Good tidings and farewell to BMSeattle

You might be wondering why I put up a video from a 1969 movie from a 1951 Broadway musical, Paint Your Wagon. Me too. I woke up this morning with Lee Marvin’s crusty voice on my brain. Tyrone, our Hollywood connection, brought this song to my attention. Marvin (named Lee after his ancestor, General Robert E. – there is something to this genealogy in Hollywood stuff) can’t sing for shit, but with help of real Hollywood talent, creates a memorable moment.

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Physics is Constipated

Someone here recommended a 1983 book by Milton W. Monson Sr. called Physics is Constipated. I found it on Amazon but it was only printed in limited numbers and was priced at $100. That’s a bit spendy, but I put it in the shopping cart anyway, and left it there. A while later I was purchasing something else and found that the price had been slashed to $50, and I impulsively bought it. That was months ago.

Here it sits right in my reach, but is otherwise beyond my reach. It is 659 pages, each littered with algebraic computations … many years ago I had decided to take the GRE so I could go to grad school and was studying my high school algebra early mornings. I found that I could still manage the basics. Had I ever taken that test, I probably would have passed that section. But it is tedious and unrewarding. I have many times told people over the years that as a CPA I do not do math. I do arithmetic. (I never attended grad school, by the way. That was just an ego trip.)

I’ll never make it through this book, as the algebra is far more than basic. But it could be a valuable resource for someone with better math and science chops than I possess. So I offer it, first come, for free to any reader who wants it. Let me know in the comments, using your real email address, and I will contact you. And don’t worry … domestic postal rates for books are very cheap. I will mail it to you.

Sorry … can’t do international.

PS: Not only can I not do math, but I am apparently blind too. Check out the first comment below. This cannot be coincidental.


A good ending to a sloppy book

I just finished with Michael Crichton’s 2004 State of Fear. It’s a page-turner, of course, but sloppy, in my opinion. It is a bit like Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, bad fiction used to espouse a point of view. His characters are paper-thin, one used to exaggerate climate change fanatics, and who is eaten by cannibals towards the end. No kidding. He has two women who are, almost as if required in our era, exceptionally strong, beautiful and intelligent, acting like men in combat and performing amazing feats of physical prowess. His major antagonist, a man named Drake, commits (using pawns) ghastly crimes, but is never apprehended, that whole matter left unresolved. Another major character, Morton, fakes his death early on, and this is painfully obvious throughout the book.

I was surprised to be done on page 715, as the book is 800 pages. Crichton added a section called “Author’s message” along with an two appendixes and a long bibliography. This makes the book a nice resource, even if dated. It is the Author’s message that I thought to be the best-written part of the book, and I am going to quote some passages, impressive in their clarity.

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A face palm moment or two

DfpThis little factoid hit me like a slap in the face, a face palm moment. Duh. It was that the Berlin Wall “fell” on November 9, 1989. 11/9, or 9/11 turned around. I don’t know why those numbers are important to our closeted leaders, but they, along with 33 and 8 turn up in almost every hoax.

By itself, that date was just another indication that the event was a façade, that other changes were in the works. The Soviet Union, the supposed Evil Empire, dissolved. There were no deaths or struggles. We are told that mere assembly of people in Prague, the so-called Velvet Revolution, for example, brought about regime change. This is utter nonsense. Large crowds have no direction, no arms, and cannot force change. They can put out a pretty good vibration during rock concerts if enough cocaine, pot and booze circulate, but are otherwise wasted energy.
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Fake Food Fresh From the Lab

$u$tainability.  When you hear that word associated with something you might want to eat, stop what you’re doing and consider just what that word now means.  It means money, bio-tech foods and much more. 

A friend of mine, a self-described “vegan,” was telling me about the new, Impossible Burgers™, now being served at Burger King.  I’m talking about one of the leading meatless meats now being consumed by unsuspecting consumers flocking to eat meat made from vegetable protein to avoid all the animal torture, environmental degradation and slaughter associated with industrial feedlot production of beef, pork, chicken, lamb and fish.  The list of ingredients sounds pretty much like many of the vegan alternatives to animal products that have been on supermarket shelves for decades.  But these so-called foods, like meatless meat and cow-free milk, are cooked up fresh from the lab in fermentation tanks.  The cooks are some of the maddest of mad scientists in the world today.

I could go on for pages and pages about the rampant expansion of patented formulations and processes that are entering the food we eat without proper health studies, basic consumer-safety regulations, or even a basic debate about the moral and ethical implications. Camille, the researcher who made the video link above, has covered (with lots of links) the widespread distribution and consumption of gene-spliced, pressure-treated, machine-textured, plant-based fats and protein engineered in unnatural combinations.  Just what qualifies any of this lab goop as food, anyway?  Don’t be a lab rat. 

So, please watch the video, and watch what you eat.  Only you can prevent self-inflicted disease from unwise food choices.  If it sounds too good to be true, or smells a little fishy, just say no. 

A boy named Doris

DMThis struck me as kind of odd, but seems to fit within the larger story of Pearl Harbor, if you think of it. I’ve never looked into that day, but I know there is skepticism in our readership here, so that I hope to get some comments from people who have looked into it. What little WWII dabbling I have done was in the matter of Iwo Jima, where I came away with the distinct impression that it was a small incident that was by means of stagecraft made into a large one. (Why else would the Secretary of the Navy be on a beach in a combat zone, unless he knew he was safe? The photo of the flag raising that day, admitted by all to be staged (now it can be told), is nonetheless magnificent.

Thinking about it, how did people get information back in 1941? There was radio, newspapers, newsreels, some telephone (long distance was expensive), word of mouth*  … that’s about it. If a large hoax was to be pulled off, it could certainly be done given limited media to control at that time. I wonder if, as with the moon landings and 911, there was wide and unreported skepticism at the time.

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