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Princess Turandot

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October 10, 2020

Here you go: Biden's timing at the organization, from the WFP annual reports:

He began the role in 2011, and is listed as Chairman in their 2011 annual report. See the board list on page 14:

He is also shown as the chair in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 reports. (See the collection of the annual reports shown here. Just scroll down a bit:

In 2016, there was new chair, but Biden is still listed as a board member. He continued on the Board in 2017. He is no longer listed as a member in 2018.

The 2010 report is the earliest available on the webpage linked above. However, it does not list the trustees in the report, as the subsequent reports do. So, it's not clear if he was already on the board when he was named the chair.

Also, it's not at all uncommon for chair-persons of organizations to serve a fixed term. He was the role for 5 years. It's perfectly reasonable for him to have rotated out at that point.
September 11, 2020

Wanna see it move?

GOES West satellite imagery of the Eastern Pacific, taken every 30 minutes over the last 18 hours. (The most recent is usually around 40 minutes old.):

GOES West satellite imagery of the Eastern Pacific via SLIDER by RAMMB / CIRA at CSU

You'll need to click the 'play' button on the upper left. Give it a few moments to load the imagery panels.

This viewer is a collaboration by a NOAA subsidiary and the University of Colorado. It has weather imagery spanning the globe from the US (GOES West of the Eastern Pacific and GOES East (W. Atlantic), Japan (Himawari-8 over the W. Pacific), and EU's Meteosats of the Indian and Eastern Atlantic oceans. It also has a view looking from over the North Pole, via NOAA/NASA's Joint Polar Satellite System.

August 30, 2020

NYS: COVID. 168 bars/restaurants to date have had their liquor licenses suspended...

...for violation of the pandemic-related executive orders. The majority of the suspensions occurred after 7/1, after Governor Cuomo (and New Yorkers phoning in complaints) decided that enough was enough. In many cases, the businesses had received prior warnings/citations, but failed to address them. (Several were also cited for offering services that they weren't licensed for, such as hookah. And an exotic entertainer.)

~136 of the businesses were in NYC, with another 12 in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. Some have had the suspension lifted, after paying some very healthy fines ranging from $5,000 to $35,000, depending on the number and type of violations.

On a positive note, the number of businesses that have been found egregiously violating the law has declined since they ramped up disciplinary actions. (And the majority of them were already in compliance.)


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state has suspended liquor licenses for six additional bars/restaurants in New York State after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 168. Between Monday and Friday nights, the state's multi-agency task force -- led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority -- conducted 5,981 compliance checks, documenting violations at 35 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.

"New Yorkers' hard work is paying off, with the state maintaining an infection rate of less than 1% for over three weeks straight — but we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines that got us here or risk backsliding," Governor Cuomo said. "Compliance in higher-risk industries like bars and restaurants has been key to achieving this progress, and as today's suspensions show, the state will hold bad actors who put public health in danger accountable. The vast majority of bar owners continue to take this public health emergency seriously, but my message to the small number who openly flout the rules is simple: we will not tolerate you putting yourselves, your customers, your employees, your neighbors, and our reopening at risk."

State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley said, "We are seeing better compliance across the state as a direct result of the hard work of the task force and the actions of conscientious business owners that are putting public health and safety first. But we're still in the middle of a global pandemic, and the task force will continue taking action against the small number of establishments who willfully violate the coronavirus-related regulations."

August 14, 2020

She's perfectly eligible..

Per Twitter in trending Politics

Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as US president, fact-checkers confirm.

Multiple fact-checkers, including AP, PolitiFact and Snopes, confirmed that Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, therefore making her a natural-born citizen of the United States and eligible to serve as both vice president and president.

(Among others):

"She was born on Oct. 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, making her a natural-born U.S. citizen. Her father, an economist from Jamaica, and her mother, a cancer researcher from India, met at the University of California, Berkeley as graduate students.

Since she was born in the U.S., she is regarded a natural born citizen under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution."


The 14th Amendment of the Constitution states that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."


July 17, 2020

I didn't see this mentioned in the article. Several days ago, Courthouse News unearthed....

.. an 'opinion piece' that this judge had written for his college newspaper, way back in the day. I imagine that's why he recused himself.

In it, he announced his intention to leave the US after getting his degree. This was part of it:

Virginia Judge at Heart of Monument Takedown Fight Linked to College Op-Ed Blasting Desegregation

When I leave, just think of what I will be leaving behind. I will be leaving the solicitous paternalism of the federal courts, which among other things nearly wrecked my high school education by instituting a massive busing plan that caused more upheaval in my school and my life than most people could imagine.

I would be leaving the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies whose concern for what they see as good or bad for me has achieved a level of interference. And what about the Department of Health, Education and Welfare? Their pronouncements and edicts reach Into the heart of our freedom over the way we arrange our lives. Then there is the Congress, but why waste my breath?

Worse then all that, looming like a vulture over a dying animal, is President Carter's instant voter registration plan. Thls scheme will allow the parasites of this nation to become the dominating force in politics. The majority of those people, who pay next to nothing in taxes and soak billions from the government in various forms of relief, do not bother to register in advance of an election and therefore usually do not vote. However, soon that may all change. A close election like last November would have been a landslide for Mr. Carter if instant registration had been law. I have long believed that only those who are prepared to accept the responsibilities of a Democratic-Republic should be allowed to participate in it.

It speaks for itself.
July 4, 2020

3 idiots, illegal roman candle fireworks, and an open window ....

So you've nuthin' to do on a Wednesday night in Brooklyn? Why not go out to a nearby 15' wide driveway between two houses and set off some roman candles! Why not point that roman candle horizontally, like a gun, and shoot the pyrotechnics sideways, barely missing your buddy (who doesn't seem to notice them flying by)? Why not go back inside and get more fireworks, oblivious to the fact that your last shot went through an open window, setting the room on fire?

I'm thinking an altered state of consciousness was involved here, given how long it takes them to actually notice the fire underway, neatly captured by a security camera on a nearby building.

The fireworks flasher was arrested for arson on last Thursday.

The 'money shot' occurs at around 11 seconds into the video below:

The house post-fun doesn't even look all that bad, considering!

The house previous to that day, on Street View: https://goo.gl/maps/RY84B9QRhkLWHJbk6

According to FDNY, the incident took 12 units and 60 members to bring under control. Fortunately, no one was injured.

July 3, 2020

The San Diego Zoo offers this...

(During their covid hiatus, the large zoos have been cranking out animal videos at an impressive rate, and I've watched so many that I find myself wondering if I could keep a sea otter in my bathtub.)

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