Friday, October 17, 2014

Archeologists dig up sphinxes in California

Archeologists dug up two giant sphinxes in California. From a movie location! They were left at Guadalupe Dunes (southern California) after the 1923 filming of The Ten Commandments. They might be Hollywood  made, but the are large and weigh 5 tons!


Obama delaying decisions until after the election

Politicians usually hide what they don’t wan us voters/taxpayers to see. But not Obama. He is so confidant that he is not hiding that he is delaying some decisions for political reasons. Why else wait until after the 2014 election?

Even the Washington Post thinks it strange that he is so blatant in his political manipulations. No, it’s the Associated Press and not bylined. Here is their list.

Immigration Reform

Keystone XL Pipeline

New Attorney General

And, of course, Obamacare - another round of cancelled policies, “you can’t keep your doctor,” increased fees, increased cash deductibles and all around poorer health care choices.

Here is Washington Post’s Ed Rogers brining it to light. And he even asks: If we know Obama is hiding these decisions, what decisions are he hiding from us?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Why new ebola cases in Texas, not Atlanta, Nebraska or Maryland?

Why are there new ebola cases in Texas, but in not Atlanta, Nebraska or Maryland? Health-care workers with ebola were flown from Africa to hospitals there. What is the difference between those three and Dallas, Texas?

Special biocontamination units. There are only four hospitals in the US with these. A BC unit is a combination of equipment and training (and regular retraining) to safely handle dangerous infectious. And it’s no coincidence that the patients brought from Africa went where they went: to those hospitals that have the special biocontamination units. There is a fourth - St. Patricks Hospital in Missoula, Montana. Montana!!

Is Texas Presbyterian particularly bad for its ebola procedures? No. It is like in the ballpark of every other hospital in the country. The good news is bad news.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day in Seattle

Christopher Columbus Pier 57 Seattle

Seattle is in the news because they fired Christopher Columbus.  Last week the City Council voted to replace his day by Indigenous Peoples Day.

But Seattle demoted Columbus years ago. The city installed this statue of Columbus facing Elliott Bay in 1978 in a prominent park along the much traveled waterfront. Notice the hole in his head. Yes, a hole. And the emptiest stare I ever recall seeing.

Roadside America calls it the ugliest statue of Columbus. Is there competition for the title? And it reports that local sculptor Douglas Bennett never got another commission for a statue. (Not verified.) Location: It is where Pier 58 would be, south of the Seattle Aquarium and north of Pier 57 and the giant wheel.

For his straight story:

The photo: screen capture from Panoramio.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Did Winston Churchill say that?

In many cases, no. It might be a delicious one-liner, but he didn’t say it.

When Nancy Astor, Britain's first female MP, told Sir Winston Churchill that: "If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee," Churchill famously replied: "Nancy, if I were your husband I would drink it."

No. It was 40 years too early.

George Bernard Shaw sent him two tickets for the opening night of one of his plays with the message that he should "bring a friend, if you have one". Churchill is said to have replied that he could not make the first night, but would come on the second night "if there is one".

No. Both say it never happened. Too bad.

At a reception in Canada when Churchill was sitting next to a Methodist bishop, the two men were offered sherry by a waitress. Churchill took a glass, the but the bishop said: "Young lady, I would rather commit adultery than take an intoxicating beverage."
Churchill said to the waitress: "Come back lassie, I didn't know we had a choice!"


But there are good ones that are authentic:

n 1946 Churchill really did meet Bessie Braddock, a plump Labour MP and Tory-hater, who told him: "Winston, you are drunk."
"Madam," he replied, "you are ugly, and I will be sober in the morning."


Churchill was told, while he was in the lavatory, that the Lord Privy Seal had come to see him.
"Tell the Lord Privy Seal that I am sealed in the privy and can only deal with one s*** at a time," he bellowed.

True. And there are more...

Telegraph UK

And see London Mayor Boris Johnson’s new book: The Churchill Factor.

US Surgeon General quiet on ebola

Surgeon General Elders

Why isn't the US Surgeon General (nice uniform!) in the lead on Ebola? Because there isn’t one.

Harry Reid’s US Senate had hearings on nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy in March. But Majority Leader Reid has not scheduled a vote. Why?

Because President Obama nominated a person who says firearms is/are a health care issue. And Democrats in tight races don’t want the issue in plain view and don’t want to vote on him. So Honorable Harry Reid refuses to have a vote on Obama’s nominee.

Why doesn’t our president get this solved? He said he is a uniter. Again, Obama is leading from behind.

It’s in the Daily Mail UK. Not the Seattle Times. (They covered the story last March…)

The photo: Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders in the 1990s. We never figured out why Clinton kept her in office after she made outrageous statements, repeatedly.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Might ebola virus change to transmit airborne?

Might the ebola virus change to transmit while airborne? It might. The researchers don’t know. It has happened before.

Daily Mail UK

In September, Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, writing in the New York Times, said experts who believe that Ebola could become airborne are loathed to discuss their concerns in public, for fear of whipping up hysteria.

Discussing the possible future course of the current outbreak, he said: 'The second possibility is one that virologists are loath to discuss openly but are definitely considering in private: that an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air.'

Dr Osterholm warns viruses similar to Ebola are notorious for replicating and reinventing themselves.

It means the virus that first broke out in Guinea in February may be very different to the one now invading other parts of West Africa.

Pointing to the example of the H1N1 influenza virus that saw bird flu sweep the globe in 2009, Dr Osterholm said: 'If certain mutations occurred, it would mean that just breathing would put one at risk of contracting Ebola.'

Dr Osterholm said public health officials, while discussing the possibility in private, are reluctant to air their concerns.

'They don't want to be accused of screaming "Fire!" in a crowded theater - as I'm sure some will accuse me of doing.

'But the risk is real, and until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic.'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Standoff in Hong Kong

NBC hong kong protests 9 28 2014

The people of Hong Kong are insisting that their elections not be controlled by the Communist government of China. Thousands of mostly young people have been in the streets of Central - the central business district on Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong has elections of local officials. However, Beijing picks the candidates. No independent nomination of candidates is being allowed.

How long will Xi Jinping allow the protesters to clog Hong Kong’s key central business district? How will he end it? Allow the free elections they want? The Army of China like in 1989?

Photo: Protesters running from tear gas. Note that many are wearing goggles! NBC News on 9/28/2014.

Taki’s Mag

… To allow students to block the city center and impede traffic shows weakness. Hong Kong’s reputation as a financial center and tourist attraction will suffer. And Beijing cannot permit this to go on too long without risking supportive protests erupting on the mainland.

Nor can the students be allowed to force Hong Kong to give up Beijing’s veto of candidates. To capitulate would expose President Xi Jinping as a leader who can be broken by street action. To permit that perception would imperil Xi’s standing with Beijing’s hard-liners, and potentially the regime itself.

Thus if the protesters do not vacate Hong Kong’s streets soon, they may have to be removed. And Beijing is not a regime to recoil from force if it has run out of other options.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Incredible mountain photos

RobertBesch Matterhorn lighted for Mammut

Robert Bosch has taken amazing photos - people in/on the mountains. These are not photoshops. Each photo was taken with live people arranged as in the photo.

In this photo they commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first climb of the Matterhorn by illuminating the route. I count 46 lights/climbers. By my eyeball measurement at Google Earth, they are spread over 1,130 vertical meters, which is about 3,500 feet! Some of them had to wait a long time - at night - for this pic. And, as I understand it, the climbers were on the mountain all night for a second round of photos in the morning, due to clouds during the first set.

My Modern Met

A short video about making it. German with subtitles.


Monday, October 06, 2014

1991 Radioshack ad - almost all done by smart phone

Steve Cichon in Buffalo, NY found a 1991 ad for Radioshack. His IPhone can do what almost every product advertised does. His phone replaces 15 of 17 items advertised. Follow the link to see the ad and his list.

Trending Buffalo blog

Sunday, October 05, 2014

John Kerry's foreign policy

PL ISIS Climate Change

Secretary of State John Kerry (did you know he served in Vietnam?) has foreign policy so muddled  that - when you mix all the colors together you get brown. He says that climate change is the biggest foreign policy challenge we face. 

The cartoon shows where he is headed. Who is at risk because of his mulled thinking? You and me.

Correction: The cartoon shows where distinguished SoS Kerry already is - this week! CNS News:

During his opening remarks at the NYC Climate Week event on Monday, a summit coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change the “most serious challenge we face on the planet,” claiming the threat beats out other international concerns such as terrorism, poverty and weapons of mass destruction. He spoke just hours before the U.S. bombed Syria.

“And when you think about terrorism, which we think about a lot today; poverty, which is linked obviously to the levels of terror that we see in the world today; and, of course, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – all of these are challenges that don’t know any borders,” Kerry told government leaders and representatives from around the world.

“And that’s exactly what climate change is,” he said. “Importantly, climate change, without being connected in that way to everybody’s daily thinking, in fact, ranks right up there with every single one of the rest of those challenges. You can make a powerful argument that it may be, in fact, the most serious challenge we face on the planet because it’s about the planet itself."

Kerry also deviated from calling climate change an “environmental challenge,” choosing instead to classify it as an “international security threat.”

Via: Powerline Blog.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Vertigo-inducing attractions

Jasper glacier skywalk

In the past few years around the world attractions are being designed and built so the paying public face experience vertigo - bridges with glass floors, etc. This is aside from bungee jumping and zip lines. These are places you walk! Here are a few:

Sochi, Russia - SkyBridge - The 439-metre-long SkyBridge lies 207 metres above the Krasnaya Polyana valley, and forms part of the Sochi SkyPark, located to the north-east of this year's Winter Olympic host city.

Telegraph UK

Southern Spain - Caminito del Rey - It’s one meter wide along a vertical cliff. It closed after fatalities in 1999 and 2000.

Telegraph UK

Pingjang, Hunan, China - glass floored swinging bridge.

Telegraph UK

Jasper National Park, Canada - Glacier Skywalk - 280 meters above the Sunwapta Valley. Glass floor juts out 30 meters.

Telegraph UK again

Chamonix, France - Step into the Void aka Pas dans la Vide. A glass box, not very big, that cantilevers over the sheer mountain cliff about 1,000 meters (3,100 feet) above the valley.

Telegraph UK encore

Grand Canyon, Arizona - Skywalk. This is the first of these I heard of. It is not in the national park, but in the Havasupai Reservation. They haul people there from Las Vegas. Their website.


And… There are more. Buildings in Chicago, Macau (next to Hong Kong), Melbourne, Australia, Singapore. Railroads. Gondolas. The mountains of Austria. The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, BC, Canada is not in the league with all the others.

See the photo gallery at - of course - Telegraph UK gallery

The photo: Glacier Skywalk at Jasper NP, Canada. Link

Friday, October 03, 2014

Win the Senate, then build our agenda

Charles Krauthamer says the Republicans don’t need a unified agenda to win control of the US Senate. That in an off-year election it is enough to be the party of “No.” Then, after the election we/they can build that agenda. It’s not necessary to have it before the election.

I hope he is right. (He cites examples.) Because that is what the Republicans in Congress are doing.

Washington Post

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gaza: Hamas fires rocket next to live TV stand-up

NDTV India rocket fired next to hotel

Evidence that in Gaza Hamas military teams hid among civilians. Video evidence!

A France 24 reporter was rattling off practiced lines blaming Israel again and again for targeting civilians and preventing growing food. BUT... Then Hamas launched a rocket from so close that it scared the reporter. August 7, 2014

France 24


India NDTV team watched and filmed while a rocket is assembled under a blue tent next to their hotel. Then they filmed when it was fired. But they did not dare to report this until they had left Gaza. There is no such thing as freedom of the press to Hamas.

Allgemeiner and the photo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Zach Deputy - amazing musical talent

I just discovered a great talent - Zach Deputy. Al Kooper calls his music soul. He is white and whatever you call it he is amazing. I watched a 9-minute video of him performing live. He performs live in a most unusual way: He lays down loops live. That is, starting from nothing he plays one instrumental line which is recorded, then a second over the first, then a third over the first and second. After 7 or 8 he plays and sings over all the accumulated loops. An amazing talent.

Al Kooper featured Zach among nineteen other soul tracks, most originals from the 1950s to 1980s. Zach is #9 on Kooper’s page linked below. (You have to go way down the page.) He is the only one that includes a video.

Watch the video of "Put it in the Boogie” at Al Kooper’s New Music for Old People for August 1, 2014.

And Zach Deputy’s own site.

Masters of the Universe losing to ... people like us

The master of the universe are frustrated. The big people - the elite, billionaires, lame-stream media people … - repeatedly see their top agenda items defeated or delayed - amnesty for illegal aliens, cutting Social Security, Common Core in K-12 education and more. Where we, the common people of all political persuasions, agree we win!! 

Tony Lee at Breitbart

 … An example: The hired leader of Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg’s pro-amnesty group resigned last week. He was not making progress after spending $ millions. Frustrated boss and fired employee. Breitbart

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

West US warming due to natural causes, not you

New research finds that warming along the US’s Pacific Coast is due to regional natural causes, including shifting winds.

Did the IPCC models predict this? We are spending $ trillions due to those models.

Seattle Times

It has been a subject of debate for years: How much has global warming contributed to a documented rise in temperatures along the West Coast?

A new study published Monday in a major research journal suggests the answer thus far, particularly in the Northwest, is: hardly any.

An average coastal temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius since 1900 along the West Coast appears more likely to be the result of changes in winds and air circulation over the eastern Pacific Ocean, two former University of Washington scientists found.

And the researchers said they could find no evidence that those weather patterns were being influenced by human greenhouse-gas emissions.

“It’s a simple story, but the results are very surprising: We do not see a human hand in the warming of the West Coast,” said co-author Nate Mantua, now with NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center. “That is taking people by surprise, and may generate some blowback.”

Climate scientists for years have acknowledged that Pacific Northwest weather can vary naturally year to year — or even decade to decade. But many have argued that human burning of fossil fuels is already a huge factor driving up regional temperatures.

But the new research by Mantua and lead author Jim Johnstone, formerly with the UW’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans, suggests that natural variation in weather accounts for the vast majority of regional temperature increases for the last 113 years.

The study found wind responsible for more than 80 percent of the warming from Northern California to the Northwest.

The study released Monday at Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

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