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11 February 2017

2 commemoratives / top by old army pal who lives in USA state shaped like palm of right mitten / diphthong v ligature

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I always thought combined letters like ae and oe were diphthongs. For the 2nd time in the current millennnium, I was wrong. These squished-together vowel pairs are called ligatures.

PizzaQ! What do they call their act? (5 slices endives + shallots)

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09 February 2017

V2.0 / Lamestream Media ignores massacres by Muslims in America / zero Christians & Swedenborgians killed

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New England Public Radio
Friday 3 February 2017

Lamestream Media ignores 
horrible terrorist massacre 
in Bowling Green, Kentucky 

by Bill Chappell

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, is under fire after making the false claim that Bowling Green, Kentucky, was the scene of a massacre carried out by Iraqis. Conway made the claim in an MSNBC interview that aired Thursday night, in which she argued in favor of President Trump's immigration and refugee ban.

historical marker by Roy Clendaniel, Abingdon, Maryland USA
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In trying to make her case, Conway also accused the media of not covering a massacre on U.S. soil that was perpetrated by terrorists posing as refugees. Friday morning, Conway suggested in a tweet that the claim had been an honest mistake.

The city of Bowling Green says it appreciates the clarification, with Mayor Bruce Wilkeson stating, "I understand during a live interview how one can misspeak."

In the interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Conway defended Trump's order to freeze the flow of travelers and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. The travel ban, Conway said, is "narrowly proscribed, and also temporary," and is aimed at making America safer.

The senior member of Trump's staff, who is credited with introducing the concept of "alternative facts" to America's discourse, then said:

"I bet, there was very little coverage -- I bet it's brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized -- and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. I mean, most people don't know that because it didn't get covered."

In this case, as a growing number of people are pointing out, most people don't know that purported "new information" because it describes something that did not transpire.

======================================Natasha Rothwell Verified Twitter account

Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass'
silence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre.
Jim Osborne ?@ozzy4873 Feb 2

I was a student at BGSU when the Bowling Green 

Massacre didn't happen.
I'll never be able to not forget what I didn't see that day.


Conway's claim is being ridiculed on Twitter and elsewhere, with fake tributes emerging to honor the nonexistent tragic event. Some of them invoke the hashtag #JeSuisBowlingGreen, playing off of expressions of empathy over actual terrorist attacks that transpired in recent history.

The remarks also briefly set off confusion over whether Conway was referring to Bowling Green, Kentucky (home of Western Kentucky University) or Bowling Green, Ohio (home of Bowling Green State University), some 400 miles away.

Friday morning, the White House adviser tweeted that she was referring to the town in Kentucky, along with a link to an article about Iraqis arrested on terrorism charges in 2011.
Trump's Immigration Freeze Omits Those Linked To Deadly Attacks In U.S.

We'll note that no Iraqi has carried out a deadly attack in the U.S. since the U.S.-led invasion of their country in 2003, though many Iraqis were involved in the insurgency that killed American troops. And as NPR's Greg Myre has reported, Trump's list of nations whose citizens are barred from entering the U.S. "doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001."

As criticism poured forth Friday morning, Conway said in a tweet, "Honest mistakes abound."

That statement highlights a dilemma in today's America: When public officials become known for promoting inaccuracies -- and fake news is blamed for misinforming people -- the task of distinguishing honest mistakes from calculated misstatements becomes more complex.

This morning, Conway also complained that an NBC reporter had contacted her about a separate story -- but hadn't asked her to clarify her remarks about Bowling Green.

"Not cool, not journalism," she wrote. In another tweet that soon followed, she wrote, "Honest mistakes abound."

Setting aside Conway's claim of a massacre, the more widely accepted version of a known refugee-related national security event in Kentucky goes something like this: Two Iraqi men who entered the U.S. as refugees and lived in Bowling Green were arrested in 2011 and charged with supporting a terrorist group.

Despite acquiring Stinger missiles, guns and explosives that they believed to be real, neither Waad Alwan nor Mohanad Hammadi planned an attack in Kentucky; instead, they tried to send the weapons and money to al-Qaida in Iraq. And rather than being radicalized in the U.S., both men admitted to being involved in IED attacks on U.S. vehicles in Iraq.

At the time, national security experts said the case revealed "an alarming gap in the screening process" for refugees, as NPR's Carrie Johnson reported.

"U.S. Homeland Security officials say the Alwan case exposed gaps in the screening process at the start of the Obama administration," Johnson reported in 2011 (when they were arrested, both men had been in the U.S. for around two years). "Nowadays, they say, applicants undergo a lot more scrutiny, and their names are run through more terrorist watch lists and other intelligence databases."

In 2013, Alwan and Hammadi were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences -- a life term for Hammadi and a 40-year term for Alwan.

"Both defendants were closely monitored by federal law enforcement authorities in the months leading up to their arrests," the Justice Department said. "Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States."

As for Conway's claim that President Obama declared "a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program," a look at the events of 2011 shows that after the terrorism arrests, the administration slowed down but did not halt the process.

The White House was criticized that summer for what The New Yorker called an "excruciatingly slow" process of approving Iraqis' visas. At the end of the year, the State Department said it had admitted more than 9,300 Iraqis -- half the number of the previous year. Part of that slowdown was blamed on tighter security screenings that began at the start of 2011.

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04 February 2017

das Dekapitatal

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der Spiegel = the Mirror

In Reuters news article:

The artist who designed the cover, Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban who came to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee, told The Washington Post: "It's a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol."

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


Ciudad Vleeptron Alternative Facts & Fake News / a publication of Agence-Vleeptron Presse Media Group

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27 January 2017

新年快樂 / Year of Fire Rooster begins today!

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Asian Lunar New Year 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster. It begins on Friday 23 January. A transliteration of the traditional greeting: Gong Hee Fot Choy!

Postalö Vleeptron / 1st Day Issue: TRUMP / "America Needs This Clown" / 45 pepes

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22 January 2017

a new world of Alternative Facts / a new administration of Pants On Fire

Bloomberg News Service

(U.S. wire)

Trump Aide Says Press Secretary Used ‘Alternative Facts’

  • Spicer falsely claims largest-ever inauguration audience
  • Photographs, data from subway contradict Trump claims
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer makes a statement to members of the media at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Jan. 21, 2017.
Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images
A top adviser to President Donald Trump said Sunday that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, had offered “alternative facts” in a statement the day before from the White House briefing room in which he contested reports on the size of Trump’s inauguration audience.

“Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Her remark drew a riposte from the program’s host, Chuck Todd. “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”

Conway’s characterization of Spicer’s statement exacerbated a growing rift between Trump’s White House and the news organizations that cover it, less than two days into his administration. On Saturday, his first full day in office, Trump and Spicer both made easily disproved claims, adding fuel to his opponents’ charges that the president is a habitual liar.

CIA Speech

During a speech at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Trump accused the media -- whom he termed “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth” -- of inventing a “feud” between him and the U.S. intelligence community. In fact, Trump has fought a running public battle with intelligence community leaders for months over their conclusion that the Russian government intervened in the presidential campaign, going so far as to suggest that the CIA was the source of leaks against him.

“One last shot at me,” Trump said about the intelligence community 11 Janunary on Twitter, where he has over 21,000,000 followers. “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

In the same appearance at the Central Intelligence Agency, Trump mused that “a million or a million and a half” people had attended his inauguration.

There is no official crowd count for the event, but photographs from the same vantage point at about the same time of day clearly show that attendance was significantly less than at Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, when city officials said that 1.8 million people gathered on the National Mall. The Washington subway system said that it had fewer riders by 11 a.m. Friday than at the same time on the day of Obama’s second, smaller inauguration in 2013.

Photographs and data from the subway system, Metro, also indicate that Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, a protest against Trump, outdrew the inauguration. Over 1 million people rode Metro on Saturday, transit authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld said in a letter to employees. It was the second-busiest day in the system’s history, after Obama’s 2009 inauguration, he said. Total ridership on Friday was 570,557, which would not rank among the system’s highest ridership days.

Spicer Statement

Late in the afternoon on Saturday, Spicer took to the podium in the White House briefing room for the first time to say that Trump’s inauguration audience was the largest ever “both in person and around the globe.”

Using misleading subway ridership numbers, Spicer claimed that more people rode Metro on the day of Trump’s inauguration than during Obama’s second inauguration. Spicer compared ridership numbers at 11 a.m. for Obama’s 2013 inauguration with full-day numbers for Trump’s event, which would include many more people on return trips.

Full-day ridership for Obama’s first inauguration was a record 1.5 million. Metro ridership on an average weekday in 2016 was about 639,000.

Television coverage of Trump’s inauguration reached an average of 30.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media figures reported Saturday by The Hollywood Reporter. By comparison, almost 38 million people watched Obama’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009, and 41.8 million viewers for Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural, according to data reported by Nielsen. The ratings for Trump don’t account for the increase in alternative methods of watching, such as streaming on mobile devices. Spicer took no questions from reporters on Saturday and didn’t specify how many people the White House believes attended the inauguration.

“This is called a statement you’re told to make by the president,” former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said on Twitter after Spicer’s remarks. “And you know the president is watching.”

After Conway’s remarks, Merriam-Webster weighed in on Twitter, posting a definition of the word “fact” and a link to its website. “Lookups for ‘fact’ spiked after Kellyanne Conway described false statements as ‘alternative facts’,” the dictionary publisher said. 

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that media coverage indicating higher turnout at the Women’s March in Washington and at previous inaugurations compare to Trump’s inauguration amounted to attacks on the president’s political legitimacy.

“There’s an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re going to fight back tooth and nail every day, and twice on Sunday.”

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07 December 2016

cheesy cardboard anaglyph 3D glasses / "Nothing bad ever happens in Claymation." -- A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas / RealD / Puff the Magic Dragon / Molly Ringwald extincts 3D movies



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Okay, if you are Real Old (like me) you used to go to the movie theater to see these old-format 3D (almost all horror) movies, and when you bought your ticket they'd give you a pair of cardboard cheesy 3D glasses.

They have a fancy technical name: anaglyph glasses, with a red cellophane or plastic lens over your left eye, and a blue (technically cyan) lens over your right eye. Your anaglyph glasses "decoded" red and blue images on the movie screen or in a comic book image for your brain, and thus appeared to let you see the color-prepared 2D image in what fairly successfully seemed like a 3D image.

This complex rotating thingamabob (a mathematical term) is real pretty just as it is, but if you get yourself a pair of anaglyph glasses, your brain will be fooled into seeing an extra dimension to this thingamabob.

The thingamabob, in n or, with your cheesy cardboard anaglyph glasses, (n+1) dimensions, is a production of the wonderful (and FREE!) Knotplot software.

VAMRI (Vleeptron Advanced Mathematics Research Institute) wishes to point out that "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone," (1983) starring young Molly Ringwald, seems to have been the movie that killed old-style anaglyph 3D. No studio released a 3D movie for decades after that. In the plot, a horrible ancient ugly cyborg monster had a way to live forever by sucking the Youth Essence out of feisty minors like Molly. Totally disgusting, in a way to delight Saturday kiddies matinee audiences.

Hitchcock's "Dial M For Murder" (1954) was shot in anaglyph 3D, but by the time it was released, the 3D fad was over, so it was just released as an ordinary 2D color film. But that's why "Dial M" is filled with screwy weirdly-skewed outsized camera shots (e.g. giant scissors) seemingly flying directly at your eyeballs.

New Format 3D -- the 3D effect in RealD is far superior to old anaglyph 3D, and in its first few years it was clear that a RealD movie draws in twice the audience as the same flick without RealD -- has tickled the crap out of Cahiers du Vleeptron

We first saw and loved "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a RealD project starring and produced by Brendan Fraser. Swear to god there were scores of pretty blue birds flying out of the screen all over the theater.

But to date, the most wonderful achievement of the new RealD technology is "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" (2011), which S.W.M.B.O. grudgingly agreed to see with me at the Multiplex Cine-Odeon 14, but only while wearing a paper bag with eyeholes over her head. (It's the Christmas season, so watch for limited theater showings, maybe midnight cult showings, and GO SEE IT.)

RealD bought an earlier pioneer in 3D movie technology, StereoGraphics, founded by Lenny Lipton, who wrote the lyrics for "Puff the Magic Dragon." 

04 December 2016

First Day Issue: BjörkGuðmundsdóttirPost / computer-printer wi-fi test scrawl by S.W.M.B.O.

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First Day Issue: BjörkGuðmundsdóttirÞost
computer-printer wi-fi test scrawl by S.W.M.B.O.

BjörkGuðmundsdóttir is the most recently discovered planet in the Vleeptron system in Galaxy Dwingeloo-2. 

BjörkGuðmundsdóttirÞost is its postal issuing authority. Stamps and postal material from BjörkGuðmundsdóttir are very rare.

Everything -- shops, trademarks, brands, etc. -- is called 66 because Iceland lies at 66° North Latitude. (The Arctic Circle wobbles a bit, and was 66°33′46.5″ as of 5 December 2016.)

All Iceland's coins have a fish on them, because the King of Iceland is a fish. 

02 December 2016

Vleeptron wishes Earth, Hoon, Mollyringwald, Yobbo & BjörkGuðmundsdóttir High Holy Days & Merry Christmas / J******* x E*** x H*** want to skolemize all the evars / parse this early draft of "Lucky's Speech" from "Waiting for Some Guy" / Greeks don't say "It's all Greek to me" that would make no sense / ipse dixit

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Leave A Comment.  No Belize real estate or viagra ads pls. No Anonymous Driveby Comments. Show some credible kind of i.d. or link to an authentic living carbon-based sentient.

Gibberish and surrealism, Pataphysics/Pataphysique, Anagrams Puns & Ciphers (with or without fabulous treasure upon solution) welcome. Stop making sense. Wear a big suit.

But 4 slices mozzerella endives & shallots if your Comment

* treats this as a Real Meme in Our World and

* pretty accurately describes what J******* & E*** & H*** are  rapping about. There's no quiz on this stuff tomorrow morning, just pizza for the deserving.

HINT: Sentients what talk like this all the time like to convene in beachfront resorts in Cyprus (Larnaca and Limasol) during MY brutal New England winter. I see a seminar by around February. I see tall iced drinks with little parasols poolside.


Thanks for your help, J*******.

Is there any way to search a term to find all the evars in it, so I can skolemize all of them? I would like to do something like this, where R is a typeclass that only has an instance for non-dependent function types:

Ltac prove_R :=
  lazymatch goal with
  | |- R (forall x:?A, ?B) => skolemize_all_evars B; apply R_nondep_fun_instance

Thanks again,

> On Dec 2, 2016, at 1:15 PM, J******* L****** wrote:
> On 12/02/2016 03:50 PM, E*** W******** wrote:

>> Thanks for the reply, and for the suggested workaround. I’ll see if I can get something like that to work.
>> The reason this looks like a bug to me, though, is that I think, if I’m not mistaken, that what I am actually trying [to] solve is the problem
>> ?T2 x = ?B
> FYI - You can "skolemize" ?T2 with respect to x in the goal by doing this:
> Goal { T:Type | T=T }.
>  refine (exist _ (forall (x:?[T1]), ?[T2]) _).
>  instantiate (T2:=ltac:(revert x)). (*skolemize ?T2 wrt x*)
>> (Technically, I think Coq writes the left-hand side as something like ?T2@{__:=x}, but it’s the same thing.) This problem has the solution ?T2 = (fun _ => ?B). It falls into the higher-order pattern fragment, since ?T2 is fully applied to distinct bound variables, and I thought Coq would solve this fragment.
> I don't think Coq can solve such fragments.
>> Also, either way, the fact that the unify tactic is not commutative also seems like a bug...
> I think the problems with commutativity of unification with evars is a known issue that H*** has attempted to (and is continuing to attempt to) deal with.
> -- J*******

01 December 2016

How will I know / in thicket ahead / is danger or treasure / when Body my good / bright dog is dead

May Swenson

I got into a polite, respectful e-xchange with a fellow from NYU-Bellevue Med School who's in its program of introducing doctors to dimensions and conditions of human life which are normally or exclusively found not in medicine, but in literature. To my knowledge, this very interesting curriculum is unique in the world of medical education.

Today, instead of structure and function of the spleen, we will discuss "Dubliners," a collection of short stories by James Joyce.

You there in the fifth row -- did you ask "Why? I'm trying to learn to fix spleens."

For an answer, find the NYU-Bellevue office that does this thing, ask them. But I think it traces to the rare belief that, to treat, comprehend and encompass the total human condition, a physician must probe and comprehend the human soul, human passions, things which humans race toward, things they flee from.

But we e-xchanged about This Poem by May Swenson. He'd posted that the poem was about Fear of Death. I objected strenously, and said it's about her perception and fear of failing health and strength, usually from inevitable Growing Old. 

(To be fair to NYU-B guy, my stuff usually or always precedes his stuff. I can stand on a chair and see his stuff from here, if it's a clear day.)

Please Leave A Comment, something youse bums have been lax in doing lately. Vleeptron tallies these numbers and carefuly analyzes all Comments. Vleeptron knows if you're just trying to sell me Viagra.

But one thing NYU-B Guy and I are in perfect agreement about is the power, the greatness of this poem.

(But you don't have to agree. If you think it sucks, Leave A Comment. No Anonymous Driveby Comments Allowed. Show some i.d.)

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by May Swenson (1913 - 1989)

Body my house
my horse my hound
what will I do
when you are fallen

Where will I sleep
How will I ride
What will I hunt

Where can I go
without my mount
all eager and quick
How will I know
in thicket ahead
is danger or treasure
when Body my good
bright dog is dead

How will it be
to lie in the sky
without roof or door
and wind for an eye

With cloud for shift
how will I hide?

from Nature: Poems Old and New
Copyright © 1994 by May Swenson, All rights reserved.