My USA

The trail of red is a big disconcerting
The states of these United States with which my corporeal state has been united

Via Mike, is this interesting if fairly useless web tool to make a map if which states you have visited. Much of my claim is based on the big 1966 trek from Mississauga to San Diego, California. A bit of a guess as to the route we took but I recall the painted desert and the Grand Canyon. Why have I never tasted the delights of Delaware? Best state? Maine.

Good Planning

Pub, Art, Hair, Curry, Texmex. I like this block – kitty corner to S&R – which incorporates a 1870’s firehall, some limestones a few decades older as well as a new brick build with a hair place that fits in the scheme. Next to it, tucked behind down the alley to the right is Curry Village, one of the great Indian restaurants in the downtown. Behind to the left you’ll see a Holiday Inn which was built on an old wharf like others in the downtown – rather than on land occupied by historic buildings. At the intersection, Cornerstone is a private art gallery with Inuit art among other things. The 1876 firehall half shown to the right of the picture is a Lonestar. To the left, the newish pub Merchant MacLiam built in the last year or two fills the oldest space in the scene, an 1840 warehouse with a very similar build to Halifax’s Lower Deck with more of a Middle Deck crowd. The pub, curry and texmex all meet in patios at the back with view of the river.

Poached

Have a look at this. Someone is taking my RSS feed and those of others I know and aggregating them on another site and sticking up advertising. How odd. I don’t know if I feel good about this or bad. I certainly have not been asked permission or offered a share of the likely tiny revenue stream from the Google ads. Reminds me of all the bother in the mid-90’s about deep linking, focusing on two news web sites on the Shetlands. Whose stuff is this that I do? I understand it to be mine under the Copyright Act. To the credit of the aggregator, there is no doubt that the attributation to me is there. But does someone else get the chump change for my writing that ought to buy me that Friday Guinness?

World Upside Down

Just watched Bill Maher on Larry King and heard the extraordinary statement from Maher – unchallenged by King – that on 9/11 President Bush’s father was having breakfast with Osama’s Dad. Is that right? The connections between the Bush’s and the Saudi rich are well documented and the spiriting of many of them out of the USA soon after the attacks a simple fact. If it is true, however, that they were having breakfast, it is amazing that this is not well known. If it was the case in the previous presidency, it would have been something you would never have heard the end of from Limbaugh or Brudnoy. Imagine Churchill’s Pappy having a snack with Adolf’s Dad in September 1939. We’d know. Michael will tell me if it is untrue.

In other mindboggling news I learned about today, I saw this story on local North Country NY TV news this evening:

St. Lawrence County’s Amish community can open the curtains once again. A Gouverneur man is behind bars, charged with public lewdness for allegedly flashing Amish households.

St. Lawrence County sheriffs investigators say 24 year old Timothy J. Thomas would park in front of Amish houses along County Route 10 in the Heuvelton area, jump out of his vehicle naked, flash the Amish, then calmly return to his vehicle and continue on to work. Investigators say Thomas is suspected of a number of such incidents but January 16th is when he pulled it off again, leading to his arrest.

Weather records for January 16th show the temperature that day hovered around zero, meaning Thomas risked exposing his extremities to frostbite by the time he hot-footed it back to his car. Thomas, of State Rt. 58 in Gouverneur was arraigned today on the misdemeanor count and jailed in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. Investigators say he may have targeted Amish houses because of their lack of phone service to summon authorities.

So much so wrong with the whole plan – let alone the journalists’ idea that being entirely naked is “flashing”. Why bother the Amish? There is actually a history of attacks on them [which they do not report on principle] despite theirs being a society of consent – even if unlike your average life at the mall.