August 28, 2016

Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-28-2016: Stepping On Your Own [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger



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University of Washington's Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading Room


(Look at that pic. Go on, click on it. It doesn't seem likely to me that that building started out as a library, much less a "graduate reading room". I wonder if UW acquired a church building and re-purposed it. That makes me sad. But, library. So that's not so bad. On the other hand, it could've been worse. It could've been re-purposed as a mosque.)


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, and snowflakes soon dissolve. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these.


“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,”
--Emilie Buchwald.


Hugos and Puppies and CHORFs, Oh My!

So this year's Hugo Awards have come and gone, and apparently it was kind of an "Empire Strikes Back" event. All the SJWs are in the throes of ecstasy because few, if any, of the Sad Puppies candidates won. Also, the 'Best Novel' category was won by The Fifth Season, written by N.K. Jemison, who is, from what I hear, the SJW's SJW.

Yay, diversity! Boo, evil white men!

So all the progressives are jumping with joy and spraying each other with champagne over their great victory over the Sad Puppies, but they don't understand they've already lost, and in fact, they lost several years ago.

Larry Correia did not start the Sad Puppies merely to provide an alternate slate of choices for white guys. His purpose, as he has explained over and over and over again, was to prove a point. He had publicly stated that (a) science-fiction publishing has for years been dominated by a small, inbred SJW clique that act as gatekeepers that keep out conservative-leaning authors and (b) this same inbred clique runs the Hugo awards. And then all the SJWs went bananas trying to keep the SP choices off the ballot, and then when they couldn't do that, they told all of their friends not to vote for them, or to "No Award" the entire category. Apparently, they didn't realize that these concerted efforts only served to prove Correia's point that the Hugos were run by and for an small, inbred clique of progressive CHORFs*

And now that Correia's supposition has been amply demonstrated, anything else is just icing on the cake. The existence of the "Rabid Puppies" slate confuses things a bit, but Correia's original point still stands. In fact, Correia was not part of the Sad Puppies this year, and I rather think his direct involvement with it is pretty much a thing of the past. This year was another opportunity for the inbred SJWs to beclown themselves yet again. Which they did superbly, with all their hollering about "white male privilege". They failed to pay attention to the fact that this year the Sad Puppies were managed by women authors: Kate Paulk, Sarah Hoyt, and Amanda Green.

You couldn't do better than read Correia's take on the 2016 Hugos:

Funny. When I started Sad Puppies four years ago, the narrative was all about how the Hugos were a celebration of what was great, representing the best of all of fandom. I said nope, it is decided by cliques, ass kissing, and politics. They called me a liar. Fast forward to now, and at least they are open it is all politics. Hell, they’re celebrating it.

Correia has the inbred SJW clique so spooked, they're kicking their own butts.


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*Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics.

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EMT 08/28/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

This is your last weekend before college football EMT.

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Overnight Open Thread (27 Aug 2016)

—CDR M

Donald Trump reveals radical plan for a more powerful Air Force. Yes, it is satire but it had me rollin'.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 08-27-2016 [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

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Couple Of Medieval Arab Guys Playing Chess

(Not sure where this pic came from, a medieval chess manual perhaps? The precise position was obviously very important to the artist, as the pieces are displayed just so. Too bad I don't understand the symbolism, so the board position is unreadable to me.)

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a mud fight on a Saturday afternoon.


Problem 1 - White To Play

What's the best move for White?

Hint: White wins material


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

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Happy Saturday 'rons & 'ettes. It is that time again where we talk about all thing pets. No, you can't consider your children, grandchildren and/or nieces and nephews as pets. Although they would be cheaper to raise. Amirite?

Grab a beverage and enjoy!!!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gone Bananas [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Happy Banana Lovers Day!

Today's Gardening Thread is dedicated to the AoSHQ Overnight Thread, which this week pointed the way to some interesting garden-related, or at least plant-related, topics.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Look Up! [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Have you noticed that the nights are getting longer? Are you thinking about getting away from it all? Consider a trip to see the northern lights. They are a big deal in some places. This week, a Northern Lights alert in the UK was found to have been triggered by a lawnmower.

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But after a summer break, northern lights actually returned to Iceland this week.

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

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YES, I AM

Happy Saturday!!! Can you believe it's the last Saturday before Labor Day Weekend? Gosh, where has the summer gone?

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EMT 08/27/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Hot 'n toasty EMT.

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Overnight Open Thread (26 Aug 2016)

—CDR M

Today is National Dog Day.

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Our #HotTake Culture and Why It Exists, and Open Thread

—Ace

I didn't write about Ryan Lochte because 1, I didn't care, and 2, I didn't know any facts.

In this #HotTake age, where assholes race to be the First To Be Outraged on Twitter, having no information is really no impediment to having a very strident, emotional reaction.

As with people rushing to attack Ryan Lochte based on no information whatsoever.

I think this is an interesting phenomenon, and I think I can explain it.

Suppose a black guy is shot by a cop. I have absolutely no information about it. I don't know if the black guy was shot, for example, accidentally or in a conflict. I don't know if he was armed or not. I don't know if the cop shooting is black or white.

I know nothing about it.

Now -- should I have an opinion on this matter?

The obvious answer is "No, I should not," but that's not the real answer.

In this #HotTake non-culture culture, I should definitely have an opinion.

Based on what, if i have no information?

Based upon my tribal sympathies and chauvinisms, is the answer.

See, anyone can condemn a cop shooting once they know the actual facts and the facts turn out to show that the victim was innocent and the cop was blameworthy, fast on the trigger or negilgent or what have you.

But if I wait to know the facts, what does that say about me as a person? It says nothing about me -- again, anyone can see the facts of a bad shooting and then say "That was a bad shooting."

No -- to establish yourself as on a higher moral plane than other people, You have to offer a strident, emotionally-hot opinion without knowing anything.

Because only if you don't have the proper facts upon which to make that determination can you successfully advertise the fact that you are knee-jerkedly siding with BlackLivesMatter.

(Or, for that matter, with cops, if that's your preference.)

Again, this is not a game of showing that you've come to a reasoned judgment after the evidence has emerged and you have apprised yourself of it.

Bad people can use the power of reason too, after all. Racists can see a shooting was bad, if the evidence proves the shooting was bad.

The game is not to make a reasoned, fact-based judgment -- because that says nothing about your default sympathies, tribal allegiances, and ideological priors.

The game is to make an unreasoned, non-fact-based judgment, a judgment based only on emotion and allegiance and chauvinism -- because that, unlike a fact-based judgment, shows where your heart is.

That's why people in the #HotTake culture pressure others to take positions before any facts are actually known -- facts are for the emotionally cold.

No, the point of making snap decisions isn't to make logical judgments on individual facts, it's to emotional judgments based on "social justice" or group facts.

Ryan Lochte was rich (well, relatively) and white and Tastelessly American and probably was in a fraternity at some point (or at least looks like he was).

The people in Rio are diverse and less wealthy and probably were not on the Harvard Crew Team.

If someone like me waited to indict Ryan Lochte, but then ultimately indicted him based on fully known facts, that kind of shows that I'm racist, because True Allies of the Downtrodden don't wait for facts.

They just show their ideological priors and tribal loyalties by condemning the member of the Out-Group.

No one cares where your brain is -- that's so Twentieth Century, man.

The new hotness is to be nothing but Emotional Bias, 24/7.

In the old days, enlightened men and women would show their enlightenment by reserving judgment until the facts had been collected and analyzed.

In the New Enlightenment -- really the New Dark Ages -- we show our enlightenment by doing the exact opposite, shrieking our strident but completely uninformed opinions before the situation gets all tainted with "facts" and "evidence" and "reason."

In Ignorantia, Veritas.

In ignorance, Truth.


Open thread.

Happy weekend!

If you're now, like me, in the "Middle Ages" between ages 28 and 30, make sure you do a lot of warming up before any physical exertion, and don't skip post-workout stretching and cool-downs and definitely don't skip recovery days.


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Department of Justice Releases Video Instructing Cops How to Use Proper Pronouns With Trangenders

—Ace

Obama's Liberal Animal House continues unabated.

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Again: Trump Supporters Threatened, Spat On By Thugs in Minneapolis; Police Seem to Take a "Let Them Get What's Coming to Them" Attitude About Violent Thugs

—Ace

No media reporting this. Just doesn't fit the proper Narrative.


He got to the convention center at around 6:50 and saw that the front doors were blocked by about 200 Black Lives Matter and other protesters. He said he tried the west doors but they were locked. So he had to go to the front doors where the violent mob was assembled.

He said one of the police officers by the west doors just looked at him and said, "Good luck." Henry, too, got the bullhorn-to-the-ear treatment as he walked to toward the front doors.

Inside the convention center, he said there were five or six officers, but none of them helped.

Henry said that after the fundraiser was over, he heard that there were problems with people leaving. He said at first he didn't think much of it, but then he could tell from people's expressions that the situation was serious. He said there were four other women who were there alone -- all over the age of 50 -- and they had to go through that intimidating front entrance to get out.


"It literally looked like the movie 'The Purge,'" Henry said. "These guys were opening up the doors, trying to get in. They were all masked."

He commended the convention center's security. "They did way more than the police did," Henry said.

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Open Thread

—Ace

I've been doing way too much exercise, far too much for this aging 29 year old body to take, and I tweaked my back pretty bad. I'm going to a chiropractor today, and later getting a massage, so I'm going to be in and out.

Squats status:

[ ] Done

[ ] Not Done

[X] Oh shit what was that

I got through my warm-up of air squats okay, then I tried a light load (still doing the warm-up, just putting a small load on), and suddenly the entire left side of my body -- back, glutes, hamstrings -- began spasming at once.

Then I could hardly walk for the rest of the day (yesterday).

I guess I should say that anyone who's exercising for the first time in a long time should definitely build in recovery days into the schedule and observe them even more rigorously than training days, and also, stretch/mobilize every day. Even 29 year old bodies like mine need some tune up work.

Meanwhile, at Red State, Joe Cunningham argues that the media is hypocritical for going crazy over Steve Bannon's old, dropped domestic battery charges.

Let me ask you guys this: Have you ever heard of campaign staffers being vetted this way? The candidate himself, sure. But his staffers?

How many political hands working today could survive a full media vetting without DUI's, substance abuse, assault allegations, infidelities, etc. coming to light? How many media people could stand up to the vetting?

I ask because I just don't remember anyone going after someone's political aides before. I know the right is trying to get some scrutiny on Huma Abedin, and the media is not very interested.

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Giuliani: Trump's Big Immigration Reversal Was Shaped By... Chris Christie

—Ace

Man, Ann Coulter is having a bad week with her former and current poliitical flames.

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Trump Isn't the Real Populist -- It's the Elites Running Our Institutions, Relentlessly Undermining Our Institutions (Which They Hold to be Corrupt and Racist), Who are the Real Popullists. And the Dangerous Ones.

—Ace

First of all, I'm not even sure what "populist" means. It seems to me to mean someone who believes the people running things are dishonest, self-serving, and inept.

Who disagrees with that? I don't remember, until this very contentious year, conservatives arguing so vigorously that we must Trust our Beloved Government and of course our Venerable White-Jacketed Expert Class.

Before Trump, populism -- generalized, inchoate resistance/defiance of self-proclaimed authority -- was generally acknowledged to be an important and vital part of conservatism. The heat in its blood, actually.

Now a lot of people are screaming about "populism" as if it's Jacobinism or Robspierrism.

But that's not the point of this interesting article. The author here makes the case, effectively, that the left has been deliberately and constantly undermining the pillars of our system of ordered liberty for 70 years, even as they have moved into positions of controlling the institutions they brand as corrupt, imperialist, and racist.

It's like Obama, president of the United States, running as perpetual outsider and external critic of government.

Consider the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates. If there is anywhere we can look into the heart of the sort of people running the world, it is here. The Left has lauded this author up and down as one of their most outstanding thinkers for his writing on race. I do not wish to enter into the quality of his arguments here. Rather, I want to call attention to the attitude or spirit that pervades his work.

...

I’m a Victim of My Privileged Circumstances

Only the accidents of partisan politics obscure this affinity. Because Coates’ brand of racial politics is typically associated with the progressive movement, we tend to see it as a thing entirely apart from, even antagonistic to, the populist fervor percolating among supposedly conservative groups. But if we peek beneath the superficial postures of left-right politics, we will find the same fundamental mentality evident on both sides of the divide—the same eternal rage against the powers that be. It would no doubt cause Coates and his many besotted admirers horror to learn they are close spiritual kin to the Trumpistas of the world. Nonetheless, it’s true.


Of course, the seething resentment that burns in every paragraph of Coates’ work did not originate with him. This attitude of permanent disaffection has been the primary psychological note of modern progressivism ever since the uprisings of the 1960s. Over the last half-century, even as the Left has conquered one institution after another—the university, the media, the federal bureaucracy—this disposition to revolt has remained the chief feature of the progressive mind.

It is why the people running our civilization have never developed the virtues necessary to carry out their duties adequately. Determined to always think of themselves as persons out of power, they never learned to regard themselves as persons with power, and all the responsibilities power entails. They never learned to imagine the kinds of moral formation that would fit a person for rule, rather than for protest.

This is why we can listen to a close advisor to the president—a woman with access to the most effective levers of power in the world—declare her intention to “speak truth to power.” But as for speaking truth as power, as for directing their policies with the wisdom and prudence requisite to their offices, the populist elite in control of the Western world have never learned how to do this, because their own modes of juvenile self-fashioning have precluded them from ever admitting that they do indeed occupy such offices.

This is the dimension missing from most analyses of our present political circumstances—the historical dimension. We find ourselves saddled with a teetering institutional structure without considering the decades of populist agitation that went into making this wreckage.

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Stop Tweeting Now. You'll Never Top This Masterful Piece Of Carnivorous Trolling.

—Andy

This is the walkoff grand slam of trolls, and it's 100% AoSHQ Lifestyle™ compliant to boot:


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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Justice and Peace
Corrado Giaquinto

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Thursday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

Common Sense

We cannot fix failed states by inviting millions of their people to move in with us. All that ensures is more failed states, more failure, and eventually, one by one, the nations of the west will join them. And then you'll really be yearning to breathe free and there will be nowhere to do it.
Mark Steyn

If you take emotion out of the equation (liberals cannot or will not). Steyn is spot on. He is not alone. A recent poll shows that there are too many immigrants. It is sad and infuriating that bureaucrats do not rationally think things through and completely disregard the average citizen. I wonder how secure his home is and how tall the fence is?

The E.U. President could care less about his fiduciary duty to Europe. He doubles down on mass immigration.Steyn discusses freedom. And the E.U. treats their citizens as serfs. In a way Europe deserves what they have sown. Although it is hard to see people who are not free.

Already destabilizing the EU project and the post-WWII center-left/right political compromise, all trends show that unless steps are taken to make Europe less attractive, the migrant crisis will build on its own momentum.


Will the Europeans say enough? Time will tell.

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Washington Post: Bill Clinton Allegedly Cheated on His Wife

—Ace

Um.

Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has two cover stories, one for Bill Clinton and one (if you turn it upside down on the other side) for Melania Trump. As expected, Bill Clinton is going to get a gushier treatment. Post writer Neely Tucker is so tender to the president that he mangles a fact, and the copy editors (also tender hearts) allowed it. “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler will not be assigned to this story.

Tucker wrote, “He allegedly cheated on his wife, repeatedly, even in the Oval Office, and with a young woman who wasn’t that much older than their daughter.”

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Earth-ish (?) Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri, Our Sun's Nearest Neighbor

—Ace

Practically just up the street like a 7-11!

The star closest to the sun hosts a planet that may be very much like Earth, a new study reports.

Astronomers have discovered a roughly Earth-size alien world around Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from our own solar system. What's even more exciting, study team members said, is that the planet, known as Proxima b, circles in the star's "habitable zone" — the range of distances at which liquid water could be stable on a world's surface.

I like how they put "habitable zone" in quotes as if it's this term of art you have to be alerted to. Like if they just said "It's in the habitable zone," no quotes, you would be missing out on some nuance.

Anyway.

Don't worry -- this affords us no hope at all. Microscopic black holes capable of incredible destructive force may be zipping around the universe like invisible million ton bullets.

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Trump's "Prebuttal" to Hillary's "Trump's a Racist" Speech

—Ace

Discussed by AllahPundit, his main quote is: "It's the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When their policies fail, they are left only with this one tired argument: You're racist, you're racist, you're racist... And it's so totally predictable. It's the last refuge of the discredited Democrat politician."

Meanwhile, here are the most scathing quotes from Hillary's Racist Speech.

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Dog Trapped Beneath Fallen Walls After Italy Earthquake Rescued, Reunited With Master

—Ace

Before getting to the uplifting video, do watch this one, which shows before-and-after video of the town of Amatrice. The devastation is obvious.

Here's the dog being rescued.

Not too hard to watch at all. The dog cries in the beginning, but all turns out well.

More: They rescued a 10 year old girl earlier today, who had been trapped under rubble for 17 hours.

On the other hand, the death toll is up to 250.


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Hillary Delivering Speech Connecting Donald Trump to "Alt-Right;" Releases Ad Connecting Him to the KKK

—Ace

The ad is here.

CNN's livestream of the speech (well in progress) is here. (Fox doesn't have one.)

She's saying now "his latest, paranoid fever-dream is about my health. And all I can say is, Donald, Dream On."

She's now referencing the ad she previously released connecting Breitbart to Trump, and running some of its more outre headlines.

She's now citing no less an authority than the Southern Poverty Law Center for the proposition that Breitbart.com is a fringe racist organization.

Democrat now announcing that no major party has ever stoked racial superiority. A Democrat is claiming this. Right now.

Oh by the way, definitely check out Sexton's piece to see the left's shifting standards on whether guilt by association is fair game. They were pretty sure guilt by association was just despicable in 2008, when Obama's close association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers came to light.

In fact, they're selectively against it now -- why you can't hold Huma Abedin against Hillary Clinton, or Huma Abedin's extremist, Muslim-Brotherhood-friendly family against Huma!

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University of Chicago: We're Not Going to Baby You With Your Baby Safe Spaces and Baby Trigger Warnings, Babies

—Ace

I was so happy I dribbled a little bit of early love.

Chicago's move puts pressure on other elite (or "elite") universities.

It's one thing if they all give in to the Adult Babies. Cowards take comfort in their fellow cowards' cowardice.

But when some refuse to, it makes the ones giving in to the Adult Babies look soft, weak, and dumb, and not so elite at all.

Update: From Drudge, the Special Snowflakes are becoming even more special, if by special you mean "less numerous." Enrollment down 8% at Mizzou.

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Journal Edited by Huma Abedin, 1999: Jews are Jews are 'adept at working the American political system' aided by 'memory of the Holocaust'

—Ace

Well, kiss my britches:

Huma Abedin, Hillary's top aide, was named as assistant editor on the masthead at the Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs for 12 years

Her mother is still editor-in-chief of the publication

In 1999 an article in it claimed that Jews are 'adept at working the American political system of presidential democracy',

Muslims are excluded because of 'handicaps, rebuffs, and dirty tricks' it said
It also claimed that many Americans have a 'distorted and negative view' of Islam, Muslims and Arabs

After 9/11 Abedin's mother wrote an editorial suggesting that the U.S. bore responsibility for the attack

Remember when this story first bubbled up about ten years ago and the Establishment types like McCain shouted it down as just so much bigotry and ignorance?

Did they know the facts, or did they assume, as usual, that their fellow conservatives were ignorant bigots just making shit up?

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Problem: Trump Not on the Minnesota Ballot, and It Looks Like He Can't Get On It

—Ace

He has until the 29th to put his name on the ballot, but Minnesota rules require the names of ten electors, and ten alternate electors, be submitted as well.

Minnesota didn't officially elect alternate electors.

And some guy says there's not enough time to call a snap convention to elect them.

Posted by Ace at 12:11 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Melting Clocks
Salvador Dali

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Hump Day ONT [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Politics

OK, let's start the ONT off with some politics, shall we?


On second thought, let's not.

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Anxieties, Deepest Fears, and Recurring Nightmares Thread

—Ace

I have one recurring nightmare, or used to have one. I usually got it when I had a fever.

It began with a tactile impression, the feeling of my cheek on cold macadam street. The stones in cement type street. I could feel the stones in my face, lying on the ground.

Then the camera pulls back and I'm looking down at myself, on this immense black featureless plain. Kind of like a plain of tar. (I know that's not the same as macadam but IT'S A DREAM, SEE?)

The camera keeps pulling up, and I get smaller and smaller.

Then features begin appearing on this immense flat black plain -- grey ones. Simple geometric shapes like boxes, disks, and truncated pyramids.

And the camera keeps going up, and I keep getting smaller. I'm basically an atom on this gigantic black and gray circuitboard.

Usually at this point I would wake up.

That might not sound very scary but it was eerie. Uncanny, maybe is the right word. Strange how I kept having this same damn dream every time I had a fever.

It's been a while since I had it -- 35 years -- but I always remember it. I must have had it ten times.

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Confirmed: Army Powerpoint Slide About Security Risks Listing Hillary Clinton as a National Security Threat is Real

—Ace

Sometimes Too Good to Be True is actually true.

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Oh Boy: Emails Reveal That Top Hillary Aide Researched Drug Used to Combat Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, Then Passed Information on to Hillary

—Ace

Ehhhh... this is kind of misleading but let's roll with it.

Sullivan, Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, was researching the drug Provigil for Clinton at the State Department in 2011, the Daily Caller reported.

Sullivan emailed Clinton information on Provigil and told her about its use and history. Sullivan noted in an email that Provigil is used for narcolepsy and treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis who have excessive sleepiness.

Sullivan also noted that Provigil is often prescribed to treat “excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.”

He stated that Modafinil–the drug’s original name–“gained attention in the medical community because it is the first effective stimulant with no significant potential for abuse” before explaining “it can be used for two to three day stretches at a time, with few known side effects and little risk of addiction.”

Eh... I've looked into provigil myself, when I was more concerned about my lack of focus after I quit smoking. (I've since given up trying to cure that, and have just accepted that I'm kind of dumb.)

It's also prescribed to improve alertness and sometimes to treat ADD-ish symptoms. It could be used to treat a whole host of diseases, so long as the symptoms include reduced focus and mental fatigue (which is many of them).

Still -- is the smartest woman in the world having trouble staying sharp and awake?

I know why my alertness declined: because I quit smoking.

Why did Hillary's suddenly fall?

Meanwhile, increasing chatter about Hillary's admitted medical condition, hypothyroidism.

By the way, the media is of course in Circle the Wagons mode around Hillary.

CNN's very liberal media critic (would they hire any other kind?) calls Sean Hannity's questions about Hillary's health "reckless."

And yet his colleague at CNN, Sanjay Gupta, has penned an article asking if Trump is at high risk for heart disease.

Will Stetler mention this? Of course not; the Guild knows its own and the Guild protects its own.

Thanks to a guy who sent this in but I don't know his screenname.

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Hillary to Be Questioned in Lawsuit About Who Created Private Server, and Why -- Under Oath

—Ace

Ms. Clinton does not like answering questions of any sort, and she especially loathes answering questions under oath.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Washington Examiner that his group is preparing a set of written questions for Clinton as part of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that has already extracted hundreds of documents from the State Department.

Fitton said the questionnaire, which Clinton will be forced to complete within 30 days of receipt, will drill down on the Democratic nominee's shifting stories about why she relied on an unauthorized email network.

I'm sure she'll have New Answers that will be Totally Believable.

Posted by Ace at 05:43 PM Comments

Devastating Quake Rocks Central Italy Overnight; Local Mayor Says, "The Countryside Disappeared"

—Ace

No forewarning, and the quake struck in the dead of night, at 3:22 a.m.

ROME — At least 73 people were killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, toppling scores of buildings, according to Italy’s civil protection agency.

Hardest hit were towns in the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche some 80 to 100 miles northeast of Rome....

Earlier, the Italian news agency ANSA reported at least 35 were killed in the town of Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli, near Rieti, and 17 in the province of Ascoli Piceno, which includes Pescara del Tronto.

Much of city center of Amatrice was covered with metal and rock debris that collapsed in the initial quake and aftershocks. Resident of this picturesque medieval town of around 3,000 people gathered in the piazzas, dazed by the quake and fearful of more temblors....

In some towns, rescue teams alternated bulldozers with bare hands to dig through piles of rubble looking for claw through piles of rubble for possible survivors as authorities warned the death toll is likely to rise.

I saw one official say the number of missing was "undefined" -- an ominous sort of understatement.


Posted by Ace at 05:00 PM Comments

Byron York: Team Trump Has Made a Mess of Immigration

—Ace

I agree -- it seems to me this new "softening" is lose-lose. It will antagonize his supporters, while not winning over a single skeptic. After all, Trump lost most people not on policy per se, but based on making a very defensible and sensible policy seem ugly and bigoted. Changing the policy will not fix that. (Having explained the policy smartly the first time, having done his homework and having realized achieving a major shift in the nation's thinking would take some patient explaining, would have been the right way to go.)

Trump's speaking shortly in Florida and we can expect him to make more of a dog's breakfast of the whole issue. While we wait, Here's York-- and no, York is not a #NeverTrumper. I'd say York has been mildly pro-Trump throughout the campaign.

One thing is certain in the current brouhaha over Donald Trump's immigration proposals: the candidate and his top aides are making a mess of things. What is the status of his old proposal to deport all immigrants who are in the United States illegally? After days of Trump and his senior advisers talking about it, the answer is entirely unclear.

The fundamental problem vexing Team Trump is that the deportation proposal was never really clear. Yes, Trump said it often last year, but he also pointedly left it out of many immigration discussions, as well. It went largely unnoticed, for example, that when Trump posted an immigration position paper on his campaign website last year, it had a lot about a border wall and enhanced enforcement — and nothing at all about mass deportations.

Many of the statements from Trump being played in current coverage of the deportation issue date from November 2015. This year — not so much.

Trump has held many, many rallies in which he talked about building the wall — he's talked about it so much that it is now a call-and-response with some audiences. But at the same events he said nothing about deportations.


Back in January, not long before the Iowa caucuses, I interviewed Trump and asked whether the deportation proposal was some sort of bargaining chip, rather than a set policy. This is our exchange:

QUESTION: I read Art of the Deal. And one of the things you write about is you have to be bold, you have to make a splash, you have to attract attention. You've also talked about compromise. There was a time you said there's nothing wrong with compromise — you just ask for about three times what you want, and then you get what you want. So I look at deporting all illegal immigrants. I look at a temporary ban of Muslims coming to the United States. They get a lot of attention. Are they opening positions in a negotiation?

TRUMP: I'm not saying there can't be some give and take, but at some point we have to look at these things. You look at the radical Islamic terrorism and you look at what's going on, we have to take a serious look. There's tremendous hatred. You look at illegal immigration and all that's taking place with respect to illegal immigration, whether it's the crime or the economy, I mean, it affects many different elements. It doesn't mean I'm hard and fast 100 percent, but we to get a lot of what I'm asking for, or we're not going to have a country any more.

QUESTION: So they are opening positions?

TRUMP: They are very strong positions. It doesn't mean you're not going to negotiate a little bit, but I guess there will always be some negotiation. But they are very strong positions, and I would adhere to those positions very strongly. That doesn't mean that at some point we won't talk a little bit about some negotiation. Who wouldn't do that?

What did that mean, precisely? Trump deliberately left that unclear, but he wanted to stress that whatever he did would be strong.

I've said this before, but Trump's attitude is the attitude of the Salesman, where the only thing that matters is to get them to sign on the line which is dotted. It doesn't matter if you've been unclear on terms (or even deceptive); all that can be worked out in lawsuits later. The only thing that matters is saying, promising whatever it takes to get them to sign.

The problem is, it's not just the sale that matters. That might be where you make your commission, but the buyer is expecting delivery of the goods he contracted to buy.

And that's where the problems start.

I was always told "underpromise, overdeliver." I guess Trump kinda takes the opposite position.

It really would have been better if Trump bothered to actually think about these issues before he began shooting his mouth off.

Posted by Ace at 01:33 PM Comments

American University in Kabul Currently Under Terrorist Attack

—Ace

Experts fear the horrifying attack may threaten the integrity of Obama's vacation schedule.

American University in Kabul under attack: Gunmen storm campus packed with students as explosions are heard and victims tweet from inside 'I'm wounded and girls cry, please help us'

'Complex' raid launched on campus of American University in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul

Ambulances seen ferrying away the wounded from the assault on the school which is in a western suburb

University president, Dr. Mark English confirmed an attack has occurred - security forces have responded

The university was founded ten-years ago and currently has 1,100 students enrolled

College is styled on the American liberal arts model - 40-percent of students are women

Posted by Ace at 12:37 PM Comments

Noted Idiot Says Something Stupid

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Look how many retweets he gets from his cult servitors.

Posted by Ace at 11:43 AM Comments



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