Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seven days a week, are not enough to show I care....

As many readers may know, I have lately been very excited about the novel,
"The Mermaid of Brooklyn" imagined and written by Amy Shearn. 
I have been a fan of Shearn for many, many years. 

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obamab


Here are some of my thoughts about the work....

If you are a mother or had one, you will like this book.

Funny as hell. Very solid observational humor. I get a "you are there" quality to their neighborhood, to Jenny's Brooklyn.

Now, this has got to be kept confidential. I don't want a giant twitter campaign... however,...Jenny Lipkin in "The Mermaid of Brooklyn" is kind of a weirdo.I can say that the young woman is...

ok..I won't spoil it for you.

read the book and you tell me.

Now for our winner,:
R. Nikles
General Delivery, California.



I will be sending a copy of The Mermaid of Brooklyn, to "R."

For R. knew that Jeri Ryan(the actress who played 7 of 9 on a Star Trek spin-off) was at one time married to Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan ran as a republican against Barack Obama, current president of the United States. The details contained in divorce proceedings of Mr and Mrs. painted a lurid picture of their sex lives. This led the republicans to remove Ryan to select Alan Keyes of Maryland to run aganst then state senator Obama. Insuring a landslide victory for the charismatic Chicagoan.

In fact, I will also be sending a copy of "The Mermaid of Brooklyn" to Michelle Obama as a mother's day present.

Buy two copies, one to read and one to share.



Sunday, March 24, 2013

6.....of 7 or 6 of 8, of 7 of 9. The Mermaid of Brooklyn

I can't remember when I started this series if I promised 7 days of discussing the great new book "The Mermaid of Brooklyn" by Amy Shearn or 8 days.

However, as a special Trivia Contest.

What is the relationshiop between 7 of 9 and President Obama? The best explanation will win a free copy of The Mermaid of Brooklyn.

The free copy is courtesy of Don's Basement.

Send your answers on facebook or comments to the blog.

7 of 9....how did she help President Obama's rise to prominence.



Arguments in favor of 7.

God created the world in 7 days.

From my friends at The Comic Torah:

The Yiddish Song Bulbes
It's about eating potatoes every day. The Fugs changed it to "Nothing": but they made it dirty.




The Magnificent Seven

OR 8....

As in 8 Days a Week


Note Spanish subtitles and different harmony.



 8 Seconds

The rodeo movie

8 Days for celebrating Jewish Festivals in the diaspora

Here is a very simple explanation from Chabad..

Originally, the starting date of every new month was broadcast from Jerusalem to distant Jewish outposts via huge bonfires which would be lit on designated mountaintops. Lookouts stationed on other mountaintops would see that a fire had been lit and would light their own fire. This chain of communication led all the way to Babylon, and even very distant communities knew when the new month began. If there was a festival that month, they now knew when to celebrate it.
But a problem arose. The Sadducees, a sect of Jews who denied rabbinic authority and were constantly at odds with the Sanhedrin, started lighting fires on the wrong days in order to manipulate the calendar.1
To prevent this confusion, the fire-on-mountaintop method of communication was discontinued, and instead messengers were dispatched to Babylon and all other far-flung Jewish settlements.
Since news travels a lot slower that way, distant communities would not know when Rosh Chodesh (the "Head of the Month") had been declared in time to celebrate the festival on the proper day.
It was therefore decreed that outside of the Land of Israel people would celebrate two days for each festival – the day it would be if the previous month had been a 29 day month, and the day it would be if the previous month had been a 30 day month.


My conclusion is that 7 beats 8. I am particularly disturbed about the Sadducees who set fires on the wrong days to confuse the people.

So tomorrow will be the stirring conclusion of the 7 Days of  The Mermaid of Brooklyn.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 5, Brooklyn, a state of mind or an independent state.

We've been spending all this time talking about mermaids and rusalka's and the great new book,
"The Mermaid of Brooklyn" by Amy Shearn, 
let's talk about Brooklyn.

Famous Brooklyn Family


Here are the facts:
New York's five boroughs overview
Jurisdiction Population Land area
Borough of County of 1 July 2011
Estimates
square
miles
square
km
Manhattan New York 1,619,090 23 59
The Bronx Bronx 1,408,473 42 109
Brooklyn Kings 2,565,635 71 183
Queens Queens 2,272,771 109 283
Staten Island Richmond 470,728 58 151
8,336,697 303 786
19,570,261 47,214 122,2


Population:  2,565,635.
The largest of the 5 boroughs.

Here the countries that Brooklyn eclipses in population:

There are either 99 or 101.
142  Lesotho 2,240,000 July 1, 2013 0.032% UN estimate
143  Namibia 2,104,900 August 28, 2011 0.03% Preliminary 2011 census result
144  Macedonia 2,059,794 December 31, 2011 0.029% Official estimate
145  Slovenia 2,059,334 March 23, 2013 0.029% Official population clock
146  Latvia 2,027,000 February 1, 2013 0.029% Monthly official estimate
147  Botswana 2,024,904 August 22, 2011 0.029% Final 2011 census result
148  Qatar 1,917,116 February 28, 2013 0.027% Monthly official estimate
149  Gambia 1,874,000 July 1, 2013 0.026% UN estimate
150  Gabon 1,594,000 July 1, 2013 0.023% UN estimate
151  Guinea-Bissau 1,520,830 March 1, 2009 0.021% Final 2009 census result
152  Trinidad and Tobago 1,328,019 January 9, 2011 0.019% 2011 census result
153  Estonia 1,286,540 January 1, 2013 0.018% Official estimate
154  Mauritius 1,257,900 July 3, 2011 0.018% 2011 census result
155  Swaziland 1,237,000 July 1, 2013 0.017% UN estimate
156  Bahrain 1,234,571 April 27, 2010 0.017% Final 2010 census result
157  Timor-Leste 1,066,409 July 11, 2010 0.015% Final 2010 census result
158  Cyprus 862,000 December 31, 2011 0.012% Official estimate
159  Fiji 858,038 July 1, 2012 0.012% Yearly official estimate
160  Réunion (France) 821,136 January 1, 2010 0.012% Official estimate
161  Djibouti 818,159 May 29, 2009 0.012% 2009 census result
162  Guyana 784,894 July 1, 2010 0.011% Yearly official estimate
163  Equatorial Guinea 761,000 July 1, 2013 0.011% UN estimate
164  Bhutan 732,280 March 23, 2013 0.01% Official population clock
165  Comoros 724,300 July 1, 2012 0.01% Official estimate
166  Montenegro 620,029 April 1, 2011 0.0088% Final 2011 census result
167  Western Sahara[15] 585,000 July 1, 2013 0.0083% UN estimate
168  Macau (China)[16] 568,700 June 30, 2012 0.008% Official estimate
169  Suriname 534,189 August 13, 2012 0.0076% Preliminary 2012 census result
170  Luxembourg 524,900 December 31, 2011 0.0074% Yearly official estimate
171  Solomon Islands 515,870 November 23, 2009 0.0073% 2009 census result
172  Cape Verde 491,875 June 16, 2010 0.007% Final 2010 census result
173  Malta 416,055 November 20, 2011 0.0059% Preliminary 2011 census result
174  Guadeloupe (France) 403,355 January 1, 2010 0.0057% Official estimate
175  Martinique (France) 394,173 January 1, 2010 0.0056% Official estimate
176  Brunei 393,162 June 20, 2011 0.0056% Preliminary 2011 census result
177  Bahamas 351,461 May 3, 2010 0.005% Final 2010 census result
178  Iceland 321,857 January 1, 2013 0.0045% Official estimate
179  Maldives 317,280 July 1, 2010 0.0045% Official estimate
180  Belize 312,971 May 12, 2010 0.0044% Preliminary 2010 census result
181  Barbados 274,200 July 1, 2010 0.0039% Official estimate
182  French Polynesia (France) 268,270 August 22, 2012 0.0038% Preliminary 2012 census result
183  Vanuatu 258,213 July 1, 2012 0.0037% Yearly official estimate
184  New Caledonia (France) 255,651 July 1, 2012 0.0036% Yearly official estimate
185  French Guiana (France) 229,040 January 1, 2010 0.0032% Official estimate
186  Mayotte (France) 212,600 August 21, 2012 0.003% 2012 census result
187  Samoa 187,820 November 7, 2011 0.0027% Final 2011 census result
188  São Tomé and Príncipe 187,356 May 13, 2012 0.0026% 2012 census result
189  Saint Lucia 166,526 May 10, 2010 0.0024% Preliminary 2010 census result
190  Guam (USA) 159,358 April 1, 2010 0.0023% Final 2010 census result
191  Curaçao (Netherlands) 149,679 March 26, 2011 0.0021% 2011 census result
192  United States Virgin Islands (USA) 106,405 April 1, 2010 0.0015% Final 2010 census result
193  Kiribati 104,573 July 1, 2012 0.0015% Yearly official estimate
194  Grenada 103,328 May 12, 2011 0.0015% 2011 census result
195  Tonga 103,036 November 30, 2011 0.0015% 2011 census result
196  Federated States of Micronesia 101,823 July 1, 2012 0.0014% Yearly official estimate
197  Aruba (Netherlands) 101,484 September 29, 2010 0.0014% 2010 census result
198  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 100,892 July 1, 2009 0.0014% Yearly official estimate
199  Jersey (UK) 97,857 March 27, 2011 0.0014% 2011 census result
200  Seychelles 90,945 August 26, 2010 0.0013% Final 2010 census result
201  Antigua and Barbuda 86,295 May 27, 2011 0.0012% Preliminary 2011 census result
202  Isle of Man (UK) 84,497 March 27, 2011 0.0012% 2011 census result
203  Andorra 76,246 July 1, 2012 0.0011% Yearly official estimate
204  Dominica 71,293 May 14, 2011 0.001% Preliminary 2011 census result
205  Bermuda (UK) 64,237 May 20, 2010 0.00091% Final 2010 census result
206  Guernsey (UK) 62,431 March 31, 2010 0.00088% Yearly official estimate
207  Greenland (Denmark) 56,370 January 1, 2013 0.0008% Yearly official estimate
208  Marshall Islands 55,548 July 1, 2012 0.00079% Yearly official estimate
209  American Samoa (USA) 55,519 April 1, 2010 0.00078% Final 2010 census result
210  Cayman Islands (UK) 55,456 October 10, 2010 0.00078% Final 2010 census result
211  Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 53,883 April 1, 2010 0.00076% Final 2010 census result
212  Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,970 July 1, 2009 0.00073% Yearly official estimate
213  Faroe Islands (Denmark) 48,204 January 1, 2013 0.00068% Monthly official estimate
214  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 37,429 January 1, 2010 0.00053% Official estimate
215  Saint Martin (France) 36,979 January 1, 2010 0.00052% Official estimate
216  Liechtenstein 36,842 December 31, 2012 0.00052% Yearly official estimate
217  Monaco 35,352 June 9, 2008 0.0005% 2008 census result
218  San Marino 32,480 January 31, 2013 0.00046% Monthly official estimate
219  Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) 31,458 January 25, 2012 0.00044% 2012 census result
220  Gibraltar (UK) 29,752 July 1, 2011 0.00042% Yearly official estimate
221  British Virgin Islands (UK) 29,537 July 1, 2010 0.00042% Yearly official estimate
222  Åland Islands (Finland) 28,502 December 31, 2012 0.0004% Official estimate
223  Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands) 21,133 January 1, 2011 0.0003% Official estimate
224  Palau 20,770 July 1, 2012 0.00029% Yearly official estimate
225  Cook Islands (NZ) 14,974 December 1, 2011 0.00021% Final 2011 census result
226  Anguilla (UK) 13,452 May 11, 2011 0.00019% Preliminary 2011 census result
227  Wallis and Futuna (France) 13,152 July 1, 2012 0.00019% Yearly official estimate
228  Tuvalu 11,264 July 1, 2012 0.00016% Yearly official estimate
229  Nauru 9,945 October 30, 2011 0.00014% 2011 census result
230  Saint Barthélemy (France) 8,938 January 1, 2010 0.00013% Official estimate
231  Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) 6,081 January 1, 2010 0.00006% Official estimate
232  Montserrat (UK) 4,922 May 12, 2011 0.00005% 2011 census result
233  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK) 3,981 February 10, 2008 0.00004% 2008 census result
234  Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) 2,655 September 1, 2012 0.00003% Official estimate
235  Falkland Islands (UK) 2,563 April 15, 2012 0.00003% 2012 census result
236  Norfolk Island (Australia) 2,302 August 9, 2011 0.00002% 2011 census result
237  Christmas Island (Australia) 2,072 August 9, 2011 0.00002% 2011 census result
238  Niue (NZ) 1,414 July 1, 2012 0.00001% Yearly official estimate
239  Tokelau (NZ) 1,411 October 18, 2011 0.00001% Final 2011 census result
240  Vatican City 800 July 1, 2012 0.00001% Official estimate
241  Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) 550 August 9, 2011 0.000001% 2011 census result
242  Pitcairn Islands (UK)   


Famous Brooklyn people:

These are just the "A" s
And if you like this, I have a bridge...etc