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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 2017 Quotations (60)

"The darkest day. The blackest hour. Chin up, shoulders back. Let's see what we're made of, you and I."
~~ 12th Doctor Who

"[If] Trump’s plan for managing his businesses while he’s in the Oval Office . . . doesn’t amount to premeditated corruption, it certainly paves the way for it."
~~ columnist Richard Eskow, in January 2017

“Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous – they contain ideas.”
~~ Pete Hautman

"In the [XXth] century, more Americans died in murders than in wars."
~~ columnist L.M. Boyd [1927-2007]

"A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
~~ Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931]

"Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully."
~~ author-aviator Richard Bach

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter."
~~ Nikola Tesla [1856-1943]

"Fighting crime? Crime fights back!"
~~ line in the "Tick" TV series, 2001

"The future is today - Worry about it tomorrow."
~~ motto of "Futurama" TV series

"There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them."
~~ Inspector Jacques Clouseau, star of "The Pink Panther" Movies

“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
~~ Haruki Murakami, in the 2002 novel "Kafka On The Shore"

"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood."
~~ John Green

"Why hasn't [president-elect Trump] been given more respect? Here's a fair answer: He hasn't earned any."
~~ Dana Milbank, Washington Post columnist

"Writing is dreaming with your eyes open."
~~ author Dave Burns

"I'll never guess the number of buttons in a jar ever again – not ever!"
~~ B.O. Plenty character in the 'Dick Tracy' comic strip (view the panel}

"If you change the way [that] you look at things, the things [that] you look at change."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"The only sense that is common in the long run, is the sense of change and we all instinctively avoid it."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

“Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941]

re Trump's 'Alternative Facts': "The Party told you to reject all evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."
~~ from the 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell [1903-50]

"A word after a word after a word is power."
~~ Margaret Atwood

"[President Trump] does not have a running war with the media, he has a running war with reality."
~~ Keith Olberman, G.Q. TV

"Resist the demogogue D.J.T."
~~ Joe Kensil

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

“In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.”
~~ writer-activist Norman Cousins [1915-90]

"Romance is everything."
~~ Gertrude Stein [1874-1946]

"In fiction, believability may have nothing to do with reality or even plausibility. It has everything to do with those things in nonfiction. I think that the nonfiction writer's fundamental job is to make what is true believable."
~~ non-fiction writer Tracy Kidder

"Our delusions own us. We can never truly break free from them."
~~ line in "Mr. Robot" TV series

"The geeks have inherited the Earth. The rest of you just don't know it yet."
~~ line from "Algorithm: The Hacker Movie" [2014] by Jon Schiefer

"Obamacare hysteria [by the Republican Party] was never anything other than racial hatred [disguised] as a policy dispute."
~~ The Pen at Peace Team activism website

"Statistics are at their most powerful when they surprise us."
~~ Alan Smith, U.K. journalist

"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4? B.C.E. - 65 A.D.]

"The universe [simply] came into existence all by itself."
~~ physicist Stephen W. Hawking

“Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.”
~~ Matthew Keith Groves

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”
~~ Sidney Greenberg [1917-2003]

"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"Conformists die, but heretics live forever."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"Each man has his own vocation: His talent is his call."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"In the halls of politics and power, most economists are like wallpaper – full of intricate details but ultimately decoration."
~~ journalist Bill Saporito

"Man is the one animal that can't be tamed."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it."
~~ Ronald Reagan [1911-2004]

"There are no rules. That's the first hundred rules. As for the hundred and first rule, I haven't figured that out yet."
~~ Werner Erhard

"If you do not breathe thru writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."
~~ Anaïs Nin [1903-77]

"One of the greatest discoveries [that] a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find [that] he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."
~~ Henry Ford [1863-1947]

"There is never enough good writing to go around."
~~ Raymond Chandler [1888-1959]

"There are uncertain truths – even true statements that we may take to be false – but there are no uncertain certainties. Since we can never know anything for sure, it is simply not worth searching for certainty; but it is well worth searching for truth; and we do this chiefly by searching for mistakes, so that we have to correct them."
~~ philosopher Karl Popper [1902-94] in "In Search of A Better World" [1984]

"I think [that] in literature the writer must be a radical. The insight that guides the work must go the limit of felt thought, and then beyond."
~~ Vivian Gornick

"The success of a [vacation] depends on what you find for yourself on the spot, not what you bring with you."
~~ mystery author Ellis Peters [1913-95]

"Ain't no money in poetry / That's what sets the poet free"
~~ Gary Clark, lyric of song "Cold Dog Soup"

"What is this life, if full of care / we have no time to stand and stare"
~~ Welsh poet W.H. Davies [1871-1940]

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat."
~~ Alex Levine

"I believe the future is simply the past, entered thru another gate."
~~ Miguel Piñero [1946-88]

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
~~ musician Frank Zappa [1940-93]

"Interest in life is the very best form of wealth."
~~ Erle Stanley Gardner [1889-1970]

"Vigorous writing is concise."
~~ William Strunk, Jr. [1869-1946]

"He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak."
~~ essayist Michel De Montaigne [1533-92]

"We are all born originals. Why is it so many of us die copies?"
~~ poet Edward Young [1683-1765]

"If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right."
~~ French author Jules Renard [1864-1910]

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Working Minds Essay #112: Ayn Rand's Critical Mistake

Lots of folks get Ayn Rand wrong: Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, even radio host Thom Hartmann. They mostly spread misinformation trying to refute the misinformation about Ayn Rand and Objectivism that seeps out of the Republican propaganda machine.

Ayn Rand kicked the Republicans out of her 'circle' in New York in 1968, and she kicked out the Libertarians the next year. The Republicans especially stand on the word 'selfish' and say they love Objectivism but give themselves permission to lie and cheat and steal to win elections. Any claims to Objectivism by Republicans and Libertarians are untrue.

The economies of the United States and Europe are not and never have been capitalism. Robber barons are not capitalists, but they get away with a lot by flying that false flag. Capitalism is the creation of jobs and products and services.

Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy is correct in the existential sense: it matches objective reality. It is also perfectly consistent with the Golden Rule. Although the philosophy is correct, Ayn Rand made one very large mistake, one which has caused a lot of mischief.

Ayn Rand was born in Petrograd, Russia in 1905; she experienced both of the revolutions of 1917; the Bolsheviks took away her father's pharmacy and her family suffered reduced circumstances thereafter. She hated communism for the rest of her life.

You can see videos of Ayn Rand from the late 1970s, mostly from televison appearances, and they are a lot of fun. What is remarkable there is that even at age seventy her Russian accent was pronounced. (She moved to America in 1926, died in New York City in 1982.) It looks on these videos like she thinks in Russian and then speaks in English. That is the source of her major mistake. The term 'selfishness' as used in her novels and her newspaper columns and her collected works is not really what the philosophy intends. The proper word would be 'selfhood', which leaves the Republicans out in the cold. A lot has been lost in that mis-translation.

One must become a (capital-S) Self in order to practice Objectivism. A Self is responsible for his/her actions. A Self has no interest in pressure to conform or to surrender to altruism – altruism is putting the interest of real or abstract strangers before the interest of one's Self or loved ones. A Self chooses and lives from his/her values without agreement being necessary.

So-called Social Darwinism is also a false concept. Charles Darwin used the term 'survival of the fittest' only once in his writingss, and that was a quote of someone else. What Darwin said was “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Mankind's failure to adapt to the reality of climate change has our species destined for extinction in about thirty years. Conservatives use Darwin to justify raping and pillaging the planet – just as they use Objectivism to oppress regulation and civil rights.

One of the items on my Lottery List (what I'll do when I win the Big One) is to obtain the rights for "Atlas Shrugged" and edit a version with the word 'selfishness' replaced by the word 'selfhood'. While the Ayn Rand estate sells 300,000 books each year, in large part to college students, those readers give up the tough road to selfhood partly because the vocabulary in Ayn Rand's books is inaccurate. There is also the 24/7 pressure of the Culture Structure to believe all the crap that recently put a fascist in the White House.

Being a Self provides major advantages in dealing with a sometimes-hostile and often-irrational culture. You should try it.
Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Saturday, February 11, 2017

News Factoid Report: O.R.N.L. Team Converts CO2 to Ethanol

This story seems to have fallen through the cracks and has not been reported except by scientific media.

Back in October 2016, a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory accidentally discovered a nano-process that combines CO2 dissolved in water (club soda?) and a carbon-copper catalyst to produce the fuel ethanol. They were attempting to invoke the first stage of production of methanol, but the process completed itself and produced the ethanol, at an efficiency rate of 60-70%. N.A.S.L. set up a webpage article and uploaded a nice two-minute video short to YouTube, which you can view here.

Fact-checker website Snopes confirms the event, but warns that it is much too early to proclaim any commercial fuel conversion process. The O.R.N.L. team suggests that commercial licensing can not possibly begin for a year at best, and that the O.R.N.L. team will next work on the problem of scalability - the difference between producing a few drops in a laboratory versus gallons per hour.

O.R.N.L. set up a second webpage article in January that emphasizes the work needing to be done. The scientist team also suggests that the probable first use of their discovery will be to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and also to utilize any excess electricity made during the day from wind and solar (that otherwise is lost for lack of storage methodology).

Early stages, yes, but a breakthrough is a breakthrough: Congratulation to American scientists!

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, January 30, 2017

News Factoid Report: Trump Owns 19% of Russian Oil Company?

On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to parties unknown. This was done through a dizzying array of Cayman Islands shell companies, so that the most that can be said with certainty now is that the money in play was originally loaned out to the shell layers by V.T.B., the Russian government’s official bank.

Why is this interesting or important to Americans? Let's connect a few dots here.

The much-maligned recent 35-page Steele Dossier included at least three topics of concern: damaging sexual allegations that, if true, would be potential cause of blackmail against President Trump; financial allegations that, if true, would also be possible cause for blackmail against President Trump; and allegations of treasonous communication and payments between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The document's contents have enough veracity that U.S. intelligence officials delivered a 2-page analysis brief on the matter last Summer to then-candidate Trump, VP Biden, and President Obama.

James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017), described the leaks as damaging to U.S. national security but said that the intelligence community had as yet made no judgment on the truth or falsity of the information.

The Steele Dossier reports that Vladimir Putin offered Donald Trump 19% of Rosneft if Trump became America's president and removed sanctions. The dossier said this in July, and the sale didn’t happen until early December. And 19.5% surely is a match for '19% plus a brokerage commission'.

So Emperor Trump is in a bind: if he removes or reduces the sanctions against Putin and other Russian oligarchs, then he proves the allegations of the Steele Dossier true; and NOT reducing those sanctions is likely to make Putin very, very mad.

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, January 23, 2017

Working Minds Essay #111: "Told You So, 2021"

Back during the 2012 election cycle before Barack Obama was re-elected, I kept being confronted with the Republican meme that 'no one could have predicted' the G.O.P. Economic Meltdown of 2008, still very real. Well, economist Paul Krugman had and economist Nouriel Roubini had, and so had I, the intuitive economist. So I looked over my prior WMail Ezine and Dateline Chamesa blogposts and found a bunch of my predictions slash warnings, which began in 2004. I put them together as a blog post called "Patting Myself On The Back" that was posted on Sunday 9 September 2012.

Here we are again. The blind and propagandized rabble have elected (more or less) idiot billionaire and fascist Emperor Donald J. Trump to occupy the White House for the next four years. OMG, right?

Donald has no clue, the Republicans control both houses of Congress, things are going to get much worse very quickly. (It's really very simple: Take what the fascist kleptocrats want to do and predict what will result when they do it.)

VERY PREDICTABLE

The banks will be deregulated and either the inflated rental home mortgage market will collapse or too many citizens will be unable to pay their outrageous student loans, and the student loan derivatives market will collapse. Or both.

E.P.A. regulations will be rolled back and oil companies and other polluters will destroy the rivers and lakes and aquifers and farmland of America, transforming Middle America into Third World economic hellholes.

Scientists have named 2016 as the hottest year on record, which makes three in a row. Together with devastations from pollution, food crops will shrink and groceries will become scarce, as will potable water in extended areas.

Ruptures occur on existing pipelines every day due to fiscal irresponsibility, as do railroad tankcar wrecks. ('Hell, repairs and maintenence cost money!'). There will be several major pipeline and-or railcar failures that leave large landscapes poisoned forever.

When Barack Obama took office as President, the unemployment rate that he inherited from George Dubya Bush was ten percent - America was losing as many as 770,000 jobs per month. When Barack Obama left office, the unemployment rate was around 4.5%, and his policies created as many as 250,000 new jobs each month. With or without a repeat of the G.O.P. Economic Meltdown of 2008, expect the policies of Emperor Trump and the troglodytes in Congress to return America to 10% unemployment, possibly within his first year. For example, cancelling Obamacare will eliminate as many as 3 million jobs in the health sector alone.

UNCLEAR BUT LIKELY

George W. Bush was warned about al Qaida in Summer of 2001, but he blew it off and the terrorists crashed four hijacked passenger planes in Pennsylvania and Virginia and New York City on September 11th. Trump cares even less about national security or being briefed on military intelligence than Bush, so Trump is going to miss something or other and hundreds of non-combatant Americans will die.

The Women Against Trump rallies were surprisingly peaceful. Even though Washington, DC cops had to deal with the anarchist (not liberals) rioting on Inauguration Day, only a handful of TV reporters and print journalists were rounded up 'by mistake' over the weekend. As the economy gets worse and demonstrations get larger and more intense, the civil rights violations that were unleashed against the Occupy Movement will reappear. TV pseudo-news will be showing weather maps and also riot maps every evening. Airports and commuter rail centers will be closed, further directly messing with lives of the innocent.

There is already grounds for impeaching Trump, since he refuses to transfer his businesses to blind trusts in conformance with the Emoluments Clauses. Not a good plan, however, because impeachment of Trump makes Mike Pence the President. Impeach Pence (no reason yet known) and you get Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who campaigns on the destruction of Social Security and of Medicare, as the new President. And the already unhappy sexist, racist, fascist rabble won't like any such events one bit.

WORST CASE SCENARIO

Emperor Trump's ego really, really wants to suspend all civil liberties. He truly believes that he deserves to declare martial law, the problem will be how long his handlers can prevent him from doing so. He can't stand the low turnout for his inauguration and parade (empty stands!) and his team has worked hard to lie into existence 'alternative facts'. Any little riots here and there can be used as the excuse for autocratic counter measures, no doubt termed as acts of 'anti-terrorism'.

The military will have to make a choice: obey the Supreme Commander or obey the Constitution. Truly, it could go either way, essentially by region or city. Civil war is entirely possible with Emperor Trump in the Oval Office.

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I also predict that sales of Nyquil and prescription opioids will go thru the roof as these events become real.

Predictions are now in place. We will know how right I am by 2021 or before.

My preference is that I am wrong on every single item, but that result is surely a fantasy.

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Friday, January 06, 2017

2016 Year-End Website Statistics

Total page count on my various domains is now 1,508 (up 47), total coded Amazon-link book, DVD, et cetera covers now 25,849 (up 1,900); now 593 connections on LinkedIn; now 199 friends on two Facebook accounts (up 88); and 30 postings this year to my Dateline Chamesa weblog [est. 2005] {all-time total now 358}.

Part of this task is adding the details on a webstats page: anyone who wants to know the details can go to http://www.genordell.com/webstats.htm.

That's it, gotta get back to work updating even more stuff . . .

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

January 2017 Quotations (51)

"I finally found some affordable health insurance. Unfortunately, the annual deductible is four hundred thousand dollars."
~~ G.E. Nordell

“The white working class is about to be betrayed.”
~~ Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist

"The ability to quote is a servicable substitute for wit."
~~ W. Somerset Maugham [1874-1965]

"Du lieber Gott! was so ein Mann / Nicht alles, alles denken kann!"
"Dear God! The things that such a man / Can think of! Nothing! Everything!"
~~ {Johann Wolfgang von} Goethe [1749-1832] - in "Faust Part 1, Chapter 16" [1809]

"Your [Working Minds] website has always had the best collection of thoughtful quotations anywhere, ever."
~~ reader and T.E.D. speaker Dan Pallotta

"Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection."
~~ French polymath Jules Henri Poincaré [1854-1912]

"When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation."
~~ British philosopher Herbert Spencer [1820-1903]

"If a man is in too big a hurry to give up an error he is liable to give up some truth with it."
~~ Wilbur Wright [1867-1912], in 1902

"It's like religion. Heresy [in science] is thought of as a bad thing, whereas it should be just the opposite."
~~ astrophysicist Dr. Thomas Gold [1920-2004]

"Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way."
~~ Blaise Pascal [1623-62]

"The good is slow because going uphill; evil is fast because going downhill."
~~ Alexander Dumas, fils [1824-95]

"A woman is like an artichoke, you must work hard to get to her heart."
~~ Inspector Jacques Clouseau, star of "The Pink Panther" Movies

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."
~~ Marcel Proust [1871-1922]

"I cannot live without books."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Change is not merely necessary to life – it is Life."
~~ futurist Alvin Toffler [1928-2016]

“Nothing that comes easy is worth a dime.”
~~ Wayne Woodrow 'Woody' Hayes [1913-87], football coach at Ohio State University

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”
~~ Paul Brown [1908-91], coached the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns football teams

"If you can't stay sober to write, who will stay sober to read you?"
~~ advice to young Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961] while in Paris

"The right to vote is a consequence, not a primary cause, of a free social system – and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"It is amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them."
~~ Louisa May Alcott [1832-88]

"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing."
~~ Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales, in July 2004

"some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly."
~~ Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]

"Trump [is] a fascist. Not in the sense of an all-purpose bad guy, but in the sense of somebody who sincerely believes that the toxic combination of strong government and strong corporations should run the nation and the world."
~~ columnist Michael Kinsley

"If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you."
~~ line in the movie "The Last Word" [2017], also gangster Al Capone [1899-1947]

"Farting is such sweet sorrow."
~~ 'Billy Bob' Shakespeare

“The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.”
~~ Carl Sagan [1934-96]

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.“
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87] , in "Giovanni's Room" (1956 novel)

“There is no comfort anywhere for anyone who dreads to go home.“
~~ Laura Ingalls Wilder [1867-1957], in "Little Town On The Prairie" (1941 novel)

“You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.“
~~ Ursula K. Le Guin, in "The Dispossessed" (1974 novel)

“Procrastination most often arises from a sense that there is too much to do, and hence no single aspect of the to-do worth doing. Underneath this rather antic form of action-as-inaction is the much more unsettling question whether anything is worth doing at all.”
~~ Canadian philosopher Mark Kingwell

"Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided."
~~ entertainer Mae West [1893-1980]

"One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being."
~~ poet May Sarton [1912-95]

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying [that] you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
~~ Jason Schaefer, computer consultant in Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Never does not exist for the human mind . . . only Not yet"
~~ opening title of 1929 silent movie "Woman In The Moon" by Fritz Lang [1890-1976]

"Nobody deserves Donald Trump, not even his supporters."
~~ Wisconsin journalist Bill Leuders

"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel [within] ourselves, poetry."
~~ Irish poet William Butler Yeats [1865-1939]

"All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings."
~~ William Wordsworth [1750-1850], in 1802

"We're all alone in a meaningless world."
~~ Joy Williams

"That's the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up."
~~ Walt Disney [1901-66]

"Revolutionary justice is not based on legal precepts, but on moral conviction."
~~ Fidel Castro [1926-2016], in 1959

"Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row."
~~ Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

"Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
~~ Steve Jobs [1955-2011]

"When you truly love your journey, the destination is just a bonus."
~~ motivational speaker Katrina Mayer

"Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth. Liberal democrats are the lowest form of politicians."
~~ Gen. George S. Patton [1885-1945]

"All artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes."
~~ singer-songwriter Lionel Ritchie

"The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use."
~~ Gustave Eiffel [1832-1923]

"Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him."
~~ roadside church marquee

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

News Factoids for Fourth Quarter 2016

An excellent article in The Washington Post shows how far the country is moving toward becoming an Oligarchy: just ten donors poured more than $1.1 billion into super PACs in the 2016 election alone.

Half of the guns in the U.S.A. are owned by 3 percent of the people, with an average of 17 guns each, while only 22% of the U.S. population own a gun.

Because of the G.O.P.'s defunding of health clinics and of sex education in the schools, syphilis rose 19% to 24,000 cases for the year, gonorrhea is up 13% to 400,000 cases, and clamydia is up 6% to 1.5 million cases.

U.S. coffee consumption pushed global demand to a new record high, and coffee drinkers 19-34 now account for 44% of U.S. coffee consumption.

Official New Mexico results: 804,043 voters cast ballots in November, or 62.4 percent of the 1,289,414 voters who were registered in time to vote in the general election.

Worldwide economic stagnation: 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.
— per Wall Street Journal and a July 2016 study by the Mckinsey Global Institute

Arctic in crisis: A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) shows that in 2016 the Arctic experienced the warmest land temperatures on record, the lowest snow cover on record, and the lowest fall sea-ice cover on record.
— TIME Magazine 12/2016

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

G.O.P. Health Plan for 2017

The fascist Republican Party will control all three branches of the U.S. federal government in a few weeks. They have long been trying to destroy ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act of March 2010), they have already seriously defunded sex education and public health services (syphilis is up 19% as a result), and the A.L.E.C. group funded by the Koch Brothers is passing state and local laws to criminalize abortion, i.e. eliminate a woman's choice in her own health care.

Well, that moves society back to the options of the 1950s. I grew up in the (then) white-bread town of Culver City, which is in West Los Angeles, California. The widely-known secret solution when some teenager got pregnant was to ask around for The Phone Number of someone in Tijuana, find the cash to pay for it, then cross the border to Mexico and hope that the girl survives the expedition. (Depending on the situation, the male might or might not be told, and then might or might not participate.)

So American society is regressing to 1950s-style health care.

The Republican Party health plan for 2017 is this:

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

Thursday, December 01, 2016

November 2016 Quotations (54)

"Donald Trump won, America lost."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

"A man ought to study philosophy, up to the point of looking on generals and donkey-drivers in the same light."
~~ Cynic philosopher Crates of Thebes (365?-285? BCE), quoted by Greek historian Diogenes Laërtius [Third Century AD]

"The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

“Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.”
~~ Samuel Lover [1797-1868]

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~~ Eleanor Roosevelt [1884-1962]

"Worse than telling a lie is spending the rest of your life staying true to a lie."
~~ blogger Robert Brault

"Oy f*@#king vey!"
~~ New Yorker Magazine cartoonist David Sipress

"What if the purpose of business is creativity, not wealth extraction?"
~~ media entrepreneur John Battelle

"Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living."
~~ labor leader Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones [1837-1930]

"So the people have spoken, giving the finger to the Washington Consensus and electing an admitted sexual predator and proven prevaricator so lacking in impulse control that he spent the early morning hours of one day cyberbullying a beauty pageant contestant he had once humiliated in person. Strike up 'Hail to the Chief'."
~~ journalist Lou Dubose

"Silence can be either protest or consent, but most times it's fear."
~~ poet & novelist Paul Beatty

“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
~~ George Orwell [1903-50], in his 1949 novel "1984"

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
~~ L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery, OBE [1874-1942] of Canada, in "Anne of Green Gables" [1908]

“Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you to know with which ear you’ll listen.”
~~ Ray Bradbury [1920-2012], in his 1953 novel "Fahrenheit 451"

“And know that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
~~ John Steinbeck [1902-68], in his 1952 novel "East of Eden"

“Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’ It’s saying, ‘You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.’”
~~ novelist Jodi Picoult, in the 2013 novel "The Storyteller"

“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”
~~ Matthew Quick, in the 2008 novel "The Silver Linings Playbook"

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It . . . tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”
~~ Arthur Golden, in the 1997 novel "Memoirs of A Geisha"

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
~~ Haruki Murakami

“Be good, be young, be true! Evil is nothing but vanity, let us have the pride of good, and above all let us never despair.”
~~ Alexander Dumas, fils [1824-95], in "The Lady of The Camellias" [1848]

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
~~ Frank Herbert [1920-86], in the novel "Dune" [1965]

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940], in the 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby"

“As long as you live, there’s always something waiting; and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do? You can’t stop living.”
~~ Truman Capote [1924-84], in the 1966 novel "In Cold Blood"

“You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still lots of good in the world.”
~~ S.E. Hinton, in the 1967 novel "The Outsiders"

“None of those other things makes a difference. Love is the strongest thing in the world, you know. Nothing can touch it. Nothing comes close. If we love each other we’re safe from it all. Love is the biggest thing there is.”
~~ David Guterson, in the 1994 novel "Snow Falling On Cedars"

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”
~~ J.K. Rowling, in the 2000 novel "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire"

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
~~ Roald Dahl [1916-90], in "The Witches" [1983]

“Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so [that] I will have enough, when the time comes.”
~~ Margaret Atwood, in the 1985 novel "The Handmaid’s Tale"

“The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.”
~~ British critic William Hazlitt [1778-1830]

"Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day."
~~ writer E.B. White [1899-1985]

"Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy. I don't understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn't like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It's the kind of life [that] a decent man leads, it's something to live for and to die for."
~~ screenwriter Dalton Trumbo [1905-76]

"Actually, the best gift [that] you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures . . ."
~~ Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98], in the novel "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" [1865]

“Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941], in her 1922 novel "Jacob’s Room"

"Sometimes the only choices [that] you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose."
~~ 12th Doctor Who

"Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future - if mankind is to have a future."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul."
~~ cinema master Ingmar Bergman [1918-2007]

"When American voters say Congress is owned by big companies, this [so-called '21st Century Cures' Act] bill is exactly what they are talking about. Now, we face a choice. Will this Congress say that yes, we're bought and paid for, or will we stand up and work for the American people?"
~~ Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a 'barnburner' floor speech on 28 November 2016

"I have done my work."
~~ last words of John Stuart Mill [1806-73]

"You're never too old to rock and roll if you're too young to die."
~~ Jethro Tull band (1976 song lyric)

"Great thinkers are there not for us to respect unquestioningly but rather to question respectfully."
~~ Thanh T. Nguyen

"We must have the courage to be intolerant of those who take advantage of democracy in order to destroy it."
~~ German academic & politician Carlo Schmid [1896-1979], in 1948

"In recent weeks, there's been an avalanche of evidence of our species' bottomless capacity for stupidity, savagery, and tribal hatred. An alarming number of our existing and would-be leaders have shown themselves to be clueless, corrupt, self-serving scoundrels and buffoons."
~~ William Falk, "The Week Magazine"

"There's one way to find out if a man is honest. Ask him. If he says 'yes', you know he is a crook."
~~ Groucho Marx [1890-1977]

"Liberty is not inherent in any form of government, it is in the heart of the free man."
~~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau [1712-78]

"Every tyrant from Mao to Perón rules in the name of the people; [this] claim does not lessen their suffering."
~~ Jill Lepore

"You're not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear."
~~ retired U.S.A.F. General Michael Hayden

"There is only now."
~~ dancer George Balanchine [1904-83]

"Why is it that when we grab for heaven – socialist or capitalist or even religious – we so often produce hell."
~~ Margaret Atwood

"Reality is one of the possibilities [that] I cannot afford to ignore."
~~ Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen [1934-2016]

"We experience pain and difficulty as failure instead of saying: I will pass thru this, everyone [that] I have ever admired has passed thru this, music has come out of this, literature has come out of it."
~~ novelist Marilynne Robinson

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"Politeness is an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy."
~~ Arthur Schopenhauer [1788-1860]

"As long as human beings aspire, they will be capable of corrupting the object of their aspiration."
~~ Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor

"If any two people could ever really get inside each other's head, it would scare the pee out of both of them."
~~ mystery author John D. MacDonald [1916-86]

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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Breaking News: Swing States Recounts

On Wednesday November 23rd, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced that she will ask for recounts in the three very close swing states if We The People step up and provide the money to do so. (Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania had a difference between Trump & Clinton of less than 100,000 votes.) The first $2.5 million for a Wisconsin recount - Friday deadline - was raised from grassroots donors by the end of the day! The recount costs for Pennsylvania - Monday deadline - and Michigan - Wednesday deadline - total another $4.5 million. As-of Thursday afternoon, the Election Integrity funding webpage has already received $4.1 million!

Just say 'thank you'.
Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Post-Election Factoids

The American voter has spoken, and they should be ashamed!

The system produced a terrible result, as per election district gerrymandering by the Republican Party back in 2012.

Hillary Clinton won the nationwide popular vote 60,467,601 (47.7%) versus 60,072,561 for Donald Trump (47.4%) – 395,000 more than The Donald.

But Trump-Pence's all-money, no ground-game campaign achieved 306 electoral votes (270 needed to win) versus 232 electoral votes for Clinton-Kaine.

The Democrats needed 73,000 more votes in Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) and 28,000 more votes in Wisconsin (10 electoral votes) and 14,000 more votes in Michigan (16 electoral votes). You could say that the fascists won the election because that many Democratic or independent voters stayed home.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson pulled away votes, maybe half from the Democrats and half from the Republicans; in those three states, the Johnson-Weld ticket received 142,653 and 106,442 and 172,073 respectively, enough to alter the electoral result had they not been on the ballot. Johnson-Weld's national total was just over 4 million votes.

The larger picture is that there are 320 million people in the U.S. of A. Of those, there are 230 million eligible voters. Of those, 140 million actually vote in the presidential election cycle. That gives 90 million ungrateful Americans whose self worth is so absent that they threw away this democratic election and surrendered to the fascists.

Plenty of blame to go around. What we need to do now is prevent desecration of the U.S. Constitution by the three branches of the U.S. government now (or about to be) controlled by the fascist Republican Party and the oligarchs who own them.

The next four years could very well be worse – both long-term and short-term – than the eight years of George Dubya.

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

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Working Minds Essay #110: Voter Suppression 2016

A recent oped by columnist Diane Dimond -- syndicated to small newspapers in New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and other states as well as to many news blogs -- chastises Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for expressing her opinion; that attack is censorship. While such comments are rare from federal judges, Ginsberg is in full compliance with her First Amend-ment right to free speech.

The editorial policy of these news outlets will, of course, continue to absolve the fascist members of the U.S. Supreme Court from their many impeachable offenses. The secret Powell Memorandum of August 1971 spelled out how to take control of the federal government and that plan is just about fulfilled – except for the pesky matter of citizens still being able to vote. (The millions of dollars spent by the Republican Party on voter suppression is an effort to solve that problem.)

Counting the recently-deceased Justice Scalia, the Fascist Five on the Supreme Court are all members of the Federalist Society and all are signatories to P.N.A.C. (the Project for the New American Century) – each of which alliance is a violation of their oath of office. (It also happens that all five are/were Catholic, but that is not a crime.)

In addition, Justice Thomas worked for Monsanto Chemical for four years, and yet will not recuse himself, saying nothing in court and always voting for Monsanto. He is married to conservative lobbyist Virginia Lamp Thomas, and misses every opportunity to recuse himself whenever issues that she is working on come before the court. Justice Thomas also appears at Republican political fundraiser events.

Justice Scalia served on the Supreme Court for almost 30 years, doing all sorts of damage to civil rights issues. His son Eugene Scalia is a Washington, DC lawyer who has argued before the court; Scalia did not recuse himself on those occasions. Scalia has messed up the court's decision-making even in death, since the Republican Party violates their oath of office by refusing to hold hearings to replace Scalia.

Justice Roberts committed perjury at his confirmation hearings, over the issue of stare decicis (an important judicial term that means ‘bound by precedent’). More importantly, his execrable decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C. declared the United States to be a fascist country. Aside from the wrongness of that decision, he was able to support the decision only with ludicrous legal citations. Any law student knows that citing a dissent in a homework assignment can get you a failed grade; Roberts cited 25 such dissents in Citizens United v. F.E.C., which makes the decision worthless.

But then, here we are. The implementation of the Powell Memo plan has delivered a fascist Supreme Court and Congress, and there is nowhere to seek redress of grievances. The Republican-controlled Senate will not take even the first step toward impeachment of anyone on the Supreme Court (nor of folks like Mitch McConnell within Congress), so the only avenue left to the American citizen (short of violence) is to vote and vote and vote, until Citizens United is reversed.

The national election for President looks like a big win for Hillary Clinton, but congressional and state contests are less certain. Equally important is for every eligible voter to show up for every local election, from city council to school board to dogcatcher.

Your vote matters. If it did not, the Republican Party and its dark money PACs would not be spending millions of dollars to take it away from you.

If the Republican Party had anything of value to offer the American voter they would not have to lie and cheat and steal to win elections.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 2016 Quotations (57),
featuring George Bernard Shaw

“If the Republican Party had anything of value to offer the American voter they would not have to lie and cheat and steal to win elections.”
~~ G.E. Nordell

“'Madame President'. Say it with us now. It's gonna happen. Get used to it."
~~ comment on Washington Post website by 'Gabarus' on October 2

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Selected Quotations of George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths."

"No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office."

"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."

"No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect."

"No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious."

"Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious."

"Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability."

"Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience."

"Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability."

"Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else."

"Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long."

"Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice."

"Manners are more important than laws and upon them, to a great deal, the law depends."

"Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open."

"Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."

"Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive."

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."

"Very few people can afford to be poor."

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"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone – if it is to keep its edge."
~~ George R.R. Martin

"All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

"Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock."
~~ futurist Alvin Toffler [1928-2016]

"Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955] (quoted by A.P. French in 'Einstein: A Centenary Volume')

"There are no good people. You really don't want to fool yourself. A lot of the people we admire and respect – they're no good either. Stop living your life like it was possible to be a good person. There are only heroes. Only ordinary people who are dancing to an opportunity beyond themselves. No good people. Only people like you and me."
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard, in 1988

"Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere."
~~ Mary Schmich, columnist for the Chicago Tribune

“Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists."
~~ Nikola Tesla [1856-1943]

“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.”
~~ author Laurie Halse Anderson, in "Speak" [1999]

"Wondering if you're happy is a great shortcut to being depressed."
~~ line from movie "20th Century Women" [2016]

“Sometimes the hardest thing in life is learning which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
~~ David Russell

"It's a rare book that wins the battle against drooping eyelids."
~~ Tracy Chevalier

"An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks [that] it would be a good idea to give them."
~~ Andy Warhol [1928-87]

"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too."
~~ Voltaire [1694-1778]

"Even funnier than watching the monkeys at the zoo is observing these humans on the loose."
~~ Kodo Sawaki Roshi [1880-1965]

"Do not seek the truth; only cease to cherish opinions."
~~ poem Hsin Hsin Ming [VIIth Century China]

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist."
~~ Irish playwright & author Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"I am still learning."
~~ Michelangelo [1475-1564], at age 87

"Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people."
~~ Henry Kissinger

"If corporations are people, I demand to see Monsanto's birth certificate."
~~ Barbara Mathieson

"And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."
~~ historian Blanche Wiesen Cook

"[Albert Einstein] lived his life as though there was no distinction between art and science."
~~ Barry Munitz, then-president of the J. Paul Getty Trust (2004)

“The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”
~~ Knute Rockne [1888-1931], football coach at Notre Dame

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and the Bush-Rove-Cheney Machine is the no-bid contract supplier of fear."
~~ G.E. Nordell, in June 2006

"The right to agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
~~ Richard L. Evans [1906-71]

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”
~~ trainer Joe McAuliffe

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”
~~ Dennis P. Kimbro

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize [that] they were the big things.”
~~ blogger Robert Brault

"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us."
~~ activist Dorothy Day [1897-1980]

“Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

“I’d rather chase the sun than wait for it.”
~~ Australian author Marcus Zusak

“Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616], from stageplay "Twelfth Night" [circa 1600]

“What is my favorite quote? 'No.' – Rosa Parks'.“
~~ unnamed Cleveland, Ohio stage actor

"Our species is one, and each of the individuals who compose it are entitled to equal moral consideration."
~~ Michael Ignatieff of Canada

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads."
~~ British author H.G. Wells [1866-1946]

"That's still a pretty well kept secret, that hard work pays off. They don't tell it, they don't shout it, they kind of keep it a secret. But I can tell you, with me, it's absolutely proven."
~~ Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's, Inc

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference do you want to make."
~~ Dame Jane Goodall

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

Working Minds Essay #109: Explaining Flat U.S. Job Growth



The Republicans continue to blame President Obama, but the entire G.O.P. Economic Meltdown took place in 2008, before Barack Obama became President in January 2009.

The U.S. economy got better immediately upon passage of the Democratic Party's Stimulus Package in early 2009, which the Republicans continue to work at cancelling.

As you can see on the chart here, job creation has been positive since Obama's first month in office, every single month.

The problem though is the Republican Congress and their promise to prevent any legislation proposed by Obama or the Democrats. So no jobs have been created by fixing our decrepit infrastructure, no stimulus for the alternative energy industry (both an economic and an energy solution), no pressure brought to bear on Wall Street or the megabanks to provide loans for small or medium businesses, while big business resists hiring new workers (in the U.S.).

The key fact left out of all the news for these seven years is that the U.S. economy needs 250,000 jobs each month to keep up with population growth. This is why the Obama Administration rightfully reports jobs created each month in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 – quite an accomplishment given the fierce opposition – and the jobless rate remains between 4 and 5 percent (and 15% for minorities and 25% for teens and 50% for Native Americans).

President Obama's hands are tied, Congress does absolutely nothing, Republicans sue the Supreme Court to reverse Obama's Executive Orders, and the economy remains dire for the Middle Class and the Working Poor.
Copyright 2016 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Side Note: This is posting #350 on this blog.

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.

ECONOMICS DEPT.
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".

SAVE A TREE DEPT.
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.

PLANNING AHEAD DEPT.
The domain name www.impeachTrump.com was registered in January 2011.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DEPT.
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.

GLOBAL WARMING DEPT.
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}