The penultimate in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: The Doctor relives the worst day of his existence, will his future selves convince him to do something he will regret forever.

Plot: While planning a day out with Clara the TARDIS is grabbed by Unit for help with a mystery by Royal Command of Queen Elizabeth the first. Upon arriving he is greeted with a Gallfreyian painting of the last day of the time war, he remissness back to his days as the War Doctor (see Night of the Doctor mini episode) on that Day the War Doctor decides he’s had enough of the Time War declaring No More. He steals the ultimate weapons with the intention of destroying Daleks and Time Lords alike to end the war but the weapons has developed a conscience and that conscience appears as Rose Tyler as the Bad Wolf. He suggests he doesn’t want to survive the destruction he is planning she replies that will be his punishment and challenges him to see what destroying Gallfrey will do to his future, what kind of man it will make him, she opens a time rift to the future which promptly produces a Fez…

Meanwhile back in the present the Doctor opens the letter from Elizabeth I which declares a deadly danger has come to her kingdom and when the time is right he is to be made curator to the undergallery. He remembers back to his time as the 10th doctor picnicking with a young Elizabeth where he proposes marriage, after she accepts he produces a machines that goes “ding” and confidently pronounces her a Zygon in disguise right up until his horse converts into a Zygon and chases him them, they are separated and after a dramatic confrontation with a rabbit he finds two Elizabeths. Before he can deduce which is real a time rift opens up and out pops…a fez.

Back in the present the 11th Doctor finds a group of broken statues to be analyzed by his biggest fan in Unit. After he grabs a Fez he spot on display Kate Stewart shows him a group of paintings with glass shattered as if something came out, all these paintings are landscapes but used to have figures in them, as they continue to the next room suddenly a time rift opens, he vaguely remembers it tosses his Fez through and then Leaps through the rift….

landing in front of the 10th doctor and the two Elizabeth the 1sts. After some snappy patter the rift starts getting active and they advise the two Elizabeths to run in opposite directions. He can hear Clara & Kate through the rift and tests it’s two way capacity by throwing his Fez through it. it doesn’t arrive back but seconds later…

…the war doctor appears to the horror of both of them. He is looking for the Doctor and after some snappy patter are confronted by the Queen’s guards. They are in the process of convincing them Clara is a witch about to hex them when an Elizabeth turns up and at the 11th Doctor’s suggestion has them thrown in the Tower where Kate Stewart is…

…meanwhile as Kate Stewart takes Clara to the Black Archive in the tower looking for a message planted by the Doctor. back in the undergallery Osgood discovers that the place is crawling with Zygons barely escaping from her double Clara discovers Kate has been replaced as well but manages to get the code from the planted message and escapes to where the three doctors are using Captain Jack’s vortex manipulator.

In the past the Doctor’s discover the Zygon’s are planning to invade earth by hiding in 3D painting when the time is right and have captured the black tower, Kate Stewart is freed by the Osgood and is determined to destroy the weaponry there before the Zygons can use it to conquer earth. Will the Doctors & Clara be able to stop the Zygon Invasion, the Destruction of London and will these actions cause the War Doctor to finally decide to destroy Gallfrey and end the time war?

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Writing: Steven Moffat’s story reads like the type of story a Doctor Who fan would write if he wanted a multi Doctor Story. The dialogue is snappy and the interactions between the doctors are clever. The inclusion of Osgood complete with 4th Doctor Scarf is a brilliant stroke as is the inclusion of the curator at the end, however I see no reason why the rest of the doctors couldn’t have been included in the big climax scene as it would not have added much time to the show, nor why they could have not been included in the epilogue, but these are 50th anniversary quibbles and these don’t reflect on the quality of the episode itself which is VERY well done. I particularly like the last ten minutes but I don’t want to spoil it.

Acting: Lots of strong performances, by the regular cast, David Tennant seems to be having a lot of fun, John Hurt is so good that you can believe he has been playing the Doctor forever but the single best performance is Billie Piper who absolutely owns her role. The Curator at the end steals his scene, but that’s just his nature.

Ultimate Anniversary Moment: “No sir Thirteen!”

Memorable Moments: I wasn’t expecting that, you’re basically just a rabbit, I’m not judging you, Timey Wimey?, Breath that could stun a horse, weak and feeble woman, sorry about the Dalek, Bad wolf girl I could kiss you , Who nose.

Really cool moment: The Daleks on detecting the Doctor stop killing time lords En Masse to go after him…very bad move

Oddities: Shouldn’t the time lords only be acquainted with Doctors one through War doctor (8 1/2) How do they recognize the ones after him?

Pet Peeves: If the Daleks are that obsessed with the Doctor couldn’t he have led them away from Gallfrey simply by showing up elsewhere? How does the Doctor’s interaction with the General in Arcadia effect the actions of Rassilon & the high counsel. How would the Zygons know about what happened to the Sycorax?

Great Quote(s):

War Doctor: Don’t sit on that!
The (Bad Wolf) Moment: Why not?
War Doctor: Because it’s not a chair, it’s the most dangerous weapon in the universe.
The (Bad Wolf) Moment: Why can’t it be both?

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10th Doctor: It was the horse. I’m going to be King. Run!

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10th Doctor: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Oh, very clever. Whatever you’ve got planned, forget it. I’m the Doctor. I’m nine hundred and four years old. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I am the Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness, and you are basically just a rabbit, aren’t you? Okay, carry on. Just a general warning.

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10th Doctor: What are you doing here? I’m busy.
11th Doctor: Oh, busy. I see. Is that what we’re calling it, eh? Eh? Hello, ladies.
10th Doctor: Don’t start.
11th Doctor: Listen, what you get up to in the privacy of your own regeneration is your business.
10th Doctor: One of them is a Zygon.
11th Doctor: Urgh. I’m not judging you.

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War Doctor: You’re me? Both of you?
10th Doctor: Yep.
War Doctor: Even that one?
11th Doctor: Yes!
War Doctor: You’re my future selves?
10th & 11th Doctor: Yes!
War Doctor: Am I having a midlife crisis? Why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that? They’re scientific instruments, not water pistols.

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Clara: Hang on. Three of you in one cell, and none of you thought to try the door?

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10th Doctor: Ow! The desktop is glitching.
War Doctor: Three of us from different time zones. It’s trying to compensate.
11th Doctor: Hey, look. The round things.
10th Doctor: I love the round things.
11th Doctor: What are the round things?
10th Doctor: No idea.

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11th Doctor: Alien technology plus human stupidity. Trust me, it’s unbeatable.

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11th Doctor: Hello, hello, Gallifrey High Command, this is the Doctor speaking.
10th Doctor: Hello! Also the Doctor. Can you hear me?
War Doctor: Also the Doctor, standing ready.
GENERAL: Dear God, three of them. All my worst nightmares at once.

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General: I didn’t know when I was well off. All twelve of them!
12th Doctor: No, sir. All thirteen!

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11th Doctor: I could be a curator. I’d be great at curating. I’d be the Great Curator. I could retire and do that. I could retire and be the curator of this place.
Curator (elderly 4th Doctor): You know, I really think you might.
11th Doctor: I never forget a face.
Curator (elderly 4th Doctor): I know you don’t. And in years to come, you might find yourself revisiting a few. But just the old favourites, eh?

Final Verdict: 5 Stars, could it have been a better 50th anniversary episode? Yes. Was it not as good as the fiveish Doctors? Yes. but is it a spectacular story in it’s own right? Without a question.

Ranking of Season 1st of 16 Frankly if it wasn’t the BEST episode of the season it would be a failure.

1. The Day of the Doctor
2. The Bells of St. John
3. The Crimson Horror
4. The Power of three
5. The Name of the Doctor
6. The Snowmen
7. Nightmare in Silver
8. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
9. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
10. Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
11. Cold War
12. A Town Called Mercy
13. Asylum of the Daleks
14. The Rings of Akhaten
15. Hide
16. The Angels Take Manhattan

Ranking in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown) 1st but again if a multi doctor story that’s the 50th anniversary isn’t the best of the era it would almost be a failure

1. Day of the Doctor
2. The Bells of St. John
3. Let’s Kill Hitler
4. The Girl who waited
5. The Doctor’s Wife
6. The Pandorica Opens
7. A Good Man Goes to War
8. The Eleventh Hour
9. The Big Bang
10. The Crimson Horror

Last week, the New York Post‘s John Crudele broke the story that the Census Bureau, which conducts the Current Population Survey (CPS) that is the basis for the unemployment rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), has been falsifying the data since 2010. Curdele interviewed a person who was caught by the Census Bureau in 2010 simply making up data, with the employee claiming his superiors told him to do so because his region was not successfully interviewing enough people for the survey. According to an anonymous source, that effort intensified in the months leading up to the 2012 election, with September 2012’s data specifically falsified to President Barack Obama’s favor, and continues to the present time.

These allegations are currently being investigated by both the House Oversight Committee and the Inspector General of the Census Bureau, with the BLS also quite interested in them.

One place they can start is comparing what came out of the CPS to a measure of unemployment conducted by Gallup, started in January 2010. There are a couple of key differences between the CPS and Gallup which make a comparison a bit harder:

– While the CPS uses a reference week that includes the 12th of the month (5th of the month in November), Gallup uses a 30-day rolling average.
– The CPS surveys (or claims to survey) 60,000 people age 16 and over, while over the course of each 30-day rolling average, Gallup surveys 30,000 adults.

Fortunately, the BLS releases, as part of its dataset, the data from the portion of the CPS that covers adults, or about 57,500 surveyed out of approximately 153,000,000 considered part of the labor force. That allows an apples-to-apples comparison:

Gallup-CPS

For the most part, the CPS measure of adult unemployment is significantly lower than Gallup’s measure. How significant? Let’s take a look at Gallup’s measure on the day that puts the CPS reference day right in the middle of the rolling average, the 27th day of the month (20th for November and also December to avoid an artificial post-Christmas spike). The CPS unemployment was calculated by dividing the number of unemployed by the number considered to be in the workforce, so I could get much closer than to the nearest tenth of a percentage point reported. The raw data was not available for Gallup’s measure of unemployment, so I took the closest possible number to the CPS measure that still rounded to Gallup’s tenth of a percentage point reported.

Gallup-CPS divergence

Polls, which is what the CPS and Gallup measures really are, come with a margin of error, within which the true value can be expected either 90% or 95% of the time. For the CPS, the 90%-confidence margin of error is +/-0.20 percentage points and the 95%-confidence margin of error is +/-0.24 percentage points. For Gallup, the 90%-confidence margin of error is +/-0.28 percentage points and the 95%-confidence margin of error is +/-0.34 percentage points.

Two polls are considered to be in good agreement when their values are within each others’ margin of error. Meanwhile at least one poll has to be wildly incorrect when the difference between the two is more than the sums of their margin of error. Out of 46 months’ worth of data:

– 18 months saw Gallup’s and CPS’s measures of unemployment disagree by more than the combined 90%-confidence margin of error of 0.49 percentage points, with 17 months having Gallup’s measure higher.
– 8 months saw the measures of unemployment disagree by between 0.28 percentage points (Gallup’s 90%-confidence margin of error) and 0.49 percentage points, with another 3 months seeing a disagreement between 0.20 percentage points (CPS’s 90% confidence margin of error) and 0.28 percentage points.
– 17 months saw the measures of unemployment in “good agreement”, disagreeing by less than 0.20 percentage points.

When two polls wildly disagree more than they are in “good agreement”, one of them has to be wrong. Given the disagreement has been almost invariably in the administration’s favor, and there already was a proven round of fakery in the CPS, it sure looks like the official measure of unemployment has been cooked longer than a burnt turkey.

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I noted today, as has Stacy McCain that true believers in Barack Obama are alive and well.

In so noting however he repeats a question raised by Ace of Spades on the subject

And the Liberal Chattering Classes are facing a question now: “Will my reputation and sense of pride survive Obama’s incompetence?”

And: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?”

The question  has been answered by Newsbusters: or should I say they quoted Real Clear Politics answer

MSNBC blazed its own path, encouraging Chris Matthews to channel his inner advocate and hiring people such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Martin Bashir, even Al Sharpton. Not unintelligent people, certainly, but not reporters, either — and in some cases, not journalists at all. Meanwhile, except for the successful “Morning Joe” program, MSNBC dropped its token conservative voices and for the most part eschewed original reporting in lieu of talking heads.

The upshot has been uneven. More money for MSNBC, as it slipped by CNN in the ratings, but more controversy, too.

The key line is that screed is “more money for MSNBC” and this shouldn’t surprise anyone particularly not Stacy McCain:

But this false accusation — the Duke players did not have sex with the strippers, much less hold them down and f–k them against their will — is not enough to discredit Amanda Marcotte in the eyes of those who share her worldview. This is how the Ideology of Error operates: As long as one speaks, writes and behaves in accordance with the ideology, any resulting errors are written off as if they never happened.

Amanda Marcotte can be absurdly wrong and crudely offensive and yet still be endlessly applauded by her fellow leftists. This hate-filled lying fanatic is a valued contributor at Slate and a welcome guest at MSNBC not despite her fanaticism, but because of her fanaticism.

Given that  that MSNBC is more profitable now than it was before it decided to go full bore as an  affirmation machine for the people propping Obama up, I’m afraid the answer to Ace’s question: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?” is apparently “pretty damn absurd.

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Thanksgiving is a season of both reflection and gratitude.

Each year during the fourth Thursday of the month of November, our nation pauses from its interminable business, social, and societal activity to enjoy a time of feasting and festivity.

Why do we set aside a special time to give thanks?  Why is this tradition still important for those of us who live in the digital age that is the 21st century?  There are many reasons to enjoy a special season of thanks, but perhaps if we take a look at the historical roots of our country we can see why a time of “thanksgiving” is vitally important for the renewal of our nation.

What many of us in America do not appreciate is that in the late 1500s and early 1600s, Religious Freedom was not an absolute right.  In much of Europe, whatever the religion or faith of the King or Sovereign might be – his faith or lack thereof had a direct bearing on the religion of the people that he ruled.  If the king was Catholic (Spain), then Catholicism was the official religion of Spain.  If the king were Protestant (England), then the people of that realm became Protestants.

The Puritans were people who were directly affected by a worldwide movement known as the “Protestant Reformation.”  The Protestant Reformation took place from roughly 1517 to 1646 (the Protestant Reformation inspired reforms in the Catholic Church that led to what is known as the Catholic Counter-Revolution that resulted in “The Council of Trent”).

Your ability to worship in Europe of the 1500s and 1600s without external disturbance was a tenuous right at best.  One of the fortunate by-products of “The Protestant Reformation” is that it decentralized the ability of European rulers to control the religious affections of their subjects.  The people of Europe began to slowly, but surely, as time went on experience a burgeoning growth in the area of religious liberty.

It is in a proper understanding of the growth of religious liberty that makes the Puritans so important to our nation’s founding.

The men and women who left Europe in 1619 and who signed The Mayflower Compact in 1620, came to America and left behind their worldly possessions; they sacrificed everything that they had or known in order to come to a place where they could worship GOD as their consciences dictated and as they believed the Holy Bible instructed them.

The original Puritans bequeathed a tremendous legacy of faith, life, freedom, and educational pursuits for their future descendants.  A short list of some of their amazing accomplishments is would include things such as:

  1. They founding and formation of what has become known as the Ivy League series of schools:  Harvard (1636); Yale (1701); Brown; Dartmouth; Princeton; and the University of Pennsylvania.
  2. Nearly 40 years before John Locke wrote his masterpiece “Two Treatise on Government,” the descendants of the Puritans had introduced a form of self-government or a representative assembly into the new world known as “The House of Burgess.”
  3. The original Puritans introduced the concept of the “Protestant Work Ethic” into the new world that led to unprecedented level of material prosperity and upward mobility for all who would later come to America’s shores; and finally,
  4. The Puritans in their devout Christian faith laid the foundation for a nuanced understanding of the natural law concept that later led to these immortal words in The Declaration of Independence “…that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.  Among these are the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”…

So, as we consume much food and drink and enjoy the presence of our friends and loved ones during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, let us remember that the American experiment rests upon the foundation of two distinct pillars of “Faith and Freedom.”

Let us rejoice in the tremendous legacy that the Puritans have left us and let us commit ourselves anew to transmitting the pillars of “Faith and Freedom” to our posterity.

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On Twitter this morning I saw this cartoon that had me nodding my head:

 

It’s a great cartoon because it’s true. To many white liberals the fear of being called or labeled “racist” is so ingrained and so powerful they will excuse almost anything Barack Obama does to prove to others (and to convince themselves) that they are not racist and their self segregation is just a pure coincidence and not from fear or a feeling of superiority.

But it’s not the whole story. Liberal guilt would not be enough to sustain this president. Let’s look at the other groups who keep Barack Obama, if not walking on water, at least from drowning in his own failures.

The Anti-Antis

8th Doctor: I’m not leaving this ship without you

Cass:  Well you’re going to die right here, best news all day.

Doctor Who Night of the Doctor 2013

Barack Obama is a man of the left, the FAR left, farther than most of the people who actually support him. But to a big chunk of the people who voted for him that doesn’t matter, because it’s not about Barack Obama it’s about stopping the hated Right, particularly the Tea Party.

To them the very thought of an Abortion opposing, gun supporting, Rush Limbaugh Listening, God worshiping, Communist fighting person and party in power is the worst thing in the universe.

It’s not about supporting Barack Obama, it’s about defeating their common enemies.

So what if American Power around the world is collapsing, Iran is building Nukes, North Korea & Iran hold Americans, the Economy remains  in the tank, there are no jobs, Americans are left to die in Benghazi, the IRS becomes Nixon squared, Obamacare costs them their insurance and for the first time in History American children will do worse than their parents.  None of that matters even if their own fortunes are crashing and burning with the rest of that country as long as those rotten Conservatives are going down!

 

Black Pride…

Vinny Gambini:  I got a bullshit traffic ticket. I went to court, I got the cop on the stand, and I argued with him until he admitted he was wrong. And the judge, this Judge Malloy. All the while he’s laughing and smiling. And then afterwards, he asks me to go to lunch with him. Then he says to me, “you know what? You’d be a good litigator.” I didn’t know what the hell he was talking about, I don’t know what a litigator is. I never thought of becoming a lawyer. But this Judge Malloy he’s from Brooklyn too, he did it, so all of a sudden, it seemed possible.

My Cousin Vinny 1992

The first of anything is special and you remember it:  Your first child, your first kiss (Maria Frigoletto) , your first car (67 red barracuda convertible 197,000 miles when the odometer broke 2 years before) , your first grandchild. your first job (gopher Family Federal Bank), The first time your team wins a world series in your lifetime (2004 Red Sox) and of course your first Dr. Who episode (Masque of Mandragora pt 1).

For an ethnic group it’s even bigger.  You are a stranger in a strange land, or a group that has been oppressed.  First’s matter.  The Camelot was embraced easily by millions of Catholics already celebrating JFK.  There are woman in England who absolutely hated Margaret Thacher but still grinned when she flexed her muscles.  They were not just individuals who succeeded (they were) but the culmination of the dreams of a lot of people had.

For Black America the Election of Barack Obama less than three generations removed from Jim Crow and the ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ in baseball means an awful lot.  I know conservative black Americas who disagree with Barack Obama on just about everything who voted for and cheered him when he was elected.  The first Black President elected and re-elected is rightfully a source of pride for the American Black community….

…And Black Fear

Sheriff John Chance:   You’re a rich man, Burdette. Big ranch. Pay a lot of people to do what you want them to do. And you got a brother. He’s no good, but he’s your brother. If he committed murders, you’d try and see he didn’t hang for them.

Rio Bravo 1959

Think of OJ Simpson an iconic athlete and one of the greatest of football players…revealed to be a killer, Doug Phillips revealed to have been banging the babysitter for ten years,  Lance Armstrong revealed as a cheater.   Kate Hunt the poster girl for lesbian rights revealed and exposed.

When you are an icon your failures becomes a group’s failure, it’s a scandal.  That’s who so many Bishops were willing to sweep bad priests under the rug and why Public school administrators & Unions are willing to do the same for abusing teachers.  There is a reason Matthew Sheppard is a household name and Jessie Dirkhising is not.

And that’s just scandal, What happens if it’s failure?

Picture if Jackie Robinson had hit .220 with 2 HR & 51 RBI’s and the Dodgers finished last, how many decades would it have been until the next black player graced the field?

Imagine for a second if Thurgood Marshall had, once he had been put on the supreme court stumbling over his words?  How many lawyers would never wear a Judges robes.

What if the 54th Massachusetts turned and ran at Fort Wagner?   Lincoln might have lost the war (and failed as the first Republican President) and the army might still not be integrated.

Barack Obama is the living embodiment of this.  He has failed on so many levels it boggles the mind.  Ironically the Black Community has shouldered more of that failure, particularly economically,  than any other.  Yet they voted to re-elect him in overwhelming numbers and in polls still continue to support him.  They must, because what will they tell their children?

What will they say if the first Black President is recorded in history as one of the worst leaders the country has ever seen?

What will they say when his presidency marks   the first time ever America Children are expected to do worse than their parents?

What will they say if it marks the end of American Power in the world?  The end of the American Era?

What will they say when history looks back at Benghazi, Obamacare, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, Snowden and the NSA, the rise of Radical Islam in the middle east and the Iranian Bomb and say this all happened on the watch of the 1st Black President of the United States?

The moment they admit this, Barack Obama becomes an affirmative action president and goes from an inspiration for an entire race to an embarrassment that needs to be forgotten.  That can’t be allowed.

The Irony of course is that Barack Obama’s failures have nothing to do with his race, and everything to do with him being a cheap inexperienced Chicago Machine pol who had no business being at the top of any ticket, but when you buy into a delusion, you buy into it all the way.

 

True Believers…

Sutekh: Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the Destroyer. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. I find that good.

Doctor Who Pyramids of Mars 1975

This is the group that are the actual core of Barack Obama’s support. There are people who think a weaker United states is better than a stronger one. That nationalized healthcare is actually better than our current system. That guns are actually the problem rather than people. That a secular country is better than a religious one and that the best way to make things better is to redistribute the wealth of the nation punishing those who actually create it.

These people see what has happened under Obama as,  at worst bumps in the road toward the bright future it will bring or even as a success and if the IRS has to be used to suppress some dissent or the NSA has to spy on a few people, well you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

 

So if you are still wondering how Barack Obama has maintained his number for so long.  Now you know.

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This is something you must not do, so let that be a lesson to you

Stan & Jan Berenstain Look I Can Ride a Bike 1964

I’ve talked a lot about my Magnificent Seven who have done an excellent job writing for this site, but I haven’t talked much about my Magnificent Panel and they deserve a little more space.

The Magnificent Panel is a weekly panel on DaTechGuy on DaRadio who talk about the issues of the week. I of course am the moderator, Joe Mangiacotti, when in studio gets an automatic seat. He’s been out recovering from surgery lately and we hope to have him back this week.

The rest of the panel consists of A conservative (usually a blogger) on the phone another in studio and finally in the Prestigious Bob Beckel chair a strong liberal. The idea is to have nobody come on more than once a month to allow a wider selection of panelists who are available.

So far we have had Tom Wesley, the Lonely Conservative, Fausta & Chip Jones in the conservative chair and this week GOP Candidate Tim Imholt & Blogger Yid With Lid will be having their turn.

The liberal seats is very important because it is the contrary seat, the one that produces conflict.

I have three strong liberals who appear on DaTechguy on DaRadio in the prestigious Bob Beckel Chair for outnumbered liberals. Mike Hummell, Dominic Nanni & Maxine Baptiste.

I discovered Dominic & Maxine while disagreeing on Twitter, Mike actually discovered me when I wrote that perhaps the Hostess Bakers were “Going Galt”.

I still need one more liberal to round out the panel and have actually offered the spot to two local liberals and one one twitter who all unfortunately could not be available on a regular basis on Saturdays during the time of the panels.

As a rule all of the liberals I’ve mentioned above disagree with me on almost everything political and will likely continue to do so but all of them, the ones currently on my panel and the ones who were offered the spot but weren’t free have one thing in common:

They make an argument for their side and they do it without insult.

I hope to fill that last spot before the end of the year and I’d like to do it with someone from twitter if at all possible. So if you are such a liberal who might want that last spot let me give you some advice:

When I tweet out something like this:

Don’t answer with something like this:

 

If you can’t make an argument beyond “Palin is stupid & you’re a Chump” Then you’re not good enough for DaTechGuy on DaRadio’s Magnificent Panel.

My readers and listeners deserve better than that.

 

It’s Thanksgiving. Time for one of my train of thought diatribes that will either make fans of those reading and have them heading back for seconds or have people humming Crazy Train by the end of the article. Maybe a bit of both. Anyhoo — It’s also time to reflect on what we’re grateful for, spend time with family, watch college football, watch parades with over-sized cartoon character balloons float by and eat ourselves until we lapse into food comas. Some of us, in the wee hours of the morning, will rise and engage in the American version of the ‘running of the bulls’ known as “Black Friday”.

There are some folks just can’t seem to slow down for even twenty-four hours and really unwind over a holiday. Me? My version of “Black Friday” does not include such rushing around, urgency or stalking gifts like prey on the savannah. Nope.  I have no problem rolling out of bed as late as my young children will let me, padding down to the kitchen for my morning injection of caffeine and then lazing through the deals on Amazon.com.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to shop just like the next gal. I just don’t relish being mowed down by people who think Christmas shopping is a contact sport. My day will include watching parades, The Peanuts holiday classics and of course, my Thanksgiving favorite, Home for the Holidays. Can’t go on writing without playing the clip of one of my favorite scenes. This is the dinner scene, which epitomizes both the dysfunction and awkwardness of some family interactions with the added bonus of being chock full of Robert Downey Jr. comedy win.  NSFW warning

 

Of course, all that shopping mayhem comes after the food, drink and more food, drink and food and drink… lather, rinse, repeat. There’s the meal to deal with first and I guarantee you this year will have a slice of Obamacare conversation fun with a side of “how’s that hopey changey stuff workin’ out for ya?”  Those of us dealing with liquid courage fortified, progressive family members who just can’t let it go — Ace has some tips for you. Personally, I try to avoid politics talk at the holidays. I do enough of it every day as a blogger. Holidays are my reprieve.  When relatives on the other side of the political fence does bring it up, I politely side step the first time and even a second. If they persist… well, they’ve had fair warning and you should be recording it with your phone.  Nothing is a better wet blanket and subject changer than a liberal given a verbal wedgie caught on camera. Just sayin’.

 

 

Those were the days

When I was younger – school age, Thanksgiving often included some kind of artistic expression like tracing your hand. You know, a hand turkey? Your thumb becomes the head and you decorate the other fingers like they were feathers. I can remember half our the class one year making Pilgrim hats and the other half making Indian vests out of paper grocery bags, complete with papooses for the girls. Almost every year without fail, there was the inevitable Thanksgiving luncheon. Moms and dads showed up and the cafeteria served turkey and stuffing.

When I got older, Thanksgiving meant an essay or research paper. Some of the over-achievers would make Mayflower replicas or pilgrim settlement dioramas. These tasks all reminds me of The Peanuts, which are staples in our house on every holiday. Their straightforward take on just about everything is something sorely missing these days. I dare say some of the politically correct parents probably find Peanuts appalling. I find them refreshing.  Sally sums it up nicely:

Going back to the research paper bit, I always seem to remember Myles Standish first. One thing that irked me then and still irks me now, is most places spell his name Miles when it’s really Myles. Pet peeve I suppose. Anyway — Standish was, for all intents and purposes, the Pilgrim’s military leader.  The Pilgrims hired him to both lead and coordinate the defenses of the Plymouth Colony. The consensus is that Standish was stationed in Holland as part of Queen Elizabeth’s army when he was engaged by the Pilgrims to become their military leader. His duties were not only of a defensive nature, he was instrumental in some of the exploration of the area we know today as Cape Cod. At History.com, there is a decent summary of the departure of the Mayflower for America.

 

Myles Standish Proud

The farthest thing from history lessons and The Peanuts is probably my retro taste in 80’s music. Peanuts are nostalgic and so is music for most folks. This might be jumping the train tracks a bit I know, but for me the name Myles Standish also conjures up the opening to R.E.M.’s song

The song Begin the Begin is the first track off R.E.M.’s fourth album, Life’s Rich Pageant, which came out in 1986. Yep. I’m a bit of an R.E.M addict… still.

Begin the Begin was meant to be a protest song, which in a historical way, suits the reference it makes to Myles Standish. Standish after all was basically accompanying protesters. I think I also like this song because how often do we see historical references like that in lyrics any more? The number of kids getting the reference the first time around today would probably be less than those who get the obscure references in a Dennis Miller stand up routine. That failure to grasp onto knowledge is becoming a systemic failure nationwide. No one thinks anymore – hence the rise of the low info voters.  But I digress…back to the song.

The opening lyrics:

Birdie in the hand for life’s rich demand
The insurgency began and you missed it
I looked for it and I found it
Myles Standish proud, congratulate me

A philanderer’s tie, a murderer’s shoe
Life’s rich demand creates supply in the hand
Of the power, the only vote that matters

Silence means security, silence means approval
Watchin’ Zenith on the TV, tiger run around the tree
Follow the leader, run and turn into butter

 

The song overall is a statement on the corruption of society and its institutions. . It’s also got a bit of the ‘look at me!’ bit in the line ‘Myles Standish proud, congratulate me.’  Shorter:  Look at me, see what I’ve created of what you rejected. The last refrain I included above (bold text), for me,  is a little shout out to the media right now.  You reap what you sow, guys.

When it came out, Reagan had just been re-elected and Iran-Contra was swirling in the media. The title itself was a call to arms that is arguably more applicable today, given the transparency issues and scandal of the Obama administration, than when first written.  Hopefully, our history books will read in a more straightforward manner like a Peanuts cartoon or have the brutal honesty of an R.E.M song. That would be something to be grateful for I think.

As I said in the opening paragraph, you’re either going back for seconds with a re-read or humming Crazy Train. Well, enough of the train of thought ramblings from me, pass the pie and whipped cream. Enjoy your food comas, folks. Either way, let’s begin again…Take a page out of Linus’ book and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day and for the first in a very long time is also the first day of Hanukkah  a lot of you reading this are likely spending the morning either cooking or preparing to eat a huge meal.

But later tonight a lot of you are going to be online and tomorrow even more are going to be out for Black Friday looking for deals many of you looking for computers and tablets, not only for yourselves but for older relatives.

Many people, particularly older ones are still fairly computer illiterate and many who have been using computers etc for a while know nothing about how the machines actually work.

More importantly as computes have progressed so has computer fraud.  Every year the fraudsters have become smarter and smarter finding new and ingenious ways to separate people from their personal information and ultimately their money.

I’m not in that business anymore but the folks at Bernard PC are.  The Bossman Bernie told me about a new threat that he’s been dealing with lately and was kind enough to write up this warning for DaTechGuy readers (I intermix my own comments within):

An overseas call center posing as Microsoft has been calling people at their homes, claiming to be Microsoft, and claiming to have knowledge of a virus in your computer.

These calls are a hoax.

As a general rule most spammers don’t expose themselves this way.  It’s  a clever move on their part, nobody is going to think the guy on the phone is a spammer. Bernie continues…

The caller makes it sound urgent, and tries to talk the victims into clicking through some screens that give them access to your computer.

As a person who used to do Tech Support this takes time and effort it’s exactly the type of thing a real tech support person might to.  It lulls the mark into a false sense of security.

They then proceed to open event viewers and other system logs to search for even the most minor errors and then try to convince the victim that they have a serious virus that needs to be addressed immediately.

As soon as those folks who have never seen an event viewer or system lag see those red X’s, “!” points and yellow warning triangles they’ll be convinced that they’re in more trouble than a Thanksgiving Cook who realizes at 10 AM his oven doesn’t work.

It’s at this point, Dear Reader, where they ask for those coveted credit card digits. If these folks call you, we suggest saying “not interested” or nothing at all, and hanging up on them. This is a scam that preys on the lack of knowledge and a fear they help to create in order to con you out of about $100.

What’s the best kind of scam, the type of scam when the person involved doesn’t realize their scammed.  As far as the mark is concerned that $100 to $150 charge is just payment for services rendered.

If you really have a virus, there is not a company in the world that is going to call you to tell you unless you have paid them in advance to monitor such an event. And, Microsoft is not in the antivirus business. Even companies like Symantec and McAfee aren’t going to call you to tell you that you have a virus, and antivirus is what they do.

But that’s not the worst of it. Not only do these fraudsters have your credit card info, info that they can sell or access at any time they wish, they get remote access to your system as they install their “fix” which may harvest all kinds of information from your license keys (that can be resold and mess you up when it becomes a duplicate) to contact lists (than can be used to mark new targets) and of course if you have your tax forms etc  or bank info, they’ve hit the motherload!  All of these things are things valuable commodities on the black market of internet crime.

And if they are REALLY smart then in 6 months or nine months or a year they will call you back, mention their previous call and say this is a follow up and lo and behold when they check that system, the virus were back and they’ll be happy to fix it again for you, for another $150 fee of course.

Think about it, even without selling all that other info with only two victims a day five days a week a scammer can make $75,000 a year with two weeks vacation and weekends off and if he or she has a friendly manor they might even get their victims to recommend them to their friends.  That is the Pièce de résistance.

May I be so bold as to suggest that if you find yourself getting such a call or suspect that you might have your system infected you give my friends at Bernard PC a call at 774-322-6045 and they will take care of you.

Bernard PC

But don’t do it on Thanksgiving day or Black Friday.  Bernard PC is closed both days so those days can be enjoyed.

Some might thing this isn’t a proper post for thanksgiving but if being warned against a scam before it robs you isn’t cause to give thanks, what is?

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The Canadian kid goes to Bogota, Colombia, indulges in misbehavior, gets away with it, and now the locals want to, too:  Justin Bieber’s visit to Bogota opened doors for Colombian graffiti artists. Well, pardon my old-fogieness, but “graffiti artist” is an oxymoron. Vandalism is what comes to mind. But, when you’re a celebrity who gets paid thousands of dollars, you get away with it,

The 19-year-old Canadian heartthrob gave a concert on an October night and then took to the streets of this capital, wearing a hoodie and spray-painting a Canadian maple leaf atop a marijuana leaf alongside a tribute to his dead hamster, Pac. It all happened under the watchful eye of the metropolitan police, whose officers served as security detail.

Now the Colombian authorities have to deal with hundreds of “street artists” doing their thing not only in Bogota, but also in Cali, Medellin and other big Colombian cities – with others in smaller cities sure to join in.

What happened next? For one, Bogota outlined sanctions for defacing public property.

And Justin, who was told that, when he returns to Colombia, he may have to give a free concert for children (so the little kids may get to see him up close as a role model?), went on to Brazil, where he spray-painted the walls of Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Nacional:

At this rate, he may get a show at the Whitney Museum in New York.