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Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee Dies At 95 : NPR

Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee Dies At 95 : NPR:

May “The Man” Rest In Peace.

…… Hope he, Ditko, and Kirby don’t argue *too* much in Heaven.

EDIT: or wherever in the Multiverse they ended up.

“Thoughts & Prayers” Aren’t Enough

‘This Is Going To Be Absolutely Heart-Wrenching’: The Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims : NPR:

A Survivor Helps Other Survivors Process The Horrors Of The Las Vegas Mass Shooting : NPR:

Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data

HIFLD Open Data:

2018 Elections: Here’s A Look At What Blue And Red America Have in Common : NPR:

Colorado Votes To Abolish Slavery, 2 Years After Similar Amendment Failed : NPR:

2018 Mid-Terms

Well, as an Ohioan and “Purple Republican” and a blue-collar tax-paying voting vet, I was going to be happy with either Mike Dewine ir Richard Cordray winning the governor’s seat, as I like them both.

Congratulations to governor-elect Dewine!

Hope you can build bridges among Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, Libertarians, Moderates, Centrists, Greens, Liberals, and Democrats.

I’m leary of the hard-Right, modern “Conservatives”, and “single-party rule”. And I’m really sick of the vicious and self-serving “duopoly” two-party system, but am not sure that’ll be fixed any time within my lifetime.

Good luck, Mr. Dewine. Hope I have good reasons to vote for you in 4 years.

A Utah Town Remembers Its Mayor, Killed In Action In Afghanistan : NPR:

[Another good man and citizen-soldier of the Republic fell Saturday in the line of duty.]

[I have no idea how to think/feel about all the “Blood & Treasure” spent anymore. I only know the soldiers must be honored by the rest of us, and we must also recognize the toll on innocent civilians the wars on terrorism has inflicted, and mourn them as well. There are still bad guys that need to be fought. Are we fighting in the righy way?]


The Prisoner’s Dilemma | Radiolab | WNYC Studios:

Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Internet, GPS, roads, energy, science experiments in space, and other government/military projects that private industry benefits/profits from.]

How Can This Possibly Be True? – Freakonomics:

[“Friedman’s Pencil” and global manufacturing.]

People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and “Nudging”.]

America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Personally, I’m tired of the two-party system, would rather have a three-party-system-plus-sprinkling-of-Independents system. Don’t know how to set up proper rules to see it happen …]

Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)? (Ep. 355) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Great episode.]

Post No Evil | Radiolab | WNYC Studios:

How to Be a Hero | Radiolab | WNYC Studios:

Politics in the Animal Kingdom — CGP Grey

Politics in the Animal Kingdom — CGP Grey:

[Video series. Explains current voting system and ideas for alternatives.]

Home – National Constitution Center:

[Handiest Constitution site, IMO. Text of the Constitution, with explanations, and articles about history, application, etc.]


Another ‘Civil War’? Pessimism About Political Violence Deepens In A Divided Nation : NPR:

[Speaking as a Moderate/Centrist/Progressive/Technocratic Republican, it makes me angry how ‘popular’ a notion of ‘another American Civil War’ is with many Conservative Republicans, like how much they want to toss aside Constitutional principles like finding common ground and people with opposing political views working together to solve common problems. Tired of the extremist’ desired to either partion themselves off from those they disagree with, or try to subjugate/annihilate them. Doesn’t rise to the Godly/Enlightened Human level we think ourselves capable of, it just wallows in either the ‘Aggressive Alpha Ape’ need to ‘be in control’/’dominance’ behaviors or the ‘Cold-Hearted Lizard Brain’ calculations of ‘there can be only one, and it’s going to be me’ fatalist/nihilist/survivalist thinking. IMO. )


“Progressive & Radical Republicans”: The best “mission statement” I ever read: The Preamble to the Constitution.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Law & Order has to include Justice.

Successful Evolution demands balancing short-, medium-, and long-term needs and goals.


My “Republican Heroes” are not exactly “Conservative”.


Eisenhower was key desegregation figure – POLITICO:

Civil Rights and The Integration of the Military | The New Republic [1952]:

Booker T. Washington dinner at the White House – Wikipedia:

[Really wish TR hadn’t backed down after criticism for doing this, he should have stuck with it.]

Booker T. Washington’s Dinner with President Theodore Roosevelt – White House Historical Association:


Radical Republican | Definition, Beliefs, & Leaders |


Eisenhower’s Military-Industry Complex Warning, 50 Years Later : NPR:


Progressive Party | political party, United States [1924] |

Bull Moose Party | political party, United States |

Arthur Lovett Garford – Wikipedia:

Remembering Cecil And David Rosenthal, Brothers Killed In Synagogue Shooting : NPR:

Northeast Ohio Jewish Community Mourns Pittsburgh Shooting Victims | News | ideastream:

Opinion: the attack was monstrous, horrific. Am heartened to see both the Pittsburgh local community come together, and see the solidarity demonstrated from everywhere else.

Suspect Charged With 29 Federal Counts In Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre : NPR:

What’s Known About Robert Bowers, The Suspect In The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting : NPR:


Fingerprints, DNA And Social Media Posts Helped FBI Identify Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc : NPR:

As FBI Closed In On Bomb Suspect, Mixed Signals From President Trump : NPR:

Blaming Victims For Mail Bombs Carries Echoes Of Civil Rights Bombings : NPR:


This civilian’s opinion: these guys — the shooter, the bomber — were/are domestic terrorists.

Robert Lustig: How Worried Should We Be About Sugar? : NPR

Robert Lustig: How Worried Should We Be About Sugar? : NPR

Opinion: I’m nearing 50. Only in the past 15 years have I been regularly and deliberately eating more vegetables. Used to be almost exclusively meat and potatoes/pasta.

Very bad. Even back when I actually ised to work out on a regular basis.

Even now: still eating too much meat (never will give it up, tho; I just need to scale it back), not eating enough fiber, and I realize now that I need to reduce my refined/added sugar intake.


The Food We Eat : TED Radio Hour : NPR:

Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden – BBC News

Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden – BBC News:

“Hey, J.K. Rowling: Looking for an idea for tour next series of novels? ….”



The First Three Lives of Catherine Webb:

Red Brain, Blue Brain | Hidden Brain : NPR

Red Brain, Blue Brain: Nature, Nurture, and Your Politics | Hidden Brain : NPR:


Tom Nichols: Why I’m Leaving the Republican Party – The Atlantic:

[That article was briefly a subject of discussion in the political forum I frequent daily, and got some time devoted to it on NPR.]

[It’s been useful for me, as I think about where I am, politically, socioeconomicly, spiritually, philosophically.]

Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness – The Atlantic: