I just returned from a business trip to Europe. A lot of folks would think that was great, but to tell you the truth, I’m sick of it. I’ve traveled more than 2.5 million air miles and been through more metal detectors than you can shake a stick at. If I never had to take another trip for work, it would be fine with me. Continue reading
Things are changing in the body. We started dieting after I became too fat to fasten my pants. That was about three weeks ago. I’ve lost about 12 pounds and feel better. The food has changed to lots of grilled fish and chicken, mixed with salads. While that sounds awfully boring, it hasn’t been. The meals have been better than ever.
Along with the diet, we have started exercising. I’ll do thirty minutes on the bike, or do a thirty minute walk with the dog to cover a couple of miles. The bike is a lot better than the walk because of the bad knees. Lots of Naprosin to ease the pain. The knees hurt, but the body has been responding. Continue reading
Human breasts are a wonderful thing. That really needs to be clarified…. a woman’s breasts are a wonderful thing. Men’s not so much. I work in a company of mostly women, so am regaled by the sight of women’s breasts on a daily basis. Some are more proud of them than others, but they are plentiful, come in all shapes and sizes, and fascinate me.
I especially enjoy talking to a beautiful women who is squared off, face to face, looking very serious, and focusing on her important topic, who, in mid sentence crosses her arms in front of her chest. At that point, she inevitably gives a little clench, squeezing her arms together. Almost magically, both of her breasts rise up ever so slightly, bulging at the top of her bra which I am acutely aware is hiding right below her blouse. The cleavage becomes pronounced, straining to be free. A beautiful sight. Continue reading
On Thursday, December 22, 2010 a man was sentenced to life in prison for his little part of a dirty little war. Former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla was officially convicted of the toture and murder of 31 prisoners in 1976. There were another two dozen people charged in connection with those same 31 deaths. Most of those charged also got life in prison. All of their victims had been Argentine prisoners who were pulled from their cells and “shot while trying to escape” as the military consolidated its power in the months after the coup earlier that year. Continue reading
It is a conflict that cannot end well. Israel claims they have a right to occupy the land they were deeded and the land they captured as a historical birthright. The Palestinians and surrounding Arabs claim Israel has an illegal possession of the lands that rightfully belong to them. Combine those two opposing views and a massive amount of funding from the U.S. and you have the makings for a real nasty and prolonged scuffle. Continue reading
A lot of people make fun of Juneteenth. If you had been a black living in Texas in 1865 you would have a different point of view. Although Lincoln officially freed all slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation effective January of 1863, it didn’t carry any weight in Texas. So from the period from 1863 through 1865 slaves stayed slaves in most parts of Texas. June 19th, 1865 changed all that…at least officially.
On June 19th 1865, General Gordon Granger took 2000 troops to Galveston Texas where he read General Order 3 that announced slavery ceased to exist, but that all former slaves were to continue to work for their former masters with the difference that they would now receive wages for their efforts. It should also be noted that the General also announced the former slaves weren’t welcome at army installation, nor were they “going to be supported in idleness.” In other words they were free – but on their own. Continue reading
Eisenstein said the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The United States has been doing pretty much that for the past 50 years when it comes to the drug trade. The government’s policy has been to (stated in big general terms) stop the supply and jail or fine anyone they catch with drugs. Despite those efforts the drug trade has thrived.
According to the White House, the United States budget for the federal portion of efforts to combat drugs and drug use was $15.0 billion for 2010. Less than 25% of that was budgeted for drug treatment. The rest was for intervention, law enforcement, etc at the federal level. And that doesn’t include all the costs associated with jailing those convicted of possessing or selling drugs. Continue reading
It is easy to create your own underground economy and all that entails. Here are the five easy steps to make it happen.
- Find a product that is enjoyable, creates euphoria, possibly addictive, that is used by a fairly large population base of mostly non-voting people who trust things will always work out when the government is taking care of them. Good examples include alcohol, cigarettes, narcotics, or mild psychoactive compounds.
Granted oil is a necessary evil, but how long will we continue the current path? It’s like a drug. We can’t quit but it is killing us a little more every day. We have to find a way out, and soon. It is a complex problem with many entrenched and vested interests that will resist any change away from oil.
If we look at this problem as individuals, or from the isolated view of our nation, then the problems surrounding oil will not be solved. This is a global issue. As with any significant issue, the first step is to address the need to change. Globally, we are ready to do that yet. It will take more tragedies like the Exxon Valdez, the Gulf oil spill, and other catastrophes before we hit bottom and acknowledge we are “oil alcoholics.” Only after the collective pain becomes great enough, will we make the tough choices that will be global in nature and significant enough to make a difference. We can solve this. Here’s how. Continue reading