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19 May 2016


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George Orwell was truly prescient...

They're more concerned with "matrimony" for queers as well as lavatories for "cross-gender" freaks than to provide jobs or housing for those disadvantaged.

Of course, because the purpose of the "Rescue Game" isn't to provide relief to the disavantaged but to prop up the social status of the "rescuers".
This has been nicely analysed by the Archdruid, who despite his druidy nuttiness is far from being an idiot:


the predicament:

http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2015/07/donald-ivana-trump-divorce-prenup-marie-brenner (from 1990 - thanks to GCP's trolling/bottom feeding posts above)


which to choose? don't remember seeing the Nudelman consort's dire warning posted anywhere.

cue Eric Idle's "always look on the bright side of life"


I thank you [once more] for [all] the links [you've shown me thus far].

Yes, 'philanthropy' seems no more than another tool for the filthy rich (however ill-gotten their wealth) to 'enhance' their influence.

Sadly, many are the 'useful idiots' working for 'em...

different clue


If they are great cooks, and they like seriously good olive oil, and they don't already buy and use some of the Middle Eastern olive oils available from Middle Eastern food stores in South East Michigan, then perhaps a gallon jug of one of the Middle Eastern olive oils gotten after you get back to Michigan might be good.
This is a kind I have sometimes gotten. It is thick and heavy and about as "almost gummy" as any oil I have known. And a light green in color ( at least when I bought some years ago). Here is a picture.


Pat Lang

Perhaps you remember the disccussion here under the article "Is Iran now on the path to change?" after the election of the Iranian Assembly of Experts at the end of February? While almost all western media wrote of a big victory of so-called "reformers" back then my information was that the "Friends of Khamenei faction" won big.


That seems now confirmed. BBC writes:

Iran hardliner Jannati elected head of Assembly of Experts

A hardline conservative has been elected chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, a powerful clerical body which selects the country's supreme leader.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, 90, was one of the few hardliners to secure re-election to the assembly in February.

Reformists and moderates asked their supporters to vote tactically to stop most of them retaining their seats.

But Ayatollah Jannati's election is a signal that hardliners are still in control of the assembly.

The composition of the assembly is seen as significant given that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is 77 and has suffered ill-health. ...


It's amazing to see now confirmed that all western media interpreted the Assembly of Experts election results totally wrong. It looks like that they really don't know anything about Iran.



Airlines don't allow a gallon of any liquid on planes, could be an explosive, especially coming from ME. This would lead Fred into a cavity search.


Tidewater to The Twisted Genius,

I would be fascinated to hear what you have to say when you have the time to address what I think is a very difficult thing to write about. I'd love to hear how the US Army approached the...Question? :) I remember there was some serious work being done at Duke. But I was only told that. My understanding of these matters is...not exactly scholarly, if it can be that. I mean, you don't have to be scholarly. A detective once told me a story here in C'Ville about what a psychic--a woman from one of the coves in the low mountains around C'Ville--did in solving a case. He watched the whole thing.

I just swerved off of a few days or more with Crowley right into the 17th Century. It actually created a little bit of a haunted mood, in part a sense of respect perhaps even a little something like empathy, even compassion, for Crowley and his people. If anyone was serious about it, it was Crowley. Odd to be reading about these deaths on Everest at the moment. (Crowley being a now recognized ,important mountain climber. Who had a disaster and mostly his fault.) I once read that Christopher Marlowe was one of a generation, or perhaps one of the last ones of those who actually believed that MAGICK would work. (Well, alchemy did produce European porcelain!) Though it really doesn't sound like what the general picture is of Marlowe. Been reading some of the God-haunted 17th Century poets, one being Herrick, who, incidentally, wrote a charming, simple-hearted poem about London, which I had never heard of. (Just how glad he was to be back in London.) Fun to compare it with Dr. Johnson's "London". (I think Johnson must have been mugged and robbed more than once.) Makes me wonder what the great pomes are about London, anyway. I always loved it that when the wind blew from the north Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes could (perhaps not very strongly?) hear the wolves in the Regent's Park zoo doing their basic lunar conversational thing. I wonder what Hughes wrote about London.

This is probably not the point to discuss this-- but the the thought that crossed my mind recently was that if Crowley, in the Sahara rituals, as I will call them, actually was able to summon forms, just dark shapes, around him, and, of course, he claimed not only that but a good deal more, then he had succeeded. He had done it! You could infer from this the rest...(Again, grin, I have been reading a little of Milton.) Like clouds, dew, birds, flotsam, and of course sand captured on the waxy bottom of a five-hundred foot lead line. Shapes around you in your proected space, but out there in the night. You are sure of this. You can see them. Land Ho! So to speak. I am going to get another glass of wine. This rainy weather, what I am reading--I have had a sense of a kindliness out there.

William R. Cumming

The OIG at the Department of State has issued an 86 pp report stating that HRC and many members of previous administrations violated the Federal Records Act. Not a criminal statute but of course violations mean no one really can document violators actions including self-dealing.

Wiki Extract:

The Federal Records Act of 1950 is a United States federal law enacted in 1950. It provides the legal framework for federal records management, including record creation, maintenance, and disposition.

The Federal Records Act came following the recommendations of the Hoover Commission (1947-49). The act, and its related regulations, require federal agency to establish an ongoing program for records management and to cooperate with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). A 1985 NARA pamphlet describes the Federal Records Act as the "basis for the Federal Government's policies and procedures for creating, maintaining, and disposing of Federal records. The act and its related regulations define Federal records, mandate the creation and preservation of those records necessary to document Federal activities, establish Government ownership of records, and provide the exclusive legal procedures for the disposition of records."[1] The Second Hoover Commission (1953-55) addressed paperwork management and recommended the adoption of program relating to "directives management, reports management, paperwork quality control, and clerical work measurement." As a result, the first Guide to Record Retention Requirements was published in 1955; the guide is updated annually and is used by archivists and other record managers both in and out of government.

The Federal Records Act was amended over time. Amendments in 1976 emphasized paperwork reduction and information lifecycle management. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, which followed the issuance of the report of the Commission on Federal Paperwork in 1977, introduced information resources management and gave responsibility to the Office of Management and Budget for creating federal information policy standards.

In December 2014, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 was signed into law by President Barack Obama. This bipartisan act, which followed the 2011 President's Memorandum on Managing Government Records, modernizes the Federal Records Act. The act expressly expands the definition of federal records to include electronic records (the first change to the definition of "Federal record" since the enactment of the act in 1950). The act also grants the Archivist of the United States the final determination as to what constitutes a Federal record; "authorizes the early transfer of permanent electronic federal and presidential records to the National Archives, while legal custody remains with the agency or the president"; "clarifies the responsibilities of federal government officials when using non-government email systems"; and "empowers the National Archives to safeguard original and classified records from unauthorized removal."



IMO she is vulnerable to exposure under other statutes than the Records Act. pl

different clue


You are correct. I anticipated that concern by suggesting that Fred could buy the rough-gallon jug of Fayrouz olive oil After returning to Southeast Michigan . . . from one of the middle eastern food stores right here in Southeast Michigan. Right here in Ann Arbor, even.

William R. Cumming


William R. Cumming

Wiki Extract:

The Battle of Jutland (German: Skagerrakschlacht, the Battle of Skagerrak) was a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer during the First World War. The battle was fought from 31 May to 1 June 1916 in the North Sea, near the coast of Denmark's Jutland Peninsula. It was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the war. It was the third fleet action between steel battleships, following the smaller but more decisive battles of the Yellow Sea (1904) and Tsushima (1905) during the Russo-Japanese War.

Germany's High Seas Fleet's intention was to lure out, trap and destroy a portion of the Grand Fleet, as the German naval force was insufficient to openly engage the entire British fleet. This formed part of a larger strategy to break the British blockade of Germany and to allow German naval vessels access to the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Great Britain's Royal Navy pursued a strategy to engage and destroy the High Seas Fleet, thereby keeping the German force contained and away from Britain and her shipping lanes.

The German plan was to use Vice-Admiral Franz Hipper's fast scouting group of five modern battlecruisers to lure Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty's battlecruiser squadrons into the path of the main German fleet. Submarines were stationed in advance across the likely routes of the British ships. However, the British learned from signal intercepts that a major fleet operation was likely, so on 30 May Jellicoe sailed with the Grand Fleet to rendezvous with Beatty, passing over the locations of the German submarine picket lines while they were unprepared. The German plan had been delayed, causing further problems for their submarines which had reached the limit of their endurance at sea.

On the afternoon of 31 May, Beatty encountered Hipper's battlecruiser force long before the Germans had expected. In a running battle, Hipper successfully drew the British vanguard into the path of the High Seas Fleet. By the time Beatty sighted the larger force and turned back towards the British main fleet, he had lost two battlecruisers from a force of six battlecruisers and four battleships, against the five ships commanded by Hipper. The battleships, commanded by Rear-Admiral Sir Hugh Evan-Thomas, were the last to turn and formed a rearguard as Beatty withdrew, now drawing the German fleet in pursuit towards the main British positions. Between 18:30, when the sun was lowering on the western horizon, back-lighting the German forces, and nightfall at about 20:30, the two fleets – totalling 250 ships between them – directly engaged twice.

Fourteen British and eleven German ships were sunk, with great loss of life. After sunset, and throughout the night, Jellicoe manoeuvred to cut the Germans off from their base, hoping to continue the battle the next morning, but under the cover of darkness Scheer broke through the British light forces forming the rearguard of the Grand Fleet and returned to port.

Both sides claimed victory. The British lost more ships and twice as many sailors but succeeded in containing the German fleet. However, the British press criticised the Grand Fleet's failure to force a decisive outcome while Scheer's plan of destroying a substantial portion of the British fleet also failed. Finally, the British strategy to prevent Germany access to both Great Britain and the Atlantic did succeed which was the British long term goal. The Germans' "fleet in being" continued to pose a threat, requiring the British to keep their battleships concentrated in the North Sea, but the battle confirmed the German policy of avoiding all fleet-to-fleet contact. At the end of the year, after further unsuccessful attempts to reduce the Royal Navy's numerical advantage, the German Navy accepted that their surface ships had been successfully contained, subsequently turning its efforts and resources to unrestricted submarine warfare and the destruction of Allied and neutral shipping which by April 1917 triggered the United States of America's declaration of war on Germany.

Subsequent reviews commissioned by the Royal Navy generated strong disagreement between supporters of Jellicoe and Beatty concerning the two admirals' performance in the battle. Debate over their performance and the significance of the battle continues to this day.


Tidewater to William R. Cumming,

Thank you for a very timely background sketch of what happened at Jutland. The battle is being commemorated, I suppose even as we write, somewhere, somehow, by Britain and Germany. Are there ships offshore? It is a grand occasion!

William R. Cumming

A British and German frigate for the ceremony at Scapa Flow!

William R. Cumming

Today June 9th the first ship transited the newly widened Panama Canal. 5-10 years to measure the true impact on International trade.

Formal opening June 26th!


virtual antiemetic for queasy-making politics



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