Monday, July 24, 2017

The Growing Sympathy toward Donald Trump, Witch Hunting, and Jon Swaine with Blues

Donald Trump speaks in the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford in Norfolk, Virginia.

Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The USS Gerald R Ford is thirteen billion dollars of fuck you to the American people.  We have no sympathy for that of any kind for anyone involved with perpetrating that hustle.  It's a separate topic.

The never-ending travails of the light-headed lickspittles at The Guardian continue with another lament.  (The Guardian:  Trump not convinced Russian meddling took place, communications chief says)

Despite the endless nagging, Trump is not convinced and I know why (stamps li'l foot) it's because women.


The article dances about a little like it's actually presenting news and then One Direction starts playing.

US intelligence concluded in January that Russian state hackers broke into email accounts at Democratic party headquarters and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, as part of an effort ordered by President Vladimir Putin to help elect Trump.

The FBI, a special counsel and two Republican-controlled congressional committees are investigating whether anyone on Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials.


- Guardian

We're back to Intel and again and surely Jesus has spoken but, unlike Intel, Jesus had evidence.  Turning water into wine was impressive.

That bit continues with some generic case building which looks like it's been cut and pasted in most of the articles from CNN, The Guardian, MSNBC, etc, etc for a painfully long and expensive time now.

Jon Swaine closes in classic purple style:

Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported that investigators were hoping to gain the cooperation of Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, in their inquiry into links with Russia.

- Guardian

When you're quoting a source which uses unnamed sources, calling yourself a journalist is just bad comedy.

The sympathy for Donald Trump and the need to put up with this amateurish bullshit is sincere and authentic.  As mentioned yesterday, the lament may not be so much for Trump as for America and the Republic when it can be hamstrung by ill-advised, self-important, and overpaid stooges in the peanut gallery.

Ed:  journalism is one of America's respected institutions!

It was, mate.  Now it's just another commodity.

The absolute damning hell of it is this crap all started because Clinton was copping a plea for going out like flames on toast leaving nothing but smoke and a mephitic odor in her wake.  That transmogrified into a Seventeenth Century colonial witch hunt and we have been hearing about spies in the broom closets ever since.

It's Damn Hot in Fort Worth: Toby the Dog's Story

Toby the Dog lives outside and he does fine with that even with the temperature hitting one zero five (40C+) out there in the afternoon sun lately.  There's a hedge next to the house and he's found himself a place under there somewhere which is his dog cave and it's probably the coolest place in the yard.  A man sometimes has a man cave and a dog has his dog cave; it seems only fair.

The biggest deal is his water and I don't get snarked but I do wrinkle my eyebrows a bit when Yevette asks if Toby the Dog has water.  The snarky answer is there's no chance I'll leave that crazy little dog out there with no water but, wtf, she worries about him.

I go out there to feed the critters at about 6:30 a.m. and it's usually the same time each day due to my long-term experience with systems plus that's about the earliest I can see into the garbage can keeper for the sacks of pet chow.  I bring fresh water out every day for Toby the Dog and I check his water from the day before.  If any water remains then it's a win as otherwise I'm one sorry dog keeper.

He almost always has water left over and that's been surprising me with this heat but he has a backup plan since there's a planter which has been out there for ages and there's nothing particular in it but the thing collects rain water.  It seemed it was Toby the Dog's preference to drink from the planter and I couldn't figure it out since I inspect his water bowl to ensure it's clean but there was something he didn't like about it.  After taking it inside and scrubbing it even though I didn't see anything, he decided it was ok again.

Ed:  maybe it had cooties?

That's as good an answer as any since I sure don't have one.

Note:  cooties were in vogue when we first arrived in America and I had a devil of a time figuring out wtf are cooties?  (I still don't know and it's fifty some years later.)

No-one is suspecting me of being a sorry dog keeper and I like being a good one in part because my own shit may be seriously weak but I can keep those varmints out there doing ok.  ML is doing the same thing with Joy and CM is doing it with Frosty.  Everything else may be in turmoil but, by damn, that critter is going to do alright.

There is critter news from the other side of the house since that's where the cats hang because Toby the Dog will screw with them, at least some of them, in the back.

It turns out Mississippi Orange doesn't like the Grey Interloper and that's cool since the Home Girl doesn't like her either because the Grey Interloper is the one who ran off Gabriela or at least that's what we decided in the kangaroo court.

I set out two piles of food out there because I don't want anyone screwing with the Home Girl but Mississippi Orange and the Timid Grey get that so they know to go the second pile and I won't screw with them.  Now I see Mississippi Orange chasing off the Grey Interloper and think, ah yes, justice is slow but sublime.

Maybe this will amuse you since it's like a puzzle from early school in which there's a monkey, a dog, and a tiger so how do you get them all across to the other side of the river without any of them killing the others and you can only take two at a time or some such.

There are two containers for pet chow so I fill one with water before I go out there and this is such a sacred duty since I rinse it to ensure there's no dust or particles left from chow from the previous day.  The water goes to give Toby the Dog a fresh bowl and then it's used to fill up his chow bowl.  Then I can use the smaller scoop to get the first heap of cat chow and put it into the bigger container for Toby the Dog.  Then I can fill the smaller scoop again to go to the front to feed the cats all in one trip.

Ed:  if you get any more obsessive, springs will start shooting from your ears

It's science, mate; it's science.

Michigan Gets Serious About Autonomous Vehicles: Trolleys #Engineering

American industry has typically focused on electric cars for individuals and that's likely a large part of the reason Michigan had to buy these vehicles from France; America doesn't build them.

The video shows a demonstration of the Navya vehicle in operation in France where it's a part of traffic management in Paris for dealing with two of the biggest problems facing cities around the world:  unmanageable traffic and obsolete, poorly-designed cities.

Navya will build a 20,000 square foot facility for the construction of its self-driving trolley, the Arma. It aims to construct 25 vehicles there this year. It has 45 vehicles deployed around the world already. These robots have a max speed of about 27 miles per hour, but typically travel more like 12 miles per hour (the speed of a typical bike ride). Each one can transport about 15 people.

The plant will be built in Saline, Michigan, a suburban town just south of Ann Arbor with a population of less than 9,000. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation estimates that the plant will support 50 new jobs.

Observer:  Michigan Will Build 25 Self-Driving Trolleys in 2017

That makes jobs for Americans which you likely want to see but the profits go overseas which you perhaps don't mind seeing if you're a good Globalist.  We are not interested in that type of globalism since it's just capitalism piled higher and deeper but now with a mysterious new name.

The Rockhouse is annoyed about this one since we want to hear from the patriots, why did America not build this first.  Why is America building Cadillac Escalades but does not build these.  The answer is for the big bucks but it's short money since they're not investing in the future and only ride what's left of a wave which already crested.  There isn't anywhere else in the world which wants Cadillac Escalades.

America can support the sales of Cadillac Escalades without exporting them but that only solidifies commitment to obsolete technology which further increases the disadvantage relative to a more progressive world (e.g. high-speed trains, subways, etc).

We want to see substantive efforts toward rebuilding the infrastructure of the cities and, failing that, at least develop sensible ways to deal with it.  The Navya looks like an impressive solution for downtown traffic problems and, if'n you're inclined toward gambling, how about a bet on when they ban vehicles from downtown areas and which ones will still be permitted to run there.  The Rockhouse bet is the Navya will be present but the Escalade will be dumped in a car park somewhere.


There was another article on substantially more impact from air pollution than previously realized.  (Science Daily:  Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think)

Moscow looks at bicycles as another alternative to traffic and pollution problems.  (  Pedal power sways Muscovites despite perils)

Dust storms are another consequence of failing to deal with air pollution.  (Science Daily:  New model projects an increase in dust storms in the US)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

RFID Turns Humans into Walking VISA Cards #Science #Security


A US vending business is entering a new era of ‘convenience’ by implanting microchips in employees that will allow them access to basic workplace amenities.

At least 50 staff at Wisconsin firm Three Square Market have volunteered to have a microchip, similar to one in a contactless credit card, inserted into their hand, according to the company.

RT:  Handy way to pay: US firm plans to fit employees with microchip implants

You have probably already decided no way in hell are they doing that to me but here's the beauty part.

According to KSTP, the encrypted chip normally costs $300, but will be provided to volunteers at the company free of charge.


Long term they probably plan on making employees pay for it or why mention the price.

Three Square Market say the volunteers will be able to use the tiny electromagnetic device to bypass login requirements and buy food on their lunch breaks.

Implanted between the thumb and forefingers, the microchip uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near-field communication technology [NFC] to read information stored on external objects or products.

- RT

- Infer the hammering from reams of articles already written on the security faults with RFID and near-field systems.  There's a reason for keeping your cards in a shielded wallet. -

There are abundant security flaws in the system and not the least of which is hacking the RFID chip to reveal login information but our favorite is simple:

What happens when you go to a different job?  Will it cost another $300 to get the chip removed.

As to whether the RFID chip responds to silent dog whistles, we can't really be sure but there are many RFID chips implanted in dogs.  Soon you can join that canine cadre and welcome to the Future.

#Photography for the Beautiful 7/24

Ontario, Canada

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and Toronto’s mayor, John Tory, visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hindu temple in Mississauga

Photograph: Mark Blinch/AP

When he entered politics, he may not have foreseen all the things the future would hold and it's such an unusual temple so of course the Rockhouse loves it.

Istanbul, Turkey

Swimmers jump into the water as they take part in the Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim, an open water swimming event

Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

That swimsuit holds some kind of invitation but it's deuced difficult to determine its nature.

San Diego, US

Christopher Lomas, dressed as the Night King, asks a question at the Game of Thrones panel on day two of Comic-Con International in the southern Californian city

Photograph: Powers Imagery/Invision/AP

Check out the audience as it doesn't appear the Comic-Con Diet Plan is working.

San Diego, US

Andre Rhoden, dressed as Marvel supervillain Hobgoblin, takes children to lunch on the floor at Comic-Con

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

It looks like we can safely predict psychotherapy for the entire family but it's cheaper that way.

San Diego, US

Actor Charlize Theron attends the screening of Atomic Blonde with fans at Comic-Con

Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Focus Features

What's more beautiful than a whole roomful of Atomic Blondes wearing RayBans?

There's not much we can conclude from recent days but there were definitely some strange doin's in San Diego.

#News on a Nailhead 7/24

When Will Smith says "Star Wars is better than sex," we conclude either "Star Wars" is really good or his sex life is really bad.  (CNN:  Will Smith says 'Star Wars' was better than sex)

There never will be a best time, will there, General Harrumph?  (RT:  ‘Not the best time’ for creating Russia-US cybersecurity body – NSA Chief)

Note:  check out that simple finger-pointin' bitch.

The problem is you don't have an answer, buddy boy.  (RT:  'We’re bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander)

America's biggest threat to itself is still the Pentagon / CIA.  (RT:   Russia is no longer America's 'single' biggest threat – top US general)

When you want to see a $13B aircraft carrier getting lust like for side boob photographs of the latest starlets.  (CNN:  Sneak peek at US Navy's new $13B aircraft carrier)

CNN:  we're journalists, damn it!  We're not sluts (pertly stamps her li'l foot).

Hitler was concerned about dwarves in Wales and it was noted in the NAZI invasion plan.  (Express:  Hitler’s secret invasion dossier on Britain warned Nazis of slovenly English women)

Twittering and twattering on Facebook is mildly amusing but this is what really brings the FCC to its knees. (RT:  Battle for free internet rages as FCC swamped with over 10mn net neutrality comments)

Note:  call them, post them, hassle the living hell out of those grasping corporate stooges in the FCC.

Kamala Harris is just another Centrist.  Get over it and, puh-leeze, don't try to baffle us with bullshit again.  (The Guardian:  Kamala Harris: young, black, female – and the Democrats’ best bet for 2020?)

Note:  surely they should have learned last time we don't care about the boobs and only care about the mission but, nope, it slipped right by them.  Stunning.

The Guardian worries malls and retail stores are collapsing and let's send them some flowers for catching up with the show, albeit dimly.  (The Guardian:  Big, bold … and broken: is the US shopping mall in a fatal decline?)

Note:  the retail jobs are disappearing too and won't be back.  Evolve.  You can but the steps are too involved to lay out for a nailhead.

The Trump resistance at The Guardian can be best be characterized as obtuse and short-sighted but there's more.  (The Guardian:  The Trump resistance can be best described in one adjective: female)

Note:  thanks for playing, ladies, but do try to complete the reading assignments if you look for better results next time.

Taking down the power grid isn't hard ... you can do it with those colorful Mylar party balloons.  (AZ Central: Mylar balloons in power lines trigger outages in Gilbert)

When Noah's Ark Encounter is busted for their tax dodge, there's one obvious move:  blame the media.  (Raw Story: Media ‘out of control’: Owner of Ark theme park trashes press for reporting he’s ducking taxes)

Note:  we only have one question about Ark Encounter and that's where do they hide the guns.

What's Hot on the Blog 7/23


Whew - reaction to this one is just astounding and there's no summary since multiple parts to it

We Know - the reaction to this poem also is astounding since I thought it might be too brutal in concept to be received ... well

The Guardian - they got it right about regime change in Venezuela although the article is lacking completeness and that's noted in the review

Inheritance - Genetics in a whole new way from how it was presented in first year Biology



Loathing - still repelled by the Deplorable Dowager for a second day ... whew, you really don't like her too much either


There Was - the popping sound was not me

What's Hot

Forty Percent of Jobs Go to Robos - Jane Kin #News #Science #Sociology #Taxes

Author:  San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim 

Photo credit.  Luke Thomas

The Rockhouse dabbles in various views of the coming Age of Robos and this one shows how some measure of fear about it has spread out almost to the grass roots level.  (Sacramento Bee:  Four jobs in 10 will soon go to robots. Will we get ready, or hide?)

Thanks to Pink for the tip and that's part of the reason for presenting it since this wasn't something I found and thought I would use to build a case.  The article shows the case is already out there but people aren't sure what to do about it.

To understand the impact of the case, consider that about five million Americans work in retail sales jobs.  To put that into context, there's been some exceptionally loud folderol and malcontented malarkey about coal miner jobs of late but there are only about seventy or eighty thousand of them.  (Bureau of Labor Statistics:  Retail Sales Workers)

While the Rockhouse is not interested in Doom & Gloom on this matter, we can see how they're already starting to panic by the third paragraph in the source article.

It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. A recent report from the accounting and consulting firm PwC stated that 38 percent of American jobs are at “high risk” of automation in the next 15 years. Other studies have put the number of jobs at risk even higher. Right now, technological advances are nearing the day when jobs in transportation, the financial sector, retail and hospitality can be done by robots.

- SactoBee

Now we see high risk and then even higher risk for jobs which may not evaporate for another fifteen years.  The lag between now and evaporation varies from one source to another and nothing will change the outcome but there isn't solid agreement on how long it will take.  In any case, there is time for planning so definitely get some of that.

After we see the article was motivated by the desire for a tax, we lose interest in the remaining content.

As an elected official in San Francisco, I’m currently assembling a working group to study the consequences of automation and examine policies to address it. Our first task is to shape a so-called “robot tax” – a proposal that would preserve the current payroll tax generated by a Californian currently working even when that worker is replaced by a robot or algorithm.

Our plan is to make sure all the money generated would be invested in lifelong job training, education and investments that create new high-wage jobs.

The idea behind this tax is that we must prepare now for the job displacement that will occur through automation in the next few years. This concept was recently advanced by Microsoft founder Bill Gates who knows a thing or two about technology.

- SactoBee

Ain't that precious, it's just another pitch for a tax but check out the magical promises which come from it.

The tax will make for lifelong job training and that's highly ambitious but we see trillions in debt for American college students so we don't believe a word about any tax going to an education program of any kind, much less one which runs for life.

The tax promises investments will create new high-wage jobs and that one just goes to Disneyland so it's not even worthy of comment.

The advantage of a retail sales job to a kid is it's a way the kid can earn some money when he or she realizes high school didn't prepare him or her for anything at all except the military.  In some cases, Jane Kin's ideal world can apply because that kid is a smart Cinderella and only needs a pumpkin and some education to break out of retail to the world of big bucks.

However, for the most part you know it's fantasy and there are many doing such jobs or others which are obviously menial but the capabilities of the workers are limited.  People are not equal in capability and trying to create the illusion may look good for the editorial strips but it won't do much of anything for sociology other than exacerbating the problems.

The universal GUI (i.e Guaranteed Universal Income) is almost inevitable and that one is typically plowed into the fields with the admonition it's too expensive.  Do feel the joy of five million unemployed workers and the social dysfunction that unemployment will bring, however.  The cost of that will inevitably be higher than designing a coherent system which manages the implementation of the Age of Robos rather than sitting plaintively on the sidelines whining helplessly about why everything is going to shit.

The topic of a top-to-bottom rebuild of the American educational system has come up previously and the gist comes to a large population of people who would be an appropriate audience for trade schools, community colleges, etc and but is not getting good guidance since we see so many with the mindset of four-year college or nothing.

Above all, we do NOT need another Band-Aid fix with taxes promised for some righteous purpose after we have seen that scam played so many times to no good effect.

Here's another look at the approach for a tax:

As an elected official in San Francisco, I’m currently assembling a working group to study the consequences of automation and examine policies to address it. Our first task is to shape a so-called “robot tax” – a proposal that would preserve the current payroll tax generated by a Californian currently working even when that worker is replaced by a robot or algorithm.

- SactoBee

When the first task is implement a tax, you know you're dealing with the bush league and to confirm that we need to know about June Kin's education.  For example, how much has she studied economics, sociology, or anything of that nature.

Ed:  what happened to Silas of the Socialist Left?

Typing now and at your service.  The Socialist Left does believe in spending money but we do not believe in wasting it and, thus, we dismiss the idea proposed in the article.  It doesn't think anywhere near far enough.

Inheritance Between Generations is More than Genes #Science #Biology #Genetics

Mendelian genetics give the fundamental laws which tell us if mother was a pink flower and so was father then the progeny will be pink flowers.  If mother was a pink flower and father was a white flower then the chances of being pink or white are fifty/fifty.  That's the first year Biology view of genetics and this science doesn't controvert that but it adds a distinct ripple to the simple elegance of it.

Egg-cell of a female fruit fly with the egg cell in which H3K27me3 was made visible through green staining. This cell, together with the sperm, will contribute to the formation of the next generation of flies. In the upper right corner, a maternal and paternal pre-nucleus are depicted before their fusion during fertilization. The green colouration of H3K27me3 appears exclusively in the maternal pre-nucleus, indicating that their epigenetic instructions are inherited into the next generation.

Credit: MPI of Immunobiology a. Epigenetics/ F. Zenk

Science Daily:  Epigenetics between the generations: We inherit more than just genes

You need to get some way into the article before the function of H3K27me3 becomes clear but one thing is clear from the start that this does not fit with standard Mendelian genetics.

Ed:  it is a cool pic, tho

Yep and without the signs you could pass it off as a modern art which, in a way, it is.

The abstract:

We are more than the sum of our genes. Epigenetic mechanisms modulated by environmental cues such as diet, disease or our lifestyle take a major role in regulating the DNA by switching genes on and off. It has been long debated if epigenetic modifications accumulated throughout the entire life can cross the border of generations and be inherited to children or even grand children. Now researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg show robust evidence that not only the inherited DNA itself but also the inherited epigenetic instructions contribute in regulating gene expression in the offspring. Moreover, the new insights by the Lab of Nicola Iovino describe for the first time biological consequences of this inherited information. The study proves that mother's epigenetic memory is essential for the development and survival of the new generation.

- SD

That last part is astounding since we have a general perception of fifty percent inheritance from each parent but the Epigenetic contribution comes from the mother.

The reason Epigenetics matters:

In our body we find more than 250 different cell types. They all contain the exact same DNA bases in exactly the same order; however, liver or nerve cells look very different and have different skills. What makes the difference is a process called epigenetics. Epigenetic modifications label specific regions of the DNA to attract or keep away proteins that activate genes. Thus, these modifications create, step by step, the typical patterns of active and inactive DNA sequences for each cell type. Moreover, contrary to the fixed sequence of 'letters' in our DNA, epigenetic marks can also change throughout our life and in response to our environment or lifestyle. For example, smoking changes the epigenetic makeup of lung cells, eventually leading to cancer. Other influences of external stimuli like stress, disease or diet are also supposed to be stored in the epigenetic memory of cells.

- SD

Going deep on how much Epigenetics matters:

I have skipped past the methodology for experimentation with H3K27me3 and that's left for the interested student to review in the source article.

However, get this ...

When they had a closer look into the embryos, the team found that several important developmental genes that are normally switched off during early embryogenesis were turned on in embryos without H3K27me3. "We assumed that activating those genes too soon during development disrupted embryogenesis and eventually caused the death of the embryo. It seems, virtually, that inherited epigenetic information is needed to process and correctly transcribe the genetic code of the embryo," explains Fides Zenk.

- SD

Without mother's Epigenetics, the embryo isn't going to make it.

There's plenty more in the source article for the interested student and pursuing it is strongly advised for any with a near-term interest in going into the field of Genetics.

The Guardian Gets One Right Regarding Regime Change in Venezuela

A student takes part in a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela on 4 February 2014. 

Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Even the picture is implicitly propaganda insofar as it shows the pretty and innocent student confronting the presumably merciless state.

Abby Martin has been following this on-site in Venezuela and she's advised multiple times there are many examples of ducks being made to look like chickens in the reporting about unrest there.

When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the US government says it is. Not surprisingly, that's not the way Latin American governments generally see it.

On Sunday, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela) released a statement on the past week's demonstrations in Venezuela. They described "the recent violent acts" in Venezuela as "attempts to destabilize the democratic order".

The Guardian:  US support for regime change in Venezuela is a mistake

That continues a dark history of US engagement in South America going back over fifty years.

Note:  the article wasn't written by one of their standard columnists so that may explain the cogency.

Of course we all know who the US government supports in Venezuela. They don't really try to hide it: there's $5m in the 2014 US federal budget for funding opposition activities inside Venezuela, and this is almost certainly the tip of the iceberg – adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars of overt support over the past 15 years.

- Guardian

In language adults understand, the tip of the iceberg doesn't show how much clandestine support takes place via America's dark side in the CIA.

Note:  yes I will crank about cheesy cliche since they pose as writers so fucking write something original.

It took a long time for the opposition to accept the results of democratic elections in Venezuela. They tried a military coup, backed by the US in 2002; when that failed they tried to topple the government with an oil strike. They lost an attempt to recall the president in 2004 and cried foul; then they boycotted National Assembly elections for no reason the following year. The failed attempt to de-legitimize last April's presidential election was a return to this dark but not-so-distant past. It remains to be seen how far they will go this time to win by other means what they have not been able to win at the ballot box, and how long they will have Washington's support for regime change in Venezuela.

- Guardian

While a good effort, it's not complete since it doesn't go deeply enough and the CIA is only a tiny hint we infer from some of the scribes.  That's not sufficient since the CIA's history goes far back with this relentless effort toward unwarranted regime change and the story isn't fully told without full cognizance of their evil agenda.

Ed:  well, no, that wasn't purple

I don't think really purple so call it fuchsia since that's somewhat purple, right?  For example, I did not mention their sex lives or parentage all of which is highly questionable.

Whew, That Poem Was Surprisingly Brutal

But sometimes it happens that way ... it's the Zen of it, man-n-n-n-n.  (Ithaka:  "We Know the Ones" #Poetry #Venezuela)

Even so, the poem surprised me but that's not modulated by the physical circumstance which sucks just as hard and isn't improving ... but ... there will be a chest CT in less than a week.  I need to know about WTF more than I need pain pills ... which I also need.

Ed:  stop hitting the aspirin and use Tylenol instead!

Oh sure ... then it kills my liver instead of giving me an ulcer.  That's a great plan and thanks to our friends at Pharma for that.

Ed:  is there an ulcer?

Nope and likely because I'm extremely careful I don't exceed the maximum dose per day.

There are three outcomes for WTF since I'm completely fucked, somewhat fucked, or it's a temporary fucking annoyance.  Temporary is improbable; somewhat fucked is disagreeable but acceptable; completely fucked means there's nothing left except to pick the songs for the party.

Ed:  when you croak is probably the only time some people will ever listen to your music!

True and you've got to larf, mate; you've got to larf.

Ed:  are you?

Yep ... it's funny to me.

Zen Yogi:  music is always forever while you're listening to it

You're so inexplicable, Zen Yogi.  Have another spliff.

So I can go with slashing for a bit since there's that nasty li'l bucket of second-rate shit in Stephen Colbert who feigns some kind of political activism but it's always the safest type he can possibly find because he's mass media and just another Obamazoid who talks shit but it's only a diversion.

Colbert isn't even American since his name sounds like some French cheese you got when you really wanted cheddar.  He's just another from the Alec Baldwin School of Comedy.

Ed:  there is no Alec Baldwin School of Comedy

And there never will be, mate.  You might be starting to discern the point.

Note:  cheddar cheese originated in Somerset, England, where it was produced by the farmers, Earth's most vital people.  It's not some bloody London Tory cheese and we know that because it delivers on what it promises.

There's also Jimmy Winkle Dinkle or some damn thing on another channel plus miscellaneous others and all show the hallmark of clever writing with no content.  They just throw Trump is an Idiot crap about in the same way as Jerry Lewis embarrassed us with his appalling pratfalls.

Ed:  the French thought he was a comedy genius!

Everyone laughs when an American falls on his face but that's fading due to Brit tourists in Majorca since there's one thing everyone in the world now has in common:  no-one wants Brits to visit.

George Carlin had the balls for it but those pissants are just an offense against nature.

Note:  pissants represent a formal classification in Texas insofar as they're smaller than fire ants and don't bite; they only exist to be house invaders to piss you off.  They're naturals for Congress.

Stephen King said earlier Donald Trump reminds him of Charlie Sheen.  What else could I say except, "I'm sorry."

He had such an imagination at one time.

I didn't read "Misery" but I saw the movie adaptation with Kathy Bates making life hell for James Caan and there's one scene in which she whacks his knees with a sledgehammer or some such and a big block of wood.  That's the kind of terror which removes control of bodily functions and thanks for that, Stephen King, even though I will never watch that movie again but I appreciate the vibe from it with holy fuck, I do not even believe she's going to do that.

The only one more evil for me was The Exorcist and maybe it was when Richard Burton played.  I believe this shit while I'm watching it and the movie is any good at telling the story.  King created such an evil persona and it must have been a gas for Kathy Bates to play the role in "Misery."

"Oh, you mean I get to be absolutely demonically evil in this one?"  That had to be a twist.

I'm growing surprisingly sympathetic to Donald Trump.  He does some unbelievably stupid things as we've seen with the ill-advised and ill-considered medical plan but he also takes a whole lot of undeserved fire.

You know the CIA drives the Russian interference scam so there's no particular need to flog it and the curiosity is just who the hell is on their payroll since that list seems almost ubiquitous among those with even a tiny measure of public influence.  Barbara Walters was the plastic Dowager Queen of Liberalism ... while she dated Henry Kissinger, CIA engineer behind the Allende assassination.

It's the flogging about this Russian interferences which elicits the sympathetic view, at least in that context, since the CIA was long ago identified as the House of the Destroyers and this time it shows they're even willing to take down the Presidency.

Fuckin' hell, mates.

It looks like the CIA is bouncing Trump off the walls in the White House and Trump can't possibly know who he can trust but probably no-one.  Everyone around him is leaking like rusty colanders and nothing has to be true since they know they never have to prove anything.  MSM passes it off as a White House official who spoke off the record and then they're golden; they never have to prove anything or identify anyone.

Ed:  they're whistleblowers

They're not even close to whistleblowers as they're engaging in active malfeasance.  If you truly want to blow a whistle, blow it to WikiLeaks.  Nothing they have released has ever been proven false.

Perhaps the lament isn't so much for Trump but for the Presidency and consequently the Republic.