ONT 5-23-16: Houston, we Have a Slacker Edition [krakatoa]
Ever spend a day in a hotel just watching whatever came on the tube next?
Good, bad, happy, sad, RomCom or Thriller, I just didn't care.
I suppose I should have taken some of the helpful suggestions from the EMT comments and found something more interesting to do, but man, my "free time" for the past 2 weeks at home has been spent on a variety of pain-inducing tasks, I have night work to do tonight, and it just felt right to laze the day away.
So I watched most or all of 27 Dresses, Lucy, Saving Silverman and Eagle Eye today.
I'm not going to review them for you, other than to say my bar for mindless entertainment was low today, and HBO delivered. If your bar is likewise low (and let's face it: "moron horde" kinda advertises its own limitations), you might enjoy them as well.
Well, except for Eagle Eye. Man that movie sucks. I'm pretty confident in saying that considering I've now watched it twice. I think the director must have really hated Rachel Monaghan there at the end, when instead of having her kiss him on the lips, he had her kiss Shia Lebeouf on his patented 5-day homeless-dude cheek-scruff. He looks like he's contracted Bunny Pox.
It was a trivial movie day, so here's 51 movie trivia items. I don't know that any of it is particular mind-blowing, other than the suggestion that Charlie Sheen's preparation for his cameo in Ferris Bueller's Day off could be labeled "preparation" rather than just being Charlie Sheen.
Yesterday I texted my wife as my first flight started its 20 minute tarmac delay.
"Holy Crap, but some ahole has decided now is the time to enjoy their tuna-fish salad sandwich"
The delay almost made me miss my next flight but too my relief, not only did I make it, but the only food smell on the next plane was pizza. I let my wife know, and she told me something so horrifying and crazy it must be true:
"While in Denmark, I discovered that Scandinavians eat corn and tuna pizzas. Regularly enough that it's on buffets & menus."
Stupid snowbillies can't even pizza right.
I was tempted to post a picture of that abomination here, but it wasn't long ago that this space was tormented with images of Yoko. The reek of that has only just begun to wear off.
What did you used to do before Ace of Spades HQ? I spent quite a bit of time lowbrowing, where I learned things about alternate toothbrush uses and never trusting farts, and other assorted bits of guttural wisdom.
Girls and ladies: When you invite any male co-workers to your home on purely non-romantic social occasions.
You should, of course, hide the contents of your panty drawer, but, much more important, you should ALWAYS hide your laundry hamper.
Or not, as you prefer...
It was a sad that they shut down, but at least the Internet Archive remembers. So any time I really need a shadenfreudian pick-me-up, it's only a couple clicks away.
I think most of you could relate:
Lowbrow.com is dedicated to bringing you the best user submitted content about scraping the bottom and being a general piece of shit.
It is about moments where you said something completely inappropriate, where you stuck your foot in your mouth, or stamped the air out of some poor fuck's lungs.
Lowbrow.com is about calling people names, shitting in their pudding, pushing them down stairs, eating white bread and expired fruit pies from the bakery outlet and drinking "charcoal filtered" vodka - straight from the plastic two liter bottle.
Lowbrow.com is about vomiting on a city bus, mistaking someone's sex, driving your car through a garage door, taking swings at police, and standing on the front step of your trailer home with a loaded shotgun and a can of Old Milwaukee's Best.
Lowbrow.com is about criticizing people, it's about knowing what's right, being better than the next guy, and spouting barstool philosophy.
Lowbrow.com is about sweat stains on your wife beater t-shirt, shaving your head, but not your mutton-chops, owning cars with "t-tops," eating at fast food restaurants, and having full-time diarrhea.
Lowbrow.com is not about unrequited love, being dumped, or teen angst - unless there is an unbelievably cruel, nasty or embarrassing aspect to the story. Stories of infidelity, incredible sex with strangers, and/or sitting home alone masturbating are, however, encouraged.
So it's Maet's third week in Japan, and I believe he has finally moved into the "vacation" stage of things. One can hope his vacation is at least as joyous & full of introspective illuminations as Strindberg's:
Tonight's ONT brought to you a vague sense of foreboding.
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Parents of Two Children Killed in Paris Attacks of 13 November: We're Not Paying Our Taxes to a Government That Pays for the Upkeep of our Children's Killers, and We Demand the Reestablishment of the Death Penalty
If you want a corporation to change its behavior, you hit it at its bottom line.
The corporations known as governments are in the business of extracting taxes from people. So.
Attacks of 13 November: Some Victims' Parents Refuse to Pay Their Taxes
by Anne Jouan
Some parents who lost their children in the terrorist attacks of 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic last week. They rail against the payment of the costs of lawyers for the presumed terrorists by the [taxpayers].
Wrath. How to survive after the death of a child? Worse, of two children? Wrath is necessary, Aristotle tells us: "One cannot win anything without it, if it doesn't fill the soul, if it doesn't warm the heart: it must then serve us, not as a master, but as a soldier."
Driven by this struggle, the parents of two children murdered on 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic of which Le Figaro has gotten a copy. To Francis Hollande, they explain that if their children had lost their life, it was due to their "jihadist friends." Therefore, they refuse henceforth to pay their taxes "which serve to defend the killers of our children through the intermediary of the funds guaranteed to hire their lawyers, and for their upkeep as well as that of their ilk on French soil, our Fatherland!"
They have so advised their tax collection center and placed their money in an blocked account.
"You have brought them to their deaths"
These parents, who do not wish to appear publicly, deplore "such subsidized criminals, who should never have been free and killing in the middle of the street at their whim!" Finally, according to them, their children "are dead, victims of your indulgence and interference," they write to Francois Hollande.
In sum, it's the reestablishment of the death penalty which is demanded as the crux of this missive. And this wish to return to the law voted on in 1981 is shared by the parents of another french victim of an attack perpetrated by a foreigner. Just the same as a father of two children who lost his wife at Bataclan.
The open letter finishes with the "shame" of being led by Francois Hollande. "Our children were voting for you, we were telling them: This man will bring you to a bad end! We didn't believe it would be so literally! You have led them to their death," it reads at its end.
Hacker "Guccifer" Agrees to Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors, Clearing Way to Cooperate In Hillary Probe
What he can testify to -- I assume, based on his past claims -- is that he hacked Hillary's easily-hacked server, thus establishing her handling of classified US top secret documents was in fact willfully negligent as the statute requires for prosecution.
Virginia Governor Terry MacAuliffe Under FBI & DoJ Public Integrity Investigation for Fundraising in Connection With Clinton Global Initiative
Maybe Obama's decided that Hillary's not polling well enough against Trump and has decided to let law enforcement nature take its (rightful) course.
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.
The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.
As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.
Shocker: Muslim Woman Who Wowed the Useful Idiots with Selfie Supposedly Promoting "Peace and Joy" Turns Out To Have Previously Written Admiringly of the Holocaust
Social Justice Warriors -- their Hate Crimes are all fake, and their Love Messages are all fake too.
She had taken a selfie (of course) while flashing a peace sign while standing in front of an anti-immigrant banner. She was, of course, hailed by the useful idiots of the left -- those who gave us the "I'll Ride With You" hoax -- as a new Joan of Arc.
However, since then a series of deeply disturbing anti-Semitic statements made by Ms Belkhiri on social media have come to light.
In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: "Hitler didn't kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them."
And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: "I hate them so much."
After these and other statements emerged, Ms Belkhiri deleted all her social media accounts. As the backlash against Ms Belkhiri grew, a meme appeared showing the now-famous picture of her snapping her selfie but with Jewish concentration camp prisoners and scenes of various terror attacks photoshopped in place of the line of protesters.
On Saturday, Ms Belkhiri returned to Twitter seemingly seeking to justify her anti-Semitic remarks.
She had claimed those previous tweets were photoshopped. Now that it's proven they weren't, she claims she believed they were photoshopped, because she couldn't imagine such vile things streaming from her Peace and Joy mouth.
She says she hopes people don't hold against her the stray thoughts she had when she was "younger."
Those tweets dated from 2012 and 2014.
"Younger." The new definition of "younger" stresses the literal: Anything you've ever done in your past, even five minutes ago, was a mistake you made when "younger."
Huffington Post: A Portrait In Privilege
Theory: White people on the left have to scream the loudest about other white people's alleged privilege in order to maintain their own actual privilege.
By which I mean: They subscribe to an ideology that champions quotas and racial set-asides above most other political goods. And yet the staffs of their media companies, which are the PR firms for their ideology, are whiter than Daryl Hall's arctic rabbit fur cocaine purse.
What to do, then? How do you scream about quotas and racial set-asides when you're all whiter than a Nazareth tribute band in an Anchorage, Alaska White Castle?
Well, what you do is yell about, say, a Staten Island fire department company that has only one or two minority firemen. The more you can shout about this Staten Island fire department, the more you can distract your ideological fellow-travelers away from the fact that you are yourself whiter than Kenny Loggin's super-elite VIP Dungeons & Dragons club.
And I'm putting this in a jokey way but of course I'm dead serious and absolutely white: Rich white progressives like Matt Damon talk about other people's tax rates in order to avoid discussing their own.
The entire progressive movement, which champions, allegedly, the non-white and the poor, is white and wealthy throughout all of its leadership ranks, apart from its few tokens.
To avoid the obvious contradiction here, the wealthy, white leadership (both political and, I can't believe I'm using this word, intellectual) screams about other wealthy white people as loud as they can, hoping the acolytes of the church they control don't notice all the wealthy, white people in the cardinal and bishop ranks.
ABC News Poll: Trump Leads Clinton Among Registered Voters, 46-42
Clinton still leads among "all adults" -- a category which includes, obviously, those not registered to vote.
It occurs to me that we might have a flip from the usual pattern of Republicans performing better with likely voters than registered voters. If the theory that Trump attracts people who don't vote much or haven't voted in years is true, he would do better with registered voters than likely voters.
Hot on the heels of that poll comes WSJ/NBC News: Hillary 46, Trump 43.
Though that seems close, AllahPundit points out a problem: Trump has never been above 44, while Hillary has been above 50% several times, and as high as 49.5% as recently as a month ago. That seems to put her potential upside at a winning level -- but Trump's upside has not yet been demonstrated to be better than simply not losing as badly as thought.
On the other hand, as Allah notes, Hillary may actually have trouble bringing all the Bernie Bros back into the Democratic fold.
Trump Ad: Oh By the Way, Bill Clinton Raped Women and Hillary Virtually Held Them Down For Him
Very strong, very tough ad. So much rape. Sad!
Is Hillary really protecting women? https://t.co/8ZtEIWNqz4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2016
CNN Breaking: Baltimore Cop Found Not Guilty on All Charges in Freddie Gray Persecution
These Social Justice Show Trials will be a much more common thing in the future.
Plus, eventually everyone will learn their lesson from the riots that will be coming, and we'll begin convicting the innocent to appease the mobs.
Mid-Morning Open Thread: One Of These Is A Forgery [CBD]
House of Fabergé 1912
alexthechick made the point in a comment that while digital representations are wonderful, and allow us to see much more than would be possible in person, the impact can be diminished because it is difficult to appreciate scale, which is, of course, a significant part of art. But as AtC points out.....
It works on the converse too. Looking at, say, a Fabergé egg and seeing how small it is and how intricately worked is stunning
Fabergé is most famous for its eggs, but their other work was magnificent too. For some strange reason the quality declined after the company was nationalized in 1918. Who knew?
The Rospigliosi Cup, once known as The Cellini Cup, was removed from exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art because it was found to be a magnificent fake. I remember seeing it as a kid, and then searching in vain for it on each subsequent visit. Fake or real....it's gorgeous.
House of Fabergé ca. 1900-5
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Monday Morning News Dump (5/23/16) [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
- Wanted: New leader for the Taliban
- Egypt sends out sub in hopes to find missing planes black boxes
- Semi-retired president is enjoying his vacation
- Besides golfing he found a way to piss off the Chinese
- Good 'Ol Uncle Joe
- At least 2 dead, 11 wounded at Austrian concert
- Speaking of Austria, there was an election there, results later today.
- Wait until the DoJ gets a hold of this. Yeah right.
- Cop lives do matter
- Mt. Everest, she's a bitch
- Nothing to see here, move along
- Recall of frozen fruits and veggies
- Tragedy at Pimlico Race Course
- Quite the hamburger
- One of Mexico's brightest spots is losing it's luster
- Suicide by lion, what a dumb _ _ _ _
- Genius award
- Feel good story of the day
EMT (Sans Krak/T Edition) [CBD]
Except...according to Zombie....maybe not so close.
Sunday, May 22, 2016 Overnight Thread-49,000 Words [Weirddave]
Tonight's ONT brought to you by Pluto.
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Food Thread: How To Read A Recipe, And The Limits Of That Reading [CBD]
As much as most of us want to look at a photo of the finished dish, think, "Yeah! I want that for dinner!" and rush off to the store to buy whatever is needed, it is probably wise to read the damned recipe first. Pasta With Fried Lemons And Chile Flakes, from Melissa Clark -- the only NY Times food writer worth reading -- sounds fantastic. But....I have experience with fried lemons, and they can indeed be quite bitter, even after blanching. In my not-so-humble opinion the recipe is flawed, but can be prepared in a slightly different way that avoids the bitterness of the lemon pith.
It will be more work, but the few extra minutes of prep will (hopefully) yield a better dish.
Use a vegetable peeler and strip the skin from the lemons in long strips, being careful to leave the pith. Cut the skin into bite-sized pieces. Then slice the lemons into rounds, cut the pith away from the flesh, and remove the seeds. You will be left with all the good stuff and very little of the potentially bitter pith. The flesh won't stand up to the frying as well, but the flavors will be there.
But I would never have known that had I not had some previous experience. Sure, a few of the commenters mentioned it, but we all know that they are almost always completely full of shit, and NY Times commenters most of all.
Careful reading of recipes will often expose problems with technique or missing ingredients or some pot or pan that is needed that you don't have or is sitting in the dishwasher. Sure....you can wing it (and I often do), but for more complex recipes it really is important to spend a few minutes and figure out whether it is going to be a comfortable and enjoyable process or a cascade of problems culminating in a frantic call to the local pizzeria.
Watch: Brooklyn Knife Maker Creates One-of-a-Kind Tools
I saw this article and video a few months ago, and I was excited about learning something about knifemaking....until I actually read and watched them. It is a mass of pomposity and hipster superiority.
I don't know one sushi chef who would ever buy a market-made knife.
First of all, you are a hipster-bearded white person. Isn't your chosen craft the height of arrogance and cultural appropriation? How can you, a product of some leftist-run alternative school in Brooklyn be a genuine sushi chef?
Second: the silliness of proclaiming as an absolute that production knives are inferior is just embarrassing. Sure, custom knives can be grand! And I will bet that there are many custom knife makers whose products are inferior to a well-made production knife.
Third....I have to be honest, there is something quite impressive about the video. I will leave it to The Horde to identify it.
I love Patty Melts. In fact, I do not think that it is possible to make a bad one.
Here is a nice recipe, although you could swap out the hipster ingredients for pretty much anything else and it would still be damned good.
I like the combination of mustard and chicken, and I am planning on examining it in some detail on the grill this summer. And unbeknownst to the younger brat, one of those grilled chickens with mustard is really going to be rabbit, but don't tell her until after she eats it.
[RedMindBlueState points out that this is Jacques Pepin's recipe. I couldn't remember whose it was, so thank you RMBS for the correction]
The mustard crust can be made ahead and even spread on the chicken a day ahead, if you like. I pour the cooked chicken juices into a fat separator with a spout and serve over Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, leaving the fat behind.
• 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons dry white wine
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon Tabasco hot pepper sauce
• 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds)
• Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
For the crust: Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut alongside the backbone of the chicken to split it open. Spread and press on the chicken with your hands to flatten it. Using a sharp paring knife, cut halfway through both sides of the joints connecting the thighs and drumsticks and cut through the joints of the shoulder under the wings as well. (This will help the heat penetrate these joints and accelerate the cooking process.)
Put the chicken skin side down on a cutting board and spread it with about half the mustard mixture. Place the chicken flat in a large skillet, mustard side down. Spread the remaining mustard on the skin side of the chicken.
Cook over high heat for about 5 minutes, then place the skillet in the oven and cook the chicken for about 30 minutes. It should be well browned and dark on top.
Let the chicken rest in the skillet at room temperature for a few minutes, then cut it into 8 pieces with clean kitchen shears. Defat the cooking juices.
If you like, mound some Fluffy Mashed Potatoes on each of four warm dinner plates and place 2 pieces of chicken on each plate. Pour some juice on the mashed potatoes and chicken and serve.
Thank you to all of the Morons for your kind and comforting words and thoughts and prayers
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Sunday Thread For the Birds [Y-not]
OK, given the supposed origins of "for the birds," I hope that's not true of this thread, but time will tell.
Seems like we have a lot of amateur bird-watchers amongst the horde (and I have quite a few on my Twitter feed), so how about a thread for us bird brains?
It turns out that ravens make "very sophisticated nonvocal signals," according to researchers. In other words, they gesture to communicate. A study in Austria found that ravens point with their beaks to indicate an object to another bird, just as we do with our fingers. They also hold up an object to get another bird's attention. This is the first time researchers have observed naturally occurring gestures in any animal other than primates.
How can you tell if you're looking at a raven versus a crow?
Is that big black bird a crow or a raven? How can you tell? Ravens (seen right here) often travel in pairs, while crows (left) are seen in larger groups. Also, study the tail as the bird flies overhead. A crow's tail is shaped like a fan, while the raven's tail appears wedge-shaped. Another clue is to listen closely to the birds' calls. Crows give a cawing sound, but ravens produce a lower croaking sound.
Bird communication fascinates me. Back in the day, a colleague of mine studied (amongst other things) chickadee communication. Because of their small size and high metabolism, they form cooperative groups in the winter when food is scarce. Those groups develop "dialects" that they use within the group. I haven't kept tabs on my old colleague's research, but here's a recent study of how chickadee communication varies with elevation. Cool stuff.
Ravens are known for being highly intelligent. On the other end of the spectrum, there's this:
crazy nonsense-goose thinks white circles drilled from pipe are eggs and is trying to gather, gander is gandering. pic.twitter.com/2ehpY7OkOf— Patch Farmstead (@patchfarmstead) May 8, 2016
In defense of the goose, this researcher says they're using their brains to adapt to urban life. He begins by contrasting crows and geese:
One of my favorite stories about the cognitive superiority of crows relative to other birds comes from my friend Valerie Allmendinger. Valerie was enjoying a break at Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, Canada, when she noticed one of the kitchen staff members flipping slices of bread to a local flock of Canada geese. As the honkers waddled toward their tasty treats, about a dozen crows rushed ahead and individually placed fallen leaves atop the bread. For twenty minutes crows picked up single, red maple leaves and placed them directly over each bread slice, concealing the feast from the geese. The geese were miffed. Unable to perceive or comprehend that the bread was still there, albeit out of view, the geese lost out on a sure meal. Score one for the crows.
But then goes on to point out this:
That a crow can outsmart a goose does not mean the goose is dumb. Each species exhibits its intellect in distinct and often surprising ways. Most recently, geese showed me a cognitive side that I had not previously appreciated. A large flock of resident Canada geese prowl the lawns of my urban Seattle, WA, campus. They graze without fear of the 40,000 students who surround them and daily criss-cross their paths. It is rare that I see these honkers fly. They have habituated to humanity; learning to stay calm, graze on, and fatten with little expenditure of energy. I took this learned adaptation to city life for granted until last week when a storm pushed migratory geese into Seattle. The change in weather dropped a couple diminutive cackling Canada geese, four white-fronted geese, and a single snow goose into our flock of oversized, resident geese. The wild visitors had come from the arctic and surely had passed hunters as they traveled south. I expected them to fear people and nervously cope with the throngs of students. But this was not the case. Immediately upon joining their urban brethren, the wild geese became docile. They grazed and slept without concern as I stood less than two meters away. Instantly they were tame. When in Seattle, these geese did as the resident geese did. They learned by observation, itself a complex bit of cognition.
Share your stories of bird intelligence (or lack thereof) here.
I think few animals are as beautiful as birds.
Enjoy some glorious bird photography here.
Are any of you "serious" photographers? Do you have tips for amateurs like me? Share your experiences with bird photography, from equipment to set up to photographs, here.
Mr Y-not and I are not "serious birders," but we do enjoy visiting places where we might see some interesting birds or bird behaviors. Courtesy of WildBirds.com, here's a list of 250 places in North America that are suitable for bird watching.
I happened to visit one of the Kentucky locations a couple of weeks ago, the John James Audubon State Park.
Although the grounds housing the museum and nature center are quite spectacular, we found the bird-watching opportunities rather limited. It may just be that we were in the wrong section of this 575-acre park, but the one area set up for bird-watching was cordoned off from visitors. We barely explored the woods (a little too warm that day), so perhaps there was more to enjoy further into the park.
The museum provided an in-depth window into Audubon's life and work, in addition to housing many of his prints (no photography permitted, unfortunately).
After our visit, we stopped by a gastropub in town (Henderson, Kentucky) for lunch and walked around the riverfront park for a bit. The town is pretty depressed, but they are trying to make the most of their connection to Audubon.
Where do you like to go birding?
Birds of a Feather
Speaking of Audubon, this link from their Twitter feed sure is striking:
Follow this link to see a few more spectacular photographs of feathers.
If you're interested in learning a bit about how feathers came to be, you might enjoy this TED talk:
Another fun feather video here.
Of course, most of us do not have to travel far to enjoy our feathered friends. Here's Exhibit A:
That first "bird" sure is unusual!
It would be fun to see your backyard birding pictures from time to time. Send them, or any tips or requests, to me at bailesworth AT gmail (or @moxiemom on Twitter).
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Gun Thread: Build Or Buy, That Is The Question [CBD]
The NRA Blog has a nice little article about whether to build or buy your AR-15. There is nothing earth shattering about it, but one point is important:
Armoring experience: One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with your AR is to disassemble and reassemble, learning the intricacies and minutiae of the system.
That's also a good point about pretty much everything on earth. I was a pretty serious cyclist for a long time, and I built my first really good bike. That taught me pretty much everything I needed to know, except for how to true wheels. That is dark magic and cannot be learned by mortals.
So....have at it: What would you do? Build or buy? And what would you build or buy?
And just because.....
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-22-2016: Rust Never Sleeps [OregonMuse]
Another Defunct Bookstore
This charming little place was Martha's Bookstore on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA, which is now closed. That's the bad news. The good news is that it is now the site of Island Tales Bookshop, a bookstore specializing in children's books.
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 lovely, space isn't safe, and snowflakes will melt. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. And if you self-identify as a carrot, it doesn't matter what the Obama DoJ says, you still can't go sneaking into the other bin and molest the celery.
It Never Stops
This one has been sitting in my "to do" list fo a couple of weeks, now. About time I got to it:
278 The left churned out another Hiss is innocent book called American Dreyfuss. The premise was that Hiss set him up. LOL
The author was 20 y/o, living with her 52 y/o fiance who also "dated" her mom, when Alger Hiss showed up for dinner. This was 1960 after he got out of the joint. I cant believe she wrote this crap. Joan Brady is her name. Im amazed she found a publisher. No doubt she will be invited to speak and appear at functions and maybe money can be made that way but who but a small group of people thing Alger is still innocent?
Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at May 11, 2016 10:00 AM (iQIUe)
I think BWaW! perhaps meant that Nixon set him up. Because I couldn't find any book called "American Dreyfuss" on Amazon, but I did find Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady, so this is most likely the one BWaW! is referring to. The release date is January 2017, and there's no "Look Inside" link, so I don't have anything to go by other than the Amazon blurb.
Get a load of this:
In this riveting investigation, Joan Brady—winner of The Whitbread Book of the Year—reveals how Nixon manipulated a media and public in the thrall of post-war anti-communist hysteria to make a fabricated case against Hiss...Brady has pored over newly available KGB files and makes a powerful argument that previously presented KGB documents bearing Hiss's signature were forgeries. With this new revelation, the corruption of President Nixon and his legacy comes into greater relief. Alger Hiss is necessary and timely, telling soberly the tale of a nation in the grip of paranoid fear and the man who took most advantage of this fear.
Oh my. This is such a target-rich environment, I scarcely know where to begin. I guess I can start out by observing that progressive scholarship really isn't scholarship in the traditional sense of the word, by which I mean the production and subsequent increase of human knowledge and, indirectly, the distribution of its benefits. Instead, progressive scholarship is simply progressives fleshing out and expanding upon the various bullshit narratives they've invented. Now, one very strong, and at this point, venerable, bullshit narrative is the "evil Richard Nixon" theme wherein Nixon is basically a stand-in for Satan. Even atheists have to have a devil, and Nixon is theirs. Now, you young-uns wouldn't believe the depths of the spittle-flecked madness that Nixon drove the left into back in the day. You've all seen Palin Derangement Syndrome, Bush Derangement Syndrome, and some of you older morons remember Reagan Derangement Syndrome, but I'm telling you that these were mere candles in the wind compared to the roaring conflagration that was Nixon Derangement Syndrome. Every evil or misfortune that occurred in the world was attributed to something Dick Nixon did, or didn't do, or said, or didn't say. It was absolutely insane. Yet it became just another tool in the progressive toolbox. Another day, another Nixon perfidy.
Another bullshit narrative is the much-used "anti-communism is delusional" dead horse that progressives have been flogging for decades. The problem is, they don't usually attempt to set forth a positive case for progressive beliefs, i.e. write hagiographies of Mao ZeDong and the glories of his Five-Year Plans, but rather, it's all attack, attack, attack, and kill the messenger: when an actual scholar does actual work, such as Chinese author Jung Chang did with her biography Mao: The Unknown Story, which was not favorable towards him, then suddenly a bunch of Maoist nincompoops will come crawling up out of the drains like sewer rats, squealing and twitching their whiskers in righteous fury at the woman who dared cast aspersions on their god. Some of the 1-star reviews of Chang's book bear this out.
The novelty of Brady's new book on Hiss is that it looks like it takes the "evil Richard Nixon" bullshit narrative and combines it with the "anti-communism is delusional" bullshit narrative, mixes them together and the resulting brew is even more intoxicating, like whiskey to a thirsty Irishman. I predict that when this book is released, the reviews from left-wing media such as the Guardian, Salon, and the HuffPo will be snake-handling levels of ecstatic. The right has pretty much fought the left to a standstill on the Hiss case for a number of years now, since the publication of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, written by left-wing author Allen Weinstein, who investigated the Hiss case with the intent of finding the reasons why Hiss was innocent, reasons he knew had to be there, but instead discovering that he was guilty as charged. With that, conservatives have pretty much moved on, but the left never does, never moves on, never sleeps, and is corrosive as rust. Brady's new book will be potent balm to salve their wounded souls. With the combining of the two bullshit narratives, I can hear the Guardian reviewer cry out with joy, "Hallelujah! Finally, after all these years, it now all makes sense."
Nixon did it! Yeah!
And with that, their ignorance will be nigh impregnable.
Walking the Walk
When last we heard from J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, she was saying that Donald Trump was 'worse than Voldemort.' And this after it was pointed out to her that, unlike Voldemort, Trump has never actually, you know, *killed* anyone.
So yeah, she's a dumbass.
On the other hand, earlier this week, she gave a speech in New York where she made it clear that she strongly disagreed with the recent petition circulating in the U.K. seeking to have Trump banned from entering the country:
"Just a moment," a smiling Rowling said. "Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there."
And then she followed it up with:
"His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot," Rowling continued. "His freedom guarantees mine. Unless we take that absolute position, without caveats or apologies, we have set foot upon a road with only one destination. If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed a line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification."
I called her a dumbass, but this full-throated defense of free speech puts her way ahead of any number of academic types and college presidents in this country. If she thinks Trump is a dumbass but she does not want to restrict his speech, and I think J K Rowling is a dumbass but I do not want to restrict her speech, then it all works out for everybody.
Not Quite A Recommendation
A lurking 'ette read Mutiny In Space, as the author, Rod Walker, is being touted as a successor to Robert Heinlein. After reading it on the recommendation of Instapundit, she decided she prefers Heinlein:
For one thing I didn't really like Nicolai, the protagonist. Heinlein's kids were all likeable...Rovio, Nick's uncle lays out real life truths for Nick, but unlike the many father characters written by Heinlein there is no real warmth in his character.
There's no banter, no wisecracks, and nary a character beat for the sake of character dimensionality. Would Nick or anyone else in 'Mutiny' read Three Men in a Boat, play cribbage, build a still, or make the thickest malts in town? Only if it had plot utility later.
So three out of five stars. I didn't waste my money, but I'll reread Heinlein before buying another one.
Heinlein, despite all the pornographic crap he wrote later in his life, had this conservative streak in him that was up front and center in his early juvenile fiction. And he frequently used scenes of parents explaining things to their kids, or teachers explaining things to their students, to get his point across. And some of these didactic passages could be quite lengthy. I've always suspected Heinlein felt that the Crazy Years were just starting to under weigh and he was doing what he could to delay their onset.
But on the other hand, Stranger In A Strange Land was a hippie favorite, so maybe he had thrown in the towel by then.
It is hard for me to imagine the gut-wrenching emotions that mothers must feel when they know their sons in the military are placed in harm's way. Here are words no mother wants to hear:
“We have four levels, ma’am, from Not Injured to Not Seriously Injured to Seriously Injured and then Very Seriously Injured, as your son is listed.”
I first heard about this from a new member in votermom's Goodreads group who joined up
...[p]artly because a friend has written [a book] about the "journey" with her son's recovery after being blown up in Iraq. The three psy-ops soldiers and the Iraqi interpreter with him were all killed. He has TBI and will never be the same. There has already been a movie, "The Corporals Diary" made about the event, now she has written a book from a mothers perspective about his recovery, battles with the VA to get him care, some of the amazing people involved with that care, and some of the Brass who moved mountains to get him what he needed.
The amazing story is that the soldier, Matthew Drake, has managed to achieve a certain amount of recovery to where he is functioning again. The book his mother wrote is not available on Amazon as far as I know, but it is available here: Just As He Is Right Now.
From the Book Summary page:
Heartbreaking and humorous, irreverent and inspiring, Just as He Is Right Now is a must-read for all those who love someone with a traumatic brain injury or anyone struggling to overcome a life-altering challenge. Readers will be uplifted by this story of an ordinary young man who wanted to be "one of the good guys" and rose from the ashes to become exactly that.
I think this was mentioned in last week's book thread, but a moron e-mailed me to recommend Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways are the Best - Over 700 Recipes Show You Why by Darina Allen. He says this cookbook
...encompasses a LOT more than just cooking. This would also be a good book for the 'survival enthusiasts. Lots of good recipes, lots of tips, how to use leftovers, produce gardens, raising chickens, canning, curing, etc.
This sounds like a good book to have on hand during the Burning Times.
Another lurking moron highly recommends the books of Brandon Sanderson. I'll just copy and paste the e-mail, because, lazy:
Anyway, I wanted to recommend to my fellow morons the books of Brandon Sanderson. The Mistborn books are a good place to start. He calls much of his work "hard fantasy", which as far as I can tell means it has magic, but the magic has carefully defined rules, like hard s.f. In Mistborn, those born with the talent (allomancers) can consume and "burn" metals to produce various magical effects. The story concerns a low-born (skaa) thieving crew that sets out to overthrow the Lord Ruler, a supremely powerful allomancer who has ruled the world for a thousand years. It is fantastic. Oh, and some of the main villains are the Steel Inquisitors, men who walk around in black robes with shaved heads, facial tattoos . . . and oh yeah, freaking metal spikes going through their heads where their eyes should be!
They are fantastic books and a great introduction to an amazing author.
As I recall, Vic is a big fan of the Mistborn series and I very much enjoyed The Way of Kings, the first in the 'Stormlight' series. Haven't got around to the sequel Words of Radiance, yet, but it's on my list.
High praise for the novel Mildred Pierce from one of my chess.com buds, moron lurker 'bonedaddi'. During one of our games, he told me:
I just re read Mildred Pierce and I think there is a case to be made that it is one of the greatest American novels ever written. Further, I think Veda is one of the greatest villains ever created - dare I say she is on par with Iago
They made this one into a movie with Joan Crawford, I believe, but she didn't play the villain.
Books By Morons
One of our lovely 'ettes emailed me this week to let me know her (lurking) husband has just published this book, Dying Horribly at Harding Hall (The Harding Hall Mysteries) (Volume 1). Murder and mayhem is afoot:
In Dying Horribly at Harding Hall, we meet a wealthy, aristocratic English family—generation after generation—of lecherous and greedy muttonheads.
Heh. It's the aristocrats!
Going back to the 1920s the heirs of Harding Hall have been dying bizarre and apparently accidental deaths. Our heroes, or more accurately antiheroes, brothers Lars and Loris Harding, have decided to call in a supposedly brilliant detective from India named Depak Chota. It’s not that they are that deeply concerned about the deaths of their mostly despicable relatives. Rather, their interest has become a bit more urgent now that they are next in line to inherit Harding Hall.
Also available on Kindle.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be acessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 5/22/16 [krakatoa]
I'm going to Houston.
Luckily it's only for a couple days.
But it's Houston.
Is there anything to do there other than wonder if it would be better on Venus?
Overnight Open Thread (21 May 2016)
Enjoy the Blue Moon tonight.
Pretty much everything the left pushes is not based on science. Scientists say Michelle Obama's nutrition facts label not based on science.
"We are concerned that U.S. public health policy in this area may be progressing down a path that history suggests to be counterproductive," the scientists wrote. "Specifically, the FDA's proposed rule revising the Nutrition Facts Label with regard to an added sugars declaration and the establishment of a dietary reference value (DRV) of 10 percent lacks both the scientific rigor based on careful consideration or evidence-based reviews and a thorough appraisal of unintended consequences that will surely arise."
Yes, there are always unintended consequences will lefty initiatives. Funny thing is, most of them are pointed out to them before they happen. They just ignore them.
So is there a war on boobs now? Gym tells Ottawa woman her breasts 'too large' for tank top.
John Carpenter's Lost Themes II
Commenter chupacabra mentioned this in last night's ONT. It's pretty damn good.
What the hell is wrong with Target? Target sues Chattanooga girl's hero.
What happens when you warn students about their loan debt? Sadly, I think too many students would ignore them or say it won't happen to them.
This sounds really cool. The Pilot is an earpiece that translates a foreign language for the wearer.
Just kill it now and go a different route. The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity.
In addition to unpatched software and a lack of physical security that allowed non-TSA airport employees access to IT systems, the auditors found overheated server rooms and computers using unsupported systems - and much more.
The observed "lack of an established disaster recovery capability" noted by the OIG is particularly scary. If a data center was taken out by natural disaster, passenger screening and baggage info would be rendered inaccessible.
Not only that, but there was no security incident report process in place, and there was "little employee oversight in maintaining IT systems." And, auditors were not pleased at all that non-TSA IT contractors maintained full admin control over STIP servers at airports.
On this day 36 years ago, The Empire Strikes Back was released.
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"Preakness" is from an old French word, "prikenesse," meaning "The one after the Derby no one cares about."
So I Got a Bike
Yeah I got a bike. A cheap one. Just for getting around and exercising. I was getting a little sick of walking for exercise.
I haven't had a bike literally since I lost my virginity. So like 3-4 years.
I'd recommend it. You can get a cheap one for $200-400. Just kind of useful to have.
It's kind of kicking my ass. I thought riding a bike would be easy. It is easy -- downhill. Uphill it's a damn bastard.
It also hurts your ass. Then again I went for a cheap bike that didn't have a seat. I just put a condom over the seat-post. Sad!
Anyway, just one of the things I'm doing to try to do those "Lifestyle Changes" my doctor is always on me about.
It is pretty fun though. It's just kind of neat to have around. Any time I want to go for a bike ride, boom. There's a bike right there. Like magic.
The next thing I have to get are panniers:
They're not dorky -- they're European.
Seriously I think I saw someone in Europe with those when I was a kid. Not actually in Europe, like in a movie. Maybe A Bridge Too Far. I've always kind of wanted them, but I thought they were dorky when I was younger. Now I'm older and increasingly giving fewer fux about everything, so, panniers it is.
I also got a compass. Gotta figure out how to use it on trails and such. I mean, not like deep in trails. I just have to acquire some kind of basic directional sense (which I have none of at all; take me out of a simple city grid system, and I'm lost).
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 05-21-2016 [OregonMuse]
The Moment When Trigglypuff's Mom Set Her Daughter's Destiny
And speaking of which, one good thing about chess is that the social justice weenies and crybullies haven't tried to ruin it. For sure there are chess players whose politics are far on the kook left way past where the buses run, but even so, nobody has tried to "reinvent" or "reimagine" chess along feminist lines, or promote "homo chess" or whatever they might want to call something like that. I don't know what they could do, make biodegradable chess pieces, I guess.
Even the commies didn't try to ruin chess. They just took it as it was and made it an instrument to promote commie superiority. They may have tried to rig international competitions back in the day, but they didn't change the game itself.
I had heard that the Nazis tried to replace chess with their own strategy game, called 'Taktik' or 'Tactik', something like that. I couldn't find any reference to it online, but the wiki entry for Nazi board games makes for an interesting read, and by 'interesting', I mean kind of disturbing and creepy.
Since chess is all about fighting and attacking and capturing and the like, they'd basically have to build a new game, one based on "feminist" values such as
hatred of normal life, whining as a virtue, and vaginal worship cooperative effort, mutually beneficial relationship-building, and emotional healing. Only nobody would want to play it, because it would be boring as hell. Because feminism and fun go together like fishes and bicycles.
White Mates In 1 - Simple
We have two mates-in-1 problems this week. This one I consider the easier one:
FEN: [rnb3r1/pp1pb2p/2pk1nq1/6BQ/8/8/PPP3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1]
The first thing I notice about this position is, we're deep in the middle game and holy crap, look at Black's queen's side (upper left corner of the diagram), it's completely undeveloped. So Black is fighting with only half of his army. No wonder he's about to go down.
White Mates In 1 - Trickier
FEN: [1Bb3BN/R2Pk2r/1Q5B/4q2R/2bN4/4Q1BK/1p6/1bq1R1rb w - - 0 1]
This problem was featured in one of the daily Tactics Time e-mails of a few days ago. If you're on the list, you've already seen it.
This is not a position that would ever occur in an actual game. I mean, really, look at it. Black has 4 bishops, and they're all on the same color? Right. There are other improbable piece arrangements, too.
But it makes for a good puzzle. You'd think a mate-in-1 would be easy to find, but this one's a bit tricky. Naturally, I didn't find it. I thought I did at first, but here is what happened:
1. Studied tricky mate-in-1 problem
2. Found the solution
3. Looked up the "official" problem solution to check it against mine
4. Discovered that my solution was different than the "official" solution
5. Stared at problem to try to figure out why my solution failed; failed to find failure
6. Ran my solution through a chess engine app, which made it obvious what my failure was.
7. Cursed wildly and threw a trigglypuff tantrum because I had failed to find the correct solution and also, I had forever spoiled the puzzle for myself.
As in chess, so, too, in real life, move order is often critically important. Here, I should've done step 6 before step 3. If I had, I might have avoided step 7.
Anyway, I hope you morons can do better with this problem than I did.
A Chess Tactics Book For Absolute, Rock-Bottom Beginners
I discovered this by accident on Amazon, A very first book on chess tactics: A first step for young beginners by Job Rodrigues:
THIS LITTLE Book was written for you, beginner looking for an easy starting point for your studies on chess.
NO THEORY, Just diagrams with practical tests.
IF YOU Have learned how to play chess last week, this book is for you.
IF YOU Are looking for an easy book for a child, any 10-years old boy is able to read this "diagram-based" book.
You don't even have to know chess notation in order to profit from this book.
Available for cheap on Kindle ($2.99). Also, paperback ($9.99).
Another book just like this one is the more famous Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Himself:
This book is essentially a chess teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called "programmed learning".
Just to be clear, other than writing a short intro, I don't think Fischer did any actual work on this book other than lend his name to it. But it is a worthwhile book nonetheless. And as with the first book I mentioned, no knowledge of chess notation is required; the book consists of diagrams of simple checkmates.
I read Fischer's book many years ago and I remember thinking "oh come on, these problems are too easy", but I still remember the patterns they taught, even years later, so despite my complaints, I think I must've learned some things that I thought I didn't need to learn.
White To Play And Win
FEN: [r1bq4/1p4kp/3p1n2/5pB1/p1pQ4/8/1P4PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1]
For this problem, a demonstrated checkmate is not necessary, just show how White can achieve a decisive material or positional advantage.
Swipe the line to the right of these words if you need a hint: Deflect/remove a crucial defender.
Endgame Of The Week
This is an endgame problem that will be tough on you noobs. It's White to play and force a draw:
FEN: [k4K2/8/4P1p1/8/8/8/4b3/8 w - - 0 1]
At at first glance, you'd think there's no way White can draw. White's king will never catch that 'g' pawn, and if he tries to queen his 'e' pawn, Black can drop his bishop back to b5 and prevent that from happening.
If White tries to rush things with an immediate 1.e7, Black responds with 1...Bb5. And if 2.Kg7, then 2...g5, the pawn says 'bye-bye',and White is hosed.
So that's not the way you do it. As the Wicked Witch of the West said to Dorothy as she was trying to figure out how to get her ruby slippers, "these things must be done delllllllll-icately."
If you're playing White, despite what you may see, you can actually finagle a draw out of this position, which will leave Black cursing you and your little dog, too. Good luck finding it.
I will be posting the solution not as a comment, but here as an update, at an appropriate time.
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
[Update]: Here are the solutions to this week's puzzles.
A. Simple Mate in 1: 1.Bf4#. First in with the solution: bensadoo at comment #5
B. Tricky Mate in 1: 1.Qa3#, first found by Connortown at #15.
C. White to play and win: I think jsg at #49 got this first:
1.Re8 is the key move. Now the Queen has to either move or take the Rook, so if 1...Qxe8 then:
2.Qxf6+ Kg8 3. Bh6 Qf7 4. Qd8+ Qf8 5. Qxf8#
My chess app preferred 1...h6 instead of taking the rook, but he'll still lose, just in a different way:
1.Re8 h6 2.Rxd8 hxg5 3.Rxd6 Be6 4.Rxe6 Rf8 5.Rxf5 a3 6.Rxg5+ Kh8
7.Rxf6 Rxf6 8.Qxf6+ Kh7 9.Qg7#
D) Endgame of the week:
Protest Manager, jsb, and blogforce all contributed to the solution.
In order to win, Black must accomplish two tasks:
1. Stop White from queening his 'e' pawn
2. Promote his own 'g' pawn
The problem Black faces is that he doesn't have time to do both. White's main weapon is his king, which needs to be centrally deployed in order to guard against either of Black's courses of action. So the (critical) first move is
Black decides to run his pawn (goal #2)
How does White have the time to catch that pawn?
Black is forced to divert his attention away from his pawn and bring his bishop up to guard e8, the queening square. And now
The point. By attacking the bishop, White now gains the time he needs to catch the 'g' pawn.
Black removes his bishop from harm's way
5. Kd4 Kb7
Black brings his king over to pick off White's pesky 'e' pawn.
6. Ke4 Kc6
Meanwhile, White now closes in on the 'g' pawn.
7. Kf4 Kd6 8. e8=Q Bxe8 9. Kxg4 draw
There are a couple of variations worth looking at. First, let's say that instead of pushing his pawn, Black wants to immediately go after White's advanced pawn. Then it would look like this:
1.Ke7 Bb5 2. Kf6 Bd3
To protect his 'g' pawn. If 2...Be8, then 3.Ke7.
3. e7 Bb5
Back to guarding the queening square.
4. Kxg6 draw
The other variation arises if Black does not bring his King over on move 5, but tries to promote. So:
5. Kd4 g3 6. Ke3 g2 7. Kf2 Bc6
Black tried to protect his asset, but it's to no avail:
8. e8=Q+ Bxe8 9. Kxg2, draw
So, by adroit positioning of his King and the use of his advanced pawn as a threat at the appropriate moment, White is able to force the draw. And this despite his being behind by a bishop.
here is the entire solution without the yammering commentary, the main line is in bold:
(1...Bb5 2.Kf6 Bd3 3.e7 Bb5 4.Kxg6, draw)
(2...Bh5 3.Ke5 Kb7 4.e7 Kc7 5.Kf5 g4 6.e8=Q Bxe8 7.Kxg4, draw)
3.e7 Bb5 4.Kc5 Bd7 5.Kd4 Kb7
(5...g3 6.Ke3 g2 7.Kf2 Bc6 8.e8=Q+ Bxe8 9.Kxg2, draw)
6.Ke4 Kc6 7.Kf4 Kd6 8.e8=Q Bxe8 9.Kxg4, draw
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
This is how we will achieve world peace pic.twitter.com/ds83DaDGzK— Jenna Abrams (@Jenn_Abrams) May 17, 2016
Your humble Open Blogger has had dogs over half of his life. One thing I've never done is take any of my dogs to a pet park. Have you morons taken your pet to a pet park? If you have, what has been your experience? What do you like about the park(s)? What don't you like? Should I take the knuckle head to one?
So how many of you have fenced in yards? Did this ever happen to you?
Our first pet today is a Italian Mastiff that goes by the name of Jane. Lincolnf is the owner of this big baby.
Meet Gus. Gus doesn't care to wear bowties. Even Carlson Tucker has abandoned the bowtie. Thank you Cricket for sharing this photo. Wonderful looking cat.
Mst3K sent in this photo of Spuds. Spuds is a feral cat that visits every night for dinner.
Buddha sent in this photo. There wasn't much information given except that this cat is known as CD the Cat.
Retired Spook submitted this photo of Molly. Molly was abandoned. She was found at approximately 6 months of age. She looks like she has had a wonderful life.
Thank you for stopping by. You can contact us with photos, tips and news at petmorons at gee mail dot com.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Rise and Shine! [Y-not and KT}
Y-not: Greetings, gardening morons and moronettes!
Today's theme is Rise and Shine. There will be more rising (in the form of KT's ladders) than shining at Casa Y-not today as we're experiencing yet another Spring storm. I though April showers brought May flowers, but not here in Kentucky!
Looking at these cumulative rainfall maps at AgWeb, I guess I shouldn't complain too much. Looks like Texas and Florida have really been getting hit!
In any event, the storms have done a number on my sinuses, so my contribution will be quick hits and links from my bookmarks file:
A couple of weeks ago the subject of invasive species came up (in the context of burning bushes). Here's a report on the effect that deer populations have on invasive plants' competition with native species:
Clearly deer are shifting the composition of plant species in eastern forests, from distributing seeds that cling to their fur and pass through their digestive systems, to selectively browsing on certain native plants rather than exotic species, the study co-authors write.
Deer also exert significant influence on the structure of the forest, reducing the understory which allows more sunlight to reach the forest floor. After 25 years of relief from grazing deer, seedling height was on average 2.25-times greater in the fenced plot than in the unfenced plot. In addition, four times more tree saplings were found inside the fenced plot.
The changes deer bring to the forest often favor non-native plants, but also have cascading effects on an ecosystem whether or not invasive species are present. In fact, the researchers had originally set out to study the influence of white-tailed deer on birds and small mammals, not on invasive plants.
Might be time for a Gun Thread focusing on the best firearms for deer hunting.
Spring Across the Pond
I've been enjoying noting which of the politicians and writers I follow are interested in plants and gardens. A few weeks ago, I shared a tweet from Justin Amash. This week it's Daniel Hannan. Follow the Twitter thread to see pictures from his weekly "garden" report:
A Garden Fit for a Fairy
Also via my Twitter feed, this is adorable:
Yeah I'm a big dork. Don't care. This was fun to make. pic.twitter.com/XcWcqasf3x— SeaGurl (@2dasea) May 15, 2016
Have any of you gotten into the Fairy Garden craze?
Take It Easy
I'm always on the lookout for ways to make my garden beautiful and easier to maintain. Here are some ideas from Country Living. One recommendation they make is to plant lavender near patios because it acts as a bug repellant.
I've never heard that, but apparently lavender repels mosquitoes. I can say that they are most definitely a bee attractant, something I learned during my years out West when walking my dogs along lavender-lined pathways. My advice is to keep lavender a foot or so back from high traffic areas.
The Benefits of Being Selective
Here's a fascinating link about selective breeding in horticulture that I saw on Glenn Beck's Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago:
Inspired by the recent Peach info graphic, I set out to find the least natural fruit in existence, and decided it was probably the modern watermelon. Take a look below: which one would you rather eat?
The watermelon, delicious as it is, has increased from 50 mm to 660 mm in diameter, which represents a 1680-fold increase in volume. While ancient "wild watermelons" weighed no more than 80 grams, modern watermelons can range from 2 kg to 8 kg in the supermarket, while the Guiness World Record for the heaviest watermelon recorded exceeded 121 kilograms in the year 2000. Thousands of years of human-induced evolution have worked miracles on these fruits. Let's not forget that they're completely artificial.
I really hate this current trend on the Left of vilifying any human activity as negative. Human activity has been a net positive.
Speaking of positive humans, heeeere's KT:
Hello, Horde. Any news from the yard or garden? Our little Plumcot, introduced by Luther Burbank, has been ripening. It's an unusual fruit tree. Very pretty bark, leaves and blossoms. It is rather slow-growing, and it was slow to start bearing (compared to a Japanese plum or apricot). The fruits are kind of on the mushy side, and most years the flavor is kind of bland. If you catch them just right, though, they have a perfumed flavor, with both some sweetness and a little acid. This year they have been better than usual. Maybe I should restrict water near harvest every year.
I started thinking about ladders this week while caring for the dogs of a hospitalized friend. His mobility has been limited for a while, and his fruit trees are way too tall for him to care for. Way too tall and over-grown for anyone to care for, really. Some heavy equipment including a cherry picker might help. There's a reason cherry pickers are called cherry-pickers. This would be way too expensive for our friend's trees, though. Mr. Bar-the-Door is over there now with a chain saw, cutting out dead undergrowth and live suckers. It's a start.
I am an advocate of keeping most deciduous fruit trees in the home garden short enough to care for from ground level, or sometimes with a little step ladder. We don't always succeed, but we make an effort.
Perhaps those persimmon, pomegranate and apple trees at our friend's house can be brought back to a reasonable size, too. There are instructions out there for taming the big old tree.
Really tall orchard ladders used to be very common in the commercial fruit orchards of the San Joaquin Valley. The tall fruit trees of yore were pruned regularly, and many were majestic plants of great beauty. They took a lot of work to maintain.
The trees in some commercial citrus orchards in the nearby foothills are still fairly tall despite dwarfing root stocks, but most commercial stone fruit trees in the Valley are pretty short now. Ditto apples and pears, though they are less common here. Trees are planted much closer together than in the old days. Many stone fruit trees are now topped straight across the top by saws traveling down rows on a specialized equipment.
When trees are pruned short with an apparatus like the one above, a lot of hand-pruning, thinning and harvesting can be done from the ground. Trees can be sprayed by an operator in a closed cab. This year, I have seen several huge orchards in which long rows of stone fruit trees are covered with a filmy gossamer-like netting. I don't know if it is for protection from insects, sunburn, hail, birds or something else. But the sight is impressive. Must take some fancy equipment to cover the rows. Many of these orchards are made up of really short trees - considerably shorter the apple trees in the photo above.
But back to trees in the home garden. A relatively short orchard ladder can still make sense for landscaping today. The most common kind of orchard ladder has only three legs. The tripod design increases the stability of the ladder, and the top is narrower, making it easier to place among trees. Here is a contemporary example.
From a site about Japanese Gardening, how to build your own tripod ladder.
Do you have a favorite style of ladder?
The Farming Ladder
Interesting title for a book. I ran across a very enthusiastic combination book review/blog post by a guy who inherited some farm land and decided to improve it. "This is a fascinating and life-changing book! I have said that before about other books. . . " This post includes musing on how to read books of value. Speaking of musings, don't miss Oregon Muse's highly-acclaimed Sunday Morning Book Thread tomorrow. Clarity is a great thing.
This blogger also has a nice post from April about the magic of planting trees.
I'm sure there are other things you can do to build inter-generational memories but trees put down roots. There is a giant burr oak tree in my pasture that my grandpa Chism said was always big. Roots. Ties to previous generations.
What is that worth?
Where are you planting your trees? You don’t need a farm. You just have to stay put for a while.
Looks like some of those trees he values still require ladders. Harvesting fruit from those ladders will become part of the memories. I still think that short fruit trees are a good idea for a lot of people, though.
Victor Davis Hanson has suggested that people with a working connection to land, particularly farmland, help keep a society grounded in reality. Further to Y-not's informative segment above on deer population, here's an example of what happens when the Ruling Class loses its connection to working the land:
Last week, the de Blasio administration unveiled their plans to manage Staten Island's exploding deer population by giving every single male deer a vasectomy.
Maybe it would be a good idea for them to learn something about how successful farmers think. Might be interesting for some of us, too. You can get a copy of The Farming Ladder through the AoSHQ Amazon Store. "This fascinating work is thoroughly recommended for those with an interest in the farming industry and its historical technologies and developments."
We have mentioned plant ladders more than once in our discussions of supports for tomatoes and other plants. I think that the plant ladder below is kind of different and interesting. There are also directions for a horizontal tomato trellis in a raised bed here.
If that one is a bit pricey for you, The Survival Sherpa has detailed directions for building your own plant ladders.
Ladders for Locusts and other grasshoppers
Big brains aren't always best?
Those locust ladders have a novel design. When did a locust ever build a ladder for a scientist to climb on?
Is it just me, or do we have some headline sensationalism going on in the scientific press? I get that most insects with long feelers and small eyes use feeler-leg coordination to walk. But is anyone really bowled over to learn that insects with great big eyes and short feelers can use their eyes instead of their feelers to determine where to put their feet when landing after flight, or when walking?
Seems to me that the real news here is that the study clarifies the suitability of the locust (a big, short-horned grasshopper) as a study model for limb control. Maybe I am missing something. Any neuroscientists in the audience?
Those wee little locust ladders are interesting, but my main personal concern with all sorts of grasshoppers is keeping them from using my plants as ladders. And then as dinner. Yes, grasshoppers can be kinda cute. One at a time. But what happened near Chico last year was alarming. Grasshoppers lined up on wire fences. Covering the sides of houses. Decimating plants. I thought that this was locust behavior.
Here are some suggestions concerning grasshopper-resistant plants and biological controls. I don't think that hand-picking them and saving them for a neighbor to use as fishing lures would have worked in Chico. Besides, grasshoppers fly. In my experience they will often use visual cues to guide their tiny brains to coordinate evasive action when somebody tries to capture them. And big grasshoppers can hurt you a little when they kick.
If you still want to catch them by hand, maybe with a net, and don't have a neighbor who fishes, remember that NPR and the UN would like you to consider eating these insects. The name "Locust" comes from a word that also means "Lobster" in vulgar Latin, and there IS a Locust Lobster.
Most species of Polemonium, or Jacob's Ladder, are from arctic or alpine regions. Members of The Horde in cooler climes may find this plant to be very useful in part shade to full shade. Some cultivars succeed under trees where adapted. Polemonium is reportedly deer-resistant.
There are many wild species in the USA and Canada. Some choice types are grown by enthusiasts. But garden clones are usually the easiest for the average gardener to grow. I think that the variegated ones show the ladder-like arrangement of the leaves best.
Sky Pilot is pretty short for a ladder. It is unlikely that this is the Jacob's Ladder you would choose for your garden. It usually grows at 10,000 to 14,000 feet in areas with little visible soil. "The flowers are at full bloom for approximately one day apiece in the very short period of appropriate flowering conditions. The plant has a strong scent reminiscent of urine which attracts pollinators to its short-lived flowers. . . "
I am glad that a graduate student associated with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hiked up to a "Sky Island" in the mountains to my east to take the photo below. Geology buffs may be interested in the details. Sounds like a rugged trip. He was able to confirm that Global Warming has not killed off this plant yet. Whew.
Y-not: Thanks, KT!
KT's section on Jacob's ladder prompted me to share this:
Follow this link for a "tour" of home and garden writer Kevin Lee Jacob's garden in Hudson Valley New York. You'll even spot some Jacob's ladder!
And here's an appropriate song to go along with the tour:
I kind of dig it.
What's happening in YOUR gardens this week?
Link to the Saturday Gardening Thread archives here.
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Scientists in Sweden found that the beetles capture the picture of the sky while dancing on a ball of manure.
The beetles' navigational skills could aid the development of driverless vehicles, the researchers suggest. -
Those are among the Dung Beetle Sentences to Ponder at Marginal Revolution. Ponder away!
Incidentally, why did the Egyptians worship beetles that eat poop?
According to entomologist Yves Cambefort in his essay "Beetles as Religious Symbols," the scarab, so reasoned the Egyptians, rolls the turd along and disappears it, just as the sun emerges and vanishes every day.
Hmmm. Lately it seems to me like the news media rolls a few turds along for a day, then disappears them. Sometimes after behaving a bit like the Kung Fu Dung Beetles in the video at the link above. Any "trending" examples come to mind for you?
Incidentally, some of you may have had a momentary preview of this post before I disappeared it on Thursday, only to resurrect it today. Sort of like the sacred scarab beetle with its reappearing ball of dung, but less predictable. Forgot to put the entry in "draft" Thursday. AIEEE! Tense moments for me, weird moments for readers of AoSHQ.
Hope you can get away from the news for a while this weekend. Doing anything interesting?
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Saturday Morning Oddities [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
Do they have caffeine IV drips? If so, please hook me up.
Here are a few oddities that didn't make the News Dump this past week. Enjoy! Hope your weekend is great.
- His business plan needs revision
- School teachers have nothing over RC priests.
- To each their own
- Not the brightest bulb in the pack
- Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam.
- Mr. & Mrs. Fuhst if only little Nicolas would apply himself
- No kidding? I grew up in Appleton.
No running with sharp objects. Be well and have a great weekend. Oh yeah, open thread.
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EMT 5/21/16 [krakatoa]
Snooze status: Confirmed.
Overnight Open Thread (20 May 2016)
Finally, some sanity in the bathroom wars. College reverses decision, rehires famed Delta Force hero.
Not shocking to those with a brain. IMF: Iran must stop funding terror, money laundering if it wants to join global economy. Too late now with sanctions not in place. Gotta have a fake success story for SCOAMF.
Costly renewable energy regulations prevent our military from doing its job. This is among many things that keep the military focused on political BS rather than warfighting prowess.
In other green energy news, world's largest solar plant catches fire.
some of Ivanpah's mirrors were misaligned. That means that the sunbeams were concentrated and focused on the wrong spot, causing electrical cables to catch fire.
Workers and firefighters were reportedly able to put out the blaze in about 20 minutes, but it left the plant with melted and scorched implements.
Inverted Bass Solo
The drunkest (and driest) cities in America. Dang Wisconsin. 5 of the top 10 are in Wisconsin.
Koreans Try Whisky For The First Time
Oh c'mon. Compared to Soju, whisky is damn smooth.
"Schaulust is a German word which describes the pleasure we feel in looking. This curiosity or scopophilia is a powerful pleasure and one that if not indulged in directly will leading to sublimation in another activity, often one remarkably similar to erotic voyeurism. The love of a military aircraft find its roots in the Purified Pleasure Ego, that facet of the ego that projects its own badness onto external objects. The spyplane, exemplified by the erotically supercharged SR-71 is an example of the hyper-sexualisation of the object (often bolstered by patriotism, itself a product of the Uber-Ich). Sitting at such a giddy vertex of powerful impulses makes the spyplane a powerful symbol. It is because of this that the spyplane occupies such a particularly potent appeal to the unconscious."
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Wow: Tucker Carlson Rips The Bark Off Glenn Beck -- "It Was Like He Was Auditioning to be Zuckerberg's Manservant"
Someone earlier said in the comments that Carlson had said this, but without specifying who he meant. The commenter gathered he meant Glenn Beck.
In an interview, Carlson blasted the radio and television host, saying he was sucking up to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
"I went to that meeting expecting Beck to cry, rend his garments while quoting James Madison, but that's not at all what happened. He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I've ever seen a grown man commit. He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg's manservant -- it was awe-inspiring,' Carlson said. "I don't know what his agenda is; it's either he's looking to put his tanking Web properties up for sale or he just can't help himself. There's a billionaire there, so he sniffs the throne."
By the way, here Limbaugh talks about the Zuckerberg Conclave, and keeps referring to Tucker Carlson as "Chatsworth Osborne Jr."
Remember when the Republican Party used to pretend to be all on the same side?
There was a lot of cattiness and backbiting beneath the surface, but everyone pretended to get along.
Not any more, huh?
I suppose it's better all this is out in the open now.
Kanye West: Like Picasso, Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney, I Have Ideas That Could Save Humanity's Existence if Someone Would Just Give Me the Money to Fund My Crazy Ideas
Apparently what kicked this rant off was a question about the time he asked Mark Zuckerberg, via twitter, for $53 million with which he could, I don't know, start the Zoolander Academy for Kids Who Don't Read Good or whatever.
Then it got intensely weird.
Group ID'd as One of Ben Rhodes' "Force Multipliers" In Selling Iran Deal Also Gave $100,000 to NPR to "Help" It "Report" on the Deal
Thanks to Melanie /@mrussRSF, a neat little late Friday covert news fart from the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group's annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.
The Ploughshares Fund's mission is to "build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world's nuclear stockpiles," one that dovetails with President Barack Obama's arms control efforts. But its behind-the-scenes role advocating for the Iran agreement got more attention this month after a candid profile of Ben Rhodes, one of the president's top foreign policy aides.
In The New York Times Magazine article, Rhodes explained how the administration worked with nongovernmental organizations, proliferation experts and even friendly reporters to build support for the seven-nation accord that curtailed Iran's nuclear activity and softened international financial penalties on Tehran.
"We created an echo chamber," said Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, adding that "outside groups like Ploughshares" helped carry out the administration's message effectively.
Outside groups of all stripes are increasingly giving money to news organizations for special projects or general news coverage. Most news organizations, including The Associated Press, have strict rules governing whom they can accept money from and how to protect journalistic independence.
Ploughshares' backing is more unusual, given its prominent role in the rancorous, partisan debate over the Iran deal.
Ploughshares' links to media are "tremendously troubling," said Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, an Iran-deal critic.
Pompeo told the AP he repeatedly asked NPR to be interviewed last year as a counterweight to a Democratic supporter of the agreement, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who he said regularly appeared on the station. But NPR refused to put Pompeo on the air, he said. The station said it had no record of Pompeo's requests, and listed several prominent Republicans who were featured speaking about the deal or economic sanctions on Iran.
Another who appeared on NPR is Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares' president.
Well isn't that cozy.
Oh squeeze me this is awesome.
Check out the exhibit at the British Museum, "Lost Worlds: Egypt's Sunken Cities."
Apparently these two towns were lost to the River Nile not in a cataclysm but bit-by-bit as the river widened.
But they left the cool sh*t behind. Lazy f*x.
More about the ossuary (bone chapel) at Wikipedia.
The ossuary is crumbling and as of 2014 they were trying to figure out how the hell you do a repair job on a chapel made of human bones.
NRA Endorses Trump; Trump Speaks to NRA Convention
He just said that had there been guns at one of the recent Islamist butcheries, "Boom" (gestures shooting) "all done."
"We're getting rid of gun free zones, I can tell you that. We're getting rid of them."
"Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate in the history of America." (or something like that)
Guy Live Tweets His Stupid Diversity Training
Fuckin' Miguel, man. pic.twitter.com/o2gHZY3qqh— Kilgore Trout (@Beer__Wolf) May 19, 2016
Not a problem, since the coworker couldn't hear what Hisao said, because they are deaf. pic.twitter.com/2OIfvLfgNs— Kilgore Trout (@Beer__Wolf) May 19, 2016
Holy shit Kate I mean what the hell is even wrong with you pic.twitter.com/StOrVvu32w— Kilgore Trout (@Beer__Wolf) May 19, 2016
Miguel hates women and Alfredo hates minorities. This thing has a real problem with Hispanics. pic.twitter.com/Z8bUve4f53— Kilgore Trout (@Beer__Wolf) May 19, 2016
Thought for the day: A critical part of the freedom of thought and expression is the freedom not to care about someone else's bugaboos and fever dream fears -- which is the very thing under assault by the Social Justice Warriors.
They are attempting to criminalize not giving a shit about their myriad mental problems and body dysmorphias.
Mitch McConnell Again Conspires to Defeat a Conservative Legislation, and Provide Cover to Liberal Democrats and Liberal Republicans
Two French Rock Concerts Cancel Eagles of Death Metal Appearances Due to Frontman Jesse Hughes Saying Some Muslims are Terrorists
Well that's not exactly what they're banning them for but it's close enough.
They seem bothered by this interview in Taki magazine as well as by an appearance on the Fox Business Channel show "Kennedy."
One thing that they're bizarrely saying he's being banned for is his "conspiracy theory" that the Bataclan security guards were in cahoots with the terrorists. How is that bannable? He says that Abdelsam was there earlier in the day, before the show, and stared him down. He also says that only one guard was present -- an Arab -- and the rest of the security guards stayed home.
He may be right; he may be wrong. But how is this something people now get Social Justice Warriored over?
Here are some of the Officially Forbidden things Jesse Hughes said about his own experience as a victim of terrorism:
Jesse Hughes: I saw fear fall like a blanket on the whole crowd and they fell like wheat in the wind—the way you would before a god. I was totally alert from the very beginning. The first thing I needed to do was find my girl. Fear took a backseat and "Where's my girl?" took over. I could smell gunpowder in the backstage area and I knew someone fired a round back there. I saw a guy with an FAL and when he turned to face me his eyes looked like marbles. He was stoned out of his mind, and we now know they were on Xanax and cocaine. I recognized him. I'd seen him earlier in the day and noticed him staring at us.
They were in the venue early. That implies some staff were in on it.
I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. I know for sure that they were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realized later it was Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?
Do you think political correctness is killing our natural instincts and making us vulnerable?
Definitely. There were two girls who were involved. They were at the venue and vanished before the shooting, and these women were in traditional Muslim garb. They knew people wouldn’t check them because of the way they were dressed. They got caught a few days later.
The fear of offending Muslims is a terrorist's greatest weapon.
"When the cops went in after the attack, they shut down, what, 450 mosques? They found recruitment material in every single one of them."
Look at the guys who bombed Brussels. They were wearing black gloves on one hand. Their luggage was too heavy to lift, but they didn't want anyone helping them with it. Nobody brought any of this up until after the bombs went off.
We'd rather die than be called a bigot.
How is a faith being associated with racism? Just take out the word "Islam" and replace it with "communism." It's an ideology. The same way the Rosenbergs could sell nuclear secrets from within America is the same way Muslim terrorists can attack us from within. It's okay to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age.
You can read the rest at the link.
In a brief communique, the Parisian [music] festival as well as the Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine decided jointly to cancel the shows of the American group. Due to the recent political statements made by the leader of the group, Jesse Hughes.
"In complete disagreement with the recent statements made by Jesse Hughes.... the fesivals Cabaret Vert et Rock en Seine decided today to cancel the concerts of the group which were planned this summer." The message is clear. The American group had draw the thunder of many organizers after the singer Jesse Hughes had made the conspiracy-theory and racist claims in regard to the attacks of 13 November. May 14th, Jesse Hughes responded to questions of the very conservative Taki's Magazine. An interview in which he reaffirmed his claims made last march on Fox Business in which he accused the personnel of Bataclan of complicity with the terrorists.
If he recognized having had "huge problems for having said that the Bataclan security was in cahoots with the terrorists," he remains persuaded "that they were there earlier in the day. I remember one of them staring at one of my buddies. I had just take it for Arab jealousy." To this was added claims even more doubtful about the Muslim community.
The statements which had not at all pleased the orgaizers of the festivals Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert, the only two to have scheduled The Eagles of Death Metal this summer. Now maybe awaiting more cancellations...
That's from LeFig, Paris' center-right newspaper. You can see how Social Justice Warrioring and political correctness has rotted it out.
I think he's almost certainly wrong about the guards being in cahoots with the terrorists. That's because, when it comes to terrorism, the French really don't screw around. If there was a there there, it would be investigated. They wouldn't cover this up. At least, I don't have the sense that that country is so paralyzed by political correctness they'd let terrorists go rather than admit they had a couple of more terrorists than they knew about.
But how the hell did it come to the point that being wrong in one's witness testimony was some kind of banable offense?
And how did it happen that now even center-right outlets are reliably Social Justice Warrior, almost salivating over the though that this ugly crew of Conspiracy Theorizing Racists has been banned from pursuing their livelihood?
Mid-Morning Open Thread [Y-not]
Here's what the Google Cultural Institute has to say about this painting:
Completed a year before his death, Indians Simulating Buffalo was commissioned by publishers P. F. Collier and Son, with whom Remington had a contract. The painting was used as the cover image of the September 18, 1909, issue of Collier's Magazine. Remington's paintings of 1907-1908 reflect increasing Impressionist influence. In this canvas, he adapted the style's intense palette to record the strong sunlight and parched landscape, while the brushstrokes delineating the buffalo robes and the strong vertical blue and reddish lines that build up the shadows beneath them are similar to the Impressionists' brushwork
I love this painting. I confess that I tend to enjoy depictions of the West and Southwest. (Another favorite artist of mine is Bev Doolittle.)
At age nineteen, Remington made his first trip into the old West of the 1880s where he saw the vast prairies, the buffalo herds, unfenced cattle country, and some the last major confrontations between the U.S. Cavalry and native Americans. In subsequent years, he made many trips to the West and Great Plains. He worked as cowboy, ranch hand, lumberjack, hunted grizzly bears in New Mexico, and became a gold miner in Apache country in Arizona. He also tried other ventures, including sheep ranching in Kansas and part owner of a Kansas City saloon. Other government and business ventures lasted only a few months in some cases. But along with his travels and experiences, he continued to draw. He sent illustrations back East to newspapers and magazines, among them, Outing Magazine, Harper's Weekly and Scribners. Remington's work hit the market at a good time, as tales of the West were very popular in Eastern cities. Publishers used everything he sent.
Remington's first full-page magazine cover under his own name appeared in Harper's Weekly in January 1886. He was 25. With financial backing from an uncle, he was able to pursue his art career and support his wife. Commissions came as well. In 1886, he was sent to Arizona by Harper's Weekly to cover the government's war against Geronimo. A trip to Canada in 1887, produced illustrations of the Blackfoot, the Crow Nation, and the Canadian Mounties. In 1888, two of his paintings were used on U. S. Postal stamps. He also supplied illustrations for a book by Teddy Roosevelt that was first serialized in Century Magazine. More than 70 of his illustrations were used in Frances Parkman's novel, Oregon Trail. Remington's first one-man art show came in 1890 with twenty-one paintings and was very well received. About that time, becoming more of an established artist, he and his wife moved to New Rochelle, New York where he had a large studio.
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TGIF News Dump (5/20/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- EgyptAir airline tragedy
- Additional EgyptAir news
- OK Legislature passes tough abortion bill
- The State Department, worthless.
- Johnson/Weld 2016
- Pope Francis and Economics 101
- Don't like your sentence, shouldn't have broken the law
- House chaos after LGBT vote
- Classes? Why not disbar their sorry a$$es?
- Suck it up buttercups
- Enough is enough
- Common Sense 1, Trial Attorneys 0
- Redskins, not such an offensive name after all
- John Hopkins U ends training on live animals
- What a hoser, eh?
- Just cook the damn things in beef tallow
- Morley Safer, RIP
- Rolling Stone rape story gets even more interesting
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day Part I
- Feel good story of the day Part II
Have a good Friday and a better weekend.
Overnight Open Thread 05/19/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Keeping it simple tonight. As if you guys click the links anyway.
I love amusement park rides but after a particularly scary experience at the local fair, I no longer ride the rides at those portable fairs. This is one reason why:
Safety is our highest priority!
Here's something your kids will love.
This is hydrophobic sand. Take it out of the water and you'll be surprised. https://t.co/ttOfeMlN5P— SciencePorn (@SciencePorn) April 28, 2016
If you are so inclined, there are videos on You Tube as to how you can make it yourself.
Fan-cee! Horse groomer takes trimming to a whole other level.
A Google or Bing search will reveal lots of other designs as well. Each is is spectacular.
Feeling frisky? Ten office pranks that probably won't get you fired.
Let me know how it goes.
With frightening accuracy, as usual.
Ain't that the truth?
One of my favorite videos to surface since Prince's death.
Just. So. Chill.
That's it for tonight.
Oh, and P.S., this ONT brought to you by men who served us well.
Thinking of Mr. Bennett this evening. Will there ever be another?
Oh, and I'm a bit off as to the ONT coverage for tonight, so don't be completely caught off guard if another pops up later.
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Hillary Clinton's Unfavorables Top Trump's
You know whose fault this is?
You know the answer -- the Female Ghostbusters', that's whose fault it is.
Trump passed Hillary 45-42 in a FoxNews poll, but Hillary comes out on top 47-41 in a poll from CBS/the NYT.
Oh, and we need to definitely do this.
The media has decided that Bernie Sanders must now stop campaigning so Hillary can unite her base (the media, that is).