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, […]
Categories: Current Events & STEM/HAL/EMC, grey_zealot's_zone, Stupid Monkey Preaches from Soapbox • Tags: Android, artificial intelligence, automation, cybernetics, Drone, humans, Identity, Infrastructure, life, machine learning, Robot Master, robot-proof jobs, robots, science!, Work
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 […]
Categories: Archiving!, Current Events & STEM/HAL/EMC, geek/drone journal, HeroClix Player/Collector, Stupid Monkey Preaches from Soapbox • Tags: AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR, Captain America, Captain Hydra, HeroClix, Marvel
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 […]
A guy over on the U.S. Politics forum I frequent daily posted the following link– The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s: https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/31/8-surprisingly-small-industries-that-employ-more-people-than-coal/ Last Saturday, heard the following OTM program– It’s Just Business – On The Media – WNYC: http://www.wnyc.org/story/just-business The above has a segment on the coal industry. From NPR News: Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up http://n.pr/2oboNWA ———- This was also posted– How much does science knowledge influence views on climate, energy? | Pew Research […]
mumpsimus: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/03/27 That’s an interesting word. Might as well say, “see also; politician”. If something good *mostly* works and can be fixed, shouldn’t you fix the non-workinf parts? Make it more efficient, do its job better? Of course, if you object to thus things that is mostly working, object to its very existence, i guess you stick to “It’s not working, it’s horrible, it’s going to implode/explode, you just watch!” and then go about […]
So, Valentine’s Day 2017, first date with a wonderful woman, first “non-date” date for me in over a decade. (“Non-date date” was a way of alleviating the “pressure”, but really, it was a date.) Lead to more “non-date dates”, thankfully. One shall happen tonight. She’s a vegetarian, used to be a Vegan. Likes going every year to this “Vegan Banquet” thing. She invited me. I thought, “cool adventure” and said “Sounds good.” I’m actually excited. As a mid-40’s male “meat […]
Categories: Stupid Monkey Preaches from Soapbox
From NPR News: 5 Insights Into Judge Neil Gorsuch After 2nd Day Of Confirmation Hearings http://n.pr/2o1L2dj Watch Live: Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520828113/watch-live-neil-gorsuch-testifies-in-supreme-court-confirmation-hearing?post=scotusbladder-19 EDIT (2017-03-22): Reading post in the “U.S. Politics” forum I frequent, and speaking as a “purple Republican”, I agree with the following observations I’ve read — Gorsuch is the best choice we can expect right now. “Not too tart, not too sweet” of a Conservative pick.Merrick Garland is still an eminently qualified candidate and […]
The Call-In: Answering Your Questions About The Republican Health Care Plan : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/19/520708167/the-call-in-answering-your-questions-about-the-republican-health-care-plan Among other things, sounds like reduction in Medicaid will hurt senior citizens who needs help with long-term conditions. (Maybe that part of the market-based/evolutionary forces of the “Ryancare” plan? The poor and the elderly are no longer “productive” for society, so, cut them loose, leave to the sole care of their families, to die on their own? That’s what it seems like to me.) Excerpt: MARTY ALLEN: […]
From NPR News: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change http://n.pr/2mmTwMh Scott Pruitt, in this working-class taxpayer’s opinion, is a pro-reckless greed and anti-science turd blossom. Global climate change is real, presents real dangers to our civilization. NOAA, NASA, and the DOD are monitoring all activity with the strictest of scientific rigor, as well as gaming out where this might lead, and the resource and security challenges we face as a result. Yes, the planet’s climate has […]
From NPR News: Engineers Say Tax Increase Needed To Save Failing U.S. Infrastructure http://n.pr/2n4sCw2 Agreement. But, overall, taxes must be kept as low as possible, and well (wisely) spent. Strategic needs and transparency matter. Being a “Purple Republican”, I’m leary of the Conservatives’ plan for a bunch of tax cuts. Tax code refrom is one thing. We still need to pay for things we need. We the People.
From NPR News: 5 Key Takeaways From The GOP Health Overhaul Plan http://n.pr/2mHAKSD That article is helping *this* lowly worker better understand what the GOP plan does. Seems like it tries to cut poorer people out though. Lets those more well-off save more. “Survival of the Fittest/Let Nature Take Its Course” feel to it; if you’ve “made it”, you don’t have to turn back around and help those further down. Hoard what you’ve got, hoard some more. “He who dies […]
I am nothing. I am no one. I have no desire or ambition to be ‘someone’. I am not ‘special’, nor am I ‘unique’, and I am most defintely not ‘one in a million’. I’ve learned the value of hard work, and try to be a good, productive worker. Others must determine whether or not I am a useful, good, or productive worker. Personal life: Yeah, I have a blog. Nothing special about that. Anyone can have a blog. They’re […]
From NPR NEWS: Some See ‘Flat-Fee Primary Care’ As A GOP-Friendly Way To Provide Routine Care http://n.pr/2mHCs2B Seems like a decent option. Maybe. Still. Can it be combined with “MediCare for everyone”? Everyone should pay into MediCare through payroll deduction or once a year filing income taxes anyway, in my uninformed opinion. Also, been wanting a ‘national i.d.’ framework forever, to help secure individual identity and manage personal information, like medical records and insurance. Wondering what role all these could […]
Living on Earth: A Carbon Dividend Plan: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=17-P13-00006&segmentID=1 Not opposed. As a citizen/voter/taxpayer, would prefer to have an option to reinvest my portion into an infrastructure bank fund or medical research fund or something…. Living on Earth: Sex and Sustainability in the Sea: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=17-P13-00006&segmentID=4 Fascinating and fun segment. 2017-02-16: One of my favorite ‘new’ programs — “1A” — covered the global warming-countering “Carbon Dividend Plan” today!: NPR’s “The 1A”: 2017-02-16/conservatives-make-the-case-for-action-on-climate-change”
Just posted the following mini-rant over on a ‘politics forum’ I go to everyday. I’ve tried to keep from posting too much there (I annoy a lot of people over there), but I’ve been bursting at the seems lately, and had to ‘expel’ some opinion-rage. My comments are after the comments from others about other topics under discussion at the time. ————————- malakim2099: Hey, it’s not just NC, it looks like the House GOP decided to [URL=”http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/02/politics/office-of-congressional-ethics-oversight-of-ethics-committee-amendment/?iid=ob_mobile_article_footer_expansion”%5Dgut the independent ethics commission[/URL] […]
Finally! Hit the Cobblestone for an 11:30am matinee of “ARRIVAL”. “Hard sci-fi.” Not an explosive action/fantasy flick; more cerebral thriller. Every bit as good as I’d heard. Ultimately a positive movie, not necessarily “uplifting”, but hopeful of the future. One to add to the collection when it hits DVD.
Clinton Campaign Says It Will Participate In Recount Efforts: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/26/503432822/clinton-campaign-supports-recount-efforts-in-battleground-states Bottom line: Needs to be done even if — especially if — it doesn’t change the outcome of the election. Trump kept repeating during the campaign that if he didn’t win, then the whole system was rigged. Doubts about the integrity of our system, including any peaceful transfer of powrt, relies on him being ptoven wrong. He’s proven to be a double-talking ass. We the People need it affirmed that […]
Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At Age 90 http://n.pr/QDko9w Personally, this “rest in peace” is strung together with a “good riddance”. Castro really didn’t do much for the People of the Republic of Cuba. They laud him for the country’s health care system, but as I understand it, it relied heavily on Russia’s patronage and subsidy. Markets need to be as free, fair, and competitive as possible, which requires the checks and balances that rule of law can provide. […]
http://www.npr.org/2016/11/17/502402395/crafting-china-policy-could-get-sticky-after-trump-s-campaign-comments Excerpt: PILLSBURY: Well, it’s – in my personal view – and I really can’t represent Mr. Trump or his team – this is certainly part of the need for a well-crafted, holistic China strategy. Obama said, quite correctly, I think, if we don’t write the rules, China will. And just in the past week, the Chinese have announced they are going to try to have a regional trade framework that they negotiate and they lead.
NOVA – Official Website | Treasures of the Earth: Power: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/treasures-earth-power.html Another excellent episode, another reminder of why i used to love watching PBS and why i should go back to watching more. Loved the bit talking about how at any one time on a daily basis, the sun hits the Earth with around 100 terrawatts of energy. Edit: The episode also provides evidence of how the 21st century may be “China’s Century” — they are pioneering research into alternative energy […]
Upfront: I’m a blue-collar guy, shovelling my opinions onto the pile. ObamaCare: Hope they keep the individual requirement for insurance, but also intro a public option, paid thru payroll taxes (maybe a baseline “everyone has Medicare, and may have additional insurance, including a Health Savings Account” plan). Hope they keep the keep the requirement that health insurers can’t refuse coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Hope they keep the ability for kids upto age 25 still taking college or vocational classes […]
Categories: Current Events & STEM/HAL/EMC, Stupid Monkey Preaches from Soapbox • Tags: Advancing Medicine, Advancing Science, Health Savings Accounts, Heath Insurance, Information/Communication Infrastructure, Infrastructure, infrastructure bank, Transportation Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure (processing and transport)