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October 12, 2011

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centralcal

Well, how generous of JIB! Of course I will order one! I thought glasses was the right answer. I knew Taft and Teddy had mustaches, but I honestly couldn't picture whether Cain did or not. Man, I could never be an eye witness for anything!

Thanks for the update on the secret meeting with the Senators, too, Jane. I agree, something doesn't feel right. As Clarice pointed out, they have known about this since June.

Clarice

I hope I didn't mash up JMH's post too badly.

Jane

I see I am not alone in my skepticism about the IRan thing.

Ignatz

I perceive OWS fading already.
Anyone agree?

Jane

I'm sorry to go on and on, but if this Iran thing is a ruse to take attention away from F&F Obama is on very very very shaky ground. Iran will not put up with it I'm afraid, and Obama is not smart enough to deal with them.

Come to think of it, even if it isn't a ruse he isn't smart enough to deal with them.

Clarice

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/12/jmhanes-fact-checks-red-state-on-romneys-environmental-record/

I guess I forgot to post it.

JM Hanes

Sara:

DVTs are scary, I know. Here's hoping that any intervention goes well and that your son's medical needs can be sorted out without too much more anxiety inducing delay. There's always a lot of testing along the way, but in many cases, it may actually be fortunate when there has been enough swelling to alert you to the problem.

MarkO

Sara, sorry.

Elliott

Wasn't the conceit of Holder's epistolary apologia that F&F hearings were a sideshow from the serious business of crime-fighting? Then he summoned clerks and scribes from all the provinces, and, when they had assembled around him, he revealed unto them a complot...

centralcal

Well, Ignatz, according to Allahpundit, they have to leave the park on Friday for cleaning. OMG - would you want to have to work on that cleaning crew? Hazmat suits!!!!

I watched the Special Report on-line show and A.B. Stoddard was just disgusting. She thinks they are a few kooks, etc., but mostly the middle class and that their numbers will grow because they have such legitimate concerns. Barf!

PD

I perceive OWS fading already.
Anyone agree?

Seems to me a movement will be hard to sustain when its message is, "Hand over what you worked hard to get, because we want it, too, except we don't want to work to earn it."

RichatUF

I'm skeptical that it is a ruse, but I'm also not confident that the Obama Administration won't make a hash of it. Holder was in the front ranks of the Clinton Administration during the Khobar Towers bombing.

RichatUF

I perceive OWS fading already.

It is getting cold outside and supposed to get colder this weekend. Maybe they can take the weekend to get there demands in order.

Danube of Thought

I do, Iggy.

Perfect throw by Cruz. Perfect.

Clarice

GOSH, Sara . I hope this ends well and that you have a quick resolution of the problem.

centralcal

Best wishes to your son, Sara.

centralcal

JMH - good work. BTW - what is DVT? (I am not up on many medical terms.)

fdcol63

Does anyone think Obama and the Dems worry that their "Bush Lied!" opportunistic bashing may have damaged American credibility enough that other foreigns govts will be cynical of their charges against Iran?

JM Hanes

Clarice:

"I hope I didn't mash up JMH's post too badly."

LOL! If there's any way you could restore the blockquotes -- especially around the extended excerpt from the Wall Street Journal -- it would help a lot, though.

narciso

Best wishes for your son Sara,

Here's is the report from Tadros, who really did the best journalism on the Egyptian uprising;

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/12/bloody-sunday-in-cairo/#comments

This Iranian plot seems one step too far, for
the likes of Suleimani, not to mention, Shahlai

Sara (Pal2Pal)

When it gets cold, they'll all come our way. It was 100 degrees here today, still 91 at 6:30.

And these types of rants are not going to endear them to lots of New Yorkers. Yet Obama supports these people?

Another Anti-Semitic Outburst at Occupy Wall Street: ‘The Jews Control Wall St.’ and are ‘Hitler’s Bankers’ (Video)

Sara (Pal2Pal)

what is DVT

Deep Vein Thrombosis. Essentially blood clot in the deep leg vein. They are dangerous because if they move they can go to the lung or heart and kill you.

Captain Hate

Someone last night took umbrage over Romney saying he thought Obama well meaning about some policy. It grates on me too. But, in thinking back, did any of us, even those of us who had Obama's number from the git go, really believe we could elect a president with the primary goal of bringing America to her knees? It was one of those inconceivable things at that time.

I was one of those who had El JEFe's number but I was also willing to give him a chance. Even though I'm as un-PC as you can get without being extremely crude, I wasn't unaware of the symbolic benefit of having the nation's first non-white president do well. But sadly he is at least as bad as my worst fears were, and has no adherence to the campaign lies about being a president for everybody. I have to think that a significant percentage of the muddle that thought they take a chance on him instead of that fossilized backbencher whose "turn" it was, are determined not to be conned again.

Janet

I perceive OWS fading already.
Anyone agree?

Yes. A lib. FB friend linked this video saying the guy in the video is their Joe the plumber.
The guy says almost nothing....but he is clean, not overly pierced, & he doesn't curse endlessly.

This video from NRO linked earlier is really good. Again, this guy doesn't look too kooky but he just wants someone to pay for his college education...because that is what he wants. The interviewer points out that that is like a Christmas list.
99% of them look & sound like nut cases.

Captain Hate

Best wishes for your son also, Sara.

Janet

So sorry about your son, Sara.

JM Hanes

centralcal:

DVT stands for Deep Venous Thrombosis. It's essentially a blood clot in a deep, vs. superficial, vein. It almost always requires long term treatment and monitoring.

Clarice

Check it now, please, JMH..

Melinda Romanoff

Sarah-

My prayers for your son, and my hopes that he's not on aspirin and clot busters for too long. When was his last visit to an ophthalmologist? Just a thought, from personal experience...

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

Here's Mayo's current take on DVT (I haven't read it yet. That's next.).

PD

Well, the iOS 5.0 update of my iPad failed. "Internal error" during the restore part of the process. Guess this is not uncommon from what I read.

Did a full reset to wipe out its contents, then a restore from iTunes. Took a while, but it worked.

Melinda Romanoff

I do not know whether Pradaxa is effective in this.

JM Hanes

Yes, that helps, Clarice.

It's weird how it just switches fonts after the first paragraph and then elminates all the paragraph spacing, though, isn't it? I've seen that happen occasionally when I copy/paste something from the web into my word processor too, and have no idea why. I've also never figured out why the end result of such transformations always seems to be a less attractive, less readable typeface, but such is life. I appreciate the exposure!

Melinda Romanoff

And I have I mentioned lately that my work sucks sometimes?

It does, big time.

Melinda Romanoff

But nothing makes me happier than to see how everyone here immediately tries to bring their knowledge set to someone with an issue.

Amazing community.

pagar

Just a few notes concerning Romney's troubling appointments because I just lost another long post to typepad.
JHM has done a fine job on the subject. I probably differ mostly because I think the Perry camp pointed out something the MSM media was not bringing up at all. Something that needed to be bought up.

The National Journal apology looks like a none apology to me. The article points out further down the page that McCarthy signed on the regional program that Romney didn't.
This is why one of the most important things we can learn about a candidate IMO, is who worked for him and/or advised him.

I didn't mention Douglas Foy because he is not a Romney employee who moved on to work in the Obama Admin, destroying power plant production, jobs etc.

Had Romney fired McCarthy, he could say he disagreed with her program. Now I don't see how he can.

"Simultaneously he accused just one of those plants as being “responsible for 53 premature deaths, 570 emergency room visits and 14,400 asthma attacks each year.” Compare Romney’s eerily similar remarks then with the EPA’s current claim that its new rules will prevent “up to 17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks, 120,000 asthma attacks.”

There is mention of the fact that a few years ago people were more likely to believe in Cap and Trade etc, but this is exactly why we are spending trillions on a problem that doesn't exist. People that knew better then weren't speaking up about the problem of agenda driven science.

It is too late at night to get into the horror that John Holdren brings into a room, IMO.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Thanks everyone. I finally heard from him a few minutes ago. I guess his blood flow was back down, so they are increasing the blood thinners and the doctor signed a disability form for him and told him he may have to be off work for at least six months. I'm hoping this is worst case because I don't think I could stand having him home for six months and not be able to do anything active. This is the kid that went from childhood hyperactivity to full blown ADHD. Lying on the couch with his leg elevated is really not his thing. My d-i-l told him the other night if he didn't stop lying there barking orders at everyone, she wouldn't wait for a DVT to kill him, she'll do it herself.

Captain Hate

I've seen that happen occasionally when I copy/paste something from the web into my word processor too, and have no idea why.

Usually the source text has carriage return markers and other formatting symbols that aren't recognized by the receiving software.

Manuel Transmission

JMH, the hidden formatting is always a pain. My best, quick way to clean things up is to Ctl-A, Ctl-C, and then Ctl-V into a basic text editor like the one on a Mac. Word and others keep some of the hidden stuff and then randomly mangle the results. By copying it back out into the final environment, most of that is blown away and then you can tidy things up without a lot of hidden interaction.

Clarice

It is tricky, JMH..I had to cut out the html notations and I don't know how to do more than one block quote on their dashboard though I am certain there is a way.I
, sorry that in formatting it and reformatting it in an effort to make sure there was clarity I goofed on the WSJ quote.

But your thoughts and work were excellent and i hope more people see what you've done.


Niters.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

When was his last visit to an ?

Mel: I'm not following? I don't think he has ever seen an ophthalmologist. What is the connection? Vision-wise, he is 20=20 in the left eye, and 20-240 in his right. I think 20-200 is considered the cut off to be legally blind. He is also far-sighted and his eyes don't focus together making him see double exposures without his glasses, which is what his hyperactivity was always blamed on. But, he has been this way since about 9 years old and in all these years, there has been little change. It hasn't seemed to hold him back in sports, as he was a star baseball and football player, but he sucked at basketball. He could never judge the basket properly, when he was moving at the same time, making him the worst shooter in history, I think. :)

Melinda Romanoff

Me, too.

G'night.

Jack is Back!

Been away for the game and the fact our bell south router decided to go vote for Romney:)

Sara, our prayers are with your son and his DVT issue. Just hang in there and let God and our health system take care of him.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

let God and our health system take care of him.

These 10=12 hour days just to see the doctors are getting old very quick.

Melinda Romanoff

Sara-

While he has down time, set the appointment, and get the retinal "baseline" observed.

It sounds weird, but it's worth it, including the dreaded "field test", my personal "no optical test is worse than this one".

Just have him do it once, and soon. If you need a referral, just ask.

Melinda Romanoff

Soon, as in days, not weeks. While the thinners are just starting.

Melinda Romanoff

And again, G'night.

Sara-

You have my e-mail.

Danube of Thought

Best wishes to you and him, Sara.

Soylent Red

I perceive OWS fading already.

Not to wax paranoid (or, in my case, more paranoid) but I don't believe this OWS phenomenon dies with a whimper. There is a plot at work here.

The real driving forces behind OWS gain nothing from a movement that fizzles. God forbid, but pushing buttons until there is a violent response seems more likely to me. This is astroturf for the purposes of driving opinion and/or creating crisis. Pure Alinskyism. If one of those two outcomes is not achieved, the Soroses of the world will continue to pump OWS up until it does.

The media, for its part, sells no newspapers and has no meta-story if spoiled college kids get tired and go home. It becomes harder to tell the story that promotes Barack's campaign message when that happens. On the other hand, "rage against the machine" is a pretty well worn leftist meme which can easily be hammered into populist bullshit, or "I feel your pain". However much blood is in the water with Barry these days, the press is still committed to promoting socialism, and he's the hand they've been dealt.

Further out in paranoid land, consider that the SCOAMF is bumping around in the low 40s for an approval rating, and that is using even doctored polls. My guess is that internals are probably bottoming out near the 30% hard left whacko fringe right now. At least three separate occasions of Democrat politicians talking about postponing elections, circumventing the Constitution, etc have popped up since Barry's fall in the polls became obvious. So what kinds of things can you imagine might be a useful in making the muddle decide not to change horses? Mass protests erupting into multi-city riots. Iranian assassination plots spun into Israeli frame up jobs. US weapon-fueled Mexican cartel violence spilling into the Southwest. These are all things on the horizon of plausibility that fit in nicely with "Never let a crisis go to waste."

I'm not saying anything here. I'm just thinking out loud. There is no depth to which these criminals could stoop that would surprise me.

PD

Some daily cheer from our friends at ZeroHedge:

Luxury Chinese Boat Launches, Sinks Immediately

The best part is the comment section.

caro

Noone wants to be on the couch for six months, Sara. I hope all turns out well.

Danube of Thought

Watching Greta (delayed). My skin is being made to crawl, so I will switch immediately to the NLCS.

Soylent Red

This Iranian plot seems one step too far, for the likes of Suleimani, not to mention, Shahlai

The sheer amateurishness of it makes my Spidey senses tingle (Qods force aren't idiots). The audacity of it makes me wonder what we're really being set up for.

Captain Hate

O/T Tonight I spent a few hours at the local community college doing tutoring work for math students. One guy I helped is a cop who is trying to advance in the ranks; unfortunately his math ability is pretty bad. I worked hard with him for over an hour trying to get the light to go on; I think it partially did but it has too much of a dimmer setting for my liking. A cute young thing had a bit more on the ball and was easier to work with in terms of getting it. But the most interesting person was a fellow tutor from the hood who needed a lift to the Metro campus to take a calculus exam. He had a *lot* on the ball despite coming from one of the city of Cleveland's day care centers posing as schools. He told me that he picked up what he knew about math almost solely on his own starting with reading his older sister's math books just out of boredom. He said that high school was a complete grind because even in the advanced math classes there were only about four people that were interested in the curriculum. Beside math he's studying electrical engineering. I found his ability to attain what he has against daunting odds to be very inspiring. A nice change of pace to OWS.

JM Hanes

Pagar:

You don't need to get into the horrors of John Holdren, unless you can demonstrate the Holdren's worst instincts are reflected in anything that Romeny has said or done. My point was that Red State made absolutely no substantive connection between Holdren's "exotic" views & Romney or his policies, whatsoever. When an author doesn't even bother trying to support such incendiary linkage, I'd call it sleazy propaganda.

As for the "53 premature deaths," etc., eery similarity is thin gruel, IMO. The answer to overregulation is not zero regulation, it's responsible regulation. I don't know which plant Romney was referring to, but I do know this. When I lived in Boston at the turn of the century, if you wanted to keep your windows open, you had to keep a pile of rags handy to wipe the black soot off your houseplants and your furniture. Some things really are worth cleaning up.

Danube of Thought

Very touching, CH. I've always thought, for reasons I can't articulate, that calculus involves a major intellectual step from all the math that came before.

MarkO

Cruz actually knows how to play the outfield. The one hop makes the catch so much easier. Thrown correctly, as we saw, the ball pops up in just the right spot. Napoli took a glanceing blow and it changed everything. I love great outfield play. It is vastly underrated. An error by an infielder results in one base. By an outfielder, hell they run forever.

I don't really know why I'm cheering for Texas. Must be Sue.

Soylent Red

CH:

I am assisting as a tutor to some GED students who came here as refugees on Mondays, and with citizenship prep with refugees and legal immigrants on Wednesdays. I consider it a counterbalance to my growing misanthropy.

Nice to find people who are not only willing to bust their asses to get ahead, but also really get what the promise of this country is all about.

MarkO

All my high school math teachers were wrestling coaches. Did that happen only to me? See, I had a theory that part of the job of coaching was to make algebra completely unintelligible.

scott

The letter the owners of Zuccotti park sent to Ray Kelly is a hoot. 50F and drizzling in NY right now. Nearly hypothermia weather. Cold weather camping skills I suspect are not a strong suit of the "I want it now" protesters. Commander Bill in AZ might need to effect a rescue when it hits 40F...heh

Pofarmer

"I've been hearing that post-graduate (masters programs, professional schools) are the next frontier--there's been a big uptick in applications by students hoping to distinguish themselves from the hordes of mere college graduates. In other words, MAs are the new BAs. I haven't seen any hard numbers, but that's the scuttlebutt."

Which is why we'll probably encourage our kids to do trade school.

Rick Ballard

SR,

I can't quite game Iran's advantage if the assassinations had been successful. It would have been an open act of war against Israel, the KSA and possibly the US. So - Abby calls Bibi and says "You're good to go, all of our IFF has been changed and we'll provide the fighter escorts clear to Teheran. BTW - we agree about Kharg Island. It's an eyesore and should be leveled as well."

You have a point re OWS but I'm sensing a rather high degree of incompetence and I haven't noticed the strong Fenton stink that should accompany what you suggest.

Bill in AZ sez it's time for Zero to resign

"Commander Bill in AZ might need to effect a rescue when it hits 40F...heh"

heh heh - I was going to make a comment about the winter storm heading their way, but didn't want to spoil it for them. We had snow here in the AZ peaks a few days ago. In fact the day I was heading into Havasupai with a bunch of exchange students, and drove thru some snow squalls on the way. My first thoguht was how it would drive the OWS'ers back into mommy's basement :)

Captain Hate

Soylent, one of the guy's best friends from high school was a Vietnamese student. One of the things I liked about the guy in the brief time interacting with him was how open he was to anybody who interested him, no matter what the cultural background.

DoT, one thing I feel inadequate about is never having taken calc. The Catholic high school I attended was very good in English and History, ok in science and not all that great in math. Very good in basketball, though. And in college, like an immature idiot, I took the path of least resistance in my non-major courses. I allow the Hatettes to lord their knowledge of calc over me before reminding them that I still know more in total than they do.

Soylent Red

Mr. Ballard:

Like I said, this kind of action, and particularly this kind of botched action, is out of character for Qods.

What Iran gets out of it, I don't know yet. But floating the Joooish conspiracy meme seems likely to me, and getting that to stick with the usual suspects in the UN and international anti-Semite Left wouldn't be all that hard. We'll see if that surfaces.

Could driving a wedge between the US and KSA, while simultaneously fingering Israel have been the plan all along, possibly to soften the growing realization that their nuke program is not on the up and up? Is Qods even capable of that depth of snooker shooting? I don't know. What I do know is that the Big Fat Braintrust in the White House is probably not operating at that depth of snooker shooting.

sue

Go rangers. Had to listen to the game on the radio coming home from dallas. My granddaughter got her yellow belt in tai kwan do and wanted nana st the ceremony. Watching highlights now.

sue

Mark,

The more fans the better.

Soylent Red

I allow the Hatettes to lord their knowledge of calc over me before reminding them that I still know more in total than they do.

Age and treachery will always overcome youth and calculus.

Well...age, treachery and a solid jumpshot.

JM Hanes

Sara:

"I'm hoping this is worst case because I don't think I could stand having him home for six months and not be able to do anything active."

Once the immediate problem (dissolving the clots) is taken care of, they'll actually want him to move around. If there's been damage to the veins themselves, they'll put him in compression "stockings" which help provide the pressure needed to pump blood back upwards from the lower legs. The timeframe may not be as much a matter of "recovering" as it is of monitoring and calibrating his meds. I should hasten to add that I am not a doctor though!

DrJ

Sara, best wishes for the health of your son.

DoT, calculus involves a major intellectual step from all the math that came before.

I don't think so. Like geometry is different from algebra (and some love it) calculus is different from what came before. Not harder, but just different.

Personally I was always good at math (a high school state math prize semi-finalist) but in calculus I've found my home. So I've taken the standard two years undergraduate (plus an extra year), and an additional three years at the graduate level.

For me geometry and analytic geometry is much more difficult.

RichatUF

Sara-

My prayers and best wishes for your son.

Soylent-

Iran is a major drug trafficker, they've bombed targets in South America previously, and are untroubled by assassinating the diplomatic corps of their enemies. They have been building relationships across South and Central America. It could be a diversion, or dumbluck on our part that the plotters hooked up with a DEA agent right from the start.

Captain Hate

DrJ, geometry struck me as something akin to logical reasoning that defaulted into being called "math" primarily due to the lack of its own unique and specific category.

JM Hanes

As for the Iranian mass destructor, this seems like an emblematicly inopportune moment for Obama's fumbling policy in Iraq to come to a head, doesn't it?

On the one hand:

Military commanders and intelligence officers are pushing for greater authority to conduct covert operations to thwart Iranian influence in neighboring Iran. WSJ's Julian Barnes reports on the News Hub.

The move comes amid growing concern in the Obama administration about Iran's attempts in recent months to expand its influence in Iraq and the broader Middle East and what it says is Tehran's increased arms smuggling to its allies.

Compounding the urgency is the planned reduction in the U.S. military presence in Iraq by the end of the year, a development that many fear will open up the country to more influence from Iran, which also has a majority Shiite population.

After years of Iranian depredation, we've finally cottoned on to the fierce urgency of now! But never mind. Over on the other hand:

How the war ends here is proving nearly as chaotic as the last eight years of fighting and nation building.

The latest turn came this week when the Iraqi political leadership sent a befuddling message to American officials: It agreed on the need for military troops to remain in Iraq to train security forces, but denied legal immunities to American troops.

The two points, which are mutually exclusive because the United States has said no troops will remain without immunity from Iraqi prosecution, encapsulated the mixed emotions of a nation that celebrated the fall of a dictator but never embraced the invading force that toppled him. [Yada, yada]

Less than three months until all American troops are legally mandated to withdraw, divisive talks between the United States and Iraq, and among Iraqis, over a future military presence have complicated the drawdown and plans for a vast expansion of the State Department’s diplomatic mission, an ambitious and expensive effort to secure Iraq’s fragile democracy.

Whatever the outcome, the meaning of the war’s end is as different to the United States and Iraq as its beginning. [Deep, hunh?]

For the American officials, who are planning splashy ceremonies in Baghdad and Washington for the end of the year, when the final 48,000 troops are supposed to withdraw, it carries the symbolism of a president’s making good on a campaign promise, and closure to a divisive and costly war.

Smart diplomacy. Splashy ceremonies. Befuddlement all around. What a shocker.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

JMH: The compression stockings were the first thing they did a couple of weeks ago. He hates them, but he is wearing them. He is not to smoke or eat fried foods. He said they took vials and vials of blood today for testing and that the doctor said they'll let him know if he has vascular disease, which for some reason he came away thinking that means cancer, but I always thought it meant hardening of the arteries or something like that.

One of the reason he was at the hospital for so long today is they made him go to a 1 hour class on how to tell if you've had a stroke. If they set out to scare him into compliance, it worked. Fortunately, he has always been a healthy eater and he isn't overweight. Also, he is in excellent physical condition from all the exercise he gets.

Getting my d-i-l to give up Southern cooking with gravies, fried everything, and starches galore will probably be the hardest. Oh what sacrifices we are willing to make for our children. :)

Charlie (Colorado)

The $100K was supposedly a down payment on a $1.5M contract.

I have trouble remembering the players without a program, but aren't the Zetas the ones who the F&F guns were (hypothetically) being used to attack? That would seem to put them on the "love to see bad things happen in DC" side of the argument.

jimmyk

JMH: "neither [Perry] nor Cain have demonstrated anything remotely close to Romney's intuitive grasp of international dynamics, both economic and political, which are more important than ever"

I seem to be the only one who was appalled by his scapegoating of the Chinese, blaming them for our high unemployment (rather than Obama), and pledging to start a trade wardeclare them a "currency manipulator." If that's his grasp of international dynamics, I'd rather have someone who can't locate China on a map.

Charlie (Colorado)

MarkO I can date myself

If we old guys didn't date ourselves we'd have no social life at all.

by reporting I used to be able to type blindingly fast but then after each 72 characters I had to continue on the next punch card.

Hmph. Then you had an 036. My 032 made me type the sequence numbers too.

Charlie (Colorado)

Any protocol officer would know this and educate the president.

I'm not sure that the idea he's educable is anywhere in evidence.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

DrJ, geometry struck me as something akin to logical reasoning that defaulted into being called "math" primarily due to the lack of its own unique and specific category.

I thought algebra made sense and both Alg I and II were relatively easy for me, geometry on the other hand might as well have been some kind of Greek torture. I am sadly spatially challenged, which is odd because in art, I have always been partial to the use of perspective and loved that part of art class. I liked the order of it, much more so than free form. Unlike you, I could not understand the logic of geometry.

Elliott

Like I said, this kind of action, and particularly this kind of botched action, is out of character for Qods.

Even if DoJ has this all wrapped up in tissue paper with pink ribbons on it (and in just the manner they've described), the worst Iran faces is the uncomfortable prospect of concerted international action to find appropriately stern language. How will they live with the ignominy!

It doesn't seem they've lost much—especially since, as Soylent observes, the habitual conspiratorial* explanation will be offered at Friday prayers—though they're probably a bit frosted their boy was DEAd on arrival. If he'd only coped with the herculean task of finding a real gangster then the waters would have been sufficiently muddied when the plot came to light, whether through its execution or discovery by law enforcement. In the event of success, KSA, already unhappy with US treatment of quondam Middle Eastern allies, would have been positively frothing. Further, even if the cartel had failed, in order to tie the attempt directly and persuasively to Iran the US government would have been forced to provide information gleaned from communications intelligence. As a result, Iran would have had plenty of hints about how to keep future operations (like the transportation via maritime smuggling routes of, um, stuff,** from Iranian facilities in Venezuela) on the q-t.

Which brings me to my satan free conspiratorial explanation. Confidential Source #1, star of the FBI press release, is as real as the Barack Obama from Dreams of My Father. The entire investigation relies on technical collection which the US government has no wish to reveal. Thus CS-1, sprung like Athena from the head of Zeus, full grown onto the pages of an indictment. Go long tinfoil!
___________
*All Satans, great and small.
**Rum, rare timber, exotic animals, bootleg DVDs...

Charlie (Colorado)

Very touching, CH. I've always thought, for reasons I can't articulate, that calculus involves a major intellectual step from all the math that came before.

It's the limits thing. Newton and Leibnitz didn't use them -- they did it the natural way, thinking about slices getting thinner and thinner until they became "infinitely" small.

Then Bishop Berkeley -- the guy for whom they named the town in California -- screwed it up by claiming to find a contradiction in Newton and Leibnitz' approach. Mathematicians then spent 200 years coming up with an answer, as Cauchy and Weierstrauss came up with that whole delta-epsilon thing.

In 1960, Abe Robinson invented nonstandard analysis and showed that Newton's "infinitestimals" were as logically sound as the rest of mathematics. Literally. You can't show mathematics is completely well-founded but you can show that if regular math "works" so does nonstandard analysis.

Jerome Keisler wrote a text teaching calculus using nonstandard analysis. There is good experimental reason to believe that's easier for students than the traditional approach.

Keisler's book is now out of print.

So it goes.

Charlie (Colorado)

All my high school math teachers were wrestling coaches. Did that happen only to me?

Mine were football and swimming coaches, and I agree.

Holly

Very OT. If I were to copy and paste an exam question from my offspring's undergrad Con Law class, would there be a copyright issue? I'm sure I'm supposed to know the answer, but I'm equally sure that you guys DO know. The question pisses me to no end. And I have a question I want to ask about it.

Charlie (Colorado)

DrJ, geometry struck me as something akin to logical reasoning that defaulted into being called "math" primarily due to the lack of its own unique and specific category.

It's the other way around: geometry is your first exposure to what happens in math away from calculus/analysis.

We logicians know that other stuff is just ciphering, not real math.

DrJ

geometry struck me as something akin to logical reasoning that defaulted into being called "math" primarily due to the lack of its own unique and specific category.

Well OK if you must. To me the calculus describes how forces resolve themselves. That may be an equilibrium distribution (like Gouy-Chapman double layers) or how things move. That is pretty compelling to me.

Early calculus is a bunch of rules on how one takes derivatives or performs integrals. That's the basic and boring stuff. Later the equations teach you things about how the world works. They are not truth, of course, since they are approximations. But done properly, there is a surprising amount that they reveal.

Charlie (Colorado)

BTW, duh, Robinson's nonstandard analysis is more like Leibnitz' approach than Newton's.

daddy

A fun thread to take in at a gulp.

Nice work JMH/Clarice.

Cool Captain about your Math tutoring to grownups, and the follow-on discussion on Calc, analytical Geometry, etc.

Porch always neat to hear about the little waitresses. I think waiting tables was the most valuable job I ever had growing up.

About the cooler temps in NYC and the OWS crowds: I spent the last 2 weeks in Anchorage with max daytime highs in the 40's, and at night getting wet and windy and much colder. What I noticed on arriving last night in Indy was that on walking down the ladder I realized it was a nice balmy comfortable temp, and I could sense the muscles in the back of my neck spontaneously relaxing, since they have been involuntarily tightening back home in prep for shivering every time I step outside. I hadn't noticed my body was involuntarily doing that until that moment. That said, I think 40F and wet will certainly send many of the OWS street crowds in NY back inside.

Last: It appears our Wind Farm project in Anchorage is going to go through: Regulators have approved a deal to go ahead and build a windmill farm on the island about three miles offshore from Anchorage's western tip.

19 Million dollars in stimulus Grant money for the slimmed down 90 Million Dollar Project, designed now to build 11 turbines and generate 17.6 Megawatts of power.

This should be a good opportunity for all of us to see how Green Energy works and if its cost effective in the long run.

RichatUF

daddy-

Eyesores and bird kills. A blast from the past.

RichatUF

Elliott-

You're good.

JM Hanes

Good Morning, ELOLiott! I have sorely missed you!

JM Hanes

jimmyk:

"I seem to be the only one who was appalled by his scapegoating of the Chinese, blaming them for our high unemployment (rather than Obama), and pledging to start a trade war declare them a "currency manipulator."

I am really, really sorry to hear about that, when I've heard him speaking off the cuff on international issues so fluently so many times. It's my understanding that China is, in fact, a "manipulator," but as for the rest of it (and the insanity of the Senate bill), sheesh. What a disappointment.

daddy

Rich,

Thanks for that AT Link on failed US WindFarms. Thats an eye opener we don't hear much about.

And you're right, Elliott is good. O'Reilly played Joe Biden's comment on the Iran thing today and he and his guest concluded Biden's comment was indecipherable.

MaryW

Geometry is the one skill that many of us use in real life. You use it when you buy paint or wallpaper. Other uses are found in the logging, building and cabinetry trades. Those of us who sew, knit, crochet and other crafts apply the principles all the time. We just don't dress it up with fancy equations. Even driving a car uses an understanding of angles and distance.

I like geometry. Calculus is another story. For some reason the college I attended used a book for the introductory course that had the student derive the theorem before any explanation was given. The book was used for 1 year but since I was going to be a math major the class was passed and I found new majors in history and accounting. A number of new engineering students change majors as well. A tech school really doesn't like that to happen. The rest of my math requirements were satisfied when I was able to test out.

daddy

Just came across this amateur video of the "harvesting" of a Bowhead Whale caught in Barrow last week. It's a little bloody, but you can see their method of butchering pretty well, which I found interesting.

For some reason it reminded me of that scene in Undaunted Courage where, having arrived on the Oregon Coast, a beached whale was reported to the Explorers 10 or 20 few miles down the beach. I recall that Sacagawea wanted to go see it, and that she was initially refused permission, but that she then made a stink saying something like I walked all the way across the country and I'm not leaving until I see the big fish. And she did.

JM Hanes

Sara:

"the doctor said they'll let him know if he has vascular disease, which for some reason he came away thinking that means cancer, but I always thought it meant hardening of the arteries or something like that."

Vascular disease just means it involves the circulatory system, which covers a whole lot of territory, but isn't cancer. It sounds like they're running through the master list of potential causes. When that includes systemic causes (vascular disease), and proximate causes (like an injury), and gene specific causes, it can be a somewhat involved process of elimination!

Elliott

Good morning, JMH. I'm glad to be back in 1st amendment land, though I'll cop to some trepidation as to imminent harrowing prophecies from Quassandra.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

JMH: Thanks for the info. He took a line drive in the calf, right where the 2 calf clots are located about 3 years ago and I wondered if that was the original cause, but where did the two in his groin come from. I didn't see the ultra-sounds they did, but my d-i-l was there and says the 2 in the groin looked much larger than the other 2 in the calf.

I've been a bit freaked out by all this, scared more than anything, but I've tried hard not to let it show as I can tell by the bluster and cavalier attitude that my son is covering up for being scared to death. I just wish the knot of fear in my gut would go away. I cannot get the picture of my Dad standing there talking to me one second and then suddenly falling backwards in his chair and was gone, just like that in the next. It is a picture that I'll never get out of my mind and is as clear to me today as it was that Saturday morning in 1958. I keep telling myself not to let my own trauma of that event color how I'm feeling now, but myself isn't listening.

It is somewhat comforting to remember that the diagnostic and treatment tools in today's medicine make 1958 look like the Dark Ages.

JM Hanes

Sara:

1958 was indeed the Dark Ages. We didn't even start universal polio vaccinations till 1955! That may not help with the maternal stomach knots much, but the fact that your son's providers have actually been letting him out of the hospital sounds like a good sign to me. Don't let it worry you too much, if they seem to have a hard time figuring out why the clots developed. Sometimes they can't ever really tell for sure; the important thing to know is that it's a manageable condition.

JM Hanes

Elliott:

Kim has pretty much got a lock on the harrowing, and my Quassandring has suffered in your absence, hélas! Are you back for good (or at least the foreseeable future)?

JM Hanes

Time for my last hurrah! Here's Ezra Klein:

Some critics of the 99 percenters argue that they are still better off than 99 percent of the world’s population. “In America, you are the 99%, but in the rest of the world, you are still the 1%,” reads one image that’s been making the rounds, juxtaposing the protesters with starving African children. Occupy Wall Street’s logic, by extension, should mean that the entire United States should redistribute its wealth globally. But is the 99 percent in the United States so well off compared with the rest of the world?

As it turns out, the bottom 99 percent of the United States doesn’t make the top 1 percent of household incomes worldwide — but it comes surprisingly close.

G'night and G'morning all.

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