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February 21, 2017

Okay, everybody remember where we parked.


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Leonardo's To-Do List

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Exit Interview: I Spent 20 Years Behind the Wheel of a Big Rig


I did four seasons on the ice roads, in the northern part of Canada.
I'd haul diesel fuel to diamond mines over frozen lakes for six to 10 weeks in the winter. I did a fair bit of hauling fertilizer throughout Saskatchewan for a few weeks after that, in the springtime. I just did a year and half of driving road trains in Australia -- double and triple trailers out of Perth to communities in the North-West. They're 53 and half meters [175.5 feet] long, and can weigh basically the weight of three and a half semis at once. | Atlas Obscura

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Riot Control Training and Riot Suppression Tips

Ah, but what if the rioters don’t run, but hundreds (and hundreds) of them decide to stand and fight?

Be still my heart. Oh, joy; oh happy-happy-joy-joy. These assholes know how to posture, but fight as a group, by which I mean a collective and mutually supportive action, not just a lot of people fighting at the same time? It is to laugh. If they try to stand, you don’t send a few to the hospital. You send them all to the hospital…or the morgue; whatever the market will bear. Rubber bullets, you know, fired from point blank range, are not necessarily non-lethal. -- EveryJoe

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(Speech and Press): Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell

It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood.
Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, &c., &c.; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false. - - Amendment I

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Publishers are hiring 'sensitivity readers' to flag potentially offensive content

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source:
a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as "dealing with terminal illness," "racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families" or "transgender issues." - Chicago Tribune

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You're different at 14 and 77 says personality study | Daily Mail Online

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It is important to no-platform the people in charge.

It would glorious if all Trump voters dropped their cable sub this month, but that’s not happening.

People like their entertainments. What you can do is build your own media platforms by relentlessly supporting the new ones coming on-line now. Gab is becoming a useful platform that is beyond the control of the Cloud People. Vox Day is starting a news service designed to curate news stories in a way that undermines the media model. .My Advice to the Alt-Right | The Z Blog

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February 20, 2017

The Question of the Age is Islam: Why the Lie?

Angela Merkel says Europe must take MORE refugees and Islam 'isn't source of terror'

Why the lie?

Pope Francis: 'Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist'

Why the lie?

Monday morning links - Maggie's Farm

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How to move a painting the size of football field


The Battle of Atlanta made its debut in February 1887 in Detroit. Senator Logan had died in December of 1886 and the work was advertised as "Logan's Great Battle" in homage to him.
His cavalry charge to reinforce the Union lines was a featured scene in the cyclorama. Believe it or not, this massive painting more than 370 feet wide and just shy of 50 feet high was designed to be moved. After it was shown in Detroit, vast swaths of the canvas were draped on wooden frames and taken on the road where it was shown in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The Cyclorama opened in Indianapolis in May of 1888 and by then Wehner’s company was in trouble. He sold The Battle of Atlanta to a local exhibitor. In 1890, that company sold it to promoter Paul Atkinson of Madison, Georgia. The History Blog

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So they hate Trump but what are these protestors and their media enablers for?

They are for children but also for killing unborn ones with no restriction, no apology, and no need for a fee.
They are for LBGT and women's "rights," but ally themselves with Muslims who practice FGM, oppose abortion, treat women like cattle, and promote and engage in honor killings, and advocate death for LBGT people. They are for women's rights, but want men who think they are women to use women's washrooms. They are for free speech, but shut down anybody who disagrees with them, and, of course, ally themselves with Muslims who oppose freedom of speech and thought as part of their core dogma. They are against racism but try to stir up old racial animosities and conflicts that had long been resolved, buried, and forgotten. The DiploMad 2.0: Madness and Chaos: the Left in the Time of Trump

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Loving the Call of Their Murderers

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The modern American Left is obsessed with removing things.

I don’t know how or why it came to this, but it has.
They want to take away your single-occupancy vehicle. They want to take away your ability to operate your private business according to your religious convictions — except Muslims, who will get a pass. They want to take away your right to choose where your kids are schooled, and how. They want to take away your furnace, and your air conditioner — global warming, cough, climate change, cough, reasons, cough. They want to take away your options at restaurants, and also at the grocery store — you will no longer be allowed to have “bad” things in “bad” quantities. They want to take away your right to own firearms and defend yourself, your family, and your property — because only the police should have guns. Even though the same mouths claims the police are out of control and kill black people for sport. How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism | Brad R. Torgersen

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Spock was the epitome of logic in the original Star Trek series.
Although he had a human mother, it was the Vulcan half that was firmly in control. If he said that something was interesting, as I understood it, then he was describing an expected, objective fact. That notion is embedded deeply in today’s popular culture: cable news segments, websites and Facebook posts compete for our attention with surprising but allegedly genuine – interesting – truths. Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea | Aeon Ideas

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L.A.: "We're number one!"

Traffic study ranks Los Angeles as world's most clogged city

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. Drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year. That topped second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89, according to a traffic scorecard compiled by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm.

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February 19, 2017

In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Eppersonfrom San Francisco, California, accidentally invented the Popsicle.


It was a chilly evening when he decided to make himself a soft drink.
He mixed soda powder and water with a wooden stirring stick but somehow forgot about his drink and left it on the porch. When he woke up the next morning andreturned to the porch his drink was frozen with the wooden stir stick stuck in the frozen liquid. He ran the glass under hot water and licked the frozen treat off the wooden stir stick. He had invented a new treat and named it Epsicle. - - Vintage News

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Thoughts While Shaving


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I didn't choose thug life....


Vintage Photos Of Depression Era Gangsters And The Lawmen Who Gave Chase - Neatorama

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February 18, 2017

The demographic most opposed to President Trump is not a racial minority, but a cultural elite.

It was a war between Davos, Conde Nast, GQ, Soros, MSNBC, Hollywood, Facebook and America. And America won
. The "resistance" is a collection of elites, from actors at award shows to fashion magazines to tech billionaires, decrying a popular revolt against their rule. They are not the resistance. They are dictators in exile. They had their chance to impose their vision on the people. And they lost. The revolution will not be brought to you by BMW, by a Davos conference, by $100 cologne that smells like nothing or by Facebook lobbying. It will be brought to you by the comeback of America. Sultan Knish: The Elites are Revolting

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Ivanka Trump brand tops Amazon Best Sellers list

- Story | WNYW

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Be engaged in the political process.

While the "big" elections tend to get the most attention, we can be engaged in local politics, too.
This does not mean you should run for office, though that is certainly an option for some. Even if you cannot serve in an elected capacity, your local officials need to know who you are and what you stand for. In my local town, we had a county commissioner running for reelection this past year. He had not done a good job, but is well known in the community and seemed to have the inside track on getting his seat back. So what did we do? We found a guy who offered a better choice, we supported him, and we got him elected. If he doesn’t follow through, then we will get rid of him  next time. This is something we can all do. Whether it is a mayor, sheriff, or any other local office, get good people in there. Use that same principle for state representatives, state senators, and on up to national office. Moving Into Meatspace -- Men Of The West

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February 17, 2017

Regarding the Much Missed Happy Acres


I keep getting inquiries about Happy Acres, whose Tumblr site was nuked by the floating chunks of sewage at Tumblr. I haven't heard from Mr. Acres of late, but he has said in the past that he will be back. In the meantime he is still active on Twitter with his characteristic pith and humor. Follow him at HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) | Twitter

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The Japanese: Nuked Too Much or Not Enough?


Cat and Dog Paw-Themed Ice Cream Is Now a Thing in Japan
To many Japanese feline lovers, cat paws smell like nice things (right from caramel crepes, to wheat and sunflowers) and their soft, smooth texture is considered mysteriously soothing. Cat paws are so popular that a couple of years ago, a company came out with a hand-cream that not only left the users' hands as smooth to the touch as a cat's paw, but also made their skin smell like it too. But now, the organizers of the 2017 Japan Pet Fair, are taking this obsession one step further with two unique ice creams designed to have the texture and flavor of cat and dog paws.

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These are the days of miracles and wonders


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Develop a new Civil Defense Organization.


This organization is not designed to replace government services on a day to day basis, but is there to supplement the regular structures when the scope of the problem makes it impossible for the traditional organizations to meet the need.

* The organization can be created by any private or public institution from a small church or informal neighborhood group all the way up to the Federal Government, with a heavy emphasis on local involvement.

* Ideally, the organizations will be physically centered around local fire halls, schools, and churches, due to their central location and existing infrastructure (e.g., parking for vehicles, communications, sanitation, and bulk cooking facilities. Concepts For A New Civil Defense Organization: Part I – Overview | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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My liberal friends are gleefully scouring the semi-fake news and sending me articles that show Trump is “incompetent.”

That’s the new narrative on the left. The Hitler illusion is starting to fade because Trump refuses to build concentration camps as his critics hallucinated he would.

And Israel likes Trump, which is making the Hitler illusion harder to maintain. So the critics are evolving their main line of attack from Hitler to “incompetent,” with a dash of “chaos.” You’ll see those two words all over the Opposition Media’s coverage. It isn’t a coincidence. How to Evaluate a President | Scott Adams' Blog

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At that Trump presser, the press didn’t know what hit them.

I’ll send them a little message, except I don’t think many of them read me, but here it is:

Trump isn’t dumb. He’s pretty canny, and he knows how to mock people, in case you hadn’t noticed. Like him or hate him, he’s a good comedian as well, and at least half the country already likes and trusts him. That’s more people than like and trust you, and that fact is not because of anything Trump has said about you, it’s about your behavior for several decades and beyond. And the more sanctimonious you act about yourselves, the more you will be hated. neo-neocon Trump's presser: beauty in the eye of the beholder

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Imaginary News


So how can we know who is hallucinating in this case? The best way to tell is by looking for the trigger for cognitive dissonance.
In this case, the trigger is clear. Trump’s unexpected win forced the Huffington Post to rewrite their mental movies from one in which they were extra-clever writers to one in which they were the dumbest political observers in the entire solar system.

You might recall that the Huffington Post made a big deal of refusing to cover Trump on their political pages when he first announced his candidacy. They only carried him on their entertainment pages because they were so smart they knew he could not win.

Then he won.

When reality violates your ego that rudely, you either have to rewrite the movie in your head to recast yourself as an idiot, or you rewrite the movie to make yourself the hero who could see what others missed. Apparently the Huffington Post chose to rewrite their movie so Trump is a deranged monster, just like they warned us. That’s what they see. This isn’t an example of so-called “fake” news as we generally understand it. This is literally imaginary news. Imaginary News | Scott Adams' Blog

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February 16, 2017

I’m a gay New Yorker — and I’m coming out as a conservative

It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think.
And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore. It used to be that if you were a gay, educated atheist living in New York, you had no choice but to be liberal. But as I met more Trump supporters with whom I was able to have engaging, civil discussions about issues that impact us all, I realized that I like these people — even if I have some issues with Trump himself. For example, I don’t like his travel ban or the cabinet choices he’s made. But I finally had to admit to myself that I am closer to the right than where the left is today. And, yes, just three months ago, I voted for Hillary Clinton. - - NY Post[HT: NeoNeoCon]

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BOOM: Why Leftist California Has Only Itself to Blame for Current Woes


But hey, go ahead and become a sanctuary state, California — then you can divert even more scarce resources from such “unnecessary” things like dam safety and infrastructure to illegal immigrants. Oh, and good luck with that secession movement — looks like California’s got things all figured out. | The Federalist Papers

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Why are gays no longer the darlings of the left?

Part of the reason is the mainstreaming of intersection:
if you're a gay white male, yes, you're gay, all right, but you're also the two worst things you can be in the eyes of the left: white and male. Which means that on balance you're more privileged than you are oppressed. Across Europe, gays have been deserting the left in growing numbers for the so-called “far-right” parties that are standing up to Islam – and they're making that move because they've seen enough of Islam to know that it represents a threat to their very lives. Woodpile Report

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This seems like a reasonable request


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February 15, 2017

“If you want to make a bit of good red paint, take an ox … ”


in panel paintings from the late Middle Ages,
symbolically “negative” reds — those coloring the fires of hell, the face of the Devil, the coat or feathers of infernal creatures, and all impure blood of one kind or another—were often painted with the same pigment: sandarac, a resin lacquer more commonly called “cinnabar of the Indies” or “dragon’s blood.” Various legends circulated in workshops regarding this pigment, a relatively expensive one because it had to be imported from far away. It was believed to come not from a plant resin but from the blood of a dragon, gored by its mortal enemy, the elephant. According to medieval bestiaries, which followed Pliny and the ancient authors here, the inside of the dragon’s body was filled with blood and fire; after a fierce struggle, when the elephant had punctured the dragon’s belly with its tusks, out flowed a thick, foul, red liquid, from which was made a pigment used to paint all the shades of red considered evil. A Brief History of Red: How Artists Made the Elusive Color

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Dam It All

Super-soaker: Atmospheric River taking aim on beleaguered #OrovilleDam | Watts Up With That?
The long-term forecast has rainfall totals within the watershed that are showing the exact spot where Lake Oroville watershed is located will get 11.62 inches of rain over the next 10 days, the most accumulated rainfall in the entire western USA:
19 miles downhill from my home on the Paradise ridge.

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Desirable It Is That You Luxuriate in the Octopoid Embrace of These Legal Postulations


After 570 pages, Judge Amitava Roy steps forward to add what we would call a “concurrence,”
in which a judge who agrees with the result writes separately because he or she feels there is something more to be said. Or, as Judge Roy puts it (in passive voice), “A few disquieting thoughts that have lingered and languished in distressed silence in mentation demand expression at the parting with a pulpit touch. Hence, this supplement.” | Lowering the Bar

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Okay, Oroville, everybody remember where we parked the kangarooo.

Found: An Albino Kangaroo Abandoned in a Dam Evacuation
When residents were ordered to evacuate on Sunday, many left in haste, including some, in Sutton County, California who left behind a few of their pets, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. And not just any pets: an albino kangaroo, a red kangaroo, and a muntjac, a type of small deer -- named Kenzie, Dottie, and Mary, respectively.  The animals were found safe == if perhaps a little traumatized -- by the California Highway Patrol, officials said Tuesday, and, for now, are staying with a California family that has cared for abandoned animals in the past. The animals' owners were not named, but, hopefully, they'll be reunited soon. Their temporary caretakers said that Kenzie, in particular, was used to sleeping in bed with her owner. 

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"If I can come up with this off the cuff, so can five hundred thousand other people. Some already have. Bet your ass on that."


"Weapons free. Weapons free." Inside the two vans, the shooters began plinking through their 25-round magazines.
The rounds might kill, maim, or just leave a painful but survivable wound, but in less than half a minute, they were all on their way. Inside the vans, the rounds tick-tick-ticked off, and the brass went into catch-pouches. The mob was careening around the intersection now. Panic set in with a vengeance as people started to go down. The herd started to stampede back the way they'd come when the first vehicle's gas tank went up with a "Whoompph!", and sent them in new directions. - - Raconteur Report: Tomorrow

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Mattis Tells NATO Members: Pay Your Fair Share Or We Will “Alter” Our Relationship


As it stands, only five of NATO’s 28 countries spend at least 2 percent on defense: the UK, Poland, Estonia, Greece and the US. Major members that do not include France (1.78 percent), Turkey (1.56), Germany (1.19), Italy (1.11) and Canada (.99). Others have pledged to do so but not until 2024. - - The Federalist Papers

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Food of the Socialist Gods


Good thing we've got a lot of puppies and kittens here in case things go south:Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters to stave off hunger amid mounting food crisis |
While flamingo hunting is both illegal and uncommon in the South American nation, investigators from Zulia University in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Maracaibo have noted at least 20 cases of bird carcasses being discovered with their breasts and torsos removed. And flamingos aren't the only unusual animal to become a victim of Venezuela's worsening food crisis. Remains of everything from dogs and cats to donkeys and even giant anteaters have been found in garbage bags at city dumps around the country. "Sometimes we only find the animal's heads, guts and legs. We used to see this very little in the past, but this practice is now out of control and on the rise," Robert Linares, a Maracaibo waste disposal worker, told the Miami Herald. Linares added he recently found on the street the remains of a dog that had been skinned and dismembered.

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Rather than trying to be a “moderate,” be an extremist.

This is no time for moderation. As Barry Goldwater stated: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” We have no patience for moderates. We want wholesale change and will work to make it happen. – Men Of The West

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Crisis and Crackdown

When the people in charge feel threatened, they will do whatever it takes to dispose of the threat.
We’re seeing that today with the coordinated attacks on the trouble makers by the media companies. Twitter and Facebook are banning anyone that they think is in in the resistance. Even comedy posts can be deemed blasphemous. Yesterday some guy named PewDiePie was erased from the media for impure thoughts. The level of coordination is astonishing. Google and Disney team up to erase the guy and then the mainstream press is out reporting within minutes that he was eliminated due to heresy. It could be a coincidence that all of the big media players were on this at the same time, but it could also suggest a high degree of cooperation. The people in charge are pulling out all the stops to crack down on dissidents. They consider the threat posed by errant comedians on YouTube so serious, any means necessary will be used to end it. What’s important here is not that some comedian lost his livelihood. That’s part of the message being sent. The more important part is the coordination. | The Z Blog

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February 14, 2017

I've been updating my "get me home bag".

Oroville Dam Flood Plain

Why? I'm thinking this place has gone for so long without basic maintenance something important is going to break or fall off.
Could take weeks, could take minutes. There will be a warning, there always is. But consider this. Perhaps we've already been warned and it'll be obvious in retrospect. Pompeii, for example, prosperous and pleasant except for the annoying tremors. -- From the New Woodpile Report HERE

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How to Express Your Feelings, 1689


Amorous Expressions of Gentlemen to Ladies, Gentlewomen and Maidens, &c.

Madam, Let the showers of your pity mitigate the fires of my fancy.

Madam, There's a civil assault within me, by which I feel a certain restraint of my own liberty and affections.

Madam, You have no more beauty than will serve to excuse you from being extreamly ugly.

Madam, Your hair negligently dishevell'd, and careless attire, grace forth your beauty; which shines in the midst of so many obstacles, as the Sun in a winter day.

Ask the Past:

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North to Alaska!

I keep thinking about how important it is to have a weather station in the most northerly and cold latitudes of Alaska to monitor the polar air for signs of Dangerous Global Warming.

I think many of Obama's national security personnel and DoJ personnel can be usefully assigned to this gulag critical science headquarters, especially given that many of them believe that global warming is both the most important national security issue of our time, and also a threat to Environmental Justice. - - Ace of Spades

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Everybody Must Be Stoned

I read as much of “Ulysses” as I thought I was obligated to do, then recognized that I was no longer willing to give Joyce the satisfaction of my attention.

There’s the sense, at least, that Joyce put his back into it a little bit. The painter just sought the easy path – the Pollock and the Rothko – and found it cleared of obstacles by a public who was tired of things being important. The public could form no bond with the important, and so they asked for, and received, something that looked as messy and meaningless as they felt. “We are not permanent. Please do not speak to us of permanent things.” But they’re up against it from the start. If you’re a modernist, or a post-modernist, or doing anything which rests its meaning in negation, then it’s only useful once. By 1920 it was pretty much spent, and after that it was all just one kind of pooping in cans or another. Beauty is permanent. Reaction decays. - – New West Havens

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“Snow makes crime scene investigation much easier....”

Footprints in fresh snow greeted Olympia officers who responded to a 911 report for commercial burglary alarm at the Taco Bell in the 1100 block of Cooper Point Road at 3:30 a.m. Feb. 6. | The Olympian

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A marine on the state of the Corps

We allow ourselves to look at our impressive defense budget and expensive systems and throw around hyperbole about the United States having the greatest military in the world.
How, then, have we been bested by malnourished and undereducated men with antiquated and improvised weaponry whilst spending trillions of dollars in national treasure and costing the lives of thousands of servicemen and hundreds of thousands of civilians? - - Innovation | Marine Corps Association

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February 13, 2017

The Nightmare That Was “His & Her” Fashions


Yes, in the 1960s-80s a couple could wear matching sweaters without the slightest sense of irony or self-reflection.
Catalogs and fashion magazines were littered with guys and girls in identical attire looking just as cheesy as you can imagine. Granted, the styles themselves weren’t always horrible – it’s the mere fact that dressing alike was ever a “thing” is what gives us cringe decades later. - - - Flashbak

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Bad Boy, Bad Boy, What you gonna do?What you gonna do when Death comes for you?

Texas family writes an obituary for their 'evil' relative He 'leaves behind two relieved children' and 'countless other victims
including an ex wife, relatives, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses and random strangers.His death came at an age that was '29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved.' 'At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive.'

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If We Don't Let in Muslims to America, They'll Kill Us

Let us in or we’ll kill you” is the least compelling immigration argument ever.

We have our current wave of terror despite legalizing some 100,000 Muslims a year. If we don’t manage 100,000 this year, they are saying that maybe more of the 100,000 from a few years ago will join ISIS and start killing us. And if we don’t legalize 100,000 five years from now, the 100,000 coming into the country this year will become the terrorists of tomorrow. That’s not an immigration policy. It’s a hostage crisis. Sultan Knish:

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Don’t Get Your Pink Pantashoes In A Bundle

So you’ve been warned: this season it’s either political pink or good old patriotic red, white and blue.
Joy Villa at the Grammys

- - MOTUS A.D.:

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February 12, 2017

There’s more maths in slugs and corals than we can think of.

Sea slugs do maths, electrons do maths, minerals do maths. Rainbows do an incredible mathematical performance when you take into account the primary and secondary bows, the dark band between them, and the red and green arcs of light under the primary bow. Next time you see a good rainbow, stop and take a look at the space around it, there’s so much going on; classical geometric optics doesn’t begin to capture its complexity. A stunning piece of mathematical performance is enacted by a peregrine falcon as it hurtles towards its prey; with its head held straight so it can fix one eye steadily on the quarry at a constant angle of 40 degrees, it swoops down at 200 mph in a perfect logarithmic spiral. Leonhard Euler’s 18th-century formula, with its unique mathematical properties, is enacted here by a bird. | Aeon Essays

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Who Says There's No Good News?

Over 200 Inauguration Day Rioters Indicted | Daily Wire NBC News has reported that 209 people have thus far been indicted over felony rioting charges, meaning they face a fine of up to $25,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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The silly nonsense that has passed for political activism is going to step its lard ass onto a bridge too far.

And those fantastic resist plans are going to meet the enemy in the streets and they are going to be shocked.
Moreover, they are going to be shot dead. And a city or two will burn and people are going to stop and think twice about leaving home. In other words, some unforgivable deeds are going to go down. The parades well end. The marches will get more militant. The riots will be real. There will be no head of the snake; there will only be President Donald Trump. What this means is that the Democrat party will implode and find no leadership from which to draw down the anger in the streets. It will be the cops vs the mobs, and the mobs will lose because they will have no political leadership whatsoever. I don't think that those who are lining up to bring their tweets to the streets understand how far out in the cold they will be left. - - The Warning - Cobb

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February 11, 2017

Gone Walkabout


Canadian man who disappeared in Vancouver in 2012 is found in Brazil
A Canadian man who has been missing for five years has been found more than 6,500 miles away in the Amazon jungle. Anton Pilipa trekked across two continents, walking mostly barefoot with just the clothes on his back, after he disappeared from his Vancouver home in 2012. His family spent years desperately searching for the former humanitarian worker, who suffers from suspected schizophrenia, and had almost given up hope when they got a call out of the blue. [HT: NeoNeoCon]

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We are already in an actual, not analogous, civil war now,

by which I refer to Clausewitz's dictum that war, to be war, requires two thing:
1. Opposing forces that are trained and armed with weapons of war, or between one force so armed and another that is not, and 2. Killing. "Without killing there is no war."
Well, we've got both going on now, although thankfully, the killing is very low. For now.
See:"America's low-intensity civil war" "January 20: "Fort Sumter Friday"
Marco Rubio said the other day, "I don't know of a civilization in the history of the world that's been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of the people in that country."
I have tried to be a serious student of American history, and what I hear and see today seems frighteningly similar to the national polity of the 1850s. That did not end well. And the outlook is dim since secession is breaking out all over. - - - Don Sensing on This is an actual civil war.

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Mona (Marilyn) Monroe, the $10-an-Hour Pin-Up Model


--- Messy Nessy

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Africa is the future, did you know that?

Add it all up, but if you’re looking for positive momentum, it’s in Africa.
Economic growth, increases in education, increases in social media, growth of a middle class. The increase not only in productivity but also in the sophistication of the markets. All of it. Sure, it’s miserable in so many places; and there are plenty of wars. But in Accra you can feel the energy of the future like a primal force that moves around the currents in a rain-swollen river; it scares you and there’s no certainty or security and you wonder if you should jump in but you also know that if you do it will take you somewhere new and exciting. In Accra you can see why. Accra, and the Future | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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February 10, 2017

The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS


The Islamic State’s enemies are drawing closer to Yahya, from all sides and from above.
Drones assassinate his brethren every few days, and there is reason to believe they will kill him too if they get the chance. The U.S. government’s “kill list,” which once included the Yemeni American jihadist Anwar al-Aulaqi, likely now includes John Thomas Georgelas, if his name hasn’t been crossed off already by the time this article reaches readers. - - The Atlantic

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Some 40,000 icebergs are created each year.


Out of that 40,000, the New York Times can’t find one—in our supposedly perilous age of rampant global warming—that actually constitutes a threat to our well being.
The paper put together a scare-story on melting ice shelves and it couldn’t find a single genuinely scary example in a sample size of 40,000. There’s a good rule of thumb in sniffing out fake news. When a large newspaper gives a story the Super Bowl Halftime treatment, it’s making up for the fact that there’s no story after all. Iceberg Story, Slim | commentary

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One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force

every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.
One day this summer I was riding through Letchworth when the bus stopped and two dreadful-looking old men got on to it. They were both about sixty, both very short, pink, and chubby, and both hatless. One of them was obscenely bald, the other had long grey hair bobbed in the Lloyd George style. They were dressed in pistachio-coloured shirts and khaki shorts into which their huge bottoms were crammed so tightly that you could study every dimple. Their appearance created a mild stir of horror on top of the bus. The man next to me, a commercial traveller I should say, glanced at me, at them, and back again at me, and murmured ‘Socialists.’ - - The Road to Wigan Pier, by George Orwell

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It was a bitter Tuesday morning in March,…but Snakes & Lattes was warm and bustling.

The espresso machine hissed, and laughter rose up from a dozen tables.
By lunchtime, the café, which seats around 120, would steadily fill up, and by six that night, every table would be occupied. At that point, the bustle in here would transform into a deafening tumult: a mix of belly laughs, defeated groans, surprised screams, triumphant shouts, and the click-clack of plastic and wood on cardboard…all set to the soundtrack of classic pop music, which wouldn’t peter out until well past midnight. - - - Pause! We Can Go Back!

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The truth about Nazis isn’t funny at all. It’s bloody and horrible and gut churning.

And it involves machine guns and butchery and inhumanity on a scale that takes your breath away.
Nobody is really a “soup Nazi” …unless they served it in a concentration camp. The idea of comparing an American president to Hitler is just as absurd …from any angle, in any context. The American system ITSELF pretty much prevents “Hitlers” from showing up. And America ITSELF is anathema to what Hitler was trying to create. An American ANYTHING or ANYONE is hard to fit into the Hitler model. It’s just not apples to apples. THIS HITLER NONSENSE … – Regie's Blog

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And now it's time for the Queen and MAGBA!


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This is an actual civil war, as in a conflict between ideologically-opposed factions within the civilian and political population of a country.

Like real civil wars, it is not going to be pretty.

It’s not going to be armies, in pretty uniforms, fighting pitched, conventional battles. It’s going to be a matter of assassination, sabotage, hit-and-run raids, targeting ideological leadership figures, enemy families, etc. As Matt Bracken pointed out in a recent Facebook post himself, we’re looking at more of a Balkans and/or Argentine “Dirty War” conflict. People just haven’t accepted that, because it doesn’t fit their mental images of what “war,” even “guerrilla war” looks like. - - Reality Isn't Nice. It's a 2×4 to the Teeth.

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February 9, 2017

This Just In

ISAF Drops Candy To Afghan Children, Collateral Damage Kills 51
Approximately 1.4 million M&Ms were to be delivered via Container Delivery System in a single package with a weight of 1500 lbs. Due to a malfunction in the static line, the parachute failed to deploy and the container crashed through the roof of a local school at nearly 100 miles per hour. Upon impact, the force of the rapidly settling candies caused the sides to explode outward, causing what physics professor Dr. Rosella Schwartz described as “essentially a 360 degree anti-personnel mine full of chocolate flechettes.”

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Or would you like to swing on a star?

A man named Tarmo Männigo attempted an arc over the spindle of both of Kosk’s swings.
Männigo was able to conquer the first swing, which stood about 2.5 meters tall, but when he attempted to swing around the second, which stood slightly taller, at 2.7 meters tall, he couldn’t quite get over. It became clear that the taller the swing got, the more difficult it would be to complete a circuit over the spindle, which meant that there could be competitive accomplishments, and thus, a new sport was born. “We, who are kiikers so to say, like to say that “kiiking” starts when your legs are higher than your head, before that it is just swinging,” says Laansalu. Inside the High-Flying World of Estonian Extreme Swinging

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February 8, 2017

It's just too much winning.

Sessions. DeVos. That Warren thing bitch-slapped. Jake Tapper moaning and bitching and whining..... It can always get better but for Tuesday that's a whole lotta winning.
"You are going to be so proud of your country. Because we’re gonna turn it around, and we’re gonna start winning again! We’re gonna win so much! We’re going to win at every level. We’re going to win economically. We’re going to win with the economy. We’re gonna win with military. We’re gonna win with healthcare and for our veterans. We’re gonna with every single facet. We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, “Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore. Mr. President, it’s too much.” And I’ll say, “No, it isn’t!” We have to keep winning We have to win more! We’re gonna win more. We’re gonna win so much. "

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The modern American Left is obsessed with removing things.

They want to take away your single-occupancy vehicle.

They want to take away your ability to operate your private business according to your religious convictions — except Muslims, who will get a pass. They want to take away your right to choose where your kids are schooled, and how. They want to take away your furnace, and your air conditioner — global warming, cough, climate change, cough, reasons, cough. They want to take away your options at restaurants, and also at the grocery store — you will no longer be allowed to have “bad” things in “bad” quantities. They want to take away your right to own firearms and defend yourself, your family, and your property — because only the police should have guns. Even though the same mouths claims the police are out of control and kill black people for sport. How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism | Brad R. Torgersen

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It can't happen here. Can it?


Brazilian city's murder rate up 650% after police strike: A Brazilian city's murder rate has soared by 650 per cent with 52 homicides in just three days after police officers went on strike.
Military troops had to be deployed in the state of Espírito Santo after looting, rape and murders broke out on Saturday amid the industrial action. The chaos has been compared to the 2014 thriller film The Purge, where people take advantage of the absence of law and order to carry out horrific crimes. With officers staging a walk-out over conditions and wages, thugs are running riot, with people running rampant with guns and machetes, shops being robbed, buses set on fire and dead bodies are left lying in the street.

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Squirrels might fall out of the trees, so we have to put little trampolines under the — you get the idea.

Davis…ultra-liberal, ultra-weird Davis, home of, among other things, the toad tunnel. No, really.
There are rumors the TT is, well, a rumor. I used to believe those; they are false, the tunnel is real. Because of the building of the overpass, animal lovers including Julie Partansky worried about toads being smooshed by cars, because before the overpass, a colony of toads hopped from one side of a dirt lot (which the overpass replaced) to the reservoir at the other end. There was a lot of controversy, and the town decided, as part of the $7 million financing for the project, to allocate funds to build a toad tunnel beneath the Pole Line Road overpass. Wikipedia reports that the tunnel cost $14,000, while the book Northern California Curiosities reports $12,000. The book Weird California claims it was $30,000. There are also several tunnels rather than just one. The shortest run is in the street opposite Sudwerk‘s parking lot. It does, however, lack any sort of decoration, so it helps if you visit Toad Hollow to get an idea of what you’re looking for. All the tunnels terminate at a fenced, protected wetland area with foreboding signs implying that if you climb over the fence, you will cause hundreds of species to die and make Gaia weep. House of Eratosthenes

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The Left has won far more dirty civil wars and insurgent conflicts than the Right has won.

There are a host of reasons for this, but most notable is the aversion, on the Right, to give up the security of law-and-order.
As long as there is a politician telling them, “Now, now, let’s all keep calm. Let the authorities sort this out,” the Right is content to sit at home and bitch about those juvenile delinquents. The Left? They’re all, “FUCK THE MAN! LET’S MAKE IT BURN!” - - Reality Isn’t Nice. It’s a 2×4 to the Teeth. | MountainGuerrilla

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February 7, 2017

High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked

What is valued then?
Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism. You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason. Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper. They might well be healthier, too. Anthony Esolen -- Higher Education’s Crisis

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This Week's Woodpile is Racked and Stacked


Okay gang, the premium version of this week's Woodpile Report will be delivered in custom pottery sealed with pitch, with handy instructions for translating it from the Aramaic. For we commoners it will be delivered as the usual stream of electronic signals, some assembly required. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report before some goat herder discovers it and peddles it to a shady dealer in antiquities.

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Age cannot wither nor custom stale her infinite variety....


Christie Brinkley, 63, Is Back in Her Bikini for Sports Illustrated – with Her Daughters! [HT Bird Dog, who should be ashamed of himself.]

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Three Little Words That Will Put ANY Trump Gaffe In Its Proper Context

President Hillary Clinton.

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Why do you think they call it "dope"?


Police find man who said he was ‘too high’ surrounded by Doritos
The Youngstown Vindicator reports that on Friday police responded to the 22-year-old man’s home in Austintown around 5:20 p.m., where they could hear the man groaning from a room. That’s when officers found him lying “on the floor in the fetal position” and “surrounded by a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies,” the police report said.

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The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.

There are the social justice warriors who have manufactured a bizarre mythology and scripture of oppression, privilege, and intersectionality.

Instead of robes, they dress up as genitals and kill babies as a blasphemous sacrament. Then there are the pagan weather religion oddballs convinced that the end is near and that we must repent by turning in our SUVs. Of course, the “we” is really “us” – high priests of the global warming cult like Leonardo DiCaprio will still jet around the world with supermodels while we do the ritual sacrificing of our modern comforts. - Kurt Schlichter

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OK Everybody Remember Where We Parked


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Study: Majority Of Humans Happiest When Rest Of Family Still Asleep

78 percent said there was no greater joy than having the house to themselves for an hour or so on a Sunday morning.
“Of those who linked their good spirits to being awake while their loved ones slept, roughly half said their happiness chiefly derived from the ability to read a book in peace for once, while approximately another third attributed it to the luxury of enjoying breakfast without having to prepare food for someone else. Those remaining said they were just happy they didn’t have to talk to anyone.” -- Source

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Rules for Righties -- a War-Winning Manifesto for 2017

See those scalped corpses, littering the plains?

These are the guys – and it is, invariably, men – who thought that if only they showed contrition for their confected crimes the enemy would leave them alone. Sir Tim Hunt apologised, the guy from Saatchi apologised, the guy on the Rosetta space programme who wore the “sexist” shirt apologised. A fat lot of good it did them. The vengeful liberal-left doesn’t just want humiliation – it wants total annihilation. Giving even an inch of ground to an enemy so implacable and vile is not only futile – but it also badly lets the side down by granting them a power that they do not deserve. The most recent sorry example of this was Steve Martin who actually deleted a tweet praising his late friend Carrie Fisher as a “beautiful creature” because a bunch of feminazis on Twitter complained that this was sexist objectification. - - -DELINGPOLE:

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No matter how gay you are...

You'll never be two-purse-dogs-in-matching -designer-shades=in your-pregnancy -pouch gay.

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February 6, 2017

Speaking of Hitler, I’m ending my support of UC Berkeley, where I got my MBA years ago.

I have been a big supporter lately, with both my time and money, but that ends today.
I wish them well, but I wouldn’t feel safe or welcome on the campus. A Berkeley professor made that clear to me recently. He seems smart, so I’ll take his word for it. I’ve decided to side with the Jewish gay immigrant who has an African-American boyfriend, not the hypnotized zombie-boys in black masks who were clubbing people who hold different points of view. I feel that’s reasonable, but I know many will disagree, and possibly try to club me to death if I walk on campus.Berkeley and Hitler | Scott Adams' Blog

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Matt Drudge: You’ve gotta be dynamic in media.

That’s the only thing that’s gonna work. So, I am left with thinking there’s not a lot of time to be your greatest self, especially online.

Because, I don’t, if it continues to get consolidated to this degree, and then we’re moving into the robots which you’re so profound on, and it’s gonna get really ugly really fast. There’s already automated news sites. Google News, hello anybody? They actually, the idiots reading that crap think there’s actually a human there. There is no human there! You are being programmed to being automated even up to your news. And, Apple News, I don’t know what that’s about. That was also creepy. A same corporate glaze over everything. I don’t see the world that way. I live in a world that’s free, colorful, vibrant, takes chances, bold, stands up to power, umm, and that’s where I’ve had my success. Matt Drudge interview by Alex Jones - Full Transcript

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[Bumped] Ultimately, “ordinary American” does not rely solely on race or ethnicity.

It relies on heritage, devotion, and allegiance.
It is a matter of the heart and mind, combined with experience. Becoming an American cannot be done overnight. It is a multi-generational thing. To be American, one must be born to American parents (who are born of American parents, and so forth). That does not stretch back to eternity, of course, but that heritage should be far enough back that one’s home is here, not elsewhere. They do not look back to their homeland with longing. They look at this one with pride. They do not advocate for Mexican, Syrian, or Brazilian rights. They push for American rights. If push comes to shove, and they must choose between their ancestral land or this one, then there is no hesitation – America wins. Why? Because THIS is their homeland. Ordinary Americans – Men Of The West

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Sinistra delenda est.

A Justification For War In The Political Realm
Politics is war, as Schmitt confirms, and in war the enemy is destroyed or you are. There is neither a leftist way to fight nor a rightist way to fight; there is the way which ends the enemy and the way in which one ends oneself. Until the Right realizes that the Left is the Enemy in the Schmittian sense, it will continue to be the victim of leftist aggression, as they have no problem declaring us as their enemy.

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The Snake Dancer


For a documentary on the Kwakiutl in the Pacific Northwest, who had a reputation as headhunters and cannibals, Edward Curtis participated in the native rituals, bedecking his boat with a human mummy and skulls.
Rumors swirled that he participated in a secret cannibalism ceremony — something Curtis mischievously refused to admit or deny. In other ways too, Curtis was an unreliable narrator. At Piegan lodge, he airbrushed out an alarm clock present in a native tent — a technique he practiced on modern clothes and other signs of contemporary life. He staged a Crow war party on horses, even though there had been no Crow war parties for years. Of the Hopi Snake Dance, he wrote, “Dressed in a G-string and snake dance costume and with the regulation-snake in my mouth I went through [the ceremony] while spectators witnessed the dance and did not know that a white man was one of the wild dancers.” The North American Indian, 1907 | Iconic Photos

For a documentary on the Kwakiutl in the Pacific Northwest, who had a reputation as headhunters and cannibals, he participated in the native rituals, bedecking his boat with a human mummy and skulls. Rumors swirled that he participated in a secret cannibalism ceremony — something Curtis mischievously refused to admit or deny.

In other ways too, Curtis was an unreliable narrator. At Piegan lodge, he airbrushed out an alarm clock present in a native tent — a technique he practiced on modern clothes and other signs of contemporary life. He staged a Crow war party on horses, even though there had been no Crow war parties for years. Of the Hopi Snake Dance, he wrote, “Dressed in a G-string and snake dance costume and with the regulation-snake in my mouth I went through [the ceremony] while spectators witnessed the dance and did not know that a white man was one of the wild dancers.”

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February 5, 2017

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This is what I mean by Living In The Yellow.

Condition ambiguous. How we read yellow lights points at a much deeper mind set.

The same signal that means “cool it – be careful” for many people, means “go for it – take a chance” to just as many others.Warning? – or opportunity? – or just uncertainty? Most of the time the signals in life are yellow. Meaning only that the lights are changing – and you have to deal with it. It’s what you do in that time in the traffic of humanity that defines you. - - Living in the Yellow - Author Robert Fulghum

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Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline


Two months after joining Google in 2011, DeVaul was tracking and recovering helium balloons in California’s Central Valley, several hours east of Mountain View. Not long after, he added the payload, a tangle of wireless equipment packed into a small Styrofoam beer cooler. “Harmless science experiment,” a note on the outside read. “If found, please contact Paul.” The note included a phone number with a San Francisco area code. Paul was Paul Acosta, one of six Loon engineers.
Today, the Loon labels have more formal language, and there are phone numbers with a dozen different country codes on each device. The team—more than 100 strong, according to a former employee—works in a laboratory complex that includes an enormous darkroom, where the used bladders are cut up and photographed on a 65-foot light table so inspectors can look for microscopic tears. In another room, air traffic controllers monitor the dozen or so balloons in the air.

In a picnic area just outside, X engineers pick at seared tofu, while a few feet away, whirring drones take off and land, and self-driving cars shuttle in and out of a parking garage. Nothing out of the ordinary by Googleplex standards. “If we’re working on a really huge problem,” says Teller, “that motivates people to come here, and it motivates them to stay. That’s very real. That’s not a marketing thing for Google. It’s why this place works.” - Bloomberg

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February 4, 2017

Trumpism And The Reforging Of An Imperial America

What Trumpism is then, cannot quite be boxed as just nationalism and populism.
Perhaps in any other country it would be, but America remains exceptional, for American “nationalism” is inherently imperial. Trump is not some caudillo wresting control of a province of the international state system and thumbing his nose at the great powers until he is dragged from the palace and shot by partisans. The nerve center of the world’s most powerful civilizational bloc was just taken over. For lack of a better term, this is a big deal. And it is a big deal that the person at the helm knows it is a big deal. He knows something is rotten and that his job is not merely to maintain it and dispense spoils, but to steward it. The seriousness and deliberation with which Trump approaches the concept of restoration and the crucial task of diagnosing and repairing threats to the United States underscores a truly imperial mindset.
This is much less an ideology about pulling power levers to benefit factions and more an embrace of sovereignty over a unitary whole. Unlike the previous president, his agenda is not weaponized multiculturalism, but one of looking after both the ethnic foundation and the empire’s smaller subject peoples. This is someone who conceived of the gravity of his task all along while his seeming effortlessness was mistaken for naiveté. Trump’s proposed governing paradigms for the country are in essence extensions of how he has already ruled over his dynasty and its holdings. The people are to be looked after and their patrimony to be the envy of the world. The paterfamilias is the root of all statecraft and its most stable form.- - Social Matter

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"Run" Runs On

It’s true indeed that in English most nouns, verbs and modifiers take on multiple meanings. The champion is run. Turns out it’s actually our longest word, in the sense that with 645 — you read that right: 645 — meanings, run takes up more room in our biggest, fattest dictionaries than any other word. -- Richard Lederer's Verbivore

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Blown Together


People were standing in the streets. The barriers had been knocked down.
A lot of people with baby carriages were standing on the sidewalk looking confused. Cottone took the carriages off the sidewalk and put them in the middle of the street because, at the moment, the street seemed safer than the sidewalk. Then, in front of her, she noticed a blonde woman with a terrible leg wound whom Cottone thought had been blown from the sidewalk into the middle of the street. Next to her, holding a belt around her leg, was a tall, dark-haired kid. College kid, probably. What was he doing there? The police officer noticed how white the woman’s teeth were. That, and that her hair was singed, burned around her face. -- RTWT @ Runners World

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Dear Ruth Bader Ginsburg: If you need anything — blood, organs — take mine

If you have any need for blood, you can have the eight or so units of A-positive that are right here in my body.
There’s also a gently used liver in here, lobes of it just lying around if you need them. I am 32 years old and in good health. I take vitamins and fish oil. In the gym, I recently lifted almost three times your weight with my butt. Do you like platelets? I have excellent platelets. I have had all my shots. If you, personally, ask me to, I will give up cheese. I can do eight push-ups and a 10-minute mile. My kidneys function well. I have two. Either one is yours for the taking. Both, if need be. - The Washington Post

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Remember when Sarah Palin talked about the “death panels” and people pointed their fingers and acted as if she was crazy?


Female Dutch doctor drugged a patient's coffee then asked her family to hold her down as she fought not to be killed - but did not break the country's euthanasia laws.
The doctor secretly placed a soporific in her coffee to calm her, and then had started to give her a lethal injection. Yet while injecting the woman she woke up, and fought the doctor. The paperwork showed that the only way the doctor could complete the injection was by getting family members to help restrain her. It also revealed that the patient said several times 'I don't want to die' in the days before she was put to death, and that the doctor had not spoken to her about what was planned because she did not want to cause unnecessary extra distress. She also did not tell her about what was in her coffee as it was also likely to cause further disruptions to the planned euthanasia process.

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February 3, 2017

Still Hanging in There. I'd like to thank all the littler people.


Doug Ross @ Journal: The Top 300 Conservative Websites, February 2017

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This is Joy Behar. Today on live television she called Milo Yiannopoulos (flamboyant gay who likes black guys) a racist homophobe.


Don't be Joy Behar, never go full leftist. : The_Donald

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Glick On The Trump way of winning the war

Under Obama, the US also derailed every Israeli attempt to curb the power of EU-funded subversive organizations operating from inside of Israel. Trump’s emerging strategy on Iran and ISIS, together with his refusal to operate in accordance with the standard US playbook on the Palestinians, indicates that the US has abandoned this practice. Under Trump, Israel is free to defeat its enemies. Their most powerful deterrent against Israel – the US – is gone. -- carolinglick |

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ESQ: Your characters have become touchstones in the culture, whether it's Reagan invoking "Make my day" or now Trump … I swear he's even practiced your scowl.

Clint Eastwood: Maybe. But he's onto something, because secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.
That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist. And then when I did Gran Torino, even my associate said, "This is a really good script, but it's politically incorrect." And I said, "Good. Let me read it tonight." The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, "We're starting this immediately." Clint and Scott Eastwood: No Holds Barred in Their First Interview Together

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Why car designers stick with clay


The first thing to know about this marvelous medium is that it isn’t actually clay.
“Clay is different waxes with some filler in it,” says VandenBrink. “That used to be sulfur, and more recently small glass beads, but it’s mostly waxes. Honestly, it’s hard to know exactly what’s in it, because the formulas are proprietary.” There are half a dozen companies that make plasticine clay suitable for full-scale design modelling (a few car companies make their own blends), and they deliver their product to design shops on flatbed trucks by the pallet-load. In a typical year, Ford goes through about 100 tons of the stuff, formed into hard, extruded cylinders about 3 inches in diameter. When a designer is ready to build, a lump of it is heated to about 66°C (150°F), and applied.BBC - Autos -

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"I got your nose!"


Classical statues tend to lose their noses, and in the 19th century museums would commonly replace them with “restoration” noses, to preserve the appearance of the original sculpture.
In the 20th century some museums changed philosophies and “de-restored” their collections, thinking it better to present each piece in its authentic state. This created a superfluity of noses, and some museums collect these into displays of their own. Charmingly, there’s even a word for this: A collection of noses is a Nasothek. Gesundheit - Futility Closet

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"I kept thinking, you know, I could organize a bunch of gays,"


says John Hagner, a consultant for Democratic campaigns who lives in Washington.
"I could organize the gays, and we would just make a protective circle around her at all times. We could help her get up and down the stairs. We got this."With a rainbow phalanx protecting the justice against potential slips and falls, Hagner would then feel free to turn his attention away from external dangers, and toward microbial pathogens. "At that point," he says, "what I'm mostly concerned about is the cancer. Is she getting her checkups? Do her doctors realize how important it is for her to get her checkups? Do they? The woman is 98 pounds." 'Can she eat more kale?' Hordes of liberals want reassurance RBG's health is good - SFGate

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The progressives should have paid attention to Gamergate which foreshadowed Brexit and Trump.

The triumphant advance; the same surprise and pell-mell retreat.
 The leftist shock comes from the seemingly inexplicable rejection of their Gramscian project after the cumulative assent of long years.  Neil Munro in a Breitbart article argued that Trump's immigration policies are stunning precisely because they reject what the Left saw a settled fact: "the claim by globalist progressives — including former President Barack Obama — that foreign people" have the right to cross borders and live where they want. Destructive capture

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February 2, 2017

Black Chickens Matter

Goth Chicken Is Completely Black from Its Feathers to Its Bones

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Victorian Era Drones: How Model Trains Transformed From Cutting-Edge to Quaint


“Anything that ran on electricity at the turn of the century was absolutely cutting edge,” Saffo continues.
Indeed, the novelty of electric power helped propel model trains into their “classic period,” which, according to Souter, began in 1923 and continued into the first few years of World War II. This was the era of the aforementioned Blue Comet, as well as Lionel’s brown-and-yellow M-10000, which was patterned after Union Pacific’s Streamliner, the first locomotive fully powered by a diesel engine and an early masterpiece of Streamline Moderne design. The Streamliner, later renamed City of Salina, debuted on February 12, 1934, at the Chicago World’s Fair, with a simultaneous release in O-gauge by Lionel. | Collectors Weekly

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February 1, 2017

While the so-called 'news media' blither about the so-called 'Supreme Court'....

Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low as prices rise

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The Japanese: Nuked Too Much or Not Enough?


A Japanese store is selling Kit Kat SUSHI
Americans and Europeans love Kit Kats, but not like the Japanese do. The Asian country has a huge variety of flavors of the chocolate candy, as well as entire stores dedicated to it. And this month, to celebrate the opening of a new Kit Kat store in Ginza, Nestle will begin offer Kit Kat sushi for a limited time. Available from February 2 to February 4, the specialty treats are designed to look just like some of the most popular rolls, just with candy on top — and the fishy ingredients have been replaced, too.

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This Just In


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War In The Streets has for too long been a masturbatory fantasy for both Left and Right,

and I think it's bullshit. It definitely was closer in the latter '60s/early '70s than it is now.
The Lefties are once again acting out the age-old Let's You and Him Fight scenario they've embraced since 1789; there are a fresh crop of "college-educated" dumbbells for cannon fodder, but their "rage" is a lot less convincing now that they've all been nurtured in their mommies' basements. The only ones with any apparent testosterone are on the other side and unimpressed with their tantrums. Come to think of it, that's probably why so many of us thought politics was bullshit 50 years ago. While those idiots were attending demonstrations we were busy taking advantage of the Free Love situation - with girls who were fun to be with. One thing that's forgotten is that angry hippie chicks were unattractive then as now - and as always, You Can't Legislate Erections. Comment by Rob De Witt in Days of Rage

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Some call it Trump Derangement Syndrome, but that’s too kind.

It’s not a temporarily insane reaction, it’s a calculated plan to wreck the presidency, whatever the cost to the country.
Things never seen in the modern era are now rapidly becoming common. Impeachment talk already is rumbling in the party’s hothouses, and Trump was met with a lawsuit the minute he took the oath. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the top Dems in Congress, led a raucous demonstration Monday night, as if they are community organizers. And Obama couldn’t bear the irrelevance after eight days out of office and felt compelled to encourage disruptions. Democrats are becoming the party of secession | New York Post

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