We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's Sunday. Have a pleasant Sunday. But remember, Sunday is Monday's mother. She seems nice, but she's just as likely to smack you with a hairbrush as not. Happens almost every week.
But we were good boys. We didn't break the Sabbath often enough to signify--once a week perhaps. Anyway, we were good Presbyterian boys when the weather was doubtful; when it was fair, we did wander a little from the fold. --Twain
It's now 69 years since the Nazi regime collapsed. Let's recall the blood lust of unfettered capitalism & the courage of those who fought it.
A schoolteacher wrote that, and put it on the Interwebs where anyone could see it.
And can we blame her? It's what's been taught exclusively in history classes, and printed in history books for schools, for 65 of those 69 years, give or take.
Thus, several entire generations have grown up with the lie that the Nazis were the end result of capitalism, far right radical extremists, what everyone who's not a good little socialist is out to become.
A new plastic that "heals itself" has been designed, meaning your cracked phone screen or broken tennis racquet could mend its own wounds.
Plastic tennis racquet? Young man, tennis is played with a wood racquet, in long pants, on grass.
and mobile phone manufacturers deliberately design them to be fragile. Only way to get a lot of people to replace their phones (those who're not trapped in the "there's a new version, now my phone is useless" mantra that is).
Before Dan Rather was finally fired/retired from CBS he would take pride in referring to the Russian "hard right". Many on the left still refer to the Nazis as right wing. The truth is that since WW II the left has managed to convince three generations that the Nazis and the fascists were right wing. Just as the left has, since losing the vote in the 60's for civil rights, convinced two generations that it was the Republicans who were the racist and formed the KKK. If you asked 100 students today who formed the KKK they probably couldn't come up with an answer but in fact it was disgruntled Democrats who after the civil war formed the KKK to fix what Lincoln had done by freeingthe slaves. It would be really interesting to ask this history teacher about that little piece of history...
I believe the Democrats also instituted the poll tax, which is why my head swivels around several times when the pundits refer to requiring a voter I.D. as a "continuation of the Republicans' long standing tradition of preventing people from voting." What say?????
"He thinks if 14,000 people listen to his song on Interweb radio, he deserves more than $4.20. I heard the song. He's overpaid."
I realize that we haven't always gotten along - well, truthfully we haven't gotten along much at all, but at the risk of causing more family "issues", I have to point out that Armen Chakmakian does not write "songs". They are what New Age artists call "spacial atmosphere tone poems" - just a way of filling empty space with musical tones like they do at Disneyland, Disneyworld or Universal Studios theme parks. Tone poems are also used as relaxation therapy and meditation loops. But to call them "songs" is really not correct.
Just an FYI.
Best regards (not really),
Roger de Hauteville's Older Brother Joe
Calling almost any post-60s vocal refrain a "song" is really not correct. FYI.
Patent officials around the world went insane in the late Nineteenth Century ("We should close, everything possible has already been invented") and remain so. One man in Australia belatedly realized this a few years ago, and proved it to his own satisfaction by patenting the swing (old tire, rope, tree) he made for his daughter.
And even in the 1950s I was taught in school (it is probably still taught) that Marconi invented the radio. Not so fast: Tesla went to court and proved that Marconi had stolen it from him, and that the Patent Office had mysteriously decided to throw out the Tesla patent and replace it with the Marconi copy. Not that Tesla was ever able to get any money as a result...