Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I've had enough

"For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, 
even our cultural ideal." ~ Carl Bernstein
 
He's fixed now.
When exactly did it become okay to violate norms of behavior that have existed since before the word "norms" existed? Please explain:
For those who predict the coming collapse of Western civilization, there’s always MTV for proof. This summer MTV put on a panel discussion for the press with the cast and creators of a forthcoming series called "Happyland." The female star of the show, actress Bianca Santos, announced the new MTV motto: “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!”

The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.

A student who was born female felt perfectly comfortable identifying as a man at Wellesley College — until people said he shouldn’t be class diversity officer because he is now a white male.

California governor Jerry Brown is set to sign a bill that would allow California death certificates to reflect a person’s chosen gender identity rather than the sex listed on the deceased’s birth certificate.

Brown has signed into law a measure deleting the terms “husband” and “wife” from California's marriage law. SB 1306 was introduced by openly homosexual State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

A TV show on the supposedly family friendly network ABC Family aired an episode of the show “The Fosters” depicting a lesbian couple getting a late-term abortion.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has announced that a local ice cream parlor has created an ice cream just for them.

The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized the RISE project (Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower) in Los Angeles County for its work to fight "anti-gay and anti-transgender bias" in the child welfare system in the county. RISE engaged youth to design posters. One of the posters features the rainbow colors now ubiquitous in LGBTQ literature along with a message to "embrace, encourage, celebrate who we are."
Twenty years ago Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted:
The amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can "afford to recognize" and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the "normal" level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.
I don't think you're supposed to say that in 2014.

Morning Rush: Personal AC, feeling safe, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, October 21, 2014:

It's cold in here.
A personal wrist air conditioner

No more reading glasses? 

Girls just like their guns

Women aren't feeling safe

Banks are under cyber attack

Soda is slowly killing you 
Will be the world's largest.

Nigeria: smart on Ebola

Building a really big ship 

Time to stop eating bats

The gladiators were vegetarians?

But were they fertile?

Oh, that vote fraud

Our politicized NIH

A new way to deal with pollutants

I still call them Redskins

Make your LinkedIn profile sing

The Fake Indian hits the campaign trail

Today's Word: to harm, injure, or excoriate

Hahaha: Here comes harvest-resistant corn

How to remove your hazmat suit:


Ethel Barrett: others

"We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Don't be that Columbian man


(Happy Acres via American Digest)

A belated Happy Birthday, Word Guy

Nice work, old boy.
I missed this: Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758, in New Haven, Connecticut, not far from here.

Here are some amazing facts about his dictionary:
Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English.
The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. The final draft listed and defined 70,000 words, more than any other dictionary in history (and 30,000 more than Samuel Johnson's dictionary had almost a century earlier). 
One in every six of Webster's words had never been listed in a dictionary before; as a dictionary of American English, he radically chose to include a whole new vocabulary of emerging Americanisms like squash, skunk, hickory, chowder and applesauce for the very first time. And he famously took the opportunity to push through his ideas on English spelling reform - some of which took (center, color, honor, ax), and some of which didn't (dawter, wimmen, cloke, tung). 
Despite all of his efforts, Webster's dictionary sold just 2,500 copies on its publication and he was compelled to mortgage his home in New Haven to fund a second edition in 1840. Three years later, having never quite gained the recognition his work deserved in his lifetime, he died at the age of 84. Today however, as both a literary and scholarly achievement Webster's 1828 dictionary is widely regarded as both the first truly comprehensive dictionary of American English, and as one of the most important dictionaries in the history of our language.
Heavens, I'm still learning how to work the Venetian blinds.

It's bad all over

Yikes!
I'm calling on everyone to stop what you're doing, put on your hazmat suit, and get involved.

~ The Drudge Report

Things your learn as you get older

Well, I never!
"I think the biggest transition of the 40s is realizing that we’ve actually, improbably, managed to learn and grow a bit," author Pamela Druckerman writes. Here are some things we know today that we didn’t know a decade ago:
If you worry less about what people think of you, you can pick up an astonishing amount of information about them. You no longer leave conversations wondering what just happened. Other people’s minds and motives are finally revealed.

Eight hours of continuous, unmedicated sleep is one of life’s great pleasures. Actually, scratch “unmedicated.”

People’s youthful quirks can harden into adult pathologies. What’s adorable at 20 can be worrisome at 30 and dangerous at 40. Also, at 40, you see the outlines of what your peers will look like when they’re 70.

Emotional scenes are tiring and pointless. You and your partner know your ritual arguments so well, you can have them in a tenth of the time.

It’s O.K. if you don’t like jazz.

More about you is universal than not universal. My unscientific assessment is that we are 95 percent cohort, 5 percent unique. Knowing this is a bit of a disappointment, and a bit of a relief.
And my favorite:

There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.

Disaster of our generation

Headlines from The Drudge Report this morning:
'DISASTER OF OUR GENERATION'
Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing
WIRE: Monitoring Inconsistent as Virus Spread
Researchers try to quell Ebola fears
Outbreak causing some to change travel plans
Communities taking dramatic steps to avoid virus
Wanted: Screeners for $19 an hour
CARNIVAL cruise ship returning to dock in TX
Obama hits the links


Morning Rush: Coffee, diapers, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, October 20, 2014:

Hope he doesn't get a call.
Heart surgery with cell phone light 

When dealing with difficult people 

Drink as much coffee as you like

What if bugs are the cure?

Amnesty is already underway

Our brazenly lawless president

What you learn in your 40s

Cleaning up a house after Ebola 

Identifying "aware" vegetative patients

Ebola: six reasons to panic

Oh how those Brits talk

When Aristotle invented science

Boomers have too many stocks 

Do cloth diapers really save money?

Here come personalized cancer vaccines

Today's Word: having two parts; double

Hazmat worker: It's perfectly good food

A taste of New Orleans:


General Douglas MacArthur: opportunity

"There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vespers: Pachelbel's Canon in D Major


This is "Pachelbel's Canon" -- the original version based on the earliest original manuscript and performed on instruments from the time of Pachelbel. It's the authentic baroque sound performed by the San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music.

They use the bowing techniques from the time of Pachelbel. The string instruments are not only baroque, but they are in baroque setup: this means that the strings, fingerboard, bridge and other parts of the violin appear just as they did in Pachelbel's time. No metal hardware such as chinrests, clamps or fine tuners are used on the violins, allowing the violins to vibrate freely. 

A good example of baroque bowing can be seen in the extended passage of repeated notes: the musicians play these notes on one bow—the shorter and lighter baroque bow—to created a gliding effect. The players also hold the bow very differently, which affects the balance and touch. Both the style and the amount of vibrato are based on baroque treatises which describe the methods for playing, bowing and articulation in the late 17th century. The narrow, shimmering vibrato blends with the baroque organ.

The organ used is made entirely of wood, based on German baroque instruments, and the pipes are voiced to provide a smooth accompaniment to the strings, instead of a more soloistic sound. The large bass lute, or theorbo, provides a complement to the organ not only in the texture of the chords but also the long strings which occasionally sound the bass notes an octave lower. The continuo players play supporting chords and voices to the canon, carefully avoiding parallels and doublings of the parts.

More about the video here.

Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706) was a German composer, organist and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.

Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919 the piece became extremely popular. The piece's arrangement was particularly prevalent in the pop charts of the 1990s, being sampled and appropriated in numerous commercial hits. It is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations.

Make the most of your walking

From Medical Daily:


They were amazed

From The Lectionary:

Matthew 22:15-22

22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.

22:16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.

22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"

22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?

22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.

22:20 Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"

22:21 They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."

22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Joseph Chilton Pearce: creation

"We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Casual Friday: Rave On

Just two working days til Monday!



"I'm the kind of guy who stops the microwave at 1 second just to feel like a bomb defuser." ~ Anon

Should you prepare for Ebola?

What are we supposed to do, if anything, to protect ourselves?

Oh, it's in Liberia. It's in Texas. Except ... folks in Ohio are worried. As were folks in New Haven, Connecticut, about 40 minutes from me. And there was the vomiting death on a flight into JFK, about an hour from me. False alarms, the last two. However, the CDC has told New York City to get ready.

Well, at times I go to New Haven. And JFK. And Manhattan.

I'll tell you what I've done. I ordered some face masks and gloves and hand sanitizer. I felt kind of silly doing it, justifying it by saying I could use them when I'm sanding and painting in the garage. I see people around here wearing masks on their riding mowers. I won't smirk anymore.

That's what you call "an abundance of caution," which is why they've closed two schools in Ohio, where that infected nurse from Dallas went.

After 9/11, when I was commuting into Manhattan, some companies were handing out face masks and other gear to their employees. So I bought some masks at the hardware store and carried one in my briefcase.

We just didn't know what to expect or what to do then. That's how it is now. I've learned that a mask rated N95 is pretty good for most things. You can buy those at the hardware store. Tell them you're sanding something. A mask rated N100 is even better. I found both on Amazon.

If you want to feel "prepperish" like me, here are some sources from a prepper blog:
N95 masks: here, here, and here
N100 masks here, here, and here
Nitrile gloves here, here, and here
Tyvex suits here, here, and here
Safety goggles here, here, and here
The first thing to do is learn the symptoms.

I bought some hand disinfectant, the kind you  carry in your pocket. I suspect that's what I'll use the most. A nurse told me that a solution with alcohol is what to get. I'll probably use those wipes, too. The grocery stores offer those at the door, and I guess it's time to look silly there, too.

Here's advice from the CDC. It's stuff like: don't handle dead bodies or bats. That's helpful. I found a couple of good articles in British Newspapers: here and here.

I think hand washing is the best thing to do. Do it a lot, with warm water and soap, like your mother told you. Use the hand sanitizer when you don't have soap and water. But but don't trust me: I'm not a doctor, although I play one in my basement where I keep my masks and gloves, which I think have arrived, although I'm not sure, because I haven't opened several boxes.

Avoid people in the grocery store who are vomiting and bleeding from the eyes.

Well, what are we gonna do? Do you have any better ideas? I'm not a prepper, although I like to pretend that I am. For several years I've been looking for a black backpack that I'm pretty sure I saw in the attic and that I'm going to use for my go bag. I've accused each of my children in turn of stealing it. They are reliving the days when they were still at home and I roamed my estate with wild schemes and dreams.

They don't come near me now. It's as though my eyes are bleeding.

Clowns in hazmat suits

Czar in Hiding.
Barack Obama has now appointed an "Ebola Czar." This is an empty and cynical public relations gesture.

The czar is Ron Klain. He's not a doctor, but he plays one in the White House. His previous experience: chief of staff to Joe Biden and chief of staff to Al Gore. What does that tell you?

Did you know we already have an Ebola Czar?
The federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. Dr. Nicole Lurie, who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.
We also have a director of the Centers for Disease Control. His background? He was mental health chief for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the idiot nanny state billionaire.
He was the innovative New York City health commissioner who took on one of the top health scourges, tobacco, with a smoking ban in workplaces and bars that has now been replicated in many major cities. He tackled obesity and cardiovascular disease with a ban on trans fats and rules that chain restaurants post calorie counts -- moves that have also proved popular elsewhere.
That's a political agenda. It's what the NIH and CDC have been up to under Obama.

Here's advice from the clown Frieden:
Frieden was asked during a press conference if you could contract Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus—a question prompted by a statement from President Obama the week before, when he declared that you can’t get Ebola “through casual contact, like sitting next to someone on a bus.”

Frieden answered: “I think there are two different parts of that equation. The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no. Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you.”
Go ahead and read that again.

Morning Rush: Umbrellas, spoiled kids, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, October 17, 2014:

When it rains, it blows.
Air umbrella will blow you away

How to focus better

Our kids are spoiled rotten

How Nigeria stopped Ebola

Exercise for computer slouch

Oh, that terrorist plot  

Oh, those WMDs 

Electronic health records are trouble

Bird brain.
What the heck is a robobird?

An end to awkward handshakes

What cheap oil will do

How to tip when traveling 

A disaster safety check app

Good News: We're living longer

How To: purify water

Today's Word: the essentials of a subject

Hahaha: Nation fondly recalls simpler swine flu days

Let's make bacon!


The Dalai Lama: compassion

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Doc, I've got this pain right here

What one person found.
Google is testing a feature that allows you to chat with a doctor when you're searching a medical symptom.

It's part of an existing program called "Helpouts,"  a marketplace in which people sell advice.
"When you're searching for basic health information -- from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning -- our goal is provide you with the most helpful information available," a Google spokesman said. "We’re trying this new feature to see if it’s useful to people."
Right now it's free, and apparently it's available only to some searchers. Nevertheless, I see this as one of those "disruptive" ideas that, if it gets going, will forever change things. It's not a new idea: others have tried it.

Still, a giant like Google might give it a boost.

Let the good times roll

I'm thinking something like this.
It is impossible to foretell our economic future. The world will not move in a straight line from where we are today. It will take surprising turns.

Who could have foreseen the Internet in 1990? Or our current abundance of oil in 2000? Or smart phones and smart watches? Or cars that drive themselves?

Nevertheless, we can look at what is happening today and imagine what it might mean. It's a sort of "what if" game. Economists use this kind of scenario planning all the time as a substitute for actual prediction.

So let us imagine.

Joel Kurtzman, author of Unleashing the Second American Century: Four Forces for Economic Dominance, believes we're entering a time of rapid growth. The reason is energy.
This transformation is not getting the attention it deserves. Since 2008, the U.S. has become the largest producer of energy in the world. It has reduced its oil and gas imports from 40 percent of total consumption to about 14 percent—a total reduction about equal to the amount of energy that Japan uses in a day. The U.S. may soon pay a quarter of what Europe and Asia pay for natural gas. That’s a staggering change. I don’t think there are any historical precedents.
This leading to a resurgence in manufacturing.
The equation has tipped in favor of North America, for several reasons. First, because of factory automation and robotics, the productivity is staggering. The U.S. produces about seven times as much factory output per employee as China does. To be sure, this is tough for individuals. Factory workers need a minimum of two years of college, and ideally four years. But because productivity has grown faster than wages, labor in North America is not much more expensive than in Asia.
Then we get news that Lockheed Martin is building a fusion reactor. It will be a 100-megawatt reactor measuring seven feet by 10 feet, which could fit on the back of a large truck, and will be about 10 times smaller than current reactors. It could generate power for 100,000 homes.

Columnist Richard Hernandez reacts: If the company’s predictions are accurate the development will transform almost every aspect of civilization. Gizmodo sort of loses it
This is an invention that could change civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It's the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works claims it will be operative in 10 years.
If we add to this 3D printing, the Internet of things, robotics, medical miracles, and surprises that haven't surprised us yet, we can imagine that we're in for interesting times.

Morning Rush: Guns, diets, DIY, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, October 16, 2014:

"Who dat?"
Look who keeps a gun at home

It's Mediterranean for metabolic

When to not do it yourself

The savage lands of Islam

Is fusion real this time?

Managing your indigestion

167,000 at-large criminal aliens

When you risk your life

The great washing machine debate

How the press reports race

Video chat with a doctor

Idiot of the Day: Susan Rice

Hypocrite of the Day: Hillary Clinton

You owe someone $200,000

Energy drinks are dangerous

Where have all the hymnals gone?

Today's Word: a liar, a fantasizer

Hahaha: Facebook to freeze employee's children

Amazing kitchen tips:


Martin Luther: music

"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How are you?

How do you typically respond?
  • I am good.
  • I am well.
A person named Lauren Davis says that we mistakenly think we have to say, "I am well." I have no idea who Lauren Davis is. I did discover that she wrote an article entitled, "Can A Human Being Morally Be Friends With A Human-Eating Monster?"

So right there you know we're on somewhat shaky ground, grammar advice-wise.

Her good/well screed appears on a website called "io9," and I'm not going to investigate that, but you are welcome to do so and report back to the group.

The reason we shouldn't be answering "I am good," is that we use "I'm good" as a response to, "Would you like another banana?" "I'm good" means "I have enough banana, thank you." "Yes, we have no bananas" is an acceptable response, but to an entirely different question.

This is entirely off topic, but how did we start responding to "Thank you" with "No problem"? When did we stop saying, "You're welcome." Well, even that is controversial.

So can respond: de nada, don’t mention it, my pleasure, not at all, no worries. I really have issues with "no worries." It makes me itch.

So back to "You're welcome." Here's an explanation of its origin.
The phrase you're welcome, as a response to thank you, dates only from the early part of the 20th century. The first record of it is in W. W. Jacobs' Short Cruises: "'Thank you,’ said the girl, with a pleasant smile. ‘You’re quite welcome,’ said the skipper." This usage popped up so late because welcome meant "well come" (i.e., one's arrival was pleasing) prior to that time, and that was broadened to include such meanings as "pleasing" or "acceptable". That group of meanings, however, arose in Middle English due to the influence of Old French bien venu, "welcome" (literally, "well come"). In Old English, welcome, which had the form wilcuma, meant "one whose coming is pleasing" or applied to someone who was "acceptable as a visitor". It was formed from wil- or will- "will, desire" and cuma "comer, guest".
Does that make anything clearer or make your life better in any little way? If it does, you're welcome. The answer, BTW, was provided by someone named "cookiemonstuhh." So right there you can begin to understand the stability of the ground upon which we stand.

Why we should worry about Ebola

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

~ Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health

NIH scientist.
Here's what the NIH had time for and spent our tax dollars on:
  • The NIH budget included $2.4 million for a new condom design whose inventor is now being investigated for fraud
  • Another $939,000 taught scientists that male fruit flies prefer younger females
  • $257,000 went to create a companion website for Michelle Obama's White House garden
  • It cost $592,000 to determine that chimpanzees with the best poop-flinging skills are also the best communicators, and another $117,000 to learn that most chimps are right-handed
Other winners of NIH grants included $325,000 to learn that marriages are happier when wives calm down more quickly during arguments with their husbands, and $117,000 to discover that most chimpanzees are right-handed.

Not to be outdone, the Centers for Disease Control has its own excuses.

At $7 billion, the CDC 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Here's where that money has gone.
  • Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden appoints a 15-member "Community Preventive Services Task Force" to promote pet Nanny State projects. An obscure Obamacare rule -- Section 4003(b)(1) -- stealthily increased the task force's authority to study "any policies, programs, processes or activities designed to affect or otherwise affecting health at the population level." Last year, the meddling panel extended the agency's reach into transportation safety with a call to impose a federal universal motorcycle helmet law on the country. Is riding a Harley a disease? Why is this the CDC's business?
  • Video games and TV violence. At Obama's behest, in the wake of high-profile school shootings, the CDC scored $10 million last year to study violent video games and media images, as well as to assess "existing strategies for preventing gun violence and identifying the most pressing research questions, with the greatest potential public health impact." Whatever that means. Why is this the CDC's business?
  • Playground equipment. The CDC's "Injury Centers" (Did you know there are 13 of them?) have crafted a "national action plan" and funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nation's playgrounds. Apparently, there aren't enough teachers, parents, local school districts, and county and state regulators to police the slides and seesaws. Why is this the CDC's business?
  • "Social norming" in the schools. The CDC has funded studies and campaigns "promoting positive community norms" and "safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs)" in homes and schools. It's the mother of all government values clarifications programs. So bad attitudes are now a disease. Again, I ask: Why is this the CDC's business?
You can never know if chimp feces contain the Ebola virus, so I advise ducking.

Houston, we have a problem

That's Annise on the left.
When news sounds as though it appeared in The Onion, you have to wonder.
In June of this year, the Houston City Council essentially passed a ‘non-discrimination’ bill to allow transgenders to use whichever bathroom they choose. For obvious reasons critics denounced the bill, arguing that it would allow men to use women’s bathrooms, potentially putting women in danger.
Thus began a petition drive in the city to force the city council to repeal the “bathroom bill.” The drive yielded more than three times the number of signatures needed and was officially certified, but the mayor and city attorney rejected the certification and did nothing.
The mayor, Annise Parker, is a former gay activist who recently married her partner in January of this year.
A lawsuit has been filed against the city for rejecting the valid petitions.
Now city officials are angry and are subpoenaing sermons from local pastors, despite the fact that they have nothing to do with the lawsuit.
The proposed change in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance would specify that no business open to the public could deny a transgender person entry to the restroom consistent with his or her gender identity. 

I know some guys who would be happy to declare themselves transgendered.

Morning Rush: WMDs, engagement rings, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

Of course Saddam had 'em.
Oh, those WMDs

Engagement rings predict divorce

Our mysterious Ebola Czar

Build a robotic vertical garden

Why it's cool to hate Columbus
 
These grammar mistakes are okay

Crook of the Day: Sen. Kay Hagan

Get the best Roku experience

The time we spend on food

Look what's on your cell bill

Weird things we've sent into space

Things a Navy Seal would never say

How do pain relievers work?

Is having an extraordinary life the point?

Today's Word: being or becoming youthful

Hahaha: Yahoo data breach for all four users

A 3D printed drone:


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: achievement

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lies all the way down

"Eric says hello."
By now we are so accustomed to our president saying just any old thing that we hardly react.

The latest is his Obamacare website hiding the premium increases that are in store.
Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1.
"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" has become a running joke. The administration's modified limited hangout on Benghazi has become legendary in the annals of government chicanery.

Victor Davis Hanson tries to keep score.
Remember the al-Qaeda-is-on-the-run 2012-election talking point? It was mostly a lie. The administration deliberately released to sympathetic journalists only those documents from the so-called Osama bin Laden trove that revealed worry and dissension among the terrorists. Then it nourished essays by pet journalists trumpeting the decline of al-Qaeda. 
“On the run” was dropped after the 2012 election, when events on the ground made such an assertion absurd. Recent disclosures by some of the combatants about the night of the Benghazi attack remind us that almost everything Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama swore in the aftermath of the debacle was knowingly false. A video did not cause the attack. 
Talking points were altered. Again, the catalyst for untruth was reelection worries by an administration that believes its exalted ends of social justice allow any means necessary for reaching them.
It's been all about electoral power since the opening days of this administration when Obama's chief enforcer, Eric Holder, refused to prosecute New Black Panther Party thugs intimidating people at the polls.

See you at the polls!

Why were you in Fargo?

We don't trust government any more, surveys show, and there's good reason. Here's a story from astrophysicist Brian Schmidt, who won the 2011 Nobel Physics Prize for co-discovering dark energy.
One of the things you get when you win a Nobel Prize is, well, a Nobel Prize. It’s about that big, that thick [he mimes a disk roughly the size of an Olympic medal], weighs a half a pound, and it’s made of gold.
“When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota, wanted to see it. I was coming around so I decided I’d bring my Nobel Prize. You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. I could see they were puzzled. It was in my laptop bag. It’s made of gold, so it absorbs all the X-rays—it’s completely black.
And they had never seen anything completely black.
“They’re like, ‘Sir, there’s something in your bag.’
I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’
They said, ‘What’s in the box?’
I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does.
So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’
I said, ‘gold.’
And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’
‘The King of Sweden.
‘Why did he give this to you?’
‘Because I helped discover that the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’
At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, ‘Why were you in Fargo?’”
This would be the same government in charge of controlling Ebola.

(American Digest)

Morning Rush: Print a car, don't reply, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, October 14, 2014:

Print your own at home.
The world's first 3D printed car

The email reply-all from hell

Jerk of the Day: John Kerry

The real unemployment rate

It's hard to fool a kid

Is this how phobias started?

Your phone as a cosmic ray detector
Detect these.

Census Bureau brings out the goons

The Ivy League is a joke

Broccoli to treat autism?

They're using your voiceprint

Surprising things you can rent

Be careful where your infant sleeps

Why some women negotiate better

We really want him back in the White House?

Today's Word: friendly, sociable, cheerful

Hahaha: Kim Jong-Un found in woman's nostril

Self-healing plastic repairs bullet holes: