Thursday, March 28, 2024

Old LVCI vBlog- This One Is About Voting Referendums

I used to do these often but then I stated getting personally harassed outside this blog  So I'm no longer interested in doing them. However this is one I came across from years ago. I'm still of the same opinion. See how it goes. If it becomes a problem I'll remove it again like years ago.

Let's Talk About The 4th Dimension?

Repost With Updated Material

Simply stated, a 4th component that combines our 3 dimensional world and it's resultant time distortion into a single continuum.

We tend to define time as the speed at which light travels. However space-time may be something entirely different.

In our world of perception there are points A, B & C. Up, Down and across and also the "time" (speed of light) it takes to get to any of those.

In the world of quantum physics the speed of light is no longer a restrictive component (at least mathematically speaking).

The theory is that life itself (as we are familiar with it) is considered a delusive effect resulting from the relationships between that of A, B and C and our own selves (awareness).

How we interpret time could be little more then a product of those three's interactions. On the other hand suppose that everything is happening at once and our 3D world separates us in some way to make sense of it all.

It's similar to millions of RF waves all being broadcast at the same time. Only when certain perimeters are defined can a signal be picked out from amongst the cacophony and processed in a manner so chosen to make sense. Some become TV. Others radar returns, radio broadcasts, cell phone signals, GPS coordinates, etc.

Let me put this another way. The snow on your TV's audio and screen is the result of every RF wave the receiver is capable of receiving. It's only when the RF is filtered down to conform to the TV's built in logic that it is able to translate that into something our senses can make sense of. Our human brains do the same.

Quantum physics offers us an intriguing question. What if everything that ever was is entirely in the here-and-now exclusively? That everything we think we know is only the resultant reception (perception) of A, B, and C.

For one thing, distance would no longer be an obstacle. Neither would the times of past events be anything other then a illusion. In other words what we refer to as time & distance is limited by our perceptions of them.

Einstein's mathematical equations have proven time (as we measure it) is defined by the interactions between A, B and C. It does account for quantized space-time. While his theory holds correct for the three dimensional universe, it does not take into consideration a fourth dimensional explaination. The space-time element part of the equation.

Carl Sagan

I could go on endlessly speaking about what this implies regarding metaphysics, space & time travel or even heaven itself. I leave it here, at this point, for readers of this blog to further conjecture the implications of such things for one's self.

The Bible states..
"So God created human beings in his own image.
"In the image of God he created them"

In other words everything in this world (as we perceive it) is only a partial representation of greater reality. Our brains simply are not capable of processing the information it would need to recognize a greater existence. Much like a computer can't comprehend a human is behind it's very existence. We may not be able to comprehend the 4th dimension, but we can speculate as to it's possibility.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Most Insane Free Skate Ever Seen!

Nineteen-year-old American superstar Ilia Malinin scored a record 227.79 in the free skate, winning his first world title by landing the best collection of jumps in one program in figure skating history. Malinin landed a quadruple Axel, quad Lutz, quad loop, quad Salchow, another quad Lutz and a quad toe loop, then finished his four-minute skate with a a triple Lutz-triple Axel finale.

Uploaded March 23, 2024

Sunday, March 24, 2024

No Reason To Cut My Social Security/Medicare Benefits

I was curious so I checked my Social Security records, I still have $24,572 more paid into SS then I received so far. So I don't want to hear any shit from those members of congress who are looking to cut back my monthly SS checks. You guys borrowed my money now pay it back and shut up!

Medicare that's a different story. What I pay in plus supplemental ($4,500 a year total) cost the program more to cover my medications alone. This could be easily fixed if the knucklehead legislators would rein in the drug industry. In my case it would cost about $3,000 less to Medicare if my medications could be purchased in other countries. One of the major reasons Medicare finds itself in the situation it's in is because congress is sitting on it's ass doing nothing about reining in these out of control prices.

So I don't want to hear about program cuts till these bird brains in congress go after the real culprits taking advantage of the current system.

Friday, March 22, 2024

My Newscast From The LVCI Vault


Way back in May 2007 when I first started to screw around on YouTube I made of a couple of these GTV news video thingies. I noticed this one in particular seemed to be similar to some of the stuff going on in the news today.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Economy Is Stupid

Median rent is Allentown is between $1,100 to $1200 for a one bedroom apartment. After I graduated in 1966 my rent was one week of my net pay for a single bedroom near 17th & Hamilton.

In today's economy I would have to earn a net pay of between $17.50 to $30 an hour to enjoy the same advantage I had back then. Keep in mind the job I had was just average joe-schmoe job. Nothing professional about it.

Speaking of Jobs
In those days I filled out an application and usually had my interview right after. In my case the first three different fulltime jobs I applied for from 1966-1971 resulted in me being hired right away. Course there were dozens upon dozens of employers around here competing with each other for employees. It's not that way anymore. Times sure changed a hellva' lot since then.

That's why I'm saying The Economy Is Stupid. These days you'd need two unskilled jobs (such as mine were) to have what I had back in those days with only one. Some could blame high rents. Others low wages. Maybe it's a combination of both. Whatever the reason people have it a lot tougher then I did back then. I don't see anything that's going to change that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The WAHS Marching Band In Oct. 1984

The other day I posted how the WAHS band is lucky to have 25 marching members in parades. It wasn't always that way. Here's the Canary Marching Band's performance at their 3rd annual Invitational Band Festival held on October 1984. MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED!

Things around here will never ever again be the same as it once was when I was growing up. Not just the ASD but just about everything else as well. If I hadn't seen this video I would have thought my brain was hallucinating past events. What the hell happened?

I sure was lucky to grow up when I did. What a shame today's generation in Allentown will never experience what mine did. Jobs in abundance, safe, clean and just about everything else that was expected of a 1st class city. I'll always have those memories.

Monday, March 18, 2024

We Need To Fix Lehigh Valley H.S. Marching Bands

I've noticed for years now the local high school bands are lucky if they have 25 members marching. No wonder... the music stinks. Either band directors don't know how or aren't interested in catching up with the times. It seems to me a lot more kids might want to join if all these bands didn't sound alike with the stale old stuff. I think it also bores people watching on the sidelines. Same ole' stuff for decades. Sousa once made a great big change and it took off. Why not someone step up and take these bands to the next level?

I do realize not all marching bands can sound and perform like those in the video below BUT these are also H.S. kids. You mean to tell me teenagers in this nation lack the talent of those in Japan! That would be a shame. If not why not the same level of talent?

Just for once I'd like to see one marching band in the Lehigh Valley step it up. I'm sure a lot more then just me would as well. Can you imagine how many more would turn out for a parade to see this level of entertainment.


Downside Of Music Concerts (Sales etc.)

Friday, March 15, 2024

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Paddy and Mick get a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose. They bag six. As Paddy and Mick start loading the plane for the return trip, the pilot says, "The plane can only take four of those." The two lads object strongly. "Last year we shot six and the pilot let us put them all on board; he had the same plane as yours."

Reluctantly, the pilot gives in and all six are loaded. However, even with full power the little plane can't handle the load and down it goes and crashes in the middle of nowhere. A few moments later, climbing out of the wreckage, Paddy asks Mick, "Any idea where we are?"

"I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year," says Mick.
* * * * *

Paddy & Mick find three grenades, so they take them to a police station. Mick: "What if one explodes before we get there?" Paddy: "We'll lie and say we only found two"!
* * * * *

Paddy says to Mick, "Christmas is on a Friday this year" Mick says "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
* * * * *

Joe says to Paddy: "Close your curtains the next time you're having sex with your wife. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday. "Paddy says: "Well the joke's on them because I wasn't even at home yesterday"!
* * * * *

Paddy says to Mick - I'm ready for a holiday, only this year I'm going to do it a bit different.

3 years ago I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant. 2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant. Last year I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant.

Mick asks - So what are you going to do this year?
Paddy replies, - This time I'll take her with me
* * * * *

An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years. Upon her return, her Father cursed her heavily. 'Where have ye been all this time, child? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?'

The girl, crying, replied, 'Sniff, sniff... Dad... I became a prostitute.'

'Ye what!? Get out a here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this Catholic family.'

'OK, Dad.. As ye wish. I only came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion, plus a $5 million savings certificate. For me little brother, this gold Rolex. And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club ... (takes a breath) .... And an invitation for ye all to spend New Year's Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera.'

'What was it ye said ye had become?' says Dad.

Girl, crying again, 'A prostitute, Daddy! Sniff, sniff.'

'Oh! My Goodness! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant! Come here and give yer old Dad a hug!

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.


An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut . The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'

'Just water,' says the priest.

The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'

The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Good Lord! He's done it again!'


The Dubliners & The Dublin Gospel Choir
Christ Church Cathedral 2022

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

News Used To Come Across The 'Wires' (Repost)

Components of the 'teletype' machine used to be manufactured right here in Lehigh Valley, Pa. by good old 'Western Electric' in partnership with "Western Union" with whom they once shared a close business relationship.

Not only did 'Western Electric' manufacture telephones and switching equipment for the Bell Telephone System, they also manufactured some of the audio equipment used in movies theaters in the 20's and 30's. The 'Rialto Theatre' in Allentown, Pa. used one of these 40 watt systems until the day the theatre was demolished.

Lesser known to listeners of radio and readers of newspapers is that up until the late 80's most of these media outlets received their news through the 'teletype' equipment 'Western Electric'/'Western Union' once manufactured... That is when we used to still actually make things here in this country.

The 'Teletype' used telephone landlines to send electronic signals to automated typewriters that news outlets throughout the United States relied on. These machines were either dialed up to the 'Associated Press' (AP) or 'United Press International' (UPI). Some linked to both of the news services. The machines typed around 60 WPM. Members would both feed stories to and receive stories from them. The costs involved were a permanent separate landline. The leasing of the equipment. The constant replacement costs for carbon ribbons. At least 40 lbs of paper a day and of course the cost(s) of membership to AP and/or UPI.

In 1984 the Bell System was divested. It was shortly thereafter both 'Western Electric' and 'Western Union' had a falling out. This resulted in the 'teletype' name and logo being replaced by the AT&T name and logo. Eventually the brand disappeared all together. Still there was once a day the teletype was the chief means of communication between all of the news media outlets.

The Model 28 KSR Teletype (TTY)

Saturday, March 9, 2024

The Real God We Worship


Let's not kid ourselves, the only real God we worship is the God of money. Governments don't exist without money. Churches can't exist without money. People spend their whole lives in pursuit of this imaginary God. Most of our lives and decisions all revolve around this false illusion that somehow, if we follow the pursuit of money we will succeed to a higher level of happiness in this life alongside the disciples of the this imaginary God. I have news for you. The club isn't accepting new members.

You want to know the truly odd thing about money?
It doesn't exist!

It's a game made up to measure one's worth against another person. Those who perpetrate this illusion laugh at the fools who think they can somehow beat the deceivers at their game. Ain't never going to happen!

Whenever something doesn't seem to make sense (politically or otherwise) I redirect my thoughts to follow the money trail. Take for example the phrase, "God loves the poor". Well if that's the case he sure has a funny way of showing it. Gee I wonder who came up with that one? Could it be the those who don't want any trouble from the smucks who aren't buying into their game? Of course it is!

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with someone becoming a billionaire if they think that will make them happy. I wouldn't know what to do with that kind money myself anyway. What I do have a problem with is when they screw over other people to get that way. To many of them it's no longer a game of not how much they can accumulate (which they could never spend in a lifetime), but rather taking every bit of the pie and leaving little for anyone else. Sometimes it's not how rich you are, but how poor you can make everyone else.

I Repeat.. "Money Doesn't Exist"

Saturday, March 2, 2024