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Nov. 16th, 2016

I knew it! :-)


According to Carrie Fisher there was a reason she and Harrison Ford had such chemistry in "Star Wars." Almost 40 years later the actress says she and Ford had an affair on the set of the now iconic 1977 film. "It was so intense," Fisher told People magazine. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

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Nov. 12th, 2016

Beyond the Politics of Anger


This is not politics as usual. The American Presidential election, the Brexit vote and the rise of extremism in the politics of the West are warnings of something larger, and the sooner we realize it, the better. What we are witnessing is the birth of a new politics of anger. It is potentially very dangerous indeed.

No civilization lasts forever. The first sign of breakdown is that people stop trusting the ruling elite. They are seen as having failed to solve the major problems facing the nation. They are perceived as benefiting themselves, not the population as a whole.

They are out of touch and surrounded by people like themselves. They have stopped listening to the grassroots. They underestimate the depth and breadth of popular anger. That happened in both Washington and Westminster. The governing class fail to see the blow coming. That is how the party of the status quo is defeated by the candidate of the angry party, however incoherent his or her policies actually are.

Therein lies the danger because anger is a mood, not a strategy, and it can make things worse not better. Anger never solves problems, it merely inflames them. The danger down the road, as it has been throughout history, is the demand for authoritarian leadership, which is the beginning of the end of the free society. We shouldn’t forget Plato’s warning that democracy can end in tyranny.

There is only one viable alternative. It is not a return to the status quo. It is bigger than traditional divisions between the parties. It is the creation of a new politics of hope. A politics of hope is within our reach. But to create it we will have to find ways of strengthening families and communities, building a culture of collective responsibility and insisting on an economics of the common good. This is no longer a matter of party politics. It is about the very viability of the freedom for which the West fought for so long and hard.

We need to construct a compelling narrative of hope that speaks to all of us, not some of us, and the time to begin is now.


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Copyright: The Daily Telegraph

Nov. 8th, 2016

A Message to the President


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Nov. 3rd, 2016

Finally

No one's more happy than Bill Murray! Congrats to Cubs!

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Nov. 1st, 2016

Dakota

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Oct. 23rd, 2016

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline


For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies have been peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline project, which would carry more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil a day across their ancestral lands and under the Missouri River. If the pipe leaks or spills, it could dump hundreds of thousands barrels of crude oil in the Missouri River less, than a half mile downstream from the tribe’s water supply. The pipeline was approved without adequate environmental reviews or consultation from the community — and any spill is a direct threat to water supplies for the Standing Rock Sioux.

To get involved directly with Standing Rock Sioux organizers, visit their website to show your support.

http://standingrock.org/

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Aug. 14th, 2016

Other Worlds


Astrobiologists will probably have their hands full in a few trillion years. The odds of life evolving throughout the universe are 1,000 times greater in the far future than they are now, according to a new modeling study. The finding suggests that life on Earth may be "premature" in the cosmic scheme of things, researchers said. "If you ask, 'When is life most likely to emerge?' you might naively say, 'Now,'" study lead author Avi Loeb, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement. "But we find that the chance of life grows much higher in the distant future."

Loeb and his colleagues modeled how likely life is to arise at any point throughout the lifetime of the universe, starting at 30 million years after the Big Bang, when the first stars had created enough carbon, oxygen and other "heavy" elements thought to be necessary for life, and ending 10 trillion years from now, when the last stars will burn out. (The Big Bang occurred about 13.8 billion years ago.) The researchers determined that the main factor influencing the possible evolution of life on a planet is the lifetime of that planet's host star.


The sun will die perhaps 5 billion years from now, but the smallest stars can live for up to 10 trillion years, giving life plenty of time to take root.

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Aug. 6th, 2016

The Legend of King Arthur

The story of King Arthur is largely made up of folklore and legend but archaeologists and historians have been working hard to paint a more accurate picture of the man who led Britain’s defense of the invasion of the Saxons. A book written 900-years ago claimed that the King was born in Tintagel in Cornwall but this was met with skepticism by historians. However, archaeologists have discovered the ancient remains of a palace next to the site. Additionally, they found more than 150 fragments of ancient pottery and glass. The fragments came from places as far as Turkey, which is a strong indication that the people who resided there were extremely wealthy people – potentially even royalty. Graham Phillips, author of ‘The Lost Tomb of King Arthur,’ told the Daily Telegraph: “It is showing there could indeed be some truth behind the earliest stories about King Arthur’s birth at Tintagel. “If nothing else, it means the legend about where Arthur was born isn’t so fanciful after all and deserves further investigation.”

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Aug. 1st, 2016

Memorable Quotes

"What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian."
~Sitting Bull~

Jul. 18th, 2016

I Support Taylor Swift


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Jul. 8th, 2016

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Jun. 22nd, 2016

Inspirational Quotes

Jun. 6th, 2016

Movie of the Month: Warcraft

Looking to escape from his dying world, the orc shaman Gul'dan utilizes dark magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. Supported by the fierce fighter Blackhand, Gul'dan organizes the orc clans into a conquering army called the Horde. Uniting to protect Azeroth from these hulking invaders are King Llane, the mighty warrior Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and the powerful wizard Medivh. As the two races collide, leaders from each side start to question if war is the only answer.


I've been playing "World of Warcraft" for about 7 years now and it's my favorite online game. I'm really looking forward to the movie!


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May. 13th, 2016

Game of the Year!

It's everything I hoped for and one of the best looking games on the PS4. I'm in chapter 12 and so far it has been an amazing journey. I highly recommend it!


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Apr. 22nd, 2016

Earth Day 2016!

Today, over one billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect our shared environment. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in-between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children to protect our planet. This year, in a rare and special event, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited every world leader to the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement reached this past December. It is no coincidence that the agreement is being opened for signatures on April 22nd, Earth Day.

Across the world, millions of schoolchildren and their teachers will take part in education, civic, and outdoor programs that will teach them about the importance of clean air and water, how to begin a lifelong practice of civic participation, and experience the wonders of nature. In almost every country on Earth, citizens will be making demands of their governments to take action to address the climate crises, starting with the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is Earth Day’s legacy – the largest and most active citizen engagement campaign on Earth.


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Apr. 21st, 2016

He'll be truly missed...


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Apr. 15th, 2016

'Starshot'

The tiny robotic spacecraft that Stephen Hawking and his colleagues plan to send between the stars could also revolutionize the hunt for alien life in Earth's own solar system. Hawking, several other scientists and billionaire investor Yuri Milner announced Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million initiative to develop the technology required to accelerate postage-stamp-size, sail-equipped "nanocraft" to 20 percent the speed of light using powerful ground-based lasers. The Starshot team hopes flotillas of such miniprobes eventually explore Alpha Centauri and other nearby star systems, studying the planets in those systems up close and searching for signs of life. But the nanocraft will first cut their teeth much closer to home.

Avi Loeb, who chairs Harvard University's astronomy department and the Breakthrough Starshot advisory committee, said during a news conference. Loeb cited Saturn's moon Enceladus, which harbors an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy shell, as a good target for Starshot probes. Geysers erupt continuously from Enceladus' south polar region, blasting material from the hidden ocean far out into space. "One can imagine flying such a small spacecraft through the plume and detecting molecules that might be indicative of life, fingerprints of life," Loeb said.


A laser-blasted nanoprobe traveling at 20 percent the speed of light would reach Pluto in just three days!


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Apr. 4th, 2016

Gallieno Ferri

An immensely sad weekend for all the Zagor fans worldwide... On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the legendary visual creator and the artist of Zagor, who drew Zagor continuously for 55 years, including over 650 covers and thousands and thousands of comic book pages, Gallieno Ferri passed away in his 87th year of life.


RIP maestro and thank you for all the memories...


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Apr. 3rd, 2016

WrestleMania 32

What a great show! I've been enjoying every minute of it.


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Mar. 22nd, 2016

A Culture of Terrorism

Terrorism is small scale war usually employed by small cultural groups who are, or believe they are, threatened by a larger cultural group. War is caused by cultural differences. Multiculturalism emphasizes cultural differences. Multiculturalism leads inevitably to war. Human instincts demand it. From the time of Homo habilis to less than 10,000 years ago, a period of more than two million years, the human was a hunter/gatherer living in small tribes. There was fierce competition between tribes for the best hunting grounds. The strongest, best organized, most cunning and most vicious gained the best grounds and tended to survive better.

Early in the history of the human, ethnic and racial differences signaled danger. A new group coming over the hill to make their home in your valley might have different colored skins, or speak a different language, or dress differently. These were signals of trouble ahead. With two million years of history, and starting long before the big brain developed, racial and ethnic bigotry is normal (instinctive) in the human.

Tribalism to the point of war is normal (instinctive) in the human. Genocide, the driving off or killing off of a particular racial or ethnic group is normal (instinctive) in the human. Terrorist acts started millions of years ago when tribes raided each other's camps or the lone hunter in the forest was ambushed. Terrorist acts, too, are normal (instinctive) in the human.

War, terrorism and genocide are normal (instinctive) in the human and will remain so until the human redesigns the human. The only methods available in the meanwhile to curtail these instincts are training (behavior by enforced edict) and education (behavior chosen by the individual in response to learning truth and fact). As with any other social (instinctive) drive, training is by far the most successful method for obtaining consistent and uniform control of social behavior.

Tribal disputes over foraging territories are as old as man. Tribalism is a basic instinct in the human species, one that was developed over a period of 4 million years or longer. A different language, appearance, apparel, behavior, etc. is instinctively a danger sign, with instant distrust and apprehension. Since the behavior is instinctive it may not be educated. Intellectual control over the instinct (training) is required instead. The species must establish strong rules concerning hostilities and strictly enforce them.


In the final analysis, every conflict is fought over cultural differences. Integration of the species into one culture would be a giant step toward ending wars.

My thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the acts of terror in Brussels...


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