Featured Blog Posts – August 2016 Archive (75)

Butterfly

The most important thing in my life right now is waking up in the morning wanting to get out of bed. The second most important thing is to do the things that feed my soul once I get up upon my feet. The struggle I go through each day is balancing how other people see…

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Added by Robert Starkey on August 31, 2016 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

Is American tribalism making us another Middle East?

Students of American history remember that Massachusetts and Maine were one state long ago.  They were split in two in 1820 to keep the peace and maintain a tenuous political balance between North…

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Added by Ted Frier on August 31, 2016 at 9:45am — 7 Comments

Line, Shape and Color in Art.

Paintings have many elements, but surely line, shape and color are predominant.

I love Botticelli.  We can recognize and…

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Added by Terry McKenna on August 29, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Thought For the Day - 29 August 2016

Yet more yakking from the Mainstream Pundit Class this morning that Yellen is about to "raise" interest rates.  To be clear, the Fed has no absolute (fiat) control over any interest rate.  Not even the Fed Funds rate, which is the one it's assumed to control directly.  And that's the overnight inter-bank transfer rate.  About as short term as one can get.  It's "changed" by the Fed "suggestion" of some new higher/lower rate.  Given the structure, banks comply.



Now, if the long…

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Added by Robert Young on August 29, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Facing Budget Cuts, Schools Hire Samurai Crossing Guards

SHAWNEE MISSION, Kansas.  Ed Rehnert thought he’d found his dream job when he signed on as a school crossing guard at Jo Jo White Middle School after retiring from his job at a local Ford plant.  “I loved seeing those kids every morning,” he says as tears well up in his eyes and a lump forms in his throat.  “I thought I’d be a crossing guard until I keeled over and died,” he tells this reporter.  “I figured I was immune from foreign competition.”…

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Added by Con Chapman on August 29, 2016 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

A Random Use of Words

This will be short.  Random is a word with synonyms of unchosen, nonsystematic, arbitrary, or chance.  The definition then is, “made, done, happening or chosen without plan or forethought.”…

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Added by Rodney Roe on August 29, 2016 at 4:41am — 25 Comments

Naked and Not Afraid

       There is a sign in someone's driveway in Oceanview, Hawaii that says..."Naked and Unafraid".   It is a spin on the title of a reality tv show called "Naked and Afraid" where humans try to take a forty day challenge in some of the harshest environments on the planet and survive.  There…

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Added by Zanelle on August 29, 2016 at 1:00am — 6 Comments

Maine Gov LePage Leaves Profane Voicemail

Maine Gov LePage Leaves Profane Voicemail:  Maine’s controversial Republican governor Paul LePage left a long string of profanities on the voicemail of Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine after Gattine implied that LePage’s comments, which laid all the blame for illegal drugs in the state of Maine on black people, was racist.  Coming to his defense, supporters of the governor say he was a committed racist long before Donald Trump made it cool…

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Added by Johnny Robish on August 28, 2016 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Cheeseburger in Paradise

A guy at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure in Clearwater Florida told me about this little island called cabbage key, the island is located about 10 miles off the coast of pine island outside Ft Myers FL and has a historic inn and restaurant on it. Cabbage Key is accessible only by boat, and has been a refuge to artists and writers since its founding in 19whatever. The kicker is that the key had once been a haunt of the infamous margarita wielding pirate jimmy buffet and the rumor…

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Added by Chuck Priest on August 28, 2016 at 2:28pm — 8 Comments

Culture

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Added by Zanelle on August 27, 2016 at 11:27pm — 12 Comments

Old-timey small-town garage

I phoned, but got the "disconnected" message.  Drove by this morning, and the "Open" neon sign glowed red, so I parked and went in.

KalKan, chain tire outfit now offering some mechanical, had told me that my exhaust noise meant I needed a new resonator, and they didn't have the equipment.  Recommended a place in Chilliwack.  But I thought, hey, there's this "Brake & Muffler" shop just around the corner from my place.  Looks like a junk yard, but recommended by a previous…

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Added by Myriad on August 27, 2016 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

Dream, Dream, Dream

It was been a time of vivid dream imagery, which is good in the sense that I am sleeping deeply enough to dream. It has been good that they aren't nightmares, too. 

Thursday night's dream had me observing at a hospital where all of the employees, all female, were stealing the bedding. Blatant theft, they would…

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Added by Phyllis on August 27, 2016 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

TGIF With a Big-Balled Yogurt Eating Mouse

In an experiment at MIT mice fed yogurt as compared to junk food developed luxuriantly thicker fur and bigger testicles that they projected outwards, giving them an air of “mouse swagger.”

                                                               Scientific American

It’s Friday night and, like every other mouse in the lab, I’m cruisin’…

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Added by Con Chapman on August 27, 2016 at 4:52am — 2 Comments

Full Moon on the Coquihalla

For the August full moon my new Hope (and Wiccan) friend Alberta drove us up the notorious Coquihalla highway to a good viewing spot in the mountains.  In Hope, we're the last bit of sea-level land by the Fraser River and we're surrounded by looming mountains; it takes a while for the moon to reach us - often we have…

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Added by Myriad on August 26, 2016 at 5:51pm — 8 Comments

Locomotives and hipster culture collide in an old Parisian train depot — and it’s pretty awesome

One of the perks of having an energetic, inquisitive toddler is that it makes you get out more — not to mention head…

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Added by Alysa Salzberg on August 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

How a Hate Group Stole a Computer Keyboard Command

 

The beginning of this may seem like a really arcane discussion.  Some of you who used MS DOS will remember that operations were accomplished by typing commands like “deltree” and entering.  IBM and then IBM based personal computers used this system through the 1980s and early 1990s. …

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Added by Rodney Roe on August 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — 23 Comments

"SAVING FACE...& Hair" - Trump's TOP 10 on LOSING!

I know, I know - this is slightly premature; but so predictable & my Crystal Ball is never wrong - besides the lies & flip flops are blurring into 1 Big Loser...…

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Added by marilyn sands on August 26, 2016 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

After Weeks of Bigotted BS, French Courts Return Some Sanity to Nice

France's top court suspends burkini ban...

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) hailed the ruling as a "victory for common sense".  Amnesty International welcomed the…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on August 26, 2016 at 8:52am — 14 Comments

Robber Barons

I'm not a twit, but some who are post read access to their feeds. Adam Feuerstein, enfant terrible of Big Pharma and Fake Pharma (those many nano- and micro-cap companies that only take money and deliver nothing), does so.

He's been talking about Mylan/EpiPen and some related topics in the last couple of days. It's a hoot.

Have a gander.

Added by Robert Young on August 26, 2016 at 5:42am — No Comments

Tsunami

Lapauhoehoe Point on the Big Island was where a Tsunami in 1946 leveled a small village and school there.   Many people were killed.  The water went way out and people were curious about what the low tide revealed so they went out to explore.   Then a big wave suddenly appeared and the people were…

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Added by Zanelle on August 26, 2016 at 4:30am — 10 Comments

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