Monday, September 22, 2014

Notice from Public Editor of Public Occurrences.

As America's "quasi-official" blog "of record," Public Occurrences has an obligation to its readers. It is a sacred trust. It is a sacred trust and we have an obligation not to inflict emotional distress or fear on our readers. Unless they're Muslim. Therefore, by the powers invested in me and consistent with the sacred trust aforementioned and the obligations yada-yada, that image on the header afore-commented upon with sacred prayer and question mark and legal objection, that photograph shall not stand, it shall come down, if is OUT OF HERE. Thank you and good night.

No. That is not real. It can't be. It has to be photoshopped...C'mon man, don't be playing around like that, you're going to give me a heart attack. Oh my God, I can't even look at that thing...Look, I want...Look, get the housing inspector on the line, the code inspector, the meat inspector, EVERY inspector...I wish to report a violation...a public nuisance...Where the hell is that? Oh my God.
Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Pursuit of Happiness.

"We worship money instead of honor. A billionaire in our estimation is much greater in the eyes of the people than the public servant who works for the public interest. It makes no difference if the billionaire rode to wealth on the sweat of little children and the blood of underpaid labor. No one ever considers the Carnegie libraries steeped in the blood of the Homestead Steel workers, but they are." 

"We do not remember that the Rockefeller Foundation is founded on the dead miners of the Colorado Fuel Company and a dozen other performances. We worship Mammon."

"Until we get back to the fundamentals and return to the Giver of the Tables of the Law and His teachings these conditions are going to remain with us. It is a pity that Wall Street with its ability to control all the wealth of the nation and to hire the best brains of the country has not produced some statesmen, some men who could see the dangers of bigness and of the concentration of the control of wealth."
"Instead of working to meet the situation, they are still employing the best law brains to serve greed and selfish interest. People can only stand so much, and one of these days there will be a settlement."

                    -Senator Harry S. Truman, speech on Senate floor, December 20, 1937.

The Day.

Isn't it nice to have a day without bad public occurrences? An Ice Day. Yes it is.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ice news.

And now for the ice news. The Antarctic ice shelf "continues" to break records for growth! Continues. Whaddya mean "continues?" I thought that shelf fell down, was drifting away to be put in cocktails in Miami. The ice bureau here at Public Occurrences has been chastised for not making us upper echelon types aware of this. The ice shelf in the Arctic is shrinking, however; "continues" probably, I don't know. Frigging ice staff; fire their asses. Arctic Schmartic. It's the South Pole that's the big ice cube, no? That's good that it's growing, no? 
This has been sticking in my craw for awhile. President Obama has turned the American economy around. He has:

1. Ended the "Great Recession."
2. Created something like 250,000 jobs per month.
3. Reduced unemployment rates.
4. Created economic conditions that have led to record highs in the stock market.
5. Reduced the number of the medically uninsured via Obamacare. That is, Obamacare has worked.

I unsay none of the things for which I have bitterly criticized the president but the above have been unsaid, at least by me, and he deserves praise for them.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Jasmine Dylwood.

"What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me."
"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?"
-Dylan Farrow.

I see. When Dylan Farrow's letter was published in February, I had never heard of Louis CK, had not seen Blue Jasmine and didn't know that all of the first three on Dylan's call-out list acted in Blue Jasmine. I did know that Allen was up for, or had received, some award and that Cate Blanchett was up for an Oscar for her performance in Blue Jasmine. I think I recall that the Allen camp's thinking was that Dylan's letter was a conscious attempt to derail all the awarding. 

Dylan's letter got to me; she was calling out people like me who watch Woody Allen movies in addition to stars who act in them. Farrow's letter made me think, and write, whether I should see any more Woody Allen movies. I thought and wrote quite a bit; decided I had a moral obligation to determine, as best I could, whether the allegations first made 21 years ago and re-made in that February 2014 letter were true. I got as far as writing about what the appropriate standard for me to stop watching Woody Allen movies should be: "Proof beyond a reasonable doubt" that Dylan's allegations were true? "Preponderance of the evidence?" I gave up. It was just too hard. So last night, when Carmen popped one of the DVD's she gets from Netflix into the player and I asked what movie it was, I watched Blue Jasmine. 
Saw Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine last night. I have never seen an acting performance the equal of Cate Blanchett's as Jeanette/Jasmine.

Scotland Independence Vote.

According to the experts it looks very much at this hour that the Scottish people have decided decisively to remain in the United Kingdom. YouGov estimates the final tally will be 54% "No" to independence, 46% "Yes." The 300 year union with the extraordinary people that gave the world Walter Scott, Robert Burns, David Hume, Adam Smith, John Buchan lives. Greater devolution to Edinburgh is the price Great Britain had to pay.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sporting news.

Oh God.

Two more American professional tackle football players were arrested for committing domestic violence recently, one for child abuse in disciplining two of his children on two separate occasions. The other one, Jonathan Dwyer, was arrested just yesterday. This is what police say he did: He wanted to have sex with his wife, see, and she didn't want to. So he head-butted her and broke her nose. The next day, repentant, he punched her in the side of her face.

And in the college version of the sport scholar Jameis Winston, accused of rape in 2012, repeatedly
helping himself to soda that he hadn't paid for at a Burger King, disregarding the commands of a manager, and helping himself to seafood at another restaurant in 2013, scholar Winston got up on a table in the student union at his school, Florida State University, the Harvard of the Panhandle, and, reprising a, I have read, popular and well-know meme, shouted loudly, and I quote:

"Fuck her right in the pussy!"

The common thread in all three is, of course, violence against those weaker, almost the definition of cowardice. There is an additional theme in the behavior of Dwyer and Winston, and let us add Jerry Sandusky: entitlement. Entitlement to sex, entitlement to free food, entitlement to free education, wealth, honors. Entitlement. In Winston's case, as there clearly was in Sandusky's for years, there may also be a feeling of entitlement to no consequences to his behavior since he has never been arrested. Florida State prohibited him from playing a few baseball games for his "see-food" diet last year, and has prohibited him from playing one-half of the football game on Saturday for his entertainment at the student union.

If we subtract Peterson and Sandusky and add Ray Rice to this group, and let's throw in O.J. Simpson too, women are second-class citizens to these men, women are there to serve them, to be used and abused, they are little better than slaves or "uppity" black people after slavery and before Civil Rights who didn't know their place, women are to these men the new "niggers." Unbeknownst to me before the Winston rape allegation broke in 2013, the sexual mistreatment of women is "epidemic" on American college campuses, it is not confined to the treatment by scholar-athletes. Rape goes unreported, under-reported, uninvestigated and under-investigated when reported--there are no consequences. Sexual assault of college women on campus is an "epidemic." How in the world did this state of affairs come to be? At universities! I don't know. I don't know but the Obama administration has named dozens, dozens and dozens of colleges and universities that it is investigating.

It is God-awful.


Sanctions, especially the latest round, targeting, inter alia, Kalashnikov, are biting. Russia's former finance minister says they could push the Russian economy into zero growth or a recession in 2015. Surely not coincidentally, Vladimir Putin has accused the West of violating World Trade Organization agreements. Sure hope Putin is wrong about that.

There are a couple of other reports, not from authoritative media however: One has it that Russia is moving troops in Ukrainian Crimea to the border of the rest of Ukraine; another says that Putin has stated that Russian troops could be in Baltic and eastern European capitals as easily as he said he could be in Kiev. The language is almost identical. 


Today the people of Scotland vote on independence. I, one American, want whatever the people of Scotland want and I hope the people of Scotland want to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Egypt 3.0

Good news out of Free Egypt--Finally, huh?--where President Virginity Check's government announced plans for a "New Suez Canal" last month, a $3 billion project sure to instill Pride in the country's Glorious History. To mark the Moment the government issued special commemorative stamps that depict the Panama Canal. So yeah, that's encouraging.
If you're not nice to me I'll write another theoretical physics news post.

The Day

Pretty uneventful day for public occurrences. Unusual day for Public Occurrences.

-historical background of jennifer li
-does ward churchill have bodyguards
-心風暴violence of the mind 2013 電影

Three search terms that landed peoples here. I do know who Jennifer Li is. And I ain't tellin'.  I do know who Ward Churchill is and I don't know if he has bodyguards. I did not know what the heck that third one was, looked at it closely and A-Ha! The last character. There are so many English variations of Song Binbin's name, Song Pinpin, Sung B'in-b'in, that finally, years ago, I memorized her name in Chinese, it was easy since the last character repeats, even in Chinese. I recognized the last character in the search term as Songie's given name:



I recognized that I was an idiot. Googled "violence of the mind:" movie, something about two gay guys who fall in love. Won some award at a San Antonio film festival.

Heavier than normal traffic yesterday, 168 pageviews. We have averaged a leetle over 100 per day the last few months. And a very unusual distribution of pageviews by country. In a given 24-hour period the U.S. is going to be first 90% of the time, Russia is going to be second 75% of the time. This is the September 15 end-of-the day distribution:

France, 38.
U.S., 35.
Turkey, 34.
Russia, 34.

Everybody else was in single digits, Germany was fifth with 6.

"We wander around the world and see how things work." Adam Coates, Baidu USA.

That is a great way to live life. Wander the world and see what works. Here's to wanderers!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Islam is a religion of peace."

Friends and enemies, I swear to you I have read the Koran cover to cover, I have read Sayyid Qutb's commentaries. There is no basis in the texts, there is no basis in practice, no basis in history, for David Cameron's statement. I swear to you there is not.


 "They boast of their brutality; they claim to do this in the name of Islam. That is nonsense. Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslims, they are monsters."
-David Cameron, Prime Minister Great Britain, in an address to the British people in response to the beheading of British national David Haines, an aid worker, by the Islamic State.