Food Thread: Light, Brief and Lithe Edition [CBD]
This is the result of the world famous La Tomatina (tomato fight) in Buñol, a small town in Spain's Valencia region. I guess if you are too chicken (or smart) to run with the Bulls in Pamplona, this is a good option. But the curmudgeon in me thinks it's just a big waste of food. Although the claim is that the acidity of the tomatoes cleans the streets, so I guess there is some point to it. I like this point better though.... [NSFW]
Bottles of the barrel-aged liquor will carry the likeness of Gen. George S. Patton, who was known for his rapid deployment of armor troops when he commanded the U.S. Seventh Army and later the Third Army during the war.
Known as Patton Armored Diesel, the product borrows its name from a mobile bar that accompanied the general's forces as they crossed France and Germany after D-Day.
I wonder what General Patton would have thought? Either pleased that it was booze, or furious that his name was being used for something undignified....
Deep dish pizza isn't really pizza, it's tomato pie. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, because there are versions that are quite good. Just don't call it pizza (Chicago, I'm talking to you...) and all will be well.
Here's an interesting and clear recipe from PizzaMaking.com, which is a grand place to poke around if you are at all interested in the art and science of pizza making. Just be sure to read through it before you start. It's for a basic pie, but most people will want to stuff it full of optional good stuff, like meat!
I'm a sucker for time lapse stuff. The accompanying music? Not so much....
The dish is Pressure Cooker Feijoada - Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew from Dad Cooks Dinner, one of the best and most accessible web sites dedicated to good, simple food and techniques.
Yeah, yeah. Arugula is your trigger for a hipster alert. But it is a very useful green that adds a nice peppery flavor and good texture to things. Just not everything.
¾ lb Yukon Gold potatoes, ½” cube
¼ cup corn oil
White wine vinegar (cider vinegar is fine too)
½ red or yellow pepper, sliced into thin strips
4 oz. baby arugula
2 Tbl. finely minced shallot (or Vidalia or similarly sweet onion)
1 Tbl red wine vinegar
1 Tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk the onion, vinegar and mustard together. Drizzle the olive oil into the mixture as you continue to whisk. It will emulsify, or at least mix nicely.
Mix the arugula with the sliced peppers and set aside.
In a large non-stick pan, heat the corn oil on medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and toss until they are coated with the oil. Make sure that the potatoes are in a single layer as you cook them. Toss occasionally until the cubes are nicely browned on all sides. Dump immediately into the salad, pour the dressing over everything, toss and serve.
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Football Sunday in America 08/28/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Good afternoon and welcome to Sunday Football in America. Unfortunately, Goodell and his NFL are leaving such a bad taste in my mouth it's going to be a challenge to enjoy the sport I love knowing I'm contributing in any way to his pocketbook.
So, I'm keeping it short today.
The schedule for today:
Chargers at Vikings 1:00 pm ET on Fox
Cardinals at Texans 4:25 pm ET on Fox
Bengals at Jaguars 8:00 pm ET on NBC
Here's a couple of gals to keep you company.
Enjoy the games, and play nice, folks.
Colin Kaepernick: The NFL's Newest Blithering Idiot [CBD]
CDR M touched on this last night, but there is nothing like pouring it on when the target is this easy to hit!
I don't know who Clay Travis is, because I don't follow football much, and don't much like it either. But I like this Davis fellow, who sounds suspiciously like a Moron, in the good way. Here he claims that Colin Kaepernick Is an Idiot, and backs it up with some pretty damning analysis.
Once you make the decision to enter the marketplace of ideas, in my opinion, you're obligated to put forward a coherent reason for your decision-making if you want to be taken seriously. Otherwise, I can feel free, thanks to this same first amendment that you're using to gain attention, to pronounce you an daft prima donna whose football talents have so deteriorated you aren't even capable of beating out Blaine freaking Gabbert to be quarterback. As if that weren't enough I can also say that based on your Twitter feed you look like a lost and psychologically unstable individual.
Kaepernick is the latest in a series of high-profile athletes/entertainers/trained monkeys who are under the mistaken impression that the number of followers they have on Twitter or Instagram is somehow correlated with their intelligence and their ability to provide insightful comments on a whole range of topics outside of their incredibly narrow areas of expertise.
If I want to learn how to cry on command or look pensively off into the distance or take steroids to bulk up for an important event or lip sync an entire concert or throw a
tight spiral wobbling wounded duck, I will, absolutely, contact Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep or Madonna or Matt Damon or Colin Kaepernick.
But for political or cultural analysis I think that sticking with the far less attractive but far better informed among us is probably a good idea. And who would those people be? Judging by the blather coming out of our most famous among us, it will probably be a step up if I go to the nearest middle school and ask the kid who is reading in the library and doesn't have paste crumbs on his chin.
And speaking of injustice.....
Kaep’s Nike shoe collection made by oppressed Chinese people. pic.twitter.com/e4skoDxwXy— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) August 27, 2016
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-28-2016: Stepping On Your Own [OregonMuse]
University of Washington's Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading Room
(Look at that pic. Go on, click on it.
It doesn't seem likely to me that that building started out as a library, much less a "graduate reading room". I wonder if UW acquired a church building and re-purposed it. That makes me sad. But, library. So that's not so bad. On the other hand, it could've been worse. It could've been re-purposed as a mosque. Update: It has always been a library. Thanks to the many morons for the correction.)
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, and snowflakes soon dissolve. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these.
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,”
Hugos and Puppies and CHORFs, Oh My!
So this year's Hugo Awards have come and gone, and apparently it was kind of an "Empire Strikes Back" event. All the SJWs are in the throes of ecstasy because few, if any, of the Sad Puppies candidates won. Also, the 'Best Novel' category was won by The Fifth Season, written by N.K. Jemison, who is, from what I hear, the SJW's SJW.
Yay, diversity! Boo, evil white men!
So all the progressives are jumping with joy and spraying each other with champagne over their great victory over the Sad Puppies, but they don't understand they've already lost, and in fact, they lost several years ago.
Larry Correia did not start the Sad Puppies merely to provide an alternate slate of choices for white guys. His purpose, as he has explained over and over and over again, was to prove a point. He had publicly stated that (a) science-fiction publishing has for years been dominated by a small, inbred SJW clique that act as gatekeepers that keep out conservative-leaning authors and (b) this same inbred clique runs the Hugo awards. And then all the SJWs went bananas trying to keep the SP choices off the ballot, and then when they couldn't do that, they told all of their friends not to vote for them, or to "No Award" the entire category. Apparently, they didn't realize that these concerted efforts only served to prove Correia's point that the Hugos were run by and for an small, inbred clique of progressive CHORFs*
And now that Correia's supposition has been amply demonstrated, anything else is just icing on the cake. The existence of the "Rabid Puppies" slate confuses things a bit, but Correia's original point still stands. In fact, Correia was not part of the Sad Puppies this year, and I rather think his direct involvement with it is pretty much a thing of the past. This year was another opportunity for the inbred SJWs to beclown themselves yet again. Which they did superbly, with all their hollering about "white male privilege". They failed to pay attention to the fact that this year the Sad Puppies were managed by women authors: Kate Paulk, Sarah Hoyt, and Amanda Green.
You couldn't do better than read Correia's take on the 2016 Hugos:
Funny. When I started Sad Puppies four years ago, the narrative was all about how the Hugos were a celebration of what was great, representing the best of all of fandom. I said nope, it is decided by cliques, ass kissing, and politics. They called me a liar. Fast forward to now, and at least they are open it is all politics. Hell, they’re celebrating it.
Correia has the inbred SJW clique so spooked, they're kicking their own butts.
*Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics.
...is a huge mult-genre fan convention that has run every year in Atlanta, Georgia since 1987. They have gamers, bookworms, comic geeks, fans of all sorts and they bill themselves as "the largest multi-media popular convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy,gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!" I'm not sure what their exact attendance was last year, but I know it was more than 60,000!
The inbred SJWs are trying to turn the Hugos into a politically correct showcase of what they think you should read. The Dragons, on the other hand, are trying to be about what science fiction fans actually like to read. Voting closes at the end of this month so act soon. You will need an email address to register, then they send you a ballot.
I'm typing this on Wednesday afternoon, and I just took a pause to follow the link provided by votermom, and it took me all of 2 minutes to fill out a minimal form, send it in, and hit the confirm link in the e-mail. It's easy and, best of all, it's FREE.
According to a message displayed at the confirmation link, the next batch of Dragon ballots goes out on Monday, so if you get your requests in today, you'll make the deadline. Again, voting ends on August 31st, so there's not a lot of time left.
I remember reading a Greek myth where the hero (Theseus? Heracles?) had to fight a giant scorpion and he managed to defeat it by getting it to sting itself over and over again. This is kind of what Correia and Vox Day are doing to the inbred progressive clique that are running the Hugos. This year the CHORFs managed to "No Award" Jerry Pournelle. Seriously? Pournelle is a living legend, and they "No Award"-ed him?? In what universe does *that* make sense? The more they turn the Hugos into a PC beauty contest, the more fans will abandon them. The question is, will it be enough to kill the beast? I don't know. A good indicator will be what happens with the Dragon Awards. If, over succeeding years, more and more SJWs start showing up at DragonCon to cause trouble, that would be an indication that the Hugos are dead and the progressive parasites have left the dessicated corpse of the host and are looking for another healthy body upon which to feed.
Call For Submissions
I regularly prowl the internet, looking for awesome library and cool bookstore pics to feature on the book thread. Eventually, I'm going to run out, as there are only so many pics out there to chose from. And there isn't any National Strategic Library Pic Reserve I can tap into.
So this is where you come in: send me a pic of *your* library, and I can feature it on the book thread. I know that few, if any of us are going to have libraries like the ones I've been showing, but even a couple of shelves will do. Or, if you have a library in a nice building near to where you live, that qualifies. Pics of finely bound books will also be welcome.
Morons send in pics of their pets for the pet thread, and this would be similar. I think it would be fun.
Books By Morons
Moron commenter naturalfake has the third part of his 'Wearing The Cat' series, Wearing the Cat: Part Three: His Golden Time, continuing the adventures of Lt. Nick McGill, hedonist who
...is closer than ever to achieving his goal of adding excitement to his life through access to an excess of wine, women, and adventure
Best of all, with the incredibly wealthy Mr Sanbuichi as his new English Student, McGill now has access to the world of the rich, their money, and their fine, fine women. Not to mention the great food and high quality booze...And yet, with his enthusiastic and sensuous response to the fresh and surprising world opening around him, McGill may be missing the most important thing of all.
The quiet, sweet arrival of romance in his life.
I find some of my best material poaching other threads. I find these wonderful one-offs like:
58 Sorry for the early OT
Just finished "When Breath Becomes Air"
Holy shit is that a kick in the face. An amazing and profound little book. Intensely moving.
Posted by: Max Power at August 19, 2016 06:12 PM (q177U)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is a best-seller, which is why they're charging 13 bucks for it.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
Sadly, Mr. Kalanithi died in 2015 while working on this book.
This one is a repeat from a couple of years ago, but given the current political climate, it's worth mentioning again. Moronette lurker Anwyn recommends Bacon and Egg Man by Ken Wharton, a darkly comic novel that takes place in a United States where "the Northeast has split off from the rest of the United States. The new Federation is ruled by the electoral descendants of King Mike [Bloomberg?], a man who made it his mission to form a country based on good, clean living."
The spirit of Prohibition is never really absent from American culture. It just shifted around a bit to prohibit different things. From Anwyn's review, the main character, journalist Wes Montgomery, lives
...in the northeast corner of what used to be the United States. New York and its surrounding blue-state cohorts have seceded, and in the resulting Federation, original Bloomberg’s original soda ban has led to the illegality of fat and sugar and basically everything that tastes good. The people eat tofu and vegetables and visit the doctor by mandate to have their body fat monitored. Strangely, this has not stopped people from dying of heart attacks or cancer, but nobody seems to grasp the implications of that. Wes lives the life of an average guy who works a job, makes a living at it, and keeps to himself. But he’s a drug dealer and a user—not only does he get bacon, eggs, real milk and butter, ribeyes, sausage, and yes, soda for his clients, he eats them himself, cooking them up in a black cast-iron skillet (whose appearance, all by itself, won my heart in the first chapter).
And soon he gets caught.
The Kindle edition is, not bad, $7.99.
What I'm Reading
I've started the historical novel John the Pupil by David Flusfeder that I picked up earlier this week for $1.99, and on Friday as I am typing this, that price is still holding.
It's kind of like a medieval road movie. It's 1267 and Franciscan friar Roger Bacon, one of Europe's first empirical scientists (back in those days, they called what he studied "natural philosophy") has charged his pupil John (also a Franciscan monk) along with two companions, Brother Andrew and Brother Bernard, to deliver scientific instruments and Bacon’s great opus (a book containing pretty much everything he knows) to Pope Clement IV, currently residing in the Italian town of Viterbo.
So it's like a road movie. Call it "John and Andrew and Bernard's Excellent Medieval Adventure". The Amazon blurb says
John the Pupil is a road movie,
I thought I just said that.
...recounting the journey taken from Oxford to Viterbo by John and his two companions. Modeling themselves after Saint Francis, the men trek by foot through Europe, preaching the gospel and begging for sustenance. In addition to fighting off ambushes from thieves hungry for the thing of power they are carrying, the holy trio is tried and tempted by all sorts of sins: ambition, pride, lust - and by the sheer hell and heaven of medieval life.
All that, and a MacGuffin, too.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible 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 08/28/16 [krakatoa]
This is your last weekend before college football EMT.
Overnight Open Thread (27 Aug 2016)
Donald Trump reveals radical plan for a more powerful Air Force. Yes, it is satire but it had me rollin'.
So why don't you just leave Colin? Canada might start you at QB. Kaepernick: I won't stand 'to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people'. Yo Colin, are you saying the US is so oppressive that it elected a Black President twice even though he's worse at Presidentin' than you are at football? Most of your largest cities with large Black populations are run by Democrats. Who's doing the oppressing and who do you always vote for? Perhaps what you are pissed off about comes from those who YOU put in office. Over and over and over again.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
The bromeliad plant got a gold star from the team, managing to clean up 80 percent of the pollutants in six of the eight VOCs tested. Others scored highly for certain pollutants: the dracaena absorbed 94 percent of the chemical acetone, used in nail polish remover.
Spider plants, meanwhile, were very fast at removing VOCs, starting work just a few minutes after being placed inside its container.
Heh. Assault Ewoks.
I expect that this will turn into something more before Obama's term is up. Iran confrontations with US Navy up 50% this year.
So what's the deal in Baltimore? It's been hotter in the past in August (record was 102 degrees in 1948 ). Were schools closed then too? Dozens of Baltimore County schools closed due to the heat. How about turning on the a/c?
Real Red Weddings
Things named after Mae West. Outside of the life preserver, I didn't know about the others.
A "blown periphery" parachute malfunction causes the canopy to contort into the shape of a giant brassiere, and so is referred to as the "Mae West" malfunction.
Not very smart. Woman pisses off fellow motorists during daring cat rescue.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by an insane amusement park ride idea from 1919:
Cat pic via.
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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 08-27-2016 [OregonMuse]
(Not sure where this pic came from, a medieval chess manual perhaps? The precise position was obviously very important to the artist, as the pieces are displayed just so. Too bad I don't understand the symbolism, so the board position is unreadable to me.)
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a mud fight on a Saturday afternoon.
Problem 1 - White To Play
What's the best move for White?
Hint: White wins material
FEN: [2r3k1/5pp1/4p2p/8/1p2Q3/6P1/PPq2P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1]
Problem 2a - White To Play
Hint: White mates in 3
FEN: [5rk1/pb3p1p/1b2pPp1/6qr/PQ6/6P1/1B1R1P1P/3R1BK1 w - - 0 1]
And when you're through with 2a, you're ready for Problem 2b. Turn the board around and assume it's Black's move. What's Black's best move?
Hint: Black mates in 2
The Hall of Fame
We all know the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio (which I've been to) and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York (which I haven't). There's even a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in mumble-mumble-I forget. But there's also the World Chess Hall of Fame located in St. Louis
The mission of the World Chess Hall of Fame is to educate visitors, fans, players, and scholars by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the game of chess and its continuing cultural and artistic significance.
They have some interesting stuff in their collection:
One highlight of the collection is the Paul Morphy silver set, presented to the legendary player after his 1857 victory in the First American Chess Congress. Others are the George Sturgis Trophy, which is inscribed with the names of the 1945-1963 winners of the U.S. Chess Open Championship.
I wonder how they got their hands on Morphy's silver presentation set?
There's actually not a lot of material on the web site. The idea is that they want you to visit in person. This is a product of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). There's a crap ton of CCSCSL instructional videos on YouTube for beginning and intermediate players that you should take advantage of. After all, who would not want to listen to a free lecture from a chess master or grandmaster?
H/T to moron 'RS' for this.
Problem 3 - White To Play
Hint: White mates in 2
FEN: [2kr1b1r/pp3ppp/2p1b2q/4B3/4Q3/2PB2R1/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1]
From the comments over the past several weeks, I see that some of you are getting into the chess variants, particularly Courier Chess, which has its own unique board (12x8 instead of the standard 8x8 ) and pieces. That's great. I myself do not like most variants, as the *real* version is hard enough for me to get better at. Plus, if you add in an extra piece that moves in some wacky new way, or futz with the board size, that just changes the game too much for me to enjoy. There are a couple of variations I do like, but I'll talk about them in some future post. But right now, let's get into a bit of chess history and look at chess the way the Arabs played it.
Sometimes on chess forums, Persians (Iranians) and dot-Indians get into fights about which country chess came from, and while those are fun to watch, I'm going to skip ahead a few centuries and talk about the rules of shatranj, as chess was known by Arabs. And by the way, Muslims have had a love-hate relationship with chess. A number of sultans and caliphs enjoyed playing chess, but other Muslim authorities banned it. So there's no consensus on chess in the Muslim world, near as I can tell.
Anyway, the goal of shatranj is the same as modern chess: checkmate. One difference is that if one player is reduced to having no other piece except his king, this is a "baremate" and he loses. And stalemate is a loss for the side unable to make a legal move, not a draw.
The KING moves as it does in modern chess. There is no castling.
The COUNSELOR (later the QUEEN when the game was introduced to medieval Europe) moves only one square diagonally.
The CHARIOT (later ROOK) moves as the rook does in modern chess.
The HORSE (KNIGHT) moves just like the modern knight, even with the piece-leaping ability.
THE ELEPHANT (later BISHOP) moves two squares diagonally, and can jump over other pieces like the horse.
The FOOT SOLDIER (PAWN) moves and captures as the modern pawn except that there's no 2-square option on the first move nor en passant capturing.
Because the only "long-range" shatranj piece is the rook, the games were typically much slower. Players could spend 15-20 moves developing their own pieces, getting them into a desired position before contact was ever made with the opponent's army. So, according to the old-school Soviet chess classic Questions of Modern Chess Theory
...play would begin not from the original starting position but from one where the initial development was already completed.
These pre-set positions were collectively called tabiy'at (sing. tabi'ya). Here from the abovementioned book are a couple of them:
So the Arabs didn't have any opening theory. Well, no, I guess it would be more accurate to say, these tabi'yat were their opening theory. I don't know how many they originally used, but 31 of them are still extant. They all apparently had names, but I don't know them. However, all of this became irrelevant sometime around 1450-1475, which I'll get into next time.
Problem 4 - Black To Play
It's Black's move. What's his best option?
Hint: Black Mates in 4
FEN: [3Q4/1k2K3/1P6/8/8/8/b7/6q1 b - - 0 1]
This one may look a bit confusing, so remember 1. It's Black to move and 1. Even though it may not look like it, the White side of the board is on the BOTTOM. The lowest leftmost square is a1. That White pawn is on b5 and the only way it can move is up.
Endgame of the Week
How can White win this endgame? All you need to do is how how White can get to a winning position.
Hint: Skewer the rook
FEN: [k5r1/1R6/1KP5/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1]
Answer: Black's queen is defended by the rook on c8, but White can deflect it with
And now Black has no choice:
White has won the exchange, and should go on to win the game.
White can exploit Black's back-rank weakness to force a quick checkmate:
Black has a mate in 2, starting with
And now White has two options, but both result in checkmate:
Some games are like this. That is, the position is very double-edged and it boils down to the winning player being one move ahead of his opponent.
1.Qxc6+! bxc6 (only possible reply)
This crossfire-type attack of the two bishops is an example of what has been come to be known as Boden's Mate, named after Samuel Boden who played an early example of it (Schulder-Boden, London, 1853). It typically occurs if Black castles over on the queenside which, if Black isn't careful, can create positional weaknesses. I recommend the wiki entry I linked to, it's very thorough and complete.
Answer: Black's queen, backed up by the bishop, chases the White king down to the back rank.
White has two responses, either Ke8 or Kd7:
3.Ke7 Qe6+ (If 3.Ke8 then 3...Qf7#)
Endgame of the Week
Not 1.c7? Rg6+ 2.Ka5 Kxb7 3.c8=Q+ Kxc8 and it is Black who wins.
4.Rxg8 and wins
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.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
Happy Saturday 'rons & 'ettes. It is that time again where we talk about all thing pets. No, you can't consider your children, grandchildren and/or nieces and nephews as pets. Although they would be cheaper to raise. Amirite?
Grab a beverage and enjoy!!!
A Little of This. A Little of That.
Quite the amazing cat. Meet an international sensation.
A politician who I think we all can agree is a good one.
Amazing dog, R.I.P. h/t Anonosaurus Wrecks
No one can accuse this cat of being a misanthrope. h/t NDH
- Meet The Pet Morons
Our first pet is a rascally rabbit. Not only is it a rascally rabbit, it's a politician to boot.
So our 2nd entry is from svitelli. Meet Jawa, Penny & Leonard. They are YouTube stars.Svitelli says, " Of course I made a video… (be sure to crank it!)"
This is Cheerio. Spongeworthy says the dog is a very nice dog but not very good. That is hard to believe. Looks pretty comfy on that piece of doggeh furniture.
Bama Bubba is a cat herder. Check out Tigger, Birdman, Purrcious & Scooterbug. Per Bubba, their mother was a feral cat rescued by Bubba. She was also preggers and had a litter of kittehs. Bubba kept 4. Sweet story.
Lurker, ourcountryisscrewed, submitted this photo of Lucy (Lucifer) the Cat and Fenway. This looks like a daily event.
Last but least is the submission from cowboyneal. Duke was a Black Lab who has passed on. cowboyneal told us that he makes hats with photos of your pets. If you are interested his email is blackLabsmatterstore at the gee male thingy.
Well that wraps up this week's Pet Thread. It's been difficult to gauge the degree of interest as the summer rolls along. Since the visits were down last week this week's photos have been scaled back a bit.
We are still accepting tips, news stories and pet photos at where? petmorons at gee mail dot com of course. Thank you for stopping bye.
**Opening photo h/t Chi & Tucker. ('Ron & Min-Pin extraordinaire)
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gone Bananas [KT]
Today's Gardening Thread is dedicated to the AoSHQ Overnight Thread, which this week pointed the way to some interesting garden-related, or at least plant-related, topics.
Bananas threatened with extinction?
In last Sunday's ONT, Misanthropic Humanitarian linked a piece about the possible coming global extinction of the banana within 5 years. This set off quite a bit of discussion about bananas and plant science. This topic merited a reprise on Thursday. along with some Banana Facts. I preferred the photos at the link, myself.
Anyway, I though a little summary and clarification might be in order. The "extinction" meme seems to me to be a way to prompt some grant money. But the new strains of banana diseases do sound more serious than past threats. More threatening to third world farmers than to us. Stories about these threats have been appearing with some regularity over the past few years. Scientists have been hard at work, but the triploid nature of palatable bananas complicates conventional breeding efforts.
Efforts to create GMO bananas to combat these problems started in Australia in 2011. Wonder if this crisis will change the narrative on GMO organisms any?
Some Banana History
Before Cavendish bananas came to dominate bananas for export, the most widely-exported banana was the Gros Michel Banana, AKA Big Mike. The disease which wiped out Big Mike did not wipe out other banana cultivars. New strains of the Panama Disease and other fungi affect bananas other than the current market leader, the Cavendish. So the threat to farmers growing other bananas for local use is greater.
"Yes! We Have No Bananas", a novelty song from the 1922 Broadway revue Make It Snappy, is said to have been inspired by a shortage of Gros Michel bananas, which began with the infestation of Panama disease early in the 20th century.
The "six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch" mentioned in "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" are most probably 'Gros Michel' bunches, as these were the bananas produced in Jamaica at the time the song was composed and the bunches can grow to that size.
Gros Michel bananas still survive in a few remote locations in Africa. They are said to taste more like "banana" than the bland Cavendish of today.
Your Breakfast Banana, the Cavendish
The Smithsonian Magazine had an article on the coming demise of the Cavendish banana in June. The Cavendish dominates banana exports today. Like Big Mike before it, the Cavendish is a sterile triploid that has only vestigal seeds. Regular diploid bananas have seeds that can break your teeth.
Cavendish bananas are actually a subgroup of triploid bananas, with several cultivars. As a triploid, the ancestor of the Cavendish bananas had small, sterile seeds. All of the Cavendish strains are propagated from cuttings, so each cultivar is a clone of all others of the same name, except in the case of genetic mutations.
The Grand Nain strain of Cavendish bananas is better known as the Chiquita Banana
On Sunday, Burnt Toast posted a nice link to a piece on bananas beyond the boring Cavendish. There were other comments I especially liked from the ONT this week. GnuBreed grew ornamental bananas OUTDOORS. Ate them, too.
I got a kick out of the droll comment by an EU Technocrat.
Nooo. . . . Not Chocolate, too!
Via Misanthropic Humanitarian, I was also able to learn that today is Pots de Creme day, in addition to being Banana Lovers Day. Chocolate Pots de Creme should go especially well with bananas.
As American cartoonist Charles Schulz once put it: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." An aggressive and intractable hemibiotrophic fungus, Moniliophthora perniciosa, is ravaging chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) plantations in many American countries, threatening livelihoods and the billion dollar cacao industry, and jeopardizing the world's most beloved treat.
And there are other threats to cocoa. Nature is out to get us, don't you think?
Notice from the ONT: Some garden plants are toxic
In last night's ONT, CDR M posted a video about The Deadliest Garden. Commissioned by a Duchess in Northumberland who decided to have a poison garden because an herb garden was boring. Reminds me of English murder mysteries somehow.
Anyway, we have discussed some of these deadly plants before, like Giant Hogweed. Now present in parts of North America. Don't even touch it. We will go over some of the other poisonous "cottage garden plants" in the future. Be careful out there in the garden.
The Gardens of The Horde
Anybody doing any fall planting? Harvesting? What is going on in your garden?
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Have you noticed that the nights are getting longer? Are you thinking about getting away from it all? Consider a trip to see the northern lights. They are a big deal in some places. This week, a Northern Lights alert in the UK was found to have been triggered by a lawnmower.
But after a summer break, northern lights actually returned to Iceland this week.
Photographer Olgeir Andresson watched the show, which began four minutes after midnight and lasted until 3 in the morning.
As always, the performance of lights was unannounced, making many of us miss it, but Olgeir's photos are a reminder that the season of celestial colors is worth celebrating.
Have you noticed anything interesting in your night sky?
Other news about Iceland
Iceland now has its own refugee population. The story is from PBS. Usual spin applies.
The University of Southern Maine has strengthened its ties with Iceland. $500,000 scholarship grant involved.
Old Technology vs. New Technology
Have you had a personal experience with old technology besting new technology, like the lawnmower vs. the northern lights alarm network above?
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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]
Happy Saturday!!! Can you believe it's the last Saturday before Labor Day Weekend? Gosh, where has the summer gone?
Here are a few things that didn't make the news dump this past week. Consider this an open thread.
- She should have sought mental health benefits
- Bonnie & Clyde were pi$$ed at one of their gang members. 4 page letter ensues
- Reason 69 to avoid the beach
- At age 63 aren't you a little old to be the center of attention? Just asking.
- Dude! Let go.
- How was your day at work?
- That's what you call an unforgettable ride
- I actually chuckled out loud at this one
- Car crash leaves a mark. Damn that had to hurt
- What else is there to do in a town of 150?
- Getting stuck in a Porta-Potty is the least of this guy's troubles. I wonder if he still lives in his parent's basement? Truly a Genius Award Winner!
So digest on these stories for awhile if you wish. Or you can carry on with an open thread. Remember be safe and place nice.
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EMT 08/27/16 [krakatoa]
Hot 'n toasty EMT.
Overnight Open Thread (26 Aug 2016)
Global Warming Started When?
Gender Identity Test
Heh. What does 'Pangender' mean? 'Intersex'? Watch people fail our gender identity test.
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Truck Driving in Calais
Author responds to his critics on why we shouldn't accept scientific results that have not been repeated.
The Deadliest Garden
New Firefighting Tool?
Boeing suggests, firefighters might get the job done faster by launching salvos of special 155mm shells from a dozen or more miles away. Packed with fire-suppressant material, the shells are fired from a field howitzer - perhaps BAE Systems M777 or one of the models from Swedish arms dealer Bofors. The shell releases its load over the fire thanks to "a device comprising a timer, an altimeter, an accelerometer, a global positioning device, a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, or a distance measuring device."
Boeing officials estimate that each shell could put about one to six gallons of fire suppressant (depending on its load; less material means more range) on a 100-square-foot area. Steady firing with three-gallon shells could deliver 214,000 gallons of fire suppressant in about six hours - about twice as fast as a helicopter.
Well this should kick off a new nuclear arms race. The dangers of no-first-use.
The news is only surprising if you aren't paying attention and falling for the BS numbers being tossed about by the government. US economic growth more lackluster than first thought.
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Our #HotTake Culture and Why It Exists, and Open Thread
I didn't write about Ryan Lochte because 1, I didn't care, and 2, I didn't know any facts.
In this #HotTake age, where assholes race to be the First To Be Outraged on Twitter, having no information is really no impediment to having a very strident, emotional reaction.
I think this is an interesting phenomenon, and I think I can explain it.
Suppose a black guy is shot by a cop. I have absolutely no information about it. I don't know if the black guy was shot, for example, accidentally or in a conflict. I don't know if he was armed or not. I don't know if the cop shooting is black or white.
I know nothing about it.
Now -- should I have an opinion on this matter?
The obvious answer is "No, I should not," but that's not the real answer.
In this #HotTake non-culture culture, I should definitely have an opinion.
Based on what, if i have no information?
Based upon my tribal sympathies and chauvinisms, is the answer.
See, anyone can condemn a cop shooting once they know the actual facts and the facts turn out to show that the victim was innocent and the cop was blameworthy, fast on the trigger or negilgent or what have you.
But if I wait to know the facts, what does that say about me as a person? It says nothing about me -- again, anyone can see the facts of a bad shooting and then say "That was a bad shooting."
No -- to establish yourself as on a higher moral plane than other people, You have to offer a strident, emotionally-hot opinion without knowing anything.
Because only if you don't have the proper facts upon which to make that determination can you successfully advertise the fact that you are knee-jerkedly siding with BlackLivesMatter.
(Or, for that matter, with cops, if that's your preference.)
Again, this is not a game of showing that you've come to a reasoned judgment after the evidence has emerged and you have apprised yourself of it.
Bad people can use the power of reason too, after all. Racists can see a shooting was bad, if the evidence proves the shooting was bad.
The game is not to make a reasoned, fact-based judgment -- because that says nothing about your default sympathies, tribal allegiances, and ideological priors.
The game is to make an unreasoned, non-fact-based judgment, a judgment based only on emotion and allegiance and chauvinism -- because that, unlike a fact-based judgment, shows where your heart is.
That's why people in the #HotTake culture pressure others to take positions before any facts are actually known -- facts are for the emotionally cold.
No, the point of making snap decisions isn't to make logical judgments on individual facts, it's to emotional judgments based on "social justice" or group facts.
Ryan Lochte was rich (well, relatively) and white and Tastelessly American and probably was in a fraternity at some point (or at least looks like he was).
The people in Rio are diverse and less wealthy and probably were not on the Harvard Crew Team.
If someone like me waited to indict Ryan Lochte, but then ultimately indicted him based on fully known facts, that kind of shows that I'm racist, because True Allies of the Downtrodden don't wait for facts.
They just show their ideological priors and tribal loyalties by condemning the member of the Out-Group.
No one cares where your brain is -- that's so Twentieth Century, man.
The new hotness is to be nothing but Emotional Bias, 24/7.
In the old days, enlightened men and women would show their enlightenment by reserving judgment until the facts had been collected and analyzed.
In the New Enlightenment -- really the New Dark Ages -- we show our enlightenment by doing the exact opposite, shrieking our strident but completely uninformed opinions before the situation gets all tainted with "facts" and "evidence" and "reason."
In Ignorantia, Veritas.
In ignorance, Truth.
If you're now, like me, in the "Middle Ages" between ages 28 and 30, make sure you do a lot of warming up before any physical exertion, and don't skip post-workout stretching and cool-downs and definitely don't skip recovery days.
Department of Justice Releases Video Instructing Cops How to Use Proper Pronouns With Trangenders
Again: Trump Supporters Threatened, Spat On By Thugs in Minneapolis; Police Seem to Take a "Let Them Get What's Coming to Them" Attitude About Violent Thugs
He got to the convention center at around 6:50 and saw that the front doors were blocked by about 200 Black Lives Matter and other protesters. He said he tried the west doors but they were locked. So he had to go to the front doors where the violent mob was assembled.
He said one of the police officers by the west doors just looked at him and said, "Good luck." Henry, too, got the bullhorn-to-the-ear treatment as he walked to toward the front doors.
Inside the convention center, he said there were five or six officers, but none of them helped.
Henry said that after the fundraiser was over, he heard that there were problems with people leaving. He said at first he didn't think much of it, but then he could tell from people's expressions that the situation was serious. He said there were four other women who were there alone -- all over the age of 50 -- and they had to go through that intimidating front entrance to get out.
"It literally looked like the movie 'The Purge,'" Henry said. "These guys were opening up the doors, trying to get in. They were all masked."
He commended the convention center's security. "They did way more than the police did," Henry said.
I've been doing way too much exercise, far too much for this aging 29 year old body to take, and I tweaked my back pretty bad. I'm going to a chiropractor today, and later getting a massage, so I'm going to be in and out.
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[X] Oh shit what was that
I got through my warm-up of air squats okay, then I tried a light load (still doing the warm-up, just putting a small load on), and suddenly the entire left side of my body -- back, glutes, hamstrings -- began spasming at once.
Then I could hardly walk for the rest of the day (yesterday).
I guess I should say that anyone who's exercising for the first time in a long time should definitely build in recovery days into the schedule and observe them even more rigorously than training days, and also, stretch/mobilize every day. Even 29 year old bodies like mine need some tune up work.
Meanwhile, at Red State, Joe Cunningham argues that the media is hypocritical for going crazy over Steve Bannon's old, dropped domestic battery charges.
Let me ask you guys this: Have you ever heard of campaign staffers being vetted this way? The candidate himself, sure. But his staffers?
How many political hands working today could survive a full media vetting without DUI's, substance abuse, assault allegations, infidelities, etc. coming to light? How many media people could stand up to the vetting?
I ask because I just don't remember anyone going after someone's political aides before. I know the right is trying to get some scrutiny on Huma Abedin, and the media is not very interested.
Giuliani: Trump's Big Immigration Reversal Was Shaped By... Chris Christie
Man, Ann Coulter is having a bad week with her former and current poliitical flames.
Trump Isn't the Real Populist -- It's the Elites Running Our Institutions, Relentlessly Undermining Our Institutions (Which They Hold to be Corrupt and Racist), Who are the Real Popullists. And the Dangerous Ones.
First of all, I'm not even sure what "populist" means. It seems to me to mean someone who believes the people running things are dishonest, self-serving, and inept.
Who disagrees with that? I don't remember, until this very contentious year, conservatives arguing so vigorously that we must Trust our Beloved Government and of course our Venerable White-Jacketed Expert Class.
Before Trump, populism -- generalized, inchoate resistance/defiance of self-proclaimed authority -- was generally acknowledged to be an important and vital part of conservatism. The heat in its blood, actually.
Now a lot of people are screaming about "populism" as if it's Jacobinism or Robspierrism.
But that's not the point of this interesting article. The author here makes the case, effectively, that the left has been deliberately and constantly undermining the pillars of our system of ordered liberty for 70 years, even as they have moved into positions of controlling the institutions they brand as corrupt, imperialist, and racist.
It's like Obama, president of the United States, running as perpetual outsider and external critic of government.
Consider the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates. If there is anywhere we can look into the heart of the sort of people running the world, it is here. The Left has lauded this author up and down as one of their most outstanding thinkers for his writing on race. I do not wish to enter into the quality of his arguments here. Rather, I want to call attention to the attitude or spirit that pervades his work.
I’m a Victim of My Privileged Circumstances
Only the accidents of partisan politics obscure this affinity. Because Coates’ brand of racial politics is typically associated with the progressive movement, we tend to see it as a thing entirely apart from, even antagonistic to, the populist fervor percolating among supposedly conservative groups. But if we peek beneath the superficial postures of left-right politics, we will find the same fundamental mentality evident on both sides of the divide—the same eternal rage against the powers that be. It would no doubt cause Coates and his many besotted admirers horror to learn they are close spiritual kin to the Trumpistas of the world. Nonetheless, it’s true.
Of course, the seething resentment that burns in every paragraph of Coates’ work did not originate with him. This attitude of permanent disaffection has been the primary psychological note of modern progressivism ever since the uprisings of the 1960s. Over the last half-century, even as the Left has conquered one institution after another—the university, the media, the federal bureaucracy—this disposition to revolt has remained the chief feature of the progressive mind.
It is why the people running our civilization have never developed the virtues necessary to carry out their duties adequately. Determined to always think of themselves as persons out of power, they never learned to regard themselves as persons with power, and all the responsibilities power entails. They never learned to imagine the kinds of moral formation that would fit a person for rule, rather than for protest.
This is why we can listen to a close advisor to the president—a woman with access to the most effective levers of power in the world—declare her intention to “speak truth to power.” But as for speaking truth as power, as for directing their policies with the wisdom and prudence requisite to their offices, the populist elite in control of the Western world have never learned how to do this, because their own modes of juvenile self-fashioning have precluded them from ever admitting that they do indeed occupy such offices.
This is the dimension missing from most analyses of our present political circumstances—the historical dimension. We find ourselves saddled with a teetering institutional structure without considering the decades of populist agitation that went into making this wreckage.
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This is the walkoff grand slam of trolls, and it's 100% AoSHQ Lifestyle™ compliant to boot:
*standing ovation* pic.twitter.com/e82ceWP7Rv— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) August 25, 2016
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
TGIF News Dump (8/26/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Germany's Angela Merkel target of an assassination plot
- Italian quake death toll rises
- She blows a lot of smoke up a$$e$
- The Nanny State, when will it end?
- Doctors Without Borders despicable actions
- TFG Administration claims it has saved millions in Medicare spending
- Judicial Watch doing the job which the Press has given up on
- Economy stumbling along
- He's still a Moonbeam
SlushFoundation in good hands
- Crossbow attack in Canada kills 3
- Bolivian miners kill government official
- Warning shots? Oh well.
- MN man charged with aiding ISIS
- Growing old sucks
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
- A 2nd feel good story of the day
Thursday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]
We cannot fix failed states by inviting millions of their people to move in with us. All that ensures is more failed states, more failure, and eventually, one by one, the nations of the west will join them. And then you'll really be yearning to breathe free and there will be nowhere to do it.Mark Steyn
If you take emotion out of the equation (liberals cannot or will not). Steyn is spot on. He is not alone. A recent poll shows that there are too many immigrants. It is sad and infuriating that bureaucrats do not rationally think things through and completely disregard the average citizen. I wonder how secure his home is and how tall the fence is?
The E.U. President could care less about his fiduciary duty to Europe. He doubles down on mass immigration.Steyn discusses freedom. And the E.U. treats their citizens as serfs. In a way Europe deserves what they have sown. Although it is hard to see people who are not free.
Already destabilizing the EU project and the post-WWII center-left/right political compromise, all trends show that unless steps are taken to make Europe less attractive, the migrant crisis will build on its own momentum.
Will the Europeans say enough? Time will tell.
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, Aug. 25 -- The Paris radio announced late tonight that the French capital had been liberated and that the German commander had signed a document ordering his troops to cease fire immediately.
The announcement followed entry of American and French troops into the capital during the day. There was no immediate confirmation here.
The latest word at headquarters was that American and French troops had joined Fighting French patriots on the Ile de la Cite in the heart of the capital after bitter fighting with Germans and French collaborationist militiamen.
As you know this is a smart military blog. Carry on.
The Horde is a diverse group. Doctors, attorneys, engineers, homemakers, carpenters the list goes on. All of those Women's Studies Majors will need an electrician, plumber or a drywall contractor some time in their lives. Why vocational school is needed.
University of Chicago tells incoming students, "There are no safe spaces". Is this the beginning of the end for the Special Snowflake generation?
How often do we hear from the education establishment, "We don't have enough money"? We tax, we provide wonderful salaries, terrific benefits and what do we get?
Lower ACT scores! Where is the NEA at the moment? Summer vacation that's where.
As long as the world has been around there have been get rich schemes. Some of these schemers really don't know how to plan. Preparation is the key to success.
Filed Under You Have To Be Kidding Me
Over the past 4 weeks the Department of Veterans Affairs has been in the news. The stories range from expensive art work in offices to unused television sets sitting in storage. Now, they are losing cars and credit cards. Oh, and the person who reported the losses is fired.
Previously Hillary Clinton tweeted that every sexual assault survivor had “the right to be believed.” After that, she reiterated that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” That is until Juanita Broaddrick started making waves. Now Hillary is silent about women and their claims of sexual assault.
Bill Burr nails her & Bill to the "proverbial wall". They are the f%*$ing Devil.
The other evening we discussed the fact that bananas are facing some serious problems. The banana is an interesting fruit. Here are some interesting facts about them.
They also make a
slimming tasty dessert.
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Washington Post: Bill Clinton Allegedly Cheated on His Wife
Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has two cover stories, one for Bill Clinton and one (if you turn it upside down on the other side) for Melania Trump. As expected, Bill Clinton is going to get a gushier treatment. Post writer Neely Tucker is so tender to the president that he mangles a fact, and the copy editors (also tender hearts) allowed it. “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler will not be assigned to this story.
Tucker wrote, “He allegedly cheated on his wife, repeatedly, even in the Oval Office, and with a young woman who wasn’t that much older than their daughter.”
Earth-ish (?) Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri, Our Sun's Nearest Neighbor
The star closest to the sun hosts a planet that may be very much like Earth, a new study reports.
Astronomers have discovered a roughly Earth-size alien world around Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from our own solar system. What's even more exciting, study team members said, is that the planet, known as Proxima b, circles in the star's "habitable zone" — the range of distances at which liquid water could be stable on a world's surface.
I like how they put "habitable zone" in quotes as if it's this term of art you have to be alerted to. Like if they just said "It's in the habitable zone," no quotes, you would be missing out on some nuance.
Don't worry -- this affords us no hope at all. Microscopic black holes capable of incredible destructive force may be zipping around the universe like invisible million ton bullets.
Trump's "Prebuttal" to Hillary's "Trump's a Racist" Speech
Discussed by AllahPundit, his main quote is: "It's the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When their policies fail, they are left only with this one tired argument: You're racist, you're racist, you're racist... And it's so totally predictable. It's the last refuge of the discredited Democrat politician."
Meanwhile, here are the most scathing quotes from Hillary's Racist Speech.
Dog Trapped Beneath Fallen Walls After Italy Earthquake Rescued, Reunited With Master
Before getting to the uplifting video, do watch this one, which shows before-and-after video of the town of Amatrice. The devastation is obvious.
Not too hard to watch at all. The dog cries in the beginning, but all turns out well.
More: They rescued a 10 year old girl earlier today, who had been trapped under rubble for 17 hours.
On the other hand, the death toll is up to 250.
Hillary Delivering Speech Connecting Donald Trump to "Alt-Right;" Releases Ad Connecting Him to the KKK
CNN's livestream of the speech (well in progress) is here. (Fox doesn't have one.)
She's saying now "his latest, paranoid fever-dream is about my health. And all I can say is, Donald, Dream On."
She's now referencing the ad she previously released connecting Breitbart to Trump, and running some of its more outre headlines.
She's now citing no less an authority than the Southern Poverty Law Center for the proposition that Breitbart.com is a fringe racist organization.
Democrat now announcing that no major party has ever stoked racial superiority. A Democrat is claiming this. Right now.
Oh by the way, definitely check out Sexton's piece to see the left's shifting standards on whether guilt by association is fair game. They were pretty sure guilt by association was just despicable in 2008, when Obama's close association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers came to light.
In fact, they're selectively against it now -- why you can't hold Huma Abedin against Hillary Clinton, or Huma Abedin's extremist, Muslim-Brotherhood-friendly family against Huma!
University of Chicago: We're Not Going to Baby You With Your Baby Safe Spaces and Baby Trigger Warnings, Babies
Chicago's move puts pressure on other elite (or "elite") universities.
It's one thing if they all give in to the Adult Babies. Cowards take comfort in their fellow cowards' cowardice.
But when some refuse to, it makes the ones giving in to the Adult Babies look soft, weak, and dumb, and not so elite at all.
Update: From Drudge, the Special Snowflakes are becoming even more special, if by special you mean "less numerous." Enrollment down 8% at Mizzou.
Journal Edited by Huma Abedin, 1999: Jews are Jews are 'adept at working the American political system' aided by 'memory of the Holocaust'
Huma Abedin, Hillary's top aide, was named as assistant editor on the masthead at the Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs for 12 years
Her mother is still editor-in-chief of the publication
In 1999 an article in it claimed that Jews are 'adept at working the American political system of presidential democracy',
Muslims are excluded because of 'handicaps, rebuffs, and dirty tricks' it said
It also claimed that many Americans have a 'distorted and negative view' of Islam, Muslims and Arabs
After 9/11 Abedin's mother wrote an editorial suggesting that the U.S. bore responsibility for the attack
Remember when this story first bubbled up about ten years ago and the Establishment types like McCain shouted it down as just so much bigotry and ignorance?
Did they know the facts, or did they assume, as usual, that their fellow conservatives were ignorant bigots just making shit up?
Problem: Trump Not on the Minnesota Ballot, and It Looks Like He Can't Get On It
He has until the 29th to put his name on the ballot, but Minnesota rules require the names of ten electors, and ten alternate electors, be submitted as well.
Minnesota didn't officially elect alternate electors.
And some guy says there's not enough time to call a snap convention to elect them.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Thursday Morning News Dump (8/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- American University in Afghanistan attacked
- Iran continues to harass U.S. Navy
- Tornadoes strike IN
- Quake hits Myanmar
- Search & Rescue continues in Italy
- 521 days in space and counting
- Here is the latest lawsuit against TFG
- Epipen prices spike
- If her father had been a GOP senator this would be all over the news
- Increased minimum wage continues to hurt economy
- First it was DDS now it is NASA, why can't the government get their computer acts together?
- Of course Hillary's plan will hurt the economy
- Oregon to see large power rate increases
- Egyptian official stands up for Israel
- Will Beck face contempt charges?
- DOJ sues GA over segregation charges
- Obamacare website starts being truthful
- Surplus cheese, deficit spending
- Swedish jurisprudence is interesting
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Hump Day ONT [Weirddave]
OK, let's start the ONT off with some politics, shall we?
On second thought, let's not.
Dog Days of Summer
One of the things that makes me mistrust some of the different cultures from around the globe is the way they treat their dogs (to say nothing of their women). To me, dogs are one of God's greatest gifts (or evolution's more fortuitous accidents, if you prefer) to mankind (BTW, if you're reading this at Princeton University, that last sentence is offensive. My considered response starts with “F” and ends with “u” ). Dogs give people unquestioning loyalty and love, setting a high bar to which we shoulhd aspire. They are even willing to sacrifice themselves for us if the situation demands it. Hero family dog dies saving the life of little girl in house fire by lying on top of her. This happened less than a mile from where I lived about ten years ago. What a tragic event, made less so by a hero pooch. Good dog!
Of course, as often as they risk their lives for us, humans are willing to do the same for them.
And it seems that appreciating dogs isn't limited to humans.
they think it's a baby cow https://t.co/rPiiX7Wjpm— The World Of Funny (@TheWorldOfFunny) August 17, 2016
Just look at the expression on that dog's face!
Of course, this is nothing new. Orwell nailed it long ago with his “Newspeak” in 1984. From Wiki:
Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as "thoughtcrime".
Control the language and you can control the way people think. Language is the medium that humans use to express their thoughts, and if you can make that medium a fluid one, you can confuse or discredit your opponents. Weirddave's Law: “If words can mean anything, before long they'll mean nothing”.
Of course it's all about control, it always has been, all the way back to Wilson and the first Progressives. They honestly believe that they are smarter than everyone else, and if we put “smart” people in charge of everyone else, the results will be positive. Here's another damn fool proposing the same tired old refrain: 12 angry men belong in a theater not an American courtroom. Professionally “trained” juries will yield better “justice” than ignorant yabos, yadda, yadda, yadda. The author is on the board of the Next Gen foundation, a progressive group working to create “social change” through venture capital investments, a group that has ties through Google Ideas to George Soros, who by the way may be the most evil man on the planet. BTW, seen anything in the mainstream media about the data drop from the Soros hack? Yea, I didn't think so.
What happens next? Nothing, if nobody knows about it
The good news is that conservatives are now the counterculture, and the counterculture is always cool.
As the lies and overeaches of the left become more and more obvious (like the Gibson Guitar travesty, or this attack on Harley Davidson), people are naturally going to push back. It is impossible for the left to control all the sources of information in the internet age, and this may ultimately be what saves us. I dunno, however, the cultural pendulum has swung pretty far. It's not going to be pretty or easy to reclaim our birthright.
Two from Twitter. With Rio in the rear view mirror, tryouts for the 2020 team have begun.
Me trying out for the Olympics https://t.co/kJxpCxEUVO— The World Of Funny (@TheWorldOfFunny) August 20, 2016
And while we still don't know everything about the Lochte situation, the MSM is on it.
"So there we were. I'm at the wheel, Lochte is riding shotgun, and we had a pack of Federales on our tail." pic.twitter.com/wbgDwwfOwp— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) August 18, 2016
Welcome Home Marine. Rest in Peace
Pvt. Geddes gave up his life in the fight for Tarawa. About the size of Central Park, the island was the scene of a titanic struggle 73 years ago. Many of the Marines were dropped 1000 yards out, and had to wade through murderous Japanese machine gun fire with their rifles held over their heads. They couldn't fight. Their heavy equipment meant that they couldn't swim. All they could do was wade....and die. I remember reading about the battle as a child. I've never forgotten this passage:
The eyes of the two veteran major generals are misty when they view the bodies of gallant Marines who were killed before they reached the seawall. Says Holland Smith, "You must have three or four hundred here, Julian." But the most stirring sight is the Marine who is leaning in death against the seawall, one arm still supported upright by the weight of his body. On top of the seawall, just beyond his upraised hand, lies a blue and white flag, a beach marker to tell succeeding waves where to land. Says Holland Smith, "How can men like that ever be defeated? This Marine's duty was to plant that flag on top of the seawall. He did his duty, though it cost him his life. Semper Fidelis meant more to him than just a catch phrase."
-Tarawa: The Story of a Battle by Robert Sherrod
You can read more about the battle here.
A few nights back there was an ONT link about dangerous power tools. This is pretty damn amazing.
It obviously works. You still couldn't pay me to stick my finger into a running table saw blade.
Wonderful Technology, Part II
You put in your card, and out pops a fresh cooked pizza. Despite what the story claims, I wonder how good the pizzas really are.
Speaking of food, does anyone feel like chicken? What a dumbass. A nephew of Col. Sanders finds the hand written 11 herbs and spices recipe, and so he calls a press conference. Now everyone knows. YUM! Brands, which owns KFC now, keeps the original in a huge vault in Louisville. I bet they would have paid him millions not to release it.
I Couldn't Find Anywhere Else To Put This Dept.
DIY taxidermy anyone? Seems like a neat skill to have. Maybe.
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Anxieties, Deepest Fears, and Recurring Nightmares Thread
I have one recurring nightmare, or used to have one. I usually got it when I had a fever.
It began with a tactile impression, the feeling of my cheek on cold macadam street. The stones in cement type street. I could feel the stones in my face, lying on the ground.
Then the camera pulls back and I'm looking down at myself, on this immense black featureless plain. Kind of like a plain of tar. (I know that's not the same as macadam but IT'S A DREAM, SEE?)
The camera keeps pulling up, and I get smaller and smaller.
Then features begin appearing on this immense flat black plain -- grey ones. Simple geometric shapes like boxes, disks, and truncated pyramids.
And the camera keeps going up, and I keep getting smaller. I'm basically an atom on this gigantic black and gray circuitboard.
Usually at this point I would wake up.
That might not sound very scary but it was eerie. Uncanny, maybe is the right word. Strange how I kept having this same damn dream every time I had a fever.
It's been a while since I had it -- 35 years -- but I always remember it. I must have had it ten times.
Confirmed: Army Powerpoint Slide About Security Risks Listing Hillary Clinton as a National Security Threat is Real
Oh Boy: Emails Reveal That Top Hillary Aide Researched Drug Used to Combat Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, Then Passed Information on to Hillary
Sullivan, Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, was researching the drug Provigil for Clinton at the State Department in 2011, the Daily Caller reported.
Sullivan emailed Clinton information on Provigil and told her about its use and history. Sullivan noted in an email that Provigil is used for narcolepsy and treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis who have excessive sleepiness.
Sullivan also noted that Provigil is often prescribed to treat “excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.”
He stated that Modafinil–the drug’s original name–“gained attention in the medical community because it is the first effective stimulant with no significant potential for abuse” before explaining “it can be used for two to three day stretches at a time, with few known side effects and little risk of addiction.”
Eh... I've looked into provigil myself, when I was more concerned about my lack of focus after I quit smoking. (I've since given up trying to cure that, and have just accepted that I'm kind of dumb.)
It's also prescribed to improve alertness and sometimes to treat ADD-ish symptoms. It could be used to treat a whole host of diseases, so long as the symptoms include reduced focus and mental fatigue (which is many of them).
Still -- is the smartest woman in the world having trouble staying sharp and awake?
I know why my alertness declined: because I quit smoking.
Why did Hillary's suddenly fall?
Meanwhile, increasing chatter about Hillary's admitted medical condition, hypothyroidism.
By the way, the media is of course in Circle the Wagons mode around Hillary.
CNN's very liberal media critic (would they hire any other kind?) calls Sean Hannity's questions about Hillary's health "reckless."
And yet his colleague at CNN, Sanjay Gupta, has penned an article asking if Trump is at high risk for heart disease.
Will Stetler mention this? Of course not; the Guild knows its own and the Guild protects its own.
Thanks to a guy who sent this in but I don't know his screenname.
Hillary to Be Questioned in Lawsuit About Who Created Private Server, and Why -- Under Oath
Ms. Clinton does not like answering questions of any sort, and she especially loathes answering questions under oath.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Washington Examiner that his group is preparing a set of written questions for Clinton as part of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that has already extracted hundreds of documents from the State Department.
Fitton said the questionnaire, which Clinton will be forced to complete within 30 days of receipt, will drill down on the Democratic nominee's shifting stories about why she relied on an unauthorized email network.
I'm sure she'll have New Answers that will be Totally Believable.
Devastating Quake Rocks Central Italy Overnight; Local Mayor Says, "The Countryside Disappeared"
ROME — At least 73 people were killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, toppling scores of buildings, according to Italy’s civil protection agency.
Hardest hit were towns in the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche some 80 to 100 miles northeast of Rome....
Earlier, the Italian news agency ANSA reported at least 35 were killed in the town of Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli, near Rieti, and 17 in the province of Ascoli Piceno, which includes Pescara del Tronto.
Much of city center of Amatrice was covered with metal and rock debris that collapsed in the initial quake and aftershocks. Resident of this picturesque medieval town of around 3,000 people gathered in the piazzas, dazed by the quake and fearful of more temblors....
In some towns, rescue teams alternated bulldozers with bare hands to dig through piles of rubble looking for claw through piles of rubble for possible survivors as authorities warned the death toll is likely to rise.
I saw one official say the number of missing was "undefined" -- an ominous sort of understatement.
Terremoto 6.0 devasta il centro Italia: oltre 80 morti. Si scava fra le macerie. Amatrice, Accumoli e Arquata del… https://t.co/ISrYb1j96e— la Repubblica (@repubblicait) August 24, 2016
Hillary Clinton: Commercial Travel is Sooo Burdensome to Me; Can I Have the Air Force Take Me From DC to NY and Back?
Newly released emails from Clinton show an exchange on May 9, 2009 between her and aide Huma Abedin trying to figure out travel plans.“Do you think we could get a plane for Westchester flight back tonight?” Clinton wrote in an email released this week as part of an ongoing Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.
“It’s going to rain all day and I still don’t feel great so the idea of playing a guessing game w the shuttle is really burdensome to me. What do you think? Could be anytime that works for the Air Force,” she added.
An hour and 40 minutes later, Abedin replied: “Yes of course. Looking into it. Around what time do u think?”
“Six or 7–does that work?” Clinton asked.
And if that isn't enough, click the link: Just last week, Hillary had a plane ferry her from Martha's Vinyard, where she was hanging with the elites, to Nantucket, for a fundraiser.
The two are twenty miles apart from each other. Yes, they're islands, but there's a two and a half hour ferry between them.
Probably only an hour longer than all the hoopla, all told, from a flight (where the take off and landing checklists would take more time than time-in-travel).
But this is burdensome to her; maybe she still was "feeling not too great" as she often seems to feel.