can a bandleader attain? And for what feats?

Marching around in crazy formations with a tuba and not smashing into people would be worth a medal.

My dad had a whole bunch of ribbons on his uniform and the whole time I never did know what they meant. As an adult I was with him in his bedroom long after his retirement while he was handling his old uniforms for some reason, so I asked him. He told me, "This one is for Korea, and this one is for Okinawa ..." and the next one was for someplace else and the next one for another place and so on. I realized the ribbons amounted to his entire military biography, his résumé or curriculum vitae right there on his chest. Imagine all those military people going around with their entire military experience plastered on the front of their bodies. They're reading each other this way all day long. I said stupidly and purposefully offensively, "I thought they meant, shiny shoes, buttons aligned, pants pressed, clean hands, etc." And instead of being offended as intended and serious as expected he cracked up laughing that his son is so flatly stupid. It became a joke of his.

He really was deadly serious usually. 

Last night I saw a show on Netflix, "Criminal Minds" where a father was raising his son militaristically. I felt a pang of pity. The boy's bed was made tightly and I was forced to recall my own dad teaching me and my brother how to make our beds in the manner of military barracks. You have to fold the sheets just so, very specific folds, and tuck them in tightly like you're wrapping a package, no wrinkles, on top or sides or in folds, and the test is to bounce a quarter on the bed like a trampoline. A quarter! Barry and I were both perplexed, what is the point of all this tedium? We thought that strict bed making was ridiculous. Dad really did rely on his own basic training to raise us two boys and we didn't like it one single bit. Because of that crossover, "discipline" is my all time enduring least favorite word. I never enlisted. I didn't want anything to do with disciplined ways. It interfered massively with my free spirit impulses.

Does this bandleader even sense how anachronistic and pompous and overly ornate and North Korean this looks? 

Thursday, September 28, 2017


I can't continue this..., whatever this is, the way it's been going, do to exhaustion.

When come home from work, like today, I'm just too tired to do this to the point where it feels like I have to, not like I want to.

So, I've decided to slow down. I'm not going to be doing it like clockwork. Meaning, I may post something now and again.

I'm leaving ChipA on as an administrator, hopefully he will continue to post as he has in the past.

Thank you all for coming and hopefully you will find it worth your while to keep doing so.

I'm not going away.

New York City, 1960

Annihilation (2018) - Teaser Trailer

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"Richard Branson Makes A Bold Prediction About The Future Of Food"

Via Reddit:  "I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone" - Richard Branson

Branson is among a growing number of very wealthy and influential investors that envision a very different food system than we have now. They recognize that our diets are unsustainable, and that changes are coming whether we like it or not, so might as well get on board sooner than later. Which is why they're backing companies that promise to tantalize our taste buds while removing animals from the equation.

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"On Day Weiner is Sentenced to Prison, Flashback to MSM Calling Andrew Breitbart a Liar About Him"

Via Instapundit:  It all seems so long ago now. Andrew has been gone for five and a half years, after all. Deb has a nice rundown on Hot Mic in Andrew's own words about how the initial allegation he made began playing out in the MSM. As a bonus, she also posted a video of that press conference that he hijacked.

Here is a mashup of CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and MSNBC's Chris Hayes repeatedly dismissing Andrew's claims, all the while smearing him as a liar.

Both of these idiots are still employed, by the way.

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"Michelle Obama: Women who didn't vote for Clinton “voted against their own voice”"

Via CBS News:  Former first lady Michelle Obama criticized female voters who cast their ballots for President Trump while speaking at a marketing and professional development conference in Boston on Wednesday, reported.

"Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice," Obama said, while maintaining that she and her husband, former president Barack Obama, still hope for Mr. Trump's success.

"We want him to be successful," she said of Mr. Trump. "He was elected."

The former first lady, who referred to herself as a former "first spouse," engaged in a question-and-answer session with author Roxane Gay, during which she discussed her time in the White House and her husband's presidential legacy.

"Part of our legacy is leaving with grace, is being humble and diplomatic," she said, according to "The Affordable Care Act isn't Barack's legacy, it's the country's legacy." Obama also said that her role as first lady "was like being shot out of a cannon…with a blindfold and the spotlight on you." While she doesn't miss being in the White House, she is grateful for the "people and the work" she encountered there.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Megyn Kelly interview

Devastating death in Real Housewives world.....

Lisa Vanderpump mourns death of beloved dog

 New York Post September 27, 2017

A “devastated” Lisa Vanderpump paid tribute to one of her beloved dogs Tuesday after confirming the pooch passed away. “Rest in peace Pink Dog,” the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star penned on Instagram, “we are devastated to see you go so suddenly… you were such a happy pink dog and we will miss you dreadfully, we love you.”

An avid animal lover, Vanderpump, 57, revealed on Twitter the 5-year-old canine died unexpectedly Monday, despite a resuscitation attempt from husband Ken Todd.

WKRLEM: When you get older you will understand

The final word on Sports and the National Anthem.

"Go ask Mickey Mantle if you can't pay the rent. Nobody cares."

(Best Mafia Movie ever)

Why you should burn your Green Bay Packers Tickets....Vince Lombardi is spinning in his grave.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers were going to ask fans attending Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field to join them in linking arms during the national anthem as a show of unity.
Later on Tuesday night, Packers players released a statement explaining what they hope to accomplish. Here’s that statement in full:
“The NFL family is one of the most diverse communities in the world. Just look around! The eclectic group of players that you root for, the coaches you admire, the people you sit next to in the stands, those high-fiving on military bases, fans at the sports bar or during tailgate parties—we all come from different walks of life and have unique backgrounds and stories.
“The game of football brings people together. As NFL players, we are a living testimony that individuals from different backgrounds and with different life experiences can work together toward a common goal.
“This Thursday during the national anthem at Lambeau Field, Packers players, coaches and staff will join together with arms intertwined—connected like the threads on your favorite jersey. When we take this action, what you will see will be so much more than just a bunch of football players locking arms. The image you will see on September 28th will be one of unity. It will represent a coming together of players who want the same things that all of us do—freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding, and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly. You will see the sons of police officers, kids who grew up in military families, people who have themselves experienced injustice and discrimination firsthand, and an array of others all linking together in a display of unity.
“Those of us joining arms on Thursday will be different in so many ways, but one thing that binds us together is that we are all individuals who want to help make our society, our country and our world a better place. We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity. Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.
“Let’s work together to build a society that is more fair and just.
“Join us this Thursday by locking arms with whoever you’re with, stranger or loved one, wherever you are—intertwined and included—in this moment of unification.”
-- The Packers Players

"Armed Woman Tries to Rob Four Manhattan Banks in 40 Minutes"

Via Drudge:  A woman tried to rob four Manhattan banks in 40 minutes, according to the NYPD, and made off with some cash a little before noon on Tuesday.

The woman hit the first bank, a Bank of America at 127 8th Ave., at 11:17 a.m. and passed a note demanding cash but didn’t get any, a police spokesman said.

Three minutes later, at 11:20 a.m., she hit a Capital One at 144 8th Ave., where she was seen with a note but didn't pass it to a teller. Seven minutes later, at 11:27 a.m., she passed a note to a teller at an Apple Bank at 250 West 23 St., but didn't get any cash.

Mohamed Ali, the assistant manager at Apple Bank, said the teller called him to the booth, but the woman calmly left the bank without any cash when she saw him walking over. He said it seemed like she knew what she was doing since unexperienced robbers tend to make a scene if they don't get what they want. Ali said the woman wore a red wig under a black hat.

She finally made off with an as-yet undetermined amount of cash at 11:57 a.m. after hitting a Chase Bank at 71 West 23rd St. Police said she left the note at that bank.

The woman is still at large. Police describe her as 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds and said she was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the word "London" on it and a black "NY" cap. She claimed to have a gun but didn't show it, police said.


"US Marines get first female infantry officer"

She will soon be assigned to lead a 40-strong platoon.

Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert Neller tweeted a picture of the woman, saying he was "proud of this officer & her fellow leaders".

There are almost 1.4 million active duty troops in the US armed forces, and about 15% are female.

In March 2016, then-President Barack Obama opened all military positions to women, including combat units.

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"NBA Coach: ‘White People Especially’ Need To Be Made ‘Uncomfortable’"

Via Drudge:  “Well, because it’s uncomfortable, and there has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change. Whether it’s the LGBT movement, women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means,” he stated.

“If you read some of the recent literature, you’ll realize there really is no such thing as whiteness, but we kind of made that up. That’s not my original thought, but it’s true,” Popovich said.

He added, “Because you were born white, you have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. But many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult.”

“It can’t be something that is on their plate on a daily basis. People want to hold their position, people want the status quo, people don’t want to give that up. And until it’s given up, it’s not going to be fixed,” the coach stated.


"Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama"

Via AP:  "Firebrand jurist Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell."
In an upset likely to rock the GOP establishment, Moore clinched victory over Sen. Luther Strange to take the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.

Throughout the campaign, Moore argued the election was an opportunity to send a message to the "elite Washington establishment" that he said was trying to influence the race. The Senate Leadership Fund, a group with ties to McConnell, had spent an estimated $9 million trying to secure the nomination for Strange.
Meanwhile, Senator Bob Corker (R) announces he will not seek reelection.
Sen. Bob Corker, who has at times served as an ally and a critic of President Donald Trump, will not seek re-election next year.

The 65-year-old Republican from Tennessee announced his decision on Tuesday. Corker, who was first elected in 2006, said he told people then that he "couldn't imagine serving more than two terms."

"I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career," the senator said in a statement.

The vacancy in Tennessee opens a long-shot opportunity for Democrats in a traditionally red state.

consumer drone video

FPV means first Person view, also RPV for remote person view or just video piloting, a method of radio-controlled vehicles control from the pilot's point of view. Thanks, Wikipedia.

NURK FPV uploaded this video to YouTube. I noticed it tonight on smalldeadanimals.

If you're not quite appreciating why this flight is so awesome it might help to go through comments to the video on YouTube. It blows the minds of FPV enthusiasts who wouldn't dare a fraction of these maneuvers. Usually pilots are so concerned with crashing their expensive quadrocopters they merely go up and circle around for simple aerial views, carefully gingerly managed, while this guy flies right through bridge trellises, tightly between two tall pines, down ravines, then noticing a train he flies the length of the train then back flipping side to side over the train, back and forth, up and down, front to back, up to the conductor who slams shut his window, back down the train, between train cars as it's rolling, underneath the train, landing on top of the train and inside a boxcar through bridges then back over the bridge, then back home to the drone pilot who turns out to be regular somewhat heavyset dude with a beard wearing short pants. At the end he shows a small green drone bashing through a paper sign that he made, most likely the one used to make the video, one not so expensive to risk on such a hazardous spontaneous flight path.

I said all that in an email to someone I haven't seen in a year and within two minutes I received a return email saying "I saw this video a few days ago."

This is Nevada. But the whole thing reminded me of a camping trip a long time ago in Colorado with a group that Toni was involved with. I had nothing to do with the planning of this trip. I had no idea where we were going. I just went along to a campout. I went along to shut her up so she'd stop nagging. Everyone there was a stranger to me but not to Toni. It was a large group of people. Some of them were her coworkers.

We went up to the mountains somewhere packed into several cars. The drive up was rough mostly on unpaved road with a lot of washout wending and winding. Finally the road stopped and opened up to a large flat area, a field where all of us set up our tents. 

Then in the evening after we ate and the drinking started in earnest, we noticed across the river in the distance a long train approaching unusually slowly. Then from the opposite direction we noticed another train approaching.  Both trains were moving achingly slowly. We had no idea why so slowly that far out from civilization. It looked for all the world to all of us as if the trains were destined to crash into each other right in front of us. We could not see there were two sets of tracks. The flattened area extended beyond the river. A good place to have double tracks for trains using the same rail line.  It just happened that they passed each other right in front of this flat area. None of us could believe what we were seeing. We were all going to witness a train crash right out there in the middle of nowhere. 

And today I'm dismayed in recalling this because like so many other  incredible things like this that burned into my memory as outstanding impressionable things to behold until the day that I die, were I to mention it to any of the involved parties they very likely will not recall it because they're always so drunk all the time at things like this. That was the whole aim of the trip from their point of view, to go out and party heartily, drink heavily, and get totally smashed. Alcohol is a terrible thing. I suppose it's a fantastic thing for creating memories but the problem is you cannot remember them. And that there's what you call a paradox.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hillary's dog whistle

Model Modern Male Millennial

Via InstapunditHere’s the strangest part: I didn’t start out this way. I was a very industrious kid. I got my first job, working in a nursery, when I was 12 years-old. I worked at a responsible job in a church rectory until I was 17. I have never “not” worked. I’m an Eagle Scout and (nominally) a Knight of Columbus. I went to college, got the quarter-million dollar degree – the diploma hangs above my bed like the Sword of Damocles – and I’m faithfully paying off the student loans by working part-time jobs. There are the “seeds” of traditional masculinity inside me, and I never consciously rejected them.

But something has changed, and it hasn’t changed only for me, but for my contemporaries, too. Most of us are still living at home; a few of us have married, but we’re mostly still single. Why haven’t we moved on?

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Whose that girl who shares something with the NFL?

She does indeed have something in common with the NFL. Her cousin actually invented sports betting. But she was not a lucky lady. To be sure.

This sixties cutie was a bartender who had a lot of dates but the rumor is she was a muff diver. In the end none of it mattered. All of her dreams went for naught. In the end nobody cared. Nobody came.

Just like the former fans of the NFL.

Whose that girl?

"Fired Chicago Police Superintendent Blasts Obama, Lynch"

Via InstapunditHe said that politicians and political leaders have characterized data-driven policing as systemic racism, but according to McCarthy, the issue is a flawed economic system that disenfranchises African-American communities. Police, he said, have been repeatedly used as the poster child for questionable interactions involving African-Americans in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas and St. Louis.

He said that disenfranchised communities suffer from poverty and lack family structure, education, resources, optimism, healthcare and public services. These communities also deal with rampant narcotics activity and rampant alcohol abuse, he said, calling it a broken landscape that creates legal cynicism. That cynicism fuels the belief that the law and its agents are ill-equipped to ensure public safety, he said.

“It’s an indictment of the entire system of government that is not providing what those communities need. Look at Flint, Mich. Look at what happened there,” he said. “You don’t see state’s attorneys on the street. You don’t see U.S. attorneys on the street. You don’t see elected officials on the street, unless they’re campaigning, of course.”

What’s exacerbating the problem, he said, is public reaction to questionable incidents involving police and minority groups.

“We’ve misdiagnosed the problem,” he said. “The problem in this country is not the police. The problem in this country is a social and economic divide that puts people in those disenfranchised communities in the positions that they’re in. In essence, we’re taking the wrong medicine for what ails us.”

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The deep state is real and it's not so spectacular

Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump ... via Drudge.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag."

In a speech to an oil industry group, Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship that captures "a prized ship at sea and only the captain and the first mate row over" to finish the mission.

"We do have good people" at Interior, he said, "but the direction has to be clear and you've got to hold people accountable."

Zinke's comments echo complaints by some White House allies that a permanent, "deep state" in Washington has sabotaged Trump's efforts to remake the government.

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"Oxford student 'too bright' for prison is spared jail for stabbing boyfriend"

Via RedditLavinia Woodward, 24, who stabbed her Cambridge University boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife, was spared jail yesterday as she was commended for her “strong and unwavering determination” to address her drug addiction.

As she left the courtroom, Woodward was seen mouthing the words “thank you” to the judge as she was ushered out of the dock in tears by her family.

The decision was last night criticised by criminal justice campaigners, who said that the lenient ruling would deter men who had fallen victim to domestic abuse from coming forward.

It comes four months after Judge Ian Pringle QC described Woodward, an aspiring heart surgeon, as an “extraordinarily able young lady”, whose talents meant that a prison sentence would be “too severe”.

Standing trial in May, Woodward pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, after she punched and stabbed Cambridge student Thomas Fairclough whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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Monday, September 25, 2017


Can you cook with bitters?

I haven't the first clue what bitters are. I heard about them but the name itself put me off. Why in the world would anyone buy anything like that to add to a cocktail? Alcohol drinkers are weird. From the very first sip of whisky at nine years of age I could not understand why anyone would want to drink that stuff, so similar to gasoline. It literally burns your throat. Adding something bitter to that is mystifying. I concluded very early that drinker's tastebuds are shot.

Same thing with fermented foods. Why would you want that?

Over time my attitude adjusted about fermented foods. The more I realized how widespread they are,  how historic, the various forms they take in different cultures, their health benefits, then the more I began to appreciate them. Such as sourdough and miso and kimchi.

Recently I bought a Napa cabbage with no particular use in mind for it. I saw it sitting down there in crisper and thought I had better do something with it. Cabbage is not a favorite vegetable. I removed a quarter of it, chopped it and fried it in butter with chile flakes. Turns out to be very good.

Soon after I fried another quarter similarly except I added fish sauce, an Asian ingredient based on fermented fish. The bottle I have tastes terrible by itself but it contributes greatly to other things.  Like alcohol does. I've had the same bottle for over six years. Fish sauce fills out whatever you're cooking by expanding its flavor profile while not overdoing it, not drawing attention to itself. It just bulks up whatever you're cooking.

Toasted sesame seed oil is similar that way. It enhances other oils. So those two things added in extreme moderation changed the cabbage profoundly by enhancing it without blowing it up, by changing it dramatically in mysterious indescribable ways. 1/4 teaspoon each. Just drops.

The fish sauce must be what garum was like in the ancient Roman period. Descriptions of garum vary widely but they all include fermented fish guts. The smell of production was terrible. Production outlawed inside the city. Yet everyone put garum on everything. Somehow garum enhanced food similar to how modern Asian fish sauce does. It's a culinary mystery.

Now I cannot keep off the napa cabbage. I've added all types of things to change it. I enhance it with various additions, other vegetables, bacon, prepared chicken stock. And I love every variation that I've come up with. I use scant sugar and vinegar for sweet/sour addition. I even forgot chile flakes one time and it still turned out great. Fried napa cabbage is now one of my top favorite things to whip out.

I bet I could add bitters to cabbage and even that would taste great.

I don't have to wonder, I can ask the internet. Turns out bitters are recommended for experimentation. On everything. Not many people asked this question. There are not many videos. Only a few. The videos do not have many views either. The information on this video is not common. And the available videos are by British and other people who mangle English in odd ways. One is a Jamaican contest. These must be advertisements.

I'm going down to the bottle shop and buy a bottle of bitters. I found adding beer, wine, sake, alcohol to things makes everything better. They distribute flavors well. They help marinades. They function as part of a dressing and they add flavor.

His brownie batter is too wet. It's supposed to be stiff as cookie dough. Eh, whatever works. If you scooped the ice cream into a smooth ball then the sauce would slip right over it and pool at the bottom.  I like the way his scoop has a lot of surface area that holds the sauce. 

They sure use a lot of bitters for these things.  For cocktails the bartenders use only a few drips.