Monday Overnight Open Thread (3/27/17) So This Is Monday Edition
Quotes of The Day
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
-- George Washington
Imagine choosing a job not on money or even on career advancement, but as part of a life worth living. Dale Dauten
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. Ronald Reagan
2 certain things in life, death and taxes. Make that 3 things, death, taxes and debt in the afterlife. Average Americans dying with debt.
These days, not even the dead are debt-free.
A new report from Credit.com has found that 73 percent of U.S. consumers are dying with large amounts of debt to their name — to the average tune of $61,554.
Everyone (or so it seems) in the educational field say you make more money if you have a college degree. (The ONT will put up a master plumber to any gender studies grad any day of the week. But, we digress.) Are you a sex worker. Sex workers make more with a college degree.
Economists Scott Cunningham and Todd Kendall conducted an extensive survey of female sex workers in 2009. They asked detailed demographic questions as well as gathered details about the women’s clients, work patterns, and pay. They estimate that college-educated sex workers are less likely to work than their less-educated counterparts in any given week. But when they do work, they earn about 12% to 13% more. College educated sex-workers see more clients and book longer sessions. They charge slightly less on an hourly basis, but the volume and nature of their services means they end up earning more.
The feel good story of the day. The couple from Hell. Trying to make it-again.
After years of public humiliation by her sext-a-holic husband, Anthony Weiner, 40-year-old Abedin finally separated from the former congressman in August, one day after The Post reported that he had sent yet another explicit photo to a woman — this one showing his toddler son asleep beside him.
But sources tell The Post that Hillary Clinton’s righthand woman is now giving the marriage another try.
Is it time to do away with the Indian Reservation? All casino jokes aside, a good question.
The idea of "reservations" may have made sense 150 years ago, but by now we are all Americans, and the idea of separate "reservations" for different kinds of Americans smacks of paternalism and racism.
We should do away with reservations. And if liberals object, I would give the Indians back Manhattan, as a form of reparation.
March 27, 2015, Country singer Willie Nelson announced that he and his family were hard at work on a new brand of marijuana called Willie's Reserve. Stores of that same name were being planned and were to include his signature brand and other strains that would be grown to meet quality standards. via thisdayimusic.com
1970, Born on this day, Mariah Carey, singer. Carey is named after 'They Call The Wind Mariah' from the musical 'Paint Your Wagon'. Scored the 1994 UK No.1 single 'Without You' plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits and 12 US No.1 singles. via thisdayinmusic.com
Let it burn. The judiciary is as f*cking nuts as the people who appear before them.
“Even gender-neutral pronouns don’t feel as if they fit me,” Patch said. “I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across. What describes me is my name.”
As the old commercial went, "Parts is parts." Form woman to "man".
Having already bought you a first-class ticket to the wonderful land of hairy vagina monsters (and other such delights of vaginoplasty), it seemed downright sexist not to visit neighboring Dongistan. We talked to Gerbil, a trans man who recently underwent phalloplasty, and he told us that turning a hoo-ha into a wang comes with its own unique challenges. For example ...
Finding A Dong Doctor Is Nearly Impossible
Bigfoot? More like lead foot. Genius Award Winner.
Once again, Man's Best Friend lives up to its reputation. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
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Devin Nunes Got His Information About Intel Reports from an Intel Officer, and That's a Scandal Or Something
Or at least the Democrats are trying to make this into their new Rachel Maddow Moment.
Nunes says he had to view the documents which he says may prove Obama targeted Trump from a sensitive compartmentalized information facility (SCIF) that could display executive branch information, which Congress doesn't have. A source -- who he says is an intelligence officer himself -- suggested he use one of the White House's SCIFs to view the material. Then Nunes walked over to Trump to tell him what he'd seen.
It seems very strange indeed that someone needs to tell Trump about information to which Trump should already be in possession of, but then, it was reported some time ago (and then semi-retracted and semi-denied) that certain members of the intel community were not telling Trump things they'd ordinarily tell the president.
Why it had to be done this way, I don't know -- maybe only delivering information to a Congressman gets you whistleblower status.
Meanwhile, James Comey and NSA Director Rodgers are not coming to a previously-scheduled closed-door briefing of Congress. They haven't said why.
Norman Borlaug: The Greatest Man You've Never Heard Of
Feeding the world is much easier because of this man, and he represents pretty much everything the agricultural neo-luddites on the Left despise. Norman Borlaug: A Man For All Seasons is a short description of his career, which spanned 50 years and cannot possibly be more impressive. And like a true scientist, he had an open mind, and saw the possibilities of the burgeoning recombinant DNA technology.
With the world’s population continuing to increase, the need for additional agricultural production remains, and in his later years Norman turned his efforts to ensure the success of this century’s equivalent of the Green Revolution -- the application of modern genetic engineering (also known as “genetic modification,” or GM) to agriculture. As Norman and other plant scientists realized, the use of the term “genetic modification” to apply only to the newest genetic techniques is an unfortunate misnomer, because plant scientists had been using crude and laborious techniques to obtain new genetic variants of wheat, corn and other crops for centuries. Products now in development with genetic engineering techniques offer the possibility of even higher yields, lower inputs of agricultural chemicals and water, enhanced nutrition, and even plant-derived, orally active vaccines.
No hysterical political stance, no hyperventilating about peak this and peak that and WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Just a fanatical focus on the job at hand...to feed the starving. And he did it.
And he did it in part because he understood better than most what science is;
“It is easy to forget that science offers more than a body of knowledge and a process for adding new knowledge. It tells us not only what we know but what we don’t know. It identifies areas of uncertainty and offers an estimate of how great and how critical that uncertainty is likely to be.”
He knew what he didn't know. And that is something that our insular, good-ole-boys-club of climate scientists would do well to understand.
I Mostly Quit Consuming News and I'm So Much Happier and More Productive [Warden]
Donald Trump's ascendency had the happy effect of helping me let go of any obligation to defend him as a nominee. His presidency--and the media's hysterical reaction to every single thing he says, does or tweets--has allowed me to reduce my consumption of news by at least 90% and I've never felt better.
The media culture is quite literally insane. I'm not just talking about print and television new. I mean all of it, including the stuff you and I use--Twitter, Facebook, blogs, comment sections, etc...
We've been heading in this direction for awhile. As ace has noted previously, the medium is the message. Most of today's media is clickbaiting, emotion-driven nonsense, as it must be. A medium that reduces attention span and encourages grazing across multiple tabs demands it. And somewhere along the line someone figured out that nothing drives clicks and views like outrage.
I think people have always loved running their mouths about things they know nothing about. The difference between today and before the rise of social media is that they didn't have a ready audience. You can only rant to your neighbors, coworkers and the barber so much in a given week.
Now those same louts do have an audience, and a relatively large one at that--one that rewards them for their outbursts and calls them wise, brave and inspiring. Nothing builds social capital like broadcasting the "right" opinions loudly, emotionally, and frequently.
President Trump didn't cause any of this, but he is a product of the culture and he's acted as an accelerant to the generally dysfunctional state of mass communications. It goes without saying that the press hates him unreservedly and with religious fervor.
It's also no secret that the press is filled with low-IQ, throne sniffing propagandists who are entirely incapable of earning a living through more respectable means. With their constant baiting, framing, double standards, deceptive edits and lies of both commission and omission, they have slowly but steadily lost the trust of most of their viewership. We've been watching it right here on this blog since the 2004 disgrace of Dan Rather.
But the ratcheting intensity driven by their Trump hating pathology has created something new and awful--a general feeling of paranoia, anger and fear that permeates our daily living.
And because Trump has a cunning and instinctive understanding of this circus-like atmosphere, he also adds to the confusion with his own deceit and off-the-wall behavior.
Don't get me wrong-- I find Donald Trump's smashing of DC norms to be mostly a positive development. But the man, taken as a whole and combined with underhanded maneuvering of his media antagonists has helped create an atmosphere where the truth is dream-like and elusive.
Frankly, it's exhausting to try to keep up. Every day and multiple times within is some new outrage. He gaslights them, they gaslight us. Everyone reacts without thinking at full volume and then we're on to the next thing before anything is inspected, pondered, and resolved.
I used to feel it was some sort of moral and patriotic obligation to stay on top of current affairs. No longer. I have neither the time nor the inclination to sift through miles of sewage in order to find some tiny, useful nugget of information. It's bad for my mental and spiritual health which, in turn, is bad for my family. And I value them--and myself-- far more than Being Right About Everything or whipping out some hard earned fact in order to TOTALY PWN an opponent on Twitter.
It hit me a few weeks ago that very little of what I've been consuming is real. It's like a crazy funhouse filled with distorted mirrors and spooky, upsetting sound effects. So, I thought, why enter? No one is making me and there's a perfectly good reality to enjoy elsewhere. Hadn't I spent most of my life prior to this bizarre age we're living through doing exactly that?
I took a long weekend to be with my kids over Spring Break last week and hardly even looked at the internet except to drop a post onto Ace of Spades. I threw a football with my kids at the park, took them to laser tag, cooked them breakfast and lunch every day and got some yard work done in balmy 70 degree weather.
I also spent time with my wife, played some video games, and stuck my nose in a book for a few hours each day.
It was wonderful. Peace and quiet is good for both the soul and the intellect. It gives you time to consider things deeply rather than respond primitively and by rote to information.
The less media I consume, the more time I have, allowing me to get back to being the bookworm I'd been for the first 30 or so years of my life.
It's easy to get trapped the way I was and the way many of you are. New media is sneaky. It allows you feel smart while actually making you stupid. We have more information at our disposal today than ever, but it's a mile wide and about an inch deep online or on TV. It encourages a hunter/gatherer mentality that ultimately causes you to lose your ability to deeply focus on a task. Reading reverses that process. I'm already seeing my attention span grow again.
In the last week of browsed at least parts of Mere Christianity by CS Lewis, Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, A Pinch of Salt by Theodore Dalyrimple and The End of Average by Todd Rose. These are four thoughtful books filled with interesting ideas by men who are far smarter and insightful than the television personalities yelling inanities at you on TV as they try to manipulate your opinion to better accommodate the world they wish for themselves.
I'm here to tell you that I'm not going back. The more I scale back my media consumption, the more centered and in touch I become with the real world. I'm done chasing illusions. The big secret of new media is that it cons you even when you know it's all a big con. Life is too short and precious to be wasted on carnival barkers and grifters.
Bonus trollish thought: If you want to drive a left wing acquaintance mad, tell him that you don't bother to watch news (even if you do) because they're all just liars.
Follow up by responding to every argument he tries to make with, "Ehhhh, buncha liars."
A Journey Through the Upside-Down
Sweet fancy Moses, the stuff you can find on Twitter. What kind of kartoffelkopf do you have to be to believe that the reason Hillary! lost is because the MSM spent all their time ginning up hatred against her because they wanted the Republican to win?
Peter Daou was a Hillary advisor during her '08 campaign. Not sure why he wasn't working for her this time around, but who knows? Anyway, the crush he had on her back then is just as strong as ever. About a week ago, he finally reached his breaking point, and lashed out with a epic tweetstorm of unhinged lunacy that gets close to the Eichenwald absolute.
Below is how it starts out, and I cut and pasted the text from the rest of the tweets to save space. So come along with me and savor the crazy. And the butthurt. But mostly-- well actually, I don't know which one is more predominant, but here we go into the fever swamp. I trust everyone has had their shots, and make sure your mosquito netting is firmly in place:
1. THREAD. Why Hillary hate is at the core of the current crisis in US politics. You can't understand Trump if you don't get Hillary. (1/30)— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 19, 2017
2. Hillary Clinton has been aggressively vetted and formally investigated (by Republicans) for decades. NO WRONGDOING HAS EVER BEEN FOUND.
3. But Hillary receives more hate, more rage, more fury than serial killers or child murderers. TRUMP IS PRESIDENT BECAUSE OF HILLARY HATE.
4. The hatred for Hillary is wildly disproportional to the facts of her life. Disconnected from reality. She has SAVED CHILDREN'S LIVES.
5. Male politicians who voted for the same policies are given a pass, but she is labeled a murderer for her national security-related votes.
6. Hillary's haters drop a word like "Benghazi" as though it conjures instant evildoing. But endless investigations have exonerated her.
7. The same people who shout "Benghazi" are completely silent on Trump's Yemen raid, which tragically cost many innocent lives.
9. When Hillary earns money, it's "corruption." When other (male) politicians do, it's success. An absolutely vicious double standard.
10. Once again, I repeat: HILLARY CLINTON HAS NEVER BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF WRONGDOING. And her haters will NEVER admit that basic truth.
11. Here's where Trump comes in. Hillary was being vilified by the media, by the right, and by the left BEFORE Trump was a candidate.
12. Before Trump ran, Hillary was being slammed by pundits with terms like "imperious, paranoid, petulant, devious." (link to article by the author which is really quite unhinged)
13. FACT: No matter WHO ran against Hillary, the 2016 election was going to be about demonizing her to the point where she couldn't win.
14. The news media spent SIX HUNDRED CONSECUTIVE DAYS on Hillary's emails. No Trump story, however egregious, got even one tenth the focus.
15. The 2016 election was about the destruction of Hillary Clinton's reputation. The great travesty is that Team Sanders played a huge role.
16. Bernie spent 2015 on an uplifting, positive, progressive message. Encouraging & exciting. Then he pivoted hard negative against Hillary.
17. I chronicled every attack, every TV appearance by Tad Devine and Jeff Weaver calling Hillary corrupt and evil. It was brutal and unjust.
18. Sanders/Stein supporters threw dollar bills at her in the street, one of the most repugnant political spectacles in American history.
19. Meanwhile, the corporate media treated Hillary with dripping disdain while celebrating the ratings Trump's antics got them. Disgraceful.
20. The result of this Hillary-bashing was that by the general election, her public image was severely damaged. Trump just surfed the hate.
21. Given the choice between a hated man and a (wrongly) hated woman, the man wins every time. WE ARE NOT BEYOND GENDER BIAS IN AMERICA.
22. The immense disproportionality in who Hillary is and how she is perceived is also the hallmark of the Trump presidency. Skewed reality.
23. If everything seems topsy-turvy, if right seems wrong and up seems down, you can trace it back to the merciless vilification of Hillary.
24. When a lifelong public servant devoted to the rights of women and children can be seen as a devil-monster-witch, reality is lost.
25. Acknowledging and rejecting the mangling of Hillary's public image by the media, the right and the left is key to dealing with Trump.
26. Hillary's bashers yell that I should "move on" and that it's ALL HER FAULT. She's "flawed." She skipped Wisconsin. Empty talking points.
27. If we quietly accept the unfair, unjust and too often sexist assault on Hillary's character, we are embracing "alternative reality."
28. The original problem, the root cause of our dilemma, is the character assassination of Hillary in 2016. Trump is just a by-product.
29. Every single time we fight the lies and smears against Hillary, we are fighting to regain our grip on truth, on facts, on decency.
30. Dislike her, disagree with her. But to despise her more than the worst people on the planet is UNACCEPTABLE. I, for one, won't forget.
Whew! Did we lose anyone? Good. Step over to your right for your mandatory fungal disinfectant shower, and see the doctor on your way out for some booster shots and antibiotics.
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Palestinian Terrorist and "Feminist" Stripped of US Citizenship, Ejected From Country
I'm under the weather and am taking the day off, pretty much. I'll just put up open threads and links. Sorry -- I just feel like crap.
Move Over Lutefisk, There's A New Sheriff In Town
...and its name is Surströmming.
This is a Swedish “delicacy”: Baltic herring that has been fermenting for six months.
Ask for it by name:
Terry Pratchett once theorized that each country or culture has some really disgusting food item that they never eat themselves, but they give to gullible foreigners because they think they're eating "authentic ethnic food." So, for example, you go to some northern country and are served seagull feet marinated in fermented yak urine while they're all in the next tent laughing at you while chowing down on reindeer steaks.
Oh, and once you've finished your heaping helping of surströmming, you might like some dessert:
This diet is good for your GAINZZ. When strictly adhered to, the pounds will just melt right off. So what's not to like?
A number of you asked what would be the American equivalent? Here are some candidates:
Open thread, by the way.
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Mid-Morning Open Thread
This is an interesting and amusing painting, although nobody would argue for its inclusion among the greats. So why did I choose it? Well, in addition to it being nice to look at, it was donated to the De Young Museum Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the third generation of a famous family of fascist oppressors.
It's easy for the Left to demonize wealth, but here is a very nice example of what it can do. And while I have no need to assure you of this, I will, because it needs repeating: the progressive canard that government is necessary for the support of the arts is just that; a lie, perpetrated on the American public. I will take privately funded art any day of the week over the work product of the current crop of lazy, self-indulgent, narcissistic, talentless drones whose only skill is sticking a thumb in the eye of Western culture.
The Morning Report 3/27/17
Good morning, kids. Well, last Friday sure was a let down. Ironically, some blame the Freedom Caucus and conservatives for being "ideological purists" while others blame the GOP-e for crafting a bogus bill that sustained and even expanded Obamacare as well as PDT for not knowing any better. There's even speculation that this is all some sort of 11-dimensional chess on the latter's part in order to hurry the collapse of Obamacare so he can rush in and save the day. No matter what, it's a propaganda coup for the Democrat Left. And if that wasn't bad enough, people like the Son of the Postman want PDT to include Democrats in any health care legislation. What's going on in the President's head is a mystery to me. But this bill clearly was a combination of the GOP protecting a big government entitlement/bureaucracy while torpedoing the Trump agenda. I agree with Senator Cotton and Scott McKay at Spectator: Get back to work and craft a repeal and real legislation that opens up the free market and reduces government intervention/regulation as much as possible. Other than that, you'll notice that, Pixy shenanigans notwithstanding, we have actual real opening credits! Woo hoo! Big shout out and thank you to Little Mrs. Spellcheck for creating them. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- In Wake of Friday Fiasco PDT Courts . . . Democrats?
- The Freedom Caucus Owes GOP Leadership an Apology (Satire)
- Cotton on Health Insuruance: "We Have to Revisit It"
- Enough With the Recriminations, Go Back to Work!
- Last Weeks Reality Check on Liberalism and Entitlements
- PDT Looks to NASA, Space Exploration in Weekly Radio Address
- The Son-In-Law Also Rises; Kushner Tapped for New Office of Govt. Innovation
- Chutz-Pocrisy Alert: Group Fighting Gorsuch Because of Citizens United Awash in, Get This, "Dark Money"
- CNN Hack Stetler Blasts Fox for Covering Rockville Rape, As . . .
- . . . Nation Experiences a Spree of Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens
- Wow. Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity to His Face He, Fox News Bad for America
- Daughter of Westminster Jihadist Defied Him, Refused to Wear a Burqa
- Daniel Greenfield: The Civil War Is Here
Sunday Overnight Open Thread (3/26/17) Skimpy Edition
Quotes of The Day
Life sometimes gets in the way of writing. Jean M. Auel
It did this weekend. Sorry for the skimpy ONT.
The most expensive hobby a rich man could have is a boat, and the second most expensive hobby he could have is a very old house. Barbara Corcoran
Originality consists in thinking for yourself, not in thinking differently from other people.James Fitzjames Stephen
As we approach summer, travel plans take place. If you are into traveling and television This is for you. 10 places to relive your favorite TV shows.
If you spend thousands and thousands on a product, is it yours? Are you free to repair it on your own? According to John Deere, you can't. h/t Hank Curmudgeon
A license agreement John Deere required farmers to sign in October forbids nearly all repair and modification to farming equipment, and prevents farmers from suing for "crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of use of equipment … arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software." The agreement applies to anyone who turns the key or otherwise uses a John Deere tractor with embedded software. It means that only John Deere dealerships and "authorized" repair shops can work on newer tractors.
Tonight's Science Lesson.
In a ceremony at the White House, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign a historic peace agreement, ending three decades of hostilities between Egypt and Israel and establishing diplomatic and commercial ties.
Twitter. Aging. Growing old tweets.
The table below breaks down the number of books you'll have time for if you maintain your current reading habits. Twenty-five-year-old women, for example, have 61 years left to live according to the Social Security Life Expectancy Calculator. Assuming they live that long, average readers in that group have 732 more books to read in their lifetimes.....
Tonic. It goes wonderfully with Gin. But does it go well with coffee?
Speaking of getting old.
March 26, 1965, The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with 'Stop! In The Name Of Love.' The song was included on the Supremes' sixth album, More Hits by The Supremes, and was nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to 'Flowers on the Wall' by the Statler Brothers. The song was also honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. via thisdayinmusic.com
The story of Rachel Dolezal Or Oingo Boingo Harika Shaniqua or whatever she calls herself these days.
In her heart, she’s still a misunderstood black woman.
Rachel Dolezal — who convincingly passed as an African-American civil rights activist in Spokane, Washington, until her inarguably Caucasian parents outed her as white in 2015 — is now stepping back into the spotlight in all her bottle-bronzed, afro-hair-extensioned glory.
Navy Seals are tough, physically and mentally. How do they become mentally tough?
Mental toughness is a state of mind. Anyone can develop the mental toughness of a solider without being part of the military. Mental toughness is resilience—the ability to stick to something regardless of the obstacles in your way. It’s about being goal oriented, always trying to improve, and being dependable and consistent. I believe mental toughness is fueled by either a dedication to self or a dedication to a higher cause. Ideally it is both.
Masturbation is natural. Sometimes unless you're a Genius Award Winner.
School lunches, ugh except for this Feel Good Story of The Day.
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Helicopter Parents and the End of Childhood Freedom [Warden]
I found this 2014 Atlantic article, The Overprotected Kid, and found myself nodding vigorously at the astonishing difference between my childhood and those that my kids are living.
Admittedly, I was parented by insanely libertarian minded parents who figured that any day I didn't come home maimed was pretty much a win. Even for the standards of the 70's, my brother and I were given so much latitude that our parents were the black sheep of the neighborhood.
There are things I did that I'd never allow my kids to do. My parents were extreme, bordering on neglectful at times. For example, my mom never bothered buying us snow boots even though she could afford to. Nope, sneakers were fine for running around in the snow. Gloves and a hat were optional as well, even on subzero days. I never owned a scarf until my wife bought me one ten years ago. I remain baffled that anyone who doesn't work in life threateningly cold weather would think one a necessity.
Despite this, I think my childhood was far more enjoyable, adventuresome and healthy than that of my children. And I feel guilty about this. I'm the parent, after all. On the other hand, our current culture makes it nearly impossible, legally, socially, and practically, to expose my kids to the same level of risk and freedom that I enjoyed.
Looking back, my parents had it pretty damned easy. By the time I was 8 years old, I would ride my bike a mile and a half to the pool in the summer when it opened and not return until close to dinner. At least half of those evenings, I would rush outside to play with friends right after eating. Mom literally saw me for an hour or two a day.
The sound of children was a constant in my old neighborhood. Kids were everywhere outside, playing sports, racing bikes, chasing each other through back yards. Today, in a suburban neighborhood packed with kids, you can't find a single one outside on most weekends. Even if I wanted to encourage my kids to disappear for a few hours, there's no one for them to run around with.
I'm both saddened and chagrined at the fact that neither of my boys, ages 5 and 10, have every climbed a tree, went creek walking or ran the neighborhood past dark. They've never played kick the can, toilet papered a house or swam in a pond.
I'm sensitive to the damage a sheltered life can cause, and I do my best to foster independence where I can. For example, when I take my 5 year old to the supermarket, I let him roam about the store eating sample and searching the discount fruit bin for good deals while talking to employees and sometimes strangers.
This never fails to cause some well-meaning adult to inform me that I've lost my kid. "No," I tell them. "he knows where to find me." I usually receive disapproving looks. I wonder what they'd think of my mom, who'd let my brother and I wander off into the toy aisle while she grocery shopped in peace, tasking us with the responsibility to catch up with her at the checkout line when she was finished. They'd likely call the cops on her today.
It seems that no matter what I do to give my kids more freedom, I'm stymied by other adults. I used to walk my little one into preschool, open the locked, coded door for him, then kiss him goodbye. It was then up to him to hang his coat, fish his folder out of his backpack, wash his hands and make his way into class.
That is, it was up to him until a couple of months ago when one of his teachers got upset after finding him "wandering the hallway alone" and asked that I escort him into class. "Otherwise," she said, "we could get into trouble."
And so my 5 year old had even that small bit of freedom yanked from him. I'm annoyed, but I don't blame the preschool. Everyone is terrified of being sued.
Even my wife got into the game this past week, freaking out that I left the two boys alone at laser tag for an hour while I went next door for a beer. It was deliberate. I could've gotten a beer inside the laser tag place if I'd wanted to, but I chose to get out of their space. My wife thought this was irresponsible. She's wrong. A 10 year old can look after a 5 year old for an hour in a public place.
And so, I continue to fight a desperate and pathetic rear guard action against overwhelming cultural forces. I'll give my kids a few bucks at a sporting event and let them go find the concession stand (and their way back) on their own. I leave them alone at home while I run errands on the weekend. I have my older son cook breakfast for the younger one once or twice a week.
It all seems so inadequate. I can't win and we can't go back to a different time--one without smart phones, organized sports starting at 4 years old, and a pile of rules and regulations for ever conceivable situation. It makes me sad.
Perhaps I'm someone who just can't let go of things. I have dozens of childhood stories of adventure, mischief, recklessness, foolishness and bravery---hours of planning, exploring, competing, fighting, cooperating, exploring, failing and achieving-- all outside the oversight of our parents. I wonder... what childhood stories will my boys tell?
Open Thread For Various Discussions About Everything Except Dresses
Food Thread: Oysters And Bars And Happy Hours
It's no secret that I love the little buggers. Even thoroughly mediocre mass-market oysters that are found at the typical $1 oyster happy hour are pleasant. But occasionally, like last night, I get some really good ones. A touch of brine, firm and creamy flesh, and best of all that marvelous and unique "oyster" flavor that is almost sweet but not quite...almost tart but not quite. Yes, I will turn in my Man-CardTM for using this word, but "umami" might be the best descriptor. I know that oysters are odd, and some people simply can't abide their texture, but if you haven't tried them, and are at all adventurous, give it a shot. But go to a good place. And don't order a dozen. Just order three, and maybe ask for a selection. If you like them, you will probably descend into oyster hell...forever haunting happy hours and out-of-the-way dives that are rumored to have the best oysters in town.
Anyway, the bar was packed, but shockingly they knew how to manage the crowds by taking names for seats at the bar. One of the things I despise about humanity is its conspicuous lack of etiquette. And nowhere is that failing displayed more obviously than at crowded bars. Don't try to elbow your way past me to sit at the newly vacated seat for which I was waiting patiently. Don't rotate your bar stool so you can chat facing your friend; that takes room away from me. And it's rude.
But management at The Mermaid Inn managed these issues quite well. The hostess and bartenders kept lists and enforced them. A rude couple did try to scoot past me to snag those seats, and the bartender firmly put them in their place.
It was glorious.
This once was a temple of oyster gastronomy; The Grand Central Oyster Bar. Sadly faded, but still a fascinating glimpse into what New York City once was.
Looks simple to make: Roasted Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
Seems "peas" are springy, and so are spring onions. Ran across a bunch of pea and spring onion soups, etc. Pea Consomme
Looks delicious: Lemon-Poppy and Chevre Cheesecakes
I would love this: Soft-Shell Crab And Bacon Sandwiches
Here's a recipe that Bluebell swears doesn't stink up your kitchen. And that is a big deal for me, since the hood over my stove is crap, because of both design flaws and being underpowered. It is an integrated hood/microwave/convection oven, and two of the three are useful and work well. But form certainly did not follow function in this case.
I am all for learning a bit of arcane stuff about food. And this article sort of interesting, but please; ease up on the smug. And the easy pontification about things you know not-quite-enough to be considered an expert. Like this:
Ostriches are the largest birds on earth, which means they lay the largest eggs.
Uh...no. They may be the largest birds on earth, and they may lay the largest eggs, but one does not prove the other. Sorry.
I was all set to give you a wonderful arugula and potato salad. I was confident that I had never posted it. Right up until I checked, and found that I had indeed posted it, and not too long ago. Yeah....tell me again what the upside to growing old is....
So you will have to settle for a hastily researched recipe. I never made it, but it looks good. If it sucks, it's not my fault! Leave me alone! I need my binky....
I do have a quibble. I would not use Italian sausage. I think anduille or a chroizo would be a better choice. They are firmer, have a bit of spice, and don't have fennel, which seems discordant in this recipe.
[For food complaints, comments, recipes and the address to which you may send all of your extra antelope backstrap and fresh morels: cbd dot aoshq at gmail dot com]
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-26-2017
Library of Skandia Recluse
Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes melt. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which only go to show that wearing your PJs in the middle of the day is perhaps not a modern fad.
Skandia Recluse writes:
The Zane Grey books are book club editions and were published in the fifties, and I had read them all before reaching the sixth grade, usually in bed, late at night, under the covers, by flashlight. Probably why I am very nearsighted...You might notice the figure of Buddha on the top shelf and in the spirit of Mr. Dietrich (V for Vendetta) when asked "Are you Muslim?" replied, "No, I'm in television," I would reply to the question, "Are you Buddhist?" with "No, I am a recluse."
Today is International De-Lurk Day
As I announced last week, I want to turn today's book thread into what you might call a "lurkers' showcase" where all of you lurkers and lurkettes post a book review. That is, if you've enjoyed a book that you first heard about on the book thread, I think you can assume that you might know of a book or two that the rest of us would like to hear about. The value of the book thread is in the comments, where books are recommended, de-recommended, and generally discussed. So I hope many of you will be moved to post your reviews.
Over on the MoronHorde group on GoodReads, a few months ago, we read The Camp of the Saints, a French novel from the 1970s which predicted, with uncanny accuracy, the social pathologies that are produced when a western country is inundated by a mass influx of unassimilated third-world immigrants. It was published, mostly forgotten, then became a best-seller in 2011 when the issues it raised became topical again.
So I came across another novel that is kind of like that, meaning, written long ago, forgotten, then rediscovered.
The Twentieth Day of January, written by acclaimed British author Ted Allbeury and first published in 1980, tells of an incoming American president who is compromised by a sex scandal concocted by Russian spies...“When it was written, Carter was president, Reagan was about to come in…The bare bones [of the plot] are that an aspirant politician who was nowhere near being a serious contender for the presidency somehow through the manipulation of a strike gets into a position where he becomes a possible contender and keeps being helped undoubtedly with financial support, and then becomes president. And the Russians have compromising photographs of him.”
Although a work of fiction, fans of the book have been astonished by the way it seems to predict the rise of Trump and the allegations made against him recently.
Allbeury, an ex-intelligence officer during the Cold War, passed in 2005. It sounds like his professional life was perhaps a bit more exciting than he would have liked:
After his death, his friend and fellow writer Len Deighton recalled: “During the Cold War, Ted was running agents across the border that divided communist East Germany from the west. His luck ran out and the Russians left him nailed to a kitchen table in a farmhouse. Practised torturers, they made sure he had a chance to survive and take the story back to his fellow agents. The war never ended for him. His children were kidnapped and he pursued them to South America. Ted never told me what happened after that. I urged Ted to write his memoirs but he could not be persuaded. He said he’d signed an official document that prevented him doing so. Well, that’s our loss, along with Ted himself: a hero, patriot, family man, friend and outstanding writer.”
You know what other well-known author was a CIA field agent? William F. Buckley. It's probably safe to assume he incorporated his experiences working for the agency into his Blackford Oakes spy novels. I had always wanted Buckley to write an account of what he did during his time in the CIA, but perhaps he was bound by a non-disclosure agreement similar to Allbeury's. Or, maybe he was just an honorable man who didn't think it was proper to divulge secrets that had been entrusted to him.
The Twentieth Day of January is available on Kindle for seven and a quarter.
I have to give credit to Marcia Nelson, the author of Muslim Publishers Look to Build Bridges, Counter Cultural Misunderstanding for managing to restrain herself from using the word 'Islamophobia' until the 9th (out of 13) paragraph of her Publisher's Weekly piece:
Simon & Schuster’s Salaam Reads is the first imprint at a major publishing house to focus on Muslim characters and stories. Zareen Jaffery is the executive editor at the imprint, which launched last year. Her focus is on books that reflect the diversity within the Muslim community, but authors also explore issues that many Muslims face in the U.S. today. “Unfortunately Islamophobia has been going on for a long time, although it does feel like it’s been heightened today, with mosques burning down and verbal assaults increasing,” said Jaffery. “Feeling threatened tends to permeate the mind and writers respond to that in their work—maybe not directly, but it does show up.”
Well, if she doesn't like mosque burnings, perhaps she should tell her co-religionists to stop setting them on fire. Like that guy in Seattle.
Despite the nuances found in the Muslim publishing industry, one common goal between publishers is clear: to provide resources that accurately represent beliefs and experiences of distinct and numerous communities of Muslims in the U.S. and around the globe. Such books can “expand the base of knowledge” on Islam, according to Jaffery.
OK, fine. I'm all for cross-cultural understanding. I'm a bit of a text geek. That is, I'd like to try to understand texts as the authors intended them to be understood, rather than just making sh* up to fit my preconceived notions. Which, incidentally, is how liberal Christians read the Bible and what progressives do with the U.S. Constitution.
Anyway, with that being said, here is what I would like to see: a book by a 'moderate' Islamic scholar or scholars that refutes the teachings of the Wahabist/Salafist/jihadist school of Islam. The jihadists claim that the Quran commands them to establish an Islamic civilization, by force, if need be (and it always does). And if this involves murdering unbelievers, then the murders will have Allah's blessing, as it is all part of the greater jihad. So I would like the book to be something like: "The jihadis take verse such-and-such from the Quran and use it to justify their atrocities, but the correct interpretation of that verse is actually quite different." And then provide an exegetical explanation of what they think the correct interpretation should be. And they would need to do this point by point, with every Quranic verse and every quote from the Hadiths.
I would be genuinely interested in reading such a book. Because I'm wondering if it is possible to write such a book without pretty much destroying Islam as a religious system and replacing it with some modern, low-cal, secular, liberal substitute. Kind of like how the western progressives turn Christianity into a system of beliefs wherein "God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross" type of namby-pamby liberal Christianity, which, of course, isn't really Christianity at all. You really can't have Christianity without the cross. But can you have Islam without the sword?
A New Interstellar Hero?
Here's a new one (new to me, anyway) that came across my path this week, Starship Grifters, featuring Rex Nihilo, who's a "space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains". It looks like a run read:
Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet…and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!
The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front—and trying to double-cross them both—may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists…while still keeping Rex’s martini glass filled.
Yeah, Rex sounds like a real Moron. And with a robot sidekick, plus buxom bounty hunters, what's not to like?
And if you want to wet your whistle with a cheapie, you can get the Kindle edition of a Rex Nihilo prequel, The Chicolini Incident: A Rex Nihilo Adventure (Starship Grifters Universe Book 0) for 99 cents.
Perhaps the most famous of the many books by C.S. Lewis is The Screwtape Letters. Some years ago, they released an audiobook version, read by the British comedian John Cleese. I have it on cassette tape (that's how long ago I bought it) and I have to say that Cleese does a devilishly good job with the material.
The good news is that this audio version has made it to Youtube. Here is the playlist. You can even use one of those Youtube download apps to store it on your hard drive, if you prefer.
(h/t to TheJamesMadison for this recommendation last month)
What I'm Reading
I finished Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle last week, the first one of his that I've read. And since I'm also watching the Amazon series, comparisons are inevitable. And this is where I find literary criticism to be extremely difficult. That is, I have some beefs with the book, but are the beefs the result of the author doing a lousy job, or because I have a lousy understanding of the book?
My main complaint is that TMitHC just seemed underdeveloped. Dick had an interesting idea, but he didn't seem to do much with it. For example, there is nothing in the book about any "resistance", nor is there the subplot involving Obergruppenführer John Smith and his family troubles. And I found the ending to be sort of unsatisfying. When I had finished it, my reaction was not so much "what a good story", but rather "yeah, so what?"
Because once you set a story in an alternative universe, you immediately invite all sorts of questions about the different universe, how did it get there and what's it all about? And why is such a setting necessary to tell the story?
These are some of the unanswered questions I had after finishing it.
But I liked Dick's discussions of Japanese culture and modes of thought. Also, his description of how the I Ching is used is so intricately detailed, I get the impression that his experience with it is first-hand, like this is something he seriously played around with at some time in his life. And it plays a way bigger part in the book than it does in the series.
All in all, I prefer the series. But that's maybe because I started watching it first and my expectations were set before I picked up the book.
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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Overnight Open Thread (25 Mar 2017)
Kinda sad this National Medal of Honor day hasn't gotten more publicity. Trump resurrects long-neglected 'Medal of Honor Day'.
Here are the Navy Medal of Honor recipients from Iwo Jima.
Jeez. You'd think a principal would know better. Principal accuses Wisconsin girl of selling sex toys at school. The toys in question are known as water snake wigglies. C'mon dude.
Swedish politician wants workers to get paid sex breaks - for health. Couldn't this be done during a normal break?
Bozena Riot Machine
Oh dear Lord, just stop. Glamping gear for men.
Is it bad that I enjoyed reading this story? Ivanka Trump's Secret Service roiling her D.C. neighbors. Man, I'd add more no parking signs every time they bitched. Oh, if it were some Democrat, you wouldn't be reading this at all. I'm willing to bet Obama, who lives one street over, has some no parking areas and large SUVs coming and going too. Funny there don't seem to any complaints there.
Nerf John Wick
Does this have anything to do with Hillary coming out of the woods? Idaho woman blames car crash on seeing sasquatch.
Oh enough with the weather hysteria. The North Atlantic may get its first ever named storm in March next week. If it forms, it'll be subtropical which means outside of winds, it'll have different characteristics than a tropical storm. There is no such thing as a subtropical hurricane.
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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 03-25-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]
Last week, we discussed the idea of models of narrative in terms of how to look at and interpret movies. We covered the emphasis of four different elements of a movie and how important they are to us as viewers, and how they can color a filmmaker’s approach to material. Today, we’ll hopefully talk about favorite and best movies.
All Top 10s Are Crap
I don’t entirely understand the compulsion to rank your favorite, or least favorite, things at the end of a year. In terms of this post, I’m of course referring to end of the year top 10 lists of movies. Well, I can understand it in terms of someone like a film critic. A film critic’s job is to try and tell the world their opinions on movies, and the top 10 list at the end of the year is one final push for their favorite films. Letting them have one final, major, spotlight before they, very likely, get completely forgotten by the masses.
Roger Ebert (him again) called top 10 lists purely political gestures. What he meant was that they were all about pushing a viewpoint of movies out into the world. His lists were important to him, and I genuinely do believe that he thought that whatever movie he put at the top of his list in a year was the best film of the year. And yet, I don’t believe he’d ever get into a fight with someone over their top 10. He would say, “Well, that’s your top 10, and here’s mine.” He and his guest would then discuss the relative merits of some of the movies on their lists and continue with their lives. I’m reminded of this episode of Siskel & Ebert (after Siskel had died and before that waste of space Roeper got brought on) when Ebert and his guest, Martin Scorsese, discussed their top 10s of the 90s. Scorsese included The Thin Red Line on his list, a movie that Ebert gave 3 out of 4 stars and left a healthy few steps from his own top 10 of that movie’s release year. Instead of arguing about whether it should be on the list at all or not, Ebert listed a couple of things he liked about the film and they moved on.
All of this is to what purpose? Well, top 10s are like assholes. Everyone has one. They’re all personal, based on experience and opinion, and they function as a demonstration of the individual’s taste in film. There’s never a definitive list. The top rated movies on IMDB will almost never align with the top rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, and that’s completely fine. One isn’t right, and the other isn’t wrong, even if I completely agree with one and disagree with the other.
Here’s My Crappy Top 10
I made the following list about a decade ago. This list of what I consider to be the ten best movies ever has not changed since. Why? Have no better movies been made? Have I not discovered other better movies that are just as old?
The simple answer is that it took me so much time to whittle down the thousands of movies I’d seen into this ten that I never wanted to bother finagling with it ever again. I still love every single one of these movies. I still think that they are exquisite examples of the art form. If I were forming a top ten from scratch today, would it be identical? Probably not.
So, in one regard, it’s kind of a time capsule to who I was and what I liked in film from a decade ago. The list is in alphabetical order because I could never bring myself to argue about which was #6 and which was #7 in a list of films I love so completely.
I remember when I was forming the list, part of what I considered was genres and directors. “I have my Kubrick (2001), so I can’t include another. What’s my Scorsese on this list?” It was during the formation of this list that I came across Ebert’s comment about top 10s being political things, so I embraced this mentality and it almost became a “Collection of Top Movies from Different Genres/Directors”.
I don’t think there’s a textbook out there that describes how to make a top 10 list of movies of all time, but that method seems to be as valid as any other.
I’m 100% positive that some of you will look at my list and scoff. “The Lord of the Rings? Is this guy serious? That movie has about a thousand endings!” or “ he Thin Red Line? I could barely understand what the hell was going on! And what the hell was with John Travolta and George Clooney being in there for just a few lines?”
But you see, no one will ever convince me to change this list. It’s mine. It’s personal. All I can really hope to do is to convince some people to check them out. To try and grow the population of people who love the movies that I love. I would hope that, at the least, some of you who read this see that list and say, “I’ve never heard of that movie, but it must have some qualities to recommend it since this random person thinks so highly of it to include it on a top 10 list of movies of all time. I think I will check it out.”
That’s it. That’s the ultimate purpose. I want to convince you to see at least one of these movies. I’ve got movies that represent foreign films (Au Revoir Les Enfants), silent films (The Passion of Joan of Arc), screwball comedies (Duck Soup), old school studio films (Casablanca), science fiction (2001), and epics (The Lord of the Rings, and yes, I mean all three movies which I consider to be one film). If you haven’t been exposed to some genre of film, my list provides you with a gateway. I think that the represented films are the best of those genres, so they must have some worth, right?
So, What’s Your Crappy Top 10?
It doesn’t need to be a top 10. It could be a top 100, or a top 2, or a single movie you think is the best ever. Where “best” and “favorite” begin and end is a line that you decide. I personally don’t think that there’s much of a difference when I look at the movies on my list. I think they are the best and that they are my favorites at the same time. It doesn’t mean that they are perfect, but when you talk about subjective things, you don’t need to be perfect to be the best.
So, do you consider there to be a difference? If your favorite movie is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, I’d hope that you consider there to be a difference between favorite and best because as much as I enjoy Anchorman, it’s clearly not one of the best movies ever made. But, that’s up for you to decide. Tell me that Anchorman is the best movie ever and make the case. You probably won’t convince me because I’m a smug know-it-all, but you may convince someone else to check it out. And that’s the ultimate point: To try and convince someone else to enjoy what you enjoy.
Movies of Today
Next in my Netflix Queue:
Movies I Saw This Week:
What We Do in the Shadows (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) Poster Blurb: “Very funny. Very Kiwi.”
Creepshow (Netflix Rating 3/5 | Quality Rating 2.5/4) “Hit or Miss, but with one very good segment.”
American Gangster [rewatch] (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 4/4) “A Masterful crime epic by a master visualist.”
Men in Black 3 [rewatch] (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 3.5/4) “A surprisingly affecting and entertaining scifi romp.”
Mansfield Park (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) “A largely breezy and entertaining Jane Austen adaptation of a Jane Austen book I’ve never read.”
Moana (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) “Certainly better than either Frozen or Zootopia.”
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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 03-25-2017
Burmese Chess Set
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 other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a hockey brawl on a Saturday afternoon. Except maybe hockey enthusiasts.
“When the Chess game is over, the Pawn and the King go back to the same box”
According to the chessantiques.com page from whence I stole this photo, this 19th century set is made from Chinese ivory. The king stands 12 cm tall, which is about 4 3/4 inches. The chessantiques.com link contains some pretty good close-up photos where you can better see the intricately-carved, ornate design. The opposite color pieces are a kind of jade green color. I'm assuming the color is from a green paint or stain on the ivory rather than actual jade.
Problem 1 - Black To Play (187)
Hint: Black mates in 2
1r5k/5prp/p2Q4/3P4/4BP2/1P1n4/P1N2q1P/3R3K b - - 0 1
Problem 2 - White To Play (160)
Hint: White wins material
2q4k/p6p/6p1/5p2/5P1P/1Bb2QP1/Pr6/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
Problem 3 - White To Play (149)
Hint: White mates in 4
2R5/6p1/4Kn1k/3p1P1p/2p4P/5P2/8/8 w - - 0 1
Cinematic Chess Mistakes
Here is an interesting article on chess mistakes in movies:
There’s one group of experts who can barely flip on the television without being exposed to egregious, head-on-desk mistakes: chess players...While different experts cite different error ratios, from “20 percent” to “much more often than not,” all agree: Hollywood is terrible at chess, even though they really don’t have to be. “There are so many [errors], it’s hard to keep track,” says Grandmaster Ilja Zaragatski, of chess24. “And there are constantly [new ones] coming out.”
Oh, I don't know, I'm thinking maybe the firearms experts can make a strong case for the many mistakes they see in their particular area of expertise. It's fun sitting next to one while you're watching a movie or TV show and seeing then explode with fury. You might hear "That rifle wasn't used in that battle!" or "What's a German soldier doing with a British rifle?" It actually can be quite educational.
But I like how the article groups the errors into categories, such as the Bad Setup, or the Deep Cut. And of course, everybody's favorite, the Dramatic Checkmate:
This blunder occurs when one opponent surprises another by winning out of nowhere—or, similarly, when some extra-smart character walks by a game in progress and points out a checkmate opportunity the players didn’t spot.
I'm disappointed they didn't mention the one specie of Dramatic Checkmate I hate the most. I haven't thought of a good name for it, but it goes like this: the hero has been roped into playing chess with the villain. Both are staring intently at the board. The villain smiles evilly, moves a piece, and says "check!" in a sinister voice. Then the hero looks at the board for a bit, moves one of his own piece and triumphantly declares, "No. Check MATE!" and the villain's face dissolves into a scowl. So. Dumb.
Another one that is not all that common is the use of anachronistic pieces. This one is hard to spot, but once I did see an episode of A&E's Revolutionary War spy drama Turn where General Washington was illustrating troop movements on a large map using chess pieces. Which is fine, but the pieces were the familiar (to us) Staunton design pieces, which weren't invented until 1849. Something like this would have been a more appropriate choice. Those pieces are from what is known as a 'Washington' set because George Washington owned one very much like it. But non-Staunton sets tend to be spendy and hard to come by, so I guess I can understand why a TV show wouldn't want to spend extra money just to placate a few chess nerds.
By the way, I snatched the Washington set pic from this web page, which describes antique English chess sets, 1750Ė1850, and the way the photos are arranged, you can sort of see the evolution of chess piece design from the early sets to the Staunton style.
Problem 4 - White To Play (BWTC 198 )
Hint: White can force a mate in, at most, 6 moves
r5kn/2q1r1p1/bpp1p2p/n3P2N/p4P2/3QK1RP/PP4P1/RN1B4 w - - 0 1
Endgame of the Week (437)
It's White's move. Looks like Black is a step ahead in the queening race. What can White do about it, if anything?
8/8/P7/2N1pk2/8/8/1K5p/8 w - - 0 1
Problem 1 - Black To Play
1r5k/5prp/p2Q4/3P4/4BP2/1P1n4/P1N2q1P/3R3K b - - 0 1
Shouldn't be too difficult:
Problem 2 - White To Play
2q4k/p6p/6p1/5p2/5P1P/1Bb2QP1/Pr6/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
Killer move. Black dare not take the rook. Because it'll be an early evening for him if he does: 1...Qxd8 2.Qxc3+ Qd4+ 3.Qxd4#
So Black will have to give up his queen to avoid checkmate:
Black can fight back a bit with:
But White has nothing to fear. He says "Hold my beer..."
And Black has been simplified right out of the game.
Problem 3 - White To Play
2R5/6p1/4Kn1k/3p1P1p/2p4P/5P2/8/8 w - - 0 1
Black's king and knight are stuck right where they are. All White has to do now is move his own king over to help the rook take the knight, which Black will be unable to stop.
There's not much else for Black to do. There is no hope in pushing the 'g' pawn: 2...g6 3.fxg6 c3 4. Rxh7#. Similiarly, 2...g5 3.fxg6 d4 4.Rxh7#
Problem 4 - White To Play
r5kn/2q1r1p1/bpp1p2p/n3P2N/p4P2/3QK1RP/PP4P1/RN1B4 w - - 0 1
There are 3 responses possible for Black:
a) 1...Kf8 2.Qxh8+ Kf7 3.Rxg7#
b) 1...Kf7 2.Rxg7+ Ke8 3.Qxh8+ Kd7 4.Nf6#
Holds out the longest. The rest is forced:
Endgame of the Week
8/8/P7/2N1pk2/8/8/1K5p/8 w - - 0 1
White wants to clog up the diagonal to hinder the mobility of Black's queen, when he succeeds in getting one. Also, there's always a chance he might fall for this trap:
Note how the queen attacks the king, but also indirectly, the queen on h1. This kind of an attack is called a 'skewer'. This came up in a thread earlier this week.
But Black will most likely see the trap and avoid it by playing
Which gives White enough time to use his knight to stop the queening pawn/
At this point, the knight has served its purpose and may be sacrificed to queen the pawn.
White isn't out of the woods yet. The black pawn on h2 is still dangerous and White's strategy is to either force Black's king away from it so it can be picked off, or into the corner where it can be threatened with checkmate. He does this with a series of checks that brings the queen closer and closer.
Black doesn't want to move to h1, but he has to, otherwise White will take the pawn. But now the king is locked in and all White has to do is set up the mate.
Hope to see you all next week!
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. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.
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
Morons & PetMorons, sit, down, stay!!!! Enjoy
A Little of This. A Little of That.
St Louis' loss is NYC gain. Dog museum is moving. h/t Hank Curmudgeon
Feel good story h/t tinfoilbaby
Our first submission is from youmeandtheafter.com
I've previously sent (and you posted) a picture of Renata (dog) and Neo. They're best buddies, too.
Thanks for the photo. Cute pair.
Frank sent this photo in of his 2 buddies.
These are my two dogs, MayBel the 13 year old Beagle and Cali the 5 year old pug. Both were rescue dogs from the shelter that my wife and I volunteer at out here called Help Save Pets. We were having a birthday party for my wife (a few years back) and they wanted to get dressed up as well. I am mostly a lurker, as by the time I see your posts there are already 1000 comments on them, but the one time I did post, screen name was Juddgement.
Check out the story on this mistreated cat.
Hi, I'm a long-time lurker and this is Gizmo, who's a purebred Ruddy Abyssinian. Like all kittehs, she likes anyplace warm and adores people who give her food. We got into the habit of photographing her for her breeder, who wanted to know how things were going with all her little darlings, and never got out of the habit. We've found that you simply cannot take a bad picture of an Aby! They're so picturesque, I've even done paintings of them. Gizmo had a sister named Gadget (the ever elegant) but we lost her two years back to FIP. We've been thinking about getting another cat (or two) but so far Miz Giz is perfectly content to have All Of The Attention in the house and be Empress Of All She Surveys.
Say "Hello" to our new Lurker Leslie and her pooch, Woodrow Wilson DeLoach.
Big goof is more like it. Am new to the blog and am thoroughly enjoying it and have recommended it to a number of friends! Thanks A new peruser.
Tom shared this photo of his killer dogs.
You said you were running low on pet moron pics. Here are the killer chis eating my wife. Jake on top with Minette and Ripley grinning their evil grins.I'll miss her.
Victoria submitted this photo of her 2 cats.
I'm a daily lurker, visiting several times a day. These are my cats, Boots (left) and Smokey (right). We suspect Smokey has a bit of Maine Coon in him, while Boots is a standard grey and white short hair. Both cats are rescued barn cats, my mother-in-law having found them abandoned by their respective mothers. They came to us a year apart and are happy, spoiled cats who tussle and fight like a couple of...well, cats.
What a nice group of PetMorons. Thanks for sharing.
Does your pet want to in the Ace of Spades Pet Thread? Do you have a story to share with us? You can reach us at petmorons at gmail dot com.
Thank you for stopping by this afternoon. Have a great weekend!!!
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Saturday Gardening Thread: The Spring is Sprung [KT]
I wonder where the boidie is?
They say the boidie's on the wing
But that's absoid. The wing is on the Boid
Happy First Week of Official Spring, Horde! It is spring where I am. Is it spring where you are? I understand that there are some warmer storms headed for the Plains and for the South. I'm thinking that the underground refrigerator linked by Misanthropic Humanitarian in an ONT some time ago might make a suitable tornado shelter with a little re-engineering. I'm not so wild about its appearance above-ground. But once buried in the garden, the interior should hold a few Morons in an emergency.
Then again, I know nothing very specific about storm cellars. Do you know anything about them?
Fiddle Leaf Figs
If you are stuck indoors because of the weather, you might as well have an interesting plant to look at. Not long ago, CrotchetyOldJarhead mentioned that he would like to have a bird of paradise and a fiddle leaf fig if he had the room. It seems that the fiddleleaf fig or Ficus lyrata, has overtaken Ficus benjamina, the Weeping Fig, in popularity. There are some nice photos of the new Glamour Fig at the link. And lots of growing tips.
You've seen them. They're everywhere. They're lush and sculptural and they make for excellent eye candy in photographs of some of the most beautiful apartments you see floating around the Internet. . .
They do have a dramatic look:
Big plants are pricey, in the $200.00 range. But maybe CrotchetyOldJarhead could grow a smaller, cheap and easy to find fiddleleaf fig. He could keep for a while, then give it to somebody he really likes when it gets bigger. Here are ten tips for keeping your fiddleleaf fig fit as a fiddle.
Fiddle leaf figs will also grow outdoors in tropical or near-tropical climates like coastal Southern California and Hawaii. They won't take much frost.
If you need some motivation to go out and get your own fiddleleaf fig, here's the late, great Herman Johnson playing Fiddling Around, Oklahoma-style. Dance music. They got movin' at dances back then. Herman was a great guy. But he didn't know how to read music.
The fiddle is the State Musical Instrument of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Garden Prep
The weather sounds sort of threatening in parts of Oklahoma in the near future, so maybe it would be a good time to do a little garden reading. Here's a post on the best veggies to grow in Oklahoma. Has anybody tried the Super Fantastic Tomato?
I've grown the Contender Bean. It is THE early bean for the South. Nematode resistant, developed in Alabama. Pods have a "beany" flavor after the seeds develop some. A flavor compatible with ham and onions. And potatoes.
It has another old name, "Buff Valentine". You can use the buff-colored seeds as shelly or dried beans if you like. Black Valentine is another old dual-purpose green bean. It is not as early as Contender, and its seeds are smaller. Great flavor as a shelly, though.
Contender is not a good choice for fall harvest (unless you are going for shellies). Although pods remain stringless as the seeds start to mature, they develop a plastic-like membrane when nights get cold in the fall. This is a bean for spring.
You might also visit the Oklahoma State Extension site. Your tax dollars at work. I did notice that this agency puts the names of actual people who work there right on the site, along with services they provide. There is a plant I.D. service. And a Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostic Lab. One disease which gets special attention is Rose Rosette Disease. It affects garden roses, but it is particularly associated with the Multiflora Rose, a big Japanese rose bush that blooms in spring. It has gone feral in some parts of the country. The flowers smell like honeysuckle.
Rose Rosette is a viral disease that is spread by grafting, propagation or by mites. The multiflora rose is quite susceptible to mites, which is probably why it is associated with the spread of the disease. One symptom is a growth pattern called Witch's Broom, or Rosette, in which many branchlets start at the same point:
So they are considering spreading this disease to control Multiflora roses even though it affects garden roses? Hmmmm. One nice garden rose is 'Oklahoma'. Very fragrant. Very tall. Does best in drier climates.
The OSU extension agency also has recipes, like Choctaw Hunter's Stew. It's a venison stew.
Gardens of The Horde
Speaking of venison, last week in the comments, Illiniwek asked for some ideas for deer-resistant plants, including some for the edge of a pond.
Do you have any suggestions? Remember not to comment on old threads. I have a list of relatively deer-resistant plants, but I am quite useless at telling the difference between various ornamental grasses. Except for the ones I hate.
We have had some weather here in the San Joaquin Valley this week. Rain still seems strange. They had inch and a half hailstones further north in the Valley. Not good for people, pets, gardens or farms. Flooding is a possibility in the area this spring.
All our stone fruits have finished blooming. Apple bloom still pending. In our town, the city has planted two kinds of ornamental pears (the Bradford type pears, Callery pears). One blooms very early and the other, which I think is prettier in bloom, just finished blooming. Wish I knew which cultivar it is. "The Authorities" in many places are trying to stamp out Callery Pear hybrids because they are considered to be invasive.
Oklahoma Redbud is also blooming here. Always nice to see in spring. Anything interesting going on in your yard or garden? Or your neighbor's?
Hope you have a great week, with a little time to garden.
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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Novel Theory about Muslim Immigration [KT]
Whoa. Michael Kennedy:
I have been wondering why the political left, and to some extent the right, has been so enthusiastic about Muslim immigration. Islam is just not compatible with the liberal traditions of the West. So why the continued efforts to import Muslims ?
What do you think the novel theory is? Clue below the fold:
Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
Good Mornin' Morons. Happy Saturday.
So here are a few things that received little to no attention here at the AoSHQ.
- Parts is parts. And they aren't good parts.
- The Stupid shall inherit the cell.
- His job is literally a pain in the ass.
- Clueless people are everywhere.
- Evil car ran over ex-spouse 4 times. Honest, Your Honor.
- Booze bottle break through.
- Now this is f*cking weird.
- Cake and Hookers, what can't they do?
- He fought the law and the law won.
Just a few interesting things you can talk about. Or, you help yourself to something else in this open thread. Just remember the golden rules, no running with sharp objects and play nice with others.
Enjoy your Weekend Morons.
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Look, I had as much intent to give you content this morning as Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOPe had to deliver an Obamacare
repeal, replace, unlubricated anal rape-rape to all the proles.
But then that uppity Freedom Caucus got all up in my business, and dared me... hell, double dog dared me, man! to shit all over my
So you can understand why I don't give you any content this EMT.
Double dog dare, man. I mean, right?
Also, regarding Chelsea Clinton's backdoor Gainzzz thread: I'd just like to say that the backdoor apple probably doesn't fall far from the convict tree. I mean... the pre-plastic surgery nose knows.
I don't give her enough credit, I know. It had to be painful as hell to have a third of your nose and half your chin shaved off just so you would stop being such an obvious physical liability to your parent's political mythology.
Overnight Open Thread (24 Mar 2017)
Sadly, this is true. Stark reality of the London attack is that low-tech jihadis cannot be stopped. Cars and knives are all too easy to obtain and you can't put up vehicle barriers everywhere.
Ooops. NOAA study shows as US drilling surged, methane emissions didn't. I thought the science was settled?
Why WX is the abbreviation for weather. There are a lot more morse code shorthand and abbreviations at the link.
Lynda Carter's Rock and Roll Fantasy
Damn she was hot.
Campus Rape Frenzy
Everything you think you know about campus sexual assault is wrong. Now if they can forward this to the DoD so they can correct their training materials.
The best known source of the claim that only 2 percent of rape accusations are false is Susan Brownmiller's 1975 book Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape. For this fact, Brownmiller cited not a study but rather a speech, by a New York judge, who mentioned unpublished alleged finding by the "NYC Rape Analysis Squad".
Meanwhile, the real campus sexual assault frenzy committed by female teachers continues or gets buried in the news with far less coverage than fake campus rapes.
The "big three" networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC -- continued their shameful blackout into Wednesday night of the horrifying rape of a teenage girl in a Maryland high school bathroom, allegedly by two men, including one who police say is in the U.S. illegally.
Instead, the pathetic liberal media that's shown no interest in the Rockville High School case complied with Rolling Stone in giving more than 10 minutes of coverage in two days to the fake 2014 claim that a University of Virginia fraternity gang-raped a female student.
Once again the left proves it cannot truly coexist with folks. Conservative student targeted with hateful graffiti, rape and death threats; hires PI.
Hornet High Speed, Low Level
It might be time to stop touting eco-friendly messages. I'm ok with companies that want to keep the environment clean or minimize their real pollution contributions, but I immediately don't like a company that touts silly AGW nonsense.
What If Baseball Question
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Open Thread/Stories I Didn't Get To
Accused killer of two invokes "Islamophobia" as a defense. He also wounded three others by firing a gun at them in their van. None of the victims had a weapon. He claims now that they were possessed of a "Terrorist" intent to kill Muslims.
Here's a key sentence:
During the bond hearing, he asked an assistant prosecutor if he was a "Zionist Jew"
You gotta read this. And you gotta see his picture. He looks like Mongolian Pit Fighter #3 in Conan the Barbarian.
Twitter, which has made less money in its 11 year existence than most 11 year old children, is now considering a "premium Twitter" for which they will charge real money. LOL.
"Premium Twitter." Like "AIDS DeLuxe." It's not just AIDS -- you get the full "STD Rainbow Package," for just $6 extra per month, for the first six months, but then it costs $300 per week and they give you bonus drug-resistant AIDS. You also get a Free Landline you'll never use. But the real selling point here is all the AIDS.
John Nolte lays out the case that it has already been proven that Obama wiretapped Trump.
Video I haven't watched yet, but will do so shortly: Girl lost alone in the desert near the Grand Canyon for five days recorded her thoughts and fears into her iPhone.
Sad story. Very sad she didn't think to use the iPhone to call someone.
Just kidding of course. She had to hike 25 miles to get to someplace with cell phone reception.
During a solo trip to the Grand Canyon in which Amber VanHecke became stranded in a remote part of Arizona, she found comfort in a family of prairie dogs. The Denton woman said she and the animals became comfortable enough friends that the prairie dogs ate out of the palm of her hand.
"You have to entertain yourself in the dead hours," VanHecke said. "I honked my horn to make [coyotes] leave the prairie dogs alone."
The 24-year-old, who was stranded for five days, says she owes her survival to skills she learned as a Girl Scout in Plano, including how to shoot a signal flare.
Here's a longer compilation of her video journal.
It's really gonna suck when this turns out to be viral marketing for Prepper Pete's House of Canteens and Signal Flares.
I haven't read this one yet, but scientists are developing an artificial intelligence of synthetic neurons made of light. The light-based brain has already issued its first calculation:
MEN WHO GIVE WOMEN ORGASMS ARE SELFISH PATRIARCHS
So that's good.
On this one, I just can't even.
I can't even on this one, either.
Illegal immigrant accused of sexually assaulting a three year old.
Give him sanctuary, work papers, and his picture on a Cheerios box, stat! We need this guy. All depends on this.
This is kind of hilarious -- some members of the permanent bureaucracy upset that people outside the government are criticizing them. The poor dears!
I expect leaks and IRS audits to follow.
McDonald's is rolling out an experimental automated ordering system, which I expect will be "experimental" for about ten minutes before it's implemented as the entire industry's standard. It really makes no sense to have people, often with language-barrier problems, take orders and punch little buttons on a keyboard when customers can even more rapidly punch those little buttons themselves. I'm surprised it took the Fight for Fifteen wage hike to start this.
Well that's all I got.
Oh: Below, video of the giraffe who won't foal. Or whatever you call it with a giraffe.
My ESP is telling me tonight is the night. She looks like she's finally gonna do it.
Judge Sides With Trump, Says Travel Ban Neither Discriminatory Nor Unconstitutional
Assuming the circuit court agrees, that would set up a necessary Supreme Court showdown to harmonize the divergent rulings.
A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday against blocking President Trumpís executive order that called for temporarily stopping the entry of immigrants from six majority-Muslim nations and refugee admittance overall.
The decision against the injunction comes after federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked the implementation of Trumpís executive order nationwide. The ruling in Maryland is set to be heard before an appeals court in May. These two past decisions keep the order at bay.
Judge Anthony Trenga of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that Trump was within his legal rights to impose the travel ban and that it was not discriminatory toward Muslims. The injunction had been brought forward by Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, who was represented by an attorney from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
You're probably wondering, "What happens when one federal judge claims to have the power to enjoin a policy for the entire country, but another judge says it's fine and should be enacted as ordered?"
I don't know.
Hopefully a lawyer can tell us.
LA Times Continues Serving as Clinton Family PR Unit: Chelsea Clinton Just Never Gets a Break!
Also: Backdoor GAINZZZ Thread
Hmm, poor little rich girl doesn't have to do anything but sign checks people give to her nothing at all, and she doesn't even have to sign them -- she has People to do that for her.
She gets $600,000 from NBC to do a couple of almost-unairable puff pieces.
And then she gets "Impact" awards for having successfully managed to be born.
But poor her anyway.
You can read a bit of this author's previous work here.
By the way, Chelsea Clinton's big job today was tweeting out this story, which, coincidentally, also appears in the LA Times that just puff-pieced her lame ass, and which claims that global warming will cause greater (wait for it....) diabetes.
If the average temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear.
And, a new study suggests, the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year....
Researchers thought they might find a link between rising temperatures and diabetes for a completely different reason -- the activity of brown fat.
Also known as brown adipose tissue, or BAT, this fat kicks into gear when temperatures are low and the body needs heat to stay warm.
A 2015 study of eight adults with Type 2 diabetes found that after spending 10 days in moderately cold weather, their metabolisms improved and they became more sensitive to insulin, reversing a key symptom of the disease.
I was reading about this last part recently, about the effect of exposure to cold in spurring weight loss. White fat is harder to burn; brown fat burns more easily. As one gets older, one has less brown fat and more white fat (thus making it harder to burn off weight as one ages).
Brown fat is claimed to be activated by cold temperatures -- it might be fat specifically sequestered for hibernation or for burning to fight off winter cold.
So of course people are now seizing on this to claim that global warming may cause less brown fat to burn.
Of course, they don't mention the other part of the speculation on brown fat -- that simply taking cold showers might activate its burning.
While white fat stores excessive calories which can lead to obesity, brown fat burns energy off.
Both are in our bodies and white can be converted into the good brown fat.
Dr Lee has just returned from two years at the National Institute of Health in Washington which delved into the theory that cold exposure increases brown fat activity.
"We invite individuals, healthy individuals, and expose them to cold temperatures from 18 degrees Celsius all the way to 12C until they shiver and measure the hormones levels in their body," he said.
"And we found as the temperature dropped, the individuals started to shiver and two hormones in the body increased."
The two hormones they looked at included FGF21, found in brown fat, and irisin, which is produced by muscle.
These are also increased during exercise.
I keep thinking about taking cold showers for two weeks as a GAINZZZ experiment but 1, cold showers are kinda unpleasant, and 2, this would require me to shower in the first place.
However, maybe I'll try it. Cold showers (or baths) at night supposedly cool down your body and thereby prime it for sleep (as the body considers cold temperatures to be a prompt for sleeping), so I guess with two reasons to try this, maybe I will.
BTW, I've tried cold showers before. It makes it more bearable if you start with the shower cool but not cold, and then gradually lower the Hot fraction of the water down as low as you can bear. Walking into an ice-cold shower is too much of a shock.
And don't tell me "When I was in the Army, we used to consider an Ice Cold Shower the height of Luxury!" Because if you want to go Four Yorkshiremen on me, I am ready to go tragedy for tragedy with you.
But anyway: Global Warming bad, Chelsea Clinton good.
Backdoor GAINZZZ Thread: Well this is already sort of a GAINZZZ thread, so I guess let's make this a GAINZZZ thread.
I've been stupid lately. I've had very high carb days -- like, totally off any kind of diet, just eating tacos and donuts (seriously) -- and then figured, "Eh, in four days I'll be back in ketosis."
Which was true. But then, five days after the carb binge, when I was just getting back into light pink ketosis, decided to go off diet again and have Pie.
So my GAINZZZ are shit, and I know why they're shit.
I've been exercising, though, so at least I'm continually getting into better shape. (I can also brag that I've been exercising injured and in pain.)
Not real fat loss though. I continue flirting tantalizingly close to being a Not Fat person, but can't quite cross that line.
How yo' GAINZZ doin'?
Ryan/Trump Health Care Bill Pulled for Lack of Support; Ryan Giving Press Conference
Ryan making anodyne comments now. "We have to do better, and we will."
New First World Feminism Problem: Cosmo Worries That Men Are Deriving Too Much Pleasure from Giving an Orgasm to a Woman
The orgasm isn't the problem, you understand. The problem is that men are feeling pretty good about having delivered that orgasm, and, in a way, are therefore Controlling Women's Bodies or something.
Usually I'd avoid linking an article this hatefully stupid, but this is such an amazing display of feminist hysteria and Complaint Conjuration that I think this shitty writer deserves to collect her hate-link reward.
Why Guys Get Turned on When You Orgasm-- and Why That's a Bad Thing
Of course guys manage to make YOUR orgasm about themselves.
It's not enough that men are already having more orgasms than women. To make matters worse, a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research found -- aside from deriving pleasure from their own orgasms, obviously -- men also derive a specific sort of masculine pleasure from making female partners orgasm. The researchers in the study, Sara Chadwick and Sari van Anders, refer to this incredibly predictable phenomenon as a "masculinity achievement."
I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I imagine a "masculinity achievement" looks something like Super Mario punching a coin out of one of those floating boxes in the video game.
The study gathered 810 men to read a story where they had to imagine an "attractive woman" either did or did not orgasm during sex with them. Each man was then asked to rate their sexual esteem and the extent to which they'd feel "masculine" after experiencing the scenario. The results are what you'd expect: Men felt more masculine and felt high self esteem when they imagined a woman orgasmed during sex with them. "These results suggest that women's orgasms do function -- at least in part -- as a masculinity achievement for men," researchers wrote.
Where to start? First of all, look at the "study" itself. The study asks men to imagine having brought an "attractive" woman to orgasm (why does she need to be attractive? Lookist much? And why does she have to be a "she"?), and then asked if they felt an increase in "sexual self-esteem." I did not see them specify what question they actually asked. I doubt they asked if they felt "a boost in sexual self-esteem."
But maybe they did. I read as much as I could before throwing in the towel.
They probably asked if they would feel good or better about themselves, then they slapped on the "sexual self-esteem" and "masculine achievement' descriptors themselves.
Because they went into this study hypothesizing this. They say so right at the top.
They also say this feeling of "sexual self-esteem" was "exacerbated" -- which is a very negative way of saying "increased" -- in men with "high masculine gender stress roles," which is garbage phrase that could not possibly mean anything, and is in fact not really defined in the paper, though later they suggest it might refer to men with "fragile" masculine egos. It seems to be a term or art in the Gender Studies community, a term you're just supposed to know, because Of Course.
Let me quote liberally from this paper. I'm sure they want this out there. It's Science, after all.
This study aimed to empirically assess the link between women's orgasms and men's masculinity. To do this, we developed a novel design to assess how womenís orgasms influence menís masculinity, the Imagined Orgasm Exercise (IOE), and employed it in an online survey. In the IOE, men imagined scenarios about themselves with a female partner; orgasms were either present or absent, and the partner had either often or rarely experienced past orgasms with previous partners. We then asked men to rate how masculine they would feel (along with a variety of other affect and arousal words) if they experienced the given situation, and we compared menís self-reports of masculinity in response to the various IOE conditions.
Overall, we predicted that women's orgasms do function as a masculinity achievement for men and that this relationship is influenced by menís individual differences. We outlined seven hypotheses in our experiment to show this. First, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 1) men would report feeling more masculine when they imagined that a female partner orgasmed with them compared to men who imagined that a female partner did not orgasm. In addition, we expected that the woman's sexual history would create a basis for social comparison, and we hypothesized that (hypothesis 2) men would feel most masculine in a "major success" situation, that is, where a woman orgasmed with them and had not previously orgasmed with others in the past. We also hypothesized the converse: that (hypothesis 3) a "major failure" condition would elicit the lowest feelings of masculinity in men, where a woman did not orgasm with them but had often orgasmed in the past. Finally, because we hypothesized that feeling masculine functions as an achievement, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 4) the word masculine would be related to constructs tied to success.
I don't know how to respond to this, except "No duh."
Yes, one feels "masculine" when having performed a man's side of sexual-pleasure duties and delivered the big O. Yes, obviously, one feels better if a woman has rarely had an orgasm and one delivers one. And yes, very obviously, if a woman actually says "Gee, I always have an orgasm, but not this time," that is a negative commentary on one's skills, right?
By the way: Most of the girls I've been with have asked if my orgasm was good. That's just good manners. I think this is just something people of both sexes want to know. One would like to be good at something one enjoys which is also an important thing, right?
Not to overshare, but I am a hard nut to crack, so to speak, when it comes to a specific kind of sex (which Bill Clinton says is not sex at all). I almost never, and I mean never, get to climax via this awesome form of sex which is not sex.
It's a weird thing I have. No idea why. I really want this sex-which-is-not-sex to work, but it never does.
Well, once every ten years it does. And guess what? I can't help noticing the girl who actually managed this nigh-impossible feat is rather pleased with herself for having done so.
I am too, obviously. But I've noticed a certain amount of "feminine achievement" trophy hunting on this score. Almost like she feels good about being good at something.
Which is now officially a Hate Crime in a Special Snowflake Participation Trophy world.
This idea that men alone are somehow guilty of Sex Esteem Oppression for wanting to be thought of as good sex partners is bizarre to me. It does not comport with my own experience -- at all.
Maybe I've just been lucky to be with people who actually kinda care if it was good for you too.
But I don't think so. I think this is pretty normal.
At least I hope it's pretty normal.
And are men more invested in this than women? Probably -- most women assume that a man's orgasm is pretty much automatic. And it usually is, I guess. (Except for my curse.)
Women are a bit trickier; they only bat .650 in the orgasm hitting department whereas men bat .999. So yeah, guys may consider it more of an "achievement" than women, but again, I find that women are interested in the quality of the orgasm their partner has had. Maybe less about whether it happened or not (because 1, it's usually a gimme, and 2, whether it happened or not is pretty obvious), but they do seem interested in how big of an orgasm it was.
Update: A commenter points out that it's a pretty bold move for Cosmo, of all blogs, to say that it's evil sexist oppression to feel self-esteem for delivering an orgasm when their bread-and-butter is pushing articles like "Five Tricks That Will BLOW YOUR MAN'S MIND In the Sack!" and has taken to publishing how-to guides on r*mj*bs every few months.
If there's no Female Ego on the line when it comes to sex, how does Cosmo make payroll every month?
That Update out of the way, let's get back to the Hags Who Will Die Alone Without Ever Knowing a Man's Loving Touch.
The ways that women's orgasm might function as a masculinity achievement for men might depend on a number of individual differences. For example, beliefs, personality traits, identities, and sexual experience may affect men's perceptions of women's sexual pleasure and men's feelings about their masculine identity. Thus, we also had a number of subhypotheses about the ways that trait variables would impact men's experiences of the IOE, including the presence of traditional versus egalitarian values, men's level of investment in a sexual partner's sexual satisfaction, and the degree of masculine gender role stress.
Specifically, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 5) traditional versus egalitarian values would influence the degree to which men would feel masculine in response to women's orgasm presence; but we did not have specific predictions about the direction of effect because there were compelling reasons to believe that traditional or egalitarian values could impact menís masculinity in response to womenís orgasms.
We also hypothesized that (hypothesis 6) menís level of investment in their partner's sexual satisfaction might function similarly because investment in women's pleasure could align with traditional or egalitarian approaches to sexuality. For instance, traditional views of sexuality strongly align with sexual scripts that position men as sexual agents and women as passive sexual recipients [dumb citations omitted], suggesting that traditional men might be more motivated to demonstrate masculine sexual behavior and thus experience womenís orgasms as more of a masculinity achievement than egalitarian men, whose feelings of masculinity are perhaps less dependent on such demonstrations.
And also, they're gay, so they really don't care if a woman orgasms or not.
But it could also be the case that men with traditional attitudes do not expect women to orgasm and are therefore not invested in whether a woman's orgasm occurs. In contrast, men with egalitarian values might resist traditional conceptualizations of masculine sexuality that require demonstrations of masculine sexual behaviors, such as "giving" women orgasms, thus disconnecting women's orgasm occurrence from their own sense of masculinity.
If you notice, we've moved very far now from the actual data set (of an online survey!!!) to now simply assigning tendentious readings to the data. We're now just into the Yay-Boo part of the "science," where we make up reasons why sad sloop-shouldered Brooklyn semi-gay hipsters are actually better lovers for not caring so much if their female partner had an orgasm.
In addition, it may also be the case that men with egalitarian attitudes expect women to want orgasms, positioning women]s orgasms an important to men's perception of what constitutes a positive sexual encounter. In support, some men believe that their investment in women's orgasms makes them "enlightened" men, feeling it is their duty to give women as much pleasure as they themselves experience [dumb citations omitted again -- you're welcome]. This indicates that egalitarian men's may be more concerned with womenís orgasms as a demonstration of masculinity, as womenís orgasms signal success as a liberal, egalitarian-minded man.
If you can't follow that, what they're saying is that when men with "traditional" values are happy when a woman has an orgasm, that's bad, because they're seeing women as passive sex objects to be manipulated the way that I skillfully manipulate my drill when putting up awesome shelves, but when "egalitarian" men similarly care about a woman's orgasm, that's because they view women as equal partners in the exchange and so they're "enlightened" that's good.
In other words: The data is not telling us this, but we're adding these interpretations of the same reaction in two different sets of men -- both egalitarian pussies and traditional men can be invested in a woman having an orgasm -- so we're just going to go outside the data entirely and postulate that our hypothesis is still right. When a traditional man is happy his partner had an orgasm, that's a due to him seeing the woman as a sexual object; when an "egalitarian" Starbucks Jockey is happy his partner had an orgasm, that's due to the ironically-mustached Fregan being "enlightened."
The actual science ended with the data (via online survey!!!). Now we're just assigning motives to people we like and don't like using nothing but bias and hatred.
As they say early in the Durants' History of Civilization: "90% of history is pure guesswork; the rest is just bigotry."
We also anticipated that men who feel that their masculinity is more fragile may be more motivated to prove themselves and gain masculinity achievements, whereas men who feel stable about their masculine identity may be less concerned [dumb citations omitted, but I will note they include "Harassment based on sex: Protecting social status in the context of gender hierarchy. Academy of Management Review," and "Sexual harassment under social identity threat: The computer harassment paradigm," and ."Heterosexual masculinity and homophobia: A reaction to the self? Journal of Homosexuality," -- kind of gives their agendas and biases away, no?]
Thus, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 7) men who had high masculine gender role stress would feel most masculine in response to situations where the woman orgasmed and least masculine in situations where she did not.
So they're saying a guy who usually can't deliver an orgasm has performance anxiety and is super-happy if the woman comes, and the guy who routinely delivers orgasms doesn't care so much on his occasional miss.
Ummm... I can't really argue with this. But I would only think I could get this observation published in the American Journal of "No Shit Really?" Studies.
By the way, you know when I said that the "egalitarian men" they found were actually gay?
Turns out I wasn't joking:
Analyses included 810 men (M age = 25.44, SD = 8.31) recruited through an introductory psychology participant pool and the community. To be eligible for this study, participants had to identify as a man, be 18 years of age or older, and be currently sexually attracted to women (participants did not have to be heterosexual to participate). We recruited specifically to increase sexual minority representation through similar advertisements targeted toward non-heterosexual-identified men who were sexually attracted to women. All nonheterosexual participants included in analyses indicated that they were sexually attracted to women, confirming that they met inclusionary criteria (via Kinsey scale responses, reported genders of sexual partners, and/or through qualitative responses). Participants were excluded from analyses if they did not fit the eligibility criteria (n = 10), if they indicated that they had taken the survey more than once (n = 35), or if they indicated that their responses were intended as jokes (n = 7).
So they specifically targeted gay men (and men who might actually be women), so long as they said they had some attraction to women (and, PS, many gay men will have sex with women on occasion).
They came the shocking conclusion that gay dudes don't really care that much if the woman they're indifferently banging while thinking about Channing Tatum have orgasms or not.
Oh -- and they only excluded answers if the participants answered "Yes" to the question "Are you doing this as a goof?"
To confirm that the study questions were answered seriously, participants were asked to indicate if they were joking when they responded to any of the survey items... Data from participants who indicated that they were joking or that they took the survey more than once were removed before beginning any assessment.
Now that's what I call scientific rigor.
By the way: I mentioned workin' my drill to put up awesome shelves earlier.
As you know, when I found out I had been mis-performing a basic task that most men can perform (to be specific, running the drill the wrong way), I did in fact feel less masculine, and then, when I put up my Rock-Hard Throbbing Shelves of Masculine Power, I did in fact feel like I had accomplished something manly.
Weird huh? It's almost as if men define "skill" and "success" as being intrinsically good things that make you more manly for having them then you would be without having them.
What a terrible character flaw of men!
(And women, of course. Or at least women who actually enjoy competition and challenge -- you know, actual women, not these superannuated little girls who work in Gender Studies labs, asking dirty questions on the internet.)
Anyway, I've yabbled on enough. Robert Traczinsky at the Federalist has more.
TrumpRyanCare Vote: Paul Ryan Says We Don't Have the Numbers
House Speaker Paul Ryan is at the White House to brief President Donald Trump on the GOP health care bill, and it is not to deliver good news, a Republican source tells CNN.
Efforts on Capitol Hill to sway members are ongoing, but things aren't heading in the right direction.
"Not good. Not good at all," the source said.
Ryan is showing Trump the numbers, and asking what he wants the speaker to do because the votes aren't there, a GOP source said.
An idea that floats around a lot is the idea of political momentum, and that it's important for Trump to "win" on this to have "momentum" for his next agenda item. Otherwise, the king is wounded, and weakened. But if he wins, he has the high ground and the wind at his back and whatever martial metaphor you like.
I don't think I buy that. A presidential term is like a very long baseball season. You win some, you lose some, you have streaks going both ways. There is no such thing as a perfect season. You just try to get enough wins to make the playoffs.
I especially don't buy it now, given that the "newscycle" is now about six minutes long.
This was done too quickly with too little genuine persuasion or argumentation. I think a good part of populism is that people want to be consulted on these big moves, and do not just want our cadre of leaders telling us what they have decided on our behalf.
I want more time to debate. Maybe this actually is a damn fine bill. Might well be. But I really would like more information and more debate.
Remember the NAFTA debate? We had months of national debate on that. There was a famous televised debate on CNN (I think) between Ross Perot, taking the anti-NAFTA position, and Al Gore, taking the pro-NAFTA position. I had reservations, but I thought Gore won (certainly the pro-Clinton media thought he'd won).
I think maybe Gore won, but Perot's position was still right.
But that's besides the point I'm making. The point is that the public felt that it had had the major issue aired. The public felt as if it had been "checked in" with, at least.
Our current culture is of #HotTakes and pushing things quickly to make them #Viral, before anyone has a chance to think about them much.
Hasty thinking is bad thinking, or, usually, non-thinking.
While I'm open to the possibility that this bill is as good as we can get (keeping in mind the four RINO squishes in the Senate JackStraw always mentions), I'd sure appreciate more time to get this right.
Like Tom Cotton said: We don't need to get it fast, we need to get it right.
And if it's necessary to make some compromises we all don't necessarily like, we need a little time to get comfortable with those.
I like test-driving a car two or three times before I buy it. It's a psychologically important thing to feel like you've made the best decision possible under the circumstances, rather than having doubts linger with you for years as you wonder, "Did I really make the right major consumer purchase that I'm still paying for each and every month...?"
There's no need for all this stage-managing and conflict avoidance and top-down black box policy making. Conflict and argument are good. Broken bones heal stronger. Let's not be afraid to get into a rumble about something pretty important.
This isn't a Viking Saga. There are no epic heroes, there are no Valkyries sweeping the dead up to Valhalla. This isn't high drama.
This is the political process. Let's just work through the once-normal political process of dueling op-eds, televised debates, and exchanges of white papers.
"Smoking Gun" Proof That Obama Spied on Political Opponents Coming This Week?
Obama's spied on so many journalists you have to be specific about the spelling of their names.
Republican congressional investigators expect a potential "smoking gun" establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.
Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.
The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.
The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.
The FBI hasn't been responsive to the House Intelligence Committeeís request for documents, but the National Security Agency is expected to produce documents to the committee by Friday.
Also, a commenter pointed out this post from the Conservative Treehouse which reports that Judicial Watch says they've been contacted by a whistleblower with 47
CDs hard-drives' worth of downloads of intel reports on Obama political opponents. The whistleblower is trying to get legal whistleblower protection so he can actually release the documents to Congress without violating the law.
Freedom Watch notifies congress of a "Deep State" intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.
John Nolte wrote yesterday that Trump's surveillance (or "wiretapping") claims have already been 100% vindicated, but, I guess additional proof might be on the way.
PS, I'm seeing this is all officially Old by now, but I didn't see this stuff yesterday. I assume most readers have the good sense to get 0% of their news from any other source and rely 100% of the eminent Ace of Spades brand, so I'm presenting 12 hour old news for their benefit, and certainly not as an easy first-post-of-the-day slumpbuster.
And sure, I got these links from commenters posting in posts from yesterday at around 5pm and 6pm, but a mere commenter linking an article does not have the same first-draft-of-history imprimatur as an official Ace of Spades notification.
Democracy Dies in the Newsrooms and Editorial Boards
Combining ideologically-driven pig-ignorance with overt anti-Trump propaganda, "Time" Magazine's latest issue features this idiotic cover:
Ironically, it's rather an appropriate one this week but for reasons the hacks at "Time" don't quite get (or perhaps they do and are understandably quiet about it). Last Wednesday, another "lone-wolf-whose-motive-we-may-never-know" went on a murderous rampage in the heart of London, mowing down several pedestrians with a car, then stabbing a police constable to death in front of the Houses of Parliament before being shot and killed himself. Almost immediately, the apologists were out in force, preemptively damning anyone who dared lay the blame at the feet of the 1,400-year-old fanatical gorilla in the room. At least there is one woman in Blighty who is making sure the truth still has a pulse; Katie Hopkins has the guts to tell it like it is, amazingly in a mainstream UK paper of all places.
No anger for me this time. No rage like I've felt before. No desperate urge to get out there and scream at the idiots who refused to see this coming. Not even a nod for the glib idiots who say this will not defeat us, that we will never be broken, that cowardice and terror will not get the better of Britain. Because, as loyal as I am, as patriotic as I am, as much as my whole younger life was about joining the British military and fighting for my country-I fear we are broken. Not because of this ghoulish spectacle outside our own Parliament. Not because of the lives rammed apart on the pavement, even as they thought about what was for tea. Or what train home they might make.
But because this is us now.
This is our country now.
This is what we have become.
To this, we have been reduced. . .
. . . As the last life-blood of a police officer ran out across the cobbles, the attacker was being stretchered away in an attempt to save his life.
London is a city so desperate to be seen as tolerant, no news of the injured was released. No clue about who was safe or not.
Liberals convince themselves multiculturalism works because we all die together, too.
An entire city of monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb.
Read it all and weep for England and Europe, and the future of this country if we do not stop this insanity now.
Mid-Morning Open Thread
Apparently lutefisk is quite the impetus to get the hell away from the dining room table and out to the studio.
As usual, here is a fine artist I had never heard of. Thanks to grammie winger.
The Morning Report 3/24/17
Good morning, kids. Before my computer dies I want to post this, sans artwork this morning. The big story is the President aligning with Paul Ryan and the GOP-e to force a vote on by any honest metric is a joke. I find it interesting that the same people who have been screaming for years about the sell-out traitors in the GOP are now complaining that the Freedom Caucus is grandstanding because they aren't getting 100% of what they want. Dear Lord, this is not a friggin' game to see who is swinging the biggest dick. We're talking about doing away with an evil edict that is the centerpiece of socialism that kills freedom, kills our economy and kills people. I voted for Donald Trump among other things to repeal this thing root and branch, not to suck up and appease the very people and forces he claimed to be fighting against. His ultimatum of take it or leave it is really, to be charitable, unacceptable to me and insulting. There's no defense of him hitching his wagon to this shit show and then railing against anyone who opposes him. I call it like I see it. YMMV. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- PDT Ultimatum to House GOP: Pass RynoCare or Keep Obamacare For Good
- Freedom Caucus' List of Demands for New Healthcare Bill
- Potential "Smoking Gun" Showing Obama Admin. Spied on Trump
- Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes
- Google and Twitter = The Jihadists' Cookbook
- SoS Tillerson: Many ISIS Members Come from Middle- and Upper-Class Backgrounds
- 4-Time Deported MS-13 Thug Charged with Raping a Child, Stabbing 2 Women
- A Real Basket of Deplorable: Nebraska Democrats Put Voter Registration Forms in "Refugee Welcome Baskets"
- Sanity: Convicted PLO Terrorist, Darling of the Mish-Marchers, to be Stripped of Citizenship and Deported
- Grassley Blasts Potential RINO Filibuster Sellout Deal for Gorsuch Nomination
- Chutz-Pocrisy Alert: Dems Suddenly Incensed About Budget Process They Blew Off for 8 Years
- "Trump Could Be a Great President" Sez . . . Jeh Johnson?!
- Growth of Chi-Com Marine Corps Key Indicator of Future Intentions
- Glick: The Deal PDT Needs to Make With the Russkies
Thursday Overnight Open Thread (3/23/17) Thirsty Thursday Edition
What goes with beer? Today's national day, National Chip and Dip Day.
Thirsty? Hungry? There is still time for a Beer Run. Don't forget the chips.
Quotes of The Day
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. H. L. Mencken
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. Woodrow Wilson
Think about that one.
Just getting by with a $500,000 annual salary. Why rich people can't escape the rat race.
$500,000 a year is a level which I think is considered rich. Anybody who thinks otherwise has no concept of financial reality. Even the government almost agrees after compromising by raising the income level for when the highest marginal tax bracket kicks in to ~$400,000 from $200,000.
Although making $500,000 a year may sound like a Herculean task, you’ll be surprised to know there are plenty of regular folks who hit the half million mark every year. This article will discuss why many folks who earn a large income won’t be retiring any time soon. h/t Maggies Farm
Illinois, Land of Lincoln, home of the Chicago Cubs and TFG's adopted home state. Illinois has let the JEF down. No state holiday celebrating his birthday. Boo-F*cking-Hoo.
A recent study claims that: Gun violence costs Americans $6 Billion over the past 10 years.
Looking at a database of hospital inpatient records, researchers at Stanford University Medical Center found that more than 250,000 patients were admitted for gunshot injuries from 2006 through 2014, according to the study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Adjusting for inflation, the costs of these hospitalizations totaled $6.61 billion, an average of $734 million per year. The bulk of these costs, 40 percent, was paid through government insurance coverage under Medicare and Medicaid.
Let's look at the other side of the coin. Annual Defensive Gun Use Savings Dwarf Study’s “Gun Violence” Costs.
According to the AZ state government, in February of 2008 a human life was worth $6.5 million. Going to the Inflation Calculator and punching in the numbers gives us a present value of $6.93 million.
So figuring that the average DGU saves one half of a person’s life—as “gun violence” predominantly affects younger demographics—that gives us $3.465 million per half life.
Putting this all together, we find that the monetary benefit of guns (by way of DGUs) is roughly $1.02 trillion per year. That’s trillion. With a ‘T’.
Tonight's shake your head story. The University of Arizona contributes to the delinquency of adults.
The guidelines offer "Strategies for Engaging Students," which include the "One Diva, One Mic" rule and allowing 20-year-olds to yell "ouch" and "oops" in class.
"Creating a safe space for students for engaging in dialogue about challenging topics is vital in promoting positive intergroup interactions," wrote Jesús Treviño, the author of the guide and vice provost for "inclusive excellence" at the university.
Hey U of AZ grad, as a prospective employer, why the f*ck should I hire you? Oh, I don't have to with this handy-dandy Special Snowflake Test.
Maybe the AZ grads can head to London. Peaceful gestures do not create safe spaces.
As the last life-blood of a police officer ran out across the cobbles, the attacker was being stretchered away in an attempt to save his life.
London is a city so desperate to be seen as tolerant, no news of the injured was released. No clue about who was safe or not.
Liberals convince themselves multiculturalism works because we all die together, too.
An entire city of monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb
There are a few Morons here who claim they are Grammar Nazis. The case of the $10 million comma. Extra apostrophes are still free.
Portland-based company Oakhurst Dairy will potentially owe $10 million to 75 milk-truck drivers in the US state of Maine because of a missing comma in a legal clause. The Conversation
Last week, Judge David J. Barron upheld an appeal in a class-action lawsuit, opening his opinion with: “For want of a comma, we have this case.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. is
enhancing his resume facing terrible woe.
D U M B S H __ T
Wheel of Fortune
March 23, 1792 Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 (The Surprise Symphony) is performed in public for the first time.
March 23, 1985, John Fogerty went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Centerfield.'
Working at the AoSHQ has its perks. You get to meet wonderful people. Ace personally signs your paycheck. And bestest of all? The kick ass dental plan.Unfortunately us Cobs have to travel for our dental work.
There are only two drugs used in the clinic: dental cement and Lidocaine. Clinic is in ruined conditions, which she witnessed as the cement was falling out of the walls, but the regional health care can’t afford to repair right now.
The ONT ventures that everyone here tonight knows or has known someone afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. A new genetic test can predict the age a person is likely to develop Alzheimer's and calculate a person's risk of developing the disease in a particular year, according to a study published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine.
There's currently no treatment for Alzheimer's, but experts believe that when one is found, it will have to be administered very early on, the Telegraph reports. This new test could help doctors identify patients for treatment before it's too late. But one expert not involved in the study says genetics is only one part of determining Alzheimer's risk; exercise, diet, and mental activity level all play a part. (Sleeping late may be an early warning sign of dementia.)
First there was bowling with
Midgets Little People. Now there is curling with cars.
Curling isn’t exactly an extreme sport, but some people in Russia might be trying to change that, recently playing a version of the sport with full-size cars.
As reported on RT, the weird game took place on a skating rink in the city of Ekaterinburg. Goal marks were painted on the frozen ice, and the cars were pushed by small teams hoping to bounce their opponents’ cars out of the way. Only one brave team member was made to ride in the little car, hoping to steer as much as possible.
It's Russia, one would suspect that Vodka played a big role in the game creation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she's been mistreated since being transferred to a California women's prison, where she now has a beard and mustache because officials have denied her a razor.
This past week we learned about the $6,000 silicone woman. Tonight, meet a man who married a synthetic woman.
No. The ONT doesn't know how it finds
this shit these stories.
Vacation destinations: Disney, Art Museums, Battlefields. Yukon, Canada? Takhini Hot Pools, and the International Hair Freezing Contest.
Tonight's science topic, MOAR FLAME!
Do not let children or tonight's Genius Award Winner play with matches.
Expect to hear more kids carrying on in public. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
Tonight's ONT has been brought to you by The Failure To Cry Over Spilled Milk
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Bridge To The ONT Thread
This is a test. Can you resist commenting? I doubt it, but there are some who think you have some semblance of self control.
I'm not one of them.
Can you last 15 minutes? Inquiring minds want to know.
John Gabriel: My Brave Journey of Transitioning Into an Avant-Garde Transgressive Artist, and the 45 Minutes of Copying and Pasting Google Images It Took Me To Become One
Note the article says he put Obama's face between the a-bomb mushroom clouds, but the picture shows Trump's face. That's because he's making the crap up about designing his own stupid anti-Obama "art," while showing the real "edgy" billboard that really was put up featuring Trump.
This is why I hated that Giant Purple Vagina stunt from yesterday -- first of all, it does not look like a Vagina. It looks like the Space Crib Jor-El packed his kid in before trundling him off to Dayschool Earth.
You see this in most of PETA's stunts. PETA's stunts always involve two things: Blood, and female public nudity. I have no objection to either, but the schtick does reveal an utter lack of creativity. It's always the same damn thing (even if PETA chicks are sometimes cute and look good naked).
See, for example, the newest PR stunt by women Fat Acceptance activists, who attempted to promote their cause by employing, get this, public (semi-) nudity.
If one wants to go searching for evidence of female inferiority, one does not have to look very far past feminists' notorious lack of originality of thought and expression.
How many times does the #SmartSet which presumes to do the world's thinking for us think it can go to the #VaginaWell and expect us all to be shocked, titillated, and shaken out of our #FalseConsciousness by their daring and novel eternal recurrence of the same?
Exception: I'll allow the girls of the Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society to continue using nudity to sell reading, because I'm a big fan of reading, and a couple of these girls are stacked like hotcakes made out of tits and smothered in ass. (Content warning for Meh Nudity occasionally spiced up with I Need to Be Inside That Nudity.)
Jewish Community Center Bomb-Scare Caller Arrested... And Once Again, It's Not the Villain the Leftwing Media Was Looking For
This article at the Jerusalem Post begins by telling us "he is not in the IDF, not Ultra-orthodox" -- that is, he's not even the sort of hard-core right-wing Jew we would have hoped for as even a tenth-best possibility.
So he seems to be a left-wing Jew, and not a right-wing Jew-hater. Once again, then, most likely a Social Justice Warrior hoping to agitate for the "cause" through a hoaxed persecution.
Why are all of these left-wingers perpetrating hate hoaxes?
Could it be for two simple reasons?:
1, the media runs any claim that furthers their agenda uncritically, without the bother of fact-checking or even a little due-dilligence skepticism.
2, society has unduly valorized victimhood, making it very easy to become special through the very easy expedient of claiming someone said something mean to you. Not only does this encourage victimhood hoaxing -- people are economical and seek the shortest and easiest path to anything, including attention and social value -- but it discourages the older, much harder methods by which people claimed social value, namely, stupid things as Old As the Constitution like working hard, achieving things due to effort and risk, cultivating virtue instead of just advertising fake virtue on Twitter, etc.
Obviously the same media which relentlessly hyped this story as a sign of the rise of Trump's allegedly-legion Nazi admirers and which demanded repeatedly that he denounce what must surely be his own supporters' anti-semitic brutality will not bother reporting much on this nor giving it the "thinky" spin-off stories and analysis pieces that keep an event percolating in the national consequences.
We will have no think-pieces about whether society is breeding a Generation of Bois Who Cried Wolf by unduly promoting the culture of victimhood.
The story of the JCC bomb threats had Profound Political and Cultural Implication when it was assumed by the media to be the work of someone from the other party. Literally, from the Party of The Others, the Otherized, the Strangers, the Foreign Invaders.
Now that we find the caller was calling from inside the house of progressivism, there's simply no story here at all.
As is always the case: Any misbehavior by any conservative or Republican (or, lately, any man or any white person, period) is the fault of the entire group. Some people are to be condemned for sharing similar politics or DNA with their misbehaving cousins -- where the perpetrator (or suspected perp) is white, male, or Republican, the entire group shares a Blood-Borne Guilt for the individual's crime.
But of course the media is simultaneously very defensive about any notions that one illegal alien's brutal rape implicates any other illegal alien -- they're so firm on this point that they babble about it even when no one has even hinted about such a thing.
They're very big on saying "an attack by a Muslim does not implicate all Muslims."
Okay, fair enough. Let the proposition stand as uncontested.
But why doesn't the same reasoning then apply to all whites, all men, or all Republicans?
Why, when Dylan Roof goes off on an insane racist murder spree, am I demanded to examine my own alleged unconscious racism and white privilege?
Why does a white racist killer somehow create an obligation in me to examine how my own internalized "white supremacy" might be part and parcel of the attack, whereas the terrorism committed by a Islamist is definitely not cause for any self-reflection within the Muslim community about how their own hatreds and ideas of Islamic Supremacy might have something to do with the latest jihadi rampage?
Why the two standards, media?
And why are the standards becoming even more divergent -- why is it now considered journalistically unethical to even report that a jihadist attack was carried out by a jihadist, or that a rape by an illegal immigrant of a 14 year old girl even happened at all?
Fake News isn't just the made-up news CNN cranks out daily -- it's the real news it refuse to mention.
Below, a great graphic by @exjon /Jon Gabriel about the media's simple scheme for determining the proper Narrative for all stories involving violence.
The Kardashian Option is a big one -- right now all the media except Fox is playing the Kardashian Card rather than report the Culture of Rape that's actually going on in Maryland high schools, with official state blessing.
Ted Cruz Grills Neil Gorsuch on The Ultimate Question
Kind of amusing, in a geeky way. The left is freaking out because this is obviously an effort to "humanize" Gorsuch and make him "relatable." That, they believe, is a dishonest strategy, because it takes away from their own strategy of dehumanizing Gorsuch and making him unrelatable.
I mean, when Al Franken was attempting to prove Gorsuch's deep partisanship based on his knocking on doors in support of his mother's bid for local minor office when Gorsuch was 8 years old, that was plainly a line of questioning just based on facts and evidence.
So much so that Gorsuch rolled his eyes at the unfunny former TV monkeyclown.
But Cruz's attempt to distract from Gorsuch's campaigning-for-mom scandal was just out of bounds, wasn't it?:
Cruz's mind seems to be running towards the cosmological lately.
President Trump signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that funds NASA programs and maps out a plan to send a manned mission to Mars.
The NASA Transition Authorization Act, which was co-authored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., distributes $19.5 billion for the space agencyís 2018 fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1). The bill also calls for NASA to draft a plan for a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. The bill closely aligns with Trumpís $19.1 billion budget proposal for the agency.
Money will be delegated for deep space exploration, refining the International Space Station, commercial partnerships, and planning for the mission to Mars. The bill also "authorizes a space technology program" the White House said in a statement.
"It is the first time in seven years we've had a NASA authorization bill," Sen. Cruz said, joking with President Trump that he could now "send Congress to space."
"We could. What a great idea that could be," Trump responded.
I'm sure CNN's Jake Tapper will be hyperventilating about Trump "threatening" members of Congress with being space-keelhauled.
Close it up
RyanTrumpCare on Life Support?
Speaker Ryan press conference, originally scheduled for 11:30 and postponed to 3:30, has just now been postponed until further notice— Jon Ward (@jonward11) March 23, 2017
NEWS - No AHCA vote today, per GOP source. Still possible tomorrow— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) March 23, 2017
Couple of questions/thoughts:
1. Isn't it better to just do a full and clean repeal before attempting any fix? Consider: With no federal health care law existing -- and apparently that is too horrible a notion for even many Republicans to contemplate now -- that ups the pressure on Democrats to get on board with a replacement to be passed later.
If they filibuster and block that later replacement, they cannot execute their plan -- blame all of health care problems on Republicans, as they always have -- as cleanly as they'd like.
Doesn't a full repeal put the GOP in a much better bargaining position for any later health care moves?
2. Doesn't starting from zero get you to where you want to be faster? Some houses cannot be repaired. They have to be razed to the foundation. Then, the foundation needs to be jackhammered into nothingness. Then the dirt that surrounded the foundation has to be dug out, set inside a large weighted steel globe filled with air, dropped to the bottom of the ocean, and then set on fire at the bottom of the ocean.
Then you build a proper house. You do not attempt to patch up and add additions on to a crumbling, rickety house loaded with termites, asbestos, and mold-borne AIDS.
3. There is also that tiny concern about honoring promises you've made for eight long years too, if that even matters at all, and I'm quite sure it does not.
Vote Tomorrow at 9am? That's what some commenters are saying. Could just be yet another Strong Horse Bluff (we're definitely having this vote so you better vote for it!).
Could also be that my commenters are Big Huge Liars.
Here's McCarthy saying he just needs a few more votes and then he thinks they'll be ready for a vote.