Thursday, July 30, 2015

Schedule for successful life

Power corrupts.

Knowledge is power.

Study hard and reap the benefits.

The Perfect Candidate (Progressive/Democrat, that is)

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In the wake of embarrassing missteps by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley on the campaign trail, the Democratic National Committee today announced that it has successfully recruited the perfect candidate, one that can both mobilize the entire Democratic Party base and destroy any Republican that dares challenge.

The newcomer to the race, 42-year-old Geralda Hernandez-Brown, was discovered in Atlanta by DNC operatives. Born to undocumented immigrant Maria Hernandez, and Theo “Pookie” Brown, whose ancestors once slaved in the cotton and tobacco fields of Georgia and the Carolinas, Gerald Hernandez-Brown underwent a sex change operation in 2005, and now considers xyrself gender-fluid.

“Xhe's ideal in every way,” said DNC spokesman Christina Freundlich. “I mean, even the children from before the operation... one killed by a cop, one dead from a botched back alley abortion, climate change-induced heat stroke...the list just keeps going. Can you believe that we stumbled upon xer beneath the I-285 overpass?”

Asked whether Geralda's religious beliefs could provide any insight to the American people regarding xer convictions and character, Freundlich exclaimed “of course xhe doesn't believe in any god, that would be ridiculous, but xhe gets along very well with people of any faith that gives free stuff to the poor.” Added Freundlich, “which is pretty much all of them.”

When interviewed, Democratic voters largely welcomed the addition of Hernandez-Brown to the field.

Will Green of Toledo, OH, said “Hillary is a tool of the corporatists, and Sanders and O'Malley are old white males. Finally, somebody that understands the struggle and the importance of social programs. Somebody truly worth my vote!”

Qeesha D'Antelo of Fresno, CA responded “I had such high hopes for Obama, but now I realize that he's half-white. And while he definitely doesn't go out of his way to act like a man, he has never publicly denounced his whitemale privilege. Geralda is exactly the kind of hero I can believe in!”

Cautioned “Wolf” in Brooklyn, “sounds good, but where does xhe stand on fair trade coffee?”

Few Republican candidates were willing to answer questions about the viability of Hernandez-Brown's candidacy, but Marco Rubio was candid. “Look, I'm Latino, Ben [Carson] is black, Carly [Fiorina] is a woman... most of us have great stories to tell and great ideas for the future, but we can't withstand Geralda. As soon as we say the first word, there will be universal cries of racism, or sexism, or transphobia. And none of us receives welfare; we're the evil one-percent compared to xer. I hear that Scott [Walker] and John [Kasich] have already dropped out.”

Donald Trump vowed to continue his candidacy, acknowledging “I'm f***ed, but I have a lot of money and nothing better to do.”

To a packed auditorium at Emory University, Hernandez-Brown formally announced xer candidacy with a conciliatory nod to those who still believe in the American dream: “President pay how much? Shit yeah I can be President!”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Roland, Arkansas, Zip Code 72135

Roland is a populated place in western Pulaski County in central Arkansas.

Here is a satellite view:,-92.5006123,893m/data=!3m1!1e3 indicating not much is there. People who live in Roland prefer their isolation from Little Rock.

In 2010, Roland’s population was 2,623, or so says

Wikipedia, though, gives the 2010 population as 746.

Other City Data data for Roland:

Men 49.6 percent; women 50.4 percent

White population 2,438; black 93; American Indian 10; Asian 6; native Hawaiian or other Pacific islander 1; some other race, 2; two or more races, 20; Hispanic or Latino 43.

Households receiving food stamps/SNAP in last 12 months, 90.

Cars and other vehicles per household: None, 12; one, 219; two, 530; three, 140; four, 71; five+, 42.

In 2011, 25 households had less than $10,000 income; 106 households had $200,000 or more income.

Also in 2011, 21 houses were valued at less than $10,000, while 14 were valued at $1 million or more.

Foreign-born population, 24, all of whom are naturalized citizens.

(Weird that a community of 2,600 – or under 750 – would have 21 houses valued under $10,000 and 14 valued at more than $1 million.)

More data here: also with numbers significantly different than city data numbers.

Oh no! The honey bees are dying! Well, not so much

“The trouble all began in 2006 or so, when beekeepers first began noticing mysterious die-offs. It was soon christened ‘colony collapse disorder,’ and has been responsible for the loss of 20 to 40 percent of managed honeybee colonies each winter over the past decade.”

(What caused the sudden bee die off? The usual suspects, if you believe in the usual suspects – pesticides, global warming for starters. Not pesticides, said national pesticide organizations. Mites were offered for a time.

(Whatever the cause, honeybee deaths indicated we (humans) were doing bad things, and the White Buffalo was punishing us.

(And well it might, since, like smallpox, guns and whiskey, honey bees were brought to the Americas by white Europeans.)

“These bees probably came from England and arrived in Virginia in 1622. By 1639 colonies of honey bees were found throughout the woods in Massachusetts. Some of the colonists who arrived at Plymouth likely brought bees, as well as sheep, cows and chickens on the trip across the Atlantic.”

Okay, so what caused the horrific colony collapse disorder beginning in 2006?

Well, “the number of honeybee colonies has actually risen since 2006, from 2.4 million to 2.7 million in 2014, according to data tracked by the USDA. The 2014 numbers, which came out earlier this year, show that the number of managed colonies -- that is, commercial honey-producing bee colonies managed by human beekeepers -- is now the highest it's been in 20 years.”

(The sky did not fall, nor have polar bears all died from heat exhaustion.)

Link at

If U.S. agriculture cannot survive without honey bees to pollinate plants and such, what pollinated the farms of Eastern Indians before European bees arrived?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lego Germany invades Lego France

Or something.

Nice to know the world is coming together

Hungary sees completion of Serbia fence in November.

Italians fed up with influx of ‘migrants.’

Telling part: “(T)his week the European Union failed to agree to divvy up 40,000 asylum seekers in Greece in Italy among its members.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This makes sense

"Do you know the term for gluten-free, sugarless, vegan brownies?


(At No link because every time I click there, a troll wants me to sign up for something. I played a troll in a second-grade drama production, so I know how they operate.)

Not bad, this one.

I only live once? In that case, I should waste my time doing idiotic things that have social context only by my determination.