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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Honoring Journalism

If sanity is ever restored in Washington, DC there should be a movement for a federally-funded War Correspondents Memorial at Arlington or on the National Mall. They risked as much as any soldier, and usually carried no weapon but their pencil or pen. Names to include begin with Ernie Pyle [1900-45] and Edward R. Murrow [1908-65]. Maybe it should be given extra significance with a Tomb of the Unknown War Correspondent.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Working Minds Essay #115: Pre-Election Report

Google has changed their ranking algorithm so drastically in the last year that I am reaping next to no commission money from the Amazon links on the 1,600 hand-coded pages on my five online bookstores and the other sub-sites of my various domains. Before the 2008 G.O.P. Economic Meltdown, I earned $100 in some months; then payments fell because folks were buying less, so that last year I made $30 some months; this year the algorithm changes have shrunk my commissions to single digit dollars – daily results show no sales at all for two and three weeks at a time. (Amazon's associates fee schedule pays 4% to 6% commission on each purchase from my links depending on the product category.)

I have tried several programs and products to increase SEO ranking on my websites, but it isn't happening. Google Plus was announced as being shut down this month and in the process of removing Google+ code from a dozen or so of my 1,600 pages, I discovered a recommend-ation by the business website that joining Google Small Business was a good thing to do to increase SEO ranking. I have done so, but it is early yet to see results.

So working all day to add more content on my websites is not cost effective at this time. This happens to coincide with increased activity among non-family connections on Facebook. Facebook is the number two time-waster on the internet (Pinterest is the #1 time-waster); Facebook is a surveillance engine and its availability as social media is secondary: while Facebook is active on your PC or laptop or PDA their software captures every keyboard stroke that you make.

However, I have gotten into the habit or practice over the last several weeks of spending almost all of my online work time using Facebook to spread the word to promote Democratic Party candidates and democratic/progressive memes.

My favorite politician is Martin Heinrich, the U.S. Senator for New Mexico who is up for re-election to his second term. Republican opponent Mark Rich is weak and has few fans, but former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson just got into the race and he is well-funded as a Libertarian Party candidate by the Koch Brothers and other out-of-state money. Kool-aid Republican trolls abound on Facebook, with several especially dimwitted out-of-state trolls trying to damage Martin Heinrich.

In indulging my bitterest ad hoc humor to respond to these trolls, I developed a bunch of memes that I use to stomp on them, 'with prejudice'.

Here are those memes and sayings and factoids, for use by readers of this blog:

1) Blue Tsunami or fascism - CHOOSE !!
Blue Tsunami or economic disaster - CHOOSE !!
Blue Tsunami or voter suppression - CHOOSE !!
Blue Tsunami or environmental disaster - CHOOSE !!
Blue Tsunami or gun violence - CHOOSE !!
Blue Tsunami or torture & murder - CHOOSE !!
Blue Tsunami or racism - CHOOSE !!

I select two or three items from the above list and post as a comment; these get lots of Likes and red hearts.

2) "Zero Tolerance for Pollution in New Mexico"

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

4) "The battle against ignorance and apathy and magical thinking is a full time job." ~~ G.E. Nordell

5) "FASCISM is when the corporations and the military take the government away from the people" ~~ Benito Mussolini, 1926

this event took place in the USA with the execrable Citizens United decision of January 2010 and then the GOP gameplan Secret Powell Memorandum of 1971 was fulfilled the day that Emperor Trump took office -- and now SCOTUS is locked in for the next 30 years

6) The Gamble v. US case goes to SCOTUS this week -- without Kavanaugh, the 4 to 4 vote lets the matter hang – WITH flunky Kavanaugh, the law will be changed so that anyone that Emperor Trump pardons for federal crimes cannot be charged for state crimes – THAT is why the hurry-up and the cover-up – Kavanaugh is the Trump Crime Family's get-out-of-jail-free card !!

We have but 20 days until the November 6th national election – local elections are equally important this time and always – which may just be our last chance to restore the Constitution as the basis of law and government in the United States.

Blue Tsunami or fascism - CHOOSE !!

Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Problem Is The National Debt, NOT The Budget Deficit

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 has already handed $5.8T in loot to the One Percent in only 20 months, it simply gets added to the National Debt -- AND -- the GOP is now coming after your Social Security and otherwise working to bankrupt the country.

Blue Tsunami or economic disaster - CHOOSE !!

Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, October 15, 2018


Emperor Trump accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren of falsely claiming Native American ancestry, and promised a million dollars to the charity of her choice if she could prove it. Warren released DNA results today proving that she had Native American ancestors back "6 to 10 generations". Even though many tapes exist of Trump's accusation and promise, he denies having said what is on the tapes.

So the only conclusion possible here is identity theft: Somebody is going around pretending to be Donald Trump! The problem though is how to determine which is the real clown and which is the fake clown.

{ my name is G.E. Nordell and I approved this message }
Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Anytime Veggie Meal

Anytime Veggie Meal

one 8½ oz. can whole kernel corn
one 7 oz. can mushrooms, stems & pieces
garlic powder

1) Choose a medium size microwaveable soup or ramekin dish.
2) Open and drain the canned corn and spread into dish.
3) Sprinkle garlic powder on corn to taste.
4) Place several dabs of butter on top of corn.
5) Open and drain the canned mushrooms and spread atop the corn.
6) Heat in microwave. (My low-power microwave oven does the job at 2½ minutes.)
7) Serve while hot.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

The GOP Hurry to Subvert Supreme Court

Why the hurry by Republicans? The Gamble v. US case goes to SCOTUS next week – without Kavanaugh, the 4 to 4 vote would let the matter hang; WITH flunky Kavanaugh on the court, the law will be changed so that anyone that Emperor Trump pardons for federal crimes cannot be charged for state crimes – THAT is why the hurry-up and the cover-up: Kavanaugh is the Trump Crime Family's get-out-of-jail-free card !!

Monday, October 01, 2018

September 2018 Quotations (55)

"Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh’s a liar. He lies about little things. He lies about big things. He lies under oath."
~~ editorial in the Boston Globe newspaper

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."
~~ Thomas Paine [1737-1809], in "The Age of Reason"

"Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling."
~~ poet & philosopher Miguel de Unamuno [1864-1936]

"Wow. I'm in the middle of a story about a rotten president who is about to be impeached. This is a once in a lifetime event!"
~~ reporter Bob Woodward, in 1972

"When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will, no cold can touch your heart, no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive."
~~ Chief Seattle [1786?-1866]

"If anyone wants to clap, now is the time to do it."
~~ character Eeyore (a friend of Winnie the Pooh)

“I am a strong individualist by personal habit, inheritance, and conviction; but it is a mere matter of common sense to recognize that the State, the community, the citizens acting together, can do a number of things better than if they were left to individual action.”
~~ Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]

"Kavanaugh is a corporate supremacist to a fanatic level of protecting corporate cruelty and greed. Giving him an unaccountable lifetime position on the Court will weaken our democracy and empower the corporate state."
~~ Ralph Nader, in September 2018

“We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination. And we’re sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly & unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"
~~ Barack Obama

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"The greatest gift [that] you ever give is your honest self."
~~ children's TV host Fred Rogers [1928-2003]

“Building bridges takes us further than building walls.”
~~ Dr. DaShanne Stokes

"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
~~ cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson

"Charisma is not so much getting people to like you as getting people to like themselves when you're around."
~~ blogger Robert Brault

“If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.”
~~ Thomas Paine [1737-1809]

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Blood is thicker than water? So is toothpaste."
~~ Steven Martin Cohen, on Facebook 2018

"Does it seem funny to you that the same folks who complain when anybody mentions Hitler are the same crowd that worships dictator-wannabee Trump?"
~~ G.E. Nordell

"That was the heart of the problem: every choice made sense from some vantage point.”
~~ Jacob M. Appel

"Adapt to that which you can't prevent. Prevent that to which you can't adapt."
~~ eco-activist Bill McKibben

"The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it."
~~ engineer Vannevar Bush [1890-1974]

“The world is most consistent with purposeful creation.”
~~ Nobel-laureate Arno Penzias

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”
~~ novelist Thomas Berger [1924-2014]

"Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it."
~~ French/Dutch philosopher René Descartes [1596-1650]

"Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible."
~~ playwright Lillian Hellman [1905-84]

"Science fiction is literary fiction with the lid blown off."
~~ Robin Winter

"The real purpose of Socialism is precisely to advance beyond the predatory phase of human development."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Education is not something [that] you can finish."
~~ author Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my flaws - and to stop this incessant worrying that I can't be loved as I am."
~~ Anaïs Nin [1903-77]

"We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right."
~~ Aretha Franklin [1942-2018]

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"Artists use lies to tell the truth while politicians use them to cover the truth up."
~~ from "V Is For Vendetta" [2006]

"An elective despotism is not the government [that] we fought for."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"All [that] tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
~~ Edmund Burke [1729-97]

"Totalitarianism has many forms . . ."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue."
~~ James Q. Wilson [1931-2012]

"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50]

"If they do not give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
~~ Cong. Shirley Chisholm [1934-2005]

"It's not a principle until it costs you money."
~~ advertising pioneer William Bernbach [1911-82]

"If you can go through life without experiencing pain, you probably haven't been born yet."
~~ playwright Neil Simon [1927-2018]

"The reason [that] I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept."
~~ George Carlin [1937-2008]

"We must talk about poverty because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it."
~~ activist Dorothy Day [1897-1980]

"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
~~ Arthur Schopenhauer [1788-1860]

"I think [that] the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise, what is there to defend?"
~~ Robert Redford

"You know [that] great things are coming when everything seems to be going wrong. Old energy is clearing out for new energy to enter. Be patient!"
~~ motivational speaker Idil Ahmed

"Only a fool would try to deprive men and women of their right to join a union of their choice."
~~ Gen. Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you 'til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
~~ Harriet Beecher Stowe [1811-96]

"The road to wisdom is paved with excess. The mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange."
~~ Walt Whitman [1819-92]

"I don't care how much talent a team has. If the boys don't think tough, practice tough, and live tough, how can they play tough on Saturday?"
~~ football coach Paul William 'Bear' Bryant [1913-83]

"We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words."
~~ John Fowles [1926-2005]

"You will be too much for some people. Those aren't your people."
~~ Glennon Doyle Melton

"Do not judge my path, you haven't walked in my shoes . . . or ridden my broom."
~~ pagan poet A.M. Galdorcraeft

"Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."
~~ R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

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