February 25, 2020

At the Sunrise Café...

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... you can talk about whatever you like... except tonight's Democratic candidates' debate and how the Democratic candidates are doing. Put that in the previous post.

49 comments:

TickTock said...

Your best yet!

Big Mike said...

Very, very, happy with the Supreme Court's ruling on the Public Charge rule.

Bay Area Guy said...

Los Angeles is beautiful tonight.

Mark said...

Not talking about it, but I should have watched the little boy alien on Squire of Gothos instead.

Mark said...

Remember you are dust; and unto dust you shall return.

J. Farmer said...

Very, very, happy with the Supreme Court's ruling on the Public Charge rule.

Indeed. It's a good development. Vox hilariously tried to scaremonger over it with their article, Trump’s rule creating a wealth test for immigrants is now in effect but actually helped make the case with quotes like:

"But Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, told Vox that 69 percent of the roughly 5.5 million people who were granted green cards over the past five years would have had at least one negative factor under the rule — which officials could have used as justification to reject their applications for immigration benefits."

"The rule, which has been anticipated for more than a year, has had a chilling effect already: Noncitizens have been needlessly dropping their public benefits out of fear that they will face immigration consequences. It’s difficult to quantify just how many immigrants have unenrolled already, but one survey suggested that about one in seven had done so as of 2018."

"In 2016, the average per capita value of public benefits consumed by immigrants was $3,718, as compared to $6,081 among native-born Americans. Noncitizens were slightly more likely to get cash assistance, SNAP benefits and Medicaid, but far less likely to use Medicare and Social Security."

And remember, Vox is trying to make the case against the rule.

narciso said...

That is the difference, picard apparently has writers that dont understand the characters

J. Farmer said...

That is the difference, picard apparently has writers that dont understand the characters

I keep hearing the show is no good. I haven't watched any of it but am still considering diving in.

Mark said...

There is the theory that the Gothos alien was a Q.

Mark said...

Of course, I'm of the opinion that the Q were actually demons -- fallen angels who had their delusions of godhood.

stephen cooper said...

"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return"

C.S. Lewis once said that, whenever you look at another person, you are looking at a creature who will either be, in eternity, a beloved friend of God whose wonderful nature is almost too much to comprehend, or someone who won't.

He said that most people, including himself, are unable to process that way of looking at our fellow creatures.

That being said, there are lots of young people today who might be alive when Jesus returns: they are not dust, and they shall not return to dust. Believe it or not, the Book of Revelation is the most cheerful book in the Bible, line for line. Think about how happy you would be to know your children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren will be alive when Jesus returns to make the earth and heavens new again!

As for me, in my 60s, a smoker, with major health issues, yeah, I guess I am gonna return to dust fairly soon. Doesn't really bother me at all. God gives us eternal life, which is more important than the physics and chemistry issues involved with the Biblical "returning to dust" which probably awaits me in the next few years, or the next decade or two at most.

That being said, I do really worry about things like bedbug infestations and stuff like that. I recommend being really vigilant about bedbugs, even if you are rich, they are clever little creatures when more than one or two of them get together. But they can't succeed if you are vigilant.

Mark said...

Meanwhile, Quark's mom is walking around with clothes on and earning profit.

stephen cooper said...

That is a good theory about the Q, I remember one episode where one of them described his life as being like reading decades old fashion and life-style magazines over and over again, and then reading them over and over again.

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stephen cooper said...

On the other hand there are those old Japanese watercolorists who lament the fact that they will not live to be 120 because they just began to understand how to paint when they were in their 60s or 70s or 80s or 90s or even later. I think I am quoting Hokusai or HIroshige.

I like old people, they remind me of me, just older.

J. Farmer said...

@stephen cooper:

That reminds me a bit of something I heard Harold Bloom say when he was promoting his 1994 book The Western Canon. He said that if everyone lived hundreds of years there'd be no need for a canon because we'd have time to read everything.

narciso said...

Its possible, thats what they were aiming for de lancie was kind of a loki character, but not truly evil i dont think.

narciso said...

From the reviews no one displays any humor, they are angry all the time, like the bbc panel at brexit.

narciso said...

Well revelation closes the loop that began with genesis, but thats last bit that precedes his coming will be a harrowing interval.

Mark said...

The Next Generation was rather ugly in its racism against the Ferengi. DS9 made them much more interesting and real characters.

With Quark's mom breaking the law, here comes Brunt, played by Jeffrey Combs, who had the distinction of playing more characters in Trek-dom than any other actor (eight different characters).

narciso said...

Yes the picture of ferengi (arab for foreigner btw) could be seen as a caricature the jemadar is a type of ottoman soldier which suggests that the cardassians are such analogs

Hercules, not that one though said...

Elizabeth Warren dresses like an elf. NTTAWWT

Narr said...

OTOH Niall Ferguson opines that most of the greatest human accomplishments were done by young people . . .

Narr
Missed my chance!

stephen cooper said...

i forget which commenter said it, I forget if it was here or at one of the other places I used to comment, when I said my favorite books of the Bible are the letters to the Ephesians and to the Philippians (think of how much Paul really cared about those people he was writing to, God I would so much love to care about other people as much as Saint Paul did) and the commenter said well my favorite books are Genesis and Revelation, the beginning of all of our stories and then the beginning of eternity in heaven

I think after I read that I stayed off the internet for a long time

how can you top that I was so humbled?

narciso said...

They are significant but the story runs through nearly every book ofthe bible the old and new testaments work together.

narciso said...

Isiah is mirrored in the gospels, daniel and revelation

Big Mike said...

OTOH Niall Ferguson opines that most of the greatest human accomplishments were done by young people . . .

Mostly true, but that’s partly because once a young person has some serious accomplishments there is a lot of pressure to get involved in non-productive activities. The first rate engineer or scientist gets turned into a mediocre manager. The brilliant young professor gets invited to join program committees for international conferences and is expected to join faculty committees.

But not to worry, Narr. The world is full of late bloomers. My father was just another member of the sales force for a large corporation, but then management noticed that he was top salesman in a number of annual contests, and he was invited to take a position in HQ. After that he rocketed up the org chart and retired as a corporate officer.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

God, I'm glad I don't live in the Midwest. I know, it's beautiful two seasons of the year and I miss the fireflies but, in the PNW, we're on the fine cusp of spring. Not a moment too soon.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

ok-- we cant talk about the Dems, but what about the other disease?

"Rogue CDC Official Pushing Coronavirus Panic Button is Rod Rosenstein’s Sister…"

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/25/odd-coincidence-rogue-cdc-official-pushing-coronavirus-panic-button-is-rod-rosensteins-sister/

is it better to 'put the cards on the table' and risk panic,
or do you downplay a potentially devastating situation until it catches
everyone off guard?

narciso said...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3aZ6l45yar4

Original Mike said...

"Jeffrey Combs, who had the distinction of playing more characters in Trek-dom than any other actor (eight different characters)."

He pops up everywhere. He's great as Shran and Weyoun.

reader said...

Ok, 27-1.

Etienne said...
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Crazy World said...

Just Gorgeous!

Mr. Groovington said...

I passed through the border (by land) from both Namibia and from RSA in the last week to Botswana. The Coronavirus screening was organized and well equipped. There was no screening entering Namibia or RSA. It’s unsurprising that Botswana is the most prepared country in the neighbourhood, even though they can’t test yet.

There’s a fair bit of anticipation here, knowing there’s limited ability to care for the seriously ill. The very ill or injured here normally are flown (free, paid by the government) to RSA. That obviously won’t be happening if the virus takes hold, so the outcome statistics here will be new territory.

Darrell said...

picard apparently has writers that dont understand the characters

They don't know the characters or even like the franchise. Kurtzman said he only saw part of one episode at a friend's house. Didn't even say he liked it. He and Akiva Goldsman are hacks that just steal things from movies and TV over the last decade or so that they think are cool, and mash them all together. They deny that at first then talk about "homage" when they are sick of talking about theft. Picard is stealing the design of the new ship from The Expanse (as well as some plot elements and looks). Heck, they added a sword-weiding elf from Lord of the Rings, FFS,(Elrond). They named him Elnor and made him a Romulan because that's the extent of their creativity. And there are dozens of additional ripoff because they don't know or like ST canon and they are only interested in making their characters and aesthetic marketable to collectible manufactures. They destroy legacy ST characters because the new crap doesn't sell. The companies in charge of the IPs don't know or like what they own and always get talked into turning it into something more profitable, like Star Wars--before their own vandals killed that franchise. In real life, as short time ago, Patrick Stewart appeared with Jeri Ryan on a talk show and didn't even know who she was and that her character wore catsuits. He has admitted to not watching his own show, much less any of the others. And apparently he didn't even look around when he spent thousands of hours at the Paramount studios and office to see Jeri Ryan on Voyager promotional art. Stewart doesn't care what they do to Picard or Star Trek as long as he can take wipes against Brexit and Trump, and his big checks cash.

Big Mike said...

Stewart doesn't care what they do to Picard or Star Trek as long as he can take wipes against Brexit and Trump, and his big checks cash.

Especially that last bit.

stevew said...

"Rogue CDC Official Pushing Coronavirus Panic Button is Rod Rosenstein’s Sister…"

Another hack self-identifies.

It is possible to address a crisis without causing panic. In fact, the more competently you behave in preparing and executing a plan to deal with the crisis the less panic you will incite or cause.

Expecting that from our government - full of incompetent political hacks - is foolish.

Gorgeous photo today. Colors that are rare among your catalog of sunrise photos.

Darrell said...

Wipes=Swipes

Of course.

Quaestor said...

A UV filter would help that snow-covered lake ice look more white-ish and reveal more texture. Normally, the iPhone photographer has to rely on editing tricks to compensate, which are frankly inferior and generally obvious to close inspection. Nothing beats a real optical glass filter.

Some people have resorted to using typical SLR filters held in place with adhesives like spirit gum to improve their smart-phone photography. However, there's a really cool new product which gives the iPhone a better solution: Moment 37mm filter mount.

Quaestor said...

The naked eye "sees through" UV and refractory color shifts that fools both film and digital sensors. We know unconsciously that snow is white; consequently, our visual perception alters the saturation for us, warming the blues so that snow doesn't appear such a deep azure. The same perceptional compensation also lets us move from natural sunlight to interior incandescent light without having our "white balance" screwed up.

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Fernandistein said...

Remember you are dust; and unto dust you shall return.

That doesn't make any sense.

Darrell said...

Remember you are dust; and unto dust you shall return.

That doesn't make any sense.


But when Carl Sagan tells you that you are stardust from billions of, billions of, billions of stars you cream your jeans.

MadisonMan said...

Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return

Only because religions that are practiced widely came out of the desert. What if the Middle East had been very moist and everything decayed via mold?

Kit Carson said...

a nice pic. very genre-esque. i saw a lot of sahara sunrises/sunsets like that. the desert is definitely rothko-esque (or maybe vice versa).

TickTock said...

Glad your pic got a few more comments. To elaborate. What I liked most was the lowest layer of gold clouds with the band of rose above.

Narr said...

Perils of posting among night owls.

Big Mike, I ain't worried--I'm, as Borat would say, re-tahred.

Narr
But if I'd known I'd be so good at it, I would have started younger.

Bruce Hayden said...

“ Perils of posting among night owls.”

In our defense, a lot of us are old farts, who often seem to suffer from insomnia.