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:

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:

[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:

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:

BBC World Service – Witness – The Nazi Black Book

BBC World Service – Witness – The Nazi Black Book:

Keeping Tabs [2016]: Data & Surveillance in America | BackStory with the American History Guys:

Beyond Numbers | BackStory with the American History Guys:

Private industry and governments are constantly collecting data, constantly making “lists”. Can’t prevent that, and really, might not want to prevent it. So, comes down to protecting individual citizens against mis-use of the data collected. Correct?

“Freedom of Speech/Freedom of the Press” Outside the “American Bubble”

Reports: Turkey Says Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Killed In Saudi Consulate : NPR:

3 Russian Journalists Killed While Probing Reports Of Mercenaries In Africa : NPR:

Who Ordered The Car Bomb That Killed Maltese Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia? : NPR:

Prominent Mexican Journalist Joins A Long List Of Those Killed : NPR:

Why Do Russian Journalists Keep Falling? : NPR:

Buchanan’s Trump

How The 1990s Paved The Way For Today’s Political Divide – 1A:

How Trump Really Got Rich – The New York Times:

[For a layman like me, a blue-collar tax-paying voter, this reinforces for me why I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, and will never vote for him.]

Apple, Amazon deny claims Chinese spies implanted backdoor chips in company hardware: report | ZDNet:

Vice President Pence Accuses China Of Trying To Interfere In U.S. Elections : NPR:

Transcript: NPR’s Interview With China’s Ambassador To The U.S. : NPR:

Chinese Leaders Leverage Media To Shape How The World Perceives China : NPR:

How The Chinese Government Works To Censor Debate In Western Democracies : NPR:

Chinese Companies Get Tech-Savvy Gobbling Up Germany’s Factories : NPR:

Will Morocco’s Chinese-Funded ‘Tech City’ Ever Break Ground? : NPR:

Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence : NPR:

China Unbound: What An Emboldened China Means For The World : NPR:

Latin America Becomes Embroiled In China’s Diplomatic War With Taiwan | Here & Now:

California Sets Goal Of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045 : NPR:

Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence : NPR:

Number Of Hungry People Is Going Up By Millions According To New U.N. Report : Goats and Soda : NPR:


‘Winners Take All’: Generous Giving Or Phony Philanthropy? : NPR:

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives – 1A:

What Gives | BackStory with the American History Guys:


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

Hidden Brain : NPR:

Code Switch : NPR:

Goats and Soda : NPR:

Planet Money : NPR:

Freakonomics – The hidden side of everything Freakonomics | The hidden side of everything:


The On Being Project | The On Being Project:


“Wardens & Wizards”: Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies : NPR:

Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants – The 1A:

What Does Shakespeare Have To Do With ‘Energy’? (Trust Us, There’s A Link) : Book Review: “ENERGY: A Human History” by Richard Rhodes NPR:

Jared Diamond: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations : NPR:

A High School Reunion Reveals: When Steel Mills Fell Silent, Fates Got Flipped : NPR:

In Brazil’s National Museum Fire, Officials Fear ‘Incalculable’ Loss Of Artifacts : NPR:

Centuries-Old Plant Collection Now Online — A Treasure Trove For Researchers : NPR:

‘Invention Of Air’ Explains Discovery Of Oxygen : NPR:

The Art of War. It’s Not For Everyone : Planet Money : NPR:

5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing

5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing – Freakonomics:

I remembered this podcast because my fiance was talking about the Kitty Genovese murder.

EDIT: Resurrecting Kitty Genovese: A Love Story | On The Media | WNYC:

Inspector Oldfield [USPS] and the “Black Hand Society”: Taking Down America’s First Organized Crime Ring : NPR:

You’ve Got Mail: The U.S. Postal Service | BackStory with the American History Guys:

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:

How Can This Possibly Be True? [Friedman’s Pencil] – Freakonomics Freakonomics:


Unraveling The Mystery Behind International Shipping Rates : NPR:

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought – Vox: