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November 16, 2018



Well that's stupidity on stilts, the adversary wont appreciate it, they have respect for people like dr. Savage or Farage. They understand what a conflict of ideas entails surely they want to crush it but they know why. Theresa May doesn't have enough sense to join her own team.


Is Russia really building tanks in Mexico?



Over at Insty there is a post up about the Beatle's White Album turning age 50.

Ed Driscoll comments on a George Harrison Tune---Not Guilty which he thinks is the best song ever left off a major album.

I think the recurring guitar riffs are solid and catchy but overall I think it's uneven, and I can sure understand its being left off the White Album. Worth a listen but I think it's relatively stale and below to well below par for the Beatles, even after 102 Studio takes.

Over to you, GUS.


Theresa May doesn't have enough sense to join her own team.

If only the Brit's had had someone like George Washington to warn them of the dangers of Foreign Entanglements.




Stacey Abrams....LOSER......has every right to be a self entitled BLACK WOMAN. Her rhetoric is GARBAGE and of course she is ENTITLED to think, spew and believe it.
Unfortunately, I do not agree with LARGE MARGE and her TAKE on America, and America's greatness and promise. ONCE AGAIN, MIZZ ABRAMS, is entitled to her RACIAL ANIMOUS and her self imposed victimhood.
Because her ideology maked me PUKE, I too am entitled to laugh at this MORON.
That is what it has come down to in AMERICA.
What else am I to do??? You want ME to be responsible for your CLOWNISH FAUX VICTIMHOOD, and I'm not "down with that".


What is this Phyrric Victory TM is talking about?
I thought we spelled it Pyrrhic...

jim nj

Somebody say HI to Frau for me during daylight.

I'm not too worried about the judge's ruling in the Acosta case. It's not a first amendment issue. It's a due process issue. Eye roll.

Since common courtesy is no longer in vogue with the press, we have to create rules for their behavior. That to me is the real story.

I liked some of the suggestions y'all had on how Trump and Sanders could take action.


Not only are the damn Russians building tanks in Mexico, but they are not paying taxes on those tanks. Those damn Russians should pay their fair share. Additionally, those damn Mexicans should have to pay taxes on the tanks the damn Russians are giving to them.
Are we to believe that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of communist tanks just off the side of the road in Mexico and that any idiot needing to hit the head while on the go can see them? Pfffttt.....

jim nj

Never heard of this before. Long, but very interesting.


Basically, lawyers are launching real estate tax appeals for big-box retailers by comparing their assessments against dark (empty) stores that have failed or been closed.

So if you built a store that cost 13 million to create, it should be valued similarly to dark stores that recently sold for 2 million without a tenant.

Somebody please re-post this so that OL sees this. I want to know if he's heard of this and what his take on it is.

jim nj

Is this real or just stupid gossip?



Speaking of Modern Art, Iggy's earlier link to The Case Against Quantum Computing, had this intriguing modern version of a man looking behind the Universal Sphere.

That's an obvious riff off this mysterious old woodcut I always loved:
But now I find this old woodcut was probably only an engraving created in the late 1880's and passed off as if it was something from a much earlier era: The Flammarion Engraving.

Bit of a bummer of course, since I always took it as a real depiction from the 6th Century of "That good anchorite, who boasted of having been as far as the end of the world, said likewise, that he had been obliged to stoop low, on account of the joining of the sky and earth in that distant region."

You can't believe anybody nowadays:(


I believe you, Daddy. :)

jim nj


Interesting article.

"How a Former Canadian Spy Helps Wall Street Mavens Think Smarter"

His basic message to financial titans - read more, spend less time looking at your Bloomberg terminal.

Especially since these guys are now competing against computer models and algorithms. Maybe if you read more, you'll have better insight than the computers.

jim nj


jim nj


According to this report, ELN, which had been an anti-Columbia militia, has moved into Venezuela in force.

Here's an older article



Bank of England is refusing to release 16 tons of gold to Venezuela.

jim nj


Some background. The old Bayonne Bridge couldn't accommodate the newer, larger ships coming through the new Panama Canal. So the Port Authority of NY & NJ built a new Bayonne bridge so that the Port of Newark and Elizabeth wouldn't be hampered by the low clearance of the old Bayonne Bridge.

Poor specifications? Not according to the next story.


A "conga line" formed behind a slow-moving driver and they all got stuck on the bridge and snow clearing vehicles couldn't get past them.

What to believe? The second scenario seems more likely, but can you imagine that one driver could close a bridge by going too slow. Take that person's drivers license away!

jim nj

I've heard before about drivers that are deathly afraid of driving on bridges. If memory serves me correctly the Port Authority staff at the George Washington bridge will actually drive such people across the bridge.

I guess those people sit in the passenger seat with their eyes closed. Cant find an Article to back me up except one for the Chesapeake Bay bridge and tunnel.



For anyone who was looking for Beasts, from the other thread

Beasts is lurking and on radio silence. He is well.

Posted by: henry


I have the 4D on this, fam. Jim Acosta is a White Hat. He and PDJT did the WWE thang and cooked up a beef. It's Security Theater. Now PDJT gets to control the White House Press bitches.



People who pay with the Race Card tend to write 0.00 on the tip line.


jim nj, " It's not a first amendment issue. It's a due process issue."

I hope Acosta and the horde get all the process they're due good and hard, like the diversity training inflicted on the rest of us.


Are we to believe that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of communist tanks just off the side of the road in Mexico and that any idiot needing to hit the head while on the go can see them? Pfffttt.....

Posted by: Gentlejim | November 17, 2018 at 01:33 AM

Well we know where the French petrol is going...

jim nj

Bubaroni, Gentlejim, and Frau,

When I was a kid I always carried a pocket knife. Everyone I knew did likewise.

When I was 18 or 19 I was accosted by a cop who preceded to search me. Mind you he had no valid reason for the stop or the search. He found the pocket knife in my pocket and asked me, "So you were going to use this on me, right?"

I was gobsmacked. Never carried a pocket knife after that.

I did call the chief of police the next day and told him what had happened. I was like I don't want a problem with you or the officer, but this whole thing was inexcusable. He agreed.

Why am I talking about this now, well it was life-transforming. And anti-fa gets to carry whatever they want and the police protect them.



How do you feel about chiaroscuro?

jim nj


I don't see this as a "win" for Acosta, or the rest of the White House press corpse. Pun intended.

As many posters have mentioned there are a lot of options for how Trump and Sanders want to handle this.

The nuclear option is to challenge the authority of the "White House Correspondents Association." How do they get to allot seats in the press room? What's their authority?


When to draw

Despite warnings I often see on the Net I have yet to encounter an instance in which a hold up man called the police to report his intended victim threatened to shoot him. Thugs do not want to come into contact with the police. They may already be wanted or realize chances are good they have been identified in a recent robbery. Or what ever. They are not going to call the police if you draw on them.

Supposed two guys are approaching you in a parking lot and do the classic fan out maneuver. You indicate you have a weapon by clearing your gun hand and fanning your jacket at them. They are not discouraged. DRAW!

I am not saying you should pull your gun out, assume a Weaver stance, and scream "That's close enough motherfuckers!" What I am saying is draw your gun and hold it beside your leg as you start to move to cover. I am very fond of telephone poles. Anything will do though. They will see this. They will remember they have to be somewhere else. They will not call the police.

Then you can just put your gun back in the holster and go back to whatever you were doing like nothing happened. Why? Because nothing did happen. A happening is when shots are fired.

Do not hesitate to draw. If you are somewhere you are supposed to be and someone appears who is not supposed to be there like a closed business show him the end of your gun. Could it be Mother Teresa looking for her lost cat behind your closed business? No it is some motherfucker up to no good. He won't call the police to report he was prowling a location when a guy ran him off.




You never told me whether the 28th or 29th. Also, what hotel?

jim nj

"How do you feel about chiaroscuro?"

Pin, it's freaking amazing. The idea that you could paint with shadows the way that light really works. A pinpoint source of light.

Way back when I was a full-time photographer I didn't like direct flash. If I used a camera-mounted flash it was pointed up with a white index card attached to reflect light forward. The results looked less harsh, more like ambient lighting coming from above.

I also had a second flash unit with a light sensor on it. Fire the main flash with the camera and the other went off immediately for two sources of light.

It took some mental calculations to balance the two with each other, and more than one exposure trying different combinations, but it worked real well for static events like portraits or group shots.

Studio photography often uses more than one light source, but they're live, not flash, so when you use a dual flash you can't see ahead of time how it will look, so I often took a single flash photo just to be sure I had something, but the dual flash photos always looked more realistic with no harsh shadows.


I don't know if this is parody:

Kristina Wong
Published on Aug 14, 2018
In this episode of RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL, Auntie Kristina tests the Young Rebels to see if they've been tainted by the patriarchy, and finds out why Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth.




You and everyone else should look in your library or whatever for a documentary by Penn Jillette called Tim's Vermeer. This guy is an engineer in Texas and he decided to break down and recreate Vermeer's technique including building a Camera Obscura. It's very interesting.





You never told me whether the 28th or 29th. Also, what hotel?

Posted by: MissMarple2

yes he did


Miss Marple,

Your choice 28th or 29th. We are at the Sheraton Keystone Crossing. I am free the entire day and night of the 28th and then on the 29th I'm good from about 10 or 11 AM to about 4 PM. I am totally flexible so whatever works best for you guys, and I can take a Taxi to anywhere you want. Good Morning.

jim nj


More on the diverging Bitcoin Cash markets.


If I recall correctly, he replied the day you asked him, and it was the 29th, but you need to verify that.
I wasn't reading for retention.

Good luck w finding it.


Oh, it's The Week in Pictures.



Or maybe he didn't...;-)

Who needs luck when his bedtime is after our morning wake up???



Will let you know later today and will post on a couple of threads.

U must have missed what you had said in all of the Typepad problems. Thanks!


From the intro,

"What do the extended election “recounts,” the Michael Avenatti arrest, and Betsy DeVos’s revisions to Title IX have in common? Due process of law, that’s what. For liberals, “due process” is a euphemism for “we win.” They’re for it when it favors them, and against it when it disfavors them. Hence the “believe all women” standard for Brett Kavanaugh and campus sexual assault accusers, and “count all the [phony] votes” for elections where Democrats are losing. (Add in Jim Acosta’s due process right to be a boorish twit.)



The owners of a novelty glassware company have armed their staff with pistols and rifles as a “unique and memorable” Christmas present.

Bruce and Ben Wolfgram, the father-and-son co-owners of Benshot, a Hortonville, Wisconsin-based company that makes drinking glasses embedded with bullets, wanted to surprise their 16 full-time employees with an early Christmas gift ahead of their busy holiday season.

“Our main motivator was personal safety and protection, but we live in a local hunting community so we already know how people feel about weapons,” Ben, 35, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “We also know our employees and their families well, so there’s lots of trust here.”

Last month, during a company meeting in the glass workshop area, the Wolfgrams announced the gift to their staff. “A few people told their spouses who couldn’t believe it,” says Ben.

Employees were instructed to gun-shop on their own time and last week, they were reportedly given a collective $8,000 in gift cards to gun stores. The only condition was that the staff had to undergo a gun-safety course at work.


Hi A'mom,

I did reply but it probably got lost in the threads what with all the Typepad hubbub. No biggie, and the pups are in from their midnight outing so we're all heading to bed. G'nite.

James D.

Just checking in. Got sent home around 4 PM yesterday, still felt crummy. A lot better this morning but still nowhere near 100%. And I have to eat a low/no fat diet for the next week or two while my pancreas recovers. THAT'S going to be fun.


It's a small peak.


James D, happy to hear you are home and on the mend. Bummer with the low fat.

jim nj

Pin, yes the Camera Obscura, precursor of the modern-day camera , but upside down.

Vision is an interesting thing. We don't all have the same ability. And our interpretations of vision through painting have changed many times over the centuries.

Some of them may have been defects of the eye, a lack of understanding of perspective, the ability of the eye to render detail in dark and light.

As art advanced it became more photographic in quality, more realistic. I don't think that was an accident. I think painters became more knowledgeable about optics.

When the camera became feasible, we saw a change in painting styles toward abstraction, which a camera can not capture.

I offer you Pointillism, that which makes no sense at close range, yet is wonderfully expressive from a distance.

Photography advanced in a similar fashion, influenced by painting. Photographers studied art to learn the "Rules" and apply them.

One of my favorites was Henri Cartier-Bresson, who developed the idea of the "decisive moment." He would wait with a focused camera until that point when his pre-planned photograph made sense. 100% candid, 100% real-life, but he waited for the composition to come together.

maybe I'm going too far, but as paintings became more realistic, photography took over, and paintings took on more abstract forms.


Was it JiB asking about LCHF/paleo/Wahl's protocol/whatever?

On my Twitter feed:



And any of these sites can help you get the picture. I wouldn't spend any $ til you've hit four or five, and gotten what you can from your library.







jim nj



I wonder if James D's diet advice no/low fat is based on sound medical advice or just more of the fat-bad/carb-good narrative.

Another Bob

Hoyden, couldn’t explain the mechanism, but low/no fat has been the medical advice for anyone with gallbladder issues for as long as I can remember.

Another Bob

My mother had gallstones, and was prescribed that diet pending gallbladder removal. For her, eating fat brought pain, not eating fat didn’t.


Low fat for pancreatitis/gall stones/cholecystitis is because the gall bladder secretes bile and the stimulus to do so is fat.

If you have an obstruction/partial obstruction (stone, scar mass) in the duct system, causing secretion (and the resulting contraction of the bile duct) HURTS.
And may cause bile to reflux into the pancreas if the obstruction is distal to where the pancreatic duct joins the bile duct (making the common the common duct, which empties in to the duodenum.

Bile in the pancreas can cause pancreatitis. It doesn't belong there.


Thanks anonamom and Another Bob for your explanations and experience.

The low/no fat diet sounds dreadful. I've been checking my glucose regularly and observing how what I eat affects it. Almost any sort of carb shoots it up over 120. I love lots of carb things and also know how carbs negatively affect my weight and hunger cravings.

When I factor in my wheat issues, a no/low fat diet would end up being veggies, beans, and millet/rice/quinoa.


Good morning.

Captain Hate

Levin last night commented on how the MFM is uniformly, as is their herd like wont, reporting that the Desi Acosta enabling judge is a DJT appointed judge; saying that it is technically correct, judges at that level are nominated more by the senators of that state, including blue states, and unless the nominee is a well known nutter usually gets rubber stamped by the President. This is *not* the same as the higher levels of judges that are much more reflections of what the President is looking for in underlying judicial philosophy.


Thanks for the quantum computer link, Iggy. I'll send it around to some of the people I work with, but not to the people we're trying to get to pay us to help them make one.


Avenatti's law firm evicted from California offices over unpaid $213G rent

Michael Avenatti’s law firm was ordered to be evicted from its California offices over unpaid rent after the judge dismissed his attempt to block the eviction, the latest setback for the embattled lawyer who was arrested on domestic violence charges earlier this week.

The lawyer and his firm were ordered to vacate a Newport Beach office building after the court asserted its previous ruling that ordered to move out, the Los Angeles Times reported.

His law firm – Eagan Avenatti – was sued after skipping four months of rent payments totaling over $213,000.

Old Lurker

Anybody else?

As we inevitably slide down the slope to banana republic status, is this happening elsewhere?

We have lived at this address for 43 years. "All of a sudden" (meaning I cannot recall ever not getting mail on a regular non-holiday day), we no longer get our mail six days a week. This week they skipped us on Tuesday and on Friday; some days it comes at noon, other days it comes at 6pm.

I tried to ask at my post office, but that was a joke, even if I could understand what they said.

Are we becoming like those countries that provide electricity and water to neighborhoods on a rolling basis?

Is there any aspect of government that we do well, or does Broward County run everything?


Residential mail does miss days here. Mail at the office or more regular.


Where's hoyden?

The Week in Pictures: Due Process Edition

Jim Eagle


Same here. The post office will tell you the mailman is actually an independent contractor. Take it up with he/she/it.


Can’t believe that Mrs. OL is opposed to “Time Out”. Seems like a perfect addition for the house in Nantucket. And reasonable priced, with the option to bid lower for the circumspect collector. https://www.1stdibs.com/art/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/jim-rennert-time-out/id-a_952083/


I propose that residential mail delivery go to a q o d/three day a week system.

There isn't a single thing I get or send that can't wait another day, and maybe the horrendous "service" I get from these extremely time pressured postal workers would improve.

I never had a torn cover or envelope in the over 25 years good Old Archie Smith brought my mail. In the six years he's been gone, rarely three days go by without something being damaged.

Last fall we came back from a two week trip to find all kinds of first class mail for people all over the neighborhood in our mail.
I had at least fifty financial account numbers in my possession.
I hand delivered it, because I had no trust that if I gave it to the delivery person it would ever reach the intended recipients.

This year I got zero birthday cards from my immediate family.
Hmmm--how did I manage to piss them all off at the same time??

I didn't. The cards were all were postmarked out of the same city in Michigan, though they all live in different ones, four days before my birthday.
Plenty of time for the typical two days later delivery.
Somehow, it took eleven days to get to my mailbox.

So----do you go complain to the station manager, and risk getting even shittier delivery, or just deal with it?

Old Lurker

JimNJ, quick answer to your "empty store" question.

Every state and every county has their own way of getting there, but at the end of the day, property taxes are called "ad valorem" because they are based on the value of the properties being taxed. And "value" is meant to be what the property would sell for if a knowledgeable buyer dealt with a knowledgeable seller, etc etc.

Some tax departments look for easy ways to approximate market value, the easiest of which is to track what the owner paid for it then what he spent to build whatever is on it. That approach is as accurate as a broken clock...but it is easy.

Nobody argues that home values in a neighborhood change over time for all sorts of reasons unrelated to the cost of buying the land and building the houses. Neighborhoods change over time and the house values rise and fall as they do.

Commercial properties are exactly the same. What a developer spent to build a property actually has almost nothing to do with what that owner could sell his place for. Like houses, market values change for a gazillion reasons. At the core, a commercial property is worth only the Present Value of all the future net cash flow from renting the property and that introduces two variables: a) what will the future stream of net cash flow look like (which takes rents and lease terms and credit of tenants and vacancies of nearby competitive properties into account plus a lot of spreadsheet guessing) and then the Present Value has to assume a Discount Rate. Discount rates are supposed to reflect a buyer's opinion about the risks associated with his spreadsheet projection compared to spreadsheets projections he might have for alternative investments. So he would discount future cash from a US Bond (low risk) at a lower discount rate than he would use for a bond issued by a bankrupt city somewhere. Ditto, exactly, for commercial properties. If I were buying an office building leased to the Federal Government under a binding lease with 20 years to run, I would discount that at a much lower rate (placing a higher value because the income stream is much safer) than I would for a strip mall that has been half empty for years; if my center is a "big box" center in a place where other big boxes are going broke on a regular basis, even though my big box might still be open and paying rent, I would constantly have to worry about what happens if that changes. And more worry = higher discount rate = lower value.

Coming full circle, the city has decided to raise one stream of taxes from owners of property based on the relative values of those properties, so it is only right that if values fall for a class of properties, then so should the city's tax take. I assure you that as property values increase over time, the city does not hesitate to ride the tax curve up.


Extraneus - TWiP Posted by: hoyden | November 17, 2018 at 05:27 AM ;)

Thank you TM for this super upgrade and thank you all for playing along. For the new to logging on, at people's profiles you can read their recent comments and follow them too. Heaven.

Old Lurker

JohnH I "live" on that website you found.

But wives are strange beings.

Account Deleted

I hear ya, OL.

Government at all levels - local, state, & federal - is mired in nonsense.
They either can't or won't do their core legitimate functions anymore.

Seems like there needs to be a nationwide education on what each level of government is responsible for. Name the core functions. I don't think citizens know.

California is providing vivid examples lately with the wildfires & the water shortages to show how the important, legitimate functions have been abandoned for nonsense.

Another Bob


Old Lurker

A-mom, just to argue with you because I enjoy it.

Just as this country was different from others because it was based on equal justice for all which equated to certainty that our property and our contracts were secure...our system of commerce is predicated on a reliable mail system. Ben Franklin figured that out like a hundred years ago or something. The predictability and certainty of our mail system is even embedded in our laws which allow the "date of mailing" to act as a proxy for certain receipt of legal notices, tax returns and a gazillion other things etc. If I fight with a tenant about something I get to use the date I mailed my notice of default as the trigger for whatever happens under the lease and then in court. We "certify" mailings to prove the date the item was placed in the mail.

As to your getting no mail you couldn't wait a few days longer for...you wouldn't say that if you were, say, a small time landlord who looks for dozens of rent checks to arrive like clockwork the first week of every month!


Old Lurker

"quick answer to your"

Ever notice that the longest posts often start with that quote?




Feel better, JamesD.

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