24 July 2016

what's on Dr. Ben Carson's mind / all the evangelical news that's fit to post / maybe almost our 2nd USA African-American President

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evangelical Christian media, established 2004
Sunday 24 July 2016

Ben Carson says being 

transgender 'doesn't make 
any sense' -- like leopard
wanting to change its spots

by Czarina Ong

[photo] Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. on 19 July 2016.

Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson thinks being a transgender just "doesn't make any sense," likening their situation to a leopard wanting to change its spots.

"[Gender] is not based on your feelings, it's based on what you are," Carson tells The Hill [US Congressional news service, Washington DC]. "Can a leopard change its spots? No. It can't because it feels like maybe it's a different creature. No, it's still a leopard. Sorry."

For the former neurosurgeon, anyone who wakes up thinking that they belong to a different sex just because they feel differently that day has lost their marbles.

Carson says a person who claims to have changed gender based on feelings has as much sense as a person who says, "I'm Afghani today because I saw a movie about that last night, and even though my genetics might not indicate that, that's the way I feel, and if you say that I'm not, then you're a racist."

"It's the same kind of situation," he continues. "What we ought to do is utilize our brains, utilize our common sense as human beings. We've known what men are and what women are for thousands of years. So we don't know anything, everything is relative -- this doesn't make any sense."

This was not the first time Carson talked about LGBT issues. Just last month, Carson said members of the LGBT community were trying to get as many people as they could to join their bandwagon because they were not "comfortable with what they are doing."

"I personally believe that many people in the LGB[T] community don't feel comfortable with what they are doing, and that is why it is so important for them to get affirmation from everybody else and that is why they try to enforce everybody else to accept them and to say that this is what needs to be done," Carson said. "But there comes a time when people of faith have to be able to stand up for the Word of God."

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22 July 2016

another affordable automaton from Mechanical Cabaret Theatre: Lord Horatio Nelson's dying words

 Play in FULL SCREEN mode

Durrell School of Corfu wrote:

> Harold Bloom told me that the ' Ballad of the Good Lord Nelson' was 
> one of his favourite poems, to be recited in depression. RP

That is classic Bloom.  A reading through /Falstaff/ as much as 
/Freud/.  And a good and merry rejoinder to Durrell's ballad.

    "Turning like the hour-glass in his lonely bunk"

1943.  Is this a war poem?  Perhaps it is rather more post-coital than 
post-colonial.  The approach would tell us much.

Back to my "various rigs."


Durrell, Lawrence
[from /Collected Poems: 1931-1974 / (1985), Faber and Faber]

The Good Lord Nelson had a swollen gland,
Little of the scripture did he understand
Till a woman led him to the promised land
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

Adam and Evil and a bushel of figs
Meant nothing to Nelson who was keeping pigs,
Till a woman showed him the various rigs
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

His heart was softer than a new laid egg,
Too poor for loving and ashamed to beg,
Till Nelson was taken by the Dancing Leg
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

Now he up and did up his little tin trunk
And he took to the ocean on his English junk,
Turning like the hour-glass in his lonely bunk
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

The Frenchman saw him a-coming there
With the one-piece eye and the valentine hair,
With the safety-pin sleeve and occupied air
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

Now you all remember the message he sent
As an answer to Hamilton's discontent---
There were questions asked about it in Parliament
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

Now the blacker the berry, the thicker comes the juice.
Think of Good Lord Nelson and avoid self-abuse,
For the empty sleeve was no mere excuse
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

'England Expects' was the motto he gave
When he thought of little Emma out on Biscay's wave,
And remembered working on her like a galley-slave
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

The first Great Lord in our English land
To honour the Freudian command,
For a cast in the bush is worth two in the hand
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

Now the Frenchman shot him there as he stood
In the rage of battle in a silk-lined hood
And he heard the whistle of his own hot blood
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air
Nelson stylites in Trafalgar Square
Reminds the British what once they were
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.

If they'd treat their women in the Nelson way
There'd be fewer frigid husbands every day
And many more heroes on the Bay of Biscay
                     Aboard the Victory, Victory O.


Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu

21 July 2016

reasonably affordable (maybe BREXIT Panic has strengthened U$ v. Pound) handmade miniature automata from Mechanical Cabaret Theatre

Watch video in Full Screen Mode.
Brush teeth at least 2 times a day.
Floss after every meal.
Keep away from bootleg hooch
When you're on a spreeeeee
Take good care of yourself
You belong to me 

"Button Up Your Overcoat"
(DeSylva / Brown / Henderson)
sung by Helen Kane

Mechanical Cabaret Theatre is the Best Tourist Trap I have ever been abducted and trapped into. I didn't want to leave. It was / maybe I hope still is / in Covent Garden in London. From the outside as you pass by, it screams 


That's not exactly what's inside MCT. They lied to the suckers.

There's a small turnstile admission, but they really rake in the Big Bucks with their handmade coin-operated wooden automata. If you want to see the automaton in action, first you must place a Local Coin in a slot on the automaton, and then the crazy thing or things just start doing all sorts of odd things you've never seen a machine even try to do or think about doing. 

MCT is Crazy Weird Useless Machine Place. It's like DisneyWorld with issues and behavioral difficulties and should get professional help or maybe prescription pills from Big Pharma. 

But I went in there and just Enabled MCT's troubles with tourist coin after coin after coin. So CMT is not getting any professional help with its problems any time soon. This month they have a wildly popular exhibit in China.

Should I buy this for S.W.M.B.O.? She just LOVES the dentist, begs him for More Appointments rather than Fewer. If you have Feelings about The Dentist or Dental Hygienist, Leave A Comment.

17 July 2016

they're Out There in some virtual locus, Collect 'em All, lads x lassies! / @ Yoyodyne, the Future Begins Tomorrow / CitiTrans Bus pulverizes Idiot in Road Chasing Virtual Objects on SmartPhone, taken to Helvetica ER, admitted, prognosis: iffy

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New Yorker cartoon (1935) by James Thurber

I think I'm love with this Periodical,



How do I subscribe for free without contracting me in some way to Bulgarians and Gold Statue Turkmenbashites? I am hopelessly mesmerized by the Brave New World and Such People who Dwell in ’t, which is their beat & niche. They cover stuff i never suspected existed (and actively resisted verifying).

To paraphrase Neffe A.'s explanation of Facebook ("It's a Time Suck, Uncle Bob")

• Video Games = Big Time Suck

• Video Games on SmartPhone =
   Big Time Suck & Die 
   or get Fucked Up Bad 
   & get SmartPhone & wallet stole

      Oh, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous Poketopia is! O brave new world,
That has such Weedle and Rattata in ’t!


no Pizza, if u don't know what it's from, contact Education Ministry & demand Bad Education Refund

In Socialist Praha/Prague, Capek was Okay & Revered at 2 crappy Peoples Grey Dark Bookstores, but Kafka was kaput, verboden, defense a fumer. The Invisible Non-Goofball Not Czech Novelist -- I guess the Peoples Ministry of Literature called him Doctor Who? Now he's Big In The Window of a dozen Big Great colorful well-lighted Bookstores, and he's New Prague's Poster Boy for the world's Literaturistas. 

***** PUBLIC NOTICE ******

as a Do-Gooder NuttyCrunch Sustainable Resource Service to All Sentients, Emperor-for-Life Ming the Merciless XXIV, now CMFIC of moNGO, will lead 


whose object all sublime, which will be reached on time, is to compile



in all known Human and Non-Human lingi, Natural Language & Unnatural Language, because without this, there you are, in the middle of a big mob all shrieking


and you can't even grok if it's finno-ugrik or indo-euro, let alone what its Significance might be. Such a list in a laminated wallet card could be invaluable. Otherwise your best instinct is to pee in your pants, stick your thumb up your ass, and burst into sobs.

* * *

Should PROJECT RUN4HIGROUND also compile all language renderings of Option C?





so all Vleeptroids, or just e-folks what took a wrong turn in the Labyrinth, just send Ming the Merciless of moNGO via e-mail (no tweets, no hashtag drek) any phrase you think is useful in these kinds of unexpected situations in a faraway Lingoland. Yo. Leave A Comment.


is our new filched motto & Sacred Holy Vow. Also no negative cyberbullying. Alles Affengesselschaft (tm) verboten.

Does anyone know if Little League besbol (from whom we filched the motto) now lets Human Youth Females play? If you have Opinions -- and remember, VleeptronZ honors the Dumb & Brain-Dead as it honors the insightful and valuable -- please Leave a Comment.

More parsing of the remarkable Vow Shoulder Patch of Little League.

It's not

i Don't Cheat

whose auxiliary verb Don't implies ... well, less somehow. 

Also there is no contract with the reader, no vow, no pledge, no accountability.


is the Lad or Lass's personal vow to expect & accept World Besbol Shame in 2 Big Indo-Euro languages and a huge Sino-Japanese lingo. There can be no escaping a miserable remainder of your miserable life anywhere the crack of a wooden or aluminum bat is a familiar sound, on the diamond, or at night down a dark street.

► That's the boy who cheated in Little League.

► They caught her cheating in Little League.

That's a Brand (not a laser-erasable Tattoo) that sorta sticks with you forever. Recover from THAT!

I was well into print newspapering (or Dead Tree Media, as RamanuJohn calls it), enough to fancy that I'd now Seen Everything and heard of All Ethically Whack (human) Krap, when the Winner of the big North America Kids' Soap Box Derby got caught out.

The Rules say Billy can spend no more than $100 on Billy's homemade balsa wood Downhill Gravity Car. 

But Billy's winning lead over all other cars in the final heat was so great, that they suspected more than just Skilled Youth Garage Science was at work.

Billy's doting Rich Uncle Max had happily blown $30,000+, including Wind Tunnel Time, but the real Cherry On Top was, at the Starting Line when the Green Light went on, Billy would push back his helmet to activate a switch in his head cushion, and turn ON a strong battery-powered electromagnet. Then the Starting Gate -- made of ferromagnetic steel -- would drop, and beyond Gravity, Billy's car was thrust forward by 79.3 watts (femtogausses, whatever, Leave A Comment) of magnetic attraction. (A whiff of which the cars of Tommy, Joey, Rick & Todd got naught.)

That was maybe 30+ years ago. Leave A Comment if you know what became of Billy. He showed poor judgment in his actions and choice of Favorite Rich Uncle. In low-rent criminal District Court, I always tell the Judge

I Fell In With Bad Companions.

(see cartoon at top)

And now to Pocketgamer's coverage of

Everything Dusty Springfield sang was remarkable -- UK Catholic Girls Schools just keep churning out musical genius and Nobel Scientists by the brigade -- but here is her lyrical introduction to The Land You're About To Visit. Does anyone know who produced this, who the side musicians were?

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The complete Pokémon GO Pokedex - a list of every confirmed Pokemon in the game

From Abra to Zubat

Product: Pokemon GO | Developer: Niantic | Publisher: The Pokemon Company | Format: Android, iPhone, iPad | Genre: Action   

by Mark Brown

So you're playing Pokémon GO. Welcome to the club. Everyone on the internet seems to be obsessed with this brilliant augmented reality RPG.

To help you catch 'em all, as is the destiny of any Pokémon Trainer, we've put together a list of every Pokemon that has been confirmed to exist in the game.

Some, especially the legendary Pokémon, will likely be added later in special events.

As for the rest, remember that boosting your trainer level will help you find rarer critters. That Pokémon are easier to find in areas that match their type (grass in forests, water by lakes, etc), and that some nocturnal Pokémon only come out at night.

If you've spotted any that we don't have on our list, let us know in the comments below.

Pokémon GO    #001 - Bulbasaur

Type: Grass / Poison

Evolves into: Ivysaur
Pokemon GO    #002 - Ivysaur

Type: Grass / Poison

Evolves into: Venusaur
Pokemon GO    #003 - Venusaur

Type: Grass / Poison
Pokemon GO    #004 - Charmander

Type: Fire

Evolves into: Charmeleon
Pokemon GO    #005 - Charmeleon

Type: Fire

Evolves into: Charizard
Pokemon GO    #006 - Charizard

Type: Fire / Flying
Pokemon GO    #007 - Squirtle

Type: Water

Evolves into: Wartortle
Pokemon GO    #008 - Wartortle

Type: Water

Evolves into: Blastoise
Pokemon GO    #009 - Blastoise

Type: Water
Pokemon GO    #010 - Caterpie

Type: Bug

Evolves into: Metapod
Pokemon GO    #011 - Metapod

Type: Bug

Evolves into: Butterfree
Pokemon GO    #012 - Butterfree

Type: Bug / Flying
Pokemon GO    #013 - Weedle

Type: Bug / Poison

Evolves into: Kakuna
Pokemon GO    #014 - Kakuna

Type: Bug / Poison

Evolves into: Beedrill
Pokemon GO    #015 - Beedrill

Type: Bug / Poison
Pokemon GO    #016 - Pidgey

Type: Normal

Evolves into: Pidgeotto
Pokemon GO    #017 - Pidgeotto

Type: Normal / Flying

Evolves into: Pidgeot
Pokemon GO    #018 - Pidgeot

Type: Normal / Flying
Pokemon GO    #019 - Rattata

Type: Normal

Evolves into: Raticate
Pokemon GO    #020 - Raticate

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #021 - Spearow

Type: Normal / Flying

Evolves into: Fearow
Pokemon GO    #022 - Fearow

Type: Normal / Flying
Pokemon GO    #023 - Ekans

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Arbok
Pokemon GO    #024 - Arbok

Type: Poison
Pokemon GO    #025 - Pikachu

Type: Electric

Evolves into: Raichu
Pokemon GO    #026 - Raichu

Type: Electric
Pokemon GO    #027 - Sandshrew

Type: Ground

Evolves into: Sandslash
Pokemon GO    #028 - Sandslash

Type: Ground
Pokemon GO    #029 - Nidoran F

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Nidorina
Pokemon GO    #030 - Nidorina

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Nidoqueen
Pokemon GO    #031 - Nidoqueen

Type: Poison / Ground
Pokemon GO    #032 - Nidoran M

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Nidorino
Pokemon GO    #033 - Nidorino

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Nidoking
Pokemon GO    #034 - Nidoking

Type: Poison / Ground
Pokemon GO    #035 - Clefairy

Type: Fairy

Evolves into: Clefable
Pokemon GO    #036 - Clefable

Type: Fairy
Pokemon GO    #037 - Vulpix

Type: Fire

Evolves into: Ninetales
Pokemon GO    #038 - Ninetales

Type: Fire
Pokemon GO    #039 - Jigglypuff

Type: Normal / Fairy

Evolves into: Wigglytuff
Pokemon GO    #040 - Wigglytuff

Type: Normal / Fairy
Pokemon GO    #041 - Zubat

Type: Poison / Flying

Evolves into: Golbat
Pokemon GO    #042 - Golbat

Type: Poison / Flying
Pokemon GO    #043 - Oddish

Type: Grass / Poison

Evolves into: Gloom
Pokemon GO    #044 - Gloom

Type: Grass / Poison

Evolves into: Vileplume
Pokemon GO    #045 - Vileplume

Type: Grass / Poison
Pokemon GO    #046 - Paras

Type: Bug / Grass

Evolves into: Parasect
Pokemon GO    #047 - Parasect

Type: Bug / Grass
Pokemon GO    #048 - Venonat

Type: Bug / Poison

Evolves into: Venomoth
Pokemon GO    #049 - Venomoth

Type: Bug / Poison
Pokemon GO    #050 - Diglett

Type: Ground

Evolves into: Dugtrio
Pokemon GO    #051 - Dugtrio

Type: Ground
Pokemon GO    #052 - Meowth

Type: Normal

Evolves into: Persian
Pokemon GO    #053 - Persian

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #054 - Psyduck

Type: Water

Evolves into: Golduck
Pokemon GO    #055 - Golduck

Type: Water
Pokemon GO    #056 - Mankey

Type: Fighting

Evolves into: Primeape
Pokemon GO    #057 - Primeape

Type: Fighting
Pokemon GO    #058 - Growlithe

Type: Fire

Evolves into: Arcanine
Pokemon GO    #059 - Arcanine

Type: Fire
Pokemon GO    #060 - Poliwag

Type: Water

Evolves into: Poliwhirl
Pokemon GO    #061 - Poliwhirl

Type: Water

Evolves into: Poliwrath
Pokemon GO    #062 - Poliwrath

Type: Water / Fighting
Pokemon GO    #063 - Abra

Type: Psychic

Evolves into: Kadabra
Pokemon GO    #064 - Kadabra

Type: Psychic

Evolves into: Alakazam
Pokemon GO    #065 - Alakazam

Type: Psychic
Pokemon GO    #066 - Machop

Type: Fighting

Evolves into: Machoke
Pokemon GO    #067 - Machoke

Type: Fighting

Evolves into: Machamp
Pokemon GO    #068 - Machamp

Type: Fighting
Pokemon GO    #069 - Bellsprout

Type: Grass / Poison

Evolves into: Weepinbell
Pokemon GO    #070 - Weepinbell

Type: Grass / Poison

Evolves into: Victreebel
Pokemon GO    #071 - Victreebel

Type: Grass / Poison
Pokemon GO    #072 - Tentacool

Type: Water / Poison

Evolves into: Tentacruel
Pokemon GO    #073 - Tentacruel

Type: Water / Poison
Pokemon GO    #074 - Geodude

Type: Rock / Ground

Evolves into: Graveler
Pokemon GO    #075 - Graveler

Type: Rock / Ground

Evolves into: Golem
Pokemon GO    #076 - Golem

Type: Rock / Ground
Pokemon GO    #077 - Ponyta

Type: Fire

Evolves into: Rapidash
Pokemon GO    #078 - Rapidash

Type: Fire
Pokemon GO    #079 - Slowpoke

Type: Water / Psychic

Evolves into: Slowbro
Pokemon GO    #080 - Slowbro

Type: Water / Psychic
Pokemon GO    #081 - Magnemite

Type: Electric / Steel

Evolves into: Magneton
Pokemon GO    #082 - Magneton

Type: Electric / Steel
Pokemon GO    #083 - Farfetch'd

Type: Normal / Flying
Pokemon GO    #084 - Doduo

Type: Normal / Flying

Evolves into: Dodrio
Pokemon GO    #085 - Dodrio

Type: Normal / Flying
Pokemon GO    #086 - Seel

Type: Water

Evolves into: Dewgong
Pokemon GO    #087 - Dewgong

Type: Water / Ice
Pokemon GO    #088 - Grimer

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Muk
Pokemon GO    #089 - Muk

Type: Poison
Pokemon GO    #090 - Shellder

Type: Water

Evolves into: Cloyster
Pokemon GO    #091 - Cloyster

Type: Water / Ice
Pokemon GO    #092 - Gastly

Type: Ghost / Poison

Evolves into: Haunter
Pokemon GO    #093 - Haunter

Type: Ghost / Poison

Evolves into: Gengar
Pokemon GO    #094 - Gengar

Type: Ghost / Poison
Pokemon GO    #095 - Onix

Type: Rock / Ground
Pokemon GO    #096 - Drowzee

Type: Psychic

Evolves into: Hypno
Pokemon GO    #097 - Hypno

Type: Psychic
Pokemon GO    #098 - Krabby

Type: Water

Evolves into: Kingler
Pokemon GO    #099 - Kingler

Type: Water
Pokemon GO    #100 - Voltorb

Type: Electric

Evolves into: Electrode
Pokemon GO    #101 - Electrode

Type: Electric
Pokemon GO    #102 - Exeggcute

Type: Grass / Psychic

Evolves into: Exeggutor
Pokemon GO    #103 - Exeggutor

Type: Grass / Psychic
Pokemon GO    #104 - Cubone

Type: Ground

Evolves into: Marowak
Pokemon GO    #105 - Marowak

Type: Ground
Pokemon GO    #106 - Hitmonlee

Type: Fighting
Pokemon GO    #107 - Hitmonchan

Type: Fighting
Pokemon GO    #108 - Lickitung

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #109 - Koffing

Type: Poison

Evolves into: Weezing
Pokemon GO    #110 - Weezing

Type: Weezing
Pokemon GO    #111 - Rhyhorn

Type: Ground / Rock

Evolves into: Rhydon
Pokemon GO    #112 - Rhydon

Type: Ground / Rock
Pokemon GO    #113 - Chansey

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #114 - Tangela

Type: Grass
Pokemon GO    #115 - Kangaskhan

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #116 - Horsea

Type: Water

Evolves into: Seadra
Pokemon GO    #117 - Seadra

Type: Water
Pokemon GO    #118 - Goldeen

Type: Water

Evolves into: Seaking
Pokemon GO    #119 - Seaking

Type: Water
Pokemon GO    #120 - Staryu

Type: Water

Evolves into: Starmie
Pokemon GO    #121 - Starmie

Type: Water / Psychic
Pokemon GO    #122 - Mr. Mime

Type: Psychic / Fairy
Pokemon GO    #123 - Scyther

Type: Bug / Flying
Pokemon GO    #124 - Jynx

Type: Ice / Psychic
Pokemon GO    #125 - Electabuzz

Type: Electric
Pokemon GO    #126 - Magmar

Type: Fire
Pokemon GO    #127 - Pinsir

Type: Bug
Pokemon GO    #128 - Tauros

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #129 - Magikarp

Type: Water

Evolves into: Gyarados
Pokemon GO    #130 - Gyarados

Type: Water / Flying
Pokemon GO    #131 - Lapras

Type: Water / Ice
Pokemon GO    #132 - Ditto

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #133 - Eevee

Type: Normal

Evolves into: Vaporeon, Jolteon, or Flareon
Pokemon GO    #134 - Vaporeon

Type: Water
Pokemon GO    #135 - Jolteon

Type: Electric
Pokemon GO    #136 - Flareon

Type: Fire
Pokemon GO    #137 - Porygon

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #138 - Omanyte

Type: Rock / Water

Evolves into: Omastar
Pokemon GO    #139 - Omastar

Type: Rock / Water
Pokemon GO    #140 - Kabuto

Type: Rock / Water

Evolves into: Kabutops
Pokemon GO    #141 - Kabutops

Type: Rock / Water
Pokemon GO    #142 - Aerodactyl

Type: Rock / Flying
Pokemon GO    #143 - Snorlax

Type: Normal
Pokemon GO    #144 - Articuno

Type: Ice / Flying
Pokemon GO    #145 - Zapdos

Type: Electric / Flying
Pokemon GO    #146 - Moltres

Type: Fire / Flying
Pokemon GO    #147 - Dratini

Type: Dragon

Evolves into: Dragonair
Pokemon GO    #148 - Dragonair

Type: Dragon

Evolves into: Dragonite
Pokemon GO    #149 - Dragonite

Type: Dragon / Flying
Pokemon GO    #150 - Mewtwo

Type: Psychic
Pokemon GO    #151 - Mew

Type: Psychic

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15 July 2016

Ukraine Blues / los Desaparecidos slavicos / moNGO nominates UNHCHR for $$$ & Gold Medal & 1 dance with Uma / watch for astronomy announcement & planet-naming / Uncle Tim (PizzaQ!)

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The Vleeptron Commission for Regret & Shame (VC4R&S), and moNGO, nominate the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Big Cash Awards. 

We understand why usually the awards go deservedly to OHCR. But it does clarify our priorities. The situation of the Dispossessed demands its rank more loudly and shriekingly than the vanishing of huge swaths of Human Rights. 

Also they got lots more Dispossessed singing for Top Slot of attention and resources than the odd 40 or 50 forest executions per month, what's that, 540 snuffed whacked humans per year? The Dispossessed are 

(a.) still alive at last census and 

(b.) number in the millions, maybe tens of millions

But I hope these UNHCHR Quesos Grandes

12Filippo Grandi  Italy 2016–present
11 António Guterres  Portugal 2005–2015
10 Wendy Chamberlin  United States Feb–Jun/2005 (ad interim)

get some methode Champagnoise and a big fancy party with super hors d'oeuvres and a bag of cash and a Gold Medal. I think Al Gore got to dance with Official Royal Hostess Uma Thurman. Not long afterwards, Al & Tipper divorced. Next new planet we catch in the Vleeptron system we gonna name Planet Umathurman. Her Dad was Prof. of Oriental/Eastern/Asian Religion & Philosophy @ my nearby Amherst College.

PizzaQ! Whom did/does Uma call Uncle Tim? Gourmet Pizza, U Choose toppings.

Of course the nuance here is that the Human Right at risk is The Right To Live -- a human right I value very highly, maybe it's Mio Numero Uno.

Ceaușescu and Elena C. ("The Great Scientist") had a 10-minute private trial and then out to the courtyard for a pistol bullet in both skulls.

So I guess they have chosen this vague ambiguity about the specific Human Right they protect or monitor -- I like Free Speech, but I'll shut up considerably if it's the cost of Numero Uno and a $0.19 firearm round.

They are protecting or advocating for The Right To Keep Living. I think that would clear up some unintended ambiguity.

United Nations High Commissioner 
for Staying Alive

I nominate that. But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

What a classy job. I want that job. If we're ever in NYC together, I'll buy him/her/it lunch (is the Oyster Bar still running?) or silicon lubricant at a joint of his/her/its choice. The entity's got to eat lunch.


global newswire 

Thursday 14 July 2016 5:20am EDT

Blind eye turned to arbitrary killings in Ukraine conflict: OHCHR

A dangerous culture of impunity flourishes in Ukraine where arbitrary killings by Ukrainian forces or separatist groups are rarely prosecuted, a United Nations human rights report said on Thursday.

Over 9400 civilians, government soldiers and Russian-backed rebel fighters have been killed in Ukraine since a 2013-2014 pro-European uprising in Kiev sparked a separatist conflict in eastern regions of the country.

The U.N. report, the first of its kind since the start of the fighting, focuses on alleged summary executions and arbitrary killings in the conflict zone carried out while no armed hostilities were taking place in the immediate vicinity.

It highlights the danger posed by the lack of accountability for unlawful killing as fighting rumbles on in the war-torn east despite a ceasefire declared nearly 18 months ago.

"There has been no accountability for the vast majority of alleged summary executions and killings committed in the conflict zone," said the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

"Impunity for killings remains rampant, encouraging their perpetuation and undermining prospects for justice," it said.

It reported incidents of alleged arbitrary killings both by pro-Russian separatist groups and by Ukrainian troops, law enforcement officers and volunteer battalions in the conflict zone.

Some perpetrators have been brought to justice, OHCHR said, but investigations and prosecutions are often drawn out or stalled entirely.

"OHCHR has observed an apparent lack of motivation to investigate in some cases ... especially when it concerns acts allegedly committed by Ukrainian forces. Cover-up and political bias are not uncommon," it said.

In rebel-controlled territory, investigations appeared to be selective and did not guarantee fair trial, the report said.

In an annexe to the report it said was far from exhaustive, OHCHR listed 60 cases it has verified from January 2014 to May 2016. These included the alleged killing of surrendered soldiers or fighters, the torture and violent deaths of individuals in captivity and the alleged execution of 58 people.

"Relatives of victims are often the ones urging authorities to initiate an investigation. In some cases law enforcement officials only register the case ... and barely carry out any investigative actions on various pretexts," the report said.

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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12 July 2016

PizzaQ! What's This? Or These? / Revised PizzaQ Honor Code (filched from Little League besbol league) / Everybody DL free Pokemon Go Smart Phone App & start playing Right Now! / Self-Driving Tesla WHEEEEEE!

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Now Amy,Vleeptron Dude would like to see some new hands this time.

(But if nobody else raises his/her/its hand in 72 hours, sure, jump in. Typically that's the only way the Ministry of Pizza can hand out the Pizza for Things [a science term] like this.)

Mike got the Pizza for guessing I wanted the screwy loopy new Spaghetti Fusion Reactor for my birthday. 

Will you homeschool the kids? Mike was also the only sentient on the Web to decode the Intercept from Planet Yobbo what I snatched on my Heathkit RT-44 Radiotelescope I soldered together in my backyard.

(Giggle all you want, but a
Founding Giant of Radioastronomy got our first radio "listen" to the galaxy & universe with the homemade radiotelescope he built in his mom's suburban Chicago backyard.) 

Those kids are Wallowing in Smart. If you want Kindersmart, the buzz is that playing Mozart all the time now is the Fast Track to Brainiac City and an academic Full Ride at the child's preferred Brainiac U.

So ... for 1 large Square Pizza with Funghi, Shallots & Extra Fromaggio ...

What's this? Or What are These?

Be specific. Show your work. Cite sources.

No hints yet ... except 1 Secret Hint you just read.


Vleeptron PizzaQ 
Revised Honor System 

No cheating, No e-mailing Klaas van Rotterdam, No New-Age Leading Edge Google Cheats. 

The Ministry of Pizza has had enough of Cheaters, and is adopting the Motto of the Little League, a worldwide baseball league for Youth Boys (and now I think Youth Girls) (except the Winning LL Pitcher from the Caribbean a few years ago, who turned out to be 22 years old, they finally checked his teeth and beard stubble):

Every Little League youth besbol player now wears a patch on his/her uniform shoulder:


and that's the new motto of the Vleeptron Ministry of Pizza. Cheaters beware! (and that means you, Rosey Ruiz.) 

If you're playing the mega-popular free Pokemon Go app on your Smart Phone, and Pokemon tells you that The Next Sparkly Pretty Colorful Treasure awaits you at 03:17 Local Time down a dark alley in Alphabet City ...

Well, your thrilling Quest will end with you getting the crap kicked out of you by colorful Oriental magic elves with brass knuckles and shivs, and the loss of your Smart Phone, wallet, credit cards & housekeys. Don't say Vleeptron Dude didn't warn you. 

(If you're conscious when they put you in the Fleischwagen, ask for NYU Belleview -- certainly one of the most thrilling hospitals on Earth, and medically Top-Drawer. Whatever you got, their ER's seen it before.) 

UPDATE: Arlington National Cemetery -- for US war heroes -- and the Washington DC Holocaust Museum have banned visitors from playing Pokemon Go as inappropriate.


In related AI news, stream the Roman Polanski movie "The Ghost Writer." Then immediately rip your GPS Thing [a science term] out of your car. 

Are you paying attention to Our AI Friends? Are you playing Jengah while you Don't Drive your new Tesla?

09 July 2016

Tierra de los Sueños reissue: Passenger Trains

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03 July 2016

Burned on the Fourth of July! / damn the evil Commies who shut down Macau firecracker industry! / ka-BOOM! / poppitypoppitypop!

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Tomorrow marks the 241st anniversary of The Shot Heard Round The World -- the eruption of firearms violence that quickly blossomed into the American Revolutionary War (which We Won, so we don't sing God Save the King/Queen anymore, as Canadians still do at hockey games).

Nobody knows who fired the shot, which British soldier or which Massachusetts militia Minute Man. Nobody's even sure where the shot was fired, the Lexington Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce says it was in Lexington, the nearby Concord Chamber of Commerce says it was in Concord.

But for the next 8 years, a vast swath of North America mostly east of the Appalachian Mountains was filled with little and big gunpowder explosions, so ever since We Won, we celebrate the start of the Revolution with little and big gunpowder explosions. The neighbors have already begun frightening the shit out of our cats, and this will continue, night and day, until they run out of the cheap fireworks they bought in the neighboring state of New Hampshire.

All non-homemade fireworks used to be manufactured in the Portuguese colony of Macau. But the colonial lease finally expired, the Peoples Repubic of China took back Macau, and immediately ended the ancient and beautiful Gunpowder Cheap Firecracker & Whiz Rockets Industry. Now Macau has shifted to a more beautiful, honorable and sustainable industry, big gambling casinos.

The beautiful labels of Macau firecrackers are now valuable collectibles. They are Chinese artists' dreams of worlds they had never seen -- America mainly. But also dreams of China in Lunar New Year Festival time. Dreams of topless Mermaids. Dreams of Chicago gangsters and great Baseball Players. Dreams of Winged Giant Gorillas.

China invented gunpowder. All little boys, many little girls, and many adult drunken men and women thank China for this wonderful gift. Yesterday in New York City's Central Park, a male tourist from Virginia seems to have blown off one of his legs with a homemade gunpowder device. More typical hobbyists are missing one or two fingers. All over the USA this is an exciting week in hospital Emergency Rooms.

The Maltese Bippy goes Rasta / the stuff that dreams are made of / I want my THC / Welcome to uhhh Costa Rica, no, I mean Domini -- okay, Welcome to Jamaica

Cannabis kiosks planned for Jamaica airports

Jamaica considering installing cannabis kiosks at airports, in an attempt to boost government revenue

Saturday 2 July 2016, 10:28am
Jamaica is contemplating installing cannabis kiosks at airports and seaports, allowing tourists to get high as soon as they clear customs.

“The thought is that if you are coming out of the airport, there is a kiosk you can go to. So basically whoever is coming out of immigration can go to that desk and register and get that clearance,” Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne told the Jamaican publication The Gleaner.

The kiosks will also have trained medical personnel on site, who will be responsible for issuing permits to visitors to Jamaica, which would allow them to buy cannabis.

“It would primarily be for people who have a prescription and, in effect, you’re doing it for medicinal purposes with a permit from the Ministry of Health,” Lightbourne said. “If they don’t have a prescription, then they can do what we call ‘self-declare’, and this will allow them to have the two ounces while they are here.”

The CLA believes that making cannabis more accessible could boost government revenues, and have cited the financial success that certain areas of North America have had from legalising cannabis.

“In Colorado last year, even though it is recreational and medicinal, they sold about $1 billion worth of marijuana and collected $135 million in taxes for the state alone with a population of five million plus,” CLA member Delano Seiveright said.  

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