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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Third Quarter 2014 News Factoids

More Americans now die from prescription painkillers (16,000 per year) than from heroin and cocaine combined — per C.D.C. {Notice also that deaths from marijuana each year is still zero.}

Back in May, the White House announced completion of a new rooftop solar system, saying that every component was made in America and it would pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.

Since Republicans are oblivious to the difference between the freedom of actual democracy and America's current totalitarian fascist government, maybe I should write a book called "Fascism For Dummkopfs".

India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country’s 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India’s gross domestic product.

Republican Party dirty tricks returned to New Mexico in August, with a fake mailing from 'NM Dems' delivered on Saturday the 9th telling voters that political events on Sunday the 10th were cancelled.

According to Publishers Weekly in June 2014, Amazon sells 41% of all new books that are sold in America; it also sells 65% of all books purchased online, whether digital or print – and yet, books constitute only seven percent of Amazon's total sales.

The latest analysis by the factcheckers at PunditFact says that Fox News hosts and personalities speak 60 percent 'mostly or outright false' information, while MSNBC is 46 percent.

The July trade deficit drained $40.5B from the U.S. economy, mostly due to goods purchased from China.

Chicken prices rose to record highs recently because G.M.O. roosters had the side effect of 25 percent less fertility; producers hope to replace them by Fall. — per TIME Magazine

The snowpack in California's mountains shrank by 86% in just one year.

Since 1985, the size of the average wildfire on federal land has QUADRUPLED. Of the top ten biggest burn years on record, NINE have happened since 2000.
— per National Interagency Fire Center

Things are indeed heating up at Yellowstone National Park. In July, underground thermal changes melted the asphalt of one of their roads, which has been closed to tourist traffic.

Hurricane Marie on the west coast of Mexico in late August caused flooding of several low-lying streets in Seal Beach, California, as well as in neighboring Long Beach. Surfers were pleased at the larger waves.


“At the end of the 1970s there were more than 250,000 coal miners in America. Since then, however, coal employment has fallen by two-thirds ... because most coal now comes from strip mines that require very few workers. At this point, coal mining accounts for only one-sixteenth of 1 percent of overall U.S. employment; shutting down the whole industry would eliminate fewer jobs than America lost in an average week during the Great Recession of 2007-9 ... The real war on coal, or at least on coal workers, took place a generation ago, waged not by liberal environmentalists but by the coal industry itself. And coal workers lost.”
— Paul Krugman, New York Times, May 2014

As if there is not already enough to worry about, Popular Science Magazine has found 17 'fake' cellphone towers across the southern half of the United States. Well, not really fake because they connect to your cell phone, then drop 4G service to 2G service, turn encryption to OFF, and listen to your call and-or deliver spyware to your handset. The actual discoveries were by Nevada security firm E.S.D. while demonstrating their ESD CryptoPhone 500 device (for sale at $3,500 each). Unable to confirm ownership of these towers, the various authors and interviewees conclude that it is NOT the N.S.A., because the Feds already have direct access thru your cellphone carrier. So if not the U.S. government, then who is hijacking & infecting cellphones as they pass thru these geographic cells (almost all near military bases)?
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Friday, September 26, 2014

September 2014 Quotations (59)

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind are convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth."
~~ Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.]

“I never said all actors are cattle. What I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”
~~ Alfred Hitchcock [1899-1980]

"I was constantly astonished by the extraordinary DREAMS of ordinary people."
~~ Louis 'Studs' Terkel [1912-2008], in "Working" (1974)

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."
~~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]

"You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

"There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside."
~~ Upton Sinclair [1878-1968]

"The mind is not a receptacle; information is not education. Education is what remains after the information that has been taught has been forgotten."
~~ Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001]

[on sexual politics] "A desire to have all of the fun is nine-tenths of the law of chivalry."
~~ Dorothy L. Sayers [1893-1957]

"Never explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
~~ Charles Dickens [1812-70]

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."
~~ Galileo Galilei [1564-1642]

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting."
~~ Gautama Buddha [5th Century BCE]

"The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"People can't change the truth, but the truth can change people."
~~ Anonymous

"You can live in the most democratic country on earth, and if you are lazy, obtuse, or servile within yourself, [then] you are not free."
~~ Ignazio Silone {pseudonym of Italian author & politician Secondino Tranquilli [1900-78]}, in 1955

"Fascism is capitalism in decay."
~~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin [1870-1924]

"I see [illegal immigration] as white people finding loopholes in the slavery laws."
~~ comedian Chris Rock, interview in TIME Magazine (March 2007)

"I'm a writer, and I will write what I want to write."
~~ J.K. Rowling

“To be, in a word, unborable . . . It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.”
~~ David Foster Wallace [1962-2008] in "The Pale King" (2011)

"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change."
~~ Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959]

“The most important things are the hardest to say because words diminish them.“
~~ Stephen King, in "On Writing" (2000)

"A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet."
~~ Truman Capote [1924-84]

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"A lie is something that hasn't happened but might just as well have."
~~ Judith Rossner [1935-2005]

"A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells."
~~ Anna Mary Robertson 'Grandma' Moses [1860-1961]

"There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."
~~ cubist painter Georges Braque [1882-1963]

"The establishment is made up of little men, very frightened."
~~ Bella Abzug [1920-98]

“We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.”
~~ Dr. Eric Berne [1910-1970]

“The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on outside his skull.”
~~ Dr. Eric Berne [1910-1970]

"Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others."
~~ Dr. Eric Berne [1910-1970]

"Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment."
~~ saying on t-shirts

"Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Think before you speak. Read before you think."
~~ Fran Lebowitz

"No evil is honorable, but death is honorable. Therefore death is not evil."
~~ Zeno of Citium [334?-262? B.C.E.]

"Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices."
~~ Eric Temple Bell [1883-1960]

"Civilization is the process of setting man free from men."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"The Cornell Sun, thank goodness, showed me what to do with my life, and I did it."
~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

"A forest bird never wants a cage."
~~ playwright Henrik Ibsen [1828-1906]

"If you can't explain it simply, [then] you don't understand it well enough."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity."
~~ Abraham Lincoln

"A writer is a world trapped in a person."
~~ Victor Hugo [1802-85]

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
~~ Stephen Covey

"Admit when you're wrong. Shut up when you're right."
~~ John Gottman

"Should not the giver be thankful that the receiver received? Is not giving a need? Is not receiving mercy?"
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

"Democracy cannot be saved by supermen, but only by the unswerving devotion and goodness of millions of little men."
~~ Adlai E. Stevenson II [1900-65]

"Love the giver more than the gift."
~~ Brigham Young [1801-77]

"Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting."
~~ poet Elizabeth Bibesco [1897-1945]

"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]

"The Truth, when you finally chase it down, is almost always far worse than your darkest visions and fears."
~~ Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005]

"Civilization is a failure. We need to think what we can do together in love and peace."
~~ musician Serj Tankian

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."
~~ C.S. Lewis [1898-1963]

"Never waste a minute thinking about people [that] you don't like."
~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blog Post #300: Statistics For The 299 Previous

The blog website shows that the next post on my 'Dateline Chamesa' weblog will be the 300th posting. So rather than try to figure out some special essay or such, I decided to look at the Past: what then were the 299 previous posts?

The year 2005 saw 22 posts in the 'other' category.
The year 2006 saw 12 WM essays, 1 quotations post, 0 factoid posts, and 33 other (1 graphic).
The year 2007 saw 6 WM essays, 4 quotations posts, 4 factoid posts, and 21 other.
The year 2008 saw 12 WM essays, 13 quotations posts, 7 factoid posts, and 9 other (1 graphic).
The year 2009 saw 7 WM essays, 9 quotations posts, 5 factoid posts, and 1 other.
The year 2010 saw 2 WM essays, 10 quotations posts, 4 factoid posts, and 1 other.
The year 2011 saw 3 WM essays, 13 quotations posts, 6 factoid posts, and 4 other.
The year 2012 saw 5 WM essays, 13 quotations posts, 8 factoid posts, and 19 other (2 graphics).
The year 2013 saw 4 WM essays, 9 quotations posts, 6 factoid posts, and 12 other.
The year 2014 has so far seen only 14 posts: 5 quotation posts, 3 factoid posts, and 6 other.

The blog began in October 2005 and so the blog has been going for 108 months. (The overlapping WMail ezine began in mid-2000 and was ended October 2007.) The summary of the blog postings in that nine years is: 51 WM essays, 77 quotations posts, 43 factoid posts, and 128 other (4 graphic) postings - all of which crossfoots.

The most popular post was the October 2011 "A Walter T. Foster Story", with a mere 24 views.

Okay, back to work . . .
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