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

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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....

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why Wile E. Coyote Never Caught Up To The Road Runner

Good Day World!

What's come over the coyotes in Marin County, California?

Locals describe nighttime drivers stopping on the twisting highway because coyotes were staring them down and acting like they were going to attack.

The curiously hyper-coyotes were coming close to cars, but turning away at the last moment; howling insanely while dashing off into the night.


1) They are stoned on hallucinogenic mushrooms that grow in the area and are on vision quests to interact with people driving cars. (my favorite)

2) People have been feeding the coyotes from their cars, which is never a good idea for several reasons.

One of my favorite cartoon characters, Wile E. Coyote, always looked like he was loaded (at least he did to me!).

Now, I know why he never could catch up to the Road Runner. He lived in Marin County and his inventions were dreamed up after eating some magic mushrooms! 

It explains a lot.

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

Recognizing The Power of Breasts

Good Day World!

Men love women's breasts.

I know that's a broad (no pun intended) statement, but I'm standing by it.

A tour through history books highlights how breasts were featured in the arts and literature of all the great civilizations.
Boobs are worshipped on a daily basis in the mainstream media and social media today.


Perhaps one of the most unique way of protesting inequalities in society today is flashing one's breasts in public to make a point (again, no pun intended).

Two quick examples:

* Topless women greeted Iran's leader Rohani when he came to Paris (1/28) to negotiate trading with the government.

What I really found amusing about exposing Rohani's pure eyes to those naked breasts, is that the French really went out of their way to keep him from seeing them by covering up works of art - statues, paintings., - in museums and on the streets.

Rohani finds boobs that offensive. What do you want to bet his mother didn't breast feed him?

* Last fall there was a topless protest in Canada. Women were demanding the right to bare their breasts in public (Warning *Explicit). 

Most men, like myself, think breasts are beautiful. Here are 8 awesome and interesting things to know about boobs.

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

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Takeaway from Trump's Tantrum: Real World vs Reality TV - Things Get Messy

                                  Good Day World!

If it were an episode of The Apprentice Donald Trump could fire Megyn Kelly and gain total control of the Republican debate on Fox News tonight.

But it's not. This is the real world and Trump is either going to have to answer serious questions at some point in his campaign or he's going to lose the presidential game.

Trump's refusal to appear in the debate is reminiscent of a angry, spoiled little rich boy not getting his way and taking his ball and going home.

He's afraid of Megyn Kelly and what she may ask him. Imagine that. The man who says he can deal with Putin doesn't want to be put on the spot by a conservative news reporter.  

That's because Trump fears substance. It scares the hell out of him. Pin him down on how he's going to build the "Great Wall Between the US and Mexico" and he'll tell you the Mexican government will pay for it.

How realistic is that response? It's something he could have gotten away with in an episode of The Apprentice, but not in the real world.

Meanwhile Ted Cruz, Trump's closest tormentor, used the hashtag #DuckingDonald to make fun of Trump for ducking out of the debate and tweeted a mocked-up picture of Trump's head on Donald Duck's body sitting on a pile of money.

There's at least one Republican presidential candidate who suspects it's all theater and Trump will show up at the last moment.

Jeb Bush claims to have put a $20 bet on Trump making a dramatic (what else for an entertainer?) appearance at the debate at the 11th hour.

Perhaps he will. Trump is a narcissistic showman who doesn't like being left out of any limelight. Eleven million (predicted) viewers is a big audience.

However, I'll put my money on Trump following through with his own controlled "charity" event and thumbing his nose at FOX and the real world!

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Political Documentary I'd like to See: 'Bring in the Clowns!'

Good Day World!

Heres a documentary that I'd like to see:

Title: Bring in the Clowns
An independent documentary on the 2016 Campaign for President of the United States. Every candidate will be scrutinized like never before.

Stripped of party politics in the production, the producers carefully fact-check every claim made by the candidates when they speak to audiences.

The documentary will strip away the clown makeup voters normally see, and force the candidates to address important issues like rebuilding America's infrastructure, instead of relying on demagoguery.

After watching Donald Trump campaign I think most Americans would really like to see this documentary.

I'll go one step further and even suggest that the majority of Americans would like a political system as detailed in Bring On The Clowns.      

Meanwhile I'll leave you with another political story that would make a good reality show, but has been made into a documentary:

Ulta-Juicy Revelations from the Anthony Weiner Documentary

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Viral Videos: It's Insane What Entertains People These Days

Hello World!

When millions of people tune in to a video of a brick in a washing machine on a trampoline, you know how crazy the new cool is.

There's no other explanation.

When over 10 million people checking out a video of a guy covered in ice cream extolling the merits of the desert, you have to wonder about their IQ.

I strongly suspect that Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is gaining his followers among this group of viral viewers.

Trump followers watch viral videos like "Your Eyes Are Stupid" and "True Facts About The Dung Beetle" (slinging shit is a real favorite pastime with this group).

Here's a list of the Top 10 Viral Videos of all time.

What passes for entertainment in the 21st century seems pretty strange to me with my 20th century values. Let's put it this way;

When I was a teenager if someone would have seen me watching a short movie about a washing machine jumping on a trampoline they would have called the guys in the white coats!

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

Monday, January 25, 2016

Nightmare #9: Bad Vibrations

Good Day World!

I had a weird nightmare the other night about wearable technology.

I was riding a Hoverboard and checking my Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker - a wrist watch to monitor my daily activity, when something surprising happened!

My brand new Smart Yoga Workout Pants began vibrating in the wrong places!

I was wearing them so they would track my body's movements and use haptic feedback (vibrations on the skin) to maintain a proper yoga pose while riding on my Hoverboard.


Have you who have heard of vibrating underwear for lovers

Something terrible must have happened with my Yoga Pants because they were acting like vibrating underwear for lovers and driving me crazy!

Worse yet...I didn't know who was on the other end of the remote vibrator! 

Of course I was out in public and people were staring at me as I writhed down the street, when my Hoverboard suddenly caught fire!

Luckily, I had my Smart Ring connected to my Bluetooth and was able to call for emergency tech help at both the Yoga Pants Center, and local Fire Department.

Translation of my dream: I think I'm wary of modern technology...

related: Sex Wearables Go Where Fitbit Dares Not Tread

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

We Live in Fertile Times: Create You Own Cult

Good Day World!

There's never been a better time to start you own cult.

The dumbing down of America is complete.

(Illustration - Google images via The Atlantic)  

We have a bigger cross section of dumb people to select from now than ever before (318.9 million). 

Perfect example; look at Donald Trump's followers. I know it's not pretty, but if you look at the demographics the picture is clear: under-educated and older White Americans who are feeling disenfranchised. 

Trump's slogan. "Making American Great Again" appeals to a paranoid and angry group who want to turn the clock back to the so-called good old days in the 1950's and 1960s.

How about ISIS (or Daesh as they hate to be called?) It's one cult that borders between religion and political agendas.

There are others that fit the foreign and domestic terrorist category.
The armed, and militant, right-wing loonybirds at an Oregon bird sanctuary are holding taxpayer land hostage to further their own personal aims under the guise of helping others.

Religious cults are more common in this country. Some say Mormons are on the cusp of being a religious cult. The armed occupiers of the Oregon bird sanctuary building (BLM property) are led by a group of Mormons (the Bundys), which does play into that narrative. 

A political cult's primary interest is in furthering a certain ideology, mostly advocating a far-left or far right agenda. 
A good book on this subject is:
"On The Edge: Political Cults Right and Left," by Dennis Tourish and Tim Wohlforth

I see the signs everywhere. We live in a fertile time for paranoids of all ilks. Thanks to the Internet, cults can flourish like never before. It's no longer a real challenge to brainwash most of the public today.

Too many are waiting for the next messiah. Be it a president of the United States leading us to world domination, or the next mindless megalomaniac claiming to be Jesus, the country waits...and watches.

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

The Republic of Florida? DeSantis Wants His Own Vigilante Force

In his campaign to run for president, Gov. DeSantis is pulling out all the stops to make Florida an independent country. His latest assault...