Friday, December 15, 2017

You Don't Say

A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.
California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.
And yes, she also represented Moore's "victims."

Interstellar

When I saw it,  I was impressed how good the science was.   I am watching a documentary about Interstellar's science,  and I was surprised to find out Prof. Kip Thorne was the executive producer.   He teaches at CalTech.  When I was in high school,  I attended a lecture by him about black holes.

Not Sure What Happened to the Rest of the World. ..

I hope it did not hurt too much.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I Would Never Write This As Fiction; too Unbelievable

12/13/17 The College Fix:
About one percent of campus is available for student expression, but they must get permission from Martha Spack, director of student development and leadership. The speech zones are available for use between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anywhere else on campus, students must get permission 72 hours in advance from Spack, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs William Stripling or his designee, according to the suit. The policy “outlines different areas for speech and literature” – in some places, students can hand out literature but not verbally engage passers-by.
The suit says Hoggard and “another individual” set up a table at the edge of a student union building hallway Oct. 11. They told passing students about “their First Amendment rights” and asked them to support the club’s pursuit of official university recognition.
An administrator and campus police officer told them they were violating the “Freedom of Expression Policy” and couldn’t talk to students outside the designated speech zones. They would told they would be punished and potentially arrested if they didn’t stop immediately, according to the suit.
I am reminded of when the Sandinista government of Nicaragua started censoring newspapers for reporting that they were being censored.  But public institutions today are increasingly Sandinista in temperament.  I keep hoping Republican legislatures will notice and take action.

How to Tell the Left is in a Bubble

12/13/17 Lifezette:
MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan complained Wednesday about how “unfortunate” it is that the Republican Party’s ability to craft its tax reform bill with a congressional majority resulted from “how you voted in an election.”
When did those evil Republicans sneak this majority will dangerous idea into our system of government?

Democrat Civil War at the Dinner Table

12/14/17 Chicago Tribune reports on ways to ruin your suburban self-congratulating liberal Christmas gathering:
There’s probably plenty of heated political discourse to keep you and yours warm this holiday season.
If you need a strategy for dealing with these dinner table disputes, Make Yourself Useful’s second Anti-Racist Holiday Preparedness Party might be your ticket. Spearheaded by a handful of members from the activist collective, the party-cum-workshop will offer “tips for interrupting racism” and role-playing exercises to help folks hold productive discussions with their families.
“The holidays are already charged with a lot of things, but, until recently, straight, white, liberal circles have practiced avoidance. The holidays have been about finding something you can enjoy with your family,” says co-organizer Lynnea Domienik.
This might be one way to get the "Be the Resistance" bumper stickers off the Mercedes, BMWs, and Porsches.

One of You Must Have Experience With the Sorna Image Viewer

My neurologist wanted me to get my previous MRIs from St. Alphonsus.  Faster and more certain than asking for them to be sent, I guess.  So I have them, and there is a diff function for comparing two different scans.  Unfortunately I have more than one: the big one in 2014 that disabled me, and two little ones in 2015 that hurt like hell.  There is a cheat that came with the CD, but I cannot figure out what magic incantation takes me to that layer.  Nor is their website very useful.  I really want to look inside my brain, and this is less messy than using the chopsaw.

Their support group answered.  Here is one slice showing the minor 2015 strokes.  Fortunately in the frontal lobe which can afford some losses on me:

First one is 2014; second is 2015.  That's AX Diffusion.

There are not many slices.  If you want to see the rest of my brain, tell me.