109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life

Sent by a friend… 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile | Short Film Showcase 12:38 – National Geographic – 5 Feb 2017 Meet Richard Overton, America’s oldest veteran. In this lively short film by Matt Cooper and Rocky Conly, hear the whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking supercentenarian reveal his secrets to a long …

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Added New Public Group “Daily Musings”

I did some rearranging early this morning to the site’s Groups. The public group Daily News continues to be active and there is a new public group named Daily Musings. The new group is for “Random thoughts that may be stepping stones for larger work or dialogue. Items that do not really belong in the …

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I Have a Dream…

Many people are upset about a picture of “Aunt Jemima” on a label, but they haven’t given a damn for years that what’s inside the bottle is high fructose corn syrup. Mindless. All flash, no substance. I went to the Aunt Jemima website to get a list of the ingredients in their syrup… INGREDIENTS: CORN …

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Muslim Wants to Celebrate Against Homophobia

Daniel Haqiqatjou is a relatively popular Muslim apologist in America. He recently tweeted that in celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia they should throw some gay people off some tall buildings. “Fine,” I thought, in support of Islam. Maybe this is wrong, but who am I to judge? He was roundly criticized for this …

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The Broken Window Fallacy

The Parable of the Broken Window was introduced by French economist Frederic Bastiat in his 1850 essay “Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas” (“That Which We See and That Which We Do Not See”). He illustrates why destruction, and the money spent to recover from it, is not actually a net benefit …

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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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Easy Test for CV-19

How to tell if you are a carrier of CV-19: Place two fingers on the inside of your wrist just below your thumb, making sure you can feel your pulse. Count the number of heartbeats in 10 seconds. See test results below. Results: If you are able to locate a pulse then you are a …

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Then They Came for Me…

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the …

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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

Confusing Brains with a Bull Market

There is an old saying, “Don’t confuse brains with a bull market.” I tried to tell a number of friends this the last year or two. It was meant constructively, since I was the only one most of them knew who actually flourished during the last crash. No one was interested though. Kind of like …

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Branches of the U.S. Government

I meet a lot of people who do not know the difference between a U.S. Senator and a U.S. Representative, or even that there are two separate branches of the Legislature. Many do not know as well that, at least theoretically, there are separate powers given to each branch of government. This does not mean …

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thoughts on mindful anonymity…

When I first started thinking about this site I assumed it would be mostly anonymous. Not so that people could hide behind some facade (people including myself), but so that we might speak freely without fear of repercussions by some real-life whack-job. Using pseudonyms has been done throughout the ages. That being said, I have …

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Sharpton sets the record straight

“White folks was in the caves while we (blacks) was building empires. … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was. … We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” — Reverend Al Sharpton +2

Beware of Images

In 1929, at the age of thirty, the Belgian artist Rene Magritte painted “The Treachery of Images.”  The painting showed a pipe, written underneath with the paradoxical inscription This is not a pipe (written in French of course). When it was pointed out to him that what he had created was in fact a pipe, Magritte replied “OK, …

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