Archive for January, 2011

Dim Sum Funeral. Thats a tiger mom.

January 30, 2011

Whats the big deal about Ms Chua Tiger mom? Has anybody in this country seen “Dim Sum funeral”? Thats one tough chinese tiger mom. Maybe the movie predates rising awareness about chinese stuff.

Arab geeks both a fallacy and truth, it worked, the revolt I mean. (it seems so)

January 29, 2011

Today at NYT, Roger Cohen, argues that the power of facebok and/or twitter is bringing revolution via young geeks to arab countries. Is more like texting or cell phones, which I have been informed-i am not that tepid- makes it all possible. Well to an extent. Nasser came to power without twitting. However today Sunday, there is a startling report of Morse code used for internet providers to propagate the word-and sword-of the people.

I have learned that Malcolm Gladwell, the reasonable intelligent New Yorker, argues that tweet and blog and facebooking may nothing to do with social upheaval, sillily named in the media (at New Yorker). Many have already concluded it is a fact. Among them, Blow at NYT, which quickly has become a dispenser or truth, from graphic design, mind you. On the other hand the creative and mindful Sherry Turkle argues that”social media” leaves us alone , together” . Powerful idea.

Somehow this makes part of my day (plus RM British phonehacking bit, which I hope it ends really bad for his papers). In Holocaust International Remembrance day

January 27, 2011

Rabbis Use One News Corp. Property to Criticize Another
A coalition of rabbis have taken to the pages of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal to demand that employees of another News Corp. property, Fox News, stop casually referencing Nazis and the Holocaust in their coverage. In a full-page ad in today’s Journal—also printed in the Jewish daily The Forward—hundreds of rabbis and the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements criticize Fox hosts for repeatedly bringing up the Holocaust, and for characterizing people who disagree with them as ‘Nazis.’ The ad specifically targets recent remarks by Fox News head Roger Ailes, who called NPR executives ‘Nazis’ for firing Juan Williams, and Glenn Beck, who decribed George Soros as a “Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps” during a three-part series on the billionaire philanthropist. “It is not appropriate to accuse a 14-year-old Jew hiding with a Christian family in Nazi-occupied Hungary of sending his people to death camps,” says the ad, which was paid for by the Jewish Funds for Justice, a group that has received funds from Soros in the past. “We respectfully request that Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and that Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis’ sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air.” Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and according to the Washington Post, Fox News spokesmen did not return calls about the ad.
The Washington Post | Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

go rabbis!

The regulation of smoked salmon

January 26, 2011

from Slate today:

“Bonus Explainer: So who regulates smoked fish? The Department of Agriculture, mostly. The USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service regulates the production and labeling of salmon in minute detail, including its color, provenance, and texture. The Food and Drug Administration, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, also plays a role in labeling, and their Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee is currently trying to decide whether genetically modified salmon should be sold as food, smoked or otherwise.”

Explainer (Slate) thanks Susan Farady of the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and Gus Rassam of the American Fisheries Society

The State of Public understanding of science

January 26, 2011

Random sample from blogs;

Re: Reptile gene discovered in human genome… #18000 2 days, 17 hours ago

“Alright! We have reptile genes.
What I get the sense of in the article is that the scientists haven’t told us everything. Deliberately or they don’t know. But this “information” is from the very Establishment, that calls the majority of our Human DNA, “Junk.” And throws it out…..or so they say.
What do they really know that they’re not telling us?
Remember, that these people are FUNDED by the Feds. Thus, they do what the Feds them.
Do you trust the Feds? Do you believe them?
I certainly don’t.
But say, we do have reptile genes. I say to these scientists: So?” Some of us already know that, or suspected it, due to many factors.
But then, from the reports of so many other individuals, from many Backgrounds, laymen or Ph Ds, we KNOW that our genes are not only from Reptilians, but many Others …whatever one calls them, “Space Races”- “Angels” – “Andromedans” “Sirians” …whatever.
We’re even descended from Apes. I’m kind of proud of that, because apes are peaceful and vegetarians, they’re innocent. It’s kind of fun to pick up things with one’s toes, you know.
Ape is good. Have pride in Apes!

“Superbia Simii Sum”

Last one out; turn the lights off.

Win-n-ing the Future=Hope x $$

January 26, 2011

The media reports that Ms Giffords condition has been upgraded (sic). Upgraded? Isnt she getting…better???

Lets see: spending or investment? Obviously investment. How do repubs plan to keep science and tech working, airports and highways without investing? Hard to fathom: I think they are screwed, i mean the repubs. Brokaw, in a sane run, pointed to Eisenhowers’ highways, JFK space program, Reagans’ star wars-what a sham. so forth; to somehow approve of BOs call for education science and tech. Giulianni-why doesnt he go away?- was fuming.

Note added in proof: in Jan 27 the WSJ Stephen Moore dares contradicts me by arguing investment is a code -a charade-word for spending.

The State of the Union: smoked

January 26, 2011

“The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater,” he quipped. “And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”

I wasnt that off.
PS: at least he knows his biology. Considering he is a lawyer.
PS: over at Daily Dish a word cloud generator of 4000 answers spitted: salmon, hopeful and inspiring.
PS: I did it on my own.

The inane insane

January 25, 2011

Case 1. I was reading Sn-h-itchens post (Slate) on the Kings’ Speech movie: insane and inane: “In a few months, the British royal family will be yet again rebranded and relaunched in the panoply of a wedding. Terms like “national unity” and “people’s monarchy” will be freely flung around. Almost the entire moral capital of this rather odd little German dynasty is invested in the post-fabricated myth of its participation in “Britain’s finest hour.” In fact, had it been up to them, the finest hour would never have taken place. So this is not a detail but a major desecration of the historical record—now apparently gliding unopposed toward a baptism by Oscar” . So…the royals..wanted nazi England? Not that I care much about royals and else, but I do worry about nazis. I hope CH is aware that traitors-snitches (Judas and others) roast-simmer really- in the most humid and hotest place in hell. Dante said it was the ninth circle. The closest to hells’ core. Maybe CH gets a break since he doesnt think is going to hell.

Note added in proof: The King’s Speech, David Seidler, writer in todays (27 Jan) HuffPost

“Thus, more than sixty years would pass before I plunged fully into writing the screenplay for The King’s Speech. My memories and admiration remained vivid, however. I read everything I could get my hands on about George VI, his life and his times. I did my best to do justice to a largely forgotten story about a king who, aided by a remarkable therapist, overcame a speech impediment to lead his country through some of its darkest hours.
The King and his courage remain an inspiration to me, now more so than ever as I face my own personal challenges. I am returned to my youthful emotions as I see this story realized onscreen by an ensemble cast of brilliant, sensitive, sharp-minded actors, under the exemplary direction of Tom Hooper”.

Case 2. Kermit (not the frog) Gosnell is a doctor that killed hundreds of babies in utero (fetuses?, feti?) and at least one woman, while performing abortions over three decades!!!. I mean if it wasnt tragic it would be insane? inane?. His gaze reminds me of Kevorkians’ face, the Michigan assisted suicide good doctor. Kevorkian always bothered me because of his self appointed righteous hollier than you preaching. K & K are not good for anybody. The laws changed: Oregon, WA and Montana (?) have declared assisted suicide legal. That is what is important, for social life. I put them together cause Kermit was kinda of doing a mirror deed of assisted suicide. The mom asks a doc to kill her baby. Kevorkian was asked to assist the self death or kill himself the suicidist. bad deal. Which reminds me of MacDonald, a former anglican priest (former anything is always bad: you been wrong your whole life until you are old. Choice in dying? no choice: the name of his blog) that took his MLS afflicted wife to be killed in Switzerland. He fights the religious obstruction to assisted suicide-from the churches(sic). The problem is not the churches, buddy, it is the law. Fed laws, states laws. Somehow the nomenclature of these people show a common ancestry. Self rightneoussnes and probably more. Cant think of it now. Fight the laws, change them; run for office. Dont hide.

Case 3. Jes Ventura, of Predator fame, of UFC (?) and later as governor of Minn (only in America) is suing TSA over far reaching (?) searches. For a guy that was always groping and being groped in the ring…gimme a break. I like Ventura, I thought he is a bright compassionate being: maybe too many concussions. I hope not. There it is a website promoting TSA suits over undue searches:TSA out of our pants (sic). Jerry Coyne, the WEIT blog, has stated he was violated, groped, insanely oversearched, at Logan airport. I find it a bit of overstatement. Violated? 4 amendement rights?? Very strong words. Overreaching searches before boarding a plane, thats better. You can always ask for a supervisor-a glowing female.. Better safe than sorry wouldnt you say? Of course not when rightneoussness and entitlemet drive your social selves. I feel bad for Ventura. Who the hell cares to show balls and penises-well the image-over a black and white screen? Please: grow up. Stop whining.
PS: Someone pointed out the Moscow bombing; bad timing Jessie. keep fighting aliens.

Case 4. Michael de Dora making a case for the moral imperative being a vegan. This is for real. This is a real Phd student living by the word of vegan-ism/It is so sad, wanna cry, but lets wait for BO to say his piece on frozen budgets. Go BO, go. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Precis of the State of the Union

January 25, 2011

Valio madre, o estamos para la chingada (translation: It sucks). Obviously

Impunity

January 20, 2011

Is it posible to exercise freedom of speech in complete inmunity with complete impunity? Why are lies told through public media free of consequences? As in: you were not born in america? or you: are a racist. Or the crown jewel of socialism? (so called obamacare).