Daily Archive: 10/11/2015

Oct 11 2015

Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Violence. Without Which Not. by UnaSpenser

I set out here to write about capitalism and how it shapes our relationships to everything. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while. I had planned to write about how competition, individualism, and the insecurity of having to “earn a living” or be denied survival, defines how we approach one another and the way in which we interact with people in our lives. I started by examining the definition of capitalism. I turned to Wikipedia first and got this:

capitalism is “an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are privately owned and operated via profit and loss calculation (price signals) through the price system.”

Most of my prior thinking had been focused on the profit and loss aspect and how the only valuation system capitalism uses is money. I had originally thought that I would want to discuss the lack of any ethics or social values in the definition and how that void gets filled by the profit imperative.

However, what I found myself focusing on first was the phrase “privately owned”. I was immediately writing about the concept of ownership. In the wake of three mass shootings in the US, this week, I found myself reaching the conclusion that any society which embraces the idea of private property is, at it’s core, violent. Violence is the very foundation that society. I found myself unable to focus on anything else. I realized that any system which includes any kind of ownership claim has to be violent. So, this isn’t a strictly anti-capitalist exploration. It’s an ownership exploration.

So, can we talk about how we are a fundamentally violent culture? How that’s a feature and not a bug? Can we talk about whether we want to be that? Whether we can change that?

I’ll walk you through my thoughts which led to “ownership = violence” and my not-yet-fully-formed ideas of alternatives and a vague sense of how to get there. My hope is that we spark the beginning of a growing dialogue.  

Oct 11 2015

Junior League Division Series: Royals @ Astros Game 3

Today’s Meta (because what good is a day without Meta?).  BIG meeting Monday about our transition to Wordpress on the 15th (that’s Thursday folks!).  Blogging this week will be especially sucky, starting today and continuing until next Sunday probably.

While I’m attempting to keep up with my responsibilities for content and technical direction, I’m not particularly familiar with some of the issues we have already identified.  TMC and I will probably be in conference until well after midnight, and this comes on top of what has already been a stressful week or 3.  I got three whole hours of sack time in the last 48 hours and at that I can’t complain because it’s been worse for TMC.

I would certainly like to be providing you with live blogging but that’s not going to be possible and the posts themselves are going to be highly abbreviated if available at all.

In my exhausted state I find it hard to pretend that greatly grieves me today, but you know- I don’t really care about the Junior League anyway.

I’ll probably continue to rant about my Metropolitans especially after that criminal assault on Tejada last night.  Be of good cheer, it’s season not career ending and in 5 game series tems that split the initial road games advance over 60% of the time.

Friday’s Game

Top 1st Walk.  RBI Double. Astros 1 – 0.

Top 2nd Leadoff Single.  Walk.  Single, Bases Loaded.  2 RBI Single.  Astros 3 – 0.  Double Play.

Bottom 2nd Solo Shot.  Astros 3 – 1.

Top 3rd Leadoff Solo Shot.  Astros 4 – 1.

Bottom 3rd Leadoff Double.  Infield Single, Runners at Corners.  RBI Double Play.  Astros 4 – 2.

Bottom 6th Double.  RBI Single.  Astros 4 – 3.  Single, Runners at Corners.  Walk, Bases Loaded.  RBI Walk.  Game Tied at 4.

Bottom 7th Leadoff Triple. RBI Single.  Royals 5 – 4 Final.

Series Tied at 1.

Analysis and Setup

So the Royals (96 – 68) won the Battle of the Losers.  Remember what I said above about the Mets chances?  Well, the Royals are on the short side of that.  They must at least split on the road to force a deciding 5th game.

If you’re an Astros (88 – 77) fan (can’t imagine why) don’t sweat Friday’s game.  Sweep at home and advance.

The Astros will send out Dallas Keuchel (L, 20 – 8, 2.48 ERA) and the Royals Edinson Volquez (R, 13 – 9, 3.55 ERA).  Keuchel is the Astros Ace.  He pitched six scoreless innings in a 3 – 0 win over the Yankees.  On paper this is a blowout.

Game time is 4 on MLB.

Oct 11 2015

Junior League Division Series: Blue Jays @ Rangers Game 3

Today’s Meta (because what good is a day without Meta?).  BIG meeting Monday about our transition to Wordpress on the 15th (that’s Thursday folks!).  Blogging this week will be especially sucky, starting today and continuing until next Sunday probably.

While I’m attempting to keep up with my responsibilities for content and technical direction, I’m not particularly familiar with some of the issues we have already identified.  TMC and I will probably be in conference until well after midnight, and this comes on top of what has already been a stressful week or 3.  I got three whole hours of sack time in the last 48 hours and at that I can’t complain because it’s been worse for TMC.

I would certainly like to be providing you with live blogging but that’s not going to be possible and the posts themselves are going to be highly abbreviated if available at all.

In my exhausted state I find it hard to pretend that greatly grieves me today, but you know- I don’t really care about the Junior League anyway.

I’ll probably continue to rant about my Metropolitans especially after that criminal assault on Tejada last night.  Be of good cheer, it’s season not career ending and in 5 game series tems that split the initial road games advance over 60% of the time.

Friday’s Game

Top 1st Leadoff Double.  RBI Single.  Rangers 1 – 0.  Single, Runners at Corners.  RBI Sacrifice cuts down the Runner at Second.  Rangers 2 – 0.

Bottom 1st Solo Shot.  Rangers 2 – 1.

Top 2nd Leadoff Walk.  Sacrifice advance Runner to Third.  RBI Sacrifice.  Rangers 3 – 1.

Bottom 2nd Error, Runner at First.  Ground Rule Double, Runners at Second and Third.  RBI Single. Rangers 3 – 2.  RBI Double Play.  Tied at 3.

Bottom 5th Leadoff Double.  Sacrifice.  RBI Single.  Blue Jays 4 – 3.

Top 8th Leadoff Single.  Sacrifice.  RBI Single.  Tied at 4.  Caught Stealing.

Top 14th Infield Single.  Single.  RBI Single.  Rangers 5 – 4.  RBI Single.  Rangers 6 – 4 Final.

Rangers lead Series 2 – 0.

Analysis and Setup

No doubt about it, the Blue Jays (93 – 91) are in trouble.  You don’t drop 2 at home in a 5 game series and expect to advance.

If you’re a fan and you want to see them play one last time, you better watch today’s game.

If on the other hand you’re a Rangers (90 – 74) fan (though I can’t imagine why) you’re in the Catbird seat (yes a bird pun, what about I haven’t slept in days are you not understanding?).  Today, tomorrow, who cares?

Well I do dammit.  If they win today it’s one less thing I have to do tomorrow.

Bye bye Birdie (getting it?).

Martin Perez (L, 3 – 6, 4.46 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rangers.  The Blue Jays will be starting Marco Estrada (R, 13 – 8, 3.13 ERA).  Alas, on paper the Jays cream ’em.

Game time is 4 on MLB.

Oct 11 2015

On This Day In History October 11

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 81 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1982, The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth.

The Mary Rose was a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. After serving for 33 years in several wars against France, Scotland, and Brittany and after being substantially rebuilt in 1536, she saw her last action on 19 July 1545. While leading the attack on the galleys of a French invasion fleet, she sank in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight. The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982 by the Mary Rose Trust in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology. The surviving section of the ship and thousands of recovered artefacts are of immeasurable value as a Tudor-era time capsule.

The excavation and salvage of the Mary Rose was a milestone in the field of maritime archaeology, comparable in complexity and cost only to the raising of the Swedish 17th-century warship Vasa in 1961. The finds include weapons, sailing equipment, naval supplies and a wide array of objects used by the crew. Many of the artefacts are unique to the Mary Rose and have provided insights into topics ranging from naval warfare to the history of musical instruments. Since the mid-1980s, while undergoing conservation, the remains of the hull have been on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. An extensive collection of well-preserved artefacts is on display at the nearby Mary Rose Museum.

The Mary Rose had no known career as a merchant vessel. She was one of the largest ships in the English navy throughout more than three decades of intermittent war and was one of the earliest examples of a purpose-built sailing warship. She was armed with new types of heavy guns that could fire through the recently invented gun-ports. After being substantially rebuilt in 1536, she was also one of the earliest ships that could fire a broadside, although the line of battle tactics that employed it had not yet been developed. Several theories have sought to explain the demise of the Mary Rose, based on historical records, knowledge of 16th-century shipbuilding and modern experiments. However, the precise cause of her sinking is still unclear, because of conflicting testimonies and a lack of conclusive physical evidence.

Oct 11 2015

Punting the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Punting the Pundits”.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on “This Week” are: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT); and Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

The roundtable guests are: Reihan Salam, “National Review“; LZ Granderson, ESPN; ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; and Mark Halperin, Bloomberg Politics.

Face the Nation: Host John Dickerson’s guests are; Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson; Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Washington Post‘s David Ignatius.

His panel guests are; Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus; National Journal‘s Ron Fournier; The Federalist‘s Ben Domenech; and the Washington Post‘s Robert Costa.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: This Sunday’s guests on “MTP” are; Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. David Bratt (R-VA); and Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA).

The panel guests are: Eugene Robinson, Washington Post; Katleen Parker, Washington Post; Nathan Gonzales, The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report; and Hugh Hewitt, talk show host.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Democratic presidentaate former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD); and former House Benghazi Committee investigator Air Force Reserve Maj. Bradley Podliska.

Oct 11 2015

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

Ankara attacks: Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100

 

BBC

Turkey is beginning three days of mourning after two blasts at a peace rally in the capital, Ankara, killed at least 95 people on Saturday, the deadliest ever such attack in Turkey.

The attack left 245 people injured, with 48 of them in a serious condition.

TV footage showed scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners.

The government called the blasts a “terrorist act” and angrily rejected allegations that it was to blame.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there was evidence that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack, which comes three weeks before a re-run of June’s inconclusive parliamentary elections.




Sunday’s Headlines:

China arrests two more Japanese nationals on espionage charges – report

Ebola: Sierra Leone’s survivors return to daily life – but as outcasts

Protesters, police clash at refugee homes in Germany

Carson supporter pens Fox News op-ed blaming Jewish timidity for the Holocaust

The bittersweet story of a 19-year-old North Korean defector who’s now a San Francisco sushi chef

Oct 11 2015

Formula One 2015: Sochi

It’s the second ever race in Sochi, famous for it’s summertime Black Sea beaches and it’s Winter Olympic-time brown, snowless hills and it is really kind of ill omened.  Much of the first Practice was lost when a Cleaning Truck dropped a load of Diesel on the track, the second Practice was in constant rain, and the third Practice (the one right before Qualifying) kind of stopped when Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso pounded his car into a barrier after ripping off the left side on a wall.

He’s said to be ok, but he was going 120 when he hit and has been held in the hospital overnight (or not) while Formula One decides whether he can race.  You see it’s not whether he’s been concussed.  He has, you don’t decelerate like that with no effects, though they seem not to be serious, yet.  It’s really about what happens should he crash again (nothing good).  It has been only a year since Jules Bianchi died in Suzuka, the last stop of the Circus.  My money is that Bernie the Greedy, Cheating, Bribing (oh, the Bribe wasn’t about the money I stole from the shareholders, I was cheating on my taxes) Bastard makes Sainz race, because it’s all about the money.

You see, without Sainz, Bernie is only putting 19 cars on the track while his guarantees with the Track Owners are for a minimum of 14 and if he fails the financial penalties are quite substantial.

Take the issue of engines.  Engines you say?  Yup, they’re really quite important.

Next year Mercedes is providing their fabled Plants to Manor.  Manor?  Aren’t the one of the poorest teams?  Why, yes.  But these are not just any engines, these are leftovers from this year which any other team is FORBIDDEN to use.  Kindly, benevolent Uncle Bernie is graciously allowing them to play with his new favorite child’s cast-offs.

Favoritism is the rule, not the exception in Formula One.  Mercedes openly admits that only the factory werks Silver Arrow get the best, most up to date engines-

Since last month’s Italian Grand Prix, won by Hamilton, Mercedes’s factory team has had a different specification power unit to their customer teams Williams, Force India and Lotus.

“The decision we took is to do an R&D (research and development) exercise in order to learn more for next year and you can’t do this kind of exercise with a customer team,” Wolff told reporters at the Russian Grand Prix.

“If you go into a development direction, you can’t make eight engines because it could be the case that it was the wrong direction we went in.”

Bafflegarb.  But they’re not the only ones, Toro Rossa uses Scuderia Marlboro cast-offs too which explains why Red Bull doesn’t just snarf up their allocations from Ferrari and slap Hondas (the Gerbil on a treadmill of engines) in them and tell their developing drivers to “embrace the suck”.

Why does Red Bull need engines?  Well, they’re running Renaults which is the slightly less sucky twin Squirrel Power Plant and they basically told Renault at the beginning of the season to piss up a rope.

So Renault bought Team Lotus (well kinda, the deal is firm enough that they paid the back taxes so that the court didn’t confiscate the cars and equipment) and said- “Screw you Horner.  We’re a major international automobile company and you make soda pop.”

Then Chris went to Scuderia Marlboro who said- “We’re very sorry, but between supplying your ‘B’ team with our rejects, we also are committed to Haas now so our Maranello elves have a market for all the floor droppings they can possibly produce, lazy serfs.  Besides, are you demenziale, maniaco, pazzoide?  Why would we give our good stuff to our chief rivals?”

The Germans were more direct- “Give our best stuff to our competition?  Are you verdammt verdreht, verrückt, versessen?  Vögeln off.  Oh and yes, too much demand.”

So, the awesome twin Squirrel (maybe- you have purty lips, squeal like a pig for me) or the less than awesome Gerbil (I’m getting pumped from all this exercise!)?

Once Masters of the Universe who find themselves cut tend to be petulant, or get themselves a Reality TV Show and run for President, or both.  Chris Horner is no different and has been throwing his own tantrum- “I’ll fold my teams and go home unless I can get a competitive engine.”

Now this is a decision with a price tag attached- $500 Million in penalties.  It is also a threat.

Bernie needs 14 cars or he pays Billions in penalties.  He has 20.  Manor is a field filling Zombie, 18.  Red Bull packs up, -4.

Why, that makes exactly 14!

Haas rides to the rescue and becomes the new Manor (or not), 16.  Renault/Lotus says- We’ve had our revanche, au revoir, 14 again.

And most of the also rans are equally unhappy with the current state of affairs, except for Williams who are just grateful that kindly Uncle Bernie has hooked them up with Mercedes ‘B’s in that abused child sort of way.

Kaboom!

Greedy, Cheating, Bribing Bernie assures us Red Bull Engine Supply Is ‘Sorted’

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone played down fears on Friday that former champions Red Bull could walk away from the sport by saying he was confident their engine supply problems were ‘sorted’.

Without giving any details, and despite reports that Ferrari had joined Mercedes in refusing to supply their rivals with engines for 2016, the 84-year-old sounded upbeat at the Russian Grand Prix.

“Everything’s been sorted out so I wouldn’t worry about it,” he told reporters.

C’est vraiment des conneries!

But why, why would lying Bernie lie?  Is it because of that multi-Billion dollar deal he has to sell out to Stephen Ross and the Qatari Sovereign Wealth Fund?

Couldn’t possibly be.  He has two other offers you know-

(W)hen asked on Tuesday about those negotiations, the sport’s 84-year-old chief executive told the Camp Beckenbauer Global Summit in Austria: “There has been a lot of interest and I would say there are three parties at the moment, where I would be surprised if one of them did not buy them (the shares) shortly.”



Max Mosley, former president of motor sport world governing body the FIA, said in June he did not think new ownership would bring an end to Ecclestone’s reign.

Nothing can possibly go wrong.

What kind of asshole wants to be called “El Supremo”?  Benito Mussolini?

Racy Stuff

Softs and Super Softs.  Jenson Button got begged back to McLaren, Alonso says he will end his career there.  Grosjean has signed with Haas.  The other Mercedes that gets blown away on the start anyway is on the pole.  Alonso has a 35 grid penalty, Merhi 20.  Perelli signs a 3 year deal.  Mercedes is virtually guaranteed a Constructors Championship today which comes with lots of money.  The Drivers Championship gets you a nice trophy to pawn and the best endorsement contract your agent can negotiate.

There’s other things, but deadlines you know.

Oct 11 2015

The Breakfast Club (Europe)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover  we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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Breakfast Tune: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn cover Europe’s “The Final Countdown”

Today in History: October 11th


Congress OK’s U.S. military force against Iraq; Former President Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize; Anita Hill accuses Supreme Court pick Clarence Thomas; Second Vatican Council opens; ‘SNL’ premieres. (Oct. 11)

Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below

Oct 11 2015

Senior League Division Series: Mets @ Dodgers Game 2

Yesterday’s game

Top 4th Solo Shot.  Mets 1 – 0.

Top 7th Walk.  Walk.  Walk.  Buh-By Kershaw.  2 RBI Single.  Mets 3 – 0.

Bottom 8th  Clippard ruins deGrom’s Shutout.  Double.  RBI Single.  Mets 3 – 1 Final.

Mets lead Series 1 – 0.

Analysis and Setup

Heh.  Looking pretty Amazing last night.

Oh sure, Kershaw had more Ks than deGrom (who had plenty, most in a Playoff debut since Tom Seaver), but who climbs out of the Ravine with the W hmm…

Why that would be the New York Metropolitans (91 – 72).  After our victory tonight their record will be equal to the perfidious Dodgers (92 – 71).  Boo…  Hiss…

Zack Greinke (R, 19 – 3, 1.66 ERA) will start for the Dodgers, the Mets will be putting Noah Syndergaard (R, 9 – 7, 3.24 ERA) on the mound.  Greinke’s 1.66 leads the League and Syndergaard’s?  Well, it doesn’t.

So they could lose I suppose, but I haven’t taken my lucky Mets Cap off or changed my socks and I’m starting to grow a beard.

However the Mets have already accomplished the goals that I said the Cubs must tonight-

They hung tough until the 8th Inning and it’s only the first game, on the road, and all we need is a split at Busch Stadium and we’re golden.  Go Cubbies!

Substitute Dodgers for Busch and Mets for Cubbies and it’s exactly the same thing.  Tonight’s game is bonus, it can only add to the humiliation.

The Cubs game is still in doubt as I write this but it seems they followed my advice.

Game time 9 on TBS.