Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jealous Old Crone Resents Competition From Lovely Young Rival

Hat Tip to Wombat-socho for monitoring the Hollywood gossip media  in "Live at Five: 07.30.14." Martha Stewart calls Blake Lively's decision to become a lifestyle guru 'stupid'
Martha Stewart thinks Blake Lively should focus on being an actress.

The 72-year-old lifestyle guru, who helped the 26-year-old actress plan her wedding to Ryan Reynolds in September 2012, thinks it's 'stupid' that the blonde beauty is said to be 'becoming the next Martha Stewart' because she is launching her own new lifestyle blog and brand, Preserve.

Asked about the 26-year-old star's new venture, Martha said: 'Let her try.'She added: 'I don't mean that facetiously! I mean, it's stupid, she could be an actress! Why would you want to be me if you could be an actress? I just did a movie yesterday, though -- I can't even tell you about it -- but I want to be Blake Lively.'
Maybe, just maybe, Martha, Blake is planning ahead for a career beyond acting, when, as inevitably happens, her looks begin to fade, and she has to start taking character roles, rather than romantic leads. Not many 26 year old people I know think that far ahead, but kudos to her. Not that I want to buy any of that over priced crap.

In the meantime, more Blake Lively and no more Martha Stewart:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flesh Eating Bacteria Infest Chesapeake Bay

Flesh-eating bacteria found in Chesapeake Bay nearly kills Md. man
A Maryland man nearly lost his leg and his life due to a flesh-eating bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which is typically found in brackish waters like the Chesapeake Bay.

“We were just canoeing, kayaking, fishing, crabbing, things you do when you’re on vacation,” Rodney Donald told FOX 5.

Donald couldn't have imagined that vacation to the Chesapeake Bay would nearly cost him his leg and life.

That same morning, he also fell and scraped his leg. It turns out that tiny scrape made him more susceptible to vibrio vulnificus, an aggressive bacteria that causes a fast-spreading infection.

“It likes salty water, not so much ocean water, more brackish water, but you can find it in the ocean as well,” said Dr. Gary Simon, an infectious diseases expert with George Washington Medical Faculty Associates. “It’s known to occur in the Chesapeake Bay.”
This is a rare, but definite risk in the Bay and in similar waters. I first heard of Vibrio vulnificus back when I was chiseling my Masters thesis onto stone tablets, so it's not some new emerging threat. It's been here all along, and only rarely causing disease.

I rarely think about it. In a life around the water, I've frequently been cut, stuck by fish spines and hooks, scratched and abraded myself, and rarely suffered anything more than the usual healing patterns. I do make a point of cleaning such small wounds well (when convenient).

However, it can happen. A friend of ours suffered an infection of Vibro and other bacteria after falling out of a kayak and scraping on some rocks.

So Now We Know What Happened to the Hard Drives

According to a government audit, IRS Agents ‘Accidentally’ Discharged Guns 11 Times between 2009 and 2011. Some of those weapons discharges resulted in property damage or personal injury, claimed the report. In fact, agents accidentally fired their guns more times than they did intentionally, said the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
and as long as we're on the topic of the allegedly non-partisan IRS. . .  Emails reveal IRS official Lois Lerner called conservatives 'crazies' and 'a**holes' 
Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as 'crazies' and 'a**holes.'

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called 'a serious investigation' – something he said has been lacking.

Camp wants Holder to appoint an outside special counsel to probe the culture of the IRS and explain why hundreds of conservative groups were subjected to intrusive questioning and years-long delays when they applied for nonprofit tax benefits – steps that were not taken against liberal organizations.

He told the attorney general on Wednesday that the newly disclosed email correspondence 'shows Ms. Lerner's mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives.'
. . .
'Overheard some ladies talking about American[s] today,' Lerner wrote. 'According to them we've bankrupted ourselves and a[re] through. We'll never be able to pay off our debt and are going down the tubes.'
That certainly raises my opinion of English ladies. Except for Lucy Pinder, of course, who I already hold in high esteem.
Turning sarcastic, Lerner pounced on her British acquaintances.

'They don't seem to see that they can't afford to keep up their welfare state either,' she wrote. 'Strange.'

The conversation turned ugly when Lerner's writing companion let loose first on conservatives.

'Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP,' the person replied. 'The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end.'

'The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.'

'Great,' Lerner wrote back. 'Maybe we are through if there are that many a**holes.'
'And I'm talking about the hosts of the shows,' came the reply. 'The callers are rabid.'

In the final message of the exchange, Lerner wrote that 'we don't need to worry about [illegal] alien terrorists. It's our own crazies that will take us down.'
Lois Lerner, of course, is entitled to her own opinion.  However, she was not entitled to act on them as an agent of the Federal government, by attempting to to squash the electoral success of the people she opposed and disdained. It takes a certain charming naivete to put this in an email on a government system. As Insty quips, if the emails they're admitting to are this bad, imagine what the ones they're withholding are like.

Time for my "Modest Proposal" to reform the IRS and similar federal agencies impregnated with agents for the Democratic Party.  Affirmative action. Fire half of them, and replace them with Republican activists, and let the two sides fight it out.

Butterfly du Jour


Spotted at: 40 nude models wear smiles and little else for NYC artist's outdoor Bodypainting Day

where it is misidentified as a moth:
A moth lands on a model as she is painted at Columbus Circle as part of an event featuring artist Andy Golub, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in New York. Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
It is clearly an Eastern Comma (or one of it close relatives). Layers of fact checkers.
Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form.
Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle.

Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square.
The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued over the arrest. Public nudity is legal in the city if it's part of a performance, exhibition or show.
Thanks to the Brits, we can actually see some of the art:

I Just Hate Losing a Fish

But I think I'd give this one up, too.
A spearfisherman diving three miles off Jupiter, Florida, was attempting to remove an amberjack from his spear when he noticed a goliath grouper approaching him with an eye toward a free meal.

The goliath grouper, a fish known to be inquisitive and fearless, also proved to be aggressive as Arif Sabir discovered while diving in a group that included his wife. Watch as Sabir gets attacked by the goliath grouper, which ended up getting exactly what it wanted: