Messed up hoodie they’re selling in Germany

saw that when I went to read a Der Spiegel interview with Jeremy Corbyn:

More close than is comfortable to a kind of snobbish anti-Semitism is the most upper classy thing about Jeremy Corbyn, I wonder if it’s some kind of weird signal in the English language of codes.

I mean the ironic style that gives us our famously impenetrable sense of humour (which we will need now the rest of the world is laughing at us). The perfidious style that allows us to hide behind masks and has made England superb at producing brilliant actors for the West End but hopeless at producing practical politicians for Westminster. The teasing style of speaking in codes that benighted foreigners can never understand, however well they speak English. The cliquey style that treats England as a club, not a country, and allowed Jeremy Corbyn to say that Jews cannot “understand English irony”, however long their ancestors have lived here.

from this Guardian piece by Nick Cohen.  More:

The deferential style that allowed one Etonian to lead the Remain campaign and another to lead the Leave campaign and for the English to not even see why that was wrong. The life’s-a-game-you-shouldn’t-take-too-seriously style that inspired Cameron to say he holds “no grudges” against Boris Johnson now the match is over and the covers back on the pitch. The gentleman amateur style that convinced Cameron he could treat a momentous decision like an Oxford essay crisis and charm the electorate into agreeing with him in a couple of weeks, as if voters were a sherry-soaked don who could be won round with a few clever asides. The effortlessly superior style that never makes the effort to ask what the hell the English have to feel superior about. The gutless, dilettantish and fatally flippant style that has dominated England for so long and failed it so completely. The time for its funeral has long passed.

The ancient and modern codes and secret languages of the British Isles are an inexhaustible subject.

Feels in a way like Corbyn’s take on Brexit is “we must respect the voters’ stupidity.”  If he sold this take out, and presented Labour as the un-Brexit, would that be good politically?  If you’re over there sound off in the comments.

Unities across trades

comedy and hog farming, from this article in Hobby Farm.

Happy Voters

send in their pics after consulting the Helytimes Voter Guide.

The Helytimes California Voter Guide

Really impressed with the LA Podcast well-argued voter guide.  The LA Times has a thorough one.  Read a few others, and here I present my picks for anyone who wants to vote a straight Helytimes ticket.

GOV: Gavin Newsom

not psyched about it.  California should have a cool Governor.  

LT. GOV: Ed Hernandez

SoS: Alex Padilla



Not even sure why but I love Fiona Ma.

AG: Xavier Becerra

INS COMMISH: Ricardo Lara

State Board of Equalization 3rd: Tony Vazquez 

Going on @ONLX rec here, they both sound bad.  I admire the case for abstaining.  

SENATE: Dianne Feinstein

There’s a fine case for Kevin De Leon, Feinstein voted for the Iraq War and stuff.  But KDL took $5,000 from Cadiz Water Corp, which is trying to steal water from the Mojave National Preserve and sell it to Orange County.  Then he helped kill AB 1000, which would’ve stopped this.  To me, that’s just such a petty and direct corruption on an issue I care about.  I’m sure he thought he could get away with it. 

I guess I’m a one issue voter, which is letting bighorn sheep drink from Bonanza Spring

Dianne Feinstein has her things but to my mind she’s also fairly heroic.  I’d prefer a Senator not be a million years old, but then again the very word comes from the Latin meaning “old man.”  

US House of Representatives: Adam Schiff

For your state reps I’d ask LA Podcast, I voted for my local Dems:

BEN ALLEN for Sen,

RICHARD BLOOM was my only option for Assembly.


Went with LA Podcast for Appeals Judges.

NO on Corrigan, yes on all the others for Appeals

For Judges I went:

SAUCEDA  (LA Times says Coletta, they both sound good to me)

HUNTER (LA Times says Michel)



Superintendant of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

Both Times and LA Podcast went Thurmond.  

County Assessor: Prang

Sheriff: McDonnell

crazy contest with no good answer imo.  LA Times and LA Podcast split.  

State Propositions

Prop 1 – Bonds for Housing Assistance: YES

Prop 2 – Mental Illness Housing: YES

Prop 3 – Water Bonds: YES

this one’s a push, went with LA Podcast over LA Times

Prop 4 – Hospital Bonds: YES

Prop 5 – Property Tax Transfer: NO

Prop 6 – Gas and Vehicle Tax: NO

Prop 7 – Daylight Savings Time: YES

Prop 8 – Caps on Dialysis: NO

LA Podcast says don’t vote

Prop 10 – End Rent Control Restrictions: YES

Prop 11 – Ambulance Workers: NO

Prop 12 – Cage Free Animals: YES

LA County

Measure W (flood control): YES

LA  City

Measure B (municipal bank): YES

sounds like a stupid measure but whatever

Measures E and EE: YES and YES



Sunday Scrapbasket

  • Work by Ai Weiwei at Marciano Foundation:
  • down the docks, San Pedro:
  • Good illustration of Satan in the Wikipedia page for him:

from Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio (1740) by Pu Songling

  • Looking into the history of the USA and Chile, found this.

  Declassified notes Richard Helms, CIA director, took at a September 15, 1970 meeting at the White House

game plan

make the economy scream

  • This is a take I didn’t know I had until I saw it expressed:

of course.  these rascals hired her and they knew who she was.  it didn’t work for them like it did for Fox so they threw her under the bus, but they’re no more principled than she is.

  • moving books around:


  • happy fate to be in attendance at the longest World Series game ever played.  Beginning:



Linda Siddick Napaltjinpa is the new Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri?


Sounds like it, from this review by Sarah Grisin, in the Canberra Times, of the show up at ANU.

Unlikely I’ll make it to Canberra by Dec. 16.  Somebody go for me!

Who would like to take a walk?

Along European Long-Distance Path E8?