14 November 2017

11 November 2017

Why rely on scientists?

This is painful to watch. A very characteristic exchange...

CARDIN: Would you rely on scientists to give you that answer or not?

HARTNETT WHITE: No, I had that question for a very long time. A very long time.

8 November 2017

22 October 2017

Your pet will eat you!

This is a disturbing article. Since I'm no lover of pets, a little less disturbing for me, but even so...

10 October 2017

1/2 wit

28 September 2017

4 August 2017

The N-word and support for Trump

Correlation isn't causation, but it's always a good place to begin. The first map below is created by Google based on searches using the N-word. Oddly enough, the divide, rather than going north and south, appears to be more east and west. The second map shows Trump supporters in the last election.

Trump the most innocent person ever...

Andy Borowitz is at it again...

19 July 2017


I recently watched Arrival. It gets off to a slow start but is entertaining as several plot twists appear. The view of language put forth in the film strikes me as very unrealistic. The difficulty in communicating with aliens who are making an attempt to communicate with humans probably wouldn't involve the formal aspects of language. (Intelligent beings can presumably simplify their language after all.) It would probably be more an issue of grasping alien meanings and concepts.

26 June 2017

A long list of lies

The NY Times required a full page to list all of Trump's lies.

23 May 2017

D41: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Bc4 Nc6 12. O-O b6{ D41: Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation, 6...Nxc3 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 O-O 11.Bc4 Nc6 12.O-O b6 } 13. d5 exd5 14. Bxd5 Bb7 15. Rac1 Na5 16. Rfd1 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 Qf6 18. Rc7 Rad8 19. Rd7 Rxd7 20. Qxd7 Ra8 21. e5 1-0

 This recent match in which I won as white wasn't a very exciting game, but I'm proud nonetheless. When I ran it through chess.com's deep analysis, the computer analysis couldn't find a single mistake on either side. Actually, black's capitulation could be seen as a mistake since black had a possible continuation (Qe6) that would prevent mate. (After white's Qd8, black can bring the queen to e8, preventing the mate.) On the other hand, white should win based on the position (as far as I can tell), so maybe the black capitulation makes sense.

21 April 2017

Slogans for United Airlines

We have First Class, Business Class, and No Class.

Our prices can’t be beaten...but our passengers can.

We put the hospital in hospitality.

We beat our passengers, not the competition.

We have an offer you can’t refuse. No, really.

Board as a doctor, leave as a patient.

Not enough seating? Prepare for a beating.

And you thought legroom was an issue.

If our staff need a seat, we’ll drag you out by your feet.

We treat you like we treat your luggage.

Fight or flight.

You may have patients, but we don’t have patience.

We have red-eye and black-eye flights available. Now serving free punch.

28 March 2017


I don't see how the Republicans can win on healthcare as long as they're in the majority. Any solution they cook up will need to further enrich drug companies and ensurers while reducing coverage. In the short-term, they probably did the best thing they could do--keep kicking the can down the road, hopefully, until they've lost their majorities and can go back to blaming everything on Democrats.

16 March 2017

Chris Ladd on "white socialism"

Chris Ladd has an excellent article on Forbes, describing the U.S. healthcare system and our system or corporate and individual write-offs as "white socialism".

28 February 2017

Nils Bildt: The expert who never was

I've often wondered if the talking heads on U.S. news stations have any more expertise than our local barber or the guy (or gal) sitting across from us in the bar. As it turns out, my doubts have again been confirmed. The“Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor” interviewed by Bill O’Reilly on Fox News this week is entirely unknown in his native country, with no connections to either the nation’s defense or security services. For that matter, he hasn't even lived in Sweden for over 20 years.

14 January 2017

Are red peppers really healthy?

In one form or another, I eat red peppers constantly, so I'm really hoping that a recent Chinese study showing that consuming spicy foods reduces mortality is right.