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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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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
What's in Your Future?

THIS IS more than just INTERESTING ....

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper
worldwide. All medical X-rays used Kodak film. Camera's, both
commercial and industrial, security camera's- imaging of all sorts.
Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they
went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of
industries in the next 10 years - and most people won't see it coming.
Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures
on film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had
10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential
technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it
became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It
will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and
electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.
Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Welcome to the Exponential Age.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the
biggest taxi company in the world.

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they
don't own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in
understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player
in the world; 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM
Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff)
within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done
by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90%
less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. THIS IS
PROBABLY THE BEST EXTINCTION OF THEM ALL

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate
than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software
that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will
become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for
the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be
disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car
with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to
your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the
driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will
never get a driver's license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for
that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million
people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one
accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that
will drop to one accident in 6 million mi (10 million km). That will
save a million lives each year.
This will increase world over growth and populations.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car
companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car,
while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary
approach and build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without
accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance
business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute,
people will move further away to live in a more beautiful
neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less
noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will
become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an
exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning
coming impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.
Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to
prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't
last.
Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of
salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We
don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking
water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean
water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are
companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from
Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan,
your blood sample and you breath into it.

It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease.
It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have
access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free.
Goodbye, medical establishment and their absurd medical fees.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from
$18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times
faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing
shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports.
The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the
large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning
possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect
shoe at home. Amazing things are coming fast.

Only the systems for paying for these capabilities remain to be defined.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-story office
building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D
printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask
yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the
answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.

And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to
failure in the 21st century.

And here's the clincher---Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the
next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if
there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.
Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field
instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced
veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in

  1. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.
    Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.

There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market
shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as
"alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the
idea of eating insects).

There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood
you're in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial
expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's
being displayed when they're telling the truth and when they're not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency. Of the world.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per
year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80
years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be
more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long
long time, probably way more than 100.
But over population will create severe food problems.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and
Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means,
everyone has the same access to instant world class education.

The United States of America will most likely fall to a second world
status country due to liberal voting policies.
China will become the primary power of the world.

[Source: unknown; sent by circular mail from a the U.S.A.]

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Go & check out ....


 

.... what this guy has to say to President elect Trump:
 


 
 

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Monday, January 2, 2017
How low can one go ..!?

Supposedly the "first" Trump joke:


 
["click!" enlarges]
 

All I have to say about a "joke" like this is:


 

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Some of you may not have seen these ....

I stumbled upon a series of short movies today - and guess what?
They are hilarious!

I'll insert the first youtube video to instantly playing from here and the other parts of the two seasons as a list of links.

Enjoy!
s = season; e= episode.

Season One:
o s1e1

Season One[other five]:
Season Two
:

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Monday, December 19, 2016
A Christmas Story

With Christmas close upon us, I would like to share a personal experience with you all about drinking and driving.

As you may remember, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time, often on the way home after a "social session" with family or friends.

Well, two days ago, this happened to me. I was out for an evening with friends and had more than several beers followed by a couple of bottles of rather nice red wine and a few vodka shots. Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to know I was slightly over the limit. That's when I did something slightly different - I took a taxi home.

Sure enough on the way there was a police roadblock, but since it was a taxi they waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident.

This was a real surprise to me, because I had never driven a taxi before. I don't know where I got it, and now that it's in my garage I don't know what to do with it.

So, anyway, if you want to borrow it give me a call.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Computer Repair ...

... service hotline conversation:

Caller:
Hi, our printer is not working!

Customer Service:
What is wrong with it?

Caller:
Mouse is jammed.

Customer Service:
Mouse?
Printers don't have a mouse!

Caller:
Mmmmm? I will send a picture.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Technical Support:
How can I help you?

FEMALE CALLER:
Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noises at me so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and a bad smell, then nothing.

TECH SUPPORT:
I will have a technician come over first thing this morning. Leave the computer just like it is, so they can find the problem and fix it, or change it out with another computer. Give me your address; phone number and the technician will be there just as soon as he can.

When the technician got there, the lady showed him where the computer was, and said what happened to it.

This is what the technician found:

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The technician told her:
It must have been after the mouse!

The woman didn't think it was very funny!

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Hear! Hear!

Trump on Europe:
What the mainstream media didn't tell ....

" .. Senior European politicians and the markets are horrified, which should be good news for everyone. Europe will maybe get the chance to escape the US political and economic embrace, European nations maybe will learn to stand on their own feet and decide their fate by themselves .. "
[credits]

As the saying goes 'something good always accompanies the bad' this may be the starting point of a revival of the idea of a "United Europe". If people realize that the right wing populists don't have their best in mind - they just want the public office because of the immediate monetary reward and the ever lasting pensions ....

There is an alternative long on it's way, it's called DIEM 25

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Friday, November 11, 2016
Really, Really Clever signs ....

Seattle Propane at Wallingford Chevron has a person with a really good sense of humor running their sign department:

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bill board
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bill board
Hopefully the sign has been repaired ....
 

[By email, thanks John, a rare find!]

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
This is not going to be easy ....

.... but as we all know there have been actors & the like elected "President" - and turned out to be better than predicted.

History will tell ....


[source: www.npr.org]


update
Pls. see yanisvaroufakis.eu on this topic.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
No Politics (II)

.... woody as woody can be ....
[received by e-mail, source unknown ]

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Hopefully all these beautiful items will last as long as it took the trees to grow to this size ....
 

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
No Politics

The following should produce some Sunday night laughs - hopefully ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
take a seat ....

[received by e-mail, source unknown, probably "Persian-Star.org" ]

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[received by e-mail, source unknown ]

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Monday, October 17, 2016

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?

Just to show another side of 'paranoia':
Blame the messenger but not the perpetrator
?

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Monday, October 10, 2016
People who may not be around in 2017 ....

["click" on the pictures enlarges]

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[Thank you, John, reminds me of "Darwin Award"]

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

.... you should go to "Mr. Chickadee"'s weblog and start reading.

You won't be disappointed - such beautiful prose, profound thoughts and decisiveness to achieve what has been planned.

PS
See him work on "youtube"

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
THEY DO IT ...!

Haven't we all thought about this before, dismissed our doubts and trusted that at least the police will behave according to the law?

Now there is evidence that our wildest dreams were nothing - compared to what actually happens:

" .. Police officers across the country are using confidential law-enforcement databases to spy and acquire information on “romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work,” an investigation by The Associated Press revealed.

“In the most egregious cases,” AP says, “officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records they obtained .. "

[source]

"Nothing to hide" - that was the past, now one can't be sure about any data gathered by the big corporations.
vk200
Apple gives away whatever they have on their customers to law enforcement, the whole five nine yards, not just what police are asking for .... it's about time people educate themselves about personal privacy stolen wherever big chunks of data are available.

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