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May 05, 2019



Well seeing how slo Jo's kids got a buy in to Chinese state aviation, well maybe he doesn't see a problem.

matt - deplore me if you must

In 2008 3,000,000 people crammed the Shenzhen train station plaza trying to get home after the factories closed. That is Xi's greatest fear now.

Being blamed for putting millions out of work. Of course he'll just shoot them all.

Jim Eagle

Off to bed. Slaap lekker. Tot morgen.


That could get messy:



the level of




From a year ago:



In retrospect that wasnt a right move:



DrJ @8:52, Hilary Hahn is amazing, thank you. I knew it already, but linking her got me to listen again.


My pleasure, jimmyk!


Excellent dr. J.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--All I gotta say is Ig, You're Still a Young Man.--

Well, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night so What is Hip, Alex?

Sammy Small

Speculation on major "resistance" within the administration.



So, who is crossing the Uber/Lyft picket lines Wednesday?

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

One more ToP;
I Still Be Diggin on James Brown
How could anyone not love baritone sax?


How could anyone not love baritone sax?

Love it.

I still prefer "Down to the Nightclub" but that's just me. I've played "You're Still A Young Man" too many times.


We stopped calling them “Freedom Drains?”


For the tennis shoes, a typical example of the laces' RGB value is (155, 212, 208); A typical example for the shoe's RGB value is (120, 135, 132). So those who, like me, see it as gray and green (or more like cyan) are at least objectively correct.

In fact, the gray is red-deficient relative to neutral gray.

I made a version with true neutral gray, which should, I would think, look even pinker to those (insane individuals -- no offense) who see pink and white.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Two more before I snooze;
Sam and Dave;
You Got Me Hummin
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood;
You Got Me Hummin

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I am left handed [or maybe more correctly, cross dominant] and very right brained, and it's grey and green.


Yes that seems obvious. What isn't obvious is the ability to craft lyrics.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Ditto Ig. All the best people are (to quote Alice).

Manuel Transmission

Jesus, people! Haven’t anyone of you wandered out into the street when the pub closes and stood there under a mercury vapor street lamp? The lighting is from an ancient street lamp! You can extract any color you want from that shitty light source. It doesn’t matter what Pshop says, cause it only sees what gets reflected. /rant. :))

I’ll wait for glas to chime in. She’ll bust the joint out.

jim nj

With the sneakers it would be useful to know what the light source is. Measured as K, incandescent, LED, fluorescent and daylight all have different K values. It effects the way we discern colors.

Routine traffic stop? I mean that's used in the media to denote that nothing other than a ticket should have happened at worst.

I'm cognizant of the fact than an LEO never knows who they are approaching.

I haven't driven in years, but the few times I was stopped I also tried to make it easier on the cop. If at night, turn on the interior light. Keep both your hands at the ten and two positions on the steering wheel. If directed to do something, like license, etc., explain your moves. I have to pull my wallet out of my pocket, the insurance card is in the glove box.

A little respect and understanding to put the cop at ease usually means a better outcome.

jim nj


I didn't see your post, before adding my two cents, but you are correct.

More detail here:


Back when photos were captured on film you needed to match the light source with the film sensitivity. Indoor or outdoor film. If not the photos would show a shift in colors.

Manuel Transmission

Persactly, Jim nj. Between 2800 and 3200K will get you a decent representation. I’ve replaced all my fluorescent lights with warm LED tubes to minimize color distortions.

Did you ever see that cornball movie Joe vs the Volcano? Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Joe has a shitty job in an office that had green fluorescent lights that buzzed and flickered all the time. It made you cringe watching it.

Dave (in MA)

26504.95 26055.0 -444.00


Manuel Transmission

Roger that. I take thousands of pix with my iPhone. Particularly sunrises out our big front window wall. The image on the screen is never the same as what the eyeball sees. Lots of color shifts and density changes. Back when you were doing the press photo thing, I was hanging with both scientific and art photogs, so I got schooled in all that Jazz. Even got a few things published.


Is “Strangers” the new “Youths?”



I have my licenses in a lanyard around my neck and the registration and insurance in the visor. The glove box is for spare ammo.

I think some states let you display your insurance on your phone.

jim nj


"Key U.S. intelligence agencies are now politicized, and partisan elected officials have caused extremely grave damage to the country using this politicized reporting."

jim nj

I hate fluorescent light. I can see the flicker and it makes reading tiresome.

Ansel Adams published a five-book series. One was on artificial light, another on natural light. And he only worked in B&W. All my early work was also B&W, but you still had to be aware of the quality of light you were using. So I read many other books on lighting.

Using a camera you always want a filter on your lenses, a 1A, makes very little difference since its' effects are so mild, but if you bang your lens against something it's a lot cheaper to buy a new filter than a new lens.

In B&W your main filters are yellow, orange and red. Each darkens the blue in the sky. Each more dramatically than the previous ones.

If you want a master class in the use of lighting you need to look at old B&W movies. One of the classic effects is the reveal scene where an actor or actress learns some new piece of disturbing news and all of a sudden the only properly lit is a narrow slit of light that is focused on the eyes.

mike in houston

A couple of things about horses. We had one horse who would rear when he left the barn to go to the outside ring. He didn't like leaving the barn. I got on him with two balloons filled with warm water. as soon as he reared I broke one balloon right between his ears. He stopped for a minute, so I headed for the ring, where he tried it again. I used the second balloon, no more rearing. The theory is that the horse thinks he has hit his head and is bleeding. As to the horse that rubs you on a fence,(usually a pony) the best thing to do is to turn him into the fence. After awhile he will realize that if he stays away from the fence he won't have to be turned into a pretzel. OK MM the next time you get runaway with reach down and grab a short rein and turn the horse in a circle this will slow him down.

jim nj



I'm a bit confused about how Google censors Claremont. I went to their web page, via Google. I saw the essay on multi-culturalism that ws being referred to. How is Google keeping Clarement from putting content ("adverts") on its own website?

jim nj


Money quote:
"Jalel Harchaoui of the Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands told Defense News, “Buying drones from the U.S. takes time, is expensive and there is accountability, but buying Chinese drones is now cheap, fast and no one breathes down your neck — the floodgates are open.”

Our allies are using Chinese drones because Congress has no say in their purchase.

Similarly, Congress forbids our interference in the Yemen war, Trump vetoes it. Like SA and UAE can't get their weapons from elsewhere.

The middle east seems to have smarter politicians than we do,

jim nj


I suspect Google is blocking an ad campaign that is separate from the Claremont website.

If I'm following the story correctly, Claremont has control of their own site, but you have to visit it to see what's coming up.

If you want to draw people to the website you might want to advertise it via Google. That, I think, is where the conflict arises. Google won't run ads pointing to the site.

I may be wrong, but that is what I infer. Sound likely?


Good morning!



Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers




Statement from John Bolton yesterday evening. We are deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and bomber task force to the Central Command area.




A scam to try to get you to call back resulting in charges.


Reuters Top News
‏Verified account @Reuters
54m54 minutes ago

European shares dive as U.S.-China tensions escalate https://reut.rs/2H6h6ct


Submarine in the Indian Ocean captures footage of a creature never seen before pic.twitter.com/T3A8ySws9h

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 6, 2019

Video at link.



jim nj

Good morning MM, I saw that story a few days ago and thought we should do the same thing here. Open up existing schools to adults for free. If some people never graduated, never got a GED, give them the education for free that they didn't get earlier.

I know you're not a hand-out person, but you should reach out and see what benefits you are entitled to as aged and low-income.

When I hit bottom I had to reach out for everything to get back on my feet. That's not who I am, but it's what I needed to do after paying taxes for many years.

The reason I suggest this is that I got a letter from Social Security yesterday.

Having applied for Medicaid coverage in NJ, not only did I get a much better health plan, but Social Security now informs me that NJ will pay for my Part B coverage. SS will no longer take 135.50 from me each month, but will refund last month's payment.

Money has been tight since they started taking out money for Part B. Now I get a raise in pay, so to speak.

I have no idea how this works from state to state, but I was gobsmacked to get that letter.

Eye exam tomorrow for new reading glasses. Free. Physical exam and blood-work in July. Free.


jim nj,

Thanks for the advice, which I will take and call senior services today.

That is great for you that New Jersey is going to pick up those costs! I don't think Indiana has such a plan, but there may be other things I can take advantage of.











Since we were talking about raccoons yesterday...


Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
6m6 minutes ago

“Democrat Texas Congressman Al Green says impeachment is the only thing that can prevent President Trump from re-election in 2020.” @OANN In other words, Dems can’t win the election fairly. You can’t impeach a president for creating the best economy in our country’s history.....

Also, there are “No High Crimes & Misdemeanors,” No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction. ALL THE CRIMES ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE, and that’s what the Dems should be looking at, but they won’t. Nevertheless, the tables are turning!


Joseph diGenova on AG Barr...

🗣️: "So you're confident he's really going to go after the other side..."

Jd: "Oh God yeah...When he was announced, there were shudders at the FBI and DOJ, because the career people know you can't fool Bill. He knows where ever body's buried..." pic.twitter.com/lJpdwVxGls

— M3thods (@M2Madness) May 5, 2019

Audio at link.


Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
4m4 minutes ago

The United States has been losing, for many years, 600 to 800 Billion Dollars a year on Trade. With China we lose 500 Billion Dollars. Sorry, we’re not going to be doing that anymore!





Antonio García Martínez

This is good news.

Third-party selling of data:

1. Largely unbeknownst to the user
2. Doesn't benefit the user in any way
3. Merely an ancillary attempt to squeeze more money out of data (for an already paid service)

should be litigated/regulated out of existence.

Joseph Cox @josephfcox

New: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint hit with class action lawsuits after we found telcos selling customers' location data to companies which then provided it to bounty hunters. Cases claim telcos broke Federal Communications Act; didn't protect data



Cheese cake update: the pecans on top add a nice flavor after they get a slight roasted flavor when baking.


Data privacy laws don't work.

If you have disclosed the personal data to others, you must [after receiving and honoring a right to be forgotten request] contact each recipient and inform them of the erasure, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.”2



Stock market will puke on its shoes today.


Well, they do work henry, but it is actually not about 'data privacy' as we have discussed. They enable the data gathering, make it interoperable, and allow easier access to the insights being generated in the patterns.

All to enable that public/private 'steering' of every human social system, including people themselves.

Jim Eagle

I didn’t know DJT played snooker: Trump leads Higgins 12-5.


Another Bob

“Stock market will puke on its shoes today.”

Yep. But my instinct is to BTFD.

But I n the 4D world of monetary policy, most seem to be saying buy dollars and bonds.


"It’s snake oil all the way down, that’s why there’s no ad tech companies anymore:)"

From henry's 7:33 tweet link.

We see it every day when we scratch our heads over the ads on JOM sidebar.

Doesn't work worth a crap.

On the other hand, knowing where someone is at a given instance is valuable to bounty hunters.

And wives being cheated on:)


Obama judges...

"We acknowledge that a sitting legislator is not subject to civil process in any but the most exceptional circumstances. But this is an exceptional case that raises important federal questions about the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s plan for electing members of the Assembly," the majority wrote.



This tweet has brought a lot of outrage this morning:

Rashida Tlaib
‏Verified account @RashidaTlaib

When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine



True. Money is pouring into the US at a faster rate than perhaps ever.

Europe and Japan are tanking, and rest of world is already in the crapper.

Wall street is more emotional than 13 year old girls.


henry - I have no doubt that they are selling our data. Last weekend my daughter and I were shopping and went into an obscure little shop - Marine Layer - they have 2 stores in Atlanta. She didn't buy anything or give them any of her information. We walked around a few minutes and got into the car to drive home. I was driving and she was looking at her phone and said, "No way!" There was an ad for Marine Layer on one of her social media sites. She had never heard of the store before, never gone to their website or had any contact with them, only walked through the store for about 5 or 10 minutes. Creepy!


Momto2, turn off location services on her phone. (or leave the phone at home / powered down if with her). That is Goolag / FB tracking her every move.

Another Bob

All done with location Momto2.



Ryan P. Williams

A thread on Google suppression of free thought:

The Claremont Institute has launched a campaign to engage our fellow citizens in discussion and debate about what it means to be an American.


Beasts of England


I have a pair of Great Blue Herons that hang out by the water's edge on a daily basis, but this morning was the first time I've ever had one come way up on land - within ten feet of my deck. I was stunned. The darned things are huge!!



Beasts of England

And yes, I need to re-stain my deck... :)



Tom R

Senate Democrats posted a Twitter poll asking if Mueller should testify before Congress. My vote of Yes is currently losing.



Margot Cleveland

Mueller found no collusion b/w Trump campaign & Russia. That means 1 of 2 things: Either Steele lied to FBI re Russian intel OR Russia interfered w/ election by feeding Steele fake intel. Mueller addressed neither scenario in report. Why?

Report Omission Shows Mueller Was A Political Or Professional Hack





Did the NY Times just admit — and defend — Obama's spying on Trump? (link: https://nypost.com/2019/05/04/did-the-ny-times-just-admit-and-defend-obamas-spying-on-trump/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons) nypost.com/2019/05/04/did… via




Nice link to the Berklee Zappa tribute, Buckeye!


Ext, I check out the Berklee youtubes every so often.

Those kids usually do a really good job.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Three questions;

1. Did TM ever explain "the supreme court is not in play"? Obviously with a Dem pres and one gone con it goes to reliably 5-4 prog.

2. What is MT's point about color? That the ambient light that the viewer uses to view the pic causes it to be pink/white or grey/green?

3. Is Xi bold enough and scared enough of four more years of Trump to tank trade talks in order to tank the world economy and ensure Trump is not reelected?
Xi presumably risks his own political future and possibly his life if that strategy fails.

Beasts of England

Meghan has gone into labor. Thought y'all should know... You're welcome.

James D.

Meghan has gone into labor.

It's difficult to think of something that I care less about.

Beasts of England

lol, James D!! It was three out of four stories in my newsfeed, so you and I are clearly out of sync with what's important. ;)

James D.

Did TM ever explain "the supreme court is not in play"? Obviously with a Dem pres and one gone con it goes to reliably 5-4 prog.

It's in play right now anyway. Roberts has settled comfortably into the swing vote role, seeking that ever-fleeting "strange new respect" from the editorial board of the New York Times, so it's a totally unreliable court as-is.

Really, we need Ginsburg and Sotomayor replaced by young and strongly conservative justices before I'd even begin to feel even a little bit safe about the Court.


Is Xi bold enough and scared enough of four more years of Trump to tank trade talks in order to tank the world economy and ensure Trump is not reelected?
Xi presumably risks his own political future and possibly his life if that strategy fails.

Good question Iggy.

He can cause a lot of pain if he plays his cards wrong.

He certainly cannot afford to be seen as weak at home.


Exactly James d, you need all thr infinity stones.


What cracker Jack box did she get her degree:


Captain Hate

Ansel Adams published a five-book series. One was on artificial light, another on natural light. And he only worked in B&W. All my early work was also B&W, but you still had to be aware of the quality of light you were using.

Adams's zone system was the basis for understanding the range of tones in B&W between white and black and the importance of capturing them in a negative as the first step in producing a superb print. I went to a workshop in Vermont in the mid 70s of someone named Fred Picker, an adherent of the zone system who was more influenced compositionally by Paul Strand. It was a good experience, particularly using a well ventilated darkroom because the chemicals used aren't good for your health. Picker also stressed the importance of using paper with the highest concentration of silver possible, which Kodak was getting away from with their plastic type "paper" that dried quicker.

Even though digital technology has facilitated darkroom techniques being safer and easier, there's still something aesthetically unique about a well done traditional black and white print.


"When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free?"

I dunno, maybe when they stop chopping off heads.


That would be a good start:



Beasts we have the most amazing birds down by the water near the poopy park. I swear there are 6 footers, all colors and they just hang around or go soaring by. We have turtles and one big alligator there too. Seeing them every morning is a great way to start the day.

Jim Eagle

Those shoes are still pink and white to me, on all devices, all browsers, with and without my contacts in or wearing reading glasses and under all lighting conditions.

In Re: Falcons. I am reminded that there is a street on the south side of St. James Park, named Bird Cage Walk. Named that because it is where they kept the Royal Aviary of Falcons and other birds.


Tower of Power---- east bay grease, baby. growin up in the Cherryland, 1959-73.

All Day Music Live

the horns in Santana Band's "everybody's everything" ....superb.

Jim Eagle

To all AI enthusiasts, from the Daily Torygraph comes the below story: [Behind a paywall]

"A Dundee University professor could be in for a £400m payday if one of Britain’s brightest biotech companies decides to pull the trigger on its market debut plans.

The Daily Telegraph understands that Dundee University spin-off Exscientia, which uses AI to help find blockbuster pharma drugs, is considering an initial public offering, and will be ready to float by next May.

The life sciences company, founded by academic and former Pfizer executive Andrew Hopkins in 2012, has developed technology capable of dramatically cutting down the time and money spent in the development of new drugs. It automatically analyses patients' genetic data and finds molecules that could be used in new medication.

The company is thought to still be weighing up a number of strategic options, having recently batted off approaches from major drug companies over a takeover, and has also not yet nailed down which stock exchange it would list on.

According to analyst Allenby Capital, which acts as a broker for Exscientia shareholder Frontier IP, the company’s valuation could be as much as £1bn in a float, taking into account the $2.1bn (£1.6bn) valuation of “direct competitor and similarly-sized BenevolentAI”.

Exscientia’s latest filings at Companies House suggest it was previously valued at around £100m, but it has since raised additional funds and entered into a major £50m drug discovery collaboration with Roche.

It is already working with Evotec, Sanofi and GSK, as well as Roche, and analyst Ian Jermin, said “together, these collaborations offer the potential for Exscientia to earn at least circa £320m in upfront and in some cases milestone payments”. It is thought that the deals could be worth more than $1bn in milestone and royalty payments.

A host of further big deals are expected to be signed in the coming months."


Yikes Clarice. That Greenfield article is something else!


It's a BOY! (I know James is waiting to know)


hope all you need to do is apply stain, BOE. My stairs are near done. Still wire brushing the pine tar off the main section (12'x 30'). Double coat of linseed/thinner mix on the stairs. Clear stain 2 coats. Lookin good. good luck!

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