Saturday, December 3, 2016

break dance, next generation

This is insane. And were are the birds? Too brutal, I suppose. Equal pay for equal work!

Dance is brutal. And dance is gymnastics. But this is another whole level. And you notice there are no tall people, no long legs here. It just blows my mind.



Leave it to Asians, inspired by American culture, especially inspired by black culture, this did all have its roots in black culture, first seen in N.Y. street dancers, buskers of a kind, would set up their boombox, and set out a flat piece of cardboard on the sidewalk suitable for spinning and dancing an entirely new way and quickly adopted on the west coast, developed further in idiosyncratic styles, but leave it to Asians, particularly Koreans to apply their studied coordination in teams under tutelage of master choreographers. I've known ballet dancers, and I've seen a lot of ballet, but I've never seen Mikhail Baryshnikov pull anything like this. He's a big fairy compared to this.

And on the other side of the globe, across the Atlantic, it's France that is inspired by American inventiveness to take it all to another order. 



But so what. Sometimes our own American criminals are inspired by traditional Russian dance.


Sorry. I couldn't help it.

Don't call us, we'll call you.

TV news executives are not seeing a bidding war for Fox News star Megyn Kelly

Kelly is said to have not made up her mind about staying with Fox News beyond the end of her contract in July, even with an offer of more than $20 million a year to stay, which would put her in the same income bracket as NBC’s “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer.

So far no other networks have offered to top Fox’s figure, according to network news executives and agents familiar with the talks and who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. A spokesperson for Creative Artists Agency, which represents Kelly, declined to comment on her contract negotiations.

Via Drudge: http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-kelly-contract-20161202-story.html

Whose that girl?





look what they done to my thong ma
look what they done to my thong
well it's just not fair
that it’s totally filled with hair
and it's turning out all wrong ma


look what they done to my thong
look what they done to my thang ma
look what they done to my thang
well they picked it like a chicken bone
and i think i'm half insane ma
look what they done to my thong.


wish i could find a good book to live in
wish i could find a good book
well if i could find a real good book
i'd never have to come out and
look atwhat they done to my thong!
la la la la la la
la la lala la la
la la la la la la
la la la la la la

Sometimes you want to be unpredictable and mix it up.


Gordon Chang is a writer with a special interest in the far east. I would listen to him all the time on WABC on the John Batchelor show every night while I was cooking. He seemed pretty level headed in his analysis. Writing in the Magazine "The National Interest" he had this to say about Trump's phone call and his relationship with China:

What Trump has done is not “reset” Washington’s relations with China but put them on an entirely new footing. Up to now, Beijing has kept the initiative, and American presidents, especially George W. Bush and Obama, have merely reacted, trying to build friendly relations in spite of increasingly bold Chinese moves. The concept was that Washington had to maintain cooperative ties, increasingly considered an end in itself.
Trump, by seemingly not caring about Beijing’s reaction, has cut China down to size, telling its autocrats he does not fear them.

Why aren't charges being filed....something doesn't add up?

Second witness says shooter screamed at McKnight’s body 

New York Post By Kathianne Boniello December 3, 2016


The man who gunned down ex-Jet Joe McKnight was standing over the dying running back and screaming at him after the shooting, according to a second witness whose account contradicts police statements about the incident.

The witness told TMZ that she heard Ronald Gasser arguing with McKnight before the Thursday incident, and snapped a photo of Gasser standing outside his car after pumping several bullets into McKnight during an apparent road rage incident.
Police have disputed a different witness account which claimed Gasser stood over McKnight’s prone body, yelling “I told you I was going to f- -k you up,” before pumping a final shot into McKnight.
Evidence shows Gasser fired three shots from inside his own vehicle, authorities said.

What everyday skill becomes suspicious if you're too good at it?

Reddit top comments:

Tying a noose. At Basic Training I got tasked to help the Drill Sergeants create their haunted house (Battalion competition... long story). My Drill asked if anyone knew how to tie a noose, and I whipped out a perfect one in only a few seconds. He just looked at me and said "Private. What the fuck."

I once had a neighbor catch me while I was taking groceries out of my car and ask if I knew how to open locked doors as they locked themselves out by mistake. Went over to their door, took out a credit card, and shimmied my way in in no more than 5 seconds.
Probably was bittersweet for them.

Being able to quickly convert between Ounce and Gram

Remembering things about a person from a few months/years ago when the person herself can't remember about it. You just look like a stalker and it's frustrating

Genuine kindness.  My father was such a good soul, and people were suspicious about his kindness sometimes.

The removal of stains.

Eavesdropping. I just passively listen to other people a lot when I'm alone, even if I'm doing something else. It gets really embarrassing when you bring up information you heard from their conversation forgetting that you weren't involved, or when you laugh at a joke said by someone across the room.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was to have a telephone conversation with US president-elect Donald Trump yesterday, which would be the first time a Taiwanese president has spoken with a US president-elect since official diplomatic ties between the two nations were severed in 1979.

According to sources in Washington, Tsai was to congratulate Trump on his election win and to reiterate that Taiwan would continue to maintain a steady relationship with the US, as well as to express hopes for expanded Taiwan-US collaborations on the economy, politics and regional security.
Trump has triggered a sense of uncertainty over US policies regarding its stance in the Asia-Pacific region, saying after his election victory that Washington would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and asking US allies to increase their spending on defense.
During his election campaign, he also accused Taiwanese firms of stealing US job opportunities.
Trump reportedly agreed to the call, which was arranged by Taiwan-friendly members of his campaign staff after his aides briefed him on issues regarding Taiwan and the situation in the Taiwan Strait, sources said.
Since being elected, Trump has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
International relations experts said that a communication channel was lacking between Taiwan and the US, and that bilateral communications had to be carried out through the American Institute in Taiwan, the US Department of State and the US National Security Council, which they said at times gave rise to poor communications like the friction between former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) administration and that of then-US president George W. Bush.
If the telephone conversation between Tsai and Trump could prompt the establishment of a direct communications channel between the two sides, misunderstandings would be reduced, thereby benefiting the relationship, experts said.

Wisconsin representative Sean Duffy with Tucker Carlson

Duffy describes how Madison is slow-walking the recount to deny Donald Trump his duly won electoral votes and by so doing also allowing their raw anger to discredit their city, their state, their national party even further. Yes, it's possible to do all that.

I haven't figured out how to embed a Twitter video but the Gateway Pundit has. also hosted on Info Wars.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/12/wi-lawmaker-dems-stalling-recount-will-not-completed-state-will-forfeited-wont-count-trump/


So far, this is the only portion of the video that I could find elsewhere without the mile-long Twitter coding.



Paul Watson, also hosted on the Gateway Pundit in the same post, and who I've become fascinated watching, oddly, because of his lips. Weird, huh? Sufficiently interesting to overcome his foreign speech impediments. The content of his videos is rather good too, delivered forcefully and cynically. Worth following on YouTube.



Similarly, along the same lines but more generally Mark Dice discusses threats made against Electoral College voters attempting to get them to deny Trump his votes. Also delivered powerfully, aggressively, cynically, lots of extra adjectives, but through thin lips. Also worth following on YouTube.

Is three videos too much for one post?

Eh.

Tell me so and I'll stop it.



Comments to these videos are interesting as the videos themselves. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Creatures of the Desert World, National Geographic

Skipper shows us his pop-up book.



Nicely done, Skipper.

Now doesn't that look like fun? Educational too. 

See, you can drive across an arid part of the United States with your kid in the back seat looking out the window to apparently naked barren landscape and their imaginative mind will be filled with wonder and the certainty of all that is out there. 

You should buy one.

Marked down on Amazon from $19.00 to $12.84 for Prime members. Here.

Available used for low as $8.28  (4.29 + 3.99 shipping)
Also available used at Abebooks for $5.20 (3.63. + 1.57 shipping) 


When leftists attack


Via a Scott Adams tweet: "In case you still wonder if Shy Trump Supporters was a real thing."

Virginia school temporarily bans 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and Huckleberry Finn

"The parent, whose son is biracial, said that her concerns are "not even just a black and white thing."
"I keep hearing, 'This is a classic, This is a classic,' ... I understand this is a literature classic. But at some point, I feel that children will not -- or do not -- truly get the classic part -- the literature part, which I'm not disputing," she said at a Nov. 15 school board meeting. "This is great literature. But there (are so many) racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can't get past that."
The parent said her son, who was reading "Huckleberry Finn" for a high school assignment, couldn't get past a certain page in that story on which the N-word appeared seven times. 
A racial slur appears 219 times in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and 48 times in "To Kill a Mockingbird.""

Zero Hedge: Germany Submits To Sharia Law

A German court has ruled that seven Islamists who formed a vigilante patrol to enforce Sharia law on the streets of Wuppertal did not break German law and were simply exercising their right to free speech. The "politically correct" decision, which may be appealed, effectively authorizes the Sharia Police to continue enforcing Islamic law in Wuppertal.

The self-appointed "Sharia Police" distributed leaflets which established a "Sharia-controlled zone" in Wuppertal. The men urged both Muslim and non-Muslim passersby to attend mosques and to refrain from alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, music, pornography and prostitution.
Critics say the cases — especially those in which German law has taken a back seat to Sharia law — reflect a dangerous encroachment of Islamic law into the German legal system.
In June 2013, a court in Hamm ruled that anyone who contracts marriage according to Islamic law in a Muslim country and later seeks a divorce in Germany must abide by the original terms established by Sharia law. The landmark ruling effectively legalized the Sharia practice of "triple-talaq," obtaining a divorce by reciting the phrase "I divorce you" three times.
A growing number of Muslims in Germany are consciously bypassing German courts altogether and instead are adjudicating their disputes in informal Sharia courts, which are proliferating across the country.
"If the rule of law fails to establish its authority and demand respect for itself, then it can immediately declare its bankruptcy." — Franz Solms-Laubach, Bild's parliamentary correspondent.

Via twitter: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-01/germany-submits-sharia-law

Crazy Russian Hacker, liquid nitrogen and Coke, liquid nitrogen and water



I love how he rolls backwards on the pavement. 

This guy has well over a hundred videos on YouTube and millions of views. He's become a proper YouTube star. His favorite things are  liquid nitrogen, balloons, testing MREs from various countries, testing kitchen gadgets, plastic bottles, paper, dry ice, magnets, fire, explosions, fuel, sodium metal, glow sticks, machetes, axes, matches, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, eggs, pumpkins, eggs, everyday household items, food, exotic materials and chemicals, fuses, fireworks. 

Last night I watched hacks with paper, opening a beer bottle with folded paper, making a water bomb, origami box, actually, something commenters did many times but it was fascinating watching his fingers fold it as he explained by his particular abbreviated Russian phraseology. It could be a Christmas tree ornament, but few thought of filling it with water and throwing it at someone. He showed smoke flowing downward through a burning hand-rolled paper straw and teabags opened as a tube then  burning down as a candle and floating upward as ashes. 

I watched him rub out scratches from his car's fender with W2-40, and other experiments, saying over and over the combination "W2-40" as if he had marbles in his mouth. It's funny.

I watched him cut a tea cup, a spoon, a scoop, a pet drinking bottle, and a yard sprinkler from plastic bottles.

I watched him cut various household improvements from styrofoam float-y pool noodles, usually by slicing, protectors for sharp edges like the metal legs of bed mattress frame, the edge of bathroom tub sliding glass rail, the sharp edge of kiddie pool, boot protectors for storage, a doggie bed fashioned from a sweater, a door edge to keep it from closing, improvement to clothes hangers for a more natural shape.

I must say that my favorite part of his videos is observing his interaction with his pup dog, allowing the animal to participate when possible, enjoying his company, and speaking to the dog naturally with impressive kindness and consideration. 

I enjoy watching his videos quite a lot and I think that you will too. Starting here at Crazy Russian Hacker YouTube videos page. Mostly kids commenting and those are fun too.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The danger to young black men is definitely the racist police.....thank god that Kaeperdiick is educating us about the danger of law enforcement officers and that Black Lives Matter.

Ex-Jets player killed in road rage attack 

New York Post By Jonathan Lehman December 1, 2016 


Former Jets running back Joe McKnight reportedly was shot dead Thursday in the New Orleans area at the age of 28.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said a man was gunned down following an argument at an intersection in Terrytown, and family members identified McKnight as the victim, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
A witness at the scene told the newspaper the victim, McKnight, was trying to apologize to another man who was yelling at him. The shooter fired more than once then stood over McKnight’s body and said, “I told you don’t you f— with me,” before firing again, the witness said.

WKRLEM: Old White Guys are the only reason this country is standing...once we go you are stuck with these hipster douchenozzles!




As you might have read protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline have taken to blocking entrance to banks who are financing this project. These smug hipster social justice warriors are blocking people from getting to work. Just look at this smug motherfucker and the screeching whores screaming shame when the old white guy fights his way through to go to work. There is even a suspiciously "ethnic" voice trying to interview the guy and shouting that it was unbelievable that he forced his way through to work. Scumbags. Worthless hipster scumbags.

Where were the cops? How do they let these worthless scumbags block people from going to work? Where is the tear gas? The rubber bullets? The truncheons? The dogs and the water hoses. These assholes want to be heroes lets give them a taste of the whip.

50 days in jail for waiting on a ride

"I was really not prostituting, but [Vardman] said I was prostituting," she testified.
That she was arrested regardless "means I can't stand anywhere," Elias complained to the court. "I can't even stand there and wait on a ride. ... I'm trying to change my life and you can't change your life, because you got people who just want to ride around and randomly take people to jail for nothing."

Via Gavin McInnes tweet: http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/01/50-days-in-jail-for-waiting-for-a-ride

Omaha man refuses to remove golf amenities from backyard

An Omaha resident who lost a lawsuit over outdoor amenities he added to his suburban property, including a putting green, has refused to abide by a court order to remove some of them.

Eric Marsh spent about $350,000 eight years to install tee boxes, boulders, fire cauldrons, the putting green, a sport court and an infinity-edge pool. The Fire Ridge homeowners association sued Marsh four years ago, saying his development strayed from approved plans.

Marsh said he will continue to fight the case.

"I plan to do what I absolutely have to do," he said. "I'll stand my ground as long as I can."

According to Marsh's appeal, Fire Ridge officials haven't bothered to enforce neighborhood covenants on other homeowners.

Via AP tweet: http://bigstory.ap.org/2c30c96d65bb441e8f2773184d24e3ce?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Oddities

Cain and Abel, the Columbine Kids, choosing your path

Record cold coming to ‘almost entire USA’

Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. announced: 'I cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA.'

Cold Records are going to be SHATTERED! - “By the end of NEXT week, some states will be running 36 F BELOW NORMAL."

Meteorologist Paul Dorian of Vencore, Inc.: WIDESPREAD BLAST OF COLD AIR PLUNGES FROM ALASKA TO THE WESTERN US EARLY NEXT WEEK AND THEN EXPANDS INTO 
THE EASTERN US**

Bundle up. Layers. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids.. oh wait that's for the summer heat. 

Watch deBlasio close everything down.

Who's afraid of the abortion lobby?

Some time after the gruesome news of the abortion doctor Gosnell came to light I sent some people that wanted to make a movie about it a little go fund me money they requested because funding such a movie through the regular channels, they said, was impossible.

Now after making the movie, the film makers have run into another problem, or so they say in this progress email they sent me...
Dear Backers
We know that you've been waiting for news about the release of the Gosnell Movie.
This is the email we didn't want to write to you.

We had hoped at this point to be excitedly announcing our release date for the Gosnell movie.
This is not that email.

We've spent many months showing this film to every major distributor in Hollywood. None of them will distribute it.

They are claiming the Gosnell movie, which is based on a true story, is “too controversial”.

This is nonsense - you know it and we know it.
Recently Hollywood has distributed several movies that have had pro-abortion storylines. They have even nominated them for awards. "Obvious Child" was a romantic comedy where a likeable couple bond over her aborting their child. "Grandma" – starred veteran actor Lily Tomlin – as a grandmother on a road trip trying to gather together enough money for her granddaughter's abortion.
Hollywood's refusal to distribute the Gosnell movie is a politically-motivated double standard because the Gosnell movie is a true story and it shines a negative spotlight on abortion.
But we are not going to give up. At every point in the story of Dr. Kermit Gosnell the establishment have tried to suppress the truth.

They suppressed the truth when he was operating his house of horrors and killing women and children.
The mainstream media refused to cover the trial and Kickstarter wouldn't let us crowdfund on their platform.

But we didn't back down and you and 30,000 people like you helped us fund and produce the Gosnell Movie.
We are pledging to you today that we will not be stopped. We are going to release the Gosnell movie independently in 2017.
It's a great film – brilliantly directed by veteran actor Nick Searcy and starring Dean Cain. It has scored off the charts at test screenings. It has been overwhelmingly popular with audiences.
David Daleiden, the undercover journalist behind the Planned Parenthood videos said: "This is the best film about abortion ever made."
We've just gone public with this story and you can read about it here in Breitbart's Big Hollywood.

Fortunately, we have one more way of getting the Gosnell story to the public right now. We have written a book based on the Gosnell case. It will be published in January and is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books a Million.
Thank you for your patience and your support. The world will learn the truth about Gosnell, the truth that the establishment have tried to coverup.
Ann, Phelim, Magdalena

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What is the greatest unsolved mystery of all time?

Reddit top answers: (https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/5fpuur/what_is_the_greatest_unsolved_mystery_of_all_time/)

A mystery that really intrigues me is the the Indus Valley Civilization. They were large well planned cities on the banks of the river Indus. They had an advanced sanitation system and their people were great designers/builders.
Eventually the people started to abandon the cities or maybe they perished. The cities were excavated years later by archaeologists. No one has been able to exactly pin-point the cause of the destruction of the cities (there are multiple theories though). They had an entire script that no one has been able to translate.
The archaeologists have unearthed idols, buildings, utensils, money (coins). It's just interesting how they just ceased to exist for so many years.

Zodiac Killer.
The guy could be dead by now and we're still thinking he's out there.

The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum (Boston) theft of 13 oil paintings worth $500 million, March 18, 1990 - still unsolved.
https://sites.psu.edu/jiyoonnicky/unsolved-crimes/gardner-museum-theft-case/

DB Cooper.
Dude steals money off a government plane, asks for a parachute, jumps from the plane never to be seen again...
Fucking legend.

IMO the [Battle of Los Angeles](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5m7736RMBEg)
Long story short an object was spotted hovering slowly over LA during WWII. The entire Los Angeles anti aircraft battery engaged it for like an hour thinking it was a Japanese aircraft but couldn't damage it. Then after a while it just disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared

Lock her up..... part deux


The move to incarcerate Hillary Clinton while keeping the Presidents hands clean continues this week.

Bharara accepts Trump’s offer to ‘stay on’ as US attorney 

New York Post By Jamie Schram and Kaja Whitehouse November 30, 2016 

There’s going to be the same old “sheriff” in this town.
Preet Bharara, The gungho federal prosecutor has agreed to “stay on” as Manhattan U.S. Attorney after President-elect Donald Trump offered him the gig during a meeting Wednesday afternoon at Trump Tower in Midtown.
“We had a good meeting. I agreed to stay on. I have already spoken to Senator Sessions, who is as you know is the nominee to be the attorney general. He also asked that I stay on, and so I expect that I will be continuing to work at the southern district,” Bharara confirmed to a pool of reporters in the lobby of Trump’s Fifth Avenue skyscraper following their 40 minute powwow.

Bharara, who’s been called “The Sheriff of Wall St.” for his agressive prosecution of bankers, also heaped praise on his own office.
“The president-elect asked, presumably because he’s a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years, asked to meet with me to discuss whether or not I’d be prepared to stay on as the United States attorney to do the work as we have done it, independently, without fear or favor for the last seven years, Bharara said.

The New Boss.......not the same as the old boss.....you better get that straight!




President Obama's White House tells us not to blame Islam for the attacks of an ISIS follower at Ohio State University. Same old bullshit that every politically correct idiot since George W has spewed so they aren't called racist or Islamophobic. 

The God Emperor of the Cherry Blossom Throne had a different take. From Breitbart News:
“ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country,” he wrote:
ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.
Trump’s message reiterates his previous comments about blocking refugees from Muslim countries from entering the U.S., in an effort to stop homegrown “lone wolf” terror attacks.

According to NBC News, the attacker was a Somali refugee who came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident."

WKLEM: Trump tweets out a whole movie to tell flag burners what is in store for them.

Dem senators vulnerable in '18 willing to work with Trump

"North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) is ready to work with Republicans on legislation to invest in “clean coal” technologies.

More broadly, she says she’s willing to work across the aisle on regulatory reform.
“My priority is standing up for North Dakota, not party politics. The reason I’m in the U.S. Senate is to work with Republicans and Democrats to get things done,” she told The Hill in a statement.  
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is ready to work with the GOP and the Trump administration on military mental healthcare issues, curbing the exodus of U.S. jobs to foreign countries and combating the opioid epidemic. ready to 
...Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) hopes to work with Republicans to reduce the deficit, clean up Washington by stopping former lawmakers from becoming lobbyists and passing legislation to improve service at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a major Trump talking point during the campaign.
...I’m not sure that Democrats are going to rescue Republicans from the train they’re about to throw themselves in front of. There’s a fair amount of bitterness that Republicans were not reasonable players in the [Affordable Care Act] discussion,” said Kessler.
...Ten Democrats voted last year to approve the Keystone pipeline. Six of them are running for re-election in states that Trump won: McCaskill, Manchin, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Tester and Casey."

Mallory Archer's office art

Cutting cable was wonderful. What a good decision. Upon leaving I was offered cable for the same cost of the internet service (still the best in Denver,) that is basically free, and even that was not appealing because of all the extra nonsense and irritation that comes with it, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, advertisements, programs of pure advertising and so on. I don't want it.

I've been binge watching "Bob's Burgers" and "Futurama" and now "Archer."

One of the things that is really great about Netflix is that you can stop the action and study the background for their extra little cartoonist touches that are missed for going by too quickly to take in. For example, Bob's Burgers intro constructs the same scene of Bob, his family, the restaurant with a funeral home on the left and shop on the right, the name of the shop on the right changes with each episode to something amusing like the Bart Simpson writing on the chalkboard, "PFETA, Meat is Murder," "Trot's All Natural Fertilizer," "Meth I Can Methadone Clinic," "Extra Moist Yoga," "The Horse Renderer," and so on.  Then groups of mice run across the sidewalk and converge in front of the shop then a van speeds into the scene and stops directly in front of the burger restaurant with an amusing name on the van for an extermination company that changes with each episode, "Rats All Folks Exterminators," "Stan Vermin King of Vermin," "The Pest Pesterior," "Ratty Shack," "Chester the Depester," "The Mice Girls," "Wicked Witch of the Pest," and so on. It's fun. And completely missed without stopping to read because it appears onscreen for only half a second and very easily overlooked. I didn't see any of this until Netflix. The ending too incorporates amusing elements of the show while running credits. It's the same back of the restaurant scene with characters appearing in the service window and Bob scratching his butt, while people are dancing and singing and playing around him each time. Unfortunately, Netflix shrinks that to a smaller inset while they cue up the next episode.

I'm fairly certain that Futurama does something similar with their intro. I'll have to look at the NYC billboard that flashes onscreen for something amusing each episode while people are flashing through the transporter tube. I bet it changes each time. I didn't think to look today. Plus, on Netflix the intro doesn't show each time. It's just an additional cartoonist touch that is easily overlooked.

Likewise, the cartoon "Archer" is filled with fine touches. In season 1 episode 2, "Training Day" Archer goes into the office of the engineer who designs spy equipment, the equivalent of Q in James Bond films except entirely taciturn, he stays on his handheld device the whole time Archer is talking to him. In the background are shelves of storage bins with amusing labels, but the action must be stopped to read the labels because they appear for only a second, "Air Tools," "Poison," "Guns," "Tap & Die," "Hopes & Dreams," "Cuffs & Darts," etc.

The main character's mother is the head of the intelligence agency and the walls of her office are covered with art that I find attractive, to each their own taste. It's frameless with the canvas wrapped around the edges such as you see on design shows, and house flipping shows, and that you can buy online. I thought as I watched, "Hey! I can buy that." It's easily done. Just copy it from the show and produce it though any of the outfits online that offer this type of service. (They always offer a tremendous discount for your first order.) It's amazingly inexpensive and an impressive service, and widely used, and you can do so much with it. For a few hundred bucks you can copy the entire office. But first you must find good copies.

So I looked.

Turns out it's real art and the real life artist is suing FX for copyright infringement. This came up immediately searching [archer, art, mallory's office] They used her art without her permission. Just like I intend to do, except they did it for financial gain.

This clip shows the art fairly well but only in part. Other clips on YouTube show it better but they must be sorted though and they're all at an angle drawn in perspective and all too poor quality to use. And this is Google images showing Michel Leah Keck's work for much better copies.


I Don't Want to Hear It, Michel Leah Keck


The Best is Yet to Come, Michel Leah Keck

See? Those two actual paintings are in this key frame. No fair!


Something tells me this doesn't interest you. Something tells me you don't care for the art one single bit. Something tells me this idea is useless to you and that you find cartoons uninteresting BANG!

I just now killed the little bird telling me negative things and kicked it over the balcony.

The best thing about Netflix is it delivers on the promise that cable reneged. Cable was supposed to be subscribers pay to avoid commercials but then cable could not resist the double payment stream from subscribers and from advertisers. And now having what cable denied it is very weird switching from Netflix back to pre-cable over the air programming and being subjected to wholly unrelated advertising content interrupting its programming. It's jolting. With OTA, I go, mute, mute, mute, mute, mutie, mute, mute, until the whole effort becomes wearisome, and back to Netflix for comfort. Even though it's still mostly background chatter and and flickering lighting. Otherwise it'd be like a Zen Buddhist temple over here, not so bad, actually, but still, it's good to have something going on, connection to the world at large, some sign of life besides my own thoughts. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Is this man superman?

Wim Hof first caught the attention of scientists when he proved he was able to stay submerged in ice for one hour and 53 minutes without his core body temperature changing. Since then, he's climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, resisted altitude sickness, completed a marathon in the Namibian Desert with no water and proven – under a laboratory setting – that he's able to influence his autonomic nervous system and immune system at will.

Via Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/5firog/iceman_2015_documentary_about_wim_hof_who_climbed/?st=IW4C6MY7&sh=f9f93f77

Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

Morano was born in November 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. Her life has spanned three centuries, two World Wars and over 90 Italian governments.
"My life wasn't so nice," she told Reuters TV as she sat in an armchair by her window, a white shawl over her shoulders. "I worked in a factory until I was 65, then that was that."
In an interview with La Stampa newspaper five years ago she said her fiance had died in World War One and that she had then been forced to marry a man she did not love.
"'Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you'," Morano said, recalling his proposal. "I was 26. We got married."
She has thrived despite an unorthodox, unbalanced diet.
"When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day. Two raw, and one fried. Today she has slowed down a bit, reducing the number to two some days because she says three can be too much," her doctor Carlo Bava told Reuters TV.
"She has never eaten much fruit or vegetables. Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year."
More of this story via a Sissy Willis tweet: ‪https://ca.news.yahoo.com/thriving-raw-eggs-worlds-oldest-person-marks-117th-134043804.html‬
Ps. (Her secret is the $200.00 stimulus Link: https://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/08/eating-egg-salad-sandwich-for-200.html?m=1)

Dems discussing merits of competing GOP Obamacare replacements

[Trump's HHS nominee, Rep. Tom] Price’s Empowering Patients plan, like Obamacare, requires insurance plans to offer coverage to any patient regardless of how sick they are. But the Empowering Patients plan, unlike Obamacare, would let insurers charge sick people more if they did not maintain “continuous coverage.”
This continuous coverage policy shows up in a lot of the Republican replacement plans, and is likely something we’ll hear lots of debate about in the coming months. It’s part of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement plan, as well as Sen. Finance Chair Orrin Hatch’s proposal.
Here’s how it works: If a cancer patient goes straight from insurance at work to her own policy, her insurer has to charge her a standard rate — it can’t take the cost of her condition into account.
But if she had a lapse in coverage — perhaps she couldn’t afford a new plan between jobs — and went to the individual market under Empowering Patients, insurers could charge her up to 150 percent of the standard premium for her first two years of coverage (you can read this section on page 151 of the bill).
A patient can once again qualify for the standard rate if she maintains 1http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare8 months of continuous coverage — although that would likely be with premiums set at the higher rate.
Empowering Patients does have a safety net for people like this: It would invest $3 billion over three years in a high-risk pool to cover those with preexisting conditions who are unable to afford coverage on the marketplace. This is significantly less generous than other Republican proposals for high-risk pools. Ryan’s Better Way plan, for example, would put $25 billion toward the high-risk pools over a decade ($2.5 billion per year) and keep them running indefinitely. In that way, Price’s bill has a much weaker safety net than his House colleagues envision.

Monday, November 28, 2016

What is the worst TV show that became ridiculously popular?

Via Reddit top voted comments....

Jon and Kate Plus 8
Basically two narcissists who exploited their 8 children for a bunch of free shit and fame, and now the family is destroyed, and those kids have a lifetime of issues to deal with.

Does Dr. Oz count as a tv show? Because I feel like giving gullible people fake medical advice is orders of magnitude worse than any reality show.

Housewives of ___ which are basically all plastic women on drugs yelling at each other about shit that didnt happen.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. How? I have no fucking idea.

Teen moms.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Jersey Shore. Jerry Springer.

Trump continues cat and mouse with MSM

"According to Ari Fleischer, former WH press secretary for George W. Bush, Trump may soon go toe-to-toe with a formidable presence: the White House press corps. In an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, Fleischer points out, rightly so, that the coveted 49 seats in the WH briefing room are doled out primarily to mainstream media, with few going to digital outlets such as, ahem, IJR, for example. Right now, the White House Correspondents' Association determines who gets which seats, but Fleischer ponders a scenario where the Trump administration takes back assigning power, writing, “the valuable West Wing real estate occupied by the White House press corps isn't the property of the press. It belongs to the U.S. Government.”"

http://ijr.com/the-political-edit/2016/11/744722-what-the-crash-of-2008-had-to-do-with-the-election-of-2016/

A column by Kevin Dowd.

Posted by Maureen Dowd at the NYT, it is her column titled "Election Therapy From My Basket of Deplorables."

The post features a photograph of a lovely table setting, a place you'd be happy to visit. It looks like a very nice dinner party in red with white balance shifted to yellow for a washed out sort of look. You know what? I can fix the photograph with an eyedropper. Command "L" in photoshop, choose the white eyedropper tool. Touch the reflection on the white dinner plate.  Eh. Still very red. It is very red.


The figurine is Cersei, a character in Game of Thrones, Kevin Dowd's nickname for Hillary Clinton.

So Maureen Dowd walks into a scene designed for gloating. And she must bear it with her chin up. 

This post by Maureen Dowd is a humble and kind and forgiving piece that relates her Thanksgiving dinner at her relatives who are all Trump supporters. She posts without complaint, without vitriol. She puts up a lovely post and my opinion of her is changed by it. She merely introduces the scene that includes a Trump wine bottle on a sideboard of ordinary homemade holiday dinner fixings. It's truly lovely scene and it reminds me of my own family's holiday gatherings save for the figurine and the many bottles of wine, but nothing at all what you might imagine. I enjoyed her sharing this scene.

All that by way of introducing her brother's column, the bulk of her post. Kevin Dowd summarizes everything that we've discussed here at length and what a pleasure it is to read from someone else's pen outside our circle. It's all there. He's every bit as good a writer as his sister minus her poetic allusions, her graphic descriptions and her feminine locution. It's altogether a beautiful thing to behold. Maureen Dowd introduces saying, 
My colleague Paul Krugman tweeted Friday that “affluent, educated suburbanites” who voted for Trump are “fools.” What else is there to say, he asked. 
Well, here is what Kevin, an affluent, educated suburbanite, has to say in his column, titled an “Election Therapy Guide for Liberals”:
And, bang, he says it, and he says it all in one piece.

Here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/opinion/sunday/election-therapy-from-my-basket-of-deplorables.html?ref=opinion&_r=2

Caption contest


Sunday, November 27, 2016

My dad was an athelete



I posted this video of the adorable girl to avoid posting about political things, namely Donald Trump's latest tweet criticizing MSM for giving so much attention to Jill Stein's efforts at recounting key states and Hillary Clinton's smelling the money involved and glomming onto it, or perhaps planning the whole thing immediately using Jill with Hillary's wealthy backers who honestly believe they bought this election fair and square and simply cannot accept Electoral College results, interestingly making this unseemly protraction a millionaire vs millionaires situation. 

I notice by comments elsewhere that base voter on the left, and journalists, do  not yet comprehend that Donald Trump is avoiding availing American media services. Both haven't internalized that MSM is being shunted by Trump using Twitter to strike his points instead of using MSM. Ignoring Twitter's character limitation, they interpret a series of tweets that it takes for Trump to make a single point since the tweets are not numbered 1 of 6, 2 of 6 and so forth as Twitterers do, and characterize the series as Twitter beinging and a sign of Trump acting out of control, and he needs to learn how to control his late night tweeting impulses. This morning a British newspaper, Daily Mail, I think, ran an item titled "Get enough sleep, Mr. Trump?" or something similar. The story is about Trump's six tweets for Trump to make his point already made here about the duplicity of Hillary's public statement regarding accepting election results and Trump's saying previously "We'll see" as being a threat to our union along with Hillary's wearisome pedantry about American history. Then behaving the opposite and seriously engaging the behavior she condemned. And all of her party loyalists believe all of that is just fine.  Then later today a commenter on another YouTube video, a man with an elderly man's avatar that appears authentic, said the same thing, that Trump needs to get off Twitter. I told him he's old enough to know better and he'll take his immaturity to his grave. And he's a dope. I'm notified of return comments but I delete them without reading them. I'm there to provoke and annoy, not to engage.

Why? We know it's how Trump chooses to communicate directly by bypassing corrupted MSM who report what they please for their own aims. He's totally working their last nerves and it shows. 

Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!
Whew, I did very well there posting the amusing honesty of the little girl. Because if not then you'd be tempted to read through the Twitter reaction to Trump's plainspoken truth. What we have here are two entirely different operative realities. The discussion devolves to usual Twitter irrational shitstorm of pure id where wholly unrelated bugs up people's butts are flung out with the poo, as monkeys do. And you certainly don't want to see that

Protect yourself at all times....Marquis of Queensbury Rules.

What it’s like being an openly gay boxer, in 3 terrible tweets 

New York Post By Mark W. Sanchez November 27, 2016


Jabs get lobbed at Orlando Cruz seemingly without end. Especially when he hits the canvas.
The Puerto Rican boxer, who in 2012 became the first active fighter to come out as gay, was stopped in the eighth round by WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. He was also set back on Twitter, where those within his own industry made homophobic remarks at his expense.
Before Cruz, 35, dropped to 25-5-1, getting denied a world title, British pro boxer Frankie Gavin reflected on whom he wanted to win, revealing more about himself and his friends than the boxers between the ropes.
“I have nothing against gay people have gay friends,” Gavin said, as his nearly 50,000 followers waited for the “but” that would come. “But if I lost to a gay lad I would get bantered for life by pals so Flanagan has to win.”
Gavin deleted the tweet as social media venom was directed his way. Peter Fury was not as concerned with the backlash.