Departures

The beginnings of a future post… The attached is a symphonic version of music from the Japanese movie Departures. I want to return at some time to develop this post further and talk about this deeply meaningful movie. This draft can serve as a placeholder until that time comes. – John Departures 8:18 – Joe …

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Stop Being So Afraid of Everything

Tucker Carlson mistakenly believes that we pay the Congress to “run the country.” Like hell we do, and we should put an end to this ignorance as quickly as possible. We absolutely do NOT want, need, or intend to have a group of people made up largely of CRIMINALS and SOCIOPATHS running this country. WE …

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Mass Outrage – Government is Not the Answer

“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…” — Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood; 1939 It is no secret how Margaret Sanger felt or believed about eliminating the “black weeds” as she called them. So how come the ‘peaceful protesters’ are not burning down all the …

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Regreening the Desert with John D. Liu

Masanobu Fukuoka wrote an engaging and thoughtful book about this as well, Sowing Seeds in the Desert. I did not hear Liu specifically speak of Fukuoka, but I assume that he was influenced by his work. This is a subject very close to my heart. Regreening the desert with John D. Liu | VPRO Documentary …

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Read a Book

Jerry Seinfeld once asked his friend George why he kept books that he had already read. George’s reply: “Because they’re my BOOKS!” Book lovers all over the world were vindicated with that simple explanation. Being one of those people myself, a friend sent me this last evening. A reminder to get away from your computer. …

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A New Paradigm – Look Forward

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller Those who traffic in force will often try to make this difficult, but the paradigm still stands. Keep moving forward. Keep your eyes on the prize. And remember, the means …

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The Most Important Sentence

I have always loved language and languages. “He who does not know another language does not know his own,” said Goethe, and it is so true. Nothing else expands our minds the same way. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis claims in fact that the language we use to speak (and think) actually affects the way we perceive …

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A Friendly Reminder from Tommy Toilet

Who would have thought that nearly 50 years after this was first published the nation would once again take this to heart. I suspect this is the real reason for the recent toilet paper panic. Image by R. Crumb More at CRISIS-19 Public Forum Robert Crumb – Wikipedia Welcome to rcrumb.com – The Official Crumb …

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Size Doesn’t Matter

Did you know that Scarlett Johansson is only 5′-3″ tall? About the same as Robert De Niro. That was a joke, kind of. A reminder though from Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan that even a Chihuahua is sometimes the leader of the pack. Size doesn’t matter. It’s what’s in your heart that counts. +1

JS Bach: “Air” – Orchestral Suite No. 3

Continued, another installment in our push back against the Nihilists that plan to take over the world. This is J.S. Bach’s “Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3, performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Some may find it offensive that Bach was European, and a man. Still, I believe that this is another classic representation of …

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Dave Brubeck: Take Five

Dave Brubeck was a classically trained pianist who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1951 he formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond on alto saxophone. Desmond would eventually compose the following piece, written in 5/4 time. This would go on to be the biggest-selling jazz single of all time. Take …

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Hip-Hop versus Puccini’s Nessun Dorma

I listened to a well-known ‘hip-hop’ person recently proclaim himself to be the greatest artist that ever lived. Since this was such an utterly ridiculous statement it stuck in my head. That he could even remotely compare his binary tempos and coarse use of language to the aesthetic sensibilities that existed in famous works of …

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Nextcloud on Linux working superbly

After many weeks of thinking about it I finally got Nextcloud installed on both my Linux systems last evening. It is working flawlessly so far. Nextcloud is backup and file syncing software, but it is more than that. I finally moved all my systems to Linux two years ago after many years of experimenting with …

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