Monday, September 25, 2017

good morning abacus beads let us crackle like tremendous machines today

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kushner used private email to conduct White House business

The senior adviser set up the account after the election. Other West Wing officials have also used private email accounts for official business.


Never read Trump more Trumpian than he was in Huntsville, Alabama Friday.  He took on the National Football League. He was lashing out at everybody.

Trump only goes where he is popular. Closed venues. He only talks about poll numbers when they're good for him. He ignores "alternative facts". Until he can't.

I saw a headline today, didn't read the article: Trump's lawyers' latest tact is to paint Trump as a "victim" of the Russian investigation. That means they have given up trying to convince investigators Trump did nothing criminal. They know Trump is going to get indicted and they are playing to the jury now. There is no other way out for their client. (Mueller's gonna kill him dead.)

Seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election. Former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency James Clapper said (the same day Trump spoke in Alabama, too) that within the intelligence community Russian interference "cast doubt" upon the legitimacy of the November 8 Catastrophe.

What is the thing that most gets under the skin of Trump and his supporters?

Racist? Please.

Fascist? They don't even know how to spell it.

Stupid? We are "street smart"; we have "instincts."

This is from my favorite Trump rally, March4Trump, March 4 (get it?), in Minneapolis. Look at the sign in circle.

The taunt that most gets to Trump and his supporters is that Trump is illegitimate. That he and they are fools in other words, played unknowingly by the Russians. Remember last summer, the former acting head of the CIA wrote that U.S. intelligence had concluded that Trump was "a tool, witting, or unwitting of the Russian Federation"? "Tool": rhymes with "fool." "Useful fools," is the term attributed to Lenin for dupes of the Soviets. Trump blew it off at the time. "Yeah, this is the same CIA that said Iraq had wmd." He has not blown it off since--still denies, of course!. Seventeen. That is not an alternative fact that you can ignore, that is fact. Until he can't.

Remember Sean Spicer's first (I think it was his first) press conference? Trump at the time believed that his inauguration crowd was larger than Obama's, the largest in history (of course). National Park Service estimates? PHOTOS? Spicer felt obliged as a submissive cuck to parrot his master's words.

Remember "alternative facts"? You don't hear as much about alternative facts as you used to. In his own first press conference (I think) Trump said he had gotten more electoral votes than anyone since Reagan. "Well, that's what I was told," he responded to a dumbfounded reporter.

Trump repeatedly touts himself as "very smart," "a very good brain," "went to all the best schools." He believes it. Until he can't. ("Nambia" is the latest.) And then it's his "instincts," I may not know a lot but "I have very good instincts."

When Trump is confronted with stubborn facts he goes to Alabama, or Kentucky, or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, alternative universes of interesting people with alternative facts who worship him. Among his supporters he "could shoot a man" and not lose them. Trump "loves" his "high school educated supporters" which means that he doesn't, which means that he knows, that it reflects dully on him and he wishes they went to the best schools and had very good brains but they didn't and they don't and I can use them. They are my "useful fools."

Trump supporters know they're not smart. They have not accomplished much in their lives. They are losers in their own minds, never could got the cheerleaders in high school, have always been told that they are dumb, are losers, but...look at that sign again. "IT WAS ME! I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR DONALD TRUMP GETTING ELECTED..." I finally did something with my life, accomplished something. "DON'T TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME!" is the subtext. It was "NOT THE RUSSIANS." His supporters will never let go of Trump. He is all they have, all they have ever had.

Everybody, smart or dumb, best schools or high schools, is humiliated by being played the fool. For Donald Trump?! The worst thing imaginable for Trump is that HE, "The Art of the Deal," "I never fall for scams" (Ali G), Donald Trump was an "unwitting" agent of the Russians. Better to be a witting agent! That is what you saw and heard and read in Trump in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday. That is what you see in his lawyers' latest tact. To play the victim ploy, the useful fool, that is humiliating for Trump. He knows the gig is up and that's the last card he can play.

Header: Trump "unwittingly" wearing a cuckold's horns. What is a cuckold? An unwitting husband of an adulteress.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This is the money shot it seems to me, the crackling sound of abacus it were:

"We will take preventive measures by merciless preemptive action in case the U.S. and its vassal forces show any sign of conducting a kind of "decapitating" operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country."

Clear invocation of the doctrine of preemption. And the U.S. did show a sign today, the bomber flights. Trump has probably made the decision to preempt also. How could he not? Are these two abacus beads crackling about nuclear preemption or conventional?
"When this racket of sanctions and pressure reaches a critical point, thus driving the Korean peninsula into an uncontrollable situation..."
We will take preventive measures by merciless preemptive action in case the U.S. and its vassal forces show any sign of conducting a kind of "decapitating" operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country.

"crackling sounds of abacus beads"

That is what I alerted to. 

Ri Yong Ho Statement Transcript

Statement by H.E. Mr. RI YONG HO,
Minister for Foreign Affairs
of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
at the General Debate ofthe 72"'^ Session
ofthe United Nations General Assembly
New Yorky 23rd September 2017
Mr. President,
First of all, allow me to congratulate Your Excellency Mr. Miroslav Lajcak on your
election as the President ofthe 72nd Session ofthe United Nations General Assembly.
I look forward to successful outcome ofthe present session under your able guidance.
Before going into the main points in my debate, I feel forced to make comments on the
speech uttered 4 days ago by someone called the U.S. president that rendered this
sacred UN arena tainted.
Since Trump uttered such reckless and violent words provoking the supreme dignity of
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at this very platform, I think it is
fair enough for me to make a response in the corresponding tone.
During his 8 months in power, he has turned the White House into a noisy marketing
place full of crackling sounds of abacus beads and now he has tried to turn the UN
arena into a gangsters' nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order ofthe
The absurd reality that the person like Trump, a mentally deranged person full of
megalomania and complacency, the person who is chastised even by American people
as "Commander in Grief, "Lyin King", "President Evil" is holding the seat ofthe U.S.
President, and the dangerous reality that the gambler who grew old using threats,
frauds and all other schemes to acquire a patch of land holds the nuclear button; these
are what constitute the gravest threat to the international peace and security today.
Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult
the supreme dignity ofmy country by referring it to a rocket. By doing so, however, he
committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets' visit to the entire U.S.
mainland inevitable all the more.
None other than Trump himselfis on a suicide mission.
In case innocent lives ofthe U.S. are lost because ofthis suicide attack. Trump will be
held totally responsible.
The respected supreme leader Comrade Kim Jong Un stated : as a man representing
the DPRX and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my
own, I will make the man holding the prerogative ofthe supreme command in the U.S.
pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.
Trump might not have been aware what is uttered from his mouth but we will make
sure that he bears consequences far beyond his words, far beyond the scope of what he
can handle even if he is ready to do so.
Mr. President,
Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet;
this is the theme ofthe current session.
For all countries and people to enjoy peace and a decent life, it is imperative to realize
genuine international justice before anything else.
Realizing international justice is one ofthe main missions ofthe United Nations.
Mr. President,
Article 1 of the Charter of the United Nations stipulates "to bring about by peaceful
means and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law,
adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a
breach ofthe peace".
Due to high-handedness and arbitrariness of one particular big power however, at
present the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and other established basic
principles ofinternational relations are now wantonly ignored in the UN arena.
Abnormal acts ofjustifying and legitimizing high-handedness and arbitrariness and the
acts of violating truth and justice are connived at or tolerated.
The most rampant violation of international justice can be seen on the Korean
Unprecedented acts of injustice such as imposing harsh sanctions on a victim for the
reason that the victim chose to stand up to the offender are openly committed in the
name ofthe UN.
The essence of the situation of the Korean peninsula is a confrontation between the
DPRK and the U.S. where the former tries to defend its national dignity and
sovereignty against the latter's hostile policy and nuclear threats.
The United States is the country that first produced nuclear weapons and the only
country that actually used it, massacring hundreds ofthousands of innocent civilians.
It is the U.S. that threatened to use nuclear weapon against the DPRK during the
Korean War in 1950s and first introduced nuclear weapons into the Korean peninsula
after the war.
The U.S. started large-scale joint military exercises against the DPRK during the Cold
War period and further increased their scope and aggressive nature after the Cold War,
staging the exercises several times a year by mobilizing more of nuclear strategic
What else could be a bigger threat than the violent remarks such as pouring "fire and
fury", "total destruction" coming from the top authority of the world's biggest nuclear
The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because ofthe U.S. and
it had to strengthen and develop its nuclear force onto the current level to cope with the
The U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threats have continued over 70 years and these
have led the situation on the Korean peninsula to a touch-and-go point. But in the
United Nations, unjustifiable resolutions which illegalize justice as injustice are
randomly adopted due to the high-handedness ofthe U.S.
The respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs
Commission ofthe DPRK said: International justice is never achieved by itself; it can
only be achieved when the anti-imperialist independent countries are strong enough.
Unless true international justice is realized, the only valid philosophical principle is
that force must be dealt with force and nuclear weapons oftyranny must be dealt with
nuclear hammer ofjustice.
The possession of nuclear deterrence by the DPRK is a righteous self-defensive
measure taken as an ultimate option, pursuant to this principle.
Recently, the DPRK has successfully conducted ICBM-mountable H-bomb test as a
part ofthe efforts to achieve the goal of completing the state nuclear force.
With this, the DPRK has entered a phase of completing the state nuclear force in
accordance with its line ofsimultaneous development of the economy and the nuclear
Our national nuclear force is, to all intents and purposes, a war deterrent for putting an
end to nuclear threat of the U.S. and for preventing its military invasion; and our
ultimate goal is to establish the balance ofpower with the U.S.
Distinguished delegates of all countries attending this session are aware ofthe fact that
the DPRK, unlike other nuclear weapon states, made public every time to the world the
test process and its result in all stages of the development and advancement of its
nuclear force.
Since the war deterrent for safeguarding peace and security of the Korean peninsula
and the region is strengthened enough, the United States and its followers must now
think twice before launching military provocation against the DPRK.
Although they talk about "fire and fury", "total destruction" and whatever, every time
they have to add various conditions such as "hopefully this will not be necessary",
"that is not our first option" and so on.
Accordingly, we are convinced that peace and security of the northeast Asia and the
region as a whole have been as much consolidated.
We do not need anyone's recognition of our status as a nuclear weapon state and our
capability of nuclear strike.
The ICBM marked with sacred name of the DPRK flew over the universe above the
endless blue sky, the warhead of our rocket left its trace on the blue waves of the
Pacific Ocean and the tremendous explosion and vibration ofthe hydrogen bomb were
recorded by this planet.
Although our decision to possess nuclear weapons was an inevitable option forced by
the United States, it resulted in our country achieving the status of a nuclear weapon
state and a rocket power, and this prestige has now become an immortal destiny ofthe
Mr. President,
The failure ofthe United Nations in fulfilling its role in realizing genuine international
justice is primarily related to the undemocratic old practices ofthe Security Council.
It is none other than the Security Council which disregards the UN Charter from the
very first Article and only acts in pursuit of the will and interest of its permanent
member states.
It is not incidental that the issue on reform of the Security Council had already been
decided in 1992 by resolution 47/62 at the 47th Session ofUNGA.
Since then, the UNSC reform issue has been discussed at UNGA every year during the
past 25 years but without any progress at all. This fact itself clearly shows how deeply
the current permanent members are obsessed in their anachronistic vested interests.
One permanent member alone canveto the general will of over 190 UNmember states.
Such an undemocratic UN organ is the Security Council.
At this forum, 1 would like to once again remind all the distinguished delegates ofthe
unjust and unfair nature of the "resolutions" adopted by the Security Council against
the DPRK.
First, the Security Council fabricated illegal and double-standard "resolutions" which
only prohibit the satellite launch of the DPRK in violation of the international law
prescribing peaceful use of outer space as a sovereign right of every state and without
taking any issue with all othersatellite launching countries.
Second, the Security Council cooked up illegal and double-standard "resolutions"
which arbitrarily prohibit only the nuclear tests of the DPRK, although nuclear test
strictly belongs to the sovereignty of every state since the international law on
prohibition of nuclear test has not yet entered into force and there are countries that
conducted many more nuclear tests.
Third, the Security Council condemned the development of nuclear weapons by the
DPRK as a "threat to international peace and security" and, on that basis, fabricated
illegal and double-standard "resolutions" in contravention of Article 51 of the UN
Charter which recognizes the right to self-defense of every state and without calling
into question the other countries that keep on developing latest nuclear weapons of
various kinds.
The reason these unjust and unfair resolutions continue to be adopted is that the
permanent members of the Security Council, all nuclear powers, have common interest
in maintaining their monopolistic nuclear status.
The permanent members of UNSC are talking much about non-proliferation of nuclear
weapons. Viewed from the aspectof nuclearnon-proliferation, the DPRK's possession
of nuclear weapons is a righteous self-defensive measure.
Actually, the international agreement on nuclear non-proliferation was possible
because the nuclear weapon states had made the promise not to threaten non-nuclear
weapon states with the nuclear weapons.
Article 10 of NPT stipulates that each Party shall have the right to withdraw from the
Treaty if it decides that its supreme interests have been jeopardized. This Article
recognizes that supreme interests ofstates are above the nuclear non-proliferation.
After all, the U.S. itself impeded the international efforts for nuclear non-proliferation
by not giving up the nuclear threat against the DPRK, but rather compelling the latter
to possess nuclear weapons.
This eloquently shows that the anti-DPRK "resolutions" are not based on any
established principles and that they are nothing less than the products of undemocratic
old practice of the Security Council and the conspiracy and collusion of the forces
obsessed only in their vested interests.
The U.S. claims that the DPRK's possession of H-bomb and ICBM constitutes a
"global threat" even at the UN arena. But such claim is a big lie which is just
tantamount to the notorious "big lie" faked up by the U.S. in 2003 about the existence
in Iraq ofweapons ofmass destruction in order to invade that country.
The Democratic People's Republic ofKorea is a responsible nuclear weapon state.
We will take preventive measures by merciless preemptive action in case the U.S. and
its vassal forces show any sign of conducting a kind of "decapitating" operation on our
headquarters or military attack against our country. However, we do not have any
intention at all to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the countries that do
not join in the U.S. military actions against the DPRK.
The U.S. is resorting to an intrigue of condemning the DPRK's nuclear possession as
"a global threat" in order to find a pretext for coercing other UN member states into
implementing the anti-DPRK "sanctions resolutions".
This is a sneaky and selfish attempt by the U.S. to avoid its responsibility for the
nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula and to pursue its own interests by using and
sacrificing other countries that have nothing to do with the issue.
The government of the DPRK made a request to the UN Secretariat that a forum of
international law experts be organized to assess legal grounds and lawfulness of the
UNSC "resolutions", but we have not heard anything from the Secretariat for 9 months
Same is true ofthe fact that the DPRK made repeated requests to the UNSC to discuss
the serious threat to international peace and security posed by the aggressive and
provocative U.S.-south Korea large-scale joint military exercises, but these requests
were never put on the UNSC agenda, rather turned down every time.
The UN Charter stipulates that the members ofthe United Nations accept and carry out
the decisions ofthe Security Council.
Ifthe "resolutions" on the DPRK adopted at the Security Council are truly lawful and
fair, there will be no need that all U.S. ambassadors abroad and even the President and
the State Secretary turn out to coerce other countries into implementing the
"resolutions". Furthermore, there will be no need for the U.S. to bring its stooges like
south Korea and Japan into this.
The UN member states should not yield in to pressure of an individual big power in
dealing with the UNSC resolutions but make an independent judgment on lawfulness,
impartiality and morality ofthe resolutions and contribute to promoting reform of the
UNSC by further raising their voices against high-handedness and arbitrariness.
Mr. President,
The U.S. had put sanctions against our country from the very first day ofits foundation
and the over 70-year long history of the DPRK can be said in a sense a history of
struggle, persevering along the road of self-development under the harshest sanctions
in the world.
Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps
away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force. It is only a forlorn
hope to consider any chance that the DPRK would be shaken an inch or change its
stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces.
The day will certainly come in near future when we settle all damages inflicted to our
peaceful economic development and improvement of the people's livelihood and all
the sufferings imposed on our innocent women, children and elderly by the heinous
and barbaric sanctions against our Republic.
The DPRK already organized a national damage investigation committee to make
comprehensive study of total damages inflicted on our Republic by all kinds of
This committee will thoroughly investigate and compile all physical and moral
damages imposed upon the DPRK by the U.S., its followers and also those countries
that submitted to the U.S. coercion.
When this racket of sanctions and pressure reaches a critical point, thus driving the
Korean peninsula into an uncontrollable situation, investigation results of this
committee will have a huge effect in holding those accountable.
Mr. President,
My delegation takes this opportunity to extend strong support to and solidarity with the
Cuban government and people who are fighting to defend national sovereignty and
realize international justice against the high-handedness, arbitrariness and unilateral
embargo ofthe U.S.
We also express strong support to and solidarity with the government and people of
Venezuela who are fighting to defend the national sovereignty and the cause of
The unjust and contemptible acts such as turning a blind eye to the heinous acts of
Israel while condemning in every manner only the Syrian government fighting to
protect its national sovereignty and security should not be tolerated any longer.
The DPRK government will certainly defend peace and security ofthe country with its
powerful nuclear deterrence and also contribute to safeguarding world peace and
Thank you, Mr. President.

Is This It?

"Due to [Trump's] lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to a rocket. By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”
 -DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in speech today to UN General Assembly.

The U.S. flew bombers of the Korean peninsula but north of the 38th parallel today, the first time that has been done in the 21st century.

I have not been able to get a full transcript of Ri's speech yet; the above is taken from the Washington Post. With that statement by Ri, and with the American bomber flight today, the world is clearly closer to the first nuclear exchange in history. Indeed, it seems to me, an idiot, but still, that Kim and Trump have made up their minds.

Clapper: Russian Interference Did Cast Doubt on Election Legitimacy

"Our intelligence community assessment did serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory in the election. I think that, above all else, is what concerned him, and I think that transcends, unfortunately, the real concern here, which is Russian interference in our political process which, by the way, is going to continue."-James Clapper, former director of national intelligence

11th Death at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills

94 year old Alice Thomas died yesterday.

Report Cards

Good Guy David Cutcliffe's Duke "Blue Devils" beat Bad Guy North Carolina 27-17 in Apple Chill. Duke is 4-0 and plays home to Miam-uh(14) next week. Bet Duke wins that one.

Great Horny Toads!

Texas Christian went to Oklahoma and stilled dem waters, they did.

 Beat dem (That's an amazing likeness) 44-31. Boone is gonna be hoppin' mad 'bout that!

(5:50 pm)

We have an "unexpected result" in scholarly concussion play: North Carolina State has beaten Florida State(12).

Tennessee, coming off that excruciating loss to Florida last week beat, "Championship side" as it would be called in Merry Ol', Massachusetts 17-13. A win is not a win is not a win in these things. This score will heap more pressure on Rocky Top coach Butch...what-the-fuck is his name, not Davis, Butch...FUCK. Une momento por favor...Jones, Butch Jones, than last week's game did.

No victory lights at the Cathedral this year! Hoo-doggie. My beloved Pitt "Panthers" were skinned agin by Jawja Tech 35-17. Pitt is 1-3 on the year and has not covered a game. There is a sense that head cat Pat Narduzzi has put this thing together with chewing gum and scotch tape and it is coming undone this year. He has not recruited lights-out and has supplemented with one-and-done quarterbacks in each of his three years. and has had three different offensive coordinators. So, three different offensive schemes, a new QB every year, that doesn't sound to me..."optimal."

But, the biggest mystery in Pittsburgh has been the 'efense. Narduzzi is a defensive mind, was a D-Coordinator for years at Michigan State. You'd think no matter how slap-dash the offense the defense might let 'em hang. But last year it was exactly the opposite. If it had not been for O-Coordinator Matt Canada the lights would have gone out last year. Against "Premier League" competition Pitt gave up 39, 45, 37, 27, 34, 31, 39, 51, 42, 14, 61 (And that in a win!), and 31 points. JESUS CHRIST! This season they've given up 33, 59, and 35. No: no victory lights in Pittsburgh. Warning lights.

Upon Further Review...

LeBron, in your so-public position, with the weight that your words are given, you should not have called Trump a bum. He is. And in my so-not-public position and with the moral authority accorded an idiot blogger, I call him far worse than that. 
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!

To which, LeBron James:

U bum already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
LOVE that man.

That is all there is on Man City's Google page. That is all there needs to be.

Like a Tremendous Machine: Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0 FT

Watching Manchester City is like watching Deep Blue defeat Gary Kasparov. The machines have risen.

Holy Shit. 5-0

Man City already have a goal difference of +17 after just six games! Premier League defenders be like...

4-0, 79'

Don't know who yet. United still lead Saints 1-0 now in the 81'.

Boom, Boom. 3-0

Raheem Sterling in the 52nd and 59th..

FINALLY! Manchester City 1 Crystal Palace 0, 44'

Leroy Sane.

HT now. United lead Southie 1-0 at the break also.

Survival Saturday

In half an hour God's Righteous Team of Angels With a Bullet Wound host Crystal Palace. Heh-heh-heh-heh. The Bloody Angels are first in the table, Child Porn last. City have outscored their last four opponents 17-1, 15-0 with Ederson in goal. The Child Pornographers have lost all five of their matches this season and have been out-scored 8-0. Unless Pep plays the Academy team this will be pornographic.

At the same time co-leaders (identical on record, points and goal difference) United Chevrolet Dealers of Manchester go to Southampton, ninth in the table, a bit of a tougher test.

City will be table-toppers at the end of the afternoon on goal difference.

In scholarly tackle football the pickins' be slim. Texas Christian(16) will get concussed at Oklahoma State(11) and Mississippi State(17) goes "between the hedges" with Jawja(11). The Beloveds ramble to Hotlanta where they are expected to get wrecked by Tech.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Trump Ad Libbed on DPRK at UN

The Los Angeles Times reports tonight that the North Korea part of the speech as delivered was not in the speech as prepared and vetted by Trump's aides. Not an error of omission, Trump wanted to say what he said and was warned not to say it. Why?

A detailed CIA psychological profile of Kim, who is in his early 30s and took power in late 2011, assesses that Kim has a massive ego and reacts harshly and sometimes lethally to insults and perceived slights.
As predicted, Kim took Trump’s jibes personally and especially chafed at the fact that Trump mocked him in front of 200 presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and diplomats at the U.N.

John Park, a specialist on Northeast Asia at Harvard’s Kennedy School, said the tit-for-tat insults have created a “new reality” and probably have shut off any chance of starting talks to curb North Korea’s fast-growing nuclear arms program.

“If the belief centers around sanctions being the last hope to averting war and getting North Korea back to the negotiating table, it’s too late,” Park said.

I did not know about the CIA profile (obviously!) and did not think it was at Trumpian or Mohammadian levels of provocation. I thought it was thoughtful and moving in parts, I'm not going to unsay the things I wrote last night, I have thought about that post and am leavin' it stand. I did think, what are the chances these two provocative racists could have a meeting after the UN speech. That should have been part of "Fantasy Public Occurrences" posted earlier yesterday. What John Park at Kennedy says sounds not fantastical. 

The LA Times (this a real coup of a story for the LA Times) does quote the other side as good reporting does:

Matthew Kroenig, a political scientist at Georgetown University and expert on nuclear deterrence, said Trump’s threat this week to “totally destroy” North Korea comes out of the U.S. playbook for preventing a nuclear attack.

“The point is to deter a North Korean attack, and the art of deterrence hasn’t changed,” he said in a phone interview Friday. “It is to convince your adversary that the benefit of committing an attack would be outweighed by the costs.”

“That’s what Trump was making clear — it is not in Kim Jong Un’s interest to attack the U.S.,” Kroenig said.

I'm going to call Matthew Kroenig a liar on that one unless he can site chapter and verse that threatening genocide and insulting the holder of keys to a nuclear arsenal  as"Rocket Man" is from "the U.S. playbook for preventing nuclear attack." What if Kim Jong un were threatened with nuclear attack?" the former North Korean as asked on The World the other day. Pause. "He'd push the nuclear button." That sounds plausible to me. And that is what Trump did this week, in personally insulting terms, too. Trump got Un's attention and Un's attention is now plausibly turned to bad intentions.


They only need one! Collins? Murkowski?...McCain was the most plausible switcher. The Ex-Quasis are right: Maverick's announcement "likely dooms" the bill.

The Republicucks vitamin V prescription runs out on the 30th. Can't get it up with a crane, those sissies can't, can't get it up with a crane.

Jason Pontin Out

I have been rid of a pain in my assholes. EVERY fucking time for the last thirteen years I have opened MIT Technology Review I have seen that guy's so-twee-I-want-to-strangle-him photo or read his goddamned editorials. But when I opened the current issue..."David Rotman, editor," David Rotman editor, DID MIT FINALLY FIRE PONTIN?! He "departed" one account has it, which is good enough for me!, but all that was revealed is summed up in this Wikipedia entry:

Without evident comment, the July/August, 2017, issue revealed a shift in top personnel, with Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau listed as Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, and David Rotman as Editor.

Pontin first came to the attention of the undersigned in January, 2005. In a post titled  Hack_Job
I wrote this:

If memory serves, the current February '05 issue, is the first under a new editor. If so, the new editor is a person named Jason Pontin. Whatever, the tone of the magazine, and perhaps its purpose has changed drastically.

That new tone, agenda-driven and personal, was what first caught the eye with its cover story, an article on human aging and a researcher named Aubrey de Grey of Cambridge University. Under a head-shot of de Grey is the title,

"living forever? Audrey de Grey thinks he can defeat death."

"Is he nuts?"

"IS HE NUTS?"? When was the last time that question or anything like it appeared on the cover of TR? Has it ever?

The article, which it is no exaggeration to call a diatribe, is preceded by editorials, the most prominent of which is one by Mr. Pontin titled Against Transcendence in which he writes the following:

"de Grey thinks he is a technological messiah."

"But what struck me is that he is a troll."

A troll.

As Wikipedia notes the Pontin-de Grey "dispute has persisted for at least a decade." Which I also noted in January, 2017 Polyamorous:

Aubrey de Grey also affirms that I "pissed him off a lot" - and that he is "polyamorous."
1:11 PM - 23 Oct 2010

Dear God. Jason Pontin is the most juvenile debater. This is so embarrassing, and it has been going on for ELEVEN years!

Pontin is the editor of MIT Technology Review. de Grey is a life-extensionist. In 2005 Pontin wrote an insulting ad hominem editorial about de Grey for the magazine. Letters of protest flooded the magazine from shocked readers and I posted my own outrage here at the time. The personal nature of Pontin's attacks continued, in 2010 above, and last year:
Is Jason Pontin gay or bi or poly? Did he and de Grey have something at Harrow? There is no relevance of any of this to the debate. Maybe Pontin is so personal in his criticism because it is personal to him. Whatever is going on here, MIT has got to see that this is an embarrassment to MIT and they have to stop it.

Which they did. 
Even got its own Wikipedia entry now!

2017 North Korea crisis

Ain't really real till it appears in the Wikipedia!

"North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump"-NYT

Often wrong, always certain. Yep, that's me. The "new level" is the personal level. Kim made it personal between him and Trump this time.

Speaking in the first person in his statement, Mr. Kim called Mr. Trump a “frightened dog” and a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” Saying he was personally insulted by Mr. Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea...
"This is totally unprecedented,” said Paik Hak-soon, a longtime North Korea analyst at the Sejong Institute, a think tank outside Seoul, referring to Mr. Kim’s statement. “The way North Korea’s supreme leadership works, Kim Jong-un has to respond more assertively as its enemy gets more confrontational, like Trump has.

But, what I wrote last night about the world's reaction was correct:

"Trump shot himself in the foot with his unabashedly undiplomatic United Nations General Assembly speech,” said Lee Sung-yoon, a Korea expert at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. “By threatening to totally destroy North Korea, he created the impression around the world that it is actually the United States — instead of North Korea — that’s motivated by aggression. In effect, Trump gave Kim Jong-un a freebie for another major provocation. Kim will oblige, and claim that it was in ‘self-defense’ against Trump’s unnerving threats.”

Does Elon Musk fly to Jupiter?
How's it going. What do we do, like, pack or something? 

Important Reminder

Biblical prophecy claims the world will end on Sept. 23, Christian numerologists claim

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kim's Speech

I just read it again straight through. It is eloquent.*wince* The first two-thirds/three quarters of it, even through imperfect translation, the eloquence comes through. More: it is moving, and that is a very hard thing to get through when writer and reader have common language, much less in a no-doubt hurried, imperfect translation as here. I am tired! And I have been up since 5:30! Maybe that is addling my judgment. I am confident that world diplomats and leaders, having read both speeches, have a more favorable view of Kim than of Trump, and a relatively more favorable view of the DPRK, which just makes me want to throw up. Kim Jong-un reads, in this one speech, as someone I, were I a head of state, could talk to, could "do business with," in Margaret Thatcher's assessment of Mikhail Gorbachev. Perhaps sign a peace treaty with. Why can't these two racist heads of state talk?

Words Matter

The source for this transcript says this was an unusual step for Kim, to address his nation about one leader. Trump's speech got Kim's attention. This is what I alerted to in the speech itself:

The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to "totally destroy" a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

That is, Kim. That is who he means. Trump's rhetorical excess makes even Kim, one with "normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure." Trump sobered Kim.

Kim's speech is more thoughtful than was Trump's, it is more rational (which is just fucking mind-boggling). Words matter to Kim. In the above passage he shows a nuanced understanding of how Trump''s words went beyond the pale,beyond talk, loose or considered, of "regime change" (which was a goal if acted upon that the Chinese said they would step in to "stop." Is Trump prepared for nuclear war with China (and perhaps with Russia (with whom China is now conducting war drills?). Trump didn't think about that.))) to the threat of destruction of a "sovereign state." I don't think in war it is unethical to destroy the other state but Trump went beyond even that. Here is what he said:

..if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. 

That is a threat to commit genocide and that is "unethical."

Later sections of Kim's speech however are contrary to my take above:

...we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.

You still have "consider with seriousness." And "corresponding countermeasure" is vague.

Action is the best option in treating the dotard...

Stick with words, words are less deadly action.

His ending...

I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire.

...If he had just left off the fire.

Trump's shuddering rhetoric got Kim Jong un's attention. The last time he paused to consider he deferred engulfing Guam in a sea of fire or sea of flames or whatever his exact words were. And then he carried out another--and by far his most powerful--nuclear test, and then shot two missiles over Japan. 

Kim Jong un Statement on Trump, Transcript

"The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.

Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world's biggest official diplomatic stage.

But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.

A frightened dog barks louder.

I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.

The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to "totally destroy" a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

His remarks remind me of such words as "political layman" and "political heretic" which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.

After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.

His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.

Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.

Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.

As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.

This is not a rhetorical expression loved by Trump.

I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.

Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.

I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire."

Oh! That poor kid just got shot in the leg, look at that. Poor kid. 
Smaller story but I'm sure you will be interested.

The University of Nebraska fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst this afternoon. Eichorst had been on the job five years. He was hired to replace Steve Pederson who had also been at it five years.

Better minds than mine have said it is folly to think Nebraska football can ever get back to the level it once was, when it was competing for national championships routinely. Those days are long gone. Nebraska is too small a state; it does not home grow football players like it does corn. Why would a kid from Florida or Texas or California want to live four years in Lincoln, Nebraska?

Except they did. From 1962-2003 Nebraska did not have a losing season. That is forty-two fucking years. What, did the Ice Age hit Nebraska just when the Bill Callahan era did? Did the population empty out? In the six decennial censuses from 1960-2010 Nebraska was 34th, 35th, 35th, 36th, 38th and 38th. In twenty-three of those years it won 10 or more football games. It won five national championships. It had three head coaches.

Forty-two years is not a brief shining moment! They hired the wrong people. They hired the wriong athletic directors who fired and hired the wrong coaches. There is no inherent reason on God's green earth why Nebraskans should not expect their football program to be at that level again. 


Martha Murray, 94 years old.

9th Person Dies in Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills Case

93 year old Carlos Canal died Tuesday.

Country of Racist Dwarfs-Country of Racists Relations

I have a question.

The U.S. and DPRK are still legally at war. An armistice, cease-fire, "ended" the Korean War. So my question is why don't these two nations that have so much racism in common sign a fucking peace treaty?

Words Matter

At the UN Tuesday Trump said some pointed things about Iran, too. The speech was broadcast live on state TV in Iran and translated simultaneously translated into Farsi.

Trump: "[The Islamic Republic of Iran] has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos."

Translator: In our opinion, the life of Iranians could be better.

Trump: "The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear most."

Translator: The US military is strong. The people of Iran are also strong.

Trump: "This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers."

Translator: There are so many things happening in Iran that we consider to be unacceptable.
(It's a 9 hr 40 minute flight from D.C.  to Moscow so, gonna cut this fantasy short.)
“I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

"Our national nightmare is over."

"Addition by subtraction."

"Our gain is their loss."

"Now what do we do about his supporters?"

Rosenstein: "Is he resigning? Is this abandonment of office?

Mueller: "He's defecting. I guarantee you Putin has already made a reservation for him at the Moscow Hilton. This is obstruction of justice by flight, theft of government property, and treason. Where's the bird now?"

Rosenstein: "Still over the Atlantic."

Mueller: "What do McMaster and Mattis think? "Do they want to shoot it down?"

Rosenstein: "Let him go."

(Fantasy) "TRUMP 'ESCAPE'?"

"Secret Service and other law enforcement personnel have interrogated Melania Trump through an interpreter. She has told them that last night, September 20, at 10:00 pm EST she and the president decided that he would leave Washington by flight at 7 am today to escape imminent arrest by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mrs. Trump advised that the president instructed her to make a reservation for him under the pseudonym "Kim Philby" on the next available Adria Airways flight but that she didn't know how to make flight arrangements. The president then said he would take Air Force One. She claimed not to know where President Trump was going to go. Mrs. Trump told investigators that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, known within the family as "Doudou," opposed the escape plan and tried to alert vice president Mike Pence but that he had his phone on snooze."
"Air Traffic Control unable to establish communication with Air Force One. Aircraft being tracked by satellite east over the Atlantic. Unconfirmed if POTUS on board."

"At 6:59 an unguarded Air Force One departed Andrew Air Force Base, Maryland with no fighter escort."

(Fantasy) "Trump Missing"

"Where is the president?"-panicked aides.

(Fantasy public occurrences) "Confusion on Trump Whereabouts"

"A darkened Marine One landed on the South Lawn of the White House earlier this morning and quickly departed. Near dawn the president was found not to be in the family quarters. It is unknown if the president boarded the helicopter and, if so, where he was transported. Marine One apparently flew with its transponder off and was not immediately located."

Jose Mourinho hints English football could live without League Cup

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President"-NYT

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and F.B.I. director, according to White House officials.

Mr. Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director had relieved “great pressure” on him.

The document requests provide the most details to date about the breadth of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, and show that several aspects of his inquiry are focused squarely on Mr. Trump’s behavior in the White House.

Hey, Trumpie?

Mexico City Earthquake

Inexcusable for me not to give this a post.

A 7.1 'quake hit Mexico City yesterday. Hundreds are dead, including 25 little ones at a school. Dozens more are missing at the school.

Jesus loves the little children.

West Hamwich Albion 1 Manchester City 2

Leroy Sane was magnifico but Claudio Bravo...
Claudio, Claudio, where for art thou Claudio.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime"

The same woman (or maybe another woman) was asked "What do you think Kim Jong un would do if he felt seriously threatened?" She paused. "Push the nuclear button."

"Fucking HMO bastard pieces of shit"*

I was listening to The World while stuck in traffic. A woman who grew up in the DPRK and defected to the South said that children in the North are not taught in school that there are Americans. They are taught that there are Americanbastards, one word.

*"Actually, I think that's their official name." (As Good As It Gets)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jürgen Klopp reacts to tonight's defeat at Leicester:
NO! @lfc you did not post that picture. Omg. Might as well have posted...