Monday, February 16, 2015

BAND of BROTHERS AGAIN





Band of Brothers
again for the first time








I stumbled across a real treat last week.  Band of Brothers.  I know, but when it ran as a miniseries in 2001 I missed a few episodes, and—well, it's my nature to not even watch a movie if I've missed the opening, so I would wait for re-runs.  But I didn't. 

I forgot all that history, so every time I've seen it streaming I thought, "seen that."  Until last Saturday, on Netflix. Horry clap, I didn't remember squat.  Just finished the final episode and I'm blown away.  This 11 Actors You May Have Forgotten Were in Band of Brothers is interesting, although Kieran O'Brien may be the most interesting, if not notorious, of the lot after his role as Matt in the previously reviewed  9 Songs. 

By the by, the only thing I remembered from watching 14 years ago was David Schwimmer as the noxious Lt. Sobel (who retired as Lieutenant Colonel). His character on Friends was my least favorite, and that bias carried over.  This time around I was able to enjoy it. The prick.

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When Progressives are in charge                            

                                    




Then there was Demos, a New York–based left-wing group normally prominent in attacking voter-ID laws. But in Oregon, Demos persuaded Hayes and Kitzhaber to consider using a “genuine progress indicator” as a substitute for traditional GDP models of growth.
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber may have announced that he will resign, but a sweeping FBI investigation of him and his fiancĂ©e, Cylvia Hayes, is only getting started. While the story involves personal failings, the green-energy lobbying scandal that brought them down has national lessons and implications. If oil companies and pharmaceutical concerns shouldn’t exercise undue influence in government, the same is true for green energy — which can’t yet survive in the marketplace without giant subsidies or special tax favors.

While Hayes was living in the governor’s mansion with the self-bestowed title of “Oregon’s First Lady,” she collected a series of consulting contracts and “fellowship” money from people with an interest in shaping state energy and environmental policy. She then ordered state employees to help run her private business and take actions in accord with the wishes of the green-energy groups that were paying her. [Etc]

Hang them


Interesting Facts


 






Pssst.



Knew most of it . . . didn't know some, like no natural lakes in Ohio.

Got in an argument with a guy about the ethnic makeup of New Yawk Sitty.  He got all upset when I told him there are basically 15 million Jews in the entire world and about half of them are in the New York/New Jersey area.  Also told him there are almost 7 times as many Irish people in the US as in Ireland.  Couldnt' believe it.

Gotta give him credit, tho . . . he apparently looked it all up and came back later to apologize to me on the same thread.

Metzger

A Few Interesting Facts


More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road, anywhere.
 
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula -- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city.
Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time -- The Big Apple. There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4.53 sq. km.

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy, in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign
Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not
receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.

Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%, in Canada: 75%.

The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

Barack Obama has never produced a valid birth certificate.

Security Certificate Question







Raja,

I'm getting a lot of security certificate problems.  Now that includes something on your site, the most recent post:  Content was blocked because it was not signed by a valid security certificate.

Any idea how I can fix this?

Skoonj

It seems to me that somewhere you must have elected to block anything that doesn't pass security certificate muster?  Sounds like something IE would do. Anyone else? 


Multiculturalism in France



Multiculturalisme et islam en France reportage de CBN











This is France, but it's happening all over Europe and in a relatively nascent stage, here.  The French of course have a history of doing the wrong thing (their saving grace  perhaps being the instrumental role played in our emancipation from  King George III).  Right now France, while awaiting another Charles Martel, have schizophrenically lumped Jews into their enemies list. What a mess.  This  cannot end happily.  U.S. multiculturalism has left us without a cohesive national identity, or even a national language. 
cuzzin Ricky