Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's Hot on the Blog 8/16


Racism - it's now No. 4 for all-time on Ithaka

Donald Trump - and that disgrace of an address regarding Charlottesville


Motocross - Zen Yogi has been all over today and that went surprisingly well

Zen Yogi - did Hitler play golf?

Zen Yogi - looking for Bloom County

What's Hot

I Am Australian - The Seekers make a national heritage in Australia and who better for "Waltzing Matilda"

Fire the Troika! - eliminate those in the White House who advocate white supremacy

Cadillac Man - a prime example of how the party in power really doesn't do much to the national debt since the advent of new Democrats

"I Am Australian," "Georgy Girl," "Waltzing Matilda" | The Seekers | Live 1994

Note:  "Waltzing Matilda" starts at +6:35.

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree.
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong;
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tuckerbag,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tuckerbag,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred;
Down came the troopers -- one, two, three.
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tuckerbag?
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tuckerbag?
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong;
"You'll never catch me alive," said he.
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

- Banjo Paterson (1895)

Zen Yogi:  what's the situation with this song?

I was twelve when we left so the song was already imprinted on my mind.  I'm one of the Lorenz geese so now the song is my mother.

Zen Yogi:  wow, it's all that?

Maybe as I get misty any time I hear it and I don't even know why.

Ref:  Konrad Lorenz study of imprinting by goslings of the first thing they see and that thing becomes Mother.  There are multiple pictures of him walking around with all his goslings following single file behind him.

Zen Yogi:  when it took all that evolution to turn you into a goose, it seems it could have been done easier

Life will do it every time, Yogi.  (rim shot)

The TV has geese on every channel.

Zen Yogi:  come up with a recipe for Peking Goose and you will make millions plus reduce the goose problem

Peking Goose sounds perverted in some odd way.  How would you like to try our Peking Goose?

Um, no but thanks.

Ix-nay on the Chinese cooking.

Zen Yogi:  the swagman will eat them

There's the answer, Yogi.  We should tell all the swagmen they can eat all the geese they catch, especially the ones on television.

Zen Yogi:  I miss Saturday morning cartoons

Me too, Yogi.

Motocross on the Moon with Color Commentary from Jellystone Park

Racing motocross on a motorcycle is the type which features large bumps to the bikes go far up in the air as part of the race.  There's still quite a bit of it but really it hasn't been all that cool since Steve McQueen did it with his Husqvarna.

We don't get how that is supposed to work but, happily, we have Zen Yogi to explain it to us.

Zen Yogi:  you would have seen it yourself if you were not human-challenged since it's obvious after you mentioned Steve McQueen's Husky.  That bike cannot possibly work on the Moon.

So far I'm not hearing anything which tells me how it's going to happen, only how it won't.

Zen Yogi:  that's because, human-challenged organism, you are not considering electric motorcycles

I am not human-challenged and humans do have imagination, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  I have heard the politicians and what the news says about them.  If humans have any imagination, it's on holiday and hopefully it will take a pic-a-nic basket.

I'm with you so far on the electric motorcycles since those can work in the life-sucking wasteland of space.  There are many obstacles on the surface of the Moon to make for some high thrills riding so it's looking credible so far.  However, don't you consider it a problem that the Moon Moto Racer is likely to die in any crash?

Zen Yogi:  I learned they did have some troubles or, more accurately, the Moon Moto Racers did since they would always break their visors when they crashed and then they turned into instant icicles

How did they solve it?

Zen Yogi:  they didn't solve it.  Fred MacMurray, an American scientist, invented Flubber in the early Sixties.  Due to the dynamics of the molecular structure of the compound, Flubber has remarkable propensities for bouncing.  With some of this stuff, the Moon Moto Racers don't get hurt when they crash but rather bounce around.

Your science knowledge is exceptional, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  I do it the online way and make it up as I go, Silas

It's working so far but I have one tiny question.  Given the power of modern electric motos and the bounce factor of the Flubber, isn't there a chance a racer may achieve escape velocity so he can't come back to the surface again?

Zen Yogi:  they're working on a robo to fetch them and are saying it will come any day now

What about the ones they lost already?

Zen Yogi:  they were told they were now part of the Voyager series but most of them weren't old enough to remember what it was.  They didn't seem to find much consolation in the news they will be in sci-fi movies of the future.

EarthSky:  After 40 years, Voyager still reaching for stars

Even though I am human-challenged, I can understand that, Yogi.  I don't think it would warm my cockles too much to hear, "You can live forever ... as a weather satellite."

Zen Yogi:  forever is in a pic-a-nic basket

Booboo:  you can say that again, Yogi.  You two have been thinking too much anyway.  I'm hungry.

Zen Yogi Talks About Whether Hitler Played Golf

I tell you what, Yogi, every time we turn over a rock lately, there's Hitler under it and, in case we miss the blonde one, there are so many more little Hitlers running around pretending.

Zen Yogi:  that's what got me thinking about golf

How does Hitler make you think about golf, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  there was the 1936 Hitler Golf Cup he supported

What happened?

Zen Yogi:  some Brits won it and made a fool out of him since apparently they hadn't heard they were playing against the Master Race

That wasn't as cool as Jesse Owens since a black man embarrassing the Master Race was just an impossible situation.

Zen Yogi:  it wasn't as cool but it still counts and so far it looks like the Master Race just really sucks at sports

When I see Donald Trump playing tennis, I see why.

Zen Yogi:  that's why we don't steal his pic-a-nic basket, Silas

Why is that, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  jeepers, Silas.  Think of what's in it and look what it fuckin' did to him.  Whatever that uncooperative disaster of mutant protoplasm eats, this bear ain't eating.

We don't really care what he eats so long as we don't have to eat it and what we really want to know is how to get rid of him.

Zen Yogi:  you don't want to kill him?

Noooo, since then all his demons will land on me to eat whatever meagerness remains of my wretched soul.  I don't need that nightmare.

Zen Yogi:  what you do, Brother Silas, is grab him by the golf course

WTF, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  take pictures of anyone who goes to his golf courses and identify such people publicly as Collaborators.  It shouldn't take long before they send out the Groundhogs.

He will just eat them since it looks like he already ate everything else.

Zen Yogi:  you are not thinking it through, Brother Silas, since what comes after the Groundhogs?

What's that, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  Bill Murray comes and the golf course will look like a motocross track for motorcycles on the Moon shortly thereafter

Ref:  "Caddyshack"

That's cruel, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  I have my moments.

It's a great moment.  I'm visualizing Donald Trump rolling around in a golf cart with a shotgun as he tries to hunt the Groundhogs.

Zen Yogi:  it's a vision, Silas

Zen Yogi and Silas Try to Find Bloom County

After hearing the entire town of Covington, Kentucky, had drowned itself in the Ohio River rather than listen to any more news about the White House, it was clearly time for an expedition to anywhere else.

Zen Yogi:  where is Bloom County, Silas?

I don't know, Yogi.  We will need to start with a Pilgrimage to see Berkeley Breathed to ask him.

Zen Yogi:  where is he?

Well, I don't exactly know that either but I think he's in Florida.

Zen Yogi:  this might be a long pilgrimage

We could follow the dandelions, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  why should we do that?

Opus likes to blow on dandelions so wherever we find the most dandelions we should find Opus and there wouldn't even be a Bloom County if not for Opus.

Zen Yogi:  why does he blow on dandelions?

He does it because the Passion Vine is too scary.

Zen Yogi:  he's right.  It is too scary.  If he tries to blow on that thing it will suck his face.

Proto-carnivorous behavior has been observed in them.  (WIKI:  Passiflora)

Do you feel the passion, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  mostly I only feel passion for pic-a-nic baskets

What is the rest of your passion?

Zen Yogi:  desserts

(drummer gives up a rim shot and Yogi takes a humble bow)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Donald Trump Tries Flailing then Sends Cupcakes to NAZIs

There's no way Donald Trump could have gone any softer on the NAZIs and KKK at Charlottesville unless he gave them cupcakes and wrapped them in cozy pastel blankets.  During WWII, they called such people NAZI collaborators and defenders did whatever was necessary to protect themselves from them.

It took two days for Trump to say anything and the first effort was a ham-handed piece of ghostwritten crap which said the appropriate words but they clearly meant nothing to him.  The next day he controverted all of that and was back to blaming all sides again.  That kind of mealy-mouthed cowardice is not something we have seen previously.

The Alt Left is a favorite target but those are just bullshit words with no meaning.  There's some idea of linking the label to NAZIs but that only works if your knowledge of NAZIs is so buggered you're not qualified to speak.  The National Socialists party was just the front for the NAZI Fascists, just the same as Alt Right works right now for fronting NAZI Fascists in America and thanks to Hillary Clinton coming up with that sterling effort toward whitewashing them this time.

Ostensibly, I should be Alt Left since I'm sure as hell not a Democrat and would be ashamed to call myself a Centrist.  I'm quite sure I'm not a NAZI and I don't even own a gun.

Zen Yogi:  you do have The Whacker

That's true, Yogi, and The Whacker is a huge flashlight which is the Rockhouse Defense Department. If I can't chase off the invader with The Whacker then we're doomed.

Zen Yogi:  you can't be chasing anyone anywhere

Well, I better get a good first Whack then, Brother Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  when you're helpless is when they say you most need a gun

If someone can come at me with a gun in this situation, I won't need a new gun but rather a new species.  If I'm required to be the species of the gunner to survive then I will not survive.

There is no such thing as a neo-NAZI.  You're either a NAZI or you're not and the neo prefix is another weak effort to make them less bad relative to the first wave.  There's not much evidence of any reality behind the neo prefix on anything.

It's easy to play low brain-weight thugs and history gives ample examples.  All you need is a scapegoat and you can own nationalism in only a few easy steps.  Add a hatred for Mexicans and Muslims and welcome to the nationalist gravy train.  That's in-play in multiple places in the world.

The thugs are the obvious problem but the most important problem is at the center since Donald Trump motivated them along with Steve Bannon and two more unlikely members of the Master Race you're never likely to find unless you pull the fat lady from the circus.

The Rockhouse was previously reticent regarding impeachment of Trump, in part because there were no grounds for doing it and also because Mike Pence is as shallow, vicious, and stupid as any Republican ever made.  Chance favors the wicked in the order of succession since Paul Ryan is after that.

There are still no grounds for impeachment and it would probably never get through Congress anyway.  However, that thinking impeachment will only die in Congress was before Trump struck up such an identity with the NAZIs and the KKK.  There's so much stink from that even the most obtuse of the Republican second string will know they will pay for supporting this.

It may well be time for America to take him out as a clear and present danger to humanity.  However, I have heard some say that must come by any means necessary and that only leads to open civil war.  They're organized with heavy weapons, they're more vicious, and they think they're fighting for Jesus.  Fighting them in open combat only comes to one thing:  you will lose.

This has to be done cleanly or it will just go on forever.  Gandhi and MLK advised on how to do that all these years ago.

#Photography for the Unusual 8/16

Dimapur, India

Chakeshang Naga performs a chicken dance to mark the country’s 70th independence day celebrations

Photograph: Caisii Mao/Alamy Live News

Not to be confused with Paul Dixon record-setting chicken dance in the Sixties sometime when two thousand people did it at once.  With wings like these, it would have been perfect.

I'm not sure if the Record Chicken Dance really happened but I am positive he was the first to host the TV marriage of two rubber chickens.  Maybe that's when the Chicken Dance happened.

Leipzig, Germany

A male frog croaks for a mate at the city’s zoo

Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP

It's really not Summertime without singing frogs, lots of them.  Like country music, they do it best around Nashville.

Sydney, Australia

A man watches the sun set behind Harbour Bridge. Though it’s still winter in the country, the city has been experiencing spring-like temperatures

Photograph: Paul Miller/AAP

Oy, thinking about "Waltzing Matilda," are you, mate?

Mate:  I was thinking about my tortured love life

Well, that's always cool too, isn't it.

Varmland, Sweden

A rare white elk is captured on film by a local hiker. The animal, also known as a moose, is thought to be one of fewer than 100 of its kind in the country

Photograph: Tt News Agency/Reuters

Whatever scared the moose this much probably isn't far behind it.

New York, US

More than 1,000 protesters gathered outside Trump Tower in Manhattan as the US president made his first trip home since his inauguration. People chanted ‘shame’ at the rally, which included a march against white supremacy and Donald Trump’s lacklustre response to the violence in Charlottesville at the weekend. See a video of the demonstrations

Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

What's Hot on the Blog 8/15


Breaking - lingo, dialect, tribes, and Millennials may make a new kind of tribalism



AG Jeff - invited to a reefer retreat in Massachusetts where recreational ganja is newly-legal

You're Thinking - the distribution of hate groups in America may surprise you

What's Hot

Fluming - the sci fi about a nuke war was written in the Fifties and Sixties so what's a writer to do now (that title is one of my better efforts)

Fire the Troika! - anything which deports Steve Bannon will be regarded as good news

You Aren't - farm the Lamborghini way and it's authentic

Ronald Reagan - there is no attempt at a gag since "Storm Warning" presents the frame of reference of America in 1951 and there's information in that which it presents but also that which it doesn't.  There's no racial aspect to it since black people still used separate water fountains and sat at the back of the bus.  They had won the vote almost a century earlier but Heaven help them if they tried to use it and there's probably not any way anyone who is white can fully grasp what a horror it must have been.  That was their frame of reference and black people really weren't truly significant in their eyes except in special cases.

The movie isn't particularly good but the portrait of that time is interesting and important.  I can hypothesize regarding what they might have said within their frame of reference if I asked them why are black people not part of this.  I won't speculate on the response, tho.