Today’s music is “Bolero of Fire” from the video game, Ocarina of Time. Taylor Davis arranged this piece for the violin, so I think it sounds a lot cooler than the original.
Something President Trump is pushing to the side: the national debt. Right now it appears he is trying to save money, but someday we will have to pay the money back.
Record Debt Dangling Over A Cliff: “We all Know How This Party is Going to End”
Mar 29, 2017 by Mac Slavo
At some point, sooner or later, someone is going to have to pay the debts, but everyone will scramble to avoid holding the bag. But in the end, the chaos and panic may leave many with nothing at all.
An end to the massive, unlimited money printing at the Federal Reserve, and the management of risks in the financial markets is making for a difficult situation to reconcile. A credit crunch era is upon us, a contracting of the money supply. Rising costs of living and a dry-up of worthwhile opportunities for advancement have put the American people in a holding pattern of stagnation and decline.
Everything has been written off, and a controlled demolition is ultimately the best possible outcome, as dark as it is.
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Today’s music is “Sweet is the Night” by the Electric Light Orchestra. This song was released in 1977. It is one of my favorite rock songs.
Today’s music is “Did you steal my money” by The Who. This song is terribly written. It’s so bad it’s good so I’ve made it today’s music. Enjoy laughing at a good band playing a stupid song!
An ACLU attorney says the second-trimester abortion procedure known as Dilation & Evacuation (D&E), or “dismemberment” abortion, is not “inhumane.”
Maryland House Delegate Sid Saab (R) addressed Rachelle Yeung, public policy counsel for ACLU of Maryland, during a hearing for Maryland HB 1167. The bill, titled the “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act,” would prohibit “dismemberment” abortions performed primarily during the second trimester of pregnancy.
The dialogue is as follows:
Del. Sid Saab (SS) to ACLU attorney Rachelle Yeung (RY): You really think this is unconstitutional?
RY: Yes, sir, I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t believe that.
SS: Do you think it’s inhumane?
RY: I’m testifying on the legal aspects of this bill.
SS: Right, but do you think it’s inhumane?
SS: You don’t?
RY: No, sir.
In her full testimony prior to…
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Today’s music is by Big Giant Circles and Ronald Jenkees. This song is one of my favorites- it’s very fast-paced.
My favorite part of Tolkien’s massive creation (Arda) has got to be the scripts he created for the inhabitants of Arda. He created not one but two alphabets that elves, men, dwarves, and other creatures use in his high fantasy realm.
One alphabet is the Tengwar or the Fëanorian Letters. This alphabet was commonly used in the West-lands in the Third Age. The script was not in origin an ‘alphabet,’ but a system of consonantal signs, of similar shape and style, which could be adapted at choice or convenience to represent the consonants of languages observed (or devised) by the Eldar. The system contains 24 primary letters arranged in four témar (series), each of which have 6 tyeller (grades). Numbers 25-36 are additional letters. Numbers 27 and 29 can only be used independently.
Each language has slightly different values for the letters, but the typical values are given in the Return of the King:
- ch or k
- k or kw
- j or g
- g or gw
- sh or kh
- ch or khw/hw
- zh or gh
- gh or ghw/w
- ŋ (ng)
- r (untrilled)
- y (consonantal only)
- used in Quenya only
- r (trilled)
- r (voiceless: rh)
- l (voiceless: lh)
- y (vowel)
- used in Quenya only
- used in Quenya only
- w (voiceless: hw)
- y (alternative to 23)
- w (alternative to 22)
This list is for Sindarin or Westron users, not Quenya. Quenya uses different values.
So where are the vowels? They are not included in the Fëanorian letters. They do exist, however. They are described in the Return of the King and are shown here:
The Tengwar really isn’t suitable for English, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t modify it to write in an alternative alphabet. The Fëanorian Letters are more difficult to write than the latin alphabet, but it looks really cool on paper.