Welcome to 2019, where one feels compelled to brag about being normal

On an empty seat

2018 – The Year in Review

Here’s a public copy of the online article from ‘The Atlantic’ Magazine titled: The Atlantic’s Year In Review

In the unlikely event the link no longer works, a copy has been retained here in Flexible Reality

We’ve been here before…

On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

by Derrick Jensen – December 20th, 2016

“When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize.

There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow […]

Considering the end…

“At this point in the murder of the planet, there is I think really only one question worth asking: is the world a better place because you were born, and because of your life and because of what you do? That is very possible to do. Think about it: how did the world get to […]

The Ooops Factor

Note on the ‘Ooops Factor’:

The Facilitator in Chief is making the perfidy of this process obvious. The clerk who -acccidentally- gives you change for $10 instead of the $20 you gave her, or the ‘open box’ item with the missing component being sold as new, or the defect covered over with a sales sticker, […]

Alexa built-in skills 2018

60 Best Alexa Commands List That Will Make Your Life Easy By Mayank – September 11, 2018 If the future is defined by the Internet-of-things, then Alexa is not far behind in being the torchbearer of AI powered technology that will make life worthwhile and comfy for everyone. To put things in perspective, Amazon […]

Musings on the power of naming

“And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.”

~ William Shakespeare ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

 

‘Naming of Parts’ by Henry Reed

“Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday, We had daily cleaning. And […]

“you, your company, your group, or your whole country is now offline”

Someone is trying to take entire countries offline and cybersecurity experts say ‘it’s a matter of time because it’s really easy’

Jim Edwards via Business Insider – Dec. 2018 The West’s biggest security weakness is in the old electronics and sensors that control processes in infrastructure and industry. It’s not that hard […]

RV, Boat, and Home Power Calculator

Note: Most RV’ers and Boaters need a calculator to determine what DC batteries and/or solar panels are necessary to service their electrical needs.

This calculator should serve the need:

Battery Calculator

Faiths

Gee…it’s like there’s a common thread in different faiths eh? Then what is one to make of a “God” which each faith says is native to their faith alone….(there’s a word for that)

“To be religious requires a practitioner to accept the tenets and dogma of that religion, and hold its corpus as Supreme, […]

Another one bites the dust

trump: Pro vs Con at Year Two

Rationales given for voting for or supporting Trump

*- A rage against downward social and economic conditions due to globalization

*- A backlash by WASP’s who fear losing power and prestige to immigrants, people of color, and social minorities

*- Because he is a successful businessman who will rescue the American economy

*- Because he […]

Simple things explained

We have to make changes if we hope to survive

“WIth 10 billion people on the planet and the majority being surplus labor to a capitalist system it seems obvious a different system will be necessary for our species to survive.” – Richard Pressl

“Feel-Good” Holiday Stories Are Actually Just a Symptom of a Crumbling Society

Sociopaths and Criminal behavior

Noted researcher Dr. Robert Hare wrote this in 2008 about sociopaths

https://www.fraud-magazine.com/article.aspx?id=404 *********************************************************************** Question: “Do you believe that most fraudsters are psychopaths or do they just exhibit anti-social behavior?”

Hare: “There are many reasons why people engage in fraudulent behavior, some related to economic necessity, cultural, social, and peer pressures, special circumstances, opportunities, and so […]

Character & Self-Respect

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,” Joan Didion wrote in her timeless essay on self-respect. And yet this willingness does not come naturally to the human animal. We glance left and right, we peer above and below, placing the responsibility for our […]

You have been warned…

Poem

A Memory of the Future

by ELIZABETH SPIRES in The Atlantic – JULY/AUGUST 2011 ISSUE I will say tree, not pine tree. I will say flower, not forsythia. I will see birds, many birds, flying in four directions.

Then rock and cloud will be lost. Spring will be lost. And, most terribly, your […]

Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism

Co-determination would transfer huge sums of wealth to the middle class.

By Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com Dec 14, 2018, 9:00am EST SHARE Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This past summer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rolled out a big idea to challenge how we think about inequality and the fundamental structure of the economy. Thursday, […]