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How fast they fall - Harvey Weinstein

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy
Embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein — a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.

The film academy’s 54-member board of governors, which includes such industry luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Kathleen Kennedy and Whoopi Goldberg, voted in an emergency meeting on Saturday morning to remove Weinstein from the organization’s ranks in an unprecedented public rebuke of a prominent industry figure. The move marked the latest blow in Weinstein’s stunning downfall and, in symbolic terms, amounts to a virtual expulsion from Hollywood itself.

The guy made great movies - pity about all the other stuff. This brings to mind two other pieces

First - from Laurie Stark on Twitter:

Remember: The Weinstein Company didn't fire Harvey because they found out he was a sexual predator. They fired him because WE found out.

Second - this wonderful rant:

Dear Hollywood celebrities: It’s time to wake up now. Get this! The only reason you exist is for my entertainment. Some of you are beautiful. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you are so convincing that you scare the stuffing out of me. And others are so funny you can make me laugh uncontrollably. But you all have one thing in common. You only exist and have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it. Nothing else!

You make your living pretending to be someone else. You play dress-up like a 5-year-old. Your world is a make-believe world—it is not real; it doesn't exist. You live for the camera while the rest of us live in the real world. Your entire existence depends on my patronage. I crank the organ grinder, and you dance.

Therefore, I don't care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your opinion means nothing to me. Just because you had a lead role in a movie about prostitution doesn't mean you know what it’s like to be a prostitute. Your view matters far less to me than that of a someone living in Timbuktu. Believe me or not, the hard truth is that you aren't real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer, and you cease to exist. Once I am done with you, I go back to the real world until I want you to entertain me again.

I don't care that you think BP executives deserve the death penalty. I don't care what you think about the environment. I don't care if you believe fracking is bad. I don't care if you call for more gun control. I don't care if you believe in catastrophic, human-induced global warming. And I couldn't care less that you supported Hillary for President. By the way, she lost!!

Get back into your bubble. I'll let you know when I'm in the mood for something pretty or scary or funny. And one other thing. What was all that “I'll leave the country if Donald Trump wins”? Don't you know how stupid that made you sound? What did you think my reaction was going to be? Oooh! I better not vote for Trump or we'll lose Whoopi Goldberg? Al Sharpton? Amy Schemer? Rosie O’Donnell? Leave. Good riddance. I don't care! And don't let the door hit you in the keister on your way out. Make me laugh. Make me cry. Even scare me. But realize this: the only words of yours that matter are scripted — just like your pathetic, little lives. I may agree with some of you from time to time, but in the final analysis, it doesn't matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment.

So, shut your mouth and dance, monkey, DANCE!

Speaking truth to power monkeys. If President Trump is setting out to drain the swamp, remember that its tributaries and rivers are fed by the constant drip drip drip of the media. Without their collusion, the swamp will dry up and blow away under the hard light of day.

Is he pulling a Polanski?

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From TMZ:

HARVEY WEINSTEIN Flying to Europe Tonight FOR SEX ADDICTION REHAB
Harvey Weinstein is boarding a private jet Tuesday night, bound for a rehab center in Europe for sex addiction ... sources connected with the former mogul tell TMZ.

We're told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We're told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues.

Our sources say Weinstein is surprisingly calm, considering the PR nightmare engulfing him. As one source put it, "He has his moments where there are bursts, but for the most part he's pretty calm."

We're told Weinstein still believes he can get help, come back and make a fresh start. As a source close to Weinstein put it, "He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas." As we reported, he and his team are in settlement discussions with The Weinstein Co. and the idea of him serving in some outside capacity is still on the table.

Pulling a Polanski? From Infogalactic:

Roman Polanski
Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933), known professionally as Roman Polanski, is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers".

And why this matters?

In 1977, after a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski was arrested for the rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer and pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor. He was released from prison after serving 42 days and was told he would be put on probation. When he learned that the judge planned to renege on that promise, he fled to Paris before sentencing.

No extradition - even after several attempts by the US he remains at large. Looks like Harvey might be taking cues from a master.

Harvey Weinstein in the media

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The New York Times ran an article about how Mr. Weinstein was using his position of power to have sex with actresses - this had been going on for decades. Mr. Weinstein has subsequently been  fired from his company. One story and one tweet:

From Sharon Waxman writing at The Wrap:

‘Harvey Weinstein’s Media Enablers’? The New York Times Is One of Them
A whole lot of fur has been flying since last Thursday, when The New York Times published a game-changing investigative story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct that in lightning speed brought the mogul to his knees.

He apologized and took an immediate leave of absence from the company he co-founded, but that wasn’t enough. His board members and legal advisers have been resigning en masse. And as new, ugly details emerge of three decades of settlements for sex-related offenses, he’s quickly becoming a national pariah.

I applaud The New York Times and writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for getting the story in print. I’m sure it was a long and difficult road.

Except, a few years ago:

In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there.

And (of course):

The story I reported never ran.

After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.

Follow that up with this pitch-perfect tweet from Laurie Stark:

Remember: The Weinstein Company didn't fire Harvey because they found out he was a sexual predator. They fired him because WE found out.

Absolutely correct.

Oh the horror

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We have all been there with at least one of these:

Words to remember

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Now that we are recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the reports are coming in as to what people did right to prepare and what they did wrong. Peter over at Bayou Renaissance Man has an excellent summary with links: 

Lessons learned from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, I wrote a series of "lessons learned" points, which I combined into an article on this blog some time later.  It's consistently among the most viewed articles here, so I hope it's done some good.

As the wider picture is emerging after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico over the past couple of months, there have been more useful lessons coming out of the experiences of my correspondents (and from news media articles).  I'm going to summarize some of them here.  I'll add to this article in future (with a link to it at the time) as more information comes out.

Peter then closes with this video clip from FEMA administrator Brock Long:

Words to the wise. Be prepared.

What with the NFL getting all boring and politically correct, it might be time to switch to this league - from the Washington Free Beacon:

Lingerie Football League Responds to NFL: ‘We Stand!’
The all-woman league formerly known as the Lingerie Football League announced this week its belief that America's flag and national anthem are "far too sacred" to protest.

The league, recently rebranded as the Legends Football League, said in a Tuesday statement that its players would not be taking a knee during the national anthem as many of their male counterparts in the NFL have done.

"The LFL recognizes everyone's First Amendment right to protest, but our nation's flag and anthem are far too sacred," the league said. "Too many fellow Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that our flag and anthem continue in all its majesty."

Don't watch football but I might check out a game or two...

Doing business - an unfair advantage

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Seems like Burger King is feeling some hurt in Russia and wants to have things redressed - from Newsweek:

BURGER KING RUSSIA WANTS 'IT' MOVIE BANNED BECAUSE PENNYWISE THE CLOWN IS 'EXACT COPY' OF MCDONALD'S RIVAL CLOWN
Pennywise the Clown from It isn’t just terrorizing the kids of Derry; he’s also struck fear in the heart of Burger King Russia.

The burger chain’s Russian operation has filed a complaint with the country’s anti-monopoly business board to ban the hit Warner Bros. movie because they think it constitutes free marketing for rival McDonald’s, which is also represented by a clown—the less murderous Ronald McDonald. No, seriously.

In the complaint, filed last week and obtained by Russian financial publication Vedomosti, Burger King bemoaned unfair competition, claiming the “protagonist of the movie,” Pennywise, “is an exact copy” of Ronald McDonald, "including the color range and the [balloons] with which the clown lures children.” The company believes that this violates Russia’s advertising laws.

I find it funny that Burger King is calling the McDonald's clown creepy:

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Heh - Pennywise meets his end

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The end of it:

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This cute little blooper slipped by the editors - from the New York Times:

Saudi Textbook Withdrawn Over Image of Yoda With King
High school students in Saudi Arabia opened their social studies textbooks this week to find that the Force was with them.

In a lesson about the United Nations was a historic photograph of King Faisal. To his right stood Yoda, the Jedi master from the “Star Wars” films.

One ruled Saudi Arabia for 11 years, outlawed slavery, spread public education and introduced television to his country.

The other was adept with a light saber, trained Luke Skywalker and lived for more than 800 years.

How they had ended up together in a textbook in a country with no public movie theaters was anyone’s guess. Even the Saudi artist who created the image had no idea.

"I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book,” said the artist, Abdullah Al Shehri, by phone from Riyadh.

The image was part of a series in which Mr. Shehri, who is 26 and goes by the nickname Shaweesh, mixes pop culture icons into historic photographs. He said he got the idea while looking through photo archives from the Middle East.

Here is Shaweesh's image:

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The actual scene is from the signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945. Quite the moment in history.

Sincerest form of flattery

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From the New York Post's Page Six - a New York City celebrity site:

New York women are dropping thousands to look like Ivanka Trump
A New York plastic surgeon says that since the 2016 Republican primaries, he has seen a deluge of patients who want to look like Ivanka Trump.

Dr. Norman Rowe says that since last summer, up to 50 clients have asked him to give them the Ivanka look — which he describes as widened cheekbones, a slender nose and large eyes.

Dr. Rowe says that patients can spend between $30-40,000 to achieve the look with temporary fillers and Botox, or $45-50,000 for what he calls the “Permanent Ivanka” — a version achieved with cheek implants and rhinoplasty. “I never saw [anyone drawing inspiration from Ivanka’s face] before the primary,” said Rowe, “since the summer of ’16 . . . [it’s been] maybe four a month; one a week.”

And the number of people requesting a Chelsea Clinton makeover?

Heh - quote of the day

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There is an Icelandic advice columnist who writes at the Reykjavík Grapevine - tonight, this was one of her comments (the question was about dating and manners):

What Icelandic guy took you on a date? I didn’t even know that was a thing Icelandic people did? I thought we just stayed over at each other’s houses until someone got pregnant?

Good riddance - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

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From The Seattle Times:

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.

Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a statement.

City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will be become mayor, and decide within five days whether to fill out the remainder of the term, the statement says.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday morning on the allegations by Murray’s cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, who has become the fifth man to publicly accuse Murray of sexual abuse.

So I guess that Mr. Dyer either has some incriminating goods or refused to be bought off. Needless to say, there are a lot of comments to this article - these two caught my eye:

What a disgusting human being.  Liar, sex offender and politician.  Doesn't get much lower than that!

and

I feel a little bit sorry for the homosexual movement. They hitched their wagon to this guy, and got burned for it. Murray has only reinforced the worst perceptions people have of homosexuals.

True that - the 3.8% are having their noses rubbed in it now.

Great short video - I love our language and find words and their origins to be fascinating:

Well crap - R.I.P. Dr. Jerry Pournelle

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From his son Alex posting on Jerry's website:

I’m afraid that Jerry passed away
We had a great time at DragonCon
He did not suffer.

Jerry was one of my favorite writers and he also originated The Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":

First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

So true.

Great news - from the Cleveland, Ohio FOX affiliate:

Cleveland police, EMS unions refuse to hold flag at game after Browns players kneel
There is new fallout from the fierce debate over Cleveland Browns players kneeling during the national anthem.

Cleveland safety forces have backed out of a plan to hold a large flag on the field for the opening game.

A dozen Browns players created a firestorm during a recent preseason game by not standing during the anthem. They created the largest demonstration in the NFL during the anthem since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest more than a year ago.

And two reactions to this little tantrum:

EMS union president Daniel Nemeth said it sounded great until a group of Browns players took a knee during the anthem.

"This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corp. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of," Nemeth said.

We tracked down police union president Steve Loomis out of state at a police convention.

"I’m here at a national police convention, and soon as they hear that I'm from Cleveland, the first question is ‘What about those stinking Browns?'" Loomis said. "So if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, ‘We want you to help us with the flag,’ that's hypocritical. We're not gonna participate.”

Good - let the adults act adult and the children demonstrate their childishness. It will be interesting to see the teams finances in six months - a lot of people are turned off by this kind of behavior. It is not edginess, it is just disrespectful.

Lynn Yaeger is a "fashion editor" at Vogue magazine and is enjoying her fifteen minutes of fame for this article:

Melania Trump’s Hurricane Stilettos, and the White House’s Continual Failure to Understand Optics
Oh, Melania.

In the words of the late, great Lou Reed, you “couldn’t hit it sideways.”

First the now–First Lady (perhaps unwittingly) plagiarizes Michelle Obama in her convention speech, then she takes as her platform a crusade against bullying—when she is married to unquestionably the greatest cyber bully in political history—and now this!

This morning, Mrs. Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille.

While the nation is riveted by images of thousands of Texans wading with their possessions, their pets, their kids, in chest-high water, desperately seeking refuge; while a government official recommend that those who insist on sheltering in place write their names and social security numbers on their arms, Melania Trump is heading to visit them in footwear that is a challenge to walk in on dry land.

What Ms. Yaeger failed to mention is that FLOTUS changed on Air Force One and deplaned wearing tennis shoes:

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Picture from The Daily Caller

What makes this even more interesting is to take a look at Ms. Yeager herself - Blazing Cat Fur posted this tweet that is worth sharing:

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If this is what passes for fashion in New York City, I sure am glad that I live in redneck country. Talk about needing some eye bleach - I cannot unsee this harridan.

From Venkatesh Rao writing at Ribbon Farm:

The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial
A few months ago, while dining at Veggie Grill (one of the new breed of Chipotle-class fast-casual restaurants), a phrase popped unbidden into my head: premium mediocre. The food, I opined to my wife, was premium mediocre. She instantly got what I meant, though she didn’t quite agree that Veggie Grill qualified. In the weeks that followed, premium mediocre turned into a term of art for us, and we gleefully went around labeling various things with the term, sometimes disagreeing, but mostly agreeing. And it wasn’t just us. When I tried the term on my Facebook wall, and on Twitter, again everybody instantly got the idea, and into the spirit of the labeling game.

Some definitions:

Premium mediocre is the finest bottle of wine at Olive Garden. Premium mediocre is cupcakes and froyo. Premium mediocre is “truffle” oil on anything (no actual truffles are harmed in the making of “truffle” oil), and extra-leg-room seats in Economy. Premium mediocre is cruise ships, artisan pizza, Game of Thrones, and The Bellagio.

Premium mediocre is food that Instagrams better than it tastes.

Premium mediocre is Starbucks’ Italian names for drink sizes, and its original pumpkin spice lattes featuring a staggering absence of pumpkin in the preparation. Actually all the coffee at Starbucks is premium mediocre. I like it anyway.

Adding this to my everyday vocabulary. I love it!

Talk about punching back twice as hard - from Media-ite:

University Professor Fired for Suggesting Hurricane Destruction is ‘Instant Karma’ for Trump Winning Texas
A now-fired professor from the University of Tampa indicated that the death, damage, and destruction wreaked upon Texans due to Hurricane Harvey is “instant karma” for President Donald Trump winning the state in the 2016 presidential election.

“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them,” tweeted Ken Storey, the former college professor whose comments have garnered national media attention — including at least three segments on Fox News and Fox Business Network today alone.

Storey went on to apologize for his insensitive remarks and deleted the controversial tweet. However, his apology-tweet was not taken well, as it has over 2000 replies and less than 100 likes — reaching “The Ratio” level of poor Twitter form.

Go ahead and virtue signal - just understand that your actions have consequences. From The University of Tampa website:

On Sunday, Aug. 27, visiting assistant professor of sociology Kenneth Storey made comments on a private Twitter account that do not reflect UT's community views or values. We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused.

Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.

As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Well spoken.

Political correctness gone amok - ESPN

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This just beggars the imagination - from The Washington Times:

ESPN blasted for political correctness after pulling announcer Robert Lee from UVa football game
Apparently, even being Asian doesn’t mean people won’t take you for being a white nationalist.

ESPN confirmed Tuesday night that it had decided to pull an announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee. This Robert Lee is Asian.

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties,” reads the ESPN statement posted at the popular Fox Sports college-football blog Outkick the Coverage.

And of course, no heads will roll for this - just another day in the world of diversity - Hail Diversity!

Sounds like my kind of party - not!

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From our neighbors to the North - CBC News:

Bride, groom arrested after brawl breaks out at downtown Edmonton bar
The bride and groom started married life in handcuffs.

The couple — she in a gown, he in a tuxedo — were arrested Saturday night after a post-wedding brawl broke out at Denizen Hall in downtown Edmonton.

Matt Machado watched it all go down at the bar near Rogers Place. It started, he said, when about nine members of a wedding party walked in at around 10 p.m.

He said it was like a scene from the Wild Wild West.

"They're getting drinks. They're just really, really super banged up," he said.

"And then all of a sudden we see the smoke pit doors just, like, blow open. Like, you know, in the old Western movies, when a big fight happens and the doors just explode open and everybody piles out? Then security's got this one guy in a headlock and they tumble down the stairs.

"The bride is just like following behind, just swinging."

And that will be quite the story to tell the grandkids.

Totally unreal - from Law Enforcement Officer Weekly:

White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader
BY CHANELLE HELM
Some things I’m thinking about that should change (in that Southern, black grandmama voice):

1. White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.

2. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.

3. If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighborhood and let black and brown people live in it for free.

4. White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.

Six more at the site - Chanelle is a leader of Black Lives Matter. I personally believe in All Lives Matter and that the way to fulfillment in life is to get a job you enjoy.

Brings to mind Fred Reed's wonderful rant - Are White Men Gods? (II): Getting the Facts Straight Go and read it - I'll wait.

This advertisement was posted in the Charlotte Craigslist about a week before the riot:

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More at Zero Hedge:

Why Was This 'Crowd Hire' Company Recruiting $25 An Hour 'Political Activists' In Charlotte Last Week?
Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was "blame on both sides" for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend.   

Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based "public relations firm specializing in innovative events" to serve as agitators in counterprotests.

The ad was posted by a company called "Crowds on Demand" and offered $25 per hour to "actors and photographers" to participate in events in the "Charlotte, NC area."  While the ad didn't explicitly define a role to be filled by its crowd of "actors and photographers" it did ask applicants to comment on whether they were "ok with participating in peaceful protests."

Curious... Whose money paid for this?

Quote of the month

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Black people who were never slaves are fighting white people who were never Nazis over a confederate statue erected by Democrats because Democrats can’t stand their own history anymore.. yet somehow it’s Trump’s fault.
— Jeff Laffite Jones

Quote of the day month

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Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.
--Robert A. Heinlein

Just a wonderful payback but I feel sorry for the poor donkey who will be put down. From Morocco World News:

15 Teenagers Treated for Rabies After Engaging in Bestiality with Donkey
Fifteen minors who sexually assaulted a donkey in the small rural town of Sidi Kamel in the communal providence of Sidi Kacem have been treated for rabies infections received from the animal.

The sexually frustrated children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them, explained Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its August 10 edition.

The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily.

Local authorities have been alerted and search for find anyone else who has “approached” and “admired” the animal closely, in order to limit the risk of rabies spreading among the inhabitants of the region.

The occurrence became the subject of mockery and ridicule among the population of the small town.

I just love that line: "admired the animal closely" - again, it is sad that the donkey will be put down - I love mules and donkeys over horses but still, talk about payback. Rabies is not a disease to be taken lightly - by the time the symptoms manifest, you stand a good chance of being a goner.

Looks like I could have made some big bucks by stockpiling prepper goods and selling them in Detroit. From the Detroit, Michigan CBS affiliate WWJ:

Products Flying Off Shelves At Army Supply Store As Shoppers Prep For ‘World War III’
As the rhetoric ramps up over North Korea and nuclear weapons, the cash registers have been ringing at a local Army Supply store, where some are apparently prepping for a third World War.

Ben Orr, the manager of Joe’s Army Navy in Royal Oak, says he’s been selling a lot of “prepper items” over the past week or so.

“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.”

And there’s been a substantial increase in the sale of a particular item they don’t sell much of — a so-called radiation antidote called potassium iodide.

“It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,” said Orr. “Your body can’t tell the difference between bad, radioactive iodine and acceptable iodine, so it actually will stop you from getting thyroid cancer.”

This is the same mind-set that led up to a lot of people buying generators and food in the run-up to the Y2K nothing-burger. There were a lot of nice lightly used generators for sale for cheap in the year or two after the "event". It will be interesting to see what is available a few years from now. The key to prepping is slow and steady - you do not have to run out and get everything at once, a couple extra cans of tuna fish or beans when shopping is fine - buy some extra batteries. Have a small radio. Prescriptions, pet food, a book or two and maybe a deck of cards. That sort of stuff...

Just wow - Agents of SHIELD

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Just watched the last episode of Season 4 - there is a Season 5 but it has not started airing yet. Great show - the first couple of episodes are not much to write home about but then the writing kicks into overdrive and it keeps getting better and better (as well as a lot of fun as they make lots of pop-culture references in and outside of the Marvel universe).

Looking forward to Season 5 this fall...

RIP - Haruo Nakajima

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Haruo Nakajima? From the London Daily Mail:

Original Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima, who played the movie monster, dies from pneumonia aged 88
Haruo Nakajima, the actor who played movie monster Godzilla over two decades of Japanese cinema, died at 88.

The Yamagata, Japan native first wore the famed bodysuit of the movie monster in the 1954 film Godzilla, which was released stateside as Godzilla, King of the Monsters.

Nakajima was featured in movies such as Eagle of the Pacific and Seven Samurai prior to landing the career-defining part, for which he had to don a 100-plus pound suit that was made of concrete.

Here is a nice interview from Great Big Story:

Great quote

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
--Dorothy Parker

So wonderfuly true!

Interesting publisher eLand

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Specalising in travel books including reprints of older ones. From their website:

WELCOME TO ELAND BOOKS
Eland houses an unrivalled collection of books about the world and its societies. The titles explore the magic of our cultures, their humour, their common humanity and their inspiring differences. For the price of a good bottle of wine our travel books offer inspiration for passionate exploration – in the company of authors who really know, and who know how to tell it.

Will have to explore their collection.

Must suppress that which does not fit the narrative. From Breitbart:

MILO: NPR Killed Book Interview ‘Because I Sounded Too Reasonable’
Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO flew to New York specifically to take part in an extensive interview with NPR about his bestselling book, DANGEROUS. During the July 10 interview, which MILO has provided exclusive footage of, the host stated that the interview would be going live the next day. MILO was then reportedly contacted by an NPR producer that clarified that the interview would be published the following week.

When the interview was still not published, leading MILO to question why it had not gone live, he was reportedly informed that a short version of the interview would be published “sometime in August.”

When asked for comment, MILO said, “It’s perfectly obvious from the constantly shifting deadline from NPR producers and the line of questioning from the host that they were expecting a low-rent troll — someone who would assure the broadcaster’s ossified audience that anyone sympathetic to the President must be a redneck or an idiot.”

“What they got was me: an articulate, New York Times bestselling author in complete command of his material,” he noted. “If America were finally to hear a provocative, intelligent, fabulous but eminently reasonable gay free speech crusader who leans to the Right — yes, I’m still talking about myself — it would be devastating to the Left’s speech codes and dedication to political correctness and identity politics. So NPR did the only thing they could in the circumstances to protect the narrative: they nixed the interview.”

And this is not the first time for NPR:

NPR previously spiked an interview with podcaster Adam Carolla after an attempt to portray the comedian as a racist backfired.

It is certainly within National Public Radio's charter to air what they want to but stories like this really show their bias. Considering that NPR is funded with our tax dollars, they should be more in line with the interests of the general public.

Here is the interview - have not listened to it yet but will later tonight. Also picked up a copy of his book.

Ten rules for life

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Great list from terribleminds:

WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THIS SHIT-SHELLACKED ERA OF EPIC STUPID
Everything is dumb right now.

From nose to tail, we have become the dumbest, saddest pig at the county fair. Historians will not refer to this period as THE DARK AGES, but rather, THE DUMB AGES. The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that.

1. Stop staring at the news and at social media. This is hard, because presently the news is a series of constantly crashing cars right outside your window. One after the next, bang, smash, crash. The symphony of shrieking metal is very, very hard to turn away from. In many eras, the news is only marginally relevant to you on a day to day basis but, to me it seems that ratio is going up, up, up. The healthcare debacle alone affects me, um, rather significantly. If I don’t have access to healthcare via health insurance, then this thing that I do gets a whole lot harder. Just the same, I gotta know to turn away from it. The news is a vampire. It’ll bleed you dry and leave you a desiccated husk on the carpet. You can look at it, but pick your times. Write or make art first, then go and stare into the unswerving gaze of Sauron himself.

2. Writing is an act of resistance. Art is an act of resistance. Shit, just living your life in the maelstrom is resistance. Here’s how you know when something is a act of resistance: would the Shitty People, the Petty Men with Axes, want you to do it? No? Then do it. They want you showing your belly. They want you to stop contributing your ideas. They want you to shut the fuck up. So, don’t. Don’t get sad. Get mad. Get fucking pissed. And then —

3. Put that piss and vinegar into the work. Pour it right in. Glug, glug, splish-splash.

Seven more at the site - rules to live by.

Great quote

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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-- Albert Einstein

We lost two biggies

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From the movie and television arena:

I was in my penultimate year at high school in Pittsburgh when Night of the Living Dead was released. An actual movie filmed in Pittsburgh? What an idea and it was a lot of fun to watch - recognised the locations. Single-handedly kicked off the whole zombie meme.

From Alec Jones and Infowars but don't hold that against this - it is great fun and you know that this is just the opening salvo in the meme-wars. Someone, somewhere is a few days from releasing one even funnier.

From The Jerusalem Post:

RADIOHEAD’S YORKE GIVES BDS SUPPORTERS THE FINGER DURING GLASGOW CONCERT
Just a week and a half before they’re scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, English rock band Radiohead continued to battle the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. During the band’s Friday night concert at the TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, several activists raised Palestinian flags as well as a “Radiohead: #canceltelaviv” sign, and held demonstrations outside the venue, causing lead singer Thom Yorke to respond.

According to Consequence of Sound, prior to the band’s performance of “Myxomatosis,” Yorke reportedly exclaimed, “Some f#cking people!” while staring out into the crowd. He was also caught giving the middle finger to the flag wavers.

Great move - mock them until they go away. Those protesters have been indoctrinated with lies about the history of palistine. The real history is fascinating in that the idea of the "Nation" of palestine was a Russian KGB plot involving the first palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat who went to college at Moscow's Patrice Lumumba University for nine years. Russia feared that Israel was going to be a very strong nation and wanted to destabilize them so they could not take over the Middle East and the oil.

Some people indeed.

From the Give The Enough Rope playbook - NBC News:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Suggests He Makes Up Fake Stories to Mislead Reporters
Maine's controversial Gov. Paul LePage appeared to suggest on Thursday that he makes up fake stories to mislead reporters — before adding that society would be better off without print media in general.

"I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they'll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid, it's awful," LePage told local radio station WGAN-AM on Thursday.

"I'm sorry, but I'd tell you the sooner the print press goes away the better society will be," he added.

LePage's office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

LePage, a Republican, also called Maine's media "vile and inaccurate" over reports earlier this week that he planned to take an out-of-state vacation during tense budget negotiations and a state government shutdown.

I love how NBC calls him "controversial" when, in fact, he was elected by a majority of Maine's citizens to administer their State. He was first elected in 2010 (inaugurated in January of 2011) and has won each election since.

"The sooner the print press goes away" - I love it and it is so true. There is a place for local media to serve news and announcements but the majority of the national print media are dying. The New York Times had to rent out eight of their floors in its spiffy new headquarters (opened in 2007) and recently laid off a bunch of editors.

Colin Kaepernick was in the news for refusing to stand for the National Anthem before a game. Now this - from The Gateway Pundit:

Colin Kaepernick Travels ‘Home’ to Ghana to Trash US on Independence Day
The former NFL quarterback, who no one wants to pick up this year for some reason, tweeted out his disgust for America on Independence Day.

Kaepernick: “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”

Kaepernick released this video on Independence Day. It has over 53,000 likes.

Kaepernick made headlines last year when he attacked police officers, trashed America and praised Marxist tyrant Fidel Castro.

Maybe we should all give Kaepernick a bit of slack - he came from a messed up home environment. From InfoGalactic:

Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Heidi Russo, a 19-year-old woman who was single and destitute at the time. His birth father, an African American, was out of the picture before he was born. Russo placed her son for adoption with Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple who had two children—son Kyle and daughter Devon—and were looking for a boy after having lost two other sons to heart defects. Kaepernick became the youngest of their three children.

White teenage mom, black baby-daddy who ran away before he was born. Adopted into a loving white family, raised Christian and still practicing. Just not that strong a player and with his anti-American rhetoric, it is no wonder that no major team wants him on their side. At least he hasn't turned Muslim like some of the other disaffected blacks. That would be the ultimate irony as it was the Muslims that sold the blacks into slavery in the first place.

Another video released - CNN

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James O'Keefe just released another undercover video of executives at CNN - from his Project Veritas:

American Pravda Follow-Up: CNN Producer Doubles Down on "Stupid as Sh*t" Comments About Voters
A follow-up to Project Veritas' American Pravda: CNN video again exposes Jimmy Carr, the Associate Producer for CNN's New Day saying he doesn't think he "said anything wrong."

Carr was recently featured in Project Veritas' American Pravda: CNN video series, stating that CNN thinks Trump is "f*cking crazy," that Kellyanne Conway looks like she was "hit with a shovel,' and that the American voters are "stupid as sh*t."

After seeing the first and second Project Veritas video which exposed CNN employees admitting the Russia narrative was "bullsh*t" and a "nothing burger," Carr says he "had a moment of panic." He elaborates:

"[W]e're all going holy sh*t, how is this guy so stupid, he's talking to everyone and telling... Saying X, Y, Z about CNN. Then I went... Well, I talked to a couple of guys at a bar on Friday afternoon and I said things that we wouldn't normally say..."

Heh - this is what our elites think of us. Let us show them a thing or two - emailing their advertisers would be one way. Also, just stop watching. FOX News is already doing much better in the ratings than CNN - there is a reason for this.

So sadly true

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It is sometimes a real boon that there is no cell service out here - the scenery is gorgeous and people need to stop spending so much time glued to their phones. get out and enjoy life!

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