25 thoughts on “Defiance”

  1. that could be THE case that goes all the way to the top.  hope her condition was such that no doctor nor court (even the scotus hard core anti-s)  would have come to a different conclusion than he did.

  2. reposting this from last thread because there’s a certain deliciousness about the thought of a toothless tiger –  take your pick whether it be mitch or the enfant terrible:


    reported in the hill earlier today, that bigly loser former guy

    is vetting possible candidates to remove Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from his leadership position, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

    what are the odds?  are we about to witness someone’s last hurrah? and which one would you like to see win the show of power?

  3. what a classy acceptance speech. nicely done, john.

    from hollywood reporter:

    John Oliver says he hoped his latest Emmy had gone to one of his competitors instead.
    Taking the stage at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards to once again accept the award for best variety talk series, the Last Week Tonight host said, “Thank you so much. Like many in this room, I was kind of rooting for Conan [O’Brien], so this is bittersweet.”
    The win marked the sixth year in a row that Oliver’s HBO series has won the category, having dominated the category since 2016.
    While Oliver was predicted to win yet again, some expected O’Brien might capture the honor for the final season of his TBS show, Conan, which seemingly marked the end of his late-night career spanning 28 years and several shows.
    Upon hearing Oliver’s shout-out from the stage, O’Brien stood up to receive some applause.
    Oliver also gave a shout-out to the late actor-comedian Norm Maconald, who died last week. “No one is funnier than Norm Macdonald on late night comedy,” Oliver said. “So if you have any time in the next week, do what I did and just spend time [watching] clips of Norm and Conan. … It doesn’t get better than that.”

  4. no, this isn’t script from a classic ’70s sci-fi movie. it’s real and right now:

    “We have reached a tipping point on the need for climate action,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned Thursday, in one of his latest pleas for unity and urgency. “The disruption to our climate and our planet is already worse than we thought, and it is moving faster than predicted. … We must act now to prevent further irreversible damage.”

  5. Pfizer Says Vaccine Trials For Kids Show Its Shots Are Safe : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

    The first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 showed promising results.
    The pharmaceutical companies said early results of their trials indicate the shots are safe for children and establish a strong antibody response against the virus.
    Giving a two-dose regimen of 10 μg (micrograms) administered 21 days apart for children between the ages of five to 11-years-old was well tolerated, according to Pfizer and BioNTech. Side effects of the shots were also generally comparable to those of people between the ages of 16 to 25-years-old who received the vaccine.
    This trial used a smaller vaccine dosage, 10 μg, than the regular 30 μg dose currently used for people 12-years-old and older. The dosage was selected as the preferred dose for safety and effectiveness in children.
    News of the results come as pediatric cases of COVID-19 are increasing amid a nationwide surge of infections.

  6. BiD, I’d be surprised if someone didn’t file suit against Dr. Braid to try and collect their $10K.  Charges are a different matter – what I’ve read about the law says it prohibits state officials from enforcing the ban, but I haven’t read anything about how broad that provision is. Dr. Braid’s medical group is among the plaintiffs challenging the law, so we’ll see how this plays out. The article at MSNBC from Poobah’s post is fairly informative.

  7. And following up on Dr. Braid, WaPo printed an Op-ed by him about the decision. 


    I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly. Represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, my clinics are among the plaintiffs in an ongoing federal lawsuit to stop S.B. 8.

    I have daughters, granddaughters and nieces. I believe abortion is an essential part of health care. I have spent the past 50 years treating and helping patients. I can’t just sit back and watch us return to 1972.

    We need more Dr. Braids.

  8. Yup… brave doctor!  I bet he knows he setting things up for a SC fight.
    Thank you repubs….   you’ve given a really great reason for women to show up and vote come next November.

  9. BTW…  Pogo…  we watched the Alabama vs Florida game this past Saturday.
    Phew that was a close one… but roll tide!

  10. that LP ad was supposed to run during the texas-rice football game.  

    Longhorn Network pulled ad slamming Greg Abbott, according to Lincoln Project (chron.com)

    The Lincoln Project, a group of former and current Republicans who stand against the policies of former president Donald Trump, say their national commercial criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was pulled from the Longhorn Network 10 minutes before kickoff of Saturday night’s Texas-Rice football game.
    Before the game, The Lincoln Project had tweeted out the commercial to its 2.7 million followers, promising that “Today at 7:00 PM CST — during the UT/Rice football game — Americans all across the country will be reminded that @GregAbbot_TX failed to keep Texas safe from the coronavirus pandemic.”
    Instead, the ad never aired.
    “Despite being cleared by ESPN’s legal department, 10 minutes before kickoff, we were informed that the ad would not run. When asked why, we were told it was a ‘University-made decision,'” The Lincoln Project said in a statement Sunday. “Did Greg Abbott or his allies assert political influence to ensure the advertisement was not broadcast? Once again, instead of focusing on the task of keeping Texans safe from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears they’ve focused their  time and energy on censoring those that would hold him to account for his failures. Indeed, multiple sources in Texas have informed us of the political panic inside the  Governor’s office and campaign organization.”
    A spokesman for Abbott told the Dallas Morning News that the governor had nothing to do with pulling the ad.

    yeah sure.

  11. Allen Weisselberg, Trump Org. ex-CFO, expects more indictments, his lawyer says – CNNPolitics

    (CNN)Allen Weisselberg — the former Trump Organization CFO who has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors for an alleged tax evasion scheme — is expecting that more indictments will be filed in the case after tax documents were found in an alleged co-conspirator’s basement, Weisselberg’s lawyer said in court Monday.


    Weisselberg faces 15 state counts, including grand larceny, which were unveiled by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance in July. The grand jury indictment alleged a 15-year tax evasion scheme in which Weisselberg received from the Trump Organization an array of luxury perks — including an Upper West Side apartment, a pair of Mercedes-Benz cars for him and his wife, and private school tuition for two family members — in lieu of compensation.
    The former president’s namesake business was also charged in the indictment, but Donald Trump himself has not been charged.
    The alleged scheme, according to prosecutors, allowed Weisselberg to evade taxes on $1.76 million in income over a period beginning in 2005. Weisselberg is also accused of concealing his residency in New York City to avoid paying city income taxes.
    Weisselberg has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Monday’s hearing was Weisselberg’s first court appearance in the case since his arraignment this summer.


  12. So I made 72 today , found 50 bucks working on my dome connector invention , and began writing the patent application .
    Little sister is helping with research . 
    She found an outline of how to write one. Using one that is also a PVC connector system.  
    Going to repair my working model , found all the parts. 
    The system lets  you build all of these. 

  13. I made the working model 11 years ago. And knew the next steps were a tall order.  Patent,  Molds etc. 
    I was in a “makers”  frenzy  then , and moved on to a wind powered compost digester for my green house .  
    The Tornado boys at 19th , and Buddy Holly  had a great shop , and I made everything I could there.  I had a key they gave me , I made the most of it. 

  14. One of the most difficult to hear screams is from an old, from the beginning of computers old, programmer and computer systems person.  What is shiny and wonderfully misunderstood?  Why “artificial intelligence” of course.  It is not intelligence, I will give it might be artificial.  What it is could be, at my most beneficent, is a lot of hype and a lot of computer power.  Facial recognition? Sort of, but it is also biased against racial minorities in the U.S.. Intelligence sniffer?  Sure, but it takes a lot of training, and a lot of computer power, but it fails to identify spies putting U.S. secrets on the dark web.  Chess master? Please, it runs through a lot of moves, and a lot of computer power.  Get the trend?
    If the writer of the wonders of A.I. stuff does get to the key part of it all you will read about “training”.  Training is feeding the big and complex algorithm (the plan for the software to follow to achieve results hoped for) a lot of data so it has its tables full of data to run against.  If you read about software types attempts to make their personal A.I. machine work you can sometimes read the bloopers.  Fed it all sorts of data to identify three legged crocodiles and it identifies chocolate cream pies instead.   The idea is the A.I. program starts with a pre-staged concept of what it is supposed to find, and it narrows and creates more stringent data to do that.
    We used to attempt this back in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s but did not have the computer power to do much more than laugh.  Some of the best laughs were after we had been in a bar for lunch and then returned to watch our failures.
    Now there are a lot of very powerful computers and memory, which are very fast, allowing programs to zip through all sorts of software and matching with hearing and visual devices to feed those programs with data.  The result is as expected.  Yes, some very specialized A.I. functions okay, sorry to the poor souls who are identified as criminals after filling up at a gas station and then shot and killed because the authorities believed the A.I. outputs.  For the most part if you have a specialized project, say identifying luggage on a conveyor belt to sort to various jet ports for delivery to a aeroplane, it can work.  The rest are works in progress.
    This article presents what I write about above into something to enjoy while sipping something nice.

  15. That volcano  on La Plama , watch it very  closely .
    That island has a huge fissure  across it .  Being made form volcanos , its just a pile of ash, and stones.
    Several trillion tons of that island  could slide into the Atlantic to night.  And it would  go deep , displacing a mind boggling amout of water.
    The  wave could be 100 feet high when it hits the  Americas.  
    There is a PBS story about this  very thing. 
    And it has happened before ,  Part of the Big Island  did the same  thing ,  they found the proof in Australia. 

  16. OK, so, elephant in the room, since this is a small community:
    i don’t feel i deserved to be attacked, personally, last night, and none of you deserved to be exposed my tactless response to it.  Since i lack the capability to restrain my anger in such contexts, the only way i can prevent it from happening, again, is to avoid both participation and frankly, reading the blog, at all, because it’s just too easy to log-in should the conversation compel me to do so.  That’s a fault of mine and nobody else.  i had been trying to extricate myself from this sphere, gracefully, and gosh darn it if i didn’t stumble in the home-stretch.  Fie!
    i’ll miss chatting with you all, but life’s too short to let a piece of glass ruin my mood, so a pleasant autumn to you.

  17. And Just When You Think Things Couldn’t  Weirder  Texas Shows You  You’re Wrong

    A lawsuit that could test the constitutionality of the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban was filed in Texas on Monday against a doctor who admitted to performing an abortion considered illegal under the new law.

    The details of the civil suit against Alan Braid, a physician in San Antonio, are as unusual as the law itself, which empowers private citizens to enforce the ban on abortion oncecardiac activity has been detected — often as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

    The plaintiff is a felon serving a federal sentence at home in Arkansas, with no connection to the abortion at issue. He said he filed the claim not because of strongly held views about reproductive rights but in part because of the $10,000 he could receive if the lawsuit is successful. A second suit filed Monday just four paragraphs long — came from a man in Chicago who asked a state court to strike down the abortion law as invalid.

    Since the Texas ban took effect Sept. 1, advocates on both sides of the abortion debate have been anticipating such lawsuits, though perhaps not from a “disbarred and disgraced former Arkansas lawyer,” as Oscar Stilley described himself in his complaint.

    Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

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