Local knifemaker on TV

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From The Bellingham Herald:

Tumwater knife-maker is ‘Forged In Fire’ for History Channel
A Tumwater kitchen knife-maker will be making historical themed weapons on a History Channel reality show airing Monday.

Mareko Maumasi is one of four contestants on “Forged in Fire,” a show where bladesmiths compete against one another to create edged weapons.

Each weapon is tested by a panel of expert judges. In typical reality show mode, the contestants are eliminated one by one until the top blade-maker is left standing and $10,000 richer.

Maumasi’s day job is making culinary knives. Essentially, he’s a blacksmith who specializes in knife-making.

His clients, who pay up to $1,500 for one of his knives, range from professional chefs to enthusiasts who appreciate well made, custom knives.

“I consider myself a tailor of kitchen cutlery,” Maumasi, 30, said. “I talk to (clients) to understand who they are, what their experience is, as well what they are really trying to achieve.”

I have heard of Mareko but not met him. He studied with Bob Kramer who I have met a couple of times and taken some classes with him.

Climatologist Joe Bastardi has an excellent article at The Patriot Post:

All This for .01 Degrees Celsius?
As the president reveals his plan to reduce greenhouse gases to save us from an apocalyptic atmosphere, I wish to remind people of three things:

1.) The true hockey stick of the fossil fuel era: Global progress in total population, personal wealth and life expectancy.


This is truly amazing. To show how fossil fuels played a roll in expanding the global pie, there are many more people alive today living longer and enjoying a higher GDP. One has to wonder if someone against fossil fuels is simply anti-progress. Ironic since many in the camp of anthropogenic global warming like to label themselves “progressive.” They’re certainly anti-statistic given something like this staring them in the face.

2.) The geological time scale of temperatures versus CO2.


As much as I struggle, I can’t see the linkage. Maybe it’s like one of those books where you have to stare at it and cross your eyes to see the picture.

3.) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted that the steps being taken would only prevent .01 degrees Celsius of warming, but it was the example that counted for the rest of the world.

This article sums that up pretty nicely.

This in addition to the fact that, in 2011, she admitted she did not know how much CO2 was in the atmosphere. And its lines of evidence for this are provably false!

Given the facts, I can’t help but wonder: Did policymakers ever take Economics 101, or a course in how to read a chart?

When I see simple questions that can raise doubts, if not outright debunk all this, it’s like watching the opening from the old Twilight Zone Series: “You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”

Swiped in full as it is short and to the point. Obama (and McCarthy) are partisan hacks and need to be retired from public service. The damage they are doing to everyone on this planet is incalculable especially now that every indication points to an extended cool period.

Woke up around 6:30am, rolled over and went back to sleep for another hour or so. Woke up five hours later.  OOPS!

Needless to say, the shopping run ran late and I am just getting back from town. Got a couple steaks thawed out and marinating (salt pepper and olive oil with a bit of sugar to add a bit more caramelization).

Serving them up with a couple of baked spuds and homemade coleslaw.

Jimmy is coming out to help buck the hay tomorrow but the people with the trailer have not shown up yet. Oh well...


A pleasantly wasted evening

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Had dinner, gave Grace a taste or two of the Pot Roast so she now forgives me for not giving her the whole thing.

I had put in a full day so went out for a couple of pints at my local (five miles away). Finished the new Tom Clancy book - his estate has some excellent writers working for them. The second one out was a real dud but everyone after that has been very readable. The first after his death was from his last unfinished notes - completed by a ghost-writer.

Put on my Notary Public hat earlier today - closed the Business Center last January but kept most of my licensing and it is handy to have in this community.

Surf the Aether for a bit and to bed - shopping run tomorrow and then bucking hay.

Taking a break

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Clearing out the radio room to move in a bunch of the electronics stuff from the DaveCave(c) . Got a really nice electronics workbench (sloped shelf for test equipment, built in anti-static grounding, lots of ourlets, etc...) at auction about ten years ago and a decent collection of test and fabrication equipment. It will be nice to have everything together in one room (albeit small).

Breaking for dinner - finishing off the last of some pot roast with vegies and thick noodles. Grace will be hacked that there is only enough for me - no treats from that bowl...

Got the usual shopping run tomorrow so will not be up that late - want to get an early start as I have a flatbed of hay coming in tomorrow afternoon. I have the trailer for a day or two but want to get it back to its owners ASAP.

Heading out to the garden to pick a salad.

Heh - getting tired of her s%$#

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From The Daily Caller:

The Hillary Email Scandal Just Saw Its ‘Most Significant Legal Development To Date’
A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton and two of her top aides at the State Department, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, to attest, under penalty of perjury, that they have turned over all official government records in their possession.

U.S. District Court judge Emmett Sullivan issued the bombshell ruling late Friday, hours after the State Department released its second batch of Clinton emails.

The ruling was issued in the matter of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.

The most 'interesting' stuff is always released late on Friday. Gives the mainstream media a perfect excuse to ignore it for the weekend and forget about it by Monday morning.


In his ruling, Sullivan ordered the State Department to “identify any and all servers, accounts, hard drives, or other devices currently in the possession or control of the State Department or otherwise that may contain responsive information.”

The State Department must also request that Clinton, Abedin and Mills “confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all responsive information that was or is in their possession as a result of their employment at the State Department.”

Looks like Judge Sullivan is getting tired of the royal runaround. If Hillary commits an act of perjury, this could tank her chance at the White House.

Of course, the mainstream media still has their knickers in a twist over Cecil the Lion.

Some cooking videos

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I present for your edification the Vegan Black Metal Chef Project.

Here is Episode 19 - Vegan German Potato Salad and Vietnamese Summer Rolls

 Fun series and good cooking ideas for the Vegans in your life.

 From the website:

The Vegan Black Metal Chef Project has 2 main purposes:

1) Help answer the question "what do vegans eat"/show vegan cooking in the most informative and fun way possible while making some great music to go along with it.

2) Help people bring consciousness to their lives and actions.

The first will be addressed with of course the videos and various articles under the "Feed Your Body" category.

The second will be addressed with a series of articles and videos under the "Feed Your Mind" category.

My Greatest wish is that you find this useful. Thank youall for all of the great support.

Good stuff!

This is how you do it - not so much

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In April of this year, I wrote about the credit card processing company Gravity Payments and how the owner was changing their minimum wage structure. I said:

More at the site - this is how you do it - the power of the free market and pure capitalism (as opposed to crony capitalism which is all to much in vogue these days).

Well, it seems that the free market has spoken and the word is not good. From the New York Times:

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared
There are times when Dan Price feels as if he stumbled into the middle of the street with a flag and found himself at the head of a parade.

Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it. He wasn’t thinking about the current political clamor over low wages or the growing gap between rich and poor, he said. He was just thinking of the 120 people who worked for him and, let’s be honest, a bit of free publicity. The idea struck him when a friend shared her worries about paying both her rent and student loans on a $40,000 salary. He realized a lot of his own employees earned that or less.

Yet almost overnight, a decision by one small-business man in the northwestern corner of the country became a swashbuckling blow against income inequality.

The move drew attention from around the world — including from some outspoken skeptics and conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, who smelled a socialist agenda — but most were enthusiastic. Talk show hosts lined up to interview Mr. Price. Job seekers by the thousands sent in résumés. He was called a “thought leader.” Harvard business professors flew out to conduct a case study. Third graders wrote him thank-you notes. Single women wanted to date him.

But all is not good in the Emerald City

While dozens of new clients, inspired by Mr. Price’s announcement, were signing up, those accounts will not start paying off for at least another year. To handle the flood, he has already had to hire a dozen additional employees — now at a significantly higher cost — and is struggling to figure out whether more are needed without knowing for certain how long the bonanza will last.

Two of Mr. Price’s most valued employees quit, spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises. Some friends and associates in Seattle’s close-knit entrepreneurial network were also piqued that Mr. Price’s action made them look stingy in front of their own employees.

Then potentially the worst blow of all: Less than two weeks after the announcement, Mr. Price’s older brother and Gravity co-founder, Lucas Price, citing longstanding differences, filed a lawsuit that potentially threatened the company’s very existence. With legal bills quickly mounting and most of his own paycheck and last year’s $2.2 million in profits plowed into the salary increases, Dan Price said, “We don’t have a margin of error to pay those legal fees.”

The market has spoken. Economics is not a bloodless endeavor - for every action, there is an opposite reaction, often bloody, often unexpected. I am very happy with our dealings with Gravity Payments and I hope they can weather this bout of foolishness and continue giving the great service we have been used to.

Once again, socialism does not work - never has, never will. Its core premise is broken...

Happy Birthday - Milton Friedman

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The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old yesterday, July 31st.

John Hawkins writing at Town Hall has put together a list of top 20 quotes. Here is his opening and the first five:

In Honor of His 103rd Birthday, Here Are The 20 Best Quotes From The Late, Great Milton Friedman
Yesterday would have been the 103rd birthday of Milton Friedman, who was one of the most brilliant economists of the last century. In honor of Friedman, here are his 20 best quotes.

And the first five:

1) "I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office."

2) "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."

3) "Indeed, a major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."

4) "There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income."

5) "Workers paying taxes today can derive no assurance from trust funds that they will receive benefits from when they retire. Any assurance derives solely from the willingness of future taxpayers to impose taxes on themselves to pay for benefits that present taxpayers are promising themselves. This one sided 'compact between the generations,’ foisted on generations that cannot give their consent, is a very different thing from a 'trust fund.' It is more like a chain letter."

 Fifteen more at the site - he was a brilliant mind with an ability for explaining complex things very clearly.

Remember Operation Fast and Furious - this was the absolutely brilliant plan from Attorney General Eric Holder to relax the requirements for gun buying in the Southwest (near Phoenix) with the intent that Mexican Cartel members would buy these guns and we could analyze their movements when these guns were recovered at crime scenes.

Tow of these guns were recovered at the murder scene of United States Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. More here, here and here.

Well, another gun has turned up and not in the hands of a cartel member - from the Los Angeles Times:

Assailant in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation
Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol..

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi's history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

Instead, federal agents lost track of the weapons and the operation became a fiasco, particularly after several of the missing guns were linked to shootings in Mexico and the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.

Soofi's attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.

As the owner of a small pizzeria, the Dallas-born Soofi, son of a Pakistani American engineer and American nurse, would not have been the primary focus of federal authorities, who back then were looking for smugglers and drug lords.

He is now.

In May, Soofi and his roommate, Elton Simpson, burst upon the site of a Garland cartoon convention that was offering a prize for the best depiction of the prophet Muhammad, something offensive to many Muslims. Dressed in body armor and armed with three pistols, three rifles and 1,500 rounds of ammunition, the pair wounded a security officer before they were killed by local police.

More at the site - there is no word just how many more of these guns are out there.

Holder is just not that intelligent - his appointment was a 100% political payback and not because he was the best person for the job. The idea that Fast and Furious would be beneficial to the interests of the United States is ludicrous. Holder was held in criminal contempt (255 to 67) by the US House of Representatives. This is the first time in American history that the head of the Justice Department has been held in contempt by Congress.

Tired - was OK during the day but as soon as my butt hit the chair, it's like someone flipped a switch.

Going to surf the Aether for a bit and then upstairs.

Today will be a day of rest - fine-tuning a website for a local event and paying bills.

Great review of Bono and U2

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Have never been a big fan of U2 and/or Bono - a bit overhyped for my tastes.

Seems like Albert Burneko has the same thoughts - from The Concourse:

Truly I Say To You Today That Bono Is An Asswipe
At the intersection of all the annoying things a rock star can be—messianic, pretentious, vapid, dumb, old, creatively bankrupt, grandiose, utterly bereft of self-awareness, calcified into a grotesque oily wire-rack-in-the-grocery-store knockoff of himself, part of U2, et cetera—there sits Bono in his stupid housefly glasses, playing with his dick. He is, in the words of Deadspin’s own Tim Marchman, “the worst music man of all time.” He is puke, and I want to punch him in the ear.

Here is a sentence: This past Wednesday, Bono spoke at an Amnesty International ceremony at Ellis Island, celebrating the 40th anniversary of John Lennon receiving his green card. Here is another sentence: John Lennon did not immigrate to the United States through Ellis Island, Amnesty International had nothing to do with his immigration to the United States, and Bono never knew him. Nevertheless, a tapestry was unfurled, depicting, with metaphoric incoherence, Manhattan as a Lennon-piloted yellow submarine shining its light on Liberty Island, which is not Ellis Island. Bono spoke, and claimed Lennon and the Beatles as Irishmen—because Lennon’s derelict father may or may not have been descended from the Irish, and for the more important reason that nothing in American culture is better public relations than making a too-big deal of flimsy, possibly spurious Irish heritage.

Come on Albert - tell us what you really think. It just gets better and better and is spot on.

Reminds me of Pat Metheny's comments on Kenny G - wonderful writing and again, absolutely spot on.

Back home again

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Today went as planned and back home again after getting a bite to eat in town and two pints at the North Fork.

I was planning to get the hay delivered tomorrow but that got pushed to Monday - my shopping day. I'll unload the flatbed Tuesday.

Still waiting for my ten thousand minions to hatch so I can put a crimp into the housefly breeding program.

The antique tractor show was a lot of fun - I love steam power. Much nicer than internal combustion but the size of the boiler makes mobile use impractical.

Spent about $100 at Tractor Supply - various critter stuff and a few tools and tractor parts. Nice to have them so close.

Feed the critters, work in the radio room for a bit and then to bed - long day but a day of rest tomorrow...

Busy day - meetings, PSATMA and hay

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Heading out for coffee and then into town to get some stuff, meet with some people and then North to Lynden, WA to check out the final day of PSATMA (Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association) annual public fair. Last day today. Then checking out the new outlet for Tractor Supply - they are doing a soft opening today.

Getting some hay for the critters - winter is approaching so time to get it while it is still fresh and relatively cheap.

Finally, August First is the Swiss National Holiday

Last one for a few years - just passed through a cluster of them.

Second full moon in a calender month.

Meet Hurricane Guillermo

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Currently hanging out off the coast of Hawaii and heading their way. CAT1 for now.

Keeping fingers crossed...

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot???

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From Norway's English language website The Local:

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
For the first time in the capital city's history, Mohammed is the most common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday.

Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå - SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever.

Jørgen Ouren of SSB said to NRK: “It is very exciting.”

Altogether 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name, and Mohammed has thereby passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).

The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men's name list for Oslo.

This is how civilizations die.

But we are so intellegent, multi-cultural and understanding. No. You are just cuckolded mice.

Whatever happened to that Viking spirit - your ancestors are sobbing into their beer in Valhalla.

Blogs for everything

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It seems that there are blogs for every subject.

In filmmaking, a technique known as Matte Shot is used to fill in the background of a scene whether this is a city or a landscape. Some amazing work goes into these matte paintings for only a few seconds of screentime.

Check out Matte Shot - a tribute to Golden Era special fx:

This blog is intended primarily as a tribute to the inventiveness and ingenuity of the craft of the matte painter during Hollywoods' Golden Era. Some of the shots will amaze in their grandeur and epic quality while others will surprise in their 'invisibility' to even the sophisticated viewer. I hope this collection will serve as an appreciation of the artform and both casual visitors and those with a specialist interest may benefit, enjoy and be amazed at skills largely unknown today.

Just keep scrolling down - some gorgeous work...

Delusional - the White House

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From The Daily Caller:

White House Says Planned Parenthood Videos Are Fake, Cites Planned Parenthood
The White House expressed its firm belief Thursday that recently-released videos attacking Planned Parenthood are “fraudulent.” Their source: Planned Parenthood.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, was speaking with reporters when they raised the matter of the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress which appear to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal organs for profit, a violation of federal law. He claimed the videos were released in a “fraudulent way” with “not a lot of evidence” behind them.

“There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release this edited version of the video that grossly distorts the position of the person that’s actually speaking,” Earnest said.

Of course the videos are edited. The Center for Medical Progress has several hours of video and they cherry-picked the scenes to produce a five minute video. The important thing to realize - something that Josh Earnest doesn't seem to grasp - is that they also released the entire video file - several hours worth. Nobody can make any claims of falsification - all of the source material has been released to the public.

The Timmy Brothers – Water Makers

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Wonderful parody of bullshit 'Artisanal' products...

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