Is It in My Head?

Oct 16

“Big was powerful because he had a lot of money and he seemed to have the upper hand in the relationship, but emotionally he was a wreck.

Actually, no: he was what he was. One of the things I tell people is that he never tried to pretend he was anything other than what he was. It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn’t. He was always honest about himself — he never cheated on her. The relationship just didn’t work, and he went on to get married while she went on to … how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore! [laughs] There’s a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that’s not the case — she was a strong, smart woman.” —

Sex and the City’s Mr Big, Chris Noth, tells all about his iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest

Oct 14


This is another way of saying that Paul Ryan is a nut. His ideological fantasies prevent him from accepting even basic scientific facts. He is, to be sure, a lucid nut, rather than a raving nut who accosts passersby on street corners. Ryan has spent his life imbibing the tenants of right-wing-movement thought, and he can apply the concepts he has learned to nearly any topic. 

 (via Paul Ryan: Yes, I Am a Nut — NYMag)

This is another way of saying that Paul Ryan is a nut. His ideological fantasies prevent him from accepting even basic scientific facts. He is, to be sure, a lucid nut, rather than a raving nut who accosts passersby on street corners. Ryan has spent his life imbibing the tenants of right-wing-movement thought, and he can apply the concepts he has learned to nearly any topic.


(via Paul Ryan: Yes, I Am a Nut — NYMag)

“"We hear from people all the time who say they only needed to run the AC two weeks out of the year," Cooper said. "Now they’re running it for several months."

San Diego’s warm spell started long before summer. The city hit the 90s twice in late April, and every month since October 2013 has been warmer than normal.

All those new air conditioners and all the old ones running more often are pushing San Diego Gas & Electric, the utility that supplies energy to the region. On consecutive days in September, when San Diego topped 90 degrees and outlying areas went well over 100, SDG&E set records for peak load, or energy use. No areas lost power, but in previous times of high energy use, the California Independent System Operator, which controls the bulk of the state’s power grid, resorted to rolling blackouts to keep the system running.

If coastal weather patterns are shifting, it will have an obvious impact on energy providers. Steve Vanderburg, a meteorologist with SDG&E, said he and other meteorologists with the company and other utilities have been asked to study the impacts of climate change on the companies.” — California Heat Delivers a Costly Blow to Coastal San Diego | InsideClimate News

Oct 13

Lennie James' Morgan, last seen in season three’s critically praised “Clear” episode, was revealed to have been in nearly full riot gear and wandering in the woods. Seemingly on his way to Terminus, he alters his course after spotting the “Sanctuary for All” sign that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) changed to read “No Sanctuary” and now appears to be hot on the trail of the supersized group of survivors.
"People want to follow that character; I want to follow that character,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who wrote both “Clear” and the season five opener, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a Morgan story to tell. It’s the beginning of something, but I’m not going to say what it is, or how involved it is.”
Sunday’s episode marks Morgan’s third appearance on the zombie drama based on the comics created by Robert Kirkman, after “Clear" and the series debut. Morgan was last seen hiding out in a booby-trapped community where he had isolated himself from the world after the death of his son, Duane. Though safe, his mental state had almost made him a danger to himself.
 (via 'Walking Dead': Morgan Returns - Hollywood Reporter)

Lennie James' Morgan, last seen in season three’s critically praised “Clear” episode, was revealed to have been in nearly full riot gear and wandering in the woods. Seemingly on his way to Terminus, he alters his course after spotting the “Sanctuary for All” sign that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) changed to read “No Sanctuary” and now appears to be hot on the trail of the supersized group of survivors.

"People want to follow that character; I want to follow that character,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who wrote both “Clear” and the season five opener, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a Morgan story to tell. It’s the beginning of something, but I’m not going to say what it is, or how involved it is.”

Sunday’s episode marks Morgan’s third appearance on the zombie drama based on the comics created by Robert Kirkman, after “Clear" and the series debut. Morgan was last seen hiding out in a booby-trapped community where he had isolated himself from the world after the death of his son, Duane. Though safe, his mental state had almost made him a danger to himself.


(via 'Walking Dead': Morgan Returns - Hollywood Reporter)

Oct 11

San Diego Pays $225K to Teen Mom Who Lost Custody of Newborn -

The City of San Diego will pay $225,000 to settle a civil suit filed by a teen mom who lost parental rights to her daughter just days after the child’s birth.

Johnneisha Kemper says San Diego Police officers took her baby away in 2008, just days after she gave birth at the age of 16, claiming she was unfit to raise the newborn.

Now, the city of San Diego has approved a settlement in the civil rights lawsuit filed alleging the SDPD took the child without threat or warrant.

“The system did fail her in every way that she could have been failed,” her attorney Shawn McMillan (said).

Kemper’s experience as a powerless black mother, losing her child to a racist system reminds me of what Lesley McSpadden went through losing her son, Micheal Brown, Jr. Crushing barely explains the institutional racism that suppresses a poor child of color’s pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness.

Shame on us all for letting this happen.

Journalists Upset NBC Offered "Meet the Press" To Stewart -

But a lot of journalists weren’t pleased with the story. Mostly because, as Stewart freely admits, he’s not a journalist — he’s a comedian.

Leave it to people in an industry in an area blanketed by affluence to generated a solipsistic defense of their institutions.

Sunday morning news programs don’t cover stories that matter to people outside of The Beltway.

This editorial conduct only adds fuel to the fire that Sunday Morning News programming is intended to set agendas and norms, informing viewers is a secondary concern. It’s hard to have any sympathy for broadcast journalists whose toes got stepped on when network executives considered passing them over for a comedian.

Oct 09

Studies flooded into the academic journals all summer long, with new findings about the effects of neonicotinoids, or neonics. They’re the most common class of insecticide in the world, used on crops all over the planet. And those studies raised alarming questions about the impact of neonicotinoids on both the birds and the bees.
neonics might be indirectly harming some birds by killing or suppressing their main food source: aquatic insects, such as midges and caddisflies, that live and breed in the water of the many small potholes on the Prairies
 studies on bumblebees have shown that even tiny amounts of neonics in plant pollen and nectar can seriously impair a bee’s ability to forage
 (via The Birds, and The Bees - and the Pesticides | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio)

Studies flooded into the academic journals all summer long, with new findings about the effects of neonicotinoids, or neonics. They’re the most common class of insecticide in the world, used on crops all over the planet. And those studies raised alarming questions about the impact of neonicotinoids on both the birds and the bees.

(via The Birds, and The Bees - and the Pesticides | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio)

Oct 08

The border bombshell that's completely wrong -

There’s just one problem: Duncan Hunter appears to have made up his claim out of whole cloth.

If U.S. Border Patrol officials had actually caught 10 Islamic State militants at our border, it would be an extremely important national development. But the reason “there’s nobody talking about it” is that this never actually happened in reality.

Danny Vinik reached out to a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, who said on the record, “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Which raises the question of whether one congressman – and only one congressman – has secret knowledge about bizarre circumstances that no one else can verify, or whether that congressman made stuff up during a Fox News interview.

Vice President Biden is forced to apologize when he says things that are true, while Republican members of Congress don’t have to apologize, ever, when they say things are demonstrably ridiculous.

Slacker Radio: No option to save to SDCard saves on royalty payments -

Needs tne option to save to SDcard to save storage space on the device hard drive. I have contacted Slacker months ago about this and they still haven’t added the feature.

- 16 Aug 2014 

I was thinking about this in Potrero

and Campo

again today. Those are two places where my car didn’t have radio reception on a drive I took in August, let alone 4G service from T-Mobile.

It’s one thing for a cell service company to overstate their coverage as T-Mobile has - after all, these companies have scant consumer protection agencies watching them. Further, you can’t use what you think are regular means to resolve disputes you have with them if you have a problem. On the other hand, you’d think that a feature in an app might work or be repaired to work that you pay $10 a month for. You’d be wrong about that, too.

People buy micro SD cards for their cellphones to make room for the junk (ahem, Amazon) that their service provider or manufacture forces on them that goes in to internal memory. We use the external card for make up for what the service provider doesn’t give - like 4G service in San Diego’s back country or along Interstate 15 from Barstow to Las Vegas. Slacker has greater concerns, like dodging royalty payments.

If a user can download enough music to listen to for a drive across the desserts of the Western USA where cell service is scant, Slacker would have to pay a great deal in royalties. That’s why they don’t fix the bug in their code that won’t allow most users to save music to external storage. It’s also why tech support jacks up and glazes over users who request it.

Last week, when I started the app, it asked me about my satisfaction. I replied with the same complaint that I had on 23 July, the same topic that this blog is about. I was told that they will pass the request on. I have no confidence that Slacker will act on my request ever. I will have to make a plan to find another service as a consequence.

League of the South Forming Paramilitary Unit Called the ‘Indomitables’ -

After years of rhetoric threatening violence, the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) is training a uniformed, paramilitary unit tasked with advancing a second southern secession by any means necessary, Hatewatch has learned.

According to anonymous sources from within the LOS, as well as leaked internal communications, the LOS secret unit has been dubbed “The Indomitables”and appears to be stacked with white supremacists, former Klan members and neo-Nazis.

Michael Hill, in a note offered to encourage his Indomitables, said, “We desire that our women and children be warm and snug while the world outside rages. And as our due for that we must face the world.”


The formation of the Indomitables comes after years of escalating and violent rhetoric from the League, as well as a search for more ideologically extreme white nationalists to enliven their membership –– a pattern that has been ongoing since 2007, when the LOS national conference was titled “Southern Secession: Antidote to Empire and Tyranny.” Just this week, for example, blogger Spelunker published a detailed profile of LOS member Abe Monroe, who attended a rally with LOSers last November and who just posted to Facebook pictures of the words “White Power”in block letters tattooed with a swastika across his back. While Monroe is a minor player, he is representative of that new type of southern nationalist the League now seeks.

That is especially true if one takes to heart Hill’s own words, which show an increasing extremism. In an essay published last month on the LOS website, Hill argued that the Second Amendment extends to “weapons systems,” touted guerrilla warfare applications and listed “primary targets”as the fight for a second secession continues.

“The primary targets will not be enemy soldiers; instead, they will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite without whom the engines of tyranny don’t run,”Hill wrote. He concluded the essay by quoting Psalms: “Blessed be the Lord my strength who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight.”