May 31, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (5-31-2014) - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Our friend, Joe, otherwise known as CDR M, is off celebrating his birthday tonight, no doubt unwrapping the new puppy that his little ones thought he might need.

Let's all wish him the heartiest, happiest birthday ever.

In the meantime, you're stuck with me, and my potluck. I'm feeling rather linkyish tonight, so link-stew it is:


Kicking off the Caturday link-stew is the cutest, most determined little cat who ever lived. Meet Clark Gable, otherwise known as Bella:

RIP, my Bella.


You had to know that with all the media attention focused on the VA scandal, the Feds would be forced to take action. It seems they have a plan.


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Overnight Open Thread (5-31-2014) - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Our friend, Joe, otherwise known as CDR M, is off celebrating his birthday tonight, no doubt unwrapping the new puppy that his little ones thought he might need.

Let's all wish him the heartiest, happiest birthday ever.

In the meantime, you're stuck with me, and my potluck. I'm feeling rather linkyish tonight, so link-stew it is:


Kicking off the Caturday link-stew is the cutest, most determined little cat who ever lived. Meet Clark Gable, otherwise known as Bella:

RIP, my Bella.


You had to know that with all the media attention focused on the VA scandal, the Feds would be forced to take action. It seems they have a plan.


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The VA Has Myriad Problems but Funding Ain't One [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

Over at The Federalist, Sean Davis shows why the VA's problems are not about money.

...VA funding has more than kept up with both medical inflation and increased patient loads. An analysis of budget and cost data, as well as data on the total number of VA patients and the number of acute inpatients treated, shows that the VA’s budget has grown much faster than its workload. Even when you take medical inflation into account, the VA budget still grew faster than its patient base since 2000.

Here's the situation illustrated in a handy chart:
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Saturday Car Thread 5/31/14 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Welcome to the potluck edition of the Saturday Car Thread.


I can't remember if I've posted this before, so pardon, please, if it's a duplicate:

Someone in SF is exposing the wild 'Truth' about #Tesla, and it includes 'anal itching'.

Yes, friends, all this and more is explained (somewhat) in a small-font pamphlet that Block found, photographed and put up on Twitter yesterday. According to Block, the flyers have been distributed around San Francisco, being left anonymously on the windshields of parked Teslas. We can't quite follow all of the logic thrown together here, but it appears that someone is mad at the electric vehicle manufacturer for its ties to the government, Google and the media.

Then there's this: "Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk." We don't know if Tesla drivers are as extreme as all that, but there was at least one Model S driver who was recently spotted doing some odd moves in and out of his sunroof (see video below). Did we mention that Model S seats are known to cause "anal itching"? Maybe it's all part of the conspiracy.

I'd say the video at the link tends to support those claims. It's possibly NSFW so I can't put it up here.


Moronette, Phoenix Girl, has a riddle for you:

What does 0-60mph in 5 seconds and can carry your paints and ladders?

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Saturday Car Thread 5/31/14 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Welcome to the potluck edition of the Saturday Car Thread.


I can't remember if I've posted this before, so pardon, please, if it's a duplicate:

Someone in SF is exposing the wild 'Truth' about #Tesla, and it includes 'anal itching'.

Yes, friends, all this and more is explained (somewhat) in a small-font pamphlet that Block found, photographed and put up on Twitter yesterday. According to Block, the flyers have been distributed around San Francisco, being left anonymously on the windshields of parked Teslas. We can't quite follow all of the logic thrown together here, but it appears that someone is mad at the electric vehicle manufacturer for its ties to the government, Google and the media.

Then there's this: "Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk." We don't know if Tesla drivers are as extreme as all that, but there was at least one Model S driver who was recently spotted doing some odd moves in and out of his sunroof (see video below). Did we mention that Model S seats are known to cause "anal itching"? Maybe it's all part of the conspiracy.

I'd say the video at the link tends to support those claims. It's possibly NSFW so I can't put it up here.


Moronette, Phoenix Girl, has a riddle for you:

What does 0-60mph in 5 seconds and can carry your paints and ladders?

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Booby Thread [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

More to your liking:
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Saturday Open Thread: Death and Civility [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

Cable car conductor at aged 14

Single mother at aged 17 who supported herself and her son by working as a waitress and a cook

Grandmother (interesting story about the kidnapping of one of her grandchildren here)

Performing artist who toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess in the '50s

Editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt

Three-time Grammy Award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

All from a person who started out life under extremely difficult circumstances:
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Saturday Open Thread: Death and Civility [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

Cable car conductor at aged 14

Single mother at aged 17 who supported herself and her son by working as a waitress and a cook

Grandmother (interesting story about the kidnapping of one of her grandchildren here)

Performing artist who toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess in the '50s

Editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt

Three-time Grammy Award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

All from a person who started out life under extremely difficult circumstances:
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Gardening Thread: Mystery Edition [Y-not and WeirdDave]
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This week's gardening thread brought to you by Mystery Dates...

...and mystery flowers:
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Gardening Thread: Mystery Edition [Y-not and WeirdDave]
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This week's gardening thread brought to you by Mystery Dates...

...and mystery flowers:
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Open Thread: Kill or Cure? [WeirdDave]
— Open Blogger

Alright, this one is a game for you history buffs. The Traveler suddenly shows up on your doorstep, fresh from observing the Eloi that are the descendents of today's Progressives. Exhausted from his trip, the Traveler begs a bed from you and falls asleep. You notice that in his weary state, the Traveler forget to pocket the keys to the time machine. You figure that you have time for one quick jaunt before the Traveler awakens. Grabbing your Barrett .50 cal rifle and one round, you hop in the machine and are delighted to see that he's already stocked the thing with Dr. McCoy's medkit. Your hand reaches forward and....
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Open Thread: Kill or Cure? [WeirdDave]
— Open Blogger

Alright, this one is a game for you history buffs. The Traveler suddenly shows up on your doorstep, fresh from observing the Eloi that are the descendents of today's Progressives. Exhausted from his trip, the Traveler begs a bed from you and falls asleep. You notice that in his weary state, the Traveler forget to pocket the keys to the time machine. You figure that you have time for one quick jaunt before the Traveler awakens. Grabbing your Barrett .50 cal rifle and one round, you hop in the machine and are delighted to see that he's already stocked the thing with Dr. McCoy's medkit. Your hand reaches forward and....
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Saturday Morning Open Thread
— andy

99 problems but content ain't one.

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May 30, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (30 May 2014)
— CDR M

Shinseki's resignation is not near enough. No way. Especially since it was just elaborate theater. While vets wait, VA employees do union work.

In total, the VA spent at least $13.77 million on 251 salaried employees performing full-time union work. Others, who were not included on the list provided by the VA, work part-time for unions at the taxpayer expense. In fiscal year 2011, the latest on record, the VA used 998,483 hours of this “official time,” costing taxpayers more than $42 million.

The newly released records show that in Baltimore, which has the nation’s longest wait times for veterans’ claims, taxpayers covered $372,674 in salary costs in 2012 for a clinical dietetic technician, a patient-services assistant, a health technician, a medical-support assistant, and two nurses to spend all their time at work on union issues and none of it working with veterans.

In Columbia, S.C., the VA pays one health technician a $40,706 salary to work for the American Federation of Government Employees.

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Overnight Open Thread (30 May 2014)
— CDR M

Shinseki's resignation is not near enough. No way. Especially since it was just elaborate theater. While vets wait, VA employees do union work.

In total, the VA spent at least $13.77 million on 251 salaried employees performing full-time union work. Others, who were not included on the list provided by the VA, work part-time for unions at the taxpayer expense. In fiscal year 2011, the latest on record, the VA used 998,483 hours of this “official time,” costing taxpayers more than $42 million.

The newly released records show that in Baltimore, which has the nation’s longest wait times for veterans’ claims, taxpayers covered $372,674 in salary costs in 2012 for a clinical dietetic technician, a patient-services assistant, a health technician, a medical-support assistant, and two nurses to spend all their time at work on union issues and none of it working with veterans.

In Columbia, S.C., the VA pays one health technician a $40,706 salary to work for the American Federation of Government Employees.

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So People Are Putting Butter In Their Coffee Now
— Ace

I think the idea was promoted by "The Bulletproof Executive," a health guru.

Supposedly grass-fed butter (and not the usual cheaper sort of butter) helps you burn fat all day, and helps your brain, because it has oils in it that promotes brain functions.

I do this on occasion when I forget to buy cream. It's surprisingly... good. It actually tastes a lot like cream (which is understandable, as it's basically the same thing), except there is film of butter at the top of the coffee, which gives it a slippery sort of feel.

But it's not slimy or anything. Just a little different in the texture of the aftertaste.

Just thought I'd share. It's pretty convenient just to keep a big bar of this in the fridge for when you run out of cream.

Oh, and then there's the miracle berry.

Apparently the berry contains a protein which is almost as sweet as sugar.

Anyone interested in cutting carbs can see the value of that -- a healthy protein which can be used as a sweetener.

Miraculin was discovered 50 years ago. It's only being seriously developed as a sweetener now.

Why?

Why, Government Corruption, of course.

As a chef and entrepreneur, Homaro Cantu has a reputation for an avant-garde approach to gastronomy. He believes the answer to one day eliminating sugar from our diets lies in a protein known as miraculin which was first discovered almost 50 years ago. Miraculin is a taste-modifier, one of only a handful of such naturally-occurring molecules in the world. It is found in the berries of a plant known as Synsepalum dulcificum or, colloquially, the “miracle fruit,” which grows in parts of West Africa.

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The idea of introducing the miracle berry into food as a sugar replacement was actually first conceived almost 50 years ago by an entrepreneur called Robert Harvey who began to create a range of sugar-free products coated with the berry extract. Initially, his company Miralin appeared destined for instant success. In a poll in which schoolchildren were asked to choose between a sugary food and one of Harvey’s new treats, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of the latter.

However, things were about to change rapidly. The sequence of events which ensued would not look out of place in a Hollywood film. Harvey began to suspect that he was being followed on the way home from work; then one night in the summer of 1974, he reported that his office had been raided and his files stolen.

Shortly afterwards, the previously supportive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that miraculin was an additive, meaning that the berries could not be sold as a sugar substitute without further testing. Harvey suspected foul play. He suggested that the FDA had been pressured by the powerful manufacturers of sugar and artificial sweeteners, keen to quash this new challenge to their business, something both parties denied.

“For the FDA to overturn the ruling, as far as I understand it, would require years of testing and a large amount of money, which it was not possible for Harvey to raise in the poor economic climate of 1974,” explains Canadian author Adam Gollner, who chronicled Harvey’s story in his book, The Fruit Hunters.

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As the FDA ruling stands, it is possible for the berry to be distributed to customers in restaurants and coffee shops but any food product containing it would only able to be marketed and sold outside the United States.

The big problem with miraculin powder as a general substitute for sugar is that it breaks up, denatures, when it's cooked -- so you can't use it in donuts or cookies.

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So People Are Putting Butter In Their Coffee Now
— Ace

I think the idea was promoted by "The Bulletproof Executive," a health guru.

Supposedly grass-fed butter (and not the usual cheaper sort of butter) helps you burn fat all day, and helps your brain, because it has oils in it that promotes brain functions.

I do this on occasion when I forget to buy cream. It's surprisingly... good. It actually tastes a lot like cream (which is understandable, as it's basically the same thing), except there is film of butter at the top of the coffee, which gives it a slippery sort of feel.

But it's not slimy or anything. Just a little different in the texture of the aftertaste.

Just thought I'd share. It's pretty convenient just to keep a big bar of this in the fridge for when you run out of cream.

Oh, and then there's the miracle berry.

Apparently the berry contains a protein which is almost as sweet as sugar.

Anyone interested in cutting carbs can see the value of that -- a healthy protein which can be used as a sweetener.

Miraculin was discovered 50 years ago. It's only being seriously developed as a sweetener now.

Why?

Why, Government Corruption, of course.

As a chef and entrepreneur, Homaro Cantu has a reputation for an avant-garde approach to gastronomy. He believes the answer to one day eliminating sugar from our diets lies in a protein known as miraculin which was first discovered almost 50 years ago. Miraculin is a taste-modifier, one of only a handful of such naturally-occurring molecules in the world. It is found in the berries of a plant known as Synsepalum dulcificum or, colloquially, the “miracle fruit,” which grows in parts of West Africa.

...

The idea of introducing the miracle berry into food as a sugar replacement was actually first conceived almost 50 years ago by an entrepreneur called Robert Harvey who began to create a range of sugar-free products coated with the berry extract. Initially, his company Miralin appeared destined for instant success. In a poll in which schoolchildren were asked to choose between a sugary food and one of Harvey’s new treats, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of the latter.

However, things were about to change rapidly. The sequence of events which ensued would not look out of place in a Hollywood film. Harvey began to suspect that he was being followed on the way home from work; then one night in the summer of 1974, he reported that his office had been raided and his files stolen.

Shortly afterwards, the previously supportive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that miraculin was an additive, meaning that the berries could not be sold as a sugar substitute without further testing. Harvey suspected foul play. He suggested that the FDA had been pressured by the powerful manufacturers of sugar and artificial sweeteners, keen to quash this new challenge to their business, something both parties denied.

“For the FDA to overturn the ruling, as far as I understand it, would require years of testing and a large amount of money, which it was not possible for Harvey to raise in the poor economic climate of 1974,” explains Canadian author Adam Gollner, who chronicled Harvey’s story in his book, The Fruit Hunters.

...

As the FDA ruling stands, it is possible for the berry to be distributed to customers in restaurants and coffee shops but any food product containing it would only able to be marketed and sold outside the United States.

The big problem with miraculin powder as a general substitute for sugar is that it breaks up, denatures, when it's cooked -- so you can't use it in donuts or cookies.

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San Francisco State University Spent $7,000 to Send TerrorSymp Professors to Meet Convicted Terrorists;
Critics Claim Payment Was Fraudulently Obtained

— Ace

Wonderful.

San Francisco State University (SFSU) spent more than $7,000 to send two of its professors to the Middle East for a series of meetings with two convicted terrorists, according to funding documents obtained from a California Public Records Act.

SFSU professors Rabab Abdulhadi and Joanne Barker were awarded the money by the university for a trip to Jordan and the West Bank where they met with two notorious terrorists tied to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), both of which are designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department.

Abdulhadi, an ethnic studies professors, is already a controversial figure at SFSU, having organized anti-Israel events and served as the faculty adviser to an SFSU student who was booted from the school for posting a picture of himself holding a knife with a caption that read, “I want to stab an Israeli soldier.”

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During the January trip Abdulhadi and Barker met with terrorist Leila Khaled, a convicted hijacker and member of the PFLP, which has launched dozens of terrorist attacks and is responsible for the deaths of more than 20 U.S. citizens.

They also met with Sheikh Raed Salah, who has been convicted of funding Hamas and served prison time for inciting violence.

I wouldn't have any particular problem with this expenditure if it were a legitimate research mission. After all, FBI profiler John Douglas met with dozens of serial killers in order to construct the famous serial killer profile.

But it is alleged that this trip had nothing at all to do with research -- you know, the actual academic betterment of mankind -- and was instead a trip mounted for political activism purposes, to wit, to coordinate with these terrorists on various anti-Israel agitations and propagandas.

Fifty years ago, professors had political sympathies (usually for the left), but they pursued their political goals largely on their own time and on their own dime.

Now they've perverted every institution so that it agitates against the public, while drawing money from that same public it undermines and attacks.

The Left is determined to make all institutions mere arms of their Shadow Government. They have thus created the bizarre idea that "political activism" is not only a permissible activity using university funds, but perhaps even a more worthy goal than mere research and analysis, which, by not not directly attacking society and capitalism, can be said to be a soft enabler of it.

These assholes plainly do not think there is anything real to study in the "field" of "ethnic studies." We should take them at their word, then, and shut this thing down.

Let the left pay for its own agitations, rather than coopting and contaminating every single decent institution they come into venereal contact with.

And speaking of -- the Feds will spend almost $200,000 to study how "transwomen" use FaceBook.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $200,000 to study how transgender women use social networking sites like Facebook and how their use affects their chances of getting HIV.

The Friends Research Institute, based in Maryland, received $194,788 last month to begin the project operating on the premise that due to “transphobia” transgendered women are forced to use social media as an outlet, often leading to risky sexual behaviors.

Remember Mike Bloomberg's angry denunciation of Republicans' blocking of the NIH from pursuing politicized studies in gun deaths...?

Yes, this would be why. The left is like the shapeshifting alien in The Thing and will take over any host organism it's introduced to.

Oh: They just basically did this study.

A study from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, paints an extremely sad picture of women who reveal themselves on Facebook.

Titled "Self-disclosure on Facebook among female users and its relationship to feelings of loneliness," the study offers highlights that are painful for the human social condition.

In examining the Facebook postings of 616 women, the researchers concluded that the more information about themselves they put out there, the lonelier they actually were.

You don't say.

Apparently it's crucially important to prove things which are already self-evidently true.

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San Francisco State University Spent $7,000 to Send TerrorSymp Professors to Meet Convicted Terrorists;
Critics Claim Payment Was Fraudulently Obtained

— Ace

Wonderful.

San Francisco State University (SFSU) spent more than $7,000 to send two of its professors to the Middle East for a series of meetings with two convicted terrorists, according to funding documents obtained from a California Public Records Act.

SFSU professors Rabab Abdulhadi and Joanne Barker were awarded the money by the university for a trip to Jordan and the West Bank where they met with two notorious terrorists tied to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), both of which are designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department.

Abdulhadi, an ethnic studies professors, is already a controversial figure at SFSU, having organized anti-Israel events and served as the faculty adviser to an SFSU student who was booted from the school for posting a picture of himself holding a knife with a caption that read, “I want to stab an Israeli soldier.”

...

During the January trip Abdulhadi and Barker met with terrorist Leila Khaled, a convicted hijacker and member of the PFLP, which has launched dozens of terrorist attacks and is responsible for the deaths of more than 20 U.S. citizens.

They also met with Sheikh Raed Salah, who has been convicted of funding Hamas and served prison time for inciting violence.

I wouldn't have any particular problem with this expenditure if it were a legitimate research mission. After all, FBI profiler John Douglas met with dozens of serial killers in order to construct the famous serial killer profile.

But it is alleged that this trip had nothing at all to do with research -- you know, the actual academic betterment of mankind -- and was instead a trip mounted for political activism purposes, to wit, to coordinate with these terrorists on various anti-Israel agitations and propagandas.

Fifty years ago, professors had political sympathies (usually for the left), but they pursued their political goals largely on their own time and on their own dime.

Now they've perverted every institution so that it agitates against the public, while drawing money from that same public it undermines and attacks.

The Left is determined to make all institutions mere arms of their Shadow Government. They have thus created the bizarre idea that "political activism" is not only a permissible activity using university funds, but perhaps even a more worthy goal than mere research and analysis, which, by not not directly attacking society and capitalism, can be said to be a soft enabler of it.

These assholes plainly do not think there is anything real to study in the "field" of "ethnic studies." We should take them at their word, then, and shut this thing down.

Let the left pay for its own agitations, rather than coopting and contaminating every single decent institution they come into venereal contact with.

And speaking of -- the Feds will spend almost $200,000 to study how "transwomen" use FaceBook.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $200,000 to study how transgender women use social networking sites like Facebook and how their use affects their chances of getting HIV.

The Friends Research Institute, based in Maryland, received $194,788 last month to begin the project operating on the premise that due to “transphobia” transgendered women are forced to use social media as an outlet, often leading to risky sexual behaviors.

Remember Mike Bloomberg's angry denunciation of Republicans' blocking of the NIH from pursuing politicized studies in gun deaths...?

Yes, this would be why. The left is like the shapeshifting alien in The Thing and will take over any host organism it's introduced to.

Oh: They just basically did this study.

A study from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, paints an extremely sad picture of women who reveal themselves on Facebook.

Titled "Self-disclosure on Facebook among female users and its relationship to feelings of loneliness," the study offers highlights that are painful for the human social condition.

In examining the Facebook postings of 616 women, the researchers concluded that the more information about themselves they put out there, the lonelier they actually were.

You don't say.

Apparently it's crucially important to prove things which are already self-evidently true.

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Jay Carney Resigns
— Ace

Henceforth, the Administration's efforts to provide the public with exactly zero information will be led by the ironically named Josh Earnest.

Asked what he might do with his spare time, Jay Carney said he might manage his son's band.

Whose first single dropped today.

No really. Hugo Carney is in a band called, for some reason, Twenty20. His bandmates are the Scions of other White House swells.

I think they should have called themselves The Princelings. It's catchier.

They released a record -- "Heart Thief," and yeah, based on that title, you have some idea what you're in for.

I don't think this song is as notably awful as Sonny Bunch does, because 1, 90% of everything is awful, so recording an awful song shouldn't be any kind of noteworthy thing, and 2, because we're familiar with the Musical Stylings of the rich, well-connected, and young, and so this awful song should come as no surprise, and 3, because anyone with Carney DNA is genetically preprogrammed for awfulness, and we should be grateful it wasn't even awfuller.

So: "Heart Thief."

Enjoy.

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