Saturday, September 24, 2022

I'm Waiting For the Healing to Begin

America is like a wounded animal trying to tell a human where it hurts without sucess.

Our society is suffering the torture of a thousand cuts dividing us into hostile tribes. Hate, anger and fear roam unabated as the lines of communication continue to breakdown.

It has to stop.

There are some resources for people who have anger issues. We just need more. 

Groups like Haven House are doing their best, but their often limited by finances. The group provides a sounding board to work and grow with. I'm in no way endorsing the group by sharing their mission. It's just one of many options out there.

There are online anger management courses that provide free help for those who want to avoid group therapy. The drawback is the lack of fellowship and sense of belonging.

What's the problem with these options?

Have you ever tried to lead a donkey to water when it doesn't want to go?

Unfortunately, people with anger issues generally have other mental issues and getting them help is a major challenge. Friends and family have to be part of the equation.

Awareness is the key to solving problems regardless of what they are. 

There is a national campaign founded by Tipper Gore called Mental Health Awarenessbut frankly who's ever heard of it? It was launched in 1999 by the White House.

President Joe Biden has advanced an agenda of prioritizing and supporting bills that offer help for the mental health crisis we're currently suffering in this country. 

He signed the "Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Act," in March of 2021. The new law provides $135 million in federal funding for mental health education and awareness campaigns.

As it stands, I'm waiting for the mental healing to begin as lines of communications between political parties and individuals go through a positive transformation that will hopefully save the sanity of our country.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Check Out Today's Episode of 'Politicians Say the Darnest Things'

Welcome!

Step right in. Take a seat. When you're comfortable continue.

This first quote is my favorite.

According to Trump"...if you're the President of the United States, you can declassify by just saying it's declassified, even by thinking about it."

I believe psychiatrists call that "magic thinking." 

Who can forget Ted Cruz yelling in the airport "Do you know who I am?" The funny part, according to Matt Blair, is the very idea that the average person would treat him better after learning that he is Ted Cruz.

Here's a real dinger from Marjorie Taylor Greene for you, "President Trump taught us how to defend our values.

I was really surprised she wasn't struck down by lightning despite being indoors.

Vying with Greene for the dumbest woman in Congress, Lauren Boebert was speaking about the importance of guns in America during a Newsmax interview with Sebastian Gorka.

"Americans will be eating dogs, like in Venezuela, if they take our guns away!" she warned the extremist viewers.

Frankly, I don't even know what to say about that...

Here's some classic political jokes

** Bill Clinton on Being President, "Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening."

** Lyndon Johnson on Being President, "Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it."

** Barack Obama on Dick Cheney, "I don't want to be invited to the family hunting party."

** Ronald Reagan on Age, "I want you to know that I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." 

** Jim Hightower on George Bush, "If ignorance goes to forty dollars a barrel, I want drilling rights to George Bush's head."

(Editor's note: Jim is a syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author. He qualifies as a politician after serving as the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture from 1983 to 1991.)

** Franklin Roosevelt on Conservatives, "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."

As it stands, look for future episodes when I share the darnest things that MAGA Morons say, and quotes from other segments of society that will provide amusement for all of you loyal readers.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Inscrutable Worlds of the Federal Reserve, Cryptocurrency, and NFTs

Be honest.

Do you fully understand how we're going to beat inflation by raising interest rates? 

The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percentage points Wednesday.

Financial experts were divided how much the increase would help. All lot of common Americans, like myself, are wondering how raising the cost of buying homes and cars is going to deliver us from inflation?

The whole idea seems counterintuitive, but I'm no bean counter with years of arcane knowledge about how to manipulate our monetary system.

Don't even get me started about the whole cryptocurrency thing! It's insane claiming digital crypto is a secure way to make monetary transactions. It also doesn't rely on banks to verify transactions.

The thing to remember is if you buy cryptocurrency, you don't own anything tangible. To top that off grifters from celebrities to sports figures, are involved in scams to entice you to throw good money away.

Here's something you should know:

If you see a tweet (or text, email, or other message on social media) that tells you to pay with cryptocurrency... it's a scam.

NFTs are Shaking up the Art World

If you aren't familiar with what NFTs are, wonder no more. They are an emerging digital technology called tokens that are tied to assets that can be bought, sold and traded.

The art world has gone gaga over these tokens that are making artists rich. Collectors and speculators have spent millions on an array of NFT-based artwork, memes and GIFs since the fad started.

NFTs are best understood as computer files with proof of ownership and authenticity, like a deed.

Which brings me to the inevitable conclusion that unlike baseball cards, you can't hold them and frankly who's going to see your precious NFTs? 

I'm aware that there's a digital marketplace for these tokens/files, but the average person will never see your collection.

One more thing to keep in mind, like most online activities' that involve money scammers lurk behind keyboards waiting to rip you off. 

As it stands, remember, these NFTs are a passing fad for people with money to burn.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

On Internation Peace Day: President Biden Spoke to UN Assembly About Threats to World Peace

Yesterday was International Peace Day and the president of the United States talked about preserving peace around the world. 

President Biden came through loud and clear during the UN General Assembly warning, "Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the UN charter.

"Russia," he contended, "has ignored the clear prohibition against countries taking the territory of their neighbors by force."

In 30 minutes, Biden explained that the war in Ukraine was about "extinguishing Ukraine's right to exist as a state... and Ukraine's right to exist as a people."

Over two hundred world leaders heard Biden's response to Russia who threatened to start a nuclear war now that their invasion of Ukraine has stalled.

Pointing out the obvious Biden said, "A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought."

At the same time Biden promised to continue sending arms and food supplies to the Ukraine, while making it clear to Putin his threats aren't going to accomplish anything other than to tighten the alliance against him.

A brief background on the International Day of Peace.

In 1981, the UN General Assembly declared the third Tuesday of September as an International Day of Peace. Two decades later the assembly moved the day to September 21st. 

The observance was supposed to be a time to discuss how to promote and maintain peace among all peoples and calls for a 24-hour period of global ceasefire and non-violence for groups in active combat.

As it stands, Russia has become a rogue state violating all international laws and agreements. Dealing with Putin is something the assembly prioritized today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

When They Come for the Books, You Know We're in Trouble

Hold on to your book, here comes Moms for Liberty! a group of extremists spawned in the Florida swamps.

They are among similar groups across America with a burning mission; ban all books they disagree with.

These groups have made it their mission to undermine educators, sabotage students' freedom to read and stoke divisive battles that distract from teaching and learning.

Some of those groups espouse Christian nationalist political views. 

Their goal is to infiltrate public schools with religious education despite the fact it's a violation of the Constitution - regarding separation of church and government.

An alarming report was released by PEN America on Monday that updated how many books were banned in the last year. There were 2,532 book bans directed at 1,648 different titles.

Johnan Friedman, the director of PEN America's free expression and education programs and author of the report, said that in the past decade "there was never organization at this scale with this much momentum." 

Particularly pernicious is the fact that the groups are not led by concerned parents. Instead, extreme conservatives who only learned about the books online without reading them are demanding officials remove them from the shelves.

The majority of the groups can be found online from local Facebook pages or groups of established conservative organizations.

The groups all have one thing in common, they're angry and frustrated over school closures, mask mandates, and vaccines. 

Throw in an extra dose of racism and anti LGBTQ beliefs, and you have one toxic brew spreading through the nation's school systems.

We must not forget history when Nazis infiltrated Germany's schools and taught little children to hate Jews. It's the same thing here.

As it stands, when they come for the books, you know we're in trouble.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Growing Old Does Have Its Benefits I Tell Myself

After 70-plus years I've grudgingly accepted the fact that I'm old. That doesn't mean I'm going to go quietly into the night and stop living.

Sometimes I cringe when I recall my youth when the thought of getting older meant opening the doors to the kingdom. A ten-year old me grousing "When I grow up, I'll do whatever I want."

Add six decades and now my views on growing older have changed. In private moments I fondly remember the stupidity of youth. What George Bernard Shaw once said is so true, "Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children."

Advantages to being a (sigh) Senior

1. You quit worrying about how you look because you just don't care what people think after all of those years. I can walk around in the supermarket wearing slippers and stripped shorts with my t-shirt inside out and not feel uncomfortable.

2. Around 65 years old you become an official senior and the corporate world offers you extra discounts on products, services, and entertainment. 

3. People expect you to be grouchy and I try not to disappoint them.

4. Sometimes people give up their seats so that seniors can sit. However, we can't always count on it like in past decades.

5. Age brings experience and wisdom. Up to a point. I've seen plenty of dumb seniors - think MAGA cult core - that live in a bubble of ignorance and lies.

6. Retired seniors don't have bosses telling them what to do and when they can take a vacation.

On Growing Old

Abraham Lincoln - "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

Henry Ford - "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

Henry David Thoreau - "None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."

Walt Disney - Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional." 

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As it stands, I should point out that being 71 years-old has changed my social classification from just a plain old senior to a Septuagenarian... which (truth be told) sounds like some kind of dinosaur!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sometimes There's a Glitch in the Matrix and Doppelganger's Meet

Just to be clear a doppelganger is a biologically unrelated look-alike, or a double, of a living person.

We seldom ever meet our own doppelganger but when it does happen it's because of a glitch in the matrix as far as I can tell.

The German word doppelganger is often portrayed in fiction and mythology as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a sign of bad luck.

In modern times, the term twin stranger is occasionally used. Thye word doppelganger is often used in a more general and neutral sense, and in slang.

There's quite the history behind examples of people meeting their doppelgangers. One of the earliest accounts appears in the edition of Life of Dr. Rizvan Rizing published in 1675 in Paris.

I just read about a man in Las Vegas who met his doppelganger in the pool at The Flamingo.

Sean Douglas McArdle (pictured here) was stunned to see someone who looked exactly like he did, right down to the same horn-rimmed spectacles and cap they both had on. 

With the advent of social media more people are finding their doppelgangers every day. There are several websites where users can upload a photo of themselves and facial recognition software attempts to match them up with another user of the same appearance.

I cannot imagine what it would be like running into someone that looks just like me. My first reaction would probably be regret for all those years I did LSD!

Seriously though. It would have to be an unnerving experience. Even more unnerving is the thought that Trump and the crazy caucus all have doubles slinking around somewhere! I don't even want to go there.

As it stands, doppelgangers and twins have a lot in common with the exception of not having the same parents.

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