Friday, January 20, 2017

Casual Friday: Dirty Laundry

"I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums." ~ Steven Wright

It doesn't get any better than the Army Band and Choir

The United States Army Band & United States Army Choir at President Elect, Donald Trump's "Make America Great, Welcome Concert" on January 19th, 2017.

Morning Rush: Laugh your way to wellness, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, January 20, 2017:

You can see my seat.
Here's your inauguration schedule 

Laugh your way to wellness

Irish falconry changed the language

Will your child see the inauguration?

The gear combat medics carry

Iceland understands teen addiction

How Obama violated the constitution

It pays to be grumpy, they say

Hey John Lewis, pay your taxes

Global warming strikes Alaska

And the Gore Effect strikes again

Zuckerberg takes over Hawaii

Innovation: Better surgery with magnets

Why no one trusts the media

Idiot of the Day: Garrison Keillor

Where NFL refs throw the most flags

Fake News: Still watching CNN?

Apps: Secret Roku tricks

Today's Word: file with documents about a person

Hahaha: Biden speaks at mosque in a burka

The Talkies: Monty Python on the women's march

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Men at work

Why women live longer than men.
Macho men, all.

How to help a choking person, young or old

Yesterday I provided three videos on CPR, for adults, children and infants. These are from an organization called ProCPR, which sells training materials to professionals in health care.

These videos, however, apply to us amateurs, as well. I'm going to embed three more here -- this time on choking -- to make it easy for you to watch them. If you go to ProCPR's page on YouTube you can find all of these and many more.

Pay attention to every little detail the instructor offers. For example, before you rush up to a victim look around to make sure the area is safe! Don't create a second victim!

You'll notice that the instructor uses a breathing mask and is wearing gloves. These are obviously to prevent transferring disease, either way. There is some thinking now that the breathing part of CPR is not as important as the chest impressions, and that you can skip the two breaths until paramedics arrive. If you want to read more on breathing, check this site. It tells you how to improvise a breathing mask and discusses whether you should do it at all.

Now to choking.




Get over it

"State Department Held Stress Workshops After Trump’s Win" ~ Washington Free Beacon

"60 Democrats (and counting) are not attending the Trump inauguration" ~ USA Today

"Coddling campus crybabies: Students take up toddler therapy after Trump win" ~ Fox News

Morning Rush: How to stay focused, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, January 19, 2017:

Stronger than oatmeal.
Strongest, lightest material on earth

The benefits of piano lessons

Army sniper: how to stay focused

State Dept stresses over Trump

Most of us aren't saving enough

Most of us want choice in schools

You you really need that antibiotic?

Why you'll like General Mattis

What exactly is a "mediocre Negro?"

Abortion rate is lowest in a decade

We always knew what Clinton Inc. was

Natural gas prices lowest in millenium

How the CIA plans to spy on you

Why The Left loves terrorists

Apps: Google maps forecasts parking

Today's Word: Turning and bending response

Hahaha: Obama pardons Nicholas Cage

The Talkies: Why I beams are shaped like an ""I"

Armand Hammer: luck

"I think when I work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hung out to dry

Here's the story of Ralph and Edna.

Ralph and Edna were patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the head nurse became aware of Edna's heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news, she said, "Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

"The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead."

"He didn't hang himself," Edna said "I hung him there to dry.

Intersectional feminist catfights turn me on

The title comes from Jim Goad's article in Taki's Magazine. Jim Goad describes himself thusly:
Jim Goad is the author of four books, including The Redneck Manifesto.He is the former editor of "ANSWER Me!" magazine and currently hosts Though many people find him to be beneath contempt, he sincerely claims he doesn't know what the big deal is. At various points he has found employment as a radio host, a country singer, and a cabdriver. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
That works for me. As does his article, which is so rich I'm just going to print most of it.
If it was only white women who had voted in the past presidential election, Donald Trump still would have won. The only difference would be that he would also have won the popular vote, and by a 12-point margin. Trump garnered 53% of the white female vote, whereas a white woman named Hillary Clinton was only able to rally 41% of her white sistren to pull the lever for her. 
Ashamed, traumatized, horrified, and grievously triggered by these stats, a pair of phenotypically white women from New York City—where else?—have designed and are marketing a “NOT THIS WHITE WOMAN” T-shirt that enables white feminists who didn’t vote for Trump to publicly virtue-signal this fact. 
Hilariously, this doesn’t sit well with black feminists.
White Women, Please Come Get Your Friends,” reads a savagely dismissive screed by brown-skinned Kara Brown at Jezebel:

Are you a white woman who did not vote for Donald Trump? Have you been searching for a way to assuage the guilt you may feel after learning white women were largely responsible for sending us all to Boy-Are-We-F...dville? Do you have zero self-awareness? Then get those credit cards out bitches!!!!....That aside, it’s hard to see how this really helps anyone or anything other than the conscience of the white women buying this s..t.
Thus rears the ugly—yet inimitably enjoyable—head of intersectional feminism.
“White feminists tend to live in a little white bubble, don’t they?” 
“Intersectionality,” which I’ve previously referred to as “Cannibalism Among The Oppressed,” refers to the highly amusing tendency of leftist identity politics to devolve into petty pissing matches about whose group has had a more miserable history. 
In case you didn’t realize, the more of a historical loser you are, the more advanced and noble you are as a human being. When it comes to shuffling the Progressive Stack, straight white Christian males go to the bottom of the deck by default. But if you just happen to be a one-armed HIV+ obese transgender black lesbian with multiple personality disorder, you might as well be the second coming of Gandhi. 
To their befuddlement, white feminists are waking up to the fact that they are being herded to the back of the progressive bus due to their shamefully inescapable whiteness.
When a small group of white women announced a Women’s March on Washington for this Saturday, Feminists of Color immediately scolded them for culturally appropriating the name of 1997’s Million Woman March, which was exclusively a black thang. They were also lectured for lifting their stupid little event’s name from MLK’s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
I told you it was good. Let's continue.
After being told to check their privilege, the march’s white female organizers hastily hired a token black woman, a token Muslim woman, and a token Latina. 
In the fading Whitopia that is Portland, OR, the president of the local NAACP dropped her endorsement of an anti-Trump march scheduled for Saturday because “I didn’t want to be part of the march if it was going to be a white-woman kumbaya march.” 
 It should come as no surprise that white feminists’ clumsy attempts to be black women’s “allies” is greeted with sneeringly imperious disdain by black women, but white feminists tend to live in a little white bubble, don’t they?
No matter how hard they stretch and strain to reach out to their highly fetishized Women of Color, white feminists invariably find their hands being slapped away. 
They are harshly reminded that America’s original white suffragists were, by modern standards, unforgivably racist. Nonwhite feminists will tell you cool information—which I previously didn’t know—about how Elizabeth Cady Stanton lamented that “degraded black men” had been granted the vote before white women. They will alert you to the fact that white suffragist Frances Willard justified the lynching of black men in the South because she considered black dudes to be drunken perverts who couldn’t keep their d...s in their pants. 
Showing zero sense of irony nor the slightest wisp of self-awareness, they will chide white females that “Black Women Are Far More Likely To Be Fatally Shot By a Man Than White Women,” but they act as if this is somehow the fault of a white supremacist society rather than the possibility that black men, you know, tend to kill their domestic partners more than white men do. 
Each humble white feminist attempt to reach common ground, no matter how naively well intentioned, is met with open disdain. “Dear White Feminists: Your Good Intentions Aren’t Enough,” reads the title of a Huffington Post hit piece:

The question is not IF you are a part of the problem, I am here to tell you that YOU ARE.

Well, then, Aunt Jemima, excuse white women for livin’! 
In “An Open Letter to White Liberal Feminists,” a woman with the unmistakably black name of LeRhonda S. Manigualt-Bryant snorts:

If this most recent presidential election has revealed nothing else, it has shown that this specific ilk of white feminism must die. Rather than [women of color] holding up your weeping, weak selves, You must now do the intensive work to heal your troubled soul. And after you have come to terms with your own guilt, embarrassment, and pain, I encourage you to run with your newfound perspective. 
If one truly wishes to understand the driving cultural forces behind feminism, it may be more instructive to sort prominent feminists by religion rather than race. Writing in The Forward, a Jewish woman argues that Jewish feminists may be able to heal the yawning chasm between white and nonwhite feminists. I wish her luck with that plan and will closely monitor how it unfolds. 
But the open disdain nonwhite feminists express for their white would-be allies seems to be causing an understandable whitelash. Regarding the intersectional squawking about whether the Women’s March on Washington was “too white,” a white woman from New Jersey wrote, “I’m starting to feel not very welcome in this endeavor.” A white woman who wound up canceling her trip to DC commented, “This is a women’s march. We’re supposed to be allies in equal pay, marriage, adoption. Why is it now about, ‘White women don’t understand black women’?” 
Well, that clears it all up. I don't think The Donald is worried.

Extra! Extra! Git your fake news here!

We're not hearing as much about fake news from The Left these days after people started pointing out that the legacy media have been producing fake news for years.

Here are recent examples.

Obamacare. The Obama administration claims 20 million more Americans today have health care due to Obamacare. The reality is that when you look at the actual net gains over the past two years since the program was fully implemented, the number is 14 million, and of that, 11.8 million (84 percent) were people given the “gift” of Medicaid. It’s estimated that anywhere from 2 to 7 million people now on Medicaid would have qualified for the program even without Obamacare.

The Donald. In September of 2015 someone -- now revealed as a Jeb Bush Super PAC donor -- paid Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C. outfit, to compile a dossier of dirt on Donald Trump. Fusion engaged Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 agent in London, to do the job. The Steele “investigative” report suggested Trump had engaged in some scatological conduct while in Russia, hiring prostitutes to urinate on the bed the Obamas had used there. CNN lapped it up, informed its readers of the existence of scandalous reports on Trump, and BuzzFeed, a clickbait site owned in part by NBC, then published the dossier.

Polls. ABC/Washington Post and CNN are out with a pair of polls on Trump's favorability this morning that sport some of the most egregious "oversamples" we've seen. The ABC/Wapo poll showed an 8-point sampling margin for Democrats with only 23% of the results taken from Republicans. And while a quick 2 second review of the methodology of these polls immediately reveals their obvious bias, here are some of the results. ABC latched on to the conclusion that Trump is just being super mean to the media. Meanwhile, ABC/WaPo found that President-elect Trump is the least popular candidate to take the White House in modern history.

Obamaman. Just one day after the bitter mainstreamers at ABC/WaPo and CNN used their "oversamples" of Democrats to rig polls showing an unprecedented unfavorable rating of the incoming President-elect, those same outlets have used those same methodologies to engineer stellar approval ratings for Obama ... shocking. 

We contacted several highly respected journalists for comment.

“I’ve been so fortunate,” Brian Williams said. “I was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the wall came down.”

“I believed at the time that the documents were genuine,” Dan Rather says, “and I’ve never ceased believing that they are genuine.”

Because The Left believes fake news destroyed Hillary Clinton, we asked her for comment as well.

“I remember landing under sniper fire," she said. "We just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

How to perform CPR for young and old

Here are videos that show how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants.

Adult CPR

Child CPR

Infant CPR

These videos are made for professionals, but the technique is the same for amateurs. Watch them in order, because he explains some things in the first that apply to the later.

You'll notice that the instructor uses a breathing mask and is wearing gloves. These are obviously to prevent transferring disease, either way. There is some thinking now that the breathing part of CPR is not as important as the chest impressions, and that you can skip the two breaths until paramedics arrive. If you want to read more on breathing, check this site. It tells you how to improvise a breathing mask and discusses whether you should do it at all.

These videos are made by an organization called ProCPR, which creates training programs that increase the amount of information remembered, are easily available, and give providers the confidence to act decisively and knowledgeably when an emergency occurs.

To the right of each video is a list of all the videos ProCPR makes available.

There's nothing like an in-person, hands-on class to get a feel for the technique, and to help create "body knowledge" so that you're more likely to respond correctly in an emergency.

Morning Rush: Drink coffee, live forever, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, January 18, 2016:

Quick hop to the mall.
Is a flying car in your future?

Drink coffee, live forever

Why is The Left so violent?

Young women should take folic acid

Clock Boy's 15 minutes are up

Fixing your car: dealer or mechanic?

Globalistical warmening strikes again.
Your local police watch you on FB

Who moved my cheese sandwich?

This cyclist is only 105 years old

These students can't talk about Jesus

How to reduce your estate taxes

Why it's harder for you to move

Idiot of the Day: John Kerry

How To: use the drawer on your stove

Today's Word: being an inferior substitute

Hahaha: You'll enjoy hearing his videos

The Talkies: When you're alone and choking

Anne Bradstreet: winter

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Drink chicory coffee, live forever

The path to immortality.
Those of us who grew up in Louisiana know the goodness -- nay, the godliness -- of chicory coffee. Root chicory is cultivated  as a coffee substitute. The roots are baked, roasted, ground, and used as an additive, especially in the Mediterranean region (where the plant is native).

Chicory was mixed in with coffee when coffee was scarce, particularly during the Civil War and World War II, and apparently some people today make a beverage of strictly chicory. I haven't tried it.

Chicory lends a distinct taste to coffee, which is why people like it even though coffee is plentiful. It's what you will get at the famous Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.

Well .... it seem that we Cajuns will live forever.

Coffee, it turns out, seems to prevent the onset of type two diabetes, according to many studies published by the government. This is the only thing about which I trust the government to get right. Trust me, I have a confirmation bias, and I know how to use it.

You can find articles saying that coffee is bad for people who already have diabetes, so you should talk to your doctor, who probably won't know any more than you do but who will have an opinion. However, the most recent article I could find that is published by the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health doesn't mention that.
The fasting blood glucose was significantly lower in normal and diabetic subjects who consumed coffee. Diabetics who drink coffee had significantly lower HbA1c than those who did not drink coffee.
I'm going with it. But here's the kicker: chicory is also good for diabetics! Is there a god or what?
Chicory may be useful as a natural dietary supplement for slowing down the pace of diabetes progress, and delaying the development of its complications.
There you go, boys and girls. Please note: don't throw sugar in your coffee. Use stevia, which also works against diabetes: "Stevia acts on pancreatic tissue to elevate the insulin level and exerts beneficial anti-hyperglycemic effects."

But do pour whole milk in it: "The body of literature gives plausibility to the hypothesis that full-fat dairy foods, including milk, cheese and yogurt, do not contribute to cardiovascular disease risk, and indeed may be inversely associated with it."

And: "A growing body of scientific evidence has linked dairy intake to a reduced type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk. Using an evidence-based approach, we reviewed the most recent and strongest evidence on the relationship between dairy intake and the risk of T2D. Evidence indicates that dairy intake is significantly associated with a reduced T2D risk, and likely in a dose-response manner. The association between low-fat dairy and T2D risk reduction appears consistent. A beneficial impact is suggested for regular-fat dairy."

Just gulp that stuff.

Open offices are openly stupid

Corporations are not very bright. It's amazing so many stay in business as long as they do. In fact they don't: eight of ten new companies go out of business in 18 months.

I'll bet all of these new companies used open offices. About 70% of U.S. offices are open -- you know, wear black, take your dog to work, foosball in the lobby.

It doesn't work.
Research shows that we’re 15% less productive, we have immense trouble concentrating, and we’re twice as likely to get sick in open working spaces.
There’s one big reason we’d all love a space with four walls and a door that shuts: focus. The truth is, we can’t multitask and small distractions can cause us to lose focus for upwards of 20 minutes. 
What’s more, certain open spaces can negatively impact our memory. This is especially true for hotdesking, an extreme version of open plan working where people sit wherever they want in the work place, moving their equipment around with them.
For many of us, it’s the noise that disturbs us the most. Professors at the University of Sydney found that nearly 50% of people with a completely open office floorplan, and nearly 60% of people in cubicles with low walls, are dissatisfied with their sound privacy. Only 16% of people in private offices said the same.
Hotdesking? Have you heard that term? How about we just sit anywhere and just do whatever we want?

So now there's a backlash. Good luck with that. Companies think they're saving money.
The same rented area that would accommodate five employees in private offices could accommodate anywhere from 15 to 25 employees in an open plan.
But they're not!
One study showed that, in addition to reducing employee well-being by 32 percent, open plan offices reduce employee productivity by 15 percent. 
Another study showed that office workers lose an average of 86 minutes a day due to distractions, which is 17 percent of a standard work day. 
In other words, open office plans pay (at least) a 15 percent "productivity tax" on the salaries of the employees who must work in them.
It won't change because of the time-tested business axiom: businesses are stupid.

Morning Rush: Smartwatch knows when you're sick, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, January 17, 2017:

I'm bored, too.
A robot friend to chat with the elderly

A brief history of Oreo cookies

Smartwatch knows when you're sick

The eight richest men rule the world

Acupuncture vs infantile colic

A superbug resistant to every med

Everyone is moving to these states

You need to diversify your 401k

They're still hunting witches in Salem

They can hack your security camera

The press gets its comeuppance

This monkey knows what it doesn't

Take your kids out of public schools

Idiot of the Day: Robert Reich

Today's Word: to treat with a vaccine

Hahaha: Bo Obama to K Street

The Talkies: Bob Woodward says the CIA blew it

Marquis de Vauvenargues: thoughts

"When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Is Aaron Rodgers a man or a myth?

Did you see Sunday's game between the Packers and the Cowboys? If you know anything about Aaron Rodgers, the Packers' quarterback, you wouldn't have been surprised by what happened at the end.

Rodgers threw an impossible pass, which was improbably caught by Jared Cook, giving the Packers the field position to kick a winning field goal in the last second. Watch it here:

Randall Cobb apparently told people that, according to blogger Robert Klemko, "The final play was not an actual play call. Rodgers just told each receiver what to do, like a kid drawing in the dirt. Cobb said, 'It's magic.' Seriously."

This video shows him doing just that.

Kyle Koster writes:
It’s hard not to have the border between the real and surreal blur a bit during those frantic, last-minute heroic acts that have become a staple of Green Bay Packers victories. 
Call it Rodgers Reality. A place where Hail Marys aren’t flung on a wing and a prayer, but are high-percentage passing plays. 
It’s a place he feels comfortable. Where he doesn’t blink an eye as the rest of the world goes berserk. A place where, in a tied road playoff game, facing 3rd and 20 from his own 31-yard line and 12 seconds remaining, he has the confidence to simply make something up.
Yes, Rodgers reached down in the schoolyard dirt and drew something up. And no one should be surprised that it worked to perfection. No one should be surprised a 36-yard drag route by a tight end worked. No one should be surprised Rodgers threw a perfect ball across his body to a sliding Jared Cook to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal. 
Rodgers is becoming some sort of mythical figure right before our very eyes.
I coulda done that, but I was busy. 

Who speaks for you?

Start with this:
Who are the leaders of the “white community”? Who are the leaders of the “Asian American community”? These questions seem silly given the fact that whites and Asians Americans are considered to be free thinking individuals who do not need ethnic leadership.
These are the words of Anthony Bradley, Ph.D., who is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics in the Public Service Program at The King's College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad.

He is black. He continues:
For reasons that I cannot understand, white progressives and conservatives alike seem stuck in the 1960s whenever they use phrases like “leaders of the black community.” What is even more bizarre is the seemingly fetish-like attachment to the archaic notion that people in black communities look to someone like Al Sharpton as a leader.
If there is one thing black progressives and black conservatives have in common it is the shared opinion that Al Sharpton is irrelevant and does not represent “black interests” because there is no person who fills this role. Al Sharpton represents himself and whatever particular non-profit he leads. That’s it. Nothing more.
Bradley articulates the thoughts that have been banging around in my head since Rep. John Lewis of Georgia started calling Trump's election illegitimate and announcing that he would boycott the inauguration.

Two questions: If you are black, do you want to represented by someone who decides to protest in a fit instead of working the system to get what you deserve? Is John Lewis an incompetent legislator who has to stomp his feet and hold his breath to get his way?

Avert your eyes, John Lewis.
Or what about California's new senator, Kamala Harris, who grilled CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo about climate change and gay marriage? Harris is the second black woman and first Indian American elected to serve in the United States Senate. Harris was the first woman, the first Jamaican-American, the first Asian-American and the first Indian American attorney general in California.

Wow, if you need some hyphens, maybe she will lend them to you.

Why did she need to make a fool of herself this way? Couldn't she have asked about the privacy of citizens under the new CIA director? Is she incapable of grasping what's really going on? Do you want her to speak for you?

I am not black. I haven't had their experience. So I can't speak for them. All I can do is ask: do blacks want serious leaders? Who can play the game? Black Americans are out there trying to fit in, trying to play the game, trying to get ahead just like everyone else. They know the horrible days of the civil rights movement in the sixties are gone.

John Lewis, a hero in those horrid days, is trying to relive them, but the rest of the country has long moved on. Power on, John. But remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr.:
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
He dreamed of unity. Too bad John Lewis, who is still living, isn't trying to bring about King's dream. His niece is. Alveda C. King had this to say about Trump.
I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters — or perish as fools. While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prayers for President-elect Trump, Congressman Lewis, and everyone including leaders.
At press time, Al Sharpton could not be reached for comment.

Morning Rush: Get moving or get dementia, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, January 16, 2017:

Take your crampons.
Oh boy -- giant ice towers on Pluto

So China has been buying Hollywood

Get moving, or get dementia

Time to show LL Bean some love

The Left uses violence to get its way

Blue corn vs metabolic syndrome

Really want to be an airline pilot?

The takeover of local elections

Can being cold make you sick?

Coming: Pain relief, not addiction

Beware this Gmail phishing scam

When there's no more influence to peddle

Idiot of the Day: Joyce Carol Oates

There won't always be a Europe

Apps: Security suites for your PC

Today's Word: a biography of a saint

Hahaha: Patients will operate on themselves

The Talkies: A hero saves a life

Buddha: anger

"Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Vespers: "Offertorium: Terra Tremuit"

The Ensemble Organum performs "Offertorium: Terra Tremuit," a medieval old Roman chant.

Ensemble Organum is a group performing early music, co-founded in 1982 by Marcel Pérès and is based in France. The group mainly focuses on the performance of music from the Middle Ages, including Beneventan, Old Roman, Gallican, Carolingian and Mozarabic chants.

They specialize in "pre- and para-Gregorian" chant, i.e., chants that were in use before Gregorian developed, or that evolved or survived in parallel with Gregorian chant. They are also interested in the way Gregorian was performed in the 16th-18th centuries (as opposed to the Solesmes tradition of performance). Their more recent work has been on Mozarabic chant (16th c. Spain) and the Laudario di Cortona (performed in a "staged" version in Paris in May 1995).

"The earth trembled and was still when God arose in judgment, alleluia."

The chant is from Psalm 75 (76 in the KJV-style numbering). 
On Easter, the phrase "the earth trembled" evokes the medieval image of Christ harrowing hell and, of course, the earthquake in Matthew's account of the Resurrection: 
 "And in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it." (Matthew 28:1-2) 
The Douai-Reims translation is one of very few that uses the phrase "the earth trembled" for the psalm. Other translations, such as the King James, use "the earth feared". If this version were sung in an English adaptation of the traditional Offertory antiphon, the rationale behind its use would be lost to modern listeners. No, I think "the earth trembles" is the way to go.
Since this is an Easter chant, the word alleluia is liberally attached to the end of every verse. This is a happy chant!
In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel, alleluia, *
when God arose in judgment, alleluia.

His dwelling is in peace and in repose, and in Sion is His habitation, alleluia, *
when God arose in judgment, alleluia.

There He broke bow arrows, shield, sword, and war weapons, you are glorious, more wonderful than eternal mountains, alleluia.

Quantum physics and life after death

"The well-known conflicts between religion and science in the past must all be ascribed to a misapprehension of the situation." ~ Albert Einstein

I came across a fascinating article about life after death, and I'm trying to understand it.
The possibility of life after death is one of the greatest mysteries of humanity, but now experts are claiming that there is no death of consciousness – just death of the body.
According to some well-respected scientists, quantum mechanics allows consciousness to live on following the body’s eventual demise.
Sir Roger Penrose
 While scientists are still unsure about what exactly consciousness is, the University of Arizona’s Stuart Hameroff believes that it is merely information stored at a quantum level.
British physicist Sir Roger Penrose agrees and believes he and his team have found evidence that protein-based microtubules – a structural component of human cells – carry quantum information – information stored at a sub-atomic level.
I spent some time trying to figure out what these guys are saying. They don't talk in a way that a normal person can grasp it. I'm not suggesting that I'm normal, of course.

Dr. Hameroff
I came across the following passage in which Dr. Stuart Hameroff is interviewed. He is Director, Center for Consciousness Studies; Professor Emeritus, Departments of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Arizona and Psychology Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Dr. Hameroff's research for 35 years has involved consciousness (how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness). Hameroff:
I’ve been asked basically if it’s possible that consciousness can exist outside the brain in the case when the brain has stopped being perfused and the heart has stopped and so forth. I think we can’t rule it out. I think it’s possible because in the model that Penrose and I developed -- and I should say this is my speculation and Roger wouldn’t go there -- but I would say that since consciousness is happening it seems to us at the level of spacetime geometry, the most fundamental level of the universe, or at least down to that level in the brain in and around the microtubules, right now while we’re conscious, while we’re talking. 
If that’s the case then when the brain stops functioning some of this quantum information might not be lost or dissipated or destroyed but could persist in some way in this fundamental level of spacetime geometry which it seems is not local and something like holographic repeating in scale and distances and persists perhaps even indefinitely at a finer scale, which would be a higher frequency, smaller scale but also lower energy. And it could exist somewhat indefinitely. 
I’ve been interviewed a couple of times recently about cases of reincarnation where the evidence was pretty compelling. There is no way that, for example, a child could know details about a World War II pilot who died 40 years previously across the world but knew things that were shockingly revealing. Of course there are endless accounts of this sort of thing. They’ve been written off in the past because well, there’s no possible way that could occur. 
But here’s the way it could possibly occur. Consciousness could occur at the fundamental level of spacetime geometry when the brain stops being perfused. It doesn’t dissipate but remains together by entanglement. So an individual’s personality, consciousness, memory, soul if you will, could be entangled in a quantum sense and persist as fluctuations in the time scale of the universe. 
That could happen. I’m not saying it does. I don’t claim any evidence, but it’s a possibility. It’s a scientific possibility. I think it’s logical and I don’t see any-whether it’s testable or not is another question. I think it could be in some sense but I think it’s a logical possibility and it could happen scientifically.
"What one must not do," C.S. Lewis said, "is to rule out the supernatural as the one impossible explanation."

See the Spirit descend

From The Lectionary:

John 1:29-42

John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Sebastian R. N. Chamfort: laughter

"The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed."

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's a field day for the community organizer in chief

in-so-lent [in-suh-luh nt] adjective boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting

"Is there any mindset which defines Obama’s default attitude better than to say it is simply “adolescent?” No, for the following reasons. Barack’s interactions with the real world evokes from him responses which can be described as: angry; superior, haughty, dismissive, dishonest, petulant, cocky, petty, vengeful, mocking, holier-than-thou, and full of faux-insights and dishonesty. In other words, Barack acts like a big kid pretending to be someone he’s not, everyday on the job." ~ Kelly O'Connell

Remember how Bill Clinton and his boys left the White House?
Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) asked the General Accounting Office last June to look into allegations that Clinton staffers had ripped phone cords from walls, left obscene voicemail messages, defaced bathrooms and vandalized computer keyboards by removing the ''W'' keys when they left the White House. A number of items, including a 12-inch presidential seal and several antique doorknobs, were assumed stolen. 
''The Clinton administration treated the White House worse than college freshmen checking out of their dorm rooms,'' Barr said Tuesday. ''They disgraced not just themselves but the institution and the office of the presidency as well.'' 
The GAO concluded that ''damage, theft, vandalism, and pranks did occur in the White House during the 2001 presidential transition.'' The report stated that some incidents, such as removing keyboard keys, placing glue on desk drawers and leaving obscene voicemail messages ''clearly were intentional,'' and intentional damage would constitute a criminal act under federal law. No prosecutions are planned, though.
Well, that is cute and charming compared to our current out-going leader. It's as though Valerie Jarrett, the real president and alma mater to Barack, sent a memo around declaring: "It's your last shot, boys! Have at it! Give me your best ideas!"

Contrary to what he imagines, Barack Hussein Obama is destroying his reputation in his final days, proving himself to be nothing more than a spiteful organizer in chief. Let's look:

First the silly stuff.
Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Calling the fool Joe Biden "the best vice president America has ever had," Obama awarded him the presidential medal of freedom.
Every kid gets a trophy.

Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday reiterated the claim that Israel has “unequivocal” evidence of the Obama administration’s involvement in orchestrating the anti-settlement resolution passed by the UN Security Council last month.

Cubans. First Obama cozied us up to the Castro regime, and on his way out he’s giving the finger to Cubans fleeing Castro’s oppression, Stephen Green writes. The Obama administration is ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas. Compare this to all of the illegal aliens he's permitted into this country.

The DOJ. Obama has directed the inspector general of the most politicized department of justice in history to go after FBI Director James Comey for his role in the election. Nothing, nothing, about the furtive meeting of the attorney general and Bill Clinton on the airport tarmac. Pure political payback.

Elections. During the election, Barack and his lieutenant at the Department of Homeland Security were licking their lips at the prospect of putting themselves in the middle of what has always been, and should remain, a purely local affair: voting. A last-minute decision by the Obama administration to designate election systems as critical infrastructure drew intense criticism from state and federal elections organizations. What tips us off about their motives is the fact that they didn't have the guts to do it during the election, but they're doing it now that voters can't turn on them.

Seizing land. In one of his final moves out of the Oval Office, Obama executively designated more than 1.5 million acres of land as national monuments, preserving their untouched façade while closing them to human expansion, development, energy use, ranching or state or local jurisdiction.

Energy. permanently banned oil and gas drilling in portions of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans on Tuesday in the latest effort to burnish an environmental agenda that has drawn fire from President-elect Donald Trump. Obama has used his final weeks in office to press for new rules on coal mining pollution, offshore drilling and the venting of planet-warming methane — all of which are likely to be challenged or repealed by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress.

Gitmo. Officials from Barack Obama's outgoing administration have made Congress aware that they intend to transfer 17 or 18 of the 59 remaining detainees from Guantanamo Bay by the end of next month. This disclosure comes amid reports by the U.S. intelligence community that the number of released Gitmo inmates who return to terrorism has doubled since July 2015.

His wall. President Barack Obama will have a big, beautiful wall around his new home in Washington DC. Workers are building a brick wall around the rental home where the Obamas plan to live after leaving the White House. The home was sold in 2014 for $5,295,000 and has 9 beds and 8.5 bathrooms. It has 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Heroes: "I will protect you."

James Wilkinson reports for The Daily Mail:
Dean and her boys.
Annika Dean, 42, a mother of two from Broward County, was waiting for her luggage at the Ft. Lauderdale airport around 1 p.m. on Friday when she saw gunman Esteban Santiago, 26, walking towards her with a pistol.

She dropped to the floor as the gunman advanced, firing into the fleeing crowds.
"There was no way I could have escaped," she said. "I would have been right in his path if I had tried to evacuate through the doors."

Instead she got down and lay prone on the ground, keeping her eyes down from the carnage that left five dead and eight others injured. 
As Santiago fired into the screaming masses for 30 seconds, Dean confronted the fact that her two sons, aged 11 and 13, might be left without a mother. 
Tony and his wife, Jennifer.
 Then she felt a movement over her as Tony Bartosiewicz, an electrician from Rochester, New York, moved his body over hers.
"He basically climbed on top of me and whispered, 'I will protect you,'" Dean told the Sun-Sentinel. "I knew he might be a victim, but I also knew I would survive." 
The gunfire continued for what felt like another minute and a half, she said, and at one point Santiago actually stood over them, firing, Bartosiewicz later told Dean.
Bartosiewicz and his wife are currently on a well-deserved cruise.

It's winter. Hoogah!

Doesn't get it.
We have some nice drapes in the family room that cover all but the largest window, and on a winter night I don't like that large expanse of darkness. We also have some French doors, for which, thankfully, there are shades, which I dutifully close after dark.

Perhaps I'm practicing hygge. This is a Danish word that means "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)."

Hygge, Patrick Allan writes, is is actually a word of Norwegian origin.
It is pronounced “hoo-gah” and loosely translates to “coziness.”

But while coziness is a major piece of the puzzle, hygge is really more of an attitude or mindset. As Natalie Van Deusen, professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Alberta, puts it: “The best translation is coziness, but not the physical coziness that you get when you put on a sweater or cuddle up with a blanket. It’s more of a state mental balance and psychological well-being.” 
Believe me, Allan writes, the Danish know what they’re talking about. They have some of the longest, harshest winters, yet they’re one of the happiest countries in the world. Here are some tips on how you can achieve hygge this winter and hopefully enjoy it more than usual.
We know the Danes are happy because it says so in "The World Happiness Report." Did you know there is such a thing? It says: "The World Happiness Report was written by a group of independent experts acting in their personal capacities. Any views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization, agency or programme of the United Nations."

There you go, boys and girls. Yet another reason to stop funding The UN and get out of it.

Morning Rush: Your salad could kill you, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, January 12, 2017:

Just in time for Valentine's Day.
Now they're growing human hearts

Global warming strikes Colorado

Your salad could kill you

And it's a tool of the patriarchy

You can kiss Sears goodbye

And probably your PC as well

Why puppies love baby talk

How stress affects your heart

The Ruskies are always hacking

Your appendix has a role in life

The Deep State at war with Trump

So he conducts a sting operation

There won't always be a Scotland

Can we now stand up to China?

Apps: secret Facebook features

Today's Word: Related to when the earth began

Hahaha: Obama awards himself greatest prez medal

The Talkies: Leftist jihadis in our schools