Quotes

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
-Thomas Jefferson, 1789

be somebody

Our little road has some newcomers somewhere up the far end who must have lived on a freeway in their past life. They are blowing by my driveway at 50-60 miles per hour.

As many rural roads do, this one has driveways all along its length meaning that high speed drivers create a high risk of collision with people pulling out onto the road.

One neighbor made their situation worse by putting up a privacy fence such that they are on the road before able to see if anyone is coming their way.

This will not end […]

Happy Independence Day

Renaming it “4th of July” is not merely laziness. Of course it is the 4th on your calendar, but it is a celebration representing some brave fighters’ Declaration of Independence from a powerful parasitic class of people who had demonstrated a monopoly on violence and oppression.

The patriots won a round. The ruling elite had to reorganize. It took a hundred years and another major military war that the freedom fighters lost… not by much, mind you, but they did lose. A long methodical decline in liberty followed from then to now.

I just ask you today to spend […]

courage

It is not just the guy who earns a Silver Star risking his life to save the platoon. Sometimes courage is right there in front of us in our everyday lives.

When the crowd is WRONG, going along might be easier, but standing apart is the right thing to do.

preferring empathy to solutions

One minute, forty second masterpiece.

Insoluble problems often share the characteristic that the person who has the authority to solve the problem refuses to acknowledge the cause of the problem.

social media’s social disease

The late August headline was quite public; the subject almost public. The big players seem a bit confused about their popularity, assuming THEY OWN the little people who use their platforms.

Facebook, Google and Twitter execs are holding a secret meeting in San Francisco to discuss ways to prevent meddling in 2018 elections

Executives from Silicon Valley’s top tech companies will meet on Friday to discuss how to prevent meddling on their platforms during the 2018 midterm elections.

Facebook invited a dozen firms to convene at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, according to BuzzFeed News, which obtained an email […]

Cause of death statistics – Hint, guns not in top 10

The statistics below and to the right are occasionally compiled. I carried one such list on a card in my wallet for a decade. The numbers ebb and flow year-to-year, but their position on the causes of death list rarely move much.

There are 32,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms. The U.S. population is 324,000,000.

Thus: 0.00987% of the population dies from gun related actions each year.

-80% are through criminal activity, gang and drug-trade related This is one cost of “our” war on non-prescription drugs.

-60% of those deaths are by suicide A similar […]

repair, re-use trumps recycle, re-purchase

These scissors have been a part of my ‘riverside tool box’ for a lot of years. They have a nice edge, cut well, seem heavy enough for shop use, and have required no maintenance.

Until a couple days ago when the pivot pin broke, turning the pair of scissors into two useless pieces of plastic and steel.

Fortunately I have tools, assorted hardware and ingenuity. Rather than a trip to the new scissor store, I drilled the pivot point out to fit a bolt I had on hand. After reassembly, the reunited PAIR of scissors now works as […]

Is Long Hair Making Us More Intuitive?

 Back in the old days and the ancient times, many cultures embraced people with long hair, because they believed that long hair was a sign of strength and spiritual maturity.

The Native Americans and the Chinese are just a few examples of the many cultures that value long hair, which was why the men and women of these cultures back then rarely cut their hair.

Even though back then many cultures believed that having long hair was beneficial to the body, is there evidence today that supports the belief that long hair can make a person more intuitive?

How […]

adjectives, adverbs and other parts

In many circles, you could be forgiven for thinking the English language is very small with a certain four-letter f- word having deposed thousands of newly obsolete. There it is hugely versatile, replacing verbs, nouns, pronouns, and often being a complete declaratory sentence all by itself.

Adding ‘n at the end turns it into adjectives and adverbs. Traditional dictionaries and thesauruses are outmoded. So many words with no practical value whatsoever. Costs and environmental impacts of printing modern dictionaries would be approximately equal to that of printing comic books.

The trivial downside is its complete lack of meaning […]

philosophy

A LITTLE COMMON SENSE FROM AN OLD COWBOY …

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has […]

enemies list

I was asked to un-click a couple of facebook boxes in my link to a friend. I honored that request, but sent him much of the following via private message. I unchecked as you requested in fb, but didn’t post the note on my wall. I have felt for years that nothing online is private. You probably know from my blogging that I have long assumed the NSA has been collecting my data.

Intelligent people learn this and shut down – move to low profile. A small handful mount the rooftops to incessantly yell warnings at the top […]

you are

You are not the shoulders you stood upon to gain a better view.

You are not simply a product of those who laced their fingers together to give you a boost up.

You are not the certificate someone printed upon completion of their course.

While you cannot separate who you are from those parts of your history,

you are so much more.

You are all of those things,

everything you did with those pieces,

all you are capable of doing,

and all you will do.

Do not allow a limited portrayal to prescribe routes you must travel.

Do […]