BMEWS
 
Sarah Palin is the only woman who can make Tony Romo WIN a playoff.

calendar   Tuesday - May 26, 2015

TSA “Lost” Badges: This Really Make Me Wonder

Thousands Of TSA Badges Missing For Months

TSA Tries To Block Investigation

Senator John Thune fired off a blistering letter to TSA officials demanding answers regarding missing, lost or stolen SIDA (Secured Identification Display Area) badges that can be used by employees to gain access to secure areas at airports.

“Clearly there are an awful lot of things falling through the cracks and there’s just no room for an error when it comes to this issue. We need answers. They’re not providing them.”

Thune, who chairs the Transportation Committee, said previous answers from the agency had actually raised more questions than answers.

The concern follows reports that more than 270 badges went missing at the San Diego International Airport in the last two years and more than 1,400 badges missing from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Many of the missing badges were not reported for weeks or months in hopes they would be turned it - meaning they were not quickly deactivated.

The information comes following an investigation by a local NBC affiliate in Dallas, TX. They also found reports of missing crew and pilot uniforms.
...
When Atlanta reported the information to the TSA they said they never should have given out the information in the first place, but we ask--doesn’t the public have a right to know?

Washington lawmakers are demanding an accounting of how many airport security badges have been lost or stolen around the country as an NBC News investigation reveals the problem may be bigger than originally thought.
...
Workers are supposed to report a missing badge within 24 hours, and the San Diego airport authority said it plans to do more to ensure that rule is followed.

Right. Two airports. One. Two. 1. 2. Two airports. 1670 missing badges. From only TWO airports. I have to wonder, how many TSA employees are there at Hartsfield-Jackson? 1400 perhaps??

How many dozen more, or hundreds more, airports are there in the nation where TSA holds sway? Let’s do a universal badge check right now, and see if the actual number missing isn’t in the tens of thousands.


And are ALL the TSA folks drawn from the same pool of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity workers like the ones I see being the vast overwhelming majority at the NY and NJ airports? The same kind who might also be given to believing in Black Liberation Theology, chickens coming home to roost, jailhouse conversion to some X flavor of jizzlam, and a general God Damn America permanent sense of victimhood? Because I don’t forget how the criminal background checks for the hire-ees were ignored, not done, or went astray during the big TSA ramp up. Nor do I not remember the hundreds if not thousands of cases where TSA employees have been caught stealing passenger’s belongings, abusing the we-see-you-naked scanners, groping grandma, and otherwise flexing their general dickhead powers. Rather makes one wonder if the foxes have been hired to guard the henhouses. And now this? These people are issued firearms too, aren’t they? How many thousand of them are missing as well?

I have no desire to paint the five dozen qualified, honest, and hard working TSA employees with the old tarbrush, but it’s been NDO* for more than 6 years now, and as the mafia says, a fish rots from the head down. Unless you buy rotten fish to begin with, in which case it stinks from one end to the other, and has ever since Chimpy McBusHitlerburton’s Patriot Act got co-opted and co-rrupted by being forced to be a politically co-rrect jobs program.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/26/2015 at 05:03 PM   
Filed Under: • Big Brotherplanes, trains, tanks, ships, machines, automobilesRacism and race relations •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

THE DANES, JIHADISTS AND WELFARE BENEFITS

I’ve been watching a Danish TV drama titled 1864. It’s done with English subtitles of course.  Heck, there’s lots of very good stuff on coming from France, Denmark, Sweden, Italy etc. So anyway, this series I got hooked on is really very good, and I have to feel sorry for the way Denmark has gone.  Read below.  By the way … I’m not too sure of the figure quoted in the story here, cos the figure I first saw was higher.
$61,638.00.

The world is fast become a giant nut case thanks to the left. Yeah I know it was already a basket case, but I think it got worse over the last minute or two and doesn’t show any signs of recovery. 

Denmark of course is not alone. On this side of the channel;
A headmistress at a school made a remark charged as racist and fired.
Her high crime was likening her school to an Arabic news channel because of the high number of muslim staff.
Apparently she’d made a number of remarks regarding other people and situations and had few friends at the school, where she worked for the last seven years.
So why suddenly now is she persona non grata?
I guess she offended the wrong group.
Safest to stick with sticking it to Christians. Wouldn’t you say?

H/T Breitbart News Network for the following.

Denmark Paid 32 Jihadists in Syria Welfare Benefits

by Mary Chastain

There is something rotten in the state of Denmark. The Danish government paid 32 jihadists over 400,000 Danish Krone ($59,734.48) in unemployment benefits while they fought with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria.

“STAR [Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment] has thus far received information pertaining to 32 people who, according to PET’s [Danish Security and Intelligence Service] information, have gone abroad in relation to the conflict in Syria while at the same time receiving social benefits in the form of kontanthjælp and dagpenge [two types of unemployment benefits, ed.],” stated one document.

Denmark is well-known for its welfare benefits. Those on dagpenge receive 801 kroner ($122) a day, while those on Kontanthjælp receive much more. The private unemployment companies must “require repayments of benefits given to individuals who are not available to the Danish labour market and to report suspicion of welfare fraud to the police.” However, only one of the 32 cases was reported to authorities.

“There has been a lot of talk about how serious it is, but when it comes to the practical consequences we can see that nobody does anything,” said Peter Skaarup of the Danish People’s Party. “I think that every single case should be turned over to the police immediately because you are not available to the job market when you are in the midst of Syria’s civil war and if we are to send a signal that we won’t accept these Syrian fighters going down there, we need to put more consequences in place.”

Belgium and Denmark are home to the most jihadists in Europe. Unlike other countries, Denmark takes a nurturing hand towards their jihadists. In October, media outlets revealed the jihadists are “warmly welcomed home by the psychiatrists.” The doctors hope to reintegrate the jihadists. Jobs was a main talking point.

CONTINUES

image


avatar

Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/26/2015 at 07:42 AM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Sunday - May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

Our sadder holiday, the day to remember the fallen. And to fear this fate for future generations? When do we get that official day?


Dear Lord, for those who will fall, let their numbers be minimal and their deaths not be in vain.

For those who have fallen, you still live in our hearts. May the price you paid for our victory not be thrown away by foolish politics.




I want to rant and rave about a certain idiot’s foreign policy, his disregard for the military, and his criminal level of negligence and the “accidental” defeats. He’s in it to win it, for the other side.

And that makes today especially troublesome.

But I can rant like that any day, and I have. That’s not what today is about.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2015 at 09:47 AM   
Filed Under: • Military •  
Comments (6) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Saturday - May 23, 2015

middle of the night

Four Thirty in the morning!!

I own no cows. I’m not going fishing. What the heck am I doing awake at this hour??

Oh yeah. Freezing. Needing to pee. And ... aaaarrgh, in agony. Leg cramps. Ow ow ow ow owow ow. Guess I went at it a bit much in the garden today. Still, I got a couple dozen plants in, and made good progress on the lower extension area. Still. I was crawling around a lot on the ground, and even with a pad I still beat up my knees quite a bit. Rocks and gravel aren’t the best things to kneel on.

Righto. Pop a bunch of pills, grab a cuppa tea ... check the temp; a nice warm 46°. Brrr. But I hear that Summer will be here Monday like throwing a switch. Click, and it’s 92. I’ll believe it when I see it.

So she’s back on this machine again tomorrow to get her last 2 courses done. And then we’re off to visit the relations again Sunday into Monday.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/23/2015 at 03:37 AM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (3) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Friday - May 22, 2015

and its hers again!

I get time to check my email, then the PC is hers all day. She’s got to get these courses done.

Fine. I’ll go play in the garden. I put 3 dozen little plants in yesterday, and did another 6 feet of edge stones. I’ve got that much work to do to finish laying the upper shade garden, and it’s time to pick out some nice plants for the larger sunny plot. The extension plot needs the hard work - dig and sift, sift and blend in top soil, tear out old roots, and put it all back together again.

My seeds still haven’t been mailed out yet. These garden companies keep an eye on the weather, and don’t ship before the last chance of frost. Considering that we had another 45° morning, I can’t say they’re doing the wrong thing.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/22/2015 at 09:25 AM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (0) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Thursday - May 21, 2015

Making Nice-Nice Here In Condo World

Our neighbors are complaining that our radon mitigation system makes too much noise.

They may be somewhat right. Our system uses one of the better model fans, strong and quiet and with a 15 year continuous operation life span. But it blows air out a long PVC pipe in the roof, and makes a sound like a one note didgeridoo. You can’t hear it from very far away, but you can hear it up close.


image

Paleo Radon Mitigation System



And of all the neighbors here, the hundreds who have no mitigation systems at all, the downstairs people right next door have one, and theirs is running too. And now that it’s a bit warmer, the nice lady upstairs between us wants to use her back balcony, which is right at the lower roof’s levels, so she’s getting stereo pipe noise like dueling steamships.

Not sure what can be done. Maybe some pipe wrap, or a muffler of some kind. Or maybe just put in a timer and only run the mitigation system M-F 9-5 when most folks aren’t around.

Gotta try to be a good neighbor. Unless it costs too much. Or is too much of an inconvenience. Hey, I’ve got a spare set of earplugs here she could have, wouldn’t cost me a thing! And I’ve hardly ever used them!


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/21/2015 at 10:34 AM   
Filed Under: • Daily Life •  
Comments (2) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Polar Vortex

Damn this climate shift stuff, whatever the cause.

I got up early, freezing. It’s 45 degrees out. It’s the first morning of the 3rd week of May.  This is just wrong, man.

So we started summer bowling league last night. And it’s dinky mini league as we expected, with about 6 teams. Who cares? We’re out to have fun. If we can.

The lane cleaning machine broke. Not broke down, but broke. So it’s flooding the lanes with oil. Pattern? No, we don get no steenkeen pattern. We had puddles.  But what could they do? They couldn’t cancel leagues. As it is, they shifted us down 4 lanes, so the very worst of the flooded lanes weren’t even used. We got the “dry” lanes, after they mopped up most of the oil puddles on the approaches. And what was left was nearly impossible to bowl on.

It was edge to edge out past 50 feet. Ordinarily an oil pattern is about 43 feet long, so that the last 17 feet of the 60 foot long lane is fairly clean and dry, and gives the balls a chance to grab on and do their thing. Not last night. A very short back end gives you minimal ball reaction, which means the balls won’t hook. Flooded lanes quickly lead to lots of carry-down, oil pushed down the lanes by everyone’s balls. And that “feathers” out the front edge of the oil, stretching the pattern further, but only where other balls have been thrown. So it makes the back end spotty, leaving some areas dry, and some oily. And what you get is kind of like driving your car around a corner too fast, slamming on the brakes, and having the anti-lock brakes come on, but only under 2 wheels instead of all 4. It’s very unpredictable.

So what started out as a humorous, let’s-make-the-best-of-this situation, quickly grew boring, and then frustrating. And then rather bothersome, because every single thing we’ve spent the past decade training ourselves to do, or to not do, was wrong. I threw 11 gutter balls last night. 11. Usually I throw less tha that for an entire season. Overall I had a 314 series, two games under 100. Low game was a 79. Finally, after the 8 of us had thrown 2.3 games each, enough oil had glommed onto our balls and been wiped off, and enough of the rest of it had been pushed around on the lanes, I found I could stand 8 boards to the right and utterly loft my strike ball towards the pocket, in hopes that it would arrive clean enough to dig in and carry through the rack. And it did, getting me marking again the last half of the 3rd game. But we lost that one too,

Right. Hope they get things fixed.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/21/2015 at 05:34 AM   
Filed Under: • Bowling BloggingClimate-Weather •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

garage rage

A neat little story over at American Thinker about what goes on in the mind of a guy suffering from something like road rage.

Just remember, guns and car repairs don’t mix.

But I do understand his feelings. To the letter. Heck I caught a taste of them last night. But just a taste. And no firearms were involved.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/21/2015 at 05:27 AM   
Filed Under: • Humor •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Wednesday - May 20, 2015

No Good Reason Necessary

Federal Judge Strikes Down DC’s Prohibitive CCW Law

Injunction issued against ‘good reason’ requirement for concealed carry permit

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying the District of Columbia’s new concealed carry law is unconstitutional.

The order, issued Monday by Judge Frederick J. Scullin, was the second decision in less than a year declaring the Washington, D.C., gun carry laws to be unconstitutional. In October of 2014, the same judge ruled that the district’s complete ban on gun carry was also in violation of the Constitution.

Scullin barred DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier from enforcing the city’s requirement that a person applying for a concealed carry permit must prove they have a “good reason” to need one. This requirement created a system where only those with police reports detailing violent threats against them could obtain a permit.

Critics said the requirement was the reason few permits had been issued thus far, and argued that it violates the Second Amendment.

The “good reason” clause was used to deny three men who wished to carry weapons in the District permits. The men—Joshua Akery, Tyler Whidby, and Brian Wrenn—joined with the Second Amendment Foundation to file suit against the city.

In Monday’s order, the court sided with the plaintiffs.

“This conclusion should not be read to suggest that it would be inappropriate for the District of Columbia to enact a licensing mechanism that includes appropriate time, place and manner restrictions on the carrying of handguns in public,” Judge Scullin said in his ruling. “The District of Columbia’s arbitrary ‘good reason’/’proper reason’ requirement, however, goes far beyond establishing such reasonable restrictions.”

Well of course. By DC’s failed reasoning, the only people who “need” a gun are probably already marked for death. So why issue them one, when it will probably cause some poor “misunderstood youth” to have his new career as an aspiring rapper cut short?

FAIL. And another BS law is soooo outta here. We hope.

Rights regulated by permits aren’t rights. They are permissions at best. And additional taxes. Temporary permissions. 


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/20/2015 at 10:47 AM   
Filed Under: • Guns and Gun Control •  
Comments (3) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Stop The Trans Pacific Partnership

The political push and pull on this one is sort of odd. 

Obama has his heart set on negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership in secret and getting Congress to pass it without knowing what’s in it or being able to do anything about it.  It has some horrendous giveaways of national sovereignty, potentially compromising U.S. labor, banking and firearms laws among others.

Got it?  It’s another stinking disaster for the U.S. if Obama gets his way.

Here’s what’s odd - many Republicans are supporting Obama and a lot of Democrats are opposing it.

Politico has published an article by:

Michael Wessel is a cleared liaison to two statutory advisory committees and was a commissioner on the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission, as well as the international trade co-chair for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign.

This guy has impeccable credentials (well, outside of being a Liberal and being a supporter of Democrats). 

Here’s a hint of what he thinks about the TPP

I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you.

Sit down and read it.  It’s got all the Obama earmarks - secrecy and more undermining of the U.S.

I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.By MICHAEL WESSELMay 19, 2015


avatar

Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 05/20/2015 at 12:59 AM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (4) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Tuesday - May 19, 2015

Obama - Foreign Relations Genius!

Add this one to the pile.

Thanks to Obama ass kissing the Iranians and getting a rep for selling out our allies, the Saudis are getting set to go nuclear on their own.  As long as American pressure could reasonably stop or seriously slow down the Iranian nuclear program, the Saudis were willing to sit tight.  Since Obama basically green lighted the Iranian nuclear program, we now have a genuine nuclear arms race in the Mid East. 

You also might want to consider that as long as only Israel had nukes, outside of Pakistan, only the real Mid East nutcases like Khadaffi or Saddam Hussein were seriously working on their own nukes.  As much as the Arab world hates Israel, they also know that Israel won’t attack them unless attacked first.  They don’t have that sort of faith in Iran or any of Iran’s new buddies.

Here are two articles on the point. 

The first is from The New York Times, dated May 13, 2015.

“We can’t sit back and be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its research,” one of the Arab leaders preparing to meet Mr. Obama said on Monday, declining to be named until he made his case directly to the president. Prince Turki bin Faisal, the 70-year-old former Saudi intelligence chief, has been touring the world with the same message.

“Whatever the Iranians have, we will have, too,” he said at a recent conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Here’s the gory details:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-promises-to-match-iran-in-nuclear-capability.html

The Sunday Times is mostly behind a paywall, but the head line makes a good summary.

Saudis ‘to get nuclear weapons’

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Middle_East/article1557090.ece

===========

The Times of Israel quotes liberally from the Sunday Times and adds a bit of their own:

Report: Saudis may purchase Pakistani atomic bomb
US, UK said to warily eye prospect of a Mideast nuclear arms race amid growing fear of Iranian nukes among Gulf states
By Judah Ari Gross May 17, 2015, 5:24 pm

http://www.timesofisrael.com/report-saudis-may-purchase-pakistani-atomic-bomb/

and…

Saudis to warn Obama they will match Iran’s nuke buildup
Riyadh and other Gulf capitals reportedly will insist they will have ‘whatever the Iranians have,’ as Camp David summit gets underway
By Times of Israel staff and AP May 14, 2015, 12:26 pm

http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudis-to-warn-obama-they-will-match-irans-nuke-buildup/

==========

How long before even Liberals come to understand how horribly destructive Obama and his policies are?


avatar

Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 05/19/2015 at 11:35 PM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (4) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

benghazi

Horry Clap.

No point in my playing Samizdat - go read the bit either at Moonbattery, or direct from the source at Judicial Watch.

Point Blank: Obama and Clinton knew about Benghazi. They knew everything. Leon Panetta was in the loop too. They knew who, and why. Officially, which means there is a record. And they knew it was about arms smuggling from Libya to Syria. And they knew it was AQ, and they knew that their policies were likely to give rise to ISIS.

And they had been officially informed about the attack, the results, and that it was terrorism ... within 90 minutes of it happening. ( This assumes that they didn’t actually watch the whole thing in real time, as others apparently did. )

All of this, straight from official DOD and DIA documents obtained by FOIA lawsuits.

Every word they uttered to the public, at least during the first few weeks after 9//11/12, was a knowing lie. Susan Rice: total lie.  There was no protest, there was no uprising over a video. Nobody had to “figure out who the perpetrators were” to “bring them to justice”. 

It was Fast And Furious, International Edition. And the deal went sour. Not that either linked source above says anything like that; that’s the bottom line you have to connect a few more dots to figure out.

Oh wait, you don’t even have to do that. Others have done it for you.

BREAKING REPORT=> SMOKING GUN! US Was Running Weapons Thru Benghazi to Syria

Here’s your link to that one. With an extra helping of lying Hillary. How much more can you stomach?

But wait, there’s more!

It isn’t just Judicial Watch who is writing about the FOIA docs. Interesting note: Abdul Basit Azuz, the AQ guy who planned the attack, was deported from the UK to Libya.

A heavily redacted copy of a Sept. 12, 2012, Defense Intelligence Agency memo to Clinton, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “the attack was planned 10 or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.”

Funny how the DIA could put all that together in just a handful of hours after the multi-hour attack took place. Your next CTD ( connect the dots ) assignment is to figure out how long BEFORE the attack took place did US intelligence groups actually know all about it, in order to a) be able to report so accurately about events and motivations before the blood was even dry, and b) have all the right people in place during the attack to ensure that nothing was done and all calls for help went unanswered.  And that one’s the real, and only, sticking point. Our guys where shopped. Left to die. Ahead of the event itself. Why, and by whom? At least now we know that the awareness of the situation goes all the way to the top within a short time AFTER the event, and that the media circus generated was a smoke screen.




You know, this has become a lot like the tale of the Iraqi WMDs. Damn near all of this Benghazi information (other than official government documentation corroboration) was out there in the world news within a day or two of the attack. Mid-September 2012. In the very same way anyone who was watching back in 2003 saw those satellite pictures with the swarm of big trucks crossing the Iraq border into Syria, headed straight for the Bekka Valley, just a matter of days before we started Gulf War II. And yet, all these years later, when a stockpile of gas shells is found, or a secret lair, or Syria continues to gas people and the pResident of the United States is so stupid that he claims that chlorine gas isn’t ‘historically’ a WMD (Why, because there were no black soldiers in the second battle of Ypres in 1915, therefore WWI never happened, therefore chlorine gas was never used as a WMD to kill tens of thousands?? [oh yeah, well what about French Algerians? They fought, and they were black. Mostly black. And islamic!!]) , everyone acts like it’s big news and wonders how Syria got their hands on so damn much of the stuff, since the West has been working with the Reds to eliminate Syria’s WMDs for several years now.  Benghazi is no different. We all saw the truth in the world media in the first few days. Those who bothered to look. And the media circus has been trying to make you forget and make you doubt your memory ever since.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/19/2015 at 08:30 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat Leftists •  
Comments (10) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

dig it

woo hoo, playin’ in the garden.

I’ve got 3 dozen little flowers to plant today, so it’s time to get down and dirty.

I have started preparing the “community” wildflower bed I’m putting in at the end of out unit’s parking lot. There’s a nice 20x30 flat area there that gets a fair amount of sun, but it’s been buried under half a foot or more of pine needles since forever. I raked off 8 storage containers full; call it about 4 bales of hay worth. Made quite a pile of needles down the side of the gulch. But I finally found the soil, all grey and dry. That will have to be wet down and broken up, but with any luck I won’t have to invest in any top soil to bring it up to measure. Wildflowers are supposed to be tough, grow in anything kind of plants. So we’ll see.

Funny thing about going out in the parking lot with a shovel and a rake - all the neighbors came out to tell me how great it was that I was willing to do the work, and what I ought to do and what I ought to plant. But, um, no, they don’t have any time, and they can’t spare any cash for seeds or plants. But that hosta there - you Drew, you really ought to move it over there. Me? Oh no, bad back. And then don’t forget to dig up these dandelions over here. And you know what would be neat? If you could put some ______ and some ______ in over here. And some of that pink ornamental grass maybe. And then ...

People are funny that way.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/19/2015 at 03:06 PM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

EDISON’S TALKING DOLLS

Came across something interesting today aside from the usual sort of thing I post.

Talking dolls from the 1880s.
Thomas Edison released a range of talking dolls that contained wax cylinders children could operate using a crank in the back. They were pulled from shelves within 6 weeks after children said that the voices terrified them.

120 years later .... those voices have been digitised.

The sound is creepy.
Here’s a link/

H/T WebUser Magazine

Edison Talking Doll Recordings, 1888-1890

image

Thomas Edison’s Talking Doll of 1890 set an early milestone in the history and technology of recorded sound. It was the world’s first recorded-audio product designed, manufactured, and sold for home entertainment. It proved to be a rough start, however.

The talking doll business venture was a costly failure for Edison and his investors, who ceased sales after only about one month on the market.  Historians have had few opportunities to hear talking doll recordings.

Surviving examples are rare. Prior to 2011, just two Edison doll recordings were widely available online in digital form.Recent technological advances in audio recovery methods are making more historic sounds available to hear.

During 2007-2009, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in collaboration with the Library of Congress, developed a three-dimensional optical scanning system called IRENE-3D. The IRENE-3D system creates a digital model of the surface of a phonograph record.

With the digital model, image analysis methods are used to reproduce the audio stored on the record, saving it as a WAV-format digital audio file.

The first Edison Talking Doll record to benefit from optical scanning is a tin cylinder, cataloged as National Park Service artifact EDIS 1279.

The small metal ring had been so severely distorted from its original cylindrical shape decades ago, that the out-of-round record could not be properly played by a traditional stylus-contact based approach. In May 2011, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California used IRENE 3-D to create a digital model of the tin record’s modulated surface. Their software analysis revived the voice of a young woman reciting the first stanza of the nursery rhyme “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

LOTS TO SEE AND READ AND HEAR


avatar

Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/19/2015 at 09:52 AM   
Filed Under: • Amazing Science and DiscoveriesHistoryUSA •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  
Page 2 of 6 pages  <  1 2 3 4 >  Last »

Five Most Recent Trackbacks:

Once Again, The One And Only Post
(3 total trackbacks)
Tracked at diamond painting uk
The Glee alum's dark cheap diamond cheap diamond painting painting locks were styled stick straight and tucke diamond painting kits d behind her diamond painting kits ears diamond painting uk…
On: 03/20/21 10:12

Vietnam Homecoming
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at 广告专题配音 专业从事中文配音跟外文配音制造,北京名传天下配音公司
  专业从事中文配音和外文配音制作,北京名传天下配音公司   北京名传天下专业配音公司成破于2006年12月,是专业从事中 中文配音 文配音跟外文配音的音频制造公司,幻想飞腾配音网领 配音制作 有海内外优良专业配音职员已达500多位,可供给一流的外语配音,长年服务于国内中心级各大媒体、各省市电台电视台,能满意不同客户的各种需要。电话:010-83265555   北京名传天下专业配音公司…
On: 03/20/21 07:00

The Brownshirts: Partie Deux; These aare the Muscle We've Been Waiting For
(2 total trackbacks)
Tracked at 香港特首曾荫权和部分高管分别用步行或搭乘公共交通工具的方式上班
西安电加热油温机 香港盛吹“环保风” 专家指市民已从被动变主动 中新网9月29日 淮安导热油电加热炉 电 据香港中通社报道,9月29日晚由香港某环保团体举行的“无冷气夜”,吸引了5万名市民及超过60间企业承诺参加。这是香港最近环保活动不断升温过程中的大型活动之一。 进入九月,香港各界环保活动渐入高潮,层出不穷。特首高官与各界市民齐齐参与,是其中一个最大特色。…
On: 03/21/18 12:12

meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Casual Blog
[...] RTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPL [...]
On: 07/17/17 04:28

a small explanation
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at yerba mate gourd
Find here top quality how to prepare yerba mate without a gourd that's available in addition at the best price. Get it now!
On: 07/09/17 03:07



DISCLAIMER
Allanspacer

THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE HOSTS OF THIS SITE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS.

Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

THE INFORMATION AND OTHER CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE ARE DESIGNED TO COMPLY WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS WEBSITE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL PARTIES IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE AMERICAN COURTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPLICABLE IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, THEN THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ACCESSED BY PERSONS FROM THAT COUNTRY AND ANY PERSONS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO SUCH LAWS SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO USE OUR SERVICES UNLESS THEY CAN SATISFY US THAT SUCH USE WOULD BE LAWFUL.


Copyright © 2004-2015 Domain Owner



GNU Terry Pratchett


Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
free counters