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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Warm Breeze From the Hot East

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It is time to prepare. As trendies and "environmentally aware" people from the West Coast become cognizant of the new gift that Japan is sending us, the air and sea-borne radiation plume from the Fukushima nuclear wreck, they will abandon California and environs faster than FOX abandoned "Dollhouse". They will move East. To see the results of this migration, just look at Austin. It is the pox of Western proggie politics on Texas' bum. (I blame "Austin City Limits" on PBS. It attracted the trendy leftists like chronoton particles to a cosmic string, or something.) Civil liberties like free speech and the second amendment are regularly quashed and ignored there, at least if you are on the wrong end of the political spectrum.

Expect to see incursions of West Coast denizens fleeing the Atom Monster in your state soon. Understand that they WILL bring the attitudes that render The Left Coast unfit for human habitation, and with those, the legislation to force California regulationism onto their hosting states, like the bothersome houseguest who insists the A/C be this temperature, the coffee just so strong, and that station to always be on the radio. It is imperative to be vigilant. This is a real threat, coming to a "conservative" state near you.

You heard it here first.

For the edification of Doom.

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Also, make "Startpage.com" your search. No cookies, and they are working on a private email setup.

Such private.
Very email.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Into the warm embrace of Molech






Vox Day did a homeschooling post yesterday, sharing a Kentucky blogger's thoughts. A Vox commenter shared a comment from the OTHER blog:











"There's even a someone claiming to be a minister (certainly of the churchianity sect) claiming that homeschooling prevents Christian children from being the "salt and light" of the government schools."

This invariably sets me teeth to "espresso grind". I have no patience with Christians (or churchians) who fob THEIR responsibility off on their (and others') progeny. Not a surprise, as Western churches are bound to the heinous tradition of the hireling preacher, rather than following New Testament example. Clearly WE don't have time to make effort to evangelise, aid the weary and infirm, and teach brethren in the congregation. Not like we have a BIBLE or anything....

NOT the children's job, no matter how many episodes of "The Captain's Club" you listen to. You train up the child to make them ready to do such when they mature, not drop them into the lion's den with a handful of pulp tracts and a headful of memorised salvation verses. This attitude springs from the aberrant "make converts" paradigm, rather than Jesus' "make disciples" instruction and example.

Ok, so I have standards!
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Went to my guinea pig appointment, where I filled out a survey:

Do you eat beans?
Would you like to see a new movie starring George Wendt?
Do you eat beans with George Wendt?
Would you like to see George Wendt eating beans in a movie?
Do you eat beans at George Wendt movies?
Would you like to see George Wendt in a bean-eating movie?
How many beans do you eat in a George Wendt bean-eating movie?
How many bean-eating movies have you seen with George Wendt?

Or something like that.

I got to have a blood test. Mine was red. I passed.
Actually, the Sweet Young Thang who was my caretaker this go 'round, and who was an experienced blood-taker, wound up doing the needle like a fifteen-year-old trying to parallel park, then called for someone to help. This was odd, because my veins are practically promiscuous in their readiness to share their bounty. I had shared an anecdote with her about a doctor who had pincushioned me in like manner, and the moment I had uttered the terminal syllable, I felt the cold hand of Fate. NEVER program your healthcare people.

She got the office gal, an ample lady who meant business, but my veins were out to lunch. Finally Jeff, the guy running the trial shooed everyone else out and coaxed a vein out of hiding. We discussed the eyelid, but considered it a bad idea. I was good-humored about it all, and apologised to the original gal for setting us both up for disaster.

Always watch what you say.

Sunday, October 27, 2013



So I had to sign in to Facebook. It told me that I had to convert my "Aardvark Screenprinting" page to "Facebook for Business". I did so, and it promptly lost two-plus years of postings. This is me being unhappy.
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I had a neat discovery. Warner Archive has a channel accessible to my Roku, and I think for online viewing, and they offer a two-week trial. I signed up, and watched the two-hour pilot of "PROBE", the 1972 cyber-espionage series. Highly recommended, and makes me want to wear French cuffs, or '70s necklaces. Ther is also the Irwin Allen SF schlock-fest "City Beneath the Sea". Gotta use those VTTBOTS props for something!
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Star Trek's "Mirror Mirror" is on Bearded Spock and all. Vic Perrin is the Halkan Council Leader. What is with Starfleet chicks wearing hair like Church of God matrons?

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Svengoolie is showing  "Kiss of the Vampire", a Hammer offering distributed by Universal. Creepy, and Christopher Lee - free.


Living la vida Centauri, thanks to Chris Hagood:

Photo: This is going to have to do until I have a higher res picture.

Friday, October 25, 2013

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas (or) An Intellectual Aglet



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The underlying assumption that our 'Green' president, and the other politicos in Washington actually WANT sustainable energy to replace coal, nuclear and other sources of electricity is unwarranted. Between UN plans like Agenda 21 and our Dear Leader's consistent failures to fund a successful green energy plan (see Solyndra, as one example) while shutting down functioning power plants with no replacement, it is clear that what they truly want are United States of third-world capabilities, of a citizenry operating at energy deficits, and an industrial base underpowered and incapable of competing on the world stage.

When we prepare the garden here in North Alabamastan, come harvest-time, we do not uproot the produce and throw it away so as to make room for plants we have not even sprouted yet. This illustrates Liebe F├╝hrer's energy plan. There is no magical mystery uber windmill or solar cell array that will produce enough energy to replace the coal plants that he continues to shut down. Depending on whose propaganda to which one attends, nuclear is arguably "cleaner" than coal insofar as The Dread Carbon is concerned. El Presidente is shutting down plants while having no replacements extant. This is a plan, not for world market leadership, but for downsizing, downgrading.

Downright foolish (or otherwise very well planned).




To follow up on a bleat awhile back I have discovered Font Squirrel, a site that features eminently usable free font downloads that are 100% commercial friendly. Hurray!

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Got a new tool yesterday from Amazon, an ASUS laptop. Blistering fast, and it even has Mahjong! It is my office/con machine, and its name is NOMAD. The only downside is the learning curve with Windows 8. Not, shall we say, intuitive. I had to look up how to turn it off. (We had to look up several things, like how to get a usable desktop, so we may just have hunted a lot for the offening.)
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The medical trial continues apace. The medication is allowing me to sleep through the night without having to get up to drain the wing tanks (unless of course I drink summat late at night, like the cinnamon tea I am currently enjoying).
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I am seething. I am angry with rage. Warner Brothers DVD is Teh Suck. I opened season one of "Babylon 5". Three episodes are unwatchable due to bad discs. Pixilation and freeze-ups. AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!! Of course, they are KEY episodes, too, like the one introducing Mr. Morden, the Shadow operative.

Of course, now I am annoying everyone in earshot with my Londo Mollari impersonation, yes?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The REAL Nightmare Before Christmas.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Went to Cracker Barrel last night w/ the fam, and MERCY! Christmas Town had thrown up. Lookit, I have a soft, creamy centre where Christmas is concerned, but REALLY, people....

When I was a kid, there was Hallowe'en, then the Jack-o-lanterns got healed, and there were whole pumpkin pictures and cornucopias and turkeys with Pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving, then the day after Thanksgiving, Wonderland happened! Lights were strung, snowflakes and angels and fir trees, oh MY adorned the shop windows. Horns and candy canes went up on the downtown light poles, and late Fifties Christmas music filled the stores.

Magic happened. In a good way.

Now we have the Holiday-Industrial complex flogging Hallowgivingmas. Jewish folks should rejoice that Hanukkah has escaped relatively unscathed.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Non sequitur. Your facts are uncoordinated.


MeTV had one of my favorite Star Trek episodes: "The Changeling", which features one of my favorite voice actore, Vic Perrin (who has been credited at last in the remastered episodes, one of the only true improvements of the effort. I mean, the CGI Enterprise looks like an inflatable...). Kirk's haranguing NOMAD into a cybernetic breakdown is the most plausible of all of his anti-computer reasonings.

"Curse of the Undead" is the Svengoolie offering, a Western vampire tale. The Trek pilot "Menagerie" featured the doctor from this film as the doctor on the Enterprise. John Hoyt was the actor, a prolific character actor. Eric Fleming plays the Preacher, a far cry from his Gil Favor on "Rawhide".

Not much more to say except:

VTTBOTS was an excellent episode, guest starring Victor Buono as the Villain of the Week, a crazy Swiss scientist bent on taking over the world with cyborgs! He replaces Admiral Nelson with an exact duplicate, in order to trigger a nuclear war. Buono's character eats constantly, and has a golf cart to ride in, as he cannot comfortably walk anymore.

Later....

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Foodening


As has been said elsewhere, I was a huckster at TsubasaCon this weekend last. Huntington, WV has many of the usual suspects as far as not-so-fine dining is concerned: Steak and Shake, Red Lobster, Starbucks...good enough, but one need not dress for dinner. I had Five Guys burgers three lunches in a row. Their burgers are freshly-made patties, and juicy, which is to say "can lube a tank with". The bags have tell-tale grease windows by the time you get them. The fries are freshly cut, with skin on, then fried, meaning they are full of moisture and un-crisp. BUT! They are full of flavor, and the place supplies malt vinegar with which to anoint the spuds, rendering them anything but bland. Why three days? It wasn't Subway. Or Jimmy-John's, or Jack LeScoulie's, or whomever's.

Z-Brick Pizza served my in-room dining Friday night. Their small calzone was twice what I could manage, and I was sad at that, because it was yumsome. The Pullman Plaza Hotel did not have an in room fridge in my digs, but it did have hot and cold running Book of Mormon, so I guess that's something. It also had a Free Hot Breakfast, which means I have paid for it already with my room cost, along with the soap and toilet paper, which may have been a better choice. The scrambled eggs were quite probably powdered. The bacon was industrial, and the Cheerios tasted like the box. They didn't used to. Thanks for the healthy choice. I had Starbucks after I got to the con. It was ambrosia compared to the hotel coffee. I have long maintained that out-of-date store brand coffee is repackaged for hotels.

Wil and Tyrene of Musetap had a taste for Asian, so we walked across the street Saturday night to "Taste of Asia", a mildly upscale hibachi and Chinese restaurant. It was Homecoming in Huntington, so the hibachi section was filled with overdressed teenagers, so we opted for a la carte in the Chinese section. Always the ghettos. They ordered unpronounceable things. I got Hot and Sour Soup, which was both for a change, and delightful. I also got General Tso's Chicken, which wasn't. so I don't think he missed anything. The waitress was winsome, so there was that.

The best meal I had was at The Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe on Sunday night. It is overweenngly sports-themed in the best "We are Marshall" tradition. The bathroom brought flashbacks of locker room embarrassments, as it is institutional in the showers sense, with the small white and black hexagonal tiles for the floor, as well as giving a visceral twist to the gut when you wash up. The soap is that green/yellow chemical-scent liquid that all schools used for economy. It smells like humiliation.

The meal more than made up the time spent weeping in the stall. French Onion Soup with a toasted cheesy crouton afloat, with a hint of sherry, that makes all the difference. A classic Reuben sandwich made well enough to almost hold together all the way through was my main course, with fries. I almost dashed across the street to get some malt vinegar, but opted for the Heinz catchup, which was also something, anyway.

Sunday, October 13, 2013




 



 

It should have become apparent that the Aardvark has a penchant for the conspiratorial. What the mainstream would view as confabulist is, to his mind, most plausible, even more reasonable than the things most hold as self-evident.That the most powerful arguments the mainstreamers can offer up consist of name-calling does little to dissuade him.

I have spent the week-end in Huntington, WV, plying my shirty trade at TsubasaCon, blissfully cut off from News, Facebook, and rabbitings about Obamacare. to pass the time I run up the spindizzy on my Kindle and read; the current book of choice is That Hideous Strength, the Late Great Planet Earth of his Space Trilogy. Even that waggish comparison is unfair; THS is no more end-timey-wimey than is the Book of Revelation. It is more all-timey-wimey, a picture of the forces that are ever-present in the world, ever vying for power, ever jockeying for position; it is the always-new contest for the Domination of the World: Caesar v. Christ. The shiny chrome and tile world of the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (NICE) and its goals read like UN agency memoranda, or talking points for Planned Parenthood, though risking to use those as examples might occlude the breathtaking scope and prescience of Lewis' literary Progressives. Written in 1945, THS takes my breath away in revealing the thought behind what is de rigueur for those who are in, who are shaping the world and our opinions in the name of The News.
“Isn't it absolutely essential to keep a fierce Left and fierce Right, both on their toes and each terrified of the other? That's how we get things done.”
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“Why you fool, it's the educated reader who CAN be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they're all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the high-brow weeklies, don't need reconditioning. They're all right already. They'll believe anything.”
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“We want you to write it down--to camouflage it. Only for the present, of course. Once the thing gets going we shan't have to bother about the great heart of the British public. We'll make the great heart what we want it to be. But in the meantime, it does make a difference how things are put. For instance, if it were even whispered that the N.I.C.E. wanted powers to experiment on criminals, you'd have all the old women of both sexes up in arms and yapping about humanity. Call it re-education of the mal-adjusted, and you have them all slobbering with delight that the brutal era of retributive punishment has at last come to and end. Odd thing it is--the word 'experiment' is unpopular, but not the word 'experimental.' You mustn't experiment on children; but offer the dear little kiddies free education in an experimental school attached to the N.I.C.E. and it's all correct!”
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The N.I.C.E. was the first-fruits of that constructive fusion between the state and the laboratory on which so many thoughtful people base their hopes of a better world. It was to be free from almost all the tiresome restraints – “red tape” was the word its supporters used – which have hitherto hampered research in this country. It was also largely free from the restraints of economy, for, as it was argued, the nation which can spend so many millions a day on a war can surely afford a few millions a month on productive research in peacetime. - See more at: http://www.wanliss.com/2011/11/quotes-that-hideous-strength-by-c-s-lewis/#sthash.0pF0HOar.dpuf
The N.I.C.E. was the first-fruits of that constructive fusion between the state and the laboratory on which so many thoughtful people base their hopes of a better world. It was to be free from almost all the tiresome restraints – “red tape” was the word its supporters used – which have hitherto hampered research in this country. It was also largely free from the restraints of economy, for, as it was argued, the nation which can spend so many millions a day on a war can surely afford a few millions a month on productive research in peacetime. - See more at: http://www.wanliss.com/2011/11/quotes-that-hideous-strength-by-c-s-lewis/#sthash.0pF0HOar.dpuf
 "The N.I.C.E. was the first-fruits of that constructive fusion between the state and the laboratory on which so many thoughtful people base their hopes of a better world. It was to be free from almost all the tiresome restraints – “red tape” was the word its supporters used – which have hitherto hampered research in this country. It was also largely free from the restraints of economy, for, as it was argued, the nation which can spend so many millions a day on a war can surely afford a few millions a month on productive research in peacetime. "
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"Perhaps few or none of the people at Belbury knew what was happening; but once it happened, they would be like straw in fire. What should they find incredible, since they believe no longer in a rational universe? What should they regard as to obscene, since they held that all morality was a mere subjective by-product of the physical and economic situations of men? The time was ripe. From the point of view which is accepted in Hell, the whole history of our Earth had led up to this moment." 

Lewis during The War saw clearly the direction Things were leading, and produced a work of scientifiction that reads like a modern novel, Art Bell, Alex Jones, and Agenda 21 all rolled up into one, and more. I encourage a reading of his entire trilogy, but That Hideous Strength, if you pay attention to current happenings, will set the heart crosswise in ye.
The N.I.C.E. was the first-fruits of that constructive fusion between the state and the laboratory on which so many thoughtful people base their hopes of a better world. It was to be free from almost all the tiresome restraints – “red tape” was the word its supporters used – which have hitherto hampered research in this country. It was also largely free from the restraints of economy, for, as it was argued, the nation which can spend so many millions a day on a war can surely afford a few millions a month on productive research in peacetime. - See more at: http://www.wanliss.com/2011/11/quotes-that-hideous-strength-by-c-s-lewis/#sthash.0pF0HOar.dpuf
The N.I.C.E. was the first-fruits of that constructive fusion between the state and the laboratory on which so many thoughtful people base their hopes of a better world. It was to be free from almost all the tiresome restraints – “red tape” was the word its supporters used – which have hitherto hampered research in this country. It was also largely free from the restraints of economy, for, as it was argued, the nation which can spend so many millions a day on a war can surely afford a few millions a month on productive research in peacetime. - See more at: http://www.wanliss.com/2011/11/quotes-that-hideous-strength-by-c-s-lewis/#sthash.0pF0HOar.dpuf

Monday, October 07, 2013

BOOM goes the dynamite.

The Boomer politicians are behaving according to type, and are eminently indictable. And it IS the Boomers in main that have placed us where we are, and by their insistence on "gimme" legislation, have helped squander any surpluses the nation ever enjoyed. Whenever you see an RV with an "I'm Spending My Children's Inheritance" bumper sticker, that's Boomerthink.

The Boomers took full advantage of the post WW2 economic boom. but never figured out WHY there was a boom: we had bombed our competitors into scrap metal. WE were the industrial powerhouse because we killed the competition. Then we rebuilt them. They never had a clue that the boom would end, so they let themselves get promised impossibly sweet pension deals, and sweet entitlement deals. Well, now the boom is a bust, the money is gone, the Boomer pols think "printing" billions in dollars will not devalue those dollars...It's like watching a 50 year old man on the front lawn waving a stick around and shouting Harry Potter spells, expecting something to happen, expecting them to work.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Blehhhh!


Tonight is CHEAT NIGHT! Pinto beans and Mexican cornbread made by my own self. Garlicky, oniony, jalapeno-ey, cheesey! Om nom nom!

Bela Lugosi starring in "Dracula". I have NEVER seen this before. Arte Johnson's "Renfield" laugh in "Love at First Bite" was spot on!

Saw an excellent "Lost in Space" episode: "Follow the Leader". Doctor Robinson is possessed by an alien spirit, who seeks to take the Jupiter 2 to wreak vengeance on his enemies.

"Star Trek" was "Amok Time", wherein Spock gets a hankerin' for the home fires. Most egregious use of bad King James-speak by actress Celia Lovski. Theodore Sturgeon, you know better!  

"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" is IN COLOR! "Time Bomb" is the second color episode, a real Cold War thriller wherein Admiral Nelson is hypo-sprayed with a Cesium isotope which will turn him into a nuclear bomb if he gets too close to a reactor. Features the 4-window Seaview (sort of a Lupin red vs. Lupin green), and the first appearance of the Flying Sub. Sexiful!

See also the guest star, Ina Balin, who plays a Soviet double agent:















G'night, everybody!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Waxing WROTH!!

So, the Angry Little Aardvark hears that BIGGER barricades are being erected at great expense to prevent elderly WW2 veterans from viewing the PRIVATELY FUNDED memorial. Also armed guards.

Armed. Guards.

If a nonagenarian vet insists upon seeing HIS memorial, to see the names of his fallen comrades at Iwo Jima, or Omaha Beach, to remember, he runs the risk of being shot. At HIS privately funded memorial.

This is not "budgetary". The administration is spending make-believe money to prosecute a spiteful tantrum. This is Sending a Message. Veterans are not heroes, they are scum. They are The Enemy.

IMMEDIATELY upon hearing this news, I heard this a radio ad. I paraphrase the first clause badly:

"Veterans served well, but when their behavior changes, call 800-XXX-YYYY, and press '1'."

I rest my case.

If this resonates at all, please share. America has changed. The "servants" style themselves as rulers.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Breakfast not at Tiffany's. (I told her NEVER to call me here....)


Himself went to his MARC guinea pig appointment yesterday, and got my peelz. Little tan ovals, that smell like dirty socks. Such a pleasure. I have a one-in-four chance of receiving a placebo (I get the same whatever throughout the trial). On my way home, my face got flaming hot and red. That flush makes me pretty convinced that I have the real thing. (Do not ask on what basis I suspect this. Doom.)

Jeff, my guy at the study, shared some tidbits about my blood work at my behest. My blood sugar level is high. Borderline. *Robot arm flail* Losing more weight will likely fix this. I have lost ten pounds and maintained it for a couple of months, so yesternight I reinstituted the low carb, high protein regimen which works for me. Thirty-eight pounds,and I will be a happy camper. Twenty-five below that, and I will be around my college weight. I may eschew the final stage, a little heft, and my natural stance and walk seems to scream "alpha", and unpleasant people leave me alone. I'm a cross between an ape and Michael Dunn. (My preemie-ness appears to have left me with quasi-dwarfish short legs. Not freaky, but enough...off...to affect my gait. I descend stairs like Doctor Loveless.)

Jeff did not call the ambulance re: my blood sugar, so I am OK to  handle this meself for the nonce. The duration of the study is sufficient to allow me to lose weight, and bring the blood sugar under control. If the end bloodwork  reveals it as still elevated, we shall resort to more drastic measures, like actually seeing a doc about this. (Note: FLUSH! My face is red and hot. The pill is doing its ineffable thing, plus, I slept through the night without needing to "go".) The weight loss should  fix my BP issues as well.

So dinner was chuck steak, grilled. Cheap cut with LOADS of flavor, but Mr. McLeod revealed The Secret: slather a steak with lard. Yes. The relatively lower cooking heat of the lard causes the fat of the steak to fry, imparting an amazing crispness and flavor. Breakfast: leftover steak and two fried eggs. Do NOT freak out over the fat intake. (Picks up a stick of butter and peels it like a banana: "I can eat this. I'm on Atkins!") The biochemical magic of the diet actually lowers triglycerides and such.

Here endeth the symposium on The Health of the Aardvark.