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1970: "Love grows where my rosemary goes" by Edison Lighthouse

I loved this song!

At home on the farm with Deez Nuts (15 year old Presidential candidate)


Wallingford, Ia. – Turns out the presidential candidate with whom I identify most might be Brady Olson, the northwest Iowa boy who has upended this summer’s traditional campaign story line nearly as much as Donald Trump.

If you’re unfamiliar with Brady, 15, perhaps you recognize his notorious political alter-ego: the faux candidate known as “Deez Nuts.” I remember being a rather shy rural Iowa teen, intrigued by the wider world, nervously anticipating my sophomore year of high school. Although I didn't even run for class president, let alone president of the United States.

Olson suddenly — and unwittingly to some extent — was transformed from a high school golfer, baseball pitcher, basketball player and percussionist into a national political force that has polled better than seasoned governors and lawmakers four times his age. He reached 7 percent support in one Iowa poll. Technically, Brady needs to be 20 years older to qualify as a candidate. But Deez Nuts already is on the ballot in 30 states.

I was just the second journalist — after a TV reporter from Minnesota — to traipse onto the Olson farmstead to pick this unlikely newcomer's political brain.

video at link

I'd rather vote for Deez Nuts than Herr Trump

thought experiment: Glenn Miller-style music comeback

As some of you know, my son is almost 20. Therefore, I've learned more about hip-hop than I ever cared to know. I like some of it.

We were discussing trends in popular music and the outrageous things performers have done over the years on stage. It seems just about everything possible has been done on stage (barring human sacrifice, incest, bestiality, etc). I said to him, "I can see nerdy guys wearing suits on stage coming back" (the Glenn Miller reference). He disagreed with me. Big surprise.

Think about it. What is MORE rebellious against popular culture than to go to a venue and listen to nerdy guys in suits on stage acting all 1940'ish ? I don't know I'd do it more than once for the experience, but it would be a massive revolt against the popular culture: repressed, throw-back, old school, "boring", the polar opposite of rock and roll and hip-hop.

Yea yea, I know you can still go to weddings and listen to a band like this. I'm talking popular culture, top 40, mainstream radio, yada yada. Anyway, idle hands and thoughts are the devil's workshop.

Donald Trump helps us relive the 1930s


Give this to Donald Trump: he helps us picture how the anti-democratic, right wing, personality-driven movements of the 1930s came to power. Those movements are usually characterized as fascist though they were diverse, and the term itself is hellishly hard to define. As time passed, they faded into an inexplicably “evil” moment in history which thankfully couldn’t happen here or now.

In fact a satirical 1935 novel set in the U.S. was titled, It Can’t Happen Here. When it was adapted for the 1980s TV series, V, homegrown authoritarians seemed so unlikely to network execs, they were turned into alien invaders. But, though Trump’s certainly no fascist, he helps us revisit the spirit of that distant era.

He’s relatively indifferent to democracy. Very early, he said he’d like to “expedite” the election, i.e., get it over with and on to taking power. This week in Iowa he said he wished the vote was tomorrow. His policies are utterly vague; there’s no point articulating them, it’s all in his head. He’ll get the best people, make the best deals, “you’re gonna love it.” It amounts to trusting him absolutely, the strong leader, whose brilliance, success, even his physical beauty, are undeniable. There’s no concrete participation. He “loves” his base and will look after them; their only role is to love him back.

He’s about his own strength and power, as were those movements. His favourite word is strong; the “guys” he’ll recruit to beat back the Chinese and Japanese are “killers,” it’s an upbeat version of Nietzsche’s will to power. He mocks weakness in opponents; his code word for it is “low energy.” He’ll restore national greatness, which was lost due to “stupid,” weak leaders. He’s not racist in any explicit sense — quite the opposite — but there’s clear racist appeal in his attack on evil, murderous Mexican illegals in “our” midst.

Despite asking for money, Trump denies event is a fundraiser


Norwood, Massachusetts (CNN)Donald Trump said at an event charging $100-a-head in Massachusetts for his campaign Friday that he was not attending a fundraiser.

"This is not a fundraiser," Trump told reporters in Norwood. "I turn down a lot of money."

But earlier Friday, a sign outside the event directed donors on how to contribute.

"Please have checks made payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. or cash ready on entry. Thank you," read the sign, which was later taken down after Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, saw a CNN report.

Donald Trump lies yet again. Shocking!

Really random: have people always hated clowns ?!

I didn't hate clowns growing up. I still don't. Is there something wrong with me ?!

My fellow Floridians, what are you doing so far about Erika ?

I live so far inland that I'm doing absolutely nothing. What are you doing ?

Georgians, Alabamians, Mississipians, Louisiana folks and Texans, feel free to chime in. Who knows, it might swerve out to sea and miss us all, or might just fizzle out.

10 places where renting a home beats buying


(heavily edited)

San Francisco


Suffolk County, NY


Washington, DC

Portland, OR

Los Angeles

Port St. Lucie, FL (this one surprised me)

Asheville, NC

Lincoln, NE

I just did the 2015 Census thing requested by the Census Bureau....

Did all of you get a big envelope from them containing the demand you do the 2015 Census test ? I did. Of course I immediately noticed the big bold black letters in MUST BE COMPLETED BY ORDER OF LAW or some such verbiage. Ok no big deal, I'm used to that sort of thing with government documents.

The questions are a bit nosey but just standard Census questions. No questions on income, which surprised me. Of course they ask your ethnicity, and under "White" they list Lebanon for an ancestral country. I wondered, why not list Syria and Israel too ? I think Jordan was listed ? I forget. Egypt was listed. I'm no expert on ethnicity and middle-eastern countries for sure.

I can just imagine the hard right-wing Tea Party types going full OBAMA_COMMUNIST_MUSLIM_KENYAN_FEMA_NAZI over this and refusing to do it. You can do it over the internet, which I did. If you refuse to do it over the net or cannot do it that way, then the CB comes to your door.

$21,325: Dream Machine 2015, dead tree Maximum PC magazine Oct. 2015

CPU = Intel Core i7-5960X = $1,050

Motherboard = Asus Rampage V Extreme = $470

RAM = 64 GB DDR4 Corsair Dominator = $1,495

GPU = 4x EVGA GeForce TitanX Hydro Copper = $5,200

SSD = 4x Samsung 850 PRO 1 Terabyte = $2,560

HDD = 4x WD Black 6 Terabytes = $1,200

Cooling = EKWB custom-loop cooling = $450

Case = CaseLabs Magnum SMA8 = $520

Case Paintjob = Smooth Creations = $800

OS = Windows 8.1 = $100

Monitor = 27 inch 5K Dell Ultrasharp UP2715K = $2500

Mouse = Logitech Daedalus Apex = $70

Keyboard = Razer Blackwidow Chroma = $170

Headset = Kingston HyperX Cloud II = $100

Speakers = Adam Audio 5.1 System = $3,700

Sound System = Sound Blaster X7 = $400

LED Strips = Logisys RGB LED = $90

PSU = EVGA SuperNova 1600 = $450

They do this every year to demonstrate the theoretical limit of consumer-grade computing power. Of course it's ridiculous overkill but to people like me, it's interesting to read. YMMV. It's also going to be outdated within a few years, as always.
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