“Thoughts & Prayers” Aren’t Enough

‘This Is Going To Be Absolutely Heart-Wrenching’: The Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665909790/this-is-going-to-be-absolutely-heart-wrenching-the-thousand-oaks-shooting-victim

A Survivor Helps Other Survivors Process The Horrors Of The Las Vegas Mass Shooting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/01/653399370/a-survivor-helps-other-survivors-process-the-horrors-of-the-las-vegas-mass-shoot


Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data

HIFLD Open Data: https://hifld-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/

2018 Elections: Here’s A Look At What Blue And Red America Have in Common : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/09/664377885/what-do-blue-and-red-america-have-in-common-craft-breweries-and-more

Colorado Votes To Abolish Slavery, 2 Years After Similar Amendment Failed : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/07/665295736/colorado-votes-to-abolish-slavery-2-years-after-similar-amendment-failed

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.

Politics in the Animal Kingdom — CGP Grey

Politics in the Animal Kingdom — CGP Grey: http://www.cgpgrey.com/politics-in-the-animal-kingdom/

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

Home – National Constitution Center: https://constitutioncenter.org/

[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: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/31/662216598/another-civil-war-pessimism-about-political-violence-deepens-in-a-divided-nation

[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: https://www.politico.com/story/2007/09/eisenhower-was-key-desegregation-figure-005885

Civil Rights and The Integration of the Military | The New Republic [1952]: https://newrepublic.com/article/78402/military-integration-civil-rights-report

Booker T. Washington dinner at the White House – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T._Washington_dinner_at_the_White_House

[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: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/booker-t-washingtons-dinner-with-president-theodore-roosevelt


Radical Republican | Definition, Beliefs, & Leaders | Britannica.com: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Radical-Republican


Eisenhower’s Military-Industry Complex Warning, 50 Years Later : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132942244/ikes-warning-of-military-expansion-50-years-later


Progressive Party | political party, United States [1924] | Britannica.com: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Progressive-Party-United-States-1924

Bull Moose Party | political party, United States | Britannica.com: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bull-Moose-Party


Arthur Lovett Garford – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Lovett_Garford

Remembering Cecil And David Rosenthal, Brothers Killed In Synagogue Shooting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/29/661879807/remembering-cecil-and-david-rosenthal-brothers-killed-in-synagogue-shooting

Northeast Ohio Jewish Community Mourns Pittsburgh Shooting Victims | News | ideastream: http://www.ideastream.org/news/northeast-ohio-jewish-community-mourns-pittsburgh-shooting-victims?utm_source=homepages&utm_medium=ideastream&utm_campaign=carousel

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: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661347236/multiple-casualties-in-shooting-near-pittsburgh-synagogue

What’s Known About Robert Bowers, The Suspect In The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661409410/whats-known-about-robert-bowers-the-suspect-in-the-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting


Fingerprints, DNA And Social Media Posts Helped FBI Identify Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661407090/fingerprints-dna-and-social-media-posts-helped-fbi-identify-bomb-suspect-cesar-s

As FBI Closed In On Bomb Suspect, Mixed Signals From President Trump : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/26/661131089/as-fbi-closed-in-on-bomb-suspect-mixed-signals-from-president-trump

Blaming Victims For Mail Bombs Carries Echoes Of Civil Rights Bombings : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661110544/blaming-victims-for-mail-bombs-carries-echoes-of-civil-rights-bombings


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

Red Brain, Blue Brain | Hidden Brain : NPR

Red Brain, Blue Brain: Nature, Nurture, and Your Politics | Hidden Brain : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/654127241/nature-nurture-and-your-politics


Tom Nichols: Why I’m Leaving the Republican Party – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/tom-nichols-why-im-leaving-republican-party/572419/

[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: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/large-majorities-dislike-political-correctness/572581/

Apple, Amazon deny claims Chinese spies implanted backdoor chips in company hardware: report | ZDNet: https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-one-tiny-chinese-chip-was-used-to-infiltrate-apple-amazon-us-contractors-report/

Vice President Pence Accuses China Of Trying To Interfere In U.S. Elections : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/04/654424183/vice-president-pence-accuses-china-of-trying-to-interfere-in-u-s-elections

Transcript: NPR’s Interview With China’s Ambassador To The U.S. : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/654088777/transcript-nprs-interview-with-china-s-ambassador-to-the-u-s

Chinese Leaders Leverage Media To Shape How The World Perceives China : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/04/654281939/chinese-leaders-aim-to-shape-how-the-world-perceives-their-country

How The Chinese Government Works To Censor Debate In Western Democracies : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/636299830/how-the-chinese-government-works-to-censor-debate-in-western-democracies

Chinese Companies Get Tech-Savvy Gobbling Up Germany’s Factories : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/639636532/chinese-companies-get-tech-savvy-gobbling-up-germanys-factories

Will Morocco’s Chinese-Funded ‘Tech City’ Ever Break Ground? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/638297986/will-moroccos-chinese-funded-tech-city-ever-break-ground

Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/627249909/australia-and-new-zealand-are-ground-zero-for-chinese-influence

China Unbound: What An Emboldened China Means For The World : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653312942/china-unbound-what-an-emboldened-china-means-for-the-world

Latin America Becomes Embroiled In China’s Diplomatic War With Taiwan | Here & Now: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/10/04/latin-america-china-taiwan

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants: Meet The Winners Of The 2018 Fellowship : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/04/653619703/here-are-the-winners-of-the-2018-macarthur-genius-grants

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Honors Work That Demonstrates ‘The Power Of Evolution’ : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/653915709/nobel-prize-in-chemistry-honors-the-power-of-evolution

The Nobel Prize In Physics: 117 Years, Three Women And Counting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653639583/the-nobel-prize-in-physics-117-years-three-women-and-counting

Donna Strickland Becomes First Woman In More Than 50 Years To Win Physics Nobel Prize : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653779921/donna-strickland-becomes-first-woman-in-more-than-50-years-to-win-physics-nobel-

Sizing Up The Universe With Neil deGrasse Tyson – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-10-02/neil-degrasse-tyson

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire

[OPINION: Startling to realize how much Andrew Carnegie exploited his worker, apparently with the intention of becoming wealthy enough to become a philanthropist. Key: he didn’t trust the common worker’s sense or ability of how to use money, so he had no problem paying them low wages (relying on them being desperate for work), busting unions, and no bothering with workplace safety concerns.


Something very Adam Smith/”Wealth of Nations” about it, too, IMO.]

‘Winners Take All’: Generous Giving Or Phony Philanthropy? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/29/642688220/generous-giving-or-phony-philanthropy-a-critique-of-well-meaning-winners

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-09-06/the-decisions-that-matter-most

What Gives | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/what-gives-2

California Sets Goal Of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045 : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/10/646373423/california-sets-goal-of-100-percent-renewable-electric-power-by-2045

Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/11/646313648/climate-change-drives-bigger-wetter-storms-storms-like-florence

Number Of Hungry People Is Going Up By Millions According To New U.N. Report : Goats and Soda : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/09/11/646786468/the-fight-against-world-hunger-is-going-in-the-wrong-direction


‘Winners Take All’: Generous Giving Or Phony Philanthropy? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/29/642688220/generous-giving-or-phony-philanthropy-a-critique-of-well-meaning-winners

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-09-06/the-decisions-that-matter-most

What Gives | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/what-gives-2


[Exploring Human Behavior & Civilization, often via Economics & Socioeconomics.]

Hidden Brain : NPR: https://www.npr.org/series/423302056/hidden-brain

Code Switch : NPR: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

Goats and Soda : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/

Planet Money : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/

Freakonomics – The hidden side of everything Freakonomics | The hidden side of everything: http://freakonomics.com

Marketplace: https://www.marketplace.org/

The On Being Project | The On Being Project: https://onbeing.org/

ImaginaryWorlds: https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/

BBC World Service – HARDtalk, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security – Michael Chertoff: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswj4d

[OPINION: Good interview. HARDtalk is always good.

Agree with former Sec. Chertoff’s view that U.S. goverment and tech companies need to help re-assert and safeguard individual privacy and help individual citizens always know who is collecting thier data, why, and ways to block its use if necessary.

The thought of China’s development of a “social credit score” that they use to intimidate and coerce thier own citizens with is scary. Can’t let that happen here.]

NPR NEWS — Florida Sen. Rubio Takes Up The Cause Of Uighar Minority In China : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/07/645459741/florida-sen-rubio-takes-up-the-cause-of-uighar-minority-in-china

White House Rejects Anonymous ‘New York Times’ Op-Ed That Criticizes Trump : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/644974169/white-house-rejects-column-attributed-to-anonymous-official-that-faults-trump

(People on the politics forum I frequent daily were talking about this a lot. Actions “behind the scenes” by the President’s staff of this nature are being seen by many there as a breakdown in the systems of our republic. One guy who usually brings up the 25th amendment did so again. Luckily, NPR is “Johnny on the spot” with that today as well–)

What You Need To Know About The 25th Amendment : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/645021413/amid-another-wild-week-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-25th-amendment

(We are definitely “living in interesting times”.)


EDIT: As a layman, I’ve also found this useful over the past year or so:

Home – National Constitution Center: https://constitutioncenter.org/

Meanwhile, in this weird secular “kings & clergy” way, the Supreme Court is believed by some to be the most powerful branch of the government, in the most unconstitutional way:

‘The Most Dangerous Branch’ Asks Whether The Supreme Court Has Become Too Powerful : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/644824174/the-most-dangerous-branch-asks-whether-the-supreme-court-has-become-too-powerful

“Wardens & Wizards”: Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/save-the-planet/

As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/641606668/as-climate-warms-algae-blooms-in-drinking-water-supplies

Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants – The 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-08-29/deregulation-of-coal-fired-power-plants

What Does Shakespeare Have To Do With ‘Energy’? (Trust Us, There’s A Link) : Book Review: “ENERGY: A Human History” by Richard Rhodes NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/31/613155111/what-does-shakespeare-have-to-do-with-energy-trust-us-theres-a-link

Jared Diamond: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations : NPR: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4738014

A High School Reunion Reveals: When Steel Mills Fell Silent, Fates Got Flipped : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/640257956/opinion-a-high-school-reunion-reveals-when-steel-mills-fell-silent-fates-got-fli

In Brazil’s National Museum Fire, Officials Fear ‘Incalculable’ Loss Of Artifacts : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/644284093/in-brazils-national-museum-fire-officials-fear-incalculable-loss-of-artifacts

Centuries-Old Plant Collection Now Online — A Treasure Trove For Researchers : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/02/641310268/centuries-old-plant-collection-now-online-a-treasure-trove-for-researchers

‘Invention Of Air’ Explains Discovery Of Oxygen : NPR: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98947092

The Art of War. It’s Not For Everyone : Planet Money : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/08/24/641623813/the-art-of-war-its-not-for-everyone

Inspector Oldfield [USPS] and the “Black Hand Society”: Taking Down America’s First Organized Crime Ring : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/19/639997950/taking-down-americas-first-organized-crime-ring

You’ve Got Mail: The U.S. Postal Service | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/youve-got-mail-a-history-of-the-post-office-rebroadcast

U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, paragraph 7 [The Congress shall have Power To]: “…To establish Post Offices and post Roads;…”

Opinion: Seems to me, it was important to the Founders that “avenues of communication” were crucial to establishing, administrating, maintaining, and growing a “rule of law” Federalist Democratic-Republic.

Makes me think about the internet. “Net Neutrality” versus “Open Internet”. Exercising 1st Amendment rights. Cyber-Commerce. Cyber-Crime. Cyber-Warfare.

“Past is prologue” when it comes to Human Behavior, right? Regardless of whether or not the Founders could have “imagined” radio, or television, or the internet, or something further down the road and up the tech-tree, the Post Office should always have a role to play, yes?

“Trumpian World Economic Warfare” versus “Friedman’s Pencil”

What’s In Your Shopping Cart? A Battleground For Global Trade : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/636137025/whats-in-your-shopping-cart-a-battleground-for-global-trade

How Can This Possibly Be True? [Friedman’s Pencil] – Freakonomics Freakonomics:http://freakonomics.com/podcast/i-pencil/


Unraveling The Mystery Behind International Shipping Rates : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/23/641140144/unraveling-the-mystery-behind-international-shipping-rates

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought – Vox: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/10/6/16428458/us-energy-coal-oil-subsidies

From Mills To Manufacturers, Steel Tariffs Produce Winners And Losers : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/637206257/from-mills-to-manufacturers-steel-tariffs-produce-winners-and-losers

For Wisconsin’s Dairy Farmers, Tariffs Could Reshape The Race For The Senate : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/12/637640010/for-wisconsins-dairy-farmers-tariffs-could-reshape-the-race-for-the-senate

For Americans who rely on public housing, HUD proposals strike fear: http://www.marketplace.org/2018/08/10/economy/americans-who-rely-public-housing-hud-proposals-strike-fear

Rural America Faces A Crisis In ‘Adequate Housing’ : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/11/634640228/rural-america-faces-a-crisis-in-adequate-housing

We Asked: How Is The Homeownership Crisis Affecting You? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/11/634321949/we-asked-how-is-the-homeownership-crisis-affecting-you