Saturday, August 19, 2017

You want you eclipse glasses? I got your eclipse glasses right here....

So everybody is losing their shit about the solar eclipse. The wife loves this bullshit and she ordered our special protective glasses a month ago. But guess what? They screwed up the shipping. They had the zip code off by one number and it was returned. When we got the tracking number and I called the post office and they told me it was sent back and there was nothing they could do.

I called the company and they said they couldn't send it back until they got it. They were sold out. So we were screwed. Again.

We went on line to buy them. Of course the prices were outrageous. Most of the vendors were sold out. We finally contacted the company that makes them and they would only sell us 25 pieces. With overnight shipping and Saturday delivery we paid through the balls. We wouldn't even be there in time for the delivery so I had them shipped to the pet food store that opens at 8AM.

So I take out our glasses and put a sign outside. We were selling them for $15 a pair. Seems like a lot right? Well I just told the people look you can buy it or buy two cups of coffee at the new coffee shop on the corner that is paying $18,500 a month rent. You don't want it? Fuck you with a rusty spoon.

I sold them all in two hours.

This craze reminds me of  the cabbage patch Dolls. Remember that craze? Well I have a funny story about that.

The Trump Presidency is over.....Steve Bannon

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

That is the unvarnished view of Steve Bannon after he jumped or was pushed out of the White House. He is one of the few remaining nationalists in the Administration. He was the major factor in President Trumps election. Don't let the fake news media and the conservative cuck commentors  in their bow ties and spats on their Caribbean cruises where they spout nonsense and collect money while failing in everything they ever try to do.

Without Steve Bannon and the Nationalists Trump would never have become President.

"Man jailed for trying to frame his wife on Craigslist"

Via Drudge:  A Washington Township man who posed as his estranged wife on Craigslist in an attempt to frame her for his own murder could serve just a day in jail, or almost two years.

The sentence of up to 23 months will run concurrent to the sentence Christian Koelsch, 30, previously received on a simple assault conviction.

That conviction stems from a domestic violence incident he wrote about in the Craigslist advertisement in which he posed as his wife, requesting someone to help "her" "take care of" her ex-husband, even if it meant killing him.

Police determined Koelsch was behind the advertisement after Craigslist provided information about the ad and the account that created it. That information allowed police to determine Koelsch created the ad.

Wednesday, Koelsch pleaded guilty to false reports-falsely incriminate another person in connection to the Craigslist ad, and was sentenced to a minimum of one day and a maximum of 23 months in Franklin County Jail.

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"Dating is dead"

Via InstapunditWhen I was in my twenties and had a date, this is what I would do. I would wake up early like it was Christmas and wash my car. Hand wash. None of this driving through a machine bullshit. Then I would hand pick the the songs I wanted to play and load the CDs into my six disc changer in the trunk. Then I would go workout so I felt good about myself. Then I would drive to the movie theater to buy the tickets in advance so we wouldn’t have to wait in line (this was before the internet). And of course, dinner reservations were already made. After getting ready, I would pick her up from her apartment. I would park my car, walk to the door, and knock. I would compliment her appearance and mean it as we walked to my car. I would open the door for her. And if there was a spark and things went well on the date, she’d get flowers or a note or something she can actually hold in the next few days.

If you’re a male in your twenties, you may read this and think, “Wow, what a loser.” Well, okay. But this process is what made dating fun, exciting, romantic, and fulfilling. It made the date a mini event, something to look forward to. It wasn’t just about the person. It was about the whole date experience. But more importantly, It gave two people a real chance because effort was put into it. Today, a date is a coffee or a drink but not dinner because what if they don’t look like their picture. Today, a date is “I’ll meet you there”. Today, a date is a thirty minute Skype call. Today, a date is a general meeting. Today, a date is not really a date because there’s no such thing anymore.

I get that we meet people online now. I get that there’s false advertising. Yes, I’ve been catfished before and it sucks. Instead of creating a space for romance, curiosity, build up, foreplay, and flirting, we just want the punchline. We want to check the boxes as fast as we can. Because we have options. And no patience. We know we can swipe and find another prospect while our date is in the restroom. So dating just becomes a bunch of lottery balls boucing in the glass box. Except the lottery balls are faces and the glass box is our phone.

So how do we change this?

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How to Safely Watch The Eclipse or CNN

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"Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist"

Via Reddit: President Donald Trump has decided Steve Bannon will be out as White House chief strategist, multiple outlets reported.

The decision on the controversial Bannon comes after Trump drew ire for comments following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bannon was the former publisher of Breitbart News and once said the publication was the platform for the "alt-right." The Associated Press recently issued guidance that the term "alt-right" should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.


Photo By Sixty Grit

Related: Wal-Mart Applies For Patent For Blimp-Style Floating Warehouse

There are two disused wooden blimp hangars in Tustin, CA, which date from WW II. One of them is slated for destruction. What a publicity coup if one of the big retailers would refurbish, preserve, and use these white elephants.
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@Sixty Grit: The hangars are made from Douglas fir. They look gray because of age and exposure. Can you just imagine the growth rings in that old wood?

Friday, August 18, 2017

WKRLEM: We need to send the Marines to the Embassy!

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

I didn't notice any owls.

Oddly, I saw this on a British site about four years ago, I think. It's a scene depicting a Confederate soldier being hanged for the crime of sabotaging a Union Railroad. The concept is shown beautifully. It's one of those things where the criminal is made out sympathetically. I guess that makes the guy antihero because we're not supposed to sympathize, but we do. I always thought protagonist is the hero and antihero is another guy who opposes the hero but now I'm not sure. For an old film the surprises really are shocking and deft. I like this a lot.

All this history will be wiped out should we allow our irrational emotional most violent left to have their way exactly along the same lines as Chinese cultural revolution. And they are too arrogant, too self-righteous, and far too stupid to allow this. And all because they lost an election that they thought they had in the bag. No, Children, you don't get your way no matter how loud your tantrums.

I could not find this clip by way of browser search. Results were clouded hopelessly with present day irrelevancies, including civil wars in other countries, no matter how the search is phrased. Search engines wanted me to see anything except the film I was looking for without knowing its name. Then in Youtube I searched [confederate hanged] and bang there it is right at the top of the first page. Instant find. There are two clips listed. I chose the longest one. Because it really is worth seeing if only as cinematographic éclat.

Stop me if this looks familiar. I'm having that weird déjà vu thing happening all up inside my head. I might have shown this already.

Oh, good grief, I did. Just now looked in that search box up there ↖︎.

Fine. Let's have it again.

Postal thermocromic stamps in commemoration of the total solar eclipse

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If you have more questions or want to start with the hobby of stamp collecting, head over to /r/askstampcollectors :)  /r/stamps too.

"Fighting Nazis doesn’t make ‘antifa’ the good guys"

"... history is relevant today because of the depressingly idiotic argument about whether it’s OK to equate “antifa” — left-wing radicals — with the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rabble that recently descended on Charlottesville, Va. The president claims there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protest and that the “anti-fascist” radicals are equally blameworthy. He borrowed from Fox News’ Sean Hannity the bogus term “alt-left” to describe the antifa radicals."
The term is bogus because, unlike the alt-right, nobody calls themselves “the alt-left.” That’s too bad. One of the only nice things about the alt-right is that its leaders are honest about the fact that they want nothing to do with traditional American conservatism. Like the original Nazis, they seek to replace the traditional right with their racial hogwash.

The antifa crowd has a very similar agenda with regard to American liberalism. These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition. But many liberals, particularly in the media, are victims of the same kind of confusion that vexed so much of American liberalism in the 20th century. Because antifa suddenly has the (alt-)right enemies, they must be the good guys.

They’re not. And that’s why this debate is so toxically stupid. Fine, antifa isn’t as bad as the KKK. Who cares? Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?

In these tribal times, the impulse to support anyone who shares your enemies is powerful. But it’s a morally stunted reflex. This is America. You’re free to denounce totalitarians wherever you find them — even if they might hate the right people.
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Egyptian hieroglyphic breakdown for ten words

One of the teachers of one of three Yahoo Egyptian hieroglyphic groups running presently has died so my mailbox has been flooded with consolation messages. Of course everybody is shocked. She was a very good teacher.

An assistant has taken over her duties and for the first time this session we see the actual hieroglyphs being discussed in the text. This new teacher is telling her student how she is reading the texts and I must say it's the best that I've seen so far. She used the JSesh program to type her hieroglyphs and that does take a thorough knowledge of their Gardiner codes assigned to each glyph. As I showed you, a letter for the category, animals, parts of animals, plants, birds, buildings and so forth, then a number for the specific glyph. All birds are G-something, for example. So you use those codes, or you use the internet designation for their sound values to type. But that's a bit tricky because glyphs have different sound values, and their codes change on whim by the power of particular Egyptologists. For example we began learning that italicized i stood for English "i" but then a powerful British Egyptologist changed that to italicized j for some strange reason of his own. And I don't like that. So I stick with i. And now we learn the sound value is actually English "A." Also there already is a well known, highly used A symbol, the Egyptian eagle that differs slightly from a regular eagle. It can be a bit confusing. I expect it all drives the programmer types a bit batty. And incidentally, I notice that programmer types are very good at managing all this. They impress me.

The teacher broke down twenty or so Egyptian words. I re-drew only my favorite ten. Also, the letters representing sounds are not always the real sound, as I just mentioned j, there are others because our keyboard is limited. We need three types of sounds that approximate our "H" sound so Egyptologist use capitalized H, lower case h, and X for that guttural sound heard in Middle East languages and in German that sounds like you're working up a loogie from your throat to spit and that English writers think of (sort of) as a fairly gross H, or maybe a GH. At any rate, a sound that we do not have in our language so we don't have a letter for it. So when you see the circle with horizontal lines through it like levelers, and see it's assigned H, it's not really an H. It's that weird sound.

The glyphs might display different sizes because I resized each page to 500 to fit here on Blogger.

If you choose to look through, I honestly think you'll not see a more straightforward explanation on how these things are decoded.

I meant to say "oddly" not oddy.

Make that nine. I removed one because it didn't resize well at all. 

"Iceland close to becoming first country where no Down's syndrome children are born"

Via InstapunditIceland is close to becoming the first country where no-one gives birth to a child with Down's syndrome.

Pre-natal tests were introduced in the early 2000s, and the vast majority who receive a positive test have terminated their pregnancy.

While the tests are optional, all expectant mothers are informed about their availability, and up to 85 per cent choose to take it.

It’s called the Combination Test, and uses ultrasound and blood tests – as well as factoring in the mother’s age.

This determines whether the foetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down's syndrome.

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BBC: "Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack""

Via RedditSpanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.

Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out.

Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.

Spanish media have named Moussa Oubakir, 18, as the suspect.

He is the brother of Driss Oubakir, whose documentation was allegedly used to rent the van involved in the attack.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack". He has announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence was held at noon (10:00 GMT) on Friday.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

WKRLEM: Be careful....if they know you have this on your computer a communist is coming to your house to destroy it.

"Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery"

Via Drudge:  Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

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what is the loudest thing you've managed to sleep through?

Reddit top voted comments....

A black bear violently shaking the RV I was sleeping in at 3am. It was very vocal and determined to somehow get into my RV. As this information was relayed to me by my significant other.

Not myself, but a friend of mine slept through a bombing alarm in a warzone.

Fell asleep during a NASCAR race once. My dad used to make us leave at like 4AM to go NASCAR races in NH and, not only was Loudon the most boring track on the circuit, I'd be tired as shit by 3PM.

My mom won tickets to go see New Kids on the Block back in their heyday, I was probably about 8-9. I had no real interest in them and got bored about halfway through, so I fell asleep amid 15,000 screaming girls and some loud pop music.

ThatDeafDude - Due to my username, almost everything. I don't know WHAT I've slept through, though.

Keith Haring, dolphins and divers

"Democrats move to formally censure Trump over Charlottesville"

Via Drudge:  “A president of the United States cannot support neo-Nazis. It’s just beyond the pale,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “I hope Republicans who have expressed outrage with what he said put their money where their mouth is.”

Just three Democrats have signed onto the measure, but Nadler says he expects more to follow.

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"Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator"

Via Drudge: One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News.

The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller's team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., to collect documents and other evidence.

It's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI's human resources division.


The night Trump won, 47 years ago:

Drawing, wildcat American Southwest

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I have seen this movie before.....

  • I can no longer sit back and allow Nationalist infiltration, Nationalist indoctrination, Nationalist subversion, and the White Supremacist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
  • Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau once said? He said "War is too important to be left to the generals." When he said that, fifty years ago, he may have been right. But today war is too important to be left to the politicians. They have neither the time nor inclination for strategic thought.
  • We need to stop the Presidents tweets. We need to stop him from talking at Press Conferences. We need to stop him from removing the only competent people we have that are holdovers from the Obama administration.
  • Mandrake find anyone who wants to put America first is loyal to the President. They need to be fired immediately. Contact Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol and Ben Rhodes for a list of people to replace them.

WKRLEM: The Sixties.....where we didn't have to worry about nonsense.

We didn't have to deal with minorities and the gays like the Skipper kept their perversions to themselves.

One thing to relish. President Trump took his style from Mr. Howell. Except he would have dumped Luvvy for Ginger.

And then they came for Teddy Roosevelt

● Shot: “I think that Teddy Roosevelt was a great American.”
—Hillary Clinton in a May 1, 2008 interview with Bill O’Reilly.

● Double-Shot: “It’s time to take a page from Teddy Roosevelt’s book and get our economy working for Americans again. That’s what I’ll do as president.”
—Hillary, as quoted in an October 28, 2015 Dow Jones article titled “Hillary Clinton wants to be Teddy Roosevelt.”

● Chaser: Leftist Activists Demand New York Museum Take Down Statue of ‘Racist’ Theodore Roosevelt — You give an inch, they take a mile.
—The Daily Wire, today.

"Sleep deprivation may impact brain like binge drinking, researchers say"

Via Instapundit: “Our reaction time, our movement time, our cognitive decisions, our awareness of space and temporal positioning — that’s what alcohol [influences]. Sleep deprivation does the same thing,” said Farrell Cahill, associate research director of Medisys Health Group.

For what is considered adequate sleep, people typically need between seven and nine hours of sleep at a time. Six hours or fewer is considered sleep deprivation, Cahill said.

Signs that Cahill said indicate you may suffer from chronic sleep deprivation include:
  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • Increase in inappropriate appetite
  • Increased irritability
  • Inability to govern sleep patterns
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Difficulty dealing with day-to-day stressors
Because sleep deprivation impacts bodily functions and metabolism, including appetite-regulating hormones, it also may cause someone to consume food when they don’t actually need it, Cahill said.

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Networks Spend 77 Percent of Evening News on Trump Presser

Via Drudge:  In a jaw dropping spectacle in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, the President went off on the media while ranting about his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Trump stepped in it when he appeared to defend the alt-right and double1d down on his original comments from Saturday. The presentation was originally supposed to be the unveiling of an infrastructure proposal that would overhaul the system.

The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) could not get enough of Trump’s fiery and furious tirade as he went to battle with the press. And their evening news broadcasts later that day were commanded by the coverage of Trump. Minus their commercials and teasers, the total air time the networks set aside for all their news coverage combined was 58 minutes and 38 seconds. Of that total time, they spent 45 minutes and 31 seconds on Trump’s wild press conference (77.6 percent).

The coverage was absolutely pervasive on CBS Evening News where they dedicated all 21 minutes and 13 seconds of total news time to the Trump show. That’s right, they used 100 percent of their air time to talk about what Trump said or tie racism back to him in someway. Nothing else was talked about from the whole wide world of news.

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"In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair"

Via RedditIf, for some reason, you find yourself in a situation where you need to wash radioactive material from your body, don't reach for the bottle of hair conditioner. Conditioner can bind radioactive particles to your hair.

That warning was part of guidelines issued last Friday by Guam's Office of Civil Defense, following threats from North Korea that it was preparing to test a missile that would create an "enveloping fire" around the U.S. territory. On Tuesday, North Korean state media reported it would not carry out the test after all.

Still, the guidelines, which also include information on how to take cover before an explosion, are correct. They're the same guidelines posted on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's website,

The reason conditioner can be dangerous has to do with the physical characteristics of human hair, the chemistry of hair conditioner and properties of nuclear fallout.

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Affect of solar eclipse on animals

Trump deigns to engage cockroaches directly

Trump views journalists as swarming destructive insects and that's a plainspoken fact.

So why does he even bother being around their clamorous noisy rude infestation? It's a mystery. Maybe he's twiddling his laser pen light on the wall just to watch them clamber all over themselves chasing it.

We see him recorded with white balance adjusted off automatic and slid to orange and with no halo of light set up behind as we've become accustomed to seeing our president recorded. Come on, be a sport. Let's watch him disregard saying whatever ridiculous thing they've contrived that he really must say to be their kind of president in their attempts to control him or trap him. For fun.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WKRLEM If you a fly on the wall


This 1992 song could be the anthem for Antifa today: Sonic Youth's "Youth Against Fascism." Another song from the same album specifically called out North Carolina.

I speak from experience:

Calling G. H.W. Bush a "war pig fuck" did not shock me in 1992. Nor did the obvious siding with Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas. What woke me (pardon the pun) was coming back to the States a year later and being confronted with PC language changes which began under Clinton. I trace all the the worst of these times to those times. Others will see the seeds of Antifa in 1960's rebellion (I'm looking at you, ed), but I think there was something particularly sinister about the Clinton years.

Full lyrics after the jump:

Report: Movie Box Office On Track for Lowest in 25 Years

Via Drudge:  Reports now, according to Exhibitor Relations: if things continue as they have, this will be the lowest box office in a quarter century. While there have been bright spots (“Dunkirk”) and surprises (“Baby Driver”) the failures have outweighed everything.

Start with a total write off on “King Arthur” and go from there. Then go to “The Dark Tower.”

One terrible new failure: “Nut Job 2,” they say, is the biggest loser ever in wide release (4000+) studio movie. It made just over $8 million this weekend.

Four years ago, at a USC symposium, famed and very successful directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg warned the film industry that reliance on blockbusters– tent pole movies that failed would cause an implosion. At first no one took them seriously. But now maybe we’re seeing what they meant.

Spielberg said at the time: “That’s the big danger, and there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.”

Other huge flops this year include “Life” — the sci fi movie no one saw, “Monster Trucks,” which was a monster disaster. “Ghost in the Shell” with Scarlett Johansson also came and went quickly. Plus Will Ferrell’s “The Office” was a total write off, and Sony’s “Rough Night” was an embarrassment.

I’m not counting the $100 million plus lost on “The Promise,” because it was a vanity production.

This year also brought Tom Hanks’s biggest flop in decades, “The Circle.” And of course there were the two misbegotten TV remakes– “Baywatch” and “CHiPs.”

Even blockbusters that seemed like hits weren’t — “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” was a bloated mess. And “Transformers 5” was so bad that critics wondered why it was made. “The Mummy” also reeked of failure and desperation.

Studios keep counting on international sales to bail them out. And it works a lot of the time. But continuing to send bad product from the US will eventually take its toll.

Eternal Truths of the Orderly Mind.

Boss Tweed: You're a good one for the fighting, Bill. But you can't fight forever. 
Bill: I can go down doing it. 
Boss Tweed: And you will! 
Bill: What did you say? 
Boss Tweed: I said, you're turning your back on the future. 
Bill: Not our future. 

Back to the Future?

George: You can sit around with the gin running out of your mouth; you can humiliate me; you can tear me to pieces all night, that's perfectly okay, that's all right.
Martha: You can stand it!
George: I cannot stand it!
Martha: You can stand it, you married me for it!

"The narcissism of small differences"

Via InstapunditIt's becoming so clear now why the war of words between SJWs and the new white nationalists is so intense. It isn't because they have huge ideological differences -- it's because they have so much in common. Both are obsessed with race, SJWs demanding white shame, the alt-right responding with white pride. Both view everyday life and culture through a highly racialised filter. SJWs can't even watch a movie without counting how many lines the black actor has in comparison with the white actor so that they can rush home and tumblr about the injustice of it all. Both have a seemingly boundless capacity for self-pity. Both are convinced they're under siege, whether by patriarchy, transphobia and the Daily Mail (SJWs) or by pinkos and blacks (white nationalists). Both have a deep censorious strain. And both crave recognition of their victimhood and flattery of their feelings. This is really what they're fighting over -- not principles or visions but who should get the coveted title of the most hard-done-by identity. They're auditioning for social pity. "My life matters! My pain matters! I matter!" The increasing bitterness and even violence of their feud is not evidence of its substance, but the opposite: it's the narcissism of small differences.

"Why did Virginia’s political leadership order the police and National Guard to stand down?"

Via Instapundit: Details remain thin. It is not clear, for example, how many alt-right demonstrators were there, though many reports indicate that they were substantially outnumbered by counter-demonstrators, largely drawn from the same crowd that has been rioting at the drop of Donald Trump’s name since November 9.

So, obviously, this was a fraught moment. But what would have been the outcome had the police and the Virginia National Guard—both on hand in strong numbers—done their duty, enforced properly obtained demonstration permits, and preserved the right of the warring parties to make their respective points without being physically attacked, one by the other and vice versa? It’s worth remembering that Charlottesville did everything it could to prevent the demonstrations, issuing permits only after being sued by the ACLU. And when push came to shove—literally—on Saturday, police and National Guardsmen were to be found only on the periphery of the brawling. Indeed, the Virginia ACLU reported that police were refusing to intervene unless specifically ordered to do so.

“There was no police presence,” Brittany Caine-Conley, a minister-in-training at Charlottesville’s Sojourners United Church of Christ, told the New York Times. “We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”

Almost at first contact, Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and cancelled the demonstrators’ permits, whereupon police began funneling the alt-right protestors away from the designated demonstration site—and, some reports have it, toward the counter-protestors. The carnage followed in short order. Whether the breakdown in police protection was purposeful—that is, intended to quash a constitutionally protected demonstration and provoke a violent confrontation—is a question unlikely to be pursued in Virginia’s present political environment. As partisan eye-gougers go, Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat, is near the top of the list; Mayor Signer, also a Democrat, seems to be cut from the same cloth.

But deliberate or not, the effect was the same: when the sun went down over Charlottesville Saturday, the First Amendment was lying in the dust, and the civic ties meant to bind all Americans were just that much weaker.

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"Charlottesville victim’s mother to Trump: Thank you"

Via InstapunditBro tried focusing the nation’s attention to healing even before Trump’s statement. In an interview the day after her daughter’s death, Bro told NBC News that “hate does not fix the world

“She was there with her friends, and she was trying to simply cross the street as the movement was breaking up that day, and she was plowed down by a young man who was intent on spreading hate and thought hate would fix the world,” Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told NBC News. “And hate does not fix the world.” …

“I wouldn’t say that she was an activist,” Albro added. “But I would say that she felt strongly about certain things and had no problem standing up and showing support.”

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Next Up: Blowing Up Mountains

It's only a matter of time...
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[added]: Chip Ahoy said..."This is a terrible picture of the largest bas relief in the world."

I agree:

Elon Musk calls A.I. a bigger threat than North Korea

Via RedditMusk—a fierce and long time critic of A.I. who once likened it to "summoning the demon" in a horror movie—said in a Twitter post that people should be concerned about the rise of the machines than they are.

Reacting to the news that autonomous tech had bested competitive players in an electronic sports competition, Musk posted what appeared to be a photo of a poster bearing the chilling words "In the end, the machines will win."

Musk, who is spearheading commercial space travel with his venture SpaceX, is also the founder of OpenAI, a nonprofit that promotes the "safe" development of AI. His stance puts him at odds with much of the tech industry, but echoes remarks of prominent voices like Stephen Hawking—who has also issued dire warnings about machine learning.

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"Alternative Medicine Kills Cancer Patients, Study Finds"

Via RedditA team of scientists from Yale University perused the National Cancer Database, a collection of 34 million records of cancer patients along with their treatments and outcomes, to identify patients who elected to forgo conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery in favor of alternative medicine. They found 280 subjects diagnosed with cancer in 2004 who used alternative medicine and matched them with 560 control subjects who received conventional treatment. The researchers then tracked subjects' outcomes over time.

After five years, 78.3% of subjects who received conventional treatments were still alive, compared to only 54.7% of subjects who used alternative medicine. Even more startling, breast cancer patients who used alternative medicine were five times more likely to die. Colorectal cancer patients were four times more likely to die. Lung cancer patients were twice as likely to die. Prostate cancer patients were also more likely to die, though the difference did not reach statistical significance.

The researchers could not specifically identify which alternative medicines subjects were using, although there shouldn't be much variation between therapies, since, by definition, there isn't convincing evidence that any alternative medicine is effective.

Proponents of alternative medicine often innocently ask, "What's the harm?" For cancer patients who opt for treatment with alternative medicine, the harm is death.

(Link to source)

Is Changing the Constitution the Only Way to Fix Washington?

Via Drudge:  No “amendment convention” has taken place since the Constitution was written over 200 years ago. But the idea is gaining steam now, stoked by groups on the left and right that say amendments drafted and ratified by states are the last, best hope for fixing the nation’s broken political system and dysfunctional — some even say tyrannical — federal government.

“We have a Congress in the United States made up of two bodies — House and Senate — that are incapable of restricting their own power,” said Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell, a Republican. With the conventions, he said, states are stepping in to clean up the mess.

The current push for a convention began in the early years of the Obama administration, mostly driven by Republican lawmakers. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott are big supporters. So are former presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio. Although many amendment topics have been proposed, the most popular would require the federal government to balance its budget.

(Link to more)

Link to the list of US constitutional amendments via Wikipedia.

"Kentucky mayor wants to remove Confederate statues"

Via Drudge: “It’s the right thing to do,” he told The Washington Post on Sunday. “But doing it right is just as important.”

Gray conceded that even doing it right can have dangerous consequences.
Scott Adams seems to favor removing the statues if enough people are offended by them...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The curious wooden shack

A growth spurt in the South.

The Lynch story earlier forced me to recall this.

4421 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City Louisiana

Farther out in Google Earth you can see Shady Grove, our area, the nearby school, and North of that, the Air Force Base and its vast reservations. At street level you’ll have to back up a bit on the boulevard, maybe back and forth a bit, on the Western lane nearest the house to see it, and then only two of the white columns of the house show from behind two very large trees that obscure all the rest of the red brick house and with light shining through that obscures anything useful. Nothing else is left of the place but the house while at one time it was an actual working plantation. This was the plantation house that lorded over the entire area, a pecan plantation and nothing else around came anything near to its imposing splendor. The plantation was long ago subdivided for individual homes and the worst oldest trees removed for houses and roads to be built among the remaining trees so that each new home on the opposite side of this broad boulevard, away from Red River, had a pecan tree in the front yard and second pecan tree in each of the new back yards. 

Since then home owners built outwardly, planted their own trees and their own plants and gardens and presently the original pecan trees are so old they’ve died in slow motion, produced less and less poor quality pecans, dropped branches dangerously all over the place and eventually were cut down. It’s been forty years and the trees were already played out when we lived there among them in the area named Shady Grove. 

Do you remember your yearbook quote?

Samantha Power to unmask

Via Instapundit :  The House committee has not identified the Trump people who were unmasked. Nor has it identified the “one official” who made those hundreds of requests. But it’s pretty obvious this was Samantha Power, Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations. In May the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the unmasking requests from Ms. Power, former CIA director John Brennan and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Ms. Power is the only one of those three whose job had no clear intelligence-related function. The plot got even thicker when the committee asked for the same unmasking records for Ben Rhodes. He was the hyper-political Obama Deputy National Security Adviser who last year gleefully boasted to the New York Times how he’d manipulated reporters to sell Mr. Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

(Link to HotAir quoting the Wall Street Journal)

"Lynch sits during national anthem vs. Cardinals"

Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You

Link to video