Monday, November 30, 2020

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Modern classic--Roshamon and Other Stories. If you can afford the collectible editions, buy it! You can see from the free sample what a great writer he was. 10-20-2018

Ten best Asian novels.

Featured in Asian Pacific American Verse Beings.

Lovely--Mounif memoir

Mounif--writer, petroleum economist

Top ten novels set in the Arab world

Take a staycation--

Thai shrimp factory using Burmese migrant labor.

From Al Waleed bin Talal wiki (2017 Saudi princes purge)

Main article: 2017 Saudi Arabian purge On 4 November 2017, Al-Waleed was arrested in Saudi Arabia in a "corruption crackdown" conducted by a new royal anti-corruption committee.[48] This was done on authority of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, his cousin (both are grandsons of Ibn Saud, first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia). Just days before his arrest, Al-Waleed reportedly contacted US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (who has publicly criticized the Saudi government in the past) and invited him to return to the Kingdom in order to contribute to Mohammad bin Salman's vision.[49] The authorities in Saudi Arabia were demanding $6 billion from Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, In total, 320 princes, ministers and businessmen were detained.[50] Al-Waleed was released from detention in late January 2018, nearly three months after his arrest,[19] after he and most of the other Saudi notables arrested the previous year had made a financial settlement of some kind with the Saudi government.[18] Prince Mutaib Bin Abdullah, the son of the late King Abdullah (1924–2015), was released after paying a reported $1 billion.[51] According to a Wall Street Journal report, the price for his release was $6 billion.[52] The Saudi Arabia government did not disclosed charges or produced evidence and the negotiations were held in secret.[53]

quote fr Saudi wiki--an eye for an eye surgically removed.

Capital and physical punishments imposed by Saudi courts, such as beheading, stoning (to death), amputation, crucifixion and lashing, as well as the sheer number of executions have been strongly criticized.[186] The death penalty can be imposed for a wide range of offences including murder, rape, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy, adultery, witchcraft and sorcery and can be carried out by beheading with a sword, stoning or firing squad, followed by crucifixion.[187][188][189] The 345 reported executions between 2007 and 2010 were all carried out by public beheading. The last reported execution for sorcery took place in September 2014.[190] Although repeated theft can be punishable by amputation of the right hand, only one instance of judicial amputation was reported between 2007 and 2010. Homosexual acts are punishable by flogging or death.[187][189][191] Atheism or "calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based" is considered a terrorist crime.[192] Lashings are a common form of punishment[193] and are often imposed for offences against religion and public morality such as drinking alcohol and neglect of prayer and fasting obligations.[187] Retaliatory punishments, or Qisas, are practised: for instance, an eye can be surgically removed at the insistence of a victim who lost his own eye.[182] Families of someone unlawfully killed can choose between demanding the death penalty or granting clemency in return for a payment of diyya (blood money), by the perpetrator.[194] Even after allowing women to drive and work, public places in Saudi Arabia are still gender-segregated and the kingdom has very strict laws on how unrelated men and women can dine together. In September 2018, a man was arrested by the Saudi authorities for appearing in a video with his female colleague while having breakfast at a hotel, where they both work.[195] Human rights

Long time ties + bare shoulders--Ivana Trump and Nancy Reagan with Saudi King Fahd 1985

Friday, October 19, 2018

Robert Lacey --Inside the (Saudi) Kingdom.

RMS 10-19-2018

Article about me and my art--by Ying Ju Lai

I'm sorry if you find the cartoons ugly and repugnant, but I did not draw or paint them and the truth is often ugly.

cartoons contd--

an image is worth a 000 words--cartoons.

Saudis now say Khashoggi dead "of chokehold after/during altercation." This story does not wash at all. Also reports Kushner gave MbS a hit list. If so --trmps are finally done for. 10-19-2018

Refugee caravan runs through Guatemala fence into Mexico trmp saying he will call out army. Not good. 10-19-2018

Royal hats

Impt. Sabah (independent Turkish journal) on Khashoggi disappearance. As usual, journalists are doing the investigating. 10-19-2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

BBC--who's who in 15 member Khashoggi Saudi hit team. The most ghoulish characters than any novelist could hardly imagine. 10-18-2018

Megan and Harry's 41 m Sydney rental--'s+41+Million+Australian+Rental/articles/VnFGOK9dXGi/Motorcade+Ready How much is this junket costing UK taxpayer? Though we love the couple compared to say--trmps. 10-18-2018

trmp and FBI HQ This article in not clearly written.

Princess Mishaal, Death of a Princess, (movie 1980)

Turks widening probe--Mutreb may be fall guy, Khashoggi's body might have been dismembered while he was still alive.

Robert Mueller may turn in his report after Nov. midterms. Probably already has it under seal. More people will go to jail. Cohen has already talked to Mueller for more than 50 hours. 10-18-2018

From archive--Boris Johnson reciting Kipling poem at Shwedagone, Rangoon, stopped by Brit Ambassador. "Come you back you British soldier," "You're on mic." 10-18-2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TRMS--10-16-2018--Khashoggi disappearance+ deathbed confessions about how Gary Hart and Monkey Business set up.

Quote of day--from Quora --how long will Saudi oil last.

Granville Phillips Granville Phillips, 12 years in Saudi Arabia Answered Nov 28, 2016 · Upvoted by Steven Merz, PhD Candidate Chemical Engineering · Author has 875 answers and 806.5k answer views This is not transparent as Saudi Arabia keeps these details as basically a State secret. Stated reserves in 2015 were 206bn barrels. So on the basis of 2015 consumption, about 70 years. The trouble is no one really knows. The stated reserves are the same as 10 years ago - so either new reserves have been found (and no major discovery was announced) or oil sources have become more economically viable with new technology. The reality is that after 50 years if there has been no economic diversification by Saudi, they are in trouble. I they manage to diversify economically then this will be less of a leading question. 3.9k Views · View Upvoters · Answer requested by David K. Lee Related Questions More Answers Below What will Saudi Arabia produce after it runs out of oil? How was life in Saudi Arabia before oil was found? What if Saudi Arabia runs out of oil? Can Saudi Arabia survive as a nation in long run after they finish their oil reserve? Who produces oil in Saudi Arabia? Ask New Question Aidan Keener Aidan Keener, studies at Hillsdale High School (2020) Answered Jul 17, 2018 As the Green Revolution continues to spread around the world over the next decades, producing oil will become less and less profitable. Around 2050, oil production will no longer be profitable for most nations, and by 2100 the reserves will be depleted in the Middle East. But Saudi Arabia has a plan for this. There seems to be some sort of pervading myth that the oil-based economies of today don’t realize oil can’t last forever. Therefore, once the oil market collapses all these nations will die along with it. Obviously, this is untrue. Every one of these nations, from Angola to Saudi Arabia, is already making strides to diversify. The Vision 2030 program, led by the so-called “liberal” Prince Mohammad bin Salman (which really just means he’s a few steps to the left of the Ayatollahs), will boost sectors such as tourism and consumer goods. Hopefully, this will lead to Saudi Arabia moving their societal norms from the 15th century to the 19th. In conclusion, the end of oil in Saudi Arabia, and in all oil-based economies, will just be a minor hiccup as their economies diversify, mostly in the name of preserving power but with a side effect of liberalization. 792 Views · View Upvoters promoted by Casey Research Man who predicted 2008 meltdown surprises with a new prediction. NY Times best-selling author made millions betting against the mainstream in the 1970s. Now he’s back. Learn More at Paul Freund Paul Freund, former Worker in Energy Industries Including an Oil Major Answered Oct 1, 2016 Let me put something forward to get the discussion going. The Saudi’s resources will last forever because the world’s need for oil will have diminished to a very low level before their resources are depleted. That’s because they have more resources, especially the attractive light oils, than almost anywhere else! 1.2k Views · View Upvoters Your feedback is private. Is this answer still relevant and up to date? Abdul Abdul, A Saudi with various interests. Hold an MBA and a B.A. in International Studies. Answered Oct 15, 2016 · Author has 80 answers and 54k answer views Oil never ends. It accumulates over hundreds of years and it is an ongoing process. Oil extraction cost might get higher. Anyway, if oil does vanish Saudi Arabia will still be able to produce oil for 90 additional years because the huge reserve it has. 1k Views · View Upvoters Mark Latham Mark Latham, Managing Partner at Commodity Intelligence. (2008-present) Answered Aug 20, 2018 The official answer, according to ARAMCO is 69 years. 169 Views Related Questions Will Saudi's go into exodus when the oil runs out? Why is there so much oil in Saudi Arabia? What's going to happen when all the oil runs out? Saudi Arabia: Are all Saudis rich? What are US-Saudi Arabia relations going to be like when Saudi Arabia runs out of oil or it is too expensive to use oil? Is Saudi Arabia running out of friends? When will Saudi Arabia run out of money based on current oil prices? Where did the oil in Saudi Arabia come from? Why is Saudi Arabia lowering the price of crude oil? Why did Saudi Arabia fire its former oil minister? What if India had as much oil as Saudi Arabia? Will oil run out? Is Saudi Arabia a safe country? What is the capital city of Saudi Arabia? What if Saudi Arabia never had any oil? Ask New Question Still have a question? Ask your own!

Soviet ghost town vanishing in a forest.

TRMS--New York Times article on Khashoggi disappearance, intv with NYTs correspondent Kirkpatrick in Istanbul. Pompeo smiling and yakking it up with MbS, saudi Crown Prince. Doesn't look like he's "looking for answers" at all. More like , yeah yeah, it must have been rogue killers as you say. trmp involved in cover-up, even uses same term "rogue killers." Hit man identified from Turkish records and independent NYTs investigation. Mubharak or Saudi CIA is directly under MbS. Moreover, no "US investigation" on ground, as trmp alleges, but that's not surprising, most of what d j t says are lies. 10-17-2018

New material revealed--Khashoggi killed within 10 minutes of entering Saudi consulate.

Carroll Spinney Big Bird

Carol Spinny singing "It's not so easy being green," as Big Bird at Jim Henson's memorial--

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Grandpa Kitchen--cauliflower curry.

Youtube had a problem but it's back up again. Watch Al Jazeera.

TRMS + Anderson Cooper 360 on Khashoggi "narratives" 10-16-2018 In other words, the story keeps changing. Is a "botched interrogation" any better. Al Jazeera has names and photos of 15 member assassination team. It could not have happened without MbS knowing, in a country as authoritarian as that? Stay tuned. I feel so badly for Khashoggi's family and his fiancee. trmp has to do something more than send Pompeo to meet Saudi king for 15 mins. 10-17-2018

TRMS--Rachel talks to Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox-- Trmp involved his son Eric in Stormy Daniel's hush up. What kind of father is that? 10-16-2018

For some reason all the Al Jazeera Khashoggi youtubes are showing "tech difficulties" though I just watched one--so just giving you print links.

More Khashoggi details--Saudi consul left Istanbul Tues, his residence will be searched Wed. I'm only a writer with no mideast experience, but I think the dismembered remains are in the Saudi residence's garden. Why did the Consul leave? It's very fishy and the whole affair stinks to high heaven. 10-16-2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Kusa Pabha complete movie--

Rick Riordan books for young readers.

Favorable review of my paintings by Louis Jacobson City Paper. TO APRIL 28 Henry Callahan Kyi May Kaung Unlike even the most experimental artists who preceded them, the abstract expressionists of the mid-20th century prided themselves on ignoring cues from the tangible world. For them, art was predominantly a way to express their deepest emotions. On first inspection, Henry Callahan's acrylics on canvas—now showing at the Foundry Gallery along with works by Kyi May Kaung—call to mind the works of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. But where those ab-ex giants would channel their emotions, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Callahan unabashedly channels nature when making his abstractions: Before the Storm (pictured) calls to mind a sea-and-sky horizon, complete with piscine forms roiling in the ocean. Similarly, Titanium Crescent features cresting waves and vertical strips that approximate undersea vegetation; the dark-hued upper half of Concrete Jungle suggests a deep forest. Kaung's palette is much lighter, though not always cheerier. Her works are a mix of watercolors and monotypes, influenced almost equally by Asian calligraphy and Western action painting: Several of her calligraphic pieces suggest a cacophony of street signs in an urban business district, whereas a number of her inkblot-filled works spin propulsively beyond the matte in the spirit of Jackson Pollock or Franz Kline. But her simplest works are her most pleasing; Courage and Haiku (for DG), feature balletic brushstrokes that cohere in near-perfect harmony. Both artists' works are on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, to Sunday, April 28, at Foundry Gallery, 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free. (202) 387-0203. (Louis Jacobson)

Stephen Baxter books in chronological order.

God Bless--

Family reunion after Hurricane Michael--

Khashoggi case "dog ate him."

Stephen Hawking's last predictions--