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Bad buildings…

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I doubt any of these buildings are actually “bad”,  much less  “evil”,  but the  photographs are  certainly unsettling.   A couple of them are so bizarre that I would be demanding my money back from the architect…

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June 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm

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Black holes like to eat…

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Apparently,  anything  unfortunate enough to be drawn into their orbits.  I fear little,  but  if I didn’t know I’d either be long dead, or would die instantly,  back holes would terrify me.   As it is,  they are merely an interesting phenomenon i am happy to learn more about.

 

 

 

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June 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm

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Cuteness…

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Being a farm girl,  I am not a great fan of rodents of any sort,  although if the occasional mouse gets into the house,  I will safely trap it and release it outside.   Rats get no such courtesy.   Big Girl keeps the squirrels away.  But these three  tiny mice  photographed perched precariously atop a few barley stalks in England are just too adorable for me to resist.

 

 

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June 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

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Lesson from the heartland…

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Salena Zito developed a course with Harvard’s Institute of Politics,  called the Main Street Project,  where students  are immersed  in small-town America.

I think it’s wonderful that 20 students from an Ivy League college learned that small-town people are not stupid,  lazy,  or uneducated.  I find it difficult to believe that Harvard will actually allow another 20 to be exposed to the real world and a hefty dose of truth.   Of course,  with about 22,000 students,  including  graduate and professional students,  it will take quite a while to enlighten students who get no credit for one of the most important courses they will ever encounter.

 

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June 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

This is real?

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Apparently so,  though you’d think a candidate  who lives in  Colorado would be sufficiently aware of guns to realize that the average pepper spray’s maximum effectiveness range runs about 10 feet,  meaning you’d be dead long before you got close enough to a shooter’s eyes to do any damage.   The average short-barreled pistol is most accurate at 10 to 12 feet,  but a shooter is not going to wait for you to close the distance.  Of course,  if you’re a decent shot and in practice,  your effective range would be at least twice as far.  And yes,  you and your children can thank the Lord that he is a Democrat!

 

 

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June 19, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Of course he is…

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Why is anyone surprised that Elon Musk is a socialist?  All his businesses are based  on farming  the taxpayers,  via the government.  His Tesla cars haven’t earned him a penny.   But the company has been able to sell carbon emissions permits  provided by the State of California and accept a government loan.

Last week, Musk’s Boring Company won a bid with the City of Chicago, to build a “hyperloop” train from downtown to O’Hare International Airport.  I doubt he will be using more than a few pennies of his vast personal fortune on it.

 

 

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June 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm

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Father’s Day 2018…

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I hope all of you are fortunate enough to have a living father,  and that you have in some way acknowledged and honored him today.  My own father is long-dead,  but my sibling’s children always include me in celebrations of this day and Mother’s Day.   I appreciate it very much,  and always enjoy the occasions.

Fathers are incredibly important,  not just because they can show little boys how to become good men,  but because they can also teach little girls how to become good women.   I am not a social butterfly,  but my mother taught me how to operate in polite society,  whether a meeting or a really large party.  It’s really rather easy  — keep asking questions and looking interested,  and people think you’re wonderful and,  oddly enough,  a brilliant conversationalist.  I didn’t take much more of her advice,  though to give her credit,  she never stopped trying.

My father figured out i wasn’t standard issue by the time I was two.  I was as adventurous as my older sibling,  and if I thought something was worth the punishment,  I did it,  then took my medicine if I got caught.   He was comfortable with people from every background and circumstance,  and I learned to be as well.   He was the most fair-minded man I ever knew,  deliberate in his decision-making,  fair in his judgments,  kind to everyone,  and with a remarkably playful sense of humor,  which I am happy to have inherited.

If you have a father,  or someone who serves that function,  does he deserve  some respect  from you?   I expect so,  and in that case,  stand up and let them have what they have probably earned.   And live your life so that your children won’t have to be reminded to respect you.

UPDATE:  We need  more fathers.

 

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June 17, 2018 at 10:54 pm

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