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Seen on the internet: bad news for Pelosi and the Schiff-meister

Some nice job numbers, nice for most folks, but for swampers in DC, a disaster.

Pelosi fainting spells

And another thing: no PADAG testimony?

Now that I think more about it, why isn’t there more testimony, sworn statement or any interview information from the PADAG in question, whether it was Matthew Axelrod or someone else.

“…we [OIG] found that in late October 2016, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD/OPA to discuss with [WSJ reporter] Barrett issues related to the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation (CF Investigation). In particular, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD/OPA to disclose to Barrett the contents of a telephone call that had occurred on August 12, 2016, between McCabe and the then-Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (“PADAG”)… The disclosure to the WSJ effectively confirmed the existence of the CF Investigation…”

Lisa Page and Strzok Man are in the OIG report, but nothing from PADAG, other than one footnote, about what he told OIG, that the PADAG call leak was accurate to what he recalled, but that

“…the Bureau was trying to spin this conversation as some evidence of political interference, which was totally unfair.”

What does it signify that PADAG is just a footnote?  Reminds me of the the tiny quote of Bill Priestap in the Nunes Memo.  Priestap’s quote signified that he was talking to OIG or Huber or both, and perhaps that he had flipped, being the only guy still in place in his original job and not demoted to HR or some such.  PADAG is out of government now?  Or it was someone other than Axelrod and still inside the DOJ?

The master class: Trump’s practice of surprise and Shannon’s theory of communication

Trump’s practice of surprise and Shannon’s theory of communication

The Donald has been until now a master of running the establishment media’s agenda, whatever else you may like to say about him.

His press conference last night was a master class.  His comments about Charlottesville drove the establishment media into a nearly uncontrollable rage, for a very specific reason.  In the master class, his set of remarks about black mask/antifa was a “dog whistle” to the establishment media, a slug of un-dodge-able information that The Donald masterfully inserted into the broad communication channel known as “the national conversation.”

Information in the channel…

Information in the channel points us to the mathematical theory of communication, Claude Shannon’s most famous theory from his days at Bell Labs.  Shannon’s theory begins with the idea of information as a countable substance, as quantifiable as the volume of water in a pitcher or the number of apples growing on an apple tree.

For the basic quantity of information, some scientists use the term surprisal, and that is a nice term for informal conversation.  In colloquial terms, information is surprise.

The amount of surprise you experience depends on who is at the other end of the communication channel.  You, the observer, receive some amount of surprise from a sender, a source.  Are you talking to an honest mensch or a crooked gambler looking for a sucker?  In terms of throwing dice, is the source a pair of fair dice or a pair of crooked dice?

unfair dice

This pair of dice is going to come up 7’s frequently.

If the honest mensch is on the line, you are going to hear a random array of results: “The first roll is 3.   OK, the next roll came up snake eyes.  Let’s see: it’s a 7.  Next roll 8…”  And so on for the honest mensch.

The crooked gambler has his dice set up to come up 7’s at least 25% of the time, on average.  So, his first four transmissions down the phone line to you might be: “First roll, 3!  Come on, baby, next roll, 7!  OK, shoes for the baby…. LUCKY 7!  Let’s try another roll, come on: another 7!  We are on a lucky roll, man, but it can’t last.”  At which point, he asks you to increase your bet.

But if you are smart, you hang up the phone on the crooked gambler.  You hang up the phone, because there is no surprise in what he says.  Low surprise, low information.  (A completely fixed pair of dice, all fives and all twos, would be zero surprise, and Claude Shannon would say that the source bears zero information.)

The crooked gambler’s dice are going to come up 7 most of the time, just like some establishment news channels like CNN have recently been all Russia collusion, all the time.  Now, however, the blow up in Charlottesville permits them a new spiel, all white supremacy, all the time.

Thus CNN becomes Johnny One Note.

Johnny One Note is also known as Jack of No Surprises.

Jack of No Surprises is Jackie Zero, for zero information.

The rage of establishment media yesterday came from The Donald pushing information about black mask/antifa into their low information channel.  He did not back down.  Johnny One Note did cry a few tears of rage, like any 4-year old in a tantrum, but then they had to accommodate it.

In the master class, The Donald surprised Johnny One Note into exploring the octaves, using more of his channel’s capacity.  CNN et al. do have the capacity for a lot of information, if they choose to use it wisely.  There is a lot going on in the world they could be transmitting. more than just collusion and Charlottesville and other symbols of partisan rage.  CNN et al. have a job to do, and we civilians have to learn more about all of the imbecilic criminal neo-Nazi types in Charlottesville and what they tried to do there, so that we be vigilant for those who would corrupt or destroy our freedom here in the USA. CNN, get to it!

Judy Garland sings “Johnny One Note”


A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

CreatorA kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

This is a significant event, like the establishment of Israel in 1948.


What were Carnival Cruise executives thinking?

Their corporate office is in Miami, Florida.

Their ship Carnival Triumph was stranded, engine room fire, about 150 miles from the Yucatan, maybe somewhere near the red arrow, about 150 miles from Triumph’s port of call Progreso, Mexico.

Carnival Triumph, from the Yucatan all the way up to Mobile, Alabama.

Carnival Triumph, from the Yucatan all the way up to Mobile, Alabama.

Yet, instead of

  1. towing it back to Progreso and letting the passengers off,
  2. or to Cozumel, its other Yucatan port of call, and letting the passengers off,
  3. instead of towing it to port of Miami,

for some reason they decide to tow it another 500 miles north to Mobile, Alabama.

What were they thinking?

Carnival Triumph cruise schedule, 2013.

Carnival Triumph cruise schedule, 2013.

Fardu فردو and many meters of hard rock


How hard is the Iran nuclear facility in Fardu?

  1. One factor is the hard igneous rock of the Urumiyah-Bazman volcanic belt near Naragh.
  2. Even more upsetting, there are no vacation rentals listed in AOL for the Fardu area.

Maybe that second fact is a good thing, considering that many eyes are looking hard at this spot of terrain, cf. Logistics of an Israeli Strike on Iran: An Informed View from Germany by David Goldman.

What will happen next?

A long airplane ride

A long airplane ride

A long airplane ride

Crowd size at D.C. mall, with new crowd size rating scale

After some debate and consideration at the Pajamas Media website concerning the size of yesterday’s big rally in D.C., I developed a new rating scale for crowd size.

  1. Ginormulous = Original MLK I Have a Dream event
  2. Ginormous = ?
  3. Gigantic = ?
  4. Enormous = ?
  5. Humongotorious = ?
  6. Humongous = ?
  7. Huge = Aug. 28, 2010 honor rally
  8. Massive = ?
  9. Big = ?
  10. Sharpton-like
    Sharpton rally, Life magazine
    Image: Preston Rescigno/Getty Images
  11. Critical mass

    Image: © The Terrence Jennings Photographic Archive
  12. Esperanto convention
  13. Rahm Emanuel Ethics Society

It needs some more photographic examples of D.C. crowds for the upper end of the scale, from ginormous down to humongous. You can have a lot of fun with this. Post a comment if you have a good example. 😀

“Goin’ to Chicago”… for the Climate Conference

More about Climategate: a conference in Chicago. I wonder if Harry Read Me is going to make an appearance as a speaker?

“Goin’ to Chicago”… for the Climate Conference.

Obama as Undergrad

Michael Ledeen is on the mark with this analysis. The president is not a psycho to be analyzed by psychoanalysis, but a spoiled Ivy League brat.

Obama as Undergrad.

I don’t think that just putting Obama on the couch is the best way to understand him.

Put him in the classroom instead. Because he’s the stereotypical American undergrad at a stereotypical Ivy League college in the age of political correctness.

I would add that that now, with power and control but no one to fire him, he is like a pinhead professor, whose vicious faculty politics is a road to the nether world paved with naive, foolish Nuclear Posture Reviews and Molotov-like retail events selling Poland down the river to the Sovs.

Lashkar Gah, Zahedan and thereabouts: Iran arrests top Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi

More action from the Baluchistan area of Afghanistan/Iran/Pakistan. Another Sunni terrorist picked up in Osama bin Laden’s stomping ground. Second quote from UK’s Guardian newspaper looks straight into the center of the interest, Zahedan.

Iran arrests top Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi

Abdolmalek Rigi, militant leader of the Jundallah (Soldiers of God) which had claimed a series of attacks against civilians and soldiers in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province from bases in Pakistan, was shown by Iranian state TV being led off a small plane by masked police.

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Osama bin Laden, supposedly, has had involvement in this southeast part of Iran, the Sistan-Baluchistan province, a stone’s throw from Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Iran captures Sunni insurgent leader Abdolmalek Rigi

Mohammad Marzieh, prosecutor of Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchestan, said: “Rigi’s arrest was made through security measures taken for a long period of time. He is now in Iran and will be handed to security and judicial officials.”

US Marine Corps, good hunting! 🙂

Obama wins 16th Annual Arafat Prize

A complete and utter joke.

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize for ‘extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy’ —

“So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is still at an early stage. He is only beginning to act,” said former Polish President Lech Walesa, a 1983 Nobel Peace laureate.

“This is probably an encouragement for him to act. Let’s see if he perseveres. Let’s give him time to act,” Walesa said.

The award appeared to be a slap at President George W. Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama’s predecessor for his largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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It is embarrassing. Nobel Peace Prize used to mean something. Those Norwegian voters either

  1. are trying to manipulate the USA, or
  2. are trying to manipulate the president, or
  3. they ate too much lutefisk yesterday.

No other explanation.

One of these days, somebody is going to tell those nudniks in Oslo to go jump in the fjord. Some prize.

Lorestan, Kahrizak Prison, Yazd and freedom in Iran

Michael Ledeen renders a summary of atrocious acts of violence in Iran against those who seek freedom. Even the mullahs are starting to get disgusted enough to close the Kahrizak prison.

The Torturers and the Secretary
And, according to reliable sources, the morgues still have a stockpiles of about 400 corpses. Each day three to four corpses are released to relatives.

The release of the cadavers follows a singularly macabre procedure…

After signing the papers the relative can receive the corpse. Upon receipt of the corpse of the [mainly young] man or woman, the real cause of death–brutal torture–becomes obvious. They see their loved one totally beaten up, nails pulled out, evidence of rape, bodies covered with so many burns that it is difficult to recognize the dead person, and the like.

Lorestan-Iran-MapDespite the secrecy pledge, these horrendous details are now emerging and even members of the usually very loyal part of the clergy are now disgusted and upset…

Meanwhile Karroubi himself has left Tehran for his native Lorestan, where he can count on the protection of his people.

Iranian Prosecutor-General Ayatollah Qorban Ali Dori Najafabadi acknowledged that some detainees have been tortured in prison, saying: “Mistakes have led to some unfortunate and indefensible incidents, and those involved will have to be punished.” This includes many reported incidents at Kahrizak prison, where prisoners were killed, and which has since been closed on Khamenei’s orders…

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The treatment of prisoners reminds me of Emmett Till, who was so horribly beaten and killed by the Ku Klux Klan.

It is a bad sign for the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei that Karroubi heads back to home ground in the mountains of Lorestan, west of Tehran. I wonder whether it will be easier or tougher to keep Karroubi isolated, incommunicado there on his home ground.

Scene from Lorestan

Scene from Lorestan

We continue to wait for the US Marines to sweep up Osama bin Laden in their Helmand operations or push him across the border into the Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran.

We continue to wait for Yazd to wake up and walk toward freedom.

We continue to wait for effective leadership to emerge for freedom in Iran. Neither electrician, playwright nor good sergeant Schweik, but maybe someone a young computerist fiddling with his iPod and a USB cable this very day, exploiting RSS on the iTunes Store.


Confectionery in Yazd (YouTube)

Mighty nervous: GE Healthcare/Amersham PLC in UK

GE Healthcare also has its "global" headquarters in the UK, northwest of London, out by the A413:

as well several sites clustered near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I would be skeptical about health information in general and comparative effectiveness data being outsourced and run from the UK, an already entrenched socialized health care system. Maybe Americans are quite reasonable when all this government health care takeover makes them mighty nervous.

Five Myths About Health Care ‘Reform’

This is something that Melody Barnes and her communication staff try to talk down: we can actually inspect the HR 3200 bill ourselves.

Five Myths About Health Care ‘€˜Reform’€™

Publicly stating the contents of legislation… is neither an illegitimate scare tactic nor a misinformation campaign.

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Waxman et al. tried to rush this mess through the committees, and did get it "reported out" of committee. This being the case, we have the advantage of a full bill, HR 3200, to examine and a month to work on analyzing it. Good.

Melody Barnes YouTube does not diminish euthanasia worries.

Talking down euthanasia in the White House is the job of Melody Barnes, a domestic policy specialist. But there is no direct, substantive message from the president, only a sound bite of about 2 seconds’ duration; video at 1:48.

The president saying, “Well, that would be kind of morbid,” is not much of a denial. If they want to set that particular fear to rest, then they need to do a lot more than give out an off the cuff sound bite. I disregard everything Melody Barnes said; she is not a decisionmaker.

If you look at the House bill, HR 3200, there are only 6 places where the word "consent" is used:

2 references to the Senate’s advise and consent process for presidential appointments
  Health Choices Commissioner (p. 41)
  Special Inspector General (p. 107)
1 reference to a payment process
  Patient Centered Medical Homes (p. 466)
2 references to enrollment methods
  Medicare Advantage and Part D Marketing (p. 698)
1 reference to patient care
  School-Based Health Clinics (p. 992)

In other words, not much for patient consent.

I ferevently hope that someone will start asking questions about patient consent in the various health care plans. That would have to be the safeguard against anything like rationing or euthanasia.

  1. Will the prime limiting act on health care options be the exercise of consent by the patient or will some other entity have prime responsibility for limiting health care options?
  2. How will the government assure that withdrawal of consent by elderly individuals or any other individual cannot be overridden by the Health Choices Commissioner?
  3. Will school based health clinics (SBHC) and other organizations have a legal requirement stronger than "an assurance" to obtain the consent of each individual they serve?
  4. Will SBHCs and other service providers have annual institutional review and audit of adequate safeguarding of patient consent at every stage of medical service?

As soon as these guys in D.C. start hearing those kinds of questions, we will get to the heart of the matter.

Look up HR 3200 in Congress’ database