Tuesday

On-The-First-Try

#  Rare for Jesse to get terse in his comments but it’s now looking more and more like something nasty is going to happen:

I know I am not saying so much this year.  Perhaps that is just because the time for talking, for letting people know what was going on, was last year’s business.

If you have listened to what the markets have been saying, if you have seen things with open eyes, then you ought to be mostly set, as best as you can.

And if you did not listen then, and kept running to see what the trolls and apologists were saying, looking for diversion and excitement, why would you listen to anything of substance now?   You will always find an excuse, always do what you have been doing all along, until you cannot.

Have a pleasant evening.

# Super Bowl has never been noted for its finesse and thus the Z listers have been booked over and over, e.g.…

Some reviews

Once again, the reviews are building up nicely, only this time I’ll not wait until Friday and deliver ten at once.

And just a word about something which has been bothering me. Well, almost everything out there in the public eye seems cockeyed or lunatic just now, as it does to the majority of readers of these blogs. Just why there is such relentless nincompoopery around we’ve gone into many times.

What concerns me is what it turns us into, personally.

I saw a Twitter poster from a girl, saying you can go through life negatively, finding fault … or you can go through life positively, spreading love and everyone’s nice and all’s well in the best of all possible worlds.

She certainly has a point as I don’t wish to end up solely as an old frump but equally, we have a point that that sort of naivety is what lets the evil in by the back door, e.g.…

Machinery

#  Why not try the Mitsubishi Zero for your next vehicle?

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Haiku: “A very capable fighter, for the first couple of years it kicked the shit out of everything that the Allies had to offer. Wiki:”

When it was introduced early in World War II, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range.[1] The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service(“IJNAS”) also frequently used the type as a land-based fighter.

In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dogfighter,[2] achieving the outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1,[3] but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled the Allied pilots to engage the Zero on generally equal terms.[4]

By 1943, inherent design weaknesses and the failure to develop more powerful aircraft engines meant that the Zero became less effective against newer enemy fighters, which possessed greater firepower, armor, and speed, and approached the Zero’s maneuverability.

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Carnaval

Today is that day:

Carnaval is an annual festival held between the Friday afternoon (51 days before Easter) and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival,” from carnelevare, “to remove (literally, “raise”) meat.”

In Brazil, it’s of course about samba but how it came to be corrupted into slappers strutting down the streets naked and it having to signify debauchery is something else again.

In Australia it’s worse, the festival being hijacked entirely by gays.

Over here, it’s Pancake Day of course:

pancake day

Got your ashes ready for tomorrow?…

Singer and song please …

1.  Hello darkness my old friend …
2.  I am a lineman for the county …
3.  A candy-coloured clown they call the sandman …
4.  Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, flowing into the night …
5.  We skipped the light fandango …
6. You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht …
7. Strolling along, minding my own business …
8. If I should stay I would only be in your way …
9. When I was just a little girl …
10. When I was a little girl ……

Monday

#  Novel approach to weeding:

In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal walked to a secret spot on Michigan State University’s campus and planted a strange crop: 20 narrow-necked glass bottles, each filled with a mixture of moist sand and seeds. Each vessel was “left uncorked and placed with the mouth slanting downward so that water could not accumulate about the seeds,” Beal wrote. “These bottles were buried on a sandy knoll in a row running east and west.”

In the spring of 2000, under cover of night, current WJ Beal Botanical Garden curator Dr. Frank Telewski and his colleague Dr. Jan Zeevaart crept out to the same secret knoll and dug up the sixth-to-last seed bottle—completing the latest act in what has become the world’s longest continually monitored scientific study.

#  Taken to its illogical conclusion on campus:

Brunch is the ideal time to do it.

Tories – two parties in one

The snakes are in power but the non-snakes are still clinging on.

The snakes

It is widely believed that Thatcher decided after she left office that Britain would be better off leaving the EU. This has been confirmed by Charles Moore, her official biographer, although Moore says she was persuaded not to say this in public.

But in an article in the Sunday Times Powell says he thinks that on balance she would have decided to back remaining in the EU on renegotiated terms.

“Margaret Thatcher’s heart was never in our membership of the EU. But l am convinced her head would continue to favour staying in on the conditions now on offer,” Powell writes.

Leicester City Football Club

leicester fc

Don’t think anyone who genuinely cares about football or even those dismayed and disgruntled about how it’s become a money machine for prima donnas and sensitive little wallflowers would begrudge Leicester City’s path so far.

I was talking with a ManU fan during the week and he was half hoping LCFC could pull it off.

Claudio Ranieri has quite rightly rejected the favourites tag.  As he told his players – if you fall for this hype, this pressure, you will certainly fail. Just take it one week at a time, do as we’ve been doing, adapt to the situation, and let’s see where we are at the end.…

The earring

Interesting how we see things from different angles.  This is Chuckles’s angle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/bp-lindseys-sport-relief-challenge

Clearly they have never been introduced to the concept of ‘because something can be done, does not mean that it should be’. 

I do hope there is a nice changeable breeze every time they try, although I’m sure the whole thing will be a con – ‘Irish Sea’ will translate to a corner of a bay, just like ‘Northwest passage’ translates to crossing a couple of Canadian bays, or rowing to an island, or ‘North Pole’ is anywhere north of the Arctic Circle.

… and a good angle it is too.  However, my angle is this:

the earring

There it is, in the pic, saw it immediately, before anything else. Don’t know her from Eve but the kookily placed earring says “lightweight” to me, not serious, know-nothing, which will seem a quite tenuous and bizarre objection to many people.…

Evil left wing bastards

This is not me speaking in the post title, it’s by a Corbynista named Martin Freeman:

Freeman adds that left-wingers are actually ‘quite at home with evil bastards’:

The left is quite at home with evil bastards, actually. Religion doesn’t have a downpayment on genocide: there are atheists, materialists and socialists who have gone on quite happily with rape and murder.’

Despite this, Freeman — who once voted for Arthur Scargill’s socialist party — is right behind Corbyn and his leadership:

‘I’ve been really encouraged by Corbyn, because he uses the word ‘kindness’ a lot.’

Vive la Revolution!

How does a rational person deal with a mind like that?  Freeman acknowledges that the hard left are indeed at home with precisely the opposite of “kindness”, let alone their support for Muslims in their rapes and violence and yet he still supports these people.

Why?  Because the beloved leader “uses the word ‘kindness’ a lot.”