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This and That from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. (19 Joseph 0001) January 8, 2012

THE NAKED MOLE RAT CHRONICLES:
(See: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Publications/ZooGoer/2002/3/nakedmolerats.cfm for more
about H. Glaber.
“And so it begins, a historic departure, the Voyage of the HMS Bagel, in search of further documentation of this next evolutionary tour de force.”
Peter G.

–1. Chronicles: The Queen:

Unlike most of the societies created by the Naked Apes ( us), that of H. Glaber is matriarchal. The tall, crazed Queen stalks the well-built tunnels in which the community lives, rapes one more males and drives almost all testosterone but her own out of the community leaving it happily free of sexual competition and any compulsion to watch reruns of Jersey Shore. With her consorts, she rules her domain like a fussy but iron fisted dowager, constantly checking to see if things are in order, tunnels in good repair, food sources properly tended, nursery staffed, soldiers on duty, workers working, attackers repulsed and competitors crushed. Satisfied that all is shipshape (or more appropriately tunnel-shape), she returns to her quarters, nibbles on some tubers and if she feels up to it, rapes one or another of her consorts again. It is good to be Queen of the Glabers.

–2. Heterocephalus G awards: Awarded to the person who most contributes to paving the way for the rise of The Naked Mole Rat.

To David Barton of Focus on the Family who in opposing proposed laws to protect infants from mercury poisoning said:

“According to the EEN, one of every six American babies is born with harmful blood mercury levels, “which causes permanent brain damage in the unborn and infants.”
Therefore, the 12 federal legislators EEN is thanking with radio, TV and billboard ads for supporting the EPA restrictions are “pro-life.” In truth, only one in every 1,000 American babies is exposed to harmful doses of mercury, and the slight delays in cognitive development it may cause generally disappear by age 7, says Beisner. Moreover, all 12 of the federal legislators EEN is supporting are among the most pro-abortion Congress has to offer.”

(Way to go Dave, congratulations.)

–3. H. Glaber fellow travelers:

Listen to the music of the punk rock band appropriately named, The Naked Mole Rats. http:// http://www.nakedmoleratsband.com/

–4. Correspondences:

Peter reports the following headline: Naked Mole Rat scat found in Kern County. Zoologists camped out waiting to see if they will come to snack.

TODAY’S FACTOIDS:

–1. 9th-10th Century, The Vikings in Ireland

838, a large Viking fleet under the Norwegian sea-king Turgeis (Thorgils) entered the River Liffey and
established a land base for their operations.
840, the Vikings were spending the winter on the island and establishing permanent bases along the coasts.
840, Turgeis established a Hiberno-Norse Kingdom at Dublin. He not only imposed order on the Norse settlers, but he also arranged marriages and alliances with the Irish rulers. However, a large Danish fleet arrived in Ireland and there was conflict between the Danes and Norwegians regarding who should have the rights to plunder Ireland.
851, the Danes, with the aid of Irish allies, defeated the Norwegians at the naval battle of Carlingford Lough.

852, a large Norwegian fleet under Olaf the White arrived in Ireland. Olaf defeated the Danes and sealed an alliance with the Irish royal family of Meath. Olaf and his brother Ivar consolidated an effective Scandinavian kingdom in Dublin. This ew kingdom was focused primarily on sea trade and did not expand inland. At this time the primary exports from Ireland were hides, salted meat, and slaves.
902, the Irish successfully drove the Norse out of Ireland. However, the Vikings returned with a large fleet
914-915, They defeated the Irish and retook Dublin.
967, Irish warriors sacked Limerick and began a military campaign against the Vikings.
999, the Viking king of Dublin, Sitric Silkenbeard, surrendered to Brian Boru.
1014, High King Brian Boru of Munster defeated the allied army of the Vikings and the King of Leinster at Clontarf. Thus ends Irelandʼs Viking Era.


BRIAN BORU

–2. Your Brain:

“A lesion in one spot leaves you unable to tell a Jack Russell from a badger (not that there is much difference), and with damage in another spot, the toaster is unrecognizable. There are even people with certain brain lesions who specifically cannot recognize fruit. Harvard researchers Alfonso Caramazza and Jennifer Shelton claim that the brain has specific knowledge systems (modules) for animate and inanimate categories that have distinct neural mechanisms. These domain-specific knowledge systems arenʼt actually the knowledge itself, but systems that make you pay attention to particular aspects of situations, and by doing so, increase your survival chances. For example, there may be quite specific detectors for certain classes of predatory animals such as snakes and big cats…”

Michael S. Gazzaniga: “Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain*

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

–1. Army Chief appears to back off opposition to Lese majesté provision constitutional change:

Additional evidence of my speculation that there has been some political accommodation between the General Staff and the administration of Prime Minister Princess Lucky Girl is provided in the reports that the Military Chief of Staff, less that a week after stating that it was a prime function of the military to protect the honor of the Royal Family and asserting his firm opposition to any proposed change to that section of the Constitution, announced that changes in the constitution were not important, since the military alone could not effectively police disrespect of the Royal Institution without the public willingness to socially shun those who insult their Majesties. He also mentioned the King own criticisms of the laws supposedly designed to protect his honor.

–2. More Floods:

Southern Thailand is suffering a repeat of the floods that wracked the North and Central parts of the country last month, but instead of damage caused by relatively slowly rising water inundating the flood plain following storms in the mountains overwhelming normal drainage infrastructure, the damage here is relatively worse due to the greater velocity of the rushing waters flowing directly from storm run off.

–3. Constitutional Benefits:

Recent reports regarding the drafting, by governmental employees of constitutional changes have expressed concern that they seem to be being written for the ease and benefit of existing governmental agencies.

(While employed as Chief Council of the California Coastal Commission, I was in charge of drafting the commissions regulations. As that time I observed that regulations drafted by an entity of any sort, inevitably are drafted for the benefit and ease of the employees of that entity and not for its customers, applicants or the public in general. That observation was followed by the one that assures that the drafters will steadfastly deny that it is so).

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

Occasionally, during my morning walks along Soi Nana to the health club, I am accosted by a number of smiling (it is Thailand after all) individuals importuning me to buy something. When I am in one of my bad moods, I generally respond by ignoring them and walking on in silence, or by either growling or uttering, soto voce, go screw yourself or its functional equivalent.

When I am in one of my manic moods, however, I sometimes stop and respond with a polite “no thank you.” Once however, to a taxi hustler selling rides from BKK to Pattaya, I responded:
“Yes, I agree that that is a handsome taxi and its color is stunning, but no thank you, I am not in the mood for a trip to Pattaya today.”

Another time, when one of the delightful, smiling ladies, who I am certain all work for a single mega corporation called “Massages Are Us,” invited “Papa” to enjoy a special massage, I replied:
“Ah, you are quite beautiful and undoubtedly your fingers can work magic. I am sure the multitude of ways you have to drive me to ecstasy, are more varied and less expensive than anywhere else in Thailand, but I think that today I will spend the next few hours drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.”

I found, in both cases, my little attempts at humor were received with silence and a cold stare, but since this is Thailand happily the smiles with which they approached me remained frozen in place.

I have received a slightly better response from the male touts hustling me for tuk-tuk rides or trips to the massage parlor of my dreams, who approach with their hand extended, inviting a good old American handshake. I, holding back my hand, say, “30 baht.” They stop perplexed and ask, “What mean 30 baht.” I answer, “30 baht to shake my hand.” Most of them do not think that is funny either, but now and then one laughs and indulges me with a snide comment in Thai that I am sure means something like “asshole.”

PETRILLOʼS COMMENTARY:

It has been suggested at times by those of you that actually read this thing, that reminisces about my professional and personal experiences may be more interesting than things like the factoids I pluck off the internet.

While, it may be so to the reader, to me I have always found voyages of the mind to be every bit as fascinating and exciting as physical or professional journeys.

Take Brian Boru’s expulsion of the Vikings from Ireland. It reminded me that the Irish, like the Armenians, Basques, Jews and others who for thousands of years inhabited a land, suffered pogroms and persecutions and diaspora and yet survived with their culture intact. The Jews, however, driven from their homeland, scattered throughout the world, survived by faithfully holding on to their cultural and religious inheritance and an abiding longing for their lost homeland. Stateless nations like The Nestorian and the Gypsies, on the other hand, during their almost thousand-year or more diaspora, like the Jews, thrived also due to a unified religious and cultural ethos, but absent any sense of a real or idealized lost homeland. The Nestorian lacking little more that their religion, eventually succumbed and disappeared from the pages of history. The Gypsies, on the other hand although bereft of a longed for homeland and suffering comparable and at times even more extreme persecution than almost any other group, still have managed to retain their culture mostly intact.

The Irish, endured 500 years of occupation, brutal oppression and continuous attempts by their overlords to extirpate them physically and drive their culture into extinction. Remember, it was Cromwell that drove the Irish onto the bleak moors of Connaught to exterminate them so that the Island could be repopulated by an English ascendency. It was only that ascendency’s need for serfs and slaves to work the land that saved the Irish from destruction. Despite this and the unrelieved assaults on their cultural heritage, the Irish, unlike the Scots, Bretons, and the Gauls and Galicians before them, preserved their cultural heritage virtually intact.

The Sicilians on the other hand are neither an ethnic group, religion, nation or race but after twenty-five hundred years of brutal foreign oppression they emerged with neither nation, culture nor homeland but, for a few generations at least, with a single unifying idea: “The Law is simply oppression by another means.” In other words, whoever believes that fewer people have been slaughtered under the rule of law than have been slaughtered during the rule of lawlessness is a fool.

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:
See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

MOPEY JOEʼS MEMORIES:

Several of you who have urged me to write more about those things that only I have knowledge of, such as the early days of the development of California’s Coastal Program. In response, I have decided to add new subsections to my periodic reminisces (Alas, the last refuge of old men). The one about the Coastal Program will be called something like, On the Edge: Stories about the Creation and Early Years of California’s Monumental Coastal Protection Program.

However, in my many, varied and, more often than not, lackluster professional careers there have been many things that no one else could write about, and so, if there is any interest, or even it there is not, I may now and then add additional sections such as:

From Freedom to Homelessness: Stories of the NY Mental Health Information Service and the changes in the treatment of the severely mentally ill in the 1960s that went awry.

So you Think You Know the Facts: Insights, tales and secrets about amassing one of the longest consecutive jury trial victory streaks in NYC history. (What always surprised me was that I could almost never win before a judge alone, even the simplest of contested motions, but I usually won before a jury. It amused me when after a trial inquiring of members of a jury about what it was that I said that persuaded them to vote for my client, they would inevitably tell me that they believed nothing that I said or did, but that it was obvious that the facts were on my clients side.)

Why you Should not do Business in a Foreign Country: Confessions of an attorney in an American law firm in Rome.

From Bucky to Bat-shit: Anecdotes regarding the almost successful Buckminster Fuller World Games Workshop in San Francisco and the rise and subsequent deflation of the counter-culture.

Turning Tricks for the Trade: Adventures in developing educational systems from learning a foreign language to geometry for slow learners. (Hint on teaching a foreign language; diction. No one speaks his own language well enough to teach it. When we speak our language, we depend upon the listeners brain to assemble meaning from syntactical and other vocal cues. As a result we, even the best actors, slur our words and drop their endings. The brain acts, in spoken speech the same as it does in those examples of paragraphs written with every word misspelled except to the first and last letter that we native speakers understand and comprehend almost as well as if spelled correctly. Yet to a non native speaking person, even if he or she is a student of the language, it is incomprehensible.)

An Ecological Staircase to Anywhere: The story of the preservation of a natural resource that only a mother could love.

On the edge: See above

To Conserve and Forget: The saga of how to create a successful innovative and effective agency and how that success and innovation made it irrelevant. (I wrote a book on how to do Conservancy projects and gave the draft to Peter for his comments. He lost it. I now try to make copies of everything.)

From Blind Greed to Greed with Corrective Lenses: How a smallish middle-sized law firm teetering on the edge of dissolution grew stronger, larger and more successful.

From Plenty to Penury: How a relatively successful professional man went from spending every dime he made as quickly as he could to living below the poverty line and liking it.

And, much much more.

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

RED STAR

Chapter: Escape (continued):

Arm and arm, Vince and Isabella rushed from the car across the sidewalk, past the casually saluting doorman and into the buildings. Another police vehicle soon followed by an ambulance, their lights and sirens blaring raced past the building toward the sirens and flickering lights in the distance.

They quickly crossed the lobby. Got into an empty elevator. Isabella produced from somewhere a plastic key card and swiped it past a flashing red light. The elevator rose, stopped and its doors opened onto a small lobby with four doors ranged along the wall opposite. There was a small round table in the center of the lobby supporting a large vase containing freshly cut flowers. On the wall a large oval mirror hung in the center between the doors and on each of the side walls was hung above two small low dark wood cabinets a large abstract painting in red, black and yellow.

Just to the right of the oval table stood a man and a woman, both casually dressed in jeans and tee shirts and both armed with small pistols in holsters hung at their waist.

“Carlos,” said Isabella upon exiting the elevator, “check downstairs.”

The man nodded, picked a jacket off a coat tree standing next to the door on the right and walked into the elevator.

To the woman, Isabella said as she continued toward the door to the farthest left, “Lina, please something warm. Your relaxing drink will do.” “ Stronger for him,” she added with a smile, nodding over her shoulder at Vince who was following her across the lobby.

She again swiped the card and opened the door. They passed through a small vestibule with doors one each side and then through a short hallway into a large room with floor to ceiling glass along one wall. The furniture, in balloon like plump modern was mostly a few dashes of grey and brown less than blazing white.

The windows faced east across downtown towards the Bay. Even at this height the flashing lights of the prowl cars and emergency vehicles could be seen far below.

Isabella threw herself down on one of the overstuffed sofaʼs, kicked off her shoes, observed for a moment Vince standing there clearly undecided and uncomfortable and said, “OK you can take off those clothes now.”

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

–1. You may be smarter than you think you are:

The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person’s cognitive function. The research, conducted by French scientists, involved men and women aged between 32 and 62 taking four mental ability tests that were then repeated five years later.

The researchers found that people with a Body Mass Index – a measure of body fat — of 20 or less could recall 56 per cent of words in a vocabulary test, while those who were obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher, could remember only 44 per cent.

“The fatter subjects also showed a higher rate of cognitive decline when they were retested five years later: their recall dropped to 37.5 per cent, whereas those with a healthy weight retained their level of recall.”
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/signs-you-are-smart-2011-12#youre-skinny-20#ixzz1huUhNO11

–2. : What “Occupy” is all about and what it really wants:

a. Government should encourage domestic investment.

“This recession is marked by a massive investment drought in the U.S., which will have long-term negative consequences. The proof: In the latest quarter, net domestic investment was only 3.3% of net national product, compared to 8.0% in 2007. There’s been a rebound in investment since 2009, but it’s been very mild–far less than the country needs.”
—Michael Mandel, chief economist, Progressive Policy Institute

b. Increases in average wages should bear some equivalent relationship with rises in productivity.

(While productivity has risen significantly, most Americans have seen their wages stagnate, at best. If the median household income had kept up with economic growth since 1970, Mother Jones magazine calculates it would now be nearly $92,000, not $50,000.)

3. Department of abasement, apology and correction:

In my most recent post, I mentioned, the 10-16 degree rise in temperature 300 million years ago that killed of 75% of all living things on earth, and that most peer-reviewed estimates of the extent of worldwide temperature rise by the end of this century predict a rise of about 6 or 7 degrees Fahrenheit. I was wrong. The International Energy Agency, in November 2011 predicted as much as 11 degree Fahrenheit temperature rise. I apologize for the error. On the other hand their estimate may simply be an outlier and my statement would then stand as correct.
“POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT”:
Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

1. The state of political discourse in the US:

“Barack Hussein Obama, our president, is a traitor. Finally, his hatred for our nation and his plan to destroy it are crystal clear. He must be forced from office — legally — before our entire country goes down the drain for the final count!
Much has gone on in the last three years to show Obamaʼs true colors, sympathetic not to Judeo-Christian values and culture, but Islam and its surrogate-controlled states.”

Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and the current head of Freedom Watch.

2. Made in America:

The International House of Prayerʼs (IHOP) Mike Bickle, who emceed Rick Perryʼs prayer rally The Response, claims that Christians who are gay are opening themselves up to attacks from Satan. Bickle, who is best known for claiming that Oprah Winfrey is the harbinger of the Antichrist and arguing that the “gay marriage agenda” is “rooted in the depths of Hell,” recently said in an interview about homosexuality that gays and lesbians must “declare war” against their sexual orientation or will face “flaming missiles of the Evil One.” He warned that gays and lesbians, along with heterosexuals who have sex before marriage, who “give up and give in” will ultimately begin “denying the faith,” which “opens the door to the demonic realm to touch them.”

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“Most of us 99-percenters couldnʼt even let our dogs leave a dump on the sidewalk without feeling ashamed before our neighbors. Itʼs called having a conscience: even though there are plenty of things most of us could get away with doing, we just donʼt do them, because, well, we live here. Most of us wouldnʼt take a million dollars to swindle the local school system, or put our next door neighbors out on the street with a robosigned foreclosure, or steal the lifeʼs savings of some old pensioner down the block by selling him a bunch of worthless securities. But our Too-Big-To-Fail banks unhesitatingly take billions in bailout money and then turn right around and finance the export of jobs to new locations in China and India. They defraud the pension funds of state workers into buying billions of their crap mortgage assets. They take zero-interest loans from the state and then lend that same money back to us at interest. Or, like Chase, they bribe the politicians serving countries and states and cities and even school boards to take on crippling debt deals. Nobody with real skin in the game, who had any kind of stake in our collective future, would do any of those things. Or, if a person did do those things, youʼd at least expect him to have enough shame not to whine to a Bloomberg reporter when the rest of us complained about it.”

Matt Taibii Rolling Stone

TODAY’S CHART:

TODAY’S CARTOON”

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. (21Joseph 0001) January 10, 2012

THE NAKED MOLE RAT CHRONICLES:

“And so it begins, a historic departure, the Voyage of the HMS Bagel, in search of further documentation of this next evolutionary tour de force.”
Peter G

1. Chronicles: A soldiers life:

I am called Glabix XI or Eleven for short. Being a soldier is not too bad a life. Once the Old Horror, The Queen, may she long live and reign in peace and prosperity, chose her consorts (one of whom was my father) the rest of us were free to go about our business without all that hustling about, preening and fighting for poon-tang so to speak. It takes a lot of pressure off guys. The ladies still have to hang around the nursery and the old Queen waiting for her to sicken so that they can beat each other up to see which one gets laid and takes over running things. Not us guys though, we just keep doing what were doing until one of the ladies wins the fight and in her sex-crazed madness jumps our bones. Then, for the lucky two or three guys it’s an even softer job than being a cop like me. In return for giving it up, so to speak, to the Queen whenever she is in the mood, the consort gets to boss everyone else around just like the Queen.

Most of my days are spent wandering the tunnels searching for things that do not smell right, usually that means there is an intruder to deal with. It is pretty easy stuff really, except when the Old Horror, The Queen, my beloved mother, may her reign be long and glorious, is up and about pushing everyone around for whatever it is that itches her tooth at that moment. If truth be known most of us soldiers are a big and lazy lot, but when the time comes we do our job. Our job…? Well primarily, it is to push out from the tunnels those things that do not smell right. Sometimes when it is something too big and too dangerous to push out, it is the job of one of us soldiers to, well, give ourselves up to be eaten so that the intruder busys itself dining long enough for the rest of us to wall off the tunnel the intruder used to get in. I know it is a thankless job, but someone has to do it.

2.Heterocephalus G awards: Awarded to those who most contribute to paving the way for the rise of The Naked Mole Rat.

Today’s award goes to Kevin DuJan a gay man from Chicago’s Boystown who it is reported claimed in his blog that, because of his opposition to Gay Marriage and support of right-wing politicians such as Sarah Palin, leftist gays are secretly conspiring to deny him dates with “hot twinks” and are poisoning his cocktails at his favorite bar.

(Keep on fighting the good fight Kevin.)

3. H. Glaber fellow travelers:

Rufus (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is a naked mole-rat, the pet friend, and soul brother of Ron Stoppable in the Wiki (Disney) cartoon Kim Possible (http://kimpossible.wikia.com/wiki/Rufus). Rufus lives almost full-time in Ron’s pocket, and accompanies him everywhere. He is exceptionally intelligent for an animal, but average by human standards, and is capable of limited speech.
In the episode Oh No Yono!, he was the first one to be turned into a statue by Yono the Destroyer.

H. Glaber says, check it out.

TODAY’S FACTOIDS:

1. 2012: Five statistics about today’s America:

1. A staggering 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be “low-income” or are living in poverty.
2. Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low-income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low-income jobs.
3. Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.
4. A higher percentage of Americans are living in extreme poverty (6.7%) than has ever been measured before.
5. According to a study that was just released, CEO pay at America’s biggest companies rose by 36.5% in just one recent 12 month period.

2. 1789: The American Constitution was Drafted. What do you think our Founding Fathers were smoking while they wrote it?

“Some of my finest hours have been spent sitting on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere !”

~George Washington

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”
~John Adams

Was it possible that the patriotic boys of the Continental Army, marched off to battle the British Red Coats while stoned on weed? No wonder they won.

I can picture General Georgie the Washman, just before stepping on that boat prior the surprise attack on the British troops in Trenton, knowing he was going to freeze his ass off during the crossing, taking a toke or two to help him weather the voyage. How do you think the Continental Army was able to survive that bone-chilling winter at Valley Forge?

And what about TJ living large and enjoying it on that back veranda at Monticello watching his sweating slaves work his fields through the haze of smoke curling up from the joint he is holding in one hand while his other hand snakes under Sally Hemming’s skirt to stroke her rump. Now that’s what patriotism is all about.

The Real Birth of a Nation.

3. 2011: It’s against the law to lie on television in Canada.

Canadian conservatives tried to change that law so FOX could broadcast in Canada. They were unable to get the law changed, so FOX does not operate in Canada!

(eh!)

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

The Nation:

Of the two national English language newspapers in Thailand, “The Nation” is considered the tabloid, and until recently I have always assumed was the more conservative of the two and the one most strongly supportive of the party opposed to Thaksin the Terrible, the exiled fugitive elder brother of the current Prime Minister Princess Lucky Girl. My perception may have been wrong. I recently noticed a decided shift in its editorial and headline policy to be more sympathetic to the current government.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

Not much to report. I have begun preparation for my return to the US on January 24. Other than that I have continued to swim every day and have gone to see,”The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Tinker, Tailor…” at the movies. I enjoyed both very much although how one could comprehend “Tinker, Tailor…” without reading the book or having seen the Alec Guinness version, I will never understand.

I thought “Dragon Tattoo,” was worth seeing for Rooney Mara’s retaliatory rape alone. When she looked down at her now cowering tormentor with the black rings around her eyes and explained to him that he should fear her because her social service investigators opinion was true, she was insane, it brought tears to my eyes.

PETRILLO’S COMMENTARY:

In prior posts and in my blogs, I have repeatedly warned of the inevitable crises and economic and political turmoil resulting from impending mass migrations of populations displaced by war, revolution, climate, political or economic disruption. It is already being felt in many parts of the world today. According to Michael Wertz and Laura Conley:

“The United Nations’ recent Human Development Report stated that, worldwide, there are already an estimated 700 million internal migrants—those leaving their homes within their own countries—a number that includes people whose migration is related to climate change and environmental factors. Overall migration across national borders is already at approximately 214 million people worldwide, with estimates of up to 20 million displaced in 2008 alone because of a rising sea level, desertification, and flooding.
One expert, Oli Brown of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, predicts a tenfold increase in the current number of internally displaced persons and international refugees by 2050.”

(The US is not immune. Historically once migration begins, resistance, no mater how violent has rarely, if ever, proven effective for long. The only options are, either accept it and do the best one can to assimilate the migrants into the host culture with minimal turmoil or to affirmatively relieve the causes for the migration in an effort to slow or stop it. Jingoistic and nationalist policies only causes the receiving culture greater short-term and long-term damage. The greatest disruption is from the creation of an increasingly isolated and resentful minority population that reacts by refusing to assimilate while by the sheer force of its numbers demands a share of political and economic control over the host society.)

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

MOPEY JOE’S MEMORIES:

On the Edge: Stories about the Creation and Early Years of California’s Monumental Coastal Protection Program.

In the Beginning: an oft told story.

In the autumn of 1972, I was a card-carrying, pot smoking, alternative life style living, unemployed, hirsute Hippy San Franciscanus. It was about noon on a glorious fall day. I was wandering about in downtown San Francisco wondering about what I was going to do about lunch. I was just passing the newly built Transamerica Building on my way to North Beach, hippy central during those times. Out of the corner of my eye I catch sight of a very tall, very skinny bearded man emerging from the forest of columns supporting the somewhat pyramid-shaped building who was rapidly approaching me.

He was dressed more or less in the style of my cultural sub-group. That is, he was not wearing a business suit or clothing purchased from any retail store not dealing in second-hand garments. His outfit was accessorized with a red bandanna around his neck and an aluminum Sierra Club drinking cup dangling from a rope belt tied around his waist. He grabbed my arm with his long skinny fingers and Moses like, but in a surprisingly squeaky voice, said:

“You must help save the Pygmy Forest.”

Now the societal fringe movement to which I belonged at that time was very sensitive to anything that could be considered a portent of an emerging transcendental experience. Here, the sun was at its zenith and I was standing at the base of an almost pyramid like the wedding guest detained by the ancient mariner, clearly a portent portended. So in the polite manner of the denizens of New York where I was born, raised and had so recently left, I answered:

“What the fuck is a Pygmy Forest?”
(To be continued)

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

RED STAR

Chapter: Don’t Piss off Meg:

It was late, Meg had spent a few hours a Fat Al’s offices reviewing with him the chaotic and seemingly unconnected information he had assembled. She was sure there was something in that mess of documents could help her to clear up the cause of Stephanie’s death. Later they had dinner together at a little restaurant near the office where they swapped cop stories. They were interrupted by a call from Ray. Vince Biondi and someone else were involved is a shootout at a posh hotel in downtown.

They drove down to see for themselves. Fat Al’s retired cop badge and her uniform got them past the police lines. Fat Al spoke with a few of his old colleagues in homicide. It seems the police believed that it was a gangland shooting of some sort. Three people were dead. The hotel’s restaurant staff and four diners had been herded into the large freezer in the kitchen by five armed men. The three dead bodies had been identified as some of the intruders. Apparently their target had been some other diner or diners at least one of whom was a middle-aged man seated by the maitre’d before he was hustled off into the freezer by the gunman. He had recognized the man because he had eaten there a few weeks ago. Unfortunately the reservation book page had been torn out. Al was sure they would go through the prior reservation to try to identify the diner who they both agreed was probably Vince. It would take them a few days Al guessed.

As she approached the incline that rose to pass along the edge of the cliff referred to as Devil’s Slide, where Stephanie’s automobile, like so many others, had slid off the road and crashed into the rocks and surf below, she was convinced Stephanie’s death was not an accident and somehow connected to tonight’s events at the restaurant. Stephanie had begged Vince to meet with her so that she could share some information about her husband’s death. But, she died the night before they could meet. Now someone had tried to kill Vince, or was it the woman he was with and why?

Preoccupied with her thoughts, her car climbed the hill and entered the narrow winding and often impassable road that traversed Devil’s Slide itself. The fog had begun to creep across the road making it slick and the looming curves hard to see. But she had driven this road many times before and knew it like the back of her hand. She chuckled and wondered where that expression came from. Did anyone really know the back or their hand all that well. She raised her hand to look at it and glanced into her rear view mirror. She saw a car following her closely, too closely. Stupid for someone to follow a police patrol car that closely; just looking for a ticket she thought. Then she noticed the car speed up and felt the impact as it plowed into her rear bumper. Her vehicle skidded and went out of control.
(To be continued)

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

1. From “Not the Nation”(Thailand’s version of “The Onion”) :

Fortune Tellers Predict Record-Breaking Stupidity, Profits In 2012

BANGKOK – As the year draws to a close, Thailand’s professional soothsayers and astrologers have issued their annual predictions. Their unanimous verdict is that 2012 will be a great year for their industry, concurrent with it being a poor year for human intelligence, rational thought, and deductive reasoning.

2. You may be smarter than you think you are:

According to Psychology Today, people who use more drugs are more intelligent. “Intelligent people don’t always do the right thing,” they write, “only the evolutionarily novel thing.”

According to a study conducted by National Child Development, “more intelligent children in the United Kingdom are more likely to grow up to consume psychoactive drugs than less intelligent children.” These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and tobacco.

“Very bright individuals (with ID above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than very dull individuals,” says Psychology Today. They ran the same study in the U.S. and found similar results.

(I always suspected my grandsons were geniuses.)

“POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT”

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This is what we have become:

Gordon “Chaps” Klingenschmitt is joining other right-wing activists in defending the Florida Family Association and Lowe’s, which bowed to the extremist group’s pressure to stop advertising on TLC’s All-American Muslim. Klingenschmitt prayed for God to “grant Lowe’s their greatest financial profits” and asked God to bless the FFA for “exposing the deeds of darkness.” He also labeled All-American Muslim “Islamic propaganda” and said people who oppose FFA’s pressure campaign against the reality show’s advertisers are “terrorist sympathizers.”

And yet, I still receive email correspondence from those who claim that posting this is merely “liberal” propaganda. I just have to sigh and assume they perhaps also believe “Kristallnacht” never happened. We need to remember that not all terrorists are Muslim. Some terrorists (alas much too many) claim to be God-fearing American Christians. Also, not all Muslims are terrorists or even sympathize with them although, I am sorry to say, when it comes to sympathy for terrorists the same cannot be said of conservative punditry, Faux News and the right-wing religious hierarchy all of whom at one time or another have been known to, if not urge, than at least condone terrorism and killing of those with whom they disagree. Again, I suggest we recall the words of “Mr. Conservative,” Barry Goldwater:

“I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C” and “D.” Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”
~Barry Goldwater

Isn’t it about time we ask some of our elected officials to show the same courage is opposing these thugs as Barry Goldwater did?

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.”-
Mary Ellen Kelly (anthropologist) (found in Whatever It Is, I’m Against It, Nat Hentoff, ed.)

TODAY’S CHART:

From Robert Frank, author of The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, who argues that unfettered competition may be good for individuals but can be hell for the common good.

TODAY’S CARTOON”

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

Southern California at night.

See if you can find the bright lights of Disneyland.

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This and That from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. (16 Joseph 0001) January 4, 2012

THE NAKED MOLE RAT CHRONICLES:

More about the Naked Mole Rat (NMR):

As you know I have postulated that NMR are most likely our evolutionary successors. I believe that we, humanity, should get to know our heirs better and I propose the creation of the NMR Appreciation Society. I have attached below a recent photograph of the handsome fellow (He looks a lot like some of the farangs I see sitting at the bars in Bangkok).

Recently Peter G, (not related to Kenny G.), a sometime faithful reader of these posts, sent me what I believe is the clearest, most thoughtful and insightful analysis of our beloved successor.

“Known among bureaucrats as NMRs, the [dare I say it?] NMR does indeed have a bright future. As the depredations of the Corporate Humans, southern white male radicals, Newts, and other assorted dimwits and brigands dismantle the fragile remnants of civilization and hasten the total environmental breakdown from global warming, the NMR will thrive. How and why?

 This little critter barely breathes oxygen and its metabolism is the opposite of ADD. So, as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increase exponentially with global warming, the NMR will kick back in salubrious delight and thrive in its subterranean burrows while the humanoids tear each other apart and gasp for breath. The real rats and the cockroaches and mosquitos won’t bother with the NMR’s underworld; they’ll have enough to feast on above.

The warming will only benefit the NMR, which, to avoid overheating in this post-petroleum fumed world, will change its bundling habit when it’s cold (no longer necessary) and expand its habitat range. NMR burrows will increase in extent by orders of magnitude, so more room will be available and overheating will not be a problem.

Now, sharper teeth and endurance will be needed to extend the burrow network of the NMR. The NMR will adapt — after all, what’s evolution all about? — and thus be able to enhance its tuber intake, becoming bigger and stronger and eventually enabling its burrow network to underlie all of eastern Africa. Then the fun will begin, as the NMR expands its domain Out Of Africa, learning Danish in the process and having its queen becoming the toughest bitch in the hood. Oxfam, whose few workers in the region will be the last surviving humanoid remnant before oblivion, will document this NMR evolution, which is how all of this is known. Remember that the cycle continues after the Age of Kali, and the data will have reposed in the Cloud for some time already, available to those who have access.

The NMR will also evolve spiritually, it’s becoming the superior mammal simply ineluctable. The NMR eats its own feces, which aids digestion of its main source of sustenance, the tough tubers (not to be confused with The Tough Tubers who used to open for the Rolling Stones). Here’s the key: a former Indian Finance Minister routinely drank his own urine as part of his whole spiritual discipline and enhancement. The evolving NMR will obtain similar benefits from recycling its own waste matter. As its habitat range expands, so, too, will the spiritual and physical dominance of the NMR become manifest.

And so, Naked Mole Rat über alles, with a super queen whose name is Alice, ubiquitous but without malice, looking like a tooth-ed phallus. NMR Zindabad!

I invite any and all of the readers of these posts to share with me your thoughts about this formidable, yet beloved, rodent. Together we can raise world-wide awareness of NMR and its destined role in evolutionary development.

TODAY’S FACTOIDS:

     1. 2012 Climate Change:

Departure of precipitation from average for 2011, as of December 6, 2011. Remarkably, more than half of the country (56%) experienced either a top-ten driest or top-ten wettest year, a new record. Image credit: NOAA/HPC.

Note: Although the above map is consistent with most climate change models, one cannot and should not refer to statistics for any single year or any region as proof of the process exists or does not exist. However, this map describes precipitation in 2011 as it relates to a ten-year or more period and may be more indicative of long-range trends.

In a post about a year ago, I predicted the general outlines of the information displayed on this map would develop as some of the potential long-term impacts expected from carbon induced climate change trends; escalating dryness in south and southwest US and wetness along the northern portions of each coast. What I did not expect is the level of precipitation in the north-western Rocky Mountains and in the upper eastern Midwest. Nor did I foresee the significant drying trend along the California and Oregon coasts and the US southeast coast.

The increased moisture northwest of the Appalachian Mountains are easily explained by the prevailing northwest winds in northern North America carrying the enhanced moisture leaden air against their western flanks and dropping that moisture as rain or snow as the air rises over the mountain crests. I am not sure about the cause of the greater precipitation along the eastern Rockies or the lack of it along the western Sierra’s although in the latter case the map seems to merely indicate normal year precipitation patterns over the decade.

As for the extreme coastal dryness in the two areas mentioned, some drying was expected in both areas as one progressed southward. Again in California’s case and much of the Colorado River drainage, it appears 2011 was simply an average year.

The real news, however, is not whether or not these trends are continuing and long-term, but the rapidity at which they are occurring. Most information I have seen indicates that the climate induced weather changes, whatever they may ultimately be, are quickening. If that is the case, then grappling with solutions may be less appropriate than personal and societal preparation for the inevitable impacts.

Nevertheless, we should all become aware that, 300 million years ago when, due mostly to vulcanism, the earths climate changed by between 10 and 16 degrees Fahrenheit, over about 20,000 years. During that period more than 75% of all life on the planet disappeared. Currently even the most avid climate change deniers agree that in less than a century the worlds average temperature will probably increase by at least 3.6 degrees. Most scientific peer-reviewed analyses, on the other hand see that increase to be somewhere between 6 and 7 degrees.

The current debate between these who have the most to lose now from actions taken to try to halt or delay these trends and those who have little to gain from them is over whether we are merely entering a period demanding greater AC availability or whether we should begin re-arranging the deck chairs. That debate resolves itself into an argument between those that maintain we should do nothing because something always turns up and those who believe that nothing turns up unless you do something.

     2. 2012, Climate Change Debate: ! ! Regarding the so-called climate change debate I discovered the following in my review of “Climate Progress” website:

“97 out of 100 climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.

Several independent surveys find 97% of climate scientists who are actively publishing peer-reviewed climate research agree that humans are causing global warming. On top of this overwhelming consensus, National Academies of Science from all over the world also endorse the consensus view of human caused global warming, as expressed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

However, movements that deny a scientific consensus have always sought to cast doubt on the fact that a consensus exists. One technique is the use of fake experts, citing scientists who have little to no expertise in the particular field of science.

 For example, the OISM Petition Project claims 31,000 scientists disagree with the scientific consensus on global warming.  However, around 99.9% of the scientists listed in the Petition Project are not climate scientists. The petition is open to anyone with a Bachelor of Science or higher and includes medical doctors, mechanical engineers and computer scientists.”

     3. The most dangerous drug in the world:

Members of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, including two invited specialists, met in a 1-day interactive workshop to score 20 drugs on 16 criteria: nine related to the harms that a drug produces in the individual and seven to the harms to others. Drugs were scored out of 100 points, and the criteria were weighted to indicate their relative importance.

MCDA modeling showed that heroin, crack cocaine, and met-amphetamine were the most harmful drugs to individuals (part scores 34, 37, and 32, respectively), whereas alcohol, heroin, and crack cocaine were the most harmful to others (46, 21, and 17, respectively).

Overall, alcohol was the most harmful drug (overall harm score 72), with heroin (55) and crack cocaine (54) in second and third places.!

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

Since my New Year’s Eve adventure, I have been lying low, swimming, napping and enjoying my massages.

The Little Masseuse seems to be losing her hair. I had an image of an aging Sinead OʼConnor as my masseuse. Recently she hinted about getting a wig, a red one. That did not surprise me as much as that, for some reason, I began to fancy one for myself. Not that I am losing my hair. Far from it. Although I now keep it short, we Petrillos are genetically incapable of losing our hair. Nevertheless, I could not understand my obsession. It was not because I was going completely grey, there are still some strands of black yet. No, I dreamt of sporting a bright red wig beneath my yellow Panama hat. If I were then to dye my neck wattle red then with my red coxcomb I would resemble a rooster wearing a straw hat. Life is strange, weird really. I think someone once said, “Dying is easy Life is hard,” or was it that boozy clown W. C. Fields who said, “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Whatever. Actually, if you think about it, life is interesting, death is a bore, thereʼs nothing to do anymore.

PETRILLOʼS COMMENTARY:

In 1950, finance and insurance in the United States accounted for 2.8% of GDP, according to US Department of Commerce estimates. By 1960, that share had grown to 3.8% of GDP, and reached 6% of GDP in 1990. Today, it is 8.4% of GDP, and it is not shrinking.

The problem raised by this statistic is that if the finance industry were doing what it and its captured economists tell us, that their activities were necessary to provide the financial resources to grow the economy, their percentage share in GDP should have remained the same or even decreased. Instead their share of GDP increased at a greater rate than any other sector of the economy, even greater than government, whose share of GDP actually decreased during most of this time.

What this tells me is that the financial industry rather than contributing to the growth of the economy, is focused instead on its own growth at the expense of the economy. So who needs it?

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

     RED STAR. Chapter: Escape (cont.):

Realizing that escape through the lobby might put innocent people at risk, Isabella chose the door to the alley. Pushing on the pressure lock with her back she swung into a crouch as she followed the door into the alley. She saw no one. Motioning for Vince to follow, she began to run toward the street. She had only gone a few feet when a car screeched to a halt blocking their way. Isabella dropped to one knee, gun outstretched prepared to fire. Vince trying to stop slipped and fell onto his already damp backside uttering the unnecessary and redundant expletive “shit.”

Before Isabella could fire the vehicle’s window descended revealing a smiling face waving at them.

“Ray,” exclaimed Isabella. She stood up and reached down to pull Vince to his feet. They ran to the car. She opened the rear door, pushed Vince in and followed.

Ray, carefully avoiding bringing additional attention to them by screeching the tires in a cinematic escape, drove carefully toward Market Street.

“Where to? Everyone OK? How you doing boss?” he asked in quick succession.

Vince, seething with resentment from his embarrassment and Isabella’s manhandling, just glared.

“Were ok. Drive to my place. I have security there. Thereʼs probably none at Vince’s apartment,” Isabella

“I need to change,” Vince interjected. “I’m sure you can do it at my place and it is safer there.”

They could hear the police sirens as they converged at the hotel. It reminded Vince of the law firm shooting at the high rise nearby. He had lost several friends there. It also took the cops a long time to get there then he thought bleakly.

They arrived at the plush high-rise condo hotel in which Isabella lived.

“Hold on to me as we cross the lobby, as though we are a little drunk,” Isabella directed. “It will help disguise why we look the way we do,” she added while wiping as much of the blood off her face with the tissues Ray handed to he when they entered the car.

Vince remained sullenly silent, but has he got out of the vehicle he, hesitated turned to Ray and said with the hint of a smile, “How come I seem to run into you everywhere?” (to be continued) !

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

1.You may be smarter than you think you are:
Business Insider reports that an online survey of 895 Web users and experts found more than three-quarters believe the Internet will make people smarter in the next 10 years, according to results released on Friday. !! But 21 percent said the Internet would have the opposite effect and could even lower the IQs of some who use it a lot. !! Time will tell, but most experts believe the internet benefits intelligence.

     2. What “Occupy” is all about and what it really wants:

“POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT”:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

     1. Why are they devouring each other?

“George Will was wrong: Newt Gingrich is a Marxist Two weeks ago, George Will wrote a column in which he said Newt Gingrich “would have made a marvelous Marxist.” At the time, it seemed a little over the top, but Gingrich managed to prove Will right yesterday when he leveled this attack Mitt Romney:

 Romney and Gingrich, from bad to worse I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, that I would be glad to listen to him.’

These are not the words of a conservative who believes in the free market system. This is the world view of a socialist bent on redistributing wealth.

Conn Carroll Senior Editorial Writer at the very conservative Washington Examiner calling Newt a “Marxist”.

     2. P.J. O’Rourke, author and conservative political commentator discusses the differences between the parties:

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesnʼt work and then get elected and prove it.”

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“Just as I was instrumental in exposing the bribery of the Clintons by China during their administration, concerned citizens need to be hard at work uncovering the bribery of Obama by the Iranians. I for one am investigating this likelihood. Bill Clinton and his criminal wife, Hillary, were the “Manchurian Candidates,” but Obama and Hillary are now the “Islamic Iranian Candidates,” an analogy the movie that depicted how Chinese communists infiltrated the highest reaches of our government. The primary explanation for Obama and Clinton rolling over for the Iranian Islamist mullahs is that they

were paid off, that is, bribed. This occurred during the Clinton years with communist China, so it is not farfetched that it is happening now. Obama and Clinton need the campaign cash to win the next elections, just as Bill and Hill needed it in 1996 to defeat Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.”

Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and the current head of Freedom Watch and major supporter of the so-called Christian Right.

(Wow! Aren’t you glad you have someone like Larry watching over our Democracy?)

TODAY’S CHART:

TODAY’S CARTOON”

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:


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THE INHERITOR — THE NAKED MOLE RAT — IT IS OUR FUTURE

Now some of you may not consider Heterocephalus Glaber here as the epitome of beauty, but we must remember, during the Pleistocene, when our first ancestors swung down from the trees onto the veldt, to those sitting atop the food chain they must have appeared unprepossessing in the extreme. In a land populated by sleek, magnificently fanged felines, lithe and graceful gazelles, handsome dire wolves and muscular and gloriously horned ruminants these scrawny creatures must have been met with disdain and revulsion. Instead of the magnificent dentition of the predators of that age, their teeth were repulsively tiny and virtually worthless. They ambulated unsteadily on two legs like diseased creatures. Neither claws nor shiny hooves graced their extremities. Instead of a lustrous pelt they were virtually naked with hair sprouting in tufts seemingly at random about their bodies. And, the face, squashed in like it had been stepped on by a Mastodon. These creatures, our ancestors, were down right ugly and revolting.

So look again at H. Glaber of the future. Imagine this magnificent creature striding across its world, the master of all it surveys.

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