Oct 152017

Wendy is due in about 25 minutes to de-stink the TomCat and help with housework, so I’ll write until she arrives and finish after she leaves.  Today id a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are worshiping with the Giants in the night game, so I’ll eat supper early and be in full meditation mode afterwards.  May the holy Orb shine its blessed light on your team, unless they claim to be oversized.  Tomorrow I have an appointment to pick up and adjust my glasses.  It won’t take long, but by the time we factor in the lift bus, I’ll be gone for around four hours.  I’ll publish, if I can, but I may have only a Personal Update.

Wendy just left.  She thanks you all for your kindness, and JD for the earrings that she will wear watching football this afternoon.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:09 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (SNL Channel): Donald Trump Trucker Rally Cold Open


Alec led his Pence around by the nose just like the Fuhrer does his Pence. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Late Professor William T. Kelley taught Marketing at Wharton School of Business and Finance, University of Pennsylvania, for 31 years, ending with his retirement in 1982.  Dr. Kelley, who also had vast experience as a business consultant, was the author of a then-widely used textbook called Marketing Intelligence — The Management of Marketing Information (originally published by P. Staples, London, 1968).  Dr. Kelley taught marketing management to both undergraduate and graduate students at Wharton. www.upenn.edu/…  Dr. Bill was one of my closest friends for 47 years when we lost him at 94 about six years ago.  Bill would have been 100 this year. 

Donald J. Trump was an undergraduate student at Wharton for the latter two of his college years, having been graduated in 1968. www.thedp.com/…  

Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.”  I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this — “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.”  Dr. Kelley told me this after Trump had become a celebrity but long before he was considered a political figure.  Dr. Kelley often referred to Trump’s arrogance when he told of this — that Trump came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything.

Isn’t it a shame that the state of Ivy League education was such that Kelly and his fellow profs passed Trump anyway, instead of flunking the dumb SOB? And why didn’t the Electoral College flunk him out?!!? RESIST!!

From NY Times: In a desolate corner of northeastern Australia, about 100 miles from the nearest town, a grassy stretch of prime grazing land sits above a vein of coal so rich and deep that it could be mined for decades.

The Australian government is considering a proposal to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in this remote locale, known as the Galilee Basin, where acacia and eucalyptus trees grow wild between scattered creeks.

An Indian conglomerate, the Adani Group, has asked for a taxpayer-financed loan of as much as $800 million to make the enormous project viable, promising to create thousands of jobs in return.

But the plan has met intense opposition in Australia and abroad, focusing attention on a question with global resonance: Given the threat of climate change and the slowing global demand for coal, does the world really need another giant mine, especially at the public’s expense?

I hope that the Land of Oz will prefer green energy. Aussies, would it be feasible to invest that $800 million in a giant solar farm or wind farm? RESIST!!



2017 Russian Missiles Discovered in Washington DC.


  9 Responses to “Open Thread – 10/15/2017”

  1. If only Dr. Kelley’s comments about the Orange Ogre had come out well before the creep’s Presidential run. Then again, maybe that wouldn’t have had any effect on the hordes of numb-nuts that voted for him. I can imagine him spinning in his grave like an Oklahoma tornado.

  2. 4:41 Doesn’t look much like any sunflower I’ve ever grown – but there’s such a wide variety of sunflower species that this is reasonable.

    Wendy is more than welcome.  Glad they arrived safely.

    SNL – Pence may act like he is being led around by the nose, but I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw Indiana.  Did you also see the one about “Kellywise”?  Terrifying!

    DKos – Someone somewhere commented his arrogance goes back to the day Mary decided he was her favorite child (no SOB jokes, please.  We can insult himself, we have no need to insult his mother to get to him.)  We can also wonder about other peopl who graduated by Ivy League schools during the 60’s.  I can tell you I worked a lot harder at Stanford than he appears to have done at Wharton.

    NYT – I was brought up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  One of my favorite possessions is a water color of eucalyptus trees on the Stanford campus, done by an art student who has gone on to some success (specializing in palm trees and foliage).  I love eucalyptus, but I also know that, because of the content of their sap and where it is stored in them, they do not, incase of fire burn.  They explode.  Juxtaposing eucalyptus and a coal mine sounds to me like a recipe for destruction.  Isn’t the current administration in Oz the same one that has consistently failed to protect the Great Barrier Reef, and in essence killed it, or nearly?  This is a real danger, folks.

    Cartoon  – plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  3. SNL: Great job!  check out the Kelly Ann “IT” piece…priceless.
    DK: Rumpy got into Wharton as a “favor” by some particular admissions officer.  Any guess about how much that favor cost Rumpy’s dad?  It’s irrelevant, actually.  But, his life has been a series of passing by events.  Maybe this visit to the WH, will finally cost him!
    NYT: I  have signed a petition to stop this mine, but I don’t think it will make a bit of difference.  I think the petition is on C2, via Animae.

  4. SNL: So hilarious, and it’s exactly how it is too. LOL

    DK: He’s such a narcissistic A–H—! He’s not my potus. At. All. *Wiki: “Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which there is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others’ feelings.” I’m sure there’s other disorders as well too.

    NYT: Mother Earth has been beaten for centuries, and I must agree with you…with going green. Ruining the earth for man’s greed, and the warnings we have received lately, (earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, etc) will continue if we don’t heed her warnings. imho

    Cartoon: I remember my father talking and being very concerned about this at the dinner table. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev & Kennedy both agreed to a deal in which the Soviets would dismantle the weapon sites in exchange for a pledge from the United States not to invade Cuba. The US also agreed to remove its nuclear missiles from Turkey.

    My guys won 33-17 vs. Browns. Good game! Hope that you find favor with your team later on too. Enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

  5. It is so sad to see that people can buy grades in college! That prof was a good guy and I bet he couldn’t be bought. But the rest of the profs must’ve done something to let this pond scum get thru college with a passing grade!
    Why, OH WHY, would the people of Aussie land even consider letting a STUPID idea like a COAL MINE be floated? In sure Lona has some considerable words to say about this!
    Great posts today, TC! VERY eye-opening! 

  6. SNL: Pence letting himself led around by the nose by Drumpf? No way, you can’t lead a snake in the grass around. Pence is just biding his time, agreeing with Drumpf only if he thinks his base will like him more for doing so and staying in the background as much as possible unless speaking on home turf.

    DK: It’s no surprise that his professors at Wharton thought that Drumpf was the dumbest student they ever taught, it is probably a fact. But it wouldn’t surprise me that Drumpf and/or his father bought the exams, had someone else write the papers, had someone else sit in on exams or just bought the Wharton shool board to let him pass. It would have been just another case of follow the money if it hadn’t been so long ago and the trail gone cold.

    NYT: Australia has a rather bad case of Drumpfitis at federal and state (Queensland) level where this Adani mine is concerned. I wish I had, but I haven’t got enough time to go into this deeply so I’ll just copy the comment I made earlier on Evelyn B.’s posting Digging Into Adani – Four Corners, Full Documentary on C2NN on the subject:

    Thanks for posting this, Evelyn!
    A lot of Australians, especially those fighting for the Great Barrier Reef, know very well what Adani is about. Organizations like Fight for the Reef, Greenpeace and Australia’s Marine Conservation have been fighting this despicable company for years now, trying to prevent it from expanding and opening up the largest coal mine in Queensland with unimaginable damage in store for the area, the Aboriginal lands it’s on and the GNR where the rivers in the area bring their deposits to and from where the coal will be shipped from to countries like India and China which have already expressed to have lost their appetite for coal.

    These organizations have shown the world how bad the track record of Adani is and won some court battles, but all to no avail. The Queensland state government and the Federal Australian government have their heart set on Adani expanding in Queensland’s north, all for a few jobs in mining, but at the cost of many more in tourism, and neither gives a damn about what their citizens want.

    Four Corners is a well respected program from the ABC with high viewer ratings, which in the past has pushed the government into some tight corners with its excellent investigative journalism, and often with good results. Let’s hope this documentary does the same and will finally tip the scales against Adani and in favor of the environment of northern Queensland and the Australian taxpayer.

    And to answer your question, TomCat: At local level millions of dollars are invested in wind farms and solar farms, and on a personal level thousands of Aussies have put solar panels on their rooftops in Queensland. Some older coal-burning power stations have been put on hold and the building of new ones too because of it. So Aussies aren’t going to use this coal themselves, it’s all for export, i.e. dumping on a saturated market.
    If you want to know more, have a look at the excellent Four Corner’s documentary Evelyn B. posted.

  7. Thanks all! Hugs! 23

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