Friday, April 20, 2018

Sure, But You Don't Tell The Press

This seems like something Russia or the United States or any other large occupying power might say. But then you keep quiet about it. Unless you have one Very Stable Genius US President by the balls. (link)


Wow: Zaha's project for a Moscow Rich Guy

Wow (link to film on it).  A private house in a forest park - he wanted to wake up and see blue sky.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Funniest SNL Sketch Ever

One of the old writers of SNL is now a stand up comic and has a NetFlix special. So he was invited to host Saturday Night Live this week.

Ed and I watched this sketch and I laughed my ass off. It turns out it was one that he wrote 8 years ago, but they never put on. As host, he had more pull. It was fantastic. (PS - It was so random, I told Ed, before I knew it, I bet that it was a pet sketch of his they never put on, and I was right.)




Why Trump Should NOT Be Impeached

I could not agree more with James Comey regarding the possible impeachment of Donald Trump.
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Former FBI Director James Comey hopes President Donald Trump isn’t impeached. 
“I’ll give you a strange answer,” Comey said when George Stephanopoulos asked about the issue in an interview that aired on Sunday night. “I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they’re duty bound to do directly.”
Comey then urged Americans to “stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.” 
He added: 
“We’ll fight about guns. We’ll fight about taxes. We’ll fight about all those other things down the road. But you cannot have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure. That is the core of this country. That’s our foundation. And so impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that.”
Comey also said he wanted special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to continue. 
“...As a citizen, I think we owe it to each other to get off the couch and think about what unites us,” he said.
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To me, this is the heart of the matter and what has cut deep into my soul. The America I learned about treasure is about more than simply winning the Presidency. And what Trump has done is destroyed that view of America.

He has attacked our institutions, our form of government, our media, the truth and the values we hold dear even if we stumble (equality and rule of the law). This needs to be rebuked not in a stupid impeachment process, but by Americans themselves for the future of the country.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

If There Was One Phrase...

If there was one phrase you would think a Republican President might shy away from in the MidEast, it would be Mission Accomplished!

 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Despite Image And Headline - A Remarkable Fair Picture of the ICE Director

Given the subject - the head of US Deportation, and the image - a scary hovering head, I expected a pretty damning report on the man who Heads Up ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Instead it is a fair and positive review of an honorable man doing what he can to serve his country.

He was honored under Obama, although he chafed at some of the rules, and he has performed well under VSG President Trump. It is a good article.


Things You Noticve Once You Move

Eddie and I were watching The Big Bang last night, and we had to freeze the image for a moment of spot the problems.



I noted that there was no where within a few hours of driving from Pasadena that would ever require snowshoes like those on the wall.

Ed noted that the woodpile was embarrassing. Clearly some intern who never lived where wood for winter was stacked simply threw it into a pile.

And then we both signed, happily, and sat back to watch the remainder of the show.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

So This Is Bad Climate News For Europe and the Gulf of Mexico

(link)
The Gulf Stream Current is breaking down. That is bad for North America and Europe.

Europe is much farther north than one would expect. In fact, it lays at about the same latitudes as Canada (the Mediterranean and the USA are at about the same latitudes). What keeps much of Western and Northern Europe from being butt-ass cold is the Gulf Stream Current.

Now when I was studying the Climate Change's impact on the Gulf Stream, it was assumed that it was going to be in good shape until / unless Greeenland's ice sheets melted. 

Well, we know a lot more now that when I studied this in 1981. Turns out Arctic sea ice melt is bad for it too.

So what happens if it continues to slow down...
  1. More and stronger Hurricanes in the Carribean, US and Central America.  Why? If the current slows down, it is less effective in removing hot water from the Caribbean. That increases hurricane intensity - we just saw this with the hurricane that sat over Houston last year. The water in the gulf was near 90 degrees (F) and supported the storm as it sat just inland. And int he devastation in Caribbean (i.e. Puerto Rico)
  2. More cold snaps in England, Holland, Norway and Iceland. Why? Less consistent warming. See this year's late snows in London.
  3. Lots of unknowns in the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Why? The feeder currents to the Gulf Stream are from Northwestern Africa. If they stall, maybe bigger Hurricanes much later in North America. If they stall AND Africa gets hotter, less food in the Sahel and and unknown weather impact in Italy, Greece and France.
 Fasten your seatbelts...

Only My Father or Donald Trump Could Write This


From whom does our VSG President expect a Thank You? Serious question.

The land we helped liberate is now in control of the Syrian Government, the Kurds, Turkey (taken from the Kurds) or a small amount under rebel control.

We were / are fighting Syria as well as ISIS - so Syria isn't going to thank us.

The Kurds would have thanked us, but when they voted for independence, we didn't back them - and have abandoned them fighters to face Turkish Forces, so they will no longer thank us.

The Turks are pissed we helped the Kurds and they had to step in, so our Turkish allies won't be thanking us. (They consider Kurds as terrorists.)

What is left of the rebels, holding small areas, would thank us, except we just recently said we were leaving with no plan. They feel betrayed.  Betrayed people don't thank you.

Being President is a thankless job.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Now THIS Makes Sense to Me

I like this idea a lot (link)

Beds in the cargo area of A330s... no windows - but that works for me!


No Exaggeration, Worse Than EVER

I love that our VSG President is not a fan of hyperbole. You know that if he says something, then he has fully thought it out before expressing an opinion.*


So worse than..
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Berlin Blockade
  • The Downing of the U2 Spy plane
  • The Hungarian Uprising (1956)
  • The Czech Uprising (1968)
  • Our proxy wars in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan (1)
  • The Russian Annexation of Crimea

And what, pray tell, is causing this?
  • The new arms race?
  • Russia's attack on our elections?
  • Russia's interference in the elections in France, Poland, Brexit?
  • The introduction of a new missile that probably violates our arms treaty?
  • Russia's support of Syrian Chemical Weapon attacks?

Oh, that....

* Sarcasm warning

Neither a Raid, Nor an Attack on America

This is what happens when you elect a narcissistic sociopath to the Presidency. I wonder if our Very Stable Genius President understands how crazy he is. He appears unable to see things from any perspective but that of a 4 year old in a temper tantrum.

"BREAK IN"

First, it was not a "break in".  VSG President Trump said (on TV)...“So, I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man, and it’s a disgraceful situation,” he said. “It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down.”

The "break in" was a properly executed Search Warrant, requested by the Federal Attorney's office in New York (a Trump appointee), approved by the DOJ (by a Trump appointee) and vetted by a Federal Judge.

"ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY"

Second, it was not an attack on our country. It was a search for criminal activity of a citizen. It was, in fact, the opposite of an attack on our country. It was validation that everyone in our country is held to the same legal standards regardless of power, money or stable genius-ness.

"WITCH HUNT"

The term comes from the Salem Witch Trials - or, more accurately, the fictionalization of that period in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. A Witch Hunt refers to the persecution of a group of people driven by irrational fears and a mob mentality, those people being collectively not guilty of the said persecution. Traditional examples are the Salem With Trials and the Joe McCarthy Communist Hearings of the House UnAmerican Committee.

The term does not apply to the current investigations, since there have already been at least 11 cases of people already pleading guilty to crimes.

"BY DEMOCRATS"

Bob Muller, Rod Rosenstein and Geoffery Berman (NY Prosecutor) are all Republicans, and two are Trump appointees.

"NOVICE POLITICIAN"

We have been told by our Congressional Representatives to cut President Trump some slack, as he is a novice politician.  True, our VSG President is a novice politician, but he is a savvy businessman who has filed for bankruptcy multiple times and has made extensive use of the court system in the past. He knows this is not an illegal break-in or an attack on our country. To sit and pout about this is one thing. To sit and pout at a meeting to decide how to react to wholesale chemical attack on women and children, with the military and press standing by watching is - well, I guess right now, it is "Presidential".

If this image doesn't scare you, you aren't paying attention.

Somebody get him a diet coke and a cheeseburger, stat!

Dutch Masters Keeps Us On Our Toes


AndrĂ© Holland, better known as an actor, brings a deft hand as a director to Greg Keller’s play, Dutch Masters. It is an intriguing, tense and thoughtful two hander that rifts on race and class while exploring a relationship between two young men who meet by happenstance on the subway.
Set in 1992, before cell phones made everyone feel a little safer and the subway was a bit more frightening, Eric, an African – American young man, initiates a conversation with Steve – a young white man trying to ignore everything around him. Talking on the subway is disconcerting enough, and Eric makes it more so by pushing a conversation even though Steve is trying to politely ignore him. The play keeps the audience guessing at motives. Eric is too interested in Steve, sometimes threatening and other times ingratiating. When Eric convinces or demands that Steve get off the train to get high with him, we don’t understand much, except this is a bad idea. 
Jake Horowitz and Ian Duff in Dutch Masters (photo: Spencer Moses
What follows is fascinating. Eric slowly dishes out information that convinces Steve that Eric knows a lot more than he lets on. Small insights and random details about Steve’s life. It is enough to keep Steve interested and uncomfortable. After this, the play turns, again and again, in ways that are unexpected.
Ian Duff plays Eric, a street kid who is smart, with a forceful personality both seductive and a bit frightening. Mr. Duff is excellent in the role, playing off the street-ness of Eric without falling into stereotypical behavior.  Steve is played by Jake Horowitz. Mr. Horowitz does a great job in a role that is deferential without being too wimpy. Steve tries extra hard to not be a racist, but is tripped up by Eric’s actions, only to find they are often an act.
Dutch Masters is about the way these two young adults see life, often even the same incidents, through completely different eyes. Sometimes the views are aligned, but more often disparate vantage points preclude a common understanding. It is done wonderfully and I recommend Dutch Masters highly. It is a surprising and interesting show designed to pull you off center.
Dutch Masters | Playwright: Greg Keller | Director: André Holland |Cast: Ian Duff, Jake Horowitz | website