Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Birth Of The Beatles

60 yrs. ago today. Hackwhackers has more.

Less than four yrs. later:

Last Games Of Regular Season Starting Now


Hey, what the hell? Angels at A's game already has one out at 1316?

1546PDT: Angels' season over, swept by the A's in their last series. 2022 record: Won 73, lost 89.

1409PDT: Dodgers to post-season, after splitting a six-game series w/ the Rockies. 2022 record: Won 111, lost 51.

Frontiers In Science

Not my finger, but I fully support the sentiment.
Asked the X-ray tech who radiographed my swollen meathook what radioactive material they use. He got a good laff from that; apparently electrons are fired at a chunk of tungsten, which then emits enough elecromagnetic radiation for the image. No more radioactive substances in radiology.

Why didn't anyone tell me?

Not Dead Yet

Spent almost 13 hrs. away from the bunker, eleven+ in the emergency dep't., including two-&-a-half hrs. receiving an I.V. 

Diagnosis: Cellulitis of hand. No shit. 

Medical advice: Keep hand elevated above heart.

Also: Right ring finger swelled just enough to notice when making a fist, but returned to normal, probably a good sign.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

"Irwindale ... 2:30 In The Afternoon"

Legendary Irwindale Speedway faces demolition to make way for industrial project

Nothing lasts forever.


If it isn't one thing, it's another. Left hand started to itch & swell about 2200 last night, by 1000 today the outer two fingers & most of the left side of the hand & the wrist were swollen to the point none of the usually visible veins & muscles are visible, so it's off to the emergency room. Hope I don't have to stay overnight. 

UPDATE (1115): Now the right-hand ring finger is swelling below the first joint.

Picky Eaters: Eucalyptus Only, Please

Purina does not make Koala Chow®, so the S.F. Zoo gets its own.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Keep It Up, New York

Proud of yourselves, Gothamites? You'll get everything you deserve, & maybe just a little more.
The Washington Post has a very favorable review of Maggie Haberman’s new book, Confidence Man.

“Haberman’s contribution… is much larger than its arresting anecdotes. Later generations of historians will puzzle over Trump’s rise to national power. The best of them will have learned from Haberman’s book that none of it would have been possible but for a social, cultural, political, media and moral breakdown that overtook New York beginning in the 1970s, a fiasco of trusted institutions that, having allowed the Trumpian virus to grow, failed at every step to contain its spread, then profited from, aided and even cheered its devastation.”

Eff the Yankees & Mets too.

When The Well Runs Dry

Tweeted Quote Of The Day: "I'm Done."

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Kill Them All; Gawd Will Know His Own!

Collins Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Lawmaker Murdered

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told the New York Times the country has seen an “erosion of any boundaries” that now enables political violence.

Said Collins: “I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member were killed.”

Insider: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) says her office struggles to keep up with the “astronomical” level of daily threats.

Maybe it should start w/ the brow-furrowing Senator. She's as useless as any of them.
Also: Digby excerpts the NYT article.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!

Second time these dumb fucks have made this mistake.
As previously noted. When can we start using our guns on the cretins? I've had it w/ sharing this planet w/ morons.

P.S.: Why is one of these stories in the "O.C." rubric, & one in "Business"? Are fast, rabid bats part of business? Idjits.

Five Yrs. Later

And it can still happen, anywhere, at any time, & for no apparent reason at all.

Friday, September 30, 2022

End-Of-Month Nostalgia

Steve Appleford / Los Angeles Times:
A profile of rock magazine Creem, which stopped publishing in 1989 but relaunched as a subscription-only quarterly with plans to eventually expand beyond print  —  For J.J. Cramer, the quest to resurrect the notorious rock magazine Creem was a lifetime goal that was always just out of reach.
Used to enjoy CREEM. Ah, literacy.

Death Sound

I Believe, I Believe My Time Ain't Long

Everything's made of shit & we're all dying, but this reporter's really been feeling it lately.
"What would you do if the people you knew were the plastic that melted & the chromium too?"
45 r.p.m. style.

Nervous Yet?

Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
What if We're Already Fighting the Third World War with Russia?  —  Putin's latest provocations once again put Washington in an awful bind.  —  Nuclear blackmail, illegal annexation of territory, hundreds of thousands of Russian men rounded up and sent to the front lines in Ukraine …
Let's see now: WWII started when Imperial Japan helped itself to Manchuria in 1931; at the latest, it started when the Japanese Empire invaded China in 1937, 1939 be damned. WWIII may well be underway as I type.
Doesn't look good.
Keith Gessen / New Yorker:
How the War in Ukraine Might End  —  In recent years, a small group of scholars has focussed on war-termination theory.  They see reason to fear the possible outcomes in Ukraine.  —  Hein Goemans grew up in Amsterdam in the nineteen-sixties and seventies, surrounded by stories and memories of the Second World War.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Oakland School Shooting

This "RESTRICTION SUMMARY" has begun appearing w/ videos on the AP YouTube page, making me apprehenisve about embedding anything. (Note robot transcription.)
RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT KGO; NO ACCESS SAN FRANCISCO MARKET; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS KGO - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT KGO; NO ACCESS SAN FRANCISCO MARKET; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS Oakland, California – 28 September 2022 1. Police officers approach microphone 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Assistant Chief Darren Allison, Oakland Police Department: Just after 12:45 In the afternoon, are Oakland Communications Division received a report of a shooting at a school in the 8200 block and Fontaine. This is the King Estates school that houses four different schools on campus, ranging from middle school to high school. When officers arrived on scene, they responded there along with Alameda County Sheriff's deputies and California highway patrol officers, who all immediately made entry into the school. They began looking for any suspects, any victims, attending the victims, while at the same time escorting students and staff out of harm's way. In all, six adults, individuals 18 and over who have some affiliation with the school, were determined to be suffering from gunshot wounds. They were all transported to local hospitals." ++WHITE FLASH++ 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Assistant Chief Darren Allison, Oakland Police Department: "At this time our clear the school is completed and we are determined that the school is all clear of any suspect individuals. We are currently in actively looking for at least one shooter although there may be other individuals involved. We have our ceasefire teams as well as our violent crime operations teams actively in this moment following up on leads looking to bring to justice those responsible for this heinous act." KGO - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT KGO; NO ACCESS SAN FRANCISCO MARKET; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS Alameda, California – 28 September 2022 4. Hospital officials approach microphone 5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Jackson, CEO, Alameda Health: "Two of the gunshot victims are critical, but stable. And the third is in stable condition. This is an extraordinarily difficult time for us. But I want to take a moment and just thank the caregivers, the trauma team here at the Alameda Health System have done an extraordinary job and they continue to that's what they do. But this is a problem. In 2021 and 2022, we've seen almost a doubling of the violent crimes victims that we're seeing here at our facility. So something has changed. 6. Jackson listening to question STORYLINE: Authorities say six adults were shot and wounded at a school campus in east Oakland, California. The shooting took place at around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Rudsdale Newcomer High School. The school's website says it serves new immigrants ages 16-21 who fled violence and instability in their home countries. It is one of several adjacent schools located on the same block. Oakland Assistant Police Chief Darren Allison said the victims "were affiliated with the school," but declined to say whether any were students or teachers. Officials have not said whether any of the victims might be students age 18 or older. Allison said police were seeking at least one suspect but did not have anyone in custody. =========================================================== Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email:

Right Of The Poor To Sleep Under Bridges Reaffirmed By Ninth Circuit

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.”

― Anatole France

In case out of Grants Pass, Ore., court reaffirms right of homeless to sleep outside

America. Ain't she grand?

She's Available, Boys!

And The World Goes Wild!

(Guessing "soy boys" needn't apply.)
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Husband of 27 Years Files for Divorce  —  ‘IRRETRIEVABLY BROKEN’  —  Perry Greene, the husband of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), filed for divorce on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast.  The petition stated …
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Husband Files For Divorce  —  6:21 PM PT — MTG's estranged husband, Perry Greene, tells TMZ ... “Marjorie has been my best friend for the last 29 years and she has been an amazing mom!  Our family is our most important thing we have done.”  —  UPDATE
Marjorie Taylor Greene's husband files for divorce  —  Correction: Perry Greene filed for divorce in the Floyd County Superior Court.  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) husband filed for divorce Wednesday on the grounds that the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” according to court documents.
One wonders which straw broke the camel's back.

Weather Report

Water falls from the sky,the wind blows ...
People are amazed, as if such things have never happened before. Has anyone even died yet?