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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Reality Show: Handling Sharks for Christ!

Good Day World!

Reality show addicts rejoice.

I know many of you are really disappointed by the news that National Geographic Channel’s “Snake Salvation” is not coming back next season.

There’s a good reason.

Pastor Gregory Jamie Coots — the star of the show – got bit by a snake and died. Coots was bitten at church but died at his home two hours later, after refusing medical treatment “because of religious beliefs.”

Here’s a One-Hour Special Presentation from National Geographic on Pastor Jamie Coot’s life and times. 

Handling snakes is practiced by a handful of fundamentalist crazy churches, based on an interpretation of certain Bible verses that say true Christians should be able to handle serpents without being harmed.

Okay then.

How do you top people playing with deadly snakes every week? The producers are faced with a real challenge here. Fortunately, there’s no end to the possibilities. Nothing is too stupid, or dangerous, to get good television ratings.

Snakes are scary, but compared to sharks they look cuddly!

NEW REALITY SHOW

Handling Sharks for Christ.

Simple concept.

Two true Christian contestants wade out into shark infested beaches. When a shark is found, one of the contestants has to pet it while reciting baptism rites for the other contestant bobbing up and down nearby.

To win, both contestants must be able to swim back to land on their own power. In the case of a tie, the contestants who found the biggest shark and had the fastest baptism times wins.

This new National Geographic Channel reality show will feature dolphin, and human, judges. The producers are hoping it lasts more than one season like Snake Salvation. I wouldn’t bet on it, but who knows?

Stay tuned.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush Knows More than 97% of the world’s scientists on climate change

Who would of guessed?

Jeb Bush sounded a lot like bubba Dubya yesterday. Jeb said that those who insist that the science of climate change is completely definitive are exhibiting "intellectual arrogance."

Really? How about exhibiting no intelligence at all with that response!

Factoid: Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that human activity has led to climate change.

If that’s not definitive, then what is?

Jeb keeps telling people he’s his own man, but the more you listen to him the more he sounds like Dubya (stupider than a stone).

Bush #3 in 2016? I don’t think so. 

 

What makes you happy? Hint: Money Only Goes So Far

Good Day World!

In this highly stressful society finding happiness can be a real challenge. The pressure of daily life – just making a living – has a way of harshing many people’s attitudes.

There’s a lot of good reasons to seek happiness. Sometimes people think happiness can be bought like any other commodity.

If your rich enough you can buy anything and not have to worry about where your next meal is coming from. It’s easier than the alternative.

Most of us struggle to make ends meet. But does that mean we can’t be happy.

In short, the latest research suggests wealth alone doesn’t provide any guarantee of a good life. What matters a lot more than a big income is how people spend it.

For instance, giving money away makes people a lot happier than lavishing it on themselves. And when they do spend money on themselves, people are a lot happier when they use it for experiences like travel than for material goods.

Life experiences give us more lasting pleasure than material things, and yet people still often deny themselves experiences and prioritize buying material goods.

Extremely wealthy people have their own set of concerns: anxiety about their children, uncertainty over their relationships and fears of isolation, according to research by Robert Kenny, a developmental psychologist and senior advisor at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College.

His research shows the rest of the world, who often think that if they just made one more bonus or sold one more item or got one more promotion, then their world and their family's world would be so much better, that this isn't necessarily true.

There's another whole level of concerns that parents are going to have about their kids. One of those concerns is this feeling of isolation. That's actually a No. 1 concern for families with a high net worth — this sense of isolation — and the higher the wealth, the worse it gets.

Yes, it’s easier being rich than poor. No one can deny that. But money isn’t necessary if you can enjoy the simple things in life, like going for a walk, laughing at a friends joke, or writing a poem.

Happiness has many sources if we allow ourselves to seek them out. I’m speaking from the experiences of over six decades in the quest to be happy. Your greatest happiness can come from living in a close family, and having lots of friends.

It’s an almost unbeatable combination when you boil everything down to the basics. Watching your daughter take her first step, or your son say his first words, can be more precious than all of the money in Ft. Knox.

10 Reasons Why Lazy People Are Actually The Happiest

What makes you happy?

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GOP relying on scare tactics rather than compelling arguments

Editor’s Note: Every now and then I like to run guest op-eds. Today’s candidate writes for the Cavalier Daily

Guest Post

by Ben Rudgley | Feb 20 2015 | 02/20/15 2:40am | Updated 02/19/15 11:21pm

As traditional arguments for voting Republican — like believing it will bring about limited, efficient and pragmatic government — have collapsed, the GOP has relied on a politics of fear to win elections amidst low turnout and an increasingly apathetic public.

In 2016, the politics of fear will fall short of the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s inevitable candidacy. The potential for the first female president and her impeccable qualifications — Secretary of State, a senator and First Lady — mean that the eventual Republican candidate will have to adopt a more positive, moderate form of messaging.

In order to chart a compelling path for the GOP to the White House, it is first necessary, however, to deconstruct how the politics of fear manifests itself and how it fails.

Congressional Republicans have been desperately trying to prove they can govern as well as obstruct, though their recent actions have done little to change their perception.

Republicans’ rabid opposition to President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration has led to their latest exercise in brinkmanship: failing to fund the Department of Homeland Security while at the same time bemoaning the national security threats of ISIL and terrorist plots in Europe.

This is an exemplar of how GOP politics are guided by fear and xenophobia. The aging, white conservative base, to which “executive amnesty” is anathema, reflexively oppose comprehensive immigration reform — in spite of its widely documented potential to grow the economy — because of their fear of those that are different from them.

In 2012, former Gov. Mitt Romney deposited into the bottomless bank of conservative fear by famously promising economic catastrophe if Obama won reelection.

Predictably his predictions of “crippling unemployment” and “another recession” have proved at best delusional or at worst knowingly demagogic as unemployment has plummeted to 5.6 percent, gas prices have fallen and home values have surged.

Furthermore, conservative opposition to Obamacare has also been predicated on fear-mongering rhetoric that claimed the market-based health care law wouldcause historic destruction to the economy. This is a claim that now looks as off the mark and anachronistic as conservative opposition to gay marriage.

Even attempts to define the GOP as the party of limited, fiscally responsible government seem in vain. The myth that Republicans will bring about lower taxes for all has pervaded for decades but cannot long defy political realities across the nation.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, which were heralded by conservatives everywhere, have resulted in fiscal turmoil and likely deep cuts to state education. Furthermore, a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities study showed “Most of the benefits went to high-income households” and “Kansas even raised taxes for low-income families to offset a portion of the revenue loss.”

This exposes how Republicans’ rhetoric of lower taxes for all actually translates to benefits for special interests, corporations and the wealthy but even greater tax burdens on the working and middle classes. (read the rest here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Scammed! 4 Cancer Charities Busted for Cheating Donors Out of Millions

Good Day World!

If there’s one thing I hate it’s con artists/scammers.

You hear about them all the time. There’s phone cons, identity-theft cons, and cons that target charities. The real scum bags go with the last one.

I lost a sister to breast cancer, and feel strongly about supporting the cause for a cure. There’s millions of other Americans that feel the same way.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in women in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • About 62,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,290 deaths from breast cancer

As these figures suggest, the fight to end breast cancer continues.

But some low-lives take the money that people donate towards a cure, and use it for their own personal gain. The following article is a disturbing example of how charitable funds can be misused:

A federal lawsuit alleges four cancer charities have scammed consumers out of more than $187 million.

The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced Tuesday they have filed a lawsuit against the Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and the Breast Cancer Society alleging they violated federal and state regulations.

All four charities are run by members of the same family or their close business associates, as detailed in the 2013 "America's Worst Charities" joint report from theTampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The lawsuit serves as a reminder to consumers to vet nonprofits carefully before donating. Americans gave $335.17 billion to charity in 2013, according to the Giving USA 2014 report, put out by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Health charities received $31.86 billion of that, up 4.5 percent from 2012.” (source)

I don’t want to discourage you from donating to the charity of your choice, but I am cautioning you to check the charity out before giving your hard-earned money to them.

Here’s a good site that rates ALL charities: Charity Watch. Better safe than sorry.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Waco, AKA ‘Wacko’ Texas Shootout Rekindles Past Chaos

Waco Davidians

Good Day World!

Waco Texas is where the wackos go to die. It should be the city’s motto.

I don’t know what it is about Waco that attracts the crazies and criminals, but it’s reputation is common knowledge.

Who can forget David Koresh that madman who seized control of a group of breakaway Seventh Day Adventist Church members and led them to their deaths?

He told his followers that God wanted him to procreate with the women in the group to establish a "House of David" of his "special people."

The Waco massacre in 1993 was the end result of a 50-day siege in which 76 men, women and children lost their lives after federal officials set fire to an isolated compound.

SHADES OF YESTERYEAR

On May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas, a shootout erupted between as many as five rival outlaw motorcycle clubs, including the Bandidos, the Cossacks, Victoria's Angels, and the Scimitars.

The shootout occurred at the local Twin Peaks restaurant and left nine people dead, with eighteen others injured

MORE INFORMATION

Waco Shootout: Biker Brawl at Twin Peaks Leaves Nine Dead

Twin Peaks Revokes Waco Restaurant's Franchise After Shootout

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Are You Experienced? #Hashtag History and Use

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You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

No more than you can judge a #hash tag by several words. Oh, wait a moment! Yes, you can. Let me explain.

If you’re a non-techie type and don’t know what a hash tag is, the following information will set you straight.

ORIGIN of HASHTAGS

The number sign was often used in information technology to highlight a special meaning. In 1970 for example, the number sign was used to denote immediate address mode in the assembly language of the PDP-11 when placed next to a symbol or a number.

In 1978, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie used # in the C programming language for special keywords that had to be processed first by the C preprocessor.

Since before the invention of the hash tag, the number sign has been called the "hash symbol" in some countries outside of North America.

The number sign then appeared and was used within IRC networks to label groups and topics. Channels or topics that are available across an entire IRC network are prefixed with a hash symbol # (as opposed to those local to a server, which use an ampersand '&').

The use of the number sign in IRC inspired Chris Messina to propose a similar system to be used on Twitter to tag topics of interest on the micro blogging network. He posted the first hash tag on Twitter:

how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?

—Chris Messina, ("factoryjoe"), August 23, 2007

Internationally, the hash tag became a practice of writing style for Twitter posts during the 2009–2010 Iranian election protests, as both English- and Persian-language hash tags became useful for Twitter users inside and outside Iran.

The first use of the term "hash tag" was in a blog post by Stowe Boyd, "Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings,"on 26 August 2007, according to lexicographer Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society's New Words Committee.

Beginning July 2, 2009, Twitter began to hyperlink all hash tags in tweets to Twitter search results for the hash tagged word (and for the standard spelling of commonly misspelled words).

In 2010, Twitter introduced "Trending Topics" on the Twitter front page, displaying hash tags that are rapidly becoming popular. Twitter has an algorithm to tackle attempts to spam the trending list and ensure that hash tags trend naturally. (via Wikipedia)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It’s okay to get angry…sometimes it makes things better!

Good Day World!

We all get angry at one time or another in our life. The negative outburst that usually follows can be good, or bad. Just depends. 

Have you ever heard about anger being a positive thing?

There are all sorts of good sensible, civilized reasons to avoid getting angry.

Not only does it make you feel bad, it makes you do stupid things without noticing the risks and it can be self-destructive.

As a result civilized people do their best to suppress, redirect and mask their anger. Most of us treat our anger as though it’s unreasonable, and unmentionable.

But like all emotions anger has its purposes, which can be used to good effect.

Here’s six upsides to getting angry.

Anger can reduce violence, benefit relationships, promote optimism and be a useful motivating force, but it can just as easily be destructive.

That’s the wonder of human emotions: happy isn’t always good and angry isn’t always bad (although it may feel that way).

An unhappy person is also more likely to spot mistakes and an angry person is highly motivated to act. We need reminding that even scary and dangerous emotions have their upsides, as long as they are used for the correct purpose.

Used right, anger can be a handy tool. But use with caution as people find anger the most difficult of all the emotions to control.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Report: ‘The American economy no longer works for most Americans…’

Good Day World!

How do you fix the laws and policies governing the American economy that are rigged to benefit the wealthiest individuals and largest corporations?

Good question. Read this report, “Rewriting The Rules Of The American Economy: An Agenda For Growth and Shared Prosperity.

You want details? These folks came up with 37 specific laws and policy changes to restore fairness and balance to the economy without undermining American capitalism.

“Skyrocketing incomes for the 1 percent and stagnating wages for everyone else are not independent phenomena, but rather two symptoms of an impaired economy that rewards gaming the system more than it does hard work and investment," according to the report.

The report concluded:

"The roots of this dysfunction lie deep in the rules and power dynamics that have prioritized corporate power and short-term gains at the expense of long-term innovation and growth. The outcomes shaped by these rules and power dynamics do not make the economy stronger; indeed, many make it weaker.”

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Boehner ‘the Boob’ Denies Reality - Calls Reporter ‘Stupid’

Don’t bother House Speaker John Boehner with facts.

He’s liable to call you stupid.

If there’s one thing Boehner can’t stand it’s the truth. You can slap him in the face with it, and he’d just blink stupidly.

When he claimed that the fatal Amtrak crash wasn't caused by a lack of federal funds, and mocked a reporter for even asking about it, reality was tossed out the window.

FACT: the Republican-run House Appropriations Committee voted to cut Amtrak's budget for next year to $1.1 billion, a $251 million reduction.

FACT: the panel also voted down a Democratic effort to boost federal funds for the railroad by more than $1 billion, including extra money for the busy Northeast corridor, where the derailment occurred.

FACT: Insufficient funding had delayed installation of an advanced electronic system for keeping trains from speeding, called positive train control, on the track where the accident occurred.

FACT: The Amtrak tragedy could have been avoided if the advanced electronic system had been in effect.

When you’re a partisan boob like Boehner reality is a toy to play with and to manipulate. This latest example proves it.

Time for me to walk on down the road… ,