Month: November 2014

Reading: The Nazis Next Door: How Amereica Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men

So I’m only a short way into this book. And right away author Eric Lichtblau tips it right away. The two primary organizations that helped spirit Nazi’s out of Italy were the Vatican and the Red Cross.

I mean I’d known corporate America including IBM, Standard Oil, et al were neck deep in the Nazi bovine effluent. And that the U.S. has a long anti-Semitic bias, most famously the man who gave us mass automobile manufacturing, one Henry Ford was an anti-Semite.

But this book promises to be a sordid tale. For example I know it will touch on how the U.S. space program essentially began as a Nazi program.

The book can be found on Amazon for about $14.

Count the CPU’s on or about you

For example here’s the inventory of my backpack on a daily basis:

1 Dual Core computer (2 CPU’s)

1 Amazon Fire HD6 table (4 CPU’s)

One Baofeng B580T radio transciever (1 CPU)

Then there is my phone, dual core (2 CPU)

My Bluetooth headphones (1 CPU)

That bring the total count to 10 CPU’s I carry with me daily. Weird isn’t it.

Now cameras

Computer has one

Phone has two

HD6 has two

So that’s FIVE cameras.

I really hate turning back from Daylight Saving Time

It’s not the having to set clocks thing. The computers, phones and TV all set themselves via network or NTP time.

It’s the fact that in the morning – it’s bright out. Prior to the changeover it was dark in the morning but enough light in the evening. Now it’s essentially flipped – light in the morning, pitch fucking black when I get home.

I think if I do get a shot at a delegate to the Constitutional Convention I might have RI ignore the changeover and stay on Daylight time year round.

That’s how much I hate it.

College Atheists place over 200 God Tombstones

This is fantastic.

So far in Georgia and Wisconsin we’ve now seen Graveyards of the Gods.

Think about this for a moment. There are hundreds of gods that have been relegated to history as mythos. So what’s so special about the current iteration or Abrahamic God?

I suspect that someday in the not too distant future we’ll see old Jehovah/Yahweh/God added to the mythos pile and we’ll move on from there. After all here in the U.S. at least 1/5th of us have moved on from the various Abrahamic sects. Although it is a bit tougher to get out if you practice Islam for the penalty for apostasy in regions under the thumb of Islam is death. And that death comes by stoning, hanging etc. But for Jews and Christians it’s a little bit easier. At least we escape with out lives.

But sure – it does cause some strife particularly if you have religious relatives or co-workers and even bosses. Thankfully the field I’m in has a much higher percentage of atheists than many other fields. It’s really odd when I think about it, why would I.T. people be more socially evolved?

But it isn’t just my chosen profession, but atheists are EVERYWHERE. So I am really happy to see college atheist groups doing things like the Graveyard of the Gods.

Sunday Stealing: Music

1. Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by? 

It’s sort of a tie between Earth Wind & Fire and Jamiroquai


2. What was the last song you listened to? 

Azymuth – Partido Alto – it’s Brazillian Jazz aka Samba Doido. Love it.


 3. What’s in your CD player right now? 

Who still owns a CD player? It’s all on my phone. It’s my entire music library. Plus I have a Pandora One account.


 4. What was the last show you attended? 

That would be a few years ago – P-Funk.

 5. What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to? 

My first exposure to P-Funk in the mid 1980’s at the Living Room when it was over on Promenade St. in

Providence, RI. Picture it, a small performance space, packed to the gills, a floor that was sticky as hell and all your could do was jump around a bit. Loved it.


 6. What’s the worst show you’ve ever been to? 

Can’t say I’ve ever been to one that I could qualify as the worst.

 7. What’s the most musically involved you have ever been? 

Did a few years as both a radio DJ and a talk show host.


 8. What show are you looking forward to? 

None at the moment.


 9. What is your favorite band shirt? 

Don’t own any band t-shirts. I prefer more acerbic, funny or profound t-shirts.
 10. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day? 

Probably Jay K aka Jamiroquai.


 11. Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback? 

The Thompson Twins or even Kajagoogoo.


 12. Who is one band/artist you’ve never seen live but always wanted to? 

Full Force – pretty into them back int he 80’s.


 13. What was your last musical “phase” before you wisened up? 

Didn’t have a music phase. In fact my musical tastes run the gamut from progressive rock, funk, r&b, jazz and so on. The only musical genre I cannot tolerate is country music.


 14. How many music related videos/DVDs do you own? 

Not a one. With YouTube it kind of defeats the purpose. And Google is never going to be able to put the copyright genie back in the bottle.


 15. How many concerts/shows have you been to, total? 

Probably a couple dozen.


 16. What’s your “guilty pleasure” that you hate to admit to liking? 

Dont’ really have one. Never got into the teeny bopper shit so no trouble there.


 17. What is your favourite movie soundtrack?

Has to be Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.