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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Skeptical Scorpio Says Astrology is Entertaining ...'but only this and nothing more!'

Good Day World!

When my day isn't going well and I'm not sure why, I often blame it on my horoscope.

After all, there has to be something, or someone, to blame for a bad day right? Everything can't be blamed on Murphy's Law.

In all honesty, and disclosure, I don't believe in astrology. 

That doesn't mean that I'm not entertained by it. Every now and then my daily horoscope will say something that actually happens and I hear strains of The Twilight Zone in my head.

I'm a Scorpio. If you believe in astrological signs then you know all about Scorpios. 
According to this website Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. They're said to be determined,decisive, and always searching for the truth.

All of that sounds great on the surface. I'd even like to think it describes me perfectly. 
But I'm more logical than that. Those same attributes can also be applied to others with different astrological signs.

My perfect partner is supposed to be Taurus, but guess what?

I've been married to a Sagittarius for 41 years now and life only gets better every day.

When I start my day off bad, which doesn't happen too often, and things seem to get worse as the day progresses, I have to come up with a reason why (a Scorpio thing?).

I'm usually too stubborn to take the blame for my rotten day.That's when I become a believer in astrology long enough to shift the blame onto some planet in the wrong house.

It helps.

Just when I think I do have some Scorpio traits, I read about others - like saving money and making careful decisions before investing in something - and I KNOW that's not me!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Why 'Black Boxes' Are Orange & Why You Should Eat Orange Peels

Good Day World!

Do you ever wonder why some things are called what they are?

Take Black Boxes (Cockpit Voice Recorders) for example. They're actually orange, but the media always refers to them as Black Boxes. Why?

A little backround will help. Black Boxes were developed in Australia in the 1950s. The original version was painted black.

That may be the reason the media calls them that today. 

The name could also have it's origin in early engineering design philosophies, where boxes that contained electronic components were termed "Black Boxes.

The simple reason they're orange today is it makes them easier to find.


Speaking of oranges: quit throwing away those orange peels! 

Doctors recommend eating them because they're rich in flavonoids, like hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones (PMFs) and other phytochmicals, which are healthy.

But wait! That's not the whole story. 

Inaddition, orange peel contains higher amounts of certain nutrients than its flesh. For instance, 3.5 orange peel provides 136 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C, while the flesh contains about 71 mg.

Orange peel also contains considerable amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins and dietary fiber.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#2016ElectionIn3Words - Describing This Year's Presidential Elections in 3 Words or Less

Good Day World!

I'm reaching out to every country in the world today to poll it's citizens on what they think about our presidential elections this year.

The only thing I ask is that when you give your opinion narrow your response down to three words, or less. 
I'm really looking forward to some interesting snapshots that sum up this year's elections in the eyes of the world. That includes Americans too of course!

Stop by my Twitter feed at @AsItStands63  with your reply, or leave your comments here at the end of this post
You can also reach me at richarddavestancliff@gmail.com 

The Hashtag is #2016ElectionIn3Words

I'm putting a one week timeline on this experiment. At the end of that time I'll share the results. It ought to be fun. I hope you take a moment to reply.

Time for me to walk on down the road... 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Great Idea! Eagles That Hunt Drones!

Good Day World!

I'm thinking about getting an Eagle to hunt drones. 

The Dutch have come up with a program that trains the raptors to attack drones!

I don't like drones, and that includes the one's that are now available to the general public. 
They represent another invasion of my privacy - a rapidly disappearing right thanks to Big Brother's Drones in America program.

Drones are also creating a new danger in the skies by interferring with planes taking off, or landing at airports, and fighting fires.
There were over 150 incidents last year involving drones flown by idiots who like to push the boundries of their new toys.

The Japanese have come up with an interesting program to chase down rogue drones - they have police drones equipped with nets to disable the perps.

The Federal Aviation Administration has come up with a drone registration program for operator accountability, but don't kid yourself; that won't solve the problem of nearly a million new drones sold last year with predictions of more being sold this year!

It's a damn invasion.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Two Subjects No Presidential Candidates Are Talking About And Why

Good Day World!

In this election cycle issues are being addressed, but upon close examination they're not the ones that really matter to most Americans.

Sadly, most of the issues are between the contenders themselves, with Donald Trump leading the way in the war of words. 
The contenders are too busy attacking each other to talk about what voters really want to hear.

There's two BIG issues unfolding that are apparently off the presidential contenders radar. 

The first one is Flint, Michigan, where residents have been poisoned in the name of saving money. Why? 

Because every one of the candidates is taking on sexier issues that please their contributors and PACS. They are all afraid of taking on America's crumbling infrastructure.

It will require a long term program across the country, and the commitment of millions of dollars to shore up the deteriorated pipes, weakened bridges, and endless miles of poor roads and potholes. 

The second issue none of the contenders want to talk about is the nation's gang problem. It gets worse every year. Take a look at Chicago which has become Murder City once again.

The nation's third largest city recorded 51 homicides in January, the highest toll for the month since 2000. Gang conflicts and retaliatory violence drove the increase according to the Chicago Police Department.

Every city in America has a gang problem. How scary is that? With all the talk about international terrorists and domestic terrorists, the gangs seem to slip past any meaningful conversations or solutions.

Check this out: The Countdown for the Top 30 Murder Capitals of America

And what do the presidential candidates talk about?

Emails, birther accusations, and a laundry list of political gossip with plenty of rude language, and hateful suggestions against certain segments of Americans.

The bottom line: lot's of rhetoric about making America Great Again, even as we sink into a polarized political quagmire with puppet politicians running for president. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Why I'm Not Voting in This Year's Presidential Election


                                   Good Day World!

The first time I exercised my right to vote was in 1976. I picked Gerald Ford (Republican). He lost to Jimmy Carter.

During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan (2013), former president Jimmy Carter made a striking claim about how presidential campaigns have changed since he ran against Gerald Ford.

"When I ran against incumbent Gerald Ford, you know how much money we raised? None." (via POLITIFACT).

Contrast that with what presidential candidates are raising today through a variety of legal, covert, and barely legal PACs.

When Citizen's United opened up the flood gates of campaign donations from corporations it changed the way campaigns were run forever.

We're watching the outright buying of the presidency and there's not a thing we can do about it.
As if that's not bad enough, there isn't one good strong candidate running for the position.

As a Vietnam veteran who fought for the right to vote, I've always cast my ballot for who I hoped would be the best leader for the country.

I've voted for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, over the years. First, and foremost, I never voted for any partisan brand, but for the person who I really believed would make the next best commander-in-chief.

This presidential election doesn't offer anyone I would even begin to think about voting for: Democrat, Republican, or Independent.

I'm left without a choice. I'm not voting for the first time since I've been old enough to step into a voting booth.

I wonder how many people feel like I do? 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How Can We Make the Anger Go Away?

Good Day World!

There's a lot of anger going around our country these days.
(free image via Pixaby)

America the Pissed-Off should be our new motto (forget that United We Stand stuff - nothing could be further from the truth!).

The middle class is terrified because traditional jobs are disappearing. The natural resource exploration industries - oil, gas, timber, and ranching are all experiencing tough times.

Automation has taken away most of the manufacturing jobs that have boosted the middle class since the 1950s. Computers are changing everything that we use to do - like going to a store to shop: people shop online now.

Demographics are changing and whites are no longer a majority. All of these things, and more, are contributing to the anger that is so prevalent in our society.

Fear is the real enemy. It turns good people into extremists who dominate our politics and other issues in our lives.

We have to stop acting like children and learn to play nice. Polarization on nearly every major issue cannot be sustained much longer.

Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our education system is deplorable. Morals and ethics are seen as weaknesses.

You get the point. As simplistic as this may sound, we just have to learn how to compromise in all things. 

Throw in a few little things like encouraging our children to show respect to others and not be bullies, and I think it would go a long way.

As far as making the public anger go away, that can only be achieved by positive solutions for the workforce and ending our political gridlock through honest compromise.

Time for me to walk on down the road....