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Strange Daze: Masters of Masonry to Masters of War

They’re around fifty years old and in fine voice here. I love love love these medleys

A mugshot of Patty Hearst, taken in 1975. One year earlier, Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Held hostage, she eventually joined the SLA in several robberies before her arrest.

The single most vile politician in living memory continues, against all cosmic justice, to live when he should have long since been consigned to the compost pile.

”If I have nightmares about Nancy Pelosi’s boobs tonight I am suing,” tweeted the Post Millennial’s Ashley St. Clair. “Inflation has hit Nancy Pelosi,” wrote comedian Andrew Schulz. “If I had $200 million I would get bicep implants and a pelvic smoothing at age ninety-three.”

Pelosi may be on vacation in southern Europe, but that hasn’t stopped her from aggressively trying to fundraise off the fall of Roe. “I asked you Monday. I asked you Tuesday. I asked you Wednesday. I asked you Thursday. I’m truly sorry to ask you again today,” reads one Pelosi fundraising email from last week. “But my team just informed me we failed to meet yesterday’s FIRST End of Quarter Deadline since the Supreme Court’s ruling. I won’t sugarcoat this. If I don’t reach 1,387 more gifts before midnight to close the budget gap, it will be the single most devastating setback for Democrats’ chances of winning this election and protecting women’s reproductive freedoms nationwide.”

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The Future of Food: Everything but the bugs

Zooming In on a Stunningly Hi-Res Photo from Imperial Russia – In 2006, an old photo became a sensation on online Russian photography forums. The photo, dated somewhere between 1903–1909, features an entire regiment from the Imperial Russian Army — around 1,200 soldiers — in astonishingly high resolution. Click here to see the full-resolution image.

These are the soldiers of the Kexholm Guard Infantry Regiment stationed in Warsaw during the first decade of the 20th century — before the outbreak of World War I and the Russian Revolution. What’s particularly remarkable about this photo is the level of detail that is visible: facial features, army insignia, even the buttons on the uniforms can be clearly seen.

Sixteen-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was arrested in 1979 for firing over 30 rounds into Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. When asked why she did it, the teenager responded: “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

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  • ThisIsNotNutella July 8, 2022, 9:01 PM

    I can’t believe you went and Named the Masons.

  • Mary Ann July 8, 2022, 9:50 PM

    Read and watched all. Going to go and listen to some Bee Gees to feed my sad soul.

  • ThisIsNotNutella July 8, 2022, 9:54 PM

    Hong Kong’s $11BN Underwater Railway Explained

    I hate paying taxes as much as the next Non-birthing Person, but at least I know it’s not being squandered on trannies, fags, drag queens, or any other of the usual suspects.

    East Asia, where even when they mis-allocate capital on colossal scales, you get something you can look at and touch after it’s all been pissed away.

    • ghostsniper July 9, 2022, 4:50 AM

      Good link. You live in Hong Kong?
      The vid wasn’t deeply detailed, but I would question the gravel underlayment.
      Water moves, so does gravel.
      I would prefer a more stable platform, perhaps driven piles with perimeter beams (hydraulic cement) and precast-prestressed concrete support panels.

      I have never seen threaded rebar before. Must be short lengths and uncomplicated designs. Normally the rebar is lapped, tied, encased in epoxy to prevent rusting-corrosion.
      Weaving the tunnel through the foundations of existing buildings would be harrowing.
      Maintenance on the tunnel joints must be gargantuan.
      They should have cut “windows” in the tunnels sections and installed “SeaWorld” glass to excite the train passengers. Neat project all the way around.

      • nunnya bidnez, jr July 9, 2022, 8:12 AM

        There is a subway tunnel in New York City that was built this way. The “F” train runs under The East River from Manhattan to Queens in a tunnel that was built in the mid-1970s. It is a few hundred feet north of the 59th Street Bridge. I would bicycle over the bridge frequently back then, and was able to watch the tunnel sections being floated into place and then sunk into position. Every six hours the tides change direction in the river, and at peak flow the currents run at about 5-6 miles per hour; that must have made positioning the tunnel sections difficult.
        In Manhattan the tunnel is drilled through bedrock, but it transitions to going through the river’s mud bottom, before transitioning again to the bedrock of Roosevelt Island, then again to river bottom before hitting the pile of sand known as Long Island. Long Island (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk) is a glacial morraine, resting on bedrock over a hundred feet below sea level.

      • ThisIsNotNutella July 9, 2022, 4:52 PM

        Yep… Have been living here on and off since the early 1990s with some stints in other parts of Asia and a few years back in the West.

        Re the gravel underlay for the submerged tunnels, it’s pretty much a known quantity in the local marine geo-technical environment now. This is the fourth under harbour rail tunnel and there are also three road tunnels. Were it not sheltered and more open sea, I guess they’d have gone straight to using a TBM for the whole thing.

        They do stuff like reclaim land and build skyscrapers on it in ~5 year time frames. Used to be that there was a lot of waiting with land reclamation to allow for subsidence to happen, etc.. but nowadays they can model everything and there’s various technologies used to speed up the drying out and packing down.

        But if you like concrete piles, HK is also your place. There’s a whole ‘nother art to building on mountainsides (flat land is gold here) and there’s piles galore.

        I think the story with the threaded rebar was that they built the underground station shell first and then cantilevered the internal structures off the walls later. Couldn’t always fit in support columns. So you’d want the rebar to be more than just lapped and tied, perhaps. I do vaguely know that every now and then there is noise made in local media about shortage of trained workers to do the traditional rebar bending, lapping, tying, etc. on high rise construction sites, so there’s plenty of that kind of usage here, too.

        The B1M is a bit of a rah rah booster channel, and the guy manages to mispronounce just about every name in every language in every country they do a feature on, but it’s nice to see what people can still do. Something positive and proof that it’s not all about the Poz all of the time.

        • ghostsniper July 10, 2022, 4:43 AM

          You speak knowledgeably, that is good. While doing a series of mundane tasks since I last posted on this subject I have spent time thinking about the video. The gravel underlayment. Though the video didn’t show it I’m certain the long sides of the gravel must have had some sort of containment walls to prevent the gravel from spreading laterally – holding it in place. Perhaps the longitudal walls were secured with some sort of pin footings down to solid material.

          Regarding the threaded rebar. My initial problem with accepting that method is typically rebar laps are 2′ or more whereas the threads are just a few inches. Believe it or not, after half a century in the biz I was not very knowledgeable in how threads work even though I did take a course on thread design way back when. As it turns out, I have used threads many times for structural purposes but on a vertical orientation. Multi-storied wooden buildings located on islands in hurricane zones must be vertically lashed with continuous stainless steel cables from ground level on one side, up and over, and anchored at ground level on the other side. After building completion, at years 1, 3, and 5, the tension on the cables must be adjusted due to wood aging and compression, to maintain structural significance-stability. One piece of cable won’t do it so multiple pieces must be threaded together with joints similar to those shown in the vid. So I’m not averse to using threaded fasteners in concrete construction, I’m just not experienced with it. Many years ago I worked briefly as a rodbuster for Conger Steel in Naples, FL laying rods on 12 story hi-rise condos along Gulfshore Blvd right on the Gulf of Mexico. The temps were frequently 120+ degrees and at lunch time I go down and jump in the ocean to cool off. Another life time ago.

          • ThisIsNotNutella July 10, 2022, 5:00 AM

            Don’t forget that the concrete tunnel tubes are not just bedded on gravel, they’re sunk in trenches which are then back filled — otherwise anchors dragging not good and also it must take a good deal of ballast on top of ’em to keep them from wanting to float right back up again once the water is pumped out. So I figure they’re not going anywhere in a hurry.

            I wouldn’t be altogether surprised if there was an element of featherbedding in the threaded rebar specification. You can bet that it’s a good deal more expensive than the regular type. But I just don’t know. I get the feeling that there’s massive paranoia here about typhoons and resistance to torrential rains (and rightly so) in the building code (*). Problem with that is that it’s one thing to specify something on the plan, it’s another thing entirely to have the sub-contractors do it right and not cut corners. The video majorly underplayed the magnitude of the scandal and who was involved — partly because B1M channel would have gotten MTR Corporation cooperation in the production in return for polishing their image.

            * Mind you, extreme weather conditions couldn’t be any worse here than they are along the Florida coast where you had your experience. So it’s a puzzlement.

      • jiminalaska July 10, 2022, 12:44 PM

        In the Russian Far East I saw a lot of welded, rather than tied, rebar which surprised me.

        The tunnel kind of floating on the gravel pad; I wonder if, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Tokyo Imperial Hotel, designed to ‘float’ on mud for earthquake protection, the same thinking might have influenced the tunnel design.

        • ThisIsNotNutella July 10, 2022, 6:20 PM

          Perhaps a consideration, but not much earthquake activity in this neck of the Chinese woods.

          It’s a shame they knocked down Wright’s Imperial Hotel and re-erected the forecourt and entrance only at the Meiji-mura theme park.


          The thing is it looks appropriately and weirdly even more Mayan in its current park setting.

          As for how a Mayan Temple looked in Central Tokyo a hop and a skip from the Palace, well it looked about as out of place as a love hotel got up as the Chateau de Chambord and there’s one of those just about anywhere you care to look in the Land of the Rising Sun. The first time I saw the main Tokyo Mosque (Ottoman Byzantine architecture and not small) I had to convince myself it wasn’t a love hotel, too.

          In the boring 1960s International Style monstrosity they replaced it with, you can find the Old Bar which incorporates Wright’s decoration and furnishings. It’s worth a visit.


          The service is impeccable.

          • jiminalaska July 11, 2022, 1:57 PM

            Thanks for the tip. I’ll keep it in mind but when I’m in Japan I tend to be an izakaya kind of guy.

            When in Hong Kong, so far I’ve an in the airport running with my baggage from one end to the other to catch my next plane kind of guy. 😉

  • Snakepit Kansas July 9, 2022, 6:04 AM

    Bodega guy is in prison for murder. FFS. Dude should be given a medal for stabbing that POS.

    • ghostsniper July 9, 2022, 6:34 AM

      NYFC right?
      From my perspective he was already in prison, just hasn’t realized it yet.

  • KCK July 9, 2022, 6:41 AM

    Don’t try and tell me that you’re not an anarchist, Mr VANDERLEUN. Those saggy Pelosis are right there at eye height in the post, and so much for my coffee and my Saturday morning.

    Need some eye bleach. Need to purge.

    • Vanderleun July 9, 2022, 7:46 AM

      Look at it this way. If you were there you might have poked your eyes out.

      • Casey Klahn July 9, 2022, 10:58 AM

        Perhaps more like pummeled. Suffocated.

      • Casey Klahn July 11, 2022, 9:33 PM
        • ThisIsNotNutella July 11, 2022, 11:15 PM

          Well that went down well with my lunch.

  • azlibertarian July 9, 2022, 7:41 AM

    On Patty Hearst…..

    I graduated from Folsom High School in the mid-70s.

    Folsom is probably known to most here through the song made famous by Johnny Cash, and yeah, there is a large and imposing prison there. What most probably won’t know is that not only does Folsom house prisoners, but that there is (or at least, was back in the 70s) housing on the grounds for some prison staff and their families. Because families lived there, a school bus would travel to the prison twice a day to collect and deposit the kids who lived there.

    Anyway, there was a period of about 10 days where the school bus to and from the prison was staffed with a Sheriff’s Deputy carrying a 12 gauge sitting right behind the driver. The story was that the Symbionese Liberation Army…the same group that kidnapped Patty Hearst….was planning on grabbing a school bus filled with prison guards’ kids to exchange them for their pals stuck behind bars.

    • Casey Klahn July 9, 2022, 11:00 AM

      Jeebs. That’s a good reminder of how extreme things got around the Vietnam War era. The anti-American forces nowadays sip Jamba Juice and type on their hones. Glad the 60s/70s era revolutionaries aren’t their front line troops, now.

  • Denny July 9, 2022, 7:54 AM

    “Democrats’ chances of winning this election and protecting women’s reproductive freedoms nationwide.”
    Dear Nancy Death Star, reproductive freedom, to decent people, means freedom to have
    children, not the “freedom” to murder them.

  • Jack July 9, 2022, 8:23 AM

    As for the negro thug and his hoe thug friend girl, both should receive the death penalty and ASAP. Some will say ‘Gee Jack, that sure is harsh’ but I say any strong armed crime, or one so attempted where an assailant uses a weapon, should be a capital offense. The only reason they didn’t murder is because, in this case the bodega owner came out on top. And, the judge that put the bodega owner in jail for defending himself should be disbarred because it’s pretty clear that that bastard has no concept of what he’s doing, or is supposed to be doing.

    As for Pelosi’s knockers….I always knew they were huge but I had no thought at all that they would be so damned unattractive, viz, ugly and frightening. I should have known that they go with the territory. I would hate to be a massage therapist who had to attend to that evil and vitriolic old lizard.

    • Dirk July 10, 2022, 9:27 AM

      Actually Jack your suggestion is in fact the law in many states. ANYBODY “involved” in the crime wherein even the criminal is killed is guilty of Murder.

      This, the girl is culpable for criminal charges, in that particular application. Most likely Manslaughter, similar charges. Not willful murder.

      We all know nothing will happen. I am amused at the DA’s getting pressured into doing what’s right.

      First we kill all the lawyers! Followed by Seize The Day.

  • Tom Hyland July 9, 2022, 9:25 AM

    Tucker Carlson delivered a very fine 14 minute analysis of the NYC bodega assault and the repercussions of defending your life in America these days. The accused has since left Rikers Island on a greatly reduced bail, originally set at half a million. This is good. Tucker’s report and the future for this brave man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDbg7zwbxDc

  • Lance de Boyle July 9, 2022, 11:45 AM

    If you look real close you can see that Nancy’s (p’tui) heinously-colored chestal straps go over her lipid-filled shoulders and down her liver-spotted back, and are stapled to her voluminous nether cheeks.
    Thus, gravity, acting on both loads of dimpled bifurcated flesh, maintains a fine balance of forces, producing a bouncy, see-saw effect. Passing toddlers have been heard to ask, “Hey, when’s a seagull gonna peck her eyes out, huh?”

  • captflee July 9, 2022, 3:54 PM

    God help me, but I am honor bound, as one who has been afforded a rather too close and rather too prolonged exposure to the mammoplastic Mrs. P’s decolletage, to remind us all that for most of us, your friend and humble narrator most assuredly included, the ravages of time can be very cruel. In truth, and understand that I have never really been a breast man, during my long ago audience with that then forty-something lady, my eyes were rather drawn there, if only to escape the whole Gorgon Stare thing above, and they appeared to be very nice.

    • ThisIsNotNutella July 9, 2022, 4:57 PM

      “and they appeared to be very nice.”

      Had they not been very nice back when, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

    • ghostsniper July 10, 2022, 4:49 AM

      Oh dear, I had to go look that up.
      Capt, sometimes your words are like school, and that’s a good thing!

      • Snakepit Kansas July 10, 2022, 7:12 AM

        Ghost, A pleasant reincarnation of 10.

  • Dirk July 11, 2022, 7:02 PM

    Their is no such thing as ugly monster tits! I know I know. Men are pigs!