scrimshank: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/11/16 Really, really hope my bosses and coworkers don’t think this of me. I do my best. I know it’s not good enough. Gotten older, fatter, slower (mentally and physically). Never was smart enough for this job. If they do think such of me, they’ve never said so directly. I tend to take some ‘looks’ and strained conversations as hints. I won’t quit. They should fire me, if they think/feel thia way….
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/ First heard about it on NPR. Yeah, it is scary shit.
‘rite of passage’: definition from Dictionary.com: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/rite+of+passage L1A – Speak Freely: “Can We Stop Hazing?” http://npr.org/55e0ed2973b82 THIS AMERICAN LIFE: “Notes on Camp”: https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/109/notes-on-camp Basic Combat Training – Week: 06 Camaraderie (ArmyStudyGuide.com): http://www.armystudyguide.com/content/Prep_For_Basic_Training/Prep_for_basic_timeline/basic-combat-training-wee-4.shtml Never been “hazed”; I’m not part of a fraternity. Never had the “summer camp experience” either, it sounds more developmentally positive than fraterity having, tho. There was no need for deliberately sadistic hazing practices in the Army. It was rough, but positive, helped develop a sense of being part of something greater […]
fortitudinous: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/11/11 Veteran’s Day: to all our citizen-soldiers, past and present, Thank You for your service.
China makes its plays, rolling out red carpet for POTUS Trump. npr.org/sections/thetwo-way (2017/11/09: 562989686): trump-touts-great-chemistry-with-chinas-xi-as-leaders-agree-to-closer-ties npr.org 2017/10/24 (559889571): how-china-is-making-moves-to-be-the-dominant-player-in-the-asian-pacific-region npr.org 2017/11/07 (562486194): ex-spy-in-beijing-on-what-his-cia-experience-taught-him-about-china npr.org/sections/parallels (2017/11/06: 562270850): chinese-electric-carmaker-aims-to-become-a-global-brand “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…” npr.org 2017/11/09 (562941660: republicans-move-on-tax-overhaul-in-house-and-senate npr.org 2017/11/02 (561639579): chart-how-the-tax-overhaul-would-affect-you npr.org 2017/11/09 (562960732): house-gop-tax-plan-is-little-help-to-high-tax-states-like-new-jersey npr.org 2017/11/05 (561904209): the-russia-investigations-d-c-braces-for-more-from-mueller-ripple-effects-widen npr.org/sections/thetwo-way (2017/11/06: 561587174): the-alternative-russia-scandal npr.org 2017/11/05 (562058208): how-russia-weaponized-social-media-with-social-bots
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From NPR News: SALT Reduction Becomes Major Sticking Point In Tax Overhaul. So What Is SALT? http://n.pr/2yP3QWh I’m getting more interested to see what they will do with rax reform. The “Red States” supposedly get a lot of rax money flowing from “Blue States”, apportionment. Is elimination or reduction of SALT a way to get more revnue out of NY, NJ, CA, et cetera, to redistribute to “Red States” like AL, FL, et cetera? Will elimination/reduction of SALT result in […]
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npr.org_2017/10/08_(556465458)_the-future-of-farming-in-puerto-rico sciencefriday.com/segments_(2013-05-24): reinventing-farming-for-a-changing-climate/ npr.org/sections_thesalt_2017/06/26_(533985373)_scientists-try-to-break-nigerias-cycle-of-replanting-bad-yams npr.org/sections_thesalt_2017/01/23_(509718598)_(aeroponics): farm-of-the-future-what-grows-in-las-vegas-stays-in-las-vegas npr.org/sections_thesalt_2015/08/05_(429345848)_(aeroponics): green-pie-in-the-sky-vertical-farming-is-on-the-rise-in-newark npr.org/sections_thetwo-way_2017/07/19_(538166682): plastic-is-everywhere-and-recycling-isnt-the-end-of-it
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https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/six-bestselling-authors-share-their-favorite-other-worlds/ (R.I.P., Sir Terry Pratchett. Note-to-self: begin re-reading the Discworld novels. You used to enjoy reading for pleasure, “slow-reading”.) OtherFun: ImaginaryWorlds: https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/ OtherFun: WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/ Monster Microbiome Mash – Science Friday: https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/monster-microbiome-mash/:
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ai_artificial_intelligence/ Wow, that “Critics’ Concensus” blurb really sums things up. I remember seeing this movie twice in the theater back when it was released. I remember that l liked it, with a couple caveats. Don’t remember seeing it since. Worth another viewing. (I guess I’m just into bleak sci-fi movies about where human behavior and our innovative technological advances might ultimately take us, which is either some degree of Enlightenment (rare outcome in these movies) […]
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Why Da Vinci’s Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won’t End Up In A Museum : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/18/558614343/why-da-vincis-last-privately-owned-painting-probably-wont-end-up-in-a-museum NPR’s Science Friday: Leonardo da Vinci: Master Of Art And Science: https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/leonardo-da-vinci-master-of-art-and-science/
http://www.npr.org/2017/10/18/558570686/after-equifax-hack-calls-for-big-changes-in-credit-reporting-industry ————- Rein them in with appropriate ‘checks and balances’. I believe in the concept of Checks and Balances, not only as it applies to a Federalist Democratic-Republican form of government Rule of Law, but also Free & Fair Mixed Economy, and the growth of the Pax Americana. Human civilization relies on the mix of hunting, gathering, mining, farming, creating, making and trading darn near any “thing”, be it real or abstract. Ensuring tranquility requires C&B. IMHO.
Veterans, Survivors’ Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences http://n.pr/2x4insR Agreement with the need to focus on the families and the fallen, and away from the POTUS’…. mis-steps. (Love that Lincoln letter, tho.)
npr.org: the-two-way (2017/10/18: 558460284): nfl-players-meet-but-punt-on-anthem-controversy npr.org (2017/10/17: 558390590): former-green-beret-and-nfl-player-talks-about-take-a-knee-protests stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/flag-represents-those-who-fought-our-country-s-battles backstoryradio.org: shows: it-is-so-ordered Upfront: I’m a lowly blue-collar taxpayer/voter who served for 6 unremarkable years in the U.S. Army, never seeing combat, chose to not go ‘career’. So, I guess I approach this more as a Constitution-Loving Civilian than as former military. Take everything I say as one person’s opinion. Axiom: “Freedom Isn’t Free”. Axiom: Our “citizen-soldiers” serving in our military, as well as ‘civilians’ in the professions often referred […]
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No Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Here: Behold A U.S. Vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/17/558092970/no-rock-em-sock-em-here-behold-a-u-s-vs-japan-giant-robot-duel Robot Jox – Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Jox Real Steel – Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Steel Pacific Rim (film) – Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Rim_(film)
https://the1a.org/shows/2017-10-16/enough-protection-already-the-epa-under-president-trump Here we go again: I’m a Moderate/Centrist Republican. I’m pro-science, pro-sensible regulation, pro-public health, and pro-business. I seek short-, medium-, and long-term balance that promotes growth, a progressively sustainable Pax Americana. I’m therefore pro-EPA, in principle. Scott Pruitt in bad for America. He’ll sabotage new technology developments and new markets and endanger public health and promote pollution to keep his patrons in hydrocarbon-based fuels happy. In my working-class blue-collar voting tax-payer opinion, anyway…. SIDEBAR: How do we foster new […]