Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Layman's Field Guide to Spotting Liars

Good Day World!

Did you know your nose heats up when you tell a lie?

Watch someone closely if you suspect they are lying to you. Their body language will tell you all you need to know.

And, as for that hot begins to itch so the suspect starts touching and rubbing it.

That's called the Pinocchio Effect, according to professor Emilo Gomez Milan, who teaches experimental psychology at the University of Granada in Spain.

Experts say there are two types of liars: everyday liars who feel nervous when lying (sweaty palms give them away) and super liars (like Donald Trump for example) who show no sign of nervousness.

Six ways To Pick Out A Liar

Liars often:
Avoid eye contact
Look down when speaking
Angle their body away from the person they're speaking too.
Omit critical information
Get fidgety or agitated when pressed for details
Touch their faces, especially their nose.
Less apparent to the eye: Their heartbeat skyrockets and their pulse quickens.
Hopefully this brief field guide will help you to tell when someone is lying to you. With a little practice you'll be surprised how easily lies can be detected.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Don't Read This Unless You Have a Sense of Humor

Good Day World!

I see you checked in, so I'm guessing you have a sense of humor. Enjoy!

Teacher: "Kids, what does the chicken give you?"
Student: "Meat!"
Teacher: "Very good! Now what does the pig give you?"
Student: "Bacon!"
Teacher: "Great! And what does the fat cow give you?"
Student: "Homework!"

Source: Laugh factory

* My friend thinks he is smart. He told me an onion is the only food that makes you cry, so I threw a coconut at his face!
Source: Laugh factory

* A recent worldwide survey showed that out of 2,146,703,436 people, 94% were too lazy to actually read that number.
Source: Laugh factory

In the world of politics...

* When asked if they would have sex with Bill Clinton, 86% of women in D.C. said, "Not again."
  Source: Laugh factory

Q: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 100? 
   A: Your Honor. 
   Q: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 50
   A: Senator.

Source: Laugh factory

* If con is the opposite of pro, then is Congress the opposite of progress?

Other jokes...

Q: Why couldn't the blonde add 10 + 5 on a calculator? 
A: She couldn't find the "10" button.
What is the definition of a good tax accountant?
Someone who has a loophole named after him. 

Q:What did Ann Coulter's attorney say at her sanity hearing?
A: So.....where do I start?

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

'Chillin' in a polarized country: Hop off the Hate Train

Good Day World!

I refuse to take a ride on one of the many current rhetoric trains traveling across this troubled nation like harbingers of doom. 

Millions of Americans are angrily divided. Hate, like a deadly fog has crept across America this election year. 

People are bleeding blue, and red. There is no in between. Some end up dead.


You can step out of the train station, and go for a nice long walk outside. You'll need to take long, deep breaths, and to open your eyes to the skies above.

Hint: you can be anywhere - from the concrete jungle to a tiny cell; it doesn't matter as long as you let your imagination swell.

"Chillin" in a polarized society is only possible if you are prepared to take the less-traveled road towards internal peace.

Unplug. Turn off. Disconnect all digital devices. Refresh yourself with your own thoughts, and in conversations with others. 

Everyone around you is worried. Fear makes too many good people fumble in this fast-paced society. The home of the free... and the wealthy 1% ers. 

Money is the root of all evil. I know that sounds trite...but I think it's right. Too many worship on the altar of greed, losing their humanity.

Don't hop on the first train that pulls on your emotions. You can easily end up going in the wrong direction.
Stay true to walking, and you'll always be grounded.

My wish for you peace in this polarized society we live in.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How To Make Politicians Tell The Truth All The Time

                                    Good Day World!

I've figured out how to get politicians to tell the truth!

It's not going to be easy, but if you're like me, your sick and tired of the lies that routinely spew from politician's lips.

They get elected by saying whatever they think the crowd wants to hear, then go about their own agenda after being elected.

But how can we stop that? How can we get our elected officials to always tell the truth? I've thought about this for a long time, and the answer is simple and would be effective.

Before speaking publicly a politician must first take a standard polygraph test. They'll be asked questions on the content of their speech.

This will be mandatory or they won't be allowed to speak.

Experts administering the test will be hired by a government agency called the Department of Facts (DOF). 

"Proponents will say the test is about 90 percent accurate and  critics will say it's about 70 percent accurate," according to Frank Horvath of the American Polygraph Association.

In addition, the politician must sign a disclaimer that they won't go off script and slip in some lies, or they'll be duckwalked out of politics by the average citizen.

Once the politicians speech has been vetted for accuracy - the promise signed - then  he/she can give their speech with the endorsement of DOF, and the audience will know there's a pretty good chance they're telling the truth.

Nothing is perfect, of course. There's super liars who may fool the test. Even they will not be safe. The first time they get caught lying about anything they claimed...the game's over.

After awhile - with an effort like this - the liars will eventually be culled from public offices. 

Sound good?

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blooming Bromance: Putin and Trump in a tree...k..i..s..s..i..n..g

Good Day World!

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's bromance is really becoming awkward lately.

Republican and Democratic members of congress are concerned about the implications. 

For example:

When Trump looks into Putin's eyes there's adoration for his strongman tactics.

When Republican senator, John McCain, stared into Putin's eyes he saw three letters: a K, a G and a B.

The word is Russia is doing what it can to help elect Trump.

Why experts Are Sure Russians Hacked the DNC Emails

The Russians gave the emails they found to Wikileaks, who released it at the perfect moment to hurt the Democratic party.

Trump has embraced Putin almost from the start of his campaign. He's said that Putin is a "world leader he would get along with very well."

Their relationship is rooted in their similar outlooks, personas, and in some cases, overlapping policy goals. 

For example:

During the Republican convention Trump and his allies made changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian.

When Trump called for not-supporting certain NATO allies recently, Putin break-danced down the halls of the Kremlin!

All Putin has to do now is convince the Donald to get on a horse, with no shirt on, and to wave a flag featuring anti-NATO slogans.

Stay tuned on that. I think this is a serious bromance that may threaten Trump's marriage with his Slovenian wife Melania.

Here's what we know:

* Someone hacked into the DNC servers and stole emails that were unfavorable to Clinton and released them two days before the Democratic convention.

* What top U.S. technologists know for sure is that at least two groups of hackers were willing to take a major risk - and make a substantial investment - to access the DNC's network.

* Who is behind the attacks remains unclear-and, unfortunately, a satisfying answer isn't likely to come soon. 

If it does happen to be the Russians, the hard part will be proving who they gave the emails to.

Read Why Putin is pro-Trump

Meanwhile, the world will be watching as Putin and Trump's bromance continues to blossom.

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Presidential Election 2016: Why Am I Not Hearing About Fighting Poverty in America?

Good Day World!

Quick! When was the last time you heard about solid proposals to fight poverty during this election year?

I'm waiting.
(Photo via The Borgan Project)

I know. It's not a very sexy subject

When you have a demagogue talking about marginalizing minorities in America and how hopeless the country is without his help...the subject of poverty is submerged in the barrage of hateful rhetoric.

We need to address poverty in this nation with positive programs and support from the entire American public. It's time to stop demonizing the poor.

Helping Americans should be a bipartisan subject. But it isn't, much to all of our shame. This election cycle is all about finger-pointing and lies. Seems like addressing poverty doesn't get votes in this new rude era of politics. 

When I hear some politicians saying this is the land of opportunity and if you work hard there's no reason you should be poor; it tells me how out of touch they are with reality.

The human spirit is indomitable. When I read the following article, I realized there's always hope if people work together in a common cause for the communal good.

Fighting for Seats at the Table: A Poor People's Movement in a Rustbelt Town

I hope this program (Think Tank) inspires more communities to take a pro-active approach to poverty and not another band aid approach, which has been the case for far too long.

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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Case of the Mistaken Strippers: It Was All Good

Good Day World!

Wanna hear about something funny?

True story.

One night a group of ten women were celebrating the 50th birthday of one of their number. The were all having a great time and making lots of noise.

A neighbor, irked at how loud the celebration was, called the cops. The cops came.

Then the real fun started.

The cops knocked on the door of the apartment. One of the "tipsy women" answered and opened the door wide, encouraging both of them to come inside.

Once inside, they were greeted with cheers. Screechs of animal delight broke out and they took turns posing for pictures with the two male officers.

As you may have guessed, the women thought the cops were fake cops who were going to perform a strip tease!

Seems like the cops took it all in stride, and being professionals they knew they needed something for the police report, so they asked the birthday girl for her phone number.

That got the rest of the women laughing so hard it sucked the air right out of the room! Some even hugged the remarkably tolerant cops.

Try to imagine, if you can, some of the conversations. 

The women finally agreed to turn the music down when they looked outside the window and saw the police cruiser parked outside.

There was no indication that anyone was ticketed.

This incident didn't happen in the USA. It occurred in Mainz, Germany.

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

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...