A few words from the Nobel Prize winner

This is from the 1976 Rolling Thunder Review. I saw it when it hit Madison Square Garden. It highlighted the imprisonment of the boxer Hurricane Carter, who was railroaded into jail on a murder charge.

Hurricane Carter was freed years later and died in 2014.

One of the things about a Dylan concert is he doesn’t always play songs the way you know them. He can be halfway into the song and you realize, “Oh, this is ‘Tangled Up in Blue.'” And he changes the lyrics on you or, as in this case, drops an entire verse.

Anyway, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature yesterday.

A killer hurricane is bearing down on the Southeast …

… So what are the respected voices of the right wing saying about the impending natural disaster that’s already killed almost 300 people in Haiti?

According to the Rude Pundit:

Drudge has said that the National Hurricane Center is hyping Matthew and lying about wind speed because they want to “make exaggerated point on climate” change.

And what is the Rushbot saying?

But if you listened to conservative talk radio, you might have heard Rush Limbaugh himself today on Oxy the Obese Clown’s Analotorium of Fart Noises telling you that Matthew is being hyped because Al Gore needs to prove that climate change is real. No, really: “After Katrina, remember, Al Gore and all the global warming people? They were happy! They were beating their chests like Tarzan out there, and they were saying, ‘This is just the beginning! Because of climate change and because of global warming, we’re gonna have hurricanes like this every year, many of them.'”

I’m glad someone reads and listens to these alt-right clowns so I don’t have to.

The folks that right wingers listen to are more than willing to lead their lemmings to suicide to make a point. And the cliff jumpers on the right will listen to them, because they think it’s clever to say and do things that piss off liberals. (Like nominate a certain anthropromorphic pile of cow manure for president.) So expect a bunch of make America firsters who believe this mush from the manure pile …


… to stay in their homes and ride out this storm.

hurricane-matthew-oct-4And remember the parable of the flood:

A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.

A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

And God said, “I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”

Now, I could be compassionate, pull out my Bible and refer the followers of manure, Drudge and Rush to Matthew 7:15:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

But acquiescent morons really piss me off, so I’m giving the final word to the Rude Pundit:

Jesus fuck, fine, just fucking stay there, Drudge readers and Limbaugh listeners. Fucking stay and drown and get your asses reamed by flying debris with your corpses devoured by alligators. You’ll end up improving the nation considerably in your absence.

Uh? We crashed a spacecraft into a comet?

This in the news:

After two years orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter met its end Friday morning. But the spacecraft did useful science to the last, delivering data packets as it slowly crashed into a particularly active area of the comet. Now its signal has been lost, indicating that the spacecraft has finally rejoined its ill-fated lander Philae, which was recently located after dying and evading detection for nearly two years after its historic landing on the comet’s surface.

OK. Why did we do that?


No, that’s not the reason:

[W]hile we’re sad to see Rosetta go, there’s no denying that the mission has been a huge success. Researchers have used the orbiter’s data to help disprove a long-held hypothesis that Earth’s water might have been carried to the newborn planet by comets. But the discovery of certain life-giving organic molecules suggests that comets such as 67P may have seeded our planet in other ways. Even after Rosetta dies, researchers will continue poring over the orbiter’s data for months and years.

Quantum physics and Schrödinger’s liar

ÖK. We’ve dealt in earlier posts with quantum mechanics and the concept of Schrödinger’s cat, in which a cat in a box is in a state of being both dead and alive at the same time and the observer can only determine the state of the animal when he or she opens the box and looks inside.

So, this election season, we’re observing the quantum mechanics of a festering boil on a rabid elephant’s ass, whom we’ll, for scientific purposes, refer to as Schrödinger’s liar. Within the box we call television, the boil both lies and tells the truth at the same time, until you, the observer, open the box and observe its quantum state of being.


Now, as an occupant of the blue side of the political spectrum, I see bald-faced lying that is so obvious, if I look at it too long, it will be like staring directly into the sun, and I’ll go blind.

But for those on the red side of the political spectrum, there’s nothing to see here, because said boil is speaking his mind and ignoring political correctness.

(The blue and red shifts are also an area of study in physics, but this post isn’t about the Doppler effect.)

This election season, when truth and lies can come from the same mouth at the same time, is going to be studied by quantum physicists for years to come.