Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ Category

Facebook UnlikeSo many people ask me to “like” them on Facebook. When I am asked this I cringe… I just “don’t do Facebook.”

I know many feel it’s a great social platform and they use it to communicate their businesses and social networking causes… After all, statistics show that Facebook is the largest online social networking site.

I used to use Facebook, at least for a couple of years, but I bailed out, haven’t looked back and I really don’t regret it.

The reason why I don’t like Facebook (and subsequently dumped it) was due to a multitude of reasons…

One: People, close to you, get carried away, there’s too much drama and color. They tell everything – what they ate, what their kid did in the toilet, where they are going, they engage in colorful online disagreements, etc. I really don’t care to know what they are doing all the time or want to be part of the negativity in their lives. I know some people love that stuff – I don’t.

Two: I enjoyed, initially, hooking up with people that I hadn’t seen in ages, like people from high school; it was kinda cool. Then, I started to realize after a time, I really wasn’t friends with them in school – I didn’t really know them then and I don’t really know them now – it was all so false. Seemed people were grappling for NUMBERS – how many people followed them. So, I guess, the second thing I didn’t like was all the falseness and there seemed an abundance of it – from everyone!

Three: I began to realize how much PERSONAL information was being pumped into Facebook and I read stories and articles about how government agencies (and other undesirables) were using Facebook as a data mining site. That didn’t sit well with me and I certainly didn’t want to be part of the party. That actually sealed my decision to abort…

But, maybe it was also due to age…

I’m not afraid to admit it!small facesmall face

Some more Facebook statistics shows that the average Facebook user is between the ages of 35-44 years of age and I left 44 in the dust some time ago…

Anyways, nowadays, when I tell people I “don’t do Facebook” it’s like a social faux pas…

People act shocked or dismayed; they plead with me to reconsider; they delete me on other social platforms. Over Facebook! Get REAL!!

I’ve lost friends, both virtual and real, because I “don’t do Facebook.” I find that totally unbelievable…

But I really don’t care. I don’t like Facebook and even though I politely tell them so, they don’t know how to graciously accept it.

So I ask, as apparently I do not know how…

How does one politely tell someone that you “don’t do Facebook“?

And, even more so, how does one do so, so that the other person does not go off in a huff, personally offended as it is, just because you don’t?

It’s a mystery to me but, obviously, people take their Facebook very seriously…

Seductive Facebook

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I find I like being unemployed… At least right now.

I can do things I haven’t been able to do in, like, forever.

Like read. And I enjoy reading. Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy – I read a lot and have a lot of books.

I can lost in reading. Hours go by. I can get comfortable in my bed or on the couch with a book, read for a while, take a nap, and then read some more… It’s like heaven!

The other thing I REALLY like is that there’s no rushing around. No where to be. When I was working I was ALWAYS rushing around.

Up by the clock, out by the clock, everything by a clock. Now I forget there’s a clock. I often forget what day it is! I really like that too.

And I can watch movies or shows on my streaming device for hours or spend time just hanging out with my pets. It’s my time, for a change, and it’s really cool!

It can’t last forever – I do search for job positions regularly during the week and, at some point, something will coalesce and then I’ll be back rushing around, living life by the clock again…

But, in the meantime, I’m just enjoying being unemployed, kicking back, chilling, getting some “me” time…

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This is a section of sky from Tianshui, Gansu province videotaped May 12, 2008 approx. 30 minutes prior to the Sichuan earthquake. What is interesting, other than the colorful, glowing formations, is the rapidly moving black drones. The drones can barely be seen – I suggest you continually start and pause the video to try to capture the drones – they are clearly there and moving throughout the sky.

Questions that come to mind:

  1. Is this HAARP-related activity, as some speculate?
  2. What exactly is the drones purpose in all this? Is it the pretty clouds or the earthquake activity? Or is their purpose to keep humans calm in the face of impending calamity?
  3. Is this related to Operation Blue Beam? This could certainly fit into the space show category as specified in part 2…
  4. Sinister thought: Is there a possibility that this area of China requires “clearing out” and elimination of its human population – is their land valuable, e.g. are there valuable deposits of minerals that the rich and powerful desire? If so, continued “earthquakes” and calamities in this region may increase or become the norm.

Well, so…

What do you think?

What are the “pretty clouds” doing there just prior to the earthquake? What are the drones doing? What is their purpose?

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Hie Hitler!

Jim and Ginny Maziarka of West Bend, Wisconsion have taken on the local library, demanding that books that they have deemed to be inappropriate for children ages 12-18 be moved to the adult section.

The Maziarka’s have identified up to 82 titles as “pornographic” in nature in the  youth section of the library and petitioned that the city library board move these books to an appropriately labeled adult section.

The battle has led to a very public heated debate in the area: threats of “tar and feathering” the library director; a call to burn library books; silly, juvenile 4th of July parade floats; and the city council voting against renewing library board member terms due to confusion and misunderstanding.

Obviously, the Maziarka’s need to be reminded that the First Amendment of the Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Perhaps the Maziarka’s fail to understand that by pushing their personal preferences (i.e. likes/dislikes) into the mainstream and trying to force a library to censor its books, they are violating an American freedom enjoyed by 304,059,722 Americans – namely, choice and the freedom of speech and press.

Bottom line, if one dislikes some thing you have CHOICE, and CHOICE translates to mean PERSONAL CENSOR, NOT PUBLIC CENSOR.

Further, the Maziarka’s, through overzealous ignorance, are supporting the ideology of a police state and I, for one, am vehemently opposed to such ideology.

I do NOT support the idea of living in a country where my lifestyle is censored, though many may readily agree we are fast moving in that direction here in the U.S. already. Regardless, I do not want nor need the Maziarka’s helping the situation along any quicker.

Frankly and furthermore, the Maziarka’s should seriously reconsider their position in this book vs. the library issue as they could be easily viewed as domestic terrorists.

As they continue to pursue pushing this idea of censorship through terrorism, through their misguidance and ignorance, they are unwittingly opening the door for other misguided individuals to demand censorship (by terrorism) of other American institutions and businesses (based on various self-proclaimed ideologies) and this is too scary and Orwellian to consider for too long at the moment…

I applaud the West Bend library for standing by its ALA standards and not crumpling to this outrageous request. Books, regardless of their content, should not be censored at the library level, but by the individual themselves.

Related Links:

Ginny Maziarka’s Blog:  WISSUP=Wisconsin Speaks Up

Sleepless in West Bend

West Bend Parents for Free Speech

West Bend News-Topix

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traffic-cameraIf it’s not a fixed pole camera that is watching you then it will be high def satellite or UAV’s. Anyway you look at it, “Big Brother” wants to keep an eye on you and keep lining it’s pockets at the same time. I’m tired of it already and it’s only beginning…

Highway Speed Cameras

Spies in the Sky

High Def Satellite

View of Vegetation from fixed wing UAV

Power line route photo taken from a small fixed winged UAV courtesy of the  Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation

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statisticsI am currently taking a graduate level statistics course – not by choice, mind you… It is frustrating and quite confusing at times. I have several more weeks to go before the class is over and the pressure is on. Not only do we have to attain a passing grade, but it must be a B or above or we have to retake it. So, needless to say, I’ve been buried in my books trying to absorb information, digits, and formulas. And we have to learn this because…?


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Pulling Hair OutI’m having one of those days…

  • If one more person cuts me off on the road I’m gonna…

  • If the temperature goes up one more degree I’m gonna…

  • If my kids want one more thing I’m gonna…

  • If I can’t get this statistic problem done correctly for the fifteenth billionth time I’m gonna…

  • If my dog takes a pee in the house before I can let her out I’m gonna…

  • If I have to pick up one more piece of trash in my yard that blows over from the neighbors I’m gonna…

So just leave me alone, if you can please, and let the day complete itself.

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Pig KissesAre you concerned there might be a swine flu pandemic as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO)?

News stories are everywhere and some have more sensational headlines than others:

Reuters CNN

BBC Al Jazeera

My SA USAToday

The New York Times Bloomberg

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating outbreaks of the flu in California and Texas and is keeping their website updated with information.

You realize that epidemics of flu have happened in the past with the last in 1918. Twenty to forty million people died during that flu pandemic – how many could die now that people mingle and travel more extensively than ever before?

What are your concerns? Do you avoid crowded areas? Have you bought face masks? Have you talked to your doctor? Are you generally worried, anxious, or concerned that it will turn into a pandemic situation? If so, what will you do? Do you have a survival plan? Are you afraid of dying??

Me? So far, I’m not overly concerned but I’m not heading to any crowded places. I haven’t purchased a mask yet but it doesn’t mean that the occasion won’t arise where I’ll need to… I’m not afraid of death – everyone has to go sometime, somehow…

So now we have the swine flu and the avian flu to consider as potential pandemics – or maybe we will get hit with both…

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texas-flag1Hell, why not? A bloody revolution might wake up some folks in this complacent country…

As I live in South Texas, I’ve discussed this with my fellow Texans and everyone think it’s a great idea. People are already volunteering to patrol the borders and set up more fencing to keep out the potentially illegal Americans.

We talked about how we would create our own currency (with one star on it, of course) and change the laws to suit our unique situation. We discussed if partnering up with Mexico would be a good idea and we laughed about Chuck Norris being interested in running for President. At any rate, it’s been a great conversation item over the last couple of days that has brought a lot of fun and serious talks…

All this began with Texas Governor Rick Perry’s comment at the Austin Tea Party event Wednesday, April 15th:

“When we came into the Union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, pay attention. We’ve got a great Union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that?”

The comment was twisted to mean that Perry was implying that Texas should secede from the rest of the country. It may have been twisted a bit, but, it does sound as if that is what he is alluding to, so everyone has been having a heyday in news stories, on television, and in the blogs…

So what do most Texans really say about seceding from the U.S. of A.?

According to Rasmussen Reports, a recent poll found that 75% of Texas voters would vote to remain in the United States; 18% would vote to secede; and 7% are undecided. Aside from the polls, some say it cannot legally happen, while others say it is a possibility; you’ll have to decide for yourself. My coworkers are of the opinion that whoever is not in favor of the secession should leave, which leaves more land and opportunities for the rest of us…

Anyway, if the Lakotah Indians can state that the U.S. has unilaterally breached all treaties, thereby forcing them to withdraw from the United States and demand their territories back (which includes five states), why can’t Texas play with the idea of seceding?

Like I said, it’s been a great conversation item and will be until the fervor either dies down or something really happens…

What do you think?

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Where’s the News??

What happened to the REAL news? What I see on television (when I watch it) and what I read through the news stations (when I listen or read them) is NOT news. What they call headline news is recycled days over. This doesn’t bother people? People really like this stuff? People have become this complacent? If so, it’s sad.

What’s really going on? We hear no news about the events overseas – Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, even Europe – except the little bits of trash and propaganda we are fed. People are happy with that? Argh and bah humbug.

The people in this country have become so insulated from reality it is sickening. Their skin is so thin I read survey’s that they would leave a job because people didn’t say please and thank you enough. What is up with that?

Textbooks now print that assertiveness is bad, because it makes your boss feel inadequate putting you in a position to lose your job. Looks like the perfect example of the Peter Principle to me…

I have further read that it is better to spin the truth or tell white lies to people, because they can’t handle the truth. What is wrong with people that they can no longer face truth and reality?

soulsearchingartI think people better get their heads out of their asses and wake up! Remember the days of REAL news, when Walter Cronkite was jumping from one breaking subject to the next. I was young, but I remember…

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