Two people write a piece titled: Race and the Modern GOP - and yes, I did read the entire thing...

Here is a screen-cap from the Politico website:


Slight problem - the moke in the doorway resisting integration is Democratic Governor George Wallace. From the WikiPedia entry for Stand in the Schoolhouse Door:

Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Democratic Governor George Wallace stands defiantly at the door of the Foster Auditorium while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.

We need to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican. So was Malcom X. The Democratic party was the party of racism and it is continuing its tradition by killing the modern black family and keeping them down on the plantation by giving them free government cheese in exchange for votes. Now that the focus is shifting to illegals, the blacks are going to be thrown under the bus - the next twenty years will be "interesting" to say the least.

A big ka-boom!

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Monday is the usual store shopping run and I was heading home this afternoon when I got into an accident.

I was heading out the Mt. Baker Highway - weather was overcast but dry and the road surface was dry. A car in front of me displayed their right turn signals and started to slow down.

Since there was no oncoming traffic, I put on my turn signals and moved into the other lane to pass.

Ka-boom. The driver made a sudden left turn and I hit them in the drivers door panel. As I was swerving to avoid them, I landed in the opposite ditch at a 45° angle.

The other driver was banged up but seemed coherent - she was taken to the local hospital for observation.

The people in back of me were kind enough to stop and corroborate my story. Also corroborating it was video from the dashcam I purchased a couple months prior.

I am fine - just still a bit rattled.

I'll post photos tomorrow - truck is going to need more than a bandaid - the front right corner is crunched and the front passenger door will not open. There is a slight crease across the hood - hope the frame is not torqued...

I'll be surfing for a bit but posting will probably be a bit light.

The joys of waterboarding

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Had our monthly Water Board meeting tonight. We generally spend about 30 minutes on business and another 30 on community gossip. A lot of fun.

Pure water is an essential component to life and we take pride in running a clean system. Bad water can happen anywhere - Mercer Island outside of Seattle is home to serious money and mansions. It is probably the wealthiest per sq. mile of any property in Washington State. The residents are having to have their household staff boil their water for them.

From the WA State Drinking Water Alerts website:


Mount Ontake update

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From The Japan Times:

Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption
Police confirmed Sunday night the deaths of four of the 31 people found unconscious near the peak of Mount Ontake earlier in the day, one day after the eruption on the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border.

The remaining 27 are all feared to be dead, though officials have yet formally confirmed the deaths of any of them.

The 31 were found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest when rescue operations resumed Sunday morning. At least another 40 people were injured during Saturday’s sudden eruption.

Facing poisonous gases and fearing another eruption, rescue workers were able to transport just four of the 31 victims to the foot of the mountain by Sunday night. The four were officially pronounced dead when they arrived at the bottom of the mountain.

A bit more:

While data had shown evidence of volcanic quakes in the area in mid-September, there were few other indications that an eruption might be in the offing, making it difficult to predict, according to the Meteorological Agency.

Japan is habituated to periodic volcanic eruptions, being one of the world’s most seismically active nations, but they have caused no fatalities since 1991, when 43 people were killed by a pyroclastic flow at Mount Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Happened at just the wrong time - amazing that not more were killed.

Bear McCreary

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Lulu and I were talking about the music for the television show Outlander. Just for the hell of it, I Googled it and it turns out that the composer - Bear McCreary - not only grew up in our fair Bellingham but is also composer of DaVinci's Demons and of Battlestar Galactica - two other favorite shows of ours.

Here is one of his video blogs from his website:


 He studied under Elmer Bernstein - one of my top five favorite cinema composers.

Gorgeous day today

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Working in the garden and the equipment barn today - just in for a bite.

Rain is due tomorrow for a few days but there is a high-pressure zone lined up to follow.

From Tyler Durdin at Zero Hedge:

Russia Discovers Massive Arctic Oil Field Which May Be Larger Than Gulf Of Mexico
In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia's coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico. The announcement was made by Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive officer, who spent two days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was unveiled today.

Well, one person who may have been as happy as Putin is the CEO of Exxon Mobil, since the well was discovered with the help of America's biggest energy company (and second largest by market cap after AAPL). Then again, maybe not: as Bloomberg explains "the well was drilled before the Oct. 10 deadline Exxon was granted by the U.S. government under sanctions barring American companies from working in Russia’s Arctic offshore. Rosneft and Exxon won’t be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and development of the area on hold despite the find announced today."

Which means instead of generating billions in E&P revenue, XOM could end up with, well, nothing. And that would be quite a shock to the US company because the unveiled Arctic field may hold about 1 billion barrels of oil and similar geology nearby means the surrounding area may hold more than the U.S. part of the Gulf or Mexico, he said.

For a sense of how big the spoils are we go to another piece by Bloomberg, which tells us that "Universitetskaya, the geological structure being drilled, is the size of the city of Moscow and large enough to contain more than 9 billion barrels, a trove worth more than $900 billion at today’s prices."

More on Exxon's possible non-involvement:

Sadly, said bonanza may be non-recourse to Exxon after Obama made it quite clear that all western companies will have to wind down operations in Russia or else feel the wrath of the DOJ against sanctions breakers. Which leaves XOM two options: ignore Obama's orders (something which many have been doing of late), or throw in the towel on what may be the largest oil discovery in years. 

Or, it could engage in a business deal with some other non-US oil company - say, one of these - and move it's headquarters from Texas to Alberta. This worked quite well for Burger King. There are a lot of potential basins off the Canadian coast as well.

What Peak Oil?

Taking a break from the wiring to clean out the equipment barn (very close to pulling wire - planning on taking a couple days off next week to finish).

I love to go to auctions and a lot of times, the auctioneer will bundle a really nice item in with a bunch of crap and you must bid on the entire lot.. Finally getting around to triage - rented a 4 cubic yard dumpster and have filled it three times and just now starting to see a dent in the piles of stuff.

There was also a lot of old fiberglass insulation that the original owner left behind. Most of it is now in the dumpster and I am heading upstairs for a nice long shower and some clean clothes. The stuff itches like hell...

Grilling some tri-tip tonight for dinner tonight - baked beans and a garden salad.

Say hello to Cliodynamics

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From their website:

Cliodynamics: History as Science
Empires rise and fall, populations and economies boom and bust, world religions spread or wither... What are the mechanisms underlying such dynamical processes in history? Are there 'laws of history'? We do not lack hypotheses to investigate - to take just one instance, more than two hundred explanations have been proposed for why the Roman Empire fell. But we still don't know which of these hypotheses are plausible, and which should be rejected. More importantly, there is no consensus on what general mechanisms explain the collapse of historical empires. What is needed is a systematic application of the scientific method to history: verbal theories should be translated into mathematical models, precise predictions derived, and then rigorously tested on empirical material. In short, history needs to become an analytical, predictive science (see Arise cliodynamics).

Cliodynamics (from Clio, the muse of history, and dynamics, the study of temporally varying processes) is the new transdisciplinary area of research at the intersection of historical macrosociology, economic history/cliometrics, mathematical modeling of long-term social processes, and the construction and analysis of historical databases. Mathematical approaches – modeling historical processes with differential equations or agent-based simulations; sophisticated statistical approaches to data analysis – are a key ingredient in the cliodynamic research program (Why do we need mathematical history?). But ultimately the aim is to discover general principles that explain the functioning and dynamics of actual historical societies.

The community of researchers working on mathematical history and cliodynamics has been rapidly growing in recent years. We now have our own journal, Cliodynamics: the Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History. Although this web page is primarily devoted to my personal research, I also try, as much as possible, to reflect the most significant developments in the field as a whole.

A lot of the thought is that there are repeating cycles in history - here is one that I have seen coming (although I did not know what it was) and it worries me:


A 50 year minor cycle and a 100 year major cycle. We are heading to 2020 in short order...

From Reuters:

Japanese volcano kills one, over 30 seriously injured
A Japanese volcano popular with hikers erupted on Saturday, killing one woman and seriously injuring more than 30 people, officials and media said.

The mountain draws walkers who come to admire the autumn colours on the trees.

"It was like thunder," a woman told public broadcaster NHK of the first eruption at the volcano in seven years. "I heard boom, boom, then everything went dark."

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the volcano, Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted just before midday and sent ash pouring down the mountain's south slope for more than three km (two miles).

Reports of more than 250 people stranded on the peak. This was a very popular hike, especially now with the fall colors. Really surprised that there was no prior detected seismic activity.



Talk about misplaced priorities and scope creep - from The Washington Free Beacon:

Labor Giant Puts Politics, Pay Over Serving Teachers
The nation’s largest teachers union spends three times as much money on politics, overhead, and union administration as it does on serving its membership, according to federal labor filings.

The National Education Association (NEA) headquarters spent nearly $45 million on “political activities” in 2013, about $500,000 more than it spent on membership services classified as “representational activities,” such as negotiating collective bargaining agreements and helping members with employment grievances. The labor giant spent an additional $90 million on overhead costs and union administration—more than double the total spent on individual members. The union’s expenses on staffing, administration, and politics accounted for about 40 percent of its total expenses for the year.

Typical bureaucratic waste - a dinosaur in the modern world.

Amazing resource - American Radio History

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Check it out here: American Radio History

Over two million pages of radio and television history scanned and placed online. The scanning was OCR'd so it is text searchable.

Broadcasting magazines and periodicals, books, audio and recording magazines, teachnical books and papers, consumer electronics, computers, science.

This puppy is deep!

Anyone want some chicken?

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I cannot imagine what this must be like up close. From the Missoula Montana FOX affiliate KWYB:

35,000 Pounds of Chicken Rot At Missoula Truck Stop
Missoula county sheriff's officials say a man driving a tractor-trailer carrying $80,000 worth of frozen chicken wouldn't finish the drop off until he got some money.

Missoula city-county health officials hope to clear the mess in a day or two.

"It doesn't seem like it was really well planned out," said Paige Pavalone, the spokeswoman for the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

It's not a typical kidnapping. The driver came from Nampa, Idaho making a delivery for Dixie River Freight. Pavalone says the truck was reported stolen about a month ago.

"This is pretty unusual, not only is it disgusting, but it's a huge waste of food and resources and this is a huge felony theft case right now," said Pavalone.

Now the health department has to figure out a way to get the rotten meat to the landfill. They're working with Dixie River Freight's insurance company. It looks like the best plan now is to wrap and plug up the trailer and take the chicken to the dump in its original casing.

"You want to get rid of that potential for there to be pests flying around, disease vectors, the flies, but in and of itself it's not a hazardous material," explained Shannon Therriault, the environmental health supervisor for the Missoula City-County Health Department.

The other question is what to do with the truck. It's hard to toss something worth tens of thousands of dollars in the garbage, but it will take a lot of work to get it back in working order, even if it's not used for food anymore. The decision is up to the insurance company.

"I don't think… it'll be up to them whether they want to bury the whole truck, but I don't think that's what they're planning to do," said Therriault.

I don't know what that driver was thinking. Talk about being unclear on the concept.

Living on one end of the bell curve. And do not forget the lovely scenes like this one that they left in their wake:


Environmentalists - riiigggghhhht....

Life in the restaurant business

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Our president at work. From The Week:

Emeril Lagasse: 'I have nowhere to go, really — other than broke'
Chef Emeril Lagasse shot to fame as the host of a popular Food Network show that encouraged amateur chefs to try their own hands in the kitchen. But despite being one of the most recognizable celebrity chefs in the country, Lagasse's outlook on his future as a restaurateur — and the restaurant industry in general — is fairly grim. "I have nowhere to go, really — other than broke," said Lagasse at a recent event promoting his upcoming TNT reality series On the Menu.

"It's becoming a very challenging industry to become a very successful average restaurateur," continued Lagasse. "I can't charge $300 a person in my restaurant or I would not be in business. Am I using any different ingredients? Not really. Am I using any caliber of service staff? I don't think so. I think our service is as good or better than most places."

"And then you add all the Obama nonsense to what it's become in the last several years. I don't have anything against Mr. Obama. I'm just saying the way that, you know... the government should stay out of things. [...] Pretty soon, they're going to wipe a lot of the middle restaurateurs and restaurant cooks. [...] If it continues, then watch: you're going to have high-end, and you're going to have fast food, and you're going to have chain restaurants."

Lagasse went on to lament that the areas in which he operates restaurants — including New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania — have been hit particularly hard by the problems in the economy. "Somebody having a $12.99 meatball and pasta dish at my restaurant means a lot to them," he said. "That's like a special occasion."

Restaurants target disposable income and are one of the first business to decline when the economy goes south. I bet that when the honest numbers are finally published that this depression will be as great as the 1930's depression. Obama has done nothing tangible to turn this around.

Slow day

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Something has been niggling around the edges of my immune system and just felt like sleeping in today. Showed up at work around noon instead of the usual 10:00AM.

We both took some elderberry tonic - what with school being back in session, there has been a lot of flu-like crap floating around...

Inequality in Israel

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Those poor Palestinians Hashemite Jordanians - from The Times of Israel:

Palestinians better off working in settlements, says PA daily
The Palestinian Authority’s official daily newspaper praised conditions for Palestinians working for Israelis in West Bank settlements, while decrying the low salaries and lack of benefits for those workers employed by Palestinians.

The September 21 Al-Hayat Al-Jadida article, translated by Palestinian Media Watch, said that “whenever Palestinian workers have the opportunity to work for Israeli employers, they are quick to quit their jobs with their Palestinian employers – for reasons having to do with salaries and other rights.”

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida interviewed a group of Palestinian workers for the piece, and found that those with Israeli bosses earned much more than those working for Palestinians.

Workers employed by Palestinians all said they do not have medical insurance, which is not mandated by Palestinian law, and do not receive stipends for transportation. Israeli employers usually pay for workers’ transportation in both directions, the newspaper found.

Israeli employers can also be relied upon to pay salaries.  “The only cases in which a Palestinian worker does not receive the salary his Israeli [employer] determined for him are those cases in which the middleman is Palestinian,” said Muhammad Hassan, an agricultural worker. “This is because he employs the workers at his own expense, and he is the one who pays their salaries, which puts the worker at risk of being exploited or having his wages withheld.”

“I work 10 hours a day and receive a monthly salary of not more than 1,900 shekels, and we have no additional rights like yearly vacations, travel expenses and so on,” said Fuad Qahawish, a waiter in a Palestinian restaurant. “My colleagues who do the same work for Israelis receive 4,000 shekels a month for the same number of hours.’

And we all remember that the "Palestinian" people are a myth invented in the 1950's by the Russian KGB and brought to life by their Egyptian stooge, Yasser Arafat. The Russians were worried about the oil deposits and wanted to destabilize the area.


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Swiped from Denny

Visiting the ocean

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No special effects - camera angles and freediving skills. From The Ocean Brothers.

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