Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year Wishes ...

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Tom "idea" Mann

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Hitler's Mustache               

‘LOOKS LIKE WEIMAR GERMANY’:



A now-viral photo showing a long line of Connecticut residents waiting to register their guns and ammo is circulating across the Internet — and it’s sending chills down the backs of some gun owners. [story]

Connecticut gun owners are rushing to register certain firearms and ammunition that will be considered illegal contraband in the new year.

Under a wide-ranging gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, they have until Tuesday to submit the paperwork with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

“Holy crap. Looks like Weimar Germany,” Twitter user @votermom said of the photo.

“Another disgusting picture from Connecticut . . .men waiting in line to register guns with the government,” user @chipwoods commented.

“First, they came for the guns,” @PaulRReyes added.

“Life is too short to live in a state that does this to its residents,” Twitter user @lancemfisher declared.

And there are plenty more comments where that came from.

State police say they’ve had people lining up early in the morning to turn in applications to keep high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and guns considered assault weapons under the new law.

While the Connecticut Citizens Defense League believes the law is unconstitutional, it has been reminding gun owners of the deadline to make sure they don’t become felons on Jan. 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Connecticut gun owners are rushing to register certain firearms and ammunition that will be considered illegal contraband in the new year. Under a wide-ranging gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, they have until Tuesday to submit the paperwork with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

“Holy crap. Looks like Weimar Germany,” ….

While the Connecticut Citizens Defense League believes the law is unconstitutional, it has been reminding gun owners of the deadline to make sure they don’t become felons on Jan. 1.

[Updates from Doug M]]




Dinner For One








Germans Celebrate New Year’s Eve with ‘Dinner for One’
Great Fun


We went to a New Year Eve's party here in Cuenca last night that was hosted by some friends of ours that are German.  Bill and Elke have been watching this thing every year, since they teens, when it was released in 1963. -

Cuzzin Ricky and Cuzzin Lady Friend


Do you know who Freddie Frinton was? Or May Warden? Nope. Don’t feel so bad. If English is your native language and you live in the US or the UK, then you’re not alone. But a German would likely know the names, or surely at least know their most famous characters.

Mr. Frinton and Ms. Warden, who died in 1968 and 1978 respectively, truly would have been forgotten were it not for their roles in a short, slapstick comedy called “Dinner for One” that almost inexplicably is a staple of German television on New Year’s Eve. Versions of it are also shown near the end of the year in other northern European countries.

The sketch, also called “The Ninetieth Birthday,” profiles the elderly Miss Sophie, a seeming scion of the English aristocracy as she celebrates her 90th birthday with four friends and her butler James. The odd thing though is that her friends are all long since dead.   
[Continued]

I had never seen this before; all I could think about was it is was tailor made for Carol Burnett and Tim Conway (not that they could have improved on it.) 




Gampy the Electrician

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Boola-Boola




          Learning Opportunities


YALE COURSES

Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.

DEPARTMENT COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE PROFESSOR NAME DATE
African American Studies AFAM 162 African American History: From Emancipation to the Present Holloway, Jonathan Spring 2010
American Studies AMST 246 Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner Dimock, Wai Chee Fall 2011
Astronomy ASTR 160 Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics Bailyn, Charles Spring 2007
Biomedical Engineering BENG 100 Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering Saltzman, W. Mark Spring 2008
Chemistry CHEM 125a Freshman Organic Chemistry I McBride, J. Michael Fall 2008
Chemistry CHEM 125b Freshman Organic Chemistry II McBride, J. Michael Spring 2011
Classics CLCV 205 Introduction to Ancient Greek History Kagan, Donald Fall 2007
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology EEB 122 Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Stearns, Stephen C. Spring 2009
Economics ECON 252 Financial Markets (2008) Shiller, Robert J. Spring 2008
Economics ECON 159 Game Theory Polak, Ben Fall 2007
Economics ECON 251 Financial Theory Geanakoplos, John Fall 2009
Economics ECON 252 Financial Markets (2011) Shiller, Robert J. Spring 2011
English ENGL 220 Milton Rogers, John Fall 2007
English ENGL 291 The American Novel Since 1945 Hungerford, Amy Spring 2008
English ENGL 300 Introduction to Theory of Literature Fry, Paul H. Spring 2009
English ENGL 310 Modern Poetry Hammer, Langdon Spring 2007
Environmental Studies EVST 255 Environmental Politics and Law Wargo, John Spring 2010
Geology and Geophysics GG 140 The Atmosphere, the Ocean, and Environmental Change Smith, Ronald B. Fall 2011
History HIST 116 The American Revolution Freeman, Joanne Spring 2010
History HIST 119 The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 Blight, David W. Spring 2008
History HIST 202 European Civilization, 1648-1945 Merriman, John Fall 2008
History HIST 234 Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600 Snowden, Frank Spring 2010
History HIST 251 Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts Wrightson, Keith E. Fall 2009
History HIST 276 France Since 1871 Merriman, John Fall 2007
History HIST 210 The Early Middle Ages, 284–1000 Freedman, Paul Fall 2011
History of Art HSAR 252 Roman Architecture Kleiner, Diana E. E. Spring 2009
Italian Language and Literature ITAL 310 Dante in Translation Mazzotta, Giuseppe Fall 2008
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology MCDB 150 Global Problems of Population Growth Wyman, Robert Spring 2009
Music MUSI 112 Listening to Music Wright, Craig Fall 2008
Philosophy PHIL 176 Death Kagan, Shelly Spring 2007
Philosophy PHIL 181 Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature Gendler, Tamar Spring 2011
Physics PHYS 200 Fundamentals of Physics I Shankar, Ramamurti Fall 2006
Physics PHYS 201 Fundamentals of Physics II Shankar, Ramamurti Spring 2010
Political Science PLSC 114 Introduction to Political Philosophy Smith, Steven B. Fall 2006
Political Science PLSC 118 The Moral Foundations of Politics Shapiro, Ian Spring 2010
Political Science PLSC 270 Capitalism: Success, Crisis, and Reform Rae, Douglas W. Fall 2009
Psychology PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology Bloom, Paul Spring 2007
Psychology PSYC 123 The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food Brownell, Kelly D. Fall 2008
Religious Studies RLST 145 Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) Hayes, Christine Fall 2006
Religious Studies RLST 152 Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature Martin, Dale B. Spring 2009
Sociology SOCY 151 Foundations of Modern Social Theory Szelényi, Iván Fall 2009
Spanish and Portuguese SPAN 300 Cervantes' Don Quixote González Echevarría, Roberto Fall 2009


A few weeks ago I posted about discovering Spark Notes while searching for St. Augustine's Confessions.  That begat Spark's  wonderful, and quite thorough  cheater notes, which then led to this Yale University class discussion of the same topic (right). which begat the startling discovery that Harvard, Princeton, Stanford,  MIT,  all, to some extent, offer  (free) online education. 

If you take these resources, along with the Khan Academy, you see that it is very possible to educate at home
yes, even with the Liberal spin one is likely to get.  What a wonderful way to inoculate your child against the unavoidable, and caustic attacks on our culture than exposing with rebuttal?  You can't do that if they're sleeping in New Haven. 

Another surprise for me was that Yale offer courses on Western Civilization at all.  After the school returned the $20 million Bass Grant in 1995, rather than give Eli Bass a thumbs up/down on who taught Western Civ under his grant, I was left with feeling that Yale had simply refused to teach Western Civ at alla not unreasonable assumption given the school's, by then, known penchant for passing everything through  a Marxist prism. 

A lecture series I am now listening too is INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT (HEBREW BIBLE).  It's not a religious, but a cultural examination of the Bible's influence on civilization. Most of the class are male, and I know all too well how distracting a not unattractive,  probably lesbian, but braless instructor can have on us.  It's somewhat of a conundrum this; having impure thoughts while reading the Bible.  But maybe that's just me. 



Or, as an alternative, immerse yourself  in this.

More crap to come, boss

2014
I Wish You All a Happy and Prosperous New Year


but remember; the grass is always greener
but rarely and truly blonde






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