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.
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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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 […]
I don’t know what to say about the Las Vegas shooting that hasn’t already been said. I have prayed for the victims and their families. Prayed for insight. I do not understand “Why?” …. Feeling “numb”. I do not understand why. EDIT: I was wide awake, laying in bed, in silence when I wrote the above, sometime between 3am and 4am. Kinda confronting knowing that I’m not the only one. At 4:30am, when I decided to get up, get ready […]