The Watering Hole, Tuesday, August 30th, 2016: “Invest in Beauty”

I was going to tell a dreary tale – about a disturbing conversation I had with a customer who, somewhere in the discussion of her foot problems, managed to bring up Trump and her buzzword-laden approval of him – for today’s post. Instead, thanks to two Zoosters’ comments from yesterday’s thread, here’s some cat stuff.

In yesterday’s comments, pete contributed the following:

“I have often thought that the world would be a better place if evolution had just stopped after cats; large and small. Sure. They are vicious predators with a complete absence of mercy but they are also graceful, intelligent, and have a fantastic sense of humor.”

Not much later, fatherbob posted a link to an article about a lost cat being found next to its “missing cat” poster. The same site had another article about professional photographer Robert Sijka’s photos of “Bearded Cats”, aka Maine Coons; the article includes a brief gallery of glorious creatures, and a link to more. You HAVE to check them out.  As the author of the article says:

“Maine Coons are the largest domesticated felines in the world, able to grow up to four feet in length. The breed is characterised by their gentle nature and their fabulous fur, which can easily be mistaken for a scruffy beard.
Basically, they’re kinda like a lynx, except that they won’t try to kill you.”

Of course, Maine Coons start out all tiny and innocent-looking, like these:
MaineCoonsPictures-1024-768-Origami-MCO-f2203-photos-Ni794815Maine_Coon_cat_licking_its_paw_044972_But they eventually turn into the fiercely beautiful, majestic, dignified, imperial creatures that all cats innately are, regardless of size or fur length.
MaineCoonSilverTabbyMaine-Coon-Cat-6-1024x680There, that’s better than some scary Trump supporter, right?

Last week I ran across a quote on a greeting card that I’m compelled to share:

“If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~

This is our daily Open Thread. You know what to do.

21 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday, August 30th, 2016: “Invest in Beauty”

  1. Lasers were once a huge scientific breakthrough and very expensive.
    Now we use them to amuse ourselves by taunting cats with them.
    Computers were once huge scientific breakthroughs and very expensive.
    Now we use them to amuse ourselves by surfing the internet looking at pictures of cats.
    Schrodinger postulated about his cat being dead and alive.
    Conclusion: Science is centered on and about cats.

  2. When I saw the picture of the lost cat next to his lost cat poster, it reminded me of something that I couldn’t find at work but managed to find this morning. I was looking for a screen grab, but someone made a video of what I was looking for. You don’t need the sound on to see it…

  3. RWNJ logic:

  4. A day after Dog Day my dog Scout is in the dog house! She pulled my wife over and on the fall she broke her wrist! Ebb would still love Scout 🙂

  5. The phase out of private prisons is probably a good move but I can’t help but think that the DHS will find a way to make it worse.
    I suspect the government is more than a little pissed that the money is flowing into private hands and not them so they will establish a true black hole of Calcutta.
    This is not from the onion.

    Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Establishing a Review Of Privatized Immigration Detention
    Release Date:
    August 29, 2016

    For Immediate Release
    DHS Press Office
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether the immigration detention operations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement should move in the same direction. Specifically, I have asked that Judge Webster establish a Subcommittee of the Council to review our current policy and practices concerning the use of private immigration detention and evaluate whether this practice should be eliminated. I asked that the Subcommittee consider all factors concerning ICE’s detention policy and practice, including fiscal considerations.

    A subcommittee of the HSAC will undertake this review, and the full HSAC will provide to me and the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement its written report of its evaluation no later than November 30, 2016.

  6. Trump Is Sure Hillary ‘Used Chemicals’ To Delete Her Emails

    This week much has been made of the fact that when Hillary Clinton’s server disks were wiped, they used a product called Bleach Bit to perform a secure wipe. This is a protocol all users should employ, by the way, so that remnants of private information do not remain on hardware which is being retired or reused by someone else.

    Bleach Bit is an open source program intended to protect users’ privacy. It is software.

    Someone should inform Donald Trump of that fact, because this is what he told his audience in Everett, Washington Tuesday night.

    “33,000 emails that she deleted,” he fumed. “They’re gone!”

    Even I know ‘wiping’ a hard drive is an electronic operation. Degaussing was a standard procedure for audiophiles before reusing audio recording tape, from many years ago.

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