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Sunday, December 31, 2017

News Factoids for Fourth Quarter 2017

There are 670,000 pieces of space junk orbiting Earth.

87% of Alphabet's revenues come from Google's ad business.

Americans have acquired the highest-ever outstanding credit card debt, back up to $1.021 trillion, beating the previous record of $1.02 trillion of April 2008.
~~~ per U.S. Federal Reserve, in June 2017

The word 'scientist' was coined in 1834, and the word 'ecology' in 1866.

EXTRACTED from a long email (from sender unknown)
Societies had years to adapt to change driven by the steam engine, electricity, and the computer. Today, change is instant and ubiquitous. It arrives digitally across the globe all at once. The fourth industrial revolution is already here. . . Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots 'man' the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive tasks that once required human intelligence, wiping out millions of managerial, as well as industrial, jobs . . . The result is a new bipolar world based on technology rather than nuclear arsenals. Today’s superpowers are tech giants: the United States and China.

Chocolate is a good substitute for cough medicine. Ran out of Walgreens liquid cough medicine during a rare and recent cold/sore throat episode; eating a tablespoon of chocolate chips (slowly) alternated with honey-eucalyptus cough drops did a real good job on my throat until I was able to get to the store. (Eating 6 to 8 vitamin C pills of 1000mg each per day, per Linus Pauling, broke the cold portion of the problem in just two days.)


A delicatessen in Brooklyn is now offering the Trump Sandwich: made with white bread, lots of baloney, Russian dressing, and a small pickle!

The Telegraph (U.K.) reported that the average price for a weekend at a Trump hotel dropped 36 percent in the last year.

"In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims"
Donald Trump's recent 30-minute New York Times interview is rife with falsities, as annotated by this article in the Washington Post. (Many were previously fact-checked, but Trump pays no attention to the facts in any subject that he blathers about.) click here

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

December 2017 Quotations (61)

"From Watergate we learned what generations before us have known: our Constitution works. And during the WaterGate years it was interpreted again so as to reaffirm that no one – absolutely no one – is above the law."
~~ Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski [1905-82]

"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. And if you don't have integrity, nothing else matters."
~~ Robert Mueller

"The cold never bothered me anyway."
~~ Queen Elsa of Arendelle character in the Disney movie "Frozen"

“A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.”
~~ Henry Ward Beecher [1813-87]

"You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"Stupidity [is] a fellow traveler of catastrophe."
~~ New Mexico blogger V.B. Price

"It is known that personal identity resides in memory, and the annulment of that faculty is known to result in idiocy."
~~ Jorge Luis Borges [1899-1986] , in "History of Eternity" [1936]

"American democracy is stone cold dead."
~~ Adrian Ward, on Facebook

"One martini is all right, two are too many, and three are not enough."
~~ James Thurber [1894-1961]

“To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy.”
~~ Hans Christian Andersen [1805-75]

"In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"All you need for a movie is a gun and a cat."
~~ Jean-Luc Godard

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941] from her 1928 novel, Orlando: A Biography

"Science fiction isn't just thinking about the world out there, it's about thinking how that world might be – a particularly important exercise for those who are oppressed, because if they're going to change the world [that] we live in, they – and all of us – have to be able to think about a world that works differently."
~~ Samuel R. 'Chip' Delany

"When my wife’s Aunt Caroline was in her nineties, she lived with us, and she once remarked: ‘Remembrance is sufficient of the beauty we have seen’. I cherish the remembrance of the beauty I have seen. I cherish the grave, compulsive word."
~~ author E.B. White [1899-1985]

"When confronted by small men doing big and stupid things, we need to resist with all the creativity and wit [that] we can muster, and if we can do so without losing the civility that makes life enjoyable, then so much the better."
~~ Bill McKibben, epilogue to new "Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance"

"Anybody who’s denying climate change is really in the dark."
~~ Debra Haaland, 2018 candidate for Congress in New Mexico

"What would your good do if evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?"
~~ novelist Mikhail Bulgakhov [1891-1940]

"Wonderment is the first passion of all. Those without any natural inclination to this passion are ordinarily very ignorant."
~~ French philosopher René Descartes [1596-1650]

"If the law is on your side, pound on the law. If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If neither are on your side, pound on the table."
~~ poet Carl Sandburg [1878-1967]

"No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it."
~~ Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa [1888-1935]

"My teachers could easily have ridden with Jesse James for all the time [that] they stole from me."
~~ Richard Brautigan [1935-84]

"If you give money, spend yourself with it."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"Say yes, and you'll figure it out afterward."
~~ Tina Fey

"After I drink coffee I like to show my empty mug to the I.T. guy to tell him that I have successfully installed Java. He hates me."
~~ Mike Anderson

“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.”
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016], Sports Illustrated, Feb. 19, 1968

“The one who comes to question himself cares for mankind.”
~~ Kenneth Patchen [1911-72]

"The Sweet Baby Jesus gave his life on the Cross so that Retailers Worldwide could end the fiscal year with strong 4th quarter earnings and consumers could start the New Year in Debt up to their eyeballs, thus guaranteeing perpetual Slavery for all of us and Prosperity for the top 1%."
~~ Ernesto Martinez, on Facebook

"The road to success is always under construction.”
~~ Lily Tomlin

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
~~ Florida billionaire Wayne Huizenga

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
~~ Florence Nightingale [1820-1910]

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
~~ tennis pro Arthur Ashe [1943-93]

“The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.”
~~ Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller [1945-2010]

“You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”
~~ Michael Dell

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
~~ Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832]

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthwile dream or goal"
~~ Earl Nightingale [1921-89]

"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it."
~~ cosmetics tycoon Estée Lauder [1908-2004]

"There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs"
~~ salesman & speaker Zig Ziglar [1926-2012]

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world [that] they’ve been given than to explore the power [that] they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"The best we can do in our life is to employ it in something more lasting than life itself."
~~ William James [1842-1910]

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
~~ Albert Schweitzer [1875-1965]

"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
~~ Eckhart Tolle

"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat."
~~ Richard 'Dick' Marcinko

"Everything [that] you own, you rent until you die."
~~ Tasso Lakas

"My own definition of success is when it's standing room only at your funeral."
~~ Richard Hayter

"I never fail. I either win or learn."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

“Speak less than you know; have more than you show.”
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
~~ Joshua J. Marine

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful, than a life spent doing nothing."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"The responsibility of a creative life is both a curse and a blessing. It's the thing that gives you life and is killing you at the same time."
~~ actor Daniel Day-Lewis

"Sometimes you can only find heaven by slowly backing away from hell."
~~ actress & author Carrie Fisher [1956-2016]

"We have many men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon On The Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
~~ Gen. Omar Bradley [1893-1981]

"Some will not look on suffering because [to do so] creates responsibility."
~~ Bishop Fulton J. Sheen [1895-1979]

"Language is not just a creation of humanity. It is humanity."
~~ biologist E. (Edward) O. Wilson

"We construct borders, literally and figuratively, to fortify our sense of who we are."
~~ British historian Frances Stonor Saunders

"There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly terrible to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a free press."
~~ Samuel Adams [1722-1803]

"You think [that] your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, and then you read."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

"There is no crime, absolutely none, that cannot be condoned when 'our side' commits it."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50]

"The happy ending still beckons, and it is in great hope of grasping it that we go on."
~~ Annie Proulx

"A society is moving toward dangerous ground when loyalty to the truth is seen as disloyalty to some supposedly higher interest."
~~ novelist Marilynne Robinson

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

Monday, December 25, 2017

Funny Fake News: 'Alabama Joe' Stalin

The reason that officials in Virginia and Alabama were willing to tear down statues of 'heroes' of the Confederacy is so that they could replace them with statues of dictator Joseph Stalin and dictator-emperor Donald Trump.

"It is enough that the people know [that] there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
~~ Joseph Stalin [1878-1953]

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Don't Call The Republican Party Fascists?

your friends of the Republican Congress recently passed legislation ending Meals On Wheels and the CHIP Program for child healthcare – zero funding

when your friends the Republicans reduce YOUR Medicare/Medicaid -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans reduce YOUR Social Security -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans shut down the E.P.A. and your grandchildren get lead poisoning (as in Flint, Michigan) -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans shut down the F.D.A. and allow poisoned food & drugs in the stores -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans cancel funding for women’s health care (at Planned Parenthood), unwanted births will increase and people will die
when your friends the Republicans further cancel funding for sex education, the current S.T.D. epidemic will get worse
when your friends the Republicans further cancel funding for public education, your grandchildren’s generation will be unable to read or to earn a living

NOT calling them fascists doesn’t change a thing
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

National Rifle Association Film Festival

Two of these film titles are real, the rest are imaginary:

"A Fistful of Bitcoin"
"All The President's Storm Troopers"
"Once Upon A Time On The News"
"Winchester '73"
"How Green Was My Camo"
"Mr. Blandings Builds A Firing Range"
"Apocalypse Next Door"
"Springfield Rifle"
"The Stranger Wore A Concealed Handgun"
"Paintball Fight At The O.K. Corral"
and "Honey, I Shot The Kids"

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