Saturday, September 16, 2017

Manning meets Einstein

Hello, Albert

Hello, Bradley

I prefer, Chelsea

How are you today, Chell-see?

None too well, Albert. 
Not today.
Harvard invited me speak through their guest fellow program and I got every excited about that but then they disinvited me and that made me cry and then I became angry like remnant testosterone raging within me because it's just so typically transphobic. Now I must go into militant mode all over again and that's not very ladylike. It's really cramping my style. 

Bummer. What went wrong?

Some douchebag CIA director cancelled his own speaking invitation because of me. 
That's their story anyway. It's probably some alum threatened to cease their funding. 
Who knows? 

Vell, shit happens, innit. 

Yes, all the time. It happens when you're an occupying institution tainted with the blood of your victims. 

Harsh. It is a guest fellow program, after all, and you say that you're not a fellow. So why be concerned about any guest fellow invitation? 

It's not limited to fellows, Albert
It's fellowship.
They call it guest fellow because they're talking about "fellowship" and women are included in fellowship too. Such as with churches.
You're doubly wrong there, Albert, by conflating a patriarchal language structure with an etymological miscomprehension.

English is hard. 
Ironically, you're not a real woman

Yes I am, Albert.
I'm a woman at heart. I self Identify as female.
How many times must I say this?

That's too simple minded.
That's old fashioned science, Albert.
 It's unnecessarily and harmfully limiting.
 It doesn't take into account people like me. Psychology and Social Science and Political Science are superseding it. As it must or we stay stuck in an overly limiting past.

Fuck me.
Just when you think you know everything...
... some little twat comes along and there goes my whole unifying theory about everything.

"ESPN head to staff: ‘ESPN is not a political organization’"

Via InstapunditESPN's chief is defending the network after intense backlash this week, including a stream of White House criticism over anchor Jemele Hill calling President Trump a "white supremacist."

"We have issues of significant debate in our country at this time," ESPN president John Skipper wrote in a memo to staff on Friday reported by multiple media outlets.

"In light of recent events, we need to remind ourselves that we are a journalistic organization and that we should not do anything that undermines that position," he continued, noting, "ESPN is about sports."

"ESPN is not a political organization. Where sports and politics intersect, no one is told what view they must express," he said.

"At the same time, ESPN has values," Skipper continued, writing ESPN is "committed to inclusion and an environment of tolerance where everyone in a diverse work force has the equal opportunity to succeed."

The White House continued to hammer ESPN on Friday, calling it "hypocritical" for what it deems a double-standard in how the network handles conservative and liberal employees.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the daily briefing that ESPN once suspended longtime anchor Linda Cohn while distancing itself but not firing Hill this week.

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"The Secret Life of Procrastinators and the Stigma of Delay"

Via InstapunditIn actuality, racing the clock emotionally stimulates those who procrastinate. Since emotions serve to direct one’s attention, we might consider such deadline stimulation highly adaptive as well. Moreover, procrastinating enables some people to perform at peak efficiency,[xxii] and their task delay enables them to work diligently and attain optimal efficiency.[xxiii] Professionally successful procrastinators report that when they try to get something done ahead of time, often they are compromised in terms of both motivation and concentration. Thus, for procrastinators, the energizing quality and focus provided by emotions that are activated upon nearing a deadline are essential.

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"‘I’m Done’: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Ends Segment After Clay Travis Says He Believes in ‘Boobs’"

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Via InstapunditDuring a panel discussion on the (ESPN) Jemele Hill controversy and the White House calling her to be fired, things took an entirely different turn when sports radio host and provocateur Clay Travis pointed out that he only believes in two things fully.

“I believe in the First Amendment and boobs,” Travis stated.

It took a beat, but host Brooke Baldwin wanted Travis to clarify what he had just said, asking him specifically if he actually sad “boobs.”

“Boobs, two things that never let me down, the first amendment and boobs,” Travis said. “Those are the two things I believe in absolutely in the country.”

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Pay no attention to the man in Brooke Baldwin's earpiece!

"Theresa May raises terror level to CRITICAL after ISIS claim Tube bucket-bomb attack was carried out by a cell of several jihadis"

Via Drudge:  Armed police have flooded London's streets as the terror threat level was raised to critical amid fears the Parsons Green bomber could strike again, Theresa May announced tonight.

The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols.

Scotland Yard said it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train by Parsons Green tube station in west London at 8.20am.

Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10: 'The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical - this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.'

Minutes later Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there might have been more than one person involved, stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'.

Police identified the suspected terrorist using CCTV footage but the investigation has been overshadowed by an extraordinary diplomatic row triggered by Donald Trump

The US President tweeted just hours after the rush hour blast that police had the attacker 'in their sights' and should have been 'more proactive' in catching 'the loser'.

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singing cinerary urn

In the 19th century these Etruscan jars were misidentified as canopic jars due to their resemblance with Egyptian funerary equipment. 

Canopic jars are themselves misnamed by early explorers due to resemblance of jars that held mummified internal organs to jars with Osiris' head that were used in worship in the area of Canopus an area named by the Greeks after a Homeric hero commander and pilot of Menelaus' ship, so all jars with heads were called canopic jars. 

Canopic jars are fascinating. They're usually simple and rather rough clay with primitive execution and basic paints. However the ones in King Tutankhamen's tomb are outstanding. They do not follow the usual form. Inside the alabaster jars all with the same king's head, two pairs facing each other and stored inside an alabaster case in the shape of shrine on a sled, itself stored in another larger shrine, are four small pure gold coffins that rival the larger solid gold coffin that holds the body in excellence in execution. These miniatures are exquisitely detailed and all four masterpieces in their own right. These were in the last room of the touring exhibit, and honestly, I could have stood before them and studied them all day. Intricate hieroglyphs etched on their insides as if printed with a typewriter. I took other people to the show five times and each time I had to be peeled away from them. My guests just didn't have the patience. There were a few fascinating model boats in that last room too. The boats look like toys. 

tortuga fashion

The thing is, there really is a Tortuga Fashion and the models are really good looking. The headless mannequins even better than the live models. 

Friday, September 15, 2017


Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017), R.I.P.

It's amazing how much Emilio Estevez looks like his father.

"Former acting CIA chief Mike Morell resigns from Harvard in protest of Chelsea Manning invitation"

Via InstapunditThe former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency is resigning as a non-resident senior fellow from Harvard’s Kennedy School after Chelsea Manning was invited to be a visiting fellow this year.

In his resignation letter on Thursday, Michael J. Morell said he “cannot be part of an organization” that “honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.”

Ms. Manning was found guilty of 17 serious crimes, including six counts of espionage, for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, an entity that CIA Director Mike Pompeo says operates like an adversarial foreign intelligence service,” Mr. Morell wrote. “Senior leaders in the military have stated publicly that the leaks by Ms. Manning put the lives of US soldiers at risk.”

The Kennedy School’s invitation will “assist Ms. Manning in her long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she took to prominence,” the letter continued, and “may encourage others to leak classified information as well.”

Mr. Morell emphasized that he fully supports “Ms. Manning’s rights as a transgender American, including the right to serve our country in the US military.”

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"North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan"

Via RedditNorth Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such provocative move in weeks.

South Korea's military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido.

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe said his country would "never tolerate" North Korea's dangerous actions.

"If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future," he said in a statement.

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"Amnesty Deal Would Be a Huge Win for Trump Foes"

Via InstapunditIf President Trump reverses his campaign promises and supports a DACA amnesty then within the span of a few days he would do to himself what the combined efforts of the Democratic National Committee, the Republican establishment, the Clinton campaign, and an openly hostile media couldn’t do: knee-cap his presidency and separate himself from his base.

Amnesty is where Republican careers go to die. Just ask Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) whose own 2016 presidential run was stillborn because he backed the 2012 “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill after promising voters in 2010 he would do no such thing.

Guess who offered Marco the apple back in 2012? Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The same Chuck Schumer who is in the process of leading another electorally successful Republican to break faith with his base. But this time it’s the president.

Little did Democrats or establishment Republicans know that in order to separate Trump from the people who elected him, all they had to do was send a New York Democrat to pitch an amnesty bill.

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"Elderly man pushes suspect off roof, ends police standoff"

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I group, Amphibious Animals, Reptiles, etc

"I" is a small group and small hieroglyphic groups make me sad.

You'd think there'd be a ton of reptiles and amphibians in Egypt along the Nile and there really are quite a lot more signs, but they're variations of these signs, combinations of these glyphs with other signs, these creatures with headdresses, on poles as fetishes and as standards for cities, with royal implements, in boxes, on paths, around mummies, as mummies, spitting, in multiples, combined with other animals, words, letters, and sounds, snakes with legs and so on, but all that wild variety are of scant specialized utility. It just means they've been seen somewhere at some isolated point in this language's history.

No, the category for amphibians and reptiles is discouragingly small. But for the student, learning their sounds is essential because you see them everywhere in writing. The word for Egypt uses the crocodile skin, and the horned viper is used for "father" and "him," "his," "he" and the like along with grammatical conjugation. And the long cobra with the tail that droops over the side, one of my all time favorite glyphs, stands for one of the "D" sounds. The kind that sounds a bit like a "J" or a "DJ" combination so two of those phonemes together make the sound for the English word "judge," a very useful sign. You see these two snakes everywhere. While the striking cobra in a basket is used for one of the "Two Ladies," the other a vulture, both in their own basket, two baskets side by side for Wadjet and Nekhbet, the basket glyph represents "Lord." What fantastic imaginative representation for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, a vulture to represent upper and a cobra to represent lower. I always thought that was amazing. Odd, though, from an Northern Hemisphere centric point of view, upper is South and lower, the delta, is North.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Overheard:  "alternate-nostril breathing."

Whore's Lassitudes:

Lyrics after the jump.

"California’s Assault on Abortion Pill Reversal Is an Assault on Women’s Choice"

Via InstapunditIf there was any doubt about California’s status as the nation’s standard-bearer for abortion, a recent letter sent by the state’s Board of Registered Nursing should clear that up in a jiffy.

Acting at the behest of abortion activists in the state Legislature and online media, the board—which is overseen by California’s Department of Consumer Affairs—reversed its decision from just a month prior, demanding that Heartbeat International “cease and desist” educating nurses on a breakthrough medical intervention that can allow a woman to halt a chemical abortion.

Since doctors Matthew Harrison and George Delgado published initial research in 2012, over 350 doctors have joined the Abortion Pill Reversal network, preparing themselves to follow the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol with patients of their own.

The results on the ground have been significant, with over 300 mothers successfully rescuing their children from abortion through the new medical intervention.

Later that same year, Heartbeat International—a pro-life pregnancy help network that serves 2,200 affiliates worldwide and operates a 24/7 pregnancy helpline—began training nurses on the treatment, which utilizes emergency and ongoing progesterone injections to save the life of an unborn child.

In late July, the board informed Heartbeat International that it could award continuing education units for nurses who demonstrate a grasp for the science and patient care involved in counteracting the effects of a chemical abortion.

The board’s approval seemed to conclude a 17-month audit of hundreds of pages of submitted documentation from Heartbeat International, stretching back to February 2016.

During the audit process, the board had questioned Heartbeat International’s inclusion of Abortion Pill Reversal courses, but ultimately approved those courses after Heartbeat International responded with a multipoint statement demonstrating their relevance to nursing practices.

That reinstatement came in a letter on July 28. No subsequent paperwork or filing of any kind was requested prior to or cited in the most recent letter.

Heartbeat International’s president, Jor-El Godsey, noted that the board’s sudden reversal directly undermines a woman’s ability to “choose” the outcome of her pregnancy—something pro-choice advocates claim to support.

“This is a naked political assault on a procedure that is the very essence of choice,” Godsey said.

“To oppose Abortion Pill Reversal is not only to deny the science and reality that there are children living today because of it, but it’s to materially keep a woman from even so much as knowing she has the option to potentially stop a chemical abortion once it has begun. This is the abortion lobby taking choices away from women.”

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"If you got a golden ticket that allowed you to ignore or violate one law multiple times, for the rest of your life, which law would you choose?"

Reddit top voted comments...

Trespassing. I'll tell y'all how Area 51 is.

Murphy's Law. I have really bad luck...

Zoning law. I'll put my shed wherever the Fuck I want thank you very much.

The second law of thermodynamics. INFINITE ENERGY BITCH

Counterfeiting golden tickets

Theft, obviously.

Think bigger: Newton's law of universal gravitation.

Copyright law. Yo ho ho, it's a pirate's life for me!

I'd most likely never pay taxes again or just ignore speeding signs.

Brain death determination

A while back I read an article about laxity in determining brain death, with an eye toward organ harvesting. As I recall the article centered around young drivers in vehicular accidents. One example I recall was a test of splashing water on patients' faces. 
I know a doctor who wouldn't let his son check the donor option on his driver's license.
"Are hospitals doing everything they should to make sure they don't make mistakes when declaring patients brain-dead? A provocative study finds that hospital policies for determining brain death are surprisingly inconsistent and that many have failed to fully implement guidelines designed to minimize errors.
..."The worst-case scenario would be if we were to pronounce somebody brain-dead and then they recovered some neurological function," Greer says. "That would be horrific if that were the case."
To see how well the guidelines have been adopted, Greer and his colleagues analyzed policies at 492 hospitals and health care systems across the country. While most have adopted the guidelines, the researchers report Monday in the journal JAMA Neurology that there are significant differences in how the key parts of the guidelines have been accepted.

More than 20 percent of the policies don't require doctors to check that patients' temperatures are high enough to make the assessment, as the guidelines call for. "If somebody has a low temperature then their brain function can actually be suppressed based on that," Greer says.

Almost half of policies don't require doctors to ensure patients' blood pressure is adequate for assessment of brain function. And some say doctors can skip tests that the guidelines recommend.

In addition, most of the policies don't require that a neurologist, neurosurgeon or even a fully trained doctor make the call. "In some hospitals they actually allowed for a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant to do it," Greer says.""
  1. "Clinical diagnosis is suppose to be done 6-24 hours after injury then repeated, they determined my daughter within two hours, and prescribed the treatment of a donor for her.
  2. ...All available treatments are to be done on you even if you are grave, my daughter got mannitol, oxygen, elevation of head, three out of many. These are the less aggressive. My daughter was acute: acute measures should have been done on her behalf. Treatments for brain injury are oxygen therapy, elevation of the head, mannitol, CSF drain, sedation, hypothermia therapy, nutrition, DE compressive craniotomy.
  3. The donor operation is horrific and not dignified.
  4. The donor is rolled into the surgical suite hooked up to a ventilator.
  5. He is breathing, and his heart is beating
  6. He is not give anesthesia, he is only given a neuron (brain) muscular blocking agent in his tummy to keep him from tightening it to the approaching knife. He is also given this drug to paralyze him so he can not move his limbs.
  7. ...The number one donor will be a 24 year old male that just happens to be uninsured. How can only an uninsured person be the number one donor? Don’t insured people have brain injury to?
  8. The government demands the hospitals notify the local donor bank of a potential donor.
  9. The government demands the local donor store to maintain a quota. How can you put a quota on organs?
  10. UNO’S says,“ they will make the little hospital come up to identifying the potential donor with carrots or sticks, carrots are incentives, the sticks are legislation.”" (my bolding and the author's bolding)

"Democrats say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants"

Via Drudge:  The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall.

The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditching his own party to make common cause with the opposition, was announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner that Republican lawmakers weren’t invited to attend. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which provided temporary work permits and shielded recipients from deportation.

Trump ended the program earlier this month and gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of the so-called “Dreamers” begin to expire.

“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

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President Trump this morning...

"Superintendent apologizes for canceling Lafayette mascot event"

Via InstapunditThe Cumberland County school board likely will reconsider an environmental program that was cancelled because its mascot, the Marquis de Lafayette, owned slaves.

Fayetteville is named for Lafayette. Historians say he was an abolitionist who bought slaves with the intent to free them.

Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw apologized at the school board’s meeting Tuesday for causing division with the decision to cancel the program. He said he was trying to be sensitive to the minority population.

“It appears that by trying to be sensitive to part of the community, I was insensitive to another part,” Kinlaw said.

School board Chairman Greg West said after the meeting that the board likely will discuss the program at an upcoming committee meeting.

Kinlaw called off the “Flip-Tap-Stack!” program, which was going to be an initiative by the Sustainable Sandhills environmental organization. The program was meant to teach school children to empty trash from disposable cafeteria trays into trash cans and stack the trays for disposal.

Several speakers at the meeting talked about Lafayette’s positions against slavery.

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iPhone X (parody)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Groups lie more than individuals"

Via Reddit: "...even individuals who have a proven track record of honest behavior are no match for the potentially negative influences present in a group dynamic, especially when money is at stake, according to a new study."

The study authors, Martin G. Kocher, Simeon Schudy and Lisa Spantig, all of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, studied 273 participants in both individual and group situations. Participants, who were paid for their role in the study, were shown video of dice rolls and asked to report the number shown on the die. The higher the reported die roll, the larger the monetary compensation. Participants were evaluated on an individual basis, and in two group settings: one in which all members of the group must report the same die roll to receive a payoff, and another in which members do not have to report the same die roll to receive a payoff. In the group settings, members are able to communicate with each other via a chat feature.

“We observed that groups lie significantly more than individuals when group members face mutual financial gain and have to coordinate an action in order to realize that financial gain,” said Kocher.

Of the 78 groups that participated in the study, arguments for dishonesty were explicitly mentioned in 51 percent of the group chats. In fact, of the messages that were exchanged among group members, 43.4 percent argued for dishonest reporting, while only 15.6 percent consisted of arguments for honesty. Interestingly, the authors found that the number of individuals in each group who had exhibited dishonest behavior in the individual portion of the study had no real impact on these results, as dishonesty occurred even in groups where all members had previously responded honestly.

“The ability for group members to exchange and discuss potential justifications for their dishonest behavior can create an overall shift in the group’s beliefs of what constitutes moral behavior,” said Spantig. “This allows them to establish a new norm regarding what does or does not constitute dishonest behavior,” according to Schudy.

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"What's the most expensive mistake you've ever made?"

I bought a business. Turns out I'm not all that great at being a business owner.

Taking the wrong backpack out of the trunk of a car a hitched a ride with. I wound up with a bunch of girl's clothes I couldn't wear and without all the travellers checks in my pack. Made for a difficult summer.

Wrecking my cars.

3 words. University. Of. Phoenix.

Waiting 5 whole years before I began investing in my 401K. Despite a very generous company match.

Bad time during life and thought buying a new sports car would solve my internal issues. It didn't and I was stuck with a debt. It was sweet to drive and I loved the looks it got, but it did little to resolve my actual problems. I paid it off and sold it 3 years later for a net $30K loss.

Lighting that first cigarette.

Freshman year of college I thought my final exam was at 11:30.
It was at 9:30. The exam was 40% of my grade, so I failed. I lost my scholarship, and had to pay to retake the class.

"Waiver issued so construction of border wall can begin"

Via Drudge:  The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California. The waiver was published in the Federal Register today.

This current waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol's El Centro Sector, a critical sector for border security. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 19,400 undocumented immigrants and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector.

The El Centro Sector remains an area of high illegal entry, and replacing the existing fencing, which was built in the 1990s and no longer meets the Border Patrol's operational needs, is a high priority.

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Basic bitch at 8:50

"Hands On with the TSA's New 'Enhanced' Pat-Down Procedure"

Via Drudge:  For those curious about what the "enhanced" pat-down involves, I had a first-hand experience (no pun intended) Sunday evening September 10 in the Kansas City airport. (This is going exactly where you think it's going, so feel free to stop reading right now.)

After going through a metal detector in the TSA-Pre security line, I was randomly selected to see if a machine would detect explosives on my hands. My palms were swabbed and the machine detected explosives, even though I had not recently handled a gun, flammable liquids, or any sort of explosives. Another airline passenger told me the same machine had detected explosives on the hands of another passenger who had gone through the line minutes before I did.

So what precisely does the "enhanced" pat-down seem to entail, you ask?

Well, since you asked, the agent runs his hand inside a passenger's waistband and also runs his hand up the back of each leg until he "meets resistance" and then does the same from the front of each leg. And then the TSA agent swipes the front of his hands 3 or 4 times right over the zipper area of one's Gap Outlet comfort-stretch khakis. That last part was the most unpleasant.

For what it's worth, this isn't the story of an agent who didn't know how to do a pat-down. The agent described exactly what he was going to do before he did it and seemed to be simply carrying out the government's policy. I'm sure he'd like a job that involves less groping.

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When you believe in things that you don't understand, 
then you suffer, 
Superstition ain't the way 

Full lyrics after the jump.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

typical offering formula

I drew this so you can learn in a few minutes what students study a week to take up. This is a very typical offering formula seen on stela in museums worldwide, in temples, in tombs, on false doors and such. False doors were an integral part of many ancient tombs of various cultures, not just Egyptian. They are real doors for spirits, the means for spirits to enter the physical world, the place where living people go to put their actual offering.

Imagine the look on your significant other's face when you read this to them.

This is what fascinated Dr. Fred about me. His delight was gleeful. I'd go, "Hey Fred, wanna see if we can get all the theme answers to this crossword before the waiter gets back here with our food?" But he kept stopping and holding things up by asking repeatedly, "How do you know that?" Then I'd have to think back how I knew that. Apparently there are a lot of things I wasn't entitled to know.

This stela is for a man named Amenemhat who was chamberlain to a pharaoh. A few pharaohs were named Amenemhat too, and so were visors, and so were various other overseers of different pharaonic departments and functions, overseer of the granary, overseer of the army, and so forth. You would not believe how many offering stela of this sort exist for men named Amenemhat. It's ridiculous.

This vignette is typical. It is instantly recognizable by its art and by its text. Its elements stick right out like flashing lights by its iconography on sight in the same way that no thought is applied to the comprehension of this:

You don't even need all it's elements. Joseph and Mary and Jesus will do to convey the whole concept. A baby in a manger will convey the entire nativity. Just as the three magi will do. An angel holding a scroll with Latin phrasing on it works as symbol for all other nativity symbols. 

While an entirely different vignette or any of its specific elements conveys the same date, the same event, but in a wildly different fashion centering around a different mythology applying to the same event.

While an entirely different vignette, another set of iconography, applies to the same historic person but a different event, another aspect of the same man's life. Any element will do to serve as symbol for the whole set. There are significant elements omitted from this one. It's only one aspect of the whole portion. There is no crown of thorns. No crosses. 

And with its own pagan iconography, where any single element serves to represent the whole set for the same thing as the religious set. A decorated egg works for the whole scene, or a basket, or bunnies or chicks all work to suggest Easter.

This same thing happens in other cultures too. All across the world. All through history. The same vignettes are expressed various ways yet you'll see the same elements repeated, altered, spelled differently, shown differently, elements omitted, and embellished.

In these hieroglyphs you will see "nb," a semi circle that is a basket without a handle stand for "lord" and the same "nb" used to spell the Egyptian word for "everything." Incidentally, a basket with a loop handle is the letter "K."

The symbols are used for sounds in Egyptian language, for letters, for words that are spoken, and for concepts unspoken that specify the preceding word or group. Symbols are used for grammatical gender of noun, verb, object agreement and symbols are used for redundancy, they repeat the final sound of the usually preceding associated word.

A segment of "overseer of the chamber" is destroyed. Overseer is clear enough, that's an owl and mouth and in this version, a vertical line meaning "a thing" and an arm, for "Im-r-eh" There are various ways to write this including or omitting redundancies and glyph choices for sounds. They all include the glyph for "room," a "p-r" sound, the same glyph that is used for the sound of the word "pharaoh" but here meaning actual room. But I can not see that required glyph in the bashed out portion. I could not discern the original without something inside the room, and the most typical cannot fit into the space that is bashed. So something else was used there but I cannot match the shapes of apparent shadows. So, I stuck in the sounds that are needed, even though they do not match what is left, while having no idea what was originally there. Other people are a lot better at this than I am. I looked at the student's answers for the required sounds but I honestly cannot see how they arrived at them. They just don't fit into the spaces.  Frankly, I think they're going along with what their text tells them it is. I think they cribbed their answers. How else does a whole class of beginners agree on precisely the same transliteration?

For the record, this is what "overseer of the chamber" would look like in full.

imy-rA aXnwty (for keyboard communication)

There is overlapping sounds here. The goat is "hn" the water is "n" the jug is "nw" the swirl is cursive for the chick, "w" and the teardrop shape is "ty" the rectangle is "pr" unvoiced determinative for "room." So that whole group following the headless goat, or any substitution for it, any omission, is to be crammed into the bashed out segment. Formulaically, this is what is required in that space. 

Did CBS Use Color Adjustments To Make Steve Bannon ‘Look Bad’ On 60 Minutes?

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Following Steve Bannon’s highly anticipated interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes Sunday night, professional photographer Peter Duke published a video explainer on how CBS may have used color adjustments to make the Breitbart News boss “look bad” on television.

“There is no chalk allowed on campus.”

Via Instapundit: Public university washes away conservative group’s 9/11 chalk memorial

“When we asked why he was destroying our tribute to the victims of 9/11, [the employee] informed us that he had been ordered to do so by the university’s Director of Facilities Maintenance, Shehadeh Abdelkarim,” Roberts said.

Roberts added the employee also told her the memorial was being erased because “there is no chalk allowed on campus.”

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"The True Conservatives Hype A Trumpocalypse In A Desperate Bid For Attention"

Via Instapundit: The latest Never Trump meme is that Donald Trump has defected to the Democrats, a notion that might charitably be labeled “wishful thinking” if it actually involved any thinking. But the “wishful” part is in full effect as this tattered remnant of worshippers at the altar of Establishment Conservatism seeks to revive their failed cult and reassume their position as the priesthood of all things on the right.

You remember Establishment Conservatism, right? It is to conservatism as Unitarians are to Christianity – “Well, I sort of believe in something, but mostly I just want whatever I do validated.” Establishment Conservatism is the sect that promised for seven years to repeal Obamacare then…didn’t. But that was Trump’s fault, of course, because reasons and because you’re a fake conservative for asking and also shut up.

So, this week’s True Con embarrassment arose because the Republicans were somehow going to score yet another smashing victory in a debt ceiling fight, as they always do, but darn that Trump! He got in the way of their cunning scheme. Or something.

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"Hackers could program sex robots to kill"

Via InstapunditA cybersecurity scientist has issued a bizarre warning that sex robots could one day rise up and kill their owners if hackers can get inside their heads.

Last month, tech billionaire Elon Musk claimed that artificial intelligence could take over the planet, and he’s not the only one concerned about the dangers of killer tech.

With sex robots becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated, cybersecurity lecturer Dr. Nick Patterson revealed that the lifelike dolls could end up going all “Terminator” on us.

However, in the case of sex robots, the danger isn’t that the love dolls will end up developing minds of their own, “Westworld”-style.

Instead, the risk is that hackers could breach the realistic robots’ inner defenses and catch their owners with their pants down.

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WKRLEM: Sinead O'Connor - Oro Se do Bheatha Bhaile

Sinead O’Connor is ‘fed up’ with being called crazy

By Jill Robinson, The Sun September 9, 2017 New York Post

Sinead O’Connor has given an emotional interview about her troubled life and reveals she is “fed up of being defined as the crazy person.”
The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer has had a troubled life, having spoken out in the past about the physical and sexual abuse her late mother, Marie O’Connor, subjected her to as a child.
Sinead’s mom died in a car crash when she was 19, and now the 50-year-old has opened up about the continuing problems those terrible memories have on her.
In a preview clip of her emotional interview with TV psychologist Dr. Phil, Sinead says: “I am fed up of being defined as the crazy person; the childhood abuse survivor.”
Explaining what she went through as a child, she adds: “She [her mother] ran a torture chamber. She was a person who took delight in hurting you.”
When Dr. Phil asked what she loved most about her mom, the singer replied: “What I love about my mother is that she’s dead.”

WKRLEM: Steve Bannon announces new plan for community policing.

They are going to use tigers instead of German Shepard's.

Monday, September 11, 2017

"Previously Unseen 9/11 Hijacker Warning: 'Your Blood is Delicious for Us and Your Meat Cheap'"

Via Instapundit: Al-Qaeda marked the 16th anniversary of 9/11 by releasing previously unseen footage of Mohand al-Shehri, one of the hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, noting that the terrorists have "longed for your beautiful lands" and find the blood of Americans "delicious."

Al-Shehri, 22, was a Saudi who trained in Chechnya and Afghanistan months before being granted a student visa to the United States. He arrived in the U.S. four months before the attacks and trained on a flight simulator in Vero Beach, Fla.

According to the video, al-Shehri shot the statement April 17, 2001, before he arrived in the United States that May.

The 35-minute English-subtitled video from al-Qaeda's as-Sahab media apologizes for the video quality of the 16-year old reel, shot back in the days when terrorists released rough cuts of videocam footage instead of the highly produced films that now come from terror groups' studios.

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"49ers, Rams Open Seasons With Plenty of Empty Seats in Stadiums"

Via my home page news: The Rams and 49ers each opened their season at home Sunday, and both teams had to start their games with lots of empty seats in the stadium.

The Rams are hosting the the Colts, but it seems like the los Angeles fans are not that concerned about being there to see it in person.

"Antifa militants ready to break bones, invade homes"

Via InstapunditReveal published a story Tuesday titled “Antifa has a rapid response team that targets alt-right organizers.” The kind of targeting the article describes is not just keeping an eye out for people on the streets, this is more organized and specific behavior that results in a published hit list of right-wing targets. In this case, “hit list” is not a metaphor. This is the list of people Antifa members plan to hit and injure if they encounter them. Reveal reporter Will Carless spoke to one of the “most militant” members of the Bay Area Antifa, a guy called Dominic who sees himself as a “Nazi hunter.” Dominic is ready to take his street battle into his target’s homes if necessary:
One antifa activist, who would give only the name “Dominic,” talked proudly in a series of interviews with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting about forming this broader alliance of “Nazi hunters” to seek out, reveal and fight these enemies wherever they might show up. Their goal became even more specific after Charlottesville: to prevent more casualties like that of activist Heather Heyer.

“We’ll go to their house, I’ll put it that way. We’ll go to their house,” said Dominic, an imposing, muscular man in his 30s. “I don’t want to hurt anybody, but I want those people to stop it. If I have to put Richard Spencer or Nathan Damigo into the hospital critically, and it would have saved Heather Heyer’s life or the next potential Heather Heyer, I would do it without question.”
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"Saudi government allegedly funded a ‘dry run’ for 9/11"

Via InstapunditFresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters.

Two years before the airliner attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the US as students, to fly from Phoenix to Washington “in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks,” alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

The court filing provides new details that paint “a pattern of both financial and operational support” for the 9/11 conspiracy from official Saudi sources, lawyers for the plaintiffs say. In fact, the Saudi government may have been involved in underwriting the attacks from the earliest stages — including testing cockpit security.

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bread, from seed to loaf by Stephen Simpson

I've been watching videos about the history of bread and beer. I watched very good videos on early humans as hunter gatherers chancing upon grassland areas and discovering new food source in grains. But carrying around all those grain bundles was ridiculous and that's how they decided to settle and stay put. And that was the beginning of civilization arising in the area of the Fertile Crescent. I saw maps of the Fertile Crescent and expansion routes.

I did not find what I was looking for, a video on the beginning of bread and beer occurring simultaneously in history. I guess I'll have to make one myself. The videos I found and watched, although very good and quite thorough and fun to watch treated both bread and beer as separate specialties. Because they are separate specialities. But they both have the exact same genesis, and they both arose from a mysterious unseen element that must have seemed to early humans as magic. Yeast. Natural yeast flying around all over the place clinging to everything including the grain as it grows. The videos do not give this element it's due. When relating bread with beer they say something like "the barm from beer was added to dough for leavened bread" or conversely in discussing Egyptian beer, "pieces of bread were dropped into vats of water to make beer."

Maybe so. And maybe they both occurred by themselves, and interchanged with each other over time. The area of the Red Sea is so yeasty that bakers prepare sponge and set it outside their workplace. Within hours it's inoculated and active with yeast and bacteria culture. And it's a very good culture. You can buy it from Sourdough International online. Likewise, areas of Great Britain are so yeasty their beer in inoculated with airborne yeast by open vats. The same thing can happen in Egypt and other areas across the globe. Some places are incredibly yeasty, like Hawaii. My brother bet me that my experiment wouldn't work. I said, "James, come on. Look around at all this flora abundance. At every level of plant life. That same thing occurs on the microscopic level. I'm certain this will work very fast." And it does. I collected airborne cultures three times in excess of what was already on (imported) flour within hours. Overnight the collections are outrageously strong. There is no need whatsoever for commercial yeast in Hawaii. It's all right there at hand. That will go for making both bread and beer. Commercial strains would be for the purpose of being specific and exclusive. Not for speed. I still have my Hawaiian cultures, and they're still very strong, unique in their aspects, and undiluted by mixing with stains in Denver air and on flour. They overtake all of that.

It doesn't seem to occur to food archeologists that beer and bread are the same things in liquid and solid forms and that the same airborne yeast and bacteria organisms are responsible for both. Occurring at the same time.

Early beer wasn't anything like beer today. Hops wasn't an ingredient until thousands of years later. Early beer was thick and with chunks. People drank it straight from the vat with straws. Early beer was much closer to bread.

Bread and beer are twins. Paternal kind of twins that look different, yet they were both born the same moment in history by the same chance encounter, through the same agencies, wheat, water, and natural yeast and heat. They have the same DNA. They grew up together and after all these centuries and all these millennia of specialization they are still inseparable no matter how spectacularly specialized both have become all across the whole world.

This picture is actually black. It's on the side of a vase. They're drinking beer through straws because the beer has chunks in it. The reed straws are kind of a chunk filter. 

The dizzying effect of drinking the beverage put the drinkers in mind of connecting with their gods. They associated beer with gods.  There was a social, communal aspect to drinking beer.

The cuneiform figure for beer is an actual vase with two lines through it. It's shown in the first square. Both bread and beer were currency. Workers were paid in bread and beer. 
I wanted to discuss milling flour but that is an unnecessarily broad subject. Any video you may watch will leave out more than it includes. I just now watched a very good video that takes viewers through the whole process from combining grain in the field to cleaning the wheat of debris of sticks and again for metals, and again for stones, partially smashing to dislodge husks, shaking to separate husks, pulverizing to semolina flour, smashing to talc like powder, recombining for whole wheat, husks for animals. Good as the video is, it does not show exactly how the burrs work in opposite directions at different speeds to hold the grain and abrade it just so. It does not show how wheat grain is graded before being milled. It does not show how white flour is separated by protein percentage to market flour as low protein percentage for cakes, high protein percentage for pizza bread dough and bagels, and in between protein percentage for everything else, for ordinary household use covering both cakes and bread. You can actually feel the differences at hand by simply pushing or stretching high protein dough. It forms gluten connections instantly. Whereas all purpose flour take a little more work. The video did not discuss how grain from  various sources are combined at the mill. In fact, a large mill cannot answer where their grain comes from. It depends on the day. It depends on what they are milling that day. None of the videos discuss this complexity.

But this guy, Stephen Simpson keeps the whole process simple and straightforward. When this video finishes another is cued. Both videos show his whole process of growing his own wheat, harvesting, milling, and baking his bread. They are two very sweet videos.

And I wonder how he does so well with 100% whole grain. Usually those loaves bake as bricks. But his do not. He bakes some wonderful rolls. He uses two teaspoons of commercial yeast. I thought that was funny. It's a very small batch. It actually doesn't matter how much yeast he adds. Within an hour one teaspoon of active yeast will multiply to two teaspoons worth. It is active, after all. Overnight he could use 1/8 teaspoon for the same result and the additional beneficial element of time in fermentation, so additional character to his bread. But this is his show and he uses two teaspoons. 

This video receives surprisingly kind comments over there on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and decide to watch it and the second video. I wonder why Stephen Simpson hasn't landed on the idea that his grain already has on it all the yeast that he needs for fantastic sourdough bread. He has his ways, and his ways work very well for him. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017


This brought a simile to my face:

Did Rock 'n' Roll contribute to global warming?


[Post Hurricane Irma updates here too, please]

Irma virulent video

Irma virulent video

Fairytale gone bad

Via Instapundit: A Northern California man arriving home from work this week discovered a naked woman he did not know asleep in his bed, police said.

The unidentified man told officers the strange saga started Tuesday when he found a parcel ripped open on the porch of his home in the small farming city of Anderson.

A utility knife that he had last seen inside in the home was lying on the porch, Anderson police said in a statement.

The man went inside and found a sandwich with bite taken and an open beer A pack of cigarettes was missing and an empty beer bottle sat nearby.

Then he noticed that someone had recently showered in the bathroom and strange clothes strewn about, the statement said.

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"Cinemas are seducing movie-lovers with gourmet food and booze"

Via Drudge: All the Raisinets in the world aren’t enough to sugarcoat this fact: In recent months, the Hollywood box office has been a disaster. In terms of attendance, Tinseltown just wrapped up its worst summer at the box office in nearly a quarter-century.

That means theaters now have to fight harder than ever to get butts in seats. “For a very long time, movie theaters were not overly focused on pleasing the consumer,” says Eric Handler, a media analyst at MKM Partners.

But in recent years, he says, theater owners have wised up to a novel idea: making the theater experience enjoyable beyond the screen.

First it was comfier seats, and now it’s all about tossing aside the stale popcorn for mouthwatering gourmet options. “Movie theaters are really stepping up to distinguish themselves from each other,” says Daniel Loria, editorial director of BoxOffice Media. “Every theater is building its identity.”

New boutique-style venues are offering everything from dine-in table service to full bars. That competition’s a good thing, says Loria, and it hints at a sustainable future. “So many theaters wouldn’t be opening if there were heavy clouds in the forecast,” he says.

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