College Football 2019 – Week 1

At long last, the new college football season is here! Every team will start anew hoping to achieve victory and glory, and cheerleaders’ pom-poms will be shaking from coast to coast.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅  defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 on Thursday night, 52-14. On Saturday the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 play the Boise State Broncos 🐴  in Tallahassee, the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓 head to Bank of America stadium in Charlotte to play the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶, and the Louisville Cardinals 🐦 host the #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️.... [Read More]

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Life in the Fast Lane

Over the past months I have been fasting and going low carbs and almost no sugar. It has been a good way to get my portion sizes down per meal. I found out that not eating at times wasn’t going to kill me. In fact I was quite prepared to handle any “long winter” without eating.

What has been your experience with fasting? Or maybe I should get your BMI to validate your preparations for “long winters”. Also if you have experience in low carb diets that would be helpful. ... [Read More]

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John Carmack rambles

From VR and esports to wrestling and supercharged Ferraris, from atomic processing for personal computers to rocket engineering for extra-planetary colonization, John Carmack talks for a couple hours on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Sometimes it’s a pleasure to just listen to a smart man talk.

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Review: War Is a Racket

“War Is a Racket” by Smedley ButlerSmedley Butler knew a thing or two about war. In 1898, a little over a month before his seventeenth birthday, he lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, which directly commissioned him a second lieutenant. After completing training, he was sent to Cuba, arriving shortly after the end of the Spanish-American War. Upon returning home, he was promoted to first lieutenant and sent to the Philippines as part of the American garrison. There, he led Marines in combat against Filipino rebels. In 1900 he was deployed to China during the Boxer Rebellion and was wounded in the Gaselee Expedition, being promoted to captain for his bravery.

He then served in the “Banana Wars” in Central America and the Caribbean. In 1914, during a conflict in Mexico, he carried out an undercover mission in support of a planned U.S. intervention. For his command in the battle of Veracruz, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Next, he was sent to Haiti, where he commanded Marines and Navy troops in an attack on Fort Rivière in November 1915. For this action, he won a second Medal of Honor. To this day, he is only one of nineteen people to have twice won the Medal of Honor.... [Read More]

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A twist on “WhatIsIt”, a “where is it” picture…

OK, here’s the drill…

You may or may not know where this is, those that do, sit back for a while and see others fumble at it. I am open to “private” guesses via messages…….... [Read More]

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Book Review: The Creature from Jekyll Island

“The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G. Edward GriffinAlmost every time I review a book about or discuss the U.S. Federal Reserve System in a conversation or Internet post, somebody recommends this book. I’d never gotten around to reading it until recently, when a couple more mentions of it pushed me over the edge. And what an edge that turned out to be. I cannot recommend this book to anybody; there are far more coherent, focussed, and persuasive analyses of the Federal Reserve in print, for example Ron Paul’s excellent book End the Fed. The present book goes well beyond a discussion of the Federal Reserve and rambles over millennia of history in a chaotic manner prone to induce temporal vertigo in the reader, discussing the history of money, banking, political manipulation of currency, inflation, fractional reserve banking, fiat money, central banking, cartels, war profiteering, bailouts, monetary panics and bailouts, nonperforming loans to “developing” nations, the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, booms and busts, and more.

The author is inordinately fond of conspiracy theories. As we pursue our random walk through history and around the world, we encounter:... [Read More]

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Mind Grenade

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Tales from My Camera Roll

In June, we had a string of storms. When it rained, it poured—and it rained often. There were high winds, and at least once, it hailed. There’s my faithful little red Subaru just waiting it out.

Hold on, trusty car. It will be over soon. At least I hope so, because there is a seeping issue in the basement. One rainstorm lasted, with varying intensity, for an hour and a half. I was up sopping up basement water after midnight. The owner worked on the gutters, and I haven’t had any more issues so far. It still rains like this, when we get occasional summer precipitation. I don’t know what is up with these extreme downpours.... [Read More]

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Three Degrees of Separation

I am living in the Celsius world so at 30 degrees and above (86 plus) it becomes unbearable here. It stays about that temp for only a few weeks but it sure seems longer (like months). But if it goes down by only about 3 degrees (6) life gets back to normal. Luckily, next week the temp will go down by those three degrees. The Sweat Sock gets to be just a Sock then.

I am reminded of the old days here before air conditioning. If one could one just left for the summer to a cooler clime. For those who couldn’t would fanned themselves and opened all the windows and try to get a breeze going through the house. ... [Read More]

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It’s in the Constitution!

U.S. Constitution: Article I, Section 10, idiot “it's”As the author of that most notorious document, “The Use of the Apostrophe in the English Language”, I’m always on the lookout for how that most humble of punctuation marks humbles the high, mighty, and pompous.  One of these days I’m going to make a “meme” (yes, I know that this is a corruption of the original meaning of the word) which shows the apostrophe key on a keyboard with the legend “The apostrophe key: its there to show readers if your an idiot.”  Indeed, nothing so distinguishes slapdash scribbling from words worth reading than confusion between “its” and “it’s”.  That’s because the rule distinguishing them is so easy to remember: “If you mean ‘it is’, or ‘it has’, write ‘it’s’. Otherwise, write ‘its’.”  In particular, the use of “it’s” when the possessive “its” is intended, which I call an “idiot ‘it’s’ ”, is the signature of the sloppy writing of a muddled mind.

Imagine my surprise when reading the official transcription of the U.S. Constitution published by the U.S. National Archives to find, in Article I, Section 10, paragraph 2, the following text:... [Read More]

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