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Pic a Day Month – April 1

By Sunday, April 2, 2017 0 , Permalink 0

I’ve decided to force myself back into taking pictures, so one picture a day it is.

Since I started by getting back late from La La Land (It was ok, but never should have been in the running for Best Picture), I decided to go with a piece of blown glass lying on my mantelpiece.

A section of a blown glass ball.

Bubbles frozen in time.

The Kakos Universe

By Wednesday, February 15, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

I’m not convinced it is the worst universe, but it is a bad one.

One theory about the “Alternative Facts” the Trump Administration has been stating is that they are, in fact, from another universe.
The Mandela Effect made manifest. Fringe finally fact.

So let’s go with that.

I’m trying to pull together clues about the universe the administration came from, based on the facts they’ve let slip.

I’m going to keep this as close to specific statements from the administration about things. Not just general attitudes or views, but flat statements of facts not true in our universe, but presumably true in theirs.

This may stay master post I build on over time. Or maybe it just becomes the start.

What We Know

  • There was a Bowling Green massacre
  • “I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized‍—‌and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.” <-- Kellyanne Conway on Hardball with Chris Matthews. (Note, this is separate from the actual massacre of Lenape refugees in 1643 during Kieft’s War, which took place in what is now Bowling Green, NY.)

  • The news does not report on terrorist attacks such as the one in Atlanta Sean Spicer referenced
  • The above is among the many terrorist attacks the news does not report on. Does the news report on other subjects? Is it 1984 propaganda? Is it just there is no news reported at all? It’s all entertainment? (I suspect the latter given this may be a Reality TV universe.)

  • The murder rate is the highest it has been in 47 years
  • The amazing drop in murder from the high of the 80s and 90s did not happen in the Kakos Universe. For all we know, Escape from New York is a documentary in that world. Instead, murder is at a record high.

  • Chicago is a war zone
  • Related to above.

  • All Black people live in urban hell holes
  • Related to above.

  • The prime minister of Canada is Joe Trudeau.
  • An interesting small variation. Is Joe more serious than Justin? Less prone to selfies? No one knows.

  • 3-5 million people voted illegally in the election, all of them for Clinton.
  • Seemingly these voters were concentrated in California, although the plan also involved bussing voters into New Hampshire from Massachusetts.

  • “One of the biggest electoral college wins of all time.”
  • Tied to the above. Trump seems to have the same understanding of how many electoral votes he won, but in his universe, that win is actually one of the biggest of all time, rather than somewhere in the bottom 7th of wins.

  • “Huge inauguration numbers.”
  • The crowds in the Kakos Universe were much bigger, and it stopped raining.

  • The holocaust was not about genocide against Jews.
  • An interesting historical note is that the Holocaust was not about Jewish genocide. It seems the overall numbers of people killed seem similar, but rather than a targeted extermination of Jews that also included other groups, it had no ideological basis in the Kakos Universe.

  • The Yemen military raid was “a successful operation by all standards”
  • The question here is which part of the universe is different? Is it that the death of one serviceman and many civilians, including children, actually does qualify as a success? Or did the events in the Kakos Universe differ substantially?

    The Kakos Universe seems more dangerous and volatile than our own, dating back at least to WWII. More details will surely surface over time.

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