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Monday, June 03, 2019

Reasoned Comment on Mexico Tariffs

Folks here in Albuquerque, New Mexico are in a panic about the idiot (and unconstitutional) tariffs levied by Emperor Trump on imported goods from Mexico. The most common comment is 'OMG what will Chipotle Restaurants do? they'll have to shut down!'.

ROFL: While these tariffs will have an adverse effect on consumer prices, the impact is not likely to change anybody's lifestyle. However much Chipotle - and all the other Southwest or Italian dining establishments here - use imported avocado and tomato as ingredients, the Trump Tax on them is on the *wholesale price*, which even at the final 25% tariff in five months, will barely amount to TEN CENTS per whole avocado and even less per whole tomato. The tariffs on Mexico and China are really not money-makers, not for the U.S. Treasury, not for anybody.

If Chipotle or the other restaurants feel the need to raise prices, they don't even have to reprint all their menus for this temporary insanity: get stickers printed and put one on each menu that says 'Prices on some food items may be temporarily increased a few pennies during the Trump Tax tariffs". Then change the computer to show which menu items get the teeny increase, and print a new summary line on the bill for the meal that reads "Trump Tax Tariff is only 12¢' (or whatever).

Trump and his obedient servants want you to panic so that you will not notice that they are manipulating the international situation to start World War III or Armageddon with Iran or China or even Turkey. War profiteering is the money-maker, guys.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

My Letter Printed in the Local Newspaper

HEADLINE: Time to take a stand

The racist pinheads who flew the Confederate/K.K.K. flag in the Fourth of July parade last year are still among us. There is still time to do something to prevent a recurrence this year or in future.

Very simple law: The public display of the Confederate/K.K.K. flag or any of its many variants is racist and a hate crime under local and federal law. There should be a sizeable fine for the first offense, some amount bigger than a speeding ticket.

But our local officials have neither the integrity nor the cojones to stand up against such fear-mongering.

As Nelson Mandela often said, if you are not taking action in opposition to inhumane policies and practices, then you are complicit in their existence.

July is fast approaching.

G.E. Nordell
Rio Communities, NM
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Thursday, May 09, 2019

HA! A SMALL MIRACLE

Drove the 40 miles up to the Albuquerque V.A. Medical Center last month for my fourth session of experimental acupuncture, which seems to produce a wonderful effect. After that, I decided to mosey up San Mateo to Jack-in-the-Box (don't often get to Jack's cuz there are none in Valencia County).

After ordering my sandwich, I set my drink on the table and noticed that Congresswoman Deb Haaland was seated at the other end of the room. So I walked over to say hello.

(Fear did not even occur to me since I have practiced Landmark Education's technology for forty years now, including SELP, TMLP, the Six-Day Course, and the Communications Curriculum.)

She was with two staff members and they all asked nice questions, and I responded about my longterm Reason-Based Taxation project. One said that he remembered the document and named two workers who were assigned to look into it.

They walked away with a positive conversation from a non-constituent (I'm in District 2) and a reminder about Reason-Based Taxation; what I walked away with was on overt invitation to come in to the office in Downtown Albuquerque to have a deeper conversation on the matter.

Not a miracle? There are 2.1 million residents in New Mexico. What are the odds that Deb Haaland and I would choose the exact same restaurant for lunch?

http://www.ReasonBasedTaxation.info/

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

HERE'S THE PLAN, GUYS !!

If the facts warrant (which seems to be the case), House Democrats should go ahead and impeach Donald Trump for his crimes. This is necessary to set the record straight, so that history will know that the Democratic Party fiercely defended the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.

So okay, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will prevent any action to convict. But when the Democratic presidential candidate wins the 2020 election, we might just also turn the Senate BLUE, and the new Senate leaders will be able to set up a vote to convict Trump. (And we don't have to worry about President Pence!)

Let's see how much traction we can get on this: post, tweet, share, email, and tell your friends and enemies.

You have nothing to lose but your chains.

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

RECIPE/INVENTION OF THE MONTH: Breakfast Sushi

My local Albertsons grocery store made lots of changes after they were sold to a retail conglomerate in Texas last year, including adding a Starbucks stand and a small fresh sushi stand in the Service Deli section. Sushi always costs a lot, probably due to the labor involved, so I have been buying one only on Albertsons's Senior Discount (10% off!) Day each month. The California Roll is the cheapest, and the ten little roll things make two meals.

But that gets kinda boring, even with wasabi and ginger and a packet of soy sauce. So I looked at what else the two workers/franchisees could make, and came up with New Mexico Breakfast Sushi.

There would be slices of fried egg (whipped up with some cream, like an omelette), bacon or sausage, cheddar cheese, maybe a green onion slice, and the usual rice wrapped up in the seaweed. To make it truly New Mexican, they could offer either the plain version or a set with Hatch green chile™ - inside, not as a salsa. No wasabi, no ginger, no soy sauce - but it's gotta have two packets of ketchup in the box!

So next time I go food shopping I will speak to the two franchisees and see if I can enroll them in dangerous activity such as innovation . . .

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

News Factoids for First Quarter 2019

CLIMATE NEWS

The oceans have been setting high-temperature records for several years now, according to a study published in the journal "Science" in January 2019. And what's more, they're getting about 40 percent warmer than a United Nations panel estimated back in 2014. Earth's oceans absorb up to 93 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases — and as they get warmer, adverse effects such as loss of marine life, vanishing ecosystems, and worsening storms are bound to ramp up.

Antarctica is melting 6 times faster today than it was in the 1970s.

Antarctica is losing its icy covering at an unprecedented pace, according to a study published jan 2019 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Antarctica's glaciers may have melted at a rate of 40 billion tons per year in the 1980s, but that total increased more than six-fold from 2009 to 2019. In the National Academy's most recent measurement, Antarctica's ice sheet lost 250 billion tons of ice every year. It takes 360 billion tons of melting ice to produce a millimeter of sea level rise, so sea levels have gone up by nearly 7 millimeters due to Antarctica's melt alone. At the world's current carbon emissions rate, global sea levels could rise 3 feet by 2100.

The jet stream is moving so fast right now that commercial planes are traveling faster than the speed of sound.

OTHER NEWS

"President Trump made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years."
— per Washington Post in 21 January 2019

Report: Americans got 26.3 billion robocalls last year, up 46 percent from 2017.

Donald Trump version of the 'I'm with stupid' T-shirt has the arrow pointing UP !

Cong. Adam Schiff's wonderful 'smackdown' speech of 28 March 2019
watch speech from C-SPAN [5:13] on YouTube

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Friday, March 15, 2019

HEY, GOOGLE:

Nice of you to announce the algorithm changes that make it more difficult for small websites to appear in search results, but you are damaging any chance of a 'free market' of ideas or products. Google is a monopoly helping other monopolies.

HERE'S AN IDEA: Plan a day of bottom-ranked results each year or quarter or month that gives startup entrepreneurs and struggling vendors a leg up. This could be to celebrate something or somebody, such as a U.S. President who was elected by Congress after placing third in the national election.

SECOND IDEA: You could set this up as an option on the basic search box page, i.e.'bottom-ranked results'.

THIRD IDEA: Some internet entrepreneur could build a search engine that reverses the algorithm and displays the least popular results first, for people who are tired of seeing the same sites on every search (Facebook, Fox, HuffPost, CNN, Amazon, Twitter).

Google's motto "Don't be evil" was replaced in 2015 by "Do the right thing", but your algorithm practices have violated that fake ethos for a long time.

~~~ G.E. Nordell at www.genordell.com

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 2019 Quotations (54)

"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."
~~ Rainer Maria Rilke [1875-1926]

"I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform."
~~ TV news anchor Rachel Maddow

"That's the nice thing about science, you will lose all your paradigms, sooner better than later."
~~ John C. Landon

"Knowledge is not a series of self-consistent theories that converges towards an ideal view; it is rather an ever-increasing ocean of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable) alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each myth."
~~ Paul K. Feyerabend [1924-94]

"The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me."
~~ Harriet Beecher Stowe [1811-96]

"There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead."
~~ essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne [1533-92]

"Political systems that were supposed to represent everyone now return governments of millionaires, financed by and acting on behalf of billionaires. To expect governments funded and appointed by this class to protect the biosphere and defend the poor is like expecting a lion to live on gazpacho."
~~ British author George Monbiot

"I’m at a bit of a loss in how to successfully negotiate with an angry, hurting faction [of the GOP] that doesn’t like critical thinking, facts, science, or reason. I suspect it might take a few generations for them to die off, but they are indoctrinating their kids . . ."
~~ Zane Paxton, on Facebook

"It's never too early to be annoyed by Christmas."
~~ Grinch character, as written by Dr. Seuss

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out."
~~ poet Edwin Markham [1852-1940]

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."
~~ English art critic John Ruskin [1819-1900]

"If people think [that] nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy."
~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

"Advertising is the greatest art form of the XXth Century."
~~ communications theorist Marshall McLuhan [1911-80]

"I did not become a vegetarian for my health; I did it for the health of the chickens."
~~ Isaac Bashevis Singer [1902-91]

"We must be willing to let go of the life [that] we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
~~ British author E.M. Forster [1879-1970]

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

"If I revealed who I'm dating right now it would swing the election {snort, snort}."
~~ Ernestine character, as portrayed by comedian Lily Tomlin, live interview 1984

"Don't let your mouth write a check that you're ass can't cash."
~~ author Charles Portis, in the 1966 novel "Norwood"

"Those who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by them."
~~ Ursula K. Le Guin [1929-2018]

"The US of A has never had a capitalist economy. Currently we have a fascist political system with Wall Street exercising a piracy economic system - they want it, they take it."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long."
~~ historian Marshall Trimble

"[Bear] in mind that Truth is hate to those that hate the Truth."
~~ Oregon blogger Paul Walters

"One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received."
~~ romance novelist Beatriz Williams

"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
~~ Sinclair Lewis [1885-1951]

"To keep a warm heart in winter is the real victory."
~~ Marty Rubin

"We all grow tired eventually; it happens to everyone. Even the sun, at the close of the year, is no longer a morning person."
~~ author Joyce Rachelle

"Success is not worth rejoicing over, failure is not worth grieving over."
~~ Luo Guanzhong [XIVth Century] of China

"We're no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future. It's here. It's now."
~~ Gavin A. Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in February 2019

"No more 'incremental progress' bull****. It’s time for a wholesale political revolution."
~~ musician/activist Michael 'Killer Mike' Render

"We need heroes today more than ever."
~~ T.A. Barron

"Being like everybody is the same as being nobody."
~~ television writer Rod Serling [1924-75]

"Love sought is good, but given unsought better."
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
~~ cartoonist Charles M. Schulz [1922-2000]

"The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them. Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due."
~~ Winston Churchill [1874-1965], in 1938

"Online trolls have nothing to communicate or contribute, they just think that they can wear reality down to their level by repeating nonsense over & over."
~~ G.E. Nordell

why Republican pseudo-Xians get no respect: "He answereth and saith unto them, he that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise."
~~ Gospel of Luke, chapter 3, verses 10-11

"It is really a good thing that the Angry emoji on Facebook is available without limit, or we would all run out before 2020."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

"Always remember that half the population is below average, and it is even worse on Facebook."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"[Michael D.] Cohen’s testimony may not all prove correct. But all of it is plausible - and not a word of it has been contradicted, let alone refuted."
~~ journalist David Frum

"If you love life, she will love you in return."
~~ pianist Arthur Rubinstein [1887-1982]

"You live as long as you dance."
~~ Rudolf Nureyev [1938-93]

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

"Whoever one is, and wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude."
~~ Maurice Baring [1874-1945]

"The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience."
~~ Count Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910] of Russia, in the 1869 epic novel "War and Peace"

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."
~~ Carl Jung [1875-1961]

"Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change -- it can not only move us, it makes us move."
~~ actor & activist Ossie Davis [1917-2005]

"You stop explaining yourself when you realize [that] people only understand from their level of perception."
~~ actor Jim Carrey

"If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never lie to yourself."
~~ Paulo Coehlo

"My mind is like my internet browser: 19 tabs open, 3 of them frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from."
~~ author unknown

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice [that] it always coincides with their own desires."
~~ suffragist Susan B. Anthony [1820-1906]

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enogh people to make it worth the effort."
~~ Herm Albright

"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]

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

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

My Websites - Year-End Statistics for 2018

Readers here probably don't much care, but this is posted for the record:

Total on the several domains are 1,636 pages and 29,360 coded covers (books, DVDs, posters, etc).

There are 63 new pages & 1,500 newly-coded covers for 2018.

Other web-related 2018 statistics include: reached 686 connections {up 18} on LinkedIn; 274 friends {up 43} on two Facebook accounts; 42 new postings to my blog {all-time count now 437} . . . and the worsening 2018 statistic for Amazon was $105.02 in commissions.

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