Saturday, June 30, 2018

Some Really Great People Out There

If everyone was as generous with themselves we could eliminate turning to charities or government. The takeaway I got from this. She's grateful. Something I too must reflect on whenever I see those with less then myself. We (my self included at times) assume things about other people without knowing the circumstances which they find themselves.

What makes this woman truly great is she never judges. She only sees their need. Then provides what she can to help get them through the day. She is a role model how we as individuals and as a nation should respect each other. With all the food on this earth nobody should go hungry. This won't solve all the world's problems but it's a good start. This simple act of kindness could go a long way towards bringing about world peace. Even the fiercest predatory animals won't attack each other when they're well fed.

Eating is the one thing we all share in common. Talking to one another over a meal is a great way to begin understanding our differences. No one understood this better then Anthony Bourdain.

Well maybe.. except for this guy

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thoughts About Black Holes In Space

I just read an article entitled, Are Holes Real Things or Just a Place Where Something Isn’t?

Wow this gives me a whole new perspective. Up till now I've always thought of them as gravitational giants sucking in everything and warping time until they could no longer be seen or escape. Compressing them all into one great big dense ball of hopelessness. However in this article one theory has it black holes are a place where nothing whatsoever exist. In other words a utter void of nothingness. In this scenario all matter and energy would cease to exist.

Another theory (I favor) has it they could be similar to a donut hole having a galaxy revolving around it. If this hypothesizes were correct upon matter straying into a black hole it would end up someplace else. A place where it would no longer be observable to us. I tend to think it is possible since a number of black holes are shooting out enormous jets of energy. We have no idea from where. I also believe it would explain our universe's ever increasing speed postulated to be from some sort of inexplicable 'dark matter'. Could it be from the other side of the hole someplace else?

Not all black holes eject energy. Some only draw it in. Thus we may have two types. One going someplace else. Another someplace else to here. There's a supposed unlimited number of black holes we have yet to discover. If all of this is true we couldn't possibility ever come to know the true extent of existence. Putting this in human terms. If I were the creator and wanted to protect my species I couldn't imagine a better way to keep them apart so they couldn't destroy each other.

I'll admit when it comes to the possibility of wormholes,
I was more drawn to the "Stargate" series

...over that of Steven King's more negative miniseries "The Langoliers".

One never knows, do one?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Example Why We Lose People Of Conscience In Government

Still wonder why this administration opposes media doing it's job?

In Politics The Winner Takes All.. WRONG!!

Somehow we've come the believe who ever is elected has the final say. Think of it this way. In poker someone places a bet. Even though they may have $500 they're only willing to risk $100 of it. That's not how it works in politics. In several states 100% of their electoral votes are awarded to the candidate gaming the largest number of votes. In some instances the separation could be only a percentage or two. Only a fool would play poker where someone who holds the winning hand gets not to only collect the bets but all the other players money they showed up with. No hard feelings, right? Hell yeah there sure would be.

Suppose one candidate wins. Then proceeds to ignore the other side doing whatever the hell they please by null and voiding most of the accomplishments dear to the others . Even going so far as to berate those who lost day after day belittling them.

This folks is where we stand.
We have a president who would have lost by 2,864,974 votes if it not been for the electoral vote count. By no means was he handed a referendum to continually bad mouth and ignore the larger portion of the other 65,844,610 Americans who didn't vote for him. Trumpsters have a bad habit of calling their other 65,844,610 fellow Americans sore losers. I'm here to tell you a president is suppose to represent all the American people. In so failing to live up to the expectations of the office he's become the most devise president ever in American history. Not just here, but his divisiveness goes far beyond our borders. Other countries didn't elect him and will not tolerate him trying to set their polices.

I'm not sure how many of his voters still support him. My word to those who still do-- He's not just your president, he's our president too. He needs to start recognizing the fact over 65 million other Americans exist. If he can't accept this fact and do the job for all of us maybe he should consider another line a work. I heard FOX News is looking for new faces. Besides they pay better. Why not since a large part of his day is spent around it anyway. He always says he gets the highest ratings.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Immigration Courts Powerless To Reunite Families

Texas Tribune 06/24/2018 reported they were told "they can reunite with their kids at the airport if they agree to sign a voluntary deportation order." Why not sell them the Brooklyn Bridge while we're at it.

Once these people arrive accompanied in shackles to the airport won't exactly allow them a whole lot of options. I have no faith whatsoever they will brought back to detention if the government fails to deliver if unable to find their missing kid(s).

If this turns out to be a another trick like falsely promising a judge could reunite them there's no telling what else they're willing to lie about.

Nobody Does Better Than Trump (According To Trump)

No Worries-- For Trump Everything's Easy Peasy

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Carnival/Fair Games Season Is Here

Here's a informative video

I have a few stories of mine own to tell.. Way back in the 50's someone could win a shotgun at the Allentown fair. My stepsister's husband reached a point where he felt he had too much invested to quit. So he continued playing till he eventually won. It ended up costing him almost 3x's as much as one he could have bought at a store. No doubt fearing sore losers may explain why the game stand owner didn't supply ammunition

That pretty much the way it was when I went to the fair in my teens and blew about three bucks winning a small bear prize. I ended up laughing at my own stupidity. Turns out his small bear prize wasn't on display but rather hidden under the game counter I was playing on. He handed me a 2 inch plastic bear key ring worth about a quarter.

Another time I screwed myself out of about twenty bucks playing the floating duck game. Back in those days this was about a third of my weekly pay. Each have a number on the bottom where you can accumulate prize points. I have to admit this guy was really good. Every time I tried to walk away he reminded my how much money I'd invested and how I can't possibly endlessly draw a lousy number. He pulled a few ducks out of the water to show me how easy it was. Yeah right. He even had the nerve to have a brief chuckle on his face after I walked away after the fourth or fifth time he duped this young teenager.

I use to go to the fair every day. One day I paid close attention to the stand where you could win cigarettes by putting ten cents on different colors. This after I won a pack of defective KOOL cigarettes with missing filters. There were four colors. Back in those days cigarettes cost thirty cents a pack so you'd be wise to play only two colors at a time. Funny how the same guy was there every day either behind the stand or in front winning no matter which colors he played. DUH!

In the video you've seen the shooting game where someone attempts shooting out a complete hole in the paper. Well my brother actually managed to do that and he still refused him the prize. My brother called a cop and the guy showed the cop a different target. The officer wasn't having any of it threatening to shut down the stand. Oops he said must have made a mistake. Here's your prize :-)

The way I understand how the throwing a ball into the apple basket game works is-- the baskets are placed over a hole. This makes hitting the bottom and having the ball come to rest impossible. A friend in high school worked the milk bottle game stand. He explained the bottom bottle(s) are not hollow like the rest above. They are weighed at the bottm making them much harder to knock over.

Got conned in those old time girlie shows too. Turns out the three babes outside the barkers stand never appeared in the show. Three magicians and overweight woman and a half attractive woman in a bathing suit didn't quite live up to my expectations. :-)

Then there was the animal freak show. Out in front was the distinctive smell of formaldehyde spread amongst sawdust. Must have leaked from the display jars inside. HEY WAIT I THOUGHT ACCORDING TO THE GIANT POSTERS THESE WERE SUPPOSE TO BE INSIDE ALIVE! Guess Not. :-)

Saved the best part for last. I hung around with guys who were nothing like me. They'd bet on anything. They'd gamble between themselves on the next train engine number coming down the track (Les lived along the tracks-- hmmm?). Where a fly would land. You know, just about anything. We'd hangout after the fair closed. Terry decided to play against the guy owning the poker game machines stand. In the day you could win stuff animals. After hours Terry decided to play him for cold hard cash. It ended up costing Terry $200 for his attending the school of hard knocks. So much for his week's pay. He thought about it for a few days. After the fair left town he began to wonder if somehow he was cheated. Gee, do ya think!

A lot has changed. They no longer award shotguns, parrots/parakeets, lizards, cigarettes and the like so at least they have that going for them. Sorry to be a party pooper but if someone truly wants a stuffed bear, candy bar or goldfish I'm not certain these are the best places to get them.

Perhaps the most satisfying part is still being able to dunk that big mouth clown in the water. Who doesn't enjoy that. This year I heard there will be two. One featuring Hillary the other Trump. No not really, but looks like it would be a big money maker to me. Maybe could switch them out for news hosts from time to time. Hey if they do-- keep in mind you heard it here first :-)

Seminole Heights restaurant "Dunks Trump" to benefit Planned Parenthood
Oh damn it..

Looks like I'm too late already.

So much for originality.

Sarah Sanders Asked To Leave Restaurant...

...and people went nuts.

Other then the immigration issue I found it very enlightening peoples' outrage is greater then just about anything else this administration does. Never mind deficits, trade wars or any other issue. A surefire way to get about a bazillion comments in social media and a whole bunch TV airtime is stimulate people's outrage over Sarah's Friday night failed meal plans.

I do have a couple of points to make.
First off the restaurant workers should just shut up and cook. If things keep going this direction one day ambulance workers may refuse to treat a patient for any number of reasons. A repair man refuse to fix a car or do work inside a home. That said, right or wrong the owner should have known she personally, employees and the business itself could experience all kinds of hell by rubbing any of Trump's minions the wrong way.

Even though Sarah tweeted, " I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully..." she knowingly painted a target on the place by posting the name and the location of the restaurant. She damn well knew the hatred which would ensue. Doesn't seem "respectful" to me. Appears more like revenge. Course daddy had to chime in as did FOX News by repeatedly displaying screen shots of the restaurant, it's name and location.

My final analysis.
Sarah could have kept her mouth shut and went some place who appreciated her business. Instead she and her FOX News buddies are teaming up to make damn sure this restaurant owner and her employees receive the kind of retributions they feel are deserved. This doesn't excuse the restaurant owner from acting like a jerk. BUT--
when members of the White House and FOX News come after someone they feel insulted by we all should be concerned how powerfully treacherous these people are.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Trump's Trade Wars

His supporters think Trump is a economic genus. Me not so much. In fact I'd go so far as to say the guy's an uneducated dope. Donald has taken it upon himself to declare a trade war with our fellow G7 member nations and China. Each have promised to retaliate for each and every tariff he puts on them. I shouldn't need to tell people how this will turn out. We've seen how the end of the story played out before. For the sake of those who just arrived on the planet let us take a brief look back.

A quick primer on the role tariffs played in our past.

Donald Trump Versus Milton Friedman

Those unfamiliar with the politics of Milton Friedman let us just say he was someone who couldn't possibly be accused of being in cahoots with Democrats.

A Couple Of Facts
BMW's largest manufacturing plant in the world is located in South Carolina. Fiat/Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen all manufacture cars here. Somehow the dope Trump is under some mistaken goofy impression otherwise.

It's also worth noting not one of Donald's proposed tariffs would affect him or any member of his family's business interest. Most (if not all- except the MAGA hat) of their products are imported from 12 other nations. In 2016 THE WASHINTON POST created a list of them.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tough Day At The Hospital

Normally I refrain posting too much about my daughter's job at the hospital. Today I'll make an exception.

Today her patient lashed out calling her a "fucking asshole". Another's family made repeated physical contact while speaking to her. As if cleaning crap between sweaty fat butt cheeks and administering critical care weren't enough she has to put up with this nonsense !

It's not like it's the first time she had to deal with many of the negative aspects of the job, but it's becoming increasingly uglier. Often times I'd like to think most of the trolls on social media sites are the exception on how most people conduct themselves in "real life". However it's becoming increasingly apparent to me we are becoming uglier as a whole. She's been doing this job for almost 20 years. With each passing year this is becoming nastier to deal with.

She and her coworkers handled it well up until this year. This is the 2nd time she broke down and cried. Some of her fellow workers did as well since the beginning of the year. A few taking time off or quitting. Never having done so before.

As a result I find myself becoming less tolerant. I really truly wish I wasn't becoming this way towards others.

I find myself drawing further into myself as a way of coping. What a damn shame.

Here' Another Story Which Helps Explain My Recent Attitude
There's a close friend of ours who works fulltime but spends nearly all her waking hours trying to help reduce the stray cat population. She (at her own expense) sets traps for stray cats. Has them neutered/spayed. Tries to find forever homes or releases them back to where they came from. Many of the so-called forever homes she finds return them for some pretty lame reasons making it even harder on her. Recently she used a social media site who claimed many of her posts were deleted because of complaints. People complaining obviously are too damn stupid to realize she's not just repurposing cats without spading or neutering them first. They've accused her of contributing to the ever increasing number of cats. Damnit--she's doing just the opposite !

Others have been passing around her address and phone number assuming they can drop their cats off like she's some sort of cat woman harboring a huge cat population in her home (she only has 3). When she tries to explain how they too can help reduce the population by doing what she does they disappear like magic. Sometimes this woman is out of town for days at a time with little to no sleep. She surely doesn't need this kind of aggravation when she returns home.

Government Kidnapped These Kids Forever?

It appears government has no intention of returning kids taken from refugees.
Judge Erupts at Prosecutor over Trump's Missing Children: ‘They Take Your Kids And You Get Nothing? Not Even A Slip of Paper?
"I can’t understand this, the judge said.
If someone at the jail takes your wallet, they give you a receipt."
"At one point, (the judge) slammed his hand on the desk, sending a pen flying... They take your kids, and you get nothing? Not even a slip of paper?"

Huffington Post
Migrant Children Drugged Without Consent At Government Centers, Court Documents Show
"One child cited in the lawsuit reported taking up to nine pills in the morning and another seven in the evening, without knowing what the medication was... One child, identified in court records as Julio Z., said staff at Shiloh thew him to the floor and forced him to take medication. He said he witnessed staff pry another child’s mouth open to force him to swallow a pill...One child, identified in court records as Julio Z., said staff at Shiloh thew him to the floor and forced him to take medication. He said he witnessed staff pry another child’s mouth open to force him to swallow a pill."

Last night I saw small portions of Trump's latest rally in Duluth. He has another planned on Monday where no doubt another crowd will show up chanting on cue "lock her up" and "CNN sucks". This act never seems to get old for these people. It's the same speech he gave over and over again for the past two years. I bet these people still can't figure out the plot in Bill Murray's film "Groundhog Day".

This is what true patriotism should sound like.

Charlie Chaplin in the 1940 film "The Great Dictator"

In today's world I wonder how many of Donald's supporters would have walked out. Indeed things have changed.

"The Newsroom" 2012
Things have gotten worse since then.
The 'Tea Party' has given way to Trumpism.

'Tea Party' members who today call themselves 'The Freedom Caucus' can't keep up with Trump's ever changing and increasing demands. Neither can leaders in the Senate or House. The man's like a human wrecking ball. One day Trump's for something. The next day against it. There's no way congress can keep up with his whims. Yet here we are with all these bamboozled cheerleaders who show up at his rallies thinking he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Was Rev. Jeremiah Wright Right?

As I listen to this sermon I can't help but think how America is treating those seeking immigration having their families torn apart. Change up his thoughts on blacks and transpose them for how America is now treating Latinos from South America. American policy has now shifted towards establishing policies and laws that once discriminated against African Americans now redirecting our ugliness towards these Latinos seeking refuge.

Today's policies towards families are even more harsh then those in our past. During the war we created Japanese internment camps. To this day many denounce our actions. What we didn't do was separate families.

Rev. Wright's sermon made it clear although countries and their laws come and go our creator never changes. If our country wants to enjoy God's continued blessing we ought not to be slapping God in the face by picking and choosing which among all the people he created our laws deem worthy. Some may postulate if God didn't want a certain segment around he could easily wipe them off the face of the earth. Some say he did just that often in the past. If it's true-- we better tread lightly. We could be playing with fire.

Then There's This
Since this immigration thing ignited I've come to realize a few things about human nature. There's two sides in varying degrees. In one camp you have people with open minds. The other with closed. Forget about liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats or anything else which seems to divide. There exist only the closed minded and open minded both equally divided. Putting it more plainly. One group consist of acceptance. The other non-acceptance.

There's no amount of intellectual reasoning, emotional appealing or argument over facts that can influence the closed minded. A truly open minded person avoids engaging with such people realizing the futility. Instead focusing on expanding their further understandings. Possibly changing their positions upon gaining further knowledge.

If the human race is to progress it depends on those with open minds. Far too many times throughout the ages people were persecuted if they dare question the status quo. This caused mankind to stagnate sometimes for centuries. Some blame church doctrines or governmental laws at the time. The REAL FAULT lies within the people with closed minds who supported these institutions. Some feared change. Others had selfish reasons. Still others were steeped in ignorance. Whatever their reasoning's human progress became stymied. Most resulted in unnecessary human suffering through imprisonments and wars.

Unfortunately I'm very doubtful any of us has the ability to influence the number of open minded or closed minded individuals living on earth at any given time. Perhaps this lies in the hands of unknown powers far greater then we as to how many will be hard wired one way or the other.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Congress Not Likely To Head Off Trump's Trade War

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced S.3013 which would require congressional approval before a president can go through with an import adjustment in the name of national security. However this bill is already dead on arrival for three reasons.

(1) Trump won't sign it because he not only doesn't like Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) but...
(2) Trump hates giving up his power even more.
(3) Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) left his intentions be known if it manages to get out of the 'Senate Finance Committee' he will block it from coming up for a vote.
And Corker knows it too (June 12, 2018)

So What Have We Learned Kids?
This (like many other things this president has taken to do on his own) won't be challenged by this congress. Thus encouraging this president to take even greater control over measures once traditionally held by congress. In so doing congress is ceding it's powers as well as their responsibilities to the executive branch. The reason they fail to act I believe is so they can avoid blame if/when things go down the toilet.

In my opinion this not only make many congressional members enablers but cowards as well. Legislative members whose only goal seems to be getting reelected unscathed. So too a damn shame how congress now turns over it's responsibilities to provide for this nation's check and balance to the judicial branch. Then they even have the gall to bitch and moan when judges are forced to make the hard decisions for them.

Right now all the big decisions being made are by government agencies (by the 1,000's), Trump himself and the judicial branch. If/when all this heads south no doubt there will be lots of members of congress pointing their fingers playing the blame game. The thing to keep in mind just because congress didn't do something doesn't mean they shouldn't be held accountable for their inaction for not doing so

It's almost come to the point we no longer need congress.
They've done nothing towards addressing unelected officials' directives in federal agencies whose regulations number in the 10,000's affecting us far more directly then any other sector in the federal government. The only major legislation congress passed since Trump was elected was defunding the federal revenues through their tax cuts. Meanwhile did nothing on campaign finance reform, immigration, medicare, social security, healthcare, controlling drug prices, environment, education, energy, balancing the budget and just about everything else I can think of importance to the American people. Instead spent nearly all their time investigating their opponents when they're not spouting off on TV. What a worthless lot they've become.

What I'd like to see change (A wish list).
Each and everyone of these seat warmers be required to come up with at least one original significant clean bill of their own each year. Receive a grade on the number of their bills which passed. Anything less then a 10% would disqualify them from running for reelection. Anything more would allow them to run as often as they desired. I'd also like to see open primaries where voters could choose any candidate of their liking irregardless of party affiliation. A 10 years residency requirement (or something similar) living fulltime in the state they wish to represent. Both the senate and house should be 4 year terms. In the house 2 years is too short. They're perpetually campaigning. Limit campaign fundraisers to 4 events a year. They should busy themselves doing the work of the people. Those are a few for now. I'm sure I could come up with more if I thought more about this.

The only thing I could add is I'd like us to become more of a democracy then the republic composed of representatives we have now. Meaning-- I'd like to see a lot more none binding ballot questions asked when we vote. Maybe a dozen or more at least. Voters would always have the option to skip them, but I think it could prove useful to the candidates being elected into office. It also would encourage greater participation knowing it was a way to have their voices heard above others when it comes to governmental decisions,

Friday, June 15, 2018

Why I Never Waste My Time Debating Trumpsters

Since Donald's come on the scene I feel very much like what Alice might have experienced in the novel 'THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS'.

It seems to me whatever Donald says or does exist on the opposite side of the mirror. They say crazy people don't know they're nuts. It could be I'm on the wrong side of the mirror. Even if it be so I wouldn't want to cross over to the side Donald's on. I'd much prefer living in a world where people respect each other. One which is filled with empathy and understanding. A world based on actual facts and where there isn't always this constant bickering. In other words-- living anywhere but in Donald's dimension.

Some scientists claim there are parallel universes. Did I somehow fall asleep one night and wake up in one of them?

Yeah.. OK.. So that might explain it.

These day's there's lots of hatred throughout world directed towards refugees. What shallow minds fail to comprehend is it's not about the faux borders redrawn from one era to the next as government leaders come and go. It's how we treat those oppressed and victimized forcing them to risk everything in becoming refuges from their own land. A measure of a country's greatness is measured by how we treat others as we would our own. That's the way things are on my side of the mirror. If you don't agree please stay on Donald's in whom his and your reflection of him will be more comfortable.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wages Are Way Out Of Whack

Huffington Post
Bleak New Figures Show Just How Unaffordable Rent Is In Every U.S. State
"The hourly wage needed to make a modest two-bedroom apartment affordable is $22.10 – more than three times the minimum wage. Given that the average hourly wage of renters in the U.S. currently stands at $16.88, it’s clear the gap between wages and affordability is stark. "

If you click on the article you will find a map indicating the required hourly wage to afford the average two bedroom apartment in each state.

Looking over the statistics I can honestly say I'd be SOL if I was starting out today right after high school. Even if I went to college I would have those extra expenses to deal with I didn't back in 1966. Fortunately I had the good sense to pay off our mortgage early years ago otherwise I'd be in a world of hurt.

If we decided to sell our home and rent it would be a disaster. After deducting the expenses of selling our home in the West End of Allentown even with Social Security income we would be out of money in 10 years at today's rents (not accounting for increases). The only way I could stretch that out is if water, cable and electric were included. We gave up my 28 year old van, eliminated all gift giving and our health insurance. Most definitely things I wouldn't be willing to do.

Currently I budget for taxes, water and homeowners insurance on this home $532 a month. For sure there's no way we could find a apartment for that price. Not to mention we have 2,200 SqFt of living space. Some may say what about repairs? Well for damn sure in no way does it cost us $1,000 a month for those.

While I consider myself lucky to lived in the era I did I can't help but empathize for these younger workers coming up behind me. Several things have changed mostly the fault of government. It allowed corporation after corporation to merge enabling them to gain advantage over workers by leaving fewer choices in the job market. At the same time government legislation failed to pass sensible minimum wage standards and reduced workers rights in a number of ways. Government failed to pass laws preventing companies from hiring "at-will" employees without restriction. Passed several laws in states crippling unions by allowing so-called "open shops". So too allowing companies to tie workers hands by forcing their complaints be settled by company appointed arbitrators.

I know there's a lot out there who are dead set against government regulations. But if you think government regulations suck wait till you see what these companies will do once totally free to do whatever they want with their workers. Disgruntled workers won't stand a chance against these huge corporations and their lawyers. Government is the only force big enough to stand in their way.

If younger workers wish to find themselves fortunate as myself they need to do what many of us did. (1) Stick together. Some of our parents in the 40's died and fought for many of the workers' rights I benefited from.

(2) Don't just yell and complain to leaders once they're elected. Get out and force candidates to commit themselves to workers. THEN GO OUT AND VOTE FOR THEM!

(3) Develop an understanding no employer is hiring someone as a favor. They need workers as much as workers need them. Somehow people have forgotten this.

(4) Add value to yourself by choosing an education which is in demand. It doesn't matter whether it's blue collar or white. Employers need another degree in journalism, art, accounting or business like a hole in the head. In today's market there's no room for those running with the herd

(5) If you're fortunate to land a well paying job plan wisely. You don't need a $1 million home when a lesser one will do. Pay it off early. Unless you own a restaurant you don't need to be in one nearly every day. Chances are your home came equipped with a kitchen. Use it. Don't need a $40,000 car either. A $15,000 one will move your ass around just as well.

(6) Most importantly don't think for a minute government or businesses have your best interests at heart. Act accordingly.

Published on Jun 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Take On The Trump Kim Jong-Un Summit

I've always been in favor the United States talks with other leaders no matter the circumstance. My thoughts are far different from those being bantered about. Here's what concerns me.

Assuming Kim Jong-Un Is Sincere Can He Deliver?
For 60 years the people of North Korea have been brainwashed by every means possible to trust only what they've been told since birth. This includes most of it's military leaders who were born after the war. Under both Kim and his father each were to be treated as almost religious Gods. Now all in a sudden their God like leader claims he will instruct his people to forget everything they've been told.

To my way of thinking it's like telling his people Satan (the United States) isn't such a bad guy after all. North Koreans should now accept Satan because Kim has made peace with the face of evil. I wonder how many will buy what he's selling There sure are a hellva' lot of people in this country who have their doubts about Kim's change of heart. Imagine how his people will react being expected to do a 180 from everything they've ever known!

The way I see it a few things could happen. (1) Kim could find himself overthrown by his own leaders. Possibly executed. (2) Kim feeling threatened by such could either walk back his agreements or exercise his dictatorial powers over those who threaten him. (3) The best possible scenario is most of the North Koreans (like many Russians once behind the 'Iron Curtain') are not as brainwashed as we are led to believe and will welcome the change. Here's to hoping it's the latter,

As you can see I'm not concerned with the appearances, politics or who said what. My greatest concern is how the North Korean people themselves react. Success or failure lies almost entirely in their hands. If Kim's going to sell this to his people it's going to take all the skill he can muster

However no one should rule out the possibly this could have been one great big shit show Time will tell. It's still too early to know for sure. The best indicator will be what North Korean TV airs in the coming days ahead. That and whether third parties are allowed in to verify what was agreed to.

Although Republican President Nixon was execrated he was credited for what people at the time thought was a good deal. Developing relations with China. This eventually led to trade agreements with China. Thus ending a 21 year embargo. This eventually killed off our manufacturing industry. In other words China would never be where it is today if it were not for him.

We should be concerned with more and more of our allies' trade agreements with China and Russia going on without us. Several are approving trade no longer based entirely on the U.S. dollar to avoid our ever growing lists of sanctions.

This is no time to pissing off our partners. Trump Wants Russia back in G7 but Russia says no thanks. The Telegraph (UK) reported Putin said "the combined purchasing power of the Russia and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) , a meeting of which he was attending in China, outstripped the G7."

Looks like we're not the only game in town.

Monday, June 11, 2018

What Set Trump Off Against Canada


According to BLOOMBERG NEWS, "Canada has high milk tariffs beyond the allowed quotas, with an average duty of 218.5 percent on dairy. But on most other products, the country is roughly in line, with a trade-weighted average of 3.1 percent overall, WTO data show. “Trump’s use of 270% to besmirch Canada’s overall trade policies is disingenuous to be polite about it.. ”The article further noted "Canada imports twice as much dairy from the U.S. as it exports."

According to WIKIPEDIA, "On August 23, 2016, the U.S Department of Agriculture released that they planned to purchase approximately eleven million pounds (5,000 t) of cheese worth $20 million, to give aid to food banks and food pantries from across the United States, to reduce a $1.2 billion cheese surplus that has been at its highest level in thirty years...

USDA--"May 24, 2018-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase Cheddar Cheese for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs."

In other words the United States is trying to do to Canada what Japan did to us back in 1980 with steel. According to this report from THE NEW YORK TIMES (04/30/1999), "The Commerce Department ruled in February that it had evidence that Japan, Russia and Brazil illegally ''dumped'' steel -- sold it in United States markets at prices below production costs or home-market prices." The United States responded by considering imposing tariffs up to 67%. This in part is what led to the collapse of Bethlehem Steel in 1995. Perhaps had Clinton acted decisively on steel as Canada is doing to protect it's dairy industry Bethlehem Steel and others might still be around.

Disgustingly Trump thinks he can get away with making stuff up.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Trump Trashed Our G7 Economic Partner Allies

Trump after leaving the G7 trashed all our partner allies. You can Google all the ugly details for yourself. He and his cronies most repulsive remarks were reserved for Canada's prime minister accusing him in so many words of being a two faced lying coward who stabbed the United States in the back. One even going so far as saying "he deserves a special place in hell".

Fact is Justin Trudeau has made it clear for months Canada won't knuckle under Trump's threats. Now France and Germany came out against Trump's walking away from the deal. It isn't like other leaders aren't aware Trump has a history of walking away from deals. Where do you think this will leave the United States in a couple of years before his term expires?

March 2018


In my lifetime I've never seen a president like this goofball who treats our friends with this much disdain. Especially Canada who has always been one of the best neighbors we could have ever hoped for.

March 2016

If this is how Trump treats our long-time closest neighbor imagine what Kim Jong-un must be thinking.

How Does FOX News Feel About President Meeting Kim Jong-un?

It depends on which president.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Internet Users Need To Wise Up

I've posted many times these same words. It bears repeating.

When I began many years ago before there was an internet I used my dial up to connect to other computers through our telephone lines to one another. In those days there was no such thing as 'caller ID'. So we both were quite safe.

Since then a lot has changed. As the internet began to evolve we long time users were warned to stay anonymous as possible. The reason being not every neighborhood was safe just as it is in the so-called real world. Not only friendlies are out there but lots of bad actors as well. Yet people still continue to take unnecessary risks.

This from the New York Post:
I sold my photo to a stock site and now I’m the face of bestiality. “I was mortified when I saw it on an article about bestiality.”

Some in the past found photos they uploaded to Facebook and other sites were used on dating and porn sites. Countless more had their names attached to spoofed accounts. Still others had their social media accounts hijacked because of stolen passwords.

I cannot fathom why people still continue to believe somehow they are immune, Once photos and other information is stolen it can never be taken back. It remains out there in the vast expanse of the internet forever. This is why I remind everyone how important it is to avoid making oneself vulnerable in the first place.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Charles Krauthammer Has Only Weeks To Live

Charles Krauthammer pens a heartbreaking letter in the Washington Post"I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since..... recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned."

I always respected this guy. He never was a flame thrower. His remarks were always well thought out. He explained them well.

RIP Anthony Bourdain

I don't think we missed a one of Tony's shows. What I liked best was his travelogue exposing in all it's raw honesty the various areas and it's peoples. He was the real deal.

CBS Sunday Morning: Anthony Bourdain 2007

I had considered him the Charles Kuralt for this era because of his well spoken words and travels amongst everyday people.

Remember The Film "Idiocracy"?

No worries if you didn't see this 2006 film.
Now you won't have to.
We're living it!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

With Trump Spewing Nonsense Everyday It Gets Harder and Harder

Ye gads I'm trying very hard to avoid talking about this dotard but every day it becomes harder to ignore him.

DT Tweeted, "101 utilities cut rates, credit GOP tax cuts”.
Maybe the mailman missed delivering my letters from UGI, PPL and my cable company notifying me I would be paying less. It ain't going so great with the Lehigh County Water Authority either.

He also tweeted, "The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift..." On June 29, 2017 DT tweeted about Mika and Joe going, Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!

He also went after Jeff Flake, Obama, Hillary, Comey, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, "the worst trade deals ever made". All of these are just the ones so far he made today by noon. The day's still young.

We already know he thinks the DOJ, FBI, judges, Democrats, immigrants, media, football players, our agreements with other nations, planned parenthood, federal healthcare, everyone from either party not voting his way in congress, celebrities all suck-- AND so many more.

Then there's this...

Putting Trump's character aside there are greater concerns I have.Our allies are setting up trade deals trying to avoid basing them on the U.S. dollar so they can avoid sanctions.

If the American economy fails again there won't be any place to go. No country in their right mind will invest loaning more money to the United States after we've gone this far into debt. The current national debt stands at over 21 trillion dollars. We haven't repaid these for the last economic downturn.

Our allies are going behind our backs making deals with China and Russia to hedge their bets. They no longer have trust in our agreements financially or otherwise for good reason. Of course I would expect them to do what they consider best for their own countries. Why not?

I'm concerned we could be headed for another civil war. Imagine if the DOJ were to go after Trump. His supporters could go nuts. Here's another scenario. What if come 2020 Trump claims the elections where rigged and refuses to leave office? He's promoted this baloney for the past 3 years. I consider it a real possibility.
All things considered throughout Earth's history the United States is a very young republic. Believe it or not our experiment in Democracy is very fragile. A lot of very great and powerful nations have come and gone. All it takes is people to lose faith. Each passing day seems to take us further in that direction.

This can't be blamed on Trump alone. The main problem I see here is the way humans seem to be inheritably programmed within their brains to seek security outside themselves. Some look for answers in the military, monarchs, various Gods and just about anything which comes along offering false justifications and solutions exploiting these very weaknesses.

If humans are to survive and advance to a higher level we must all come to the understanding no government, military force or religion can provide for what we ourselves may lack within ourselves.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical Finale

While I was wandering around on the net today I came across this clip. It immediately brought back all the great feelings having seen it live onstage back in 2005 at the Hilton Theatre in NYC. It still strikes me how designers were so creative to have imagined crafting an actual flying car. So too how producers held back saving the most amazing part for last. The part where the car flies up over some 15 or 20 feet past the stage into the audience. I can't ever imagine it ever returning to Broadway again being the prop was sold. Hence making this even a more special memory for me.

Even though it ran 285 performances on Broadway
producers didn't recoup their $15 Million investment.

The last I heard Anthony Garofalo owner of the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania bought the car back in 2015 although I'm not sure he still has it.

Eagles Avoided Trump's Ambush

Everyone's talking about Trump's uninviting Eagles players to the White House. Knowing how Trump operates I have real good idea what went down.

Every team that visits the White House is received in the 'East room.

No not Donald. Instead he staged a military band, chorus and handed out lots of flags like it was the 4th of July on the lawn. Gee why do you think that was?

Although players may never say it I suspect they figured out they were being set up for a humiliating lecture on patriotism and standing for the anthem. In other words an attempt to embarrass them and the NFL just like Trump always does to the press at his rallies.

Once the team seen the itinerary they might have smelled something was up and indeed could have backed off. Wouldn't you?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

What You May Not Know About The Philadelphia Eagles

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"If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does,
it must be by what he gives."

Robert South

Feeling News Fatigue?

You're not alone. According to The Pew Research Center almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue.

Perhaps it's because 90% of the reporting is on politics?
No wonder news programs' viewership falls far below just about every other offerings on TV, radio or the internet.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Look Back Over Obama's Years In Office

A Mini-Documentary

Obama's Final Weekly Address-- January 14, 2017

People Share Their Most Memorable Moments

I posted these for historical purposes not to get into a debate.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Music Video With Over 620 Million Views

..and still counting

Camila Cabello - Havana ft. Young Thug

On top of those YouTube number of views 'Spotify' on their site says it's become the most-streamed song by a solo female artist with over 888 million streams since it's release on August 3rd, 2017.

As I'm posting this on YouTube the AUDIO version garnered 1,121,992,433 views over 9 months-- WOW!

Willie Nelson Reminds Us He's "Still Not Dead" (Music Video)

From Willie's album "God's Problem Child" released on April 28, 2017

Almost to the day one year later Willie released
another album titled "Last Man Standing" on April 27th.
Here's clip from one of the tracks.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Words Of Wisdom

I posted this on YouTube in January 2011

In case no one noticed I starting posting over a week ago little to nothing relating to negativity. I like so many others found my attention drawn towards those things making the loudest noise. So much so I lost focus on the greater good going on all around us. With this and my future posts I no longer intend to engage by adding to the noise. Instead I plan to concentrate my efforts towards all things which won't contribute further to polarizations.

If this is what you want start looking elsewhere.

There's already an over abundance of this kind of stuff. Hopefully I can provide a bit of an alternative.