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Sunday, October 02, 2016

couldna' said it better

Trump brings up Bill's affairs . . . to mask his own.
Trump says Hillary is ill . . . to mask his own health problems.
Trump calls Hillary crooked . . . to mask his unspeakable business record.
Trump accuses the Clinton Foundation of fraud . . . to mask his own fraudulent foundation.
Trump calls Hillary a liar . . . are you kidding me?
Trump claims Hillary's temperament is a major problem . . . to mask his own sociopathic behavior.
Trump claims Hillary is a bigot . . . to hide his own blatant racism.
Trump claims Hillary is anti-women . . . are you kidding me?
Trump accuses Hillary of being pro-Russian . . . to mask the obvious love affair he has with Putin.
Trump says Hillary cannot handle foreign affairs . . . to mask his countless stupid remarks on NATO, nuclear weapons, Crimea, North Korea.
Trump gets tough on illegal immigration . . . to hide his wife’s status and the thousands of illegals he hires in his hotels and casinos.
Trump gets tough on trade . . . to hide his foreign manufacturing sources.

~~ comment on Washington Post website by 'pro science' 2 October 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

News Factoids for Third Quarter 2016

The four biggest poultry companies - Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms - control nearly 60% of the chicken market. (June 2016)

Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, finally completing the table's seventh row and rendering science textbooks around the world instantly out of date. The elements, discovered by scientists in Japan, Russia and America, are the first to be added to the table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were added. {Dec 2015)

Roughly two-thirds of Americans have smartphones, and nearly half own tablet computers.

New Mexico’s final ballot for November 2016 includes eight presidential candidates.

The Wall Street Journal declared in July 2016 a state of 'worldwide economic stagnation', based on a new study by the Mckinsey Global Institute that said: "Across 25 of the world’s advanced economies, about two-thirds of the population – more than half a billion people – earn the same as or less than their peers did a decade ago".

CALL 1-888-567-8688 to permanently opt out of pre-screened credit and insurance offers by mail. They mail a paper form for the permanent 'opt out' option; if form not mailed back, your request defaults to the five-year option.

The domain name was registered in January 2011.

Melania Knauss used a short-term travel visa to move to New York City in 1995, so she was an illegal immigrant when she began dating Donald Trump around 1999. Melania became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001, married Trump in 2005, and became a naturalized citizen in 2006.

Due to the drought here in New Mexico, 'the corn is as high as an elephant's knee'.

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 2016 Quotations (54)

"To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action."
~~ Hillary Clinton

"The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"We'll free every slave in every town and region. Can anybody get a bigger army than that?"
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76], line in the movie "Spartacus" [1960]

"I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it."
~~ Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]

"Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts."
~~ Brian W. Aldiss [b. 1925]

“Coffee first. Schemes later.”
~~ Leanna Renee Hieber

"Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be properous. Though the land be good, you cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941], in "Orlando: A Biography" [1928]

"We are all stories in the end. Just make it a good one."
~~ "Doctor Who"

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results."
~~ Herman Melville [1819-91]

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when it is quite clearly Ocean."
~~ author-visionary Arthur C. Clarke [1917-2008]

"In upside-down Republican justice land, no evidence of a crime is proof of a crime."
~~ The Pen at Peace Team activism website

"Trump [is] never wrong, never sorry, never responsible."
~~ journalist Karen Tumulty

CARTOON: [drawing of Hillary Clinton with oral thermometer in mouth] Pneumonia is curable. [drawing of Donald Trump] Stupidity is not.
~~ Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist for Chattanooga Times Free Press

"You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit."
~~ Harry S. Truman [1884-1972]

"If you're more interested in what you're saying than the person listening to you, [then] you're the definition of a boring person."
~~ author David Foster Wallace [1962-2008]

"These are my values. And if you don't like them, I have others."
~~ Groucho Marx [1890-1977]

"It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory."
~~ Thomas Mann [1875-1955]

"You fail all of the time. But you're not a failure until you start blaming someone else."
~~ football coach Oail Andrew 'Bum' Phillips [1923-2013]

"If ever there does appear upon this planet a tightly knit minority of really superior people, it will be the end of all the rest of mankind and mankind knows it, not having come through a billion-odd years of evolutionary struggle for nothing."
~~ Philip Wylie [1902-71]

"Fear is wisdom in the face of danger. There's nothing to be ashamed of."
~~ Sherlock Holmes, in a 2016 BBC-TV movie

"Being honest may not get you many friends, but it will always get you the right ones."
~~ John Lennon [1940-80]

"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."
~~ Voltaire [1694-1778]

"Working hard for something [that] we don't care about is called stress; working hard for something [that] we love is called passion."
~~ Simon Sinek

"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are."
~~ Arnold H. Glasow [1905-98]

"What it takes to be a hero is to be ordinary – petty, small, frightened, timid – without that you've got no chance of being a hero. What's required is real heroes. You ought to embrace all those deficiencies. That's what you need to be a hero."
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard, in January 1988

"Immigrants don’t steal jobs or wages. Billionaires do."
~~ radio & print journalist Richard 'R.J.' Eskow

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero [106-43 B.C.E.]

"Friendship is mutual blackmail elevasted to the level of love."
~~ American poet Robin Morgan

"Forgiveness liberates the soul; it removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

"Give a man a reputation as an early riser, and he can sleep 'til noon."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact That it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy."
~~ historian Will Durant [1885-1981]

"Only by going too far can you go far enough."
~~ Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]

"Insight doesn't happen on the click of the moment, like a lucky snapshot, but comes in its own time and more slowly and from nowhere but within."
~~ Eudora Welty [1909-2001]

"Life's disappointments are harder to take if you don't know any swear words."
~~ cartoonist Bill Watterson

"I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting [that] you really believe what you just said."
~~ Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. [1925-2008]

"Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn't make sense not to use both."
~~ Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin [1880-1973]

"All of Man's misery comes from his incapacity to sit alone in an empty quiet room."
~~ Blaise Pascal [1623-62]

"When you hit a wrong note, it's the next note that makes it good or bad."
~~ jazz legend Miles Davis [1926-91]

"When the enemy is making a false movement, we must take good care not to interrupt him."
~~ Napoléon Bonaparte [1769-1821]

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around."
~~ Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman [1912-2006]

"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer."
~~ beat poet Wm. S. Burroughs [1914-97]

"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
~~ entertainer Mae West [1893-1980]

"Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life."
~~ painter Marc Chagall [1887-1985]

"The best things in life are free. The second best things in life are very, very expensive."
~~ Coco Chanel [1883-1971]

"To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman."
~~ George Santayana [1863-1952]

"Cocaine is God's way of saying that you're making too much money."
~~ actor-comedian Robin Williams [1951-2014]

"Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous."
~~ Chinese philosopher Mencius (Mengzi) [372-289 BCE]

"If God wanted us to vote, He would have given us candidates."
~~ Jay Leno

“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
~~ movie director David Lynch

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

August 2016 Quotations (52)

"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"Luck is a tag given by the mediocre to account for the accomplishments of genius."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88], in "Puppet Masters" [1951]

"I was only saying to the Queen the other day how I hate name dropping."
~~ Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. [1909-2000]

"Anyone who votes for Donald Trump is dumber than he is."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it."
~~ philosopher Theodor W. Adorno [1903-69]

"The primary purpose of any of the fine arts is to arouse a purely emotional reaction in the beholder."
~~ Walt Disney [1901-66]

Albert Einstein was once asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive.
Einstein's reply was "I don't know, you'll have to ask Nikola Tesla."

"The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right."
~~ Judge Learned Hand [1872-1961]

"I cannot remember the books [that] I’ve read any more than the meals [that] I have eaten; even so, they have made me."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much."
~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh [1906-2001]

"God doesn't think everything is funny."
~~ David Letterman

"Books are the plane and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home."
~~ author Anna Quindlen

"I am a deeply superficial person."
~~ Andy Warhol [1928-87]

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"Ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow."
~~ George R.R. Martin

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."
~~ Frederick Douglass [1818-95]

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books."
~~ Martin Luther [1483-1546]

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."
~~ Harry S. Truman [1884-1972]

"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
~~ author Stephen King

"Life is like writing with a pen. You can cross out your past but you can't erase it."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people."
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76]

"Sometimes I have believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
~~ character Alice as written by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]

"Science fiction encourages us to explore . . . all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision."
~~ Marion Zimmer Bradley [1930-99]

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.”
~~ Terry Pratchett [1948-2015]

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"I would rather be able to appreciate things [that] I cannot have than to have things [that] I am not able to appreciate."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

“Let us never cease from thinking: What is this ‘civilisation’ in which we find ourselves? What are these ceremonies and why should we take part in them? What are these professions and why should we make money out of them?”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941], in her anti-war essay “Three Guineas” (1938)

"Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It's not the time that matters but the person."
~~ "Doctor Who"

"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
~~ J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973]

"Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America's health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program."
~~ Sen. Bernie Sanders (8/2016)

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world [that] they've been given than to explore the power [that] they have to change it."
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"It doesn't matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once, and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success."
~~ Mark Cuban

"Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do."
~~ painter & TV host Bob Ross [1942-95]

"There are worse things than losing an election. The worst thing is to lose one's convictions and not tell the people the truth."
~~ American statesman Adlai E. Stevenson II [1900-65]

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."
~~ Betty Friedan [1921-2006]

"Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining."
~~ novelist Anne Lamott

"It's not whether you win or lose, but whether you win."
~~ tagline on 'Trump The Board Game', 2004

"If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50]

"One climbs a mountain, not to conquer it, but to be lifted away from the earth up to the sky."
~~ Russell Banks

"We must reject not only the stereotypes that others have of us, but also those that we have of ourselves."
~~ American politician Shirley Chisolm [1924-2005]

"So, if we lie to the government it's a felony. But if they lie to us it's politics."
~~ Bill Murray

"The political technology of the Industrial Age is no longer appropriate technology for the new civilization taking form around us. Our politics are obsolete."
~~ futurist Alvin Toffler [1928-2016]

"Everything [that] we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything [that] we see is a perspective, not the truth."
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future."
~~ Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

"No amount of belief makes something a fact."
~~ James Randi

"I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe [that] the best does."
~~ L.M. Montgomery [1874-1942], in "Anne of Green Gables" [1908]

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
~~ Frances Hodgson Burnett [1849-1924], in "The Secret Garden" [1911]

"Today you are you / That is truer than true / There is no one alive / Who is youer than you."
~~ Dr. Seuss, in "Happy Birthday To You!" [1959]

"Inside all of us is hope. Inside all of us is fear. Inside all of us is adventure. Inside all of us is . . . a Wild Thing."
~~ Maurice Sendak [1928-2012], in "Where The Wild Things Are" [1963]

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."
~~ Louisa May Alcott [1832-88], in "Little Women" [1868]

"The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence."
~~ Thomas Henry Huxley [1825-95]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 2016 Quotations (59)

"Above all, a nation cannot exist as a money-making mob: it cannot with impunity go on despising literature, despising science, despising nature, despising compassion, and concentrating its soul on Pence."
~~ John Ruskin [1819-1900], in 1864

"Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy. He is unfit for the presidency and cannot be endorsed. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”
~~ Washington Post Editorial Board, 22 July 2016

"Bureaucracies and corporations do not 'understand', it is simply not in their repertoire. If their ads say that they do, they are lying."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation."
~~ Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832]

"Stick to it. Everything has an end, and you get to it if you only keep all on."
~~ character Peter, in "The Railway Children" [1906 novel]

"Science erases what was previously true."
~~ writer John McPhee, in 1967

"The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"Equality isn’t just an ideal. It is a pragmatic economic advantage.”
~~ activist George Lakey

"Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

“If I talked like Donald Trump, I’d get sent to the principal’s office immediately.”
~~ Alexis Fridman, a third-grader who co-founded a Kids Against Trump group

"These are not spontaneous chants [of 'Lock her up!'] at the Republican convention. They are led by hundreds of synchronized Trump Bronx cheerleader whips on the convention floor. This is a choreographed lynch mob."
~~ The Pen activism website

"Write about what you know and care deeply about. When one puts one's self on paper - that is what is called good writing."
~~ Joel Chandler Harris [1848-1908]

"What a hypocrite! If Trump wants to ‘fix’ trade he can start by making his products in the U.S., not low-wage countries abroad.”
~~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"To succeed, you've got to love what you're doing. If you don't love it, get out of the way for someone who does."
~~ hockey great Gordie Howe [1928-2016]

"I had no particular desire to be a personality like my father, nor was I equipped to be one. I was determined to be my own man, although having the Fairbanks name did make it easier to get into an office to see someone."
~~ Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. [1909-2000]

"I always like to do the unexpected. Takes people by surprise."
~~ Doctor Who, in "Trial of The Time Lord"

"The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Disappointments continue to affect my confidence – but never my resolve."
~~ Orson Welles [1915-85], in 1985

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far."
~~ character Uncle Remus as written by Joel Chandler Harris [1848-1908]

"I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.”
~~ George W. Bush to former aides, as reported by Politico in July 2016

"What a man notices first about a woman is whether she notices him."
~~ Marlene Dietrich [1901-92]

"All rising to great place is by a winding stair."
~~ Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]

"All philosophies that claim [that] the physical world around [you does] not exist except in your imagination are sheer nonsense."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Truth is stranger than fiction."
~~ George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824], in "Don Juan" (1819)

"The fundamental tragedy is not death, but the unlived life."
~~ film critic Ella Taylor

"The central goal of Western humanism is . . . the audacious control by Reason of Man's fate."
~~ C. Wright Mills [1916-62]

"Uninterpreted truth is as useless as buried gold."
~~ British writer Lytton Strachey [1880-1932]

"Chance is very, very methodical in its distribution of probabilities, and uses sheer coincidences only very sparingly."
~~ mystery author Ellis Peters [1913-95], in "Rainbow's End" [1978]

"Skepticism about what is unproven can easily turn into a prohibition upon thinking."
~~ German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno [1903-69]

"A great work of art . . . is prepared within the silence of the heart."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60], in "An Absurd Reasoning" (1942)

"There really is no why and there often is no warning. When death comes, it just comes. In the meantime, we should just celebrate our lives a little each day and relish every sunset [that] we can."
~~ Mark Cromer

"Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson."
~~ baseball pitcher Vernon Law

"Art is meant to disturb, science reassures."
~~ cubist painter Georges Braque [1882-1963]

"Anyone is ready to be savage in some cause."
~~ William James [1842-1910]

"The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages."
~~ Horace Greeley [1811-72]

"Life is first boredom, then fear. Whether or not we use it, it goes."
~~ U.K. poet Philip Larkin [1922-85]

"In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true."
~~ John C. Lilly [1915-2001]

"Never ever put peanut butter in your pocket to eat later."
~~ cartoonist Bil Keane [1922-2011]

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food & clothes."
~~ Desiderius Erasmus [1466-1536]

"No one is perfect until you fall in love with them."
~~ TV curmudgeon Andy Rooney [1919-2011]

"A song that don't say somethin' ain't worth nothin'."
~~ folksinger-activist Woody Guthrie [1912-67]

"One grows accustomed to being praised, or being blamed, or being advised, but it is unusual to be understood."
~~ British author E.M. Forster [1879-1970], in Preface to "A Passage To India" [1924 novel]

"Desire and love are the same thing, save that by desire we always signify the absence of the object, by love, most commonly the presence of it."
~~ Thomas Hobbes [1588-1679]

"Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success."
~~ Napoleon Hill [1883-1970]

"The [San Francisco-Oakland] Bay area is one of the great experiments in ambulatory psychosis."
~~ Allan Cohen

"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."
~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. [1809-94]

"The waking have one common world / But the sleeping turn aside / Each into a world of his own."
~~ Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus [535?-475? BCE]

"Comment is free, but facts are sacred."
~~ C.P. Scott [1846-1932], editor & owner of U.K.'s Manchester Guardian

"Many people take no care of their money until they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time."
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]

"Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility."
~~ Ambrose Bierce [1842-1914]

"Only the weak are sent out on paths without perils."
~~ Nobel-laureate Hermann Hesse [1877-1962] , in "The Glass Bead Game" [1943 novel]

"[W]e are waves whose stillness is non-being. We are alive because of this, [thus] we have no rest."
~~ mystery author Dorothy Gilman [1923-2012]

"Anger that has no purpose, that isn't guided toward a positive end, is dangerous and counter-productive."
~~ singer-activist Harry Belafonte

"Dying is an art, like everything else."
~~ writer Sylvia Plath [1932-63]

"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."
~~ Southern writer Ellen Glasgow [1873-1945]

"It's the best job in [journalism], chasing crooks in Florida, because the well never runs dry."
~~ Carl Hiaasen

"If you are going to think, you might as well think BIG!"
~~ Donald J. Trump

"The reverse side also has a reverse side."
~~ Japanese proverb

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Keep Cool With Popsicles

Global warming has arrived (be sure to thank a Republican) with the last three years breaking records as the hottest year ever. This trend is likely to continue.

I was looking for something different at the local Lowe's grocery store and decided to grab a bag of popsicles. Brilliant move. There are 18 two-stick popsicles in the bag, made of three fruit-juice flavors; the bag costs $3.29, which is 18¼ cents each.

Why I think this is worthy of posting on the blog is that I now have a super-cold popsicle instead of a glass of Kool-Aid or iced tea. Very refreshing, and it seems not to add calories like a meal – I am even losing a little bit of weight (although that could also be from the sweat pouring out of my pores!).

I have ordered a window air conditioner for the master bedroom from Home Depot which will arrive on Saturday. It is only going to get hotter, all around the planet – there is no reversing global warming. Maybe next year I will buy another A/C unit for the living room window.

Or as former talk radio host Randi Rhodes liked to say: "Fight global warming. Be cool!"

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Voter Suppression In Virginia

When the Supreme Court in 2013 invalidated several sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Virginia and other Republican-controlled state legislatures quickly passed voter suppression laws, most of them requiring a government-issued photo ID to prove identity at the polling place. This would disqualify the 200,000 voters in Virginia who lack photo ID.

The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 25 percent of African American citizens lack a government-issued photo ID, compared to just 8 percent of whites; low-income and elderly voters are also disproportionately affected.

In July 2016, the Virginia Legislature passed a law to study the matter, HJ69.

The Legal Aid Justice Center filed a suit on July 6 declaring the practice unconstitutional. Over 900,000 voters in Virginia (of a population of 8.3 million!) have suspended driver's licenses because of outstanding warrants, unpaid parking tickets, or otherwise owing money to the state. The premise is that the voter can pay their fine and the driver's license will be activated. (Well, maybe that will happen by the August voter registration deadline.)

So who are these people with outstanding warrants and traffic tickets? Poor people, the unemployed, minorities, students, and the elderly – all considered enemies of the Republican agenda because they tend to vote for Democrats.

You can/should call the Virginia Board of Elections and accuse them of fraud; their 24-hour phone number is 1-800-552-9745 + 5.

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton for President (excerpts)

Today, I [Bernie Sanders] endorsed Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I know that some of you will be disappointed with that decision. But I believe that, at this moment, our country, our values, and our common vision for a transformed America, are best served by the defeat of Donald Trump and the election of Hillary Clinton.

During the Democratic platform proceedings in St. Louis and Orlando, we were victorious in including amendments to make it a clear priority of the Democratic Party to fight for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage, expand Social Security, abolish the death penalty, put a price on carbon, establish a path toward the legalization of marijuana, enact major criminal justice reforms, pass comprehensive immigration reform, end for-profit prisons and detention facilities, break up too-big-to-fail banks and create a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act, close loopholes that allow big companies to avoid taxes by stashing their cash in offshore tax havens, use that revenue to rebuild America, approve the most expansive agenda ever for protecting Native American rights, and so much more.

But none of these initiatives will happen if we do not elect a Democratic president in November. None! In fact, we will go backward. We must elect the Democratic nominee in November and progressive Democrats up and down the ballot so that we ensure that these policy commitments can advance.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

HobbyLobby hypocrisy

The recent full-page paid ad from Hobby Lobby-Mardel Stores printed in the Albuquerque Journal, the Peoria Journal Star, the Valdosta Daily Times, and other newspapers on July Fourth is a bunch of hooey.

The corporation has a right to publicize their viewpoint (in print or otherwise) and they appear to be accountable only to their stockholders, while pretending to be accountable to some non-existent diety. The First Amendment guarantees free speech, but it also states that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion'. This Constitutional provision is often violated by religionists.

There are at least three major failures displayed by Hobby Lobby-Mardel's grandstanding paid ad:

»» The first failure has to do with the Judeo-Xian Ten Commandments, which include the instruction "Thou shalt not bear false witness", i.e. don't lie. Thus the dunderhead executives at Hobby Lobby-Mardel prove themselves to be hypocrites.

»» As to the second failure, there is no requirement to be fair and balanced in paid ads, so here are a few quotations that the Hobby Lobby-Mardel ad failed to include:

“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.” — Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

“Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” — Ronald Reagan [1911-2004] {during a speech at Temple Hillel in Valley Stream, New York - 26 October 1984}

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof', thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” — Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] {in the 'Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association', 1 January 1802}

“The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” - Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, which was unanimously ratified by the U.S. Senate on 7 June 1797 and signed by President John Adams.

»» Thirdly, Hobby Lobby-Mardel intentionally offends Native American, Jewish, Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, wiccan, Mormon, Seventh day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, and non-religious readers.

Anyone not already boycotting Hobby Lobby-Mardel because of their ill-treatment of employees (especially female employees) now has ample reason to boycott Hobby Lobby-Mardel and never set foot in their stores because of their publicly displayed religious intolerance.

(The battle against ignorance and apathy and magical thinking is a full time job.)

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Friday, July 01, 2016

June 2016 Quotations (50)

"[Orlando] is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets."
~~ Hillary Clinton

"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes."
~~ 4th Doctor Who

"Behind every cloud . . . is another cloud."
~~ Judy Garland [1922-69]

"The capacity to be puzzled is indeed the premise of all creation, be it in art or science."
~~ Erich Fromm [1900-80]

"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads."
~~ data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher

"It's pretty clear [that] I'll never have greatness thrust upon me . . . but it's comforting to know [that] mediocrity remains within my reach."
~~ Ziggy cartoon panel drawn by Tom Wilson & Tom II

"The man that's out to do something has to keep in high gear all the time."
~~ Douglas Fairbanks [1883-1939]

"The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure [that] he can carry it thru, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not."
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76]

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"If you don't think, then you shouldn't talk."
~~ March Hare, as written by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress."
~~ Daniel Ellsberg

“I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
~~ Louisa May Alcott [1832-88]

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941], in the novel 'Night and Day' (1919)

"An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you."
~~ dancer Isadora Duncan [1877-1927]

“The truth is at the bottom of a bottomless well.”
~~ playwright Tennessee Williams [1911-83], in 'Suddenly Last Summer' (1959)

“Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others … Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”
~~ Katherine Mansfield [1888-1923], in 'Journal of Katherine Mansfield (1927), journal entry for 14 October 1922

"Conform, go crazy, or become an artist."
~~ Nancy Springer

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
~~ composer Leonard Bernstein [1918-90]

"Remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free someone else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower someone else."
~~ author Toni Morrison

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous'. And God granted it."
~~ Voltaire [1694-1778]

"All pro athletes are bilingual. They know English and profanity."
~~ hockey great Gordie Howe [1928-2016]

"The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say 'How is the President?'."
~~ American humorist Will Rogers [1879-1935]

"All of life is a dispute over taste."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man."
~~ Antonin Scalia [1936-2016]

"I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes."
~~ historian Edward Gibbon [1737-94]

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces."
~~ children's author Judith Viorst

"The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one."
~~ TV comic Sid Caesar [1922-2014]

"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert."
~~ Adolf Hitler [1889-1945]

"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: What good is it?."
~~ Aldo Leopold [1887-1948]

"Luck is not something [that] you can mention in the presence of self-made men."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"It's the things [that] we forget about that tell us who we are."
~~ writer Don DeLillo

"All good writing is swimming underwater holding your breath."
~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]

"I wish [that] people would love everybody else the way [that] they love me. It would be a better world."
~~ Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose."
~~ Mario Cuomo [1932-2015]

"Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way."
~~ Allan W. Watts [1915-73]

"The detective novel asks the central question of philosophy: Whodunit?"
~~ Umberto Eco [1932-2016]

"Capitalism has proven itself far superior to socialism in creating wealth and alleviating poverty, but it has a weakness: The amorality of its most successful practitioners."
~~ Jean-Pierre Lehmann

"Monitor your own narcisism."
~~ J. Reid Meloy

"Chase your dreams. But always know the road that leads you home."
~~ country music singer Kenny Chesney

"And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your having been here."
~~ author Neil Gaiman

"Artists do their best work when they're old or young. Middle age is the enemy of art."
~~ cinema auteur Orson Welles [1915-85]

"A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader, is a rereader."
~~ author Vladimir Nabokov [1899-1977]

"Prohibition is OVER!" ~~ slogan at Wise Pies Pizza

"Just because you're offended doesn't mean [that] you're right."
~~ comedian Ricky Gervais

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

News Factoids for Second Quarter 2016

According to the Washington Post, over 40 percent of the money raised by 'dark money' political groups by the end of February came from just fifty mega-donors and their relatives.

In April, Microsoft released a machine-learning chatbot named Tay, which took less that 24 hours to mirror prejudice and xenophobia and racism from online trolls who gleefully abused Tay's A.I. programming; Microsoft yanked Tay offline 'for adjustments'.

The Ku Klux Klan has between 5,000 and 8,000 members in at least 160 chapters in 41 states. — per Southern Poverty Law Center

More than 90% of Americans spend 15-18 hours per month on Facebook (i.e. two full work days). Americans spend more time on Facebook than on every other social network combined.

Only four airline giants control 80% of domestic seats: American, Delta, Southwest, and United. The airline industry hauled off $33 BILLION in profits in 2015, nearly 90% over the prior year.

The national Sports Authority chain is closing all 460 stores. Locally, my brand-new town of Rio Communities has no large businesses, unless you count Dollar General and the three gas stations. Neighbor city Belen has many vacant lots and vacant stores on Main Street, it would be a ghost town if not for the railroad. Just north is supposedly-thriving Los Lunas, except the big Staples store closed in February with no sign of a new tenant, and the big Hastings Entertainment store put up banners in May that the store is closing - the employees are in shock. As I told them, 'welcome to the Republican economy'.

Wealthy individuals and corrupt politicians have stashed an estimated $76 TRILLION dollars in offshore tax havens, which is about 8% of the world's wealth. — per economist Gabriel Zucman
{That figure is just a bit larger than one year's nominal Gross Domestic Product for the entire world.)

Just five corporations earned 70% of the $300B in revenue generated by all internet companies over the past year. Amazon and Alphabet (Google) took in a combined 57%; the others are Facebook, eBay, and Q.V.C. owner Liberty Interactive. — per U.S.A. Today (Nov 2015)

2014 statistics for consumption of crude oil in the U.S.A.: 47% for gasoline; 22% for fuel oil (diesel, heating, ships); 13% for liquified petroleum gases (chemicals); 8% for jet fuel; 4% for still gas; 2% for asphalt and road oil; 1% for naphtha (rubber, plastics); and 3% other (lubricants, solvents, kerosene, waxes).

Between 1882 and 2012, Oklahoma experienced 230 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher (level at which noticeable by humans); in first quarter 2016 alone, Oklahoma experienced 287 such earthquakes. — from U.S.G.S. report in April 2016

May was the 13th straight month of record-breaking heat. The month's global average of 60.17°F was 1.57 degrees above the XXth Century average. — Popular Science Magazine

The prior coral-bleaching event in 1997-98 wiped out 16% of the world's coral reefs; the present coral-bleaching event is likely to be worse, based on the current record-setting El Nino.

Every day 89 Americans die from gun-related violence. New Mexico, with some of the most lax gun safety laws in the country, has a gun death rate 40% higher than the national average.

Last year, mass shootings accounted for just two percent of American gun deaths. — New Yorker Magazine

244 people on the Terrorist Watch List applied to buy firearms in 2015; after a background check, 91% of them were approved.

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Friday, May 27, 2016

new Bernie Sanders TV ads (today)

A poll taken May 13-22 by the Public Policy Institute of California has Hillary Clinton at 46% and Bernie Sanders at 44%, which is a statistical tie.

30-second 'Bernie vs. Wall Street' TV ads released on Friday 27 May 2016
watch online at YouTube: English-language version [0:30]Spanish-language version [0:30]

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 2016 Quotations (60)

“The challenges facing our planet are not mainly technological or even financial, because as a world we are rich enough to increase our investments in skills, infrastructure, and technological know-how to meet our needs and to protect the planet. Our challenge is mostly a moral one, to redirect our efforts and vision to the common good.”
~~ Bernie Sanders speech on income inequality and the environment, at Vatican City on 15 April 2016

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”
~~ George Eliot [1819-80]

"Life is a comedy, written by a sadistic comedy writer."
~~ Woody Allen, in his new movie "Café Society", 2016

"All our civilization is based on invention; before invention, men lived on fruits and nuts and pine cones and slept in caves."
~~ Reginald Fessenden [1866-1932]

"[Ted Cruz is] Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
~~ John Boehner, at Stanford University in April 2016

"There is a saying that life is uncertain, so you should eat dessert first. For the same reason, you should also take advantage of early voting."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Drink up; you're half the man my mother was."
~~ slogan for Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub

"I wanted to live in a world where a woman could choose her own role in life."
~~ Mabel Dodge Luhan [1879-1962]

"I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"I never considered the working class anything other than something to get out of."
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76]

"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"If everybody minded their own business the world would go around a great deal faster than it does."
~~ Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98] in "Alice In Wonderland"

"Without the dreamers who write science fiction and other imaginary material we'd still be sitting in caves . . . if we weren't already extinct."
~~ William C. Samples

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Look, all administrations, all governments lie, all officials lie and nothing they say is to be believed. That's a pretty good rule."
~~ Daniel Ellsberg

“Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis – a good hot cup of coffee.”
~~ Alexander King [1899-1965]

"No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nurture and education."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. But to sacrifice a hair of the head of your vision, a shade of its colour, in deference to some Headmaster with a silver pot in his hand or to some professor with a measuring-rod up his sleeve, is the most abject treachery.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941], in "A Room of One’s Own", 1929

"Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable 'banana peel' of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene – if we will even so much as smile."
~~ Douglas Fairbanks [1883-1939]

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
~~ Malala Yousafzai

"We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it."
~~ President Barack Obama

"People assume that Time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff."
~~ TV character "Doctor Who"

"It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct."
~~ Sigmund Freud [1856-1939]

"Creativity is just connecting things."
~~ Steve Jobs [1955-2011], co-founder of Apple, Inc. [est. 1975]

"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day. After all, a movement is only people moving."
~~ Gloria Steinem

"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions hidden by the answers."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

"When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something."
~~ Dmitri Shostakovich [1906-75]

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."
~~ biologist Thomas Huxley [1825-95]

"Every man or woman who is sane, every happy person, is in infinite debt to a woman."
~~ psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott [1896-1971]

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."
~~ British proverb, circa 1720

"Virtue would not go far without vanity to escort her."
~~ François Alexandre Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt [1747-1827]

"Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust. Hatred alone is immortal."
~~ William Hazlitt [1778-1830]

"Without data you are another person with an opinion."
~~ management expert Dr. W. Edwards Deming [1900-93]

"Life's ultimate statistic is the same for all people. One out of one dies."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. [It's] like a muscle, you can build it up."
~~ Facebook, Inc. exec Sheryl Sandberg

"Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people."
~~ broadcast pioneer David Sarnoff [1891-1971]

"Elegance is not about being noticed, it's about being remembered."
~~ Giorgio Armani

"If it wasn't for procrastination, I'd never get around to not getting around to anything."
~~ Ziggy cartoon panel drawn by Tom Wilson & Tom II

"The business of corporate America is no longer business – it is finance."
~~ Rana Foroohar, Financial Times, 2016

"Love isn't something that you find. Love is something that finds you."
~~ Loretta Young [1913-2000]

"George Washington is my favorite president because he's the only one who didn't blame all his problems on the previous administration."
~~ syndicated comedian Argus Hamilton

"If I read a book and it makes my body so cold [that] no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."
~~ poet Emily Dickinson [1830-86]

"We have to change truth a little to remember it."
~~ George Santayana [1863-1952]

"It is possible to be homesick for a place even when you are there."
~~ Don DeLillo

"The purpose of a business is to create a customer."
~~ Peter F. Drucker [1909-2005]

"Too much freedom seems to change into nothing but slavery."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil, and still more the man who is indifferent to everything."
~~ Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater [1741-1801]

"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust [that] I never shall."
~~ Thomas Paine [1737-1809]

"People fascinate me – they're amazing. Life fascinates me. And I'm no more fascinated by my own life than by anyone else's."
~~ rock legend Prince [1958-2016]

"The noblest art is that of making others happy."
~~ P.T. Barnum [1810-91]

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Son, they can't do what you do. Just go out there and do what you do."
~~ Charlie Daniels

"It is impossible to live at peace with those [that] we regard as damned."
~~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau [1712-78]

"Behind every fortune is a crime."
~~ French author Honoré de Balzac [1799-1850]

"The sins of Citizens United are many, but the first is that the [cited basic] facts are bonkers."
~~ Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

"Congress does not regulate Wall Street. Wall Street regulates Congress."
~~ Sen. Bernie Sanders, during the first Democratic Party debate, October 2015

"History repeats itself; the first time as tragedy, the second as show business."
~~ Stuart Klawans, film critic at The Nation Magazine

"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun."
~~ book critic George Scialabba

"We don't have a world government. Fortunately, we don't have that many world problems – most problems can be solved locally – but this one [climate change] is a world problem."
~~ Bill Gates

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 2016 Quotations (55)

"What is needed is more, more, and always more consciousness, both in art and in life."
~~ Mabel Dodge Luhan [1879-1962]

“The true journey implies a complete change of nutrition, a digesting of the visited country – its fauna and flora and its culture (not only the different culinary practices and condiments but the different implements used to grind the flour or stir the pot).”
~~ Italo Calvino [1923-85]

"I believe that every writer needs a guide, because writing is an exploration and the exploration is not only for me, it's for the reader."
~~ New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya

"Books are the mirror in which we see ourselves."
~~ New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
~~ photographer Dorothea Lange [1895-1965]

"It's true that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Sometimes I wish that they came in that order."
~~ TV comedian Sam Levenson [1911-80]

"The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf."
~~ American humorist Will Rogers [1879-1935]

"The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love."
~~ comedian Joe E. Lewis [1902-71]

"I wouldn't mind paying taxes . . . if I knew [that] they were going to a friendly country."
~~ comedian-activist Dick Gregory

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."
~~ philosopher-activist Noam Chomsky

"Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well."
~~ Florence Nightingale [1820-1910]

"Money, like vodka, turns a man into an eccentric."
~~ Anton Chekhov [1860-1904]

"Power worship blurs political judgment. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50]

"Human beings can get used to virtually anything, given plenty of time and no choice in the matter whatsoever."
~~ British novelist Tom Holt

"After a time, all losses are the same. One more thing lost is one thing less to lose; and we go stripped at last the way [that] we came."
~~ poet Catherine Breese Davis [1924-2002]

"The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably."
~~ novelist Julian Barnes

"Music is God's little reminder that there's something besides us in the universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars."
~~ comedian-actor Robin Williams [1951-2014]

"There are always people who think [that] they have a hilarious height joke [that] you haven't heard before."
~~ basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"The value of things is not the time [that] they last, but the intensity with which they occur."
~~ Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa [1888-1935]

"A character is defined by the kinds of challenges [that] he cannot walk away from. And by those [that] he has walked away from that cause him remorse."
~~ Arthur Miller [1915-2005]

"Life is like a suitcase, you can squeeze a lot in."
~~ Yoko Ono

"Sometimes your best investments are the ones [that] you don't make."
~~ Donald J. Trump

"Who discovered [that] we could get milk from cows, and what did he think that he was doing at the time?"
~~ Scottish comedian Billy Connelly

"Poor is the man whose pleasure depends on the permission of another."
~~ singer Madonna

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

“Life must go on / I forget just why.”
~~ Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950]

"Democracy has never been and can never be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
~~ Pres. John Adams [1735-1826]

"The most dangerous world view is the world view of those who have not viewed the world."
~~ naturalist Alexander von Humboldt [1769-1859]

"Most critics are educated beyond their intelligence."
~~ critic Kenneth Tynan

"Storytelling is the best way [that] we have of coming up with new ideas."
~~ Richard Branson

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
~~ Jenny Han, in "The Summer I Turned Pretty", 2009

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
~~ Henry James [1843-1916] , quoted in Edith Wharton's "A Backward Glance", 1934

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940], in "The Great Gatsby", 1925

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60], in "The Stranger", 1942

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."
~~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical [world]."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Maybe stories are just data with a soul."
~~ author Brené Brown

"The longest way is the most efficient way."
~~ American poet John Ashbery

"When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't."
~~ comedian Louie C.K.

"Reality is hard. It's no walk in the park, this thing called life."
~~ actress Patty Duke [1946-2016]

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do."
~~ Benjamin Franklin [1706-90]

"Create a concept, and reality leaves the room."
~~ philosopher José Ortega y Gassett [1883-1955]

"Artists are the elite of the servant class."
~~ painter Jasper Johns

"Everyone is so obsessed with themselves nowadays that they have no time for me."
~~ author Louise Rennison [1951-2016]

"[The German] educational system is like an automobile which has strong rear lights, brightly illuminating the past. But looking forward, things are barely discernible."
~~ astrophysicist Hermann Oberth [1894-1989]

"Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegatating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Evil is unspectacular and always human."
~~ W.H. Auden [1907-1973]

"Marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years, you don't need a husband."
~~ Helen Gurley Brown [1922-2012]

"As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it."
~~ Benjamin Disraeli [1804-81]

"There is only one thing certain. That is one's own inadequacy. One must start from that."
~~ Franz Kafka [1883-1924]

"Joy, it must be remembered, is nothing like happiness, its milquetoast cousin. It is instead a vivid and extreme state of being, often arrived at in the aftermath of great pain."
~~ novelist Ayana Mathis

"If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Methane Factoids

By volume, dry air contains 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.039% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases.

Trace gases together traditionally compose about 0.038% of the atmosphere (or 0.043% with CO2 at the increased 2014 concentration).
0.0400% carbon dioxide / CO2
0.001818% neon/Ne
0.000524% helium/He
0.00018% methane/CH4 - the main component of natural gas
0.000114% krypton/Kr
0.000055% hydrogen/H2

The Earth's atmospheric methane concentration has increased by about 150% since 1750, from approximately 0.00007.2% by volume. The current rapid methane increase that is already started from melting of ocean-bottom methane crystals could begin killing forest biomass and food crops in as little as five or ten years.
Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 2016 Quotations (60)

“Time management is dead; in our day the true struggle is focus management.”
~~ Dave Crenshaw

"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice."
~~ Anton Chekhov [1860-1904]

"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen. It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility."
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76]

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end, then stop."
~~ Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]

"What they didn't realize is that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time."
~~ Doris Lessing [1919-2013]

"The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it."
~~ Frank Herbert [1920-86]

"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"I agree that there are things that should be kept secret."
~~ Daniel Ellsberg

“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”
~~ Jessi Lane Adams

“To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible.”
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"The true solace for all private troubles is to lose yourself in your work."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

“Nothing has really happened until it has been described.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941]

"What the billionaire class has yet to realize is that in this election, their obscene wealth is their weakness."
~~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"American police officers are in need of mental health therapy and the entire law enforcement system is in need of reevaluation."
~~ Leslie Salzillo

"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press."
~~ journalist Ida B. Wells [1862-1931]

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants are dead."
~~ Erma Bombeck [1927-96]

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
~~ Edward Irving 'Ed' Koch [1924-2013], quoting John F. Kennedy

"When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking."
~~ Gail Sheehy

"The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them."
~~ Lenny Bruce [1925-66]

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
~~ Charles Dickens [1812-70]

"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."
~~ Eckhart Tolle

"The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated."
~~ William James [1842-1910]

"Religion is a primitive form of philosophy, [an] attempt to offer a comprehensive view of reality."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"You can't better the world by simply talking to it. Philosophy to be effective must be mechanically applied."
~~ R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

"I am proud that the gentleman who is head of Goldman Sachs ... said I was dangerous. And he is right, I am dangerous for Wall Street."
~~ Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the 9 March 2016 debate

”To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.”
~~ Walt Whitman [1819-92]

"Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion."
~~ comic actress Tina Fey

"Life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose in older people, the love of youth in others."
~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
~~ Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]

"To love without knowing how to love wounds the person [that] we love."
~~ Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

"A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe [that] the image is herself. An ugly woman knows [that] it is not."
~~ Simone Weil [1909-43]

"It is the curse of the competent not to be called upon."
~~ poet-songwriter Robert Priest

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
~~ U.C.L.A. coach John R. Wooden [1910-2010]

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."
~~ Steve Prefontaine [1951-75]

"No matter how involved you are in what you do, no matter how many hours a week you devote to your career pursuits, you must always remember that your family is your primary team."
~~ 'Coach K' {Michael William Krzyzewski}

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."
~~ Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Life isn't divided into genres. It's a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical science-fiction cowboy detective novel."
~~ Alan Moore

"Making a living and making a life sometimes point in opposite directions."
~~ Pico Iyer, in "The Art of Stillness", 2014

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."
~~ Jonathan Swift [1667–1745]

"Don't judge each day by the harvest [that] you reap, but by the seeds [that] you plant."
~~ Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]

“An empty coffee cup is full of hope. Now there’s something worth voting for.”
~~ Jarod Kintz

"I often find writer's block a sign that you're actually writing the wrong story."
~~ Mark Millar

"God has no power over the past except to cover it with oblivion."
~~ Pliny the Elder {Gaius Plinius Secundus [c. AD 23 – AD 79]}

"Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting."
~~ Larry Page, co-founder of Google, Inc.

"If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot."
~~ Irish playwright Samuel Beckett [1906-89]

"Time and silence are the most luxurious things today."
~~ Tom Ford

"There's no 'right' way to write a book. I simply write to find out what I have to write."
~~ Cheryl Strayed

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money."
~~ Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]

"Books fall open, you fall in."
~~ David McCord [1897-1997]

"All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen."
~~ playwright Arthur Miller [1915-2005]

"What are games but life reduced to symbolic rituals."
~~ mystery author D.R. Meredith

"Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"A lover of books is always in good company."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"No brains, no headaches."
~~ Steve Roach

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting."
~~ Ronald Reagan [1911-2004]

"Your life works to the degree [that] you keep your agreements."
~~ Werner Erhard

"I write for the same reason that I breathe – because if I did not I would die."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

News Factoids for First Quarter 2016

Georgia ranks as the number one most ‘at risk’ state for corruption in the country, garnering a letter grade of “F”, per a study by The Government Integrity Institute

MARKETING IN AMERICA: The local Walgreens Drug Store has stopped selling light bulbs, period. None on the shelves. The clerk told me that they "weren't selling enough of them".

In 2014, the pharmaceutical industry spent over $250 million on lobbying and campaign contributions – far more than any other industry in America.

"The business of recycling represents nearly $106B in annual economic activity, is responsible for 471,587 direct and indirect jobs, and generates more than $4.3B in state and local revenue and another $6.76B in federal taxes." — Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, in 2015

Two oddities showed up while I was in the hospital (for 46 days): 1) After thirty days, the aspirin that I had taken at home to relieve arthritis pain in my hands wore off, and my hands began to hurt. 2) I have taken excess vitamin C to prevent colds for many years (per Dr. Linus Pauling); by the time I was released home, the C also wore off and I caught my first cold in ten years. (So Im taking 3,000 units of C three times a day for a while to rebuild my immunity.)

N.A.S.A. report released in March 2016 concludes that the Middle East is suffering its worst drought in 900 years, and that human-created climate change is a contributor.

Later in 2016, Pfizer – the country’s largest pharmaceutical company, with nearly $1 billion in annual government contracts – plans to renounce its U.S. citizenship by merging with Allergan, an Irish-based company. This would allow Pfizer to dodge the $35 billion tax bill it owes on its stash of untaxed offshore profits.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is winning delegates in the Western U.S. nowadays, so the prediction here is Sanders vs. Trump in November.

Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, February 29, 2016

February 2016 Quotations (60)

"[Bernie's] message has such power that Clinton has chosen to recycle parts of it."
~~ Robert Borosage

"People don't write music. It's given to them."
~~ Hank Williams [1923-53]

"The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"I figured out my main health issue: premature aging. I'm too young to be this old."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty."
~~ Frank Herbert [1920-86], in "Dune" [1965 novel]

"No Gains Without Pains" :: title of circa 1870s book by Helen Cross Knight [1814-1906]

"Out beyond right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there."
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"What the imagination can't conjure, reality delivers with a shrug."
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76]

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief: it has advanced human happiness and it has prospered."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality."
~~ Cheshire Cat, as written by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]

"It is said that science fiction and fantasy are two different things. Science fiction is the improbable made possible, and fantasy is the impossible made probable."
~~ Rod Serling [1924-75]

“Is there anything better than coffee? Chocolate, maybe, and sex ranks very close I suppose.”
~~ A.R. Miller

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become."
~~ Harold Taylor

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will."
~~ Aiden Wilson Tozer [1897-1963]

"Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
~~ Alexander Graham Bell [1847-1922]

"A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.”
~~ James A. Madison [1751-1836]

“Issue of currency should be lodged with the government and be protected from domination by Wall Street. We are opposed to…provisions [which] would place our currency and credit system in private hands.”
~~ Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]

“Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history.”
~~ Karl Marx [1818-83], in "The Communist Manifesto" [1848]

“Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal – that there is no human relation between master and slave.”
~~ Count Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910]

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are."
~~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin [1755-1826]

"Remember, if you don’t like it, you’re wrong."
~~ Amos Vernon

"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything."
~~ artist George Lois

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated thru you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique."
~~ dancer Martha Graham [1894-1991]

"Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
~~ Vince Lombardi [1913-70]

"There is nothing higher-class than real craftmanship, diversity, originality, and the service of skilled human hands."
~~ Bryant McGill

"I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened."
~~ Olympic athlete Wilma Rudolph [1940-94]

"Desire is the key to motiviation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success [that] you seek."
~~ racecar driver Mario Andretti

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
~~ Gen. Colin Powell

"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."
~~ golfer Gary Player

"We don't want equal injustice for all."
~~ Kevin Alexander Gray

"Make no mistake, the Paris Agreement establishes the framework [that] the world needs to solve the climate crisis."
~~ President Barack Obama

“I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941], in her diary (entry dated 17 February 1922)

"Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry."
~~ suffragist Susan B. Anthony [1820-1906]

"Work is not a curse. It is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization."
~~ Calvin Coolidge [1872-1933]

"What I've told Speaker Boehner directly is: If you're really concerned about my taking too many executive actions, why don't you try getting something done thru Congress?"
~~ President Barack Obama, in 2014

"There's nothing like real love. Nothing."
~~ Shirley Temple {Black} [1928-2014]

"I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while [Congress is] doing nothing."
~~ President Barack Obama, in 2015

"When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all."
~~ Coco Chanel [1883-1971]

"Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too."
~~ Anton Chekhov [1860-1904]

"Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague."
~~ Eleanor Crumblehulme

Coffee: Starter fluid for the morning impaired. :: recent poster

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something [that is] completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
~~ Douglas Adams [1952-2001]

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"Love is not affectionate feeling but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained."
~~ C.S. Lewis [1898-1963]

"An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease."
~~ Michael Chekhov [1891-1955]

"I understand the concept of optimism, but I think [that] with me what you get is a lack of cynicism."
~~ actor Tom Hanks

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
~~ diarist Anne Frank [1929-45]

"San Francisco has only one drawback –'tis hard to leave."
~~ Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936]

"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"I found [that] I was repeating myself. It is the beginning of the end when you discover [that] you have style."
~~ Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961]

"Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray."
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"Frame thy mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life."
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"Always be a little kinder than necessary."
~~ playwright J.M. Barrie [1860-1937]

"Learning is a gift. Even when pain is your teacher."
~~ Maya Watson

"Everyone's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers."
~~ Hans Christian Anderson [1805-75]

"Talk is cheap. . . It is the way [that] we organize and use our lives every day that tells what we believe in."
~~ César E. Chávez [1927-93]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}