Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Times Story

Back in 2015, I came across a fair amount of analysis over the financial status of the New York Times.  You can go back almost a decade into the past at that point and see various mistakes of the NYT's and their inability to survive.

I sat this morning and read through a NY Post article...a massive journalist release is likely to occur in the very near future with the Times.  It wasn't just enough to go after editors....there are more people on the list to let go.

The two essential problems in my belief?  First, the Times is attempting to survive in a high-cost environment.  They are stuck....they can't move the newspaper out of NY City....to some lesser or cheaper location.  If you go down the list of employees....you have to pay them for the lifestyle of living in NY City....which isn't cheap.

Second, the Times became over the past two or three decades....a lesser news journal.  The agenda business became more pro-Democrat than analysis over both political parties.  People reached a stage by 2010 in seeing the Times as a lobbyist unit, than a newspaper.

In some ways, the Times is going along the same path as the Washington Post, the Newsweek Magazine, and Time....along with dozens of newspaper across the US.  The customer base lost interest in supporting them.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Bergdahl Story

I sat and read over the newest Bowe Bergdahl episode.  He's the Army guy awaiting a court-martial after 'walking-away' from his post, and then was held by the friendly Taliban crowd for a long-while, until President Obama's team could make a trade.

The newest wrinkle on the story is that the defense teams wants the judge (military judge, remember) to send a 41-question form to the potential jurors on the episode.  Somewhere in the mix of the 41 questions....asks the jury members who they voted for in the 2016 election.  Naturally, the prosecution jumped in and challenged this with the judge.  The judge said he'd look over the challenge.

The potential jury members?  All Army members.

Typically, with the Uniformed Military Code of Justice.....no one within the military can be compelled to speak or be forced to declare who they voted for.

It's going to be some odd moment in the judge's office as he looks over this.  As far as I know.....no one has ever asked for identification of your past voting trend.....as part of a jury situation.  Once you allow this to occur.....you open up a mess for future court martial episode.

The amusing about this?  You could say literally anything if the judge goes forward....saying you voted for Hillary, Trump or some professional wrestler.  You could also refuse to answer the question and get yourself off the panel.  

The conviction potential?  If I were guessing here...I'd say it's a 95-percent of a conviction.  The question will arise if they go for the lowest number of years or maximum number of years.  The sad thing is that the guy was stupid enough to walk away and get into a prisoner status with the Taliban-crowd, and was a prisoner for a fair amount of time.  I might give him some sympathy for that period, but he's probably getting a minimum of ten years in some military prison in the end (as a minimum).

Some Advice

After viewing the Ossorf election results in the 6th district of Georgia (3-point margin win for GOP Handel)....I'm going to offer ten bits of advice to the national strategy team of the Democrats.

1.  Maybe in highly urbanized areas, this VIP or Hollywood star involvement makes a difference....but in lesser areas or rural regions, it doesn't go over that well.  I might refrain from using this tactic in seventy-percent of voting districts of the US.  I know your Hollywood types think they are an asset, but it's best to only use in limited situations.

2.  If you have a highly gerrymandered district....built to be 60-percent GOP....don't waste 50-million expecting to convince them to slide 10-percent of the votes over.  If the 6th district had been built with a 52-percent GOP voter trend....it might have been worth the effort but that's NOT the design of the 6th district.

3.  You might need to worry about the 2020 Census and results coming out of that.  I'm guessing that at least six states (minimum) will be redrawing their district lines because of representative losses/gains.  If you don't control the legislative process in those six states.....you can guess the outcome of the redrawing.  Adding to this....the Supreme Court is going to pick up the topic of gerrymandering and either give it a clear path ahead or some drastic interpretation (maybe only using county lines).

4.  Silently across the nation for well over twenty years....jobs actually was one of the top three topics on people's minds.  Job stability, job growth, etc.  What was in the Democratic message over this period and what did you actually deliver?  This perception by people outside of urban zones isn't helping you.  A total revamp of Democratic strategy is necessary and asking the question of how you can actually grow private industry and help jobs to be created.  And please don't immediately jump up and start talking 'green' jobs....it only makes people laugh.

5.  Tone down the Trump-negativity theme a notch.  If you go through to the summer of 2019....approaching the next election period (November 2019) and we find that the threat of impeachment never occurred, no Russian-hacking charges ever occurred, and no one in the Trump administration went to jail.....your entire theme will be laughed upon during the election period.

6.  Gone are the days when you could go to NBC, CBS, ABC, the Washington Post and NY Times to garner and attract public attention.  The Huff-Post threat?  Gone.  They've fired off all their 'silver bullets' and reached a point where profit margins are openly discussed and downsizing of staffs is a monthly topic.  Thinking that's just the national scene?  Note that the Birmingham News is now a 3-times a week publication.  Various regional newspapers which used to carry your message aren't being read at the level of the 1960s or 1970s.

7.  Rebrand yourself.  The time has come to set Nancy Pelosi into the retirement stage and reshuffle the leadership of the Party.  Fresh new faces.....people without attack-talk....different prospective.

8.  Fix healthcare, period.  Every single year since 2009.....the cost pattern of health care insurance escalated. For some people, with the better plans....it means a combined cost of the insurance and deductible of $18,000.  If you look two years in the future....it'll likely go beyond $20k a year.  The only thing that really got fixed in 2009 was that you forced the companies to accept everyone, regardless of condition.  Beyond that.....nothing in terms of affordability occurred.  You might want to openly talk about this failure and how it could be resolved.

9.  Know your voters.  If you aren't willing in seventy-percent of the voting districts around the nation....why?  Take a dozen of highly-paid strategists and fire them.....then go find some folks to replace them but send them out for four months of traveling around nation and get a new prospective on voters and their view of the situation.

10.  Eventually, every musical shuts down.  With the hyped-up nature of politics over the past thirty years, it's safe to say that a fair number of people are fed up with Washington DC, and the continual opera-like atmosphere.  They hit the mute-button on TV.....they refuse to buy various newspapers....they quit watching Sunday morning political-chat TV....and they ask questions which you really don't really appreciate.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This Otto Warmbier Story

I've sat for several days looking over this story of the American kid who finally got removed from North Korea, and passed away in the US in the past twenty-four hours.  There are a lot of mysterious things over the Warmbier story, but the top one that interests me....is how he got to the point of being in a vegetative state.

My guess?  I think toward the conclusion of the court case.....they began to dope him up.  Guard A would be given some instructions, and in some shift change....give out a dope-dose.  Guard B would come on and get the same instructions.  Guard C would get the same instructions. At some point, Warmbier is permanently in a coma.  The guards can truthfully say they followed the precise instruction they were given, and the idiots above them will realize that they'd killed Warmbier without any intention. The sad fact is that they probably do this several hundred times each month to other prisoners and no one ever says anything about what was done.

My observation on traveling to North Korea?  Why not just select downtown Detroit for a week, and go on nightly tours of the no-go areas of Detroit?  Why not select the gang zones of Atlanta?  There's just no reason to go into North Korea.

Some Reality

I watched a short piece from the Monday night MSNBC show with Chris Mathews.  I rarely agree with Mathews although 30-percent of the time....he does come up with some blunt and true analysis.

So the topic was.....has Hollywood and the news media been insensitive to rural and working-class Americans?  For a brief seven minutes....it was a rare door open on reality and the realization that a whole group of Americans are just fed up (not just with politics, but the news media, entertainment, and public media).

I think if you went out and asked a hundred Americans in some small Iowa town about their view of Washington and politics.....more than half will just start laughing and comparing it to some third-world banana-republic.  The same opinion will be expressed about the Hollywood elite and maybe half the crowd noting they barely go out to two or three movies a year now.

Is this a new trend?  No.  I think it's been going on since the 1970s and about every decade....doubles up.  It's unfortunate at this point....we've reached a point where we refuse to read regional newspapers (making them economic failures), give more viewing to the History Channel and alternate networks and refusing to view various shows from CBS/NBC/NBC (causing chaos with long-term planning), and skipping the news stand with Time and Newsweek on sale.

Quietly, a message is being generated and sent out.  It's not a blunt or harsh message....just that folks won't listen to your theme or message, buy a particular product, view a certain show, or vote for your candidate.

I often point out the problem of the Democratic Party since the mid-1990s, and how they are unable to win more than 30-percent of counties in America now in national elections for President. Five elections have passed since this odd turn of affairs has occurred.  Does the DNC care?  No.  They have specialized groups which lead them to believe that will be enough to win elections.  It's a good formula in urbanized zones (like Atlanta, Baltimore, or Detroit).....it doesn't work well in most sections of Texas or Idaho.

I doubt that Mathews analysis really picks up viewers or changes much of anything.    

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Levy Email

This past week, I got this personalized email from a big-wig (Cliff Levy) from the New York Times.  Basically, it was a personalized appeal that I needed to support and read the Times because only they had brilliant journalists.  The hint also....was that bloggers simply didn't have the sources for the news.....like the anonymous source folks.....to help give you a four-star story.

It took me about sixty seconds to assess that it was a rather weak and marginalized attempt to get me to subscribe with a newspaper known greatly for it's biased reporting and comical analysis.

The best quote from the email?  "Real reporting is vital in a media landscape full of deceptive or outright false news. And we can do it because we have the support of our subscribers".

Maybe a decade ago, I would have easily bought off on quotes or news from the Washington Post or New York Times.  In the past decade.....I've gone to a different plateau and ask a lot more questions.  Just say some news comes from the Times or Post.....doesn't mean anything to me.  I get this almost nightly now from public TV here in Germany, and find the handcuffed method of convincing me of things to be questionable.

How many people will buy off on this email from Cliff Levy?  My humble guess is less than a hundred people will subscribe.  I would even make the assessment that the Times has reached a point of desperation where it really needs another twenty-thousand subscribers.

Batman Story

I noticed this in comic news (I hate to admit it, but I am an old-time comic fanatic).....that DC has decided to introduce this bold new threat to the Earth.....seven evil Batman-characters (actual Batmen) from other alternate universes, will be coming to Earth and posing some new major threat.

To be honest, just about every single scenario in the book has occurred with the Batman and Superman franchise story.....but this goes off into some really weird and unusual direction.

Batman A, B, C, D, E, F, and G?  All evil and intending to do harm?

Do we get introduced to the gender-switcher Batman?  Is there a goofball-loser Batman in this mix?  Is there a fed-up-with-good-stuff Batman in the group?  Is there a nutcase Batman that will enter into these stories?  Is there some possibility that from some alternate universe that the Joker will emerge as a hero and help save Batman?

Why 490,000 Votes Mattered

The 2016 Trump-Clinton election comes down to three states that Hillary Clinton figured to win, and could not.

Michigan, 16 electoral votes, votes that Hillary needed: 11,000
Wisconsin, 10 electoral votes, votes that Hillary needed 23,000
Ohio, 18 electoral votes, votes that Hillary needed: 455,000

It's amazing over the last ten weeks of the Hillary campaign....there were only 71 stops or speech-episodes in this period.  Most of the stops?  Mostly on the eastern coast....and a couple of stops in Vegas and California.  She did stop a couple of times in Michigan and Ohio, but it appears to have barely helped.

So this entire episode today.....all over the lack of 490,000-odd votes?  Yes.

The number of stops for Tump in the final ten weeks?  106.  Why the lesser number for Hillary?  There's a one-week period for the pneumonia episode, and there are a number of days where there were only one single speech or appearance arranged.

One might reach the conclusion that the energy needed for a massive year-long campaign simply wasn't there.  This is one of the problems of modern-day elections and why youth might play a bigger role than people want to believe.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

What does Collusion Really Mean?

It's been hyped up in the news media for several weeks, so one might want to sit down and analyze what the heck collusion really means.

The plain definition is....a secretive effort, a conspiracy by multiple individuals, or an illegal plan to deceive others....usually to have some type of profit or positive outcome in the end, which they normally would NOT have had with normal non-collusion efforts.

Examples?

You plot with your nutcase liaison girlfriend to have some devious guy hook up with your wife, and the plan is to have your wife fall for the guy.....divorce you in quick fashion with no real pay-off....ditching you, and allowing you to marry up easily with the girlfriend.  Note, all of this is perfectly legal, in a court of law.

You plot with a dozen folks to hype up your ice cream stand with outstanding reviews and Facebook mentions....which pump up business and ice cream sales.  Again, all legit and perfectly legal.

You plot with four guys to buy some city property, which needs a code change to allow you to build a strip bar.  You go and have various talks with several city council folks and talk about your religion, outstanding charity work, and talk about some quiet piano bar club.  They approve the code change, and six months later.....you have the building up and feature topless women.  All of this?  Legit and perfectly legal.

So what does the House team hope to find?  'Bad' collusion would mean money got exchanged and people profited in some way.....meaning illegal stuff and jail-time.  Did money move around?  It's very doubtful.  Did the Russians offer free hookers or cases of wine?  Very doubtful.

Can a court case be established on collusion?  Look around?  Do you know of any Congressmen or lobbyists who've been prosecuted in the past decade for collusion?  A single one?  It looks good on TV.....like a Gunsmoke classic episode with bad-guys.  But seriously, is there anything illegal here? My guess is no.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Resolution Ten Crowd

While I was off on a short trip this week.....the fine folks at the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution referred to as "#10".....condemning the Alt-Right crowd/all forms of racism.....in accordance with the gospel.

Yeah, it's actually written into Mathew, Mark and Ezra.  Even Moses hyped up the issues of being Alt-Right and a member of the GOP.  Jesus wept at some point and noted that Alt-Right was a terrible thing....it's all in the scriptures....you just need to read between the lines.

Well......no, it's not there.

Some SBC dimwits made up some hype and went off to say that the Gospel was interpreted to mean this and Alt-Right was something that ministers need to talk negative about.

In a way, the move helps to lessen the appeal of the Southern Baptists and focus some members on the comical behavior of the organization.  It's pretty simple to just say adios and let go of the politicized organization.

The odds that Minister Bob or Deacon Joe will come to visit you after you stop showing up?  You can just bring up resolution ten, and that you think Jesus was actually an original part of the Alt-Right trend.  Minister Bob or Deacon Joe will stand there with some deer-in-the-headlight look, and realize their gimmick to paradise just isn't going to sell well.

In a way, the SBC folks are helping to dissolve the whole organization, with a long-term plan of non-existence.

London Fire

I sat this week and observed the news-feed over the London fire.  A number of things bothered me about this episode.

This was a building with roughly four apartments on each floor....one single elevator, and one single stairway.  In a fire situation, it was a no-win situation.  If you were above the fifth floor, your odds of getting out were severely limited.  If you were above the 15th floor....it's just about impossible odds of getting out.

This material added in the renovation phase from a couple of years ago?  It's been a big sales item in Germany, and I noted last year in Frankfurt.....they had a building which went quickly from a minor one-apartment fire to a massive fire.....same type material.  Luckily, this was a three-story building....not a multi-floor building.  My guess is that in roughly four months.....some PhD guy will come out and prove this renovation material is a major threat, and trigger a massive removal-type situation across Europe.  Billions will be spent to remove it from the exterior of buildings.

Then I come to this personal feeling....that you need some type of rope-harness deal in your apartment and a repel-type device that you could just hook onto a doorway and break a window and slide down.  It doesn't require rocket-science.  Some engineer ought to be able to fashion something that cost less than a hundred bucks and guaranteed to dump you 300 feet to the ground....safely.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

11-9 Syndrome

For several weeks, I've contemplated this new syndrome or mental issue which exists, and have decided the best wording for it is '11-9' syndrome (not to be confused with 9-11 syndrome).

For those affected?  These are people who woke up on Wednesday, the 9th of November....to realize that Hillary Clinton had lost.  The rage, the madness, the hysterics, the frenzy, the ferment and the mania displayed?  It's unlike anything ever seen.

Over the past ten days, the Feds swooped down onto Reality Leigh Winner, who had been some highly recognized and trusted Air Force member....who'd left the service and gotten a contractor job with a TS clearance, and decided that she needed to help punish Trump and bring justice to this world (judge and jury-mentality).  Prior to 11-9-2017?  She was perfectly normal.  The election affected her mentality and judgement. She had a lapse in common sense.

Across the spectrum, you can find hundreds of thousands of individuals with the same affect....11-9 syndrome has made them aggravated enough to say things that they'd never say.  In some cases, they've dissolved marriages or relationships.  In other cases, they've cut off fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.

Could 11-9 syndrome last a full four years?  Undoubtedly so.

If Trump chooses to run in 2021 again?  Would it continue?  I'm of the mind that it would continue on for another four years.

Treatment for 11-9 syndrome?  There are only two possibilities.  First, just wait for a Democrat to enter office.  Maybe it'll occur in 2021, or 2025....or maybe even 2029.  The second way is simply to turn off the TV.....chill out with some wine or beer.....and just refuse to watch any news for about six weeks.

In the case of Reality Leigh Winner?  She'll get a minimum of ten years of 11-9 'detox' and will be able to chill out in a comfortable federal prison.  Somewhere around the 4th month in the facility....without internet access or the ability to chat with 'her people'.....she will start to recover.  Without Facebook and Twitter, her world will revolve around other prison folks who have zero interest in politics, Trump or the 2016 election.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

CNN, Fake Stories, and Iran?

CNN came out this morning and wanted everyone to know that this whole Qatar-Saudi Arabia mess....is because of fake news, which....naturally.....goes back to the Russians.

I'd actually like to believe this....but then they kinda just dropped the ball and refused to talk about either story.  Yes, there are two stories and you would need to say both are fake and Russian-driven.

There are two stories to pick from and decide upon fake news potential:

1. Several members of the Qatar royal family were kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of thugs with Iranian background. The ransom was paid and equaled one billion dollars (so the story goes). The royal family members were released. Who were the royal members? Unknown. What’s the name of this thug-group from Iran? Unknown. Where did the cash go? Unknown. At best, this is a two-line story, but virtually everyone in Qatar and throughout the Middle East believes the story. Some people think it was just pay-back on activities of the royal family.

2. The ‘non-profit’ policy organization Counter Extremism Project....wrote up a piece and published a story on how Qatar has been financing and giving shelter to a dozen-odd terrorists. One reference suggests a life of luxury. These would be thugs probably tied to the Muslim Brotherhood....the group that Egypt hates with passion. Several things about this story are limited. Someone does fund Counter Extremism Project....but you don’t know who. Where they got this info on the dozen terrorists lounging around pools and luxury? Unknown. How they figured out some financial connection to the suggested terrorists? Unknown.

Both stories sound true but there are various pieces to them missing. CNN could step in with investigative analysis and in two weeks clear up both stories....proving them true or false. However, CNN has chosen to just brand the whole episode of Saudi, Egyptian, and Bahrain behavior is acted out only because of fake news. Either of the two stories could be fake. The CNN fake news story could be fake. And meanwhile, public confidence from within Qatar is shaken because of the nature of stability tied upon happy relations with all neighbors.

So this brings me to activities in Iran today....where some ISIS thugs showed up at two separate places and conducted raids.  One was at the shrine of Khomeini (kinda like the Statue of Liberty to some Iranians) and the other at the parliament building.  The parliament raid is still underway and no one says much over deaths so far.

Who paid ISIS to conduct the raids?  That might be interesting to know.  My best guess is that when it's done and the dead terrorists are rounded up....they won't be Iranians.  Shocker?

So, Iran might be looking at this Qatar episode, these two raids, and start to think about the 1,000-lb guerrilla in the room and who financed the guerrilla.  The curious thing is that on the crazy-scale....some Russian idiot on his own without any Putin input....could have paid for the attack.  Or Qatar's ISIS enthusiasts could have paid for it.  Or you could have some crazy Saudi private citizens who paid.   The thing....Iran is going to react.

Oil prices about to react?  That's the thing about this.  You start some minor misunderstanding....some bold words....a tanker sunk....then oil prices jump to $120 in one single day....maybe to $170 in a week.

Reality Leigh Winner

I've sat and watched this newest leak story unfold.  You can say five things about this and the young lady involved.

1.  This is another case similar in nature to Snowden and Bradley/Chelsea Manning.  They held clearances....felt some great purpose in life to 'save the world'....decided that they had the authority to share classified material....and were 'judge and jury' over their mission.

2. Winner will very likely claim at some point that Trump-frustration-syndrome was affecting her and that she wasn't totally responsible for the act (suggesting that Trump caused her to do this).

3.  Presently, with the one charge....it appears they will max out at 10 years if they go for the full-court episode.  Did she share other reports in the past (while in the Air Force)?  I'm guessing that the AF is now be reviewing the past year or two.  Some group will put several thousand man-hours into this past review.  For her sake, one might hope that it's just one single screw-up.

4.  She's 24.....doing likely ten years in prison if convicted and out by probably age 35 (figure the court case will not start until January of 2018 at the earliest).  It's the best years of your life lost but she would still able to restart.  Oddly, with all clearances permanently gone and the past six years mostly in the intelligence field....there's not going to be that many options on employment.  Maybe a fitness trainer, yoga instructor or such....in her mid-30s.

5.  Everyone used to worry about spies.  It would appear to me that leakers are more of a threat today than spies.  Maybe there needs to be training episodes required each month to remind people over and over....they aren't there to 'save the world', and that ten years in prison is a waste of a good life.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sears T-Shirt Story

This got brought up by the Jerusalem Post today.....Sears, for a number of months.....has carried this T-shirt..."Free Palestine".

I sat and pondered over the political message and the weight of the message across most of America.

To be honest, if you brought up the topic of Palestine or Free Palestine....roughly 75-percent of adults wouldn't have much of an idea what you were referring to.

Maybe you mean a new soda called Palestine which will be given initially away for free.  Maybe you mean a new store for fashion trends.  Maybe it's for a comedian named Palestine who insulted Trump and got arrested.  Maybe it's even a new ice hockey team from Ottawa.

As much as people think that the public is that bright....it's mostly proven day after day that the public IS NOT that bright.

Sears in this sales gimmick?  Thirty years ago, they wouldn't have sold a t-shirt like this.  Today, in a moment of desperation....trying to appeal to various crowds....they will attempt to sell just about anything.


Understanding Qatar and the 'Mess'

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, UAE, Bahrain and the Maldives stood up and said 'enough'.....cutting Qatar off.  They aren't just talking politically.  They shut down flights from their countries into Qatar.  An embargo of goods appears to be on the agenda as well.

Over what?  For a long time (over 40 years), there's been this suspicion that someone was funding the Muslim Brotherhood....but officially, no one was sure about who was paying their bills.  Adding to this....the sponsorship of ISIS over the past six years has also been on people's minds.

In the past couple of months, it appears that someone came onto the scene, and laid out some banking notes or information, and it all points back to Qatar.  We apparently are not talking about a little bit of help or a short-period of help....it goes much further.

So, what's happening today in Qatar?  Lot of panic buying of goods....groceries....food.  Whatever was in the grocery stores is mostly gone.  Warehouses that were stocked up will be empty of food by the end of this week.  It's anyone's guess when deliveries will start back up.  Bringing food in?  It'll have to be shipped in or flown in (but not from the listing countries above).

The potential friends to help them?  Iran and Turkey area mentioned.  Turkey probably would love to be an insider sales partner but you'd be talking about two or three weeks for them to react and hustle up freighters there with food.  Tons of money to be made.  For Iran, it'd make perfect sense but they might be asking about the Muslim Brotherhood deal and if they were targeted along the way.

All of this brings up the delicate topic of the 2022 World Cup of soccer.....Qatar was the chosen location.  I'm guessing that enough legal papers were signed that the World Cup bosses really don't want to think about relocating the games.  But if these seven countries were to chat about this and work up negativity on Qatar, then you might see a dozen more countries refuse to play soccer in Qatar in 2022.

As for the real question here....who provided insight into the sponsorship and money business?  Oddly, you don't see a single news service tackle that.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Trying to Do Andy Griffith in 2017

This weekend, I pondered upon someone coming up today and trying to remake Mayberry and do an Andy Griffith episode in today's atmosphere.  I doubt if they'd get past twelve episodes.

Andy?  He'd be a failed student at Liberty University, who quit and spent six months trying to make it in Nashville.  On the final night before leaving Nashville, before returning to Mayberry....he got drunk and banged out three tunes in sixty minutes to some guy for $500....enough to pay his ticket home.  Andy remembers nothing of the night but all three tunes went over the next year to make $20 million for the country guy now made into a star. Andy returns to Mayberry mostly as a failure but just in time as the old police chief dies in some trailer on the south-side of Mayberry while 'hugging' some trailer-trash gal.  Andy agrees to the chief's job but admits he knows little to nothing about the job.

Barney?  He's be some Gulf War-vet who has PTSD and goes nuts about every three weeks from some drug that he's taking.  What no one knows is that he got there in Iraq a month after the war ended, and ended up as the custodian to one of Saddam's palaces, and was mostly there to water the plants, arrange for clean-up crews, and ensure Army guys hanging out there don't break anything.  He's convinced Andy to let him tote several military assault weapons in the police-car but no ammo.
Aunt Bee?  She's a cigarette-smoking ex-bartender from Tulsa who tinkers with motorcycles, makes apple pies from scratch, and has some mysterious past from San Francisco (claiming to have known at some point Charles Manson).

Otis?  He's been on sixteen different alcohol rehab adventures.  He's under study now by a Swiss PhD guy with radical ways of treating this.  Otis's wife is a die-hard far-left liberal who mostly drives Otis to drink.

Floyd?  He has a secret history of dressing up as women.  He's secretly written a dozen romance books and flies into the Bahamas once a year for two weeks while he writes another successful book.

Gomer?  He's mostly a gas-sniffer and comes in and out of brilliance about four hours a week.

Goober?  He's PhD character who flipped out and gave up a life in computer design to just repair cars.

Ernest T. Bass?  He's mostly a crazy nut, who can't be put away in a home.

And Helen Crump?  She's a fireball teacher who does crazy stuff and never seems to get arrested or fired.

The show would be watched intently for two or three episodes and then folks would say that it just isn't the same as the old show.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Actual Paris Accord

I'm probably one of the few around that has sat and read the whole Paris Accord document.  I spent an hour this morning reading over it.

You should note....while 175 pages....it's in Chinese, French, etc....so the real bulk of this....in plain English, is 25 pages (more or less).

So, there's nothing there on pollution or cleaning up creeks, rivers, lakes, etc.  There's nothing there on cleaning up air pollution, unless you count carbon as the air pollution (a serious science blunder if you do that).

What I would generally say is that it looks like some club-agreement, that members would promise on something to be part of the club, but it doesn't really demonstrate anything of a serious nature other than working on carbon.

There is a piece in article 2 which chats on keeping temperatures at such-and-such range....but the method for which you'd achieve this....isn't really demonstrated in the document.

If you were to ask me about actual impact and using this document to reach some certain stage of mankind....then if this is "IT".....it's an awful weak document.

If you did have an hour and just wanted to understand the episode better....go and read through pages 27 to 51 of the PDF document.

To have some idiots go into Richard Burton dramatics over this....is a bit humorous in nature, but that's the world we live in today.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Other 25 December Folks

There are four characters in history, which I've sat down and read over some odd connections:

Horus.  Horus was a Egyptian 'God-like character' from the period of roughly 3000 BC.  Horus lived, at least as much as history has recorded him.  Oddly, he's born on 25 December....from a virgin-birth.....noted by a connection in the sky that is often referred to as the 'three kings' where three particular stars line up in a row.  He's also known for being at a young age, and instructing others by age 12.  Sometime after the age of thirty.....he was noted by history as having his own religion, which had a dozen individuals attached to his as his 'chiefs'.  It should be noted that he healed the sick and also accomplished a couple of miracles (at least history records this fact).  His nickname among the writers of the time?  The lamb of God.  Somewhere along age forty, he got into a conflict with some folks and ended being hung up and thus died.  Legend has it....after three days dead....Horus returned to life.

Attis.  Attis was a Greek who lived around 1200 BC.  He also was born on 25 December....oddly enough....from another virgin.  He's noted for a handful of miracles.  He developed a cult group in western Turkey, and oddly enough....came to be prosecuted by other cults in the region which eventually led to his death.  Again, oddly....after three days dead....he arose.

Krishna.  Krishna was an Indian from the period of 900 BC.  No, he wasn't born on 25 December, but it is widely noted that he too was a virgin-birth situation, and led a fairly established cult.  He too....ended up dead.  He also returned to life after a couple of days.  It should also be noted that he was an accomplished miracle creator, at least among his followers.

Dionysus.  Dionysus was a 25 December situation, from a virgin-birth, and is widely known as an instructor in youth.  This was around 500 BC, in Greece.  Miracles?  Yes....it's widely noted in history notes of some legendary feats accomplished.  The water-into-wine episode?  He's the first guy to have been noted having accomplished this. Greeks at the time, noted him as the "Alpha and the Omega".  He originates from a small town about a two-hour walk NW of Athens, Greece.  His return after dying?  Yes, he's another guy who returned from the dead.

It's an odd thing.  Dionysus, Krisha, Attis and Horus....all from different time-periods.  All with the same legendary feats....mostly all born on 25 December....all performed recorded miracles....all were instructors at some point....all developed followings....all died in complicated situations.....and all returned from the dead (at least history records this).

The thing about this is that there's just too much similarity between the four.

Today, I got around to a fifth character in my studies.....a Persian guy from the period of 1200 BC.  His name?  Mithra.  Yeah....born on 25 December, from a virgin-birth, and created a religious following.  Yeah, he also had 12 significant people who were under his leadership.  Yeah, history does record a handful of miracles accomplished, and strangely enough....precisely after three days....he returns from the dead as well.

The odds of five or six guys having all the same character, same story, same birthdate, and same return from the dead?

Observation over Griffin

I've waited twenty-four hours, after the smoke has cleared on this Kathy Griffin episode in the US to offer an observation.  Frankly, the NY Post offered the best words yet....someone in a 'bubble' who was unable to note how stupid a stunt could go.

In destruction values, I'd say over the next twelve months....she's wiped out about 70-percent of her income (my humble numbers).  She'll make some TV appearances, and maybe do a special somewhere....but she can probably erase the majority of her schedule.

My advice....go take 18 months off, and travel outside of the US.  Get a new prospective on life.

The thing about this is that people (in particular since the election) have continually shown that they are 'bubble-people', and just thinking/reacting in some unusual way.  If you suggest to them that this kind of behavior toward President Obama would be viewed as extremely hateful....they mostly just grin.  It's almost child-like.....they don't expect any punishment or retribution to occur.

I look at the loss of common sense over the past decades as the biggest factor in this episode.  If you look over news and events....you just see people wandering around and thinking that they can survive without using common sense.  These are the same people who have a public career, and then jeopardize it by becoming political....attaching themselves to some idea and then feeling shocked when a quarter of their income drys up...from a loss of fans.

In Griffin's case, I'd suggest packing a suitcase and quietly going off to Europe for a rest....maybe a year-long rest.  You've done something that requires a review of your attitude and behavior.  Frankly, turning yourself into this 'beast' over the past decade....doesn't say much.