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calendar   Friday - October 19, 2018

The One, The Only



oh just STFU

Loretta “Tarmac” Lynch: Voter ID Bad. Raycis!! Disenfranchisement!!

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former Attorney General Loretta Lynch argued that restrictions on early voting and voter ID laws are “designed” to “intimidate” and “scare people away from the process.”

Lynch said, “[F]rankly, that people who are in power, who have taken an oath to uphold this Constitution, set themselves up and try and restrict it is really disgraceful. And that’s the real problem that we’re seeing here, as well. So, you’re right, you know, to say that you don’t want to intimidate people is great. But, look, these laws are designed to intimidate. Restricting early voting is designed to intimidate. The voter ID laws are designed to scare people away from the process.”

What a lying sack. Absolute proof of citizenship and a non-criminal background or you can’t vote. Purge the voter rolls nationwide, keep them up to date or go to prison for a decade. Vote twice, 10 years in jail. Vote illegally, 20 years in jail. Close registration at least 90 days before an election. No absentee ballots accepted that aren’t postmarked at least 2 days before Election Day. SCOTUS should knock down every last one of these sanctuary state’s attempts to let the illegals vote. And the feds should punish them financially for even trying such nonsense.

An honest voting system is the bedrock of democracy. Until we get that, everything else is BS.


Here’s a plan: shoot them.  Or just round them up, put them in a cargo ship, and send them all the way home again. This is a damn INVASION. Time to do something significant.

All hands on deck! Stand by to repel boarders!!

US, Mexico agree on plan to handle migrant caravan from Central America

HTF did they even get into Mexico in the first place? Mexico, with their armed and fenced borders and their super strict immigration policy. Sounds like a combination of a big fat payoff and a political gesture to insult the USA. Screw ‘em all.

U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed on a plan to handle the approaching migrant caravan making their way up from Central America, a senior administration official told Fox News on Thursday.

Under the deal, which was developed over the course of several months, Mexico requested that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, the official said.

Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez elaborated on the request, during an interview on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

“Just today, the Mexican government, and this is a very important step, requested the intervention of the U.N., the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, to help Mexico review any asylum claims from the members of the caravan,” Gutierrez said. “That will allow us to have a process by which in our border we will make sure that of serving human rights, respecting international law, if there are legitimate claims to refugee, those can be processed in a very clear way.”

Yadda yadda yadda. Whatever. Don’t let them into my country. Not one. Let Mexico deal with it. And apply some pressure to Guatamala. This is what, the 4th one of these things? Knock it the Eff off already, or we won’t buy any more baseballs or bananas from you.


Come on, she was begging for it

FBI Raids San Juan Governor. Corruption Evidence Seized?

FBI agents this week raided the municipal offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico – rooting through documents and seizing digital records as part of a widespread investigation into fraud and obstruction of justice charges tied to the city government.

San Juan’s purchasing division was the target of the raid. And while FBI special agent Douglas Leff did not implicate Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in the raid, he did tell local media that “we are going to follow the investigation where it leads us.”

Cruz tweeted Tuesday that she has instructed city officials to cooperate with federal authorities and said, “If someone has done something wrong, they should undergo due process and face the consequences of their actions.”

On Tuesday, more than two dozen agents entered the city’s Municipal Tower carrying briefcases, cameras and electronic equipment, Puerto Rican news agency El Nuevo Dia first reported.

Federal agents raided the third, fourth, 14th and 15th floors of the building, looking for documents related to corruption inside San Juan’s purchasing and contracting departments.

The raid was sparked by an anonymous tip called into the comptroller’s office over how the mayor’s office awards government contracts – specifically, a $4.7 million deal with construction company BR Solutions.

El Nuevo Dia claims the company is owned by a businessman who has made questionable political donations to several Puerto Rican politicians.

The raid comes a month after President Trump hinted at corruption in the U.S. territory and caused an uproar after questioning the number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria.

The bad blood between the two leaders often plays out on social media. Trump has called out Cruz’s management style while Cruz has hammered Trump on his response after Maria.

The swamp has tropical areas too.


Not the kind of flour you’d bake with, unless you’re making mud cakes

Khamsin In Greenland??
Glacial Loess Dust Storm In The Land Of Ice And Cold

As a massive island mainly covered in ice, Greenland may be one of the last places you associate with dust taking to its skies. However, recent satellite imagery captured one of these sporadically recorded events, according to NASA Earth Observatory.

A collection of images taken by Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 on Sept. 21, 23, 29 and 30 show the process of a floodplain drying out into a drier, gray color before northwesterly winds strong enough to kick up sizable dust plume into the air came sweeping through.

The dust shown is known as glacial flour, which is a fine powder of silt particles produced by the grinding of glaciers and pulverizing rock, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center.

The plume that was captured over satellite originated from a floodplain that sat some 80 miles northwest of Ittoqqortoomiit, a village that sits at a latitude of 73 degrees north. At that latitude, the village is north of the northern coast of Alaska and several hundred miles above the Arctic Circle.

Loess is windblown sediment. Where it lands it can accumulate significantly, creating new soils. It has to come from somewhere, and this bunch is coming from Greenland. I’m sure it will contribute to Global Warming or at least pollute the ocean.

Khamsin and sirocco are dust storms in the Sahara desert. Kamsin is the name of a Bollywood softcore slasher movie from a few years ago.


Crivens, we had our first frost last night. At 5:30am it’s only 31° outside. Brrr. Guess it’s time to clean up the garden and give up on those last couple of tomato plants.

I got a couple extra hours of work yesterday doing some painting around the village here. If it warms up a bit I can see where I have more to do. This has been a terrible year for outdoor painting here. Too hot, too wet, and soon it will be too cold. Ya just can’t win sometimes.

Gums are still pretty sore from the dental work. I don’t know if it’s bad enough for another one of those zombie pain pills, but the soreness sure makes it uncomfortable to blow my nose.



OMG #MeToo Snow White !!!

Snow Was Sexaully Assaulted !!!!!

Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna in Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen,” revealed in an interview published Wednesday her concerns about the message “Snow White” sends to her two daughters.

Bell told Parents magazine that she asks her daughters, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!” she said.

The 38-year-old actress appeared to worry about the message of consent, particularly what it means for her young girls Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 3.

Bell, who reads to her daughters every night, also expressed concerns about the part when Snow White eats an apple from the witch—a stranger.

“Everytime we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got the apple?’ I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m doing something right,’” she told the magazine.

What a distrustful and paranoid generation we’re raising. Every little thing in their world has to be micro-examined and found to be some kind of offense trigger. What an unhappy bunch.

And there is nothing the “woke” left won’t do to suck every last bit of fun out of life for everyone else. Nothing.

PS - I’d say the old movie sends the right message, RE: the poisoned apple. Naive Snow eats the apple, goes into a coma from anaphylactic shock. If only she’d had an Epipen! Of course, then she never would have met Mr. Perfect, the rich and handsome prince, and lived happily ever after.



Sorry for no posting today, but I just wasn’t up to it. I had dental surgery this morning, got another bad tooth removed. So now I have a big gaping hole in the front of my face. Joy. I was pretty looped out on all the pain injections, and followed them up with Vicodin when I got home. So I’ve been the Stone Ranger most of the day. Woo frickin hoo. Hopefully, I’ll take another pain pill before bed, and I’ll be good enough in the morning. In time to get out my winter coat, because the weather folks say we’re getting frost tonight. Probably.


Speaking of Stone Rangers ... Canada just legalized recreational weed. But like all the state governments down here, they’re doing it so they can tax the daylights out of the stuff, while regulating it every which way “for your protection”. Hypocrites. And somehow I just don’t trust any government that is willing to trade some tax revenue for turning their young voter’s minds to mush. Mushier? Mushiest? Whatevs. It’s a dirty move.

You want to allow people the additional freedom of another intoxicant? Fine. Legalize it, then walk away. Anybody can grow as much as they want, however they want. Do that, and while there won’t be any tax money coming in, within 2 years there won’t be any drug trade either. If everybody has a couple dozen plants in their garden, the stuff isn’t even worth stealing, much less paying money for.


Speaking of dirty moves ...

Nutcase Woman Blows Her Cheatin’ Man’s Ass Off. Takes A Video. Gets Arrested For Murder.

A 43-year old Iowa City woman has been charged with homicide after a brutal crime involving her 49-year old husband, who she had recent discovered had been having an affair with a much younger woman.

The wife, who is being held in custody, is believed to have sourced plastic explosives through an online dark web retailer that only accepts payment with cryptocurrency. According to investigators, she made the purchase after discovering her husband was cheating.

“The woman was enraged to find out her husband had been having an affair for several years with a 24-year old woman he’d met through an online ‘sugar daddy’ dating website.” The wife was devastated and decided that to get her revenge, she would seek a very unusual method.

“A search of her computer reveals she purchased a small quantity of plastic explosives from a site on the dark web. We believe that she drugged her husband with sleeping pills to sedate him so she could put her plan into action.”

It is alleged that the woman inserted the plastic explosives into the anus of her sleeping husband, before detonating them remotely. Investigators found a webcam in the debris which they believe she used to watch her husband explode.

The husband died instantly in the explosion which was loud enough that a neighbor in a nearby house called 911, leading investigators to the gory scene. The woman’s name is being suppressed until the man’s next of kin have been contacted.

You are not entitled to revenge. Sorry. No, not sorry. You want payback, go get a lawyer and do it in the court system.


Speaking of insane murderous people ...

Hey, remember Boko Haram? They’re still around, and they’re still slaughtering innocent people left and right.

Boko Haram Kills Another Hostage

A second aid worker held hostage by Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been executed after a negotiating deadline expired, according to the Nigerian government.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, was kidnapped by Boko Haram in March along with two other aid workers during an assault on a military compound in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, according to CNN. She had been working at a nearby hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

It is unclear when Liman was killed, but ICRC confirmed Tuesday that it received news of her death, which the group called “a despicable act of cruelty.”

“The news of Hauwa’s death has broken our hearts,” ICRC’s Africa region director Patricia Danzi said in a statement. “How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back? Nothing can justify this.”

In a tweet, Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari said his government “did everything possible” to try to save Liman, adding “it is tragic and regrettable that all our efforts were unsuccessful.”

Liman is the second aid worker to have been killed by Boko Haram recently. Saifura Hussaini Khorsa, another aid worker who was kidnapped in the same raid, was executed in September.

Liman, who was a midwife, had been working in a remote medical center in a displacement camp near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. She was abducted during an attack that killed 11 people, including three aid workers, according to Reuters.

A third aid worker kidnapped in that raid, Alice Loksha, remains in captivity along with Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old student who was abducted in a separate incident in February, according to ICRC.

Utter savages. Just like their cousins in the bowling alley.

And that’s it for me. Time for me to tune out, drop one, and turn in. See? I can’t even get that one right. Fuzz brain today. And my face hurts.



This Week’s Lesson: How To Piss Off The Left

The term “SJW” is just sooo passee. These slightly useful idiots, talking points regurgitating Leftbots, are now known as NPCs. Which they have been told to be offended by, so they are.


“NPC” stands for Non-Playable Character, and refers to the background people in video games, especially RPG ( role playing games ). They might be minimally useful from time to time, but that’s about it.

If it isn’t “TL:DR” here’s a link.

And to even write “NPC” is to get yourself banned from Tweeter.

Nutshell takeaway: they hate the term this week, so use it as much as possible.

NPCs, false SJWs, pretend radicals aren’t really isn’t anything new. As we used to say in the 60s, “non-conformist uniforms sold here”.

And, just as HAL was one lexicographical step ahead of IBM in the film 2001, A Space Odyssey, NPC are just one step behind the MOB. Mob is another word you’re not supposed to use when describing the neo-Marxist zombie horde. So use them both, constantly.

Mockery and ridicule are the best weapons. Punch some holes in their stuffed shirts to let the hot air out.


Your Daily Pedo Lady Teacher

Port Barre police say a 25-year-old Louisiana substitute teacher was caught on camera having sex with a 10th grade male student. The couple allegedly skipped out on a high school pep rally for sex in a classroom.

Constance Robertson, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile for having sex with the 16-year-old Port Barre High School student, according to KATC.

Apparently, the teen recorded their pep rally tryst on his cell phone and, subsequently, shared it with other students. On October 11, school administrators began to hear rumors about the purported sexual misconduct. They reported this information to local law enforcement. The next day, Port Barre police learned about the alleged cell phone sex tape and executed a search warrant for the unidentified juvenile’s cell phone.

“We received his cell phone and, sure enough, there was video of this incident,” said Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux. He told KATC the alleged sex act took place during a pep rally when most of the students and faculty were in the high school’s gymnasium.

Robertson defended herself by saying she thought the student was 18-years-old and not 16-years-old, according to Boudreaux. Regardless, Louisiana law (R.S. 14:81.4) prohibits sexual interaction between educators and students.

She’s so brilliant she thinks that 10th graders are over 18? Maybe in some parts of Louisiana. But come on, she let’s him make a video of it? And they were doing it in the classroom? What, “momma gotsa get her bonus” or something? Do these women feel entitled to this?

Not just low class scum. STOOOPID low class scum.


A little visit with my iron friends

Like a dummy, I went to my dentist a day early. Sure, I had email reminders and I’d written it down on the calendar, but I had a pre-senior moment, m’kay? So I go back tomorrow to get my teeth ripped out. Well, one.

So after I left I took a little drive and had a look at the 5 old metal bridges that are just a couple blocks from his office. My county is littered with old bridges. It’s soooo quaint. And WTH, they still work just fine 130 years later.


Yes, another Phoenix column bridge. Note the wrought iron diagonal with the hand forged loop end.


This one is just downstream from the other one. Actually, there’s a triple Pratt pony in between the two. We have lots of streams, and lots of roads, and that means lots of little bridges everywhere.

This one is kind of special because the cross members under the bridge are also trusses. Both bridges are pin connected Pratt trusses. This one is a through truss, the Phoenix is a double pony. See the stamped round ends on the lower chord straps? This bridge is machine made and a few years younger than the first one shown. These things came in boxes, and the locals put them together like a big Erector set. All the riveting was done at the factory with hydraulic machinery. The Phoenix pony was riveted by hand, possibly on site.


TNB, goes without saying

Uppities Go On Rampage At Bowling Alley, Try To Kill Employee

Smash dat mofo’s head in. How dare he ask us to leave after we got all wild and out of control and tore the place up? Weez jess habbin’ fun. She. It.

  Detroit     Detroilet of course

Two people have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a bowling alley employee was struck on the head with a bowling ball, Roseville police said Monday.

Branden Moore, 31, of Clinton Township was arraigned in 39th District Court on single counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and interfering with a crime report — committing a crime/threatening to kill or injure, both 10-year felonies.
Mugshot of Branden Moore, 31, of Clinton Township, who has been arraigned in the Apollo Lanes attack. He was charged in 39th District Court on two counts: assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder, a 10-year felony; and interfering with Crime Report Ð Committing Crime / Threatening to Kill or Injure, also a 10-year felony. Bond was set at $250,000.
A second person also is in custody and awaiting arraignment, police said.  According to police, a group of people at Apollo Lanes, 29410 Gratiot, became unruly and created a disturbance Wednesday, police said.

One of the bowling alley’s employees, a 28-year-old Roseville man, asked the group to leave, they said.

Several members of the group surrounded the counter where the employee was standing, police said.

One of the men in the group reached over the counter and punched the employee in the face, officials said. Another man in the group stepped behind the counter and punched and kicked the worker in the face and on his body, they said.

The first assailant walked behind the counter and struck the worker with a bar stool on the head, according to authorities. He then picked up a bowling ball and struck the worker on the back of the head, police said.

Damnation, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they come in contact with, they mess it up. Violent destructive animals. Always.


Is Fauxcahontas Now Princess One Drop??


Screams At The Sky demands a recount!

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the rare step Monday of releasing DNA test results examining her possible Native American ancestry, in apparent response to persistent criticism from President Trump and other Republicans.

The results, as shared with The Boston Globe, reportedly reveal “strong evidence” the Massachusetts senator had a Native American ancestor dating back six to 10 generations. At the same time, the report could embolden critics by showing only trace amounts of that heritage—which Republicans have charged she used to advance her career at Harvard.

According to the analysis, if Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, she would be considered 1/32nd Native American. Should Warren’s ancestor date back 10 generations, she would be only 1/512th Native American.

“Having as little as 1/512th Native American ties does not give you the right to claim minority status,” Republican National Committee Deputy Communications Director Mike Reed said in a statement.

The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor ...  Bustamante calculated that Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” That timing fits Warren’s family lore, passed down during her Oklahoma upbringing, that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.

O.C. That means Original Cowgirl, right?

The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.
Warren didn’t use a commercial service, but Bustamante is on the scientific advisory board for Ancestry, which provides commercial DNA tests. He’s also consulted on a project for 23andMe, another major DNA testing company.
Detecting DNA for Native Americans is particularly tricky because there is an absence of Native American DNA available for comparison. This is in part because Native American leaders have asked tribal members not to participate in genetic databases.

“The tribes have felt they have been exploited,” explained Lawrence Brody, a senior investigator with the Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch at the National Institutes of Health. “The amount of genetic data that is available from Native Americans is sparse.”

To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, Bustamante used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American.

So, she could just as easily be 1/1024 part beaner instead.

Princess One Bean?


The yellow bar is 10 generations back for Warren. The tan bars are for my ancestor the pirate, b. 1570, who stole white people and sold them as slaves to Africans. Should I call myself Dutch? Do I get props for his “modern” behavior way the heck back when?? Does Liar-watha deserve even a tiny eagle feather??

Update: A perfect comment on this story, which also includes Trump’s promise to pay $1 million to her charity of choice if she tests positive, which she is now demanding. Trump should donate $976.56, which is 1/1024 of a million. BURRRRNNNN !!!!


Poland China Rescued With Doritos™


Doritos, as it turns out, are more than just a junk food for teens with the munchies — they helped deputies in San Bernardino, California, lure a pig “the size of a mini horse” back home.

The sheriff’s department wrote online Sunday that deputies learned of the runaway pig—and “due to previous calls,” they “knew where [the pig] lived.”

The responding deputies “lured him back home with @Doritos one of our deputies had in her lunch bag,” and the hungry pig followed their trail.

“We were able to put him back in and secure the gate,” Deputy Ponce said, according to the post. “It was fun!”

That looks like half a ton of ham on the hoof. Imagine the size of the roaster you’d need for him!

And of course, the hog is somebody’s suburban pet. Imagine trying to get him on the airplane as your emotional support animal.

And the cops knew where porky lived, due to multiple earlier complaints. Yeah, I wonder why. Sheesh, go buy a farm already.



Boycott Thugball

A trio of NFL players have knelt during the national anthem this season, resuming protests against social injustice that have vexed President Trump for the last two years and left Commissioner Roger Goodell and other league officials scrambling for a solution.

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have knelt during the national anthem every game this season. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who joined Colin Kaepernick during the original kneeling protests in 2016, resumed kneeling before his season debut in Week 5 last Sunday.

The three players are slated to earn a combined $16.5 million in 2018, or more if they meet certain bonuses. Under the NFL’s current rules, none of the players will face fines or other disciplinary action for the protests.

I’ve never been really sure just what it is that these guys are protesting. THEY certainly have had every possible opportunity and advantage, and every single one of them happens to be a “person of preferred pigmentation”. They get paid 100 times as much as anybody with a middle of the road salary, and they’re getting paid to play. Not work. Play. Play a game.

They can protest all they want on their own time. Suit up, and you’re on company time, which means you do what the company says. Just like the rest of us.

Want to make things better for your peeps? Use your own money, or use your influence with big companies, and get something going. No? In that case, stand up and shut up, or get lost.

So, another season of no football for me. Maybe I’ll watch the StuporBowl. Maybe. But no games, and certainly no Nike products.

Let ‘em rot.

That’s MY protest.


Make The Rich Pay Their Fair Share ???

New report out by Bloomberg - yeah, the company owned by the former NYC mayor, the leftist who passed the “no big sodas” law there - shows that those “evil rich” pay about 97% of the income taxes.

If past statistics can offer any guidance, in 2016, $1.44 trillion income taxes were paid by 140.9 million taxpayers reporting a total of $10.2 trillion in adjusted gross income, according to data recently released by the Internal Revenue Services.

Bloomberg looked into the 2016 individual returns data in detail for some additional insights illustrated in the charts below:

•   The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (37.3 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (30.5 percent).
•   The top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of total individual income taxes.
     In other words, the bottom 50 percent paid 3 percent. Which small percentile of tax payers also paid 3 percent or more? You might have guessed it. It is the top 0.001%, or about 1,400 taxpayers.
     That group alone paid 3.25 percent of all income taxes. In 2001, the bottom 50 percent paid nearly 5 percent whereas the top 0.001 percent of filers paid 2.3 percent of income taxes.

Run those numbers against the population, and the result is that the top 10% of the top 1% of the top 1% of earners paid more income taxes then the lowest earning 70 MILLION people of the population.

Fair share, indeed.


OK, we caught a break in the weather yesterday and the pig roast party was awesome. I made a whole bunch of new friends and acquaintances, drank a whole lot, ate myself into a stupor, and had an all-round great time. We got home, I took a good swig of Pepto and went to bed for 2 hours. Thud. Got up, had a glass or two of water, zombied about for a bit and went back to bed. Let’s just say I’m a bit slooow today.



Another great essay by Sultan Knish

Google’s vision of the future is multinational, multilateral, multicultural and multi-everything. It’s a borderless world in which we’re no longer defined by nations, but by platforms. Every individual is a terabyte profile swimming among the vast server farm zettabytes in Finland, Singapore, the Dalles in Oregon and Quilicura, Chile, to be run on Google products designed by hipsters the Bay Area and manufacturerd by slave labor in China.

That was Hillary’s vision. That’s not Trump’s vision.

Trump’s economic nationalism is antithetical to everything that Google and the big dot coms stand for. Their borderless world requires the dismantling of nations into united markets governed by global treaties. There’s no room for national interest if Google or Amazon are to run the world.

America isn’t just at war with a nebulous left, but with a leftist vision embraced by the big tech companies that have defined how we talk to each other, what we read and what we know.

Google isn’t just leftist by accident. It’s leftist by design. Its vision is globalist, its scope is endless and the only thing standing in its way, besides its rivals, is the nation-state. America.



Remember the soup Nazi?

UK Food Police: Put The Pizza Down, Step Away From The Chocolate Cake

Restaurants and supermarkets have been told to shrink pizzas or remove toppings under “drastic” new government plans to calorie cap thousands of foods sold in the UK.

Draft guidelines unveiled by Public Health England (PHE) would see recommended calorie limits set for regularly consumed items including sandwiches, cooking sauces, pies, soups, and processed meats, the Daily Telegraph reports.

While the limits would not be mandatory under current plans, which are part of a package aimed at reducing childhood obesity, the government has warned it would likely legislate if businesses failed to fall into line, with public health minister Steve Brine declaring the state was “willing to do whatever it takes to keep children healthy and well in this country”.

At least they can wash down their downsized portions with a proper Imperial Pint of beer. Probably use a plastic straw with it too. For now.

Don’t you just love the “do what we say voluntarily or else” aspect too?

Tyranny. Using the “it’s for the chiiiiildren” gambit is an argument of the lowest form.

We watched “Darkest Hour” last night, a B movie about Winston Churchill in the early days of WWII, with the fall of France, Dunkirk, Chamberlin, etc. The second to last scene has him on the subway, asking the common people if England should surrender or negotiate a peace with Hitler. “Never! Never!! Never!!” is the crowd reaction. I felt like crying for the England that once was.


Not The Best Day For A Pig Roast

We’re going to a pig roast barbecue party at some friend’s place this afternoon. While it was cool and very windy yesterday, all that breeze dried things up pretty well after a week and a half of misty foggy drizzly dampness. And then early this morning it started raining. I was up around 5 to feed the cats and it was pouring. And 40°. Nasty. I’ve got the heat on; several hours later and it’s “warmed” up to a roaring 46°. And it’s still raining. In theory the rain should let off a little before noon. Party starts at 1pm. I’m thinking it will be an indoor thing. Maybe these folks have a giant fireplace and they can do the pig on a spit, colonial style.


We won all 7 last night at Cheap League. That’s 2 weeks in a row! And two weeks in a row that J was off salmon fishing, so he wasn’t there. Funny how we always win when he isn’t there.


OK, what’s in the news this morning? Oh, here’s one. Another of those “what took you so long?” stories.

Hillary Surrenders Security Clearance

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relinquished her security clearance over her handling of sensitive information stored on a private email server, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cheryl Mills, a former top Clinton aide, along with four additional individuals, no longer have clearance, committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Friday afternoon. The Washington Times reports Clinton’s access to secret information “expired at the end of August,” while the four other “research assistants,” the names of which were redacted in a letter from the State Department, had their clearances terminated September 20.

The FBI began investigating the handling of classified material on Clinton’s private email server shortly after she announced her bid in April 2015. The issue had dogged Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, greatly contributing to the questions a majority of Americans have about her honesty and trustworthiness.

For heaven’s sake, the bathroom email thing was back in the Spring of 2016. We’re in the last quarter of 2018. She ceased being a government employee in 2013. And she absolutely welded shut her own door to government service November 5, 2016. Talk about the slow turning wheels of power.

Come on President Trump, set a new policy. Security clearance isn’t a birthright. It isn’t an elite ticket to fame and fortune. Do the job, have the clearance. Give up the job, give up the clearance. For everyone. Gosh, that would make it tougher for them to be top of the pyramid lobbyists? Gee, too damn bad.



The Smallest Smidgen Of Self-Doubt
Washington Examiner: Gosh, There MAY Have Been Some Media Anti-Kavanaugh Bias

Taken separately, a fair-minded person could say the authors of these and still more unfairly anti-Kavanaugh reports were merely ignorant or sloppy

In the essay they list quite a number of even more spurious allegations that you probably never heard of.

Slime. Balls. All of them. Enemedia.

No, the authors of ALL these “reports” are gutter crawling scum whores, degenerate debased rumor mongers who at best deserve to be run out of town on a rail. At. Best.


Sortition, Sortition !!

Suburban Terror Bomber Caught With Homemade Bomb

The FBI has arrested an upstate New York man accused of building a bomb that he intended to use to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Election Day, authorities said Wednesday.

Police and FBI agents searched a Hudson Valley home Wednesday after learning about a man who was allegedly building a bomb in order to blow himself up in Washington D.C., two law enforcement officials told News 4 New York.

Court documents say Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, wanted to draw attention to his belief in “sortition,” the ancient practice of randomly selecting legislators out of a pool of eligible voters.


Rosenfeld confessed to the plot, telling the agents he ordered black powder over the internet and built a bomb in his basement, court papers say.

Rosenfeld also told the agents that he installed certain components in the device to ensure that he was killed.

Investigators scoured his home and discovered a bomb that weighed 200 pounds but included only eight pounds of explosive black powder, court papers say. The extra weight was due to plywood crating and other components used to transport the device.

A Rockland County man who cops say built a 200-pound bomb he was planning to explode in Washington, D.C., in an Election Day suicide attack was arrested Wednesday.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, was busted on federal charges of manufacturing an explosive device.

“As alleged, Paul M. Rosenfeld concocted a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology by killing himself on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. — risking harm to many others in the process,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.

“Rosenfeld’s alleged plan for an Election Day detonation cut against our democratic principles.”

This is only a couple small towns over from where I grew up. The town of Tappan is in the far southeast corner of New York, right on the New Jersey border and just a mile or three inland west from the Hudson River. It might as much as 20 miles from there to Manhattan. So it strikes me as a bit nearsighted that the NYC reporters call this “upstate” and “Hudson Valley”, as if it’s Cranberry Lake 250 miles northwest in the far Adirondacks, or Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain way up north by Canada, or the quaint town of Saugerties, nearly 100 miles upriver on the Hudson. I think you can see the Tappan Zee Bridge from the George Washington Bridge, and Tappan is actually south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But to the city folks, if it isn’t Manhattan it might as well be the dark side of the moon. They’ve always been arrogant like that.

I’d never heard of sortition before, but it sounds a lot like my slightly cynical idea about government that I call the dartboard theory: that government employment should not be a career, merely another way of serving your country, and that if you threw darts at a list of unemployed non-criminal college graduates with a couple years of corporate or business experience you could come up with people who could do most of the low level to lower upper level jobs in government just as well as the jobsworths currently employed there. Need a job? Here’s 5 years of work at a reasonable salary with reasonable benefits and a tiny pension. Once you’ve served, you are done with working for the government forever, including jury duty. Unless you get elected.

It really isn’t that bad an idea, but it’s certainly not worth killing yourself over, and especially not killing other people. That’s nutso.

Practiced by the ancient Greeks, huh? Well, one thing about 5,000 or so years of recorded civilization, sooner or later just about everything gets tried out. Most of it doesn’t work, but WTH, give it a shot.




Oh, Just Behave

Emotional Support Squirrel?? YHGTBKM

A woman was removed from a Frontier Airlines flight Tuesday night after the airline refused to let her fly with her emotional support squirrel.

The airline said the woman noted in her reservation for Flight 1612 from Orlando, Fla., to Cleveland that she would be boarding with an emotional support animal, FOX8 Cleveland reported.

But she never indicated the animal was a squirrel, the airline said, adding that rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on its flights. Beginning Nov. 1, Frontier will allow only dogs and cats on its flights as emotional support animals.

The passenger was told of the airline policy and refused to leave the plane when asked. Orlando police were called and everyone was forced to deplane.

The woman was escorted off the plane.
“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta said in a news release.

Enough of this nonsense. Let the weirdos walk. No animals in the cabin. Clean, sober, decently dressed people only.



I have the solution to this problem

China Tampering With US Bound Telecom Hardware

A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company.

The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015.

Appleboum previously worked in the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps and is now co-chief executive officer of Sepio Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His firm specializes in hardware security and was hired to scan several large data centers belonging to the telecommunications company. Bloomberg is not identifying the company due to Appleboum’s nondisclosure agreement with the client. Unusual communications from a Supermicro server and a subsequent physical inspection revealed an implant built into the server’s Ethernet connector, a component that’s used to attach network cables to the computer, Appleboum said.

The executive said he has seen similar manipulations of different vendors’ computer hardware made by contractors in China, not just products from Supermicro. “Supermicro is a victim—so is everyone else,” he said.

Easy fix. Buy American. So much stuff that we get from China is either corrupt, pure crap, poisoned, or just stolen technology. When the #!$~ are we ever going to learn??


I guess South Carolina didn’t get the memo?

South Carolina: Massive Stink Bug Eruption !!!

Residents in South Carolina have a smelly issue: a reported increase of the brown marmorated stink bug population, an invasive species which releases a foul odor when threatened.

Specifically, residents in The Upstate, a region in the western part of the state, have noticed an increase in these stinky bugs, Fox Carolina reported. This may partly be a result of warm weather that has extended well into fall, Eric Benson, an entomologist at Clemson University, told Fox News.

“It has been warmer longer, so the population may have had more time to feed and reproduce,” he said.

Normally, when the weather begins to cool, stink bugs look for shelter. But in this case, the shorter days have likely promoted the critters to seek shelter in advance of cooler temperatures.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug came to the United States from Asia in the 1990’s and made it to South Carolina in 2011.

It’s easy to identify because of the white blazes along the periphery of its back. Unfortunately, without its native predators here, this particular stink bug is tough to control and battling it can be a stinky situation.

Hey SC, here’s the memo: praying mantises. Yup, they eat stink bugs. And then they breed lots more praying mantises. Pretty soon, no more stink bugs. We went through this a couple years ago in NJ.  Same bug. Go buy a few million egg cases. Problem solved. Meanwhile, seal up your house, spray up under the eaves and around doors and windows. Sweep them off your porches.

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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2015

One of our local hidden gems

Our little piece of Hunterdon County NJ feels like a step back in time to many of our weekend visitors. Because it is. You go 2 blocks off the highway and it’s like going back 170 years. I love it.

This was a highly rural area until the 1840s, but farms and businesses began to blossom here in the 1850s, around the time the railroad came through. The great growth period was over by the 1920s, and the area went back to sleep for the next 50 years. But that growth left us with lots of mid 19th Century to early 20th Century homes, and plenty of locally constructed mail-order iron bridges, and we’ve been very fortunate that so many of them have survived. We have streets full of them, entire neighborhoods, all restored. Victorians, Colonials, Italianates, Greek Revivals, Gothics, Craftsmen, Dorics, you name it. Plus plenty of the truly American style “I built it” houses just too tough and ornery to fall down. Ever. Makes for great walking tours for the tourists, who then need to go shopping and get a meal or two, and perhaps visit one of our several museums. We do quaint here, but the real deal not the pretend kind, and we do it all the way to the bank.

Anyway, hardly a mile off the beaten downtown track is the well hidden McCloughan Mansion. Now owned by a restoration consortium, this 1850-1860 Italianate brick villa is slowly being brought back to its formerly grand condition. Not that it was ever really all that bad; it was just empty and lonely for a few decades. Nobody lives there now, but the place isn’t spooky at all.

But I mean it about the well hidden part. The road it fronts is heavily wooded and bushy, and you can only catch the smallest glimpse of this place as you drive the up hill curve past its frontage. From the back it can’t be seen, not even in winter, even though the property is hardly 100 yards from the busiest local highway in the county. So all the in-town houses get the adoration and awards, and this place ... I wonder if many of the residents even know it’s there? I only just discovered it myself a couple weeks ago, when I went looking for the ancient barn next door, with its distinctive copulas.


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calendar   Thursday - April 24, 2014

Persian doorways

Iwan to hide my pendentive squinches behind your pishtaqs



Both pictures are Iwans on the Jameh Abbasi mosque in Isfahan Iran, built in 1629. An Iwan is a deep, open ended gateway, often with a vaulted ceiling. A portal. More properly, it’s a gateway area that projects from a building, usually a mosque, rather like an attached ramada or a porte-cochere. A pishtag is the flat front plate of the iwan; the ones visible here are decorated with blue tiles. Squinches and pendentives are architectural transitions used where a rectangular building needs to support a circular or semi-circular dome or open archway. In the real world, you probably would not see squinches used with pendentives ever, since they are different solutions to the same problem; if you use one, you don’t use the other one. So I’m just having fun with that.

For a bit more fun, free caulk to the first person besides McGoo who spots the science behind all these man-made stalactites. What do they actually do? Hint: they’re also called honeycombs. Tons of pictures online. Second hint: once you left the building through the iwan, you were usually in a large busy courtyard, probably the bustling bazaar in the middle of town. Out in the blazing sun, buying spices, trading camels, trying to get your flying carpet fixed.



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calendar   Tuesday - April 22, 2014

to think this could be ours but for being short of spare change.

In US currency .... at current rate of exchange, that makes this pile $5,046,211.68.

And worth every penny too.

OK so .... the sell price is only the beginning. There’s upkeep and grounds and all sorts of other neat stuff. But I could see living here.
Get a printing press and make my own money.

Wife on some sort of diet that’s making me crazy. Or is it just dizzy? Or both? 

Anyway ,,, here’s a nice change from the usual.

Gone With The Wind actress Vivien Leigh’s country retreat where her ashes were scattered goes on sale for £3.5 million

Country estate, which includes bluebell wood, walled garden and gardener’s cottage, bought by the actress in 1961
She used the estate to get away from London, spending hours in the garden and receiving many famous guests
On the market for around £3.5million, estate agents expect a surge in interest because of the famous former-resident

By Richard Spillett

The former country home of one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses has gone on the market for £3.5million.

Tickerage Mill, near Uckfield, East Sussex, was bought by Vivien Leigh for just £20,000 in 1961 and, after she died of tuberculosis in 1967, her ashes were scattered on the pond of the country estate.

Estate agents say interest in the property has soared since its current owners, Ken and Honer Hoggins, decided to sell up.


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calendar   Thursday - December 12, 2013

just a side trip on my way to another article. got sidetracked again but worth the look

As usual I was headed somewhere else and came across this and fell in love again.

Why do I have to see beautiful places I can never afford when I’m not even looking for them?

So anyway I saw this. There are lots more photos. I really like the gardens here too.  Bet the landscaping would be as costly as the running of the house.
I think they may still refer to places like this as, a pile.  Whatever.  I’d also bet the panels date to the original.
But the bathroom tubs would have to be replaced by regular showers, cos when you’re a certain age, it isn’t certain you’ll be able to climb out of these.

Whoops ... I just noticed.  It isn’t the entire building. Is it?  Lyndon?  Nah. Not for that price and especially NOT in Cumbria which has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  You live there and you have money.

10 bedroom detached house for sale Guide price £1,475,000 ( $ 2,417,806.70 )

Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6





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calendar   Tuesday - November 12, 2013

Feels Less Than Honest

“It’s a SPIRE”: architectural verdict means new WTC is tallest building in USA


Shown here in two pieces, the extraordinary antenna “spire” is 40 stories tall all by itself.

[May 14, 2013] Last week, a 40-ton spire was hauled up to the tippy-top of the new World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (well, maybe). Aside from raising the WTC to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, the spire will broadcast TV and radio signals.  [link which includes dizzying video looking down from that height.]

[today, November 12, 2013] New World Trade Center recognized as tallest building in US

An expert committee of architects has announced that New York’s new World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States at 1,776 feet.

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision Tuesday morning in Chicago.

The committee is recognized as the final arbiter of building heights around the world. It had been weighing whether a design change meant the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.

The committee announced Tuesday that the needle was a spire, and therefore, a part of the actual building. Twenty-five members of the group met in Chicago on Nov. 8 to debate the height of the building.

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall with the 408-foot needle. It would be 1,368 feet tall without it, shorter than the 1,450-foot Willis Tower in Chicago.

Pretty neat I guess, and of course the committee decided things this way. And it does kind of look like there are several little platforms around it with railings, although I doubt anyone in the public would be allowed up there. Besides, the energy from all the radio and TV signals would probably fry you. But if you can stand in it, or on it, then it’s not just an aerial, right?

Without the spire though, the new tower is exactly as tall as the old 1 WTC. The old one had 110 floors, with the top floor at 1347 feet elevation. The new one has 104 floors, with the top floor at 1,268 feet elevation. So the people-usable part of the new one is a bit lower, though somehow the roofs are at the same height. The last 100 feet at the top hide the HVAC and water systems, and the top of the open screening around them counts as the official “roof” *. I would have liked to see a new WTC that was solid building to 1776 feet, and then just under 225 feet of antenna on top for a symbolic 2001 feet 9.11 inches total height.

… a beacon at the pinnacle of the spire, 1,776 feet high, will be switched on and the 288,000 lumens of light emitted from it will be visible from 50 miles away, serving as a new visual marker for millions looking east from New Jersey, officials say.

According to the map, I ought to be able to see that beacon from here by looking to the ENE. I’ll have to try that, or perhaps find some higher open ground somewhere in the county.

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calendar   Saturday - November 02, 2013

a cathedral of books

One of the comments asks, “What would God say?”

Clever line.

Anyway .... saw this yesterday, not one of my better days and haven’t posted. But share it now.
This really is quite spectacular.

It was a 15th century cathedral in the Netherlands.

Lots of churches here have been converted to private homes and put to other uses outside religion.
Scary when you think, churches are slim to empty and closing, but the mosques are not only full, but a few churches have been sold to the rop and have been converted into mosques.

Perfect for bibliophiles! 15th Century cathedral is transformed into a book shop

Architects convert stunning medieval Broerenkerk cathedral in Zwolle, Netherlands, into modern book shop

Work on the Gothic building was allowed on strict condition the church could be returned to previous condition

Original stained glass window, pipe organ and decor retained in the radical redesign

By Tom Gardner

For ardent bibliophiles, a shopping trip to this book shop must be close to a spiritual experience.

Broerenkerk, the famed 15th century Dominican church in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been transformed into a stunning modern book store.

Architects BK. Architecten were allowed to radically redesign the interior of the 547-year-old Gothic building on the strict condition they left the original features, such as the pipe organ, stained glass windows and decor intact.



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calendar   Tuesday - June 25, 2013

1,800 yr old walls as part of your house. could you ask for more?

ok, it isn’t a castle but it may be a lot cheaper to maintain. And it’s all yours for only £8million.
In dollars it’s only $12,338,439.81. Hey, a bargain. I remember when the dollar pound ratio was 2 to 1. Which means that house could go for 16 million.
who-ha. such a bargain!

I could see living in a house like this. You’d need staff of course, and have to hire Drew to do the windows.

This house happens to be located in a very pretty part of this country.

Country manor house with 1,800-year-old Roman walls which could be yours for £8million

Whitestaunton Manor has recently undergone a £5million renovation
The home was built in 15th century on grounds of third century Roman villa
Property, including 83 acres of land, is now up for sale for £8million

By James Rush

A unique country pile which features 1,800-year-old Roman-built walls has been put on the market for £8 million.

Whitestaunton Manor is a seven bedroom 15th century home situated near Chard, Somerset.

But it was constructed on the grounds of a third century Roman villa and includes structural masonry from that period in its walls.


The home, which could be the only one of its type to boast genuine Roman features, was today described as one of the nation’s finest country homes.

Grade I listed Whitestaunton Manor has been put up for sale with Savills Estate Agents for £8 million - making it the one of the most expensive residential properties for sale in Somerset.

It follows a decade-long, £5million renovation with the home now boasting a combination of classic architecture and modern technology spanning 1,800 years.

The home features seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, a grand hall which houses a hammerbeam roof, a three bedroom lodge house and an outdoor swimming pool.


Despite being made of hamstone, there is underfloor heating while lighting comes courtesy of LEDs.

It is also one of only a few private residences in the UK with a medieval hammerbeam roof - which was completed in 1438 but only discovered during its renovation.

A pond flows to the north of the property where the remains of the Roman baths can be found. These were uncovered and featured in an episode of Time Team in 2003.


The Deeds of The Manor include a family pew on the north side of the Parish Church of Whitestaunton, near Chard, Somerset.

The property also comes with 83 acres of land, stables, garaging and a three-bedroom lodge.

The gardens surround the house on three sides and are dominated by a variety of beech, ancient copper beech and willow trees.

‘The Romans had free rein when they came over here and they chose the spot because it was so beautiful. Its position and setting is stunning.

‘As for the house, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking a 15th century home would be dark and you would bang your head on the ceiling. This is different - it is well proportioned and bright.

‘The owner has spent £5 million doing it up, he is a real purist and his attention to detail is second to none.

‘It is very unusual to have Roman walls in the home and this is possibly the only one in the country.

hammerbeam roof see this and more here

I do believe I see a bridge across that pond. Drew will take note.
btw ... Ponds “flow?” I always thought they were still water.  Yes? No?


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calendar   Monday - June 24, 2013

a departure I need to make more often?  I think maybe so. Not sure. Have your say.

I got a bit carried away this morning looking at castles.  There was something in the paper that mentioned one and had a few other recommends and a small

photo. So naturally I went on line to look it up and WOW!  I ended up looking at a lot of them, and in one place because I read, most of the old castles are located in a place called Wales.

Whose spelling and language is totally incomprehensible to all but a few natives.  I’ve been there, once a long time ago.

Don’t think we saw one castle on that trip.  The article says that Wales “has some of the finest castles in Britain.”

I’ve been trolling castles almost all day.

Google Welsh Castles. Great stuff.

My next visit will be Scotland and then England and I’m sure there has to be one or two or more in Ireland too.

Caerphilly Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerffili) is a medieval fortification in Caerphilly in South Wales. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. Surrounded by extensive artificial lakes – considered by historian Allen Brown to be “the most elaborate water defences in all Britain” – it occupies around 30 acres (120,000 m2) and is the second largest castle in Britain.  It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses.
Gilbert began work on the castle in 1268 following his occupation of the north of Glamorgan, with the majority of the construction occurring over the next three years at a considerable cost. The project was opposed by Gilbert’s Welsh rival Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, leading to the site being burnt in 1270 and taken over by royal officials in 1271. Despite these interruptions, Gilbert successfully completed the castle and took control of the region. The core of Caerphilly Castle, including the castle’s luxurious accommodation, was built on what became a central island, surrounding by several artificial lakes, a design Gilbert probably derived from that at Kenilworth. The dams for these lakes were further fortified, and an island to the west provided additional protection. The concentric rings of walls inspired Edward I’s castles in North Wales, and proved what historian Norman Pounds has termed “a turning point in the history of the castle in Britain”.



Magnificent Conway Castle, has been described as ‘one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe’, and is without doubt one of the most impressive of Welsh castles.
The castle was was built on the site of an earlier Welsh monastery, founded by Welsh prince Llewelyn Fawr and was designed by the king’s master architect-mason, James of St. George, being built between 1283-1289.
The castle stands in a strategic position perched on a rock and dominates the Conwy estuary, on approach it conveys a deep sense of strength and impregnability. Conwy Castle was one of Edward I’s most expensive projects and originally had a coat of whitewash.
The castle provides the visitor with the opportunity of walking the top portions of the soaring curtain walls, from which the views over the town, its Medieval walls and the Conwy Estuary are stunning.


Cfon Castle


I even have a bridge for Drew



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calendar   Tuesday - May 07, 2013

China On The Rise

Not exactly a bridge post, except to remind readers that the various kinds of trusses used on bridges are also used on buildings. It’s just another example of how Our Friend The Triangle helps keeps things, um, stiff.

China To Move Quickly To Cover Up New Newspaper Building

covering material - latex, sheepskin? - not specified


Chinese authorities have rushed to censor the country’s microblogging site, Sina Weibo, after users started mocking a picture of the new Beijing headquarters of the People’s Daily newspaper, which resemble a giant penis.

A search on Sina Weibo for “People’s Daily” and “building” results in a message that says the keywords have been blocked “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed”.

Some comments about the 150 metre tower, which is still under construction, were recorded despite the censorship.

“Of course the national mouthpiece should be imposing,” said one user.

“It seems the People’s Daily is going to rise up, there’s hope for the Chinese dream,” said another.

The newspaper itself has been called “Raping People Daily” by Chinese netizens for “chronically misleading the people with false reports”, according to blog Hug China.

“It was understood that the propagandists in Beijing do not like this nickname, but that they chose the bizarre design of the new headquarters reveals that it may not necessarily be so,” it said.

Unreal. But true!
Notice all the diagonals, all coming in and down. Ordinarily this would be called a Pratt Truss design, but I guess in this case we’ll have to call it a Prat Truss.

Such a building could never be constructed in America. Well, it could, but we’d build it at least 10 stories   longer  taller.

Let The Jokes Begin

and after this we’ll return to our proper mature blogging.


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calendar   Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Saved By Climate Change

The Stonehenge Of Israel

Divers find huge stone circle under Sea of Gaililee.

A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

“We just bumped into it,” recalls Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the project. “Usually the bottom of the lake is quite smooth. We were surprised to find a large mound. Initially we didn’t realize the importance of this but we consulted with a couple of archaeologists, and they said it looked like an unusually large Bronze Age statue.”

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

The exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet (two to three meters) of sand that have accumulated over the bottom of the base—sand accumulates an average of one to four millimeters per year—as well as comparisons to other structures in the region, put the estimate anywhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old.

The possible purpose of the structure is even more enigmatic.

What archeologists are certain of is that the monument was likely of great importance to the people who built it. Marco notes that the nearest basalt outcrop was a few hundred meters from the site, and that the stones, which were three to six feet (one to two meters) in width, would have weighed over 200 pounds (90 kilograms) at times.

“We see a society that was capable of organizing the construction of such a large structure. It’s unique to transport these stones and unique to arrange them. You need to plan and to mobilize people, because they’re too heavy to be carried by a single person.”

Neat. No useful pictures in the press yet though. Perhaps this was another observatory like the Rujim al-Hiri, better known as Gilgal Refaim, a mult-ring paleolithic construction in the Golan Heights that is far older than the pyramids.

One of the last great barely known wonders of the ancient world is a Stonehenge-like monument sitting atop Israel’s Golan Heights. Called Gilgal Refaim in Hebrew (The Circle Of The Refaim or “Wheel of the Refaim"). It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world.


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calendar   Thursday - March 21, 2013

Sir Francis Drake

Worth £500 at the time, it is now on the market for £1.25m, with a Lordship thrown in. Listed in the Domesday Book, the house in Sampford Sampfo Spiney, Devon, is thought to date back to 1028. In the 12th century it belonged to Gerard Ge de Spine to, Lord of Sampford, for whose family lived there for so long the parish was renamed Sampford Spiney, rather than just Sampford.
It was in 1581 – seven s years before the Spanish Armada A – that Drake became the owner. Included in the sale is the Lordship of Sampford for Spiney and 202 acres of land. The house has five bedrooms and three reception rooms.


In 1581 Sir Francis Drake won this gorgeous Dartmoor mansion in a £500 bet. Now, for £1.25m, it could be yours (and there’s even a Lordship thrown in)

· Sampford Manor on edge of Dartmoor thought to date back to 800s
· Was once historic seat of the Lord of Sampford, Gerard de Spineto
· His descendants had to give deeds to Drake after losing £500 wager
· Current owners bought the house as a derelict shell 25 years ago
· But have worked with English Heritage to rebuild and refurbish it

By Simon Tomlinson

‘Nobody can quite say exactly when the house was built. It was first recorded in 1028 but we think it could have been build as far back as the 800s.

‘It was certainly well-established by the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 when people were bringing their tithes here.

‘It was rebuilt and extended in the early 17th century after it fell into his disrepair after Drake’s death.

‘Inside the house we have the biggest bread oven you’ll ever see, they would have baked bread here for the whole of the village.

‘When I arrived there were stories of judges robes being found under the staircase and the kitchen was called the courtroom. It would have been the civic centre of the parish.

Having some super serious and maddening problems with the browser I’m using, so good place to end anyway.
See link for more and some photos as well.

Trying Safari and think I’ll uninstall the damn thing.



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calendar   Thursday - December 06, 2012


Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by mistake… after its millionaire owner told them to demolish a small outhouse on its estate

· Chateau de Bellevue, near Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases
· Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former glory
· But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle, leaving the outhouse completely untouched

By Matt Blake




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calendar   Tuesday - August 14, 2012


Even minus the sea views, Dorset is one of the most beautiful bits of real estate to be found anywhere.  I’ve been there so I’m not speaking hearsay or travel brochures.  There are lots of spectacular places on this island, truly there are.  Many years ago while acting road manager for Country acts who toured the UK, I got to see places even my Brit born wife hasn’t seen.  I’ve visited places whose names I can’t recall and aren’t in any travel guides.  I’ve seen good and bad as you will anywhere. 

I happened to see this in the morning paper and thought it worth posting for another reason beside beauty and the fact that I am taken with it.

First of all it isn’t something usual for bmews.  Yeah from time to time I’ve posted houses but always because I thought something unique about them.

The owner of this “cottage” has to have money just for the upkeep of that roof.  Thatch is very expensive and then there’s that lawn and trees etc.
I love this sort of architecture I suppose because it isn’t normal to my growing up experience.  And it’s a sure bet we will never be in a position to afford a home like this.  Never mind the home. Anyone can buy I guess but the upkeep would eat us alive.  And Dorset isn’t I’d opine, an inexpensive place to live in.  A case of Champagne taste and beer pocket for me.

If you scroll down to the third photo at the link, you’ll see two houses under construction on either side of this house.  Larger and almost dwarf the cottage and nowhere as pretty. No class at all.  No character.
Pretty much the same thing here where we now live.  The two pretty outdated dormer bungalows on either side of us were sold and demolished and newer larger houses built.  One of them truly a characterless eyesore of no beauty whatever and costing about One Million 600 thousand if using American dollars as the example of cost. And they don’t even bother to trim their front hedge. Looks awful trust me. Every house on this street keeps the front neat and tidy but not overboard. The million dollar house ignores theirs and house and hedge look like crap.
Easy to understand then why I’m so damn over the moon when I look at places like this.

I don’t know if it’s actually the very prettiest in all the land ... but it’s in the running.

Is this the prettiest cottage in England? Dream home with remarkable sea views and all yours for £3million

The house is perched on top of a cliff in Dorset with views of the Solent and the Needles

Its owner says for years people have turned up at her door and tried to buy it from her

Sandy Hollowood is now off to Australia and is selling what estate agents say is Britain’s loveliest home


With its thatched roof, manicured lawn and floral gardens it is the epitome of the chocolate box cottage.

Only, the views outside are not that of an unspoilt countryside that goes on as far as the eye can see.

There are no winding country lanes nearby. Nor are there acres of undulating greenery.

Instead this sumptuous £3million property enjoys the most spectacular sea vistas imaginable.


Perched on a cliff-top in Christchurch, Dorset, potential buyers need only turn 180 degrees from the rural idyll of the cottage itself to take in the stunning views of the Solent.

The unique combination means the four-bedroom detached property on Avon Run Road boasts the best of both worlds.




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