July 8, 2017

At the Belmarket Café...

trieste

... park your scooter and come in! Talk about whatever you like (and consider using The Althouse Amazon Portal)

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The Google grab is from Trieste, which has a fascinating history that I learned about only after looking at a map and saying "Trieste looks like it should be in Slovenia."

61 comments:

Michael K said...

In Paris all those scooters would be locked to posts in the sidewalk for that purpose.

Chuck said...

Professor Althouse I typically do my reading of the New Yorker about a week behind you. I rarely read it online as you do -- purely personal preference -- and my mailed copy usually comes on the Friday after you are reading the new issue on the preceding Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

In the July 4 issue, from which you had gotten a couple of things to blog, I found the longform story about the National Enquirer, its parent corporation A.M.I., and its CEO, David Pecker. By Jeffrey Toobin.

I routinely disagree with Toobin. But his story on Pecker and his relationship with Trump I found to be the most compelling thing he's written in a long time.

Since there was so much about Pecker's explicit support for Trump, and his views on Trump's base of support together with the National Enquirer audience, I thought you might blog it.

Here's the link:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/03/the-national-enquirers-fervor-for-trump

Fernandinande said...

Pic reminds me of Nice...and the obnoxious scooters with no mufflers because France has engine displacement limits based on the driver's age.

Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science(!)

"Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience"

Yancey Ward said...

The entirety of the eastern shore of the Adriatic has political oddities- that little strip that is Italy pales in comparison to how Croatia runs almost the entire length of the eastern shore except for one tiny little cutout to give Bosnia a little access to the sea.

tcrosse said...

The entirety of the eastern shore of the Adriatic has political oddities- that little strip that is Italy pales in comparison to how Croatia runs almost the entire length of the eastern shore except for one tiny little cutout to give Bosnia a little access to the sea.

The problem is that it's Balkanized.

rhhardin said...

Professor or Religion Paul Schmidt reports that you can tell true religious experience from a drug-induced one by no hangover.

Michael K said...

Chuck checks in with his insane anti-Trump comment early.

Rabel said...

Vini in Box la Delizia x 5 Litri 9.99 Euro.

Quite a deal.

tcrosse said...

Vini in Box la Delizia x 5 Litri 9.99 Euro.

Two Buck Chuck.

FullMoon said...

"Trump protester sentenced to four months for rioting. Breaking windows, throwing rocks and bottles at police."


Four months? Does that seem excessive?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/07/hes-violent-coward-anti-trump-protester-gets-jail-for-inauguration-day-riots.html

Paul Zrimsek said...

I've driven through Trieste. If those scooters were ever once ridden in accordance with a traffic law, it was purely by accident.

Yancey Ward said...

Chuck,

Maybe you can cite an article by Toobin you don't agree with.

Lance said...

I had a Honda XL250R when I was younger. Great bike. Very dependable, easy to fix. Not as strong as the 600 in the picture, but plenty of power for mountain trails. Had a blast on that bike.

Michael said...

James Joyce lived in Trieste for years. It is a place I would like to visit.

And Chuck, I know that Trieste has a T in it. Triggering.

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Michael said...

James Joyce lived in Trieste for years. It is a place I would like to visit.

And Chuck, I know that Trieste has a T in it. Triggering.


Pretty good, I like you're style.

Original Mike said...

"Another BTW, since Inga gave us the finger and departed, "unknown" has copied her style and taken up the slack."

I wondered what had happened to Inga. What was the issue? Frustration that she couldn't make us see the light?

Ann Althouse said...

@chuck I blooged that on June 30: http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/06/it-suddenly-hit-me-thats-what-people.html

Rance Fasoldt said...

I liked the comment someone made yesterday about "our Melania." It's great to have her as a First Lady. Our Melania indeed.

Yancey Ward said...

I like the verb "blooged".

Yancey Ward said...

Inga has several IDs on here, I think. She abandoned the "Inga" moniker for a quite a while before taking it up again. I assumed she abandoned it again and may be using another, but I haven't actually noticed any comments that fit her style in the last week.

tcrosse said...

I like the verb "blooged".

Be a blooge stooge.

Guildofcannonballs said...

The XL 200 (or XL whatever) is no scooter. You people scoot right past that distinction, what in Hell else are you missing?

On/off road dirt bikes aren't scooters and if I see one called so again I might just say fuck it and not point it out. How about that?

Now google video of the CR500 and get a clue/two.

clint said...

Wow. Fascinating history indeed.

It's always shocking to me how fluid national borders have been in Europe. It's hard to remember that the stability we enjoy here in the U.S. is an extreme anomaly in human history. We grew up with it, so it feels like the natural state of things. It's really not.

Gahrie said...

@chuck I blooged that on June 30: http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/06/it-suddenly-hit-me-thats-what-people.html

Chuck wrote a comment to that post in fact.

Humperdink said...

Yancey Ward said: "Inga has several IDs on here ............ but I haven't actually noticed any comments that fit her style in the last week."

Reminded me of one of my favorite movie lines: "Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes." (The Outlaw Josey Wales)

Darrell said...

The person that was using the Inga name WAS NOT the Original Inga--she admitted it several times. Said she was Unknown-99 and started calling herself Inga because all the other commenters were calling her that. Original Inga had previously commented as Alley Oop and Allie Oop, and switched to "Inga" when she claimed that someone here doxxed her.

Marc Puckett said...

Jonah Goldberg yesterday or so wrote about our society's loss of memory when it comes to anything beyond 2015 or whenever in the past. I asked everyone who came into work this morning if he or she knew what 'the Fulda Gap' refers to. None of the ten had any idea. None of my co-workers yesterday, nor any client (say, fifteen or twenty adults) who came into the office after about 2 pm yesterday. Am done with making a fool of myself with my ad hoc polling, but 'Trieste' brought this to mind again. Four people were not satisfied with my vague 'consideration during the Cold War' answer and briefly continued the conversation. There were at least six people who seemed to me not to know the term 'the Cold War'.

Mr. Majestyk said...

What ever happened to garage?

Darrell said...

What ever happened to garage?

He quit commenting to do a full-time search for secret routers (SECRET ROUTERS!) in the Walker Administration. Hillary's bathroom server farm was nothing worth noting, though.

WhoKnew said...

If you actually find Trieste interesting, there is a really good book out there called "Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere" by Jan Morris

https://www.amazon.com/Trieste-Meaning-Nowhere-Morris/dp/0571204430/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499546533&sr=8-2&keywords=trieste+and+the+meaning+of+nowhere

Chuck said...

Gahrie said...
@chuck I blooged that on June 30: http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/06/it-suddenly-hit-me-thats-what-people.html

Chuck wrote a comment to that post in fact.


It's true! My sincere and profound apologies to Althouse. When I commented, it was about the second half of that combined-topic post, where the MikaJoe vs. Trump controversy had taken over. Which is really too bad, because the first part of that topic, Toobin's New Yorker essay on Pecker, was really good and shouldn't have been overlooked. As I say, I often just wait to catch up on Althouse's New Yorker posts because I get the magazine about a week after she does, and sometimes I end up reading them more than a week later.

Althouse's blog post was about the old history of the Enquirer, which is a small but interesting part of the Toobin essay. More of the essay that I read in the New Yorker this morning was about the cozy self-dealing by David Pecker, and his open alliance with Donald Trump.

After reading it, I simply thought it was the kind of thing she'd blog; and about that I was obviously, and even embarrassingly, correct. She did blog it! And I forgot about it, having been caught up in the feverish midst of the MikaJoe story.

Again, I commend the full Toobin essay which is now online and not paywalled for New Yorker subscribers.

By the way; as for my more usual disagreement with Toobin...

It is far more often than not that I'd disagree with him. I don't even know where to begin in a laundry list of where I disagree with him. It'd be easier to try to figure out where I agree with him; and that would be on some (but not all) matters personal to Trump. He's a clever writer, it takes equal care to intelligently and accurately criticize him. But if anyone wanted to get specific about Toobin, I'd be up for it.


traditionalguy said...

Death in Venice could as easily have been death in Trieste at the hands of the Venetians. Trieste was coveted by all the surrounding strong men armed. In Georgia we talk about having 6 flags over Georgia, but Trieste had every known flag over it for a few days or years.

DaTrump is headed home from the G-19 Globalists preparing the mother of all Trade deals with Great Britain's woman leader having stiffed the German Continent's woman leader.

So look for more Tweets exposing Podesta and Obama for selling the USA and its allies out to every known Marxist Conspiracy.

tcrosse said...

How do you carry your 5 liters of box wine home on one of those scooters ? Or do you drink it there ?

Michael K said...

Trieste and Danzig were both ports coveted by neighbor countries.

Both are on borders and have changed hands.

Clyde said...

Just used the Google map and went down the Italian peninsula and started walking through the ruins of Pompeii in the street view. Fascinating!

David Baker said...

(The lady on the train with the iMac, I'm pretty sure it was Kate Winslet.)

Mr. Majestyk said...

Searching for secret routers? Good. I feared he might have drowned swimming a river of piss.

Rabel said...

Stay at the Hotel Alabarda directly across the street and you don't have to carry the box very far. It's a basic place but has a good breakfast. Lot of pretty girls out on the street, which is always a plus.

David Baker said...

Meanwhile, it's kind of a Woody-Allen night here in South Florida; the local PBS station is showing The Thin Man (1934) at 9:00pm - with Dick Powell, Myrna Loy, and a dog named "Asta."

(anything to get away from Kate Winslet)

Marc Puckett said...

Here in Eugene, it is the sort of night when 'heav'nly sounds we hear! how sweet they steal upon our ears, and charm our souls to rest'... Handel's Hercules at the Oregon Bach Festival, in other words.

Laslo Spatula said...

Chuck said
:
"He's a clever writer, it takes equal care to intelligently and accurately criticize him. But if anyone wanted to get specific about Toobin, I'd be up for it."

I have no intentions of being either intelligent or accurate.

But I just finished the Patty Hearst book Toobin wrote. Very good book, and highly recommend it.

I think I was expecting a veneer of modern politics to be liberally applied to the Seventies, but was happy to be wrong (save for a few obligatory jabs at Governor Reagan).

Captures a strange time and strange people, rich and poor.

Doesn't let Patty get away with her Revisionist History as a SLA SJW: yes, a woman WAS murdered in a bank robbery Hearst participated in. Not quite incidentally, I think there are still a few crimes she wasn't pardoned for (or plea-bargained out of) -- I wouldn't mind seeing her go back to prison for, say, twenty years.

I am Laslo.

Michael K said...

Patty was a spoiled rich kid who lived with her boyfriend.

Give her a break. Most of them are rioting in Hamburg,

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Drago said...

HWMNBN: "..cozy self-dealing by David Pecker, and his open alliance with Donald Trump."

"cozy self-dealing"! "open alliances"!

In that backwater New York City no less!

Scandalous.

Luke Lea said...

Best entrant in the CNN meme war yet: https://goo.gl/amvZDV

Michael K said...

"started walking through the ruins of Pompeii in the street view. Fascinating!"

It is very impressive although many of the artifacts are in Naples.

I have a book on the Vesuvius eruption and I read Pliny the Elder's account as a teenager.

Most of the residents had left. Those found in the ash are skeptics, servants and the like.

rcocean said...

"Trump’s invocation of “the West” is discontinuous with his recent predecessors:"

Just read this at National Review. "discontinuous" is that even a fucking word?

And even if it is, God, what terrible English.

Can you imagine Buckley writing crap like that?

Ralph L said...

'Round here, scooters are known as DUIcycles.
Because that's all you can legally drive for a year.

Pliny the Elder's account

It went up in flames with Pliny.
You meant the Younger.

Josephbleau said...

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent (of Europe).” The end point of the Iron Curtain.

Josephbleau said...

rcocean said...
"Trump’s invocation of “the West” is discontinuous with his recent predecessors:"

Just read this at National Review. "discontinuous" is that even a fucking word?


If you are a mathematician above the 7th grade level discontinuous functions are the basis for many proofs. You don't know much about advanced thought.

Unknown said...

>Best entrant in the CNN meme war yet: https://goo.gl/amvZDV

That is classic!

Of course, Chuck Jones was a Democrat...

Ralph L said...

You don't know much about advanced thought.
I believe she's a girl. Math is hard/barbie

David Baker said...

Reporting back on The Thin Man, the highlight for me was the appearance of character actor Porter Hall - who later played the villain in Miracle On 34th Street. Always nice to see these typecast, "nameless" actors getting work. And according to Wiki, Hall stayed busy for more than 25 years. His credits also include Double Indemnity, Going My Way, and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

Meanwhile, The Thin Man itself was a bit disappointing, not quite film noir, not quite slapstick, not quite a murder mystery. More like a parade of characters appearing and reappearing to deliver one-liners while sipping cocktails, or pointing a gun. A depression-era farce, really. And the acting was pretty awful, although Myrna Loy showed remarkable athleticism in her physical jesters.

Anyway, maybe it played better in 1934, inside a thousand theaters when there was absolutely no other place to go.

David Baker said...

..."jesters" vs. "gestures" - it works either way. Although I was thinking "gestures" when I wrote "jesters" - as in comedic flailing.

Unknown said...

If you want classic movie Hammet, go for "The Maltese Falcon". I recall the book version of TTM as being rather slight as well while the book of TMF was a classic, and others like _Red Harvest_ & _The Dain Curse_ were classic (and seminal) hardboilers as well.

BudBrown said...

free tanya

Fred Drinkwater said...

Hammet's great. The lawyer is almost always the bad guy.

Quaestor said...

Best entrant in the CNN meme war yet: https://goo.gl/amvZDV

That calls for an ancient and mostly abused internet abbreviation: ROFLMAO!

Carpe Donktum deserves an Oscar.

Ann Althouse said...

I blogged the Toobin article the way I did because I found that part interesting. A giant nothingburger was made over the Trump / Pecker relationship. Why so many words? I kept waiting for something that would be as ominous as the photograph.

The New Yorker didn't put that article in the audio edition, btw. They knew it wasn't one of the better pieces.

Curious George said...

"Mr. Majestyk said...
What ever happened to garage?"

He's popped into a few cafe posts to show his bird photos, which are quite remarkable. Other than that, I hink he mentioned he was tired of it all, or maybe that was just my impression.