March 18, 2018

At the Shar-Pei Café...

Pottery Shar-Pei from circa 100 CE, China

... you can talk about whatever you want.

(And remember the Althouse Portal to Amazon.)

59 comments:

Ann Althouse said...

Pottery Shar-Pei from circa 100 CE, China
At the Indianapolis Museum of Art

MadisonMan said...

It's a dog-eat-dog (or man-steal-dog) world.

Today I found myself wondering: How is the Rare Clumber?

tcrosse said...

Faithfully waiting for the invention of the gramophone.

traditionalguy said...

Comfort statue.

madAsHell said...

Punting hounds!

In other news, the Aggies are kicking some Tarheel butt!!

buwaya said...

Our childhood church - Dad would take us here every Sunday -

Built 1603-ish.
We naughty kids would climb on the ancient Chinese lions - there are actually a few more around the churchyard.
Some of our ancestors are under the flagstones.
Now a UNESCO World heritage site apparently.

San Agustin

BTW, if you are ever in Manila (yes, I know, shithole, etc.), do look up Mr. Celdran (mentioned in link). He is a tour guide par excellence, a real showman, and a scholar. Nobody better for that 17th-century world of church and fortress.

Not shown or mentioned, to the left of the altar is a small chapel with the tomb of the conquistador Legaspi, and his lieutenants. The founders of the colony, this our little bit of Spain at the opposite end of the world. We would drop in on the old fellow.

EDH said...

Pottery Shar-Pei from circa 100 CE, China

Why do you hate Jesus?

...some have argued that as the etymology of the AD/BC notation has Christian roots, the notation should be replaced so that it doesn't have Christian roots, preferring instead to use BCE/CE notation. In some fields and in some areas of the world, this notation has gained currency, but it has not gained currency amongst the general population worldwide.

Hagar said...

"--- The South claimed the sovereignty of States, but claimed the right to coerce into their confederation such States as they wanted, that is, all the States where slavery existed. They did not seem to think this course inconsistent. The fact is, the Southern slave-owners believed that, in some way, the ownership of slaves conferred a sort of patent of nobility -- a right to govern independent of the interest or wishes of those who did not hold such property. They convinced themselves, first, of the divine origin of the institution and, next, that that particular institution was not safe in the hands of any body of legislators but themselves."
Personal memoirs of U.S Grant, Vol. I.

President Grant on whom he held most responsible for precipitating the Civil War.
In today's world, another Civil War is unlikely given the overwhelming force of our military, but one might substitute some other class designation for "slave-owners" and wonder if perhaps a secession of some states might still be possible.

Big Mike said...

Looks like the dog is wearing armor. Did this come from the tomb that held all the terracotta soldiers?

HT said...

Three out of four of my brackets legs have been kicked out. I should've bet on Duke.

This is just more evidence of the dreck-like quality of basketball these days. Shot clock, three point line, and player weight = ruining the sport.

Jupiter said...

Blogger Hagar said...
"--- The South claimed the sovereignty of States, but claimed the right to coerce into their confederation such States as they wanted, that is, all the States where slavery existed."

Hmmmm... I have read Grant's Memoirs several times, but I don't recall reading that. Does he offer any evidence that any State was coerced to join the Confederacy? I have never heard any such thing. In fact, as I recall, several slave States did *not* join the Confederacy, and were rewarded by Lincoln with being exempted from the Emancipation Proclamation. It would seem that if the American Civil War was indeed precipitated by those States that claimed the right to coerce other States, then it was precipitated by the northern States.

I am a little surprised, Grant is generally pretty clear-eyed, if occasionally somewhat less than perfectly candid.

Clyde said...

Just walk away, Shar-Pei,
You won't see me follow you back home...

The Cracker Emcee Classic said...

The BCE work-around is transparently ridiculous. Like an atheist celebrating Christmas.

Jim said...

I had to buy a Mozart toy for the cutest Grandbaby in the world. When he’s old enough, I’ll tell him I bought it through the Althouse Amazon portal.

tim in vermont said...

I went to buy a book through the Amazon portal, but it turned out it was available through a free trial of Kindle something or other. So I ended up spending bupkis. Just as well, as it turned out to have been more of a “brochure” than a, you know, “book,” the kind that contains knowledge. Took less than an hour to read but did suggest a couple of other books I could read if I really wanted to learn anything about the subject, so there was that!

Fabi said...

Not eaten as a puppy by a snapping turtle.

tim in vermont said...

If the “interaction” means leaking the information, then McCabe’s statement would seem to directly contradict statements Comey made in a May 2017 congressional hearing. Asked if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or whether he had “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation,” Comey replied “never” and “no.”. - The Hill

The Constitution doesn’t apply to Democrats when the Congress is controlled by Republicans. In case you are wondering what the trolls are thinking about the above story.

Ralph L said...

Does he offer any evidence that any State was coerced to join the Confederacy?

North Carolina more or less had to secede after Virginia did.

Hagar said...

Chapter XVI, page 150 in my edition.
The sentence says "they" claimed the right; not that "they" succeeded, and in fact Grant's early assignments in the war were to see to it that they didn't as far as Missouri and Kentucky were concerned, and parts of Illinois for that matter.
As far as any right to secede is concerned, I have seen that discussed recently I do not remember if it was by Grant, but the author's position was that if any such right existed, it would only be held by the original 13 states and not the others, which were established by acts of Congress in accordance with the guidelines agreed in the Constitution.

tim in vermont said...

Hillary Clinton provided an explanation for some recent comments she made that she understood ´upset or offended´ some Americans – statements that drew criticism from fellow Democrats and the Trump White House alike. ´I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group,´ she said in a Facebook post.

Yes, tell us the non-offensive version Hillary. The one that doesn’t disrespect “any individual or group.”

tim in vermont said...

I’m tell you, she was drunk. She looked half lit in those photos, which were definitely and improvement over earlier looks, but feeding her gin is only have the solution, the other half is to put a ball gag on her.

Hagar said...

Anyway, Grant was not stating a legal opinion, just his own estimation of the people who brought about that mess for such a cause.

And James Longstreet, when later asked what had brought about the war, said that if it was anything but slavery, no one had told him about it.

Hagar said...

And my point was not about the Civil War as such, but about the similarities in the language used and the attitudes expressed in the run-up to the war to what we hear and see today.

And come to think of it, the Soviet Union had an awesome army too, yet the USSR broke up from internal strife and a number of states seceded.
May not be done yet either; nobody likes the Great Russians, and if Putin manages to get tangled up in a war with Turkey, f. ex., he may well find some more defectors from the Russian Federation in his rear.

Charlie Eklund said...

If you want a friend in first century China, get a dog.


bolivar di griz said...

The title was begging to be used:

https://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/mccabe-mr-mueller/
Why is this incident

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/18/ex-russian-spy-may-have-been-poisoned-by-cars-ventilation-says-us-media

Looking like this:thefederalist.com/2018/02/08/robert-mueller-botching-investigations-since-anthrax-attacks

Danno said...

Maryland was a slave state but very divided about slavery. It remained in the Union, though there is some anecdotes about how the state's legislative vote was rigged to make it hard for the legislators from the Maryland eastern shore (a slave-holding area) to be in attendance.

Danno said...

s/b are

Big Mike said...

Okay, 100 CE is 300 years too late to be part of the Terracotta Army. But I still think he is meant to be depicted as armored.

Ralph L said...

Someone ran off with the gold plates.

mockturtle said...

In other news, the Aggies are kicking some Tarheel butt!!

Even better, the way Nevada came back! What a game!

mockturtle said...

BCE/CE is a phony construct.

Gahrie said...

How come B.C and A.D. aren't good enough anymore? Neither the Jews or the Muslims are changing their calendars.

Unknown said...

BCE/CE is a phony construct.

I agree BCE is a ridiculous PC-ism, but BC is no great shakes either. Both suffer from the fatal flaw of going backwards. I propose we do away with BC/BCE notation and adopt Long Count (LC) notation.

"1 BC" becomes "1000000000000 LC" and "1 AD" becomes "1000000000001 LC". For normal usage we just assume the leading trillion, and "2018 AD" is just referred to as "2018 LC". For former BC dates, we use "O LC" for "1 BC" and for everything else we just prefix a symbol and enough 9s that it's clear we what we are talking about, ie "2300 BC" is "!997700 LC" or something similar. Not perfect, but still better than Romans living their lives backward.

No, I'm not perfectly serious, but I'm not completely kidding. Our current system is bad.

Gahrie said...

Our current system is bad.

Why? Calendars are entirely arbitrary.

It's 5778 in the Jewish calendar.

It's 1439 in the Islamic calendar.

Our calendar accounts for the actual length of a day and a year. It provides a useful common reference point. I fail to see any weaknesses in the current calendar apart from a potential distaste for its religious origins. Are we going to change the names of the days of the week due to their religious origins?

Unknown said...

What? How did you get that out of what I said? I agree that BCE & CE are stupid PC-isms. I don't have any problem with 'AD' & 'BC' except that BC datest run backwards. I like our current calendar. The LC system keeps the current calendar, it just extends it backwards as well, so that people who lived in BC centuries don't have ridiculous life dates like Born 100 BC, Died 55 BC.

eddie willers said...

The LC system keeps the current calendar,

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

At least we got away from Nones and Ides.

Jon Ericson said...

"Arf! Arf! Arf! Arf! Arf!"
-- The Dog.

Original Mike said...

”´I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group,´ she said in a Facebook post.”

Good Lord. That can’t possibly be true. She can’t be that stupid. Now drunk; that would explain it.

becauseIdbefired said...

OK, because I'm "new" and not as creative/integrated into the Althouse blog, I quote Ann:

"You're questioning the whole reason for being of this blog and asking me why. Indeed, why? Why do any of this?"

I would love to see a survey for this. Only, how does one do a survey like this? It has to be multiple choice. There must be 10,000 reasons, maybe 10 of them conscious, and another 20 wrong.

Please, Ann, do put up a monkey survey. Or whatever survey tool you use.

becauseIdbefired said...

Or, I had another idea. How about a blog solely dedicated to "Why does Ann Blog"? No answer form the Blogstress in the comments, but a follow up blog on reflections.

Open it up to all reasons, since I suspect there are very, very many. Perhaps innumerable.

I follow Dr. Judith Curry, and I have a pretty good sense of the main reasons she blogs; in what I gather:

She is interested in breaking free from the journals.
She feels everyone has a perspective, and wants to activate the "citizen scientist/armature scientist."
She feels the journals have become too structured, perhaps brittle and unaccommodating.
She feels there is anti-free thought/anti-freedom of expression permeating her field of study.

I'm wondering if any others also admire Curry.

Note to the blogstress (your preferred will be honored: it's meant as respect):

I think the following sentence is a good use of a semi-colon:

I follow Dr. Judith Curry, and I have a pretty good sense of the main reasons she blogs; in what I gather:

Two colons doesn't work. A period is too much for where the semi colon reside (I want to save the semi-colon).

Original Mike said...

Hillary, Our Defender: “My first instinct was to defend Americans and explain how Donald Trump could have been elected.“

rhhardin said...

Just represent BC dates like an old adding machine does, with leading 9's.

Then earlier BC dates are smaller than later BC dates. The only problem is that BC dates are larger than AD dates.

(10's compliment)

tim in vermont said...

“My first instinct was to defend Americans and explain how Donald Trump could have been elected.“

Without, of course, examining any of the mistakes I made myself, even going so far as to write a long book called “What Happened: The Story of a Perfect Girl Who Never Did Anything Wrong, But Got Screwed Over By America Anyway!”

rhhardin said...

Trump is letting his frustrations boil over on Twitter over the weekend, according to the radio news.

Nothing about coolly setting the table.

Bob Boyd said...

"[She was trying to] explain how Donald Trump could have been elected.“

Hillary doesn't need to give an explanation. She is the explanation.

"I said that places doing better economically typically lean Democratic, and places where there is less optimism about the future lean Republican."

Didn't it used to be the other way around? What Happened Hillary?
Places that are in trouble have given up on expecting Democrats to help them. And why is that? Because the Democrats told them that the data indicates they don't matter anymore, then they vilified them. And Hillary just did it some more. Smartest woman ever.

Glen Filthie said...

No, I won't be using your Amazon portal, Miss A-House.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/amazon-deletes-reviews-conservative-authors-no-explanation/

tcrosse said...
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MountainMan said...

“I'm wondering if any others also admire Curry. “

Yes, I do. I went to Georgia Tech so I have known about her for some time. A few years ago, when one of my children was considering going there, I arranged a campus visit for her and the admissions office arranged for us to meet with Dr. Curry. I was very impressed with her. Despite her busy schedule she was very gracious and spent more time with us than I expected. I also check her blog from time to time and find her to be one of the few prominent voices in the climate change debate who has a degree of sanity. Just sorry she felt it was necessary to retire to be able to continue her work.

Unknown said...

Why will Blogger not allow me to post ?

tcrosse said...

It's the proverbial dog that didn't bark.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

tcrosse said...

It's the proverbial dog that didn't bark.

That would be The ancient Chinese proverbial dog that didn't bark.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

Confucius Dog says:

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Or smells it. A lot of things smell like pee, it's pretty nice.

The Germans have a word for this.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

Confucius Dog says:

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. I really like walkies.

The Germans have a word for this.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

Confucius Dog says:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Then I forget again. Time to look in the garbage.

The Germans have a word for this.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

Confucius Dog says:

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. But I don't really know what that means. I like my chew toy.

The Germans have a word for this.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

Confucius Dog says:

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. I will always like to chew on shoes.

The Germans have a word for this.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

Confucius Dog says:

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Sometimes I chase the cat next door.

The Germans have a word for this.

tcrosse said...

That's not armour. The dog has shingles.

Scott McGlasson said...

His name was Seymour. He was once intimate with the leg of a wandering saxophonist. He had wet dog smell, even when dry. And he was not above chasing the number 29 bus.