But then I went through and highlighted the actual quotes from each source and then cut out all the non-quoted material. And what do we have left?
- 2 (two) lines from the U.S.,
- 4 (four) lines from Syria, and
- 8 (eight!) lines from Iraq.
"Did you hear what he/she said? That's just awful! He/She isn't fit to pick up my garbage, much less stand for office."Mr. McCain's selection of Ms. Palin as his running mate sure caused an uproar. I think it was a brilliant political move on his part that may just get him elected. Naturally one side erupted in cheering, and the opposition, once they got over their shock, started attacking.
Had a small stump taken out when I lived in Beaverton. Or maybe I just saw a guy using a stump grinder. Typical American power tool response to a non-problem. I mean all you have to do is dig a trench 12 feet deep, four feet wide, with a mean radius from the stump of about eight feet. From there it's simple matter of chopping out the bits of root and dirt that are left. Don't forget to install the cave-in prevention barriers.Then I go looking for a video of a stump grinder in action. Here's a light weight one (<100 pounds) that looks like it could be useful. Hard work, and it would take some practice to make it do the work instead of having to fight with it.
"ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/"uuencode uses a different ordering of characters. Decoding is the inverse. Take a letter, find it's position in the string. That position will be a number from 0..63, which can be represented in 6-bits. Decode four letters, pack them together in 24 bits, and them cut them into (3) 8-bit bytes.
Detectives from the Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) Team are concerned about an increasing number of illegal marijuana grows associated with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).I was reading somewhere about medical marijuana in California where there is a lot more flak. The word down there seems to be that if you keep your operation small, the law won't bother you. It's only people who try to scale up their operations into big business that attract the lawmen, and evidently the outlaw men as well.
I was surprised when my high rated mutual funds collapsed. Morningstar Ratings Bullshit!
Other raters: Standard and Poors. Moodys. Fitch.
Junk bonds depending on high risk mortgages received the same AAA ratings as the US Treasury.
Interesting CSPAN Congressional hearing on why Credit Agencies missing the investment value of the subsequent failures.
It is now known that there were plenty of people in these agencies that knew of the rising problems.
Yet the agencies continued to rate these risky companies highly.
Fitch rating company president, Stephen Joynt, said that as soon as they applied a strict realistic standard, their rating business dried up.
Congressmen Sarbanes observed ".... you didn't recognize misconduct, because you had no standard for conduct...."
AIG was rated AA 2 days before it went bankrupt.
"You have no creditability!"
The house in Kazoo was a total bait and switch. I am appalled at the idiocy of realtors. "You must have the offer in today." So I do. Next day. "Oh yeah, it takes three months to close on a short sale." Thanks a lot.
It turns out that buying a short sale is a huge waiting game, especially with this backlog and very few are actually sold as short sales. Another real estate farce.
How it typically works is like this (as I can remember):
Now what is really little known, NOT reported at all, and hard to prove but easy to visualize is this:
- Homeowner (HO) can't make mortgage payments.
- Notifies lender.
- Lender says sell it.
- House goes on market.
- No buyers.
- HO asks lender for short sale approval, lowering the asking price below what they owe.
- Lender says ok and listing price is lowered.
- Interested bargain hunters respond with offers, giving the lender a better idea of the current market.
- Lender drags feet on approving short sale.
- Offers expire and bargain hunters move on.
That's how I'd do it if I were a bank.
- The original HO took out (or equitied out) a 95%+ (or adjustable) mortgage (or some such nonsense) and that requires PMI (private mortgage insurance).
- Then their mortgage resets, they lost their job, tired of making payments, divorce, whatever. Life has hiccups. The bank doesn't care. They will get paid from the PMI, terms not really known. They know the value of the house since they got bids. The bank recoups enough from PMI to let them sit on the house indefinitely.
- The house sits empty, PMI insurance paying the mortgage.
- Eventually the bank sells the property after it's loss is covered.
In the whole of Germany, more than 2,000 tons of American and British aerial bombs and all sorts of munitions ranging from German hand grenades and tank mines to Russian artillery shells are recovered each year. Barely a week goes by without a city street or motorway being cordoned off or even evacuated in Germany due to an unexploded bomb being discovered.
‘Curmudgeon’ has potential, with the right qualifier. Can we aspire to such high standards?
‘Curmudgeons corner’ may be taken see: http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com/
There are a few other web sites with curmudgeon in the name. my favorite (name only) is
The ‘inchoate curmudgeon’ at http://blog.louspringer.com/
ker MUJ en) noun A cantankerous person; an ill-tempered and disagreeable person.
curmudgeon n. An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions. [ Origin unknown.] from http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2005/10/definition-for-curmudgeonhood.html
Cur-mud-geon [origin unknown]
1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.
2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.
Taken from Jon Winokur, The Portable Curmudgeon (New York: NAL Books, 1987).
Comment: (1) should be avoided; (2) should be embraced by those who can withstand it.
A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities. They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. . . . . . They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. . . . . . Nature, having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.
Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.
Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.
Phone call to SCU to check on patient who overdosed along with a case of beer. Is she in alcoholic DT's? Excellent night nurse, thorough, professional, great reporting, says no.8:20 am:
Email fiance, wishing him well. And smiling to hear he is happy and involved in his project.8:25 am:
Dr. B comes in, discuss plans for Open House at my house on Election night, with TV's on in every room, food and fun. He will check to see what others are doing.8:30 am:
Report from weekend, Sunday night, at another Area Hospital. Seems my next door neighbor was there in ER and became tired of waiting, began shouting "Just let me die!" went outside, flung herself in bushes, screaming, crying, tearing grass up until police were called, who instructed her quite firmly to sit herself down in the ER chair and wait patiently until she could be seen by the ER doctor. When seen, patient explained that "Dr. D..... hates me." She further explained, "She won't give me any pain pills, even though she knows I am addicted to them." Patient was sent back home, next door to her nemesis... Dr. D.8:45 am:
In SCU, checking on patient who overdosed. Sobbing, very depressed, going through tissues, husband standing next to her, hand on shoulder, wiping tears though they flow ceaselessly. Patient's son shot himself with a gun to his head, age 16. Was in intensive care on life support...until patient finally made decision to pull the plug. Heartbreaking, her only child. Listening to others talk about their kids' graduations, jobs, families, grandkids is the worst part. Co-worker/friend's son hung himself 2 weeks ago, patient says, and it all came back. "I just wanted the pain to end," she states.Walk fast back to clinic. Next patient ready and waiting, someone
Time is ticking. Another patient waiting...do I interrupt her and say gotta go? Do I stay and listen another minute? Two more patients waiting now... better go. We talk some more. Life, death, transitions, purpose, meaning... I leave her feeling better, encouraged, hopeful.
● Linguistic Patrol: At&T (I love you guys, O Providers of my Internet, POTS and Celphone, please don't pull the plug, 'kay? Call me?) keeps stickin' Post-Its™ to the newspaper that read "When you need more than 411, call the new 411." No, dammit, "411" was the number for the old 411. Or is black the new black? "When you need a number more than five, use five." Look, that only works with Aleph-null (et seq...) and I am not sittin' here with my steam-powered desk phone waiting for the dial to scroll back, flipping the pulse contacts a transfinite number of times, okay?Now it sounds to me like she might be referring to a place that only exists in Science Fiction, so I inquired and she was kind enough to explain:
Transfinite Maths Made Stupid, with your hostess, Dr. X:I laughed till I cried. This is why I read Roberta's blog.
Aleph-null is the, erm, smallerest transfinite number.
From Wikipedia: "...m is a transfinite cardinal. That is, there is a Dedekind infinite set A such that the cardinality of A is m.
"m + 1 = m." Or m + 10. Or m + 100. And so on, though not exactly forever.
And that's the only sensible situation that came to mind in which "411" = "the new 411," other than for extremely small values of "new" which would appear to be ruled out by the emphasis given the greater utility (and implicitly, more content) of the "new 411."
OTOH, advertising has been driving the value of "new" near zero for over a century...
May And November property tax elections are to be decided by majority of voters voting in the relevant election (removes supermajority requirement established by Measure 47 in 1996.I do not know why we have elections twice a year. I suppose someone thinks it's a good idea. Once a year would be plenty for me. A while back some tax measures were passed in the Spring election and that annoyed some folks, so they came up with Measure 47. Measure 47 says that if you want to add a property tax at a Spring or odd year election, you need a supermajority to get it passed. That means a majority of the registered voters have to vote, and a majority of them have to approve the measure. That pretty much killed the idea of getting any taxes passed anytime except during the main elections.
In an anarchist garretI remember listening to this song when I was a kid. I thought it was a recording by the "Brothers Four", but that does not seem to be the case. "The Smothers Brothers" maybe? I don't know. Google located this set of lyrics here.
So lonely and so mean
You can smell the pungent odor
The people there are busy
Filling cans with nails
And the little Slavic children
Set up this mournful wail:
Oh it's Sister Jenny's turn to throw the bomb (throw the bomb)
The last one it was thrown by Brother Tom
Momma's aim is gettin' bad
And the copsky's all know Dad
So it's Sister Jenny's turn to throw the bomb.
Sister Jenny took the bomb and started off.
"Mind you now" said Mother, "to blow up Templehoff".
And so the party waited
Till dawn turned into day
And the little Slavic children
Set up this mournful lay:
Oh it's Brother Ivanovich's turn to throw the bomb.
Sister Jenny's gone the way of Brother Tom.
Momma's aim is gettin' bad, and copsky's all know Dad
So it's Brother Ivanovich's turn to throw the bomb.
"From her is the race of women and female kind, of her is the deadly race and tribe of women who live amongst mortal men to their great trouble, no helpmeets in hateful poverty, but only in wealth."Geez, think he was a little down on women when he wrote that? I got here by following a link to Wikipedia from Stu Savory. I found the picture while I was looking for book covers, and I just really like it.
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
SubSection "Display"All is still not right however. CTRL-ALT-"Keyboard Minus Key" and CTRL-ALT-"Keyboard Plus Key" will cycle through these six available resolutions, but the menu bar at the top of the screen is only available on the first one (1600x1200). I should be able to get the resolution I want by editing this file and putting the resolution I want at the head of the list. We shall see.
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
There are bogon sources (such as politicians, used-car salesmen, TV evangelists, uninformed philosophers, and suits in general), bogon sinks (such as taxpayers, gullible students, and computers), and bogosity potential fields. Bogon absorption causes human beings to behave mindlessly and machines to fail (and may also cause both to emit secondary bogons). The precise mechanics of bogon-computron interaction are not well-understood, but when a heavy particle such as a computron is impacted by a bogon, which is a fast, low-mass particle, computrons appear to preferentially decompose into multiple bogons and fat electrons, creating a cascade of failures in nearby equipment.From our friend