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The SciFright Zone: Blending the Sound of a Baby Elephant, a Growling Tiger, and an Alligator's Snarl

Those who asked, "What's that sound?" on the ancient African veldt don't have many, if any, descendants. The "startle reflex" is the fastest thought that you can have.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 6, 2013 8:14 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Hailush:" New Form of SnowRain Identified in Seattle

aoobleck.jpgThere's an old hoax concerning Eskimos and their hundreds of words for snow. Like all good hoaxes it sounds right, especially to those who don't know much about the Inuit. But it still is wrong. It is a myth.

I am, however, undaunted by the failure of the Inuit. I am working on compiling hundreds of words for rain. All derived from careful and miserable observation here in Seattle. Especially in light of the severe snow pasting received yesterday which is today followed up by the latest variation of snorain, a variation so unique that it calls out for its own word.

My newest word is "Hailush." This is a fat blob of moisture that contains all the qualities of hail and slush at the moment it strikes you right between the eyes. Think of a "Hailush" storm as thousands of wet melting snowballs about a quarter of an inch in diameter pelting you without mercy. That's "Hailush" -- pronounced "hail - ooosh." (Rhymes with "WTF?!")

The closest relative to Hailush in literature is, of course, "Ooblek" from the Dr. Seuss classic "Bartholomew and the Oobleck."

Oobleck does share some of the properties of Hailush. As we learn in the sacred text of Dr. Seuss, Oobleck
"Won't look like rain.
Won't look like snow.
Won't look like sleet.
That's all we know."

Well, I'm here to tell you that Oobleck, once you drift its properties down close to freezing, looks and feels a lot like Hailush.

Now you might think Hailush, like Oobleck, is a myth. But I'm here to tell you that the only myth currently on display here in Seattle is the Myth of Global Warming. And yes, my little Gore-Aid drinkers, I recognize that one winter doth not make a trend. But until your "settled science" is a bit more settled, would you please stop sending your brainwashed children around to my door collecting signatures and donations to the frigtarded Sierra Club so that we can save the planet? There's been three in the past month.

The next one to ring the bell is going to get a pail full of Hailush!

Posted by Vanderleun at Jan 19, 2012 11:06 AM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The River Rushes to Rise Inside the Wind: "When Winds take Forests in the Paws— The Universe—is still— "
Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 2, 2011 12:14 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Thursday's Links Have Far to Go

    Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 16, 2009 1:15 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
    It's Wednesday and it's time for Tea


      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 15, 2009 12:12 PM | QuickLink: Permalink

      Unmanned Flying Wing Reported Seen in Afghanistan (Artist's conception)

      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 14, 2009 10:43 AM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Tweets Just In


      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 13, 2009 9:44 AM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Newsnotes that make you go, "Tell me more..."


      In an article today about the tribulations of the rich,Beverly Hills pawnshops snap up artwork, Rolexes, we read this teasing morsel:

      "Well, I had the last sale yesterday and the buyer was Michael Jackson," said Iranian-born David Delijani, owner of European Fine Antiques.

      "His agent came here about a month ago and he lied to me, he said that he was a business man in construction and asked me to take some pictures here.

      "Yesterday he came back to explain the situation and he told me: 'I'm with my celebrity, he's waiting into the car, next door', and in less than five minutes Michael Jackson arrived with two bodyguards, a little boy," Delijani said.

      End of information.

      Reminds me of William Burrough's crack in The Yage Letters, "In Uraguay, I travelled light. Just a toothbrush and a little boy."

      Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 13, 2009 3:45 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
      A Tsunami of Good Bad News

      New York Times Company Stock Falls to $7.34

      If this keeps up the Sulzberger family may have to buy it back. If they have any cash left behind the sofa cushions.

      Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 14, 2008 7:44 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      ReadRight Overflow: 300 Blogs a Day

      I track about 300 blogs a day via Google Reader (If you don't have it, get it.) using a customized interface. Most of the time, items that I think are worthy or interesting are posted in the ReadRight sidebar. Today, my capture buffer overfloweth... hence the following.

      • The Anglo-American Interregnum:
        "Said Interregnum, which we are of course still in, has been a period of global monotonic decline in official authority. As in the late Roman period, declining official authority, declining personal morality, and increasing public bureaucracy are observed in synchrony. This is not in any way a coincidence. The combination is an infallible symptom of the great terminal disease of the polity - leftism. Leftism is cancer. At least in its present adult, sclerotic and non-fulminating form, it is extremely slow in its progress, but the end is not in doubt."- Unqualified Reservations: Patchwork: a positive vision (part 1)

      • NATO For Sale "Red Storm Rising," the Remake.

      • Belmont Club » If no intent, why the capability? "Some will argue that neither the West nor Israel have anything to worry about so long as it "reaches out" to Teheran; so long as it keeps the Ayatollahs happy. The problem with relying on pure diplomacy while allowing Iran to acquire an offensive capability is that if diplomacy fails, it fails catastrophically."

        Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 13, 2008 1:10 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Rancor, Regrets, and Recriminatoons

      Morning and mourning afterthoughts are filling up the "Newest" category @ Some Ecards



      Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 6, 2008 6:12 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      These Just In

      It would seem that some people just don't know the difference between November and January:

      Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency

      Baghdad rocked by fresh bombings

      Gaza rockets fired after clashes

      Iran army warns US forces to steer clear of borders

      Russia to move missiles to Baltic

      Perhaps George Bush, as a parting gift to an ungrateful nation, could remind them.

      HT: Dan Friedman

      In the meantime, proof again of the old French maxim: "Never a rose without a thorn."

      Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

      Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 5, 2008 3:25 PM |  Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Number 1 Sunday Pundit Talk Show on Sarah Palin.

      (With a surprise guest, Bullwinkle the Moose)

      Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 31, 2008 10:30 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Into the Air Junior Birdmen


      Here's yet one more way airlines are diddling with your comfort and your life in order to pinch the very last farthing from your fare:Pilots Say Airlines Are Cutting Fuel Levels Dangerously Low

      Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 10, 2008 1:33 AM |  Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200

      Forgotten Readers of the Seattle Times

      The "team" responsible for tossing litter onto my lawn every so often grew smaller today. Seattle Times to Cut Approximately 200 Employees via The Stranger "Seattle's Only Newspaper"

      A memo just promulgated onto the web by the odious "Stranger" details the reasons for the mass sackings -- 45 from the newsroom. [Full text after the jump] The money shot is right up on top with

      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 8, 2008 9:41 AM |  Comments (35)  | QuickLink: Permalink

      THE BULLSHIT BEHIND BIOFUEL: Smithsonian Magazine -- Who's Fueling Whom? "There are more than 200 million cars and light trucks on American roads, meaning they would require two billion acres' worth of corn a year (if they actually used only 50 gallons a month). The country has only about 800 million acres of potential farmland."

      Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 8, 2007 11:01 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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      Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

      It’s not just about the showerhead.
      The water pressure in our homes and apartments has been gradually getting worse for two decades, thanks to EPA mandates on state and local governments. This has meant that even with a good showerhead, the shower is not as good as it might be. It also means that less water is running through our pipes, causing lines to clog and homes to stink just slightly like the sewer. This problem is much more difficult to fix, especially because plumbers are forbidden by law from hacking your water pressure. | Foundation for Economic Education [HT: Never Yet Melted]

      In 2016 the Western political system had a stroke.

      The American political system is operating in the curious condition of being an impaired state.
      It's not really thinking -- about China, Russia, Syria, Kurdistan. It's not really thinking about anything except half remembered slogans from 1968. Like a person afflicted by a stroke, it can't take a consistent view of external reality because it's regressing into atavisms by a loss of brain function. Impaired

      Fake News. At the same time of the political putsch, the mainstream media outlets,

      in particular the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and the major networks, via broadcasts and social media, began an orchestrated campaign of defamation and delegitimization.
      The crazier and more diverse the media mythologies, the better. Melania Trump was a former call girl and illegal alien. Ivanka Trump was peddling her business wares from the West Wing. Jared Kushner was a profiteering collusionist. Steve Bannon was a racist, Sebastian Gorka an unrepentant Nazi. Baron Trump was a spoiled, autistic child. The late elder Trump had run a racist campaign for mayor. And on and on. Resistance & Regime Change: Any Means Necessary – Lies, Leaks, Violence | National Review

      Crime simply does not pay as well as politics or banking.

      That may be the way to look at something like the Clinton Foundation and, coming soon, the Obama Foundation.
      These are not explicitly criminal organizations, but they certainly play outside the spirit of the laws. Obama is out of office and prohibited from running again, but he still controls the Democratic party. The Clintons would be in charge, if not for the fact that the voters took their under boss out in the Tuesday Night Massacre, otherwise known as the presidential election. Even so, the Clinton Family is still a player. Late Phase Capitalism | The Z Blog

      Bodymore, Murderville”

      Most whites have become habituated to the reality of life in this part of the world.
      Everyone, white and black, knows the reality on the street. The blacks with anything on the ball do exactly like the whites and that’s put distance between themselves and the black ghetto. That does not stop the Progressive maniacs from ranting about racism, but they do it from high up in the towers of their whites-only neighborhoods. As a result, no one hears them and so they can be ignored. The Killing Season | The Z Blog

      New Blog Arriving Soon

      Some have asked, "Gee whiz, Unca Gerard, where is that thar new blog you keeps a promisin'?"

      I am hoping for sometime tonight. Hoping. We've been having some issues getting this winged dinosaur landed.

      Drink Tea


      Drink tea, together with your friends; pay attention to the tea, and to your friends, and pay attention to your friends paying attention to the tea. Therein lies the meaning of life. The Essence of Peopling

      We would love to cut a deal with the noble indigenous peoples across the Earth—

      you can have your Navajo panties and aboriginal dot paintings and every last freaking burrito on the planet so long as you give us back our computers and cell phones and cars and indoor plumbing and electricity and air conditioners. Deal?

      If people go their separate ways such a divorce would be an astonishing defeat for the Left.

      As late as 2016 it was possible to imagine an America led to a "progressive" future by Hillary Clinton;
      an EU guiding all of Europe to a similar destiny and the G20 taking the whole world to the same destination. Indeed everyone told they were fated to follow an Arc of History. Yet after Brexit, Trump and G-Zero it is no longer possible to visualize this outcome. A blue-red division would confirm the failure to create a "progressive" world. No conceivable rollback will ever put Humpty Dumpty together again. Opportunity

      Trump, Julius Caesar, and killing tyrants

      The Roman lower classes, with whom Caesar was popular, became enraged that a small group of aristocrats had sacrificed Caesar. -- neoneocon

      Execute Trump? Nah, You First.

      Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency,
      but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then — upon receiving guilty verdicts — they must all be executed under the law. Impeachment Is No Longer Enough; Donald Trump Must Face Justice | HuffPost [Retreived from GoogleCache after it was expunged from the Huffington Post]

      A bee in her bonnet


      Thousands of bees took over a car in the UK and beekeepers are struggling to make them leave -
      At first it wasn't clear why the bees chose the blue Nissan car and he and a colleague were trying to determine whether this was just a temporary stop or a new nesting site. But as the bees moved to the inside of the bonnet, filling every nook and cranny, things got more serious. "They're building a lot of wax in there now, and of course once they start doing that, they're reluctant to leave it, because it's the start of building a house. They put a lot of effort into producing the wax," Coulson told Hull Daily Mail. "I've got a feeling this might be their chosen permanent home."

      [Bumped] "They send one of ours to the hospital, we send two of theirs to the morgue."

      Baseball Shooter a Big Wake-Up Call for the Left | Roger L. SimonRobespierre is alive and well in 2017 USA.

      This pathetic character in Alexandria is, now was, the left's ungoverned id. By any means necessary -- that's for sure. They will undoubtedly try to shove him under the rug as quickly as possible, just one more aberrant individual to be forgotten, just one obscure Bernie volunteer gone bad. Sanders did his best to separate himself within minutes of the revelation. Yes, it's undoubtedly true that this was just one rotten apple, but it's also true that only five years ago Bernie was recommending Venezuela -- now ground zero for starvation, kidnapping and murder -- as a path for us to emulate.

      Greatest antitheft device when the thieves are millenials:

      Man leads Jeffco deputies on low-speed chase in stolen flatbed truck after unable to get out of 1st gear The driver - later identified as 29-year-old Randy Dewayne Vert - refused to stop and continued driving south on Center Point Parkway, Christian said. Vert was apparently unfamiliar with the complexities of a modern manual transmission.

      The natural impulse of a political system in institutional crisis is to dig in.

      Too many institutions in the West remain decades after their birth, frozen in the moment of their creation.
      NASA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the university system and the United Nations rule us from the past. Public life has become a museum of memes from which nothing can escape without a mummy hand dragging the fugitive back into the darkened interior. It is perhaps no coincidence the two most popular leaders of the Western left, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, might credibly impersonate Boris Karloff. They are here to lead us back to 1968. Stuck

      The Japanese. Nuked Too Much... or Trying to Get Their Mouths Around Fujiyama Volcano Plate


      We put Japan's most phallic-looking roast beef meal into our mouth at VolcanoKitchen | SoraNews24
      Since we’d already become somewhat desensitized to the initially unsettling sensation of peeling strips of meat off the top of the shaft, we mercilessly crushed the egg, sending viscous, gooey liquid running down to the base of the meat rod.

      The power of the press is a figment of the imagination -- humbug --

      Oscar Diggs behind the curtain projecting the image of Oz the Great and Powerful!
      The Internet did not kill the power of the newspapers. It was suicide. And not just because most of them had Marxist editorials, editors, and reporters. Newspapers lost their sense of community -- and their credibility -- when the heirs to hometown publishers didn't want the paper, sold it to a chain for $1,000 per subscriber to a chain -- Gannett, Knight-Ridder, Thomson -- and moved on. Don Surber: Craigslist killed newspapers

      When terrorists enter your children’s school and begin to execute them...

      will the gun ban (you favored) in school that prevented abiding staff and teachers from saving your child, come to mind as a good idea?
      If the answer to any or all of these and many more reasonable questions, is 'yes,' then you may be a delusional liberal, and likely a coward, and almost as big a threat to our nation as the terrorists who are at war with us." - Morgan K. Freeberg

      "Happy birthday, Mr. President...."


      First truth which has been grounded into dust, must spring forth from the earth again.

      At the present time . . .he who practices loving-kindness is esteemed and sought after, while he who champions the truth in word and in deed is persecuted and shunned. 
      For men desire to base their affairs on everything except the one incorruptible truth which has been set down before us by God , and therefore these affairs have no permanent value . . . only when love and truth meet together, only when men come to understand that the highest act of loving-kindness is to bring men to know and practice the truth, only then will the marriage of love and truth produce that condition on earth in which everyone and everything will occupy the place which has been assigned to it by the will of God. Truth and Peace - Men Of The West

      What happened to Nuclear Winter?


      As the media glare faded, its robust scenario appeared less persuasive;
      John Maddox, editor of Nature, repeatedly criticized its claims; within a year, Stephen Schneider, one of the leading figures in the climate model, began to speak of "nuclear autumn." It just didn't have the same ring. A final media embarrassment came in 1991, when Carl Sagan predicted on Nightline that Kuwaiti oil fires would produce a nuclear winter effect, causing a "year without a summer," and endangering crops around the world. Sagan stressed this outcome was so likely that "it should affect the war plans." None of it happened. Raconteur Report: Aliens Cause Global Warming by Michael Crichton

      If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus.

      I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks.
      Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. - - Woodpile Report

      Joe Biden’s niece dodges jail after $100K credit card scam

      She walks on a major felony? Of course she did. And who believes she'll keep her end of the deal? In her defense, we're assured she's "a very complicated girl who has a lot of feelings and a lot of issues." Oh ... okay. That explains everything. Hugs from all the little people. Woodpile Report

      Why is English so weirdly different from other languages?

      There is exactly one language on Earth whose present tense requires a special ending only in the third‑person singular.
      I’m writing in it. I talk, you talk, he/she talk-s – why just that? The present‑tense verbs of a normal language have either no endings or a bunch of different ones (Spanish: hablo, hablas, habla). And try naming another language where you have to slip do into sentences to negate or question something. Do you find that difficult? | Aeon Essays

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