Top Ten Losers in the Kung Flu Pandepanic

antivirus10. Bureaucrats. Our regulatory regime is costing lives. The early administrative failings of the FDA and Centers for Disease Control, which greatly worsened the crisis in the United States, show how ugly that can be.

 9. Democrats. The Democratic leadership in Washington, led by Pelosi and  Schumer, is using the pandemic to try to further a “far-left agenda that has nothing whatsoever to do with the coronavirus pandemic.” Some of the items: gifts to unions, expanded wind and solar tax credits, and a $15 federal minimum wage.

 8. Globalization. The belief that globalization, through the radical centralization of market networks, was the unavoidable path forward has been exposed as a grave, near-delusional miscalculation.

7. Elites. Here are some people who are useless, especially now: Performance artists, diversity consultants, magic crystal healers, sociology TAs, members of the mainstream media, and gender-unspecified entities who brew kale kombucha.

 6. Socialized Medicine. An Israeli doctor working in the northern Italian city of Parma, told Israeli TV that the number of patients is continuing to grow and that authorities are not allowing those over 60 who are ill access to respiratory machines.

 5. Media. The assorted paleo-virtue signalers and candidates for anger management training that comprise the White House press corps have, as if it were possible, humiliated themselves more than ever, almost beyond recognition.

 4. Open Borders. European officials working on a migration overhaul that will affect borderless travel say that the virus is at the very least a setback for their efforts, as it offers populists another opportunity to underline the importance of national border controls.

 3. Urbanization. COVID-19 should prompt some reflection on our vulnerabilities and how to limit them in the future. One in particular bears rethinking: our ever-growing urban concentration and dependence on high-density, centrally managed mass transit.

2. Decadence, Though medical facilities may soon become overtaxed for everyone, the coronavirus pandemic has shed light on how transgender people’s care can be treated as ‘non-essential.

And the No. 1casualty of the Xi Jinping Grungies …

1. Idiots. Health officials warn aganst self-medicating with chloroquine for Coronavirus after man dies from taking fish tank cleaner.

~ Kilig Uitwaaien

The mathematics of the Chinese Flu

einstein[Editor’s Note: We are not permitted to call the Wuhan Virus the Wuhan Virus because that would be cismisogynistic or something. So this blog is referring to it as the Chinese Flu.]

For those so inclined, we can reduce the virus to numbers.

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart

A disastrous inundation of hospitals can likely be averted with protective measures we’re now seeing more of — closing schools, canceling mass gatherings, working from home, self-quarantine, self-isolation, avoiding crowds — to keep the virus from spreading fast.

Epidemiologists call this strategy of preventing a huge spike in cases “flattening the curve,” and it looks like this:

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The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing.

From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease? And how big is the event? If you know those things, you can estimate the probability of someone getting infected at the event. An elegant “Covid-19 Event Risk Assessment Planner” by the Georgia Tech quantitative biologist Joshua Weitz makes the following calculation: If, say, 20,000 cases of infection are actively circulating the US (far more than are known so far), and you host a dinner party for 10 folks, there’s a 0.061 percent chance that an attendee will be infected. But if you attend a 10,000-person hockey match, there’s a 45 percent chance.

COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planner

The mathematics for calculating the probability of exposure given the number of carriers in a population and group size aren’t difficult but they can be surprising. Even a low number of carriers can generate a relatively high probability for reasonably sized groups. For example, assume you run a firm of 1000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area (population 8 million.) Let’s suppose that there are just 500 carriers in the area. In this case, assuming random draws, the probability that at least one of your employees is a carrier is 6%. You can run your own calculations at Wolfram Alpha following this format:

p=8000000, c=500, g=1000, 1-1(1-c/p)^g //N

where p is the population size, c is the number of carriers, g is the group size and the //N at the end isn’t a division but a command to Wolfram Alpha to give you a numerical answer.

Coronavirus expert says he knows when the virus ‘will burn itself out,’ according to leaked analysis

“Sunlight will cut the virus’ ability to grow in half so the half-life will be 2.5 minutes and in the dark it’s about 13 to 20 [minutes],” Nicholls said. “Sunlight is really good at killing viruses.” For that reason, he also added that he doesn’t expect areas such as Australia, Africa and the Southern hemisphere to see high rates of infection because they are in the middle of summer.

Regarding temperatures, Nicholls said the warmer the better for stopping the spread of the virus, according to the transcript of the conference call. “The virus can remain intact at 4 degrees (39 degrees Fahrenheit) or 10 degrees (50 F) for a longer period of time,” Nicholls said, referring to Celsius measurements, according to the transcript. “But at 30 degrees (86 degrees F) then you get inactivation. And high humidity — the virus doesn’t like it either,” he added, the transcript of the call showed.

How long can the new coronavirus last on surfaces?

How long can the new coronavirus linger on surfaces, anyway? The short answer is, we don’t know. A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 2 to 3 days. However, this studyhas not yet yet been peer-reviewed.

Another study concluded that if this new coronavirus resembles other human coronaviruses, such as its “cousins” that cause SARS and MERS, it can stay on surfaces — such as metal, glass or plastic — for as long as nine days (In comparison, flu viruses can last on surfaces for only about 48 hours.)

Ohio Official Who Claimed 100,000 Covid-19 Cases in the State Says She Was ‘Guesstimating’

The director of Ohio’s Department of Health, Amy Acton, shocked a lot of people on Thursday when she said in a press conference that she believed 100,000 Ohioans had already contracted Covid-19. The Columbus Dispatch offered effusive praise of Acton for being a “voice of knowledge.” What an incredible human being, to let her humanity “shine through” like that. Brings a tear to my eye, it does. But Director Acton forgot to mention a small detail about her Apocalypse Now statement; it wasn’t true.

~ Calash

Your eating is destroying the planet!

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Why cockroach milk is the new health obsession.The extraction process is very difficult and the scientists need to use a scalpel to cut out the cockroach’s midgut where the brood sac is located with the milk. Moreover, in order to produce 100 grams of cockroach milk, the scientists need to kill a thousand of cockroaches. But the idea of drinking cockroach milk could be appealing, and also for the ones who wish to switch to more sustainable, environmentally friendly food sources.

How produce stickers contribute to climate change. The stickers are too small to be screened out in the waste sorting process, but don’t break down during composting. Antler said they end up sprinkled as “foreign matter” through the finished product — compost that’s destined to be used to enrich soils in places such as gardens, farmland and parks. The stickers aren’t toxic and don’t harm the compost — although presumably they add microplastics to the environment — so it’s mostly a cosmetic issue,

So it turns out tofu and all these other vegan foods are ruining the planet. So it turns out almond milk is actually really damaging the planet. It’s putting tonnes of pressure on bees causing them to die and 130 pints of water are needed to produce just one glass of wholesome almond milk. And now you thought ok well I’ll change to oat milk and I’m still being really good to the planet because I eat tofu instead of chicken. Well turns out tofu is pretty bad too.

People think ‘butter’ made from insects tastes as good as the real thing, study claims. Researcher Daylan Tzompa-Sosa explained, “The ecological footprint of an insect is much smaller compared to animal-based food sources. Besides, we can grow insects in large quantities in Europe, which also reduces the footprint of transport. After all, palm fat is often imported from outside of Europe.”

Gas Companies Want to Recycle Your Manure. So what’s the main source of recycled methane that gas companies are beginning to cash in on? It boils down to manure, from humans and animals. “Poop is gold today,” Randy Jordan, owner of a Massachusetts dairy farm, recently explained.

~ Feuilleton

Creat your own infection intercepts

plaguePresident Trump urges all of us to be calm about the coronavirus.

“We’re prepared and we’re doing a great job with it and it will go away, just stay calm,” Trump said, “Everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful but be calm, it’s really working out, and a lot of good things are going to happen.”

I tend to agree. The reason is that we, along with millions of individuals, families, businesses, churches, nursing homes, hospitals and government agencies, are doing everything we know to do.

Personally, we have suspended attending our church dinners, we wash our hands a lot, we don’t plan to travel, and we started using a grocery service that doesn’t require us to enter the store.

We could label each activity an Infection Intercept Point — IIP, if I were a government bureaucrat. Right now millions of IIPs are being put in place.

Remember: Not too long ago we were worried that we Americans are too clean, that our obsession with killing germs was actually making us sicker.

Megan McArdle, a fine reporter, writes in The Washington Post:

Despite early exposure, Singapore and Hong Kong have kept their caseloads low, not by completely shutting down large swaths of their economies as China did but through aggressive personal hygiene and “social distancing.” South Korea seems to be getting its initial outbreak under control using similar measures. If we do the same, we can not only keep our hospitals from overloading but also buy researchers time to develop vaccines and therapies.

She encourages you to create your own IIPs.

We are all in this together. It is your responsibility to keep America safe by following the CDC guidelines, just as much as it is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s or President Trump’s responsibility to lead us to safety. And until this virus is beaten, we all need to act like it.

Wash your hands!

~ Faute d’Mieux

The Passing Parade: Down under edition

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Find yourself a good position on the curb.

The police were jealous. Police in Oregon say a man robbed a doughnut shop with a hatchet. He was found eating a doughnut.

Hate it when that happens. ‘FBI’ star Derek Hedlund nearly loses leg in New Jersey crab attack

Down under in more ways than one. Amid coronavirus panic, Australian newspaper prints extra pages because of toilet paper shortage

Going down under. Spain builds submarine 70 tons too heavy after putting a decimal in the wrong place

Well, it is Florida. Florida Man Friday: Park Closed for Snake Orgy

This doesn’t relieve my anxiety. The Causal Link Between Getting Gonorrhea and Voting for Hillary Clinton May Be Incidental

But they should be. Woman addicted to eating baby powder wants others to know ‘they are not alone’

~ Quidnunc

How we’ve avoided rampant unemployment

moneysWe’ve heard repeatedly over the years that technology will throw many, if not most, of us out of work.

What’s actually happening is that, as our economy became super-productive, we began inventing things for people to do. For money.

Look at the scientists as an example. Presumably the following are being paid, and likely by taxpayers.

Daddy, what do you do for a living? Honey, I decode bee dance moves. Daddy, I want to be like you when I grow up.

~ Natheless

The Observers: Stupid people, plastic panic

stupidInteresting perspecives on issues of the day.

The Perverse Panic over Plastic. The plastic panic has never made any sense, and it’s intensifying even as evidence mounts that it’s not only a waste of money but also harmful to the environment, not to mention humans. It’s been a movement in search of a rationale for half a century.

The Case for Professors of Stupidity. One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. By now this phenomenon has been demonstrated even for everyday tasks, about which individuals have likely received substantial feedback regarding their level of knowledge and skill. Humans have shown a tendency, in other words, to be a bit thick about even the most mundane things, like how well they drive.

Reaching Peak Progressivism. Barack Obama recalibrated the Democratic Party’s liberalism into progressive radicalism. He opened the border and all but dismantled existing immigration law. Sanctuary cities sprang up with impunity. Executive orders bypassed the Congress. Obama sought to nationalize healthcare. The concept of “diversity” replaced affirmative action by redefining racial oppression as distinct from historical grievance and economic disparity and instead lumping together 30 percent of the population as nonwhite, and thus antithetical to the new buzz construct of “white privilege.”

The Coming Violence of the Left. As Eric Hoffer pointed out, mass movements need an enemy and the Left has always had the struggle as an essential element of their identity. It’s why they have invented things like institutional racism and white privilege. Lacking anything resembling actual racism in modern America, and faced with a tsunami of anti-white sermonizing, they have been forced to invent a boogeyman. Like shamans of the past, the modern Left warns about evil spirits, but now they are called unconscious bias and extremism.

Truth, beauty and the creeping hand of totalitarianism. The witch-hunting of Scruton. Notre Dame is as beautiful as anything anyone has built since in the West. It’s clear that in what we call the Middle Ages they knew things we have forgotten; like the effect of beauty and nature on people’s spirits. They built garden courtyards into hospitals where people could sit as they struggled with illness. They knew that our surroundings can make us feel more well, or less ill; plants, gardens, waterfalls, greenery, colour, beauty in general.

~ Fanfaronade

Reduce your chance of making a mistake

trainAt the ophthalmologist recently, preparing for cataract surgery, I watched the technician making and recording dozens of measurements. As she did, she spoke each one out loud.

She apologized, and I told her I’d just read about the Japanese practice of shisa kanko (literally ‘checking and calling’), in which a person points to and names a task while performing it. It started on the trains.

As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage began talking to himself. He proceeded to perform a series of tasks, commenting aloud on each one and vigorously gesticulating at various bits of the train all the while.

It’s an error-prevention drill that railway employees here have been using for more than 100 years. Conductors point at the things they need to check and then name them out loud as they do them, a dialogue with themselves to ensure nothing gets overlooked.

And it seems to work. A 1994 study by Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute, cited in The Japan Times, showed that when asked to perform a simple task workers typically make 2.38 mistakes per 100 actions. When using shisa kanko, this number reduced to just 0.38 – a massive 85% drop.

Pointing and calling gets multiple senses in action: It requires co-action and co-reaction among the operator’s brain, eyes, hands, mouth, and ears.

~ Singultus

The Reporters: No, you aren’t going to die

Journalism from some of the best.

Andrew Malcolm:: Coronavirus context: You’ll be fine, probably

Contrary to hysterical impressions in current media, most of us are not threatened by death from coronavirus. The scarier something is online or TV, the more eyes and clicks it gets. The more eyes it gets, the better it is for media business. Do you know how many Americans actually die from the seasonal flu every year, with hardly any notice? In 2018, some 80,000 died in the United States, up from the usual range of 12,000 to 56,000. Do you know how many Americans have died from the latest Asian scourge that blankets the media? So far, one, maybe two.

eyeChristian Jarrett: Why meeting another’s gaze is so powerful

Eye contact is not always so exciting – it’s a natural part of most casual conversations, after all – but it is nearly always important. We make assumptions about people’s personalities based on how much they meet our eyes or look away when we are talking to them. And when we pass strangers in the street or some other public place, we can be left feeling rejected if they don’t make eye contact. Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying eye contact for decades and their intriguing findings reveal much more about its power, including what our eyes give away and how eye contact changes what we think about the other person looking back at us.

Daniel Greenfield: An Obama Holdover in an Obscure Government Arm Helped Cause the Country’s Coronavirus Crisis

The decision to fly back infected American passengers from the Diamond Princess  helped spread the virus inside the United States. President Trump had been told that nobody with the coronavirus would be flown to America. The State Department decided to do it anyway without telling him and only made the announcement shortly after the planes landed in the United States. The official who did it: Dr. William Walters, honored by Barack Obama for evacuating Ebola patients to the United States.

Sundance: President Trump Nominates John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence – Ramifications…

ratcliffeIn the position of DNI John Ratcliffe would have the ability to reach out into any intelligence compartment, retrieve and then declassify any/all documents that might be used to show the gross abuses of power by prior intelligence officials. [Acting DNI Ric Grenell also has that current authority.] The information within reach is the risk SSCI Chairman Senator Burr and Vice-Chair Warner have attempted to control.

Fake news is now so pervasive that it is much easier to assume everything is fake. The global warming deception is the oldest deeply entrenched fake news story because it is the product of government and deep state bureaucrats. Maurice Strong established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This is a UN agency run by bureaucrats in Geneva but made up of bureaucrats from the national weather offices of every UN member nation. They work every day using your tax dollars to deceive you.

Some non-hysterical advice on the virus

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It isn’t all that complicated. Here are some calm voices.

Coronavirus – How to. prepare and protect yourself as US gears up to fight it.

  1. Avoid those people who are sick with the virus
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  3. Practice good hand hygiene — wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 2 minutes
  4. Disinfect surfaces

Why hand washing really could slow down an epidemic

“We consider that, at most, 1 in 5 people in an airport have cleaned [their] hands at any given moment in time (i.e., 20% of airport population),” the researchers write in their study paper. However, the researchers argue that if more people were to wash their hands frequently and correctly, it would significantly slow down the rate at which diseases are likely to spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that best practices for hand washing include not only rinsing the hands with water, but also applying soap and scrubbing the palms, the back of the hands, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. A person should scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing the soap and drying the hands with a clean towel.

And from our President.

These days the President of the United States has to tell people to wash their hands. We’ve become a helpless society.

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~ Dramaturge

The anti-Trumpers are toying with our health

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Be afraid, be very afraid. That’s the word from one Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease control.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see coronavirus spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if, but a question of when.

“I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe, but these are things people need to start thinking about now.”

No wonder the stock market is tanking.

She made this pronouncement while President Trump was out of the country.

Guess what? Nancy is the sister of … Rod Rosenstein, the DOJ offcial involved in the coup against President Trump. Credit The Gateway Pundit with breaking this story.

In July 2018 Rosenstein announced the indictments of 12 Russians right before the President was departing on a trip to meet Russian President Putin. Rosenstein’s Deep State friends regularly schedule hateful events when the President is overseas.

If there’s any doubt that Nancy’s words were anything other than a political hatchet job, look no further than the media.

“You might not want to rely on Trump for information about the risk of coronavirus” ~ The Washington Post

“Even Republicans Are Worried the Trump Administration Isn’t Ready for a Coronavirus Outbreak” ~ Rolling Stone

“Both GOP and Democratic lawmakers slam Trump admin as unprepared for coronavirus” ~ ABC

And, of course ….

“Romney: Trump administration unprepared for coronavirus outbreak” ~ The Hill

Mitten’s only purpose in this world is to let us know when things are political. Otherwise, he’s just a fool.

~ Fanfaronade

The long march through our institutions

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“Revolution is a long, complicated process,  which I have once named ‘The Long March through the Established Institutions,’ in which awareness is brought in and outside the university, in schools, in trade schools, in engineer schools, also technical universities and finally in factories.” ~ German Marxist Rudi Dutschke

Families.

The tragic — and overlooked — fallout from the ’60s sexual revolution. By many measures, our society is in trouble, and we are ignoring a root cause: the unprecedented familial dispersion that followed the 1960s sexual revolution. At heart, that revolution aimed to radically sever human sexuality from marriage and child-rearing, from the responsibilities society had hitherto imposed on the individual sexual appetite.

Churches.

Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing.A nudist church in Virginia where the pastor delivers sermons in his birthday suit. A drive-in church in Florida where parishioners can attend services from the comfort of their cars. A 500-foot-long, “Biblically accurate” reconstruction of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. “If you’re a surfer, there’s a church for Christian surfers. If you’re a biker, there’s a church for bikers.”

Colleges. 

NYU professor founded anarchist group that attacked subways last month. Amin Husain, 44, is a co-founder of Decolonize This Place, which urged its radical followers in a social media campaign to “f-ck sh-t up” on Jan. 31 in a violent assault on the city’s transit system that concluded with 13 arrests and $100,000 in damage.

Schools.

Teacher Who Supported Drag Queen Visiting School Says Parents Shouldn’t Have “Final Say” in Raising Their Children. A teacher at a school in Texas said parents shouldn’t have the “final say” in raising their own kids after some of them complained about a drag queen visiting the school to give a talk to the children. “Let’s be honest, some of you don’t know what is best for your kids.”

Courts.

Rein in politicized judges and their injunctions. By issuing putatively national injunctions, Attorney General William Barr said in a May 21 speech to the American Law Institute: “One judge can, in effect, cancel the policy with the stroke of the pen. No official in the United States government [rightly] can exercise that kind of nationwide power, with the sole exception of the president. And the Constitution subjects him to nationwide election, among other constitutional checks, as a prerequisite to wielding that power.”

Organizations. 

An Obituary for the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America opened its doors to girls and rebranded as Scouts BSA. This change was overdue, as the organization had already accepted girls — who identify as transgender boys — into the program. American culture has grown increasingly hostile to the mission of raising boys into men. Concerns about “toxic masculinity” have grown into an assault on masculinity itself, with the American Psychological Association demonizing traditional masculinity.

~ Logodaedaly

The Observers: Family, art, civilization

Interesting points of view.

artThe Postmodern Establishment Wants to Exterminate the Experience of Art

Postmodernism is the magical thinking of the ruling elites, who have decreed that they can alter reality with the sorcery of sophistry, and deny out of existence the eternal chains of cause and effect. The world has suffered greatly under this subversive hoax. Anything that could disrupt the systematic brainwashing of the populace was infiltrated and corrupted. The arts were early casualty in the battle, targeted because true art is such a powerful threat to the elite’s influence and control. There has been no freedom of expression for decades in the establishment art world.

The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake

This is the story of our times—the story of the family, once a dense cluster of many siblings and extended kin, fragmenting into ever smaller and more fragile forms. The initial result of that fragmentation, the nuclear family, didn’t seem so bad. But then, because the nuclear family is so brittle, the fragmentation continued. In many sectors of society, nuclear families fragmented into single-parent families, single-parent families into chaotic families or no families.

The Great Displacement of Americans: The devolving of Western Civilization

“Mass immigration is a tool of the global elites and of the Left – that is, of the Democrat party – to fragment American society and to displace those who adhere to traditional American values and the foundational premise of our Constitutional Republic. In other words, to disempower Whites, who will become a minority in their own country by mid-century. This isn’t a slur on Blacks or any other nationality, but in essence it is White Europeans who invented and perpetuated Western Civilization. This great displacement of Whites is therefore synonymous with the displacement of Western Civilization.”

ericThe People’s Avenger

Eric Ciaramella, the CIA plant, who concocted the predicate for the impeachment hoax is friends with John Brennan, the former CIA director. He is also in the same social set as members of Adam Schiff’s crew of witch hunters. Like a religious cult, these people reinforce the paranoia of one another with these bizarre theories to explain what they think is some great anomaly. Trump could not have won the election fair and square, so there must be some hidden reason behind it.

The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research

President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned that the pursuit of government grants would have a corrupting influence on the scientific community. He feared that while American universities were “historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery,” the pursuit of taxpayer monies would become “a substitute for intellectual curiosity” and lead to “domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment…and the power of money.” Eisenhower’s fears were well-founded and prescient.

~ Fanfaronade

Is this why going to church is so healthy?

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It’s well known that going to church helps you to live longer. Now some scientists think they know a reason not previously considered.

Here comes a big word: telomeres. Here’s an explanation.

“Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.”

Hang in there. A 2016 study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine that found:

“Adults who frequently attend religious services, pray with regularity, and consider themselves to be religious tend to exhibit longer telomeres than those who attend and pray less frequently and do not consider themselves to be religious.”

Did Jesus understand telomeres?

~ A.D. Litem

 

Three things The Donald has done for you

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Here are three things the media won’t tell you. Notice how The Donald is focused on the things that affect how you live.

Team Trump just called a halt to the Obama-era war on American suburbs

Many folks don’t even know about one of his best accomplishments: blocking the federal government’s power grab for control of America’s suburbs. During the Obama administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to install Washington bureaucrats as the decision makers for how communities across all 50 states should grow. Using an obscure rule,  HUD sought to remake America’s cities, towns and villages by forcing any community that was getting federal funds to meet racial quotas.

Trump’s order limits Washington ‘dictates’ on K-12 schools

Among the many campaign promises President Donald Trump has followed through on in 2019 is returning control of schools to the state and local level. Trump signed an executive order — the “Education Federalism Executive Order” — which called for a review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems an overreach by the federal government,

Trump Admin to End War on Incandescent Light Bulbs

The Trump administration has finalized a decision to roll back a 2007 rule calling for energy-efficient light bulbs, a move that states including New York and California are challenging in the courts. “The American people will continue to have a choice on how they light their homes,” said Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

Great moments in rhetoric

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”  ~ Søren Kierkegaard

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What we’re hearing:

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.” ~ Actor Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscars

“You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.” Joe Biden to student in New Hampshire

“I’m very aware that racism and oppression in this country have left a long legacy. And it creates the kind of toxicity where people — power structures, people take advantage of other people.” ~ Elizabeth Warren after six “women of color” quit her campaign

“It’s not a sizzling, glamorous issue, but the shape of our democracy is the issue that affects every other issue.” Pete Buttigieg on the campaign trail

“CNN has people on the payroll who they pay to tell their lies to the CNN audience, in the middle of a CNN hour for some number of minutes, so Trump knows if you watch CNN, at least you’ll hear someone lying in his favor. That’s one of the reasons why he attacks CNN.” ~ MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell

“I have, unfortunately, responsibilities to save our country from peril this weekend.” ~ Nancy Pelosi on why she will miss a 49ers playoff game

“You know, this idea and this metaphor of a bootstrap started off as a joke because it’s a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces? It’s physically impossible. The whole thing is a joke.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

~ Splanchnic

Crazy Years: Top Ten Reasons We Know

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Here are the Top Ten Reasons we know these are the Crazy Years.

10. Pelosi’s ‘Impeachment Pens’ Could Fetch $1.5 Million At Auction

9. And There It Is… Democrat Candidate Blames Trump for Iowa Caucus Train Wreck

8. New York Requires Citizens to Obtain ‘Stargazing Permit’ To Admire the Stars in Public Parks

7. Mommy Can’t Talk Right Now — She’s Dopamine Fasting

6, U.S. Army Funds ‘Fully Automated Microaggression Detector’ to ‘Catch Implicit Bias’ In The Workplace

5. Call your animal a ‘companion’ instead of a pet: PETA chief says term is derogatory because it makes living things sound like a ‘commodity’ or ‘decoration’

4. Baltimore County hasn’t recycled glass in 7 years, but officials say residents still shouldn’t throw it out

3. Why liberal white women pay a lot of money to learn over dinner how they’re racist

2. Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

And the No. 1 reason we know these are the crazy year:

1. Schiff: If You Don’t Convict Trump He Might Give Alaska Back to Russia

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~ Moloch

Surveillance Society: Your car is watching you

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Your Smart Vehicle Is Recording Your Every Move. Modern cars roll out of factories packed with cellular connections, powerful processors and growing suite of sensors, including cameras, radar and microphones. That’s turning them into the next information goldmine, rivaling the data-creating capabilities of smartphones.

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers. An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Four main analytics and marketing companies were discovered to be receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor data on the devices of paying customers.

Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data. An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey. (After this investigation, Avast announced it will stop the Jumpshot data collection.)

Hospitals Are Turning Over Detailed Medical Records to Big Tech Giants. Hospitals have reportedly granted Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google access to detailed patient information as part of deals to process millions of medical records.

A facial recognition company dug up billions of photos from Facebook and beyond. A New York Times deep-dive into a facial recognition AI tool sold to law enforcement agencies uncovered that the company has amassed more than three billion images. Those images are scraped from all corners of the internet from social media sites to companies’ “About Us” pages.  That’s way more than the typical police or even FBI database.

~ Scheherazade

The Crazy Years: Don’t drink the water

“I’m here to tell you these are not the crazy years, these are the fracking insane years.”    ~ Sarah A. Hoyt

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The media helpfully point it out:

Is it something in the water? Or is it:

How a vegan diet could affect your intelligence. The vegan diet is low in – or, in some cases, entirely devoid of – several important brain nutrients. Could these shortcomings be affecting vegans’ abilities to think?

Would you like brain damage with that? America’s favorite cooking oil causes neurological changes, says animal study.

Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS. For non-Alzheimer’s dementia specifically, living near major roads or a highway was associated with 14 per cent increased risk.

Flame retardants and pesticides overtake heavy metals as biggest contributors to IQ loss. Despite decreasing levels, exposure to these and other toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides, still resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the United States between 2001 and 2016.

Being Exposed to Air Pollution at Age 1 may Trigger Structural Brain Changes Later. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study found that children with higher levels of traffic-related air pollution exposure at birth had reductions at age 12 in gray matter volume and cortical thickness as compared to children with lower levels of exposure.

Don’t drink the water.

~ Feuilleton

You must focus your reading time

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My default reading strategy is to peruse multiple online news aggregators, blogs and social media sites. I’m going to change that after reading what Seneca says. He was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist. He is known for his letters of instruction to Lucilius, procurator of Sicily.

In the second letter“On Discursiveness in Reading,” he urges Lucilius to focus his reading.

Be careful, however, lest this reading of many authors and books of every sort may tend to make you discursive and unsteady. You must linger among a limited number of master-thinkers, and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind. Everywhere means nowhere.

When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends. And the same thing must hold true of men who seek intimate acquaintance with no single author, but visit them all in a hasty and hurried manner.

Accordingly, since you cannot read all the books which you may possess, it is enough to possess only as many books as you can read. So you should always read standard authors; and when you crave a change, fall back upon those whom you read before.

And then this instruction:

Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.

Pause to select one thing to carry through the day.

~ Elfdalian

The Iran Connection(s)

Have you noticed all the connections to Iran? We’ve scratched our heads, but we’re still not sure what this means. So many mysteries, so little time.

Elizabeth Warren’s son-in-law, with whom she is close, produced a film backed by the Iranian government

Sushil_Tyagi_photoHer son-in-law, Sushil Tyagi, husband of her daughter Amelia, remains a largely mysterious figure. Tyagi has been involved in a series of curious—even troubling—business ventures around the world, including his production company Tricolor Films, which produced a film directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, titled The Song of Sparrows. The film’s chief investors were “funded and controlled by the Islamist Iranian government.”

Peter Strzok Grew Up In Iran and Saudi Arabia, Worked As Obama and Brennan’s Envoy To Iranian Regime

stzokDuring his father’s 21 year military career he did three tours in Iran where Strzok attended elementary school at the American School in Tehran prior to the Iranian Revolution. In June and July 2017, Strzok worked on Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into any links or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government. Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation when Mueller became aware of criticisms of Trump contained in personal text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Facts About the Former FBI Lawyer Who Was Involved with Peter Strzok

lisaLisa Page inherits an Iranian heritage from her mother, Tamara Najarian. Iranian-born immigrant Najarian married Stephen Butler Page and applied for naturalization in the late ‘70s. Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok were involved in the FBI’s investigation into Sec. Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information in 2016. After their affair and text exchanges were revealed, the two were dismissed from Robert Mueller’s investigation team. Reacting to Trump’s killing of the Iranian general,  Page portrayed Iran in a disturbingly positive light, describing it as a “smart and strategic” country with a “5,000 year old culture.” She also claimed Iran “isn’t an irrational actor.”

John Kerry’s Family Ties to Iran

11KERRY.1901Most do not know that John Kerry’s daughter Vanessa, who ran his failed presidential campaign in 2004, is married to an Iranian who still has the majority of his family living in Iran. Yes, Kerry’s son in law is an American citizen who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Vanessa Kerry and Dr. Brian Behrooz Nahed married in 2009.

The life threatening Deal that Secretary of State John Kerry signed with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Zarif seems to be an all in the family affair. There is a report  that Mohammad Zarif’s son was best man at Dr. Vanessa Kerry’s wedding to Dr. Brian Nahed.

When it Comes to Israel, Alexandre Trudeau’s Got it Wrong

external-content.duckduckgo.comIn the face of international condemnation of Iran’s destructive pursuit of nuclear weapons and its repeated calls for Israel’s destruction, filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau, son of the late Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau and senior advisor to his brother Justin’s campaign team for leadership of the Liberal party, reports that Iran’s atomic ambitions are for “defensive” purposes only, serving as an effective “deterrent” against Israeli “aggression” and belligerence. Also listed in Alexandre Trudeau’s documentary “The New Great Game” as “producers in association,” but not acknowledged by the CBC, was Iran’s state-funded propaganda arm Press-TV, along with the reviled anti-Israel broadcaster Al-Jazeera Arabic.

Valerie Jarrett, Chicago, and the Iran Deal

Barack Obama, Valerie JarrettSenior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett had been leading talks with Iran in secret for a year before the formal negotiations in Geneva this month. She was born there to American expatriates in the aftermath of the CIA-assisted coup that deposed Mohammad Mossadegh. The Iranian regime remains obsessed with the Mossadegh coup as proof of America’s innate evil–and for decades, some Americans have felt a sense of post-colonial guilt about it. That feeling may be particularly acute for an American born in the shadow of that event.

~ Splanchnic

They’re just Brian Williams wannabes

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Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, the National Broadcasting Company is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. It is sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Network,” in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company’s innovations in color broadcasting.

This company has become a woke joke.

brianAnchor Brian Williams foretold NBC’s future, when it emerged that he had a hard time telling the truth. He became essentially a laughing stock and rich source of Internet memes.

A parade of goofs followed in his footsteps. Take Noah Berlatsky, who rises to Brian’s level with this assertion: “Trump voters motivated by racism may be violating the Constitution. Can they be stopped?”

williams 2This week NBC News reporter Ben Collins rose to the Brian Williams challenge by letting everyone know he will cover the January 20 Virginia Second Amendment rally, and he described it as a “white nationalist rally.”

Chief foreign correspondent Richard Enge recently got in on the action when President Trump directed the killing of the world’s No. 1 terrorist: “Qasem Soleimani was no ordinary general. The U.S. classified him as a terrorist but in Iran, he was a national hero. Specifically, Soleimani was in charge of spreading Iranian influence around the world, and he was extremely good at it. Smart, charismatic, ruthless and bold … ”

So much more at the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters website.

~ Elfdalian

The State: Who decides what you eat?

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“The state has invaded even the most private aspects of life, dictating sexual mores and controlling the most intimate aspects of daily life through misinformation, peer pressure, and direct thought control.” ~ Jeffrey Somers

The Left is apoplectic over President Trump’s proposal to put some limits on the effort by Michelle Obama to dictate what your kids eat at school. The handwringing is over free breakfast for poor kids. The real concern should be that the White House is dictating what your children eat. Let that sink in.

Nevertheless, 14 states are suing to stop the President. State governments are no less enthusiastic than the federal government about exercising power.

In California, the Board of Education has implemented a sex education program that prohibits abstinence-only education and any discussion of religious doctrine. The program contains explicit photos and drawings of sexual activity. It disusses anal and oral sex as an alternative to regular sex. “They talk about mutual masturbation,” a critic said. “They discuss everything, topics like roleplaying for different genders, blood play, dental dams … fisting is mentioned.”

In South Carolina, a state senator has raised a bill that would require the state to compensate women who are unable to obtain abortions because of a proposed ‘heartbeat bill.’ The act states that a woman who is unable to have an abortion because of the law would be forced to be a “gestational surrogate” for the state “which cannot itself physically conceive or carry a child.”

In VirginiaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed ban on “assault firearms” could potentially be applied to a majority of guns that are currently legal. The National Shooting Sports Foundation said Northam’s proposal was so broad that it could lead to the confiscation of millions of guns from previously-legal owners.

in Indiana, as South Ben Mayor Pete Buttigieg contended with skyrocketing crime rates, the city’s police department trained officers to combat “sizeism” and “languageism.” Training extended far beyond the immediate issues facing the city and instead lectured cops on policing their own language to be sensitive to “isms.”

In Iowa, an undercover video published by Project Veritas on Tuesday shows a field organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign saying Soviet gulags were actually a positive phenomenon, suggesting that some similar program could re-educate Trump supporters and billionaires.

In Michigan, the lesbian attorney general is accused of using ‘tyranny’ to suppress biblical marriage beliefs. Dana Nessel is charged in a lawsuit with “watching, listening, tracking, and compiling secret dossiers on dissidents until they are finally accused and prosecuted,” which are “the police-state tactics one might associate with an authoritarian regime in a World War II movie,” a law firm contends.

~ Eutraply

The Innovators: Slippery toilets, smart bricks

The creative among us:

This new magical coating saves water by making toilets so slippery that poop basically flushes itself. What if you didn’t have to use as much water to flush what you put in them? Don’t be squeamish: New tech from researchers at Penn State is designed to make toilets so slippery that they’re essentially self-cleaning, cutting water use in half in the process.

Lincoln’s new heated windshield wiper tech could make winter driving a lot simpler. First off, they’re heated. Each blade contains a strip of thin metal foil connected to a power source. Second, the system forces washer fluid out through 38 or 42 laser-cut holes on the blades themselves, right onto the glass. This allows the vehicle to use 50 percent less liquid.

bricksBacteria-Filled Bricks Build Themselves. Researchers have developed a living substance that can transform from a gooey sand mixture into a solid brick—and then help build more copies of itself. Powered by photosynthesis, these microorganisms absorb sunlight, nutrients, and carbon dioxide and spit out calcium carbonate—the rigid compound found in seashells and cement.

A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure. “If you’re making a primary structure like a fuselage or wing, you need to build a pressure vessel, or autoclave, the size of a two- or three-story building, which itself requires time and money to pressurize,” says Brian Wardle, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. “These things are massive pieces of infrastructure. Now we can make primary structure materials without autoclave pressure, so we can get rid of all that infrastructure.”

houseThe world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood now has its first houses. In a rural area on the outskirts of a town in Southern Mexico, a giant, 33-foot-long 3D printer recently built the walls of the first homes in the world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood. The 500-square-foot houses were finished with roofs, windows, and interiors.

~ Singultus

J. Edgar Hoover, call your office

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Here’s what we know about James Brien Comey Jr. He’s 6’8″ tall. He’s a sagittarius. His college thesis was on Reinhold Niebuhr and the televangelist Jerry Falwell. He will break the law if it’s to his political advantage. He is a pathological liar. Oh, and he was director of the FBI.

We’ve known for quite a while that Comey leaked classified information to the press. This week, the New York Times reported that prosecutors are looking into it.  Notice the wording:

“An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.”

Emphasis mine. I’m not sure why the Times bothered to report it — editorialize on it, actually.

Here’s one theory. The The Conservative Treehouse blog, written anonymously by someone who calls himself Sundance and who some thing is a Mark Bradman of Florida, speculates that the Justice Department leaked this to the Times to deflect criticism for doing nothing on the coup against Trump.

” .. is this simply chaff and countermeasures intended to keep the heat off corruption monitors Bill Barr and John Durham? People are rightly skeptical of this latest report as all prior reports of Comey misconduct have been summarily dismissed by current DOJ corruption monitors.

“Is this latest leak about yet another Comey investigation simply an effort by the DOJ to deflect and isolate themselves from anger and frustration while President Trump is going through an impeachment trial? Given the history, the possibility cannot easily be dismissed.”

If that’s the case, why would the New York Times do something to help Bill Barr?

~ Excursus

Why The Donald will win the election

Question for you. What irritates you more: Donald Trump calling the leader of Ukraine or that new toilet of yours that doesn’t remove the waste or the odor?

Me, too.

At his rally in Milwaukee the other night, President Trump addressed the federal regulations that irritate Americans everyday. Watch:

I found an article about this in Business Insider by a young reporter named Sinéad Baker, who is based in London. She is a perfect example of how the press, and The Left, have no clue about Trump supporters.

Her piece is a sarcastic comment on Trump’s “rambling rant.” I ask you to supply your own opinion of his remarks.

He said to cheers from the crowd: “I’m also approving new dishwashers that give you more water so you can actually wash and rinse your dishes without having to do it 10 times — four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10.

“Anybody have a new dishwasher? I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry for that. It’s worthless. They give you so little water. You ever see it? Air comes out. So little water.”

He claimed that people were forced to take plates out and wash them “the old-fashioned way.”

Then he turned to toilets and lightbulbs.

Trump also expressed frustration with “the new lightbulb,” saying it “costs you five times as much, and it makes you look orange. “Trump has previously attacked lightbulbs designed to be more efficient. He rolled back Obama-era standards on energy-saving lightbulbs in December, stopping a phasing out of older incandescent bulbs.

I don’t know about you, but when they banned incandescents I started stockpiling them. I know other people who did as well.

Watch the whole thing, starting at the 58-minute mark, here. Entertainment at its finest.

~ Certes

It’s time to break up Google

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Google drops ‘don’t be evil’ motto ~ Fox News

Here’s why it’s time.

Google can view millions of patient health records in most states

Through its partnerships with health care providers, Google can view tens of millions of patient records in at least three-quarters of states. Some of these partnerships allow Google to access identifiable information about patients without their or their doctors’ knowledge, raising fears about how this data may be used.

Your Personal Financial Information Will Be at Risk if Google Runs America’s Payments System

he Federal Reserve is moving forward with its most ambitious – and troubling – venture in decades: FedNow. The real-time payment system will compete against existing private networks to allow businesses and individuals to conduct immediate, 24/7 bank transfers. So, it’s no surprise that Big Tech companies like Google are looking to flex their influence over FedNow’s implementation.  

Once we searched Google. Now it searches us

Google’s invention revealed new capabilities to infer and deduce the thoughts, feelings, intentions and interests of individuals and groups with an automated extraction architecture operating as a one-way mirror (irrespective of a person’s awareness, knowledge, and consent) enabling privileged secret access to behavioural data.

How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results

Over time, Google has increasingly re-engineered and interfered with search results to a far greater degree than the company and its executives have acknowledged. Those actions often come in response to pressure from businesses, outside interest groups and governments around the world. Far from being autonomous computer programs oblivious to outside pressure, Google’s algorithms are subject to regular tinkering from executives and engineers who are trying to deliver relevant search results, while also pleasing a wide variety of powerful interests.

Trump is right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google threatens democracy, online freedom

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Google was accused of manipulating search results to favor Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Also, research at Harvard University found that Google’s search rankings are not objective, and in 2017, the company was fined billions of dollars by the European Union for manipulating search results. Google also maintains at least nine shadowy blacklists that affect what the public sees when using its search engine.

~ Faute de Mieux

The Crazy Years: Does you dog need therapy?

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“The main sign of when madness has possessed a crowd, or a civilization, is when the people are fearful of imaginary or trivial dangers but nonchalant about real and deep dangers. When that happens, there is gradual deterioration of mores, orientation, and social institutions—the Crazy Years have arrived.” ~ John C. Wright

Aliens exist and may already be among us, says first British astronaut

“Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it,” Dr Sharman told the Observer Magazine.

Greta Thunberg to Lecture Leaders About Fossil Fuels at World Economic Forum

Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg plans to join other youth at the World Economic Forum later this month in Davos, Switzerland, where they will admonish world leaders for providing subsidies to the oil and gas industry, which is responsible, in part, for advancing civilization by providing abundant and affordable energy.

Former Green Party Candidate Claimed to Be Jesus While Killing His Dog With a Hammer

Joseph Cryer has been sentenced to more than five months in prison for killing his dog. Cryer told police he was Jesus Christ and had sent the dog to heaven.

ACLU calls for tampons in men’s rooms in order to achieve ‘menstrual equity’

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for men’s restrooms to include tampons in order to prevent discrimination against “every person who menstruates.”

Steep rise in pets needing treatment for anxiety as insurance claims skyrocket

The number of insurance claims to treat cats, dogs and rabbits for mental health problems has sky-rocketed. Owners are claiming for treatments to tackle a whole host of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

~ Eutrapely

Ya want a punch in the face with that?

man.jpegFast food restaurants in America serve 50 million customers per day. More than 36 percent of adults – or more than 1 in 3 – consume fast food on a given day.

Trans fats are found in most commercial baked goods and fried foods. Studies have shown that high levels of trans fats may reduce serotonin production in the brain, leading to depression as well as adversely affecting memory.

Let’s check in to see how these folks are getting along.

Taco Bell customers arrested after argument reportedly leads to behind-the-counter fight

Chick-fil-A customer desperately tries to escape high chair after sitting in it on a dare

Let’s all enjoy together:

Florida woman arrested for threatening to get McDonald’s sauce by any ‘means necessary’

[Editor’s Note: Florida Man could not be reached for comment.]

Grubhub Driver Attacked Burger King Workers

Arizona woman tries to set boyfriend on fire for not celebrating new Subway job: police

Floridians Sue McDonald’s Because They Had to Pick the Cheese Off Their Quarter Pounders

McDonald’s customer arrested for pulling gun over ketchup mix-up

Popeye’s Customer Wrecks Car While Cutting Line For Coveted Chicken Sandwich

~ Portcullis

The Reporters: Shopping carts, bad meds, etc.

Reportage on the passing parade.

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Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts?

Supermarkets can try and guide our behavior with receptacles or cart attendants, but they’re competing with our own self-serving goals, which in this case may be staying dry, keeping an eye on our children, or simply getting home as quickly as possible, and we’re being guided by the ways others behave on top of that.

Russiagate Investigation Now Endangers Obama.

Former US President Barack Obama is now in severe legal jeopardy, because the Russiagate investigation has turned 180 degrees; and he, instead of the current President, Donald Trump, is in its cross-hairs. Although he, of course, cannot be removed from office (since he is no longer in office), he is liable under criminal laws, the same as any other American would be, if he committed any crime while he was in office.

The medications that change who we are.

They’ve been linked to road rage, pathological gambling, and complicated acts of fraud. Some make us less neurotic, and others may even shape our social relationships. It turns out many ordinary medications don’t just affect our bodies – they affect our brains. Why? And should there be warnings on packets?

Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science.

Ten thousand steps is a completely arbitrary figure, one that originates from a Japanese marketing campaign in the mid-60s. The company Yamasa designed the world’s first wearable step-counter, a device called a manpo-kei, which translates as “10,000-step meter.” “There wasn’t really any evidence for it at the time,” says kinesiology Prof. David Bassett. “They just felt that was a number that was indicative of an active lifestyle and should be healthy.”

The 1997 merger that paved the way for the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

In a clash of corporate cultures, where Boeing’s engineers and McDonnell Douglas’s bean-counters went head-to-head, the smaller company won out. The result was a move away from expensive, ground-breaking engineering and toward what some called a more cut-throat culture, devoted to keeping costs down and favoring upgrading older models at the expense of wholesale innovation

~ Splanchnic

What’s the safest seat in a restaurant?

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Where would you sit in this coffee shop? I always sit where I can see the door. Let’s examine that.

Greg Ellifritz has been a police officer since 1995 and spent 13 years as the full-time tactical training officer for his central Ohio police department. He was responsible for developing all of the in-service training for his 55-officer police department. More of his impressive credentials here.

Here’s where he would sit and not sit in the coffee shop above.

When I am choosing seats in a restaurant, he writes, I use the following selection criteria:

1) I prefer tables to booths.  Tables are easier to maneuver around.  Tables can also be overturned and used for cover/concealment.  It’s much harder to do that in a booth.

2) I want a clear view of the front door to see any potential threats enter.

3) I want a view of the cash register (if there is one).  If there are any problems, they will occur at the cash register.

4) I want a table that is close to the kitchen/alternate exit.

5) I prefer an area where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic moving behind me

Here’s what Ellifritz sees in the diagram.

There’s too much foot traffic heading to the bathrooms for tables a, bi and c. I don’t want to have to physically check out people as they move behind me to use the toilets.

Criminals call the seats with their backs in a corner where they can see every other seat in the venue the “cop seats.” That’s where cops sit. The criminals know this and will take out the “cops” at the first opportunity. Sometimes the best seat in a venue is also the worst seat.

I suggest occupying seats 1 or 2 at tables D, E, or F as the best seats in this layout. You can see the front door. You can see the cash register. You are close to the emergency exits, but you don’t have constant bathroom traffic moving behind you to evaluate.

An alternate plan:

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~ Singultus

The compleat list of lists

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It seems that listicles have fallen from fashion of late, so let’s give a try to instigating a revival. Publishers put these together at this time of year because there is no real news. That’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it as a public service.

Top 12 Get-Trump Bloopers of 2019

Sample: That’s easy for her to say. 

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell destroyed impeachment with a short, half-hour speech of his life, Nancy Pelosi was reduced to . . . well, watch it for yourself. Hey, where’s her drink?

The Decade’s Top 10 Most Spectacular Falls From Grace

Sample: Anthony Weiner/Carlos Danger (2011, 2013, 2016)

Of all the politicians to find themselves in a sexting scandal, it had to be the one whose last name is Weiner. In 2011, Anthony Weiner, the married representative from New York, resigned after being caught sending explicit photos of his genitalia to several young women, some underage.

Top 10 Most Bizarre Viral Hoaxes of 2019

Sample: Mainstream media falsely reports conservatives are “outraged” over a video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) dancing.

Despite never being given examples of a conservative doing anything more than shrugging the video off, the mainstream media ran with the narrative anyway, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to post another video of herself dancing in front of her congressional office, tweeting: “I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!”

2019: The Year of Massive Big Tech Data Breaches

Sample: Capital One breach puts 100+ million at risk

In July of 2019, Breitbart News reported that a 33-year-old transgender woman who worked as a software engineer in Seattle was arrested in relation to a massive data breach which put over 100 million Capital One credit card applicants at risk. Paige A. Thompson allegedly accessed information from the Capital One bank through an improperly managed security feature and posted this information on a data-sharing site, a criminal complaint alleges.

Six Lessons Jussie Smollett Taught Us About America’s Culture War in 2019

Sample: The road to success is paved with victimhood instead of hard work.

As it has been portrayed, the motivation in staging this attack was to gain publicity and enhance Smollett’s public profile. In theory, this would lead to more prominent acting roles and bigger pay checks (for Jussie and the Nigerian brothers, presumably). There was a time in America that people sought to advance by practicing relentlessly and persevering through challenges. Today, if you successfully claim victim status you’ll likely be promoted before other, more deserving candidates.

The 2019 Breitbart News Fake News Awards

2019’s ‘Fox Staffer Caught Kissing Future Employer Jeff Zucker’s Ass the Most’ Award: Andrew Napolitano

2019’s ‘Fox Staffer Caught Kissing Future Employer Jeff Zucker’s Ass the Second Most’ Award: Chris Wallace

Ave atque vale 2019

 

Sample: JOHN CONYERS, pantsless parliamentarian

Like most of his colleagues, lifetime legislator John Conyers didn’t bother reading the 2,700-page health-care bill he voted for. As he said with disarming honesty, he wouldn’t understand it even if he did: “They get up and say, ‘Read the bill.’ What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” It would be churlish to direct readers to the video posted on the Internet of Representative Conyers finding time to peruse a copy of Playboy while on a commuter flight to Detroit.

What did I miss? Send your favorite to our Department of Lists. Representatives are standing by. This is because we can’t afford chairs.

~ Craig Millar

Voices of the Apocalypse

preacherIn every generation citizens of the world step forward to warn us that the end is near.

In the past.

Dr James Hansen, 2009. Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama’s first administration, he added.

Rajendra Pachauri, 2007. “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late,” Pachauri said. “What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment. If you look at the scientific knowledge things do seem to be getting progressively worse. So you’d better start with the interventions even earlier. Now.”

Andrew Marshall, 2004. Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, commissioned by influential Pentagon defence adviser Andrew Marshall, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

Today.

Greta Thunberg. Greta Thunberg’s father revealed he feared depression would kill her before she launched her ‘climate crisis’ campaign as the teenager blasted Donald Trump and insisted meeting him would be a ‘waste of time’. Svante Thunberg told his 16-year-old daughter it was ‘a bad idea’ to lead the campaign to halt global warming – but now believes it ‘saved her’ after she stopped eating and talking for months during a long bout of depression.

Andrew Romanoff. “This is not the stuff of fiction or some far off threat. This is a clear and present danger to life on Earth. Our goal is to stir action. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to project what the world might look like and what large parts of the globe already look like.”

Henry Fountain. “More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all things, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up, season after season. Seas are warming and rising faster, putting more cities at risk of tidal flooding or worse. Glaciers are melting at a pace many researchers did not expect for decades. The amount of Arctic sea ice has declined so rapidly that the region may see ice-free summers by the 2030s.”

~ Portcullis

The Observers: Where have all the alphas gone?

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Perspectives on events of the day.

Robert P. Jones: White Christian America ended in the 2010s.

After more than two centuries of white Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance, the United States has moved from being a majority-white Christian nation to one with no single racial and religious majority. At the end of the decade, only 42 percent of Americans identify as white and Christian, representing a drop of 11 percentage points.

Brett Stevens: Ethnic Self-Determination.

For any ethnic group to survive, it requires nationalism, or total isolation from other groups. Even small amounts of foreign presence result in a dilution of the unity that a society needs, and replaces it with a contentious place based on internal adversarial relationships. Diversity has died because it destroys social trust and creates alienated societies which collapse into constant low-grade ethnic cold warfare in the form of crime, using the vote to steal money from the majority, and public offense over relatively minor slights.

The Z Man: The Great Cover Up.

This is a great cover up of the biggest scandal in American history. To date, no one has been charged with a crime, despite hundreds of crimes being documented. Many of the principals are now enjoying high six figure lives, based on the fact they were part of the seditious plot to overturn the 2016 election. Instead of the scandal of the century, it is the celebration of the century for the inner party. One of the signs of ruling class collapse is when they can no longer enforce the rules that maintain them as a ruling class. When the Romans started making exceptions to republican governance, it was a matter of time before someone simply decided the rules no longer applied to them.

David Solway: Where Have All the Alphas Gone?

For some time now I have watched the immensely popular HGTV as a window on the culture, providing a cameo on the conventions of middle-class society. One notices, with few exceptions, that the wives tend to be voluble and bossy; they speak first, far more often, more insistently and more authoritatively. Their needs and desires are clearly predominant. The husbands, for their part, are mostly bland and subservient, almost leguminous in comparison, generally deferring to their wives with only the occasional mewl of protest. One notes, too, the lack of genuine taste, the utter preoccupation with trivialities, and the cloying banality of conversation among the often obese participants. The ascendancy of the now-dominant, rule-giving female and the attendant decline of the proud and assertive male is the order of the day.

Victor Davis Hanson: Ten Reasons Impeachment Is Illegitimate.

The impeachment “inquiry,” supposedly prompted by the president’s Ukrainian call, is simply the most recent in a long series of “coups” that sought to overturn the 2016 election and thus preclude a 2020 reelection bid. The pattern gives away the game.

Usually the serial futile attempts to abort the Trump presidency — with the exception of the Mueller Dream-Team debacle — were each characterized by about a month of media-driven hysteria. We remember the voting-machines-fraud hoax, the initial 2017 impeachment effort, the attempt to warp the Electoral College voting, the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, the 25th Amendment, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux coup, and various Michael Avenatti–Stormy Daniels–Michael Cohen psychodramas.

Ukraine then is not unique, but simply another mini-coup attempt that follows the last failed coup and that will presage another coup to take its place when it too fails to remove Trump.

~ Eutrapely

What to do if you’re being followed

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Derrick Krane has taught psychology and criminology for over 20 years at six colleges. He is a licensed clinician who provides psychotherapy to criminal offenders and victims of violent crimes and sexually based offense. He is the author of over 250 scholarly articles on various topics in criminology, psychology, neuroscience, addiction and politics.

Here is part of his article on protecting yourself from followers:

On foot

  • Change direction abruptly to determine if you are being followed.
  • Do not make an obvious fear display. A fear display will encourage aggression. That being said, run if you have to.
  • Be advised that if you confront them, you may be deemed an aggressor or at least a participant instead of a victim. This will depend on the jurisdiction you are in and to what degree liberals have gutted self-defense laws.
  • Get into a crowded well-lit place with many witnesses.
  • Get somewhere with cameras. Look directly into the camera.
  • Draw attention. Yell loudly that you are being followed and point the follower out to the crowd. Embarrass the shit out of them, expose them for the creepy weirdo they are, and get multiple witnesses.
  • Call 911 and ask bystanders to call 911. Select specific persons and make eye contact. Directly state call 911, there is someone after me. This detail is important. If you just yell somebody call 911, the bystander effect can occur, and most people will wait for someone else to call 911. It is about distribution of responsibility and hesitation. Make specific people responsible.

In a Vehicle

  • On a city street, drive in a circle by making four consecutive right turns. On a highway, get off the next exit, then back on the highway. Someone following you vs. coincidentally driving in the same direction will become apparent.
  • Having determined you are being followed, DO NOT go to your home a friend’s home, or your workplace. You do not want to lead them to any of these places.
  • Do not let yourself get boxed in. Do not go into a cul-de-sac/dead end or parking lot, or anywhere else where you will not have an escape route.
  • Know where you are going. Become intimately familiar with the area you work, attend school or live in. This can give you a major advantage over someone from outside the area.
  • Do Not Escalate. If you are being followed closely by an angry individual, don’t do things that will de-stabilize the situation further. This included brake-checking, throwing things at the other car, and displaying your middle finger. Once again, you are also becoming a participant, and putting yourself in a compromised legal position.
  • DO NOT get out of the vehicle and confront them. You may not know their intentions, how far they are willing to take things, of if they are armed. Depending on the jurisdiction, if you get out of your vehicle to confront them or engage, you could put yourself in a very weak legal position by becoming a participant instead of a victim.

1) Identify them. Phone camera/dash cam/backup cam on and start documenting. Note as much information as possible. Note the make, model, and color of the car, and a description of the driver and any passengers, any identifying marks on the vehicle, and of course the license plate number.

3) Lose them. but don’t put yourself and others in danger with reckless maneuvers or excessive speed.

  • Make an abrupt (but safe) turn without using directionals.
  • Get up to an optimum safe speed to pull away from them and gain some distance.
  • Run red lights (treat the red light like a stop sign, don’t just blow through an intersection). A cop sees you and pulls you over? Perfect. You need a cop right now. Your pursuer will have to relinquish the pursuit, or really escalate things in front of a police officer.

2) Get assistance

  • On a city street, draw attention. Lay on your horn and flash your lights. Stalkers/weirdos tend to dislike attention.
  • Lead your pursuer through intersections with traffic cams to get them recorded.
  • On a city street, tell a driver in the lane next to you are being followed and to call 911.
  • Drive to a police station or call 911.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not being followed.

~ Scheherazade

And to All a Good Night!

Merry Christmas, John Brennan! John H. Durham, the United States attorney leading the investigation, has requested former CIA Director John Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A., according to a person briefed on his inquiry. He wants to learn what Mr. Brennan told other officials, including the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.

Merry Christmas, James Comey! When your best explanation for humiliating failures is that you were incompetent, not criminal, you are in trouble. When your defense is that underlings are to blame, you can expect them to bite back. That’s the situation facing James Comey, former FBI director. Not that Comey made those mistakes himself, mind you. Mere sloppiness by others, he says. That’s his new story.

Merry Christmas, James Clapper! The former director of National Intelligence under the Obama administration is widely believed to be one of the sleazy political operatives involved in the creation and dissemination of the now discredited ‘Steele dossier,’ which was one of the pretexts for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Judicial Watch is still after him for that one, and is seeking all of his correspondence with former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan.

Merry Christmas, Robert Mueller! Republican lawmakers allege Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have perjured himself before Congress in his sworn testimony last month with an untruthful answer about why he held an earlier press briefing. Recently released court documents suggest Mueller may have made his surprise appearance before the press in Washington on May 29 as damage control after a federal judge privately threatened to hold his team in criminal contempt of court over what she called misleading language in his final report about Russian government interference in the 2016 election.

Merry Christmas, Barack Obama! Former President Barack Obama may have been aware the FBI was surveilling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign based on Russian election interference claims, the newly released audit by the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed. Obama’s former Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates suggested the FBI may have briefed the White House on Crossfire Hurricane or the Carter Page FISA. Crossfire Hurricane refers to the codename for the counterintelligence probe undertaken by the FBI in 2016 and 2017 into alleged linked between Trump associates and his campaign and Russia.

~ Jac Tancy

Science: A new way to wrap a present

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You’ve been doing it all wrong.

Just in time for the holidays, the diagonal gift wrap hack has gone viral. It’s age-old wisdom in some circles—a graduate student even wrote a paper about the math of the perfect gift wrap in 2007, and it’s how Subway sandwich artists already wrap your lunch—but it seems like the internet is only now catching up, Caroline Delbert writes.

Here you go:

I encourage you to read the entire article so that you can absorb the science.

~ Logodaedaly

Have another cup of coffee

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If you want to live forever, that is.

Coffee drinkers have healthier gut microbiotas. Higher caffeine consumption was associated with increased richness and evenness of the mucosa-associated gut microbiota, and higher relative abundance of anti-inflammatory bacteria, such as Faecalibacterium and Roseburia and lower levels of potentially harmful Erysipelatoclostridium.”

Harvard researchers say this is the exact amount of coffee you should drink to stay healthy. “Our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower Type 2 Diabetes risk,” explained the study’s lead author, Shilpa Bhupathiraju. “Most importantly, they provide new evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit can affect Type 2 Diabetes risk in a relatively short period of time.” The Harvard paper motions that drinking between one and three cups of coffee a day over the course of four years decreases one’s risk of developing diabetesby 11%.

Just two cups of filtered coffee a day could slash the risk of type 2 diabetes by 60%. Researchers found those who drank “filtered coffee” were less likely to develop diabetes over the next seven years. The same was not true for the boiled version of the pick-me-up. Coffee contains compounds that have been shown to affect the break down of fat, as well as targeting inflammation. It can also be rich in the molecule diterpene, which negatively influences the metabolism of sugar. This is thought to get caught in filters, preventing it entering coffee prepared this way.

~ Eutrapely

The Observers: Teddy bears, Amazon, women, luck

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Thoughtful writers on matters that concern us all.

Adam Clark Estes. Is It Too Late to Stop Amazon? As the next decade arrives, it’s obvious that Amazon founder and chief Jeff Bezos has built some sort of grotesque post-capitalistic empire that makes Standard Oil look like a local firewood stand. Not only does Amazon dictate the future of retail in the United States and around the world; its sprawling cloud computing business all but ensures that, on any given day, you can’t use the internet without putting a penny in Bezos’s bank account.

Theodore Dalrymple. Teddies for All. Teddy bears have a glorious future ahead of them. They supply emotional comfort to an age in which people seem to have more difficulty than ever in forming true emotional bonds to others of their kind. A teddy bear, unlike a human being, will never let you down. It’s not quite true that it never answers you back, for it will answer you in your imagination, using the words of consolation that a real friend or adviser would have said by way of consolation, if such a person had been available.

The Z Man. Fear, Force & Convenience. In America, trust was always the force that kept local community together, while tradition kept regional identity together. America was always a big country with lots of room, so self-segregation smoothed over the rough spots. With the elimination of free association and the importation of millions of foreigners, social trust is rapidly breaking down and being replaced with state force. For now, trouble makers are sent to diversity training, rather than a labor camp, but the idea is the same.

David Warren. Darlings. A woman who has the management of a household, all the tasks associated with that, plus the charge of, say, four or more children, along with the home-schooling of each of them, is not a hero. She is called to be a heroine, as we say or said in good English. To make her gender-neutral is to diminish her, for she is doing something only she can do, and she is a she. A man would need assistance. To ask this woman also to hold down a job, in our feckless commercial world, is to ask the impossible.

Scott Barry Kaufman. The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized. A number of studies and books–including those by risk analyst Nassim Taleb, investment strategist Michael Mauboussin, and economist Robert Frank– have suggested that luck and opportunity may play a far greater role than we ever realized, across a number of fields, including financial trading, business, sports, art, music, literature, and science. Their argument is not that luck is everything; of course talent matters. Instead, the data suggests that we miss out on a really importance piece of the success picture if we only focus on personal characteristics in attempting to understand the determinants of success.

~ Sprachgefühl

A word for this Christmas season

The Aramaic term maranatha is variously translated as “Our Lord has come” or “Come, our lord!” It’s up to the translators to sort it out.

The two-word term appears once in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 16:22–16:22: Let anyone be accursed who has no love for the Lord. Our Lord, come!

If you wish to express the accursed part, you say anathema maranatha. The meaning of the Greek anathema came to be “anything dedicated to evil” or “a curse.” Taken together the two terms suggest that anyone who doesn’t love God will be accursed because The Lord is coming or has come.

Today maranatha is often chanted aloud or silently as a meditation.

These singers from the Diocese of St. Benedict perform “Maranatha Come Lord Jesus” by Janèt Sullivan Whitaker.

~ Eustace

Surveillance Society: Big Brother is Watching You

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The feds know pretty much everything about you.

DHS wants to expand airport face recognition scans to include US citizens. Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving to and departing from the U.S. to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks. The department has proposed that all travelers, and not just foreign nationals or visitors, will have to complete a facial recognition check before they are allowed to enter the U.S., but also to leave the country.

The Feds Don’t Need To Tell You Or Get A Warrant To Collect Your Emails And Phone Records. In reality, the government can obtain these records without taking any such extraordinary measures — and no judge even need be involved for Congress to get them. It can simply send a subpoena to the carrier. This seemingly astonishing explanation exists because under current law, these records are not protected by any warrant requirement.

Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented ‘Geofence’ Search. The requests, outlined in two search warrants obtained by Forbes, demanded to know which specific Google customers were located in areas covering 29,387 square meters (or 3 hectares) during a total of nine hours for the four separate incidents. Unbeknownst to many Google users, if they have “location history” turned on, their whereabouts are stored by the tech giant in a database called SensorVault. In this case, Google found 1,494 device identifiers in SensorVault, sending them to the ATF to comb through.

Surprise! U.S. has more surveillance cameras per citizen than China. China may have gained a reputation as a surveillance state because it has more closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras deployed than any other country, but when it comes to per capita usage, the US is No 1. The US has 15.28 surveillance cameras per 100 citizens, slightly higher than China’s density of 14.36.

Privacy advocates raise alarms about growing use of facial recognition by U.S. government. Whether we realize it or not, most of use some type of facial technology software every day. It’s being widely used in shopping, home security, and law enforcement, and millions of us use it constantly to open our smart phones. But privacy advocates and civil libertarians are raising alarms about the growing use of facial recognition technology by the federal government. Several noted that once the government has a database of Americans with their photographs, there’s no telling what it could be used for. “You never know,” said one man, “10 years 20 years down the line, what that information might be used for.”

~ The Fulgurator

How many guests should you invite?

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Do you want serious conversation? Stick to four. Just ask Shakespeare.

Researchers who have time on their hands have figured out that four is the right number for chatting. If you invite more, the quality of discourse will decline and the stress level of the participants till increase.

This is all related to the ability to understand that other people do not necessarily know or intend the same things that we ourselves do, Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor, writes. If two people are engaged in conversation, each must understand what his or her partner intends and what each person understands about the other’s state of mind. So the more people you add the harder this juggling gets.

Other researchers with nothing better to do have determined that this is evolutionary.

If there are three people in the conversation, there are three possible pairs, only one of which excludes you. If there are five people, there are 10 possible pairs, and the majority—six—don’t include you, which makes it harder to get your point across.

What if, the researchers argue, there was an evolutionary advantage to not being “outnumbered” in a conversational group? The physical danger of being an isolated outcast is clear: exclusion from society in early human history could easily be a death sentence, and even most observed cases of lethal chimpanzee violence have happened when aggressive groups encounter a lone chimp.

Here’s the Shakespeare angle.

They analyzed the conversations in 10 different plays by William Shakespeare. Scholars have long been aware that conversational patterns in Shakespearean plays accurately reflect the dynamics of real-life social interactions — which is one reason their appeal has endured over time. If this is the case, it would be interesting to find out if Shakespeare applied the “maximum size of a conversation” rule to the characters in his plays. Krems and her colleagues discovered that no conversation in any play they analyzed ever involved more than five characters,

Finally, when inviting people over, remember The Bard’s rule: ““Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

~ Excursus

Let’s rent a barn and put on an impeachment

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What you may have missed while you were dozing off.

Democrat Hank Johnson Wants to Impeach Trump for Being Too Tall. Johnson claimed that Trump was taller and his chair was bigger than Zelensky’s so that was somehow intimidating and contributed to an “imbalance of power.” He also claimed that Zelensky looked like his daughter “duct taped in the basement” in the conversation with Trump. Watch.

Reuters photographer ejected from impeachment hearing for taking pictures of notes of Democrats. A Reuters photographer was asked to leave the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing after allegedly taking pictures of documents on Thursday afternoon.

nadler nodsBORING! House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler Nods Off During His Own Impeachment Hearing. The impeachment hearing is so boring that the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler nodded off as GOP Rep. Chabot blasted him for his hypocrisy.

Rep. Al Green: We Need To Impeach Trump To “Deal With Slavery.” “I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. It’s insidious… racism, the president has played on racism and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.”

Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’ Goes On Unhinged Rant About How Trump Ruined Her Thanksgiving. Stanford law professor and lawyer Pamela Karlan testified that she was so distracted poring over other “witness” transcripts during her Thanksgiving holiday that she was forced to order a pre-cooked turkey in the mail. “I spent all of Thanksgiving vacation sitting there reading these transcripts,” Karlan said. “I didn’t – I ate, like, a turkey that came to us in the mail that was already cooked because I was spending my time doing this.”

Angry Democrat Witness Pam Karlan Takes a Cheap Shot at Trump’s 13-Year-Old Son Barron. One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out, Pamela Karlan, is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. “I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king which is, the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the President can name is son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan angrily exclaimed.

‘Not one person of color’: Congressman scolds fellow Democrats for choosing only white impeachment witnesses. “I rise because I love my country, but I also rise today with heartfelt regrets,” Rep. Al Green said. “It hurts my heart, Mr. Speaker, to see the Judiciary Committee hearing experts on the topic of impeachment — one of the seminal issues of this Congress — hearing experts, Mr. Speaker, and not one person of color among the experts.”

Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond is watching golf.

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~ Portcullis