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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Trump Terror Tweets?


Sanders, Feinstein call for delay in Iran sanctions vote after Tehran attack
By Diamond Naga Siu
06/07/2017 02:22 PM EDT
A pair of lawmakers called for the Senate to delay voting on imposing sanctions on Iran Wednesday after the country was hit by a terrorist attack that killed 12 people and left more than 40 injured.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued statements saying now is the wrong time to vote on the sanctions, which are aimed at punishing Tehran for its human rights violations and its support of terrorist-designated groups...

And while the Idiot In Chief had time to bedevil the Mayor of London in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, he seems to have no time to make a comment on this....

at least, not until somebody tells him what to think about it.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017


The Star
Spicer just said Trump knows what ‘covfefe’ means
WASHINGTON—It appeared at 12:06 a.m., without warning, like a shooting star through the dark night, if the star was half of a real word and that half of a word was attached to the suffix “fefe” and then it just stayed up there for hours for some reason.

Covfefe. Noun. (Was it a noun? It seems like it was trying to be a noun.) A word used, Wednesday, by the president of the United States.

It has come to this. To the confusion, delight and genuine alarm of the night owls of the world’s most powerful country, Donald Trump wrote the following six words to his 31 million Twitter followers early on Wednesday morning: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”

There was no period. There was no rest of the sentence.


We know he meant “coverage.” But he did not make a correction, at least not immediately. Unlike Trump’s many other Twitter goofs, which he tends to amend within minutes, this one was left online for almost six hours, which was entertaining while also concerning.

Was nobody in the Trump administration awake? Did nobody in the Trump administration think they could or should tell the president to fix an embarrassing error? Had there been an actual mid-sentence emergency?


Trump’s staunchest supporters were unwilling to betray any hint of a chuckle. With Trump’s aides apparently asleep — the White House confirmed Tuesday that communications director Mike Dubke plans to resign — Kayleigh McEnany, one of the president’s designated defenders on CNN, began tweeting that covfefe was all part of the master plan.

The real Spicer was asked about the tweet in his afternoon press briefing. He was not at all amused.

“The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” Spicer said.

He declined to elaborate.


So what is the covert meaning. the hidden protocol of Covfefe?

Is it

 Covfefe, the all-seeing Eye?!?!

If "Coverage" was meant, then AutoCorrect must replace "-erage" with "-fefe". I wonder if there is any Undfefe in Twitter?

I think it refers to Fefe's Blog

where today we see

[L] Technology Update: The Amis [Americans]have successfully used an ICBM defense system . ICBM are intercontinental missiles, which are equipped with atomic bubblers in the creep scenario.

There have been some radar systems that can detect the launch of ICBMs. The Russians had, for example, one that became known as "Russian Woodpecker" because of its striking sound of knocking sounds of a woodpecker. The radar array for this was in Chernobyl . Yes, Chernobyl. And it was the most important energy collector of the nuclear power plant, which then burst. This led to exciting political complications at the time because the Amis knew that, and now the blind Russians might be nervous at the red button and inadvertently trigger an atomic holocaust.

The point is in any case: places (more or less good) one can do that longer. But the interception is not so simple, because the rockets are only at the beginning (so fast is not there) and in the end within the atmosphere, and thus for conventional interceptor missiles achievable. Therefore countermeasures focussed long on the last part of the trajectory, but then one can then also make countermeasures again. You can make MIRV, for example, there is not only one warhead, but let's say eight, and they split up just before the target. Enough if one gets through. Or better still: you make the self-steering and lets the a few chaotic course adjustments make just before the goal. As a safe number, it never looked as if it was a defense.

Therefore now this defense technology, which catches the ICBM in the middle of the trajectory. For this, the interceptor rocket itself has to leave the atmosphere, and this is sufficiently difficult that the first time, 2017, for the first time has worked.

This could now trigger a new armament contest with the Russians. Because their rational reaction in the Cold War thought will be to have the first more ICBMs than the Amis can build interceptors. And of course they will also build on something, clear.

and the late night Tweet was meant to say to some Russian friends:

[Check out this] cov[erage on] fefe['s blog about how the Americanskis are getting ahead of youse guys!] 


Paris Climate Deal

President Trump will announce his decision on the Paris Climate Deal as soon as somebody tells him what to think.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Protector Against The Bully

Some years ago I did this poem:

Mary,  Protector!

How great the pain that pierced your heart,
Mother, when they raised Him on the cross;
ceaseless furrows of your tears record the
tsunami of your loss!
Hammer and spear, thorns and scourge,
all life from your soul did purge?

"My pain blinded everything else, I could not stand;
I admit that in my pain I cried a few
tears and screamed in my deep despair... softened
by the mound of stones I threw!
from Roman heads came blood, their cries attest:
'Get that Jew bitch! That Jewish terrorist!' "

The Virgin Mary is usually depicted as silently suffering during the passion of Jesus. However, she fought for her kids like a soldier, and drew the blood of killers. She still fights for us.
(I am tired of Mary being portrayed as Our Lady of Perpetual Victimization.)


So why do we not invoke the protection of Our Lady, Protector Against Bullies?

8-Year-Old Commits Suicide Two Days After This Happens To Him At School
When an 8-year-old decides to commit suicide after being bullied in school, it staggers the mind to consider how traumatized he must’ve been to bring his life to an end.

For Cornelia Reynolds, this is a question she’s now left to live with after she found her son dead in his room, hanging from a noose.

“I was in the living room at the kitchen table,” said Cornelia to WLWT, “and I went back to check on my son and I found him hanging.”

The chain of events goes all the way back to a series of hostile encounters with bullies in Gabe Reynold’s Ohio elementary school—but administrators deny any evidence of bullying...

There is school bullying, online bullying, bullying everywhere. People are marginalized and treated as if their well-being does not matter in the slightest. We know it does. Only a nation of barbarians would allow such things to go on.

I am not one who speaks of the modern relevance of religion. If someone needs relevance, they don't see very clearly. Our Lady who protects her children is always relevant, and she kicks and takes down names.

The needs of the present are the same as the needs of the past.
When the plague threatened in the past, we prayed to San Rocco. Today who is the patron of health? Or, better yet, who is the patron Saint of Health Care whose protection is so sorely needed by us?

Why are the Saints not kept timely with the needs of the People?


Sunday, May 14, 2017

We Went To War in Iraq Over Weapons Of Mass Destruction...

but then what did we do?...

News from Trump:

Breaking Defense
Trump NOT Briefed By Navy On Ford Catapult; Loves ‘Goddamned Steam’ Anyway
By Colin Clark and Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on May 12, 2017 at 4:15 PM

[note: The Ford is the aircraft carrier USS Ford and EMALS is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System.]

...Here’s what Trump told Time magazine about EMALS (and other things) in an extraordinary interview published yesterday:

“You know the catapult is quite important. So I said what is this? Sir, this is our digital catapult system. He said well, we’re going to this because we wanted to keep up with modern [technology]. I said you don’t use steam anymore for catapult? No sir. I said, ‘Ah, how is it working?’ ‘Sir, not good. Not good. Doesn’t have the power. You know the steam is just brutal. You see that sucker going and steam’s going all over the place, there’s planes thrown in the air.'”

“It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said–and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said what system are you going to be–’Sir, we’re staying with digital.’ I said no you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.”

By “digital,” Trump presumably means EMALS uses electromagnetic energy rather than steam, allowing for a smaller system with fewer moving parts, and hence less need for expensive maintenance...

I think this interview makes us wonder why in the name of heaven electors put this man in charge of a nuclear arsenal. I mean, there is all those End-of-Times and post-disaster themes all around us, and the people who voted for this man created a clear and well-defined threat to our well-being.

We always talk about whose thumb is on the button.
We have elected an extremely odd individual to a position which controls nuclear arms.

We actually went to war in Iraq to keep Weapons of Mass Destruction from control of a mad man!


Then there is the Trump who deeply thinks about concepts like "loyalty"...

Think Progress
After acting FBI boss breaks with Trump talking points, White House won’t confirm confidence in him
Aaron Rupar May 13 2017
...Spicer’s comments about the president’s confidence or lack thereof in McCabe came amid a swirl of reports that Comey’s refusal to pledge personal loyalty to Trump played a large role in his firing. McCabe, during his testimony, indicated his goal is to do “the right thing,” which he characterized as “protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”

During an interview with Fox News that was recorded on Friday, Trump denied ever asking Comey to pledge his loyalty, but argued it wouldn’t have been inappropriate for him to do so.

“I don’t think it’s inappropriate,” Trump said. “I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important—you know, I mean, it depends on how you define loyalty.” ...

"... it depends on how you define loyalty."?
What in the name of heaven is that?!


Trumpwitted Official

Think Progress
Top Trump official says we shouldn’t take care of someone who ‘eats poorly and gets diabetes’
Jack Jenkins May 13 2017
A top White House official tried to defend the American Health Care Act (AHCA)— the GOP’s response to Obamacare — earlier this week by implying that health care systems shouldn’t help someone who “sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Mick Mulvaney of the Office of Management and Budget delivered the line on Thursday while speaking to the LIGHT Forum at Stanford University. Mulvaney was asked whether he agreed with the “Jimmy Kimmel test” — or the idea famously forwarded by the late-night show host that “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.” Kimmel made the quip while delivering an impassioned account of his newborn son’s struggle to survive a congenital heart disease...

And this is less than a week after the Group Trump decided to deep six Michelle Obama's program to provide healthy lunches for school children, so on one hand we make no effort for healthy food, and then when you get sick from the unhealthy food, no health care.

It makes sense in our world.


Friday, May 12, 2017

The Immortal Regiment March

мой племянник
Right in the center, my little nephew!

Consortium News
Gilbert Doctorow
To understand Russia, it is worth reflecting on the tradition of the Immortal Regiment march on May 9 when hundreds of thousands of Russians pour into the streets of Moscow and other cities holding the faded photos of family members who died in achieving the victory over the Nazis in World War II.

Russians taking part in an Immortal Regiment march on May 9, 2017.

The march is a showing of national solidarity that is unthinkable in today’s Western Europe or the United States (although those societies also have their patriotic holidays, from Bastille Day in France to July Fourth in the U.S.). In Russia, the Immortal Regiment march demonstrates a national solidarity forged by the shared and searing experience of every family’s wartime losses, a death toll that totaled about 27 million.

This year, despite poor weather, Muscovites took pride in having a still bigger turnout than last year. The media reported that it was the coldest Victory Day in Moscow ever, yet the official crowd number was given at 850,000...


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

So It Goes...
LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami) – Fists fly on a Southwest Air flight to California.
The jet had just landed at the Burbank Airport when two men got into it.
“Everyone was deplaning then all heck broke loose,” said Michael Krause...

Airlines have declared war on passengers, and passengers have reciprocated.
There are many unreported incidents, too. Last time we flew after Christmas 2016, there were delays at the Baltimore Airport and hungry, upset people got into it at the McDonald's in the airport, since there were too many customers for the staff to handle.

Sort of scarey.

This decline of ours is scarey. Sheesh! Fights on airplanes are common! For pity sake! What have we gotten into?!

Trump fires the head of the FBI three years into his ten year term, companies and customers declare war, and in case people in charge have not noticed, things are beginning to fall apart. The Republican members of the House vote to essentially deprive millions of health care!
Pretty soon there'll be fights in hospitals!


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Preachers Of Perversity

I never liked Bill Maher anyway, whether he was being nice-Bill or vicious-Bill. He always impressed me as a left-wing Dennis Miller, another comedian whose politics impairs their comedy.

Then Stephen Colbert, whom I liked.
However, I did not like Mr. Colbert enough to watch his show with any sign of regularity. I rarely watched Jon Stewart, although I did catch videos later. I go to bed early, thank goodness. In sleep the scourges of politics do not usually rage.

(I would watch Chris Rock if he had a show.)

Both men were seriously out of line.
I can't really say I won't watch them anymore, however. I can't complain to the advertisers because I have no idea who they might be.

Rage on and spread the darkness of the Weapon Society.
A Weapon Society needs enemies... otherwise we would not need weapons.
So insult and demean and tutor us in the ways of viciousness!


Monday, May 08, 2017

France Votes

Victory Cigar?

The future, the Project History, the making of our lives... it is not disposable, not a throw away. The European Union was founded by people who survived World War II and who had the concerns of the common men and women in their minds.

World peace requires a globalism which eschews elitism, which is a form of globalization we have not yet seen since the early EU.

A World joined in common amity is not a painting by a pseudo-Magritte:  La vraie democratie n'est pas un cigare jetable... true democracy is not a throw-away cigar.

Disposable Smokes

Les cigares jetables de 400 souffles...
myriad de bars à cigare,
couleurs illimitées,
verts, grises, rouges,
pour que vous choisissiez...

Choisissez s'il vous plaît;
O, que vous choisissiez!
avant la fin du monde,
avant fin de la vie,
avant que la prière d'enfer...

soit tou'c'qui reste...

note:  Red Auerbach, the coach of the Boston Celtics in the years I loved basketball, celebrated a victory by smoking a victory cigar.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Rick On !!



Bloggers' Wrist

I am one of the many sufferers' from Bloggers' Wrist, which is a toasting of the skin in the area of the wrist caused by heat from a laptop computer. It is like a first-degree burn, only less; more like a half-degree burn, or a quarter-degree burn.

So maybe some fingerless gloves ?!


Palpatine From Palatine...

You recognize the old, old children's rhyme, used by generations of kids skipping rope:

Palpatine from Palatine
pals around with plutocrats!

and so on with its catchy beat: PAL-pa-tine from PAL-a-tine PALS around with PLUT-o-CRATS!

where the last word "plutocrats" is evenly accented on both syllables, but can be sung a bit quicker than the preceding words and sort of brings it all to a close... or not.
I suppose "Palatine" refers to the Palatine Hill in Ancient Roma, a rise in the land where all the Roman swells had their palazzi. All very much wealth, power, Rome - rise as well as decline and fall - and an implication by omission of poverty, marginalized peoples, slaves, and somebody from Nazareth.

It was brought to mind this morning by the headline below:

Kushner Family Woos Wealthy Chinese Investors With “$500,000 Investor Visas” Pitch
The EB5 immigrant investor visa program allows wealthy foreign investors to invest in U.S. projects that could create jobs here, and then those investors can apply for citizenship.

Earlier Saturday, the family of Jared Kushner held a presentation in Bejing for the purpose of enticing wealthy Chinese investors to America.

Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey real estate project to secure what’s known as an investor visa...

I do not mean to imply any wrongdoing to Mr. Jared Kushner. However, I always wonder exactly how long it takes for an entity - like the Roman Empire or the USA - to seriously decline, to allow its laws to fall into desuetude, to restrict the democracy to fewer and fewer, and to hand the state over to the wealthy plutocrats.
According to Gibbon's account of Rome, it took a while. But I read Gibbon when I was in my teens and sitting out on the river sunning my adolescent body, dipping into the cool waters every now and then; O, rise Belisarius! , O, go down Belisarius! ... rise Justinian, rise Irene, go up and come down the Iconoclasts! ... what-ho! and my mind vacillated between the common interests of guys and dolls and the rise and fall of empires!

It is obvious that the country may be handed over to the wealthy very quickly. It is clear that commercial interests of wealthy families and groups may predominate the public forums, and the change may happen within months.

So what took Rome so long?


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Returning To The Swamp

We got home from Maryland. We had been there over Easter and beyond. My granddaughter is now walking. This stage is referred to as "toddler", and it resembles my lurching in the morning, except I do not plop down on the floor when exhausted: I use a chair.

I ignored the news, thank heavens, until I got home.

Now I see that we are still baby-sitting the President. I am really getting tired of this. I do admire the President for his use of adverbs, such as when he describes an acquaintance as "really, really amazing", whereas most of the schlubs who voted for him and most of those who did not would say, "real, real amazing".

A new phase is beginning today, his 100th day.
It appears that the arts of the deal derived from his stint with the World Wrestling Federation are weakening.

Trump’s Only Playing the Madman With North Korea
Trump’s tweeted threats may sound unhinged. But the crazy talk is carefully planned, administration officials insist.
Kimberly Dozier

When President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that there could soon be a “major, major conflict” with North Korea, critics were quick to write it off as yet another needlessly provocative and un-presidential outburst from the man occupying the Oval Office.

But aides and close associates of Trump tell a very different story. They say there’s an intentional communications strategy at work, designed by the president himself: Trump knocks opponents off-balance with unexpected tweets or comments that upset the status quo, setting up the shot, then his cabinet secretaries come in as “sweepers,” laying out the new policy in more detail, calming the situation, and landing foreign policy goals.

That’s just what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did Friday, in remarks at the UN intended to serve as a road map out of the confrontation for the Hermit Kingdom, suggesting Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un take steps to show good faith, and holding out the tantalizing reward of millions in U.S. aid for steps toward denuclearization...

The problem this morning is that North Korea launched a missile yesterday. This probably means they are not afraid that the President will "cut their hair":

Maybe some strategy from the "octagon cage" will work.

My son-in-law had heard some talking-head-musings about the CIA trying to sabotage North Korea's missiles, and he did not believe it, thinking perhaps that North Korean tech was just not up to snuff.
I reminded him about Stuxnet.
I told him the story about Mussadegh.

The USA is a violent Yenta, always in everyone's business, lest we forget.

And nothing is wrong with the President. He is pretty much representative of at least half the population of this country. He is what we deserve.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Right Now

... I am singing   "I'll Fly Away".

and  Listen to Joe Locke singing "Violetta"....

et j"entends ... tous!



How Old?

How old am I?

Well, I remember Frantic Freddie Cannon, and I do not think people now would think he was "frantic".

I also grew up on Little Richard, and I first saw him in 1956. And his Long Tall Sally puts everything else to shame. I might mention I was "into" Little Richard in 1956 or thereabouts.

We won't even mention Fats Domino............... who is endless....

I do not quite get how these guys came together.


I also remember seeing LaVerne Baker singing Jim Dandy !  And I can't remember the MC, but it was cool in Detroit, 1956, Fox Theater.

Mr. Cohen

Leonard Cohen passed some time ago, and I ignored it because it was too much to deal with.

The first lady with whom I made love in college loved Leonard Cohen. So I think I love him, too. (I seem to remember I recall her singing his songs while we made love... which is bittersweet, eh?  It was in Canada... whatever.. and love is as sweet there as it is anywhere!)


Why Arabic?

Someone just asked me why I would write posts with titles or partial titles in Arabic... since nobody would know what it meant!

I had my standard answer: I read volumes and volumes of the historian Arnold Toynbee years and years ago. They were my sustenance after I was weaned from Edward Gibbon. Mr Toynbee quoted sources in English, French, German, Latin, Greek, and Arabic. No translation.

You were supposed to  be up to speed.


I Support The European Union!

any picture will do !

By the way, I do indeed support the EU, because that is where my ancestors came from.

My granddaughter has half from the great EU and half from wonderful Africa!! So I support the EU and Africa! And everyone else.


My Sword Is My Pen : سيفي قلمي

سيفي قلمي

Within the last week, I heard that expression above.
From whom, we will not go into now.
It translates as "My sword (is) my pen."

The very previous post wherein I wrote that in intelligent beings it is the differences that join us together is a prime example. The differences are proof of Intelligence. Our disagreements are proof of our common humanity.

I attack (my sword!) the old ways of thinking with my writing (my pen!)

I wish I understood all this a bit more... to make me feel at ease.


I don't know... maybe I should mention that the phrase is in Arabic?

My Book Part 6

The range I set for myself I thought to be limited; it was vast! It is all humanity and its beliefs! And I did not have a set dogmatic structure, neither philosophical nor religious nor political:  I actually wanted to hear and accept what everyone had to say.

Well, I found out that it is the Complexity of Mankind that swaddles us against the darkness!

The very fact that we are all so different - that all intelligent entities built like human beings - are so incredibly complex, that it is our differences that join us!

I didn't mean to write that until I wrote it.

I am at a bit of a loss for words. How could differences join us? Intelligence is differing, perhaps.


The Expanse Part 2: Thomas Jane

I really did not like The Expanse when I first viewed it. I went back to it and loved it. Everyone deserves at least a second chance, if not more.

I especially like Thomas Jane. I have seen him in many films, and in my experience, he had never been given a chance to display his craft. He is really very good in this, and I am thankful that I have found a good actor after the drek of The Mist... even Dreamcatcher was not designed to show his ability... it only accented Damien Lewis and Jason Lee.  This SyFy series is so designed and he is great.

It is all up to the writers. They have done a great job in fleshing out these stumble-bums of space!

I loved it.


Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Relativity Of The iPhone Part 3

Electronic devices expand the amount of time available. Their very speed of comm (communication) speeds things up, expands "free" time, and "shrinks" the distance in time between places in the world.

If you happen to be an alienated person, not just a teenager trying to avoid adults and their discontents, the time of alienation has magnified, the places of boredom have increased.

What is clearly of paramount importance is what we fill the excess time with.

Let us think about that.

It brings to mind an old e-gadget, the telegraph. In many movies set in the Old West, the telegraph runs alongside the railroad lines that span the country; settlers move in, cattle are herder, cowboys go into town... and the native peoples are subjected to genocide.

I do not mean to connect genocide and the telegraph. The dislocation of native populations started back around Andrew Jackson's time, well before the telegraph, and the Indians were turned into refugees herded into refugee camps called reservations, and these reservations created a vast Gulag system across the face of the Old West.

Connections? Doubtful, although speedy comm may have helped move soldiers around to the right hot spots of native disaffection. Yet there is no connection between electronic tech and genocide... even though there was that history written about Tom Watson and IBM and how IBM sold business machines to the Nazis, who put the punch-card system to good use in organizing their Final Solution.

Mankind is good and evil. If there are e-gadgets, they will be used for good and evil.

Still something like a shadow of ever-biting conscience nags at me, for if the time available to do good and evil is increased, then just how bloody important is it to try to ensure that more good than evil be done in that newly created time?

How do we fill the Time?

Not very long ago, people wrote about the new leisure society, a society where work hours followed a trend to decrease, wealth would be maintained with decreased effort, and great princely suns of leisure time would confront us. Our biggest problem would be, "What do we do with all this free time?"

That was just before it became the norm for wife and husband to both work just to keep afloat, and one of them possibly had to take a night job in order to pay for pre-school for the children.
In this case, we filled in the increases of time with stagnant wages, loss of jobs, etc. and managed to deflect the bane of leisure.

Consider the electronic item Television.
It created fast entertainment, giving us more free time.
In the old days, to entertain ourselves we had to do things like get everyone together, pick up teams, play lengthy games that might go on endlessly through nine innings or four quarters. Endless. Television allowed us an entertainment break that only took an hour or so.
Great free time abounded.

Only we filled up the theoretical time freed from the time needed for Recreation with more TV.
We filled up the TV with what Newton Minow of the FCC called "a vast wasteland".
Television gave birth to cable - which was free back in the beginnings! - and cable was a protean birth that looked around at the immense playpen it found itself in - vast amounts of Time! Cable gave birth to the 24/7 News cycle plague which oppresses the viewer even more than lack of news ever did.

Those kids in the photo - they are good kids. And they are clear proof that good kids come from good e-gadgets, right? Yet there will be many years ahead of those kids and what stories and influences will affect them?
Will they hear stories of heroes and heroines, honor and fidelity, truth and fortitude, or will the stories be of conflict, of despair and end-of-time horror, of violence and hatred? What is the Mix of good and evil? I think the balance is tipped to evil in the present day.


Thursday, April 06, 2017

Continuous Transportation: Товарищ дирижабль!

Un État de Transport Continu
inspiré par le film Transperceneige

It translates to Comrade Dirigible, but I (facetiously and incorrectly) prefer Comrade Blimp!



I Read... and a Good Story

I read...

Tikun Olam  תיקון עולם

That's what I read...

and there's a   ידיעה.... that I read this morning:

Tikun Olam
Palestinian-American Heroine Faces Down JDL Thugs; JDL Canada Infiltrates U.S. Diplomatic Mission
April 5, 2017 By Richard Silverstein
Danya Nayfeh, the daughter of the most seriously injured protester in the DC riot, Kamal Nayfeh, spoke extensively to me about events that day. Her parents had traveled to DC for a family day with their daughter, who is studying at Georgetown law school. As they walked downtown Nayfeh, who is studying international human rights law, wanted to find out more about the anti-Aipac protest at the Convention Center. So they walked over to the If Not Now demonstrators.

. ..they heard a violent commotion and her mom said: “I think that’s your dad.” Danya immediately began running toward the gaggle of JSL  (sic: read JDL)  attackers who surrounded Kamal. She began screaming repeatedly: “That’s my dad.”...
After she reached her dad, whose eye and back was badly injured, the police tried to shoo the family off to one side. Dana couldn’t make sense of this. She looked over at the attackers who were still milling brazenly near the site of the attack. The police were doing nothing to question them. When she was convinced the police were taking no action, she decided to confront the perpetrators herself. The police warned her not to as it might be dangerous. But she was not to be deterred.

She walked over to the JDL and began demanding to know who had attacked her father. No one replied. So she confronted Steynovitz directly and asked: “Did you attack my dad?” She repeated the question several times and he finally admitted: “We did it. That should teach him a lesson.” She looked at the policemen standing nearby to see if they would act. When they didn’t, she challenged them saying: “You heard what he just said. He admitted he did it. What are you going to do?” Their refusal to act made her frustrated and she began screaming at them demanding that they arrest the culprits...

You may have already read this story in the media, it may have been extensively covered by FOX and MSNBC. One News Organization that did cover it was RT, the Russian so-called propaganda news organization covered this with a large article on March 30, 2017.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Relativity Of The iPhone Part 2

I got into this whole iPhone and electronic gizmo business when She-who-must-be-obeyed turned a gimlet eye to me while driving to Toronto and said that my nephew was acting like a pain again, and was not much fun anymore, was sarcastic, and was withdrawn into the world of playing iPhone games, looking at Facebook on the iPhone, and general iPhonery.

And when the phone was down, the iPad was up.

She said my sister-in-law said the boy used to be so lovely, and now there was a rough patch that had gone on a while and the road signs indicated more patches ahead; all he does is stare at those e-gadgets

So, I thought, why blame the iPhone?
Why blame electronic gizmos for adolescents?

That makes no sense. So maybe people are blaming iPhones for somehow making teenagers avoid the society of their parents and adults even more than hitherto. Teens have always been "withdrawn" to some degree.
I started to think about it. Definitely we cannot blame the new e-gadgets for pre-existing conditions. So what is going on?

One fact seems to stand out: the e-gadgets are fast. E-gadgets always have been. Think broadly now: e-gadgets include the telegraph, the telephone, radio, old-timey TV, etc. They were all fast; they all "shrunk" the world...  relative to the speed of light of electro-magnetism, the length and breadth of the world underwent a radical Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction, using a metaphor from Physics.

Whatever a person wants to do in a hour, they can do in 1/2 an hour using an e-gadget.
The e-gadget "saves time".
Looking at this from the viewpoint of the total fund of time the person has available to do things in, that fund of time has just "expanded" by 1/2 an hour.

If a teenager is oppressed by the amount of time that his parents spend badgering them to this, that, and the other thing, the overhang of threatening time has just gotten much, much bigger!
And the only way the teen can deal with it are the electronic gadgets all around. However, by using more e-gadgets, the young people increase the amount of time within which they feel adrift, oppressed, discontented...


Comparing Hitler To Trump

Some people have compared Hitler to Trump.

Some have seen the rise of Neo-Fascism in the present day.

Well, Fascism absolutely required scads of ex-soldiers turned out of the armies after World War I. Without these men, there would have been geezers in the Black Shirts and grannies in the Sturmabteilung instead of young, strong ruffians.

Ditto for the Spanish Flu and Economic upheavals.

Big difference between Hitler and Trump; their times and world very different.

(We still have time for a pandemic - we gave a good try with that Ebola thing - and another economic disaster is not beyond our capabilities... look at the stock market responding to an administration that cannot formulate an intelligible policy on anything! I mean, Jared Kushner can only do so much, and even he may need an economic czar or two to help straighten things out!)

And concerning Hitler's abilities, I remember some British historian or other talking about Hitler's Tischegeschprache  - which is the way I remember "table talk" and sort off off-the-cuff chatter and my German may be way off!  - and saying that Hitler had a mediocre mind and jejune ideas.
Be that as it may, even though Herr Hitler was the devil's henchman, I don't recall anyone saying Hitler was a blithering idiot.

Here again, there is a vast difference between the two gentlemen.

That historian may be Trevor-Roper.

I Support The European Union

Founding Fathers of the EU

Joseph Bech

As Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Bech was actively involved in the establishment of the Benelux Customs Union and later the European Coal and Steel Community. Played an important role in preparing the 1955 Messina Conference which paved the way for the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1958.


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

No Country For Old Men

"It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?"

"If it ain't, it'll do 'til the real mess gets here."


The Washington Post
The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s

Flanked by cabinet members and coal miners, President Trump introduced and signed an executive order on March 28, that revokes Obama-era climate regulations and puts "an end to the war on coal,” he said. (The White House)

“My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth,” President Trump said earlier this week before a group of coal miners.

Trump was announcing the rollback of several Obama-era environmental regulations that would have affected industries such as coal mining. Trump has repeatedly claimed that over-regulation has led to a decline in coal-industry jobs.

“I made them this promise,” Trump said at the signing. “We will put our miners back to work.”

Experts in the industry have already pointed out, repeatedly, that the coal jobs are extremely unlikely to come back. The plight of the coal industry is more a function of changing energy markets and increased demand for natural gas than anything else.

Another largely overlooked point about coal jobs is that there just aren't that many of them relative to other industries. There are various estimates of coal-sector employment, but according to the Census Bureau's County Business Patterns program, which allows for detailed comparisons with many other industries, the coal industry employed 76,572 people in 2014, the latest year for which data is available.

That number includes not just miners but also office workers, sales staff and all of the other individuals who work at coal-mining companies...

...Looking at the level of individual businesses, the coal industry in 2014 (76,572) employed about as many as Whole Foods (72,650), and fewer workers than Arby's (close to 80,000), Dollar General (105,000) or J.C. Penney (114,000). The country's largest private employer, Walmart (2.2 million employees) provides roughly 28 times as many jobs as coal...

Pretty cool fine-tuning for a guy who can't take the time to develop a policy.


I Read...

That's what I read


I Support The European Union

Founding Fathers of the EU

Alcide de Gasperi

Italian Prime Minister and a skilled mediator, involved in the creation of the Council of Europe and in creating rapprochement between other European states.


The Relativity Of The iPhone Part 1

Not just the iPhone, but all electronic communication devices expand time.

If you were to be an observer sitting in a metro express car going past a station and you people standing on the train platform engaged in iPhonery,  you would be in normal time while they would be in expanded time.

The expansion is due to the light speed of electronic communications.

Not just the iPhone; TV and Radio were and are involved. It is the same phenomenon we used to refer to as the shrinking of the world due to improved communications, where what happened in far away places became known to us more and more rapidly as the 19th and 20th centuries wore on:  the gaps on world maps denoted unknown lands were filled in and the events taking place in distant mountainous redoubts in Afghanistan became the evening news; while the Battle of New Orleans took place after the peace treaty had been signed in Europe and the news had not yet arrived at North America, the bombings in Yemen provide the relish of our evening meals.

The World has shrunk, but Time has expanded.


Sunday, April 02, 2017

I Read...

That's what I read...


I Support The European Union!

Robert Schuman

As French Foreign Minister between 1948 and 1952, Schuman was responsible for the 1950 Schuman Declaration (together with Jean Monnet) which agreed to place France and Germany's production of coal and steel under a single international authority, a key milestone towards the European Coal and Steel Community.


Saturday, April 01, 2017

I Support The European Union!

Paul-Henri Spaak

A Belgian Prime Minister involved in the negotiation of the Benelux Customs Union in 1944 and later appointed to leading roles in the United Nations, NATO, Council of Europe and European Coal and Steel Community in the 1950s and 1960s. He played an important role in creating the 1957 Treaty of Rome which led to the foundation of the European Economic Community.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Sometimes The Headline Says It All

Spiegel Online    International

Trump Steers into Global Economy Collision Course

U.S. President Donald Trump is currently steering his country into economic isolation. Bodies like the IMF, the G-7 and the G-20 fear for the future of the global financial system. They want Germany to take on a stronger role in standing up to the Americans.
By Christian Reiermann
March 29, 2017 04:43 PM

What we see here is the end of the World War II era that our Greatest Generation established, an era which saw the USA and the USSR defeat Germany and Japan and take upon themselves the leading roles in the world.
Part of this new order of things was efforts to ensure that Germany and Japan would not start another war.

There is no way I think Germany wants to start a war.
However, in the newly created vacuum in leadership in the Western world, we see here in the headline above that there is a large group that now suddenly looks to Germany for leadership. It is a most interesting irony, and it may be the most important outcome of the Trump administration.


I Support The European Union!

Founding Fathers of the EU

A political and economic advisor, Monnet helped to create the Schuman Declaration of 1950, a milestone Franco-German rapprochement after World War II and the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, and promoted international industrial cooperation.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

I Support The European Union!

Founding Fathers of the EU

Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister during World War II, Churchill called for a "United States of Europe", organised democratically, to prevent future wars in Europe


I Support The European Union!

Founding Fathers of the EU

Konrad Adenauer

First chancellor of West Germany, Adenauer attempted to restore relations with France during his term in office between 1949 and 1963. He was instrumental in bringing about the 1963 Élysée Treaty between the two countries. He signed a treaty of friendship with France.

We studied these guys and their union back in the first years of grade school in the 1950s.

I think Herr Adenauer's nickname was Der Alte, if I can remember properly; "The Old Man (of Germany)".

The IRS, Civil Rights, And Right Wing Politics


Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
Evangelical: Religious Right Has Distorted the Faith

by Linda Wertheimer
June 23, 2006 2:20 PM
... Let's remember...that the Religious Right did not come together in response to the Roe [Roe vs Wade on abortion] decision. No, Weyrich insisted, what got us going as a political movement was the attempt on the part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because of its racially discriminatory policies.

Bob Jones University was one target of a broader attempt by the federal government to enforce the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Several agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, had sought to penalize schools for failure to abide by antisegregation provisions. A court case in 1972, Green v. Connally, produced a ruling that any institution that practiced segregation was not, by definition, a charitable institution and, therefore, no longer qualified for tax-exempt standing.

The IRS sought to revoke the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University in 1975 because the school's regulations forbade interracial dating; African Americans, in fact, had been denied admission altogether until 1971, and it took another four years before unmarried African Americans were allowed to enroll. The university filed suit to retain its tax-exempt status, although that suit would not reach the Supreme Court until 1983 (at which time, the Reagan administration argued in favor of Bob Jones University)...
Then, if you doubt the segregationist attitudes imputed to some Southern "Christians" :

 The inset is from a message the founder of Bob Jones University delivered on April 17, 1960 in response to Brown vs. the Board of Education and its impact on the desegregation of all white colleges and universities. Plus, the fact that, like many whites in the south in the 1940’s, Bob Jones Sr. was a member of the Ku-Klux Klan.

When Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in 1968, the BJU student body cheered in chapel and Dr. Bob Jones, Jr. said he would not fly the university’s flag at half staff to honor this communist agitator.

The following paragraphs were taken form a 32 page booklet sold in the University’s book store in 1972 (when I was a student there) to support the Biblical bases for the University's stand on Biblical racial segregation, a point so strongly believed he even base the inspiration of the Bible on it:

“Now, we folks at Bob Jones University believe that whatever the Bible says is so; and we believe it says certain fundamental things that all Bible-believing Christians accept; but when the Bible speaks clearly about any subject, that settles it. Men do not always agree, because some are dumb-some people are spiritually dumb; but when the Bible is clear, there is not any reason why everybody should not accept it.” (page 1)

“Now, what is the matter? There is an effort today to disturb the established order. Wait a minute. Listen, I am talking straight to you. White folks and colored forks, you listen to me. You cannot run over God’s plan and God’s established order without having trouble. God never meant to have one race. It was not His purpose at all. God has a purpose for each race. God Almighty may have overruled and permitted the slaves to come over to America so that the colored people could be the great missionaries to the Africans. They could have been. The white people in America would have helped pay their way over there. By the hundreds and hundreds they could have gone back to Africa and got the Africans converted after the slavery days were over.” (page 10)

“I want you folks to listen-you white and you colored folks. Do not let these Satanic propagandist fool you. This agitation is not of God. It is of the devil. Do not let people slander God Almighty. God made it plain. God meant for Christian people to treat each other right. … Yes, Paul said, ‘God…hath made of one blood all nations of men…’ All men, to whatever race they may belong, have immortal souls; but all men have mortal bodies, and God fixed the boundaries of the races of the world. Let me repeat that it is no accident that most of the Chinese live in China. It is not an accident that most Japanese live in Japan; and the Africans should have been left in Africa, and the Gospel should have been taken to them as God command His people to do.” (page 13 - 14)

“If we would just listen to the Word of God and not try to overthrow God’s established order, we would not have any trouble. God never meant for America to be a melting pot to rub out the lines between the nations. That was not God’s purpose for this nation. When someone goes to overthrowing His established order and goes around preaching pious sermons about it, that makes me sick - for a man to stand up and preach pious sermons in this country and talk about rubbing out the line between the races - I say it makes me sick.

The trouble today is a Satanic agitation striking back at God’s established order. That is what is making trouble for us.” (page 15)

“Now, you colored people listen to me. If you had not been bought over here and if your grandparents in slavery days had not heard that great preaching, you might not even be a Christian, You might be over there in the jungles of Africa today, unsaved. But you are here in America where you have your own schools and your own churches and your own liberties and your own rights, with certain restrictions that God Almighty put about you - restrictions that are in line with the Word of God.” (page 22)

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It was Civil Rights that killed the Solidly Democratic South, and given us the Republican Party of today.