Saturday, November 11, 2017

WKRLEM: Sixty's New Statue and Song!

He Deals in Wood.

The Babe Abides!

They say we're young and we don't know
We won't find out until we grow
Well I don't know if all that's true
'Cause you got me, and baby I got you

I got you babe.... I got you babe

They say our love won't pay the rent
Before it's earned, our money's all been spent
I guess that's so, we don't have a pot
But at least I'm sure of all the things we got

I got you babe..... I got you babe

I got flowers in the spring I got you to wear my ring
And when I'm sad, you're a clown
And if I get scared, you're always around
So let them say your hair's too long
'Cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb

I got you babe I got you babe 

WKRLEM: The Mummy is a Daddy

I love it when Chip posts about Ancient Egypt. It always reminds me to go back to the true experts.

Pierre Tallet excavations at Wadi el-Jarf

I wonder if people appreciate how remarkable it is to find papyrus containing written records from the Old Kingdom, the fourth dynasty, as the great pyramid was being built and the subject matter relating to how stones for the pyramid’s cover were transported along the Nile, and when, and how long that takes, and how commodities like copper and turquoise were transported from the Red Sea and how food and beer and drink were supplied to the gangs of sailors. Paper and the messages on them that survived for 4,500 years.

Around here I ask people, “Are these arrowheads real?”

They usually answer something like, “Those over there made into jewlry are not real. But these in this case are genuine finds.” 

Then I ask, “Isn’t it odd how they always find arrowheads but never find arrow shafts or the sinew or glue?” 

And they always answer reliably, “Those parts are organic. They deteriorated. Duh.” 

All those arrowheads and no shafts. And yet paper can last 10X longer. And the marks made on it in ink can actually be read.

I don’t even know how they do it sometimes. They have a knack that I don’t have. Here’s how to write Kufu, the king who built the biggest pyramid. If you look it up in browser images, they all show the same thing. You can sound it out.

Those are two little chicks that mean W or U, the same chick that’s in the cartouche for Tut.  With a short snake in the middle that means F.  And a circle with marks inside it at the end that means the sound "kh,"  actually the beginning because this time it’s written backwards, the chicks and the snake facing right. So you can sound it out, 

KH - U - F - U. 

But then in the discovered papyrus his name is written differently with extra animals inside his cartouche.

Half the articles open with this remnant papyrus. Even though much better papyrus samples were found. I think because it has the name Khufu.

Man, these experts sure know a lot. They impress the heck out of me. Until tonight I wouldn’t be able to see Kufu in that. But they are familiar with the variations. They already know sometimes the U is shared. A shortcut devised four and half thousand years ago. Probably because scribes got tired of drawing the same little bird over and over and everyone who could read back then already knew who it referred to and there weren’t 200 more pharaohs with five names each in lists to confuse them. You see the chick and the snake, boom, you got Kufu. You don’t need two chicks. Sometimes he has the god Khunum referenced in his name, and sometimes he has the double crown. Other times he doesn’t. They’re flexible. 

You wouldn’t believe the stupid arguments this discovery provoked. The psudo scientists who believe extraterrestrials built the Egyptian civilization immediately gathered to form their response. Then dared publish it. 

Arab scientists argued the ink on the papyrus is only a few centuries old. 

None of them work within the language to eek out little hints and form hypothesese from what they can learn and limit their reconstructions to what they know and what can be verified.

The papyrus they found are logs and the logs are repetitious and boring. 

Merer, the man who kept the logs details the construction operations for the Great Pyramid over several months. The pyramid project was nearing completion. They were moving the limestone casing along the Nile and they were transporting commodities to and from harbors built on the Red Sea.

They're actually reading papers written by a guy involved in supervising work groups building the great pyramid. Fascinating.

Apparently they're the oldest papyrus ever found, and the oldest harbor ever discovered. 

The harbor was previously discovered but operation was halted. Excavation was picked up again but an incident at the Suez Canal caused French to become unwelcome in Egypt so it was closed again. The third excavation revealed tremendous discoveries and insights into how the harbor worked, how labor was organized, when work was possible, how boats and barges  and equipment were disassembled and hidden and stored in numerous caves well away from the shore and all carved out similarly in the same shape and dimensions and closed up as tombs and concealed with mud and sand until the next flooding season allowed transportation by water. They learned how valuable the sailors were to the king by the amount of beef in their provisions and comparing that with provisions provided other workers. They have comparisons of what the sailors were expected to be paid in commodities and how much they were actually paid. The sailors were cheated repeatedly. 

Most significantly, the logs reveal there was a canal created that connected the Red Sea with the Nile. They reveal manmade lakes were created to flood and drain like the Panama Canal, to move boats from the sea to the river across the desert. The logs reveal tremendous engineering projects previously unknown or even imagined. That the degree of naval mastery was much greater and further advanced than previously understood. They show the time that it takes to load the boats with quarried stone and move them from quarries through river and across lakes and to the pyramid project and the routes that the navigators used. The logs reveal a specialized terminology that shows the sailors were intimately knowledgeable about every aspect of their navigation, every curve, and current, and landmark and trick and hazard of their waterways. 

The modern archaeologist project leader, Pierre Tallet, finished his book describing the new discoveries. An extract of the book in English and in Arabic is available here.

Here is a sample of the repetitive nature of Merer’s logs.

Phyle is a word that comes from Greek meaning a clan, a social division. Here the word refers to a work group of sailors. I  think he’s referring to a group of 40 people on a boat. Other pages online say that Merer oversaw 200 people. I think phyle is a smaller work group for one boat, but possibly a small fleet. I don’t know. 

[Day 25]: [Inspector Merer spends the day with his phyle [h]au[ling]? st[ones in Tura South]; spends the night at Tura South 

[Day 26]: Inspector Merer casts out  with his phyle from Tura [South], loaded with stone, for Akhet-Khufu; spends the night at She-Khufu.

Day 27: sets sail from She-Khufu, sails towards Akhet-Khufu, loaded with stone, spends the night at Akhet-Khufu. 

Day 28: casts out  from Akhet-Khufu in the morning; sails upriver <towards> Tura South. 

Day 29: Inspector Merer spends the day with his phyle hauling stones in Tura South; spends the night at Tura South. 

Day 30: Inspector Merer spends the day with his phyle hauling stones in Tura South; spends the night at Tura South.

Archaeologists haven’t yet pinpointed the locations of Tura South and Tura North. These are harbors near the white limestone quarries. They’re doing a lot of work determining which quarries were used. There were quite a lot of them, up to fifty. This work is stifled because some locations are presently under military control. They’re used to store modern military equipment so the archaeologists cannot get into them to look. There are variations in the limestone that can help pinpoint where the blocks were quarried and that can help pinpoint the locations of the sites mentioned in these papyri. 

Akhet-Khufu means the horizon of Khufu and it refers to the construction site of the great pyramid. 

Ground studies show there once were lakes nearby in the past. And connecting channels. She-Khufu is one of these lakes.  

There is a lot more great information at the link. And this discovery opens the way for future discoveries. Now it is known that where there is an ancient harbor there will also be caves within a few miles. The harbors were not stable. There were marauding tribes and various power factions attacking the sites. The Egyptians did not work throughout the year. It was not possible until the Nile was flooded and the other waterways can tap the flow for their canals. Entire lakes were flooded and drained to move boats and barges. 

A surprising number of stone anchors were found. Some 70 or so inside a building and more underwater inside the stone harbor and breakwater. Some of the anchors had rope tied through the hole. Some stones were marked with a gang sign that matched with a boat. The documents have these same signs. And some cave walls, and boat parts, blocks used to seal the caves, all have these same gang signs and all that describes how the labor was organized. 

This French archaeologist is an interesting fellow. In another interview he explains that he prefers digging around at the edges of things. That’s where the discoveries are made. He does not care to study royal tombs or the ancient towns and temples. He’d rather be away from known sites and from other archaeologist and apart from the politics that inevitably develops when professionals vie for position and for prestige. He’d rather nibble at the edges. That’s where the fun is. That’s where he gets most satisfaction.

If you have an hour and twenty minutes, and if this interests you, and if you find French accent amusing,  then you’ll like listening to Pierre Tallet describe what he found. He's charming. He’s made a profoundly significant mark in his area and he’s brought Egyptologists a very long way in comprehension of how the pyramids were constructed and how they conducted trade, and with much greater detail. And after all that he’s surprisingly humble. 

Skip to 3:50, the host is superfluous. 

I wonder. Pierre Tallet probably speaks and writes ancient Egyptian better than he speaks English. He knows the permutations of Kufu’s cartouches while there are English phonemes that his mouth cannot make and while his French language phonemes match more closely to Egyptian sounds than to English. What is so impossible about enunciating a voiced dental fricative “TH” phoneme?  You just stick the tip of your tongue between your teeth and blow and vocalize. Certain words crack me up, “tur-qua” for turquoise just kills me. 

Back in the world

Our resident engineer, AllenS, sent me some more pictures, these are of his wood elevator.

This is the modified hay elevator - ribbed steel side rails were added to keep the split firewood travelling safely up the conveyor.

Here the elevator is in place, attached to the side of the corn crib. It is driven by an electric motor and lifts the firewood up and into the crib, which now holds wood rather than corn.

This picture shows the trailer load of firewood backed up to the elevator which allows the operator to move wood from the trailer to the storage bin with a minimum of effort. 

All in all, it is a well designed system. Farmall, corn crib, trailer, elevator - all working to the benefit of the gentleman farmer who will remain warm this winter thanks to some ingenuity, a lot of hard work, and the presence of oak wilt. 

And, cropped for clarity, a classic Chevrolet pickup earns its keep up on the farm, too.

Excellent work, AllenS - I imagine you are using wood heat as you read this - it's cold even down here in Dixie.

Sojourning Trump writes to us

I like it. It sure beats daily videos spoon-fed to national Party media like Gerber's baby food smeared all over their infant faces slobbered and dripped onto their bibs, all of them herded and eager to run the same videos day in and day out, over and over throughout the day, day after day, week after week, month after month, all year, year in year out, year after year, running through their professional-strength kneepads ordered in bulk from Home Depot, like overworked blown out threadbare ballet slippers. Twitter, running silently in the background and available on call, is improvement over that obscene group fellating.

The good thing is, there is video for every single item if you care to see them but they're not pushed in our faces. Reason right there to always hire a Republican. Media will avoid them until they think they have something bad.

Elect, hire, same thing. He's hired to represent us, not be our prom king.

* On behalf of an entire nation, Happy 242nd Birthday to the men and women of the United States Marines!

* The United States has been reminded time and again in recent years that economic security is not merely RELATED to national security - economic security IS national security. It is vital to our national strength.

* The United States is prepared to work with each of the leaders in this room today to achieve mutually beneficial commerce that is in the interests of both your countries and mine. That is the message I am here to deliver today.

* We will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner AND that will abide by the principles of FAIR and RECIPROCAL trade.

* Today I am here to offer a renewed partnership with America -- to work together to strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce between all of the nations of the Indo-Pacific, and together, to promote our prosperity and security.

* In more and more places throughout this region, citizens of SOVEREIGN and INDEPENDENT nations have taken greater control of their destinies, and unlocked the potential of their people.

* Throughout my travels, I've had the pleasure of sharing the good news from America. I've had the honor of sharing our vision for a free & open Indo-Pacific -- a place where sovereign & independent nations, w/diverse cultures & many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side.

* Just landed in Da Nang, Vietnam to deliver a speech at #APEC2017

* I am leaving China for #APEC2017 in Vietnam. @FLOTUS Melania is staying behind to see the zoo, and of course, the Great WALL of China before going to Alaska to greet our AMAZING troops.

* My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea. He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people. It was great being with him and Madame Peng Liyuan!

* I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100's of billions. How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would've done same!

* In the coming months and years ahead I look forward to building an even STRONGER relationship between the United States and China. 🇺🇸🇨🇳

President Xi, thank you for such an incredible welcome ceremony. It was a truly memorable and impressive display! 📸

* Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory!

* Looking forward to a full day of meetings with President Xi and our delegations tomorrow. THANK YOU for the beautiful welcome China! @FLOTUS Melania and I will never forget it!

* NoKo has interpreted America's past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. Do not underestimate us. AND DO NOT TRY US.

* On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon and evening at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan. We are looking forward to rejoining you tomorrow morning!

* Leaving South Korea now heading to China. Looking very much forward to meeting and being with President Xi!

* Together, we dream of a Korea that is free, a peninsula that is safe, and families that are reunited once again!

* Anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the U.S. should look to our past....and you will doubt it no longer.

* The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear & ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement, & commmitment it has made to the U.S. and its allies. It's broken all of those commitments...

* The U.S., under my administration, is completely rebuilding its military, and they're spending hundreds of billions of dollars to the newest and finest military equipment anywhere in the world, being built right now. I want peace through strength!

And then ...

Marie Stroughter @ Legal Insurrection
...Though I have — on more than one occasion — wished that his phone with Twitter app would mysteriously disappear...
*screech, brakes sound, stops reading*

You shut up!

WKRLEM. Judge Roy Moore

Oh wait!

Never mind.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The man who planted trees

From 1955 until 1965 I lived on Ridge Road.

Grant Wood knew that life could be difficult on that road.

This is a picture taken a few years ago of our old house. I haven't been there in over 25 years, a friend took this picture when he was in the old 'hood. The conifers in the front yard were our live Christmas trees which we planted after the Christmas season was over. I remember planting three of them - a Scots Pine, which we called a Scotch Pine, a spruce of some sort, and a fir. I would use a mattock to chip a hole in the frozen earth and tip the root ball into the hole, pile the loose dirt onto the burlap that was wrapped around the roots, pour on a bit of water from inside the house and hope for the best.

In the intervening years all of them have grown. It is kind of impressive - there were no trees at all in that neighborhood, being on a ridge and all, when we moved there, now, 52 years after we left it is covered with 'em.

This afternoon I took a picture of my dog out by a walnut tree I planted when I moved to my current abode 6 years ago:

I was recently reading about the fable "L'homme qui plantait des arbres", again, then I stumbled across the picture of the grown trees I posted above, and being in a reflective mood I considered all the trees I have planted wherever I have lived. I transplanted a white oak from my old house to the one I am in now and some Mexican sunflowers hitchhiked in the root ball, and this is how they looked last month:

The Metasequoia glyptostroboides I planted at my old place around the year 2000 or so are now close to 90 feet tall. The first time I ever saw a Dawn Redwood was in the Arboretum at UC Berkeley. I had driven up there to see the works made by Ishi, a Yahi Indian from northern California. The thing that struck me about the display of his works was how nice his workmanship was, but also how few items he had left behind. I compared and contrasted that with an artist whose work I always liked, Alexander Calder. Calder, it has been said, made, on average, one piece of art a day for 50 years. Others suggest that he only made 15,000 pieces. Whichever number is correct, the man kept busy and was no slacker. My goal is to kind of split the difference.

As I say, I am in a place where I am looking back and looking forward. A couple of months early, certainly, but I have my reasons. Will I be remembered for the things I made? For the trees I planted? For my shitty attitude? For my generosity? One thing is certain, I won't know how I am remembered. Others will do that for me.

Later on this winter I will transplant a Liriodendron tulipifera that has sprouted up next to my heat pump. There is also another white oak that needs to be moved, if I had a mind to, I could probably reforest my entire front yard. Ah, wouldn't that be nice - less mowing for me. In fact, that is a seed of a good idea - there are a couple of magnolias that have volunteered underneath my spruce - hmm...

I would like to apologize for the disjointed nature of this post - it's been a tough week, but here we are, and Saturday will be here ere long.

 The correct musical link would be Ottorino Respighi's Pini di Roma, but that is a long work, so here is Casta diva from Bellini's Norma. Renee Fleming is amazing.


Unbeknownst to most Americans, there is an ongoing trademark battle between Big Spirits (Bacardi vs. Pernod and the Cuban government).  Long ago, there was a brand of cuban rum called Havana Club. After the revolution, the distillery and brand were appropriated by the Cuban government. Bacardi also left Havana and set up business in Puerto Rico with corporate headquarters in Bermuda. The Cubans (with financial help from the Europeans, i.e., Pernod) built the international brand of Havana Club which was available everywhere but the US. I have a bottle, procured on my honeymoon in the Caymans, which I smuggled back to the US.

More recently, Barcardi started marketing their own version of Havana Club rum in the US. They claim to have gotten the rights and original formula from the family of the long-dead owner. They are currently engaged in high-stakes litigation over who has the legal right to sell rum in the US under that brand name. Curently, Bacardi does and wants to continue to do so. Bacardi is prohibited from marketing their Havana Club in the rest of the world.

As an aside, I should point out that rum used to be the most popular spirit in the US. Recall that Rhett Butler was rum runner, not a whiskey runner. Whiskey -- and related bourbon -- dominate the US spirits market, but only became more popular during and after prohibition. In George Washington's day, applejack was the most popular hard liquor. Whiskey is presently losing ground to tequila as the number one spirit in the US, just as Bud/Coors/Miller is losing market share in beer to Pacifico/Modelo/Corona.


The song, recorded in 1970, is an early version of a favorite Stones song, "Tumblin' Dice." The song features the guitar work of Mick Taylor -- Brian Jones' replacement. Taylor was the first Stone to quit the band. The other one was Bill Wyman who retired. Taylor was a Stone during what's considered their best period: Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile On Moan Street. Coincidence or forgotten Brit?

Canada blows off TPP

Left them all at the altar of their polygamous wedding. as it were.

Representatives from all the TPP countries were assembled to sign the agreement without the United States. Then suddenly at the very last minute Canada pulled out. They did not show up for the signing. This angered the remaining signing countries.

Here's the thing. We know so little about this trade agreement. In an interview on Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman looking to make Trump seem bad, Julian Assange explained that TPP treaty has twenty-nine different chapters. Four of them have been released.  All the information we have comes from those four chapters and from congressmen who went into a room and read it, without taking notes. The treaty is not formally classified as secret but they're treating it as such. If the congressmen take notes then those notes must be turned over to government for safekeeping. So congressmen don't take any notes. It is very well guarded from the press and from the people and even from congressmen. But 600 U.S. companies are part of the process and they have been given access to various parts of the TPP.

It is the largest economic treaty ever negotiated, much larger than NAFTA. And it's mostly not about trade.

Only five of the twenty-nine chapters are about trade. The others chapters are about regulating labor and what conditions can be applied, they're about regulating and what can be done to favor local industry, even regulating hospital and healthcare systems, and the privatization of hospitals. They're about regulating the internet and internet services, and about the information collected. They're about every aspect of economies including banking services.

Here's the other thing. The United States represented 26.5% of the global economy impacted by TPP while the other eleven nations represented, on average, 1.23% of global economy impacted.

From this we see the TPP is global government masquerading as free trade agreement.

Real free trade means you can sell your stuff here and we can sell our stuff there. Implicit in free trade is free movement of labor.

I have yet to encounter any foreigner on the internet or in life, who is interested in these things who doesn't imagine they can use American power and American wealth better than we can. I've yet to met any who didn't desire to control it. I've even heard them express the logic behind allowing them to vote in our elections because our elections are so important and because our elections impact them. But positing that logic without its corollary of allowing us to vote in their elections.

Viewed through the lens of available chapters, we see that TPP as a way of ceding control of American economy, a way of expanding the senate chamber representatives from foreign countries, a way of creating a global government in fits and starts by giving away American birthright of controlling our own government. American politicians do not like American voters and they'd rather represent the world than represent us. That's what TPP was designed to do, judging by the four chapters available.

Thank you, Trump, for not allowing that to happen. Had Hillary been elected we'd already be on the way to global government.

Canada waited until the signing ceremony, a mere formality after all the work was finalized, to issue a whole round of new demands that could not be met. And now people are guessing what caused this abrupt change of heart.

* Canada has faced major litigation over its trade policies mostly the result of its partnership in NAFTA.  Canada has been sued thirty-nine times by foreign companies claiming Canadian policies violated their rights under NAFTA.

* If NAFTA dissolves then Canada's assumptions about TPP change.

* Because Trump pulled out that changes all the other relationships that countries have with Canada.

* Asian countries use Mexico and Canada for their NAFTA trade setup. So what benefit Canada derives from TPP without NAFTA need to be reassessed.

* Uranium One mess things up. Russia couldn't have done that without Canadian cooperation.

* Saudi Arabian accounts go to Canada.

* Globalist and Uniparty revelations have made Trudeau uncomfortable.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rice deal in lead

WKRLEM Rice Bowl?


It's his rice bowl!

 [video deleted due to technical difficulties] See below for original link.

Lot's of rice bowls in D.C.

Trump related events overnight in China

This post is derived from another post made to Stella's place, here.

She puts up three videos.

1) President Trump Meets with Premier Li Keqiang of the People's Republic of China. Two minute video. Trump delivers a speech, mostly platitudes and ideas about what he intends to discuss and with whom and why.

2) President Trump Participates in an Expanded Bilateral Meeting with President Xi Jinping. Three minute video. Trump reviews the trip events so far. More platitudes, more statements repeating Trump's positions expressed during his campaign for office. He describes the nature of his relationship with principals. He thanks the Chinese for a warm welcome and their willingness to engage to solve world problems.

3) President Trump Participates in a Business Event with President Xi Sixteen minute video. This is the most interesting. Trump gets straight to the point with his concerns and what he feels we must do to respond. He restates precisely the same points expressed repeatedly throughout his campaign. He lays out his view of global economics.

The last video's key frame caught my attention and the interest that is outside the real area of concern. What interests me is not important but I find it interesting anyway.  What those marks mean. How they write their language. The basic marks, the kanji, mean the same and similar things in Japanese.

Japan has the same mark for their country, "sun book country" Where China is written "middle country"  Sun is a rectangle, and middle is that same rectangle with a line down the middle. So sun and middle are alike graphically.

Beijing is "northern capital" And those signs are the same in Japan too. In Japan the sign for capital with another sign refers to Kyoto and Tokyo, where north is the same.

And their English analogues are obviously reversed. You see that immediately by "middle." It makes sense to reverse them, but If you were sitting there and for the first time trying to learn from this by matching, or if you were presupposing, that would throw you right off. For some odd reason I think that's funny. Because I have tried to match and I was thrown off.

The Return of the Rifleman

You all know that "The Rifleman" is one of my favorite old TV Westerns. Now I like it because Lucas McCain is always coming to town and shooting minorities and Indians and bad guys. He kills at least three or four of them every episode and nobody demands gun control. Not even the schoolmarm. How America has changed.

The plots of this half hour show are almost always the same. Something bad is happening. Maybe it is bank robbers. Or a gunfighter looking for trouble. Or rampaging Indians or Mexican criminals. The law in the form of Sheriff Micah can't handle it. So Lucas McCain takes his gun off the wall and goes to town and shoots the miscreants. No plea bargains. No protests. No Bank Robbers Lives Matters. No coddling criminals and fighting for sentence reductions. Just a couple of slugs to the gut so the scum bags could bleed out in the street.

You see the law can't handle it anymore. The Ferguson effect has blunted law enforcement and ended any realistic ability for the police to end mass shooting. Look at what happened in Vegas. Look at how long it took the cops to respond. How many TV shows have you seen where the hero cop ignores the brass and bursts in to shoot the bad guys. Well that doesn't happen anymore in real life. Now they wait for the negotiator. They wait for approval of the lawyers and the politician. Meanwhile the shooter is inside the school killing more people.

Stephen Willeford is the Rifleman. He took his AR-15 off of the wall and went out after the bad guy without a thought. He didn't even put on his shoes. He shot him and chased him off before he could shoot more babies in the head. I don't know if I could have done that. I doubt I would have been as effective as an NRA rifle instructor. It is is good to know that there are people like him still around. I bet there are a lot of good guys with guns who are going to follow his example. In the tradition of Lucas McCain.

The Rifleman lives.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Xi Jinping hosts welcome ceremony for Donald Trump

Everybody say, "Yay!" For freedom of the press.

In America, to make themselves completely irrelevant. American broadcasters didn't air this important event. Silly media. Your tricks are for kids. They're still trying to delegitimatize president Trump even as world leaders acknowledge him and seek his acknowledgment. And Yay! in China for broadcasting live for the first time a Chinese president welcoming a United States president. This really is historic.

American Press, you are not needed.

Enough about corrupted American media. They broadcast their own irrelevance.

See, apart from the rhetoric by Trump throughout his campaign, he really did impress Xi Jinping with his welcome extended to Xi Jinping in Florida. He knows how to connect. And now Xi Jinping pulled out the stops to return the consideration. And it shows.

My favorite part of the whole thing is the kids hopping up and down waving flags. Nice touch. Very nice. So sweet. I never saw that before. And even though they might not grasp its importance, this really is about them. What a splendid reminder. What grace. What fun!

There are more videos of this available on YouTube. Some more stoic than this, more quiet without narration. More staid. Others by Chinese broadcasters with different narration.

Honestly, I don't care about the meet-and greet lines, or the marching and music. It's nice, but I don't care. But the kids, American and Chinese, they really get me. Whoever thought of that is brilliant.

Hidden Dragons....Crouching Tiger Blood....Hollywood needs to be burned down to the ground.

BOMBSHELL: A-List Hollywood star accused of raping Corey Haim at 13 on movie set

The website Twitchy reports that Charley Sheen has been revealed to have molested 13 year Corey Haim on the set of "Lucas."

This allegation is supported by the testimony of Haim's friends who said he told them of the molestation at the time. The story was broken by the National Enquirer which is just about the only honest news source around these days. As reported:

“Corey was so confused by the sexual encounter he believed, like so many victims, he was ‘in love’ with his abuser,” a fourth shocked source told The ENQUIRER. The reality was, however, Sheen bullied the child actor into a vulnerable position for sex, the insider said."

Charley Sheen is an Aids infected douche bag celebrity who has made millions while being a pervert and scumbag. While his douchebag father Martin Sheen lectures us about proper behavior. Hollywood needs to be burned to the ground and salt plowed into the ashes.

Mimi is Weinsteined.....or Spaceyied......or Charlie Sheened....or something!

Ex-bodyguard accuses Mariah Carey of sexual harassment

  New York Post

Mariah Carey is being accused of sexual harassment in a suit about to be filed by a former bodyguard.

The diva ​alternately called her former bodyguard a “Nazi” and then beckoned him to her hotel room, where she was dressed in sheer lingerie, according to a draft lawsuit obtained by TMZ. Michael Anello worked for the pop diva’s former security company and is threatening to sue her over the alleged incidents. Carey also called Anello and his colleagues skinheads, KKK members and white supremacists, TMZ reported. She “wanted to be surrounded with black guys, not white people,” Anello claims in the draft suit.

He plans to sue over a $220,000 unpaid invoice for security his company provided to Carey from June 2015 through May 2017. Anello is after another $511,000 for two remaining years on a security contract, TMZ reported.


This post was provoked by some very insensitive statements.
The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they'd still be alive, you worthless sack of shit.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 5, 2017 
They were in church. They had the prayers shot right out of them. Maybe try something else.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 5, 2017 
To anyone saying “thoughts and prayers” to the victims...they were in CHURCH.
They don’t need more prayers.
They need gun control.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 5, 2017 
Why not just ban guns and when people are upset about it, just send them thoughts and prayers?
— Erica Buist (@ericabuist) November 5, 2017 
Enough with the “thoughts and prayers already.” The Bible teaches us that faith without works is dead. Do something or say nothing.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 5, 2017 
Good news is that we've found two trucks of thoughts and prayers leftover from Vegas!
— Pesach Lattin (@pacelattin) November 5, 2017 
They were literally praying when they were killed. Thoughts and Prayers do nothing, its time for better gun laws
— Pentecostal Atheist (@brandon2479) November 5, 2017 
After decades of data, I think we can all conclude the ‘thoughts and prayers” method of gun-violence prevention is 0% effective.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) November 5, 2017 
Do people get the irony of sending #ThoughtsAndPrayers to people who were already praying? Apparently not. Religion isn't the answer here.
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) November 5, 2017 
After NYC Attack: Muslim ban now! Build the wall! Extreme vetting!shot
After Sutherland Springs Texas attack: Thoughts and prayers
— Ali A Olomi (@aaolomi) November 5, 2017
Point taken, Dips.

At Regis College we were not indoctrinated in Christian orthodoxy as expected, although we did have two semesters of religion and two semesters of philosophy that included a good number of religious thinkers. The philosophers were boring, frankly. What a dreadful lot. All of them spent the first half of their discourses defining their terms, a habit they picked up from discussing philosophical matters with other philosophers. As you know when you have any such discussion you end up arguing about what you mean when you use words and more precisely what you don’t mean because your interlocutor will constantly twist the meaning of your own words into something that you are very clear about not intending. It’s what they do. It’s how they discourse, how they challenge each other, so each philosopher builds their own fortress of vocabulary. So they’re boring by telling us what they mean by their words, apparently they must tell us everything they don’t mean before getting to what they mean. Then when they finally get to it you go, “All that for just that?” We had Søren Kierkegaard agonizing about sin and forgiveness and Thomas Aquinas proving humans have a soul that’s eternal and always Marx explaining the world of people to us. And the like.

Among all of those true mind-wracking bores was a book by a non believer about Jesus that is the sweetest little book on Christianity that I ever read. An author examined with an open mind the possibility of Jesus actually living. I cannot recall the title. It was like candy. I do recall it ending, “I don’t know if Jesus was actually the son of God, but if God ever did come to live on Earth then he’d be like Jesus.” 

None of that was helpful. None useful. None of us business majors wanted to take those classes. They were required courses to be got through. We resented them. 

But they did plant the seeds of interest. And that’s all that they did. All that work and study for seeds. After those courses when items on religion came across my reading they were not automatically skipped. I stopped ignoring things having to do with religious thinking. I actually read them, actually gave them a chance, and better, comprehended and cared a little about what they were saying. 

Since then, all that I’ve seen, nothing comes close to Urantia. As Dune is to science fiction in creating an imagined universe completely from top to bottom, Urantia is to the Christian universe and thought. I’ve yet to read anything like it. And nothing will ever match it. Frankly, it’s bizarre. On first reading I accepted it as the wildest science fiction ever written and that went very far in comprehending Christianity. I’m being honest here, it’s the only book that I’ve read ten times. Possibly eleven. I began to lose count at nine readings and I read a couple more times after that. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I still haven't burned out. And nothing else was as good. Nothing. And each reading gives up new insight. I would end the book and start right over again at the beginning. After the third reading I lent the book to another strong reader who somehow imagined I was trading books and in return gave me Steven King’s The Talisman

What a ripoff!


I get angry all over again just thinking about that. What a stupid book The Talisman is. Totally unfair trade. I lent him such a splendid book which he kept and he gave me bubblegum. 

So I bought another copy of Urantia and realized it really is a major pain in the butt to read for its heft. So I ripped it apart into major sections so each piece is like a thick wordy magazine. And that turned out to be quite handy. Each section is roughly equal to 200 pages, 196 separate papers. 2100 pages. Best bound book I ever owned. A real shame to rip it up, and it was difficult to tear apart on account of it being so well bound. But that’s how the book got read. I took my unbound sections with me everywhere and read them constantly. This went on for a few years.

And I thought I was a weirdo for doing that and then I read Urantia group is looking for translators and they prefer their translators read the book at least nine times. 


And that comforted me. I’m not such a weirdo after all. People actually do read it that many times. It’s not just me taken by its excellence.

It is a very strange book that purports to be revelation. Strange because presumed spiritual entities are dictating the book to a fallen down crackpot in need of psychological help and under hypnosis. His psychiatrist hypnotized him and he began spewing the contents in sequence from beginning to end. His doctor was so taken by the tremendous content coming out this guy, a drunk I think, that he transcribed the sessions and read them to a group of his colleagues. They were equally impressed and their group grew as they went and they formed the first study group. 

After the doctor read the latest segment, the new papers were locked in a safe with the previous papers.

At one point the doctor was reading along and the phrasing caused the study group to laugh at the passage. But humor was not intended by the entity dictating the passage. The next session that passage was reviewed but the expected humor was missing. Somehow the passage was changed. The thing that made them laugh was altered. The humor response was not welcome so it changed while no human was able to touch the manuscript. It just changed. 

Spooky, eh?

The book is the most difficult to read at the beginning because those are higher level spiritual entities doing the dictating. They are much more remote from physical beings. There isn't even language to convey their concepts. The discussion begins with the nature of God. The language and the conceptual framework are very high level. As the book progresses entities at lower universe levels describe their stations. First super-universe levels, then universe level, then local universe level, then moronta (in between spirit and material) level entities describe their activities, their places of their activities, their modes of living, their functions, where and how they fit into the scheme of existence, and how they relate to us. It’s utterly awesome. Lower and lower we read until we’re at planet-level in the material worlds and discussion is about Earth until finally the last 800 pages are about the life and time of Jesus written in a voice closest to our own. And honestly, this is the most beautiful thing that I’ve ever read. There is nothing so touching as this in print. Nothing. It is inspiring. It is the gravy to the whole book. It's so beautiful it makes you cry. And we readers wonder, why don’t they put this section in the front? As hook to the rest of the book. It would make sense to do that. 

But the entities doing the instructions said, no. This is how they want the material presented. It’s important to them that all that other universe organization material come first so that when it comes to the life of Jesus the reader fully appreciates who he is, how he fits into the scheme. They want full appreciation so that he is best understood. They want us to understand how incredible it is that he came to this world for his life in the material realm as one of our order of beings in the material universe. They want us to understand we were chosen, our planet, for how backward we are, how retarded our spiritual progress, that we are simply the worst but because of that we're local universe lottery winners because the creator chose the worst for his embodiment and because of what happened to us to make us so pathetic, and how awesome it is that those are the reasons our creator came here instead of some other planet where spiritual progress went smoothly uninterrupted by various universe failures outside our control. 

We’re blown away with the exquisite organization of the book. But the book is not perfect. 

There are portions that do not match our scientific comprehension of the physical universe. A lot has been discovered since 1934 when this book was written. And here those philosophical terms mentioned earlier and scientific terms used back then when the book was written create a bit of trouble in reading the book today. When Urantia says “universe” and when Urantia describes the organization of matter, we’re forced to contrast those statements with our present day scientific knowledge of the universe we know and astounding number of galaxies and matter aggregation and how they are formed. 

Urantia introduces ideas not accepted by modern science, like suns with heat but not light, and suns with light but not heat and worlds with no reflective light so large that they block out view beyond them.

Discussing the history of Earth, Urantia devotes a good deal of discussion to the “age of frogs”  that our scientific discoveries do not support.

The book describes series of several ice ages and the various races of humans in terms that are unacceptable to scientists today, their individual traits, and their migration patterns.

It describes evolution in a manner that scientists will reject as fantasy.

But all that makes the book no less entertaining.

Urantia online makes the book very easy to search.

Let’s see what Urantia says about prayer.  

Urantia search [prayer]

There are 215 mentions. And they’re ALL very good. 

The philosophers offered at Regis have nothing like this. Not to disparage them, they just don’t.

This is going to be long. I must whittle it down considerably. These are copy/pasted incomplete portions that strike me as some of the best bits. These statements on prayer will be lifted from their context. So they will not hold up as well separated from their place in discussion.

Like these nincompoops cited at the beginning hellbent on driving their sanctimony, I too have a problem with people announcing,"You're in our thoughts and prayers." That phrase bugs me. Because it's trite. When it's shot out automatically and as if that fixes anything or marks the speaker as empathetic. Just shut  up and pray already. If you were actually praying then you wouldn't be saying you're praying. Your prayers would say that you're praying. They would speak for themselves. Or not. Why announce it?  And why use that particularly trite phrase?

Come on. Let's plumb the depths.


Sometimes when it is overcast and misty one might feel down in the dumps. Not me - I was literally down in the dump - what a great place!

I hauled over some steel, iron and aluminum I had been collecting. It is a great adventure - you and your truck are weighed on a scale, you drive over by "That Shivalay pickup", drop off some of the load, go back over the scale "Customers must stay in vehicle!" then over to the aluminum place. More backin' an' forthin', I get my final receipt and off to the pay shack, and while walking in I see the corporate mission statement is printed at the bottom - including the words "Asperational Value:...". Being me I mentioned to the nice woman working inside that there is a typo on their receipt. She was as sweet as she could be and set right to fixin' it. 

This evening's musical selection relates to a previous comment. Ombra mai fu.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Kevin Spacey was not the first. Just sayn'

Top 10 Urban Uses For AllenS's Contraption

[continued-in-part from here]

The inventor's stated utility is for dead lifting and transporting log rounds to feed to a log splitter located some distance away. Who the hell else has those needs beside perhaps Sixty Grit?

Here are the top 10 urban and possibly suburban uses for The ContraptionTM
  • Keg lifter.  Tired of herniated discs from dead lifting those 15.5 gallon beer kegs?  Next time use The ContraptionTM
  • Manhole Cover Lifter. Whether you're homeless or just curious about what's under those cast iron manhole covers, make the job effortless with The ContraptionTM
  • Sex Attractant. Looking to impress someone to get a date or get at their "manhole" -- next time use The ContraptionTM to look extra manly. 
  • Urban Statue Debris Hoist. Brought down any offensive Confederate statuary lately? The ContraptionTM makes clean up a breeze. Or, if it's your job to clean up after those thugs, get The ContraptionTM
  • ATM hoist . Thought about "banking" at home at your own convenience? Get The ContraptionTM to bring home some bacon.
  • Luggage lifter. Does your wife pack way too much luggage for those weekend forays to Canada or Florida? Do you feel helpless at curbside getting those bags into the Uber or Lyft trunk? Get The ContraptionTM
  •  Carjacker. Have you ever wished you had something that could get you quicker access beneath your vehicle on a crowded urban street? The ContraptionTM llets you raise and lower any vehicle with ease. Extra bright 12V lighting system optional. 
  •  Road Blocker. Need help with traffic control at your next spontaneous street event? The ContraptionTM can help you set obstacles and erect barriers at your next event. 
  •  Sex device. Ask spinelli about that. He suggested it. 


This is a book by Michel Roux titled Eggs. You should buy it through Amazon portal on Lem's.  Available used from $3.75 + $4.00 shipping and previously owned but still new from $21.00 free shipping. Get the new one that way you won't have someone else's bugger fingers smearing all over your pages.

At nineteen I realized I must comprehend eggs and then I'll be near expert on cooking generally. That was my conceit, and it did go a long way in my progression. Because eggs are used for everything. I learned to fry them and scramble them very young. My family poached eggs in a specialized pan that held triangular molds so poached eggs were shaped as triangles. And that right there is proof we had no idea what we were doing. Eggs are used in baking, brownies, cakes, pancake batters. They make soufflés and crepes. They make meringue and pudding, custards and ice cream, mousses and sauces like mayonnaise. They make pastries and glazes. They make ravioli and Easter eggs. Eggs behave as glue. As fluff. As fillings. As coatings and as wrappers. Egg are everywhere and they do everything. I've picked up the habit of putting eggs where they don't belong, on top of soups, over oatmeal, and grits. I've begun to use eggs to fortify things that are weak, like salads and fried rice, soup, and pasta for carbonara. I used whipped egg whites for Italian pistachio torrone candy.

The book is only 300 pages so you can read it in one night.

It helped me become a more elegant eloquent cook.

For example, I learned with poached eggs the vinegar suspended in hot water causes the whites to tighten, it prevents the whites from spreading throughout the water. But there is still a lot of extra white hanging onto the yolk. The whole point of a poached egg is the yolk. The cook lifts out the egg with a spoon so it sits in there like a nest and uses the edge of the spoon against the inside of the pot to trim the white around the spoon. The spoon becomes its own knife trimming off extra white. The extra white drops into the water. The yolk with a nice little crewcut of white is lifted onto the plate, or the toasted bagel or into cold water to hold. The cook can prepare dozens of poached eggs in advance this way and reheat them by lifting out of cold water into hot water again to warm them back up. You can amaze the heck out of your friends and acquaintances, stun them actually, by pulling off a brunch of Eggs Benedict for twenty people apparently effortlessly. They'll be all, what? What? How did this dummkopf even do that?

If you enlist a guest who asks you to allow them to help, they'll be dumbfound with your technique, impressed with your teaching éclat and awestruck with your serene equanimity in a situation that would have them pulling their hair out from stress. It happens.

What will you learn from this book? I do not know. You'll certainly have review of all of the basics.

Here is the table of contents.

Boiled eggs
Poached eggs
Fried eggs
Scrambled eggs
Baked eggs
Crêpes and batters.
Egg rich pastries and Pasta
custards creams and mousses
ice creams
meringues and sponges
Sauces and dressings

You will get ideas that you never thought of and are not covered in other cookbooks or YouTube videos.  But how far can it go? Come on. You put them in water and boil to soft stage or hard stage and that's it. What more can a book on eggs say? Here's what you'll see under boiled eggs.
Simplicity is the essence of this chapter, for the egg is not only cooked in its shell, but often served in it too. It is essential to use very fresh eggs especially if they are to be soft-cooked. I have used the same technique for boiling eggs since I was eighteen, It requires neither a watch nor an egg-timer and it is infallible -- once you've tried it. I am sure you will adopt it forever. Mollet eggs make delectable appetizers. I love to add them to an arugula or dandelion salad, and when I'm in the South of France, I enjoy them in tomato nests with crunchy cucumber. Hard cooked eggs have many uses, but they must be boiled carefully to ensure that they don't become rubbery. I always cook them in barely simmering water at 158℉ to keep the texture supple. They are perfect for a quick snack or a a picnic.
(Mollet in relation with eggs means eggs similar to soft boiled but cooked only three minutes once the water starts simmering with runny yolks and soft whites. Then carefully shelled. Look, right off the bat you have a new word and you didn't even buy the book yet.)

The thing with these soft, mollet, and hard boiled eggs is the instructions assume sea-level cooking. This book does not help you with that. Up here at a mile altitude and beyond to Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Keystone, Copper Mountain and the like, it's a whole different story. Like chef life on a different planet. Because water boils at well under 200℉. Professional cooks go straight out of their minds. Their potatoes just flat don't cook. You should see the chefs flouncing around in despair during cooking contests. They should know better, but they don't. I watch them at home on the television and I'm sitting here going, "I hope you lose."

"I hope all  of you lose."

"The whole lot of you, lose, lose, lose."

Not a single one of them even thinks about reaching for a pressure pot. It's so simple! What do you do when your problem is absence of air pressure? Add pressure. Of course. *exaggerated* "Duh!"

That's why I laugh at them.

Even the author of this book, Cooking for Geeks, wrote a whole chapter on eggs and covered everything scientific but neglected pressure for high altitude cooking. I emailed Jeff Potter, a very nice young man, impressively responsive, with a vast Facebook following, and told him my experience using pressure for hard boiled eggs at high altitude. He mentions pressure is used commercially for ease of peeling the eggs but did not mention the utility of pressure for high altitude. Finally, after decades of failure at peeling hard-boiled eggs I tried pressure and that works like a charm. It doesn't speed the process but it makes peeling possible without tearing them apart. The pressure denatures the membrane between the shell and the albumen. Without pressure the water never gets hot enough so that membrane toughens and fuses together the shell with the white. With pressure the eggs come flying out of the shells, sometimes leaving the shell in one piece.

The page that I wrote describing this has become a highly linked page. The author of a pressure cook book picked up on it too.

See what I mean, compared with the rest?

The same thing applies to French sponge cake, genoise. I went through dozens of trials trying various things. I followed instructions explicitly. I whipped the eggs until the cows came home and complained about me whipping eggs too long. Until I cooked the cake stovetop with pressure, boom, success. 

And I learned from that, the batter tastes a lot better raw than the cake does. The cake is mere sponge for any other syrupy flavor, with honestly nothing to recommend it. While the batter makes an excellent high level sauce that would be great with almost anything from pasta to steaks or with vegetables. 

Back to the book. 

The first chapter describes soft boiled, mollet, and hard boiled eggs, then continues with ideas and instructions on how to serve them imaginatively. An egg carton type of glazed ceramic container is shown holding in each separate cup, mini ratatouille, olives, mini croutons, capers, soft fresh herbs, grated cheese, salt and pepper. 

Then ideas to dip into soft-boiled eggs; asparagus tips, grissini (asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or ham), french fries, cheese straws, carrot sticks, brochettes of Comté or Gruyère cheese (on rosemary skewers)

Soft-cooked eggs with vanilla caramel and brioche.

Mollet eggs & zucchini tarts with spinach sabayon. 

Mollet eggs in tomato nests with crunchy cucumber.

Mollet eggs on crabmeat & celeriac julienne. 

Hard-cooked egg & smoked ell ciabatta sandwich.

Mini Scotch eggs. (using quail eggs)

Hard-cooked eggs stuffed with mussels.

Herb salad with hand cooked eggs & tuna brochettes.

The photography is outstanding.

That's it for the first chapter. Then on to poached eggs with an equal number of great ideas and splendid photographs to fire up your imagination. 

feeding koi

See, there's a lot of fish down there. A LOT of fish. They veritably swim on top of each other with gaping mouths gurgling at the surface. Thousands of them. The guy claps his hands as dinner bell, and just like Pavlov's dogs their mouths would water profusely but they're already in water and they don't have salivary glands. The food is measured in boxes. When the feeder gets to the end they can no longer spoon it so they upturn the box instead. A little more than a spoonful is dumped as final measure.

All of that is clear in the video.

But American media cannot tell a story straight if their lives depended on it. Their professional lives do depend on it but they're too thick to understand even that. American news presenters really are very stupid. And all who still watch them at this late point are too. Rarely do they ever tell you anything useful. They twisted this story and edited it to appear as if Trump is impatient when he's actually following Abe's lead. It's a moment of grace, not impatience. While our media is simply despicable.

Aquarium hobbyists know the problem of overfeeding. The fish must be fed only what they can eat within seconds. And if a fish doesn't get any food, then too bad, that fish has to wait for next time. But next time can be within an hour. An automatic feeder will do this several times a day. I saw one of those automatic feeders at doctor's office. It dumped food three times as I waited and watched. I thought the thing overfed his fish by far too much. But they did devour all the food in seconds, and those were the biggest neon tetras I've ever seen. They were YUGE! The size of regular fish. I mentioned that to the receptionist. She said, "Everybody says that."

My landlord had twin sons older than myself. One was a vice president of Rio Grand Railroad, the other twin was severely retarded. Other than that the two men are identical. Guess which one was my friend.

He'd come over and I'd watch as he fed the fish in my fifty gallon tank. He was a child at heart and mind. I warned him, feed them only a tiny amount.  But what child can do that? It's not satisfying. I walked into another room and returned immediately and in that time he dumped the entire container and the tank was filled with suspended particles. He was delighted. The tank was flickering with confetti fish food flakes. The whole tank had to be drained immediately and re-filled with the fish in it. Drained again and filled again, to clear it of debris that would cause algae bloom. 

But it's different with a lake filled with carp. The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs has such a small lake where carp come up by the thousands to be fed. They are never sated. Hotel guests love it. The hotel bakery could dump an entire pan sheet rack full of bread all at once and it would be devoured in seconds. I imagine. They're voracious. I don't even know if the hotel has its own bakery. I'm trying to make a point, alright?