Friday, February 23, 2018

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This is weird. For the last seven days, the post that received the most views, and mostly from Google search, was made June last year. The post about the White House bronze statue of bison with wolves that I spent all day trying to identify looking through literally thousands of bison statues by the customary western artists and Annie C identified in two minutes with three ways of finding it.


This last week

How it compares in its place with others way back then.
It's still getting views while the others are not.


And that goes to show that you cannot predict anything. It's all random.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Keep America out of Dutch!

This is not the usual Seldom Sene I listen to. This is something completely different.


Armed police officer at Florida high school stayed outside the building during the shooting.

Scott Peterson, a police officer present at the school during the shooting has resigned after an investigation found he never entered the building as Nikolas Cruz was shooting.

More detailed information summarized at the Hill.

Better, different, in-depth information about how this happens at Conservative Treehouse.

Vikram Vij, wild salmon

Small Dead Animals has a post up dogging Trudeau under one of their favorite new rubrics They Admire His Basic Prictatorship in which Kate decries Trudeau wearing Indian costumes. The post has an update to it about celebrity chef Vikram Vij being flown to India on the taxpayers dime to cook for a group of diplomats.

So?

Celebrity Chef? Never heard of him. I wonder what he is like.

We're going to learn something.

I watched this already. To play along, to cook like a celebrity chef that gets flown to India to cook wild salmon for a group of diplomats you will need:

Small chunks of wild salmon.

Marinade
* oil
* salt
* lemon juice
* red chile powder
* masala:
  ** cumin
  ** coriander
  ** ginger
* paprika

Sauce
* clarified butter
* hing (asafoetida)
  ** Wikipedia information on asafoetida
  ** Duckduckgo pictures of asafoetida plant
  ** Amazon buy asafoetida
* roasted cumin
* green onions
* green chiles
* tomatoes diced
* coconut milk
* potato broth (starchy water with ginger)

Skip to 1:00


Nellie Ohr: Woman in the Middle

The article is by Diana West published on the Spectator.

It's long. Words from one end of the screen to the other and tightly packed.

West explores the paper trail left by Nellie Ohr and discovers a "revisionist," academic lingo for Marxist. Much of the paper is about the books written by Ohr, the forwards she's written for other books, her description of Stalin's purges as "excesses," and what this all means.
To one side of Ohr, there is the Fusion GPS team, including fellow contractor Christopher Steele. To the other, there is husband Bruce Ohr, who, until his “dossier”-related demotion, was No. 4 man at the Department of Justice, and a key contact there for Steele. 
As central as Nellie Ohr’s placement is, her role in the creation of the “dossier” remains undefined. For example, the House Intelligence Committee memo on related matters vaguely tells us that Nellie Ohr was “employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump”; the memo adds that Bruce Ohr “later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research.” Senator Lindsey Graham more sensationally told Fox News that Nellie Ohr “did the research for Mr. Steele,” but details remain scarce. 
Still, relevant facts have emerged. These include Nellie Ohr’s study in the USSR in 1989; her fluency in Russian and Ph.D. in Russian history in 1990; a 2010 CIA affiliation, which practically makes her former MI6 agent Steele’s “opposite number”; and the extremely curious detail, harkening back to earlier eras of spycraft, that on May 23, 2016, around the time she came on board Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr applied for a ham radio operator’s license.
Notably, the “dossier” men in her life have tried to shield Ohr from public scrutiny, even at professional risk. Her husband, as the Daily Caller News Foundation reports, failed to disclose his wife’s employment with Fusion GPS and seek the appropriate conflict-of-interest waiver, which may have been an important factor in his demotion from associate deputy attorney general late last year.
Under Senate and House questioning, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson consistently failed to disclose Nellie Ohr’s existence as one of his firm’s paid Russian experts, let alone that he hired her for the red-hot DNC/Clinton campaign Trump-Russia project.
Even Christopher Steele may have tried to keep Nellie Ohr “under cover.” Steele, put forth as the “dossier” author ever since its January 2017 publication in BuzzFeed, does not appear to have let on to his many media and political contacts that he had “dossier”-assistance from at least two fellow Fusion GPS Russian experts, Nellie Ohr and Edward Baumgartner. Baumgartner, interestingly, was a Russian history major at Vassar in the 1990s when Nellie Ohr taught Russian history there.
Thus, Nellie Ohr’s exact activities inside one of the great Russian-American disinformation campaigns of all time remain opaque. What most observers don’t realize, though, is that we already have a window onto her thinking through her strongly-etched, ideological view of Soviet history.
More at the link, mostly about Russia.  Comments are also interesting.

Personally, I'd like to see her tried, convicted and hung as traitor. But I'm old school and deplorable.

Mike Gunn, Angels

As did AllenS, his Great-Grandfather served with honor



AllenS sent me a picture of his great-grandfather John O. French. He wrote:

"My great-grandfather John O. French served with the 1st Minnesota Volunteers (or something close to that).  After the battle of Gettysburg, he had 3 bullet holes through his clothes.  His famous quote was:  "I never missed a battle or a meal."  There's quite a lot of information about him in a book about the history of Becker County, MN.  He was a constable in Detroit Lakes MN.  He lived with my great grandmother Mary Ann Vizenor and they had 2 children together before they married, and went on to father 6 more children."

It looks like valor is hereditary in AllenS' family, that's for sure. Thanks for sending along that picture - once again, those 19th century guys had a style all their own - it has become clear to me that I need to find a better source for hats.

Picolax

This is a long comedy thread posted to a cycling site, Singletrack. The online thread was so popular the site considered it for print publication but it is too long for that and not precisely appropriate. Then the thread was lost by server disruption, but a reader had saved it so they put it back up. A bit confusing at first until you work out it's a couple of British cyclists with imaginative online names talking about their experience with medical grade double laxative.

Blu-tone is telling his story, other readers are interjecting.

Sample:

“OK Mr Blu-tone, on the screen in front of you is the picture from the camera on HMS ENDOSCOPE, you’ll be able to follow the entire procedure . . . .”

WHOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Lady jusss a blooody minute, where’s Jeremy FIKKIN Beadle ??

I’ve got a bare arse with about 10 gallons of KY-Jelly in, on, and UP it.
I’m wearing a kids dress. (Backwards)
HMS Endoscope, is about “To boldly go . . .”
AND
YOU want to show it live on TV !!!
BUT
HA! HA! HA! That’s NOT the best bit, is it ? NO !!!

YOU WANT ME TO STAY AWAKE AND WATCH !!!

Look I may be daft enough to live on just yummy orange juice for a week, whilst suffering 4 YES F O U R !!! bouts of bowel movements big enough for Steven Hawking to test out his theories on.
But AWAKE ???

How blooody daft DO you think I am ?

Well that’s what I thought, but obviously being a BRITISH BLOKE what I actually said was.

“ok”

The picture on the tv screen then started to go all blurry, just diffuse blobs of coloured light.

Then it went dark and a distant object began to emerge from the gloom . . . .

Glossary:

* Picolax: sodium picosulfate and magnesium citrate, which are both laxatives.

* Farmer Giles & Family: Farmer Giles of Ham, a comic Medieval fable by J. R. R. Tolkien

* Alton Towers: theme park

* moggy: cat

* 15st: 225 lbs.

* chancer: scheming opportunist

* Temazzies: temazepam, sleeping pill

* candyfloss: cotton candy

* Jeremy Beadle: television presenter

* Tracy Island: home of the Tracy family in the 1960s television series Thunderbirds

* Sherriff Rusty's Badge: rusty Sherriff's badge, the hole in your ass, rusty bullet wound.

* Chocolate starfish: butt hole.

* giant marrow: very large zucchini.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mad World

Finally! Someone uses the original fast tempo Tears For Fears version. I watched a million of these videos interpreted into ASL. Possibly a dozen. And they all use the Sad Sack depressing turtle-slow oh-I'm-dying-inside emotonally tortured Gary Jules version. OMG, the sadness, I can't take it.

Don't believe me?

1) bad
2) good
3) melodramatic
4) pathos, duo
5) uncertain
6) heartfelt and in English

Most are not worth comparing because they skip the whole point of the exercise of trying to match song to sign. Compare with number 6, if you like to see where students go wrong in transliterating English words and miss matching the concepts.

Question. "Their tears are filling up their glasses."

What kind of glasses? The kind you drink water from or the kind you wear on your nose in front of your eyes? Tears could fill up either kind.

"I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take."

What kind of hard? Rock hard, or difficult?

"Find," as in discover? Or does find mean "think?" "Take" as in grab? Or does "take" mean accept?

Children = kid. While kid = either joke or child. If you sign "tease" then you cannot mean "children."

Look through me is not the same as look back behind me. The first is transparent, the second is remembering, looking back to the past. Your "look" has to go through your other hand.

But this girl, Paigey,  knows what she's saying and she has the skill for the fast version. She finds it hard (as a rock) to hear. And she pats her little children down there on their little heads. (No kidding). Her dream is a D coming out of her head, and one her mad worlds is a weird world. Her tears fill up her glasses on her face.

She wins this contest that they didn't know they were in.

bird

This is a segue shot in the Last Kingdom that's onscreen for two seconds right after Uhtred's main squeeze saves the king's baby by an overnight mud bath and leads to a guerrilla engagement in the swamp.

I thought, oh man, that is fantastic, a blue to pink gradient with silhouettes of tall grass. The sort of thing that just happens while shooting the movie and is thrown in for location development and to peg the time of year. But it's missing a compositional element. So I added one.


This is CNN

Hey, what do you know. Apparently it's a cable t.v. news outfit that some people watch.



Drew Griffin is the CNN reporter who faked helping a guy off his truck in a flood. If you care to re-live those ridiculous moments of faked news



I love the look of desperation. It drives people to do absurd things. 

I used to pick trash. Barry and I would climb into the dumpsters looking for bottles to cash in. This was at Barksdale AFB, and the best bins were outside the barracks. Then my dad told us the men throw their used razor blades in the trash and that put an end to that particular income stream. 

So we switched to diving for golfballs in the pond of the golf course on base and selling the balls back to the players. They were perfectly good balls, and we found hundreds of them. The little lake is loaded with them. And the players were delighted to buy balls for 1/4 the cost of new ones. 

Activist groups and media are using actors

Most all the websites I visit are covering organized protests about gun control and I'm at the point now where I don't believe anything except all of it is evolved gun control protests and anti-Trump activism. It's all the same actors learning from failure honing their stage presence wearing new costumes, refreshing their cast with new young unassailable faces.

Literally actors.

Apparently this young man, David Hogg, is seen everywhere all at once, from California to Florida, and whose father is retired FBI, now posing as school shooting survivor and is actually a young aspiring actor.

He's adorable when he's not making angry concerned faces. But he's having a bit of trouble remembering his lines. All the websites I've dug into, the videos of him on YouTube, and through comments to articles take this video as proof that the student is being coached. I'm not so sure it's actual coaching, rather, it seems to me more as encouragement through nervousness.

This is the clip that I'm seeing everywhere.



Other right wing websites claim flatly the whole thing is totally bogus. They cite the usual suspects, Soros and Media Matters, organizers of the Women's March on Washington, now hijacked for gun control.

There are scores of videos of David Hogg on YouTube.

Other videos on YouTube present David Hogg as a valid school shooting survivor, while still others show him partying with other actors linked to other protest stories in the news at the same time that he's deeply depressed about his loss of fellow students. 

This is a low-producton value video, the host has some trouble with script and with his computer. The video is rather clumsy while the material he covers is much of what I'm reading. Comments to this video are conspiracy-level pathetic.

Deep in comments section at Legal Insurrection a reader linked to this site. The writer at the link follows the lines of various David Hogg projects, his previous appearances on media, his actual school, his career aim as an actor. Puppet String News. It's an interesting read, but this site too has a conspiracy theory feel to it. (My favorite part was blowing up 100 balloon animals but not being paid. Quite a career step, from balloons to CNN anti-Trump voice and increased gun control.)

Whatever the case, it appears the anti-gun groups have upped their game considerably. They were all locked and loaded, as it were, to hit the streets and the news outlets soon as this story emerged and do so with fierce vengeance. They want something done, anything, even if it's unconstitutional, something to ratchet their way to abolition of 2nd Amendment Constitutional right. So, it seems now they're not so moved by deep sadness but hyped up on sharpened political activism.