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Saint George’s Day

Cross of St. George

Saint George is the patron saint of England, Georgia [the country], Bulgaria, Portugal, Catalonia, and the city of Moscow. Orthodox countries tend to celebrate George on November 23rd.

PETA condemns George for his senseless slaughter of dragons. The YWCA condemns the condemnation and wants to know when PETA is going to volunteer to be DragonChow™

It is UNESCO’s International Day of the Book.

It is also the birth and death day of Billy the Bard, who was a great writer in desperate need of a spelling checker.

Master Shakespeare gave all of the best lines to villains supplying low humor to those who have read the Folio, e.g. Arlen Specter quoting Iago, reputedly in support of Clarence Thomas.

April 23, 2014   No Comments

Show A Little Respect

Momma Earth

She’s the only planet we have, if we blow it, we can’t pack up and move.

Wikipedia as an Earth Day entry, with links to other sites.

April 22, 2014   No Comments

Another Dull News Day

I guess they are going to charge the captain of the South Korean ferry with something as it becomes apparent that he and the crew made good their escapes while the passengers were trapped, and only one lifeboat was launched – with the crew in it.

There is apparently a question about the possibility of too many passengers and too much cargo on the vessel, which may have contributed to the capsizing.

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Zero is apparently attempting to focus on Asia again, so there will probably be another disaster somewhere. That seems to be the pattern – every time he tries to work a deal in Asia something terrible happens.

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At least the Keystone XL pipeline decision has been stalled again, probably until after the elections in November. Congress doesn’t want to deal with the fall-out, no matter which way the decision goes.

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I’m still buried with my current primary job, but there looks like an easing in the near future. It is a one day at a time operation.

April 21, 2014   4 Comments

Tell Me This Is Wrong

Back in March in response to the Crimean crisis, Hillary Clinton noted that Putin’s tactics were similar to those of Hitler in the 1930s. In the Guardian article a Stanford ‘Russian expert’ said that the comparison was a stretch because Russia was not moving to take more land from Ukraine.

Well they took the Crimea, and now the Donets Basin is up for grabs.

With that in mind, we might want to compare the Sloviansk shooting with the Gleiwitz incident.

April 20, 2014   No Comments

Happy Easter

Easter Eggs

This is what happens when you have small children – you dye your kitchen.

Yes, the festival of Easter, goddess of the Spring, is celebrated this time of year with the traditional symbols of fertility, the egg and the rabbit, by the people who settled around the Baltic Sea – the Teutons, Slavs, Finns, Prussians, Letts, et al. It is a festival of plenty after the hardships of winter, with the promise of new growth.

Of course, later groups took the celebration and turned it to other purposes, but I doubt Easter minds.

April 20, 2014   4 Comments

Caturday

Almost Still Life

Friday Cat Blogging

The outdoors needs carpet…

[Editor: CC sitting on the doorstep because the ground is still wet.]

Friday Ark

April 19, 2014   5 Comments

Rain Delay

Friday Cat Blogging and other activities have been delayed by rain.

If I get a chance I will be responding to comments, but this has been a very ‘interesting day’ in Real Life, so my access isn’t assured.

April 18, 2014   10 Comments

In Other News

It has been fours years since the Deepwater Horizon had its lethal blowout in the Gulf of Mexico that led to three months of crude oil gushing into the water.

CBS reports on Dr. Joye’s visit to the site of the blowout to check on the condition of the Gulf. Dr. Joye has proven to be the only credible source for information on the condition of the Gulf.

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While Australians may quietly resign when they get caught, one Canadian mayor can’t take the hint: Rob Ford launches re-election bid. The mayor of Toronto apparently doesn’t think his involvement with illegal drugs or his alcoholism are any reason not to be mayor of a large city. Who knows, the voters might agree with him.

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Now we’ll see if I’m any good as a political pundit because Chelsea Clinton has announced that she is pregnant. I’m on record as saying that I couldn’t visualize Hillary Clinton running for President if this happened, so now we’ll find out.

April 17, 2014   11 Comments

The World Continues To Suck

About the best thing I’ve seen is that a Federal judge has told North Dakota that its new Abortion law is unconstitutional. I fully expect the state to throw away tax dollars to appeal the ruling.

It is probable that hundreds have died in a ferry disaster is Korea.

There have been knife attacks at schools in the US and Canada.

People are claiming that new satellite photos off of the west coast of Australia are showing aircraft debris, despite the fact that none of this debris has been recovered. Given the amount of time that has elapsed since the crash, the location of this debris will do nothing but confirm that the aircraft crashed in the ocean.

The premier of New South Wales in Australia apparently forgot he received a $3000 bottle of wine – which would have been more believable if he hadn’t sent the donor a thank you note. Mr. O’Farrell did have the common sense to resign.

April 16, 2014   4 Comments

Tax Day

It has been seven years since Excise and Property showed up on a Tax Day past, and I no longer have to file.

It was a staple of the local news to show the lines at the main post office of people waiting until the last minute to file, generally because they owed money.

I’ve convinced the cats that this song is really their personal version of “Happy Birthday”.

April 15, 2014   7 Comments

Parasites

Badtux has been covering the the Bundy case in Nevada [post 2 and post 2], so that’s where to look for the background on this rip-off of US taxpayers. Basically Bundy thinks he has the right to graze his cattle on Federal land without paying for the privilege, and he has been freeloading for 20 years.

A number of my relatives were/are dairy farmers. If they wanted to expand their herds and needed more grazing land, they had to lease it from private landowners at commercial rates. The grazing fees on Federal land in the West are a pittance compared to what a dairy farmer in the Northeast has to pay. The grazing fees are effectively a subsidy of Western ranchers by the taxpayers.

Bundy is a moocher, making money off of Federal resources, and that has to stop. He is stealing from the ranchers who pay their fees, and from all of the taxpayers. It may be time to reintroduce mountain lions and wolves on Federal lands in Clark County, Nevada.

April 14, 2014   6 Comments

Here And There

Vladimir Putin doesn’t think that Ukraine should over-react to the seizure of government buildings in the eastern Ukraine. We all know of the peaceful policies of the Russian government in similar situations, and the number of troops sent in to restore order. There is going to be battle given by the Ukrainians this time.

The Australians have decided that the batteries on the data recorders of the Malaysian airliner have run down and are going to deploy the autonomous submersible to continue the search.

Ita has returned to the ocean, but the rains continue as power crews work to restore power in Queensland. As with Yasi the banana farms suffered severe damage.

April 13, 2014   10 Comments

No Good Answer

The BBC report, Heartbleed bug denial by NSA and White House, is a bit of a problem.

NSA has a two-part mission: protecting our secrets and finding out the secrets of other people. After 9/11 they have forgotten almost totally that they ae supposed to be securing US communications. Under Alexander the Geek NSA is all offense. This statement says that the government agency primarily responsible for secure communications didn’t discover a major problem with Internet security. That is incompetence or nonfeasance.

NSA missed the Boston Marathon Bombing and now didn’t see a major security flaw with supposedly secure communications over the Internet. There is no real proof that they are making anyone more secure, and a lot of proof that they are using a lot of resources that could be used for better purposes – things that actually improve the General Welfare.

April 12, 2014   2 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

The Sentinel

Friday Cat Blogging

Something do something…

[Editor: CC is looking for trouble without any luck.]

Friday Ark

April 11, 2014   6 Comments