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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]