Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
This is one of Rembrandt's last works, painted in 1669, just before his death. Clearly his physical talents had diminished, but this painting is evocative in other ways.
Wednesday Morning News Dump (8/31/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Primary results
- The fate of Brazil's President will be learned today
- The I.R.S. types, deletes, types, deletes.
- That's a lot of blow
- We should all sleep better at night
- Additional Hillary emails uncovered. Yet no broken laws located.
- Hey, it's only money
- Iran releases jailed U of TX student
- General led double life now he's in trouble......
- ...while these top-notch employees aren't.
- George Soros and CHAOS at the local level of politics
- Chuck Grassley is starting to waffle?
- The basic concept of employment, employers & employees are beyond the average democrat's grasp
- Cannibal spiders in the U.K
- Move over Veggie Jello Salad meet the next Jello dish at Lutheran Pot Lucks
- Search warrant? We don't need no stinking search warrant
- TFG continues with his oath to
preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United Statesscrew the U.S.A.
- More unvetted refugees on Obama's wish list
- Genius Award, Runner Up
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (8-30-2016) [CBD]
I guess the motto for all of the precious snowflakes who are going to be triggered by the thought of the good guys having guns on campus is "Bring a dildo to a gun fight!" [Wait....what?]
This is actually even more nonsensical than the typical rabid anti-gun rantings of the Left. Presumably Texas, with its moderate gun laws has many citizens quietly going about their business all over the state while carrying concealed weapons. And because the minimum age for a concealed carry permit is 21, that immediately shrinks the number of possible weapons on campus, probably to a point well below the background percentage across the state. So the hysteria is completely and totally unfounded. But you knew that already.
This Year, Let's End the School Supplies Arms Race
Why can't kids re-use old crayons, like they do at my local public library? Their lack of spiffy new wrappers and stubby shapes have never slowed my daughter down from creative drawing. Why can't kids bring their own plastic cup and wash it at the end of the day, instead of making parents buy thousands of Dixie cups that will only wind up in the trash? And why do kids need the world's most exotic calculators, when they are likely only using 20 percent of its functionality?
Abe Yehuda is the Israeli-based incarnation of a blog that used to be called FresnoZionism. It is written by an American Jew who recently moved to Israel. Here he discusses a book, written by a reliably left-wing Israeli author, that exposes perfectly the astonishing conceit of progressives, not just in Israel, but all over the world. Mrs. Keret's Delusion is exactly that....the assumption that we have control over the hearts and minds of others.
Shira's statement contains a fundamental mistake: the belief, part of what Dr. Kenneth Levin calls the "Oslo Syndrome," that it is in our power to change reality enough to cause the Palestinians to make peace." A corollary, which she also enunciates, is that if we haven't succeeded, we (our leaders) just haven't tried hard enough. We haven't been creative enough or we haven't had the "courage" to make the concessions that - if we only would take the risk - would bring peace.
This is an arrogant position, and one that denies agency to the Palestinians. Some things aren't only up to us. Today's State of Israel has a great deal of power, but it does not have the power to change what is in the hearts of the Palestinians: a combination of false narratives, religious principles, shame, anger, envy and hatred.
Why Cryonics Makes Sense The writer makes some powerful arguments....but it's still nuts.
The first person to give cryonics a try was James Bedford, a psychology professor who died of cancer in 1967 at the age of 73 and is doing his thing in a vat of liquid nitrogen in Arizona as you read this. Others slowly began to follow, and today, there are over 300 people hanging out in vats of liquid nitrogen.
Now let's pause for a second. A year ago, I knew almost nothing about cryonics, and my impressions of it were something like this sentence:
Cryonics, or cryogenics, is the morbid process of freezing rich, dead people who can't accept the concept of death, in the hopes that people from the future will be able to bring them back to life, and the community of hard-core cryonics people might also be a Scientology-like cult.
He should have stopped right there.....
Wells Fargo to Hogue Inc: We won't do business with weapons manufacturers. The destruction of our civil liberties through executive action continues apace.
Operation Choke-point is the scandal-ridden Department of Justice's initiative aimed at punishing making business difficult for those industries they don't like. Payday lenders (ok, these can be dicey but are still better than loan-sharks), coin dealers (precious metals throw a wrench in their fiat currency scam), and firearms manufacturers and dealers (because...guns are icky and stuff) have all been targeted by the Obama's highly-politicized DOJ. Since the Administration's frontal assaults on the Second Amendment have not yielded the results they want, they have resorted to Executive Branch action to try to move the ball. In this they are pressuring financial institutions to deny banking services to the targeted industries.
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College Professor Frets That Scowling Hawk Mascot Could Traumatize Students With His Angry Feltface
A University of Iowa professor is asking the athletics department to make the university’s mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions, arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students.
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
“And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community,” she argued.
Ms. Oral told the Press-Citizen that she has been concerned for some time about Herky the Hawk’s lack of emotional diversity.
Trigger Warning: If you look below you will see an angry, menacing Silly Hawk Mascot.
Polls Vary, But All Seem To Agree: Trump Is Regaining Footing Against Clinton
In the NBC poll, Clinton's lead drops two points, from +8 to +6.
Now, that's still a blowout, but the trend is favorable.
Meanwhile, in the LATimes poll (which always has Trump doing better than other polls), Trump has now moved into a three point lead.
But it's the state polls that ultimately matter. Alas, the latest from Pennsylvania has Clinton up six.
Feminist Stages (Get This) Nude Photo Shoot Smearing Herself With (Get This) Her Own Menstrual Blood to Protest (Get This) "Period-Shaming"
Of course. Period-shaming is the greatest injustice the world has ever known!
Second-greatest injustice? Daddums was late with the condo fee payment this month and the landlord yelled at me so loud!
By the way: Don't bother asking "is she hot?" The only hot nude feminists are the Femen chicks.
The feminist explains that this photoshoot is a step in her "journey" to "period-positivity," since society has apparently made her ashamed to bleed freely in public, not the most fundamental standard of basic hygiene which both men and women adhere to.
"When we say someone has blood on their hands, it is usually perceived as dirty, something to be afraid of ashamed of. I had blood on my hands and I owned it," opens the dramatic post.
Verstappen claims that she initially loved menstruating; she was "absolutely fascinated by it."
"When my menarche arrived, I observed my blood and was absolutely fascinated by it," proclaimed the feminist. "But then the kids in my class said it was gross. I didn’t understand why, but I did not want to be an outsider. So I shifted my ideas, so they would fit what was 'normal.'"
This, of course, is untrue; I’m not saying girls are ashamed, nor should be of menstruating, but there is no 12-year-old girl on the face of the planet who's pumped or awe-inspired about bleeding out of her lady part for the first time.
Verstappen bathes herself in female victimhood, cause by our own biology:
"As women who bleeds [sic], we have been suppressed," she says. "We have been shamed, humiliated, hurt, wronged. We have had to explain ourselves when we are emotional, and are even ridiculed because of it. We have been viewed as less capable to function in the world. If you did not feel or experience this personally, I invite you to ask around. Listen to the stories. Are they filled with empowerment? Or rather, shame?"
In completely unrelated news, feminists continue to blame men for women's "underrepresentation" in science, technology, engineering and medical fields.
AP: ISIS Buried Thousands in Mass Graves
John Kerry immediately said: "It would be helpful if the media didn't report things like this, so people wouldn't know what's going on."
Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.
In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group's territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.
Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000.
Experts say the number of murder victims could very well exceed the number of Hillary's illegally-executed emails.
FBI To Release Notes of Hillary Clinton Investigation Tomorrow; 30 Emails About Benghazi Discovered
The FBI plans to release some of the material it recently provided to Congress regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email servers that she used as secretary of state, sources tell CBS News.
The material, which is expected to be released in the near future, will include portions of interview notes, though it’s unclear which interviews will be released. The documents are expected to contain redactions.
Portions of the interview the FBI conducted with Clinton earlier this summer will likely be part of this public release. The campaign had asked that the notes from her interview be made public.
Hillary of course claimed all work related emails were turned over to State, as the law demands.
That was not, get this, true. The FBI recovered -- while trying to un-delete her server -- thirty Benghazi-related emails.
The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.
Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.
Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.
Maine Governor Paul LePage Said to be Considering Resigning After Leaving Profanity-Filled Tirade on in Reporer's Voicemail
Trumpian, except for the apology and remorse part.
After a reporter (get this!) called him a racist, LaPage left a mean voicemail for him.
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” a recording of the governor’s phone message says. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (expletive). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist (expletive). You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
Now he says he's considering all options to make amends, including the possibility of leaving his second gubernatorial term unfinished.
“I’m looking at all options,” the Republican governor said while appearing on WVOM, a Bangor talk radio station. “I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.”
He later said, “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.”
Oy. Come on. Reporters are scum. It is known.
It is known.
Pen and a Phone: Obama to Sign Climate Treaty Without The Whole Bother of Senate Approval
It's not a treaty, Obama explains. It's merely a legally binding executive agreement.
The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China. Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required for treaties. He said the pact negotiated by 195 countries in December is merely an “executive agreement.”
Republicans have insisted that the accord requires Senate ratification and warned the Obama administration as well as international leaders that Congress will not be bound by an agreement ratified by unilateral executive action.
John Kerry: Media Would Do Us a Favor By Covering Terrorism Less So That People Wouldn't Know What's Going On
That's not a juiced headline; he really said that.
Speaking to the Thai press (Thailand having recently suffered a brutal terrorist attack), Kerry suggested that ignorance is the best defense:
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It's easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you're going to be a terrorist and you're willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on.
Last September Kerry also seemed to blame the media's mere coverage of terrorism for the terrorism problem.
Billionaire Clinton Foundation Mega-Donor on Terror No-Fly List, Denied Entry to US
According to a new report from the LA Times, a Lebanese-Nigerian businessman who donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, was denied a visa to enter the US on suspicions of terrorism.
Gilbert Chagoury, is a world renown billionaire and philanthropist. Chagoury has also built a relationship with the Clinton's dating back to the 90s.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
H/T Country Singer
And a little Young Frankenstein below the fold....
Tuesday Morning News Dump (8/30/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Brazil's President takes stand at her impeachment trial
- If a GOP President was about to do this he would be impeached as well
- 44% of American households own at least one firearm. Canoe sales on the rise.
- Damn! He's dumber than a box of rocks
- Another day, another ROP attack
- Hackers access state election databases
- Robbing Peter to pay Paul to save Obamacare
- Head transplant in the horizion
- Japan's costly attempt to halt nuclear waste escape
- U.S.D.A weighs the future of exotic animal ownership
- Apple facing large tax bill from the E.U.
- RIP Gene Wilder
- Angela Merkel doubles down on stupidity
- Of course the American flag is offensive and needs not to be flown
- Lightning kills 300+ reindeer
- Face Book lives up to it's biased rep
- Iran rolls out their own internet. That ought to be fun.
- National Parks see rise in obnoxious behavior
- India & U.S.A. sign defense agreements
- Iceland hit by quakes, may cause volcano eruption
- vir·tue: noun 1. behavior showing high moral standards.
- Genius Award h/t Moron
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread 08/29/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Good evening fellow Morons.
I'm keeping it short and sweet tonight, so let's get to it.
Let's start off with something we're all familiar with, an old proverb:
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions
Larry The Lobster, Saved From Stockpot, Dies In Styrofoam Instead https://t.co/Jjqvs6H5tF— NPR (@NPR) July 29, 2016
What a waste. The poor thing probably suffocated to death.
BTW, this isn't the first Larry the Lobster to achieve worldwide fame.
Newsbreak Segment - Larry the Lobster's fate https://t.co/EZ03RPNVQW— ((Nieds Dead Horse)) (@mflynny) August 30, 2016
I hear Eddie Murphy is going to be in theaters again soon with four films in the works including Beverly Hills Cop 4 and a biopic on Richard Pryor.
Speaking of drama...
Can you imagine her teen years?
The charm and grace of a gentleman.
IMAGE: Letter from George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton on his inauguration pic.twitter.com/LRRtftCCTe— The Int'l Spectator (@intlspectator) August 28, 2016
And how was his graciousness returned?
Oh, I think you can recall:
The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said today that '"damage, theft, vandalism and pranks did occur in the White House complex'" in the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush. The agency put the cost at $13,000 to $14,000, including $4,850 to replace computer keyboards, many with damaged or missing W keys.
Some of the damage, it said, was clearly intentional. Glue was smeared on desk drawers. Messages disparaging President Bush were left on signs and in telephone voice mail. A few of the messages used profane or obscene language.
I wonder what the current occupants will leave behind. My guess is that even Obama will be classier than the Hillbillies.
And just one more thing:
Take that MTV. THIS is sexy, and she needed neither slutty videos nor even a svelte body to get the attention of everyone in the room.
have a good night and play nice, folks.
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Study Finds More New Yorkers Abstaining from Sex
Nearly a third of all of the city’s adults said they had not had intercourse or oral sex in a year, according to the latest 2014 statistics.
That was the highest number since 2002, when the department first started keeping public records on the question.
The “Sexless & and City’’ number was even higher — 32.7 percent — among young adults ages 18 to 24, according to the department’s annual Community Health survey.
By comparison, in 2002, 18.4 percent of all city adults said they did not have sex with any partner the previous year. That included 20 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24.
"Experts" -- what would we do without them -- note there are a lot of impersonal ways to satisfy the sex impulse now, porn, sexting, etc.
Monday Moron Medical Monitoring, Session 7: Greetings From the DL
I was told over and over again that, especially at age 29, I really had to do mobilization exercises. Just 10-15 minutes per day -- work a different body part every day. Consider it pre-hab -- you know you're going to be injured; this is the way to avoid it.
And instead I did what I've always done when it comes to stretching: I almost completely ignored it.
I'm doing some now.
I'm mostly following Kelly Starett's program and his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard.
The main point he makes is that any fault in position will lead, inevitably, to a fault in movement. Any fault in movement will lead, inevitably, to injury, as the wrong muscles are being over-used to compensate for the lack of activation of the proper muscles, and bones aren't properly aligned to be in their proper load-bearing position.
An example of that was my crap shoulders, which are internally rotated (rolled forward). They're being pulled forward by my chest muscles; my mid-back muscles, which are supposed to counteract the chest muscle pull and keep the shoulders neutral, have gone to sleep and have atrophied.
When you bench, you're supposed to put the ball of your upper arm deep into the socket joint to maximize your ability to load a weight; that puts the load onto a joint that can take it. (Coaches tell people to "bend the bar" or "break the bar" as a cue to get them to put external rotation into their arms -- imagine trying to bend the bar; naturally, the balls of your arms go deeper into the shoulder socket to do this.)
If you don't have your ball in your socket, muscles and ligaments and tendons must compensate for what your joint is supposed to be doing; but they can't, so they fail, and you get injured.
A similar thing must have happened with my hips, when I tweaked my back and pulled my pelvis out of position (it was rotated and stuck too forward on one side and backwards on the other -- and it was painful as heck).
Anyway, now that I've suffered not one but two inevitable, completely-predictable injuries based on faults in beginning position (and therefore, faults in movement), I'm going to try to actually listen this time.
I'd really recommend this book. It's loaded with photographs and shows you more clearly what the proper beginning, finishing, and transitioning positions are for most major exercises (lifts), and the most common faults. Rippetoe describes this in words, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and I find Starett's explanations more easily understood.
He also goes for global explanations -- basically, the shoulder is the same joint as the hip, so most of the same principles (push the ball deep into the socket when loading weight, and you do that by externally rotating the limb) apply to various movements.
Then the last part of the book has mobilization exercises for all the different parts of the body.
I'm not really happy to be stuck in re-hab land but I guess I should have been working on fundamentals of position and movement all along so I'll keep at it.
By the way: I read someone explaining posture and this brief suggestion made sense to me. When you stand, stand as tall and straight as possible, and imagine that your head is pulling up the rest of your body up into the air with it.
I've been trying that. It feels right. Who knows, maybe it will work for you. The thing about posture-correction: It actually takes a fair amount of energy and neuromuscular control and you can only build a little endurance at standing or sitting properly at a time.
No GAINZ nor LOZZ GAINZ on my end. As I haven't been working out, I've gained no muscle. I lost a pound but I figure that was mostly muscle.
So tell me about YO GAINZ, BITCHEZ
Target Begs Customers to Come Back With One-Day Sale, Building Special Transgender Bathrooms
Yesterday they offered a first-time-ever storewide sale. And that comes on the heels of them suffering their first time ever quarterly decline.
And that seems to be due to a boycott over their crazy Whatever Bathroom You Like, Zir policy.
Comedic Genius Gene Wilder Dead at 83
Well, the sad thing was that he lost his wife Gilda Radner so early to cancer; living to 83 would be pretty nice, except for that sadness.
In his honor, I'm going to watch Silver Streak this week, if I can find it. That to me was my first Hitchcock movie. I know it wasn't really Hitchcock, but it was plainly Hitchcockian, with its barely-plausible (but energetic) plot and mistaken identities and dead people coming back to life.
When I saw the Brooks Hitchcock parody "High Anxiety," I had no idea who Hitchcock was. What I figured out from that movie was "Oh I guess Hitchcock made movies like Silver Streak."
To this day I still want to ride in the sleeper car of a train, and that's less because of James Bond or Murder on the Orient Express than it is because of Silver Streak.
Great movie. I'm hearing the soundtrack in my head as I write this.
Awful Movie About Awful Obamas' First Awful Date Opens to Shit Box Office, Glowing Reviews From Liberal Critics
The movie based on Barack and Michelle’s Obama’s first date had a lukewarm reception at the box office during opening weekend. = Despite receiving glowing reviews from critics, “Southside With You” only made $3 million after premiering in over 800 theaters on Friday — putting it at number fourteen on the list of openings.
The film follows the story of when the couple went on their first date in Chicago in 1989 when they were young lawyers at the same firm.
But man do the liberal critics love it-- 93% fresh!
Seems like they're giving it the Ghostbusters treatment, but the public isn't buying.
Hillary's Poll Lead Breaking In Half, Like Huma-Weiner Marriage of Convenience
Last week, Reuters -- which generally has Hillary ahead more than other outfits -- showed Hillary ahead by five. But she had been ahead by 12 in the same poll.
The LATimes poll, which has generally been more favorable to Trump than others, now says the race is tied, though... actually, though it's statistically meaningless, the poll shows Trump slightly ahead.
The Real Clear Politics average still looks pretty bad-- Clinton +6.
On the other hand: Trump is closing in must win Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as would-be-a-knockout-punch Michigan.
Jackass Former Starting Quarterback Won't Stand for National Anthem Until Country Changes to His Liking
I'm annoyed by this asshole, but I don't know if that annoyance is justified. I've come to have a lot less respect for America during the Obama Captivity myself -- and I think I'd be within my rights to stage a symbolic protest against Fallen America if I wanted.
On the other hand -- fuck this guy.
Oh, and fuck the NFL. Just fuck them generally.
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"Stay at Home Cad:" NY Post Reports Anthony Weiner Was Sexting a New Lady, While Son Was in Bed With Him, Just Last Year
Update: Huma Says She's Separating from Her Weiner
This is baby-sitting — Anthony Weiner-style.
While his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the disgraced ex-congressman has been sexting with a busty brunette out West — and even sent her a lurid crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture, The Post has learned.
The stay-at-home cad shot the revealing photo while discussing massage parlors “near my old apartment” shortly after 3 a.m. on July 31, 2015, a screenshot of the exchange shows.
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Weiner was clearly aroused by his conversation with the 40-something divorcee when he abruptly changed the subject.
“Someone just climbed into my bed,” Weiner wrote.
“Really?” she responded.
Weiner then hit “Send” on the cringe-inducing image, which shows a bulge in his white, Jockey-brand boxer briefs and his son cuddled up to his left, wrapped in a light-green blanket.
“You do realize you can see you[r] Weiner in that pic??” the woman wrote.
Pictures at the link.
Can't help wondering if this is an arranged marriage, or at least a marriage of political convenience. I'm sure Hillary can tell Huma all about those.
Separated At Last?
Huma: "I have made the decision to separate from my husband."— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) August 29, 2016
This Daily Caller story (headline on Twitter as "Huma Cuts Weiner Off") says they're getting divorced, but that seems (to me) to just be taking Huma's wording -- "separating" -- and extrapolating that into divorce. Which she actually didn't say.
He's done the unthinkable -- he's deleted his Twitter account.
I hope this doesn't end up embarrassing Hillary and her husband the serial rapisthttps://t.co/fZ8OaWW456— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 29, 2016
I think that account will be back shortly. Dude's gonna need the sweet release of cyber.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Interesting that an artist subsidized by the Public Works of Art Project, essentially the New Deal, would paint Atlantic Class boats racing on Long Island Sound. This was painted in 1934...the depths of the Great Depression.
Monday Morning News Dump (8/29/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Zorro causes major commotion at LAX
- Tropical storms approach USA
- Horrific accident in LA
- Timing. It is everything.
- Finland and job creation
- Iran flips off world. Or Iran deploys long range missiles
- Iran endears itself to Canada
- Oh Gosh, E.U. & U.S. trade talks break down
- Prevent Defense? Or just sick and tired?
- Aren't you glad they manage the economy better than their FB page?
- Anthony Wiener back in the news
- More quake victims found
- First, it was pink locker rooms causing outrage, now the University of Iowa's mascot is too scary
- Your daily national security head scratcher
- House GOP set for a shakeup?
- Blank screen? Better than most things on T.V.
- Huma Abedin's mom, quite the women's rights gal. Nah, J/K
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
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Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/28/16) [Mis. Hum.]
Welcome to the End of Summer Edition of the World Famous ONT.
A glance at the calendar indicates it is August 28th. Wow, coming up on Labor Day Weekend. Seems like yesterday was Memorial Day Weekend. Where the heck has the time gone? The ONT attempts to answer this question. Certainly time time flies by when you are having fun.
As a young Moron (Boy, was I ever), the week leading up to Labor Day Weekend was our family's annual summer vacation. Did your family have a summer tradition/ritual?
Is there anyone who swims in the great outdoors? Swimming in fresh water does have it's drawbacks. Leeches may have their medicinal uses but for swimmers? Not so much.
It seems like families were/are the same throughout the western world.
Ahh station wagons. Nothing says vacation like piling everyone in the station wagon. Mini-vans just weren't as cool.
As we approach Labor Day Weekend, do you ever think about changing jobs? Changing careers? Changing office environments? Your humble OB doesn't know if he could work in a setting like this. Could you?
If this wasn't bad enough, 20 ways your office is killing your productivity.
Speaking of Labor. Here is a man who knows something about labor and love of country.
“To disrespect the country that has afforded him the opportunities and fortunes he acquired is only made more offensive by the fact that his life is the personification of the ideals I see in the American flag and National Anthem: a biracial child, raised by white parents, and who has accomplished much despite his “oppression.” In how many more nations around the world can a story like that come to fruition?"
Meet Lane Pittman, he plays in his church’s band, is a high school lacrosse coach and criminal for playing the National Anthem on his guitar.
Employers, tired of the ever increasing minimum wage? Tired of putting up with Obamacare? Are you bothered by the talk of mandatory paid medical leave? Well, here is the perfect employee. It even has the same vocabulary you are accustom to.
A company which moved because of tax and business climate (From WI to Texas) continues to look at the bottom line. K-C uses personalized data from sources such as “performance-management” software to review employees and keep them working at optimal levels.
Schools have either started or are about to start. For elementary school students it will soon be time for show and tell. My parent is
Doofus scientist. Have these characters ever spent time on a dairy farm or in any type of farm/ranch setting? Survey says?
What happened to these people as children? Do you need to have deep rooted issues to work for certain government agencies or being a plaintiff's attorney?
The world lost a great man when Andrew Breitbart passed. His famous statement, "Culture is upstream from politics" has never been truer.
Coincidence? How long are the tentacles of George Soros?
Orlando mass murderer's wife disappears. Hillary Clinton flies free as a butterfly. But, the F.B.I. has developed an app for bank robberies.
The problem with one sided "documentaries". Or why a Federal Judge screwed up regarding one of the suspects in NetFlix's "Making a Murderer"
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Gotta love the free market. There is finally an alternative to social media outlets like Twitter that takes a firm stand against corporate censorship. This new platform is called GAB and you can find it here. The site is not specifically conservative in orientation (although a lot of conservative and libertarian types have gravitated to it), but it is aggressively free speech orientated. From their guidelines page:
Gab's mission is to put people and free speech first. We believe that the only valid form of censorship is self-censorship, an individual's own choice to opt-out. Gab empowers users to self-censor and remove unwanted followers, words, phrases, and topics they don't want to see in their feeds to help stop and prevent different forms harassment. However, we do take steps to protect ourselves and our users from illegal activity.
They are currently in beta, if you go to their page you can request an invite by entering your email address. I just got my invite, if any of you Morons decide to start a GAB account, feel free to add me as a friend (@weirddave). GAB works pretty much like Twitter, with additional options for you to control your own content. Here is GAB's founder, Andrew Torba, talking about their free speech mission.
Open thread until the ONT pops up.
Food Thread: Light, Brief and Lithe Edition [CBD]
This is the result of the world famous La Tomatina (tomato fight) in Buñol, a small town in Spain's Valencia region. I guess if you are too chicken (or smart) to run with the Bulls in Pamplona, this is a good option. But the curmudgeon in me thinks it's just a big waste of food. Although the claim is that the acidity of the tomatoes cleans the streets, so I guess there is some point to it. I like this point better though.... [NSFW]
Bottles of the barrel-aged liquor will carry the likeness of Gen. George S. Patton, who was known for his rapid deployment of armor troops when he commanded the U.S. Seventh Army and later the Third Army during the war.
Known as Patton Armored Diesel, the product borrows its name from a mobile bar that accompanied the general's forces as they crossed France and Germany after D-Day.
I wonder what General Patton would have thought? Either pleased that it was booze, or furious that his name was being used for something undignified....
Deep dish pizza isn't really pizza, it's tomato pie. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, because there are versions that are quite good. Just don't call it pizza (Chicago, I'm talking to you...) and all will be well.
Here's an interesting and clear recipe from PizzaMaking.com, which is a grand place to poke around if you are at all interested in the art and science of pizza making. Just be sure to read through it before you start. It's for a basic pie, but most people will want to stuff it full of optional good stuff, like meat!
I'm a sucker for time lapse stuff. The accompanying music? Not so much....
The dish is Pressure Cooker Feijoada - Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew from Dad Cooks Dinner, one of the best and most accessible web sites dedicated to good, simple food and techniques.
Yeah, yeah. Arugula is your trigger for a hipster alert. But it is a very useful green that adds a nice peppery flavor and good texture to things. Just not everything.
¾ lb Yukon Gold potatoes, ½” cube
¼ cup corn oil
White wine vinegar (cider vinegar is fine too)
½ red or yellow pepper, sliced into thin strips
4 oz. baby arugula
2 Tbl. finely minced shallot (or Vidalia or similarly sweet onion)
1 Tbl red wine vinegar
1 Tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk the onion, vinegar and mustard together. Drizzle the olive oil into the mixture as you continue to whisk. It will emulsify, or at least mix nicely.
Mix the arugula with the sliced peppers and set aside.
In a large non-stick pan, heat the corn oil on medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and toss until they are coated with the oil. Make sure that the potatoes are in a single layer as you cook them. Toss occasionally until the cubes are nicely browned on all sides. Dump immediately into the salad, pour the dressing over everything, toss and serve.
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Football Sunday in America 08/28/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Good afternoon and welcome to Sunday Football in America. Unfortunately, Goodell and his NFL are leaving such a bad taste in my mouth it's going to be a challenge to enjoy the sport I love knowing I'm contributing in any way to his pocketbook.
So, I'm keeping it short today.
The schedule for today:
Chargers at Vikings 1:00 pm ET on Fox
Cardinals at Texans 4:25 pm ET on Fox
Bengals at Jaguars 8:00 pm ET on NBC
Here's a couple of gals to keep you company.
Enjoy the games, and play nice, folks.
Colin Kaepernick: The NFL's Newest Blithering Idiot [CBD]
CDR M touched on this last night, but there is nothing like pouring it on when the target is this easy to hit!
I don't know who Clay Travis is, because I don't follow football much, and don't much like it either. But I like this Davis fellow, who sounds suspiciously like a Moron, in the good way. Here he claims that Colin Kaepernick Is an Idiot, and backs it up with some pretty damning analysis.
Once you make the decision to enter the marketplace of ideas, in my opinion, you're obligated to put forward a coherent reason for your decision-making if you want to be taken seriously. Otherwise, I can feel free, thanks to this same first amendment that you're using to gain attention, to pronounce you an daft prima donna whose football talents have so deteriorated you aren't even capable of beating out Blaine freaking Gabbert to be quarterback. As if that weren't enough I can also say that based on your Twitter feed you look like a lost and psychologically unstable individual.
Kaepernick is the latest in a series of high-profile athletes/entertainers/trained monkeys who are under the mistaken impression that the number of followers they have on Twitter or Instagram is somehow correlated with their intelligence and their ability to provide insightful comments on a whole range of topics outside of their incredibly narrow areas of expertise.
If I want to learn how to cry on command or look pensively off into the distance or take steroids to bulk up for an important event or lip sync an entire concert or throw a
tight spiral wobbling wounded duck, I will, absolutely, contact Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep or Madonna or Matt Damon or Colin Kaepernick.
But for political or cultural analysis I think that sticking with the far less attractive but far better informed among us is probably a good idea. And who would those people be? Judging by the blather coming out of our most famous among us, it will probably be a step up if I go to the nearest middle school and ask the kid who is reading in the library and doesn't have paste crumbs on his chin.
And speaking of injustice.....
Kaep’s Nike shoe collection made by oppressed Chinese people. pic.twitter.com/e4skoDxwXy— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) August 27, 2016
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-28-2016: Stepping On Your Own [OregonMuse]
University of Washington's Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading Room
(Look at that pic. Go on, click on it.
It doesn't seem likely to me that that building started out as a library, much less a "graduate reading room". I wonder if UW acquired a church building and re-purposed it. That makes me sad. But, library. So that's not so bad. On the other hand, it could've been worse. It could've been re-purposed as a mosque. Update: It has always been a library. Thanks to the many morons for the correction.)
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, and snowflakes soon dissolve. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these.
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,”
Hugos and Puppies and CHORFs, Oh My!
So this year's Hugo Awards have come and gone, and apparently it was kind of an "Empire Strikes Back" event. All the SJWs are in the throes of ecstasy because few, if any, of the Sad Puppies candidates won. Also, the 'Best Novel' category was won by The Fifth Season, written by N.K. Jemison, who is, from what I hear, the SJW's SJW.
Yay, diversity! Boo, evil white men!
So all the progressives are jumping with joy and spraying each other with champagne over their great victory over the Sad Puppies, but they don't understand they've already lost, and in fact, they lost several years ago.
Larry Correia did not start the Sad Puppies merely to provide an alternate slate of choices for white guys. His purpose, as he has explained over and over and over again, was to prove a point. He had publicly stated that (a) science-fiction publishing has for years been dominated by a small, inbred SJW clique that act as gatekeepers that keep out conservative-leaning authors and (b) this same inbred clique runs the Hugo awards. And then all the SJWs went bananas trying to keep the SP choices off the ballot, and then when they couldn't do that, they told all of their friends not to vote for them, or to "No Award" the entire category. Apparently, they didn't realize that these concerted efforts only served to prove Correia's point that the Hugos were run by and for an small, inbred clique of progressive CHORFs*
And now that Correia's supposition has been amply demonstrated, anything else is just icing on the cake. The existence of the "Rabid Puppies" slate confuses things a bit, but Correia's original point still stands. In fact, Correia was not part of the Sad Puppies this year, and I rather think his direct involvement with it is pretty much a thing of the past. This year was another opportunity for the inbred SJWs to beclown themselves yet again. Which they did superbly, with all their hollering about "white male privilege". They failed to pay attention to the fact that this year the Sad Puppies were managed by women authors: Kate Paulk, Sarah Hoyt, and Amanda Green.
You couldn't do better than read Correia's take on the 2016 Hugos:
Funny. When I started Sad Puppies four years ago, the narrative was all about how the Hugos were a celebration of what was great, representing the best of all of fandom. I said nope, it is decided by cliques, ass kissing, and politics. They called me a liar. Fast forward to now, and at least they are open it is all politics. Hell, they’re celebrating it.
Correia has the inbred SJW clique so spooked, they're kicking their own butts.
*Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics.
...is a huge mult-genre fan convention that has run every year in Atlanta, Georgia since 1987. They have gamers, bookworms, comic geeks, fans of all sorts and they bill themselves as "the largest multi-media popular convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy,gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!" I'm not sure what their exact attendance was last year, but I know it was more than 60,000!
The inbred SJWs are trying to turn the Hugos into a politically correct showcase of what they think you should read. The Dragons, on the other hand, are trying to be about what science fiction fans actually like to read. Voting closes at the end of this month so act soon. You will need an email address to register, then they send you a ballot.
I'm typing this on Wednesday afternoon, and I just took a pause to follow the link provided by votermom, and it took me all of 2 minutes to fill out a minimal form, send it in, and hit the confirm link in the e-mail. It's easy and, best of all, it's FREE.
According to a message displayed at the confirmation link, the next batch of Dragon ballots goes out on Monday, so if you get your requests in today, you'll make the deadline. Again, voting ends on August 31st, so there's not a lot of time left.
I remember reading a Greek myth where the hero (Theseus? Heracles?) had to fight a giant scorpion and he managed to defeat it by getting it to sting itself over and over again. This is kind of what Correia and Vox Day are doing to the inbred progressive clique that are running the Hugos. This year the CHORFs managed to "No Award" Jerry Pournelle. Seriously? Pournelle is a living legend, and they "No Award"-ed him?? In what universe does *that* make sense? The more they turn the Hugos into a PC beauty contest, the more fans will abandon them. The question is, will it be enough to kill the beast? I don't know. A good indicator will be what happens with the Dragon Awards. If, over succeeding years, more and more SJWs start showing up at DragonCon to cause trouble, that would be an indication that the Hugos are dead and the progressive parasites have left the dessicated corpse of the host and are looking for another healthy body upon which to feed.
Call For Submissions
I regularly prowl the internet, looking for awesome library and cool bookstore pics to feature on the book thread. Eventually, I'm going to run out, as there are only so many pics out there to chose from. And there isn't any National Strategic Library Pic Reserve I can tap into.
So this is where you come in: send me a pic of *your* library, and I can feature it on the book thread. I know that few, if any of us are going to have libraries like the ones I've been showing, but even a couple of shelves will do. Or, if you have a library in a nice building near to where you live, that qualifies. Pics of finely bound books will also be welcome.
Morons send in pics of their pets for the pet thread, and this would be similar. I think it would be fun.
Books By Morons
Moron commenter naturalfake has the third part of his 'Wearing The Cat' series, Wearing the Cat: Part Three: His Golden Time, continuing the adventures of Lt. Nick McGill, hedonist who
...is closer than ever to achieving his goal of adding excitement to his life through access to an excess of wine, women, and adventure
Best of all, with the incredibly wealthy Mr Sanbuichi as his new English Student, McGill now has access to the world of the rich, their money, and their fine, fine women. Not to mention the great food and high quality booze...And yet, with his enthusiastic and sensuous response to the fresh and surprising world opening around him, McGill may be missing the most important thing of all.
The quiet, sweet arrival of romance in his life.
I find some of my best material poaching other threads. I find these wonderful one-offs like:
58 Sorry for the early OT
Just finished "When Breath Becomes Air"
Holy shit is that a kick in the face. An amazing and profound little book. Intensely moving.
Posted by: Max Power at August 19, 2016 06:12 PM (q177U)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is a best-seller, which is why they're charging 13 bucks for it.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
Sadly, Mr. Kalanithi died in 2015 while working on this book.
This one is a repeat from a couple of years ago, but given the current political climate, it's worth mentioning again. Moronette lurker Anwyn recommends Bacon and Egg Man by Ken Wharton, a darkly comic novel that takes place in a United States where "the Northeast has split off from the rest of the United States. The new Federation is ruled by the electoral descendants of King Mike [Bloomberg?], a man who made it his mission to form a country based on good, clean living."
The spirit of Prohibition is never really absent from American culture. It just shifted around a bit to prohibit different things. From Anwyn's review, the main character, journalist Wes Montgomery, lives
...in the northeast corner of what used to be the United States. New York and its surrounding blue-state cohorts have seceded, and in the resulting Federation, original Bloomberg’s original soda ban has led to the illegality of fat and sugar and basically everything that tastes good. The people eat tofu and vegetables and visit the doctor by mandate to have their body fat monitored. Strangely, this has not stopped people from dying of heart attacks or cancer, but nobody seems to grasp the implications of that. Wes lives the life of an average guy who works a job, makes a living at it, and keeps to himself. But he’s a drug dealer and a user—not only does he get bacon, eggs, real milk and butter, ribeyes, sausage, and yes, soda for his clients, he eats them himself, cooking them up in a black cast-iron skillet (whose appearance, all by itself, won my heart in the first chapter).
And soon he gets caught.
The Kindle edition is, not bad, $7.99.
What I'm Reading
I've started the historical novel John the Pupil by David Flusfeder that I picked up earlier this week for $1.99, and on Friday as I am typing this, that price is still holding.
It's kind of like a medieval road movie. It's 1267 and Franciscan friar Roger Bacon, one of Europe's first empirical scientists (back in those days, they called what he studied "natural philosophy") has charged his pupil John (also a Franciscan monk) along with two companions, Brother Andrew and Brother Bernard, to deliver scientific instruments and Bacon’s great opus (a book containing pretty much everything he knows) to Pope Clement IV, currently residing in the Italian town of Viterbo.
So it's like a road movie. Call it "John and Andrew and Bernard's Excellent Medieval Adventure". The Amazon blurb says
John the Pupil is a road movie,
I thought I just said that.
...recounting the journey taken from Oxford to Viterbo by John and his two companions. Modeling themselves after Saint Francis, the men trek by foot through Europe, preaching the gospel and begging for sustenance. In addition to fighting off ambushes from thieves hungry for the thing of power they are carrying, the holy trio is tried and tempted by all sorts of sins: ambition, pride, lust - and by the sheer hell and heaven of medieval life.
All that, and a MacGuffin, too.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 08/28/16 [krakatoa]
This is your last weekend before college football EMT.
Overnight Open Thread (27 Aug 2016)
Donald Trump reveals radical plan for a more powerful Air Force. Yes, it is satire but it had me rollin'.
So why don't you just leave Colin? Canada might start you at QB. Kaepernick: I won't stand 'to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people'. Yo Colin, are you saying the US is so oppressive that it elected a Black President twice even though he's worse at Presidentin' than you are at football? Most of your largest cities with large Black populations are run by Democrats. Who's doing the oppressing and who do you always vote for? Perhaps what you are pissed off about comes from those who YOU put in office. Over and over and over again.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
The bromeliad plant got a gold star from the team, managing to clean up 80 percent of the pollutants in six of the eight VOCs tested. Others scored highly for certain pollutants: the dracaena absorbed 94 percent of the chemical acetone, used in nail polish remover.
Spider plants, meanwhile, were very fast at removing VOCs, starting work just a few minutes after being placed inside its container.
Heh. Assault Ewoks.
I expect that this will turn into something more before Obama's term is up. Iran confrontations with US Navy up 50% this year.
So what's the deal in Baltimore? It's been hotter in the past in August (record was 102 degrees in 1948 ). Were schools closed then too? Dozens of Baltimore County schools closed due to the heat. How about turning on the a/c?
Real Red Weddings
Things named after Mae West. Outside of the life preserver, I didn't know about the others.
A "blown periphery" parachute malfunction causes the canopy to contort into the shape of a giant brassiere, and so is referred to as the "Mae West" malfunction.
Not very smart. Woman pisses off fellow motorists during daring cat rescue.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by an insane amusement park ride idea from 1919:
Cat pic via.
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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 08-27-2016 [OregonMuse]
(Not sure where this pic came from, a medieval chess manual perhaps? The precise position was obviously very important to the artist, as the pieces are displayed just so. Too bad I don't understand the symbolism, so the board position is unreadable to me.)
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a mud fight on a Saturday afternoon.
Problem 1 - White To Play
What's the best move for White?
Hint: White wins material
FEN: [2r3k1/5pp1/4p2p/8/1p2Q3/6P1/PPq2P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1]
Problem 2a - White To Play
Hint: White mates in 3
FEN: [5rk1/pb3p1p/1b2pPp1/6qr/PQ6/6P1/1B1R1P1P/3R1BK1 w - - 0 1]
And when you're through with 2a, you're ready for Problem 2b. Turn the board around and assume it's Black's move. What's Black's best move?
Hint: Black mates in 2
The Hall of Fame
We all know the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio (which I've been to) and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York (which I haven't). There's even a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in mumble-mumble-I forget. But there's also the World Chess Hall of Fame located in St. Louis
The mission of the World Chess Hall of Fame is to educate visitors, fans, players, and scholars by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the game of chess and its continuing cultural and artistic significance.
They have some interesting stuff in their collection:
One highlight of the collection is the Paul Morphy silver set, presented to the legendary player after his 1857 victory in the First American Chess Congress. Others are the George Sturgis Trophy, which is inscribed with the names of the 1945-1963 winners of the U.S. Chess Open Championship.
I wonder how they got their hands on Morphy's silver presentation set?
There's actually not a lot of material on the web site. The idea is that they want you to visit in person. This is a product of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). There's a crap ton of CCSCSL instructional videos on YouTube for beginning and intermediate players that you should take advantage of. After all, who would not want to listen to a free lecture from a chess master or grandmaster?
H/T to moron 'RS' for this.
Problem 3 - White To Play
Hint: White mates in 2
FEN: [2kr1b1r/pp3ppp/2p1b2q/4B3/4Q3/2PB2R1/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1]
From the comments over the past several weeks, I see that some of you are getting into the chess variants, particularly Courier Chess, which has its own unique board (12x8 instead of the standard 8x8 ) and pieces. That's great. I myself do not like most variants, as the *real* version is hard enough for me to get better at. Plus, if you add in an extra piece that moves in some wacky new way, or futz with the board size, that just changes the game too much for me to enjoy. There are a couple of variations I do like, but I'll talk about them in some future post. But right now, let's get into a bit of chess history and look at chess the way the Arabs played it.
Sometimes on chess forums, Persians (Iranians) and dot-Indians get into fights about which country chess came from, and while those are fun to watch, I'm going to skip ahead a few centuries and talk about the rules of shatranj, as chess was known by Arabs. And by the way, Muslims have had a love-hate relationship with chess. A number of sultans and caliphs enjoyed playing chess, but other Muslim authorities banned it. So there's no consensus on chess in the Muslim world, near as I can tell.
Anyway, the goal of shatranj is the same as modern chess: checkmate. One difference is that if one player is reduced to having no other piece except his king, this is a "baremate" and he loses. And stalemate is a loss for the side unable to make a legal move, not a draw.
The KING moves as it does in modern chess. There is no castling.
The COUNSELOR (later the QUEEN when the game was introduced to medieval Europe) moves only one square diagonally.
The CHARIOT (later ROOK) moves as the rook does in modern chess.
The HORSE (KNIGHT) moves just like the modern knight, even with the piece-leaping ability.
THE ELEPHANT (later BISHOP) moves two squares diagonally, and can jump over other pieces like the horse.
The FOOT SOLDIER (PAWN) moves and captures as the modern pawn except that there's no 2-square option on the first move nor en passant capturing.
Because the only "long-range" shatranj piece is the rook, the games were typically much slower. Players could spend 15-20 moves developing their own pieces, getting them into a desired position before contact was ever made with the opponent's army. So, according to the old-school Soviet chess classic Questions of Modern Chess Theory
...play would begin not from the original starting position but from one where the initial development was already completed.
These pre-set positions were collectively called tabiy'at (sing. tabi'ya). Here from the abovementioned book are a couple of them:
So the Arabs didn't have any opening theory. Well, no, I guess it would be more accurate to say, these tabi'yat were their opening theory. I don't know how many they originally used, but 31 of them are still extant. They all apparently had names, but I don't know them. However, all of this became irrelevant sometime around 1450-1475, which I'll get into next time.
Problem 4 - Black To Play
It's Black's move. What's his best option?
Hint: Black Mates in 4
FEN: [3Q4/1k2K3/1P6/8/8/8/b7/6q1 b - - 0 1]
This one may look a bit confusing, so remember 1. It's Black to move and 1. Even though it may not look like it, the White side of the board is on the BOTTOM. The lowest leftmost square is a1. That White pawn is on b5 and the only way it can move is up.
Endgame of the Week
How can White win this endgame? All you need to do is how how White can get to a winning position.
Hint: Skewer the rook
FEN: [k5r1/1R6/1KP5/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1]
Answer: Black's queen is defended by the rook on c8, but White can deflect it with
And now Black has no choice:
White has won the exchange, and should go on to win the game.
White can exploit Black's back-rank weakness to force a quick checkmate:
Black has a mate in 2, starting with
And now White has two options, but both result in checkmate:
Some games are like this. That is, the position is very double-edged and it boils down to the winning player being one move ahead of his opponent.
1.Qxc6+! bxc6 (only possible reply)
This crossfire-type attack of the two bishops is an example of what has been come to be known as Boden's Mate, named after Samuel Boden who played an early example of it (Schulder-Boden, London, 1853). It typically occurs if Black castles over on the queenside which, if Black isn't careful, can create positional weaknesses. I recommend the wiki entry I linked to, it's very thorough and complete.
Answer: Black's queen, backed up by the bishop, chases the White king down to the back rank.
White has two responses, either Ke8 or Kd7:
3.Ke7 Qe6+ (If 3.Ke8 then 3...Qf7#)
Endgame of the Week
Not 1.c7? Rg6+ 2.Ka5 Kxb7 3.c8=Q+ Kxc8 and it is Black who wins.
4.Rxg8 and wins
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
Happy Saturday 'rons & 'ettes. It is that time again where we talk about all thing pets. No, you can't consider your children, grandchildren and/or nieces and nephews as pets. Although they would be cheaper to raise. Amirite?
Grab a beverage and enjoy!!!
A Little of This. A Little of That.
Quite the amazing cat. Meet an international sensation.
A politician who I think we all can agree is a good one.
Amazing dog, R.I.P. h/t Anonosaurus Wrecks
No one can accuse this cat of being a misanthrope. h/t NDH
- Meet The Pet Morons
Our first pet is a rascally rabbit. Not only is it a rascally rabbit, it's a politician to boot.
So our 2nd entry is from svitelli. Meet Jawa, Penny & Leonard. They are YouTube stars.Svitelli says, " Of course I made a video… (be sure to crank it!)"
This is Cheerio. Spongeworthy says the dog is a very nice dog but not very good. That is hard to believe. Looks pretty comfy on that piece of doggeh furniture.
Bama Bubba is a cat herder. Check out Tigger, Birdman, Purrcious & Scooterbug. Per Bubba, their mother was a feral cat rescued by Bubba. She was also preggers and had a litter of kittehs. Bubba kept 4. Sweet story.
Lurker, ourcountryisscrewed, submitted this photo of Lucy (Lucifer) the Cat and Fenway. This looks like a daily event.
Last but least is the submission from cowboyneal. Duke was a Black Lab who has passed on. cowboyneal told us that he makes hats with photos of your pets. If you are interested his email is blackLabsmatterstore at the gee male thingy.
Well that wraps up this week's Pet Thread. It's been difficult to gauge the degree of interest as the summer rolls along. Since the visits were down last week this week's photos have been scaled back a bit.
We are still accepting tips, news stories and pet photos at where? petmorons at gee mail dot com of course. Thank you for stopping bye.
**Opening photo h/t Chi & Tucker. ('Ron & Min-Pin extraordinaire)
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gone Bananas [KT]
Today's Gardening Thread is dedicated to the AoSHQ Overnight Thread, which this week pointed the way to some interesting garden-related, or at least plant-related, topics.
Bananas threatened with extinction?
In last Sunday's ONT, Misanthropic Humanitarian linked a piece about the possible coming global extinction of the banana within 5 years. This set off quite a bit of discussion about bananas and plant science. This topic merited a reprise on Thursday. along with some Banana Facts. I preferred the photos at the link, myself.
Anyway, I though a little summary and clarification might be in order. The "extinction" meme seems to me to be a way to prompt some grant money. But the new strains of banana diseases do sound more serious than past threats. More threatening to third world farmers than to us. Stories about these threats have been appearing with some regularity over the past few years. Scientists have been hard at work, but the triploid nature of palatable bananas complicates conventional breeding efforts.
Efforts to create GMO bananas to combat these problems started in Australia in 2011. Wonder if this crisis will change the narrative on GMO organisms any?
Some Banana History
Before Cavendish bananas came to dominate bananas for export, the most widely-exported banana was the Gros Michel Banana, AKA Big Mike. The disease which wiped out Big Mike did not wipe out other banana cultivars. New strains of the Panama Disease and other fungi affect bananas other than the current market leader, the Cavendish. So the threat to farmers growing other bananas for local use is greater.
"Yes! We Have No Bananas", a novelty song from the 1922 Broadway revue Make It Snappy, is said to have been inspired by a shortage of Gros Michel bananas, which began with the infestation of Panama disease early in the 20th century.
The "six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch" mentioned in "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" are most probably 'Gros Michel' bunches, as these were the bananas produced in Jamaica at the time the song was composed and the bunches can grow to that size.
Gros Michel bananas still survive in a few remote locations in Africa. They are said to taste more like "banana" than the bland Cavendish of today.
Your Breakfast Banana, the Cavendish
The Smithsonian Magazine had an article on the coming demise of the Cavendish banana in June. The Cavendish dominates banana exports today. Like Big Mike before it, the Cavendish is a sterile triploid that has only vestigal seeds. Regular diploid bananas have seeds that can break your teeth.
Cavendish bananas are actually a subgroup of triploid bananas, with several cultivars. As a triploid, the ancestor of the Cavendish bananas had small, sterile seeds. All of the Cavendish strains are propagated from cuttings, so each cultivar is a clone of all others of the same name, except in the case of genetic mutations.
The Grand Nain strain of Cavendish bananas is better known as the Chiquita Banana
On Sunday, Burnt Toast posted a nice link to a piece on bananas beyond the boring Cavendish. There were other comments I especially liked from the ONT this week. GnuBreed grew ornamental bananas OUTDOORS. Ate them, too.
I got a kick out of the droll comment by an EU Technocrat.
Nooo. . . . Not Chocolate, too!
Via Misanthropic Humanitarian, I was also able to learn that today is Pots de Creme day, in addition to being Banana Lovers Day. Chocolate Pots de Creme should go especially well with bananas.
As American cartoonist Charles Schulz once put it: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." An aggressive and intractable hemibiotrophic fungus, Moniliophthora perniciosa, is ravaging chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) plantations in many American countries, threatening livelihoods and the billion dollar cacao industry, and jeopardizing the world's most beloved treat.
And there are other threats to cocoa. Nature is out to get us, don't you think?
Notice from the ONT: Some garden plants are toxic
In last night's ONT, CDR M posted a video about The Deadliest Garden. Commissioned by a Duchess in Northumberland who decided to have a poison garden because an herb garden was boring. Reminds me of English murder mysteries somehow.
Anyway, we have discussed some of these deadly plants before, like Giant Hogweed. Now present in parts of North America. Don't even touch it. We will go over some of the other poisonous "cottage garden plants" in the future. Be careful out there in the garden.
The Gardens of The Horde
Anybody doing any fall planting? Harvesting? What is going on in your garden?
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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Look Up! [KT]
Have you noticed that the nights are getting longer? Are you thinking about getting away from it all? Consider a trip to see the northern lights. They are a big deal in some places. This week, a Northern Lights alert in the UK was found to have been triggered by a lawnmower.
But after a summer break, northern lights actually returned to Iceland this week.
Photographer Olgeir Andresson watched the show, which began four minutes after midnight and lasted until 3 in the morning.
As always, the performance of lights was unannounced, making many of us miss it, but Olgeir's photos are a reminder that the season of celestial colors is worth celebrating.
Have you noticed anything interesting in your night sky?
Other news about Iceland
Iceland now has its own refugee population. The story is from PBS. Usual spin applies.
The University of Southern Maine has strengthened its ties with Iceland. $500,000 scholarship grant involved.
Old Technology vs. New Technology
Have you had a personal experience with old technology besting new technology, like the lawnmower vs. the northern lights alarm network above?
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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]
Happy Saturday!!! Can you believe it's the last Saturday before Labor Day Weekend? Gosh, where has the summer gone?
Here are a few things that didn't make the news dump this past week. Consider this an open thread.
- She should have sought mental health benefits
- Bonnie & Clyde were pi$$ed at one of their gang members. 4 page letter ensues
- Reason 69 to avoid the beach
- At age 63 aren't you a little old to be the center of attention? Just asking.
- Dude! Let go.
- How was your day at work?
- That's what you call an unforgettable ride
- I actually chuckled out loud at this one
- Car crash leaves a mark. Damn that had to hurt
- What else is there to do in a town of 150?
- Getting stuck in a Porta-Potty is the least of this guy's troubles. I wonder if he still lives in his parent's basement? Truly a Genius Award Winner!
So digest on these stories for awhile if you wish. Or you can carry on with an open thread. Remember be safe and place nice.
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EMT 08/27/16 [krakatoa]
Hot 'n toasty EMT.
Overnight Open Thread (26 Aug 2016)
Global Warming Started When?
Gender Identity Test
Heh. What does 'Pangender' mean? 'Intersex'? Watch people fail our gender identity test.
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Truck Driving in Calais
Author responds to his critics on why we shouldn't accept scientific results that have not been repeated.
The Deadliest Garden
New Firefighting Tool?
Boeing suggests, firefighters might get the job done faster by launching salvos of special 155mm shells from a dozen or more miles away. Packed with fire-suppressant material, the shells are fired from a field howitzer - perhaps BAE Systems M777 or one of the models from Swedish arms dealer Bofors. The shell releases its load over the fire thanks to "a device comprising a timer, an altimeter, an accelerometer, a global positioning device, a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, or a distance measuring device."
Boeing officials estimate that each shell could put about one to six gallons of fire suppressant (depending on its load; less material means more range) on a 100-square-foot area. Steady firing with three-gallon shells could deliver 214,000 gallons of fire suppressant in about six hours - about twice as fast as a helicopter.
Well this should kick off a new nuclear arms race. The dangers of no-first-use.
The news is only surprising if you aren't paying attention and falling for the BS numbers being tossed about by the government. US economic growth more lackluster than first thought.
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