Saturday, March 11, 2017

A young guy from Nebraska moves to Florida

A young guy from Nebraska moves to Florida and goes to a big "everything under one roof" department store looking for a job.

The Manager says, "Do you have any sales experience?" The kid says, "Yeah. I was a salesman back in Omaha." Well, the boss liked the kid and gave him the job. "You start tomorrow." I'll come down after we close and see how you did."

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down. "How many customers bought something from you today? The kid says, "One".

The boss says, "Just one? Our sales people average 20 to 30 customers a day. How much was the sale for?" The kid says, "$101,237.65 ". The boss says, "$101,237.65? What the heck did you sell?"

The kid says, "First, I sold him a small fish hook. Then I sold him a medium fishhook. Then I sold him a larger fishhook. Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Boston Whaler. Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4x4 Expedition."

The boss said, "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a BOAT and a TRUCK?"

The kid said, "No, the guy came in here to buy Tampons for his wife, and I said, 'Dude, your weekend's shot, you should go fishing.'"

Via Reddit

Retired black guy challenges white guy who is the current champion!

No not Obama.

It is Floyd Mayweather the undefeated welterweight champ who is challenging MMA champion Conor McGregor. He is pushing it because it would be a big payday and he is pretty confident that he will kick Conor's ass.

I am not much of an MMA fan and I used to be a big time Boxing Fan so I have to go with Floyd on this one. I don't see how McGregor has much of a chance. When they go out in the ring unless McGregor kicks him in the balls or something to start it off I don't see how he handles a pounding from as talented a fighter as Floyd.

Now styles make fights so who knows. I remember many years ago when Cassius Clay "fought" that douche Jap wrestler Antonio Inoki. What a farce that was and what a waste of money paying to see that fight! Is this that farce revisited? I don't know.

Maybe some of youse are MMA fans and have a different perspective. I would be interested in what you have to say. More likely is that not one of us have seen an MMA fight.

Damn we are a bunch of old codgers.

“In the course of time, Michael Strogoff reached a high station in the Empire. But it is not the history of his success, but the history of his trials, which deserves to be related.” ― Jules Verne

When I was a kid I was a voracious reader. There is a public library on the corner of Clinton and Union Street. My Dad brought me there when I was in the first grade because he was always taking out books. Every week we would go and he would take out a bunch of books and I would get one or two. Kid books at first but gradually I got into the adult section. I took all of the usual suspects. Jack London. Steinbeck. Twain. Jules Verne. Arthur Conan Doyle. So when these books came up I had read them years before and the book reports were a breeze.

Not so much for some of the other mooks in Sacred Hearts. They couldn't be bothered. So they relied on two major source materials. Cliff Notes and Classic Comics.

I enjoyed collecting comics back in the day. In the sixties Marvel was just starting out with the heroes that are making millions today in the movies. I had a bunch of the origin stories and full collections for a lot of years until I lost interest. Of course they all got thrown out and I lost the dough I would have made if I had kept them but waddaygonnado.

I do have to admit that I always loved the Classic Comics. My favorite was my dog eared copy of Michael Strogoff. A tale by Jules Verne about Russia and the Tsar. We were all up in the Russki's face in those days. With Khrushchev banging his shoe and the Missile Crisis and what not. So to read about Russia before the Commies was very interesting to me. It was one of the few comics I kept.

I haven't thought about that for a long time. The mention of Classic Comics brought it all back. I thnk we should chip in and send President Trump the whole series. I think it might help him. At least it will keep his attention.

The God Emperor makes another mistake.....nobodies perfect.

Our friend and ace blogger the Evil Blogger Lady has a post up on his eponymous named blog about an unforced error by President Trump.

It seems that one of the 46 US attorneys that were required to resign was from the Southern District of New York in one Preet Bharara. Now Mr. Bharara is a pretty liberal guy who was recommended by Schumer and appointed by Obama. But he is a man of the highest integrity. He prosecuted Shelly Silver who was the head of the New York State Assembly and was the most powerful politician in New York for about two decades. Then he locked up Dean Skelos who was head of the Republicans in the State Senate. He goes after the crooks and lets the chips fall where they may.

Earlier in the transition President Trump met with Mr. Bharara and told him he wanted him to continue in his post. Of course that was when he thought that they were still going to go after Hillary. So maybe that changed their thinking. I just don't think so.

I think it was an oversight. Two other US attorneys were told that their resignations would not be accepted. It is standard practice in government to get an undated resignation letter for the file. US Attorneys are always fired when the an opposite party comes in. No biggee. I think that we will hear next week that President Trump wants him to continue. At least I hope that is the case.

In any event why not take this opportunity to check out Evi's blog. He is on the blogroll and it is easy to jump over there. He always has great stuff going on and could use some traffic and a few comments. I have been remiss in not commenting there more often and I will up my game. It can be tough to put up great post after great post and not get any comments. We need to support each other as best as we can. So stop by Evi and Chip and the other blogs on our blog roll and drop a comment or two.


“You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means”

Lem puts up another of his porno posts. Jeeez this guy is obsessed with babes with big ta ta's and is always posting stuff about naked women.

Now he is pointing us  towards naked photos of women in the armed services.

(Read more after break)

"Marines nude photo scandal expands to all branches of military"

Via Drudge:  The Defense Department is investigating online outlets through which Marines shared nude photographs of women, including fellow Marines -- some taken without their knowledge.

CBS News has learned the investigation has spread to all branches of the military. Business Insider first reported that the scandal is broader than it initially appeared to be in early reports.

The website titled Anon-IB first gained notoriety for publishing nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence. But it also contains a message board for military personnel where men from all branches of the military exchange comments and nude photos of female service members, sometimes identifying them by name and/or duty station.

Some of the pictures are pure porn, others are innocent snap shots followed by requests for wins, slang for nude photos.

“Anyone got any wins for this one?” someone asked about a young woman in the Massachusetts National Guard.

Fiction writer says.....

"Patient shows brain activity for 10 minutes after death"

Via InstapunditIn three of the patients, their brain activity ceased first, followed by their heartbeat and blood pressure. A person is typically considered "clinically dead" when they stop breathing and their blood circulation ends.

But the fourth patient had the opposite experience. The person still showed persistent brain activity for up to 10 minutes after the final heartbeat, researchers wrote in a study published this week in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

Patient No. 4's brain continued to fire off bursts of delta waves even after the person was declared dead, Loretta Norton and her colleagues of the University of Western Ontario found.
The researchers said they can't really explain what happened. Perhaps there was a human or equipment error that falsely simulated brain activity at the time of recording — though there's no sign that either a person or machine messed up.

"It is difficult to posit a physiological basis for this EEG [electroencephalographic] activity, given that it occurs after a prolonged loss of circulation," Norton and her team wrote.

The study is the latest effort by doctors to better understand what happens to our bodies after life support is withdrawn, which is an important question for organ donation.

Without a firm explanation, and given the tiny sample size — one patient — the doctors couldn't make any definitive conclusions about what their findings mean, except to say that more research is required.

"Further study of the [EEG] during the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies will add clarity to medical, ethical and legal concerns for donation after circulatory determined death," they said.

Ben Shapiro plays Schindler's List on violin at twelve years of age

This was served up on YouTube and my jaw hit the floor. Ben Shapiro hasn't changed one single bit since he was twelve. Claiming then to want to be the first American rabbi supreme court justice, clearly Shapiro was born into a deadly-serious family. Was he ever a child?

No. Ben Shapiro was not ever a child. 

The song doesn't seem all that technically demanding but it does have a few tricky passages that Shapiro handles deftly. Seems to me. Actually, I couldn't listen to the whole thing. Not my cup of tea, but watching did remind me of a conversation I had with my dad. 

My older brother and I found three old violins in our grandparents basement and naturally tried to play them. Impossible. There aren't any frets, we hadn't a clue where to start to tune one. None of the three were any good. We just made incoherent screeches and a mess of the torn up bows. My dad told me he hated violin lessons, his strong preference at the time was guitar like the cool guys played, but his own parents insisted he compete his violin lessons instead and that mismatch put him off pursing music altogether. He was no obedient Ben Shapiro at twelve. I said, "Violins don't even have frets! How in the world do you even know where to put your fingers on the neck?"

Here my dad switched to violin defense mode. His eyes widened then focused sharply. "Look, without frets you can get half-notes, quarter-notes, and even 16th-notes." Which makes a guitar very rudimentary and clumsy by comparison. And I appreciate that insight but recalling the basement discoveries I was still cold on fretless violins that offer no assistance with note finding. The whole thing still baffles me.

Comments on YouTube are amusing. Hardly any address the song or Shapiro's skill except to note that they too play violin and notice mistakes,  and they remark on periphery Ben Shaprio and  later day Ben Shapiro instead. But none of them remarked about how Shapiro does sound a bit like like Porky Pig when he gets excited which turns out to be rather a lot. 

I found the clip interesting because it shows a side of young Ben Shapiro that I did not know. 

A Science Question For Bagoh20

Background: We're renovating a 1980's townhouse and I'd like to improve on or restore the original staircase banister:

The wooden rail comes off; I plan to sand and refinish it. The white vertical bars are metal and are in turn attached to a long wooden board beneath. I think that wood originally may have been stained as well. Anyways, it will be when I'm finished -- to match the top rail. My question for bags is about refinishing the metal uprights. I'd like to simulate wrought iron. How to do this? My thoughts are removing the framework and taking it someplace to be sandblasted and then electrolytically finished. Alternatively, I could laboriously sand off the paint and then prime and repaint in flat black. Or, there is my old friend methylene chloride.

There are two rails, actually so double the work/cost.

What would bags do?  Mechanical? chemical? electrochemical?

Others are welcome to comment. Sixty?
added: Follow-up post here

Friday, March 10, 2017


Overheard at Lem's:
Sixty Grit said...
This guy did 80's music correctly. Even all these years later I find the video cannot be resisted.
March 10, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Jon Gabriel: Samantha Bee Called Young Man a Nazi. Then Apologized. Kinda.

Via Instapundit:  Samantha Bee is not funny. She hosts a nightly TBS show named “Full Frontal,” which mimics the hard-left fake-news template of “The Daily Show.” The latter show still exists, hosted by the not-funny Trevor Noah, while the not-funny Seth Meyers and the once-funny Stephen Colbert mine the same depleted vein on their own late-night talk shows.
All of these programs are intended as Comedy, but are better described as Urban Liberals Yelling At Americans Who Disagree With Them. Here’s how the formula works:
•Play an out-of-context clip of a Republican.
•Show the host staring into the camera, crinkling his/her nose, opening his/her eyes wide, or tapping his/her pencil.
•Peals of digitally enhanced laughter from the live audience, as home viewers check Netflix.
You don’t tune into “Full Frontal” for jokes or satire, but common snark and mockery of The Other. It’s Orwell’s Two Minutes Hate with a laugh track.

Link to the whole thing

Fox News Reporter does the work of the Duopoly! Lapdogs lick his face!

So did  you see the story where a card carrying member of the Journalistic lapdog press attacked a correspondent for a website in the White House Briefing Room.

As reported by SJW cesspool  Politico:
As reporters were getting settled ahead of Friday’s briefing, the Fox correspondent Jon Decker pointed out that a reporter from Gateway Pundit, Lucian Wintrich, was in the room and that they “hate blacks, Jews, Hispanics,” according to BuzzFeed White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo, who tweeted about the incident.
Decker also sent an email to the entire White House reporter email listserv, noting that the White House "has admitted Gateway Pundit into today's White House Press Briefing."
Now this FOX reporter is getting pats on the back and accolades by all the liberal press for attacking this reporter who happens to be a gay conservative like Milo. You see those guys get extra special helpings of hate from the mainstream media.

An appreciation of Chip Ahoy!

Chips Stromboli prep!

Many of you have noticed that Chip has not posted in a few days. Rabel noted that Chip had explained that he had a bad case of the flu in the latest post on his own blog "Things wot I Made Then Ate."

Chip describes the ordeal of just going across the street to get a sandwich when you are sick which we can all relate to in one way or another. I know you join me in hoping he gets well soon.

I do want to take a moment to thank him for all of the great posts he puts up here at Lems. Along with my other fellow contributors who bring so much to this joint effort. I will say that I have a special appreciation for Chip's posts about food. I am a long time follower and admirer the food posts on his own blog and everyone he posts here is a must read.

So stop by his blog and wish him well. Or drop a comment here to put out some good vibes.  We all need to here that once in a while and I think it is especially important when we are under the weather.


Paglia: Transgender & Civilization’s Decline

Link to entire video

Camille Paglia discussion at last fall’s Battle Of Ideas festival in the UK, in which the lesbian scholar and provocateur identifies transgenderism as a mark of a civilization deep into decadence, nearing collapse.

Via Instapundit link

North Korea Park Ousted... followed by the kids of BBC commentator (blooper)

Via Reddit

Did NK slip up, airing albeit briefly, the ouster of a leader to the south?

WKRLEM:Don Mclean: The three men I admire most....OJ, Robert Blake and William Shatner.

New York Post, March 9, 2017

American Pie” singer Don McLean says he has had no contact with his ex-wife for more than a year and will obey the terms of an order of protection she received in court.
A Maine court granted an order of protection for Patrisha McLean on Wednesday. Don McLean pleaded guilty in July to domestic violence assault.

Don McLean says he has moved on. He avoided jail time after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the January 2016 arrest at his home in Camden on the Maine coast.
Patrisha McLean says she hopes the case will motivate people to support organizations that serve victims of domestic abuse.
McLean’s best-known album is “American Pie” from 1971. It includes the chart-topping title song as well as the song “Vincent,” which also charted.


Offshore along the drive between Oceanside and Orange County, on a clear day, Catalina Island appears. Avalon was carved from the southern leeward side, and is faintly visible from the mainland. On my first trip there, I saw flying fish:

There's a restaurant in Avalon which will cook your abalone -- provided you bring it. I suspect you could buy some on the black market. Never tried.

lyrics after the jump

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WKRLEM: The Conqueror - (1956)


"Barbarians and the Civilized"

Via Instapundit:
What was colonialism if not the ultimate product of pedagogical optimism, based on the metaphor of the master and the pupil? Europeans gave themselves the mission of guiding toward Enlightenment the indolent, cruel, or spontaneous native, overtaken by his emotions and mired in ignorance. Anticolonialism and its sixties-era prolongation, Third Worldism, kept the metaphor while reversing the roles: the young nations of the Southern Hemisphere would be entrusted with saving the postimperial northern powers. By gaining their independence, the colonized nations offered to their former rulers the chance to redeem their souls. The materialist West could regenerate itself by becoming prisoner of its own barbarians.

Yet in both cases, it was the reference to the infantile that ultimately triumphed.
Link to the whole thing

Alexa pipes down when asked about relationship with CIA

Via Reddit Link

"photos of radioactive wild boar roaming Fukushima's nuclear wastelands "

Via Drudge:  These incredibly unusual photographs of the terrifying mammals were taken in the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, whose reactors went into meltdown after it was struck by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

There have been many obvious dangers faced by Japan in the wake of the disaster, but one of the most unexpected has also proved to be one of the most fascinating.
Link to more photos
When the exclusion zone was set up - with the surrounding towns population evacuated to a safe distance - hundreds of the wild boars, which have been known to attack people when enraged, descended from surrounding hills and forests into the deserted streets.

Now they roam the empty streets and overgrown garden's of Japan's deserted seaside town of Namie, foraging for food

However, the people of Namie are scheduled to return to the town at the end of the month, which means the bloody-toothed interlopers have to be cleared.

"It is not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars," said Tamotsu Baba, mayor of the town.

"If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable."

At the end of March, Japan is set to lift evacuation orders for parts of Namie, located just 2.5 miles from the wrecked nuclear plant, as well as three other towns.

"Israel moves to mute mosques' call to prayer over loudspeakers"

Via Drudge:  A law to muffle mosques' amplified calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem won preliminary approval on Wednesday in a charged parliamentary session where Arab legislators denounced the measure as racist.

Supporters of the bill say it is aimed at improving the quality of life of people living near mosques who have been losing sleep. The calls usually begin sounding a little before 5 A.M. through loudspeakers mounted on minarets

Opponents say the legislation, sponsored by right-wing parties, impinges on the religious freedom of Israel's Muslim minority. Arabs make up almost 20 percent of the population and have long complained of discrimination.

Two versions of law won initial approval and will go to committee for further discussion before any final vote in parliament, in what could be a lengthy process.

"You are committing a racist act," said Ahmed Tibi, an Arab lawmaker, told supporters of the legislation.

Link to the whole story

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Math problem... with no right or wrong answer

Woman's March births a tweet...
Puzzlement ensues...

"How ‘A Day Without a Woman’ Could Backfire"

Via Instapundit:   "A Day Without A Women,” planned by the same people who arranged the Women’s March earlier this year, is a one-day strike—a form of protest so unpopular it’s typically only used as a last resort. Adding further insult to the families inconvenienced by the demonstration, the strikers appear unable to answer one simple question: What, or whom, are they striking against?

Theoretically, Wednesday’s event is designed to highlight the economic power of women by showing the world what can happen if they refuse to engage in both paid and unpaid work, as well as any shopping, for a day. Right away, thorny questions pile up. First off, are women really attempting to show their value in the workplace by refusing to work? This seems like a risky strategy. No worker is truly indispensable, and going on strike could invite employers to consider just how replaceable you are. Not to mention that parents thrown into the lurch due to last-minute school cancellations for petty political games will surely be tempted to consider other educational choices, too.

Second, what would happen if all women actually participated? The event’s organizers are suggesting women refrain from paid as well as unpaid work, which means mothers, if they followed through with the guidelines, may leave children unattended. The entire American airlines industry would be grounded without women to help planes get on and off the ground. Female nurses and doctors would not be available to administer chemotherapy, deliver babies or conduct life-saving emergency treatments. Do organizers truly want to encourage a movement that would lead to nothing less than the breakdown of civil society? This isn’t a feminist ploy, it’s one for anarchy.

Link to entire article 

"An App Called "New Eyes" Has Taken Over Our Town"

Via Reddit: I don’t remember what my wife and I were arguing about, but it lasted for more than three days. About three weeks ago, I came home from work and prepared myself for the incoming argument, but when I walked in through the door my wife jumped into my arms and planted me with kisses. Pleasantly surprised by the change of pace, I started to relax and asked her what the kisses were all about.

While rushing back to the kitchen she yelled out, “I’ll tell you after dinner, honey!” She brought out a large pizza from Papa John’s and I let out a quiet chuckle. She was never much of a cook. I couldn’t blame her. She was the town’s only dentist so she was almost always busy. We watched a little bit of tv while we ate, but my mind was distracted. It wasn’t like her to end an argument so abruptly.

As soon as I finished off the last slice of pizza my wife put her phone on my lap. The screen was filled with a pink background and little blue dots that floated around the screen leaving trails that vanished after a second. I looked at her, but with a soft voice she whispered, “Tap the screen three times and don’t take your eyes off of the phone.”

Feeling curious, I tapped the screen three times and the screen went dark for a couple of seconds. I started to look back at my wife, but the screen flashed a white light twice and bounced to a park.

It was the park that I used to go to with my mother and father, but the park was demolished 7 years ago and both of my parents passed away while the park was still standing. On the phone screen I saw myself walking around the park looking depressed, but a smile quickly took over my face when my mother and father walked up to me. Both of them looked like the last time I saw them, but they looked perfect.

My father didn’t have a limp on his right leg, and my mother didn’t need a cane to walk. We all walked around the park while we walked around and I could hear, inside of my head, my mother talking about how proud of me she was. My father kept making the same corny little jokes he used to make. As we made our way around the park for the fifth time the screen shut off and I noticed that I had a smile on my face.

It was only for a short time, but I was completely at peace for the first time in my life. I looked at my wife and she asked, “What did you see?”

With a teasing voice I said, “Don’t tell me you didn’t look at what I was watching.” She laughed and scooted up closer to me while saying, “It doesn’t show the other person what you are watching. If someone tries to see what you are looking at they will only see a black screen.”

After I told her about seeing my parents and the park I asked her where I could get the app. She told me that a friend of hers gave it to her because it was still in development, but she could send it to me through Bluetooth. I don’t really know much about phones so I let her handle that when we walked back into our room. After she put the app on my phone I put it on my side table and plugged the charger in. The app was called New Eyes. The icon for the app was a bright pink box with a small pair of eyes inside. I thought about opening up the app, but something in my mind stopped me from clicking it. That night I fell asleep to the sound of my wife letting out happy sighs.

I woke up three times that night, and each time I woke up I saw my wife glued to her cell phone. I tried asking her what she was doing, but she didn’t respond to any of my questions. When I woke up the next morning she was still asleep. I gently shook her till she woke up and I noticed instantly that she barely got any sleep at all the night before. Her eyes were bloodshot red and her face was a lot more pale than usual. I asked her if she was okay and she just nodded at me before going into the restroom and got ready.

It was the same thing every single night after that. Last week, she started to refuse to eat or drink any water. I tried to take her to the doctor, but she refused to go with me.

I couldn’t take it anymore. Five days ago I called 911 and silently waited next to my wife while she kept staring at the black screen on her phone. When the paramedics arrived they quickly picked her up and managed to strap her onto the gurney while she screamed and flailed her arms and legs around.


The site of the first telephone exchange was granted a designation as a National Historic Landmark on 23 April 1965. However it was withdrawn in 1973 in order to demolish the building and construct a parking garage.

"Ivanka Trump clothing line reports record sales"

Via Drudge:  “Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand,” Abigail Klem, the president of the Ivanka Trump fashion brand, tells Refinery29 in an interview published Tuesday. “For several different retailers Ivanka Trump was a top performer online, and in some of the categories it was the [brand’s] best performance ever.”

The news of a sales surge comes after Nordstrom announced in early February that it would no longer carry the 35-year-old’s clothing and accessories, citing poor product sales. The move caused President Trump to tweet shortly after the announcement that his daughter was being “treated so unfairly” by the luxury department store giant.

Link to story


I was big fan as a kid. I'd never seen the animation(s). Their faces are sometimes described as "bird-faced." But I always thought they were rat-faced.

Love the "rat giggles."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"NSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap Claims"

Via Drudge:  President Donald Trump is "absolutely right" to claim he was wiretapped and monitored, a former NSA official claimed Monday, adding that the administration risks falling victim to further leaks if it continues to run afoul of the intelligence community.

"I think the president is absolutely right. His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored," Bill Binney, a 36-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business on Monday. Everyone's conversations are being monitored and stored, Binney said.

Binney resigned from NSA shortly after the U.S. approach to intelligence changed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He "became a whistleblower after discovering that elements of a data-monitoring program he had helped develop -- nicknamed ThinThread -- were being used to spy on Americans," PBS reported.

On Monday he came to the defense of the president, whose allegations on social media over the weekend that outgoing President Barack Obama tapped his phones during the 2016 campaign have rankled Washington.

Binney seemed to go further than the assessment of former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a George W. Bush administration official, who offered a tacit defense of Trump to ABC on Sunday.

"This is the difference between being correct and right," Mukasey said. "The president was not correct in saying President Obama ordered a tap on a server in Trump Tower. However, I think he's right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general – at the Justice Department through the FISA court."

But Binney told Sean Hannity's radio show earlier Monday, "I think the FISA court's basically totally irrelevant."

The judges on the FISA court are "not even concerned, nor are they involved in any way with the Executive Order 12333 collection," Binney said during the radio interview. "That's all done outside of the courts. And outside of the Congress."

Binney told Fox the laws that fall under the FISA court's jurisdiction are "simply out there for show" and "trying to show that the government is following the law, and being looked at and overseen by the Senate and House intelligence committees and the courts."

"That's not the main collection program for NSA," Binney said.

Link to the Whole Thing

"Dalai Lama says Chinese hardliners have parts of brain missing"

Via Drudge:  Chinese hardliners have parts of their brains missing, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said in an interview aired this week, comments likely to infuriate Beijing, which views the Nobel Peace laureate as a dangerous separatist.

The Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

The animosity between the two sides, and their rivalry for control over Tibetan Buddhism, is at the heart of the debate about reincarnation.

Speaking to U.S. comedian John Oliver in India's northern town of Dharamsala, where the exiled Tibetan government is based, he also said he might be the last Dalai Lama.

"Very possible," he said. "If I become the last Dalai Lama, I feel very happy."

Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death.

Asked if he was worried China might appoint its own Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader said it would be foolish.

"Our brain usually, you see, has the ability to create common sense," he said. "The Chinese hardliners, in their brain, that part of the brain, is missing."

Link to entire article.

Monday, March 6, 2017

WKRLEM: Some advice........Enjoy Yourself

It is very important. There is a lot going on. We are all so busy. Getting and spending.

It is important to take some time out to enjoy yourself.

Listen to Louie.

Check out some gorgeous balls!

Hey we had a cold snap so I had to make some soup. Italian Wedding cake soup. With gorgeous balls.

Little meatballs that is.

I didn't do the whole boat. I only made a quick soup to warm it up. Check out the video at the Wife's blog.

If you could leave a comment or even follow the blog I would really appreciate it. We are trying to promote a new lifestyle brand with fashion, cooking and other elements that I think you might enjoy.


"You're supposed to become a pro after 10,000 hours but I'm 175,200 hours into life and still have no idea what I'm doing"

Top rated r/showerthoughs comments...

you're pretty good at breathing and pooping, you can probably do it in your sleep.

The 10,000 hour mark is mostly arbitrary. The key is "purposeful practice". Meaning, Everytime you practice life you need to push yourself to improve on the parts that will accelerate you to the next level - mastering the basics and purposefully practicing to progress on that.

Relax, death awaits us all. Work your ass off, or don't. The end result is the same.

That's a lot of math to do in the shower.

It isn't "after 10k hours you're a professional", it's "everyone who is a professional has had at least 10k hours of practice".

The 10,000 hour mark is mostly more Malcolm Gladwell sciencey-sounding nonsense.

The long list of Obama wiretaps

Via Drudge:  It is not unfounded that former President Obama would wire tap President Trump during the election process. This is because he has done this before. Here is a list of individuals who were wire tapped by the Obama Administration.

WikiLeaks released the following list on February 23rd (see link here) of Obama Administration wire taps:

* The US National Security Agency bugged a private climate change strategy meeting; between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin;

* Obama bugged Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting his Swiss phone;

* Obama singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, and targetted his Swiss phone for long term interception;

* Obama stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu;

* Obama intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines to stop the US “extort[ing]” them at the WTO Doha arounds (the talks subsequently collapsed);

* Obama explicitly targeted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception, including their French, Austrian and Belgium phone numbers;

* Obama explicitly targetted the phones of Italy’s ambassador to NATO and other top Italian officials for long term interception; and

* Obama intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berluscon, where the latter was told the Italian banking system was ready to “pop like a cork”.

In addition to the above list we also know now that Obama wire tapped various individuals in the US media that were reporting information not flattering to the Obama Administration. It is widely known that Obama’s Justice Department targeted journalists with wiretaps in 2013:

* In 2013 the liberal Washington Post expressed outrage after the revelation that the Justice Department had investigated the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter as a potential crime in a probe of classified leaks. The reporter, Fox News’ James Rosen and his family, were part of an investigation into government officials anonymously leaking information to journalists. Rosen was not charged but his movements and actions were tracked.

* Also in 2013, members of the Associated Press were also a target of the surveillance. The ultra liberal New Yorker even noted that “In moderate and liberal circles, at least, the phone-records scandal, partly because it involves the dear old A.P. and partly because it raises anew the specter of Big Brother, may well present the most serious threat to Obama’s reputation.”

* Reporter Sharyl Attkisson said in 2014 that her personal computer and CBS laptop were hacked after she began filing stories about Benghazi that were unflattering to the Obama administration. A source who checked her laptop said the hacker used spyware “proprietary to a government agency,” according to an article in the New York Post.

Obama is no stranger to wire tapping. His administration tapped phones and computers of friends and foe alike.

Ping Pong Carnival

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"Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use"

Via Drudge:  (Reuters) - The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.

"On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks.

According to the new policy, which must still be ratified by parliament, people caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted. Criminal procedures would be launched only against those caught repeatedly with the drug.

Selling and growing marijuana would remain criminal offences in Israel.

"Israel cannot shut its eyes to the changes being made across the world in respect to marijuana consumption and its effects," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in a statement.

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"Why Women’s Magazines Only “Get Political” When a Republican is in the White House"

Via Instapundit:  The liberal thought police are turning on Ivanka Trump—and her appearances in fashion magazines.

The first daughter, known for her business acumen and a markedly inoffensive Instagram presence, is not about to get treated like a family member of a liberal president, at least by the likes of magazines like Teen Vogue or Cosmopolitan.

“The Trumps should not appear on any magazine covers in a fawning, look-at-how-beautiful-they-are kind of way—editors should avoid these editorials or images where we’re just talking about their fashion,” lectured Prachi Gupta, a Jezebel writer who interviewed Ivanka during the campaign for Cosmopolitan, in a recent Politico article.

Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca was similarly adamant to Politico, saying:
“All women’s media should be inherently political. Of course you can hold serious and non-serious interests, and sometimes posts are allowed to just be about what’s cute—that’s OK. But overall, the holistic goal of any publication geared towards women should be concerned with the political, and that goes beyond who’s running for office.”
Why exactly must any magazine “geared towards women” care about the political?

And why? Why must everything be political? What’s wrong with living and let live—and sharing some thoughts from figures ranging from Ivanka Trump to Chelsea Clinton about whether peplums are a good idea or not?

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea

Via Reddit: Three of them fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a "new stage of threat".

They were fired from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North's border with China, the South Korean military said.

The type of missile in unclear but the North is banned from any missile or nuclear tests by the UN.

A South Korean military official said a launch had taken place at 07:36 local time Monday (22:36 GMT Sunday) and was being investigated to determine the type of projectile used.

The US military said later it had detected and tracked a launch but had determined that it did not pose a threat to North America.

We don't need no stinking badges!

“Badges? We don’t need no stinking Badges!”
The narrative for this weekend is set.  Except when it changes.
 President Trump tweeted out that President Obama tapped his phone.  That there was electronic surveillance and wiretapping of a candidate for President by an administration of the opposing party who was supporting his opponent.
Here is what we know. There were two FISA filings. First they went for a warrant and were denied. Which is almost impossible. Only 12 out of thousands were denied last year. So it had to be a pretty piss poor warrant. They went back to the drawing board and got a second warrant for Trump tower. Now why was the first one denied? Was it because they wanted to tap Trump and the Court refused. So they went back to the well and didn’t mention Trump but tapped him anyway.
They violated the law by spying on domestic matters in the guise of finding foreign agents. They used the cover of FISA to tap an opponent. They the disseminated and leaked the information in another violation of the law. They were supposed to redact any domestic content and obviously did not do so. The whole bullshit story of the Russian influence and hacking was the result of leaks and information that they claim resulted from these wiretaps.
The press claims that Trump has no “Proof.” Unproven or no proof is in every headline and the first line of every story. When was that ever the criteria? Every leak, every allegation and every bag of bullshit from anonymous sources has no “Proof.” Of course they never mention that in their headlines. They present rumors. Lies and fabrication as gospel as long as it hurts Trump. It is just more of the same lies and attacks of the opposition party.
This time they may have screwed the pooch. The President is calling for Congress to investigate. He can declassify these warrants and put it out there. If it comes out that Obama tapped Trumps communication it will be one of the biggest scandals in American History. If they let the facts come out.
President Trump is deep into his conflict with the Deep State. I fear for his safety. I hope he retains his private security force. He obviously cannot rely on the Secret Service. They would have to have acquiesced in the bugging of his communications. He cannot rely on the entrenched deep state in the NSA, CIA or FBI. Unless he starts firing people in wholesale lots he is at risk. Severe risk.
They tried to take him down with leaks and wiretaps and lies. It hasn’t work. How far will they go?

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Sensing trouble ahead former AG Loretta Lynch makes a "disturbing" video

What does the former attorney general mean by "did what needed to be done"?

Does that mean wire tapping Trump Tower?

Look what I found via Twitter, maybe some of you lawyers can confirm it's authenticity?

It looks like Obama used his extraordinary powers to tap Trump and Lynch signed off on it.