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  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 24th, 2014

    2014-10-24 19:37:27View | Delete

    Regarding NJ and NY, 21 day quarantine. . .

    I don’t get it.

    For a few bucks more someone anxious to navigate around the quarantine can fly into Boston, Philadelphia, etc. clear customs, head to the Avis desk, and proceed. Whether or not they should is another matter, but I can’t imagine this NY procedure will accomplish much.

    On the NY inbounds from overseas it could be that the aircrews have to hand out questionnaires in flight, then report results ahead, well in advance of landing at JFK or Newark. If that’s the case I’d bet some passengers aren’t too conscientious about which squares get checked off.

  • & #18

    One would have to get into the heads of the Chinese PTB today to sort this out for today. Maybe a lot has changed there.

    If not, I think they’ll stay well in control of whatever strategy or tactic goes forward to maintain the status quo. That is, they’re not likely to do something really stupid without being cocksure of what the outcome would be. That’s how Tiananmen sorted out, to our surprise and disappointment.

    eCahn you may be correct. Time will tell. But at some point Wall St risk-averseness sets in and the cockroaches scurry for cover. Bids are held short. Watching ensues.

    My own guess is that the HK protesters, God bless ‘em, are not likely to prevail. It’s just that there’s not a concise enough demand there to stick for the future, but then at 67 maybe I’m too old now. Ballot acces, OK, but too little follows about what’s next. So, nothing happens.

    The Tianmen events seemed a sure winner at first, then lingered so long inexplicably, and expired with too many casualties.

  • Yes, no doubt Wall St would like this put to bed ASAP.

  • Leung’s bluntness or frankness shows he has no doubts about how this will go down. And Leung wants Beijing plus the HK 1% to be comfy he is 100% reliable for the PTB at all times.

    Here in the US our pols never come out and directly say, “Sorry, in the end you will have to vote against your own self interest, or not at all.” People here usually get screwed in a more nuanced way, no?

  • & #40

    It’s a long list. It could be the very length, even by itself, is intended as a general intimidation.

    It seems to me quite a few entries must be relative pissants even when they carry a potential capital punishment. That is, in practice, unless there’s a serious threat incurred to the regime, are some of these overlooked most of the time? Most of the populace must have said something blasphemous when painfully stubbing a toe after all.

    My hunch is that the police over there are tasked to rebuke and scold, and often, when offenses aren’t serious enough to arrest and press the capital charges. They enforce social norms by being ever present. A lot of this may also be aimed at keeping misconduct under wraps, out of sight, rather than nonexistent. Be careful, don’t get caught, don’t embarrass the rest of society. . .

    If all this list is improper by our own standards then where are the Saudi protesters, who ought to be upending it all? Why aren’t they doing as we say?

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post Ukraine Army Fired Cluster Bombs On Civilians

    2014-10-21 09:46:56View | Delete

    I recall these from ’70s Southeast Asia. I don’t think they were fired on rockets back then though. In Southeast Asia they were carried on aircraft in a clamshell container several feet long. The whole thing would be dropped that way and split open at a preplanned altitude above the ground.

    The small bomblets were slightly larger than a golf ball and most common. I think it was a hundred or two would fit inside the fiberglass clamshell carrier. When dropped they would land in a donut shape array perhaps a couple hundred feet in diameter.

    The largest bomblets were about softball size or larger and could be used to crater runways, hence, rarely used.

    Sometimes small ones were assigned random fuse timers, so a few at a time would go off sporadically over many minutes. Those would keep anti aircraft gunners hiding under cover awhile.

    Sure, these should be banned along with a lot of other weapons still in the inventory. They won’t be if they “work” unfortunately. Think also land mines, phosphorous, . . .take your pick. Dunno if those are still stored (hidden) somewhere nowadays, just in case. At least the blueprints would be on the shelf.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 20th, 2014

    2014-10-20 19:22:41View | Delete

    Here’s an interesting piece about a single DNA marker among some 3 billion. It is discovered to significantly reduce the likelihood of breast cancer in some Latin American women. It seems to have been inherited from Asian forebearers long ago.

  • I have to disagree, maybe.

    But I might yield if beheading, in the ME context, is proven less humane than the more civilized 18th century guillotine. I’m not certain that’s the case. Either results from a disgusting human habit.

    The guillotine was selected by French revolutionaries as the most “humane” way, in those days, of ridding society of the worst monarchist offenders. That supposes I recall correctly from college history some 50 Years ago. I recall being rather distracted by the horrid notion back then, and I have never recovered.

    One would think the recent beheadings are probably somewhat slower than guillotine, hence, less humane. It could be, though, that the mere anticipation of the certain end was/is the worst part regardless.

    Maybe it could be argued that the sharp knife in the ME was the most humane method there in its day, and so it persists.

    I don’t have patience with any sort of capital punishment, and am bothered by any version. The most modern versions, our own, seek to anesthetize the bystander, and so must be the most evil of all. Maybe we owe ISIS a pass.

  • I think this post is inflammatory and nothing more?

    That is, what could possibly be wrong with beheading as opposed to, say, lethal injection, firing squad, electrocution, hanging, etc.?

    I can’t imagine what the problem is here.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for October 18-19, 2014

    2014-10-20 06:16:32View | Delete

    Like water flowing downhill, inherited wealth will seek an untaxed way to its desired ends. That may be by legal loopholes out in the open, which are methods pried out of a complicit legislature. Or it may be by simply avoiding detection underground. I think a lot of the trafficking must be in the latter — is that temptation increasing or not? Suppose trusts become illegal as tax avoidance tools, what will happen then?

    The paradox is that, surveillance state notwithstanding, the gov’t has limited resources to keep track of all the really valuable stuff which hopeful, antisocial evaders own. Phasing out cash currency may be one part of the solution. But then there is barter. Jewels, gold, etc., become even more valuable simply based on their ability to support stealthy, concealed transfer, whether illegal or not.

    Taxing the hell out of whatever can be seen has to be part of the solution, however incomplete that may be. I have real estate in mind, though. A state and federal property tax levies there? On titled vehicles, too? Disallow trust ownership there entirely.

    But then, isn’t that just more of the surveillance state which has become more unpopular than ever?

  • maa8722 commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Chicken and Spinach Soup by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-10-19 14:17:06View | Delete

    This looks good! One suggestion might be to make your own chicken broth / stock. When chicken goes on sale at the supermarket it’s useful that way, and your home made broth or stock makes the best soup, gravy, etc. First, buy the lowest price per pound! You buy broth/stock chicken mostly for the skin [...]

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 17th, 2014

    2014-10-18 05:18:22View | Delete

    Healthy confliction within the Hollywood 1% over Citizen Four. . .

    That is, would there be a similarly positive sentiment as with Farenheit 911, or would there not be? In Citizen Four it would be unfortunate (though revealing) if that determination were made solely on ideology rather than how well the documentary was actually done. Baked in the cake, I’d bet.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 17th, 2014

    2014-10-17 17:00:14View | Delete

    Regarding “- Apparently, ISIL militants are being trained to fly jets captured from the Syrian military”. Say, what?

    The link is nonsense. It takes about a year to train a genetic military jet pilot from scratch. Then there are at least several additional weeks, a few months, for qualifying on a particular fighter airframe. Unless. . .

    It could be, however, there are some ISIL members who were already pilots. Prior Iraqi Air Force maybe? Disaffected Syrian pilots?

    So maybe they are already qualified fighter pilots from somewhere else. Even so the link indicates antique MIG21 and MIG23 in play, which are very obsolete (the photo at top is a wrecked MIG21). Suicidal. The pilots being upgraded that way might fare better as cannon fodder on the ground.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 16th, 2014

    2014-10-17 08:24:48View | Delete

    & #7

    Yes. Don’t have to kick ‘em out though.

    Instead, we should secede from the Republic of Texas once and for all.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 16th, 2014

    2014-10-17 06:33:40View | Delete

    Regarding Amy Goodman. . .medical boots on the ground

    The three most affected countries cover a roughly 400 by 600 mile swath, if my eyeballing the map is correct.

    There won’t be nearly enough medical staff to suffice, or even accounting for military troops trained on the fly.

    Aside from that, there is also the prospect of starvation looming, and it hasn’t yet been widely covered in the MSM. What can we do?

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 15th, 2014

    2014-10-16 09:39:20View | Delete

    It seems the exhibition will be here. . .

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 15th, 2014

    2014-10-16 09:31:23View | Delete

    Brandon, you might be interested since this will be near you. There will be an exhibition in Brooklyn opening Nov 21 dedicated to African American artist Kara Walker.

    The centerpiece will be an enormous, experimental sculpture made from 30 tons of sugar. It’s a mind boggling sight. Smaller works, as well.

    Here’s a link about the upcoming show. There’s also a video link there (scroll ~half way down) from the presenter. I think it will be at the old Domino Sugar factory, now a budding art exhibition venue.

  • I asked my primary dare doc about this. He thought banning flights/passengers would be like locking the barn door now. For it to have been partially effective, it would have had to begin as early as last summer before the problem was even fully apparent. I don’t quite get that.

    Yet there’s no way to be certain which vectors and transmission methods it might take. Whichever one is removed, such as air travel, another may fill in the gap over time unless the public is well vaccinated. How long will that take?

    In the meantime we still don’t know what all the potential carriers may be, something even as mundane as dogs may be among them.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post Simulate this!!!

    2014-10-15 09:34:23View | Delete

    I wonder if nowadays a biohazard bumper stick would finally be noticed by Boston’s cranky, preoccupied drivers on the clogged rods and highways here.

    I wouldn’t test this, myself, but it might be project fodder for the local teeve news media.

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