Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bob Dylan cover: Don't Think Twice


"Charlotte Rampling walks back Oscar comments"

Hours after actress Charlotte Rampling told an interviewer that the blowback against this year's all-white acting nominees was itself "racist," she is walking back her comments.
On Friday evening, the British actress, who is nominated for a best actress for her work in the film45 Years, gave a statement to CBS News, which read, "I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration."
The multilingual Rampling had given a Friday radio interview to a French journalist in which she said of the lack of any nominees of color, "We can never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to be in the final straight."
When her interviewer asked about the possibility of quotas, she responded, “Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted ... People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ ... someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ (this or that) ... But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”
By Friday evening, she was on board: “Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed,” her statement continued. “I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the academy to diversify its membership.”

KLEM FM: My Favorite Dylan Covers

Compiled from my iTunes according to my "played" metric which spans a number of years. Number 10 is least played; number 1 has the most plays:

10. Mama, You've Been On My Mind by Rod Stewart from his 1972 LP "Never A Dull Moment."

9. The Mighty Quinn (The Eskimo) by Manfred Mann and his Earth Band (1968).

8. All I Really Want To Do by The Byrds (1965).  I have three Byrds songs in my top ten so there is something special about them. I suppose it's their sound. They really did invent a new sound as I described here.

7. Don't Think Twice by Mike Ness (1999)

6. All Along The Watchtower by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

5. My Back Pages by The Byrds (1967)

4. It's All Over Now Baby Blue by Them (that's Van Morrison in disguise, 1966). I probably under-counted this version and it should be ranked higher. But the song only recently became available on iTunes.

3. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds (1965)

2. Changing Of The Guards Patti Smith (2007)

1. I Believe In You Cat Power (2008). The original is from Dylan's "Slow Train Coming," the LP some Dylan fans still love to forget. But the song works well at a non-religious level too, in my opinion.
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So what did I leave out?  What would you add or subtract?

Judged By The Color On His Skin

Arkansas teen turned away from joining the Marines when he revealed he had a Confederate flag tattoo

It's a safe bet that the new rules were imposed by men who never volunteered as teens.

"Clinton emails so secret some lawmakers can't read them"

Fox News: The emails in question, as Fox News first reported earlier this week, contained intelligence classified at a level beyond “top secret.” Because of this designation, not all the lawmakers on key committees reviewing the case have high enough clearances.

A source with knowledge of the intelligence review told Fox News that senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, despite having high-level clearances, are among those not authorized to read the intelligence from so-called “special access programs” without taking additional security steps -- like signing new non-disclosure agreements.

Fox News is told that the reviewers who handled the SAP intelligence identified in Clinton’s emails had to sign additional non-disclosure agreements even though they already have the highest level of clearance -- known as TS/SCI or Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented information. This detail was first reported by NBC News.

This alone seems to undercut the former secretary of state’s and other officials’ claims that the material is "innocuous."

In an interview with NPR, Clinton claimed the latest IG finding doesn’t change anything and suggested it was politically motivated. (the Inspector General is an Obama appointee)

“This seems to me to be, you know, another effort to inject this into the campaign, it's another leak,” she said. “I'm just going to leave it up to the professionals at the Justice Department because nothing that this says changes the fact that I never sent or received material marked classified.”

Despite Clinton's claims, it is the content that is classified; the markings on the documents do not affect that.

Bernie's New Ad


h/t AllenS

"Pregnant women warned not to travel to Rio Olympics"

NZHerald: Researchers have linked the rise in Microcephaly, a neurological disorder in which infants are born with smaller craniums and brains, to the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease first seen in Africa in 1947.

The outbreak has spread with such speed that the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now warned pregnant women not to travel to Brazil and 13 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean - potentially affecting thousands intending to arrive in Rio for the Olympics this August.

Meanwhile, women in Brazil and Colombia have been warned to take precautions against mosquito bites, and other women not to get pregnant until the effect of Zika on unborn children is better understood.

'The virus found the perfect conditions in Brazil: a very efficient vector that loves human blood, millions of susceptible victims with no antibodies, ideal climate, and lots of places to breed,' said Ricardo Lourenso, who studies tropical infectious diseases at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Institute.

When Should a Crime Not Be A Crime?


Related... "The Law sufficiently advanced is often indistinguishable from lawlessness."

Are The Olympics Transitioning?

"Transgender atheletes (sic) to be allowed to compete as the other sex in the Olympics...."
The International Olympic Committee received proposed guidelines in November from its 'Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism', which allow for broader policies that would include transgender athletes.
Olympic officials have not confirmed the new guidelines, which have already been adopted by other regulatory sports organizations, but the policy is available on the organization's website....
The policy change would be in line with NCAA standards in the United States, which allow male-to-female and female-to-male transgender athletes to compete without having gender reassignment surgery, according to ESPN....
Forty years ago Caitlyn Jenner won a gold medal at the Montreal Summer Olympics in the Men's Decathlon event when she was then known as Bruce Jenner. If she were to compete today - if she had undergone one year of hormone replacement therapy - she could compete in the women's event.

Cord drill and pump drill

From Primative Technology.



All of his videos are good; Baskets and stone hatchet, Sling, Chimney and pots, building a hut and making a stone hatchet, and more. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

draw an A

Linguists call it alef, but then they call all A's alef. I think of it as a sound.

In Japanese calligraphy the brush strokes for each character are ritualized. There is a definite starting point and for a reason, the way the ink trails off by the brush stroke is of crucial importance, the brush strokes themselves impart a visual energy.

I expect the same thing is true for these. The characters did endure a long time. You don't just go sketching birds willy-nilly, and you don't build them up from scritchty-scratchy scribbles either finding your lines. The lines are known, codified, because they've been drawn a million times. It seems to me you establish the central-ness of the breast first and the weight of the bird by by its back. Either the back or the breast first. Then everything follows. The breast and the back established by the beak and the shape of the head. So not actually first, but of first interest, having the weight at the center of the block.

Birds can be a bit frustrating too. The tiniest line makes all the difference as the space between lines. This Egyptian vulture in hieroglyphics is hardly distinguishable from another long-legged vulture and when the work is worn or the copy damaged then it becomes impossible to distinguish between them. Flat head is the key.

They are drawn with flat heads but not horizontal to the ground.  That's one way to tell them apart. G1 and G4 on the signs list.

48 seconds.



26 seconds, a savings of 22 seconds.



Very eloquent. Nice job. Here's how I do it. 


"Toronto man found not guilty in Twitter harassment trial"

"Gregory Alan Elliott was arrested in 2012 and charged with two counts of criminal harassment over his online interactions with two Toronto activists. Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly had both blocked Elliott on the site — a move that prevents a user from viewing someone’s tweets when logged into the website — but they told police they felt he continued to track their movements and feared for their safety."
Throughout the trial, Elliott’s lawyer, Chris Murphy, argued Elliott was simply disagreeing with Guthrie and Reilly — both are advocates of women’s rights — and engaging in an ideological debate.
Elliott was arrested in November 2012 after months of escalation in his online interactions with Guthrie and Reilly. The pair had blocked him in August, but the court heard he continued to mention them in other tweets or comment on events or subject matter they were discussing on the social network. His defence argued the pair continued to “taunt” Elliott even after blocking him, and they wouldn’t have done so if they were genuinely afraid of him.
The Criminal Code defines criminal harassment, in part, as engaging “in conduct… that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them.”
One for the sanity column? Where do you stand?

Why is milk and bread...

....the main thing people feel they need to have in preparation for a snow storm or other weather event? You ever noticed that?

Is it easier to know who and what you don't like?

Conservative magazine National Review is publishing a special edition called "Against Trump". They enlisted over a dozen notable conservatives to write it. Here are some excerpts from their online introduction to the edition, not from the special edition itself.


[T]rump’s politics are those of an averagely well-informed businessman: Washington is full of problems; I am a problem-solver; let me at them. But if you have no familiarity with the relevant details and the levers of power, and no clear principles to guide you, you will, like most tenderfeet, get rolled. Especially if you are, at least by all outward indications, the most poll-obsessed politician in all of American history. Trump has shown no interest in limiting government, in reforming entitlements, or in the Constitution. He floats the idea of massive new taxes on imported goods and threatens to retaliate against companies that do too much manufacturing overseas for his taste. His obsession is with “winning,” regardless of the means — a spirit that is anathema to the ordered liberty that conservatives hold dear and that depends for its preservation on limits on government power. The Tea Party represented a revival of an understanding of American greatness in these terms, an understanding to which Trump is tone-deaf at best and implicitly hostile at worst. He appears to believe that the administrative state merely needs a new master, rather than a new dispensation that cuts it down to size and curtails its power.
It is unpopular to say in the year of the “outsider,” but it is not a recommendation that Trump has never held public office. Since 1984, when Jesse Jackson ran for president with no credential other than a great flow of words, both parties have been infested by candidates who have treated the presidency as an entry-level position. They are the excrescences of instant-hit media culture. The burdens and intricacies of leadership are special; experience in other fields is not transferable. That is why all American presidents have been politicians, or generals. Any candidate can promise the moon. But politicians have records of success, failure, or plain backsliding by which their promises may be judged. Trump can try to make his blankness a virtue by calling it a kind of innocence. But he is like a man with no credit history applying for a mortgage — or, in this case, applying to manage a $3.8 trillion budget and the most fearsome military on earth.
Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land. For all his success, Trump inherited a real-estate fortune from his father. Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips. Trump’s primary work long ago became less about building anything than about branding himself and tending to his celebrity through a variety of entertainment ventures, from WWE to his reality-TV show, The Apprentice. His business record reflects the often dubious norms of the milieu: using eminent domain to condemn the property of others; buying the good graces of politicians — including many Democrats — with donations.
Trump has gotten far in the GOP race on a brash manner, buffed over decades in New York tabloid culture. His refusal to back down from any gaffe, no matter how grotesque, suggests a healthy impertinence in the face of postmodern PC (although the insults he hurls at anyone who crosses him also speak to a pettiness and lack of basic civility). His promise to make America great again recalls the populism of Andrew Jackson. But Jackson was an actual warrior; and President Jackson made many mistakes. Without Jackson’s scars, what is Trump’s rhetoric but show and strut? If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives? The movement that ground down the Soviet Union and took the shine, at least temporarily, off socialism would have fallen in behind a huckster. The movement concerned with such “permanent things” as constitutional government, marriage, and the right to life would have become a claque for a Twitter feed.
Trump nevertheless offers a valuable warning for the Republican party. If responsible men irresponsibly ignore an issue as important as immigration, it will be taken up by the reckless. If they cannot explain their Beltway maneuvers — worse, if their maneuvering is indefensible — they will be rejected by their own voters. If they cannot advance a compelling working-class agenda, the legitimate anxieties and discontents of blue-collar voters will be exploited by demagogues. We sympathize with many of the complaints of Trump supporters about the GOP, but that doesn’t make the mogul any less flawed a vessel for them. Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.

Hillary Clinton Drudge style

So it's come to this. Drudge publishes the most disturbing photograph available that shows how Drudge feels whenever Drudge see her, one that would be carefully avoided if possible. Hillary Clinton, Drudge style.


This photograph is both terrible and wonderful at the same time, technically photographically and as art.

Everything wrong at once as if planned by master technicians.  

* The lighting, right off, is the worst for this subject. A screen in front of the light source can cast interesting patterns such as window shades in film noir, and in other cases, shadow screen or not, the pattern of light and shadow falling on the subject can add to the interest, it can elevate the photography or it can be a disaster by falling on all the wrong places and creating unwanted contrasts where they are not helpful. Compare with an interesting example how shadows can contribute significantly:



That looks painted on (hairline). 

* Awkward pose. This was caught at a bad moment. It looks like her neck hurts.

* Bad expression. Again, snapped at the worst moment of all possible moments when teeth are displayed as a rodent and the shape of the mouth combines with her cheek lines and chin lines, it looks like Egyptian hieroglyphic V-26, a spool of netting twine, except hers has teeth in the middle. 

I drew this because I couldn't find a good one.
pronounced: 'ḏ "edge." 


* Bad makeup. She, her team, does much better than this every day. This makeup, along with the lighting, looks purposefully ghoulish like a dancer for a Michael Jackson Triller video. 

* Bad hair day. Right before touchup coloring. Her hair looks destroyed. Would make a good "before" picture for Wen hair products. You catch someone at the end of a busy day and this happens.

* Terrible, terrible wardrobe chosen for its sackcloth texture, fringe edged burlap chic. Brown wooden beads for necklace. Her stylist does this. She wears open weave fabric jackets  but this appears extreme in its down style. 

* Monotone coloration throughout, hair, face, and clothing as if all life has been used up and squeezed out and in dire need of blood and desperate for brains to gnaw on. A makeup artist could not have been more convincing without going overboard painting arrows with shadows on her face to the only thing left still working, the overlain upper and lower incisors. Monotone is not necessarily bad, most spray paint their whole face to even out blotches but this is terrible with natural and unnatural shadows adding grotesquely. 

This photograph is carefully chosen from hundreds similar for being the best of the worst, the most disturbing of all, for that reason good art and very mean spirited dirty politics.  

G words

Words beginning with g encountered online.

It is a small category with some strange entries and it cleared a few misapprehensions. This whole time I thought Gallimaufry is Dr Who's home planet, and I'd guess wrongly gamine is cell that fuses with another for sexual reproduction, and if I had to guess I'd say a garrigue is a rope that twists to choke somebody to death and I would have guessed grubstake to be a chuck wagon meal poker bet made by a cowboy. All wrong.

I found a few odd files in here too under g, recipes for things beginning with g, a list of some 20 links to grasshopper pop-up pages, a fictional autobiography story of Genghis Kahn (and myself) included with my rent to amuse a woman who would see it.

gabion: a cage, cylinder, or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building, and military applications. For erosion control, caged riprap is used. For dams or in foundation construction, cylindrical metal structures are used. In a military context, earth- or sand-filled gabions are used to protect artillery crews from enemy fire.

galette: rough round pie

gallimaufry: a confused jumble or medley of things. dish made from diced or minced meat, especially a hash or ragout.

gamine: a homeless girl who roams the streets. a girl of impish appeal
. Gamine is a French word, the feminine form of gamin, originally meaning urchin, waif or playful, naughty child.
 a female street urchin; a mischievous, playful, elfish, pert girl or young woman; having a boyish, mischievous charm; tomboyish


garniture: a set of decorative accessories, in particular vases.

garrigue: or phrygana is a type of low, soft-leaved scrubland ecoregion and plant community in the Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome. It is found on limestone soils around the Mediterranean Basin, generally near the seacoast, where the climate is moderated but with annual summer drought. (See Mediterranean climate.) The term has also found its way into haute cuisine, suggestive of the resinous flavours of a garrigue scrubland. Like Colorado.
garrulous: chatty: full of trivial conversation; "kept from her housework by gabby neighbors". Prolixity (from Latin prolixus, "extended"; also called wordiness, verbosity and garrulousness) in language refers to speech or writing which uses an excess of words. Adjectival forms include prolix, wordy, verbose, and garrulous.Excessively or tiresomely talkative; Excessively wordy and rambling


gaslighting:a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception ...

gedankenexperiment: thought experiment

gemütlichkeit: a German abstract noun that has been adopted into English.Its closest equivalent is the word "coziness"; however, rather than merely describing a place that is compact, well-heated and nicely furnished (a cozy room, a cozy flat), Gemütlichkeit connotes the notion of belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic and the opportunity to spend quality time.

genocidaire: Génocidaires, from the French for "those who commit genocide", are those guilty of the mass killings of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, in which close to 1,000,000 Rwandans, primarily Tutsi, were murdered by their Hutu neighbors.

geschrei: yell, shout, an uproar

Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftungs: Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftungs limited company, company with limited liability, abbr.: GmbH in Austria GesmbH or Ges.m.b.H.

gestalt shift: those pictures that shift from one thing to something else entirely depending on how it's viewed. gestalt: the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Gestalt psychology tries to understand the laws of our ability to acquire and maintain meaningful perceptions in an apparently chaotic world. The central principle of gestalt psychology is that the mind forms a global whole with self-organizing tendencies.

gibbet: a gallows-type structure from which the dead bodies of executed criminals were hung on public display to deter other existing or potential criminals. In earlier times, up to the late 17th century, live gibbeting also took place, in which the criminal was placed alive in a metal cage and left to starve to death.As well as referring to the gibbet as a device, the term 'gibbet' may also be used to refer to the practice of placing a criminal on display within one.This practice is also called "hanging in chains"

gigots d'agneau: leg of lamb
 
gimlet-eyed: Having piercing eyes, sharp-sighted.

Gjallarhorn: Norse mythology, Gjallarhorn (Old Norse "yelling horn" or "the loud sounding horn") is a horn associated with the god Heimdallr and the wise being Mímir.

gleet: chronic inflammation (as gonorrhea) of a bodily orifice usually accompanied by an abnormal discharge; also : the discharge itself

gleichschaltung: an example from the early days of the Nazi dictatorship of this use of language to manipulate and confuse. It is a word rarely to be found in older German dictionaries. ‘Gleich’ means equal, ‘Schaltung’ means switch, as in an electrical switch; Gleichschaltung therefore means switching on to the same track or wavelength, or, to put it in one word, alignment or co-ordination. It became, in 1933, the word for the process by which all organizations and associations existing in society were nazified and some, such as the political parties and the trade unions, were simply suppressed. The word was meant to hide the fact that what was going on was in flagrant breach of all previous notions of freedom, civil rights and self-government. It was a way of glossing over the threat of terror and violence that compelled individuals and organizations to come to heel.

glissando: Playing the notes of a musical scale in order rapidly within a piece of music. The effect is a rapid sweep up or down the scale.

glossolalia: The power attributed to persons in some religious groups, of ‘speaking in tongues’ecstatic utterances usually of unintelligible sounds made by individuals in a state of religious excitement. Religious revivals are often accompanied by manifestations of glossolalia, and various Pentecostal (see Pentecostalism) movements cite for authority the Acts of the Apostles, which records that on the day of Pentecost the Apostles "were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability." There are other New Testament references to the phenomenon. The Corinthian believers overvalued the gift; Paul in 1 Corinthians encouraged the orderly use of the gift and "interpretation" of the utterance so that all might be edified. In Acts, however, the use of the gift produces speech in other human languages as a kind of reversal of the confusion of tongues produced at the Tower of Babel.

glurge: Sickeningly sweet stories with a moral, often hiding slightly sinister undertones

gneiss:(also known as "bastard granite" or "stratified granite") is a common and widely distributed type of rock formed by high-grade regional metamorphic processes from pre-existing formations that were originally either igneous or sedimentary rocks. Gneissic rocks are usually medium to coarse foliated and largely recrystallized but do not carry large quantities of micas, chlorite or other platy minerals. Gneisses that are metamorphosed igneous rocks or their equivalent are termed granite gneisses, diorite gneisses, etc.

goa: Goa trance is a form of electronic music that originated during the late 1980s in Goa, India.
 
gob it out: spit it out

Gohan-desuyo: famous Japanese seaweed paste, boiled with soy sauce, and served on hot rice. Since the flavor is so perfect for rice, you can eat a lot of rice with it and needn’t other side dishes. Many Japanese love it.

golem: Hebrew, an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing. The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late 16th century chief rabbi of Prague.

golfclap: the clapping you hear in golfing tournaments. Generally people clap because of courtesy, and tradition, so it lacks any real feeling of excitement.

gormless: lacking intelligence : stupid gorm·less·ness noun chiefly British, a comedy show that invariably portrays the British aristocracy as a bunch of gormless twits

Götterdämmerung: twilight of the gods, from Götter, plural of Gott (god) + Dämmerung (twilight). Götterdämmerung was the name of the last of Richard Wagner's four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The German word Götterdämmerung is a translation of the Old Norse Ragnarök which in Scandinavian mythology refers to the destruction of the gods in a battle with evil, resulting in the end of the world. The term Ragnarök is from regin (gods) + rok (fate, course) confused by some with Ragnarökkr (literally, twilight of the gods).

gougere: this is a misfiled recipe for little cheese puffs.

goujons: normally refer to small strips of delicate white fish like sole, that are breaded and deep-fried. In an effort to reduce fat content of meals, you’ll find that many modern recipes for these are now baked instead. Further, it’s quite common to see chicken goujons, which we might better know as chicken fingers, chicken nuggets or chicken tenders. In fact, if you or your kids order chicken strips at restaurants frequently, you’ve probably been eating goujons without realizing it, since they’re seldom called by this name in the US.

Grand-Guignol: "The Theater of the Big Puppet") — known as the Grand Guignol — was in the Pigalle area of Paris (at 20 bis, rue Chaptal). From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962 it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Webster's The White Devil) to today's splatter films.
 
grandee: a man of high social position or eminence, especially a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman.
 
gravamen: a complaint or grievance, the ground of a legal action, and particularly the more serious part of a charge against an accused person. In legal terms, the essential element of a lawsuit. In English the term is used chiefly in legal submissions and judicial opinions. The word is commonly misspelled gravaman.

greige: A colour between grey and beige, closely akin to taupe; Unfinished; not fully processed; neither bleached nor dyed. Knitted or woven fabrics of all fibers in an unfinished state, after they have been woven or knitted and before dyeing or finishing. Unfinished or “loom state” textiles, coming from a mill or knitter. Various “finishing” procedures follow like bleaching, dyeing, printing ...

grifter: swindler: a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud Grifter is a fictional comic book character from Wildstorm Universe. He is best known as a member of Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S. A con man. Someone who pulls confidence games. Grifting - A confidence trick or confidence game (also known as a bunko, con, flim flam, gaffle, grift, hustle, scam, scheme, or swindle) is an attempt to ...

griot: or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African storyteller, praise singer, poet and musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition. As such ...

grognard: ultra-hardcore wargamer (wargames - Advanced Squad Leader, Combat Mission, etc) Comes from French word that means "grumbler"

grubstake: money or supplies advanced to a prospector in return for a share in any findings, money advanced for any enterprise

gurn: a distorted facial expression, and a verb to describe the action. A typical gurn might involve projecting the lower jaw as far forward and up as possible, and covering the upper lip with the lower lip. "to snarl as a dog; to look savage; to distort the countenance," may originally be Scottish, related to "grin." In Northern Ireland, the verb "to gurn" means "to cry," and crying is often referred to as "gurnin'." also used to describe the jaw-jutting facial expression of people under the influence of some drugs, including ecstasy and methedrone.

gusset: piece of fabric sewn into corners such as armpits and crotches for extra give.

Trump Talks: The Bible


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

An open letter to Fareed Zakaria from the People's Cube

Zakaria wrote or said something along the lines of taking glee in the demise of the white male. I think. One of the writers at the Cube satirizing that statement extending it by writing about the demise of white women. Zakaria not understanding the Cube is a satire site complained on his CNN show he is being bullied by extreme conservatives.

Oleg Atbashian, the owner of the People's Cube breaks out funny mode and gets real to challenge Zakaria directly, by reversing Zakaria's charges, challenging his position, his status, his place in the world, his reason for living, his existence. He does lay it on thickly bringing up past but hardly forgotten grievances for illustration to upturn Zakaria like an hourglass. Both arguments are from immigrant perspective; one soft and fluffy, intellectual, and guiding and the other hard and heavy as chiseled marble.

It's fun.

And the comments are immediate. They look like part of the article. The commenters there really do play along with the satirical tone of the place save for this unique item. They add their own.

The first commenter: I must say, this morning when I heard Fareed refer to TPC as a "minor news site" I was terribly offended and had to be hospitalized for a number of hours. Fortunately there was no permanent brain damage or anything so I can resume spewing hate tomorrow morning. (according to my doctor) I look forward to reading your upcoming letter to the sensitive Mr. Zakaria when my health returns in the spring.

The People's Cube

Amy Schumer: The joke is mine mine mine.


"I'll take a polygraph... I would never do that"

"Just six people greet Hillary in Texas — and she ignores them!"

Is somebody sabotaging Hillary? Whoever told the secretary that she would be enthusiastically welcomed in Texas? Never mind that apparently she believed it. 

Connect the dots: The release of the information, saying some of country's most sensitive secrets went through her personal server, coming on the heels of devastating poll numbers in NH, tells me the Democrats may be carefully orchestrating the abandon of the secretary.

"The most fun euthanasia machine yet"

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Trump vs. Sanders?

"Get Ready for a Populist Disaster"
What was supposed to be a coronation for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic contest has turned into such a tough fight that the former Secretary of State may end up losing in both states to Bernie Sanders. Sanders refused to affiliate himself with the Democratic Party throughout his twenty-five years in Congress, preferring to call himself a Socialist.
If anything, both appear to be gaining momentum as the contests approach. Donald Trump picked up a big endorsement this week from Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin who joined Trump on the campaign trail in Iowa. Sanders has managed to leverage his hostility to super-PACs and deep-pocket donors into a small-ticket fundraising machine strong enough that Clinton’s campaign now openly frets that Team Sanders could outraise in hard money.
A year ago, the possibility of a general election in which two outsiders ended up with major-party nominations seemed like bad political fiction, a fantasy dreamed up by pundits. Now, a Trump-Sanders showdown in November isn’t just possible, it’s one of the more likely outcomes. That would guarantee a populist, anti-establishment outcome and could even become the greatest shock to the American political system since the advent of the two-party system in the mid-nineteenth century.
The article goes on to tell the cautionary tale of woe that was Minnesota's experimentation with the election of Independent Jesse the body Ventura as Governor. Closing the article with "the ancient Minnesotan proverb"... be careful what you wish for, uff dah – you might just get it, you betcha.

For obvious reasons this may not be the best time to be experimenting with Bernie's Socialism or Trump's brand of National Populism. In terms of having their house in order in a 'first of it's kind' comprehensive "Best Countries" report the United States in now #4 in the world.

Link to source

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio call for the elimination of fossil fuels


Via Time:
Last month in Paris, world leaders reached an historic agreement that provides a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions,” he [DiCaprio] said. “This was an important first step, but we are a long way off from claiming victory in this fight for our future – for the survival of our planet.”
DiCaprio pointed to the elimination of fossil fuels as the next big step to be taken, urging business leaders to leave behind “corporate greed” in the oil industry and instead focus on the betterment of the planet.
He continued: “Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.”
Do I need to show you the acres of carbon footprints DiCaprio has? Well, I'm not going to. Because I really don't feel comfortable singling people out for their wealth and success, even when they open their mouth and say things that encourage people to single them out.

I wonder if DiCaprio is counting on that, counting on making people appear envious of his wealth, when and if they should point out the size of his carbon footprint.

Rotherham and now Sweden

Google Translation: "When the journalist himself has let different voices to be heard, it has led to attacks from other journalists. Nowadays, I am very cautious reports, tell the person. "Can not be bothered to have enemies," is the explanation....  The country's media editorial offices need to consider a lap: we should explicitly be against SD? If not; how do we ensure that journalism was shot? It is easy to shout "conspiracy theory" to any criticism. The harder it is to see their own role in that trust in the media falls, while the SD sites celebrating victory after victory."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

U.K. Lawmakers Hold Debate on Barring Donald Trump

The story is getting old, but here it is.

I'm toying with the idea of translating anti-Trump stories that I find in the German language news media into English. Exclusives, just for Lem's Levity.  If you think the Brits hate Trump, you should read the Germans.

Rio district

That's the clue for a crossword answer. Could be:

_ P _ _ _ M _

P from APU, clued Manjula's husband on "The Simpsons," and M from AMEN clued "So true!"

This is titled a Sunday challenge, and what do I look like, a Brazilian real estate agent?  Do I look like a cartographer? A national geography bee contestant? How am I supposed to know the districts of Rio de Janeiro?



This is the best version of all. She puts an edge to it. All the other million versions especially the original guy are soft except for Frank Sinatra his is a little stronger but not so strong as this. She really brings out the ogling pervy side of this song that the other versions evade by singing softly and sweetly as if admiring harmlessly so their listeners are brought to drifting easy listening trance and miss the disturbing messages tucked in later stanzas. 

Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking and
When she passes, she doesn't see, my periscope 
Peeking over the wall, nor does she ever see me.

But I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her, "I love you?"
Yes, I would give my heart gladly 
But I sit with my binoculars in my van by the sea
Trained on the girl who ignores me.

At any rate, when you get stuck on a really gnarly  crossword like this sometimes it's good to put it aside and come back to it later. Sometimes when it's fresh things just come to you.

Fox News Stacey Dash goes rogue


“We have to make up our minds, either we want to have segregation or integration,” Dash said. “If we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms, its a double standard.”

gardening thread

Sometimes we gardener types like to draw.


Who is this?

"’90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women"

NYT: [T]he resurfacing of the scandals of the 1990s has brought about a rethinking among some feminists about how prominent women stood by Mr. Clinton and disparaged his accusers after the “bimbo eruptions,” as a close aide to the Clintons, Betsey Wright, famously called the claims of affairs and sexual assault against Mr. Clinton in his 1992 campaign.

Even some Democrats who participated in the effort to discredit the women acknowledge privately that today, when Mrs. Clinton and other women have pleaded with the authorities on college campuses and in workplaces to take any allegation of sexual assault and sexual harassment seriously, such a campaign to attack the women’s character would be unacceptable.

Back then, Mr. Clinton’s aides, having watched Gary Hart’s presidential hopes unravel over his relationship with Donna Rice in the 1988 Democratic primary race, were determined to squash any accusations against Mr. Clinton early and aggressively, former campaign aides explained. Mrs. Clinton had supported the effort to push back against the women’s stories.

Much of her involvement played out behind the scenes, and was driven, in part, by her sense that right-wing forces were using the women and salacious stories to damage her husband’s political ambitions. Her reflex was to protect him and his future, and, early on, she turned to a longtime Clinton loyalist, Ms. Wright, to defend him against the allegations, according to multiple accounts at the time, documented in books and oral histories.

“We have to destroy her story,” Mrs. Clinton said of one of the first women to come forward during her husband’s first presidential campaign, Connie Hamzy, in 1991, according to George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton administration aide who described the events in his memoir, “All Too Human.’’ (Three people signed sworn affidavits saying Ms. Hamzy’s story was false.)

When Gennifer Flowers later surfaced, claiming that she had a long affair with Mr. Clinton, Mrs. Clinton undertook an “aggressive, explicit direction of the campaign to discredit” Ms. Flowers, according to an exhaustive biography of Mrs. Clinton, “A Woman in Charge,” by Carl Bernstein.

Mrs. Clinton referred to Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who had an affair with the 42nd president, as a “narcissistic loony toon,” according to one of her closest confidantes, Diane D. Blair, whose diaries were released to the University of Arkansas after her death in 2000. Ms. Lewinsky later called the comment an example of Mrs. Clinton’s impulse to “blame the woman.”

Brian Fallon, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton, said that “these are attempts to draw Hillary Clinton into decades-old allegations through recent fabrications that are unsubstantiated.” He added that Mrs. Clinton “has spent her whole life standing up for women, and charges to the contrary are grossly unfair and untrue.”

El Chapo had Fast and Furious Rifle, or, Nothing to see here...

Fox News: Rifle capable of taking down helicopter found at 'El Chapo' hideout purchased through Fast and Furious program.
When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.

Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman’s house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.

Out of the roughly 2,000 weapons sold through Fast and Furious, 34 were .50 caliber rifles that can take down a helicopter, according to officials...

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter.

This is the third time a weapon from the Fast and Furious program has been found at a high-profile Mexican crime scene.

"Hillary Clinton had emails on server more classified than top secret"

CBS: [Hillary's] campaign press secretary, Brian Fallon, reiterated what Clinton has said for months: no classified information was sent or received through her private email server.

"This is the same interagency dispute that has been playing out for months, and it does not change the fact that these emails were not classified at the time they were sent or received," he said. "It is alarming that the intelligence community [inspector general], working with Republicans in Congress, continues to selectively leak materials in order to resurface the same allegations and try to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The Justice Department's inquiry should be allowed to proceed without any further interference."

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, had a similar response, calling the story "nothing new."

"None of the emails that are alleged to contain classified information were written by Secretary Clinton. The question of whether she received emails with classified information has nothing to do with any action taken by Secretary Clinton," she said. "Additionally, none of the emails that were sent to Secretary Clinton were marked as including classified information, a requirement when such information is transmitted."

Feinstein said the inspector general was being used for "baldly partisan attacks."

Marco Rubio addresses atheist snark

This is great polemic. An atheist approaches Rubio with a well considered question. He is nice enough but the snark and irritation are strong in this one. He has a question that signals and positions, of the sort that some atheist like to talk about, that goes: honestly, when it gets down to it, why should silly superstitions be allowed muck up our rational scientific sanity? Why should materialists be made to suffer spiritualism in government? Atheists are a growing unserved group, you know. We love science.

Rubio is also prepared with well considered answers. Very prepared. Actually, Rubio has several well considered prepared answers. These are subjects he's already written about, already spoken about at length and repeatedly. He's recalling what he's already spoken at length about to various groups. He's picking position papers previous speeches and tacking them together, deciding which rehearsed speech to tack on next and deciding which direction to go and deciding when to stop. He could keep going. He talks a lot.


Do you think this changed the guy's mind? YouTube commenters pick up where the unseen gent in the video started. That is, back at square one. Everything Rubio says here means nothing to them. To them, everything Rubio says is just more annoying superstition and Rubio is quite silly for pursuing it.

And since we're talking past each other and repeating our basic statements I'll restate something the YouTube commenters skip over. Rubio did this poorly with a question: where do they [our rights] come from? They don't bother answering and this is critical because it puts man in place of God. The founders believed our rights come from God and therefore they are inalienable.

Without God then our American rights would come from man and therefore they are alienable.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump"

NYT: “I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Mr. Trump said in a statement trumpeting Mrs. Palin’s decision. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”


I never expected this endorsement, not in a million years.

"#OscarsSoWhite, in Part Because #EverythingsAProblem"

A classic case of damn if you do, damn if you don't

WFB: For the second year in a row, no actors of color have been nominated for an Academy Award. As a result of this travesty, the Academy Awards—an organization that has awarded the following men

(From l. to r.) Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro G. Inarritu, and Ang Lee
the last three Oscars for best directing, by the way—has again been slammed with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. People are very upset! There are so many strong movies with heavily black* casts, films like Chi-Raq and Beasts of No Nation. Why weren’t they rewarded?

Of course, we haven’t considered the fact that many of these films were also deemed extremely problematic, both before and after their release. Can you solve one problem (lack of Oscar diversity) by appealing to problematic art?

Let’s go through some of the snubbed pictures and see how socially conscious types addressed them during their release:

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq is the latest Spike Lee joint; I reviewed it here. It’s a modern retelling of Lysistrata set on the streets of Chicago, where the gal pals of gang leaders refuse to give it up for their men whilst bodies are still dropping. Many people are rallying to Spike Lee’s side after he called out the Academy for its problematic lack of “flava” (his word, not mine). Of course, Chi-Raq itself was deeply problematic, as was a song tied to the film’s release:
Titled “WGDB”—We Gotta Do Better—it’s an ode to black pathology, anchored by two opinions. The first is that black-on-black gun violence is something that occurs because blacks widely approve of or ignore it, which means it still needs repudiating. The second is that maybe if black people just had more self-respect, the cops whose salaries black people pay would treat them nicer, shoot and/or jail them less, and so on. These are both bad and dumb opinions.
So let’s say Spike Lee’s film gets a bunch of nominations in the acting categories. What do the think pieces look like then? “Oh, sure, the Academy loves rewarding films that blame black people for all their own problems! #smdh #outrage” (read the whole thing)

"Pentagon Ordered to Address ‘Climate Change’"

WFB: As the Obama administration focuses on a larger effort to push its climate change agenda, the Pentagon will now “address the impacts of climate change.” This includes engaging in “deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning” to “improve climate preparedness and resilience,” according to the directive.

The partnership will include state governments and the private sector.

The directive is to be obeyed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, all the military branches, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and most all other entities operating under the Pentagon umbrella.

“The DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military,” according to the 12-page directive.

“Mission planning and execution” must now include an assessment of the “effects of climate change on the DoD mission.”

The biggest yet found prime number

New Scientist: It’s time for a new prime to shine. The largest known prime number is now 274,207,281 – 1, smashing the previous record by nearly 5 million digits.

This mathematical monster was discovered by Curtis Cooper at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg as part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), a collaborative effort to find new primes by pooling computing power online. It has 22,338,618 digits in total.

The GIMPS software automatically crunches through numbers, testing whether they are prime – that is, only divisible by themselves and one...

The prime numbers are infinite, and there is little practical use in discovering one, but the search is a good way to put computing hardware through its paces. Unrelated to the discovery of the new prime, GIMPS recently helped discover a bug in Intel’s new Skylake processors, which were crashing under the heavy workload.

What is the value of a dog?

"Death of Lola the dachshund leads to thorny legal question"
Lola was a little hound of questionable pedigree who slept like a human, her head on the pillow and her body under the covers. She was jealous of laptop computers, because she was a laptop dog.
The mixed-breed dachshund was 8 years old when she died of renal failure. Lola’s owners allege that a popular Atlanta dog kennel gave Lola medication she wasn’t supposed to receive, ultimately leading to her death. The owners have sued, and that’s why this sad case with its very thorny question will come before the state’s highest court on Tuesday.
Lola

The Real Tragedy In Flint*

Every Democrat in the country is calling for Gov. Snyder’s head and blaming it on the Republican governor and his emergency financial manager law. And not only are they ignoring the guys in the black hats who actually caused the problem, they’re really ignoring the victims. Worse, they’re using them as a tool to gain a political advantage. And that’s [an] even larger tragedy.
That’s not what Flint’s children need right now. People need to focus on them, and not on their hatred of all things Republican. Read the whole thing
That is from the best piece yet that I've read about the Flint tragedy. It's still a little early for the science and technical journals like Chemical & Engineering News to have weighed in. I did wade into the comments over there at the link, trying to correct an over-zealous commenter regarding the oxidation states of lead. 

*h/t: Ron on Twitter

Monday, January 18, 2016

Inside a camera at 10,000fps

These are the Slo Mo Guys. Somehow they got their hands on a high speed camera and have more fun with it than allowed in several states. They're in Britain though, so it's surprising. They hurt themselves. They do silly things. They like blowing things up. With their high speed camera they get the best captures ever. They share all this on their YouTube channel.

I'm glad they answered an unrelated question at the end of it because it's the first real concern viewers have when one notices fairly early in the clip, their little Canon is criminally mistreated. Nobody abuses their equipment like that, as if spray painted. I get flour on my camera but that's it. Theirs makes my own accidents, my own carelessness seem fastidious.

It's a very good explanation about shutters besides. Their high speed really does show the shutter action. I've been fascinated with shutters on old cameras, the way the fins move to close in. Like the James Bond movie poster for Skyfall. It's a bit baffling. That type the blades are shaped like flattened flower petals. The concentric ring pop-up card offers a way to duplicate that for a flower that unlike a shutter folds flat for a card and opens and shuts as the shutter does by sliding by each other to open completely flat instead of cupped as a flower. This is a different arrangement of blades and movement. The video really does show how the aperture setting produces a squint between sectioned shades, and it shows why fast moving subject, like telephone pole shot from a fast moving car will record being leaned over due to the time it takes for the band of light to wash over the sensor. One YouTube commenter: "When the shutter opens it was like seeing something magnificent." That made me laugh because I feel the same way.


time lapse, Jan 18 sunset

Another, I know, right? The obsession has not completed. It's a thing. The light changes, I notice, the equipment is right there, and I keep making mistakes. I keep learning things. There were clouds all day and I thought, "this could be good." And it is. Tonight the clouds are a rush.

And you don't even see the clouds rush in real life. By then it's dark, all I see outside is ink black sky. The shutter stays open beyond the next signal to snap so it misses every other signal while it holds open and as it darkens outside.

This is the wide angle lens tight as it can go. Dialed out to its max is even more severe architectural perspective, pulls in more of the building and pushes the mountains further away. This really does show how the lens sees more than you can in real life. It's like if you were to stretch out your arms straight out side to side so they disappear from your view, grab the scene and draw your arms closer together, pull in the buildings toward the center and seemingly compress the sky.

It poses a real question, to crop out the building, do you simply crop them or do you correct the fish-eye type perspective by tugging back the buildings and stretching the clouds? Are the clouds shown real or compressed? This lens at this setting is the most sky coverage, the most cloud-age that I can get from this spot with any of the lenses, so the buildings are allowed.

The clouds flash their colors before going dark.

The file is large so tucked in the back.

KLEM FM


That's Jackson Browne's song sung by Glenn Frey  (1948-2016). RIP

What would happen if...

...you turned on a washing machine with a brick inside it while it was on a trampoline?



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"Italian woman asks for help from firefighters..."

"....after losing keys to her chastity belt"
The woman, who has not been named under Italian privacy law, turned up at a fire station on Wednesday morning in Padua, in Italy’s Veneto region, and said she needed help with a lock she could not open. Firefighters, believing she had locked herself out of her house, began asking for details about where she lived.
It was only then that the woman revealed the specific nature of the problem, pulling up a jumper to reveal an iron chastity belt. “I’ve lost the keys to a lock and I can no longer open it,” she told a group of stunned firefighters at the fire station in San Fidenzio.

Obama's EPA knew about led in the water in April

The Hill: The head of the EPA’s region that includes Michigan told the Detroit News that her agency warned state officials of possible corrosion problems in April. The state did not take action at the time, nor did EPA.

Those problems have now turned to an all-out emergency, since the corrosiveness of the drinking water has caused lead from pipes to leach into the water, making it harmful to drink.

Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech researcher who helped uncover the lead problem and documentation about the EPA’s role, said the federal agency’s response was unacceptable. “At that point, you do not just have smoke, you have a three-alarm fire and should respond immediately,” he told the News.

Top Google search: 'Will Hillary Clinton get prosecuted?'

Politico: "Will Hillary Clinton get prosecuted?" is most searched question on Google ahead of the Democratic debate on Sunday night. "Will Hillary Clinton win the nomination?" is second and "What did Hillary Clinton do that is illegal?" is the third.
For Sanders, the top question is much more positive. "Why is Bernie Sanders so popular?" followed by "Can Bernie Sanders win?" and "How old is Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders?"
For Martin O'Malley, the top questions are: "Why is Martin O'Malley running for President?", "Martin O'Malley was Governor of which state?" and "Is Martin O'Malley still running for President?"
This poll is a lot more accurate when it comes to gaging what is on people's minds.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Feel the Bern


Berns disapproval 

In Case the Democrats forgot to tell you, they are having a debate tonight

KLEM FM

Overheard at Lem's: "buttinsky"

Heh. I thought ron invented that word on Twitter back in '09: link

MTV Greatest Party Stories

This is a new series on MTV. Teenagers or post-teens are recalling their most outstanding teenage story. All of the stories are set to cartoons with elements provided as the oration develops accommodating changes as they go, thus the girl and a woman together at the end of a sofa that elongates off screen to allow for another woman not previously mentioned. The stories are great and so are the cartoons.


NYC Values

A Public Masturbation Booth Just For Men!

Gothamist: "The masturbatory marketing scheme was inspired by a Time Out NY survey which found that 39% of NY men questioned had masturbated at some point while at work. The out-of-service telephone booth has a black curtain, a folding chair, a laptop computer, and a Hot Octopuss ad along the side.

"Here's how Hot Octopuss co-founder Adam Lewis explained the booth in a press release. See how many "subtle" references to masturbation you can find!
There’s no denying that working a nine to five job can be stressful on both your mind and body, especially in a non-stop city like Manhattan. It’s really important for guys to look after themselves so that they can stay healthy and focus properly on the task in hand. We’re told time and time again how beneficial it is to have a break away from your desk. At Hot Octopuss we are all about looking for new solutions to improve everyday life and we feel we’ve done just that with the new GuyFi booth. We hope the city’s men enjoy using the space we’ve created in whatever way they want. It’s completely free of charge… all that we ask is they thank us when they get their promotion!
"...Public masturbation is an illegal and pernicious offense that has become an unfortunate regular part of many innocent straphangers' daily commutes. In December, it was reported that there had been 699 such incidents reported in the last five months of 2015 up from 593 in the same period in 2014...

"So will these booths siphon off some of our scummier subway masturbators and prove to be a reasonable outlet for men who can't control their impulses, or will they stand as a tone-deaf and distinctly gross marketing scheme that never should have made it past the brainstorming phase?

Temporal Powers

This is a dead cat bounce of the David Bowie remembrances from last week.

Here, Bowie plays Pontius Pilate to Willem Defoe's Jesus of Nazareth in Martin Scorcese's "The Last Temptation of Christ." Is this the only cinematic "duet" Bowie ever spoke? He was so good at musical ones.


There's an imaginary exchange in that clip about a future to come: that of Rome dying. Of course that's exactly what happened. But these days, neither Rome nor Roman Catholics have much temporal power.* I even think it's hard to measure which one had a more lasting influence, putting everything on the scales.
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per Google: Temporal power is a term of art in medieval and early modern political philosophy to refer to worldly power, as contrasted with spiritual power. The temporal power (simply), the state (polity) or secular authority, in contrast to the Church or spiritual authority.

The coin flip that had everybody flipping

Mark Steyn attends Trump rally in Vermont

That is Bernie Sanders territory, of course. Trump rented a theater distributed far more tickets than the place can accommodate to friends and foe alike to stir up trouble in the street.

Mark's apolitical daughter and her friends went and reported what they encountered. After hearing their report Mark's sons wanted to see too, not that enthusiastic about the idea himself, they went.

Mark Steyn approves and writes a fun and freewheeling summation to capture the essence of the event.