Friday, February 12, 2016

Casual Friday: Happy Boy


"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~ Steven Wright

Call me.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Headline of The Day

Man suddenly remembers who he is, solves his own cold case


Wow.

I guess you can say just any old thing

Women covered, subordinated,
and segregated from men.


Here's what President Obama said at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Oh the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

Obama: “So let’s start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, ‘Islam,’ comes from ‘salam’ — peace.”

Why did Mr. Obama say this? Even Muslim websites acknowledge that “Islam” means “submission” [to Allah], that it comes from the Arabic root “aslama” meaning submission, and that “Islam” is the command form of that verb.

That’s why “Muslim” means “One who submits,” not “One who is peaceful.”

Obama: “Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Koran.” 

The primary, if not only, reason Jefferson had a copy of the Koran was to try to understand the Koran and Islam in light of what the Muslim ambassador from Tripoli had told him and John Adams. When asked why Tripoli pirates were attacking American ships and enslaving Americans, the Muslim ambassador explained that Muslims are commanded to do so by the Koran. 

Jefferson wrote that the Tripoli ambassador told him that “it was written in their Koran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman [Muslim] who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to Paradise.” That’s why Jefferson and Adams had Korans.

Obama: “We can’t be at war with any other religion because the world’s religions are a part of the very fabric of the United States, our national character.” 

It is no insult to any religion to note that this statement is just false. The “world’s religions” are not “part of the very fabric of the United States.” Are Buddhism and Hinduism, for example? Of course not. Nor is Islam. America was founded by Christians rooted in the Jewish Scriptures. Adherents of every religion in the world have become productive American citizens, but only Christianity and Judaism have composed the very fabric of “our national character.”

Obama: “These are the voices of Muslim scholars, some of whom join us today, who know Islam has a tradition of respect for other faiths.” 

Another falsehood. Islam has no such tradition. Islam has always demanded that Jews and Christians be treated as humiliated second-class citizens — when not forced to choose between conversion and death.

So what causes your constipation?

Opioid induced constipation.
Aren't you tired of watching two old people suddenly realize that the moment is right? Or watching a woman being dragged  along by her overactive bladder? Or seeing someone suffer opioid induced incontinence?

Opioid induce incontinence? During the Super Bowl? Really?

The American Medical Association thinks we should ban prescription drug advertising, and so do I. I think I'm most annoyed by those acronyms. I suppose they think they're making their disease sexy by calling it ED or OAB or OIC. OINK.

Of course, they pretty much dissuade you from buying their pills -- while they're flashing pictures of smiling people doing fun things they're basically telling you that their drug can kill you. Or, at a minimum, ruin your weekend.

You know, if I'm going to get hooked on opioids I think I could put up with the constipation. I'm really not into the possibility of hyperhidrosis, chills, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anxiety, irritability, and yawning. Gosh, maybe I'm already taking it.

I'm also irritated by those drug names, obviously concocted by over-paid drug naming companies. Cymbalta, Humira, Celebrex, Lyrica, Abilify. Actually, these aren't bad names for your next child.

Here's how they get those names.
Finding a new name has become increasingly complex and expensive for pharmaceutical companies as more and more drugs get approved. Many companies that used to complete this exercise in-house now hire consultants and branding experts to find one. The entire process may cost companies between $250,000 to $500,000.
“All these drug names -- they mean nothing, they're all coined words or invented words,” says Brannon Cashion, president of Addison Whitney, a firm headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, that has helped to name hundreds of drugs for Merck, Pfizer, Bayer and AstraZeneca. "What makes a good name is -- it is easy to pronounce, it is easy to remember and does it have a neutral to positive impression on your target audience?"
Brannon. Now that's a nice name. You have to figure someone named Brannon is going to go into the naming business. I wonder if he suffers from OIC.

Bernie Sanders, call your office

“I personally happen not to be a great believer in the free enterprise system for many reasons.” 
~ Bernie Sanders

We can only entertain this 74-year-old socialist by ignoring the reality all around us.

The single greatest story of human achievement of the past 2,000 years is the dramatic rise in living standards of the past 200 years, James Pethokoukis writes. It’s an astounding ascent, driven by innovative, entrepreneurial capitalism. Free enterprise. Economic freedom.

Here's a picture of it.
Over the past two centuries, growth has increased living standards in the West unimaginably quickly. Many more babies survive to adulthood. Many more adults survive to old age. Many more people can be fed, clothed and housed. Much of the world enjoys significant quantities of leisure time. Much of the world can carve out decades of their lives for education, skill development and the moral formation and enlightenment that come with it. Growth has enabled this.
Losers like Bernie Sanders can only survive in the wealth he seeks to destroy.

Morning Rush: What feeling well actually means, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, February 11, 2016:

Yummy.
This building eats smog

The worst tax states for retirees

What feeling well actually means

Don't fear financial planning

Honey vs harmful fungus

How Hillary controls the press

What to expect in yoga class

Why drug addicts take risks

How long will your savings last?

The great peanut butter wars

Oh boy: hacking air conditioners

Next: hacking your subconcious

Being lazy might shrink your brain

Negotiate a lower TV/phone bill

There's gold in them thar oceans

There won't always be an England

Today's Word: clear, sharp, ringing

Hahaha: Black history month now Hispanic

The Talkies: Amazon tests its delivery drones:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What we all have to look forward to

Stepping into a brave new world

Might frighten the cats.
Three items in the news today:
There are now more than 260,000 robots working in U.S. factories. A total of 31,464 robots, valued at a combined $1.8 billion, were ordered from North American companies last year. 
The U.S. Navy is getting a hand from university researchers to create a robot that can fight fires onboard its ships. The is granting $600,000 to a professor to develop motion-planning algorithms for firefighting humanoid robots.
U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step towards ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.
None of this answers the really important question: is there a robot that can clean my cat litter boxes?

Apparently there is.

Life is good.

The music of the spheres

If you draw a line between Earth and Venus and let them go about their orbits they will trace a design. Watching the Earth-Venus dance for eight years creates this beautiful five-petal flower with the Sun at the center.

There is more mathematical and geometric harmony in the planets than we realize. Because the inner planet orbits faster than the outer planet, interesting patterns evolve. Each planetary pairing has its own unique dance rhythm. For example, the Earth-Venus dance returns to the original starting position after eight Earth years. Eight Earth years equals thirteen Venus years. Note that 8 and 13 are members of the Fibonacci number series.

Here it is being drawn.
This is a Mandala pattern. These drawings have significance in Eastern religions mostly, but can also be found in expressions of Christianity. For example:
Someone has taken the Earth / Venus orbital dance and set it to music. I can't find any more explanation than that. You can listen to it here:

Morning Rush: This can wreck a relationship, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, February 20, 2016:

883 hidden galaxies.
Wrap your mind around this

Say ohmmm and eat some chocolate

What does "dead" mean?

Your horse can read your emotions

This can wreck your relationship

Winter makes your brain slow down

But exercise gives it a boost

Why tuition keeps going up

Barley vs high blood sugar

Are you sabotaging your career?

Driving robocallers crazy

Working toward a bionic spinal cord

How they will spy on you now

Life among the Neanderthals

How your gut affects your bones

Don't mess with the Ruskies

Today's Word: long saga of heroic exploits

Hahaha: Jeb loses it in heroin

The Talkies: Are electric cars really green?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

You can think yourself healthy

We know that how we think about aging affects how we experience it. Here is what some recent research has uncovered.
A positive view of aging gives a person a 44 percent more likely chance to recover fully from a severe disability.
When trained in positive age stereotypes over the course of several weeks, participants began feeling more positive about their aging self-image and then that, in turn, resulted in significantly improved physical functioning.  
Being exposed to negative stereotypes about aging triggers added stress-heightened cardiovascular responses in the body, whether a person is aware of it or not. 
Holding a positive view of aging gives a person an added 7.5 years of life over those with less positive views of aging. 
Thinking healthy to be healthy is not just for old codgers. Our thoughts affect our immune systems, no matter our age.
A study that followed 95,647 recently widowed individuals found that during the first week after bereavement, mortality was twice the expected rate. There is more to this than a metaphorical "broken heart." 
There is a strong association between sustained stressful life events and the onset of symptoms in functional gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. 
Health professionals working with cancer patients know only too well that a patient's outlook and their quantity and quality of psychological support can hugely impact the outcome of their disease. 
Skin complaints: psoriasis, eczema and asthma are all known to have psychological aspects to them. A stressful day at the office can have you scratching as you reach for the asthma pump. 
The speed at which a surgical patient heals has been linked to psychological factors. For instance, increased levels of fear or distress before surgery have been associated with worse outcomes, including longer stays in the hospital, more postoperative complications and higher rates of re-hospitalization.
"The greatest discovery of my generation." the psychologist William James said, "is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

Morning Rush: Being rude on an airplane, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

I like the jelly filled.
The mystery of the snow donuts

This is why we sigh

Don't overspend on a laptop

Now it's a bionic spinal cord

How rude can you be on an airplane?

The corruption in drug approvals

How to fix your terrible posture

Global cooling will kill us all

Who was in charge during Banghazi?

How regular people made a million

How to get noticed on Linked In

Antidepressants are dangerous for teens

We need to worry about our Navy

Keep your kids out of public schools

Today's Word: impulsive, rashly unpredictable

Hahaha: Coast Guard saves stupid people

The Talkies: training eagles to capture drones

Monday, February 08, 2016

The centralization of human authority

"The modern citizen is a trained wuss. He will take any tyranny for granted, so long as it comes with the “democracy” label. He has been taking it for a long time, as for instance through the income tax department. The department was created not only to pick our pockets, but to give the State access to our most intimate private lives, together with a presumption of guilt in all investigations. The receipts are then applied to leverage debt-based expenditure to purposes themselves, far more often than not, intrinsically evil.

"Centralization of human authority in the modern Nanny State is, in its nature, totalitarian. We have governments in control of huge populations, passing the equivalent of municipal by-laws, that apply to the whole country. And these with the full power of police and army to enforce them should any question arise. This is obviously a recipe from Kafka."

I stand for reason, too

I've discovered what appears to be a recurring feature at Taki's Magazine entitled "The Week That Perished." I share its sentiments and would like to share them with you.
February is not only Black History Month, it is also LGBT History Month, at least in the USA and UK. 
To “kick off” the month—haw!—Britain’s Merseyside Police are replacing their standard-issue black boot laces with rainbow laces to drive home the point that if you’re a filthy, disgusting, verminous, subhuman homophobe or transphobe—or even worse, both—they will kick in your skull as if they were skinheads and you were a Pakistani immigrant. Officials say that the plan will enable police to “give hate crime the boot.” 
Just as NFL players must publicly emasculate themselves and wear pink to fight breast cancer—because, honestly, what bigger health problem faces NFL players than breast cancer?—this all seems like part of an orchestrated psy-ops program to feminize society’s dwindling outposts of unabashed butchness.

Also from Gaye Olde Englande comes news that a Greater Manchester Unitarian church is offering “transgender baptisms” for people who suffer from the mental illness known as gender dysphoria. The church’s female “worship leader” claims that Unitarians stand for “reason,” which is unreasonable, seeing as how the mere act of proclaiming you’re the opposite sex doesn’t magically make it true. 
The Washington Post reports on a poor little misunderstood nine-year-old “Transgender Girl Scout” named Stormi who when attempting to sell cookies door-to-door was rebuffed by a “bully” who reportedly said, “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.” Although that statement is technically untrue—Stormi and his mom engendered enough transgendered sympathy online that they wound up selling 3,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies—it is an indisputable fact that Stormi is a boy in a dress.
And it's indisputable that his Mom went along with this.

Train up a child

At this point, what difference does it make if Barack Hussein Obama is a Christian or a Muslim?

Donald John Trump is a Presbyterian, because he says he is, and we go along with that. So let's stipulate that Obama is a Christian, because he says he is.

I'm sure both of these fine Christians are well-versed in the Scripture. Oh wait ...
President Obama referred to the Bible, but he confused some of the lines and even threw in a proverb that appears nowhere in the religious text. 
“The good book says, don’t throw stones in glass houses,” he said. “Or … make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks’ eyes.”

The expression “they that live in glass houses should not throw stones” is a proverb of unknown origin that has been used in various form for centuries. It does not appear in the Bible.
Well, Obama is familiar with this passage, because he quoted it: "But, you know, my Bible tells me that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it."

Moments before in that speech he described how he was raised.
And I speak with some experience on this matter. I was not raised in a particularly religious household, as undoubtedly many in the audience were. My father, who returned to Kenya when I was just two, was born Muslim but as an adult became an atheist. My mother, whose parents were non-practicing Baptists and Methodists, was probably one of the most spiritual and kindest people I've ever known, but grew up with a healthy skepticism of organized religion herself. As a consequence, so did I.
I take it his speech writer didn't see the irony. Actually, the context in which Obama uttered "train up a child" was contraceptive training for boys and girls. I'm not sure if King Solomon had that in mind when he wrote the book of Proverbs.

Do The O and The Donald know this passage?
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. ~ Matthew 7:30
The context is interesting:
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
I think this means let's watch what he does and not what he says. Perhaps that's why a third of Americans think Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.

Morning Rush: Your voice affects your emotions, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, February 8, 2016:

Don't frighten the cows.
Dying stars give us red barns

Your voice affects your emotions

It's chocolate for expecting moms

Americans to Al Gore: Shut up

The satellites can see your backyard

What Cam Newton owes California

It's time for faster WiFi

Honey vs harmful fungus

Our kids: So it's come to this

Here comes another mortgage crisis

Get ready for animals as people

Flint was always a failing city 

No, it wasn't the hottest year on record

Our television shows are propaganda

Why it's cheaper to heat your home

Today's Word: attendant, subordinate

Hahaha: Peyton says he has one more left

The Talkies: Rules for self-driving cars:

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Vespers: The Resurrection, O Christ Saviour


The St. Petersburg State Capella Choir sings "Thy Resurrection, O Christ Saviour" from the Russian Orthodox Divine service for Easter.

The paintings are of the ancient Russian city of Pskov.

If you want to talk about the winter

Aquabobs, ice shoggles, ice candles, ice shackles, whatever.
We're having a bit of winter here, with enough snow to keep Scout, the Wonder Dog, excited and me slipping. A word for that is "laying weather."

I came across that and other useful words for this season. Hey, amaze your friends with your brilliance.

Crule. To shiver with cold, or to crouch by a fire to warm up.

Ice legs. If sea legs are a person’s ability to walk safely around a ship at sea, then ice legs are the wintertime equivalent: It’s the ability to walk on snow or skate on ice without falling over.
Meggle. Meggle is an old Scots word meaning "to trudge laboriously through mud or snow."

Hogamadog. When you roll a snowball through a field of snow and it slowly gets bigger and bigger, that’s a hogamadog.

Snow bones. They’re the lines of snow or ice left at the sides of roads after the rest of the snow has melted. 

Moble. To moble is to wrap up your head with a hood. More loosely, it’s used to mean to wear layers of clothes to keep warm.

Mufflements. An old Lancashire dialect word for thick, warm, insulating clothes. Just remember to moble them too.

Hapwarm. Hap is an old Yorkshire word for a heavy fall of snow, and, likewise, hapwarm is an 18th century dialect word for a heavy, all-covering item of clothing, worn to keep in the heat and keep out the cold.

Aquabob. An 18th century word for an icicle. Also called ice-shoggles, ice-candles or ice-shackles. A drop of water from an icicle is an icelet or a meldrop.

Moorkaavie. Probably derived from an old Norse word, kave, meaning “a heavy snowfall or shower of rain,” moorkaavie is a Scots dialect word for a blinding snowstorm. The moor part is thought to be an old word for a crowd or swarm. 

Laying weather. An 18th century expression for any weather conditions in which snow lies on the ground.

Snow blossom. Spangle, flauchten, and snow-blossom are all old words for single snowflakes.

Clart. A single flake of snow large enough to stick to your clothes is a clart. 

Peck of apples. An old English dialect nickname for a slip or fall on ice.

Rone. Rone (also called ronnie) is an old Scots word for a sheet or patch of ice that children slide on. 

Punder. When the wind blows the snow off or away from something, that’s pundering.
Ice bolt. As well as being another name for an avalanche, the word ice-bolt was coined in the late 1700s for a sudden sharp feeling of the cold.

Snow broth. A 17th century word for the water released by melting snow.
Shurl. When all the snow slides off a roof after it begins to thaw, that’s a shurl.

They saw His glory

From The Lectionary:

Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

9:28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.

9:29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

9:30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.

9:31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

9:32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.

9:33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said.

9:34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.

9:35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"

9:36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

9:37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.

9:38 Just then a man from the crowd shouted, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child.

9:39 Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him.

9:40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not."

9:41 Jesus answered, "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."

9:42 While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

9:43a And all were astounded at the greatness of God.

John Mitchell Mason: judging

"Judge thyself with the judgment of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgment of charity."

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Amarillo gets itself fundamentally transformed

Here is Obama's fundamental transformation in action:
Celebrating Amarillo teacher who works with refugees.
What is the effect of this? Look at Amarillo, Texas. Karen Sherman, who recently moved from there, describes it.
“Amarillo is overrun with refugees. Our city is failing because of the refugees. We have 22 different languages spoken in our schools. We’ve got 42 languages being fielded by our 9-1-1 call centers, and crime is just through the roof. We need to exercise caution, especially for the sake of our children,”
Sherman said Amarillo, a city of just more than 200,000 people, has gang violence that has surpassed that of much larger Texas cities such as Fort Worth. Amarillo was recently named the fifth most dangerous city in Texas, according to FBI crime statistics, up from sixth last year. And it has been nationally recognized as having one of the highest rates of rape in the nation
“If people don’t choose to follow the law, you cannot hire enough police officers. Whether you believe (in the Judeo-Christian God) or not, your values and your principles were influenced by that. Now we’re asking that these people come here, who have been taught for thousands of years of violence and hatred, and we’re expecting them to come here and assimilate to our way of life. This is a dangerous and foolish expectation.”
Assimilation is antithetical to fundamental transformation.

Where were the men?

They just stood by.
Here's a question about the mass assaults by refugee men on women on Cologne, Germany: Where were the German men?

"For those of us who grew up in Soviet Russia," the journalist Alexander Maistrovoy writes, "it would be inconceivable that some drunk young people could publicly mock and harass girls on New Year’s Eve in the very center of Moscow or Saint Petersburg. 

"If they dared to do this, they wouldn’t survive until the morning; they would become “martyrs” and would have their way with 72 virgins in a completely different realm."
Ethical codes, embedded in us on a genetic level, would demand that we intervene on behalf of the women. Especially in a situation where normal adult men were more numerous than the rapists, and the rapists themselves were not terrorists, cyborgs or aliens, but mere street punks. 
As it turned out, in Germany, Sweden, Austria and elsewhere, these codes were fatally violated. A great number of strong healthy men, having heard the girls screaming and crying, and having seen the crimes being committed, didn’t do anything to save the victims. 
What has happened to the world when men, women, politicians, and the elite betray their daughters and children in order to please newcomers with their baser instincts and a cult of male power? he asks.
The answer is sad: the culture of postmodernism has managed to do what couldn’t be achieved even by the Communist propaganda machine. It has degraded the instinct of self-preservation, a natural reaction embedded in humans on a genetic level, the ability to feel compassion and protect a victim – a woman, a girl, a child. An abstract ideology has suppressed the mind and senses. 
I left the USSR as a hater of Soviet totalitarianism. Now I realize that the cultural totalitarianism of political correctness has turned out to be much more poisonous. 
The Soviet regime dictated harsh rules and established censorship. However, people remained normal human beings. They laughed at authorities, composed jokes about Brezhnev, made satirical films in spite of the censorship, and learned to read newspapers between the lines. 
Cultural totalitarianism succeeded much more. It affirmed a relentless self-censorship, turned people into sterile zombies, and exterminated basic senses of responsibility and dignity. It changed the very nature of man, and indeed, it was a unique experiment on their own people.
And it will happen here.

Morning Rush: This is your life on hold, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, February 4, 2016:

For your ears, Bud.
Is this the future of listening?

This is your life on hold

Do you really need to take vitamins?

Why your brain is folded

The IRS scandal is 1,000 days old

Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain

Is your house an investment?

A modern view of ethics by experts

How you think about aging matters

CT scans seem to be safe

A Latino in the White House?

About those expiration dates on food

Hillary's Wall Street cash machine

Keep your kids out of public schools

How To: behave at a funeral

Today's Word: scornfully insulting

Hahaha: Our counterterrorists hard at work

The Talkies: Political correctness run amok: