today’s *clank*

An Army veteran was shot seven times while trying to save other students during the deadly Oregon community college rampage, according to his aunt.

Chris Mintz “tried to protect some people,” his aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News in a telephone interview. “We were told he did heroic things to protect some people.” She said that Mintz was shot seven times and had been in surgery since the shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.

Originally from Randleman, North Carolina, Mintz served about 10 years in the Army. He had just started college, Brown said. He was shot in the back, abdomen and hands, and had two broken legs, she added. [story / another story]

Another certified-unarmed-victims atrocity.

This Stuff Doesn’t “Just kinda happen…”

Social Media Update

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over incendiary posts [read ”anti-immigrant posts”] on the social network [FB]

Attending a luncheon on the sidelines of a United Nations development summit in New York on Saturday, Merkel and Zuckerberg were overheard on a live transmission broadcast on the UN website as participants took their seats.

After Merkel briefly queried Zuckerberg about the hate-post affair, the Facebook CEO is heard responding that “we need to do some work” on the issue.

“Are you working on this?” Merkel asked in English. “Yeah,” Zuckerberg responded, before the dialog was cut off by introductory remarks to those present.

“We are committed to working closely with the German government on this important issue,” Debbie Frost, a spokeswoman for Menlo Park, California-based Facebook, said via e-mail. “We think the best solutions to dealing with people who make racist and xenophobic comments can be found when service providers, government and civil society all work together to address this common challenge.”

So FaceBook publicly admits that people who are …uncomfortable, shall we say, with the swamping of their neighborhood, their town, their country, their Civilization ought to be called nasty little names and ought to be denied the opportunity to speak about their concerns, their fears.

Thank you for being so clear.

Teh Narrative uber alles.

Oh, and… one more question. Do you, Debbie, dear, think you are safe from this swamping? Or are you showing cute, trendy burkas on your FB page?

Via Mark Stein, who has some poigniant things to say. RTWT.

Finish your assignment! »

If I knew how, I’d post this on FB just to see…

todaze haute couture wtf


Whine Train Rolls On


Remember the “Book Club” women tossed off the Napa Whine Train this summer? Yeah. Not going away.

Suing… seeks $11 million in damages, $1 million for each of the plaintiffs — 10 African Americans and one white woman.


“I truly now know how it feels to be a black woman,” said the white plaintiff, Linda Carlson, 55, a mail carrier in Contra Costa County.

No ya don’t.

After being warned — twice — they tried to play the Race Card.

[One Club member] said she told [the Train employee] they weren’t behaving any differently than other passengers and were being singled out because of their race. She said Marquinn denied any racist motives and identified herself as Latina.

“Everybody else is doing it!! You’re Raaaacist!!”

“Blacks are still being treated differently in America,” attorney Waukeen McCoy said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit…

Listen to this horror:

…the women said they were ordered off the train, marched past passengers in all six cars, and turned over to a police officer from the Napa Valley Railroad.

Yeah. Cuz that’s how the upscale Napa Whine Train rolls. Lotsa “Ordering” and “Marching”…

Many of the passengers “snickered” at them as they walked by, …

“We had to stand in the hot sun and have people on the train look at us as if we were criminals,”

Snickering. Staring. Slavery. See? See? SEE???!1?

…many hostile comments on social media… As a result, he asserted, two of the plaintiffs lost their jobs — Allisa Carr, 48, of Antioch, a manager at a local bank, and Debbie Reynolds, 49, also of Antioch, a hospital nurse.

There were more “hostile comments on social media” directed toward the Whine Train itself — who do they sue?

the two women declined to discuss the dismissals or say whether their employers had mentioned the train incident.

wait… whaaa?

Carlson [the white one] said the publicity led to a heartbreaking moment when her 5-year-old granddaughter, who had heard media reports, told her, “You were being very disrespectful to those people on the train.”

erm,…yeah. Wait! I mean Usupportable!!!1!!113!!@!!!!
or something.

To win their case, the women would have to prove that they were singled out because of their race and not their behavior.

Or not…
Because #BlackLaughterMatters

A Wine Train spokeswoman has said guests are removed from the train about once a month.

None of them sue. We’d have heard.

But they’re likely white. So….

The Rev. Amos Brown, chairman of the NAACP in San Francisco, said at the news conference that the incident should puncture the myth that “California is liberal and progressive.”

“It is worse than some of the Southern states,”

Finish your assignment! »

Oh, and…

[in early September] The family of the founder, the late Rice-a-Roni mogul Vincent DeDomenico, has sold the 25-year-old institution to a partnership of Seattle based Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. and Brooks Street, a real estate development and investment company

unsettling science

Nature doesn’t care who you are or what you think. It is what it is.
A real scientist’s job is to find out what that “is” is, not what it should be.
Nature is a real b*tch when you’re trying to uncover its secrets — the bigger the question, the more significant the details.

[T]he oceans are producing unexpectedly large quantities of isoprene … which is known to have a cooling effect on climate. Isoprene is a gas that is formed by both the vegetation and the oceans. It is very important for the climate because this gas can form particles that can become clouds and then later affect temperature and precipitation. Previously it was assumed that isoprene is primarily caused by biological processes from plankton in the sea water. The atmospheric chemists from France and Germany, however, could now show that isoprene could also be formed without biological sources in surface film of the oceans by sunlight and so explain the large discrepancy between field measurements and models.

Though the cooling effects of isoprene are well known, what is new is the discovery that the oceans are producing much more of it than has been accounted for in the alarmists’ climate models.

Climate skeptics have, of course, long argued that the models used by alarmists to predict future climate change are fatally flawed because they exaggerate the influence of man-made carbon dioxide and fail to take into account other unknown or ill-understood factors. This discovery presents further proof that the skeptics are right: the reason that all that predicted “global warming” has failed to materialize is that it has been countered by the planet’s natural cooling effects.

“Here is more evidence of what we have known for some time: that climate models simply do not mirror the reality of a chaotic system – and that they should never have been trusted in the first place,” says Dr Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

What this new study shows is that in the unlikely event of any agreement being reached on “climate change” by world leaders in Paris, it will do so in defiance of “the Science” and not because of it. [story]

Models are not reality.
They are tools for understanding the relationships between factors and the sensitivity of a system to changes in those factors.
If the model is incorrect or inadequate; or if the input data is not valid, the resulting answers will be wrong.
I expect more of this sort of thing as detailed knowledge grows.
Only a fool or a charlatan would believe we have the final answers already.

Buuut you’ve heard me preach this sermon before,
so we’ll skip the rest of today’s service and meet down in the fellowship hall for punch and cookies.

Oh, and remember that call to use RICO against AGW skeptics?
About that …

Some Fun!

what could possibly go wrong?

Peeple, if you haven’t heard of it yet, is – or rather, is intended to be – an iPhone app along the lines of Yelp. Except that instead of rating businesses, one rates other people.

Similar to the “like” thang on FaceBooook. …and everywhere else. Only for Individuals. Because the examples of people who live and die by their Q-factor are so healthy.

Here’s how it works. If you want to create a Peeple account for somebody, all that you need is their cell phone number (and never mind that there’s no way to even check if the number belongs to them.) Once the account is set up, they will start getting text messages – which they didn’t ask to receive – when they get new “reviews” on their Peeple profile.

Here’s the kicker: even putting all of that aside, if you want to respond to the reviews or report someone for harassment, you have to “verify” your account. Essentially, Peeple is blackmailing the victims of harassment. And no, there is no way to “opt-out” or delete a Peeple profile.

Involuntary “reviews”. [Is Yelp voluntary?] Of private Individuals.

Looking at some of the things on FB — yes, *some people* use it to ‘spy’ on the kidz — and in the Nooz and PopKulchah, it seems that there are quite a lot of people who actually feel, deep down somewhere, that “Pix or it didn’t happen” and “if I don’t get enough Likes, my Life isn’t Good.” Not a whole lot — and no one I’d actually want to know — but enough to make a difference.

Sure, some people use FB as a convenient way to show pix of their puppies and vakays to their families. But some seem to “Like” -or not- their own lives based in the “Like”s of others. It’s so foreign to me that I hardly paid attention.

But the phenomenon — the opportunity / demand for “Likes” — is getting more common. [“News” stories? rly?]

I remember the Paint Yourself Rainbow after the SCOTUS ghey marriage decision — and the social awkwardness afterward of when, exactly, is is “ok” to un-rainbow your picture. I saw people who I *know* either didn’t give a fig or who disagreed actually go along with it so as not to stick out or be different. “You didn’t Rainbow your Pic; why are you so homofobik??!?!”

That’s some Serious Social Pressure. Self-imposed speech policing for the sake of “Harmony.” With one’s FB “friends”.

It’s a Thing. It’s a force of Social Engineering. Toward that One Uniform Harmonious Way of Thought prized by the Proggies.

Meanwhile, PootyPoot pulled a Full Melvin on Obobo, and seems to be getting lots of “Likes” for it…

I’m creeped out. I am sure I am not alone. But we of the Introvert* persuasion have, well, many fewer conversations with our peers.

I think I’ll stick to the traditional wisdom, “Other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.”

Special H

breakfast of champions

Huma: Logistics problems hamper Libya rebels.
HRod: Did they send up my special breakfast?

Hip Hip Hijrah

Is recovery even possible?

In late July the three [“refugees”] slipped into Germany with their wives and children, using illegal documents. They live together in a five-bedroom house, rented for them by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, … he says. ‘Our house is very big, and they give us money, too.’

They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to be Europeans.

“xenophobic scaremongering”

the camp, far from being a peaceful haven for those fleeing war, is a dangerous melting-pot, where there have been ‘numerous rapes and sexual assaults, and forced prostitution’.

EU border guard agency Frontex has warned a market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU

The guards hired from a private company by the German government to provide security at the huge site were found by police to be trafficking drugs, guns and knives among the migrants as well as turning a blind eye to prostitution.

Bringing what they flee with them.

Police in the Bavarian town of Mering, where a 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped this month, have warned parents not to allow their children outside unaccompanied.

Girls and women have been told not to walk home alone from the railway station because it is near a migrant centre where the rapist may live.

grammar skool:

At Pocking, another well-kept Bavarian town, the headmaster of the grammar school wrote to parents telling them not to let their daughters wear skimpy clothing. This was to avoid ‘misunderstandings’ with 200 migrants who were put up in the school’s gymnasium over the summer, before being moved on this month.

The letter to parents said the migrants were ‘mainly Muslim, and speak Arabic. They have their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be warn… revealing tops or blouses, short skirts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings.’

Too Little :: Too Late :: No One Believes You

This week, David Cameron said Europe must send failed asylum claimants back to their own countries, while European Council president Donald Tusk has warned that millions more migrants are on their way and ‘the policy of open doors and windows’ must be scrapped.

What now?


Hungary’s minister for foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjártó : “I don’t think that the analysis results, stating that 30-35 million people out there could possibly become migrants, would be an exaggeration.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said after a meeting with Facebook executives in Berlin that the ministry would coordinate the creation of a task force with Facebook and other Internet competitors to evaluate whether inappropriate content flagged by users falls under freedom of speech or is illegal under German law.

…Facebook also said it would give financial support to organizations that collect complaints against online hate speech to help remove comments faster.

“My town is becoming a war zone” will be “haaaate speech”.
Also: “Anyone want to walk home with me from the 4:30pm train?”

Countries like Germany and Sweden are considering revising existing property laws to confiscate homes to house arriving migrants.

So that’s it.

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(What? Yeah, I knowww, I’m a piiig; but originally, I was just thinking about lunch.)

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