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.](

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:

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.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WKRLEM: Lem's Latin Dance Party

"A woman flew through a tornado in a bathtub and survived"

The National Weather Service forecast office in Shreveport, La., filed a storm report Monday night that is a simply jaw-dropping. It describes an 800-yard-wide tornado packing winds of 130 mph that tore off the roof of a storage building on Saturday and tossed a party barge 200 yards into a grove of trees. But here is the unbelievable part:

A woman inside took shelter in a bathtub and the tornado lifted the tub out of the home and deposited it in the woods with the woman still in the tub but the woman was not injured.

Jason Hansford, a senior meteorologist who conducted the storm survey, said he spoke to the woman after the incident.

“She heard the tornado warning come out and she took cover in the tub in her bathroom,” he said. “The only thing she remembers is that the tornado came in from the southwest across her home. At that point the whole backside of her house was sheared off. Her bath tub was ripped out of her bathroom and she ended up still in her tub in some woods near her home.”

Via Drudge: Link


Mary Tyler Moore -- the television icon who charmed America with comedic brilliance and charisma on her hugely successful '70s show -- died in a Connecticut hospital ... TMZ has learned.

MTM's longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, issued a statement to TMZ saying, "Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine."

"A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."

We're told Mary had been on a respirator for more than a week. She was taken off life support Tuesday night.

Via Drudge: Link to story

WKRLEM: You Wonderful You - Rob & Laura

Ohhhhhhh Rob!

owning, demolishing, destroying, obliterating etc.

Explain something to me, please.

I don't get this. And it's very annoying because it's published on every single site I have in favorites. And it's boring besides.

Deadspin writer antagonizes on Twitter that "perpetual" losing candidate for office of president Cruz claims to have been a basketball player and demands proof.

She's wrong right off the bat. Cruz ran for president once so she's mischaracterized him sorrowfully.

Cruz presents a photo of Allen Grayson in basketball clothes on basketball court and holding a basketball, who resembles an idealized youthful Cruz.

The entire rightwing media avers Cruz "owned" Deadspin writer.

By producing a photo of somebody else!

That is the point where the right insists that Cruz owned Deadspin writer.

But there is no pwnage there, just an absurd photo substitution. "Here, have this guy who vaguely looks like me except a whole lot younger and better looking."

It went downhill from there. The writer admits she was "owned" but then went on to call Ted Cruz an asshole. And now the right is having a field day and claiming annoyingly this is evidence of Cruz's brilliance.

I feel the same way as the Deadspin writer. Cruz is an asshole and so is everyone else involved with this false ownage.

The same holds true for Tucker Carlson. Everyday I see posts of Carlson destroying his interlocutor, invited purposefully for their ridiculous intellectually unsustainable positions. But when I bother to view them, there's no actual destruction. The guest has their entire say. The guest is successful in promulgating their nonsense. Tucker challenges them and most viewers agree with Tucker but nobody leaves destroyed, devastated, or obliterated. In fact, they then go on to Twitter and other social media and persist with their nonsense satisfied their positions found wider audience with their own followers still in agreement. It's a good show, but it's never demolition. Never. Yet it's continuously advertised as such. I stopped watching them because they never hold up to the claim.

Break it down for me. Like I'm a visiting alien confused by your strange American ways. Where am  I wrong?

Victor Lundy

Victor Lundy is an American mid-centruy modern architect known for his sculptural sense and for his innovative engineering. A leader of the Sarasota School of Architecture, for the most part, his structures are gracefully curved, but not all of them, the United States Tax Court Building in Washington D.C., for example, is a series of large blocks.

Lundy drew a lot as a child and eventually attended New York University to study architecture. Later, after the war, Lundy attended Harvard. Before that and interested in rebuilding Europe after the war, at age nineteen he enlisted int eh the Army Special Training Program but was thrown into the infantry. He served in the U.S. Infantry Division and Lundy basically sketched hs way through the war drawing whatever everything around him. Wounded, a surgeon noticed and asked him to sketch a new medical procedure that the surgeon was developing and that reassignment caused Lundy to miss  eight months on the front lines and may have saved his life. Lundy filled twenty-four small three inches by five inches spiral sketchbooks but only eight have survived. Lundy donated the sketchbooks to the Library of Congress in 2009. They contain 158 pencil drawings.

I think Lundy is best understood at a glance by his images. This is Duck Go Images [victor lundy], the photos show all these sketches and more, along with photographs of his surviving architecture.

Lundy is alive and still drawing at his home in Houston Texas.


This one goes out to bags for innumerable reasons -- starting with the lyrics....

...good luck out there!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WKRLEM: See how Putin taught President Trump misdirection to confuse the press.

You see the press is chasing the stories about the crowd size and tweets and he is pulling their bras off.

Somebody calculated that CBS evening news did 21 minutes on the crowd size bullshit and one minute on the pipeline stories. They don't have the time to pump up opposition to Trump's policy inititatives because they are chasing bullshit.

Add that to calling on the NY Post and Univision instead of the AP or the New York Times and hopefully they will all stroke out by the 4th of July.

"Not the quickest way to build an ice fishing hole"

The answer to the question everyone has been waiting for: will 20 kilograms of red hot steel go through about a foot of frozen lake ice?

Denver Secret Service agent posts on FaceBook she will "look the other way" if someone attempts to assassinate Trump

Kerry O'Grady holds a top well-paid position with Secret Service in Denver. She is a Hillary Clinton supporter who believes Trump is unfit for office and will be especially catastrophic for women and for minorities. While critiquing judgement she shows questionable judgement herself by publishing her feelings acknowledging concern that she is in violation of the Hatch Act. You see, her feelings and her moral light outshines her lesser concerns.

It's about political feelings.
"As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle to not violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the mdeian. To do otherwise can be a criminal offense for those in my position. Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides. But this world has changed and I have changed. And I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be a disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”
People do not like what they read. A dog pile is in progress at the moment calling for Kerry O'Grady to be fired forthwith.

But before that Kerry O'Grady was lauded for her leadership.

You don't have to be a member of Twitter to search it.  Twitter [kerry o'grady] gives results that include other Kerrys and other O'Gradys. At the top, most heavily, and throughout, is the dog pile. Before that, lower in the list and earlier by date, Feb 4th, are the compliments to her leadership.

* Wake up, show up, leave nothing on the field - Kerry O'Grady. Exceptional speaker @cowomenschamber #CWCCluncheon

* Never sacrifice what is right for what is convenient--Kerry O'Grady, US Secret Service @cowomenschamber

* "Be transparent, if you give people your reasons, they will follow you" - Kerry O'Grady on leadership.

* Have the moral courage to make hard decisions- Kerry O'Grady, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service

There you have it. Have the moral courage to quit your job and find another that suits your perfection.

Then the shitstorm, a phenomenon for which Twitter is famed. Odd that, O'Grady's post is on FaceBook, not Twitter, but just as bad a place for providing the means for otherwise lucid people to commit occupational suicide caught up in the moment. Such a careless mistake that puts one's judgement and commitment to question. The commitment is not to the job, that can be held by a someone not conflicted with political moral fidelity. And even that is hugely debatable. It can be argued, and is argued,  her commitment is to her own moral preening, and to political crime syndicate, not to Secret Service.

On Twitter presently this worsens with each passing minute. A snapshot:

* There is no way Kerry O'Grady can continue in her position with @SecretService in light of her statements.

* Senior Secret Service Kerry O'Grady supports the #WomesMarch. Does that  mean she supports blowing up the White House? Fire Her #YoureFired

* Kerry O'Grady is the secret service agent who says she wouldn't take a bullet for our president. Not sure why she still has a job. #MAGA

* @SecretService agent Kerry O'Grady's proclaiming she's UNWILLING to perform her SWORN duties for PARTISAN reasons presents THREAT to POTUS!

* Get her out!   Kerry O'Grady, Secret Service Agent

* Kerry O'Grady makes close to $100k after 23 years, thats a lot of money to refuse doing your job.. "Senior Secret Service" #PresidentTrump🇺🇸


Senior Secret Service agent Kerry O'Grady suggests she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump

* Is the "Senior Secret Service" Kerry O'Grady telling other SS agents not to protect the president? We don't know that she's not.  Fire her.

* Secret Service Agent won't take a bullet for @POTUS. What the hell kind of example does that set? Drain the Swamp

* Kerry O'Grady needs to be fired. Traitors do not belong anywhere near the #POTUS or the whitehouse.

* Kerry O'Grady, Senior SECRET SERVICE said in FB" I WILL LOOK TO ANOTHER SIDE IF SOMEBODY KILL HIM" (no mention name) and APPLAUDE!

* @SecretService how on earth are you allowing Kerry O'Grady to stay? She can't be trusted, she needs to be fired. #TrumpAffect #MAGA

* Pretty sure @SecretService agent Kerry O'Grady #shotherselfinthefoot shouldn't be anywhere around @POTUS

* Gotta be fired’: Senior @SecretService agent in hot water over this Facebook post … Fire Kerry O'Grady!

* Kerry O'Grady, the special agent in charge of the @SecretService's #Denver district needs to be fired immedialtley. …

* Kerry O'Grady needs to be fired! @ThomasBernpaine @hectormorenco @mitchellvii @tgradous @IngrahamAngle @LorainBingham …

* Sr Secret Service Agent Kerry O'Grady: I wouldn't take a bullet for Trump  She must be fire Now #tcot #pjnet #maga

My dad told me in the military branches it doesn't matter what your opinion is of the president. Service member's political opinions are irrelevant to the job. Service members cede their opinion upon signing up. They are pawns, soldiers, not policy makers. That is a different job.

But even without that attitude or that policy, it is still the job. Kerry O'Grady is publishing that she is unwilling to do her actual job. And she's so brilliant! Maybe she needn't be fired. Maybe she can be reassigned to their counterfeit division since she avers proficiency with spotting fakes.

Hillary's "Our children are watching" ad mashed with takes from the Women's March

Ireland to outlaw sex with people who've fallen asleep drunk

Sources told the Irish Independent that Mrs Fitzgerald's proposed definition will "make it clear that a person who is incapable of consenting to a sexual act due to, for instance, being asleep or unconscious, as a result of intoxication" cannot give consent.

Currently, Irish law states that rape occurs if a person has not consented to intercourse and/or if the perpetrator was reckless as to whether the victim did or did not consent.

However, the courts have had to create their own definitions of consent.

Via Reddit: Link


Overheard at Lem's:
Commander Crankshaft said...
Enjoy your white nationalism while it lasts. Man, obsessing with race must be a real bitch when the race you identify with shrinks more and more every year.
January 23, 2017 at 11:33 PM

Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump lays groundwork for destroying Democratic Party for decades to come.

Trump has ‘excellent meeting’ with union bosses who backed Clinton 

New York Post By Daniel Halper January 23, 2017 

Labor leaders praised Donald Trump for an “excellent meeting” at the White House Monday, the same day the president officially pulled out of a trade pact reviled by those leaders, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“We’re going to get them working again,” Trump told reporters in front of labor leaders, saying they’d “be discussing” free trade.
Trump’s pullout from the TPP fulfilled a campaign promise and appeared to go over well at Monday’s meeting.
Trump was joined by North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey;, Laborers’ International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan;, SMART sheet metal workers’ union President Joseph Sellers; United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and United Association President Mark McManus, among others.
Nearly all major unions endorsed Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, during the presidential election campaign.

Allen chapter 8

The class studying Middle Egyptian hieroglyphics was assigned exercises 20 - 26 at the end of the chapter. The chapter is about prepositions and adverbs. Allen is showing his readers new vocabulary as they go and this amounts to a clue for solving the exercises. The sentences are all written backwards in the text, all the people and the birds are looking to the right. The sentences are flipped here to read left to right.

The students take a stab at translation.

Horus is over the head of foreign lands
Horus, chief of foreign lands.
Horus is the chief of foreign lands
Horus, chief of the foreign lands.
Horus, chief of the foreign lands
Horus, who is over the head of foreign lands
Horus, chief of foreign lands
Horus, who is the head of foreign lands
The upper Horus, the one above the deserts.
Horus is the governor of the desert
Heru on top of foreign lands
Horus who is over the head of foreign lands
Horus, chief of foreign lands
Horus, chief of foreign lands
Horus, chief of foreign lands.

Star Wars: Episode VIII trailer

My favorite part about the bullying woman being kicked off the plane ...

... is where she realizes she's cornered and whimpers child-like, "I'll be quiet."

You've seen the videos by now, of course.

By the way, searching YouTube [woman gets booted off plane] produces several unrelated results. Apparently women get booted off planes all the time.

And you know, sitting next to that woman the whole flight cannot be nearly so bad as that woman sitting next to me the whole flight. I can counter nag with the best of them. And sitting next to that woman cannot be so bad as sitting next to the drunk guy who came forward from behind up to vacant seat next to me directly behind the bulkhead on flight returning to Denver from Puerto Vallarta. I was so ill that I didn't even bother to deplane for Mexican customs (they had an odd arrangement where everyone got off and had their little paper stamped. My attitude was, I'm sick. Come up here and stamp my little paper if it's so important to you). The guy absolutely could not stop taking. When I told him I need to stop talking and could no longer listen then he talked about that. That was worse than this woman would be. Because I'd make her so miserable she'd want to change seats.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

sourdough starter

Day 0 ↑.

I expected to show day 1 another photo that shows no no change in the jar, and then another photo for day 2 showing no change in the jar, possibly a tiny bubble or two, scant indication that something is happening. And then for day three more bubbles creating a thin foam of bubbles.

But this all happened in 24 hours and it's the first time that's happened in Denver. It does happen in Maui even faster but by the the slurry exposed to the wind, not in a jar closed tightly. This time the organisms on the flour itself leapt to action in 1/3 the usual time.

Day 1 ↓.

It's already separated into layers. It needs to be stirred. Left alone the foam will collapse. 

I used the cheapest flour available at the regular grocery store. The store brand. The organisms on the flour come from the fields where the wheat grain was grown. It will not be from one single field, Not a single wheat farmer, rather, grains are combined from various sources at the mill to even out the protein level across production runs. The grain originated from several fields. Presumably Nebraska. This is most likely Nebraska sourdough starter and that's a very good place to be from. 

24 hours to produce bubbles is too long a time period. Tomorrow this starter begins its training to do this same thing in 8 hours. It is a process that can take several days; the starter is given fresh water and more flour. 8 hours later more water and more flour whether or not it has risen satisfactorily. This way the culture is trained to go faster. 

The increment can just as easily be 12 hours. 

It may peak before 12 hours but if left alone to languish the culture will respond to go more slowly. 

You can see how this can become unwieldy very quickly. To keep the culture manageable usually half is discarded. In order to keep up the training. The aim is to have the culture bubble full blast within the cycle. Seeing this respond so quickly I have a feeling that whole training period will be accelerated. 

Usually, the idea is to make a culture to last you thereafter, but I already have too many cultures to bother with more. Instead, this starter will be feed in increments, it's activity monitored and the whole thing stiffened with flour for dough. 

The dough will be refrigerated for a few days to ferment and develop acidic character. 

Then the dough will be brought out, shaped into a loaf, proofed, and baked. 

There will be no sourdough starter left to mess with. That will be the end of the project. 

How inefficient, a whole week just for a loaf of bread. 

If your starter doesn't react this quickly don't be discouraged. This is unusual. 

two boys

Maybe three. My brother, his wife, and their two boys. These kids  crack me up. They're good boys. But they're boys and that means they bounce all over the place. And good Lord, the whole house is devoted to the boys. They don't know who they're talking to. We've never met. I'm just some vaporous image imagination in their minds with an uncertain name that changes.

The idea was to acknowledge the last book that I sent them. I notice the other boy coloring a transparency in the background, the last page left to color  and I'm surprised that they kept all the previous pages and glad to see them. There's pages all over the walls. All the walls. Covering the refrigerator. Our family household growing up was not like that. His household is for children. It is a house for children. You'd think a whole school lived there. Clearly, they live for these children.

His wife is embarrassed the boys are always in their underwear when James decides to make a video. That's fine. I'm in mine when I watch it.

Whose that Girl?

Consort of Kings and Emperors....she has been a hot chick for many decades. She is in her sixties now but maybe the best looking 60ish woman in the world.

She is the Lady in Reds and can be found hanging out in the Lake. A tasty English crumpet of the first water.

Whose that girl in the Cleopatra outfit?

Whose that author?

It was always a mistake to generalize; but, dear God, security guards were dumb.
Grinnell spotted him two steps inside the door, browsing the Japanese Animation racks in a Hawaiian shirt with the tail out over his sidearm, khaki slacks, and clod-buster black oxfords, the kind whose soles formed a lip all around with white stitching to make the feet that wore them look even bigger. He never stooped even once to look at the videos on the lower shelves, saving his energy to pretend to read the descriptions on the boxes he took off the top. He wore a bar of black moustache as thick as his thumb and his hair looked as if he cut it himself. He might as well have been wearing a uniform.
The layout was identical to all the other stores in the chain, a case man's dream. It had separate doors for entering and exiting, the latter charged with a magnetic field to set off an alarm when a customer tried to sneak Free Willy out unchecked, and a blind room in back where they displayed the porn.

Grab them by the what?

"Look fellas. I need some help with the press. Hulk I need the name of your lawyer. You know the one that destroyed Gawker."
"No problem brother. You are a Hulk-a-manic and I will set you up."
"Oh and Andre. You're dead. So I need you to go haunt Meryl Streep and body slam her ass."
"Consider it done Master."
"I love it when a plan comes together."

Rich Lowry: The Next JFK

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama’s legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won’t be able to touch the core of it.

Obama’s enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first African-American president, who represented a current of social change in the country and reflected the values and attitudes of the progressive elite.

He will be remembered — and revered — by his admirers as his generation’s JFK. The standards here are largely stylistic, and Obama checks nearly every box: He was a young president; a photogenic man with a good-looking family; a symbol of generational change; an orator given to flights of inspiring rhetoric; if not a wit exactly, a facile talker with a taste for mocking the other side.

The process is a little like Romans deciding which emperors to make gods after their deaths, depending on their reputations. For Democrats, LBJ and Jimmy Carter were too unglamorous and too obviously failures, whereas Bill Clinton gave too much ground to Republicans (and didn’t keep his dalliances discreet). Obama won two terms, is as ideologically pure as reasonably possible, and has cultural staying power.

The original myth of Camelot was borne aloft by the tragedy of JFK’s assassination, which created a suspension of disbelief about the martyred president.

Obama isn’t a martyr, but his supporters have experienced the election of Donald Trump as a major trauma. For them, the poignancy and power of Obama as a symbol of what they consider a better America will increase every single day of the Trump years.

The New York Times columnist Tom Wicker once wrote a book on Richard Nixon called One of Us. The liberal opinion elite fell in love with Obama because he was one of them. In sensibility and worldview, he’s a writer for the New Yorker who happened to win two presidential elections.

Words matter to Obama. He is comfortable with popular culture and embodies a certain kind of cool. When he is not whipping up a crowd, he has the affect of a Harvard lecturer. His politics are assumed to be unassailable common sense wherever unreflective liberals gather, from faculty lounges to Hollywood fundraisers.

One of the root causes of Obama’s domestic political failure was the tension between his pitch for himself as a unifying figure and the fact that he was a committed man of the Left. He could be one or other, but not both. He always chose his left-wing politics.

His favorite rhetorical crutch was to portray his positions as the centrist path between two extremes, although this was convincing only to people who already agreed with him. His inability or unwillingness to compromise proved devastating to his party, which got wiped out in 2010, 2014, and most importantly 2016. This puts much of what he accomplished legislatively and unilaterally in jeopardy....

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