90 thoughts on “Picture This Beach”

  1. BTW,  verse on the tee shirt of guy above in Horsey cartoon:

    john 8:32 [kjv]

    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

  2. only 113 reasons?   more like 200,000 and counting


    Last week, forecasters from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicted that the total U.S. death toll could top 410,000 by Jan. 1 if the current mask wearing and social distancing trends continue. Dr. Christopher Murray, director of IHME, said one assumption baked into his team’s model is that the virus has a seasonal element.
    “We are facing the prospect of a deadly December, especially in Europe, Central Asia, and the United States,” Murray said last week.

    CNN via msn:

    A possible scenario sees 415,090 Covid-19 deaths by January, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington says in its latest forecast. The worst-case scenario is 600,000 deaths by January 1.
    “When we look ahead into the winter with seasonality kicking in, people becoming clearly less vigilant, you know mask use is down, mobility is up in the nation, you put all those together and we look like we’re going to have a very deadly December ahead of us in terms of toll of coronavirus,” IHME director Dr. Christopher Murray told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

    The IHME model is essentially predicting the number of deaths will double in the next four months. As of Friday, nearly 6.4 million infections have been recorded in the US and more than 192,000 Americans have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  3. excerpt from cohen’s daughter interview with vanity fair:

    That summer day felt like all the others before it, standing alongside Trump outside the pool area, discussing what Cohen writes was “some pressing business matter, like the size of the breasts of a woman sunbathing on a lounge chair.” Somehow Trump’s attention was diverted to another skirt walking off a tennis court. “Look at that piece of ass,” Cohen recalls Trump saying, as he whistled and pointed. “I would love some of that.” It so happened that Trump was referring to Cohen’s then 15-year-old daughter, Samantha. 
    Cohen informed Trump of his mistake. “That’s your daughter?” Trump responded. “When did she get so hot?” When Samantha reached her dad, Trump asked her for a kiss on the cheek, before inquiring, “When did you get such a beautiful figure?” and warning her that in a few years, he would be dating one of her friends. 
    It’s a detail that strikes for obvious reasons: Trump’s history of icky comments about his own daughter Ivanka; the dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against him over the years (all of which he denies); the comments he made on the Access Hollywood tape about being able to “grab” women by their genitals because he was famous. At the time, Cohen writes, Samantha wanted him to quit working for Trump. Not because of his comment about her looks, but because of the way he had demeaned her father over the years, put him down, and prevented him from making strides in his career. “She was 15 years old and she saw Trump much more clearly than I could,” he writes. “Samantha said she was sick and tired of the way Trump demeaned and degraded me, as if he needed to keep me in my place.… This was part of his cult-leader persona—his slow, incremental, relentless way of saying nasty things to me about my abilities and intelligence, things that weren’t true, until some part of me started to believe them.”
    Samantha, now 24 and a straight-talking, steely graduate of the University of Pennsylvania like Trump’s own daughters, told me that she believes her dad had a sort of Stockholm syndrome. In a wide-ranging interview earlier this week, she discussed why she thinks her father remained loyal; Ivanka’s iciness; her friendship with younger daughter Tiffany; what happened the day federal agents executed search warrants on her home; and what it’s like to be at the center of a political storm beyond her control. She is a member of the scandal-adjacent, an offstage character unwittingly marked by her association with the Trumps, trying to make sense of it all. It’s a growing club, as more and more people in Trump’s orbit meet their downfall. “Samantha can tell that story better than anyone else,” Michael Cohen told me this week. Our conversation has been condensed and edited.

  4. That beach town pic was 10 years before Hugo.  It will never again look like that.
    It was then a sleepy little beach town. Now it’s Disney Land on the beach.
    But that’s cool. Progress and all. It’s their beach now, and they can do with it what they will.

  5. What truly disturbs me is that I knew Trump was unfit for office before he rode the escalator, but while I knew he was bad I didn’t believe it would be this bad.  Now I am firmly convinced that Trump is not only dangerous but he is a traitor to every value and decent law professed by the US and even worse, he is supported by a party so greedy and filled with lust for power that they are unwilling to stop him.


  6. Florida schools defy DeSantis order to keep virus stats under wraps

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida school districts are defying Gov. Ron DeSantis and publicly reporting new Covid-19 cases among students and staff that the state government considers confidential.
    The state Department of Health has tried to directly quash reporting on the virus in some instances, after DeSantis said K-12 testing data “needs to be put in the right context.”


    With no statewide standard, local leaders are left to decide on their own how and when to report Covid-19 cases in their districts. The result is a mix of differing daily and weekly reports and digital dashboards at school districts across Florida, with some counties not reporting any data to the general public.

  7. They will all claim in days to come that they were all working behind the scenes to stop him.  Because they have no problem lying.

  8. passing observation:   amazing how much D’ump the non-reader is responsible for an increase in biographical book publications and readership.    who da tho’t him a muse for the literary world. 

  9. have been fascinated with michael cohen’s book and the glimpse into d’umpster world.   sorta like watching stock car racing waiting for the next fiery crash.  or a cobra about to strike the snake charmer.

    helps to  explain a lot about the cult followers

  10. the cohen story has the makings of a good old fashioned dark comedy with dustin hoffman playing michael and john goodman as trump.  an all around gang-who-couldn’t-shoot-straight farce written and directed by the coen bros.   


  11. An interesting figure in all this is Joe Walsh.  (No, not THAT Joe Walsh.)  He’s made the existential mistake of waking up, and seems to be actually (and painfully) learning.

  12. Yeah…..coen bros……Cohen…….him…….
    David Letterman playing himself……Cast of thousands……
    ”The World was their Playground!”

  13. Shakespeare of the Week:
    Cassius speaks to Brutus 
    Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow worldLike a Colossus, and we petty menWalk under his huge legs and peep aboutTo find ourselves dishonorable graves.Men at some time are masters of their fates.The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,But in ourselves, that we are underlings.“Brutus” and “Caesar”—what should be in that “Caesar”?Why should that name be sounded more than yours?Write them together, yours is as fair a name;Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with ’em,“Brutus” will start a spirit as soon as “Caesar.”Now, in the names of all the gods at once,Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feedThat he is grown so great? Age, thou art shamed!Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!When could they say, till now, that talked of Rome,That her wide walks encompassed but one man?Now is it Rome indeed, and room enoughWhen there is in it but only one man.O, you and I have heard our fathers sayThere was a Brutus once that would have brookedTh’ eternal devil to keep his state in RomeAs easily as a king.

  14. Patd

    I saw it.  It is very good. It is a more a series of mini movies than a single film.   It is also on the weirder end of the Coen Brothers films with a strange (emphasis on strange) ending. 

  15. Interesting night
    With my new and improved colon I’ve discovered I have the bowel control of a newborn. my surgeon assures me it will get better. Things will be back to normal.
    Meanwhile last night that little voice in the back of my head went off , “wakeup! Hey Wake up!!!!, not on the the bed get off the bed,  get off the bed!!!!!!! 
    And with good reason mind you as the sludge was starting to flow. 
    One good thing bout wearing tidy whities. is you can bunch them up in front and you will never leak a drop.
    My niece/housemate/care giver is here and she is going to run into the store and buy me some protective garments as I sit on a towel in the car and pray.
    So how did your night go?
    btw, not asking for sympathy, I enjoy a challenge. As a newbie to this problem, experienced input always welcome

  16. Jack…  my night went very well.  Rick took me out to a local restaurant for a fabulous birthday meal….  scallops on a bed of sweet corn and zucchini risotto….  topped off with a big piece of 3 layer lemon cake (we did share it).  Then the Boston Celtics won game seven against the Toronto Raptors to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals!  Next week I get my first Social Security check…   so right now life is pretty good.  But then… I watch the news and….  fuck!…  trump is still president.   
    Hope you heal fast.

  17. More violence in one and half clips (couldn’t even  finish) …and wish I hadn’t clicked on the second one.  Never got to the song.    Why can’t they make good movies that aren’t violent?   

  18. Mandy Patinkin commercial


  19. Patd

    Yep!  And it just kept getting funnier and weirder and then not funny and weirder.  Truly enjoyed the film.  It was definitely original.


  20. Jack, you and your Missus didn’t plan a playground, you planned an urban village. If I had been smarter at the time, I would have urged you and Sherry to pack your dream into a portfolio and drive up the street to Warren B’s castle asking that he ‘buy’ into your dream.My project continues being Kumcho’s habitat. Over the last twenty years it has matured nicely.
    Pasted from previous thread

  21. I love this photo everything about it is just perfect.Jack
    You are lucky!  A good caregiver and a good prognosis  well done !

  22. I’m in remission from Crohn’s. My gut-doc was making a fortune from my weakly care. I severed my relationship with him more than ten years ago. I’m not going to tout my current regimen because the effects may be disastrous for others.

  23. I thank the stars that I stumbled on Publix’ frozen yogurt. Just as tasty as ice cream with a small fraction of the deleterious fats and calories.

  24. “Why can’t they make good movies that aren’t violent?”
    ”They” do.  I don’t watch violent stuff, either.  Watching “Grace & Frankie”, now; is funny.

  25. Joe Lieberman endorsed Susan Collins.  Good thing no one respects his opinion anyway

  26. Jack – I am sure you found the giant box of wet wipes in the childrens isle at CostCo by now.
    Thoughts about where are the protest songs.  There are almost no indy radio stations, the young (and a lot of older too) listen to online music. Or watch TikTok or instagram.  A few years ago one of the compaines that does these things compared all pop music and found it was almost all the same, bland. And, they did C&W coming to the same conclusion, except it was almost all white males.  Protest songs required a background in folk music which is mostly on the back shelf of the used record store now.  Yeah, “All We Are Saying, is Give Peace A Chance”, that classic was best bottled in cheap wine. 

  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVQdXB9xgpw
    There are protests songs.  This one keeps current, sadly, as names keep getting added.  Since this version was filmed, there are so many more names.   
    ps – The entire show (“American Utopia”) was filmed by Spike Lee. It airs on HBO on October 17th.  (It airs pre-possible-asteroid strike, so that’s one thing that has worked out OK in 2020.)

    Bink -I miss shows like “Northern Exposure.”  

  28. jack, the inner engineer in you has been presented with an opportunity to build a better mouse trap so to speak. somewhere there must be a more dependable depends for folk in your situation. if not, there’s a  gold mine waiting for someone to come up with one.  huge market about to open up with the aging boomers and a lotta sh*t about to hit the fans.

    have your niece buy a little of everything in that line, even including that which is designated for ladies & toddlers to try out.  in the meantime NASA might even have blueprints online of the various improvements in space gear for the rear.   at least the challenge of invention may provide some relief.

  29. As if all that doo-wop and bubblegum stuff from the 50’s and 60’s was any more significant than today’s pop music.
    Boomers have the luxury of retrospectively cherry-picking from decades of “their” music and then collating those artists as if they represent the entirety of their generation’s music.
    On top of that, all of yesteryear’s music was spoon-fed to Americans by gatekeepers like DJs, promoters, industry executives, etc.  You didn’t listen to what you liked, you listened to what they thought you’d like.  Now, you have to find it yourself.  
    There’s never been a better time to be a fan of recorded music. 

  30. Music was fun cause it was US doing it. We weren’t sitting around listening to the old guys, who, unlike us,  actually knew how to do it.  Those guys could swing and wail, but they couldn’t rock.

  31. d’ump is projecting and deflecting again

    the guardian:

    Fox News will broadcast an interview on Saturday night in which Donald Trumpaccuses Joe Biden of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
    Trump’s claim came not long after his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr, deniedclaims he used cocaine before speaking at the Republican convention. Remarkably enough, it was also not the first time Trump, 74, has accused Biden, 77, of taking drugs.
    Trump and Biden are due to debate in Cleveland on 29 September, in Miami on 15 October and in Nashville on 22 October. Vice-presidential nominees Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will meet in Salt Lake City on 7 October.
    Biden did not immediately respond to Trump’s remarks to Fox News.
    Trump is famously teetotal and disapproving of drug use but his political rise has been fueled by a well-documented love for Diet Coke and junk food.
    Beset by speculation about his physical and cognitive health, earlier this month the president was moved to deny rumours that a “series of ministrokes” prompted a short-notice visit to hospital in Washington last November.

  32. It’s funny how similar Boomers and Gen-Z are:  both are incredibly narcissistic and entranced by/enamored with their generation’s new media.

    It’s not a co-incidence that likely the last President of the Baby Boomers is the most narcissistic person this country has ever produced.

  33. And now who knows?   Glad when bink puts up xomething I’m unaccustomed to so I can at least be exposed to it a bit. 

  34. bink, what generation isn’t?  think those extolling at the time of la Belle Époque the so called “golden age” were any different?

  35. One dude with a synthesizer can put a whole string section out of work, and for good measure, on the way back can swing by and knock out all the horn tooters.

    I’m glad I got to use one, but also glad the bulk of my playing time was Pre-sympathizers.

  36. tRUMP may not drink, but prescription meds???   Who’s junior’s dealer?  Is Gargoyle his handler?   There’s a lot going on there.  Will we ever know?   

  37. Mixcloud had an ~interesting~ playlist of VGM.  Yes, apparently video game music is a thing.  Not the sounds within a game, but ~songs~ created from those sounds.  
    None of it was melodic, it was very repetitious (even from one song to the next), and, it all just felt like a series of incomplete thoughts.    
    I’m not talking about sampling sounds in actual music; this is just loopity-loops of mechanical noise.   However, it seems to be a thing.  
    Apparently, one listens to it to focus or create instead of listening to classical music or jazz.   I found it distracting.  

  38. K State lost, but it was good to hear football on a Saturday afternoon.  I forgot it was 2020 for a minute.  

  39. Roger Stone calls for Trump to seize total power if he loses the election https://www.mediamatters.org/roger-stone/roger-stone-calls-trump-seize-total-power-if-he-loses-election

    Stone’s list includes: invoke Insurrection Act, declare martial law: arrest Zuckerberg, Tim Cook & Clintons, send federal agents to “physically stand in the way” on Election Day,  seize NV’s ballots; take Harry Reid into custody; “nationalize” NV police, arrest Daily Beast staff.

  40. tRUMP has no plan to deal with COVID, the economy or anything else.  He is a one-trick pony (apologies to all equines) who resorts to making up sh/+ about his opponent.     We have a name for someone like Donald J. tRUMP:   LOSER

  41. That sounds like treason.  Actively trying to overthrow the election/US government.    Time to go. 

  42. One of my problems with current music is I can’t call it “the devil’s music”.   Except for alt pop/rock/country, like Brandi Carlisle, I cannot even get “in to it”.  I am old(er) and want to be judgemental of my grandchildren’s listening habits, except I can’t.  Sigh.
    I look forward to when we look back at these last four years as the bad old days.

  43. Time for Joe to tell Bernie to shut up. 

    NEW: Sen. Bernie Sanders is privately expressing concerns about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to 3 people with knowledge of the conversations, urging Biden’s team to intensify its focus on pocketbook issues and appeals to liberal voters.


  44. What about the artists?   The Save Our Stages Act helps those who own the venues, and, event promoters, but what about the dancers, musicians and actors?  
    By the way, my company had more layoffs this week; one facility has now been completely and permanently shut down.  More cuts on the way.  We are not alone.

  45. I’ll say it.  Bernie, Shut up!  You’re not helping.   I’m in no way a moderate and I love Joe.   (I don’t think it’s a good idea to start a lefties-love-Joe parade, but we are there.  tRUMP has pushed us over the cliff.)   
    Just shut your hole, Bernie. Please.

  46. Ah yes, Sturg, the B3. Incomparable organ as rock music goes IMHO. Gregg said he loved the way it sounded with guitars, and when the guitars it is sounding great with included Duane, Dickie, Derek, Dan and Warren, it better fucking sound good. 

  47. We’ve seen how actively Bernie! supports the candidate who beat him for the nomination. Does this surprise anyone?  Anyone? Beuhler?

  48. I went to Ann Arbor yesterday. I didn’t travel all over the city, but in the places I drove by, I did not see one Trump  sign. I saw a few Biden signs and even more Black Lives Matter signs. People in downtown Ann Arbor were wearing masks, even went they weren’t shopping in stores. Wearing them while walking downtown and all of the students were wearing them when I drove through the University of Michigan campus. That is so unlike most cities in Michigan right now.

  49. Bid

    For the duration there is a fund to help support both the on stage and behind stage workers.  Rehearsals under safer conditions are starting now, but other than some outdoor venues or limited seating venues, not likely to have openings though NY is trying to get there.  In the meantime, so discussion of changes that will make live theater more sustaining in the future.

    How To Birth A New American Theater


  50. Jamie – That was an interesting read.  I hadn’t even thought about jacked-up ticket prices.   Streaming will definitely be a part of the new, normal for theater, but it’s not the same as being there.  PBS has been airing Broadway productions this summer.  It’s wonderful to have the chance to see them, but it’s not the same because it’s not a shared experience (with the performers and the rest of the audience).   It’s about killing me that I have an apartment in NYC available for the next, several months, but I won’t get to go unless there’s a miracle vaccine/reopening of Broadway and everything else.    The other day, Dr. Fauci said we are possibly looking at late 2021 before things are remotely normal.   
    Bink – I only see green-Jesus-tee in a mask.  Maybe it’s time to get my eyes lasered. 

  51. Let’s hope what happens in NV, stays in NV, unlike the spread from Sturgis.   
    Oh, my friend’s grandson went to a party and caught COVID.  He only found out because he went to the doc for allergy tests and the tested for that, too.  So, he was asymptotic and around his family, friends, coworkers.   So far, she’s OK.

  52. Thanks for playing along, BiD:
    One guy is wearing a bandana around his neck, the guy center and woman below him are holding masks- meaning they were wearing masks.  So… why did they take them off at the trump rally?  Did someone ask them to? If so, who?

  53. My comment  about last nights music discussion
    While the college students of the day got into listening to old lefties that thought Papa Joe Stalin was cool singing old wobblie work protest songs and thinking that was what it took to understand working America this man was writing the working man’s song book.. 1969

  54. Bink, if the mask ain’t on it doesn’t count. And the bandanna even if worn makes transmission more likely based on strobe spread studies. I can carry a mask but BurgerIM won’t sell me a burger if it’s in my hand. 

  55. A few do, others don’t. I was going to Sam’s the other day and asked the guy standing at the front door with a box of masks in his hand if many people refuse to take a mask and wear one. He said “What, do you mean like the three assholes that just walked in?” I think the easy way to enforce the mask policy is simply to refuse to check the people out when they get done. Of course a lot of stores now have self check out so that probably wouldn’t work but it would work with some. 

  56. pretty sure that 50 year old bluegrass song has the same chord progression as this current dance pop song:

  57. “tomorrow is in the can”

    jack, thanks for the heads up.  hope that also goes for your other situation  🙂 

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