I miss having time to think about *everything*. Mind you, not going to give up what I have to regain that time. I have a good woman in my life now, going to make her my wife. Still. I miss lazy Sundays on my bachelor’s “game room”, with either the TV on some history or science PBS broadcast program, or with NPR on. Tinkering with my HeroClix collection, tinkering with the rules, pondering larger questions about *everything* while I worked […]
6 Possible Hurdles For The GOP Tax Plan http://n.pr/2zY0noO Hi. I’m not a journalist, not any kind of ‘expert’. I’m a blue-collar, working-class, tax-paying white American male, a “Purple Republican” Ohioan, a Moderate/Centrist. Often thought of myself as a “Conservative” back in the 1990’s, especially diring my 6-year stint in th Army. No, I’m not running for any office. In the “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness” vein, I’m happy being a workaday “Cog” in the socioeconomic machine propelling […]
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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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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.
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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From NPR News: This Supreme Court Case Could Radically Reshape Politics http://n.pr/2jOzJYJ EDIT: The Supreme Court Returns To Talk Gerrymandering And More… – 1A: http://the1a.org/shows/2017-10-02/gerrymandering-and-more-the-supreme-court-returns
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 […]
From NPR News: Republicans Outline Biggest Tax Code Overhaul In A Generation http://n.pr/2yrLDdo In general principle, as a blue-collar Moderate/Centrist Republican, I’m for tax reform, for keeping taxes as low as possible, and getting spending under control, and debt and deficits lower, and making sure Congress gets the Public the most/best ‘bang’ for every tax-dollar spent, everyone paying thier fair share. The Preamble to our Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect […]
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/25/545848025/-people-helped-you-whether-you-knew-it-or-not A reminder that we can’t erase history, that we need to learn from it. Systemic, belligerent racism almost destroyed this gentleman’s life and almost deprived the nation’s veteran community a crucial asset. He, and those who supported him, fought back, non-violently, and won the Good Fight. People like him continue to change the world for the better. My view: Racism is Evil and a Sin.
(Posted 2017-08-22): From NPR News: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again,’ Trump Says While Unveiling Afghanistan Strategy http://n.pr/2vXKYRb Well, we’ll have to see how this series of changes pans out. I wonder what President Trump will do if rumors that Russia has been arming the Taliban for years turns out to be true? ————- Edit (2017-08-23): Watch: Trump’s Speech On Afghanistan, Transcript And Analysis : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/21/545038935/watch-live-trump-s-address-on-afghanistan-next-steps-for-u-s-engagement Listened to analysis yesterday. Basically, boiled down to some inter-woven contradictions: we’re there long-term, because leaving […]
From NPR News: Ohio Man Charged With Murder In Fatal Car Attack On Anti-White Nationalist March http://n.pr/2uz3OR8 Hope this guy gets the book thrown at him. Said it before on thia blog, will say it again: Fuck the KKK, fuck the Neo-Nazis, fuck the Supremacists of every stripe. Freedom of Speech requires we allow them thier spot in the Public Square, but if said people of such ideologies are only holding such public rallies with the intent of provoking or […]
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/535044918/rethinking-school Excellent episode all the way around. —— Public Libraries + Internet Neutrality = We the People’s University. IMHO.
npr.org (2017/07/20): fact-check-trumps-confusing-remarks-to-senate-republicans-on-health-care This article is why *this* “Purple Republican” is ‘sustaining member’ of his ‘glocal affiliate’ NPR station. This article fact-checks it all, providing some links to great follow-up reading. ———— EDIT: So, lately I’ve been thinking of myself as a ‘Purple Republican’. I’ve parted ways with Conservatism, a while back. Modern “Conservatism” and it’s “Libertarian” offshoot just got really ‘Out There’ for me. Got used to the jabs that Conservative Republicans would take at Republicans like me, calling […]
From NPR News: Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer, Hospital Says http://n.pr/2uB5tF1 Not good. Prayers and well-wishes. This taxpaying, voting “Purple Republican” civilian has tremendous respect for John McCain, even when disagreeing (by degrees) with certain political positions. Even voted for him in 2008. —————— Part of me finds this tragic situation a bit ironic, given the current debate on healthcare. [Edit: tossing this in here:] From NPR News: Trump’s Big Repealing Deal: 8 Takeaways On The Senate’s Health […]
Trump Announces U.S. Will Leave Paris Climate Accord : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/01/530748899/watch-live-trump-announces-decision-on-paris-climate-agreement Full Text And Analysis: Trump On Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/531090243/trumps-speech-on-paris-climate-agreement-withdrawal-annotated Paris Climate Accord: What’s In It? : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/01/531048986/so-what-exactly-is-in-the-paris-climate-accord 5 Changes That Could Come From The U.S. Leaving The Paris Climate Deal : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/531056661/5-things-that-could-change-when-the-u-s-leaves-the-paris-climate-deal Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/18/528998592/energy-companies-urge-trump-to-remain-in-paris-climate-agreement
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Hate Is ‘Alive Every Single Day,’ LeBron James Says After Racist Graffiti Incident God Bless “King James”. To Hell with Racists of every stripe. America doesn’t need them. God Bless LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Godspeed to them as they begin the begin The Drive. I’m not a huge sports fan, but I’ve loved tuning in to the occasional Cavs game since the King’s been back. Rejoiced last year, along with all of N.E.OH. I’d like to see the […]
Oregon Train Stabbings Oregon’s History of White Supremecy “Top 1%”? Try “Top 20%”. “Invisible Hand of the Market”? Markets are created by Human Demand, and Humans trying to control/utilize Supply to meet that Demand. Since Humans are so heavily involved, it stands to reason some Humans might want to skew the Market(s) in their favor. “Establishing pecking order” is kind of a “root” or “basic” Human/Animal impulse, correct?
hedonism: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/05/28 “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness”. Requires Work. Happiness doesn’t mean the “reckless debauchery” that the word Hedonism implies today. Always figured Happiness as envisioned by the Founders during the Age of Reason required Work and a sense of Responsibility, for the sake of Balance. IMHO.
Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 24 In Egypt http://n.pr/2r4nrgD Unacceptable. I believe in one God. I believe there are many pathways to Enlightenment. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, all slightly different paths. Repression of one religion upon another, violent suppression, is Evil and unacceptable. How struggle against such Evil without responding in actions just as wicked?
From Ancient Greece, Lessons On The Risk Of A Modern, Accidental War : Parallels : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/05/03/526436207/from-ancient-greece-lessons-on-the-risk-of-a-modern-accidental-war I haven’t done a lot ‘reading for pleasure’ in the past decade. And, since Sir Terry Pratchett passed on, have had even less desire. Although strictly his real world history and politics-related, the new book being hocked sounds like it might be worth firing up the old Kindle and buying, reading. Frankly, makes me want to break out my Blackstone Media edition Sun-Tzu’s ‘The […]
Very impressed with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after NPR interview regarding North Korea, South Korea, ‘denuclearization’ of the peninsula, and China. Tillerson, Demattis, McMaster, actually help offset my trepidation about Trump.
Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income? – Freakonomics Freakonomics (2016/04): http://freakonomics.com/podcast/mincome/ AMP | Marketplace: Universal Basic Income & Markets (2016/06): https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.marketplace.org/amp/2016/12/05/world/why-idea-universal-basic-income-could-become-reality Money/currency systems are tools, a way measuring “value”, and a tool to manage resources. UBI: I can’t wrap my head around it. Individual human beings require at minimum ‘energy’ (nourishing foodstuffs, drinkable water) and ‘security’ (protection from the elements, like clothing and shelter). It’s to the individual’s advantage in survival terms to pool resources with other human beings. […]
Ended up pondering “self-driving” vehicles. Thought about the vehicle as property, and all that goes with it: maintenance, fuel, insurance, time and money. Need the car to get to work to rarn the living to agford the car. A funny-but-dark thought had me thinking about living in my car, which had me thinking about “home ownership”, and how i really don’t want a house on a plot of land with a lawn. The way the ‘market’ seems to be rigged, […]
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Opinion: I have not read the currently on-going storyline this version of Steve “Captain America” Rogers is from. I’ve only read about it, and as a fan of Cap and Falc since the 70’s, I’m rather rankled by it. But, have others have said, it’s a stunt-story that needs to finish running its course, doing what Marvel does: tap into current current political and pop culture, hold up its twisted mirror to it. I don’t have to like it, don’t […]
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From NPR News: As Iraqi Forces Encircle Mosul, ISIS Unleashes New Level Of Brutality On Civilians http://n.pr/2oR57Xj My lowly opinions: More brutality, more death, in the name of God. I can’t imagine God being anything but disgusted/angry/disappointed at any killing done in God’s name. Not sure there’s an end in sight, not for the people in the Middle East. So many divisions, since the beginning of Islam. Given human nature, our root animal behavior, seems the instinct to fight for […]
Trump Signals Steve Bannon Could Be On His Way Out http://n.pr/2o6rQLX GOOD! One of the many reasons I couldn’t — and didn’t — vote for Trump in the promaries or the general was the backing he had by the racist/anti-Semitic/anti-immigrant Alt-Right crypto-fascists. Get rid of Bannon = good thing.
From NPR News: Toyota Plans $1.3 Billion Investment In Kentucky Plant http://n.pr/2pldEPm Despite having had members of family that worked at GM back in the day of N.E.OH’s automobile manufacturing heyday, I’ve tended to be a “Ford guy”. Have always heard good things about Toyota Camry, though. Might be my next car. (… in 10 years.)
[From NPR News “Morning Edition – Sunday”: Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/08/523044892/beyond-the-pale-male-marvel-diversity-and-a-changing-comics-readership Demographic representation, even in the fictional world of superhumans, is incredibly important to me. I’m glad the marketplace and product has evolved the way it has. Hope “House of Ideas” doesn’t backslide. FYI: I stopped buying individual issues of comics over a decade ago, I rarely buy a physical trade paperback collection of comics anymore, and I’ve only bought a ‘handful’ of […]