Friday, August 18, 2017

"Fighting Nazis doesn’t make ‘antifa’ the good guys"

"... history is relevant today because of the depressingly idiotic argument about whether it’s OK to equate “antifa” — left-wing radicals — with the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rabble that recently descended on Charlottesville, Va. The president claims there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protest and that the “anti-fascist” radicals are equally blameworthy. He borrowed from Fox News’ Sean Hannity the bogus term “alt-left” to describe the antifa radicals."
The term is bogus because, unlike the alt-right, nobody calls themselves “the alt-left.” That’s too bad. One of the only nice things about the alt-right is that its leaders are honest about the fact that they want nothing to do with traditional American conservatism. Like the original Nazis, they seek to replace the traditional right with their racial hogwash.

The antifa crowd has a very similar agenda with regard to American liberalism. These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition. But many liberals, particularly in the media, are victims of the same kind of confusion that vexed so much of American liberalism in the 20th century. Because antifa suddenly has the (alt-)right enemies, they must be the good guys.

They’re not. And that’s why this debate is so toxically stupid. Fine, antifa isn’t as bad as the KKK. Who cares? Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?

In these tribal times, the impulse to support anyone who shares your enemies is powerful. But it’s a morally stunted reflex. This is America. You’re free to denounce totalitarians wherever you find them — even if they might hate the right people.
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Egyptian hieroglyphic breakdown for ten words

One of the teachers of one of three Yahoo Egyptian hieroglyphic groups running presently has died so my mailbox has been flooded with consolation messages. Of course everybody is shocked. She was a very good teacher.

An assistant has taken over her duties and for the first time this session we see the actual hieroglyphs being discussed in the text. This new teacher is telling her student how she is reading the texts and I must say it's the best that I've seen so far. She used the JSesh program to type her hieroglyphs and that does take a thorough knowledge of their Gardiner codes assigned to each glyph. As I showed you, a letter for the category, animals, parts of animals, plants, birds, buildings and so forth, then a number for the specific glyph. All birds are G-something, for example. So you use those codes, or you use the internet designation for their sound values to type. But that's a bit tricky because glyphs have different sound values, and their codes change on whim by the power of particular Egyptologists. For example we began learning that italicized i stood for English "i" but then a powerful British Egyptologist changed that to italicized j for some strange reason of his own. And I don't like that. So I stick with i. And now we learn the sound value is actually English "A." Also there already is a well known, highly used A symbol, the Egyptian eagle that differs slightly from a regular eagle. It can be a bit confusing. I expect it all drives the programmer types a bit batty. And incidentally, I notice that programmer types are very good at managing all this. They impress me.

The teacher broke down twenty or so Egyptian words. I re-drew only my favorite ten. Also, the letters representing sounds are not always the real sound, as I just mentioned j, there are others because our keyboard is limited. We need three types of sounds that approximate our "H" sound so Egyptologist use capitalized H, lower case h, and X for that guttural sound heard in Middle East languages and in German that sounds like you're working up a loogie from your throat to spit and that English writers think of (sort of) as a fairly gross H, or maybe a GH. At any rate, a sound that we do not have in our language so we don't have a letter for it. So when you see the circle with horizontal lines through it like levelers, and see it's assigned H, it's not really an H. It's that weird sound.

The glyphs might display different sizes because I resized each page to 500 to fit here on Blogger.

If you choose to look through, I honestly think you'll not see a more straightforward explanation on how these things are decoded.

I meant to say "oddly" not oddy.

Make that nine. I removed one because it didn't resize well at all. 

"Iceland close to becoming first country where no Down's syndrome children are born"

Via InstapunditIceland is close to becoming the first country where no-one gives birth to a child with Down's syndrome.

Pre-natal tests were introduced in the early 2000s, and the vast majority who receive a positive test have terminated their pregnancy.

While the tests are optional, all expectant mothers are informed about their availability, and up to 85 per cent choose to take it.

It’s called the Combination Test, and uses ultrasound and blood tests – as well as factoring in the mother’s age.

This determines whether the foetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down's syndrome.

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BBC: "Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack""

Via RedditSpanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.

Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out.

Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.

Spanish media have named Moussa Oubakir, 18, as the suspect.

He is the brother of Driss Oubakir, whose documentation was allegedly used to rent the van involved in the attack.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack". He has announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence was held at noon (10:00 GMT) on Friday.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

WKRLEM: Be careful....if they know you have this on your computer a communist is coming to your house to destroy it.

"Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery"

Via Drudge:  Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

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what is the loudest thing you've managed to sleep through?

Reddit top voted comments....

A black bear violently shaking the RV I was sleeping in at 3am. It was very vocal and determined to somehow get into my RV. As this information was relayed to me by my significant other.

Not myself, but a friend of mine slept through a bombing alarm in a warzone.

Fell asleep during a NASCAR race once. My dad used to make us leave at like 4AM to go NASCAR races in NH and, not only was Loudon the most boring track on the circuit, I'd be tired as shit by 3PM.

My mom won tickets to go see New Kids on the Block back in their heyday, I was probably about 8-9. I had no real interest in them and got bored about halfway through, so I fell asleep amid 15,000 screaming girls and some loud pop music.

ThatDeafDude - Due to my username, almost everything. I don't know WHAT I've slept through, though.

Keith Haring, dolphins and divers

"Democrats move to formally censure Trump over Charlottesville"

Via Drudge:  “A president of the United States cannot support neo-Nazis. It’s just beyond the pale,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “I hope Republicans who have expressed outrage with what he said put their money where their mouth is.”

Just three Democrats have signed onto the measure, but Nadler says he expects more to follow.

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"Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator"

Via Drudge: One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News.

The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller's team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., to collect documents and other evidence.

It's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI's human resources division.


The night Trump won, 47 years ago:

Drawing, wildcat American Southwest