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Let’s Bury Fidel

Not the truth.

I come to bury Caesar Fidel, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar Fidel …

Drumpf said that Fidel was a ‘brutal dictator’. He was not a nice person in a lot of ways, but he certainly was no where near as brutal as Fulgencio Batista, the fascist dictator he overthrew.

Batista was “anti-communist”, so he got US government support. His brutality, the corruption involving large landowners, US corporations, and the Mafia were ignored. When Castro finally threw Batista out and started giving land to the poor and nationalization, Cuba’s 1% went across the Strait to Florida and immediately started their propaganda & political machine that resulted in a worthless 50-year embargo.

Fidel’s real crime was being a communist, not being a dictator. He was definitely the lesser of two evils.

November 26, 2016   23 Comments

Remnant Otto – Day 6

Remnant OttoPosition: 8.7N 96.0W [ 3PM CST 2100 UTC].
Movement: West [260°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb ↑.

Currently about 485 miles [ 780 km] South of Port Angel, Mexico.

At 3PM CST Otto has dissipated into a remnant low. This is the final advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 26, 2016   No Comments

Happy NODWISH™

Evergreen Yes, it’s the time of year when the Sun dies and must be re-born through an elaborate ceremony that involves some form or type of sacrifice, such as finding gifts for people you can’t stand and smiling brightly as you receive yet another gift based on an urban legend that you actually like truly stomach-wrenching color combinations.

Of course there was a time when the Solstice sacrifices were more visceral and the evergreen was covered in things that pleased only ravens and such, but we have put all that behind us by opting for the possibility of electrocuting one another and causing chaos on the power grid.

What a brilliant idea: moving a large supply of pre-kindling soaked with highly flammable resins into your house, loading it down with petrochemical-based ornaments, lacing it with heat-producing electrical devices, and surrounding the base with cardboard boxes and tissue paper. You just can’t have a traditional celebration without a proto-bonfire in your living room.

I do think that followers of Mithras might want to curtail their typical birthday service in light of Mad-Cow Disease, but global warming will certainly make the services in the oak wood in traditional druidic robes more comfortable.

When you put up your stocking on the mantel and put out the turnips for Gouger, Rooter, Tusker, and Snouter as well as the pork pie and sherry for the Hogfather, you can rest assured the Sun will come up, because it just slipped around back to return the lager it rented.

Enjoy! You have nothing to fear, except that sniveling little creep with the camera/phone at the office party or the eggnog that was put out rather early causing you to suspect that the bits on top aren’t nutmeg. [The pictures probably won’t appear on the ‘Net and the brandy will surely take care of the salmonella.]

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November 25, 2016   1 Comment

Tropical Storm Otto – Day 5

Tropical Storm OttoPosition: 9.7N 90.7W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Southwest [255°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb ↑.

Currently about 295 miles [ 475 km] South-Southwest of San Salvador, El Salvador.

Otto is officially bi-coastal as it entered the Pacific early this morning.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 25, 2016   No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyIf your celebration involved the death of a turkey, thank you. If you have no intention of participating in the Charcoal Grey Thursday Sales, you are a true patriot.

Hulu advertises the WKRP Thanksgiving show as a freebie, but there are CGT ads.

Don’t argue with relatives that voted for Trump. They have endangered species status, and their candidate may get thrown out of New York City for blocking Fifth Avenue during the Christmas season.

November 24, 2016   10 Comments

Tropical Storm Otto – Day 4

Tropical Storm OttoPosition: 10.9N 85.6W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [265°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb ↑.

Currently about 20 miles [ 30 km] North of Liberia, Costa Rica.

The storm made landfall just to the north of the town of San Juan de Nicaragua at Noon CDT, as a Category 2 hurricane with 110mph winds.

Otto weakened to a tropical storm at 9pm CST.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Pacific coast from Puntarenas, Costa Rica to Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 24, 2016   No Comments

Rude?

Drumpf throws a hissy fit because New Yorkers boo his choice for Vice President. The booing is a normal reaction when people ‘jump the line’. Hamilton has been a tough ticket to score for some time and this guy, who is immediately identified as a ‘tourist’ has orchestra seating for himself and his security. The cast made a statement after the curtain call, but the booing was from the audience, not the cast, and it was about privilege, not politics. If it had been a deli line Pence would have been pounded to paste, Secret Service or not.

Rude, on the other hand, is when a recently elected leader tells the leader of another sovereign nation who he wants as ambassador and selects the leader of an opposition political party. Someone needs to point Drumpf to a protocol officer to explain that you don’t conduct diplomacy on Twitter.

November 23, 2016   17 Comments

Hurricane Otto – Day 3

Hurricane OttoPosition: 11.2N 82.2W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 10 miles [ 20 km].
Minimum central pressure: 981 mb ↓.

Currently about 120 miles [ 195 km] East-Southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Limon, Costa Rica to Bluefields, Nicaragua.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Costa Rica/Panama border to south of Limon, Costa Rica and Nicaragua from Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for San Andres Island, Nicaragua from Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and the Pacific coast from Puntarenas, Costa Rica to Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 23, 2016   No Comments

JFK

It was afternoon and I was on my way to a chemistry class. I had stopped for a drink of water when the news came over the speakers in the classrooms.

For those who weren’t alive at the time: remember what you felt on September 11, 2001 for a taste of November 22, 1963. It was a massive change for the worldview of my generation and it marked the beginning of a period of disruption and decline in the civility of American society. Arthur had died and Camelot fell.

At his inauguration John Kennedy made the point: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

The colors of my world will never be as bright as they were on November 21, 1963. Now we have elected Trump…

November 22, 2016   No Comments

Hurricane Otto – Day 2

Hurricane OttoPosition: 10.7N 79.8W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 3 mph [ 6 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 10 miles [ 20 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb ↑.

Currently about 285 miles [ 460 km] East-Southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Limon, Costa Rica to Bluefields, Nicaragua.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Costa Rica/Panama border to south of Limon, Costa Rica and Nicaragua from Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Panama from Nargana to Colon, San Andres Island, and Nicaragua from Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Panama West of Colon to the Costa Rica/Panama border.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 22, 2016   No Comments

Tropical Storm Otto

Tropical Storm OttoPosition: 10.9N 79.1W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: South [180°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb ↓.

Currently about 210 miles [ 335 km] East-Southeast of San Andres Island.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for San Andres Island.

This was Invest 90L that got the minor bump to tropical status.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 21, 2016   No Comments

The Font of the Lore

If you get old enough you are are considered wise, apparently because you have lived a long time. It doesn’t actually work like that, but, as Badtux keeps reminding us, half of all people are below average. This means when the younger folks need instruction in ancient traditions you are the first person called.

So it was on Saturday evening when a young tenant called in a bit of a panic and asked “Do you how to tie a tie?” The guy is in his in his early 30s and works in hospitality, but has forgotten how to do it.

I couldn’t just direct him to a web site, because data charges are outrageous, so he came over and I showed him how to tie the Windsor knot. I recommended that he not wear flip-flops.

I just can’t imagine an adult male who can’t tie a tie.

November 20, 2016   7 Comments

Annoyances

The media and others keep referring to Trump as President-elect and Pence as Vice President-elect. They are at best President and Vice President presumptive.Thanks to the Constitution, the actual election by the Electoral College, the 538 votes that actually matter, doesn’t happen until December 19th, and those votes aren’t counted until January 6th. If the electors decide to vote for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, there is nothing anyone can do about it.

The positions of President and Vice President deserve respect, but the people in those positions have to earn it on their own. I see nothing that either Trump or Pence has done that is worthy of my respect. People who pay $25 million to settle fraud law suits are, and always will be, crooks in my moral code. I don’t respect crooks.

Several people wrote stories highlighting the fact that Tesla made more money last quarter, than the US oil industry made last year. It is true, but it has no greater meaning. Both Tesla and the oil industry are heavily subsidized by the government, but the oil industry was spending based on $100/barrel oil, and it fell to $50. Implying the ‘death’ of the oil industry is early. It is dying, like coal, but not quite yet.

November 19, 2016   No Comments

Post-Truth-iness

The Oxford Dictionaries has selected post-truth as their new word for 2016:

The dictionary publisher defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

It’s essentially a refinement of truthiness, Stephen Colbert’s 2005 coinage, which was the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year 11 years ago: “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.”

The Economist wonders if, given that politicians have always lied, does it make any difference if they leave truth totally behind? I think that Britons waking up to the results of the Brexit vote and Americans seeing the results of the Presidential election would answer with a resounding ‘YES’.

Some people are not going to surrender their allegiance to the facts. The Chair of the Federal Reserve System Janet Yellen made it known that she intended to serve her entire term as the head of the independent central bank, and would not make decisions based on short-term political goals.

The government is not a business and the President is not a CEO. Drumpf is going find out about checks and balances.

November 18, 2016   No Comments