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Friday, July 14, 2017
The Uninhabitable Earth

" .. Several of the scientists I spoke with proposed global warming as the solution to Fermi’s famous paradox, which asks, If the universe is so big, then why haven’t we encountered any other intelligent life in it? The answer, they suggested, is that the natural life span of a civilization may be only several thousand years, and the life span of an industrial civilization perhaps only several hundred. In a universe that is many billions of years old, with star systems separated as much by time as by space, civilizations might emerge and develop and burn themselves up simply too fast to ever find one another. Peter Ward, a charismatic paleontologist among those responsible for discovering that the planet’s mass extinctions were caused by greenhouse gas, calls this the “Great Filter”: “Civilizations rise, but there’s an environmental filter that causes them to die off again and disappear fairly quickly,” he told me. “If you look at planet Earth, the filtering we’ve had in the past has been in these mass extinctions.” The mass extinction we are now living through has only just begun; so much more dying is coming .."
[Source: nymag.com]

This quote is taken from an article I recently got from a friend's son living in California.

In short it says: We are doomed - no escape, we are already far beyond the 'point of no return'.

There are days when I highly appreciate to be 72 years of age. I won't have to live through what is going to happen after 2050 .... lucky me.

°update°
Have a look how 'Christians' argue against climate change - it's a good example of how religion makes/keeps people dumb.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Letter to a Christian (Spouse)

.... may be adressed at anyone who believes ....

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prejudice
" .. All prejudice is learned behavior,
something that develops as we get older .. "

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Orbituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they had themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your own.

Common Sense finally passed away after a 7-year-old child was suspended from school for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized that he was gone.

[Via email, Thank you, John ...!]

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Guess where this happens ...!

" .. 11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist .. "

Must be an underdeveloped, poor and Third-World-Country.

Nope.

It's happening in the "Land of the Free", the United States of America .... and it's happening right now, like it did the past one hundred-or-so years before.

Would you imagine that in this country - which is eager to spread its "values" (sometimes forcibly) all over the world - 25 out of their 50 States have no limit on how old a girl MUST be to get married?

What a coincidence: This happens mostly in the States that are the ones where fundamentalist, "devout christians" dwell.

Hallelujah!


[source / read more: forced child marriage ]

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
.... a 'comment'

.... that tells you a lot about the author ...!

[source: groopspeak | comments]

I'm not on "facebook" which keeps me from answering to such bulls/* directly. So sad!

OK, what have we got here?
A display of "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM" by a person that probably doesn't know a lot about Europe & NATO.

Germany doesn't "owe" anything to the US, especially not for the troops inside our country. We don't need this spearhead of greedy capitalism here. The US troops in Europe cause more problems than they're solving and they are dislocated to Poland not because of lesser cost but as a threat to the Russians .... this, dear "Eric Saxon" is the real reason. But how should you know just being fed the usual crap by your press, in unison reporting what the average American should know about world politics - not what is actually happening around the world.

And just to let you know: Germans actually get six weeks of paid vacation. You're too brainwashed to realize that "no vacation" will eventually result in "breakdown" or "indifference towards the job" - and you don't see that you have internalized the capitalist parole whereby a 'good' worker is one who spends 50-60 hours/week. Working his butt off for little money and the profit of his boss .... poor soul, you have so much to learn ...!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Another one bites the dust ....

US-policing at it's best ..!

Source /Credits: www.npr.org

" .. Within minutes, the black 15-year-old passenger had been killed — shot in the head by an officer through the front passenger window and pronounced dead at the hospital shortly afterward .. "

The procedure will be as usual:
A long battle in court - and as a result no one will be held accountable.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Y E S . . . !

Can you raed this? Olny 55 people out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
         1. Law of Mechanical Repair   

After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

        2. Law of Gravity    

Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

        3. Law of Probability     

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

        4. Law of Random Numbers    

If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

        5. Variation Law     

If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

        6. Law of the Bath     

When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

        7. Law of Close Encounters   

The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

        8. Law of the Result    

When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!

        9. Law of Biomechanics    

The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

        10. Law of the Theaters & Sports Arenas   

At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last.. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

        11. The Coffee Law    

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

        12. Murphy's Law of Lockers    

If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

        13. Law of Physical Surfaces   

The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

        14. Law of Logical Argument    

Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.

        15. Law of Physical Appearance    

If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

        16. Law of Public Speaking    

A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET!

        17. Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy  

As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!

        18. Doctors' Law    

If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

[Thx, John]

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Friday, March 10, 2017
The madman is loose ....

" .. Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.
According to the Post, US Marines have departed their ships in the Mediterranean and have established an outpost on Syrian soil from where they will fire artillery toward the ISIS “headquarters” of Raqqa .. "
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[credits: Global Research; based on Washington Post]

This is very bad news. Whoever thought that this 'President' is going to learn to be 'presidential' is now taught to the opposite.
The immediate danger of WW III has yet to be reported by our mainstream media.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017
AMBIGUITY

Some sentences you have to read twice, or more often, to fully grasp the intention of the author.

Insecurity

we

trust

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
homeopathy

tit-for-tat response

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
TRAPPIST-1: A New Planetary System

Scientists had already discovered three of its (now identified) seven planets. It adds to the evolving belief that earth-like systems are more common than previously thought.

[via www.npr.org]

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

AN OLD WOMAN WALKED UP AND TIED HER OLD MULE up to THE HITCHING POST. AS SHE STOOD THERE, BRUSHING SOME OF THE DUST FROM HER FACE AND CLOTHES, A YOUNG GUNSLINGER STEPPED OUT OF THE SALOON WITH A GUN IN ONE HAND AND A BOTTLE OF WHISKEY IN THE OTHER.

THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER LOOKED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND LAUGHED,
"HEY OLD WOMAN, HAVE YOU EVER DANCED?"
THE OLD WOMAN LOOKED UP AT THE GUNSLINGER AND SAID,
"NO... I NEVER DID DANCE... NEVER REALLY WANTED TO."
A CROWD HAD GATHERED AS THE GUNSLINGER GRINNED AND SAID
"WELL, YOU OLD BAG, YOU'RE GONNA DANCE NOW," AND STARTED SHOOTING AT THE OLD WOMAN'S FEET.
THE OLD WOMAN PROSPECTOR -- NOT WANTING TO GET A TOE BLOWN OFF - STARTED HOPPING AROUND. EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING. WHEN HIS LAST BULLET HAD BEEN FIRED, THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER, STILL LAUGHING, HOLSTERED HIS GUN AND TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK INTO THE SALOON. THE OLD WOMAN TURNED TO HER PACK MULE, PULLED OUT A DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOTGUN, AND COCKED BOTH HAMMERS.
THE LOUD CLICKS CARRIED CLEARLY THROUGH THE DESERT AIR, AND THE CROWD STOPPED LAUGHING IMMEDIATELY.
THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER HEARD THE SOUNDS, TOO, AND HE TURNED AROUND VERY SLOWLY. THE SILENCE WAS ALMOST DEAFENING.
THE CROWD WATCHED AS THE YOUNG GUNMAN STARED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND THE LARGE GAPING HOLES OF THOSE TWIN BARRELS.
THE BARRELS OF THE SHOTGUN NEVER WAVERED IN THE OLD WOMAN'S HANDS, AS SHE QUIETLY SAID,
"SON, HAVE YOU EVER KISSED A MULE'S ASS?"

THE GUNSLINGER SWALLOWED HARD AND SAID
"NO MA'AM... BUT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO."

THERE ARE FIVE LESSONS HERE FOR ALL OF US:
1 - Never be arrogant.
2 - Don't waste ammunition.
3 - Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are.
4 - Always make sure you know who has the power.
5 - Don't mess with old people; they didn't get old by being stupid!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Why Are My Highly Educated Friends so Ignorant About Trade?

The above line is the title of a summary article dealing with & explaining the results "trade treaties" like CETA and TTIP / TPP. The impact on their lives is not grasped by a majority of people around the world.
Spread the word, link to the article, get involved and don't believe anything that has been drafted in secrecy by non-elected 'specialists'.

Here's the link to the article dealing with the subject => www.truthdig.com

The biggest danger, however, is:
Once in - never out!

All these treaties are designed to last forever without the possibility to leave. This alone is reason enough to be alarmed, because life's lesson is that life is constant change ....


Just in case the article would not be accessible any longer you will find a copy (picture) HERE sadly lacking the incorporated links.


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Monday, January 23, 2017
A new President - a new "Reality" ..?!

1984: Ignorance is Strength *

According to Conway [White House counselor]:
Spicer [White House press secretary Sean Spicer] was furnishing his audience with “alternative facts” —a term that quickly became a hashtag on social media. “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” she said. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood and they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”


 
Watch the exchange of arguments and the threat to silence the press if it doesn't report "favorably" [newspeak: doubleplusgood] on the President:
Video location
 


 


  • "doublethink" describes the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct .. "

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
A Republican (a child) in the making

Today I had an email from a friend - a story to send on to Republican leaning people.

I took the freedom to not only 'consume' and 'chuckle', but to EXTEND the story a bit ....

Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog.

During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up. She said she wanted to be President someday.

Both of her parents, Democratic Party members, were standing there so I asked her,
"If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?"

She replied . . . "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her parents beamed with pride!

"Wow . . . what a worthy goal!" I said . . ."But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that!"

"What do you mean?" she replied.

So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her parents aren't speaking to me anymore.


If you know any Republicans that would get a chuckle out of this, share it with them.
Most Democrats will just delete it, I guess the logic escapes them . . .

=> ! End of email - message !


From here I carry on ....

So the little girl went to the grocery store and told the homeless people that there was a man offering to pay $50 for some garden work.

Two of the homeless guys immediately followed her - ready to do the work ....

On their way they were passed by a police car and when it had stopped one cop asked the black homeless man "So, what are you doing here in this neigborhood?" and when the man explained it to him the little girl added "Yes, that's what our neighbor told me."

The cop said: "Fair enough, we'll take this man to the police station to check if there is anything pending against him - and after that he's free to go and work." To the other homeless man they said "You go ahead and in the meantime start to work in the garden."

When the little girl and the homeless man reached the neighbor's house she told him that she had asked the homeless people near the store and that on their way one had been picked up by the police and would be coming later on.

The neighbor said: "Good try, but I don't want this Mexican guy working on my property. He may be an Illegal and I don't want to get in trouble, besides, our future President wants to send all of these Latinos back home ....

Needless to say that shortly after the media announced that a black homeless person had died from a heart attack about an hour ago in police custody.

The girl now considers to move to Europe where race doesn't matter.


I sent this "extension" back to the person that had sent it to me. Hopefully he's tolerant enough to accept this slightly different view of the world from my German perspective


PS
If any of the readers has a facebook account & agrees with my point of view:
Please send it on to your facebook friends.
Thanks!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quote:

" .. Life in the United States is generally only about the United States. This is reflected in everything from American travel habits to American media to American curriculum in schools. But life in other countries is about the world. .. Statistics back up this apparent lack of interest in the rest of the world: a State of the Media survey found that in 2008, news agencies in the US devoted only 10.3% to foreign coverage.

.. I also noticed that how we present international coverage .. makes a difference. When watching coverage of developments in Iraq and Syria, newscasters actually interviewed Iraqis and Syrians. .. this was perhaps the first time I had ever seen an Iraqi or Syrian civilian given substantial time on television to tell their story. In the US, though civilians from these areas were covered briefly in video footage, I never saw them personally asked for their opinion.

In some ways you could argue that our media [U.S.A.] is just catering to what Americans truly want to know– which unfortunately, seems to be only about ourselves. People from the US generally don’t have an interest in what happens internationally. In 2013, The Daily Mail reported that in a survey of over 2,000 Americans, almost half of respondents who had never been abroad said that the only things worth seeing were in our own country. Almost a third answered that even if they had the money, they’d prefer to travel to local areas .. "

Go to the link at the top to find out more about this subject. It mostly reflects what I have experienced in several years of observation in the time between 1964 and 2002 through extended travel & work in higher education in the U.S.A. .... once this country had a most relaxed & laid-back business culture, now replaced by a fast paced, stressful business environment.
Not to talk about the decline in general knowledge of the "average Joe" - where (even some) honor students (!), the supposed 'elite', are not able to tell the names of the fifty States of their country ....

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Rearranged ....

Someone out there who's perfect at Scrabble.

PRESBYTERIAN :
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER :
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER

DESPERATION :
When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES :
When you rearrange the letters:
THEY SEE

GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters:
HE BUGS GORE

THE MORSE CODE :
When you rearrange the letters:
HERE COME DOTS

DORMITORY :
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM

SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters:
CASH LOST IN ME

ELECTION RESULTS :
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES - LET'S RECOUNT

SNOOZE ALARMS :
When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z'S

A DECIMAL POINT :
When you rearrange the letters:
I'M A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES :
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO :
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE

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