Saturday, May 20, 2017

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun


Via Wikipedia: Regarding "Black Hole Sun", Cornell stated, "It's just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song." He also said that "lyrically it's probably the closest to me just playing with words for words' sake, of anything I've written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you'd begin to take that one literally." In another interview he elaborated further, stating, "It's funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember. Other than that, I sure didn't have an understanding of it after I wrote it. I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across." Commenting upon how the song was misinterpreted as being positive, Cornell said, "No one seems to get this, but 'Black Hole Sun' is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it's almost chipper, which is ridiculous." When asked about the line, "Times are gone for honest men", Cornell said:
It's really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It's going to become more and more difficult, and it's going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry and are willing to fuck the next guy to get what they want. There's so much stepping on the backs of other people in our profession. We've been so lucky that we've never had to do that. Part of it was because of our own tenacity, and part of it was because we were lucky.

"Hollywood's big summer movies were all filmed elsewhere"

Via Drudge: This summer's biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in the truest sense of the term, none of them is a Hollywood movie.

Despite a major effort by Los Angeles over the last two years to lure film production back to where it started, producers continue to make big-budget movies elsewhere, saying they get better tax breaks and subsidies outside of Hollywood.

As a result, the summer's movies come from all over the globe. Warner Bros. filmed "Wonder Woman" and "King Arthur" in Britain, where the Time Warner Inc studio owns a large production space. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's movie studio chose Australia for "Alien: Covenant." Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios rolled its cameras in Georgia for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," one of six superhero movies it has filmed near Atlanta.

"The support we get in Georgia is tremendous," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in an interview. "We're certainly doing many of our biggest films there well through this year and into next year."

Twenty-five years ago, most big-budget films were filmed primarily in Los Angeles. Since then, to lure production, locations across the United States and around the globe have begun offering tax credits or rebates of up to 40 percent of local production spending, a sizable savings on action films that cost up to $250 million to make.

Thirty-two U.S. states and dozens of foreign countries now offer tax credits or rebates, plus other benefits such as waivers of permit fees.

Along with subsidies, the small, former Soviet country of Georgia offers another perk to filmmakers.

"We have many derelict, abandoned small villages or factories. They are mostly state-owned still, and you can easily just blow (them) up," said Sophio Bendiashvili, head of the country's film rebate program, at a conference last month hosted by the Association of Film Commissioners International.

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"A Slow-Motion Coup d’état?"

Via Instapundit:

Let me see if I have this straight.

After a conversation in the Oval office with President Trump, James Comey, then the Director of the FBI, remembered a memo to himself in which he recorded Trump saying regarding the investigation of his former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, “I hope you can let this go.” Or at least, as someone who supposedly had read the memo and then supposedly read an accurate quote from it over the phone to a reporter at the New York Times.

First, of course, Trump should have—as usual—shut up. I’d recommend that he move the White House portrait of Calvin Coolidge to the Oval Office and study it daily. (President Reagan hung it in the Cabinet Room not because he needed advice on not talking—Reagan rarely made a verbal slip—but because he admired Coolidge’s exercise of the office). Trump has much to learn from Silent Cal that would benefit himself and his presidency, not to mention the Republic.

But assuming that that’s what Trump actually said, and that that’s what Comey wrote in his memo to himself, and that that’s what was read over the phone to the Times reporter (unlikely since this is third-hand hearsay, inadmissible in any court, analogous to the child’s game of telephone) is
that so bad? Does it really differ substantially from “I hope the weather will be nice tomorrow”? To be sure, it would have been better had he said “I hope you find you’re able to let this go,” or “I hope it turns out that Flynn did nothing wrong.” But no one has ever accused President Trump of excess verbal precision.

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"Colorado governor pardons felon to stave off deportation"

Via Drudge: Colorado's governor on Friday pardoned a Cuban immigrant for an armed robbery he committed 19 years ago in an effort stave off the man's deportation after immigration authorities detained him following a judge's ruling that he should no longer be imprisoned.

The pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was the latest twist in the saga of Rene Lima-Marin, 38. He came to the U.S. as a toddler as part of the 1980 Mariel boat lift from Cuba and had legal residency until it was revoked following his 2000 criminal conviction. Lima-Marin was sentenced to 98 years in prison for the robbery. But he was mistakenly paroled from Colorado state prison in 2008.

Lima-Marin married, had a child and got a steady job installing glass before state authorities realized their mistake in 2014 and sent him back for the remainder of his 98-year prison sentence.

A Colorado judge earlier this week ordered Lima-Marin released from state prison, saying it would be "draconian" to keep him incarcerated. But before he could return to his family, immigration authorities picked him up, citing a still-active deportation order from 2000. His lawyers said a pardon was his only chance to stave off deportation.

Lima-Marin's case has become a bipartisan cause celebre in Colorado, as 98 members of the state Assembly, Democrats and Republicans, called on Hickenlooper to grant him clemency. Though the legal roots of Lima-Marin's deportation order stretch back to actions of the Obama administrations, his detention comes as the Trump administration has moved aggressively to speed up deportations, sometimes sparking clashes with local officials.

"This was a question of justice," Hickenlooper told an afternoon news conference. "This was a pretty clear example of someone who's done all the work necessary to earn a second chance."

It's unclear whether the governor's action will be enough to stop Lima-Marin's deportation.

"I'm not a lawyer," Hickenlooper said when asked whether the pardon would be enough.

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Not the Onion: Volunteers needed to smoke pot for science

Via RedditResearchers at Washington State University need volunteers for a study to develop a breathalyzer for pot.
The breathalyzer would need to accurately detect “acute exposure” to tetrahydrocannabinol, WSU Professor Emeritus Nicholas Lovrich, doctoral candidate Peyton Nosbusch and City Councilor and research assistant Nathan Weller told the Pullman League of Women Voters on Thursday afternoon.

As part of the study, volunteers will be asked to answer questions regarding food, drink and other edibles they have recently consumed before being asked to give preliminary blood, breath and oral fluid samples at Pullman Regional Hospital, Lovrich told the League during a Brown Bag meeting at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ.

Participants will then be asked to purchase marijuana from a state-licensed retail store and smoke it in a private residence until a personal self-assessed high is reached. They will then return to the hospital by taxi to give additional bodily samples.

As an optional step, participants will also be asked to interact with law enforcement volunteers and allow them to conduct the standard field sobriety test.

If successful, the study could aid in the development of a field procedure for the detection of the presence of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, and eventually help prevent vehicle accidents or deaths due to drug-impaired driving.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The day a hurricane hit during school

Typhoon, actually. This was at one of my most difficult schools. Fifth grade. This was my third and last fifth grade in one year. The first fifth grade was at the same place as the end of the second fourth grade school, a dusty little fenced in afterthought with rough rudimentary military type buildings. Almost like, "Oh yeah, we got kids. We'll probably need a school." But that experience didn't last long.

Get this. I was seated in the classroom already in session at the back. There was a card on the wall with the word "Civilization." I asked a girl sitting next to me what that word was for. She told me it's one of their new spelling words. I told her it seemed kind of tough. This must be a tough school. She said, "Not really. See, its root word is civil, then that ization is added onto it." Now this was a profound insight. I told her, "Wow. You're really smart."

The second structure was brand new. A nice brick regular school building built on base at Tachikawa. Everything brand spanking new. Floors had never been walked on. Books never read before. Flags in classrooms new. Everything new. But that didn't last long.

We moved and our new school was large and established. Except, again, little afterthought adjunct buildings attached as need demanded. This whole rest of the fifth grade was inside a Quonset hut. With a rough hewn wooden porch running the length and sturdy windows jutting outward. Our teacher was a French national and he was a total no-funny business personality.

I told him I didn't like math anymore. He asked why. I told him "Because I was happy to finally get off the whole multiplication thing and onto long division and that turns out to be all more multiplication." I told him I'd rather not continue along these lines. He asked me what I thought I might become. I told him I might become a cake maker. Because I was big on making cakes at the time. He asked me what would happen if I had to double a recipe for a cake, or divide one, suggesting mathematics will be useful then and I admitted defeat. "You got me."

He caught my lisp. He suggested the school can correct it. I was all for anything that got me out of class. So I ended up skipping off once a week while everyone else toiled and I went inside the larger school building into a room with a speech therapist who taught me two ways to acceptably thay my etheth tho that I don't thtick out tho much along with another kid who couldn't pronounce R's.

Then one day a storm worked up while we were in class.  Within an hour or so the storm grew stronger, the sky darker, the wind more insistent, the temperature dropped, the rain heavier, the lightning and thunder louder and more interested than fearful we kept looking out the window to our playground beyond some incidental landscaping and the whole class became somewhat alarmed at the sight of sapling bent sideways, like this.

The gardeners give each tree a lot of attention. Everywhere that you go each tree is tended as if its a person. It's odd seeing all the pine trees in sight wrapped in straw mats and carefully bound up as with an obi. Then all that taken off later and burned as insect control. But the whole time the mats are tied on the trees through the winter look like they're wearing clothes. And now this tree is bent right over by wind. This is a serious storm. 

But not so serious to have kept us from school. They did have weather service.

Then everything suddenly stopped, wham, dead stop. We were all relived. Instantly. The tree returned to its upright state. Everything was calmed. No bird or insect sounds. No wind. No rain. The sun shone.

"So you think the storm has ended?" 

"Yes!" The whole class agreed. Duh. Obviously. It's done! It was perfectly quiet. Of course it was done. Great fun, exciting and everything, but we're all glad it's done. Very done.

The teacher said, "No. The storm is only halfway done. We are smack dab in the center of it. We are in the eye of the typhoon." Then he scribbled a series of large "O's" on the chalkboard showing an advancing typhoon as it moves over a spot. He told us the tree will bend in the opposite direction as the typhoon travels along and showed us that on the chalkboard. And sure enough the sky darkened again, the wind picked up quickly, the temperature dropped again, the tearing rain resumed and tree was bent dramatically in the opposite direction.

Actually, the tail end is a little bit stronger. 

And I must say his explanation fascinated all of us. It made perfect sense. And just as we and tree survived the first onslaught so too survived the second. We knew exactly what to expect. This is exciting, actually. The teacher did an excellent job managing us. I'm certain that incident became a story he tells. A Quonset hut full of rowdy kids when a typhoon hits dead on? It must. 

Things returned to normal and so did class. 

Much later Mum told me that the teacher discussed with them holding me back on account of my physical development, my distaste for long division and my many stupid questions. I'm glad my parents disagreed with his assessment. 

Because I would have really hated that. I earned that graduation. A fourth fifth grade school would be intolerable. Man, I'm glad my parents are cool. I dodged the bullet on that one.

"New ‘Social Justice’ Math Class Teaches Kids That Math Is Evil, Dehumanizing"

Via Twitter:  Millions of K-12 students across the country believe that mathematics is a sadistic discipline—(I should know, I was one of them)—but a new "social justice" training module aims to persuade teachers that maybe the kids are on to something.

The course was designed by Teach for America and is offered through EdX, according to Campus Reform. It presupposes that math could be made more interesting for students if it was infused with socially relevant themes. That's not a terrible assumption—maybe young people would like math better if it was being taught in a language they understood. (If Olivia eats 10 pieces of avocado toast every day, how long will it be until she can afford to move out of her parent's house? That sort of thing.)

But Teach for America thinks that language is "social justice," and has designed a course that makes some startling claims about math.

"In western mathematics, our ways of knowing include formalized reasoning or proof, decontextualization, and algorithmic thinking, leaving little room for those having non-western mathematical skills and thinking processes," the training course claims.

It continues:
"Mathematical ethics recognizes that, for centuries, mathematics has been used as a dehumanizing tool… mathematics formulae also differentiate between the classifications of a war or a genocide and have been used to trick indigenous peoples out of land and property."
Math is such a basic building block that one can cherry-pick hundreds of examples of it being misapplied for nefarious ends—but that's not really math's fault. Math lacks—to borrow a social justice term—agency.

I'm open to the idea that math—particularly advanced math—is over-valued as a K-12 subject. There's a good argument to be made that high schoolers should be taking less Algebra II and reading more Shakespeare. But if we're going to teach math, I'm not sure we should be teaching that it's mostly just this bad thing Western countries used to subjugate indigenous peoples, as if that's the main thing you need to know about math.


Source pic from Drudge.

"Why the Future Is Always on Your Mind"

Via InstapunditThe founder of positive psychology, Penn’s Martin Seligman, has joined with colleagues to start another field, prospective psychology. He and I argue in the NYT that Homo sapiens is a misnomer, because calling ourselves the “wise man” is more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart? Other animals live in the moment, but we can’t stop thinking about tomorrow.
A more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus, because we thrive by considering our prospects. The power of prospection is what makes us wise. Looking into the future, consciously and unconsciously, is a central function of our large brain, as psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered — rather belatedly, because for the past century most researchers have assumed that we’re prisoners of the past and the present.
Read the whole thing. Or check out the book-length version, Homo Prospectus.

Not the Onion: Climate change is causing trees in the eastern U.S. to move north, west

Via Twitter: It's getting so hot that even the trees are heading north.

Man-made climate change — including warmer temperatures and deviations in rainfall patterns — appears to be one of the reasons tree populations in the eastern U.S. are shifting north and, more surprisingly, west, according to new research.

The shift could even lead to the extinction of certain trees in select forests, the study said.

Overall, the changing climate has pushed trees an average of 20 miles north and 25 miles west over the past 30 years. While the northern shift was expected due to warming temperatures, researchers think the more surprising westward movement could be the result of a change in rainfall patterns.

When researchers analyzed the impact of climate change, they found precipitation had a stronger impact on forests in the short term than temperatures, said lead author Songlin Fei of Purdue University.

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Grunge owed bands like Husker Du an awful lot. The Minneapolis bands, the SST bands, and the L.A. punk bands who thrived in the '80's simply never got on the public's radar like Grunge bands did. The bands knew this. Kurt Cobain called the Meat Puppets a favorite band and covered their songs; the  Chili Peppers -- who dedicated "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" to Mike Watt -- knew this. Hell, Sonic Youth featured a voice recording of Watt in their 1988 "Day Dream Nation."

I met Mike Watt more than once. The first time was in the summer of 1991 in Zurich. My girlfriend asked him what was new in music and he said "Everybody's listening to Nirvana." We were like "Nirvana who?" A few months later everything changed. So I've always carried this little bit of snobery regarding Grunge. Why weren't people excited about Grunge excited about The Replacements? About Husker Du?

I think it was the dissonance.

From the YouTube comments:
Bob Mould predicting the creation of Internet... killer lyrics.
Lyrics after the jump

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trump travels

Why would Trump want to go Riyadh and to Jerusalem and Europe? Why now? Commenters said that he's running away from Washington.

Others snipe about an apology tour.

While another commenter wrote that he thinks Trump is allowing Washington to go more deeply nuts while he's away, that bureaucrats will behave badly, that leakers will expose themselves. The commenter thinks Trump is giving them space and rope to hang themselves.

And boy oh boy, when he gets back.

I've read articles all week about the swamp closing in on Trump. And that swamp being so full of snakes, biting insects, dangerous fish and crocodiles, and bloodsuckers. The commenter believes that Trump absence from Washington will have a concentrating effect on all those swamp creatures while giving liberty and room to make damaging mistakes.

It sounded good to me.

Schedule lifted from Yahoo News.  Yahoo News fills this out more. They cannot resist little bits like this:
"It doesn’t seem as though he’ll have time to do much else at the museum, a 45-acre complex with multiple buildings and memorials, since his advance team reportedly allotted only 15 minutes for the visit." 
* Day 1 Saturday, May 20 Riyadh. Coffee with the king, banquet, meeting with king and crown prince and signing ceremony for a number of agreements.

* Day 2 Sunday, May 21 Riyadh. Meeting with Gulf Corporation Council. Lunch with leaders of over 50 Arab countries where he will deliver a speech attended by 37 heads of state and 6 prime ministers. The speech is about confronting radical Islam.

* Day 3 Monday, May 22 Jerusalem. Meeting with President Reuven Rivlin and visit Yad Vashem. Speech at Israel museum. Meeting with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

* Day 4 Tuesday, May 23 Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

* Day 5 Wednesday, May 24 Rome. Meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Then cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and tour St. Peter's Basilica. Meeting with President Sergio Mattarella.

* Day 6 Thursday, May 25 Brussels. Meeting with Belgian king Philippe and Prime Minister Charles Michel. European Union headquarters, meeting with European Council presidents. Working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. Speech at NATO memorial. NATO leaders meeting and dinner.

* Day 7 Friday, May 26 Sicily. G7 Summit. Meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentilioni. Concert at La Scala Philharmonic, attend leaders dinner hosted by president of Italy.

* Day 8 Saturday, May 27 Sicily. Speech to American and Allied servicemen and families. Return to Washington.

"At Fox News, Roger Ailes' real gift shined"

Via InstapunditRoger Ailes is likely to go down in history as a political genius whose mastery of the news media reshaped the partisan landscape of America. But for all the superlatives about the power and influence of Ailes’ creation, Fox News, the encomiums will do him a fundamental disservice.

What made the 77-year-old New Yorker unique were not the dark arts of a Karl Rove or a Dick Morris. His genius didn’t hinge on the intricacies of cable news or a deep understanding of American culture as the sun set on the 20th century.

Ailes, who died Thursday, was a bard, a master storyteller. His power to unite an audience came from the same primal place as a fireside teller of tales in mankind’s cave-dwelling days. He built a network where the regular American working man was the good guy and all the smarty-pants and do-gooders of the world were the bad guys. Fox News commentators and reporters alike targeted their tribe and told it the stories it wanted to hear. The audience cheered and came back for more.

The New York Times’ obituary of Ailes says he shaped “the images that helped elect three Republican presidents and then became a dominant, often-intimidating force in American conservative politics at the helm of Fox News.”

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If the BBC does it... I can hear the arguments for censorship start

terrace garden

Did I just now say garden? The title should be "snow." Travel warnings on t.v. These poor plants replaced the ones that were frozen then these were beat up badly by hail and chilled from that too. And now this snow storm. Good thing I didn't get around to replacing these yet.

I was hoping they would live.

There are still two more online orders coming in a few days. I derided them for being so late. Shows what I know.

Meanwhile a tray of seedlings has begun germinating. Morning glories, Hatch chiles, and tomato seeds were all planted at the same time. The little green heads of morning glories popped up. Had I kept the tray indoors they'd all be germinating by now. But they were outdoors and needed more and steady warmth than they received out there. I gambled poorly. The pots are loaded with bulbs waiting for it to be sufficiently warm. 

What double standard is ridiculous and needs to be ended?

Reddit top rated comments...

Filling your resume with bullshit and fluff is considered unacceptable and grounds for termination if discovered.
Filling a job posting with bullshit and fluff is considered standard operating procedure.

When you work for someone you have to come in to work on time everyday with severe consequences if I don't, but your paycheck being late is only met with "oh it's not our fault you'll get it someday."

The NCAA making money hand over fist off of "student-athletes", but the second the athletes try to make money off of their own name, they get immediately punished. I get the argument against pay-for-play but why can't athletes monetize themselves? Any other student can.

That a dad watching his kid(s) alone is babysitting. Fuck you. It's parenting just the same as when mom does it.

When my party's questionable activities are leaked, the issue that we need to focus on is the fact that there was a leak and that's the real crime. When the other party's questionable activities are leaked, we need to focus on the content of the leaks, because focusing on who leaked the content is a distraction. Both major U.S. parties say have this attitude, and it's really obnoxious.

I've actually heard one of my girlfriend's friends proudly say:
'Women are allowed to have double standards, men aren't.'
Sassy head posture and all.

You can no shit on grass but dogs do it all the time where the equality.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Top 5 Commercial Fails

The Tao of Cliff

Cliff Clavin: [in comparison to a Jewish bris] The original rites of passage started with the jungle tribes down there in Borneo. 
Norm Peterson: Yeah? 
Cliff Clavin: When the young jungle tribal lad was on the brink of puberty, they'd bring him forward and take out this large sharpened clam shell... 
Sam Malone: Oh, no, no, no don't tell me... 
Cliff Clavin: ...they would fill it with dip, pass it around with the hors d'oeuvres... 
Sam Malone: Oh. 
Cliff Clavin: ...then they'd take these two big jagged rocks in there... 
Norm Peterson: Cliffy, Cliff, Cliff... 
Cliff Clavin: ...and bang them together to call in the tribes out of the hills, you know. Then the witch doctor stepped up with this long sharpened bamboo staff... 
Sam Malone: Oh, here it comes. 
Cliff Clavin: ...and shoved it into the ground, hung a flag on it and they danced around it, pretty much, until they dropped, really. 
Sam Malone: Oh, wait... When do they circumcise the kid? 
Cliff Clavin: What do you mean circumcize? There are no Jews in Borneo, you mook. 
Ricpic: Oy what a Schmendrik!
Coach Ernie Pantusso What's that? I don't know how to make that drink. And I know everything!

"Special counsel named to probe Trump-Russia ties"

Via MSN News:  Besieged from all sides, the Trump administration appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Friday evening as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations Russia and Donald Trump's campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The appointment came as Democrats insisted ever more loudly that someone outside Trump's Justice Department must handle the politically charged investigation. An increasing number of Republicans, too, have joined in calling for Congress to dig deeper, especially after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey who had been leading the bureau's probe.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump complained in a commencement address that "no politician in history" has been treated worse by his foes, even as exasperated fellow Republicans slowly joined the clamor for an significant investigation into whether he tried to quash the FBI's probe.

Make Leaking Classified Information Great Again! Or something

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What do you think of Dave Chappelle's analogy?

Charlie Martin: Should We Trust the Trump/Russia Coverage?

Via Instapundit:  The kerfuffle about what Trump said to the Russians continues. As I wrote today, I'm suspicious about the story. But for purposes of argument, let's assume the story is true: Trump did, through bragging on our really, really great intelligence, not only tell the Russians about why we believe laptop bombs are a threat, but disclosed enough that it would be possible for the Russians to infer sources and methods from it.

Now, as I seem to keep needing to remind people, I'm not a Trump fan: his perpetual self-promotion annoys me, his habit of shifting positions in moments unsettles me, his skeevy business practices in the past make it hard for me to respect him, and his apparent willingness to say anything to get a deal done makes it hard for me to trust him.

And yet, well, here is my immediate reaction on Twitter to the anonymous sourcing:

That was (I believe) before H.R. McMaster denied it, and certainly before I'd heard McMaster had denied it. It was a cynical prediction that turned out to be true.

So why is it that I, suspicious of Trump and merely glad that Hillary Clinton didn't win, react immediately to this story by suspecting it was untrue?

Simply enough, because however suspicious of Trump I might be, I've gotten to be even more suspicious of anonymously-sourced stories about Trump from the Washington Post, the New York Times, and frankly, from all of the legacy media.

Why? Because they've proven to be untrustworthy. Becket Adams at Washington Examiner started a comprehensive list in February, promising to keep updating the list -- after February 18 he stopped and I don't blame him. He probably threw up his hands in disgust. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist has her own list (and some useful hints about any WaPo Trump story).

Circa, a new website I heartily recommend, ran a story on May 12 documenting stories (I started to say "all the stories" but actually I wouldn't want to bet on that) of all the things the legacy media has reported about Trump that were wrong.

It has 23 entries. In a week.

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WKRLEM Sixty sez........

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Tao of Cliff

Cliff Clavin:When I was a lad, I went to see the movie Trapeze with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. 
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: No kidding Cliffy, did you sit between them? 
Cliff Clavin: No coach. I was sitting with blond. They were all so jealous of me. Still are. 
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: I don't think they are jealous of you Cliffy. They just don't want to listen to your bullhockey.
Cliff Clavin: Well that is just too bad Coach. I will always give my opinion. I'm a post man and I deliver it straight.

Reddit/Television: I think I'm done with Bill Nye. His new show sucks.

"I am about halfway through Bill Nye Saves the World, and I am completely disappointed. I've been a huge fan of Bill Bye since I was ten. Bill Nye the Science Guy was entertaining and educational. Bill Nye Saves the World is neither. In this show he simply brings up an issue, tells you which side you should be on, and then makes fun of people on the other side. To make things worst he does this in the most boring way possible in front of crowd that honestly seems retarded. He doesn't properly explain anything, and he misrepresents every opposing view."
I just finished watching the fad diet episode. He presents Paleo as "only eating meat" which is not even close to what Paleo is. Paleo is about eating nutrient rich food, and avoiding processed food, grains and sugar. It is protein heavy, but is definitely not all protein. He laughs that cavemen died young, but forgets to mention that they had very low markers of cardiovascular disease.

In the first episode he shuts down nuclear power simply because "nobody wants it." Really? That's his go to argument? There was no discussion about handling nuclear waste, or the nuclear disaster in Japan. A panelist states that the main problem with nuclear energy is the long time it takes to build a nuclear plant (because of all the red tape). So we have a major issue (climate change caused by burning hydrocarbons), and a potential solution (nuclear energy), but we are going to dismiss it because people don't want it and because of the policies in place by our government. Meanwhile, any problems with clean energy are simply challenges that need to be addressed, and we need to change policy to help support clean energy and we need to change public opinion on it.

In the alternative medicine episode he dismisses a vinegar based alternative medicine because it doesn't reduce the acidity level of a solution. He dismiss the fact that vinegar has been used to treat upset stomach for a long time. How does vinegar treat an upset stomach? Does it actually work, or is it a placebo affect? Does it work in some cases, and not in others? If it does anything, does it just treat a symptom, or does it fix the root cause? I don't know the answer to any of these questions because he just dismissed it as wrong and only showed me that it doesn't change the pH level of an acidic solution. Also, there are many foods that are believed to help prevent diseases like fish (for heart health), high fiber breads (for colon cancer), and citrus fruits (for scurvy). A healthy diet and exercise will help prevent cardiovascular disease, and will help reduce your blood pressure among other benefits. So obviously there is some reasoning behind some alternative medicine and practices and to dismiss it all as a whole is stupid.

I just don't see the point of this show. It's just a big circle jerk. It's not going to convince anyone that they're wrong, and it's definitely not going to entertain anyone. It's basically just a very poor copy of Penn and Teller's BS! show, just with all intelligent thought removed.

Who or what was dubbed "the next big thing", but failed spectacularly?

Reddit top voted comments...

MiniDiscs. So much better than those bulky cds...

Segways had a ton of hype and were going to revolutionize the way people get around. Now I just see them being used by tour groups and mall cops.

Second Life. EVERYONE was going to be there.

Google +

The Titanic. (the movie did ok though)

Are you talking about fyre festival?

The 1970s Dale, a three wheeled car which was advertised as doing 70 MPG.

the XFL.

"I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape"

Via RedditPili Hussein grew up in a large family in Tanzania. The daughter of a livestock keeper who had many large farms, Pili's father had six wives and she was one of 38 children. Although she was well looked after, in many ways, she doesn't look back on her upbringing fondly.

"My father treated me like a boy and I was given livestock to take care of - I didn't like that life at all," she says.

But her marriage was even more unhappy, and at the age of 31 Pili ran away from her abusive husband.

In search of work she found herself in the small Tanzanian town of Mererani, in the foothills of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro - the only place in the world where mining for a rare, violet-blue gemstone called tanzanite takes place.

"Women were not allowed in the mining area, so I entered bravely like a man, like a strong person. You take big trousers, you cut them into shorts and you appear like a man. That's what I did."

To complete the transformation, she also changed her name.

"I was called Uncle Hussein, I didn't tell anyone my actual name was Pili. Even today if you come to the camp you ask for me by that name, Uncle Hussein."

"I could go 600m under, into the mine. I would do this more bravely than many other men. I was very strong and I was able to deliver what men would expect another man could do."

Pili says that nobody suspected that she was a woman.

"I acted like a gorilla," she says, "I could fight, my language was bad, I could carry a big knife like a Maasai [warrior]. Nobody knew I was a woman because everything I was doing I was doing like a man."

And after about a year, she struck it rich, uncovering two massive clusters of tanzanite stones. With the money that she made she built new homes for her father, mother and twin sister, bought herself more tools, and began employing miners to work for her.

And her cover was so convincing that it took an extraordinary set of circumstances for her true identity to finally be revealed. A local woman had reported that she'd been raped by some of the miners and Pili was arrested as a suspect.

"When the police came, the men who did the rape said: 'This is the man who did it,' and I was taken to the police station," Pili says.

(Link to the 'Not the Onion' rest of the story)

"Justice Scalia Believed Supreme Court was Being Surveilled by Obama"

Via Drudge:  Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, went on FOX Business Network on Monday to discuss allegations Senator Rand Paul and another senator were under surveillance by the Obama administration.

Napolitano also dropped a bomb on the Obama administration spying on the US Supreme Court.

Judge Napolitano: Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the court was being surveilled. And he told me that probably four or five years ago…If they had to unmask Senator Paul’s name to reveal a conversation he was having with a foreign agent and the foreign agent was hostile to the United States they can do that. That’s not what he’s talking about. They’re talking about unmasking him when he’s having a conversation with his campaign manager when he’s running in the Republican primary.

During the discussion Judge Napolitano also said Barack Obama could be subpoenaed to testify if he viewed the unmasked intelligence.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Who Killed Seth Rich?

That's a question I first heard AprilApple ask, back in the Dark Ages before the Rene Saunce.

McMaster denies Washington Post story alleging Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russians

Link to video

WAPO : "President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials."

I remember during the campaign there were stories claiming security services didn't want to brief Trump on anything classified for fear that he would blurted it out. The stories where said to false later on... and now... It's happening again. Scott Adams is calling it fake news.

Henry Thomas audition

Want to see something funny?

Psych! It's sad not funny. Unless you think little kids crying about the scripts they're reading is funny, then it's hilarious. Well done. Contrary to comments on YouTube, I think I could have done this acting at this age for I too was a method actor as a child. All that cuteness was an act. I assumed everyone was. I assumed everyone imagines they could do this. But they say that they could not.  

"Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in 'WannaCry' computer ransom attack"

Via RedditA Microsoft executive sharply criticized a U.S. spy agency Sunday for its role in weaponizing a weakness in Windows and allowing it to be stolen by hackers and used to launch history’s largest ransomware attack.
"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem," Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft, wrote in the wake of the “WannaCry” computer virus attack, which crippled computers worldwide.
He compared it to the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. “And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today — nation-state action and organized criminal action,” he added.

Smith’s criticism comes as the virus continues to spread around the globe, despite the efforts of companies, governments and security experts. Europe’s leading police agency said Sunday that the computer virus had reached an "unprecedented level," claiming 200,000 victims and spreading to at least 150 countries.
(Link to 'soft pay wall' article)

"Why Is A Top Harvard Law Professor Sharing Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theories?"

"Among the prominent anti-Trumpers spreading unconfirmed information are famed constitutional scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners, and US senators."
Democrats and the mainstream media have spent the months since Donald Trump's election fixated on the the flood of unconfirmed reports, half-truths, and outright propaganda that accompanied his rise.

But some of the country’s leading liberal lights — respected figures including elected officials, prominent legal scholars, members of the media, and celebrities — are themselves sharing wild allegations about the Trump administration from unreliable sources.

Perhaps no one embodies this trend so well as Laurence Tribe. Tribe is one of the country’s foremost constitutional lawyers, the Carl M. Loeb university professor at Harvard Law School. He has argued dozens of cases in front of the Supreme Court. He’s a major figure in American public life, and in recent months Tribe has devoted much of his activity on Twitter to outraged extrapolation about the Trump administration. Often, these take the form of “big if true” tweets that cite unconfirmed reports about Trump’s possible misdeeds and are essentially conjecture. 
On April 22, Tribe shared a story from a website called the Palmer Report — a site that has been criticized for spreading hyperbole and false claims — entitled “Report: Trump gave $10 million in Russian money to Jason Chaffetz when he leaked FBI letter,” a reference to the notorious pre-election letter sent by former FBI director James Comey to members of Congress that many have blamed for Hillary Clinton’s November loss.
(Link to the rest of the article) via Instapundit who says "One of the things Trump has accomplished is to make clear that our best and brightest and most responsible are none of these things."

She's Not There, ASL, by Soph

It sounds like Soph’s speaker is torn.

Soph: Chip, get off my back.

The sound quality in her other videos is better than this one. I bet you know this song by heart so you can turn it way down and not miss anything. It sure is a fun song.

Can you bear with me a minute please? If you do then you’ll notice some unique insight here and no one else is going to tell you anything like this. Ever.

I learned the song in ASL good and hard, like a K-pop dancer, before checking on YouTube to see if anyone interpreted it. That way their style choices will not influence mine.

I learned this song so thoroughly that its tricky bits, its non ASL parts just come right out of me even though they’re unnatural phrases. They don’t really work in ASL. “Her voice was soft and cool” and “Her eyes were clear and bright” are both not very natural sentences in that language. I don’t think. So I looked for those sentence to see how Soph managed them and we do say them differently. My “cool” is like my whole body chilled. My “bright” are two flicks. The flicks come from “clear” that is two hands wiping a window, flick, for “bright.”

But what got me started on this whole thing is the incredibly stupid sign for the word “do.”

This is the part that needs bearing. Please.

I hate that word in ASL and I always did. From the very beginning, the very first book, when I saw the picture I dismayed, “You got to be kidding.” But they’re not kidding. It’s a very stupid word. The sign looks like playing a piano. Sort of. As if you are holding a sanding block with two hands and scraping back and forth with the woodgrain. It’s stupid. When the word is so easily spelled!

No matter what motion you decide for the word “do” it cannot go faster or more easily or more efficiently than spelling d, just drop the index finger to o. Point up then stop pointing up.

It’s been decades and I still hate it. I can’t get over it. So I looked again to see again if the dictionaries still agree, and they do. I looked in like six places and I’m not exaggerating either. All over a stupid two-letter word. Here. I’ll show them. Don’t bother clicking, it’s not worth looking, it’s just proof. They all show how stupid the word “do” is in this language.

ASL Pro.  This is far as I can link. Click “D,” scroll to middle of the list to “do” click and watch video

Signing Savvy, the sanding block version

Spread the Sign Type “do” into search bar then scroll down to “do” in the list, then click the American flag.  The guy does “frightened” style of the “sanding block” version.

Sign ASL two videos, both “conjuring” style of “piano playing” version

Michigan State ASL Browser  click D scroll to “do”  Video corrupted, written description says the sanding block version.

So that’s how many? Five.

Two more dictionaries show another way to say “do.” And this pleases me greatly because now I can finally drop that ridiculous sign forever and pick up this new idea. Starting right now. The way you say “money” in some American Italian gesturing, and the way you say, “gimmie” or “deal me another card.”  This is a lot better than the piano. It just is.

Hold me. Inside I’m rejoicing too hard.

Handspeak shows it “deal me a card”

and Life Print shows rub thumb against fingertips.   “D” to “do”

Thank you! These guys are great. How I love them so, even more now.

And yet Soph has no problem with the “do” that I hate so much. She looks fine. She pulls off “do” as if it’s not a dumb jerky word. I admire that. Her hands go up like a little piano and that’s that. Perfectly acceptable. So what’s my problem with it? I don’t know. It’s psychological. It’s so stupid a movement it forces me to confront the word is unnecessary. The concept itself for “do” is unnecessary. I can always leave it out with no loss.

Soph’s “her” is both of our sign for  “there.” She uses the same sign for both. “(the woman) there,” and later for “(over) there.”

Whereas I say “her” with an “R” brushed forward against the cheek, the area of the face for female signs. I think my choice comes from Seeing Essential English that reigned supreme at the time that I leaned, but I don’t know. It’s how I’ve always said “her” so “she” is the same motion made with an “S.”

I say “cry” the way Jeff said it that cracked me up laughing as a teen. He really is funny. He drags a hooked index finger down heavily and steadily from one eye while shifting his lower mandible back and forth and putting on an exaggeratedly tortured sad face. The whole thing together is not at all sad. And now because of that I can’t seem to manage a proper “cry.”  Soph does it properly, she uses two hooked fingers and cries like a paid Egyptian mourner.

Soph’s “care,” a pick at the heart closely resembles the sign for “like,” while mine is actually “don’t care” that is discard something from the nose.  Textbook “Care” is actually two stacked “K” signs, so four fingers sticking out from fists, together drawing  a circle flatly over the ground. It means “supervise” kind of "care” and it’s close to the sign for “safe” and for “keep” and for “save.”

Soph says, “How would I know, why should I like?”

“The way she looked.”

Soph does it correctly, “the face” I do it incorrectly, two V fingers at the eye  “looking at” plus the sign for “seem.”  The "seem" sign turns. It's moving. It's being a verb. That is, “looking at seeming.”

Soph says “Her eyes are clean (a slate) and wipe (a window).” I say, “Her eyes are wipe and flick” They both make the same point that the song does, “her eyes are this and that.”

I say “way” with two “W’s” and everyone else says “path” as if shoving two horse blinders forward.

Soph says “do” like a piano player and for now on I say “do”  like a modern hipster, “gimme.”

You’ll see all this in the video.

I am really digging this woman, Soph. She has a lot of fun with requests for older songs.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

seething Trump

Drudge headlines Trump is seething about leaks and suggests by stating with a question mark that he intends to clean house. The old declarative as interrogative routine again. Come to think of it, I need to seethe too and clean house. This place is a mess over here.

I don't know what seethe means. I think it means boil, pressure and steam, very angry. Like this.

How do you know someone is angry unless they show it? How did Trump show it? Did he yell? One of my all time favorite YouTube videos is Bill Still describing a massive Hillary meltdown following the surprise question from Matt Lauer. Lauer went off script. Bill Still starts out deadpan, "Still reporting on the Clintons."  Like that kind of seething that Bill describes? Because that was fun.

People blowing their tops do not scare me or even upset me. My dad trained us well. I can tell you that nothing in the world at large matches anything already endured. Everyone else is cute by comparison. And you know what? The good thing about such people is you know what is on their mind regarding you. No guessing. That is a tremendous benefit. 

Did he swear? Because that's what I would do.

How did he seethe? By what observable behavior? What does seethe even mean? says: verb without object. seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.

1. to surge or foam as if boiling.
2. to be in a state of agitation or excitement
3. Archaic. to boil. 

Verb with object. Seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.

4. to soak or steep
5. to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.


6. the act of seething
7. the state of being agitated or excited

Got it. But nothing here about anger, while it's still understood Drudge is talking about anger. I'd have more confidence if the dictionary mentioned something about anger. Don't you think? The dictionary showed where the word came from so it's descriptive of usage not prescriptive.

See? Sometimes we're already smarter than dictionaries.  

I think I'll have cubed and seethed Yukon potatoes with butter for dinner. 

Waterlox Sunset

Continued-in-part from here.

The second home project is progressing, albeit slowly. Here is how the stair bottom rails looked today:

Here is a more vertiginous view of both flights and landings:

As for the handrails, they are in a separate room getting their first taste of finish:

I'm using Waterlox tung oil on the naked Douglas fir.  You can see how it changes the wood, giving it a darker, richer look. Sixty Grit told me that Waterlox finish is prone to air sensitivity and will spoil in the can after exposure to air. I'm giving this trick a shot:

Before sealing the can, I give it spritz of nitrogen gas from a product intended to preserve wine after opening. It seems to work. My Waterlox has been opened and resealed for a month now w/o apparent deterioration.


Who started the whole "cultural appropriation" uproar?

One of the funniest parodies of it was in Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World" (2001). Check it out:


Oh and Sixty, in case you're wondering who the redhead is, her name is Dylan Jones. You're welcome.

dirt bikes

I chanced upon an interesting site. How I landed on the dirt biking site is ridiculous. I was looking for instances where "lollygagging" and "pussyfooting" appear in the same place, and this dirt biking site has this in their first paragraph. After that follows a long portfolio about dirt bike event in Toronto. The photos show what a young man involved in all that finds interesting. And I think that is interesting.

Dirt and bikes and all their encompassing mechanics and brutalist architecture are glamorized with bold slathering of garish bright colors and corporation logo graffiti. There is movement, competition, tons and tons of mechanics, guys doing things interesting to them but no women. No girls.


Come on, you guys cannot all be gay.

This is very strange. A lot of photographs of guys traveling to Toronto all having a great time and no girls. As if they all had self segregated. As if the guys are off doing their own thing. And seeing how much mechanics goes behind each bike displayed then this segregated activity is greater than it appears from watching videos of races and performances. And that tells me that all the stuff I read online about feminist activities on colleges and their books and interviews, all the nonsense brought to our attention does not amount to a hill of beans to people out there who self segregate by sex for pursuit of their own activities.

I saw a girl!

Another uploader to the linked page that follows the first did manage to aim his camera at women. Most were paid to be there. Look a woman!  *click* A few are girlfriends enjoying a trip to Toronto. And one is an actual biker. So there are female bikers. Don't you love how there's always examples to blow your theory?

I think you'll enjoy viewing these photosets. Those Disturbed, Troubling, Banned Images From Toronto, You Desire! VITAL MX. There are a lot of pictures like this one uploaded by member Rupert X.

By the time I was done viewing the photographs I was liberated with the idea that most of all that I read by worthy professors and engaging enlightened intellectuals is entirely irrelevant to the much greater swaths of American in pursuit of interests that ignore them and segregate naturally.

How would a woman view all this anyway? As a colossal waste of time, I imagine. A waste that takes attention from them because clearly it does. 

The dude's mechanical skills are honed nicely. Through imaginary female eyes, that's the single advantage for them I see from this whole activity. So if their car gets broken down their guy can more efficiently fix it. But that's all. And that's hardly worth all the attention given to dirt biking that's not given to her. What we see here is self segregation by sex. Presumably the women are off doing their own things.

"To all the mothers who put up with our sh*t. Happy Mothers Day!"

Making mother proud