Tuesday, March 20, 2018

At 3:20 p.m., my phone said I had a voice message

I accessed voice mail. The recording said the message was sent at 2:50 p.m.

Question: What was the message doing for the 30 minutes between being sent by the Weather Service and received by my phone?

Is there some quantum or dark matter reason a speed-of-sound or speed-of-light transmission would take 30 minutes to arrive?

Monday, March 19, 2018

The new religion is on a roll

“Today, we live in a post-Christian age, where most of ruling class is unfamiliar with traditional religion and often hostile to it. Instead, our rulers believe in a grab bag of fads that define multiculturalism. Political correctness is the enforcement arm of this amorphous new faith, so signaling agreement with the current PC causes is how our rulers try to tell us they are moral people. People hoping to rise into the upper ranks, invest all of their time in public acts of piety, often on-line, to prove they are worthy of admission.”

“Reality is the natural barrier between the fanatics and their desired utopia. Their inability to reach the promised land, however, does not cause them to reconsider the project. Instead, they re-double their efforts, staking out even more bizarre positions. Thirty years ago, homosexual marriage was a punch line for popular comics. Today, laughing at those jokes gets you thrown in jail. Just take a moment and consider what comes after the compulsory acceptance of transvestites. The new religion moves quickly.”


A society that fails to understand its history is a society rushing to its doom. If we do not know how we got to where we are, we cannot wisely decide where we are going.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Well, some people were ambushed, but it wasn’t too bad

For a time in the 1920s, Rosie, Arkansas, did not quite live up to its name.

Rosie was formed in the second decade of the 19th century, with the opening of a post office in 1819. The town was first known as White Run, after the nearby White River. As with most rural Arkansas towns, Rosie had its ups and downs, name changes, good times and bad. The name Rosie was affixed to the town in 1888 with the opening of another post office. The White Run post office had closed in 1833.

“One of the deadliest episodes in Independence County history occurred in the early 1920s and concerned the Kickers, an organization against the government-ordered dipping of cattle for the eradication of ticks. Rosie was touched by this grassroots vigilante movement when barns were burned and a young Finis Wyatt (later the noted physician of the area) was fired upon while standing in his yard. Other parts of the county saw even more violence. On March 20, 1922, Charles Jeffrey, one of the inspectors, was killed from ambush on Hutchinson Mountain on the Jamestown Road, and his partner, Lee Harper, was wounded but survived.”


Also: “Dissidents in Arkansas, known as ‘kickers,’ usually hailed from a yeoman group that actively asserted their resistance to change in agricultural practices in the only way available to them, through violence. Opposition was noted in several publicized incidences, most of them resulting in a court case and fine for refusal to dip, which was a relatively tame act of defiance compared to more aggressive actions in the form of destroying vats, damage to property and murder. Several counties reported the use of dynamite to demolish dipping vats - a common occurrence throughout the quarantined areas of the South - and Independence County cattle inspector Charles Jeffery was shot to death in 1922 by a posse of dipping opponents. The barn of another federal inspector in the county was destroyed by fire and he reported that he had previously received death threats, as had an inspector in Rosie, whose barn was also burned.”

-- Holly Hope, Dip That Tick: Texas Fever Eradication in Arkansas, 1907-1943, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Little Rock, 2005.

In the early part of the 19th century, farmers saw more and more of what they believed to be “federal intervention” in long-established ways of doing things. Opposition was natural, especially considering the expense of building dipping vats and herding cattle from farms to a central location and back to the farm. Some of the opposition, too, might have been caused by the federal government’s decision that cow tick quarantines applied only to states of the former Confederacy.

Federal supremacy became even more concrete when Washington took advantage of the Depression of 1929-40 to remove people from failing farms with the Federal Resettlement Administration and other New Deal agencies, all designed to “assist” U.S. citizens in their daily lives.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Georgian artist was so talented, Soviets put him in an asylum

From an interview with brother of Fridon Nizharadze.

-Fridon was once placed in an asylum in Tbilisi.

Yes. He spent several months there and, as he himself claims, was drained of great amounts of blood and given lots of pills. The way he behaved, lived and painted was not acceptable to the general standards established by the communist government. Subsequently, everyone perceived him as a madman. Those were, as he calls it, dark ages in our country. Dissenting opinions were prosecuted and regarded as a mental disorder. Sometimes even Fridon’s own family members, including myself and relatives with whom he stayed in Tbilisi, could not understand what he wanted to convey through his paintings. For instance, when he drew a man with a single eye, similar to a cyclops, people would react negatively and say that it wasn’t normal. We wanted him to draw standard things; personally, I told him to paint ordinary towers of Svaneti - something that we could understand - instead of the strange things. Now I regret saying that, honestly. He would always answer that he couldn’t stop the unusual ideas coming to his mind day and night; he said he had to release them by transferring them onto paper. And then he went and painted collapsed and ruined towers and there were some who took it as a very bad omen. People didn’t really appreciate it. This hostility left a mark on both his life and personality. Today, he is a well-respected person and everyone in the village knows him. He never exhibited his works, though; he thinks it’s expensive and a hassle.


Friday, March 16, 2018

You’ll take that moldy beer and pungent salt beef and like it, sailor

No refrigeration, a long sea voyage … What else would you expect?

“After their stint in the Elissa’s hold, many of the provisions still seem edible. For safety reasons, nobody will actually be tasting the experimental results, but the baked ship biscuits are in the best shape by far, a testament to their legendary hardiness. The salted beef, however, has taken on a pinkish center resembling prosciutto. It has a pungent smell, says Tsai, though it isn’t rotten.

“A big exception is the natural spring water, which has turned cloudy with greenish bits and 'smelled pretty disgusting,' Tsai says. 'Sailors may have preferred quenching their thirst with beer and wine, which remained more palatable. Still, a surprising amount of lingering yeast fermentation and carbonation caused the beer barrel to leak and grow mold.'”


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Freemason clerics ‘out of church’

(ANSA) - Rome, March 14 - Priests and bishops who are Freemasons will be ejected from the Catholic Church, Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) Secretary-General Nunzio Galantino said Wednesday. He said the Church had always had the same stance on freemasonry: "everything that undermines the common good to the advantage of a few cannot be accepted". Galantino said "shadowy powers" sometimes poisoned Italian political and social life and sometimes insinuated themselves into the ecclesiastical world.


Link at http://gatesofvienna.net/2018/03/gates-of-vienna-news-feed-3-14-2018/#more-45293

I didn’t know Masonic bishops and priests were ever allowed. I guess I haven’t been keeping up with things Roman Catholic, other than the Pope’s kumbaya speeches on how wonderful is Islam.

Galantino says the church had always had the same stance on Freemasonry. If that’s the case, why is he making an announcement that Freemason priests and bishops “will be ejected”? How did the Masons sneak past the church’s vetting?

Chicago training prepares Navy corpsmen for war

Shibani Mahtani
March 14, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

CHICAGO—Konrad Poplawski, a 22-year old Navy hospital corpsman, is about to be deployed as a battlefield medic with the 2nd Marine Division, which has served in deadly battlegrounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But first, he is making a pit stop at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, which the Navy says is among few places here in the U.S. that provide experience treating the types of wounds he will inevitably see on the battlefield.


(Remainder of story blocked by pay wall.)

http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=78267 has some of the story:

“For so long ‘the first time a corpsman got any trauma experience was when they were deployed, and some would just freeze up,’ said Captain Paul Roach, a U.S. Navy surgeon at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center north of Chicago. ‘We don’t want that to happen anymore,’ said Capt. Roach, who heads the program in the Great Lakes region.

“The Navy is working to formalize a pilot program that has been tested here for three years, rotating newly enlisted hospital corpsmen—the combat medics for the Navy and Marines—and those needing a refresher while they are back home, for six to eight weeks through Stroger Hospital’s trauma center. The 14-bed unit treats over 6,000 trauma patients yearly, many of them with penetrating, life-threatening wounds akin to those on the battlefield.”