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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Bone Broth Baby

I added baby to the title just to get the alliteration.

I was hassled by a friend to make bone broth. Up to a few months ago I never thought about bone broth or ever thought I would want it if I did. I thought broth was something in a can made by Swanson’s. It turns out it is something you can make at home and I did it.... [Read More]

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Do like to track things?

I like systems so I find it interesting to see how an ordered package goes through a delivery process. It is especially fun for me when the package starts a half a world away. This is new because I can remember the old way that took seemingly forever to get a package to a port thento a ship. After that the ship went across an ocean to another port to find a truck. A few trucks had to go to a few delivery centers then to a front door with the package. Hopefully,I could catch the package on the first delivery. Now the system gives me tracking numbers. An email lets me know the package is on its way. The package gets sent to an airport after a local delivery center. The package then flies “business” class to the main airport in Japan. Right now the package is going through “immigration”. It looks like the package will take less than a week to get to me. This is amazing for a non-expedited package. (I could be wrong since the original delivery was supposed to be 16 days.)

Do you follow your shipments? What is the furthest you had something delivered? What was the longest time for you between an order and delivery?

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Flower Picture

I have a park near my house with a walking track. I think I am really being exceptional by getting in some exercise till I go there. See, Japanese are a disciplined lot. There is a group of around 40 who get up at around 6:30 to do the “Radio Calisthenics”.  It is hard to outdo people who are probably on multiple great grandchildren, isn’t it? I hope to have their dedication at their age.  Getting back to the point of the post, at the park are some sunflowers that are blooming. Here is the first picture of a group of flowers I am “stalking” and the most recent one. :-)

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Do you like heated debates?

A big part of Ratburger.org for me is to have a place where heated debates can be had once again. I love a good back and forth that challenges me. It sharpens me and gets me to think. Even though I think I am always right, I like to see the other perspective. And when I am wrong, I get to be corrected so I am always right again.

I should clarify about what I mean by a heated debate. I mean a debate about some issue and not a debate on the total lack of integrity and intellectual honesty of my interlocutor. (I take that as a given, don’t you?)... [Read More]

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Remembering Ross Perot

Here is an article about Ross Perot. He told a person with a wounded soldier son coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq  this.

Later when they spoke, Ross told Rosie two things: “One phone call is all you ever need to make if you need anything. Now, I want you to focus on Alan.” And that is exactly what happened.... [Read More]

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A Bad Guy: Jeffrey Epstein

Where was everyone? Jeffrey Epstein manipulated and abused young girls for years. Maybe the number is in the hundreds. These girls were lured by the cash and high life.  Some I heard at the beginning got $300 for giving Epstein just a massage. He knew they were underage but continued.

It bothers me that I have heard of no parent coming forward talking about how they were aware of this predator at the time. How did they not know their daughters were getting this extra cash? Were they so derelict to be unaware of the dangers? Did they have stars in their eyes because he was a rich man?... [Read More]

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