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Monday, August 7. 2017
Bird Dog has gone fishing for the week. His Raja Isteri figured his audience would bridle at seven full days without a little touch of Bird Dog in the night, so she kindly sent me a picture of him up to his old angling tricks. Bird Dog isn't much of a fisherman, truth be told. Just between you and me, he jacklights great whites. He even tried a salt lick once, but it didn't work all that well. I'm not sure why. Anyway, as you can see, Bird Dog is just another square old man who wears his shoes when he goes swimming.
On to the links!
Little-known fact: P. T. Barnum was actually a stoic who downplayed his opinions for public consumption
After a restoration process that took more than two years, the USS Constitution – first launched in 1797 and the oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat – was eased back into Boston Harbor on Sunday night.
Little-known fact: Bad writers use dashes and parentheses instead of commas. Really bad writers use them in headlines
Little-known fact: The best jokes are unintentional
Little-known fact: Anything about acting Estonian by Greeks
Apparently little-known fact to some people: The USSR is no longer operative. We've read their files. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were guilty, guilty, guilty
Little-known fact: An iPhone isn't a magic device that nulls out all existing laws. Very little known, apparently. Not for long
Little-known fact: You can hire bad writers who shotgun quotation marks and parentheses into everything to pretend to be impartially reporting on a newsworthy trend just to get a link back to the company that hired them, because the FTC isn't paying attention to the internet. Yet
Little-known fact: All the good news is bad now
Little-known fact: The road to total enlightenment is long and arduous. Bring a a bag lunch and a change of undershorts
Little-known fact: My parents produced an emotionally intelligent machine using nothing but a bottle of Mateus, a Bobby Darin record, and some private school tuition
Little-known fact: You can't mention this at Google, either
Have a great Monday, everyone. If you can manage it, you should go fishin'.
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25,000 chimneys will offset Global Warming. Who do I call to buy some stock?
At AGWChimneysRUs.com, or call 1-800-CHIMNEY ! Operators are STANDING BY.
But wait, there's more! Order your chimney today and we'll throw in a Sea Level Neutralizer (TM) absolutely free!
"In one of the shrillest moments in
America’s infamous anti-communism “red scare,”
The Red Scare was under Woodrow Wilson and included the imprisoning of Socialist leader Eugene V Debs who was finally freed by President Harding. The Scare was implemented by "Palmer Raids" by Wilson AG Palmer.
"...America’s infamous anti-communism “red scare,”...:
Continuing on that theme, The Soviets' Venona files clearly showed that "Tailgunner" Joe McCarthy was pretty much correct in his assertions that the US government was infiltrated by Soviet agents, up to and including FDR's "co-President" Harry Hopkins!
Alger Hiss? Guilty! Rosenbergs? Guilty! Most of those blacklisted screenwriters and movie people? Guilty!
Facts are stubborn things! Especially when your enemy confirms them IN WRITING!!
I have often thought that the untold story about McCarthy was who was leaking these communist sympathizers/spies secrets. It's not as though McCarthy was an investigator digging this up himself. I wonder what happened to that person.
Hope they have those fake fabric wavy arms and are made in the colors of the favorite local sports teams!
There may not be an actual EQ metric, but there has to be something like it. If you've ever been in a tough business meeting and watched one exec totally mis-read the room, and the next one read it correctly, resulting in the first exec getting blown out of the water, then you've seen it in action. Maybe it's not EQ. But it's something...
I do remember years and years ago, before global warming became a catchphrase, that similar sized chimneys were proposed for coastal area. For power generation, fresh water, and- to mitigate hurricanes. I think it was Popular Science where I read about them. One every ten miles along the California coast and Colorado River water wouldn't need to be pumped over the mountains to Los Angeles.
This pass in the AirBnB article amused me, in a Fox-Butterfield way: "Berlin, like most German cities, is experiencing an acute shortage of affordable homes. Rents are rising at a rate of nearly 10 percent a year, even though the city has a rent cap and has introduced one of the strictest bans on holiday apartments."
There are people who will never, never get that rent caps lead inexorably to living space shortages. Never, ever. They will be gobsmacked every time it happens.
As for the sniffy attitudes towards pros using AirBnB, I've used it twice, and both landlords would have benefited from a bit of professionalism. The informality is great, but they should have put more effort into cleanliness. I'm pretty flexible in that department, but sheesh. No pro would have had trouble diagnosing the problem.