Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Anthony Trollope: self estimation

"Never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning."

Monday, July 16, 2018

Evil comes calling with its own flag

Pedophiles are rebranding themselves as “MAPs” or “Minor Attracted Persons” in an effort to gain acceptance and be included into the LGBT community, according to several reports from LGBT news sites.
According to Urban Dictionary, the blanket term MAP includes infantophiles (infants), pedophiles (pre-pubescent children), hebephiles (pubescent children), and ephebophiles (post-pubescent children). Some MAPs also refer to themselves as NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons”.

These pedophiles seek to be a part of the LGBT+ community, even going so far as to make a “Pride” flag for Gay Pride Month.
Jessica Jenkins warns:
The “MAP/NOMAP community” tries to pull at people’s heartstrings by claiming that pedophiles are misunderstood marginalized people, and that as long as their attraction to children is not acted upon — or in some cases when they get permission from the child — that they should not be villainized.

Sites such as “The Prevention Project” claim to be aimed at helping children, reminiscent of testimonials of struggling gay youth, under headlines like “everyone needs support.”
You can see an example of that here. The speaker is Mirjam Heine from the University of Würzburg in Germany. She says of herself: "Mirjam hopes for a society where people support one another to be the best version of themselves."

Sweet, appealing airhead. And evil.

Those carbs are killing you

Just one more!
You and I have been guinea pigs in a vast federal government experiment in nutrition. And it's killing us.
“What right has the federal government to propose that the American people conduct a vast nutritional experiment, with themselves as subjects, on the strength of so little evidence?” asks Dr. Phillip Handler, the former president of the U.S. National Academy of Science. 
He's referring, of course, to sloppy "studies" suggesting that high fat diets lead to heart disease and that high-carbohydrate diets protect us. Nutritionists still follow this advice.

Dr. Eric Thorn, a cardiologist affiliated with the Virginia Hospital Center, says plainly: "For decades, our public health leaders have dispensed deadly dietary advice. That needs to change. Many doctors, myself included, have seen with our own eyes how low-carb diets help patients lose weight, reverse their diabetes and improve their cholesterol."
A report published last year in The Lancet that studied nutrition among more than 135,000 people across 18 different countries — making it the largest-ever observational study of its kind -- found that people who ate the least saturated fat — about the same amount currently recommended for heart patients — had the highest rates of heart disease and mortality. Meanwhile, people who consumed the most saturated fat had the lowest rate of strokes.
And an analysis of more than a dozen studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that patients on low-carb diets had healthier body weights and cardiovascular systems than those on conventional low-fat diets.
Now just try to get those carbs out of your diet. Good luck.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Vespers: Plainsong and Chant

This is a collection of plainsongs and chants performed by various Russian Orthodox choirs.

Plainsong is a body of chants used in the liturgies of the Western Church. Plainsong is monophonic, consisting of a single, unaccompanied melodic line. Its rhythm is generally freer than the metered rhythm of later Western music.

Here is a bit of history about plainsong in Russia.
Following Russian acceptance of the Orthodox faith from Greek-speaking Byzantium, a mixture of Greek and Slavic music emerged from the 11th century onwards. Although this music was generally permeated by chant, other similar forms took shape during the 15th and 16th centuries. Indeed, until the early 17th century, unaccompanied plainsong was the dominant form in Russian Orthodox liturgy, and the St. Petersburg Imperial Chapel Choir was still entrenched in a style that was heavily dependent upon homophony (block chords) with occasional contrapuntal experiments. 
The first piece in this collection is "Dominus vobiscum." It is sung in Latin by the USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir. Dominus vobiscum (Latin: "The Lord be with you") is an ancient salutation and blessing traditionally used by the clergy in the Roman Catholic Mass and other liturgies, as well as liturgies of other Western Christian denominations.

Image: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg.

Police lip synching: the new new thing

It all started with Alexander Mena, a deputy in the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff's Office. His department posted a video of Mena singing "Fuiste Mala" by the Kumbia Kings on June 19. As of today, the video has 1.4 million views.

Now police departments across the country have taken up the challenge. Here's the first one I saw.

A whole lot more here.

The Earth is the Lord's and all that is in it

From The Lectionary:

Psalm 24
24:1 The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;

24:2 for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

24:3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?

24:4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.

24:5 They will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of their salvation.

24:6 Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

24:7 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.

24:8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle.

24:9 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.

24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi: discovery

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."

Friday, July 13, 2018

Casual Friday: Call Me the Breeze

Just two working days til Friday!

"Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here." ~ Groucho Marx

The Madness: What is the square root of cheese?

"Harvard brain study finds people actually get dumber during a heat wave." ~ CBS

Got cheese?
Coming out of the silo. Gay farmers go naked to help raise awareness of mental health.

Did he blink? A Colorado businessman running for Congress agreed to be pepper sprayed in the eyes — to prove to voters that Mace can stop a school shooter.

I love you, too. A teacher in one of the hardest-hit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School classrooms says her plan to stop the gunman if he walked in was to tell him: “I love you.”

You could always go to Germany. "Hurricane Maria Made Me A Climate Change Refugee: If we don’t act now, our stories will be echoed in the years to come by the cautionary tales of thousands — millions — of other climate refugees."

There won't always be an England. A British man was arrested Saturday after he was found walking the streets of Dunfermline, Scotland, with a potato peeler.

Can we start with mosquitos? "We are sleepwalking into a mass extinction of a magnitude unparalleled since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs," says a professor of evolutionary paleobiology at the University of Bath.

You want fries with that? People driving by a McDonald's in Lynwood, California, might be baffled by golden arches, typically standing as an M, now flipped over to become a W. The upside-down arches are in "celebration of women everywhere," a McDonald's representative said.

Rooting out violence. Students in Louisiana thought this math symbol looked like a gun. Police were called and searched one of the student’s homes.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article201604224.html#storylink=cpy

Read my lips. Peter Strzok admitted to Congress on Thursday that he “detested” Donald Trump and was rooting for Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election. While acknowledging his animus to Trump, Strzok insisted in Thursday’s hearing that bias did not affect his work on the Trump-Russia investigation.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Why walking through a door makes you forget

You get up and go into another room and forget why.
University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains. “Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

So I'm going to suggest that when you need something in another room you stay in the room you're in so that you won't forget.

Notes & Comment: Evil comes waving a flag

The flag of evil.
From all over:

Everybody be nice. Popularity and the desire to be liked are at the center of our contemporary political disasters. One of the general rules of rhetoric I’ve observed is a tendency for the nicest opinion to be preferred to the not-nice, all other things being equal. If, for instance, I were to say that most poor people in America are poor due to bad choices, and another were to say that most people in America were poor due to no fault of their own, the latter is more palatable. It is nicer. And since it is nicer, it is generally preferred by popular opinion irrespective of whether or not it is actually correct.

No, it's not Ellis Island. The use of language is key to influencing public policy and the Socialist Democrats are experts at using it to conjure up images that play to our emotions. By falsely portraying invaders as immigrants, they are attempting to connect and tie our past history of immigration to today's unlawful invasion by those who believe invading our home is their right and not a privilege.

Bring back the nuthouse. In the U.S. today, jails and prisons have become our mental asylums. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that some 365,000 American adults with serious mental illness are behind bars and an additional 770,000 are on probation or parole. Two generations of policy have led to the mass closing of state mental hospitals. The extent of the resulting problems—for the seriously mentally ill in general, not just those in jails or prisons—is so widespread that a case is building to bring back the asylum, especially for those who pose a risk to others or themselves.

It's just "fundamental transformation." With the flood of new evidence from recent days, it is becoming increasingly difficult to deny that President Obama – undeniably the most pro-Russian president in American history – and his men abused the powers of their offices not only to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump but also to undermine and lay the foundation for the overthrow of Trump’s administration. After a year of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s reign of terror, complete with a rotten, corrupt FBI at his service that since the closing days of the Obama administration has become a secret police agency more like the KGB, the Stasi, or the Gestapo, than the supposedly most respected law enforcement agency in the world, routinely committing outrages against America’s free institutions that would have made J. Edgar Hoover blush.

We're not gonna take it anymore. A disproportionate percentage of those on the Left (not traditional liberals) do not lack for material needs, have no religion and are single and/or childless. Those left-wing screamers you see in restaurants, the left-wing mobs on campus, the left-wing “antifa” thugs and the left-wing Black Lives Matter demonstrators who close down bridges and highways do not generally consist of married people with children who attended church the previous Sunday. These people find this lack of purpose assuaged by leftism. It provides meaning and excitement, a very heady combination.

What evil calls itself. Pedophiles are rebranding themselves as “MAPs” or “Minor Attracted Persons” in an effort to gain acceptance and be included into the LGBT community. According to Urban Dictionary, the blanket term MAP includes infantophiles (infants), pedophiles (pre-pubescent children), hebephiles (pubescent children), and ephebophiles (post-pubescent children). Some MAPs also refer to themselves as NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons.” These pedophiles seek to be a part of the LGBT+ community, even going so far as to make a “Pride” flag for Gay Pride Month.

Drink café au lait, live forever

I've said all of this before, but it's worth repeating: Coffee and whole milk are good for you. Let's go to the video tape.

A study of about a half million people found that those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had about a 12 percent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers. This included decaf, although the scientists confirmed that decaf is strictly for girly men.

I've also told you about milk over the years, but you didn't listen, so I'm telling you again: Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

The study found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke -- two of the country's biggest killers often associated with a diet high in saturated fat. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported.

So there.

Here's how they make café au lait in New Orleans. Of course they have it with beignets. Recent research has found that enjoying beignets with your café au lait increases your lifespan by 123 percent. Native New Orleanians routinely live to be 183 or 184, depending on the humidity at the hour of their birth.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The truth is Christianity is growing

Don't believe what you read, such as:
“Meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” Statements like this are uttered with such confidence and frequency that most Americans accept them as uncontested truisms. This one emerged just this month in an exceedingly silly article in The Atlantic on Vice President Mike Pence.
Here's what is really going on: Research by scholars at Harvard University and Indiana University Bloomington questioned the “secularization thesis.” The researchers proclaim that religion continues to enjoy “persistent and exceptional intensity” in America.
The percentage of Americans who attend church more than once a week, pray daily, and accept the Bible as wholly reliable and deeply instructive to their lives has remained absolutely, steel-bar constant for the last 50 years or more, right up to today. These authors describe this continuity as “patently persistent.”
Mainline churches are tanking as if they have super-sized millstones around their necks. Yes, these churches are hemorrhaging members in startling numbers, but many of those folks are not leaving Christianity. They are simply going elsewhere. Because of this shifting, other very different kinds of churches are holding strong in crowds and have been for as long as such data has been collected. In some ways, they are even growing. This is what this new research has found.
Everyone knows why this is.
When the so-called “progressive” churches question the historicity of Jesus, deny the reality of sin, support abortion, ordain clergy in same-sex relationships and perform their marriages, people desiring real Christianity head elsewhere. Fact: evangelical churches gain five new congregants exiled from the liberal churches for every one they lose for any reason. They also do a better job of retaining believers from childhood to adulthood than do mainline churches.
The people refuse to be fooled.

Let your dishwasher do its job

If you think washing your dishes by hand saves water and, therefore, the planet, think again.
Research shows that this isn't the case anymore, with dishwashers becoming not only far cheaper to run, but also much more water- and energy-efficient.
"In order to wash the same amount of dishes that can fit in a single load of a full size dishwasher and use less water, you would need to be able to wash eight full place settings and still limit the total amount of time that the faucet was running to less than two minutes," says an EPA official who specializes in dishwashers.
I, for one, am greatly relieved that our taxes are paying the salary of a guy who tells us how to wash dishes.
This year, Washington will spend a near-record $33,054 per household and collect $26,198 per household in taxes. The resulting budget deficit of $6,856 per household will bring the total national debt to nearly $170,000 per household. Federal spending has soared more than $5,000 per household since 2007.
You can be thankful that you're getting some sound kitchen advice for your hard-earned money.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Heroes: She stood up and charged the shooter

I'm just now hearing about what happened during the shooting of the newspaper staff in Baltimore. Danielle Ohl reports.
When a man with a shotgun shattered the glass door of the Capital Gazette newspaper office and began to shoot, Wendi Winters stood up.

Weeks before the June 28 attack in Annapolis, Winters had taken active shooter training at her church, where a police officer presented the options: Run if you can run. Hide if you can hide. Fight only if you must.

Winters fought.

Janel Cooley, a survivor of the shooting that killed Winters and four others, said she watched from under her desk as the 20-year newspaper veteran rose to meet her attacker.

Winters charged forward holding a trash can and recycling bin, said Cooley, a sales consultant. Winters shouted something like, “No! You stop that!” or “You get out of here!” like she was warding off an unwanted dog.

“She may have distracted him enough that he forgot about me because I definitely stood up and was looking at the door,” Cooley said. “I’m sure he wasn’t expecting … anyone to charge him.”

Winters’ colleagues agree she saved their lives. Of the 11 employees in the office during the attack, six survived.
From the details her family has of the attack, Winters’ son Phoenix Geimer said, “It sounds like her.
She’s got four kids — she’s not going to take it from anyone.”

It's not just fake news we have to worry about

A lot of the scientific reports floating around out there are bosh.
A few years ago, two researchers took the 50 most-used ingredients in a cook book and studied how many had been linked with a cancer risk or benefit, based on a variety of studies published in scientific journals.The result? Forty out of 50, including salt, flour, parsley and sugar.
Pressure on researchers, competition between journals and the media's insatiable appetite for new studies announcing revolutionary breakthroughs has meant such articles continue to be published, Ivan Couronne writes.
When studies are replicated, they rarely come up with the same results. Only a third of the 100 studies published in three top psychology journals could be successfully replicated in a large 2015 test.
"The majority of papers that get published, even in serious journals, are pretty sloppy," said John Ioannidis, professor of medicine at Stanford University, who specializes in the study of scientific studies.
What to do: Ioannidis recommends asking the following questions: is this something that has been seen just once, or in multiple studies? Is it a small or a large study? Is this a randomized experiment? Who funded it? Are the researchers transparent?

Diet is one of the worst areas, and I'm one of the worst offenders, because I like to tout the fact that if you drink lots of coffee and eat lots of chocolate you will live forever.
The problem also comes from the media, which according to Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch, which covers the withdrawal of scientific articles, needs to better explain the uncertainties inherent in scientific research, and resist sensationalism.

"We're talking mostly about the endless terrible studies on coffee, chocolate and red wine," he said.

"Why are we still writing about those? We have to stop with that."
No. I want people to know how to live forever.

The art of not being boring

One of my favorite writers, who uses the pseudonym The Z Man, explains how to save your friends from your boring self.
When telling a story in a social setting, you should always have a point. No one cares about what you had for lunch, unless it was something bizarre or unusual. If you had a delicious turkey club for lunch, that’s not something anyone wants to know. Now, if the waiter stripped naked and ran screaming into the street after serving you that delicious turkey club, then you have a story with a point. That’s an amusing tale.

Your stories and anecdotes don’t have to be amusing. Not everyone is a comedian. What’s important is you have some reason for telling the story. This is a courtesy to the listener. By having a point, you are showing respect to the listener, whether it it by sharing information with them or making them laugh with an amusing story. When your stories are pointless recitations of mundane events, you are, whether you realize it or not, insulting the audience. At the minimum, you are wasting their time, which is just as bad.

You should also avoid unnecessary details. That story about the waiter stripping down and running into the street is a good example. If you spend five minutes describing the menu and the turkey sandwich, then thirty seconds on the naked man, you made an amusing tale into misery for your listeners. Sure, a little setup to the big reveal is a good way to create tension, but a little goes a long way. In a social setting, a good story is one that avoids extraneous details and never lasts more that three or four minutes.

Never explain the obvious. This is the most common error boring people make when telling a story. For some reason, they think they need to explain what everyone on earth has known since childhood. In the case of our turkey club, the boring person will actually explain what he means by turkey club or maybe even talk about the history of the turkey club. When in doubt, skip it. If people need more detail, they will ask.

Never tell a story that requires a back story. Boring people often start a story that should last three minutes, then veer into a long back story that they think is necessary to appreciate the tale. For example, the they will veer into a story about how they met their lunch companion in the turkey club story. The result is a dull story about the lunch companion, plus a dull description of lunch and the details of a turkey club. This is misery for listeners.

The boring also have a funny habit of talking over people. They ignore the little things others do to signal to the the boring that they need to stop talking. The boring are strangely competitive in their dullness. If you notice people starting to speak as soon as you take a breath, that they start looking at their phones or start looking around the room for familiar faces, you are the boring guy. You are not going to improve this situation by talking louder or talking over any interruptions. Take the hint and wrap up your story.

Always invite others to tell their story or comment on the topic of conversation. People will find your turkey club story more interesting if you showed interest in their lunch story. A little active listening goes a long way. It not only keeps you from droning on about the delicious turkey club you had the other day, it makes you seem more interesting to others. Boring people are selfish people, in that they are only interested in their point of view, in far too much detail.

Finally, if it is a story you tell often and the listener is someone you know well, assume you told them the story, because you almost certainly did. Start with “If I told this before, stop me” or maybe, “I probably told this story before…” This gives them the right to stop you from boring them with the 80th retelling. This is not just a courtesy to the listener. It actually makes you seem more interesting, because you are not focused on yourself, but on the listener. This is flattering to the listener and and they will think better of you for it.
Now let me tell you about these new shoes.

Monday, July 09, 2018

We sit by and watch the barbarian

“The more I see of what you call civilization, the more highly I think of what you call savagery!”  
 ~ Robert E. Howard

“A Vision de Hugo, 1802–1902.” Théophile Steinlen
Did you hear the one about the Muslim who beheaded his one-year-old daughter in a German train station?

Probably not. Angela Merkel’s pro-migrant government has banned German media from reporting it. I don't encourage you to watch this video, but I offer it as evidence.

Did you hear the one about the two abortionists playing with the bodies of two aborted babies? I assume the babies were dead at this point, but who knows? I don't encourage you to watch this video, but I offer it as evidence.

These fully formed "products of conception" were were making a small contribution  to "reproductive rights" or "reproductive health" or "women's health care." Thanks, guys.

In an indication of how sick our society is, Facebook, which has pro-abortion leanings (all the coole people, do, right?), allowed the video to be posted, because: "We haven't removed it from Facebook because it may help rescue the child in question. To learn more about what you can do to help or find support, please visit the Help Center."

The Facebook Help Center suggests, helpfully: "If you see images on Facebook of a child being physically abused or sexually exploited, please contact your local law enforcement immediately. They may be able to identify and rescue the child."

Too late. (Irony is also dead.)

"We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.” ~ Hilaire Belloc

If this isn't Big Brother, I don't know what is

In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected TVs, then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes.
Samba TV is one of the bigger companies that track viewer information to make personalized show recommendations. The company said it collected viewing data from 13.5 million smart TVs in the United States, and it has raised $40 million in venture funding from investors including Time Warner, the cable operator Liberty Global and the billionaire Mark Cuban.

Once enabled, Samba TV can track nearly everything that appears on the TV on a second-by-second basis, essentially reading pixels to identify network shows and ads, as well as programs on Netflix and HBO and even video games played on the TV. Samba TV has even offered advertisers the ability to base their targeting on whether people watch conservative or liberal media outlets and which party’s presidential debate they watched.
You would have known all this had you read Samba's 10,000 words of privacy policy and terms of service.

Do you have a "smart TV?"  A smart TV, sometimes referred to as connected TV or hybrid TV, is a television set with integrated Internet and interactive "Web 2.0" features. Relax. I don't know what that means, either.

How to get rid of Samba. They don't want you to, of course.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Free fun

The open office idea is a scam

Employers like open "offices" because they're cheaper than real offices -- you know, with walls and a door. That's it. That's all there is to it.

Oh, you think your company cares about collaboration? Oh really?

The evidence builds. A new study finds:
Contrary to what’s predicted by the sociological literature, the 52 participants studied spent 72% less time interacting face-to-face after the shift to an open office layout. To make these numbers concrete: In the 15 days before the office redesign, participants accumulated an average of around 5.8 hours of face-to-face interaction per person per day. After the switch to the open layout, the same participants dropped to around 1.7 hours of face-to-face interaction per day.

“[In] an internal and confidential management review, [the company’s] executives reported to us qualitatively that productivity, as defined by the metrics used by their internal performance management system, had declined after the redesign to eliminate spatial boundaries.” 
Please don't interact with me. I'm begging you.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Anatomy of a political hit job

Don't mess with Rod.
Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, has been accused of ignoring the sexual abuse of college wrestlers by a doctor when Jordan was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University.

The alleged abuse occurred more than 23 years ago. So why would it be surfacing now? Is there any such thing as a coincidence?

Let's see. Jim Jordan's name has been tossed about as a possible replacement for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Jordan has also led the charge against the corruption at the FBI and DOJ and is known for many heated debates in hearings. Watch:

You just don't want to cross the Deep State. 

This just happens to be another coincidence: The law firm investigating the Ohio State charges is none other than Perkins Coie. This firm is complicit in the coup attempt against President Trump:
Perkins Coie lawyer Marc Elias hired the company that compiled a dossier with allegations about Donald Trump’s Russia connections, the law firm confirmed on Tuesday.

Elias hired the company, Fusion GPS, to assist in the law firm’s representation of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, report the New York Times and the Washington Post, which was first with the story. The Clinton campaign and the DNC helped pay for the opposition research, the stories report.
How hard would it be for the firm to find someone to accuse Rep. Jordan?
One of the accusers, Mike DiSabato is being accused by the widow of a marine for intimidating and bullying her over a memorial fund set up in her husband’s name. Another accuser served time in prison for a $1.8 million fraud scheme. 
It's personal.
DiSabato’s confrontational relationship with Jim Jordan and the Jordan family extends well beyond his college wrestling days. The Jordans are themselves a family of wrestlers. Jim’s brother, Jeff, runs a wrestling camp and also runs his own line of sports apparel. Emails obtained by CRTV show DiSabato attempting to report Jeff’s sons Micah and Bo — Ohio State wrestlers — for supposedly violating NCAA rules by wearing kneepads produced by their father’s business. Ultimately, Jeff Jordan and a spokesperson for Jim Jordan say, the university found that the use of the kneepads was not in violation of the NCAA’s amateurism regulations.
In addition to his problem with the widow, DiSabato had an ugly run-in with Bret Adams, a sports agent who represents former Ohio State and NFL football star Chris Spielman. Earlier this year, DiSabato was arrested on charges of telecommunications threats against Adams. And Adams has sued DiSabato for defamation, alleging that the former wrestler falsely told business associates that Adams was racist and sexist.

Jordan should have realized what would happen if he crossed Hillary. She has a history.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Casual Friday: In the Summertime

Just two working days til Monday!

"No shirt, no pants, no problem." ~ anon

The Madness: Save the squirrels!

The Earth’s waters are laced with drugs—from prescription and over-the counter medications, to caffeine, to antibiotics from personal care products. Marine environments are also tainted with illegal drugs. ~ Smithsonian

Look! I'm a tree!
I told you there is something in the water. It's Friday, so it must be time to survey the madness. Hold on.

Try twisting them. Brigid Delaney, a writer for the Guardian Australia, is the latest victim of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The headline of Delaney’s column Wednesday says it all: “I stopped going to the gym because of Trump. Now I can’t open jars.”

Nuts. A woman was arrested after leaving her pet squirrel in a hot car that reached temperatures over 100°F.  

Use less tape next time. A California university professor died during a bondage session at the home of a Hollywood executiv. Doran George, 48, who was born Duncan Gilbert and did not use gendered pronouns, had been wrapped “head to toe in plastic wrap and gaffer’s tape, with small breathing holes at the nose and mouth,” according to an autopsy report. “The decedent’s partner observed that the decedent was not reacting properly."

Duck and cover. Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer said perhaps there could be a "nuclear war" that would provide a "real course correction" to Donald Trump's presidency.

Woman speak with forked tongue. A 23-year-old woman has revealed her incredible transformation after spending more than $8,000 on body modifications, including a split tongue and blue inkings on her eyeballs.

Well, it's Hollywood. The city of West Hollywood will honor adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known by her stage name Stormy Daniels, with a key to the city and a public proclamation Wednesday for her role in the “#RESIST movement.” Daniels has “proven herself to be a profile in courage by speaking truth to power even under threats to her safety and extreme intimidation.”

And they're boring, as well. Novelist Barbara Kingsolver seriously asserts that trees are people too. "Trees do most of the things you do, just more slowly. They compete for their livelihoods and take care of their families, sometimes making huge sacrifices for their children. They breathe, eat and have sex. They give gifts, communicate, learn, remember and record the important events of their lives."

Don't forget to take your aspirin

If you're taking a daily low-dose aspirin for your heart, you get a bonus: It may well help prevent Alzheimer's.

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center showed that aspirin decreases plaques in the brain that are leading mechanisms in dementia and memory loss.
The team showed that amyloid plaque pathology can be decreased with aspirin because it stimulates lysosomes -- the part of animal cells that help clear cellular debris. Another protein called TFEB regulates waste removal. They found that the aspirin increased TFEB, stimulated lysosomes and decreased amyloid plaque in the mice.
If you understand that you probably won't get Alzheimer's anyway. Or if you're a mouse and get to participate in one of these studies.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Linda Berdoll: forgiveness

"Because he has never forgiven himself any fault, he can forgive no one else's."

Bored with the border? What will it be this week?

Effective, but fake.
All across the country, and even in Canada, well-meaning people have taken to the streets to protest the treatment of children on our Mexican border.

How could so many people get so involved so suddenly?

I suspect the master community organizer, Barack Obama, funded by George Soros, has a lot to do with it. The organizer runs Organizing for Action, and it is busy.
When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.
OFA has a network of leftist nonprofits, a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

Meantime, billionaire George Soros has been busy at our border. He gets credit for the caravan that showed up with much fanfare a few months ago.
The caravan is organized by a group called Pueblo sin Fronteras. But the effort is supported by the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which includes Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services and the American Immigration Lawyers Association – thus the acronym CARA. At least three of the four groups are funded By George Soros’ Open Society Foundation,
The whole thing was brilliant. Who can resist the plight of a child?

But it was flawed. That became obvious when some fool published photos of caged kids -- except that the photos were taken in 2014 under the reign of Barack the Eloquent. Oops!

All of the big hearted people who got on their high horse this year didn't in that year. Oops! Nor do they seem to care that in 2016 there were 437,465 children in foster care, 155,632 of whom were under the age of five. Or that innocent children are routinely torn away from legally innocent parents in enormous numbers and for reasons that have nothing to do with their wishes, safety, health, or welfare. This is the routine practice of family courts.

And, of course, more than a half million unborn babies are murdered every year.

How to do something about Independence Day

You might look around your area for companies run by veterans and support them. The federal government does this. Here is one list to get you started. You can also search here.

Three companies are highlighted here. I'll pick one, Black Rifle Coffee, because "it's all about guns, coffee, and patriotism."
When the company’s founder, Even Hafer, a Green Beret, was deployed overseas, he “struggled to find good coffee.” His solution? “Buy a small one pound roaster and roast his own coffee for he and the rest of his team.” This venture went so well and became so much a part of his daily routine that when Hafer got out of the service he continued to make coffee. 
Though he started the company with $1,700 in his basement, it now boasts over 100 employees — 60 percent of whom are veterans — with offices in San Antonio and Salt Lake City, with one in Nashville coming soon. Semanoff estimates they have been growing about 700 percent every year for the past three years.

“One of the greatest parts of what we do is the feedback we get from customers and reports of how we as a company [have] helped a veteran or family member stay motivated after getting out of the service, get an education, or start a business. At the end of the day we are here to serve our veteran community and help them integrate back into society after returning home,” Semanoff said.

Despite their name and social media presence full of photos and videos of gun-toting men and women drinking coffee and brandishing guns, the company hasn't taken much heat from the anti-Second Amendment crowd and stays out of politics, preferring instead to focus on coffee.
They also have apparel and Coffee, or Die Magazine. The cool just does not stop.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

How to recognize and deal with heat stroke

My friends and family in South Louisiana would wonder what the fuss is all about, but here in Southern New England it's oppressively hot and humid.

Weather Underground told me just now that it is 91 degrees and feels like 112, then it changed its mind. I don't care. I have to go out later and grill some hamburgers, and I think I'll save on propane and just throw them on the stone patio.

At any rate, heat is a serious business. Heat stroke is a killer. Here's how to recognize it and what to do, according to WebMD:

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign. Other symptoms may include:

First Aid for Heat Stroke

If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.

While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, initiate first aid. Move the person to an air-conditioned environment -- or at least a cool, shady area -- and remove any unnecessary clothing.

If possible, take the person's core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. (If no thermometers are available, don't hesitate to initiate first aid.)
Try these cooling strategies:
  • Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
  • Apply ice packs to the patient's armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
  • Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water.
  • If the person is young and heathy and suffered heat stroke while exercising vigorously -- what’s known as exertional heat stroke -- you can use an ice bath to help cool the body.
Do not use ice for older patients, young children, patients with chronic illness, or anyone whose heat stroke occurred without vigorous exercise. Doing so can be dangerous.
If emergency response is delayed, call the hospital emergency room for additional instructions.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Carl Jung: play

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves."

Like father, like son

An ordinary morning in New York City last week for President Trump’s son Eric Trump abruptly turned frantic when he rushed to the aid of a woman who passed out near a train station, dodging rush-hour traffic to chase down a passing ambulance.
Trump and his security detail stopped to tend to the unidentified woman outside of the F train stop near 57th Street and 6th Avenue on Wednesday morning. Trump then spotted a passing ambulance and rushed to stop it.
“I watched as Eric looked up, spotted an ambulance slowly passing by on 6th, ran into traffic -- almost getting hit by a bicyclist -- and shouted at the ambulance to get its attention,” said the observer.
On Nov. 18, 1991, with his then-wife Marla Maples, father Donald came upon a mugging.
Trump got out of his car and approached the man with the baseball bat. Trump said the attacker, “a big guy with a big bat,” delivered five or six “good whacks” before he arrived at the scene.

“The guy with the bat looked at me, and I said, ‘Look, you’ve gotta stop this. Put down the bat,'” Trump told The Daily News. “I guess he recognized me because he said, ‘Mr. Trump, I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘How could you not do anything wrong when you’re whacking a guy with a bat?’ Then he ran away.”
Street smarts.