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Let’s Review 116: Signs and Wonders

Seize the Hollywood Sign Christine O’Brien, though, suggests taking the sign down and moving it to Universal Studios on the other side of the hill, or erecting the contextless “H” at some sort of tourist trap in the flats of Hollywood. She lives in the sign’s original namesake, Hollywoodland (the sign once read “Hollywoodland”), a small, steep, disorienting neighborhood where big houses hug the street in front and hang off into nothing in the back. Hollywoodland’s nest of streets writhes out from the top of Beachwood Drive, which strikes up the center of Beachwood Canyon, and the neighborhood is surrounded on all other sides by wild land that is part of Griffith Park, Los Angeles’s mountainous central park. At the right time of day, Hollywoodland’s houses are literally in the shadow of the sign. The best place to view the Hollywood Sign is a matter of mood and purpose, but the most spectacular place to view it, to feel small and awed in its startling hugeness, is Hollywoodland.

The problem with writing every day, is that there are always things to write about. A quick glance through the morning news, and I find about a dozen topics on which I’d be prepared to rant or squabble. But beware, my wee writer angel says to me, for that is too easy. Within weeks one will have degenerated into a meejah pundit again; another sock-puppet for the Zeitgeist. Not a pretty sight. Worse, one’s audience may start growing. It may grow to an unmanageable size, once your opinions become tired and safely predictable, and the usual two galleries have formed, of your friends, and your enemies. The conservatives all love you; the liberals all hate you; or more commonly, vice versa. All will be reading at half-attention, or less. Your job is to flatter your friends (who indirectly pay you), and insult your enemies (who don’t).

“The Dog Show, Season 2” by Alexander Khokhlov

Japanese Archeologists Dig Up Jar Filled With Over 200,000 Bronze Coins The jar, which dates back to the first half of the 15th century, contains well over 100,000 bronze coins and measures nearly 24 inches in diameter. A wood tablet was discovered next to the stone lid, with the words “nihyaku rokuju” (260) written in ink. Archaeologists believe this could refer to 260 kan, or units of 1,000, placing the total at 260,000 coins in the jar.

China Still Sorting Through Its Bike-Share Graveyards Back in March, I posted “The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles,” showing just some of the millions of bicycles that had been rapidly built and dumped into Chinese cities by bike-share companies looking to get in on the next big thing, only to crash hard. In the months since, more of those bike-share startups have gone bankrupt or consolidated, and the bicycle graveyards remain. Municipal governments are still wrangling with the fallout, confiscating derelict or illegally parked bikes, crafting new laws, and working out what to do with millions of abandoned bicycles. In a few cases, plans have been announced to refurbish and distribute some of the bikes to smaller neighboring towns, in others, wholesale recycling has begun, and bicycles are being crushed into cubes.

In June 4, 2018, a stack of shared bicycles was filmed at an abandoned construction site in Hangzhou.Recently, on the site of a abandoned nearly 10000 square meters in the north of Hangzhou,Jiangsu province,China,more than 5 million shared bicycles are stacked in a double double form, like the “Yellow Sea”, which is generally very spectacular. Originally, these shared bicycles were stacked together from the reduction of the main urban areas of Hangzhou, and after being overhauled, they will be sent to nearby towns for use. (Photo credit should read Long Wei / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Enter Senator Elizabeth Warren and her proposed Accountable Capitalism Act. It is straight out of Atlas Shrugged. She proposes to regulate corporations with gross revenues of $1 billion or more, requiring them to obtain a federal corporate charter as a “United States corporation”. They would be regulated by a bureaucracy under the Office of United States Corporations. These corporations must be operated to “create a general public benefit” and must consider how its profit making activities affect not only their shareholders, but their employees, suppliers, “community and societal factors”, and the local and global environment. At least 40% of its board of directors must be elected by its workers. If they wish to support a political candidate, they must have approval of 75% of the board.

Ours should not be an identity-based in an obsolete “conservatism,” as prescribed by New York Times-appointed champions, but rather should it be based in the American identity. Such an American identity politics would by default be genuinely conservative and rooted in the culture that is under sustained assault from both the Left and their neoconservative auxiliaries.

Far Left Watch: Violent Antifa Group Plans “Red Army” To “Annihilate” Conservatives According to Far Left Watch, a recent blog post from the far-left group’s website calls to form a “Red Army”: “…we encourage the formation of paramilitary organizations on two levels. The first being those who are mainly unarmed but are prepared and trained to carry out fist fighting or using blunt weapons like axe handles or flagpoles as well as shields and basic armoring. The second level is the more advanced embryo of a Red Army, which is trained militarily and operates as soldiers all the time, engaging in production and mass work among the proletariat and the oppressed nation’s people.”


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  • Ulysses Toole August 28, 2018, 6:21 PM

    Senator Elizabeth Warren and her proposed Accountable Capitalism Act.

  • Ulysses Toole August 28, 2018, 6:25 PM

    “Senator Elizabeth Warren and her proposed Accountable Capitalism Act.” Wrong threshold. Change to one trillion in value. Goodbye Apple. Once you run a company as a government agency there is no success. Only slow failure with each management decision to hold back the effects of the decision until that management retires with their golden parachute.

  • ghostsniper August 28, 2018, 6:36 PM

    Would it be wrong to wish Liawatha to get face cancer?

    Whoever marred that mutt like that should be dragged.

    Find the owners of the bikes and fine them $10 per day per bike for littering until they remove them from the public sphere.

    Looks like a big clay urn full of green plastic washers.

    As long as advertisers pay the horing media they will lie on command and as long as consumers reward the advertisers it will continue. IOW, as long as they are profitable the media will do as it deems appropriate. People are too lazy to turn it off.

    Practice Remus’s number one rule and the narcissistic antifa crybaby’s will disappear.

  • jwm August 28, 2018, 7:15 PM

    All around So Cal the cities studied the Chinese bicycle experiment, and decided they could do it better. So in addition to abandoned bikes we now have zillions of abandoned scooters.
    Ha Ha China. Guess we showed you!


  • Skorpion August 28, 2018, 7:21 PM

    Best line ever about Princess Shitting Bull: “Elizabeth Warren will never become President. Americans won’t vote for someone who reminds them of their first-grade teacher.”

  • Jack August 29, 2018, 8:18 AM

    In reality the Obama’s shirt should say Uhuru Kenyatta instead of Trump.

  • DrTedNelson August 29, 2018, 10:27 AM

    When we moved locations, I saw this Zagster bike share rack (and actually saw one being ridden, once). After several attempts to create an account, finding that the wrong group was on the sign, and generally giving it the college try, I finally gave up. Three strikes and you’re out.

  • Jimmy August 29, 2018, 11:04 AM

    The US Constitution has no provisions regarding “corporations.” Corporations are strictly a States matter. So any Federal law to regulate them would be unconstitutional – i.e., outside the Constitution – from the outset.

  • BillH August 29, 2018, 1:04 PM

    Well Jimmy, the federal gov’t for sure collects taxes from corporations and already regulates them via an array of laws. The federal gov’t hasn’t chosen to charter corporations, except for National Banks, Federal Savings Banks, and Federal Credit Unions, but its chartering these opens the door to a takeover. I’d bet the farm there are four justices on the current SCOTUS who would find the Constitution does permit the federal government implement Warren’s capitalism act lock stock and barrel, and she might pick up one or two more. Disclaimer: non-legal opinions. I’ll stand corrected if some corporation lawyer wants to weigh in.

  • rabbit tobacco August 29, 2018, 2:17 PM

    Big wind, heap dust, no rain. 🙂

  • Jack August 30, 2018, 7:45 AM

    The article on the infancy formation of marxist antifa millennial armies should probably be shared so that people, at the very least, understand what they are looking at when they see these doofus’s show up and start threatening, beating or killing people with their faces covered by a Communist flag hankie.

  • Snakepit Kansas August 31, 2018, 4:35 PM

    Antifa wants to arm themselves from bats to guns. Swing a bat at me or my crew and the response will be with a Glock17. I work at a gun range and see how well or poorly (largely poorly) the average redneck public shoots, both pistols and rifles. Liberal weenies don’t stand a chance coming from a history of no guns, gun safety or any type of hunting knowledge.