September 17, 2023

Sunrise — 6:36.



Narr said...

Uhlp. Now the Prof has opened the floodgates for pent up post-football commentary. Not that I should talk; I spent the afternoon in part thinking about the ancient world, to no particular point or conclusion (besides that I have too many books in too many places).

Goldsworthy's "The Punic Wars" is thorough but I found it fairly rough going . . . maybe the two are connected, as also seen in Hew Strachan's WWI epic.

The rock & roll thread had me Youtubing for that sensation of '48 (1848, that is) "Bamboula" by the great American cheesemaster L.M. Gottschalk. Parisian ladies swooned.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Men In Shorts News:

Schumer tells the Senate Sergent of Arms to not enforce the dress code; thereby allowing Sen John Fetterman (D-Halloween) to hang around the senate more. Even Axios admits it.

Buckwheathikes said...

Here's some male privilege for you: A new study shows that women are far less likely to be given CPR because the woman might claim later that you sexually assaulted her.

Decline is a choice, ladies.

Scott Patton said...

I don't know if articulate and philosophical apply, but this is fantastic.
Joni Mitchell - Free Man in Paris with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Lyle Mays, Don Alias

The Dry Cleaner from Des Moine
In the first half of the song, the bass backing the vocals during the verses is creative genius. Headphones or good speakers recommended.

Drago said...

Biographer Walter Isaacson on Elon’s character and who he is:

“Do the audaciousness and hubris that drive him to attempt epic feats excuse his bad behavior, his callousness, his recklessness? The times he's an asshole? The answer is no, of course not. One can admire a person's good traits and decry the bad ones.

But it's also important to understand how the strands are woven together, sometimes tightly. It can be hard to remove the dark ones without unraveling the whole cloth. As Shakespeare teaches us, all heroes have flaws, some tragic, some conquered, and those we cast as villains can be complex.
Even the best people, he wrote, are "molded out of faults."”

“But would a restrained Musk accomplish as much as a Musk unbound? Is being unfiltered and untethered integral to who he is? Could you get the rockets to orbit or the transition to electric vehicles without accepting all aspects of him, hinged and unhinged?

Sometimes great innovators are risk-seeking man-children who resist potty training. They can be reckless, cringeworthy, sometimes even toxic. They can also be crazy enough to think they can change the world.”

These questions will be answered differently by everyone. Many people do not view themself through the lens of perfection, yet these same individuals, view everyone else through this exact lens while hurling unrelenting criticism and opinions."

I believe that humanity is overall good but it certainly has room for improvement. We must all strive to do better. Thanks for reading."

This assessment could easily apply to innovators/disruptors across many fields, including politics.

The rule of Lemnity said...

Reddit spots a rather familiar snippet of the Russell Brand rape claim that could have been lifted from the movie American Psycho.

link to Reddit post

When people make up stuff they… borrow? from stuff they’ve heard or seen in movies. That was one of the tells that journo extraordinare Matt Taibbi discovered when he debunked that alleged college frat rape as reported in the magazine Rolling Stone.

The rule of Lemnity said...

Scott Adams tip: Innocent people say they didn’t do it. Guilty people say there is no evidence they did it.

The rule of Lemnity said...

The new normal: If you have a microphone and you would like to keep it, don’t say what Russell Brand said on Bill Maher.

The health authorities extreme measures were phony boloney new normal. ๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸฝThat’s the real new normal.

The Crack Emcee said...

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wendybar said...

Every Republican should come into the Senate dressed like the slob Chucky switched the rules for. Fetterman should take Joe's job. They do whatever they can to make him comfortable whilst spitting in the faces of America.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quietly has directed the Senate's Sergeant at Arms to no longer enforce the chamber's informal dress code for its members, Axios has learned. The change only applies to Senators- (lowly) staff members will still be required to follow the old dress code.

wendybar said...

Who knew white supremacists were forcing black women to get pregnant and forcing them to NOT abort their black babies??

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
Abortion bans are rooted in white supremacy, perpetuate cycles of poverty & puts lives at risk.

We must continue to leverage every tool available to affirm abortion care as the human right that it is.
10:00 AM · Sep 17, 2023

wendybar said...

Watch as Joe sends them another 6 billion dollars to reward them....

"On Saturday, Iran’s Islamic Guard (IRGC) disclosed that it has taken yet another Westerner in its custody, less than a week after Biden White House agreed to pay $6 billion for the release of 5 U.S. hostages. The media reports did not specify if the captive is a U.S. or a European national."

Humperdink said...

Who is advising Sen. John Fetterman on his wardrobe choices? Really. At least pretend you're a senator.

I agree with Wendybar on the dress code. The R's should arrive in the senate chambers looking like NASCAR drivers, with ads all over the clothing. MAGA hats would be a nice added touch.

wendybar said...

"Gov. Green doesn’t want those numbers out. Especially since the state did so much that was wrong: the warning sirens didn’t go off, the electric company didn’t shut down its lines, and the police barricaded the only road in and out of Lahaina. People who broke the law and went around the barricades lived, those who obeyed died.
A man passing by saw what was happening and went into the building. He gathered the six or seven elderly people, confined to wheelchairs, into one room. He texted his family that they were old and afraid and that he was going to stay with them. And did. And died. An effort is being made to identify him.

Maui resident Eric Casco, 42, sneaked into town the day after the fire and saw a family “burned and petrified in place, kneeling and praying.”

And the Obamas? Are they still pretending he was born there? If so, why did they not donate a single penny?"

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

Blogger wendybar said...
Watch as Joe sends them another 6 billion dollars to reward them....


9/18/23, 6:07 AM

Good question:

“How much of a kickback does Crooked Joe Biden get?” the former president inquired.

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

The solution to Iran's hostage taking is to seize their tankers. But, that would cut into Joe "China owns me!" Biden's kickbacks from Iran.

MadTownGuy said...

Hunter Biden sues the IRS, alleging agents illegally released his tax information (CNN)

Oh, boo hoo.

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

"Harlem civil rights shakedown leader Al Sharpton on Saturday slammed one of the most powerful unions in New York for its failure to direct its assets into minority-run investment funds."

What he really means is he's not getting enough graft from the SEIU.

Kai Akker said...

Eve Fairbanks’s study of South Africa, The Inheritors, opens with Malaika, an African girl who lives in Soweto, getting up before dawn for the two-hour bus ride to the formerly all-white school where her mother has enrolled her. Apartheid has been over for more than a decade by this point, but still the skyline shows a visible difference between black Soweto and white Johannesburg. In Malaika’s shack, the power doesn’t always work and the walls are corrugated iron. Looking out the window of the bus, she can see white neighborhoods running out to the horizon “until the lights got so dense and bright that they mimicked a sunrise.” That is the motif of Malaika’s life: the feeling that the perks of white society are close enough for her to see but still withheld from her.

When F.W. de Klerk handed power over to Nelson Mandela in 1994, everyone hoped South Africa would continue to function as smoothly as before, just with different people in charge, as if de Klerk had handed Mandela the keys to his car. Fairbanks uses the car metaphor to explain her theory for why things didn’t work out that way: “De Klerk managed to sell a used car on the verge of a breakdown to a family that only realized, when they got in to drive it, that it was a lemon.”

In fact, the car was not about to break down. South Africa was better situated than any other post-colonial nation in Africa to achieve stability and prosperity. It had abundant natural resources, a thriving manufacturing sector, and the continent’s best university system. What really went wrong was this: it took European civilization centuries to get from dirt-floor shacks to working light switches. Behind those advances stood revolutions in science, industry, religion, and social interaction. Those cultural prerequisites were invisible to Malaika as she gazed out the bus window at the lights of Johannesburg, but they turned out to be essential.

Lucien said...

@Scott Patton: Sounds like the band from the Shadows and Light tour, circa 1982-3. Their version of “Amelia” is ethereal.