How to avoid immigration, terrorism and health care for 90 minutes

Good read by Ann Coulter. Here’s a section.

The media’s excitement over Hillary successfully “baiting” Trump is revealing — of the media, of what this election is really about, and of what Trump needs to do now.

The definition of Trump “taking the bait” was getting him to talk about himself, not about issues. This from a media that claim to be aching for “policy specifics.”

Hillary — with assists from the moderator — “baited” Trump on how rich he is, the loan from his father, a lawsuit in 1972, the birther claims, who he said what to about the Iraq War from 2001 to 2003, and so on.

For the media, their gal was winning whenever precious minutes of a 90-minute debate were spent rehashing allegations about Trump. Ha ha! We prevented Trump from talking about issues that matter to the American people! That was scored as a “win.”

Nothing illustrates more clearly that this election is about the people versus the elites than the fact that the media run from Trump’s issues like Dracula from the sun.

Trump wins whenever he talks about issues; he loses whenever he talks about himself. (How to avoid immigration, terrorism and health care for 90 minutes)

Decent read on American Jewish accent(s)

Some good info in this piece: Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent.

The title is overblown, but that is common in journalism these days.

All accents are interesting once you pay attention. I am fairly good at telling the region of the US someone grew up in by their accent. When wrong, I often find that one or both of their parents grew up in the region I identified.

Many regional accents are suppressed at home, often by parents who are better educated or who have moved from elsewhere. And this leads to further degrading the regional norm. You can find a lot of this in New England, which has several very beautiful regional accents. Rural Mainers speak in ways that sometimes remind me of a Texas drawl.

One paragraph in the linked article got me:

Another element that isn’t dying is the particular conversational style of Jews. When linguist Deborah Tannen taped dinner conversations between Jews and non-Jews (her work was published in 1981), she found that arguing and interrupting (or “cooperative overlapping”) occurred at higher rates among Jews. Pauses were also different: Jews tended to use both shorter pauses and fewer pauses between clauses and sentences. Like intonation, this isn’t really “accent,” in a strict linguistic sense, but as a broad answer to “how do Jews speak differently from non-Jews,” it’s a significant element.

I grew up in a community with many Jews and learned a lot of speech habits from them. “Cooperative overlapping” was one of them. To this day it is very hard for me not to do this. When you have this style ingrained in you it feels very warm and friendly, though many other American English speakers find it disrespectful, even rude.

When I speak with people who don’t do “cooperative overlapping,” conversations can seem slow-paced, even boring.

More information can be exchanged with “cooperative overlapping” as well as more quick shifting of topic and nuance. Also, more options for situational humor.

If there is one thing other regions could beneficially learn from Jewish speech habits, this is the one I would choose. It’s not hard to do and it adds several dimensions to speaking and listening.

Even I am shocked by the levels of corruption

It’s long past anything a reasonable person can deny just based on the materials we have in public. God knows what else there is.

The whole top of the Obama administration is corrupt. In case you missed them, here are a few stories.

The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Forwarded Classified & Top Secret Emails to Yahoo & Webmail linked to Anthony Weiner

FBI Used Agents As Pawns To Insulate Hillary, Aides & Clinton Foundation From Prosecutions

Exposed: FBI Director James Comey’s Clinton Foundation Connection

If anyone thinks I enjoy this, they are wrong. I hate seeing our nation abused like this.

The main symbol for me will always be the the US Attorney General meeting Bill Clinton in secret in an airplane a few days before Hillary is given a pass by the FBI.

The other symbol is Chelsea Manning getting two weeks of solitary confinement for trying to kill herself. Can it go any lower than this? I hate to say it, but yes it can, does, and has.

Transcript of German scientists’ reactions to reports that America had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima

1. This report covers the first reactions of the guests to the news that an atomic bomb had been perfected and used by the Allies.

2. The guests were completely staggered by the news. At first they refused to believe it and felt that it was bluff on our part, to induce the Japanese to surrender. After hearing the official announcement they realized that it was a fa ct. Their first reaction, which I believe was genuine, was an expression of horror that we should have used this invention for destruction. (Source)

Very interesting document. The origin of the transcript is described as follows:

From July 3, 1945, to January 3, 1 946 , the Allies incarcerated ten German nuclear physicists at the English country estate of Farm Hall, their goal being to obtain information about the German nuclear research project by way of surreptitiously taped conversations. (Same source as above)

Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal

…The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. (Source)

Now we know why Obama is campaigning so hard for Hillary (at taxpayer expense). We also know why Obama’s FBI released the above information on Friday night, to bury the story.

And now we know why Obama did the following on March 16, 2015. White House office to delete its FOIA regulations, the very month Hillary’s private server was revealed to the public. (Because he didn’t want to get snagged in the Hillary server problem.) Was Obama the “VERY VIP” referred to in Combetta’s Reddit post rather than Hillary? (Think about it. Why scrub Hillary’s address from her own server?)

And now we know yet another reason The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy. (Because once they have immunity, they cannot be prosecuted.) Case closed.

We do not know with certainty why Obama lied on Sixty Minutes about not knowing about Hillary’s private server, but we do know that he did indeed lie (see video below).

And since he’s now as caught up in this as Hillary, we might further speculate that he lied about when he found out about Hillary’s private sever not to protect her, but to protect himself. Is he protecting himself because he used a private server and a pseudonym or is it because of the content of the messages?

I usually don’t have much to say about Obama, but since he is out actively campaigning for Hillary on the taxpayers dime, I think it is important to include him in our assessments of the candidates.

A longer version of Obama’s statements can be found here.

Medicinal Cannabis: In Vitro Validation of Vaporizers for the Smoke-Free Inhalation of Cannabis

Abstract

Inhalation by vaporization is a promising application mode for cannabis in medicine. An in vitro validation of 5 commercial vaporizers was performed with THC-type and CBD-type cannabis. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was used to determine recoveries of total THC (THCtot) and total CBD (CBDtot) in the vapor. High-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detection was used for the quantitation of acidic cannabinoids in the residue and to calculate decarboxylation efficiencies. Recoveries of THCtot and CBDtot in the vapor of 4 electrically-driven vaporizers were 58.4 and 51.4%, 66.8 and 56.1%, 82.7 and 70.0% and 54.6 and 56.7% for Volcano Medic®, Plenty Vaporizer®, Arizer Solo® and DaVinci Vaporizer®, respectively. Decarboxylation efficiency was excellent for THC (≥ 97.3%) and CBD (≥ 94.6%). The gas-powered Vape-or-Smoke showed recoveries of THCtot and CBDtot in the vapor of 55.9 and 45.9%, respectively, and a decarboxylation efficiency of ≥ 87.7 for both cannabinoids. However, combustion of cannabis was observed with this device. Temperature-controlled, electrically-driven vaporizers efficiently decarboxylate inactive acidic cannabinoids and reliably release their corresponding neutral, active cannabinoids. Thus, they offer a promising application mode for the safe and efficient administration of medicinal cannabis. (Source)

What can easily happen if you don’t have good FIML practice

Being a little tongue-in-cheek but not that much.

‘I’ll fight you for the kids’: ‘Furious’ Brad Pitt attacks Angelina over bitter divorce paper claims that he’s a ‘bad dad with anger and alcohol issues’ – but Jolie tells him: ‘I just can’t do this any more’

The story above is tabloid fare, but it’s reasonable to suppose the anger and battling are real, as are the explosive emotions that are causing the whole thing to go public.

How do two people with time, brains, and money get to this point?

It’s a long buildup of misunderstandings and failed communication. I actually believe that if the couple had learned FIML five years ago, they would probably be happy together today and almost certainly would not be wrangling in public, which does neither of them nor their kids any good.

Even a small misunderstanding—even one that begins innocently—can have massive consequences as it snowballs through the years.

The best time to begin FIML practice is when you are happy as a couple, when you know you can trust each other, when you want to keep doing well and even improve on it.

Properly done, FIML will not take the glow off your relationship. It will only improve it.

When couples don’t do FIML at all, no matter how much they profess ideals of tolerance and love, there is no way for them to stop small misunderstandings from growing into massive differences.

Charles Ortel-Bill and Hillary, Bonnie and Clyde of Charity Fraud

From late August but really worth watching. Ortel claims he can document that the Clinton Foundation is not just a pay-to-play scam but also a charity fraud to the tune of $100 billion. Vid quality is not high but Ortel is a plain speaker with lots of info.

See also for related news: List Shows Top Democratic Donors Were Awarded Ambassadorships And Federal Posts

Seeking novel perceptions

Here is an interesting exercise. Do something small to give your brain a novel (new) perception.

Look at something from a new angle, make a new sound, pinch an unusual part of your body. The idea is to do something small but get a big result.

For example, take a glass and look through it as through a telescope. While doing this, deeply appreciate the newness of the perception. Just give it five or ten seconds.

It is your conscious perception of the newness that gets your brain to respond. Once it does, you can nurse the feeling of newness and have the effect last a long time. Can be repeated as often as you like with any sort of novel perception.

You can also just use any new perception that appears in your world and milk it for the extra stimulation it provides. See example below.

For this exercise, sought novel perceptions should be small and wholesome.

You don’t need to take drugs or jump off a cliff to get very good results. By doing small and wholesome, you teach yourself how to energize your brain quickly and in any situation.

The key to success is to do it consciously and with the intention of stimulating your brain by opening its novel experience mode.

Seeking novel perceptions is wonderful in and of itself and also it may be a good way for people to better understand FIML practice.

FIML practice is designed to disrupt normal autonomous thought processes.

Once they have been disrupted, a new thought process will replace the old—thus providing a novel psychological perception.

Frequent use of FIML remakes individual psychology for the better while also greatly improving relations with your FIML partner.