Monday, January 16, 2017

Not Just Third Reich Tactics, But Robert Reich Tactics!

Fantasies of smelly gas warfare:

Fantasies of Trump failing...

...notable for avoiding what not to do as evidenced by the first video. So, own it, shorty.

"‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted"

They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again.

But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae.

Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.

One letter, with 122 names, was published by War on the Rocks, a website devoted to national security commentary, during the primary season in March. The other, with 50 names, including some repeat signatories, was published by the New York Times during the general-election campaign in August.

More at the Link : via Drudge 

Dick Solomon's fear of pop-up book

The book Solomon is reading called ABC Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures by Jan Pienkowski. Available on Amazon here for $5.81 + $4.00 shipping. Or $60.00 for "like new" meaning someone didn't appreciate it enough to tear it up. (Children tear them up, that's how you know they loved it.)

But there are other better dinosaur pop-up books than this, several that get 5 star ratings

I bought the Frozen pop-up book. Should get here on Wednesday. Finally remembered to use Lem's Amazon portal. I have the Poe's Raven book too. The ladies in the office were the first to see it and they properly flipped out. It's great having a book you can read in one minute.

The Secret of Kells

Kells is a cartoon available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, considered by many a masterpiece of animation. The film is rated highly by audiences everywhere except Rotten Tomatoes where the critics rated it 91% but the viewers rated it only 85%. It does much better elsewhere.

I didn't want to watch it. Not my sort of thing.

But I did. At first I didn't care much for the sketchy form of drawing, simple lines, for example a cat's mouth is a circle with an x, human fingers are blockish and unrealistic, monk's hoods are squared off, color fields are blocked with no contour shading, their movement up stone stairs is simple drawings advancing step by step, no actual body movement at all.

The story is about a boy set up in a medieval monastery under the care of his uncle the abbot whose chief concern is building a wall to protect from imminent viking attack. An outsider monk visits whose chief concern is completing a book. The boy is not allowed outside of the monastery and the forest is forbidden. The visiting monk needs berries for green ink. This is the conflict of interests. The boy wants to help the visitor with the book.

Turns out the boy has artistic ability and the visiting monk is loosing his eyesight. The boy must overcome his fear of failure, his fear of the forest, and assist with the final drawings in the book.

The boy dares to go into the woods and runs into trouble immediately.

A girl appears who lives in the woods and saves him from disaster. The story follows loosely romance format, boy meets girl; girl hates boy; circumstances draw them together; boy and girl become fond of one another by overcoming obsticles. At first the girls says she will help if the boy promises never to come back into the forest. He agrees. Then the girl changes her mind and invites the boy back anytime he want to.

The vikings do attack. Their cartoon characters are barely drawn at all, just black blobs with thick swords held upright advancing en mass menacingly. Like chess pieces. That's all. There is not much detail to any of the characters so emotions and movements that are added like hair whipped by the wind are all conveyed with amusing economy. A lot of the animation looks like paper cut outs and a lot of the movement looks like transparencies and stop motion, but when the boy goes into the woods then the animation changes, detail is lavished, the drawings, their compositions their complexity and patterns, their colors and impressive details and the mood created all amount to a very real tour de force in animation. It is the forest scenes that arrest viewer's attention and evoke their high regard for this movie. It is altogether brilliant.

The story is solid besides. The monster in the story, the Crom Cruach, is an actual celtic mythological monster. In the end the grown up boy revisits the monastery and meets his downtrodden discouraged rueful elderly uncle clutching a remnant of the book that the boy helped complete, a single drawing by his nephew, saying, "This is all that I have left," and grown nephew hands him the finished book.

The forest scenes blew my mind. Right there are a million ideas for greeting cards. If I ever get stuck on ideas for a forest scene then I have only to turn to this film. The intertwining vines and tree limgs is very close in style to the intertwined celtic designs.

A lengthy sampling of frames of the forest scene follows. And after I snapped these with a Nikon from the television and resized and reframed them in Photoshop, I realized I could have more easily referred to Google images for [secret of the kells] nearly all the photos there are these same frames. Nevertheless, these are the frames, the designs, that impressed me.

WKRLEM: This is the real American who is playing at the Inaugural

Fuck you media. Fuck you Democrats. Fuck you protestors. God Bless America.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump"

"With only days until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security."
The new rules allow employees doing intelligence work for those agencies to sift through raw data collected under a broad, Reagan-era executive order that gives the NSA virtually unlimited authority to intercept communications abroad. Previously, NSA analysts would filter out information they deemed irrelevant and mask the names of innocent Americans before passing it along.
Reddit top voted comment:
This crosses a huge line. The NSA can have our data because they aren't law enforcement. 4th amendment protections are there to keep law enforcement in check from abusing their power. This straight up bulk violates everyone's 4th amendment rights, and as far as I'm concerned, courts should throw out any case this data touches.
Via Reddit: Link

Opera star Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats

The revelation came as another singer – Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday – last night pulled out of the President-elect's festivities after being threatened and branded an 'Uncle Tom'.

When blind tenor Bocelli announced he would not sing at this Friday's celebration, it was widely reported it was because fans had said they would boycott his concerts and records.

But a source said the 58-year-old had been determined to 'press ahead' and sing but had pulled out on the advice of his security team after receiving threats to his life.

A source close to Bocelli, a friend of Trump's, said: 'Andrea is very sad to be missing the chance to sing at such a huge global event but he has been advised it is simply not worth the risk.'

Via Drudge: Link

Saturday, January 14, 2017


"an emergency fund is 1000x better than having more/nicer things"

r/personalfinance:  My wife and I are in our early/mid twenties. We have saved a little more than a third of our income over the past two years so we had several thousand dollars in an emergency fund plus extra savings. The amount isn't really relevant - the point is that we had no plans to use it.
At the end of 2016 we were both in great health, and being young we decided to go with my employer's HDH plan with an HSA. Last weekend we blew through the deductible on my wife and we will likely hit the out of pocket maximum before the month is over. This health issue came out of nowhere and we're very fortunate to have good insurance.

But because we have extra savings, we don't have to make medical decisions based on cost. We can pay the full annual out of pocket maximum and we won't really miss it. If a doctor thinks a test is necessary we can simply authorize it without worrying about how we will pay for it. It has been stressful but I can't imagine how much more stressful it would be if we had to go into medical debt to pay for it all.

We could have eaten out more last year. My wife could drive a nicer car. We could live in a bigger apartment or house. But I wouldn't trade the freedom of having the extra savings for any of that.

This came out of nowhere and was frankly highly unlikely. It could happen to anyone. And we were easily able to pay for it. An emergency fund is psychologically, emotionally, physically, and financially is the most important improvement to your quality of life that you can "buy." in my opinion anyway.
Credit cards are a fools errand.

"TIL If Adolf Hitler's father hadn’t changed his name in 1877, his name would have been “Adolf Schicklgruber.”

Adolf Hitler's family tree is complicated. You will notice that the last name "Hitler" had many variations that were often used almost interchangeably. Some of the common variances were Hitler, Hiedler, Hüttler, Hytler, and Hittler. Alois Schicklgruber did change his name on January 7, 1877 to "Hitler," which was the only form of the last name that his son, Adolf, used.

The family tree is filled with multiple marriages.

Look carefully at the marriage dates and the birth dates of their children. Many children were born illegitimately or born only a couple months after marriage. Although the graph shows Johann Georg Hiedler as Alois Schicklgruber's father, this is a contested issue.

Did you notice that Hitler had a living sister? We often think of him as a loner, but his sister Paula survived him.

Also, Alois Schicklgruber's first wife has not been included. He married Anna Glassl-Hörer (1823-1883) in October 1873. Anna became an invalid soon after the marriage, in 1880 she filed for a separation, and she died three years later. Alois and Anna had no children together.

Via Reddit: link (see family tree at the link)


Nostradamus predicted Trump 400 years ago:

The great shameless, audacious bawler. 
He will be elected governor of the army: 
The boldness of his contention. 
The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.

Century III, Quatrain 81

Friday, January 13, 2017

Neil Cavuto on Trump shutting down Jim Acosta of CNN

This again.

I just notice what an apposite name Acosta is for a reporter who persists, "Can you give us a question?" *jab*
"Can you give us a question?" *jab*
"Can you give us a question?" *jab*
"Can you give us a question?" *jab*
"Can you give us a question?" *jab*

Were this obnoxious journalist's name the result of an author choosing names for his characters for his novel then it would seem a bit trite, a bit like a tongue-in-cheek joke like Ian Fleming gave to 007 secretaries, or "Mr. Black" for someone who practices dark magic and speaks only about terrible things and is actually negro, or "Mr. White for a character that is angelic and albino. There have been so many of these apposite names lately through this past election drama, we noted them at the time although presently they slip my mind. Names that came up through the Wikileaks revelations so apposite the names seemed to be made up for the drama, and through Veritas exposé videos. I'll start a label for them. For fun. (An actual name of the secretary for the manager of the Money department where they sorted cash by the same high speed sorters that the Check department sorted checks was named "Penny Wages.")

This video appeals to me greatly. I like the new angle showing Jim Acosta jabbing and repeating, and I notice a distinct improvement in Cavuto's dynamic colloquial English that drives the points he makes much better than constrained journalese or by pinched imitation higher class English or clever ivy league phrasing. Notice:

Now you're the ones royally foxed, a cute euphemism where the "royally" portion obviously strongly suggests "fucked."

Payback's a bitch.

... the one now kicking you in the ass.

Obama's attacks against Fox were always oblique, made to his bleacher of trained seals and dangerously through perversion of government departments and all that was just fine by his supporters who continue to parrot his perpetually annoying but accidental hissing voiceless denti-alveolar sibilant, Foxsnooze. There's therapy for that. I know, I uthed to thay my etheth like thith until the fifth grade when they forthed me into thpeech therapy, eh, it got me out clath. While Trump attacks directly, embarrassing the reporter on the spot in front of his peers. "No soup for you!"