April 23, 2017

At the Tulip Café...

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... it's a place to talk about the subjects that haven't been offered up for conversation so far here at Althouse, a blog you can help support by using The Althouse Amazon Portal. (But don't buy a leaf blower! All you need is a broom. And a rake.)

37 comments:

traditionalguy said...

A clean sweep of blogging.

buwaya said...

Interesting Korean movie on Netflix "Northern Limit Line".
About the patrol-boat naval battle of 2002 with the North Koreans. Rather over-the-top sometimes, but extremely well done piece on the unusual sort of modern naval warfare at close range.

EDH said...

In an epic battle of the affluent suburbs, I hear Lexington will actually change the musket atop the Minute Man statute to leaf blower.

The leaf blower heard 'round the world!

exiledonmainstreet said...

And definitely, guys, do not add insult to injury by wearing shorts when you use your leaf blower.

AReasonableMan said...

Fox News bosses 'made black employees hold arm wrestling matches against white colleagues for entertainment'

Fernandinande said...

Here is a "42-cycle" engine.

Here is 109,000 HP two-stroke engine

William said...

How rich do you have to be in order to fly first class? .... I don't think I would ever be rich enough to pay a few thousand extra to spare myself a few hours discomfort...... I paid for sleepers on long distance trains. It's pleasant to lay in bed and watch the miles go by and you save money on the hotel. .... Some luxuries are worth the money. Fresh ground coffee tastes better than Maxwell House, but a Casio watch tells the same time as a Rolex...... My instinct is to be thrifty. I'd don't know if this instinct has caused me to miss some of the savour of life or whether it has enabled me to retire early. Alternatives exclude. We really need to develop some kind of computer simulation where you can live more than one life. This life has been mildly ok, but I'd like to try a few different approaches.

Fernandinande said...

AReasonableMan said...
Fox News bosses 'made black employees hold arm wrestling matches against white colleagues for entertainment'


Sounds fake. "Next week, according to sources, seven black Fox News employees plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues."

Here's that lawsuit.

It doesn't mention arm wrestling. The only mention of "fight" is: "Slater also forwarded Ms. Brown a YouTube video of a black woman arguing with a white woman where the black woman punches the white woman and a physical fight ensues. Slater captioned the video, “Central Islip peeps?”"

Jack Wayne said...

It appears that the French feel safer with a Communist than with a "far right" President.

walter said...

www.leafblowernoise.com
Everything you need to know about leaf blower noise and other issues.

David Baker said...
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David Baker said...

Why was the infamous 2001 anthrax case never solved? And how did the perpetrator pull it off without killing himself? After all, the spores measured as small as one micron (0.000039 of an inch), small enough to fall through an envelope like flour through a sieve. Obviously, handling, carrying, and placing those envelopes for mailing required advanced knowledge and care.

Yet, was the case actually solved, and the perpetrator - a known and highly respected expert regarding the "Ames" strain of anthrax which was used in the attack - quietly eliminated -based on the nebulous doctrine of Greater Good?

I worked independently on the case, a fragment starting here:

The following forensic handwriting analysis concerns the anthrax-laced letters sent to Senator Daschle, Tom Brokaw (NBC), and to the Editor of the New York Post.

First, all the specimens (computer images obtained at "FBI.gov") appear to have been sent as copies, that is, they did not contain original handwriting. The envelopes, for instance, are of the type purchased from the post office pre-stamped, and likely run through a copier in order to transfer the address from the (disguised) handwritten originals.

Although the writer(s) attempted to depart from their normal writing styles, such as using block letters and forcing a downward baseline slant, certain personality characteristics were not overcome.

The Daschle letter and envelope appear to have been written by one individual versed and comfortable in the written (and spoken) form of the English language - he (or she?) likely to be an American (and/or schooled in an English-speaking country).

Evidence suggests that the (Daschle) writer is rigid, controlled, meticulous, and possesses an intrinsic comprehension of advanced scientific concepts. He's committed and has a long emotional memory. There is no room for middle ground in this writer's mind, that is, he's an all-black, or all-white thinker when it comes to what he believes...

The writing specimens not only demonstrate scientific ability, but also substantial talent, and a person who's not likely to hide out in a remote shack as currently claimed by the FBI. He's living in a well populated area, and is likely employed in the chemical industry or teaching at the college or university level. In addition, the letters were mailed from the Trenton (NJ) area, a region surrounded by chemical and research facilities, refineries, and academic institutions - not a coincidental fact. (End fragment)

jimbino said...

How do you get leaves out of your flower bed with a broom and a rake? Or out of your car?

Michael K said...

"the spores measured as small as one micron (0.000039 of an inch), small enough to fall through an envelope like flour through a sieve."

The case at National Enquirer was in the mail room, I believe. Not from opening envelopes.

The case was said to be solved but some information has never been revealed.

walter said...

If true, that Doc in the United case seems to have had a bizarre past...
United-doctor-poker-champ and otherwise poker

Rusty said...

Blogger AReasonableMan said...
"Fox News bosses 'made black employees hold arm wrestling matches against white colleagues for entertainment'"

Still not as bad as what you lot make people do to get their welfare cards refilled.

AReasonableMan said...

Rusty said...
you lot


Us moderates?

David Baker said...

Michael K said... "The case at National Enquirer was in the mail room, I believe. Not from opening envelopes." Not sure what you're saying here.

"The case was said to be solved but some information has never been revealed."

The case against Hatfill, and later Ivins, were diversions, IMO.

Based on my work and research at the time, I believed the #1 suspect was Harvard's Loeb Professor of Chemistry, Don C. Wiley. He was the foremost expert on the Ames strain, and had the special facilities to mill (weaponize) the spores.

But unfortunately, Professor Wiley fell, jumped, or was subsequently thrown off the Desoto Bridge in Memphis, and fished out of the Mississippi River 300 miles downstream a month later.

At the time, the Memphis medical examiner claimed that Wiley had been the victim of "bridge bounce" after leaving his car for some unknown reason. Realizing the absurdity of his initial claim, the ME then chose "suicide," which was immediately and vehemently disputed by Wiley’s family.

Meanwhile, even before Wiley's body was found, his wife and young children departed for Iceland, her native country.

Meanwhile, Harvard claimed they had no anthrax strains on campus. That is, until a lab worker leaked facts to the contrary. Not only were anthrax "research" samples stored on campus, they were of the "Ames" strain.

Wiley also sat on the advisory board of a pharmaceutical company just across the New Jersey state line in Pennsylvania. Which, when traveling by car, would have taken him right by the Trenton area mail drops.

You mention, by coincidence, the National Enquirer. They, along with others, wanted to publish my forensic findings, but not verbatim - so I declined.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Fernandineande, your truck is on backwards.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Meanwhile, at the Caterpillar leaf blower factory,
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/412994228300373299/

Michael K said...

" They, along with others, wanted to publish my forensic findings, but not verbatim - so I declined."

Interesting. I never thought Hatfill was the one but did not hear about the other fellow.

Any thoughts on motive ?
Hatfill was supposed to be disgruntled about something. I've forgotten what.

buwaya said...

Interesting re Wiley and anthrax.
That whole business is very suspicious.
Any idea as to possible motives?

walter said...

Yeah..seems to be a lot of that there "bridge bounce" at the Golden Gate..so much they fitted a net to it.

David Baker said...

@Michael K

@buwaya

Motive: On the surface Professor Wiley - highly accomplished and successful - seemed a very unlikely suspect, that is, until the government (and Harvard) went into opposition overdrive. They couldn't bury the good professor fast enough.

In my business, you go where the evidence - the handwriting samples - leads you. And the evidence led straight to Professor Wiley.

I do have one theory, however; blackmail. Perhaps there was a mistress or other liaison involved. This theory is bolstered by his wife's subsequent reaction, that is, her returning to her native country of Iceland even before her husband's body was (supposedly) "found."
As in, not placed.

Meanwhile, the cases against Hatfill and Ivins were patently absurd, out and out character assassinations.

That left only Wiley. DOA





Michael K said...

Blackmail by who ?

buwaya said...

And then there is the question of murder or suicide.

A "clean" liquidation by some unnamed agency for the sake of convenience?

David Baker said...

...I should add the fact that the FBI closed to case before determining the perpetrator(s). Which brings me to the forensic evidence indicating there was not one, but two writers. Potentially the classic Jekyll & Hyde situation.

But don't miss the point; the FBI had the confidence to shut down their investigation despite the fact they had essentially proved nothing. While pointing the finger at Ivins, apparently via some variation of the dart board method, Wiley was good and dead.

To me, that confirmed the Wiley connection.

David said...

"All you need is a broom. And a rake." I was hoping for the "rake" link to lead to a photo of Meade, but no.

David Baker said...

"And then there is the question of murder or suicide.",

Given the method used (jumping from the Desoto Bridge), suicide seems unlikely. Unless you're Mark Spitz, got a good running start and leapt from a trampoline in order to clear the catwalks below.

I suspect he never hit the river. He may have drowned, but not intentionally, and a month later was hung out to dry 300 miles downstream. Besides, would a "chemist" chance jumping from a bridge not knowing if he would live or die? Not likely.

Still, the overriding fact is that Wiley was virtually the only anthrax expert with the knowledge and facilities to commit or enable such a crime.

buwaya said...

The implications of the "resolution" of this matter, if it was Wiley, are disturbing. No one but one of the intelligence or security agencies would have been in a position to carry out such a clean murder.
Or cover it up so effectively.
Which leads to further speculation. Why?
If he had been the anthrax-terrorist, what would have been the problem with simply prosecuting him?

David Baker said...

"If he had been the anthrax-terrorist, what would have been the problem with simply prosecuting him?"

At this point we must assume the government was involved from the outset. And a prosecution meant discovery.

The only other explanation that makes any sense at all, was to protect Harvard. Particularly after the fact (suicide).

In any case, they were confident enough to shut down the investigation - confident there would be no further anthrax attacks, domestic or foreign. Even though they couldn't get a grand jury to indict anyone. And I'm talking about the same grand jury that would indict a ham sandwich.

buwaya said...

Thats what I mean by disturbing.
The government involved from the beginning - in what way involved? This would have been a political scandal to end political scandals.

Michael K said...

Sounds like a very odd story.

Saint Croix said...

I had a golden retriever who was the sweetest dog on the planet

but man oh man

he really hated leaf blowers

Michael K said...

"he really hated leaf blowers"

My bassett hound, Winston, hated the gardeners and they would tease him by waving leaf blowers just outside his dog door.

Freeman Hunt said...

Unthinkable in American politics.

(Of course it's from the Daily Mail. Who else?)

Bricap said...

Any Northern Lights visible tonight?