Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cutest Bruin in England!

"Let's Go Bruins." Quothe Amalia (Hunt) Harris

Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

So the Muller indictments to date include charging 13 Russians with conspiracy to defraud the United States. They did this by screwing with our election.

This does NOT mean Trump would have lost or anything else except that there was a conspiracy to screw our country.

That is a big deal.

If someone in the Trump (or Clinton) campaigns contributed to that conspiracy they should be prosecuted.

We have to prevent this from happening again. Our government is too important to let Russia fuck it over.

I wish Our President would agree.

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Wild and Wacky World

The World is full of Wild and Wacky places.  This is the William Reich Institute in Maine.

You have to read his entire biography to truly appreciate him but short story:

Herr Reich was an Austrian doctor that fled to the United States before WWII. H was a real (medical) doctor, and also studied under Freud in Vienna, before coming to the United States.

He believe, as did Freud, that the human orgasm was very powerful. And while Herr Freud moved on to the orgasm as a psychological power, Herr Reich believed it was very physical and capable of great things.

He believed having many orgasms, and not being limited by society, would cure cancer and other illnesses.

The lady (pre-orgasmic) in the box.  Wood box, lined with Steel.

Later, he built a "orgonon" box to harvest the power of orgasms, and use it to seed clouds and end droughts.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day

Today in the United States is President's Day.

Seeing the country now, you would assume President's Day was the day all our President's went shopping for brand new cars.

But no. "President's Day" was a fix to a problem.

In the 1980s the country wanted to add Martin Luther King's Birthday as a holiday, but around the same time we already had holidays for George Washington's Birthday and Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. In order to not overload our holiday schedule, we smushed together Washington and Lincoln's Birthday celebrations into "President's Day" and added Martin Luther King's Birthday as a Holiday.

So now we have an extra holiday in February.

And this Very Stable Genius as President....

So here we are ... Happy President's Day.

Alabama Congressional CoSponsers the Law to Allow Mentally Disabled to Own AR 15s.

It takes a village to raise a child and a Congress to allow their deaths.  These 5 Alabama Congressmen cosponsored legislation to role back the rules that barred the mentally ill from easily getting a gun.

The Alabama 5
District 1: Bradley Byrne
District 3: Michael Rogers
District 4 Robert Aderholt
Distrist 5: Mo Brooks
District 6: Gary Palmer

Sunday, February 18, 2018

These Congress Poeple Co-Sponsored a Law to Allow Mentally Disabled to Own AR 15s.

These Congress people cosponsored HJR 40 (LINK) - that overturned a rule put in place after the Sandy Hook shooting that limited access to gun ownership to people with mental health problems.

List from the Official Bill (search for you Congressman for fun and profit).

What can we do? I am thinking on this....

CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]* 01/30/2017
Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [R-AL-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hultgren, Randy [R-IL-14]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. McSally, Martha [R-AZ-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]* 01/30/2017
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-2]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Cheney, Liz [R-WY-At Large]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Mitchell, Paul [R-MI-10]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1]* 01/30/2017
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]* 01/30/2017

Trying to Get A Handle on Guns

Intellectually, I find it hard to support gun laws as written in much of the country.

I mean, I can understand Trump voters. I understand (even though I don't agree with) voters that want to outlaw abortion or even contraception. I understand voters that believe the tax changes will positively benefit them.

But I have a hard time getting into the mind set of the NRA. Not the members, most of whom seem reasonable, but the NRA itself.

It you look at the laws and responses to gun accidents.

Some outspoken critics say that outlawing guns on campus makes the campus MORE susceptible to mass shootings.  I EVEN understand their thinking.

But an AR-15 is not a sporting weapon. I know that some ex-soldiers, having trained on that weapon, like to target shoot with it. That particular argument does not convince me. Once they leave the army they can't target practice with grenades, tanks, artillery shells or planes anymore. Limiting their access to AR 15s won't hurt anyone.

But even if I buy that argument. Can I limit AR 15 ownership to veterans?

You see, we allow AR 15s (the American answer to AK47s) to anyone, since 2004. Congress let the ban on them expire, saying it hadn't helped. And now, here are all the places where AR 15s have been used in mass shootings in the last three years (link USA Today):
  • March 19, 2015: Justin Fowler, 24, used an AR-15 to kill one and injure two on a street in Little Water, N.M., before he was killed.
  • May 31, 2015: Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, used an AR-15 and .45-caliber handgun to kill two and injure two at a store in Conyers, Ga., before he was killed.
  • Oct. 31, 2015: Noah Jacob Harpham, 33, used an AR-15, a .357-caliber revolver and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to kill three on a street in Colorado Springs, Colo., before he was killed.
  • Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Rizwyan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, 28 and 27, used two AR-15-style, .223-caliber Remington rifles and two 9 mm handguns to kill 14 and injure 21 at his workplace in San Bernardino, Calif., before they were killed.
  • June 12, 2016: Omar Mateen, 29, used an AR-15 style rifle (a Sig Sauer MCX), and a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol to kill 49 people and injure 50 at an Orlando nightclub before he was killed.
  • Oct. 1, 2017: Stephen Paddock, 64, used a stockpile of guns including an AR-15 to kill 58 people and injure hundreds at a music festival in Las Vegas before he killed himself.
  • Nov. 5, 2017: Devin Kelley, 26, used an AR-15 style Ruger rifle to kill 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before he was killed.
  • Feb. 14, 2018: Police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15-style rifle to kill at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
AND, because Obama was for it Congress and the administration reversed a rule that prohibited bans based on mental illnesses.

I don't get it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day School Shooting: 17 DEAD - Thoughts and Prayers...

Another Day - another school shooting.  More thoughts and prayers from our Congress and VSG President Trump...


Just FYI - seven were killed in Chicago in the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"(link) back when mass shootings meant something.  We considered that a massacre when it happened during Prohibition to rival gangs of illegal drug (booze) runners. 

But at a school - that is the price of gun rights....

---- Thoughts and Prayers are Very Helpful.... Hence..


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Errors on Globes and Maps 2: Somalia and Somaliland

Continuing on yesterday's theme of errors on maps, Somalia.

The error on the map of Somalia is based on an internal civil war. Normally, this would be a temporary item, not worth redrawing maps. But the basic outline and self governing political demarcations have now been around for three plus decades and it might be time to update the maps.

Somalia lies here on current maps.

In reality, a series of civil wars has blistered the country since the late 1990s. Two areas, Somaliland and Puntland, have obtained a functioning independence.  Of the two, Somaliland has declared independence and functioned as a separate country fro at least three decades.

It might be helpful here to look at colonization, in which much of this has its roots.  There were 3 colonial powers in Somalia: France, Britain and Italy. After WWII, Italian Somalia was given to Britain as a protectorate (something they did with the Axis' old colonies) and Britain gave a united Somalia independence.  In reality British Somalia and Italian Somalia had very little in common, different histories, didn't variants of Islam and differences in racial make up of Arabic versus African.

What held Somalia - as a singular country - together, for a long time was the cold war, in which Russia and America traded off as the backer of Somalia versus Ethiopia. At the end of the cold war Ethiopia broke into 2 parts (Eritrea and Ethiopia) - and Somalia is now doing the same

Major powers (like the United States and China) already treat Somaliland like and independent country with treaties and actions. Primarily because Somaliland support is key to stopping the pirate activities on the Horn of Africa. At some point, the maps will reflect this reality.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Errors on Globes and Maps: 1

The Globes and Maps we use to describe the physical political worlds are not always accurate.  Not in the sense that the actual land is not there, but in the sense that the countries occupying that land may not be correct.

For example, for a long time, Tibet was listed as a separate country, even though it was - in reality - a province of China.  There are a few mistakes that have been on our globes for a long time (and probably won't change for a while).

First - Western Sahara - (labelled as Spanish Sahara on older maps)

In 1975, Spain withdrew from their colony the Spanish Sahara (in the 1970s Spain and Portugal transitioned from Autocratic Dictatorships to Democracies - both abandoned their colonies quickly after the transition).

There was a generally acknowledgement that the colony should decided itself what to do, but Morocco and Mauritania both invaded immediately.  Morocco won the better of the deal and controls most of the territory, the great majority of the population centers and production.

Mauritania captured some areas and was almost immediately embroiled in a local civil war. After a few decades, in the 1990s, Mauritania relinquished it's power to the local population, called variously the Polisairo Front - the rebels as support primarily by Algeria and the Sahrawi Republic - the political entity.  But the Polisairo Front was not nearly as strong as the Moroccan Army which took control of most of the areas Mauritania withdrew from.

The "country" is essentially ruled in this format...

No easy resolution presents itself as Morocco shows no sign of leaving and the world doesn't really care that much.  But most countries don't want to acknowledge the facts on the ground. So the maps show a snapshot of the area that is 40 years out of date.