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Wednesday, February 21. 2024
It will pass thru Dallas, Paducah, Buffalo, and other places.
Somebody told me they were holding an Eclipse barbecue at the Buffalo airport. If I were nearby, I'd go.
2 passenger planes surpassed 800 mph on recent flights with strong winds. That's over 200 mph as fast as a typical plane ride.
Good fun for pilots
Ozempic Users Slash Snack Buying At Supermarkets, Survey Finds
An NHS trust has said that breast milk produced by trans women who were assigned male at birth is as good for babies as that produced by a mother who has given birth.
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
The Mainstream Media Are Dying of Self-Inflicted Wounds. Years of professional irresponsibility has consequences.
It’s taken just five years for Ursula von der Leyen to destroy Europe’s economy
European Central Bank: Go Green or Go Home
"We were live as a long line of migrants scaled a huge, steep mountain to cross illegally en masse into Jacumba, CA, an hour east of San Diego. All made it to the ground, and later told me they were from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, & Africa."
Much more difficult to be a legal immigrant. I sure hope these law-breakers are nice people, with means of support, who can enhance our lives. I do need a new electrician
The Fix Is In: The $455M 'Poison Pill' in Trump Judgment
The Stalinist New York Attorney General Scores A Big Win Against Trump (For Now)
Politics of personal destruction can be effective
Donald Trump is Right about NATO
But is NATO obsolete anyway?
Will write more later, just an update.
First - finally done with steroids, which has finally left me with my first full evening of sleep! Yay. After 19 days of less than a single 7 hour evening, I got 8 hours, deep sleep and the doctor confirming it was all steroid driven. The steroids were great and limiting physical back issues. Today? Still feeling good but sleepier last night, so all good.
Second, SKM visit today by 11 in NYC. Heading out shortly and 2 sons joining us to have a conversation. No information no knowledge just learning to start. 3 other potential docs to speak with or potentially meat, one in Florida with a very new learning I have and one at Duke College. So conversations will be interesting and needed. High likelihood may be no switches and having to make some choices of who/where/when in about 6 weeks. But right now I'm leaning that we may stick with the current group.
Third, visit from my brother yesterday, just a walk to town and lunch at a diner which was great. Good exercise, but he already knew several people with various versions of my particular result. Most have lost lives already, which is a known, but luckily knows several others who survived for years. Will share more later when I'm back.
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Tuesday, February 20. 2024
Of course not all of them are pleasing, but I have always wondered.
I like the definition of a melody: Something that can be played on a tin whistle. How many melodies are there?
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Flocks of Purple Grackles (along with other blackbirds like Cowbirds, Redwings) always pass through on their way north around St. Valentine's Day.
It is still winter but they are rugged. They seem to like marshes at this time of year along with the other species of blackbirds, probably due to snow cover everywhere else.
Friend shared this with me. I'm a long fan/reader of Franz Kafka. Visited a few of his offices and locations in Prague about 7 years ago. Prague itself was lovely and enjoyable, but Kafka is a fun portion in and of himself while in Prague.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), who never married and had no children, was walking through a park one day in Berlin when he met a girl who was crying because she had lost her favourite doll. She and Kafka searched for the doll unsuccessfully.
Kafka told her to meet him there the next day and they would come back to look for her.
The next day, when they had not yet found the doll, Kafka gave the girl a letter "written" by the doll saying "please don't cry. I took a trip to see the world. I will write to you about my adventures."
Thus began a story which continued until the end of Kafka's life.
During their meetings, Kafka read the letters of the doll carefully written with adventures and conversations that the girl found adorable.
Finally, Kafka brought back the doll (he bought one) that had returned to Berlin.
"It doesn't look like my doll at all," said the girl.
Kafka handed her another letter in which the doll wrote: "my travels have changed me." The little girl hugged the new doll and brought the doll with her to her happy home.
A year later Kafka died.
Many years later, the now-adult girl found a letter inside the doll. In the tiny letter signed by Kafka it was written:
"Everything you love will probably be lost, but in the end, love will return in another way."
The Horse Association of America was created to fight the rise of the tractor.
‘Holy Grail of Shark Science’ Caught on Camera Off US Coast – First Recording Ever of This Moment in a Great White’s Life
The world’s largest underground city housed more than 20,000 people.
Ancient Offerings Unearthed in Tuscany Reveal a Cultural Crossroads. These bronzes have been called the “find of the century," where the ailing set aside their differences to worship and heal.
Do not take financial advice from this lady
She is NY Mag's financial advice person
Gen Z are treating employers like bad dates: 93% ghost interviews and 87% have not even shown up for their first day of work
EVs: Biden Quietly Scraps Key Climate Policy After Realizing How Insane It Really Is
Alabama Supreme Court rules that frozen embryos are ‘children’
Stanford Medicine study identifies distinct brain organization patterns in women and men. Women’s and men’s brain patterns differ
Thanks, scientists, for clarifying that cuz nobody ever realized it
France’s Confusing New Law Criminalizing Criticizing The Science
So once more I ask: what the hell do we need economists for?
Exeter Under Ideology - Left-wing race and gender theory devour the once-prestigious boarding school.
DHS Is Training Teachers To Develop Student ‘Disinformation’ Informers – I Know, I Took The Training
This humanoid is a good screamer
The Truth About The Jihad In Dearborn
Tucker FROM GLIB TO STUPID
Ann Coulter Owns Bill Maher ALL OVER AGAIN With Receipt After He Mocked Her in Shooter Ethnicity Debate
Inner City American Crime
Shellenberger exposes Obama's CIA
NY Gov: "I think that this is really an extraordinary, unusual circumstance that the law-abiding and rule-following New Yorkers who are business people have nothing to worry about, because they’re very different than Donald Trump and his behavior."
New York Times doubles down on its scathing opinion pieces criticizing Biden - despite White House being 'extremely upset' after liberal-leaning paper pointed out his unsuitability for a second term
All the NYT cares about is a Dem win
26 EU Countries Call For Immediate 'Humanitarian Pause' In Gaza (But Not In Ukraine)
I'm keeping some of this minimally. I've never supported Trump. Never voted for him. Also never hated him, even if I often had some disagreements. But I've had really hard political moments with many Democrats, who over the last 8 years have gone from just from me not supporting them. But moving more toward disliking them a little, while often to finding more Democrats who are just blatant liars, often evil, greedy awful human politicians in behavior for themselves. They would gain support from journalists who (due to my 38 years in media) may become liars and engagers of false claims and beliefs.
This does not mean Republicans are 'better'. I haven't been a Republican in over 20 years. I still dislike them, too - just not as much as Democrats.
Some citizens have dived deeply for misinformation and lies about both Republicans and Trump in particular. Most of that is often ignored or misrepresented publicly. It's really annoying as Democrats have become such truly awful politicians.
This was a good article, mainly because it has been consistent for 8 years if you do read honestly and fairly. I could find probably thousands of similar articles like this and how so much journalism and media has been awful in this approach. Hell, I saw it at my offices but couldn't say my POV publicly back then. At least not till I was let go.
The current attack on Trump's business in NYC is annoying. I did have one view - I've had to deal with a lot of other businesses like this in media for what the claims against Trump are in the current lawsuit. But his attack is 100% because politicians/attorneys have engaged their legal/political opportunities to push BS. I know because I pointed out similar legal conversations I had in business but avoiding this approach for real businesses doing the same damn thing. Because it happens way more than people care or deeply engage. Sometimes getting stuff done properly to continue a business is more important than going to court over claims. So why this time? Makes no sense to me except the hatred is just so heavy. It's similar to why our one former commenter's claims were idiotic when he'd claim he was "correct". He never was and I simply didn't enjoy his hatred and lies.
Monday, February 19. 2024
Good luck with that. A Senator questions a lady who wants a ban on plastic.
This is fun too:
Aha, well let's set aside the medical stuff for now. Still lots coming up - but we'll learn on Wed/Th what's about to start. MEANTIME - what else is going on?
Mrs. Bulldog and I traveled, taking the boys to Montana, Yellowstone and Jackson in late 2020. We took up Portugal in March 2023. We also did a wedding in New Orleans in 2021, another in South Carolina in 2023. We like to travel to Stuart FL where the in-laws live. Lovely area, but full of resting and beaches regardless of seasonal. I no longer golf with my 87 year old in-law father but he goes every day - and good for him! I enjoy the visit to the beach, walking and we stopped down at the old National Naval UDT SEAL museum in Fort Lucie. Several other museums, but local restaurants or bars are full of great foods. Sadly the bars for me, now, just full of blandness which is fine. Foods have been overwhelmingly tasteful. I'll take the gains where I can.
Music! Seeing Neil Young in early May, then the Rolling Stones and then Madness. I've always loved Madness, who I saw while I studied and lived in London of 1983! Elvis Costello even showed up and played with them that show I attended and I have fond memories of them as a young band with an Elvis Costello show up! Always a pleasure!
Paris is on the list of "well - when you can travel, what is the timing or plan?" We will figure for later in the summer if we can pull it off. I've been to Paris many times in my youth (formerly knew a bit of the language, now not so much). But Mrs. Bulldog has never been so time to GAIN more. Also looking forward to some side trips. Maybe Mont Saint Michel. I'm hoping for a visit to the Bayeux (learn about William the Bastard) and Normandy (WWII always a pleasure for historical visits).
How to Apologize
No rule for ending with a preposition
JPMorgan, State Street, and BlackRock Abandon ESG Group Climate Action 100+
Nifty Little Chart Illustrating What De-Policing Did for the Homicide Rate in Portland
Black Activist Lawyer's Idea To Stop Law-Breaking: Just Legalize Crime
How Progressive Policies Are Designed For Civilizational Suicide
VDH: Delusions, Alternate Realities, and the Biden Consortium - The Biden apparat has tried to present the construct of a dynamic president promoting a traditional Democratic agenda, which has succeeded brilliantly.
How do you spell “persecution?” How about “D-o-n-a-l-d T-r-u-m-p?” It sometimes seems that the entire judicial apparatus of the state has been mobilized against the man.
Alvin Bragg Is Trying To Punish Trump for Something That Is Not a Crime
Obscene award against Trump is testing the New York legal system’s integrity
A Black Harvard Professor’s Study Found ‘No Racial Bias’ on Police Shootings – Then ‘ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE’
Female British Army General Says Force Is Too 'Hieratical'
That's not a word, is it?
Major Victory For Russian Army As Ukraine Forces Flee Eastern City
There's No Point Negotiating With Hamas, Says ... Egypt?
Sunday, February 18. 2024
I have emailed my local Pastor. I will be meeting with him, and possibly (if she chooses) Mrs. Bulldog will join me.
Open to anything anyone might want to suggest or offer as potentially useful. I don't know what I might ignore or avoid - probably nothing, but sometimes not sure what may be enjoyable.
So if you have thoughts, questions, views, ideas - please feel free to share your thoughts. I'm open for ideas of any kind!
Mike Benz was in the business. Tucker interviews him, and lets him talk (a podcast). He is entirely credible, not paranoid, and gives the whole history. Well worth the listening.
If you connect in the middle of the podcast, go to the beginning. Yes, even the USA government wants to control media - or does. Does media control our reality? Of course.
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America Paperback – April 10, 2002 by Louis Menand
It's sort-of political philosophy. Won History Pulitzer which you can take any way you want. AVI might like it.
Not much today on Saturday in terms of activity and effort - snow made that a bit of a delay and reduction for some things.
Two sons and one girlfriend, we took the dog and went to our local brewery. Lions Roar Brewing in Westfield, NJ.
We played some card games. I struggled a bit recovering and understanding the rules, we all had a great game and I guess I was ok.
I tried Red Ale. I didn't want beer originally, but figured why not one small one. I used to brew Red Ale and liked it as an old brewing. Today? Sorry, no taste. It wasn't bad. Just bland. So I drank half, and I guess beer is now done for me. There just wasn't anything I enjoyed. Not sad over that at all.
Continue reading "Drinking, Movies, Fun"
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1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
1:11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
1:12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness
1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
1:15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
Saturday, February 17. 2024
Ask Ethan: Why does nature always follow a Bell curve? Almost everything we can observe and measure follows what's known as a normal distribution, or a Bell curve. There's a profound reason why.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
Announcing the new ‘Coddling’ documentary and some advice on fighting depression - The books and approaches that probably saved my life
Seattle English Students Told It's "White Supremacy" To Love Reading, Writing
Elite Colleges Reconsidering SAT Score Requirements
Stuart's Saturday Miscellany
Rep. Barbara Lee Explains How Every Business Can Afford a $50 Hour Minimum Wage
Election Year Surprise — Radio Soros Is Going to Commie Up the Airwaves
China, Russia, etc: Clashing civilizations
Nothing much, really, not today.
One regular physical which actually predated the surgery and current situation. I'd set that a month and a half ago PRIOR to the sudden outcome of 2/2-2/6. The meeting 2/16 with the 29 year old son (who I asked to join me for knowledge and conversation) went VERY well. Could be analyzed as "sad" but I said "Nope - not going for that." The doctor smiled and laughed and said he appreciated my approach which "just remember - anything could happen."
Steroids still IMPROVING my short term health. But may be a short term option until other tests or treatments become straightforward. It will always be engaged if necessary, even if they have no positive outcomes. It's always for a high hope and belief that it may assist.
Sleeping? Still odd. Plenty. At least 6 hours for now (I would only get 6-7 before all this anyway, but usually not as easily then). Today? Great 6 hour deep sleeps but then 4 - 6 am wake ups regardless of when I go to sleep (10-2am varies). A few daily naps of an hour or so. All expected or temporary as my health (doctors' view) improves.
Watching lots of sports (I have been down on Purdue college basketball and football for 2 years. Today? Did a long conversation and review - they are my #1 NCAA choice based on my analysis for college basketball. I was right about them for 2 years. Now? I have a very strong feeling of their play and potential outcome this year. Not my school, but I love reading what I'm seeing and THEY are my #1 belief.)
Music! Love it a lot right now.
Son is an excellent cook and has been prepping food wonderfully (and frankly, I am stunned how delicious everything has been for the last 5 days - wow! I don't know why I'm having GREAT food results.)
People - 99% love, kindness and friendliness. 1% anger, open results, honesty if it's "mean" because I do not care if you choose to be an idiot. One person, very nice guy I like a lot, former drug abuser who was arrested many years ago and cleaned up his life - built a business, he and I became really friendly with. Then, 3 months ago he became aggressive and lied about my sports commentaries. Literally lied and expanded how he responded to my results! At first I was nice about it and boosted the honesty and truth! He pretended to "joke" and called me stupid names. "Arrogant" "Wrong" "Liar of proof" "Don't consider the teams properly or the coaching." UGHHHHH I finally ended by saying he needs to stop being a dumbass. I have the highest respect for people like him who improved their own and other people's lives. I've never supported his teams (Dallas) and have always been open or honest about my responses - no lies. No falsehood. He then made a poorly supported claim about SF and several players - I checked with sports writer friends and I was 100% correct. He called me more names and a "liar" after my surgery. I reminded him I have great information and friends - and what my surgery is or why my outcomes were likely sad. That I RESPECTED AND SUPPORTED HIS PERSONAL IMPROVEMENTS. He again sends an aggressive and 100% incorrect response to me! I told him simply - stop or end our relationship. That's your problem. Nothing I wrote was wrong. He just didn't like it or agree with it and got angry at me for no good reason or an open discussion outside of calling me names. Nonsense. Unnecessary. I hope we regain our caring and friendly stuff. I don't think he knows what reality is - he never did properly, at times.
Sorry everyone if I say anything misspelled or long or incorrect! Please feel free to let me know when I do something improperly! I am sticking with the "I need to keep working on this" approach. Thank you again for prayers, support, happiness and love. You've all been so friendly!
Maybe as my health starts to shift a little, this all slows down or changes. I hope not!
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Friday, February 16. 2024
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1. Feel free to ask questions or make comments. Open to answering questions of the personal health/mental and other situations.
2. IF you're in the video/digital promotion or production business in some way, feel free to reach out to me publicly on here or if you'd like, privately.
3. I am interested in doing videos publicly to speak of all this. Already set a meeting at work. Variance and knowledge is IMPORTANT TO ME and others. Some people prefer privacy and silence. I do not. I'd love to speak and promote the truth, feelings and knowledge (or a lot of strangeness). But would love to do regular videos if wanted or necessary and NO ISSUES with comments and openness!
Was suddenly and surprisingly called to the oncologists a week earlier than they had planned. 4 hours with 5 different doctors and the surgeon who removed the staples from my head. Pretty good overall after 9 days.
He was very happy and positive with that. Says my speaking was excellent. I was surprising him well for health - recommended I go back to the gym regularly already. My intelligence? Very, very high since his surgeries on this topic often have far more concerning outcomes from the people treated. I was said to be shockingly good. But he did recommend some realism and expectations. Realistic is 18 months of probability. That's the likelihood. Not essentially how it will happen. Just pretty standard.
I mentioned I had 2 friends who i have - Glio Blastonoma - which both lasted 18 months. It's not assured, since there are now several things we can try and test. I said "I'm 100% in for anything immediately and I expect the best!" They like my attitude! But they also asked me to be a realist. I said fine - I've done that already. But I'm not going to just give up too easily. I'll expect more and try more for whatever can happen and expect!
But the doctors, as happy as my push for happiness, positiveness, openness and anything good - they loved that I wasn't crying or upset. They were also "Let's just be open too about what reality seems to indicate."
I replied "fine - my brain is actually talking to me - and I'm fine with reality." They asked what I was being told by the brain. For the first time I repeated things that it keeps saying. They said it's correct - and that it's not terrible to expect even if the brain speaking may be driven by medication....doesn't mean the brain is wrong.
It rarely has been, of course, which is why I always loved writing and pushing attitudes some people even today are disgreeing with me about (incorrectly mostly).
Boys came home, we've had some talks. We are being open and realistic. It will all be very, very hopeful and I am pushing myself hard already!
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