Friday, January 23, 2015

Few days in the OC

We're in Orange County for Ed's work beautiful morning breakfast on the beach in Crystal Cove (Newport / Laguna).
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Last night I had dinner with my brother and sister and their spouses. Fun!
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And, of course, a stop at UCLA. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boy Knows Best

Hard to believe this is real.. but it is.  This law looks set to pass very soon.  Because Republicans believe in the rights of the individuals.  As long as they are male.
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And the rape exception is only if you actually report it as rape.  No making up stories for this old Missouri fuck.
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To terminate a pregnancy, a woman needs written and notarized consent from the father.  Not just consent.  You have to take your husband, one-night stand, boyfriend, abuser, embarrassing drunk mistake, whatever, to the local notary - admit not being able to carry, care for, want the pregnancy without or without birth defects, doctor's inputs, anything.  And then turn to the man and say, "Could you, the supplier of the sperm, broken condom, attacker, please sign that it is okay that I, a silly girl, get an abortion.
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Women of Missouri already have to go to terminate a pregnancy and tell them.  Then the poor dears have to go back home and waits 72 hours (3 days) before they take more time off, drive back to the doctor, say, "Yes, I have mulled over the most painful decisions of my life to date, and I need to terminate this pregnancy. "  And the doctor says, "Do you have your noterized note from the spermy guy?"
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Temp Map for Warmest Year on Record.. OR ... How Can Ed's Brothers LIVE back there

The map of the world in temperature.  2014 was the warmest year on record.  Now, I can see trying to live somewhere that Global Warming isn't turning into a Phoenix Parking lot at High Noon.  But living in the only bubble of blue, when you were already in a damn cold place!, well that is just masochistic. (Red is hotter year than normal -i.e. everywhere but a big circle around Chicago ; and blue is colder than average).
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Original Story.

Friday, January 16, 2015

For Laura

Well, Ed and I took Laura to Newsies when it first opened.  Newsies started Jeremy Jordon (who was on TV in SMASH and a couple of movies).  Anyway, he was recently at 54 Below (a Nightclub) as part of "Broadway Sings Celine".  And, he sings Celine Dion's power ballad "When You Touch Me.."
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It is funny and amazing.  I wish I could sing.  I probably won't sing Celine, but I still wish I could do it.
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What is wonderful is how he over-emotes and over guestures and generally sings it like we all sang it in the car when we were very very alone on the 405 at 2AM.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This goes towards explaining it...

When Eddie and I first met (those 20 years ago), I was rather amazed by his limited exposure to different types of food (say any of those not based on cheese).
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A map in Huffington Post (world master of meaningless maps) goes aways in explaining this.  It shows the most disproportionally popular food.  Let us look at California:

California

  1. Taiwanese -- 264 percent higher than national average.
  2. Filipino -- 226 percent higher than national average.
  3. Vietnamese -- 143 percent higher than national average.
  4. Korean -- 143 percent higher than national average.
  5. Hawaiian -- 125 percent higher than national average.
That means that that we eat a hell of a lot more of these foods than average.  And this is only the top five where we are above the national average.
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So what are Wisconsin's top five disproportionally popular foods.  And what do you mean, Scott, when you say this explains a lot?
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Let's look and see.

Wisconsin

  1. Traditional American -- 52 percent higher than national average.
  2. Soup -- 34 percent higher than national average.
  3. New American -- 25 percent higher than national average.
  4. Sandwiches -- 21 percent higher than national average.
  5. Pizza -- 20 percent higher than national average.

Full listing here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Second Start for a Cloud Leopoard

The Formosa Cloud Leopard was hunted to extinction by the 1980s in Taiwan (Taiwan and Formosa are, essentially, different names for the same Chinese island).  Since the 1980s, the Taiwan government has been seriously working on reforestation and habitat conservation.
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It is now estimated the the island could support 500 - 600 cloud leopards.
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The good news is that Formosa Cloud Leopard is not a distinctive sub-species and so the mainland cloud leopard can be used for re-introduction.
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Why do this?  I mean, in the big scheme of things, what difference does it make?  Probably none.
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But in the little scheme of things, in the efforts of people how have tried conservation, it is a huge thing.  It is the North American Bison on the plains, it is the California Condor floating on thermals.  It is humans being good custodians of the planet, either because it makes us happy or it is God's direction (depending on your motivation).
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It is great.

Freedom of Religion and Free Speech - Let's Clear a Few Things Up

Once again, Religious Freedom is being debated because people can't find enough bad shit to say about fags.
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Oye.
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I going to try to say this simply.
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Religious Freedom is guaranteed by the Constitution, just like Freedom of Speech.  But that does't mean they are consequence free.
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For example, if I write (which is a form of Free Speech in this country) that I think Hillary Clinton is a terrible person, a traitor to liberal causes and a not a very good feminist, I am free to say that.  If I then apply for a job on Hillary Clinton's campaign staff and they respond that I am not the right fit - because of my statements - that is legal.  I am free to say that Hillary Clinton sucks - and they are free to use those statements as part of their evaluation of me.
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Just like the Christian brothers Benham brothers were free to say "homosexuality and its agenda are attacking the nation" and "demonic ideologies" are taking hold in colleges and universities.  The Home and Garden TV network is free to say, we aren't giving you a TV show because a large percentage of our audience is homosexual. (LINK - to this old topic)
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Free speech protects your right to say things, it does not protect you from repercussions.
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Freedom of Religion has similar, but more limited repercussions.  Fro example, you can't be terminated or have your hiring effected by your Religious beliefs (obviously there are exceptions for Religious institutions).
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Which brings us to the kurfufle de jour.  Atlanta Fire Chief  Kelvin Cochran.
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Chief Cochran wrote, and self-published, a book about his religion.  Of the 160 pages, 80 of them were devoted to explaining why gays were perverted and going to hell (from a supportive article LINK).
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This book being published did not get him into trouble, despite what might have heard or read (even in the LINK I gave you).
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No, what got Chief Cochran into trouble was that after writing it,  he distributed this book to his subordinates in the Fire Department.  When the boss gives you a book that calls out your subordinates as sexual perverse sinners, people deserve to burn in hell and should be shunned in life, well that is out of bounds as a manager.
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Had he distributed that same self-published book stating (also based on the Bible) that  female Fire Fighters should burn in hell if they worked during the menstrual cycle - he would have been fired.
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Fire Chief Cochran's Freedom of Religion allows him to believe and say whatever he wants.  But once you say things, it is no longer consequence free.  And if you are a public employee and a manager where anti-discrimination laws apply, they your actions in public and on the public payroll must meet certain standards.
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Fire Chief Cochran is allowed to hate and disapprove of whomever he pleases - after all hate seems to be a big part of his life (1/2 of his self-published book is dwells, rather obsessively with the perversions of gays) - but as a manager he isn't allowed to bring that to work.  Nor is he allowed to actively push that hatred on to his subordinates in a discrimination free environment.
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You want to hate fags, go work at Hobby Lobby.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Amazing Recoleta Cemetery

The tops of tombs in Recoleta...
I know that it is odd to find a cemetery as a tourist attraction.  I mean Evita is buried there, and a lot of very famous Argentinos, but not a lot of people you know.
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However, it is gorgeous.  Look at this architecture.  There are literally thousands of beautiful tombs, and I have included a few.  More than most time,s so I won't make them too big.  But if you are interest, select them to expand.  They are amazing.
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Soraya and I in front of an Early Argentine President's resting place.
The one below I loved, I have to make it large so you can see the work.  It is gorgeous.  This is the first publisher of the newspaper La Prensa.  The figures below represent his contributions to the public life, and above is an angel taking him to heaven.  Check out how pretty below, then look at the size of it when Eddie and Soraya are included for Scale.
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And belwo si a family that moved from Europe to Argentina, and converted to being Catholics from Judaism.   If you look on the chapel walls, up high you can see the menorah.
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And finally the creepy factor as Ed peers into one tomb where they were recently buried, and there are fresh caskets along with steps to a secondary crypt below.
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