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Monday, July 18, 2022

July 2022 Quotations (52)

"Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again."
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"I figured out why carbon credits seem like a bad idea: It is like an overweight person paying a friend to go to the gym and exercise for them."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The only thing that can stop a bad politician with a vote is a good citizen with a vote."
~~ Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State

"When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life."
~~ Antisthenes [446?-366? B.C.E.], Greek philosopher and star pupil of Socrates [470?-399 B.C.E.]

"Flexibility comes from having multiple choices; wisdom comes from having multiple perspectives."
~~ Robert Dilts

"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on."
~~ Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
~~ sci-fi author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007], in "The Sirens of Titan" [1959]

"It's time to state the obvious: The Republican Party has gone bull goose bonkers. Its leaders have turned the G.O.P. brand into an unprincipled gaggle of corporate profiteers, hatemongers, and screwball conspiracy theorists."
~~ populist author Jim Hightower

found text for back of t-shirt: "for sale by owner"
found text for back of t-shirt: "cooking time varies with equipment used"
found text for back of t-shirt: "Conditions apply.*"

"Getting old is hazardous to your health."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50], in the 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

How many Santa Feans does it take to screw in a light bulb? One hundred: one to screw it in and ninety-nine to attend the opening.
~~ joke first heard circa 1989

"Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't."
~~ English writer D.H. Lawrence [1885-1930]

"Chasing your dreams is not for the faint of heart."
~~ cooking show host Christina Tosi's mom, Greta

"Money can’t buy you class, but it can post bail."
~~ Jack Balderrama Morley

"It is good to trust others, but not to do so is much better."
~~ Benito Mussolini [1883-1945]

"In our blue Pacific continent, machine guns, fighter jets, gray ships, and green battalions are not our primary security concern. The single greatest threat to our very existence is climate change."
~~ Inia Seruiratu, Fiji's Minister for Defense

"The masses are already longing for a dictator."
~~ Benito Mussolini [1883-1945], in 1921

Greater Fool Theory: During a market bubble, an investor can make money by purchasing a risky asset because there will always be someone dumb enough to buy it from them at a higher price.

"A clown with a flamethrower still has a flamethrower."
~~ Charlie Sykes, writer for The Bulwark U.K. [est. 2018]

"Honestly, I just assume that many declines in the quality of American life for the foreseeable future will be announced with 'In a 6–3 decision . . .' "
~~ Tom Nichols, contributing writer at The Atlantic Magazine target="_blank"

"On the hope of our free nation rests the hope of all free nations."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"The Truth has no defense against a fool determined to believe a lie."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"I was taught in school that the American experiment was rooted in consensus and compromise. But internet algorithms have put us at an uncompromising moment of nonconsensual reality."
~~ artist Chris Ware

"A world that limits women’s power and influence also robs itself of women’s talents and contributions."
~~ Melinda French Gates

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."
~~ Nora Ephron [1941-2012]

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
~~ French painter Henri Matisse [1869-1954]

"I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk."
~~ batshit crazy Cong. Lauren Boebert [GOP CO-03]

"Everything’s a war."
~~ conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

"New Mexico is a reproductive safe haven state – and it will remain that way as long as I am Governor."
~~ Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

"Today one must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being."
~~ John Le Carré and American poet May Sarton [1912-1995]

"If you’re not barefoot, then you are overdressed."
~~ Unknown

"There'll never be any revolution. Humanity has bartered it for Coca-Cola and cable television."
~~ Swedish author Liza Marklund

"The world is all gates, all opportunities."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"ALGEBRA: The great value in teaching algebra is not that everyone will use it. Some people will indeed use it, but the others have learned skills of Reason that they can use anywhere."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."
~~ baseball great Hank Aaron [1934-2021]

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

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
~~ Herm Albright [1876-1944]

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."
~~ cinema master Woody Allen

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
~~ Lucille Ball [1911-89]

"Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks."
~~ Henri Bergson [1859-1941]

"Allan Watts once asked me what spiritual practice I follow, and I responded, 'underlining books'."
~~ mythologist Joseph Campbell [1904-87]

"It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop."
~~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961], in "Hemingway On War" [2008]

"Consider that all accomplishment is constituted by a series of resolved breakdowns."
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard

"When people do not ignore what they should ignore, but ignore what they should not ignore, this is known as ignorance."
~~ Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi [IVth Century B.C.E.]

About New Coke, 1985: "Some critics will say Coca-Cola made a marketing mistake. Some cynics will say that we planned the whole thing. The truth is [that] we are not that dumb, and we are not that smart."
~~ Donald Keough [1926-2015], president/COO of Coca-Cola, 1981-93

"The common thing between all the men I've loved? Meee!"
~~ French actress Jeanne Moreau [1928-2017]

"Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity."
~~ musician Frank Zappa [1940-93]

"Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar."
~~ Cong. Liz Cheney [GOP WY-01]

"We need to show up for the 2022 Midterms as if we were Ukrainians."
~~ Bette Midler, in May 2022

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

Friday, July 08, 2022

Working Minds Essay #119: REASON-BASED TAXATION and OIL CORPORATION TAXES

The price of gasoline at the pump is not caused by the President, but by the greedy unregulated oil corporations.

One of the basic elements of the Reason-Based Taxation solution is that corporations are entitled to a ten percent profit on pre-tax revenue; many corporations struggle to make even a 5% or 3% profit. R.B.T. specifies that any profits above 10% are taxed at 50 percent, no loopholes. (The details here are one reason that the text of the R.B.T. document runs four pages.)

• British energy giant Shell reported a record quarterly profit of $9.13 billion for the quarter ending 31 March 2022 – nearly triple the $3.2 billion reported in the same quarter last year and beating out its previous record from 2008; the massive profit comes despite the company having to write down $3.9 billion for its decision to exit operations in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine. — google search
• Shell revenue for the quarter ending 31 March 2022 was $83.164 billion, a 40.68% increase year-over-year. — Macrotrends LLC

The math is very clear (but you can skip to the result if you want to.)
Divide the $13.03B profit by the $83.164B revenue and it comes out as 15.667% profit!
Thus 5.667% excess profit times the $83.164B revenue comes out as $4,712,903.80.
Multiply that figure times 50% and it will cost Shell $2.356B in taxes under R.B.T.
– an amount paid to both the greedy shareholders - times two - and to the taxpayers

RESULT #1 = $4,712,903.80 in excess profit for just three months

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So I also looked at ExxonMobil USA

• ExxonMobil Corporation first-quarter 2022 earnings of $5.5 billion; first-quarter results included an unfavorable identified item of $3.4 billion associated with the planned exit from Russia Sakhalin-1; earnings excluding identified items were $8.8 billion, an increase of more than $6 billion versus the first quarter of 2021
• ExxonMobil website shows first-quarter 'cash flow' of $48 billion and earnings of $23.040 billion for profits of 47.9%.
• The Trailing Twelve Months (TTM) column on SeekingAlpha shows total revenues of $309.269 billion and 'gross profit' of $98.367 billion

Here's the math (or skip ahead)
Divide the $98.367B profit by the $309.269B revenue and it comes out as 31.80% profit! - twice what Shell made.
Thus 21.80% excess profit times the $309.269B revenue comes out as $6,742,064.20.
Multiply that figure times 50% and it will cost ExxonMobil $3.371B in taxes under R.B.T.
– an amount paid to both the greedy shareholders - times two - and to the taxpayers

RESULT #2 = $6,742,064.20 in excess profit for just three months

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While families on tight budgets struggle to pay the sky-high price of gas at the pump, these five oil companies more than tripled their profits in the first quarter of 2022: Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips brought in an average of over 200 percent more in profits than in the first quarter of 2021 – a total of more than $35 billion in profits in just three months.

• Shell’s first quarter profits were 180 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2021. Shell made $19.3 billion in total profits in 2021 on revenue of $272.657B (Shell bought back $8.5 billion in stocks).

• ExxonMobil’s first quarter profits were 220 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2021. ExxonMobil made $23 billion in total profits in 2021 on revenue of $285.64B (ExxonMobil pledged $30 billion in stock buy backs).

• Chevron’s first quarter profits were 280 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2021. Chevron made $15.6 billion in total profits in 2021 on revenue of $162.465B (Chevron plans $10 billion in stock buy backs by the end of 2022).

• BP’s first quarter profits were 140 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2021. BP made $12.8 billion in total profits in 2021 on revenue of $164.195B (BP expanded its stock buyback plan to $2.5 billion in 2022).

• ConocoPhillips’ first quarter profits were 380 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2021. ConocoPhillips made $8 billion in total profits in 2021 on revenue of $48.3B (ConocoPhillips plans $10 billion in stock buy backs in 2022).

These five oil corporations made $78.7 billion in total profits on combined revenue of $933.257 billion in 2021.

RESULT #3 = 2021 $78.7B total profits were only 8.43% of revenue in 2021, but much higher in the first quarter of 2022.

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• Shell first-quarter 2022 revenue was $83.164 billion with quarterly profit of $9.13 billion

• ExxonMobil first-quarter 2022 'cash flow' was $48 billion with quarterly profit of $23.040 billion

• Chevron first-quarter 2022 revenue was $52 billion with quarterly profit of $6.3 billion

• BP first-quarter 2022 cash flow was $51.220 billion with quarterly profit of $6.2 billion

• ConocoPhillips first-quarter 2022 revenue was $19.29 billion with quarterly profit of $4.3 billion

RESULT #4 = combined first-quarter 2022 revenue of $253.674B and total profits of $48.97B compute as 19.3% profits, for 9.3% in excess profits – which were generated entirely by corporate war-profiteering: $23.59 billion extracted from American consumers because the pirates of Wall Street are unregulated.

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

IT IS TIME FOR ME TO WRITE A BOOK

Misinformation and propaganda about matters of economics continue to be spread by the fascist Republican propaganda machine. Trolls on Facebook repeat their drivel and Report anyone who 'harasses' them by telling the truth (censoring the truth teller with 30 days in Facebook Jail). Being tired of this meaningless battle is natural, but it will stop only when I and others *DO SOMETHING*.

Well, the next Working Minds essay that I write needs to be on the topic "Fascism For Dummkopfs", since so many fascist Republicans have no clue and are brainwashed into calling anybody who disagrees with them 'fascist', including folks in the anti-fa (anti-fascist) movement.

The plan for the book is to use already-existing Working Minds essays, possibly updating each one a little.

Essay #54 [September 2005] "F*** The Fed"

Essay #18 [December 2001] "The Stock Market Casino"

Essay #78 [July 2008] "The Robber Barons"

Essay #40 [February 2004] "Paleo-Capitalism"

"Fascism For Dummkopfs" will be essay #119

Essay #76 [June 2008] "How To Survive The Coming Depression"

Essay #92 [August 2010] "Reason-Based Taxation - The Solution To The Economic Crisis"

I am including these as links for readers/followers who want to begin self-education on these topics.

The completed book will have the title "Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment: On Economics"
G.E. Nordell, 22 June 2022

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Thursday, June 09, 2022

NEW MEXICO PRIMARY ELECTIONS - PLURALITIES

NEW MEXICO PRIMARY ELECTIONS - PLURALITIES
So, okay, So-and-So got x number of votes versus The Other Guy, the really important statistic for primary elections is a look at the plurality in each contest: the total number of Democratic voters who showed up versus the count of Republican ballots cast.

New Mexico official statewide voter turnout was 261,912 ballots cast out of 1,032,015 registered voters for 25.4% participation (up from 2018).

CONGRESS DISTRICT 1
Democrat MELANIE ANN STANSBURY 43,657
GOP 43,686
        this race is suddenly neck-and-neck!

CONGRESS DISTRICT 2
Dem Las Cruces City Councilor Gabriel 'Gabe' Vasquez
        Dems total 31,395 = good chance to flip district?
GOP 28,583

CONGRESS DISTRICT 3
Democrat TERESA LEGER FERNANDEZ 46,804
GOP 28,686

New Mexico Governor
Democrat MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM 124,366
GOP 117,115
third party 1,041

Secretary of State
Democrat MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER 119,631
GOP 92,844
third party 1,126

Attorney General
Democrat RAÚL TORREZ 72,773
Democrat BRIAN S. COLÓN 63,308
        Democrat total 136,081
GOP 92,360

State Treasurer
Democrat LAURA M MONTOYA 75,046
Democrat HEATHER R BENAVIDEZ 52,753
        Democrat total 127,799
GOP 91,438

State Representative DISTRICT 7
Democrat DANNY M BERNAL JR 1,042 = uphill battle
GOP 1,205

State Representative DISTRICT 8
GOP Brian Baca 2122

State Representative DISTRICT 22
Democrat AUGUSTINE N MONTOYA 1,937 = uphill battle
GOP 2,974

State Representative DISTRICT 49
Republican GAIL 'MISSY' ARMSTRONG 2,796

State Representative DISTRICT 50
Democrat MATTHEW MCQUEEN unopposed 3,575

State Representative DISTRICT 69
Democrat Harry Garcia 1155

VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION
District 1 GOP Gerard Saiz 994
District 3 Dem Sabrina Marie Sweeney 621
District 3 GOP Morris Sparkmen 619
        vote total 1512

VALENCIA COUNTY SHERIFF
GOP fascist Denise Vigil 4317
Dem Rodney Jones 3012

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Thursday, June 02, 2022

News Factoids for Second Quarter 2022

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

The U.S. has only 4¼ per cent of the world’s population, yet it accounts for twenty per cent of all covid-19 deaths. Be sure to thank a Republican.

77,124 people in the US died of coronavirus in December 2020, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic.

May 19th, 2022: The C.D.C. announced 1,001,606 confirmed U.S. deaths, among 83,060,981 confirmed US cases.

ECONOMICS

Effective 1 January 2021, the minimum wage in New Mexico rose from $9.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour for most workers and up to $2.55 per hour for tipped workers not working in cities with higher local wage standards.

"There is now research showing that in advanced economies two-thirds of the population are now on the track to be poorer than their parents." ~~~ Rana Foroohar - Associate Editor, Financial Times in 2020

"If you told me you own all of the bitcoin in the world and you offered it to me for $25, I wouldn't take it. Because what would I do with it? I'd have to sell it back to you one way or another. It isn't going to do anything." -- American capitalist Warren Buffett - in May 2022

U.S. gross domestic product grew 5.7 percent in 2021, the fastest pace since 1984.

The national average price for diesel fuel stood at $5.56 a gallon as-of May 22, just shy of the record of $5.58 set the prior week, according to A.A.A.

OTHER MATTERS

Only about 11.5 million Americans actually hunt in a given year - fewer than go to ballet performances. -- per The Atlantic Magazine

Tasmania declared itself 100 percent powered by renewable electricity in November 2020

“Putin has now affirmed that he refuses to accept the outcome of the Cold War.” -- Tom Nichols, referring to the Russian president’s 'simply unhinged' speech on 21 February 2022

“It’s often said that genealogical research is the second most popular hobby in the United States, after gardening, and the second most popular search category online, after porn.” -- Maya Jasanoff

June 2022 : 21 percent of adults in the U.S. are illiterate and 54 percent have a prose literacy below sixth-grade level. -- per several news sites

May 25, the 145th day of the year: There have now been at least 198 mass shootings this year alone. Let that sink in for a moment: There have been more mass killings due to gun violence than there have been days in 2022.

In July, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number 800-273-8255 will change nationwide to a three-digit number - 988 - to make it easier for people in a crisis to get the help that they need. At least that's the hope.

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, May 23, 2022

May 2022 Quotations (52)

NOTE: This is page #500 posted since 'Dateline Chamesa: A Revolutionary Weblog' began in October 2005.

"It is important to be comfortable with uncertainty."
~~ Chinese-British novelist Xiaolu Guo

"Without facts, you can't have truth. Without truth, you can't have trust. Without trust, we have no shared reality, no democracy, and it becomes impossible to deal with the existential problems of our times: climate, coronavirus, now, the battle for truth."
~~ Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech delivered in December 2021

"Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise."
~~ cinema master Ingmar Bergman [1918-2007]

"Kindness is a folding chair / We carry with us everywhere."
~~ Ian Frazier, in The New Yorker Magazine, January 2022

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntary, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul."
~~ Joyce Carol Oates

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
~~ painter Edgar Degas [1834-1917]

for back of t-shirt: WYSIWYG ~~ (which nerd types will understand is the acronym for 'what you see is what you get')

"The dumbest thing in the universe is a Republican making excuses for being a racist and a fascist and a traitor."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"We must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work’. It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of every-one . . . Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped."
~~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands."
~~ Roy T. Bennett

"Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

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

"The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human."
~~ Adolf Hitler [1889-1945]

"Any book worth banning is a book worth reading."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"Reservation-based casinos are the red man's revenge on the white man."
~~ G.E. Nordell

somebody should write a book about "Cooking In Space"

for back of t-shirt: "pre-order now!"

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~~ visionary R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

"So please, oh please,
we beg, we pray,
go throw your TV set away,
and in its place you can install,
a lovely bookcase on the wall."
~~ author Roald Dahl [1916-90]

"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows. This – the supremacy of reason – was, is, and will be the primary concern of my work, and the essence of Objectivism."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82], in "The Objectivist" newsletter of September 1971

"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."
~~ author John Steinbeck [1902-68]

"So what does it all mean? . . . If a song moves you, that's all that's important. I don't have to know what a song means."
~~ Bob Dylan, in his Nobel Prize response speech, June 2017

"Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story."
~~ ancient Greek author/epic poet Homer [VIIIth Century BCE]

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door [that] you did not know was open."
~~ actor John Barrymore [1882-1942]

"Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library."
~~ independent filmmaker John Waters

"When we remember [that] we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"April. Month of dust and lies."
~~ Nobel-laureate Naguib Mahfouz [1911-2006]

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
~~ author Margaret Atwood

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50], in his 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

"I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen."
~~ author Anne Lamott

"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously."
~~ gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005]

"There must be no tolerance of intolerance. There must be no freedom to destroy freedom."
~~ German-Swiss existential philosopher Karl Jaspers [1883-1969]

"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 it's issuance."
~~ James A. Madison [1751-1836]

"When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there."
~~ salesman & speaker Zig Ziglar [1926-2012]

"No longer satisfied with simply twisting the truth to convince you of their point of view, O.A.N. has become a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda determined to convince everyone [that] there is no truth."
~~ Rick Weiland, founder of TakeItBack.org

"My mother and all the women who fought alongside her gave my generation Roe v. Wade. They gave us the bodily autonomy we should have already had . . . It was an essential gift, and an irreversible one. Or so we thought."
~~ Molly Jong-Fast, contributing writer at The Atlantic Monthly

"Of this I am certain, that we are not here in order to have a good time."
~~ philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein [1889-1951]

"All men with power must be distrusted to a degree."
~~ James A. Madison [1751-1836]

"I believe in doing something every day to pay for the day."
~~ musician Willie Nelson

"A demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men [that] he knows to be idiots."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"The beginning of wisdom is to desire it."
~~ Medieval philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol [1021-70 C.E.], possibly a shortened version of "Wisdom of Solomon" 6:17.

"In a society that has you counting money, pounds, calories, and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead."
~~ Lisa Heckman

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"There are more old drunks than there are old doctors."
~~ musician Willie Nelson

"Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story."
~~ author Ashleigh Brilliant

"Every man is guilty of all the good [that] he didn't do."
~~ French philosopher Voltaire [1694-1778]


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>      theme for the month: BEER      <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

"He was a wise man who invented beer."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Beer, if drank {sic} with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer."
~~ Henry Lawson [1867-1922]

"On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it."
~~ Napoleon Bonaparte [1769-1821]

"Without beer, life would be a mistake."
~~ philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Never trust a person who doesn't drink beer."
~~ Andrew Jackson [1767-1845]

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

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

A THOUGHT FOR MOTHER'S DAY

“My mother and all the women who fought alongside her gave my generation Roe v. Wade. They gave us the bodily autonomy we should have already had . . . It was an essential gift, and an irreversible one. Or so we thought.”
~~~ Molly Jong-Fast, contributing writer at The Atlantic Monthly

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

TWO EXCELLENT INTERVIEWS ON THE UKRAINE SITUATION

Former MI6 Chief On the Ukraine & Russia Conflict - interview with Q&A at Oxford Union 3/1/2022
watch full interview [34:03] online at YouTube
Sir Robert John Sawers is a British intelligence officer, diplomat and civil servant; he was Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, a position he held from November 2009 until November 2014

Former MI6 Officer, Christopher Steele - interview with Q&A at Oxford Union 3/11/2022
watch full interview [45:45] online at YouTube

Friday, January 07, 2022

January 2022 Quotations (53)

"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."
~~ Frida Kahlo [1907-54]

"Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."
~~ George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824]

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!"
~~ George Washington [1732-99], in 1779

"Consciousness is an intellectual illusion."
~~ philosopher Daniel Dennett

"No amount of trouble outside the home can crush you if things are right at home; and no amount of success outside the home can satisfy you if things aren’t right at home."
~~ John Fogg of North Garden, VA

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

He warned his fiancée, Amélie Parayre, whom he married in 1898, when he was twenty-eight, “I love you dearly, mademoiselle; but I shall always love painting more."
~~ Henri Matisse [1869-1954]

"Life is always either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"Why not sieze the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
~~ Jane Austen [1775-1817]

"There is an idiocy in current discourse, which calls things about which people can be angry or mistaken ‘controversial’."
~~ author & film critic Renata Adler, in 1972

"[America is] really just a nation of [340] million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."
~~ gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005]

"I think we should throw those [29] books in a fire."
~~ Rabih Abuismail, Spotsylvania County, Virginia school board member, after the board unanimously passed a resolution to remove certain books (including fiction about teens struggling to overcome sexual abuse) from a high school library in November 2021; board member Kirk Twigg seconded the idea

"When good Americans die, they go to heaven; if they've been very good, they go to Paris."
~~ paraphrase of Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]
"Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris."
~~ American artist Thomas Gold Appleton [1812-84]

"Anti-racist work - ridding our schools of anti-Blackness, for example - will require that all children are taught historical truths to understand how racism impacts our society, while being empowered with the tools to eradicate it. Liberation for our society means liberating all peoples."
~~ education writer Rann Miller in 11-2021

"All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by."
~~ from the poem "Sea-Fever" [1916] by John Masefield [1878-1967]

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
~~ from the poem "Endymion: A Poetic Romance" [1817] by John Keats [1795-1821]

"Round the world and home again, that's the sailor's way!"
~~ from the poem "Homeward Bound" [1866] by William Allingham [1824-89]

"Listen, you little wiseacre: I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it."
~~ character Harry Wormwood, as written by Roald Dahl [1916-90]

"The real immigration crisis in New Mexico is all the fools imported from Texas to the southern part of the state."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The job of the artist is to always deepen the mystery."
~~ Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]

"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Procrastination is a great labor-saving device."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"There will be no recovery from this crisis until the Republican Party recommits itself to democracy."
~~ David Frum, in The Atlantic Magazine

"The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment."
~~ Jiddu Krishnamurti [1895-1986]

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man [that] I know."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
~~ Jack E. Leonard [1910-73]

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge."
~~ Cong. Thomas Brackett Reed [1839-1902]

"[Richard Nixon] inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them."
~~ author James Reston

"Don't let criticism destroy your dreams. The only person who never makes a mistake is someone who does nothing."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Procrastinate wisely."
~~ The Atlantic Magazine

"[The year] 2020 was singularly awful, with the devastation caused by COVID-19 and the birth of the Big Lie Movement, led by the disgraced and deranged Donald Trump."
~~ Bill Leuders, editor at The Progressive Magazine

"Coca-Cola is the only business in the world where no matter which country or town or village you are in, if someone asks what do you do,
and you say you work for Coca-Cola, you never have to answer the question, What is that?"
~~ Muhtar Kent, chairman & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, 2008-2017

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"If without stories we live not, stories live not without us."
~~ Phyllis Trible, Old Testament scholar

"The best films are effectively real life wrapped in metaphor."
~~ film director Travis Knight

"You have two lives, the second one begins when you realize you only have one."
~~ Chinese philosopher Confucius [551-479 BCE]

"I'm not into that one night thing. I think a person should get to know someone and even be in love with them before you use and degrade them."
~~ entertainer Steve Martin

"One way or another every human being is unique, for better or for worse."
~~ Roald Dahl [1916-90]

"Republicans are using every dirty trick in the books to stem the tide of democracy and cling to power."
~~ Congresswoman Veronica Escobar [Dem TX-16]

"Over the next three to four weeks, we are going to see the number of [COVID-19] cases in this country rise so dramatically that we're gonna have a hard time keeping everyday life operating."
~~ Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy - in late 2021

"A watched clock never boils."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"That's part of your problem: you haven't seen enough movies. All of life's riddles are answered in the movies."
~~ entertainer Steve Martin {as Davis} in the movie "Grand Canyon" [1991]

"There is no elevator to cool . . . you have to take the stairs!"
~~ Baldo comic strip [est. 2000] by Cantú & Castellanos

"And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."
~~ Meister Eckhart [1260?-1328?]

"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Are any of you still doubting the Climate Crisis? As predicted - by Science - the problem goes beyond hot spells, drought, dying species, and melted glaciers to weather phenomena being bigger and stronger and of longer duration. Funny that folks are 'surprised', you should expect MORE and WORSE, just like Greta has been saying for years now (while our 'leaders' continue doing nothing but talk)."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
~~ Socrates [470?-399 BCE]

"With Chris Wallace leaving, Homer Simpson is now the smartest person on Fox."
~~ Tracey Edwards

"[Marjorie Taylor Greene] is bat-shit crazy. But she’s going to Congress."
~~ evangelical conservative commentator Erick Erickson, during her first campaign

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

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

Thursday, December 30, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE POLICE FAIL THEIR OATH

Three stops at the V.A. this morning went well, followed by yummy lunch; then I went to a store where I purchase a particular item (Amazon, Staples, etc. sell by the box only) but a different store was in place; went inside and asked, my store moved about a mile away, good directions; found the store, they sell too few of my item, so not in stock; purchased substitute and asked why the move; store lady said that uniformed A.P.D. shut down a majority of stores at the old place, based on COVID compliance chicanery, then ten officers would show up to install a sign warning people away; customer traffic there died off completely, so store lady found a better location: small mall with 30 stores and a McDonald's next door, lots of customer traffic now.

Add that story to the recent letter in the newspaper from somebody whose job is driving around ABQ all day; he complains that A.P.D. is not halting street racing at night, not catching speeders seen all day long, not catching drivers running red lights also seen all day long, not dealing with panhandlers and homeless - in fact, he has noticed for several months now NOT seeing one single traffic stop by A.P.D.

Minimal data here, sure, but given the terrible crime statistics glossed over by ABQ officials, I surmise that there is some kind of 'blue flu' conspiracy and that the patrol officers are hoping that the crime situation gets so bad that more fascist Republicans will be elected to City Council and-or Mayor and that A.P.D. will then be turned loose to employ their jack-booted intention to further instill fear among the already-oppressed citizenry.

COVID is not the only epidemic causing daily life to be ever more dangerous.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Bright Side

Look on the bright side, guys: Because of COVID variants, teenagers are learning the Greek alphabet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

October 2021 Quotations (54)

"Life is full of constant sordid surprises. Whenever you do anything for art or the glory of God or friendship or a friend’s memory, you find someone across the board looking upon it as a business venture. If you’d thought of it in that light, you’d never have gone into it."
~~ publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Sr. [1892-1984]

"Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one."
~~ British children's author Enid Blyton [1897-1968]

"Reality is NOT a variable. Your personal power derives from the extent that your viewpoints & beliefs match Objective Reality. Asking whether others match your viewpoints & beliefs is a stupid survey, the question to ask is whether anything that you/they believe matches existential Objective Reality."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Time is a storm in which we are all lost."
~~ American poet Wm. Carlos Williams [1883-1963]

"Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
~~ Henry James [1843-1916]

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes."
~~ Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959]

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."
~~ Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]

"The harder the work, the greater the satisfaction in accomplishing it."
~~ Anna May Wong [USA; 1905-61]

"Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement."
~~ philosopher Will Durant [1885-1981]

"Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir, mais de le rendre possible."
"As far as the future is to be expected, it is not a question of predicting it, but of making it possible."
~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44] - in "Citadelle", 1948

"Trump Republicans are running on nothing except lies and hate."
~~ Ian Reifowitz on the DailyKos newsletter, 9/2021

"Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"You know [Trump is] crazy. He's crazy and what he did [January 6] is further evidence of his craziness."
~~ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a phone call with U.S. Army Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley

"Gun violence is a public health crisis."
~~ daily newsletter from ThePaper free weekly newspaper in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9/2021

"Big problems can be such big fun."
~~ line from the "Tango Shalom" movie [2021]

"Never underestimate a psychopath's capacity to do harm"
~~ headline on the DailyKos newsletter, 9/2021

". . . if I were a bird / I would fly about the Earth / seeking the successive autumns."
~~ George Eliot [1819-80]

"The road to hell is paved with both-siderism."
~~ David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones Magazine [est. 1976]

"War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times."
~~ historian Howard Zinn [1922-2010] in 2001

"I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
~~ athlete Michael Jordan

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."
~~ baseball great Derek Jeter

"You miss 100 percent of the shots [that] you don’t take."
~~ ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky

"It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up."
~~ football coach Vince Lombardi [1913-70]

"It’s not the will to win that matters — everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters."
~~ football coach Paul William 'Bear' Bryant [1913-83]

"You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them."
~~ baseball great Leroy Robert 'Satchel' Paige [1906-82]

"I don’t count [all] my situps. I only start counting once it starts hurting."
~~ boxing legend Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"The only way to prove you are a good sport is to lose."
~~ baseball great Ernie Banks [1931-2015]

"Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me."
~~ baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr.

"It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters."
~~ boxing great Evander Holyfield

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard."
~~ high school basketball coach Tim Notke

"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
~~ athlete Michael Jordan

"Good is not good when better is expected."
~~ sportscaster Vin Scully [b. 1927]

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
~~ runner Dean Karnazes

"What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose."
~~ tennis champion Andre Agassi

"Each time you let these opportunities slip through your fingers, you’re passing a much harder problem on to the next generation. It’s a very hard thing to swallow that we are relegating children born today and not yet born to a future of dangerous climate impacts."
~~ Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology - 10/2021

'found' t-shirt text: "only in theaters!"
another 'found' t-shirt text: "not actual size"

"There is now research showing that in advanced economies two-thirds of the population are now on the track to be poorer than their parents."
~~ Rana Foroohar, associate editor at "Financial Times" - in 2020

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
~~ Dr. Samuel Johnson [1709-84]

"Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger."
~~ David Letterman

"I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life - all mystery and magic."
~~ Harry Houdini [1874-1926]

"I have lived a thousand lives and I have loved a thousand loves. I have walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read."
~~ sci-fi author George R.R. Martin

"As you know, now Rush Limbaugh is the new face of the Republican Party, but they'll probably go with a different body."
~~ David Letterman

"It's like the Wild West, the Internet. There are no rules."
~~ comedian Steven Wright

"There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction. Blue jeans. Ready-made clothes. Coca-Cola."
~~ literary critic Leslie Fiedler [1917-2003]

"I have written, probably, more books for children than any other writer, from story-books to plays, and can claim to know more about interesting children than most."
~~ British children's author Enid Blyton [1897-1968]

"A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one."
~~ banker John Pierpont 'J.P.' Morgan [1837-1913]

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings."
~~ Ursula K. Le Guin [1929-2018]

"The reason many people fail is not for lack of vision but for lack of resolve and resolve is born out of counting the cost."
~~ rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard [1882-1945]

"A cybernetic problem is always connected with the control of a dynamic system."
~~ mathematician & philosopher Norbert Wiener [1894-1964]

"So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?"
~~ Harriet Beecher Stowe [1811-96]

"The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education."
~~ Paul K. Feyerabend [1924-94]

"Tradition is the illusion of permanance."
~~ Woody Allen

"Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems."
~~ French/Dutch philosopher René Descartes [1596-1650]

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

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Republican National Debt: An Update

You guys being watchful of the federal budget deficits is silly, a glittery diversion to miss the REAL problem, which is the Republican National Debt.

When Reagan took office, the National Debt was ONE TRILLION DOLLARS, which included the entire VietNam War.

At the end of Reagan-Bush (12 years), the National Debt was FOUR TRILLION - the GOP quadrupled it.

Clinton did lots that I don't like, but his fiscal policies shine: in his first term the increase was reduced to 25% and at the end of his second term he handed a BUDGET SURPLUS to George W.

George W. squandered the surplus and quadrupled the National Debt from $5.7 TRILLION to $25 TRILLION -- George W. Bush ran up the most debt of any person in the history of mankind.

Barack Obama saved the world economy before the GOP managed to prevent all his further proposals; in any case, Obama held the National Debt steady at $25T.

The idiot Trump handed $5.8T in loot to the One Percent in only 20 months, and then added more trillions by having the Fed purchase junk bonds from Wall Street at the rate of $1T per month, so that when Trump left office the Republican National Debt stood at $70 TRILLION DOLLARS!! So the Orange Imbecile beat George Dubya's record and now holds the record for running up the most debt of any person in the history of mankind.

Biden has not been in office for a year yet, so the jury there is still out.

Why more seriouser? The Republican National Debt makes each and every resident of the USA an INDENTURED SERVANT, to the tune of $212,000 for each and every man, woman, and child.
But wait, half those people are minors, so that makes it $424,000 for each and every adult.
And if you let Democrats off the hook – not their fault, after all – that makes it $850,000 run up and now owed by each and every fascist Republican.

We just need to restore the U.S. Constitution and figure out how to collect on that debt.

Reason-Based Taxation
The United Federation of Indentured Servants [est. 2010]

Thursday, July 22, 2021

July 2021 Quotations (55)

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"The Constitution ... rested upon the equality of races. This was an error. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."
~~ the Confederacy's Vice President, Alexander Stephens [1812-83] - in his "Cornerstone Speech" on 21 March 1861

"He had delusions of adequacy." ~~ playwright & critic Walter Kerr [1913-96]

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." ~~ Irvin S. Cobb [1896-1944]

"Rich people don't create jobs. Jobs create rich people." ~~ blogger Ferguson Foont

“What Galileo and Newton were to the Seventeenth Century, Darwin was to the Nineteenth."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970] - in "A History of Western Philosophy" [1945]

t-shirt: CAUTION / OVERSIZED / LOAD

"I believe in steel swords, gold coins, and man's wits ... And I believe [that] there once were dragons. I've seen their skulls, after all."
~~ sci-fi author George R.R. Martin

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~~ Vince Lombardi [1913-70]

"You have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it."
~~ Flannery O'Connor [1925-64]

"Failure is not an option. It's a lifestyle."
~~ cartoonist Stephan Pastis - (in the "Pearls Before Swine" daily strip, 6/2021)

"Just be sure that [that] you can look at yourself in the mirror every day and be proud of what you've done, whether you're successful or not."
~~ Italian movie producer Dino De Laurentiis [1919-2010]

"Republicans don't believe in science."
~~ Deb Haaland of New Mexico, on Twitter in October 2020

"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."
~~ pioneer eco-activist John Muir [1838-1914]

"Every day is more dangerous." ~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"I am human, and I think that nothing human is alien to me."
~~ Roman playwright Terence [185?-159? BCE]

"Today, then, as I have suitably freed my mind from all cares, and have secured for myself an assured leisure in peaceful solitude, I shall at last apply myself earnestly and freely to the general overthrow of all my former opinions."
~~ René Descartes [1596-1650]

"Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses, except the intellect itself."
~~ Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz [1646-1716]

"The threat of another global financial crisis, like the one that hit in 2008, is very, very low; the risk that we keep our eyes on the most now is cyber risk."
~~ Jerome H. Powell, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, on 11 April 2021

"There will be more Derek Chauvins, because his conviction alters nothing (about the American system of policing)."
~~ Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic Magazine

"There is no off position on the genius switch."
~~ David Letterman

"I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly."
~~ comedian Steven Wright

t-shirt: Party Size !

"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy."
~~ A.C.L.U. co-founder Roger Nash Baldwin [1884-1981]

"Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently."
~~ motivational speaker Marie Forleo

"We cannot be 'for' or 'against' [artificial intelligence technology], insofar as it is already here and not likely to disappear any time soon."
~~ French anthropologist Régis Meyran

"Fate has its own objectives." ~~ writer Emilie Coulter

"Arrange whatever pieces come your way."
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941] - in "A Writer's Diary" [1953]

"Of all the paths [that] you take in life, make sure [that] a few of them are dirt."
~~ pioneer eco-activist John Muir [1838-1914]

"Success is not a jewel that you can purchase and keep for your entire life. On the contrary, the brightest star can fall down at any time and fade away into dust."
~~ Anna May Wong [1905-61]

"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."
~~ Putt's Law (from Archibald Putt, 1981)

"The greatest cinematic experience is the human face and it seems to me that silent films can teach us to read it anew."
~~ German filmmaker Wim Wenders

"The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment."
~~ Tennessee Williams [1911-83]

"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper."
~~ Rod Serling [1924-75]

"As you read this, the fascists of America (under the false label Conservative or Republican) are working very hard to destroy the teetering freedoms that provide the facade that the United States is a free country."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Socialism is the best medicine." ~~ Dr. Susan Rosenthal

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
~~ Thomas Paine [1737-1809] - in "The Crisis" pamphlets, 1776-83

"The American Civil War was just the point in time when the South was forced to learn what the North had figured out a century or so before. Namely, that's it's cheaper to lease people than to own them."
~~ David White of Tennessee, on Facebook 6/2021

"In Moscow Mitch's world, anything to the left of hunting the poor for sport is 'full bore socialism."
~~ Dwight Gray, on Facebook 6/2021

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever."
~~ scientist & TV host Carl Sagan [1934-96]

"I wish [Christopher Hitchens] would have written a book entitled "Where did Noah get two kangaroos?"
~~ Mark Younger

"If God is unable to prevent evil, then he is not all-powerful.
If God is not willing to prevent evil, then he is not all-good.
If God is both willing and able to prevent evil, then why does evil exist?"
~~ Epicurus [341?–270? B.C.E.]

"If God created the world, his primary concern was certainly not to make its understanding easy for us."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
~~ Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]

"Accusations of unpatriotism drenched in scorn are a means of stopping debates, not of starting them."
~~ U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright [1905-95]

"Hollywood is the place ... where you can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder."
~~ William Faulkner [1897-1962]

"Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen."
~~ British statesman George Savile [1633-95]

"The social contract between humans and dogs might be the best bit of business we have ever done."
~~ Irish journalist Paul Howard

"In proportion as the structure of government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened."
~~ George Washington [1732-99], - in his 'Farewell Address', 1796

"The longer I live, the more convinced am I that this planet is used by other planets as a lunatic asylum."
~~ British writer George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Republican derangement over the vaccines is killing hundreds of Americans every day &ndash Americans who could easily still be alive."
~~ Teresa Hanafin, reporter at The Boston Globe, 7/2021

"Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind rather than on outward circumstances."
~~ Benjamin Franklin [1706-90]

"I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge - even wisdom. Like art."
~~ Nobel-laureate author Toni Morrison [1931-2019] - in a 2015 essay for The Nation Magazine [est. 1865]

"The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be."
~~ playwright Lillian Hellman [1905-84]

"You're terrific as far as I am concerned."
~~ writer E.B. White [1899-1985]

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

Friday, June 04, 2021

FREE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

I shall continue to wear my COVID mask when out and about. New Mexico has recorded 60% of the population as having received full vaccinations. But I do not trust that other 40%, and the probable higher percentage in Valencia County, on my visits to town. Other than folks ordered by their doctor not to get the COVID-19 shots, anyone who does not yet have their shots completed is willfully being a jerk by not participating in making New Mexico safe against the COVID-19 epidemic.

C'mon guys: Albertsons is offering FREE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS. You no longer have any valid excuse.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Facebook Jail sentence is over

One of the benefits of being in Facebook Jail for 30 days (I hurt the feelings of a lying fascist Republican troll) is having what seems like extra time to catch up on LinkedIn and other social media, while still spending most of my day adding more content to my blog and to the 1,900+ pages of my dozen websites.

So I posted these five self-promotions on LinkedIn, figuring that some of you will like these online bookstores:

The BlackHat Mystery Bookstore [est. 2001]
A growing inventory of mystery books by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, G.E. Nordell, John D. MacDonald, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie & many more noir and hard-boiled detective authors, Noir Film Festival pages, and links to other mystery authors, other mystery sites, and books, posters, videos, and DVDs for purchase.

The Magic Lantern Video & Book Store [est. 2001]
A growing inventory of books & videos & DVDs about cinema, with pages about the History of Cinema, and about stars & directors such as Buster Keaton, Kurosawa & others, and topical film festivals, and dozens more pages, with posters and other memorabilia also for purchase.

The Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore and Beatnik Coffeehouse [est. 2001]
A growing inventory of books by Ayn Rand, Albert Camus, C.Wright Mills, Thorstein Veblen, Carlos Castaneda, Sun Tzu, Buckminster Fuller, Nikola Tesla, the Beats, Voltaire, and other authors & thinkers, relevant info sites, and posters and videos and other merchandise for purchase.

The Spirit of America Bookstore [est. 2001]
A growing inventory of profiles of & links to American authors, poets & thinkers, architects & artists & cartoonists, musicians & patriots, and progressive social movements plus books & audio tapes & videos & DVDs & posters & ebooks for purchase.

The 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore [est. 2001]
A growing inventory of books by Western authors (known & lesser-unknown) and about legendary characters, plus links to cowboy/cowgirl & other relevant info sites, and posters and videos & DVDs and audio tapes and ebooks for purchase.

Monday, February 22, 2021

February 2021 Quotations (55)

"We are telling you to act as if you love your children above all else."
~~ eco-activist Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum 1/2020

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

"In this new year, I choose optimism and insist on seeing brighter days ahead."
~~ Anthony Romero, Executive Director, A.C.L.U. (in early 2021)

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Make no mistake: Every flight is a test flight when it comes to space travel."
~~ N.A.S.A. Administrator Jim Bridenstine

"Remember, ladies & Gentlemen: We wouldn't fool you for the world!"
~~ stage magician Howard Thurston [1869-1936]

"Science, unlike certain political philosophies and personality cults, corrects its mistakes."
~~ Tom Siegfried at Science News

"History has shown that democracies are healthy when the principles that bind people together are stronger than those that divide them."
~~ mega-investor Ray Dalio

"The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"The world's most fearless warrior couldn't make it today, so I came instead."
~~ animated Doogal the Dog

"It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force." — Federalist Paper #1

t-shirt: Well dammit, I AM essential!

"Your most crucial health decision is the choice of your parents."
~~ Garrison Keillor (quoting a friend)

"People sage their homes after I leave."
~~ TV personality Cazzie David

"Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own. It's the freedom to buy any book [that] you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it."
~~ independent filmmaker John Waters

"Make people laugh when you tell them the truth, or they will kill you."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."
~~ Bill Gates

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."
~~ Howard Zinn [1922-2010]

"I may be wrong, and you may be right, and by an effort, we may get nearer to the truth."
~~ philosopher Karl Popper [1902-94]

"The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States."
~~ financier George Soros

"It is a privilege and an honor to be me."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Thanks for being true to yourself. Someone has to do it."
~~ Tom Voccola of Idaho

"If I only had a little humility I would be perfect."
~~ entrepreneur Ted Turner

"You are not a drop in the ocean but the entire ocean in a drop."
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"In science fiction, we dream."
~~ poet & author Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

"Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do."
~~ banker John Pierpont 'J.P.' Morgan [1837-1913]

"The creative adult is the child who has survived."
~~ Ursula K. Le Guin [1929-2018]

"Just remember - when you think all is lost, the future remains."
~~ rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard [1882-1945]

"The more [that] we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival."
~~ mathematician & philosopher Norbert Wiener [1894-1964]

"Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline."
~~ Harriet Beecher Stowe [1811-96]

"Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"Science is only one of the many instruments [that] people invented to cope with their surroundings. It is not the only one, it is not infallible, and it has become too powerful, too pushy, and too dangerous to be left on its own."
~~ Paul K. Feyerabend [1924-94]

"Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all."
~~ Woody Allen

"A record, if it is to be useful to science, must be continuously extended, it must be stored, and above all it must be consulted."
~~ engineer Vannevar Bush [1890-1974]

"The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once."
~~ French/Dutch philosopher René Descartes [1596-1650]

“Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only poetry can be his resurrection.”
~~ Langston Hughes [1902-67]

"I've long maintained that the health of an enlightened and progressive society is measured by how vibrant is its science fiction, since that is where true self-critique and appraisal and hope lie."
~~ David Brin

“Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.”
~~ economist John Maynard Keynes [1883-1946]

"Life gets mighty precious when there is less of it to waste."
~~ Bonnie Raitt

"Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures, and that is character."
~~ Horace Greeley [1811-72]

"We’re not asking you to shoot them like you shoot us, we’re asking you to NOT shoot us like you don’t shoot them . . ."
~~ Davontae Harris, on Twitter

"Nobody in our country should be sick because they are poor, or poor because they are sick."
~~ New Mexico State Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

"President Trump is the world's best oxymoron."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"There is NO situation SO bad that Donald Trump can't make WORSE."
~~ Gail Collins, The New York Times columnist

"Do not underestimate the evil genius that is Donald Trump."
~~ gadfly filmmaker Michael Moore

"I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health."
~~ French philosopher Voltaire [1694-1778]

"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together."
~~ Joseph Pulitzer [1847-1911]

"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Except for a cowgirl, cowgirls will kill you."
~~ Lisa Richards

"You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."
~~ cinema auteur Warren Beatty

"Against stupidity we are defenseless; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed, and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. For that reason, greater caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person than with a malicious one."
~~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1906-45]

"In much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow."
~~ King Solomon [circa 990-931 BCE], in the Judeo-Xian book of Ecclesiastes, 1:18

"Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists, because they can't understand it."
~~ Harry Houdini [1874-1926]

"That which is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
~~ Hitchens' Razor (from socio-political critic Christopher Hitchens [1949-2011] )

"What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest."
~~ pop artist Andy Warhol [1928-87]

"The crux of the problem is [that] Americans now occupy two separate worlds – a fact-based pro-democracy world and a Trump-based authoritarian one."
~~ Robert B. Reich

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

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Working Minds Essay #118: "Love and The G-spot"

        As an old guy, usually quite cranky, and truly happy to be living as a hermit in the desert in the center of New Mexico USA, I reject participation in all pagan rituals and in all religious practices. But as a philosopher, I know that such rules are made to be broken, so I wrote this essay anyway. It is my Valentine to all the women of the world.

valentine heart made of rose petals for Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment Essay #118 in February 2021

        The male human is said to have two sexual organs: the first is his mind - proven by the popularity of pornography - and the second is his physical sexual equipment, the penis. (For any pitchfork people who are already offended, I truly do not care about you one whit: anybody that much of a prude deserves it.)
        The female human has primary & secondary sexual organs located in several places. Stimulating the female breasts can cause lubrication of the vagina {foreplay} to be ready for sexual activity, and such stimulation can even cause orgasm. Clitoral orgasms and vaginal orgasms are common.
        The existence of the G-spot was first detailed by New York gynaecologist Ernst Gräfenberg, MD [1881-1957] in 1950, but the concept was largely ignored until women began liberating themselves in the 1970s. A majority of the population of the world are still unaware, mainly since the Culture Structure is under the control of authoritarian males, quite afraid of women and also afraid of science.

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        How you find a G-spot is simple: Rub the clitoris a little bit to begin sexual arousal; this will lubricate the vagina and also activate swelling of the G-spot. Insert one or two fingers into the vagina and gently rub back & forth and up & down - the G-spot is located 2-3 inches vertically and upward from the opening. Rubbing for some time may be required, especially on the first try. You will know it when you find it: it will either be a detectable swollen area or it will go ZING! and make your toes tingle. Keep going as long as you want, Nature will tell you when to stop. {If you light any candles during this process, be sure that they are extinguished before going to sleep: Fire safety is really, really important.}
        After you are self-trained on the matter, you can enlighten your sexual partner/s as well.

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        Really, that is the whole deal. You are welcome!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

George Clooney, prankster

George Clooney is an excellent actor and does a good job as producer and director, but somebody needs to splash red spray paint across his tuxedo at some televised red carpet event. Maybe that experience will convince him to stop pranking other people like he does.
http://www.genordell.com/stores/lantern/GeorgeClooney.htm

Sunday, December 20, 2020

saying for today

"It is a privilege and an honor to be me."
~~~ G.E. Nordell

“Thanks for being true to yourself. Someone has to do it.”
~~~ Tom Voccola of Idaho

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

for the year 2020, my usual parting statement
on the phone or at the grocery store
has been 'stay safe', which is still an important context

but last night I decided on a better one

TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

to be on the safe side, I googled my new mantra/context
and found that it was also created over a hundred years ago
by Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]
http://www.genordell.com/stores/spirit/RLStevenson.htm

so if you choose to 'join' this movement
you can quote him or quote me or just say the phrase

TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

Monday, December 07, 2020

Dark Matter Solved !

The existence of Dark Matter is caused by the fact that
the speed of light is a variable.

THIRD THEORY of RELATIVITY
http://www.working-minds.com/ThirdTheory.doc

Sunday, November 15, 2020

November 2020 Quotations (56)

"Philosophy is the goal toward which religion was only a helplessly blind groping."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"Happiness is a ukulele."
~~ Bill VanKeuren

"[Afro-American] blood stains the sidewalks of America."
~~ Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator from California

"COVID-19 – and its impact on black and brown communities – is the American empire in viral form. It lodges itself among the poor and feasts upon them."
~~ Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.

"Civil rights is the unfinished business of America, and it’s all our responsibility to see that work to completion."
~~ Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee

"Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers."
~~ George Will, in June 2020

"After retirement, life is what takes place between naps."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Accept no racist activity, neither word nor deed. Speak Out & Fight (at whatever level called for) until it is eliminated."
~~ Amiri Baraka [1934-2014], in "An Activist Commitment Against Racism" [1991]

"It’s better to be six feet apart than six feet under."
~~ Dr. Michael Greger, author of "How To Survive A Pandemic" [8/2020]

"Reparations are a very bad idea, and just the kind of proposal that America's money-based pseudo-ethic would conjure. Better that such monies be spent to educate cops and teachers and others away from our tradition of rampant and lethal racism."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand - one that all of us should be able to get behind."
~~ General James Mattis, the former defense secretary

"Racism is wrong; anyone who disagrees is a racist. Period."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"If anyone destroys this country it will be the conservatives."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

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"As much as anything, Juneteenth is an observance of promises still waiting to be delivered."
~~ Adrian Walker, reporter at The Boston Globe

"If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world."
~~ Elaine S. Dalton

"The open road is a capitalist trick of deferral: Labor away with one eye on the scintillating future, and the present becomes bearable."
~~ Phoebe Chen, film reviewer for The Nation Magazine

"In times of stress and danger such as come about as the result of an epidemic, many tragic and cruel phases of human nature are brought out, as well as many brave and unselfish ones."
~~ Gen. William Crawford Gorgas [1854-1920], in his book "Sanitation In Panama" [1915]

"If you want to deal with an epidemic - crime or health - the smartest and most effective and cheapest way to deal with it is prevention first."
~~ Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator from California

"In spite of the advances of medicine, deathly epidemics are more menacing than ever before."
~~ Christian de Duve

"Evil is relatively rare. Ignorance is epidemic."
~~ Jon Stewart, TV talk show host

"If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it."
~~ banker John Pierpont 'J.P.' Morgan [1837-1913]

"There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth's protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief."
~~ astronaut Neil Armstrong [1930-2012]

"If you want your dreams to come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up."
~~ J.M. Power

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"America is still a world power. But in the past four years, it has lost its place as a world leader."
~~ actor-director Robert Redford, in July 2020

"[Donald Trump's] lack of leadership is deadly."
~~ Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in August 2020

"Watching or listening to the Fox Faux News propaganda machine will make your left nut (or left tit, if any) atrophy, and even worsely, the left side of your brain (if any) will also atrophy."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Don't join the book burners. ... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book."
~~ President Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"You can live in your dreams, but only if you are worthy of them."
~~ sci-fi author Harlan Ellison [1934-2018]

"Fools multiply, when wise men are silent."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

"[Removing street mailboxes is] how to win an election ... who needs Russians?"
~~ Rafael E. Ortega, on Facebook

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
~~ Anatole France [1844-1924]

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
~~ abolitionist Harriet Tubman [1822-1913]

"For millenia, the design of sharks requires them to swim 24/7, if they stop they will die. If a Republican stops lying, they will die."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"President Trump's negligence turned what would have been a challenge for any president into a national disaster."
~~ Principles NOT Parties, on Facebook

"I'll read my books and I'll drink coffee and I'll listen to music and I'll bolt the door."
~~ reclusive author J.D. Salinger [1919-2010]

"The paradise of the rich is made from the hell of the poor."
~~ French author Victor Hugo [1802-85]

"The tragedy of life is not death but what we allow to die in us while we live."
~~ writer-activist Norman Cousins [1915-90]

"You can't really be old in L.A., it's kind of like a crime."
~~ actress Marisa Tomei

"A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it."
~~ celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor [1917-2016]

"Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty."
~~ anarchist Emma Goldman [1869-1940]

"Anarchism is a radical and idealistic theory, and completely impractical: As long as Stalins and Putins and Hitlers and Trumps are loose in the world, the battle to restore freedom and justice requires other strategies."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The Civil War never really ended in the United States - literally."
~~ philosopher-activist Noam Chomsky

"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, [of] playing a poor hand well."
~~ Jack London [1876-1916]

"If you're studying Geology, which is all facts, as soon as you get out of school you forget it all, but Philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life."
~~ actor & writer Steve Martin

"Anyone who believes in magic is a fool."
~~ escape artist Harry Houdini [1874-1926]

"You know what they say in Hollywood - all rumors are true."
~~ John Cox

"If the world were clear, art would not exist."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60], in "Sisyphus" [1942]

"I mean, part of the beauty of me is that I'm very honest. Most Republicans act like they aren't racist."
~~ tweet by Donald Trump

"I wouldn’t believe Donald Trump if his tongue were notarized."
~~ New York City deputy mayor Alair Townsend (circa 1980), statement later endorsed by Mayor Ed Koch

"A legal career is but a means to an end. And that end is building the kingdom of God."
~~ Judge Amy Coney Barrett

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night . . ."
~~ actress Bette Davis [1908-89], in "All About Eve" [1950]

"Fascist ideals [are] a nation founded on bloodlines, political expansion by surprise and war, murder or detention of unbelievers, transcendence of state over individual, obedience to one leader, contempt for parliamentary forms, plus . . . a general feeling of elation."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985], in 1943

"It is my wish that each and every one of you experiences a little bit of magic in your lives, every day."
~~ escape artist Harry Houdini [1874-1926]

"The belief in sorcery and witchcraft is probably as old as mankind. When primitive man is confronted with something incomprehensible, the explanation is always sorcery and evil spirits . . . The belief in evil sprits, sorcery, and witchcraft is the result of naïve notions about the mystery of the universe."
~~ Danish film director Benjamin Christensen [1879-1959], in his 1922 silent documentary film "Häxan"

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