That Reminds Me

Angel Albert used to frequent my living room in Bezerkely back in the late 60s. He was waiting for G.G. Witch to get home. She lived a few blocks away.

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The Patriarchy Is Not Going Away

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300 million years of evolution will not be erased by a social campaign.

You want to fix things? You must pay the one thing that most people are very unwilling to pay. Attention.

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Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas!



Cleaning up after asses

Perhaps my logic isn’t as good as it should be, but I’m having a bit of trouble understanding something, so I decided to share it here in the hope of summoning the collective mental processing power of the commenters.

In a local Ann Arbor park which is frequented by dog owners, someone — most likely an angry anti-dog person — created and printed out this scolding reminder directed at irresponsible dog owners:


Whoever “posted” it went to a lot of trouble, for each one was reinforced by black construction paper, and put in a plastic sleeve. There were at least a dozen of them, and each one was rudely fastened to a tree, not by staples, but by ordinary construction nails driven right into the trees! So, I’m guessing that the dogshit hater was no tree lover, and certainly not motivated entirely out of concern for the natural environment. Not only do multiple posters like that ruin the natural beauty of the park, but driving nails into trees is not good for trees:

When hammering a nail into a tree, you penetrate the bark which opens the door to pathogenic fungi which may invade and damage or even kill the tree. If an insect bites a hole in the bark, that is also dangerous, but unless it is a borer, the wound is shallow and can be healed quickly. A fungal infection of a shallow wound may be counteracted by the tree, which forms chemicals to block the growth of the fungus. The actual nail may act as a syringe, inoculating pathogens deep into the tree. If the pathogenic fungus can reach the xylem, the water transporting canals, it may use these as elevator shafts for quickly invading the tree.

When you prune a tree, you cut a living branch. The wound may invite pathogenic fungi, but by making a clean cut with a saw (not a machete) near the base of the branch, you allow the tree to swiftly cover the wound with new tissue. It is important not to damage the main trunk, for example by sawing from the top and then let the branch fall down by its own weight, ripping the bark of the main trunk. An infection of the main trunk due to careless pruning or nails may kill or seriously distort the shape of the tree.

The metals of the actual nail may also affect the tree. When the nail corrodes, dissolved metals may toxify it. A tree in a weakened stage may die from other stress such as drought.

Infections may or may not happen due to the wound. The tree may very well overcome the nail and survive, but when the sign falls down, the secondary growth of the tree trunk will embed the nail inside the tree. If the nail does not corrode, somebody using a chainsaw in the future may hit the nail and have an unpleasant surprise.

Lovely. So the anonymous dogshit hater is doing harm to the environment — ostensibly for the purpose of helping the environment. As to whether the scolding message will have any positive effect, he or she has probably not stopped to consider that the sort of people who don’t pick up after their dogs are inherently irresponsible scofflaw types who give other dog owners (like yours truly) a bad name. Laws already require picking up after one’s dogs in city parks (or anywhere else), and these intractable people are not obeying them. I agree with the sentiment that they are in fact asses.

But since when would an ass heed an anonymous command not to be an ass?

That’s not my only logical problem. My attention was drawn to the silhouette. Donald Trump, no doubt about it. He’s got the no symbol circle around him, which means…. What? Is this a double message, unrelated to dogshit? Trump is bad and should be banned? And by the way pick up after your dog? Or is there some tie-in, as if to say if you don’t pick up after your dog, you are being like Trump? Might they think that because almost everyone in Ann Arbor hates Trump, comparing irresponsible dog owners to him will shame them into submission?

But just how valid is this comparison? There’s no way to make a logical connection between Trump and dogshit or between Trump and irresponsible dog owners, because Trump is not a dog owner, and is said not to like dogs.

William McKinley is the last president to not have a dog, though he had other pets.

But Trump’s legacy, other than the occasional dog-related insult, may exclude the beloved canines, after all.

“Donald was not a dog fan,” Ivana Trump wrote about her former husband in her memoir, Raising Trump. When she brought a poodle named Chappy into their home, Trump fought back. But Ivana’s love of dogs would not be quashed: “It’s me and Chappy or no one!” she told him. And he eventually acquiesced—but never seemed to grow all that fond of that poodle.

The feeling was mutual: When the president went near Ivana’s closet, “Chappy would bark at him territorially,” she wrote.

But for now, “There are no plans” to add a pet to the household, a White House spokesperson told CNN.

Got that? Trump does not like dogs, so for that reason alone it would follow that he doesn’t like dogshit. But in addition, the man is reported to be a germophobe — so much so that he doesn’t even like shaking hands. Simple logic would dictate that a man like that would absolutely loathe dog feces.

Which means that he almost certainly shares the same sentiment as whoever is putting up those posters.

So, in the interest of more complete accuracy, I offer this accurately cleaned up version of the poster.


That will be at least as effective, right?


Fake wars help real wars

With the train derailment pushed to the back burner, much is being made on Fox News of “the secret backstory” of how Obama helped Hezbollah. Naturally, the DEA drug warriors are being spun as patriotic heroes:

The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.

Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.


The statute allowed DEA agents to operate virtually anywhere, without permission required from other U.S. agencies. All they needed to do was connect drug suspects to terrorism, and they could arrest them, haul them back to the United States and flip them in an effort to penetrate “the highest levels of the world’s most significant and notorious criminal organizations,” as then-Special Operations chief Maltz told Congress in November 2011.

As they crunched the massive amounts of intel streaming into the DEA’s Counter Narco-Terrorism Operations Center in Chantilly, Virginia, the agents on Operation Titan
Operation Titan, Perseus and the other cases began to connect the dots and map the contours of one overarching criminal enterprise.

I agree that it is appalling the way Obama swept Hezbollah and terrorism under the rug.

The problem I have is with the DEA. It is an inherently corrupt outfit, dedicated to ruining lives and killing or imprisoning people over victimless consensual activity, and I distrust what they say.

What is especially terrible (and which always goes unnoticed) is that the Drug War provides a perfect economic opportunity for terrorists.

What will also be ignored (and missed entirely by emotional people) is that Hezbollah has also been funded by such things as smuggling cigarettes. So has ISIS.

Our insane laws create huge economic opportunities, and instead of recognizing this simple reality, clueless people are being systematically conditioned to blame “DRUGS!”

Nothing new here. Nothing I could say will change the way people think, and I am so tired of it all that I could scream blog.


Train derailment is easy!

Too easy. 

Any blacksmith, welder, or tinkerer could easily make one of these:

Terrorists are being taught how to do it.

This is not to say that this is what happened in Washington earlier today, but I see no easy way to prevent it from happening.


Unwanted resuscitation?

Enjoying my death? Not quite yet. Although, the thought had crossed my mind in the context of Roy Moore… I have to say that no one else could have gotten me off my ass to write an actual blog post — much less three… So perhaps I should thank the son of a bitch.

As an issue right now, death couldn’t suck more. Especially because I’d miss out on what is called “news.” Today it’s Omarosa on CNN and Comey on Fox. Unlike when I was a kid, today there is no longer agreement on what it is that constitutes news. Only competing conspiracy theories narratives.

I might argue that this used to be a wonderful country, but whatever.



A lose-lose no matter what?

If Roy Moore wins tonight (which I think he will), Trump loses.

And, if Roy Moore loses, Trump also loses.

That’s the price of deliberately shackling himself to such a nutcase.

UPDATE: Wow. Much as I hate to say it, I think congratulations — of a perverse sort, obviously — are in order for Roy Moore! He actually managed to lose to a Democrat in Alabama, which is quite an accomplishment.

While there’s probably a lesson in this for the Republicans (who could easily have won this race), I doubt they will learn it. I for one have been sick to death of being inundated with an unending stream of the man’s smarmy and sanctimonious fund-raising emails, which I have been humiliated to receive (and which damned near caused me to donate to his opponent).

Never have I been more glad to be a libertarian.

May the spirit of Andrew Breitbart help push Steve Bannon into a well-deserved grave.


The Humor Of Circuit Designers

Body Snatcher

It is a tad macabre. But perhaps it is the material he had to work with.


Moore fun?

From Reason:

I might find this funny if I didn’t think the man will be elected on Tuesday.

UPDATE: While few people know it, there is a libertarian alternative to Moore and Jones:

Republicans are frantically looking for a write-in candidate. They don’t need to bother. Libertarian Ron Bishop is already a write-in candidate, excluded from appearing by name on the ballot because of Alabama’s draconian ballot access laws. To retain ballot status, a party in Alabama must receive 20 percent of the vote in a statewide race. That results in an effective Republican/Democratic party duopoly. As a result, voters in Alabama are faced with two unpalatable choices and denied the alternative of a reasonable, sane, common-sense third choice unless they go to the trouble of writing it in themselves.

Writing Ron Bishop’s name on the ballot in Alabama is easy, but in order to do that people first need to know that he’s a Senate candidate who will represent them with fiscal sanity, social harmony, and peace.

On the issues, Bishop holds common-sense positions that are agreeable to Alabamians from across the political spectrum.

If I lived in Alabama, I would write in Ron Bishop.




The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away

If you try to be a good little citizen and comply with what the Law requires, you could find yourself royally screwed (pun intended unintentionally):

Honolulu residents who legally complied with requirements that they enter themselves in both registries have received threatening letters signed by officials including Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard. These letters read, in part:

“Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition. If you currently own or have any firearms, you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms, permit and ammunition to the Honolulu Police Department or otherwise transfer ownership.”

Federal law restricts the possession of firearms by anybody who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance,” and marijuana remains a controlled substance according to the folks in D.C. That’s enough of an excuse for Honolulu police officials to try to disarm locals who’ve done their best to abide by state gun and marijuana laws.

But it’s not just a Hawaii problem. As Jacob Sullum previously noted, “Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which includes Hawaii, upheld the ATF’s policy of banning gun sales to people who are known to have medical marijuana cards, even if they do not currently consume cannabis.” So putting your name on a medical marijuana registry anywhere has the potential to make it more difficult to legally buy a firearm.

It gets worse, although the conclusion is optimistic:

When officials set out to penalize people who try to abide by the rules, breaking the law may well be the safer choice.

It’s taken years of hard work for a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to create such a scenario in what was once a free country.

So what else is new?

(I only ask such a question because in theory I ought to be blogging about such things…)


Thanks to popular hysteria, a fringe loon will soon become a senator

Roy Moore is going to win the election, not in spite of alleged sex scandals, but because of them.

…the Democrats’ own sexual scandals have helped Moore. It’s not obvious they would. If the Democrats had condemned their own members promptly and forthrightly, when the evidence against them was compelling, then the party could stand on solid ground condemning Republicans. The cascade of scandals would highlight the seriousness of the problem and give Alabama voters a clear-cut opportunity to rebuke Moore’s alleged predatory behavior and, with it, the atrocious conduct of many others.

That’s not what Democratic congressional leaders did. Instead of standing on moral ground and condemning sexual misconduct, regardless of party, they dug a bunker to protect their own.

Color me unsurprised. Allegations of the man’s sexual misbehavior (which I consider largely irrelevant) have become the central, and only, only election issue — ensuring that there will be no serious discussion of the man’s atrociously bigoted views.

It’s such a blessing for the campaign that you’d almost think his campaign staffers dreamed it up themselves.

Moore, for his part, is blaming the accusations of sexual misconduct on the homos. Alabama voters will of course fall for the deception.

Hoping that he might rot in the hell he claims to believe in would be wishful thinking, just as it would be wishful thinking to see him having to actually debate and defend his position on the issues. Far from being an ordinary anti-gay bigot, the man actually believes “sodomy” is prohibited by the Declaration of Independence.

Too bad the people of Alabama will not understand that they’re electing an absolute loon.


I Have Been Busy

With nanoseconds and nanovolts and picoamps. And funny enough I’m doing chemistry. Potentiostat chemistry. In that regard the design shown here is excellent.

You can have a quick look at the schematic at this link.


“a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it”

That’s what Roy Moore thinks about consensual homosexual conduct.

Normally, the nutcase views of such a ridiculous person would not matter. The problem is that this loon is running for the United States Senate, and he might very well be elected.

I hardly ever blog anymore, but not long ago I raised myself out of the dead blogger grave to oppose his candidacy, and now I feel obliged to do so again.

If he had his way, this man would put me and many of my friends in prison.

And yet, if I look at his latest problem, I am faced with a moral and intellectual challenge.

Emotional though I am about such things, I would not do to him what he would do to me.

Hardly a ringing defense, but I can’t stand hypocrisy, and I remember defending Rush Limbaugh against a gigantic tidal wave wanting to imprison him for his alleged “oxy” crimes. Even though Limbaugh would imprison people for doing what he did, I considered that irrelevant at the time, just as I do now.

Can I do less for Roy Moore?

Lest anyone think this is an endorsement, it is precisely the opposite. No one could be more opposed to Moore than I am. It’s just that I cannot oppose his candidacy by endorsing or buying into his way of thinking, or buy into the wave of anti-sex hysteria dominating the news these days.

I would do anything to help defeat Moore, and I hope he is left out to dry. But I would no more condemn him for his decades-old alleged sexual activities than I would if he were accused of taking drugs.

Assuming such a thing is possible, I want the hypocritical son of a bitch to lose “legitimately.”

No wonder I loathe politics.


Donna Brazile – Conspiracy Theorist?

Donna Brazile Says She “Feared For Her Life” After Seth Rich Was Killed.


Bush Was In Dallas On 22 Nov. 1963

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A LOT of speculation and a few facts. One of the facts is that Bush was in Dallas on 22 Nov. 1963. So at least one fact in this video is confirmed.

BTW Stone was 11 on 22 Nov. 1963. How could he get that wrong?

Here is the photo of Bush that is mentioned in the video. I got that photo from here. There are other places to find it.



Communist Economic Theory

There is none.


Endocannabinoid Deficiency as a Cause of Alzheimer’s

A report has come out that Endocannabinoid Deficiency is likely a cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. In America we spend $200 billion a year on the disease. If cannabis can help, a LOT of people will be looking for a paycheck elsewhere. That is bad for business. In the short term.

A-beta, a substance suspected as a prime culprit in Alzheimer’s disease, may start impairing learning and memory long before plaques form in the brain.

A new study led by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine has implicated the blocking of endocannabinoids — signaling substances that are the brain’s internal versions of the psychoactive chemicals in marijuana and hashish — in the early pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

No wonder there is still so much opposition among some politicians to legalizing cannabis. It means fewer campaign donations from certain sources.


TSA – Cannabis Is Legal

Well, well. This is a surprise. Trays for your belongings at the Ontario airport say Cannabis is legal.