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Start thinking about 2016, we can’t let the leftist media pick the candidate again!

 

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Don’t you wish…

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Haiku to you too.

God! Am I relieved that I don’t have to ride the T …no more, no more

This is such an interesting story, you don’t have to understand the geography of the places mentioned to understand the profound effect the near complete failure of the state owned and operated transit system has had on thousands of people just trying to get to work or to medical appointments in the big city. 

Since I pulled this in its entirety from Boston.Com, if they squawk I’ll have to remove it.  So read quickly.

This Is the Perfect Way to Channel Your MBTA Rage

02-10-2015: Gloucester, MA: Rockport branch MBTA commuter rail train crosses Washington St. in Gloucester, Mass. February 10, 2015, heading toward Boston, running as a "snow train" to clear the tracks of drifting and accumulated snow. Because of the snow, there was no passenger service Feb. 10. (NOTE: Ttrain is moving right to left, locomotives push inbound trains to North Station.) Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/, Met ( feature )
A local author has a message for the MBTA. A series of them, actually.

The Boston Globe

On Wednesday, February 11, the MBTA commuter rail’s official Twitter account announced a 25 to 35-minute delay for the Fitchburg/South Acton line’s 6:30 a.m. train. Commuter Eric P. Kraft, who usually catches the express in Littleton, joined thousands of angry Boston Twitter users to tweet a response.

Yet, unlike the typically heated batch of tweets, there was something different about Kraft’s message.

Missing were the angry accusations and multi-syllabic expletives. Instead, the children’s author and illustrator decided to compose his tweet in the form of a haiku—a traditional form of Japanese poetry.

Warm, working from home a man’s commuting choices prove to be correct

Little did Kraft know that what began as a simple means of stopping and thinking before tweeting would give Boston commuters a reason to laugh while waiting with stranded crowds at T stops throughout the region.

“I’d originally sent a couple of angry tweets to the MBTA before, but they didn’t respond,” Kraft tells BDCwire.

Considering the organization’s ongoing war with winter, the lack of response isn’t surprising. Click on almost any tweet posted by the @MBTA, @MBTA_CR,and @MBTATransitPD accounts, and you’ll find a list of rage deeper than the near 100 inches of snow that Boston has seen this season.

Kraft’s initial one-sided engagements boiled over when the Red line came to a complete standstill. To get to Kendall Square, his wife took the Fitchburg/South Acton train all the way into North Station and walked. The other option? Get off a stop earlier at Porter Square, then walk.

“I realized this wasn’t productive, and that it just made me look like an asshole,” says Kraft. “So I decided to be weird and write haiku.”

After his first poetic attempt garnered some response from friends and family on Facebook, Kraft decided to keep going:

“Alternate Transport” I suggest a unicorn

Easier to find

Since then, Kraft has published new haiku poems on a regular basis. Whenever he attempts his commute into Cambridge, his pencil, paper, and smart phone are always at the ready.

Within a few weeks, Kraft’s haiku tweets were gaining dozens of likes, re-tweets, and followers, but they were spread all over his personal Twitter account. For a better sense of organization, he turned to Tumblr: “I wanted a place where it’s all together, where I can refer people whenever they ask me where I publish my haiku. Then it doesn’t get lost with other tweets about other things.”

So why, of all the non-volatile forms of 140-character based communicative styles available to him, did Kraft settle on haiku?

“In 2011, I wrote a haiku a day and later published a collection of the best ones,” says Kraft. “There’s just something calming about it. After all, its original intent was to create a kind of reverential poem about nature.”

Given the day-to-day skirmishes fought by MBTA officials and commuters against the weather and each other, it’s no wonder Kraft latched onto the poetic form’s calming character. Still, he can’t help but laugh about it: “It’s hilarious and depressing that this ancient, sacred style of poetry is something we all learn in kindergarten because it seems so simple.”

Then again, Kraft’s approach to MBTA-themed haiku poetry isn’t necessarily just for laughs. Nor is it a form of distraction. Instead, he thinks it’s not as easy as our elementary school teachers would have us believe.

“It’s kind of like a puzzle, since you’re trying to say what you want within a specific framework. How can I express what I’m trying to say within these constraints?” asks Kraft rhetorically. Simple – you cut, and when you think you’ve cut as much as possible from the text, you cut some more.

The exercise involves as much mental discipline as passion, for the MBTA-commuting writer of haiku must express his or her emotions (most of them unpleasant) in a relaxing manner. So instead of joining the Boston Twittersphere’s legion of anti-MBTA trolls, Kraft found a way to complain without complaint.

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So much fun.

The Boston Globe

As a result, Kraft can take his mind of questions like, “Why is the train still sitting outside Lincoln 40 minutes later, and nobody’s said a damn thing about it?” Instead, he chooses to banter with the MBTA’s social media team and any other commuters on Twitter willing to play along.

With spring approaching, many in Boston remain hopeful that the frequent blizzards and freezing temperatures will come to an end. And maybe, just maybe, the service on the T will return to some sense of normalcy. For despite his newfound popularity, Kraft doesn’t want to write haiku about the MBTA forever.

“In some ways, it’s a finite thing. Last night, my train home was perfectly on time from start to finish, and I was thinking, ‘Aw crap, it’s over!’ Then I was delayed the next morning, and I’m like, ‘Nope! I’m back in the race.’”

Since the MBTA won’t be able to restore regular service until sometime in March at the earliest, the haiku poems aren’t likely to stop anytime soon. Kraft even welcomes the possibility of collaborating with the MBTA and writing haiku for their official Twitter account.

If that happens, he’d prefer to work from home — the trains aren’t too reliable.

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50 Shades of …Men and Women.

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65th Birthday approaching

23394_004Bill Cosby told a joke on the Johnny Carson Show many years ago, I didn’t understand it at the time but now…

If as a young man you get married, and on your honeymoon you purchase a large jar and on your wedding night for each time that you and your beloved wife make love you drop a penny into that jar. Then for the first year you remain married you continue to drop a penny into the jar until the day of your first anniversary.
After your first anniversary the next time you and your wife make love you REMOVE a penny and each time after that, each time you make love you remove a penny henceforth. Continue thus as long as you both shall remain together. Then.

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You will NEVER empty that jar!

On the subject of age.  This month during the discussion on Islam and Western Civilization I poised a question to the other commentors.  What do you think?

As in most long discussions on the subject of the restoration of Western Civilization, the real reason why it ain’t going to happen would be revealed if the commenters in favor of the restoration of WC and those opposed and in favor of the “New World Order” would simply post their ages.In favor of the old Western Civilization; 65.

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In favor of WC 52

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In favor of the old Western Civilization: 58
Wife: In favor of the old Western Civilization: 58

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In favor of the old WC: 48You might have a point.

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The sunken feeling in the pit of my stomach when I talk to nieces and nephews (and their young friends) and bring up the past, present or future of our country leads me to believe that when we ignored the state of education and what was being taught: that was the point at which we lost the war.
The young have learned too many things that aren’t so. They have no understanding of history, or rather their understanding is warped.

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It’s not that I’m saying this story is true, just that it sounds like what I’d expect Barry to do.

Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

Kuwaiti paper claims unnamed Israeli minister with good ties with the US administration ‘revealed the attack plan to John Kerry.’

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back.

All parties are denying this story, which means nothing.  Both parties would deny it in either case.   But, this sounds and smells like something Barry would do.

 

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The Past isn’t Past, it isn’t even the Past.

Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August at earliest, WHO says

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone reported 99 new confirmed Ebola cases in the week to Feb. 22, down from 128 the previous week, the WHO said on Wednesday.

In all, more than 23,500 cases have been reported in the three West African countries, with more than 9,500 deaths, since the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola began in December 2013.

The Ebola epidemic never stopped, people kept dying.   It just dropped out of the news.  Work on vaccines continued,  aid workers and doctors and nurses kept risking and losing their lives, but someone clamped down on news coverage.  The Networks got the word it’s upsetting the cattle so stop talking about it.  What was the death count the last time those (lying) smiling faces dained to report it?  2000 dead, remember?   Now almost 10,000 (not counting the thousands of copses lying rotting in the unnoticed villages and huts in the jungle).

Liberia is already testing both the GlaxoSmithKline and Merck-NewLink vaccines, while Sierra Leone and Guinea are due to announce plans soon.

Thousands of health care workers and others exposed to the deadly virus have volunteered to take part in the trials, but the question of mass vaccination of wider populations is open.

Takes guts to get vaccinated with an experimental Ebola vaccine.  Real guts, not the falsely reported “courage” to preen in front of cameras while whining about your “rights” in NJ.  The danger isn’t that the vaccine will make the person sick (maybe) but that that person, the health care worker, will go back into a “Hot” zone with ineffective protection again infection.  These people have all my respect.

There is a mathematical certainty that of the thousands of American Armed Forces personnel that were forced into traveling to West Africa by the coward in the Red Shed, that a percentage of them subsequently got sick and some died from either Ebola, Malaria, or other endemic fevers in the region.   And that is another story that will not be broadcast to the American people.  Who would rather just watch American Idol anyway.

 

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Vacation spot

If you are worn out and irritated, long for solitude and as much distance from the damaging mental static that radiates from the Nation’s Capital.   Then here is the spot you seek.

I’ve gone as far as I can go — which was precisely my goal: to travel as close as possible to the exact other side of the planet from Washington, D.C. Cartographers know this as the “antipode” — pronounced AN-teh-pode — the global opposite of any given place. Provided I can get up on this slippery, steep-sided, barnacle-encrusted, seal-inhabited rock, I will have put myself as close to Washington’s antipode as I possibly can.

If you dig a hole straight down from the U.S. Capitol you don’t hit China. You hit a speck of water in the lower Indian Ocean. And this rock before me now, Cumberland Rock, just off the extreme southwestern tip of Australia, a rock named after a 19th-century ship that sank on a connecting reef, is certifiably the nearest land mass to the District’s antipode. You can’t get closer and still have solid ground under your feet.

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The rock out in the photo below is Cumberland Rock, which as the guide said, “holds a special meaning for people from the U.S.” Apparently, a Washington Post reporter, interested in finding the antipode – the “global opposite of any point” – of Washington D.C found it right here.

Now breathe deeply.   Not a whiff of shit to be discerned.

If you’re a burned-out Washington automaton, and you really, really, really, REALLY want to get away from beeping faxes and bimbo blather, this is where you come: Cumberland Rock, Australia. The end of the Earth. It’s 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and extends maybe 30 feet above sea level.

Unfortunately, this rock isn’t the true antipode of the Capital, just the nearest piece of dry land.

As it happens, Doyle and a colleague clambered up to the very top of the Capitol dome in 1993 when the Statue of Freedom was brought down for renovation. There, with the aid of more than 10 different satellites, the geodesists took an ultra-precise reading of the Capitol’s position on the planet, accurate to within five centimeters. Good enough for me, I say. The numbers are:

38 degrees 53 minutes 23.31643 seconds north latitude
77 degrees 00 minutes 32.61537 seconds west longitude

Using this data, Doyle then gave me the Capitol’s antipodal position, calculated “through the Earth-mass center” using the North American Datum of 1983. The numbers are:

38 degrees 53 minutes 23.31643 seconds south latitude
102 degrees, 59 minutes, 27.38463 seconds east longitude

So I had my spot. But I was soon deflated to learn the antipode — 12,507 miles away — was in the middle of a big watery nowhere, way down in the lower Indian Ocean near a giant rend in the ocean floor called the Diamantina Fracture, 741.6 miles southwest of Australia. The sea here is seriously deep — 15,912 feet, enough to fog anyone’s face mask. Only a few wayward trawlers ply the area, seeking hapuka fish. The surrounding waters are known as some of the stormiest and loneliest anywhere in the world.

Why lonely? Because there’s absolutely no land in the immediate neighborhood — no islands, no reefs, no rocks, no coconut bras, no grilled conch. Just water. Not exactly fantasy material.

Diamantina Fracture, it figures.  We all knew that the Suck in Washington DC was bad.  And at it’s Antipode is the Abyss.

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