June 28, 2019

At the Bright Purple Café...

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... you can talk all you like about whatever you want.

72 comments:

chickelit said...

no purpleness tag?

traditionalguy said...

Very seductive color on those flowers. Who is the artist?

Guildofcannonballs said...

America could be made Everything, but when Althouse had power she mucked it up.

Way way less than Thommy Thompson.

BUt unlike Paul RYan, nobody yearns for death like they do Paul Ryan's legislatin'.

chickelit said...

I was hoping you'd tag it with purpleness because that tag links back to some excellent comments by Palladian, IIRC.

D. said...

The girls won the kick ball game today. Oh joy.

Ann Althouse said...

Okay, I added that tag.

Tommy Duncan said...

PACIFIC SEA LEVELS RISING VERY SLOWLY AND NOT ACCELERATING

Albert Parker -- Independent Scientist, Bundoora Australia
Clifford Ollier -- School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

"Abstract: Over the past decades, detailed surveys of the Pacific Ocean atoll islands show no sign of drowning because
of accelerated sea-level rise. Data reveal that no atoll lost land area, 88.6% of islands were either stable or increased in
area, and only 11.4% of islands contracted. The Pacific Atolls are not being inundated because the sea level is rising
much less than was thought. The average relative rate of rise and acceleration of the 29 long-term-trend (LTT) tide
gauges of Japan, Oceania and West Coast of North America, are both negative, −0.02139 mm yr−1 and −0.00007 mm yr−2
respectively. Since the start of the 1900s, the sea levels of the Pacific Ocean have been remarkably stable."

chickelit said...

Thank you, Althouse. The Palladian comment is in this post. You even front-paged it.

Ann Althouse said...

The old purpleness posts mark a very important phase in the Meade + Althouse story.

chickelit said...

I even riffed on Palladian's comment in my own blogpost. It's chemical though: link

Harold said...
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chickelit said...

Tommy Duncan said...PACIFIC SEA LEVELS RISING VERY SLOWLY AND NOT ACCELERATING

Didn't you get the memo? Sea level rise is being masked by tectonic subduction of water.

wildswan said...

It's pretty amazing that the illegals got $4.5 billion

while Native Americans only got $2.4 billion

while homeless Americans got sh*t

chickelit said...

Sea level rise is being masked by tectonic subduction of water.

And one day all that subducted H2O is gonna heat up and 'splode!! What are we gonna do about it?

chickelit said...

@wildswan: Native Americans and the homeless (the not so much because they are a growing cohort) don't count as much because they won't lead to a "permanent majority." Imagine how much grief and money we could save if we didn't need elections and two party rancor. cf. California

Narayanan said...

Blogger chickelit said...
Tommy Duncan said...PACIFIC SEA LEVELS RISING VERY SLOWLY AND NOT ACCELERATING

Didn't you get the memo? Sea level rise is being masked by tectonic subduction of water.

Thanks. Did not know Musk's Boring Company also does submarine tunnel.

narciso said...

This will not end well, like feeding gremlins
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/06/28/democratic-debate-2019-republicans-urge-giving-marianne-williamson/1598726001/?fbclid=IwAR2SjxqI2YRh2l1TRykxQfcN8bBrvf2LGMVgFFJ-C8Xd8GfzyWncikQ4wuc

gilbar said...

thanx for the info about purple dye! I had known (kinda) about the expensive stuff, but didn't realize that there was NO cheap purples until coal tar; etc.

What a horrible world it would be without chemistry! And Coal Tar!

Birkel said...

So Mueller is going to testify.
Not everybody gets to ask questions.
And no transcript.

That seems legit.
/sarc

Bay Area Guy said...

Did Kammy administer a death blow to Biden? I didn't think so at the time, because I thought the entire episode was a joke, and that Kammy was being a racial demogogue.

But the post debate analysis is not good for Biden. We shall see.

Limited Perspective said...

The color made me think about the weddings I went to over the years where purple was the theme. I tried to remember how many of those marriages made it through the ups and downs of life.

Thinking of weddings, the Anglican Prayer Book service for weddings is about as good as you can get in the English Language to consecrate a lifelong commitment (it beats swearing to the Constitution "so help me...ME). Shakespeare, the King James Bible, the Anglican Prayer Book are about the best you can get in the English Language if to take some vow.

If you have had no sense of Christian God, I'm guessing Hitchens, Hume, and Neil deGrasse Tyson sound something like Shakespeare.

JackWayne said...

But there are good gremlins. And Marianne is kind of a drone. For Love.

chickelit said...

@gilbar: Robert Frost wrote that gold was Nature's hardest hue to hold, but really it's red because red things absorb high energy violet and UV photons. Red dyes die faster.

chickelit said...

Ann Althouse said...The old purpleness posts mark a very important phase in the Meade + Althouse story.

Meade was wearing his green jeans in the comments back then.

RK said...

I've been into watching the women's World Cup. To me, the two sexiest players have been the goal tenders from France and Chile. It's funny though because I usually don't go for the tall, Amazonian type.

Narayanan said...

@RK ... You should discuss with Aral!!

In the novel Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, Count Vortala asks Aral Vorkosigan whether Captain Cordelia Naismith is his "Betan Penthesileia

Unknown said...

In the novel Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, Count Vortala asks Aral Vorkosigan whether Captain Cordelia Naismith is his "Betan Penthesileia

Cordelia: He *was* bisexual. Now he's monogamous!

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Anyone in touch with Palladian? I miss his contributions. I hope he’s well. I looked at his artwork when it was for sale and had selected a piece to buy, but something interrupted me and I didn’t complete the purchase. I wish I could find it again.

stever said...

I too miss Palladian. Good commenter.

Lawrence Person said...

Enjoy a complimentary Friday LinkSwarm.

wwww said...

"Did Kammy administer a death blow to Biden? I didn't think so at the time, because I thought the entire episode was a joke, and that Kammy was being a racial demogogue."

Josh Barro: My take on the debate, which I elaborate on @LRCkcrw today, is Biden did pretty well. He has the easiest task, not because he’s the front runner, but because his message is so simple: “Did you like Obama? I’ll do more of that.” All Biden has to do is play the hits and he did. Harris did well too but everyone but Biden not only has to make the case for themselves but a Why Not Biden case. And if the Stan Greenberg research is indicative, both Biden and Harris made a positive impression in that exchange. Ties go to the leader.

Me: But he's a weak front runner only at 30% so who knows? Honestly I didn't watch the debate. The election is a long time from now. Why can't it be a 6 week election this is crazy.

Elizabeth Bruenig: the baby i'm pregnant with right now will be walking and able to say some words by the time we actually have the democratic national convention

In other news our teenage babysitter loves the A&W meatless burger. I was skeptical but tried it and it is good. High iron content too.

Fen said...

Good points re "Obama II" and the burden to prove "Why Not Biden"

walter said...

"Elizabeth Bruenig: the baby i'm pregnant with right now will be walking and able to say some words by the time we actually have the democratic national convention"
For Dems, old enough to give them the vote with proper supervision.

Yancey Ward said...

"Did Kammy administer a death blow to Biden? I didn't think so at the time, because I thought the entire episode was a joke, and that Kammy was being a racial demogogue."

The media is doing exactly what I predicted prior to the debate- they don't want Biden, and it doesn't matter if he was Obama's VP. They want a female, a black female, or a homosexual- in that order. A white male is at the bottom of the media wish list. So Warren was declared the winner Wednesday, and Harris was declared the winner last night. Now, I thought Warren did a poor job after the first 1/2 hour and I thought Booker was the best of that group by a pretty wide margin. Harris probably did win last night in my judgment, and I didn't think Biden did anything memorable and good until he was attacked.

I had put Harris at the top months ago, but had started to doubt that judgment since about late April, but I now think I was right all along- she is going to win the Dem nomination.

walter said...

I guess I might have to watch this BS at some point.
Audio clips seem like a bleating Harris vs only semi-hapless Biden.

Yancey Ward said...

They were all bleating, Harris just bleated better.

walter said...

But lets remember Harris was of the the "have a conversation" re felons voting.

Yancey Ward said...

You want to know how bad they want Harris- watch how the big papers and news networks cover the story about Harris likely lying about being a bused student. Only being covered by the right-wing media, no one else so far.

walter said...

Oh..that would be rich.

narciso said...

Why not,
https://nypost.com/2019/06/28/a-progressive-push-to-turn-teen-girls-into-hookers/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site+buttons&utm_campaign=site+buttons&fbclid=IwAR1Iw0zcOuHOehnpT3rvIl0TwtyX_SvipNLcbwdg-1It0uof9dWj7WRvDMI

Unknown said...

They were all bleating, Harris just bleated better.

It's a better bleater blather battle!

StephenFearby said...

Gizmodo
The 'Surveillance Scores' Companies Use to Rip You Off Might Be Totally Illegal


"In a 38-page petition filed Tuesday, the Consumer Education Foundation, a California nonprofit with close ties to the group Consumer Watchdog, asked the FTC to explore whether the use of surveillance scores constitute “unfair or deceptive practices” under the Federal Trade Commission Act."

"...The petition cites a study conducted by researchers at Northeastern University in 2014 examining the pricing practices of online stores. The study found that consumers faced higher prices on a number of sites compared to those offered an automated browser with no personal history.

The same researchers subsequently released a Chrome extension enabling users to perform searches across five online stores to learn if they were being charged a different price based on their personal data. The Consumer Education Foundation writes that it recently used the tool to conduct its own research. In several instances, the browser with no links to a real person was offered products at prices cheaper than those of its researchers.

The difference in price for a toilet-paper-roll holder on Walmart’s website was more than $10. A box of ballpoint pens: $9.69 when Walmart had access to the customers’ personal data; $4.15 when it didn’t. Walmart did not respond to a request for comment...."

https://gizmodo.com/the-surveillance-scores-companies-use-to-rip-you-off-mi-1835812385


Possible solution:

Can DuckDuckGo Become the Anti-Google? (marketplace.org) 163
Posted by EditorDavid on Saturday September 29, 2018 @03:34PM from the I'm-feeling-lucky dept.

'"Recently, a privacy-oriented search engine called DuckDuckGo raised $10 million from a Canadian pension fund," reports Marketplace.org, saying the privacy-focused search engine is "trying to establish itself as the anti-Google." An anonymous reader quotes their report:

"So it's like Google, except when you search on it, you're completely anonymous," said Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of the company. The searches are encrypted. The site knows where you are, but only while you're searching, and it doesn't store your personal information. "We serve you the search results and we throw away your personal information...so your IP address and things like that. And we don't actually store any cookies by default. And so when you search on DuckDuckGo, it's like every time you're a new user and we know nothing about you..." Weinberg said about a quarter of Americans have taken some action to protect their privacy, and DuckDuckGo searches have been growing about 50 percent a year.

"We are proud to have a profitable business model that doesn't rely on collecting personal data," the company tweeted in June, and this week they also shared a quote from a Harvard Business Review article that asked "How far can the surveillance economy go?"'

https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/09/29/1756221/can-duckduckgo-become-the-anti-google

narciso said...

Crazy right:

https://mobile.twitter.com/shipwreckedcrew

narciso said...

Well then:
https://reason.com/2019/06/27/u-s-asylum-officers-are-asking-a-federal-court-to-overturn-trumps-remain-in-mexico-asylum-policy/?fbclid=IwAR3ISfsIcStmDXBej7_in6L3byzIbETl80Nd_QN6jzHjIryfAULpWy0hDQs

walter said...

It's so fortunate Inga bowed out of nursing before her Dem idols impose Medicaid level reimbursements on providers.
That Tosa real estate ain't cheap.

Ralph L said...

Tyrian Purple: It requires harvesting and killing 10,000 of these gastropods to produce one gram of the dye

As with garum and other bizarre ancient concoctions, it makes you wonder how it was discovered.

narciso said...

I guess they were in a quarry by the sea.

Narayanan said...

Unknown said...
In the novel Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, Count Vortala asks Aral Vorkosigan whether Captain Cordelia Naismith is his "Betan Penthesileia

Cordelia: He *was* bisexual. Now he's monogamous

Cordelia says that to Vordarian ... He loses his head to her Executioner later on

I wish we still can put heads on display.
Educational. Very. Convincing. Hi

stevew said...

That sound you hear is not thunder, it is the Left after reading this headline in the NYT:

"Trump and Putin Share Joke About Election Meddling, Sparking New Furor"

Humperdink said...

When Trump was asked in Putin's presence to tell Vlad not meddle in our elections, Trump should have leaned over and said: "Vlad, I'll have more flexibility after the election".

rehajm said...

Yah there’s a paywall but Peggy Noonans take on the debates is interesting. I don’t know if she’s right since I didn’t watch, she may be catching up from 2016 but she certainly has...evolved, lets say. Like she’s starting to get it.

Tank said...

My Fishing Club has its kids Fishing Tournament today. I'll be assisting the little ones with putting on worms, taking fishies off hooks, getting the fishies weighed, etc.

Sunny day.

Hope they catch 115 fish like last year.

Should be fun.

Michael K said...

I had put Harris at the top months ago, but had started to doubt that judgment since about late April, but I now think I was right all along- she is going to win the Dem nomination.

I agree and I agree the media is hiding the ball on her weaknesses.

Fernandistein said...

Those flowers have a compressed gamut.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Althouse: "But if you see reading and writing (or reading and analyzing) as separate axes...."

You need three axes: reading, writing, analyzing/comprehending.

Chuck said...

How dumb is Trump? Almost unimaginably, indescribably dumb it turns out.

Asked by Peter Baker of the New York Times about comments made by Putin that “western liberalism was obsolete,” Trump answered by talking about Democrats in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

I am not making this up. You can’t make this shit up:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4805210/trump-western-liberalism

chickelit said...

Come on, Chuck, the term "liberal" lost its classical meaning long ago. That's why people who mean "classicl liberal" always preface there remarks with something like "I mean liberal in the classical sense."

Try harder, Chuck.

Chuck said...

chickelit: That is why you have to watch that CSPAN video. Peter Baker set it up. He referenced Putin's comments. And Putin's comments had nothing to do with California Democrats. Putin doesn't give a rip about California Democrats. "Western liberalism" is all it takes, for someone of the most basic (and I mean a decent prep school even without any college or other training in political philosophy or international relations) education to understand the usage of the term. And since when did we in the U.S. start dividing up liberal democrats into east and west?

You Trump apologists cannot squirm out of this one. The guy is an idiot. This is crazy, it is so funny.

Clyde said...

narciso said...
This will not end well, like feeding gremlins


Agreed. Let's not put Lenin on the train to Moscow!

Fen said...

Chuck: "I am afraid you are mistaking me for someone who has an interest in fair treatment of Donald Trump. I'm not your guy. I am interested in smearing him, hurting him and prejudicing people against him."

Consider the source.


(every thread, every comment, Chuck)

Big Mike said...

Those of you who are fans of Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga and think that Aral ever became totally straight will be upset to read Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. But Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is worth a read, and Tej Arqua will vouch for his heterosexuality.

Chuck said...

You got a problem with the CSPAN video, Fen? All that anybody needs to do is watch Trump, in his own words.

"Western liberalism." LMFAO.

chickelit said...

You Trump apologists cannot squirm out of this one. The guy is an idiot. This is crazy, it is so funny.

The problem, Chuck, is that "Western Liberalism" isn't widely understood either. It's not like he said "Liberal Democracy" or "Western Democracy" or even "Western Liberal." The "ism" suffix in "liberalism" tinges the term "liberal" towards that sick and twisted branch of philosophy that you and I know as "liberalism" of the sort practiced by Pelosi et al. So I give Trump a pass and call this just he latest "gotcha" attempt to smear Trump. Fail

Gahrie said...

Those of you who are fans of Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga and think that Aral ever became totally straight will be upset to read Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. But Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is worth a read, and Tej Arqua will vouch for his heterosexuality.

My first thought after reading Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen was "Was this really necessary?" I would much rather have read another story about Miles or Ivan. Hell even a story about Mark.

Sometimes there seems to be a competition among writers to see who can be the most woke. Bujold would definitely be one of the favorites.

Chuck said...

chickelit said...
"You Trump apologists cannot squirm out of this one. The guy is an idiot. This is crazy, it is so funny."

The problem, Chuck, is that "Western Liberalism" isn't widely understood either. It's not like he said "Liberal Democracy" or "Western Democracy" or even "Western Liberal." The "ism" suffix in "liberalism" tinges the term "liberal" towards that sick and twisted branch of philosophy that you and I know as "liberalism" of the sort practiced by Pelosi et al. So I give Trump a pass and call this just he latest "gotcha" attempt to smear Trump. Fail


Of course you give him a pass. What I would say about all of you Trump Cultists is that Trump could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and you'd still vote for him. I would think about saying that, as a way of insulting you. But Trump himself already said it, and it didn't even make a dent. Trump's adoring fans -- like you -- didn't even understand how he was insulting them. So how could I expect for you to get this one, which is ninth-grade ridiculousness, when you weren't even comprehending first-grade ridiculousness in 2016?

Gahrie said...

Asked by Peter Baker of the New York Times about comments made by Putin that “western liberalism was obsolete,” Trump answered by talking about Democrats in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

How is this controversial? Democratic politicians in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been abject failures and have tarnished the reputation of the word "liberal". The Democrats and the Left agree, which is why they have returned to the term "Progressive". Once people wake up to the disaster that the Progressives have been again, they'll move on to something else. Maybe back to liberal, but probably on to something like Antifa.

chickelit said...

Of course you give him a pass. What I would say about all of you Trump Cultists is that Trump could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and you'd still vote for him.

This could change if Democrats (and Republicans) would put up a better candidate. That's all it would take.

I'm a mechanistic chemist by training. There is a class of chemical reactions called substitution, wherein one entity is swapped for another; old bands are broken and new bonds are formed. There are two basic ways for that to happen: (1) the old bond breaks and the new entity quickly comes in and forms a new bond; the tipping point is when the the old bond breaks. (2) The other mechanism is when the new entity comes in and assists the departure of the old entity; the tipping point in the latter case is when both entities (leaving and departing) are still tenuously bound. The latter mechanism is faster in general and "easier." Yet the Dems and you insist on the the hard way: "blow Trump out first and then think of a replacement." It won't fly Orville. It's bassackwards. Stop wasting our time on destruction 100% of the time and focus on promoting your alternative. That is what Trump did.

chickelit said...
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chickelit said...

he Dems are about to learn a hard lesson on the mechanism of replacing Biden. They are desperately trying to untie Biden from his supporters and replace him with Kamala Harris, claiming that she is better. They are doing this in the typical contrived way by telling us that she is better and lying about what a nasty person she really is. I predict that Biden will fall, due to age and exhaustion, But Harris will not succeed either because she is fraud at heart and protected by the media. She is a female Obama -- seemingly insulated from criticism.

chickelit said...

It's hot here. I'm going for a swim. BBL

Chuck said...

Gahrie said...
Asked by Peter Baker of the New York Times about comments made by Putin that “western liberalism was obsolete,” Trump answered by talking about Democrats in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

How is this controversial? Democratic politicians in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been abject failures and have tarnished the reputation of the word "liberal". The Democrats and the Left agree, which is why they have returned to the term "Progressive". Once people wake up to the disaster that the Progressives have been again, they'll move on to something else. Maybe back to liberal, but probably on to something like Antifa.


OMG.

Where to begin.

I know I'll regret it but I'll just ask it; what do you think the Russian President Putin was talking about when he was suggesting in an interview with the Financial Times (a British publication) that Western liberalism was obsolete?

Trump usually thinks he's the smartest guy in the room. And that the journalists he faces off with are badly informed, or worse.



Rusty said...


"Of course you give him a pass. What I would say about all of you Trump Cultists is that Trump could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and you'd still vote for him. I would think about saying that, as a way of insulting you. But Trump himself already said it, and it didn't even make a dent. Trump's adoring fans -- like you -- didn't even understand how he was insulting them. So how could I expect for you to get this one, which is ninth-grade ridiculousness, when you weren't even comprehending first-grade ridiculousness in 2016?"You've been here, how long?
And you still don't get it.
You must be a government employee.